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Post by Texanbybirth » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:35 pm

seity wrote:
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The whole family plays hockey.
In some of the best circles I run in, that's a necessity - frugal or not. :beer

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Post by surfer949 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:48 pm

I'm about to spend 1k on a gaming pc which I really really don't need but really would like one. At least I'm getting some discounts.

There I said it!

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Post by michaeljc70 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:49 pm

It is kind of funny as my friends view me as very frugal but my family (who is very frugal) view me as a spendthrift. Whenever I point out something frugal I did, my family always brings up the (amount varies between $15-$20) martinis I drink outside the house. I live in a big city and a martini is more or less minimum 12-14 bucks even at a decent place. At a hotel or nice restaurant, more. I also do this here and there....not like every week. So I guess my martinis out are un-frugal.

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Post by H-Town » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:10 pm

michaeljc70 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:49 pm
It is kind of funny as my friends view me as very frugal but my family (who is very frugal) view me as a spendthrift. Whenever I point out something frugal I did, my family always brings up the (amount varies between $15-$20) martinis I drink outside the house. I live in a big city and a martini is more or less minimum 12-14 bucks even at a decent place. At a hotel or nice restaurant, more. I also do this here and there....not like every week. So I guess my martinis out are un-frugal.
You guessed right. I drink water... So there.

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Post by Nearly A Moose » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:27 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Nearly A Moose wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:33 pm
pennstater2005 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 am
I’m looking at manual burr grinder and a pour over thingy for better coffee. My Bunn does alright but I want the next level now :beer
Do it, you will not be disappointed.
I did it. About $80 for a scale, pour-over big enough for two and then some, and a manual burr grinder. Can't wait to get it!
On a totally random note, if you got a standard food scale, those are awesome for cooking, especially baking. Once you figure out the standard weights for things, no more measuring cups, and more accurate measurements. Not so un frugal after all!
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Post by pennstater2005 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:46 pm

Nearly A Moose wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:27 pm
pennstater2005 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Nearly A Moose wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:33 pm
pennstater2005 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 am
I’m looking at manual burr grinder and a pour over thingy for better coffee. My Bunn does alright but I want the next level now :beer
Do it, you will not be disappointed.
I did it. About $80 for a scale, pour-over big enough for two and then some, and a manual burr grinder. Can't wait to get it!
On a totally random note, if you got a standard food scale, those are awesome for cooking, especially baking. Once you figure out the standard weights for things, no more measuring cups, and more accurate measurements. Not so un frugal after all!
I did. It's the Escali Primo digital food scale. Good to know though...thanks!
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Post by michaeljc70 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:49 pm

thangngo wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:10 pm
michaeljc70 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:49 pm
It is kind of funny as my friends view me as very frugal but my family (who is very frugal) view me as a spendthrift. Whenever I point out something frugal I did, my family always brings up the (amount varies between $15-$20) martinis I drink outside the house. I live in a big city and a martini is more or less minimum 12-14 bucks even at a decent place. At a hotel or nice restaurant, more. I also do this here and there....not like every week. So I guess my martinis out are un-frugal.
You guessed right. I drink water... So there.
Not drinking is always cheaper. It is amusing though that they point out my indulgence as a $15 item. It's not like I am staying at 5 star hotels in Tahiti or driving a luxury car.....$15 item.

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Post by LadyGeek » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:20 pm

This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (how you spend your money and your time).

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Post by DavidW » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:24 pm

Nearly A Moose wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:33 pm
pennstater2005 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 am
I’m looking at manual burr grinder and a pour over thingy for better coffee. My Bunn does alright but I want the next level now :beer
Do it, you will not be disappointed.
If you haven't already, sweetmaria.com has some nice coffee related items... Hario makes a nice one.

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Post by DavidW » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:27 pm

Texanbybirth wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:23 pm
Allen Edmonds dress shoes. (Not a splurge for some, but it really hurts for us!) I love that they're made in America, truly have good quality, and can be re-crafted - just had my first pair done.

We'd also like to have many children, but we're only 2 into that goal right now so not technically un-frugal.
AE are great shoes. I have several pairs and had them over 20+ years.

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Post by Pigeon » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:39 pm

I don't find people here to be particularly frugal.

I'm not in a big hurry to cut my kids off. I don't want them living in the basement in their 40s, but I'll keep them on our insurance until they age out or get good insurance through their employers.

