The Last Of Us (Transcript)

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So a couple of people have also too because I’ll let me do the mailbag first today.

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A couple of people reached out to me and asked me if I watched the new show on HBO The Last of Us.

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Pretty much it’s exactly what the video game was for those of you who don’t know.

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It’s a guy who actually he’s in it’s like a post apocalyptic kind of thing.

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And he’s pretty much gets hired to take a kid from one place to another.

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And like I said it’s all based on you know 20 or 30 years after you know the fall of society and all that kind of stuff.

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You know typical apocalyptic type of show but it’s based on the video game.

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And I have started watching it. So far it’s with the it’s actually got a really all-star cast.

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It’s with the guy that plays the Mandalorian and stuff like that.

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So it’s actually is I watched it the other day tonight. I’m recording this on Sunday for tomorrow’s episode.

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But I watched the other episode tonight with my wife.

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And I really like shows like that. I like any of that kind of stuff.

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And like I said I’m really like I said I’m getting into it.

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So far they’ve left the city and now they’re in like the outer area which is you know the dangerous zone.

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So we’ll see what happens.

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Like I said I just started because the first episode just aired.

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It’s based on the video game but everybody asked if I saw it because obviously it is post apocalyptic.

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And you know the guy’s a survivalist and all that and he’s trying to do a bunch of stuff.

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So it actually is like I said a really good show.

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And like I said I watched the first episode we’ll see tonight.

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But yeah that’s a good show. It’s called The Last of Us.

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It’s on HBO Max.

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Like I said it actually is really good especially if you’re a prepper and you want to watch it.

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It actually is a it’s been a lot of fun so far.

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Shows how they use the radios and all that kind of stuff to communicate.

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And they really have gone through I guess they have a couple people that are preppers that are actually on the set.

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That actually help them make things look a little more authentic.

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So it’s been a lot of fun to watch.

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Also too I wanted to talk about for a little bit those of you that are in Pennsylvania.

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You’ll be hearing this on Monday maybe.

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Obviously supposed to have a little we’ll have some snow coming up.

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So what I think is interesting about this and my friend and I were just talking about this.

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Is that you were it’s unbelievable that when you have you cannot like we have a pretty light this year so far with snow.

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But the jet stream you know depending on how the jet stream works depends on what kind of snow you get.

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And you know it comes down from Antarctica.

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It’s you know pretty frigid if it’s a storm coming up from the south and it’s cold up here.

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You get snow you know it’s it’s unbelievable that watching the whole thing.

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You know it’s amazing how long we’ve been trying to predict the weather.

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And it’s unbelievable in the sense of you know we still kind of don’t understand how the weather works.

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I mean we have a general idea of how it works and how we kind of predicted a few days out.

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But we just we have no way of predicting okay that you know this storm is going to happen at this spot.

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Or this earthquake is going to happen at this spot.

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You know we just have we have no way of predicting these things yet.

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You would think with all the modern science and stuff we have we would have a lot more understanding.

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And a lot more maybe even control about how the weather works or operates.

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But we don’t.

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And you know it’s one thing they always say you can’t control is the weather.

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So like I said it was watching that the other day and I was like well that’s you know it’s such an interesting thing to think about that.

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It’s just we don’t how much we don’t know about and what we you know how much we can’t control with the weather.

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Meanwhile there are so many other things that we do have control over. It’s pretty crazy.

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So Jeremy Renier the guy that plays Hawkeye we all know right around I think New Year’s Day he had a major accident.

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Morse coming out about that now that he I think ran over me like 30 broken bones.

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They had to redo his chest cavity and things like that.

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They had to put a tourniquet on his leg and all that kind of stuff.

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And he was outside moving snow ironically enough.

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But the reason why I brought this up was because you know one of the things I’ve told people all time is you know in this case it wasn’t his fault.

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The piece of equipment they’re thinking possibly might have malfunctioned and that’s why he’s going to I believe he’s going to or the process of suing the company.

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I don’t know if it was a snowmobile or a cabota or something like that.

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But he’s apparently they’re really he’s really upset about it because rightfully so.

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Apparently he had it in park and he did have the brake on and it still was a major issue.

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So it rolled over him and all that and there’s a doctor that lives close by and he put a tourniquet on his leg and his arm.

