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What do you scrimp on?

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

  1. manifest v

    manifest v Senior member

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    I scrimp on myself. I scrimp on everything (especially food) for myself. Before graduating college I would just buy 5 white shirts for a dollar at markets and peruse the local "Ross". Only recently have I put any thought into investing in my wardrobe and even then I believe that thanks to superfuture and styleforum, I have been able to do it with a focus on value rather than price. More recently I've started to put even more focus on value along with price/economics. I don't entertain myself with expensive time-wasters like movie theaters and cable and video games... when I waste my time I would rather do it on the cheap. When it comes to entertainment, I'd like to get something out of it for more than what I have paid in terms of time and money. Read books @ public libraries and bookstores, adopt a hobby where the focus is on creating rather than collecting.

    But when it comes to the company I keep, the friends and family in my life... I spend excessively. Only with them do I go out to ridiculously priced movies/trips/acessories.

    This has rewarded me much in terms of reciprocation from said family and friends. It also has awarded me with a healthier outlook on life because while I have spent less on food, my eye for quality for low prices has lead me to a very healthy diet rich with vegetables and nutrients (which is surprisingly cheap!). I never scrimp when it comes to my health.

    Think about it: many quick fast food meals over time will lead to a very expensive surgery when you're as young as 40. When you don't look fit and trim, you have to work harder to make yourself attractive/of-worth to employers and strangers who could be your friend someday.
     
  2. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    I don't have cable, and I always get the cellphone that comes free with the plan.
     
  3. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    For all those without landlines... I don't have a mobile. I refuse to be raped by the Canadian "system access fees" and duopolistic structure of the wireless market here. If my grandparents and their parents got by without mobile phones... I sure as hell can too.

    I see it the other way around. I don't want to pay out the ass for archaic land line taxes. At least when I'm paying taxes on a cell phone, I get some mobility, technology, and ease of access out of it. I think landlines should be practically free if Telco's still expect us to keep them. Unfortunately, I just moved, and my reception is terrible at home, so I'm having a land line installed, but paid for by my company.

    -1 for me. I don't know how you guys do it. I use a Gillette Sensor3 cartridge for about 5 shaves. After that, I get ingrown hairs and an all around terrible shave.
     
  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Oh, and +1 on reusing razors... I'll stretch a cartridge out for a month, grow stubble, and have weasles rip my face if I have to. Screw you Gillette.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, the cartridge thing I can't do as I shave both my face and head and both places grow hair like a chia pet. I go through about 2-3 Mach 3 cartridges a week.
     
  6. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    I use dental floss twice (unless shredded beyond use)

    I use razor heads for up to a month

    Most nights I eat "good food prepared quickly" -- the sit down variety -- (which feels odd when you're the only person wearing bespoke or dressed head to toe in Kiton)

    I rarely order wine when I dine in restaurants (except when with a date)

    I rarely get my car detailed

    My retirement fund has not received a new infusion for almost two years (thank god for rising markets)
     
  7. Bandwagonesque

    Bandwagonesque Senior member

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    Not sure why the scrimping on dental floss. All that bacteria on there, growing and festering inbetween uses. When you use it the second time, and accidentally cut your gums, you're setting yourself up for a nice juicy gum infection.
     
  8. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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

    when I used to shave my head it really felt nice not having to pay monthly barber costs

    I'm surprised to hear tho how many guys here 'bic' their heads clean. I used to just shear it to a #1-3 crop depending on mood
     
  9. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I can be a complete cheap bastard with clothes. Phew.. There, I said it. I have piles of stuff from Target, thrift shops and eBay. Even from *shudder* Armani Exchange's numerous sales (they have some decent trousers and shirts which often end up on sale for around 20.00 or lower - invariably the stuff that is actually normal without logos, I am sure those do not work with their target demographic - so much the better for me). I drink a lot of cheap fizzy water which is dirt cheap, sometimes get a cheap bottle of sugar free Torani for basically a 20 cent "Italian soda". I use a DE which means that for the price of one pack of Gilette cartridges I can buy 100 blades [​IMG] Have started doing my own oil changes and transmission oil changes, as well as basic repairs. For the pcie of the oil and filter I can change my oil in less than an hour without having to leave my car at an oil place for hours and pay $20 for cheap crap oil and filters. Eat lots of beans/legumes. Healthy, nutritious and high in fibre and protein. And cheap! Edit: I stock up on inexpensive St Michaels/Marks & Spencer's underwear everytime I go back home to visit. Not only are they well priced but they are the most comfortable I have found, better than any I have found in shops here in the States.
     
  10. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I purchase generic brand tonic and club soda.
     
  11. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I purchase generic brand tonic and club soda.
    Same here, although I have found that Fry's does not stock as much of the "house brand" fizzy crap as they used to. Hell, carbo0nated water is carbonated water... Edit: Sorry, just realised you were talking about club soda/tonic water. But I would do as you do if I drank a lot of gin (which I cannot stand) [​IMG]
     
  12. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    I usually use ' instead of ". Doesn't seem like much, but it adds up.
     
  13. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I usually use ' instead of ". Doesn't seem like much, but it adds up.

    [​IMG]
     

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