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The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread #1031095
11/19/07 12:15 PM
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Share with others, the ridiculously good deals that you took advantage of recently.

I'll start this off. Purchased my Macroeconomics book and study guide for $23 shipped off Amazon this morning from a seller in the "Marketplace." College bookstore wants $150 total for the two.


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: The Critic] #1031098
11/19/07 12:20 PM
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I wouldn't know where to start. My last name has a "stein" ending to it. I'm always been on the cheap. If it's not on sale, I don't even bother. Let me put it to you this way: a couple of years ago I bought a case of Budlight at Sam's. Noticed it was about a dollar cheaper at a local supermarket. I took the case back to Sam's and got my money back. Even the customer service rep said that was a first.


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: The Critic] #1031111
11/19/07 12:41 PM
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I rarely eat out anymore. Treated myself to a $2.75 pork bon mei (sp?) sandwich yesterday – first time eating out in 3 weeks. Don't buy lunch at work.

Traded a couple quarts of ATF for PBR Deluxe brake pads.

Got a free NIV bible because the spine was coming unglued, reglued it and it's perfect.

Always rent DVD's and books at the library.

Save 20% of my money, pre-tax. Use the FSP to the hilt.

Don't drive pointlessly, plan my trips.

Trim my own nose hair.

Buy the huge pack of bat soap and save my soap bits and press them into a new bar.

Only water the lawn when 100% necessary.

Clean the gutters, etc myself.

Don’t have others do car work for me. Pretty much always wrong and expensive to have others service cars.

Try to get full usage out of my motor oil.

Have lunch from samples at PCC.

Bought a used Sony 32” TV from Craig’s list for $50 and the guy gave me his very nice hardly used VHS player for free.

Go on hikes in parks and hills a lot. Beats TV.


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: Pablo] #1031112
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Here's a spreadsheet for all of the Black Friday deals:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pKvwRCXxx2vOMnNPP9zQUCQ


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: Pablo] #1031120
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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: TallPaul] #1031123
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 Originally Posted By: Pablo
Trim my own nose hair.
I had no idea you could go somewhere and get that done for you. Wow, imagine that "Joe's nosehair clipping botique". Wonder if they style? I once saw a guy with a growth of nosehair draping out his nostrils (well, I do exaggerate a bit, but it did stick out a tad). Could curl it like a mini mustache.


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: The Critic] #1031124
11/19/07 12:55 PM
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 Originally Posted By: The Critic
Here's a spreadsheet for all of the Black Friday deals:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pKvwRCXxx2vOMnNPP9zQUCQ


Thanks for the spreadsheet.

Philips 32" 720p LCD HDTV $599.99? Is that REALLY a good deal?

I have $120 in Best Buy Gift Cards right now………


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: Pablo] #1031127
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No clue.

Another one: http://www.woot.com/


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Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: The Critic] #1031131
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Haven't bought a PC since 1994; continue to reuse old ones and now run Linux on them to extend life.

Drove $1,900 1984 Accord for 9yrs; upgraded last summer to newer and equally [censored] 1988 Accord for $250. Daily commuter.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: NJC] #1031152
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Used to black friday before black friday was cool. Only had to show up at 3:30 or 4 am and was fifth in line.

For a while, walmart mispriced motor oil so I complained at customer service and got it for free or $3 off.

Yet my wife did all the shopping around to refinance the house (thanks hun!). Knocked 9 years off the mortgage for another fifty bucks a month.

I cut power cords off stuff I throw away at the dump. Strip the outer insulation when I need short pieces of hook-up wire.

Speaking of the dump, people actually leave lead acid car batteries there! IDK if it's a tip for the dump guys or what but I inconspicuously snag one and again. Local parts store pays $5 in gift cards even if you don't have a receipt for new battery purchase.

I shut off the gas pump at the filler hang-up then drain the hose into my tank. I use their squeegee and blue juice then finish with a flick of my own wiper (no juice.) I run water for windshield cleaner in the summer even though I use very little after pollen season. Then I have to purge this every fall.

If I run my air compressor for tools, I shut it off for the night then look for any low tires that need filling before I open the petcock to let moisture drain.

Run compact flourescents everywhere but have a full size freezer of indeterminite efficiency (pretty lousy per kill-a-watt meter) that I use for extra food. Local supermarket will have a sale on vegetables one week but have overpriced meat. Then vice versa. Found this freezer for free on side of the road.

Am presently running a woodstove to save on heating oil. Regrettably I have to buy most of my wood but at least it's from a more deserving local guy.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: eljefino] #1031157
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Discovered coleman fuel is just low octane gasoline. Ran it all summer in my lawnmower after getting it for $.99 a gallon on clearance.

Leave my beer/soda/whatever on the porch to cool down before introducing it to the fridge.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: eljefino] #1031165
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We go out Black Friday to view the chaos. My wife and I get some warped amusement in watching raiding hordes and the social carnage they bring with them.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: Gary Allan] #1031170
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 Originally Posted By: Gary Allan
We go out Black Friday to view the chaos. My wife and I get some warped amusement in watching raiding hordes and the social carnage they bring with them.


LOL! That's the only reason I'd go. Watching people fight over material B.S. and put themselves in debt is entertainment.

I rarely shop and purchase things, PERIOD. Same clothes for the last 7 or 8 years (new drawars here and there and socks though), same TV for the last 5 years, same computer, same car, same EVERYTHING. Bought a foreclosed house for mega cheap.

The only thing I really buy is food and gas, insurance, water, electricity and natural gas for the furnace, although I have a ton of firewood that is OH SO enjoyable to heat the house with.

Well, yea, I do splurge on fishing tackle, but come on, it's FISHING! I do eat out a few times a week as well.

I also drink cheap beer; been on an Ice House kick lately. Tasty stuff! High alcohol content. 30 pack of bottles for 14 bucks.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: The Critic] #1031256
11/19/07 03:56 PM
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I think life is too short to consume cheap things.

While I save money on car maintenance by doing things myself, I buy the best food available. I don't drink a lot of beer but if I do, I drink the good stuff.

The same goes for almost everything else - selective consumption of quality items.

Re: The Official BITOG Cheapskate Thread [Re: CivicFan] #1031277
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Whoa!!! I thought I was tight....I'm not even in the same orbit as some of ya'll (Pablo......)


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