As part of my effort to continue eating between one payday and the next, I've been listing some of my excess stuff for sale on Craigslist. Man, what a great site! Listings are free, including photo hosting, and it's mainly targeted to people in your own city who are likely to e-mail and then swing by and pay you cash if they decide they want what you're selling.
Over the weekend I sold a pair of PA speakers that I'd owned for 19 years but was no longer using, and I have a buyer lined up for a bunch of DVD sets. I also have an ad up for a chorus/reverb effects unit, but I haven't had any nibbles on it yet. It's starting to make me look around and ponder what else I might be able to turn into some cash.
I found this article very interesting: Living Paycheck to Paycheck Gets Harder. It seems that prices have risen drastically in recent months and even many middle income people (hello!) are struggling to buy groceries between paychecks. I'm almost relieved to discover that it's not just me, but it seems very alarming that things have reached such a state.
I know I sound like a broken record on this topic lately, but I'm just not accustomed to standing in the grocery store and deciding to get an unfamiliar brand of something I want to serve for dinner because it's $.50 cheaper than the brand I usually get.
Thing are not going well in this country right now and it won't be long before these economic problems reach so many people that they can't be ignored. I just wish I knew what could be done about it.