Unemployment doesn’t discriminate. It will take anyone; blue collar, middle class, the rich, the cute, the ugly, the kind, the obnoxious. A couple of weeks ago, Paul was a casualty of corporate politics and joined this melting pot of millions.
Now, we not only have to exhaust energy into finding another job and pay alarming rates for medical coverage, but we also have to reevaluate how we live. The anxiety is all exacerbated because we have two small children to care for.
I wasn’t going to discuss it here, since, well, this is a food blog. But money affects everything, which includes how and what we eat. Hopefully it will alleviate any shock and instill some compassion when upcoming posts incorporate Top Ramen as the main ingredient.
Paul and I became pretty frugal once Haley was born, but after Trevor came along, we really got down to the brass tacks, getting rid of many extraneous items.
…the only other place to cut back is the grocery bill. Gulp.
I’ve made attempts to do this before, and I failed every single time. Then again, I never really took it that seriously. I was merely practicing, I guess. But, it’s game time now. Good-bye sushi. Good-bye pork ribs. Good-bye all you expensive cheeses. Good-bye, dare I say, Diet Pepsi.
(Insert violin music here.)
I’m confident those meals will be back some day, but I don’t know when. Paul is considered an expert in his field, but being told that “great things are on the horizon” isn’t very comforting. Is this “horizon” his colleagues speak of going to make an appearance next month? Three months from now? Before 2011? Until that horizon becomes more visible, it’s going to be challenging.
Is a three year old too young to sell lemonade? Hmm.
So, my beloved readers and support group, unless you really have a thing for Top Ramen, please offer up your best suggestions on how to save money on food.
And if you know anyone who’s hiring… ;-)