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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:08 AM

What do you consider your most frugal act of 2012?

I'll get this off the ground by saying that in terms of the use I get out of it the 1800 watt Duxtop induction cooktop I got earlier this year is by far the most frugal purchase I made in 2012, I use it multiple times every day and it saves me both time and money on electricity on every single use.

This is one of the very few things I have bought new in quite some time and to date it was worth every penny I paid for it, this unit is so much superior in both convenience and efficiency to both my propane stove and the resistance heating cooktop I was using before that there's almost no comparison.

Even the safety aspect is greatly improved over what I had before, nothing gets hot but the pan you cook in, I've even put a piece of paper between the cooktop and the pan, fried bacon and eggs in the pan and then removed the paper unscorched and the top is only mildly warm in the middle to the touch and still cool on the outside portion.

http://www.amazon.com/1800-Watt-Portable-Induction-Countertop-8100MC/dp/B0045QEPYM







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Reply What do you consider your most frugal act of 2012? (Original post)
Fumesucker Dec 2012 OP
Demeter Dec 2012 #1
Curmudgeoness Dec 2012 #2
dimbear Dec 2012 #3
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #4
cbayer Dec 2012 #5
Kaleva Jan 2013 #6
safeinOhio Jan 2013 #9
Eleanors38 Jan 2013 #7
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #15
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #8
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2013 #10
TooManyPeople Mar 2013 #11
cbayer Mar 2013 #12
otherone Mar 2013 #13
laundry_queen Apr 2013 #14
dimbear May 2013 #21
MADem Apr 2013 #16
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #18
MADem Apr 2013 #19
noamnety Apr 2013 #17
Kaleva May 2013 #20
Ino Jul 2013 #22
cbayer Jul 2013 #23
uppityperson Jul 2013 #24
cbayer Jul 2013 #25
uppityperson Jul 2013 #26
cbayer Jul 2013 #29
shireen Jul 2013 #27
cbayer Jul 2013 #28

Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:24 AM

1. another year without cable

Don't miss it at all. Haven't for years, now.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:00 PM

2. This may not sound frugal, since it is costing me

money to buy everything, but it will save me lots of money in the future, not to mention a ton of labor that never gets me anywhere.

I have decided to give up on a flower garden and I am adding color instead with a kitsch garden. I have ground cover that is well established (interpret to mean indestructible) that has taken over the garden areas. I dig it up, try to get rid of it, and it comes back fuller and lusher than ever. I give up. I came to the conclusion that this is green and holds up without any watering or care, so why am I fighting it.....well, because I wanted color as well in the garden. Well, I will have color....I am not going to buy any more flowers year after year, I am buying garden decorations with lots of color and putting them in with the greenery from hell. I am sure that I will have to replace these items at some time in the future, but they will last a long time. I also took some of the things that I already had and painted them with bright colors. Does it look silly???? Maybe. But this is a lot of fun.

So....save on plants and flowers that just get taken over by the ground cover, no need to water and fertilize, embrace the greenery, save my back, and have lots of fun finding kitsch items. Win/win.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:51 PM

3. Driving around 2000 miles total. n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:16 PM

4. Going to yard sales

In November I went to a yard sale and bought 17 articles of nearly new clothes mostly slacks and tops, for $5. Since I'd lost weight, these fit me perfectly.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:32 PM

5. Ordering our most frequently used items from Amazon and wine from Naked Wines.

We have made space to store more things and are saving money, particularly when we are in a place with a very expensive little local store.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:39 PM

6. Getting divorced.

When I was married, my entire SSDI was gone the day after I got it. Now it lasts me the full month with a little bit left over and that's even with setting money aside for future bills and giving my ex money to help her out.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:16 AM

9. +1

Was talking to a retired judge at work and he asked me if I knew why divorces are so expensive, he said because they are worth it.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:23 PM

7. Funky to some, I wash my knockabout clothes in my tub after bathing

and dry in the car port. Confirmed that killing & eating a deer costs -$2/lb, far less than beef under cellophane. Now regularly drive -8,000 miles/yr. I no longer buy new clothes, sewing or purchasing used stuff. Purchased a recon. Laptop.

