What frugal thing did you do today?

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My bar of soap in the shower was getting very thin - so I unwrapped a new bar and wet the new and old, thin bar - and put them together - so no soap is wasted.
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Traded our 12 year old high mileage car for a 2 year old CPO SUV. Dealer accepted full payment with my Fido VISA card giving an additional 2% discount. Nice unexpected perk. Of course a more frugal move would have been to keep the old car a bit longer. But DW is happy with the new ride.
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Instead of tossing them, I ate some Hawaiian Sweet Buns that had been in the pantry for a while. Delicious.
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Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
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toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
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toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Is this a joke?
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toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Only two years?
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Ordered 2 tostada's with beef instead of one Mexican pizza from taco Bell.

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RickBoglehead wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:37 pm
toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
:thumbsdown
At least you didn't waste any money on toothpaste! :?
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Godot wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:42 pm
toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Is this a joke?
Look at his handle, Id say he’s totally serious
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HEDGEFUNDIE wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:31 pm
Godot wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:42 pm
toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Is this a joke?
Look at his handle, Id say he’s totally serious
You beat me to it!

I hope toofache kept that toothbrush to use on his dogs' teeth. Or to use to apply shoe polish to the sides of the soles of shoes like we used to when I was a kid.

Maybe toofache could start a thread here about high-mileage toothbrushes.
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I found a 70 year old neighbor (lives half a mile away) who does handyman jobs for fun and profit. He owns 12 rental homes free and clear and has no kids, so no strong profit motive.

He hired the day laborer, and together they mixed about 9 tons of concrete in small batches and poured it into a mold, 6 steps at a time.

He billed his time at $100 a day, the day laborer at $150, and about $400 worth of materials.

It looks fantastic!

There is rebar through out the stair structure with footings every 8 steps and landings at the top, bottom and midway point.

I would definitely give that 70 year old neighbor a bonus for his thriftyness and hard work!
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I went to get a shopping cart at Aldi’s and noticed that the first three carts still had quarters in their little slots. I took them.
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I re-used a tea bag this morning.
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After we opened our presents this morning, I promptly put all the gift bags back in their proper place, to await re-use for Christmas joy next year.

Happy Holidays!
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livesoft wrote: Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:54 am I re-used a tea bag this morning.
That reminds me of my childhood. My Nana always re-used her tea bag. She placed it on a saucer on the kitchen counter. For some reason that brings back fond memories. Happy Holidays and thanks for all your helpful posts!
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dm200 wrote: Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:42 am My bar of soap in the shower was getting very thin - so I unwrapped a new bar and wet the new and old, thin bar - and put them together - so no soap is wasted.
My grandmother used to "marry" soaps.
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We were at a Christmas festival downtown yesterday. The kids saw a hot chocolate stand and wanted some hot chocolate. $6 a cup! I walked 2 blocks to a Starbucks and bought them hot chocolates for $1.90 each.

The truly frugal move would have been to bring our own hot chocolate in a thermos. I'll file that idea away for next year. :D
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Wasn't today, but I recently turned my thermostat to 'emergency mode'. I have a heat pump, with a 95% efficient gas furnace as a 'backup'. With the low natural gas prices this cut my heat bill almost in half.
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TerryDMillerMBA wrote: Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:45 am
dm200 wrote: Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:42 am My bar of soap in the shower was getting very thin - so I unwrapped a new bar and wet the new and old, thin bar - and put them together - so no soap is wasted.
My grandmother used to "marry" soaps.
You can put soap scraps into the end of an old nylon stocking and tie it off and by using this method use up all the scraps. But use it for hand-washing, not so good for showering.
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I used a black car pick-up service yesterday and I did not give a tip.
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Been fighting winter cold season so all of the used kleenex goes into a bin for getting reused as toilet paper.
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novemberrain wrote: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:02 pm
HEDGEFUNDIE wrote: Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:20 am Of course Costco has it at $3.97 post CC rebate, but this would be an incremental 18 mile drive from my house, which defeats the purpose.

No free lunch.
+1. Yes, it is unfortunate that costco has some of the lowest gas prices, but the time wasted at the looong lines at the costco pump negate any benefit.
I used to drive by the costco gates when going to work. There was a big line for all pums even at 6:00a.m.
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Did not replace burned out lightbulbs. Told the kids the electric company was doing a partial rolling blackout.
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abuss368 wrote: Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:13 pm Did not replace burned out lightbulbs. Told the kids the electric company was doing a partial rolling blackout.
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Bought some lumps of coal to use for tipping. Re-read the library copy of "A Christmas Carol" to motivate my appreciation for the holidays.
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framus wrote: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:49 pm Bought some lumps of coal to use for tipping. Re-read the library copy of "A Christmas Carol" to motivate my appreciation for the holidays.
The timing for this should have been before Christmas!
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Returning a Christmas present because my 5 year+ Apple product still works :beer
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dm200 wrote: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:55 pm
framus wrote: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:49 pm Bought some lumps of coal to use for tipping. Re-read the library copy of "A Christmas Carol" to motivate my appreciation for the holidays.
The timing for this should have been before Christmas!
:oops: Was waiting for the post Christmas price reduction on lumps of coal. :greedy
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BostonButterfly wrote: Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:43 am
harvestbook wrote: Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:01 am Processed two deer that the neighbor gave me. Had to buy another mini freezer but a net gain.
This is completely foreign to me (and slightly nauseating to be honest). I’m curious...what happens with the parts that don’t end up in the freezer? Bones, skin, etc? How do you dispose of that? Or do you not?
The old saying about pigs is everything but the squeal is processed. Probably is true for all processed meat. Surprisingly little waste. Though, some of the parts processed will never darken our doorway. :shock:

