The current state of economic times has got to be affecting everybody. And I do mean EVERYBODY. Even if you’re rich enough not to be affected by inflation at least the product shortages are disrupting your lifestyle regardless of whomever you are. How did we get here? How are we going to get out? WE aren’t going to do anything except continue to suffer because our current financial downfall’s fate isn’t in our hands. Dave Ramsey always said that politicians have no hold on our lives but I think Mr. Ramsey has to change his tune. We ARE at the mercy of politicians faulty decisions with no end in sight. How we allowed political hacks, who we elected, to take precedence over our lives is beyond me.

It won’t be long now before all of America starts looking like San Francisco. Have you been to San Fran lately? The place where Tony Bennett left his heart? His wallet? And apparently his brain? The city is loaded with homelessness, drug pushers, crime and rat infestations galore.

To all the folks who quit their miserable long term jobs in The Great Resignation, I say bravo to everyone of you! Underpaid, least appreciated and long time abused, thankfully you’ve found that money isn’t everything. For years the politicians gloated on keeping all of us in debt just so we would keep on working for ‘the man’. Well, no more.

What are these ex-workers saying now that they have found their freedom? (click here for more info)

“I [no longer] need to buy clothes or shoes for work, fill the gas tank three times a week, pay for parking, etc.,” wrote Sandy Marasco in an email. After being laid off from her pharmaceutical industry job in Cambridge, Mass., early during the pandemic, Marasco used her severance package to pay off her mortgage. Some retirees said that although the pandemic nudged them into retirement faster than they expected, it also brought relief from the expenses incurred in pursuing their careers.

Kathleen Corcoran had concerns about giving up the “golden handcuffs” of a full-time job in the high-cost D.C. metro area when she retired from her communications career. But no full-time salary could allow her to buy what she really wanted: time.

Giving up income is stressful, but “then you realize some of that money is going for things to de-stress you” from work, Corcoran told me in a phone interview. “Once I sat down and looked at the numbers, I realized [retiring] was doable — and what I was getting in return was time to pursue things I really wanted to pursue,” such as seeing friends, writing, reading and volunteering.

My husband lost his job because his boss couldn’t get parts. That was true months ago and it’s still true today. Due to this loss of income I had to learn how to cut back and start living on less. At first I kicked, screamed and at times even shed a tear (much like the people above in said article) but yesterday I had a strange revelation: we have $5,000 less money coming in per year and after some painful adjustments, we’re doing just fine! The only thing I could cut out of our budget was our membership in Amazon Prime. The rest of the cuts are called: sacrifices. Did we really need 2 day free shipping on all that nonsense we were buying? Amazon Video cut out many of the free movies and were now charging fees to view a good movie. Did I really want to start paying a fee for what I used to get for free? Amazon Music also started charging a fee to listen to better quality music that I could get for free from Spotify. Ditto for Amazon Kindle. Instead of receiving a free eBook per month, the choices were now juvenile and obsolete. Did I really want to start paying for eBooks that I could get for free from my tax-payed library?

Have you applied for a job lately? Sure they say there are a plethora of jobs out there but have you recently applied? DH did and no matter which category he applied to, through Indeed, every single job opening led to Amazon. I even tried it and found the same thing. I applied for local data entry and bookkeeping positions and every application brought me to Amazon. WTF? Both my husband and I started getting an explosion of job offering emails from Amazon till we opted out. When I tried to cancel my Amazon Prime Membership and get a pro-rota refund I was told that was impossible. I could cancel but my membership would stay intact till the end and then it would not renew. When I asked to speak with a supervisor, my cell phone rang and the supervisor called me in person.

After counting off to him the many deficiencies I was now experiencing with Amazon Prime and how the quality had deteriorated (my last shipment delivered a food product that was stale, hard and inedible!!!) I was quickly refunded $77.20 back from my $119 membership fee. At least finally, in the end, Amazon Prime did the right thing.

The main thing I want to emphasize today to you all is that hubby and I are doing just fine. Yes, the economy is painful. Yes, we’ve had to give up many, many things. Back in the time when DH and I were going through the most difficult financial period ever in our lives (2001) I learned a very powerful, important lesson: If you have a comfy bed to sleep on, a roof right over your head, a daily hot shower and three square meals a day, you’re doing AOK. Those are the most important accomplishments a human being can make. Especially now, in this painful, painful economy. The politicians may be frightening the pants off many retirees by falsely telling them their Social Security checks are in danger (or delayed) if the government isn’t allowed to pack on more trillions and trillions of dollars of debt. They can go f**k themselves. Sorry for being so brutal. But I think I can speak for most of us, we’re not afraid of YOU any more. We’re quitting and learning to live with out that free 2 day delivery.

Giving up income is stressful, but “then you realize some of that money is going for things to de-stress you” from work, Corcoran told me in a phone interview. “Once I sat down and looked at the numbers, I realized [retiring] was doable — and what I was getting in return was time to pursue things I really wanted to pursue,” such as seeing friends, writing, reading and volunteering. She now teaches part-time, a job she finds “rewarding in a way that goes beyond a paycheck.”

Americans are sending out a powerful message. ‘The Great Resignation‘ is in full force. Click here for more info.

As pandemic life recedes in the U.S., people are leaving their jobs in search of more money, more flexibility and more happiness. Many are rethinking what work means to them, how they are valued, and how they spend their time. It’s leading to a dramatic increase in resignations — a record 4 million people quit their jobs in April alone, according to the Labor Department.

When California went into lockdown for a second time in December, Golembiewski was given the choice of working six days a week or taking a furlough. He took the furlough. It was an easy decision. After a long career in restaurants, Jeremy Golembiewski is looking for a job with better hours so he can have more time with his wife, Cecelia, and their children. In the months that followed, Golembiewski’s life changed. He was spending time doing fun things like setting up a playroom in his garage for his two young children and cooking dinner for the family. At age 42, he got a glimpse of what life could be like if he didn’t have to put in 50 to 60 hours a week at the restaurant and miss Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas morning with his family.

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