My biggest fear is never getting out of debt. Our society is made to put people into debt and then struggle to get free from that debt. The system is rigged in order to make sure that everyone feels like they have a stake in maintaining the system because we are all “invested” in it, whether voluntarily or not.
Slavery has long been outlawed, but only that slavery which showed physical chains. What we have now is purely economic slavery where people are put into the system like meat into a grinder and then we all end up as the minced meat that comes out of the grinder. The rich love the system because it creates a mentality that each of us tries to escape from that grinder rather than acting collectively to destroy that grinder.
To fight debt as best I can, I always take a portion of my paycheck and apply it to my debt, above and beyond the minimum payment and hope against hope that the balances will go down over time.
Hal (person) and I got some surprising, but not totally unexpected, news late yesterday. As we were leaving to go to the grocery store we found an envelope from the apartment complex. It is that time of the year when we get our letter outlining the new lease prices and our intention to stay/go letter to be delivered to the apartment office.
We were shocked when we saw that they expect us to pay more than $220 more to stay in the same apartment under a new lease. Personally, both Hal and I were expecting an increase in the rent, but nothing like a $220 increase! We have been looking at other apartments for months now, expecting bad news, but nothing like this.
Our minds were made up to move even before we got the notice yesterday, but that basically ended any chance that this apartment complex had to keep us as residents. We have just under a month to let the apartment office know our intentions and by that time we will already have a new place all ready to go to. With luck, we will have everything arranged for the new apartment sometime next month before we even submit the intent to vacate letter.
I don’t know how much higher rents can go in this area. Our next place will be much further away from DC, close to 60 miles, in order to have rent that is reasonable.