My husband’s work has been cut back for the third time in 4 months. In November it was $200 a month. Not happy but not a problem. Then in December it was nearly $500. Yikes. That’s $700 reduction in two months. We’ve been very tight. Since I’ve not been able to find work for two years, we’re kinda been barebones living. Nothing but mortgage, bills, utils, gas, food, and stuff our kids need. I haven’t bought clothes for myself for years and years.
So yesterday he calls me and told me we’re in trouble. He’s losing a large part of his work now and we’re not going to make it without a second income. He has to look and I have to look. (I’ve been looking!) Cutting back isn’t going to help – there’s not enough left to cut back to compensate for the loss.
However, we can save about $100 a month on cable tv. So, it’s going. 😦 We’re not going to have any tv. I’ve never been without tv in my entire life. I’m not a tv lover or anything. It’s a tool that I use for a variety of things. I will miss it. My husband and I love to watch Westerns together, and my son and I relax with some cartoons. We’ll not have these things until I don’t know when.
It’s hard when you have to cut all the things you enjoy out of your life when there’s no money. For me, I haven’t been shopping in years. No shopping. No expensive health foods+supplements – you can only buy what you must have if you get ill. No trips. No books. No electronics. We’ve got stuff to be repaired and can’t do it. Now no tv. Slowly all the enjoyable things have slipped away from me. Forget about going for a cup of Starbucks coffee – all that stuff dropped long ago.
The scary thing is…when you’re cutting your tv due to the fact that you have to because it’s the last thing to go that’s not absolutely necessary…it makes me wonder if it’s going to be enough (of a savings) and what will happen if we can’t find work? We have nothing left to cut. We could sell our truck, but that leaves my son and I without reliable transportation. Are we going to go down further than where we are now? When you think it’s rock bottom it’s not. Not in this economy. You can go deeper, further.
We pray daily for not only us, but the others all over the US and the world who are enduring much financial difficulties due to this state of affairs. I wish everyone ease in their difficulties, and may we be guided by frugality and practicality so that we can not only get through these issues, but never find ourselves burdened financially again.
So, I job hunt. Again and again. My bow is my computer, my arrow is my resume. One day I have to come back with meat!