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I've got £1000 to play with.
I'm a postgrad (Philosophy), living with parents. My dad is massively disabled, so, economically, I'm a househusband. I clean the floors, wash up the dishes, change the bedsheets, and look after my spazzy dad during the day (he shits himself, has lots of GP appointments, makes a mess when he demonstrates his autonomy ie tries to cook, and needs to be supervised). He really is like an infant, and I don't think other people understand the social dynamic when they criticise either me or my mum for the fact that I still live with my parents. It's as easy for me to move out and become a 'grown up' as it is for a housewife with an autistic child to divorce her working husband. I do the shopping, the driving, and look after my dad.
Anyway, one of my dad's pensions came through, and it's a windfall. I get no say in the matter, but I've been allocated £1000 out of the lump sum (£9000 total).
I want to break free without giving my mum (or, I suppose, my dad) a death sentence in the process (my mum's already had cancer, and I don't want to stress them). But it's totally not worth me spending £1000 on rent and bills, which will last a couple of months, while I look for a low-paying job just to 'stick it to mom n dad' when it really makes no sense at all, and is going to hurt everyone involved.
It seems that this £1000 is the best thing I have to create a new opportunity. It's not much, but I'm patient enough to invest it, or do something else with it that's not going to be a waste.