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First Person: How We're Planning to Save More Than $12,000 This Summer (two-bag barf alert)
Yahoo Finance ^ | Wednesday May 11, 2011, 12:40 pm EDT | Tal Boldo

Posted on 05/19/2011 8:24:38 AM PDT by wbill

How do you explain to your kid that he can't have a summer vacation because of inflation? Instead, my family and I looked for meaningful ways to save on our summer activities. By doing some of the work ourselves, looking at money more rationally, and committing to stuff, not fluff, we plan to save $12,975 in summer 2011.

Summer entertaining

Garden parties, barbecues, and family reunions make summer special. To keep our menus rich while saving money, my sister and I agreed to serve ground beef instead of steak at all 10 of our family get-togethers. In this way, we plan to spend $1.50 per person on meat instead of $15, for total savings of $1,350 this summer.

Summer vacation

To save on airfare and rising fuel prices, we searched the Internet for a local venue that would make a good vacation site. We chose Mount Baker, located 30 minutes from our home. We plan to pitch a tent, camp for a week, fish, hike, play guitar, and listen to audio books by the campfire. Instead of our usual $5,000 vacation allowance, we plan to spend $400, thus saving $4,600.

Painting the house

Every year we hire student painters to refresh the exterior paint to keep our home looking pristine and to protect the wood siding. Our neighbors, on the other hand, paint their homes every five years. To save money this summer, we've decided to paint the trim around the windows and doors only and to do the work ourselves. That will save us $1,500 this summer.

Garden landscaping (snip....but the rest of the article is in the same vein)

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Words fail me. I'll go enjoy my PB Sandwich for lunch. By not going out for Filet and Lobster at "Le Nouveau Snobbe", I figure that's saves me $183.27.
1 posted on 05/19/2011 8:24:40 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
To keep our menus rich while saving money, my sister and I agreed to serve ground beef instead of steak at all 10 of our family get-togethers. In this way, we plan to spend $1.50 per person on meat instead of $15, for total savings of $1,350 this summer.

You'll save even more when nobody shows up!

2 posted on 05/19/2011 8:26:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: wbill
my sister and I agreed to serve ground beef instead of steak at all 10 of our family get-togethers. In this way, we plan to spend $1.50 per person on meat instead of $15

$15 per person per steak? Maybe if the event were catered or you're using ridiculously high-end cuts of beef, but I can go down to the local grocery store on any given week and get decent quality steaks for $5-$6 per pound.

3 posted on 05/19/2011 8:27:51 AM PDT by kevkrom (Palin's detractors now resort to "nobody believes she can win because nobody believes she can win")
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To: wbill

I do this every year, saving myself a load of money.


4 posted on 05/19/2011 8:28:40 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: wbill

I figure I’ll save $7,000-$8,000 by not painting the house this summer. Another several thousand by not taking a vacation I never planned to take and have never taken in the past. But I am going to pop for some sirloins on sale at Fareway for $5.99/lb to cook on the grill. That’ll set me back, say $2/lb over ground beef, maybe as much as $20-$30 for the whole summer!


5 posted on 05/19/2011 8:30:38 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: wbill
Times are tough when you can't hire somebody to paint your house every summer.

What do they use, watercolors?

6 posted on 05/19/2011 8:30:46 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: wbill

Spending 12K this summer is normal to this person. WOW!


7 posted on 05/19/2011 8:30:56 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: dead
It's actually worth perusing the article for the comments afterwards.

Lots of FReepers on Yahoo! today, or something. The readers are looking for pitchforks and torches.

8 posted on 05/19/2011 8:31:03 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

Yeeeeees, Thurston and I decided to let our arborist go also.


9 posted on 05/19/2011 8:31:59 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: wbill
listen to audio books by the campfire.

Nothing says "the great outdoors" and "roughing it," like listening to audio books around the campfire.

10 posted on 05/19/2011 8:32:36 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: dead

THAT was MY thought....WHO hires someone to paint (touchup) their house paint EVERY YEAR? (Answer: a lazy, financially irresponsible liberal)


11 posted on 05/19/2011 8:33:02 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: wbill
In summer, we typically hire an arborist to trim our trees, spray them against parasites, and feed the roots. We also hire landscapers to edge the lawn, mulch the yard, and plant perennials. This year we plan to do the work ourselves and to borrow tools from our neighbors. We also intend to mulch the flowerbeds and give up on perennials. In this way, we intend to save $625.

The illegals you hire will be pissed off.

12 posted on 05/19/2011 8:33:46 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: frogjerk
I'd need to figure it out, but I'm not sure that I'll spend 12 grand this summer on everything. Total. House, car, food, electricity, etc etc etc.

Maybe if you call "Summer" from May to October.

When I got to the "I hire students to repaint my house every year" I started laughing out loud. Wonder if this same person congratulates themselves for "hiring local".

13 posted on 05/19/2011 8:33:58 AM PDT by wbill
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To: goodwithagun
Thurston and I decided to let our arborist go also.

