Letter to the Editor

Are you saving?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

To the editor:

I have this habit when eating at a restaurant. I ask my waitress, "What do you want to do 5-10 years from now?"

I've really gotten lots of answers like, "I want to get married and live happily ever after."

Dream on, girl.

The answer I liked best was that she was going to go to college and continue working part time. A few just said they wished they could earn more money.

One said she wanted to have her own shop. After she saved enough, she would look around for a place to start.

The most common answers were that they were just working for what they could earn to get by and that's what a lot of people are doing: Just working for a paycheck, not doing any more than they have to and not looking ahead in life.

Then there are those already married who must also work to help support those kiddies in school.

Many are saddled in the job and are thankful for the position and do a good job for they need it to pay their way in society with the husband working at a job that he has had for a number of years and no chance to go higher in his work. But they work and don't ask for welfare.

Then there are those who are divorced and must keep working to pay bills.

It seems society is hard on them as they make a way for themselves and their children. They can be thankful that they have a job whereby they have insurance coverage, but there are many today that are hurting as the insurance rates have gone up 50-200 percent. The medicine has also risen and some have to ask for help. There are some of those daddies who haven't cared for their children and the law must step in to assist.

This takes me back to the question and another: Are you planning on saving for your future? Just what will you expect when you are 65 or 70 years of age -- perhaps married, children out on their own, and some that want to move back home (to save money.)

Oh, yes, it's hard for them as they got married, had 2-3 children, husband at an average job, two kids already out of school and not working -- what do you tell them? You own your own home, have tried to help them some, but this is not enough. That savings will go fast, if you have any.

I never want my children to ask for state or county assistance and I'm sure you wouldn't them too, either.

Now, do we plan to save for the future, do we tell the kids "No, you are on your own"?

That seems to be the bigger question but do we aim higher and strive for better or just give it what we think it's worth?

Have you ever sold newspapers, home health products, beauty products, cleaning products or many other openings?

It takes initiative to want to do more for self, for family, for retirement.

Yes, I gave mine away for the future.

Marion "Sarge" Eveland of Brazil