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 - 11:40am
Oh hey, Bea. My husband and I are watching House of Cards right now. It's kind of cool because we were hooked on the original back when we used to live in England. At that point we had no kids, and now we're almost empty nesters. Sort of a full circle thing.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:50am

I haven't seen house of cards, will have to check it out.  I am not a trekky (is that spelled right, lol?).  I am irritated that Start Trek and The Hobbit got in the way of filming Sherlock!  Sherlock is one of the few shows that both of my kids, husband, AND I all enjoy together.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 11:55am

savcal2011 wrote:
You know, I'm not even remotely religious almost to the point of being cynical about it, but even I realize that a Christian's devotion to tithing is not the same as a person's devotion to cable. Unless said cable person has a really really really sick need for tv.

Exactly. I just don't get how it equates to cutting cable. A nonreligious person isn't going to tithe, so that isn't a cutback for them. A tithing person views the tithe as an expression of faith, a gift/portion back to God of what is His anyway, and it is going to be one of the very last things they cut.

Spice Girl--I'm still waiting for you to explain your reasoning behind this one. 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:11pm
Bord-she has not proved anything about "grasping the difference between needs and wants" by saying she thinks a family can and should cut cable if needed. I would hope that someone would not pick cable over food or shelter if there could only be one.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:11pm

rosenylund wrote:
Bord-Daddy's "job" is in the national guard making $14,000/year. Isn't that a one weekend a month job? How many hours is full-time school? There is no other time for him to even get a part time job to make more money?

I'm confused about why you & Thardy are so concerned about them that they need a job/more income.  Does the mom blog about being stressed and on the edge, because the post I just read from Thardy mentioned her opinion that the family must be really stressed (not that they are complaining about anything and not that they are on govt assistance).  They can't be that close to the edge financially--they have no debt.  90% of the people on this board probably cannot say they have no debt for credit cards, cars and mortgage.  

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:13pm
I can read Littlemiss so yes, I understand lol.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:14pm
Tithing
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:17pm

rosenylund wrote:
Tithing

? So you can spell it. But you haven't answered any of my questions (or anyone else's) why you used it as an example of something that should be cut instead of cable tv...

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:18pm
Regina-I never said "I" thought this (just so you totally understand that and then I will start getting attacked that I think this) but do you honestly believe that everyone is religious? What about Atheists and Agnostics? Or someone who just does not go to church?
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 1:19pm
Bord-no one HERE said they would give up their kids for TV. Do you realize that many people DO choose to have less children to have other things in their lives and do you realize that many people do not go to church or believe in god so they do not tithe?

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