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    Extreme frugality

    I'm looking for ideas to cut down our budget. For example:

    Sharing toothbrush amongst family members to save money.

    Any other ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    I'm looking for ideas to cut down our budget. For example:

    Sharing toothbrush amongst family members to save money.

    Any other ideas?
    I hope you're starting at the bottom of the list, sorted from most sensible to least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I hope you're starting at the bottom of the list, sorted from most sensible to least.
    I'm open to all suggestions.

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    Beans 'n rice makes for cheap, healthy meals. Make sure to add a green veggie for a balanced meal.

    Ride a bicycle rather than drive a car or take public transportation.

    Get rid of the television.....it uses electricity and tempts you to spend money when you don't need to.
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    Considering the cost of a toothbrush, I think it's extreme (and gross) to share one amongst everyone.

    When I began austerity measures in our household, we dropped cable TV (and oddly enough, my apartment was burglarized a month later, which took care of that problem of no cable or TV, ha) dropped our internet speed from a high MB package to basic (ATT basic dsl is 20 bucks a month), and started shopping at Aldi (which it appears you guys don't have in Canada.)

    Those little changes alone netted me almost $300 extra per month. Now, whether or not you can live without a television and cable is another entirely different question. My friends and co-workers have looked at me like I had two heads when I tell them that I own no television. The upside is that it forces me to talk to my wife more, and as it turns out, she is pretty cool.

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    Get some hair clippers and learn how to use 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Get some hair clippers and learn how to use 'em.
    My wife already cuts my hair. Must have saved thousands of dollars over our 20 years of marriage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdgewaterDude View Post
    Considering the cost of a toothbrush, I think it's extreme (and gross) to share one amongst everyone.

    When I began austerity measures in our household, we dropped cable TV (and oddly enough, my apartment was burglarized a month later, which took care of that problem of no cable or TV, ha) dropped our internet speed from a high MB package to basic (ATT basic dsl is 20 bucks a month), and started shopping at Aldi (which it appears you guys don't have in Canada.)

    Those little changes alone netted me almost $300 extra per month. Now, whether or not you can live without a television and cable is another entirely different question. My friends and co-workers have looked at me like I had two heads when I tell them that I own no television. The upside is that it forces me to talk to my wife more, and as it turns out, she is pretty cool.
    If I could find a better alternative to cable TV, I would. Over-the-air sucks in our area. Some shows are available online, but not all. As soon as something better and cheaper comes along, I'm ditching cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Beans 'n rice makes for cheap, healthy meals. Make sure to add a green veggie for a balanced meal.

    Ride a bicycle rather than drive a car or take public transportation.

    Get rid of the television.....it uses electricity and tempts you to spend money when you don't need to.
    Don't be ridiculous. What makes you think I'd ever ride a bike.

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    How 'bout showering only every second or third day??? Might be worth a try. Think of the water and electricity savings.

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    Did you know that your cable-TV box is probably using more electricy than your refrigerator, even when "off?" Unplugging it when not in use could save you a bit.
    http://money.msn.com/saving-money-ti...b-da82864b9c43

    How much is your electricity bill, anyway? Can you reduce your thermostat? How about shorter showers and turning down the flow when lathering up? I try not to heat my apartment beyond ~52F/11C in the winter, I just wear some extra layers. This keeps my power bills down to around $25-30 per month (it helps that I'm on the 2nd floor). I also have a $20 electric blanket so I don't have to plunge into a cold bed and shiver.

    Shopping at a thrift store for clothing helps too.

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    I get by with hulu and borrowing DVDs from the library. Maybe a couple of Redbox DVDs a month.

    Summertime I sometimes shower 3x per day. Wintertime 5x per week.
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    I didn't have cable in my last apartment, but I did have an old tube TV and DVD player. My new place includes cable in the rent, which is a bad temptation.

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    Oh, as for the toothbrush, you can save even more money by not brushing at all. Tear up plastic shopping bags and cover your teeth with the plastic before you eat. When you're done, just throw out the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    Did you know that your cable-TV box is probably using more electricy than your refrigerator, even when "off?" Unplugging it when not in use could save you a bit.
    http://money.msn.com/saving-money-ti...b-da82864b9c43

    How much is your electricity bill, anyway? Can you reduce your thermostat? How about shorter showers and turning down the flow when lathering up? I try not to heat my apartment beyond ~52F/11C in the winter, I just wear some extra layers. This keeps my power bills down to around $25-30 per month (it helps that I'm on the 2nd floor). I also have a $20 electric blanket so I don't have to plunge into a cold bed and shiver.

    Shopping at a thrift store for clothing helps too.
    We still have analog cable, so we don't use a cable box. We typically keep our thermostat at:

    Winter:
    21 C in the day and 15 deg C at night

    Summer:
    25 C in the day and night

    I commend you on your 11 deg C setting in the winter. That's nasty cold, but I'm sure you save lots of money.

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    Sell everything and occupy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewire View Post
    Oh, as for the toothbrush, you can save even more money by not brushing at all. Tear up plastic shopping bags and cover your teeth with the plastic before you eat. When you're done, just throw out the plastic.
    Hmmm, save money on the toothbrush and toothpaste ... not bad. Inventive ... but sounds like a bit too much work applying the pastic to my teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    Sell everything and occupy.
    See my post above regarding thermostat settings. Occupy is not in my future.

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    What does occupy mean? Occupy what?

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    Shower with a friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by <3 2 Ride View Post
    Shower with a friend.
    We're all over that one

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    Turn off the water to the toilet and go outside.

    Turn off the heater and start chopping down the trees around you and burn them for heat.

    Only wash your clothes if you can stand them up in the corner.

    Eat only raw food.

    Kill it yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    How 'bout showering only every second or third day??? Might be worth a try. Think of the water and electricity savings.
    Get yourself a porta potty instead of using a flush toilet. No more flushing money down the drain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by <3 2 Ride View Post
    Shower with a friend.
    Seems every week new words pop up that I've never heard before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    I'm looking for ideas to cut down our budget. For example:

    Sharing toothbrush amongst family members to save money.

    Any other ideas?
    For "extreme frugality" I'll assume you've already done things like disconnected the cable TV, telephones etc and sold your motor vehicle(s). From there:

    Turn off the heating completely. Make sure you've drained the radiators so they won't burst in the winter.

    Don't bother washing your clothes. Not only will you save money on laundry but sooner or later nobody will want to be anywhere near you, reducing your social expenditure to zero.

    Eat roadkill. It's cheaper than buying meat.

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