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Dave Says a Quick Fix is to Stop Eating Out

dukebluedevil Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 4:37 PM
Dear Dave, I'm retired on a fixed income. I've stopped buying any amusements, new clothes, eating out, going out for fun, and I have a part-time job. I use my car to drive to and from work, church, to the grocery store, and to my daughter's house because I provide child care for her. There are precious few things left to cut.

Dear Dave,

When it comes to taking control of your money and living on a budget, what’s the biggest thing a family can live without?


Dear Will,

There are always the shiny things people can do without. Sometimes people sell a fancy car or boat and get rid of a $600-a-month payment right off the bat. But on a regular, day-to-day basis, I think maybe the biggest and best thing you can amputate from your life is eating out.

I love a good restaurant, and I’ve...