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Old 03-26-2013, 06:32   #151
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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.
I don't smoke, but I'm gonna play devil's advocate and say they know that, but can't or won't quit.

He's still got a point. Sometimes it's better to buy a decent something instead of several crappy somethings over time.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:18   #152
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A digital TV antenna to replace my cable bill, and headaches. With net flicks, I dont miss anything.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:26   #153
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If you drink much beer, try brewing your own. I did this for years. Once you advance to all-grain brewing, you can make ales that are as good or better than anything you buy, and your pint of beer will cost you about 25 cents.

The equipment investment is not bad, and you'll pay for it in savings quickly. I figured over the 5 years or so that I brewed, I saved a few grand. Kind of a fun hobby too.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:11   #154
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Crafting your own beer and wine is a little like reloading ammo. You can make quality product for less money and you can shoot more, too.

I make great fruit wines for $0.50-$3 a bottle, and vinifera grape wines like Cabernet Sauvignon for $3-$4 a bottle that are equal to $20 commercial wines. Making your own is a fun hobby and a useful social skill.
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Old 03-26-2013, 18:10   #155
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Every time I go grocery shopping I try to panhandle at least two people in the parking lot.

Generally I try to mooch as much as possible from family, friends, and coworkers.

I avoid people around birthdays and holidays so I can get away with not giving them a gift.
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Old 03-26-2013, 18:15   #156
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Pick a fight with your wife, GF, etc before birthdays, Christmas, and Valentines. Also, pilfer office supplies and TP from work whenever possible.
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Old 03-26-2013, 18:54   #157
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I cut my bathroom costs in half by using both sides of the toilet paper before discarding it.
Save even more by not flushing until that toilet paper is finished. BTW, where do you store the half used TP?


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Old 03-26-2013, 19:02   #158
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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
40 years ago for me. You are right about that feeling never going away. I still slap the left site of my chest now and then for the cigs and matches I once carried there.

At some point after I quit smoking the strike strip on book matched was moved to the back of the book. Had I still been smoking, this would have eliminated my ultra cool light up procedure.


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Old 03-26-2013, 19:25   #159
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I cut my own hair, give my dogs their shots, rarely eat out, roll my own smokes, fix things around the house, do all maintenance and minor repairs on my car, have a good friend who is a master mechanic, bought house instead of rent, drive older paid off car, make ol lady pay for cable and groceries. Basically I try to do anything and everything myself before ill consider paying someone to do it for me.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:27   #160
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I hope some of you guys are kidding with your "ideas"
then again .....here... at Glock Talk ?????
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:36   #161
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I hope some of you guys are kidding with your "ideas"
then again .....here... at Glock Talk ?????
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:44   #162
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I hope some of you guys are kidding with your "ideas"
then again .....here... at Glock Talk ?????
Yeah, cutting your own hair is wacked.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:48   #163
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Make your own glass/all surface cleaner-sanitizer by the gallon. I keep 16 oz. spray bottles of it in the kitchen, baths, garage and in my truck. Excellent for windows, counter tops, appliances, and fixtures. Use with a good Ettore squeegee for windows. (Don't use for optics because ammonia can damage the coatings). It's cheap, convenient and saves a bundle over windex and other commercial products.

Formula: To a one gal. plastic container add

1 pint isopropyl alcohol
1/2 cup ammonia
1 teaspoon dawn dish soap
water to one gallon

Also kills small bugs, fruit flies, etc.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:56   #164
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Hey HUMMER

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THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY THINK
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:46   #165
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And, those are the ones you don't vote for....

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:23   #166
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And, those are the ones you don't vote for....

+ 1 to that.... And donate to their opponents. $ is free speech!
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:53   #167
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Yeah, cutting your own hair is wacked.
Cutting your own hair is very easy if you have a simple haircut. I just use the buzzer on mine.

I wasn't kidding with any of my ideas!
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:07   #168
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Cutting your own hair is very easy if you have a simple haircut. I just use the buzzer on mine.

I wasn't kidding with any of my ideas!
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:49   #169
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A lot of practical advice here. Eating at home is tops.

Probably the most important money saver for my family is deploying a written budget. Use cash, and leave the debit card home.

It is astounding how much waste one can eliminate by being deliberate about spending money. Savings and wealth building are budgeted. Food, gas, reloading components, match fees, entertainment are all budgeted. Deploying many of the practical tips mentioned in this thead is a great means to keep within a budget. Without a roadmap, family budgets can wander somewhat aimlessly.

One does not need to live like a pauper in order to be thrifty. But careful and deliberate plans for what happens to your money after payday can compound into an extremely meaningful difference in the family balance sheet. The key is to make the plans before payday.
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Old 04-13-2013, 14:04   #170
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buy local beef and pork by the side
drink cheap booze.....
quit smoking
farmer's market produce (used to have huge garden, but no-go at new place)
no hookers
no coke
no sodas, have a machine to make mixers for the bar
I would ditch tv altogether but the wife and kids......
netflix
almost never buy clothing or shoes that are not on deep sale (I wear suits a lot, but no reason not to wait until they are $100-$200 off to buy)

oh yeah: kill my own meat (elk and deer) and catch fish and freeze or smoke

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Old 04-13-2013, 14:29   #171
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Old 04-13-2013, 15:46   #172
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Get up early on Sunday morning and steal your neighbor's newspaper .
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Old 04-13-2013, 16:37   #173
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I sell my sperm. At $75 per pop it is fun and profitable. Once every 2 weeks, helps with the budget and the wife doesn't mind.
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Old 04-13-2013, 18:53   #174
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Old 04-13-2013, 19:04   #175
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Collect social security as soon as you can. You not only have extra income, you get the entertainment value of seeing some go ballistic over it.
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