One SIL hunts with his father. Last year they were hunting somewhere out west, Wyoming or Montana maybe. I hope our grandson is able to hunt with his father and grandfather. Great bonding exercise, if enjoyed by all.

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I purchased Oscar Mayer Center Cut Bacon 12 oz. 3-pk for $2.99. I bought (4) and stuck them in the chest freezer. Bacon for a year for $12!!
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I often walk through the Macys by my house and spray on the men"s post shave spray samples on.
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Missed posting this last week - did not buy Christmas gift(s) for my wife.
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Went to a New Years Eve party at some friend's house - and had a lot of various good food and drink for the whole evening 7:15 pm to 12:30 am.
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dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:52 pm Missed posting this last week - did not buy Christmas gift(s) for my wife.
Careful! That can cost more later....
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toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:00 pm
dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:52 pm Missed posting this last week - did not buy Christmas gift(s) for my wife.
Careful! That can cost more later....
Yes - definitely several risks involved - of several kinds.
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Bought a "reconditioned" string trimmer from Home Depot for 80% off regular price. Works great and has a one year warranty. I think somebody bought it for one time use then returned it which behavior I would not put in the "frugal" category.
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abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
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njuser wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:41 pm
abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
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njuser wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:41 pm
abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
You can put a small drop off super glue on the rim of the cap before you screw it back on. Then it makes that nice cracking noise when opened just like the first time.
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toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:50 pm
njuser wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:41 pm
abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
You can put a small drop off super glue on the rim of the cap before you screw it back on. Then it makes that nice cracking noise when opened just like the first time.
Priceless.
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abuss368 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:53 pm
toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:50 pm
njuser wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:41 pm
abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
You can put a small drop off super glue on the rim of the cap before you screw it back on. Then it makes that nice cracking noise when opened just like the first time.
Priceless.
You didn't hear it from me....
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dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:23 pm
toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:00 pm
dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:52 pm Missed posting this last week - did not buy Christmas gift(s) for my wife.
Careful! That can cost more later....
Yes - definitely several risks involved - of several kinds.
Reminds me of when I asked my wife to marry me 20 something years ago. I had her ring but I waited 5 months to propose. I was waiting for her birthday so I wouldn't have to buy a present.
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njuser wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:41 pm
abuss368 wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 pm Refilled all the spring water empty bottles with tap water and told the kids it was all fresh.
My neighbor does this. I found out after I got a bottle from her fridge and drank it. I felt disgusted. When I read your post it brought me right back to her kitchen.
I’ve read about people refilling expensive whisky bottles with cheap stuff and serving it to their friends. Of course I wouldn’t consider anything like that myself.
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Nicolas wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:06 pm ...
I’ve read about people refilling expensive whisky bottles with cheap stuff and serving it to their friends. Of course I wouldn’t consider anything like that myself.
I haven't done that since college. I bought a bottle of Smirnoff once, and then refilled it with Popov thereafter. I'd always bust it out of the freezer and inform my drinking buddies, "Friends are worth Smirnoff" (the advertising campaign of the day).

Good times. Thanks for the memory!
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toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:57 pm
dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:23 pm
toofache32 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:00 pm
dm200 wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:52 pm Missed posting this last week - did not buy Christmas gift(s) for my wife.
Careful! That can cost more later....
Yes - definitely several risks involved - of several kinds.
Reminds me of when I asked my wife to marry me 20 something years ago. I had her ring but I waited 5 months to propose. I was waiting for her birthday so I wouldn't have to buy a present.
You need to be careful on combing engagement rings with birthday gifts!

I recall reading a news story about an issue where the dude wanted his trying back after his fiance brine of the engagement.

She refused, since it was a "birthday" gift. It went to court and she won, since there is no reasonable expectation for a return of birthday gifts.
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toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Serious question: do you also recycle other utilities such as paper towels and what not?
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AlphaLess wrote: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:12 pm
toofache32 wrote: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:18 pm Just got a new family toothbrush. Last one lasted over 2 years among me, the wife and 2 kids.
Serious question: do you also recycle other utilities such as paper towels and what not?
You mean like toilet paper? Don't recycle, just both sides and it lasts twice as long.
I was just kidding about the toothbrush.


And the toilet paper.
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