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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1005 on: August 20, 2013, 12:43:57 AM »
I'm more wondering about her pain tolerance...
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1006 on: August 20, 2013, 06:47:04 AM »
Holly carp  :o
I'm speachless. Most parents only have to look out for the "look mommy, I gave myself a haircut!".

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1007 on: August 20, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »
I never knew anyone who did that but had I been the parent I would have freaked out.

As a person whose teeth aren't beautiful I can't imagine how this child's permanent teeth might have been affected by this.





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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1008 on: August 20, 2013, 11:01:12 AM »
I never knew anyone who did that but had I been the parent I would have freaked out.

As a person whose teeth aren't beautiful I can't imagine how this child's permanent teeth might have been affected by this.
She needed substantial orthodontia, since there were no neighboring teeth to guide the new ones as they erupted.  How she turned out, I don't know, as we moved away from there when I was in my teens.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1009 on: August 23, 2013, 07:04:26 PM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :).
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1010 on: August 23, 2013, 08:15:00 PM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1011 on: August 24, 2013, 03:35:18 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

It's generally done in order that someone who's having suicidal thoughts can't just go buy 100 tablets and then do whatever they were thinking of.  It's not just aspirin though, it's any OTC pain medication that could be lethal in overdose amounts.
You can however buy two packets in one shop, then walk down the street to the next shop and buy two packets and then walk to the next shop etc, so it's no major deterrent if someone's dead set on harming themselves, but for the person who sees the pills on the shelf and thinks "Maybe I'll do that" has time to really think about it before they can gather enough pills.

It is a pain for people like me though, where I'll be fine for months, and then have a batch of 8 or 9 bad headaches over a week.  I solve it by buying a couple of packs every time I'm in Boots, and since I pass a couple of Boots every week, I usually have enough packets in the house that I could take 2 pills a day for a month and not run out!!
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1012 on: August 24, 2013, 05:31:36 AM »
Carotte some cheap advice.

don't get them from boots. go to a supermarket they will be a lot cheaper there. Also it's a restriction per transaction. So if you want to stock up in one go get as many packs as you can and go when it's quite. Use the self service area and just do lots and lots of little transactions.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1013 on: August 24, 2013, 09:24:20 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

I don't think Carrote is from the US but in Europe.

I am not in Europe but I just paid the equivalent of $6 for an 18 pack of aspirin.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1014 on: August 24, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
That's interesting.  I just looked; my local Walgreens (major national chain) has 2 500-count bottles of store brand aspirin for $8.  I am awful at currency conversion, but is that roughly 6 euro for 1000 tablets?

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1015 on: August 24, 2013, 10:58:30 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

I don't think Carrote is from the US but in Europe.

I am not in Europe but I just paid the equivalent of $6 for an 18 pack of aspirin.

Where is that jaw drop smiley.  Holy mackerel that's a lot of money

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1016 on: August 24, 2013, 11:54:27 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

I don't think Carrote is from the US but in Europe.

I am not in Europe but I just paid the equivalent of $6 for an 18 pack of aspirin.

Yes I'm in Europe, France to be exact, where the price of aspirin is not regulated so it won't even be the same price from one pharmacy to the other  ::).

We don't have 'household name brand' like the 'boots aspirine value pack' or the 'tasco aspirine value pack' since it's only sold in a 'genuine' pharmacy and I don't think we have any kind of chain of pharmacy, at least no national ones that have hundreds and hundreds of stores and can think about having their own brand name aspirin.
I guess they don't see why they should lower their price, no one knows it can be so much cheaper (Even I, with a good 15+ trips to the UK didn't know it was so cheap there).

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1017 on: August 24, 2013, 12:23:01 PM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

I don't think Carrote is from the US but in Europe.

I am not in Europe but I just paid the equivalent of $6 for an 18 pack of aspirin.

Yes I'm in Europe, France to be exact, where the price of aspirin is not regulated so it won't even be the same price from one pharmacy to the other  ::).

We don't have 'household name brand' like the 'boots aspirine value pack' or the 'tasco aspirine value pack' since it's only sold in a 'genuine' pharmacy and I don't think we have any kind of chain of pharmacy, at least no national ones that have hundreds and hundreds of stores and can think about having their own brand name aspirin.
I guess they don't see why they should lower their price, no one knows it can be so much cheaper (Even I, with a good 15+ trips to the UK didn't know it was so cheap there).

Is it legal to order aspirin online?  Because even with shipping, you could save a ton ordering from Amazon or elsewhere.  A very fast look at Amazon has Equate brand (a generic sold at WalMart in the US), 500 capsules for $2.38.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1018 on: August 24, 2013, 12:24:09 PM »
I hate to say this but £2.03 for aspirin is a lot of money.

http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=255124647

They are 2p a pill.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1019 on: August 24, 2013, 12:26:28 PM »
I stockpile tylenol with codeine, which is OTC in the UK.  It is a very low dose of codeine, but nice to have on hand for headaches, toothaches etc., really lets you get on top of the pain fast.  Lest you think I'm a raging junkie, I came back to the states with about 200 three years ago and I still have 6.  Time for another trip!