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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #500 on: November 06, 2016, 07:15:43 PM »
Was watching a horse item on eBay.  At the 15 minute notice, I thought - "Oh, I'll come back and bid in 10 minutes."  Then wandered off and totally forgot about it.  Don't really need it right now, and a better deal will come along anyway.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #501 on: December 17, 2016, 02:24:33 PM »
Had our work Christmas lunch on Friday, enjoyed the free after-drinks until the work paid for tab run out, then left. I no longer want to pay for over priced drinks.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #502 on: December 17, 2016, 03:48:28 PM »
I hate a senseless craving for chocolate today, but I didn't exercise or do anything even remotely worthy of earning it. I was at the grocery store, but I passed on it.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #503 on: December 18, 2016, 12:15:53 PM »
OK, just had a thought about this "not buying" thing.
Putting your mental energy into not-buying is just the inverse of putting it into buying.
You're still wrapped up in the consumer world of buying, just "through the opposite end of the telescope." If that makes sense.
Or, in another image: you're still pulling on the rope in this tug of war. 
Resistance is still a relationship. You're fighting but you haven't moved out.
What about just letting go of the rope? And ignoring the buying/not buying thing altogether?
Can it even be done in our commercialized world?
I guess that replacing the "not buying" question with things like, how far did you walk today, who did you talk to, what did you make, etc., means the space has been taken over by better things.
Just musing aloud here. "Not-buying" is still a very good thing though. 
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #504 on: December 19, 2016, 06:10:27 AM »
OK, just had a thought about this "not buying" thing.
Putting your mental energy into not-buying is just the inverse of putting it into buying.
You're still wrapped up in the consumer world of buying, just "through the opposite end of the telescope." If that makes sense.
Or, in another image: you're still pulling on the rope in this tug of war. 
Resistance is still a relationship. You're fighting but you haven't moved out.
What about just letting go of the rope? And ignoring the buying/not buying thing altogether?
Can it even be done in our commercialized world?
I guess that replacing the "not buying" question with things like, how far did you walk today, who did you talk to, what did you make, etc., means the space has been taken over by better things.
Just musing aloud here. "Not-buying" is still a very good thing though.


I agree with you 100%. You hit the nail on the head.   One of my problems.  I can do well for a while with a fight but when I falter, it is huge.  In 2017, I am planning on unsubscribing to retail emails, not visiting any blogs that just promote and review products, etc. etc.   I need to take my head completely out of the game, otherwise, it will forever be a struggle for me.  If I see something I always think I need it or just want it and it stays with me until I either buy it or realize I don't want it after all.  But, it takes too much energy. I need to start directing that energy elsewhere.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #505 on: December 22, 2016, 01:44:59 PM »
Today is my 5th day in a row of not buying anything.

I've been tempted to buy a winter coat but I've been getting through our few colder days with a jacket on top of a hoodie. Committed to not buying anything else for the rest of the month.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #506 on: December 22, 2016, 02:14:38 PM »
I've been getting through our few colder days with a jacket on top of a hoodie.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #507 on: December 22, 2016, 02:18:18 PM »
Today is my 5th day in a row of not buying anything.

I've been tempted to buy a winter coat but I've been getting through our few colder days with a jacket on top of a hoodie. Committed to not buying anything else for the rest of the month.

How much time do you actually spend outside?  We've had a few days of -10 and a couple where the windchill was -30, and I'm still just wearing a lightweight fleece, because I just go from the parking lot to the office.  A jacket isn't strictly necessary; adding a scarf and a hat was enough. (Though I do keep a blanket in the car.)

