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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #200 on: January 26, 2016, 07:45:17 AM »
Went to Europe for a week. (Work trip).
Bought nothing except a one euro pair of wool gloves from a street vendor. Oh and a a few postcards.
Usually travel cues the "buy things" bug, so this was kind of a nice change.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #201 on: January 26, 2016, 07:50:57 AM »
Boss took me out to lunch yesterday. We went to Chili's. The hamburger on the lunch menu was a "double cheeseburger" with a soup.  I took one patty off of it, since that's too much meat for me, put that in a to-go box. Cut the burger in half and put it with  the fries into a to-go box. Ate half the burger for lunch with soup, then half the burger for dinner with some of the fries.  And now I still have a hamburger patty and some fries for one more meal.

Pretty good deal for a free lunch out.

Restaurant meals are huge. This was the smaller lunch plate, and I got 3 meals out of it. And was stuffed.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #202 on: January 28, 2016, 07:51:50 AM »
Was gonna say "bought nothing."

But between home heat and electricity, house tax, etc., I buy a lot every single day.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #203 on: January 28, 2016, 12:56:03 PM »
Was gonna say "bought nothing."

But between home heat and electricity, house tax, etc., I buy a lot every single day.

Technically yes. But I want to think of it as "paid on the 1st of the month" so I bought it that day not on the other 29 days.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #204 on: January 28, 2016, 02:11:24 PM »
Long time reader and have been following this thread and decided to join the Mustachian cheer.

Bought nothing today and deposited $30 of coins into my checking account. And biked there, like I do everywhere!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #205 on: January 28, 2016, 03:20:43 PM »
We have a bar we like to go to once or twice a month but being retired recently we have been staying away because it always ended up being a 50$ bill. Now the last 2x's we go home eat lunch and have the 2 for ones on Thursdays and its 10$. So once or twice a month we figured a way in our budget and have fun seeing our friends there.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #206 on: January 29, 2016, 07:43:57 AM »
A night light style lamp went out.  In the old days, I would have bought a new lamp.  This basically has a night light socket on an electrical cord.  Found the part for $5 online.  But had some extra led string lights laying around and used those instead.  The lamp is a butterfly lamp and has capiz shells, so the led lights look pretty shining through the shells.  So I fixed it and bought nothing.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #207 on: January 29, 2016, 10:44:37 AM »
Another day without Starbucks, brought my breakfast and lunch to work and walked, so nothing spent. Yay!

All I did buy was a stamp (1.15) to mail my property tax to the city. Guess that falls in the "necessary" category.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #208 on: January 29, 2016, 11:11:50 AM »
$5 ice cream.

Sucks.  Should've done it. 

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #209 on: January 29, 2016, 01:50:25 PM »

An eyeshadow palette.  Saved 80 bucks.  The last thing I need is more eyeshadow.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #210 on: January 29, 2016, 02:29:17 PM »
I did NOT buy a bottle of water.

To explain: I went to the gym to take a fitness class, and I always bring my own reusable water bottle. As I pulled into the parking lot, I realized I did not have my bottle. The room is very far from the water fountain and I knew that would not work for me. Grudgingly I decided I would have to buy a bottle of water from the gym.  As I was getting out of the car I realized... almost out of sight I had my coffee thermos in the car! So I grabbed that and rinsed it out int he locker room, and filled it up at the water fountain. I probably looked a little nuts drinking from a coffee thermos during a fitness class, but I did NOT have to buy anything so it's worth it!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #211 on: January 30, 2016, 03:26:33 PM »
Sorrel boots that were on sale. I still need winter boots tho :(

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #212 on: January 30, 2016, 08:15:47 PM »
Penciled out a 3 day trip to Vegas and as bad as my wife wants to go...I had to say No! Just not worth the expense for a few days of fun to me as we're already booked for a 9 night vacation in July to Hawaii.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #213 on: February 01, 2016, 10:30:53 PM »
Cleaned my own house today. Saved $, and actually saved some stress because I didn't have a bunch people in my housewhen I was trying to work. 

