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post #61 of 97
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Thrift stores can be great. The other day, I saw a nice great shape trench coat (lining included) made in USA probably from the 1970s for only $7.50. Sure, you'll look like your wearing your grandfather's coat but it will keep you warm. If you were down and out on your finances or just want to save up for that killer turntable, you can scrimp and save.

 

Rice and beans are cheap and what I eat a lot but truth be told, rice and beans do have health benefits too and I eat them whether I have money or not because they are so delicious. 

 

Thrift stores are great but don't go over board and buy too much. You can get by on 2 pants and a couple shirts and one good coat and hat. 

 

Cancel cable TV and internet connection. If you need to check your e mail, just bring your laptop or tablet to a free wi fi place. Read books from the public library too.

 

I've cut down on my drinking and for me, the cheap Australian wine is a good bargain at my local store,

 

It is possible to live a very minimal old fashioned life style and in some ways, the simpler life can lead to happiness.

 

Lastly, quit those cigarettes! It's obscene what it costs per year for a smoking habit. If you insist on smoking, roll your own cigarettes from loose tobacco bags or cans. 

post #62 of 97
The global economy is not going to recover so I have been considering on moving to portable headphones and amplifiers. smily_headphones1.gif
post #63 of 97
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Lastly, quit those cigarettes! It's obscene what it costs per year for a smoking habit. If you insist on smoking, roll your own cigarettes from loose tobacco bags or cans. 

 

Can not agree more!

I have saved thousands in the twelve months since I gave up.

And my health has improved.

post #64 of 97

can i just point out something, that unless your income has shrunk any lowering in spending is contracting the economy.  you buy less so co needs less staff, staff get fired, they buy less of your employers stuff, you get fired. 

 

the economy in general will recover as soon as Chinese people learn if they want continued growth that they have to buy stuff from the west so that we can afford to buy ever more stuff from theme.

post #65 of 97
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can i just point out something, that unless your income has shrunk any lowering in spending is contracting the economy.  you buy less so co needs less staff, staff get fired, they buy less of your employers stuff, you get fired. 

 

the economy in general will recover as soon as Chinese people learn if they want continued growth that they have to buy stuff from the west so that we can afford to buy ever more stuff from theme.

Much of what people in the US are buying though isn't made in the US. Perhaps items made in the US should be sold without sales tax, and the sales tax on goods made outside the US should be double its current rate.

post #66 of 97

The cost of living has increased so less money is being spent on luxury or non essential items.  


Edited by Audio-Omega - 9/13/12 at 9:02am
post #67 of 97

No smoking or drinking. Only eating food I make at home; cheapest bread with cheapest edible cheese on it. Slow (cheap) internet. Clothes from thrift stores when possible. Taking the bus everywhere.

 

Basically trying to limit the amount of fun I have.

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Much of what people in the US are buying though isn't made in the US. Perhaps items made in the US should be sold without sales tax, and the sales tax on goods made outside the US should be double its current rate.

So ? Its a global economy
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So ? Its a global economy

Ever consider our huge trade deficit and jobs migrating from the US?

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Edited by Achmedisdead - 9/14/12 at 7:17am
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So ? Its a global economy

 

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Ever consider our huge trade deficit and jobs migrating from the US?

 JK1, you're addressing that question to a man in Scotland, you know.....lol. Our economic plight might not be of the same level of importance to him as it is to us here in the US.

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 JK1, you're addressing that question to a man in Scotland, you know.....lol. Our economic plight might not be of the same level of importance to him as it is to us here in the US.

Jobs are also probably migrating from Scotland to China, India, Vietnam, etc. In those countries many  jobs pay low hourly wages, and many work over 60 hours a week. Unfortunately the average work week in the US and Europe might start heading back towards where it was a hundred years ago, when it was something like 60-72 hours.

post #73 of 97

Just a reminder about the topic of this thread. Please don't let it degrade into political discussion, as that isn't permitted here, due to the discussion of it always degrading into arguments. beerchug.gif

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Just a reminder about the topic of this thread. Please don't let it degrade into political discussion, as that isn't permitted here, due to the discussion of it always degrading into arguments. beerchug.gif

....and cables don't? biggrin.gif
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No smoking or drinking. Only eating food I make at home; cheapest bread with cheapest edible cheese on it. Slow (cheap) internet. Clothes from thrift stores when possible. Taking the bus everywhere.

Basically trying to limit the amount of fun I have.

That's the spirit.
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