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I’ve set the heat about as low as I can. I really don’t mind wearing a sweater in the house during the cold weather. I got used to doing that when we were a young, married couple with kids. Most people we knew did the same thing.
I guess I never really thought that I’d be doing it again in my senior years. But then I don’t think anyone tends to think that far ahead really.
Granted, the chill seems to seep a little deeper into the bones at this age, but you do what you must to stretch the income to at least keep pace with the outgo. And that, unfortunately, gets a little harder to do with each passing year.
I saw in the news they’re saying SS checks will go up by 1.7% starting in January. They said it’s the smallest increase in (x) number of years. Actually if you count the 2 years we got nothing that’s not strictly true, but any more it seems close counts in more than just horse shoes and hand grenades. Considering the sale price on a gallon of milk in my area just went up 3.6% I’m not thinking that 1.7% increase is going to do much for the bottome line.
My greatest fear at the present is a GOP win in this election. When I look at how little the republican party thinks of people like me (you know—us “taker” types) the future looks pretty disasterous if Romney is sworn into office in January.
Oh yeah, I hear Mittens and Lyin claiming all those “beneficial” changes they plan on making “will not affect anyone over 55”, but how can you trust anyone who will bald face lie even when the truth would do just as well? OK, in their case the truth wouldn’t do as well, but it would still be kind’a nice to hear just one honest statement or see one honest action from them.
I’ve done what I can—cast my swing state vote early for the Democrats. The end result will be known next week. Then I’ll know if I need to crank the heat down a bit more and wear two sweaters AND thermal underwear, or if I can keep that thermostat at almost as far down as it can go.