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Old 12-02-2009, 10:29 AM
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Default Who's feeling the effects of the economy?

They may not be calling it a depression, but man it sure comes close. Anyone else taking a hit?
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:05 AM
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I can't say that I personally have felt too much of it. But I do see it's effect all around me.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:40 AM
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Definitely. My day job is secure, but my side biz is completely stagnant - it's a luxury service anyway, so there's just not a market right now.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:21 AM
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It landed on me pretty hard. I make less than half what I was making a little over a year ago.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:37 PM
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I've been looking for work almost a year now.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:20 PM
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I was one of the first people in my area to lose my job. Spring 2008. Had a steady job one morning, and by mid-afternoon the entire office was shut down. Ouch.

It was pretty traumatic at the time, but it's turned out to be a blessing, in many ways.

When I came home from work early that day, my Fidelio was an absolute mensch about it all. Kind, loving, and supportive in every way that counts. After some of the initial shock wore off, we sat down and took a hard look at our finances, and came to the conclusion that if we were careful with our resources, I didn't need to rush out and grab the first job I could find.

Iím still not working, at least not for a paycheck. And as the economy continues to soften, Fidelio's pension goes farther and farther. (He's retired military.) What we used to refer to as his "fixed income" we now think of as his "steady paycheck." We donít spend what we used to, but we donít do without anything we need, either. And because weíre smart with our money, weíve been able to help some of our family and friends over some of the rough spots, too.

We spend our time differently now, because we have more time to spend. I live a little slower now, and breathe a little deeper. My sweetie and I take a walk together every evening now. Backyard BBQ and birdwatching has replaced dinner and a movie. Because we enjoy good wine, Fidelio has learned to make it. He took it up initially with an eye to saving money, but heís made a hobby of it and thoroughly enjoys it. Iíve expanded my garden, which Iíve wanted to do for years but havenít had the time. When there's an excess, I take it to the local food bank, sometimes the farmers' market.

The main thing Iíve learned in all this has been to quit looking out at the world to see if we have enough. Once I started looking at what's right here, turns out that we have plenty.
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:17 AM
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It's definately tighter here. So far hubby isn't out of work which is good. BF was for a few months but a friend of a friend of a friend managed to help him get a good lead and back to work.

But utility costs have been driven up significantly as have costs for all grocery items due to shipping and that means that the money we do have isn't going as far anyway.

In addition to that is the number of people we care about who can't take care of themselves or keep their jobs that we are trying to help out and that has become a NIGHTMARE job in and of itself.

So yes-definately affected.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:43 PM
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The way that it seems to be hitting us the hardest is that DH's having a hard time finding a job since we moved to NYC. Partly that's the economy, partly it's that I didn't really anticipate how hard of a transition the move to the city was going to be for him (but that's something for another thread).
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:00 AM
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My job is based 100% on tips, and while it took a while, the last 6 months or so it has finally hit me. people have less money to tip, so i make less. luckily i'm still getting by. just barely, but getting by.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:31 AM
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I read an article a couple months ago about how Wal-Mart and McDonald's were doing better because of the recession.

Apparently, fewer people were shopping at upscale stores or eating at nicer restaurants, so Wal-Mart and McDonald's were experiencing a "trickle down" effect as more people turned to them.

Then I read a different article the other day. It said McDonald's was starting to experience a downturn.

Not a good sign, man.
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