We can consider ourselves fortunate that we are paying basically $3.10 a gallon for gasoline as it is much higher elsewhere. Perhaps that is one reason I'm in no hurry to go anywhere. What was really amazing was that President Bush had no idea that gas was beginning to hit the $4 level in some areas of our great land. I know he has no reason to pull up to the pump, but gosh, wouldn't you have thought he would have heard it from someone who has this country's best interest at heart?
What is hitting at the pocketbook isn't just the fuel from the pumps, but the prices we are paying at the grocery store - and for sure, Cherokee is one town with the lowest prices at the check-outs. It's just amazing that I'm paying nearly $2 a dozen for eggs. Flour and sugar are up, and cereal is out of this world if you buy name brands. Everything is up and no wonder with fuel eating truckers to death. It takes them a $100 more to fill their tanks than it did 10 days ago. Businesses are paying more to get their deliveries. The trucker can't eat it all and thus, all prices are up.
I guess it hasn't hurt pop sales as some folks feel they can feed their kids more pop and less milk. I guess they rationalize that is a drink. Junk food is still going out the store doors. It's hard on school districts to serve nutritious meals and to provide a variety of dishes throughout the month.
Besides vehicle fuel and food, there are the heating bills to pay. I would imagine more folks are layering what they wear. Getting out the candles, reading before dark, and going to bed early. Gosh, I'm beginning to describe what the old folks used to describe the depression era of the thirties.
No, it isn't that bad yet - but could it get there? One needs to prioritize their spending to 'save some for a rainy day,' so to speak. No one needs to buy clothes or shoes at regular price. There are always sales going on, and there are nice second-hand stores to save money.
Speaking of clothes, I'm told that many a prom dress is costing around $300. For one night, perhaps 6-7 hours of wear, are parents really that foolish to spend that much?
The gently -used prom dress sale that was held at the Marcus Community Center a month ago really went over well, and they hope to do that again next year. Many gowns were on sale for $100, and were just like new. Kids need to learn to reason on how to spend their money whether they earn it or their folks.
I think families could find their family growing closer when they discuss family expenses and help make purchasing decisions. Children do not need to know the details of the family budget, but lay out what it would be nice to have and let them help make those decisions.
At Christmas time, I noticed the prices on computer games and it just about blew my mind how far parents wouldl go to keep their kids happy.
Buy them a sled or ice skates and let them go out and exercise their bones. No wonder we have more overweight kids today than in years past. I just remembered my all-time best solution with family budgets and activity for kids to join in -Plant a garden together, and set responsibilities for each person to do. then stick to it. It will save on your meal budgets, and also help keep the kids busy with some exercise - not to mention the pride they will develop in telling and sharing with others.
I'm tired of hearing about home mortages. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell me folks were purchasing homes beyond their means as they fell for the marketing schemes of corporate builders and lenders. I don't want my tax dollars going to bail them out.
Hold in there, folks. After this election year, things could really get our attention.