subdued-I just graduated and it's terrible. I'm stuck living at home because I can't find anything that pays over ten bucks an hour.
Yah. There are so many college-age students who are having trouble making ends meet.
Even I, with my graduate eduction and few years experience as a Web developer, am unable to save. It's not like I spend a lot of money. I was living in a one-bedroom apartment with my two daughters. The first one finished college, met someone, moved out, had a baby, and got married. I moved from Cupertino to San Jose--not a long distance--so my second could go to SJSU. She and I and her boyfriend were living in a one-bedroom apartment. I have since moved out to live with my boyfriend. I'm paying my daughter's rent, but not paying any rent to live at my boyfriend's. Her boyfriend helps by paying for some of my daughter's food and anything they need for the apartment.
I am highly educated and have a descent job, yet I'm driving an old car and have no savings. It's not like I spent a lot of money. I was living in a one-bedroom apartment since 2000. I've been driving the same car since 2000. I rarely travel. I've spent very little on furniture. I've gone without life, health, dental, and vision insurance.
I really don't know how people are surviving.
Being independent is a fallacy. Even if you are living in your own house, are single, and are working, you still need someone to build the house you live in, to make the food you eat, to make the clothes you wear... We need each other for jobs, food, shelter, clothing, health care...
Many people who moved to the United States from other countries are able to accumulate money by living together in one house. Being independent is not revered like it is in the United States. It used to be that kids were expected to leave home after high school and survive on their own. It was looked down upon if one stayed home after the age of 18. Now that we are competing with other people who live in other countries that attitude is changing. Living standards are balancing out globally. While poorer countries are getting richer, richer countries are getting poorer. Hopefully, in the end due to the law of comparative advantage, the average person will have more as countries focus on what they do best for the cheapest price. However, it also means that we will need to make concessions due to a lower standard of living.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission.Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).