We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Older lady in the grocery line this morning, talking about the price of Crisco and eggs, I sh*t you not. More than doubled apparently, over the past few months. Cashier (also older lady) commented that her sister in Arkansas is paying even more than double for eggs now. Me, who was ready to check out next, but with fewer items than I wanted because of inventory shortages (which are noticeably worse here than 2 weeks ago), pointed out that there are worse things than higher prices, like bare shelves for example. First lady pulls out her Credit Card to pay and says, disgustedly, 'I am so ready for this to be over'
People are mad. We'll see if they're committed, soon.
Watched our grocery bill go up 60% over the last two years. Used to be about 600/mo, went up to 1000/mo, and my kids aren't teens yet, so it's not that.
Had to sit down and have one of the very very few serious budget discussions of our ten-year marriage, because this has put our monthly expenses over our monthly take-home pay. We could still balance it out with our tax return, but usually we count on being able to bank that for emergency car repairs and stuff. We've got it back under the line-- had to cut out, or minimize, luxury items like yogurt and sour cream, have more "lentils and rice" nights, and skew the balance hard away from ground beef, and toward chicken legs, for animal protein. For the beef that's left, more of it's chili so it can be stretched out with beans.
We've worked hard the last few years to get a little ahead, hoping to buy a house and get off the rental-go-round. Moved to a place with lower taxes, got a better-paying job, and a house (same rent) so much closer to work that we're buying 1/4th of the gas we used to. And we are just running to stand still. We are now doing a little bit better than breaking even, but only because my husband is picking up as much overtime as his employer will give him. It'd be nice to see him more often.
I asked HR to reduce the percentage of my paycheck going toward my 401K a few years ago, but I'm going to talk to them today about doing away with it altogether. I need the money now, and investing in a 401K now is akin to a kid putting his weekly allowance into a piggy bank that he can't crack open.