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 - 4:23pm

rosenylund wrote:
Why would they bother having 75" screens (they must have some BIG homes for those TV's lol) and not having cable? Do they watch a lot of movies?

While we don't have a 75" screen, I would say that about 75-80% of our television watching is not through cableTV but over the internet via Netflix or the actual website of the the show.  We watch very little live tv and never record anything.  I would say that most live tv is a sporting event of some kind.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:24pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">lifespeachy</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;*Poor* families don't want high maintenance clothing....  they are lucky to have a way to wash their jeans, let alone something that needs to be dry cleaned.  ....</blockquote></p><p>Wow.  Just wow. </p>

My thought exactly! 

 

 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:28pm

rosenylund wrote:
I am sure you do enjoy TV Peachy but in the past (as other poster names) you have said you don't watch much and have always told others how they could cut cable down (from your experience of not watching much TV so the assumption they could also).

I'm chuckling over the (as other poster names), oh boy.  Anyway you do realize that there are other ways to watch tv than through a cable company?  LoL

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:30pm

rosenylund wrote:
Possibly Puss. I have actually looked into Hulu as a co-worker of mine has it and it is not for me and my family but as it works for them, I am sure it works for other families.

Netflix is great, $7.95/month plus you can watch a ton of tv shows (without netflix, for FREE) over the internet on your computer, ipad and phone (if you have a smart phone).  I think in our house cable tv is pretty down there on the list of ways to watch a tv show.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:31pm

We typically lump all our charitable donations together, from tithing at church to what we donate to the free store. 

 

 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:34pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>We typically lump all our charitable donations together, from tithing at church to what we donate to the free store. </p>

How do you do that?  Don't you have to have receipts and stuff for your taxes, and prove where the money/donation went?

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:36pm
And cans of manwich are 10/10.00 this week says my grocery flyer savcal, You shop like I wouldn't.

 

 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:36pm

bordwithyou wrote:
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.

Sounds like one to watch, I've been looking for a new serious now that I'm caught up on Downton Abbey.  Which one might note, I have never, ever watched through my local cable, lol.  I watched the seasons through Netflix, Amazon Prime (free with my new kindle for a month and thinking about upgrading...) and PBS.com.  

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:42pm

rosenylund wrote:
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?

Exactly; no one here said anything about having fewer kids or not tithing. You were the one who brought up both scenarios. I think that people are confused as to why you brought it up and are now bringing it into the debate as if someone had mentioned it. At least that is why I am confused. :-o

Shaking my head at the things grown women get their panties in a wad about.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:45pm

rosenylund wrote:
No Savcal, I can NOT use an antenna in my area. Once it switched all over to digital you get NOTHING with an antenna. This was a big complaint a few years ago from people who did not want to pay for cable.

Yep, I don't think rabbit ears suffice anymore, Converter box perhaps?  My sister doesn't have cable (or satellite) but has something to get the local channels.

 


 


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