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Old 10-10-2016, 08:27 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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Fresh veggies and fruit. We sometimes even buy the cut up fruit because we know their will be no waste. We pay extra for great bread or I make it myself.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:07 AM
Location: R.I.
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I will never ever skimp on dental care and dental insurance!!! Following going through a health issue 13 years ago this issue caused my gums to go quickly to h-ll in and hand basket. After lengthy expensive laser periodontal surgery my gum disease was successfully treated and thankfully this procedure saved me from loosing my teeth. Fortunately I had and still have very good dental insurance that picked up a good percentage of the cost for this procedure. I will continue with this coverage despite it being fairly expensive because I never want to be in a place where I can't afford a treatment or procedure that would prevent me from loosing my teeth.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:16 AM
Location: Chicago area
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Originally Posted by MichiganGreg View Post
Letting people know when they do a good job, are a good friend, are loved, provide thoughtful gestures, or make my day brighter. Not just in praise; if someone does a great service for me, I tip them well. Contractors, wait staff, basically anyone but a brain-stem. Pay it forward...time is short.

Me as well. Ever since the suicide I never miss an opportunity to tell my dear ones how much I love them and hug them like I'll never see them again. Unfortunately I tipped a groomer 20 dollars after he did our dogs only to find that my Yorkie was hurt and traumatized when I got him home.

I've never really skimped on anything through the years except cars. I've driven some real beaters in favor of reaching financial goals instead. I've only had one new car my entire life. It's almost 15 years old now but I can't part with it. It still looks brand new too.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:46 AM
Location: Passed out on the trail to Hanakapi'ai
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Birth Control
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:14 AM
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Totally agree on car maintenance and dental care.

Food, in the sense that I won't eat something simply to not let it go to waste (e.g. if I buy something new/different and discover I really don't like it, or suddenly remember the week-old casserole in the fridge). I order what I want at restaurants, I don't pick a menu item (or combination thereof) just to save money. Even if it means I pay a little extra for cheese, for example.

Personal care items - sure I could buy the cheapest brand of body wash or toothpaste with the coupon that's in the weekly paper, but if I find a brand I like, even if it's not the most cost effective option, I stick with it. That holds especially true for skincare products (facial wash, moisturizer, etc).

Glasses - they'd no doubt be half the price or less at Wal-Mart, but I want frames that are comfortable and look good on me.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:23 AM
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Totally agree on car maintenance...
Yep, I never skimp on tires, suspension or brake parts- when you need them the most, in the worst situations, you want the best. Cheaping out can get you killed.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:06 PM
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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Appropriate food. It does limit my choices and sometimes I want to go out and binge on coffee and cookies.

But I feel much better since I stopped eating anything that had sugar in it, anything with wheat in it, any coffee, any meat or fish or dairy.

But eating requires a lot more creativity. Even spaghetti requires corn or mixed grain pasta. And I have to be careful of the labels. 97% of what you buy has added sugar, maltodextrins, or cornsyrup.

I also don't skimp on heat. I don't like to be cold, and I feel much better when I'm warm.
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:21 PM
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(2nd paragraph)..........by avoiding all those foods, will you live a lot longer or just feel like you lived a lot longer?
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:27 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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quality health care for humans as well as PETS
fresh produce
A/C and heat
quality mattress and pillows
dependable and safe transportation
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:30 PM
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We buy more services - yard, house, handyman for odd jobs like changing light fixtures.
Good shoes, the right size. I don't compromise and feet are so much more healthier. Also podiatrist.
Good - hotels - when we travel, comfortable, clean and safe.
More generous with gifts for kids - mostly money. We also pick up all the bills whether they visit or we visit.
Tip generously.

Things I am not picky/ care about:
Decorating the house. It is clean and that is good enough.
Coffee. Unless it is really bad neither of us care as long as it smells and taste like coffee
Purses. I rarely buy new one but now go for what works for me, not fashion. Pockets where I want them, stays on the shoulder, feels right.
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