I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
If you are an employer who is looking to hire someone, please check with the Hire Center/Unemployment Department for the State of Wisconsin first before paying for and placing an ad either on line, in the newspapers or via a headhunter. There are a lot of great workers who are unemployed who are looking for work with good employers and I am sure there is a perfect fit for both the employer and the prospective employee. Be realistic. My husband had a one on one interview with a manager of a firm who was looking to hire someone with my husband's background. This manager was "concerned" that my husband would not be able to handle the position because he had been "off work for so long". Apparently, this manager doesn't know that we are in a recession that has been the worst that many of us have ever seen. For every one worker, there may be hundreds of people applying for a job. My husband has a great resume, reference letters, experience, etc. so the time that he has had off (not his fault), should NOT be held against him or anyone else in the same situation!!! I can speak for my husband and I am sure, many others, that each and every day he looks for jobs and sends his resume out 2 to 6 times per week or more and has spoken with many headhunters, as well (another blog to follow on headhunters). He also has his resume on numerous websites.
I agree that there may be unemployed people who are taking "advantage" of the unemployment benefits and not working very hard at finding a job. My husband and many others, are NOT like this and I get VERY UPSET when a friend, relative, or whoever, states that they "cannot understand why my husband can't find a job" - "he should really be more proactive" - "there are jobs out there". To these people, I'm sorry I have to say it - Get A Grip! You have a job so you are clueless as to what is going on in the world of unemployment and job seeking. Not everyone is abusing the system!
Many of us like to have beautiful garden areas around our homes. Here's some ideas on how to make this happen when on a tight budget:
1. Ask friends, family and neighbors if you can have perennials from their gardens when and if they divide them up after the perennials get too big. Offer the same in return.
I am happy because I have no debt. I have no debt because I am frugal and I only purchase things that I need. I am not Cheap. I am Frugal. I am still able to have a nice home (according to MY standards), nice clothes, go on vacations, drive a nice and well-maintained vehicle and most importantly have good, solid and honest friendships. We should all try to pursue greater happiness; not necessarily greater wealth. Sometimes, we have no choice as to where we stand financially, due to outside influences. Thus, go for the happiness....whatever that means to you.