If I hear one more person saying they hope the government knows what it's doing handing out money to pensioners, I'll scream.
The same goes to the pensioners who are getting the money but say they don't really need it.
I spent the day going through the bills I have to pay for my mother and $1,400 went in a flash.
Even with direct debits to the utilities companies and having a monthly phone bill, she's still way behind.
Of course, if she didn't get up at 5 in the morning to put the fire on for the cat, that bill would be way down. I now remind her during the 8 a.m. phone call to get up, take her pills, get breakfast and turn the bloody fire off.
The medication safety net ends on December 31 and I haven't got that bill down to zero yet.
The rates instalment is late but I'm more concerned with paying for the meals on wheels.
I don't even want to look at her credit card but there'll be a big payment on that this week. I still have issues with NAB for extending her credit limit when it was obvious she couldn't pay the amount she already owed. This was after we paid the card off twice and asked for a $2000 limit which was not to be exceeded.
After all this, she has about $300 to spend on whatever she wants and it's not much, a new nightdress, towells and some DVDs. Bring on the post Christmas sales.