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Old 11-12-2008, 02:11 PM   #21
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My parents live in Europe and we spend Xmas there every year. So they have to buy us Xmas gifts we can easily take on the airplane with us when we go home (not too big, not breakable, not too heavy, not too expensive if case it gets lost, etc...). So most of the time we get clothes. The only things I buy myself are jeans and shirts because they are cheaper in the US. Most everything else in my closet (sweaters, pants, coats, socks and even underwear!) was a Xmas gift.

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Old 11-12-2008, 02:21 PM   #22
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They didn't even touch on simple stuff like brown-bagging lunch to work. It's a rare event when I buy lunch at work. I can bring it from home for ~$2, or pay $7-$12+ for lunch at a restaurant or cafeteria. Over a year the difference, assuming five-day work weeks and 48 weeks, is at least $1,200 in cash after-tax money. In ten years that's $12,000 from a simple lifestyle change that "costs" about 10 minutes a day.

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Old 11-12-2008, 06:07 PM   #23
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I'm 6'6", so finding bargain cloths is very hard. I hate buying cloths. I'll spend money on tools and other hard assets with no problem, but cloths are hard.

Shop at the consignment store for DDs cloths. Tho occasinally WallyWorld has good things cheap. She won't get more than one season out of them now since she is growing so fast. Plus I use my brothers 10% off employee discount card when I can.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:14 PM   #24
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My credit card earns Coldwater Creek bucks, so I use the cc for almost everything and buy my work clothes with the bucks. Once last summer (around my birthday I think) I received four $20 certificates from them over the amount I'd earned on the cc. I guess they were wishing me a happy birthday! Also, we bought an elliptical machine (a cheap one but it works) and set it up out in the garage. We both use it and its cheaper than a gym membership.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:42 AM   #25
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Yeah I guess I should check the garage sales for my jeans, since I don't wear jeans unless I am working in the yard or around the house. If I am going somewhere, its dockers ... from the outlet, and usually no more than $20. Flip side is that I have never had a pair of wally world jeans wear out on me, even though they are used when digging, building, landscaping, etc. I won't buy shoes there, though...I go to the outlets for those kinds of things. The point is kids usually do outgrow them before wearing them out....and when our kids were young, DW would just fix them if they got a hole or popped a seam. Today, kids (not mine) will go buy a pair of jeans that are already threadbare, deliberately pre-worn-out by a machine, so that they can look fashionable....and they will easily pay that $60 or even $100 for them. Told my kids a couple years back that if they wanted those kinds of clothes we would get them at a yard sale and sand them down if they weren't threadbare enough...

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:29 AM   #26
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My wife recently picked up from the local thrift store a pair of Rockport boat shoes for me. I think she paid less than $5 for something that did not look like they had been worn. They weren't snatched up right away by other shoppers due to their small size for my feet. I remember paying near $100 for a pair ten years ago, and liked them due to comfortability. They felt great from day 1, without having to be broken in.

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