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Old 04-08-2017, 08:04 AM   #221
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LOL!

When I stay at a hotel, I often bring my own, much more comfortable toilet paper. Most hotels have yucky toilet paper.
I agree we stayed at a hotel in Switzerland whose TP had the feeling of newsprint
Fortunately there was a market nearby, and with rudimentary German and a lot of sign language, I got some real soft TP
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Old 04-08-2017, 08:54 AM   #223
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I think Mr. Money Mustache readers corner the market on LBYM ideas. Using cloth for TP and only washing sheets every 3 months are two I remember (with horror).

I do wish my DH would share restaurant meals with me, but he often ends up eating his and part of mine unless I can get my leftovers into a container quickly.
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Old 04-08-2017, 09:49 AM   #224
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My contribution to this thread is suave shampoo. It used to be 99c, now I can get them at 99cent store for 99c, but not at regular store.
That's my shampoo too. I used to get it from Walgreens for 99c until they stopped carrying it about 6 months ago. CVS still have it, but in a bigger bottle (30 fl oz) for $2.49 IIRC. I forget the exact size of the older bottle, but the new one is about 2 - 2.5 times larger, so the price per fl oz is still about the same.

I really wasn't going to join this thread until I saw your comment about Sauve shampoo, and couldn't help myself!
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I found if you run the tube over a sharp edge, like a counter top, you can push more paste to the end of the tube. So then I can go buy an expensive bottle of wine
I miss the days when toothpaste tubes were made of metal. It was easier to squeeze the last bit of paste out of the tube.

Halycon days indeed..........
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One other idea is to first check if prescriptions are for branded generics, ask for a change to the generic. Second because generics are cheaper, and also have had their phase 4 trial period (essentially the period of time the drug was under patent protection) the larger group should have found most problems. Tell the physician you want generics if possible.


I thought most insurance plans automatically switched you to a generic unless the doctor specifically requests the brand name. The only brand medications I get are for drugs where a generic isn't available.
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drink 2 buck chuck wine rather than Chateau St Michelle. Until then we will stay the course and enjoy our retirement.
I thought 2 buck chuck was a transient phenomenon when there was a glut of grapes? Did I miss something?
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* Cut your own grass, clean your own house, wash your own windows.
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We consider a fine bottle of wine our reward for making it.
We outsource that stuff because it is work.
Agree about financial robbers.
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I thought 2 buck chuck was a transient phenomenon when there was a glut of grapes? Did I miss something?
2 Buck Chuck has been going for well over 10 years now, although it's no longer 2 bucks. Here in CA, it went up to $2.49, and is now the shockingly high price of $2.99. I just picked up a bottle for when my SO comes over tomorrow, along with a 6-pack of Simpler Times lager. We're a couple of cheap drunks

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My husband used to drink Charles Shaw when it was one buck chuck. We definitely was frugal when frugal wasn't cool, well at least in the wine department.
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I drink the $3 water like Pelegrino. My kids always order it, so my husband and I decide why should we underspend them. Heck we always foot the bill.


I have a rule with my daughter, anything she orders that is greater than mine, she pays the difference. It gets her thinking.
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One serving Wholly guacamole tubs when going to Chipotle.
We always have our SS water bottles filled with our pure well water.
Take showers one after another, to save hot water (don't know if it works, but we rub our naked bodies together on the exchange.
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You didn't specify but I assume the other shower-er is your S.O.

(Why don't you just shower together?)


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2 Buck Chuck has been going for well over 10 years now, although it's no longer 2 bucks. Here in CA, it went up to $2.49, and is now the shockingly high price of $2.99. I just picked up a bottle for when my SO comes over tomorrow, along with a 6-pack of Simpler Times lager. We're a couple of cheap drunks

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Google Bronco wine company sometime, the maker of the "Chuck". Lots of interesting things involving that company, including selling wine that isn't what they say.
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I thought most insurance plans automatically switched you to a generic unless the doctor specifically requests the brand name. The only brand medications I get are for drugs where a generic isn't available.
It depends on how the physician writes the prescription. A branded generic is a generic that is sold as a brand name it seems at the time my plan did not make the automatic switch. So check at a minimum, and also check the lists like Walmarts and Costcos for the $4 a month $10 for three months. (it turned out thru walmart the some pills were cheaper than the copay thru the PBM's mail order pharmacy.
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Yeah, we don't use dryer sheets either, and we only use fabric softener on the towels.
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Google Bronco wine company sometime, the maker of the "Chuck". Lots of interesting things involving that company, including selling wine that isn't what they say.
I think they use a lot of chemical. Most wine makers do now. I read that in Wired magazine.
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This is an interesting thread in part because it shows how different people value different things. When I read through the ideas I think in some cases "wow that's a great idea" and in others "I would only do that if I were living in poverty."
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Being frugal or LBYM doesn't necessarily mean a spartan lifestyle, not being able to travel or not having the money to afford nice things. I think many here simply like to bargain hunt and live well without spending as much as other people do for the same goods and services. A customer with a Groupon for a nice restaurant has the same experience as a person paying full price. Or someone can enjoy a trip on frequent flyer points as much as another traveler paying full price.

I just checked some of the deals on Groupon and one was a wine country limo wine tour marked down from $1,150 to $329. Another was a $800 meal at a fancy San Francisco restaurant for $280. One of my best bargains last year was going to a $300 wine and food tasting event at a fancy venue last year for $40 on seat filler tickets.


YMMV. DH refuses to buy Groupons any more. I think they're great if you buy them for something you regularly do and can just do it for less with the Groupon. However we got caught out one too many times feeling we "had to" go somewhere or do something we really didn't want to do at the time because we had a Groupon that was about to expire.

We have also found that we aren't big on happy hours. They sounded like a good deal until we realized at most places, you're restricted to house wine or well drinks and a limited selection of mostly high carb menu items.

We do try to share entrees or take leftovers home - really helps with weight management, as does eating at home vs out and cutting down on drinking alcoholic beverages. Always a balance, juggling having a good time vs managing weight and spending.
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YMMV. DH refuses to buy Groupons any more. I think they're great if you buy them for something you regularly do and can just do it for less with the Groupon. However we got caught out one too many times feeling we "had to" go somewhere or do something we really didn't want to do at the time because we had a Groupon that was about to expire.

We have also found that we aren't big on happy hours. They sounded like a good deal until we realized at most places, you're restricted to house wine or well drinks and a limited selection of mostly high carb menu items.

We do try to share entrees or take leftovers home - really helps with weight management, as does eating at home vs out and cutting down on drinking alcoholic beverages. Always a balance, juggling having a good time vs managing weight and spending.
Groupon was just one example, and Groupon offers discounts on many goods and services besides restaurants gift certificates like concert tickets, winery passports and travel specials. My point in the earlier post was being frugal and enjoying some of the finer things in life are not mutually exclusive.
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