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #214 on: February 01, 2016, 10:35:57 PM »
Didn't get out for lunch, so I didn't even give myself the temptation to get fast food!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #215 on: February 02, 2016, 12:19:50 AM »
Got a big contract for table tops. Was very tempted to buy a biscuit joiner(~$200). But, I don't normally do a lot of this kind of work, so I decided I didn't need to buy one just yet. I'll use my doweling jig for alignment instead. It'll take more time, but since my side hustle(wood furniture) isn't close to overwhelming my free time, I'll make do.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #216 on: February 06, 2016, 03:01:06 PM »
Biked to a Museum with the kids today. Free entrance, brought snacks and coffee and actually found 1.

Good day.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #217 on: March 21, 2016, 02:06:07 PM »
Birkenstock Arizona sandals. Friends of ours (from Germany) wear them as house shoes with socks, as do many Germans, and made them look awfully cute and desirable when we were visiting last night. Do I have plenty of Birkenstocks? Yes. Do I have plenty of socks and moccasins to wear at home? Yes. Now to just not look at them online AT ALL...

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #218 on: March 27, 2016, 08:58:15 PM »
We did a bathroom remodel in 2012 with new Delta faucet and shower head.  Recently the shower head began to drip-drip-drip slowly and then more so.  I looked online to buy new seals/washers from Amazon and saw that in one review of the innards a kind person (a Mustachian maybe?) reminded everyone that the Delta faucets are lifetime guaranteed and we needn't pay for these parts!  I called Delta directly and got the whole new set of faucet parts for free, no hassle or fuss. 20 minutes after receiving the parts, the shower was fixed.  Saved $38.  Maybe not the coolest thing to do at a retail site but may good karma find that reviewer evermore. 

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #219 on: March 27, 2016, 09:47:21 PM »
Kids wanted to see the old movie, Barnyard. We don't own it. I was going to Walmart anyways so I looked for it there ... No luck. Came home and checked if our library has it ... Again, no luck. Then I checked online and there it was for FREE! Doh! Why don't I think of this first?! Anyways, happy dad and kids are now streaming it from my laptop onto the big tv with an hdmi cable. Yay for free movies!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #220 on: March 28, 2016, 08:39:19 AM »
Had a six hour drive to visit family for the holidays.  Instead of stopping somewhere along the way for lunch or a snack when we stop for gas like we usually do , we had a big breakfast and packed healthy snacks (almonds, apples, carrot sticks).  Saved close to $30 bucks for both trips (there and back).
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #221 on: March 28, 2016, 01:44:46 PM »
I have milk, and I don't use milk unless I put it in something, because milk by itself is icky.  Today I didn't go to the grocery store just to get sugary cereal to eat with milk.  That saves me the cereal price as well as the price of all the other unnecessary stuff I'm sure I would have found - discounted Easter candy, chai mix to drink with milk, etc.

I read in a gardening thread today that you can use small amounts of milk to fertilize seedlings.  Maybe I'll have to use it all that way.  Double win!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #222 on: March 29, 2016, 02:23:02 PM »
I really wanted to buy The Martian DVD but I resisted. I will wait till its on Netflix or might ask for it for my birthday. I did see it in the cinema but wanted to rewatch it. Also I have the book do might re-read that instead.

I also wanted to buy dinner before my dance class after work but resisted and had dinner at home afterwards instead.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #223 on: March 29, 2016, 05:50:51 PM »
Does your public library have DVDs?  I bet they'd have The Martian and it would be free or cost you $1.

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« Reply #224 on: March 29, 2016, 06:58:57 PM »
I did not buy a huge messy poutine or extra gravy or extra curds. I also did not get the free vinegar or fork my poutine would come with

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #225 on: March 30, 2016, 02:24:47 AM »
Does your public library have DVDs?  I bet they'd have The Martian and it would be free or cost you $1.
Oh good idea! They do have DVD's, I will check if they have it, thanks!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #226 on: March 30, 2016, 07:28:28 AM »
I didn't buy merengues or whipped cream and instead made my own for a dessert I brought in for a coworker's birthday. However, in the middle of making my own merengues, my hand mixer basically exploded and I did have to buy a new one without time to research possibilities. :( I had that mixer for 5 years and it had been my mother's for almost 20 years before that.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #227 on: March 30, 2016, 10:47:57 AM »
I almost bought a brand new garden tools set with an open box discount from Amazon. $70 set for $29. I had a few other items in the cart for comparison, but had deleted the rest. I was about to click check out, when I thought about how it might be fun to make my own/repurpose something else to carry my (to be acquired later) garden tools.

There's $30 while it would have been well used, would have been unnecessarily spent.

