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Old 11-19-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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There was a contest in SF as I recall for the most frugal person.

A woman won for telling about (I believe) her dad who bought a 2 ply roll of TP...unwraped the sheets and made two rolls out of the one roll.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: in a galaxy far far away
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There was a contest in SF as I recall for the most frugal person.

A woman won for telling about (I believe) her dad who bought a 2 ply roll of TP...unwraped the sheets and made two rolls out of the one roll.

Ewwwwwww, that's just nasty!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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But back to the t.p. issue - for the really die hard tightwads, there is a thing known as the "family cloth." I have read about them on other forums and those who use them, swear by them. Rags instead of t.p. and a bucket (diaper pail?) of water in the bathroom to soak them in.

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I'd have to down to my last dime to ever consider the "family cloth." That seems like an extreme measure in order to be frugal, imo. But hey! Whatever floats another person's boat.
shoot, even newspaper seems a lot better! And also free!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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A woman won for telling about (I believe) her dad who bought a 2 ply roll of TP...unwraped the sheets and made two rolls out of the one roll.
ahem... what exactly was the point?
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:46 AM
 
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When the tube of toothpaste was almost empty, my mother tried to squeeze out the last bit but was unable to, so she cut it open with scissors and smeared the remaining toothpaste onto the toothbrush. That'll teach that tube of tootpaste a lesson for trying to withhold the last 0.01 ounce from her!
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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There was a contest in SF as I recall for the most frugal person.

A woman won for telling about (I believe) her dad who bought a 2 ply roll of TP...unwraped the sheets and made two rolls out of the one roll.
That effort would have been better spent finding a place with cheaper rent (yes, they do exist in the SF Bay Area.)

If you need to compromise your standard of living to save, at least SAVE BIG.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Wouldn't you save time by just rebuying plastig bags and tin foil? Washing it doesn't seem all that frugal in terms of invested time.

Or do you guys have your help wash them for you?
How much money would you actually earn, if you were free to do something else, besides wash foil? Even if you only spend $5 a year on foil, what would you do during your saved 30 seconds twice a week that would earn back that $5 a year?

Time is money only if you spend the time making money.

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Old 11-20-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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When the tube of toothpaste was almost empty, my mother tried to squeeze out the last bit but was unable to, so she cut it open with scissors and smeared the remaining toothpaste onto the toothbrush. That'll teach that tube of tootpaste a lesson for trying to withhold the last 0.01 ounce from her!
LOL! I do that with all of my "tubes", including shampoo and conditioner, etc.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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LOL! I do that with all of my "tubes", including shampoo and conditioner, etc.
I don't cut the toothpaste tubes but I do make sure I squeeze as much as I can out before it goes in the garbage.

I "marry" my bottles of things like shampoo, ketchup, taco sauce, and barbecue sauce. And it doesn't matter if the shampoo are two different "flavors" - such as apple going into coconut or whatever. Same thing with the barbecue sauce - tangy honey can go into whatever other flavor I'm opening. I also do this with liquid laundry detergent and fabric softeners.

I can remember my mom putting a few drops of water into the almost empty ketchup bottles, and swirling it around so the last little bit would pour out of the bottle. I do that, too, sometimes.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Not everyone has a dishwasher.

The other thing to consider is that I use Ziplocks several times a week, and also SHOULD use tin foil a few times a week, to keep meat warm as it rests. Washing them does save me money -- and while it's not much, that's money I give my local quilt store for a couple of yards of fabric.

And it eliminates WASTE -- so much waste.
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