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Live Cheap: Ten Signs That You Might Be A Frugal Guru

Updated on November 11, 2012

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR

Yes, I am frugal! No, I am not a cheapskate! Believe me, they are two different animals altogether. People tend to confuse frugal living with being a tightwad. Not true!

My grandpa was a cheapskate! He could squeeze a buffalo nickel and it would poop out pennies. I kid you not! I, on the other hand, squeeze a buffalo nickel and then figure out how I can use the buffalo poop for fertilizer. Big difference, thank you very much!

Some of us, I believe, are born with the frugal gene; some, like my friend Jennie, couldn’t find the frugal gene with a searchlight and a guide dog. For Jennie, life is one big shopping mall, and she has never seen a problem she couldn’t buy her way out of. Needless to say, Jennie and I have very little in common, but she’s good for a laugh now and then so I hold onto her.

One cannot fake living frugally; many have tried but they have failed miserably. Jennie, for instance, wanted to show her humanitarian side last Thanksgiving, so she worked a shift at the Food Bank while wearing a $2,000 dress. Again, I kid you not! She stood out like a whore at a Mormon picnic. No, one cannot fake being frugal.

So perhaps you are sitting around in your Calvin Kleins and Birkenstocks, wondering if you have what it takes to be frugal. Your Jag is sitting in the garage while you sip your soy latte and ponder the enigma that is you. Luckily for you, I am here! Mr. Frugal is going to give you some signs that just might determine if you have what it takes to be a Frugal Living Guru! Are you ready? Good, let’s get started!

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OH HAPPY DAYS!

You just might be a frugal guru if you bow in reverence when you drive by the Dollar Store, and then raise both arms above your head and shout “HALLELUJAH.”

Is there any place in America better than the Dollar Store? I don’t care if the products or servings are smaller than in a regular retail store; I just feel better knowing I’m only spending a dollar.

NO SENTIMENTAL VALUE WHATSOEVER

You just might be a frugal guru if once a week you eat a former pet. No, I’m not talking about your German Shephard, but rather that lovely chicken named Gertrude that you have raised from an adorable chick. When you gaze at Gertrude and all you see is a fried drumstick, it is time to push aside sentimentality and sharpen the carving knife.

THE MAIL IS HERE! THE MAIL IS HERE!

You just might be a frugal guru if, when the mail is delivered, you run out to grab it, toss to the ground the letter from your mother, and skip back in the house with the coupon circular. Nothing says family togetherness like clipping coupons with the kids.

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A LOVELY DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY

You just might be a frugal guru if your idea of a lovely drive in the country is to do a pass-by of 55 garage sales on a Saturday afternoon. You just might be a frugal guru of the highest order if you can tell if there is anything worth buying at those garage sales while slowing the car down to ten miles per hour. Why get out to stretch your legs if you don’t have to, right?

COSTCO IS THE PLACE TO BE

You just might be a frugal guru if you stop by Costco at noon for a free lunch. Why pay for lunch when Costco is willing to hand out all those free sample? The last time I was at Costco I had a ten-course meal and never squeezed that buffalo nickel once. How cool is that? My grandpa is rolling over in his grave, green with jealousy.

EVER-CHANGING WARDROBE

You just might be a frugal guru if your winter clothes become your summer clothes with just a few alterations. Once those fleece sweatpants get a hole in them, cut them off and start a fashion trend with fleece shorts! Take those thermal undershirts of yours, cut off the sleeves, and you have some dandy thermal t-shirts for those nippy summer nights. As for your Winnie-the-Pooh flannel pajamas….well….you’ll think of something.

You get bonus points if, after you have exhausted all possibilities for clothing, you then make rags out of your outerwear and use them for napkins.

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

You just might be a frugal guru if your five-year-old’s favorite bedtime story is “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau, and his favorite DVD is the “ Ma and Pa Kettle.” Enough said!

CAN I CHECK YOUR OIL SIR?

You just might be a frugal guru if your friend says he needs a oil pump for his 1996 Honda Civic and you go in your garage and find one for him.

We frugal gurus do not like to throw things away. We just never know when we might need an elbow joint or a six foot long piece of PVC pipe. This is good news for our kids because we won’t toss them away after their expiration date of 18 years.

SALAD ANYONE?

You just might be a frugal guru if you have a salad bar growing on your window sill….in December!

We have heard rumors that there is a vegetable section in the local grocery store, but we honestly can’t say we have ever visited it. Why would we? We have herbs growing in the Southern window in the winter, seeds spouting in the greenhouse in February, and a little medicinal marijuana growing in the closet year round.

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PERMANENTLY BROKEN

You just might be a frugal guru if you can fix any broken item in the house in ten minutes flat using only duct tape and/or chewing gum. There is no limit to your abilities when it comes to scratched, dented, chipped or shattered items. When told that duct tape is ugly you promptly went out and bought various colors of that magical fix-all.

You can re-sole your shoes, patch a leak in the radiator hose, and keep your mouthy cousin quiet, all with a roll of duct tape, and you are thinking of writing a book about 101 Uses of Duct Tape, but you are having a hard time narrowing down your list to 101.

