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Old 12-31-2016, 07:43 PM
 
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I will list some examples of some of the ways I save money on things:

1. I work at a car dealership, so when I change someones wiper blades and if they are not ripped, I save them and use them on my vehicles. If they're not the right size I cut the inserts down and fit them into my wipers and silicone each end so they can't come out.

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.

3. I only eat 2 meals a day instead of 3. I'm not hungry first thing in the morning, and only eating two meals helps me maintain my weight, and saves money of course.

4. I don't own a cell phone, and when the side of the case for my ipod that I've had since 2009 fell apart I sewed it back together.

5. All of my clothes are at least 3 years old, some close to 10.

6. My car is 15 years old, had it for over 5 years now, and paid cash for it, so no car payments. It also gets 30 mpg in the city so that's also a plus.

7. I would rather fix things than buy something new.
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:09 PM
 
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What-no dumpster diving? You don't rank too high among cheapskates. No mention of how low the heat is during winter. What do you eat? Do you live in cheaper neighborhood to save on rent?
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:45 PM
 
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What-no dumpster diving? You don't rank too high among cheapskates. No mention of how low the heat is during winter. What do you eat? Do you live in cheaper neighborhood to save on rent?
I have garbage picked lots of things too. Like this computer chair I'm sitting in for instance
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:24 AM
 
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I reuse zip loc bags over and over and have been known to wash, rinse, and dry them. Same with ''paper plates''.
I buy everything that I possibly can at the Dollar Tree first, then hit Kroger, WalMart, or Meijer for the rest.
I turn off all lights but one in the room that I occupy.
My car is 19 years old and I only use it when I have to. Rest of time I walk, bicycle, or ride a scooter that gets 100mpg.
Most of my clothes are 15+ years old.
I shop at GW or SA for anything first before I buy new.
There's more, but that's enough for now.
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:55 AM
 
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I eat out to save money because I don't have to turn on my stove and dishwasher
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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I re-use toilet paper.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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I eat out to save money because I don't have to turn on my stove and dishwasher
I'm a member of a non consumer group online, and they will lecture people constantly about how horrible it is to dine out (money wise). They will do cost analysis of dining out that fails to take into account that it also costs money to buy food to cook from grocery stores. And it also cost money to use utilities, electrics, the stove, dishwasher, etc. But they seem to believe it's "free" if they eat at home. It's not.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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It depends. I spend on some things I should not and am more frugal in others. I do not repair things right away, unless they HAVE to be. I've learned that with many things, my father's procrastination and lack of desire to spend money do pay off. Sometimes other solutions materialize.

My Aunt was bothering me to go and spend whatever I have to on my old car ( I don't want to ) and poof, the 'check engine' light went off. Sure enough, it passed inspection. Saved for another year on fixing that.

Anyway I 'did poor' better in college than now. I made my own 'windex' and stuff like that.

I washed bags, though I won't anymore. I lived with that aunt in college and she said you're using up more in water than you are even saving!

I buy generic kind and toss them - not worth bacteria to me.

Some habits came from grandmother. she didn't even buy plastic bags. She would re-use bread bags and the kind that your fruits and veggies go into at the store. She left behind half a million dollars and a few properties but used those bags and her other habits until the day she died.

I just dumped my savings account into my mortgage so I will be here more often (in this section).

I want to watch it melt away more than I want to have spending money!
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:58 PM
 
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Cheap but not that cheap where I do not enjoy heat in my house or new wiper blades.
I will price match the hell out of foods at walmart though,for instance instead of chicken breast @ 1.99 per lb, I'll get it on sale from a local market for 1.37 a lb and price match it at Wal-Mart.
I fix everything myself, and buy most repair items online since it comes out to be cheaper.If I can't fix it,well ,that hasn't happened yet.
If I need the part asap, I'll see if it's online for cheaper,buy it at autozone let's say,buy it online as well then return the item to autozone(as long as they are the same item)
I don't eat out or get out to movies,as they all suck anyway and eating out is also a waste of money as well as unhealthy.
Don't buy clothes either unless it's for work or I continue to gain weight.
But damn wiper blades really?
lol
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:46 PM
 
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Cheap but not that cheap where I do not enjoy heat in my house or new wiper blades.
I will price match the hell out of foods at walmart though,for instance instead of chicken breast @ 1.99 per lb, I'll get it on sale from a local market for 1.37 a lb and price match it at Wal-Mart.
I fix everything myself, and buy most repair items online since it comes out to be cheaper.If I can't fix it,well ,that hasn't happened yet.
If I need the part asap, I'll see if it's online for cheaper,buy it at autozone let's say,buy it online as well then return the item to autozone(as long as they are the same item)
I don't eat out or get out to movies,as they all suck anyway and eating out is also a waste of money as well as unhealthy.
Don't buy clothes either unless it's for work or I continue to gain weight.
But damn wiper blades really?
lol
Nope, not even wiper blades lol. I've only bought two sets in my life, and that was over 5 years ago, the rest have been freebies and I have enough to last me 20 years .

I also shave with a single blade disposable straight razor and purchased 3 boxes of 100 blades each for around $10 and I'm still on the first box 5 years later.
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