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Old 06-09-2016, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I hang my head in shame. Just came back with $456 worth of stuff from COSTCO. every single thing is needed and will not be wasted but we really hadn't planned on spending so much. Had to go to sign the paper to get free hearing aid replacement. They know what they're doing getting you back in there. Now I'll go to the Frugal thread and brag about all the money we saved!
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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I feel ya! Was determined to buy nothing else to eat until I'd eaten everything in the house, but ran out of a staple. Came out $40 later. Hey, they were all on sale! And coupons!
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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If an item comes in, an item goes out. Hard to choose. I just brought in an exercise bike, out went a nice heavy bulky wicker basket. I won't miss it, too heavy for one person to carry even without anything in it.

When my new lightweight folding computer desk arrives, out goes the one that weighs a ton, an easy and planned trade.
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Another perspective on downsizing the residence; it doesn't always save money re: COL and it can present unforeseen problems. Granted, the article is 4 yrs back but there are still good points to consider (for me, at any rate)

Why Downsizing Your House May Not Solve Your Retirement Problems - WSJ
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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Another perspective on downsizing the residence; it doesn't always save money re: COL and it can present unforeseen problems. Granted, the article is 4 yrs back but there are still good points to consider (for me, at any rate)

Why Downsizing Your House May Not Solve Your Retirement Problems - WSJ

The problem with the couples in the article is that few of them actually downsized. They moved to a slightly smaller house down the street with the same number of toys and the same lifestyle. In other words, they spent a small fortune to save 5-20%.

When we downsized and moved from a HCOL to a LCOL, we attained the following savings nearly immediately:

$3500 in lower property taxes
$1600 in lower condo fees
$600 in gym membership fees
$1500 in state tax savings


I am not going to downsize and then have to rent out a half dozen storage units to keep stuff that came from my mother's house.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:28 PM
 
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We went through our kitchen cabinets where we keep plates, bowls, cups, etc. We got rid of a lot of stuff. We kept saying, "But we never use this [plate, bowl, etc.]". Now our cabinets look spacious and I feel a little better knowing we won't have to go through that stuff again when we eventually retire and move.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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Sold some things on Ebay, mostly jewelry and clothes. I found vintage jewelry really goes fast! I had some Trifari earrings, starting bid 99 cents, got bid up to $49!


Took some items to Goodwill---only went to the BACK door for donations, not the front door, or I would end up buying more stuff


Shredded lots of old papers.....


Its an ongoing process, you will never get to the bottom.


We plan to move again in 6-8 months, when we get our house sold. Its vacant, we are currently renting an apartment. I want to be ready for the next move. BTW, I'm the OP, I started this thread about 2 moves ago. Seems no matter how I try, I'm still hauling stuff around!
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:26 AM
 
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"Took some items to Goodwill---only went to the BACK door for donations, not the front door, or I would end up buying more stuff."

Good point! And same here!
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Its an ongoing process, you will never get to the bottom.

Seems no matter how I try, I'm still hauling stuff around!
Truer words were never said.
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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150 hanging file folders, anyone?
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