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Re: Go check out (and answer) our first survey!

Bonnie Squires ·
@DRGibbs I know what you mean about teens. We have 1 teen boy out of 8 kids and they can eat.
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Re: Hello new members!

Leah Caldwell ·
@Bonnie Squires Hello...I'm in a couple groups but couponing seen hard..Lol...It is just me and my cat but my grand daughter who is 2 years old and 1 daughter come by...I want to be able to supply extras for them..my grand has alot of allergy so she can't eat what I eat...I would love to know who is your friend..So, I can maximizes my bucks.
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Re: Would you rather have $1,000,000 today, or a penny a day that doubles in value every day for the next 30 days?

Lynn Rosenfeld ·
However being on SSDI and run out if money as soon as I get it, I'd rather the $1m to get out of immediate debt (although it's below $15k including my car), and be able to pay for NEEDED medications to stay alive and eat.
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Re: If you could squash one of your bad financial habits today — without having to work hard at it — which one would you choose?

Eileen Golisz ·
since i live alone, with 2 cats, going out to eat is socializing for me. I usually go to the same place.
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Re: Family and Finances- How much did you learn growing up?

Moore Income ·
Growing up, I wasn't taught specifically about finances. But my Dad handled the family finance pretty well despite not having much. Even when we didn't have much, my dad always saved and invested and we always had something to eat for the most part. My parent were not in debt, they paid for their first house in cash and my Dad's only car loan was paid off not long after I was born. While I had a good foundation, there were some lessons I had to learn the hard way and I think that is because...
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Re: Other than peace of mind and security, what is the best thing money can buy?

Jody Laird ·
The hubby and I sold both our homes. NY and tx. We're traveling in our 5th wheel and loving it. We are basically stuck in the Catskills of ny for the winter. No one here offers winter housing. He makes great money here and are trying to save at least 3/4 of it. We can't afford to rent a place as it would eat up any of our savings!
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Re: Hello new members!

1cent ·
Thanks I had to use money to eat. No income coming in. Will be out of work this month. I keep trying to get different work from home jobs. No luck. Thank you though. I will get better and get debt paid get housing and the rest of my life will be good
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Re: Great Budget Friendly Gifts

Teresa Steen ·
Glad to see someone else doing “gifties”!!! My elderly parents don’t need stuff — as my Dad says repeatedly, they’re getting rid of stuff, not bringing more home. This year they each get a themed basket from me . For Mom I found a great, sturdy basket from a thrift shop and filled it with jars of olives, pickles, cheeses, crackers and turkey sausage. They like to eat their main meal at lunchtime then take their dog on a 2 mile walk, so after the evening news they like a little snack with...
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Re: This is how I save a little bit here and there.

Tara Baynard ·
Yes it is going to take some time, but I was amazed at how much I loved it. Cook in sauce pans instead of bigger stock pans. I also measure out prepared frozen food, he will eat 2 1/2 cups of a prepared frozen chicken pasta and I eat 1 1/2, so I measure it out and that is what I serve onto our plates, I also use smaller plates, weight loss tips too. Good luck
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

dboothe ·
I'm in. So much money was spent during the last couple of months. I think this is very practical. Of course, you have to pay your bills and buy food, but you don't eat out and you don't buy anything that is not a true necessity of life. I'm doing it and I will check in and let everyone know how I'm doing. What I had to give up and try to keep a tab of what I've saved. I hope others join and together we will see how this will give our finances a boost. Starting today, I was planning to go out...
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

AnnMarie L. ·
DBOOTHE, my hubby has to fend for himself for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner! If I cooked 3 meals a day, we could probably save more money. I’m disabled, so he understands if I’m too tired or feeling sick. When I buy groceries, I make sure that he has some things he can easily make and eat, like sandwiches, eggs, maybe a frozen burrito or Lean Cuisine. You have to do what works for your budget & your lifestyle. when I do cook, I try to make stuff that lasts for several meals. Like...
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

dboothe ·
Confession Time: This weekend. I didn't spend a LOT of money, but I "wasted" money on sweet, sugary, yummy snacks that I did not NEED, which also broke my other resolution of weight loss. Oh, I had an EXCUSE! The website that my diet was on would not let me in. So I decided to restart Monday (today), which threw me back into my old habit of eating everything in sight the weekend before "THE MONDAY"! I didn't say it was a good excuse. Also, I did eat out ONE time...BuT, I gave myself...
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

