When I was not blogging, I was writing some ebooks. I might tell all about it in one of my future posts. While writing my ebooks and talking to other writers in the Kindle Direct Publishing community, I made a few friends . One of them is Ian Davies, a writer from the United Kindom. This is his guest post about his latest ebook on austerity.
Hi, my name is Ian Davies and I live in the UK. As a credit analyst, my career effectively involved making decisions about what others could afford and either allowing them to make a purchase or refusing permission. The basics of this can be used within the domestic budget, and I feel it is something in life we should all try to do on a personal level when deciding whether to buy that luxury item or not.
Having now brought up a family, which as many reading this will know, includes those decisions about what your child needs and whether you can make the money stretch to cover things they want as against the things they need, but at the same time not wanted to feel they are missing out.
In order to allow some of those luxuries (wants) there are often things that can be done to make the money go a little further. But in reality of these days, it can be the things they need which you have to now plan for as wages become stagnent and prices rise.
Over here, in the UK, we are, as many around the world are, gripped in our governments desire for austerity in an effort as they tell us, to reduce our country’s debt. This effectively is a restriction on increases in income running alongside ever increasing fuel, food and general living costs.
However, there are a few things we can all do, not just for this current period, but if taken as a long term view, can prove very beneficial in the long term to the individual. The idea to put together a few basic house-keeping self- help facts came about from talking with people face to face on a daily basis, and coming to realize that so many had not thought of some of these, and in fact were unaware of some of the possibilities that could assist them to help themselves.
Many of the suggestions are valid to most people, not just those residing in the UK, and many of these ideas have been tried and tested by myself as you may read within this self help guide. For example: using alternative fuels so far has meant a big saving in my house. There is the initial cost of putting in a wood burner of course, but the cleaner option of burning wood instead of using gas has over the past few years saved me over 34% of my annual winter gas units usage which at todays prices has been a big saving. Considering the past two winters were said to be the coldest we have had in the UK for many years, it was good to feel warm for a lower price, and that woodburner paid for itself within three years. I would dred to think what the bill would otherwise have been.
As you will read this is not a ‘cure all’, but every person may find at least one thing that they could use to help make their life just a little easier.