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SO THERE YOU HAVE IT

Now that you have something to gauge yourself by, you need to know that you should score at least 6 out of 10 in order to qualify for the status of frugal guru. Anything less than five makes you a frugal guru wannabe, and that is just sad. Anything over six and you have a real shot at winning the Billybuc Frugal King/Queen of the Week Award. I mail the award out weekly so make sure you check your mail each day, and for God’s sake, don’t throw it away with that letter from your mother!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Without a doubt, first thing in the morning is a telling moment. LOL GQ? I gave up that wish about fifty years ago.

      I love ya just the way you are, Sha! Don't ever change.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, too funny! I must say I fall within the realm of most of your frugality is's. You failed to mention shopping at Goodwill or Salvation Army for the latest fashions. I never shop retail, unless I've been given a gift card that the thrift stores don't accept! As for sweats...... they fit year round if you're not looking to make the front page of People or GQ! Forget the makeup, forget the hair gels, hell forget the hair dryer, you are who you are. It all comes to light in the morning, doesn't it?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Veronica, LOL...very good! If you can spot those good deals at 2 mph then you are doing well. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, I'm glad I could help out. Thank you my friend.

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Ehh, I need to work on my frugality... I'll pick up the slack. I can only spot great deals at 2 mph right now. I've got a long way to go! ;)

      Great hub!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      A very fun read - thanks for making me smile today:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wedding, no doubt, the food is great and hardly any lines for seating. :) thank you

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      Ryan Swayt 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Free lunch at Costco is great! Thanks for the hub, it has been entertaining.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, that must have been a living hell. No, frugal is not fun when it is cheap and embarrassing. Thanks for adding to the discussion and I'm glad you found my hub fun....and practical. It was my attempt to turn the frugal bit into a laugh or two. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      As someone who was married to a cheapskate for many, many, years, I recognized several of these tactics. If anything fell apart in the house or on a vehicle, it was repaired with duct tape. This includes windshields, plumbing, eyeglasses, you name it. My children were in their teens before they were allowed to have their own serving of fries from McDonalds and didn't learn what funnel cakes were until their late teens because buying them was a waste of money. I am very frugal in many different areas but not to the extent that I would give cheap gifts or embarrass my children. This is a very fun and practical hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Pearl, I'm glad you enjoyed. Seven definitely gets you the award. It's in the mail. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Well Billy, I must be a frugal guru because I scored 7! I had to trade out Costco for Sam's Club, but it amounts to the same thing. Hilarious and cool as only you could do! How did you know about the duct tape; and the old pj's that make great rags?! Voted Way Up across the board, Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you are indeed a frugal guru. Love it!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      My favorite pair of shorts developed irreparable holes in the butt this past summer, so I cut off a couple of pairs of pants instead of buying new ones. I'm a frugal guru! Yay!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, how could any parent, especially a single parent, be anything other than frugal? Thank you dear lady; I hope this finds you well. I will be by shortly to see what you have written.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mariasial, we call those people hoarders....keeping just for the sake of keeping, and I don't understand it either.

      I wish you well with your store and thank you once again.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes my dear friend I am right up there with you.

      Having brought up six kids I have always been frugal and will be so forevermore. Another great share from you Billy and here's to many many more to come.

      Have a great day to you and Bev. Eddy.

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      maria sial 4 years ago from united kingdom

      Well we use to call it "recycling" . Recycling old stuff is always good because of money issues and environment issues however i have people around who used to keep everything safe (e.g empty boxes etc) to be use some other time which i don't appreciate because my store is so full of such stuff :). Anyway good stuff to read

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, that is hilarious! My son did the same thing and I was so proud of him. :) You made my night with that comment. Thank you my friend!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is so funny and some of it so true! I have to say I have cut off some of my old pants and used them for shorts to work in the garden in. (Don't tell my kids!) LOL It must run in the family too, as my oldest grandson, who is 6, repaired his favorite pair of shoes with duct tape. We didn't notice right away as not only did he do a good job, but he found the same color duct tape as his shoes, blue! Great hub! Voted up and funny! Have a great day! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I love that your son is excited about it. That is so cool!

      Thank you my friend; I haven't seen anything from you of late. I wonder if I've missed something. Time to check.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I admit...I am frugal and love it when I could save a buck or two. I am handing this legacy to my son and I see the thrill in him as well.

      Beautiful hub, bill.

      Sharing it across

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, I know what I'm thinking about....the Texas Rangers play at Kaufman Stadium, right? Is that the same Kaufman name??? Someone rich no doubt! :)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hmmmmm....well, you got me on Kaufman....we're near to Dallas....but so far as sports go...we've had state champ girl's high school basketball...and that is probably about it.

      Ten miles down the road is Terrell...the home of Jamie Fox...the actor...heck, something will come to me.

      Nice little town...but not much going on.

      Oh I love books too! I'm rather too addicted to this danged old machine you see me on now though! I've got tons of wonderful things I want to read...but I just can't hardly seem to set this keyboard down enough.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, for some reason Kaufman, Texas is ringing a bell....must have something to do with sports but I can't think of what it is. Oh well.....I hear you...I don't carry cash around with me for exactly that reason. I walk into a bookstore and who knows if I'll have any money when I leave. LOL Triggers my friend!

