Working but never getting ahead?

United States
March 30, 2007 12:18pm CST
I am so tired of killing myself, working 50+ hours a week and STILL not able to pay my bills. I live in a state that is so mismanaged that it would be amazing if they could pay (coming soon: the Wachovia Turnpike and the Comcast Parkway!). Is anyone getting frustrated besides me? How many hours do you work?
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• United States
21 Apr 07
It seems that times are tough for everyone in America right now. My husband's steady job of the last 12 years has suddenly gone down the toilet, so he's been working three day weeks and sometimes not at all since August. It's been frustrating, but we've been looking for new alternatives and ways to make money without less stress. Getting frustrated only seems to draw attention to the problem and make me focus on it, so instead I just focus on ways to make it better and its really made a difference in how often I get frustrated. Chin up. Things will get better. *hug*
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• United States
21 Apr 07
Thanks--hugs to you both too! It's horrible that government refuses to acknowledge the problem though. I don't see us going into a major depression (like the 30s) but I see another period of recession and extremely high inflation. Chin up and smile!
• United States
30 Mar 07
I don't think you're alone in this. I've heard it time and time again. I guess the only thing you can do is hope to eventually find a comfortable position that you can maintain and not overspend. It's difficult indeed and I don't think it will get better for most. I'm lucky enough not to work at the moment and have disability insurance paying me to stay home after cancer. I'm not sure if I will ever get back to work but I know I am constantly having to find little ways to make ends meet.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
I'm trying to keep my head up...but then I come from a state where we've had 2 governors in a row resign and the 3rd get injured in an auto accident...at least you have Ed Rendell, a great governor! I'll say a prayer for you to continue to improve after the cancer too!
• Canada
30 Mar 07
I only work part time and just had my hours cut from 18 hours a week to 17 as I really can't stand my job . I was told that I am suffering anxiety and this is why I am always feeling sick and why I am getting all my headaches back when I have to go to work . It is a really stressful job and if I thought we could get by with me not working I would quit for sure . I have been killing myslef on the computer trying to make the same amount of money but haven't been able to do it yet . I would never be able to work the amount of hours you do a week in a job that I didn't like . I know I couldn't do it . You are working yourself into an early grave and not getting anything from it . My wish for you is that you will be able to find something that you enjoy much more and will make enough to be able to pay your bills with less hours as you are not going to get to enjoy life working hours like this . All the best !!
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• United States
21 Apr 07
Exactly--I used to work in high pressure/stress jobs but after I was laid off I decided to pursue my own business. Lately I've been getting discouraged but it still isn't as bad as before (I'm not being yelled at daily). I like what I do now, and only work about 32 hours a week (2 part time jobs). The custody fight I'm in is what's really affecting me--I've never been as discouraged as before (my father cannot help me pay my bills and my ex is given money by his parents for this). I love both jobs but the one is incredibly boring most days (my night job is FUN!).
@Bizziebod (3526)
25 Apr 07
I can definately sympathise with you. I worked a 60 plus hour for years getting up early and going home late almost for peanuts. I was a single mom at the time and needed to go out to work to pay for the nicer things in life, I didn't want to depend on the government for hand-outs but to be honest I would have probably been better off if I had of done! In the UK you get some subsidies if you work, but hardly enough to keep you ticking over!
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@multisubj (451)
• India
20 Apr 07
It is not clear why people are not responding to this type of discussions. May be they are tired of! May be they do not have problems. I sympathize with you. Be optimistic. There will be better days ahead. We get cheer from hope. Sometimes we may be in absolutely hopeless situations. Those who believe in God can pray and get some instantaneous relief. I am an atheist. I do not have that solace also. (In India people work for 105 hrs. a week and yet remain mentally cheerful, though physicall weak. At present I work 90 hours a week, with no earnings.)
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