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Old 08-02-2007, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Mainers are known for being thrifty, so it comes like breathing to me.. Have you read "The Tightwad Gazzete"? (I think there are actually 3 editions now..). Also there is a website- The Hillbilly Housewife, that I find amusing/informative.

I buy a lot of stuff from thrift stores and yard sales. When my son was younger, there was a certain yard sale every year that I hit because the woman's son was about a year older than mine, and SHE liked to spend a lot of money on his clothes.. I usually ended up with $1000 worth of clothes for less than $20. How can you go wrong with that? (And they were all very clean and softened a little, very nice). We have a "take it or leave it" building at our local transfer station (aka town dump), and I think nothing of taking a peak for any free goodies- I never know what I might find- lol.. I did come home with a large, high-end cherry wood dining table from there once, as well as several large yard toys for my son (those rise-in cars, a pool, a playhouse..) so it's not quite all trash!

(Jeeez. Maybe I'm cheaper than you!..)
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:33 AM
 
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When we buy potato salad, seafood salad or ? from the Deli at our grocery store and eat whatever came in it, we most always wash the containers and keep them for other food storages. After using sandwich bags, we wash them and reuse them again. After the second time we use them, we throw them away. We use all of our plastic grocery bags in trash containers. We get every bit of mayo out of the jar with a spahula. We keep a number of the small water bottles we get and put orange or grape juice in them when we travel on a vacation.
At least 85% of the time, we both take our lunch to work.


Ditto, on the ziplock bags!
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Not thrifty so much as I hate waste!

Reuse teabags (don't like strong tea!).

Wash out used Ziploc bags, unless they've had meat in them.

Turn lotion bottles upside down toward the end, so that the product all flows to the top and is easily used.

When the shampoo/dish detergent/laundry detergent bottle gets low, I mix the remains with water, which is usually enough to do the job. You'd be surprised how many dishes you can wash from the congealed crud around the tip of the dish detergent bottle! Just hold the lid over the dishpan. Voila!

Water my garden with dishwater (old habit developed during a drought summer).

Reuse cottage cheese/large yogurt containers as collectors for produce refuse to go into the compost bin.

Old pantyhose are great as a lint trap on the washing machine's discharge tube; they're also good for staking tomatoes and other plants.

Holey underwear make great dustcloths, and I cut them to fit right onto the end of the Swiffer.

Plastic grocery bags (when I get them; I usually bring my own) are great for cleaning out the cat's litter boxes, and to line the trash can.

Empty toilet paper rolls make great cat toys!
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:03 AM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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Not thrifty so much as I hate waste!

Reuse teabags (don't like strong tea!).

Wash out used Ziploc bags, unless they've had meat in them.

Turn lotion bottles upside down toward the end, so that the product all flows to the top and is easily used.

When the shampoo/dish detergent/laundry detergent bottle gets low, I mix the remains with water, which is usually enough to do the job. You'd be surprised how many dishes you can wash from the congealed crud around the tip of the dish detergent bottle! Just hold the lid over the dishpan. Voila!

Water my garden with dishwater (old habit developed during a drought summer).

Reuse cottage cheese/large yogurt containers as collectors for produce refuse to go into the compost bin.

Old pantyhose are great as a lint trap on the washing machine's discharge tube; they're also good for staking tomatoes and other plants.

Holey underwear make great dustcloths, and I cut them to fit right onto the end of the Swiffer.

Plastic grocery bags (when I get them; I usually bring my own) are great for cleaning out the cat's litter boxes, and to line the trash can.

Empty toilet paper rolls make great cat toys!
I really can't think of much more to add...except that I use left over, stale bread to make my own bread crumbs.
And by a whole piece of meat (like a whole bottom round, whole fresh ham) to cut my own roasts, cutlets, steaks, ground meat...etc. , in order to freeze it, stock up on it. (On Sale!)
It's so much cheaper that way.
And, the empty toilet rolls also make great DOG toys as well...lol. (Judging by the shreds laying here..... )

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Old 08-02-2007, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I consider myself thrifty and there's nothing wrong with that. If I go to a grocery store and find two brands of milk, one that's on sale for $2.50 and another is going for $3.00 a gallon, I'll pick up the one on sale.

I also toss extra coins I have in my pocket into a plastic container and 3-4 months later, I take them to one of those coin machines at the grocery store that sorts them out for you, and I end up with 40-50 bucks.

Every nickel you save, they can add up to a lot of money later.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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HA! And my son thinks I'm ridiculous.

I wash and re-use ziploc bags. I'll add water to detergent and shampoo. I use the plastic grocery bags for cat litter and the garbage. I do squeeze every drop out of the toothpaste even if I start in the middle.
I wash everything in cold water and I'll hang sheets, comforters and dog bedding to dry outside when it's nice and sunny (so these things get washed when it's nice and sunny!).
I save all my change for that one day.
I take my lunch to work 99.9% of the time.
I like my tap water.
My car is 4 cyl, 7 yrs. old. and it's paid up.
I'm sure there are a few other ways I try to save BUT, I overspend on food because since I really can't cook, I end up with a lot of ready made microwaveable or stick in the oven food.
I also can't sew but I put off clothes shopping as much as possible and then I'll hit Marshall's or TJ Maxx or Walmart! I have just a couple of "special" business outfits and you can tell they're good.
I try to donate anything I don't want so I can take the tax deduction.

AND, I spend wayyyyyyyyy too much on pet food and vet bills! :-)) so I HAVE to save for them!
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:45 AM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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Wink Huh...yours too?

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HA! And my son thinks I'm ridiculous.....................

AND, I spend wayyyyyyyyy too much on pet food and vet bills! :-)) so I HAVE to save for them!
My son thinks the same, and just shakes his head....just doesn't know or "get it", when I yelled at him to turn off the TV or lights when he WASN'T in that room.

Yup...same here with vet and pet foods....LOL.
We are running around in rags, shredded...but our babies strut their stuff and looking like coming straight of the run way....ROTFL!!!!
VP.......Glad to hear that our life "expectancies" are pretty much on the same page...ROTFL.

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Old 08-02-2007, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My son thinks the same, and just shakes his head....just doesn't know or "get it", when I yelled at him to turn off the TV or lights when he WASN'T in that room.
Shoot ... Until now, The Fiance has lived his entire life in homes where someone else paid the utility bills. I'm always nagging him to turn this off, turn that down, etc.

The other day he went to turn the living room lamp on, and I said why don't you open the curtains. He replied that he didn't want to let reality in the room; my answer was "Reality comes in the room when I open the electric bill."

He opened the curtains.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Az.
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I'm kind of thrifty when it comes to clothes. Sometimes I'll go clothes shopping at thrift stores. Some in there are quite new and never have been worn (I have a few of those). If I'm just looking for some jogging shorts and shirts to workout in, then I go to the thrift store. Also when just looking for a house dress to lounge around the house in, I buy one there. But that's the only time when I'm thrifty.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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We have a gas/convenience store here that has a loyalty program every time you make a purchase you scan your card. The rewards are for products though I have been told they sometimes give gas cards.
the rewards go from
level 1 free bottle of water, any size coffee, 20 soda, large can of arziona iced tead(this is new)
level 2 loaf of bread,32 oz gatorade, chips
level 3 gal of milk, 12 pack of soda car wash.
Since I have to buy gas and some things somewhere by going there
I end up with lots of freebees.
once I had so many coupons for level 1 I was handing them out in the store.
Want to make someones day hand them a free soda or water on a hot day
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