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.