I'm hoping I can get through the rest of the winter (there will be a lot more of those well below zero days) as I have no interest in spending the money on a maternity coat and mine doesn't zip anymore.  Unfortunately DH has no old coats.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #508 on: December 22, 2016, 02:27:19 PM »
I updated the OS on my 2010 Macbook pro about 6 months ago and it has struggled ever since. Battery would last only half hour and the machine would run at blistering hot speeds, the fan going nonstop, and wasn't able to process more than one program or tab at a time. Did a little research online, deleted a file that runs icloud keychain last week, and my macbook is purring like a brand new one! Battery is back to lasting around 5 hours too. Apparently icloud keychain can cause a data leak. I already had a brand new macbook in the online checkout from the apple store so I saved myself $1800. YUGE win. And yes, I know macbooks aren't 'frugal' but if you buy cheap, you know what you got!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #509 on: December 22, 2016, 02:34:33 PM »
Today is my 5th day in a row of not buying anything.

I've been tempted to buy a winter coat but I've been getting through our few colder days with a jacket on top of a hoodie. Committed to not buying anything else for the rest of the month.

How much time do you actually spend outside?  We've had a few days of -10 and a couple where the windchill was -30, and I'm still just wearing a lightweight fleece, because I just go from the parking lot to the office.  A jacket isn't strictly necessary; adding a scarf and a hat was enough. (Though I do keep a blanket in the car.)

I'm hoping I can get through the rest of the winter (there will be a lot more of those well below zero days) as I have no interest in spending the money on a maternity coat and mine doesn't zip anymore.  Unfortunately DH has no old coats.

Not too much! Maybe 20 minutes at a time usually. The other day 2 hours in -10. But I layer and wear a hat and gloves so I've been fine.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #510 on: December 22, 2016, 06:07:55 PM »
Christmas presents: I'm baking some today instead.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #511 on: December 22, 2016, 11:35:23 PM »
Christmas Vacation DVD. Watching a copy from the library.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #512 on: December 23, 2016, 12:40:38 PM »
Wrapping paper or gift bags!
Asked a friend if she had any left over and she did (and was happy to part with them).

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #513 on: December 23, 2016, 04:36:30 PM »
I did not buy flowers from the supermarket for our Christmas table. We are in SoCal and there is still plenty of local greenery I can cut and arrange nicely for centerpieces.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #514 on: December 23, 2016, 04:44:06 PM »
A plunger.

My sink (with disposal) wouldn't drain last night. The disposal wasn't stopped or jammed, the water just churned when I turned it on. I tried a few things to clear it, but nothing was working so I bailed out most of the water and went to bed as it was too late to go to the store. This morning, I was getting dressed to make a Home Depot run and decided to give it one last try before buying anything. Baking soda, vingegar, and a pot of boiling water did the trick. I happy danced in the kitchen with my dog and it's been draining like a champ all day.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #515 on: December 24, 2016, 03:20:17 AM »
Sent my husband, with a list, to do our big shop for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day. If I had have gone with him, many more last minute items would have found their way into the cart.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #516 on: December 24, 2016, 02:10:26 PM »
I didn't buy gifts for any of my immediate family members this year. Instead, I selected charities that would be meaningful to them individually, and made a donation in their honour.

One of my brothers seemed genuinely confused and disappointed. Parents and other siblings seemed really touched.

I also encouraged them all to think about doing the same for me (and each other), given that we all have literally everything we need.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #517 on: December 27, 2016, 05:24:03 PM »
A couple of days late, but I didn't go to the Boxing Day sales to buy new sandals, instead my mum gave me some sandals that she hadn't worn yet and didn't fit her but fit me perfectly!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #518 on: December 27, 2016, 06:15:54 PM »
Drove right by Sbux and came home to make a lovely cup of tea.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #519 on: December 27, 2016, 08:59:56 PM »
Got my first job in 15 years and was planning to go buy some appropriate office clothes.  As a homeschool and homestead mom, my clothing selection was jeans with red tshirt or jeans with black tshirt.  But hubby finished fixing the closet, and I got my closet boxes unpacked and realized I had a decent selection of dressy clothes.  Most aren't my favorites, but they will do for the 14-week job.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #520 on: December 28, 2016, 11:49:56 PM »
An oddly-specific spring has disappeared from the ice-cube tray in my freezer (possibly from moving house?)

