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Old 08-10-2004, 09:18 AM   #1
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Please list things.......

that you could have done without. I am talking about someting that you could live without and possibly have given the money to charity.
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:19 AM   #2
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I could do without:

The seven rounds of golf totaling around $700
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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an interesting question...i find it hard to identify what i would be willing to give up because i thoroughly enjoy everything i involve myself in and i do give to select charities.

i wouldn't give up my golf membership, i wouldn't give up my new road bike or my new car...etc.

i would give up time though. i have never really contributed time to a charitable cause and it is often said that is the most valuable resource.
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:25 AM   #4
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Time is an incredibly hard thing to get from people these days.....trust me on this.
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:26 AM   #5
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I could do without my DVD collection. How many times can I watch a movie?
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:44 AM   #6
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Except for Maslow's 5, I guess we could all give everything else away.

I didn't need to buy a V8.
I could have bought a V6.
Or a straight 6.
Or a 4 cylinder.
Or a motorbike.
Or rollerblades.
Or a horse.

But I bought my V8. It reminds me constantly of how lucky I am. It stops me from being complacent. Guilt can be a handy tool. I give as much time and money as I can spare with my circumstances.
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Old 08-10-2004, 10:01 AM   #7
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I'm on vacation this week and I'm going through my house to donate all that I can do without to the Church fair.

I contemplate finding a home that could be less expensive or trading in my van for an older one, but I really try to justify the expenses before I spend - so it's hard to look back and say I could do without it. If I align these American consumer thoughts to how others in the world live - of course I could do without most of it.

My luxury expenses in the last few months:
200 plants for my gardens $240
Basketball net for kids $70
Sand/Water table for 4 year old $70
AWF tshirt for me $17

Right now I need to learn to do without more before I go into debt. I refuse to cut back on the level of charitable contributions I have been maintaining even if my household income has dropped.

I am also looking forward to when I have time to give. Time is rare indeed.
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I could do without so many things I have..
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DVD collection that I never watch/CD's I don't listen to

Way too much jewelry/clothing

The ice cream I had yesterday (way too fattening and at one of those heaping portion ice cream stands)

TV that is too big, it was a gift but I still feel guilty about it

I could do w/ out a computer. I didn't have my own for quite a while and managed to borrow/go to a library
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Jewelry is a weakness of mine. I spent almost a hundred dollars on a ring a couple of months ago--which is to say NOTHING of what my fiance spent on my engagement ring, which I guess I also didn't really *need*.

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I sure as hell didn't need that ring I bought on ebay.
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If I had the time and put in some thought, I would fill pages with stuff I don't need.

Lately, I've tried to divert such funds to things that I deem educational for my kids (sports programs, music, books, etc.) or things that will help them "fit in" with their age groups.

I still am fighting the urge to buy a nice big telescope......
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If I had the time and put in some thought, I would fill pages with stuff I don't need.

Me too.
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First thing that comes to mind is the $50 I blew on lunch with my family on Saturday. What a waste of money, the food was cut rate. I felt guilty after I paid the tab. I can think of a dozen other things where that money would have been better spent.

I think of all those movies I've gone to see at the theater, all the ones where I left thinking, "why did I blow my money on that?"

Same thing goes for some cd purchases, that dress I bought that never really fit right, or the odd night out where I didn't really have a good enough time to justify my weakened wallet.

Usually I don't have too much cash for frivolous spending and I don't have any credit cards. I'm just too tempted with credit cards and I've gotten into trouble with them in the past.
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I still am fighting the urge to buy a nice big telescope......
Meteor Showers start Thursday night...hehe...and I too am fighting the urge, my daughter wants to be an astronut!
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1/2 kg of

Haagen Dazs Strawberry Cheesecake per week
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