Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 19, 1973 · Page 33
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 33

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, April 19, 1973
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Thun., April It, 1173 OKKKLEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 3J more dining out on steaks 3 times a week Family's life-style changes sharply after drop in income By JURATE KAZICKAS AnpcUiled Press Writer HOUSTpN.Tex. (AP) - Bob Connor used to own a twin- ^ngine, 30-foot' boat, buy new cars every other year, and dine out on steak three times a week. ' Now, the boat has beep sold, (hey're still driving their 1967 Station wagon with · 112,000 {niles, and a $6 barbercue dinner once a month is a special treat. · Connor, 36, a' furniture sales- fnan, father of five children Vrith four teen-agers living at home, had been living the good jife and his only thought was that it would get better. But then he lo'st his job and the subsequent 30 per cent drop in family income.disrupted all his flreams. Adding lo the problem fias the rising cosls in living and the expensive tastes acquired over the years. = The Connors are facing their first real financial bind, i "I'm desperately concerned," said Connor, a balding man of jnedium build. "The only thing that keeps me going is that I still have'a few years ahead of me and maybe things will pick up for us again." 5 .He used to earn about'$19.000 aS:an assistant manager at a large furniture store : in Houston. His wife, Dolores, brought in another $6,000 for secretarial and accounting work. j Their four-bedroom Spanish- style house on the outskirts of Houston is still decorated with touches of their more affluent days. There are several sets of Mediterranean furniture, thick shag rugs, six-foot plastic flowering plants, statuettes and goblets, and a huge gold enchained sconce with 10 fat orange candles on the wall in the living room. : ;"We paid cash for everything and'there wasn't anything I couldn't buy if I wanted it," said Dee, a lively, petite blonde. Daughters Nancy, Paula and Theresa took modeling lessons, Jay and Butch were active in the town sports programs. The family exchanged $1,000 worth of gifts at Christmas. The Conners had all they wanted and about two years ago Dee quit her job so she could be home for the children. Then, last year, Bob. left his job for a combination of personal reasons and pressures on his firm due to increased competition. He took another sales position paying about $13,000. Everything seemed to fall apart at the same time. There were three operations in the family and $5,000 in medical bills and no insurance to cover thejh. Payments on the boat, the furniture, the freezer started to pile up. Food prices taxes, insurance rates all went up as well. Now, the Conners are several thousand dollars in debt. In an effort to get clear, Bob sold the boat. "That was so depressing," said Bob grimacing. "I really felt I'd had my day." The Connors next sold their mutual funds and withdrew all their savings. They applied for two loans, and considered selling the house to move into an apartment. Dee went back to work part time as free-lance secretary and real estate sales person. ' The penny pinching and scraping to get by began. Dee supported this month's meat boycott but then, the Conners had not been eating much beef for the last few months. The huge freezer they still owe money for is empty. Dee used to buy tenderloins for the family for $10. She can't afford to spend that much now, and besides that same cut of beef has gone up to $13. Their grocery bill is about $50 a week, which is about what it was two years ago, says Dee, but then there were steaks in the shopping bags as well. Family meals consist of lots of chicken, chili, lasagna and spaghetti. Bob has gone from 135 to 170 pounds in the last year. "It's probably because I quit smoking, but it sure must have something to do with all that starchy stuff we have to eat, too." Bob, an unabashed beer drinker, used to buy budweiser at $1.59 a six-pack. "Now look what I drink," he said. He CARROLL RIGHTER'S ***· ^^ · ·/V^NViv from the Carro " R'9*rter Iwiitute k ' FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1973 i GENERAL TENDENCIES: You now have the ; chance to obtain the information you need .from higher-ups during (he daytime. The evening finds you able to take advantage of another opportunity. You can afford 'to help a good friend who is in need. - ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Attend social affairs where you 'Can meet persons who can be helpful to you in the future. jNow is the time to pursue a desire of long standing. Use .extreme care in travel. Think logically. j TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Tap your subconscious for !the answers you need to present problems, which are {important. Your mate will go along with you in a new plan you have in mind, fake health treatments. i GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Strive to gain more goodwill £rom associates today, which will be relatively easy. Improve your image in public and make life easier for yourself. Use ·good judgment in travel : MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) You can handle ·"tasks easily if you go ahead and act cheerfully instead of 'deliberating so much. Seek the right clothing that makes you iook more refined. Stay within your budget. :; LEO '(July 22 to Aug. 21) Use astuteness in handling family Affairs now and get good results. Clear up a condition that is iiot good at all. Don't act as though you know it all or you will ireceive illwill from friends. L VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Use good judgment in handling problems with others and get the right results. Be more cheerful when conversing with friends, associates, relatives and business contacts. Be poised. LIBRA (Sept.'23 to Oct. 22) Engage in practical interests that mean much to you; consult experts. Make improvements to property that add to its beauty, comfort and value in the future. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You are highly magnetic now but take care you don't take unfair advantage of others and alienate them. Tone down some for best results. Gain the aid of those you meet socially. i'.' SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Dealing in a conscientious fashion with others is the best way to get good results now. Keep any information given you in confidence. You can easily make a good impression on others. CAPPICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) A day to go out and make new /contacts instead of staying in a limited groove. Meet higher-ups who can be helpful to you in your career. Put those talents you have to work. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb./19) Good friends mean much to you now so show them your appreciation and gain increased goodwill for the days ahead. A new friend you have can give you the information you need. