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5/24/12 5:20 P

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I had to chuckle. I've had orange hair, pinkish/purple hair and many others from the effects of trying to home color my hair. Drives hubby crazy and I LOVE it. Can't wait to see what color I can come up with this year.....maybe blue?

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Jos4ever - I'm with you. People always say I can color my hair cheaper by myself at home but then I hear of all the horror stories of when things go bad. I'll scrimp on other things and use the savings on my hair. Hey, what good is it to lose weight if my hair looks bad. I want the whole good image package emoticon

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I'm with you, OWNSMALLCLOTHES. As a matter of fact, I just wrote an article about this in an on-line magazine:

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I'm just on the verge of having to decide if I should pay my rent or buy meat only at Whole Foods - and that's only half a laugh ...

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3/24/12 1:57 P

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Organic fruits and vegetables. Grass fed beef.

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I was wearing wigs to save money and got so sick of it! Now there are 2 things I won't scrimp on - having my hair professionally done and having my eyebrows waxed. Although money's tight, I just have to treat myself to something that makes me look and feel good.

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hmmm. I refuse to scrimp on milk powder for the kids. They cost me about $210 per month. My hubby suggests getting cheaper powders. But I really believe in getting them the better quality for all that brain and bone development.

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I'm with you, JOS4EVER. I guess it's meat and hair!

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2/12/12 4:06 P

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Having my hair colored. I tried to do it myself once. I learned my lesson. Let a professional do it, it's worth the cost. emoticon

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2/12/12 11:46 A

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Meat: We cook for 2, and it's healthier and less expensive to buy a smaller portion of USDA Choice natural or even organic in Whole Foods than the "MAX" packs in the supermarkets. We don't care for meat, fish, or poultry that's been frozen, so this works out well for us.

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Now THAT's gonna be a real money saver!! I have a friend with the Tasimo machine which there is no 'fill your own' adapter for. He loves his machine but hates the cost!! He, too, drinks his coffee at Starbucks.

Another thing I refuse to scrimp on - fresh fruits & veggies!! Lucky me, a new Chinese store has opened with everything from soup to nuts, close by. I can get fresh, just picked, greens daily. And fresh mushrooms!! I spend my last food dollars there every month.

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Speaking of Keurig, I got angry paying $10 for a box of 12 or whatever. We "invested" in one of the adapters you fill with your own coffee (around $15 US). Still have the convenience of individual servings (no waste) but SO much cheaper. Fill it with Starbucks (what I refuse to scrimp on) or the grocery store's 2-for-1 deal of the week.

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I'm broke this time of year but I'm keeping basic cable because I can get my two favorite Public TV channels & CBC Newsworld. I'm also not giving up my Audible Audio Book subscription! I love them. Ya gotta have SOME goodies in this world!!!

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Too many things but I'm so much better than I used to be: coffee for my Keurig-but I drink every drop instead of pouring most of a pot down the sink, so that is really an economy not a splurge; books but now I try to buy them off eBay instead of at Barnes and Noble; my new truck but the old one needed a brake job; good shoes but I have bad knees. That's about it - I said I was getting better!

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10/9/11 6:18 P

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I'm lucky - my hairdresser has baby fine hair like me so she found an Apple Pectin perm - we share one perm - she does me then her bangs. We also use a product after rinsing that forces all the perm solution out of the hair before we neutralize. No burn, no scalp problem, otherwise I'd have unmanageable hair!!

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10/4/11 10:54 P

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i would love to have a perm,but it burns my head and hair.

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10/3/11 5:28 P

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oh! I like pink ladies too. Very good apple.

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10/3/11 2:14 P

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I get a perm every three months. I have baby fine, straight hair that sticks up all over when it's dry out or lays flat when its damp. Nothing works except a perm or wig. So I perm in self defense.

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sounds like a plan

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We have Galas & Fujis here on the Wet Coast but we also have Pink Ladies - crisp, white, sweet, juicy interior with just a blush of hot pink on the outside!! Very pretty!! I think I counted 17 varieties last year at the Veggie Market!!! I like the really crisp, juicy apples & try to buy two or three of everything new to try them. Right now I'm trying to get my share of peaches, nectarines & blueberries!!

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Cameos are good but they're hard to find around here. My all time favorite type of apple is the Champagne that I get every year from the Dixon orchard in Estancia, New Mexico. But a hard freeze very late in the season this year destroyed 95 percent of the apples in the state, and then flooding and the humongous fire that hit Arizona and New Mexico this summer destroyed most of the rest of the crop. Neither of the orchards that I buy from every year has anything to sell at all. emoticon So I'm going to have to settle for Fuji's and Galas until next fall. (I really don't like tart apples so Granny Smiths are out.)

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i like golden ginger.you can only get them for about a month.then they are gone for another year.

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try cameos if you can find them, they are so good. I like fuji's too, but granny smiths are my usual buy.

