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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #960 on: August 06, 2013, 02:58:26 PM »

My go-to souvenir is a pressed penny. It's cheap, easy to carry and don't take up much room once you get them home. I have some books that display them on my mantle.

Same here. We have fun with them, there is a website http://www.pennycollector.com/ that has locators for them if you want to know where to go when you are on vacation/road tripping / collecting. Also, an M&M mini tube is just the right size for quarters and pennys. We stack them in the tube 2 quarters then a penny so that we always have the right coins for it.

Pre 1982 pennies so they are all copper and no zinc sandwich filling.

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« Reply #961 on: August 06, 2013, 04:48:38 PM »

Deodorant is actually kinda optional for some people - DH stopped wearing it about a year ago unless he was expecting to be outdoors for a while on a hot day.  I've not noticed a difference in odor at all. 

You might find this interesting:
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/even-if-you-dont-smell-you-probably-use-deodorant

   

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #962 on: August 06, 2013, 05:07:06 PM »
'Don't replace your towels every year'? Good grief!

We have a few bar towels that still see good service in the kitchen.  Bought them a few years before our marriage and we've been married since 1983.

I have some towels that were my grandmother's and great aunt's. i like them as they are smaller, and thinner than today's bath towels, and perfect for my hair when I wash it. I'd say they date back to the 70's or before. My mom also has towels from my great aunt, who never married but treated herself to "nice things' including some very pricy monogrammed towels. Said great aunt passed way in the early 80's and the towels are still going strong!

Oh, man. Old threadbare towels are what i find to be best when wrapping my wet hair in. They work and feel and stay up better than any of those products marketed for it that i have tried. I had one that was perfect, but it accidentally got shredded for rags.
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« Reply #963 on: August 06, 2013, 06:05:47 PM »
'Don't replace your towels every year'? Good grief!

We have a few bar towels that still see good service in the kitchen.  Bought them a few years before our marriage and we've been married since 1983.

I have some towels that were my grandmother's and great aunt's. i like them as they are smaller, and thinner than today's bath towels, and perfect for my hair when I wash it. I'd say they date back to the 70's or before. My mom also has towels from my great aunt, who never married but treated herself to "nice things' including some very pricy monogrammed towels. Said great aunt passed way in the early 80's and the towels are still going strong!

Oh, man. Old threadbare towels are what i find to be best when wrapping my wet hair in. They work and feel and stay up better than any of those products marketed for it that i have tried. I had one that was perfect, but it accidentally got shredded for rags.

They do! the really thick ones are hard to wrap around your hair. I did manage to find some a few years back at target, same size, and same thickness. kicking myself i only bought 3. they're smaller than bath towels, but much larger than hand.

i got some of those turban towel thingys two years in a for Christmas from the same relative. I don't really care for them as they are thin, my hair is thick, and as soon as i put one on, its soaked through.

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« Reply #964 on: August 06, 2013, 06:06:55 PM »
I got one of those just-for-hair towels once - thing didn't absorb for squat. The paper-thin beach towel I got a few years ago as a blood donation reward? Works great.
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« Reply #965 on: August 06, 2013, 07:36:44 PM »
I have one aunt and uncle who budget very strictly. One way they decided to save money was by not buying deodorant, not washing their clothes as often (rewearing them) and not bathing as frequently (cuts down on the water bill).

This (and other economies) helped them save to go on a nice summer holiday. They stopped overnight at my mother's place on the way. I went over to have lunch with them. Both stank to high heaven. They seemed immune to the pungent aroma.

The temperatures were in the mid to high 30s (Celsius or 95+ Fahrenheit).

Think that's taking budgeting to extremes.

Deodorant is actually kinda optional for some people - DH stopped wearing it about a year ago unless he was expecting to be outdoors for a while on a hot day.  I've not noticed a difference in odor at all.  As I understand it, wearing deodorant all the time (the way we tend to do) messes up your perspiration, because deodorant works by physically jamming up the pores your sweat is supposed to come through.  Then, since your sweat is not producing the effect of cooling you down through evaporation, your body gets tricked into producing more and more of it.  When the deodorant does stop working (gets rubbed off or starts to break down), you stink more than you would if your body had just made a normal amount of sweat in the first place.

That's all with the caveat that everyone's body is different, and some people just naturally sweat more (and some people's sweat smells more) than others.  I'm not giving up my deodorant/clean clothes/showers anytime soon  ;D


I wish the aunt & uncle were in this category. It was bad. Not just a bit whiffy. Sort of like is-breathing-optional-and-for-how-long bad.

Personally, use deodorant, not antiperspirant. So not blocking pores. Even so, based on the few times i've forgotten it, going without wouldn't work in summer for me either.

Do remember watching an interesting BBC (?) doco a few years ago about someone who stopped using any products or washing. Found an article about it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-477378/Six-weeks-wash-The-soapless-experiment.html

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« Reply #966 on: August 06, 2013, 07:59:54 PM »


Do remember watching an interesting BBC (?) doco a few years ago about someone who stopped using any products or washing. Found an article about it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-477378/Six-weeks-wash-The-soapless-experiment.html

just read the article, and ick. no way i could do that, esp exercising every day.  blech. I kind of get where she was coming from but not brushing your teeth? Oh no. I sweat a lot and it makes me itchy. i'd have no skin left if i did that.  I can see forgoing certain products, but doing nothing at all? no way

I will admit i don't wash my hair every day, 2-3 times a week but when it looks and feels icky, i do. I am also guilty, on weekends when i don't leave my apt, of realizing late in the afternoon, hey, my teeth feel fuzzy, EWWW i forgot to brush (detest the taste of toothpaste with coffee). but that's less than 24 hours, not 6 weeks.