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And this means he’s going to need a bunch more surgeries, his chest collapsed, stuff like that.

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But he’s very lucky to be alive.

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But I want to point out that this is kind of one of those things again where you think that you think about like when you know when you know when shit hits the fan.

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You know if somebody really got hurt like this and there wasn’t a medical facility they would be dead.

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There’s nothing you could have done to save them.

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So this is a prime example of and it’s not his fault but this is a prime example of you know somebody who if the end of the world did happen or would happen probably would not survive because we wouldn’t have modern medicine like we do you know.

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And also too you know it’s an example of somebody being on their property just doing their work.

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And you know just getting hurt because of a faulty piece of equipment.

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There was an article, not an article I’m sorry but a book I read a couple years ago about survival.

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And the one guy that actually in the book he actually you know dies because he actually was using a chainsaw to cut wood to keep heat in the house which is the end of the world kind of scenario.

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And you know the chainsaw slips and you know he gets his leg and that was you know it was it was you know and then obviously infection and all that set in.

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They didn’t have antibiotics and stuff like that.

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So it was you know it’s really the whole thing is just when you when you really you know think about it you know how much we take for granted in this and especially in the world right now where we have things and doctors and medicines and equipment and stuff to save people that get this severely injured.

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And you know if the end of the world should ever come you know just a simple you know not you know you prepped as much as you want piece of equipment malfunctions and does that kind of damage to you.

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You know unfortunately that’s the end.

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And it really is sad but thank God he’s okay.

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Thank God we have all modern medicine and stuff like that to be able to help him out.

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And he’s saying he’s going to be doing looking at a bunch more surgeries.

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They say it could be up to two years before he actually recovers fully and is able to come you know come back to acting.

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So we hope Hawkeye the best.

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And like I said we you know looking forward to hopefully he comes back and does another movie.

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Hopefully he’s well enough to come back to acting or well enough at least to come back and do an action movie.

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I’m not sure if you know hopefully he’ll be able to he’s an action star but like I said you don’t know what damage has been done.

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He’s been kind of quiet about it and rightfully so it’s just you know he can do whatever he wants it’s his personal.

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But we wish him the best and like I said we look forward to hopefully him coming back to you know do more action movies in the future.

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So some other stuff I have written down here on my list to talk about.

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Microsoft, Google and now they’re saying the Washington Post possibly.

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Microsoft laid off 10,000 people Google laid off 12,000 people.

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These numbers are just unbelievable.

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They’re saying the Washington Post possibly could be laying off thousands of people.

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You know people that’s saying you know that the recession is the recession’s here not here or it’s not going to be as bad or it’s not going to be well either way.

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You know you’re looking at what 22,000 people just lost their job.

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So I think this is still some fallout from COVID.

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These companies had amazing growth during the pandemic.

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And I think maybe this is part of it but it’s part of the scale backs out to pandemic is what kind of settled in and kind of over but the or an endemic is that they’re calling it.

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But like I said this is a prime example if you see the economy still seeing the effect of COVID and the fallout from it and and all that.

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So like I said there’s still you know some stuff going on.

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And this the economy still recovering from COVID and unfortunately the economy is also going into a recession now too and it’s going to make it even tougher for those people to find jobs.

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Lucky enough there are a lot of programmer jobs out there I see tons of them so hopefully those people will find work maybe not with the same benefits and the same money they were making but at least hopefully they can find jobs and that’s tough to take a job where you’re making less money.

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That really affects you financially but at least I have something we’ll see what happens.

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I wish all those people the best as far as finding jobs go.

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So I want to do a little piece of history that was actually on the internet the other day and I didn’t really think about it.

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Monica Lewinsky the scandal 25 years ago it broke.

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I believe it was Thursday so I thought that was I just wanted to bring that up those of you that are my age in your 30s and even in your late 30s and early 40s will remember that that pretty much and people that are older will remember that pretty much dominated the news.

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It went on for years and the whole Lewinsky scandal and all that and we remember and I feel kind of feel to a certain degree feel bad for her because she was really never able to move on after that.

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She tried a lot of different things she did a bunch of different things and I mean things she does have a good career and all that kind of stuff and she has that I think she has a family now and stuff like that but she really hadn’t really couldn’t do anything after that.

