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Making the most of the resources you have, whether or not times are tight

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Resiliency is about being able to do well (or "well enough") with the resources that are available to us.  Frugality is about creatively finding ways to get our needs met while using available resources as sparingly as possible.

Whether or not hard times have hit your household, it is prudent to learn to make the most of what we have and stretch our personal resources as far as they can go.  As the dollar decreases in value, this challenge will increase for many of us.  For some of us, job loss or income reduction have strained our budgets, our ingenuity, and perhaps our patience.  For others, times were always a bit tight and we're now trying extra-hard to find ways to afford to prepare for the future -- instead of simply coping with today.  For others, frugality allows more money to be freed up for investment, flexibility, and a sense of security.  For still others, along with the majority of people in the world, simply getting each day's needs met is challenge enough.

No matter what our situation, we can all benefit from sharing insights, strategies, tips and tricks, for living frugally and learning to live comfortably on less.  Join us here in sharing ideas and increasing our collective resiliency through frugal living!

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gnltabor
By gnltabor on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 - 8:05am

Rent vs Buy, are you paying too much?

When you initially sign up for cable TV or Satellite service, the provider will install all required equipment and add a line item or two to your monthly bill for renting the associated equipment.  Items such as modems, routers, set top boxes, and remotes fall into this category and usually cost around $5.00/month for the convenience of having the item bundled into your contract.  This may be the most cost effective and flexible approach, especially if you periodically switch providers when initial teaser rates end.  Be aware however that providers will often leave that equip

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