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Are you cheap when buying anything but clothes?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by dusty, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. StevenRocks

    StevenRocks Senior Member

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    I consider myself fairly frugal, but others might disagree. I'm aggressively analytical when it comes to quality. I'll research extensively, determine what I believe represents the best quality-for-price, then bargain hunt for the best deal I can find. This applies to everything from clothes to kitchen knives to umbrellas. I often end up spending more on a single item than do many folks, but I do so to obtain something that will give me many years of service. (A sentiment I'm sure most SFers understand.)
    I'm pretty much the same way. Sometimes I go for trends over quality, but most times I try to buy the very best I can afford, period.
     


  2. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    generally try to live life as best as I can, though I constantly live on the edge of ruin. Right now, as I've said before, I'm not rich, just irresponsible (when it comes to money). Fuck it.


    perfect. +1000000 on that.
     


  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    Everything has to be aesthetically pleasing.

    However, wasting food is a sin, and I do not like spending money on victuals. I haven't been to a cinema for over 6 years, and I try to acquire music through online download sites. I don't quite get what Netflix is.

    I will spend money on books, and things like skincare.
     


  4. Renault78law

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    perfect. +1000000 on that.
    Lol. Me too. Although not on the brink of financial ruin, I spend every dime I earn. All my meals are bought, I have expensive hobbies, I live where I want to live, and I only buy nice stuff. I am 100% irresponsible with money. God help me if rainy days are ahead because I'm screwing myself.

    btw, LK, I love that quote. I think of it often instead of worrying. heh.
     


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    I have some expensive hobbies (clothes, technology/computers, and cars, high end audio, and to a lesser extent movies, music, and books), but I enjoy them all and I manage and track my spending well.

    Since I do pay cash for all of these things, I don't feel so guilty. If I were buying on credit, that would be a whole different issue. Also, I am able to max out my 401k, so my savings is OK. Of course, I could always save more, but that's no fun. [​IMG]
     


  6. odoreater

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    Do you have the open-sky moonroof system? It's pretty damn cool.

    Jon.



    Yeah, I have the panorama moon roof as they call it. It's pretty cool when you want to stop and open it up to look at the sky and what not, but when I drive I usually keep it closed. All in all, it's a pretty sweet ride.
     


  7. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    im lucky in that fuelling my clothing habit isnt gonna kill me here. Just ordered another shirt two days ago - will cost about $40 with Dung's nicest cotton. m happy.

    I spend up on the social life, I am out probably 3 nights a week, and the 'experiential', and keep funds clear for restoring ridiculously small motorbikes and the like (Chaly Rally 2 starts tomorrow). I travel whenever I can, and again, live close to the bone on hotels while I am doing so to clear up funds for stuff Id rather be doing than sleeping. I travel so much for business that I have come to prefer the character of small local hotels over just-another-Sheraton. I like that staying in a small hotel forces me to go wandering the neighbourhood to find breakfast instead of just going to the buffet downstairs.

    At the same time I have structured my salary in a way that enforces savings, so I have put quite a decent sum away. Cant complain I guess.
     


  8. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Cheapness is repugnant to my very nature. I prefer to forego something entirely rather than buy a cheaper alternative.
     


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    I consider myself fairly frugal, but others might disagree. I'm aggressively analytical when it comes to quality. I'll research extensively, determine what I believe represents the best quality-for-price, then bargain hunt for the best deal I can find. This applies to everything from clothes to kitchen knives to umbrellas. I often end up spending more on a single item than do many folks, but I do so to obtain something that will give me many years of service. (A sentiment I'm sure most SFers understand.)

    Agree 100%. But I'm always willing to spend $$$ on high-end dining. Anytime.
     


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    Now that I've finished college and am a full-time worker, I've pretty much given up my clotheshorse days, at least until I get to the point where I can afford to blow the kind of money necessary to keep it as a hobby.

    Pretty much everything I make goes straight into the bank, with the exception of food and drinks. For food, I am big on value, and while I like fancy food, the reality is that the majority of fine dining places are massive ripoffs with skimpy portions of mediocre food priced exhorbitantly to justify their pretension and hyped up atmosphere. So I just eat at takeout places and small ethnic restaurants that offer good food at a fair price. My biggest frivolous expense comes from going out to bars on my nights off, but since my career path is in the bar industry, I justify those expenses on the basis that I also see visiting bars as a way to build industry connections and do research on how different places run, which will help me when I enter a management or ownership role in the future.
     


  11. Kent Wang

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    I prefer to forego something entirely rather than buy a cheaper alternative.
    Well said.
     


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    I'm too cheap with clothes. I spend too much time on styleforum and can't avoid the sales. I need to be pickier; save more for items I really want; spend less frivolously. Though it seems every time I save a few hundred in disposable (clothing) income, something makes it indisposable (gifts for others, traffic tickets, car repairs, etc.).
     


  13. odoreater

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    For food, I am big on value, and while I like fancy food, the reality is that the majority of fine dining places are massive ripoffs with skimpy portions of mediocre food priced exhorbitantly to justify their pretension and hyped up atmosphere. So I just eat at takeout places and small ethnic restaurants that offer good food at a fair price.

    Hear hear. I am exactly the same way. Every now and then I go to one of the fancy expensive restaurants, but my favorite places to eat are usually reasonably priced local places that often have better food and always have bigger portions than the fancy places.
     


  14. dusty

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    I should have mentioned that I am still in college, so I have virtually no money anyway. Hopefully when I get out I can afford nicer things, but for now clothing is my only expensive hobby.
     


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    Cheapness is repugnant to my very nature. I prefer to forego something entirely rather than buy a cheaper alternative.

    It's like sex with a condom - not even worth it.
     


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