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As far as she wasn’t really allowed to move on and stuff like that it was really just it was so bad the way they slandered I mean whatever she did she did regardless of it but you know that was an example of they just once that broke they just I mean she has never been able to everybody always wants to know about the Lewinsky scandal.

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I know she was on a couple shows not too long ago and they have to pre screen the questions because nobody’s allowed to ask anything about that.

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She’s really had it rough over that regardless of what she did.

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Sometimes when you’re involved with somebody that high profile, unfortunately you just can’t get away from it but that was a little bit of news and I was like I forgot all about that I’m like man 25 years ago I can’t believe it’s been 25 years but like I said that was in,

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I was on the website the other day as part of a history thing. So the one of the governor, they had a governor’s meeting I guess, a couple, last this past week. And I guess they’re saying one of the governors are asking anybody that can do help with the homeless issue they say there’s more homeless now than ever before, because of the rising housing prices and the high interest rates and the rising cost of rents.

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And that really is, you know, the federal government just announced they’re going to have to do another bump the interest rate again, because of everything going on now at the debt ceiling.

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And you know this is a tough thing, you know, you know, the homeless problems getting worse and worse because of the old the rising costs is it even cheap areas where it used to be cheap to live is not cheap to live anymore so those are that’s something that I think we’re going to see more and more of me there’s always been, you know, a war on homelessness

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in this country that’s been going on for years and years now but the decades probably but I think it’s interesting now they’re talking about how the rising costs of interest rates is causing a problem yet the federal government just had to up the interest rate again because of all the stuff going on with the debt ceiling so I thought that was an interesting article to bring up just shows you that the way our system is broken in the sense of you have governors complaining about that but yet the federal government has to go the federal

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reserve has to go up because of what’s going on with the federal government it’s really kind of like I said a broken system sometimes where you know this one group wants to help one another group doesn’t or they have to do this which is a trickle down effect this.

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It really is just really ridiculous sometimes and I just find it quite, quite annoying.

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So, US, speaking of things that are being banned or things that are changing. Apparently the US Customs Office said that they are cracking down on people smuggling eggs into the country and I was reading this and I’m like wait what apparently people from California, Texas, people on the southern border have been going apparently into Mexico buying eggs and coming back with them.

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Apparently, obviously with the rising cost of eggs and well food in general, people go across the border to Mexico to buy food and come back to try to save some money apparently now they’re going to be cracking down on that as the border.

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They say it hurts American farmers, it hurts American economy, and all that, which it does but I mean some people if they’re desperate you know hey if you’re desperate for food or desperate to save money.

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Do what you got to do. Now I do know some people are definitely without a doubt doing this in a way to profit they’ll go across the border buy a bunch of eggs, come back and sell them at you know, you know, profit, you know, some five some four and undercut all the grocery stores

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which I mean that happens with anything happened during COVID with baby formula, any time diapers, anytime something goes up tremendously and it gets really expensive, people find a way to either undercut people or gouge people some of that but in this case, people are actually

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going, getting them coming back selling them at the going rate and making a profit and hurting the local farmers, which I don’t necessarily agree with that but that’s something like I said so that I’m curious I was curious to see that there.

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I mean, of all things food there people I mean they’re, they’re cutting they’re trying to crack down on food at the border. And I’m like, you know, I understand it. We don’t want to hurt American economy.

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But if people are desperate for food and they’re going over the, you know, over into Mexico to to get it. I mean that that’s pretty crazy. And because of the cost of fuels of that I mean what they people must be.

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I mean they must be at least making money somehow or somehow profiting or somehow the math with this hopefully they did. And because you get the cost of fuel to go into Mexico and come back.

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You know it’s like I said it’s not a cheap thing to do. So I’d imagine that people are bringing back tons of it and you know they’re storing it or whatever but apparently they’re cracking down on that now and that kind of especially people that are using

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it if they’re not selling it. If they’re just using it for themselves they got a big family to try to save money, and they live close to the border.

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You know I understand the hurting the economy but if they’re trying to save, you know, they’re trying to, you know, we talked last week about money saving tips. If they’re doing that to save money and just to feed their families.

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I don’t really have a problem with that you do what you got to do desperate times call for desperate measures but like I said I, I read that and I’m like wow nothing like trying to hurt, you know, I mean yes I get you’re trying to help the economy and you’re trying to prevent

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people from bringing stuff in from other countries that could hurt the grocery stores and that but it’s also a way of hurting people that may actually be doing that because they need the food and they can’t afford it.

