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Old 07-10-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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My dad was notoriously frugal to the point it made no practical sense. He would repeatedly buy crap items. He'd whine about how poorly they worked. When they would break down he wouldn't repair them but wouldn't toss them either. When we cleared out his house I found no less than 22 broken phones.

He brought home a few furniture pieces left by former tenants of an apartment he and a business partner owned. Didn't like them, they weren't comfortable and he didn't really need them, but he couldn't pass up something he'd get for free instead of buying what he really wanted.

He'd take his car to the local cut rate mechanic who never seemed to be able to fix whatever the problem was, so he'd nurse a poorly running car and complain about it for years. Yet, I would find piles of carefully-washed and folded cling wrap pieces in a drawer. Piles of one-use plastic utensils, microwave dishes and plates in the cupboards never used after the original food was gone. Tiny portions of left over food crammed in the back of the fridge or freezer.

Just like his neighbors, he had trouble with ants or other small bugs but never did anything to prevent them from getting into the house itself. Termites were obvious inside, but he'd just spray the individuals with Black Flag or Raid instead of have the house routinely treated. We also found at least 10 spray cans of pesticide inside.

Frugal with a bent toward hoarding, like my grandfather!
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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they say that using caps will consume more bandwidth.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:51 AM
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For example, one can be environmentally frugal. Like using the blank backs of junk mail for printer paper. Or just time-frugal, by thinking of a more efficient way to double task.

This morning, I saw a post in CD that someone replied to. There were six YouTube videos in the post. The person replying just hit the Quote button, enclosed the entire post in the quote box, and said "I agree". I mean, how frugal is that, with bandwidth?

People frugal with money are probably also constitutionally frugal in other ways.
Interesting perspective. We should aspire to work smarter not harder.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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Being economical with my time, I call it. A good example for me that really has been a "life hack" and I appreciate and understand it simply doesn't work for a lot of people is to get some home gym equipment here at my house, real stuff that I use. So I bought a bench press / Smith machine combo with safety pins where I can do free weight bench or squats, but also put it on the Smith machine if I wanted, and I have a pulley system plus two adjustable free weight dumbbell stacks. What I do is work out while watching a sporting event or often times a movie, and since (as a filmmaker) watching a lot of movies is part of my "weekly tasks" I'm able to double what I'm doing at the same time. I can check two boxes within the same period of time, basically, and never leave the house doing it.

I also re-use almost all paper for both sides, so when I have to print something then after that has outlived its necessary use, then I put it in a pile of paper that I use for outlining screenplays and just use the back sides of the paper. No reason to waste more paper when the back side is totally blank and it's just outlining notes that I'll end up later inputting into the computer anyway.

I admit when I have my weekly call with my top employee, I usually write checks during that time (it's mindless) while we're talking that go out to our contractors and whatnot, that way it compresses the time further so two tasks are being done at once. As much as possible, I really like to multitask in those ways, but not at the expense of what I'm doing. I wouldn't try to do two mentally taxing things at once, but if you can find "natural" combinations of chores sometimes it's really a great way to "find" extra time in your day, I think.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I admit, as soon as I can afford one, I really want a robot vacuum cleaner to help me deal with dog hair. I can't physically wrangle a giant vacuum cleaner anymore, and my lightweight one just doesn't pick it all up. It really needs to be vacuumed up more often, but I don't have it in me. I can't wait to be able to just turn on a robot every day to tackle it for me.


So, see? I just saved almost enough for a robot vacuum cleaner. Maybe for Christmas for myself this year, I'll get one.
I got a Roomba a few years ago and have 3 black labs that seem to shed way more hair then I think they should. The thing with a Roomba is that the collection bin is small so you have to empty it very often. So that means that you should use it every day, not let it go until the fur is ankle deep. LOL

When I use my small shop vac on my hardwood floors I can also get the hair that winds up on the baseboards, low shelves, etc. The roomba can't do that. Still, I think that it's worth having one.

In the bedroom it does not fit under the dressers or entertainment center but it does a good job under my king size bed. In the living room it fits under one sofa but not the other. So no single solution for all areas.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:54 PM
 
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Frugality is never just about money. Frugality is about obtaining the best value and benefit from a combination of your money, time and effort.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:16 AM
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Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Frugality is never just about money. Frugality is about obtaining the best value and benefit from a combination of your money, time and effort.

This.



There are some things that you need to buy quality. My husband and I build a lot of things so we need very good quality tools. We've had some for more than 40 years. Buy quality and they will work well and last.


Cars are another thing. Buy used and pay cash. Save on the payments and also on the first year "new" car loss.


I print coupons for Lowes all the time. I cut out the coupon part and save the rest of the paper to use for lists. I also cut up the fronts of all of the greeting cards I get. They make great bookmarks for my "library" books I am somewhat of a paper fiend. I constantly make lists...maybe some psychological thing, lol, but there it is. Anyway every Back to School year I stock up on notebooks, pens and copy paper.



Also doing things yourself will save lots of money. My husband and I just finished my kitchen. I shopped prices and found Ready To Assemble cabinets online. They cost $2700 for 18 cabinets plus the accessories. When the counter man came to install the counter he complimented our cabinets and said they must have cost about $11,000. and he sees a lot of kitchens



Frugality is the fun of finding the best deal. Nothing makes me happier than scoring a great bargain...but only if I can use it or need it
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:53 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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There's perhaps another side to the "frugality is not always just about money" discussion; for example, when it comes to "value" versus "price."

When it comes to buying things, I don't really worry much about the price, except, I do expect the value to justify a higher price.

If it doesn't, I may not buy the item, ... not because I can't afford it or am unwilling to spend that much money, but, because of the principle of not paying more than something is worth --- just because I can.
This pretty much sums it up for me too. I have a “waste not, want not” outlook. I buy quality, but I only buy things I need, for the best value I can find.

Two examples....
There is a line of clothing I wear, but I will only buy it from the store, because the shipping and handling from the catalog is almost $18. This is a total rip off, and I won’t pay it.

We get the daily newspaper, which we enjoy, but some days there’s not much to it. It’s up to $41.+ a month, so we’ve decided to let it go. We’ll miss it, but it’s just not a good value anymore.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Frugality is never just about money. Frugality is about obtaining the best value and benefit from a combination of your money, time and effort.
Well stated !
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Arcadia, CA
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For example, one can be environmentally frugal. Like using the blank backs of junk mail for printer paper. Or just time-frugal, by thinking of a more efficient way to double task.

This morning, I saw a post in CD that someone replied to. There were six YouTube videos in the post. The person replying just hit the Quote button, enclosed the entire post in the quote box, and said "I agree". I mean, how frugal is that, with bandwidth?

People frugal with money are probably also constitutionally frugal in other ways.
Agreed. For me being frugal means being efficient and money saved is a by product.
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