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People learning to live with less in the face of higher food and gas prices

First Coast News -- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How are your finances so far this year? Higher prices and smaller paychecks mean less money for a lot of people.
We have seen 32 straight days of gas prices on the rise.

"I've been shocked and I went out of town and I came back and I'm like, oh my gosh, while I was gone, because I went somewhere where I didn't drive, and I was shocked," Nancy Anderson said.

It's enough to make almost anyone a little protective of their money.

"For gas, I do like probably everybody, I do my stops in a row so I don't have to do too much and the food prices, I'm just more careful," Anderson said.

So far, this year has been a tough start for a lot of people. Anderson and her grandkids are trying to compensate for higher prices at the pump, at the grocery store, and a smaller paych


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remay
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Hmmm, its like where have the people been? Haven't they been down this road before like.... the LAST time we went trough this?
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Thanks to the Obama regime.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:15:35 PM

You do what you can.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 8:30:48 PM

I save as much as I can
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 7:40:00 PM


You get what you vote for!
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:46:50 PM

"and a smaller paycheck because of a payroll tax increase."

The LSM is still milking this cow?
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:43:28 PM

Too bad Obama and the democrats have not learned the same lesson the rest of the nation has already. Buying elections and votes is very costly .
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:38:22 PM

using coupons at the super markets to saving on foods and using Gasbuddy to find the lowest gas prices in town, that's how do you saved...
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:37:34 PM

And obama wants gas prices at $6 per gallon O-O
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:27:06 PM

On Feb 19, 2013 11:12:10 AM, afghaned wrote:

>Try using price controls with wage controls.

Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon tried that stunt. The only thing is that the wage controls worked much more effectively than the price controls. You'd expect an idea like that from somebody from Canada.

Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 12:45:21 PM

On Feb 19, 2013 10:41:53 AM, LongPlay wrote:

>For those on fixed income times are tough.

IMHO, the term "fixed income" means "wrong mindset to wealth management." People generally are so obsessed about avoiding short-term swings in their principal that they invest in what they consider "safe" investments. The only problem is the "safe" investments are really very dangerous in that their returns are pretty much guaranteed not to keep pace with taxes and inflation.

I do have part of my income that is fixed, but that's the nature of a corporate pension (something that a lot of people don't even have in the first place).

>Interest rates are so low that they cannot make reasonable returns on their savings

You can blame Bernanke's "quantitative easing" for that.

So, what to do about it? My answer is to go to the stock market. There are lots of companies out there that pay generous dividends. Dividend payments have the second benefit that they are taxed at a lower rate than interest payments. There are over 100 companies that have a dividend yield higher than 3%. Yes, their stock prices may vary at any given time. But if you stay in for the long term, stocks go up in value with more consistency and less risk of return fluctuations compared to fixed-income investments.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:45:24 AM

Lologogo: At what point does it become his fault? 4 years and two years where the regime and their party controlled the whole mess where those greedy and evil republicans could not have stopped anything if they wanted to. The evil and greedy people that you refer to are democrats as well and politicians in general but you support them with your ridiculous little 'buy in' to their party line.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:43:34 AM

Its what the Libs want
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As US is moving to be a lot more liberal, the US will continue to deteriorate.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:35:36 AM

And yet we gave the president a mandate to raise all taxes (in his view) last November, his promotion of class warfare is obscene - this is a nation with out class - until the want free stuff from the government folks take over the government - then take away from the successful folks and give to the failures - becomes a national goal. I'm glad I was raised with a generation that believed in taking responsibility for ourselves and when the going got tough, we got tougher and worked harder - to my shame it appears that for many americans they can no longer take care of themselves let alone their families ( which they continue to have in spite of no way that they are willing "God forbid" to sacrifice and work to build a successful family. It is scary
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:18:45 AM

I have been cutting back for 6 years now. But I don't blame Obama. He had a big mess to fix. I blame all the greedy people in this world who are rich enough to make thing great for themselves & make all the rules to suit their purpose & leave the rest of us fighting for a decent wage & a easy enough tax form to understand.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:17:14 AM

