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Old 01-05-2011, 12:54 PM   #71
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That's great! We need to pass this knowledge onto the next generation. Seeing too many families who eat strictly processed food and fast food, their kids' houses won't even need a kitchen!

Ten 24-packs?? Holy cr*p! (Pardon the pun). I don't even know where I would store that much TP. I suppose we could leave the cars out in the snow!

So true about teaching the next generation. You would be hard-pressed to find much processed anything in our house.

I am not even exaggerating about 240 tp rolls! They are stored in our downstairs bathroom closet which is the perfect size for all the extra tp and our 30 boxes of Kleenex...I practically panic when we are down to 10 Kleenex boxes and 50 tp rolls. I'm too lazy to have any of the vehicles in the snow!
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:57 PM   #72
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I cook from scratch, bake, can, pressure can, garden.

I save money [... ]
When I used to make more money than I could spend in a month...I didn't think twice about going out to eat, picking up a new outfit, using my cell phone, etc. Now that the economy and circumstances have forced me to live a more frugal lifestyle, I too bake from scratch (can't remember the last time I bought a loaf of bread), can, garden, dehydrate stuff...etc. I have more time since I'm not working 100 hours/week. I too don't have subscriptions to the newspaper, magazines, etc. I also don't have satellite T.V. I do have a cell phone, but it is a "pay as you go" which means I have to put time on it if I want to use it. I have it for when I drive from Ontario to MN. The Upper Peninsula (Michigan) is somewhat desolate. Right now, I have $45 on it to use by Jan 18th...hmmm...

I also buy on special (don't think I have that much TP stashed <g>) pre-paid LD cards and only basic phone service. I shop the Goodwill/Thrift Stores/yard sales. It is amazing what people get rid of. I also pick up "free to good home" stuff off Kijiji if I need something (my washer died, I got another one free, ditto for the dryer). My credit card is for emergencies. It stays home except when I drive to MN. Cash or I can't buy it.

So many people live beyond their means. There are so many areas where a person can cut back--really, do you NEED satellite TV? My father pays $52/month (on a fixed income) to watch one channel. Really? Is that necessary? He doesn't have a LD plan because he calls Europe 1-2x/quarter. Really? He can't figure out how to use LD calling cards (I've given him that he never uses).

I must say that I don't miss the consumer lifestyle. It is kinda fun figuring out how to live well without a lot of money <g>.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #73
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it would be silly for me to have that much in paper goods. but i do try to buy it on special. same goes for food. usually buy for a month. i find i spend less that way. i don't buy fancy clothes, mostly walmart. i shop on line most of the time. i find if i am not physically in a store, i buy less. i do search for the best price on line. i have found it does not pay to be to skimpy on price for most things. they don't last as long. my hand mixer gave up the ghost today, and my stand mixer had died long ago. both lasted about 20 years. i shopped everywhere today and bought a combo hand and stand mixer at amazon. only 77 dollars and a Cuisinart to boot. compare, compare, compare, i do have cable tv but my son pays for it. he also pays the rent space on my house. couldn't make it otherwise on s.s.i am always aware of the need for a good price. shopping on line for groceries lets me compare prices with ease.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #74
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it would be silly for me to have that much in paper goods. but i do try to buy it on special. same goes for food. usually buy for a month. i find i spend less that way. i don't buy fancy clothes, mostly walmart. i shop on line most of the time. i find if i am not physically in a store, i buy less. i do search for the best price on line. i have found it does not pay to be to skimpy on price for most things. they don't last as long. my hand mixer gave up the ghost today, and my stand mixer had died long ago. both lasted about 20 years. i shopped everywhere today and bought a combo hand and stand mixer at amazon. only 77 dollars and a Cuisinart to boot. compare, compare, compare, i do have cable tv but my son pays for it. he also pays the rent space on my house. couldn't make it otherwise on s.s.i am always aware of the need for a good price. shopping on line for groceries lets me compare prices with ease.

I shop a lot like you do.

I also read up on the product reviews before I make my decision.

Walmart is good for showing all the reviews, I just sort them from worst to best. Many times the worst reviews are just customer errors, but sometimes they will change your mind.

For instance, I needed a steam mop so I wouldn't tear my back up using a too short (all of them) hand held mop.

I would have thought Hoover to be the best brand, but by comparing all the reviews I could find, I found that other customers swore by Bissell. I bought the Bissell instead and am totally happy with it.
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I shop a lot like you do.

I also read up on the product reviews before I make my decision.

Walmart is good for showing all the reviews, I just sort them from worst to best. Many times the worst reviews are just customer errors, but sometimes they will change your mind.

For instance, I needed a steam mop so I wouldn't tear my back up using a too short (all of them) hand held mop.

I would have thought Hoover to be the best brand, but by comparing all the reviews I could find, I found that other customers swore by Bissell. I bought the Bissell instead and am totally happy with it.
I almost drive myself nuts reading user reviews, but I have avoided some bad products because of them.

I have gotten pretty good at filtering out user error reviews.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:39 PM   #76
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hi,newbie's here.
more ways of saving $
in my way,I'd find somewhere fitting the shallot,garli, tomato and the chilli,these are easy to be cared even in a flowerpot.
and more, there is a saying,saving money from your kitchen,so I'd use the water I watered the vegetable to water those little plants after
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The weekly flyers come on Fridays--one of my favorite sources of entertainment is the flyer for the store that sells "frozen pre-made foods." I can't get over that people buy individual serving size bowls of microwaveable oatmeal for $2.99/serving. Everytime that is featured in the flyer, I ROFL. But, it is indicative of the fact that a lot of people have never learned to cook and don't realize that it takes as long to "make" the oatmeal in the microwave as it would to make it from scratch on the stove, or yes, the microwave. I shake my head and laugh.
I get a kick out of people buying pre-made Jello and Jugs of Ice Tea.
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That's great! We need to pass this knowledge onto the next generation. Seeing too many families who eat strictly processed food and fast food, their kids' houses won't even need a kitchen!

Ten 24-packs?? Holy cr*p! (Pardon the pun). I don't even know where I would store that much TP. I suppose we could leave the cars out in the snow!

They will still need a kitchen, just not appliances. They will need that room for vending machines!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:20 AM   #79
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i buy pre-made jello! i couldn't ingest the other kind of jello by myself, so that's economical in retrospect. ~
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:18 AM   #80
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I get a kick out of people buying pre-made Jello and Jugs of Ice Tea.
That goes back to my point...nowadays more people think of ice tea as something that comes already made! Just like pretty much anything else. And it's sad.

Here's a good one for you: people go out to eat and their kids order mac n cheese!! Or a grilled cheese sandwich!!
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