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RJ
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Last visited: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:08 pm
Total posts: 31
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Most active forum: Personal Finance
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Most active topic: Organics (expensive) vs. Conventionals (inexpensive)
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
Occupation: Education
Interests: Literature, history, science, languages, cooking, travel, etc.
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 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: What did your parents do with their money?

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:30 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 29564


Though both of my parents came from modest backgrounds (mother: grew up poor in the South; father: middle class Scots-Irish heritage in North), they developed a fairly affluent lifestyle by the time I was born. Unfortunately, the affluence was pretty much "earn and consume," not wealth-bui...

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Starbucks - You are my family!

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 10:57 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 14666


Was that woman perhaps an employee or ex-employee of the store? On the one hand, I'm not sure her sense of community is so different from what people might have had in previous generations--regulars at the local diner or at a "Cheers"-style bar are kind of legendary in American culture, an...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Buying a Bicycle

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:37 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 8303


I'm hoping to get a bike one of these days, too. A guy at work is really into biking, and has said that he can "mentor" me through the process--frugally. Understandably, he says that now is a good time to get a bike, as biking season in Wisconsin won't return for another few months.... JD,...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: How much do you spend on food?

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:47 pm 

Replies: 75
Views: 78507


I spend $300-450 per month on groceries, liquor, and toiletries, just for myself. The figure is at the low end of the range during the school season, when I don't have as much time to cook; higher during the summer, when I have more free time and travel. Like someone else said, cooking for me is ent...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: The "Treat Yourself" Syndrome

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:46 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 11065


I also have a hard time "treating myself" to restaurant meals, but when I do, it's good! For the most part, I equate eating out with getting fat, and eating at home with staying on my diet. So for me, the consequences of treating myself, such as it were, are double. When I do eat out, it's...

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Books vs Ebooks. Which one will you still choose.

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:27 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 23315


I vote for paper books and magazines, and I generally go for used versions. It's hard to lie on the couch with a laptop and read.... It's easier to underline or mark up margins in a book.... It's easier to use a book if you want to flip between pages, or cross reference between books (jumping from a...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: what food do you expect at a BBQ?

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 8:02 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 9395


pszalapski wrote:
Sounds like RJ has been reading "Get Poor Quickly" instead of this site!


Hey, I didn't say I would pay for all of these things! :)

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: What is the Value of Your Time?

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:57 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 7174


My time is worth a lot to me, I suppose. (How much? No idea!) I chose to become a college professor in the humanities instead of some kind of lawyer, so I pretty much chose the route of flexible time and greater autonomy for lower pay. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably go the college te...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Inexpensive cookware in NYTimes

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:52 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 21009


I'm probably going to take the knife skills class soon. Both my wife and the instructor are pressuring me. :) I've done a couple of classes and used the various knives, I was surpised how much I liked the Santoku style chef's knife. We have 2 good 8" chef's knifes and a 6" santoku. While ...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: what food do you expect at a BBQ?

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:48 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 9395


Some of my bbq/outdoor favorites: Sangria Iced Tea Moroccan-style Mint Iced Tea Homemade Fruit Punch with Frozen Watermelon Balls or Frozen Berries Mojitos Rosé and White Wines (from Spain and the south of France) Chips and Guacamole Homemade Salsa Fresh, Raw Veggies with Hummus and Baba Ganouj Tabb...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Scientifically Tested Techniques to Increase Your Tips

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:51 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 22014


When I'm paying, don't ask me if I want my change. Just bring it to me and let me deal with it, unless I say so otherwise. Though this increasingly common ritual is not enough in itself to be a dealbreaker, it can definitely push me over the edge.

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Inexpensive cookware in NYTimes

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:45 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 21009


Marshall's and TJ Maxx are very good places to get high-quality, inexpensive cookware. For example, I've bought a few Calphalon items at a fraction of the regular cost, and I've also found some amazing Le Creuset casserole dishes at cut-rate prices. For durable cooking utensils, I've found Big Lots ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Frugal Business Travel

Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 2:04 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3197


Who uses those in-room snack bars, anyhow? I figure it must be people with money to burn, or people traveling on an expense account. That's probably true. Also, I suspect, mom and dad pay for snack bar items when the kids rush into the room, open the fridge, and begin tearing into the candy bars an...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Frugal Business Travel

Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 2:01 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3197


Look through the telephone books in your room for coupons for local restaurants. I almost always find "buy-one-get-one-free" coupons for places that interest me. Meals may be out of your control, but in my line of work, the per diem allotted for dinner is way too low. (And the amount allot...
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