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Old 11-17-2014, 12:02 PM   #41
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Two tuna pokes (tons of fresh ginger!), two micro brews, and a healthy tip at the Olde Bay Cafe at the Dunedin, FL marina with DH.
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Its cheaper here in the south! For $40 or less:

1. Tickets for two at one of the local college's theatre events.
2. Breakfast for two at the local diner downtown.
3. Beers and appetizer (makes a meal for us!) at Flying Saucer in Little Rock (over 100 beers/ciders available!).
4. Ammo or bait and gas and sodas for a hunting or fishing trip.
5. Two steaks, potatoes and charcoal for the grill.
6. Fixin's to make about 5 gallons of homemade ale!
7. Gas and welding rods to tinker in the garage for a whole day.
8. Several months of NetFlix thru the internet.
9. Gas and sodas for a long motorcycle ride.
10. Campground fee for taking the trailer to a lakeside spot for a weekend. Cheaper if "boondocking".
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:13 PM   #43
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This is why I don't get the whole spend money on experiences not things. Things that lead to fun like video games, camping equipment and bikes seem to me to be great values per use.

I bought a $3 vase at a charity thrift shop down the street from stores like Neiman Marcus. They have really pretty things and I don't care if items like a glass vase are used or not. I think people must drop off their donations near where they shop. I keep the vase on the windowsill in the kitchen and put cut flowers like fresh lavender from the yard in it. I enjoy the flowers and the vase every day. The $3 stayed in the local economy and went to an animal charity.
Do you not already have vases or other vessels to put this lovely lavender in? You could just enjoy giving the three dollars to the thrift store, let them keep the vase, and not add another thing to the household possessions. Just wondering.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:42 PM   #44
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Try Solace And The Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas, maybe over $40 but worth it.
I'll give it a try. I'm meeting a friend up in Solana Beach next week for lunch- I'll suggest those places.

On a "free" note... watching surfers at Swami's beach is definitely a fun way to spend a few hours.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:19 PM   #47
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23# turkey on sale for 0.89/# = $20.50
Charcoal & lighter fluid ~ $1.00
Apple wood scraps from the orchard - free
Bottle of wine ~ $12.00
Big batch of scalped potatoes ~ $6.00

The smells wafting around the neighborhood - priceless
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Re food: yesterday I made short ribs for DH and me, because we often order them in restaurants and I had never made them. The short ribs, just enough for the two of us, cost $17, a decent bottle of merlot for braising was about $14. Miscellaneous other parts of the recipe and the meal probably brought it to a little below $40. I am sure I won't be making short ribs again; although they were delicious, anything braised in a bottle of merlot and mirepoix for three hours is going to be delicious--I'll toss a chuck roast in next time!
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Re food: yesterday I made short ribs for DH and me, because we often order them in restaurants and I had never made them. The short ribs, just enough for the two of us, cost $17, a decent bottle of merlot for braising was about $14. Miscellaneous other parts of the recipe and the meal probably brought it to a little below $40. I am sure I won't be making short ribs again; although they were delicious, anything braised in a bottle of merlot and mirepoix for three hours is going to be delicious--I'll toss a chuck roast in next time!
Also delicious is sipping the Merlot as the short ribs are cooking !
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I know I'm in the right place when 1/2 the answers include wine. My bottles cost under $40!
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Also delicious is sipping the Merlot as the short ribs are cooking !
Next time I will skip the beef altogether and just sip the wine
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I had 3 microbrews, a burger and fries at 3 Floyds today for $38 including tip. Best $38 I have spent in a while. Last time I had that much fun for $40 was DW and I going to the movies, popcorn and a big coke.


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Its cheaper here in the south! For $40 or less:

1. Tickets for two at one of the local college's theatre events.
2. Breakfast for two at the local diner downtown.
3. Beers and appetizer (makes a meal for us!) at Flying Saucer in Little Rock (over 100 beers/ciders available!).
4. Ammo or bait and gas and sodas for a hunting or fishing trip.
5. Two steaks, potatoes and charcoal for the grill.
6. Fixin's to make about 5 gallons of homemade ale!
7. Gas and welding rods to tinker in the garage for a whole day.
8. Several months of NetFlix thru the internet.
9. Gas and sodas for a long motorcycle ride.
10. Campground fee for taking the trailer to a lakeside spot for a weekend. Cheaper
I like 3 and 6! We go to our saucer every Sunday for $3.50 NC beers and dinner. With the AHA discount, that's under $40.
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Filling up the gas tank in my motorcycle (Victory Crossroad) and going for a ride in my beautiful NorCal area with buddies or buddies and our wives. We always go to great little restaurants in small remote towns (70-100 miles from home).

We "ride to eat, eat to ride"
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Live music at small concert venues featuring lesser known artists. I'd rather get tickets to see a band closeup, than 3x as much to sit in an auditorium (or larger) to see the bigger acts.
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Visit thrift store and find great used book for $2 or sometimes $1. Take book to local Indian buffet lunch with chai: $20 (Friday lunch buffet at Minerva's in Gaithersburg, MD). Total: $22.
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- A 45 minute group dancing lesson for 2 (American foxtrot most recently), which also includes 'free' entrance to the three hour open, social dancing that immediately follows. At $15 pp, free parking, that still leaves $10, which we often finish on the way home with a stop for frozen yogurt at Yogurtland.

- Oodles of sans-alcohol pleasant little ethnic restaurants around us where we can dine for about $20, assuming we stick with water, which we usually do.

- Trader Joes picnic lunch at the beach. $20 for salad and dessert fixin's and about the same to park.

- Early morning run at the beach, when free parking is ample, then breakfast on the pier afterward ($20 'dry', $25 if we each order coffee)

- University tickets to almost any event held at their Performing Arts Center. Plus, we get a student discount for being members of the university's Lifelong Learning program.

- Umpteen Groupon offerings for breakfast or lunch at 'nicer' restaurants, or dinner at a slightly less glamorous tier of restaurants. It's always fun to try someplace new. Before Groupon we were definitely in a rut, but have broken out quite nicely since they came on the scene.
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Do you not already have vases or other vessels to put this lovely lavender in? You could just enjoy giving the three dollars to the thrift store, let them keep the vase, and not add another thing to the household possessions. Just wondering.
I like to redecorate a bit now and then and buy a few new to me things, at least every few decades or so. The vase worked out so well I am seriously thinking of replacing the lava lamps and lime green shag rugs next.
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I like to redecorate a bit now and then and buy a few new to me things, at least every few decades or so. The vase worked out so well I am seriously thinking of replacing the lava lamps and lime green shag rugs next.
But they look so good with your avocado-colored appliances! (just joking!)
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But they look so good with your avocado-colored appliances! (just joking!)
You mean... those are out of style now?

Really - at one time I did own a house with avocado green appliances. And a shag rug in the family room.
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