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Old 01-05-2017, 07:57 PM
 
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Ministry of Health, Maid of Honor... My other half.
DING DING DING!

The last one is correct:

MOH = My Other Half....

Since neither of us is really BETTER than the other, there is no reason to call one or the other "my BETTER half"...but rather MOH MY OTHER HALF.

and "DH or DW" {Dear Husband or Dear Wife}...well lts just say we are pending divorce...so lets not make it "Dear" anything....IF and WHEN I say "Yes Dear".....it is VERY sarcastic.

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Old 01-05-2017, 08:15 PM
 
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I was once so cheap that I:

Ate only what was available at soup kitchens

Also Ate only what came from food pantries that was precooked {eaten cold} {canned veggies, canned meat, canned pork & Beans, potato chips {if available}, crackers, etc, anything that didn't need to be cooked.

Used no heat in the winter

Used no gasoline

bought no clothes, had just one pr of boots. Anything I needed came from the free clothes closet at one of the soup kitchen's at the church.

Did dumpster diving, "curbside pickups" on garbage night, and collected cans and bottles to return for refund.

Of course, I was homeless, unemployed, and literally lived under a bridge near the RR tracks with a backpack and a few necessary documents to my name. Thank goodness I had a manual can opener and a knife and spoon to my name. On real bitter cold nights, on occasion a friend would let me shower, do laundry and sleep on their couch for the night.

That {staying with a friend} was how I was first introduced to my future {now } OH. {Other Half, duh!} I also slept on MOH's couch and when facing homelessness again after FINDING and GETTING a home {cheap run down old drafty "Cottage' I furnished totally with curbside castoffs} after the landlord kicked me out simply because he wanted more money than he knew I could afford, and my future OH said "stay here". SOmewhere shortly after we fell in love and I was the guest who came and never left.

Now ...THAT was 'real cheap living"....

Thank you for this stroll down "homeless lane"

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Old 01-05-2017, 09:06 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I'm not cheap, but on the OP's theme (Cars and such)

my daily driver is a 40 yr old VW Rabbit that still gets 50 mpg on free cooking oil (car cost me $35 (towing auction), I keep a few spares around, but seldom need them)
I buy my tires for $5 at salvage yard, near new, in pairs, NEVER allow cheap brands like BF Goodrich or Goodyear (not worth my 5 minutes mounting time) I have my own tire machine ('well used' of course)

I too eat only 2 meals a day
(missing breakfast (my favorite meal) is good for weight loss / burning excess fat) Usually fast on Thursdays, to be hungry for a nice home cooked meal on Friday.

Been feeding the family and covering entertainment on $100 / month since 1979 (put $100 in envelope the first of the month, when it runs dry... stop eating (fast) or get creative (find free food at open houses / events / or open the FULL huge chest freezer)

don't skimp on shoes and boots... work outside on farm daily, buy $100 boots every 10 yrs or so.

Traveled for a whole yr in 2016 and used fewer than 10 hotels (they were on free points).

In the last 10 days. I got $1800 in free vouchers for being bumped on flights (that cost me <$150)

Not cheap, just managing my time and resources.


Cheap is WASTING time and resources to presumably SAVE a couple bucks.

My $5 tires save me a LOT of time waiting at tire shops (in 3 million miles I have NEVER taken the fleet to the repair shop)
My evil diesel VW can go 1200 miles per fill, think how much time that has saved me waiting at the pump / paying during last 40 yrs.
Not cooking or eating breakfast or eating on Thursdays saves 5-10 hrs / week.

Not using / booking hotels saves time and money. (My 'hosts' usually provide free food too, and TONS of free advice on free local activities)

I splurge on travel (>50% of the time), but since my fuel is free...and tires $5 every few yrs... and guest homes are $ free to $20 / night. so... travel can be very inexpensive (qualified for FREE companion fare for 2016 and 2017, so a $40 flight takes 2 of us)

if I want a nice treat / night out... I volunteer to usher at a classical concert, and stop by Happy Hour for a $2 entree afterwards (9PM to close).

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Old 01-05-2017, 09:08 PM
 
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How do you not get lint flying all around from the dryer venting into the house?
We used to use old pantyhose and tie it on the end of the dry hose. Our dryer was electric. I saw a warning someplace about not venting a gas dryer inside.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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2. When I take a shower in the wintertime I plug the tub and save the water until it gets cold to help heat my house.
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5. All of my clothes are at least 3 years old, some close to 10.

