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Rising Prices! What are you doing to cope? Answered

Wow! Prices are on the rise, and RAPIDLY! $4.00 A gallon gas, here in the good ole U.S. of A. Have you been to the grocery store lately? I haven't, my heart cant stand the strain. When my wife tells me grocery-price horror stories, I have to make her stop so I can take my blood-pressure meds. I've always been frugal, maybe even tightfisted. I'd just like to build up something I'd be proud to leave my kids and grandkids some day. (Note to Skunkson: No grandkids for at least 10 years!) Sacrificing comfort in the interest of a better future is a noble cause. But the current economy is squeezin' this poor boy to death! I am: A) Trying to get a job closer to home. B) Parking the SUV. C) Driving the crappy, egg-shell, crackerbox economy car (and the Harley to soothe my male ego). D) Adjusting the thermostat. E) Doing more with the garden and the chickens. F) Rationing my beloved Coca-Cola. So what are you doing to cope with the raising cost of getting by? Real suggestions would be best, but humour wouldn't hurt, as the only thing I've laughed/cried at lately is my plummeting bank account.

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Brennn10

10 years ago

Here is a few things that my family has done to deal with the economic woes:

  • We have been eating in more often, and making homemade meals more often. When we do go out, we eat at an inexpensive restaurant such as a pizza parlor, Mexican restaurant, Hong Kong buffet (to name a few).
  • My dad puts the car into neutral on the down hills which lowers the rpms from about 2 to 1 of the engine. This reduces the amount of fuel used by the engine. The speed picked up from the downhills propels us over the uphills. Very amusing, but I would recommend that you be an experienced driver if you do this.
  • My mom joined a local program which gives you a crop of different foods grown by a local farm. This supports the local farm, and we don't have to pay as much than at the supermarket.
  • We have been buying what we need; and not what we want. I have a job, and 3/4 of the money I make goes directly into my savings account.
  • Utilize coupons people! It adds up in the end!
  • My family does not buy from big name companies when we can. We try to buy the brand of the store. For example; instead of buying Snapple Iced Tea, I buy Wawa iced tea. I save $0.40 every time I go with Wawa tea, and I love Wawa tea.
  • Get a job close to your home. My job is two minutes down the road.

That is all I can think of off the top of my head. Of course, there is the energy efficiency, but my family has been practicing that before the so-called recession.

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CameronSS

10 years ago

Gas prices are up? I hadn't noticed.

,Yep, that's the same source image that I keep posting. I had an hour to kill with Photoshop, and I had access to my image library on here.

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chooseausername

10 years ago

I mainly sacrifice extra comfort ..........

1) I take my car only when absolutely required ...
2) I eat slightly less (and unfortunately have lost 5 kg ...)
3) I'm thinking about sacrificing my cellular-phone to save about 12 € a month ...
4) I don't buy DVDs any more ...
5) I sacrificed many hobbies ...
6) I did not give a big present to my mother for the Mother Day (wow ! I saved a lot of money this year ! lol)
7) If my old laptop stops working (it is showing sign of near end currently), I will not replace it ...
8) and if things go worst, I'll give up and go live nude in the forest ...

Fortunately, the Internet is free for me =o)

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chooseausernamechooseausername

Reply 10 years ago

Oh yeah I forgot !

9) I'm working on a serious project which could give me an extra income if everything goes as expected (and if my computer don't surrender) =o)

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chooseausernameLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

> Would it happen to be a book??

Nope. Writing a book is not considered as a serious professional project here, if you don't have the required connections ...
Our publishers are very picky.

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Lithium Rainchooseausername

Reply 10 years ago

Really? Well, what about self-publishing, if nothing else through cafepress??

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Lithium Rainchooseausername

Reply 10 years ago

Do it! You have nothing to lose! Nada! Zip! Nothing! Just take the leap and try to sell some of your writing! I'll tell people how awesome it is! :)

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Lithium Rainchooseausername

Reply 10 years ago

I'll run it through an online translator to get a rough idea of what it says.

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skunkbaitchooseausername

Reply 10 years ago

Good luck with that! It sounds like a better alternative to "nude in the forest". LOL.

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skunkbaitGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

I was thinking "stinging nettle", but the ants wouldn't help either...... OK, I was thinking about living nude in my SUV, in the forest with a case of Coca-cola. ;)

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Spl1nt3rC3llskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

Ugh, I hate stinging nettles. I was airsofting in a field, I didn't know what they were at the time, and they looked like such good cover. My ungloved gun-hand got covered. I was feeling it all day. :( (I also remember the time in woodsball I thought a red ant's nest was cover.)

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Actually, I think the way our "land line service work" is slightly different ... =o/

By default, it was connected to the only operator of the country (France Telecom) ...
It was possible to use it for both Internet and phone, but we had to pay two different bills : one for the phone (which included the rental) and an other one for the ISP.

Then, after the liberalization of the market, it was possible to get rid of France Telecom, and to use the ISP for both telephone (VOIP) and Internet ---> only one bill (and supposedly cheaper).

And that's what is done currently on the line I use (and share).

So technically, it is not "fully" cut, and I could eventually make use of the VOIP ...

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Kiteman

10 years ago

$4 a gallon??

That's...(counts on fingers)...40p a litre. I'm paying three times that.

So...

  • Drive easy (it's startling how much that saves when you're used to driving like a black-bonnet).
  • Walk a lot more.
  • Cut way down on fast food, packaged food and movies.
  • Heating is already turned down, we don't have air-con.
  • Fitting CFLs as they blow.
  • Waiting for LED light-bulb replacements to drop below 70GBP each.
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Doctor WhatKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

You may be paying three times for gas, but your economy isn't in the crapper, like ours!

