We Did The Math

Well, I had an entire post planned. I was going to outline the drop in steel prices and oil prices from last year to this year. I was going to show you how interrelated the two appear. I was going to show how it has personally impacted me and my family. 

Screw that. I can’t seem to find the level of rationality needed to calmly discuss such things.

We’re on track to make $19,000 less this year than last. Nineteen GRAND! That’s a LOT of money to us.

Let me break it down a bit. Last year we made $52,000 combined. We didn’t break any records or anything, but we can definitely live on that. So, 52 – 19 = 33.

We’re on track to make $33,000 this year. A family of four. Need I say more? I’m just praying my business picks up or oil prices sky rocket.

Excuse me while I go cry over in the corner.

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15 Replies to “We Did The Math”

  1. One of the girls in my June birth group on fb said her husband just had to take a pay cut because of oil prices. Another said theirs had been laid off. I didn’t realize what a terrible problem this is! I’m so sorry! We’re losing a chunk of income because I went part time, and that’s scary-but at least it was voluntary!

  2. That’s part of the issue here–I quit working when I was 22 weeks pregnant because of the lifting restriction my ob had me on. There wasn’t a single client I worked with that didn’t need me to be able to do an assist-to-floor maneuver in the event of a stumble to prevent a fall. So, then I started doing freelance writing as much as possible. I was doing pretty well ($300ish/month) until maternity leave. I have had exactly one client since returning. So, $9000 of that lost income is coming from me. The rest is from not selling enough steel.

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