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  •  Amazing what one can find in unusual places. (3+ / 0-)
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    Good find for your friend.  We often peruse discount stores like Marshall's for the same reason.  And I have worn ties and shirts from Goodwill to work.  Fine clothes can be found any place these days.  

    Never turn down a bargain is my motto.  Unless the sale does not include something you really need.  We have reached a time in life when need is the rule.  No need, no purchase for the most part.  But I really need a good cup of coffee sometimes and we have friends who share the feeling.

    Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.--Edward Everett

    by possum on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:16:45 PM PDT

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    •  This Is Something I Did A Few Years Ago (3+ / 0-)
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      and the coffee maker was one of those purchases. I'd look at my fiances and I just wasted money. Not huge sums. But $5 here or $20 here. Many times "impulse" buys (often DVDs).

      Now I said I was a foodie and I love to cook, but much of the stuff in my kitchen wasn't that "nice." So I told myself to stop those impulse buys and spend say $100 to $200 each month on one top-of-the-line kitchen items, that if I took care of them they might last a lifetime to two.

      I got some knives. Cutting board. Coffee maker. Wok. Some amazing steak knives. A complete Asian two person place setting (that took a few months to buy). A few other things. One of the best little "experiments" I've ever done.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:21:40 PM PDT

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      •  Same here in the kitchen. (4+ / 0-)

        We save a while but what we have bought in recent years will be around to serve our offspring for many years to come.  Real value is to be found these days.  Sometimes costs more but that is an investment to be amortized over a lifetime, not to be thrown in the trash in a year or two.

        Knives are another place I love.  We have for many years collected fine cutlery.  My beginnings were a little rough as I needed a good autopsy knife.  One cannot do the job well without risk of injury to one's self with good tools.  The lessons translated right into the kitchen and remain there today.

        Our oldest knife is well over 10 now and still as fine as the first day.  Others are newer as we are the product of a pair of divorces and remarriage.  We don't need much in cutlery and are slow but sure getting fine pots and pans.  Good ones are in there but better come about one piece a year these days.  Thank goodness for gift giving holidays.

        Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.--Edward Everett

        by possum on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:30:02 PM PDT

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