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  • lisav78 Jan 18, 1:35 a.m.

    Sonic- I hope you never get laid off from your job. There are plenty of people unemployed looking for work everyday so keep your ignorant opinions to yourself

  • SummerlovinWinterhater Jan 17, 9:50 a.m.

    I finally bit the bullet and cancelled cable from TWC. Just got my first bill today without cable and it's a savings of $105 +change. I just can't believe I've been paying that much to watch tv.

  • sonicbluezx3 Jan 16, 10:05 a.m.

    Gotta make sure all of those folks sitting at home on welfare or unemployment checks get to continue doing nothing at the expense of those who work for a living.... oh and gotta make sure to continue sending all kinds of money to other countries. The leadership of this country is a joke.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 16, 7:48 a.m.

    Congrats on the raise, autumn! I know many people who work for companies that did not offer any raises this year. :-(

  • autumn_nut Jan 16, 5:54 a.m.

    Luckily, the 2% increase in taxes was offset with a 2% merit raise so my take home has not changed.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 15, 8:30 p.m.

    $200 less per month $2400 per year) is significant, nceducator.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts.

  • nceducator79 Jan 15, 7:42 p.m.

    I get paid once a month and haven't had a paycheck yet since December 21st....it's hard to make that stretch until January 31st! My husband and I have been paying off debt, so that will slow down with this increase. It's irritating. I make almost $200 less a month this year then I did last year...higher medical, tiny raise, now higher taxes.

  • watchhillgirl Jan 15, 3:17 p.m.

    North Carolina Cutie...what do you mean what is about to happen in NC? Have I missed something?

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 15, 2:50 p.m.

    There is no need to complain it would have happen no matter who voted for whom. Just brace your self for what's about to happen in NC.

  • sherithecontentwriter Jan 15, 2:43 p.m.

    It's scary how quickly that 2% can add up. Luckily, 'The Budget School' has a new budgeting worksheet coming out to help people track their finances with ease. It's in Beta right now, but will be released within the next couple of weeks. It uses expense categories, drop down menus, percentages and graphs so you can see exactly where you can save money in order to compensate the 2% tax increase. You can sign up at www.thebudgetschool.com to be one of the first to get it.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 15, 2:15 p.m.

    Nakabi - you are such an excellent example of taking personal responsibility. You could teach our politicians at every level a good deal about budgeting. How I wish the rest of this country (and our government) would live within their means as well..... (rant over)

  • ncsugirlie Jan 15, 2:04 p.m.

    Not only did I have to take the tax increase, but my work also decided to start paying us 26 times a year instead of 24. I get 2 extra paychecks a year, but it cuts my paychecks each month, as well. Therefore, I am bringing home $220 less a month. That was my extra "play" money. So in order to make it work and in hopes to still have a little "play" money, I'm trying to cut back on spending. I'm trying to cut back on things I don't need and only buy what me and my family needs. I'm also considering changing my exemptions on my taxes. I'm really hoping my little raise that comes in the Spring will put that money back in my pocket.

  • nakabi Jan 15, 2:01 p.m.

    I haven't seen the increase yet, but will in a few weeks once I go back to work from maternity leave. We have always tried to live within our means and make sure we don't spend money we don't have. We write down everything we spend on the fridge since that visual reminder helps us keep on track. Our budget has definitely been reworked several timnes the last few months and I know it will again once I go back to work and we see what money really is coming in. We never buy our kids new clothes; (that's what grandparents are for, or so the grandparent's say lol), we do not have smart phones, we don't have cable, and we only eat out for very special occasions. (we like the food we cook better anyways lol). Cloth diapering has always saved us money and so does making our own wipes.

  • ncveteranswife Jan 15, 1:56 p.m.

    JDAmbrosio: I did not vote for him, so I can complain all I want.

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 15, 1:40 p.m.

    The {bleeps} who voted for His Majesty should NOT be complaining, one bit!

  • ncveteranswife Jan 15, 1:08 p.m.

    I will not see my first paycheck until Thurs and I am bracing for that increase. I increased my withholdings in the hopes that it would balance out. We will make adjustments elsewhere as well like using more and more coupons.

  • watchhillgirl Jan 15, 12:53 p.m.

    I not only got hit with that increase, but of course medical went up. I also increased my amount of my flex care spending account. I will have to get glasses at the end of the year, so this is an easy way to do it. So there will be cut backs this year for sure. I am also looking into trying to get an adjunct professor opportunity to bring in some extra money.
    It is going to be a tough year, but with some planning we should be ok.

  • carelesswhisper Jan 15, 10:21 a.m.

    I was not happy about taking home less but as always we will adapt. I usually pack my lunch to take to work but sometimes I would treat myself on Fridays. Now I will not be able to do that. I have always used consigments and goodwill for my 2 year old's clothes since I have to but new ones every season. I haven't shopped for myself in quite a while so I have to make sure that I don't gain weight!

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