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Old 01-27-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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I have never been able to wrap my head around people who pay outrageous prices for anything and everything without looking at the price possibilities.

I think most people don't realize that a set in stone price is never set in stone, everything is flexible, everything can be found at a cheaper price, everything can be done at a cheaper price.

So, for those of us who do understand how to get that one sweet, awesome, amazing, out of this world discount, here's your chance to brag it up!

What was your best frugal purchase? How did you manage it?
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I bought a 2002 Toyota Camry, fully loaded, last year for $5,000 cash. Blue Book was $11,000. Awful economy made salesman desperate to sell anything. I don't think I'll ever get a better deal than that...pretty great for my first car.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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Glass topped black coffee table and end tables which I wanted to buy a year ago for $200. I got them at a Hospice thrift store in excellent condition for $100 with a free TV stand thrown in.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Four years ago, I bought my wife a '97 Honda Accord, with 202K, for $3,000 cash. It just turned 250K, has needed no repairs except routine maintenance. Power options, AC and everything all work perfectly. It was a Nevada car, and the police made us take the tinting off the front windows.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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I bought a jacked up jeep wrangler (ALL bells and whisles) for 4k cash.
sold it a year later for 10k.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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Wow! You guys are GOOD!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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In 2007 I bought a 2001 Subaru Outback with 109k on it for $4600 (way, way under KBB). The folks I bought it from took it to the dealer for service every time it hiccuped, so it was in great shape. They had even done the timing belt already! I was the first person to look at it. I bought it right away.

I'm wearing a very nice slightly used North Face fleece jacket I paid $10 for. I'm not sure of the retail price, probably ~$75.

I have many many other great deals.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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My friend is taking classes for fashion design and needed a wheely cart to take her stuff in and keep it organized. She hadn't been able to find much of anything, and I convinced her to go to Joann's with me.

She had a 40% coupon (for one item) and off we went.

They had TONS of wheely carts of various types and all of them were exactly WRONG. We wandered a bit further and found this out of the way final sale aisle. More wheely carts. These were nearly perfect. They were originally 100 bucks, 30% off, and her coupon was for any one item.... so her total would have come to 42 bucks. Not bad. And these were the best ones she'd seen.

But money's tight (and so are we) so we dragged the wheely cart with us for a while and looked at other stuff. And found a few more carts and looked at those and compared them.... and she decided to take the 100 dollar cart.

We got up to the register, and the clerk joined us in our talking and then she scanned the cart. It beeped. She looked on a paper, entered some numbers, took the coupon and said -- $7.63...

She then said those carts were orignially 30% off, but when they went to the discount aisle they had an additional 50% percentage off, and because we came in on this holiday there was an additional 20% off.... and add the 40% off coupon....

It was around 94% off.....
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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We got up to the register, and the clerk joined us in our talking and then she scanned the cart. It beeped. She looked on a paper, entered some numbers, took the coupon and said -- $7.63...

She then said those carts were orignially 30% off, but when they went to the discount aisle they had an additional 50% percentage off, and because we came in on this holiday there was an additional 20% off.... and add the 40% off coupon....

It was around 94% off.....
Gotta love it when the stars line up like that!
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:19 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.
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