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Old 12-20-2007, 09:14 AM   #21
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I guess I have simple tastes. That lets me not feel that I skimp on anything. We have relaxed our spending discipline substantially since we retired and are still well below a 4% withdrawal rate. We eat dinner out 3 to 4 times a week. We travel when we feel like it. I would like to replace my 10 year old Lexus but we bought DW a new car this year and our son will be getting married in 2008. We plan to give them a substantial wedding gift so I am holding off on the car for another year.

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:46 AM   #22
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If I had to I'd scrimp on everything but since I have a choice I will not scrimp on clothes ,hair cuts & color ,heating and cooling and vacations .
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:02 PM   #23
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....I can't think of anything that we DO scrimp on....having won the "born in the USA" lottery, I am constantly reminding those around me that "even the poorest of us in the US live better than 99.99% of ALL of the people that have ever existed on this planet!"....and then I remind them that even the Kings and Queens of olde could not walk in to a HEATED (or AC'd), LIGHTED bathroom and never have to worry about what might be left behind !!.....and I can add that they use to stop and think about it, but now all I get is this !
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:16 PM   #24
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Things we don't scrimp on are items for the house and landscaping. Although we do all the work ourselves we always buy top quality materials. We may scrimp on the phone bill (minimal service for $21) but we might spend $200-$300 on an unusual plant for the yard.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:07 PM   #25
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I'm still pretty cheap about everything, but I've notice that DW has moved on without me in her purchases, so I need to catch up. Here are the biggies:

1. A/C
2. "Stuff" for the house she's always wanted and now has (I guess that was a really big one)
3. Gifts at Christmas
4. College football tickets for us and two more
5. Decent wine
6. Good food (DW is a wonderful cook)
7. Toys for me (just got a tractor...but it's to save my back oh course)
8. The next big one will be travel, starting in 2008 (Scotland & a Med cruise)
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:37 PM   #26
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Good walking shoes.
Good food.
Now that I finally broke down and got it: DSL-lite
A Netflix subsription: just upped it to 4 at a time
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:51 PM   #27
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:01 PM   #28
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Plastic baggies and hot showers.

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Old 12-20-2007, 03:44 PM   #29
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Still eat off the dollar menu at McD's, but spring for the $1.99 tuna in olive oil at Trader Joes and get our Chorizo from Spain. Find a good wine - buy a case.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:18 PM   #30
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:25 PM   #31
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Food is our biggest temptation to which we succumb in splendor. Also my dog's medical care including prescription food and pain pills. Apparently, we spend money on the stuff (and beings) we love.

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My parents.

I'm taking them on a cruise to Alaska in May. (I'd rather go hiking, but they're in their 80s, so whaddaya gonna do?)

Mama wanted a balcony room on the ship but didn't want me to spend too much. So I got the balcony and lied through my teeth about the price.

She's worth it.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:26 PM   #33
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My parents.

I'm taking them on a cruise to Alaska in May. (I'd rather go hiking, but they're in their 80s, so whaddaya gonna do?)

Mama wanted a balcony room on the ship but didn't want me to spend too much. So I got the balcony and lied through my teeth about the price.

She's worth it.
I took my Mom on a cruise to Bermuda for her 88th birthday .Best money I ever spent .Of course every year we have a big celebration because we think it may be the last but she's still going strong !
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:15 PM   #34
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I wouldn't say we scrimp, we just don't over spend. But like MikeD, I don't scrimp on the care of our pets, the late lab and now the the puddy cats are well cared for.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:27 PM   #35
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what i'd go back to work for if required: good food, not including restaurants as i've already enjoyed those. what i spend too much on: insurance so i'm considering overseas or at least out of south florida. my current insurance bills run 25% (before deductibles) of my minimum budget which just irks me. it makes me want to sell the house & the car, move overseas and get health insurance at half price. very likely i'll be scrimping that irk one day.

after food i'd list shoes and then bedding (if you are not in one you are in the other) but if i switch to a vagabond life i'll be giving up that last comfort for a while. i don't think i'll mind scrimping on bedding. the unencumbered life can be cheap but does not come without cost.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:42 PM   #36
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Humanely raised grass-fed beef, pork and chicken. Local vegetables from the market.
Travel (one big trip every other year or so)
Whatever tools DH needs for his projects
Live music and music festivals
Keeping the old Airstream motorhome running
Moderately priced dinners out-our faves are Mexican and Cuban
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:07 AM   #37
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Good food and wine
Pet care and food
Luxury sheets and down filled comforter & pillows
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Occasional splurges on vacations, special concerts, events
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Plastic baggies? You mean you aren't among those of us who wash them out and re-use them? (gasp!)

Oh well. You can still post here!

Besides, I only wash them out once, usually. Sometimes twice, but if they get greasy, they're outta here!
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:20 PM   #39
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When we eat out (which isn't often), I'm picky about the restaurant. Otherwise, we look for value prices for everything - I've found that if one has the time, they can find the price point at which they can acquire something. That could also mean that one doesn't buy it! Oh, and we do wash our plastic bags :-)
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I will NOT scrimp on...

I never scrimp on cheap facial tissue or toilet paper, both for the same reason...the cheap stuff is like tree bark!
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