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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2017, 08:00:25 AM »
Jetski.  Should have never bought it.

Rent
Funny, DH came complete with two jet skis and a trailer. They've been stored at his brother's house the four years we've been married. He brought them home yesterday so he can clean them up and sell them. Turns out he inherited them from a relative. Shoulda known.

Once he had them uncovered, they looked like they might be fun. Maybe we'll have to do a couple of test runs to make sure they're good to go before we sell them...Um, nope.
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #51 on: March 14, 2017, 07:20:09 AM »
TV
New clothes
Jewelry
Home decor items
Toothpaste


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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #52 on: March 14, 2017, 07:50:28 AM »
Buying lunch at the cafeteria at work.
Selling your car after 100.000 kms.
Cook books.
Privacy and being extremely against customer discount cards.
Being accessible on the phone all the time.
Tumble dry. Found out yesterday that laundry dries just fine on a rack.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #53 on: March 14, 2017, 10:35:28 AM »
An iron -- just toss in the dryer for 5 minutes or hang in the bathroom during a hot shower
deodorant -- when i started cleaning up my diet and my products, I also stopped stinking so much...huh
conditioner -- just an oil based natural shampoo bar for hair and body
face cleanser -- castor oil and the oil cleansing method
so much clothes -- minimalism all the way
most decor stuff -- only the favorites need to be seen, empty spaces are fine
netflix -- use amazon video occasionally or don't watch anything at all
a meal plan -- I would buy too much and waste it because plans changed...now I just have a running stash that is standard and can be used to make dozens of meals.
a gym membership -- too much of an introvert, I hate going to the gym!
fancy dog toys -- they just use the antlers and the pull ropes anyway....
dryer sheets -- don't even notice the difference
full strength dish soap -- yup, mines watered down!
microwave -- I have a cute coffee bar now in the microwave shelf, which is much more to our liking
jewelry -- I only have a few pieces that I actually love and wear...sold the rest for scrap
craft supplies -- have gotten rid of most of them
makeup powders or concealers...
cds
air fresheners or sprays
home phone
cell phone contracts

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #54 on: March 14, 2017, 11:13:29 AM »
This forum :)

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #55 on: March 14, 2017, 11:14:32 AM »
Selling your car after 100.000 kms.

Just to let you know, you should be able to get more than 100km out of a car.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #56 on: March 14, 2017, 11:29:35 AM »
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #57 on: March 14, 2017, 04:50:55 PM »
Selling your car after 100.000 kms.
Just to let you know, you should be able to get more than 100km out of a car.

I think that's what she's saying... she used to think you needed to sell your car, now she knows better.
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #58 on: March 15, 2017, 03:41:07 AM »
This forum :)
Because you achieved FIRE or because you gave up? 😉

I'm FIRE, but I still need this forum. I value the opportunity to share what I've learned in hopes of making someone else's journey easier.

To MJ: You bring the tinder, I'll bring the matches. Oh, wait! Don't you live in a rainy place? You bring the waterproof matches, I'll bring the dry tinder.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #59 on: March 15, 2017, 06:13:39 AM »
High heels
Restaurants - my hubby is an excellent cook AND does the dishes lol
Video's (now we watch Netflix, though we do have some of our 2 yr old ... mostly Diego/Dora/Barney)
Makeup everyday - now it is special occasions and then only minimal
More than one good camera - I only ever use the one now ... the other will be going up for sale.
TV - gave it up over a decade ago and don't miss General Hospital or any of the other shows I wasted my time on.
Tim Hortons coffee (now at almost $2 per large cup) - I bring instant to work and make my own.
Sugar in my coffee - over 2 years now!

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #60 on: March 15, 2017, 06:16:37 AM »
To MJ: You bring the tinder, I'll bring the matches. Oh, wait! Don't you live in a rainy place? You bring the waterproof matches, I'll bring the dry tinder.

Oh I've got Tinder, don't worry. Thinking of adding that to my list of "stuff I don't need anymore."
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #61 on: March 15, 2017, 06:31:41 AM »
Microwave
Comprehensive car insurance
Facebook

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #62 on: March 15, 2017, 09:13:41 PM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

How do you not need this stuff? Especially a purse, couch or heeled shoes?

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #63 on: March 16, 2017, 09:24:01 AM »
- Netflix (I literally google movies/shows and find HD streams for free from sites)
- TV (I just use my computer with monitor)
- Dryer (air dry)
- Furniture (as in buying furniture. People chuck nice stuff all the time. 85% of my apartment is free furniture other 15% I bought used)
- New devices

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2017, 09:26:04 AM »
Cable TV
More clothes
Cheap disposable junk for kids
Plastic grocery bags
Bottled water (installed RO system)
Restaurant food
Soda pop

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #65 on: March 19, 2017, 09:49:14 AM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

How do you not need this stuff? Especially a purse, couch or heeled shoes?

I use a backpack.

I sleep in the living room, so no room for a couch.

I wear sneakers or flats.

Easy peasy.
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #66 on: March 19, 2017, 10:05:52 AM »
Starbucks Tall Mocha Frappuccino Light. My stepdaughters always gave me Starbucks gift cards for Xmas and my birthday because they knew I loved them and was too cheap to buy them. Now I ask them to donate to charities instead, and I put vanilla extract in my homemade regular or iced coffee for a flavor kick.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #67 on: March 19, 2017, 10:25:26 AM »
To MJ: You bring the tinder, I'll bring the matches. Oh, wait! Don't you live in a rainy place? You bring the waterproof matches, I'll bring the dry tinder.

