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  • SnoopyCool
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    Originally posted by mom-from-missouri View Post
    My parents grew up during the depression. My dad was a farm kid during that time. I guess I have heard him and his family tell too many stories. I grew up with use it, reuse it, recycle it, repair it.....

    "Use it up.
    Wear it out.
    Make it do, or do without."

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  • Johansen8
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    Some would say that a need is something that you can not live without, like water and food. Where as wants are things that have no impact on your existence. If your ipod breaks you don't die, or blink out of this world.

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  • snafu
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    Our parents were the 'flower children,' added to momfrom missouri's list was re-purpose, re-invent...it's fun to use your brains and imagination! If there is something you want, why not set it as a goal and write out the steps you need to take to make it a reality. Somehow writting it down is your committment to making it happen. The difference between a dream and a plan is a time-line.
    Last edited by snafu; 01-04-2009, 12:51 PM.

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  • veronak
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    I am one who struggle with needs vs. wants. I am dying for a house but know that I simply can not afford right now...it's tough but hang in there
    Last edited by veronak; 01-03-2009, 05:34 PM.

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  • mom-from-missouri
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    My parents grew up during the depression. My dad was a farm kid during that time. I guess I have heard him and his family tell too many stories. I grew up with use it, reuse it, recycle it, repair it.....
    To me, needs are food, clothing, shelter and utilities. I do not consider internet a utility.
    Food needs are those that meet your daily FDA recommended requirements--not lobster and beer and soda.

    I can't understand it when people come into the crisis center with their expenses broken down and list under NEEDS soda, beer, cigs, internet, cable or dish, 1 cell phone per family member (even for kids in elementary school), morning coffee stop, mcdonalds receipts....and then complain they have no money for the doctor, electric or food for the baby.

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  • maat55
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    Originally posted by m3racer View Post
    Blasphemy!!!!
    I'll come to my senses sooner or later and go back.

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  • m3racer
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    Originally posted by cptacek View Post
    Oh my goodness. You paid off $99k this year!



    Well, unless it you got the money via drug deals or something
    I prefer to be called a "street pharmacist."
    Last edited by m3racer; 01-01-2009, 08:04 AM.

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  • m3racer
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    Originally posted by maat55 View Post
    I can relate to this. I thought I would die without my golf membership, now I'm ok with playing once every two to three months.
    Blasphemy!!!!

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  • maat55
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    Originally posted by Wink View Post
    Looking back, I'm really not missing all those "wants" that I gave up!

    I can relate to this. I thought I would die without my golf membership, now I'm ok with playing once every two to three months.

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  • Wink
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    [QUOTE=tripods68;199983]No premium coffee (morning trip to Starbucks) for over a year now. That saved me about $1100 per year.

    I should have been more specific. I purchase a blend of specialty coffee that is a little pricey, but I brew it at home. No daily Starbucks for me. I agree that daily trips to the coffee shop, or eating lunch out every day can certainly add up.

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  • disneysteve
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    I've said it before, possibly even in this thread, and I'll say it again. There is nothing at all wrong with having wants as long as you can afford them.

    I posted yesterday about my new hard drive. That was a want. I didn't need it. I could have lived just fine without it, as I have for the past 5 years.

    Most clothes that we all buy are wants as we all have closets and dressers filled with clothes already.

    Going out to eat is almost always a want. Vacations are wants. Seeing a movie, even renting a DVD, is a want.

    As long as you can afford what you are buying, not carry CC debt, pay your bills in full each month and save adequately for the future, enjoy your wants.

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  • tripods68
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    No premium coffee (morning trip to Starbucks) for over a year now. That saved me about $1100 per year.

    I try to ignore the "wants" and focus on something else mundane stuff to better usage of my time, like rearanging/cleaning around the garage, catch-up on to-do-list, detailing cars, taking my kids to the park, exercising. Its not easy but it helps me grounded and these activities are reliefs. Its not easy but so far we are managed to live a simply life without cc or SL debt. We still have a mortgage, but we look forward next year in paying off completely our van next year. That alone will free up another $700 a month, so we look forward to 2009. A no car payment year will be our first time in marriage history LOL!

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  • Wink
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    There are 2 "wants" that I just cannot sacrifice. One is premium coffee, and the other is having my hair done at my favorite salon. I gave up everything else, but it has so been worth it to be in relatively good financial shape. Looking back, I'm really not missing all those "wants" that I gave up!

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by maclover View Post
    he hygienists that I work in the office with, actually drive better cars than I do. Actually even the assistants do. I drive a 2002 Ford Ranger with no options, no cassette player, CD player, cruise control and manual windows and locks. It works fine.

    One of our hygienist drives one of those convertible Lexus. And I have an assistant driving a BMW. And all of them drive better cars than mine.

    The staff always pokes at me for being "cheap." But I don't have the stress about my finances like they do. Most of them live paycheck to paycheck, can't wait till we get paid again, cause they're out by payday
    You've just described my office precisely. My staff isn't driving luxury cars (except for my partner who has a leased BMW) but they all have newer cars than me. I've been there over 8 years and I'm the only one still driving the same car I had when I started there.

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  • maclover
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    very good topic

    I often think about my wants all time.

    The hygienists that I work in the office with, actually drive better cars than I do. Actually even the assistants do. I drive a 2002 Ford Ranger with no options, no cassette player, CD player, cruise control and manual windows and locks. It works fine.

    One of our hygienist drives one of those convertible Lexus. And I have an assistant driving a BMW. And all of them drive better cars than mine.

    The staff always pokes at me for being "cheap." But I don't have the stress about my finances like they do. Most of them live paycheck to paycheck, can't wait till we get paid again, cause they're out by payday

    It comes down to what we value most and our discipline. Obviously recklessly spending is not good. But we should also allow ourselves to purchase some of our wants within reason. And be responsible about it. A lot of you may have read my thread about getting a MINI cooper...

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