I just looked up a parts website to replace the whole tray (did I mention oddly-specific spring?)

$55. I only paid $350 for the fridge!

Time to get creative.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #521 on: December 29, 2016, 01:55:57 AM »
Didn't go out today .. that helps keep me from buying anything. Amazon and other online retailers are harder to avoid but I did avoid them today:-)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #522 on: December 29, 2016, 09:29:46 AM »
I did not buy coffee or a pastry from the coffee shop by work. Instead I made myself black tea and am waiting for my lunch (which is some amazing curry a friend made- worth waiting for).

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #523 on: December 30, 2016, 07:51:34 AM »
Going out to lunch with a friend later and suggested an empanada place I've been wanting to try.  Just happens that lunch is like $5 vs. $10-15 at our usual places, and it's very close to friend's house.

Combining said lunch trip with dropping DH's car off at the shop and going out to check on my horse this afternoon instead of taking separate trips.  Will use the 30c/gallon discount from Fred Meyer points when I fill up on the way home.

Leaving a post-dated board check at the stable so I don't have to use a stamp to mail it when I'm out of town next month.

Also scheming on key ingredients I should pack in my suitcase to help with cooking while I'm on detail (e.g. bring some of my bulk coconut oil instead of buying a small, pricey jar while there).

Going to check with my gym and see if they will suspend my membership while I'm gone.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #524 on: January 01, 2017, 10:42:01 AM »
Canceled an order for a $400+ water-saving showerhead. The free water-saving showerheads we got from the local water utility seem to be doing the job just fine.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #525 on: January 03, 2017, 01:14:05 AM »
Chips. We have snacks (chocolate and chips) and salty, crunchy chips are very appealing to me in the afternoon. But I resisted! And my reward will be the delicious pizza I will make at home tonight for my dinner :-)

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #526 on: January 03, 2017, 04:00:01 PM »
Went to Costco today. Bought only what was on my shopping list. Epic win.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #527 on: January 05, 2017, 08:14:39 PM »
There was a lovely sign on stretched canvas at a discount decorating store that I so badly wanted to buy. I picked it up and turned it over. It was $16. Nope. About 18 hours later I realized I could buy a canvas for $2 at the dollar store and use some craft paint we have kicking round. The sign said

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I love that! I can handwrite fairly nicely so I am going to make my own sign! Yay! $14 saved!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #528 on: January 06, 2017, 07:45:49 AM »
There was a lovely sign on stretched canvas at a discount decorating store that I so badly wanted to buy. I picked it up and turned it over. It was $16. Nope. About 18 hours later I realized I could buy a canvas for $2 at the dollar store and use some craft paint we have kicking round. The sign said

Be
Kind
Always

I love that! I can handwrite fairly nicely so I am going to make my own sign! Yay! $14 saved!

What a great idea!  That's an awesome way to decorate your walls cheaply, but also uniquely.  I might just have to steal it!
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #529 on: January 06, 2017, 07:25:30 PM »
A new bath mat, despite the bleach spot on the one I only bought in August.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #530 on: January 06, 2017, 09:29:50 PM »
*Update*

I made my sign today and I'm pretty happy with the results.  The professional one at the store was probably about 20% nicer than mine and I can live with that!

I mixed dollar store acrylics - white with a drop of black to make grey for the background and then painted with a fat brush, leaving some whitish patches to make it look irregular. Then I practiced lettering on paper with straight black paint until I found a brush size and letter style I was happy with. Then I just free-handed the letters on lines I drew lightly in pencil.

The whole project took me under half an hour.

I would encourage others to try this ... believe me, I've never done anything like this before! If it didn't turn out, I would have painted over the thing and given my son the canvas to paint on.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #531 on: January 06, 2017, 10:20:44 PM »
I really wanted chocolate today but was good and didn't buy any when I was at the grocery store.