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« Reply #228 on: March 30, 2016, 11:15:01 AM »
Head of organic cauliflower that was 4" across for $4.  Instead I bought a pineapple that was the same price and came out to a little over $1/lb once I weighed it. 

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« Reply #229 on: March 31, 2016, 09:39:47 AM »
We did a bathroom remodel in 2012 with new Delta faucet and shower head.  Recently the shower head began to drip-drip-drip slowly and then more so.  I looked online to buy new seals/washers from Amazon and saw that in one review of the innards a kind person (a Mustachian maybe?) reminded everyone that the Delta faucets are lifetime guaranteed and we needn't pay for these parts!  I called Delta directly and got the whole new set of faucet parts for free, no hassle or fuss. 20 minutes after receiving the parts, the shower was fixed.  Saved $38.  Maybe not the coolest thing to do at a retail site but may good karma find that reviewer evermore.

Can't believe the coincidence, but now the sink faucet is leaking.  Another call to Delta, another stem replacement on its way to me for free.  They are sending 2 "just in case the other handle leaks too."  $72 not spent compared to the Amazon cost (and BTW, Delta also sells the repair parts on their web site, it is only if you realize this is a lifetime guaranteed product and actually call them do you get the parts for no charge, devious of them if you ask me).

 The question now is why do the modern Delta fixtures wear out in only 4 years?  We had Delta my whole life growing up and I can't remember my folks ever having to fix them.  I am sure it is a tale of decreasing brand quality and the cheaping out of product components.  DIY and free parts are the way to battle it I guess.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #230 on: March 31, 2016, 03:43:15 PM »
On my last backpacking trip I realized that my nice wool long underwear has been decimated by moths.  I was ready to go buy a new nice pair, but realized I have a good-enough pair in my closet.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #231 on: March 31, 2016, 10:51:49 PM »
Still haven't bought any plants.  This is a big thing for me this time of year.  I am going to try to divide some of my existing perennials instead this weekend.  I had a full cart on the High Country Gardens site, but I'm holding off for now.  Also resisted buying herbs while at the feed store today.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #232 on: April 01, 2016, 12:21:11 PM »
I have also resisted buying plants . . . need to try to find free cuttings rather than go to the fancy nursery :)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #233 on: April 01, 2016, 04:56:00 PM »
No new winter cycling tights for me.
Current pair has hole worn in ass. Only gonna get worse. What to do?
Had some old bib shorts with worn out chamois insert, not that comfortable in the first place.
Unstitch insert, toss.
Put on hole-in-ass winter tights over top of shorts as per usual.
Now, old chamois-less bib shorts go on over the tights. Covers hole in ass. Works as suspenders. Looks more hardcore cyclist, even.
Total cost = zero. Should last a few winters.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #234 on: April 02, 2016, 03:09:20 PM »
LOL ^^^ at fixed ass:)

1. Did not buy that fabulous cameo pendant - hand carved shell with fairy and half moon detail. I wanted that sucker so bad I could taste it.
Oh well, my new motto is "I'm re-directing my money", so $267 (on sale-sigh) no longer fits with my new goals. Right now, I'd like to see a little cash stash build up and jewelry purchases would sabotage my plans.

2. Made all sorts of dishes with the tomato and cabbage harvest bounty from the garden yesterday, various soups, sauce, casserole - my freezer is packed. A lot of healthy, organic goodness.
Never tried making salsa before, but I think that is what the next batch will be, since I am out of freezer space now.

3.Salvaged an old garden trellis by re-painting it - makes a good looking support for my tomato plants.

4. Traded some plants and seeds with my garden friends.
Managed to grow two African Blue basil plants (it has a slightly spicy taste - awesome basil flavor) from the mother plant and
two geraniums from the old plants. They are already as big as the plants the garden center sells for $3.95 each - score:)
My garden friend gave me a good size Palm she started from seed - amazing and free:) - those things can get expensive.
Got the swiss chard to reproduce three times from the old stalk - score!
Got plenty of Snap Dragon seeds to give to my garden friends - we love the big ole hardy kind in every color of the rainbow.

