Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-15-2008, 08:38 PM   #21
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rivrider View Post
I reuse plastic sandwich bags. Have a rack to hang them on to dry after washing them.
me too, unless they are greasy or had meat/dairy/seafood in them.

before picking up this habit, i used to have to buy storage bags every time shopping.

this is so reassuring to read all these frugal habits. i'm not alone on the planet Cheapo. LOL
__________________

__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #22
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by toofrugalformycat View Post
One time when we were taking a cab to the airport in Mexico, the driver was friendly and asked us about ourselves, and DH and I were responding in our limited Spanish. When he asked how we could afford to vacation in Mexico for weeks at a time, I said in Spanish, "We eat beans and rice every day." I said this partly because those were about the only food items I knew the words for, and we did eat them a lot. He said, with a smile, "I don't believe you!". I said to DH, "He doesn't believe me because I am too fat!" and we all had a laugh because it was true, and in Mexico it's not an insult to call someone fat, just funny, even when it's true.
When we got back home I wondered why we DIDN'T eat them every day. We do now. We buy organic dried kidney beans and brown rice in 25-lb bags, and cut tomatoes at Costco in the #10 (big) can. We cook up a batch of beans in the crock-pot, and freeze it in 2-serving portions with the tomatoes. We cook up a batch of brown rice and keep that in the frig. Most every day for lunch, we dump the frozen beans and tomatoes into a Pyrex bowl and nuke it, then put it in a bowl with the precooked brown rice, and add jalapenos or salsa. Delicious, nutritious, non-fattening, and oh so very cheap!
Thank you, taxi driver.
beans and beans and magical fruit
the more you eat, the more you toot
good for the soul, good for the heart
the more you eat the more you...start (haha - gotcha)
to eat your beans at every meal
__________________

__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 08:59 PM   #23
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 16
I refuse to pay extra for sour cream for my burritos at one of my favorite restaurants. They charge 30 cents for it!
__________________
Madison is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:02 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madison View Post
I refuse to pay extra for sour cream for my burritos at one of my favorite restaurants. They charge 30 cents for it!
That makes me crazy also.
__________________
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:12 PM   #25
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by 73ss454 View Post
That makes me crazy also.
double ditto on that. since when does 1-2 tbsp of sour cream cost 30 cents? argh
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:13 PM   #26
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by dex View Post
Yes - don't hold out on us.
he's gonna make us suffer....LOL
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:39 PM   #27
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by toofrugalformycat View Post
One time when we were taking a cab to the airport in Mexico, the driver was friendly and asked us about ourselves, and DH and I were responding in our limited Spanish. When he asked how we could afford to vacation in Mexico for weeks at a time, I said in Spanish, "We eat beans and rice every day." I said this partly because those were about the only food items I knew the words for, and we did eat them a lot. He said, with a smile, "I don't believe you!". I said to DH, "He doesn't believe me because I am too fat!" and we all had a laugh because it was true, and in Mexico it's not an insult to call someone fat, just funny, even when it's true.
When we got back home I wondered why we DIDN'T eat them every day. We do now. We buy organic dried kidney beans and brown rice in 25-lb bags, and cut tomatoes at Costco in the #10 (big) can. We cook up a batch of beans in the crock-pot, and freeze it in 2-serving portions with the tomatoes. We cook up a batch of brown rice and keep that in the frig. Most every day for lunch, we dump the frozen beans and tomatoes into a Pyrex bowl and nuke it, then put it in a bowl with the precooked brown rice, and add jalapenos or salsa. Delicious, nutritious, non-fattening, and oh so very cheap!
Thank you, taxi driver.
Works great, unless you are a foodie like me. Then you end up dropping $5/pound on heirloom beans from this place: Rancho Gordo

They are more than worth it, though.
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 10:03 PM   #28
Full time employment: Posting here.
toofrugalformycat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Anchorage
Posts: 731
Quote:
Originally Posted by brewer12345 View Post
Works great, unless you are a foodie like me. Then you end up dropping $5/pound on heirloom beans from this place: Rancho Gordo

They are more than worth it, though.
Thanks for the reference! That's what I'm paying for my organic kidney beans. These look like a lot more fun.
__________________
toofrugalformycat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 10:22 PM   #29
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 192
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
I actually tear my paper towels in half for small cleanup jobs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
We cut them in thirds before using the roll.
I don't use paper towels, 1/2 or 1/3 paper towels, or any other paper towels. I have never purchased paper towels. I use washable cotton towels for everything. But, I wonder if washing cotton is more expensive than buying paper...:confused: Hmm, time for another study/experiment.
__________________

NotSoonEnough is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 10:30 PM   #30
Administrator
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 4,957
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madison View Post
I refuse to pay extra for sour cream for my burritos at one of my favorite restaurants. They charge 30 cents for it!
This chaps me as well. I think I'll bring my own next time and see what happens.
__________________
E-R.org Custom Google Search | You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 12:13 AM   #31
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 75
Some of what we do has already been mentioned like reusing plastic baggies and cutting up paper towels. We also hang our clothes on the line, instead of using a dryer. Probably, the most extreme thing we do is not heat our water heater. We turned it to "off", which saves us about $20 per month on our gas bill.