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I may have already said this one, but I'm too tired to go try to sort through the entire thread to find out. emoticon I refuse to skimp on apples. I don't like red delicious, which are generally the cheapest, but I did buy them for my ex husband because he likes them. I can handle gala apples but my favorite of the ones you can buy in the grocery most of the year are fujis, and I'll pay whatever I have to pay for those. Especially this year when a late freeze and then flooding and the huge fire this summer destroyed about 99 percent of the state's apple crop for this year. emoticon

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cottage cheese and cole slaw can be god awful in some brands

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I am curious aout that tea too.

another item I don't scrimp on, cottage cheese. I have tried cheaper brands, but none come close to Smith's. It's the best. Although Aldi's brand is tolerable, so I buy it too.

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never heard of it.as for sleeping a hour here and there

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Chinese Pu-Erh Tea - I make it in the coffee maker - coffee has never been there - & drink it by the gallon!!

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And you sleep at night?? (Yeah, I'm just jealous. I just wish I could drink that much coffee in a day and EVER sleep again. Getting old really sucks sometimes...)

My cats. They will always have good food, good litter and excellent veterinary care because they are worth it, they deserve it, and they can't make the chocie about scriping for themselves.

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i agree on the coffee.i drink 30-40 cups every day.

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My thing is fruits and vegetables... and thanks to our economy and awareness, now I will search high and low and at whatever costs, for MADE IN AMERICA!

Why is our food cost so high? I am going to try gardening this coming spring for the first time since I just bought my house :)




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What do I refuse to scrimp on?

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A good cup of coffee. I prefer an extra bold dark roast blend, and I have two favorite brands of coffee that I purchase for enjoying at home.



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I'll never skimp on my hard-to-handle long red hair. But my hairdresser trims it free because I am her most frequent (weekly) regular client. I'll save on everything else that I can, but how I look totally affects my performance in my job and socially, too. Eating healthy is the most expensive thing I have ever tried...

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They're smooth on one side & textured on the other in a kind of loose mesh about 6 inches square. You wet them with water & rub it to make lather & use like a wet washcloth. Love them!!

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never heard of olay wash cloths

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I was really thinking about things today - you know, I always buy Olay wash cloths. They're textured. I cut them in half so they go farther & use them every second day but I always buy them no matter what. If I don't, my skin gets muddy & my forehead is bumpy. And Q tips. Nothing else will do.

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8/24/11 7:51 P

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For me it's Peter Pan, though Jif will do in a pinch...

I don't buy cheap gas. Not because I think it's not as good as more expensive gas, because I think that it is. I got tired of buying gas that was lining the pockets of the Saudis or Hugo Chavez, so these days I only buy gas from Phillips 66 and Valero because those are the only 2 gas companies in town that sell only gas that's made from petroleum that was drilled and refined in this country. I want my money to go toward creating jobs for my own countrymen instead of lining the pockets of spoiled Saudi princes and Latin American dictators. (I believe in putting my money where my mouth is, and there are so few opportunities to do that these days so I'll take them wherever I can find them.)

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peanut butter has to be JIF

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I grow salad greens, ever bearing strawberries & tomatoes in pots on my patio so I can eat what I want! I buy local & from the farm when I can but always have fresh fruit & veg in my fridge even if I can't afford anything else.

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I am a "food snob" and have been for over 30 years, so I refuse to scrimp on food costs...I buy exclusively food that is organic, locally grown and free of anything artificial.




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soup,has to be campbell

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Definitley, toilet paper.

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Cherries!!! I don't care what they cost, I have to eat as many as I can in season!

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thank you

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No Knead Bread. You mix up healthy whole grains & whole grain flour into a 'just mixed' wet dough & let rise until it's just starting to collapse. Cover loosely & store in fridge overnight. When you want bread, you take it out, cut off a hunk, stretch it to the size - no kneading now - & let rise. Bake as usual. It's a little like sourdough & you can use whatever you like to make it. Several books out now - I got the basics in the Mother Earth News.

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i used to bake bread,but with just 2 of us it goes to waste

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i've never used a bread maker. . . still searching for 'the perfect recipe' which would be my go-to for the long haul but there are lots of quick healthy ones that don't have very many ingredients (stuff i always have in the house) so it's nice to make it fresh whenever i can.

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I used to have a bread maker, but it got left behind in our last move because it was such a quickie that we ended up leaving a lot of things behind. emoticon

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i try to make my own bread whenever i can

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I try to scrimp on bread sometimes, I try to use old bread for toast but it makes really awful toast! What I do now is put about 4 slices of bread in an old bread bag and leave that out on the top of the fridge, and then leave the rest of the loaf in the freezer. I'm the only one eating my bread (and soon to be the only one eating any bread of any kind) in my apartment, so I can do it that way and get away with just taking out about 4 slices to thaw at one time.

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i don't scrimp on bread.i hate stale bread

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I hear you on that! I have to go for quality on mine too. I am such a hard to find size that I don't have much choice anyways. I have found that I can sometimes find them cheap enough on ebay, so that helps.

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it does make a difference with bras

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Underwear! Good bras make all the difference, especially when you pack size Gs!! I also agree about the sneakers - I buy the best - on sale when I can because I not only do I roll inwards but I got inflamed heel tendons from sloppy shoes!! Good shoes stop foot pain!!

