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Old 06-10-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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Just how thrifty/spendy are you? Do you recycle? Do you buy from thrift stores? Do you spend a lot on meals, entertainment? Do you throw away the last few sips of milk instead of maybe just drinking it up?
Me, I know it sounds 'too' thrifty but I scrape on everything. The ends of a loaf of bread. Almost all my clothes come from Ebay or thrift stores. Using a clothesline (if I had one!) over a dryer, especially in the summer. Teabags can be reused at least once, but I try (sometimes) to use it a 3rd time. I dont buy too many things that arent a 'necessity', though if theres a good deal on something I really need, will get it. The last few squirts of a shampoo or dish soap bottle, even if it means rinsing out the bottle to get that last half-ounce all the way to the last tiny piece of bar soap. Everything gets recycled but we take it to the recycling center ourselves and benefit a few extra bucks rather than let the city take it. Most of the time leftovers will go to work, and if we dont have any, well, sandwiches are good.
Anyway, just curious.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Not very thrifty. I don't want to necessarily get to the point that I squeeze a penny till it squeals, but at the same time, I think I do need to cultivate some thriftiness! ( When I work full-time, usually time has meant more to me than money so I take the time-saving, less thrifty route in many cases!)
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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We'll take a truck load to the dump a few times a year. My husband reuses plastic bags to pick up after the dogs. I'll add water to get the last few drops out of a shampoo container and the like.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Oh, yeh, I'm a bit on the thrifty side. When the last sliver of soap is too small, I "stick" it to the next bar; I add water to the last dregs of shampoo and conditioner and dish detergent, clothes detergent and downy, too. We often have "clean the fridge" night. It's like a buffet, but we come up with some interesting combinations. If we want prime rib, we wait till it's on sale. But if it's something we really want or need, we get it.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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Being unemployed I've been trying to be thrifty myself. When I was working I almost always brown bagged my lunch. I now go to the dollar store for cleaning products, paper goods etc. If we go out to eat it's usually steak nite at the VFW, $9.50 for a dinner with the works. I have been going to the farmers market for my produce, much better tasting anyways. I'm always looking for ways to save.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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Not at all and I need to be. I do recycle but only because my city makes it easy. I wouldn't be driving to the recycling center to drop stuff off if they didn't.

I really need to work on this if for no other reason it's good to have self discipline. And the world only has so much to go around.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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I am not thrifty at all.


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Just how thrifty/spendy are you? Do you recycle? Do you buy from thrift stores? Do you spend a lot on meals, entertainment? Do you throw away the last few sips of milk instead of maybe just drinking it up?
Me, I know it sounds 'too' thrifty but I scrape on everything. The ends of a loaf of bread. Almost all my clothes come from Ebay or thrift stores. Using a clothesline (if I had one!) over a dryer, especially in the summer. Teabags can be reused at least once, but I try (sometimes) to use it a 3rd time. I dont buy too many things that arent a 'necessity', though if theres a good deal on something I really need, will get it. The last few squirts of a shampoo or dish soap bottle, even if it means rinsing out the bottle to get that last half-ounce all the way to the last tiny piece of bar soap. Everything gets recycled but we take it to the recycling center ourselves and benefit a few extra bucks rather than let the city take it. Most of the time leftovers will go to work, and if we dont have any, well, sandwiches are good.
Anyway, just curious.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I'm so thrifty, I even eat Thrifty ice cream!
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I am in the high income bracket, but that doesn't mean that I can mismanage my finances. The Lord tells us that we have be good stewards of everything he blesses us with, so yes I am not ashamed to admit that I am thrifty when it comes to many things, and there's nothing wrong with it. One example is bleach, why buy the name brand, when you can get the store's own brand for about 20 cents less. Over a year, 20 cents per item could add up to a lot money.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Oh, I hang my clothes "out" (in the garage - can't put up an outside clothesline in our community) too. We do recycle as required. And I'm waiting to buy a pair of sandals tomorrow or the next day because that's "Senior Day" at Beall's and I'll get 15% more off their price! Hey, it all adds up.
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