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Subject: Re: Living well on practically nothing Date: 12/20/2003 3:53 AM
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He claims that two people can live on as little as $12k per year:

Food $3500 or $70 per week
Rebt $3600 ($300 per month in a smaller city or town)
Utilities $1200 (no phone or cable TV)
Clothing (used) $500
Transportation $1200 (older car)

Remaining $2k for personal items, gifts, donations, and medical care.


We do not live that cheaply, but we live fairly inexpensively in most areas, so that we can splurge on travel.
When we are home we cook most everything from scratch. A loaf of bread costs about $1.50 to buy, but only about $.20 to make. We shop at the warehouse store, but only for what is on the list + the amount that I designate as "spendable". I know when we go in, we'll think of a few other things we need, and we'll see a few deals that are really too good to pass up, so I designate an amount that we can safely spend. Also, I limit my trips to any and all stores. I find the more often I go, the more I spend.

We homeschool the girls so our time is our own. When we see or hear about a really good deal on travel, we do not have to wait for a company vacation, or school vacation to go. I have a small online business, and I take my laptop almost everywhere we travel. I'm starting to yawn so I'll try to give more details tomorrow.
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