I’ve been mulling over the discussions online and on the news (Glenn Beck and Fox News) about the economy and the upcoming stimulus checks. And more and more I find myself nodding in agreement when someone talks about taking responsibility for our choices. I am so frustrated at times by the culture of individual rights and the “poor me” attitude so prevalent in America today. Someone suggested that America needs a recession, but honestly I don’t see people being disciplined and sacrificial in making choices.
When we do get our stimulus check, the only thing we’ll be stimulating is our bank account! We had a ton of unexpected expenses last year, plus another rather large nut this past February. It has meant making do where we can, though I think we could have done better. It has also meant foregoing certain things like fixing our stove for good and taking all seven of us out to Nebraska for a family wedding/vacation. At this point, I know that we can live on less and save more and I’m itching to get started on that journey after we get the last car repair bill paid off. I really want to live the Dave Ramsey mantra of “Live like no one else today so that you can live like no one else tomorrow.”
Now I’ll step off my meandering soapbox and share some of what I’ve been reading and thinking about.
This American’s Dream
The Language of the Perpetual Poor – this doesn’t include comments that SAHMs get, like “You’re so lucky to stay home.” Luck had nothing to do with it.
The Subprime Mess and the Regular Guy