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Old 03-19-2019, 08:22 AM
 
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We are all aware this is a tough city to live in. How about some tips and tricks for the area to help Joe Sixpacks survive the long haul?

I remember my depression-era grandmother washing out and reusing Ziplock bags when I was younger. Nothing was wasted with her, that may be something most people alive today dont know about. Sometimes I'll just drop a piece of floss, rinse it use it as long as it doesn't tear.

I've found Offerup and Costco to be two huge helps in the area. Trader Joe's is ok for some things.

Local restaurant deals are always a plus, like Taco Tuesday or various street food vendors. Happy hours are always a plus! Sharing any particular deals around here could be greatly appreciated, please specify Eastside, Westside, South Bay, or Inland?
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I think people need to be less wasteful with toilet paper. Almost nobody thinks to ever flip it over and use the reverse side of it, so you get twice as many wipes from the same piece.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I think people need to be less wasteful with toilet paper. Almost nobody thinks to ever flip it over and use the reverse side of it, so you get twice as many wipes from the same piece.
And you know this how?
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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I think people need to be less wasteful with toilet paper. Almost nobody thinks to ever flip it over and use the reverse side of it, so you get twice as many wipes from the same piece.
Or just don't use toilet paper. What a waste!
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:50 PM
 
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Or just don't use toilet paper. What a waste!
Seriously. People in India just use their hands and it seems to work for most of the world. We're spoiled
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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You can get free rent if you are homeless.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Naples Island
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Seriously. People in India just use their hands and it seems to work for most of the world. We're spoiled
Yeah, and that’s why cholera, typhoid and hepatitis among other diseases that are transmitted via the fecal-oral route are still highly endemic in India as of 2019.

Please, don’t sicken me — literally and figuratively.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Seriously. People in India just use their hands and it seems to work for most of the world. We're spoiled
Nope. They use only their LEFT HAND. And it's considered unclean to touch a left hand. They often only use their right hands for touching food.
Gawd hep the poor lefties.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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We are all aware this is a tough city to live in. How about some tips and tricks for the area to help Joe Sixpacks survive the long haul?
I'm being very serious. Not negative.

Leave the area.

I wouldn't live there again.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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In terms of grocery shopping, stick to Trader Joe's, Ralphs, Vons, and Costco. Between all these stores, you should have all your bases covered. Vons and Ralphs have grocery apps where you can find a lot of great discounts. On a side note, Costco has great pricing on gas.

Minimize eating out to the extent you can, especially sit-down restaurants. Between tax and tip (and now some places that add an surcharge for worker healthcare, etc.), it really adds up. If you eat out, stick more to fast casual spots. Plus, a fair number of chains (albeit mostly fast food) have apps where they are constantly running deals and you can receive rewards benefits. And yes, there are a lot of good Taco Tuesday deals out there and a bunch of happy hours where you get great bang for your buck.

Also, buy your own alcohol. It's fun to go out and have a few drinks, but perhaps start off the night with one beer at home from a six-pack you've purchased that comes out to $1-$1.50/bottle instead of paying $6-8 for a bottle/pint so that you're just paying for two instead of three drinks at the bar as an example. Too many people fall victim to wasting so much on alcohol especially once their decision making gets impaired a few drinks in. Keep some of that money in your pocket instead of paying an often ridiculous markup to enrich someone else's pockets.

Keep coffee shop visits to a minimum. Brew your own coffee or take advantage of free coffee at work if possible. Way too many folks (young folks especially) who go to Starbucks every day getting fancy drinks.

In terms of clothes and other shopping, make the drive to an outlet if you can. I have personally bought from high-end outlet stores at a steep discount (sometimes up to 75%) for high quality items. Even places like TJMaxx and Ross may some pretty decent stuff. OfferUp is also a great option for things such as buying used furniture or household items.

Definitely re-use bags if you can. We are a wasteful society and I see folks especially who've immigrated from countries where there are far fewer resources who are much more resourceful. Use the plastic bags from the store to put some of your garbage in rather than always busting out a new compactor bag. Or like your grandmother, re-use ziploc bags for certain types of food. It definitely can save a little bit.
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