I could probably cut a hundred off our monthly grocery bill.

We go to local concerts and plays whenever we are so inclined.

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Post by rgs92 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:54 pm

Interesting comments about setting the thermostat high. I go nuts and get hot if it's over 68 (F) in winter. My face gets hot. I need it cool.
Somehow I can deal with 72 in summer, but no warmer.

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Post by Shackleton » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:37 pm

Toons wrote:
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Traded In A 2017 Honda Civic (4600 miles)
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Upgrade ,Civic Sport Touring 2018.
Wrote a Check for the difference.
It is fun.

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Post by toofache32 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:37 pm

jehovasfitness wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:06 am
Past several years we've spent 6-8k/yr on our dogs. From food, vet, boarding, etc. I'm shocked how quickly it adds up yearly.
I've never added up our dog expenses but I'm sure it's similar. My wife says I treat the dog better than I treat her. And she's probably right. I told her dogs are better because they don't mind if you pet other dogs.

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Post by toofache32 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:46 pm

BTDT wrote:
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Edit....oops I forgot to mention I also own a 32' hole-in-the-water :beer
Same here.
I've got a tournament grade Ranger Z21 bass boat with every bell and whistle imaginable. I've got almost $100,000 in the boat with dual power poles, 3 sonar transducers and graphs, 4 lithium batteries, 25 rod/reel setups including 2 that cost almost $1000 each, etc, etc. Absolutely love every minute (and dollar) I've spent in that boat.

Then I am a complete cheapskate in other areas. I only wash my truck on rainy days so I don't have to pay for the rinse cycle. I bought my wife's engagement ring and held onto it for 7 months before proposing.....I was waiting until her birthday so I wouldn't have to buy her a birthday gift also.

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Post by El Greco » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:47 pm

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Post by luminous » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:53 pm

Que1999 wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:22 pm
..... Live in NYC. :|
Same, but San Francisco. Everything else my family does is pretty frugal in comparison.
50/20/30 US stock/international stock/bonds. Hope to semi-retire in 2026.

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Post by Gnirk » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:55 pm

Buy the best live theater seats available. And buy a new MacBook Pro every 5 years.And a cleaning lady every two weeks, though that’s mostly because of my back issues.
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Post by HIinvestor » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:57 pm

We live in VHCOL Honolulu (as does most of my extended family). We also continue to fully support our D, including all medical and living expenses, even though she graduated debt-free from expensive private U, as did S (who supports himself).

We also enjoy eating out, travel, and cooking when we feel like it. I also enjoy giving gifts to loved ones.

It is also unfrugal of me to have stopped working for pay years ago. I do still mostly volunteer with nonprofits that I strongly believe in.

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Post by toofache32 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:58 pm

SuperGrafx wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:34 pm
I go out of my way to find and buy goods that are Made in America.
Folks think that nearly everything is made in China these days (and in most cases they're right), but I'm constantly impressed by the Made in USA offerings one can find if they simply take a few minutes to review before just blindly making a purchase.
Even Wal-Mart, of all places, is upping the number of USA made items for sale in their stores...browse through the kitchen section for example...you'll find everything from knife sharpeners, cutting boards, and utensils all proudly made in the US.

Sometimes it's not always the cheapest option, but to me it's worth doing.
I have never understood the "made in america" thing. I just buy what I think is the best product. Sometimes it's American, sometimes it's Chinese. But to buy an inferior product because of where it's made seems to reward mediocrity and remove the stimulus for the inferior products to do better. While I like finding good products that are made in America, I'm not going to buy something just because it was made in America if there is a superior product made elsewhere.

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Post by bstewie » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:02 am

toofache32 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:37 pm
jehovasfitness wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:06 am
Past several years we've spent 6-8k/yr on our dogs. From food, vet, boarding, etc. I'm shocked how quickly it adds up yearly.
I've never added up our dog expenses but I'm sure it's similar. My wife says I treat the dog better than I treat her. And she's probably right. I told her dogs are better because they don't mind if you pet other dogs.
Our dogs get severely aggravated if you pet anything other than them. One attempts to interrupt human back scratches by climbing between hands and backs!

We're pretty frugal overall, but we are currently paying for cable we rarely use. I imagine this will change soon. We splurge on a few other things throughout the month, but they are typically small ticket items like going out to breakfast one or twice a month at $20-25 per outing.

