I started a new course last week. It’s a Cooking and Budgeting course. Naively I thought it was going to be cooking on a budget but it’s not. There are two parts of it; the first part is cooking and the second part budgeting.
As the first class fell on Shrove Tuesday we made pancakes. I was very surprised that I was the only one in the class who had made pancakes before! We had to whisk them by hand, which is unheard of for me as my usual mode of cooking is ‘bung it in a blender’! Anyway it was fun (apart from the washing up!)
The budgeting was interesting. It’s a good idea for a class and certainly changes your way of thinking. We were told to think about things before we bought them to see if they are a ‘want or a need’. It’s amazing how many things are wants and not necessary at all. Although the majority of things I pay out for are needs.
We are meant to keep a spending diary. I haven’t started mine yet…I think it would make for depressing reading. The teacher was telling us that Sligo MABS (which is a money and budgeting service) have a twelve week waiting list to see people! It must be awful for people who are desperate for help having to wait so long.
I’m still doing to my drama course on a Wednesday and really loving it, I’ll be very sad when it finishes. It’s given me a lot more confidence and I’ve met some great people.
It’s great going back to education, even though they are only part-time courses it’s great to be learning new things.