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Are You Shrugging?
11.09.09 | chickensoup

Posted on 11/09/2009 1:56:12 PM PST by Chickensoup

So, are you doing anything different economically?

Are you cutting back?

Will Christmas and Thanksgiving be any different?

Are you spending, saving, paying down?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: atlas; shrugged; shrugging
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I am paying down everything I can, as fast as I can...
1 posted on 11/09/2009 1:56:15 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

Yes, yes, yes and yes.


2 posted on 11/09/2009 1:57:46 PM PST by VA40
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To: Chickensoup

Bingo!

And no Christmas shopping this year at Costco after the put ALGORE on the cover of the NOVEMBER Costco Connection.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 1:57:48 PM PST by proudpapa (Obama - Worst One Ever!)
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To: Chickensoup
Other than our mortgage; zero debt.

Paid it all off in the last 6 months. Believe me, it hurt.

L

4 posted on 11/09/2009 1:58:18 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Chickensoup

Same here. Christmas will be slimmer by a big bunch.


5 posted on 11/09/2009 1:58:24 PM PST by RC2
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To: Chickensoup

My debt is being payed down and my family has cut back to what we absolutely need. My extended family skipped buying everyone gifts last year and we just settled with elephant gifts and games. Probably do the same again this year.


6 posted on 11/09/2009 1:58:40 PM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: Chickensoup

Our older liberal kids are in for a rude awakening on Christmas morn!


7 posted on 11/09/2009 1:59:18 PM PST by VA40
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To: proudpapa

I am only shopping for essentials for Christmas.
Making Almond crunch for gifts,


8 posted on 11/09/2009 1:59:26 PM PST by Chickensoup (SHRUGGING shrugging SHRUGGING shrugging SHRUGGING shrugging SHRUGGING)
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To: Chickensoup
Absolutely.

Gone Galt.

9 posted on 11/09/2009 2:00:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Chickensoup
STARVE THE BEAST!

Atlas Shrugged ping!

10 posted on 11/09/2009 2:01:34 PM PST by jellybean ( Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: proudpapa

“...Costco after the put ALGORE on the cover of the NOVEMBER Costco Connection.”

PLEASE tell me you’re joking.


11 posted on 11/09/2009 2:02:26 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Chickensoup

In this house, we’ve canceled the holidays. All clothing purchases are happening at Goodwill. My once-a-week shopping at Walmart has dropped down to once-a-month. Typically, I spent $200 a week there, now we’ve gotten that down to less than $200 a month.

No more eating out or fast food. Every extra dime is going to our debt.


12 posted on 11/09/2009 2:02:32 PM PST by Marie (remember, remember, the fifth of november...)
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To: Chickensoup

Traveling to my family and spending time with my family is the only Christmas gift I need and want.


13 posted on 11/09/2009 2:02:46 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Republican Extremist; Boucheau; betsyross60; kalee; shezza; fanfan; wfu_deacons; 3catsanadog; ...
Oops! Forgot to ping the pingees.

Atlas Shrugged ping!

14 posted on 11/09/2009 2:03:03 PM PST by jellybean ( Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes,

My car just went over 100K and I hit 3 deer, instead of buying a new one I just fixed it up using junkyard parts.

I’ve held off buying a new digital camera (I love my Canon G2 so it’s easy) and a new GPS system.

The only thing I’ve been buying is Gold, Silver and Palladium


15 posted on 11/09/2009 2:03:05 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Chickensoup

My focus is on paying down and getting everything fixed up for the hard times ahead. Christmas going to be 99% Jesus and 1% gifts this year (shoulda done that a long time ago).


16 posted on 11/09/2009 2:05:07 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority!)
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To: scottdeus12

No joke...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11023465

I wrote them a nice little letter explaining that we will continue to buy necessities there but that our gifts and extras will be purchased elsewhere...


17 posted on 11/09/2009 2:06:01 PM PST by proudpapa (Obama - Worst One Ever!)
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To: Chickensoup

We have been stocking up on cheap food but will not have a consumer Christmas. No gifts this year at all. We are only buying what we have to and get extra money by recycling.
Cell phones will be going in January and then cable.


18 posted on 11/09/2009 2:07:09 PM PST by homegroan (Proud to be a Palinite!)
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To: Chickensoup

Pigeon for Thanksgiving, coal for Christmas.


19 posted on 11/09/2009 2:07:59 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: scottdeus12

And I dropped Consumer Reports after they had an article openly advocating government healthcare.


20 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:03 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Marie

Me too — paying down and not buying anything new. I just spent $125 at Sam’s on groceries. I expect to make that last almost 3 weeks and I fed my husband and an employee lunch at home instead of taking them for fast food. No Christmas at all this year.


