What has happened with everything we buy? Have you noticed that everything has gotten smaller by about a third? I first noticed this trend occurring about a year or so. I have a little Pringle itch now and again and noticed one day they were on sale for a $1.10 which was a good deal as they usually ran a good 60-80 cents higher. That was until I got home and put it next to the can I had bought a week earlier, “damn Pringle itch”. Much to my dismay the new one was 30 % smaller and after running the math I actually paid more on sale per unit.
I paid the same for 11 oz of coffee that a pound cost not 4 months ago. Have you been to the deli counter lately? Since when is a Lb. of American Cheese $8.00? Wasn’t it like 3 bucks not too long ago? Well I guess to understand this you have to put in the ever rising cost of Gas and Oil. At over $4 bucks a gallon, one could begin to see some need for a cost increase. However both of these cost increases have major effects on the average working family. When we look at our statements and understand where our money goes. It is easy to see that it is all spent on such luxuries as food, gas, medications and Doctors visits. I can’t help but wonder if the really rich even notice the increase, or are the just happy about it?
It is a real stretch to try to have one parent at home now a day. You know our children really are our future. I believe that raising them is an investment in all of our futures. Which brings me back to the cost of raising our families’ here in the new America. We as tax payers give the oil companies’ LARGE subsidies’ to insure they have a future with profits and oil. All the while they are holding most American families hostage by squeezing every last dollar, while getting every last drop of work out of the lucky few that still have a job. I won’t even go into the fact that these companies don’t pay any Federal income tax like you and me.
Perhaps now more than ever we have an opportunity to stop looking at life through such desperate eyes. Even though many of us are a bit desperate, we are not alone. Maybe one day soon we all as tax payers and neighbor’s’ will agree that companies like Exxon that have enjoyed record profits on the backs of the working and small business for far too long. They can no longer be given the peoples ‘money. It would seem to me they are doing very well thank you.
Now would be a wonderful time for working family subsidies. After all we are raising the next generation of American’s and what could be more patriotic than that? I don’t want any of our children growing up in an America where they can expect 30% less opportunity then we all had. When we all realize that were in the same boat, we can start rowing together. Then we can go anywhere.
Thanks for stopping and HAVE FUN!!
Your friend The Daddy Adjustment
Ok hang on this maybe a little rough. As I’m sure your all sick of hearing about my back issues since bringing the little one home. We decided to look into a new couch for our media room. This has become the room where we go once our daughter has fallen asleep. It in our basement so it’s far enough away and with the baby video monitors it works out really well. This is where we relax; watch TV shows like Boardwalk Empire,. And generally relive everything our daughter did that day. Anyway it’s the closest thing to a man cave I have.
Which brings me to this following rant. Me, Mommy and Baby in the car driving by that big named store that always is having their 2 day sale every day. You know the one that buys more TV air time than Coke, Pepsi and Subway combined. The one that seems to have eaten every other local furniture store in your area that you can remember. You know the one that can’t stop spending money advertising the fact if you come in and buy an entire Mc Mansions’ worth of furniture, You won’t have to pay for it. Or at least for a year or a year and a half. Oh Yeah did I mentation there is no interest for those first 12 months….
So as fast as possible Me, Mommy, and Baby ran through the new building that is so big it probably should have its own zip code. We stealthily located our sofa and love seat of choice, while being prayed on by several sales sharks with shear desperation in their eyes. Oh no we were the only ones in the store. Or fish in the water. That all said this could end up being a blood bath.
Me: “How much does this set cost if I buy the couch and the love seat together”?
Me: “How much does just the Love seat cost”?
Sounds like two very simple questions to answer don’t you think? Wrong!
Salesman: (who was wearing more cologne than my high school vice principle?) “Well that depends on if you’re a preferred customer” Ok this isn’t going to go well for you I thought. I was under the impression that walking in and being a customer would automatically elevate me to a “preferred” customer status. Ok once again “how much is the sofa and love seat”
Salesmen, “Well if you buy the protection plan I can sell you the whole thing for this #.”
Right, great I don’t care about a protection plan, it’s a leather love seat. How much is the love seat without the protection plan. “If you use our credit card and become a VIP preferred you won’t pay any interest and be entered in prize drawings” Then you can pay this #. And you automatically get the protection plan.
Look sharky sales guy. I want to buy this love seat. I have an American express card that I will pay the whole thing off right now. Better yet see that bank, I will go withdraw the money and pay you for the love seat. Now, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?!!
Salesman: Hold on a minute I just have to go talk with my manager.” WHAT THE FUDGE” is going on here? That was our queue to get the heck out of there. Since when does buying something take so much effort? How does a store stay in business when you don’t have to pay for anything you buy for a year? Things sure are changing, except in my media room same old crappy love seat. Good news I decided to sell myself a preferred, VIP, protection plan. So now I can rest easy.