Thursday, January 19, 2017

So Much To Buy, So Little Money

One of the pitfalls of retirement is that (in most cases) retirees don’t have the same amount of income as they did when they were working.  Most times it really isn’t needed, as expenses aren’t as much.

That’s true in my case.  While I receive Social Security and two small pensions my income is about half of what it was when I was working. 

Fortunately my wife have paid off our  house, car and other typically long-term expenses are nil.

Of course we still pay for utilities, insurance, etc.

Unfortunately it leaves very little money for extra things.  We try to eat out about twice a week, take in the occasional movie and manage to go on vacation once a year.

Were not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re not poverty level either.

I mention this because as a lover of Pop Culture I get frustrated.

There is so much great stuff coming out associated with comic books, movies, etc. that I’d love to have the cash to buy, but, I can’t.

Oh sure I hit the used book stores, buy myself a gift on my birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas, but to impulsively go out and purchase an expensive book, toy or even comic books doesn’t fit our budget.

I’m lucky though, writing and posting Boyce McClain’s Collectors’ Corner does garner the occasional review sample.  For that I am grateful to the companies who so graciously provide them.

Still, I wish more would come in.

I pride myself on my reviews.  I delve deeper into product reviews than most reviewers and post reviews almost every day.

There are so many interesting Pop Culture items and merchandise I wish I could review-but, funds simply do not allow it.

So, be that as it may, I’ll still write reviews when I can, and pray that more companies will supply review samples.  Collectors’ Corner has been in existence for 25 years and here’s hoping it will survive for another 25.