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Old 05-13-2005, 08:07 AM   #41
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I NEVER pass up so much as a penny, ever!* Speaking of "found money", I have stories (surprise surprise)*

I was walking the dog on my birthday several years ago and found a $20 bill in the gravel.* The next day at the same spot the dog comes
out of the grass with a $20 in her mouth (Good dog)*
We spent an hour combing the grass for 100 yards in either
direction.* No more cash.

I was traveling sonewhere and stopped for gas.* There was a
$10 bill blowing around outside on the ground.* I was ready to leave when I spotted it just as it blew under someone's car.
I waited until they drove away which seemed like forever.
Most I ever found at one time was $40.

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This could probably make for another thread, but several years ago, I went over to a client's automotive shop, when I was leaving, I found three crisp $100 bills on the ground. I told him about it and no one ever claimed them.*

A few weeks ago, I was in the casino on a cruise and saw a slot machine with 2 credits on it, which is fairly common, of course I walked over to play them and looked in the tray and it was full of quarters, Over $10 worth! Of course, I put those back where they belonged.

Finally, last Sunday, I walked down to get a paper. I put my 6 quarters in the machine and pulled the handle and it didn't open. I was {briefly} pissed. I hit the change button and out came 9 quarters, woo hoo. Just for the heck of it, I hit it again, and out came another 3 quarters. I put 6 in again and the box opened...free paper!*

I've thought about setting up an account to track 'found' money, it would be interesting to see how much you find in a given year.

Beachbumz* 8)
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Re: Your Cheapness Threshold
Old 05-13-2005, 08:57 AM   #42
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I do A LOT of tinkering and fixing things. I use pennies for washers. Before you get all excited, think about this. In many applications I need a very tight fit for a washer, either the hole in the center must fit the screw exactly (commonly called a “fender washer”) or I need a washer where the hole is off center. Many of these washers are just not available at any price and when they are, they may cost 10 to 25 cents EACH. Sooooooo… for 1 cent, I get exactly what I need, and I don’t even have to go hunting for it.
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In my younger days I was watching a windsurfing competition in Hawaii, and it was very windy.* I had previously stuffed some bills into my pocket, and at the competition, when got something out of my pocket, 4-5 bills came out and blew away across the front of the other spectators.

I've never seen a crowd so electrified.* It was like " MONEY! MONEY!" and everyone was running around trying to catch it.* I don't remember what happened next -- but I think it all blew out to sea.
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Old 05-13-2005, 11:55 AM   #44
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Jeez John, only 3 sequential reposts to yourself this morning? You tired or running out of things to say?
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Oh yeah, one other thing John. If you do ever decide you'd like to see your wife naked, let me know.

I'll send you some pictures.
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Jeez John, only 3 sequential reposts to yourself this morning?* You tired or running out of things to say?
Running out? In your dreams

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Must say I havent ever had you, or anyone else from here, in a dream.

Probably a good thing. :P
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Must say I havent ever had you, or anyone else from here, in a dream.

Probably a good thing. :P
Agree!
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Mean spirited kids in my 1960s junior high school used to throw pennies on the ground to see who would stoop to pick them up. Recovering them was good practice on my way to becoming a millionaire later in life.
In my youth, I spent a week in Athens. Some of the male Athenians would throw their drachmaes in the street see if the backpacking tourists would pick them up. I didn't mind to pick them up since 15 drachmaes would buy you a nice tasty souvlaki.
Currently $1 = 270 drachmaes

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Toilet Paper?* That's an easy one.* Go to Costco and get their huge case of house brand tp

Aint that the truth? I heard an economist talk about his wife going to Costco to load up on TP. To go along with the other 14 cases of TP in the house. Just couldn't pass up a bargain. Costco must buy TP by the ship load.

Speaking of found money ny mom walks early every morning. As she is walking she picks up money, check the phones for change, and collects pop cans to return for a nickle. You might think that this would be pocket change (so to speak). Well, she takes this money and buys each grandkid a savings bond. I think the 3 of them get about 20 bonds each Christmas. She has my boy checking the phones at the airport, restaraunts, etc. Our family thinks grandma should license her route. It is very profitable. She even has a route in Palm Springs. (thier 2nd home)

Maybe that is my Plan B. After I beg on the exit ramps. lol
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Hi:

I'd bet that I'm one of the more "frugal" ones on this forum (but then I'm a bit new). Regarding parking meters, I'll make a pretty good attempt to find one with time on it..especially if its in a parking lot. I also save a lot of loot by doing all my own home maintenance and car repairs/oil changes etc. My monthly expenses are quite low (around $700/mo?) but my house is paid for. But then, I'm in a high property tax state. But then again..since I usually keep my taxable income low, I get some of that rebated.

