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Thread: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    Along the lines of the "calamities" thread... many years ago I promised I'd
    mention Food Banks here on a quarterly basis. I fell by the wayside, sorry!
    Easter is approaching and this is the still the first quarter of the year,
    so here's my first quarter reminder It only costs a few cents on the
    dollar to add a couple of extra cans of veggies, a bag of rice or dried
    beans to your shopping cart. Toilet paper, etc. People make fun of a
    particular person here for eating Spam but I've got news for you, it
    actually tastes good. Some food banks have the facilities to store frozen
    goods but not all of them do, so check first. Please support your local
    food bank!

    Jill


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:38:29 -0400, jmcquown wrote:

    > Along the lines of the "calamities" thread... many years ago I promised I'd
    > mention Food Banks here on a quarterly basis. I fell by the wayside, sorry!
    > Easter is approaching and this is the still the first quarter of the year,
    > so here's my first quarter reminder It only costs a few cents on the
    > dollar to add a couple of extra cans of veggies, a bag of rice or dried
    > beans to your shopping cart. Toilet paper, etc.


    What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".

    Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    it up.


    -sw

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".
    >
    > Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    > it up.
    >
    >
    > -sw


    If you buy $50 in groceries and add in two cans of beans for the food bank,
    it is a few cents on your $50 bill.


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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    "Ed Pawlowski" wrote:
    >"Sqwertz" wrote
    >>
    >> What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".
    >>
    >> Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    >> it up.

    >
    >If you buy $50 in groceries and add in two cans of beans for the food bank,
    >it is a few cents on your $50 bill.


    Not really... it's a percentage of the entire grocery bill... but the
    beans are still regular price, it's been a very long time since a can
    of beans cost 9. There is no way to justify by price, one either
    wants to give to a food bank or they don't. I give to the four legged
    food bank... the two legged can get a job.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:49:04 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote
    >>
    >> What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".
    >>
    >> Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    >> it up.

    >
    > If you buy $50 in groceries and add in two cans of beans for the food bank,
    > it is a few cents on your $50 bill.


    That's an odd way to calculate the cost of something. I like to
    manage my money with absolute costs, not relative to something else.
    Everything is "pennies on the dollar" compared to my take home pay or
    savings account. That term is usually reserved for how much you're
    *saving* when comparing it to it's worth or original cost.

    No wonder women spend so much money on frivolous stuff.

    -sw (ducking)

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    David Harmon Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:49:04 -0400 in rec.food.cooking, "Ed
    Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote,
    >
    >"Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote
    >>
    >> What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".
    >>
    >> Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    >> it up.
    >>
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    >If you buy $50 in groceries and add in two cans of beans for the food bank,
    >it is a few cents on your $50 bill.


    It is exactly the same number of cents on your bill as if you bought
    only the two cans of beans. There is no quantity discount, most
    stores.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011


    "David Harmon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] m...
    > On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:49:04 -0400 in rec.food.cooking, "Ed
    > Pawlowski" <es[email protected]> wrote,
    >>
    >>"Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote
    >>>
    >>> What do you mean, "It only costs a few cents on the dollar".
    >>>
    >>> Everything you mention costs a dollar or more, no matter how you add
    >>> it up.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> -sw

    >>
    >>If you buy $50 in groceries and add in two cans of beans for the food
    >>bank,
    >>it is a few cents on your $50 bill.

    >
    > It is exactly the same number of cents on your bill as if you bought
    > only the two cans of beans. There is no quantity discount, most
    > stores.


    It's the metal process. If you are spending $2 for yourself, spending $2
    for the food bank doubles your cost. If you are spending $100 for yourself,
    it is easier to justify "it only another couple of bucks" .

    I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you are
    not a customer. That is 25% if you take only $20, pure theivery, but merely
    pennies on the dollar if you are taking $400 so you can stay at the
    blackjack table a little longer. Amazing how things can be justified.


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:37:03 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It's the metal process. If you are spending $2 for yourself, spending $2
    > for the food bank doubles your cost. If you are spending $100 for yourself,
    > it is easier to justify "it only another couple of bucks" .
    >

    Apparently "cents on the dollar" is a catch phrase he's never heard
    before. The rest of us understood in the first place and still
    understand.

    > I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you are
    > not a customer.


    I thought they've charged non-customers from the git go.

    > That is 25% if you take only $20, pure theivery, but merely
    > pennies on the dollar if you are taking $400 so you can stay at the
    > blackjack table a little longer. Amazing how things can be justified.


    Yep. These are the same thieves that won't restructure loans (lower
    the APR to the current rate) for people who are underwater but can
    still afford to make payments. Apparently they *want* people to walk
    away from their homes.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >> I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you are
    >> not a customer.

    >
    > I thought they've charged non-customers from the git go.


    Yes, but most are around $2. Quite a j ump to five, plus what your own bank
    may charge.

    I use my own bank's once in a while, but most times, I get cash back when
    using the debit card to buy at a store. Most are no charge for the service.






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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    Nice reminder, Jill.
    When my market has a BOGO and the items aren't complete junk, I grab
    em and donate one of the items, or even two if it's something I don't
    eat. It's a painless way to help the food banks. My market usually
    has a bin for donations near the exits, so it's about as handy as yuh
    kin git.


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:36:16 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I use my own bank's once in a while, but most times, I get cash back when
    > using the debit card to buy at a store. Most are no charge for the service.


