A recent post on blogher.com made me stop and reflect about our family, our personal lives, and what we have given up because we simply can’t afford certain things now that the economy, and my company, has taken a hit financially.
I also began asking other people what they have had to give up on a family level due to the struggling economy.
For a time, when the finances were flowing, and people were buying, and all was alive and booming, those people who were doing well indulged in response to their overflowing wallets. I can recall my best friend stopping at Starbucks four to five times a week after work, dropping $4 a pop on a coffee (I know, it makes me shudder, but her reasoning I understood). She stated that she worked hard and she deserved that $4 coffee at the end of a long day.
We work hard. We should enjoy.
That was the way many of us thought for a while.
Now it seems the idea is We work hard, we have to save, things are not going well. We fear losing homes, not eating, or finding out that the bank in which our money was saved has gone belly up – and taken our hard-earned money with it on the ride.
The other day my friend said that gas has become so expensive she no longer spends $4 on coffee each day. If she does stop, which is one time a week rather than four, she gets iced coffee, which is only a dollar and some change. In addition she doesn’t go places on the weekend because of the cost of filling up her mini van’s tank. They are spending more time with family at home, doing things like jumping on the trampoline and riding bikes around the neighborhood.
On blogher, a poster cited this article, found in the Orange County Register. Now, some people do not have homes in these trying times. Others? Seems they aren’t getting their (gasp!) Botox treatments.
Are you kidding me?
What’s to become of these wrinkled Southern California foreheads in the midst of this financial downturn?
Though I was a bit aggravated that something so trivial made the news, it did make me wonder if these same people who were concerned about Botox had to worry about the real things in life, like losing electricity, not being able to afford to eat more than beans and rice a few times a week, or becoming homeless?
Or is the worse that has happened in their lives the fact that the needle has to be put on hold for a while?
Which led me to wonder this: Do we all, regardless of our income, feel the impact of this wavering economy? I don’t mean feel it as in we don’t get to have elective plastic surgery. I mean feel it as in worry about where the money is coming from. I mean feel it so much that our lives have had to change, really change, in a negative way.