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My questions for the day

June 19th, 2008 at 03:28 pm

I'm trying to get a mental handle on how much various budgetary items cost.

Any one know the answers to these?

1. How much does an average electric dryer cost to operate for 1 hour?

2. What's the average food budget for a family of three?

3. Do those new tankless hot water heaters pay off?

4. How long does the average GM car last?

5. What's the best place to buy cheap laser printer paper?

I could probably sit down and figure these all out, but it's a quick inventory of what's spinning in my brain. Anyone know the answers to these?

4 Responses to “My questions for the day”

  1. gruntina Says:

    3. Do those new tank less hot water heaters pay off?

    It did for us but we had to take in account that our water heater was electric prior to installing the tank less hot water heater that runs on propane.
    I now do not have to wait while the water running for it to turn warm as it warms up pretty fast. So I actually save water usage. I have a remote control which I can increase or decrease the temp for specific purposes.
    With the water usage amount and temperature flexibility at momentís reach in mind, I find that we came out ahead using the tank less even though I could not price to price comparison when switching from electric to propane. The cost of propane varies in different location. I live out in the summit so the propane is the better way to go for us. Propane cost more than electric but we did not need to use nearly as much water as we did under electric.

    But for no finance related purposes, we love the fact that two showers can run at the same time without running out of warm water. It is a luxury we love to have since before a shower could not last more than 5 minutes without running out of water and we had to wait a while for the next person to take a shower.

  2. scfr Says:

    5. For us, it's Costco.

  3. sillyoleme Says:

    5. - I don't know this personally, but it just so happens that our district manager covered it today. This guy goes through ALOT of paper... pretty much anything that gets emailed to him gets printed 25 times and passed out to all the managers under him. And he's a financial wizard when it comes to retail, so it's probably safe to assume that he knows how to get a good deal.

    He says to use Staples, and they have a loyalty card of some sort (his was the "black card", which apparently means you spend alot of money on paper), and you use it each time you purchase paper. He negotiates the price with them, and usually buys cases at a time, so he will save a $5 off coupon until then. According to him, the case will be priced at 37.99, with his card & negotiating they will knock it down to 29.99, and he usually has some sort of coupon to get it knocked down to about $20/case. If possible, he waits until it's on sale to make the deal even better. Just an idea!

  4. my english castle Says:

    Thanks everybody for the help!

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