21 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:14 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Marie

Me too — paying down and not buying anything new. I just spent $125 at Sam’s on groceries. I expect to make that last almost 3 weeks and I fed my husband and an employee lunch at home instead of taking them for fast food. No Christmas at all this year.


22 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:32 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Marie

Me too — paying down and not buying anything new. I just spent $125 at Sam’s on groceries. I expect to make that last almost 3 weeks and I fed my husband and an employee lunch at home instead of taking them for fast food. No Christmas at all this year.


23 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:36 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Chickensoup

I’m still putting up my Christmas lights.

I am pushing to get all our major surgery done this year, before the democrats destroy my health insurance. But that’s not really about Christmas.


24 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:36 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Marie

Me too — paying down and not buying anything new. I just spent $125 at Sam’s on groceries. I expect to make that last almost 3 weeks and I fed my husband and an employee lunch at home instead of taking them for fast food. No Christmas at all this year.


25 posted on 11/09/2009 2:08:40 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Chickensoup

No debt but the mortgage. Christmas will be small this year.


26 posted on 11/09/2009 2:09:48 PM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Chickensoup
I invested a lifetime in construction experience. Immediatly after hope and chgange took over, more than 300 capital investors cancelled shovel ready construction projects with our company. So now I am in the process of attempting to adapt to the new socialist order, scrounging up about 1/3 of my previous income selling off toys and using savings to pay the mortgage and the outrageous utility bills laden with taxes, suplemental tax bill, etc, etc.

I am about ready to tell congress and their puppetmaster debt brokers to take it all and shove it all up their collective communist @$$es.

27 posted on 11/09/2009 2:11:05 PM PST by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: proudpapa
And no Christmas shopping this year at Costco after they put ALGORE on the cover of the NOVEMBER Costco Connection.

I was disgusted when I got my copy--immediately tossed it in the bin without even cracking it open.

In fact, when I saw this month's Costco Connection, the first question I asked my husband was "Isn't there some conservative, or at least not obviously liberal, alternative to Costco?" If any Freepers know of one, let me know--I'd love to cancel my Costco membership and tell them this is why.

So, even though Costco usually gets hundreds of dollars out of me for Christmas gifts, they're not getting a penny this year. Unfortunately, now that our household is down to one income, no other retailer will be getting much from us either--looking to do more homemade gifts this year (which my family loves because I usually do things with fun, old family photos).
28 posted on 11/09/2009 2:11:11 PM PST by The4thHorseman
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To: VA40

Yes, yes, yes and yes

Same here nothing out there worth buying all China crap.


29 posted on 11/09/2009 2:11:11 PM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Chickensoup
Same here. We are focusing on paying off credit cards and cars. Going out a lot less and paying closer attention to sales when shopping.

Christmas will be austere and more about the meaning.

and speaking of cc's, had a Chase card that I had for emergency use only and I got a letter last week that stated that Chase was closing the account because I wasn't using it. If you use the thing, they jack the rates up and if you don't use it, they cancel it.

I'm finished with them, pay them off and forget them

30 posted on 11/09/2009 2:12:55 PM PST by NativeSon
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To: scottdeus12

The leadership at Costco is extremely liberal, and proud of it.


31 posted on 11/09/2009 2:13:05 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Chickensoup

Working like hell.

Paying off debt.

Saving like crazy.

Buying tangible essentials like crazy.


32 posted on 11/09/2009 2:13:29 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Even My Failures Are Edible)
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To: Chickensoup
all my debt will be gone in 2 months. i have never paid any interest on CC's and i don't plan on starting.

my family draws names for xmas. keeps the gift giving to a minimum. being there is the best part.

we always go nuts with the food, though!

33 posted on 11/09/2009 2:13:38 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Chickensoup

Hell yeah, I’ve already moved to Galt’s Gulch. Paid off every last bit of debt, and when the sale of our house closes next week - can’t tell you how grateful I am that it actually sold - we will have absolutely $0 debt.

I got laid off and will not be returning to another six-figure high-tech job. I’m cashing out my 401k and will put it somewhere less liquid and less accessible for the .GOV to confiscate.

I’m a mere shadow of the consumer I once was, and that is not going to change. I’m not coming back.

The only way to stop this runaway government is to starve it, and that will require personal sacrifice.


34 posted on 11/09/2009 2:13:38 PM PST by Zeddicus
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To: The4thHorseman

Glamour Magazine has Me-chelle my belle on the cover. I didn’t even take it out of the plastic sleeve-just threw it in the trash.


35 posted on 11/09/2009 2:15:05 PM PST by homegroan (Proud to be a Palinite!)
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To: Chickensoup

I’m blessed, we have everything we need and it’s paid for. We’ve never been big spenders here at my house anyway, so no need for “cutting back”.


