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On 4/8/2020 at 2:09 PM, gstharr said:

In theory, I should be saving money.  We ae in Los Angeles area. Driving the 9th grader to and from school was  about $5/day in gas, and another $10 gas for weekend excursions.  Then a few dollars per weekend for him to play a  round of golf using special jr. club pricing ($1-5 per round).   Now all golf courses in California are closed. So,  it is trip to Las Vegas area every weekend, and paying regular adult prices for the round ($25+). 

Maybe, I'll see some savings now. All courses in Nevada were shut down yesterday. Arizona is still open,    4 hours one way from L.A. to Vegas, and 4 hours for a round, was a doable day trip, especially with nothing else to do. But no way am I am trying 6 hours to Phoenix for golf.

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I am saving $19.99 every single day by not giving into temptation to watch Emma on Prime Cinema. I am willing to pay $9.00, the actual cost of a movie ticket, not a penny more 

None - because I keep going back and forth from rec's on here to amazon 😉

Only gas money really. We can't afford to eat out and I rarely go to stores other than grocery stores. My kids' activities have mostly moved online so I am still paying for those. I've probably s

We’ve saved some on gas and eating out, but a fair amount of that is countered by much higher grocery bills—dh has been doing all the grocery shopping for the family while I have been very sick (not corona), and he will buy whatever strikes his fancy, and the more expensive brands, and often go to the much more expensive store because it is a little closer.

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Not much at all. Food is about the same. We are using up some stuff we had, but have needed to get some more things to stock up on. 

We walked most places and spent about $8 a week on public transportation when needed. So it hasn't been a big savings. 

Some of our utilities will be up I am sure. We normally spent a big chunk of time at the park a day. 

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I'm saving money on gas (usually about $40/week between the three of us at home now) and toll costs (usually about $150/month). One of my kids is an essential worker (grocery store) and is working full time, but she doesn't spend much on gas. Her grocery store is giving them an extra $2/hour hazard pay and issued every employee gloves and masks.

Aside from that, not really spending less but not spending more either. I only ate out maybe 1-2x/month and then we all got pizza or Donkey Moe's 1x/month before COVID. I'm still ordering out maybe 1x/month to try to help local businesses stay afloat, but that's all I can do. It's expensive. 

My 27yo is spending less because she was going to Five Below for snacks while she was at work all the time, but she is furloughed now, so she doesn't have any money coming in either. At least she was able to get subsidized health insurance back in November. That has been a huge help. It is far better insurance than what my school district is providing and is at a much lower cost. Of course, she is only able to get the subsidized insurance because her income was so low. I worry that next year she won't qualify because her income won't be high enough (because Texas didn't do the Medicaid expansion, there is a huge gap between where Medicaid ends and where subsidies begin).

My 24yo is the one who is a grocery store worker. She never has been a spender. She knows that she has a really hard time getting rid of anything once she has it so she rarely buys anything. She is working full time and sometimes has to leave early on her 5th day for the week to avoid overtime.

My 21yo is still going to school online. They had their advising yesterday and their advisor warned them that fall semester will liklely be online also. They are part of my gas and toll reduction.

I'm a high school science teacher. I'm still working, but from home. Teaching has gone down from 70 hours/week to about 45 hours/week now. Today was supposed to be a school holiday, but I've spent about 5 hours working on school stuff today. The amount of documentation we have to produce to prove that we are workign with our kids is phenomenal, and I'm just teaching gen ed. My coteacher has FAR more paperwork to deal with for SpEd.

All three of the kids live at home with me and I'm very glad about that. I couldn't afford to keep the house without contributions from the two older kids and what my ex-h is paying for the next 4.5 years. That's all I have left though. Our divorce was finalized at the end of August.

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