What frugal thing did you do today?

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I spent $0.00 today. No need to spend. Extremely frugal day.
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Interesting looking at the previous poster’s name.

I bought Trader Joe’s Hefeweizen and summer beers. Saved $8 over what I would’ve paid for premium craft.
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Finished the long, gradual winter project of changing all the 30 year old gold door handles and locks to a nice bronze finish that we like. And learned how to install this hardware, which is trickier than you'd think, and also how to (mostly) correct bad installs of the original hardware. It was 23(!!) doors total and this save a LOT of money. Of course....we spent hundreds on the hardware alone :).
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Haha, same here. Not spending on anything today is the most frugal thing I've done. And I'm the odd one from people I know who are currently finding comfort in online shopping. I did skim some retirement articles like this read but did nothing big, just for future consideration. Who knows what the following months, years have in store. Declutter, which I do every now and then. Found some unused and well-packaged toiletries that can still be used in the future. Reused a teabag. It's not black tea so it's fine.
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chuckb84 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 11:37 am Finished the long, gradual winter project of changing all the 30 year old gold door handles and locks to a nice bronze finish that we like. And learned how to install this hardware, which is trickier than you'd think, and also how to (mostly) correct bad installs of the original hardware. It was 23(!!) doors total and this save a LOT of money. Of course....we spent hundreds on the hardware alone :).
I'm considering changing a lot of our handles, locks and swichplates from antique brass to satin nickel.

What did you do about door hinges? I could be anal about the hinges, but I am curious.

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Broken Man 1999 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 2:40 pm
chuckb84 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 11:37 am Finished the long, gradual winter project of changing all the 30 year old gold door handles and locks to a nice bronze finish that we like. And learned how to install this hardware, which is trickier than you'd think, and also how to (mostly) correct bad installs of the original hardware. It was 23(!!) doors total and this save a LOT of money. Of course....we spent hundreds on the hardware alone :).
I'm considering changing a lot of our handles, locks and swichplates from antique brass to satin nickel.

What did you do about door hinges? I could be anal about the hinges, but I am curious.

Broken Man 1999
Shop Wayfair. Best deals and selection I found. Our door hinges were not in the bright gold color, except for the front door. Now that the weather is warmer, (well, warm-ish here!) I'm going to measure the hinges, find the closest "burnished bronze" hinges I can find and replace those two.

The main problem with this project was learning as I went along. I started with the simplest, dummy handles on closet doors, then went to door handles without locks, then door handles on bathrooms with locks, then a couple of exterior doors and the front door last. So, the project took several months, working when I felt like it and when we found the next set of hardware that we wanted. I'm very slow compared to a commercial installer, but I'm also very cheap compared to the pros :).

Satin nickel sounds nice, too.
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Bought paint. Doin’ it myself.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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So today I changed to a new roll of TP. Nothing frugal about that... Except that I noted the date I last changed the roll (Apr 25) to determine how often I go through them. Estimating that my wife uses more than me, I figure we go through ~7 rolls a month since we have no visitors these days. I did this out of curiosity to see how much we spend on TP but also in case we have to start rationing this hot commodity...

I also adjusted our monthly budget for the upcoming month. Based on the last two months, we are mainly spending less on food/groceries, transportation, travel, and entertainment/socializing. The savings will just go to beefing up our emergency fund for this odd new season.
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chuckb84 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 6:32 pm
Broken Man 1999 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 2:40 pm
chuckb84 wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 11:37 am Finished the long, gradual winter project of changing all the 30 year old gold door handles and locks to a nice bronze finish that we like. And learned how to install this hardware, which is trickier than you'd think, and also how to (mostly) correct bad installs of the original hardware. It was 23(!!) doors total and this save a LOT of money. Of course....we spent hundreds on the hardware alone :).
I'm considering changing a lot of our handles, locks and swichplates from antique brass to satin nickel.

What did you do about door hinges? I could be anal about the hinges, but I am curious.

Broken Man 1999
Shop Wayfair. Best deals and selection I found. Our door hinges were not in the bright gold color, except for the front door. Now that the weather is warmer, (well, warm-ish here!) I'm going to measure the hinges, find the closest "burnished bronze" hinges I can find and replace those two.

The main problem with this project was learning as I went along. I started with the simplest, dummy handles on closet doors, then went to door handles without locks, then door handles on bathrooms with locks, then a couple of exterior doors and the front door last. So, the project took several months, working when I felt like it and when we found the next set of hardware that we wanted. I'm very slow compared to a commercial installer, but I'm also very cheap compared to the pros :).

