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  1. General Chat
    Is everyone still alive out there after all these weeks of deprivation? You have done so great! Guess what? Your favorite Great Uncle Joe has been feeling sorry for you and the family, struggling with the budget and the menu and all. Yesterday when you were visiting him at the nursing home...
  2. Secondhand Shopping
    I was sooooo close to getting out of there just spending .49 on a package of bias tape. But my husband, the master enabler, pointed out a beautiful etched glass vase with swans decorating it. I kept saying no, he kept saying how pretty it was. It wasn't my fault! I swear! I flicked it with...
  3. General Chat
    I seem to have a really hard time with splurging. Usually there is not much left over in our tight budget /every dollar has a name. I do know, that little treats/rewards are a good thing, if done in moderation. The other day, I wanted some fresh brussel sprouts. I found them at a country...
  4. Health and beauty
    Are there some cosmetics you're willing to spend more on because they're actually that much better than the less expensive alternative? What are the items you're willing to splurge on? What would you never pay more for? My splurge is the BE mineral makeup -- I love that stuff! It looks a lot...
  5. General Chat
    I need to share this with people who will appreciate it... I use my Discover Card for everything & then I get gift cards with the bonus points. I turned in $45.00 of my bonus money to get a $50.00 gift card to Red Lobster. Then I got a $10.00 RL coupon in the mail, to be used when I used my...
  6. Frugal Living
    Once a month a take a day to splurge. Not really a splurge, but an afternoon out to just shop and pick up cheap things that I avoid the rest of the month. Friday I picked up 1 one pound skein of white yard at Big Lots $4 2 very good knitting books $5 each Habitat Thrift Store Heavy nice...
  7. General Chat
    I realized this year if I tightened my budget too hard, that when I got a little "extra" I go crazy spending it! So I am trying to make a new budget that allows for certain splurges. So far, I want to keep some dairy milk (no hormones, etc.) in our weekly diet. (We're milk-aholics). Also a...
  8. Secondhand Shopping
    Last week, I decided to mosey through a local thrift store. There were lots of things that caught my interest and I had decided that I would treat myself and spend the change I had saved up in the last 2 months. I don't splurge very often and it has been a loooong time since I had a "shopping...
  9. News you can use
    Resist the urge to splurge Americans have a lot of saving to do to make up for their spending frenzy of the past 20 years, says guest columnist Bud Hebeler.
  10. Creative Cooking
    I was thinking, after reading the post about creative frugal recipes, what about the other side. For those special occassions, or just every now & then, what is your favourite dish/specialty you love to make, but don't often due to it not being "frugal"? I love to make a real lasagna. Cheese...
  11. Frugal Living
    and buy myself a new blender.:cents: I think I used to have one and it died some years back. Linens n Things has an offer that if you buy certain Black and Decker appliances (and a blender is of them--for $29.99), then you get a $25 gift card, which I would probably use to buy new sheets for...
  12. General Chat
    What is the one item you fell you splurged on this year for chistmas? I have two, because I have two girls. We got them both nintendo DS Lites, and a game each. We know how bad they both want one and we figuared instead of buying thm a ton of toys they will only play with for about a month we...
  13. Frugal Living
    For the past several weeks I have been eyeing up the gourmet candy counter when I leave the grocery store. Of course the counter is right on the way out the door so there is no way to avoid it. Since I need to lose at least 60 pounds I have been resisting but it always looks so darn good. Well...
  14. Leisure & Media Arts
    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/341288p-290969c.html
  15. Kitchen Basics
    I splurge on Emeril's pasta sauce.  This is my solution to "fast food" and avoiding costly take-out meals.  I confess to spending upwards of $4.00 for a regular size jar of pasta sauce.  It is soo good!  It's the best canned spaghetti sauce I've ever tasted.  I buy the Roasted Up Garlic!  So...
  16. Frugal Living
    I am just curious about spending money on clothing.  I have really cut down this past year on buying myself new clothing.  I have been shopping the thrift store and goodwill and finding some really nice stuff.  I recently went from a sz 12 to a sz 8.  So a lot of my clothes I have gotten rid of...
  17. General Chat
    Well, I paid for it with a Gift Card I got for my birthday, but there are tons of other things I could have gotten instead.. I just spent $49.38 out of a $50 Gift Card to Target on a Conair Foot Bath. It should be here on Tuesday. I think I'm going to love it! I have been looking at them for...
  18. Frugal Living
    I fight it mostly because well truthfully..there isn't a lot of extra money to do much splurging. lol BUT I do know that as a family we spend on things that aren't necessary. I find that when we do buy...we often buy big, but we don't buy things often. I am often sucked in by consumerism and...
  19. Secondhand Shopping
    When dh and I married my mother gave me her Candlewick Crystal cakeplate and matching bowl. I use them for all special occasions. Well, we went to an auction with friends yesterday. They had a bunch of candlwick crystal. Some really unusual pieces. Several of which I could not even touch the...
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