Skip to comments.First Person: How We're Planning to Save More Than $12,000 This Summer (two-bag barf alert)
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.
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.
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)
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...
You'll save even more when nobody shows up!
$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.
I do this every year, saving myself a load of money.
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!
What do they use, watercolors?
Spending 12K this summer is normal to this person. WOW!
Lots of FReepers on Yahoo! today, or something. The readers are looking for pitchforks and torches.
Yeeeeees, Thurston and I decided to let our arborist go also.
Nothing says "the great outdoors" and "roughing it," like listening to audio books around the campfire.
THAT was MY thought....WHO hires someone to paint (touchup) their house paint EVERY YEAR? (Answer: a lazy, financially irresponsible liberal)
The illegals you hire will be pissed off.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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.'
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..."
Obviously they are shining examples of self reliance.
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. :(
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.
I always choose a “venue” for my vacation. Who in the hell talks like that. Surely this is a spoof.
I’m saving $500,000 this summer by not buying the Bugatti
Times are tough when you can’t hire somebody to paint your house every summer.
What do they use, watercolors?
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.
I just hate how the green Skittles clash with my maid’s powderroom’s decor.
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.
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).
I wish we could afford Oreos. We have to buy the store brand.
And only 10 people per gathering.
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.
That and rapier, scythes, M-103, maybe even some napalm. Looks like they might be rolling out the M-105...
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
Maybe it'll inspire them not to spend $12,000 a minute of our money partying this summer.
It's got to be a joke. That painting the house thing every year was the real tip off.
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.
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.
“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...
The savings are tremendous!
Funny thread ping.
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.
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!
“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.
If my family had 10 get togethers a summer, the funeral expenses alone would be outrageous by July. Not to mention the legal bills.
“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.”
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~!
Yup. And they probably won't use one dime of that saved $12,000 to prepare themselves for the Zombie Apocalypse.