Monday, February 11, 2008

What's Wrong

There are so many things that are just 'off' in the Orthodox community, but a couple of the best involve twisted knowledge. First and foremost is the complete lack of awareness among people about how much it costs to live. ProfK has a series of posts, this being the last, that details a number of the little things that people often forget about when they actually bother to budget (and those who even bother are rare). I haven't had a chance to check out the numbers completely, and still would like to write a series detailing expenses for everyone, but her list is rather comprehensive. And scary.
So how much do the items above cost? No definite figure because it depends on each couple's desires and spending each year. But it would not be out of the ordinary to add another $10,000--$30,000 a year, certainly for a young couple just starting out and who need to provide everything for their new home. (Note: this does not include school tuition and camps for children. That expense is yet to come.) That would put our young couple at $70,000 to $90,000 a year. And whatever the figure, it's coming from after tax dollars.
Then, on top of that, you have all the fun "segulos" that people go crazy about. Granted, most are rather harmless, and a small handful have old sources, but most of them are simply laughable. I think an old Rebbe once put it well:
"A segula only has meaning if you believe it does."
Sigh. What else?