Speaking of Money

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Speaking of Money
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Sat, 03-02-2013 - 3:33pm

Here is a SAHM who takes careful budgeting to new heights. It must, of course, be noted that since her DH is military, the family is probably covered in terms of health insurance. 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-a-family-of-four-manages-to-live-well-on-just--14-000-per-year-174803218.html

"Wagasky, 28, lives with her her husband, Jason, 31, and their two young children in a three-bedroom family home in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Jason, a member of the U.S. Army, completes his undergraduate studies, the family's only source of income is the $14,000 annual cost of living allowance he receives under the G.I. Bill. Despite all odds, the family has barely any credit card debt, no car payment, and no mortgage to speak of."

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"By the time Wagasky's husband came home from Iraq, they had managed to scrape together the $30,000 they needed for a downpayment on a home. 


"But we decided the best option would be not to have a mortgage payment at all," she said. "We found a fixer-upper that didn't have a kitchen ... and we paid cash." "

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 10:55am

I am not sure who you think I am....

I don't "assume" people could cut tv... I KNOW they can.  Some choose not too.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 10:58am
Yes Peachy, people who enjoy TV DO choose NOT to cut it (or at least not to the bare minimum) BUT some cut others things out (maybe tithing or having multiple children) to have something they enjoy. The $25/week that I spend is FULLY worth it to my family.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:00am

"So basically you are telling me Peachy that you WERE or ARE poor and that is why you understand them MORE than I do. Wow is all I can say."

I am beginning to think that reading comprehension is not your strong suit.  My family has endured some financial hardships.  I would not however consider us to have been poor.  But that's neither here nor there. 

The point is and the only thing I have said is that YOUR POSTS indicate a lack of understanding.  I am not sure how to make this any clearer for you.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:01am
What PART of my posts indicate a lack of understanding. Please tell me which part of yours DOES indicate an understanding. The one where you said you were at a seminar (church?) about homelessness or the one where you spent time with a woman (church related again?) who was very poor? Again, why do you think YOU are the only one that ever spends time with people who are very poor?
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:02am

lifespeachy wrote:
<p>But sav, you were talking about an antenna....</p>

No, I clearly talked about an antenna .. and giving up TV altogether.  since the overall theme of this thread is saving money, the relevancy is obvious. To most posters anyway.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:02am
Rose, if you jumped to the conclusion the Peachy was or is poor based on anything she's posted here, key's just say its an unwarranted conclusion. Your posts do not indicate an understanding of poverty. Hers indicate a better understanding. But one does not have to have lived a situation to have a better understanding of it than your posts indicate you have.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:03am
Rose, if you jumped to the conclusion the Peachy was or is poor based on anything she's posted here, key's just say its an unwarranted conclusion. Your posts do not indicate an understanding of poverty. Hers indicate a better understanding. But one does not have to have lived a situation to have a better understanding of it than your posts indicate you have. ---------------WHY is hers a better understanding? Please explain.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:03am

Simmer down.  I am not sure what you are getting so worked up over.  Don't worry, I have no intentions of trying to cut your lifeline.

I never said that you must cut tv.  I am simply saying that it's not a need, and that anyone who is struggling financially can (and probably should at least consider) cutting TV. 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:04am

rosenylund wrote:
Peachy-we get that you don't watch a lot of TV. Some people (I know Savcal is another person who enjoys it and would not cut it as she has said that before) enjoy TV and while they cut out as much as they can (I just cut my DVR and 2 extra stations that were extra money after a year that we just did not need and I saved about $25).

Nice try, but my posts have said I COULD cut it but choose not to.  Very different from what you've said.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:05am
Rose, every single part of every single one of your posts attempting to discuss the issues of poverty indicate a lack of understanding of the problem. May I refer you to the entire corpus of your posts, 2005 to present? Is that enough?

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