Being broke isn’t the best of times, but it doesn’t have to be the worst of times for long. There are a lot of ways to save up when the cash isn’t flowing in as much as you’d like. Here are 10 ways guaranteed to help you save when you’re low on cash.
First off, have you ever seen a young James Earl Jones or James Earl Jones getting busy? If not, this move is a must. Unless you’re not interested in either of those things. Inspired by Reanna’s story, I sought out a movie that showcased what it was like to work and have still need help. A quick Google search led me to Claudine from 1974. A rarity at the time, it was a movie starring black people and was not blacksploitation. It was a one part love story, one part a story about the system and how it may be bringing people down instead of helping them progress.
If I learned anything from being an “adult” it’s that you better learn to adapt, or you’re going down. Also, never be ashamed to seek out help. Even when my work was more on the steady side, it wasn’t enough to have my medical expenses covered. Thanks Obama. Then when I realized I no longer wanted to be treated like shit and walked away from my last okay paying gig, I was left with very little. Food was once something I never had to worry about, but for the first time in my adult life – I realized I needed to do something to ensure I didn’t starve. So I walked into the Welfare Office and man…If you’ve never had to go to one of those, consider yourself lucky. It’s one of the most depressing places on earth. You sit and watch those who struggle with English seek out any sort of help from others sitting there, young moms try and handle a kid or two on top of their paperwork, and then you have a cascade of others sitting in there wondering where their life took a wrong turn.
Drama brought us together, not like a fight or anything, but a class in high school. That was where I met Reanna Bord. She was a year older and because of that got to start her adult life a little earlier than me. Today she’s not only a claims resolution specialist, but a mother and someone who knows all too well what it’s like to live with less than. She didn’t grow up lavishly and today struggles financially. Single people with money woes, just think how hard life would be with kids in the mix. While Reanna has learned how to stretch the hell out of a dollar, she still has her worries, but she puts them aside and her kids first because when you’re a parent – that’s what you have to do.
The idea of being broke has shifted in recent years, at least it’s more noticeable thanks to social media. You often see people complaining about money but then five seconds later see their weekend at Disneyland or a mention of new shoes. These are the people real broke people wish to be. They want to be broke because of nice things, not just broke because their jobs don’t stack up in comparison. The thing is, those people with nice things see themselves as struggling financially because we’ve become a society that is used to having the best. Living with an outdated iPhone, oh please. That could never be. Why would you have the iPhone 6.GPS XP when you could have the new and improved one that does all of the same things as the last 47 models, but has a screen that appears to be the size of a home television? Yeah, it won’t even fit in a carry-on suitcase, but so what? It’s the newer one, so it’s the better one.