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So I thought that was something that it’s upsetting. But it’s also upsetting it’s depressing it’s a lot of things because it’s, it’s us trying, you know, what they’re trying to do they’re trying to crack down and but because they are going to crack down,

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the people that are doing it to actually try to save money and trying to feed their families are going to be the ones that suffer from it. So, you know, it’s a tough, it’s a tough thing.

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So I want to do the I want to talk about is the whole thing with this teacher in Virginia.

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Apparently a teacher was shot about two weeks ago with a kid who brought a gun into school. I shot the teacher luckily is home recovering she got hit in the chest in the hand, but lucky enough she’s okay thank God.

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The school remains closed or the police are treating it like a crime scene which they should.

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But this one I wanted to bring up, they had said that this this child was was a special needs kid. So in the parents used to come to school with him to help him because he had special needs.

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They didn’t come the day he got the gun they were saying the gun was locked up.

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But, but it wasn’t. And you know he you know he got the gun and then he did we did just teachers not really known yet why he shot the teacher I don’t think we’re going to know.

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From what I read with this, the kid did generally have issues with behavioral things like any special needs so you don’t really know he might have some kind of mental, I think he had some kind of mental illness something like that but this again a prime example of somebody

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doing a school shooting who didn’t actually get it, who didn’t actually go buy the gun but got somebody else’s. But what I think is is interesting here is that they are one the gun was locked up in the kid knew how to get in to get it, which is.

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In a way, scary that means the parents weren’t very good with the security or the kid figured it out whatever I mean it. Who knows with that but example of one not locking the gun up properly, not making, you know, making sure your kid who was six years old, doesn’t

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know the combo doesn’t know how to get in or doesn’t know where the key is against the example of not of them not securing the weapon properly.

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But the other thing here is I want to point out that a lot in states I know Virginia I know which is where this happened but I think there’s a bunch of other states where this is actually is going to be considered a misdemeanor.

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You know, on the parents part because, you know, they left the gun, not unattended but unsecured properly, and this isn’t securing weapon properly.

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And, you know, since the kids under age under age I think it’s 14 I think in Virginia but it’s 12 or something in other states.

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The parents could be law could be looking at, you know, prosecution.

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Them for the way they handle this firearm. So that that’s really important to know you know when you when you do your firearms and you know that you know obviously we never want anybody to get shot that shouldn’t.

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But, or in general, you know, but, you know, this is a prime example of, you know, because the kid did something and because you didn’t even though you didn’t fire the firearm.

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The fact that you didn’t secure it properly it’s on you.

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Because, you know, and these these parents could face time in prison they could face huge fines and all that.

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So again I urge you if you are a gun owner, make sure your guns are secured secured properly and make sure your kids can get to them, because that that’s what this is this is them not securing that firearm properly, and it’s going to fall back on them.

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Which rightfully so it should the kids under age but either way this is a prime example of some, you know, they’re saying the gun was locked up some other kid got into it well then it wasn’t locked up right.

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So, very important, you know how you secure your guns a handier guns, you know, just because the guns not on you and it’s locked up.

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You know, doesn’t necessarily you know you have to make sure that if the guns like you say oh I practice gun safety well gun safety starts with the way you lock up your weapon to make sure nobody else gets to it.

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So very very important there.

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A couple people wanted wanted me to talk about the couple people here in our socials channel, we’re talking all week about the most of the right Thursday, Friday, whatever, about the whole situation going on with the debt ceiling.

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I really want to get too much into it if I’m being honest with you. Exactly what I said was gonna happen.

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The government, you know that they were the Republicans are going to hold back a little bit, because they want some of the spending that Democrats approved the last two years to be brought down, and then they’re going to, they won’t raise ceiling unless they do that.

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And the Republican, you know, I knew exactly what this was going to happen I hate I almost say I hate to say I almost called it but I knew this was going to happen.

