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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #400 on: August 07, 2016, 03:13:59 PM »
Staying out of stores today and shopping in my fridge, freezer and pantry!

Edit: Did go out later today to drop an old dresser at the thrift store and picked up two items for $8 that were both still in brand new packaging. One was a large NHL team pennant for my sons bday in November.

Also went to health food store and got 2x 10oz boxes of organic baby spinach for 99 cents a piece because they expire tomorrow. Having smoothies and spinach salad.

So not a fail, but just DID end up spending money today:-/
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #401 on: August 07, 2016, 07:23:03 PM »
Bought nothing, including desperately needed groceries. Tomorrow's not looking good for grocery shopping, either. Will at least stop at the dollar general for milk on the way home, though, as tomorrow I must drink black coffee, and I won't stand for it two days in a row.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #402 on: August 07, 2016, 07:55:16 PM »
Resisted the Starbucks call when I realized that I forgot to bring coffee out to the barn.

Didn't fill up gas on the way home - I have a 60c/gallon discount waiting for me at Fred Meyer, so might as well get the tank a little emptier before taking advantage of it.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #403 on: August 08, 2016, 09:52:46 AM »
Again, made dinner at home with a friend last night, but didn't have enough for leftovers for lunch. Made myself a tuna sandwich instead of going out. My entire office just emptied with everyone going to get something to eat. Kind of disappointed because I'd love a burrito (where they're headed), but I'd love to keep my 8$ more.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #404 on: August 10, 2016, 07:25:45 PM »
New bras!

I lost a bunch of weight (thanks to the Whole 30) in the past few months and my bras are too big around my chest. I thought about buying new ones. Then I saw my sewing machine. It took me 10 minutes to fix one bras and it fits perfectly now!

Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #405 on: August 10, 2016, 07:31:26 PM »
I didn't buy diapers today for my son. Today is normally the day I do it once a month, but I get to push it back a week at least because he's potty training so we're using less and less. This will be a $100/month relief once we finally kick the habit! Sorry if this is TMI for the non-parents.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #406 on: August 11, 2016, 10:46:38 AM »
Today the temptation came at lunch, all of the co-workers went out for lunch but I politely declined. I then went on to enjoy a PB&J sandwich and an orange.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #407 on: August 12, 2016, 06:26:02 AM »
I found a code to get 50% off a monogrammed Landsend kids backpack. They had preschool sizes and they were SO CUTE. We don't need one yet and if it turns out we should probably get one, I'm sure we can make due till next year's back to school sales. The coupon isn't good any more today, so thankfully the temptation is gone. Mostly. I don't want to pay the full $30, but still, it was really cute ....
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #408 on: August 12, 2016, 09:46:02 AM »
What did I not buy today? I didn't buy into the idea that more stuff will make me happier. I also skipped out on the nice new cordless drill last night even though my current one is on its last legs. I will eventually get a new on when a good enough deal presents it self but I am don't have any big projects now so maybe I can hold out until the Christmas sales.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #409 on: August 12, 2016, 12:00:20 PM »
I didn't buy groceries for dinner and opted for a simple breakfast for dinner last night. bacon and waffles probably cost our family of 3 less than $3 a person for the meal.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #410 on: August 12, 2016, 02:59:09 PM »
Didn't buy Hunter boots that are on sale online for $79 (usually $150) --- still too much for what are essentially rubber boots. Have been swooning over them for a couple of years now :-/ so this is a huge victory for me!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #411 on: August 13, 2016, 05:52:18 AM »
I went a whole week without buying coffee! Whew. it wasn't so hard. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time at the coffeeshop- so I don't plan to abstain forever, but it does feel good to take a little break and remind myself it isn't necessary.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #412 on: August 13, 2016, 07:09:24 AM »
Didn't buy 130 worth of makeup I didn't need.  This was a big deal for me because it was a sale I was waiting for.  But, I have way more than I can use already.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #413 on: August 13, 2016, 07:48:11 AM »
I didn't buy a ridiculously overpriced vegan dessert in my grocery shopping. I can make do with what I have at home or bake something if I want something sweet.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #414 on: August 13, 2016, 05:04:00 PM »

Tea - I've resolved to use ALL of my current tea before buying anything new

End table - we needed one but I fashioned one from an old ceramic crock and a slab of wood, it's not my favorite thing in the room (I've got all sorts of random things inherited from family members)

Groceries - we have 2 freezers and a full pantry and fridge, not to mention the garden is going crazy.

