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Title: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on February 17, 2015, 04:11:53 AM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Olivette on February 17, 2015, 04:28:39 AM
about 200 euros worth of groceries but that's because I didn't feel like getting out of the house under the rain.
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Post by: Wanderlusting on February 17, 2015, 06:04:05 AM
I went into the city for a couple hours to walk around the parks and read a book by the coastline. Normally i'd spend a bit on lunch or dinner somewhere when I make these trips, but this time I had a small lunch packed which held me over until I got back home for dinner. So I managed to avoid spending about ~$10-20!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Hey It's Me on February 17, 2015, 06:08:32 AM
It's early morning here and I'm on the way to work. I really wanted to buy a sandwich and coffee, but know I get free breakfast in am hour at work.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: I'm a red panda on February 17, 2015, 07:53:49 AM
Days when I spend money are more uncommon than days when I do not.
Since I didn't buy anything yesterday (or anything today) it would be difficult to list all the things I didn't buy.

I thought about looking for a new pair of jeans, since my only pair got a pretty significant hole.  Instead, I've resolved to stop wearing jeans to work until my skirts are also no longer wearable. The jeans were darned so that I can still wear them at home.

Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on February 17, 2015, 08:51:47 AM
I always see things I want to buy but don't buy because I don't really need them. Like today at the supermarket:
- Chocolat chocolate
- Pizza's Pizzas; I just wanted to buy them because it was an action, buy 3, pay for 2.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MLKnits on February 17, 2015, 09:36:34 AM
Almost bought a book for my office because it was dirt-cheap on Amazon ... but then the shipping would have been three times the actual price of the book. Never mind! I haven't gotten through half my office books anyway.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Jon_Snow on February 17, 2015, 09:55:08 AM
Ugh...so many things I want to buy right now. All fairly big ticket stuff. Hydrophone setup. New iMac. GoPro accessories. Telescope. Paddling dry suit. Granted, these are all things related to my post-ER hobbies...but still...

Anyway, I'm not going to allow myself to purchase ANY of these things until the cash in my taxable trading account reaches a certain round number. I often play these games with myself - eventually allowing myself to spend on "wants" when I have reached a certain savings milestone - or, in the case of my investment account, when the incoming dividends have stockpiled enough to reach a certain level.

So, in June, it looks like I will be computer shopping...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on February 17, 2015, 11:34:11 AM
Didn't buy clearance Valentine's Day chocolate at Winco last night -- like I need more chocolate!! haha
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Chrissy on February 17, 2015, 11:49:13 AM
Home refrigerator is empty.  The freezer has homemade frozen lasagna, but I'm saving that for dinner. Wanted to buy lunch, but knew I had a yogurt in the work fridge, and I get out at 4:30 today, so I can make it.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: lunahsol on February 17, 2015, 12:34:08 PM
This was yesterday, but I resisted the following at a thrift store: 
vintage-y chandelier light fixture - 6.99
small shelf - 3.99
cute pyrex baking dish with lid 4.99

Got out of there with just looking - no money spent . . . and then felt satisfied that I knew what was in the store and I don't really need or want any of it.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on February 17, 2015, 03:14:16 PM
Had a brief urge to eat out to celebrate saving a bunch of money on something else.  Came home and made hot and sour egg drop soup instead.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MidwestBiker on February 17, 2015, 04:31:17 PM
I did not make the usual coffee stop on the way to work. I brown-bagged lunch today, but do that almost every day. Now if I had just rode on past this coffeeshop on my way home...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: G-dog on February 17, 2015, 06:33:33 PM
There is a pair of pricey shoes I have my eye on, deferred purchase so far.
Magazine subscriptions (wired, bon appetit) - sale offers pending.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 17, 2015, 06:38:49 PM
I did not go to lunch or coffee, even though either one would have been really easy and socially preferable.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mskyle on February 18, 2015, 11:42:41 AM
My bike headlight broke last night and I fixed it with superglue and duct tape rather than ordering the fancy indestructible theft-proof light I've had my eye on.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: RWD on February 18, 2015, 12:49:42 PM
My wife and I decided against buying a new ~$30k Volkswagen last weekend.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on February 18, 2015, 01:09:09 PM
Car was pulling towards McDonald's for breakfast this morning, but I resisted.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: ShaneD on February 18, 2015, 04:14:12 PM
I did not buy ice cream or booze, even though this day was one of those days.

Sure, I may be eating a peanut butter cup and drinking 3-buck Chuck as I type this, but gods damn it, they were already paid for (and not by me).
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: garion on February 19, 2015, 09:17:31 AM
Was feeling that today would be a coffee day (don't normally make/drink coffee but I didn't get a ton of sleep last night), so I asked my husband to make me a cup so I could resist going out for a fancypants coffee.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Exhale on February 19, 2015, 09:53:10 AM
Great thread!

Sneakers (current ones literally have holes in the soles). I'm determined to wait for my REI rebate (mid-March). So, for now, am wearing my hiking boots.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on February 19, 2015, 11:48:23 AM
I didn't buy any chocolate today. ;)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mochila on February 20, 2015, 04:07:14 AM
Today will be my sixth no-spend day this week. The amazingly cold weather on this coast makes it easy not to go out to buy stuff, but I've been giving myself no-spend challenges for years.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HenryDavid on February 20, 2015, 07:53:03 AM
A delicious creamy cafe cortado. $4 though!
Saved the money for buying real cortados in Spain this spring. For $1.50 (Canadian).
Oh the high class choices to make.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Candace on February 20, 2015, 10:49:49 AM
I didn't buy the marked-down Valentine's Day chocolate at the supermarket. And if you know anything about my relationship with chocolate, you know that's a big deal.

I'm exaggerating. Most of those chocolates that are molded into cute shapes are not that good anyway.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Marianne on February 20, 2015, 02:57:20 PM
I am usually very resistent, I don't like shopping and spending money. But today it was just awful.
I wanted to buy (but did not buy): chocolate, pizza, crisps, lipstick, boots and a handbag. Especially the handbag was a hard one.
Fortunatelly, I could buy a few things (parfume, hair mask, hair moisturizer) which will be completely reimbursed by a cashback programme. However, it was a strange feeling, I am not used to craving things:-/


Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on February 20, 2015, 03:09:40 PM
I am usually very resistent, I don't like shopping and spending money. But today it was just awful.
I wanted to buy (but did not buy): chocolate, pizza, crisps, lipstick, boots and a handbag. Especially the handbag was a hard one.
Fortunatelly, I could buy a few things (parfume, hair mask, hair moisturizer) which will be completely reimbursed by a cashback programme. However, it was a strange feeling, I am not used to craving things:-/




I found this very interesting! I definitely experience ebbs and flows in my buying/not buying resolve. Thanks for posting :-)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on February 22, 2015, 08:57:27 AM
We did not go out for Sunday brunch.  I whipped up basic sour dough pancakes and served them with maple syrup and freshly ground coffee. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: garion on February 22, 2015, 05:15:24 PM
Mother-in-law stayed over last night, so I thought we'd have to go out for brunch this morning or at least buy some groceries. Ended up whipping up a nice meal with what we had around: broccoli, salami, jalapeno and cheese egg scramble, with homemade pita on the side. As an added bonus, mother-in-law left us with a big old mason jar of leftover homemade chili that we just heated up for dinner!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bob W on February 22, 2015, 08:14:52 PM
I always see things I want to buy but don't buy because I don't really need them. Like today at the supermarket:
- Chocolat
- Pizza's; I just wanted to buy them because it was an action, buy 3, pay for 2.
chocolate.      In the US at least.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on February 22, 2015, 08:28:00 PM
Resisted buying junk at the store today.  I had a 22 oz beer in my basket, and then put it back, also had near misses on tortilla chips, pudding cake and candy bars, but got out of there with just my healthy stuff and no extras.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on February 22, 2015, 11:35:06 PM
I always see things I want to buy but don't buy because I don't really need them. Like today at the supermarket:
- Chocolat
- Pizza's; I just wanted to buy them because it was an action, buy 3, pay for 2.
chocolate.      In the US at least.

Thank you.

In the Netherlands it's called chocolade, and we also speak out the last e. That's why I was confused I guess.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: JetsettingWelfareMom on February 22, 2015, 11:39:58 PM
I did not buy anything today except ice cream for the kids--and even that was silly as we have some in the freezer....didn't leave the house except to chase the ice cream truck...meaning I did not buy beer, groceries that I'd convince myself I need, or any crap that my eight year old would beg me to buy her because we're in a store. How freeing!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: netskyblue on February 27, 2015, 09:19:27 AM
Girl scout cookies.  And I love those cookies.  BUT - don't need em, don't need to spend the $$, so no cookies for me this time around.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: SailorGirl on February 27, 2015, 04:29:01 PM
A water heater!  We managed to fix ours so hopefully good to go for another few years.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: ambimammular on February 27, 2015, 04:53:03 PM
Credits to my DH who resisted getting coffee while traveling out of town. He packed a lunch and brought a thermos. Vicariously proud!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Pigeon on February 27, 2015, 05:00:31 PM
Pizza. It was a long week and I didn't feel like cooking dinner. I made pancakes.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: rencelas on February 27, 2015, 07:49:20 PM
- Pizza's Pizzas; I just wanted to buy them because it was an action, buy 3, pay for 2.

Word here would be sale. Assuming what you're describing is like Aktion in German (sale, promotion, etc.)

I avoided buying lunch out today. Remembered I had some udon noodles in the fridge. Nom.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kib on February 27, 2015, 07:51:40 PM
Hmm.  I didn't buy anything today.  I didn't consider buying anything today.  There was nothing I needed today.   Does that count?
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on February 28, 2015, 01:01:39 AM
Walked into Starbucks.

Bought a $5 gift card for a friend's birthday (mailing her a card).

Walked out.

No drinks were purchased.

A modern day miracle!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on February 28, 2015, 06:35:17 AM
Hmm.  I didn't buy anything today.  I didn't consider buying anything today.  There was nothing I needed today.   Does that count?

Yes it does! ;)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on February 28, 2015, 04:02:38 PM
A new plastic cover for the greenhouse the neighbors gave us.  They told us we could get it at Harbor Freight for $29 but the Hub is out there rigging up his own using an old skylight,  the plastic wrapper from our mattress and some electrical tape.

Fertilizer.  We just picked up a carful from the local riding stable.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Jon_Snow on February 28, 2015, 07:37:50 PM
For kicks, I drew up a list of my "wants" today...it's a shockingly extensive list. With wife's large bonus about 2 weeks away, I'm gonna be sorely temtped to buy stuff. Expensive stuff. But really neat, cool, awesome, expensive stuff...

I am hoping by sheer force of will the majority of the windfall will find its way into our investment portfolio of largely dividend paying stocks. We will see.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on February 28, 2015, 09:20:56 PM
I didn't buy a quirt today.  This is sort of a horse whacker, which would hang on my saddle horn and only be put into service to encourage horse on the odd occasion when she's being balky.  I looked at it and decided I could probably find a scrap of leather and make something similar.  Walked out of the feed store with feed and only feed.  And used a $10 off coupon.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MashedBanana on March 01, 2015, 02:29:59 AM
I didn't pay some one to cut and colour my hair.

Instead, I did a box dye and trimmed the ends of my medium length hair.

Feels just as good as if I had been to the hairdresser.

Winning!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: SMCx3 on March 01, 2015, 08:04:55 AM
A bag of chocolate bark at Costco.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: wintersun on March 09, 2015, 06:14:08 PM
Groceries.  I am taking a week off from a big grocery expedition.

This weekend I deliberately avoided attending a fun, all day fundraiser auction so as to avoid buying anything.

Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: eostache on March 09, 2015, 06:33:04 PM
I was riding all around town on my bike. Briefly considered getting something cheap-fast food for lunch but decided not to, just went home to eat there.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: I'm a red panda on March 09, 2015, 07:46:00 PM
Pretty fabric at quilt guild meeting.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Cressida on March 09, 2015, 10:25:20 PM
Good thread!

I really wanted a third (cough) Diet Coke today, but resisted. I generally bring two cans to work every day (I know, I know, but at least they're from relatively cheap Costco flats, and I don't drink coffee), and a third would have meant $1.50 at the vending machine.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MsGuided on March 11, 2015, 10:38:59 PM
Did not buy Diet Coke on my trip to the grocery store today.  Love the stuff, gave it up for Lent.  Missing it, but have resisted.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: yoga mama on March 13, 2015, 12:02:36 PM
I did not buy lunch today, I usually brown bag but nothing was appealing this morning.  Instead I munched on [relatively unhealthy] snacks from the lounge to tide me over.
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Post by: Retire-Canada on March 13, 2015, 02:04:38 PM
Almost bought some motorcycle tires online that were on sale. Thought about it some more and figured I can wear through the ones I have and see what's available in a few months.

-- Vik
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 15, 2015, 01:13:28 PM
SO and I decided not to replace a couple of supplements we usually get, and see how that works out. If it doesn't make much difference, that's a lot of savings- opting out of a recurring expense.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Corporate Coconut on March 19, 2015, 12:27:50 AM
Coffee!

A few weeks back I realised what I grip the Starbucks' of the world has on me and I thought no need for coffee -> no spending -> no more paper mugs polluting the planet on my watch. A WIN-WIN-WIN!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Spondulix on March 19, 2015, 12:37:02 AM
Dinner. The cafeteria at work had my favorite, but I passed it up cause I had leftovers... from a free lunch! (double score)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jmusic on March 19, 2015, 12:50:49 AM
I was idly browsing on Autotrader...  does this count?? (http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=92104&endYear=2016&modelCode1=6_SERIES&showcaseOwnerId=568999&startYear=1981&makeCode1=BMW&searchRadius=25&showcaseListingId=392188081&mmt=%5BBMW%5B%5D%5B6_SERIES%5B%5D%5D%5D&listingId=391363663&Log=0)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Retire-Canada on March 19, 2015, 09:25:44 AM
Got home from work yesterday and didn't see an easy meal happening so I was tempted to go out for a curry. Convinced myself to go to the grocery store to buy food I could make at home then got lazy thinking how long that would take and scavenged something from the fridge by getting creative.

Started the day today thinking about having something ready for tonight so I planned a meal and got stuff out of the freezer so it could defrost while I was at work and figured out what veggies needed eating so I used them up before they went off.

Nothing epic, but a couple days like this and I can buy 1 extra share of VCN. ;)

-- Vik
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: boyerbt on March 19, 2015, 09:57:58 AM
Lunch

Was only planning on going home to make something easy but didn't need to as another employee brought in a huge container of homemade Pad Thai for everyone. Delicious and Free!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on March 20, 2015, 12:33:49 AM
Wanted to buy my son a vacuum for his new apartment but didn't. I've already bought him lots of smaller necessities like a pot, a pan, a few dishes, etc. Its a tiny bachelor suite anyways, so he could probably do it with a dust buster or something .. or maybe a carpet sweeper.

UPDATE: Grandma and Grandpa bought him a vacuum!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Shropskr on March 21, 2015, 12:32:38 AM
Mongolian beef.  As lunch out with the husband.  Oh how I wanted it but it would have broken up our day too much and cost too much.

Stupid fridge is empty need to go grocery shopping.  Made shrimp zucchini, onion, kale, carrot, egg scramble instead.  It was good and used up odds and ends while filling in with frozen stuff.

I will put mongolian beef on the menu and make it myself.  More leftovers less money.  Win win
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on March 21, 2015, 02:25:01 PM
Fish sandwich.   I had promised myself a Diet Coke at the turn around point of my walk today.  The deli was offering $1.00 a bottled Coke product plus a fish sandwich.   Almost fell for it but realized: One I wasn't that hungry and two the Diet Coke would cost $1.20.  The fish sandwich plus coke would cost almost $5.00 after the coupon.  Not a good deal even if I was hungry.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bob W on March 23, 2015, 08:58:34 AM
Did not buy a Starbucks coffee.  That makes 10,949 out of the last 10, 950 days without Starbucks!   
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on March 23, 2015, 04:20:09 PM
Made sandwiches for our drive home from a little mini-vacation with the kids instead of stopping and buying fast food.  Tuna sandwiches with cheese and lettuce and refillable bottles of water were just right for the 2 1/2 hour drive that happened to fall over the lunch hour. Plus, we used up the last of what we'd brought with us since the place we stayed at had a kitchen.

Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Optimiser on May 16, 2015, 03:06:31 PM
Went to the store with my daughter and was really tempted to buy some Hot Wheels. I thought about how saving a few dollars here and there adds up and I was able to resist making the purchase. It was much more difficult than it should have been.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on May 16, 2015, 05:54:36 PM
A planter full of pretty spring flowers for my front step that had a cute Welcome sign. Instead, I bought a few vegetable starts for my teeny tiny "garden."

- 2 cherry tomato plants
- 1 rosemary
- 1 parsley
- 1 pepper

Also picked up a few little 99 cent annuals for the planters I already have.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 16, 2015, 08:01:33 PM
I had to go to a mall (gasp) and buy clothes for an interview. In spite of missing a meal during this time, I did not buy any food. Just say no to the delicious smelling Cinnabon...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: PJ on May 16, 2015, 11:05:27 PM
Gas!  I am trying not to have to fill up the car until after the long weekend is over ...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Sam E on May 20, 2015, 08:16:20 AM
I packed my lunch this morning, so that saves me ~$10 come lunch time. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: AlwaysBeenASaver on May 20, 2015, 09:45:23 AM
I went to the REI Memorial Day Sale to help someone look at sleeping bags, saw a TON of things I wanted but had no need for, and didn't buy anything!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: TheAnonOne on May 20, 2015, 09:55:34 AM
I didn't buy a $65,000 C7 2LT Vette.

Not sure I made the right choice :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: laughing_paddler on May 20, 2015, 12:56:40 PM
Had the car in for a recall today (their fantastic euphemism is "service campaign" HA!) and they pointed out that I had two mini taillights that were burned out. Believe it or not, they would perform the (5-minute) replacement for me for a mere $61.12! Wow!

A 2-pack of standard 194 bulbs costs, oh maybe $4, so "what did I NOT buy today"?

I didn't buy 5 minutes of a car dealer-shop technician's labor for $55. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: big_slacker on May 21, 2015, 08:25:15 PM
I was window shopping bike builds. My wife took my singlespeed (it's a 16" frame, I normally ride 18" anyway). So I got to thinking as stupid bike guys do and I searched online. The same frame in 18" is on sale right now for VERY cheap. Also 26" wheels are going away it seems some they're all heavily discounted. With the two spendy parts very discounted I was thinking I could build what I wanted to in the first place and we could have a matching pair of rides. Put I spreadsheeted it and it would still end up being $600+ to build the thing complete.... So I put that idea on hold, I already have a couple of bikes. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kib on May 21, 2015, 09:40:15 PM
I've been reveling in my own weirdness ... I came home to an empty house last Friday, DH left a few hours earlier on a business trip that will end this weekend.  I have not bought one single thing since he left.  I suppose there are some bills that have auto-paid, but I have not moved an intentional penny for new goods out of my wallet in six days.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on May 25, 2015, 04:03:08 PM
Today, I was very close to stopping and filling my water bottle with diet soda since it's like 94c, but went straight home and had water instead.

Last night, I had a $9.99 pack of petunias in my cart at the store and them put them back.  Funny enough, I discovered a petunia growing in one of the pots int my garden today.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Tenlha on May 25, 2015, 06:44:22 PM
I need some lemongrass for a flower bed, so I asked my mom for some of hers. Also decided to try line drying my clothes. I don't have a lot of laundry, but we're trying to slash the electric bill.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Roadhog on May 26, 2015, 12:10:29 PM
I just finished watching the first 1/2 of the final season of Madmen on Netflix.  I really want to watch the rest of the episodes, but they won't be on Netflix for awhile.  In the meantime...there they are on iTunes, available for purchase.   I am resisting the temptation.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: I'm a red panda on May 26, 2015, 12:55:54 PM
Lunch.

Due to not getting to grocery shop this weekend, and some new diet restrictions that limit what I could eat on hand, I went to work today without a lunch.

But as I was mentioning I was heading out, the admin told me there was a can of soup unclaimed in the cupboard I should eat.

So I did :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: PJ on May 26, 2015, 01:52:51 PM
Lunch.

Due to not getting to grocery shop this weekend, and some new diet restrictions that limit what I could eat on hand, I went to work today without a lunch.

But as I was mentioning I was heading out, the admin told me there was a can of soup unclaimed in the cupboard I should eat.

So I did :)

What?!?!?!  You ate my soup???

I tell ya, people have no respect ...

;-)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FrugalFairy on May 29, 2015, 09:07:01 PM
Didn't go to the grocery store as I intended, because I only used the bike today and yesterday.  After 10 years of not getting on at all!  YES!!  So proud, but didn't feel like riding up the hill from the grocery after riding 7 miles RT so came home and just what I already had in the fridge.  Boring food been eating all week but tasted great after a long ride!!
And no real reason to buy more food when there is something I can already eat at home. It is amazing how much food can go bad. Trying to buy more frozen produce since when I am busy I end up throwing out bad food occasionally.  Also cooking in MAJOR BULK and freezing is soooo nice when you have had a long day but want a home cooked meal, not some processed non-food thing to fill your belly. Getting off topic /ramble
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mikhial on June 01, 2015, 07:17:09 AM
Not today, but over the weekend. Boyfriend and a friend wanted to go shopping on Saturday. I went so I could get out of the house with the goal of not buying anything. After a lot of walking around and even trying some stuff on, I managed to keep my wallet in my pocket.

