Retirement should be a time when we can take things easy and enjoy life – and for some it is. But for too many people with low incomes just getting by takes a great deal of effort.
A new Age UK report, “Living on a Low Income in Later Life”, based on interviews and discussion groups with low income older people, paints a picture of lives that revolve around budgeting to make every penny count and keeping meticulous records of spending. A shopping trip isn’t just a quick dash to the nearest shop. It can be a carefully planned mission – going to one place where the teabags are cheaper, getting the bus to another where items are on special offer and then a carefully timed visit to a store that marks down prices at the end of the day. However this is only possible if you are reasonably fit.
People taking part in our research talked about cutting down, doing without and making do. A couple of people said they just used a hob and microwave rather than facing the cost of a replacing a broken oven. Continue reading “Living on a low income is hard work”