Today's food with not a dent to our store was
   - breakfast burrito with egg, sausage, roasted jalapeno's and cheese
   - zucchini fritters with yogurt sauce
   - sausage stuffed banana peppers
   - zucchini bread (we have a lot of zucchini!)
   - cucumber and tomato salad

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #415 on: August 13, 2016, 05:48:52 PM »
I also had a success today in the tea department! We had coupons for 2 free teas which expire August 30th -- and I didn't buy any loose tea while there, even though I'm out of my favourite blend. I have So. Much. Tea. I really ought to take a page from your book, Orangesnapdragon, and drink all the tea in the cupboard before I buy any more!
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #416 on: August 13, 2016, 06:32:59 PM »
I tried on 4 tops at a charity thrift store this morning.  Typically they don't carry much in my size.  I put back 2 sleeveless blouses and kept the leopard print blouse and a white cardigan, totaling $36.  Seems pricey yes but the two items look brand new and the cashier also gave me a laundry stain removal lesson while I paid, plus, it's charity. 

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #417 on: August 13, 2016, 08:56:30 PM »
Starting biking again maybe 2, 2.5 weeks ago.  Downtown at first just to ride but then added my backpack (no - not going to buy panniers at least not yet) so that I could do useful stuff as well such as picking up some grocery items.  I often get a coffee - haven't yet learned how to deny myself that luxury.  Although the caffeine is helpful for the upwards climb back home.

I've bought a big fat zero as regards bike bling.  I see bike bling all the time around here in the Bay Area.  No spandex, I wear jeans and a short sleeve shirt.  Owned the helmet already - that's essential.

Thought I needed a bike lock.  My wife and son were away - when my wife learned I'd bought a lock she told me we had some already and where they were.  So I returned the lock to Amazon telling them: "no, don't need it."

I wonder how much is spent per year in the US on what's essentially bike bling?

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #418 on: August 14, 2016, 02:56:06 PM »
Didn't buy anything today. Watching newly released movies for free since the house I am dog sitting at has all the premium channels AND

didn't buy the dealerships balance total for my car loan, after double checking I owe $600 less than they were claiming! (will have car loan paid off in less than 2 months)

Free movies, fun dogs to play with (getting paid to do so) and saved $600. Not bad for a lazy Sunday : )

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #419 on: August 14, 2016, 07:09:25 PM »
Not buying a haircut - Mr Happier is cutting it for me instead :-)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #420 on: August 14, 2016, 09:04:50 PM »
Took the kid to the zoo by bicycle trailer today, brought lunch, had a great time.

Used to spend about $20 for a gut bomb lunch at their cafe for the two of us, and $6.40 for parking.  Got to count the 19 miles not driven at 0.50 a mile.  Probably spent $4 on the homemade lunch and snacks, so probably about $31 saved, and got a killer bike ride upt the hill and back.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #421 on: August 16, 2016, 07:23:48 PM »
Ice cream after dinner while we were out.....or coffee

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #422 on: August 17, 2016, 04:34:26 AM »
Replacement tube of the hand lotion I've used for years - been rebuying without much thought but it's $20 at the body shop! Got some cvs stuff for $2, going to see if I like it (and if I don't going to try out some other $2-3 options).


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #423 on: August 18, 2016, 03:31:49 AM »
Replacement tube of the hand lotion I've used for years - been rebuying without much thought but it's $20 at the body shop! Got some cvs stuff for $2, going to see if I like it (and if I don't going to try out some other $2-3 options).

Is it The Body Shop hemp hand cream? That stuff is brilliant. Comes out of the tube more as a solid than a liquid, and is miraculous on dry hands.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #424 on: August 18, 2016, 04:56:43 AM »
Nah the almond oil stuff. I don't get through it so fast that it's a big expense but c'mon, they are all basically the same stuff, right?


