How cheap are you?

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    How cheap are you?

    I'm sure you're all aware, I'm pretty darned cheap. I buy most all my clothes from consignment/thrift stores. I've refused to subscribe to cable. I rode the bus for years, partly for eco-reason, partly because I'm cheap. I recently purchased a car from my brother for $1500, so after finding out that work subsidies part of my parking, I figured out it costs me less to drive to work, than to ride the bus. So now I drive. I save about $20 a month with that. Recently I found a way to compensate for the lack of cable. I broke down and bought a wireless router, and now subscribe to Netflix @ $8/month and watch shows and movies cheap. I realize I'm paying $8 that I wasn't, but I take that out of my $20/month savings for driving. So, I'm still $12/month to the good.

    What are some of your cheap tricks? I'm looking for some ideas. I want to be even cheaper.
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    HSSRB just told me two days ago, as he often has, that I'm as "tight as bark on a tree." This came after a discussion about how much he spends on clothes.

    I like having cash in the bank and money to invest so I don't spent a lot.

    I still do not own an HD TV. I catch a lot of grief over that but the picture looks fine to me.

    I don't have any of the movie channels on my cable.

    When I travel for work I get a per diem. I'm not going to lie. I often look at is an "my money" when it comes to eating out.

    My wife and I eat out a lot so that's my main frivolous expense.

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    I recently dropped cable with DVR service. I simply have an antenna with Netflix and have not missed cable at all. I still change my own oil and try to do all remodeling/repair jobs around the house by myself.

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    Sometimes I wish I was cheap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    HSSRB just told me two days ago, as he often has, that I'm as "tight as bark on a tree." This came after a discussion about how much he spends on clothes.

    I like having cash in the bank and money to invest so I don't spent a lot.

    I still do not own an HD TV. I catch a lot of grief over that but the picture looks fine to me.

    I don't have any of the movie channels on my cable.

    When I travel for work I get a per diem. I'm not going to lie. I often look at is an "my money" when it comes to eating out.

    My wife and I eat out a lot so that's my main frivolous expense.
    I still haven't gotten a flat screen TV. In fact, until my son and daughter-in-law got one last summer, I watched TV on a 13" TV, and movies on my "big" TV, because the "big" TV wouldn't get TV channels for some reason. But you could watch movies on it just fine. They gave me their old TV, so now I can watch TV in my living room, AND I can see the scores of ball games that I watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Humped Camel View Post
    I recently dropped cable with DVR service. I simply have an antenna with Netflix and have not missed cable at all. I still change my own oil and try to do all remodeling/repair jobs around the house by myself.
    I'd change my own oil, but I don't have a driveway, only street parking. Part of me still wants to do it, because the old biddy across the street about has a cow if I park my clunker in front of her house. Imagine how much of a cow she'd have if I went out and crawled under the car and started changing my oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Magic View Post
    Sometimes I wish I was cheap...
    It's become an obsession with me. I actually look at it as a competition.

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    For a college guy I think I'm really cheap. I have money in the bank and still won't really spend on anything. Thursday nights out with my buds is about as much spending as I do, and that usually less than 20 bucks. I think its a good thing for me though since I'm student teaching and will be on the job hunt this summer. Never know where I'll have to move to for a job.

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    OK..more I thought of...I re-use ziplock bags. I wash them and wash them and wash them. By the time I have to throw them away, they're no longer clear, but sort of a cloudy white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    OK..more I thought of...I re-use ziplock bags. I wash them and wash them and wash them. By the time I have to throw them away, they're no longer clear, but sort of a cloudy white.
    Wow. You do have some "issues."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Wow. You do have some "issues."
    Why? They're perfectly reusable. If you think I have issues, you should have met my grandmother. She used to re-use bread bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    OK..more I thought of...I re-use ziplock bags. I wash them and wash them and wash them. By the time I have to throw them away, they're no longer clear, but sort of a cloudy white.
    That's pushin' it....and sort of gross . I wouldn't trust any ziplock that wasn't snagged straight from the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    Why? They're perfectly reusable. If you think I have issues, you should have met my grandmother. She used to re-use bread bags.
    My wife's mom did the same with the sandwich bags.

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    The only cheap thing I do is use coupons for lunch when I eat fast food at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Slick View Post
    The only cheap thing I do is use coupons for lunch when I eat fast food at work.
    I don't consider that to be cheap.

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    I have a programmable thermostat and no one has touched it for years out of fear (it is set on a very frugal setting).
    I refuse to pay for parking unless it's a dire circumstance. I will always park free somewhere even if it involves a walk.
    I will order my coneys the following way: 1 w/cheese and 2/without. I will take cheese from the single and put it on the other two.

    Growing up my Dad taught me well. During a shower, he would make my brothers and I turn off the water while lathering up and turn it back on to rinse. He was Mr. Frugal.

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