Benefits in Lent
Living on Job Seekers Allowance for six weeks. Read about why I’m doing it here.Track how I spent my £63.40 below:
- Rent and council tax are excluded - because that would be paid for if you are on benefits. It would also wipe out my budget many times over.
- Travelcards for work is excluded – because you wouldn’t have need for a travelcard if you weren’t working.
- All other expenses are fair game – water, electricity, television, food, beer and widgets. All of them have to be covered by £63.40 a week.
The list of weekly blog posts during Benefits in Lent:
Week 1 – Cheating
About how to cheat the system and why this is against the spirit of the experiment.
Week 2 – Accruals Concept
I already enjoy a stock of wealth and access to free services that the poor don’t enjoy.
Week 3 – The Joy of Work
The non-monetary benefits of money.
Week 4 – Time
The compromise between time and money.
Week 5 – Credit, Savings and Budgets
The benefits of financial instruments.
Week 6 – Post Balance Sheet Events
Reflects on the end of Benefits in Lent.