Are you too getting just a little sick and tired of all the advice about how to save money? “How to save money when grocery shopping” ... “How so save money on clothes” … “How to save money on electricity” … When did we all become such a bunch of penny pinchers?
Thank goodness for Christmas. Apparently Americans responded to all those articles about how to spend less with a big fat “Stick it where the sun don’t shine” and let their dollars roll. ComScore, a leader in measuring the spending habits of Americans, reported that a whopping $35.3 billion was spend online, marking a 15% increase to last year.
The writers of the “How to save on …” will probably tut tut about this figure. I applaud it. This kind of spending will generate a need for more merchandise, resulting in more jobs. It’s a shame Christmas comes around only once a year. With that kind of spending, our economy would be back on its feet in no time.
Unfortunately that is not the case and more and more jobs are lost on a daily basis. Statistics tells us that the unemployment rate is down by 8,5%. Baloney, the unemployment rate may be down, but it’s not because all those people found jobs.
Undoubtedly some will have found employment, but I dare say that the rest of those 8,5% simply lost their unemployment benefits. I should know, I’m one of them.
I received no warning that my allocated weeks were nearly up, I received no notice that I had nearly reached the end of the line. My benefits were canceled from one day to another.
I suspect that a mistake was made, so I went to the unemployment offices, but was politely sent packing. I tried contacting them by phone by got the message “Our call volume is high. Please try again later. Have a nice day.”
(To be continued)