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Old 04-03-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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*** I have a Golds gym membership...best $27. per month Ive spent.
*** I do not turn heat on at night.....electric balnkets are amazing.
*** Safeway regularly has buy one get one free...stock up.
*** Winco grocery store...serves Wa. Idaho. and I believe Oregon....best prices by far (many items half of competitors).
*** 2 daughters in University...As a freshman one should really try to figure out major and stick to one school. My daughter will graduate with 2 seperate degrees in 4 yrs with taking 3 yrs summer school. Fraturnities offer girls rooms for $100. per month during summer school. This daughter will walk with minimal loans and a great education. My other daughter is doing well in school and will finish, however with switching schools etc. loans will be much higher.
Your gym is a ripoff. I paid $700 in cash for 3 years which is $19.44 a month. After 3 years, it is $49 for the entire year for the rest of my life, all gym passes anytime.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Would I rather watch TV:

(a)... on my 50 inch HD plasma with my surround sound system while I relax in my leather recliner, or
(b)... would I rather watch it on a 19 inch monitor while sitting at my desk in my office chair?

If I chose (b) somebody please kill me as I have obviously sunk below the "no hope" point.
Sorry for the criticism but I just when I read that. Hopefully you're "rolling in the dough" and completely debt free but since you're browsing a "frugal living" forum I kind of doubt that, which brings me to say your post is a prime example of how spoiled we have become in this country. It also sounded like an indirect putdown for people who chose or needed to downgrade. But I commend them for being adaptable, and this brought to mind this quote from Charles Darwin: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

I prefer to be on the internet rather than watch TV so DSL is really my only indulgence. And when I do watch TV PBS is my favorite channel, I've learned so much watching some of the excellent shows there! Plus I love "Masterpiece Theater", so my indoor antenna is more than enough. I also borrow movies, books and CDs from the local library and when I buy any of those I usually get 2nd hand, either locally or at Amazon.com.

I do a lot of the things mentioned here like cooking for 2-3 meals at once (I live alone). I'm a great believer in "Reuse, Repurpose or Recycle" so I wash a lot of things that one supposedly should throw away like baggies and the Swiffer "cloths", but I crocheted 2 cotton covers so I won't have to buy any at all.

I clean my stove and kitchen counter with a simple mixture of water and baking soda, sometimes I add a bit of borax to it for even more grease cutting power. I also add baking soda to my dishwashing liquid to enhance its grease cutting power and to my liquid laundry detergent for better cleaning and deodorizing.

Many years ago I read a book about cosmetics ingredients (and later I went to Cosmetology school) so I learned to choose my products by their ingredients and not by price. I'm sure some of you know that very often you're paying for the brand's advertising, overhead, etc., and not the quality of the product itself. Since then I rarely buy body wash but instead use a cheap shampoo that smells good, I then pour some in a smaller bottle and "enrich" it with vegetable glycerin and a little bit of "African Pride" skin & hair oil. I also clean my hair with an inexpensive conditioner (sometimes I add some of the oil too) because it's better for curly hair but as a bonus it saves me money as well.

Every week I look at the store fliers I get in the mail and if I see a few things that I may need soon I plan a "run" to stock up. Basically, I try to not let myself run out on any staples so I won't have to pay full-price.
Lucky for me there are quite a few stores along a certain stretch that I can go to and not spend extra gas.

I've bought clothes (usually on weekends when they have the $1 sale), kitchen ware, yarn, hangers and many other items from the local Good Will. I'm sure there are many people here who go to garage sales too, but now I can't because I sleep during the day. I recommend joining your local Freecycle group because not only you can often get useful things through it but you can clear out closet space by sharing your forgotten items with others who might need them instead of letting go to a landfill.

Since it's just me and I hate washing my clothes where everyone else does, last year I invested in a small portable hand-cranked washer called "Wonder Washer" which I can put on top the counter next to the sink. I can even fit a whole set of king size sheets in it. I also bought a spin dryer which doesn't actually dry but extracts so much moisture out of the clothes (and detergent residue too) they dry pretty quickly; it's electric but since it's used only for like a couple of min. the expenditure is negligible. I then hang the clothes in hangers on the shower curtain rod (the sheets go directly on the rod, one at a time). It may take me a while to recoup what I spent on these items, but for me the convenience made it worthwhile from day one.

My home phone is Vonage, originally I had the "World Plan" which included international phone calls to a lot of places and came to $34-35/mo. after taxes, but I had to downgrade to a limited minutes plan that was around $20-21. I was not happy with it so after a couple of months I called to cancel but then they offered me the "U.S. & Canada" plan for I think less than $1 more than I was paying but with unlimited calls. Earlier that same year I'd called to cancel because I was not working and they gave me a free month so that was very helpful to me. My cellphone is pre-paid from Tracfone and I hardly use it at all.

Before I put gas in my car's tank I always check GasBuddy.com - Find Low Gas Prices in the USA and Canada

Ah, since I crochet and learned how to make jewelry, what few gifts I have to give I make them myself as my children and friends really appreciate home-made one-of-a kind things. Since there's tons of free patterns available online or I design them myself I don't ever spend on that (and needless to say I try to buy my materials on sale or with coupons most of the time).
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:20 AM
 
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Your gym is a ripoff. I paid $700 in cash for 3 years which is $19.44 a month. After 3 years, it is $49 for the entire year for the rest of my life, all gym passes anytime.
Well, well, well...... does your gym have a pool? Does your gym have a cardio cinema? Does your gym have a variety of classes (hot yoga, step class, spin class, boxing etc.) Basketball court and rachetball courts...huhm! I bet YOUR gym is the ol boring gym that only has weight machines and treadmills.

I bet my gym is wayyyy better than your gym...LOL
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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Well, well, well...... does your gym have a pool? Does your gym have a cardio cinema? Does your gym have a variety of classes (hot yoga, step class, spin class, boxing etc.) Basketball court and rachetball courts...huhm! I bet YOUR gym is the ol boring gym that only has weight machines and treadmills.

I bet my gym is wayyyy better than your gym...LOL
Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Classses (Yoga, Zumba, etc)
cinema? to watch movies?

I go to 24 hour fitness.

I bet my gym has better looking women then yours lol
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Classses (Yoga, Zumba, etc)
cinema? to watch movies?

I go to 24 hour fitness.

I bet my gym has better looking women then yours lol

Yea, it's like a movie theater with treadmills, bikes etc. Really cool but I always wonder how their liability ins. works since it is so darn dark in there.

You might have me beat on the price however the better looking women are definately at my gym....because I am one of them! LOL
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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Yea, it's like a movie theater with treadmills, bikes etc. Really cool but I always wonder how their liability ins. works since it is so darn dark in there.

You might have me beat on the price however the better looking women are definately at my gym....because I am one of them! LOL
Can you watch porn? Lol I thought they are not responsible for your injuries?
Since you are a woman then for you better looking men to look at.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:21 AM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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Get chickens and plant a garden in your backyard.
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