#43 TAOWARRIOR, I agree completely. Old people, on fixed incomes, is sometimes a hard life; but we all make choices. It is possible, using federal and state supplements, such as energy assistance, "food stamps," food pantries, low-income tax credits, etc., to live well but cheaply. Rent the same apartment for over five years or longer. Used furniture from Saint Vinnies. NO cable teevee. We use cable Internet to support our Roku, Netflix, Hulu+, and Amazon Prime. Driving 20-year-old cars and trucks helps, too. I am busily wearing into tatters all the clothes I used to wear to work. Some of those khakis are over twenty years old, and still presentable!
If EVERYBODY lived like this, the economy would crash. Happily, most people cannot adapt to this lifestyle. It must suck to be them, believing they're drowning, when all they have to do is slow down a bit.