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Old 12-23-2007, 08:32 AM   #61
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You can get the same kind of fleece socks for $10 at Sierra Trading Post - Save 35-70% on Famous Name Brands.
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Maybe I just need a better way to keep my feet warm?
Can I buy you a cup of coffee? Oh yeah, I already asked you that.

My answer to the original question......drum roll please......... golf.
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:21 AM   #63
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After my early years - I don't scrimp on nothing anymore - I buy only name brands when Salvation Army has their sidewalk sales. And I just bought a 'new' used snow tire from Tom's Used Tires - $30 mounted and balanced plus four tubes of sand from Ace Hardware to pile in the pickup bed passenger side - for extra traction in the snow. It only takes one tire - not that much snow here.

Time in the market - the first ten years of ER helped the old portfolio - so I don't scrimp anymore - except sometimes I slip - old habits you know.

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:27 AM   #64
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One snow tire! Four tubes of sand equals one Unclemick!

I don't think you are that big of a guy. Those tubes, at least around here, weight about 75 pounds each dry. I suggest that you to distribute the sand equally just to the front of each rear wheel and buy another snow tire.
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Thanks!! I'll have to try them. I found a cheaper pair a few years ago but they weren't as warm and wore out fairly quickly but it looks like the ones at Sierra received glowing reviews.
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Note: If you own a pickup truck, you find a lot of friends....
My BIL borrowed my pickup ONCE. He used it for a day and returned it with the exact same amount of gas in it as when I lent it to him.

Cheap bastard.

I asked him if I could borrow his sports car because I felt the need to drive fast around corners. He declined.

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What I won't scrimp on?

Carbon paper - It's our most important resource at MegaCorp.

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Thanks!! I'll have to try them. I found a cheaper pair a few years ago but they weren't as warm and wore out fairly quickly but it looks like the ones at Sierra received glowing reviews.
Yes, the Acorn brand is a good brand and often the exact same socks as you get from another catalog. I have small feet so I generally buy the kids extra large size and save another couple of bucks.
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Carbon paper - It's our most important resource at MegaCorp.

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They still make carbon paper? Who knew?
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They still make carbon paper? Who knew?
The little 'feed & seed' store that I buy bird feed at, still hand-writes receipts on those little pads with the carbon paper between the original and the copy. Except when I shop there, I haven't seen that sort of thing in YEARS!

Along the same lines, we went to the local 'monument' (tombstone) shop last week to buy a lawn ornament, and they had one of those old-type credit card sliders (or whatever you call them).....it's been eons since I saw one of those!

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I ask my 96 year old FIL what was the greatest invention during his life time.

Toilet Paper!

And, he did not have to think long. He said he could remember a bucket full of water and corn cobs in the out house. Not fun on a cold day!
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We really don't scrimp.

We simply don't buy most stuff. We don't accumulate a bunch of stuff. We feed few hobbies, have few toys. We rarely go shopping other than for groceries.

BUT - when we do, we don't scrimp. We're willing to pay high dollars for very good quality IF that's what it takes. We have the mentality that if we're going to buy something (and we can afford it), we might as well buy the good quality stuff.

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We always walk or bike instead of driving. We take transit when the weather is bad.
We hate spending over $350/night in a hotel even in NYC and Venice.
We shop online for travel and travel on Tuesday to save air fare.
We swap homes for 2 vacations each year.
We share newspapers with a neighbor.
We reuse Ziploc bags and liquor store bags (they are really good and we always have some around).
We have one Visa and one MC, each with 2 cards.
We save elastic bands that the mailman sometimes uses.
We reuse water bottles, filling them from the tap.
We reuse plastic containers like the ones we buy with 3-bean salad.
We pay online to save the stamps and envelopes.
When we go shopping, we ask our neighbors what we can get for them.
We use nightlights rather than flipping lights on in closets and bathrooms.
We buy used computers for half price off craigslist.
We sell surplus stuff (e.g. cell phones) on craigslist or BuySell.
We repair stuff.
We use fans instead of AC.
We avoid prepackaged foods, preferring meals from scratch.

But we buy good quality food, coffee and wine.
We keep the heat up in the LR, DR and kitchen.
We travel four trips a year.
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Newspapers?

Do people still pay for newspapers?

(Sorry, couldn't resist - haven't bought a newspaper in > 10 years. Don't get magazines either.)

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Cable/Satellite for the tv; DSL; top quality shoes; the best skin cream for moisturizing; Wall Street Journal; Land-O-Lakes butter. Everything else almost is negotiable.
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food used to be high on the list, but after xmas we're onto rice and beans (ok, organic rice and beans...)

good shoes (a must!)

in general, i like quality stuff, so i try to cut the quantity...i try - i swear!

and forgot who mentioned it - but what's the diff w/ washing in hot water? i do all cold and everything seems ok...
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For those of you who won't scrimp on wine, here are some statistics that I just made up:

1. 84% of the experience of drinking wine has little to do with the actual taste

2. 71% of the times that you take a sip of wine, you don't notice the taste because you are thinking about something else (food, conversation, etc.).

3. 92% of wine drinkers could be fooled into thinking that a $3 bottle of wine is a $70 bottle of wine, or vice versa.

That's why I scrimp on wine. I get the $2.97 bottles of wine at Safeway (Searidge Zinfandel, Cabernet or Syrah), with 10% off if you buy six at once. I have about one glass per day, so the bottle is in the fridge for about a week. By the end of the week, the flavor has further deteriorated.

I know this sounds crazy, but I get 84% of the pleasure I'd get from a better type of wine, I get used to the flavor, almost any wine tastes great with a good spaghetti, and one still gets that nice buzz that lasts through the afternoon nap.
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