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Show Of Hands December 31st, 2012 12:00am

Are you better off financially at the end of 2012 than you were at the beginning?

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anTONIarchist FL
01/04/13 4:04 pm

Thanks to my numerous estranged relatives' Christmas cards, I've got about $400 of pity cash to start the year ;)

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gratefuldane
01/02/13 8:22 am

Yes. Finally got a job, and so did my husband. We are MUCH better off.

gonzoboy Arizona
01/02/13 8:10 am

I'm in the gun trade and regardless how much we expand, the demand is not being met. I am both elated for this good fortune, and measured. I recognize what a 'double-edged sword' this is, societally.

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sgeisler18 Illinois
01/01/13 11:15 pm

Though I had three different jobs at the beginning of the year until the end of summer, I had to take my first of many student loans out. I still hold one of those part-time jobs for when I come home on breaks, so I'm making money, but I am now in debt.

mama3
01/01/13 11:06 am

Slightly better. Not by much but better nonetheless!

tobyrockssohard Wisconsin
01/01/13 9:47 am

Yes, and I expect that trend will continue since we avoided the economic calamity Mitt Romney would have brought down on us

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ScrewU Gone
01/01/13 9:40 am

RJ your sycophantic Obama cheerleading makes me nauseous. Do you have any self respect at all? You can't honestly tell me that ANYTHING is working well in this country any more. Open your eyes already.

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ScrewU Gone
01/01/13 9:26 am

Welcome to Obama's new America... where it only really pays to be poor.

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ScrewU Gone
01/01/13 9:24 am

Must be some kind of vulture...

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gtgconfused
01/01/13 8:28 am

Still not making ends meet. Wouldn't even have a roof over my head if not for my hubby. Lost everything three years ago, house, car and great job, thanks to a car accident. Subsequent health problems have been piling up; but I keep pushing myself.

mjohn620
01/01/13 6:31 am

They have lower standards...
Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)
Happy New Year!

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smacc DunningKruger
01/01/13 4:29 am

Why are democrats doing better than republicans?

Doopy Remedial Americanism
01/01/13 3:00 am

Federal employees of all kinds average higher pay than their private sector counterparts, even after the freezes. Tens of thousands of dollars of waste is insignificant compared both to the deficit, and to the savings of cutting federal pay and positions.

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DrReid Ever present.
01/01/13 2:38 am

I am very serious, my situation is my own, but for me the economy is doing better than ever.

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RJ1969 SoCal
01/01/13 2:11 am

may 2013 be a great year for all of us!

mjohn620
12/31/12 10:51 pm

Lmao, that's a good one!

Oh, wait, you were serious?

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/31/12 10:03 pm

Happy New Year praetorian!

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praetorianus65
12/31/12 9:49 pm

Happy New Year and... live long and prosper all of you.
I know I'm 10 minutes early but have to watch that conch shell dropping.

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innate1 Georgia
12/31/12 9:27 pm

I hit the $100k debt mark for my doctorate program. Hopefully I can pay it off before the SHTF.

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LilRed
12/31/12 9:05 pm

I'd gladly return my COLA if I thought it could help someone in need or that the federal government would do some good to the budget with it, but that is never going to happen regardless of wage rates, so Id like my tiny raise

LilRed
12/31/12 9:02 pm

Weve already been on hiring and wage freezes for years, many employees dont make very much at all...why dont they try to cut the tens of thousands of dollars in meaningless waste first?

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EdenCross Garden of Eden
12/31/12 8:43 pm

Thankfully, I am doing better off. The beginning of 2012 was pretty much rock bottom.

DrReid Ever present.
12/31/12 8:43 pm

Doing very well financially, lots of demand, the economy is doing much better, thank god Obama won!

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chickencookie Give me Liberty
12/31/12 7:43 pm

Last year i had a job and a daughter. This year i didnt have a job and i am paying for college and thanks to obama this new year aint looking too bright either.

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praetorianus65
12/31/12 7:17 pm

I'm neither in debt nor in the plus.
Same old I'd say but that's okay with me :)

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/31/12 7:16 pm

It's a huge raise relative to the cuts that should be made...

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JP007
12/31/12 6:59 pm

I started college...'nough said.

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mjohn620
12/31/12 6:37 pm

Pretty much the same income, but bought a house and let some investments build up so I would say yes.

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LilRed
12/31/12 6:36 pm

I am a federal employee and I dont make 1/4 of congress, and its a cost of living increase of not even $300 per year, the first in years, so Im glad I could ruin your political day.

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FreeBird1
12/31/12 6:31 pm

Bottom!

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FreeBird1
12/31/12 6:30 pm

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smarttexan2 Extremism Harms
12/31/12 6:09 pm

Thanks obama - most of us are better off. Why are you not? Your negative attitude?

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sunsweet Sweet yet blunt
12/31/12 6:03 pm

Yes. My husband has been working his tail off. Now it's looking like its not going to matter. Taxes and health care are going up. (Our health care was $600 a month for crappy insurance and its going up to $720 with even worse benefits). Glad hard work still pays off in the good ol' US of A.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/31/12 5:36 pm

RJ most of it is in a managed fund that tracks the S&P500. The rest is in ETFs that track the markets, VIG, VEA, and VOO, but also some oil VLO, TSO, and a real clunker, CVX. Some steadies, WMT and AMZN, and a lagging hopeful, Z. I play just enough at trading for it to be interesting. Mostly ETFs.

christine1986
12/31/12 5:35 pm

Best of luck to you. ????

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christine1986
12/31/12 5:32 pm

Yes, and at the beginning of feb I get a promotion too. $$$ ????

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epicawesum Indiana
12/31/12 5:30 pm

Yep, got my first job this year. I don't make much though but I'm saving for college

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Bekka Just relaxing...
12/31/12 5:27 pm

Everything has gone up except my paycheck. I have no money for fun. And I work a part-time second job to make ends meet...

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tommysq Chicagoland
12/31/12 5:25 pm

Couldn't sell first house, HAD to buy a new one. Now we have two........and almost a half million in debt, but we are killing this landlord game for reals! Not fond of the extra stress though.

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T0ny_B Oregon
12/31/12 5:15 pm

50% of my time looking at porn. 50% of my time arguing with Debbie.

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PSU.labtech
12/31/12 5:12 pm

Yes, but 2013 will certainly be worse. I will lose my job First week of April 2013 :-(

Quetip909 Milton, PA
12/31/12 4:20 pm

Yeah they got better lawyers than I do. But me being a single parent since my wife left 5 years ago and the killing at a school 2 weeks ago and a local bomb threat at a school the day before I feel like I atleast have a small advantage

scrubby New York
12/31/12 4:19 pm

We make less and less every year everything goes up but my pay check. No raises

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/31/12 4:18 pm

how did the POTUS and a political party keep you from earning more money this year?

was it because you placed a bet on the election results?

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