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Money saving tips and ideas! (surviving socialism)
Free Republic! ^ | 8-14-13 | RKBA Democrat

Posted on 08/14/2013 6:19:44 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat

I posted an article earlier today detailing some of the latest "successes" of the Summer of Recovery ver 5.3 There are a lot of FReepers who don't seem to be sharing in the munificent economic blessings of His Most Worshipfulness, Lord Buraq the First.

It occurred to me that it's been quite awhile since I posted a thread on Money Saving ideas to share. So here ya go. Please share your ideas for saving money with your fellow FReepers.

Here are some ideas to start the thread that I don't recall posting in the past.

1. If you have Verizon Wireless as your cell phone provider, check out Page Plus Cellular. They're a prepaid cellphone provider that uses Verizon's network. You can use your same phone and pay about 1/3.

2. If you need to buy a cellphone, check out the used ones on e-bay. You can get a 2-3 year old smartphone for about $35.00. Check out the ebay retailers out of Dexter, MI like recellular, recellular 2, etc...(seems to be same company). If you get one of their phones sold in "good" condition they'll often send a completely refurbished phone.


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1 posted on 08/14/2013 6:19:44 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: RKBA Democrat
Pick up a Pur water filter dispenser and get used to using water as your primary drink. The filters last nearly a year with heavy use so get a four pack and you're good to go for quite a few years.

The only other beverages I have is a gulp of OJ now and then and perhaps a glass of iced tea each day. Breaking free from coffee is tough though - I suffered a five week migraine before I was able to free myself from the caffeine addiction but found I sleep so much better now without it and my wallet thanks me.

Here's the Pur dispenser that works best for me on the top shelf of the fridge: Amazon

2 posted on 08/14/2013 6:34:06 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: RKBA Democrat

Keep the little pieces of bath soap. When you get enough, put them in a small pot and melt them on low heat. Use aluminum foil as a mold. when the soap is melted, pour into the mold. When it hardens, peel off the mold. It is never-ending but still. It saves on bath soap.


3 posted on 08/14/2013 6:38:40 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Don’t buy anything without first checking:

1. Slickdeals.net - search for the product to find the best advertised price to give you a benchmark, then...

2. Go check ebay and Craigslist to find out if you can find it from a private seller for less. If not...

3. Monitor slickdeals.net for a good deal, BUT - before buying anything - go to retailmenot.com to check for a coupon code that can actually get the item for LESS


4 posted on 08/14/2013 6:38:44 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Or just stick them in a small net bag and use. You use them up and you get a scrubby.


5 posted on 08/14/2013 6:40:58 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: RKBA Democrat
Save money and the opression of left wing propaganda.... cancle cable or Dish TV....
That there will save you $ 100 a month.

Cancel your news print subscriptions... savings ? $ 20 - $ 30 a month.


Plan when going out to buy food or whatever.
Get all your things in one trip when going to the store or get together with someone and use one car or vehicle to go out shopping, pay bills or whatever needs that can be taken care of in one trip to save on fuel costs.


Modern cars can go a extra 1000 miles between oil changes so insted of every 3000 miles between oil changes you can get way with taking it to 4000 miles between oil changes.


If it's a older car and you don't care about it as much then a cheaper grade of oil can be used and a cheaper grade of gasoline can be used.


Cheap toilet paper can be bought at the dollar stores.


Buy a home water filter instead of buying a case of water.
You get the same benefits from filtering you home water as buying a case of spring water.


Keep your eyes on sales, discounts, half off sales or whatever.


If you are close enough to a store and healthy enough then walking to the store or using a bike can save on gasoline.


Eating out costs more than buying your food and cooking it at home, besides ? home cooking is more healthy and sanitary for you.... eat at home.


Get more use out of old cloths.
There is no sensible reason to change your set of cloths because it's out of style and for those who are worried about what impressions that they would make on other people, or what other people will think of their appearance.
If they are worried that they don't have the latest fashion and what other people might think ?
Then those people are shallow and not worthy of being your friend... stop trying to impress people with buying new cloths.


Wear shoes a little longer, or ware them until they are totally wore out.
Also there is no need to have 10 pairs of shoes.... you only need about 4 pairs of shoe.
One pair of shoes for dress, one pair for work, one pair for casual use and one pair for sports.
6 posted on 08/14/2013 6:41:45 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist
Buy a home water filter instead of buying a case of water. You get the same benefits from filtering you home water as buying a case of spring water.

