How to survive without a salary under the IMF regime

patslatt

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Many Irish will have to learn the frugal ways of previous generations when the IMF slash and burn cuts are implemented. The book Amazon.com: How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle (9781895629682): Charles Long: Books is a useful guide. Obvious frugal measures include leaving on the heating for a few hours a day,wearing warm woolies,the bike instead of the bus,the reliable Japanese car kept on as a banger and all sorts of DIY: house repairs,home cooking instead of convenience food or takeaways,sandwiches taken to work and DIY entertainment such as picnics and social visits. Extreme measures could be taken if the foregoing aren't enough,such as raising chickens in a closet,renting plots to grow vegetables and buying cheap meats. Even meat can be considered a luxury:Charlie Chaplin and his brother survived on his mother's tiny widow's pension by buying fish heads at the close of the day at the lowest prices. Let's hope it doesn't come to that!
 


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Dropping in on free food events is another oldie... if you like 'hang sannidges'
 

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Interesting, Pat, that you provide us with a guide on how to eat cheaply and survive the coming austerity, including the boiling of fish heads a la Charlie Chaplin, while a concurrent thread describes the stay of the IMF guys at the Merrion Hotel. So the guys imposing the austerity are staying at one of the most expensive hotels in the country and people who in all probability had nothing to do with the epic failure of politics and economics in Ireland can prepare for boiled fish heads.

Thanks for that because I was struggling to come up with an appropriate image to summarise the catastrophic failure of the Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat regime. There are, of course, many images of their failure but not one as graphically visual as that in encapsulating the amoral unfairness of the perpatrators of this, let's face it, crime.
 

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Many Irish will have to learn the frugal ways of previous generations when the IMF slash and burn cuts are implemented. The book Amazon.com: How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle (9781895629682): Charles Long: Books is a useful guide. Obvious frugal measures include leaving on the heating for a few hours a day,wearing warm woolies,the bike instead of the bus,the reliable Japanese car kept on as a banger and all sorts of DIY: house repairs,home cooking instead of convenience food or takeaways,sandwiches taken to work and DIY entertainment such as picnics and social visits. Extreme measures could be taken if the foregoing aren't enough,such as raising chickens in a closet,renting plots to grow vegetables and buying cheap meats. Even meat can be considered a luxury:Charlie Chaplin and his brother survived on his mother's tiny widow's pension by buying fish heads at the close of the day at the lowest prices. Let's hope it doesn't come to that!
Shop in Lidel, Porridge, eggs, dried beans for casseroles, meat only 3 x a week, liver, mince. Tuna/pasta/veg, curries, stir fry, rice, grow your own veg, spuds.Make rice pudding etc.

Take up fitness, its free, jogging, yoga, martial arts, weights etc. Hobbies which dont cost money like fishing, walking, meditation, chess, playing cards etc. Join your local hiking club, its cheap and a good way to meet people and do something different.

Go camping in Ireland as a holiday. If you need a car have a 10 yr old 1 litre car, service it yourself, but get a bike for local journeys. Turn the heating down only have it on when its cold for a few hours, get a couple of fleecies.

Ive had the merc, eaten in the fancy restaurants, been out with the high maintance women.

Im so glad I freed my self from all the BS.

Funny enough the population in times of "hardship" becomes healthier.

Its all about perception, the BS does not make us happy it just feeds our egos.
 
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Obvious frugal measures include leaving on the heating for a few hours a day,wearing warm woolies,the bike instead of the bus,the reliable Japanese car kept on as a banger and all sorts of DIY: house repairs,home cooking instead of convenience food or takeaways,sandwiches taken to work and DIY entertainment such as picnics and social visits.y at the lowest prices.
Have i been missing something, but other than the city -break and a couple of pints. The above is how I live.

Who leaves their heating on all day and does not cook.

While thanks too the NCT , the jap car is old but not a banger.
 