Outside of groceries, I only spent $6 this weekend which was splitting a bottle of vodka to bring to a friend's pool party. Pretty happy about that.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: iamlittlehedgehog on June 01, 2015, 11:14:40 AM
Pricey board shorts and new water shoes. Walmart has a decent looking pair I might get instead. All in all - a $50 savings.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: snogirl on June 01, 2015, 11:40:10 AM
Did not buy take out with a friend who was visiting.
Heated up a homemade dinner I had in the freezer.
It was sooo much healthier for me & my wallet.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: McCannon on June 03, 2015, 07:59:32 AM
I have refrained from making any sort of purchase in the past week or more. There's been plenty I wanted, but I wanted to hold onto my money even more. From this point on, unless it has a perfectly justifiable reason that matches up to my mustachian principles, I will only be purchasing necessities.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on June 03, 2015, 08:03:53 AM
A thrift store t-shirt.  I am holding out for the perfect one.
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Post by: texaslady22 on June 03, 2015, 07:12:03 PM
A kid came down with a double ear infection. Hubby took him to PrimaCare and I was busy at work. Resisted the urge to have him pick up burgers on the way home. Went without lunch and made up for it at dinner.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 03, 2015, 07:18:13 PM
Didn't buy anything - it was a stay-at-home day - but also resisted any online shopping.
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Post by: piccione88 on June 05, 2015, 11:25:09 AM
 After a 14 hour shift, i shut down at a truck stop with a nice looking restaraunt. This has been the hardest of my bad habits to let go. But today I fought the temptation, and took the extra 15 minutes to heat up leftover rottisere chicken, and veggies from the house.
 That makes two weeks on the road without eating at pricey restaraunts, and the first after a 14+ hour day.
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Post by: Sam E on June 05, 2015, 11:53:41 AM
Yesterday I biked to work for the first time in months, so I'm out of shape and forgot to adjust my lunch portions. On my way home I started feeling pretty hungry and all the fast food places were looking pretty tantalizing. But I powered through it, got past the hunger, and avoided spending anything. It felt really satisfying when I got home, too.
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Post by: Migrator Soul on June 05, 2015, 12:00:49 PM
I refrained from buying the watch I have been eyeing for several years... It went on sale at 50% and I still cant bring myself to get it.. It's a nice stainless steel Citizen Eco-Drive watch.
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Post by: WorkingToBeFIREd on June 05, 2015, 03:26:39 PM
A 5th generation Honda VFR800...the consumerist side of my brain could actually hear the gear-driven cams and the wail of the V-4.  The fact that it was priced for pocket change made this one tough...literally, it was cheap enough I could probably resell and make money.

I haven't decided yet whether to congratulate or facepunch myself (or both).  :)
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Post by: 1967mama on June 06, 2015, 12:12:31 AM
Today I did a mad dash grocery shop while kids were in lessons. It was hot out and I had a dollar and thought how tasty a drink from McDonald's would taste on the way back to pick up the kids. But then I remembered that I'd packed myself a water bottle with ice in it!

That really showed me how planning for contingencies really makes a difference in whether I spend or don't spend!
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Post by: Healthandwealth on June 06, 2015, 12:55:28 AM
Didn't buy ice cream at the beach. I live on biking/ walking distance. I just went to the beach without any money...:) I did bring water and rice crackers so we were fine.
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Post by: Britan on June 06, 2015, 02:42:04 PM
Restaurant dinner. And/or expensive Whole Food groceries (only store within walking distance).

Realized my plan for dinner tonight was going to take 8 hours, and it's 3pm. All my other food options are frozen and raw and would also take 8 hours. I figured, well, it's either eating out or getting something at WF.

Open the fridge, dig to the back and find already cooked chicken leftovers from Thursday. Boom! No money spent.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 07, 2015, 12:03:48 AM
Husband asked if we could have BBQ hamburgers for dinner when he got home from a tournament with the kids. Briefly thought about popping out to Walmart for buns, but decided to make my own instead -- it was so worth the effort because not only did I save a few bucks, they also tasted about 1000% better than store bought!
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Post by: horsepoor on June 07, 2015, 03:31:02 PM
Avoided stopping at the mini-mart for a fountain drink on the way home from the barn.  Came home and had some home-brewed kombucha instead.
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Post by: Rural on June 07, 2015, 04:22:40 PM
Did not buy a strut spring coil compressor to replace the front shocks on my little car today. Autozone has them as part of their rent-a-tool program (pay for them, then get your money back on return). Also didn't pay anyone to replace the *broken in half* shock on the front driver's side of my car.


Also did not buy but will tomorrow: replacement struts. We took the driver's side one off our parts car (was my driver until an F250 rear-ended me at a red light in the city), but I'd forgotten it already needed shocks before the Ford came along. On the plus side, my current car goes again, just with some noise. Also on the plus side: shocks are really easy to replace on this car. We'll do both sides tomorrow - this is likely what we get for having a long, steep rural road we put in ourselves. It's a bit rough on little economy cars.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 08, 2015, 01:32:37 AM
Didn't take the kids to McDonald's after church, although I reeeeeally wanted to. This is a real pattern in my life. I must get control of mindless dining out. (Facepunching self)
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Post by: Rollin on June 08, 2015, 05:19:49 AM
Everything!

That is, I did not buy anything.
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Post by: marcela on June 08, 2015, 10:26:55 AM
Lunch! We had chinese food last night for dinner and there wasn't enough left of what I like to eat for leftovers. I thought about hitting the sandwich shop at work for lunch but decided to scrounge up a meal out of the snacks I keep in my desk. Saved at least $5
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Post by: Mika M on June 09, 2015, 09:58:49 AM
A monthly planner book... discovered I could print out a blank Outlook calendar instead that would serve just as well...
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Post by: Kagey on June 09, 2015, 11:56:04 AM
An umbrella -- the fabric had come undone from three of the stays. I got out thread and needle and sewed them back on. Old umbrella works just fine now -- no need to buy one!
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Post by: Candace on June 19, 2015, 11:33:09 AM
Didn't have to bring lunch Wednesday, Thursday or today (Friday). Our company picnic on Wednesday had lots of leftovers. I brought some home last night for my boyfriend's dinner as well.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 19, 2015, 12:51:54 PM
In the past, when DH is gone multiple days for work, I'll go to dinner at a soup place nearby and have the leftovers the next day for lunch. I didn't do that this time, and have eaten completely at home while he's been gone.
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Post by: MrsStubble on June 19, 2015, 01:15:07 PM
not a damn thing. Same as yesterday and the day before.  I think i've finally broken the shopping/spending habits i had in my pre-mustacian days. :)
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Post by: driftxsequence on June 19, 2015, 02:33:24 PM
Hi Fellow Delawareian!

Today my soon-to-be wife and I decided not to meet up and share a lunch from a favored local sandwich shop.

Instead I had PB&J.
I freeze the bread and toast it on days that I need it. This way it's never wasted. Most days I have leftovers from dinner so a loaf of bread can last a month sometimes.
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Post by: jengod on June 19, 2015, 03:29:58 PM
Today I did not buy drive-through breakfast, but quickly made some coffee and hot European museli instead.

also didnt buy a replacement base for my broken Nutribullet. Ours broke and I could order one from eBay but I'm going to look on CL and just bide my time for a good price.
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Post by: 2ndTimer on June 19, 2015, 03:57:46 PM
A cup of coffee.  The Hub and I stopped for bagels and in the past I automatically ordered coffee whether I wanted it or not because coffee and bagels, right.  So today I ordered a glass of water instead of the coffee because that was what i really wanted and besides it didn't cost $1.79.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 20, 2015, 12:21:14 AM
Shopping at Costco tonight for FOOD -- felt the siren song of consumer goods but resisted: nice water bottles and travel mugs, solar walkway lights, jackets, yoga pants, shoes, post it notes, ream of paper, books, books, books, dvds, pillows, sheets, tea towels....the list is endless, really. 
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Post by: mskyle on June 23, 2015, 07:50:48 AM
One of my bicycle wheel spokes broke (or possibly was cut!) and a bird pooped on my face but even though I was having a shitty morning I STILL didn't stop and get a donut from the fancy donut shop next to the bike shop. I am a true American hero.
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Post by: enb123 on June 23, 2015, 09:32:01 AM
Coffee, lunch... an iPhone 6.  One of those things is not like the others, but I'm glad to have avoided all of them!
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Post by: 1967mama on June 23, 2015, 03:43:00 PM
CRAAAAAAVING a Starbucks Frappe today and drove right by when it was, thankfully, lined up out the drivethru and into the mall parking lot. Whew!

Considering what to make at home to replace the craving...
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Post by: druth on June 23, 2015, 04:33:18 PM
A whole house!

I cancelled an offer on a house at the top of our budget(well, self imposed budget, but still), that kept accruing costs.  It was going to be expensive for an expensive house - roof was on its last legs, furnace was 60 years old, had small HOA dues that wouldn't be with other houses in the area.  Lots of small things that I finally just noped out of.

We are looking at a few houses for about 60k less now, and most of them have furnaces and roofs from this century even!
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Post by: Tenlha on June 24, 2015, 05:58:45 AM
Quote
One of my bicycle wheel spokes broke (or possibly was cut!) and a bird pooped on my face but even though I was having a shitty morning I STILL didn't stop and get a donut from the fancy donut shop next to the bike shop. I am a true American hero.

Yes, yes you are. That donut would have been mine.
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Post by: jengod on June 25, 2015, 12:45:52 AM
Today I did not buy $330 plus S&H of vintage children's books on eBay.
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Post by: EllieStan on June 25, 2015, 09:35:07 AM
Take out food. Sometimes I get so hangry that I'm tempted to opt for laziness. Although I craved for that hamburger or poutine, I resisted and made myself a healthy sandwich. Win-win.

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Post by: snogirl on June 26, 2015, 06:54:22 AM
Hiking boots on clearance.
I went specifically for Field Notes (little notepads)
The store didn't carry them.
Of course than I start trolling for I'm a sucker for Outdoor Gear
Very tempted but managed to get away unscathed
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Post by: link_417 on June 27, 2015, 11:11:04 PM
Junk food! I did not let my pizza and ice cream cravings force me to go out in the blistering heat.
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Post by: meadow lark on June 28, 2015, 07:27:45 AM
Will terry cloth not unravel if you cut it with pinking shears?  I go through way too many paper towels.

Paper towels - instead, I bought a $1 cotton terry towel from the charity shop which I will cut up into squares using pinking shears and use in lieu.

If I wasn't a minimalist, I could have found an old one around the house to use, but we're pretty much at the point where there are no spare/old anythings lying around.
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Post by: meadow lark on June 28, 2015, 07:31:10 AM
A recliner.  Yes it is 7 in the morning, but my internet surfing has not caused me to spend money yet!
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Post by: AutoZealot on July 07, 2015, 07:18:49 PM
Took a page from the MMM playbook - bought clippers (yes I bought something = read on) from Amazon.

Cut own hair for total investment of $18.  Saved $22 + commuting fees. Yearly savings ~$400/year + commuting costs (round trip of 15 miles and 25 minutes each way)
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Post by: Rosy on July 07, 2015, 07:28:27 PM
My favorite sweet cream flavor ice cream from cold stone creamery. We went out to eat, but I was still hungry for a nice dessert (not something that happens all that often). The Cold Stone creamery happens to be on the way home and I was really tempted:) Saved me close to four bucks and now that I'm home I don't really miss it at all.
Better for my waistline too:)
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Post by: clifford4970 on July 08, 2015, 06:48:57 PM
A gas station soda.
I am headed out for a company work trip and we received Per Diem today.  I got $52 cash and thought to myself, "I don't really need these 2 extra dollars, I'll swing by and get a soda on the way home"..... then really thought about it and decided to put it into my "extra dollar jar" at home.  Saved me 2 bucks!
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Post by: Mrs. D. on July 09, 2015, 10:54:37 PM
Housing.
My husband and I are experiencing an uncomfortable purgatory where we need to be in our current location because of his job, but we have not yet closed on a house. We briefly looked into a short-term lease for 3 months to tie us over, but it would have cost over $3K for the term. Instead, we hit up dear old grandpa and asked to stay at his place. Each day we've stayed with him has saved us about $100. Lest we get too excited about this free housing - we still had to pay rent on our previous lease in a different city. We will get some part of the month prorated however.
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Post by: Mrs. Crackin' the Whip on July 10, 2015, 07:35:50 AM
I am usually very resistent, I don't like shopping and spending money. But today it was just awful.
I wanted to buy (but did not buy): chocolate, pizza, crisps, lipstick, boots and a handbag. Especially the handbag was a hard one.
Fortunatelly, I could buy a few things (parfume, hair mask, hair moisturizer) which will be completely reimbursed by a cashback programme. However, it was a strange feeling, I am not used to craving things:-/

I experience periods in my life such as this.  It could last a day, a week, or even an entire month.  Hello June 2015...during which I bought a Roomba, a computer, a wireless energy meter and a slew of other things!

Take a deep breath...Step back, re-group, re-evaluate, focus, and move forward!
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Post by: Amasa on July 10, 2015, 10:19:02 AM
I didn't buy a book today.

Put it on hold in the library instead. Plan to pick it up tomorrow.
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Post by: Hall11235 on July 10, 2015, 11:59:54 AM
There is a Vitamin Shoppe right down the road from where I work, within walking distance. I have a serious issue of buying the protein bars. They are just so delicious and hyper-palatable. Today, I drove past there twice (Driving is required for part of my job) and didn't buy any of those damn things. I swear they are laced with coke. But, at 2.00 a pop, they are obscenely expensive.
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Post by: lunahsol on July 10, 2015, 12:38:50 PM
This ridiculously cool thing -  Kamp Rite Oversize Tent Cot (http://Kamp Rite Oversize Tent Cot) - that I saw linked to in another thread here.  I want it so bad!  I have a bit of a camping equipment problem - lol.

But no.  I already have a perfectly good tent that has only been used once in five years :/  Ahem.
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Post by: Insanity on July 11, 2015, 06:08:18 AM
Yesterday was the first day during a work week I did not buy breakfast and/or lunch.   I made lunch at home and my new manager took the team out to lunch.

Of course we did go get ice cream a a family after dinner :).
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Post by: Money Badger on July 12, 2015, 06:15:15 PM
Was on a very un-stachian vacation at the beach, but resisted buying a $250 aluminum beach / fisherman's cart that would have been very helpful and usable on another trip planned soon to carry cooler, rods and beach gear...    But instead, transferred the $250 online into the mortgage payoff fund!    Not sure if that's half-a$$ or bad-a$$? 
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Post by: HappierAtHome on July 12, 2015, 09:22:54 PM
Packing boxes! We thought we were going to have to buy sturdy cardboard boxes for the move to our new house - instead my MIL has offered us some boxes. Success!

I think we'll still have to buy some bubble wrap, though.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 13, 2015, 01:16:01 AM
Resisted buying a very cute sign for an empty wall in my home that would suit my decor PERFECTLY! I flipped it over to look at the price tag ... $46.  In my pre-Mustachian days, I am almost certain I would have bought it, justifying that it was only $46. Today, I just put it back on the shelf and walked away. I glanced at it one more time before I left the store. Now that I'm typing this out, I'm wondering if I could make one myself??!!
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Post by: kander on July 13, 2015, 11:36:53 AM
Licorice.
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Post by: zephyr911 on July 20, 2015, 09:46:31 AM
Rocked a 1,000yd swim workout at sunrise, and walked right past the breakfast cafe' at work to eat high-protein and whole-grain breakfast I staged here ahead of time just for occasions like this. \m/
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Post by: Heckler on July 20, 2015, 02:21:14 PM
That was our fifth car free weekend in a row now.  To celebrate, I put another $300 in the TFSA.
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Post by: norcalmike on July 20, 2015, 02:27:27 PM
A motorcycle.
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Post by: Rosy on July 20, 2015, 04:29:33 PM
Scratch off tickets! I love to play anything with a winning chance - no matter how small the odds:) If there is a sweepstakes it is calling my name:)

What made it particularly hard is that I had been resisting, but I had these winning tickets I'd forgotten to turn in for pay out and I was afraid they might be too old (over 6 months ago).
So I took them to a convenience store nearby and got paid $13. - which was a surprise, because I thought I only had $9-:). Anyway, walked out with only the winning money in my wallet - resisted the urge to buy more tickets. Whew!
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Post by: 1967mama on July 21, 2015, 01:31:27 AM
Books!
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Post by: kander on July 21, 2015, 04:03:41 AM
Candy
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Post by: horsepoor on July 21, 2015, 09:01:35 AM
Breakfast burrito.  Didn't have any leftovers to take for lunch, so was thinking I'd just get a $3 burrito, then I face-punched myself and grabbed an avocado and an old can of soup instead.
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Post by: prudence on July 23, 2015, 08:44:13 AM
Breakfast on the way to work. I was tempted, but grabbed some leftover dinner to eat when I get in the office instead
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Post by: kander on August 01, 2015, 01:50:37 AM
A dress. I liked it really, really much, but it was very expensive. Still in doubt.... ;)
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Post by: horsepoor on August 01, 2015, 08:07:49 PM
Sweet potato chips.  I love having them on a long drive, but I had sweet potatoes at home, need to make snacks put of those instead.
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Post by: Dicey on August 01, 2015, 11:48:38 PM
My husband always asks jokingly if I want a bigger diamond. My ring came from Costco and lately I've noticed they have a bigger version of mine in some stores. Today I was in a Costco that was not my regular store and they 1) had it in the showcase and 2) there was a Costco person standing right there, key in hand. I finally tried it on and decided it looked wa-a-a-ay too big on my hand. Bam! Just like that, I saved eight thousand dollars, plus tax. And then I proceeded to buy only the LED lightbulbs I had gone into the store for.
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Post by: deterra_k on August 02, 2015, 05:48:51 AM
I did not buy a new computer today.

Mod note: Link removed
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Post by: Singularity on August 02, 2015, 06:32:45 AM
A whole house!

I cancelled an offer on a house at the top of our budget(well, self imposed budget, but still), that kept accruing costs.  It was going to be expensive for an expensive house - roof was on its last legs, furnace was 60 years old, had small HOA dues that wouldn't be with other houses in the area.  Lots of small things that I finally just [p]oped out of.

We are looking at a few houses for about 60k less now, and most of them have furnaces and roofs from this century even!

Great call that will provide huge savings. 
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Post by: Singularity on August 02, 2015, 06:43:07 AM
I did not buy a new computer today.

You don't need to either. Just make yours faster. Here is how.

https://sites.google.com/site/deterrak/extend-the-life-of-your-old-computer


That is a Solid idea.  Just install missing Windows XP updates on an old Intel Core Solo Notebook took over a day.  It was really painful and I will be moving to Linux.  [WinXP no longer has security updates which is an issue to]

Providing a short list of Linux Distributions well suited for older PCs with screen shots would really pump up your article. 
Here is an article with a few good ideas: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2107641/3-easy-linux-alternatives-for-windows-xp-refugees-who-dont-want-a-new-pc.html (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2107641/3-easy-linux-alternatives-for-windows-xp-refugees-who-dont-want-a-new-pc.html)

One Idea is Lubuntu or LXLE (complete with WindowsXP mode)
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Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu. Lubuntu uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications. We focus on speed and energy-efficiency. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements.
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Post by: Emg03063 on August 09, 2015, 09:48:17 PM
I went to the REI Memorial Day Sale to help someone look at sleeping bags, saw a TON of things I wanted but had no need for, and didn't buy anything!!

I walked in & out of REI unscathed today.  Went in for a freeze dried dinner; walked out with a freeze dried dinner.  Bought no $100+ self inflating air mattresses, no $50 bike jerseys (on clearance from $75!), no unneeded shells or base layers (also on clearance at heavily discounted, but still exorbitant prices). 
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Post by: 1967mama on August 09, 2015, 10:19:53 PM
Had a buy nothing day -- these are few and far between with us so this makes me very happy:-)
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Post by: o2bfree on August 11, 2015, 09:48:06 AM
New flannel sheets. We like them for winter, but they wear out quicker than regular sheets, and our bottom sheet has a hole. The top sheet and pillow cases are faded but fine. I was going to buy a new set, but then decided to patch the bottom sheet with fabric from an old pillowcase. Sheets seems so overpriced, and who usually sees them besides you and your mate anyways?
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Post by: marcela on August 11, 2015, 10:07:57 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!
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 11, 2015, 01:29:41 PM
Didn't buy a coffee even though I really, really wanted to, and could have EASILY felt like I 'deserved' it. Made myself a cup at home and added some homemade vanilla so I feel all fancy.
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Post by: ClassyCat on August 11, 2015, 07:39:28 PM
My old laptop is on its last legs and I just received an Amazon gift card that would make the purchase of a new one more reasonable. I was really considering it today, but I decided that I don't use my old one enough to justify a brand new one just yet. I'm going to see how long I can wait it out, given that my work laptop is functioning fine (I work from home).
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Post by: veronica mars rover on August 11, 2015, 08:37:15 PM
Iced coffee.  I work at a place where everyone heads out together to buy lunch, every single day.  I feel strange about hanging back, so sometimes I go along and just buy a $1 iced coffee. 

Today I went along, but bought nothing. 

The world did not end.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on August 12, 2015, 09:08:37 PM
A GIANT coffee, even though I really want one.
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Post by: 1967mama on August 12, 2015, 09:41:16 PM
Husband suggested we take the kids out for Fish and Chips at the beach but I had already thawed the very last of our steaks (I think) from our side of beef so we had those instead and they were AMAZING! It was the tenderloin cuts. Also made a cucumber salad to go with it with the cukes from my neighbour's garden and some leftover pasta salad.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 13, 2015, 10:37:48 AM
Lunch.  Didn't have any leftovers or stuff to make a normal lunch, but I grabbed some random celery sticks, carrots, half an avocado and some cheese and figured I could make do.

I also didn't buy a Hydroflask.  I actually almost bought a small one a couple weeks ago, but talked myself out of it.  Today I was sitting at a red light in the left-turn lane when a pickup came careening around the corner.  I heard a noise, looked over, and saw a Hydroflask bottle sitting in the middle of the road.  When the light changed, I whipped around the corner into the library parking lot, ran out into the street and grabbed it before it got ran over.  It appears to be brand-new, other than a few scuffs it incurred as it went flying off the truck.
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Post by: kander on August 13, 2015, 12:12:32 PM
Evereything :D

(So, I bought nothing today ;) )
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Post by: wtrfre on August 13, 2015, 12:15:47 PM
Lunch out.  Even though I've been feeling stressed and could have talked myself into it, I ate from my supplies.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 13, 2015, 01:44:06 PM
I did not adopt a very cute senior pug from a rescue group today. One senior pug is enough!
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Post by: druth on August 13, 2015, 03:14:38 PM
I did not adopt a very cute senior pug from a rescue group today. One senior pug is enough!

This is a tough one.  I managed to not adopt a very friendly senior cat yesterday.  He had all of his fur shaved off(to remove mats) and a twice broken tail.  I expect he will be happier with somebody who doesn't already have two cats, one of whom is frankly kind of a dick to other cats.
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Post by: SeaEhm on August 14, 2015, 11:54:40 AM
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.
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Post by: Rural on August 14, 2015, 07:08:20 PM
Didn't buy raisin bran as it wasn't on my list and would have led to the purchase of more milk anyway. Besides, sugar.
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Post by: ClassyCat on August 14, 2015, 08:29:29 PM
Was going to head to the store to buy some warm clothes for the winter, but I decided to have a no-car day so I wouldn't have to get gas. Now I'm wondering if there's a safe path to walk or bike there instead.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on August 15, 2015, 03:11:06 AM
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.


