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Old 07-02-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I still can not get over how much typical middle class people will spend on things and not bat an eyeball.

Have you noticed how almost everyone at the Movie Theatre needs to each get a huge large popcorn and 32 oz drink along with their $11 ticket?

People spend $9.00 for a single beer at the football game

I have friends who go to a coffee bar and spend $7.00 for a fancy Coffee in the morning and in the evening also.

Others go out to lunch and spend $30 at simple places like Ruby Tuesday.

What happened to the middle class lifestyle?
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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It is insane!!
We spent 20.00 on 4 cones of ice cream the other day in good ole Jersey..............
Milk is going up again too!!!!!!!

Luckily I do not drink coffee!! I love snapple Lemon Iced Tea though!! and that is 9.99 for a 12 pack!
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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The prices on things got shielded from concern because people thought only of how much a month they had to outlay in credit card payments. I think the bravado of conspicuous consumption is being re-evaluated as a Madison Avenue ploy all along.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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What happened to the middle class lifestyle?

We're still out here, slugging away at it. Corporate just doesn't notice us as we're never seen at the counter or at the table. To them we're almost un-American as we just won't play the game. Media pays no attention to us as we make really boring copy.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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All that stuff has gone by the wayside for me since gas hit $4/gal.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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It's just amazing to me. All those people who are desperately trying to make ends meet, yet they think nothing about their $4 a day Starbucks habit.

Here's a great way to curtail your spending: Consider that the government, in one form or another, gets roughly 50% of every dollar you make, once you factor in income taxes, FICA, FUI, SUI, state, local, property, gas, and sales taxes. That means you really have to earn $2 to make a $1 purchase.

Now, when you go to the movie theater, ask this question: Is this movie really worth $16? Or, at the Starbucks, ask yourself, is this latté worth $8? Because that's what it really is costing you.

Not that you can't splurge on a movie ticket or latté every once in a while. But it sure is a great way to cut out reckless spending on crap you don't need.

What's more, if everybody thought that way, I bet those $5 ice cream cones would get priced a lot lower a lot more quickly.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:56 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I think that way alot: why buy a beer for 5 dollars when I can buy a sixpack for a few dollars more? Yeah...I guess you're paying for the social experience...invite friends over instead. I don't do Starbucks. I purchase good coffee from the store (not Starbucks either) and make it at home. I just don't understand how people drop money like they do. My co-workers eat out for lunch every day at 15-20 dollars a pop! Give me a break!
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Overtaxed and Unaffordable, NJ
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I think that way alot: why buy a beer for 5 dollars when I can buy a sixpack for a few dollars more? Yeah...I guess you're paying for the social experience...invite friends over instead. I don't do Starbucks. I purchase good coffee from the store (not Starbucks either) and make it at home. I just don't understand how people drop money like they do. My co-workers eat out for lunch every day at 15-20 dollars a pop! Give me a break!
Agree with you totally. I work at a private school so my lunch is free, but BF brown bags it everyday and takes a thermos of coffee. Even when we go to a ball game we carry in our own sandwiches, water and peanuts.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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What happened to the middle class lifestyle?
People want to LIVE their life instead of constantly trying to scrimp and save every penny they make. I love my Starbucks coffee every morning and I like to go out and eat a few times a week; it isn't like this spending is cutting into anything important. These little luxuries make life worth living, I could never be one to stay at home all the time and not go out and enjoy myself.

$30 for a meal is nothing, my bill at an average priced restaurant with my girlfriend usually over the $40 mark. Figure two meals for $15/ each and add 2 drinks each at about $4/ drink and you're already at $46 plus another $9-$10 for a tip and you're around $55 for the evening. It's just something I enjoy doing and $55 for an enjoyable evening is worth it to me. You only live once.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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People want to LIVE their life instead of constantly trying to scrimp and save every penny they make. I love my Starbucks coffee every morning and I like to go out and eat a few times a week; it isn't like this spending is cutting into anything important. These little luxuries make life worth living, I could never be one to stay at home all the time and not go out and enjoy myself.

$30 for a meal is nothing, my bill at an average priced restaurant with my girlfriend usually over the $40 mark. Figure two meals for $15/ each and add 2 drinks each at about $4/ drink and you're already at $46 plus another $9-$10 for a tip and you're around $55 for the evening. It's just something I enjoy doing and $55 for an enjoyable evening is worth it to me. You only live once.
Fine, but live with the repercussions if you lose your job and can not find a new one and discover you had no money saved.
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