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Old 03-23-2013, 07:36   #126
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home made pest control substances. as an example, using a little liquid dish soap and water to kill wasps and hornets instead of expensive sprays from the store.

patience. instead of running out and buying things like videogames and electronics as soon as they come out i wait a couple of months to a year for the hype and insane pricing to come down.
You will still need wasp spray to defend against two-legged vermin. :-)

Most larger areas have one or more businesses which buy and sell used electronics, games, videos, CDs, books, etc. a lot of such businesses list these things on Amazon. So by waiting you avoid the early buyer premium and might save even more by buying used.


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Old 03-23-2013, 07:50   #127
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Since I retired I have reduced my costs for haircuts and shaving gear...

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Old 03-23-2013, 08:48   #128
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:49   #129
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Muzzleloader to shoot .54 patched round balls.

Shoot a deer every year. Eat venison all year. Nothing spent on beef. Prostate works better too.

Only problem is, muzzleloaders are too much fun to stop at one.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:23   #130
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Pour over coffee instead of K-cups.

Shaving soap instead of canned shaving cream.

Water instead of diet soda.

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Old 03-23-2013, 10:33   #131
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zippo lighter.

5 or 7 bics a week versus $1.99 worth of fluid for 3 months.
5 to 7 bics a week? uhhhh..... how much do you smoke?
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Old 03-23-2013, 13:52   #132
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$6.80 impedance matcher from radio shack and free instructions from the internet to make my own digital antenna. $1200 in saving per year from ditching cable.
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Old 03-23-2013, 13:54   #133
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Everclear. The economy of scale is terrific! HH
Awwwww, takes me back to my high school days in "88". Everclear, and Budweiser.
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Old 03-23-2013, 20:30   #134
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A good pair of binoculars and some interesting neighbors is cheaper than internet porn.

Who pays for internet porn?

Save the money on the binoculars...
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Old 03-23-2013, 20:54   #135
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stop weekly trips to the shooting range - $15 range fee + $2 targets + $50 ammo + $7 gas = ~$75...

stop fertilizer, watering and cutting grass every week... $$$$$$

not sure cutting my own grass via a $10,000+ mower saves money in the long run - LOL

no golfing, fish or hunting - although golfing is starting to look like a better option than shooting range.... at lease i can find ammo for golf...
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Old 03-23-2013, 21:14   #136
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I bought an ice tea maker last year. Been drinking a bunch more tea and less soda since then. I think I figured it cost about .10 for 2 quarts of tea.
We have a vending machine in our office that has diet Coke, Mtn Dew and the like for $.25 a can. Regular Coke and drinks are $.50. Apple and orange or Gatorade and Power Ade aid are $.50 for 16 oz bottle while V8 and Yahoo are $.50 a can.
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Old 03-23-2013, 21:28   #137
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Think how much you would save if you kicked the 5,000 packs a day smoking habit.
It's only a little over 3 packs a day.

Not all smoking on burning through bics so quick, shame such a lighthearted comment led to...

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This is a false economy.

You'd save far more money by simply avoiding smoking. You'd save by not buying all the packs per day, plus save on future expected medical expenses and insurance increases from the smoking-habit.

Also, smoking has hidden costs, like reducing the value of your car/home/clothing, etc, due to them being penetrated with cigarette odors.
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Not to mention all of the health cost savings as well.
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And savings on the cancer treatment.
... the anti-smoking fascist crowd rolling out the standard welcome wagon. At least someone brought some sense back:

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Some true, some not.

By continuing smoking, he will die younger, think of all the money saved on food, clothes, housing. If he does it right, there won't be medical costs. This will also reduce social security payments, so we all are better off. Also may not need to save for retiremnet at all.

One reason we have all of the social security and medicare future shortfalls, is because people are living healthier and smoking less, and living longer. When it went into effect average life expectancy for men was right at social security age or a bit less. For black men it was a lot less. I say, have them smoke more, drink more, and use dangerous drugs more. Instead of social security and medicare for those that can't afford to live past working age, we should go with an elderly Logan's Run type thing, you know like Obamacare.




Hat's off to you, sir.

I don't foresee living long enough to become a medical problem, but doctors have been wrong on that score before.

In any event, I have very good health insurance that I pay quite a bit for, and have since long before our current communist healthcare program.

The money i've put into it, and haven't had to use over all these years has been paying for those who don't. Peoples trying to guilt trip me over the healthcare angle by playing as a victim to my vices are laughable. Assumptions, they are the mother of special ones.

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How many fires are you starting per day, sparky?
Quite a few, and requires having a flame for a few minutes. Eats up bics quick, not so much with a zippo.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:03   #138
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The Keurig we got for Christmas a couple years ago. Even with the high price of K-Cups, we save $40-50 a month, based on what my husband would spend a month on coffee on his way to work and sometimes 2-3 times a day. The Keurig doesn't cost anywhere near as much, especially when you figure in the time required to stop and run in to a place, as to grab a cup on the road.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:05   #139
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I cut my bathroom costs in half by using both sides of the toilet paper before discarding it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:37   #140
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$6.80 impedance matcher from radio shack and free instructions from the internet to make my own digital antenna. $1200 in saving per year from ditching cable.
Can I get the link to those instructions?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:18   #141
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Not smoking.

