Greetings from Facebook

by Kelly

in Thoughts On Frugality

Like many other people, I have a facebook profile (and feel free to friend me, if you have one too!). I have published the AlmostFrugal feed on my Facebook profile, which means that friends can read and comment on any post directly on Facebook. I thought it would be interesting to share some of the interesting, and very insightful comments left on Facebook from recent posts.

In response to my interview with the, a friend in real life said:

  • Great article Kelly! I now have a bit of vacation time to drink some frugality on your website as we prepare for a ‘staycation’. I mean people DO come here for vacation don’t they, why shouldn’t we?!
  • Another friend added: “Tightwadish” is going into the book. Cheers Kelly!

In response to my post ‘Are You a Planner or a Do-er?’ another friend said:

  • Great post. You are inspiring me to save…asap 🙂

My post on going to the doctor generated five comments, mostly from other expats.

  • I had similar experiences in France. But oh, the tax rate! You do get what you pay for.
  • Awesome, thanks for sharing.
  • They say that about the taxes, but honestly I pay about the same here than I did in the U.S. Of course, I make less money, too. But it sure is nice to not have to worry about health care and child care expenses.
  • Kelly, this is great – and I have a lot of opinions about this. My experiences here in Germany have been the same – just fantastic. Great doctors, great care, great everything. I have private insurance – their is both a public and private option. I have a lot of friends on Public and lot on Private and experiences are largely the same. I know several expats here who have had babies, had cancer are older – you name it and one thing everyone can agree on is that healthcare here is wonderful. There’s a running joke: ‘why do Americans stay in Germany? The krankenversicherung, naturlich!’ (the health insurance of course!)I watch this debate going on back home and I think ‘What the hell are they talking about?’
  • Yeah taxes, schmaxes – I don’t pay that much more than in the US – but I definitely see what I get for it. The bottom line is if you want to live in a civil society – in the truest sense of the word – you have to pay taxes.

Finally, my post on money in France and the United States, itself the result of a comment from a previous post, got five comments as well.

  • The comparisons seem pretty right on to me, except for groceries. Or maybe it’s just that the cost of food has gone up so much since we’ve lived in France (and would have been the same situation in the U.S.).
  • Very interesting post!
  • Wow!
  • What an interesting update. Personally I’m happy to be living in the Grenoble area, though I spend an awful lot on gas (living out in the country) and electricity (despite “cheap” nuclear). Wonder how a conversion to solar compares between the US and France?
  • Not much about NYC or the 16eme is “frugal.” If your family is somewhere else, add in some pretty expensive air travel for visits. But I’m very excited that Paris is a “bargain”!

Are you on Facebook? ‘Befriend’ me there as well! You can read Almost Frugal updates, and I’ll get to know you too.

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