What frugal thing did you do today?

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Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:10 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:08 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:30 pm
flyingaway wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:42 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 3:27 pm Fridge ice maker stopped working.

Used a two prong approach to try to get it resolved asap, via manufacturer directly and Best Buy/geek squad warranty

Resolution:
Samsung resolved the issue after delays coming out. Process and engagement was frustrating but the actual repair and installer was great 👍.
Geek squad could not get someone out, offered a replacement. I asked about paying me out, they agreed and gave me $2800 worth of gift cards 🙃😀.

I’m a happy Best Buy and Samsung customer today.
Did not understand what you did.
You asked Samsung to fix it and asked Best Buy for gift cards?
Contacted both extended warranty (best buy/geek squad) and manufacturer warranty (Samsung) in parallel. Net result is as I mention above.
Did you withhold info from both companies or just one of them?
I was transparent with both. Especially after appointments were not honored (expected ppl to arrive, no shows etc).
So samsung knows you got a refund and best buy knows the fridge is fixed? And neither cared?
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pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:12 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:10 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:08 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:30 pm
flyingaway wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:42 pm

Did not understand what you did.
You asked Samsung to fix it and asked Best Buy for gift cards?
Contacted both extended warranty (best buy/geek squad) and manufacturer warranty (Samsung) in parallel. Net result is as I mention above.
Did you withhold info from both companies or just one of them?
I was transparent with both. Especially after appointments were not honored (expected ppl to arrive, no shows etc).
So samsung knows you got a refund and best buy knows the fridge is fixed? And neither cared?
They know the approach yes. Understand this went thru many ppl and layers. Proves no one really talks to each other in customer service/support groups. Let alone talking outside of their groups!
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Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:18 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:12 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:10 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:08 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:30 pm

Contacted both extended warranty (best buy/geek squad) and manufacturer warranty (Samsung) in parallel. Net result is as I mention above.
Did you withhold info from both companies or just one of them?
I was transparent with both. Especially after appointments were not honored (expected ppl to arrive, no shows etc).
So samsung knows you got a refund and best buy knows the fridge is fixed? And neither cared?
They know the approach yes. Understand this went thru many ppl and layers. Proves no one really talks to each other in customer service/support groups. Let alone talking outside of their groups!
Not sure if it’s frugal, justifiable under the circumstances, or just plain unethical.
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Been on my action list for a while, but finally got around to shopping our internet plan. Our current provider, Comcast, ups your rate $10/$15 a year until you're paying a huge amount for service. Going from $120/month at Comcast for 600/20 service and modem rental to $60/month at Verizon for 500/500 service with no modem rental.

Not bad for about 10 minutes of work.
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Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:10 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:08 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:30 pm
flyingaway wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:42 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 3:27 pm Fridge ice maker stopped working.

Used a two prong approach to try to get it resolved asap, via manufacturer directly and Best Buy/geek squad warranty

Resolution:
Samsung resolved the issue after delays coming out. Process and engagement was frustrating but the actual repair and installer was great 👍.
Geek squad could not get someone out, offered a replacement. I asked about paying me out, they agreed and gave me $2800 worth of gift cards 🙃😀.

I’m a happy Best Buy and Samsung customer today.
Did not understand what you did.
You asked Samsung to fix it and asked Best Buy for gift cards?
Contacted both extended warranty (best buy/geek squad) and manufacturer warranty (Samsung) in parallel. Net result is as I mention above.
Did you withhold info from both companies or just one of them?
I was transparent with both. Especially after appointments were not honored (expected ppl to arrive, no shows etc).
You got me at Samsung icemaker. Never again. Those things are horror shows. I’ve never known anyone who had one that worked properly for very long.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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About to get our annual car inspections done soon. Got me thinking that we have saved $ thousands over the years by never purchasing maintenance packages (e.g., 15K, 30K miles, etc.) when we get our vehicles serviced. What we have found is that the dealer where we get the oil changes done (at a competitive price) also does a comprehensive vehicle check of several dozen items -- complete with written report -- at no additional charge. If items on the checklist need attention, or there are other things to be done, we pay for them w/o purchasing a package; this saves a lot of $ over a package. When I mentioned to the dealer that many of the inspections touted in their maintenance packages were also provided for free as part of an oil change -- or as part of the required annual state safety inspections -- he did not dispute this.
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quantAndHold wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:47 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 7:10 pm
pizzy wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:08 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:30 pm
flyingaway wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:42 pm