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sounds like something good

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I agree about sneakers and facial products. In general we try to make cooking count as a hobby so from time to time we splurge a little bit there to take on a fun project. . . but I also think it evens out. For example, we recently starting making our own yogurt. At first it was for fun - to see if we COULD do it and if it would come out good. But then the savings were just amazing, especially if you like Greek yogurt. Also, our town doesn't recycle yogurt cups so it was becoming very wasteful. Now we have saved money, helped the environment, and had a lot of fun together in the process.

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It's a fairly short list...I'm a couponer and saver!

1. Sneakers
2. Make-up (I have sensitive skin)
3. Jewelry (I don't buy a lot, but I got very tired of turning green)

I'm sure there are more...lol...but I'll post them later!

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my grandbabies.

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Regarding the food, I learned from some friends to try ethnic grocery stores. For less than $20, I had was able to get 20 Lbs of rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans.

Not exactly gormet fair but, it'll feed you. Add in peanut butter and eggs (I've always been able to find them for $88/dozen once I started looking. And, bananas are 5/$1.00 at trader joes. Oatmeal with peanut butter stirred in and bananas on top make a good breakfast when eggs get old.

Maybe THAT will help on the car maintenance? I know it helps me afford the belly dance.

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5/31/11 10:10 A

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cleaners for the floor.

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5/31/11 12:06 A

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Good vegetables and fruits. I belong to a CSA so I get organic vegetables and some fruits during our limited Wisconsin growing season. Then I buy more of them and freeze/can more to help in the winter.

I'm helping a local farmer and myself at the same time. Costs me about $150/month. Not bad for organic. I can't believe how much we get every week.

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5/12/11 6:14 P

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wash powder.the cheap one don't get sunshine's clothes clean

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5/12/11 3:00 P

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My belly dance lessons and a good hair cut. The belly dance classes motivated me to lose 73 lbs. And, a good hair cut has paid off on the job believe it or not.

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4/29/11 11:46 P

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you can get sugar free peter pan.i do

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4/29/11 5:12 P

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Name Brand Peanut Butter (Skippy, Jif, Peter Pan in that order). I tried store brands and "no /natural" brands. They just don't do it for me. I understand about the sugar, but I'll cut something else out in order to make room in the day for it.

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4/26/11 7:17 P

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there are so good ones

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I'm loving these responses! Keep them coming. :)

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don't you just love men.my son-in-law is the same way.

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Mayonnaise. Not that I eat all that much of it these days, but for me, it's Hellmans or nothing. I also have Extremely sensitive skin & have to be careful about what products I use so I don't "skimp" there, but luckily, many of the cheaper varieties work for me while the more expensive ones destroy my face.

Oh, and if you were to ask my husband this, his answer would be toilet paper and the oil for the car. Actually, any replacement parts for the car - brakes, tires, belts, wiper blades..... We may go hungry, but our vehicles will run well and be safe. :)

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Toilet paper and facial moisturizer. I have such dry, sensitive skin that I can't use just any old thing on my skin. Like the other poster on this one said, I don't buy the super expensive brands. But I can't use bargain brands of facial moisturizer.

When my parents were first married my dad told my mom that even though they were poor (Daddy was a graduate student when I came along 5 years too early) they would always have meat to eat and decent toilet paper. I grew up using Charmin, which at that time was just too soft and left too much fuzzy stuff behind. Now Charmin has gotten better, but my husband and I still prefer Angel Soft, which is actually cheaper. I've tried bargain brands, but in my mind I can always hear Daddy telling me that you should always use good toilet paper. emoticon

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There was much rejoicing!


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4/25/11 7:54 P

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i don't on t.p. either.forgot about that one

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4/25/11 7:17 P

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Toilet Paper and paper towels - I can not buy the real cheapie brands like at Dollar Store. I end up using it twice as fast so no real savings. Certain food items I am partial to particular brands but for the most part go with the store brands.

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Skin care products and make-up. I don't buy expensive brands, but I will not buy cheap, off-brand products either. It is just not worth it. Whenever I've tried them I've ended up going back to my favorites, leaving half-used jars of the cheap stuff sitting around until I can throw them out without feeling guilty.

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campbell soup.that is one thing i refuse to buy cheaper.

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4/25/11 10:19 A

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vitamins.....some of the cheaper brands are full of dyes and additives. But I'll stock up if there is a sale on the brands that I trust.
fresh produce.....but I'll stick to whats in season.


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Fresh fruit and vegetables and chicken breast

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dog food. I have to biy specalty food because of 1 of my dogs allergies, but I feed all 4 the same food. Also there are certain foods (olives come to mind) that I pay more for because the quality is so much better.

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I never scrimp on fresh produce and still manage to save. I gave up coloring my hair years ago and get complimented on my hair color all the time. It's a big savings.

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Hi fellow savers! I'm a freelancer writing an article for SparkSavings and I'm curious what you refuse to compromise on even when you're saving money. Tell me what never gets cut out of the budget even when you're in saving mode and why! Your answer could show up in my article.

I'll start: I always make room in the budget for getting my hair highlighted. The one time I did it myself with a box dye it turned orange and I ended up going to the salon anyway.

Your turn!

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