36 posted on 11/09/2009 2:15:45 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Chickensoup

Me too. When the last of the VT photo gigs are done and accepted, I should be able to eliminate a credit card. Other than essentials, I am not doing much spending. Most of my relatives (that don’t care for gifts anymore) will get charitable donations in their names and they are cool with it. My wife is very easy to shop for and I am expecting a list any day now.


37 posted on 11/09/2009 2:15:57 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Zeddicus
 
 
I’m cashing out my 401k and will put it somewhere less liquid and less accessible for the .GOV to confiscate.
 
I'm going to suggest a good shovel, grubbing hoe and a case or two of Mason jars, under the cover of darkness.
 
 

38 posted on 11/09/2009 2:19:25 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Lurker
Other than our mortgage; zero debt.

The same here.

Paid it all off in the last 6 months. Believe me, it hurt.

Don't you at least feel good about being out of debt? I've been out of debt since around 1973 and the feeling of being debt free was tremendously exhilirating for me.

In fact, buying a house back in the 80s and being in debt again was a bit of a downer for me.

39 posted on 11/09/2009 2:20:28 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: proudpapa

ugh.


40 posted on 11/09/2009 2:20:53 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: jellybean

Am I shrugging? Oh h*ll yeah!!!!! Big time!!!


41 posted on 11/09/2009 2:21:03 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: Chickensoup

What, me worry?....


42 posted on 11/09/2009 2:22:50 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Bryanw92

The dog might get a couple of new chew toys this Christmas but that’s IT! Nothing else for anyone, seriously. And no one will care, either.


43 posted on 11/09/2009 2:22:54 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: Chickensoup

No debt besides a mortgage, no eating out, no purchases from any government owned or subsidized businesses, or any business that seems to be falling in line with the Gorebot/Pelosi/Soros/Marx/Obama world.

I have reduced my hours to put me in the lowest tax bracket I can manage. I am stocked up on food, and all necessary gear is in good working order with spare parts.

This government and the people of this country that are supporting it are not getting anything from me that I can possibly avoid giving them. Not now, not ever again.


44 posted on 11/09/2009 2:23:06 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Chickensoup

All I can think to myself is that if Bush was president with an unemployment rate at 10% like the annointed one, the news agencies would be doing nothing but talking about bread lines and the homeless.


45 posted on 11/09/2009 2:25:08 PM PST by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: The4thHorseman

RE: “And no Christmas shopping this year at Costco after they put ALGORE on the cover of the NOVEMBER Costco Connection.”

...and...

“I was disgusted when I got my copy—immediately tossed it in the bin without even cracking it open.”

****************

I KNEW there were good reasons I do not belong to Costco! Now I’ve found another one!


46 posted on 11/09/2009 2:25:08 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: Chickensoup

The lease is up on my business and I am seriously considering taking my inventory and warehousing it for the next several months up to a year.

I could use the downtime. My employees can draw unemployment or whatever, they aren’t all that great anyway.

I won’t contribute to the economy in the way I have been. No taxes, no rent, no payroll.

I own my own home and live frugally anyway. This economy has eaten away most of what I’ve built up since 2000.

I’ll go home, produce what I love and enjoy it. Who knows?


47 posted on 11/09/2009 2:26:54 PM PST by colorcountry (A faith without truth is not true faith.)
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To: homegroan

Re: “Glamour Magazine has Me-chelle my belle on the cover. I didn’t even take it out of the plastic sleeve-just threw it in the trash.”

*************

If you paid for that rag, time to cancel, demand a refund and tell them WHY!


48 posted on 11/09/2009 2:26:54 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: qam1
My car just went over 100K and I hit 3 deer, instead of buying a new one I just fixed it up using junkyard parts.

Hubby hit a 6 point buck awhile back, we had his 1999 w/230K truck fixed ($500 deductible) through our insurance rather than replace it. Never had a bit of trouble with that truck other than replacing the fuel pump once, it still runs like new. I put a "cow catcher" on my 2005 truck when I got it just for that reason, we live in the country, so deer and cows in the road are common.

Christmas is going to be real slim this year, our savings were depleted and my CC debts piled up due to medical bills when hubby had an emergency triple bypass last year, now he's unemployed. I have our budget set so we can pay our normal bills without his salary, but it is really tight. We'll probably just buy for the 3 grandkids and the limit for them, usually $100/Ea. is going to be cut in half.

49 posted on 11/09/2009 2:27:27 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Chickensoup

Definitely cutting back this year, same as we did last year. This coming spring, we’re enlarging our garden (again). Nearly all clothing comes from second hand stores, dinners out are a thing of the past, spending is very limited and only for things we really need. Frugal living serves us well.


50 posted on 11/09/2009 2:28:02 PM PST by memcindoe (My ancestral motto: This I Will Defend!)
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