For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. bmdnut

    bmdnut said, almost 4 years ago

    You haven’t seen the size of their mortgage ;-)

  2. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, almost 4 years ago

    At least, Elle, doesn’t look so ‘bedraggled’ today. She also seems to be in good spirits possibly still on her ‘high’ of getting a job. Wish the same would happen to my daughter.

  3. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 4 years ago

    If she’s making enough to cover the mortgage she must be putting in some long hours. I hope he’s covering his share of the housework but I highly doubt that.

  4. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 4 years ago

    I have a 30-year-old son needs a job. Walmart keeps saying no. Too much age D for someone my age. I cannot draw SS far too young.

  5. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 4 years ago

    That must be a small mortgage. Granted this was before McMansions, but still.

  6. gemdrite

    gemdrite said, almost 4 years ago

    Maybe John’s salary is fine to cover the mortgage, but if Elly’s salary is enough to cover it, then the family now has some extra money on hand, which is always a happy.

  7. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 4 years ago

    As a single mom, I found it difficult to find a job that would cover the cost of day care, let alone the mortgage or rent payment.

  8. Tin Can Twidget 1950

    Tin Can Twidget 1950 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    When my wife was alive my salary took care of the necesities like Mortgage, Heat, water, electrcity, etc. Her salary covered the luxuries like food, …

  9. JP Steve

    JP Steve said, almost 4 years ago

    In the early 80’s Canadian mortgage rates were heading towards 20%. This strip dates from 1984.


  10. Nicole

    Nicole GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Yep, that’s usually the point of working. LOL

  11. GretchensMom

    GretchensMom said, almost 4 years ago

    She’d better be making A LOT of money with this job because the mortgage won’t be the only thing she’ll need to pay for . . . Lizzie will be in daycare full time from now on (not to mention needing to find and pay someone to watch Michael when he gets home from school). This may end up being more trouble in the end than it’s actually worth!

  12. USN1977

    USN1977 said, almost 4 years ago


    That is what is known as opportunity cost. Elly needs to give up time at home to devote herself to this new job. Although Michael may be mature enough to come home from school and take care of himself at this point.

  13. USN1977

    USN1977 said, almost 4 years ago

    In the earlier parts of the strip, Elly showed John was struggling. The idea that you go to dental or medical school and start making the big bucks right after you get the diploma is a myth. Customers are understandly wary of going to a fledling dentist who just got out of school, and it takes time to build a reputation. Not to menton as a dentist much of John’s income is eaten up by overhead (office space, dental equipment,, Jean).

  14. samfran60

    samfran60 said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, remember that well. Bought our house in 81. And after ten years only about 2 grand went on the principle. Refinanced in 1990. Was able to pay off the mortgage in 15 years.

  15. route66paul

    route66paul said, almost 4 years ago

    In the 80s, it was almost to get a fixed loan on a home. In Britain, everyone held they’re breath when the rates were announced, because even a .25% raise meant making a lot of changes.
    Low interest beats high interest, but a country can only manipulate this for so long. Sooner or later someone has to pay for these wars that just keep going on and on. It seems that there are more on the horizon.

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