In a SHTF scenario you may not have home water. I prefer cases of bottled water.
7 posted on 08/14/2013 6:48:54 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
Pine needles can be used a mulch.
But Pine needs are more on the acidic side so use it only in areas with plants that shrive on acidic soil.
Pine needles that have degraded a bit are less acidic.
Some local dumps or landfills do grind of old wood and have a pile of mulch for free so if you have a truck you can get free mulch.
Buying used stuff is one way of saving money so as long it's fixable.
8 posted on 08/14/2013 6:54:47 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Wow! That is an even better idea!

I did the soap thing one time just to see if it could be done then continued doing it but I like your idea better!

I also used to cut my own hair but the wife talked me into going to a barber shop but she cheated and used bait: She told me that the three barbers were young, healthy, beautiful shapely females. She wasn’t lying! I’ll never go back to cutting my own hair! ;-)


9 posted on 08/14/2013 6:55:17 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: freespirited; oblomov; Jet Jaguar; wastedyears; nascarnation; Henry Belden; petercooper; ...
Surviving Socialism Pinglist
Stories and tips with a financial emphasis to help conservatives SURVIVE and prosper during difficult times.

To be added or taken off this list, please send a FR mail to RKBA Democrat: fair warning, I'm one of the worst pinglist administrators on FR. I ping very infrequently then ping a lot.

10 posted on 08/14/2013 6:55:50 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Ping


11 posted on 08/14/2013 6:58:09 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Modern cars get more than 3000. It’s recommended for me to change my oil every 7500 miles. Because I don’t drive much, I change at 5000 (my cousin the car man thought this was wise).

My tips:

Have “at home clothes” and “going out clothes.” Get in the habit of changing as soon as you get home and before you leave. It keeps nicer clothes, especially work clothes, from oil spills, bleach spills, and anything else that comes with housework and cooking.

Watch the loss leaders and use your freezer to store meats and fish. Don’t be afraid to grind your own meat either. I can get pork shoulder for $1.29/lb a few times a year. I use ground pork from these hauls instead of beef in pasta sauce, tacos, etc.

Grow what you can. You’d be surprised what you can grow. I have four pots on the edge of my parking space and haven’t bought herbs outside of parsley all summer. Inside I have aloe, cilantro and will move a few cuttings from the rosemary, chives and thyme for the winter.

My outlay for the herbs was $24.00, however, I used them almost daily and have no waste unlike I do with the plastic containers at the store.

Speaking of the plastic containers of herbs, those freeze well too.

I’m pulling basil and chamomille this weekend so that I can add seeds for spinach for the fall.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 6:59:55 PM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: jy8z
" In a SHTF scenario "

In a SHTF you won't have water at the stores either because of the fuel shortages and chaos.
If you have a home well system and a way to pump it manually then you will still have water.
Even a well can be pumped by a solar and battery system.
Trap rain water into a storage system would help also.
In a SHTF scenario there will be more problems other than getting water, fuel will be scarce, so will food, electricity.
It's better to get many storage containers to filter your own water at home and store it somewhere than buying spring water at the store.

13 posted on 08/14/2013 7:00:39 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

For my fellow beekeepers, pine needles are a great fuel for your smoker, toss in some pine cones to extend the smoke, use dryer lint as a fast lighter.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 7:00:39 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: American Constitutionalist
If it's a older car and you don't care about it as much then a cheaper grade of oil can be used and a cheaper grade of gasoline can be used.

Premium gasoline with a higher octane value is only useful in a high compression engine. If your car is typical it won't get anything useful out of premium no matter how old it is. On the other hand if your car has a high compression engine it needs premium even when old.

I did have one old car that needed mid-range in the summer because it started pinging when hot with regular.

15 posted on 08/14/2013 7:04:13 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: All

Links to previous money saving threads:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2132670/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2948036/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1990507/posts


16 posted on 08/14/2013 7:04:52 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
I cut my husband's hair. He used to cut it but his idea of a cut was a buzz cut so I took over. It is not hard and it takes very little time.

