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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #300 on: December 17, 2017, 09:21:33 PM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)

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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #301 on: December 18, 2017, 02:40:49 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)

I have done that for years.

Another tip in this category is: turn off the shower while you are soaping in your hair. Relevant for people with long hair who like to massage their head.

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« Reply #302 on: December 18, 2017, 03:28:21 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)

I have done that for years.

Another tip in this category is: turn off the shower while you are soaping in your hair. Relevant for people with long hair who like to massage their head.
I consider those rather as normal things than 'crazy things you'd do to be frugal'. Why would you ever feel the need to leave the water on while brushing teeth? It's just a waste, regardless the monetary savings.

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« Reply #303 on: December 18, 2017, 03:46:43 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)
It might seem like a crazy way to save money, but it's better for the environment not to waste water. This practice is normal everywhere water is scarce, therefore  it does not qualify as "crazy".
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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #304 on: December 18, 2017, 09:14:19 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)

But you brush your teeth at least once every day.  That's $7.30/yr, or about 61 cents/month.  Using MMM's calculations* that monthly waste could translate into $105 in your investment account after a decade.  IMO it's crazy to waste water without even considering the financial implications.


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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #305 on: December 18, 2017, 12:38:28 PM »
I moved cross country using a bike trailer and USPS general delivery.  I did wimp out and hire a truck on the other end since I had to pick it all up before the 30 day general delivery window was up.

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« Reply #306 on: December 19, 2017, 05:40:45 AM »
I am amazed by the dentist's market.. It's like a dream job* , 6 fig paycheck easily.. Why there aren't more dentist's ? i am wondering myself, why I did not chose to be dentist.
*except you have to smell patients breath.

I am a dentist.

We do have one of the highest rates of suicide and addiction. Itís a brutal, brutal job, which is very hard to love at times, even under the best circumstances.
Plus, as this thread demonstrates, most people think our recommendations are full of shit.

Try spending every day trying to tell people they need to spend large sums on painful treatments for painless problems, where the best result we can hope for is that the patient canít tell that we did anything. I have the same difficult and tense conversations every day, day in and day out.

Oh, and ask me about my bigger-than-my-mortgage sized debt after 11 years of university, or what would happen to me financially if I were to ever get injured or ill, or what I spend annually on physiotherapy to lessen the damage that this job does to my body.

Personally, I love my job. Iím exactly the right kind of crazy to enjoy it, and Iíve fought tooth and nail to do it in a way that I can love (which included cutting down my hours and taking a massive pay cut), but I see a lot of colleagues burning out around me.





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« Reply #307 on: December 19, 2017, 07:10:50 AM »
Oh, and ask me about my bigger-than-my-mortgage sized debt after 11 years of university, or what would happen to me financially if I were to ever get injured or ill, or what I spend annually on physiotherapy to lessen the damage that this job does to my body.

If it’s not too personal, I’m really curious about the nature of the physiotherapy and what about your job causes the need for it.

As an attorney I feel like I can also commiserate with you on a lot of these points. We are here to help people be proactive and no one uses us that way, it’s always reactive, and our “best result” (at least for me in defense) is that the client pays a bunch of money to feel exactly like they did when they walked in, not realizing the magnitude of suck they just avoided. And very rare gratitude because the only thing they notice is the lighter wallet. Not to mention the addiction, suicide rates, stress, and physical deterioration we fight daily.

I’m off my soapbox now but just wanted to say that I feel your pain.

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« Reply #308 on: December 19, 2017, 11:41:26 AM »
I hang out with a bunch of young dentists regularly. They talk shop *all the time*. It's a huge part of their identity.

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« Reply #309 on: December 19, 2017, 12:26:53 PM »
Oh, and ask me about my bigger-than-my-mortgage sized debt after 11 years of university, or what would happen to me financially if I were to ever get injured or ill, or what I spend annually on physiotherapy to lessen the damage that this job does to my body.

If itís not too personal, Iím really curious about the nature of the physiotherapy and what about your job causes the need for it.

As an attorney I feel like I can also commiserate with you on a lot of these points. We are here to help peopleís  be proactive and no one uses us that way, itís always reactive, and our ďbest resultĒ (at least for me in defense) is that the client pays a bunch of money to feel exactly like they did when they walked in, not realizing the magnitude of suck they just avoided. And very rare gratitude because the only thing they notice is the lighter wallet. Not to mention the addiction, suicide rates, stress, and physical deterioration we fight daily.

