Are you a cheap ass?

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  1. 46+2

    46+2 Well-Known Member

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    These tough times have made some of us rethink how we spend our precious pennies. Orio's thread ( what do u do for xtra $$) made me curious, what have you done to trim the spending budget? How has your lifestyle changed in these tough economic times?

    Me and the family made some changes:
    Adjustable cloth diapers. We paid $700 for 35 diapers that lasted till potty time.
    Cut the cable. -$98/mo
    Cut down extra driving. We visit family and do all our errands on the same day, on the way there and back.
    I stopped buying every TF. We want them all but some are more important than others.
    Food is probably where we have saved the most. We completely eliminated eating out, unless you're paying. We were able to actually eat organic and save money. We can make pancakes for a whole month just by buying the bag of flour instead of bisquick. We also make our own pizza from scratch, way cheaper.
    I reuse aluminum foil! Wash the shit off man!
    Buy $50 worth of rags and never buy paper towels again. Newspaper works on glass.
    Quit smoking and drinking for transformers.
    Bought the twirly light bulbs. Unplug everything you are not using.

    I'm sure there is more.
     
  2. 46+2

    46+2 Well-Known Member

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    Go to Farmer markets! Its cheap and local.
     
  3. Cavshock

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    I buy the cheap booze now and stopped paying for porn. :( 
    Seriously, we have started to do things that save on money. We don't buy from the concession stand at the rink any more, stopped paying for open skate and use the ice in back instead, and do a lot of car pooling with other parents to away games.
    We dont eat out nearly as much as we used to, kool-aid has become a normal drink around the house (I hate kool-aid, the kids drink it though), and we buy a lot of off-brands.
    No more WoW either.

    Chuck
     
  4. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    Shutting down my computers at night is a good one.
    Getting non perishable food at Aldis. Cheap and good quality.
    Buying some items in bulk at sam's club. It really adds up fast.
    When me and my girlfriend go places together she drives because he car gets better mpg.
    Only getting a basic cable package. Who needs 200 channels were 75% or more have nothing on you want to watch.
    Making my own beer. After the initial cost of the equipment as long as there is not a hop shortage its much cheaper. Couple years ago there was a hop shortage and for one batch of beer hops had almost trippled in price.
    Hmmm thats all that comes to mind atm.
     
  5. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    Listen to Dave Ramsey. It's amazing how much common sense people disregard in terms of money and how much of an effect keeping a written budget helps.
     
  6. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    No more wow! Thats always unfortunate. There are a few things i do not try and save in normally and thats wow, smokes, and buying beer. If i am not making it gotta spend money for tasty beer. I used to save a lot of money with free movie tickets because my mom is local police and they did security at the theatre and got free tickets. Sadly that theatre closed.
     
  7. Cavshock

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    I honestly don't miss it that much. I neglected a lot of other video games while playing WoW. Those video games didn't deserve what I was doing to them and one day, after my time ran out, I realized I was taking them for granted. I knew they would be waiting for me when WoW ran its course but the emotional strain I put on them...I can never forgive myself for that. :p 

    Chuck
     
  8. 46+2

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    Schick disposable "mach 3" razors last me a year for the 8 pack. All you have to do is dry the razor immediately when done shaving. 1 razor lasted almost 2 months before I just chucked it.
     
  9. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    I'm cancelling my conventional telephone and my dsl lane from Vodafone and switch to cable internet (which is 32.000 kbit instead of the 6.000 kbit I have now) from Unitymedia and I cancel my Vodafone mobile to get o2 with o2 flatrate for conventional phone calls, o2 calls and o2 sms and I get a conventional phone number for my mobile phone and a homezone around my home. So I save many euros but at the same time I somehow upgrade :D 

    Than I try to make sandwiches everyday, so I don't have to buy something when I'm at work, because I can't afford it to eat something from McDonald's or Döner everyday.

    I buy the cheapest iso drink they have for work and I buy cheap clothes. My new jeans costs only 29 Euros ;) 


    That's not funny, to save money everywhere you can. Not the life I imagined and I wonder why I finished apprenticeship and what I'm working for, if you still don't have money. Most of the money goes away for assurances, my appartement, my bus ticket prescription, 60% is taxes, etc. pp. But everythings stuff you actually need.