I think he just likes me fussing over him. :)

17 posted on 08/14/2013 7:05:25 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I don’t need to go to the store to buy water. I already have it on hand. I’m prepared for the long haul.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 7:06:08 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: PrincessB
Did you know that some outside gasification furnaces can even use old plastic as fuel and it's even certified by the E.P.A. ?
Yes, some outside gasification furnaces can even burn garbage.
Yes a wood pelletizer is costly but imagine that someone could take all of their paper and wood waste around the home and use it as fuel for their wood pellet furnace ?
Even agricultural waste can be used to pelletize.
19 posted on 08/14/2013 7:08:31 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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mark later


20 posted on 08/14/2013 7:12:16 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: KarlInOhio

I had a car that started to ping because the CAT was clogged up, I had to replace the CAT and no more pinging or more power.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 7:12:47 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: RKBA Democrat

Shop around for car insurance. We recently got a new car and our rates went up by $30 a month. So, we shopped around and found BETTER coverage for $20 less than what we were paying for the old car.

I usually switch up my car insurance every 5 years or so. There’s always a better deal to be had somewhere. Heck, I once switched the week after my wife had an at-fault fender bender, and I STILL ended up getting a better rate.

You can go online and get a rate quote in a few minutes. Easily worth your time.


22 posted on 08/14/2013 7:32:47 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: PrincessB

Use synthetic motor oil. It is more expensive, but you can run it twice as long, saving not only the cost of replacement oil, but also the labor to change it if you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer.


23 posted on 08/14/2013 7:34:23 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Premium gasoline with a higher octane value is only useful in a high compression engine.

I used to think so.

With 87 octane (10% Ethanol) my 1-ton work van gets 15 mpg. With 91 octane (no ethanol), it gets 18 mpg. The 20% increase in mileage is greater than the increase in cost between fuels.

24 posted on 08/14/2013 7:40:50 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: RKBA Democrat

For cheaper cell phones with Page Plus, try this, but avoid the “broken,” “poor condition” and “for parts” phones.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sop=15&_nkw=page+plus+cell+phones&LH_BIN=1

Set “Sort:” to
Price + Shipping: lowest first

Then, in the left column of the page, click on “Buy It Now” under “Format” (only if you want to avoid bidding on the phones).

Hope that helps. The first few links are only for Page Plus activations—not the phones. Scroll past those and any ads for broken phones. Have fun. And no, I don’t get anything out of this and am not advertising for any gain of my own. I don’t sell anything through eBay. Just did it for you.

Good post, RKBA Democrat. Well worth it. Thanks.


25 posted on 08/14/2013 7:41:08 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

You can go online and get a rate quote in a few minutes. Easily worth your time.”

I tried that and did find that my auto insurance went down a lot but my Homeowners and Wind Insurance which I had with the same company as my car went up a whole lot. After my experiences with Ike I decided it was well worth it to keep my old carrier and old agent who is truly one in a million in getting his company to pay claims.

If I ever find myself without having to cover the house, it won’t take but a few minutes for me to change to a company whose rates are lower.


26 posted on 08/14/2013 7:56:56 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
If you live in the city try urban gardening. Window Boxes, etc.

I live in a big commercial building and have absolutely zero lawn so I made up some earth buckets and built myself some carts. I wheel my tomatoes out on the sidewalk during the day and wheel them back in at night. I got peppers and cucumbers growing in the windows and I found if put your celery and lettuce stalks into a bit of water they will start regrowing and you can plant them in some soil in a large butter tub and they grow back very fast.

27 posted on 08/14/2013 8:03:30 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: RKBA Democrat
When buying advantage one month flea/tick treatment for dogs/cats, buy the largest size available. For example, the Advantage II Blue 6-Month Flea Control for Extra Large Dogs Over 55 lbs -- 6 Tubes costs $62.54 with free 2nd prime shipping and NO sales tax.

BTW, Amazon Prime is a great deal, for about $79 per year, you get 2nd day free shipping on many purchases + free streaming video = > Netflix for an entire year, also free kindle book library access.

The Advantage over 55 lb pack contains 6 each 4.0 ml tubes. The dosage rates for both dogs and cats can be found online. What I do is pour a tube in a small test tube with a rubber cap. These are available at vet and farm supply stores. Then I use a 1 ml syringe (with needle) to draw the amount required (for a 12 lb dog, 0.6 ml works great) from the test/blood sample tube through the rubber top (without opening the tube) and squeeze out the liquid as recommended behind their shoulders.

