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Old 04-04-2020, 11:55 AM   #101
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Our expenses are down. We usually eat out twice a week and also like to go to a couple of places with live music. We are getting takeout a few times a week. Spending more on groceries and much less on gas. Also canceled our month trip to Europe in August so that saved 10k.
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Old 04-04-2020, 11:59 AM   #102
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Our expenses are down pretty sharply as the opportunities to "go out and do something" (aka "spend money") have dwindled. We're taking the extra cash flow and giving more to local charities that are helping, leaving bigger tips when we get takeout, and trying to shore up a hemorrhaging retirement nest egg.
"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 04-04-2020, 12:32 PM   #103
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Like most others, down significantly. Primarily down because of canceled trips, no restaurants, less driving, and no gym costs. Groceries up slightly since eating all meals at home, but that is more than offset by savings.
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Old 04-04-2020, 12:42 PM   #104
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Looks to me like there are two groups here. One includes those who travel and eat out a lot, who have seen their expenses fall. Then there are those like me who have seen little or no change, perhaps even a small rise in expenses because we rarely if ever travel or eat out. Those of us in that group may be paying slightly more for groceries because store sales are gone, without any offsetting savings elsewhere.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

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Old 04-04-2020, 12:46 PM   #105
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Food bill way up due to stocking up and ignoring prices. We just moved 2 months ago so were starting from
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:02 PM   #106
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$850 less a month eating out. Probably a couple hundred less a month on fuel. No camping fees ($300+ a month) A little more on groceries because were maintaining several weeks of staples, plus paying delivery fees and tip (total about +$80 a month).

We generally spend $1000 - $1500 a month from investments, for travelling and camping, over our pensions. Last month we had $875 left over from our pensions. So yea - were saving a great deal of money being stuck at home.
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