DIVORCED FROM PREPS
From SHTF Blog, we have an article on divorce and how to deal with it. Now, of course the first thing I did was thank said publisher for being kind enough to trash his life so I could get an article idea. Most of my loyal minions are no where near as dedicated as that. I liked the part about having to medicate to sleep. My first “real” divorce ( wife number two, Handmaiden Of Satan. Wife #1 was more of a marriage of convenience and in our divorce she only got me for me for two months net income ) produced the worst bout of illness I’ve had in my entire life. Now, I’m warning you up front, you might not like this article. I don’t bemoan my situation ( and we all know it is all about me ). I won’t be too hating on females. No rants or pleas for divine intervention to smite my enemies. In fact, I might even be able to squeeze out an optimistic tone. You might wish to proceed with caution.
If you and the spousal unit are always at odds over life in general, you are not meant to be together. If you can’t agree on fundamentals such as what is considered a safe place to live or how to budget money ( or how often you can bump uglies ) or whatever, you might not want to admit it but sooner or later you will split up. When times get tougher economically, those problems will be much worse. Every worsening of your situation will cause both parties to blame the other for past bad decisions. If he hadn’t stayed in that crappy job until the company went bankrupt we could have already been living in a much more affordable location and not lost the car, etc. I’m not saying that healthy couples won’t have the same issue ( selective memories on both sides when it comes time to blame ), just that a dysfunctional couple will NOT survive times of trouble but a healthy couple should be able to. If you know your marriage is in trouble, don’t postpone the inevitable. If you wait too long you end up homeless, unemployed and legally liable to make those support payments every month ( I’m going to assume 99% of my readers are male and will be on the hook for child support ). If you act soon enough, you can guide your destiny rather than be tossed about by it.
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Okay, financially you are going to be screwed. This is a given. You will usually be paying about 60-70% of your gross income to federal taxes and support combined. Take it from experience, if you try to stay living a conventional lifestyle, you live just sink deeper and deeper into poverty. And as a father, I understand that your kids are about the only decent thing about your miserable existence. But if you stay in the same location as them and that place has too high a cost of living, you will be dooming yourself ( and odds are, the ex will move them away anyway AFTER that event ). The ex-wife and the courts give not a care about how little money you have left ( there will be ZERO justice for you. I tried getting Food Stamps as I was paying 75% of my gross, and was denied ). You WILL make your payments or you can go to jail, get butt humped and die from AIDS. I kid you not. But as bad as this is, it can be liberating. You can now start over again living a sane and sustainable ( financially speaking ) life. You can start over again with another marriage to a spouse that isn’t allowed to act as your ex did. You can have your life back, and while doing so on 33% of your former income doesn’t seem possible, it isn’t hard. Give up your car, get out of debt, live in an unconventional dwelling and never waste a cent on luxuries. You will have plenty of prep money very quickly. But only if you give up any hope of a middle class lifestyle and middle class mate. Hey, trust me, middle class mates suck anyway. The lower rungs of the economic ladder might not hold the prettiest prospective wives ( I’m talking about the perceived beauty desired such as you see on TV or in the mall at the high end stores ) , they might be pretty bruised up being used up by life, but they have a far more sensible attitude. They’ve been through the squeezer like you are now experiencing and they accept that life will hand them a crap sandwich long before they get a gold lottery ticket. And did I mention the preps?
You can prep like a mother humper once the consumerist shoe shopping, central air wasting two car payments bitch of an ex is gone. You usually can come out ahead financially if you can learn to live below your means. How do you think I ended up on my own land, out of debt, running my own micro-business with preps coming out my ass? I make minimum wage and support a wife on that, as well as an ex-wife. One, I live below income. It took me awhile to learn how to do that. And mainly it boils down to just getting rid of the car and/or living in the cheapest area you can find. Two, you remarry a wife that is diametrically opposite of the ex. You can find cheap to keep wives. They all have their own issues, but then, we are talking about wives. We aren’t talking about just leaving a wife who won’t prep ( not that I’m opposed to that ). We are cutting off a limb once it becomes gangrenous. If you wait until the bitter end, you end up screwing yourself. If you are going through a tough time anyway, make the best of the pain and stress. Restart your life. Take your financial screwing, but don’t let it hurt you as much as the bitches want it to. If you cling to the middle class lifestyle, not only are you doomed to fail, if you aren’t careful you might attract another middle class wife!!!!! The Horrors. The Horrors.
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