Iím off my soapbox now but just wanted to say that I feel your pain.

Chronic repetite strain.
Itís rough on shoulders, arms, spines and hips.
They hammered ergonomics into us at school after a student ended up in spinal surgery before even graduating.

Some of us are more prone to injury than others.

And yeah, our careers are very similar.

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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #310 on: December 19, 2017, 12:27:50 PM »
Oh, and ask me about my bigger-than-my-mortgage sized debt after 11 years of university, or what would happen to me financially if I were to ever get injured or ill, or what I spend annually on physiotherapy to lessen the damage that this job does to my body.

If itís not too personal, Iím really curious about the nature of the physiotherapy and what about your job causes the need for it.

As an attorney I feel like I can also commiserate with you on a lot of these points. We are here to help people be proactive and no one uses us that way, itís always reactive, and our ďbest resultĒ (at least for me in defense) is that the client pays a bunch of money to feel exactly like they did when they walked in, not realizing the magnitude of suck they just avoided. And very rare gratitude because the only thing they notice is the lighter wallet. Not to mention the addiction, suicide rates, stress, and physical deterioration we fight daily.

Iím off my soapbox now but just wanted to say that I feel your pain.

+1  I'm an insurance agent.  While not the same magnitude as a dentist, I understand having professional suggestions being ignored, charging folks money (which prices we cannot control), to hopefully bring them back to where they were before the "incident", and the being a certain type of crazy to have chosen this profession.

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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #311 on: December 20, 2017, 02:32:06 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)
It might seem like a crazy way to save money, but it's better for the environment not to waste water. This practice is normal everywhere water is scarce, therefore  it does not qualify as "crazy".
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One can also keep a bucket near the shower to collect water while it's heating up before showers.  Use that for plant watering or other things.

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« Reply #312 on: December 20, 2017, 03:54:24 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)
It might seem like a crazy way to save money, but it's better for the environment not to waste water. This practice is normal everywhere water is scarce, therefore  it does not qualify as "crazy".
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One can also keep a bucket near the shower to collect water while it's heating up before showers.  Use that for plant watering or other things.

Definitely do save water when you can. We are spoiled living in a place where you can just turn on the faucet and here comes clean drinkable water 24x7.

Many years ago we had a guest visiting from Asia. In his area, water is only available at night. And these are water that have to boiled for drinking purpose. Once seeing that you can turn on the faucet and we got water with pretty good pressure, this person proceed to filled up our bathtub to the top.  I asked why, he was like, you got water now, you should save them incase it does not come back on. Got to explain that we have water anytime we want here in the US. Also in his home, apparently he has a tub built-in to store water in the bathroom, so that is why he filled up our bathtub.

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« Reply #313 on: December 20, 2017, 05:59:25 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)
It might seem like a crazy way to save money, but it's better for the environment not to waste water. This practice is normal everywhere water is scarce, therefore  it does not qualify as "crazy".
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One can also keep a bucket near the shower to collect water while it's heating up before showers.  Use that for plant watering or other things.
And that's not crazy either.
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« Reply #314 on: December 22, 2017, 05:54:19 AM »
Oh I finally have one to add! It happened last year but I forgot about it. I was travelling home for the holidays, and went to check into my flight, and my carry on luggage was 2kg over the limit. I decided to save the $50(!!!) I layered up on the unseasonably warm Canadian December day. Finally got my carry on under the limit. Once I went through security I re-organized my life and put everything back in my bag....but I was foiled! The same check in attendent was now the boarding agent, and she told me, my luggage had to be the same weight as at check in or I would have to pay a $75 (!!!!) door check fee. So I had to unload all my stuff AGAIN and boarded the plane with my 18 layers on.  I was so smug when I walked on to that plane past the check in attendant.

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« Reply #315 on: December 22, 2017, 06:43:20 AM »
Oh I finally have one to add! It happened last year but I forgot about it. I was travelling home for the holidays, and went to check into my flight, and my carry on luggage was 2kg over the limit. I decided to save the $50(!!!) I layered up on the unseasonably warm Canadian December day. Finally got my carry on under the limit. Once I went through security I re-organized my life and put everything back in my bag....but I was foiled! The same check in attendent was now the boarding agent, and she told me, my luggage had to be the same weight as at check in or I would have to pay a $75 (!!!!) door check fee. So I had to unload all my stuff AGAIN and boarded the plane with my 18 layers on.  I was so smug when I walked on to that plane past the check in attendant.
That's such a pain for you, but it makes a hilarious story. Taking all the stuff on and off twice :')

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« Reply #316 on: December 22, 2017, 06:50:24 AM »
This was all for a less than 1 hr local flight. They were pretty strict at that tiny airport! 

