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Old 03-21-2013, 09:12   #76
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$300 for two sump pumps in my basement, a primary and a backup. I live in a very low area and the drainage pours into my sump 24/7 for months on end. They save me thousands in water damage. They were installed by the guy who I bought the house from and they both have lifetime warranties. He also installed a whole house generator in case the power goes out, the pumps keep running. Also,tools, Online owners manuals, and balls to take things apart and fix them on my own have saved me a LOT of money.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:33   #77
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Reload my ammo, cook at home mostly, truck is paid off since 2010. Biggest thing I have found lately is just don't buy crap I don't have a need for, you can save a bunch right there. I was lucky enough to be able to buy most of the firearms I wanted before my son was born. Now I just try to save, which is still a challenge in So Cal.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:59   #78
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DIY nearly everything

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:00   #79
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Like today. I have leftover spaghetti and meatballs in the fridge. I don't wanna eat it. I feel like cooking a frozen pizza. But I won't. I will eat the spaghetti.
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9mm is more cost effective than .45 or other exotic calibers.
No, a one shot stop with a quality .45 acp jhp is still cheaper than a mag dump of WWB 9 mm fmj.

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You do know you can just boil water and pour it into a container with tea bags in it and save even MORE on that silly "ice tea maker", Jack!?
Who are you, some kind of Rockefeller?
Those single-use tea bags are grossly over-priced compared to loose bulk tea, and the used bags just end up in the landfills even if you use them two or three times.

And it's cheaper to read your own tealeaves than go to a palm reader.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:02   #80
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A good pair of binoculars and some interesting neighbors is cheaper than internet porn.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:11   #81
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DIY nearly everything

All you need is the tools, the time, and Google.
This is why the Internet is so amazing. Seriously what did people do with out it!


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Old 03-21-2013, 11:05   #82
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When I was growing up we had a neighbor that would only allow the house to flush the toilet once per day. It was a husband, wife, and 2 kids filling that thing up too. This was to save water for the planet(they were hippies), and to save money on their water bill.
They had several other weird money saving habits, but that was definitely the grossest of them.
NASTY!

I like to save money but seriously that's crazy. I take absolutely no regard for saving water at all and my water bill is less than $30 per month. Water is stupid cheap. Not that I'm saying trying to save water and money is bad, but to not flush is nasty.

Besides, I never understood the whole wasting water thing. It isn't destroyed. It gets cleaned and flows down stream to the next city.

Anyway, to the point. A few things I like to do that aren't already listed:

Buy refurbished electronics:

I buy a lot of refurbished electronics. They were all half price or less, and I've never had a problem out of any of them.

Right now in the house I've got two Philiips 40" TVs (I paid less than $600 shipped for both of them), A refurbished Ooma (which saves money in an of itself), PC monitors, Coffee Grinder, wireless turtle beach headphones and probably some more things I'm forgetting. All of them work great, and were much cheaper than a new one.

Use your own VOIP voice device:

This won't apply to everyone, but I still had a landline since I work from home and needed an office landline for work. Insight used to charge me $40 a month for phone service.

I bought a refurbushed Ooma from woot.com for $100 bucks and now my office phone costs me $3.73 per month for service.

There are lots of them, but basically if your paying your cable company for VOIP phone service, you can do it yourself for much much cheaper.

Buy last year's models of everything:

If you know you need something, wait until they release the new things to buy it. For example, the last time I built a PC I waited until AMD and Intel released their new chips and bought the older generation. Still got a whole lot better PC than I had with great stats, for half the cost of of going current generation.

Works with everything, appliances, cars, clothes, etc etc.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:57   #83
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Definitely not Office Depot pens.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:05   #84
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Definitely not Office Depot pens.

They have free pens at the bank, just clip the chain with your multitool.
Wear a hoodie because they have cameras everywhere.
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Old 03-21-2013, 13:01   #85
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They have free pens at the bank, just clip the chain with your multitool.
Wear a hoodie because they have cameras everywhere.


In all seriousness though, I've only bought 1 pen in my life. That was a nice (but still less than $15) pen I use for job interviews.

Aside from that, take free pens. Many businesses you go into, especially banks and the like have pens that they want people to take and use.
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Old 03-21-2013, 13:32   #86
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Something a bit more drastic that I do.
I don't pay a bill for trash collection. In regards to disposing of trash I am entirely self sufficient.
As I live in a rural area, this is something I can do.

My trash when thrown away is separated by category. Recyclable, burnable, and compostable.

Burnable consists mainly of paper, largely comprised of packaging and junk mail. This is simply burned when it fills up. Recyclable has multiple bins depending on material. Aluminum, particularly cans are saved for their high recycling value. Steel, alloys, and other low grade metals go in the low grade scrap that doesn't fetch nearly as much as aluminum but can be disposed of in the same trip as the Aluminum for a few extra bucks.

Broken machines are taken apart for copper, occasional bits of aluminum, and more steel and low grade. Electronics are similarly dismantled, though I don't go to the extremes of extracting metals from them, I just sell circuit boards as E scrap. If I can identify them I'll separate them by what metal they contain. Gold and silver baring boards are worth more than low grade boards. Again I extract copper where I can.