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #425 on: August 18, 2016, 11:40:28 AM »
I didn't buy 8 industrial garden hose nozzles.
 Instead I sent an email to the company
that sold the 8 I already have that leak.
I ask if they had replacement parts
so I could repair the ones I have.
They said send us a picture of the 8 nozzles so we can verify model and quantity
and we will replace them under warranty.
  I did and they said they will ship within 5 days.
 I wish I would have saved all that I have had over the years.
  You might think I would find a different product but these nozzles work very well, until they leak.
 They are like a firehose nozzle, adjustable wide or thin spray.
My wife buys them at Sam's after summer season when they discount the price,
last time she bought 5 for $4.58 each. Such a deal.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #426 on: August 21, 2016, 10:09:03 PM »
We went to Walmart and walked inside the garden center. We seen the discounted patio furniture. We didn't really NEED new chairs but thought it was a good discount.. After mulling it over and sitting in the chairs a bit.. We decided to not buy them because well, we don't need them! It was tempting though.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #427 on: August 21, 2016, 10:18:49 PM »
I'm driving through Oklahoma on my way home and stop by my sister's place for a couple days. She says she's heard about this novelty restaurant where they have 20+ cereals and 20+ toppings to put on them. And other breakfast related items, but the 20+ breakfast cereals are the focus. We decide to go. And when we arrive, there is, I kid you not, like 15 people in line. The AC is maxed so it's chilly as we stand in this crazy line. I guess our thoughts had been thst it'd be more like... a salad bar serve yourself kind of thing. But then we watch as a couple people get their bowl of frosted mini wheats with literally no toppings and a milk jug for $7 each. And we've been there for five minutes and there are still 5-10 people in front of us. And I say, "this is stupid. Let's go to the grocery store."

And we did.
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« Reply #428 on: August 21, 2016, 11:08:49 PM »
Good call, Mesmoiselle!

Today I resisted the urge to go buy a fancy chai latte and made some at home for myself and our guest instead. It was quite good. Simmered black tea with heavy cream and ginger root chunks, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom and brown sugar. This hit the spot!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #429 on: August 22, 2016, 05:48:53 PM »
budgeted for a brunch with a friend. all good. it was nice to see her, i was happy i set that time and money aside. afterwards, she wanted to go to a trendy cold brew coffee place. not so good, since i've been restricting myself to buying one coffee a month.

ended up sitting with her and ignoring my totally illogical feeling of social awkwardness at not buying a coffee—she drank hers, and i quietly sipped on some complimentary water.

this is a really small victory, but historically one i've had a hard time with…i'll often pressure myself into spending just as much as the people i'm with.

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« Reply #430 on: August 22, 2016, 06:13:59 PM »
But then we watch as a couple people get their bowl of frosted mini wheats with literally no toppings and a milk jug for $7 each.

Idiocy. Had to upsize to most accurately express that feeling. When I first heard about these novelty cereal places, I thought maybe they were home-made gourmet reproductions of cereal favorites? Nope. Just stuff like Lucky Charms in a bowl with some milk for 5-10 bucks.

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« Reply #431 on: August 22, 2016, 10:33:36 PM »
But then we watch as a couple people get their bowl of frosted mini wheats with literally no toppings and a milk jug for $7 each.

Idiocy. Had to upsize to most accurately express that feeling. When I first heard about these novelty cereal places, I thought maybe they were home-made gourmet reproductions of cereal favorites? Nope. Just stuff like Lucky Charms in a bowl with some milk for 5-10 bucks.

I'm not entirely certain what we thought it was going to be. The deciding to go was mostly about the novelty, with no intention of repeating the experience. but I did call ahead to inquire if they had oatmeal. Then we arrive, and I realize that, not only are the cereals literally 100% boxed cereal you can get at any grocery store (unlike, say, 10 unique to them granolas..) but also that you can't even make your bowl of oatmeal/cereal to the ratios you'd prefer. The world loves oatmeal at what I consider super overcooked mush, which I make up for with lots of crunchy nuts at hotels/cafeterias. This place, however, gets to choose how big the scoop is. Just like Subway--Where their veggie sandwiches heavily lack the very thing they are named for; vegetables.

So, we would have been upcharged for a cheap food we had very little control over...  and then to see people come to the novelty place and literally just buy an unadulterated bowl of cereal for $6.89+tax just took it over the line from cute novelty to a total lack of common sense. We felt silly for waiting at all; kinda hope people overheard us grousing at the silliness before we walked out.
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« Reply #432 on: August 23, 2016, 12:26:56 PM »
We felt silly for waiting at all; kinda hope people overheard us grousing at the silliness before we walked out.