This does two things, if you purchase prepackaged treatment for 10 - 20 lb dog, you'll get a tube with 1.0 ml. This is too much flea control for a 12 lb dog (remember only 0.6 for 12 lb dog). By drawing only what is needed for a particular size of dog, you prevent both waste and overdosing.

The package size above, contains 24 ml of treatment. This is enough for treating a small 12 lb dog for 40 months, and in the winter you can skip several months.

If you buy the package for 11-20 lb dogs, you get only 6 - 1.0 ml tubes, the price is quite high at $51.66 and only contains enough treatment for 6 months.

Btw, Purchasing from Amazon will save you about half the cost of either size verses buying from a vet's office.

If this tip saves you money, please consider donating a few extra bucks to FreeRepublic.Com will ya??? ;)

28 posted on 08/14/2013 8:07:59 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Mad Dawgg
I found if put your celery and lettuce stalks into a bit of water they will start regrowing...

I did not know that. Thanks!

29 posted on 08/14/2013 8:10:00 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

One other thing, keep the remainder in the fridge for a longer shelf life. I am still on the first box I purchased well over two years ago and it still works great.


30 posted on 08/14/2013 8:16:02 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
"I did not know that. Thanks!"

I was very surprised it worked. Found out about it on Pinterest.

Here is a youtube video on Regrowing Celery"

The only thing I would add is to keep the tops of the stalk wet too while it is in the water. I just turned it upside down each day and dipped in in the water before placing it back in the container.

Its amazing how fast it grows back.

31 posted on 08/14/2013 8:18:01 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thanks! Will try for sure. I hate buying celery at the grocery, only to have most go bad before I can use it all. It’s a vegetable that I use all the time and a must have for any number of recipes.


32 posted on 08/14/2013 8:23:30 PM PDT by Errant
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To: RKBA Democrat

For those of you living in colder climates and fairly good with basic electrical work (including safety practices), small structural building and plumbing projects, the following projects will pay for themselves in a relatively short time.

$1000 Solar Water Heater
http://www.builditsolar.com/Experimental/PEXColDHW/Overview.htm

$2K Solar Space + Water Heating — One Simple DIY System
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SpaceHeating/DHWplusSpace/Main.htm


33 posted on 08/14/2013 8:24:47 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I had to replace a ten year old cell phone. I selected a refurbished flip phone. My daughter calls it a “dump phone”, comparing it to friends smart phones.
But it was free with the renewal of my contract, no one is going to steal it for resale and I won’t freak out if my young son accidentally breaks this one.


34 posted on 08/14/2013 8:31:12 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: RKBA Democrat

A good source of frugal living tips: dollarstretcher.com


35 posted on 08/14/2013 8:33:49 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: RKBA Democrat

For those of you inclined to doing auto repairs, research safety practices for doing repairs first (examples: always use jack stands beyond needed capacities instead of using concrete blocks or other brittle materials, pull wrenches toward you instead of pushing away whenever possible, while avoiding pulling toward face or head, use two hands whenever possible, torque to specified torque specs for whatever fasteners torque specs can be found for, etc.).

Research the Web—mostly discussion boards—for common parts failures and repair procedures for your particular vehicle. Bookmark pages of particular interest. And yes, we are capable of replacing vehicle computers when needed and so on. And no, computers aren’t needed for repairs. There are diagnostic routines that require nothing more sophisticated than a VOM (volt-ohm meter, analog’s fine, or even a cheap digital in most cases). Be careful around fuels. Read all about safety that you can find. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the do-it-yourself grease monkeys using the discussion boards, and be humble.


36 posted on 08/14/2013 8:34:41 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Teflonic

Kroger’s Big K brand is much cheaper than Coke and Pepsi.


37 posted on 08/14/2013 8:35:25 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: RKBA Democrat

Arguably not legal, but big savings.

My skin medication went from $4 at Walmart to $94 overnight. No idea why.

Banged around on the internet a while and found an Indian pharmacy that had (supposedly) same thing for $8. I had a prescription but they never asked me to provide it, which means I could have skipped the doctor visit, too. Stuff seems to work ok.