dboothe ·
Annemarie L, When you're right, you're right. At my age I know this, but it's still painful at the beginning. Actually, I've been doing the no spend challenge since Jan. 1 and it is getting easier now that you mention it. I'm not pining over what I may be missing on Amazon or that I can't eat out. I'm in the groove...now I just have to work on my mindful eating only what is good for my body (seems harder at the moment)!
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

redcatcec ·
Same as you, slid back a little after discussing only eat out once a week. Joined BJ's with a 3 month free trial, they did their best to convince us to open up our wallet and buy a membership, yes, you can cancel & get your money back, but it is still money flowing out. Bought lunch meat and caught them jacking up the price $1/lb, had to get a manager to fix it. They blamed it on lazy staff. We really need to eat what is already here.
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Re: January No Spend Challenge

dboothe ·
I believe it's a good habit that we are more aware of cash flowing out. We have our slips, but I'm much more conscious of the waste...both in throwing away food that does not get eaten (partly due to eating out) and wasting money eating out when there is perfectly good food at home to eat. I picked it out...no one forced it on me.
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 9

sthom ·
You're still going strong and that's a win! I did a mystery shop today (rescheduled from Saturday) at a travel store for $30! I spent $3.63 at McDonald's today, so because I'm limiting myself to only one eat-out, that's it for the week. The rest of the week, I'm doing cooked food prepared today and my sandwiches and fruit cups for lunches.
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 9

MsKimberly ·
I get a lot of cravings for pizza, and I wanted to order my favorite Pizza Hut Pan Pizza. Since that would cost so much money, I refrained and ate mixed vegetables. Great Value Rising Crust Four Cheese Pizza is $2.78. It is so good. I will be filling my freezer with pizza. I don't know how Pizza Hut stays in business. It is so expensive. I want to know who is paying the the big prices. If you have it delivered, it is even more expensive. I don't drive so I get those cravings if there is no...
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 18

mintjulep ·
Sounds like a good day @Moore Income except for the couple of non-tippers. I'm sorry that happened.....and little surprised, really. Would not imagine that of people ordering dinner or groceries thru a delivery service to their front door. I seem to be going the other way these last several days. I'm spending money on some things I've considered unnecessary. However, the items are not big ticket, 2 under $25 and 1 under a $100, but I've considered all the purchases for years, not weeks or...
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 18

MsKimberly ·
My mother always said that if you cannot afford to tip, you cannot afford to eat out. I know she would say the same about delivery.
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Re: Starting a new credit card - is now a good time?

Dear Penny ·
Hi Kate! I don't see any reason why you should wait out this pandemic to open a new credit card right now. In fact, I'd argue that the more credit you can have open the better in these uncertain times. The only word of caution I have is that if you don't pay the balance off in full each month after the 0% promotional period ends, the interest you'll pay will eat up the value of any rewards you earn and then some. Oh, and congrats on the upcoming new addition to your family! It's wonderful to...
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Re: Long term effects of Covid-19

dboothe ·
Honestly, Jon, I cannot think about that right now. I'm doing my best to keep spending under control...not eat my way through isolation and stay in touch with family and friends via facetime and telephone. I know when I keep busy with little projects around the house, I'm not as prone to mindless eating and mind boggling boredom. Hope everyone is well and please everyone, do whatever you can to stay healthy. God bless you all.
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Re: Stock strategies

Dear Penny ·
Good afternoon @Lily ! Both Appian and Zoom are publicly traded, so you don't have to wait to cash out. However, it's usually best to think long term when you're investing. For most of us, the taxes and fees eat up returns from frequent trading, plus you usually make the real money from letting your money grow over a long horizon and holding on even when the market takes a dip. One thing to keep in mind is that the taxes are lower when you hold onto an investment for at least a year. When...
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Re: Help - overwhelmed by bills

Jenny Waldensi ·
Hi Cathy, We've hit "rock bottom" at one time or another. This is an extra hard time with the coronavirus going on, but I believe there are people out there that still want to help. I will list several ideas. If one doesn't work, please consider the next. I pray you'll find help and direction as you need it. Sincerely, Jenny Waldensi 1. Start with those closest to you. Family, friends, associates from work, ministers, etc. People you can trust with your embarrassing situation, and will...
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Re: A No Spend Challenge

Briana ·
I'm working on establishing my budget now! Already prepped lunches for the week so I won't have to eat out either. January, let's do this!
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Re: And the Member of the Month for February is...

