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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. 
Seconded.
BIC single-blade razors. The multi-blade expensive ones get gummed up with hair between the blades. But a blast of water from the tap cleans the hair out of the single-blade one, so it actually works better than the multi-blade ones.
Polycarbonate clear construction glasses with large wraparound lenses for UV protection, dust and insect protection when cycling.

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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. 

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« Reply #58 on: August 18, 2018, 09:11:24 PM »
Wash cloths. Cheaper ones are smaller and thinner - this means that you can rinse the soap out of them more easily and quickly, so you don't waste more of your time and more of the hot water you had to pay to heat. They are also rougher, which means that they scrub better.

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2018, 09:12:16 AM »
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.

Wait, what?!?  I have never done this with my big bag of flour, and now I'm questioning all of my life decisions :'(  I've never noticed bugs in my flour, but maybe I'm just bad at looking! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #60 on: August 19, 2018, 09:44:06 AM »
Any kind of grain can have flour moths/millers in it. A lot of people stick it in the freezer for a while to kill them before they ever hatch out, because if you get an infestation in your kitchen you end up throwing everything out and doing a lot of scrubbing.

When I bought flour in bulk, I usually timed it so that I could leave it outside in the garage or the trunk of the car (in winter) for a couple of days before I divided it up for storage.
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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #61 on: August 19, 2018, 01:17:23 PM »
VO5 sulfate and silicone free conditioner, especially from the Dollar Tree. Itís the best Iíve found, my hair loves it and itís only a dollar.

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« Reply #62 on: August 19, 2018, 02:05:55 PM »
The Works toilet cleaner from the Dollar Store to clean hard water stains off your toilet.

I second dollar store pregnancy tests.

The dollar store is also good for various skin creams like hydrocortisone or antifungal creams. Works just as well as the stuff that costs eight times more at CVS or Walgreens.

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2018, 08:19:56 PM »
Dollar stores get a bad wrap, but I find the popular ones to be more than sufficient. 99 Cents Only stores have high traffic in my area and are regularly restocking the shelves. Even with fresh produce. I was told by a local grocery store worker that when they receive produce, if one item in a box is damaged, they reject the whole thing and sell it to dollar stores. Dollar stores removes the bad and stocks the perfectly good items. You also find name brand food items there all the time.

Then there are things like utensils or office stationery. Compared to a big box stores, you spend way less. I've found the cheap quality items (worth getting better name brands at bigger retailers) are things like cleaning supplies and Tupperware. You can tell the quality is cheaper.

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« Reply #64 on: September 02, 2018, 08:02:55 AM »
I love the Wal-Mart brand fruit snacks. Way better than any of the more expensive name brand versions, like Mott's. And I agree with previous posters on cheap towels and Corelle-type dishes.

Also, lately I've found we watch a lot more free stuff on Youtube (mostly cooking/travel/video game hints) than we do on the services we pay for (Netflix & Amazon Prime). We seem to enjoy it more.

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« Reply #65 on: September 02, 2018, 09:19:43 AM »
For absorbing motor oil spills, the cheapest possible cat litter works the best.  You want the clay granules, not some fancy treated/scented paper stuff.  Crush the clay bits into the concrete with your shoe, stomp + twist until it's dusty.  Works great for soaking up oil.
And you can get small bags of it at some dollar stores!
OMG, I buy 5-pound bags of Johnny Cat at the 99 Cents Only store and my cat is fine with it, hooray! I usually buy 20 bags at a time. I'm always worried that they'll stop carrying it.

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« Reply #66 on: November 17, 2018, 12:32:34 PM »
Dollar store napkins. Used to buy expensive Costco brand, but you typically only use quarter of the napkin.  Dollar store napkins are smaller, thinner and just right.

Trader Joe's Tea Tree shampoo.  Smells nice, rinses clean, cheap and heard lice (for school aged kids) does not like it. 

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« Reply #67 on: December 08, 2018, 10:19:20 AM »
$1 for a 12 ounce bag of pretzels. They taste better than the twice-as-costly brands.

Coffee. The cheap stuff ($5 for a 34 ounce can) tastes just as good, maybe better, than the name brand stuff like Folgers or Maxwell House. I admit Chock-full-o-Nuts tastes better, but it isn't worth the extra money, IMHO.

Certain brands of cheap beer taste real good to me. I also buy the fancy microbrew, but only on sale.   


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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #68 on: December 08, 2018, 11:01:12 AM »
Cheapo orange juice from the discount (kind of like Aldi) supermarket near me.  Also cheapo no name brand coffee and imported German butter and French brie from the same place. 

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« Reply #69 on: December 08, 2018, 06:52:31 PM »
Moisturizer- cheap Cerave in the tub works better and without any fragrances or fluff ingredients. So much better than $200/oz creme de la mer I received as a gift.

Smith's 2-step knife sharpener for $3 on amazon.

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« Reply #70 on: December 09, 2018, 04:31:41 PM »
I know paying for bags at the grocery store is technically cheap, but like... a reusable bag is even cheaper because you buy it once and never gain. Does this qualify? (This is for metropolitan areas that charge for disposable bags if you don't bring your own.)

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« Reply #71 on: December 09, 2018, 06:10:02 PM »
I don't like cheap trashy crap, can tell the difference immediately and disagree with most of the suggestions here.

My vote - free financial advice from Bogleheads. Beats the heck out of paid advice from professional advisors.  Of course, it is not really "free" because you have to do some of the thinking yourself as well.

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« Reply #72 on: December 18, 2018, 09:47:35 PM »

https://www.cetaphil.com/gentle-skin-cleanser

Cetaphil face cleanser. I think it is hard to beat the price per ml.

It also doubles as a great smooth shaving cream.

Ideal to limit the different little bottles when traveling.

And there is also a published paper in a medical journal that it kills lice.

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Re: What items have you found cheapest TRULY is best?
« Reply #73 on: December 18, 2018, 10:01:53 PM »
- cheap toilet paper for life! I get a case at Costco that lasts a year.
- Walmart brand beans in a can, and diced tomatoes. Really good, really cheap, great emergency meals