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Old 05-19-2019, 01:16 AM
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When buying in quantity


I am an old fart.

Was at Costco, and there was a package of razor refills. Per unit, there were cheap. And quantity is Costco's game. I calculated that this package of razor refills would last me 3.5 years. I have a light beard and only shave every 2-3 days.

So, I don't know how much gas I have in the tank. I mean, it would be a bummer if I moved on and still had two years left of razor refills waiting. What a waste of resources. It would have been better if I spent the funds on a nice dinner, Or a hooker.

Anyone here ever think about this?
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:23 AM
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It is more important to think about this with regard to big ticket items. Following this philosophy you should never buy a new car--instead buy an old junker which will run a few thousand miles. Likewise that big screen TV you've had your eye on. Forget about it--and pick up that old TV someone is giving away on Craigslist which still works.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:04 AM
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I grew up in a family of six + later two in-laws for Sunday dinner and so buying things on sale in bulk was a must.I kept that habit even as the immediate family shrank to my Mom, my sister and I. Now that I'm by myself, it's buy what I need when I need it and if it's on sale at the time, lucky me!

I used to wonder why the market sold single bananas, but now buy one for today, one for tomorrow and one for the day after in different stages of ripeness. Half of other fruits and vegetables go to waste because I forget that someone won't eat them.

There's also the fact that I downsized from having the run of a 1600SF house to a 400SF apartment. Enough razors to last 3 1/2 years? Sure it's a savings, IF I remember where I squeezed them into a year later.

I paid more than I should have for my car + 10 year extended warranty a few years ago, but I plan for it to be the last one I ever buy. And I'm waiting for UHD/HDR standards to settle before I buy my next state of the art TV that I hope will last a day longer than I do.

Edit: I haven't renewed my Costco and Sam's Club memberships in years. Not only won't I make up the membership cost in savings, but where am I going to put that case of toilet paper?

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Old 05-19-2019, 02:30 AM
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Just thought of a habit that I picked up when I moved to my new place. Not only don't I buy in quantity, but there are certain things I don't bother buying quality either. When I moved and had to downsize, I had to donate/toss half of my cookware because I had no room for them. I burnt some food in a couple of my "lifetime" quality pots and pans and decided rather than struggling to clean them, I'd just toss them and get some cheap new ones. After all, they only have to last MY remaining lifetime and will probably be tossed when I die anyway. $50 for a pot that will last 50 years+ or $20 for a pot that I may have to replace 10 years from now. Yep! $20 pot it is!
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:38 AM
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I while back we had some construction work done on the house. The contractor told me his work will last 100 years. I asked him if he could do an economy job that'll last only 20 years. He did.

When I die, my husband will either sell the house, abandon it or burn it down. Either way, I don't give a damn what's still standing in 100 years.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:04 AM
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Start shaving your face and your balls every day and you'll use up the blades faster and maybe be able to get a non-hooker. Like a cashier at Costco who has a key to the back room.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:43 AM
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I bought shampoo once that outlasted a marriage.

It just made it that much more depressing to realize that my marriage was over and I was sitting there with the shampoo thinking, "Do I toss this out or pack it with the rest of the toiletries?" as I gathered my things to move out.

I packed it.


