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  • #247981
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    blammo wrote

    Daz wrote

    It’s not my electric bill I’m worried about these days.

    My gas bill is absolutely freakin insane.

    Stupid crappy old windows.

    I just got a letter from “Dominion East Ohio Energy” offering to “lock in my natural gas rate at $.995 per Ccf”. which I guess contrasts from what they list last year’s rate from Columbia Gas at “$1.193 per Ccf”. I don’t know what any of that means really, and I’m skeptical of virtually any offer that is mailed to me, ever.

    Anybody ever do something like this? Seems kinda weird to me, but then again I’m a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur.

    My guess (and it’s purely that) is that this falls somewhere along the lines of the companies who used to sell trunked line long distance service, and it never seemed to work out well.

    #247982

    blammo
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    Coremodels wrote

    My guess (and it’s purely that) is that this falls somewhere along the lines of the companies who used to sell trunked line long distance service, and it never seemed to work out well.

    That’s what I was thinking, but I can’t tell if I’m a chump for taking the offer, or a paranoid fool for ignoring it.

    I remember an SNL skit with a superhero called “Middle Aged Man”, who would, in timely fashion, assist 20-30 somethings in times of financial crisis with great fiscal advice on mortgages & home maintenance. Where are you in my time of despair????

    also, i would like to arbitrarily use the word “crunk” here. no reason really, I was just thinking about it the other day. Crunk

    #247983
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    blammo wrote

    also, i would like to arbitrarily use the word “crunk” here. no reason really, I was just thinking about it the other day. Crunk

    #247984

    gramarye
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    michaelcoyote wrote

    AnneD wrote I also cut way down on the number/types of cleaners I buy, and use actual cloths instead of paper towels as much as possible. You can clean most of your house well and inexpensively with baking soda and vinegar and maybe a little Dr. Bronner’s. Do we really need a different type of spray cleaner or pre-packaged wipe to clean every single object in the house? Is your life really unsanitary and incomplete without disposable toilet cleaning wands? I sure hope not.

    Hah! I pretty much did the same thing except with vinegar and oil soap (and some wax for the wood). I did buy concentrated dish detergent for dishes.

    of course you can save on cleaning products by cleaning less :-)

    I think dishes are different than most other surfaces because you’re not going to eat off most of those. (Or maybe you are. Different strokes.) The same applies to laundry, I’m sure … you wouldn’t use the same stuff you use on your toilet for that.

    I don’t think cleaning products are going to be a budget-breaker for most households, though. Even if you do buy several bottles instead of one, well, you’ve got the same volume of cleaning products, and unless one requires a radically different amount from another, you’re looking at roughly the same amount of uses. I have probably five different cleaning products for various surfaces (including dishes, screens, etc.) … but that just means I need to get more cleaners less often.

    #247985

    Cyclist
    Member

    gramarye wrote

    michaelcoyote wrote

    AnneD wrote I also cut way down on the number/types of cleaners I buy, and use actual cloths instead of paper towels as much as possible. You can clean most of your house well and inexpensively with baking soda and vinegar and maybe a little Dr. Bronner’s. Do we really need a different type of spray cleaner or pre-packaged wipe to clean every single object in the house? Is your life really unsanitary and incomplete without disposable toilet cleaning wands? I sure hope not.

    Hah! I pretty much did the same thing except with vinegar and oil soap (and some wax for the wood). I did buy concentrated dish detergent for dishes.

    of course you can save on cleaning products by cleaning less :-)

    I think dishes are different than most other surfaces because you’re not going to eat off most of those. (Or maybe you are. Different strokes.) The same applies to laundry, I’m sure … you wouldn’t use the same stuff you use on your toilet for that.

    I don’t think cleaning products are going to be a budget-breaker for most households, though. Even if you do buy several bottles instead of one, well, you’ve got the same volume of cleaning products, and unless one requires a radically different amount from another, you’re looking at roughly the same amount of uses. I have probably five different cleaning products for various surfaces (including dishes, screens, etc.) … but that just means I need to get more cleaners less often.

    For clothes detergent, if you live in an apartment building or share a washer with many other people, use the soap left in the bottles of detergent that folks throw away in the trash next to washing machine. Fill the bottles up with water and shake. This will generate enough soap for a load or two. I’ve been doing this for years, and have only bought washing detergent twice.

    #247986

    gramarye
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    Cyclist wrote

    gramarye wrote

    michaelcoyote wrote

    AnneD wrote I also cut way down on the number/types of cleaners I buy, and use actual cloths instead of paper towels as much as possible. You can clean most of your house well and inexpensively with baking soda and vinegar and maybe a little Dr. Bronner’s. Do we really need a different type of spray cleaner or pre-packaged wipe to clean every single object in the house? Is your life really unsanitary and incomplete without disposable toilet cleaning wands? I sure hope not.

