Written by By Rev. James L. Snyder

In many ways,repparttar American home facesrepparttar 118165 danger of becoming a vanishing institution. Along with its extinction,repparttar 118166 family unit as we know it is in danger. Children are not growing up in homes anymore. They are growing up in terminals.

In reality,repparttar 118167 American family does not need a home. We are born in a hospital, educated in a college, courted in an automobile and married in a church.

We get our food atrepparttar 118168 delicatessen and restaurant. We spend our mornings at golf, our afternoons atrepparttar 118169 club and our evenings romping throughrepparttar 118170 local mall.

When we die,repparttar 118171 undertakers will bury us. We do not need a home; all we need is a garage.

Comparing today's home with its counterpart of 100 years ago, there is quite a difference. With all of our advanced technology, are we, to quote a famous American president, "any better off now than then?"

The average housewife (to use a term not used since adultery was sin) has more timesaving gadgets than her century-ago counterpart. Still, she does not have enough time for her family.

All this time saved by these timesaving devices has to go somewhere. But, where?

Where does "saved time" go? Is there a time warp somewhere in outer space where time goes, like a retirement center for misspent minutes?

Why is it,repparttar 118172 more time I saverepparttar 118173 less time I have? If only I could collect time in a bottle and save it for old age when I will really need it.

If anyone knows, please let me know for I do not haverepparttar 118174 time right now to figure it out.

Right now, I would not miss an hour here or an hour there.

Today's mother can cookrepparttar 118175 family meal in a fraction ofrepparttar 118176 time her grandmother did, but families no longer haverepparttar 118177 time to eat together. Most families today eat in shifts, thanks to modern technology likerepparttar 118178 microwave oven.

It seems like many of today's women are more interested in bringing homerepparttar 118179 bacon than cooking it. Why didn't dear old dad marry a woman like grandma?

In years gone byrepparttar 118180 family spent quality time together. There was a strong sense of family camaraderie and families actually knew each other, and all things considered, loved each other.

People today seem to be so busy trying to make a living that they never really get around to living. I know there are a few high holy days when they do meet, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes they even recognize each other.

For many people,repparttar 118181 only picture we have ofrepparttar 118182 great American family isrepparttar 118183 television sitcom.

"Sitcom" is an interesting word. It is a combination of two words; "sit," which means to watch for long periods of time without moving or speaking, and, "com," which is short for comatose.

Mr. Cheapie's Frugal Shopping Tips

Written by David Leonhardt

Hello. Mr. Cheapie here again with three more fantastic I-can't-believe-I-didn't-think-of-that frugal shopping tips. I already gave you my best frugal eating tips at:

Now let's move away from food, because it is to always important to buyrepparttar sizzle, notrepparttar 118164 steak. That'srepparttar 118165 first tip. Ifrepparttar 118166 steak was any good, why would Madison Avenue spend all its efforts sellingrepparttar 118167 sizzle?

Let's face it, you don't care which widget fits intorepparttar 118168 combotubulator underrepparttar 118169 hood; you just want a sporty new set of wheels painted in flamethrower red.

Here is how you negotiate downrepparttar 118170 price of a new vehicle. Just say, "No engine, please. No transmission. No coolant. Nothing underrepparttar 118171 hood, please. Nothing that doesn't shine when I polishrepparttar 118172 car in my driveway.

You would be amazed atrepparttar 118173 astounding bargains you can negotiate on a new car with no engine. Plus,repparttar 118174 car will weigh much less, so you will save on gas.

Next, head over to your favorite furniture superstore to buy a TV. Tip: NEVER buy a TV at an electronics store. They will try to sell you a whole bunch of useless and expensive features. The last thing you need is another 962 satellite channels that never seem to have anything on anyway.

Go straight torepparttar 118175 wall unit section ofrepparttar 118176 furniture store. They always display life-size cardboard TVs in this section. Most people leave their cardboard TVs behind when they pick up their wall units, so you can get yours for a song.

As a bonus, you always know what is showing on your new cardboard TV and you can save even more money by canceling that useless satellite or cable service.

Next, head torepparttar 118177 office furniture section and check outrepparttar 118178 desks. See those cardboard computers?...

Apply this principal to any electronic equipment - telephones, microwave ovens, blenders. Imaginerepparttar 118179 fortune you can save just by saying "holdrepparttar 118180 steak." If you’re a technophobe, you'll be even happier.

But what if you really, really wantrepparttar 118181 steak? Suppose you run out of ice cream, you've eaten all your foam mattresses and food stamps, and you are so hungry that you are willing to pay forrepparttar 118182 steak?

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