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Old 01-23-2015, 10:16 AM   #61
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... I tried the Kirkland Vodka (in the super tall bottle) when it first came out. It was $24.99 for the jumbo bottle...

Then it dropped to 23.99 and stayed there for a while. This past fall it was 21.99.

Last week it was $19.99 per bottle.

That's a few bucks saved each month. Woo hoo.
You drink a bottle each month?

My big bottles of Kirkland Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin bought 3 years ago are still near full. I drink a lot more red wine.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:36 AM   #62
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My personal level of inflation has not been as extreme as it was, say, back in the 1980's. Some things, such as groceries, are increasing in price. Other things, such as gasoline, are decreasing in price, though, and that "cancels out" some of the increase.

Between that and the fact that my discretionary spending varies from time to time, it's just really hard to tell. I'm spending considerably more than I spent in 2011, but some increase is intentional on my part. Still, I do think I am experiencing some inflation. Just not a whole lot, probably.

I just started SS last June and the extra income has sure helped with any impact that inflation might have.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:10 AM   #63
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My personal inflation rate from 12' to 14' for my largest essential expenses:


Medical Insurance: 30.7%
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Transportation: Can't determine due to changes in insurance coverage,
different mileage driven, and differing maintenance and repairs
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I remember one summer in college where I was spending more on Stoli's vodka than rent. My rent was only $120/month, and I was sharing the vodka with some friends pretty liberally, but still.

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My big bottles of Kirkland Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin bought 3 years ago are still near full. I drink a lot more red wine.
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I think that the biggest real world example right now is gasoline.

Gas is cheaper now than it was in 2005. If the average person goes through a tank a week, that is probably $1000/year that they are saving from this time last year.

So other stuff that they buy needed to go up $1000 over the last year just to balance the drop in gas.

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I'll give you a real world deflation example.

I tried the Kirkland Vodka (in the super tall bottle) when it first came out. It was $24.99 for the jumbo bottle. So a few bucks more than the Sky vodka I used to buy. My LBYM self had to justify the increased price, but I liked it so I sprung for it.

Then it dropped to 23.99 and stayed there for a while. This past fall it was 21.99.

Last week it was $19.99 per bottle.

That's a few bucks saved each month. Woo hoo.
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You drink a bottle each month?

My big bottles of Kirkland Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin bought 3 years ago are still near full. I drink a lot more red wine.
Not by myself. LOL. I'd be drunk day and night.

But we like martini's in our house. I have a martini 2 x a week... as does the hubster. That will put a dent in the bottle since there's not much else besides a smidge of vermouth and onions/olives.

I've switched away from wine/beer in the past few years.

I swear I'm not a lush. It's just when I do drink, it tends to be vodka.
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I swear I'm not a lush.
Yeah, yeah, blame it on the dog....
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Not by myself. LOL. I'd be drunk day and night.
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I swear I'm not a lush. It's just when I do drink, it tends to be vodka.
Just teasing.

I went out to look at my bottle of Kirkland Vodka. It's still unopened. Son of a gun. The Bombay Sapphire Gin is down by about 1/5. I had to look at them to confirm the bottle volume.

It's 1.75 liter. At 80 proof or 40% alcohol relative to wine at 14%, this big bottle has the alcohol content of 5 liters of wine or a measly 7 wine bottles.

Pffft... I drink at least 2 bottles of wine a week by myself (wife does not drink). That's a minimum of 8 bottles/month.

Are you sure you only do 1 big bottle of vodka between the two of you? The more you drink, the more you save by buying at Costco you know?
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Are you sure you only do 1 big bottle of vodka between the two of you? The more you drink, the more you save by buying at Costco you know?
LOL - spend more/consume more to save more. That doesn't really fly in our house or on this forum.

Actually - I'm trying to cut calories - and much as I love a martini... if I drink more than the allotted amount, I'd undo the almost 20 lbs I've lost since I retired. It would hit me two ways... calories consumed... less motivation the next morning to get up for my 6am dog-walks on the beach. So I'll stick to my moderation for now. It's nice that the price dropped though...
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.....I'd undo the almost 20 lbs I've lost since I retired......
Congrats!!!!!
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Thanks. It's a start... but years of sitting in a cube or a lab, staring at a computer or a pc board that isn't cooperating led to a big 'excess'... and now in retirement, it's time for that to go.
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