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    Fun! Happy anniversary, you two -- sounds like...

    Fun! Happy anniversary, you two -- sounds like it's still a good match after all this time. :)
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    I've ordered shoes from Joe's New Balance Outlet...

    I've ordered shoes from Joe's New Balance Outlet . They, too, offer some terrific deals on New Balances, especially if you can wait a bit for a few sales. Same issue as ordering from NB themselves;...
  3. Kestra, three things struck me as I read your...

    Kestra, three things struck me as I read your post:

    - The first was one of those Stuart Smalley-isms that goes something like, "Just for today I will not 'should' all over myself."
    - The second...
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    I would say that you simply need to prioritize...

    I would say that you simply need to prioritize the most important values to you in housing. You mentioned disliking responsibility more than anything. That rules out several of the alternatives you...
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    I didn't have a knee replacement but when my...

    I didn't have a knee replacement but when my surgery was finished, they rolled me down to the main entrance and I walked to the car (unaided, maybe 40') to go home. Surgery is so much better than it...
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    Are you arrogant if you're right? :) I'm INTJ,...

    Are you arrogant if you're right? :)

    I'm INTJ, but so are about half of the people in Information Technology, so we've found ways around that (meritocracy works really well). I suspect that makes...
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    We're not quite there (I'm kind of retired; DW...

    We're not quite there (I'm kind of retired; DW has 4+ years to go). But I have to say that creating a budget was a great move. It really cemented what we were spending for things, especially those...
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    Our guests have gone home. All of them. (Ahhh...)...

    Our guests have gone home. All of them. (Ahhh...) Back to frugals:

    - DW and I were taken out for coffee twice while our guests were here. It's not something we'd normally do, but it's a nice...
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    My FP is about 32 years old and still going. Not...

    My FP is about 32 years old and still going. Not in daily use, but when I have a lot to do it is the tool for the job. At least our FP is dishwasher-safe. If it died tomorrow, though, I'd seriously...
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    One other consideration in negotiating: in...

    One other consideration in negotiating: in Minnesota, the value of a trade-in reduces the value of the transaction as far as sales tax applies. A $30,000 car will have a sales tax bill of $2,137.50....
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    mschrisgo makes an excellent point in disrupting...

    mschrisgo makes an excellent point in disrupting the routine to gain a fresh perspective. That might also give you time to determine what truly are your priorities -- and if you have any time...
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    Not at all. I mentioned in another "Walmart" post...

    Not at all. I mentioned in another "Walmart" post of mine that I know some folks have fewer (or no) good alternatives to shopping at Wally World. But no one walks into a big box store, purchasing...
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    People making far more than living wage buy cheap...

    People making far more than living wage buy cheap plastic crap made in China and eat at fast food joints, too. I don't see those as reasons to keep workers' wages near poverty levels. It's not like...
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    No dealership will make a trade offer on your car...

    No dealership will make a trade offer on your car without seeing it. You can tell them all the work has been done there, but you also told us that there is work the car needs that you haven't had...
  15. A much more succinct way to say what I did not...

    A much more succinct way to say what I did not say well. :) "Choices" transcends politics, religions, even most financial situations. It's hard for people to argue against choice.
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    As I mentioned in my earlier post, there are...

    As I mentioned in my earlier post, there are practical reasons people may choose to shop at Walmart. But your comment about "can't afford 'ethical'" reminds me of a conversation DW and I had shortly...
  17. freshstart, if you're purchasing a new iPhone...

    freshstart, if you're purchasing a new iPhone 6/6+, the "T-Mobile" model is unlocked from the get-go. You can buy it at a T-Mobile store/their Web site or Apple Store/their Web site. The other models...
  18. DW and I live within the limits of the city of...

    DW and I live within the limits of the city of Saint Paul, but we're about a mile away from downtown. Standard city lots, a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings, with few of...
  19. Left knee, SQ. I miss driving. I hope I have the...

    Left knee, SQ. I miss driving. I hope I have the OK to go back to it by end of the month, when I have my post-op checkup.
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    This place needs a "Like" button. :)

    This place needs a "Like" button. :)
  21. I can feel the same thing after my knee surgery...

    I can feel the same thing after my knee surgery -- compounding what I wasn't doing before the operation because it hurt too much. I'm going a bit stir-crazy just mostly sitting. But I know that once...
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    So what's more important to you? Saving $$ or...

    So what's more important to you? Saving $$ or preserving your conscience? ;)

    I understand that some folks in rural America do not have much of a choice but to shop at Wally World. I can understand...
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    Thanks, all, for the good wishes. I thought I'd...

    Thanks, all, for the good wishes. I thought I'd mentioned the surgery, but maybe not. Was kinda busy leading up to the operation. ;)

    Yes, I plan to be very good about getting back on my feet....
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    Congratulations, chrissieq! Ain't impending...

    Congratulations, chrissieq! Ain't impending grandparenthood terrific? :)

    Not many frugals here as I recover from knee surgery. We've had a steady stream of house guests, so we've (well, DW and...
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    I primarily use a calendar on my laptop that...

    I primarily use a calendar on my laptop that syncs to my smartphone (or a calendar on my smartphone that syncs to my laptop :)). That's all the time-based stuff: appointments, bills, phone calls,...
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