WARNING: Buying drugs on the grey/black market from overseas is a risky thing to do. You’re probably unlikely to get prosecuted, but there isn’t a great deal of assurance that what you order is what you will actually get, either. Drugs can be contaminated or dosages off, etc. I’d be very careful using this method for anything really critical, like heart medication, etc. In my case, only thing likely to happen is for psoriasis to get a little worse.

Very much at your own risk.


38 posted on 08/14/2013 8:38:03 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Errant

I actually found my kids’ school uniform shoes on Amazon cheaper than the shoes at the uniform store. AND Amazon doesn’t have limited hours, buying two pairs guarantees free shipping if I’m not in a rush, and Amazon has the “wide” and “narrow” options for most sizes whereas the uniform store only has standard.
Only annoyance was not getting to take advantage of sales tax weekend for buying them.


39 posted on 08/14/2013 8:38:16 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: American Constitutionalist

CAT? The catalytic converter?


40 posted on 08/14/2013 8:38:32 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: RKBA Democrat

Find ways to avoid driving or using machines much. Research fuel preservation on the Net. Gasoline can be extended for up to 3 years (2 for most folks), and diesel, up to ten (five for most folks) with enough proper measures taken. Propane will last indefinitely, but be sure to see cautions on using propane in extremely cold weather (stops producing enough when temps are low enough, especially for engines).


41 posted on 08/14/2013 8:41:43 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: jy8z

Is there a “shelf life’ on bottled water?


42 posted on 08/14/2013 8:53:44 PM PDT by X-spurt (Ready for the CRUZ missle.)
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To: tbw2
Ebay is another great source for shoes. I like Timberland boots and one style in particular that is hard to find, I can only now find on ebay.

A lot of Chinese manufactures' now sell through ebay. Why buy from Walmart, when you can buy straight from China in many cases. Some items have long lead times and others have import restrictions. But so far, I've had great success on a number of items. For example, welding nozzles/tips and etc., are about 1/2 the cost for the same chinese made supplies from retailers here.

43 posted on 08/14/2013 9:12:26 PM PDT by Errant
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To: RKBA Democrat

Here are a few tips for those of you looking to finance a house purchase or refi. Costco has a financing service where they compete your mortgage amongst various lenders. They’re also kind enough to list them:

https://costcofinance.com/AboutOurLenders.aspx

Lending tree is also kind enough to provide ratings of their best lenders as well as lots of other lenders, including most of those used by costco:

https://www.lendingtree.com/mortgage-lenders

You can use the ratings and feedback to pick some lenders who look good to you (you should check BBB too) and compete your mortgage by contacting the lenders directly. No need for an intermediary.


44 posted on 08/14/2013 9:14:07 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: RKBA Democrat
Article at the Blaze.com:

This Guy Used Only a Plastic Bottle and Water to Create Light Like That of a 60-Watt Bulb

45 posted on 08/14/2013 9:15:16 PM PDT by Errant
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To: RKBA Democrat
Ha-ha, I am already using many of the ideas already posted here.

I never buy anything online without checking for a RetailMeNot.com coupon, one from FatWallet.com, Ebates.com or Slickdeals.com. You can often buy coupons on eBay for a couple of dollars to get $25-50 or more off in places like Staples.

Don't forget to check out Overstock.com for home improvement things from light fixtures (they have ones you don't see elsewhere and good prices) to tiles, hardware, etc. Their clothes are yuck, but they also have great deals on cat and dog beds and toys, etc. and other stuff.

SierraTradingPost.com has great prices on hiking gear, camping gear, and excellent quality clothing for the whole family.

Orvis has excellent quality clothing which is very expensive, so I wait and check out their Tent Sale, where they count down the price every week at a lower and lower price.

Amazon.com usually has the best prices on most things, I have found. They will also price match if you're a good customer and you call up and ask.

I don't own a TV, so I don't have to pay for cable. I don't have a fancy cell phone either, just your basic $20 call and text model with Page Plus unlimited service.

When I buy a new computer, I don't buy the accompanying monitor or speakers, since my monitor and speakers still work.

I still have a film SLR camera because it still works perfectly and I don't feel like spending $500-800 for the new Canon digital SLR replacement.

I belong to BJs Warehouse Club, which is the same as Costco or Sam's Club. They have much cheaper prices on stuff such as Lactaid milk, cat litter, water, yogurt, etc.