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Many Irish will have to learn the frugal ways of previous generations when the IMF slash and burn cuts are implemented. The book Amazon.com: How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle (9781895629682): Charles Long: Books is a useful guide. Obvious frugal measures include leaving on the heating for a few hours a day,wearing warm woolies,the bike instead of the bus,the reliable Japanese car kept on as a banger and all sorts of DIY: house repairs,home cooking instead of convenience food or takeaways,sandwiches taken to work and DIY entertainment such as picnics and social visits. Extreme measures could be taken if the foregoing aren't enough,such as raising chickens in a closet,renting plots to grow vegetables and buying cheap meats. Even meat can be considered a luxury:Charlie Chaplin and his brother survived on his mother's tiny widow's pension by buying fish heads at the close of the day at the lowest prices. Let's hope it doesn't come to that!

It seems capitalism has delivered the impoverished existance to the average citizen you guys claimed Socialism would always bring :)

Message: Be happy in your new squalid existance, never mind those nice rich people, invest all your energy in being cheerful and rewarding your ingenuity by overcoming the struggle to find ways to exist and live an ever increasingly frugal lifestyle.
 

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It seems capitalism has delivered the impoverished existance to the average citizen you guys claimed Socialism would always bring :)

Message: Be happy in your new squalid existance, never mind those nice rich people, invest all your energy in being cheerful and rewarding your ingenuity by overcoming the struggle to find ways to exist and live an ever increasingly frugal lifestyle.
"Squald", how is living a modest lifestyle "squalid" ?

Basing your happiness on luxury and decadence is squalid. Not trying to be self sufficient.

In the 1950s/60s Lidel would have been classed as a luxury shop, the choice of food incredible to what people had previously seen.Now its classed as a shop for skint people.

Im not intrested in rich people, the ones Ive meet never seemed happy, they were always seeking something else.

Being self content/happy comes from within.

If you have your health, good family, good friends, like your home, do something you half enjoy, have enough for a few pints every week and have love in your life....life does not get much better then that.

Forget the mercs and 6 bedroom houses and fancy holidays......thats all BS.
 
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It seems capitalism has delivered the impoverished existance to the average citizen you guys claimed Socialism would always bring :)
We need to get real, the sky has not fallen, the Famine has not returned. Our living standards may fall back to 2003 levels, far from disaster.
 

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"Squald", how is living a modest lifestyle be "squalid" ?

Basing your happiness on luxury and decadence is squalid. Not trying to be self sufficient.

In the 1950s/60s Lidel would have been classed as a luxury shop, the choice of food incredible to what people had previously seen.Now its classed as a shop for skint people.

I love the ways you guys tie yourself up in knots defending falling standards of living as some kind of a new frontier, a new adventure :)
 

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Forget the mercs and 6 bedroom houses and fancy holidays......thats all BS.
Go tell that the chaps on Ailsbury Road because you're telling me nothing new.
 

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I love the ways you guys tie yourself up in knots defending falling standards of living as some kind of a new frontier, a new adventure :)
Your just buying into capitalist consumer BS.

You dont need to keep buying "products" to make you happy.

"Falling living standards", how is living a healthier and more holistic lifestyle a fall in living standards ?

Its only a fall in living standards if you buy into their BS.
 

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I love the ways you guys tie yourself up in knots defending falling standards of living as some kind of a new frontier, a new adventure :)
Everything in life is about perception, you can see doom and gloom or you can see new changes and avenues opening. You can even buy into the adverts that tell you, you need to drive a certain car or shop in a certain shop to feel good and happy, but its lies, mindtrickery to control the population via consumerism.

Theres a really good programme called century of self about how advertisers use psychologists to make people feel they need to buy their products.

I dont consider eating healthy food hardship.


I think self sufficency and physical fitness are good things to cultivate.
 
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Why with social welfare would kids go to bed hungry ?

A bag of pasta in Lidel and a tin of beans is 1 euro.

Beans on toast hardly breaks the bank.
Go try living on social welfare. It aint all its cracked up to be.
 

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Your just buying into capitalist consumer BS.

You dont need to keep buying "products" to make you happy.

"Falling living standards", how is living a healthier and more holistic lifestyle a fall in living standards ?

Its only a fall in living standards if you buy into their BS.
No, I'm not, i'm a social democrat, you really are preaching to the wrong person.

When i refer to standards of living I'm referring to the basics.

You are making strong arguments for higher taxes to deliver public services that have been augmented by consumer transaction taxes. (which really are unsustainable)

Keep it up
 


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