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Originally posted by St Vaast
Using the above and other methods, I'm actually saving money now on groceries, despite the never-ending price rises. It's become a fun hobby for me to bring the budget in a bit lower each week.
Originally posted by double_frick
but most of the things you mentioned are things that everyone could and most people should live without.
don't get me wrong, i like internet. but even that is a luxury, not a necessity by any means.
i think its good people are starting to differentiate between wants and needs, although its unfortunate the way that is occurring.
what I am scared about is that COST of things that people actually DO need to buy...like FOOD.
i could go (and do...gladly) without $60 video games, $50 brainwashing television and a $300 video ipod...
but when it seems food has gotten like a dollar more expensive in what seems like, overnight, thats when i get worried.
[edit on 8/10/2009 by double_frick]
Originally posted by silent thunder
How about the concept of SHARING? I.e., two or more people agree to split the costs of this stuff and establish time schedules for using it, etc. If one person uses it more, they can pay more, etc.
Then there are carpoolings, potluck dinners, trading minor services ("Ill sweep your driveway if you trim my hedges" or whatever), and so on. There are zillions of small ways to save your pennies by cooperating with your friends and neighbors.
The problem is very few people know enough people around them to make this viable and it seems "freakish" to most people you might suggest it to. Just goes to show how our values of COMMUNITY have complety deterorated. If you can't do EVERYTHING by youself you must be a "loser." What kind of "commie loser" would actually wanna SHARE anything?