Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thank Goodness!

Watching as even more houses in my town become empty while others remain empty is just getting sadder and sadder. I don’t know how many times a week I say to myself, thank goodness we didn’t get caught up in some of the slimy deals banks and mortgage companies were doing. Also, thank goodness we didn’t get into deep credit card debt. Not every decision we have made along the way was the right one, but these sure were.

We are managing to survive without a big screen TV, without granite countertops in our kitchen and without matching stainless steel appliances too. Whew, how did we do it when everyone knows these are all “must haves?


Blogger Distributorcap said...

it is amazing how consumer and thing driven we became - and in many ways still are.

i like how economists for so long were telling us we had to save save save since all we did was spend our way into debt

then last month when figures came out that we are saving more than we have had in years, those same economists are complaining that we arent spending enough to get us out of this recession/depression. and the markets dropped

bottom line problem in this country - TOO MUCH MONEY IN TOO FEW HANDS. those who have cant spend it all, those who dont have cant spend what they dont have.

June 30, 2009 3:02 AM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

I too am big screen TV free. If I go to a sports bar or some well to do friend's home, I see how good they look, but I still can't afford one, so none for me.

Currently, I don't have a car and I only bought a cell phone many years ago because a friend wanted me to play test a cell phone game he was developing. The cell phone now resides in my sock drawer, and I haven't used it in about five years.

I'm a bad consumer. Rent, food, some occasional new clothes, a fan for the front room when the weather gets hot.

No wonder the economy's a mess. I blame myself.

June 30, 2009 5:10 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

A little Schadenfreude with your coffee this morning? :)

June 30, 2009 5:51 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

I swore we would have a big screen TV before football season, 2007. Still waiting.

Last year we were going to redo our kitchen. Nope.

We are stimulating the economy with the installation of new windows though (and hopefully lowering our power bill) and new vinyl siding.

Maybe I will have that TV for football season 2010.

June 30, 2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Oh, but it's all about the "American Dream," don't ya know!? I have a friend who makes even less money than I do, and whose husband HAS to get every new video game, every new electronic doodad, every new comic book. (Yes, he's a man-sized baby, like so many guys.) They've also bought a house and a big-screen TV, they had a baby, and they got a new car.

Meanwhile, she wonders every month just how they're gonna pay for it all. Solution? Put it on the credit card.

I just swallow hard and say, "um, that's one solution, I guess...."

But hey--they're living the American Dream!

June 30, 2009 7:14 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Maybe if you had bought that big-screen teevee, the economy wouldn't have crashed, ever think of that?

June 30, 2009 8:07 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

so sad.

I have several friends who have consistently made considerably more money than I have and who live paycheck to paycheck.

I certainly don't begrudge them their big tv's and SUV's but I don't understand their importance either.

June 30, 2009 10:50 AM  
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