On your beam ends
The phrase 'On your beam ends' is used to describe someone really hard-up, struggling to manage, with few things left.
It was originally a naval phrase, relating to ship's beams, and how dangerous it is to be on the end of a beam.
Anyhow, today I want to share somethings I have done at different times of my life, when I was 'on my beam ends'.
These things helped me through some very tough financial times.
1 Turned off the fridge, and kept milk and spread on an outside windowsill.
2. Gone to bed straight after tea.
3. Worn tights under my jeans with socks on top.
4. Slept fully clothed.
5. Done my laundry in my shower/bath.
6. Worn fingerless gloves all day.
7. Boiled the kettle in the morning and after making my cuppa, putting the rest of the boiling water in my flask - then not boiling the kettle for the rest of the day.
8. Sat with blankets over my lap.
9. Eaten one large hot meal and two tiny cold meals a day.
10. Worn my coat indoors.
11. Used the same soap for me, clothes and dishes.
12. Once the sun set, turn off all devices and gone to bed.
Can you add to the list?
What have you done when you were on your number ends?