Sometimes, I actually think of this thread (and others) as I'm about to buy something and suddenly think, "Oh, shoot, I should buy this!"
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Susurrus on August 16, 2015, 10:39:46 AM
Yesterday I went to buy school supplies for the upcoming semester and managed to derail the temptation to buy fancy (and gorgeous!) folders and notebooks. I instead went for the cheapest ones they had in boring solid colors. :) I'm also going to reuse my old binders even though they're starting to show wear and tear, because buying new binders would be something like $40.

I did have a cute tote bag in my hand (that I didn't need but was on sale). When I got to the register the lady couldn't find a barcode and asked if I wanted to go get another one that did have a barcode. I took it as a sign and decided not to buy it. Woo-hoo!

All in all, a successful shopping trip. :)

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.

Wow, that's actually not a bad idea! Maybe I'll start that today with the money I "made" by not buying fancy school supplies.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rural on August 16, 2015, 07:18:13 PM
Did not go down off the mountain today, either of us. Did repair the backhoe and cook baked pasta in the crockpot for supper tonight and tomorrow night. Oh, and much laundry so no one has to work naked. That should save some bail money....
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FLA on August 16, 2015, 07:29:20 PM
I did not adopt a very cute senior pug from a rescue group today. One senior pug is enough!

you are much stronger than me! lol
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FLA on August 16, 2015, 07:46:04 PM
I need to stop procrastinating and buy medical equipment so that my bathroom does not look like bloody crime scene after a shower one of these days.  I have been very lucky with "safe" falls, but I'm a nurse, I know my luck is gonna run out and I will have been an idiot for not being prepared. 

I really need a tub transfer bench, i won't bore you, but it's safer than a tub seat for people who fall the way I do. Well, they are not cheap, even used, take up so much space, IDK, it might have to be taken off after every shower so I can use my toilet.  I know I need this, but this feels like an item for a much older person, like 50 yrs older.  And I resent dropping so much dough on something I hate!

My aunt showed up with a shower seat (free), I have one grab bar, I think if I add one that attaches to the tub, I will be safe.  So that just saved me $150.   

She also showed me her 3 wheeled walker.  I use my mom's souped up one with a seat and brakes and I hate it, goes too fast. This thing my aunt has is not as apparent as a walker, it has a huge bag you can put things in while you shop.  So now I want that.  It is a sad, sad day when medical equipment makes your heart flutter, lmao
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 17, 2015, 08:54:57 AM
I need to stop procrastinating and buy medical equipment so that my bathroom does not look like bloody crime scene after a shower one of these days.  I have been very lucky with "safe" falls, but I'm a nurse, I know my luck is gonna run out and I will have been an idiot for not being prepared. 

I really need a tub transfer bench, i won't bore you, but it's safer than a tub seat for people who fall the way I do. Well, they are not cheap, even used, take up so much space, IDK, it might have to be taken off after every shower so I can use my toilet.  I know I need this, but this feels like an item for a much older person, like 50 yrs older.  And I resent dropping so much dough on something I hate!

My aunt showed up with a shower seat (free), I have one grab bar, I think if I add one that attaches to the tub, I will be safe.  So that just saved me $150.   

She also showed me her 3 wheeled walker.  I use my mom's souped up one with a seat and brakes and I hate it, goes too fast. This thing my aunt has is not as apparent as a walker, it has a huge bag you can put things in while you shop.  So now I want that.  It is a sad, sad day when medical equipment makes your heart flutter, lmao

Nurses are the worst patients, lol. Please, please get yourself that transfer bench! I could not talk my mom (also a nurse, go figure) into one during her chemo, and she fell. And then it was your sadly common cascade of -> IV antibiotics for the arm scrapes->C diff-> dehydration->AKI->hypokalemia->another fall. Luckily she pulled through, but she has lasting kidney damage from the whole thing. If I can't talk my mom into it, maybe I can talk you into it! Please keep yourself safe, an internet stranger cares about you!

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As for the thread, today I did not buy a lacrosse ball. DH wants one to work on his ankle mobility/PT, and they are $3. Totally reasonable, but we are doing a low/no spend August, so it will wait until September.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Evgenia on August 17, 2015, 01:10:44 PM
A power tool: a bench-top thickness planer for my woodworking, which I had to admit I would use infrequently, since I enjoy hand planing. Instead, I emailed our neighbor across the street to see if he has one. He does, and says I can use it anytime. There's $500-$600 saved, and fun time with a woodworking neighbor added. :-)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kander on August 17, 2015, 02:08:13 PM
I had the urge to buy votes for my rollercoaster election. But I've decided to not buy them. I want to play it fair. And it would cost a lot of money, and maybe for nothing...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Lazyretirementgirl on August 20, 2015, 09:41:47 PM
Yesterday, I got an email announcing a three day workshop in botanical macro photography early next year -- fell on it with cries of joy. This morning priced it -- heinously expensive. Like 1200 bucks before hotel and meals. Decided I could learn from a book for far less. Found a choice book on Amazon -- perfect. Checked on the library website: lo and behold, there was the choice book. Put it on hold from home for zero out of pocket. Thanks for the inspiration, mustachians!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: robtown on August 25, 2015, 10:16:34 AM
A 2T SSD drive.   I've been wanting to get a separate drive to install Windows 10.     The large drive would free up a 100G drive for the install.

Instead I bought a 24" backlit LCD monitor and a 480G drive.   While not a shining example for this thread but still it was half the cost of the 2T drive.    I have 5T of redundant NAS storage so I don't need the extra space.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 25, 2015, 10:24:39 AM
I did not buy extra index shares, because I refuse to market time. I did however increase my weekly contributions... market diving served as a good reminder that I needed to.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: I'm a red panda on August 25, 2015, 10:39:14 AM
I did not buy extra index shares, because I refuse to market time. I did however increase my weekly contributions... market diving served as a good reminder that I needed to.

This is what I came here to post.

I didn't jump on the giant "buy low buy low!" spree that the board went on yesterday.  It sure was funny to read all the posts after seeing a million "don't time the market" previously. Apparently the advice changes if it seems like market timing is really good?


I also didn't buy milk. Which is annoying because we needed it.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 25, 2015, 11:33:31 AM
I did not buy extra index shares, because I refuse to market time. I did however increase my weekly contributions... market diving served as a good reminder that I needed to.

This is what I came here to post.

I didn't jump on the giant "buy low buy low!" spree that the board went on yesterday.  It sure was funny to read all the posts after seeing a million "don't time the market" previously. Apparently the advice changes if it seems like market timing is really good?


I also didn't buy milk. Which is annoying because we needed it.

I was noticing that as well and being amused. Human psychology- none of us are above it, no matter how much we should know better! Honestly, I'm tempted to de-sync my Vanguard from Mint so that I don't check it. That's the only reason I track what's going on anyway. (But then my net worth would look very negative... hahaha. Again, that psychology. It'd be so depressing!)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Duchess of Stratosphear on August 25, 2015, 11:36:09 AM
I did not order a Bernie 2016 mug even though I really wanted to. I will probably give in and order one eventually.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 27, 2015, 09:28:57 AM
This was yesterday but I am proud of it.  I not only did not buy a snack from the waiting room vending machine, I gave a snack to the lady sitting next to me so she didn't buy one either.  Spreading Mustachianism one total stranger at a time.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jengod on January 13, 2016, 10:38:34 PM
Today I did not buy an $18 tortilla press.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: alleykat on January 14, 2016, 04:41:29 AM
I didn't buy a makeup kit.  I have too much as it is. Saved 70 bucks.m
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: asauer on January 14, 2016, 05:52:23 AM
Really, really wanted a cute ($75) blazer I saw.  Then put it back and said if I still want it in two weeks I can have it.  Luckily, I know this store is on a two week rotation so it likely won't be there.  Temptation avoided!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: steviesterno on January 15, 2016, 05:24:04 AM
a watch! A cool watch came up on our local for sale sight, down to $100 from $400. I was super tempted because I want one and I deserve one damnit, and then remembered reading here where every $100 you spend today is 1 penny a day, every day, for the rest of your life. realized it wasn't that nice after all.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on January 15, 2016, 08:35:57 AM
A new light fixture.  I'd like to replace the ugly, wobbly ceiling fan in my room now that I've repainted, reorganized and decorated that room.  But I've decided to wait until I get a certain bill paid off.  Maybe looking at that ceiling fan with the sock stuffed between it and the ceiling to stabilize it will be a good incentive to buckle down and pay that bill off more quickly.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FIRE me on January 17, 2016, 10:58:14 AM
Today I did not buy a new desktop computer. Instead I replaced the power supply in my 7 year old Dell. $50 for parts, did the labor myself.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FLA on January 19, 2016, 07:40:33 PM


Nurses are the worst patients, lol. Please, please get yourself that transfer bench! I could not talk my mom (also a nurse, go figure) into one during her chemo, and she fell. And then it was your sadly common cascade of -> IV antibiotics for the arm scrapes->C diff-> dehydration->AKI->hypokalemia->another fall. Luckily she pulled through, but she has lasting kidney damage from the whole thing. If I can't talk my mom into it, maybe I can talk you into it! Please keep yourself safe, an internet stranger cares about you!

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I only just saw this, thank you for caring.  I did get the transfer bench and no way, no how could the guy make it fit my BR. So I used a seat and added more bars. I fall a lot less now, thank heaven.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: hollis on January 19, 2016, 07:41:18 PM
I had a buy nothing day + a bike to work day too!

It was actually fun biking to work in single digits
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: lampstache on January 20, 2016, 01:24:37 PM
I stiff armed my co-worker and told him KFC was not in the budget today for lunch. That $5 popcorn chicken fill up (actually, $5.36) was calling my name all afternoon. The unhealthiness of it is oh so delicious and appealing.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 20, 2016, 01:35:46 PM
This was yesterday but I am proud of it.  I not only did not buy a snack from the waiting room vending machine, I gave a snack to the lady sitting next to me so she didn't buy one either.  Spreading Mustachianism one total stranger at a time.

LOVE THIS!!!
Well done and so nice of you!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 20, 2016, 01:39:14 PM
I walked to work (as every day) and did NOT stop at Starbucks (saved $2).
I brought my breakfast to work (rice pudding with blueberries) and saved approx. $3.50
I also brought my lunch (pulled pork and cooked carrots) and saved approx. $10 compared to our canteen food.

I am also going to walk home in about 20 min and have a sandwich for diner (home made bread - saved $2).

Total saved: $17.50
Yay Mustachianism!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: OmahaSteph on January 20, 2016, 02:38:33 PM
I'm out of blush, but instead of rushing off to Sephora to replace it, I've been using Bare Minerals lipstick in a shade that I would never wear (it was a gift) and dotting it on my cheeks and rubbing in, like a cream blush. Still get to use my hyper-allergenic high-end brand, just not as originally intended!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: pbnjpeg on January 20, 2016, 03:02:26 PM
I went to the grocery store and walked out having only spent ~$20. Potatoes, veggies, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. No beer, no wine (I'm trying to cut out booze, mostly), no useless sweets, nothing premade.

All in all, a success!

Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 20, 2016, 03:05:47 PM
I went to the grocery store and walked out having only spent ~$20. Potatoes, veggies, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. No beer, no wine (I'm trying to cut out booze, mostly), no useless sweets, nothing premade.

All in all, a success!

Very well done!! Grocery shopping is always a challenge for me...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: YoungRetire on January 22, 2016, 01:11:16 PM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.

Coffee and I never do, Chase bank always has it for free !
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: YoungRetire on January 22, 2016, 11:40:27 PM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.

I didn't buy coffee as usual , actually I always get it for free when I walk everyday to pay extra principal on my mortgage ! Chase bank always has free coffee. Starbucks is for people that enjoy latteing their savings away !
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 23, 2016, 12:08:04 PM
I had a NO SHOP Friday and today only had my weekend treat $1.89 Starbucks (paid with swagbucks giftcards).

Also have committed to a no spend weekend (other than that Starbucks), though pulled my back this morning, reaching for the milk in the fridge and am now off to get a massage... which is fully covered by my health plan, so it's NO SPEND too. :)


Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: apricity on January 23, 2016, 01:10:48 PM
I did not buy anything at work the entire week! No buying lunch, no buying coffee, no trips to the vending machine for a soda. Yeah!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 23, 2016, 03:28:10 PM
I did not buy anything at work the entire week! No buying lunch, no buying coffee, no trips to the vending machine for a soda. Yeah!!

High five!!! Well done!!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Nickels Dimes Quarters on January 23, 2016, 05:13:02 PM
I stayed home today. Made my own coffee, ate leftovers and pantry items. I wrote blog posts and watched a few shows on Netflix. I kept the heater set low to keep the gas bill down, but since I'm wearing sweats, I have been toasty warm all day.

It's been a wonderful day!

NDQ
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 on January 23, 2016, 05:17:16 PM
I stayed home today. Made my own coffee, ate leftovers and pantry items. I wrote blog posts and watched a few shows on Netflix. I kept the heater set low to keep the gas bill down, but since I'm wearing sweats, I have been toasty warm all day.

It's been a wonderful day!

NDQ

Sounds like the perfect Saturday to me! :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HenryDavid 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: I'm a red panda 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HenryDavid 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: conrad_9 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 $30 of coins into my checking account. And biked there, like I do everywhere!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 28, 2016, 03:20:43 PM
We have a bar we like to go to once or twice a month but being retired recently we have been staying away because it always ended up being a 50$ 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BFGirl 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mermaid3011 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: thef0x on January 29, 2016, 11:11:50 AM
$5 ice cream.

Sucks.  Should've done it. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: alleykat on January 29, 2016, 01:50:25 PM

An eyeshadow palette.  Saved 80 bucks.  The last thing I need is more eyeshadow.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: apricity 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: exshopaholic on January 30, 2016, 03:26:33 PM
Sorrel boots that were on sale. I still need winter boots tho :(
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: fishnfool 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Tuskalusa 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. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Larabeth 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BDWW 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Jojje 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Evgenia 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...

See, even the Mustachian FIRE types feel tempted sometimes. ;)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MissNancyPryor 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. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: afuera 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).
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: chaskavitch 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Luckyvik 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: CheapScholar 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Jschange 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
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Luckyvik 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: marcela 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jfisher3 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: dougules 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. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MissNancyPryor 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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Post by: Kapiira 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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Post by: horsepoor 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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Post by: lunahsol 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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Post by: HenryDavid 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.
Not so much badass as fixed-ass.
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Post by: Rosy 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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Post by: Squirrel away 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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Post by: cyndre4 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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Post by: HappierAtHome on April 03, 2016, 04:49:57 PM
Self-esteem in the guise of new clothes.
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Post by: Rural on April 03, 2016, 05:11:38 PM
Groceries.
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Post by: geekinprogress 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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Post by: LauraLovesKiss 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy 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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Post by: JoRocka 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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Post by: Chris M. 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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Post by: apricity 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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Post by: Mikenost12 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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Post by: 1967mama 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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Post by: Corporate Coconut on April 06, 2016, 03:08:39 AM
A fancier lunch than I needed!
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Post by: lunahsol 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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Post by: Miss Piggy 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.
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Post by: B L I S S on April 06, 2016, 09:48:01 PM
Food cravings are the most difficult for me to resist. Today I found some willpower; I wanted some Chinese food but I had plenty (I mean so much) food at home that it would've been ridiculous to order. I napped on it, made some fish, ate some bread, drank some tea, and saved $15 :)
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Post by: Astreja on April 06, 2016, 10:07:37 PM
Talked myself out of stopping for a burger on the way home from band practice tonight.
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Post by: MissNancyPryor on April 12, 2016, 02:46:16 PM
I made a yard implement to comb out my blue oat grass for spring (it is an ornamental grass that should not be cut back but needs to have the dead blades removed manually, usually with a fancy shrub rake).  It is just nails through a stick, but I customized it and it worked awesome and it was totally free.  Plus I could brain a burglar with it if I can't get to my 870 first.    ;-)
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Post by: druth on April 12, 2016, 02:53:04 PM
Didn't buy ice cream from whole foods.  They had a big sign outside 2/5$ (one for 2.50)! Um that's a great deal, and they have diary free version of this brand.  Get inside and the dairy free isn't in the sale, and our weekly budget has 4$ left in it, which wasn't enough.  Probably would have gotten it even though it wasn't on sale otherwise.

Also gas, biked 3.5 miles to the pet food store and 3.5 back.  So I also saved a lot of calories today overall. :)
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Post by: horsepoor on April 17, 2016, 02:15:34 AM
Thought about stopping at Starbuck's or Dutch Brother's for an iced mocha on the way home from my half marathon.  Remembered I had chocolate icecream at home, so made a small cup of strong coffee and blended it with the icecream for a much more decadent beverage than whatever I would have spent $5 for at the coffee shop.
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Post by: TrMama on April 18, 2016, 12:15:27 PM
A new dishwasher. Instead I performed the "Remove the annoying filter and clean it out procedure" that involves 2 different odd shaped screw heads and a lot of bending and reaching into the dishwasher's innards.

Cost: A fresh lower back spasm (it's been acting up lately anyway) and a scratched finger.

Result: Clean dishes every time! Plus a reminder to run a hot empty cycle with extra vinegar once in a while to keep the slime level down to an acceptable level.
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Post by: NoCreativity on April 18, 2016, 12:38:01 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!

where do you get free movie online?? There's a new streaming (pirating?) services called Cody a buddy has wanted me to download but I'm a little skiddish (spell check says that's not a word but I say it is) about it.
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Post by: Luckyvik on April 18, 2016, 04:08:14 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!

where do you get free movie online?? There's a new streaming (pirating?) services called Cody a buddy has wanted me to download but I'm a little skiddish (spell check says that's not a word but I say it is) about it.
Paramount has put a large chunk of their collection for free streaming in their YouTube channel, also if you google 'free documentaries' there's some sites that share them legally. I'm sure there's others also.
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Post by: Warlord1986 on April 20, 2016, 07:12:33 AM
The Writer's Guild meeting last night was held in a coffee shop. I didn't buy anything.
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Post by: ecomic on April 20, 2016, 08:52:22 AM
OIL... its back in the bad path...
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Post by: JoRocka on April 20, 2016, 09:49:57 AM
I have managed to NOT get the new released Spring Collection from Make Up Geek- 18 new eye shadows released.

Downside- I did order new dress pants- (the yoga ones) I have exactly 2 pairs of pants I can wear to work. And I"m starting to have foot problems which means lace up shoes. I absolutely REFUSE to wear lace up shoes with my many dresses/skirts. (Squat booty is a real problem with pants) soooooooooooooooo- I did order those.

BUT- no make up. And that is a thing!!!
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Post by: alleykat on April 20, 2016, 10:38:14 AM
I have been completely failing here.  Need to get back to willpower.
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Post by: alleykat on April 20, 2016, 10:41:09 AM
I have managed to NOT get the new released Spring Collection from Make Up Geek- 18 new eye shadows released.

Downside- I did order new dress pants- (the yoga ones) I have exactly 2 pairs of pants I can wear to work. And I"m starting to have foot problems which means lace up shoes. I absolutely REFUSE to wear lace up shoes with my many dresses/skirts. (Squat booty is a real problem with pants) soooooooooooooooo- I did order those.

BUT- no make up. And that is a thing!!!

Yes, no makeup, that is success.  I have been failing in both the makeup and skincare categories. I could kick myself.
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Post by: JoRocka on April 20, 2016, 10:45:55 AM
I have managed to NOT get the new released Spring Collection from Make Up Geek- 18 new eye shadows released.

Downside- I did order new dress pants- (the yoga ones) I have exactly 2 pairs of pants I can wear to work. And I"m starting to have foot problems which means lace up shoes. I absolutely REFUSE to wear lace up shoes with my many dresses/skirts. (Squat booty is a real problem with pants) soooooooooooooooo- I did order those.

BUT- no make up. And that is a thing!!!

Yes, no makeup, that is success.  I have been failing in both the makeup and skincare categories. I could kick myself.

I just ordered 40$ of Paula's Choice products to help with my KP  and redness on the back of my arms. Mild justifications but <shame> .

I'm returning the sephora foundation I just bought- I hate it. Worn it twice- two primers- and two applications and it's still doing weird things- so there's 20$ of impulse spending back in my pocket. FUCK YOU SEPHORA- I WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RETURN POLICY!

no make up- it's such a thing.

BUT. I have a new win for the day.
I was totally out of tomatoes and I forgot to get them for my salad last night.... and I was going to go buy them at my cafe downstairs- but my coworker went out to get hoagies... I asked to see if he could pick up tomatoes on the side since he wanted no tomatoes.

FREE TOMATOES FOR ME!!!! and enough for today AND tomorrow's salad!!!

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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Post by: acroy on April 20, 2016, 10:47:57 AM
Coffee in the AM
and lunch!
work-provided. Yum yum.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on April 20, 2016, 05:08:49 PM
My shoes fell apart today. I have been wearing them for about two years at least three or four times a week. Much as I would like a new pair of black flats, I'm just going to make do with the other eight pairs of shoes I have (none of which are black AND flat). My goal is to not buy another pair of shoes until I wear out at least two other pairs of shoes.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on April 20, 2016, 07:16:41 PM
Yesterday, actually. We went to Ikea to pick up some wedding essentials (it was the cheapest place to get components for some of our DIY stuff), and I DIDN'T buy the many beautiful and functional things I wanted for my home. We did however spend 5 minutes sitting on the bar stools we're thinking about getting, for the second time, so when we do buy them down the road it'll be a well-researched decision. Plus we just needed the rest ;-)
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Post by: Ottoford on April 21, 2016, 02:12:00 PM
I almost bought my Mom a Mother's Day card from the cat for $2.79.  I'll text a picture for free instead.

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Post by: Luckyvik on April 21, 2016, 11:38:44 PM
We are on holiday and we're going to catch a cab from where we were to the hotel when I looked at the map and realised the hotel was only 10 blocks away so we walked.

Also we had a natural lemonade for $2 each, 1/3 of the way back to the hotel my DH stopped at pharmacy to get vitamins, I was still thirsty but resisted the urge to buy a water and instead kept the leftover ice in my lemonade glass and sipped slowly while it melted.