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 5, 2013, 01:40 AM

15. I do that! good on you!

 

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Washing clothes in the bath water

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:36 AM

8. A few things come to mind.

1) We qualified for FREE home insulation from P.G. & E. The estimate we got several years ago was $1500.00.
2) We were able to cement in 3 different areas around our home. The original estimate was $2400 but our next door neighbor is a real estate agent with lots of connections so her friend gave us a 1/2-price deal. There are now 3 good sized areas in/around the house that we don't have to water or mow, plus it looks a whole lot better.
3) No cable TV.
4) We qualified for a 55% discount on our P.G. & E. through a low-income program.
5) I qualified for an additional % off my P.G. & E. to allow for my nebulizer time.
6) I qualified to receive $3600.00 worth of medications (one year supply) for free. (This was a BIGGIE.)


I hate like hell being low income and have every hope that things will turn over this year but I've got to admit, I've been enjoying some of the freebies/discounts I've received during this low income time.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 04:31 PM

10. Becoming disabled!

I went from clearing about $2000 a month after taxes and savings in my 401K, to $1232 from SSDI. I'm single and used to live alone and I used to spend hundreds of dollars on eating out and retail therapy. NO MORE! I'm 56 years old, but I moved in with a roommate. I cook almost all of my meals. Thankfully my car is paid for and only has 55K miles. I intend to drive it for several more years. No more retail therapy. Thankfully my county has a low cost health care program and I only have to pay $10 for doctor appointments and $8 for prescriptions. If I didn't have that I would be in a world of hurt. I plan on going back to work when I get better. I just hope I can keep up my frugal ways.

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Response to TooManyPeople (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:38 AM

12. We use this method (live on a boat)

Urine is sterile and we are in a relatively deep harbor. Urine goes in a cup and down the sink drain. It's easy.

Visitors are sometimes a little uncomfortable, but they adapt.

I remember a phrase from my earlier life - "If it's yellow, let it mellow. It it's brown, flush it down".

What happened to that?

Welcome to DU and to the FEEL group.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 10:45 AM

13. thanks for the link

I've never heard of a countertop stove before..

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 5, 2013, 12:45 AM

14. This is going to sound monumentally ridiculous

but living with my parents and not paying rent.

I'll try to make a long story short - when my husband left me with 4 kids, my parents coaxed me to come live with them. Promised to pay tuition for me to go back to school. Promised no rent. Promised to co-sign a mortgage once I was ready to be on my own. Promised to furnish my new place (my parents are well-off. They CLEAR 6 figures). Once I got there, they decided to charge a large rent (as big as my mortgage) and then kicked me out after 5 months. I had to rent a place at an exhorbitant rate as they refused to help me buy a place. They also didn't pay any of my tuition, I had to pay it all. I struggled (luckily I do get spousal and child support).

My parents are dysfunctional and likely (according to my daughter's therapist - yes she required therapy after living with them) narcissistic. After all that I pulled away from them and put up boundaries. This means they had to find a way to lure me back in, so they helped me finally, after 3 years, buy a home. Well, it was a new build and of course it was delayed. My landlord wasn't very accomodating, so I moved back in with my parents (armed with techniques and other ways of dealing with narcissism and protecting my kids). I didn't want to, but it turned out to be a great decision. I was able to, thanks to that therapist, stay there mostly problem free. I didn't offer to pay rent and they didn't ask for it. I was able to save up a lot of money so I have tuition for the next year or so, and enough to paint the kids' rooms and get some furniture that was sorely lacking(I'm also getting a bunch free from my brother and from friends). Now that I'm in my new, very energy efficient home (my 2nd most frugal act) I'm glad I made that decision.

So for my 2nd most frugal act - my new duplex has spray foam insulation, a tankless hot water heater, a new type of furnace that is extremely energy efficient (better than the highest efficiency natural gas forced air furnaces) and comes with CFL bulbs everywhere and energy efficient appliances. I have my own yard (no condo fees, fully landscaped by the builder - with fence! - once spring is here) so I'll be able to have a garden now and save even more money Plus, my mortgage is $200/month less than my rent was.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #14)

Fri May 17, 2013, 11:08 PM

21. That is not one bit ridiculous. It is smart and practical and real. Good luck. n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:19 AM

16. Hanging on to my old (27 years old) car....

It takes a lickin' but it keeps on tickin'!

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Response to MADem (Reply #16)

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 12:22 PM

18. HA! - my truck is 34 years old!

 

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1979 4x4 F150

Paid $3000 for it in 1990.




Hang on to that old one of yours,

If it costs ya $1000 a year to maintain, sure beats leases and payments!

