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    Minnesota does.

    Minnesota does.
  2. The plural of "anecdote" is not "data", but I can...

    The plural of "anecdote" is not "data", but I can tell you that, when I walked away from my job almost three years ago, we said "goodbye" to about 60% of our income. We did have a "war chest" of...
  3. Thread: Happy News

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    Congratulations to her -- what a great...

    Congratulations to her -- what a great opportunity!
  4. Congratulations, Rob! All happiness to you and...

    Congratulations, Rob! All happiness to you and your betrothed....
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    I wouldn't do it. There is nothing "food-grade"...

    I wouldn't do it. There is nothing "food-grade" about tires (except for some which contain citrus oils or walnut shells) and they are porous so one could expect migration of toxic (or at least...
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    Thanks, everyone! Baby-related frugality...

    Thanks, everyone!

    Baby-related frugality continued this past week as DW bought a used pack-n-play-type thing and a couple of books she read to DD as a young'un (she gave them away years ago so she...
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    ctg, it is a very difficult question, and would...

    ctg, it is a very difficult question, and would be even if money were not an issue. You can only make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time. I wish you the best.
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    The price of keeping a dog was a huge surprise...

    The price of keeping a dog was a huge surprise when we got our rescue Bichon a few months ago. Good food costs how much? And I find it almost comical how much treats can cost. They definitely are...
  9. Rachel, that's a fine approach, too. All depends...

    Rachel, that's a fine approach, too. All depends on the other person, about whom we know little. OP will have to do a little "sightreading". :-)
  10. Well, once you determine your intention for the...

    Well, once you determine your intention for the friendship, state that simply. "[The project] has changed. You're really ready to take it in your own direction -- so ready to do that. I'm going to...
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    A real frugal (amidst a bunch of...

    A real frugal (amidst a bunch of someday-not-very-frugal): neighbors of ours "inherited" some furniture from a parent who was moving, so the ripple-effect furniture was placed on the curb for free....
  12. Keep in mind, however, that there is/was a...

    Keep in mind, however, that there is/was a friendship relationship here. IMHO it would be smart/good to address that openly, as well. Don't leave the "I'm bowing out" conversation without both of you...
  13. Thread: Extra Income

    by SteveinMN
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    messenger, I don't think there's any real...

    messenger, I don't think there's any real procedure (permits, etc.) to hanging out one's shingle as a computer consultant. He might consider doing something to prevent his being taken to the...
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    Macs are susceptible to far fewer viruses,...

    Macs are susceptible to far fewer viruses, malware apps, etc., than Windows computers. However, they do exist and, depending on the software you use (Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat,...
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    My mom used to work at an audiologist's office....

    My mom used to work at an audiologist's office. Yes, hearing aids should be fitted, both physically (to fit the ear canal properly) and electronically (to address the particular hearing problem the...
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    Many years ago, XW and I traveled to Japan and...

    Many years ago, XW and I traveled to Japan and stayed in a "serusuman hoteru" (businessman's hotel). We were on our own for breakfast, so we ended up at the Japan Railways station on our way...
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    I've been thinking hard if there have been any...

    I've been thinking hard if there have been any frugals beyond the usual this month...

    There have been plenty of no-drive days; unless I have a few places to go (or a long distance to cover) I...
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    Thanks, Sulevia! I'm just going to have to try to...

    Thanks, Sulevia! I'm just going to have to try to find some of that. I'll bet someone sells it on-line...
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    One thing I haven't seen people mention is CRI:...

    One thing I haven't seen people mention is CRI: Color Rendering Index. That's a measure of how accurately the bulb illuminates colors. Incandescents have the best CRI, typically very close to 100....
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    I like roasted seaweed as a snack. It's sold in...

    I like roasted seaweed as a snack. It's sold in packages (with entirely too much packaging) at Asian grocery stores and sometimes comes in flavors like wasabi (horseradish). Nice crunch, salty, and...
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    Every year at work they threw at us the...

    Every year at work they threw at us the possibility of shipping our work to our outsource "partners" in India. They also hinted (darkly) that if each of us failed to climb aboard the...
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    I have two documents to scan in and upload to the...

    I have two documents to scan in and upload to the accountant and I need to straighten out why neither I nor DW can gain electronic access to our Roth 401(k) site (to which all those docs are...
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    You might want to check with your phone's carrier...

    You might want to check with your phone's carrier for the ability/charges for use outside the U.S. Some U.S. carriers offer international roaming/texting as part of your service plan, but may allow...
  24. Thread: Extra Income

    by SteveinMN
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    Probably, yes. Not a lot of money. He most likely...

    Probably, yes. Not a lot of money. He most likely will do best on his own; businesses (like Geek Squad) probably will require "retail" hours that he may not be able to accommodate/change easily and...
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    DW had something similar two weeks ago. I got it...

    DW had something similar two weeks ago. I got it last week and it still isn't gone yet. Since all she did was take acetominophen and rest, that's all I've done. But she rebounded faster than I have....
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