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Old 02-24-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: WA
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"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

I love this saying and TRY to adhere to it as much as possible

On that note, I just got my daughter 2 Speedo swimsuits at Goodwill for $7.
I got myself some new Nike swim/surf shorts and a Danskin swim tanktop at Ross and Goodwill for a total of $16.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"The cost of what you buy is what you have to do to earn the money back."
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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"The cost of what you buy is what you have to do to earn the money back."
Excellent. That's exactly the way I look at things. I know I have to sell a portion of my life to get the things I need, but how much more of my life am I willing to sell to get the things I want?
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

I love this saying and TRY to adhere to it as much as possible

On that note, I just got my daughter 2 Speedo swimsuits at Goodwill for $7.
I got myself some new Nike swim/surf shorts and a Danskin swim tanktop at Ross and Goodwill for a total of $16.
I grew up with that saying from my grandparents on down. It has been ingrained in me for many years now.

I haven't been to Goodwill, or any other thrift store, in over a year that I can think of. There's nothing I need and nothing I want to bring home to 'take care of'. If I had kids I'd certainly take advantage of them though.

Good deals you got!
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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On that note, I just got my daughter 2 Speedo swimsuits at Goodwill for $7.
I got myself some new Nike swim/surf shorts
To each their own, but for me, that's just one step above reusing toilet paper... and maybe a step lower, because at least you know where the toilet paper has been
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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If I need something, I always check Goodwill first. If I can't find it there, and I can't wait to see if it will be there on my next visit, then I will look elsewhere, like K-Mart, and as a last resort, WalMart.

My kids grew up getting most of their clothes at Goodwill (or, where we used to live, Value Village). I can remember many times one of my kids saying something along the lines of, "Mom, I need pants. Can we go to Goodwill-Value Village-etc. this weekend?" I have one son still at home and he does that, too; in fact, he's all kinds of disappointed today because he wanted to go to Goodwill to look for books and we can't because we're snowed in.

As far as re-using and re-purposing, I always try to squeeze the last possible use out of pretty much everything - sometimes to the point of keeping something around way longer than I should - "just in case."
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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To each their own, but for me, that's just one step above reusing toilet paper... and maybe a step lower, because at least you know where the toilet paper has been
I guess you've never heard of washers and dryers?

I have no problem at all with buying any items of clothing secondhand because I know how to push the buttons on those two appliances.

Seriously, just because it is obviously not something you would choose to do, isn't it a little rude to come here and be critical of someone who is realistic and not so narrow-minded and judgmental?

To the OP: You did good!
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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"The cost of what you buy is what you have to do to earn the money back."
This motto is much better than the one in the OP. There's two ways to make your personal economics work. Decrease your spending and increase your income.

You can say that you will be frugal by buying a $100 pair of jeans for $75 on sale. And if you make $75/hr, then you have to work for 1 hour to earn that money back. However, the motto leaves you another option. You can just as easily buy the jeans for $100 and increase your earning to $100/hr.

The OP's motto has a one-track mind and can limit your shopping options while jturr88's motto allows you to keep your freedom of choice.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You can just as easily . . . increase your earning to $100/hr.
Doesn't seem that easy to the rest of us.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Doesn't seem that easy to the rest of us.
Don't get stuck on the numbers I used in my example. I was using numbers that were easy to read and calculate.
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