Many of us faced pay cuts this year amid the highest inflation numbers in nearly 40 years.
You expect to see your income increase with a rise in cost of living, but that doesn’t always happen.
Until the pay cuts, I was still waiting two years for another raise. The company is bootstrapped right now and has no additional funds for wages or anything else. In fact, I’m lucky that I haven’t lost my job altogether as many others have in my same department as well. I have to deal with the changes and keep my head up so I don’t lose my mind completely. It’s not easy trying to make ends meet when my paycheck isn’t large enough to cover all of my expenses. Whether I can sustain all of the credit card debt that I’m forced to take on to survive is yet to be seen. But needless to say, I’m acutely aware of how dire my situation is and I’m far from complacent. I don’t want to find myself in a financial quandary that forces me to postpone renewing my medical marijuana card. I was short this week on the $75 required to renew my medical marijuana card with the state government. As a result of not having the funds, I have to wait a week until I’m paid again and go without my medical cannabis card in the process. Thankfully I have enough marijuana to last me until then, but I’d really be hurting right now if I was low on money and weed at the same time. I’d have to go without cannabis in the time being, and that’s hard for me with my mental health issues.