i'm tired of being broke...

United States
July 1, 2008 11:43am CST
I'm so tired of being broke. It's no fun living paycheck to paycheck... I need a better job or a windfall of money. Everytime I think I'm about to have a breakthrough, it just blows up in my face. This is so depressing.... Sometimes I just feel like my best is not enough. I try to have faith that things will get better, but there's nothing right now proving to me that there's a light at the end of my tunnel...
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15 responses
• United States
1 Jul 08
I know how you feel. Trust and believe it will get better. As hard as it is when you are in the moment, things always get better. I am tired of the brokeness too. Being on welfare, and now I am getting a job at Burger King and I know I have more skills than that...but what can you do? It's all about survival nowadays. Many people in America, and all over the world are living just to survive. Why the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor, I don't know, but I hope that our new president can make some changes(not that we will see them fast, they will take time)so that everyone can have a chance to succeed. And most of these internet money making programs are total scams. It's so easy to imagine your life with more money, but it is so hard to make it happen. I know, I often fantasize what it would be like myself. I hope you feel better. Don't get down on yourself.
• United States
1 Jul 08
This country is in a screwed economic state right now. I don't know if it'll ever be the same as it used to. Thanks for the encouraging words, and I hope you get where you want to also.
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@tigertang (1749)
• Singapore
3 Jul 08
I think most of the world is in a pretty screwed state at the moment. I come from a small island in Southeast Asia that takes pride in how it became an economic miracle - a case of from third world to first within a generation. Although I do have a relatively pleasant life, I tend to find that in the place where I live, allot of the talk about how rich we are is a pretty illusionary thing - people have lots of the signs of material wealth but most of it is debt and somehow the poor and unfortunate people in life get swept under a carpet in case the beautiful people get upset by the sight of the real world. At the moment I'm broke but feeling that I'm able to control the state of being broke. I've convinced myself that as long as I can avoid getting sick, I can live well enough on the little bit of money in my bank account. However, I feel really sad because I meet with a friend of mine who seems to have been kicked in the teeth by circumstances. This guy works as a cook and had never earned more than S$1,500 (about US$1,100) a month in his life. He married a girl from the US who came over to Singapore to be with him. This girl speaks English and has a grade 11 Education. She's capable of doing simple work, including work in the house. However, she's refused to do any work, claiming that nobody will hire her or give her a work permit. Which is not surprising, considering she turns down every job opportunity that comes her way. So my friend would work 12 hour shifts and come home to her. She would do no housework, so his house constantly looked like a pig sty. She'd nag at him all day. Then one day, his luck changed. He got a job that paid him S$2,600 (USD 2,000) a month and worked him 8 hours instead of 12. Guess what? She insisted on sleeping at home all day. When she left for the USA a month ago to "look after her parents" I told him he had an opportunity to "save" money. I even helped set up a system where a small portion of his income would be put aside from his salary to make sure he would have money. It was supposed to take effect today, on the third of this month (his salary comes in on the first). Guess what? Today he confessed to me that she demanded US$1,500 from him because she got involved in some accident before she met him and was being sued and needed to pay up. Being a nice guy - he emptied out his bank account and does not have enough money for himself. I feel really bad because he's hard working and does a good job. It was good for him to get a break in his earnings. But its like she's finding circumstances where he's still in square one. And although my finances are rotten, I'm in a situation where I can just add on more work if I'm broke. He's working a fixed tough 8-hours in a kitchen and can't be expected to have energy to work another 8 more - besides he's in his late thirties and not getting any younger.
@baileycows (3667)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Dont worry your not the only one that feels this way. I feel like this all the time. I just got extra check of 700 dollars and it was gone in three days. I do save money and live very cheap. It just doesnt seem like money goes as far as it use to. But hang in there and hopely things will get better.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Thanks for the response. Money doesn't go far like it used to... *sigh*
• United States
1 Jul 08
I know exactly how you feel. My husband lost his job not to long ago and I only work part time making 8.50 an hour. He got a job about two weeks ago but are having a hard time getting back on our feet. The only thing we have money for is gas and bills and a little bit of food.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Well, we don't make too much more an hour, and it's hard with the cost of living... Thanks for the reponse, and I hope things get better with you too.
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@snowy22315 (102363)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I hear you. Money problems are no fun. I think you should keep looking for something you think you will really like, and in the meantime, take advantage of all the money saving tips that are offered on this site.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
I've been looking, but where I live is very rural. And we thought about moving, but we're surrounded by more rural areas (aka no jobs, lol) and university cities. And renting/buying homes/apartments in university cities are expensive. They base it on you being able to get a roommate, but it's me and my husband. We don't want a roommate! I will become more frugal though.
