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How frugally can you live?

 
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12/01/2012 02:07 AM
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How frugally can you live?
Once I get my own house (still in high school) I would only keep the heater at 33 degrees to keep the water from freezing, I'll grow my own food and line dry my own clothes instead of getting a dryer. I'll just put a damn coat on for heat, no need to pay a hundred buck every month to warm my home.

I am only getting the cheapest catastrophic insurance, cheapest car insurance, a used car but I am willing to walk five miles without a car, so to absolutely minimize my gas consumption. I'll try to figure a way to use free energy for electricity, if not then I will unplug everything that I am not using.

No vacations, no visiting distant relatives (my used car would break down before I get there anyways, you can't get a quality used car), no tv, no cable, no PHONE (I'm deaf), only a used computer and Internet. No credit card, and probably no mortgage.

Anything else I am missing? Who's doing it even more hardcore than I plan to? If you live frugally can you also include how much it's costing you?
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12/01/2012 02:12 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Once I get my own house (still in high school) I would only keep the heater at 33 degrees to keep the water from freezing, I'll grow my own food and line dry my own clothes instead of getting a dryer. I'll just put a damn coat on for heat, no need to pay a hundred buck every month to warm my home.

I am only getting the cheapest catastrophic insurance, cheapest car insurance, a used car but I am willing to walk five miles without a car, so to absolutely minimize my gas consumption. I'll try to figure a way to use free energy for electricity, if not then I will unplug everything that I am not using.

No vacations, no visiting distant relatives (my used car would break down before I get there anyways, you can't get a quality used car), no tv, no cable, no PHONE (I'm deaf), only a used computer and Internet. No credit card, and probably no mortgage.

Anything else I am missing? Who's doing it even more hardcore than I plan to? If you live frugally can you also include how much it's costing you?
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You could eat out of a dumpster.. skip the house.. that's a money pit. 5a
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12/01/2012 02:14 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
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Sounds like you will be living alone... lol


Seriously, I am thrifty and frugal, but not to the extreme.
I still live comfortably.


btw...

The heat needs to be higher than 33 degrees to keep the pipes from freezing.


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12/01/2012 02:24 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Why you need to live frugally? ...work hard ...party hard!
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12/01/2012 02:35 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Why you need to live frugally? ...work hard ...party hard!
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Agree...enjoy what you can afford.Dont go into debt but dont suffer,such as being cold, unless you cant afford it.
Otherwise it defeats the purpose of life.
I use to save,save,save, and do without so many things that would make life nicer.I stopped after losing so much so many times.Now I take comfort as long as I can pay for it.
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12/01/2012 02:39 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
frugal living reduces my need to work in some gray cubicle 9-5 job.
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12/01/2012 02:40 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Keep the water running a bit and they will not freeze. I do not heat my house, just the one bedroom I am in and a hot plate for cooking. I keep stuff in the frig to keep it from freezing.

Good plan kid but why suffer when you do not have to. On SS you can afford to be comfortable and do get a car and drive.
I know other deaf people who drive and live ok on SS.
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12/01/2012 02:47 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
If you want to live free, take my advice. Don't have kids. Don't get married (unless the girl is EXTREMELY open-minded and adventurous)
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12/01/2012 02:52 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Never buy toilet paper and napkins. Go into the public shitter some place and pinch all the rolls out of the stalls. Then empty the hand towel dispenser. Take the whole dispenser if you think you can tear it off the wall.

I prefer to do that in government buildings. My taxes apid for it all anyway. You can't steal what already belongs to you.
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12/01/2012 02:57 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
I eat my own shit and drink by own piss.
I haven't gone grocery shopping in 16 YEARS.

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lmao
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12/01/2012 03:06 AM

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Once you have a house you can forget about living frugally. They tax the crap out of you, unless you're living out in the woods with an outhouse in a hunting camp. After that the second most frugal existence I know of is being a college student.
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12/01/2012 03:15 AM

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Re: How frugally can you live?
Never buy toilet paper and napkins. Go into the public shitter some place and pinch all the rolls out of the stalls. Then empty the hand towel dispenser. Take the whole dispenser if you think you can tear it off the wall.

I prefer to do that in government buildings. My taxes apid for it all anyway. You can't steal what already belongs to you.
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12/01/2012 03:18 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
how is it that you plan on having a home... but no mortgage?
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12/01/2012 03:20 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
If you want to live free, take my advice. Don't have kids. Don't get married (unless the girl is EXTREMELY open-minded and adventurous)
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Wish I'd heard this advice years ago.
I'd suggest investing in a quality bicycle. If you buy a good one, you can always re-sell it for a good fraction of what you paid.
I only spend money on my kids and beer anymore.
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12/01/2012 03:54 AM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
If you want to live free, take my advice. Don't have kids. Don't get married (unless the girl is EXTREMELY open-minded and adventurous)
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Wish I'd heard this advice years ago.
I'd suggest investing in a quality bicycle. If you buy a good one, you can always re-sell it for a good fraction of what you paid.
I only spend money on my kids and beer anymore.
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ditto my money goes to grand kids and grown kids and ummmm beer.
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12/01/2012 12:47 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Thrift stores are gold mines. The well-to-do of our society shop for new stuff all the time. They are constantly getting rid of their old stuff and it ends up in thrift stores. I have been able to find most of what I need second hand and it saves me a lot of dough.
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12/01/2012 01:12 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Anything else I am missing? Who's doing it even more hardcore than I plan to?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17837699


