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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    I just read the average household income in the U.S dropped nearly $2000.00 dollars in 2009 to $48,500 for a household of two working people. Have you been affected by the economy? I know some of us here are in the U.K or other countries, how is the economy where you live?

    1. WriteAngled profile image92
      WriteAngledposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm in the UK and have not noticed any major change in my income. If anything, it's become a bit higher over the past year, because as the pound dropped I started favouring clients who pay in euros and dollars over those who pay in sterling. I get 10-15% more than when I charge on my sterling rates. However, I guess I'm lucky because as a freelance I stand or fall by my work alone rather than relying on a company run by others. I was fairly scared when I walked out of employment at the end of 2003, but now reckon it was one of the better decisions I made in my life.

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm glad you are doing well..so many are hurting these days. My income has gone up a lot the past 18 months...almost make me feel bad about it.

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        earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Nice to hear this, you are able to control a lot of the things in your life working online. smile The economy here is OK.

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      LegendaryHeroposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My income actually rose from 0 to 2 cents thanks to Hubpages, at this rate I'll be the richest college student in Virginia!

      Thankfully, the economy hasn't actually affected my family. My parents are both cogs in the great military-industrial complex machine, so luckily for us their jobs aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Wow, what are ya gonna do with that 2 cents?..tongue lol
        I wish you great success here!

  2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    mine has dropped from 100k+ to 0...

    but I'm ok, living off savings for now...

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      WoW..thats a big drop!!! I should count myself lucky to have a good job and live where the cost of living is still fairly low.

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        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yea? maybe I better plan a trip to Iowa huh...  wink

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          StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I'm just across the river from those guys in Iowa..in Nebraska.
          Pretty close to goldenpath and the other girl...whatshername???

          1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
            Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I don't remember...

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol  ME TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!  lol lol  I swear  lol

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    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    Our business has been cut in half all year. It picked up in January and this month we have more than doubled our sales from last February.

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    pddm67posted 7 years ago

    Don't know exactly how much our household's income dropped last year but drop it did.

    My hours at work got cut, and I already work part time and my husband, a letter carrier, lost all overtime last year, the first time in 14 years. And things at the USPS aren't looking too bright. Didn't realize exactly how much those extra hours made a difference until they weren't there any more.

    Both my sister and sister-in-law have been affected as well. One is a partner in a construction company and that area isn't doin well either. The other might lose her job when her medical office closes -she's already had her hours cut too.

    Still making it but yeah - it's affecting us over here in NY.

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My dad got laid off early last year for about three months after being at the same job for 17 years but found another job that pays about the same as his old job so he got lucky. I was out in Upstate New York a while back...love the Adiorndacks..can't wait to go back. Hope things get better for you soon smile

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        pddm67posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's cool that your dad found another job that pays the same. Glad that it worked out well smile

        Thank you for your kind words  smile  I always try to remain positive and put out good energy. I'm sure that things will start picking up. The will works wonders!

        Upstate NY is beautiful! The Adiorndacks are about 5 hrs away from me. Haven't been up there since the kids were born. No one in my household (other than me) likes to be in a car for more than 3-4 hours. They might just all have to "man up" (even my daughter) this year and deal! I think you just picked out a nice long weekend getaway for us big_smile

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          StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          We rented a lake house in the little village of Indian Lake..is was so nice. I got some pic's on a hub I wrote about the Adirondacks..too pretty up there...I grew up in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana...and have to say I think I liked it just as much as those...maybe more?

          1. pddm67 profile image61
            pddm67posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Cool - I'll have to check out the hub - thanks!

            Must have been nice growing up in the mountains. Any place where you are surrounded by nature's beauty is wonderful but the mountains offer a different kind of "zen feeling" than let's say the beaches do. There you are truly at one w/nature. Glad NY can compare smile

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    megs78posted 7 years ago

    I wrote a hub about how the recession affected us.  It has been tough, having 3 kids and all, but we are resourceful and are doing ok.

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's good to hear you are doing alright...what part of the country are you in?..It's interesting to hear how it's effected other parts of the U.S and other countries as well.

