Broke and penniless

@ongtina (1232)
Singapore
August 20, 2009 8:45am CST
Yesterday I was broke and was down to eating a packet of biscuits and a can of drink for lunch and breakfast. Anyone experienced that before, where you have to think and count hard so as to have money for the next meal? And especially where you have to feed other mouths as well? Lucky for me, I can turn to my husband and so am broke only for 1 day. But that got me thinking about what people like my husband, where there are others waiting for you to feed and yet you are broke, what to do? What did you do? It felt real bad, so down......Suddenly I felt I'm so lucky. Something that I never felt before of being a housewife. But suddenly, I felt a housewife is a lucky person, not having to worry about supporting the family, that you're taken care of.......... Pardon me, but I want to say "I love you Hubby!" LOL
8 responses
@Koriana (302)
• United States
21 Aug 09
I used to collect the few bottles and cans I had in my house and start walking, about a mile away was the bottle redemption place, so I would walk in that general direction, and well, there always seems to be alot of bottles and cans laying around for me to collect. I usually had found enough by the time I got to the place, to cover what I needed to buy at the store, which was on my was back home.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
That was lucky in a way. What do you do now?
@Koriana (302)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Well, we moved, Virginia doesn't collect a refundable deposit on their bottles and cans, and well, I don't walk too much anymore. I work as a screen printer, have the wicked witch of the east as my boss. I'm searching for an alternative method of earning money.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
22 Aug 09
All the best to you. :D
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
20 Aug 09
i think more and more people are in the same boat these days due to many loosing their jobs. i have heard of both hubbys and wifes that work for the same company all of a sudden are out of a job. fortunately there are food banks around here that one can rely on.
• United States
20 Aug 09
cher...Im glad to know that their is food banks around your area. Where we live the income level is real low and not a big town. We aren't even elgible for food stamps or any other program. We have to tough it out from pay check to pay check. It is very hard in our area. But we will survive.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Food bank? Where are you from?
• India
21 Aug 09
Yes, I remember those days when we had no food for breakfast and very meager amount for lunch and dinner. It was right after our marriage and we all were staying together with our in-laws and both hubby and me had lost our jobs within a short span of time. My FIL was the only earning member for a family of 5 adults so you can well imagine. Now I have grown up as the only child of affluent parents so food was never wanting at my parent’s place so you can well imagine my condition. We used to go in search of jobs and walk by cake shops and eateries and I could just stare and move on…
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Like you'd said, those were the days. Such days were there to tell us to treasure what we have. Stay positive, stay united and strive on and bad days will pass. CHEER! :D
• India
21 Aug 09
This has never happened to me, and I hope that this kind of thing never happens to me in my life time. I hope God will be kind enough to take me away from such sort of situation. You had you husband to fall back on. I have nobody to fall back on and I do not want to ask anybodys help. If it happens to me,my family will be on the streets.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Lucky for you and may God bless you.
@jellymonty (2358)
21 Aug 09
ah reminds me of them days I was living in the streets. As a street kid it was a regular occurrence being broke and penniless. They were times I would go four days with no food, water, no nothing. Just the worn out clothes I was wearing and box where three of us shared to sleep in for the night. One day I decided I has enough of this life so I signed up to be a street cleaner.. well the rest is indeed history.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Tough times make a man tougher. Be positive and you will grow into a good man, like now when you're doing something for the world besides yourself. Cheer!
• China
21 Aug 09
I had a similar experience when I was at high school. It was a summer vacation campaign. At the end of it, we agreed to collect some money to buy some gifts for our kind American teacher, Mrs Lewis. I donated nearly all my money except bus ticket fee.But later I found out that ticket price increased and I had to walk home! After four hours' walk I got home, hungry and exhausted. But I think it was worth it.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Now, what can I say? Be more aware? knowledgeble? calculative? LOL. But everyone gives something for what they want/want to do. You give your muscles and sweat for wanting a present for your teacher. :D
@rosepedal64 (4192)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I am almost to that point now. My husband got laid off first of the year. We was doing okay because had our savings to fall back on. I can't work which is why Im on here trying to make that income help. Now the savings is gone, we had to give up the rental house we was living in and now we live in our camper on my mother-in-laws property. There have been recent times that all we had to eat was eggs for supper because it was in the middle of his un-employment checks. Who am I kidding this is a weekly thing for us. We pay our bills,but then there isn't enough money to get us thru to the next check date. I have to keep my head high and hope that he will get called back to work real soon. It makes me appreciate the money that he was making.
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
I think most of us will face that situation in our lives at one time or other. We didn't have electricity or water at a stage but we went through being united. It will pass. Be positive and strive.
@aprces (1083)
• China
20 Aug 09
This kind of experience is not too bad.In my school-days,I used to eat rye bread and a bottle of water to run my lunch,I just want to save money to buy something that I can't remember now But I have some questions,A woman,even if she is the most beautiful woman,that she must be kept like animals or pets by man?And when a woman is treated in that status,how does she like it? According to this logic above,whether woman will become more and more powerless and inept in the world or not,and man will become a monster of freak who own some certain supernatural powers
@ongtina (1232)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
Oh my, you're harsh. I'm only saying I felt lucky being a housewife for the first time as I'm not the one worrying how to support a bunch of mouths when I'm also broke.Hee,hee,hee.