Angieslist.com is good to belong to. I have found some fabulous tradesmen such as electricians, stonemasons, handymen (only for projects I can't do myself--fortunately, I am very handy and can fix most stuff around my home myself), roofers, mechanics, doctors/dentists/vets, etc. AND, Angieslist sends you coupons just about every day for significant savings on services from tradesmen praised by their members.

I always try to buy good quality clothing when it's on sale rather than cheap clothing at low quality stores, and then take good care of it.

If you are remodeling, use resources such as New York's GreenDemolitions.com. They get donations from toney homes of kitchen cabinets and other artifacts and then sell them in their retail stores for like pennies on the dollar. The proceeds go to an alcoholics rehab center, so everyone wins. I got some plywood box high quality kitchen cabinets for my kitchen when I remodeled, with high end features such as pull out shelves, solid raised oak exteriors, etc. They also sell new and used toilets, bathroom vanities, architectural things like mantles, windows, etc. I saved thousands of dollars and my cabinets didn't look used at all.

Don't forget Craigslist.com to get stuff. I got some great furniture from Craigslist which had been well taken care of and was hardly distinguishable from brand new. I got a brand new bathroom vanity still in the box from a retired contractor from there, for a tiny fraction of what it would cost new.

eBay is a great place to acquire stuff. I got so many beautiful things there when remodeling my home, and lots of other times when I needed something and didn't feel like paying retail. Of course, you have to know your prices because not everything on eBay is a good deal (far from it for the unwary!), but if you know your prices and do research on completed sales of that item, you will know how much to bid and may well prosper. I've also gotten a lot of exquisite handmade artisan items for my home from craftsmen on eBay. My bathroom sports a solid oak custom-made-to-my-design bathroom cabinet/medicine cabinet. I paid about 1/3 of what it would cost here, including shipping. I designed a wrought iron plant hook because I couldn't find one long enough locally for my big spider plant, then found a young blacksmith in WV from eBay to fabricate it for me, at a very reasonable price. My cats' bowls rest in a beautiful solid oak platform which I designed and an eBay craftsman built for me. A little ol' lady in SC makes beautiful braided stair tread covers and matching braided rugs. She will make them for you in your choice of colors. They really add a homey touch vs. the usual narrow carpeting up the stairs. eBay rocks!

And finally, step up and use Freecycle.com. There are local chapters in hundreds of cities. People list stuff they don't need anymore and everything is totally free. You can post for things you WANT or post for things you are OFFERING. Some of the stuff is junk, sure, but for example, I got a brand new UV light for one of my reptile tanks, still in the box. That bulb goes for $19-24.

It's such a pleasure when folks come over to visit, see my home for the first time and exclaim, "It looks like a magazine!" I've gotten this or similar comments from every single friend or visitor who's ever come over, and I did it on a shoestring by using the places I listed here.

Good luck in your shopping pursuits! Awaken the predator within!

46 posted on 08/14/2013 9:28:00 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: X-spurt
Is there a “shelf life’ on bottled water?

There may be one printed on the bottle but it means little. A good idea on bottled water that has been kept for years is to simply aerate it by pouring it back and forth between two clean containers. It'll be good to go.
47 posted on 08/14/2013 9:28:50 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Rather than use an offshore pharmacy, you might want to try this: contact costco’s pharmacy and get a quote from them. You do not have to be a member to use their pharmacy. I believe their pricing policy is cost plus 14-17%. Please let me know if that helps.

Also, you can check out the drug to see if there is a generic equivalent. Blue Cross has a drug library reference that is most helpful:

http://carefirst.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Library/DrugReference/

Finally, a friendly pharmacist who is willing to take the time to look up the ingredients may be able to suggest a cheaper alternative.


48 posted on 08/14/2013 9:29:02 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: EinNYC

Oh, here’s one. If you have a friend or family member that is a member of one of the wholesale clubs, you might have them add you as an added cardholder instead of buying your own membership.


49 posted on 08/14/2013 9:33:12 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I also try to have the mindset of “there is money to be made no matter the economy” I am naturally thrifty but I like to spend my time figuring out how to make more money rather than how to squeeze out the last dime out of something.


50 posted on 08/14/2013 9:35:21 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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