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Post by: Warlord1986 on April 22, 2016, 08:30:44 AM
I did buy the new Amon Amarth cd. No regrets. What I DIDN'T buy: shirts, hoodies, flag, pins.
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 24, 2016, 05:48:01 AM
I did not buy drainage tile pipe - found a couple of pieces that were long enough used together.  One piece was missing the filter cloth so I wrapped it in some leftover pieces of weed barrier that a neighbour gave me two summers ago.  Another neighbour is building an addition and has a ton of extra gravel/rocks from the foundation excavation so my son and I sifted it and hauled it over to our place.  Reused some concrete block that another neighbour was going to throw out to raise and level the rain barrels without totally blocking the overland flow away from the house.  I was searching on how to fix the drainage problem and could have bought a $250.00 downspout/rain garden molded plastic thing but I made my own with free stuff scavenged. 
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Post by: .x. on April 24, 2016, 09:46:36 AM
I did not drive to the bulk food store and buy the long shredded coconut that I prefer with my morning breakfast. 

My roommate had bought very short shredded coconut, but when I go to drain the water from my muesli, all those little bits of coconut escape down the sink drain!  I thought to go buy the 'right' kind of coconut, but then realized I could hold my metal sieve over the bowl and nothing would escape - not a single chia seed or hemp heart or shred of coconut.  This is awesome, as I lose some each morning, and these are expensive things to lose down the drain.
So not buying the coconut also saved me chia seeds and hemp hearts in the long run.
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Post by: zelavie on April 24, 2016, 05:54:53 PM

I just ordered 40$ of Paula's Choice products to help with my KP  and redness on the back of my arms.

Oooh - do you know a product that works on KP on arms??  I've been trying to find something for years!

My personal victory for the day was a walk to the grocery store.  Doesn't sound big, but I'm really new to the Mustachian way of life.  I live about a mile from the store and this is the first time in the 6 months I've lived here that I chose to walk instead of drive.  As an added bonus, since I had to walk the groceries back home, I was limited to exactly what was on my list.  No room for extras!  So I saved a nominal amount of gas and probably $5-10 on potential impulse buys and gained the knowledge that this is a REALLY quick and easy walk that I should do a couple times a week.
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Post by: .x. on April 24, 2016, 06:06:17 PM
....  Doesn't sound big, but I'm really new to the Mustachian way of life.  I live about a mile from the store and this is the first time in the 6 months I've lived here that I chose to walk instead of drive. 

Sounds like a big deal to me, and a personal victory is always sweet! 
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Post by: cyndre4 on April 25, 2016, 07:25:34 AM
I was on a family vacation in Costa Rica. I'd decided I wanted a new cutting board made out of local wood. It was hard to find one I liked, and when I finally did, it was $40! My mom has been really supportive of my new mustachian ways. She suggested I just sand my old cutting board, which will fix my only complaint about it, that years of use have dulled the wood. Done, and $40 saved!
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Post by: .x. on April 25, 2016, 07:59:09 AM
I was on a family vacation in Costa Rica. I'd decided I wanted a new cutting board made out of local wood. It was hard to find one I liked, and when I finally did, it was $40! My mom has been really supportive of my new mustachian ways. She suggested I just sand my old cutting board, which will fix my only complaint about it, that years of use have dulled the wood. Done, and $40 saved!

Can you come back and tell us how that sanding of the cutting board goes?  I am curious is it will be smooth enough to seem "new" - I'd love to know how it works out!
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 25, 2016, 08:19:48 AM
I was on a family vacation in Costa Rica. I'd decided I wanted a new cutting board made out of local wood. It was hard to find one I liked, and when I finally did, it was $40! My mom has been really supportive of my new mustachian ways. She suggested I just sand my old cutting board, which will fix my only complaint about it, that years of use have dulled the wood. Done, and $40 saved!

Can you come back and tell us how that sanding of the cutting board goes?  I am curious is it will be smooth enough to seem "new" - I'd love to know how it works out!

+1 please update! I have a very thick cutting board, which while still good for now, I know will eventually get quite worn at the rate we use it.
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Post by: cyndre4 on April 25, 2016, 08:56:48 AM
Sure! I'm planning on doing it this week with an orbital sander. This is one of those cutting boards made up of 10+ strips of different woods. I'll try to post before and after pictures. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Post by: JoRocka on April 26, 2016, 08:14:29 AM

I just ordered 40$ of Paula's Choice products to help with my KP  and redness on the back of my arms.

Oooh - do you know a product that works on KP on arms??  I've been trying to find something for years!

My personal victory for the day was a walk to the grocery store.  Doesn't sound big, but I'm really new to the Mustachian way of life.  I live about a mile from the store and this is the first time in the 6 months I've lived here that I chose to walk instead of drive.  As an added bonus, since I had to walk the groceries back home, I was limited to exactly what was on my list.  No room for extras!  So I saved a nominal amount of gas and probably $5-10 on potential impulse buys and gained the knowledge that this is a REALLY quick and easy walk that I should do a couple times a week.

A bunch of people SWEAR by the Paula's choice stuff I got- I can't remember the name- it has a low percentage of whatever acid stuff goes into KP reducing products.

Ultimately there is FIX- it just reduces it- it seems to be working- I've been using it ever other day. (I had a link that gave you 20% off- so it was like 12 bucks- it's normally 27- I only spent so much b/c I got another product (higher end face sunblock) b/c I have weird face/skin issues and I"m trying REALLY hard to even my patchy skin out- and sun just makes it worse.

Just looked- it's the Resist Weightless body treatment lotion- 2%BHA- I feel like it's a BIT better- I have redness on my arms- and MASSIVE bump issues on my legs- inside the knee and back of the thigh. I'm such a picker that it's a real problem for me- if I could leave them alone it wouldn't be an issue.
But the redness on my arms seems to be reduced- so - for 12$ a bottle- I'll take it.
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Post by: drunkenNoodles on April 26, 2016, 02:24:56 PM
Food cravings are the most difficult for me to resist. Today I found some willpower; I wanted some Chinese food but I had plenty (I mean so much) food at home that it would've been ridiculous to order. I napped on it, made some fish, ate some bread, drank some tea, and saved $15 :)

This^ is the everyday struggle. But I'm getting better at it. It's so hard to resist even reasonably priced meals/foods but necessary when there's plenty at home.

I wanted a chocolate chip cookie from starbucks and a small (tall) coffee today but I resisted. This used to be a 5 days per week habit :0
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Post by: drunkenNoodles on April 26, 2016, 02:30:11 PM
Thought about stopping at Starbuck's or Dutch Brother's for an iced mocha on the way home from my half marathon.  Remembered I had chocolate icecream at home, so made a small cup of strong coffee and blended it with the icecream for a much more decadent beverage than whatever I would have spent $5 for at the coffee shop.

This is awesome.
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Post by: weetziebat on April 26, 2016, 05:44:20 PM
Lunch. I brought lunch to work as usual today, but it was the same as yesterday and I was sorely temped to go out and buy my favorite lunch from a place near my office. I resisted! And enjoyed my home-cooked lunch, saving myself about $10. Only a couple of weeks ago I would have bought lunch without even thinking about it.
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Post by: drunkenNoodles on April 26, 2016, 06:36:52 PM
Lunch. I brought lunch to work as usual today, but it was the same as yesterday and I was sorely temped to go out and buy my favorite lunch from a place near my office. I resisted! And enjoyed my home-cooked lunch, saving myself about $10. Only a couple of weeks ago I would have bought lunch without even thinking about it.

Good for you weetziebat. It's so hard to have self-control when it comes to food especially when you sacrifice variety for savings.
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Post by: .x. on April 27, 2016, 09:22:13 AM
Did not pay the $5 drop in to go into the gym with my friend.  Had taken a break from our regular gym routine while having flu, then changed my floozy ways with money four days ago, so forgot this morning when it was gym time! 

But I just said, I'll walk by the river while you go in and workout.  Our chat time is on the way there, so still got my social connection, without the $5.  Birds, deer on the path, ducks on the river - all free!

Used the playground equipment for modified push ups, etc. Was fun!

Will totally rethink the gym thing in general
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Post by: Warlord1986 on April 27, 2016, 09:37:35 AM
Delicious sushi. I wanted to. It was right there in the grocery store, calling my name. But I persevered, bought my ham and chicken stock, went home, and made split pea soup that will last me for multiple meals.

I also didn't buy donuts or cookies. I told myself I had ice cream and Doctor Pepper at home.
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Post by: .x. on April 27, 2016, 10:49:30 AM
Delicious sushi. I wanted to. It was right there in the grocery store, calling my name. But I persevered, bought my ham and chicken stock, went home, and made split pea soup that will last me for multiple meals.

I also didn't buy donuts or cookies. I told myself I had ice cream and Doctor Pepper at home.

split pea soup, yum!
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Post by: Warlord1986 on April 27, 2016, 10:53:39 AM
Oh, I make gooooooooooood soup. My Daddy comes from the Northern Hinterlands (Boston) where it is cold and snowy. He passed on the family recipes. Of course, I live in South Carolina....
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Post by: Jojje on April 27, 2016, 02:47:04 PM
Car insurance for about €900. Got an invoice for renewal and called the insurance company to explain that we sold our car so there is no need. :)
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Post by: drunkenNoodles on April 27, 2016, 03:47:17 PM
Did not pay the $5 drop in to go into the gym with my friend.  Had taken a break from our regular gym routine while having flu, then changed my floozy ways with money four days ago, so forgot this morning when it was gym time! 

But I just said, I'll walk by the river while you go in and workout.  Our chat time is on the way there, so still got my social connection, without the $5.  Birds, deer on the path, ducks on the river - all free!

Used the playground equipment for modified push ups, etc. Was fun!

Will totally rethink the gym thing in general

That sounds awesome. Nature and an outdoor workout anyday over a gym.
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Post by: carolina822 on April 27, 2016, 09:24:06 PM
I bought nothing at all today. Not even a 74 cent Diet Coke on the way to work. Probably should have gotten has since I'm running on fumes. Put my Y membership on hold too - will reassess whether it's worth it in a few months. It sure isn't right now because I suck at the gym these days. Switched from weight watchers to myfitnesspal too, so that's 130 bucks a month freed up from the cancellations. Neither of which I was even doing right.
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Post by: Gagnante on April 27, 2016, 10:04:59 PM

I just ordered 40$ of Paula's Choice products to help with my KP  and redness on the back of my arms.

Oooh - do you know a product that works on KP on arms??  I've been trying to find something for years!

My personal victory for the day was a walk to the grocery store.  Doesn't sound big, but I'm really new to the Mustachian way of life.  I live about a mile from the store and this is the first time in the 6 months I've lived here that I chose to walk instead of drive.  As an added bonus, since I had to walk the groceries back home, I was limited to exactly what was on my list.  No room for extras!  So I saved a nominal amount of gas and probably $5-10 on potential impulse buys and gained the knowledge that this is a REALLY quick and easy walk that I should do a couple times a week.

A bunch of people SWEAR by the Paula's choice stuff I got- I can't remember the name- it has a low percentage of whatever acid stuff goes into KP reducing products.

Ultimately there is FIX- it just reduces it- it seems to be working- I've been using it ever other day. (I had a link that gave you 20% off- so it was like 12 bucks- it's normally 27- I only spent so much b/c I got another product (higher end face sunblock) b/c I have weird face/skin issues and I"m trying REALLY hard to even my patchy skin out- and sun just makes it worse.

Just looked- it's the Resist Weightless body treatment lotion- 2%BHA- I feel like it's a BIT better- I have redness on my arms- and MASSIVE bump issues on my legs- inside the knee and back of the thigh. I'm such a picker that it's a real problem for me- if I could leave them alone it wouldn't be an issue.
But the redness on my arms seems to be reduced- so - for 12$ a bottle- I'll take it.

I hate to be *that* person, but I hope that both of you will consider or have considered the role of diet in your skin issues.  People like to treat the skin as its own entity, when in fact it's our largest excretory organ.  When we take in foods that aren't well tolerated by our digestive systems, and parts of those foods traverse into our blood vessels, the consequences can be evidenced by odd dry patches, rashes, and itchy spots that aren't otherwise explained.

Grains, dairy, nuts, improperly cooked legumes and vegetable/seed oils seem to be the biggest culprits.  It's pretty simple to see if these foods are at issue: simply cut them out for a couple of weeks, and see if your issues appear to improve. If so, continue...if not, forget I said anything :)
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Post by: .x. on April 27, 2016, 10:05:47 PM
I bought nothing at all today. Not even a 74 cent Diet Coke on the way to work. Probably should have gotten has since I'm running on fumes. Put my Y membership on hold too - will reassess whether it's worth it in a few months. It sure isn't right now because I suck at the gym these days. Switched from weight watchers to myfitnesspal too, so that's 130 bucks a month freed up from the cancellations. Neither of which I was even doing right.

Yay for buy nothing days!! 
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Post by: hollis on April 28, 2016, 06:03:54 PM
Resisted the trip to Wendy's after work.  I was really wanting some ghost pepper fries but I didn't.  Made food at home.  A $0 day for me!
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Post by: drunkenNoodles on April 28, 2016, 07:38:54 PM
Didn't buy coffee or a cookie. Man and I wanted chicken cutlets tonight but I had rice, beans, pasta, and sweet potatoes at home. Day 4 this week $0 spent.
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Post by: sun and sand on April 28, 2016, 08:24:08 PM
Have not bought breakfast sandwich and coffee from Tim Horton's for two days.  Make coffee at work and bring some fruit.
Timmy's was a morning habit.  How silly was I?
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Post by: meerkat on April 29, 2016, 05:55:18 AM
Yesterday and today I knew I was going to take up my lunch hour with non-lunch activities so I was going to run by the grocery store to pick up a sub from the deli and eat half each day (my usual cheap lunch go-to since it comes out to $3.75 each day). Instead I brought leftovers from home, $0, and resisted any impulse purchases.
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Post by: .x. on April 29, 2016, 06:15:17 AM
Have not bought breakfast sandwich and coffee from Tim Horton's for two days.  Make coffee at work and bring some fruit.
Timmy's was a morning habit.  How silly was I?

Yeah, one week into thinking this way and I can't believe the way I was spending at coffee shops.  And Timmy's is relatively cheap!  So, congrats on resisting the lure of Tim.
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Post by: Warlord1986 on April 29, 2016, 10:51:55 AM
I'm not buying groceries today, and will instead use the food I already have in the fridge. Nom nom nom.

However, I did buy more USIBX and put some into my Roth IRA, both with USAA. :)
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Post by: nr on May 02, 2016, 07:56:52 AM
Skipped the deli breakfast sandwich....now making an egg, guacamole & salsa taco.

Guacamole, salsa & taco shell left over from Saturday night guest hosting.  Eggs standard inventory.
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Post by: jim555 on May 02, 2016, 08:23:23 AM
Did not buy a new digital camera, was tempted, but sanity won.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 02, 2016, 08:27:48 AM
I am NOT going to buy any sort of fancy herb drying rack. Turns out, I can spread my mint (or thyme) across our ikea clothes drying rack and it works quite well so far. Just need to wipe it down in between!
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Post by: PMG on May 02, 2016, 10:55:54 AM
I am NOT going to buy any sort of fancy herb drying rack. Turns out, I can spread my mint (or thyme) across our ikea clothes drying rack and it works quite well so far. Just need to wipe it down in between!

Not sure the kind of clothes drying rack you have, I have one that has dowels, I lay a cheese cloth across the dowels (like a hammock) then use clothes pins hold it taut. that way small pieces of herb are safe. 
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 02, 2016, 12:59:36 PM
I am NOT going to buy any sort of fancy herb drying rack. Turns out, I can spread my mint (or thyme) across our ikea clothes drying rack and it works quite well so far. Just need to wipe it down in between!

Not sure the kind of clothes drying rack you have, I have one that has dowels, I lay a cheese cloth across the dowels (like a hammock) then use clothes pins hold it taut. that way small pieces of herb are safe.

Great idea! For today, my mint stems are quite large, so I'm having no trouble laying them across. But that is good to remember if any of my other herbs ever grow. Sigh.
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Post by: bb11 on May 03, 2016, 09:58:15 AM
Did not buy lunch this Sunday. Went out with everyone but just talked while they enjoyed their meal!
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Post by: .x. on May 03, 2016, 06:30:44 PM
cacao nibs - and had a great conversation with DD about why waiting is good!
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Post by: tomita on May 03, 2016, 08:07:01 PM
did not buy lunch or spend money because at lunch I went to the gym, so I had no time to spend $
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Post by: nr on May 03, 2016, 10:10:30 PM
Everything!   Day 5 with zero spending...Obviously not including fixed living costs...but a great step for me.
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Post by: alleykat on May 04, 2016, 04:01:47 AM
Another expensive eyeshadow palette. 
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Post by: rockeTree on May 04, 2016, 04:47:26 AM
Sedation for today's dental work. Just novocaine saves hundreds... Wish me luck!


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Post by: rockeTree on May 04, 2016, 09:33:26 AM
Surgery went badly from a dental perspective but sedation wouldn't have changed it so I stand by the choice. I soaked up a lot of novocaine and meditated on the marvels of antibiotics and local anesthetics to distract from the noise and smell for 90 minutes. Think it was a $280 or so difference?


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Post by: prefixcactus on May 05, 2016, 02:07:34 PM
A pack of chips and all the other delicious-looking stuff at the gas station where I biked to see if they had any WD-40 (they didn't).
The first successful step in my quest for eliminating junk and non-homecooked food from my ration.
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Post by: jda85 on May 05, 2016, 02:39:12 PM
5lbs of gummy bears.  I really like gummy bears and I'm craving sugar.
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Post by: .x. on May 06, 2016, 05:39:16 PM
A pack of chips and all the other delicious-looking stuff at the gas station where I biked to see if they had any WD-40 (they didn't).
The first successful step in my quest for eliminating junk and non-homecooked food from my ration.

awesome!  I love gas station chips - man, they are so near to where i live - a quick 5 minutes walk and i've got a bag in hand - good job resisting!
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Post by: mm1970 on May 09, 2016, 01:13:31 PM
another gym membership.

Seriously, I have two friends who joined this fancy gym with a great pool for the kids. and it's "so cheap" they tell me, only $250 a month!
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Post by: RWD on May 09, 2016, 01:27:26 PM
another gym membership.

Seriously, I have two friends who joined this fancy gym with a great pool for the kids. and it's "so cheap" they tell me, only $250 a month!

Wow. Might as well install your own pool at home for that price...
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Post by: Jojje on May 09, 2016, 01:58:33 PM
A sofa from CL, it was a good price but still a lot of money and we do not need one more sofa. :)
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Post by: G-dog on May 09, 2016, 05:56:11 PM
Merrell sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 09, 2016, 06:11:16 PM
I did NOT buy soil, seeds, plants, pots, tomato cages, sheers, etc etc. In spite of having my beef share pickup be at a lovely local garden center.

Merrill sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.

I eventually broke down and bought mine last summer- found a pair on 6pm. Much cheaper than I found elsewhere. Not to be an enabler or anything... cough cough.
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Post by: G-dog on May 09, 2016, 06:21:56 PM
I did NOT buy soil, seeds, plants, pots, tomato cages, sheers, etc etc. In spite of having my beef share pickup be at a lovely local garden center.

Merrill sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.

I eventually broke down and bought mine last summer- found a pair on 6pm. Much cheaper than I found elsewhere. Not to be an enabler or anything... cough cough.

I haven't really found them on sale, and they are always $80-100 per pair. I never pay that much. But a friend really likes Merrells, they are cute and should be very comfortable. I wear the shit out of my shoes, so cost per use is reasonable to low, and I am rationalizing here..... Maybe.... Do you think they are worth the price? Or is it just marketing?
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 09, 2016, 06:34:21 PM
I did NOT buy soil, seeds, plants, pots, tomato cages, sheers, etc etc. In spite of having my beef share pickup be at a lovely local garden center.

Merrill sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.

I eventually broke down and bought mine last summer- found a pair on 6pm. Much cheaper than I found elsewhere. Not to be an enabler or anything... cough cough.

I haven't really found them on sale, and they are always $80-100 per pair. I never pay that much. But a friend really likes Merrells, they are cute and should be very comfortable. I wear the shit out of my shoes, so cost per use is reasonable to low, and I am rationalizing here..... Maybe.... Do you think they are worth the price? Or is it just marketing?

Oooh, I checked back, it looks like I ended up doing Amazon, not 6pm. Sorry for the confusion- 6pm is my usual. I bought a model that was technically discontinued, but really it was just renamed- but the old styles were a lot cheaper. Still expensive, but cheaper. I think I got mine for $50?

They've held up well so far. I really like Merrels in general, they are my trail running and nursing shoes. But then, I live close to a Merrel outlet, so that may make me a bit biased. (The tennis I've gotten at TJ Maxx and the outlet, both for ~$30-35). I personally wouldn't buy them for $100, but then, I wouldn't buy *any shoes* for that much.
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Post by: Warlord1986 on May 10, 2016, 01:21:46 PM
I resisted the urge to get my eyebrows waxed, and instead plucked them myself. Not my favorite activity, but I saved $10+ tip. That money can be better spent later this week. I'm meeting my parents at a state park for a long weekend, and I told Mom that I'd rent two kayaks, tie them together, and take her for a spin around the lake. :)
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Post by: John Doe on May 12, 2016, 03:10:35 PM
A $75 bottle of 2005 Cheateau de Beaucastel.   As a wine guy that was a tough one to pass up.
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Post by: Hadilly on May 12, 2016, 05:37:52 PM
Did not go to my favorite chocolate shop and indulge in a few pricey pieces.

Maybe next week...
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Post by: .x. on May 12, 2016, 05:45:13 PM
I'm new to all this.  New to budgeting, to saying no to needless wants.

And so today I walked around not buying MANY THINGS.  There were so many things.  So many things I wanted to buy.  With the money in my pocket.  Oh my. 
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Post by: horsepoor on May 12, 2016, 09:17:45 PM
I'm new to all this.  New to budgeting, to saying no to needless wants.

And so today I walked around not buying MANY THINGS.  There were so many things.  So many things I wanted to buy.  With the money in my pocket.  Oh my.

Nice work!  It gets easier as you form the habit of keeping that cash in your wallet. 

