Mind those times where you had money? When i was 21 and i would think of nothing better than hitting the shops on my lunch break and buying a new pair of shoes or a cute top, just because! Can you imagine doing that now? I had money, i could buy things and treat myself and it was fab! Now dont get me wrong im not sat here pleading poverty, i have money but it seems to just vanish! And lets be honest….maternity pay is SHIT!!!
When i do get my lovely maternity pay, what do i treat myself to? I get my nails done (always need to have nice nails never know when John might get on the old bended knee) some foundation cause aint nobody wanna see my face without anything on it and maybe a tshirt or a jumper? I love a new jumper so i do!! But at the moment once ive paid my car, insurance, my phone and the dog….whats even left…maybe a chance to splurge in good old Primani!! Maternity pay seems to barely cover anything and its sad! You work so hard all your life and choose to start a family, but feel so much pressure that you can barely afford to go meet friends for lunch ect because it all costs money you really dont have!! Im always on the look out for free classes near me to take G too or some things in the sale or a really good offer.
Grayson is obviously top priority and i would see him with food in his belly and clothes on his back way before i treated myself to a new top or trainers! And i know as he gets bigger it will get harder, he will want certain tops with his favourite character on it, or he will want a toy for being a good boy, will i grudge him these things? No of course i wont! Ill work my hardest to make sure i make him happy.
But for me, for the next wee while, well im gonna rock my 2 year old primark tshirts and my tatty leggings scrimping and saving away for those trainers i really want. Whilst Grayson kicks about looking like a little model in his cute wee tops and bottoms.
Money, i must admit i do miss you, but hey, you cant take it with you when you are gone right…so may aswell spend what you can when you can! Or at least thats what ill keep telling myself to make me feel better!!
Do you feel the pressure to return to work because maternity pay just doesnt stretch far enough?? Or what are your hints and tips to make it last longer and stretch further?