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Pensioner using free bus pass to keep warm and living on yellow sticker food

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A pensioner says she uses her free bus pass to keep warm in the winter and lives on reduced, yellow sticker food. Linda Foster, 73, grew up in a working-class household and is now retired in Skegness, struggling to make ends meat in the wake of the cost of living crisis.

She said she ‘pulled herself up’ to own her home and make a good living for her and her children. However, in recent months, Ms Foster has had to make decisions to ensure food is on the table, Lincolnshire Live reports. She said: “Well, all the food has gone up tremendously and when you live on a pension you’ve got to take that into consideration.

“It’s getting to the point now where you used to be able to move down a level in food, down to the supersavers, but now you’re at the bottom level. You can’t move down any lower.”

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She said she’d had to alter her spending habits, saying: “I don’t buy any propriety brands anymore. I buy the supermarkets’ own or even lower than that.”

Ms Foster says she is buying the ‘yellow sticker’ food “all the time.” She added: “I’ve always been a canny shopper, but I have to be more canny now. “

Household energy bills increased by 54 per cent in April 2022 and are likely to rise substantially again in October. Ms Foster said: “I’m not only worried about the incoming increase in bills, I’m worried about the state of the government.

“How can a government, that are at sixes and sevens, run the country correctly? How can they stop this increase, increase, increase all the time?



Linda Foster, 73, is struggling to make ends meat during the cost of living crisis
Linda Foster, 73, is struggling to make ends meat during the cost of living crisis

Ms Foster says she is also considering selling her car, as petrol costs so much, she doesn’t see the point of keeping it. She resents that in spite of making a good life for herself, she feels that is being taken away from her.

“I lived in a family where there wasn’t much money, but I think it’s sad that I’ve managed to pull myself up,” she said. “I own this house, I brought my children up properly and I think it’s sad I’m going to have to live the way I lived when I was a child when there was no money about for anything.”

Ms Foster says she is also considering selling her car, as petrol costs so much, she doesn’t see the point of keeping it. She resents that in spite of making a good life for herself, she feels that is being taken away from her.

“I lived in a family where there wasn’t much money, but I think it’s sad that I’ve managed to pull myself up,” she said. “I own this house, I brought my children up properly and I think it’s sad I’m going to have to live the way I lived when I was a child when there was no money about for anything.”,

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