The recent price hike has put a lot of pressure on Pakistani pockets and young professionals are taking to social media to air their grievances.
As we all know, inflation has been one of the basic problems of our economy in recent times and the Government has come under criticism for the recent price hike
According to Business Recorder, data released by the Bureau of Statistics from March shows a rise in Pakistan’s consumer price inflation that has hit 9.41%, which is the highest in five years. How a common man copes with their budget in times like these is a crucial subject on its own.
So recently, I came across a very interesting thread where people were sharing the financial problems they’ve been facing due to inflation.
It all started when this guy stated that most of his salary is spent on bills and that he hasn’t been hit this hard by inflation ever before.
I pay more than half my salary in bills and rent. Fuel now takes another major chunk. Haven't been hit this hard by inflation ever. Can only imagine what it must be like for anyone else who lives pay cheque to pay cheque trying to get by in this economy.
— – (@arhamtausif) April 3, 2019
Following the course, a number of people shared their personal experiences on the matter.
Many are talking about how moving out of one’s parents house seems impossible under the given circumstances.
seriously man, the only reason I save any sort of money is because I'm living with my parents.
— Hamster (@Hamster41) April 3, 2019
Every time my wife & I think about moving out from my parents' house, we both realise we cannot afford it – even though both of us are earning. I've been working since almost a decade but I've never felt the ramifications of inflation this much. And sadly, it's gonna get worse! https://t.co/BQV7OYorTt
— Faran Rafi (@faranrafi) April 3, 2019
Others lamented about how eating out is becoming even more difficult for many
Bro, we really got screwed in the last 3 months due to unrealistic gas bills. Literally ended up moving our house. Paying bills, rent, school fees, grocery takes up a majority of our income. We've stopped eating out.
— Ali Rizvi (@Rizvinator) April 3, 2019
While there are those who can’t move out of their parents’ homes, there are others who’re considering moving back in with their parents to save up.
Will be moving back in with parents just because i can't afford it anymore.
— Usama (@SedatedFly) April 3, 2019
Utility bills, in particular, are a huge woe for many
So, bijli bill for this month is 8400. A few LED bulbs in the evening, one fridge, no fans this month, no AC, no electric geysers, used a hair dryer twice in the whole month, one microwave oven, about half an hour daily of ironing, no TV.
— Natasha (@OhTripe) April 3, 2019
Bro u pay more then half of ur slary on rent and bills u know I pay only gas bil more then my slary 28000 was a my last bil
— Kashif Abbasi (@KashifA39154984) April 3, 2019
A devastated mother talked about the challenges she has to face to fulfill the basic requirements of her kids
Things r getting weird for middle n lower middle cls I guess.went to buy scl bags for kids n realised that I can buy one bag or 2 low quality bags.cudn't buy new clothes for kids at the start of scl,no new clothes or sweater in winter,I wonder how m gonna pay bijli bill in summer
— humaira ahsan (@humairaahsan1) April 3, 2019
It was also discussed how owning a piece of land seems like a dream that is too far-fetched for words.
Sadly it has been true for a while, especially if you live in any of the major cities. The cost of property has gone up so much that it is unlikely that those in the early part of their careers will ever put together enough to buy their own place.
— Mohtashim Abbasi (@abbasiam79) April 3, 2019
This person even shared their crucial struggle on the matter of property
Then we decided to use the savings to build house at own land in our home town. By the time the map was approved by the housing society with other preliminary requirements, the rates of material and labour have gone more than double. So thinking to drop this programme too.
— Far (@Farha_kay) April 3, 2019
Everything is super fucking expensive what the fuck is going on?!
— Shumail (@Shumyl) April 3, 2019
So yeah, it’s important for us to acknowledge that in this struggle for dear life, where people are striving to put food on the table, they’re paying the price of their dreams and ambitions. Having a family and hoping for a better future for their kids is a challenge for many. We’re working day in and out, just to fulfill our basic needs, all else seems like a luxury we cant afford. Khair, lets hope things turn around sooner than later.
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