Didn't buy Lara Bars while grocery shopping today.  They're too easy for me to eat in like 3 bites, even when I'm not really hungry.  Unfortunately I did buy beer and chocolate (which was on sale).
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Post by: Warlord1986 on May 13, 2016, 06:59:43 AM
I'm skipping lunch to leave early. Instead of getting something from the vending machine, I brought an apple and some cucumber slices.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 13, 2016, 07:21:24 AM
Takeaway for tonight's family dinner (12 guests) - instead I made pizza and a coconut cake. Everyone liked the food and it cost me ~$20 in extra ingredients instead of $100+ for takeaway.
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Post by: .x. on May 15, 2016, 11:57:02 AM
It's called a Fall Fog - it's 20oz of steamed milk with orange spice tea, cinnamon syrup, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top.  It costs $7.

I have wanted one for so long.  Having good ol' orange pekoe at home instead.   
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Post by: JoRocka on May 16, 2016, 08:38:11 AM
Another expensive eyeshadow palette.

I haven't picked up the Lorac Pro yet.
I've been lusting for a month- I can't believe I've managed to not pick it up yet.  I have to return something to ulta- between the 12$ return- and the 3.50 coupon- it brings it below the 40$ mark- and magic 8 ball says i'm going to say fuck it.

Which is why I haven't returned the other palette yet.
MUST>NOT>BUY.
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Post by: ~Ari~ on May 16, 2016, 09:29:04 AM
Yesterday, my local grocery store had buns and canteloupe on sale, so I went and got some to have for lunches this week. As I put my items down on the counter for the cashier to ring up, the customer in front of me insisted that she pay for my items as well! It was so kind and generous, and it made my day - even though the total amount was under $5.00, it is so nice to see people paying in forward!! I wish there was someone behind me in the line so I could have continued the gesture, but I will just have to remember for next time :)
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Post by: snogirl on May 17, 2016, 09:22:19 AM
A new lawn mower.
I bought & installed a new replacement gas tank and throttle cable.
Put a new knot the torn recoil rope.
Fed it some oil & gas, primed, pulled and miracles happened.
Spent less than forty bucks.
A replacement would be $300 or spend time to find a used one.
Happy Dance and cut grass looks great even if its mostly weeds.
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Post by: .x. on May 17, 2016, 09:25:52 AM
Yesterday, my local grocery store had buns and canteloupe on sale, so I went and got some to have for lunches this week. As I put my items down on the counter for the cashier to ring up, the customer in front of me insisted that she pay for my items as well! It was so kind and generous, and it made my day - even though the total amount was under $5.00, it is so nice to see people paying in forward!! I wish there was someone behind me in the line so I could have continued the gesture, but I will just have to remember for next time :)

What a beautiful act of generosity and community building!  So glad you got to have that boost to your day, ~Ari~

snogirl, repairing own lawnmower seems like badassity - and then the happy dance and fresh cut grass?  extra awesomeness for the day.

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Post by: jdh on May 17, 2016, 07:01:22 PM
I did not buy tickets to the rugby game. I can watch it for free on TV. Added benefit: the beer is better at home.
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Post by: frugal4lyfe on May 17, 2016, 08:47:22 PM
I bought nothing today! Company ordered lunch for a lunchtime training which I was invited to but not required to attend. Grabbed a sandwich and got back to work instead! Then... working late and ate other free snacks from the break room for "dinner"

free work food =/= balanced diet :( ..... but FREE

Also! I did NOT stop at the store on my way to work for an energy drink! I KNEW I'd really want one in the afternoon knowing I would be SWAMPED today.. was so tempted to stop and buy it too... But I skipped it and powered through the day on adrenaline.
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Post by: MoolahLula on May 18, 2016, 05:43:58 AM
Postponed a haircut and nothing bought on Amazon today.
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Post by: alsoknownasDean on May 18, 2016, 08:16:59 AM
I left work late tonight, and was considering stopping to get dinner on the way home. I even walked to the restaurant, but as I arrived, I decided against it, and rode my bike home.

I then made dinner out of ingredients I already had at home. What's more, I've got enough for tomorrow night too.

I'll hang on to that $14 I think :)
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Post by: .x. on May 18, 2016, 09:16:46 AM
I didn't buy anything yesterday.  I'm going to start tracking how many buy nothing days I can accomplish in one month.
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Post by: kfire20 on May 19, 2016, 06:28:44 AM
I could have stopped for a sandwich on the way back from cycling to my swim yesterday but didn't. Opted for the grocery store instead for items on my list. I could have purchased a movie ticket yesterday but didn't as a promotional app. at the local movie theatre offered a first free ticket. I could have purchased popcorn and a drink at the movie but didn't. I think that's three things. Small victories!
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Post by: pbkmaine on May 19, 2016, 06:47:34 AM
Merrell sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.

Have you tried EBay? There are currently 7112 pair of Merrell sandals available.
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Post by: G-dog on May 24, 2016, 08:33:02 AM
Merrell sandals. I want them, I look at them, I put them in the online cart. I wait. I close the window. Repeat. Haven't bought them yet though.

Have you tried EBay? There are currently 7112 pair of Merrell sandals available.

I will check that. I have a 'phobia' of used shoes, but know that many items on EBay are new. I have never bought or sold anything on EBay. Tips on not getting screwed? (Info secure, getting what you think you ordered, excessive ancillary fees)
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Post by: .x. on May 28, 2016, 04:05:15 PM
Chai latte!  I almost went and bought some concentrate - because at least that's better than buying one latte for the same price.  But then remembered this recipe - which I find absolutely DEElicious.    https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/940433889372060:0 (https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/940433889372060:0)
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Post by: FLA on May 29, 2016, 06:31:54 PM
a $23 t-shirt that said "Yes, I love my dog more than some people. Bite me". It took more restraint than one would expect. 
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Post by: PMG on May 29, 2016, 08:12:51 PM
Visiting family this weekend.  It has taken incredible amounts of will power to not buy a bag of potato chips and binge my stress away.  Held strong.

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Post by: Jim Fiction on June 05, 2016, 06:14:31 PM
Concert tickets - Dinosaur Jr. is playing locally in September. I would love to see them, but my proverbial hair is on fire.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on June 05, 2016, 06:41:17 PM
A drill. My brother (who lives a fifteen minute walk / five minute drive away) says we can borrow his as much as we like, on short notice, no problem, so we shouldn't bother buying our own. It made me really glad I'd told him we were going drill shopping!
Title: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: elaine amj on June 05, 2016, 08:03:30 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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Post by: backyardfeast on June 05, 2016, 10:37:08 PM
I successfully avoided going to the pub x2 today, and convinced my DH we shouldn't either.  Phew!  First, we were AT our favorite place (far away that we don't get to often) and it was so busy we grabbed a snack somewhere else instead, and I managed to steer him away from the "just go for a beer afterwards" idea.  Then, when we got home, I managed to fend off his hungry suggestion that we go to the pub for dinner, and instead have drinks, a snack at home and then I would make a yummy dinner. 

It wasn't easy--it was 35C degrees here today and nothing would have felt better to him than sitting on the pub's oceanside patio with a cold one.  But I kept my eyes on the prize and he was happy with how dinner turned out. (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with fried potatoes and a plate of raw veg.  We managed. ;) )  Normally I would totally have caved.
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Post by: JoRocka on June 06, 2016, 02:01:57 PM
Surgery went badly from a dental perspective but sedation wouldn't have changed it so I stand by the choice. I soaked up a lot of novocaine and meditated on the marvels of antibiotics and local anesthetics to distract from the noise and smell for 90 minutes. Think it was a $280 or so difference?


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I missed this LOL- for "major" surgery- I get the lidocaine (they don't use novacaine any more) - and I just have 2 beers directly before I go in.
Way cheaper than the gas. And besides- drinking beer with breakfast is FUN!
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Post by: Stachey on June 06, 2016, 07:30:09 PM
Did not buy a bus ticket.  I walked instead.
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Post by: rockeTree on June 06, 2016, 08:26:18 PM
Surgery went badly from a dental perspective but sedation wouldn't have changed it so I stand by the choice. I soaked up a lot of novocaine and meditated on the marvels of antibiotics and local anesthetics to distract from the noise and smell for 90 minutes. Think it was a $280 or so difference?


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I missed this LOL- for "major" surgery- I get the lidocaine (they don't use novacaine any more) - and I just have 2 beers directly before I go in.
Way cheaper than the gas. And besides- drinking beer with breakfast is FUN!

If I go back I will try it! May not go back though, wasn't fun and used up my dental allowance for the year.


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Post by: horsepoor on June 07, 2016, 11:02:35 PM
Curtains, curtain rod and gym clothes at Ross.  Can't really take credit though; there was a massive screw-up with the transaction in front of me, they called another cashier, who was apparently on break, then when someone else opened a register, she took the people behind me.  I waited a couple more minutes hoping they'd fix the snafu, then they told me to go get in the line, that was about 5 people long at that point.  I said no thanks, need to get back to work, and walked out. 

Still need curtains though.
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Post by: Tuskalusa on June 07, 2016, 11:41:12 PM
Didn't buy groceries. Found enough stuff in my fridge and pantry to make lovely meals. Just needed a smudge of creativity!
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Post by: oneday on June 08, 2016, 06:53:13 PM
Lunch out at the office.  Almost failed to pack a lunch, but at the last minute remembered emergency plan of quesadilla.
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Post by: Upgrayed on June 29, 2016, 12:20:20 PM
Not today, but a summary of things I didn't buy recently:
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: gggggg on June 29, 2016, 12:35:42 PM
TWSBI Eco fountain pen. I've had it in my cart for a few days, I want a fine nib with black ink for work (I already have a medium nib for play).

Kill-A-Watt. Tells you on a readout, how much power things draw in your house. Good to detect vampire/phantom power suckers.

Several investing/finance/economics books. Reading what I already have first.
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Post by: Ceridwen on June 29, 2016, 01:27:24 PM
Went to the pharmacy to buy some essentials, and I really wanted candy (lunch left a bad taste in my mouth).  I had the gummy bears IN MY HAND and I put them down before I got to the cash.
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Post by: 21runner on July 02, 2016, 08:03:04 AM
I was going to go to the theatre to see a movie and backed out at the last minute. ~$12 saved!! It adds up...
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Post by: MoneyCat on July 04, 2016, 02:35:02 PM
Yesterday, I went to a convention with my wife and I didn't buy lunch there. I brought it with me from home instead. Today, I am not buying anything at all.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 04, 2016, 03:42:46 PM
Did NOT buy frozen pizza at the grocery store. Going to have delicious chicken and bacon blue cheese salads instead. Healthier, cheaper, ultimately tastier.

So tempting though.
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Post by: dpfromva on July 06, 2016, 10:19:59 PM
Made my own ice tea. Bring a saucepan of water to boil, throw in 4 teabags, turn it off, let it sit for awhile, pour some over ice, put the rest in an old juice bottle and stick it in the fridge, just like Mom used to do all summer long when I was a kid. Why have I not been doing this? Another new tactic -- THROW OUT all sales fliers and ignore all sales emails. Only if I first need something do I look for a deal. I know some of you do great at couponing, but I just end up buying stuff I wouldn't buy otherwise. Very susceptible to FOMAD -- fear of missing a deal. Just what those evil marketing geniuses are counting on. Likewise I understand the value of bulk buying at Costco, but let my membership lapse. Seems like I ended up spending $200 every time I went in there. There I'd be in the parking lot saying "What just happened? Why did I buy 8 lbs of pancake mix?" My grocery store game -- don't put anything in my cart that isn't on sale (not including processed junk, ignore those sale items). Figure out meals that I can make with the sale stuff, instead of planning specific meals and then buying groceries. OK, some of my meals are a little unusual, but healthy and cost-effective.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 07, 2016, 07:57:26 PM
Did NOT buy frozen pizza at the grocery store. Going to have delicious chicken and bacon blue cheese salads instead. Healthier, cheaper, ultimately tastier.

So tempting though.

I'm glad I'm not the only frozen-pizza lover! I honestly prefer it to the 'real thing.' (Bring it on, haters!)

I bought two wicking T-shirts today... from Goodwill, for a total of $6. This is because I did not buy the seemingly good deal at Old Navy for approx. twice the price, and looked in Goodwill instead.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 08, 2016, 12:31:19 AM
I went shopping with a friend yesterday. Unusual for me as I'm really not a fan of big shopping centres.

By the end of it I tried on but didn't buy five dresses, seven jackets and half a dozen tops.

I tried explaining to her that I walk into shops, look around and think, 'meh, I already have clothes'. She didn't really understand.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 08, 2016, 10:57:50 AM
I was very tempted to go out for lunch. But I have dinner plans out already. So instead I made scrambled eggs on toast. Oh, the delicious simple pleasures!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Redstone5 on July 08, 2016, 04:24:23 PM
A laptop computer. I'm recently separated and my husband kept our computer, but I've decided to hold off buying one since things are really tight right now. In the meanwhile, I'm sharing my mom's laptop when I can. It's so hard to do your banking without a computer these days.
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Post by: frugal4lyfe on July 16, 2016, 03:15:20 PM
Went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription... I always want a snack, candy, a soda when I'm there... OR am tempted by the million coupons the receipts print. But I ONLY bought my prescription..
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Post by: Well Respected Man on July 16, 2016, 03:28:16 PM
Did not go to the grocery store last week, and instead made do from 7/2-7/16. I did pick up 2x farm shares, which helped a lot, but we already paid that back in March or April. It also helped that two people were out of the house all week.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 16, 2016, 04:02:53 PM
Didn't go to the thrift store with my husband when he went to drop off a dresser and a load of boxed up clothes and books. Really wanted to go so had to work hard to flex my Mustachian muscles.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 16, 2016, 05:37:57 PM
Didn't go to the thrift store with my husband when he went to drop off a dresser and a load of boxed up clothes and books. Really wanted to go so had to work hard to flex my Mustachian muscles.

Me too! I was very tempted to go to Goodwill, but didn't.

Also resisted the strong urge to buy a KitchenAid stand mixer. I know it's coming. And soon. I'm almost at the point with baking and cooking where having one makes long-term financial sense.

But I'm not there yet. And being "mostly there" doesn't mean I'm allowed to buy the thing. :)
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Post by: spicykissa on July 17, 2016, 12:14:40 PM
A fancy OXO pepper grinder and tongs. We already have one of those McCormick "grinder with your pepper" things and a pair of tongs from the Goodwill. We made a meatball recipe that called for a lot of pepper (so my hands got tired of twisting the cheap grinder) and the tongs were hard to turn the meatballs with. I put them on my Amazon wishlist and then just  . . . didn't buy them! The meatballs came out perfectly, too.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 17, 2016, 03:39:58 PM
Been jonesing for coffee out. Resisted THREE different times when husband asked if we wanted to go this weekend. Normally he has the will power, not me, so this was a big deal for me!
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 17, 2016, 04:00:14 PM
I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to find an espresso tamper. The list of things I coulda-bought would be extensive. But in the end, I didn't even get the tamper. I got a 99 cent spice jar with a very smooth and sturdy lid the same diameter. That'll hold a couple days' worth of espresso and also serve to tamp the coffee!
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 17, 2016, 05:05:25 PM
Reading the grocery catalogue, saw an ad for amazing-looking strawberry ice-cream.

Did not buy because:
1. Did not go grocery shopping.
2. I'm in the middle of a self-induced ban on buying frozen items until we eat down the freezer ahead of a move.
3. I can't eat dairy. That's sort of the biggie.

But it did look really good!
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 17, 2016, 06:02:56 PM
2. I'm in the middle of a self-induced ban on buying frozen items until we eat down the freezer ahead of a move.

Now I imagine you, Monsieur Mangetout style, chowing down on the actual freezer...
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 17, 2016, 09:43:15 PM
2. I'm in the middle of a self-induced ban on buying frozen items until we eat down the freezer ahead of a move.

Now I imagine you, Monsieur Mangetout style, chowing down on the actual freezer...

It would make the move easier. One less appliance to shift...
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Post by: HappierAtHome on July 18, 2016, 03:07:36 AM
Candy to make a tough day at the office a little easier.

I drank a lot of water avoiding the sweets!
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Post by: eeho on July 18, 2016, 09:33:43 AM
I usually go out for dinner once a week with friends before our choir rehearsal, but I've been on night shifts.

So today I met up with my friends but just got a water and had a muesli bar at rehearsal. I then heated up some leftovers I'd stored in the fridge at work. Total spent today = $0
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Post by: horsepoor on July 18, 2016, 10:41:14 AM
We've been in downtown Seattle for a few days acting very posh, but I did decide against buying scarves and fancy chocolates yesterday (got a free salted caramel while looking though).  I also asked about the nitro cold brew coffee at a coffee shop since it seems to be the new thing, and the guy gave me a free sample.  It was weird, and I didn't waste $5 to find out that I don't like it.

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Post by: alsoknownasDean on July 22, 2016, 01:55:09 AM
I'm heading to my parents' place on the train, and had to change trains. I was a bit peckish, but instead of spending $2+ on something from the convenience store at the station, I walked across the street to the fruit shop and bought a banana and a mandarin for the grand price of $0.35.

Healthier too.

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Post by: Kronen on July 22, 2016, 06:45:27 AM
Today, I did not buy a speedometer for my commuting bicycle because I don't really need to know what speeds I Pokemon eggs....
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Post by: Redstone5 on July 22, 2016, 09:47:58 AM
Today, I did not buy a speedometer for my commuting bicycle because I don't really need to know what speeds I Pokemon eggs....

Today I did not buy Lip Queen lipstick online for $30 + shipping. I'd like to say it was will power, but actually it's probably because I don't own a credit card and it's not available in my town :)
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Post by: Stachey on July 22, 2016, 04:52:46 PM
Did not spend $3 on hummus because I made some at home instead.  And what I made tastes much better than the store bought stuff.  So win win.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Jupiter on July 22, 2016, 05:31:53 PM
Didn't buy a used xbox 360 and kinect + games ($175 AUD) for my sister's birthday because... well... Meh, I don't know, there are so many other things she can do in real life like going to the park rather than jumping around in front of the tv.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 23, 2016, 06:25:32 PM
While I was on my way to the gym, I realized I had forgotten my water bottle. I did not buy a water bottle at the gym. I used the fountain instead
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Post by: Crusader on July 23, 2016, 09:16:15 PM
Eating leftovers instead of going out to eat.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 23, 2016, 10:35:48 PM
While I was on my way to the gym, I realized I had forgotten my water bottle. I did not buy a water bottle at the gym. I used the fountain instead

I always use the fountain, between sets; for some reason, carrying a water bottle around the gym with me seems like a huge inconvenience (as opposed to, you know, those heavy weights I'm moving around all the time...)

Today I was tempted to get a late dinner while driving home, but ate food at home instead.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 23, 2016, 10:41:19 PM
I did not take advantage of the accommodation offer I received by email from an airline reward program.

Save 40 per cent. Just $1350/night when you book two or more nights.

Sounds like a bargain, really.

ಠ_ಠ
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Post by: RunningWithScissors on July 26, 2016, 09:53:57 AM
Did not buy the $4K murphy bed for the spare bedroom.  Having a kid move home means that we need to set up another bed for guests.  I'm now searching Kijiji/Craigslist for cheap options.

Did not buy the new workout gear I tried on - have more than enough at home.

Did not buy the $800 screen doors at the big box hardware store.  We need new ones, but the local hardware store has some for half the price.  Tried the charity building supply store first, of course, without luck.

Reduced area of new concrete needed for our front yard walkway/stair replacement project.  The patio under the tree will be DIY paving stones, not professionally done concrete.  Still spending money, but trying to get the most bang for our buck.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 26, 2016, 10:03:32 AM
We did not buy another set of bumper plates, even though we got a 15% off coupon. At a minimum we want to wait until there is free shipping again, and there's no rush to add them to our home gym. What we have already is fine.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 26, 2016, 08:03:47 PM
Anything! :)
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Post by: Sailor Sam on July 26, 2016, 09:33:18 PM
Nuun electrolyte tablets. I noticed they were on sale while in the drugstore. I snatched them up, but then I remembered that I'd just bought perfectly serviceable potassium and magnesium pills. I don't need them in fizzy form, and the sale will come again.
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Post by: marble_faun on July 28, 2016, 12:41:35 PM
I'm just getting rolling with the MMM way of being, but here's what I did today:

* made my own latte instead of paying seven bucks for it at the fancy place down the street

* canceled a bunch of subscriptions to various web services I don't actually need (previously auto-renewed). This will save me about $200/year.

Small steps, but something! 
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Post by: horsepoor on July 28, 2016, 01:16:34 PM
Did not buy the $4K murphy bed for the spare bedroom.  Having a kid move home means that we need to set up another bed for guests.  I'm now searching Kijiji/Craigslist for cheap options.


The inflatable mattresses that sit a little higher are pretty nice and would stow away small when not needed.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: PMG on July 28, 2016, 04:42:53 PM
Did not buy the $4K murphy bed for the spare bedroom.  Having a kid move home means that we need to set up another bed for guests.  I'm now searching Kijiji/Craigslist for cheap options.


The inflatable mattresses that sit a little higher are pretty nice and would stow away small when not needed.

I second this.  When I visit family I sleep on one that has a pump built into it to maintain pressure.  Very comfy.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on July 28, 2016, 06:34:23 PM
Once again, I didn't buy anything today. I went out to eat, but my boss picked up the check. Very nice of him, especially as I had the crab! ;)
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Post by: TravelJunkyQC on August 01, 2016, 10:02:24 AM
Lunch. Didn't have leftovers for today. Made a random "let's empty the fridge between two slices of bread" sandwich instead.
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Post by: 1967mama on August 02, 2016, 01:00:40 AM
Souvenir tee shirts for my kids at the place we're vacationing at
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 02, 2016, 01:12:19 AM
$240 worth of linen. (That's for a new doona cover, two pillow cases, and two Euro pillowcases. On sale.)

