Looking at our old practices versus our newer lifestyle, we should be rolling in the dough. But you know what? WE STILL AIN'T GOT NO DAMN MONEY!!! NEVER EVER NEVER!!! Sure, we have a halfway decent income. Problem is, inflation has far outpaced our income growth. Basic living expenses are eating us alive. Not to mention the fact that it's expensive as hell to be broke. In case you're not a fiscal (rhymes with "duck")-up like Miracle Man and I, allow me to tell a story.
Once upon a time, when the economy was good and we had not yet been bitch-slapped by life circumstances, Miracle Man and I had a phenomenal credit rating. Oh my Lawd, it was beautiful. Every time someone looked up our FICA score, the heavens would open and angels would sing. Then we'd get whatever the heck it was we wanted, very few questions asked. It was the late 90s and we were in our mid 20s. Hope sprang eternal and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We were young, confident, and dumb enough to believe our relative comfort would last forever.
Then reality caught up with us. After buying a house that we could just barely afford, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of parenthood. Don't get me wrong, we were thrilled to death with El's pending arrival. We just weren't prepared for how expensive it would be to have a kid. As the years went by we started to adjust to our new expenses. Then we had another kid, Miracle Man got sick, and the economy tanked - all in the same year.
|Replace the Kitteh with the Universe |
and yeah, it was kinda like that.
Sassyfats, you idiot!! Everyone knows that payday loans are a tool of the devil!
|Even Ernie knows better!|
But don't cry for me just yet. Or call me names. Whichever way you're inclined to go, just hold off for a second. My fiscal outlook is not hopeless. I have a few bills that will be paid off within the next couple of months, and I'm figuring out ways to pinch pennies until they scream. Miracle Man and I have learned a lot of hard lessons in recent years, and I know we'll make it to the other side of the desert eventually. Better still, we'll know what to do with the greenery when we get there.
|Stuff! That! Pig!!|