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Old 11-17-2005, 07:55 PM   #61
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Midlife crisis car (BMW Z3)
View house (I couldn't afford the mortgage if it had one - let's call it an investment)
Satelite TV and cable modem and TiVos (haven't been to a movie in years)

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Re: So, frugal people, what DO you allow yourselves?
Old 11-17-2005, 08:01 PM   #62
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Who would be crazy enough to mess with a trucker's food?* It's those upscale hoity toity restaurants where the kitchen workers take out their frustrations on the snotty customers.* *
Or like in the movie Casino, when the mobster working the subshop hucks a lungie in the cop's sandwich before wrapping it up and handing it to him with a smile and a "have a nice evening."
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:06 PM   #63
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No, the Cayenne is the same bodyshell as the VW Toureg. Nissan and Infiniti are related but not to Porsche or VW
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Its more than the same shell though;* they're practically the same vehicle.* *Differences are largely cosmetic. I'm referring primarily to the FX-45 vs Murano.
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Old 11-17-2005, 09:43 PM   #64
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Am contemplating a 42" flat screen TV mounted on the wall in the bedroom.... still considering though but market days like yesterday certainly adds to the temptation!
Cheers!

Ps. a USED BMW Z3 1.9 (M-series) from around year 2001 costs a whopping $50k here in Thailand due to nuts taxes on cars so that will have to wait! Auch!
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Pizza and beer tonight! That's a luxury for me. Also take guitar lessons, which is a luxury.
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Pizza and beer tonight! That's a luxury for me. Also take guitar lessons, which is a luxury.
I need to do guitar lessons too. Finally treated myself to a tube amp this week - traded my Princeton 65 for a Hot Rod Deville, I spent the day toying with settings to get different tones, incredibly loud, next dream purchase someday a Gibson CS-336 Figured Top
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A $29 chinese DVD player!

But I am watching borrowed (free) movies on it....

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Who would be crazy enough to mess with a trucker's food?* It's those upscale hoity toity restaurants where the kitchen workers take out their frustrations on the snotty customers.* *
I rarely give a waiter any crap and never until AFTER I've got my food.* Don't want no boogers on my burger.* BTW:* I knew guys who worked in restaurants who took special pleasure in defiling your meal, if you gave them a hard time.* Or so they told me..... and they were proud of it.
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I rarely give a waiter any crap and never until AFTER I've got my food.* Don't want no boogers on my burger.* BTW:* I knew guys who worked in restaurants who took special pleasure in defiling your meal, if you gave them a hard time.* Or so they told me..... and they were proud of it.

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I rarely give a waiter any crap and never until AFTER I've got my food. Don't want no boogers on my burger. BTW: I knew guys who worked in restaurants who took special pleasure in defiling your meal, if you gave them a hard time. Or so they told me..... and they were proud of it.
I once represented a person adverse to a restaurant owner in my town. I loved that restaurant but never went there again--worried someone would spit in my food.
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A $29 chinese DVD player!
You got robbed. I saw one for $25 at the grocery store (!) yesterday. I think it was a "CODY" which I think was supposed to look like the "SONY" logo. I stared at the thing for a few minutes trying to imagine where I could use it, but I have 3 DVD players at home plus two DVD readers for my computers so even a $25 progressive scan DVD player is a waste of money for me.

(Why do I have 3 DVD players? First was a gift, 2nd was "progressive scan" and part of the HDTV tuner box, last was a DVD recorder as a gift. And why do I have a DVD reader and a DVD burner for my PCs? Uh, no reason, really. )
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:16 AM   #72
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Luxuries:

-- mostly organic food (DH especially likes organic milk & meat)
-- some expensive food (lots of fresh seafood, occasional tenderloins of pork and beef, berries, mangos, nut oils, supplements)
-- travel (Italy this year, India last year...maybe camping next year due to DD's wedding )
-- DH's shop tools and seemingly constant software upgrades *:
-- cultural events (season tix to symphony, ~20 events at Spoleto Festival, more)
-- plantation garden & museum admission fees/meemberships
-- artwork (OK, I'm done now-)
-- a bigger house than required
-- periodic housekeeper (once every 4-6 weeks to do heavy cleaning)

But:
-- we keep cars for 8-12 years, TV's for 15-20, computers for 6-8 (DH uses for 3-4, then I use), stereo for 20-25
-- DH is very handy so we rarely need outside help

We don't eat out very often...and maybe it will now be less!
=astro, a fine tipper, I swear!
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Lesson from the post -

Indulge in your own little way so long as you are still able to save a sizable portion of your paychecks. Sounds like everyone here is doing just that and nobody LBYMs to the point of depravation.

To quote C-T - "It's all about balance"
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Indulgences

Me. New kites every 2-3 years. Work stuff- new laptop every 2 years and techy phone with broadband (using it right now in Austin airpot lobby). Work stuff is paid by work so guess it doesn't count.

DW. Jewelry making stuff. Clothes 2 notches above Walmart.
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...(using it right now in Austin airpot lobby).
They grow that stuff everywhere down there. "Keep Austin Weird"

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You got robbed. I saw one for $25 at the grocery store (!) yesterday.
You're right, I've always been careless with money
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A waterfront vacation home (which doubles as a vacation rental).

What else does one need?
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$250 ticket to see Paul McCartney last night - brilliant!!* Wouldn't have missed it for the world....

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$250 ticket to see Paul McCartney last night - brilliant!!* Wouldn't have missed it for the world....

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I buy clothes at Ross and food at Winco. I don't wear or buy jewelry. However, every couple of years we take a trip, either to Europe or to Mexico for a few weeks.

Then it's back to drying the clothes on a rack and toting lunches to work.

Maybe it's silly, since the trips cost much more than our frugality saves us, but travel is what we value.

Except ... well, I have a weakness for small electronic gadgets too ... but I'm trying to keep that under control.
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