Monday, October 25, 2010

A Reminder

Wifey has been talking with a neighbor of ours. They have a young kid and passed some baby clothes onto us. Actually a lot of baby clothes that Wifey offered to pay for but she just wanted to get rid of them. Wifey asked if she could do anything at all like a ride to the store. The gal said maybe next week after they get paid a ride to the grocery store would be nice.

Since I have been out of college I can't remember a time when payday affected something as simple as grocery shopping. Even then it really didn't though I had a stricter budget to follow. Talk about living paycheck to paycheck. Interestingly enough the way these folks live is probably a lot closer to "the norm" than the way we do.

Maybe the way we live is strange to people but I don't need to check which day of the month it is to go buy milk, cereal and eggs.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm a 9-1-1 dispatcher and last night I had a caller who was looking for resources to get out of her house. Adult woman living at home with mother and sisters. Said they've all been saying mean things to and about her and she couldn't stand it anymore. I told her that she is an adult and can leave anytime. Our conversation went like this:
"But *where* can I go? I don't have anyone else!"
You can move out. Go get a hotel room or something, and then look for a room or apt to rent.
"But I won't have any money until the 3rd of next month!"

The best I could do was give her phone numbers to mental health and housing counseling services. It reinforces my opinion that debt is akin to slavery. The best way to be truly free and in charge of your own life is modest needs and financial independence.

Anonymous said...

It says something for the woman's character that she wouldn't take money for the baby clothes, despite waiting on money to be able to shop for groceries. Kinda like the old days when people realized they didn't necessarily have to have money to have dignity.

cryptical said...

I've known mothers that buy and sell baby clothes on ebay, a quick look over there shows a pretty active market.

Paycheck to paycheck can be fixed by changing habits in a lot of cases.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Recent articles about how Walmart's parking lot fills up at about 11:00 p.m. the night before the first of the month. And how people fill their carts so that when the money from the Government hits their accounts at midnight, they can buy groceries...

And from the way the articles sound, these arent people who are buying seafood only to return for cash and then buy rims or anything... These are milk, bread, egg purchases.

I fear for what happens if the Fed totally takes away all pretense and comes back on November 3 and tells the truth that they are pulling out all stops on the printing presses...

Heather said...

It's always a shock to me when I go to the commissary on payday and the lines are out the door.

Commander_Zero said...

"Maybe the way we live is strange to people but I don't need to check which day of the month it is to go buy milk, cereal and eggs."

That right there is quotation gold.

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