Not to mention higher taxes.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:16:30 AM

definitely trying to drive less . . .
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:12:10 AM

Try using price controls with wage controls.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:05:08 AM

Been this way for several years now, and now taxes are going up also. Thank you Moonbeam, thank you BO
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:58:34 AM

interesting, but no choice
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:54:20 AM

I retired this year, and my social security check doesn't even pay my medical insurance while I wait for medicare in 18 months years. Wife no eligible for another 10 years. so i stuck with medical insurance.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:41:53 AM

For those on fixed income times are tough. Interest rates are so low that they cannot make reasonable returns on their savings and gas and food prices are climbing. Obama is trying to get everyone on the dole!!
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:34:17 AM

I've been shocked and I went out of town and I came back and I'm like, oh my gosh, while I was gone, because I went somewhere where I didn't drive, and I was shocked," Nancy Anderson said.
It's enough to make almost anyone a little protective of their money.

I have not been on vacation in fifteen years. That is more than some people can say...
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:29:23 AM

"I've been shocked and I went out of town and I came back and I'm like, oh my gosh, while I was gone, because I went somewhere where I didn't drive, and I was shocked," Nancy Anderson said.

What an intelligent quote! TV news is becoming more illiterate. I know there are censors but apparently no editors.
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Oil companies keep posting higher and higher profits, and no one is questioning, what a government!!
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I would suggest that if you really care about this country and not about getting the taxpayers to pay your way through obama giveaway plans, you might want to do a Google search for obama's Abuse of Power. Particularly the Wall Street Journal report.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:27:39 AM

But according to the politicians and bureaucrats that "count" the beans, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows "inflation" is not a problem and the talk is that we need to be more stingy with "Cost of Living Allowance" (COLA) pay increases for Social Security recipients and others who live on fixed incomes in order to "get the deficit under control". Amazing that the "tax and spend" liberals (democrats) never get it. (Sorry, it is now "revenue" and "invest".) Wonder how much the HO's two vacations (he took a separate vacation from Michele) cost the taxpayer this past weekend. Perhaps we should be more "stingy" with his budget or travel allowance and let Michele live in a tent without vacations on the horizon.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:25:20 AM

Food is very costly.
geezrtek
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:24:12 AM

All according to the Obama plan.
impactdi
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:22:45 AM

No no no...Obama keeps saying he's doing so much for us and he has "figures" to prove it. Of course...who knows where he pulls them out of.
sivart
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:22:26 AM

I've been doing it for a long time!
bart_reed
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:20:19 AM

And gas will still go up.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:20:04 AM


     tough choices
Car54BC08
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:19:47 AM

Better get used to it
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:19:19 AM

very true
thirstyauto
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:19:08 AM

See previous article!!
dcoxdcox44
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:18:09 AM

Not all prices are bad-
the price I pay for heating propane is at it's lowest rate since 2006
Only $1.80 now vs $3.85 two years ago
greenfog
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:17:48 AM

change the laws and get rid of the speculation in the commodities market.
texashoudini
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:17:48 AM

SAD but true. Thanks speculators and greedy gas and oil companies who will once again post the highest profits in history at the end of the year.
lindalm25
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:15:08 AM

Yelobus, not certain "less is gooder" but it certainly is inevitable with the way things are going.
Chris46
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:14:59 AM

It's going to get worse, before it gets better!
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:14:33 AM

Many people are already doing that and prices continue to rise.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:14:02 AM

and yet Ofailure will continue spending our tax money with reckless abandon.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:12:54 AM

Less is gooder.
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When will obummer live the way he tells us to? Never would be my guess!!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:09:20 AM

we do what we can
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:08:53 AM

We have no choice, I wish Obama would do the same. With his spending of our money we will continue to learn to do with less and less.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:08:09 AM

Our government should do the same...
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We have no choice.
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it's the hope and change they voted for.
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