I try to tell people ( I'm a retired mechanic) it's cheaper - MUCH cheaper to keep repairing the vehicle ya got.

$40,000 for a decent vehicle nowadays - using my $1,000 dollar a year thing,

Ya know damm well they don't build any vehicles nowadays that will last 40 years!

Ten maybe???

I did a study on 3 of my own vehicles 3 decades ago.

Normal usage - put aside an equal amount of money that you spend on gas, and you will have enough money in that account to pay for maintenance, tires, exhaust, rust work, oil changes, engine, transmission, etc. if need be, - got it?

If it's a 4x4, SUV - double it.

"It takes a lickin' but it keeps on tickin'!"

give er!


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Response to ConcernedCanuk (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 01:18 PM

19. I don't drive a lot, except when I do (if that makes sense).

If I put 4,000 miles a year on my old car, that's a lot--I still haven't reached 100K miles and I likely won't this year or next.

If I need to do specific driving (like taking people to the polls, which I do for older folks who don't drive anymore) I will borrow a van so I can take many at once.

If we're going on a family holiday, we'll rent a mini-van and drive, or rent one at our destination if we fly.

I do keep my car well maintained, and it is great on gas--as good as many of these new cars. It is a subcompact so it sips fuel--not fancy, no bells, no whistles, but I like the way it shifts, handles, and I like the crank-down windows. Plus, it's small so it's easier to find a parking space, especially in the city. If I ever have to buy another car, I will buy a used one--they depreciate the second they roll off the lot, anyway.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 08:14 PM

17. carpooling

three people converge at my house each morning, I drive them the rest of the way in from my house to work. It doesn't save me any money but I was paying for my gas anyway. It saves them a combined total of 9 hours a week of drive time/gas for them.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2013, 02:21 PM

20. Having quit smoking is going to be my most frugal act of 2013

Last edited Fri May 17, 2013, 11:26 PM - Edit history (1)

Haven't had a cigarette in over a couple of months now. Saving me about $90 a month.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2013, 12:32 PM

22. I groomed my cat with a scissors

Normally it costs me about $200 to get her shaved & shampooed... because in order to do that, I have to get her a rabies shot, which means an office visit charge as well, plus city rabies tag, plus sedating her because she freaks out and gets mega aggressive with vets and groomers.

Yes, she NEEDS grooming... long-haired cat who does not clean herself beyond her front legs. After nine months, she is matted, greasy and awful to look at much less to pet!

So I got a blunt-end scissors for $14, and a package of scent-free cat wipes for $4. She was surprisingly OK with the scissoring/combing/wipe-downs, done while she was eating. It took several days, and the haircut is pretty choppy as I have no styling skills at all. But she's clean and neat and mat-free, and we are both enjoying the cuddling again!

Bonus: We don't have to endure several months of awfulness any more while waiting for the yearly grooming/vet ordeal. She can now stay neat & clean all year long. Why didn't I do this before?!

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2013, 12:36 PM

23. Most frugal act of 2013 - wind generator

We just finished the installation and will be testing it today.

My biggest concern was that it would be noisy, but it's very quiet and very efficient.

Now we can make electricity day and night.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #23)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 07:58 PM

24. Very neat, is it working ok?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #24)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 08:02 PM

25. It appears to be, but I haven't yet figured out how to read the gauges.

The wind has been blowing like crazy the last two days.

My one big caveat was that it had to be quiet. So many of these things are really noisy, and it's a repetitive noise that makes me nuts.

But this one is very quiet, just a low whir that you can block out really quickly.

So... 4 solar panels, wind generator and a new bank of batteries. We should be good.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #25)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 08:10 PM

26. And is it up top a mast or decktop or where is it mounted? I am curious as haven't

seen them, or noticed them on boats. It sounds like a really good idea though.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #26)

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 04:02 PM

29. We have a stainless steel arch on the back of the boat and

had a pole made to attach the wind generator.

It's about 10 feet off the deck, well out of the way of heads and hands.

More and more boats are sporting them, particularly cruisers and other liveaboards.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #23)

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 03:54 PM

27. could you post or send me a link to it? thanks! n/t

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Response to shireen (Reply #27)

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 04:00 PM

28. Here you go.

It doesn't have to be on boat, but could be on a roof or hill. We have the 12 volt D400 by Eclectic Energy. Big, big plus for me - it is very quiet.




http://www.transmarinepro.com/wind-generators.html

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