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Originally posted by MidnightTide
You think times are hard now, just wait till the US dollar collapses and the derivatives market implodes......yes, the writing is on the wall, been obvious to some for years now. But the majority of people still think things are ok, you still can go to the supermarket, go home and watch your cable tv.
All I can suggest is prep, the time is coming when all those luxuries won't be available.
Originally posted by opethPA
I'm sorry I just don't agree with the sentiment that being financially viable means you are living with blinders on.
Additionally being successful, having a good paying job, being financially responsible and accountable, enjoying life, providing for your family does not make you a problem, a bad person, part of the TPTB or something that you need to feel embarrassed about.
That doesn't change the fact that I wish everyone had a fair chance or that I wish their were options for everyone to improve their life. That doesn't change the fact that I think the younger generation of people , 30 and younger, are fairly hosed when it comes to job prospects.
I just know that I don't feel guilty about working hard and making an honest living which has in turn allowed me to live life the way I want.
Originally posted by DarKPenguiN
I agree totally. I have watched this all happen over the last few decades...
I have watched my wage, standard of living and extra income (along with savings) PLUMMET whist working more and harder than ever before. The problem is, people like myself used to go out to eat weekly, go out dancing at the bars at least monthly, rent movies, order Pizza, etc... That stuff is all gone and it ripples through the economy as less and less jobs are being funded.
-And I am one of the fortunate ones.
My Wife lost her job managing a Bar/Restaurant (very high end) at an Airport when the business closed. She has been unable to find work since. Now, she has a degree, fantastic work history and has been in management for approx 20 years. When her place closed we were not worried at all and figured she would have a job very soon as its never taken long- In fact, she didnt even file unemployment because we decided that we wanted to take a vacation and not "lie" about her looking for work- That was a year ago.
People saying "work two jobs" or "take something at mc'donalds"- It isnt that easy... At first she applied for ONLY management jobs of which there were few (mostly applying Online) soon, she began applying for anything... Even at Christmas in my area Wal-mart did NOT do seasonal hiring and there is NOTHING. She has cold called, walked in, etc...etc...etc... at pretty much every business here.
It has gotten to the point where the gas money we were spending on the "job hunt" was killing us - We let the insurance lapse on her car and parked it... I work from home (I work pretty much 24/7 am am paid a "salary" which sounds decent but amounts to FAR LESS than min wage when hours are factored in- BUT, I enjoy my job amnd while "working" I can do things like play PC games and troll forums- I am happy..) we next let my insurance lapse and parked my CAR... Now her job search is on foot.
-This is no joke, things are horrible out there.
My buddy owned a Concrete business and after losing it- he is flipping burgers and is lucky for that.
-Wish all you guys the best of luck... The people who still have decent jobs (or live in one of the few areas where there IS work left) just cannot see nor empathize... Had we had this conversation a year ago I would have been one of them... Until I have watched what my wife has been going through I never would have believed it.
EDIT: And to those who say :"move"- That isnt so easy also... Moving cost's money and (at least in my case) that ship sailed...Having no idea we would be hgaving this much trouble and knowing my wife would take anything (including Mcdonalds) we werent too worried... IF I had things to do all over, yes, the second she lost her job we would have signed up for unemployment, liquidated our things, take a loss on out home and go- But rather than "lose everything" we figured we would make it with enough time and we love our community..
Its easy to look in the rearview mirror but...
edit on 2-3-2013 by DarKPenguiN because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by RoScoLaz
i've never known such a time of widespread hardship. up go the prices, down goes the income. there has to be a breaking point. i'm not sure what that might be. or what it will kickstart.
How old are you ? 15?
Originally posted by Echtelion
Feeling impoverished because you have a hard time buying new .45 ammo???
I mean come on!!! I know how poverty doesn't feel good, but just be RATIONAL!
Why the hell you need a huge reserve of ammo for? Hunting? Really... you need to hunt for a living? Can do that with a bow and arrows.
Shoot outs with TPTB when SHTF!? You'll get plenty of ammo to scavenge if you get to survive... Only that .45 isn't the most widespread caliber around. Why don't you go for .22 LR or 9 mm?
Do you know there's people who can't eat once a day, elsewhere on the planet? The average American still eats 2-3 times a day, and HUGE meals full of excess calories and proteins. Of course the economy is going to hell, but that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to get out of there!
Become a pirate!
Originally posted by DarKPenguiN
-Yes, the work from home stuff is a scam usually... Even when it isnt it kinda is because (at least in my case) I make very little "hourly" and work all the time- That said, I LOVE my job, work wearing sweats, watch the news and eat- Do pretty much anything I want and get to play games for a paycheck- Not a big one but...
Millennial unemployment rate is at 13.1 percent, above the national average of 7.8 percent, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Nearly half of millennials do not believe they are doing enough to manage their stress, the Stress in America report found. Most young people also say they are not getting stress management support from their health care provider.
That could be affecting their health, because millennials and Gen Xers are most likely to say that they engage in unhealthy behaviors because of stress, the report found. Stress has kept more than 52 percent of millennials awake at night, compared with 48 percent of Gen Xers, 37 percent of Boomers, and 25 percent of Matures, according to the report. Nearly half of millennials and Gen Xers get irritable or angry due to stress. Only 36 percent of Boomers and 15 percent of Matures report the same emotional reactions to stress. ['ex]
Originally posted by EchtelionDo you know there's people who can't eat once a day, elsewhere on the planet? The average American still eats 2-3 times a day, and HUGE meals full of excess calories and proteins. Of course the economy is going to hell, but that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to get out of there!
Originally posted by Bacardi
People, you're doing it wrong. You are not meant to have a job. That is the lie told to you since birth. You are not meant to work for other people. It is something you do when you have no other options. You are meant to work for yourself. To start your own business. To learn how to make money in America without Government or State aid.
This will fall on deaf ears because people aren't ready to hear it. But it's true. You need to learn to think outside the box. That steady paycheck isn't so steady when your employer can shut it off whenever they want. Think about that.