The Cheapskate Next Door

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Registered: 02-19-2009
The Cheapskate Next Door
Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:14pm

Has anyone read it? I reserved it at the library after seeing the author on the Today Show. You can see the story here. It's about a family that lives well on $20K per year, then they have this book author giving other ideas for "simplesizing" your life. (aka saving money)

I thought it was interesting to see how this family lives. They had a sweet house, nicely decorated, they were eating healthy - lots of fresh veggies, dressed nicely, etc. But see many more people living on 20K per year who are not making it, but have fancy cell phones, nice sneakers, brand-name clothes, etc. It's a good lesson in setting priorities. It made me think about the things that I really could cut, but just don't want to.

What could you cut? We could get rid of Netflix, our cell phones, extracurricular activities for the kids (if really necessary), definitely my latte habit :smileytongue:

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Thu, 12-15-2011 - 9:36pm
I got rid of my monthly cell and switched to a prepaid. I moved to a cheaper place that included tv service, so there goes that huge bill. My twice a week sushi lunches and trips to the movie theater are gone. My monthly massages and facials are no more. My "I'm super bored lets drive 3 hours away for no reason" trips don't happen anymore. No more performing arts events. Geez lol. I do however still go to the hair salon regularly and flat out refuse to give up that costly luxury hehehe.
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 10:26pm

Hi, Kay, I didn't see that, but that is a book to read.

I've lived not having a cell phone and I love shopping at Good Will, Salvation Army and 2nd hand stores.

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