Middle Class (barely!) bill paying

  • rnch

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    Mar 05, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Following the time tested Japanese method of "Just In Time" production method of bill payment, I paid the first of the month regular, re-occuring bills this morning.

    After I was all done, i couldn't decide if I need a slug of pepto-bismol or a tall, cold "adult beverage".

    What I really wanted to do was to grab all the bills in one hand, my checkbook in the other hand, march out to the middle of my street and bellow at the top of my lungs: "CAN I GET A BREAK HERE, PEOPLE! YOU'RE KILLLIINNGGGGG MEEEEEE!!!"


    Today's exercise in middle class futility makes me realize why, many years ago, my Mother would quickly and quietly herd all the kids into her "pride of the suburbs" ford country sedan station wagon and aimlessly stoll thru the shopping mall, looking at much and buying little, as my Father paid HIS bills.

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    Mar 05, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Yes. If only I could get all the people who owe me money in touch with the people I owe money to... I could go work in the garden and they could just leave me out of it.

    BTW: Since I have been doing free-lance consulting, I can assure you that those very same companies who expect you to pay your bill every 28 days or face huge late fees and bad credit reports... do not pay their bills on time. Ever. It seems like three or four months late is the new norm. And government agencies are even worse.
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    Mar 05, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    I don't want to start a war , but i have noticed a lot of people in America living above their means . I have work-mates that drives luxury cars and live in house much too big for their income , what happens is that those are living from paychecks to paychecks , and if something happen in the meanwhile ( lost of employment , sickness ) , they have no financial cushion to live on during these hard times ...icon_confused.gif
    you might enjoy life more with all that spending , but is it worth the sleepness nights thinking of " how am i going to get out of this hole" !
    My parents after going thru the hardship of WW2 , raised us with the value of money in mind .. I would agree that i drive a 9 year old kia , and a 14 year old Toyota LC diesel , but i also have 2 small residences ( one in each country ) paid for , and no debt at all , and a financial retirement secured .icon_smile.gif
    It is a choice that we make , living with the limit of our means or above it ....