- April 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm #260669
Herlean, Did you guys go overboard on buying “stuff”. You might
consider selling that stuff on eBay or Craigs List. My son has a big
family and plenty of bills, but he realized how much stuff he had
accumulated, and sold on eBay. He was able to get a lot of his bills
paid, and get on solid ground. They get all clothing at Goodwill,
dumped the cell phone and cable tv, have a huge garden, and very
frugal with trips to grocery, etc. They do not qualify for
assistance, and are managing fine. It isn’t easy, but doable.
We have to realize that the utility company provides a service, i.e.
electricity. We have no right to demand they give us free
electricity anymore than we would expect the grocery store to give
us their food for free. If we followed this idea, then you should
not expect to get a paycheck from your job, but let the company keep
it, and your labor is also free.
I don’t want to sound mean, but one day the entitlement bubble will
burst, when the taxpayers, paying for everything, which are at the
bottom of our upside-down pyramid, will collapse with the weight of
those who want it all free. That is why this is such a great forum
to help each other with ideas.
I am amazed how wonderful this group is with sources, and helps.
Good luck, as you are in my prayers to find a solution. Anna
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Herlean
> You don’t have to be “poor” per se. In our case, the bills cost
more than we can afford to pay each month. We both work full time,
but we have way more bills than our income. If we pay less than the
utility company is demanding, they will turn off the utilities. If
they turn them off, they will want about a $1000 deposit to turn
them back on plus the past due amount.
> as our gross income is too high to qualify for “poverty level” and
qualify for assistance, we are on our own. baby in the house,
fridge full of medication that will be rendered useless – nothing
matters to them but the payments. to them, the only medical reason
that qualifies for keeping the power on is having a heart machine on
or oxygen. so, we will soon be living in our car if it comes down to
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