I hope so! I bet that was some good-quality grousin'.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #433 on: September 02, 2016, 07:58:05 PM »
I passed up lunch with coworkers today even though they asked three times! I was working through lunch so I could leave at 1:00 but I was pretty hungry.
Had something yummy from my fridge when I got home. :)
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #434 on: September 03, 2016, 08:41:55 AM »
Have not bought any new (or used) clothing this year. This is compared to approx $4000 annual spend prior to discovering MMM last fall.

DH is now on board with mustachian ways.  It took some coaxing. He brought his lunch to work every day in August.  Our eating out spend for August was only $29.00, and that was due to travel.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #435 on: September 03, 2016, 01:37:55 PM »
All the cute clothes at the mall yesterday. So many sales between Labor day and end of summer clearance. I resisted valiantly and also said no to my husband when he suggested going out for dessert after our haircuts (the reason for us being at the mall).

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #436 on: September 03, 2016, 03:06:19 PM »
All the cute clothes at the mall yesterday. So many sales between Labor day and end of summer clearance. I resisted valiantly and also said no to my husband when he suggested going out for dessert after our haircuts (the reason for us being at the mall).

Same here.  I thought I'd pull my sweaters and stuff out of the back of the closet and be all happy with the stuff I'd forgotten that I had, but I must have Kondo'd that shit hard, because there wasn't much back there, and I'm still kind of disappointed, but I haven't folded and bought anything.

Also didn't buy a new book. Found one when rearranging the shelves that I don't remember reading, so I'll read that instead (I don't library well, since my reading is so erratic; sometimes I'll read a book in three days, other times it takes six months).

Not buying a shed, either.  We're getting rid of a nasty old tin shed, and for a few years I've been dreaming of replacing it with a nice wooden garden shed, but thanks to decrapifying our main shed/shop, and having some storage in the greenhouse, a garden shed is no longer needed, and I can use the space for more garden beds instead.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #437 on: September 03, 2016, 04:13:35 PM »
We did not buy a second car.

I've been drooling over the old Kewet/Buddy EVs for years, but couldn't justify the prices ($5 000-10 000). Took a new look today, and now you can get a functioning one for $1800, while the project cars usually go for $700. Suddenly, while I was browsing, a project car got listed for $400. It sold while DH and I were discussing the issue. Probably a blessing, since we have other goals we want to reach first, but I still want one.

I'll probably have to get a separate savings fund for it, because I'll still be coveting one in the years to come, and they are getting rarer as they wear out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kewet



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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #438 on: September 09, 2016, 08:00:35 AM »
Over the summer I cancelled a bunch of subscriptions to things I didn't really need.  I had signed up for so many services with auto-renewal and just let them go on despite the fact that they weren't really worth it.

Except...

I held onto the most expensive thing -- a monthly "style box."  Every month I received a box of trendy new clothes that were picked out for me and fit perfectly.  Each box cost hundreds of dollars but I was really enjoying all the surprising new garments that were coming my way, all wrapped up like a wonderful gift.  I knew this was shamefully non-mustachian but I held onto it. 

Until just now!  I finally cancelled the style box.  Done!

I also just canceled my dog's attendance at a super-expensive dog daycare.  With a few minor changes in how we do things, it's possible for her to stay home and not have to do the daycare thing at all.

Altogether these things were costing us a huge amount of money per month!  (I'm too embarrassed to say exactly how much. I'll just say it was much more than the rent on our apartment.)  I feel pretty silly for spending this sum as long as we did.  But at least we can change our ways now.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #439 on: September 09, 2016, 01:02:26 PM »
I went on vacation last week and we had all of our breakfasts at the condo.  We made sandwiches for lunches.  And we made some of our dinners at the condo as well. Vacation was so much cheaper because of it!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #440 on: September 09, 2016, 01:42:28 PM »
I had resolved to preorder the iPhone 7 Plus in jet black and hop on the iPhone upgrade program ($1000 total).

 I even set my alarm for 3:00am this morning to order as soon as the store went live.

Then I read a different forum thread mocking people exactly like me, and I hung my head in shame and turned off the alarm.

