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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #50 on: March 14, 2018, 09:13:03 AM »
Dollar-store pregnancy tests.

Even cheaper- amazon. The dip strips like easy at home and clinic guard and wondfo are super cheap, $20 for 50 type thing, and have a higher sensitivity than anything but the First Response Early Result (and they're like $4-10/per). This is also true for OPKs also. So for those of us that need to use them month after month for years, it's a great option! (Now if I could just order cheap fertility treatments on amazon, LOL).
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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #51 on: March 14, 2018, 10:31:12 AM »
Furnace filters.

I'm not a furnace expert, but I've been told that unless you're really concerned about removing allergens, the cheaper filters are better because they don't impede airflow as much.

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2018, 02:21:40 PM »
25 lbs of bread flour from Sam's for $5.97.

The amount of food this makes is insane. If you ate only flour (somehow) that's 20 days of food at 2000 calories a day. Obviously I don't make bread everyday but in the long run it still helps offset some of the more healthy expensive ingredients and occasional restaurant trips. If worst came to worst though I could always live off of beans, rice, and bread for almost nothing which is comforting.

I use bread flour the same as all-purpose flour in pretty much everything, even waffles. I actually did the math and it costs me $0.35 to make two large Belgian waffles (plus whatever the electricity cost is and the amortized cost of the waffle maker).

How do you store 25 lbs of flour?

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2018, 03:09:47 PM »
- all sorts of medical supplies in big packages online

- liquid soap as well as dish soap (not better, but not worse either), same for shampoo and conditioner

- IKEA nonstick frying pan (better than ANY I ever owned, including one for four times as much)

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2018, 06:06:57 PM »
25 lbs of bread flour from Sam's for $5.97.

The amount of food this makes is insane. If you ate only flour (somehow) that's 20 days of food at 2000 calories a day. Obviously I don't make bread everyday but in the long run it still helps offset some of the more healthy expensive ingredients and occasional restaurant trips. If worst came to worst though I could always live off of beans, rice, and bread for almost nothing which is comforting.

I use bread flour the same as all-purpose flour in pretty much everything, even waffles. I actually did the math and it costs me $0.35 to make two large Belgian waffles (plus whatever the electricity cost is and the amortized cost of the waffle maker).

How do you store 25 lbs of flour?

We do this, too--buy flour in bulk. We store it in a food-grade 5 gallon bucket. You have to freeze the flour first in order to kill bug eggs. Worth it. We make all our own bread, and this is a real savings because in Hawaii a loaf of bread costs around $6.
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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #55 on: March 31, 2018, 02:23:44 PM »
- Reading glasses.  For the over-50 set, you can pay $500 for a prescription pair or you can buy a pack of 3 for a few bucks in a drug store.

- Office supplies.  The family always borrows my desk scissors, scotch tape, pens and pads.   I do buy some very fancy gel pens but I keep them hidden.

- Coffee filters.  How could it possibly matter which ones you buy?

- Gasoline. Hasn't anyone mentioned this yet?

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #56 on: July 01, 2018, 02:55:39 AM »
3.  Sodium-free cans of store-brand beans.  Spare meals galore. 
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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #57 on: July 01, 2018, 09:36:39 AM »
IKEA towels...because I like towels that will dry quickly in my humid climate.  More expensive towels seem to have a weird finish that makes them almost water repellant.