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« Reply #317 on: December 22, 2017, 12:28:27 PM »
Public transportation isn't a huge thing in Texas in a lot of places so I get a lot of weird reactions when I say I ride the train to the airport. Why don't you just Uber?!? Why don't you park there?! Well, Uber is like $32 one way and parking is like $10 a day. The train is $2 for a 2-hour pass with student ID (one way).

I don't think it's weird at all...? 

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« Reply #318 on: December 22, 2017, 07:54:03 PM »
Oh I finally have one to add! It happened last year but I forgot about it. I was travelling home for the holidays, and went to check into my flight, and my carry on luggage was 2kg over the limit. I decided to save the $50(!!!) I layered up on the unseasonably warm Canadian December day. Finally got my carry on under the limit. Once I went through security I re-organized my life and put everything back in my bag....but I was foiled! The same check in attendent was now the boarding agent, and she told me, my luggage had to be the same weight as at check in or I would have to pay a $75 (!!!!) door check fee. So I had to unload all my stuff AGAIN and boarded the plane with my 18 layers on.  I was so smug when I walked on to that plane past the check in attendant.
That's such a pain for you, but it makes a hilarious story. Taking all the stuff on and off twice :')

I would be so tempted, as walking onto that plane, asking that check in attendant if my luggage has to be the same weight as I am coming off the plane.

Good for you!

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« Reply #319 on: December 23, 2017, 12:20:52 AM »
Oh I finally have one to add! It happened last year but I forgot about it. I was travelling home for the holidays, and went to check into my flight, and my carry on luggage was 2kg over the limit. I decided to save the $50(!!!) I layered up on the unseasonably warm Canadian December day. Finally got my carry on under the limit. Once I went through security I re-organized my life and put everything back in my bag....but I was foiled! The same check in attendent was now the boarding agent, and she told me, my luggage had to be the same weight as at check in or I would have to pay a $75 (!!!!) door check fee. So I had to unload all my stuff AGAIN and boarded the plane with my 18 layers on.  I was so smug when I walked on to that plane past the check in attendant.
I think that agent was messing with you. Think about all the crap they sell in airport gift stores, after you pass through security.
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« Reply #320 on: December 23, 2017, 01:20:28 AM »
Public transportation isn't a huge thing in Texas in a lot of places so I get a lot of weird reactions when I say I ride the train to the airport. Why don't you just Uber?!? Why don't you park there?! Well, Uber is like $32 one way and parking is like $10 a day. The train is $2 for a 2-hour pass with student ID (one way).

I don't think it's weird at all...?
Guess how people react when I tell them I BIKE to the airport at 6 AM (in Boston, so not as bad as Texas, public transportation was totally acceptable there :p)

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« Reply #321 on: January 13, 2018, 01:32:33 PM »
Guess how people react when I tell them I BIKE to the airport at 6 AM (in Boston, so not as bad as Texas, public transportation was totally acceptable there :p)

Our airport has no legal way to access the main terminal by bike.  We did actually look into it for my boyfriends last business trip.  The only legal way is to go to the smaller farther terminal and take the light rail, at which point you might as well just take the light rail all the way IMO.

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« Reply #322 on: January 16, 2018, 09:56:23 AM »
Spent 4 hours sawing through a piece of metal in a tiny tiny cramped cabinet partly upside down I was trying to do some plumbing work that I had no experience for/tools for. Saved me 100 bucks tho so w/e ;P .

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« Reply #323 on: January 16, 2018, 02:57:10 PM »
Not crazy, but different for anyone who eats at my house:

I don't use papertowels.
I purchased napkins for cheap or reuse old hand towels to clean counters/house.  Saves me from killing the environment and purchasing papertowels.

I walked 4.5 miles home from clinicals one rotation. I was fortunate to have a site so close for my School. But I did not own a bike. Atthe time I still had my SUV, but I couldn't fathom driving 4.5 miles to a hospital and pay $5-6/day for garage parking for the day. Or sitting in traffic in the morning. So I walked to and from. I guess you could call it "Run-Commuting." If it rained, my BF dropped me off and I ran home in the rain.

