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Old 03-05-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Originally Posted by selhars View Post
I suppose those of us in the frugal club have heard the phrase about pennies becoming nickels, nickels dimes, dimes quarters, etc....well.....

-- Idling your car (while waiting for someone to run into a store or picking someone up from work)

-- Leaving lights and appliances on (if leaving the house for 15 mins or less)

-- running water while brushing teeth

Do you think little things like this add up?...or not?
Do you do them?
Are they too little "waste" to worry about?

Any other behaviors you can think of that fall into this category?

Not running water while brushing teeth and not idling your car while waiting aren't so much about being frugal as they are about being ecologically friendly.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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Basically my goal is to have my regular comfortable life, but "turn off" things when they are not needed. i.e. don't leave something powered on all the time if I just use it once a week.

So no problem leaving everything on when I run to the store for 15 minutes. And no problem leaving the car running if I want the A/C or heating on or waiting a short time. And no problem leaving the A/C on in the house on hot days while away. Then it will be cool when I come back.

I am "using" those things. They make my life more comfortable.

What I cut out and turn off are things like the microwave oven being plugged in 24/7. And I may only use it for a few minutes a day. I have a switch on that and turn it off when not in use.

Or all the TV stuff, Playstation, Stereo, DVD, VCR, etc. All that stuff constantly uses electricity even when off. I have a switch on all that and turn the whole works off when not in use.

Same with all the computer gizmos.

Anyway turn things on and leave them on when you need them or it is more convenient to leave something on. Just turn stuff off when not needed.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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yep, it's the mindset that is the issue, but if you REALLY want to save, for a year or 2, stop paying rent and utilities. Live in a van, pickup camper, old trailer, tent, etc, and use the 20k or so that you've saved to set yourself up a much, much better life.
This is not about completely uprooting your family and rebuilding a complete life, and quitting your job and committing your family to a non-monetary existence in the hinterlands. It is about reaching for the light switch as you go by, which has no effect on your macro-lifestlye.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I now have no land line, just basic cell, and no cable... and do not miss either one.

Basic internet is all I need... watch tv shows and movies at HULU.com for free.... use internet for news ie CNN and weather (NOAA site).

Very happy with the arrangement! Just need to remember to keep phone and laptop plugged in and full of power.

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Yes, the little things do add up... but not as quickly as the big things..

I'm trying to convince my husband that once my car dies, I don't want to replace it. And I'd like the cable and land line phone to go as well. We've already talked about stripping the cell phones down to basic pay as you go once we are done with the current contract.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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Turning on the hot water tap, when you don't intend to let it run until it's hot. I often find myself just turning on the hot to rinse my hands, even though it''s cold when it comes out. But it drains that amount of water from the heater tank, which now has to be reheated. The amount that is saves is microscopic, but thinking about it helps the mindset, which cumulatively saves real money over time.
I keep a container by the sink, catch that cold water and put it in the water distiller. It really amounts to more than one would think if they are running it to be warm before washing their hands, face, etc. in the sink.

I think it does add up. We now switch off anything with that ghost energy drain, like TV, stereo, computers, etc. I was born thrifty, an inherited gene from my grandfather - thank you grandpa as I am among the debt-free.

Seriously, I walk and pick up pennies, nickels and even some 5's and 10's along with the exercise. Mostly pennies but I can't leave one behind!

How could it not add up?
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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Little things do add up... so does time...

Say you need to drive to a further but less expensive gas station... you may lose out on both the gas spent to get there & the time wasted to get there.

So even little things needs that check & balance on if it is worth doing it... that is why never take a surface slogan & be led by a mass idea... delve a little deeper for that best results.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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One thing I've stopped doing is searching for the cheapest gas.

I realized that most stations where I drive are within a $0.15 spread in price. Even if I hit a $0.15 difference (between cheapest and most expensive), and I buy at the most expensive station, this would cost me an additional $2.40 per tank.

I fill up on average twice a month, so $5 per month, AT MOST is what I will pay for not searching for the absolutely cheapest gas.

That is worth it to me to pay for the stress of not worrying about whether I am getting the absolute cheapest price on gas.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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It's much easier to shop around for gasoline nowadays with gasbuddy. You just pull up the app, get a listing of all the local gasoline prices and determine which ones are worth driving to based on where you are or where you'll be heading.

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Old 03-05-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I use GasBuddy, and like I said, there is, at most a $0.15 spread amongst the stations I use.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Sorry, I shouldn't have quoted you... I meant that to be a general statement and not necessarily directed at you.
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