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Re: Saving money "hacks"

Post by Storm » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:02 pm

Coffee wrote:- Your town has at two types of grocery stores: Expensive ones and cheap inexpensive ones.  (Hint: Albertson's falls into the former category).
I don't know about you, but if you have a Trader Joe's in your town, it is probably the cheapest grocery store outside of Asian and other ethnic stores you might find.  I've found Trader Joe's in our area (New England) is less expensive than even the super Walmart and Target discount stores.  Not only that, but their store brand merchandise is really good and is often organic or locally sourced.  It's basically like Whole Foods but half the price.
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Post by murphy_p_t » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:55 pm

big fan of Trader Joe...i can walk there....get exercise, save gas & wear on car
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Post by l82start » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:04 pm

a laundry rack for drying clothes gets a big savings over the cost of coin op,
i am looking into buying a portable washer for an apartment, but i haven't figured out how well it pays for it self yet..
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Post by 6 Iron » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:58 pm

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Post by Coffee » Sun May 01, 2011 7:43 am

l82start wrote: a laundry rack for drying clothes gets a big savings over the cost of coin op,
i am looking into buying a portable washer for an apartment, but i haven't figured out how well it pays for it self yet..
When I lived in Costa Rica, the natives all used these things called, "Spinners".  They were similar to small drying machines, but without the heating element.  The clothes would still be damp when you took them out, but they'd dry faster on the line.  You might look into one of those?

They used 'em to save on their electricity bill.
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Re: Saving money "hacks"

Post by LifestyleFreedom » Sun May 01, 2011 5:10 pm

I find http://earlyretirementextreme.com/ and its associated http://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/ to have excellent ideas on how to save money aggressively and retire very early.

ETA:  Check out the thread on the Permanent Portfolio (http://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/topic.php?id=80).
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Re: Saving money "hacks"

Post by Tortoise » Mon May 02, 2011 1:04 am

6 Iron wrote: Marry wisely and lovingly once.
Absolutely!

One of my best money-saving "hacks" was to marry a woman who is not a gold-digger and is relatively low-maintenance financially.  For our first four or five dates, I deliberately chose inexpensive--even cheesy--activities like bowling, miniature golf, ice skating, and a local zoo.  A gold-digger or princess never would have tolerated such cheap dates.  But my future wife didn't make a single remark about the low cost of those first several dates.

I continued to pay close attention to her attitude about money as we continued dating, but her great attitude on those first few cheap dates really told me most of what I needed to know.

It seems like most men don't actively screen out financially high-maintenance women in this way (their minds are too clouded by their emotions), which is why I like to think of it as a money-saving "hack."
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Post by AdamA » Mon May 02, 2011 5:32 am

6 Iron wrote: Marry wisely and lovingly once.
Too late for that one.  ;D
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Post by Liz L. » Mon May 02, 2011 10:10 am

Our total wedding costs 11 years ago were $250. I wanted to spend less and have zero guests. My husband insisted that we have five guests and take them to lunch.

Anyway, it certainly makes life easier to have a mate with compatible tastes and values.
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Post by Lone Wolf » Mon May 02, 2011 6:16 pm

What a great bunch of tips.  I'll be bookmarking this thread.

I also like checking your state's "unclaimed property" records to see if someone somewhere owed you money but couldn't find you.  I found an embarrassing amount of cash this way that I'd forgotten about in a less-responsible youth.  The money had been earned in the late 90s but was still sitting around waiting for me.  Here's the Texas unclaimed property website.
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Re: Saving money "hacks"

Post by Coffee » Mon May 02, 2011 7:22 pm

Lone Wolf:

This site says I have $513 dollars coming to me (Yea!).  But it's asking for my social security number. 

???

... makes me a little uncomfortable.
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Re: Saving money "hacks"

Post by BRESLOW » Mon May 02, 2011 8:53 pm

You need for find a woman who has more money then you
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