How broke is everyone?

Pretty broke, it seems. I've planned "lunch meet-ups" with friends, only to have them downgrade to "Let's meet at Starbucks", only to get further downgraded to a last minute request to meet at Timmy Ho's or Mickey D's for fast food coffee. I got my haircut today and asked my haircutter how busy was her December. She said it was the quietest December she ever had; there was no rush of people getting their hair done / coloured / styled like in years past. Myself, I skipped a dinner out with friends because I just could not part with $100 for one meal. Another friend also bailed on that dinner. Picking and choosing survival at this moment. So if I don't show up at your gathering, it's nothing personal. Paying Bill a visit and waiting it out for better times and cash flow...

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for comparison

Jan 8, 2024 at 12:09pm

I worked on the mountains throughout the last few years and when gas went up a $1 to the close to $2 a litre I had to and have to regularly use the food bank. I had a few hundred dollars per month spending money before the it went up, which was my going out money.

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Get togethers

Jan 8, 2024 at 12:53pm

Easily solved. Back in the day and still applicable now are pot lucks which are very cost effective. Find someone to host the luncheon or dinner if you can't, then everyone brings a dish they've made. It's a good idea to organize the food, at one pot luck I'd attended everyone except one person brought dessert which was pretty funny but turned out well in spite of all the sweets!

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Anonymous

Jan 9, 2024 at 3:41am

Eating out has become a chore what with the waiters demanding giant tips and the astounding prices etc.

Better to eat at home, then blow your money at the bar on beer.

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Definitely

Jan 10, 2024 at 4:25am

When a basic meal in a restaurant, like a burger and fries for example, costs $25 without any drink, you know it’s become too expensive for the average person to eat at restaurants very often. Adding the tip and tax means your burger just cost almost $30. In a city with some of the highest housing costs in the world, this is making it impossible for many people to enjoy any of the social and fun stuff they used to be able to afford. The ripple effects are enormous, because when people can’t afford to go to restaurants anymore, those businesses fold, meaning their employees lose a job and the owners often lose everything too. We see more people every month who are forced into bankruptcy and homelessness. A recent news report said that Vancouver residents are carrying the highest debts of the whole country, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

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I get the T-Ho's / Mickey D's coffee requests

Jan 11, 2024 at 10:03am

Even meeting at a coffee shop and getting a coffee and muffin is going to cost $15 per person. That used to be a full breakfast, coffee, and tip at Cafe Deux, or a late-night sushi fest, or a burger and beer. The already-high barriers to socializing in Vancouver have been completely fucked by inflation.

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