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Pardon me, but you're stepping on my budget!

December 12th, 2009 at 09:01 am

Our shop week runs from Monday to Saturday and the shop needs to bring in $445 a week to pay rent, utilities, buy food, etc. Consistently it brings in more than that and has since shortly after opening. But this week is troubling. For the first time in almost two years it looks as though the shop won't meet that minimum for the week. We're short slightly less than $100 and although it isn't time to panic or even worry it's a little disturbing.

For the last two years the shop did very well between November and January but it doesn't look like that's the case for this year. Most of the December bills have been paid, we won't go hungry or heatless, we do have an emergency fund, but still...

It's wreaking a little havoc on my mind! At this rate, that $2000 surplus we had last month won't be duplicated in December. However, even though I didn't expect that duplication I did expect to 'crack the nut', as the man person calls it, this week and hoped for a nice surplus to start off the new year.

So, to you people who aren't coming to our shop (like they read this, ha!):

Pardon me, but you're stepping on my budget!

Rant over. Smile

Consumerism running amok

March 20th, 2008 at 07:32 am

When did Easter become the disgusting display of commercialism that it is?

Yesterday I cashiered and somewhere along the line lost track of how many people spent over $300 on their purchases. I start conversations with customers and at some point they generally tell me why they're buying what they're buying. What I heard all day yesterday was comments like, "Easter is so fun! I just love wrapping presents for my two kids!" as she swiped that Discover card to the tune of $384. And "Next year I'll have to be more prepared. The kids asked for a lot of things for Easter this year." as he plunked down four $100 bills.

I've worked in retail off and on for years but my last experience with it this time of year was 3 years ago. Granted, I worked at a store that wasn't quite as classy as where I work now but the customers didn't spend like they are now. Ehhh, okay..it was a dollar store! Wink

For the retailers, it's all about money and they're turning the holiday into another Christmas. But why on earth do the adults buy into this? I suppose for the same reason people buy into the commercialism of Christmas.

I celebrate neither holiday but loved them both once upon a time and I didn't go into debt for either one. Easter had some commercialism but it didn't seem to be so intense as now. When my kids were young they got a grass-filled basket with some candy and maybe a very small toy or two in it. That's it. No bathing suits, no electronics, no tapes, no jewelry. I spent less than $20 for two kids most years. And yes that was awhile ago but not so long ago that that $20 is now equal to $300 or more!

Is it just me or do y'all see this, too? I might be a stick in the mud but what I see going on is ridiculous and I can't help but wonder...what are the parents teaching these kids? The kids whine and cry through the store, screaming for "a Starbucks" (oh, don't get me started on that tangent!) and this candy and that toy, throwing tantrums because they want blue grass in their basket, not green, and they don't want a little chocolate bunny, they want a big one.

I don't know..maybe I'm just too old fashioned but something is very wrong here. Very, very wrong. And it has me deeply concerned.

Okay, I'm off to brood over it now.... ha!

Thanks and this week's dinners

January 27th, 2008 at 07:00 am

Thanks for the comments and email replies to my work woes entry. This work situation has me all messed up. I ranted to my husband about it and he listened and is happy to but there's a limit to how much he will tolerate and I don't want to push that limit. When I went to bed, I laid there for awhile stressing over all this, going over drinks in my head, thinking about how I could have handled things better.

I'm not one to handle pressure well which is one reason I work retail and not some other field. Yes, there's pressure in retail but if you're a peon (and not management), it's generally seasonal and short lived and not too intense. I won't go into management. Been there, done that, and it's not worth the stress for me.

I've decided that if I don't learn this stuff quickly and get some relief from the pressure I feel I won't continue with the java joint.

So, on to more positive things!

Today we're having chicken cooked with onions, broccoli, and little green peas and will have nice leafy salads with it. The leftover chicken will be used throughout the week. So the rest of our meals this week, in no particular order, are:

Creamed chicken over toast or whole wheat noodles with green beans and carrots

Slow cooker meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and spinach (leftover meat loaf will be frozen for later use)

Barley and vegetable soup made in the slow cooker (Yaaaay, a meatless meal)

Barbecued shredded beef on whole wheat muffins with tossed salad and green beans

Chicken noodle medley with tossed salad and spinach (Yaaaay, an almost meatless meal! lol)

Hamburger steaks with mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans

There might be a night in there where things change but that's the plan...

Grr, business related rant

January 16th, 2008 at 02:09 pm

The guy who made the signs for the shop called this afternoon and said he had them ready. He also told DH that the cost was going to be $208, $8 over the amount we were originally told. Now $8 isn't a huge difference but DH asked him why it was more. He said it's because since we're getting signs made in two batches, it means two trips for him. Ummm no. DH never asked him to deliver the second set of signs. He'd planned to pick them up and install them himself to save us $100 on the second set. DH decided not to push it, though, so the guy said he was on his way over to install them.

The guy got here and although the art work looked nice the background of the sign wasn't yellow as DH had requested but orange! The guy took the signs and left and just called and started arguing with DH that the color is "Safety Yellow". Well, call it monkey yellow if you want but it's orange and that isn't what we want. Finally the guy told DH he isn't going to re-make the signs and that maybe they should just forget it. DH agreed.

So now he's on the phone trying to find another sign company. We need signs and soon! People have a hard time finding us!

Anyway, I'm not impressed with their customer service. Not at all.

The best ways to ensure you'll be and stay broke

January 12th, 2008 at 09:45 pm

1. At a tender age, get the thought in your head that saving money isn't important.

2. Once you have #1 down pat, add the belief that you're invincible and there's always time for saving later. Bonus points are yours if you can throw in the thought that you're going to have a very successful career in (insert career choice here) and you'll make so much money and will start saving at that point.

3. Once you've achieved #1 and #2, marry someone who believes the same things. Better yet, marry someone whose beliefs are the opposite of yours. That will set you up for years of tension, arguments, and possibly even high cost attorney's fees.

4. Live beyond your means. It's best if you can live way beyond your means, continuing to believe that there's time to save later. Buy a house you can't afford, get many credit cards and run them all to the max paying the minimum payments or not paying them at all, even buy brand new gas hogging cars, preferably more than one. Just make sure they're very expensive cars and the payments are the kind that will keep you up nights. If you can throw in some trips to exotic places, all paid for with the above mentioned credit cards, of course, kudos to you!

5. Be late on your payments for the things you've purchased on credit, making it certain that you'll have high and unnecessary fees to pay.

6. Flaunt your lavish lifestyle and be the one with the deepest pockets. Treat all your co-workers and distant relatives to lunch at the fanciest places in town. Pay the bills of friends and family members who blow their money irresponsibly. Join the most exlusive and most expensive country club in town. Don't worry if you don't play golf. Get a great set of costly clubs to go in the trunk of that car you can't afford and fake it. Or get really creative and take on a very costly addiction or hobby. Use your imagination here!

7. Make sure your kids think you're rich and that they're rich, too. Buy them the most expensive clothes and send them to the most expensive schools, even if the education isn't worth the price you pay for it. And don't forget to hand them unearned allowance every week and then generously buy what they want after they've spent the allowance. In being faithful about this one you're making sure the future of your kids is about as good as yours.

There are a lot of other things you can do to ensure that you're broke and stay that way but I've given you seven of the best ways I know. The rest is up to you. Smile

My brief thoughts on rising gas prices

January 4th, 2008 at 07:36 am

Here's how I feel about it:

Oh, for goodness sake!

October 3rd, 2007 at 06:08 am

I read this and almost got ill:


It comes earlier every year..and that's all I'm gonna say about that. (said in best Forrest Gump voice)