Economic Recovery?

29 Apr

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If you listen to the politicians and main street media we are in the midst of an economic recovery. I have 2 main indicators to let me know when things are good economically. One is the amount of people I see eating out in restaurants. Two years ago, if you went out to eat on a Friday or Saturday night between the hours of 5:30 – 7:00 you would have to wait in line for a table at almost any restaurant in our town. But now you can just breeze right in at any place and be seated right away. That tells me people are having to cut back on their discretionary spending. Another way I can tell is circulating coins or lack thereof. I used to collect coins until I decided I could better spend my money elsewhere. But I still look through my pocket change every day to see what I can find. I always try to save a new bright shiny example of each years denomination of coin from each mint. Usually by the middle of February I start to see the new coins. This year it was April 9th before I saw even one new penny, and since then I have not seen another single new coin! This tells me the banks are not ordering any new money to put in circulation. They just keep reusing the same old coins. That tells me there is not a lot of money circulating around here. People are either holding on to their money, or they don’t have much money in the first place. So how do you personally judge the state of the economy?

6 Responses to “Economic Recovery?”

  1. carynverell April 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    you are right on there…less folks eating out at the good restraunts and diners, less traffic noise, i am seeing more hunters this year, and more folks out fishing lately. and when i visited the closest city recently i noticed that i could park just about any where i chose at the malls. but, here in small town mississippi, i noticed that the walmart parking lot has a lot less cars in the lot than usual too. we are so country all we have is that itty bitty walmart that mr sam walton built over 40 years ago, and we are so far out in the woods that it seems pretty big at times-the biggest we got within a fifty mile range anyway. and the reallly biggie i have noticed is how the little public library is packed with people every durn day…most who are using computers to apply for welfare or jobs.

    • Swamp Dog April 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      When things are slow enough people can’t afford to go to Wal-Mart you know things are bad!

  2. pioneerPreppy April 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I usually judge by strays dropped off nearby. My mother, who lives 2 miles down the gravel road from me just got another drop off stray today and I saw two pups on my way back from checking my outter bee hives in a place pups shouldn’t be. They looked like recent drop offs as well.

    By the looks of it I just missed whoever did it or they would have had me to deal with. I think I am going to put up a sign saying anyone caught dumping their pets on my property line/roadside will be open fired on.

    • Swamp Dog April 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Good point. And you know how I feel about people who dump pets, SCUM!

  3. terry1954 April 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    very good

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