Times are tough all over, eh what Lovey? lol!

Hopefully, Mrs WBill decides to keep *her* arborist. I've grown accustomed to sleeping inside the house.

14 posted on 05/19/2011 8:35:56 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

So....they had $12 k to save in the firs place.

Attention, Obamaloon West Wing felon-cretins....I’ve found you a source for more money.


15 posted on 05/19/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: wbill
...play guitar, and listen to audio books by the campfire.

These people really don't get the whole camping thing. These are probably the least equipped people for life. Ground beef is a revelation to them? Typical limousine Lib mentality. These idiots will probably set their tent up on an ant hill.

16 posted on 05/19/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: wbill

This summer, I’m going to fire my full-time employee who picks the green Skittles out of my candy bowl because I don’t like them. At $50/hr, that should save me nearly $60,000


17 posted on 05/19/2011 8:36:35 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: wbill
We plan to pitch a tent, camp for a week, fish, hike, play guitar, and listen to audio books by the campfire.

Are you bringing a tent for the nanny, too? Based on the rest of the article I'm assuming someone will be running into town every evening to pick up dinner, thereby blowing right through your $400 budget. Oh, and walking the 15 feet between your tent and car does not qualify as 'hiking.'

18 posted on 05/19/2011 8:37:40 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: wbill
Lots of FReepers on Yahoo! today, or something. The readers are looking for pitchforks and torches.

I don't consider myself to be one of those people who're always making financial comparisons to neighbors or their things, but Yahoo has lots of snobby writers in their financial section. These authors frequently begin their articles with outlandish, unrealistic premises: "Yes, you CAN save a million for retirement by age 50...just start socking away $4500/month at a modest 7% rate of return..." Or, "let's say you're an average couple making $250,000 per year..."

19 posted on 05/19/2011 8:38:49 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: wbill
This year we plan to do the work ourselves and to borrow tools from our neighbors.

Obviously they are shining examples of self reliance.

20 posted on 05/19/2011 8:39:54 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: caver

I’ll shift my chauffeur from full time to half time, saving not only wages but also no more health care expenses for him. But I’ll have to drive myself more. :(


21 posted on 05/19/2011 8:40:05 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: caver
Our family “get togethers” and family reunions are usually carry ins. While we don't have $15 dollar steaks, the food is incredible, diverse and plentiful.
We also don't have 10 “get togethers” a summer.
22 posted on 05/19/2011 8:40:23 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: kevkrom
decent quality steaks for $5-$6 per pound.

Yep. I picked up some nice, thin-cut NY strips this weekend for exactly that. Mrs WBill steamed a few mussels ($2/lb) and I grilled zucchini + a foil packet of sauteed onions to have with the steak (prob $2 or so, as well).

Delicious. Kids loved it so much that I went back and hit the same sale again, we're having return of Surf and Turf tonite.

23 posted on 05/19/2011 8:40:29 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

I always choose a “venue” for my vacation. Who in the hell talks like that. Surely this is a spoof.


24 posted on 05/19/2011 8:40:35 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: wbill

I’m saving $500,000 this summer by not buying the Bugatti


25 posted on 05/19/2011 8:40:36 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: dead

Times are tough when you can’t hire somebody to paint your house every summer.

What do they use, watercolors?


LOL - maybe they “whitewash” the house? Liberals are good at whitewashing.


26 posted on 05/19/2011 8:41:12 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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10 family get-togethers?

So, basically they are having their families getting together every Saturday, for the next 2 1/2 months? Good grief; doesn’t anyone have a life? I don’t know about you and your family, but there are several weekends where I want to sit with my wife and do absolutely nothing. Other weekends we have home projects, and maybe see a movie. Some weekends we might want to take a little day-trip and get out and away from it all.

But, to plan every Saturday to get together with family - please, just shoot me in the head instead.


27 posted on 05/19/2011 8:43:20 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Flightdeck

I just hate how the green Skittles clash with my maid’s powderroom’s decor.


28 posted on 05/19/2011 8:43:45 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: wbill

My grocery bill is $2.69/wk. I buy 1 package of Oreo cookies and eat 5-6 per day. Then on weekends I boil the wrapping and make soup. I save a lot of money.


29 posted on 05/19/2011 8:44:15 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Lou L
Yup. I skip most of the advice columns. Robert Kiyosaki is a particular pet peeve of mine. "If you gamble your life savings in incredibly risky investments that you don't understand, and get incredibly lucky, YOU can be a millionaire like me." People would be better off investing in lottery tickets.

But, I suppose "Skipping the Starbucks Latte, then taking that weekly $20 and investing it in a solid Index Fund" is pretty boring, even though it's darn near guaranteed to get you rich (it just takes longer, that's all).

30 posted on 05/19/2011 8:45:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Mashood

I wish we could afford Oreos. We have to buy the store brand.


31 posted on 05/19/2011 8:46:02 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Hodar

And only 10 people per gathering.