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And, you know, this is the same thing happened in 2011, and you eventually it’ll get resolved but it’s gonna take, I think a while so we’ll see what happens but yes, I don’t want to get too much into it because I kind of knew this was going to happen I explained

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last show that that’s what was going to happen. And pretty much called it so I’m kind of proud of myself that I called it, you know, and then knew this was kind of what was going to happen so like I said I really don’t want to get too much into it because,

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you know, it’s really just, it’s going to be just a hate to say it but a pissing contest the next couple of next couple at least this week and maybe next week with this stuff so we’ll see what happens.

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So, some of some news came out about the January six capital rise apparently they arrested three Marines.

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One was actually an intelligence officer.

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The thing that he might have given Trump information they don’t know, I am not going to get to not going to really you know they don’t know enough yet it just happened but apparently they had said he had this is what I was wanted by brought this up.

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Apparently he had been talking to people on Instagram, and he had posted photos and message people on Facebook and stuff like that.

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One thing I always I do want to point out to everybody, and not that I’m condoning them for what they did because I’m not because it was wrong, but one thing I do want to point out to all of you is that what you if you are going to communicate with people

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with anything that’s private or needs to be private, and that goes for and then not just about something like this but I’m talking about your financial information anything like that.

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You know, never do it over anything like Facebook, Instagram, stuff like that. There’s an app called signal, which is very good that keeps your data that you’re sending back and forth secure iMessage is very very secure.

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WhatsApp is kind of secure.

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Facebook does own it so.

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But, you know, any of these secure messaging systems is what you should be using.

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You know they do telegram now has a secure messaging button if you want if you use telegram stuff like that so never send any information over Facebook, Google Chat, Google Chat is not secure.

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Even Gmail, to a certain degree they read the email header stuff of that I’m gonna have a whole show on this like I said I do.

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You know I do security work for a living but like I said very very important.

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If you’re going to be sending anything that you don’t want people to read, besides you and the person that’s receiving it, you definitely don’t want to use any Facebook products any Google products.

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You Skype, none of that stuff secure any Google Teams, Slack, Discord, none of that stuff is secure.

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There’s only a few secure ways to do it, and maybe we’ll get into that on another show sometime but I do want to point that out very very important and like I said that that’s the stuff you you don’t want to use any Facebook properties any Google properties.

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Anything like that for secure messaging and that’s kind of how he got caught.

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Sometimes just a lack of knowledge of all the FBI needs and what’s concerning and what’s concerning to me is the one guy that actually did get caught and the one that caused all the problems.

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He was in intelligence and he would have thought he would have known that not to use a Facebook property so you know his mistake obviously helped him find him.

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He did what he did if he’s giving leaking classified information so he’s not supposed to do whatever but he said that he’d him and the three guys because they were trying to start the second Civil War.

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So like I said whatever happened happened regardless but they caught them.

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Very upsetting to see people in our military that they’re there to protect our country and they’re actually doing stuff like that and I get it.

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Some people for the riots some people are against the riot whatever but either way if you know it’s not something to brag about him it’s over what over I think it’s over two years ago now I think.

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Yeah it’s gonna be two years and he’s uh you know they’re still ranting about him talking about that’s how he got caught.

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So you know like I said you think you would have known about secure messaging but apparently he does not.

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So something else I wanted to point out apparently there’s a Russian spy ship that’s been patrolling the coast of Hawaii and apparently there’s been a ship one of our ships over and this is apparently it’s not uncommon to see spy ships and stuff like that out in the ocean.

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That’s not that uncommon they say but what I thought was interesting is that you know there’s there’s the it’s not really a spy ship if somebody knows you’re there and apparently we have US sips kind of shadowing it to kind of see what happened.

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So like I said they said they’re saying it’s not much to worry about they see it all the time but apparently you know with everything going on between us Russia, Ukraine, Europe and some of that.

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The coast guard has been monitoring it and keeping an eye on it but we will wait and I guess I don’t think anything’s gonna come of it but you know it’s not really a spy ship if people know you’re there and they’re shadowing it.

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So I thought that was a little bit weird a little interesting speaking of classified stuff and spy ships stuff like that.

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There was another article that was released here on AP which I thought was interesting. They’ve been doing eight months they did a probe into how people knew about the road versus wade thing being overturned beforehand and people heard about it and were able to you know have protests and all that today that it was actually being overturned.

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Apparently they had said that they’ve interviewed 128 people and they can’t figure out exactly how the information got leaked from the Supreme Court which is rather concerning by the way to begin with that they don’t know how the stuff got leaked.

