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Old 04-08-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Improve your health and start working more.
This is what I was thinking.

Many cases of heart disease are caused by poor diet. Usually doctors will only talk superficially about diet as part of your treatment. Reducing meat and poultry consumption and replacing those items with more beans and legumes can help a lot. Go to the library and read up on how diet can help with heart disease and get some cookbooks. Simple stuff like drinking purple grape juice can help a lot.

I don't know your husband's situation, but some people can reduce or eliminate medications if they change their diet. As was already mentioned a more vegetarian diet can also save money.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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That was 30 years ago and to even remember the awfulness of it you would have to be 40 years old today.

I hate to tell the anti-boomer crowd it was worse in 1981 than it has been the last five years.
It was and it wasn't. Yes, unemployment was higher than now. But Boomers were able to pay for their college tuition with part time and summer jobs. That's becoming increasingly impossible today, even for those attending in-state public universities. Also, at that time, our government debt was much lower and the liabilities for Social Security and Medicare were not looming as large as they are now.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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It was and it wasn't. Yes, unemployment was higher than now. But Boomers were able to pay for their college tuition with part time and summer jobs. That's becoming increasingly impossible today, even for those attending in-state public universities. Also, at that time, our government debt was much lower and the liabilities for Social Security and Medicare were not looming as large as they are now.
No, Boomers could not cover tuition with summer and part time work. Perhaps if they lived with mom and dad, got some scholarship funds, maybe a grant and a small loan they could escape without a lifetime debt. Do you think that it was easy to find a summer job in that economy? You either needed a good reference, know someone or pay for the privilege of being hired.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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use a local library for entertainment (borrow books, use internet there, borrow movies, etc.). go outside to parks or just spend time in nature. it's good for mental health and always free. just walk outside. if you want to pay to have the internet at home, especially broadband, then you can get all your entertainment there, mostly on sites like youtube where there are videos AND full length movies on any and everything. all free. hulu also works and there are more that i am not listing.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Back then, we would NOT complain about how bad things were in the late 70s. My father would bring out the WWII photos and the grandparents would start talking about the Great Depression.
My grandparents were suvivors of the Great Depression, I grew up on such stories. The world can change overnight, just plan ahead and be prepared!
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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where did the OP go?
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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where did the OP go?
Maybe someone gave her a magic formula? No magic to saving though. The way to save money when in dire need is to learn deprivation. As posted before, no cable tv and other niceties of life. Deprive oneself of things not needed, but, wanted.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:40 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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....use a local library for entertainment (borrow books, use internet there, borrow movies, etc.). go outside to parks or just spend time in nature. it's good for mental health and always free. just walk outside.
This is pretty much what I do. The library has saved quite a bit on CD and internet and book costs. There is a time limit on net use, but where I live it only kicks in if others are waiting, so an hour of use can be extended in 10 minute increments.

Yet, why stay inside..???...esp. when parks and forest preserves are still free (at least in my part of the US). I do a lot of walking, hiking, and cycling, and this is cheap fun. "city walks", too...which could also be exploring small towns afoot.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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where did the OP go?
She read all the suggestions, put together a budget, and determined the only thing they could cut was the internet.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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No, Boomers could not cover tuition with summer and part time work. Perhaps if they lived with mom and dad, got some scholarship funds, maybe a grant and a small loan they could escape without a lifetime debt. Do you think that it was easy to find a summer job in that economy? You either needed a good reference, know someone or pay for the privilege of being hired.
It's not any easier to find a summer job now....and the inflation adjusted tuition is much, much higher.
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