It has been a while I have had one of my money talks conversations here at Lil’ Suburban Homestead and the reason they are few and far between is because while I am good at being frugal, and I’m a great bargain hunter I am by no means a financial expert or a finance enthusiast but I do have friends who are!
But I do have thought, opinions, and reflections……and one of my opinions is because our government doesn’t want to make any decisions at all. That decision is the portion that affects me is that for every $50,000 middle america makes we give yet another $1000 back to the government(this is how our local news reported it). I don’t like it and while I am all for team work when appropriate I believe our government does not want to roll up their sleeves and do the real work that needs to be done. It makes me angry and for many of us in America it will mean we don’t get to on vacation this year or we will cut back on important services such as our veterinary or dental care by the way both are services that people typically drop when things get tough financially.
Many news reports shared, “Well this is better than the fiscal cliff actually happening”. First of all I’m a big believer in things that I cannot see, so just because I did not see the fiscal cliff doesn’t mean I didn’t believe it was there but I am a big believer in things I do see and I see people struggling financially and frustrated with our current economy everyday and the sad thing is the problems are bigger than we can fix. We keep hoping that we will elect officials into office that can fix things but I believe big government is too big and too huge for any one person to fix unfortunately.
You see I don’t mind being frugal and eating our meals at home most of the time I prefer it because I know the quality of the food is better than what most people are eating out. I also love to go camping which means frugal vacations are some of my favorite and fun but if gas continues to rise that may be another option we don’t have. What I do mind is that the government or the powers that be felt like that was the fix let’s let folks sweat it out some more I mean they are doing good so far. I hope that the powers that be aren’t just trusting what they are seeing on the surface thinking that Americans are just some fat cats soothed by McDonalds and Netflix because there are some major undercurrents and lots of anger and tempers flaring right now I read it in some of the blogs I read, I see it on Twitter, and I hear it from friends and even strangers while I am out shopping.
The sad part is that this is a quick fix not mean to really fix anything but to put a band-aid on things financially and it kind of reminds me of levee soon that will break. I try to be optimistic most of the time but I’m not feeling super optimistic right now. How are all of you feeling? What do you think of the fiscal cliff deal? Do you think like I do that we are back in a recession? If you think the fiscal cliff deal is a good thing from your perspective please share with me why you do think that.
I am solution oriented so I will be posting some ideas I have on saving more money in a world where prices are continuing to rise and raises are few and far between.
Just musing this Sunday evening…..Have a good week everyone!
- Fiscal Cliff? What Fiscal Cliff? (americanliberaltimes.com)
- 365 Frugality Tips: Welcome to the Year of Renewed Frugality (suddenlyfrugal.com)
- We’re About to Go Off the Fiscal Cliff – Now What? (mint.com)
- The so called fiscal cliff is over! (honsonluma.wordpress.com)
- Get Stuff Done by Creating Your Own Personal “Fiscal Cliff” (jonathansmith.com)
- Going Over the Fiscal Cliff: Denim or Silk? (towriteistowrite.wordpress.com)
- Despite the Fiscal Cliff, Are Americans More Optimistic About 2013? (suddenlyfrugal.com)