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Old 09-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #21
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there were days where i ate corn flakes for breakfast lunch & supper but not gonna lie, i could eat corn flakes every day for the rest of my life.
I'm like that with Ramen noodles. I just plain ole like them. I drain out the water and sprinkle the flavour packet in and eat them as flavoured noodles.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #22
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While in college, I'd save pop bottles and during those inevitable low cash days, I'd use them to put gas in the car. I was lucky in the sense I had a good paying job and got student loans to pay for the school. Not much time for anything, full time work and full time school.

Not too long ago, went through an incredibly bad stretch. BUT, through some very strict financial control, and some incredible management, we made it through. Once we got through, wife and I switched financial control roles. It's too easy for me to look at that paycheck and say, we can afford this, we can afford that. She is the queen of cheap, and wears that badge with honor.

I still think the best thing I did was construct a budget from the bottom up. Start with the monthly expenses that are absolutely necessary, like heat, food, etc, and when you run out of monthly income, everything above that line goes. Cable, high speed internet, house phone... you get the picture. We're still mostly living to that budget today. A/C runs more, I'm carrying a smart phone, guns and ammo

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I've never really HAD to scrape by, but lived on the cheap to enjoy other things. I was 21, making $11.65 an hour (1994), paying for college, apt and utilities, dates with girlfriend, insurance and still scraped up enough money to buy a hd sportster after buying my first pistol, a stainless bull 22/45. I couldn't help but smile the first time I rode my bike to college. I think this proves I could live on a lot less.

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I was homeless back in 05. Lived out of a tent in the woods. Still had a job though.

Now I'm a broke engineering student. At least I can fill my freezer with road kill (no joke).

I know how to stretch a dollar. As long as the meat is cheap, or free, I can fill the freezer with frozen veggies!

Whole chicken, $4 bucks. Veggies, 4-6 bucks. 10 dollars will stretch to 6 or more meals if you're careful. ;-)

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Mosin- what climate? I friends dad lived in his teepee for a year or so when his wife took most everything he had- in north west Ohio. Some of those winter days had to be cold!

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I did fairly well until I was called back to active duty in 2002. I went through a divorce at the same time and was living on E-5 pay based on the previous job I had (75,000 year) paying child support on my 2 sons. I lived on fruit, Roman Noodles, MRE's, and Seagrams 7... I went from 235lbs to 175lbs in about 4-5 months. I had make presents for my boys out of stuff I could "get" from the supply room. After watching my (4 year old at the time), cry on a video my mother sent after Christmas, I vowed to teach them humility and try to give them something they wanted. To this day, I still make them something for one of their gifts.

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Ha! I was in South Carolina! Just the opposite! I was roasting! The worst part was that I stunk, yet still had to uphold an image at work that everything was fine.
Very embarrassing.

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I can remember a time where I was married right out of high school and divorced at age 21. I had a nice little apartment and a fridge with nothing but beer and potato chips... literally. I can remember my mom coming over and opened the fridge for milk to put in her coffee and all I had was beer on every single rack.
I didn't eat much of anything. Drank like a fish but was 6'1" and 170 lbs. I had Domino's pizza on speed dial and could call them when I got off work at 4am and they knew who I was and what the order was and all I had to say was "Hey woman. How's you're night?" They hit my door about 20 or 30 minutes later. I'd call them just about every friday or saturday night/morning.

Good times, good times.

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as cliche' and "lyric stealin" as it is, sorry Tim McGraw,............fried (or cold) bologna sammich with mayo and tomato (and lettuce if around) with salt and pepper.

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I'm only 23. When it was my dad and I we at least had a trailer to live in, no tent. You guys amaze me with being homeless, and coming back from that. Until I moved out and got a job, food was ramen, canned hot peppers, peanut butter, tuna, and cheap chicken quarters. Not all at once mind you. After I moved out I ate whatever canned stuff I could "get. " Mainly refried beans. Lol that was a bad idea. I have a decent apartment with my wife now, and make a pretty decent salary on the river. Hopefully everything stays the way it is. God bless all y'all.

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