How to Save Money When it Counts  

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
2973 posts
9/4/2006 10:08 am

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9/6/2006 6:41 pm

How to Save Money When it Counts

As many of you may have heard by now, Northwest Airlines has recently given the pink slip for lay-offs to several employees. Along with this lay-off packet was a booklet titled "101 ways to save money". The newly jobless employees were given these tips on saving money to help cope with their new financial status.

Now, I think that this gesture would be appreciated by most, but not when it contains such ideas as

Throw pocket change in a jar and take it to the bank when it's full. (Instead of throwing it out the window of your car on the freeway apparently.)

Buy spare parts for your car at the junkyard. (Okay, whatever.)

Make your own baby food. (Assuming you have a baby.)

Change the oil in your car yourself. (Yeah, because we all know that the $20.00 it costs every three months is the difference between getting rich and going broke.)

Shop in thrift stores. (So much good stuff there, huh?)

Shop around for eyeglasses. (What?)

Don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash. (Make sure you inform anyone who catches you dumpster diving that you are a former Northwest employee... then they won't look at you weird.)

Bicycle to work. (What work?)

When you buy a home, negotiate the sales price and closing costs. (Who's going to finance a house for someone without a job?)

Inspect clothing carefully before purchasing it. (WTF?)

Use old newspapers for cat litter. (This will teach your cat to crap on the coffee table in the future.)

Donate time instead of money to religious organizations and charities. (Cuz you'll apparently have plenty of time.)

Search the internet for freebies. (Hell I won 4 free laptops last week. sell those damn things, eh?)

maybe it's just me... I don't know. I think part of it's funny. Apparently I wasn't alone, since the "101 tips" has since been pulled from the packet.

MamChelle 48F  
1443 posts
9/4/2006 4:17 pm

At least they'd have something to wipe on! LOL. Loosing ones job sucks bad enough without that added bonus. It is laughable as long as one isn't standing in the unemployment line.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/4/2006 10:46 pm

What moron buys a home without negotiating sales price and closing costs?

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

rm_sexxikritter 52F
2715 posts
9/5/2006 3:55 pm

That pamphlet should have been passed out when they HIRED these people, not fired them. What backwards doofs!
Shop in thrift stores. (So much good stuff there, huh?)
Actually, have you been to one recently? There is a bonanza of great stuff at the ones in my area. I am a thrift store queen and proud of it!

Search the internet for freebies. (Hell I won 4 free laptops last week. sell those damn things, eh?) I also belong to a freebies site. I spend maybe two hours a week filling out my name and address and get all kinds of samples and freebies in the mail. Right now, I have a stockpile of three Schick Quatrro razors, a few Intuitions, and gobs of haircare products. I could get away with not buying that stuff for about a month. I've got subscriptions to popular magazines, CDs, clothes (usually bras and panties and t-shirts), a meat thermometer, food (coupons for free items), calculators, books, and the list goes on....
I love freebie hunting on-line!


kyplowboy22 61M

9/5/2006 4:38 pm

That was prolly written by one of those $200m/year ceo's with a golden parachute sewn to his ass. Maybe they should be talkin to a lawyer and finding a way to get NW to redistribute some of THAT wealth for a severance package. Sorry bastards.


PS: Just makes you wanna go out right now and buy an airline ticket, eh? You wanna fly on something that has been worked on by a jerked-off mechanic?

RoyalPurpleRose 51F

9/6/2006 10:51 am

They forgot this tip: For fireplaces or grilling ... Instead of buying wood or charcoal, use this neat booklet to start your fire.

Damn ... that'd save a couple bucks right there
Kisses, ~RPR

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