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"A survey of about 1,100 Americans finds that more than 4-in-10 respondents admit they don’t have more than $500 in readily accessible savings."
This reminds me of a woman I worked with many years ago who clucked, "We're all just a paycheck away from homelessness." I didn't say anything in reply, but my thought was "Speak for yourself." - Baron Von Andrew


I probably shouldn't reveal how much after tax "cash on hand" we have but suffice it to say... it's enough to last several years. Probably enough to last us till we are both old enough to collect social security. Besides which our house and cars are paid for and we have no credit card debt.

I had a friend at church reveal to me that he and his wife are two months behind in their bills. He said to me, "you probably don't know what that feels like?" I was sort of flabbergasted but he was right. Since we have been married we have never not been able to pay our bills.

In fact I usually had enough food stashed away to feed us and the horde of college students we were friends with. I worked for the Animal Science and Poultry Science department and they paid me in meat. I had to tape our freezer shut with masking tape to keep it from popping open. My best friend used to come home with me to our house every day at lunch and we'd eat and laugh till it hurt and then stop at Dairy Queen which was about a block away and have a cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream before going back to class.

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