As we all know, the cost of living has skyrocketed to the extent that trying to cope with it is getting harder and harder. The law of supply and demand must be taken into consideration before we “jump the gun” and point a finger at those whom we accuse as being responsible for the downturn in our economy. Of course, mismanagement in certain areas has partially contributed to our failure in preventing such a state of affairs from getting out of hand, and may be attributed to greed in some respects, as well as a marked indifference to certain rules of moderation in the making of policies that seemed to have worsened the situation all the more. Continually complaining about it will do us no good. The alternative is that we must try to cope with our circumstances as best as we can.
There is a time to rejoice and a time to moan, but to merely moan and stop thinking as to how we can survive the impact of the rising cost of living, can hurt us all the more. All we can do is try to tailor our needs accordingly by doing the following:
Since the price of gasoline per gallon continues to skyrocket, we can, in some instances, travel by bus, and drive only when it is absolutely necessary. We can stop buying the things that we do not need and shop at markets that are cheaper and where we can purchase food at discounted prices. Instead of buying certain name brands of products, we can buy similar products that are manufactured by those that are less popular. There are stores, such as the 99-cent stores that carry a regular selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as other products that cost no more than 99 cents, instead of buying these from supermarkets and other stores where we have to pay much more. It is understandable that, under certain circumstances, people may have no other alternative but to shop in supermarkets, particularly when these are located in their neighborhood or when they are unable to explore other places because of certain handicaps. In this case, they may have to confine their purchases to products that they need and not buy the unnecessary things that they can do without.
Eating in expensive restaurants should be avoided. There are restaurants that are cheaper and easily accessible. In the case of a couple with children, cooking at home more often is advisable and, in fact, more conducive to our health and welfare.
Deprivation of the luxuries of life does not mean that we have to moan and groan continuously. Think of those outside our borders, such as the Third World countries where poverty and homelessness are much more pronounced than it is here. There are times when things happen unexpectedly, such as the present. We may feel depressed because the good, old days have suddenly passed us by. The truth is that when one area of the economy is adversely affected, other areas follow in its wake. Such a chain reaction can, indeed, be frustrating. Some day and hopefully soon, we will overcome the problem, as we have done so in the past, as we learn from our mistakes and failures.