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Old 02-10-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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my show shoes are a mens size 10 and I wear a ladies size 8
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I wear dh's shoes after he thinks he's worn them out. They are my yard shoes. I put on my cleanest Walmart shoes to go into town.

For me, it isn't going overboard, because they fit.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:09 AM
 
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"You know you've gone overboard with frugality when.."

When you steal paper napkins form the fast food place to use for toilet paper at home....


Or is that just being CHEAP?
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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Guilty. I also ask my co-workers to bring me a bag of plastic forks/spoons when they go to Chipotle or Mr. Goodcents.
This isn't frugal, it's cheap and it's stealing.

Sure your not going to be arrested for it but condiments, plastic utensils, etc are there for you to use as a customer and while eating at a restaurant, not for you to stock up your own home.

I have a buddy who managers a restaurant and though we may think oh those cheap silverware sets at the fast food place, that, condiments, napkins, etc are a huge expense for restaurants.

You taking extra causes prices to go up for everyone, and it's not frugal its cheap.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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You buy stuff you don't need in sizes that don't fit you (but you hope will someday) because it's dollar days at Goodwill?
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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you have calculated the expense of heating water and instead of washing ziploc bags you write on them with a sharpie what was in them so you can reuse them with something from the same taste/food group. (small sandwich and snack bags)

you brush your teeth with hot water so by the time your done brushing the water is actually hot so you can shave and not dump water down the drain waiting for it to get hot.

you and the wife have argued over .02 for 2 boxes of pasta in the middle of a grocery store and the defense you used was "but think if we spent the extra .02 every week. do you realize the savings if you put it into a savings account and add interest starting tomorrow and do it every week for 30 years?!"

you live in downtown indianapolis and you consider putting up a windmill to reduce your electric bill.

you have talked to your boss about adjusting your work hours so you miss rush hour and get 2 more mpg.

i have done or still do all of these.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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To me, there's a fine line between saving money and getting what you pay for. There's nothing wrong with looking for a bargain, but when quality stops mattering, you've gone too far. My father is a classic example of this. Several years ago, he had to replace the alternator on his car, but instead of buying a brand-new alternator for $100, he bought a rebuilt alternator for $40. The rebuilt alternator died a year later, so he bought another rebuilt alternator for $40. That one died after six months. At that point he'd wasted money because the cost of a third alternator on top of the two he'd already bought was more than the $100 he could have spent on a brand-new alternator, regardless of whether the third was brand-new or rebuilt. He also wasted time on repairs that he could have avoided.

I need sunglasses when I drive because my eyes get tired easily, but my head is a bit larger than normal, so all the cheap sunglasses I ever bought would eventually break. I'd actually gone through four pairs in one year, with each pair costing between $30 and $50, but ultimately breaking. When my fourth pair broke shortly before my birthday, my mom took me to an eyeglass store to get a custom-fitted pair. My new pair of sunglasses cost $180, so of course my father flipped out. They're still in good condition over 10 years later. These days, anytime my father scolds anybody about wasting money, I remind him of my 10-year-old pair of sunglasses and his three replacement alternators.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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You stop off at the cemetery on your way to meet your girlfriend for her birthday so you can surprise her with a nice bouquet of flowers.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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^ dont forget to sneak your own alcohol into the restaurant.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I have a friend who always goes to the produce aisle, where there is a mist sprayer, and picks out his greens first, to let them dry off by the time he gets to the checkout, so they don't weigh the water and charge him for it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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I have a friend who always goes to the produce aisle, where there is a mist sprayer, and picks out his greens first, to let them dry off by the time he gets to the checkout, so they don't weigh the water and charge him for it.
Sounds like the people who only purchase gas at the coldest time of the day (so it's most dense.. amounts to maybe similar savings.)
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