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« Reply #235 on: April 03, 2016, 03:42:00 AM »
I ordered some apple cider vinegar and something for my pets, but I didn't buy another book. I want to read everything I own before I buy another book!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #236 on: April 03, 2016, 09:42:00 AM »
A new pair of eyeglasses. I had an appointment yesterday and found that my prescription has shifted again, but after being ignored by the staff at the store I left. My two pairs are very out of date, but I see well enough with them on the rare occasions I am not wearing my contacts. Rude salespeople saved me at least $100!
Hey there! There are quite a few online shops that sell custom prescription glasses. I just tried zenni.com and love them! All frames in the world are made by the same company anyway, my new glasses cost me $50, and that includes shipping!

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« Reply #237 on: April 03, 2016, 04:49:57 PM »
Self-esteem in the guise of new clothes.

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« Reply #238 on: April 03, 2016, 05:11:38 PM »
Groceries.

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« Reply #239 on: April 03, 2016, 08:55:26 PM »
Dessert!  Had a serious hankering to splurge, monetarily and calorically, on an ice cream sundae.  Instead, made up a batch of brownies at home, then blended frozen bananas with a little whipped cream to make a delicious pseudo ice cream to go on top.  Banana-cream-brownie thing was excellent and better for me.  Still have brownies to take to work this week, too.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #240 on: April 04, 2016, 03:34:42 PM »
I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the "Badassity" section, but today I did NOT pay a plumber to unclog my kitchen sink. Woohoo!

I untwisted a wire clothes hanger and jammed it down the drain until the water started to go down. (How's that for detailed, professional  instructions?!) Then I boiled some water and poured that down to make sure the coast was clear.

I'm not sure I would recommend this course of action to everyone, but....all's well now and I'm pretty sure I avoided spending a couple hundred bucks. So that's that.

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« Reply #241 on: April 04, 2016, 03:47:48 PM »
I did NOT buy a trellis. I got some wire through someone on my Buy Nothing Group. I still need to figure out staking it in though. Hmmm.
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« Reply #242 on: April 05, 2016, 02:46:43 PM »
Haha! This is a funny thread! 

Many times, I am on my way to get something only to not purchase said item.  I figure I should start moving that money into a "did not buy" account to see how much I accumulate over the years.

Once, I realized that I did not want to buy something at the exact time that my wife asked, "what do you want?" while standing at the register.

Let's say she wasn't too happy as I had chosen the restaurant too.

Sometimes I do this- I really need to do it more consistently. I feel like I'll save a lot of money when I do that.

Saturday- not a good day day- I went to WalGreens- I didn't even have anything in my mind- I just went. I seriously need to retrain my brain on how to function. I was never like this ever till I moved to NJ.

Anyway- today was a win.
I always pack a lunch- ALWAYS. But occasionally the group goes out to lunch b/c we have consultants and meetings carry over- it's work time and useful. But I really couldn't afford and didn't want to spend the 10$ on a diner tuna wrap when I had a perfectly usable steak salad at my desk.

So I came back to my desk.
Tuesday 10$ win for  me!!!!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #243 on: April 05, 2016, 04:42:28 PM »
I rode my bike to work today so saved a couple of gallons of gas.  (It's about 26 miles each way).

And I brought my lunch, too.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #244 on: April 05, 2016, 08:32:50 PM »
Self-esteem in the guise of new clothes.

Thank you for this.  Needed this reminder!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #245 on: April 05, 2016, 10:48:47 PM »
Didn't buy food, Pete's Coffee or anything else that I'm tempted to buy when running late to work, after finally planning ahead. Ate one of a batch cooked breakfast burrito, brought home brewed iced tea, had half a salad (ok, this was store bought on grocery day) lunch, dinner at home, definitely small victories

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #246 on: April 06, 2016, 01:33:54 AM »
I didn't buy buns for a party I'm hosting tomorrow night ... I plan to make them.

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« Reply #247 on: April 06, 2016, 03:08:39 AM »
A fancier lunch than I needed!

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« Reply #248 on: April 06, 2016, 07:37:09 PM »
Ingredients (cashews!  why do you cost so much $$$$)  to make a fancy pants vegan, gluten-free cheesecake for a potluck tomorrow.  I want to bring something impressive, but instead am using the potatoes in the pantry to make potato salad.  Oh well, it is a yummy potato salad :)

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« Reply #249 on: April 06, 2016, 07:40:44 PM »
I received a couple of previously-ordered pairs of jeans in the mail from Macy's today. Both were huge. I got online to re-order in a smaller size, but then I thought about all of the jeans already in my closet, and I closed the web page. I'll return these to the store and put the refund toward my $100,000 savings goal for the year.