Saturday, December 22

Being Broke For Christmas

Christmas can be a very stressful time. It's supposed to be a time of friendship, family, goodwill and plenty of other positive things, but it isn't that way for everyone.

One category of Christmas sufferers includes those that are unemployed and broke.

When in this situation, you won't be sitting around enjoying yourself, but instead you are frustrated. It's nearly impossible to search for or get a job right around the Christmas season. It costs money to drive and visit relatives, or to buy food to host a family get together. You can't afford to buy things you need, much less Christmas ornaments, stocking stuffers and a myriad of other incidental items that have people crowding the stores in their last minute search for a special do-dad or knick-knack.

If you have a relative that isn't happy around Christmas, doesn't participate in gift exchanges, and is reluctant to go visit relatives during this season, it doesn't have to mean they are a crusty old hermit. They just might not feel they have the resources to deal with all the expenses. A tank of gas here. A bottle of windshield washer fluid there. A bag of chips or other snacks. A bottle of booze for the host, because you can't show up empty handed.

It's easy to forget, but everything costs money, and when you don't have any of it, the things that most people no longer even give a second thought, are a cause for concern.

Best wishes for the holidays everyone...

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many are unemployed or thier wages do not go ,as far as, they should. I went through all of this year's and last year's expenses. Thier has been a large increase in the cost of groceries and gas. Here is a job people can do if they do not find work. They can go to community college, get a student loan and work study at thier local college. This will also help them to find a better job in the future. There are so many homeless and unemployed out begging today. If you could help them I am told to give food so, they don't spend the money on booze. Merry Christmas to all. Annette WE should all be greatful for what we do have our jobs and families ect..

Anonymous said...

Another option is to join the military. They have many job training programs and more. They have the GI bill for your education and they have a down payment program for people to get a house. It is a good option for many.

Anonymous said...

They showed a bunch of homeless people on the news that lost everything due to thier spouse commiting a crime. What a shame. Things could be much worse so, everyone has a lot to be thankful for.

Lisa said...

Everything that everyone suggested here is great suggestions but the problem still runs deeper.

What about the people who do have jobs, and still can't make ends meet. The holidays are very grim for them. Like the post said, the littlest things become a great concern.

Anonymous said...

They just need to learn the secrets of budgeting and enjoy everything. One should never take anything for granted.

Frugal Guy said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. Two thoughts:

- I don't like the concept that "there are some worse off so we should be thankful." Look for my post about broke vs poor if you don't know what I mean.

- Having a job does not equate to having enough money... and it isn't necessarily just about budgeting or other habits.

We make a lot of assumptions based on our own experiences or expectations. The world is a big place and there are a lot of situations that we simply are not aware of.

Anonymous said...

They could be disabled. If someone makes under $800.00 a month they could be eligible for social security benefits.