Penny Pinching

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    Feb 10, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    I just had lunch with a friend and a friend of his that I really don't know. The friend of my friend ordered water and then got lemon slices and packages of sugar and made his own lemonade. I wanted to say "Dude, I'll buy you a lemonade." I mentioned it to my friend when we got home and he said "This coming from the man who sticks packages of condiments in his pockets when he goes to a fast food restaurant." True, I haven't bought mayonnaise since...well, ever probably. What is your most outrageous, a little embarrassing, but truly effective way of saving money?
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    Feb 10, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    I take extra napkins from everywhere I eat so I don't need as many at home. They also work great in the car.
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    Feb 10, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
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    I store away any extra ketchup sauce from take outs . Comes in handy
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    Feb 10, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidI just had lunch with a friend and a friend of his that I really don't know. The friend of my friend ordered water and then got lemon slices and packages of sugar and made his own lemonade.


    You had lunch with my mom?

    Speaking of, she taught me this one. Certain things continually come out in the Costco coupon book, but they don't always and sometimes I need them. So I save the receipt where I bought it at regular price. When the coupon comes out I buy 2 of the thing, and return one with the full price receipt I had saved icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 10, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
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    Coach_Mike saidI just had lunch with a friend and a friend of his that I really don't know. The friend of my friend ordered water and then got lemon slices and packages of sugar and made his own lemonade.


    You had lunch with my mom?

    Speaking of, she taught me this one. Certain things continually come out in the Costco coupon book, but they don't always and sometimes I need them. So I save the receipt where I bought it at regular price. When the coupon comes out I buy 2 of the thing, and return one with the full price receipt I had saved icon_twisted.gif

    That's a good one. Also there are some stores that will do price adjustments for thirty days or so. So if you need something at Target now and next week it goes on sale for $20 less all you have to do is take your receipt in and get a refund on the difference.
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 10, 2013 8:12 PM GMT
    I'm definitely the opposite of a penny pincher, so this isnt something I do to save money, but I love the chili seasoning in the gold packets that they have at wendy's.

    I always have bottles of chili sauces at home and work, but I also keep a supply of those little packets in my glove compartment to give my on-the-go food some flavor.
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I stockpile the extra packets of duck sauce because I once had to buy a full jar from the supermarket. First, it looked as wrong as a jarred ham in gelatin. Second, having to pay for it felt as obscene as paying for pencils and pens.
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    I hoard napkins and straws. Occasionally condiments. Because I don't use ketchup/mustard often enough to justify buying whole bottles.

    Not really outrageous, but I recycle for cash. It was great when I used to live in a huge apartment complex. There were usually cases of beer boxes with empty cans/bottles dropped off next to the dumpster. Free money right there. Plus, the recycling center was only a mile away, so I didn't waste any gas getting there.

    There are so many shortcuts/cheats you can use at fast food places. Like at Starbucks, instead of ordering an Iced Cafe Latte for $3, just order an espresso shot for $1.50. And ask for a cup of ice. Then go over to the condiment station, pour the espresso into the cup of ice, then pour the free milk into the cup.
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidCanada doesn't have pennies anymore. icon_cry.gif

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/04/canadian-penny-last-day/


    I know...now we have to pinch beavers. =O
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    I've found that figuring out a way to make more money is more effective than pinching pennies.
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidI just had lunch with a friend and a friend of his that I really don't know. The friend of my friend ordered water and then got lemon slices and packages of sugar and made his own lemonade. I wanted to say "Dude, I'll buy you a lemonade." I mentioned it to my friend when we got home and he said "This coming from the man who sticks packages of condiments in his pockets when he goes to a fast food restaurant." True, I haven't bought mayonnaise since...well, ever probably. What is your most outrageous, a little embarrassing, but truly effective way of saving money?


    I actually do this myself except I only do it with the lemon juice packets and splenda. Sometimes all I want is water and sometimes the water doesn't taste so great,so instead of spending $2 on a drink that I most likely will not drink all of I make my own concoction. I wouldn't consider mine lemonade though, just sweetened water with a zest of lemon. but seriously $2 for an iced tea. Something that takes them pennies to make. I say no thank you.
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    meninlove said
    yourname2000 saidCanada doesn't have pennies anymore. icon_cry.gif

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/04/canadian-penny-last-day/


    I know...now we have to pinch beavers. =O

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    There, there, it's OK.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    I get shampoos and soap from hotels. They usually give a couple out so I have a cupboard full of them and haven't bought soap for a while and the shampoos last a while too. I don't take the shower caps as, well, no need really.
  • Zinc

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    Feb 11, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Sometimes I take fruit home from the Admirals Club icon_razz.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 11, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Interesting thread.... I try and always follow a prudent course when spending money.... quite a statement from someone who wears Ralph Lauren constantly.... its HOW its purchased!

    Probably the craziest thing is that I've bought used jeans on EBAY before.
    My partner about fell over... "YOU"???? and guess what, it was a great buy.. $9.99 and almost new. Some of the best jeans I've ever bought.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    I always use paper towels more than once. Also, if I go somewhere and they have pens for free I'll take one. I shop Goodwill also because they have nice button down shirts for 4.99.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 11, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    I check out the Rescue Mission store next to my gym on occasion, got a great fall weight coat that looked brand new for $10.
    I take extra packets of honey so I can use them for my tea at work.
    I clip coupons and looks for sales.
    I buy things in bulk when there are sales.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    I resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:43 AM GMT
    Nabisco saidI resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.


    I'm thinking about selling my read books and old cds just to clear clutter and make a few bucks. Is Amazon or eBay better?
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
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    Nabisco saidI resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.


    I'm thinking about selling my read books and old cds just to clear clutter and make a few bucks. Is Amazon or eBay better?


    I've never really sold books or CDs, but those sound like they would do better on Amazon.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:47 AM GMT
    How about turning lights off that you don't need? My ex-roommate used to leave all the lights on most of the time. That was frustrating.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Rather than pay for my online porn experience, I just visit the profile of C... er, um, never mind.
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Nabisco saidI resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.



    MMMMHHHMMMM..I know what you sell and how you "market" it...


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    Feb 11, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
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    Nabisco saidI resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.



    MMMMHHHMMMM..I know what you sell and how you "market" it...


    Judging extra hard....icon_evil.gif


    But I make so much money =o
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Nabisco said
    jmusmc85 said
    Nabisco saidI resell used stuff online too. Often I make more than what I paid for it! It's all in the marketing.



    MMMMHHHMMMM..I know what you sell and how you "market" it...


    Judging extra hard....icon_evil.gif


    But I make so much money =o


    How much?

    And what site do u use?