My sister sent me this link to four short videos from The Anderson Cooper Show about drastic ways families saved money. They were interesting and made me want to be more frugal and aware of money and where it goes.
At the bottom of the article, it asked us to share any ideas we might have for living on less. Curious, and hoping I'd find some useful ideas, I began reading the comments.
I came across this:
also they could get on low income housing where they would only have to pay 30% of their income for housing and get on food stamps and energy assistance to pay their electric bill. There is also lifeline that will pay for their phone bill and internet and you can get his anywhere you go. I am currently on all these programs except I am on section 8 which is now closed for the waiting list.
What? I thought they had to be joking and poking fun at the entitlement society we live in. But by the time I finished reading the comment, I became pretty sure they were being serious.
Does this person not realize that nothing is free? If they're getting 30% of their housing paid, that means the government is paying it. And where do they think the government gets its money? Who's paying for the food stamps and the energy assistance? Who's covering the cost of the phone bill and the internet? Those companies aren't giving her power and phone and internet for free. They'd be out of business in a flash. Someone is paying for those things.
The families spotlighted were actually cutting costs, not transferring them to someone else.
This is just one more example of the topsy-turvy, mixed-up, messed-up world we live in. If this is the way very many people think, how are we ever going to make it out of this mess?