What's a little luxury in your life that comes to mind, that you could give up to save a little $$

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PeaNut 152,971
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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:17:01 PM
A few years ago I gave up my stops at the coffee wagon, to save up a little extra vacation/Christmas money. What comes to mind instantly that you could give up? (not that you need to, but it comes to mind!)

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:20:01 PM

I definitely need to give up Starbucks.

I'm spending $11.04 there about 3 mornings a week

Now if I could just get myself to actually give it up.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:21:18 PM
Scrapbooking supplies.

But I prefer to also go the route where I make money. I turn in credit card cashback points in December, as well as take things in to consignment stores.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:21:35 PM
Data plan on my phone. It's nice to access the internet everywhere, but I can wait until I have wifi access.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:22:05 PM
Yup, Starbucks.

Otherwise, I'm pretty low maintenance.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:23:07 PM
Our "I'm too tired to think, let alone make supper" runs to fast food places. I need to start making freezer meals for those nights when my meds have kicked my butt that day....


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:26:41 PM
My impulse craft and sewing purchases!

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:31:50 PM
Fast Food
Eating out
Premium cable

Lots of stuff...

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:33:33 PM
I recently gave up my 12 pack of Propell Zero to save that $6.50 a week.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:34:22 PM
Panera for lunch and scrapbook supplies- I have enough to last several lifetimes!

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:34:41 PM
diet dr. pepper. not gonna do it, but I could.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:37:38 PM
Going out to eat
U verse (TV service)

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:41:18 PM
There are some brand names that I could save on by going with a house or generic product.

I don't plan or try very hard at saving when I grocery shop. Even just switching WHERE I grocery shop would save me 15% MINIMUM. I should do that...

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:41:23 PM
I would give up my Nespresso ($1.50/day) and my twice monthly blow dries ($85/month.) Those are my biggest indulgences. I won't give up the housekeeper though.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:44:55 PM
Cable, I wouldn't give it up completely but would give up the extra channels and just go to basic service

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:50:41 PM
Eating out and pedi's...although, I don't get those often. Also hair color, but I only get that when we can afford it, and I need one REALLY bad right now.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:55:39 PM
Eating Out
Gym Membership
Satellite Television
Cell Phones

and (Oh, God!!) Internet


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:56:24 PM
Hmmmmmm...buying orchids I suppose. That's my biggest "hobby" expense. Although I subscribe to the "less is more" philosophy--meaning that I'd rather buy 1 collector's orchid versus 20 NOIDs.

Having said that, I spend mad money on writing instruments/office supplies. I'm like some druggie on crack when buying that stuff. Although I have to say the pen side is somewhat justified, since my hands can't tolerate one writing instrument or the other on any given day, so having a variety on hands is a good thing.

However, who REALLY needs STABILO BOSS fineliners for editing (in 20 colors), or fancy file folders, or 20 billion post-its (that I hoard like a miser) or WASAU ASTROBRIGHTS paper for scratch paper, or the Circa system from Levenger. This is my most shameful "office supply purchase." I use the punch and the Circa Notebooks probably twice per year and I only use it for TWO THINGS only--which is are my productivity/project logs. And, since I started working, I use SOLAR YELLOW WASAU astrobrights. So I buy a ream like every 3 years or so.

SEE?? Totally obsessed.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:56:49 PM
My nightly glass of wine if I had to. Thankfully I don't!


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:01:09 PM
getting my nails done (i actually give this up fairly regular then get them done when i have a little extra money and remember how much better it makes me feel about myself).

going out to eat

magazine subscriptions

Charming when necessary.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:03:54 PM
The monthly car wash subscription. We have three cars and have a membership for each. That would definitely be the first thing to go in a financial pinch.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:09:34 PM

I would give up my Nespresso ($1.50/day)

I would never give up Nessie. She has her own special spot in the kitchen. She travels with us, even.

Our pucks are only $0.50/ea. We have a corporate model. I am considering getting a little consumer model for the bedroom....

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:11:28 PM
Satellite. Actually, I am giving that up once my contract runs out in February.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:13:50 PM
I just turned off our home phone (no one used it), turned off Showtime & HBO and changed our internet from the fastest service to the slowest (and I haven't noticed the difference whatsoever!!) and will be saving $100/month.

I've also been purposely making days where I do all my errand running, so that I'm not wasting gas (I stay home the other days). Saves a lot on gas.

And cooking dinners at home more. That's been saving a ton of money. And if we do go out for dinner, we've been trying to order water instead of soda's, that saves a lot too.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:15:31 PM
Netflix, data plan, Monday lunch out with my 3 yr old

Could save about $100 right there.

