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    Posted December 23, 2011 by
    RebekahWrye
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    Willard, North Carolina
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What does $40 mean to you?

    Once Upon a Time

     
    In my life, $40 means:
    1. not quite a tank of gas.
    2. not quite a co-pay for a 'regular' doctor visit.
    3. half of the co-pay for 'specialist' doctors.
    4. half of our prescription costs *after* insurance- buying generics @ walmart
    5. basic groceries for our family for a week: milk, bread, eggs, cereal, fruit, vegetables.
    and many other things~

    We work hard. I have a college education, am a professional working two jobs. My husband works, even though medically he isn't supposed to- this is a vicious loop because we need the money he earns, but that is countered by the bills for medication. On weekends we sell furniture beside the road. We try so very hard, yet- Our savings? zero. Retirement? zero. Our ages? 51 and 48. I will work until I die- and I'm ok with that. I'm lucky enough to love my jobs, but I worry about him, about us, about my son who is in college and facing the future. I worry about the kids I teach every day, the kids who work hard and are trying- and the ones that haven't learned that yet. We live simply and without extras, and do you know what is left after I pay the bills from my paycheck? $35.01

    And that is not even $40.
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