‘How times change’

From our February 2013 issue

By Dorathea (Riecken) Little Regina, Sask.

I’m sitting here thinking about how times have changed.

My granddaughter, who is still a student, recently started working at a large grocery store. She works 16 hours a week for minimum wage. That’s nothing to sneeze at for a 16-year-old. At least, that is what I think.

Hearing this, I got thinking about when I started working for SaskTel. Now, grant you, this was back in 1950, my gross income was $105 a month except the months that I worked nights – I got 25¢ an hour more which meant I got an extra $2.50 per shift.

I worked 37-1⁄2 hours per week. My dad was shocked to think I was bringing in that much money.

When I quit SaskTel 3-1⁄2 years later to get married my wages had gone up to $205. I now think it should have been my husband Wayman that quit because he was getting $195.

With everything else going up, the average working person can’t save any more than what we did back then.