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Old 04-14-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
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I am only 22, and am surviving on a meagre salary along with my live in gf. We try hard to LBOM, but it's been rough.

I thought I'd ask the wise sages of this board for some very simple advice, that has helped you in your own life, on tips how to save money each month.
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Well, I was in debt up to my eyeballs until I was 30. Don't put to much pressure on yourself. It's better to be 20 and broke, than 80 and a Billionaire.

I think it's important to set a budget and make room for niceities in it. That way you have staying power. But enjoy life now. You'll only be in your 20's one time in your life.
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Well, I was in debt up to my eyeballs until I was 30. Don't put to much pressure on yourself. It's better to be 20 and broke, than 80 and a Billionaire.

I think it's important to set a budget and make room for niceities in it. That way you have staying power. But enjoy life now. You'll only be in your 20's one time in your life.
I really like that better to be 20 and broke quote. I think I will use that, if you don't mind.

Yea, sometimes it's so hard to keep things in perspective like that
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Old 04-14-2005, 05:56 PM   #4
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Actually, it's better to be 20 and broke than a whole
bunch of stuff I can think of. Good quote!

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Old 04-15-2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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This makes me think retirement is all backwards....what if people retired in their 20s and then started working in the 50s until death
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:09 PM   #6
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I am only 22, and am surviving on a meagre salary along with my live in gf. *We try hard to LBOM, but it's been rough.

I thought I'd ask the wise sages of this board for some very simple advice, that has helped you in your own life, on tips how to save money each month.
Well, you could study nuclear engineering for 16 hours a day on "shore duty" and then go to sea for three months straight. That worked miracles for me-- financially anyway. We're not sure what happened to the rest of my personality...

On a more serious note, the Naval Reserve is hiring college graduates. It's generally a weekend a month and two weeks a year unless you want more.

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If you're more inclined to OD, then a couple of reference books that cover the whole gamut of personal finance are Eric Tyson's "Personal Finance for Dummies" and "Taxes for Dummies". I'm sure there are comparables in the "Complete Idiots" series. But borrow them from the library before you make a decision on buying...
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:39 PM   #7
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My humble suggestions:
Keep an eye on your expenses; it's those little expenses that can empty your wallet. Some gurus talk about the "latte factor" .. how a $3.50 coffee a day adds up to a whole lot of $$$.
Learn to cook (apologies if you already know). $50 in groceries can get you a lot more meals than the same $50 spent at restaurants.

I'd also suggest http://frugalliving.about.com. Plenty of articles that can give you some ideas.
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Old 04-16-2005, 09:35 AM   #8
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VoyT,

You posted a link to the frugal living website, did you ever do the link to the $250 Grocery store card ? I'm wondering how much I'd have to spend to get the $250



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Old 04-16-2005, 05:31 PM   #9
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I've looked at that link for the $250 grocery card, but decided to pass. The only specific "offer" they mention is signing up for a Discover card (or getting a cash advance). That's a bit too much mystery for me....
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Old 04-18-2005, 03:27 AM   #10
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Hi,
for saving tips and to improve my relationship to money I find this very helpful:
www.slnet.com.
The forums are great!
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Old 04-18-2005, 09:27 PM   #11
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There's some good advice here. That said I couldn't make it work for me.
The phrase take care of the big things and let the little things take care of themselves comes to mind.

Spent most of my 20's learning trades, slaving hours & hours - often self employed, where I'd only get paid at the end but in lump sums that were easier to put away. If I were you I'd learn a trade anything from plumbing to programming, as long as you're confident on getting lots of work, preferably on the bigger projects. I'd also consider some working stints in low tax countries like Bermuda or Dubai, go out with a contracting firm. Down the road . . . people will even make a killing (no pun intended) working as contractors rebuilding Iraq.
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Old 04-19-2005, 03:52 AM   #12
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When I was a kid the mantra in our family was
"learn a trade". Not bad advice, but I never took it.
I did learn how to make money. Took a long time before
I learned how to hang onto any though

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It's better to be 20 and broke, than 80 and a Billionaire.
I dunno...my wife already said if I'm 90 and a billionaire, she'll let me marry anna nicole smiths grand-daughter.

Seems like a good deal to me. Certainly would make life a little more interesting...
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yeah, but just don't let her talk! On those new commercials, she looks great , then she opens her mouth and screeches, "hey everybody, I'm baaaack!!". Nails on a chalkboard! Loved that skyscraper movie, though.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:59 PM   #15
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I dunno...my wife already said if I'm 90 and a billionaire, she'll let me marry anna nicole smiths grand-daughter.
Seems like a good deal to me. Certainly would make life a little more interesting...
Hopefully at 90, you'll still have decent vision to appreciate the sight of a beautiful woman, as I am not sure what else in your body will.

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Hopefully at 90, you'll still have decent vision to appreciate the sight of a beautiful woman, as I am not sure what else in your body will.

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Old 04-20-2005, 03:37 AM   #17
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Obviously you are "younguns". In my experience,
the "noticing" part goes on long after the ability to
"follow through" has disappeared. The spirit remains
willing but the flesh becomes weak

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The tough part of getting old is when women pat
you on the wrong cheek.

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I'll check back in with you guys in 50 years to see how my 90's are going.

With a half dozen ED products kicking around today, I can barely imagine what we'll have available in the 2040's and 2050's.

You do need to really work hard to figure out what these products are for though. After watching all those mike ditka cialis commercials I thought the pill helped you play football better. Now I know why all the other guys on my team looked a little weird when I told them at halftime that I'd be right back, had to go toss down a couple of cialis...

Anna Nicole Smiths granddaughter can have a worse voice than she does for all I'll care. I'll just take out my hearing aid.
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Anna Nicole Smiths granddaughter can have a worse voice than she does for all I'll care. I'll just take out my hearing aid.
SNORT! CHOKE! Damn, now I have chicken wing all over my monitor!

Back on thread, I live penny foolish, pound wise. I think LBYM is just like dieting, if you crash diet, you will binge at some point.
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