Rambling on...

edited 21 April 2017 at 9:04PM in Debt free diaries
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  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    Aye, it's nae fun  :(
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    Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
  • Sun_AddictSun_Addict Forumite
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    I suppose you notice it more having to top up. I’m trying to be more mindful of consumption, most of us will have to. I’ve turned down my heating thermostat so it only comes on if the temperature drops below 18 degrees, it was 21 previously. You will laugh as the Scottish members of my work team found it hilarious that I think anything below 21 is cold and I’ve been declared a soft southerner 🤣🤣
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  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    Beanielou - Definitely, nae fun.

    Sun Addict - As I'm on a PAYG meter and pay for what I'm going to use, I certainly have noticed the impact of the price hike. Yep, you're a soft southerner (but we love you anyway).

    I've always been one for trying to keep energy consumption down to the bare minimum. Prior to the hike, I was using between £40 - 50 per month for Leccy and same for Gas (during the winter months but dropping to about £10 during warmer / summer months).

    Luckily, being a Scot, I don't really feel the cauld (it needs to be really brass monkeys for me to feel it).

    My central heating is usually on again in late November and back off by the end of March and even at that it's only on about 6 hours a day (couple of hours in the morning and then from about 5pm to 9pm). That will have to change as well with these price hikes, as the expected rise again in October will see the costs almost double compared to last years.

    I'm really concerned about the elderly and folks on low to no incomes. I know they'll be facing that choice between heating or eating come winter and no-one should ever have to be in that position in this day and age.
    Whatever happened to the FREE leccy promised by wind and solar energy???

    Anyhoo, I need tae get on wi my work now...

    Have a good day folks 

    Much love fae me n the dug.
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    G'day folks

    I've got two new brews on the go in the Dinnaebuggeritup Brewery an IPA and a Copper Ale, both of which should be ready to transfer to bottles by the weekend. Once bottled the second stage of the process kicks in and the brew is bottle conditioned and ready to drink in about 3 weeks. ABV should be around 5% or slightly more... and will provide me with 80 pints at a cost of approx. 40p per pint  :smiley:

    Hoping to get oot n aboot at the weekend, even if it's just a wee stoat aboot locally wi the dug.

    Hope awbiddy is doing ok.

    Much love fae me n the dug
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • pebpeb Forumite
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    Grand to "see' you again. Sorry to hear that the energy price rises are really effecting you.  Dunno if you can move off the prepayment meters - that's I believe the most expensive way to get energy
  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    Hiya peb :waves: 

    Thanks for popping in...

    Aye, it is the most expensive way to get and pay for our energy, and for those of us who don't have a good credit record, it is what we are stuck with until we can find another provider that will give us a chance... the only pros of it is that you know what your paying up front.

    Hoping to be able to switch to the 8 legged one as soon as the current situation stabilises and pay by monthly budgeted DD.
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • pebpeb Forumite
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    Fingers crossed 🤞
  • Chris_JayChris_Jay Forumite
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    Hello UncannyScot. I've been reading through some of your diary, and it's fascinating. 
    My reason for writing this is simply to say how much I enjoy your references to the wonderful Sir Terry Pratchett, and how much I miss his writings. I have all the Discworld books, plus others, and will return to them in times of stress (which is practically all the time.) It's the same comfort as my little blanket on a cold evening, over my ancient knees, and my equally ancient black cat. She's named for another witch, Minerva McGonagall.
    Okay, back to your musings. It could take a while, but I can't think of anything I'd rather do today. 😃
  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    Hiya Chris_Jay :waves:

    Thanks :smiley: I've been here a while but have only recently got back to my diary due the "Cost of Living" situation.

    Sir Terry's books have been and are such a huge part of my life... I even read Discworld fan fiction, some of which is really quite good, as some of the writers really capture the style and feel of the Disc (not perfectly, of course) and the stories are quite enjoyable...

    Love the Harry Potter series as well... have all the books and DVDs...

    I thoroughly recommend the "Rivers of London" series by Ben Aaronovitch, really, really good and he's a nice big fella as well... signed my entire collection at a signing recently :smiley:   
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • RosaBerniciaRosaBernicia Forumite
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    Good to see you back, Uncanny, though shame about the situation. 

    I second the Rivers of London recommendation, finally got round to the graphics novels as I got fed up wondering what I'd missed out on with the references in the written ones! 
    Debt free May 2016... DFW#2 in progress
    Campervan paid off summer '21... MFW progress tbc
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