Satin nickel sounds nice, too.
The problem started when we decided to change the front door. It has glass in the door, and the sidelite panels, caming is satin nickel. So, the locks and door knob were being changed anyway, as they were original, and the antique brass wouldn't have looked very nice with the satin nickel caming. So, door hardware replaced.

But in the foyer we have two other doors, four switch plates and an electrical outlet all with antique brass hardware/covers. Apparently that was the rage in 1989 when our home was built. I have no intention of changing all the hardware in any of the other rooms, just in the foyer where the current difference in hardware resides.

First world problem, but I don't like it.

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I bought a macro beer instead of the more expensive craft beer. Felt very nostalgic. :beer
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I changed a solenoid which was a new experience for me.

I also changed a ceiling fan light switch.

I bought a bunch of 4" pop up sprinklers at 2/3rds off normal price.

I have been doing my own pool maintenance with backwashing etc.

To offset all these DIY projects, I have spent over 2k at Costco just consuming.
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zeal wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 10:11 pm So today I changed to a new roll of TP. Nothing frugal about that... Except that I noted the date I last changed the roll (Apr 25) to determine how often I go through them. Estimating that my wife uses more than me, I figure we go through ~7 rolls a month since we have no visitors these days. I did this out of curiosity to see how much we spend on TP but also in case we have to start rationing this hot commodity...

I also adjusted our monthly budget for the upcoming month. Based on the last two months, we are mainly spending less on food/groceries, transportation, travel, and entertainment/socializing. The savings will just go to beefing up our emergency fund for this odd new season.
This has me perplexed on many levels. First... you’re tracking how long it takes you to use a roll of toilet paper. But then you say your wife uses more...and the kicker...7 rolls a month.

You went through 1 roll in nearly two weeks. To use 7 rolls that aboutnone every 4 days. So many questions, like how are you missing TP? Do you actually have a spread sheet of TP use? Is this Costco or a name brand? How big are these rolls and what ply? Do you have an emergency TP fund?

I mean if we are tracking and budgeting TP here could you please post I n bogleheads format. 😂
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Monsterflockster wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 12:37 am
zeal wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 10:11 pm So today I changed to a new roll of TP. Nothing frugal about that... Except that I noted the date I last changed the roll (Apr 25) to determine how often I go through them. Estimating that my wife uses more than me, I figure we go through ~7 rolls a month since we have no visitors these days. I did this out of curiosity to see how much we spend on TP but also in case we have to start rationing this hot commodity...

I also adjusted our monthly budget for the upcoming month. Based on the last two months, we are mainly spending less on food/groceries, transportation, travel, and entertainment/socializing. The savings will just go to beefing up our emergency fund for this odd new season.
This has me perplexed on many levels. First... you’re tracking how long it takes you to use a roll of toilet paper. But then you say your wife uses more...and the kicker...7 rolls a month.

You went through 1 roll in nearly two weeks. To use 7 rolls that aboutnone every 4 days. So many questions, like how are you missing TP? Do you actually have a spread sheet of TP use? Is this Costco or a name brand? How big are these rolls and what ply? Do you have an emergency TP fund?

I mean if we are tracking and budgeting TP here could you please post I n bogleheads format. 😂
Emergency fund: 1.5 months of TP saved (would like to get this to the recommended 3-6 months)

Debt: We don't owe anyone any TP

Tax filing status: MFJ

Tax rate: Sales tax 4.3%

State of Residence: VA

Age: 31/27 him/her

Desired asset allocation: 100/0 two-ply/one-ply. Aggressive, I know, but we just don't feel comfortable with one-ply.

Current retirement assets: Unfortunately we haven't been able to accumulate any long term TP assets at this time.

Contributions: We hope to find a 9-roll pack every month.

Available funds: Sorry I can't find expense ratios
Wal-Mart
Target
Kroger
Big Lots
Food Lion
Food City
Dollar General
General Store
Gas stations

Questions:
1. In response to Monsterflockster: Two bathrooms. We each almost exclusively use our own... So two rolls are in use at a time. I might change mine every two weeks, so that would be 2 rolls a month for me. My wife more than likely uses more, so (conservatively) I just doubled my usage (new roll once per week, or 4 rolls per month). 2+4=6. Then I added one more to be even more conservative: ~7. That said, we need to work on our emergency fund...
2. I wish I could pick just one fund, but I guess we probably need to diversify. We get Wal-Mart once every two weeks, but a family member made a large gain with Big Lots recently. What do others recommend?
3. As far as I know, Dollar General and Gas Stations are one-ply only, so we will not be choosing those funds for our portfolio. Are there any other funds available to SW Virginians that I didn't mention?
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^^^
LOL
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@Zeal

LOL, prompts so many questions. But to limit a to a few:
1. Do you limit 1 square per visit?
2. Do you use both sides?
3. Could you accelerate "winning the game" if you installed a bidet?
May benefit by International Diversification of at least partial bidet use.
4. Do you include TP in your Net Worth?
5. How do you pick your TP?

