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Old 01-25-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Since it's so darn expensive living here, I Thought it'd be nice to start a thread where we can share some ideas on how Long Islanders creatively save money. I'll start off with one...

Myself, wife and son used to go to Olive Garden/Romanos 2-3 times a month. Average tab was $50. Now we only go to Sbarro Buffet in the Roosevelt Field Mall. Great italian food and the Average tab is less than $25! and I didn't have to waste $8 on tip. $75 extra in my pocket every month.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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Take a shower with a friend : )
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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Take a shower with a friend : )
That's a good one!!

I leave my heat no higher than 65 and turn it down when I leave the house for longer periods of time to 60
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:23 PM
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Now we only go to Sbarro Buffet in the Roosevelt Field Mall

I go to the one in the Sunrise Mall. and always get the same dish (how boring is that?) , the lemon chicken . I just can not make that at home and I get a huge portion for less than $5.00.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Since it's so darn expensive living here, I Thought it'd be nice to start a thread where we can share some ideas on how Long Islanders creatively save money. I'll start off with one...

Myself, wife and son used to go to Olive Garden/Romanos 2-3 times a month. Average tab was $50. Now we only go to Sbarro Buffet in the Roosevelt Field Mall. Great italian food and the Average tab is less than $25! and I didn't have to waste $8 on tip. $75 extra in my pocket every month.
As the lightbulbs die, I have been replacing them with the compact florescent (spelling?) bulbs. I'm just about 1 year into the change over and my electric bill has gone down $10/month. There are still more bulbs to go. I just saw CF floodlights which can be dimmed so I am very excited that I will be able to replace my high hats with them, too. That should be a very tidy savings as high hats are pigs!

Last Feb I bought new energy efficient washer and dryer. My gas bill has gone down $4 month, and my water useage has decreased significantly.

I realise that the above required an initial outlay of money, but the lightbulbs (bought in BJs at a good savings) have already repaid themselves. The washer/dryer had rebates, the gas savings is already $48 for the year, and they are much larger than my old machines so I do a lot more laundry in less time

We keep the thermostats at 60 in the bedroom areas during the day and the living areas at 63.

I try to group all my errands into one trip whenever possible to save on fuel.

We borrow movies from the library as opposed to renting or buying.

When going out to dinner, we no longer order sodas or appetizers.
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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As the lightbulbs die, I have been replacing them with the compact florescent (spelling?) bulbs.
Hi OhBee, thats a good idea are the flourescent bulbs as bright as the regular ones?
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Hi OhBee, thats a good idea are the flourescent bulbs as bright as the regular ones?
Yes. A 15W GE Helical is the same as a 40W bulb. I was skeptical at first and bought one to try out. That had me sold. GE is my preferred CF.

The different manufacturers do make a difference, but it isn't about the lightbulb's W output as much as it is about the tone of the light it casts. I prefer a warmer light, and the GE helical does the trick. I have a number of parchment and amber colored fixtures and lampshades which also warm it up some more. The less expensive brands I found cast a whitish-blue tone (think dressing room ACK!) so I use them in the utility areas of the house and in the garage.

I've even bought a CF buglight for outside the back door!

One thing: The CF bulbs do not pop on when you flip the switch. They turn on low and then get to their proper brightness. This doesn't take much time at all. I walk into the kitchen, flip the switch and I have light, and in less than a minute it's full light.
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Of course, buy in bulk and cook meals at home. Don't buy lunch at work everyday. Don't buy Starbucks everyday. Basic things to save $ that many people do not do.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Yes. A 15W GE Helical is the same as a 40W bulb. I was skeptical at first and bought one to try out. That had me sold. GE is my preferred CF.

The different manufacturers do make a difference, but it isn't about the lightbulb's W output as much as it is about the tone of the light it casts. I prefer a warmer light, and the GE helical does the trick. I have a number of parchment and amber colored fixtures and lampshades which also warm it up some more. The less expensive brands I found cast a whitish-blue tone (think dressing room ACK!) so I use them in the utility areas of the house and in the garage.

I've even bought a CF buglight for outside the back door!

One thing: The CF bulbs do not pop on when you flip the switch. They turn on low and then get to their proper brightness. This doesn't take much time at all. I walk into the kitchen, flip the switch and I have light, and in less than a minute it's full light.
To add to this, I believe some manufacturers make different types of CF bulb light, for example, the ones they sell at The Home Depot (don't know the manufacturer's name off the top of my head) come in a soft light, or a bright white light. I put the bright white in the kitchen and damn, the place looks like Grand Central Station after they warm up, and I use the soft light ones for the living room, den and basement. the bright white one is great for an outdoor flood light too, it is super bright, and I believe a 21W bulb puts out about 125W light.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Of course, buy in bulk and cook meals at home. Don't buy lunch at work everyday. Don't buy Starbucks everyday. Basic things to save $ that many people do not do.

If people logged all of their expenditures, they would be shocked at some of the things they waste their money on. I used to buy the occasional Starbucks; switched to grabbing a 7-11 coffee. I actually prefer the taste of the 7-11 and save a couple of dollars per cup!
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