reply to post by jude11
With love and respect, and honestly I appreciate everyone who disagrees with me, and recognize most posters who have responded, but I read far more
than I post, so I do not expect folk to recognize me. And sorry for making this thread "ish" about me. That was not my intent.
I live within my means. I work in the arts freelance at the moment, although I usually hold prestigious titles. Which means at least in my area, I
have to fight to make $1000 for 6 weeks (part time: most is prep which can be done around another job).
My fiancee also holds a job in the arts. She makes about $24,000 a year before taxes, or in other words a bit above min. wage. So the two of us
together make $40,000 to $50,000 in a given year on average.
I do not argue others have it worse off. What I do argue is many people have made mistakes that have cost them money or investments.
I, however, do not see why that should cause such a glut of sympathy.
One time in my life, I have needed a credit card, and was able to use my father's. I wrote him a check for the amount the same day.
That one time was due to a snow drift and icy roads and no chains, and the tow truck driver not accepting checks.
Otherwise my opinion is life would be far less expensive if we didn't live in this credit society.
I understand sympathy, but do not think a worker as a cashier at McD's should be able to buy a house. The banks did, and now we are here.
I'm not sure if you've been in the wedding market lately but the average wedding these days is about $24,000. We have got the price down to $4-8000
My parents were going to send us to Australia, for our honeymoon, but I've had to tap that cash flow just to make the wedding happen.
Sadly her Mom and Dad are unable to pay for the wedding, although that's traditional.
I'm really not upset about this, but I do feel some guilt about not giving her the honeymoon she wants.
So yeah. Those of us that were responsible with money, are getting nothing right now. Which is cool, I have never asked for anything, although I did
collect unemployment for about 4 months, over the space of 8 months a few years back.
But I do resent the view, that we as citizens owe the folks that didn't read the fine print something for their mistakes.
I lost my job in 2009. I've been freelance since. I bought my house last year. I'm not saying everyone is as lucky as me, just saying everyone can
live debt free, if they look at what they are agreeing to.