:twisted:
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I need some new clothes but haven’t bout (l0st weight). Frugal? Maybe, but now think fool hardy.
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SundayMorning wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 12:16 pm @Zeal

LOL, prompts so many questions. But to limit a to a few:
1. Do you limit 1 square per visit?
2. Do you use both sides?
3. Could you accelerate "winning the game" if you installed a bidet?
May benefit by International Diversification of at least partial bidet use.
4. Do you include TP in your Net Worth?
5. How do you pick your TP?

:twisted:
Bogelheads often trade ideas on how to control unnecessary expenses to lower their expenses. In a similar fashion, Zeal should consider a liquid diet to greatly extend TP assets.
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zeal wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 5:13 am
Questions:
1. Two bathrooms. We each almost exclusively use our own... So two rolls are in use at a time. I might change mine every two weeks, so that would be 2 rolls a month for me. My wife more than likely uses more, so (conservatively) I just doubled my usage (new roll once per week, or 4 rolls per month). 2+4=6. Then I added one more to be even more conservative: ~7.
You could greatly improve your modeling by compiling usage data for all 30-day rolling periods over the past history, from which you could then generate the statistics for a 95% confidence level in your SWR (Safe Wiping Rate).

I apologize for decreasing the quality of this thread. :|
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zeal wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 5:13 am
Monsterflockster wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 12:37 am
zeal wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 10:11 pm So today I changed to a new roll of TP. Nothing frugal about that... Except that I noted the date I last changed the roll (Apr 25) to determine how often I go through them. Estimating that my wife uses more than me, I figure we go through ~7 rolls a month since we have no visitors these days. I did this out of curiosity to see how much we spend on TP but also in case we have to start rationing this hot commodity...

I also adjusted our monthly budget for the upcoming month. Based on the last two months, we are mainly spending less on food/groceries, transportation, travel, and entertainment/socializing. The savings will just go to beefing up our emergency fund for this odd new season.
This has me perplexed on many levels. First... you’re tracking how long it takes you to use a roll of toilet paper. But then you say your wife uses more...and the kicker...7 rolls a month.

You went through 1 roll in nearly two weeks. To use 7 rolls that aboutnone every 4 days. So many questions, like how are you missing TP? Do you actually have a spread sheet of TP use? Is this Costco or a name brand? How big are these rolls and what ply? Do you have an emergency TP fund?

I mean if we are tracking and budgeting TP here could you please post I n bogleheads format. 😂
Emergency fund: 1.5 months of TP saved (would like to get this to the recommended 3-6 months)

Debt: We don't owe anyone any TP

Tax filing status: MFJ

Tax rate: Sales tax 4.3%

State of Residence: VA

Age: 31/27 him/her

Desired asset allocation: 100/0 two-ply/one-ply. Aggressive, I know, but we just don't feel comfortable with one-ply.

Current retirement assets: Unfortunately we haven't been able to accumulate any long term TP assets at this time.

Contributions: We hope to find a 9-roll pack every month.

Available funds: Sorry I can't find expense ratios
Wal-Mart
Target
Kroger
Big Lots
Food Lion
Food City
Dollar General
General Store
Gas stations

Questions:
1. In response to Monsterflockster: Two bathrooms. We each almost exclusively use our own... So two rolls are in use at a time. I might change mine every two weeks, so that would be 2 rolls a month for me. My wife more than likely uses more, so (conservatively) I just doubled my usage (new roll once per week, or 4 rolls per month). 2+4=6. Then I added one more to be even more conservative: ~7. That said, we need to work on our emergency fund...
2. I wish I could pick just one fund, but I guess we probably need to diversify. We get Wal-Mart once every two weeks, but a family member made a large gain with Big Lots recently. What do others recommend?
3. As far as I know, Dollar General and Gas Stations are one-ply only, so we will not be choosing those funds for our portfolio. Are there any other funds available to SW Virginians that I didn't mention?
Thank you sir. Absolutely brilliant. Post of the month!!!
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Bathed both dogs on the patio. We used the pet room at Tractor Supply several times pre-Covid - $20 total. I had called a mobile groomer last month -she quoted $120 each for the border collies. So we really saved! The cats get theirs tomorrow.
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FrankTheViking wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 7:34 pm Didn't mow the lawn.
I'll one up you: didn't water the lawn.
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Today I used shopping plastic bag for the trash instead garbage plastic bag. Yesterday I didn’t let the plumber to screw me over garbage disposal. He was claiming it needs to be replaced instead I double checked it didn’t. So, there I saved $320 he wanted for.
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SundayMorning wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 12:16 pm @Zeal

LOL, prompts so many questions. But to limit a to a few:
1. Do you limit 1 square per visit?
2. Do you use both sides?
3. Could you accelerate "winning the game" if you installed a bidet?
May benefit by International Diversification of at least partial bidet use.
4. Do you include TP in your Net Worth?
5. How do you pick your TP?