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Post by Shikoku » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:22 am

I go to Costco every weekend without a shopping list in hand!

My DW does not work to earn money. She does volunteer work.
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Post by anoop » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 am

Bought way too much house and too much car.

Actually, I stopped being frugal about 2-3 years ago because of a health scare. I stopped going to the doctor and started spending my money on whatever I feel like. :)

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Post by Shikoku » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:29 am

anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 am
Bought way too much house and too much car.

Actually, I stopped being frugal about 2-3 years ago because of a health scare. I stopped going to the doctor and started spending my money on whatever I feel like. :)
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Post by anoop » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:38 am

Shikoku wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:29 am
anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 am
Bought way too much house and too much car.

Actually, I stopped being frugal about 2-3 years ago because of a health scare. I stopped going to the doctor and started spending my money on whatever I feel like. :)
Anoop: I hope you are OK now. Best wishes. --Shikoku
Thanks for the thoughts. I feel better than I did at that time even though I have no idea what may be lurking beneath.

Back on topic, it was un-UN-frugal of me to stop giving all my money to doctors and hospitals! With all the billing errors, if I was not already sick, I would be!!

I was so relieved to come across this article on bogleheads.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2011/ ... eas/nexus/

My philosophy now is to live each day as if it were my last. In other words, I try to simplify my life as much as possible and don't fret about where money is being spent as long as I know I'm solvent.

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Post by Shikoku » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:48 am

anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:38 am
Shikoku wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:29 am
anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 am
Bought way too much house and too much car.

Actually, I stopped being frugal about 2-3 years ago because of a health scare. I stopped going to the doctor and started spending my money on whatever I feel like. :)
Anoop: I hope you are OK now. Best wishes. --Shikoku
Thanks for the thoughts. I feel better than I did at that time even though I have no idea what may be lurking beneath.

Back on topic, it was un-UN-frugal of me to stop giving all my money to doctors and hospitals! With all the billing errors, if I was not already sick, I would be!!

I was so relieved to come across this article on bogleheads.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2011/ ... eas/nexus/

My philosophy now is to live each day as if it were my last. In other words, I try to simplify my life as much as possible and don't fret about where money is being spent as long as I know I'm solvent.
Thank you for sharing your philosophy. Very thoughtful.
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Post by toofache32 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:13 am

anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:38 am
Shikoku wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:29 am
anoop wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 am
Bought way too much house and too much car.

Actually, I stopped being frugal about 2-3 years ago because of a health scare. I stopped going to the doctor and started spending my money on whatever I feel like. :)
Anoop: I hope you are OK now. Best wishes. --Shikoku
Thanks for the thoughts. I feel better than I did at that time even though I have no idea what may be lurking beneath.

Back on topic, it was un-UN-frugal of me to stop giving all my money to doctors and hospitals! With all the billing errors, if I was not already sick, I would be!!

I was so relieved to come across this article on bogleheads.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2011/ ... eas/nexus/

My philosophy now is to live each day as if it were my last. In other words, I try to simplify my life as much as possible and don't fret about where money is being spent as long as I know I'm solvent.
My dad worked his tail off his entire life and scrimped and saved and never enjoyed it. Now he is 86, had a debilitating stroke a few years ago, but now can easily afford to buy.....a gold-plated wheelchair. He won't admit his regrets even though I see it in his eyes. Not gonna be me.

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Post by travellight » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:30 am

Saw the Broadway show Hamilton twice.

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Post by Toons » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 am

Shackleton wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:37 pm
Toons wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:52 am
Traded In A 2017 Honda Civic (4600 miles)
For
Upgrade ,Civic Sport Touring 2018.
Wrote a Check for the difference.
It is fun.

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Post by KNMLHD » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am

KSOC wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 am
Spent $35 on NHL.TV for the last 3rd of the season. Always the best part of the regular season.
I'm assuming that includes playoffs?

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Post by daheld » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:21 am

RobertD wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:53 pm
I splurge on roses or other cut flowers during my almost weekly trips through Costco for cheap fresh produce. The spouse loves them and I like having them around the house too in various vases. It's an extravagant splurge and I even have a quicken category for it when recording the receipt so it doesn't get confused with groceries and toiletries.
I bring home flowers for my wife a few times a year, for no special reason. We always remark how much better the house looks with fresh flowers. We're in the process of buying a new house and selling our current one, so we bought flowers to decorate the house for listing pictures and open house/showings. We always say we're going to start buying flowers and leaving them out just because but we never do!

