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Old 04-17-2022, 02:01 PM
 
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My healthier diet may be cheaper. I eat mostly rice, potatoes, eggs, and fish now instead of frozen burritos and similar items. For the winter I stocked up on cashmere and lambswool sweaters from thrift stores to use less heat.
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Old 04-25-2022, 08:22 AM
 
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I already live minimally, so I don't have anything else to cut. The only thing I buy regularly is groceries and pay bills, so inflation means less savings.
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Old 04-25-2022, 10:12 AM
 
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I've cut out pedicures and expensive cosmetics.

I'm choosing off brands of goods (like store brands) instead of the major brands I usually buy. Pretty big savings there, although there are some brands of certain items I won't compromise on, like humane-certified eggs, Kerrygold butter, grass-fed beef and free-range poultry, to name a few.

I'm curbing impulse purchasing by not even visiting my usual haunts like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Target on weekends. Curbing Amazon purchases has proven more challenging because they're open 24hr/day! But I'm working on that too.

I'm not going to Saturday morning farmers markets anymore because I usually spend way more than I intended. I can get everything at the grocery store anyway (great grocery stores in my town that buy local).

Limiting subscriptions - I stopped Amazon Prime Music and am considering ending Netflix too. I can never find anything to watch on Netflix, and also have HBO Max, PBS Passport, and Amazon Videos, so that's (more than) plenty.

I'm basically just tightening up the budget in all the small ways that actually end up being pretty substantial, but also fairly painless.


I'm pretty frugal to begin with, so there's not much major changes I can make. But my bucket has lots of small leaks that need to be plugged!
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Old 04-25-2022, 11:25 AM
 
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I cut unnecessary luxuries ...
That raises a couple obvious questions.
  1. Did you cut necessary luxuries?
  2. Did you cut unnecessary non-luxuries?
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Old 04-25-2022, 02:16 PM
 
Location: California
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No. Just saving less.
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Old 04-27-2022, 08:05 AM
 
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not a damn thing - that's way i worked for 45 years and saved -
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Old 04-27-2022, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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So far I haven’t cut, but have been aware of how some things may change. If anything I’m spending as fast as I make right now enjoying life. But everything is paid off except for my house which I pay about 371 a month for the mortgage because I rent out my basement to help pay for it and I use 4000 sq feet for myself.
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Old 04-29-2022, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Indiana Uplands
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I have ways to save money, everyone complains about food inflation... I have enough higher end dry goods of twenty five boxes to last me over half a years worth of meals by themselves. (corn/rice non GMO gluten free pasta). So, the low hanging fruit, easy way to save money by reducing overall grocery bill every week as costs for other items exponentially increase. I did start buying large quantities of items back in 2019-2020 to fully stock my pantry,
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Old 06-09-2022, 07:41 AM
 
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I am driving less now. Gas is just too high.

I'm holding off on a gym membership as it's nice outside and I have some equipment at home.

I buy what I need at the grocery and think twice about something I don't need. If something is significantly higher priced than what I am used to, I might not buy it now.
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Old 06-09-2022, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I have ways to save money, everyone complains about food inflation... I have enough higher end dry goods of twenty five boxes to last me over half a years worth of meals by themselves. (corn/rice non GMO gluten free pasta). So, the low hanging fruit, easy way to save money by reducing overall grocery bill every week as costs for other items exponentially increase. I did start buying large quantities of items back in 2019-2020 to fully stock my pantry,
We are doing the same. We stocked the large pantry to brimming, bought a small dedicated freezer just for meat, etc.

Basically we are just eating that down now, with the addition of produce and dairy. Our grocery bills are now less than before.

Whereas before I would just buy something frivolous, I am now more selective before I hit the "buy" button.

Diesel is a big hit right now, as we RV camp a lot. We have made an effort not drive with the water tank full, as that cuts our mileage by quite a bit.
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