Still coveting it though.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on August 02, 2016, 03:58:04 PM
Some car work. Mainly because they claimed not to know about the appointment I made over the phone. With the girl who was behind the desk when I walked in. After I'd rearranged work hours just for it. Sorry, guys, but you only get one chance to jerk me around like that.
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Post by: 1967mama on August 02, 2016, 04:43:36 PM
Tea while out, for hubby, even though he was cold and really wanted it. Big kettle of water coming to a boil in the kitchen right now.
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Post by: luciep on August 07, 2016, 01:53:20 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!
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Post by: 1967mama 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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Post by: Rural 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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Post by: horsepoor 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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Post by: TravelJunkyQC 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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Post by: Landlady 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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Post by: Landlady 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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Post by: thoughtfullymark 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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Post by: meerkat 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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Post by: LivlongnProsper 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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Post by: Landlady 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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Post by: 1967mama 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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Post by: lucky-girl 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: alleykat 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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Post by: Squirrel away 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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Post by: OrangeSnapDragon 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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Post by: 1967mama 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!
Edit: typo
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Post by: MoolahLula 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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Post by: patfla 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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Post by: halseyskates33 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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Post by: HappierAtHome on August 14, 2016, 07:09:25 PM
Not buying a haircut - Mr Happier is cutting it for me instead :-)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: moof 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: sun and sand on August 16, 2016, 07:23:48 PM
Ice cream after dinner while we were out.....or coffee
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: rockeTree 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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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Post by: rockeTree 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BTDretire 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.
And now 8 free!
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Post by: icemodeled 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mesmoiselle 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: akzidenz 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: SoccerLounge 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mesmoiselle 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: SoccerLounge 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'.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Nemesis. 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. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: LateToTheParty 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: marcela 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).
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: gaja 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: marble_faun 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Kapiira 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: IndyPendent 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Heleen 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. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: meerkat 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Heleen on September 10, 2016, 07:41:26 AM
Quote
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. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: lizzzi 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: NV Teacher 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: CheapScholar 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: monte0930 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FrugalFarmer 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)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: monte0930 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on September 13, 2016, 03:49:29 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.

+1. True for me also. Only exception is, I find it unavoidable when it's a very cold very dry winter.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rural on September 13, 2016, 07:54:11 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.

+1. True for me also. Only exception is, I find it unavoidable when it's a very cold very dry winter.


Same here except now husband has installed a ceiling fan in the bedroom. On the bright side, he can sleep at night, so I'll just use some balm.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: GreenShirt on September 13, 2016, 10:27:28 PM
Coffee while out with a coworker. He offered to pay for me but I told him I was fine. I guess I'm saving him money, too!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rural on September 14, 2016, 04:49:26 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.

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

FrugalFarmer, do you have a link to the recipe you use for the balm? Would be nice to add that to my repertoire and probably save some bucks, too.


Not FrugalFarmer, but mine is plain vegetable shortening with just a little honey mixed in until smooth. Just enough honey so it's beige and sweet, but not enough so it's sticky. Maybe one part honey to 7-8 parts shortening? I keep it in a little pot and just apply with a finger.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: oneday on September 14, 2016, 06:14:42 PM
Thanks, Rural!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Helvegen on September 15, 2016, 10:29:26 AM
This is sort of odd, but on Labor Day, our microwave died. After deciding CL was a waste of time for the type of microwave we needed for the price we wanted to pay, I found a great returned one in the scratch and dent section of Amazon (Warehouse) for $143. I was able to use an Amazon gc I got for my birthday and some rewards points from my CC to bring down the price even further (new price was $198). For whatever reason, it was not going to ship until the 13th, but once it did, it would be on the two day shipping plan and would be here tonight by 8pm.

Now, I did get a bit concerned yesterday when I saw it hadn't shipped yet, however, I've had this happen with Amazon before and they expedited the shipping, I still got the item by the guaranteed date. Refreshing all day at work, nothing, came home, made dinner, looked at the phone - oh it finally shipped. Estimated date of delivery SEPT 22nd. WTF?

So I called Amazon and the CSA had no idea why it took so long to ship out in the first place and apparently once they finally got around to shipping it, they shipped it standard ground instead of Prime two day delivery like they were supposed to. Called UPS and they said there was nothing they could do at that point, so the CSA decided to have the microwave sent back to the warehouse and send me another next day air for free. The CSA did not realize that I had bought a 'damaged' one of a kind item from AW, so it wasn't as simple as me just buying another one. So a call to the supervisor later, he was able to price match the microwave and get me free next day air. My microwave will be here tomorrow, yay!

So what didn't I buy, but am getting anyway? A brand new, undamaged microwave. :p
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BTDretire on September 15, 2016, 05:19:05 PM
We got an invitation from an Investment Advisor Company.
They would buy us dinner if we would listen to their talk.
So we went to Bonefish Grill, had Bam Bam shrimp, battered calamari
for appetizers. They took orders, We both ordered the Filet Mignon with garlic potatoes,
the were 5 other choices.
 They presented an insurance product that grew a capped* amount if the stock market grew
and stayed flat if the market was flat of down. There was time before you could get you money back, but you could withdraw 10% a year with out penalty.
 After that we had filled out a form yes or no, about our interest, they visited the people that said yes and setup appointments, then they left. Gone completely.
A salad was served with a light but flavorable dressing.
 Dinner was served, my steak was cooked a perfect medium rare. The potatoes were a bit cold,
but good. My wife's medium cooked steak was also good.
  We thoroughly enjoyed the couple across the table, late fifties, planning on getting married

 So, what didn't we buy?
We didn't buy a night out at a restaurant with steak dinners. But we enjoyed one.

 * the capped rate was never mentioned, I think on purpose, I suspect in these times it is a pretty low interest rate.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: steviesterno on September 16, 2016, 05:24:53 AM
amazon story

similar happened to us. We had ordered a surround sound system for our new house from Amazon as a birthday present to me. Shows up, and there are no wires. I called Amazon, they said sorry but it was a close out, so they can't replace it. Instead, they say keep the system and we'll refund you 100% on the credit card. Ok done. 5 minute call to the manufacturer and they are sending wires out for free. Free is a great price to pay for bad-ass movie listening at home!

(surround sound and a bigger TV can be mustacian... Wife likes hockey, both like movies. This system was nice enough we didn't go to a professional event ($300 each trip probably) and have only watched maybe 3 movies in theaters in the last 3 years.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Tubby on September 23, 2016, 07:02:04 AM
Was poking around in the outlet stores the other day and came upon two pairs of really quality chinos that were marked down from $70 to $16. They fit well and looked good on me, but I am in the middle of a weight loss effort and have another 12 pounds to lose. A couple pairs of pants put away until I put on weight again was just not a bargain. Plus, when I returned home, I found that all of the pets I had grown out of are now fitting or will fit me in another few pounds.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BTDretire on September 25, 2016, 07:40:27 AM
I've been NOT buying for so many years, that I don't even know,
I'm NOT buying what I'm NOT buying.

 Frugality started 34 years ago, it's just part of me.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Money Badger on September 25, 2016, 08:15:26 PM
I did NOT buy a fertilizer spreader for the yard that I've been coveting since March.    The old one still works (barely) so it'll do for another year.   While I'm at it, now i won't buy so much $hit to spread on the yard either.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: doug111 on September 25, 2016, 11:52:06 PM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.
I really never spend anymore because I am not even tempted. lol
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Warlord1986 on September 27, 2016, 07:44:30 AM
Despite my weekend weakness, when I went to the Awesome Ladies' Bookclub hosted at the local coffee shop, I did not buy coffee or a pastry. Temptation: resisted! Extra bonus: I rode my bike there!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: doug111 on September 27, 2016, 08:39:37 AM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.
I think that the way that I have cured temptation spending is by spending everyday of the week on my mortgage. I seriously walk to the bank to spend on my mortgage and pay down debt. I dont care if its 5 bucks or 2000 bucks. I sound so often on it that it stops all other spending because I run out of extra money to spend on anything else. lol !!!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: druth on October 05, 2016, 10:17:05 AM
I'm not sure if this counts but we got a trustedhousesitters account(which cost some money) but it saved us booking 3 weeks with the dog sitter and the cat sitter.  About 100$ for the site and in less than a day we have a lovely woman who is going to stay in our house and take care of all of our animals.  The alternative we didn't buy would be 25$ a day for the dog and 20$ a day for the cats which is almost 1000$!  Probably could have negotiated both sitters down for the extended time, but I figure I saved at least 400$.

referral link: https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/su/XDBdEIvq
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: CheapScholar on October 05, 2016, 05:43:41 PM
Work told me today they will start giving me a $30 stipend for my cell service each month.  I just switched to Ting last month and I project my monthly bill to be $15, $30 at the absolute most.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FrugalFarmer on October 06, 2016, 07:36:02 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)

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.

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

FrugalFarmer, do you have a link to the recipe you use for the balm? Would be nice to add that to my repertoire and probably save some bucks, too.


Not FrugalFarmer, but mine is plain vegetable shortening with just a little honey mixed in until smooth. Just enough honey so it's beige and sweet, but not enough so it's sticky. Maybe one part honey to 7-8 parts shortening? I keep it in a little pot and just apply with a finger.

I kind of wing it and test the consistency periodically and make adjustments.  This recipe looks similar to what I make, except I prefer half coconut oil, half sweet almond oil.  I bought a huge brick of beeswax from the farmers market years ago, and I'm still chipping away at that.  The vitamin e oil is the most important thing for moisturizing and I suggest getting a very concentrated one.  I pour my finished lip balm into reused containers from other lip balm or tiger balm or tiny food jars or whatever.  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/12/lip-balm-recipe.html
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: oneday on October 06, 2016, 03:14:12 PM
Thanks, FrugalFarmer!  I will save this (and Rural's recipe) for when I run low.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Landlady on October 12, 2016, 03:24:24 PM
I passed up a sale on some Manitobah Mukluks I've been eyeing. I put them in my cart 3 times and closed the window each time. Then I envisioned my early retirement and kid successful in college.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: EarlThePearl on October 12, 2016, 04:36:21 PM
Fancy Pants Stubbs Wooten $450 loafers for $50 on eBay. Very cool but not sure about the size (could have returned but would pay shipping) and definitely don't need them.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Ftao93 on October 12, 2016, 05:05:23 PM
A friend of mine has a vespa 300 Super sport.  It is my dream scooter.  he's offering it at less than half of MSRP, in good shape.  I'd love riding the shiat out of it.  I have the cash in hand!

I told him we need to save a bit more for probably buying a house in the next year or so, or at least have more rainy day $$.  It was a nice feeling to know that I COULD do it if I wanted.

I've also been wanting to build a new computer for a while.  It's part of how I make my living, and I've milked a decade out of an $800 computer.  Waiting on that too.  the desire to do so is not stronger than the desire to have $$ in my fist.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: alewpanda on October 16, 2016, 09:35:05 PM
Custard after youth group....went home to leftover homemade cheesy mac instead :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Mark331 on October 16, 2016, 09:57:10 PM
The best way of saving money on stuff is not buying anything at all ;)

What temptations did you leave behind in the store? :)

For me today:
- A polo shirt at the thrift shop. It was just €4,50, but that was the only reason I was considering to buy it.
I didn't buy anything and I was never tempted to spend either. I guess that I'm a lucky guy. I am extremely content. I went to the grocery store with my wife and they always have free samples there. I usually eat free lunch every day at the grocery store deli because they have free 1/4 sized sandwiches. So thats my big consumer splurge for the day. I burn some calories which is human fuel to get to the free same counter.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 16, 2016, 11:51:47 PM
Bras. I was on the website ordering them when I remembered I usually get a $25 birthday voucher from them.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 17, 2016, 09:42:55 AM
I did not buy pantry and fridge organizer items. So tempting. I want a proper can rack for the pantry. And egg bins for the fridge (we buy in bulk from costco).
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jeeebus on October 20, 2016, 08:11:29 AM
2 Christmas jumpers. They were buy one, get one free. Then I realised that I already look like a plank when I wear my existing Christmas jumper - especially in July.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on October 20, 2016, 01:28:14 PM
Lunch and coffee.  At a work seminar today with lunch provided.

Anejo rum.  My seasonal fall treat is hot apple cider with a bit of rum at night, but I'm using some vodka and dark rum instead of buying another bottle of my preferred spirit.  The struggle is real.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FIRE Artist on October 20, 2016, 01:36:44 PM
A book that I have had in my wish list for a few months, unfortunately, I bought three others off of the same wish list...hangs head in shame.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 20, 2016, 03:52:42 PM
2 Christmas jumpers. They were buy one, get one free. Then I realised that I already look like a plank when I wear my existing Christmas jumper - especially in July.

I think we need photos... :D
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Post by: jeeebus on October 21, 2016, 02:11:41 AM
2 Christmas jumpers. They were buy one, get one free. Then I realised that I already look like a plank when I wear my existing Christmas jumper - especially in July.

I think we need photos... :D

I'm not sure we do!
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Post by: Pinch of salt on October 22, 2016, 04:52:57 PM
Was visiting Paris a few days, and walked everywhere and ate breakfast at my airbnb and packed lunch every day.
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Post by: MrsTuxedocat on October 23, 2016, 12:08:10 AM
I wanted coffee at Starbucks today but I resisted the urge; I had tea at home.
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Post by: littlelykke on October 23, 2016, 03:50:10 AM
I didn't buy the very lovely clothes that I saw at my favorite store today. Saved myself nearly 150 euros! Yay!
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Post by: Squirrel away on October 23, 2016, 04:17:03 AM


Anejo rum.  My seasonal fall treat is hot apple cider with a bit of rum at night

Mmm, sounds lovely.:)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: oneday on October 23, 2016, 04:04:32 PM
I wanted coffee at Starbucks today but I resisted the urge; I had tea at home.

Me too!  But I was craving a chai latte; still have not made anything for myself since getting home!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on October 25, 2016, 08:22:27 AM
We were offered a 2011 Ford Escape luxury edition-type thing for 4,000$ from my BF's step-father (retail value is around 16,000$ minimum for the mileage). We decided that although we'd love the 4-wheel drive and the room for surfboards (they don't fit in our 2004 Hyundai Sonata), the bigger tires we'd have to buy, more expensive insurance, and more expensive maintenance were in no way worth the trouble.

Thanks, but no thanks!
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Post by: Mr. Millennial Mustache on October 25, 2016, 12:59:12 PM
Currently looking for a new motorcycle jacket (safety first).

Came across the perfect jacket, price was more than 4 figures, could never justify it.

Still on the hunt!

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Post by: WootWoot on October 25, 2016, 01:59:27 PM
Got an email from a blog I follow, with a link to a calendar re: one of my favorite authors of all time. I didn't buy the calendar. Was tempted though...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: spjulep on October 26, 2016, 12:16:38 PM
We decided to invest in a pull-out couch to make better use of the guest room, plus maybe use it for AirBnb in the future. While secondhand might have been cheap, I don't know if it's the best for fabric and mattresses. I hunted for a long time for a good deal on a new couch and it finally arrived. At the store, they didn't have the one I wanted in stock, but they did have a bigger, nicer model...that was more than double the price. I did really like the nicer model, and was so close to getting upsold, but remembered this thread and my MMM training. I asked them to put in an order for the original couch (which is perfectly nice and meets my needs) and to honor the sale price, and they did. And, since it's coming from the warehouse, delivery was free!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Kapiira on November 04, 2016, 03:31:09 PM
I thought about buying breakfast because I was running late in the morning.  Instead, I grabbed some food I could eat in the car.  I saved money and got to work the same time as if I had stopped to pick up food.
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Post by: keulmer on November 04, 2016, 07:55:00 PM
Soda.....I'm on week 3 of giving up the horrible habit. I allow myself to drink it if I happen onto it for free, but I'm trying so so hard to quit wasting money on the stuff. Been cravin' one hard tonight though.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: JT on November 04, 2016, 11:12:19 PM
The latest bible for Excel 2016!!  Might see if work can get it, since using excel to a high level is a requirement of the job.  But I'd love this book at home/on the train/on the spin bike etc etc to read in spare moments of curiosity and leisure.  Perhaps I could get it second hand, but then Excel 2017 might be out!!  Could try the library and just rebook it every month!  As you can see, this is a bit of a struggle for me.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Money Badger on November 05, 2016, 05:38:25 AM
Did not buy a "leaf rake" for our large yard.   Also decided to blow off leaves every other week instead of weekly this fall.   Saved $350 plus saves net 2 hours of my weekends now till Christmas when leaf drop hell ends...
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Post by: tomita on November 05, 2016, 12:21:41 PM
returned "woolite" dry cleaning sheets as tried one and didn't notice any difference, 10$ back in my wallet
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: brute on November 05, 2016, 12:25:03 PM
I did not buy a minifridge this weekend. I'll wait for one to show up for cheap on CL. (Its for culturing brewing yeast so I don't have to buy it. Should net me $200 a year)
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Post by: BuffaloStache on November 05, 2016, 12:30:06 PM
My wife's car trunk handle-latch thingy broke, and instead of just bringing it to a shop (buying ~$400 of labor on top of the parts), we bought the part for ~$30 and fixed it ourselves. There are online forums for pretty much any major make/model of car, and devoted people who write out instructions to fix common problems!
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Post by: DailyGrindFree on November 05, 2016, 04:23:36 PM
My wife's car trunk handle-latch thingy broke, and instead of just bringing it to a shop (buying ~$400 of labor on top of the parts), we bought the part for ~$30 and fixed it ourselves. There are online forums for pretty much any major make/model of car, and devoted people who write out instructions to fix common problems!

I am not a car guy but I have been doing the same for years. First thing I do is to check online to see if there is a youtube video or instructions to figure out the problem. Then same thing to fix the issue. I saved a few $$$ by doing that. I must say, back in the day, Mercedes forums saved me a lot of money.

Recently, I gave up buying things. Moving forward the plan is to buy only necessities.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 06, 2016, 12:07:53 AM
Went shopping to buy a dress I could wear to a funeral and to an upcoming awards function for work.

Sydney doesn't sell black dresses in November.

Oh well... I'll dig out something to wear. I didn't want to part with the money anyway.
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Post by: TightFistedScot on November 06, 2016, 08:47:24 AM
A friend had organized a group of us to go to an exhibit at a museum. Admission 15.00 for adults. The city library has museum passes that can be checked out for library members (free membership, obvi).

I arrived at the library at 8:55am, for 9am opening as these passes are highly sought after. I got a pass! It's good for 2 adults and 2 kids free admission. So I got myself, my friend, and her kid in for no cost.

Love the public library system. :)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Vindicated on November 06, 2016, 11:49:37 AM
I'm taking the dog for a hike today, but his leash was partially chewed through, and wouldn't last if he was in a pulling mood.  I was going to stop and pick up a new leash, but didn't want to spend $15 on a new leash.  Instead, I cut the chewed part off, and tied it in a double knot as tightly as I could.  Good as new!*

*Obviously not really, but it'll hold. :-)
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Post by: horsepoor 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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Post by: Luckyvik 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BuffaloStache 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HenryDavid 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. 
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: alleykat 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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Post by: recklesslysober 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BuffaloStache 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.

Layers is where it's at!
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Post by: I'm a red panda 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Woodro85 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: recklesslysober 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 22, 2016, 06:07:55 PM
Christmas presents: I'm baking some today instead.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on December 22, 2016, 11:35:23 PM
Christmas Vacation DVD. Watching a copy from the library.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Stachey 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).

Happy Holidays!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jengod 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: GoConfidently 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama 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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Post by: TightFistedScot 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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Post by: eeho 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2016, 06:15:54 PM
Drove right by Sbux and came home to make a lovely cup of tea.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mousebandit 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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Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama 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:-)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kaleidoscopicalkris 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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Post by: horsepoor 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: jengod 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: HappierAtHome 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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Post by: Urchina 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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Post by: 1967mama 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

Be
Kind
Always

I love that! I can handwrite fairly nicely so I am going to make my own sign! Yay! $14 saved!
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Post by: Vindicated 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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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 06, 2017, 07:25:30 PM
A new bath mat, despite the bleach spot on the one I only bought in August.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 1967mama 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BuffaloStache 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!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: EverCurious 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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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: YummyRaisins 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).
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: misshathaway 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.

The next post after this is going to be "I didn't buy an iPhone". HA! Beat you to it.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Fomerly known as something 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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Post by: abhe8 on January 14, 2017, 07:25:04 PM
Everything!! Yay for a snowed in Saturday at home.

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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Lyngi 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-
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: horsepoor on January 17, 2017, 04:30:52 AM
Salad dressing. Couldn't deal with spending $4.49 for lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.

Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BuffaloStache 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.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Dicey 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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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...
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rural 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...


Nuts, grains, chickpea flour. Coffee.


Or do you mean a meat grinder? In which case, not much.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Kaybee 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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Post by: BuffaloStache 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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Post by: marcela 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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Post by: Mr Chin Stubble 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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Post by: 1967mama 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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Post by: Kaybee 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. :)
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Post by: HappierAtHome on January 30, 2017, 11:44:50 PM
Chocolate, because my awesome manager worked out ahead of time that I'd want chocolate after completing an arduous (but enjoyable and fulfilling!) work task and put chocolate on my desk for me :D

Working ain't all bad, y'know.
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Post by: Sailor Sam on January 31, 2017, 12:07:56 AM
McDonalds. It sounded so tasty.
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Post by: MasterStache on January 31, 2017, 12:42:05 PM
New couches. Ours are only 7 years old and still in great condition. We are renovating and they didn't match the wall color and theme so my SO wanted to buy new ones. I thought it was ridiculous. We compromised and will be getting some new pillows for them and a rug to tie the colors together.
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Post by: Well Respected Man on February 05, 2017, 08:51:25 AM
Meat. We have too much in our freezer already, and because we're eating more vegan meals these days, it will last even longer. So no new meat of the types we have frozen. Going forward, I'll have to retrain myself not to stock up when it is on sale. That will leave more room in the freezer for nice homemade veggie dishes.
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Post by: lizh on February 05, 2017, 10:04:19 AM
I went to BedBathBeyond to get exchange cannisters for my soda stream and was tempted by so many things! New sheets were on sale (but it can wait) a towel that is supposed to dry your hair really well so that you don't need to use the blow dryer as long (oh well, my hair can take it) new pots and pans!  new towels! new! new! new!
I walked out with only what I came for.
phew!
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Post by: FrugalFarmer on February 05, 2017, 12:25:49 PM
A new smartphone.  Mine stopped working yesterday, out of the blue.  Rather than rushing out to the store to purchase a brand new one at full price, I posted a notice on Facebook asking if any friends had an old phone lying around that I could borrow for a couple weeks.  Someone did!  Knowing that I have a little more time to pursue a better option, I then found a local electronics repair shop.  The closest repair shop is located in another city, but DH was about to pass through that city anyway on his way to a party.  So, I asked DH to drop the phone off at the repair shop on his way.  If the old phone can't be fixed, I'll be able to keep the loaner phone long enough to order a suitable used phone from ebay.  Saved:  the exorbitant cost of the plastic wrapping on a brand new phone, mileage to drive to another city, my free time this afternoon- which I can now use to work on the awesome chicken coop and bee hive I've been building from scratch. 
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Post by: alleykat on February 05, 2017, 12:33:02 PM
Acrylic drawers for my cosmetics that cost 150.  do people really pay that much for plastic.  Gee whiz.
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Post by: BuffaloStache on February 06, 2017, 05:46:17 PM
I was at the bakery outlet buying bread today... and I didn't buy any of the coffee cakes/cinnamon roll-type treats that they have there.
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Post by: DrMoney on February 06, 2017, 06:26:03 PM
Today I did NOT buy a new dryer! My DH (who is awesome, by the way) watched a youtube video about fixing what turned out to be a broken fuse. $8 later, all is well!

