The Sound of No Money
The Sound of No Money
It sounds like this: I don't know how I'm going to heat my house this winter. I don't know how I can afford driving my car to work. There's not going to be enough money. They're going to freeze to death this winter. A lot of people are going to move South. I can't afford to heat my house and eat. I have to already buy all the food on sale now, what happens this winter? Everyone needs to have a little plot of land like a victory garden so they can grow their own food. Maybe going to college will have to be like during the Depression, took twice as long to get through school. You went to school one year, then you worked the next year to earn the money for the year after.
All of these things have been said to me in the past six weeks. We are having a crisis now, and when the really cold weather sets in again in the north, we are going to have a huge crisis in the north, if oil prices stay as they are now.
Some people I know have locked into very high oil prices for the winter; some can't afford the price they have locked in. Most of the schools around here have spend their summers so far upgrading their heating systems. A member of the school board told me that the heating costs here are going to be over one million dollars for the schools this year--at the discount price gotten by schools banding together. The price of a full cord of wood jumped from 225 to 350 in about two weeks. People are driving less, signing up for fewer summer courses, and buying less. The thrift clothing stores are crowded. There are more yard sales. There are more cars for sale on the lawn.
Food prices have jumped a lot also, especially dairy and meat, so that many are having less. Fruit prices have gotten higher too, especially the shipped fruit, but also the locally grown. The shelters and the food pantries are out of food and requesting donations.
Everyone said this: What are we going to do?
UPDATE: Only a few of the above are also true of me personally (for example, the heating the house problem, which I solved by the buying of 3 cords of wood) but all the things were said to me by people who live here. We are all in this together.
You here at Correntewire are the best. Thanks for helpful suggestions. Maybe we should make a thread for winter survival.
What do you think of the idea of a "Warm House"? You put a sign in the window, and there's a free ad in the paper, and people can come sit in your living room for the day and you keep the stove stoked up so everyone's warm. They can keep the heat low at their own houses. Then the next day--or week?--someone else has the Warm House at their house.
(The title is from this Sunday.)