We reuse as much as possible such as tofu plastic trays, food jars, etc. I cook from scratch and we buy bread at the discount bread store. I pick up change off the street. This week was a great week for found money. I found a $20 bill, two dimes, a penney and a starbucks card that had 36 cents left on it. All this during one half hour walk. The next day I found a dime and a penney.

We don't buy bottled water. Instead we use a PUR water filter/pitcher and don't change the filter as often as they recommend. The water stays fresh tasting for months longer than they say it will. I think they just want you to buy more filters.

I color my own hair and have it cut infrequently. Last hair cut was at least 18 months ago. I'm going to to break down and go to the hair dresser soon, though.

I cut off any unused portion of paper from junk mail, bills, etc. and use it for scratch paper. We water down dish liquid--about 10 parts water to one part soap. We don't run our dish washer--instead do dishes by hand.
__________________
zoey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 12:36 AM   #32
Moderator Emeritus
laurence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,234
Brita water filters, Ditto on the overuse. Co-workers laugh at my lunch packed in trader-joes yogurt containers. Lots of others that are already mentioned.

Oh, and remember the old line? "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down?"....still the rule in our house, unless we know guests are coming!
__________________
laurence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 04:24 AM   #33
Recycles dryer sheets
amy5708's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 53
I used to rewash all my tin foil and plastic bags. Now I just buy the cheapest plastics in the smallest sizes and try to use the "fold over" bags instead of zip-locks.

Buy clothes at thrift stores. I can get shirts and pants with tags still on for $2. One of my favorite jackets I got at a yard sale and talked them down to $2.

Buy food on sale with coupons. I used to go through the newspaper recycling bin for coupons so I wouldn't have to buy a paper.

We hardly ever eat out. Pack lunches for all 4 of us daily.

Buy in bulk and buy generic.

Stay away from Wal-Mart.
__________________
amy5708 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 06:49 AM   #34
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 16,562
Quote:
Originally Posted by zoey View Post
Probably, the most extreme thing we do is not heat our water heater. We turned it to "off", which saves us about $20 per month on our gas bill.
Eeow! That sounds painful. In the winter around here the incoming water temp is in the 40s. I try to tell her it would save water if we showered together but that only works sometimes.
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 07:12 AM   #35
Recycles dryer sheets
template's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 175
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
We cut them in thirds before using the roll.

I use half a dryer fabric softener sheet in each dryer load. When I buy a box of dryer sheets, I cut the entire box in half using a bandsaw.
__________________
Retired in 2001 at age 49.
template is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 07:41 AM   #36
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,323
Bounty makes paper towels that are perforated for half of the normal size sheet of paper towels, so you are not alone in this idea.
95% of your ideas are cheapskate things? Gosh...the above seems pretty normal to me. God only knows I have blown enough money in my time on things I could have done without, so I have learned to conserve where I can over the years..ha!
__________________
Orchidflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 08:15 AM   #37
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
I think Al uses a fillet knife to slice his paper towels. We used to use a serrated knife but on his suggestion went to a fillet knife because it makes a nicer cut.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 08:42 AM   #38
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,125
With a diamond blade circular saw you can get 12 'mini-rolls'.

Warning: Use caution, that last cut is dicey!

__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 08:54 AM   #39
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
<snort>
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 09:21 AM   #40
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,925
I am in AWE of some of the things people on the board do, to be frugal. I have been thinking about this and musing over it and how I could be saving so much more, but am not. I know that I don't spend much, but to be honest I don't work that hard at being frugal, either. I really don't buy used clothing, nor do I use paper towels for toilet paper or any of the other wonderful tips that people have been giving.

I think that my approach is to just not buy very many things, compared with most people. Other than food, I was brought up to be very "easy" on things, and not wear them out or ruin them. Where someone else might say that they need something, I would be thinking "I can make do for a while longer". Then, when I finally buy whatever-it-is, I buy it new at a moderately priced store (not Neiman Marcus, but not necessarily Wallie World, either), and often on sale.

Just thought I'd mention a different approach that helps me in working towards the same goals others on this thread have. When I am buying something, no matter what the bargain, I think to myself: Is this something that I really need, or am I just responding to the "buy, buy, buy" pressures of Madison Avenue? Would my ancestors have bought this during the Great Depression of the 1930's?" If not, then I go home and enjoy the things that I already have.
__________________

__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Confessions of a credit card pusher ChemEng Young Dreamers 12 10-21-2007 04:05 PM
Confessions of a FIREd Jobseeker (almost REWahoo Life after FIRE 43 07-18-2006 01:18 PM
Too good to be true? MRGALT2U FIRE and Money 9 09-22-2005 08:33 PM
True or False? Tommy_Dolitte Young Dreamers 1 03-07-2005 08:34 PM
Is it True? Almost Retired Life after FIRE 9 06-30-2004 12:54 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:06 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.