32 posted on 05/19/2011 8:46:57 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: Pan_Yan

WTSHTF, these people will probably be among the first to help better armed neighbors make it through, by being easy pickings. A dog and shotgun will be handy when the alarm service is useless.


33 posted on 05/19/2011 8:47:12 AM PDT by L,TOWM (The Democratic Party Platform: Lies, promulgated by Liars whose only real talent is Lying.)
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To: goodwithagun
Yeeeeees, Thurston and I decided to let our arborist go also.

LOL.

The article is so ridiculous that part of me wonders if Yahoo or the identified author (whose byline appears on these "guest contributor" columns and may just be the person who posts them) was trolled on this one. 10 family get togethers with steak over the summer? Touch up the house's paint every year? Audio books in front of the campfire? It's so over-the-top. Makes for a fun thread, though.
34 posted on 05/19/2011 8:47:47 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: wbill

That and rapier, scythes, M-103, maybe even some napalm. Looks like they might be rolling out the M-105...

LOL


35 posted on 05/19/2011 8:48:19 AM PDT by raygun
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To: wbill

I plan to save $28,000 again this year by not buying a new truck.

I have been saving this much money annually for the last 19 years.

If I keep this up for a few more years I’ll be RICH! /s


36 posted on 05/19/2011 8:48:26 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once" - David Hume)
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To: Pan_Yan; Mashood
You had bread? You were lucky!


37 posted on 05/19/2011 8:52:31 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: wbill
I'm forwarding this to the Obamas.

Maybe it'll inspire them not to spend $12,000 a minute of our money partying this summer.

38 posted on 05/19/2011 8:53:46 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: rockvillem
The article is so ridiculous that part of me wonders if Yahoo or the identified author (whose byline appears on these "guest contributor" columns and may just be the person who posts them) was trolled on this one. 10 family get togethers with steak over the summer? Touch up the house's paint every year? Audio books in front of the campfire? It's so over-the-top. Makes for a fun thread, though.

It's got to be a joke. That painting the house thing every year was the real tip off.

39 posted on 05/19/2011 8:56:00 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: wbill

Yes, it’s easy to mock people like this.... unless you’re someone whose job depends on serving this clientele, like a butcher, arborist, house painter, landscaper, department store clerk, or hotel maid. When the swells catch a cold, the working stiffs die of pneumonia.


40 posted on 05/19/2011 8:56:16 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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Hmmmm.... hadn't considered that.

Jeez, I hope that I didn't get fished in by a troll. Good sarcasn is just close enough to the truth to be believable.

41 posted on 05/19/2011 8:57:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

“Instead of our usual $5,000 vacation allowance, we plan to spend $400, thus saving $4,600. “

Must be nice to have memories of $5,000 summer vacations...


42 posted on 05/19/2011 8:58:27 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: wbill
I decided to switch from high-priced escort services to craigslist hookers.

The savings are tremendous!

43 posted on 05/19/2011 9:00:22 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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Funny thread ping.


44 posted on 05/19/2011 9:01:50 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
We also don't have 10 “get togethers” a summer.

There is no one in the world, apart from my wife and kids, that I want to see 10 times this summer. I may not even see my sister and parents 10 times in an entire year. I have good, longtime friends that I see twice a year, if that.

45 posted on 05/19/2011 9:02:00 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: wbill

Tal Boldo

http://twitter.com/#!/TalBoldo

I'm going to the Gulf Coast for two weeks even if gas is $10 a gallon!

I don't work my butt off for NOTHING! And part of life is enjoying it!

46 posted on 05/19/2011 9:03:21 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Lou L

“Nothing says “the great outdoors” and “roughing it,” like listening to audio books around the campfire. “

I’d love to take these folks camping on some of the uninhabited OBX islands in July. Dead still air, oppressive heat/humidity, biting flies and no-seeums during the day, crapping in the dunes, and clouds of mosquitoes at night would be a outstanding summer fun for them.


47 posted on 05/19/2011 9:05:52 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

If my family had 10 “get togethers” a summer, the funeral expenses alone would be outrageous by July. Not to mention the legal bills.


48 posted on 05/19/2011 9:07:48 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: wbill

“We also hire landscapers to edge the lawn, mulch the yard, and plant perennials. This year we plan to do the work ourselves and to borrow tools from our neighbors.”

Knock, knock
Q. Hi can I borrow your wheel barrow, shovel, rakes,
trimmer and pruners?

A. Aren’t you that idiot from across the street who paints his house every year? Why don’t you spend some of the money you’re saving and buy your own &*^%ing tools! No one likes a freeloader pal, by the way I smell something burning. I Think your wife let the hamburgers catch on fire, again~!


49 posted on 05/19/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT by slackerjack
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To: Pan_Yan
Obviously they are shining examples of self reliance

Yup. And they probably won't use one dime of that saved $12,000 to prepare themselves for the Zombie Apocalypse.

50 posted on 05/19/2011 9:10:01 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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