Flash Fiction #133

Financial

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

THE REAL COST OF LIVING

We recently returned from the vet’s with the wife’s favorite cat – $200 dollars, and no guarantee the medicine would cure it. Then she had to go into hospital for knee-replacement surgery.  You could say that she doesn’t need surgery, but, to her, gardening is as important as eating.

The bill for the last oil change said that the year-old car’s brakes need work. The cost of gasoline and electricity are mounting.  The yearly ‘cost-of-living’ increase on my pension was 97cents/month.  I feel the financial walls closing in.

Will we survive this retirement tunnel, or finish, begging on the street?

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

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37 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #133

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A real concern for a lot of people now and in the future, depressingly so. Nice take on the prompt.

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  2. Archon's Den says:

    It’s not quite autobiographical, but it’s very real for many 😦

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  3. It hopefully won’t come to that. You could always try busking!

    Please click to read my FriFic

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  4. L.E.R.T says:

    The world with its ever expensive lifestyle just moves on without sparing a glance to those fall on the wayside. The uncertainty felt by the protagonist has been very well written. Cheers, varad

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  5. jellico84 says:

    Oh, hated to like that. So very well written about today’s world. Have felt that crunch and fear all too frequently lately. We’ll have to die before we can retire.

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  6. Those financial walls can close in on all of us… well done! Liked the take! ❤

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  7. granonine says:

    Great description of a painful reality.

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  8. Dale says:

    Nicely done, sir. A scenario too true for so many…

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  9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    The reality of it all came as a crushing blow.

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  10. Nan Falkner says:

    Children with basements are usually a comfortable solution. Good story! Nan

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  11. michael1148humphris says:

    At times the world feels cruel, for the richness of some seems to crush others.

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  12. BrainRants says:

    An unexpected dose of Life With Archon… I totally understand. It never stops, does it?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Unlike either the son, or grandson, most of my employers paid me somewhat above minimum wage. It’s disturbing to know that, in retirement, politics and commerce can make the step between owning a home and living under a bridge a lot shorter. 😳

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  13. Well written. Worry is etched in the words.

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  14. wmqcolby says:

    Poor guy … never invested his money early so he could retire on it. 😦
    Nice work, Archon! 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      You have to have money to invest it. For many, feeding and clothing children doesn’t leave a lot to live on, especially when politicians waste and lose it. Today’s McJobs don’t pay children enough to be able to support parents. 😦

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      • wmqcolby says:

        True. But, there’s a reason I say what I said — I come from a family who didn’t have a cent to their names (Depression Era). My dad owed $2000 of debt in 1955. Started out with nothing. He got out of it (no govt. help), sent me to college and invested what little (yes, little) he had and he is now a wealthy man. It IS do-able. People really need education as to how to handle their finances and be encouraged that there really IS a bright spot. Heck, I could show you many wonderful resources and tools to help people get out of debt and be on their way to success. There’s HOPE! 🙂

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  15. Very poignantly etched the harsh reality of everyday life.

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  16. Well done, Archon. Too many people are living precarious lives as stagnant wages haven’t kept up to the cost of living. You described his anxiety perfectly. 😮

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  17. Michael Wynn says:

    A point well made. Times are grim at the moment and I can’t see them getting better very soon

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Through hundreds of years of history, essentially, nothing changed. In our modern world, great technological advances bring great social/financial changes, not all of them for the good. 😯

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  18. James says:

    Or will I have to keep working until I die? That’s the other question.

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  19. amiewrites74 says:

    This is a very real concern for so many. Cost of living just keeps increasing. Well done.

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