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Old 04-28-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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$29

The students would have made that back a hundred times over if they would have followed what was in the class. Somewhat similar to the students who refuse to spend money on a class in job hunting. You need to spend money to make or save money sometimes.
You can get the same information on GMA for free..I'm not sure if they have it on once a week or more often..
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Default Instructor was more fat wallet than over the top frugal living

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You can get the same information on GMA for free..I'm not sure if they have it on once a week or more often..
That is true, but.....The beauty of any class is the ability to compare notes with other people with a similar interest and having an instructor that has researched the issue in such a way as to combine the best information into one session. That is the reason most people take any adult education class. Otherwise people would never go to school because any topic can be researched on the Internet.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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That is true, but.....The beauty of any class is the ability to compare notes with other people with a similar interest and having an instructor that has researched the issue in such a way as to combine the best information into one session. That is the reason most people take any adult education class. Other wise people would never go to school because any topic can be researched on the Internet.
But free is free.... And one should go to school to learn a trade or skill... The $29.00 fee is just a way for the school to make a few fast bucks....If it wasn't they would do it no matter if 1 or 100 signed up.

And I'll be honest, I have a problem with someone charging money me to tell me how to save money.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Chino, CA
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I just saved 29 dollars by not going to a class about not spending money

I'd have to agree with the other posters that the class was probably marketed improperly. Should of called it personal finance, or household management... or something like that. In that way, people would think they would of learned something that would improve their finances or how to run their household.

Frugal living could incorporate so many things including the tin-foil hat stuff.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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The Instructor also teaches a very successful class on how to use the Internet to travel inexpensively. He has taught that class for five years and has had hundreds of very happy students. He teaches them how to use the Internet travel sites to save money. He is still getting emails from old students who rave about his money saving tips for travel. But he can not get a similar class that is not orientated towards travel off the ground.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Yup, I'd go with the improper marketing angle. Frugal folks and folks who want to become frugal just aren't the most likely folks to fork over money for a class on it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Not to mention that you can probably get the majority of the information for free from your local cooperative extension.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Not to mention that you can probably get the majority of the information for free from your local cooperative extension.
And plenty of good information right here.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:06 AM
 
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Not to mention that you can probably get the majority of the information for free from your local cooperative extension.
If a person tries hard enough they could get the information taught in 99% of non credit adult and community education classes for free. But again, that would not allow you to be in the same room as others with a similar interest and have an instructor provide you a summary of information in one setting that would take the average person hours and hours to research.

People pay good money for all kinds of adult and community education classes even though the could obtain the information on their own for free.

I am not putting any of you on the marketing staff for an adult and community education program because you do not seem to appreciate group learning- unless it is for a college credit!

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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If a person tries hard enough they could get the information taught in 99% of non credit adult and community education classes for free. But again, that would not allow you to be in the same room as others with a similar interest and have an instructor provide you a summary of information in one setting that would take the average person hours and hours to research.

I am not putting any of you on the marketing staff for an adult and community education program because you do not seem to appreciate group learning- unless it is for a college credit!
There are groups in many communities that meet to exchange frugal living ideas or any of a thousand other common interests--at no cost to anyone. Many churches, schools, and libraries are happy to offer meeting space for free to groups like this. This is not a topic that needs a paid facilitator or teacher to teach it.

BTW--I've written the marketing materials for many successful (and sold-out) symposia and conferences. When there is knowledge of value that can't be obtained elsewhere, people will pay for it. This is obviously not the case with this particular "class."
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