reply to post by schrodingers dog
First I am going to argue with you that DC is not average. DC is a pricey place to live. Not too far behind california and New York. The part you live
in may seem reasonable but the housing in and around DC is much higher then most of the country.
A million dollars for a townhome is not average.
How are we coping? we are not.
medical bills are killing us. gas is killing us. we go into debt every month and had to utilize credit cards, furthering our demise.
if our rent wasn't cheap we would have to bankrupt. But the gov't has made sure we can't even do that.
I work part time but much to my dismay I am going back full time. Taking precious time away from my son.The last thing I ever want to do is put him in
daycare full time. Now my family that I work so hard at is going to suffer for it.
My husband is looking for a job closer to home. We figure that even cutting his commute by half will save us several hundred dollars a month.
A lot of people are doing this. They are moving closer to work and saving a lot on gas. This is good for the environment. I was reading how one woman
got an apt near her work and bought an electric scooter. With the money she is saving now she can pay the scooter off in 7 months.
I have grown some of my own veggies, and I plan on freezing the extras. I have heard that if you grow all your own veggies you can save 1500/ year.
We got a membership at a wholesale club, hoping to save money that way.
We are talking about sending my husband back to school. He did career training to be a mechanic. But the downturn has left him without any work. It
sucks when you get paid by the job.
This morning he didn't have any more work by 10am.
As far as food goes, we do ok. This is one place I won't budge. We don't go out. We buy clothes at thrift stores. But I will only buy
unprocessed,natural.organic food. My son needs the best chance in life. Both my husbands and my health are poor. My son will need all the healthy
chances he can get.
We are very VERY
fortunate that we have a family owned dairy that delivers natural and local meat,eggs, dairy, cheese, yogurt, etc. Even
prepared meals. Since they are local and produce most of their own stuff, they have not had to raise prices , and are working hard to not do stuff.
Though everything is local and natural, they can be compared to a local grocery.
and real milk tastes so much better, especially in a glass bottle. I can't stand store stuff anymore.
But I cut where I can. I make coolaid now instead of buying drinks. Cheaper, less packaging. Probably less junk in it.
I even switched from the body shampoos to bars of soap. They last longer, far cheaper, less packaging.
Sigh, if gas keeps going up I don't know what we will do.