Oh I've got Tinder, don't worry. Thinking of adding that to my list of "stuff I don't need anymore."
I don't have "Tinder" either, or FB or Twitter etc. Early on, when friends were giving it up for Lent, I just decided not to start. Recently, it seems I accidentally opened a FB account. I was trying to comment on a thread I'd found via a goog search. OMG, there's crap in my inbox every day with "friends" I've never heard of. Need to figure out how to escape!

Definitely stuff I don't need. Since I (mostly) never had it, I can't really say "any more"
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #68 on: March 19, 2017, 01:27:18 PM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

MJ, I love your list.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2017, 06:06:11 AM »
Thanks 5S!
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2017, 06:59:52 AM »
I used to believe that you needed to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks in between. Now I regularly fast 24 or 36 hours a few times a week. I am fasting now and don't plan on eating until Monday which will be a minimum of 60 hours of pausing my eating.

I am not doing it to save money but it has a lot of health benefits and gives you back a lot of time. My house is getting very clean today because I will keep busy so I don't think about food. :)

I'm considering adding fasting to my lifestyle. I used to try and fail miserably because I just felt so AWFUL. Then my brother told me he occasionally does a day where he does just liquids - whenever he starts feeling bad he'll drink a bit of clear juice to bring his blood sugar up. A couple weeks ago I had to go into work and because my intestines weren't tolerating any food, I just drank juice a few times in the day, and I actually got through a work day without eating! My intestines were able to recover with no lost time at work! So now I'm thinking of doing this once a fortnight.

Any tips for a fasting newbie?

 

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #71 on: Today at 05:09:26 AM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

MJ, I love your list.

I was getting a hard time for my crt tv. I finally caved and got a good deal on 48" sony flat. You can also retire in a cardboard box RIGHT NOW. No reason to wait.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #72 on: Today at 05:53:50 AM »
Most have been mentioned.  As someone who used to travel for weeks with just a carry on, and didn't own more than could move in a car, the AT thru-hiker's example is dead on. 

I don't use, or miss, social media. Instead of deleting my Facebook, I deleted all of my friends.  There are loads of pics I need to transfer at some point.

A few things I do not use are a bit extreme. I do most of our laundry by hand (heavy towels and blankets are the exception.) Myself, elderly mom and busy 12 year-old.  We've started to replace clothes as they wear out with lighter layers that wash easily and hang dry quickly.  Electric bill is way down, uses less water, and waaaay cheaper than a laundromat or replacing aging washer.

Boil all water in electric kettle, save in giant Thermos for use during day.

Restaurant meals.  Moved to small town, and the options are disgusting.

Computer, 24/7home internet, smartphone, cable, etc. are not used.  Kindles and wifi, when available. (Library, pool, occasional pass)

Traditional lights at night. Kindles are great for reading. We all have headlamps, and good quality solar lanterns (battery back up)

Have an oven, but prefer the toaster oven for most use.   Fast, cheap to use, easy to clean.

Have been car free in rural area. Could do it again, but 12 yo has a lot of activities requiring rides, and I have a few health issues. We have one,small older beater car, and drive just under 2,000 miles a year.  I used to be a big time road tripper, and new SUV lover. Occasionally, I miss both, but the feeling passes.

Could go on, but you get the idea. :)

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #73 on: Today at 05:59:21 AM »
One more: school.  I used to think traditional, public or private schools were necessary. We moved to homeschooling, and love it.  No more early morning rush, no PTA, no teacher conferences, half-days,or homework battles.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #74 on: Today at 07:20:14 AM »
Did I mention a big house already? I am thinking more and more about moving to a very small house in some years time, when my DH is ready to sell the current too big house. In the meantime I spend quite some time cleaning it.

I'm even looking at tiny houses, as you can move them on a truck. But tiny houses are probably just a bit too tiny to be practical. For me alone it could probably be enough.

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #75 on: Today at 07:49:53 AM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

MJ, I love your list.

I was getting a hard time for my crt tv. I finally caved and got a good deal on 48" sony flat. You can also retire in a cardboard box RIGHT NOW. No reason to wait.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A FLAT-SCREEN TV, WHAT'S EVEN THE POINT OF LIVING?
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #76 on: Today at 08:54:39 AM »
Jewelry, new clothes, make-up, a nice purse, heels.

Wall art. Handmade decorative pillows for my couch. A couch.

A TV. Paper books. Podcasts during my walks. A music subscription.

Meat in most meals.

A college degree.

Excellent job evaluations and the praise of my managers.

A job.

(Less than one year away from proving that last one.)

MJ, I love your list.

I was getting a hard time for my crt tv. I finally caved and got a good deal on 48" sony flat. You can also retire in a cardboard box RIGHT NOW. No reason to wait.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A FLAT-SCREEN TV, WHAT'S EVEN THE POINT OF LIVING?

Agreed it is not needed but I could not believe how many were giving me a  hard time here for my crt.. But it does make the living room look nice and give it some modernism in a place looks pretty old school otherwise. And speaking of living rooms -- if you're on a fold out sofa except no sofa in someone's living room that means you are pretty much homeless. Not sure if you care or what your deal is but no jewelry; make up; real shoes and backpack like some highschooler is not exactly something I would find a plus in the dating world.
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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #77 on: Today at 10:03:32 AM »
Religion (the golden rule is all I need)
Fancy clothes and shoes (I've grown to love simplicity)
Cable (I hardly watch tv these days)
Social media (I still have Facebook to keep in touch with family)
The newest gadgets (Held off on buying any new toys for the last 3 years, which to me is an eternity)

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Re: Things you used to think you needed, but didn't
« Reply #78 on: Today at 10:08:01 AM »
Thanks for breaking my fucking heart, chin stubble. Guess I'll put away this promise ring I was saving for you.
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