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Old 03-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #41
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We did many of the items already mentioned like dropping the land line.

We have saved the most money by adopting a greener, low waste (can't get to zero), sustainable living lifestyle (drying racks, LED bulbs, cooking from scratch, etc.). Looking for ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle has become an enjoyable hobby for us as well as a way to save money. I get a lot of books from the library looking for more ideas on more ways to go green / shop local.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:21 PM   #42
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This is a perfect example of how people are very individual in what they value and what they consider a waste of money. Me? I've saved a ton of money by not drinking alcohol. I think it is a total waste and would never spend anything on it whatsoever. On the other hand, I wouldn't ever consider not paying for trash service.
Thank heavens we're all different! I'm reading this thread sipping a real fruit piņa colada made with a great rum. While we're not alcoholics by any stretch I can't imagine not having a line item in the budget for alcohol.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:38 PM   #43
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We aren't frugal now but in the beginning got by on very little. Putting time and effort into finding low cost alternatives paid off. The single more important thing would be saving and paying cash for everything.

More recently, the biggest act of frugality was getting the kids out of the house.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:45 PM   #44
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For me its more about saying no to things I could otherwise afford, and generally not trying to keep up with the Jones. For example, some of my friends in my general income group drive luxury cars, have premium cable, large houses with pools, buy new clothes all the time, go for manicures weekly, etc. I *could* do these things if I didn't want to FIRE at 55, but instead I drive a normal car and keep it for 10+ years, have basic cable, live in 900 SF condo, skip the manicures and shopping trips, etc.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:08 PM   #45
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being new gadget averse, using up./ wear out your stuff, brown bagging your lunch, driving a car that gets 35+ mpg, bag cable and put up a tv antenna....

staying healthy, exercise, maintain a healthy weight...
Great points...we hike daily and eat great..plan is to NOT need prescription meds which can cost a lot in retirement!
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I picked up this book today:

Ramen to the Rescue Cookbook: 120 Creative Recipes

Now I am sure that I can have a successful, worry free and tasty ER.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:59 AM   #47
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Hair cutting is a real skill. Some of us are just no darn good at it.
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I would not dream of taking a scissors to my own hair. But my mother (who was not a hairdresser) always cut my father's hair. He kept it short and they decided to give it a try after a barber gave Dad a bad haircut. Mom did a much better job!
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Not only do I pay to have my haircut I also pay to have it tinted. I tried nice & easy once and lets just say I resembled a comic who was married to Ricky Ricardo .
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I stockpile when items are on sale (while keeping an eye on expiration dates). I eat meat, but I buy when its on sale and stock my freezer. Also, I pair a small amount of meat such as half a piece of chicken with lots of vegetables. When fruit is on sale, I freeze it for use in smoothies.
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My gal cuts my hair and i cut hers. Granted, her haircut consists of me cutting straight across the back after she has it soaking wet and combed back while my haircut has her cutting all over my head. and granted, she seems to do a certain amount of touch-up snips to her hair over the day after her haircut. She also does a better job coloring her own hair than any colorist I've seen do for her or other women. She's artistic and just keeps pecking at things till they look right - or fit right! She also uses tools to adjust the bite and fit on her dentures. As she says, she's willing to spend as long as it takes to get things right. (dawns on me that may explain why we're still together - she's stubborn)
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Cut back cable/phone/internet to basic cable at the condo
Cut own grass, plow snow, do all house/property maintenance
Only heat rooms we live in
Make my own beer
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I think I'm the only one at the office who doesn't stop at Starbucks on thew way to work to buy a cup of coffee. In fact, other than when I'm traveling and have no choice, I don't think I've ever spent money to buy a cup of coffee from the local Starbucks or other coffee house. It always amazed me how quickly people hand over $3.00 for something that should cost about .25 cents to make.
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Is it less expensive to brew your own vs buy? I assumed it cost more just from upfront cost and lack of scale.
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Is it less expensive to brew your own vs buy? I assumed it cost more just from upfront cost and lack of scale.
Michael may be right about cost, but I'll bet Ronstar's brew is better than some of the big market stuff that taste's like it's been run through a horse
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Is it less expensive to brew your own vs buy? I assumed it cost more just from upfront cost and lack of scale.
It depends on whether the comparison is to Busch light in cans or to $5 pints at a pub. I do 5 gallons for around $45 in grain, yeast, and hops, so that's a little more than $1 a pint. I have about $800-$1000 in equipment that I've brewed about 50 - 5 gallon batches (about 2000 pints). So add another $0.50 per pint for equipment for a total of $1.50 - $1.70 a home brewed pint.

So I'm saving a little when compared to the cost of microbrews but I can't match the cost of a miller/coors/Busch.
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Michael may be right about cost, but I'll bet Ronstar's brew is better than some of the big market stuff that taste's like it's been run through a horse
Mine may not be as good as the top microbrews, but its definitely better than the big market stuff. I can't stomach the big market stuff anymore.
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It depends on whether the comparison is to Busch light in cans or to $5 pints at a pub. I do 5 gallons for around $45 in grain, yeast, and hops, so that's a little more than $1 a pint. I have about $800-$1000 in equipment that I've brewed about 50 - 5 gallon batches (about 2000 pints). So add another $0.50 per pint for equipment for a total of $1.50 - $1.70 a home brewed pint.

So I'm saving a little when compared to the cost of microbrews but I can't match the cost of a miller/coors/Busch.
Nice. The microbrews I drink are in that price range. Home brewed suddenly looks like a better deal.
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