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Old 12-02-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Each family member gets 2 squares of toilet paper ...and when one side gets used after a B.M.... you fold it over and use the other clean side ; no one gets greater than 2 squares . Desperate times require desperate measures ! ..... lol.....
Reminds me of the old Polish Joke, about tearing a little round hole in the center of the toilet paper. After using it, you use the little piece that was torn out to clean under your fingernail.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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Reminds me of the old Polish Joke, about tearing a little round hole in the center of the toilet paper. After using it, you use the little piece that was torn out to clean under your fingernail.
There ya go !
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My favorite frugal tip is to buy candy at the after holiday sales. One year I was able to buy several big bags of M&Ms after Christmas for 75% off. I used the red ones for Valentine's Day treats and the green ones for St. Patrick's Day treats. I am really excited because this year I was able to buy enough Dum Dum Suckers & Nerds for about nine months of family & school use for 90% off. Wow! I'm in heaven!
Now, if I could just get my husband to quit smoking----it costs us about $75 a week, YIKES!
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My favorite frugal tip is to buy candy at the after holiday sales. One year I was able to buy several big bags of M&Ms after Christmas for 75% off. I used the red ones for Valentine's Day treats and the green ones for St. Patrick's Day treats. I am really excited because this year I was able to buy enough Dum Dum Suckers & Nerds for about nine months of family & school use for 90% off. Wow! I'm in heaven!
Now, if I could just get my husband to quit smoking----it costs us about $75 a week, YIKES!
Sometimes my supermarket bakery makes too much of holiday cookies, cakes, etc., and they are steeply discounted the morning after the holiday.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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My favorite frugal tip is to buy candy at the after holiday sales...
The only danger of that is possibly ending up eating too much cheap candy
I limit the buy to a couple of bags lately

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Sometimes my supermarket bakery makes too much of holiday cookies, cakes, etc., and they are steeply discounted the morning after the holiday.
our Walmart has bread, cookies and doughnuts on sale that way
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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There are somethings it is not worth saving money on...condoms, tampons, and toilet paper. I will just take my lunch every day to work, skip meat, take the Metro, but some things, you just can't go cheap.

I knew a guy, he bought these el cheapo condoms. I won't detail the "experience", but trust me, don't go cheap on some things. I dumped him, the el cheapo condoms were just part of the package.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:11 AM
 
Location: in a galaxy far far away
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My favorite frugal tip is to buy candy at the after holiday sales. One year I was able to buy several big bags of M&Ms after Christmas for 75% off. I used the red ones for Valentine's Day treats and the green ones for St. Patrick's Day treats. I am really excited because this year I was able to buy enough Dum Dum Suckers & Nerds for about nine months of family & school use for 90% off. Wow! I'm in heaven!
Now, if I could just get my husband to quit smoking----it costs us about $75 a week, YIKES!

I wonder how well candy freezes.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I knew a guy, he bought these el cheapo condoms. I won't detail the "experience", but trust me, don't go cheap on some things. I dumped him, the el cheapo condoms were just part of the package.
Did pregnancy occur, and, how did you handle that ?
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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My response re the TP issue could be in two different threads (this and Mexico).

When travelling in a Greyhound type of bus they do have a bathroom in the rear. Seemed like when the driver was getting close to a stop the bathroom door would NOT open until after we left. This happened to ne more then once while living in Mexico City and travelling in northern Mexico.

One thing I recommend to any Americans trying the Bus method to have your own roll of TP as when at the bus stop there is a person outside the bathroom door selling a couple of sheets.

Another thing...DON'T stay in there too long as the bus will only be there a very few mins and can/will leave w/o you.

They BIG thing about Mexicans is that people will STEAL the rolls of tissue from any Bathromm whereever it may be in Mexico. It is common to see a woman remove a roll of TP from her purse to wipe a kids nose or their own. A mexican born friend but raised in the US from an early age mentioned the lack of TP in the womans restroom in a large Grocery chain store here in Rosarito. She complained to a employee and his response was " they do have some every day but it is always stolen". Being here 18 yrs I did learn a few things...some good and some bad.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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I raised five sons with cloth diapers. When I had a grandchild I was completely thrown as to how to do the Pampers thing. Took me three tries to figure out that you couldn't reposition the sticky tabs. Actually, I ended up scotch taping the third one so my son wouldn't go bankrupt from my wasting the other two.

I do sometimes cut the bottom of the toothpaste tube if I'm too lazy to walk to the hall closet to get a new tube.

I also cut up the junk mail to use for notes next to the phone. Or shopping lists. Or to-do lists. I rinse out ziploc bags and save the rubber bands from the newspaper. I can find many ways to be frugal.

BUT when it comes to TP, I am very protective of my tush and I not only do not ration TP, (the "good stuff") in addition I use those wonderful wet thingies in the pop-up container. Some of you may consider this to be wasteful in the extreme, but I have one happy heinie.

P.S. I don't go to self-service gas stations either. <gasp!> My full-service station is usually the same as the DIY stations or a penny or two more. Since my gas tank only holds about 10 gallons, my savings would range from nil or 20 cents at most. Not worth getting gas on my shoes.
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