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@irishidid (8710)
• United States
1 Jul 08
At least you aren't alone. I could use a big windfall myself.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Yeah, I know everybody can use some money right now.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Don't give up hope. I feel the same way right now. And there are times when I do get the money but then there are other things that need to be taken care of. It sucks to live like this but just keep doing your best, you have to have faith that things will get better. I haven't lost faith and I'm not going to because If I do then I'll probably go crazy or something.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Yeah, I'm about past the crazy stage. It's just hard right now to see the good side of things. I grew up in a strong faith based home, so I shouldn't be doubting. Thanks for the response.
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@phoenix25 (1541)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Welcome to life. I know it's hard, but that's just the way things are. The same thing happens to the rest of us...well, those of us who aren't inheritance babies.
• United States
11 Jul 08
Yeah, I know it's a part of life, but I didn't used to be this broke. I guess it's because of the inflation/recession era we're in now. Hopefully it'll get better soon though.
@Jeni20 (3)
• United States
2 Jul 08
In a way I am so glad to hear that I'm not the only one that feels this way. My husband and I work full time jobs and we are about to both get a second job just to pay off credit card debt. Since when are two incomes not enough to live on?
• United States
2 Jul 08
That's my thing. Living off two incomes is like living off one part-time income these days. I never had it like this before....
@Ambitiouz (200)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Hey trell8402, I was just saying the same thing to my husband today. I am tired of being on the verge of broke and waiting on my miniscule paycheck every week. I am working retail right now at only $7.50 and feel I deserve more. I will have to get a second job at a Starbucks to pull in some extra income. And the wages for most of today's jobs are poor. I wonder how they expect people to survive off of such low wages. Even working full-time at minimum wage, you'll still be below what the goverment classifies as the poverty line. Now, I'm trying to search for ways to make money online while trying to avoid the scams. I'm trying to be as frugal as possible, so I rarely ever treat myself to anything other than the bare necessities. I agree, it's not a fun way to live, you're not alone. with the economy being so unpredictable right now, I am hoping things will eventually improve as well.
• United States
3 Jul 08
It is very hard for many people right now. The cost of everyhting keeps getting higher and yet our paychecks stay the same (and actually look smaller) I've learned to cut out many extras that I used to spend money on and live more economically. Making some money online each month continues to help pay the bills, put gas in the car and food on the table. Every little bit helps. Focus on cutting back as much as possible and keep the faith that things will work out. Faith is a simply amazing thing sometimes, it leads to what you need when you allow it to.
@snivelbec (135)
• United States
3 Jul 08
My heart goes out to each and every one of you in this same position. Hiccup is right re: his comment on the "working poor." Not only is it "not fun" living paycheck to paycheck, it's terrifying, knowing that any one little thing - the rent goes up, the car breaks down, you get sick - can literally mean devastation, financially. I understand. I am a former single working mom and I kept my apartment and managed to buy a used car (after years and years of NO CAR - my THAT was fun, but that's another story), somehow, while making about $10-12/hour. How I did it, I don't know, because I remember thinking that it was impossible to do, on paper. Shoot - on paper I didn't even have the income to qualify for the apartment I was renting. Fortunately, when I kicked my no-good-ex out, I kept the apartment. Kicked him out and had no car, no job, but it was still going to be better than living with him. And eventually it was. You know, it's not like you want to drive a Porsche, or eat caviar everyday. It's more like yearning for a little peace of mind, a little financial security, a little relief from the pressure and stress. For those of you with kids, sometimes it's just wanting so badly to give your children some of the stuff other children have. Sometimes it used to make me cry because I was trying so damn hard and I was so scared. Whether you personally believe in prayer or not, please know that I am praying for us all. Faith is wonderful but damn it, sometimes a little cold hard cash wouldn't hurt either.
• United States
2 Jul 08
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@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
oh i hear you! we are always living like this and it gets to be a drag sometimes, but it also spurns me on to be way more creative, not only in making things as presents, but in my shopping.
@zeroflashx2 (2489)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
Hey there my friend. I do understand how you feel about it. With the looming economic crisis almost anywhere around the world, it gets harder to live by. However, in life we deserve better things and equal chance at a good life. I sense your emotions somehow that even if you're depressed there's something inside you that wants to push out and head on out to the world and prove yourself. Take it one step at a time. Start with your priorities and use that as motivation. We may not have what we deserve right now but the window of opportunity will always be open. You don't know, maybe tomorrow you'll get your big break! Take care!
@kdogg87 (11)
• South Africa
2 Jul 08
That is the one thing most people have in common, there is never enough money to do what you want to. The cost of living is increasing exponentionally everyday with no sign of slowing down any time soon! IT'S INSANE...... My only solution to being stop being broke is to start being creative! I know that this is easier said than done.... I'm struggling to apply it to my life as well. The only we're are gonna survive is if we have our own businesses, or have passive incomes.