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Old 05-25-2010, 12:47 PM
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Money Can you live on $500 a month after bills?????

I am getting very frustrated with a friend who complains about money all the time.. Last night she tells me they just dont have enough money for everything. She said she doesnt know how they are going to make it with another baby on the way..

She proceeds to tell me that after bills and rent that they have $500 left over and with little ones that just isnt enough..

Mind you this is the woman who wont let her hubby get a job unless it pays a certain amount which I can understand. So she is the only one who works and they have a new baby o the way.

They eat out all the time, she only "pretends" to coupon and buys $100 jeans because she deserves them. She does garage sale, but she will only buy name brands and she thinks that $100 for 6 outfits is cheap. She will not buy clothes at wal mart or anywhere other than osh kosh and carters..

I know plenty of people with more than 2 children that make it on less than $500 a month, they make it work and they dont always get what they want..

I dont have children so I am asking for opinions, but I have seen all of you get things so cheaply I KNOW it can be done...

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Old 05-25-2010, 12:50 PM
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Well with little one's I think you can I on the other hand have 3 teenage boy's and that is not ok for us. I do not buy 100.00 jeans and am very thrifty..
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If I had $500/mo after bills to live on, I would be tickled pink!! Hence, the reason for coupons!

“The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons.” Everything else does!!
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I have about 120 left per month after bills....out of that comes groceries for myself and my son, gas and eating out... OF COURSE IT CAN BE DONE... wwith that said, some people expect to much and were raised believeing they deserve everything. I have a friend who is like this had one I should say. I wish I had that much money left over!
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sure it can be done but not when you blow money.

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I think it would be hard if you didn't coupon to make it on that much. If she spends $50 a week on groceries (which she probably spends more) and buy $50 a week in gas, and then spend $20 a week on lesisure things. That's about it. $500 doesn't go far these days. It would even be hard to save. I don't have kids either, but I know that they are expensive.


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If you have to make it on that amount, you can. Depends on your priorities.

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I am a clothing snob and I won't wear anything from Walmart nor my children but with that said....Yes, you can make it on $500/mo.

I do it every month, sometimes on less! You have to prioritize and be savvy! Sounds like your friend needs a reality check


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wow I wish I had 500 left over to spend. We always have more going out than coming in so i would be thrilled with even 200 left over. I am not a materialistic person so going shopping and buying unnecessary things is just dumb to me. I do buy clothes at Walmart and the thrift stores. I make every dollar stretch as much as I can.
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We could do it on that much- even with 2 teenagers- if we had to. We have done so before ( with MUCH less). It all depends on the choices you make and your attitude..

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