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Old 01-05-2006, 08:40 PM   #21
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". . .And yes, your peppers are inferior.* In fact, they're grown on a farm near my house and once a week we dig a hole, put the peppers in them, and pee on them.* Then they're shipped out. ...
Huh? That's what that flavor is. I thought it was goat poop.
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Re: How much did you SPEND in 2005?
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That's okay

The holy trinty of LA - onions, celery, bell pepper - throw in some red beans, smoked sausage and a liberal sprinkle of Tony C's Creole Seasoning.

Goat poop or pee pee haven't a chance.

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Holy crap, I paid $2.25 for a single red bell pepper earlier today...
Yeah, I'll agree with that expletive. Buy a package of seeds!
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Yeah, I'll agree with that expletive.* Buy a package of seeds!
Didn't someone on this board do a test to prove that if you put half a red pepper in the dryer, it works just as well as if you put a whole red pepper in the dryer? Maybe I'm confusing things...
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I wrote something about the $4.11 a day food budget and was about to hit the post button, but decided not to.* I guess people have much different lifestyles than what I would ever want, even in my worst-case scenario.
When I am traveling by myself, I could hit $4.11 a day easily, but that
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When I am traveling by myself, I could hit $4.11 a day easily, but that
would likely exclude booze.

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Without even trying, I could manage on under $4.11 a week.* Go ahead, beat that.
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Damn Peter, do you eat your relationship?
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OK, this is more of an expense sheet than a budget. By the way, if you are spending over half of your "budget" on "Relationships" I would consider that more of an addiction than a relationship. Yup, I remember when I used to spend money on those kind of addictions. It was fun, I'll admit.
As far as my relationships go...a big part of that was due to a long-distance relationship I had going on during last year. My current gf lives in-town, so the airfares are non-existant. Also, I had a car accident (backed out of the garage one morning before the garage door opener opened all the way up) on my way to meet an out-of-town potential gf, so I expensed that $1,000 cost to my "relationships" category.

For food, I mentioned that my parents share the roof w/ me for a few months out of the year, so they provide some of the food - but I have very simple needs when it comes to food (combination of healthy eating and extremely good buying habits....)

My budget for "Relationships" this year is about $7,000, which includes line items for two $750 (each) trips that I probably won't end up taking, as well as several nights out each month (her work schedule is jacked up, so it's not like we can always hang out late any night we feel like it). She is actually just a bit more of a tightwad fiscal conservative than I am (which I never thought possible in all of my 29 years of knowing everything), so that $7,000 budget will probably end up being a little of an over-estimate...although I do have $7,500 budgeted beyond that for an engagement ring, so we'll see how things go this year.

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Hell, My dog, has to have more than 16,800, to live on! Not really, But, I did spend over $5,000 last year to keep her around, for a few more years.

I figure, I spent $45,000-50,000, last year. That's for everything. One woman, one dog and don't owe anybody Jack ----, except for the mortgage.

$4.00 a day, give or take. You must be outta your mind. No way, can a human bean live on that and call it a life. I spend $500 on haircuts (per year)and I go to a blind barber.

To spend 16,000, you must live in a cave, eat froot loops, raid dumpsters and depend on the Salvation Army to throw over a bag of dried rice and beans, bi-weekly. Now, my wife is not the adventursome type, by nature--But, she might just jump on this little trick, to save a buck.
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. . .Goat poop or pee pee haven't a chance.

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Without even trying, I could manage on under $4.11 a week. Go ahead, beat that.
No - can't beat that at all. My lunch alone is over $6 per day.
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No - can't beat that at all. My lunch alone is over $6 per day.
Geez, Spanky, you're dreaming of ER while you're spending over $1000/year just to eat LUNCH?!?

I'm surprised that the board's software let you register. In fact I'm surprised Dory hasn't deleted your account yet!
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Without even trying, I could manage on under $4.11 a week.* Go ahead, beat that.
Ok, prove it. 8)
How does one live on $4.11 a week? I would love to know how it can be done even for a homeless street person.
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Excluding income taxes and health insurance (withheld from our pensions) and also excluding support for our daughter while she was getting more schooling and also excluding one time expenses of moving into and furnishing our new house ... Quicken says the 2005 total was $54,975. The actual total including everything was approximately $105,000. My total investment portfolio finished the year at almost the exact level it started at (not bad with large withdrawals in a flat year for the market). I expect that our ongoing spending will be close to that $55K level adjusted for inflation. Fortunately, our combined pension take-home plus dividends from our individual stocks are almost that much. Now that the major new home costs are behind us I will probably loosen the reins a little and we will do some travelling that we postponed this year.

Some category totals were:

Auto $6836
Cash 2800
Clothing 2670 (95% was DW's)
Dining 2820
Gifts 2606
Groceries 9127 (gotta do something about that one!)
HOA Fees 2000
Houshold 5393
Insurance 2341
Medical 3738
Property tax 3257
Utilities 5772
Travel 689


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Ok, prove it.* 8)
How does one live on $4.11 a week?* I would love to know how it can be done even for a homeless street person.
It just takes brainpower and willpower.
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I got by on about $100 per week pocket money in 2005. DW provided housing, cars, entertainment, vacations, etc., and took care of all those boring utility and credit card bills. Bless her heart. She sure helps me keep my expenditures down!
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It just takes brainpower and willpower.
The challenge still stands.... 8)
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Hmmm. Maybe I don't belong here. I spent about $72k last year.
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It just takes brainpower and willpower.
Funny... I presume you're secretly using an unmentioned spouses income?
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family of 3 living in NY, spent 30k.

BUT WE SAVED 70k!!!!

WOOHOO!!!!!!
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I'm not worthy.....

Spent $44K for a man, woman, 9 year old boy and a beagle....no debt or mortgage. The good news was we saved almost as much as we spent.

We should really get that spending number down to $25K.
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