Old 11-10-2010, 10:24   #18581 (permalink)
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...I had to buy cheap Parma Ham, pre-packed steak and (and this still brings a tear to my eye) own brand dry pasta.
However did you get through those dark days?
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:32   #18582 (permalink)
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Stiff British upper lip old boy, I don't like to complain about it, but life was often hard on the mean streets of Canterbury.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:32   #18583 (permalink)
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I've been in a shitty financial situation too and sold off loads of electronics and records to buy grub. I got 100 Finnish marks (£12) for my fifteen year collection of Playboy mags. One day I took a load of high quality art books into Helsinki to sell but I got such a rotten price (and they were so heavy to lug around!) that I sold them for the price of the return train fare! I might as well have stayed home and thrown them in the trash.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:43   #18584 (permalink)
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:44   #18585 (permalink)
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This talk about being skint would have Bono raging.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:55   #18586 (permalink)
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Well, Bono's a cunt so no-one would give a toss.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:15   #18587 (permalink)
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I have been proper skint before so I know the difference just a bit marked that I'm paying nearly a grand just to get out there
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:41   #18588 (permalink)
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Broke is a matter of comparison. I realized this when trying to explain to a Thai person that I was poor.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:56   #18589 (permalink)
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I've been in a shitty financial situation too and sold off loads of electronics and records to buy grub. I got 100 Finnish marks (£12) for my fifteen year collection of Playboy mags. One day I took a load of high quality art books into Helsinki to sell but I got such a rotten price (and they were so heavy to lug around!) that I sold them for the price of the return train fare! I might as well have stayed home and thrown them in the trash.

That sounds terrible. I'm currently low on cash and have been selling my DSLR equipment the past two months so I can kind of relate.

As for my grub, lots of eggs on toast and oatmeal! It's the cheapest food on earth that's not processed/radioactive.
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Old 11-10-2010, 13:05   #18590 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was unemployed and the bank had grabbed my debit card after I defaulted on my mortgage. And there was a 6 week "quarantine" for new unemployed before the state paid any benefit so it was a little difficult. I sold a Nakamichi double cassette deck, ostrich cowboy boots, a camera, dozens of records and books. Quite an experience!
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Old 11-10-2010, 13:13   #18591 (permalink)
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same here... skint.. although in the grand scheme of things im actually not that skint compared to most.

seriously fed up with seeing a minus sign on my account though!
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Old 11-10-2010, 13:41   #18592 (permalink)
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...seriously fed up with seeing a minus sign on my account though!
Haha, yeah me too!

I've been doing some freelance on the side (shhhhh) to build-up some extra cash to get out of my overdraft (amongst other things).

The what do I go and do?

Spend the fucking lot on a new MBP.

It's like I never learn...
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Old 11-10-2010, 14:19   #18593 (permalink)
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Maybe it's the Jew in me, but don't you lot have savings?

I always try and keep 3+ months worth of living expenses in my checking account at all times. Not trying to be preachy, but it would help.

Granted, I don't have kids and I rent.
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Old 11-10-2010, 14:30   #18594 (permalink)
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yup. i live on a lowish wage. the savings come and go.. but generally have savings enough to last 3 months plus without dipping into the red.

have a few kids and a mortgage to boot.

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Old 11-10-2010, 14:51   #18595 (permalink)
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yeah i do that too...

but theres no accounting for the expense of some stuff, feels like everything costs a fortune nowadays.

cant even step out the door without dropping £50

grumble grumble

I used to be ridiculous with money, just go out and spend £400 on a night or buying silly electronics that i don't need, but nowadays im tight as fuck - think it comes from having fuck all money about 4 years back, really taught me a lesson
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Old 11-10-2010, 14:57   #18596 (permalink)
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Yeah, I definitely became concerned with money when my mom lost her job when I was a kid. That was the event that triggered it.

Spent that Christmas with no heat and we made a christmas tree out of lights pinned to the wall. It was nice since we still had each other, and I basically wore like seven blankets as a gigantic cape for three months, but I'd not do it again.
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Old 11-10-2010, 15:08   #18597 (permalink)
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savings? what are they...

once it hits my account it goes straight back out... as CM said above, you cant step out of the door these days without spending £50.
I used to be able to save... im lucky if im within touching distance of being in the black these days never mind save!
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Old 11-10-2010, 15:08   #18598 (permalink)
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I keep a few bullion under the stairs for when times are hard.
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Old 11-10-2010, 15:10   #18599 (permalink)
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Yeah, I definitely became concerned with money when my mom lost her job when I was a kid. That was the event that triggered it.

Spent that Christmas with no heat and we made a christmas tree out of lights pinned to the wall. It was nice since we still had each other, and I basically wore like seven blankets as a gigantic cape for three months, but I'd not do it again.


7 blankets?! greedy bastard
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