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Old 02-18-2003, 08:10 PM
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What are your frugal flops?

In my journey to becoming more frugal, Ive come to the conclusion that there are some things that I just wont do or things that Ive tried that just dont work for me. Have you had any of these mishaps?

Here are some of mine.....

Ive tried homemade laundry detergent, dont like it

I wont re-use foil

I dont wash every plastice baggy in the house

I wont use cloth diapers --cant even stomach the thought of that one! ;-)

Im sure theres a lot more that I cant think of right now.

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Old 02-19-2003, 04:36 AM
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Frugal Flops

My latest frugal flop was my coupons, I looked through the sales and had alot of coupons to use at the store. At this particular time the local Weis had a coupon tripler I got all my coupons together and put them in my "Using this week" envelope. I rememberd to take my list but left that particular envelope at home. Luckily I had all the others in my purse I still got to use a .50 coupon for t.paper on sale for 2/$4.00 so saved 1.50, but I had another coupon that was in my "using this week" I would have saved $3.00 and only paid $1.oo for the charmin t.paper. The other one was a $2.00 coupon for Advil 150ct on sale for 10.99. But luck must be with me sorta, this week the 50ct are on sale for 1.99, so I will actually get .01 toward my other groceries. There were other things that were on sale also that I had coupons for that I forgot. But, I will not forget them from now on. It was a bad day, took car in for oil change, found out I had a leak in my power steering. AAARRRRG!!!


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Old 02-22-2003, 05:24 AM
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I agree with u about the home made laundry soap. I had to go back to my favorite tide. most women say they like it tho. as for the cloth diapers I'd use them in a minute if I had a baby but thank gosh I'm too old for that.
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Old 02-22-2003, 06:48 AM
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frugal flops

I am pleased with the homemade laundry detergent... I personally use the uncooked, dry version with my husband's favorite deodorant soap for the flakes. It's working great, but... I'm soooo sad about the homemade dishwasher detergent. I so wanted it to be a good alternative, as we go through lots of it. The homemade is leaving a terrible "dust" on all the dishes... ECKH!!! Does anyone have a different recipe? I'm using 1T. Borax plus 1 T. Baking Soda with Vinegar in the rinse-aid compartment.
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Old 02-22-2003, 06:52 AM
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I do not do 'all the right things' when it comes to frugal living. But I have decided that the things that I do that save us money go toward the things that we still use/enjoy that are not all that frugal.

Somebody posted that they had not been out to eat in seven months! Yikes, we have cut down to once a week, which is good for us. We appreciate eating out more, since it is only once a week or sometimes we even go for two weeks. I have learned to make just about everything that we go out for, but, chinese food still aludes me. So, the other day, I tried to make my own, and it was a big flop. I ended up eating popcorn that nite. And, such a waste, I still have this huge bowl of broccoli beef in the fridge, no one is gonna eat it, so, on Monday, the dogs will get it. Talk about a flop!

I have tried the house brands on some stuff, and it just does not fly. I do not use any other dish soap besides Dawn. I have found that it is just the best. If I have a coupon, great, I use it. IF it is on sale, great, I buy it. But, if I do not have a coupon, or it is not on sale, and I need it, I buy it anyway. One way to offset this cost is I do buy a cheap brand of dish soap to leave on the kitchen sink, so when dh washes his hands, he uses the cheap stuff and my Dawn is safely UNDER the sink!

I buy Dollar General brand of all paper goods such as paper towels, plastic freezer bags(use those for my 'shake and bake or fry' like chicken fried steak, pork chops, etc.) my sandwhich baggies, my foil (which I do not reuse, either). I buy Glad sandwhich zippers because they are the same price as the Dollar General brand, either $1.00 for 100 (DG brand) or $2.00 for 200 (Glad brand) But, since I save so much on paper towels and stuff, I dont feel bad when I buy my Charmin bath tissue. Again, on sale, great, coupon, great, if not, gonna buy it anyway!

My point is that I am not one of those really die-hard, I sometimes wish I was, but, I do like my comforts, and I think that the things that I do do (see frugal threads) offset the things that I dont.

BTW, If you are looking for frugal laundry soap, I cannot stress enough the Sears bucket. It is so heavy duty and so frugal.

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Old 02-22-2003, 07:04 AM
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Thanks, Becky... I'm finally in a town large enough to have a Sears store. When I run out of my home mix I'll buy that next. My husband thinks I'm a bit loopy for trying this stuff in the first place. but I try to make our $$$ stretch as much as possible and if cheaper/homemade is just as good, then I don't mind. Also... I'm so with you on the Chinese food thing. What are we not doing right??? Any Asian ladies out there with advice? I LOVE Oriental food!
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:18 AM
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beckie I think u have the right idea. save on what u can but still enjoy a few things too. I'll keep the sears laundry detergent in mind. tide is really expensive.

if anyone is interested I have an easy chicken stir fry recipe I make a good bit. I guess that isn't exactly chinese but it does have terriyaki sauce on it and it's good. japanese maybe? lol.
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Old 02-22-2003, 12:00 PM
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Home-made floor cleaner was the worst experience. It was some combo of baking soda, vinegar, water and maybe something else. I supposed it cleaned the floor but sure left it sticky-and we all know how well dirt sticks !

It took several (over 5) washings with regular store brand cleaner -like Lysol, Pinesol- to get it back to normal.
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Old 02-22-2003, 01:07 PM
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Bulk cooking has had it's ups and downs here. No major flops, but definintely cooked enough of some things to never want to eat them again. Have revised my strategy and hope this helps. Best bulk cooking item so far is french toast! It's delicious after it's been in the toaster oven.

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Old 02-22-2003, 04:12 PM
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I think the biggest flop for me is when I try to get creative with my cooking. Sometimes I try just throwing a bunch of things together and it ends up so disgusting that no one eats it and since we dont have a dog, we give some to the cat and the rest gets thrown out....

Another frugal flop is when I go to Aldies and buy their meat..BIG MISTAKE... the porkchops are always tough..the chicken is always full of fat as is the ground beef... not much of a bargain if most of it gets thrown out... and their canned veggies arent too good either. Most everything else though is pretty good.

And I agree with forgetting your coupons on being a really big flop. Especially when your already at the register!
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