    Hah! I pretty much did the same thing except with vinegar and oil soap (and some wax for the wood). I did buy concentrated dish detergent for dishes.

    of course you can save on cleaning products by cleaning less :-)

    I think dishes are different than most other surfaces because you’re not going to eat off most of those. (Or maybe you are. Different strokes.) The same applies to laundry, I’m sure … you wouldn’t use the same stuff you use on your toilet for that.

    I don’t think cleaning products are going to be a budget-breaker for most households, though. Even if you do buy several bottles instead of one, well, you’ve got the same volume of cleaning products, and unless one requires a radically different amount from another, you’re looking at roughly the same amount of uses. I have probably five different cleaning products for various surfaces (including dishes, screens, etc.) … but that just means I need to get more cleaners less often.

    For clothes detergent, if you live in an apartment building or share a washer with many other people, use the soap left in the bottles of detergent that folks throw away in the trash next to washing machine. Fill the bottles up with water and shake. This will generate enough soap for a load or two. I’ve been doing this for years, and have only bought washing detergent twice.

    Well, someone has to generate those dregs of soap for you to scavenge. A community of all parasites and no hosts isn’t sustainable, and I’m all about sustainability. :P

    #247987
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    :lol:

    I was thinking the same. Sometimes I can’t tell if Zach is being serious or not, but if not…you do realize that someone has to buy the bottle for you to be able to use those remnants, right?!?

    #247988

    Cyclist
    Member

    Coremodels wrote :lol:

    I was thinking the same. Sometimes I can’t tell if Zach is being serious or not, but if not…you do realize that someone has to buy the bottle for you to be able to use those remnants, right?!?

    Right, you’re right, but there’s still soap in them. Do you want me to find them and tell them about this soap remnant they are missing?

    That’s the first time I’d ever been accused of being un-sustainable! :lol:

    #247989

    Cyclist
    Member

    gramarye wrote

    Well, someone has to generate those dregs of soap for you to scavenge. A community of all parasites and no hosts isn’t sustainable, and I’m all about sustainability. :P

    Don’t you work in bankruptcy court?

    #247990

    michaelcoyote
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    Cyclist wrote

    Right, you’re right, but there’s still soap in them. Do you want me to find them and tell them about this soap remnant they are missing?

    actually, I do buy soap, and I’ve always rinsed out my own bottles for the last little bit of soap for years.. There’s usually enough for several loads at the end of each bottle.

    #247991

    Cyclist
    Member

    michaelcoyote wrote

    Cyclist wrote

    Right, you’re right, but there’s still soap in them. Do you want me to find them and tell them about this soap remnant they are missing?

    actually, I do buy soap, and I’ve always rinsed out my own bottles for the last little bit of soap for years.. There’s usually enough for several loads at the end of each bottle.

    Great, you are ahead of the curve.

    #247992

    Andrew Hall
    Member

    Columbuzz wrote

    Coremodels wrote My inherent male insecurity still stands in the way of me haggling at a retailer for anything, and in fact, using coupons for that matter.

    Me, too… I also refuse to attach any of those stupid savings cards to my keychain.

    There is a very clever hack for this :

    Keep an image of the card on your cell phone. It works as well as the original.

    If you don’t have a cell phone or one w/ enough resolution, you can scan the cards into a photo editor and make a double-sided card with all the bar codes (reduced) on them and laminate it.

    A.

    #247993

    nexttuesday
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    I always use less detergent than recommended. There’s no way it takes a whole scoop of detergent to clean one load of laundry. My clothes look and smell the same using a full scoop or half.

    Why all this wal-mart hate? I shop there for food and other things like cat food and shampoo. I went there once this past summer to buy some kind of electronic device and noticed how much cheaper everything was there. I formerly shopped at Giant Eagle, but when you look at the price difference, particularly on certain items, it’s incredible. It may seem like you save money by using fuel perks, but if you’re spending more than 2.80(.20 cents times 14 gallons) extra at giant eagle than you would somewhere else on the same products, then you’re still behind.

    #247994

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    Andrew Hall wrote

    There is a very clever hack for this :

    Keep an image of the card on your cell phone. It works as well as the original.

    If you don’t have a cell phone or one w/ enough resolution, you can scan the cards into a photo editor and make a double-sided card with all the bar codes (reduced) on them and laminate it.

    that phone trick is a cute idea.

    I just put the stupid things on my keychain and take some comfort in knowing they’re all either under fake names or are cards I found lying in the parking lots.

    #247995
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
    Participant

    Andrew Hall wrote

    Columbuzz wrote

    Coremodels wrote My inherent male insecurity still stands in the way of me haggling at a retailer for anything, and in fact, using coupons for that matter.

    Me, too… I also refuse to attach any of those stupid savings cards to my keychain.

    There is a very clever hack for this :

    Keep an image of the card on your cell phone. It works as well as the original.

    If you don’t have a cell phone or one w/ enough resolution, you can scan the cards into a photo editor and make a double-sided card with all the bar codes (reduced) on them and laminate it.

    A.

    They actually used to (at least) offer an actual credit card style GE card, I use one to this day.

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