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Old 07-29-2011, 02:20 PM   #81
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We neither have kids nor earn $160K, but I'm sure we wouldn't force them. However, depending on the circumstances I might tell them if they wanted new clothing they could have it -- if they earned the money and bought it themselves...

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:20 PM   #82
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I can see hand me down clothes but taking showers outside with a garden hose to save money is over the top.IMO
This may explain strange stares we get from the neighbors. I mean, heck, we are giving the kids a bath with the garden hose, not beatin em with it!

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Old 08-01-2011, 03:05 PM   #83
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This may explain strange stares we get from the neighbors. I mean, heck, we are giving the kids a bath with the garden hose, not beatin em with it!
Depending on the surf forecast, there will be weeks when I shower more at the beach than I do at home.

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Old 08-01-2011, 05:14 PM   #84
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With our kids, they had both used/hand me downs mixed with new. Given the rapid change in sizes during the growth years, I see nothing wrong with this.

That's how we did it until the kids were in middle school, then we gave them a clothes budget and they could decide where to spend it. Daughter (just out of college) thinks Goodwill is too expensive so I guess it rubbed off.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:30 AM   #85
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I make about $160K a year, and my 4 kids, as well as my wife and I, wear mostly second had cloths. My wife loves garage sales and thrift stores, and she also goes to places like Plato's Closet. My kids learned that they can get a lot more cloths for their money this way. Much of what she finds, you can't tell that its ever been worn. Of my kids, 3 are girls and throughout their teen years they love finding bargains on a pair of jeans that someone paid over $100 for that they can get for $5.

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:10 AM   #86
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you can't tell that its ever been worn.
I get this ... we just donated a bunch of stuff ... some with PRICE TAGS on it.

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