posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 07:26 PM
It's always been a bit tough over here if you got stuck in low paying work.. manufacturing, service providers, etc. But most people get by well
enough, until these recent years.
I was lucky in a way as I had been pensioned off working since '96, so my daughter and I on our own learned how to get by.. her mother got everything
in the divorce and I got our girl.. I got the best deal I think.
So we began with nothing and slowly bought used things to make a home for ourselves. I always bought her new stuff for her schooling, etc, but I made
do with used clothing, used vehicles, furniture, electrical appliances, etc. Never went to the pub with friends, or went out to restaurants.. who
could afford them ?
Once the girly turned 16 I lost our family tax package and had to make do with a lot less income... remembering that I was by then working in the
new-age industry and refusing to charge like a wounded bull for my services. So we got by... just.
Now, I am struggling to pay off a loan for my motorcycle. Struggling to buy enough food for even one week. Struggling to pay for my internet/phone
service ($150per month). Struggling to pay off power bills that have risen 6 or 7 times in the past three years. But I make rent each month without an
So I eat less, I rarely go out anywhere unless I take the bike because it is a lot cheaper on fuel, I don't drink, have had to give up smoking
tobacco, can't afford to buy pain relief at all..same goes for any medications.
This christmas I will be digging up the back yard to plant food crops. Will sell my car since I don't use it, etc.
I do see lots of people here have things for sale, their 2nd cars in the front yard with for sale signs on them, their houses, anything they do not
need, etc. Which shows everyone is starting to feel the pinch here.
Luckily for me I didn't have a lot to lose anyway, so I don't feel so bad as the more well off who are struggling to hang onto their Lifestyle.