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Old 01-20-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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Haha, I thought I was the only one! We bought an electric alarm clock when we got married. Nearly 40 years later, it still faithfully wakes me up.

I have an alarm clock radio I purchased in 1979... it still works fine. It's in a guest bedroom now.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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I'm so frugal I still have & wear free logo T-Shirts from the 1970s and 1980s that were promotional give-aways at trade shows.


I still have & wear Levis from 1978.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:35 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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Surprised no one mentioned recycling paper towels, wet with just water of course.

Clean and recycle aluminum foil used for baking.

I even recycle parchment paper for baking until it rips or crumbles.

Cut four-fold napkins in half.

I do some of the other things already listed in this delightful thread.

Yes, my grandparents grew up during depression and called me cheap, I call it prudent resource management.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:35 PM
 
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LOL, it depends. For groceries - yes, they're cheap and break easily. When you get something delivered and twist ties are involved, they're usually nice and sturdy and long. I cut them into shorter sections, if I need to. For instance, I just bought a rolling cart on Amazon and they attached the wheels to the frame with twist ties. Nice sturdy ones. I can probably get 4 good ones that will last years out of them :-)

Speaking of Amazon and other internet stores, my husband has 1,001 uses for cardboard. He cuts up boxes that Amazon ships stuff in, and uses the cardboard for everything from his art projects to making custom-sized small boxes for various supplies. Not every box gets cut up, but big ones with large swaths of cardboard make him happy. I try not to ask too many questions.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Surprised no one mentioned recycling paper towels, wet with just water of course.

Clean and recycle aluminum foil used for baking.

I even recycle parchment paper for baking until it rips or crumbles.

Cut four-fold napkins in half.

I do some of the other things already listed in this delightful thread.

Yes, my grandparents grew up during depression and called me cheap, I call it prudent resource management.
I see that I could be doing more.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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Surprised no one mentioned recycling paper towels, wet with just water of course.

Clean and recycle aluminum foil used for baking.

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That's because that's not frugal.

Buddy of mine commented that paper towels cost more per sqft than his farm! I

I use cloth for things I'd be able to reuse paper towels for.
Mostly cloth napkins too. (I use both paper products, but only for certain things)

I use Al foil, but again, not for things th a it could be reused for.

Always hang my clothes to dry, have a laundry rack near the wood stove right now, outside line in summer.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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I have the same electric alarm clock for the past 37 years. Still buzzes, still tells time.
I have one about the same age. It's a small cube that keeps time perfectly and is always on time with the alarm. I see no need to change it for something else.

A little younger is a 30-year-old boom box I still have. It still works perfectly and we load the batteries whenever we're facing a hurricane. I can't tell you how many times we've heard "Rock You Like a Hurricane" out of the local radio stations when we've been in the middle of one.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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...I live on less than half my income.
^THIS. I live on about 60% of my net income (40% of gross) because I like to "splurge" sometimes. But yeah, I'm aggressively saving for retirement.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I have a great cell phone plan (Ting) that charges for what you use. (Average monthly bill runs under $20 for me.) I get annoyed when I get the first text during a new billing period because that adds $3 to the bill (1-100 messages are $3). I don't like to use it much for voice calls, either- over 100 minutes adds another $6 to the bill. I ask people to call me on my land line for extended conversations.
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you should switch from Ting. they are not the cheapest. there is Mint mobile...for $15 /month its unlimited talk and text and 2gb data.
This is the kind of info I need for when my Verizon contract ends in December! Thank you for the info!
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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the knob of my crock pot snapped off. This thing has been in my family for at least 30 years. But instead of buying a new one, im using pliers to turn the knob. 😄

What are your one liners?
OMG, I'm not alone. I'm using pliers for my shower knob
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