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We used to use old pantyhose and tie it on the end of the dry hose. Our dryer was electric. I saw a warning someplace about not venting a gas dryer inside.

Do be careful of house 'Health" Leaving hot water in tub and venting dryer inside causes condensation, that can be very damaging to homes / woodwork, insulation. If you are in a low humidity climate AND you heat with a woodstove, you might be OK with adding this excess moisture to indoor air, but... beware.

BTW: I have found some great bargains on quality clothes from the 1970's and 1980's. (Etsy, eBay, Goodwill, Salvation Army) There were several USA manufacturers who I still wear clothes that are 40+ yrs old.

These brands are all worn weekly during the WINTER!
Pendleton
Frostline
Camp 7
White Stag
Osh Kosh
Big Mac


in the summer, you can sport your USA 'Jantzen' swimwear!
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:35 PM
 
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1) I don't use dry cleaner services anymore. 2) buy only second hand clothing for me and my family 3) recently quit using paper towels and using cloth towels instead 4) cancelled my ebay account (stuff sold on there is crap now). 5) Stopped buying pantyhose or stockings - waste of money. And do other things like turn off lights I'm not using, reduce car trips to save money on gas, and have a Cosco membership. There are other things I refuse to cut out of my expenses. I don't have a problem with eating out once in a while (cheap food like pizza, taco bell, etc). I'll buy coffee when I'm out somewhere, but only good coffee. Nothing that's been sitting on a burner for 3 hours.


Oh, and I recently started making my own soap.
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by galaxyhi View Post
I was once so cheap that I:

Ate only what was available at soup kitchens

Also Ate only what came from food pantries that was precooked {eaten cold} {canned veggies, canned meat, canned pork & Beans, potato chips {if available}, crackers, etc, anything that didn't need to be cooked.

Used no heat in the winter

Used no gasoline

bought no clothes, had just one pr of boots. Anything I needed came from the free clothes closet at one of the soup kitchen's at the church.

Did dumpster diving, "curbside pickups" on garbage night, and collected cans and bottles to return for refund.

Of course, I was homeless, unemployed, and literally lived under a bridge near the RR tracks with a backpack and a few necessary documents to my name. Thank goodness I had a manual can opener and a knife and spoon to my name. On real bitter cold nights, on occasion a friend would let me shower, do laundry and sleep on their couch for the night.

That {staying with a friend} was how I was first introduced to my future {now } OH. {Other Half, duh!} I also slept on MOH's couch and when facing homelessness again after FINDING and GETTING a home {cheap run down old drafty "Cottage' I furnished totally with curbside castoffs} after the landlord kicked me out simply because he wanted more money than he knew I could afford, and my future OH said "stay here". SOmewhere shortly after we fell in love and I was the guest who came and never left.

Now ...THAT was 'real cheap living"....

Thank you for this stroll down "homeless lane"

Nice comeback from living on the streets. I don't call your story really being frugal as much as living the only way you could at the time. Hope things continue to go uphill for you. BTW: yes dear isn't always meant to be taken as sarcastic.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:45 PM
 
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I don't like the word cheap I prefer the word frugal. I try to be as frugal as possible. I went a whole 2 months without buying any fast food, and when I do I try not to spend more than $3 there. I'm not cheap enough to embarrass myself. I did buy a Little Caesar's pizza, so that was $5 but that if good for dinner for 2 days. Sometimes I buy supermarket friend chicken 8 pieces, 2 of each kind for $6 and I make 3 meals out of it and share with my dogs too.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't like the word cheap I prefer the word frugal. I try to be as frugal as possible. I went a whole 2 months without buying any fast food, and when I do I try not to spend more than $3 there. I'm not cheap enough to embarrass myself. I did buy a Little Caesar's pizza, so that was $5 but that if good for dinner for 2 days. Sometimes I buy supermarket friend chicken 8 pieces, 2 of each kind for $6 and I make 3 meals out of it and share with my dogs too.
Call it what you want; there is something different between being frugal and being cheap..
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:45 PM
 
Location: SW Virginia
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Some good tips above and some not so good ones, lol.

I have many that I use just about every day and there's one that I didn't notice through the pages. When cooking in the oven, I shut it off a little early and let it cook with the heat that is still in there. Saves electricity and works great. Might take a little practice to get used to it. In the summer time, it helps to keep the heat out of the house. In the Winter, once the food is done, I keep the oven door open to help heat the house.

Another tip on Cold but Sunny days is too keep all the shades wide open on the South Side. It heats so good that there are times that I can shut all the other heat off.
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