Did not understand what you did.
You asked Samsung to fix it and asked Best Buy for gift cards?
Contacted both extended warranty (best buy/geek squad) and manufacturer warranty (Samsung) in parallel. Net result is as I mention above.
Did you withhold info from both companies or just one of them?
I was transparent with both. Especially after appointments were not honored (expected ppl to arrive, no shows etc).
You got me at Samsung icemaker. Never again. Those things are horror shows. I’ve never known anyone who had one that worked properly for very long.
I saved $$$ on my Samsung ice maker by replacing it 3 times myself in 8 years. :shock:
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I siphoned gas from Dave’s Gulfstream to use in my car😂🤣✈️✈️✈️

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abuss368 wrote: Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:03 am I siphoned gas from Dave’s Gulfstream to use in my car😂🤣✈️✈️✈️

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abuss368 wrote: Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:03 am I siphoned gas from Dave’s Gulfstream to use in my car😂🤣✈️✈️✈️

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We got you on video 😂
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Made a big contribution to a consumer staples fund.

Breakfast was $1/box cereal, lunch will be peanuts, dinner will be homemade pesto pasta with homegrown basil.
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I dug the last of the chapstick out of the tube with a car key.
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tooluser wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 1:05 pm
tooluser wrote: Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:46 pm
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I don't understand why in some markets Costco is so much cheaper, and in others, there's hardly a difference. I don't make a huge effort to gas up at our Costco because it's never more than 5-10 cents/gallon savings, so not worth going out of my way or waiting longer than a few minutes in line. This morning I gassed up elsewhere because I'd rather take a beating than wait in the line at Costco gas on a weekend. Gasbuddy told me that I paid the SAME amount per gallon as I'd have paid at Costco. Yet when I drove past the Costco later, the gas line had at least 40 cars in it, backing up into the store parking lot.
The value of Costco is dependent on the area and alternatives. Costco in our area is the same; gas might be 5-cents cheaper a gallon, and food (at least what my family eats) is quite a bit more expensive (per ounce) for the exact same brand than several local alternatives. It doesn't seem to lesson the popularity, good luck finding a spot in the Costco parking lot on a Saturday. In California, where I grew, Costco was (and is, we visit at least once a year) significantly cheaper.
In this area I find that Costco regular is typically only 5-10 cents lower. However there's a much larger savings to be had on Premium, which my DW requires. With the recent rapid rise in gas prices, the spread isn't as predictable.

I stopped buying gas as last May. I can now fill up my EV at home at the approximate equivalent of $1/gal.
I am in Los Angeles, and historically the Costco savings have been 20 to 96 cents per gallon (high point as of today). The non-Costco station nearest me abuts a wealthy area but is not a price-gouging-near-the-airport sort of station. $5.89 was today's regular (87 octane) price if paying by credit, which I do at Costco as well. Mid and High grades were both over $6.00. The station across the street is similarly priced, sometimes a little higher or lower.

I can still save a lot (usually about half the Costco savings) by going a couple of miles to a gas station in a less wealthy sub-part of my part of L.A. So there is definitely a bit of a "local circumstances" thing going on.

I have never been to a Costco in L.A. when the gas lines were anything but long. Even this morning at ~6:30am when the store wasn't open, I was 4th in line (7th car including those at the pumps), with about 10 other lines the same depth. Madness. But I do save some money, and if I repeat it say 20x a year it adds up to a significant amount. Usually I combine it with shopping inside the store, but not today because I thought I could beat the crowds. Nope.
Another new personal record: $1.14 per gallon cheaper at Costco, $5.359 vs $6.499 locally.
Maybe I should switch to percentage instead. The panic at the pumps also seems to have died down.
Almost as good today, $1.10 a gallon cheaper at Costco, but slightly better on a percentage basis. $4.899 vs $5.999 locally.
I was going to get a car wash, but it was shut down for some reason, so I saved money there too.
I bought three food items inside that I didn't really need, which will not go to waste, but may go to waist. :( :happy
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Put in a GTC order for VTI at $179. Now that’s frugal!
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AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:11 pm Put in a GTC order for VTI at $179. Now that’s frugal!
What’s the strategic purpose of that order?
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pizzy wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:36 pm
AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:11 pm Put in a GTC order for VTI at $179. Now that’s frugal!
What’s the strategic purpose of that order?
I’ve been investing 6-10k per month this year outside my 401k, from salary and savings, since opening my first ever brokerage account in the fall of 2021. Stocks in panicky months and treasuries when stocks recover.

