If Social Security ever gets expanded, here are some changes I would love to see added to it!

Hey, everybody!

Today we are going to talk about our wonderful Social Security program and a hypothetical question to go along with it: If Social Security ever gets expanded in the future, what would I like to see happen with it?

Lets’ get started! 😀

There is A LOT of things I would like to see happen with people who are on Social Security, disabled or not. Here is what I would love to see happen with it in the future!

A Raise in Pay

CAN I GET AN AMEN? Living on $700-$900 a month in the United States is NOT easy if not impossible 99% of the time. For a lot of retirees, it is easier because of their pensions they saved up during their working years. But without those pensions, retirees would be SCREWED because of how little Social Security pays retirees each month alone. I know, I know… If you collect Social Security by the age of 70, you will get about $3000 a month and some retirees on SS do. But they are NOT the majority.  And if you are disabled like myself, you cannot even have a pension because we cannot save over $2000 currently. I know things are going to be changing with ABLE accounts, but while some of us in some states are still waiting for ABLE accounts to become available (looking at you California, but at least you have an OFFICIAL launch date now 😉 ), we are kind of stuck you could say and have been for a long long time.

A raise in pay for the disabled and retirees who collect Social Security benefits every month would be a WELCOMED CHANGE. Also, scrapping the “can’t save over $2000” cap that is keeping us in forced poverty would be a wonderful thing as well. I honestly think Social Security should come up with an ACCURATE formula for each person on disability for how much one would need to live comfortably in retirement and even for the rest of their lives living on SSI and let the recipient be able to save up to that amount and live off of that money for the rest of their lives. It may be different for each individual or maybe even the same for a lot of people, but it is only right and honestly, very human. Why would we or ANYONE want our elderly and disabled people like myself to live in poverty? Or anypne living in poverty in general? If ANYONE enjoys seeing us (or anyone else for that matter) living in poverty so much, then they are monsters who are apart of the problem in this world. No excuses.

Free Public Transportation

CAN I GET ANOTHER AMEN? Even though I am disabled, I cannot stand how freakin’ poor the public transportation system is in almost every city or town in the United States. You are basically a fourth class citizen if you do not have a car to get around. I know this because I live it every day. And yes, I would take the personal public transportation offered by the bus system in my town IF IT WASN’T $5-$6 BUCKS A RIDE ONE WAY. Imagine having to go into town for doctor’s appointments or just grocery shopping each day and having to pay $6.00 a pop for a ride on one of these personal buses? Not very frugal if you ask me and paying this small amount each day would eat away at one’s SSI payments in no time or probably in the beginning of the month when one gets paid by SS again. It’s like a small tax on the disabled and retirees WHICH IS WRONG. Of course, one could take an Uber, but that costs even more, so why bother?

Not to mention that what SSI pays me each month, I cannot afford a vehicle let alone the insurance cost to insure the vehicle each month, so that is why I do not own a car. Even if I was gifted a vehicle for free, with my small budget, like I said, I couldn’t even afford the insurance on the vehicle, thus I skip out on owning a car. I honestly think autonomous cars would be a GIFT to the disabled and elderly who cannot drive. But since they will not be several commercial services for these cars for a while, free public transportation would be an absolute blessing for us. Bonus points if this free public transportation would be provided by Social Security with their own government funded buses. Wouldn’t that be cool? 😀 

Rent Paid for by Social Security

YEEEEEEES. I would absolutely LOVE to live my own, but since rent is much higher than my SSI money I receive each month, I simply cannot do this. Sure, there is HUD and low income apartments, but with such a long list going on for YEARS, it would be impossible to secure housing right away if anything happened with my current living situation. But if Social Security paid for disabled peoples’ and retirees’ rents, or hey, maybe even their mortgage payment each month (it’s a stretch, I know), things would be better for us and we would not be forced into living situations that would not be ideal for our current circumstances.

With our rent paid for us each month, we would be able to live more easily. But this would probably work better if we also had a raise in pay each month of our Social Security. See the first reason I listed. 😀 

Also Free Internet (for EVERYONE for that matter)

YES! FREE INTERNET FOR ALL! The internet should be a human right for everyone in society. I also wish electricity and water were a free public resource as well, but you guys get the picture. 😉

If Free Public Transportation doesn’t work, free driving lessons and free cars for Social Security recipients PLEASE

This can also be applied to everyone in the lower income bracket and not just Social Security recipients, but having free driving lessons and even free cars for everyone who receives Social Security would also be a welcomed change. For people on SSI and for retirees, these cars would enable us to get around more freely or help the parents who are taking care of their children or adult children who are in wheel chairs or who are blind get around easier. Social Security could also have their own low cost or free government car insurance plan SS recipients can have to help them keep their vehicle insured enabling us to be able to keep these cars always.