At $5 a pack a day.

$150 a month.

$1825 a year.

$18,250 for ten years.

$91,250 over a lifetime (50 years).

And, at least double that if invested properly.
Lifetime? You'll live longer and for sure have better health
I quit 45 years ago, now at 78, the feeling that you could pick up a cigarette and start again NEVER GOES AWAY
BUT you gotta' wanna' quit
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:29   #142
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One more...

Low flow shower head. It takes some getting used to, but it cuts both water and electric bills since you'll need to reheat less water.

When our hot water heater went bad we replaced it with an instant hot water heater, needed to run a 60 amp line, but the water hookup was super easy...now instead of keeping 40 to 60 gallons of water hot all the time we get hot water instantly, only one CON, when Florida Flicker and Flash (FPL) has one of its "bleeps" (power goes off for a few seconds, don't be in the shower...instant cold water) being in the shower when it happens has only happened once in 10 years of the Instant heater
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Old 03-24-2013, 14:30   #143
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I thought of another one that is cheaper then store bought meat. In my area we have an active 4h auction every year. I split the cost with my folks and we both get a half a steer and half a pig. The trick is to talk to the kids parents and see if there are any under weight animals so you can get them on the cheap. After butcher costs we ended up at just under 2 bucks for the beef per pound and around a buck 40ish for the pork. That is comparable in my area for just ground meat cost wise. But you also get the roasts steaks stew meat and organs for sausage and specialty items like pigs feet for my tomato sauce. Mind you not as free as home grown or shot animals but not bad value.
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Old 03-24-2013, 15:08   #144
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Since I retired I have reduced my costs for haircuts and shaving gear...

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Not to mention you're getting more puddy too!
Don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but my suggestion is rubbers. I've paid many tens of thousands of dollars in child support over the years and my kids don't appreciate it one bit.

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Old 03-24-2013, 15:54   #145
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A tire gage for keeping tires properly inflated.
Reloading my own ammo.
Cooking a lot of meals at home instead of eating out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 18:48   #146
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Don't use credit cards or borrow money for cars. Saves you a ton of money and doesn't cost you a cent. I was tired of making other people wealthy.
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Old 03-25-2013, 14:31   #147
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Can I get the link to those instructions?
Just do something like this:
http://uhfhdtvantenna.blogspot.com/

I made a variation of this and all it cost me was the screws and washers and the little coaxial adapter thingy.

End result isn't pretty but I get all the digital channels just fine now.
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Old 03-25-2013, 14:49   #148
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  1. Cutting my own grass ($400 lawn mower, $200 weed eater)
  2. Cutting my own hair ($30 buzzer)
  3. Changing my own oil in my car.
  4. Using $3 Car Wash place with free vacuums, instead of full service places.
  5. Using free plastic grocery bags for my cat's poop. (free)
  6. Using Purina Layena chicken feed for cat litter. (like $20 for 4 months+)
  7. Home cooking food instead of eating out.
  8. Eating bagged beans/veggies instead of canned.
  9. Using a water filter instead of buying bottled water.
  10. Buying non-spoilable household goods in bulk when on sale.
  11. Choosing store brands over name brands.
  12. Choosing CFL light bulbs over incandescent bulbs for the house.
  13. Not running home or car A/C more than necessary. Use fans instead.
  14. Not leaving unnecessary lights on, or leaving water running more than needed.
  15. Driving the car gently, no speeding or hard accelerating. (saves gas).
  16. Paying for insurance in 6-month blocks
  17. Paying for cars and purchases in cash to avoid interest payments.
  18. Recycling my plastic and glass bottles in order to avoid wasting (using) my trash bags.
  19. Buying high-efficiency toilets and household appliances.
  20. Avoiding cable TV, and instead using free HDTV air-wave signals + Redbox Bluray movie rentals.
  21. Avoiding wasteful spending habits: Smoking, booze, drug use, eating-out, gambling, fast food, etc. (Huge $$$$ savings)
  22. Never using vending machines or convenience stores. Always shopping at low-cost bulk retailers.
  23. Never consuming soft drinks, junk foods, or pre-packaged convenience foods. Always choosing raw/bland/bulk foods and ingredients for health and cost savings.


I basically operate exactly the opposite of our wasteful government.

A lot of these above are excellent. I would also submit that the #1 saving opportunity for people who have investments is actually go to battle against investment fees and structure your portfolio in a way that is highly tax efficient. If you are retired and have a 401K know how much expense you are paying. Chances are you can roll it over to a company such as VanGuard or other provider and save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars per year depending on your portfolio.

Also, if you have both taxable and tax deferred savings if you structure your portfolio to be tax efficient by keeping you tax inefficient assets in your tax deferred accounts and highly tax efficient index stock funds in your taxable account your savings on taxes can be tremendous as well.
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Old 03-25-2013, 15:06   #149
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I stock up on ice in the winter when it's cheaper.
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Old 03-25-2013, 23:51   #150
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When I go on the road, I use only ice machines at hotels to keep my beverages cold. Plus I fill several of the yellow cups from Dickeys BBQ with water and freeze them for grande ice cubes before I leave. Why pay for ice?
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