What good does it do to talk about how to buy a $200K+ house when you’re making $7 an hour? Not much.Great question, eh? I'd started following Trent's Simple Dollar blog and found it to be a simple, sensible place to get financial advice and inspiration. If some of the blog's posts didn't seem particularly appropriate for me I ignored them and went on to topics that seemed closer to what I needed.
Then I saw the post linked in the first paragraph of this entry.
I felt like someone had hit me over the head with a club.
I don't make minimum wage, but I'm not making much more than minimum wage. In two days I'm going to be 48 years old. In the last five years I have lived through losing my job, my marriage, my home and suffered the consequences of a lifetime of making poor financial and lifestyle decisions. My financial choices right now are about simple survival.
I'm in the same position as Trent's commentor, Minimum Wage, but I think there is a way out and this is what this blog is about -- fighting up from the bottom. How did I get here and how can I get out? What can I do to help others get out as well?