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Take steps to improve handling your duties. Attend to a credit matter so it won't Bother you any longer. You can easily avoid a dangerous 'situation tonight. Be alert at all times. ; ' IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY . . . he or she will be one of those fascinating young people who thinks straight and Italks straight and has realistic ideas. Give as much academic ^education as you can afford. An urge to travel should be ijatisficd curly in life so your progeny can easily settle down to whatever stable field is decided upon as a career endeavor. i "The Stars impel, they do not compel." What you make of your life is largely up to YOU! .'...Carroll Righter's Individual Forecast for your sign for May 'it now ready. For your copy send your blrthdntc and $1 to Carroll Righlor Forecast (name of newspaper), P.O. Box 629, Holly wood, Calif. 90028. '·"' ((P)I973 McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) bought a couple of eases of the local beer when it was on sale for 75 cents a six pack. The conners talk wistfully about "the good old days" when things were "flush." "We took a fantastic vacation once to Colorado with the children. We charged everything and had $1,300 in traveler's checks. Now, we can't even afford to go to Corpus Christi," says Dee. They still have American Express and Carte Blanche charge cards but keep them only for future days. There are no new clothes or spending money for the children, and gone are the days when they could give 14-year-old Butch a custom-made surfboard. "But then, we look at the way prices are going up every day and realize even if we were earning $25,000 again, we probably couldn't afford the things we really want anyway," said Dee. "Beautiful large houses, . Cadillacs, good food -- they've all gotten to be so expensive." The Conners frequented the local restaurants three times a week and often went into Houston for some shows. But this month's nights out were a Bar B-Q dinner and the local drive- in on Tuesday when a carload gets in for $2. "I consider buying a magazine a form of entertainment," says Dee, who picks up her monthly Cosmopolitan at the stands and has kept up her subscriptions to Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Bon Ap- petit and Vinatage, a gourmet wine magazine lo satisfy her epicurean tastes. Dee is fascinated by Franch wines, knows the best year for Nuits St. Georges, but the only bottle on the kitchen shelves now is Italian Swiss Colony for cooking. Dee, a smart dresser, is partial to name designers for herself and her daughters, one of whom made the best-dressed list at school. She used to spend several thousand on clothes but today she can't remember when she last bought a dress. Both Dee and Bob have to drive more than a half hour to work, keeping up the station wagon and the 1970 Pontiac is an $80 month expense they Buckingham news by MRS. R. E. LIVENGOOD The Get Together Club met Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Rudolph Mitzel with twelve members present. Twelve lap robes were completed for the Nursing home, one was given to Mrs. Millard Cozad. One comforter was tied and one baby quilt tied. As our supply of material is running low, we will have one more meeting, and then wait until fall as there won't be enough to keep the club busy. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ducker and Wendy, of Denver, visited their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. How'e Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Mitzel were hostesses to the pinochle club in their home Monday evening. Those enjoying the evening were Messers. and Mmes. G. W. Cass, Adolph Heinle and L. Clark, Wayne Cass, Orie Hill, Keith Ashbaugh and R. E. Livengood. Winning high scores went to Mrs. Clark and G. W. Cass, and low to Mrs. Livengood and Clark. Pinochle prize went to Orie Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Farris of Denver spent Wednesday and Thursday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hilzer, joining them on Thursday were their other children, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson and family and Bert Hilzer of Denver, and Mrs. Lela Jorgensen in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Hilzer's birthdays. The storm left several inches of snow and drifts in this vicinity over the weekend. There was no mail delivery Saturday or Monday in the Keota, Buckingham and New Raymer area. Upticol Co. Idi) Powers, Ophltijlmic Oplicijn ?1» lilh St. 353-9284 JAL^S... SERVICE' "1 10th St. 3SJ.J005 have lo cope with. But they have started to use the self- service gas stations. A gallon of gas is 10 cents cheaper there. Bob used to get his exercise on the boat, cruising all day for kingfish. Now, he spends his one free Sunday hill-climbing on his motorcycle. It cost him about $1001) but it's a luxury he says he needs to keep his spirits up. Dee's Christmas present to Bob last year was a $50 tire for the bike. Some pleasures are hard to give up, no matter what the cost. "We bought a dog the children all loved only to' discover it was allergic to fleas," said Dee. "W«ll, you don't just get rid of the dog. So we have to spend about $30 for' cortisone shots twice a year." Dee smokes about two packs of cigarettes a day. Bob figures out that they'd have an extra $20 a month for the bills if she quit smoking. "And I told him I would quit if he gave up his beer drinking at $20 month," she said. It was a standoff. It's important to Dec to look good. "You've got to present yourself well to the world. I don't want lo look like some tacky dumb housewife and no matter how tough things get, I won't give up my make-up and false eyelashes." But she has learned to economize on her beauty routines too. "I used to bathe in Nina Ricci perfume and spend $30 a month for Charles of (he Rilz cosmelics," she said. "Now it's the dime store for nail polish and $6 a month for make-up is' a lot." Dee easily spent $40 a month for bleaching her hair, but has been using that money to pay off the furniture. She wears wigs every day so she doens't have to go to the beauty parlor for a set. There was a time when she owned about 20 wigs, but they've long since been sold and she's down to three. "What I miss most," said Dee, "is not being able to go into a department store and buy what I want. Once if I saw a beautiful set of crystal glasses, 1 just handed the saleslady $100 and walked out with a box. I haven't bought anything that wasn't an absolute necessity in months."' Bob says .he'd really like to have his own furniture store some day. But that requires lots of capital. For a time the Conners considered selling their house, for $30,000, but Dee was reluctant. "It's the only thing we have. It's our only security. What if the new business didn't work out? Then where would we be?" Dee is sure somlhing will finally work out and talks with longing about travel in Europe, jachls and houses with swimming pools. Bob would be very happy just to get his boat back again. "You know, Babe Rulh had more strike ouls lhan any ball player in history. But he also had more home runs," said Bob, pounding his fist. "Well, I've had my share of strike outs. It should be just about my lime for some home runs." 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