write these down:
Fast food napkins. Grab a handfull. No more buying paper towels or kleenex.
Take trash to stores or find a dumpster. No more trash bin fees if applicable.
ziplock bags to collect hand soap in from stores restrooms. No more buying soap.
Save dried pizza crust for soups. No more buying crackers.
grow your own tomatoes. No more buying bud.
Urinate outside instead of flushing. Cut down on elecrticity and water use.
If you like walking buy used tires. New tires are a bad investment on a car that remains stationary.
Buy food stuff that comes in big bowls and reuse the bowls. No more buying plates.
If you drink beer or soda, buy in cans to recycle. Aluminum pays best. 24 oz cans wheigh more. when recycleing aluminum cans add bacon grease. That shit hardens up and is not detectable by magnants.
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12/01/2012 01:20 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Never buy toilet paper and napkins. Go into the public shitter some place and pinch all the rolls out of the stalls. Then empty the hand towel dispenser. Take the whole dispenser if you think you can tear it off the wall.

I prefer to do that in government buildings. My taxes apid for it all anyway. You can't steal what already belongs to you.
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1rof1
 Quoting: Lindalee


you laugh, but ive been at a place of this kind in my time.
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12/01/2012 01:22 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
No chance.

I'm a Taurus.

I need me my home comforts, gnomesayin?

cheers
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12/01/2012 01:24 PM

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Re: How frugally can you live?
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Sounds like you will be living alone... lol


Seriously, I am thrifty and frugal, but not to the extreme.
I still live comfortably.


btw...

The heat needs to be higher than 33 degrees to keep the pipes from freezing.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18850150



And to keep YOU from freezing. Constant cold like that saps your strength and lowers your immune system. Raise it up to around 55+ or so so you don't get sick.
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12/01/2012 01:24 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
I'm hard as fuck.

Cocaine. Mars bars and french bread.
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12/01/2012 01:40 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
No car
No debt from loans
No pets
No kids
No mortgage
No credit cards
No bank accounts
No television
No insurance
No mortgage
No gadget/phone addiction
1 meal a day with a snack sometimes

Pretty stress-free actually tounge
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12/01/2012 01:51 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Anything else I am missing? Who's doing it even more hardcore than I plan to?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17837699


write these down:
Fast food napkins. Grab a handfull. No more buying paper towels or kleenex.
Take trash to stores or find a dumpster. No more trash bin fees if applicable.
ziplock bags to collect hand soap in from stores restrooms. No more buying soap.
Save dried pizza crust for soups. No more buying crackers.
grow your own tomatoes. No more buying bud.
Urinate outside instead of flushing. Cut down on elecrticity and water use.
If you like walking buy used tires. New tires are a bad investment on a car that remains stationary.
Buy food stuff that comes in big bowls and reuse the bowls. No more buying plates.
If you drink beer or soda, buy in cans to recycle. Aluminum pays best. 24 oz cans wheigh more. when recycleing aluminum cans add bacon grease. That shit hardens up and is not detectable by magnants.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20574169


Good grief, you need to apply to that show. Extreme cheapskates on TLC

Ill see you on tv !
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12/01/2012 01:53 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
No chance.

I'm a Taurus.

I need me my home comforts, gnomesayin?

cheers
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28837233


Yup, I have one of my planets in Taurus, Ive never been without nice clothing, good food.
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12/01/2012 02:01 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
Get a bb gun and shoot birds and squirrals that go threw your backyard and eat those.

If you see a cockroach that's a healthy snack

Set up rain barrels under your eavstroughs to collect water so you don't use as much city water.

walk down the allies and in the forest and collect fruit that is growing or has fallen.

When you wipe your butt use your hand instead of toilet paper and require your guests to do the same.

use your poop as composting

don't buy anything to drink ever, just drink water you collect from your rain barrels.

wear a snowmobile suit even in the summer to preserve your body heat.

I think that will all go over extremely well with a nice Amish wife!

SPEND SOME MONEY YOU FEAKIN CHEAPO BUM!

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12/01/2012 02:02 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
when i was young..

rented with 2 or 3 friends & everything was divided equally. never paid a full bill- only a 3rd or half


i always- & i do mean always kept a second job as a food delivery guy. effectively being paid to eat. and those guys always have good weed too.

food & shelter covered, everything else is beer money.
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12/01/2012 02:03 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
33 degrees? cruise

Ok, whatever you say, Corky.
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12/01/2012 02:04 PM
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Thrift stores are too expensive.

Garage sales are cheaper.

Wise shoppers can also find department store bargains.

Yesterday I bought nice new shirts at Kohl's for under $2 each.



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12/01/2012 02:54 PM
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btw...

When I was at Kohl's yesterday looking for bargains,
I noticed a sweatshirt [that had been misplaced on the
clearance racks] that I knew a certain someone would love.

But the sweatshirt wasn't on sale and I refused to pay
full price. So I only bought the bargain shirts, went to
my car and drove away.

Then I regretted not getting the sweatshirt... so I
circled the store, parked again and went in to buy it.

Here's the kicker... the clerk who checked me out the
second time gave me a $10 coupon for my next visit !



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12/21/2012 03:18 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
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Sounds like you will be living alone... lol


Seriously, I am thrifty and frugal, but not to the extreme.
I still live comfortably.


btw...

The heat needs to be higher than 33 degrees to keep the pipes from freezing.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18850150



And to keep YOU from freezing. Constant cold like that saps your strength and lowers your immune system. Raise it up to around 55+ or so so you don't get sick.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog


and a heating pad or even a hot water bottle can be used to keep the chill off when sitting down.
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12/21/2012 03:26 PM
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Re: How frugally can you live?
skip the insurance too

fuck it

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