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Old 06-15-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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This is my motto I live by every day.

It works and I rarely regret it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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This is my motto I live by every day.

It works and I rarely regret it.
Like what? Not sure what you mean. I guess it would depend on what it is.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Is like you see a tempting deal, but then you think: do I really need it? That's my doubt.
I give it a week to think about, but usually the next day I forget about it already
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:52 PM
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Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Like what? Not sure what you mean. I guess it would depend on what it is.
I think it means the extras and not the true necessities.


I often find myself picking something up that I like and then putting it back. I ask myself "do I really need this?" Most of the time I don't....it was just a passing fancy, lol.


I fell in love, well not really, lol, with a set of Pyrex pans with lids. They were at Sam's club and every time I went "I would stand in front of them and say should I"? Hubby walked up behind me the last time and said "just buy them"
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Hubby walked up behind me the last time and said "just buy them"
Hubby was right. Being frugal shouldnt mean never allowing yourself any luxuries, especially small ones. I think too many people equate feeling frugal with feeling deprived.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:27 PM
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Hubby was right. Being frugal shouldnt mean never allowing yourself any luxuries, especially small ones. I think too many people equate feeling frugal with feeling deprived.

Thanks. It's funny, we spend a lot on properties but we never spend much on ourselves. I think we are a frugal contradiction, lol.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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Got it. I have been doing this for years.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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But don't go too long without replenishing things, necessities, etc.

I thought I was being frugal not buying new clothes, etc, until one day I realized I literally didn't have a single pair of decent socks (matching, without holes), lacked a decent robe (have to wear something to go to the door), a pair of shoes that weren't broken down, etc. It was more an emergency shopping trip, and I was stuck with the high prices.

Now, I shop sales, coupons, etc, and keep a revolving inventory. If you know you will need it/use it within 3-6 months, and its on sale, buy it now, or pay top dollar later.

Also, I do that with supplies, like shampoo, toothpaste, etc, shop sales coupons, come on, you know you will use it sooner than later, get it while its cheap!
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I do without in most cases, but lately I have been spending a bit more on food. I still cook all my own meals, but I have been buying better cuts of meats and much more fruits and veggies. My theory is, paying a bit more for healthy meals will pay off in the long run. A close friend of mine passed away over the weekend, and his diet was full of fast food, double big macs, ect. Strong as hell, physically fit and appeared very healthy... But I'm afraid his diet did him in.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:14 PM
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I do without in most cases, but lately I have been spending a bit more on food. I still cook all my own meals, but I have been buying better cuts of meats and much more fruits and veggies. My theory is, paying a bit more for healthy meals will pay off in the long run. A close friend of mine passed away over the weekend, and his diet was full of fast food, double big macs, ect. Strong as hell, physically fit and appeared very healthy... But I'm afraid his diet did him in.
I am so sorry for your loss.

I also agree with you. I think we could all, at least most of us, use some improvement on our grocery choices. I am also trying to eat healthier foods while still cooking at home.
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