Being a 2 nurse family the pay freezes and proposed increases in pension contributions are going to put us, as a family, around £500 pm worse off in real terms in the next year or so.
Thought long and hard about this and feel that being a public spirited left wing do-gooder may be doing my family harm in the long term.
Try to shop local, use LBS etc. to support the local economy. Biking trips and holidays we always try to support the area we visit by shopping there. Buy legitimate movies/music, generally try to be good, thoughtful and ethical in work and in private life. Like to buy British, especially bike stuff.
However, I reckon it's time I started putting me and my own above everyone else.
Only do what I'm paid for, no unpaid overtime here and there, they want me to do it they need to pay me.
Bike parts can be bought from abroad or from the bloke on the carboot sale who seems to have a neverending supply of decent parts.
Same with movies/music - download.
Xbox and PS games - carboot guys have loads of copies.
Food - Tesco/Asda etc. sod the small local (read expensive)shops.
Bike trips - reduce frequency, buy nothing whilst there, take food/drinks.
Holidays - again take own food from local superstore and a stock of bike parts so I dont need to buy anything from the local shops.
Lots of stuff can be bought second hand or from a bloke who knows a bloke.
Reckon all the above will save a fair bit of brass with not too much impact on me and mine.
Suppose lots of others are being/have been forced into this.
Are there any downsides?