Back when I was single and working for the Very Important Organization, I was practically awash in dough. I once took a vacation from Lithuania to New Zealand (setting a VIO R&R distance record) and didn't think twice about the cost. Now, one spousal unit, two kids and one Great Recession later, I'm scraping for every dollar to keep the sheriff from the door while trying to preserve what's left of my life savings. Yesterday I got a bill from the dentist for $681, and that was after insurance. (Spousal unit has crappy Former Soviet teeth, while yours truly had put off going to the dentist for years to save money, hah.)
The last time the economy was this bad, it took World War II to snap us out of it. But, we're already in two wars. What's it going to take this time?
Damn you, capitalism. You are a fickle mistress. In the '90s you made my head swim. Now you have cast me adrift.