Also, perhaps equally impressive, I did not buy girl scout cookies!

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Post by: horsepoor on February 06, 2017, 07:21:17 PM
Posted in the Frugal February thread too:  Did not buy a horse trailer today. Actually rather disappointed as the very specific trailer I want came up used in Wisconsin for a great price. Called this morning and they already had a likely buyer, but also would not ship a used trailer without the buyer physically going to see it first, which is not a possibility right now.  Too bad, because I could have sold my current trailer for a bit more than this one was listed for, and gotten an upgrade in both age and features.
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Post by: Dicey on February 07, 2017, 05:44:34 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.
I avoid retail affinity programs like the plague, because I believe they make you spend more in the long run. So, no target red card, no cartwheel, no DSW whatever it's called. Boy, are they pushy about theirs.

On road trips, I look at DH's and my phones and unsubscribe to everything I can. DH does a lot of internet searches on his phone, so he gets loads of junk mail. It multiplies like rabbits if left unchecked. Great way to pass an hour or so on a long trip. Of course, I'm not driving.
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Post by: jengod on April 25, 2017, 10:24:16 PM
I did not $30 of bicycle accessories because I realized I already have a stroller accessory (curb shopped no less!) that does the same thing.

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Post by: 691175002 on April 28, 2017, 04:32:21 PM
I've got an old Nikon D60 which works well but is seriously showing its age, especially in indoor lighting or with fast moving subjects.  I've been thinking about upgrading on and off for a while now (specifically to a more compact mirrorless, and something that can do adequate video as well) but its hard to justify the expense of a dslr/mirrorless when you already have something that is okay.

Almost pulled the trigger on a Sony a6000 because bestbuy is providing a $100 credit on a compatible lens, and will also let you apply that discount to open-box lenses.

I still might but I'll think about it for another few days.
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Post by: tyort1 on April 28, 2017, 04:50:51 PM
I didn't go grocery shopping.  Even though I was 'supposed' to go 10 days ago.  We're just eating down our stored up food instead. 
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Post by: BuffaloStache on April 30, 2017, 08:36:29 PM
We're just eating down our stored up food instead.

This is my goal for the week- we have a ton of stored up food that we've made/frozen two months ago.
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Post by: Inaya on April 30, 2017, 09:05:58 PM
Didn't give into temptation to buy a rotisserie chicken on Friday. Didn't order delivery today. I'm getting sick of my own cooking and it's getting harder and harder to resist...
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Post by: pianomom on June 19, 2017, 04:50:40 PM
I didn't buy a haircut. I've cut my kids and husband's hair for a decade, but have never been brave enough to try to cut my own long hair. Thankfully my hair is long right now and forgiving. I followed tutorials on YouTube and put it in a high ponytail close to my forehead and cut off some of the length. I don't think I cut off enough to cut the back of my hair, and I still had to do some minor touchups, but I'm pretty proud of myself. I might be more daring next time and cut more off.
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Post by: Rural on June 20, 2017, 04:33:39 AM
Yesterday we did not buy a brake line for a backhoe because we can't find one to fit. Sigh.
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Post by: rmp451 on June 20, 2017, 10:03:13 PM
Planned on taking my dad on a trout fishing trip two hours from home. This was for Father's Day. Dad said it was a stupid idea and that we could have just as fun of a time trout fishing around home. He was right. Got to fish some new streams, caught dinner, and had a great time. Probably saved over a 100 dollars in gas and out-of-state licenses.
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Post by: justaguy on July 01, 2017, 07:03:47 PM
Took the children to the pool today – resisted the puppy dog eyes and the numerous ‘pretty please’ request to buy candy and ice cream at the snack booth. 
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Post by: tomita on July 11, 2017, 08:27:29 PM
Ice tea, we went biking to grocery store in 30 Celsius and were considering grabbing ice tea , but we didn't buy it.
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Post by: Rosy on July 12, 2017, 10:19:26 PM
Jewelry - lots of jewelry. I went and looked at what I already own, which helped and I deleted all the items in my cart. Damage control aka MMM is working, I only purchased one item during gem week (on sale), pmt will come out of my discretionary budget for this month, so it will not derail my savings or other budget items.

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Post by: Sailor Sam on July 12, 2017, 10:33:47 PM
A pepper mill.
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Post by: Brother Esau on July 13, 2017, 10:34:43 AM
Insect repellant. Usually buy about $30 - $40 of the stuff each summer. I don't seem to be having a problem with the little critters.
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Post by: Lauran75 on July 13, 2017, 01:08:43 PM
Chocolate. Did not buy chocolate. Will not buy chocolate.
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Post by: scrunchythief on July 13, 2017, 02:35:08 PM
Anything at the local artisans'/artists' festival.  Specifically a leaves shaped fountain. 
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Post by: JoJo on July 21, 2017, 08:33:12 PM
The $13,400 antarctic cruise I called to book was sold out (the cabin I wanted anyways), sold out in 1 day.
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Post by: CheapScholar on July 21, 2017, 09:26:52 PM
The $13,400 antarctic cruise I called to book was sold out (the cabin I wanted anyways), sold out in 1 day.

Damn.  And I thought I was a spendypants cruising Alaska every few years...
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Post by: Sailor Sam on July 21, 2017, 09:47:11 PM
A restaurant meal. Yay!
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Post by: TartanTallulah on July 23, 2017, 11:47:07 AM
Lunch at a restaurant during a bike ride. This wasn't primarily to save money or dodge calories, it was because it was forecast to rain later and we wanted to get home before getting drenched.
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Post by: Vindicated on July 24, 2017, 09:40:34 AM
Yesterday we went to see a Spider Man matinee, and the theater was freezing.  I decided I'd go get a small black coffee.  Wife requested that I get her "something salty, but not popcorn".  I get to concessions and the coffee machine is down, and the pretzels were sold out.  Rather than picking out some other snack, I just said never mind.  Almost spent an extra $8-$9, but fate decided I should save it!
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Post by: Inaya on July 25, 2017, 11:22:27 AM
Did not buy lunch at work today. I've been so, so bad about bringing my lunch lately. Trying to get back on the wagon.
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Post by: Kaybee on July 25, 2017, 12:53:11 PM
I did not buy macarons at the bakery I pass all the time.  I also did not even step into the West Elm when I saw the sale sign.  I'm feeling "blah" about my decor right now (SUCH A STUPID PROBLEM!) but I know if I go into a store to "look for inspiration" I'll end up buying something.  It's better for me to browse websites/Pinterest and see how I can repurpose or rearrange what I have.
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Post by: Britan on July 27, 2017, 12:49:05 PM
I've got a really great one this week. I have very demanding feet (post-double-bunionectomy) and on the rare occasion that I do buy shoes, I usually shell out >$100 for shoes that are a) comfortable and b) high quality enough to last the 5-7 years I put them through.

I've been 100% out of professional flats (literal gaping holes in my last pair) and wearing sneakers to work, but really needed some "nice" shoes for the occasions I go to weddings, see clients, etc. I was about to buy a $125 pair of black leather flats that met my criteria... and then my MIL unexpectedly donated an old pair of her Dansko flats to me since they don't fit her anymore! $125-$150 saved and I won't need new shoes for another several years!
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Post by: Inaya on July 27, 2017, 02:31:05 PM
I've got a really great one this week. I have very demanding feet (post-double-bunionectomy) and on the rare occasion that I do buy shoes, I usually shell out >$100 for shoes that are a) comfortable and b) high quality enough to last the 5-7 years I put them through.

I've been 100% out of professional flats (literal gaping holes in my last pair) and wearing sneakers to work, but really needed some "nice" shoes for the occasions I go to weddings, see clients, etc. I was about to buy a $125 pair of black leather flats that met my criteria... and then my MIL unexpectedly donated an old pair of her Dansko flats to me since they don't fit her anymore! $125-$150 saved and I won't need new shoes for another several years!
Mind if I ask where you usually shop? I had a bunionectomy on my left foot, and now it's just so difficult to find shoes that fit (because my feet are different sizes and shapes now) and are comfortable (because I have screws in the top foot that don't like to be touched) and work appropriate/not fugly.
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Post by: G-dog on July 27, 2017, 02:57:03 PM
I've got a really great one this week. I have very demanding feet (post-double-bunionectomy) and on the rare occasion that I do buy shoes, I usually shell out >$100 for shoes that are a) comfortable and b) high quality enough to last the 5-7 years I put them through.

I've been 100% out of professional flats (literal gaping holes in my last pair) and wearing sneakers to work, but really needed some "nice" shoes for the occasions I go to weddings, see clients, etc. I was about to buy a $125 pair of black leather flats that met my criteria... and then my MIL unexpectedly donated an old pair of her Dansko flats to me since they don't fit her anymore! $125-$150 saved and I won't need new shoes for another several years!
Mind if I ask where you usually shop? I had a bunionectomy on my left foot, and now it's just so difficult to find shoes that fit (because my feet are different sizes and shapes now) and are comfortable (because I have screws in the top foot that don't like to be touched) and work appropriate/not fugly.

A friend from work found that Clarks worked well for her. She also has screws on the top of her feet.
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Post by: Britan on July 28, 2017, 06:42:16 AM
Well, I haven't really shopped for shoes since the surgery so I can't help much :p

The pair I just got are Dansko. I heard good things about them from others with food problems.

My "tennis shoes" are from On Running. I don't really run so I can't speak to their running goodness but they have room for my feet so they feel comfy to wear at work.
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Post by: Bones on August 01, 2017, 11:37:05 PM
I did not buy new climbing shoes or a new climbing rope, even though both of those are on their last legs and I will have to replace them eventually (if I want to pursue a passion that has given me immense joy in life), they don't need to be replaced and can be enjoyed as they are for hopefully the rest of the season.
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Post by: snorrie on August 03, 2017, 08:50:29 AM
I needed some mustachian motivation again! I haven't been throwing my money out the window or anything, but haven't really been paying attention either. Case in point: I just discovered three boxes of couscous in my pantry. Bought on separate occasions, not as a deal. Ugh.

Today I did not buy groceries, yet again. Been postponing it for three days now, and instead I've been cooking/eating out of the pantry/fridge/freezer instead of going to the store for whatever I felt like eating that day.

Also: trying to cut spending since I will be moving soon and some costs will be involved.
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Post by: PMG on August 03, 2017, 11:00:33 AM
I did not buy junk food.  This took a lot of will power.  I did buy some quick to prep, splurgey food to get me through what's going to be a rough couple days, but no chips or cookies.  I will be eating real meals, not just snacking.

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Post by: ice_beard on August 04, 2017, 09:03:04 AM
I went on a MMM reading binge a few weeks ago which turned into a personal no spending challenge.  My goal was really to eat out of the pantry/freezer but eat well and to not eat any meals at restaurants.  I take my lunch to work every night (one benefit of working night shift, nothing is open!) so that's not an issue but on my days off I tend to slack off a bit. 

The no-restaurant part went fine, but of course there were other expenses.  We took our dog to the vet to be seen and it was not cheap (but worth it of course!) and I had a planned expense coming up that hit during this spending holiday.  So the total numbers kind of sucked for the 2 week period, but the lessons learned were valuable.  They are...

1. I'm addicted to convenient food.  The cafeteria at my hospital is way too convenient (and good) it can be difficult to say no when my shift is over (and the cafeteria is now open).  If when I eat there, I have decided to focus more on the cream of wheat which is cheap, healthy and filling instead of potatoes and a sausage which has been my norm in the past. 

2. Man oh man do we have a LOT of food in our house.  I hit the freezer hard and it seems like I barely made a dent.  Going forward, I'd honestly like to focus more meals on fresher foods than on shelf stable foods.  Budget Bytes is fantastic and I'll be using that as an eating reference in the future. 

3. Man, I wish it wasn't so hot.  I do not want to use the oven when it is 100 degrees outside.  It's been blazing hot for weeks now, and I could really use a break. 

4. I don't have a lot of urge to just spend money for the sake of spending money.  I spend on my hobby (metal detecting) and food and the un-avoidable costs and that's about it.  If I want to cut down spending, we need to eat at restaurants less. 

Experiences like these are great for learning more about yourself and your spending habits.  I recommend a spending holiday today!!
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Post by: BuffaloStache on August 05, 2017, 10:56:19 AM
^ sounds like a great experience Ice Beard! I too have a soft spot for convenience foods and restaurants, and that's been one of the biggest things I've been proud of myself for cutting down on.

One tip re:freezer meals. My wife and I often make freezer meals that are "augmented" by fresh food. By that I mean if you freeze a main dish, but then have fresh veggies or something to go with it, it really adds a lot and makes it seem more fresh.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 06, 2017, 01:31:56 AM
Lunch at a shopping centre, even though I wanted to chew off my own arm with hunger by the time we got home.

Homemade Cuban sandwiches for lunch beats food court food any day.
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Post by: kaypinkHH on August 08, 2017, 07:47:01 AM
I had two 0 SPEND DAYS in a row!! On a long weekend!! What is this witchcraft!??

Sunday: Biked downtown to watch a free comedy show at a free festival. Saved ~$10+ in parking. Packed a lunch, so saved the money from the festival food. Brought water bottles to fill up. Didn't by fancy $2 Robot Tea. Biked around a bit more after, explored a new park, had the picnic, and then biked home. Didn't stop for ice cream. Thought we might need groceries, but rummaged through the pantry and freezer and put together a good meal!

Monday:
Didn't leave the house, was lazy, easy to not spend.
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Post by: brute on August 10, 2017, 01:53:51 PM
A soda from the work cafe. I could use some caffeine, but I'm not about to pay $1.72 for a 20 oz bottle
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Post by: 1later_bloomer on August 13, 2017, 06:41:42 PM
I didn't buy a new to me bedroom set for $550 that retails new for over $2000. The foster daughter I was going to get it for only wants the bed frame, she wants us to go get her own dresser and mattress. I realised I could get just the bed frame much cheaper and not have to figure out where to keep the extra pieces until she moves out.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 14, 2017, 09:01:07 AM
I will NOT be buying a coffee today. (I need to chant this like a mantra, to make sure it's true!)
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Post by: icbatbh on August 16, 2017, 08:13:57 AM
Today I had to meet my best friend and his father at lunchtime so that I could be measured for a suit for his wedding (I'm the best man). I arrived 10 minutes early so instead of paying to use the car park right next to the tailors, I drove around until I found a nearby street where I could park my P.O.S car for free.

My best friend arrived shortly afterwards. I told him about the street I parked in and he said that he couldn't be bothered, so paid to use the car park.

About 15 minutes later his dad arrived in his very fancy Mercedes E63 AMG estate. He also chose to park right next to the shop, except he didn't have any money for the parking so my best friend had to pay for him. I couldn't help but smile about the whole situation.
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Post by: narrative on August 19, 2017, 08:04:00 PM
I did NOT buy dinner at a restaurant.

I cooked a 3lb pot roast with carrots and potatoes in an instant pot *in a hotel room.* It gave us dinner for 4 and 3 meals in tupperware for my husband for this week for less than the cost of a meal out.
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Post by: Inaya on August 24, 2017, 09:41:13 AM
Made a smoothie at home, so I did not buy oatmeal at work. It's a tiny thing, but I've been a very, very bad spendypants this summer, so I'm trying to get back on track.
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Post by: Anon in Alaska on August 28, 2017, 01:18:04 AM
Bananas for tomorrow. My dad gave me two for helping him "declutter". (Now with 15% less stuff, and the other 85% in a new container....
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Post by: Inaya on August 30, 2017, 07:37:11 AM
I haven't spent money since my Saturday morning groceries. Hoping to go the rest of the month without spending, but I'm running out of staples!
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Post by: marcela on August 30, 2017, 07:53:13 AM
Lunch. No leftovers from dinner last night and we've been stretching our grocery shops so my work pantry is pretty barren. I grabbed a potato from the frisge this morning and will have a "baked" potato for lunch with butter and cheese we keep at work. Saves me the $5-10 lunch at our on campus eatery would have cost.
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Post by: alice76 on August 30, 2017, 10:19:33 AM
We borrowed a friend's car instead of paying an exorbitant car rental fee for a rare father/son day trip outside of the city (NYC).
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Post by: stashja on September 07, 2017, 08:40:05 PM
Lunch at work. $6 at farmer's market + 99 cent can of chick peas = 3 days of chard, tomato, and sweet potato salad in a box.
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Post by: Miss Piggy on September 08, 2017, 09:12:29 AM
Yesterday, I did NOT buy a Samsung Gear S2 or S3 watch. I'll use phone apps instead, and that will take care of 90% of what I wanted. Can live without the rest.
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Post by: Luckyvik on November 03, 2017, 02:37:53 PM
I did not buy a new phone. Instead I paid $60 to get the battery in my iPhone 5s replaced yesterday.

I’m so happy about this :)


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Post by: BuffaloStache on November 03, 2017, 05:09:03 PM
I did not buy a new phone. Instead I paid $60 to get the battery in my iPhone 5s replaced yesterday.

I’m so happy about this :)


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I'm going on ~10 months now using a mildly broken phone (charging circuitry broke so I have to turn off the phone and physically remove the battery to charge it). It's somewhat inconvenient, but it will make me feel that much less guilty when I do go get a new phone.
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Post by: ACyclist on November 03, 2017, 05:39:36 PM
Coffee at this bistro where I work.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Luckyvik on November 03, 2017, 07:46:13 PM
I did not buy a new phone. Instead I paid $60 to get the battery in my iPhone 5s replaced yesterday.

I’m so happy about this :)


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I'm going on ~10 months now using a mildly broken phone (charging circuitry broke so I have to turn off the phone and physically remove the battery to charge it). It's somewhat inconvenient, but it will make me feel that much less guilty when I do go get a new phone.
Nice one


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Post by: kaypinkHH on November 06, 2017, 07:10:59 AM
I'm going on ~10 months now using a mildly broken phone (charging circuitry broke so I have to turn off the phone and physically remove the battery to charge it). It's somewhat inconvenient, but it will make me feel that much less guilty when I do go get a new phone.

Good job Buffalo!!! I spent almost 3 years with a broken phone. Volume button was stuck on UP and when I restarted my phone I had to basically hack into it so it didn't go to the manual programming mode. Then my screen broke (but still usable). Then the wifi/gps stopped working. It became a point of pride that I didn't get a new phone. I enjoy testing my tolerance levels :D.
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Post by: Rural on November 06, 2017, 06:18:50 PM
Groceries here. Did not buy this weekend or today, which means no fresh fruit or veggies, which is bad, but may not be bad enough to drive me to a store tomorrow, either. I hate grocery shopping. Wonder if I could make it until the coffee runs out?
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Post by: Dicey on November 06, 2017, 10:56:53 PM
Never left the house, for the no-spending win!
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Post by: Luckyvik on November 06, 2017, 11:46:32 PM
 A drink. We had work drinks for Melbourne Cup, once the work tab run out at 4pm others started buying their own drinks, I stopped drinking.


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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 07, 2017, 10:42:33 PM
A drink. We had work drinks for Melbourne Cup, once the work tab run out at 4pm others started buying their own drinks, I stopped drinking.


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Spot the Aussie. :)

We drank in the office.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 17, 2017, 12:40:47 PM
Have a rip in my jeans, scouted out options online. Went home & reviewed my closet again & determined that a pair I thought was too cropped for winter can be unrolled, ironed & replace the ripped jeans.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Luckyvik on November 17, 2017, 02:20:13 PM
A drink. We had work drinks for Melbourne Cup, once the work tab run out at 4pm others started buying their own drinks, I stopped drinking.


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Spot the Aussie. :)

We drank in the office.



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Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: ForeverFrugal47 on November 17, 2017, 02:36:40 PM
Peroxyl mouthwash.  Dentist recommended it to help treat canker sores.  A small bottle cost $9 and the only active ingredient was hydrogen peroxide.  I left it on the shelf and opted to used some H202 I already had at home.
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Post by: BuffaloStache on November 18, 2017, 07:38:43 PM
Lunch out. My wife and I were doing a bunch of errands today and only had some snacks on us during lunch time. Instead we just made leftover food when we got back home. A little later of a lunch, but just as delicious!
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Post by: Dicey on November 19, 2017, 11:29:25 AM
Yesterday, DH and I made a foray to the mega outlet mall, because it's near a place we had to be that's off our beaten path. It was horrific. Literally zero parking. We had to lurk until someone left. If we weren't already in the area, we would have hightailed it outta there.

Our shopping list consisted of shoes for DH at the New Balance Store, because he's an 11 EEEE. He found three(!) pair of comfortable shoes in his size. Poor baby, not even all NB 4E's are wide enough...

Our other destination was the Jockey Store, because we both needed new undies.

We went to those two stores and nowhere else. We had a list. I had coupons. Our focus was laser-sharp. We still managed to spend $450.

But that was yesterday. Today, we will spend nothing. Nothing, I tell you! We were too traumatized by that mega outlet mall experience. It was our first trip there and might well be our last. Ugh.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on January 21, 2018, 01:27:08 AM
Hankies. Thanks to advice from other mustachians on my journal, I will be sewing my own from worn out sheets.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on January 21, 2018, 02:34:12 PM
@Dicey But you bought good quality shoes that will last and more importantly great for your back/feet/body.
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Post by: Dicey on January 21, 2018, 03:36:07 PM
@Dicey But you bought good quality shoes that will last and more importantly great for your back/feet/body.
Ha! There's a bit more to the story. A couple of days later, a woman offered two new pair of NB shoes in DH's size for $40 each. Seems her husband had passed away and she found two boxes of unworn shoes in his closet. Only one pair fit, so we bought it and now DH is set for a good, long time.
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Post by: BuffaloStache on January 25, 2018, 08:49:38 PM
I had a real hankerin' for chocolate today, but I did not buy it...
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Post by: better late on January 25, 2018, 08:58:58 PM
I didn't buy blazer from Banana Republic's sale with an additional 60% off, although I got as far as the online checkout with it. 
It would have been under $30, and I could have absolutely defended the purchase of a black blazer, but I just... didn't. I haven't purchased anything clothing related for myself for a couple of months, and I think I just want to continue the feeling of just being happy with what I have.  I've actually been feeling incredibly grateful recently. So I think my not buying anything was a way to express that gratitude in a round-a-bout way.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 26, 2018, 07:24:03 AM
I have spent 0$ the last two days
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Post by: Urchina on February 23, 2018, 09:19:52 PM
Yesterday was the Costco Run, which we do about every 10 days to two weeks for eggs, greek yogurt, bananas, nuts and... yeah. That's it.

