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Old 09-06-2020, 04:20 PM   #261
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I'm with you here. I can't imagine paying literally thousands of dollars to see Hamilton when I saw it twice for $7.50. I'm sure it was better live, but .....


And the prices for major league sports seats are insane. Even the food / beer prices are insane.
+1 on seeing major league sports. Just too much money and generally would rather spend time playing certain sports than watching those and other sports.
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Old 09-06-2020, 04:21 PM   #262
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I thought everybody did that!

Also: serious question, when did nail salon visits become so common, even required? A bottle of nail polish costs $3.49. What does it mean if I don't visit them? Am I unkempt? Slovenly?
Huh? I don’t even varnish my own nails anymore. I don’t think the polish or remover is good for you. I simply trim my nails as needed. They stay pretty short as I play instruments.

Yes, I know ladies who go to the salon to get their toenails done, and also go to get their hair colored and whatever. I gave up on all that years ago and have never set foot in a nail salon, although I have walked by several and they stink.
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But that would not work for me because I have to wash every thing I buy at the thrift store before I wear them.
I don't mean this in an unkind way, but just as a suggestion. You could buy them at the thrift store then launder them where ever you are.

I remember it being a realization for me when I took about a 10 day trip and realized I could just pack 5 days worth of stuff and do laundry halfway through. It happened to be at a hotel in Hawaii, they had a laundry room at the hotel, and we just did laundry and read a book while it was going.

It's worth the trade-off *for me* to pack and port half as much clothing to "waste" some time in a laundry room. May not be for you or others.

But my point is it's sort of a mind-expanding concept to do laundry on vacation. (I also was close to getting a prescription filled in another state for the first time and that was something I had just never thought of as an option.)
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When the young wife and I went to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and the Black Hills last fall, we did laundry twice during our two week trip - once at Colter Bay in Yellowstone and once in Billings, MT. It really cut down on the amount we needed to pack.
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It's worth the trade-off *for me* to pack and port half as much clothing to "waste" some time in a laundry room.
We have stayed at Air B&B apartments that had small washers/dryers. Very easy to do laundry when the machines are inside the unit.
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I will have to consider the travel tip to buy at the thrift store and laundry. I was thinking of our frequent trips to Scotland pre Covid. The little house we rent has a washing machine but no dryer--they hang everything outside.
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We have stayed at Air B&B apartments that had small washers/dryers. Very easy to do laundry when the machines are inside the unit.
We've done this for years. Then we come home and just put a majority of stuff away. Anything dirty (?) goes int one suitcase and it goes to the laundry room when we walk in the door.
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A lesser variant of shopping for clothes at the destination: I threw used socks away as we did a ten day trip. VERY unlike me to toss well worn but serviceable socks in the trash, but it was very freeing and shrank the bags, allowing purchased trinkets to be packed. Splurged and bought brand new Costco white athletic socks (8 pair for $12) when we got home. Also a treat.
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We've done this for years. Then we come home and just put a majority of stuff away. Anything dirty (?) goes int one suitcase and it goes to the laundry room when we walk in the door.
DH and I do the same. My SIL really appreciated that I sent the niece and nephews home after a 10 day visit 2 years ago, clothes laundered .

On longer trips we take old, but still wearable clothes, and toss them along the way.
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Pancakes fried up on bacon grease have the lovely crisp edge that they used to have when my mother made them. She used butter or lard.
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I so miss my mother's crispy dark edged cast iron pan fried pancakes... Now that we are more healthy
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Didn't everyone's grandma used to save bread wrappers and twisties ? The bread wrappers went over your socks in the winter time before you put on your boots.
Bread bags in your boots are required when you have to walk 5 miles to school uphill both ways in 3 feet of snow ( so I was told).

Shaking the crumbs off your wet sock when you got to school was always an embarrassment around the “rich kids” that had new boots. My husband and friends used cafeteria trays to go downhill sledding in college.
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What is one everyday thing you think is THRIFTY, but your friends/family think is CHE

Keep the bacon grease posts coming! I add it to my eggs and toast English muffins in bacon grease. But I never thought of bacon grease induced popcorn or pancakes as mentioned here.
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One day Mom brought home a dead ring-necked pheasant she had hit on the road while coming home from work. Damn right we ate and enjoyed it.
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That's not even thrift. That's just plain serendipity (although not for the poor bird).

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One day Mom brought home a dead ring-necked pheasant she had hit on the road while coming home from work. Damn right we ate and enjoyed it.
Coming home from midnight shift, a co-worker had a turkey come through the windshield, just a few miles from home. He/she flapped around in the car until it died, and the driver continued home, then gutted and plucked the poor thing, and they had it the next day or two for dinner. We all had a good laugh over that one, what a mess.
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Ok, now this thread has just plain gotten too weird......
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Coming home from midnight shift, a co-worker had a turkey come through the windshield, just a few miles from home. He/she flapped around in the car until it died, and the driver continued home, then gutted and plucked the poor thing, and they had it the next day or two for dinner. We all had a good laugh over that one, what a mess.
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My friend waters down the Soft Soap he puts in his bathroom soap dispenser because he thinks the kids use too much. CHEAP!
The person probably read the book " The Tightwad Gazette ". I read it from cover to cover about 20 years ago. When working for MegaCorp, one of my peers knew I was always saving and investing so she gave me the book as a present.
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One man's cheap is another man's smart. I'm not going to pay $200 a month for cable when a quick phone call can negotiate that down to $120. Or $18 a month for my sirius when I can call and get $5.
That's the way to do it. I do also. I ask to speak to the "retention" dept when I call customer service. I explain to them I am a loyal customer and I am having second thoughts on discontinuing the services. They come back to meetings promotional rates for 12 months. I remind myself in 12 months to call again and they give me another promotional rate. It takes just a few minutes on the phone but in the long run its more money still in my pocket to spend or invest.
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