Unfortunately in the intervening year I have gone from being a PhD student on 10K tax free, to a... well, whatever I am now. I seem to be collecting enough odd jobs to have about 6K guarenteed for the year so far, but it's definitely time to pull in the belt straps.
I really like being a member of things. You get cards, and if you're passing something interesting you can visit. And while I don't for a second rank it on a level with giving money to the starving children of Africa, it's probably a way of getting something I want while possibly doing some good at the same time.
And I would really miss being able to pop into Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey whenever I wanted to. Realistically, this year I would have spent more on tickets than on membership... but then, that might be because I go more often because I'm a member.
If I don't renew, what's the right thing to do with the damn cards? Post them back to them to demonstrate my utter integrity?
So how many of my memberships should I renew?
National Trust (I use it most and I still pay young persons rate)
English Heritage (It's the one Matthew can still get at student rate)
RSPB (I seldom use it, but I care more about TEH BIRDS than the houses)