terapined
terapined
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:04:25 AM permalink
There's an old saying
A woman will spend 1 dollar on a 2 dollar item she does not need
A man will spend 2 dollars on a 1 dollar item he does need.
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Gabes22
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:05:06 AM permalink
When I used to live in Cook County (IL), I used to drive 5 miles out of my way to get gas in Lake County, as the way gas taxes were in Cook County (blame Chicago), I could oftentimes save 20-25 cents a gallon in Cook. Furthermore if you live in the City of Chicago, it is cheaper to fill up in suburban Cook County than it is in the city. If you live in the Southeast part of Chicago many people actually go into Indiana to fill up.
Also, making major purchases such as furninture, electronics, jewelry etc, I would go outside Cook County as the sales tax rate would be cheaper outside of Cook as well.
Tipping I am fairly decent. I give about 18% and there are a few places I go regularly that treat me well, such as free appetizers, free rounds of drinks desserts. When I get free stuff I tip for the bill and then 30% for the free stuff. So if I had a $150 bill and we got say two $12 glasses of wine for free. It would be $27 for the $150 and then $7 for the two glasses of wine, which also encourages the behavior they exhibited in the future.
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Blonde4ever
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:30:31 AM permalink
Now that both my husband and I are officially retired (this month) being frugal is something that I think about a lot more than I used to.

We have started only buying groceries from a discount grocery store that has a 10% discount for old people (over 55) on Tuesdays.
Our days of just buying something without thinking about it are over.

Regarding trips to Vegas....as we all know, if you save money on your room, food, shows etc then you have more of a bankroll to gamble with!

So yes....I only stay in comped rooms, I use coupons like mad, I bring some all bran bars and coffee and fixings from home to have breakfast in the room.
I spend hours researching good deals in Vegas.
I play MyVegas and Social Rewards.
Anything I can do to save money, I will.
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GWAE
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:41:25 AM permalink
Quote: Johnzimbo

I buy items for my work lunches at Costco and 99% of the time I brown bag it. When booking flights I don't mind taking a very early or late flight if it is significantly cheaper.



We are taking a cruise out of NOLA in april. I will save $300 on my flight by renting a car and flying home out of Birmingham than flying out of NOLA, which is what we are doing. It will be a five hour drive, Does that count as cheap?
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Mosca
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:54:20 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

Right now I am rolling around in pain from kidney stones. I could go to the ER and make sure I am not dieing but I am way to cheap to pay $50 er copay.



You just won the thread. (You should go to the ER to get the Percocets. You get 20-30, and you only need 4 or 5.)
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Mosca
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March 1st, 2015 at 7:56:01 AM permalink
I'm not cheap. I'll coupon if it's convenient to, but otherwise money is a means to and end for me. If it's not being spent it is being wasted.
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GWAE
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March 1st, 2015 at 8:11:23 AM permalink
Quote: Mosca

You just won the thread. (You should go to the ER to get the Percocets. You get 20-30, and you only need 4 or 5.)



My cheapness paid off. I passed the stone a little while ago. How does a stone give you a high level pain and when you pass it, it's like it never existed?
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Rigondeaux
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March 1st, 2015 at 8:22:00 AM permalink
I'm free with money in that I tip pretty well and will help out friends who need it and stuff like that. But, at the same time, I know where the cheapest gas stations are, will buy months worth of something like soda when it's on sale and am quite happy to eat in the VIP lounge many times a week and sometimes twice in a day. I don't pay for cable and watch everything online. I buy very cheap clothes. I'll often eat a lot of bread in a restaurant to make sure I fill up with enough main course left to take home for lunch the next day. Oh yeah, I'm growing my hair long so I can sell it (and not pay for cuts).

I value free stuff far out of proportion to its value. Once, I ordered take out from Tony Romas online and, when I went to pick it up, the branch had closed. We had to call to get them to take it off the credit card and they gave us a $100 gift certificate to make up for it. I couldn't believe it. It might have been my happiest moment of the month.

I'm pretty lazy about seeking stuff out and I figure that's a big leak, which I'm trying to fix this year, especially with all the crap they give away in this town.
AxelWolf
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March 1st, 2015 at 8:22:43 AM permalink
Quote: RS

I'd rather pay $50 for someone to change the oil in my car than do it myself for $30 (or however much it costs......actually that reminds me, I gotta go get that done soon). If you have money, you may as well enjoy it.

Ill pay you to take my car in for an oil change while you are at it.

I try to be thrifty but I hate being inconvenienced, perhaps I'm lazy anytime something seems like work. I always think about all errands I'm going to do tomorrow but then tomorrow comes and something comes up, perhaps I'm a procrastinator. If something of value comes up, I will suddenly become a monster.

I guess it all depends on my mood, sometimes I'm really cheap and sometimes I'm wasteful.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Beardgoat
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March 1st, 2015 at 9:17:59 AM permalink
I feel like I was much more cheap in my younger days. I'd eat foot long hotdogs from Casino Royale to save money, and then play $25 a hand blackjack. I also do things like purchase the first flight in or last flight out to save money. I guess I am more about value than price.

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