John Cheese on Being Poor

Where the wealthy dine...

I am, once again, doing the kind of frantic budgeting in which having $50 left for a month's worth of groceries is actually good news. What expenses can I cut? What do I absolutely have to spend money on? What will actually be possible without someone laughing hysterically at my income and credit history? The kind of crazy budgeting with margins so narrow that moving to Paganistan looking for better opportunities suddenly seems financially unfeasible because "Oh Gods, I'd have to buy a winter … [Read more...]

Beans, or Keeping Faith in Tough Times

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Saying it's tough right now may be the understatement of the year. Every day I am reminded of stories my grandparents told of the Great Depression. It's rough out there. Everyone I know is struggling in some way.My friend, Cara Schulz, and I were discussing how dismal the economy is the other night. We were expressing our worry and feelings of helplessness. What brought it up was Cara's post on G+ that has garnered a lot of attention. Here is an excerpt: I've been reducing meat and … [Read more...]


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