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Old 07-10-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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We eat out a lot - not necessarily expensive places, but, still. We get a lot of enjoyment out of trying new restaurants, so it's our main "luxury" type spending. We both figure that at some point, we'll start a family, and it won't be an option as often, so we're enjoying it while it lasts.

I also don't skimp on keeping the heat as high as keeps me comfortable in the winter, and the AC as low as keeps me comfortable in summer. I have no problem paying a higher utility bill in order to stay physically comfortable. I have severe anemia, and my body doesn't regulate temperature well, and I grew up in a household where frugality was extended to the point of my always being freezing cold all winter, and overheated in summer. I decided that once I was paying the bills, that wouldn't be an area where I'd nickel and dime. I refuse to spend winter huddled under a pile of blankets, or pretending that a ceiling fan's gonna cut it in sweltering heat in summer. The higher bills are well worth it, to me.
Gotta agree about heating the house in winter.

I grew up on a poor farm with a big old uninsulated farm house.

I vowed , when a kid, that someday I will live in a house that is warm regardless if it's -35 outside.

The money I spent to heat my house was the best use I ever put my money to.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Yep, 1860s farmhouse with original vintage windows, no thermal replacement windows, was my childhood home, up on a hill and unshielded from the wind. There's no way I'm going to ever in my life wake up again in a bedroom so cold that frost has formed on the insides of the windows.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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My frugality ends when I get up each morning.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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Many things but the biggest is driving used paid for cars. Average new car is over $25k now - A lot of money to invest in an asset that quickly goes down in value. I'd rather have one car payment a year in the form of a repair then a car payment every month.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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When buying things for my girlfriend typically my frugality ends.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Yep, 1860s farmhouse with original vintage windows, no thermal replacement windows, was my childhood home, up on a hill and unshielded from the wind. There's no way I'm going to ever in my life wake up again in a bedroom so cold that frost has formed on the insides of the windows.
BRRRRRRRRRR!!! Did you have any heat in the house?
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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In our old house we did.

3 woodstoves........a kitchen cook stove, a kitchen wood heater, a kiving room wood heater.

You could hardly tell there was any heat when its 20-30 below zero with a strong wind.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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frugal friend, when you say you buy organic, do you buy organic food that comes from other countries? or organic food from the US? Just wondering.....
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:10 PM
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Mine ends with a thermostat set for 64F in the winter and 79F in the summer.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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My frugality ends at my girlfriend. Not that I just blow money away, but I will gladly go to a fine restaurant for a romantic dinner if it puts a smile on her face.
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