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Old 05-27-2010, 03:37 PM   #81
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Cheap: re-using condoms
Hey, for some socioeconomic levels this could be an excellent wealth building strategy. Refundable child tax credits, section 8 vouchers, food stamps, WIC, TANF, etc.
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:59 PM   #82
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Well, something to think about during the "free" bus ride, I guess.
More likely to think about while waiting for that bus. It's rather muddled in a city where the mayor has said that transit should be free and where state cuts and other economic forces have raised fares, reduced frequency of buses, and shortened the length of routes. It is no longer a "transit-first" city.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:28 PM   #83
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Another way to look at it is that your $50/yr Costco membership fee is partially prepaid buyers-remorse insurance. It is in fact a payment that you make for the privilege of continuing to be able to return items. The membership scheme helps them keep their fraudulent and unreasonable returns down by giving them the power to discover when people are abusing and cut them off. They have the power.
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Another way to look at it is that your $50/yr Costco membership fee is partially prepaid buyers-remorse insurance. It is in fact a payment that you make for the privilege of continuing to be able to return items. The membership scheme helps them keep their fraudulent and unreasonable returns down by giving them the power to discover when people are abusing and cut them off. They have the power.
Do they use it?

I would hope that they do, as Costco has so many consumer friendly practices that I would hate for them to have to change these things due to abuse by free-riders.

Of course if that happened, I would likely make even fewer consumer durable purchses than I already do.

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Frugal: re-using ziploc bags

Cheap: re-using condoms
Gross: Washing the condoms with the zip-loc bags...

Besides, the proper way to recycle a condom is to turn it inside out and shake the #### out of it...
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