A MIDDLE-CLASS couple are amazed at how much extra money they have after stopping meals out, theatre trips and citybreaks while still being paid high salaries in stable jobs.
Julian and Carolyn Cook have realised their lifestyle of cheese boards in gastropubs, premium seats in boutique cinemas and jam splurges in English Heritage gift shops was absolutely haemorrhaging cash.
Julian said: “We’ve both been working from home, obviously, because we have good white-collar jobs so our income hasn’t dipped at all.
“But we’ve literally saved thousands on not buying smoothies and salads and wasabi peas for work lunches, let alone sushi.
“Nursery fees have been replaced by Disney Plus and six kilos of Play-Doh, we no longer eat at restaurants with ‘artisan’ and ‘grass fed’ on the menu, and Carolyn’s never in Zara or Joseph. For us, this pandemic is a bit of a boom time.”
Carolyn agreed: “I never used to think about it, but spa weekends add up. I’ve saved over £3,000 on those alone.
“And of course we haven’t had to to pay our cleaner for months. I hope she’s taken the opportunity for her to put her feet up. She always looked so tired.”