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Has being frugal ever ended up costing you money? You may be wondering how this can be when living frugally is all about saving money. Well it is possible if you are dealing with a company that couldn't find a way to save if they tried.:021: This week our electric company held a meeting to

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    Has being frugal ever ended up costing you money? You may be wondering how this can be when living frugally is all about saving money. Well it is possible if you are dealing with a company that couldn't find a way to save if they tried.

    This week our electric company held a meeting to discuss raising the electric rates this would include (electric, gas, water, trash pickup etc). Why? According to the article because people are conserving so much they can't meet their goals!!!!!!!!!!

    How much sense does this make? Wouldn't it be safe to say if they are conserving now if you raise the cost they will conserve even more????

    So, I thought it would be interesting to know if anyone else has ever found times when living frugally ended up costing you more.


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    Wow, that's interesting!

    I would have to say learning to use my coupons cost me money in the beginning. I'm still learning and it's hard to resist buying something just because I have a coupon. It takes time to figure out how it all works.

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    Your electric company reminds me of a local thrift store. They apparently were not getting enough sales to cover expenses so they decided to raise prices. If not enough people were buying at the lower prices, why do they think they will sell more at the higher prices? Being thrifty now costs more at this store.
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    Yes I'm hearing the same thing in my area! Because everyone is cutting back we have to raise prices! Ours go up 14% in May! Learning about solar panels and wind turbines is starting to look much better! Maybe I can be like my friend in California who built a house and was told sorry charlie no electric in your area! After investing and getting enough solar power going, they changed their minds and said they could have electric after all but she told them to go fly a kite! I'd love to go tell mine to go fly a kite too!

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    Default Re: has living frugally ever ended up costing you money?


    they raise prices
    Because the stock holders aren't getting mega bucks ..

    Because their costs have increased .. everything from the paper the bill comes on, to employee costs, to transportation - the same issues everyone else has but it gets passed on to the consumer

    Only slightly because the amount used is down - (I haven't been able to significantly cut my electric since I have been cutting it for years) ..

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    I agree with the thrift store problem; our local Goodwill charges more than our local Wal-mart for a lot of used items. I went looking for jeans for my oldest boy thinking that it would be about 2 -4 dollars each; NOPE 9 to 10 dollars each for USED jeans. The only reasonably priced pair I found was 4 dollars but had a HUGE hole in the crotch. When I complained I was told that they were not a thrift store, they were a training store for people who couldnt get jobs elsewhere. Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reesie271 View Post
    I agree with the thrift store problem; our local Goodwill charges more than our local Wal-mart for a lot of used items. I went looking for jeans for my oldest boy thinking that it would be about 2 -4 dollars each; NOPE 9 to 10 dollars each for USED jeans. The only reasonably priced pair I found was 4 dollars but had a HUGE hole in the crotch. When I complained I was told that they were not a thrift store, they were a training store for people who couldnt get jobs elsewhere. Whatever.
    LOL yeah our goodwill is like that too. True they train,but they are supposed to be a thrift store. They need to thnk about it, why would people buy used clothes for the same price they can get new clothes. Makes no sense to me
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    With food prices going up people would be better off learning to cook more things from scratch. I think many are afraid to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice Terrell View Post
    With food prices going up people would be better off learning to cook more things from scratch. I think many are afraid to try.
    I've been shocked over the years on how no one knows how to cook anymore. Home Ec in most schools teaches how to make a cake from a mix! Duh... read the box, follow the directions. Main dish is Hamburger helper! If they can't teach them to cook from scratch then why bother having the class at all?? Keep the music or PE classes! The US Army asked me to teach basic cooking skills to military dependents to help them live on Army pay. They asked me to start simple with biscuits. Out of the 37 attending only one had items more than salt at home. When they don't even have flour or oil than you know they are eating out all meals and clueless how to cook. My nephew cooks all their meals once a month and freezes them because his wife can't cook and doesn't care to do so. He had a hard time getting her to grab food from the freezer and heat it up and stop doing fast food all the time.

    Be brave! go check out a simple cookbook at the library and give it a shot! You'll learn from experience. You'll have much healthier meals and much cheaper ones! Trust me if you don't have someone who can teach you, you really can learn on your own with a good cookbook.

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    Most schools do not have a "Home Ec" class anymore. They are too busy focusing on the what the kids need to pass so they meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. That act needs to be adjusted so that kids have basic skills to survive. It is also the reason most schools have no recess for the kids-more study time, thus increasing health risks.

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    You know I never really thought about frugal living cost me more. But your right prices are on the rise and people aren't going to pay it. I work so hard to be frugal with everything that I do. I don't use coupons if I can get an off brand cheaper. It just dosn't make since to do that. And cooking from scratch, that' the only way to go. I cook every night, we eat out maybe once every two months. It's just to costly to go out and eat these day. I'm searching the internet for MYO seasoning packets. I think that I could save some money there too. Making things like taco seasoning, chili seasoning, or anything else that I can find. I can get spices for a dollar a jar at the local Dollar Discount Store. I know that they are off brands, but to me they work just as good for us. It doesn't alway have to be McCormick brand. I figure if I make my own packets, then they are ready to grab and use.
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    I agree with you tsgal -I do not use coupons because most of the time you buy either things you do not normal buy or it still not cheaper than the generic brand -I also buy spices at the dollar tree or at sams club . Some things I buy gallons of things-and split and freeze . I also cook almost every meal from scatch -we eat out sometimes , but alot of times for sporting events I pack sandwiches. I try and cut corners every way possiable -food is a large part of my daycare business -so I have learned to make alot from scatch and subitute alot -like ground turkey for ground beef -much cheaper Bobbi -ne

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    If you go to Goodwill's website, their mission statement has not a thing to do with helping people afford clothing and household items. It's all about helping employ people who are nigh on unemployable. For kids' clothing, I go to church consignment sales--THOSE are some serious deals. For my clothes, well, I have 5 pairs of pants. =D

    To answer the OP, I think coupons are one of those things that costs me more when I try it than when I don't. I haven't gotten the hang of that yet. Cooking from scratch probably will because I'm sure I'll mess it up a lot at first. How about buying in bulk from BJs or Sam's Club? Is the savings worth the $30/year membership fee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z0607 View Post
    If you go to Goodwill's website, their mission statement has not a thing to do with helping people afford clothing and household items. It's all about helping employ people who are nigh on unemployable. For kids' clothing, I go to church consignment sales--THOSE are some serious deals. For my clothes, well, I have 5 pairs of pants. =D

    To answer the OP, I think coupons are one of those things that costs me more when I try it than when I don't. I haven't gotten the hang of that yet. Cooking from scratch probably will because I'm sure I'll mess it up a lot at first. How about buying in bulk from BJs or Sam's Club? Is the savings worth the $30/year membership fee?


    I think it depends on what you buy if Sam's Club is worth the membership fee. Personally for me I do save enough to justify the membership fee. if you think about it, the 30.00 membership fee divides up to be 2.50 a month and you definitely save more than 2.50 a month so yeah it would be worth it.

    I have also heard people say it was not worth it to them so again in my opinion it is all in what you buy. this is what I did to determine before I went to Sams if the price was worth it. Go to the website and search for things you buy all the time. Check the prices and see if it is cheaper than what you usually pay for the same amount. If you would save at least the amount per month for the membership fee you are covered. If not you would be better off to not pay the fee and shop at your regular store.
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    I am astounded at my girls - who can cook but won't. They would rather stop and bring home take out...or eat out....I refuse to buy pre packaged stuff who knows what's in it!!!

 

 
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