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Case Studies / Re: Income halved - how do I cut my budget?
« Last post by AardvarkPuppies on Today at 08:19:50 PM »
.....you were feeding feral cats wet food?

I'd take a hard look at everything everyone is saying to you, and why they are saying it. 

I can pick up a case of 30 diet pepsi's at Costco for like $9.99.  Is he seriously drinking like 90 a week? 


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Throw Down the Gauntlet / Re: Race from $2M to $4M...and Beyond!
« Last post by GreenEggs on Today at 08:19:42 PM »
Bateaux,


You're our Big Balls member!! 
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Case Studies / Re: Income halved - how do I cut my budget?
« Last post by MrsSpendyPants on Today at 08:09:12 PM »
To clarify - DH is still working, our household income got halved so we now make 150k combined.

Spoke with work and we are likely going to be allowed to alternate days at home and in the office in order to save on daycare.  I'm not sure that will work without sitting our son in front of the tv all day so I'm waiting for daycare to give me prices on part time daycare.  That should fix the problem until we can pay off the mortgage.

If I take out 15k from savings, I'll be done with the mortgage right around September which will give me some more wiggle room and since the mortgage will be done, 45k in savings will still be 6 months in expenses.

I found a less expensive prescription food for my one cat that needs it so I'll try that and see how it goes.  I'll be switching the feral cats to more dry food rather than wet food which is more expensive. 

Got subscriptions down to $21 from $35.

Keep ideas coming!  Thanks!
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Throw Down the Gauntlet / Re: Race from $2M to $4M...and Beyond!
« Last post by Bateaux on Today at 08:00:17 PM »
Drowning my sorrows in a CROWDED bayou bar.  Listening to live music with big ole Margaritas.  Not a mask in site.  Life is good!

Sounds like fun. Reckless and insane, but fun. Hopefully they pour ‘em strong.

Building my immunity for the Cruise.
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I do feel that we will need to start opening things up, having more semi essential businesses open, things that are not as needed staying closed or having distancing measures put in. As others have stated, not just economically but emotionally and psychologically the stay at home orders takes a toll.

The thing I don't get, is the people who are most agitating for things to re-open, are the same people who don't want to wear a mask in public businesses. Or have rallies where they are not practising social distancing. If they understood that minor inconveniences such as mask wearing and social distancing will allow more of the US to open, I would think they would be pushing for us all to be on the same page. I have a stake in this. My boss and many colleagues in my department, given they are doctors, need to work shifts. My cousin is a nurse. A friend and collegue of hers died of COVID, doing her job. I just wish the people who don't want to social distance or wear a mask understood, it's not just about them.

Exactly this. I hear a lot about “I want” and “my rights” from libertarian virtue signalers and pseudo-patriots. Sure, we all want things to open back up so that people can go back to work.  Refusing (without a medical reason) to wear a mask to allow this to happen more safely seems like the height of selfishness. I’m so sick of people claiming that their essential rights are being infringed upon, when what they really mean is “I want to do whatever I want, whenever I want, with no restrictions or consequences.” Well, I want to buy groceries without worrying that some jerk without a mask is going to be allowed to cough viral particles all over me with no restrictions or liabilities. Whose rights are being impacted here?

Do you think someone not wearing a mask in the same store as you increases your chance of getting COVID?

Yes. This thing spreads via respiratory droplets traveling through the air. Someone whose face is covered will spew fewer of these droplets into my face as I walk by. This is the conclusion that has been reached by experts who have done the research. Who am I to contradict that?

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If you did get infected with COVID, what do you think would happen?

For me? Probably not much. I have no particular risk factor. A bad cold, perhaps. Other people in the vicinity would have it much worse. Covering my face is the courteous thing to do in this situation. It's really not that bad, nothing on the scale of the discomfort I would cause by inflicting a life-threatening illness on the people I come near.
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Mustachian Book Club / Re: Dune: A litmus test
« Last post by SunnyDays on Today at 07:47:29 PM »
I don’t know - I read the Frank Herbert ones as a teen, so maybe I wasn’t as discriminating then, but I enjoyed them all.  I liked Brian Herbers books even more because there was more action and character development.  Or maybe I just have lower standards than all you highbrows!
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Drowning my sorrows in a CROWDED bayou bar.  Listening to live music with big ole Margaritas.  Not a mask in site.  Life is good!

Sounds like fun. Reckless and insane, but fun. Hopefully they pour ‘em strong.

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Gardening DIY / Re: Gardening: 2020
« Last post by Sun Hat on Today at 07:44:20 PM »
WOOHOO!

I got allocated a plot in my local community garden! After years on the waiting list, my willingness to tackle a plot that is overgrown with thistle has gotten me in! Elbow grease for the win!
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Case Studies / Re: Income halved - how do I cut my budget?
« Last post by Scotland2016 on Today at 07:42:45 PM »
You're going to get rid of Netflix which your elderly FIL uses all the time, but you won't stop feeding feral cats and your husband won't get the soda habit under control. Wow.
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Investor Alley / Re: How to get over lost opportunity?
« Last post by hope2retire on Today at 07:41:01 PM »
Sorry for the late replies, completely forgot about the post for the past couple of days.....
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