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Old 12-10-2006, 06:24 AM   #21
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The term is relative; most of the examples above you were great examples of becoming more frugal. A drop from expensive cable to basic cable is becoming more frugal, because it is lowering costs from a very common expenditure in America. If you're saying they're not frugal to begin with, then you have yourself an opinion. You seem to acknowledge than when you said "To me......" but then you go on speaking as if your opinion is fact.
Almost all of the words on this forum is OPINION.... even yours.. any you write yours like it is fact also....
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Re: Becoming More Frugal
Old 12-10-2006, 09:19 AM   #22
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Um, blow dryers use 750 to 1500 watts. I assume you are using more electricity than getting marginal utility out of the $2 razor blade.

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The truth of the matter is I tap the razor on a towel then use my own hot air to dry the blade. I go the blow dryer way in hotels. Got into the habit now don't think I could quit even if someone gave me a new razor every day! Then I won't think twice about a $2 cup of coffee at Starbucks - go figure!
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:37 AM   #23
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http://www.users.vance.net/tprewitt/lint.htm

not sure being more frugal, but always looking for ways for waste elimination and reuse....tried for kindling in the wood stove and boy does that stuff really burn...

Also got one of those air return things for the dryer in the winter....hang out on a close line in the summer...
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My beard hurt a little just reading this.
Just a little? Ouch!!
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Old 12-10-2006, 11:31 AM   #25
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  • I recently switched from the Dish 120 package (well over $400.00 year) to their newest Family Package at only $19.95/month. Luxury yes, but I consider the Fox News Channel a necessity in the current climate of biased reporting. Calm down my liberal friends.
  • Changed all of my light bulbs to flourescent a month ago.
  • Gleaned from a recent thread on this forum I tried using delloutlet.com for the purchase of a refurbished flat screen panel for my computer and I swear they sent me a new one!! I'll be using them again!
  • I'm a woodcarver so I made all of my Christmas presents which family and friends have come to expect.
  • For the first time in a decade I just began using store coupons again since I began seeing things in the Sunday paper that I already used. It's especially convenient and fun to scan them in Wal-Mart's self-serve check out lanes!
  • Just got a 4% pay raise that I can invest... or just call it "even" after considering inflation.
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Um, blow dryers use 750 to 1500 watts. I assume you are using more electricity than getting marginal utility out of the $2 razor blade.

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let's check your assumption

how long does it take to dry the blade? Assume 2 minutes. How much does electricity cost? Varies. Say $.20/kwh

If your drier uses 1500 watts, you can dry the blade 30 times for $.30. So it you can get roughly 6 months of drying for the price of a $1.80 blade. If it only takes 1 minute, you get a year for the same cost.

(did I do this right?).
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  • I recently switched from the Dish 120 package (well over $400.00 year) to their newest Family Package at only $19.95/month. Luxury yes, but I consider the Fox News Channel a necessity in the current climate of biased reporting.
  • If you want balance, when you are watching O'Really you should switch over to Keith Oberman during commercials. I do the reverse.
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Soak the blade in alcohol and it will last forever. Skin and hair cannot dull stainless steel. No sharpening needed. Treat yourself to a Sensor. Change the rubbing alcohol once a week. Save electricity...
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Soak the blade in alcohol and it will last forever. Skin and hair cannot dull stainless steel. No sharpening needed. Treat yourself to a Sensor. Change the rubbing alcohol once a week. Save electricity...
I found that the alcohol dries out the moisture stip. Instead I spray the blade with the fresh shower or whatever its called that you're supposed to spray on your shower glass every day.

Blades last forever.

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Regianno cheese is $10.99/lb, much cheaper than at Whole Foods or Wild Oats
Try the sheep's milk Italian Peccorino cheese. Even better.
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Are razor blades THAT expensive? I buy them bulk at the Dollar Store.........
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Are razor blades THAT expensive? I buy them bulk at the Dollar Store.........
Just paid $39 (I think?) for 16 of the Sensor blades at Costco
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Personally I discovered that the cheaper blades (I think I use the two blade version of Gillette's with the moisture strip on the top) work better and last longer than the more expensive ones. Tear up my face less, too. The cheap ones have a black plastic body and the expensive ones are light grey.

Now my frugal dilemma is what to do with the ten or fifteen brand new grey blades. Don't want to use them, don't want to throw them out.

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Old 12-11-2006, 02:14 PM   #34
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There are quite a few guys that are using blades...anyone besides me using electric?

Someone just happen to know whether it's cheaper with all variables considered to use blades or electric...
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I found that the alcohol dries out the moisture stip. Instead I spray the blade with the fresh shower or whatever its called that you're supposed to spray on your shower glass every day.

Blades last forever.
Thanks that is a great idea. I assume you are talking about Tilex? That is handier than alcohol.
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There are quite a few guys that are using blades...anyone besides me using electric?

Someone just happen to know whether it's cheaper with all variables considered to use blades or electric...
I am pretty sure that electric is cheaper than blades when the blades are replaced. Using these blade reuse strategies means the only cost is the Tilex so probably cheaper than electric.
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  • I recently switched from the Dish 120 package (well over $400.00 year) to their newest Family Package at only $19.95/month. Luxury yes, but I consider the Fox News Channel a necessity in the current climate of biased reporting. Calm down my liberal friends.
What normal channels are biased Freebird?
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There are quite a few guys that are using blades...anyone besides me using electric?

Someone just happen to know whether it's cheaper with all variables considered to use blades or electric...
I used an Electric until I was 20. I just could not get a close enough shave with an electric. Been a blade man ever since! 8)
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:07 PM   #39
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10 - Phone - just went DSL Standalone - no more land phone - just cell now.
DSL has gone from 256k to 1.5m... I'm getting your posts 6 times faster now


How do you keep your DSL while cancelling your landline? When I spoke with my Comcast rep, she said that I need to have land phoneline to be connected to DSLů.

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10 - Phone - just went DSL Standalone - no more land phone - just cell now.
DSL has gone from 256k to 1.5m... I'm getting your posts 6 times faster now


How do you keep your DSL while cancelling your landline? When I spoke with my Comcast rep, she said that I need to have land phoneline to be connected to DSLů.

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Qwest offers it - I do technically have a line, I even have a number, but it's not a voice line and number is only used as my account number Sounds like maybe comcast is trying to mislead people? Now why would they do that Check with your phone company.
Qwest didn't always do this but they are reacting because they don't want to lose all their business to Comcast
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