The secret diary of a single parent bloke
I’ve been running through the bank accounts (the joint account’s still a mess, but at least the bank have agreed to freeze it, so Kat can’t take any more money out of it), and I’ve got too much money. Normally, after many hours of juggling finances, transferring what little money we had between accounts at specific times of the month, delaying payments, etc, I just about break even on the month- sometimes by just a few pence! This month, I seem to have nearly £250 surplus- I’ve excluded money that I had for my birthday, and the Child Benefit hasn’t been transferred over to me yet.
I earn a decent wage and could never understand why that, plus Kat’s part-time wage, were never enough. It was always a financial struggle. Apart from DisneyWold last year (which I took out a massive loan for), we hadn’t been on holiday for years, have donated furniture, and a house which is pretty much falling down.
I keep running the figures, and it keeps coming up the same. All of the bills are paid, and I have money. In the three weeks or so that Kat’s been gone, have I really saved that much? Was she really that much of a drain on my finances? I don’t understand.