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Keeping tabs on the cost of living

Supermarket

The BBC News website asked three readers to keep a diary of their living costs across a week.

The panel monitored their spending all last week and let us know how food, fuel and energy prices have been affecting their lives.


Daniel Donaldson, 28, is a graduate waiting to start full-time work who lives in Edinburgh. Anne Thomson, 41, lives with her partner and children on South Uist and works as a money adviser. Stuart Chandler, 46, is unemployed and lives with his two sons in Clydebank.


Daniel Donaldson
Daniel Donaldson
"It's like I'm running on vapour"


Anne Thomson
Anne Thomson
"Winter costs are now a worry"


Stuart Chandler
Stuart Chandler
"The price of fuel is pivotal"

Gas
Feeling the heat
See Daniel's diary of living costs



Chicken
Egg boost
See Anne's diary of living costs


Petrol pump
Half full
See Stuart's diary of living costs




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