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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:35 pm 
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c/o The Motley Fool. This is an organization that our best friend turned us on to over 10 years ago.
He's always been entrepreneurial, he and his wife have done well for themselves, and he's always been a penny pincher. :lol: The website and their content on FB are very good for retirement planning and budgeting.

Very interesting article. We don't hit some of the #'s but we do hit and exceed others (vacations, cough cough...)

I'll see if I can find the Canadian version anywhere on their site.



https://www.fool.com/slideshow/heres-what-average-american-spends-these-25-essentials/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:47 pm 
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Looking at this can clearly see we are over achievers :oops: :lol:

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We are quite close to the median on several except home value, which they pegged at over $200k. Vacations, we've spent $0 since Dec 2016. lol. We love our home and couldn't afford a more expensive one if we wanted. Ours was $120k when we bought it in 2004 and still appraises the same. I love reading "The Week" news magazine, and each week they have 2 pages showcasing homes. Most are over $1 mil, and I get tickled when I see the "Steal of the Week" at "just" $399k. Not without a good Power Ball number, but to this point I can't even win a free ticket on a scratch-off...... I hope folks remember the difference between "mean" and "median" when reading these type of articles.....

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:42 pm 
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How does it not sound like bragging to say that we spend nothing on 15, 20, 21 and 23 (that is, tobacco, credit card interest, bank fees and pets)?

We'd like to have a dog, but it won't work right now.

Through a few changes of government, we continue to pay a lot in tax.
Venting, not complaining. How can I?
Income is breadcrumbs lately -or- the middle class is slipping.

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Interesting, we are over on some stuff, vacation, utilities (extra gas cost due to cookie co), & under or zero on others, no CC or mortgage debt, no bank fees (working for a bank has benefits)

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