I need some VTI since I’m trying to increase my equity allocation (from 20/80 - too bond heavy! Plus cola’d pension expectation and cola’d ss) and I don’t have time to watch the prices right now. I last bought at $181 and I always like to outdo myself if possible. Plus this is the biggest order I’ve placed (still not huge but getting there). I haven’t bought equities since their June lows, other than in tax deferred where I DCA. My VTI is earmarked for my 70s in 15+ years, so this is money I don’t expect to need for a while (if ever).

Also it’s my first GTC order and I’ve been familiarizing myself with the buy process. Also I set up auto transfer into my taxable account each month so I’m investing some of it.

We pride ourselves on frugality in consumption. I just apply that excellent principle to equity purchases too.
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matti wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:05 am I dug the last of the chapstick out of the tube with a car key.
I might have to give you a prize for this.

And that's coming from someone who sometimes re-uses paper plates.

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I’ve been saving leftover fries from dinner and having a few for breakfast with black coffee. Ew! It’s good though.
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AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:14 pm I’ve been saving leftover fries from dinner and having a few for breakfast with black coffee. Ew! It’s good though.
Dipping?? :D
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Oilcans wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:19 pm
AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:14 pm I’ve been saving leftover fries from dinner and having a few for breakfast with black coffee. Ew! It’s good though.
Dipping?? :D
Ugh no way!

Oh no is that my future…? 😅
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Signed up for a 2 year contract with COX to reduce my bill by $12 a month. Since I'm going to have them anyway, I'm good saving $144 a year for the next two years.
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Just sent an email to my neighbor offering him $50 for 300+ old bricks. These are not modern bricks, but bricks from the 1800's and some from a house built in 1796. It's more than I wanted to spend; at first he saw a project I am working on and said if I needed bricks he would give me some. I figured I would pay him for them, but then he said he would like to sell all of them. I told him bricks on craigslist go for everywhere from free to $1+, but that was my budget. He will discuss it with his wife. He really doesn't want strangers coming by to look at them. On the "unfrugal" side, I have to pay the guy who helps me in the yard $40 to move them and stack them.
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AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:20 pm
Oilcans wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:19 pm
AnnetteLouisan wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:14 pm I’ve been saving leftover fries from dinner and having a few for breakfast with black coffee. Ew! It’s good though.
Dipping?? :D
Ugh no way!

Oh no is that my future…? 😅
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I paid zero to charge the electric car downtown.
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This is going to be unpopular but when I went to the convienice store market- the lotto machine was broken so I couldnt by tickets.

Since getting a new job- I bring my own lunch. It will help me lose some weight and perhaps I save $6-$8 per day.
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Lou Sevens wrote: Fri Sep 23, 2022 8:29 pm This is going to be unpopular but when I went to the convienice store market- the lotto machine was broken so I couldnt by tickets.

Since getting a new job- I bring my own lunch. It will help me lose some weight and perhaps I save $6-$8 per day.
When the lottery jackpot is large I usually buy two tickets for the next five draws, $20 total. For about $2 a day it's a source of entertainment. I am open to someone providing a better entertainment value for me.

I once had a summer job where me and another fellow were hired on the same day. We both brought our lunch Mon-Thu, as did everyone else. But on Fridays the group would always go out to lunch. He stayed behind and ate his lunch, while I went out with the gang. A month later he was fired and I was kept on. I never figured out whether it was the lunch thing, or actual poor performance. It could easily have gone the opposite way, since the company owner also stayed at work for Friday lunch.
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Changed the oil and filter in my car and also changed the transmission fluid in it. total cost < $100.
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