:twisted:
These are some excellent questions and point out flaws in my current plan. I need to determine how many sheets are in a roll and determine average daily usage to get a better picture of what lies ahead for our TP needs--my plan is missing some serious details. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't taken the time to write out my TPPS. For those of you who have, I encourage you to stay the course.

I'll need to do some research on bidet installation costs. On the other hand, the shower in my bathroom does have a showerhead with a hose... Which brings us back to the original purpose of this thread. "Used my showerhead as a bidet today. Spending a tiny bit more on electricity for my well pump, but saving time and $$$ by not having to search for and buy TP."
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Had a road trip from rural wyoming town to Denver. The round trip is 390 miles. Drove 5mph slower than posted speed limits. My car dashboard says I averaged 45 mpg for the trip, hopefully saved some fuel and emissions.
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zeal wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 5:13 am
Monsterflockster wrote: Thu May 14, 2020 12:37 am
zeal wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 10:11 pm So today I changed to a new roll of TP. Nothing frugal about that... Except that I noted the date I last changed the roll (Apr 25) to determine how often I go through them. Estimating that my wife uses more than me, I figure we go through ~7 rolls a month since we have no visitors these days. I did this out of curiosity to see how much we spend on TP but also in case we have to start rationing this hot commodity...

I also adjusted our monthly budget for the upcoming month. Based on the last two months, we are mainly spending less on food/groceries, transportation, travel, and entertainment/socializing. The savings will just go to beefing up our emergency fund for this odd new season.
This has me perplexed on many levels. First... you’re tracking how long it takes you to use a roll of toilet paper. But then you say your wife uses more...and the kicker...7 rolls a month.

You went through 1 roll in nearly two weeks. To use 7 rolls that aboutnone every 4 days. So many questions, like how are you missing TP? Do you actually have a spread sheet of TP use? Is this Costco or a name brand? How big are these rolls and what ply? Do you have an emergency TP fund?

I mean if we are tracking and budgeting TP here could you please post I n bogleheads format. 😂
Emergency fund: 1.5 months of TP saved (would like to get this to the recommended 3-6 months)

Debt: We don't owe anyone any TP

Tax filing status: MFJ

Tax rate: Sales tax 4.3%

State of Residence: VA

Age: 31/27 him/her

Desired asset allocation: 100/0 two-ply/one-ply. Aggressive, I know, but we just don't feel comfortable with one-ply.

Current retirement assets: Unfortunately we haven't been able to accumulate any long term TP assets at this time.

Contributions: We hope to find a 9-roll pack every month.

Available funds: Sorry I can't find expense ratios
Wal-Mart
Target
Kroger
Big Lots
Food Lion
Food City
Dollar General
General Store
Gas stations

Questions:
1. In response to Monsterflockster: Two bathrooms. We each almost exclusively use our own... So two rolls are in use at a time. I might change mine every two weeks, so that would be 2 rolls a month for me. My wife more than likely uses more, so (conservatively) I just doubled my usage (new roll once per week, or 4 rolls per month). 2+4=6. Then I added one more to be even more conservative: ~7. That said, we need to work on our emergency fund...
2. I wish I could pick just one fund, but I guess we probably need to diversify. We get Wal-Mart once every two weeks, but a family member made a large gain with Big Lots recently. What do others recommend?
3. As far as I know, Dollar General and Gas Stations are one-ply only, so we will not be choosing those funds for our portfolio. Are there any other funds available to SW Virginians that I didn't mention?
Oh my goodness, best laugh I've had in a long time. :)
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I started going to the gym in the morning, which means I only shower once a day instead of twice. My routine used to be shower, work, gym, shower, but now that I go to the gym in the morning it's just gym, shower, work.

I also enjoy my evenings more now that I don't have to worry about finding time to exercise.
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Called Delta Faucet to invoke their "Lifetime" warranty on a shower head and a couple of faucet cartridges.

Got them free within a couple of days. (your must be the original purchaser or owner).
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1210sda wrote: Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:17 am Called Delta Faucet to invoke their "Lifetime" warranty on a shower head and a couple of faucet cartridges.

Got them free within a couple of days. (your must be the original purchaser or owner).
I did this a few months ago with a Pfister faucet. After some confusion about the style, they sent me two brand new faucets. We installed one and sold the other on Craigslist.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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