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Old 04-22-2013, 12:18 PM   #121
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Doesn't it get awfully cold...and lonely?
not after I am done with him.

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #122
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My parents did a wonderful job raising us, but if I have any *one* regret about my upbringing, it's that I didn't grow up around anyone who was handy. My dad was a lot of good and useful things, but "handyman" was never one of them. A lot of folks (historically, mostly boys) grew up helping Dad fix things, work under the hood, that sort of thing... I didn't. It's a skill I wish I had. I suppose I have time to learn now, but still...
I told my DH to make sure he passes on his skills to our DD. He always says, 'Don't worry, she'll be the one fixing her boyfriend's car."
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #123
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Guess I am just too set in my ways. Anyway, I am seriously thinking of asking Cox if they would just take their DVR back.
We DVR everything except the national news. We only need to watch the news a couple of times a week. But they never announce the results of any shows so we are OK. One hour show in 45 minutes. Skip over slow spots for even greater productivity. Never even record an old show shown in prime time. I value TV again! Just not live broadcast.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #124
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We DVR everything except the national news. We only need to watch the news a couple of times a week.
Other than news and sports, we almost never watch "live" TV any more. It's nice to watch a one-hour show in 42 minutes. And if we want to watch a one-hour drama "live" that starts at 8:00, we'll usually start recording it when it begins, join it at 8:15 and fast-forward through the commercials. We'll still be done watching at 9:00, maybe 9:02...
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #125
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Other than news and sports, we almost never watch "live" TV any more. It's nice to watch a one-hour show in 42 minutes. And if we want to watch a one-hour drama "live" that starts at 8:00, we'll usually start recording it when it begins, join it at 8:15 and fast-forward through the commercials. We'll still be done watching at 9:00, maybe 9:02...
Oh! It never occurred to me that I could even do that. Maybe I'll try that tonight, and see how that goes. That sounds like a good way for me to handle American Idol, or even national news shows.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #126
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You should thank your parents frequently for footing your health insurance bill. The law changed to *allow* them to carry you on their insurance... but didn't obligate them. They are being very generous and you should thank them often.

Many young adults are not so fortunate.
I continuously thank my mom for everything she has done for us. She had me and my siblings when she was very young, we grew up with nothing, and she even took in other struggling kids. I watched her build from nothing all the way to the top. I've watched her struggle so much for me and know what it's like not to have, so I'm definitely grateful for everything I do have! She also volunteers constantly, and has taught me to be very giving and always grateful.

Seeing her pull through has made me who I am today

But I'll stop there because I'd write about how incredible she is all day
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #127
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I live in Alabama. If you live in Alabama and really want to spend $$ for worthy entertainment, you can't. Because it is Alabama.
So, if you want to save $$$ on entertainment - move to Alabama.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #128
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Going frugal before ER

2 years ago we stopped paying life insurance premiums and let the dividends and cash value increases cover the annual premiums
Dropped the landline in 2009 - no sense having landline and cell phone
Increased deductibles on car and home insurance
Monthly Sams club warehouse shopping trips
Got rid of cable 2 years ago - record local channels on home computer hooked up to our tv, use huluplus for some shows we used to watch on cable
Charge everything we can on Discover card and pay in full monthly
Downsized to a smaller, less expensive home in 2008
Used move to declutter and reduce quite a bit of stuff we won't need again
Refinanced the mortgage from 5.75% to 2.75% in 2010. Will be paid off by 2017 unless we ER and move before then!
Switched to online savings account for better interest rate. 1% vs banks .2%
Changed from Megabank to local CU
Since we have 1 company supplied car, we got rid of the minivan this year. DW likes her convertible too much to part with that one.
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