And with free driving lessons paid for by Social Security, there would be a chance for people on SSI to learn how to drive and possibly get off SSI with adequate transportation if they wish too. Or to, you know, just have some sort of life outside of their home or wherever we are living? Including retirees! We deserve to have a life just like normal life just like regular people even if we are retired or disabled! CAN I GET AN AMEN?

Conclusion

So these are the things I can think of off the top of my head that I would love to see Social Security have for its recipients like me, whether we are disabled or retired. I think a lot of the things I listed are pretty good ideas and I hope they will included as benefits for Social Security recipients in the near future! 😀

If Social Security was ever expanded, what things would you like to see added to the Social Security program?

What I’ve been up to! (as of November 25, 2018)

Hey everybody! I am SO SORRY that I have been absent lately. I haven’t forgotten about the blog, I swear! I have just been feeling awful lately and I have scheduled a therapy appointment to have someone to talk to about the troubles in my life I am currently facing.

But today, I am going to tell all of you what I have been up to!

Started My Art Blog

Yup! Just started my art blog! It is called My Wandering Mind!

I have two posts on it currently and would have a few more, but like I said, I have been feeling awful lately and haven’t updated it lately… But I am hoping to keep it going! I will be posting art sketch dumps next, so please stayed tune if you would like to see them! : )

Until then, here is my first piece of artwork up on my blog! It is of Deku from the series, My Hero Academia. Hoping you guys will enjoy it. ❤

Shopped Goodwill Black Friday Sale

So I did manage to go to the Goodwil 50% Off Everything Black Friday Sale and this is my haul!

goodwill haul
The stuff that looks like a giant blob is my haul, haha… xD

I mainly bought exercise clothing for the winter since I did not have any for this time of year for about $2.50-$3.00 a pop! I’m always on the lookout for long exercise leggings as well, so I bought two pairs of them! And the rest of the stuff were wants basically, haha. : )

But I did have a lot of fun being my “natural environment” you could say. ;D

Made Green Bean Casserole

I don’t have the picture or recipe on hand, but I did make a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving! And oh my god… It was SOOOOOO tasty! ^ o^

I also went to LOCAunt’s and LOCUncle’s house for Thnaksgiving dinner and that was a lot of fun! It was fun spending time with them on Turkey Day. 🙂

Signed Up to Volunteer

So I have basically put in an application to volunteer at a local Retirement Home! Crossing my fingers that I will get accepted! It has been awhile since I have heard from them, but I am hoping everything is going okay with my application! 😀

And that’s about it…

So yeah, I have not been doing a lot lately. Just like luandry and stuff. *shrug* \ (‘ u’) / I wish my life were a bit more exciting, but it is what it is.

I am very sorry about the short blog post today! 😥 Just wanted to let everyone know that I stil care about updating the blog and haven’t forgotten about it. I’ve just been feeling too crummy to write is all and now matter how many “sunshine pills” AKA Extra Strength Vitamin D pills I take (one serving of them a day), I still feel awful. Hoping the therapy appointment will help a lot for me. ❤

What have you been up to lately?

What did I do/buy this Weekend? (November 3-4, 2018)

Hey, everybody! This weekend was pretty busy, but also a lot of fun!

Also, because my finances are a little wonky this month as well, I am going to probably change the setup of my mini weekend spending logs. Instead of listing everything I bought during a weekend, I am just going to highlight a few items that I really liked that I purchased! This is going to be an experiment for this month, but if I happen to like it, I’ll change the mini spending log format to just featured items and what I paid for them instead! Plus, you guys will get to see what the stuff I buy looks like! 😀

Also, I will be omitting my $5 Friday section in my Weekend Updates because I just don’t go to Safeway much anymore to keep featuring it. \ (‘ u’) / It will make a return when I do get something fun at Safeway though during a week though! 😀

Anyway, come and see what I did this weekend! 

Saturday

It was the day of LOCCousinJ’s birthday party and LOCMom and I had to drive to a neighboring town in order to attend! But while LOCMom went to the casino to gamble a bit, she dropped my off at the town’s Snowline Thrift Store and you betcha’ I shopped til’ I dropped! 😀 All of the Snowlines in our area were having their big Christmas Sale and at this particular Snowline, it’s as if the thrift store threw up all of their Xmas stuff! O _O I mean, who needs to buy retail when you can just go to a thrift store for all of your Christmas needs? 😉

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Gently used fake Christmas tree’s anyone? xD

So I perused the store for about 2 hours and bought a lot of fun stuff! I even bought some UGG slippers, but to my utter shock and surprise, I looked to see if there were any fake UGGs on the market and ya’ll… The market for fake UGGs is ABSOLUTELY SATURATED. I think it’s just as bad if not worse than the fake coach purse problem. And not surprisingly, the “UGGs” I bought were fakes. That’s $5 I will never see again… V _v But now, at least I am armed with knowledge with spotting real and fake UGGs! > _<;