Plastics consisting of remaining plastics from packaging and shells of broken machines and electronics go to the community recycling drop off when they start to get full. I get nothing for plastics, but I try to avoid burning more than a negligible amount of plastic. Glass, what doesn't end up as targets also goes for recycling. Remnants are buried when the bottles have been thoroughly shot up.

Compost consists of leftovers that are past their prime, coffee grounds, egg shells, tea bags, and other assorted vegetable matter go into the compost heap (along with bunny poop) to fertilize the next year's garden. Meat scraps are not a thing that exists. I do not let parts of meat go to waste.

This system seems involved, but it's a lifestyle that supplements my hobbies. Composting helps with gardening, recycling goes with the simple fact that as a man I enjoy taking things apart to see how they work, and I get to make a little extra cash out of it, and who isn't a little bit of a pyro at heart? It's much easier if you have separate bins to begin with, so that you don't have to go through the trouble of separating things after the fact.
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Old 03-21-2013, 13:51   #87
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Ol' lady cuts my hair, we save and reuse
I had to slow down and read that one again.
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Old 03-21-2013, 14:07   #88
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Single-use teabags? I don't think so...
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Old 03-21-2013, 14:07   #89
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That would be one usefull item on the ole "Prepers" list..! I got three fire places and when the power goes out ,which it always does , Whilst others are rubbin sticks together and blowin on "tampons" and such , ...Flick the "BIC"..(POOF)..Fire!
How do you get her to hold still?

Oh wait. I reread that..nevermind
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In regards to trash pickup. A few years ago, I noticed a guy at work who would regularly get trash bags out of his SUV and deposit them in the dumpster before going into the building.
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Old 03-21-2013, 15:17   #91
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In regards to trash pickup. A few years ago, I noticed a guy at work who would regularly get trash bags out of his SUV and deposit them in the dumpster before going into the building.
I do that, just to help prevent wasted dumpster bandwidth.
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Old 03-21-2013, 15:40   #92
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A good pair of binoculars and some interesting neighbors is cheaper than internet porn.

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Old 03-21-2013, 15:45   #93
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A good pair of binoculars and some interesting neighbors is cheaper than internet porn.

My neighbors are in their 70's....

Reminds me of that episode of the old TV show Roseanne where they had the old naked neighbors.
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Old 03-21-2013, 16:02   #94
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I've owned 3 cars over the last 25 years, all bought with cash, only one of them bought new (which I now consider a mistake). Compared to the number of cars most of my friends have bought (and financed) in that timeframe, I think that's saved me more money than anything else I've done.

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Old 03-21-2013, 16:05   #95
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I often buy day old gasoline.

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Old 03-21-2013, 17:08   #96
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Spending more on hi test for the riding mower than like the last one that died after beating itself to death where the mechanic could no longer peen the cylinder. Saved maybe 50 bucks over 3 years by using cheaper gas, then after it died having to spend 1000 on lawn care for the last year i owned the place waiting for the house to sell cause no mower.

Didnt realize that run on knock and ping wasnt just a quaint annoyance at shutdown but damaging the engine.

New 42" gets hi test only and now that its broken in will get Pennzoil Synthetic Platinum for this seasons oil change at 7 fiddy a quart. Crankcase is less than 2 qts, get over it.

Some money is not worth saving.
Use ethanol free gas. Get a $4 bottle of octane booster (ethanol free) and use about 1/4 of it per 5 gallons. Most ethanol free gas is 89-90 octane anyway. It is more expensive, it will pay for itself if used in lawn equipment 2 and 4 stroke.
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Old 03-21-2013, 17:42   #97
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Use ethanol free gas. Get a $4 bottle of octane booster (ethanol free) and use about 1/4 of it per 5 gallons. Most ethanol free gas is 89-90 octane anyway. It is more expensive, it will pay for itself if used in lawn equipment 2 and 4 stroke.
Where in hell would you even find ethanol free gas? Every pump i stop at has ethanol in it.

Besides, hi test solves the problem. No other issues.
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Old 03-21-2013, 21:05   #99
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You will probably all call me a liar but trust me this works. You can buy any expensive disposable razor you like but this is the trick.

All modern made razors come with a coating on the blades that will last a good month with every day use on even the most caveman facial hair. What dulls the blade(s) so fast is minerals in the water drying on the blade and adding thickness and making them cut for crap. Simple trick is to flip the razor over in the holder so the leading edge of the blade is facing up. When the water dries it moves with gravity to the back edge of the blade and leaves the cutting surface pristine. Try it and you will laugh and then thank me.
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In regards to trash pickup. A few years ago, I noticed a guy at work who would regularly get trash bags out of his SUV and deposit them in the dumpster before going into the building.
Ive done this. Lived alone out in the country. Didnt generate enough trsh to justify the cost nor do i want to drag a trash can 100 yds down the driveway or the hassle of what might happen till i got home fr work. Work had a seldom used dumpster that got emptied once a weeek whether it needed it or not so fri and mon i stuck a bag in the trunk of the car and flipped it in the dumpster on the way in.

Now i just throw 90 % of my trash in the recylables free dump since thats what it mostlt is. The nasty non recylables are few and get knottted up in supermarket baggies and ditched atvthe gas station trashcan once or twice a week.
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