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Old 08-02-2007, 04:44 PM
Location: California
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Originally Posted by deerislesmile View Post
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!..)
I used to love the dump, I brought more home than I dropped off, they figured it out and now they sell all the good stuff
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:44 PM
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one of my favorite sayings is,,im not poor, just a cheap bastard,
actually, i can easily spend for someone else but not myself,,i can buy my son expensive clothes, yet i buy much of mine at a t.j maxx or outlet store.
i have a 9 yr old (paid for vehicle), i buy most of my groceries on sale and stock up,,especially meat.
if i want a luxury like a boat i'll research for many months,,used prices,,and if i spot a great deal,,i'll write a check ,,on the spot

this is an interesting thread,,i remember my grandmother before she passed,,she was financially set,,yet it was in her blood,,not to waste anything and shop the sales.
ive read where the average couple is in debt over ten thousand on thier credit cards....most folks living beyond thier means,,
a new vehicle is the worst culprit,,i have friends who have two new vehicles in thier driveway,,(over 1000, a mnth payment) yet they dont have enough money for groceries to feed thier kids,,
trading vanity and image for "needs"
im the opposite i feel good about saving money, yet could write a check if needed, and not in debt ,,besides a mortgage.

going out to eat is another great treat but quite the culprit...its easy to lay down 40-100 for a good meal for two people!!
if you calculated the time it takes to cook a quick meal,,rather than going to a restaurant,,you could actually pay yourself over 20 an hr(difference between eating at home or eating out)

another area where we get price burnt is buying beverages,,a 20 oz diet pepsi
is over 1.50 now at a convenience store
most supermarkets have the 2 liter cokes or pepsi'd on for 99 cents,,buy them and fill up the smaller containers,,same with water!
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Old 08-04-2007, 06:37 AM
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I agree with Mainebrokerman regarding the beverages. You can purchase a 12 pack of soda at the grocery store for the price of TWO 20 oz. at the convenience store.

I never buy foil (unless I'm making a turkey or ham) - instead I use rubbermaid to store left overs, or I use corning ware.

I don't buy windex or paper towels or napkins (unless I'm having company). I use vinegar and water for glass cleaning and newpaper. No streaks !! You'll never see paper cups or plates in my house.

Like all others mentioned, I also do the same with tooth paste, shampoo and bar soap.
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