Wednesday, May 07, 2008
the cost of ....everything
There was talk on the radio news of gas prices at 122 a barrel, headed to maybe 200 bucks a barrel by next year. I wonder how people, myself included, are gonna afford THAT. Gas at 5 bucks a gallon (I know, Europe and Canada already pays a fortune fo gas)? Bread at 5 bucks a loaf?
So, because my SSN is a certain number, I rec'd the first of W's bonus economic stimulus checks last week. You could say 'yippee!' and of couse I did. BUT, my wife and I are the bottom of the 'working families' payscale, basically we make doodley squat together, so we sure as heck didn't get 1200. We got the minimum, but, hey, happy to have it. As for splurging, what could I splurge on? I spent 170 at the grocery store yesterday. I have never spent anywhere close to that before. (no, that does NOT include beers) And because gas is at 3.77 a gallon, I prudently do ALL my errands together. Yesterday that was county dump, hardware store, UPS store to ship 4 boxes and the grocery. (my wife gets a free bus pass from work--worth a LOT of money all of a sudden, and I don't commute past the back end of the house)
But, OK, my gas and grocery prices are up, fair enough, we have it good as Americans. But postage goes up next week, like it did a year ago, and will probably do again next year. I shipped for Kate and Jim yesterday 2 boxes and 6 items, going only 100 miles. It was 24 bucks. I will ship one item to Texas this week, and if it is ten bucks I'll be surprised and call it a bargain. So, God forbid, what will happen to my income if people don't want to pay the same price to ship an item as the item's cost itself?
Frankly, the world needs to adjust to some realities, I understand, but it is easy to see that for people who are less than rich, there is gonna be a squeeze.