Nothing else all week long. Menu planned tonight and DH will pick up the five items we need from TJs tomorrow, and we'll be set for another week, at least.

Love not shopping more than once a week.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on February 24, 2018, 05:51:05 AM
New boots. One of the soles started peeling off. I super-glued it back on. So far it doesn’t seem to be leaking.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Brother Esau on February 24, 2018, 07:11:08 AM
1. Batteries. Instead of buying new ones to replace the ones that died in a clock, i scrounged up a handful from some unused devices stored in the basement.
2. Door knob. The knob on the side door that we mostly use wasn't working quite right. Swapped it with a knob from a rear door that we hardly ever use.
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Post by: lexde on February 24, 2018, 09:46:20 AM
Car washes x2. Pollen is really bad and my car was really dirty from the 500 miles I put on it yesterday. So this morning I washed my car and SO’s too. $20 saved?


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Post by: Inaya on February 26, 2018, 09:55:25 AM
New boots. This year's salt finally ruined my Uggs (the only warm winter boots that a) I can wear due to foot surgery and b) don't fall apart in 2-3 months). I wanted to replace them. I did not. Not because I wanted to save money, but because I simply could not find an adequate replacement that was within budget. Still trying to figure out what I will be wearing to work until it warms up enough for other shoes--the old Uggs are fine for roaming around, but not nice enough looking for work. Footwear is the devil.
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Post by: WootWoot on February 28, 2018, 12:11:43 PM
A passion fruit tea at Starbuck's.
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Post by: kaypinkHH on February 28, 2018, 02:58:25 PM
I didn't use a coupon to go get fast food at lunch..even though I was driving right by. Instead I ate my healthy homemade lunch BEFORE I went out on my lunch break to run some errands. Ugh good choices :P.
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Post by: Fomerly known as something on March 01, 2018, 05:14:26 PM
I did not buy a $10 glass of wine from the hotel has me staying in for business.  Instead I bought a $6 bottle of wine from Aldi's.
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Post by: MoolahLula on March 02, 2018, 02:37:31 PM
I put back the $6.29 container of H-D ice cream at CVS where I went to fill a ridiculously expensive prescription today.  Yay me.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 02, 2018, 09:56:04 PM
Didn't run in to the mini mart to get a soda.  I left my water bottle at home and was rather thirsty after several hours, but NBD.
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Post by: expatartist on March 02, 2018, 10:38:36 PM
Chocolate.
But the day's only half over...
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Post by: marcela on March 06, 2018, 11:13:59 AM
I was in nearby Big City and visited the Homegoods store. I didn't buy a side table and chose a 5x7 rug instead of the 8x10 size recommended by every stinking home decor blog on the planet. Saved $100 on the rug and $40 on the table. I also bought the cheaper chair at IKEA instead of the $229 one. $110 saved.
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 06, 2018, 05:19:33 PM
I didn't stop at the grocery store and buy stuff.  Because there were only two things on the list and I would have left the store with a couple of bags of stuff that we didn't need.
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Post by: DouglasFir on March 18, 2018, 09:18:58 PM
I didn't buy any alcohol, or anything else, today. I just drank some wine that had been lingering in the fridge since my birthday. Wished I had some cheese, crackers, and salami to go with it, but I only had cheese on hand, so made do with that. :)
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Post by: Dicey on March 19, 2018, 12:18:27 AM
No houses purchased today. We walked to four open houses, and didn't buy a single one. We did touch base with a realtor we like. It's good to have several who know what you're looking for. We didn't buy anything else today, either.

Yesterday, DH bought three(!) tubs of Mint Chip Moose Tracks ice cream. It was our turn to host our dice group. All the party goods were leftover from another group I do hospitality for. The hosts only do dessert and coffee. I made a chocolate cake with green icing from stuff in my pantry and the spendy coffee came from the freezer, left over from another event.

Oh yeah, DH bought three(!) tubs of ice cream because it was on sale, and I only specified type, not quantity. I wanted a green mint chip ice cream, so he went to the big, full service grocery store, where we never shop. He came home amazed that the store had an entire aisle of ice cream. Poor guy doesn't get out much.
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Post by: BuffaloStache on March 19, 2018, 07:39:41 AM
Based on the limited hours of the library yesterday (and because we have company visiting at our house), the best place I could find to study was a fast-casual restaurant. But I didn't buy a meal; I only bought a soda (cheapest menu item + free refills!) and was able to get ~4 hours of distraction-free studying in.
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Post by: cantgrowone on March 19, 2018, 12:39:34 PM
I didn't buy a $20k car. I want this one particular car so bad but I cannot justify it. The car is $20k used or $30k new, premium fuel, and pemium insurance ($120/month). Our current car runs fine with under 90k miles but boy do I want to spend some money and drive this car around 25 miles 5 days per week.
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Post by: Nederstash on March 19, 2018, 02:49:20 PM
Visited London this weekend and I didn't buy the entire Harry Potter shop (at King's Cross) empty. In fact, I walked out of the store empty-handed. Not bad for a big fan like me! One of my friends bought loads, another just a few things. It felt really, really good to hold up items and just get that 'happy buying chemical' in your brain, then say: "This thing is just awesome, I really wish I needed it though!" and then put it back.

At the Primark at Oxford Street, which has an entire HP department, I did buy fantastic Hufflepuff pj's and a sign to hang above the loo which says "Ministry of Magic - this way" with an arrow pointing down. The pj's I needed, the sign was a splurge. All together it was 10 pounds (14 USD).

Tip for HP fans travelling to London: go to the Primark first, it's cheap AF and they have a HUGE selection of stuff!
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Post by: Hula Hoop on March 19, 2018, 03:08:20 PM
Nederstash - I might take your advice if we visit London with our kids.  My older child is a HUGE HP fan. 

I wanted to buy some Euro 8 shampoo today but I resisted.  We have tons of cheap shampoo already at home.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 19, 2018, 11:56:13 PM
I wanted to buy some Euro 8 shampoo today but I resisted.  We have tons of cheap shampoo already at home.

That's a brand of shampoo?

Euro 6 is Australia's (and obviously Europe's) current exhaust emissions standard.
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Post by: shipright on March 20, 2018, 03:50:06 AM
I cancelled a trip to Dubai for my birthday. We figured for the price of a plane flight and a hotel we can just get a hotel here at home in Bahrain instead for basically the same experience at half the cost.

I am now thinking I should just cancel the hotel room and just get a day pass to use the hotel's pools and whatnot to halve that cost too. Before you know it I might just cancel my birthday altogether.

Of note I am stationed with the military in Bahrain, and we travel locally now and again to keep my family sane. I understand that desire, I dragged them out here and the country is quite drab and boring so I won't deny them a bit of escapism (and we are saving a lot of money out here, even with the trips). The hotels here are little oasis in an otherwise bleak place. But since this trip is for MY birthday, I feel I can trim it without guilt!
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Post by: okcisok on March 20, 2018, 09:22:49 PM
No food out. I had a lunch that was included in a yearly membership, then had a 1.5 hour drive to another city for a (n ultimately pointless) late afternoon meeting. Our boss took us out for drinks to a pub, and I was tempted to grab food there on my own dime for dinner.

But I remembered the cleaned out jam jar I'd filled with smoked almonds from a bulk pack and tossed in my bag this morning. Yay morning me for anticipating evening me's hunger! I ate my almonds and drank from my refillable water bottle on the 1.5 hour drive home. Then I ate groceries instead of grabbing fast food.
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Post by: teamzissou00 on March 21, 2018, 08:49:04 AM
A new or refurbished watch. 

I'm a watch guy in the making.  I have 3, but my daily wearer is gaining 1-3 minutes per day.  It's an automatic movement which requires servicing about every 5-8 years for about $300.  I've never serviced it and was debating replacing it with a nice quartz watch with sapphire crystal that can survive on a battery for 20 years (new battery every year or so for $10). 

Anyway, for now I'm just turning back my clock every day and dealing with this first world problem =). 
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Post by: MoolahLula on March 21, 2018, 09:15:38 AM
I did not buy more face soap when my current bottle got low.  I remembered I had a bottle in the linen closet.  I’m not vain in the slightest but I must have foaming face wash.  I also have a giant stash of Colgate Total I was reminded of.  Keeping this stuff at eye level in the linen closet helps.
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Post by: Tuskalusa on March 27, 2018, 09:26:03 PM
I didn’t buy muffins today, tempting as they were in the grocery store. Went home and made a batch instead. 😀
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Post by: HappierAtHome on March 27, 2018, 09:39:38 PM
Not buying chocolate / treats even though I really want to. I am making protein balls with cocoa, which will satisfy the urge without doing as much damage to my health or wallet.
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Post by: FreshPrincess on March 28, 2018, 04:52:34 AM
I have not bought a pair of Adidas break-away pants that have been sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for weeks now.  Along with two new makeup brushes I've been lusting over.  The grand total for all three would be $32... but I'm trying to exercise restraint.

My birthday is in May.  I will include these on my list and send it to anyone interested :)
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Post by: Padonak on March 28, 2018, 06:09:39 AM
Saw a deal on a chromebook for $100. Didn't buy
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 28, 2018, 07:59:19 AM
I didn't buy dinner out, even though juggling the kids, activities, & work while my husband travels is starting to wear on me. Instead, i had tortilla chips & a piece of chocolate for dinner, while I made the kids something else. I know, the healthy food police should facepunch me, but I survived for another day.
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Post by: Stachetastic on March 28, 2018, 08:14:02 AM
I did not buy a new dryer when I realized mine was no longer tumbling. I ordered a new belt, which should arrive tomorrow. In the meantime, I will study some youtube videos on dryer repair.

I also avoided buying a nicer camper in order to get a bathroom. Instead, I ordered a seat to place on a bucket to take in the old, raggedy camper we already have. Total cost: under $10.

I technically bought something in both of these scenarios, so I'm not sure if that disqualifies me.
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Post by: Rural on March 28, 2018, 08:21:10 PM
 I did not buy a massage. Kind of regretting it now, as everything hurts too much to sleep, but there's no guarantee a massage would've solved that problem.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Cali on March 28, 2018, 08:50:22 PM
I did not buy a new dryer when I realized mine was no longer tumbling. I ordered a new belt, which should arrive tomorrow. In the meantime, I will study some youtube videos on dryer repair.

I also avoided buying a nicer camper in order to get a bathroom. Instead, I ordered a seat to place on a bucket to take in the old, raggedy camper we already have. Total cost: under $10.

I technically bought something in both of these scenarios, so I'm not sure if that disqualifies me.

I’d claim it, you saved a fortune on the camper
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rosy on March 29, 2018, 07:23:08 AM
That beautiful, cobalt blue planting pot I saw on sale at the Tuesday Morning store. It would have looked so good next to the entrance door - alas, I do have a perfectly nice pot that I can use. Oh man - it sux to be mustachian - I want that pretty pot!
Well, the flowers will look just as good in the pot I already own, it is a nice pot - so get over yourself and curb your impulse spending.

Drowning my sorrows, eh, I mean, I'll celebrate my victory with a glass of wine this afternoon - after I replanted my old pot with spring flowers!:)
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Post by: lowiyawa on March 30, 2018, 04:07:01 AM
i would imagine i have bought that stuff
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: 123456 on April 07, 2018, 01:03:37 PM
A new pair of nike tennies that were in the Eastbay catalog!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Hula Hoop on April 07, 2018, 03:47:31 PM
A robot vacuum cleaner.  I was vaguely thinking about it but then my friend told me that she was given one and it gets stuck all the time and can't cope with kids' stuff on the floors.  Just saved 200 euros.
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Post by: BookLoverL on April 30, 2018, 08:52:03 AM
I walked an hour each way to the library to switch my books out, thereby avoiding buying car fuel from the journey, all while getting some exercise. And then once I was in town, I resisted entering the secondhand bookshop, wherein I would have undoubtedly bought one or two books, and so saved money there.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: kaypinkHH on April 30, 2018, 09:38:32 AM
Went out for dinner on the weekend (boo spending money), but did not get a milkshake like I wanted. It was 5.99. I could make one at home if I really wanted, and once I got home the craving passed.

(Impt to note, I'm 38.5 weeks pregnant...this was quite the mental struggle to NOT get the milkshake)
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Post by: Cali on April 30, 2018, 05:16:02 PM
Breakfast, or lunch. Forgot bag on counter at home, at granola bar from deak. washed it down with my favorite coffee from the pot on my desk.

Great day all in all.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Hula Hoop on June 08, 2018, 02:03:21 PM
Did not have time to make lunch this morning as I usually do.  At work, I looked in the communal fridge and realized that I had a tiny amount of cream cheese left over from yesterday's lunch and some sun dried tomatoes that I got at the deli counter- so I went to the grocery store near work and bought just a bread roll for 30 cents.  Came back to the office and had a yummy sun dried tomato and cream cheese sandwich for lunch washed down with some OJ from the fridge and some yoghurt and nuts that I had in the office.
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Post by: nkt0 on June 08, 2018, 02:06:13 PM
Lunch. Our company buys it on Fridays. ;)
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Wings5 on June 09, 2018, 06:36:49 PM
Wine.

I'm curious. When I forgo these things, I usually make it a point to contribute the same amount to an investment account. I call it the Financial Pick Six.

Does anyone else do anything like this? I figure if small splurges add up, so do small investments. Sort of like the latte factor, but random.
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Post by: nkt0 on June 09, 2018, 09:30:41 PM
Does anyone else do anything like this? I figure if small splurges add up, so do small investments. Sort of like the latte factor, but random.

I do something similar. Any small windfalls go toward savings. For example, I discovered an error on my grocery bill and received a $50 gift card from the store manager. I immediately put $50 into savings.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: OtherJen on June 09, 2018, 10:50:35 PM
A movie that we really wanted to see. We borrowed it from the library instead.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: EngineeringFI on June 10, 2018, 11:10:03 AM
New headphones. The ear pads on my current pair (5 years old) are falling apart and leaving little black pieces around my ear when I wear them. I found a kit on amazon for $17 to replace the ear pads, way cheaper than a new pair!
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Post by: ProxyRetired on June 14, 2018, 07:24:19 PM
Lunch.

WFH a couple days a week. Family went out for a play date with friends, so I was all alone.

Wanted to go to subway. Got in my car, backed of driveway, had a flash of MMM staring at me... so I pulled back in and make a sandwich myself.
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Post by: littlelykke on June 15, 2018, 03:24:18 PM
A really gorgeous bikini. So 90 euros saved, but I have a hard time getting it out of my head :(
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Post by: Stachetastic on June 15, 2018, 07:50:33 PM
I picked up a book at the Little Free Library outside the YMCA when I was picking up my son from camp. While signing him out, a staffer asked if I wanted a weekend lunch bag, and I said sure, thinking it was a leftover sack lunch from their field trip today. She instead handed me a grocery sack full of single serve cereals, shelf stable milk, juice boxes, breakfast bars, cans of soup, fruit snacks, crackers and more. There must have been over 25 things in that bag. They will make perfect pool snacks, since we bought a discounted membership to the community pool that allows patrons to bring in food.
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Post by: Yasha on June 17, 2018, 06:10:51 AM
Had 2 friends coming over so we could go to lunch together. Invited them in instead of meeting them in the carpark and had a cup of coffee, carrot sticks and dip and fresh from the oven blueberry muffins before we went, so Hubby and I split a plate of $8 wedges rather than having a $15 burger each.
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Post by: jengod on January 08, 2019, 03:14:59 PM
I did not buy a printer today. We are about two years without a printer.

Our son's school is no longer distributing email addresses for electronic party invites due to privacy concerns. They will distribute paper invites. So I'm handwriting 24+ invites rather than doing "desktop publishing" as they called it 30 years ago.

I bought the blanks and some new pens, but that's still cheaper than a printer and eventual replacement ink cartridges, plus a dead printer won't eventually become landfill ewaste.

Wish us luck on our continued "no printer" quest!!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: freedomfightergal on January 08, 2019, 06:51:22 PM
Had an appointment 200m away.  I packed water, coffee, snacks for my "road trip", where I normally would've gone into Starbucks and fast food.  Probably saved $20 and lot's of calories :)
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Post by: Dicey on January 09, 2019, 06:33:15 PM
Never left the house! Now I'm going to cook dinner with some of the groceries I bought yesterday. You know, Senior Day at Grocery Outlet. Ten percent off everything, every Tuesday morning. Go me!
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Rosy on January 10, 2019, 12:33:39 PM
Didn't buy with one click on Amazon - got a free kindle book instead.

Wine.

I'm curious. When I forgo these things, I usually make it a point to contribute the same amount to an investment account. I call it the Financial Pick Six.

Does anyone else do anything like this? I figure if small splurges add up, so do small investments. Sort of like the latte factor, but random.

I like the term Financial Pick Six (I think it is called Pick Five in Florida though).
I split mine into personal slush fund or savings.
At the end of the month, I might top off the Holiday savings club by a twenty and/or drop fifteen bucks into the slush fund to help it grow a bit too:) like a reward for good behavior. 

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Post by: jengod on January 12, 2019, 11:08:25 PM
Didn’t buy $20 of Corelle bowls even though our bowl stack is thinner than the others due to high usage and breakage. We’ll just have to do dishes faster.
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Post by: BuffaloStache on January 13, 2019, 02:02:44 PM
Didn't buy restaurant food or even additional food since I had perfectly good vegetables in the refrigerator. Reduced food waste and helped the wallet all in one go.
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Post by: minimalistgamer on January 13, 2019, 03:11:07 PM
I did not buy the Alienware Monitor that I wanted. Considering I already have an ultrawide, I know its very irresponsible to buy it, so I just held off.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-260-555&bc_pid=TjgyRTE2ODI0MjYwNTU1&utm_source=Bluecore&utm_medium=BehEmail&utm_campaign=Post_Browsed&cm_mmc=EMCPB-012019-_-PB-_-Bluecore-_-Content&obem=ljv0Bq4wNKsoZoEmrPrjjrZdyY1q3mve9vr17BFGARM%3D&bc_lid=6
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Gail2000 on January 13, 2019, 04:17:58 PM
Today I baked. Muffins, made pudding and attempted to make falafels but technical issues with the blender prevented this last one. Probably a soup tomorrow for the chick peas if I can’t find a part. So saving 2$ conservitavely for the muffins, 12 small ones and maybe 3$ per serving (4 according to the box). Saving 36$ in snacks. Sure we can get into what resources like heat and unit price of eggs but anyone that excited to do so feel free. It’s sunday after all.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Frugal Lizard on January 13, 2019, 05:38:22 PM
Didn't buy dinner out.  Too tired and not sure if I am even hungry.  Just eating leftovers and snack food.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: redwood_canyon on January 20, 2019, 09:57:38 PM
I did not buy expensive food on my Amtrak trip back to Uni. I packed some snacks which allowed me to be in good company in the lounge car for the duration of the trip. I always meet new people on train trips, one of the great benefits. The downside is the cheapest food option is a $12 burger that is mediocre at best.

I also did not partake in somewhat of a traditions of eating skittles in the lounge car. Something I have fond memories of as a child, instead I enjoyed saving the $3.75.

From the train station to uni I did not use Uber, and instead called a Taxi. (due to MMM's blog post on being an Uber driver. Knowing I had saved so much and the driver being so nice as to entertain questions for the whole 10 minute trip. I tipped him handsomely. (the company takes 1/2 of the fare, so since it was only a $6 fare and he would only recieve $3 I tipped him $4.

After that considering how little time it took him to make that amount, I may consider being a taxi driver.

Food for thought, But does anyone know of the average Taxi salary of anyone who reached FIRE as a driver?
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: FreeBear on January 22, 2019, 04:37:15 PM
Didn't eat out for lunch.  Came back home to eat chili and baked potato from fridge.  Cooked chana masala (Indian style chick peas) for dinner.  This is a huge step for me since I rarely cook.  I'm trying to cook more to cut back a Facepunch-worthy restaurant addiction.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 24, 2019, 03:18:25 PM
Sandwich from the store. I was so tempted and hungry but I pushed on till I got home
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Dicey on January 24, 2019, 04:54:05 PM
Went to Target to buy a specific item. It was out of stock, so I left empty handed. Score! Better still, I stopped in on my way home from another errand, so no dedicated trip.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: BuffaloStache on January 27, 2019, 02:51:12 PM
Went out to run errands today over lunch time, and brought some snacks to hold me over until I got home (to eat leftovers, yum!) instead of going out for lunch.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: marcela on January 28, 2019, 07:59:01 AM
No snacks bought during a theater performance, also did not buy a drink when we stopped to eat on the 2 hr drive home.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: brute on January 29, 2019, 12:49:44 PM
Avoided buying chicken wings at the restaurant depot today. After factoring in the cost of freezer bags, buying in bulk didn't really save me any money. Still picked up chicken breast at $.97/lb and dried peppers that I can't get anywhere else around here. Oh, and basil and mint for 1/8th the price of a normal store.
Title: Re: what did you NOT buy today?
Post by: Vintage509 on January 30, 2019, 07:46:15 AM
At the beginning of the year, I began tracking my calories, my exercise and my optional spending with my students.  I went from spending about $3.50 each morning on breakfast at a convenience store and $5 each afternoon at the same location on a snack to not buying at convenience stores.  I have also given up eating out during the week.  My wife and I have been eating out on Saturdays at lunch, but that is it.  I also am giving serious consideration to all other purchases, to ask myself, "Do I need this?". 
In addition to all of the above, I am half way through the C25K program and have dropped 12 pounds.  I work hard to set an example for my students and I know that I would much rather do the exercising than answer to my 60 accountability partners.(I teach in a very small rural Kansas school).  I have committed to running a 5K in Wichita on March 23rd and am looking forward to it.