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        megs78posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Im up in Canada. We didn't see the devastation that the US experienced during the recession,  but since we rely so heavily on the states, their devastation ultimately becomes our own.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    My buisness is about average maybe up a bit but, my wife makes way more than me and she just keeps going up no slowdown in site. Over the last year or so they've increased volume by 150%. I know thats not the same everywhere but Texas is hanging in there!smile

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    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    i lost my job in October but cant say its because of the economy - i was in a terrible work situation and although right now I have no income I feel totally comfortable with how things are and where my life is going.  (cuz i'm taking the opportunity to go to college & i'm writing instead of thinking about it)

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    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    "I just read the average household income in the U.S dropped nearly $2000.00 dollars in 2009 to $48,500 for a household of two working people. Have you been affected by the economy? I know some of us here are in the U.K or other countries, how is the economy where you live?

    I'm just across the river from those guys in Iowa..in Nebraska.
    Pretty close to goldenpath and the other girl...whatshername???"


    Storm, I'm a bit confused....in your OP you state "some of us here in the U.K." and then again state" I'm just across the river from those guys in Iowa" - so are you in the states or the UK?

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, I was referring to some of the members here on hubpages are in other countries..I'm here in the states..sorry for any confusion

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        Jane@CMposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Now I understand, I thought you might be an international world traveler smile with many multiple residence smile

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          StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Not yet smile Maybe someday I can have homes in other countries.

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    Hokeyposted 7 years ago

    The economy here sucks!!!   hmm

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    you said sucks.

  11. Mike Lickteig profile image88
    Mike Lickteigposted 7 years ago

    The economy has hit me so hard, I hate to even talk about it.  Without savings I would be on the ropes.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Mike, that sucks, we're not feeling it up here.  Hey move to Canada eh?

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        Hokeyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Now you said sucks! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm   big_smile

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          lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          LMFAO never thought of that. That sucks lol

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            Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            and together you are two are suckers lol lol lol

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              StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Two suckers sucking.....and a partridge in a pear tree.

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                Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                What's up Stormy? How are you today? smile

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                  StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  I'm ok...trying to recover from the spill I took the other day...hurt my hip and back...but I got some good pain pills smile

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hope things get better for ya Mike..

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    They should add a chat room here...make it easier to talk with people.

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      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That would defeat the purpose of keeping it a non-social networking place. There are just some of us who are more active than others.

      I estimate that there are about 300 hubbers maximum who spend any amount of time in the forums. Many people have more exciting lives to live than to socialize here. lol

      I'm not insinuating anything when I say that, because HubPages is a Writer's Community, with all sorts of different writers. The forums are to gain ideas from and even debate issues between members. smile

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I can see that point. smile

        And yes the medication is nice...I got to start physical therapy tomorrow...really twisted my hip good.

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          OUCH! hmm

    2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I suggested that when I first got here, they decided against it though...

      Sorry to hear you hurt yourself...I hope you feel better soon.

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm getting better, still a bit sore but improving everyday smile

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I'm glad to hear that, no permanent damage then...

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            StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            No permanent damage. Just stained or pulled everything around the hip area. The first few days were terrible but the pain is going away day by day smile

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              Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              smile

  13. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Sorry to hear you hurt yourself. Good that you have medicine to kill pain too. wink

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry hun must kill, get better soon sad

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It hurts like hell...but I have had the whole week off from work!!! smile Did it monday morning...I'm getting better, slowly.
        Hope to be back to full speed soon!

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    hmm:

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    foreignpressposted 7 years ago

    It's a toss-up as to whether the economy will get better or worse in the coming months and years. But experts are saying that if you're of retirement age then take the Social Security money and run. Don't continue to work to increase your retirement allotment. With the U.S. economy in complete upheaval, monies from one entitlement fund might be used to support another -- kind of like a legalized ponzi scheme. Entire countries are going bankrupt, the Euro might be dissolved, and if anybody thinks the U.S. can overcome a trillions-dollar national debt they're sadly mistaken. Entrench, save (in a sock), and hunker down.

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The way things are I could see that happening. sad

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    gmann46posted 7 years ago

    In my world the recession has created a major impact. I have gone from 125K a year to unemployment of about 17k. I apply for positions and the feedback I get from employers is I am up against anywhere from 3-600 applicants for one position!

 
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