Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Cost of Living

An acquaintance of mine - not even a very close acquaintance - has been having a rough time.  Her husband lost his job and was unable to find another one in the state they lived in so they lost their house.
They moved into Pennsylvania recently - away from family and friends - as her husband found a job here.  They live about an hour away from where I live -so in the same general area of the state.

This woman has been looking for a job since they moved and was offered one in her field.  She's complaining on Facebook that they don't want to pay her what she feels she is worth.  She mentioned the salary they are talking about and I realized that they are offering her $8,000 a year more than I make. [I'd take that in a heartbeat, by the way.] She says they can't survive on what her husband makes plus that amount. Then she revealed the kicker:  Her husband makes more than K and I do combined including the income from our rental properties.

That's when I realized that I could no longer sympathize with her.

I'm sorry, but- even though the cost of living might be a little higher where they are living right now than it is here - I cannot understand how this woman thinks her family cannot make it on that amount per year.  Does she not understand how to live within their means?  I really cannot comprehend the problem, to be honest.

It appears that others felt the same way as many folks commented that she should just take what she can get in this economy and then try to find something better - as it is easier to get a job when you have one.  She says no...  That this job won't do. She needs at least $20,000 a year more to make ends meet.

Perhaps this says something about the problems with our economy here in the US.  Here is an example of a family that is apparently not willing to cut back to live within their means - and doesn't understand why they should. Our government seems to have the same attitude sometimes, doesn't it?  It's something to think about.

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  1. You have no idea how many times I have thought the same thing!

  2. I wonder if this argument applies for the people who have Masters Degrees and PhDs and work minimum wage jobs because they are either too old, have unstable work histories, or lack the experience to be successful.

    1. You have to look at each situation differently, obviously. If you are in a situation where you are thisclose to living out on the street, a half-decent job is better than no job, IMO.