posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 07:30 PM
OK, I said I would contribute, but it's a bit too personal for me - I lurve my anon status, so I'll be vague.
Myself and my partner both work in educational establishments of some sort. So, no real problem as far as lay-offs or anything. Cost of living is
getting worse in the UK, but I don't drive and live a fairly simple life. I don't go for new shiny things that easily - I don't buy more stuff to
weigh me down. My partner does drive and travels a bit for work, so that is restrictive, but we may move in the near future to reduce that issue.
After spending so long studying etc, I've never had a high maintenance lifestyle. My vices are smoking and an insatiable appetite for music and gigs,
but I rarely drink - maybe a bottle of wine once a month. Have a son, so can be costy keeping him clothed and fed, but he earns his own money from
doing stuff for neighbours, so he buys his own shinys.
TBH, I feel fine. However, my current position is only really contract-like work. So I don't have real solidity for the future. I could easily move
into a more permanent position, but not doing what I want, where I want. So I feel comfortable enough to be less stable doing what I want to do. I'm
not mortgaged etc (learned from previous experience), I don't have debts - a minor overdraft I use now and again. My partner has more stable
employment, but more debt in the form of student loans.
But I know other family members who are in debt to their eyeballs, essentially bankrupt and slaves to their creditors, and others who spend like
frickin crazy on the most useless items that sit gathering dust.
In comparison, I feel cool. No great personal worries on the financial/lifestyle side, and we could easily live on one wage. In fact, we have never
been more comfortable cf. past, and I feel pretty lucky to be living the life I want to a degree at this point in time.
[edit on 4-7-2008 by melatonin]