I'm sure there's more

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:21:30 PM
Cable t.v. we have all the movie channels & use on demand to rent new ones instead of using something cheaper like Netflix or Redbox. Dh picking up supper 1-2x a week instead of cooking at home, he works late hours & this is just easier and we are talking $25-30 carry out not McDonald's. Could save a bunch there. I could suck it up & drop my unlimited Internet plan on my phone. I never use (always wifi) but AT&T did away with this plan & I was grandfathered in as long as I keep it. I keep thinking I will need it but is it really worth the $$$ I pay each month. There are lots of other things we could easily live without but these are the big ones that come to mind.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:37:36 PM
I started metal-smithing classes last year and there are so many tools and supplies I want/need..... I usually buy at the flea market but my old scrapbook supply habit now looks like kids play compared to the price of my new hobby.

That's my only vice. no Starbucks, no eating out, I pack my lunch, etc.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:41:55 PM
Eating out... our whole family could do this and save a ton of money...

but it is soooo much easier.. I hate hate hate to cook.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:42:53 PM
Diet Dr. Pepper
Goodies for my dollhouse


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:09:40 PM
If we're talking truly little luxuries, I could give up Starbucks. I usually only stop about once a week anyhow. I do my own fingernails, but i could give up my once-a-month-in-the-summertime pedicures. We don't eat out often, only have basic cable and the like, so it's hard to think of little things to give up. However, there are some bigger ones


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:12:44 PM
red meat (my husband is a t-bone addict)
eating out
satelite tv

Internet would be the LAST luxury to go.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:13:34 PM


I definitely need to give up Starbucks.

Yep. I don't want to say how much we spend there each month, but it could be put to much better use.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:22:06 PM
A monthly pedicure. I love that my feet stay well-groomed, but it's the thing I would give up first if we needed to save money.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:29:56 PM
I get a mani/pedi/massage every two weeks. So probably that.
My cleaning lady
My morning omelettes from the omelette station at work

That's about all I'm willing to give up for now. I already turned off cable so I save about $200/month.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:32:51 PM
Starbucks - saves a fortune - stuff I make tastes better anyway

Mani'pedis - I can still reach my feet LOL

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:45:56 PM
Cable and eating out!
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Who am I kidding? Too tired to drink tequila

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:47:19 PM
Dining out

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:47:44 PM
  • mani/pedi's
  • massages
  • hair color
  • cell phones
  • internet
  • cable
  • house keeper
  • movies at theaters
  • dinner out - fast food and fine dining
  • shopping
  • travel/vacations
  • tanning
  • gym membership
  • starbucks
  • sons weekly allowance
  • several monthly/yearly memberships like Amazon prime, netflix, xbox, data plan for ipads, itunes purchases, etc

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:51:45 PM
Um, for DH & I, pretty much nothing. We'd have to make the kids give up a luxury, we've already given up all of ours.

I haven't read this thread yet, but I would guess that we have already given up everything others mentioned, or that we never had them to begin with.

The one thing that someone might mention that I would not give up is my internet connection, because I use that to make money. And trying to use the library for that would be very difficult. It would take me at least twice as long if not more to do the same things.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:53:07 PM


Hmmm, I personally wouldn't have considered those to be "little" luxuries. They're the things we save up to do.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:58:54 PM
Sirius/XM radio. Good thing the credit card they had on file for billing expired when they tried to take my payment this year. It forced me to log in to our account & see what the balance was before I paid it. I was SHOCKED to see that for 2 radios (DH's & mine) it was going to cost $316 for the year. YES, $316!!!

I freaked. And then I called to cancel. Well lo & behold they offered me a better deal & now I'm paying $100 less for the upcoming year than I paid for this one. What a racket!!!

As a side note, I switched to no-name brand coffee a few years ago. This week I splurged on a pound of breakfast blend from The Fresh Market. What a huge improvement in the taste of it. I might have to alternate between no-name & TFM.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:00:32 PM

I need to just get my own machine.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:44:09 PM
Nook purchases
Gym membership
Eating out

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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:57:32 PM
The hustler channel....

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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:04:42 PM
Craft supplies.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:06:30 PM
I recent;y gave up going out for lunch. I've been packing lunch for 2 months after going out for lunch for the past 20 years. I hope I save about $5 a day minimum.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:09:58 PM
XM Radio

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Posted: 11/14/2012 8:37:32 PM
Definitely going out to eat. But that's going to change starting December 1st....we're making a pledge that other than carry out pizza once a week...NO other dining out. I wanna see how much money is left over in the account after 30 days.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:41:35 PM
Packing a lunch. I've been doing it regularly now for about a month and have already seen the difference in my paycheck.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:51:04 PM
Cable tv, I like having it but with so many shows on Hulu etc, I could live without it.

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