So how is everyone dealing with the “shaky economic times” these days? It’s hard to write about. For obvious reasons no one is going to write: “Well we’re three months behind on rent, and the electricity got shut of yesterday, so I’m posting from the library.”
One big give-away that people are feeling the pinch though, is the explosion of “frugal living” blogs. There are tons of them out there. I love them and I go to moneysavingmom most Sunday afternoons to see what the deals are for the coming week.
It’s just a little unsettling when your husband mentions different drywall companies that have gone under and small farmers that have sold out. Hmmm…
So work has been a little scarce for him lately, and I was praying that he would find some jobs. What do you know, he came home all excited, and Yay! He Had! Work! Lots of Drywall to Hang! For Several Weeks!
We had a little dance and jig and praised the Lord that night. He always provides doesn’t he?
It was short lived (the celebration, not the Lord’s provision) because:
Several hours later, what do you know, he came inside, less excited. The contractor called and said they can’t afford to sub it out. He’s going to hang the drywall himself.
This just confirmed to me that a little higher up in the food chain, people are doing what they have to do to get by. Small businesses are feeling it. Large businesses are feeling it. Rich people are even feeling it. I read a report about a Beverly Hills Lady who has not gotten her lips plumped in two months. I know, wow.
Really, I’m not a doomsday preacher. Generally, I’m a realist. I think the next couple of years are going to stretch us tighter than we’ve ever been stretched before. When I say we I mean my little family. I also mean my generation, who so far has had pie in the sky. And I mean us, as a nation, many of us whom habitually spend more than we make.
Just writing this almost makes me excited. Almost. We may be on for a wild ride. And when this cycle has run its course, (it will eventually) we will be wiser and just better than before. That’s realistic.
*****Ok here are the disclaimers. I’m not an economist by any stretch. So all of this “it’s going to get worse before it gets better” is just my own little opinion, and I have not so much as an article to back it up. I also thought Hillary would win the Democratic nomination, and you know how that turned out.
Here’s what I’m basing it on: Some guy in the Drywall Industry told Gene that the manufactor told him that it looks like 2010, is going to be the hardest year.
I mean, that’s almost like Alan Greenspan right?