Thursday, 7 August 2008

A good day

Something happened today, something that doesn't happen everyday, something I didn't expect.

Last night I was very tired, I didn't write a post, I didn't do any other writing either, nor did I do any of my spreadsheets. I didn't check my bank account online as I had planned.

This morning as I was getting ready for work I checked my account to see if my bills had gone out on schedule. I was surprised to see that my bank balance was in the black. I was in the red a couple of days ago. I knew I should still have a bit of a margin before I reach the limit of my overdraft but not an awful lot. I checked the statement and discovered that there was a credit from the Child Tax Credit. When I got to work I phoned them to check that it was genuine. I didn't want to spend the money only to discover that it wasn't mine to spend.

I spoke to a very helpful young man who told me that the lump sum I had received was money that they owe me for under payments back dated to April. Tomorrow I get my usual payment only from now on my payments are going to be £53 per week more than they have been for the last 6 months.

Now what a great start to the day that was. Even if I do think about the fact that I have been £200 a month short, it has been a struggle but the lump sum now, will have a greater impact on my situation than £50 pw would have done. Particularly as I am on summer leave next week it means that I can at least take my boys out for one day next week, plus I can afford to get my hair cut again. I don't need to worry about finding money for fuel to get to London next weekend where I shall meet Mei before the two of us set off north to visit Bollinger Byrd and others.


Mei Del said...

looking forward to it - you can tell me how badly i drive!

Fat Controller said...

That's really good news. Hope you have a great weekend!

Mel said...

Well, now ain't it cool how that all worked out!

Happy weekend to you, ma'am.

Trixie said...

Don't you LOVE that when it happens? My tax credit went up as well, but they did it straight away (because I filled in the yearly form as soon as I got it).

Plus I got Nearly two hundred pounds back from the electricity company because I was paying too much. Woohoo!!!

Irene said...

I hope to run into something equally lucky myself this month, because my bank account could stand it, being deprived of cash as it is. It is hard to be at the mercy of government agencies. Fickle they are.

Bollinger Byrd said...

WOW that's a good start to any day.
Glad it's going to make getting here simple.

having my cake said...

What a great way to start the day! :)

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