The worst part is that I sort of regret not doing it. I love my gadgets.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #441 on: September 10, 2016, 07:09:31 AM »
I didn't buy frozen pizza and coke today - my boyfriend is out of town and whenever he does, I'll have some guilty pleasure foods - instead I will cook myself some pasta which I only had to buy some vegetables for.

I'm getting into this habbit of only spending money on Saturday: I'll do groceries, go to the ATM only if I'm going out for dinner in the week ahead (so I'll have a budget for that dinner) and order things that I've already done research on the week before. Today I finally did order an e-reader to replace the one I've had for over six years which recently broke, pretty exited about that!
If it's Sunday and I haven't thought about buying something the day before, I'm not getting it at all. :)
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #442 on: September 10, 2016, 07:28:22 AM »
I'm getting into this habbit of only spending money on Saturday: I'll do groceries, go to the ATM only if I'm going out for dinner in the week ahead (so I'll have a budget for that dinner) and order thinks that I've already done research on the week before. Today I finally did order an e-reader to replace the one I've had for over six years which recently broke, pretty exited about that!
If it's Sunday and I haven't thought about buying something the day before, I'm not getting it at all. :)

That's a cool idea! A week isn't so long to go without something.
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« Reply #443 on: September 10, 2016, 07:41:26 AM »
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That's a cool idea! A week isn't so long to go without something.

A week is also an easy period of time to plan ahead and this rule stopped me from buying coffee, lunch and small things which I used to do nearly daily a while ago. :)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #444 on: September 10, 2016, 07:57:26 AM »
Had a yen to drive eight hours and do motels/pet motel for two nights to see the Viking longship that came from Norway through the Great Lakes and now is in New York. ( The Harold Fair-hair.) Added up what this would cost me...and even as minimalist as I could make it, it still didn't really make Mustachian sense--too much money to see just one ship.  Decided that for the moment I will allow myself a big online block of time to read all about it on the computer for free. (I usually try to limit my screen time, as has been discussed on other threads.)And am already planning how to travel-hack a trip to Copenhagen to see the Viking ships at Roskilde--something I've wanted to do for a long time.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #445 on: September 10, 2016, 08:04:11 PM »
Candy.  I've had a hankering for some candy for several days now.  There is a goodie box at school but I've resisted by telling myself that I can get a candy bar when I get groceries on Saturday morning.  Today at the store I talked myself out of it by challenging myself to wait one more week.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #446 on: September 11, 2016, 07:32:13 AM »
I did NOT pay for my AT&T phone service.  Switched to Ting yesterday and so far so good.  I hardly use my phone and I estimate my bill under Ting will be $20 per month.  Plus, paying for data by usage will encourage me to use my phone less when I'm out.  I've decided to leave my phone off most of the time and enjoy the real world instead of a virtual one.

Also, did NOT buy shaving cream.  I read on another thread about using hair conditioner instead.  I tried it and I really like it actually.  I travel for work sometimes and have been taking home small bottles of conditioner for some time, which is weird because I don't use conditioner.  Turns out I now have a year supply to shave my face.  Only saves maybe $6 per year, but feeling smooth none the less.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #447 on: September 12, 2016, 02:23:36 PM »
Hangers,

I have been updating my closet, and found a deal on cedar hangers, buy one get one free. Ordered $56 worth of hangers this weekend. Then I wised up and facepunched myself, and emailed to cancel the order. Got the confirmation this morning that the order was cancelled, whew!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #448 on: September 13, 2016, 07:45:04 AM »
Lip balm.  I forgot my lip balm when I left for the office yesterday.  Could have bought an overpriced inferior replacement at the office convenience store, but I elected to tough it out.  My lips were dry and cracked by the end of the day, but they're already back to normal.  Saved $2.50, some plastic and gross petroleum based goo.  (I normally make my own lip balm)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #449 on: September 13, 2016, 02:14:05 PM »
Lip balm.  I forgot my lip balm when I left for the office yesterday.  Could have bought an overpriced inferior replacement at the office convenience store, but I elected to tough it out.  My lips were dry and cracked by the end of the day, but they're already back to normal.  Saved $2.50, some plastic and gross petroleum based goo.  (I normally make my own lip balm)

I have found that the more I use lip balm, the more I need to use it. I stopped using it all together and now my lips are fine.