Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Day Before Pay Day

It's always a scramble those last few days before pay day isn't it?
This should resonate with anyone whose worked on minimum wage or is knee-deep in depth. You end up planning on how you are going to blow your check already and wondering what bills you can put off for another two weeks. My days aren't really full of sunshine as growing up poor also adds to the stress of having no excess cash even in adulthood. This is forever compounded by having an acute awareness of just how fucked I am for the time. It's well and good if you're completely ignorant and content earning nothing while making someone else rich. But for the majority of us stiffs it's like a twisting knife dipped in lemon juice and rolled in salt.

My day besides going through withdrawals for nicotine was highlighted by not looking forward to tomorrow's four hour smack in the face shift and literally counting out nickels and dimes for the local chain grocers cashier. After that I went to the library and prayed they've yet to install a "deadbeat alarm" as my overdue fines for books I've yet to even glance at are still building up.

All of this is even compiled by my shoe-string diet of condensed soup, pasta, and cans of tuna fish. I've sworn off ramen forever myself but still get calls from the grocery store shelf whenever I pass it. You would think this would become some sort of life lesson where from now on I would cherish the money I have and note painstakingly where every future fund will be spent. But like most people, as soon as I get cash I'm sure the entire memory of the experience will be wiped like a childhood with an overly friendly step-father. Who knows?

I'm always looking for another job but waking up at 1pm everyday from a night of surfing the Internet for porn and funny pictures hardly translates into a  "go-getter". Who knows, I'm also looking into moving out west in Canada where working like a dog actually translate into a livable paycheck. Only time will tell.

22 comments:

  1. Man, my checks are the opposite. They ALL go to bills, and with the few scraps that are left over, I'm left deciding whether we should go out to dinner or to a movie (can't afford both!) :(

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  2. Im in the exact same situation as you man, living off gay ass min wage jobs, cant wake up before 1 everyday, and im wnatign to go out west once i get out of debt, i started seeing a counseler about my situation and maybe it will help for you too, not a psychiatrist but like a life coach thing, helped for me bro

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  3. 17 DOLLARS!!
    "That's gangsta"

    I lol'd

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  4. @KickenChickenz: I've been to Rehab already (Booze/1 year sober in 3 days) and have seen plenty of councilors and therapists. I only had one guy who actually did his job. The rest were there to collect a paycheck and always made bullshit cliches and open ended questions instead of actually directing or challenging you as a person. I know what I gotta do, making an appointment with the bank for a credit line to let me go search and live and get on my feet.

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  5. I too am poor, it sucks but what can you do there are no jobs :(

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  6. awww well i get unemployment. paysgoodman

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  7. Start digging for oil in people's backyards.
    That's how my pappy did it.

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  8. western canada is where i'm at, it seems to be the only place in north america with a decent employment rate lol

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  9. Just keep your head up dude, at least your working translates into job experience, which is alot more valuable these days, even more than some college degrees.

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  10. Find a career you enjoy and peruse it. I'll be following.

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  11. Haha i feel you bro, no matter how much i plan i always seem to be skint before payday ;D

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  12. What helps me is saving loose change it adds up :)
    Funny picture btw hahaha

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  13. Good luck dude, I hope you'll get rich! :D

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  14. Yeahh payday tmoz! :D
    i lold at that pic haha

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  15. That awsome!
    Anyways, cool blog, I'll follow and support :)

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  16. Love your blog buddy. I work in retail banking and I must say I understand your pain all too well. Check my blog out http://cmipigeon.blogspot.com/, I still haven't figured out how to ling it in my profile, haha.

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  17. Good luck dude...keep trying and it'll all work out.
    Cool blog btw

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