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Again more issues with classified information the way classified information is handled whether it’s Trump, Biden, now this it’s just that they really need to look at a better way of how to handle sensitive classified information regardless if you like Roe versus Wade or not.

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That’s not the point. The point is that was supposed to not be leaked outside of the Supreme Court and somehow it did.

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So they’re saying they don’t know how it happened. They don’t know why it happened, but they just know they’re saying that what this report says apparently that too many people that work at the Supreme Court have loose lips that’s concerning.

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And they’re saying now that apparently too many people that work there had access to the information. They have to look at the Supreme Court’s going to look at how they handle documents who has access to them, and who’s speaking about them, and all that so apparently, you know, this I don’t think this I don’t think was actually a classified data leak I think this was it was a task.

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It was data that people know about but this is a prime example just people talking too much and people, you know, just loose you know the old saying loose lips sink ships that’s kind of all this was.

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So like I said that was concerning to you they don’t know how it got out but again if, if you’re supposed to make a decision you’re talking to everybody those places those people talk to people and things just escalate quickly so.

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But like I said I thought that was concerning that they don’t know how it did and then they’re saying well they think it was the loose they think it was too many people said too many things to too many people well, if things are supposed to be classified and people are supposed to be talking about things why are they talking about them.

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So, that’s a problem, very much a problem, and they don’t know which person did it, I can tell you it’s probably one of the Supreme Court justices talk to one of their people, and their people went out and talk to somebody else or somebody told somebody and told them go leak it to the press, who was against it or for it.

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And, be as it may, like I said they don’t know how it’s done again more concerning about how classified information and private data is handled with our government. One thing I do think it’s funny is it says right here at the bottom, last, the last sentence in the bottom of this article says that the Supreme Court has ruled that their security policies are outdated and need to be updated.

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You think? So that was, I thought that was interesting and kind of concerning in the same breath. And talking about your security and sensitive data, another article I found the other day on the internet when I was searching for some stuff and just looking around at what the news was about.

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Apparently, and this is concerning, apparently a guy got caught doing searches, apparently he killed his wife, and then he was searching on the internet how to dispose of the body, how to cover the smell of the body, how to this and that.

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And apparently he got caught and they searched his computer and they found all these searches. Well the other thing I like to point out too is that Google searches are not, when you log into your Gmail account you’re automatically logged into Google.

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And when you search something on Google, all those searches stay, if you wipe them off your computer, that’s great, but Google still has them.

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And Google says they have a way you can log in and erase all your past searches. I don’t necessarily believe that if I’m being honest with you. Maybe they gave you the illusion of doing it, but it’s not, you’re not really, I don’t believe they were deleting the searches.

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Google quote years ago saying, “Oh you turn off your location services, we can’t track you.” And then turns out even if you do turn off your location services, they still track you.

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Incognito mode obviously is not really incognito mode. People say, “Oh just go incognito.” It doesn’t because Google still gathers the IP address and still gathers the searches. So that’s not really, incognito mode really isn’t incognito.

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So I want to point all that, when you’re searching stuff online, nothing is secure, but apparently they found this stuff on this guy’s computer. Now the reason why I bring this up is while he did horrible things, and believe me he deserves whatever he gets, it is important to realize too that especially the local law enforcement will reach out to Google from time to time and say, “Hey, we got a guy that we know was on the computer these days, can you get our searches?”

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Google does comply with law enforcement. If law enforcement reaches out to them, they will go ahead and say, “Okay, as long as there’s a warrant involved, they will go ahead and say, ‘Hey, here you go. Here’s all the searches.'”

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I mean, they are known for that. And not to mention too, not even just them, but also to your internet service provider, whoever you have, Adams, Blue Ridge, any of them really. Any service provider, they collect logs on what you’re searching too.

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So if you want to keep your stuff secure and you don’t want people to see what you’re searching, you need to use a VPN. I need to make sure the VPN is not collecting logs. It’s a whole big thing with this, but it’s very important to understand that if you are using Chrome and if you are logged into Google, they are recording the searches.

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And they will record to you on Firefox. If you are logged into Gmail and you are searching for something, they will record every search. So it doesn’t matter if you are logged into Google, logged into Gmail, they are recording your searches.