After shopping at Snowline, LOCMom and I went to LOCCousinJ’s birthday party! LOCCousinJ was celebrating his second birthday and when we got to the party, he was having a really fun time playing with his bubble making machine! It was great to see most of my family members in one place since we do not get together too often all in one place since everyone lives so far away from each other. 🙂 For the main meal at the party, LOCCousinM cooked Costco hamburgers which tasted awesome! 😀 And when LOCCousinJ was opening his presents, when he got to ours, we had given him a dump truck that was Made in the USA and I think was made out of compostable plastic! Hooray for green toys! ^ _^

After the party, LOCMom and I went home to this BEAUTIFUL sunset overlooking Sacramento County! ^ _^

sunset
I will never get tired of this! 😀

However, the sunset looked better in real life to me, haha… ^ _^;

Sunday

On Sunday, LOCMom and I started the day by going to Hop Sing Palace in Folsom, CA! And ya’ll… That restaurant was ON FIRE with the food making! Everything was so fresh and tasty! Looking forward to going back! 😀

After lunch, we went to the mall in the town over since I needed to buy a few things. Our first stop was at See’s Candy for a free sample and then I went to Christopher&Banks to spend a very generous coupon! With that coupon, I was able to score two winter shirts that were 100% cotton for $14.00 even! Not bad! 😀 The coupon was the main reason I went to the mall, so I was happy to be able to use it!

After the mall, I then had to go and get some new night anti-aging facial cream at TJMAXX and I found some that was perfect! I also picked up some Bar Keeper’s Friend while I was there as well!

After TJMAXX, we then headed home. 🙂

Stuff I Bought This Weekend

So here is the new column! Let’s begin!

Pencils!

pencils

So I am always on the lookout for things I can use in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and these pencils I can definitely use! I am hoping they will definitely be a hit with the kids! However, some of the erasers on the pencils do suck, so what I usually do when I find out that the erasers are bad on wooden pencils like these is that I rip the matal part of the pencil with some metal plyers and replace the old crappy eraser with a rubber eraser cap instead that actually erases pencil lines well. 😀 I’m REALLY crossing my fingers that the people inspecting my boxes won’t take out these “damaged” pencils when I made my best efforts to “fix” them, but if they do, I hope they give the pencils to a good home. 😥

Glow in the Dark Race Track!

race

So ever since seeing this on QVC, I have always wanted my own and it is miiiiiiiiine finally! 😀 After this blog post, I may go play with this, haha. xP The great thing about this particular buy is that everything was new in the box unopened! It’s going to be fun setting up this toy, haha… ^ _^

Macaroons!

macaroons

So these little guys I just bought at Costco today! I know, it’s not a weekend purchase, but I just had to share them! x3 These macaroons are Made in France and there was like 30-40 of them in one box! And for these at this size going for $2.00-$2.50 each at any old fancypants bakery, I got a screamin’ deal on em’! They’re also very tasty and I froze them all for future snacking! x3

The reason why there doesn’t seem to be 30-40 macaroons here is because I was snacking on them today xD;

Kitchen Mat!

mat

So the other kitchen mat we had was thin and was not the most comfortable kitchen mat ever that was Made in the USA. 😦 So I bought another kitchen mat at Costco today and it is much better comfort wise! Again, not a weekend find, but a great find! LOCMom and I love it! 🙂 But now that we have two of these same type of mats (one for the stove and one for the sink), we’re golden! 😀

Dirt Rug!

rug

Last not-weekend find would be a dirt rug I found at Costco today as well! Basically, when the rainy season arrives and even now, whenever you come inside, you just wipe your feet off on this big rug and the bottom of your shoes get cleaned off!

I also bought an outdoor rug Made in the USA that is used to wipe the muck off of your shoes from outside as well! I have been wanting this particular outdoor rug for a while now and when I finally found it at Costco again in literally at the BACK CORNER OF THE STORE, I was ecstatic that they still had a few left to buy! And snatched them up I did! 😀 A young women also came up to my basket in Costco asking where I got the outdoor rug and I told where it was located in Costco, so I’m really hoping she found it in the store. 😀

Voting

So on Saturday before LOCCousinJ’s birthday party, I went out to vote early at my local polling place! WOOT WOOT! There was NO WAY I was going out to vote during this particular Election Day tomorrow since everything would be CRAZY. So I voted early! ^ _^

And to everyone else in the United States, go out and vote tomorrow and vote often! This Election Day may be the most important Election Day in the history of our country and I would hate for any of you guys to miss out on participating in where our country’s leadership will go from here. Get out and vote tomorrow and have fun! Stay safe as well! 😀

What did you do this weekend?