So... my brother is building a car in our back yard. This is largely awesome but slightly problematic. It's awesome because only smart people who have an insane love for horsepower can build a car (beach buggy) from the ground up in the dusty outdoor conditions of Africa, but problematic because it means that all expendable income from the household (after food, electricity, water, rent, internet, tax, university fees, insurance etc.) is going into building the bug.
The purpose of building this vehicle is not recreational. A beach buggy is the cheapest vehicle on the market in my country, and much more so second hand, in which case they need to be restored. My family has to be at three different corners of town at the same time every morning, and we are currently a one-car household (the second car doesn't count because it drinks more petrol than is economically viable). My father luckily gets a lift to work, for the moment, but the issue of my brother getting to university is a difficult one. Hence, he needs his own vehicle.
And then there's me, who set the household back a whole month's salary if not for the fact that I got a student loan to go on the course that I disappeared to since February. Also, because of the nature of the work I'm applying for, I need my own transport as well, as I'm going to have to travel to and from the airport at awkward hours. Because of that, I need a driver's licence. For that, I need money for lessons because my parents don't have time to teach me, and drivers' test driving is different to on-the-road driving anyway. That's going to set the family back another month's salary.
In a nutshell, at the moment things are financially a little tight while the family's in a transition phase. Lovely.