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Author: mapletree7 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 22  
Subject: marital crisis on LBYM Date: 2/12/2007 8:19 PM
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I suspect many of the people who misinterpreted my post as serious are not, in fact, married.
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Author: MsPepper Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12 of 22
Subject: Re: marital crisis on LBYM Date: 2/12/2007 10:16 PM
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I could see having that sort of argument with DH. I didn't care for GG for that reason in large part (no room for lots of extra stuff we'll likely use one day). DH thinks I buy too much stuff as it is. Yet he appreciates how miraculously we nearly never run out of anything due to my excellent system for replenishing stuff that's half or more gone.

Best of luck.

MsPepper

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Author: DEGbookworm Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 13 of 22
Subject: Re: marital crisis on LBYM Date: 2/13/2007 12:05 AM
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Honestly, I thought you were serious, and I'm married. I just thought you were a but gung ho on the grocery game.

I think it's really hard to tell tone in written format, and I tend to take things seriously unless I'm totally hit over the head with the sarcasm.

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Author: mmelydia Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 15 of 22
Subject: Re: marital crisis on LBYM Date: 2/13/2007 10:45 AM
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I could see having that sort of argument with DH.

Hmmm... I couldn't...

And I've never heard of the Grocery Game. Don't think it would be something I could picture myself going for though. We also don't have a lot of room for "extras", and having to keep an emergency stash on hand for severe weather half the year gives us even less room. Plus, I just kind of get a sick feeling in my stomach when I think about someone tracking my spending habits *anywhere* for any reason... It just feels so.... big brother...

DH and I have a strict understanding when it comes to me and shopping: I am not responsible for what follows me home when I shop. If DH wants any "control" over how I spend his money & on what, he needs to accompany me shopping -- otherwise, it's fair game. :)

This works really well for us, because he knows that I do very well shopping by myself (and that I would never abuse the policy to any extreme level). Generally, he gives me a ballpark idea of the amount of funds available for the shopping in question. And of course, sometimes the policy allows me to "tease" him into coming along for the trip (particularly when I am going to the craft store... :) ) and I always prefer the company.

~lydia

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Author: bangar8 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 16 of 22
Subject: Re: marital crisis on LBYM Date: 2/13/2007 1:17 PM
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Well, I am sure every married couple has arguments about similar things - substitute peanut butter with something else.
We have had instances like DH getting this teeny tiny (supposedly gourmet) jam bottle for $4 because it looked interesting. After seven years of marriage, he finally, some times, remembers to look at the price of what he is buying.

But I felt all the serious sermons you were getting about saving your marriage were a bit over the top melodramatic :)


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