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26 Nov 2022, 11:57 pm

it was [aside from uncle sam's army] the only "real" job i've ever had.



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27 Nov 2022, 12:21 am

Texasmoneyman300 wrote:
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It sounds like you have some good strategies not to spend, auntblabby.

thank you blitzkrieg :) equally important to saving, is INVESTING. i get an income stream from select dividend-paying stocks that i've accumulated on the dips ["buy low, sell high"] over the decades. that comes in handy for sure.


You sound very money-savvy.

thank you :) not as money as texasmoneyman here on WP but i've had to learn to maximize my assets. was a relatively poorly paid ['cept for abundant overtime] civil servant for a few decades.

Thank you .I appreciate the kind words about me being money savvy.

you're welcome :flower:



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27 Nov 2022, 12:52 pm

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Yes, I imagine it would be hard work. It sounds like a very practical job.

we had to take care of the operating rooms, keep them ready for new patients, and restore them after every procedure. we also had to attend all live births [it was a maternal/child health care center/intensive care level III emergency facility on JBLM] and document the proceedings in addition to "circulating and scrubbing" in on all procedures including scrubbing in on emergent C-sections. can't count the number of those and of D&C/E procedures.


That all sounds rather stressful.



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27 Nov 2022, 8:44 pm

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Yes, I imagine it would be hard work. It sounds like a very practical job.

we had to take care of the operating rooms, keep them ready for new patients, and restore them after every procedure. we also had to attend all live births [it was a maternal/child health care center/intensive care level III emergency facility on JBLM] and document the proceedings in addition to "circulating and scrubbing" in on all procedures including scrubbing in on emergent C-sections. can't count the number of those and of D&C/E procedures.


That all sounds rather stressful.

it prematurely aged me, yes.



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27 Nov 2022, 8:55 pm

auntblabby wrote:
blitzkrieg wrote:
auntblabby wrote:
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Yes, I imagine it would be hard work. It sounds like a very practical job.

we had to take care of the operating rooms, keep them ready for new patients, and restore them after every procedure. we also had to attend all live births [it was a maternal/child health care center/intensive care level III emergency facility on JBLM] and document the proceedings in addition to "circulating and scrubbing" in on all procedures including scrubbing in on emergent C-sections. can't count the number of those and of D&C/E procedures.


That all sounds rather stressful.

it prematurely aged me, yes.


Being in the army sounds like an Autistic nightmare if a person has slow processing speed. But I guess it might be okay in terms of routine?



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27 Nov 2022, 9:01 pm

blitzkrieg wrote:
auntblabby wrote:
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auntblabby wrote:
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Yes, I imagine it would be hard work. It sounds like a very practical job.

we had to take care of the operating rooms, keep them ready for new patients, and restore them after every procedure. we also had to attend all live births [it was a maternal/child health care center/intensive care level III emergency facility on JBLM] and document the proceedings in addition to "circulating and scrubbing" in on all procedures including scrubbing in on emergent C-sections. can't count the number of those and of D&C/E procedures.


That all sounds rather stressful.

it prematurely aged me, yes.


Being in the army sounds like an Autistic nightmare if a person has slow processing speed. But I guess it might be okay in terms of routine?

in retrospect there were many auties in the army with me, mostly they were my bosses. very much enslaved to routine and order and orthodoxy. very rule-bound, vociferously hidebound. i didn't belong in their company. i was totally dislike them. they were the highest of high-functioning.



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29 Nov 2022, 7:15 am

I am very, very lucky to be where I'm at and have what I have right now. I live in subsidized housing and only pay for rent and internet. my electric bill has been entirely covered by assistance I receive specifically for my electric bill this year, I have not gone over and used up all of that money. I do not pay for heat here. I don't pay a phone bill, because I have SafeLink service.
I get food stamps and actually have a lot of extra because they've given me more since Covid and I eat really cheaply. I also only usually eat one real meal a day... but that's just my ADHD self. not a tip.
so, so far, I haven't had to do any real coping. but as I said, I'm incredibly lucky.
in the summer, I keep the blinds closed and use fans as much as possible instead of the air conditioner, because that's what's made my electric assistance run out quickly in the past. I don't mind the heat as much as most others do.
I also do not spend money on going out, at least not usually.



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23 Dec 2022, 8:42 pm

Me & my girlfriend are both disabled & have various gov benefits. The benefits overall do not keep up with inflation but it will be a lot worse when Social Security gets cut. I've been cutting down on buying snacks for us & we eat out a lot less than we used to. I've also cut down on personal spending which was not a lot before. I went into default on a couple credit-cards & just pay $25 a month to both of em. I'll still be in debt when I die at that rate but I don't own any property or have any income they can really take from me. There's various things we kinda need that I keep putting off buying because they can wait a tad longer. I need to start looking for a part time job but I have health issues I'm trying to afdress 1st.


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23 Dec 2022, 8:46 pm

You sound like you have a good thing going, MOONTRIPS. :)

nick007 wrote:
Me & my girlfriend are both disabled & have various gov benefits. The benefits overall do not keep up with inflation but it will be a lot worse when Social Security gets cut. I've been cutting down on buying snacks for us & we eat out a lot less than we used to. I've also cut down on personal spending which was not a lot before. I went into default on a couple credit-cards & just pay $25 a month to both of em. I'll still be in debt when I die at that rate but I don't own any property or have any income they can really take from me. There's various things we kinda need that I keep putting off buying because they can wait a tad longer. I need to start looking for a part time job but I have health issues I'm trying to afdress 1st.


You should put your health first before forcing yourself to work. I am glad to hear that you have successfully claimed benefits whilst being disabled - that can sometimes be hard.

When do you expect social security to be cut? Isn't social security a lifetime thing?



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30 Jan 2023, 7:16 am

I have not tried to cut heating or anything. Our thermostat is set to 18.5 C and my family would not be happy if it's any lower. There are many ways to stay warm cheaply, though. I use several layers of pure wool blankets (all thrifted) on my bed. They're toasty and heavy as hell and can be adjusted easily. If I'm going to sit down for a while I put on a warm fleece bathrobe. I also wear wool socks and shearling slippers. Honestly I'm too warm most of the time and wish winter would never end. :D

Some other ways of keeping warm are growing your hair (and beard) out during winter, or put on a beanie if you don't have much hair. And did you know that eating spicy food can boost your metabolism? I found that a hot peppered dish would make me extra warm for a couple days. :o Putting lotion or oil on your skin generally keep you warmer as well. In my experience it's probably easiest to stay warm by being active and keeping your metabolism high. I understand that probably requires eating more food, but it's a healthier way to be warm.

In a lot of places seniors can get free gym membership. I know people who would go everyday to socialize, relax and have hot showers. It's the warmest place they go and it's free. You can also sit in a public library or community center for hours if they're accessible. I used to go to a senior center for classes and cheap food. Shockingly you don't have to be a senior, everyone was welcome, but people didn't know that. 8O Just saying if your home is dark and cold you don't have to spend a lot of time there.


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31 Jan 2023, 5:49 am

where i live, things like public YMCAs and such are almost an hour drive away. so not practical.