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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Registered: 11-14-2011
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 3:55pm

Rosie, please quote the post that you are resonding to. 

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Registered: 03-01-2013
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 3:55pm
Peachy-sorry but that would be a personal thing for families to decide what they can cut out of their budget. That is not for ME to choose. Do you feel you have any right in what others can and can not choose to cut from THEIR budgets?
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 3:58pm

Ok, so you don't actually have a depth of knowledge about about the hardships that low income families face.  Thanks.

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:02pm

Wow, Taxes of $14,000.00 a year is ridiculous! 

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:05pm

14K a year is below the poverty line, There's lot of public assistance for this kind of family. 

 


 


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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:07pm
Yes Peachy I do know about the hardships that low income families face. I live with someone who lived that life. I live with someone whose family LIVES the life now. I have given one example of a friend who is living this life. Why do you keep asking this when I have said over and over I do know but you insist I do not.
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:08pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">rosenylund</em> wrote:</div>Yes, Thardy because you know you can only get quality clothes at the Thrift Shop lol. I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket. I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible. Bawhhhaaa....</blockquote></p><p>I once saw a woman in church wearing my used cashmere sweater, one of the things I donated to the church thrift shop. Then I realized she works in the church thrift shop and, as a volunteer, must get first dibs. <img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" border="0" />  I'm sure she paid and money got to the needy somehow.  But this woman is not poor by any means! </p><p>I'd rather get clothes new for a variety of reasons.  My sweater was on its last legs, tho it was cashmere.  I still donate clothes to charity wishing they would go to the needy.  Not bargain hunters.  My pet peeve ~ no one else's.  It's how I was raised...</p>

I don't know, I don't think donating clothes on their last legs to charity is necessarily a good thing.  ymmv

PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:08pm
Jam-yeah, ours is not as high but I know people who live just around the corner from me that pay that much. Not much land either, maybe an acre. Not a HUGE house but bigger than mine.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:11pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>Well, I would not use those "cream of" soups because they are loaded with artificial stuff and high sodium, etc. as I said, the healthiness factor of canned foods varies. I tend to use single ingredient foods such as tomatoes, tuna, or chopped olives.</blockquote></p><p>Most of my canned items are diced tomatoes, tomato puree, canned beans (black, cannelini, kidney, refried), green chiles (when I'm out of my New MExico stash), black olives, artichoke hearts, baby corn (chinese style), bamboo shoots, etc.   Most of those have two or three ingredients (the main one, water and possibly salt)</p>

As I have said before in the great food debates, I use some canned products, such as you list above.  As bord said, the healthiness factor of canned food varies.  Simple common sense would support that comment as well as a simple read of the back of the can.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:11pm

Again, simply knowing someone does not equal understanding.  I have asked you some very basic questions that you can't seem to answer, which leaves me to conclude that you don't understand.  It's okay.  I don't think any less of you for it.

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