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Old 09-28-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: SC
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Quality organic food is NOT where I would cut back. You are what you eat. Eating conventional American Food that is genetically engineered, irradiated, injected with hormones or now lunchmeat that is covered with a virus "approved by the FDA" as a preservative (if that makes you feel any better --it never did me ---knowing that the FDA is more about protecting the food and drug industry than protecting you and me) is HAZARDOUS to your long term health. You may think you are being prudent saving on food bills buying cheap poor quality over processed foods but you might regret it later on.... Seeds of Deception - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Cover-up. Genetically Engineered Food.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:07 PM
 
Location: southern california
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pack your lunch and dont eat out save money and lose 20 lbs.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, MX
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To the previous posters that responded to my post, if you re-read my post, you won't find ANY form of opinion about what system would fit America best, but was to remind Americans that they actually don't pay a whole lot in taxes - never have.

I have a B.S. in history, by the way, have lived in multiple countries, and have visited and studied dozens.

Attack me if you want, but the point is simple: in comparison, we don't pay much in taxes. And get over yourselves about taxation without representation - who funded our entire enterprise? Did James I bankroll the colonies out of good will? If properly calculated today, the taxes the British fielded up until the revolution accounted for approximately 1-2% of the income of the colonies. Yes, it is my stance (and many others) that it IS infantile.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I am just about as frugal as I can be. I am active politically but the work has had little effect in "tax free" New Hampshire. Taxes are just there and have to be paid. I minimize the payments by not owning things with high taxable value.

Where I save money is buying used cars for cash and keeping them running until the rust has made them too expensive to fix or too dangerous to drive. This saves paying bank interest on loans and losing the initial depreciation on a new car. I also bring my lunch to work for a savings of about $50 per week. I take the bus from home to Boston for less cost than parking in Boston. I let the house become chilly in winter and hot in summer. I don't go to many movies and our TV is 10+ years old.

We do pay a condo fee but the fee is just about what I would have to spend on outside maintenance anyway and I get access to almost 50 acres of park like grassland to walk around. I just installed a new water heater to replace a 15 yr old heated bought at discount. I did pay a plumber (off the books) to carry the things because I am no longer strong enough to move the water heaters up and down stairs. Because I put unions (plumbing not labor) in the pipes the actual plumbing took about two minutes and the electrical hook up five more. The new heater is a GE bought at Home Despot. I figure it is will last another 15 years or so.

Another way to save money is to only buy what you need and not what you want. I have seen my standard of living steadily decrease since some fools elected Ronnie Raygun. Trickle down economy my shiny hiney.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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We got rid of our cell phones. Haven't missed those electronic leashes one bit, and the extra cash every month is wonderful. Hubby does have one for work because it is a necessity.

For us eating healthy (I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian) and exercising daily, definitely cuts down on trips to the doctors and the pharmacy. An unhealthy lifestyle sure is a money gobbler in the short and long term. I see extended family members shelling out a fortune, when only a few changes in their daily lives would save them a lot more than money.

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Old 09-29-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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For us: the dishwasher & the clothes dryer.
We've started using our dishwasher for a drying rack. We do the dishes by hand then put them in the dishwasher racks to dry.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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"Money Gobblers"

Top less bars....
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Insurance premiums of all types seem to be gobbling up our budget. We sure pay a bunch for 'peace of mind.' Or are we cowed into thinking we need home and health insurance? The car is mandated, but the other coverages? Not so sure...just got the run-down on long-term care insurance...now that's depressing!
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: republic
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I dont buy snacks at the movies I smuggle them in my purse.I also dont go to the movies as often,usually there are some good ones out of the red box.I also have a very nice apt.that offers basic cable and internet that does not go through my phone line .An advantage is I can be on the internet as long as I want.I have unlimited calling with the same provider as my cell phone so only the husband ,kids and a select few have my cell number.Thus not using my cell much I was able to drop my plan down and save a few dollars a month.I try to groom the dogs myself and that saves about 100 per month or more.I have given up having my nails done.Thus far in the last 4 months i have saved approximately $300 dollars just from not getting them done bi weekly!
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: SC
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Originally Posted by Huckleberry3911948 View Post
pack your lunch and dont eat out save money and lose 20 lbs.
Right and grow your own produce with non hybrid seeds or seedlings.
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