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Dear Aunt Bingo:
I was at Bingo with my sister, Kelly, and when we were in line to buy our paper, there was an older couple in front of us who asked for electronic Bingo handhelds that they loaded with $75 worth of cards.
Kelly and I just looked at each other with our mouths hanging open. They were spending $150 between them for Bingo? Yikes! That is so much money! I guess it never really occurred to me that someone would spend that much in a Bingo hall.
SHH, California, via email

Dear SHH:

How a person spends her or his money is all relative—if they have the money, and using it to gamble will not create a hardship for them or anyone else, then they have every right to spend their money that way or in whatever way they see fit.
When you are young and just starting out, you likely do not have a lot of free cash to splurge on something like Bingo. Those dollars need to go toward food, rent, gas and the other basics of life, so when you see someone spending it on Bingo, it can be a shocker.
But older people don’t always have the same money pressures that young people do: their incomes are higher, their houses and cars may be paid off—so expenses are more minimal, giving them the freedom to use their extra cash on a luxury car, travel or even testing their luck at Bingo.
Another important factor in money management is prioritizing how you spend it. For some, dropping $150 on a pair of shoes, spending $80 on a dress or picking up the family’s $200 restaurant tab is how it’s done. Others see this as a crazy waste of money—yet see no problem with splurging a similar amount on a trip to the casino.
Shoes wear out, dresses go out of style and full tummies will be empty again the next day. But for gamers, a trip to the Bingo hall or casino is fun and exciting, and could turn 100 bucks into thousands! —Aunt Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo:

Would you please print this shout-out to the volunteers who give of their free time to help make charitable Bingo possible? When you think of how busy we all are with work and family and all the responsibilities this entails, it’s amazing that volunteers are willing to add to those responsibilities by giving up some of their precious free time to help Bingo games keep going, entertain players and help the charities that turn to Bingos for support.
We rely heavily on our older volunteers, who are so valuable to us, but also are deeply grateful to the younger volunteers who bring the added energy and physical strength we rely on to keep Bingo thriving.
If you are a current volunteer—thank you, thank you, thank you! If you are looking for a way to contribute to your community in a fun and positive way, join us at Bingo! We need you!
A Grateful Bingo Sponsor, via email

Dear Grateful:

We don’t express enough how important—and appreciated—the work is of America’s Bingo volunteers. Thank you for the reminder! —Aunt Bingo

Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at Be sure to include your name and address (you can request that your name not be published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her columns.

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