This is not the first time the Family Wired has been broke. The most stellar episode was back in the 1970s. In many ways, it wasn’t that different from now. Our income was roughly two times our housing cost, but low enough to occasionally qualify us for food stamps. The differences mostly had to do with what we could do on no discretionary income whatever:
Go to museums and the two local zoos
Get a drink of water in a public place
Go out to the airport and watch the planes come in
On the other hand, there are a few things we can do for free now that we couldn’t then, most notably (at least until this coming September) ride public transportation over the entire Chicago metro area.
We welcome additions to both these lists.