Cutting corners & costs

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      Greetings from Fairbanks, Alaska (currently 0)!

      We built our own home (just took 19 years before we could move in)

      and so it is well insulated. We have a boiler system and different

      rooms are zoned so that we heat according to taste (our son is a hot

      house plant!!) We keep our bedroom and the main rooms at 68 unless

      the weather drops (like 30 to 40 below.) We have a wood stove that

      really heats the whole house but is very particular at to what can or

      can’t be burned. We have a hot water tank, but it is not hooked up

      and is used to just hold hot water. Nice to have hot water when you

      want. We have a well and believe me the water is cold!!! We grow

      our own veggies and I can the surplus and each October I buy a large

      pumpkin to cook down and freeze for the year’s pie fixings. We shop

      for groceries once a month and only go to down when necessary due to

      gas prices. We live 13.5 mile north of Fairbanks and public

      transportation does not go outside the city (except for a line to

      North Pole (the city not Santa’s house :))We are retired so income is

      very strict, but after 36 years of marriage, five children, two cats,

      we are living the life we want,maybe tighter than we planned.

      Currently we are saving to add a master bedroom suite (doesn’t that

      sound lush.) It will also be built out of pocket and by my husband,

      with a little help from our son (the whiz with electricity.)

      The only complain I have with many of the money saving plans is that

      it works very hard at eliminating the face to face contact with

      people. Prescriptions, clothing, medical information, etc can be

      done via the Internet for less, but were is the people contact?

      Medicine is more than just filling a prescription, it is how does the

      person look, pale, sweaty, red, slow movement or speech, small signs t

      hat can’t be seen via the Internet. All signs that something should b

      e looked into. The local stores have families to support, taxes to p

      ay (lots of taxes!)and yes they can’t stock everything (like a bra t

      hat fits the larger woman or halters for someone with something to h

      alt!), but it never hurts to ask if they can order the item for you.

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