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Old 03-19-2011, 02:30 PM
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By this I mean, even though more expensive, what items will you buy that you simply insist on? I'll start. Things I won't skimp on:

1. Clinique moisturizer
2. Cigarettes I smoke
3. Type of chili sauce I use
4. I insist on decent tomatoes as in vine riped (but only buy when on sale)
5. Certain brand of coffee (but store brand)
6. Real half and half
7. Real jewelry (until I started buying costume and vintage) and when I earned a good living, as in diamonds instead of zirconia, 14K gold, etc.
8. Air card instead of cable internet

Things I can't resist

1. Asian dishes and most things Asian
2. Good quality white dishes
3. Lean Cuisines or diet dinners when on sale
4. Shopping at Goodwill on Thursday dollar days (although I've gotten much better about not having to go as often).

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Old 03-19-2011, 07:57 PM
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I won't buy fabric at JoAnns. Their quilting cottons are awful, and their good cottons cost as much as the LQS (Local Quilt Shop), so I'd far rather buy my fabric at my LQS's and have way more choice, too. That way the money stays local, too... and it helps keep my LQS's in business...

We only drink Columbian coffee. Usually Yuban, but store brand, too.

In makeup -- L'Oreal Lash Out mascara. I was devastated when they stopped selling Max Factor in the states. I used their 2000 calorie mascara for YEARS, and it took a while to figure out the best replacement.

I can resist a lot.... but for whatever reason, a comfort buy is lipstick and nail polish. I barely even wear lipstick, but I love to buy it. It reminds me I'm a girl. And nail polish is inexpensive enough that I can paint my toes in all sorts of shades....

And nice refillable pens. I love me a good Parker pen....
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:56 AM
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I have to have my Kona cofee in the morning. It is one of the pods used in the Keurig machine. Since I only have 1 cup of coffee it only costs me 50 cents. Good dog food. I will do generic food for hubby and me but not for the doggies. Brand name cereal, I have not found generics I like. Good sneakers - I wear them a lot and I find the higher cost ones feel better on my feet.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Location: California
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clothing: Lands End used to be good but now I am only left with LL Bean

pet food: Skimping there will only lead to high vet bills and pain for my pets

my food: grow my own tomatoes and no processed food or food from china

health care: anyone speak English?

fun: take train to San Francisco for the day and volunteer work rather than go to a casino

coffee: Yuban, much cheaper and very good for daily use but Starbucks only for a special treat.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:56 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Tools, you can go kinda cheap.......but if you go too cheap on tools......you get what you pay for. You do not need to buy Proto quality......buy if you get the cheapest Kmart tools expect to not be able to do the job and maybe you will end up getting injured in the process of using these junk tools.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:58 PM
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:11 PM
Location: Middle America
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1. Whole bean coffee (brand is negotiable, but never pre-ground)
2. Rollerball pens, no ballpoint
3. Real half and half, no Coffeemate...I'll use it at work, but will not buy it for home.
4. Athletic shoes - I can wear random no-brand shoes for short periods of time for fashion purposes, but for working out, higher quality is better on my feet (which does not necessarily mean most expensive).
5. Feminine hygiene products - I have a specific brand I trust, and it is not house brand.
6. Birth control - mainly because what I use is not available in a generic, if it were, I'd use it.

Everything else is fairly negotiable.

As far as things I have a hard time resisting, magazines and books are a vice, but I do resist them if I truly don't have the extra wiggle room in my budget. If I do, though, that's a big area where I spend it.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:09 PM
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Good quality shoes--comfort --and cheap, ill fitting shoes can ruin your feet.
Good quality coffee--I only drink one cup per day.
Good quality vitamins
Good quality dog food
Good quality clothing even if it comes from the thrift store

I scrimp by never eating out and combining trips when I drive
Also getting cheap haircuts and coloring my hair at home
Grooming the dog myself instead of paying $50 for someone else to do it
I buy a lot of things in thrift stores, even small appliances
I get books and dvds from the library
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:57 AM
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Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus - a little goes a long way!
Getting my hair professionally cut and colored every 8 weeks, and low lighted twice a year
Good footwear for work (as I am on my feet). Right now, Sketchers Shapeups - worth it!
Good vodka (whatever brand is on sale)
Good quality underwear and bras - they last longer (but I buy them when on sale)
That's all I can think of right now. I buy most of my clothes and uniforms for work at thrift shops, and my cosmetics at Big Lots (sometimes I find a yard sale with Avon). I get my books from the library, too. I walk to and from work. I buy cheap coffee, or whatever is on sale (I drink it for the caffeine, not the taste). I brew my own iced tea from tea bags and grow my own vegetables. I work out in my own gym at home (purchased all the equipment at yard sales).
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:53 AM
Location: USA
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I definitely cannot resist a good pizza and a beer. But that would count as part of my daily nutrition necessity, so that should not really 'technically' count, does it?
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