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« Reply #967 on: August 07, 2013, 09:14:30 AM »
Read the article as well.  I could never do an experiment like that!  I could live without deoderant I think because I seldom sweat.  But no bathing?  Not to mention the not brushing your teeth. 

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« Reply #968 on: August 07, 2013, 09:30:25 AM »
In the article, she mentions that people didn't seem to notice.  I suspect most of those people were just trying to be polite, thinking that she was ill.  She also works mostly at home, so there wasn't an opportunity for an anonymous someone to leave anti-perspirant on her desk.

I do agree that not using eye make-up helped the cyst on her eye heal, and that most of the goop that she was originally using didn't do much of anything.  Doesn't mean I'm giving up my daily shower.

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« Reply #969 on: August 07, 2013, 09:36:49 AM »
In the article, she mentions that people didn't seem to notice.  I suspect most of those people were just trying to be polite, thinking that she was ill.  She also works mostly at home, so there wasn't an opportunity for an anonymous someone to leave anti-perspirant on her desk.

I do agree that not using eye make-up helped the cyst on her eye heal, and that most of the goop that she was originally using didn't do much of anything.  Doesn't mean I'm giving up my daily shower.

Great big POD to that. No way would I tell an acquaintance that they stink. I would try to not stand near them, but I wouldn't say anything. Only time I would offer an opinion on BO would be if a friend asked me if they had it.
Now, my DS has BO and I don't hesitate to tell him (not that he does anything about it) but I have to live with him. Methinks her children refusing to snuggle with her should have been a huge red flag about the state of her body. Children don't do the white lie to make you feel better (for the most part) like adults do.

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« Reply #970 on: August 07, 2013, 09:43:14 AM »
In the article, she mentions that people didn't seem to notice.  I suspect most of those people were just trying to be polite, thinking that she was ill.  She also works mostly at home, so there wasn't an opportunity for an anonymous someone to leave anti-perspirant on her desk.

I do agree that not using eye make-up helped the cyst on her eye heal, and that most of the goop that she was originally using didn't do much of anything.  Doesn't mean I'm giving up my daily shower.

Great big POD to that. No way would I tell an acquaintance that they stink. I would try to not stand near them, but I wouldn't say anything. Only time I would offer an opinion on BO would be if a friend asked me if they had it.
Now, my DS has BO and I don't hesitate to tell him (not that he does anything about it) but I have to live with him. Methinks her children refusing to snuggle with her should have been a huge red flag about the state of her body. Children don't do the white lie to make you feel better (for the most part) like adults do.

Me either. When Sandy hit last fall, I had no power, hot water, etc. for 3.5 days. It went out monday about 6pm, and I raced for the shower. after that, i just washed since it was soooo cold i couldn't take one. I finally took one thursday night at friends, and i wasn't doing anything physical to sweat, but I still began to smell myself a smidge. ewww.

i can see getting rid of a lot of the stuff she did use, but not bathing at all? yuck. and i agree that most people probably were thinking she looked "off" but would never tell her if she smelled

the reaction from the other moms at her kid's school spoke volumes. before she told them, no issue, but after, they all acted like she was a pariah.

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« Reply #971 on: August 07, 2013, 09:44:52 AM »
Read the article as well.  I could never do an experiment like that!  I could live without deoderant I think because I seldom sweat.  But no bathing?  Not to mention the not brushing your teeth.

That would be close to rotting corpse as far as smell was concerned, to me anyway.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #972 on: August 07, 2013, 09:49:31 AM »
Read it also and oy vey!  I can't imagine doing this.





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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #973 on: August 07, 2013, 10:38:10 AM »
She thinks her skin looked healthier because she didn't wash or bathe? I think it was the sheer number of products she was no longer putting into and onto her body that did it. Washing one's body, hair and teeth, and not loading it up afterward with tons of stuff, is undoubtedly what made it better. Not washing one's body, hair, and teeth is beyond disgusting. I have to say, though, that I couldn't be as polite as she claimed others were. I would take her aside and tell her to WASH for god's sake.

Also, letting her teeth go un-cleaned for six weeks--I mean YUCK!!!--meant, as the dentist told her, that she would eventually lose all of them. She's an idiot.

A slightly amusing side note: I used to write about the history of various bookmarks because I collect them. I have several that are dental related, and one column focused on that. You really, really don't want to know the details of teeth cleaning, though in a slightly-churning stomach way they are fascinating. One fact: Did you know that just after the end of WWII there was a push for radioactive toothpaste ( http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/quackcures/toothpaste.htm ).


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« Reply #974 on: August 07, 2013, 10:55:29 AM »

 One fact: Did you know that just after the end of WWII there was a push for radioactive toothpaste ( http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/quackcures/toothpaste.htm ).

Well, that will give your teeth a bright glow.   ;)

At the risk of making a post that's eligible for the gross-out thread, I read a book about what would be needed to go to Mars.  NASA did experiments to see what would happen if a man didn't wash or change clothes for several months.  I don't remember anything about smell, but hair and skin did better than you might expect.  Underwear, however, disintegrated in about six weeks.   :P