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KitemanDoctor What

Reply 10 years ago

...yet. All this sub-prime stuff is having a knock-on effect all over the place. UK mortgages are becoming harder to get because our banks were involved in your sub-prime problems. 100% mortgages are a thing of the past. Inflation is the highest since I started paying attention to money. Bread is now so expensive (about $2.50 for a basic loaf) that breadmaking machines make sound economic sense!

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whatsisfaceKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

WOAH! That's really what it works out at? I'd never bothered to do the maths before, but that just shows how hard we brits have it :-(

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skunkbaitKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I've always sympathized with you fellows on the other side of the pond. I remember when petrol was $5 a gallon over there. I love British vehicles, but the ones I love (Rovers, Bentley, Rolls,) are guzzlers just like my big American rides:(

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WeissensteinburgKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Whenever I drive my mom's car (which has a MPG reading on the dash), I watch the number slowly rise as I start driving. Once when I saw a red light in the distance and just took my foot of the gas, she asked me why I was slowing down so early...just shows how badly many people drive.

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jessyratfink

10 years ago

Well, I'm trying to live with using as little air conditioning as I can this summer. My boyfriend keeps complaining it's hot, but I keep telling him that if he'd wear less clothing he wouldn't be as warm. :P I'm also trying to find new ways to stretch our food budget. We have a pretty large one, honestly. I love eating. I couldn't live without really good food. But I'm trying to make sure things don't go to waste. :) I'm also walking as much as I can. We sadly don't have any close grocery stores, though. I need to get a bike! Overall, though, I'm not feeling much of a pinch except for gas. I'm doing much better than most, but $80-100 dollars a month is crazy!

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skunkbaitjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

You sound like a practical girl! Sadly, circumstances make me commute to work and even getting about 40mpg, I spend $80 or so a week on gas! When my car was broken, I drove my wife's Tahoe. It ran me $35 a day! I'd take up organic farming if I weren't a slave to my companies awesome health insurance.

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jessyratfinkskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

$35 a day?! Goodness. Just thinking about that makes me nauseous.

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skunkbaitjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

Me too!!! I can eat for nearly a week on that, but my job is 65 miles away. My wife is dependant on some pretty expensive healthcare, and I can't pull my hillbilly kids out of the country. What's a poor boy to do?

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wocketskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

bummer. sucks that you live in a country without decent public health care

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skunkbaitwocket

Reply 10 years ago

It is kind of a mess. If I thought socialized medicine would really work here, I'd be tempted to vote accordingly. Unfortunately the public healthcare I've seen in more socialized countries leaves a bit to be desired. The more "unusual", longterm illnesses often go untreated/undertreated. My wife and I never just get 'a cold' or break an arm. Between us we've had: Malaria, Lupus, Dengue Fever, Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Fibromyalgia, and pre-cancer scares. I'm sick of being tied down to my health insurance, but I'd sure hate for my wife to wait in line at a clinic (where the Dr.s only make like $60K a year)to be treated for anything "super"-serious. Then again, if healthcare was a bit cheaper, I'd definitely be able to make a LOT more money being self-employed. It's a very-frustrating catch22!

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wocketskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

It's a good system in Australia for that sort of thing, though you may have to wait for elective surgery on the public system. i've been lucky, any medical stuff was emergency so I got treated strait away. Apparently Holland and Japan have the best systems.

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Lithium Rainjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

Same here, we don't run the air much at all in the heat, unless someone's sick or injured (like now), we have company, or it gets above 100-110 degrees. We have a wood stove for the winter. Eh, for food I could eat bread and water for the rest of my life and be totally happy. Gas is outrageous, though. :(

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skunkbaitLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

We're going back to wood heat this year for sure. If it gets much above 82 degrees, I melt, so the a/c is still costing us a bit. BTW- I'm fine with bread and water too, but please eat some greens for your health! We picked our greens out in the woods.

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Lithium Rainskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

LOL!

Okay, wild poke grows in the woods, I guess I'll eat that on a sandwich for health!

Can you tell food just isn't important to me? :D

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skunkbaitLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Don't forget to par-boil the poke. Otherwise it'll make you quite sick.

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jessyratfinkWeissensteinburg

Reply 10 years ago

Hi sir! :D I tend to work during farmer's market hours. :( There is a nice little place called Paul's a few miles away though, and they stock local foods, and I want to start buying things there more often. I'm thinking I might start buying a few things at once instead of one large shopping trip. That way I don't forget I have things. Like that lonely cumcumber I found this morning in the crisper. Sorry, cucumber. :(

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wocket

10 years ago

Hubby and I havn't been affected by the prices hikes much: 1) We barely use the car as it is, the bus service around here is great, so no changes there. 2) We don't buy a lot of pre-processed foods, they cost a lot! If you make things from basic ingredients it's way cheaper and theres satisfaction in the making. You can freeze extra portions. 3) we have a vege patch in it's early days but are already getting tomatoes, corn, beans and broccoli. 4) We don't consider shopping as entertainment.

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skunkbaitwocket

Reply 10 years ago

Great point! Entertainment shopping/comfort shopping is one of the worst things anyone can do. When spending money makes a person feel emotional satisfaction, they need to find a new (free) hobby.

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wocketskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, I've never understood the exchange of money for shopping items as fun...

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Weissensteinburg

10 years ago

You realize he lives in the UK, right?

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ThornburgWeissensteinburg

Reply 10 years ago

Sorry, I just kinda assumed he lived in California because he has the right to feature.