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Just a vent...

December 13th, 2008 at 07:11 am

I remember reading an entry a few weeks ago about frustrations with visiting the "less fortunate" relatives over the holidays and how it made for some uncomfortable moments. I am finding that same situation occurring on a daily basis in my life here and I am frustrated with it. The state that I live in has not had the real estate bubble trouble, we are begging for workers to fill empty job positions, and the local economy seems very sheltered from the nationwide downfall. There have been small bits and pieces of things trickling into our state from "the recession", such as an Office Depot store that was just built and opened in 2007 announcing that they are closing. This type of thing in general seems to be coming from bigger up the chain decisions. I have friends who are out of state who I love dearly, who are hurting because of the economy. I don't want to minimize what they are going through, but I am having a hard time not saying "JUST MOVE!" to some of them. I think when everyone around you in your "circle" is struggling, it is easy to think that the rest of the world is in the same shoes. The media and their constant pounding in our heads about "the recession" adds to this. My bestfriends husband came home with a paycheck for less than $100 this week. That's it! They know there is no work where they are living, and the chances of things picking up anytime soon are very slim. It isn't the "end of the world" everywhere like the media has led us all to believe. So my biggest frustration is why do people allow themselves to just sit and be kicked and kicked and kicked when there are certainly other opportunities out there? I can understand if you have a home you own and can't sell that it can be near impossible to move right now. But I know lots of people who just don't have those strong of roots in a community who seem content to just be "down on their luck" and not do anything to change. If your money isn't enough to pay for bills and necessities- you either have to lower the amount of your bills, or INCREASE INCOME. Seems simple enough to me.

Sigh. Just venting because I can't vent anywhere in real life about this...

8 Responses to “Just a vent...”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Well, now we all want to know in what area you live. I live in the mountains of North Georgia and there is no work here at all and no houses are selling.

  2. homebody Says:

    I have figured if things get bad I can move to where various family members are and try to get while while my husband stays here and runs our business.

    However, being a medical transcriptionist I can also work at home, which I did for 10 years.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I think the biggest problem with the idea of moving to where the jobs may be is that if the person/family is already down on their luck, they may not have the money or resources to be able to move.

    Moving can be expensive. The last time I moved, I had free help on both ends. My only expense was a few boxes I had to buy to supplement the free ones I got from Wal-mart or other grocery store places, and then the rental of the truck. When all was said and done, it took a bit over $300 for the move, plus another $350 for rental deposit and pet deposit. That is one person moving about 120 miles.

    So, for a whole family to move? It would be SO much more expensive.

  4. anonymous Says:

    Have thumb: Will hitch hike. Where to, please? Got a link for local employment ads or companies hiring?

  5. familyof8 Says:

    @anonymous Smile
    http://www.wyomingatwork.com

  6. baselle Says:

    It was either going to be Wyoming or North Dakota. Smile It is frustrating, because good times never last forever, and so many people planned on good times. Also, there are a lot of "homeowners" who are now "trapped" and can't move. I use quotes because the solution most of these people want is "turn back the clock to 2005".

  7. Amber Says:

    The problem I think is that people aren't willing to sacrifice...give up anything. They'll not pay their mortgage so that the cable can stay on or have a home phone as well as a cell phone. I personally do not like change but if push comes to serve and I finish school, I want a federal job and am willing to move
    But every situation is different

  8. whitestripe Says:

    i would never move from the region i live in. that is simply it. but there are many many towns in my region i could move to which have cheaper housing and/or work. but i would never move states, unless BF came with me and we got some ridiculously high paying mining job which was on a contract for 2 years or something like that. that would be the one and only reason i would move, and it would end with me moving back here anyway. so i do understand in a way. but then again i am not in trouble financially and i have two jobs that aren't going anywhere.

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