posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 04:35 PM
To be honest, it took this recent Recession to really put things in perspective for us.
My wife was laid off for about 10 months, and I was laid off for about 5 months (and about 4 of those months we were BOTH laid off), and from decent
paying jobs (Middle Class, close to upper Middle).
Now, we didn't have much debt (other than car and old debts from when we were young and stupid), but two unemployment checks didn't exactly pay the
bills while we feverishly looked for work.
Luckily, she's now back to work (for about 3 months now), and I'm now back to work (for about two months now), so we're steadily getting caught up,
and back on solid ground, (luckily, we were saving for a house instead of renting forever, but we ended up using that money to live on)...
I can certainly appreciate some of the frivolous things we used to do though. I mean before, if we wanted something, we could generally afford it. If
we wanted to eat out, we didn't have to check the bank account, etc. Man, what a difference since that whole crap.....
Oh, and both of us had gone back to school. I've got one class left for my Masters, and she just started her Masters program, so hopefully, much
brighter days are ahead...
(had we not gone back for our Bachelor's degrees though, we'd have REALLY been in a bind...as we wouldn't have obtained jobs paying the same rate
without those degrees)...