Pensioners battle to make ends meet

2015-10-08 06:00

PENSIONERS living at retirement villages on the South Coast say they are “feeling the pinch” due to the rise in food prices.

A resident of Anerley Place says has had to abandon her passion for baking because the ingredients are too expensive.

“My budget no longer allows for my hobby. Surviving on a state pension means that my budget is very small and I often have to leave out the luxuries.”

Another Anerley Place resident, Christine Metcalf, said she and her husband buy groceries for R2 000 every month.

“My medication costs R1 000 a month, but my son sends me money for that.

“There are certain fruit and vegetables that I leave out sometimes because it’s just too expensive,” she said.

Joy Hare, who lives at the Flower Foundation, said she has to turn her money into bubblegum and make it stretch as far as possible every month.

“I often leave out meat and chicken from my grocery shopping. I’d like to go to the hairdresser and get my hair cut too, but I can’t afford it,” said Hare.

Julia Boddy, who also lives at the Flower Foundation, said fortunately the rent is low at the retirement home so it makes her feel at ease.

“We also get a lot of assistance from sponsors and donors for which we are very grateful. I can’t buy meat and all of the fruit and vegetables that I would like because I simply can’t afford to,” said Boddy

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