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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:01 AM

56. I have to fly for business...

and usually on short notice so I've been getting whacked for years.

Now it's much worse. Lousy service, high fares and ridiculous fees. I drive when I can, but that's rare.

I've never paid a delivery fee and I've ALWAYS tipped the delivery person.

MY wife takes care of all banking and she pays no monthly fees. We never had an overdraft, so can't say. When I want cash and I'm not near my own branch I duck into a grocery store or supermarket, buy something I need and take cash back. No fee.

Over the air television is great. Digital signal. Great picture. Most channels have expanded service, especially PBS. (Confession: I have DirectTV. I'll eat a bit less, but I won't go without NFL Sunday Ticket or SpeedTV)

I like the low gas prices in New Jersey, but I hate waiting for the attendant to pump my gas.

Plenty of news services are free, and those that charge can still be accessed through various links.

My son's tuition (in NYS) is $4,000 per year, but he commutes. He participates in several activities but there have not been any additional charges, yet. Would be nice if he attended a class once in awhile.

Trash pickup was never free. Just depended on how you paid for it. Visible or invisible. Friends of ours live on the East End of Long Island, pay horrendous property taxes and have to separate their trash and haul it to the dump themselves. If they're caught tossing trash into the wrong container there's a hefty fine.

Plan ahead. Never call directory assistance from a cell phone!!!

Can't comment on phone banking. As I said, my wife takes care of all banking and bill paying. If I did, everything we own would have been repossessed decades ago.

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