Low and behold, my wife came home with some chocolate that was given to her by a coworker. win!
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #532 on: January 13, 2017, 07:34:55 PM »
This sounds stupid, but my friends were bragging about pre ordering the upcoming Nintendo Switch. It's a measly $300 and I was so jealous and tempted.

Alas, I resisted the dark side of the Financial Force and saved myself a few hundred bucks.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #533 on: January 13, 2017, 07:48:56 PM »
A $3.50 sammich at work. Brought a tuna fish on wheat from home instead.

Was getting hungry by the end of the day though. Time-Restricted feeding can suck that way sometimes (especially when your kiddo wakes you 5 am).

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #534 on: January 14, 2017, 02:08:37 PM »
A new charging dock for my new iPhone that has a case. It won't charge with the case on, in my old Belkin docks because their lightning prong is too short. Was going to buy a $20 extender doohickey and then found this:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+to+modify+Belkin+Sync+Dock+for+iPhone+with+protective+case/75203

Worth some surgical sawing of the plastic around the prong with a kitchen knife. Modified dock works fine.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #535 on: January 14, 2017, 06:25:06 PM »
Pizza for dinner.  Instead I used a Trader Joe's crust and made my own.  I've tried to be better and make my own crust but I don't like how they've turned out in the past so I'm good with the store bought.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #536 on: January 14, 2017, 07:25:04 PM »
Everything!! Yay for a snowed in Saturday at home.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #537 on: January 15, 2017, 12:35:43 PM »
A one tablespoon cookie scoop, $19 plus $8 shipping.  I'm clearing out the pantry and made chocolate chip cookies.  I already have a teaspoonful scoop and I made it work.  The power of the dark side is strong.  If I wanted to be extra frugal/minimalist I could just go the old fashioned way and use the silverware tablespoonful-

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #538 on: January 15, 2017, 05:01:38 PM »
A one tablespoon cookie scoop, $19 plus $8 shipping.  I'm clearing out the pantry and made chocolate chip cookies.  I already have a teaspoonful scoop and I made it work.  The power of the dark side is strong.  If I wanted to be extra frugal/minimalist I could just go the old fashioned way and use the silverware tablespoonful-

Ice-cream scoops work well, too.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #539 on: January 17, 2017, 04:30:52 AM »
Salad dressing. Couldn't deal with spending $4.49 for lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #540 on: January 17, 2017, 02:43:15 PM »
Today was one of the rare days I went out for lunch. A co-worker is leaving the company,  and another former co-worker met us there.

Anyways, I bought the small size meal (still plenty of food), and only drank water. Score.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #541 on: January 19, 2017, 11:26:55 PM »
A 7 inch springform pan to make cheesecake in my instant pot (I have an 8 inch one I got for $3 that works for the oven and I havent even used it yet) and a 3qt mesh strainer basket to strain the yogurt I make in the instant pot (I have a small one that works - just have to strain my yogurt in batches). I even had them in my Amazon shopping cart and almost checked out. I gave DH the heads up and he reminded me about our frugal goals. *sigh* I know he's right but I'm still sad.


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #542 on: January 20, 2017, 10:41:32 AM »
A 7 inch springform pan to make cheesecake in my instant pot (I have an 8 inch one I got for $3 that works for the oven and I havent even used it yet) and a 3qt mesh strainer basket to strain the yogurt I make in the instant pot (I have a small one that works - just have to strain my yogurt in batches). I even had them in my Amazon shopping cart and almost checked out. I gave DH the heads up and he reminded me about our frugal goals. *sigh* I know he's right but I'm still sad.


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Oh, I feel your pain. I have a recipe I only make during the holidays that requires a food grinder attachment for the mixer. This year, I was able to borrow one, thanks to Nextdoor. I found a refurbished one for $20 and put it in my Amazon shopping cart, but I haven't pulled the trigger. I have an Amazon gift card, so it's no money OOP, but I just can't justify such a specialized item for a recipe I make twice a year. What the hell else does one do with a food grinder? I know they can be used to make sausage, but I'm a vegetarian, so that's not gonna happen...


