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: 03-01-2013
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:20pm
Bord-so do you still think this family eats better than the average family after what I just posted?
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:21pm
Peachy-are you sure he was talking about homeless people and not maybe a lower class or poor family?
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:34pm

"lower class or poor family"? You mean the ones living in apartments, barely making ends meet? The ones who don't have lawns, or have slum lords that don't want their yards torn up to make a garden? Or the ones who would have to purchase pots and soil...or who wouldn't be able to pay the water bill if they watered a garden?

I have to wonder...do you REALLY know anyone that is "poor"? Because your posts indicate that you don't have a clue.

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Registered: 03-01-2013
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:40pm
Peachy-yes, I now people that are poor or ones that were poor years ago and what they went through. There is a difference between homeless and poor though and you originally said homeless.
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:50pm

Why yes Rosie, I did say homeless.  I was at a homelessness forum in my community.  YOU asked if the man I spoke of was talking about poor families, not homeless.  I am pretty sure that he was not, but even if he was.......

And yes, there is a difference between "just" being poor and being homeless.  Having a home is the main one.

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Registered: 03-01-2013
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:55pm
Ok, but you just talked about poor people having landlords that won't allow gardens. Was this person speaking about giving seeds to the homeless or the poor who have a home?
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 10:01pm

Lets start at the beginning.

I was at a forum for homelessness.
Man suggested teaching "these people" to garden.
Man didn't consider that without a home (or land), one can't have a garden.

YOU asked if man was talking about poor people.
I pointed out that, even if he was, it's not a very reasonable idea and the reasons why.

I then explained, in a follow up post, that we were, in fact, taliking about the homeless.

 

 

 

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 10:04pm
Well, those unhealthy recipes were once a week or so. It's not the healthiest diet, but its a pretty good low-income diet.
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 10:04pm
Just some commentary - not in reply to any particular post. I've been poor - not poverty stricken, not homeless, but most definitely poor. WIC-qualified, government-cheese poor. However, we were lucky enough to be living on my grandparents' farm, so we had the ability to grow quite a bit of our own food. And my mother had been a professional seamstress for years, so we could make some of our own clothes. I remember years later finding one of my dad's old W2s and being amazed at how little our income was.

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 10:07pm

bordwithyou wrote:
Well, those unhealthy recipes were once a week or so. It's not the healthiest diet, but its a pretty good low-income diet.

Yeah, I may diss cream of soups, but if it's the best that you can afford ... 

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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