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    We finally had a few frugals this week. Our...

    We finally had a few frugals this week. Our neighbor took us out to an expensive steak restaurant as a thank you for watching his house while he was on an extended trip. There was enough steak and...
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    I ferment vegetables and do not use those airlock...

    I ferment vegetables and do not use those airlock containers. For the bigger batches, I do use gallon-sized plastic food containers (like the kind food-service quantities of cake icing and such come...
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    We have commingled recycling here, in pretty much...

    We have commingled recycling here, in pretty much whatever container you want to put it in. Open bins are provided on request, but we usually put our recyclables out in an old plastic garbage...
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    I've been responding to surveys through...

    I've been responding to surveys through RewardSurvey; one of the rewards is miles for our preferred frequent-flyer program (that is, the program on which we have any miles at all). Most of the...
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    Our refrigerator came with a water filter and a...

    Our refrigerator came with a water filter and a water tap inside the door so you get to keep the door open while you fill your glass. !thumbsup! I'm not a fan of very cold water anyway, so when the...
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    You are correct. My typing speed exceeded my...

    You are correct. My typing speed exceeded my brain speed. Thanks for the catch!
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    When the average price of a new car is more than...

    When the average price of a new car is more than 33 grand :0!, going six or seven years is one of the few ways to keep a car loan from looking like a mortgage payment. Not that I recommend it. On...
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    I thought the half-time show was a bit odd....

    I thought the half-time show was a bit odd. Coldplay is supposed to be the main act? Totally upstaged by Beyonce and Bruno Mars. In fact, Chris Martin seemed like the answer to "which one of these is...
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    Nice find!

    Nice find!
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    Based on what I sometimes see around here,...

    Based on what I sometimes see around here, there's a lot more to dog ownership than picking up poop. Some owners let the dog run around the neighborhood without a leash or even tags. Others let the...
  11. That's a generous use of the term. By your...

    That's a generous use of the term. By your definition, pretty much any public utility is a "government program". The local gas & electric company has to meet government pollution standards, by law...
  12. By what criteria do you consider our health care...

    By what criteria do you consider our health care system "half-public"? How is that measured? Even Obamacare, which the right delights in calling "government health care", is not truly government...
  13. Yes. The answer is yes. As in so many other...

    Yes. The answer is yes.

    As in so many other situations, there are too many contributors to be able to isolate and address a root cause. Among the many reasons (in no particular order) are valuing...
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    For many years now I have considered that the...

    For many years now I have considered that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference. Love and hate both have an emotional component of attachment to the object of the emotion. Indifference is...
  15. I think we could call the U.S. "exceptional" but...

    I think we could call the U.S. "exceptional" but I suspect most people would not like the adjectives I would apply to the adverbial form of the word. :(

    Beyond the ability to read longer pieces...
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    The place at which we find ourselves has a...

    The place at which we find ourselves has a million feeder roads.

    The "village" largely has dispersed as opportunities take people places other than where they grew up. It's rare to see adult...
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    Let's see: - Treasurer of our non-profit...

    Let's see:

    - Treasurer of our non-profit neighborhood newspaper. I'd say that comes to an average of 25 hours a month all told. I sometimes write articles for the paper, too.
    - Volunteer at the...
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    Recent frugals: - attended a free screening of...

    Recent frugals:

    - attended a free screening of a biographical video of a racial-/economic-justice crusader; thought-provoking video and discussion afterward. Even the parking was free.
    - needed...
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    [Moved to February frugals thread]

    [Moved to February frugals thread]
  20. I use something similar to AdBlock and I still...

    I use something similar to AdBlock and I still see pre-roll ads on many YouTube (and Vimeo and others) videos.

    So, besides the ease with which one can watch certain content on-demand (and obvious...
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    ^^^ See, we're all different in our...

    ^^^ See, we're all different in our expectations...
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    Just as you said about your property tax payment,...

    Just as you said about your property tax payment, time is money and convenience has its cost. Personally, I find it simpler to just get a few items at a less-than-optimal store rather than make...
  23. So where is the line between being entertained by...

    So where is the line between being entertained by TV and being entertained by YouTube? I'm not trolling; I genuinely want to understand the delineation. Right now I don't see it (no pun intended).
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    It's not a pleasant task. If someone is willing...

    It's not a pleasant task. If someone is willing to do it for $$, more power to them!

    I agree that it seems counterproductive to work and then pay someone to do things one could do on their own....
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    I think it is becoming more the rule than the...

    I think it is becoming more the rule than the exception. All through college, DD and her gang/posse/squad either had a Designated Driver or plans to not drive (stay where they were drinking, arrange...
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