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What does it 'Really' Cost Us to Live

This week, let us spend some time cleaning up our spending habits. We can take a straight-forward look at where we waste money, how to change our spending and put more money backing our wallets.
We really don't know how hard we have to work in order to have all of the luxuries that we want. Those luxuries, aren't boats, motorcycles or vacations. They are things like snack foods, soda and alcoholic beverages etc.
Try this, take what your take home pay is and add all of the luxuries that you purchase (just during your next weekly shopping trip) and then divide the total into your pay check and see how long it is that you had to work for that money. It will amaze you. You worked pretty hard for that bag of potato chips when you could have had something less expensive.
Now, if you really want and eye-opener, figure out how much money you 'really' earn an hour and 'no' it isn't the amount on your pay check!
Take the amount on your paycheck 'before' taxes,
Subtract all of your taxes, income, social security etc.
Don't forget to subtract union dues, this has to do with work,
then subtract (-) the amount of gas it takes you to go back and forth to work
now subtract any work clothes, shoes or basics that you need for your work
we aren't through yet
Now subtract day care or babysitter expenses
And don't forget to subtract lunches (you would eat different if you were at home).
The final amount, is what you actually make per hour!!!
This will make you think twice before spending money and will help you to conserve more.
Sometimes we lose track of the things that are really important, like spending time with our family, instead of spending money on a movie. In this type of an economy, we need to reevaluate our lifestyles and change them to a simple way of life, by doing this, we aren't depriving ourselves, we are enjoying life more.
Take a look at your list. Are there any surprises? Can you see the areas that you can cut down or eliminate expenses? Are there things that you can easily do without? Sure there are, we all have them, if we didn't, we wouldn't be human. Let's face it, we all make mistakes, the good thing is that once we see them, we can correct them!
Take a look at things that are in your home! Do you really use everything that you have or is it clutter and stuff? We tend to accumulate 'stuff' that later becomes clutter and eventually junk. Just think, can we borrow this from someone else instead of buying it. Can we get a book from the library or 'free' on the internet instead of spending money.
Now that you see what can be done, spend the next month watching what you spend and seeing how much fun you can have by enjoying each other instead of 'stuff'!
Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer that helps you find ways or organizing your life the easy way. Get her free pamphlets and checklists and join her monthly newsletter.

posted on: 10/3/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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by John T on 11/27/2008 3:20:31 PM:

Your theory ruins the economy. We work to spend money on those tidies luxuries. If people didn't spend the money they made on movies and potato chips then those companies would go out of business and thus bringing down the economy one business at a time. Of course I don't need anything. All we really need is food and shelter, but what lifestyle is that. I make about $15,000 a month and I try to spend at least half of it every month within my community to help the economy of where I am living. Thanks but your wrong.

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