As another holiday passed without a father, the journey we embarked on for the homeland caused us both to see with our own eyes and to feel the depth of the economic crisis we went through. The competition of bus and plane tickets and the fear of Kovit-19 pushed us to travel with our private vehicle.
As you know, the fuel price hikes for a long time have put a strain on almost everyone’s economy, and vehicle use has decreased throughout the country, except for compulsory situations. Maybe this is why we experienced the first shock while filling the tank at the very beginning of the journey. We had paid the total amount we paid for the round trip about six months ago, in the first place, before we set off. As for the food prices in the resting facilities, I think you should not enter at all…
I also had the opportunity to see that a very interesting behavior pattern emerged from the human landscapes we saw along the way, and from the conversations we had with spouses, friends, relatives and friends in the country.
Under normal circumstances, you expect people to tend to save, as in the economic crises we have experienced in the past, but on the contrary, people are in a constant state of shopping, whether they need it or not. However, this shopping spree is based on other reasons rather than the abundance of money. People are trying to buy and stock what they think they will need in the future, not because they need it now. Because, prices are subject to upward corrections so rapidly that people are trying to get rid of these adjustments with the least damage as much as possible by taking what they can already get with their fixed income. Many people use their credit cards to their limit for this reason.
Unfortunately, the society is worried that inflation will continue to climb irreversibly. There is a very serious distrust towards the economy and people cannot see their future. While fixed income earners are at the point of stagnation, freelancers are worried about their income fluctuations.
The system has created a process where those who have money add money to their money without any effort. It happens to fixed and low-income people.
It should not be surprising if we see an explosion in the number of people who cannot pay their credit card debts in the near future. A similar situation applies to credit usage. Although state banks give very cheap loans according to real market data, it seems difficult to repay these money for those who cannot earn money from money under worsening conditions.
The point of basic food expenditures is clear, but when the cost items of services such as electricity, water, telephone and internet, which can be seen as fixed expenses, which have now become the routine of our lives, are brought together, it can easily reach 1000 TL even in a nuclear family of 4 people. According to TÜRKİŞ, the “hunger limit” for a family of 4 is 4 thousand 682, and the “poverty line” is 16 thousand 52 TL.
I think the high inflation in food prices is followed by textiles. Even if we adults can manage to a certain extent with what we have, it is not possible to expect children and young people to manage. I know the situation from my daughter who is still in primary school. Although it seems like we have a substantial income, albeit fixed on paper, we feel obliged to stay at home as much as possible for shopping and to give priority to our child’s needs. Since it is in the developmental age, there is no guarantee that any item purchased can be used after 3-5 months.
The situation that makes the process we are going through so difficult is that the inflation monster, which we have forgotten for a long time, entered our lives very quickly and the society had difficulty in adapting to this process. I think the difference between the high inflationary environment of the 80s and 90s and today is that while a working person could easily support a family of 7-8 people with his income, this is no longer possible today.
I think one of the most important factors that will bring the presidential candidates forward in the 2023 elections will be what kind of hope will be given to the people about how to get out of this crisis environment.
Leaving the elections aside, the crisis we are going through reveals the fact that it will cause the holiday tradition, which has been a holiday for many for a long time, to move further away from its original meaning. Holidays are still a means of returning to the womb for many of us, but under these economic conditions, it is a big question mark how this is possible, especially for those who work far from their hometowns and those with low income living in big cities…
It is interesting that a very important tradition will have taken a huge blow during a more conservative ruling period!…
* Sıla-i rahim: A moral term that expresses ties of kinship, visiting each other and establishing good relations.