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Old 01-26-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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my denouncing of social injustice on CDF.

Viva la CDF!
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Coke! DH was raised on the stuff, and any other cola tastes funny to him. We do wait until it's on sale and stock up on tons of it though.

Dog food - Though in reality, feeding the premium food saves me a ton of money in the long run. She's healthier and eats less of it. The dogfoodanalysis link posted a few pages back was my bible when I chose her food. (Ironically, hubby and I eat processed junk happily )

Work clothes - I work in an industry where image is half the battle, so I can't afford to wear cheap clothing. I do wait for sales, use coupons, and buy pieces that will last a long time though.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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(Other than medical expenses of course)

For me it is education...generally I am frugal but I turn into George Steinbrenner when it comes to GMAT prep courses, etc.
I buy new cars, not used, and drive them for as long as I can.

I might pay a little more in the beginning, but then I KNOW the car has been properly maintained and not abused it's entire life, so I can guarantee they will last a very long time.

My used car purchases never seemed to last well; they always had problems fairly quick. My new when purchased Corolla has no problems in 10 years and 140K miles and will likely last me another 5 years.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I buy new cars, not used, and drive them for as long as I can.

I might pay a little more in the beginning, but then I KNOW the car has been properly maintained and not abused it's entire life, so I can guarantee they will last a very long time.

My used car purchases never seemed to last well; they always had problems fairly quick. My new when purchased Corolla has no problems in 10 years and 140K miles and will likely last me another 5 years.
We do this too, and my entire family will drive a car into the ground before getting a new one.

I've had mine 11 years, it only has 66k miles on it and is like new still, I'll drive it for another decade. Husband's is only about 5 years old, so his doesn't really count (yet). My mom's has over 200k miles on it, dad had a van with over 400k miles on it. Between them, they have driven at least 5 vehicles past the 200k mile marker in the last decade. My high school car was a car my parents got when they got married. I drove it, then later, my husband drove it, and now my young cousin is driving it.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:37 AM
 
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This is going to sound crazy, but I spent $190 for a 10 oz jar of body lotion! I have super dry skin and was going through about $10/mo on lotion. This stuff is so amazing that I don't even have to use it every day, which is a miracle considering I was moisturizing several times a day before (painfully dry skin). I bought the jar in March, so far it looks like it will last me about 1 year, so $16/mo.

On the shoe thing, I spent a lot of money on a pair of shoes because they were so amazingly comfortable and well made. I fell in love with the brand (tried on all the styles in the shoe store). Then I ended up buying 6 more pairs on Ebay! Some were brand new and the average price ended up being less than 1/4 what they sell for in stores.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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I have another one to add to my list (in addition to "food" in general and good quality footwear):
Bagged (or boxed) Salad.
I feel ashamed to admit this. Not just because it's not "frugal", but because as something of a "foodie" I know it's also not the best way to buy greens.
Ahem.
However, I have noticed that when I do not buy those oh-so-handy (and expensive!) baby arugula/radicchio/spinach blends our nightly salad-consumption drops off by more than 50%.
So in the interest of maintaining our health and greens consumption, I'm afraid I have to go back.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Murrayville, Georgia
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A good pair or two of shoes...
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, and certain appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, etc. I have some kitchen gadgets that were about twice the price they would have been at Target, but they have lasted 10 years and counting without so much as a nick or scratch. Same with knives; you do not want a knife coming apart on you while you're dicing an onion or chopping a heavy squash. I bought some cheap steak knives years ago and the tips broke off on half of them. Never again!

Also, shoes. I buy cheap flip flops and house shoes but when it comes to athletic shoes and shoes for work, I buy quality. Who wants sore feet every day?
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Toilet Paper
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: NC
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Our Time Warner bundle....it may cost a pretty penny every month, but I'm spoiled by Roadrunner internet, I love the variety of shows available with our digital cable, and DVR is the best invention ever created. I used to have to record everything with a VCR in another room when I wasn't around to watch it. I'm about to finish grad school so we'll have 2 incomes again soon, so it's all good
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