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Old 08-18-2009, 07:42 AM   #21
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:55 AM   #22
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I don't care what people spend, as long as they don't also whine about lack of money.
Bingo! That summarizes it for me.
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I haven't really noticed any criticism of my LBYM ways increase any. Maybe a little of the opposite. Now that "frugal" and "cheap" are cool, some of my cheap ways go unnoticed or easily explained (ie "in these difficult economic times" we must make sacrifices). Most friends are understanding (hence why they remain friends).

My in-laws are "live above their means" types, so they have always thought we were cheap (until they ask to borrow money, LOL). My side of the family is more frugal than me, so in some ways they think we are spendthrifts (ie - "you're going out to eat WITHOUT a coupon??!!).

I think I heard one or two comments about us taking a series of week-long vacations in the last 9 months. But what people didn't realize is that we paid next to nothing for these vacations, and it was the first real vacations we have had since our honeymoon five years ago (kids, blame the kids). Mostly comments along the lines of "wow must be nice to be able to blow money on vacations in these difficult economic times...". Usually by people that live paycheck to paycheck and have fixed expenses 110% of their income.
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Part of the payoff for being LBYM for many years is so that, when you can afford it, you feel okay about blowing a wad on whatever the hell you want to blow it on now that you can actually afford to do so.

1 month cruise? Do it!
Dine out in fancy joint regularly? Do it!
Redecorate your home? Do it!
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #25
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I don't care what people spend, as long as they don't also whine about lack of money.
Indeed, although I'd also include those who expect me (or the government) to subsidize them. But when it's their money, and as long as they're putting enough food on the table for their children or other dependents, I don't care how they spend their money.

Personally, I don't really notice LBYM-types criticizing others for the way they live their lives. In fact, I notice the opposite. I often hear people talking about the need for "balance." Well, I suppose balance is good, but one person's balance is another persons excess. People tell me I'd be happier with more furniture. People tell me I should spend more money on clothes. People say I should buy a new car. But these things are not important to me. I wouldn't be any happier with new furniture. My existing clothes are quite comfortable the way they are. My 29-year old car does what a car is supposed to do - it gets me to where I want to go.

I don't ask others to justify their lifestyle to me. I prefer that others don't ask me to justify my lifestyle to them.
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Part of the payoff for being LBYM for many years is so that, when you can afford it, you feel okay about blowing a wad on whatever the hell you want to blow it on now that you can actually afford to do so.

1 month cruise? Do it!
Dine out in fancy joint regularly? Do it!
Redecorate your home? Do it!
That's the spirit!
I'm 100% with you on that. You can't take it with you.

As long as you don't go into debt.
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You can't take it with you.

As long as you don't go into debt.
You do know that you can't take that with you either.
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You do know that you can't take that with you either.
Hmmmm...don't get me thinking about that too much.
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Part of the payoff for being LBYM for many years is so that, when you can afford it, you feel okay about blowing a wad on whatever the hell you want to blow it on now that you can actually afford to do so.

1 month cruise? Do it!
Dine out in fancy joint regularly? Do it!
Redecorate your home? Do it!
A wireless color laserjet printer? Buy it! (I did, last year, and I am still getting a huge kick out of it).

Love that sentiment. Well, just as long as I don't do it TOO often.
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A wireless color laserjet printer? Buy it!
I ordered one this morning. Seriously.

OK, it's an inkjet. But still...
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I ordered one this morning. Seriously.

OK, it's an inkjet. But still...
Well, if that was REALLY what you wanted....
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A wireless color laserjet printer? Buy it!
Or how about a brand new Epson All-In-One Printer for $28 at Target? It even does double-sided printing.
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Or how about a brand new Epson All-In-One Printer for $28 at Target? It even does double-sided printing.
What a deal! And if that is what you REALLY wanted... why not?
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What a deal! And if that is what you REALLY wanted... why not?
Maybe because...(from an Amazon.com review):

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What kills the product is that the ink cartridges contain a chip that tells the printer when you should buy more ink (this is 175 pages). While my cartridge has plenty of ink, the chip tells my computer I need to buy a new cartridge. I cannot print again until I buy a new cartridge or hack a way to reset the chip (checking now for software online).

Since a new set of cartridges costs more than the price of the printer, and refilling the cartridges manually is not an option, I may very well end up buying a new printer now that the ink has run out in my Epson NX100. What a scam. What a crap product. 175 pages is all you get?
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Maybe because...(from an Amazon.com review):
Well, that's what happens when you settle for an ink-jet printer! (looking askance, nose snootily a-tilt).

Just kidding!! I like my laserjet.
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$2200 on dining out? You are a squanderer of resources. I spent only $1300.

Who cares? It's not as if these posters can reach across the Internet and slap you on your face. :0
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Why not just use your company's high speed color laser printer while you are at work? Oh yeah, some of you guys aren't lucky enough to have a job.
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Why not just use your company's high speed color laser printer while you are at work? Oh yeah, some of you guys aren't lucky enough to have a job.
Well that's what got me so spoiled! I wanted to have that access to a color laserjet when I was at home, too. And you're right - - just 83 more days and I will be unemployed.
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I bought a Lexmark wireless inkjet color printer last month .It faxes ,copies and scans all for under $100 and I absolutely love it . It is much better than my last HP Multipurpose which I paid a lot more for . Of course with the savings I went to JJill and bought pants and two tops . I was frugal because I passed on a dress that I would have bought if they had my size in the deep blue .
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Here's what I've found annoying--a few patronizing suggestions that DH and I must now be broke since we're retired. No point in responding to them but maybe they'll happen to learn that we decided to just pay cash for our new car....
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