How to get your cake and eat it too


There is an old saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. As hard as it is to save money, I believe that I have found a way to spend money and still save money on top of that. All with the help of my bank.  

My bank introduced a  Savings account last summer that I immediately enrolled in. The way it works is that 1.5% of my purchases is automatically transferred to my savings account.  

It honestly makes me feel kind of lazy that I didn’t practice the discipline myself of saving. On the other hand, there is no better feeling than checking your account balance and actually believing that you are out of money, only to find a sizable sum of money tucked into your savings account. Provided you can at least practice the discipline of not transferring it back to your checking account.  

So, to sum it up, I am basically saving money by spending money. Something about this sounds so in line with Keynesian economics. Of course in all actuality, you never really save money. You are always saving for something; whether it be a down payment on a house or a car. At least try and save for something that is more of an investment, such as building equity in a piece of real estate.  

How to shop while you are hungry


I was always taught growing up not to shop while I was hungry. Of course, like most people, I am not very good at following this advice because I wait till I am almost completely out of food to go grocery shopping.  Then I end up eating out for a few days until I break down and go shopping even when it wasn’t in the budget. Fortunately for me I spent most of my adult life working in a supermarket capacity.  

I confess that I have always managed to stay within my budget while shopping. Of course this goes back to the convenience of working in a grocery store.  I just buy enough for a few days. I am also conscious of what my budget is. In addition I am also organized enough that I can whiz through and complete my shopping while many customers are just getting started.  

In all actuality, the reason I am so fast at shopping is probably because I am in a hurry to get home and starting munching down on the food. Even if I am hungry, I somehow manage to refrain from buying certain items. I just file them away into my mental grocery list for a later date.  

I also love the self-checkout, which everyone else conveniently hates. They would prefer to bitch about the lines getting backed up while those of us that love this fairly new feature in the supermarkets will head right to it first thing as soon as we get through shopping.  

Back to the topic at hand, which is how to shop when you are hungry: for starters, I would not recommend this but since you likely will find yourself in this situation anyway, it helps to have a budget to stay within. Of course it also helps when you know what you want and are able to prioritize accordingly. This is probably easier when you are poor, or just have a tight budget due to a lot of expenses.   

Maybe there are some benefits to being “poor”, at least on paper anyway. It forces you to stay on a budget and you get to be creative at finding ways to save money.  Material prosperity is not so much about making more, it is about making the most of what you have.  

If I learn how to live richly on just over $1000 a month, I’m not going to know what to do with myself when I am making ten times that. More than likely I will buy a Lexus, Cadillac CTS, or Maserati just so I can bring back that “poor” feeling again.  

The Double Standard of buying water


Back when I was the assistant department manager in a grocery store, I see a lot of water flying off the shelves. This is especially true during the summer months. I even hear customers talk about how a certain type or brand of water is the best thing that they have ever had.  

I don’t know about anybody else but I have sampled a lot of the water that my store sells. Of course I have limits as to how much I will pay for water; for example $3-5 dollars for a gallon of water when most gallons are in the $1-2 range. Although I have snagged the more expensive ones when they were on sale.  

I have to admit that I cannot taste a difference in all the water. But each person is entitled to their opinions. If they didn’t have their opinions, I might lose money in the water department and be out of a job.  

Speaking of water department, it seems like a double standard to buy water when we already pay for it in the water bill. Even if you don’t pay the actual bill, it is included in the rent. Unless you don’t pay rent that is.  

I could just as easily buy a pitcher and keep the water cold but every time that I try this, it always mysteriously turns into sweet tea. Plus it is convenient to just buy a gallon of water for $1-2 every few days. Aside from the convenience of bottled water, I can’t help but point out the irony that one of the leading brands of water is “Evian”. I don’t have to tell you what that spells backwards.  

So basically, it’s sort of like double taxation paying for water twice. But somehow I feel I may have a moral obligation to actually buy the water in the store now. After all, I wouldn’t want to kill capitalism and the jobs that it creates.   

The Christian Communist Manifesto


Elpidio Valdes

Hi,

In the past, I’ve argued in that Karl Marx unfairly gets a bad reputation for simply writing down what most people already knew. Marx’s ideas on wage slavery, capital, exploitation, and private property were nothing new and are, in fact, centuries old.

It’s time to read the writings of the True Levellers (a.k.a. Diggers) and their leader Gerrard Winstanley.

The year 1649 was a time of great social unrest in England. The Parliamentarians had won the First English Civil War but failed to negotiate a constitutional settlement with the defeated King Charles I. Royalists wished to place King Charles II on the throne; men like Oliver Cromwell wished to govern with a plutocratic Parliament voted in by an electorate based on property, similar to that which was enfranchised before the civil war; agitators called Levellers, wanted parliamentary government based on an electorate of every male head of a…

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What if Antarctica became a country?


Daily E’ism: Anybody else feel like toppling the establishment with me? 

As the world soars past seven billion people, it is a constant thought on everyone’s mind as to how we are going to sustain all of these people. The world is definitely overpopulated. The chief principle in economics is the theory of scarcity; that is the belief that the world cannot contain this many people. This leads the vast majority to work hard and hoard material things while at the same time fearing an economic crash.  

There are many theories as to how to deal with the mass overpopulation problem. One idea is to stop making babies. China already limits households to two children. I can’t help but wonder what happens if a couple were to have triplets?  

Another theory is to start colonizing other planets. Since America is known as the last frontier, many Americans are bored because there is nothing new to discover in this world.  This is perhaps why we are so infatuated with space.  Is there life on other planets? If not, maybe we should find a way to start colonizing Mars next since there has been water sighted on the red planet.  

Migrating to Antarctica?

If the global warming theory persists, eventually Antarctica may become habitable. This is the fifth largest continent and already has tourists visiting during the warmest parts of the years. What if one day Antarctica became another country? That would go a long way to easing the burden of living in an overpopulated world.  

How would we go about populating Antarctica? One thing that is almost for certain; the global elite would definitely want to establish a bank there.  It would probably start with people from all over the world trying to escape oppressive governments and declaring their freedom. Then the global elite would definitely want to invade the territory and establish a bank. This would lead to the Antarctican Revolution and possibly a mass genocide of penguins.  

The Real Problem and How to Deal With It

It’s fun to speculate but however it all turns out, the real problem is overpopulation. People blame the baby boomers for this problem, but it is actually their frisky parents who came home from World War Two and started having an average of four children per household.  

Whatever the case, the overpopulation may have been a blessing in disguise. The elite were trying to turn us into robots and then realized there are a way more of us than there are of them.  

The Post World War Two generation may have saved our lives by procreating more humans than they could control. They can either kill all of us or empower us to provide for ourselves. The latter is the result of the Internet being released to the public over twenty years ago.