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Old 10-11-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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For Ma Jei, a woman who lives in Jiangsu province, the distance was about 70ft. Vertically, that is. She climbed the Great Wall of China (without climbing gears and without mishap) to avoid the $4 admission fee. This was neither the first nor the only time she practiced frugality to the extreme. She often climbed up the 65ft walls of Zhonghau Castle for the same reason.

Spider-Woman scales castle wall: Ma Jei climbs 70ft to dodge £2.50 admission fee | Mail Online
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: southern california
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i have gone to shameful excessives and wasted money by trying too hard to save it.
on the other hand, i have saved a boatload and stay debt free.
hurray for wall climbers.
dave ramsey for president.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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My inlaws used to drive all over southeast iowa in order to pay the lowest price possible for groceries, pet food, household supplies, etc. If they would have just paid a few more pennies at the cash register shopping locally I'm pretty sure they would have saved a fortune in gas and wear and tear on their vehicles, not to mention the countless hours of drive time that could have been used for something more productive.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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Fortunately, I have four stores really close by to me that have "specials" and take coupons, etc. so I don't have to waste a ton of gas to get there.

I guess the farthest I have gone is to look for coupons in recycling dumpsters.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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For Ma Jei, a woman who lives in Jiangsu province, the distance was about 70ft. Vertically, that is. She climbed the Great Wall of China (without climbing gears and without mishap) to avoid the $4 admission fee. This was neither the first nor the only time she practiced frugality to the extreme. She often climbed up the 65ft walls of Zhonghau Castle for the same reason.

Spider-Woman scales castle wall: Ma Jei climbs 70ft to dodge £2.50 admission fee | Mail Online
It's amazing the things frugality brings out in people. I think she found out she's a climber, and now it's more than just saving money. Just a specualtion.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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With gas prices the way they are, I won't go any distance to save only a few dollars! Don't be pennywise and pound foolish!

But, hooah for the Chinese Lady, hope she doesn't fall!
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:22 AM
 
Location: California Mountains
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With gas prices the way they are, I won't go any distance to save only a few dollars! Don't be pennywise and pound foolish!

But, hooah for the Chinese Lady, hope she doesn't fall!
Agree with you wholeheartedly. We always plan our errands to make sense -- dollar sense, gas sense, and wear-and-tear on the car sense. We only drive about 25 miles each week and we're still able to maintain a frugal budget on all household expenses.

I don't think Ma Jei ever once fell off a climb, while I often tripped over my own feet while walking on flat ground, and ladders and I do not get along at all.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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For Ma Jei, a woman who lives in Jiangsu province, the distance was about 70ft. Vertically, that is. She climbed the Great Wall of China (without climbing gears and without mishap) to avoid the $4 admission fee.
That's not frugality...that's breaking and entering...or at least trespassing.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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That's not frugality...that's breaking and entering...or at least trespassing.
True. But when the authorities just stood by and watched, we could assume they all have an understanding.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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I lived in my car for several months years back to save on rent and showered at a gym while working and going to school.

Would I do it again? No unless I hit rock bottom financially. Having a kitchen and a bathroom have their own savings and other perks. I don't really care how big is the space I sleep in as long as I could lie on somewhere flat.

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