How has the economy changed your lifestyle?

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  1. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Just that. With the economy in the shitter, how are you adjusting your lifestyle?

    Not so much job losses. I know we have a thread for that. I'm talking about the day-to-day changes.
     
  2. Paladine

    Paladine Well-Known Member

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    Not one bit. Business as usual.

    If anything, I'm spending more money on stocks.
     
  3. Evil Porkchop

    Evil Porkchop Pork, the evil white meat

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    Not one bit. I'm in the Air Force and my wife is in the Medical Field so we are pretty secure. If anything I wish I hadn't bought a house in 2002 because I could get a much nicer one for the same price now. Still trying to convince her now is the time for me to finally get an RX-8 but that is easier said than done.
     
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    Not too much. My family and I are quite used to subsisting on very little, and saving a lot - all usual measures we incorporate to ensure low expenditure are still firmly in place.
     
  5. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    Job hunting has gone from being a mild annoyance to excruciatingly difficult. Even the temp agencies aren't much help anymore.
     
  6. Bryan

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    Just outta curiosity, how are you so insulated?
     
  7. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    I'm watching the news a hell of a lot less. They're blowing the whole damn thing out of proportion.

    Other than that, not too much is different.
     
  8. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    I quit smoking (yay), am eating less meat, switched to the ghetto supermarket instead of the convenient neighborhood market, only buying store-brand groceries or products whenever possible, and severely cut back on entertainment and luxury expenses such as eating out/getting takeout, going to the movies, buying DVDs, clothes, music, comics, home decor items, and toys, and am only driving when absolutely necessary, such as the commute to and from work.
     
  9. Dreweido

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    Jobs don't come along too often (although I did have an interview recently) but honestly, I'm biding my time working in a restaurant and people aren't quite brown-baggin' it to work as the newspapers want them to. It's pretty business as usual I suppose. But then again I dont have a lot of expenses (rent, cell phone, mild college loan payments are it)
     
  10. Razerwire

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    Our lifestyle hasn't really changed. We normally go out of our way to use coupons and whatnot to begin with.

    If there is a reason why we're spending less it's because we're about to buy a townhome. And perhaps preparing for kids down the road.

    But we still buy all the toys/games/etc we want and such.

    My wife's older brother, however, got laid off a few months ago and just took the GMAT to go back to business school. Her younger brother is in his junior year at Carnegie Mellon and is fearing the worst when he graduates.
     
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  11. Bryan

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    You're still in high school, right? :D 

    And regardless of any possible bias with the media and the economy, the former shapes the latter in a very real way. Self-fulfilling prophecies and all that.
     
  12. chapsy

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    Life's still the same for the most part. I've just been monitoring my expenses a little more closely to make sure I have money left over for luxuries each week. If not, it gets put on hold.
     
  13. Aaron

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    More generic foods, virtually no dining out anymore, and little to no entertainment monies. I don't collect toys with the same fervor as I once did.
     
  14. Belgrath

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    Not really. I still help out with the bills, rent and groceries.

    Like Razerwire, I still buy the DVDs/stuff that I like. (sometimes it gets put on hold if something happens) And I'm trying to save up for a convention in late July (whatever loose change I have in my pockets is stored in a coffee jar and amount recorded).
     
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    My wife and I don't go to the movies that much anymore and we watch every cent that we spend. My TF collecting has decreased some as I only get the ones I really want and can afford.
     
  16. ckhtiger

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    hmmm, it hasn't actually. my fiancee and I both have jobs that are social necessities--she's a teacher, I work at a grocery store. although we're waiting for our bubble to burst, and us to hit the skids like everyone else. hopefully that never happens.
     
  17. ErechOveraker

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    Trying to keep my head low, less impulse buying. Less buying in general. Haven't bought any toys in the store for over a month, and the only comics I've gotten have been with gift cards to like Barnes & Noble and Borders etc.

    I'm somewhat immune to the economy stuff so far, but that could always change and fast too.
     
  18. rattrap007

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    Well with the rise in TF prices I'm going to be more picky with revenge of the fallen toys. May get most new molds, but stuff like Bumblebee, Prime, etc. I may have to pass on.
     
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    We've been rather poor in our family since before I was born. We've become accustomed to it, and do our best to work around it. This is why I hate money, it can be lost in an instant, but you'll always have someone (relative, significant other, friend) who will love you. No matter what.
     
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    Ebay:
    - Driving the car and not the truck
    - Planning for leftovers (i.e., making a large lasagna that can be several dinners)
    - Eating out once a week instead of 2-3 times
    - Carrying less cash in the wallet
    - All purchases go through the credit card to maximize rebates
    - Buying recently released TFs in loose lots off eBay instead of at retail
    - Canning the premium movie channels

    Places we're NOT willing to make cuts yet:
    - Regular car maintenance
    - Family outing stuff
    - Y membership
     

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