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  1. General Chat
    Not really a question, just a rant. I am feeling weary of the consumer driven culture. More and more I feel like I cannot get away from advertising and I am simply viewed as eyes on an ad and a purse. I try to limit exposure in my home, but it feel still feels intrusive. I can't read a...
  2. Financial hardship
    If you go to this web site it has a long list of articles concerning finances. Consumer Credit of Des Moines - AskMrG Financial Library I found some quite useful for me and I'm sure others will find something they can use.
  3. General Chat
    here's the link to a gov't site that was posted today in the 'hints from heloise' column.... it has lots of goodies...and if you click on 'Heloise' you can get the consumer handbook which is full of tips & resources.... http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/
  4. General Chat
    According to our financial news, US consumer spending was up 0.6% in January for the first time in months. Also - according to this site - your income rose by 0.4%. Have you heard anything about this on your news - amidst all the doom and gloom about the economy?
  5. Kitchen Basics
    Found this article on coffee this morning on Yahoo and thought I would share! http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/204/consumer-reports-picks-the-best-cup-o-brew DH and I love the Eight O'Clock french vanilla whole bean, and I guess we were right to do so! Found it interesting...
  6. Frugal Living
    http://www.businessweek.com/careers/managementiq/archives/2009/01/can_the_world_l.html?chan=top+news_top+news+index+-+temp_news+%2B+analysis I found this to be a VERY interesting article!!!! Thoughts? Comments?
  7. Coupons
    Ok, I know this isn't really a 'survey' and they just want my address for their mailing list... but IIRC they will send you coupons and samples for filling the thing out. My question is, has anyone done this recently and was it worth the avalanche of junk mail that is sure to come afterward...
  8. Blog
    I’m pretty frugal and don’t get my entertainment from hanging out in stores. Actually, I generally hate shopping except on the rare occasions when there is something I really want that I’m excited about. I can shop online for most stuff and save myself a lot of headache and time. Because I don’t...
  9. Blog
    OptOutPrescreen.com - Click Here What's the purpose of this website? Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by...
  10. Secondhand Shopping
    I can't find out if it affects consignments and yard sales, but anyone manufacturing products for children (i.e. those home sewn clothes) have to comply by Feb 10. I'm afraid I don't have enough posts on Frugal Village so I'm not allowed to provide any links. there's a cpsia-central website...
  11. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    What % of your debt is "consumer" debt. That is, debt not backed by any "asset" (if a car/house can be considered an asset). To determine your percentage, add up all consumer debt: credit cards, lines of credit, etc, and divide it by your total debt (which includes cars, helocs, home, etc.)...
  12. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    Due to the economy and reduction in income we can't keep up with the credit card payments anymore. The interest has spiked and we just can't do it. So, if we decide to check into debt management programs, which ones should we consider? Any input from you about who you've used? Thanks!
  13. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/08/news/economy/consumer_credit.ap/index.htm?section=money_latest Oh, but don't worry. It's all good debt... :P The economy is getting worse, prices are going up, and ppl get $600 checks from the government and still go further into debt. God* Help America...
  14. News you can use
    Economy: Inflation up; consumer confidence down Consumer prices rose 0.6% last month, the biggest one-month increase since November, as gasoline costs surged 5.7%, the Labor ...
  15. News you can use
    Low consumer confidence plagues market Optimistic consumers are more likely to buy a home, say economists, but with consumer confidence at its lowest level in 17 years, the real estate market is unlikely to rebound soon.
  16. General Chat
    The Astonishing Cost Of Consumer Liquids Anonymous 4-18-8 This makes one think, and also puts things into perspective: * Diet Snapple, 16 oz, $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon *Lipton Ice Tea, 16 oz, $1.19 ... $9.52 per gallon * Gatorade, 20 oz, $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon * Ocean...
  17. Just Tips
    My husband and I were looking at new cookware today and we went to about 5 places. We then decided to go back to this one store because the set had a veggie steamer pot and a spagetti strainer pot. We go back and cerefully look over the display... they have a display of it with all the peices...
  18. Just Tips
    I had to buy a new stove recently. When they delivered it, I went to see when they took the stove out of the truck and took the box off and inspected in in the daylight. I found several little scratches and a peice of metal that was mis-shapen, the piece that holds up the glass on the front...
  19. Frugal Living
    Thought this was an interesting article as it has the percentages of increase on various items/industries in regards to inflation... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080220/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/economy Looks like it'll keep rising... UGH!
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