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What do you scrimp on?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Britalian, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    I scrimp on parking at work. A space near my office would run me $40 a month. I park four blocks away, on the street, pay nothing and get a bit more exercise to boot.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I think it was Elvis Presley who saved everything, including broken screen doors.
     
  3. norcaltransplant

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    1) Sale toilet paper: I'll upgrade to the good stuff if its discounted to the house brand, but Im guilty of using the cheapo institutional stuff. My mother strongly disapproves of my subpar paper products. Im also guilty of using TP for Kleenex. I buy the real stuff only when Im sick.

    2) Tap water or cheap bottled stuff: I don't need a fancy name.

    3) Fruit from the corner vendor: Cheaper and fresher than the local grocery stores in most instances. Covered in Chilean chemicals that can be washed off.

    4) Bring beverages to work. Seriously, even if you buy your lunch, those $1 waters and sodas add up in a hurry. No preparation, and an easy 0.50-0.65 saved per day. Add $0.75-$1 if you haul your own coffee.
     
  4. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't drink coffee so no Starbucks addiction.
    Don't drink bottled water, tap is fine for me.
    Had two larger SUV's which the monthly carrying costs were as much as my mortgage, got rid of both and now my wife drives a smaller SUV and I drive a 1987 300E.
    Undershirts and pajama/lounge pants from Marshalls, no Zimmerli.
    Would love to be able to do "supermarket brands" for the household goods but I have not been able to cross that bridge. Am also in a 12 step program to shake off a Whole Foods addiction.
     
  5. Reuters

    Reuters Senior member

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    I use the complimentary shaver / toiletries from planes. Normally its enough to last me till I fly again & replenish.
     
  6. VMan

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    Boxers. I don't know how those mall stores can charge $12-$18 for some cotton fabric and elastic.

    I find that the Merona-brand boxers at Target work just fine and they are something like $7-10 for a 3-pack. They have held up well and come in some cool but simple designs.
     
  7. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Boxers. I don't know how those mall stores can charge $12-$18 for some cotton fabric and elastic.

    I find that the Merona-brand boxers at Target work just fine and they are something like $7-10 for a 3-pack. They have held up well and come in some cool but simple designs.


    so you dont pay 50 bucks for d&g boxer briefs? [​IMG]

    To be fair, some of the more expensive ones are more comfortable (I like 2xist myself), but the prices for some of them has gone way overboard.

    For days i wear an undershirt, I'd really like to find something in a silk/cotton blend. I have an avon celli t-shirt that i wear under a sweater once ina while and it feels so nice next to my skin. if only all my undershirts were like that.
     
  8. poorsod

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    Buy take-out as not to have to pay the tip.
     
  9. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    I buy rice, detergent, dishwashing liquid, cooking oil, ramen noodles in bulk.
     
  10. tundrafour

    tundrafour Senior member

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    I'll generally buy the cheapest paper towels, sponges, dish soap, toothbrushes, et cetera. I buy rice and other grains in bulk. No cable. On the rare occasion that I buy a video game, I generally wait until it's been out two or three years and get it used (recently went crazy and bought more than $150 worth of games for less than $20). Almost always cook and eat at home and bring leftovers to work for lunch.

    I once thought skimping on dental floss and buying the unwaxed variety would be a good idea. I was wrong...
     
  11. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Seriously, though... the biggest things for saving have been getting a regional office apt that I can crash at if I'm at my client site late... hotel bills add up late and driving an hour home at 2 AM to come back at 6 AM is kinda stupid, buying a sorta POS 99 accord 4 cyl for commuting (~60-100k mi a year, my SL65 would hate me, and I would hate my gas bill), and buying like 20 cases of Arrowhead water from Costco. Buying bottled water at stores is just ridiculous.
     
  12. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Buying bottled water at stores is just ridiculous.

    Speaking of which, I once used the same filter in my Brita for over a year.
     
  13. SieurDeLaSalle

    SieurDeLaSalle Senior member

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    Lately I've been scrimping on prudence, moderation and restraint. I'm spending money like a drunken sailor. What Modsquad wants, Modsquad gets.

    Yes...[​IMG]
     
  14. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You use both sides, eh?

    I used to rely on my Gaggia when I was in DC as a way to have a great coffee and not spend out for an overpriced starbucks, but then the necessity of getting a couple of minutes outside the office mid-morning or late afternoon became well worth the $1.60 for an espresso macchiato.
     
  15. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    Don't shave every day

    Returned the Gaggia to amazon so that I don't develop a coffee addiction

    Hardly use AC or Heating even if it means my place is 50 degrees inside

    Pur filter on my faucet

    Try to never buy clothes full price (even Target)

    Experiment with various additives in my gas tank to see if it improves gas mileage

    charge electronics at work

    Use energy efficient bulbs and electronics. (power bill was $5 in Oct, hasn't been since)

    Often cut my own hair
     
  16. johnapril

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  17. benecios

    benecios Senior member

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    Holidays.I tend to holiday about 1 year in 5.When I have taken a holiday and I think to myself '2 weeks ago I had $4000 now its gone,with nothing to show for it other than a suntan' it breaks my heart.
     
  18. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Alcohol when going out. Usually it's one stiff drink to start (Manhattan with Maker's), followed by a few light beers that I will nurse for the entire night.

    Caffeine delivery system. I will splurge on the occasional vanilla latte, but it's usually a large plain coffee, skim milk, no sugar.

    Public transportation. I will take three buses and walk half a mile to avoid taking a taxicab.
     
  19. LapelQueen

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    The ladies, unless playing for keeps.

    Stationery; filch from banks, work etc.
     
  20. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I shave my own head, but that's more a matter of convenience than cost.

    Still there is a substantial dollar difference between 15 years of haircuts and rogaine or other hair-nostrum therapy and my actual program of buying a clipper and mowing the near-cueball.

    Also, if I'm not eating with others [single guy] I really don't care about food, except to be well-nourished & not starve.
     

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