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Old 05-19-2019, 06:54 AM
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Leave the rest of the razors in your will to someone. Well really I change blades very rarely, I don't know how most people go though them so fast. When it starts to pull I know it and it's time for a new blade. I always shave in the shower, and after very hot water has really softened it up, never use shaving cream. Always a burn free shave. Perhaps it's the water I have, but anyway yes they last a very long time. As such I bough a pack like that from BJ's, I think a decade and a half ago, still have maybe 1/4 of them left. But to be fair about 6 years I started and maintained a beard, so the razor has been for touchup areas and not for the main area.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:59 AM
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I didn't buy them in bulk, but when my favorite hairbrush was being discontinued and I saw no comparable brush available that I liked, I went around to all the stores I could in that chain and bought up all the hairbrushes (they were on sale and also BOGO free, so a good deal) that I estimated I would need to last the rest of my projected life. It was a moment of rage against everything I loved being discontinued for inferior products. . Even with using two at the same time (one in the bathroom, one by the chair where I sit to blow dry my hair and watch the news in the morning) and giving one to my daughter ("you are brush-worthy") I still need to live to be 110 to use them up. Best $24 i ever spent, though, and the Drawer of Hairbrushes is now a family joke. My daughter knows they will be hers when I go.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:41 AM
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I've had the same hairbrush since 9th grade. It's a family joke. It's been taken to college and various places and retrieved. My Sister tried to steal it once. I now hide it when extra people are in the house. I have had very long hair for 20+ years. Recently I cut off a good bit, but it still only responds to this hairbrush.
I'm having difficulty in not buying too much. I'm learning daily. I got a hand of bananas a while ago and ate only 2 before I had to throw them out. A few years ago I would've made banana muffins for the kids except no one's here to eat them either. This empty nesting is weird.

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Old 05-19-2019, 11:35 AM
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One of my biggest pet peeves is when you have to buy multiples of something to get the sale price. It's just me and the cat in a one-bedroom apartment. I either don't have the space to store it or it'll go bad before I can use it up. I have sometimes split multiples with my mom but things that we use the same brand of are few and far between.

Beckdawreck, I've had the same comb since about 1995 so I understand about the hairbrush. I have short but super-thick and easily snarled hair and this comb can get through without feeling like it's gonna break.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:40 AM
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What a waste of resources. It would have been better if I spent the funds on a nice dinner, Or a hooker.
I dont know how much you spend on razor blades, but probably only enough for a cheap dinner or a cheap hooker. A cheap dinner is sometimes nice. Id be reluctant to hire a cheap hooker.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:08 PM
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An expression I've heard is "I'm too old to be buying green bananas." I used to say "I'm not waiting for the latest John le Carr novel to appear in paperback." (Not any more though I don't like his newer stuff.)
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:47 PM
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Had a girlfriend who used to drive me nuts by being so "smart" to buy in bulk: tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins ( WTF, why napkins if you have paper towels? )

In bulk packaging about a third of the size of a refrigerator. Christ on a cracker! It's everything I can do to fit the damned things in the car, and having no basement in my built-on-a-slab single level house, precious little storage space, so it's like losing 100 square feet of interior volume just find a place to keep all this shit. We would need to live to be 400 years old to use all of the tissues alone; though her stern chiding of me to blow my nose instead of sniff might have had a small effect on the daily usage.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:20 AM
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I dont know how much you spend on razor blades, but probably only enough for a cheap dinner or a cheap hooker. A cheap dinner is sometimes nice. Id be reluctant to hire a cheap hooker.
Have you seen the price of razor blades lately?
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:28 AM
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( WTF, why napkins if you have paper towels? )
If you mean paper napkins, I thought that until my wife pointed out that a sheet of paper napkin was a lot cheaper than a sheet of paper towel. I checked, she was right.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:38 AM
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My dog is 13 years old and has arthritis. I usually buy great big bags of dogfood that last quite a long time. The current bag is almost empty, and I'm considering going with the small bag when I buy more.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:31 PM
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I didn't buy them in bulk, but when my favorite hairbrush was being discontinued and I saw no comparable brush available that I liked, I went around to all the stores I could in that chain and bought up all the hairbrushes (they were on sale and also BOGO free, so a good deal) that I estimated I would need to last the rest of my projected life. It was a moment of rage against everything I loved being discontinued for inferior products.
I did a similar thing years ago when I saw the replacement blades for my favorite folding box cutter on clearance. A little research showed the manufacturer was discontinuing the line. I bought every package of blades the store had. Then promptly lost the cutter.
Sigh. If I ever find it, though, I still have the blades. Can't throw them out, 'cause hope springs eternal.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:03 PM
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I did a similar thing years ago when I saw the replacement blades for my favorite folding box cutter on clearance. A little research showed the manufacturer was discontinuing the line. I bought every package of blades the store had. Then promptly lost the cutter.
Sigh. If I ever find it, though, I still have the blades. Can't throw them out, 'cause hope springs eternal.
And because if you threw out the blades, the cutter would magically appear. That's one of the corollaries of Murphy's Law
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:53 AM
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Two comments:

First, I use Gillette Fusion blades and shave in the shower (as described by another poster). My blades last from 4 to 5 months and I buy them from Amazon in boxes of 15 (three 5-blade sets). I literally do buy them every five years and I save quite a bit doing it.

Second, my wife once bought a roll of "commercial grade" plastic wrap from a disabled veterans group. (You know the drill...leave a check in an envelope at the front door and we will drop off the product.) We found the quality of the plastic wrap to be superior. Plus, it had a very durable metal cutter on the box. I used that roll for 7-1/2 years before it finally ran out. It cost us about $20 and was worth every single penny. I only wish I could find a deal like that again.

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Old 05-22-2019, 12:21 PM
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When the local grocery had method laundry soap on sale and I had two coupons for $3 each on one, I got two bottles for $4 each. They last for 80 washings, and I do laundry once a week.

I'm set for over three years.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:31 PM
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Oh, Lord, some of you are so negative! Live, live, live, until you die! Give yourselves the best of everything. You've earned it!

So, you buy a luxury car and croak. They'll just repo it. Like you're going to care after you're dead if you have 50 razor blades in your cabinet that you never used? You're going to eschew paradise and ask to go back so you can finish them? Someone cleaning out your domicile will see them, take them home, and use them. Consider it a donation.

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Old 05-22-2019, 02:14 PM
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I have a weird low-level anxiety about running out of stuff. I have no idea why, but it is emotionally comforting to keep my pantry and closet stocked with lots of everything. Costco has served me well in this regard (or I have been a loyal pawn in Costco's nefarious game!?)
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:50 AM
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Second, my wife once bought a roll of "commercial grade" plastic wrap from a disabled veterans group. (You know the drill...leave a check in an envelope at the front door and we will drop off the product.) We found the quality of the plastic wrap to be superior. Plus, it had a very durable metal cutter on the box. I used that roll for 7-1/2 years before it finally ran out. It cost us about $20 and was worth every single penny. I only wish I could find a deal like that again.
Costco and restaurant supply stores carry this, cheap. It is indeed far superior to grocery store shelf plastic wrap. My ex and i used to joke about leaving our neverending Costco roll to our children in our wills. Ten years later, I still have it.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:09 AM
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Last year, a widower friend of my mom's died - just a few months after his wife died. Since his only other relative was a brother living halfway across the country, my mom and sister accepted the challenge of clearing out his condo prior to its sale. She said her friend had almost 100 rolls of TP, a whole bunch of bottles of shampoo and dish detergent, many rolls of paper towels, and more - just a ridiculous amount of stuff for a single man in a small condo. With his brother's blessing, Mom and Sis took most of the stuff for their own use, or donated what they didn't want to a local shelter.

We'll never know why he bought so much, but it had to have been him because his late wife was disabled and didn't do the shopping. Maybe he just kept forgetting what he had.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:42 AM
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My mother-in-law died about five years ago. I just used up the last bottle of rubbing alcohol that she had, and we still have a container of Vaseline left. I am afraid to think what she used it for.

She also filled up her freezer with yarn (apparently to keep it fresh - I learned not to ask her questions about stuff like that) on the theory that she would live long enough to use it all. It didn't work - she only made it to 97, and my wife just donated the last of it to an friend of ours who is using it for a mission to Africa.

I have no idea why the Africans need yarn, but I have also learned not to ask those kinds of questions of my wife. The yarn is gone - I rest content.

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