    Yeah, that's the easiest way to get cash.... unless you're away from
    home. Then you're over a barrel and need an ATM.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:37:03 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you are
    > not a customer. That is 25% if you take only $20, pure theivery, but merely
    > pennies on the dollar if you are taking $400 so you can stay at the
    > blackjack table a little longer. Amazing how things can be justified.


    It is thievery when there are tons of ATM's that don't belong to ANY
    bank - so everybody gets charged the $5. And then to load up a
    tourist area with non-affiliated ATM's, such as San Francisco's Pier
    39 where I paid $5 to use an ATM about 15 years ago.

    Swiping a debit card at the store will go down from $.44 to $.12.
    That is what the retailer pays and passes off onto other people who
    don't use cards.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:36:16 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote
    >>
    >>> I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you are
    >>> not a customer.

    >>
    >> I thought they've charged non-customers from the git go.

    >
    > Yes, but most are around $2.


    Most are at $3 now.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:17:16 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:

    > Nice reminder, Jill.
    > When my market has a BOGO and the items aren't complete junk, I grab
    > em and donate one of the items, or even two if it's something I don't
    > eat. It's a painless way to help the food banks. My market usually
    > has a bin for donations near the exits, so it's about as handy as yuh
    > kin git.


    One of our grocery stores profits twice off of our giving food to the
    food bank. Randalls, part of the Safeway/Tom Thumb family, preloads
    grocery bags with dry/canned goods and displays them on a table. They
    ring them up beforehand and put the register receipt on them, and
    you're expected to buy them at that price and donate them right into
    the Food Bank deposit can next to the table.

    On the bottom of the receipt reads: "You could have saved $x.xx by
    using your Randall's Card!". Those x's are usuaully in the $2-$5
    range.

    Not to mention that much of the foods are things they just wanted to
    get rid of - some of the things have even expired. And others would
    have discounted closeouts (pumpkin pie fillings, mulling spices, other
    seasonal items).

    I wrote them about this practice twice a few years ago and they
    *still* do this (and of course I never heard back, either). Talk
    about *low*, that's despicable.

    -sw

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you
    > are not a customer. That is 25% if you take only $20, pure theivery,


    Apparently a lot of people enjoy paying that ATM fee so much,
    they go every day or so and get $20.

    nancy



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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:17:16 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    > Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    >
    >> I read that some banks are going to charge $5 to use their ATM if you
    >> are not a customer. That is 25% if you take only $20, pure theivery,

    >
    > Apparently a lot of people enjoy paying that ATM fee so much,
    > they go every day or so and get $20.


    Walmart will allow up to $100 cash back on a purchase of bubble gum.
    My real grocery store allows $50, as well as Walgreens. Need $100?
    Buy two packs of gum.

    -sw

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    Catmandy (Sheryl) Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Mar 20, 5:10*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:36:16 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
    >
    > <e...@snetnospam.net> wrote:
    > > I use my own bank's once in a while, but most times, I get cash back when
    > > using the debit card to buy at a store. *Most are no charge for the service.

    >
    > Yeah, that's the easiest way to get cash.... unless you're away from
    > home. *Then you're over a barrel and need an ATM.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.


    I take cash back when using my debit card to make a purchase when I'm
    away from home, because it's the only way to get $ without being
    charged for using a "foreign" ATM. I never use an ATM to get cash,
    except where I have access to my own bank's ATM, for that reason.

    When traveling, stop into a Walgreens or CVS, pick up a cold drink,
    newspaper or candy bar... and get $100 cash back. No fees.

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:17:16 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:


    >> Apparently a lot of people enjoy paying that ATM fee so much,
    >> they go every day or so and get $20.

    >
    > Walmart will allow up to $100 cash back on a purchase of bubble gum.
    > My real grocery store allows $50, as well as Walgreens. Need $100?
    > Buy two packs of gum.


    And at least you'd have something for the money instead of just
    handing over money to get your hands on your own money. Let's
    make it Altoids or something, I can't take gum.

    ancy

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    David Harmon Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:53:18 -0700 in rec.food.cooking, sf
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:37:03 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> It's the metal process. If you are spending $2 for yourself, spending $2
    >> for the food bank doubles your cost. If you are spending $100 for yourself,
    >> it is easier to justify "it only another couple of bucks" .
    >>

    >Apparently "cents on the dollar" is a catch phrase he's never heard
    >before. The rest of us understood in the first place and still
    >understand.


    No, I'm quite familiar with the phrase "cents on the dollar";
    it refers to getting something at a small fraction of the regular
    price. It's completely wrong in this case. There is no such
    savings involved.

    The "easier to justify" part is just non sense. The justification
    for buying something for the food bank is exactly the same if you
    are buying nothing else. The two transactions have nothing to do
    with each other, even if you do them together. Thinking otherwise
    is just fooling yourself.


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Food Bank Reminder! March 2011

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:54:12 -0700 (PDT), Catmandy (Sheryl) wrote:

    > When traveling, stop into a Walgreens or CVS, pick up a cold drink,
    > newspaper or candy bar... and get $100 cash back. No fees.


    Walgreens here only allows $50. And I don't chop at CVS since they
    require a loyalty card.

    Both Walgreens and CVS are way more expensive than the grocery store's
    drug section, BTW. Anybody want to take bets on which one folds
    first? They are building like crazy around here. CVS will build on
    one intersection, the Walgreens the next one down. Then CVS will
    leapfrog to the next intersection, and so on. Our market is saturated
    with CVS and Wg stores both of which are more expensive than anywhere
    else.

    -sw

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