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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #543 on: January 20, 2017, 11:01:44 AM »
In 2017, I am planning on unsubscribing to retail emails, not visiting any blogs that just promote and review products, etc. etc.   I need to take my head completely out of the game, otherwise, it will forever be a struggle for me.  If I see something I always think I need it or just want it and it stays with me until I either buy it or realize I don't want it after all. 

This helps a HUGE deal.  I cut cable (aprx 10 yrs ago), don't read fashion/decor magazines and only subscribe to a select group of retail emails (which I generally don't open unless I am heading to that store anyways).  I'm out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest products but my current things all work just fine and it removes that constant repetition of "you need this! your life will be better with this!  save money by spending money on this!".
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #544 on: January 23, 2017, 10:43:52 PM »
In 2017, I am planning on unsubscribing to retail emails, not visiting any blogs that just promote and review products, etc. etc.   I need to take my head completely out of the game, otherwise, it will forever be a struggle for me.  If I see something I always think I need it or just want it and it stays with me until I either buy it or realize I don't want it after all. 

This helps a HUGE deal.  I cut cable (aprx 10 yrs ago), don't read fashion/decor magazines and only subscribe to a select group of retail emails (which I generally don't open unless I am heading to that store anyways).  I'm out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest products but my current things all work just fine and it removes that constant repetition of "you need this! your life will be better with this!  save money by spending money on this!".


Agreed- it's crazy to think about it, but by not looking at coupons I find myself buying less stuff. It's like the coupon has this unholy ability to make me think "I need to buy that! It's a good deal!" without ever stopping to think if I really need that item.
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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #545 on: January 24, 2017, 07:32:29 AM »
In 2017, I am planning on unsubscribing to retail emails, not visiting any blogs that just promote and review products, etc. etc.   I need to take my head completely out of the game, otherwise, it will forever be a struggle for me.  If I see something I always think I need it or just want it and it stays with me until I either buy it or realize I don't want it after all. 

This helps a HUGE deal.  I cut cable (aprx 10 yrs ago), don't read fashion/decor magazines and only subscribe to a select group of retail emails (which I generally don't open unless I am heading to that store anyways).  I'm out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest products but my current things all work just fine and it removes that constant repetition of "you need this! your life will be better with this!  save money by spending money on this!".


Agreed- it's crazy to think about it, but by not looking at coupons I find myself buying less stuff. It's like the coupon has this unholy ability to make me think "I need to buy that! It's a good deal!" without ever stopping to think if I really need that item.
Just came here to posted about how I resisted buying all sorts of new dresses and skirts after getting emails with coupon codes.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #546 on: January 25, 2017, 08:02:42 AM »
Breakfast

I was hungry despite eating a lot the night before. That's why I didn't buy it.

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #547 on: January 28, 2017, 03:09:26 AM »
Realized today that it used to be a habit to order in pizza about once a month. For our large family, it usually came to around $80 with tax and tip! Ack!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #548 on: January 29, 2017, 01:57:34 PM »
I had packed food to take with me on a multi-day flight assignment so I HAD food...it's just that I didn't particularly feel like eating what I had packed when meal time came.  I still managed to resist picking food up which means I get to put part of my food allowance into savings instead of spending it on unhealthy airport meal options.  To better explain, if my employer gives me $12 to buy breakfast but I bring oatmeal from home and eat it in my room, I've spent pennies on breakfast instead of $12 on a coffee and breakfast sandwich (figures made up off the top of my head, I'm not sure what our meal breakdowns are currently). 

I can't always bring food (it depends on how long my day is, whether the hotel will have a fridge I can use, custom regulations, etc) but I try to be pretty consistent about eating oatmeal instead of airport breakfasts and even that little bit is helpful. :)
I'm late to the game but I'm trying to be quick to pick up how to play!!

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Re: what did you NOT buy today?
« Reply #549 on: January 29, 2017, 02:35:56 PM »
The Sunday paper, which I buy from time to time for the coupons and the funnies.