    You grow up and watch tv and think you'll get a car when you start working... but how the fuck would you afford a car?! save money for 20 years?! :lol 


    I hope there are better times. I don't want to spent my youth with work and having no money. I want to see the world and experience things. Now I'm 30 and still have soooooo much to do and to see! I don't know when :( 
     
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    Also got the swirly lightbulbs. We shut the computer down every night instead of letting it run. We kept just enough channels on the television to keep my son happy, and have the lowest priced internet. We also hardly eat out unless we are just starving and not near home.
     
  11. Thundercracker

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    My company sent me home to work full time years ago so I don't have any cable bills or home phone bills. My truck may get 2000 miles on it a year if even that.

    I live in a modest home even though my wife and I could afford much more. Applying an extra 2K a month to the mortgage in order to pay it off in 6 years total. So much for the bank getting their 200K in interest in the life of the mortgage.

    Eat lunch at home, or take a bag lunch. On trips, I pack a cooler so we don't have to ever stop at a fast food joint.

    Got a degree from North Carolina State University and never borrowed a penny to do it. Worked and saved all through high school and worked in a tire plant on the weekends and paid as I went.

    We NEVER use credit cards. I live by a simple principal, if I don't have the cash for it, I don't buy it.

    We were careful not to have any children. Probably be in my 40's when and if that ever happens.

    Buy Chevrolet and Ford vehicles. Good quality and if they ever need service they are cheaper and easier to work on than their foreign counterparts. (Just installed new brakes on my Chevy truck the other day in less than 20 mins and for about 30 bucks).

    Really enjoy doing stuff that doesn't cost a penny like hiking and taking the canoe out on the lake etc.

    For my cell phone, I don't use a plan I just buy 1000 min phone cards from T Mobile for 100 dollars and only use it for my wife and I mainly. If I need to talk to someone I'll usually just try to call them from my land line. A 1000 min phone card will last me for an entire year making my cell phone costs about 8 bucks a month.

    I do all my own car maintenance, all my own plumbing, carpentry, and electrical work as well. I really don't pay anyone for really any service come to think of it. If I encounter a situation that involves working with your hands, I'll check out a book and teach myself before I pay someone. Being 37 and working with my hands for 20+ years now, I pretty much have any tool a mechanic, electrician, plumber or carpenter would have now.

    Don't smoke, rarely drink, eat right, and work out 6 days a week. Hardly ever have to go to the doctor and by living a healthy lifestyle, my employer GIVES me 600 dollars a year.

    Pretty lucky when it comes to sporting event tickets. My wife is the HR manager for the largest electrical contractor in the Southeast and her company has done most of the electrical work for the major Sports teams and NASCAR tracks around here. Always getting free PRIMO tickets for several NASCAR races, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers football games along with my cities' minor league baseball team each year.

    So yeah, I'd say I'm pretty thrifty.
     
  12. Trenner Dios

    Trenner Dios Humility > Huge Ego

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    Nice! This is very close to how my wife and I are living. We buy organic (which saves money in the long run), got rid of cable, unplug unused appliances, eat out much less, use barely any paper towel, and have energy efficient lightbulbs in every fixture and lamp. Instead of cable we use Netflix instant watch. We do most of our internet stuff at work so our computer is almost never on.
     
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    $700 for 35 daipers, what the hell, is that a typo? A pack of 58 disposables only cost about $29 here
     
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    I got rid of my cable TV. I was paying $61 a month for expanded basic cable.

    I don't miss it one bit.
     
  15. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    cloth washable diapers not disposable one. totally old school. thats what sanchomaul meant. saved him a small fortune i should think.
     
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    Did this back in 2001 and before I knew it, I had close to 1000 TFs and no more free space :mad 
     
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    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Hell no! You want this ass, you gotta pay for it!

    But seriously, we do all we can to save money. Not that we need to, but it helps us have a little bit extra cash just in case we need it. We do the standard stuff - don't eat out much, turn off lights, only put AC on when we need it and even then not at full power and low temperature etc...
     
  18. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    Ac is the killer. When me and my girlfriend had an apartment with a windows unit we only had it on in the summer and mainly at night to help sleep and during the day off and on when it was unbearably hot.
     
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    You're telling me, during the hotter months here our electricity bill almost triples :( 
     
  20. 46+2

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    It sure did! We spent $200 more on additional inserts for the second kid. That's $900 for two kids, for five years total. It was hard at first but we got used to it.
     

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