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So it is important. Again, person did what they did, they deserve what they get, but I want everybody here to realize that just because something, you know, just because you think you’re incognito does not mean you’re really incognito.

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Just because, you know, Google gives the illusion of privacy and security, but they don’t. Very important with that. I wanted everybody to know that, you know, Android, they allow sideloading, some of that. Android has gotten hacked many a times.

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Like I said, nothing is, I mean, iPhone is more secure, but it still has its problems. But especially Google. Google has very not been very nice with the way they handle personal data.

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Also too, I pointed out somebody, the Ring doorbell, they have been known to cooperate with law enforcement, which is fine. But if you have a Ring doorbell, do realize that, you know, something, you know, you walk, somebody down the road, somebody could pull, you know, if Ring ever gets hacked, there could be video of when you come and go to your house.

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I know it’s not, you know, I know it’s going to be scary at times, but I mean, I don’t really have a problem with Ring really cooperating with law enforcement, but I’ve always concerned that if Ring got hacked, it would be an issue also to the Amazon Echoes, which is also owned by Amazon.

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There have been reports of police needing information from the Echo, and they’ve actually given them Echo, so just because the thing’s not working, it’s still listening, there’s a report to that.

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Privacy, in the sense of you losing privacy, and it’s more that big brother stuff, which I am very much against. So very important to understand that.

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And the concerns that you have to face with stuff like that. So I reached out to my social group, like I said,, I get a lot of plugs today for that.

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I guess a lot of people really liked the last podcast a couple days ago with the money saving tips, so they reached out to me with some other ones, and I just wanted to share that with you guys.

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Somebody had said, “Search for free activities.” I thought that was a good idea, rather than constantly going out and spending money, you can find free activities to do.

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Fairs sometimes can be free, or certain activities are free, free movie night, stuff like that. They do have a lot of that stuff, more in the, not everywhere, but especially in rural areas.

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The other thing somebody said was, “Review reoccurring charges.” If you see the same charges on your credit card, review them. They might be old things that you don’t have that are still getting charged.

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So I actually had this happen myself. I cancelled the insurance on my wife’s old phone, and for some reason I was still being charged twice.

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And I called several times to cancel it, and it still kept getting charged. But I thought that was interesting. Reoccurring charges is one I’ve actually had that happen as well.

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And that’s a good one too. Also, there are apps out there that are not sponsored to show, but I forget what the name of it is, but you can actually go ahead and you can sign into all your accounts and it will see if you get reoccurring charges, stuff like that.

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So I thought that was really good.

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The only thing too is somebody brought up the “wait before you buy” thing. And I want to bring this up because there’s any impulse purchases. You know, walk out of the store, close the browser, wait 30 days, and if you still want it, buy it.

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But my only issue with that is if it’s a sale item, it may not be necessarily on sale. So that’s a tough one because I like that idea. I really, really do actually.

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But the problem is if you’re in a situation where it’s on sale and you want to buy it because then you wait 30 days, you’re going to pay maybe the whole price, or you’re going to have to wait until it goes back on sale again if it does.

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So, very important with that. I think that’s a pretty cool rule. It’s called the 30-day savings rule.

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But again, it only really works if you’re not going to pay full price. But again, you’re going to have to look at every situation differently. But I thought that was an impulse. Wait 30 days if you still need it, you can buy it.

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I thought that was pretty interesting.

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Somebody had said cut down on your grocery budget. I’m not really sure how you could do that.

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Especially if you’re trying to eat healthier. Eating healthier is sometimes more expensive than eating crap. I know that sounds terrible, but that really is the truth. So that’s tough.

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Somebody had said, dude, I never thought about this because I’ve got health insurance, but somebody had said if you have to pay for your prescriptions out of pocket or if you have to pay a large copay, get the generic of the medication rather than the name brand.

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I thought that was a really cool idea. I never really thought about that, unfortunately, because I never was faced with it. But I thought that was a really good idea.

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Buy it, get generics of your prescriptions if you have to pay out of pocket. So instead of paying maybe 20 or 30, you might pay 10. So I thought that was a really cool money saving tip.

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Somebody said quit smoking. I don’t condone anybody smoking or using tobacco products.

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If you can, boy, you’ll save a bunch of money there. But I don’t know if that’s necessarily. Some people have their vices and they’re not parting with them. So that’s fine, but I saw that.

