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#2609389 - 01/20/19 01:45 PM Creative Frugality
Powerflow Offline
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We bring our own water bottles to the Mall Food Court for lunch. Much less expensive than $2.49 for a medium Coke.

What unusual/clever things do you do to save money? Doesn't have to be car related....just looking to share ideas.

Harold

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#2609390 - 01/20/19 01:45 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
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Don't eat at the Mall
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#2609391 - 01/20/19 01:46 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
Alaskan_TA Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: Moredoor, PA
Groceries once a month, it saves on gas & time.

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#2609396 - 01/20/19 01:57 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
Frankenduster Offline
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Registered: 02/15/10
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I knew a guy that would wad up the toilet paper in the porty potty then take it home for use there. It was like working with a bunch of women....no paper in the can when you really needed it.

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#2609400 - 01/20/19 02:03 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Alaskan_TA]
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My nephew is the cheapest of the cheap, reuses 7-11 cups until death, cuts his own hair, never buys napkins, ketchup etc all from 7-11. He's a pilot and never buys on the road for more than $5.
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#2609406 - 01/20/19 02:16 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Frankenduster]
Pacnorthcuda Offline
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Originally Posted By Frankenduster
I knew a guy that would wad up the toilet paper in the porty potty then take it home for use there. It was like working with a bunch of women....no paper in the can when you really needed it.


Damn......that takes the prize! Can't imagine being much cheaper than that! Taking home one pen from work is probably equal in cost to 50 wads of TP, and it never touches your rear.............at least we hope not!

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#2609435 - 01/20/19 03:26 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
EV2Bird Offline
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There is a fine line between being frugal and just being creepy.

I had family members visit from the old country, they tried to boil 3 inch long blue gill minnows for dinner when I feed them to my cats.

After I made fried chicken one wanted the left over bones to boil the next day for soup.

Frugal isnt even a proper term to use for any American to use or be labeled.

More like creepy/crazy.

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#2609439 - 01/20/19 03:31 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
Pacnorthcuda Offline
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I remember Guiness book of world records had a record for this...
Hetty Green....some rich old bat from the 20's or 30's....worth a couple mill (back then) yet refused medical care for her son that ended up losing some fingers or something because of it, based on cost for antibiotics or something like that.

When she died they found little scraps of soap that she carefully stored in a box.

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#2609443 - 01/20/19 03:36 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: EV2Bird]
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Originally Posted By EV2Bird

After I made fried chicken one wanted the left over bones to boil the next day for soup.

Frugal isnt even a proper term to use for any American to use or be labeled.


laugh2

I have inherited the baggage that comes with parents who grew up in Nazi-occupied Europe..

After finishing a delicious rotisserie chicken for dinner.. Toss the carcass with bones and scraps into a pot, add some chopped onions, carrots, celery, parsnip, then fill water til the stuff is covered, sprinkle w thyme, add some salt & pepper.. put the lid on and simmer for a couple hours. Take the bones out, keep the veggies and meaty bits. Serve with noodles or baguette bread..

Better than Campbells.
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#2609446 - 01/20/19 03:37 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
Pacnorthcuda Offline
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I think depression era people had a LOT of practices that we would consider extreme by today's standards.

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#2609487 - 01/20/19 04:40 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
EV2Bird Offline
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If you seen my plate after eating fried chicken, there is nothing left.

But I do save, cook and boil down things for broth for my outdoor cats.

Ive seen some thing where bone marrow soup is supposed to be a healthy thing, you first though.

Thinking more about it, I recall my dad would go straight for the bone to eat the marrow out of it....hmmm. He died young, so?

Ya know its bad when ya were little and thought a plate of breaded chicken gizzards was a treat. OR on a great weekend evening treat was some braunschweiger on a salteen cracker.


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#2609490 - 01/20/19 04:47 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
EV2Bird Offline
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How about a bowl on the table to recycle the buckshot left in the squirrel or rabbit you just had for dinner.

Crazy part is we were very wealthy, but I had no clue what that meant then.

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#2609495 - 01/20/19 05:01 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
Soopernaut Offline
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Loc: Des Moines IA
I'm sure I can come up with lots of things, but I'll have to spend time thinking about them. To me it is just normal life.

I bring home large bags from work to put my trash in. They are supply bags that are going to be thrown away.

I also reuse bags for my lunch and have eaten nearly the same thing every work day since I started working in the 1990s.

I have never bought napkins.

I've been cutting my own hair since the 1990s.

I sleep in my truck on vacations and bring my own food.
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#2609497 - 01/20/19 05:05 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
EV2Bird Offline
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There is nothing wrong with being thrifty, at times it can be fun and other times it makes me think of all the money wasted in my past.

I re-use, recycle all I can. I ask for paper bags at the grocery so I can re use them for my trash or packing material.

I also cut my own hair, but for the reason of overweight females rubbing up on me when im just wanting a haircut. Now days the haircut places look like a freak gallery. So all the more reason.

The nearest fast food joint to me is like 37 miles, Im glad about that.

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#2609514 - 01/20/19 05:28 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
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I reuse dental floss.
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#2609525 - 01/20/19 05:45 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
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Both my wife and I have parents from depression era and consider ourselves resourceful. Parents are 3 from farming/ranching background (large families + no waste) and 1 from phoenix. My favorite story was from grandmother whose father grew strawberries in upstate new york. Every winter he'd migrate to NYC to work at macy's. For lunch he'd go to the lunch counter and buy a cup of tea for a nickle they would give you a tea bag along with a cup of hot water on a saucer with a spoon. It's said he walk down the counter and put the tea bag in his pocket, add some ketsup to the hot water for tomato soup, get a couple soda crackers and butter on the plate, a napkin, a mint, and a little cream in the soup to give it some body. The tea bag, he saved it for in the morning.

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#2609554 - 01/20/19 06:48 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Frankenduster]
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Originally Posted By Frankenduster
I knew a guy that would wad up the toilet paper in the porty potty then take it home for use there. It was like working with a bunch of women....no paper in the can when you really needed it.


Yeah RIGHT ,... you knew a guy !!
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#2609559 - 01/20/19 06:55 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
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I keep the packing paper and bubble wrap our parts come in at work. I then sell it to a business owner.. Usually netting $100.00 every few months. I figure it beats putting it in the dumpster and it gets reused. Kevin
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#2609578 - 01/20/19 07:15 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: sleddinfool]
Goes Like Hell S Offline
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Registered: 08/04/16
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Loc: ation
If I have a large turkey, I definitely boil the bones. The broth and all that extra meat with carrots, celery, and onions make great turkey soup.

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#2609588 - 01/20/19 07:28 PM Re: Creative Frugality [Re: Powerflow]
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rEmEmBeR the Seinfeld episode with the deposit cans ?

Well I once KNEW A GUY who would buy cans of pop and beer in Ohio (where there’s no deposit) and then turn them in to Michigan!
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