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Old 03-16-2007, 08:08 PM   #121
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

There's absolutely no way I can compete with this group.
Keep em coming though because this is some great reading!
By far the best thread that I have seen up to this point.
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.
Old 03-16-2007, 09:25 PM   #122
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

How 'bout the cheapest nerdy thing you've done...?

I tossed out all of my basic 'computer speakers' when I got a fancy dolby 5.1 surround setup. Then when I moved my office I put it on the shelf and was too lazy to hook it all up to listen to some sounds and audio in email attachments...

then I noticed my clock radio had an 'audio in' port...

So I have a $300 dolby digital PC receiver, powered subwoofer, and five other speakers sitting on the shelf, and i'm listening to stuff on a $29 clock radio.

Ok, maybe thats 'laziest nerdy thing you've ever done'...
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

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Figured out how to refill my mini toothpaste tube from the big tube.
How? I'm about to leave for a trip and my mini tube is almost empty.
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:22 AM   #124
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Not something I'd admit even on an anonymous forum...
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Quote from: spncity on March 16, 2007, 07:14:16 PM
Figured out how to refill my mini toothpaste tube from the big tube.

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How? I'm about to leave for a trip and my mini tube is almost empty.
Hey, cool - finally something I as a newbie can contribute to the board 8) heh-heh

Hold the mini tube to a big tube tightly with thumb and forefinger in the "mouth-to-mouth" position, so to speak. Slowly squeeze t-paste from the big tube into the little tube. Works best with a big tube that is full, or at least the end is folded up to get better squeeze power.

Worked for me - didn't lose a drop.

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I see potential for a new product.

"This year's must-have gift for the cost-conscious traveller, the Ronco In-Tube-ator. Now you can quickly refill those convenient travel-size tubes with toothpaste purchased in the economical large sizes. Simply screw the male ends of both tubes into the In-Tube-ater and transfere the valuable paste. Order now and you'll also get our Blade-Alive disposable razor blade sharpener. Don't throw those blades away!"

(discussion of "screwing," and anotomical inuendo concerning "male," and "female" components might make this ad most appropriate for late-night cable)
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

Well CFB here's my tech-slummin' deal... right now I have my HDTV front projection home theater system disconnected while I get ready to move, so I'm watching movies on a 19" TV that I found beside the street last week with a "Free" sign on it. It has simulated woodgrain sides and everything. It doesn't even have a composite input, just an antenna input, so I have to run my DVD player through the VCR to get that "channel 3" signal.


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Well CFB here's my tech-slummin' deal... right now I have my HDTV front projection home theater system disconnected while I get ready to move, so I'm watching movies on a 19" TV that I found beside the street last week with a "Free" sign on it. It has simulated woodgrain sides and everything. It doesn't even have a composite input, just an antenna input, so I have to run my DVD player through the VCR to get that "channel 3" signal.
That is how my Sony 19" from 1984 is set up in the guest room. Makes perfect sense to me.
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Wellll...for the next week or so until I haul something better down to the new house, i'll be watching on a 13" 16 year old frys special tv. It DOES however have a composite input...
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When my MIL was staying with us, I threatened to charge her to watch TV but my wife wouldn't let me. Can you believe that?
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

I've refilled the travel size toothpaste before. I thought everyone did that
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I've refilled the travel size toothpaste before. I thought everyone did that
I've never done that. But I do refill the travel size hand cream.

Gotta try toothpaste next !
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I never buy ballpoint pens. I get them from conferences and workshops I attend, or from hotel rooms. Same with those little phone message pads.....and the shampoos, soaps, shower caps, etc, are all great for travel.......
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Re: The cheapest thing you have ever done.... come on now, admit it.

I'm packing for a trip to Barcelona tomorrow and I discovered my travel toothpaste tube was almost empty. I started to run to the store, but decided to try the refill method. It worked, so I saved some time and gas. Thanks fellow cheapskates.
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Our house is full of travel shampoo and conditioner from various hotels/motels...all my computers are hand me downs from coworkers who upgraded ( that's why they are Pentium III or worse ) .... but I just can't compete with this list, wow.
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I'm cheap and LAZY. I just take the big tube with me when I travel.
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When DH's white dress shirt collar was showing signs of wear, I took it off, turned it around and resewed it. I have mad skills! This has been my favorite topic on these boards yet!
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Shoe.. I have been thinking long and hard about that collar trick, but am put off by the back of the collar looking a little wierd and wrinkly because of the adhesive interfacing that's on that side.

-washing Ziplocs -- absolutely..

-in terms of value over time I guess the cheapest thing would be the four kitchen chairs which I still use here in Italy.. scavenged from the streets of Allston/Brighton/Cambridge in the late seventies, complete with gouges, paint stains, what-have-you. When I moved I even brought over 1/2 used bags of dirt (potting soil) since we were paying a flat rate for the shipping container. You should have seen the look on the moving guys' faces.

-oh.. AND re-using kleenexes / paper towels

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- keeps drained pasta water for washing dishes after the meal so as not to use extra hot water.
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For those of you refilling your travel toothpaste tubes...

I skip that step entirely. I just take the standard toothpaste tube, when it gets down to having the last inch (or so) of product left in it, and throw that into my travel toiletry bag. No fuss, no muss.

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Drain laundry rinse water into buckets and use it to water plants.
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