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Let me see if there’s any other good ones. There was a few of them. Somebody said reduce your energy costs. We kind of went over that last time.

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Pack your lunch. I’ve advocated for that many, many times. But pack your lunch, bring your lunch, it will save you money that way. I thought that was a really good thing.

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Some of these are really hard to do. Some of them skip your coffee shop in the morning. That kind of goes along with your lunch.

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Some of them work for some people, but generically sometimes it can be tough, some of these things.

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Like somebody says automatically have money taken out of your account. We kind of went over that to put away any savings. Just start saving in some way. We kind of went over that. A lot of this stuff we went over.

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I got a lot of responses to this post and I really appreciate that from you guys. Somebody had said here buy generic. And I think that’s actually a really good point.

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I know we’re talking about generic medicines, but somebody here said buy generics. This is also a little further down, but somebody had said instead of buying a name brand like Coco Puffs or something like that, buy something generic like generic cereal.

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Instead of buying Pop Tarts, buy an unnamed brand pop. Some of that stuff is kind of crappy and doesn’t taste good. But if you can do it, that would be great.

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Somebody said buy from local farmers. Depending on the year you’re in, some people can’t do that. But I know around here there’s a lot of local farmers. You can buy local milk, you can buy local eggs that are a little bit cheaper than the store prices.

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Depending on your situation, some people cannot have unpasteurized stuff. If you can, that’s a way of saving money and you also help support your local farmer.

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Somebody said do DIY projects. If you can, if you’re able to fix your own car or if you’re able to fix stuff around the house, you don’t have to get somebody in to do that. It’s a big cost savings. I’m all for that, especially if you’re on a homestead.

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If you’re able to and you’re not going to break it worse and make a bigger bill, that’s great. But if you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re going to break stuff and cause more, that could be even more of an issue.

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So if you know what you’re doing, try to do it. Some other things too, and I actually ran into this myself. Somebody said check your insurance rates. We had this issue as well. My wife and I, we had had the same car insurance company forever.

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They were doing our house and our car and I went to another company and I talked to them and they had said okay. I went to an agent and he had shopped around and he got us about $180 a month less on our insurance.

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Then we went back in the homeowners and the car and we ended up saving about $180 a month. It was a significant savings for us anyway. Times that by 12, that’s a lot of money.

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But that’s something too, to shop around for insurance rates. I’ve been a big advocate for that. There’s so many insurance companies out there and they all want your business.

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So get an insurance agent and let them shop it around. I think that’s really, really important. Somebody said cut cable. You can cut TV cable but if you want regular internet you’re not going to be able to do that.

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But you can cut cable. I’m all for that. Let’s see if there are any more good ones here. Like I said, I think that was pretty much the last of them. A couple more good cost savings tips. Like I said, I know a lot of people really liked that section of the podcast last week.

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So I’m going to see if I can keep doing it. I’m going to try to. If I keep getting people sending stuff in or if I find anything else, I will go ahead and do that. Because I think it is really important for us to cut back where we can and really be able to try to do stuff.

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Somebody had pointed out too. Here’s a good one. I just saw this one. Also too, somebody had said cut your own lawn, do your own lawn care, do your own repairs. Well, yeah, do your own repairs. I’ve never been over that. But yeah, do your own lawn care.

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My only issue with that is, and I do most of my own lawn care as well, but if you’re a small house, if you get somebody locally that does your lawn for 20 bucks a week, about a time you buy the machine and all that kind of stuff, you may be a few hundred dollars into it.

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It’s going to take you time to see the cost savings. So if you have somebody that’s cutting your lawn for $20, $30 a week, which does happen, especially around here where kids are trying to make a little extra money after school, sometimes it’s not always necessarily worth it to cut your own grass.

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But if you already have the machine and you’re not using it, then yes. Move your own snow. Yeah, be very careful when you do that. But yes, we have a snowblower. We do all our own snow removal, stuff like that.

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That’s pretty commonplace around here. But yeah, so a couple, like I said, I’m going to try to keep doing with the money saving tips. A lot of people really like that. If I get some more good ones, I put them aside for the podcast.

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But I thought that was rather interesting. And I want to, like I said, I’m going to kind of wrap it up now, but I want to thank everybody for listening and we will see you on the next episode. Thank you very much.

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Thank you very much.