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Old 01-27-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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In 1986, I bought a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu with 60k miles for $1,500.

I drove the car until 1992 to 130k. I planned to sell it for $600 but three people saw the "for sale" sign and followed us home. We had an impromptu auction on the front steps and received $850.

60,000 miles for $600. Not a bad deal.

However, the best deal was on E-Bay. I bought some US postage off of a German collector. He insisted that I send him $40 in cash. Against my better judgement, I sent the cash. I heard nothing for four months and wrote it off as a total loss. A month later, a huge box shows up at my door. I opened the box to find over $400 in new US postage which I sold to a collector at face.

I am impressed.a penny a mile.I can't top that so i am going to sleep.I will dream and think of any thing i can remember that beats that.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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In 1986, I bought a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu with 60k miles for $1,500.

I drove the car until 1992 to 130k. I planned to sell it for $600 but three people saw the "for sale" sign and followed us home. We had an impromptu auction on the front steps and received $850.

60,000 miles for $600. Not a bad deal.

That's actually 70k miles. you're good at being frugal but bad at math. lol just kidding. good job.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I bought some US postage off of a German collector. He insisted that I send him $40 in cash. Against my better judgement, I sent the cash. I heard nothing for four months and wrote it off as a total loss. A month later, a huge box shows up at my door. I opened the box to find over $400 in new US postage which I sold to a collector at face.
Any stamp shop in the US will have tons of old US stamps in sheets,and will sell them to you for about 20% off face or better, just to get rid of them. Use them for postage. I've had a supply of them for years. The PO doesn't mind a bit if you mail a letter with 15 three-cent stamps on it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:13 AM
 
Location: southern california
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my pc, never got this much fun out of a 277 dollar purchase, thank you thank you dell, thank you CDF.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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A few years ago we bougth a '91 Toyota Previa for $2,000. We drove it for about 2 years and only put in a new battery in all that time. It was starting to rattle a lot and we needed money so we put it on craigs list. A couple of hours later a guy came and paid us $2,000 for it! So we only shelled out $69 for a new battery. Cost $69.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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My late wife bought me a sweater at a yard sale for $5 in a really upscale area. It was essentially brand new and retailed for several hundred.

Splurged on a new Z06 corvette as a treat for myself. Got it for 61k when sticker was 76k due to economy. Not a frugal buy but a great deal on a once in a lifetime thing.

Took a vacation to Florida the spring after 9-11 when people weren't flying.
Got 4 tickets to Tampa for $104 each...when normally they were 225 or so.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My wife and I got an offer to get a players card at the nearby Indian casino. For $5, we get $5 in chips and a free buffet. So we enjoyed the buffet, and I started putting the five $1-coins in a slot machine. The second one paid $12, so now I had $15. I quit ahead and a mile down the road there was a yard sale, where I paid 50c for a nearly new shirt with a Niemann Marcus label. So I got a free buffet lunch, $9.50 ahead in cash, and a nice shirt, free.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Lead/Deadwood, SD
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At 36 yrs old I have maybe paid for $200 of furniture in my life (unless you count my mattress) - for my family of 4 I have always had a fully furnished home. - ok, so my stuff doesn't match but most of it is fairly nice because often it is the nice stuff that is heavy - that often translates into people saying "if you can move it you can have it".
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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My first year in college, when I was as poor as a church mouse, I bought my first car, a Vette A Chevy CHEvette hatchback, that is. I got it for $250 but it had no breaks and a hole in the passenger side floorboard. Other than that, the car was a TANK. My neighbor fixed the brakes for me when I got it home (did a LOT of praying on THAT drive home) for like $75. I drove it all 4 years in college and loaned it to my friends without cars while in school....they would help me put gas in it. I never locked it 'cause NOBODY was going to steal that baby. Eventually I gave it to my mom after I graduated and got my first job ( her car had died unexpectedly). She drove it for maybe 8 months before someone hit her and totaled the car. She was FINE, 'cause, like I said, the car was a freakin' tank. The insurance company gave her $1500 for the car. So, nearly five years of perfectly reliable transporation for a group of college students and my mom and in the end our family cleared $1250 towards the purchase of my mom's next car. God provided that opportunity for me, no doubt.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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I paid $2.00 at a local thrift store for a men's Jam's World hawaiian shirt to sell on e-bay. It had a very striking print on it. I didn't know what I had until it sold for $45.00.

Looking at everyone's posts, I need to get out more.
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