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Old 03-12-2015, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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The wealthiest man I personally know (old, old family wealth) has a small 1950s refrigerator in his small condo. I love that thing, and it still runs, even though it's not "energy star." He drives a beater.
The people who sold the house I bought are leaving an 'older' fridge in the laundry room. The one in the kitchen isn't exactly new top of the line but the older one IS older. Older than the one I have now actually but it was my mom's and stays here when I move. However it works perfectly and has the water/ice in the door. The other one doesn't AND it has a bottom freezer. I expect I'll use the older one as my beverage fridge. I'll also have my chest freezer so I think I'm set. One day, in the far ( I hope ) future I'll get a new(er) side by side.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Depending on the electric rates in your area, an old freezer/ refrigerator may not be your friend. But, most places in the country have lower electrical rates than we do so it may not be as much of a problem.

We're looking at starting retirement next year, it will be interesting to see how much things will change. We don't buy much at retail, anywhere for anything, doubt that will change. But, if we've already been in "frugal" mode and then retire, how much of a change will there be?

Other than being frugal and saving whatever we can, we will skitter around and see what we can do to make a bit of money here and there, no doubt.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:18 AM
 
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Wash your own car. Nice outside activity, can save $$, and have the satisfaction of a better job than the carwash.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Sometimes there are various discount opportunities which are not limited to seniors. The Laemmle art house chain in the Los Angeles area has a card on which they will load $100 paid in advance. Then each time you buy a movie ticket there is a discount of one or two dollars off whatever the price would be, even if it is an already discounted price, such as the senior price. In addition you get 20% off at the concession stand. Once you have the card, you can load just $50 on it.

For me I can't lose because I know I will use up that $100 sooner or later without fail.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Sometimes there are various discount opportunities which are not limited to seniors. The Laemmle art house chain in the Los Angeles area has a card on which they will load $100 paid in advance. Then each time you buy a movie ticket there is a discount of one or two dollars off whatever the price would be, even if it is an already discounted price, such as the senior price. In addition you get 20% off at the concession stand. Once you have the card, you can load just $50 on it.

For me I can't lose because I know I will use up that $100 sooner or later without fail.
That is so neat. We don't have anything like that here. Of course,I'm in the boonies but...
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:57 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Folks, please check out the Aetna Vital Savings program for discounts on wellness (chiropractic and massage), vision, drug and dental discounts. It's a discount membership, 12.99 a month for a family. It saves me 80 dollars a month at the chiro for both of us.
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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As we get older, we need several pairs and types of prescription glasses: a single vision reading pair, a single vision computer/TV watching pair, a bifocal far/near vision pair for working outside, photography, and a bifocal far/medium vision for driving/flying. We used to use progressive glasses but find them less suitable for flying (poor peripheral vision). Another issue with dring/flying is difficulty in seeing displays (glass panel, GPS/ipad/nexus screens etc) with dark sunglasses. Bifocals with gradual tint work out the best.

It would have cost us a fortune if we get the glasses locally even with insurance discounts at cheaper places like walmart, sam's club etc.

For the last many years, we have been ordering glasses from zennioptical.com. The prescriptions given by optometrist/opthalmologist have all the information needed to order online EXCEPT the pupillary distance (PD). You can measure this distance yourself with a mirror or ask another person to do it. zennioptical has detail instructions showing you how to fill out your prescriptions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Zenni Optical Glasses

You can spend as little as $6.95 for a pair of single vision prescription glasses. The s&h cost is only $4.95 per order. They also offer BOGO or free shipping during major holidays.

After my husband's detached retina surgery, he has slight double visions and needs glasses with prisms. Zenni only offer prisms in single vision glasses so I had to find another cheap online source for his bifocals. I have been using

Shop Prescription Glasses Online | EyeBuyDirect

This place has good prices but somewhat limited in the cheap frame selection.
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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BellaDL,

I concur with zennioptical. I started with one pair, and then ordered two more! We have no vision insurance, and this has been a lifesaver. Even if we did have insurance, this would still be cheaper.

I am really enjoying this thread. Thanks, ALL.
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you have a "sports arena" or a theater playhouse or such in your area, look to volunteer as an "usher" and you would be AMAZED at the things you get to see free!!! We are in San Antonio, which has a HUGE variety of different theater's (the Majestic does the "Broadway Shows"), the AT&T arena and other such venues....lots of retirees volunteer for the usher duty and then get to enjoy the shows for free! (not sure if you have to stand during the show, but you are on your feet to show folks to their seating area before the show and at intermission).
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Folks, please check out the Aetna Vital Savings program for discounts on wellness (chiropractic and massage), vision, drug and dental discounts. It's a discount membership, 12.99 a month for a family. It saves me 80 dollars a month at the chiro for both of us.
They have to be your health insurer, no?
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