PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER
New York and the $3.00 PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been a God-Send to many New Yorkers. As you all know, the US Economy has been in the Shitter for the past 3-Half years or so.
Hello my friends. I originally wrote this piece back in March of 2010 .. The country and the economy was really in the shitter, seeing one of the worst economic down-turns in the U.S. Economy since the Great Depression of the 1930’s … Many said we were in a Depression, while others refused to admit it. I bet if you asked anyone of Tens of Millions of people who lost their job, were out of work, or took a tremendous cut in their previous earnings, they’d tell you, “yes, this is a depression.” Many who lost their jobs because companies just weren’t taking in the kind of cash they once did, thus letting people go and trimming the fat so to speak. Some of these people lost their jobs, then went out and found a new one, but one big and excruciating factor, their earnings were cut by 25 to 50%, or even more. They may have gotten a new job, but they weren’t making the kind of money as they did before. People had to seriously cut their expenditures. No more rampant spending of things they really didn’t need, less or no more vacations, no more eating out 3 times a week or more, this-that-and-every-other thing. I think you get the drift?
Guess what? We still have not recovered … Well maybe a bit, but not very much, and many people’s Psyche has changed .. People, myself included realized that we didn’t need a lot of the stuff we thought we needed before, like 10 pair of shoes instead of 4 or 5 or whatever. Again, I think you get the drift.
So, even if you are making good money again, some are, some not, you may not be as free to spend as you were before. You’ll get the essentials, things you really must have, not much more, and you might even splurge a little bit, but your splurging is way down. If you are making some cash, you want to hold on to it, as much as possible. You’re not gonna go and throw it away as so readily as before .. Your gonnna, save, mainly with the fear that although you’re doing fine now (Financially), you know all to well, that things can go sour in a hurry and you want to have a cushion, just in case it does.
And so, if you’re like me, though you can afford more, you’re not gonna just go and throw it all away, Every dollar I save, is another dollar for me. Money in the bank, and I’m saving more than ever before.
If some friend wants to go out for a few drinks, I’m gonna want to hang out and have a good time too, every now and then. But guess what? If I can get them to go to Blue & Gold or 7B, then were gonna do that. Hey, I can have 3 beers and spend just $15 or less. I’m not gonna go some place were 3 beers or drinks are gonna cost me two or three times that. If I was going to have 3 beers or drinks in another place, and lets say I was going to spend $33 … But instead, we go to Blue & Gold, 7B or some other joint where we can drink cheap. I have just as good as a time, I spend just $15 and I have $18 that can go into the bank instead of throwing it away and paying that much more than I really need to. Multiply that by 35 times and you’ve got $630 in your savings account that you might have otherwise thrown away needlessly.
I go to the supermarket and buy whats on sale. I hardly ever buy anything that’s not on sale. This includes food, clothing, household goods, anything. As my Jewish friends would say, “Never Pay Full Retail.” I don’t!
Anyway, I guess I’m going on-and-on, so I’ll stop .. So, you see, here we are in the Autumn of 2014, and approaching 2015, and the $3.00 PBR, the 3 or 4 Dollar Beer is quite relevant. Get em ($3 Beers), and enjoy them, and remember, you should “Never Pay Full Retail.” Spend, just spend wisely, and all the surplus you save will make your Bank Account grow, and grow. Basta!
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