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07:41 AM on 11/28/2011
I've spent nothing on Christmas for 15 years so far, and I spend about 10 dollars per month on coffee. These people live on a totally different planet than I do, It seems.
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katieandtom
07:46 AM on 11/28/2011
do you give any presents? homemade or not? christmas is a nice time to give and share - even without the commericalism that some people buy into.
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Patriot86
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
08:20 AM on 11/28/2011
How sad for you that you exchange no gifts at Christmas...I prefer my way.
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Yam716
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12:39 PM on 11/28/2011
Gifts, as I was told, are not the reason for the season.
07:26 AM on 11/28/2011
Tim and Katrin Sullivan spend $100 a month on coffee at Starbucks and I just watched 60 Minutes last night which did a segment on homeless American children I have suggestion for the Sullivans make coffee at home and donate the $1200 bucks to your local shelter or food bank.
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yellowdoggie
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08:13 AM on 11/28/2011
I saw that feature you mentioned. While I appreciate the sentiment behind your post, you might also consider that these luxury places like Starbucks employ real live people who need their jobs. I'm thinking that Tim and Katrin can keep buying what they want with their own money. How do you know they don't also give to charities?
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Bugweed
08:32 AM on 11/28/2011
My daughter works at a Starbucks in Seattle. She barely makes her rent and school obligations so she has two other jobs that she maintains in addition to night school for nursing. The primary reason she keeps her Starbucks position is it is the only one that offers health insurance.
07:26 AM on 11/28/2011
The last line of this article got me.

Translation: "When I buy things, it makes me happy - when I feel sad again, I have to buy more things!"

That's America. Forget making yourself truly happy - simply self medicate with useless, temporary, stuff.
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drkazmd65
Mom Taught me - Question Everything - Thanks Mom!
07:43 AM on 11/28/2011
My wife's family calls it 'Shopping Therapy'.
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katieandtom
07:52 AM on 11/28/2011
those were the bush days - i was forced to cut spending post bush. learning good lessons though.
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kierank
07:25 AM on 11/28/2011
It never ceases to amaze me that people do not know how to make coffee at home! For the amount charged by Starbucks upwards of nearly $5 for a cup of coffee anyone can buy a great Bosch or Keurig single service coffee machine and make the identical coffee at home for a fraction of the price charged by Starbucks. Who gives a damn about status...it's about saving money!
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Colleen42Nyc
07:35 AM on 11/28/2011
I grind my own beans for a full pot and use the Keurig also!

Starbucks s--ks!
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katieandtom
07:52 AM on 11/28/2011
love the keurig!
07:24 AM on 11/28/2011
Why are Americans so hooked on fast food joints? Are they too lazy to cook?

My wife and I spend about 100 euros a week on food at the supermarket and we eat like kings.

Argentinian grass fed ribeyes (USA beef is banned here along with anything GMO) 2 for 7.50 euros.

A head of romaine lettuce ..69 cents. a 5 kg bag of potatoes. 4 euros.

I can make a lovely dinner for 2 for about 10 euros.

Bottle of wine - 3 Euros

coffee - Douwe Egberts extra dark pads (36 pads for 2.50)

I can see why Americans are so poor and in debt.

If you think you are helping the economy by spending all your cash on fast food and other junk, you really have the Stockholm Syndrome.
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Colleen42Nyc
07:37 AM on 11/28/2011
My kids and I never eat that fast food garbage!
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Brockernation
A Gen-X Worldview
08:20 AM on 11/28/2011
But even food in grocery stores is very expensive in the U.S.
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frank1946
Tell the Truth
07:21 AM on 11/28/2011
$ 4.00 for a 10.5 once bag of Potato Chips is an outrage !

In Super yesterday and the shelf was packed with Chips, I have canceled Chips from my List.

Now about Toilet Paper costing more than Chips ?
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Patriot86
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
08:26 AM on 11/28/2011
Aldis sells 11 oz for 1.29...although I don't buy that much...what is happening is that Americans are buying gas and groceries and not much else thus they have raised the prices on these things...personally I buy less ...loss leaders, use coupons and pay far less for everything..and I won't buy things if I can get them for a certain amount of money.
12:20 PM on 11/28/2011
If you like the occasional Potato Chip considering going to a dollar store 4 - 8 ounce bags of chips in assorted brands for a dollar.
dollyfedup
well behaved women seldom make history
07:13 AM on 11/28/2011
That explains why my Trader Joe's Pomegrante and Blueberry cluster cereal was $3.99 yesterday instead of the $2.99 I thought I paid last week when I bought the same product.
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frank day
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07:08 AM on 11/28/2011
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings know this isn't true.
07:07 AM on 11/28/2011
I have a Philips Senseo Machine. I don't know if they are sold in the USA but they are very popular in Europe. A cup of very nice fresh coffee costs me .06 Eurocents (bag of 36 pads is 2.50).

Anyone who pays more than a dollar for a cup of coffee anywhere needs their heads examined.
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Rita Khanna
Social liberal but fiscal conservative
07:02 AM on 11/28/2011
One of the ways of managing the debt burden is Inflation.
In all probability it is the method that will be used since it is insidious and seeps in without announcement.
Americans should expect it..
The problem is expectation is itself sufficient for inflation.
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Millers Crossing
Where TRUTH meets you alone in the forest
06:57 AM on 11/28/2011
OF COURSE Americans are paying the extra prices .

The majority are oblivious to a percentage increase when it translates to a 5cent or 10 cent upping of the price. Others might notice , but obviously they are going to get their fix or the necessity goods.

The problem is that there are much fewer people being able to afford it, so the numbers will show a percentage of sales increase year over year with a drop off of gross volume.

This is a good thing and a bad thing.
-- more people saving
-- more people saving

It just means a smaller amount of people are carrying the economy and paying more.
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JackHoffman
Pundit
06:38 AM on 11/28/2011
The American Sucker lives on.
08:27 AM on 11/28/2011
Assume the position!
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BarefootArizona
DEFIANTLY Paleo
06:35 AM on 11/28/2011
Caffeine is a very addictive substance, but there are cheaper ways to get your fix than starbucks. Invest in jar of Folgers, or whatever that crap is called....
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06:34 AM on 11/28/2011
NO this is all a pack of lies. Wait until right after new years.
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BarefootArizona
DEFIANTLY Paleo
06:33 AM on 11/28/2011
How is drinking a substance that raises your blood pressure therapuetic?
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Colleen42Nyc
07:42 AM on 11/28/2011
Therapeutic, No! Addictive, Yes and I am addicted! I need my morning caffeine overload!