WOW. I just got back from the Post Office, and the "small price increase" nearly knocked me over!! I had a small international package to send, (that 1/2 dozen cupcakes in a box down below) and the cheapest rate was $50.00! The next highest was $75.00.
I have a feeling this is going to hurt a lot of people who sell on eBay and Etsy :( First gas prices, then the Electric Company raised their fees, and now this. Where do they think people are suddenly going to come up with all of this money to spare? Especially with all of these increases right on the tails of one another.
It seems like before long, there will no longer be a middle class. I hate to see what's happening to the regular working stiff. I know I'm soundind very dreary, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
My husband is a Carpenter, and fortunatley he's never been laid off in the 17 years that he's been working. We know plenty of guys though that go through it every season, and it always happens in the winter when the work runs out. I don't know how people manage.
I have been lucky to be a stay at home mom for most of my children's lives, and it's been great. I think now its time for me to get a job. My youngest will be in Kindergarten this fall.
Hubby and I have gone over our finances, and between gas for the cars, electricity, and gas for the house, our cost of living has gone up almost 40%.
I know we're very fortunate. I don't know how others are managing, especially single moms, or anyone that is injured or ill. It's very scary.