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Old 02-19-2011, 02:16 PM   #481
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Every Friday morning I work on some cost saving project. Everything from leaky toilets to save on water to shopping for better insurance rates.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #482
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:48 PM   #483
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:03 AM   #484
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Haven't read thru ALL the post so if these have been posted before (I'm sure they have) ...sorry for the redundancy.
1. As Bank5 said, call the companies you use for telephone, t.V., Cable, Internet etc. If they don't give you a promotion discount the first time, ask for "their customer retention" department. This works... as the people in this department have given me promotions when the first customer service rep would not.
2. Don't take the "bundle" services. Once they have all of your services, you have less leverage to negotiate better prices. For ex: I can tell the cable company Verizon wants me to stay. Give me a reason to stay with you...etc...etc."
3. If you have heat pumps turn them "off" not just "down or up" in temperate weather or under conditions where you are not that uncomfortable. If you turn them off 30% of the day or more, you can consistently reduce your energy bills by that percentage. I know...they tell you not to turn them off...but I recently had an energy person admit to me that is the only way to significantly reduce your bill. I have 3 heat pumps and can "zone" my house by keeping the upstairs off with the children no longer here.
4. Go the the library instead of buying books unless it is a book you want to keep.
5. Eat you left overs instead of throwing them out. With the price of food these days...this can be significant. My husband doesn't like left overs so this has been eye opening for him. LOL !
There are so many other ways to save significant dollars...such as doing your own yard work, your own painting....but of course one either has to know how to do it or enjoy doing it for these things to work....
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:19 AM   #485
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5. Eat you left overs instead of throwing them out. With the price of food these days...this can be significant. My husband doesn't like left overs so this has been eye opening for him. LOL !
+1. This one has saved us huge amounts of money. Along those lines, I do most of the cooking and have tried to reduce the size of the initial meal to reduce the chance of left-overs. Occasionally the meal comes up a little short, but that's taken care of with a couple slices of bread to go with it. Also, we reduced our dog food budget by taking left-overs which don't make it back to the table and mixing them with the dog food. Vet says this is perfectly okay so long as we mix it and feed it as part of their normal schedule.

I'd like to add giving myself a cash allowance and leaving cards in a drawer at home. I find myself asking myself if I really need to swing by some place for lunch/dinner or do I really need that gadget. I gave myself $50 allowance two weeks ago and have only spent about $7.80 cents so far. Gasoline is exempt from allowance, we fill up the tanks at the beginning of allowance periods.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:43 AM   #486
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Along those lines, I do most of the cooking and have tried to reduce the size of the initial meal to reduce the chance of left-overs.
Funny how folks are wired differently--I save money by doing just the opposite. Neither DW nor I enjoy cooking and are fine with leftovers. So, We make sure to cook enough for two night's worth of dinners (and sometimes an intervening lunch). If the food is in the 'fridge just waiting to be warmed up, we're far less likely to talk ourselves into going out to eat.
I have a theory: If a person doesn't like to cook and has no one else to do it for him/her, he/she is far less likely to reject leftovers.
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I'd like to add giving myself a cash allowance and leaving cards in a drawer at home. I find myself asking myself if I really need to swing by some place for lunch/dinner or do I really need that gadget. I gave myself $50 allowance two weeks ago and have only spent about $7.80 cents so far. Gasoline is exempt from allowance, we fill up the tanks at the beginning of allowance periods.
Wow, $7.80 in two weeks? That is wonderful! I am so impressed. Sounds like you have a terrific method for saving money.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:27 AM   #489
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Sweden as compared to whom?
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:38 AM   #490
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Sweden as compared to whom?

Almost any country will do..why not Spain, Thailand or France. I can retire much earlier if i do that.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:31 PM   #492
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Neither DW nor I enjoy cooking and are fine with leftovers. So, We make sure to cook enough for two night's worth of dinners (and sometimes an intervening lunch).
You can take it further and cook weeks worth of food at a time. Then freeze it, and move next day's (or couple of days) food from freezer to fridge so it thaws by the time you need it.
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Funny how folks are wired differently--I save money by doing just the opposite. Neither DW nor I enjoy cooking and are fine with leftovers. So, We make sure to cook enough for two night's worth of dinners (and sometimes an intervening lunch). If the food is in the 'fridge just waiting to be warmed up, we're far less likely to talk ourselves into going out to eat.
I have a theory: If a person doesn't like to cook and has no one else to do it for him/her, he/she is far less likely to reject leftovers.

Well, actually I do a little of both. Most meals I cook enough for just that night. Pasta dishes keep well so I when I cook those I tend to cook enough for 3-4 days... the kids will eat it anytime! When I cook ground beef I'll cook 4-5 lbs at a time as I can use it in a variety of "quick" dishes. If I make biscuits or rolls, same thing: make as much as we'll use for several days. Our problem with leftovers is our two boys are going through finicky stages and non-stables are harder to get rid of.

Going out for a meal requires planning on our part, more than eating at home since we're in the boonies and it's not short trip to the decent places.

Agree with your theory. My wife hates cooking and will eat most left overs. I love cooking, experimenting, watch cooking shows and cooking reality shows (Ramsay especially).
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He left out the most important one - making a large piece of heavy duty foil into a hat to protect you from all those alien thought patterns and ambient radiation .
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I tried the block of brown sugar trick with a block of garlic, and it didn't work. Oh well, back to scraping off bits with a knife.
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I tried the block of brown sugar trick with a block of garlic, and it didn't work. Oh well, back to scraping off bits with a knife.
An easier way is to place the clove on a cutting board, place the flat side of a chef's knife (widest blade in the set) on top of the clove, and pound on it once quickly with your palm. The clove will be smashed a bit, but the skin will come right off.
Piece of cake!

In the first part of this video, you will see the technique.
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I should have said block of garlic powder. This this is like cement. I usually chip off a little and put it in the mortar and grind it with the pestle.

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