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How To Get Through December On a Ten Dollar Budget
How to get through December on $10.00
Seasons greetings! The only greeting that I'll be giving this season is "aloha". The Hawaiian word meaning hello and goodbye. I am not Hawaiian by decent or origin, however, my aloha signifies that you won't be seeing much more of me until after the holiday season.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, What's up with that?! Our culture is obsessed with consumerism. This is not a critique, just an observation. I could spend my paycheck to purchase items for my friends, relatives and the rest of the people that I hold dear to me, but I will not. Not because I am not feeling the holiday spirit year, but because I did not receive a paycheck. For you see, I have been laid off by a faceless corporation in the name of downsizing. Yes, my circumstances are quite dire, but I fret not.
Some say to blame the president, others the down-trodden economy, yet given the record breaking consumer holidays, I am wary of the looming "recession". Others still would say to blame yourself, or myself as it were. I tend to invest my blame in the latter, though the public education system has provided me with a bloated sense of ego, I have felt a pinch of inadequacy given my current situation. In the first Great Depression, some business men jumped from their office suites and plummeted to their own demise given their bankruptcy. I suppose I have more emotional fortitude than they possesed, given my backround which did not over-emphasize the importance of material wealth, I am taking my poverty in stride. I mean, I still have my health, my family and my big screen television, right?
To be frank, the job search is brutal. I never thought that life after college would be so financially unfruitful, although I could be still living at home with my parents like some of my fellow graduates, so things could be worse. I have decided to wait out the recession and go back to school in some lucky university's law program. So, I'll see you in about 3 1/2 years. If everything goes as projected, of course.
Anyhow, besides my tangent, after my bills and rent were deducted from my depleted nest egg, I have $10.00 to my name, and a quarter tank of gasoline. Not so bad, all things considered. I saw an advertisement on t.v. soliciting money for children with cleft pallets in developing countries. I may not have much food, but at least I have my teeth. Okay, I have been in dire straights before, I was a college student. I know what it is to survive off of oatmeal and ramen noodles. In hindsight, I will use my ten dollars to purchase oatmeal and eggs this time around, so my nutrition will not be devoid of protein. I am witnessing changes in my physique, my musculature is more obvious, and my ribs show just a bit. Since most American's are gluttons anyhow, I am embracing this opportunity to separate myself from the pack or passell (group of hogs) if you will.
With the remaining money, I am investing in colored papers and markers to create my holiday greeting cards just to say I care. Because it truly is not the gift but the giver's heart that is important. I will not be mailing the cards of course, because postage has inflated to beyond my budget. Inside each card will be one word, "aloha".
P.S. Wilkinson IV