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    I think it makes sense. Life is not constant; our...

    I think it makes sense. Life is not constant; our circumstances and our needs change. The same applies to our friends. A friendship which may have been great for both parties for years may change to...
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    Our house has lemon-yellow aluminum siding on it....

    Our house has lemon-yellow aluminum siding on it. It was one of the negative points for me when I bought the place. But it remains lemon yellow after a dozen years. I just didn't want to climb on to...
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    We're eating out of the pantry and freezer this...

    We're eating out of the pantry and freezer this week, so I haven't had to shop for a lot of groceries. That should continue into next week.

    Most of this week has been no-drive for me, but today I...
  4. Eating leftovers last week spawned the challenge...

    Eating leftovers last week spawned the challenge of eating out of the pantry and freezer this week.

    Monday's dinner was blue-box mac & cheese (so sue me :)) with some ham cut up and tossed in and...
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    The notion of "the common good" is pretty much...

    The notion of "the common good" is pretty much dead in 'Murica, I think. :( Gotta hit people in the wallet. If they still believe strongly enough in what they're doing, they'll pay for the...
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    I'm lucky to keep it to once a week! :laff: But...

    I'm lucky to keep it to once a week! :laff: But I'm pretty good, I think, about avoiding impulse purchases. The sponsor for the frequent shopping usually is that I can't/don't buy everything I want...
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    We've had the killing frost, so the softer crops...

    We've had the killing frost, so the softer crops (tomatoes, etc.) are pretty much gone from the farmer's markets. But we also have been enjoying daily highs in the 60s -- about 10-15 degrees above...
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    On the rare occasions we get take-out, we usually...

    On the rare occasions we get take-out, we usually refuse the packet of plastic utensils that seems to teleport itself into the bag. We'll even fish them out before we leave and hand them back to the...
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    Around here, that's called "Minnesota Nice", but...

    Around here, that's called "Minnesota Nice", but its existence is a topic for another thread. :)

    I will note that The Great Recession really did our neighborhood a favor by bankrupting a few...
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    Excellent news. And many more....

    Excellent news. And many more....
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    I have grown food before and still maintain a...

    I have grown food before and still maintain a tiny herb garden in the house. I was thinking of straw-bale gardening last year, but I decided I didn't need another hobby. :)

    I did say in my post...
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    We've finally had some real frugals this week. ...

    We've finally had some real frugals this week.

    With the newly-married couple on their honeymoon for the past week, we were instructed to collect the perishables in their 'fridge. Between those...
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    I actually use two browsers. Safari is one of...

    I actually use two browsers. Safari is one of them and I leave it wide open: no anti-ad software, no cookie monitors, nothing. It's the browser I use when I encounter a Web site that insists on how I...
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    I really think that's an aspect of personality,...

    I really think that's an aspect of personality, much like being introverted or extroverted. Either you're energized by the diversity of an urban environment (and not fatigued by the negatives) or...
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    I would drive it till it drops. The car has value...

    I would drive it till it drops. The car has value to you; at 70,000+ miles in three years, it has little value in trade or retail sale to anyone else. If the car does what you need it to do, and if...
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    I could have written this! I can't see how one...

    I could have written this!

    I can't see how one can account for food costs accurately by taking gardening costs off the -- umm -- table. Even if you save your own seeds and use your own compost,...
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    I wonder at which insurance company Andrews worked...

    - Universal Life is not an efficient investment vehicle. First, do you need that death benefit, minimized or not? If you don't, why pay for...
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    Definitely. A typical hot tub will heat to 102...

    Definitely. A typical hot tub will heat to 102 degrees max; either your water heater is not producing water at 120 degrees (in which case either it's old or needs repair) or the water is losing 20-30...
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    Heh. We don't have coverings on any of our...

    Heh. We don't have coverings on any of our current windows except in the bathroom. Neither one of us are curtain/shade/whatever people. :) Of course, much depends on house siting. We're lucky that...
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    If I get rid of our house payments, we get down...

    If I get rid of our house payments, we get down to $11.63 a day plus whatever additional taxes we pay for no longer having a mortgage deduction. FWIW.
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    Now that's a deal! Actually, I'm not stuck on the...

    Now that's a deal! Actually, I'm not stuck on the idea of a traditional tree; something like these

    http://i61.tinypic.com/a0f2c4.jpg
    http://i59.tinypic.com/hsjpjq.jpg

    would work fine for us....
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    Not to threadjack, but this weekend DW and I saw...

    Not to threadjack, but this weekend DW and I saw what we would like to be our next home. A brewery near our house has been converted into artist's lofts; this weekend they held an art crawl including...
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    For us it looks like it comes to about $44.28 a...

    For us it looks like it comes to about $44.28 a day. That's probably a few cents/dollars low because I do not have visibility to all of the spending DW does for "house stuff". And that's...
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    My experience here is that many would rather...

    My experience here is that many would rather throw out/reassign/give away/sell too much rather than too little. Given the attendant expenses of even letting a car sit in the driveway, buying one for...
  25. When my wife and I divorced, one of the questions...

    When my wife and I divorced, one of the questions I had for myself was whether I ever would be in another committed relationship. My answer (to myself) was that it didn't matter if I was, because I...
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