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Post by lthenderson » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:27 am

Pigeon wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:39 pm
I don't find people here to be particularly frugal.
+1 Almost all my splurges seem frugal on this forum. But then I live in the rural midwest which evidently costs a tiny fraction to live as what it does on either coast or other large midwestern urban areas and I come from a long line of very frugal people who have lived so frugally that they just assume that I am doomed to live in poverty the rest of my life due to my "lavish" spending.

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Post by pennstater2005 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:39 am

djdube525 wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
KSOC wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 am
Spent $35 on NHL.TV for the last 3rd of the season. Always the best part of the regular season.
I'm assuming that includes playoffs?
I considered this once but ended up not because you couldn’t watch your local team. Although I think that’s standard fare for these types of services.
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Post by mnsportsgeek » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:35 am

I would probably say heating/air conditioning, charitable contributions, and sports tickets are the 3 big things that I don't really think about saving money on.

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Post by Texanbybirth » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:38 am

pennstater2005 wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:39 am
djdube525 wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
KSOC wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 am
Spent $35 on NHL.TV for the last 3rd of the season. Always the best part of the regular season.
I'm assuming that includes playoffs?
I considered this once but ended up not because you couldn’t watch your local team. Although I think that’s standard fare for these types of services.
IIRC unfortunately it doesn't include playoffs, which are practically all on NBC channels. It's the sole reason I have DirectTV NOW. :D

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Post by Sandtrap » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:39 am

Taylor Larimore wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Bogleheads:

In recent years, when I go to the grocery store or restaurant, I seldom look at the price. I just buy what I want. It is a luxury I could not afford when I was younger.

Thank you, Jack!

Best wishes.
Taylor
Same here.
I was just talking about this with DW.
Now that we're retired, we tend to buy whatever we want at the grocery store, order above the bottom 1/3 of the menu at a restaurant, and generally buy whatever small items we want.
Also, upgrade things within our lifestyle. IE: faster internet service, etc.
In that alone, compared to the "young and lean years", we feel wealthy.
Though we still do it all. . .frugally.
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Post by SuperGrafx » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:36 am

toofache32 wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:58 pm
SuperGrafx wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:34 pm
I go out of my way to find and buy goods that are Made in America.
Folks think that nearly everything is made in China these days (and in most cases they're right), but I'm constantly impressed by the Made in USA offerings one can find if they simply take a few minutes to review before just blindly making a purchase.
Even Wal-Mart, of all places, is upping the number of USA made items for sale in their stores...browse through the kitchen section for example...you'll find everything from knife sharpeners, cutting boards, and utensils all proudly made in the US.

Sometimes it's not always the cheapest option, but to me it's worth doing.
I have never understood the "made in america" thing. I just buy what I think is the best product. Sometimes it's American, sometimes it's Chinese. But to buy an inferior product because of where it's made seems to reward mediocrity and remove the stimulus for the inferior products to do better. While I like finding good products that are made in America, I'm not going to buy something just because it was made in America if there is a superior product made elsewhere.
That's your opinion and that's fine.
I find the vast majority of Chinese products are truly inferior.

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Post by KSOC » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:16 pm

djdube525 wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
KSOC wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 am
Spent $35 on NHL.TV for the last 3rd of the season. Always the best part of the regular season.
I'm assuming that includes playoffs?
Nope. That's part of the UN-frugal. But I can see most of that on NBC Sports networks.
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Post by rjbraun » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:26 pm

GerryL wrote:
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Reading this thread I realized that apart from travel I still have trouble being un-frugal. But I guess one thing I have done is subscribe to News in Slow French. Over $150 for a 1-year subscription, so in my book that’s not frugality. Will I renew? Don’t know yet.
Sounds fine and not at all extravagant, imo, if you actually use the subscription and enjoy and learn from it. I had not heard of "New in Slow French" until your post. Would you recommend it?

Are you familiar with "Bien-dire"? SO is quite satisfied with its Italian counterpart, "Tutto Italiano". Both seem to be at similar price points to your program. Would appreciate hearing feedback from others knowledgeable about both programs as to how they compare.

https://www.languages-direct.com/audio- ... pBOBIPwZaQ

https://www.languages-direct.com/tutto- ... pBNF4PwZaQ

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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:50 pm

halfnine wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:35 pm
Enjoy living in the great cities of the world.
Likewise, I enjoy living in the D.C. area and traveling to other cities. This year I have already visited Prague and Karlovy Vary (both in the Czech Republic), and in summer I will be in Metz (France) and Belgrade (Serbia).

