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What has gotten way too expensive for you to indulge in?

Posted - December 14, 2018


  • I used to love going on short road trips, but our gas prices here in California, especially the Bay Area, are off the chain.  That, and then just knowing that hitting crazy traffic even on an early Sunday morning, makes me reconsider. This post was edited by Benedict Arnold at December 15, 2018 8:32 PM MST
      December 14, 2018 9:58 PM MST

  • 5850
    Owning wheels.

    I drive my brother's pickup because he doesn't use it. It wouldn't start so I magnanimously offered to pay for a mechanic. That cost six hundred bux. For six hundred bux I could have hired a cab every week for a year, and I don't go to town every week.

    In Russia they ran "Grapes Of Wrath" to show the people how workers were downtrodden in America. What the people saw was that in America even the poorest family could own a car. Well, that's not true any more.
      December 14, 2018 9:59 PM MST

  • 8868
    I can't think of anything I've had to give up because it's too expensive.
      December 14, 2018 10:14 PM MST

  • 2701
      December 14, 2018 11:08 PM MST

  • 35990
    Organic food.   But, I must totally abide by not eating anything sprayed or grown in chemical soil or irradiated.

    So, I have to buy organic.  I am currently learning to grow my own wheatgrass, sprout seeds and nuts and grains to save money and in general trying to not get sick and die.

      December 15, 2018 1:22 AM MST

  • "Television"  ... I hear that back in the old days it used to be free.

      December 15, 2018 3:55 AM MST

  • 8868
    It was free but there weren't nearly as many stations as there are now.  "over the air" stations are still free so long as you don't need a cable hookup to get reception.  We had antennas on the roof of our building that connected to the TV set and bingo - you got TV reception.  Now, many buildings don't permit that.
      December 15, 2018 9:45 AM MST

  • I thought that the industry changed the TV signals, somehow, so that the old style antennas no longer worked.

    Regardless ... thanks for your input.  Happy Holidays!
      December 15, 2018 9:54 AM MST

  • 8868
    You may be right.  It's been a long time since I've had an antenna on the roof.  When I moved into this building 40 years ago, there was a building antenna that we hooked into for $20 a year.  When cable became the big new invention, they did away with the building hookup for anyone who wasn't already hooked up and after 9/11 when there were no broadcast signals from the Twin Towers, we all had to get cable.  
      December 15, 2018 10:01 AM MST

  • 11655
    Negative thinking
      December 15, 2018 6:00 AM MST

  • 3336
      December 15, 2018 7:00 AM MST

  • 23387

      My investment strategy fell through last quarter, so I can't afford to put a tilde at the end of each post any more. 

      December 15, 2018 6:23 AM MST

  • 2801
    It is going to be ok, the ones you have now will have more time to reproduce.  By spring you will have added a few more generations.  You'll see, it will be fine.  

      December 15, 2018 11:34 AM MST

  • 23387

      Thank you, MorningStar. You're the only one who cares. (Sniff, sob.)

      December 15, 2018 1:50 PM MST

  • 3336
    As I see it, we are talking a matter of value for the money spent. 

    For me, it is attending pro sporting events. For reasonably good seats at a recent Saints game in N.O., my sons and I dropped a grand on seats, food and parking. 
    I was at a Miami Heat game last season, cost $400, 12 rows back. 

    I won’t attend movies in the theaters either. No movie I have ever watched  is worth what is being charged for theater admission anymore.
    My home theater has paid for itself many times over. 
      December 15, 2018 6:59 AM MST

  • 8868
    Same for concert and theatre tickets.  
      December 15, 2018 9:46 AM MST

  • 7488
    I'm with Don - a beer at the cricket costs ten bucks. I'll add concerts to that - attended plenty as a teen and young adult, but they're ridiculously expensive now unless you can score a freebie entry (sometimes you have to know the right people).
      December 15, 2018 7:04 AM MST

  • 3058
    Health care. 

      December 15, 2018 10:32 AM MST

  • 2801
    Riding my bike along the beach.  It's just to far from home.  I sure miss it, I'd give anything to be at the beach today.  I like the beach because the bike trails are level and there is always something interesting to look at.  The seagulls calling the fog horn the boats and the light sparking off the water as a wonderful breeze guides you along.  Once you get those bike muscles hills are fun as well.   This post was edited by MorningStar at December 15, 2018 8:35 PM MST
      December 15, 2018 11:16 AM MST

  • 23387

      Why is it now too expensive?
      December 15, 2018 2:20 PM MST

  • Going to the movies has skyrocketed in recent years.  We finally saw a movie Bohemian Rhapsody while my boyfriend was here.  We had not been to the movie in six years!
      December 15, 2018 12:10 PM MST

  • 22273
    anything since ive been out of work
      December 15, 2018 2:17 PM MST

  • 4797
    Eating out
    at any restaurant

    almost to the point of growing
    a Veg garden with store prices
    continually rising.

    and TAXES ...I can't afford them either. haha

      December 15, 2018 4:04 PM MST

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      December 15, 2018 4:17 PM MST