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Hillia

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« Reply #1035 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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« Reply #1036 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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« Reply #1037 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 #1038 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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« Reply #1039 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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« Reply #1040 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!

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« Reply #1041 on: August 24, 2013, 12:34:01 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.

It was 2.03£ for 112 aspirines. Boots is 0.29£ for 16, only 5p more (the box) than Tesco.

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« Reply #1042 on: August 24, 2013, 05:31:08 PM »
ahh i miss understood. Sorry
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« Reply #1043 on: August 24, 2013, 06:00:35 PM »
ahh i miss understood. Sorry

No problem, I admit I wasn't very clear mixing the cost/number per box and total number of tablets  :D
And actually you weren't far off, even in Boots there are some aspirins (or paracetamol) tablets that have some add-on or something and they are closer to 1.5 or 2£ the box.
I'm happy with the basic ones, although the "aspirin+paracetamol+caffeine" tablets must be a life saver when you just can't afford to be sick and need that kick in the system to stay up.

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« Reply #1044 on: August 30, 2013, 09:05:12 AM »
I have a cheapskate story to tell on myself!

I bought a pinata for my 3-year-old's birthday last week.  Usually I make them at home, but I got lazy and bought this one.  It was a pull-string pinata, so each kid pulls a string, and you wait until one kid pulls the right right and the pouch opens and candy falls out.  We used the pinata and had a lot of fun.

And then it occurs to me... the pinata is not all that beat up.  I could just sort of tape the compartment back closed, put new strings on, and replace any tissue paper that got too messed up with new tissue paper in the same color.  Easier than making my own, and I have two more kids who might want Elmo parties when they're 2/3.

I think it's sensible.  But there's just something that sounds so cheapskate about reusing a pinata!
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« Reply #1045 on: August 30, 2013, 09:10:28 AM »
I have a cheapskate story to tell on myself!

I bought a pinata for my 3-year-old's birthday last week.  Usually I make them at home, but I got lazy and bought this one.  It was a pull-string pinata, so each kid pulls a string, and you wait until one kid pulls the right right and the pouch opens and candy falls out.  We used the pinata and had a lot of fun.

And then it occurs to me... the pinata is not all that beat up.  I could just sort of tape the compartment back closed, put new strings on, and replace any tissue paper that got too messed up with new tissue paper in the same color.  Easier than making my own, and I have two more kids who might want Elmo parties when they're 2/3.

I think it's sensible.  But there's just something that sounds so cheapskate about reusing a pinata!

I don't think its being cheap at all, but smart and thrifty. I reuse stuff all the time, gift bags, and even holiday gift tags. i made a bunch of handmade ones several years ago as a gift for my mom, and we re-use the best of them! 

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« Reply #1046 on: August 30, 2013, 09:26:24 AM »
I actually got peeved last month when I noticed that a friend balled up the tissue paper wrapping on her birthday gifts and put it in the nice gift bag to toss.  I'm considering using Starbucks tote bags from now on.





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« Reply #1047 on: August 30, 2013, 10:04:15 AM »
I like the idea of a reusable piñata.  If it's reasonably salvageable, keeping the thing makes perfect sense. 

I've heard of young children who had a bit of distress when a piñata in the shape of an animal or person was destroyed.  Having Elmo attend several parties is a nice idea. 

We also keep and reuse gift bags. So long as they're in decent condition, they can be used to package gifts for others.  If the seams are starting to go, we'll tape them up and use them to package gifts for each other.  There's nothing wrong with that. 

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« Reply #1048 on: August 30, 2013, 10:13:33 AM »
I love the idea of a "pull string" pinata.  I've never heard of it before but it's so much kinder and gentler and safer than the "hit it with a stick until it breaks" kind.

Once at a school festival I saw a kid trying to hit the pinata with a broom handle type stick and he was really swinging it hard.  He hit another kid (totally accidentally) on the arm and it left a HUGE welt and bruise. 

And of course the animal (pinata) was all crushed, smashed and spattered too.  I do think it was disturbing to some of the more sensitive children.

And if you have room to store it, I think your idea of reusing it is wonderful.  Keeps it out of the landfill and every child in your family gets to enjoy having Elmo attend his/her party, so no favoritism! 

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« Reply #1049 on: August 30, 2013, 01:12:16 PM »
I actually got peeved last month when I noticed that a friend balled up the tissue paper wrapping on her birthday gifts and put it in the nice gift bag to toss.  I'm considering using Starbucks tote bags from now on.

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