Originally posted by ldyserenity
Okay what everybody saying about it being unrealistic, it is for many reasons...
Yes, but there are balances.
Where I live, rent of $400.00 would be an unfinished unattached garage and not including deposit or utilities.
In reality $1,000 to start will not get anyone in any housing in the county where I live-- you are couch surfing-- and not likely with a child. Come
on, first and last month's rent, plus deposit, plus utility deposits on a thousand?
City code does not allow a parent with child to rent a single room apartment-- I would sleep on the couch anyway-- but that is not a legal option.
Vaccinations for the kids to attend school are required to get them in school.
In the game, you don't buy toothpaste, soap, detergent, clothes. You have no debts (or at least I didn't) you are not filling the car with gas or
buying bus tickets. You are not changing your oil or coolant, or replacing a tire. You drivers' license has not come due; you have purchased no
aspirin, coffee, or furniture. Your kids have not outgrown their shoes or jeans; you are not putting anything in the plate at Church or contributing
to the coffee pool at work. The collections of the bosses birthday has not come up.
Your boss has not come up demanding your signature stating that you have witnessed and approved his false travel expenses of $1,000.00. Your ex- has
not created credit card accounts in your name and given the bill collectors your new address. The IRS has not emptied your account because your ex
told them the check she sent last year was only for his or her taxes-- what is left is your responsibility. You have not ripped a hole in the knee of
your only work suit. You have not lost and been required to repay a library book.
You have not been criticized for not being a team player because you never attend the after hours functions at the office. You have not lost friend
and family relationships because you cannot afford the cell phone charges or gasoline to visit. You have not gone out with friends in six months--
because a movie ticket or even a single beer will mean you cannot afford to fill the car or add a piece of chocolate to your kids lunches.
The light bulb in the kitchen went out, and the light bulb in the lamp has been out for weeks. Your cell phone fell in the toilet. You spilled
coffee on your laptop. You have said, "No." to every invitation to your child's friend's birthday parties, ski-trips, night at the movies and so
on. You do not have TV, because cable is luxury, and your children have no toys, no bicycles and few friends, because you are working two jobs. One
doesn't come home one night...
Yeah, you are right, the game is not realistic.
The heartache of birthdays and Christmas when you cannot afford a celebration, much less presents.