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« Reply #324 on: January 16, 2018, 05:12:55 PM »
I'm 29 weeks pregnant and still biking to work (4.25 miles each way, flat) every day.  I don't think it's crazy, but my coworkers do.  I think they're crazy for paying $3.50/gallon for gas (or more, I don't actually know what gas costs lately).

Yep 23 weeks here, and still biking occasionally, we have a bit more winter then you do in NC...
Hopefully I can keep at it So I can up the days when the weather gets a bit better in 6 weeks or so.

Yep coworkers think I am crazy, but even crazier when they realize when I donít bike I walk. (2 miles each way)

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« Reply #325 on: January 16, 2018, 07:59:22 PM »
The no air conditioning in the Houston summer amazes me. I live in Austin and in August it can get close to 100 in my condo, with only a limited breeze from my windows. I've sat shirtless in shorts at my desk and still been dripping with sweat.

I live in houston, so its a tossup between biking to work (most bike unfriendly city ive been in, my wife thinks im crazy) and leaving the air conditioner off during the summer (my friends think im crazy).

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« Reply #326 on: January 17, 2018, 08:12:42 AM »
I forgot my lunch yesterday, so instead of buying one, I choked down the emergency meal replacement powder that I keep in my bag. Itís disgusting with only water, but I choked it down quickly as was fine for the afternoon.

Itís only 160 calories, but I have experience with fasting, so my body is adapted to not need a lot of calories to function on a given day.

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« Reply #327 on: January 17, 2018, 10:11:45 AM »
Turning off the water while brushing my teeth just to save on the water bill.    Assuming 5 gallons for a typical brushing period of time if the water ran, at $3.05 for 1000 gallons, I save $.02.   I've now gifted each of you that $.02 here!  ;-)

But you brush your teeth at least once every day.  That's $7.30/yr, or about 61 cents/month.  Using MMM's calculations* that monthly waste could translate into $105 in your investment account after a decade.  IMO it's crazy to waste water without even considering the financial implications.


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« Reply #328 on: January 18, 2018, 02:13:56 PM »
This week, the craziest thing I did was bike to Walmart. Which is fine, but then halfway through I forgot we had biked and told Big Brother he could get a pinata for his birthday party.

I was able to wedge it into my Wald basket and cover it with extra grocery bags to protect the streamers. Picture me with an overstuffed pannier on one side, the pinata in the basket on the other, my almost-seven-year-old on his 20 in bike riding ahead of me, and my five-year-old cruising on the Piccolo trail-a-bike. Well, we made it, and I successfully conveyed crazy frugality to my spawn!
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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #329 on: January 18, 2018, 05:41:40 PM »
Like many of my fellow Mustachians, I could eat at the finest restaurant in town, but I choose not to. Today is my birthday and a paid day off from work. So, I left my mortgage free home this morning, then drove to a local Denny's Restaurant, in my long ago paid off car. (I live in the boonies and it is not safe to bike to town). I ordered and enjoyed Denny's "Free Birthday Grand Slam". I did purchase a cup of coffee and gave the wonderful waitress a nice tip! It's the little things in life that make me happy! 

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« Reply #330 on: January 19, 2018, 01:14:39 PM »
Like many of my fellow Mustachians, I could eat at the finest restaurant in town, but I choose not to. Today is my birthday and a paid day off from work. So, I left my mortgage free home this morning, then drove to a local Denny's Restaurant, in my long ago paid off car. (I live in the boonies and it is not safe to bike to town). I ordered and enjoyed Denny's "Free Birthday Grand Slam". I did purchase a cup of coffee and gave the wonderful waitress a nice tip! It's the little things in life that make me happy!

I love this!  Happy Belated Birthday!

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Re: What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of frugality?
« Reply #331 on: January 19, 2018, 08:35:05 PM »
I live in houston, so its a tossup between biking to work (most bike unfriendly city ive been in, my wife thinks im crazy) and leaving the air conditioner off during the summer (my friends think im crazy).

I live here also... Add me to the list who think you're crazy. (Atleast on the biking part)

I avoid the main thoroughfares as much as possible and go on blind faith.  And I remember a guy around here who always used to ride his bike right on a main throroughfare, with a broomstick through the handles, with bags of cans tied to the broomstick.  He never seemed to get hit.  Although, come to think of it, I haven't seen him in a while now...

As a fellow Houston bike commuter, I would say it is all about timing.  I ride in to work at 6:30.  6:45 is a no go.