Moore Income ·
Thanks again, I decided since I put a lot of hard work into my finances on February, it would be nice to use the gift card as a treat for my wife and I. They allowed me to split it up between multiple gift cards so I got a $15 card to Applebee's (my wife and I enjoy going there late night and taking advantage of their half priced appetizers), I then got a $5 Coldstone card as my wife loves Ice Cream and a $5 Starbucks card since I don't eat ice cream but I enjoy drinking coffee. I see a date...
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Re: And the Member of the Month for February is...

Nicole ·
Awesome idea! Have a fun date night!
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This is how I save a little bit here and there.

Tara Baynard ·
I've been reading on here that many folks are looking for ways to save money each month. I have found a couple of ways by following one of my dad's habits. I am very careful about what I throw away. I recycle as much as possible . I have a burn barrel to burn my confidential papers, but that can be shredded and used as packing material as well. If i have left over food or things that can be put in a compost i place it in a plastic bag and take it to a compost area i have created. I live in...
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How did you get started working towards your financial goals?

Briana ·
Learning about how to manage your finances is hard! Today, we are inundated with tons of personal finance content - do this, don't spend that - but what's the right advice? Where do we start? For me -- it's the whole "pay yourself first method," which is exactly what I've started doing to start building a savings (and travel fund!) Each paycheck, I'm intentionally depositing a portion of each check into my savings account - that I'm not allowed to touch. Instead of going out to eat numerous...
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Isabela_iacob ·
Imagine having the oportunity to spend 3 days in Rome for free but after that you don't have to eat for 3 days. What would you do?
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Financial Fitness February: Day 16

Moore Income ·
Another slow day, as Sundays tend to be for me. Really not a lot went down financially but here are a couple things. 1.) Spent $30 for A Dinner My wife and I try not to eat out too much but this dinner is a little different. It is actually an upcoming dinner (on Friday) that our church hosts every year around Valentines day. The dinner is $15 a person. It is a time to eat great food, have fun and enjoy some funny skits. The theme is Hawaiian Luau and since we just got back from a trip to...
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Financial Fitness February: Day 23 & 24

Moore Income ·
There are some days, no matter how hard you try, you just won't quite be able to accomplish everything you hope to. Yesterday was one of those for me. We had a pretty busy day with church and then hanging out with family and before you know it, time had flown by and the day had past without me getting around to writing my daily post. But that is a good lesson in and of itself, sometimes things just don't go as planned, especially with finances. So instead of worry about it, I figured I would...
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Financial Fitness February: Day 28 (FREEBIES)

Moore Income ·
Hard to believe we have already made it to the last day of the month... but wait, we get an extra day this year! Who else is "leaping" for joy! Today was a pretty good day for my finances. Here are a few things that went down. 1.) Invested In My Business Up until today, most of my investing in my reselling business has been in sourcing items to resell. I did however end up buying a few things for the day to day operation of my business. The two things I spent money on were paper to print...
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Financial Fitness February: Day 8

Moore Income ·
Today wasn't terribly exciting for my finances, but days like this I am just thankful to have a roof over my head and food to eat! 1.) Buying Groceries In Bulk My wife and I have a hard time eating food quickly. However, last week she started us on sort of a meal plan which is allowing us to eat all the food we cook without wasting it. Because we now have a plan in place, we decided it would be a good idea to buy some groceries in bulk from Costco. Not only does it save us some money on the...
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Financial Fitness February: Day 9

Moore Income ·
Things were pretty quite for me financially today. My wife and I spent $6 eating lunch with our siblings at their college. Other than that we just had to fill up the tank with gas again which cost us $16.47. The reason I had to fill it up again so soon is because I use quite a bit of gas doing deliveries. Even then, when you take off the cost of gas from how much I earned, it still ends up being a fairly profitable side gig. I still made sure to use a gas coupon at Holiday. This time it was...
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Re: What do you usually do if you run out of money before the next paycheck arrives?

