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Old 07-13-2009, 02:07 PM   #41
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We have a 27 year old Sony Triniton in our bedroom that only works in the winter (I think it is very sensistive to fluctuations in electricity and it turns off after a few minutes in the summer). I hate to get rid of it because it works in the non-summer. Now we get only one analog channel on it when it does work as it is not hooked up to cable and I'm not sure the jacks on the TV would accommodate the digital antenna (what jacks?).

I think I am "frugal" because I want to keep the television. DH calls me something else ("tight" is too kind haha) because we have not as yet bought a HD to replace it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:11 PM   #42
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We have a 27 year old Sony Triniton in our bedroom that only works in the winter (I think it is very sensistive to fluctuations in electricity and it turns off after a few minutes in the summer). I hate to get rid of it because it works in the non-summer. Now we get only one analog channel on it when it does work as it is not hooked up to cable and I'm not sure the jacks on the TV would accommodate the digital antenna (what jacks?).

I think I am "frugal" because I want to keep the television. DH calls me something else ("tight" is too kind haha) because we have not as yet bought a HD to replace it.
Sounds like its primary function is not as a TV, but almost solely as a dust-collector.

Be "frugal" and buy a replacement TV on Craigslist! Bet you could get something that works all year and gets more than one channel, for very little. You could compromise and get a CRT TV that works.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:12 PM   #43
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If you are sitting in the dark, in silence, not because you want to or can't afford not to, then that would be across the line, IMHO.
I like dark and quiet, and I can afford the light and sound. I had to overcome the ingrained "don't waste" thinking. It's not a 'waste of money' if it stops the depression.
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We have a 27 year old Sony Triniton in our bedroom that only works in the winter (I think it is very sensistive to fluctuations in electricity and it turns off after a few minutes in the summer). I hate to get rid of it because it works in the non-summer. Now we get only one analog channel on it when it does work as it is not hooked up to cable and I'm not sure the jacks on the TV would accommodate the digital antenna (what jacks?).

I think I am "frugal" because I want to keep the television. DH calls me something else ("tight" is too kind haha) because we have not as yet bought a HD to replace it.
A digital converter box will work with your current "rabbit ears" or outside antenna. The $40 gov. coupon should cover 95% of the cost. Worth a try IMO.
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I think the line in my mind regarding being too frugal is when you get a sense that even though the frugal living will get you to your goals sooner, you are essentially trading the years of your life now for the years later down the road. Even without going into miser territory (ie saving for no real purpose other than to accumulate money), it is possible to push too hard imo.

So my wife and I save on the things where a more expensive version wouldn't give us any more enjoyment. For example, we got our couch from Salvation army for 185.00. A new couch could easily cost us 800-1000. But in the end, that wouldn't really get us any more enjoyment, it's a couch. You sit on it.

Just applying that sort of thinking across the board has been very successful for us. We're able to save about 60% of our net income, and we don't really feel like we're giving anything up.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #48
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I constantly scrutize costs.

- pause...do we need this or would it actually give pleasure?
- can I buy it used?
- dollar store? (good place to fulfill buying compulsion)
- Wallmart?
- online cheaper? (delivered)
- for services, there is usually a lowest cost alternative that does not advertise

can I do it myself?

my latest conquest is discovering that there are after market monitoring companies for security systemts. 10/mo rather than 30.

On he revenue side, I rent the end of my driveway to a worker at a hospital that is a couple of blocks away.

this approach permits such luxuries as over paying the house cleaner who is an aging single mom with a disabled child.
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my latest conquest is discovering that there are after market monitoring companies for security systemts. 10/mo rather than 30.
When we lived in Houston, we discovered that our insurance company basically paid us to have a home security system. Not only did they have a deal with ADT (and the house already had ADT equipment in it), but the monitoring cost $22 per month but cut our homeowners insurance by 20%. So in the end, the insurance discount more than paid for the service...
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