It's not a pretty picture here in the UK, is it?
Our government lies to us all the time.. generally now, whenever we get some bit of information from the politicians it's best to immediately look for the hook..
They say inflation is at 2.5%. I say it's more like 11% - and that may be conservative.
Ok, so how is this crisis affecting me.
Well, for one thing, I've had to renegotiate our mortgage because the rates shot up way faster than my salary did last year and this year.
Food bills.. up by around 15% on last year. and rising month on month.
We've switched to buying fresh fruit and veg from the local farmers market - luckily we live near the countryside - instead of the supermarket.
Petrol (gas) prices also rose by more than 10% this year.. I ride a motorcycle, so at least it's cheaper than a car would be.
We have the unbelievable situation here where we pay, say £1.20 ($2 ?) for a LITRE of petrol. 80p of that is TAX. Then we get VAT (Value Added Tax at 17.5%) on top of that. Yes, that's right.. we pay TAX then get TAXED on the TAX. can you smell scam?
So it's a situation where we have to pull in our horns. No more movies, dinners out, even DVD rentals are cut back. I turned of some services on my ISP account as well, like MySQL Databases I only used rarely.
It's a good job there's so much entertainment on the Internet.. and almost all of it freely available.
On the car thing, Steve.. the idea of having your son get a job to pay for it, is correct. That's the way I did did it.. but in these uncertain times, he may not get a job at all, and if he does, it probably won't pay very well. Offer to match what he earns, or a percentage of that.
from a beleaguered nation
DBA (Dogsbody with Bad Attitude)