Making Ends Meet

I found this today, concerning rising prices and how low-income families manage, and I found it interesting.  Read it carefully before you read the source.Prices are rising and it's harder to stretch the dollar - are times worse than before?

What is to be the solution of the present-day problems of living

Years ago, students of philanthropy and social service assured us that we were getting down to hard pan, and that something would have to be done to improve the condition of the small wage earner, either by paying him more money or by readjusting prices to make his few dollars go further. 

In spite of this, however, there is but one thing that has been done – prices have steadily continued to advance. Meats are higher today than ever. Vegetables are higher. So, too, are milk, eggs, rent, clothing, and almost every other item that is classed among the necessities of life in the household budget.

“Well,” as one woman said, helplessly, “I suppose we shall have to eat less meat, although I can’t see how we can get along upon much less … As I can’t afford to pay any more for our food, I suppose that I shall have to accept smaller quantities for my money.”

And this is the way in which the burden of higher prices is to be borne. Savings will cease and people will try to get along with smaller quantities

There will be less food
less fuel
less recreation, and 
less clothing, if possible, and, 
by such economies, they will undoubtedly meet the emergency, even though it may be at the cost of the physical, mental, and moral strength of future generations.

Pretty powerful imagery, isn’t it? And I think it can resonate with all of us today. I go to the grocery store and factory-produced ground beef is “on sale” for only $5.99 per pound.

When I question my Facebook readers about the things they worry about, the answer comes back in a numbing sameness. They worry about money, about buying groceries, about making ends meet. In many countries, they worry about paying for medical care. 

And the source of this passage is ….

Good Housekeeping, 1908.

Seriously. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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