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Old 10-02-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Half of them will be roosters, but they taste just like chicken."

Hmmmm...
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:28 AM
 
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Eating out was a "food gobbler." The cost of going out for two can be nearly the cost of groceries for a week. My wife and I used to go out for lunch 3-4 times a week when we worked together. Needless to say, it was a huge chunk of our income.

For a while, I was the sole supporter, so going out to eat was for special occasions only (job promotions, anniversaries, etc). Now that we are both employed, we do lunch out once a week, and takeout maybe once a week (with 1-2 dinners worth of leftovers).

Also, homecooked meals can be far healthier than going out to eat. But, that subject is for another forum!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Eating out. I inadvertently did a little experiment, during August it was really hot around here, I was really busy at work, quit cooking for the most part. Normally DW or I will make up some casserole dishes and a pot of soup at least on the weekend - anyway I ate lunch out pretty much every day in August, and charged the vast majority of the lunches to one particular credit card. Just so happend that the hot spell co-incided with the billing cycle of said card...

When I got the bill - about $200 - to be fair this included some other meals eaten out with a social club that I belong to, but if you work 20 days a month, and spend close to $10 per lunch, which is about average for a decent lunch around here - do the math, it ain't hard...

On hand-washing dishes - I have to agree with the post that it is probably a "wash" - a good high efficiency dishwasher should use less hot water than most people will to do the job right - that and for whatever reason I just don't like to wash dishes by hand...
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Eating out. I inadvertently did a little experiment, during August it was really hot around here, I was really busy at work, quit cooking for the most part. Normally DW or I will make up some casserole dishes and a pot of soup at least on the weekend - anyway I ate lunch out pretty much every day in August, and charged the vast majority of the lunches to one particular credit card. Just so happend that the hot spell co-incided with the billing cycle of said card...

When I got the bill - about $200 - to be fair this included some other meals eaten out with a social club that I belong to, but if you work 20 days a month, and spend close to $10 per lunch, which is about average for a decent lunch around here - do the math, it ain't hard...
You're right about the cost of eating out. Even when we think we're getting by "on the cheap" it adds up quickly.

Most families could make a decent monthly car payment with the money they spend eating out.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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Most families could make a decent monthly car payment with the money they spend eating out.
Except that I think cars are huge money-pits.
Fuel, taxes, registration, insurance, maintenance, etc etc.

One the most frugal decisions we made was to move closer to work and ditch one of the cars.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Except that I think cars are huge money-pits.
Fuel, taxes, registration, insurance, maintenance, etc etc.

One the most frugal decisions we made was to move closer to work and ditch one of the cars.

Yes and no. A late model that's depreciating, and that the owner can't/won't service themselves can eat up a good bit of money.

Carefully selected older cars can be quite cheap to keep, and cheap to drive, if you know what you are doing. In our household we have 2 drivers, but have 5 cars licensed and insured. Obviously only 2 cars are out on the road at once. Frequently I have one in the "service bay" of "Garage Mahal", where I am doing some maintenance - it affords me the luxury of not having to rush my weekend tuneup/brake job/whatever.
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Except that I think cars are huge money-pits.
Fuel, taxes, registration, insurance, maintenance, etc etc.

One the most frugal decisions we made was to move closer to work and ditch one of the cars.
For us, it would double our rent to move closer to work. We would LOVE to bike to work and only use the cars on occasion....but unfortunately that won't work for some people.

My dad's a mechanic and owns a shop, so I don't really worry about maintenance as I do it all myself utilizing his shop. I only pay $60 a month for full coverage auto insurance on my 08 new car so I'm not doing bad in that respect.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Greg - I thought that when one lives in a condo, things like water heater would be taken care of. I guess it depends in the type of condo you live in.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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We recently bought a second hand 2008 Chevy Malibu. It gets about 38 mpg combo highway and city driving. I thought my Camry was good on gas but this was a nice surprize. 8 dairy farms here have decided to co-operate on organic milk after Hood backed out on them. Hood had promised that if they went Organic they would buy the milk. The farms switched over, which was not an inexpensive thing to do then Hood pulled the rug out from under them. I am boycotting HOOD. That was a totally nasty move on their part. Anyway the new co-op is called MOOMilk and that is what I will be buying as soon as it appears in my market, which should be in about a month. I say support your local businesses.
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