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Post by lomarica01 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:54 pm

got a new hot springs spa, much more expensive than other spas but after our old one lasted 20+ yrs, it came with the house we bought, we got the same brand. We use the spa about 4 times a day, so it is a big part of our lives.

worth every penny, frost on the cover this morning and a bit of ice on the deck and 103 inside the spa perfect

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Post by exoilman » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:01 pm

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Splurging on food and drink. One of the good things about being alive.
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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:03 pm

I buy high-quality, mostly organic food but seldom go to restaurants, and so the cost of my meals is relatively low. However, recently I started reading about biohacking and ordering expensive supplements. I am also thinking of joining a local cryo-chamber and infrared sauna.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:04 pm

I gave $100 tip at a restaurant in Tahiti, first night in Tahiti. The waiter was exceptionally nice, but I was probably confused about the exchange rate and was tired after a long flight. Haha
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Post by rjbraun » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:04 pm

rjbraun wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:26 pm
GerryL wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:28 am
Reading this thread I realized that apart from travel I still have trouble being un-frugal. But I guess one thing I have done is subscribe to News in Slow French. Over $150 for a 1-year subscription, so in my book that’s not frugality. Will I renew? Don’t know yet.
Sounds fine and not at all extravagant, imo, if you actually use the subscription and enjoy and learn from it. I had not heard of "News in Slow French" until your post. Would you recommend it?

Are you familiar with "Bien-dire"? SO is quite satisfied with its Italian counterpart, "Tutto Italiano". Both seem to be at similar price points to your program. Would appreciate hearing feedback from others knowledgeable about both programs as to how they compare.

https://www.languages-direct.com/audio- ... pBOBIPwZaQ

https://www.languages-direct.com/tutto- ... pBNF4PwZaQ
Edit: fix typo

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Post by goodlifer » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:32 pm

I use Shipt whenever I feel like it, and I tip the delivery people well. I'm well aware that the tip I'm giving them might be their kid's lunch money for the week, and I no longer have an excuse for not making dinner (and wasting money on unhealthy take out).

I let our 12 year old order whatever she wants at the restaurant. She usually orders steak, but she eats it all so I don't complain. Thankfully, she is allergic to lobster, just like me! My parents would have a fit if I asked for steak at a restaurant when I was a kid.

I have stopped using grocery coupons. They stopped making good coupons for actual food, so it became more of a time suck than savings for me.

I really might buy myself a massage chair soon. Our last hotel room had one and I just loved it, until I fell asleep in it and woke up feeling like my whole body was beaten with a bag of oranges. I will have to remember to never sleep in it.

I forgot to add pet food. Our dog likes a variety and we buy the premium stuff. Thirty pound bags are in the $50-$60 range. The cats get premium dry food and sometimes get real fish, but I can't wean them off of Fancy Feast wet food. They just love that junk. The goldfish food is imported from Japan, so I have to order a few months worth at a time. Even the wild birds/squirrels/rabbits get a custom blend I make from seeds, fruit, nuts, corn and sometimes fresh fruits and vegs.
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Post by Go Blue 99 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:34 pm

Comfortable clothing. It doesn't have to be a name brand, but I pay more for soft and comfy clothing.

Artisan bars of soap. There are tons of small brands out there and I enjoy trying them for variety.

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Post by tavore » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:45 pm

KSOC wrote:
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Spent $35 on NHL.TV for the last 3rd of the season. Always the best part of the regular season.
Oh - Good idea! I might look into that.

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Re: What UN-frugal thing do you do?

Post by JoeRetire » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:46 pm

daheld wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:37 am
I thought it would be interesting to hear what it is that you don't mind spending money on.

So--what is it that you don't mind spending money on that other Bogleheads might find crazy?
I don't mind spending money on hiring those with expertise that I don't possess.

I DIY most home repair projects. But I've learned over time that I don't have the expertise or patience for plumbing. So I consistently hire good plumbers when necessary and I don't complain about what they charge.

Similarly, I engage the services of a financial adviser. I don't have the time or expertise yet. Maybe some day, but not now.

Not the most frugal things to do. But for me, the most effective.

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