Yogisnort ·
Stop driving and eat out of the pantry.
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Re: Deep, Dark Hole - No Hope in Sight

E Allen ·
Have you tried social security disability benefits for your wife? The only other option that I would do is rearrange what gets paid. For instance, pay some of every bill while adding more to electric. Get rid of anything unnecessary. Eat as cheap but still healthy as possible. Some people disagree, but I say sell as much as possible once you figure out what is needed to catch up band have a plan. In the meantime call up everyone and ask for help. It may not be money help. But a hot plate or...
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Re: Deep, Dark Hole - No Hope in Sight

Jeff Guldenschuh ·
I'm actively doing what I can to cut out expenses and "stuff". I'm posting the negatives because those are the things I'm trying to get people's feedback on. I'm not giving up or just saying I can't do it, I'm just looking for help. I also started working when I was young (15) and have worked pretty much since. I've tried to instill my work ethic with my sons as well. Both of my sons do know what is going on and are concerned. My oldest just graduated from college in May and hasn't found a...
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Re: Saving on a Fixed Income

Arthur Mantzouris ·
Jeanne. I'm on a fixed income which means I need to make smart desicions when I spend. You need to separate yr needs from yr wants. Like for instance, can I watch how you spend yr money on food? Food is always a big drain on anyone of our pockets, esp as the food in the store goes up. So there is a way to cut spending when it comes to that. Before you go to the store, look at what u have already in yr fridge or pantry or freezer and try if u can to make a list of items, that will be of the...
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Re: Home Meal Delivery

Theodora ·
I actually save money using a meal subscription because I'm not buying full size portions of all the ingredients (as you noted). That, plus the convenience factor and the ability to try new recipes all the time makes it a win for me. Also, once I get the delivery I'm much less tempted to go out to eat during the week or order through Uber Eats which really can add up. And, yes, you can skip, start and stop at any time.
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Re: Home Meal Delivery

ekuhlens ·
I tried Sunbasket. I did like the meals and that they have the options from 'you cook the entire meal from their ingredients" to "just pop this baby in the microwave and serve". As the person above said, as a single person, it is a lot of meals (minimum 3 meals a week x 2 servings which means 6 meals) that have to be cooked within 5 days. I found the portions to be larger than I eat - so that meant either 9 meals or I threw things away - and I don't like to waste food. The price of Sunbasket...
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Re: Home Meal Delivery

Leslie Kay ·
I tried Plated off of a promo, then continued for 2 months because I loved the taste of the food and I enjoyed following the recipes & loved making it homemade. (I discontinued because it got too expensive and 3 days of 2 servings was too much too close together and some went bad when I got busy.) Otherwise, I am ordering from DoorDash or Grubhub. I spend an average of $12-$15 per day on food. I rarely eat more than one meal throughout the day. I am watching for promo specials to try...
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Re: Plastic bags going, Brown bags in

redcatcec ·
You are right, the recycle places do not accept the plastic grocery store bags, please take them in to the stores or places that do. The recycled bags are melted down to make composite lumber (with saw dust). They also are made into other plastic items, like door & window frames, decks, and play ground equipment. The plastic bags are not biodegradable and stay in the environment a long time, eventually releasing chemicals into the water and soil. They also find their way to the bodies of...
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Re: What do you usually do if you run out of money before the next paycheck arrives?

Cherylyn Pacheco ·
I just go without what ever it is. I eat once a day and rarely go anywhere. I am a Veteran , after paying rent and light bill, gas bill and phone there is nothing left so if I can not get what I need from food pantry I will just live without it.
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 22

sthom ·
Splitting meals is always a good way to save money, or if you eat alone, saving half for another meal. I need to get back to listing on eBay. Love Caribou coffee...first had it when a lady I worked with back in 2005 would bring me bags from Seattle (she was working in Houston on a project with me). Now, Caribou is available here inside Einstein Bagels. I'll have to see if standalone shops are here as well. I got my weekly Mint review on Saturday and I had spent zero. I did get $40 cash for...
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 22

Jenny Waldensi ·
I have food restrictions, and so can't eat just anywhere. But at a Chinese restaurant we love, we split a meal from there. We both love the Beef & Broccoli, so he'll order that with rice and I'll order the Mei Fun (?) - rice noodles with vegetables and chicken or beef; or chicken and mixed (Chinese) vegetables. We each take half, and so double our variety, and get v-e-r-y full. (Some people would eat 2 or 3 courses individually!) Ice cream is possibly one of our favorite sweets, so we...
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Re: Financial Fitness February: Day 22

MsKimberly ·
Jenny, this will work for me!
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Re: Opportunities For Positive Growth Amidst COVID-19

Kathy E ·
Luckily we enjoy our own company. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to plan out our day. In the morning we have “me “ time. We take long soaking baths, work on genealogy, maybe a bit of cleaning. We cook and eat our own lunch as we like different things. We meet in the living room for a movie that we alternate who chooses then play cards until dinner. I try to make a new recipe everyday. My library has downloadable books and recorded books. We also video chat with family and friends,...
 
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