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Old 03-17-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Congrats to Our Own Ultimate Cheapskate

Our own Jeff Yeager has a nice article on the main page off cnn.com:

Cheapskate has tips for saving $20,000 a year - CNN.com
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Al what is jeff's forum name? I can't guess I mean there are soooo many cheapskates here!
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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Interesting. My cell bill is $38 a month and we don't generally eat out. If we do, its a cheaper chain restaurant (like the 99s) or chinese take out. An occasional McDonalds happy meal.

I could definately get rid of one of the cars, and have been thinking about it. Trouble is, the market is so bad I'd have to sell for cheap money.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:46 PM   #5
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The Ultimate Cheapskate?

Perhaps this link will be helpful
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:50 PM   #6
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Our own Jeff Yeager has a nice article on the main page off cnn.com:

Cheapskate has tips for saving $20,000 a year - CNN.com
I forgot about Jeff. When I saw the title, my first thought was Unclemick. Oh right, that's cheap b*stard. heh-heh-heh
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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Interesting. My cell bill is $38 a month
Mine is zero, and not because I'm cheap. I just don't want to be at anyone's beck and call. My time belongs to me now.
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Mine is zero, and not because I'm cheap. I just don't want to be at anyone's beck and call. My time belongs to me now.
Here, let me give you the reaction that the rest of the forum gives me when I reveal my cell-phone lifestyle choice:

Get with the 21st century, you freakin' Luddite.

There, I just saved the rest of you guys the effort...
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:33 PM   #9
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Mine is zero, and not because I'm cheap. I just don't want to be at anyone's beck and call. My time belongs to me now.
I played golf today with 3 other retirees. One did not carry a cell phone, another had one and made one call, and the third got at least 10 calls during the round. I don't get being retired and having 3-4 hours of entertainment ruined by a crap cell phone.

I have one but keep it turned off. I check to see if I have any messages after nine holes. We are retired guys, enjoy the freedom.
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I'd rather ditch my land line then my cell phone since the free long distance calls save me a bundle . I can talk to my daughter daily for free and hear my grandsons first words .By the way nice article Cheapskate !
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I'd rather ditch my land line then my cell phone since the free long distance calls save me a bundle . I can talk to my daughter daily for free and hear my grandsons first words .By the way nice article Cheapskate !
Yeah soon as our deal with Comcast runs out. We will let our land line go. Im not real worried about the 911 issues.
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Mine is zero, and not because I'm cheap. I just don't want to be at anyone's beck and call. My time belongs to me now.
I assume you also have no land line. Otherwise, you'll still totally a puppet on a string!
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Here, let me give you the reaction that the rest of the forum gives me when I reveal my cell-phone lifestyle choice:

Get with the 21st century, you freakin' Luddite.

There, I just saved the rest of you guys the effort...
A few years ago when we were driving in the car I was telling my DW and DD about how some of the guys in the video test lab called me the team luddite. DD said "does luddite mean cheap"?
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I assume you also have no land line. Otherwise, you'll still totally a puppet on a string!
The land line only commands me when I'm near it.
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i always found my cell phone one of those things i just dont need, that is until i need it.... then its indespensible


kind of like the saying nothings ever a problem--until its a problem
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Interesting. Per usual I got nothing out of the little article on saving $20,000 a year. We don't eat out at all because it's unhealthy, cell phone at $38 a month, 3 cars paid for and total full coverage insurance at $600 a year, and we buy our clothes at Goodwill. We're both happy as a clam and plan on raising chickens in our backyard and planting our garden for the fun and healthiness of controlling our food supply a bit.

And here I could have written a book and made money on the obvious!! Oh, well.
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I think Jeff made some really good points.

What I got from the article is that LBYM doesn't have to mean sacrifice and going without, if you approach it from the point of view of being happy with less stuff. This is exactly how I feel about it, and I strive to un-link my happiness from how much stuff I can buy. I still have a long way to go in that (with a weakness for antiques, art, and my Wii), but I am making progress. I think that wanting less is a real key to happiness.

Thoreau really had that part mastered (see the quote in my signature line).
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Just stuff we've been doing for decades. Spend on necessities first, what's left over is for fun stuff. "What's left over" may be enough for a 'round the world cruise or a walk in a local park depending on one's circumstances.

It's just about making conscious, rational decisions about what is important and what is not.

But don't make oneself a slave to the credit industry for the sake of immediate gratification.
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We have both the land line and cell.
The cell is pre-paid T-mobile that cost us each $10 bucks per year since we are not heavy users and roll over the minutes. This has been discussed extensively on the board.
We keep them because we have elderly and disabled relatives that we keep and eye on and they can easily get a hold of us using the cell phones.
We keep the land line because our security system is connected to it.
If there is one thing I would like to get rid of is cable TV. We seldom watch anymore. It is bundled with our Internet and phone however.
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