Interestingly (maybe), even though I like to shop around for sales on stuff in the food stores (including meat that's marked down cuz it's about to expire)..I'll spend more for certain organic veggies etc because of the "whole" picture (i.e. I don't have health insurance).

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You need to watch the "old meat" Crusty.

Especially the poultry. Google how expired chickens can be bleached and reracked!

A bad case of the scoots can ruin your carpets.
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You need to watch the "old meat" Crusty.

Especially the poultry. Google how expired chickens can be bleached and reracked!

A bad case of the scoots can ruin your carpets.
My wife buys "expired" steaks all the time, but no poultry.
When I was in high school I worked in a butcher shop.
Lots of stories, but I will demur as most of you have not had breakfast
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I buy expired meat that has a bone in it for my dogs. They like expired beef ribs and lamb shanks a lot. I wouldnt eat it myself. I can get fresh high quality meat for $2-5 a lb. Not something I need to save a dollar on...
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Your dog may eat better than I do (ha). As for the expired meat, I've been doing it for years and have never had any problems. And I also use it up quickly -so I never have to waste anything. If you get it into a marinade w/ plenty of salt, it'll last quite awhile. And if its a cheep, tough hunk of horsemeat (ha) or whatever, I'll sprinkle some bromelaid powder into the marinade (the enzyme from pineapple) ...and overnight it's tender.
I believe in days gone by that many people actually left meat or poultry out to "age" before eating it. I guess there's enzymes that naturally break it down. Many animals do this too..

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Theres a few facets to 'aging' beef. There is both 'dry' and 'wet' aging.

For starters, its usually whole sides or at least very large segments that are aged. There is usually a fat wrap on the meat, its hung at rather cold, dry temperatures. Usually only the better cuts and better graded pieces are aged...theres a point where you get divergence. You cant compare a slab of poorly graded fresh beef with a piece of highly graded aged beef and say its all in the aging.

When the aging is done, a portion of the fat, replete with mold and other happy single-celled critters is trimmed off before the meat is sectioned.

The result is dryer, firmer, more concentrated flavor. When the aging is done properly.

This is a HUGE difference from a piece of meat thats been cut and packaged and has sat in the grocery store display case for a week. Exposed to air and handling, that old piece of beef is teeming with those aforementioned happy single celled critters. Except instead of hanging around on a piece of fat that gets trimmed away, they're on the surface of your steak.

They do not at all improve the flavor, in fact they can make the meat taste sour, gamey or rancid. Even well cooked the results are simply not going to be as pleasant as a freshly cut piece of the same beef.

Just as an advisory...when you buy the store cooked ribs, chicken, and all the stuff in the meat counter that is pre-marinated and pre-sauced? Guess what expired the day before...

Alton Brown did an interesting segment on the tv show "good eats". He showed how you can put a whole rib eye roast inside of a home-made 'ager' consisting of a 'ventilated' large piece of tupperware that you flip upside down, put the meat inside, and keep in your refrigerator for something in the range of 3-5 days. This dries the beef further and concentrates the flavor. So he says...a lot of his stuff looks like a lot of work for a little result. But its fun to watch...
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I worked for a couple of years in the "meat dept" of a large
grocery store chain, when I was in high school. We NEVER
threw out anything, no matter how long it remained unsold.
You can draw your own conclusions.

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Speaking of found money my mom walks early every morning. As she is walking she picks up money, check the phones for change, and collects pop cans to return for a nickle.
* *Read a story about a guy (who was retired -- go figure) who made a hobby out of searching for change. He had a route: Fast food drive-thrus, the vacuums at the car wash, etc.* Reporter went along one day and gave him a challenge -- see if he could find $10 in 2 hours.* He found something like $12.
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* *Read a story about a guy (who was retired -- go figure) who made a hobby out of searching for change. He had a route: Fast food drive-thrus, the vacuums at the car wash, etc.* Reporter went along one day and gave him a challenge -- see if he could find $10 in 2 hours.* He found something like $12.
If I had to make a choice between going out to scrounge for money for 2 hours or paying $12 to not have to go out scrounging for money.

I would give $12 to not have to go around scrounging for change for 2 hours.* But, to each his own
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Let me give you an address to send that $12 to.

Anyone else want to not have to go looking for change? I'll happily not make you do it.
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