      Thank you buddy; good of you to stop by.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      This is hilarious!

      Oh man...I'm into it now.

      I just can't have money in my pockets is all. If I have money in my pockets...everything that goes "beep" or is even slightly shiny ....winds up in a paper or plastic bag on my way out!

      These days....I blow my money at the grocery store....fifteen bucks a pound for Gulf shrimp? Gimme ten pounds! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, well, at least you are honest! :) I understand the Great Depression thing; my parents came from that era as well, but for whatever reason their lessons stuck with me.

      Thank you for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I love the quilt idea. Hey, that counts as frugal! We can overlook the sweatpants idea. I would say you are well on your way to the Frugal Award. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Sorry Bill, I just can't see myself wearing my old sweatpants as shorts. I just can't be that frugal...but I can make a quilt out of them. Fun hub!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Try as I may Bill, I don't have a frugal bone in my body. I think it's been a lifelong reaction to my parents frugality, which was honed in the Great Depression. My main concern is making sure I have enough money to blow, be3cause blow it I will. I do like your Costco idea however!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, Jennie's name was changed to protect me. LOL She is really a compilation of several people that I know, so no worries. Glad you enjoyed this, and I greatly respect your husband for his clever use of anything that is handy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, you can always count on me to toss a little silliness into the mix. Glad you enjoyed this; I hope you do that hub about cheap vs frugal.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      This was fun.

      I thought I was frugal until I met my husband. He has to be a frugal guru, when he is repairing the irrigation, he keeps used plastic pipe until it gets an inch long. He has so many joins in his pipe work it is surprising there aren't sprays of water shooting out of the lawn. He just saws a bit off and glues it together.

      One question. Has your friend Jennie read your description of her?

      Great read.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh my goodness, Bill! I am laughing because yesterday I was thinking about writing a hub on the difference between being cheap and being frugal and you, my friend, have said it all and then some!! Great fun hub with some great ideas and silly ones, too! Much enjoyed, as always! Randi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, we really need to have you see a specialist about that pmp! LOL You are so funny; thank you for enjoying this hub. Tell Uncle Phil hi for me and tell him I respect him greatly. :)

      hugs and respect,

      bill

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      LOL!!! I didn't even try - just sat right down and pmp !!!

      Hysterically funny, so funny I am not sure which description rose to the top but stellar whit with allowing Mom's letter to fall to the ground because your excitement over the coupons outweighed it!!

      I so enjoyed this kick as- funny as hell hub!

      And I am wondering,from these descriptions if you HAVE met my Uncle Phil???

      I can't thank you enough for providing hearty laughter here in Upstate.

      XXOO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Martin, I'm glad I squeezed in under the wire. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyrics, it's a pleasure having you stop by. I think I missed one of your newer hubs; just getting too busy of late. I need to find a way towards balance, if that even exists.

      I'm glad you found some humor in my frugal rating system. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thankfully I had some colorful relative! I am never lacking for interesting quotes. :) Thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You are near the end of my commenting, so I appreciate the chuckles. Thank you

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, I had a hard time reading cause I kept on laughing so much. To me, one of the best that I have read!! Oh my, let me catch my breath. Frugal gene hey? Awesome! This article reminds me of my old man. I can't say that he is totally cheap, just think it is the time that he grew up in. Born in 58. I see a lot of veggies in the windows here in West Virginia, comical! Thanks for the much needed laugh Bill. Always the best from your articles. Awesome video Bill! Loved the haircut bit. You should be on TV primetime pal. Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, interesting, and shared.

      Always a joy Bill:) Bless You and take care.

      Lyrics

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I fit some of these categories, need to work on the others. Dollar Store is where I go first every time, is there any place else? I think not. Your opening remarks are hilarious -- especially the nickel & penny analysis.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki my friend, you are up late. Thank you! I love that you are frugal...raising chickens is fun until it's time to kill them....I'll do it but I don't enjoy it. :)

      Thanks for sharing Vicki; glad you enjoyed it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I LOVE being frugal! Why be wasteful? Be frugal in order to spend things on other things you want from time to time. You're so funny. I really, really enjoyed this hub. I would like to live farther out one day and have some chickens, too!

      You reminded me that I have a standing fan that fell over and broke. As it's a white plastic, I need to get white duck/duct tape to fix it. I had forgotten about all the great colors. So cool!

      Love this hub! Many votes and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tips, you are set for month if you have a case of it. I'm trying to figure out how to re-use it. LOL

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan....fix broken things till they cry out for mercy....LOL Excellent line my friend. You are officially a frugal guru!

      Thank you as always; you are appreciated!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well, I think I managed to scrape through to being a frugal guru. Though I miss the dollar store you have over there; 99c store being my favorite and whenever I have visited the States. I fix broken things till they cry out for mercy. I am a big window shopper as well.

      Really enjoyed this read Bill.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      LOL - I'd buy the fancy duct tape, but I bought a case the last time it was on sale, so it will have to wait!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, $3 for two meal gets you into the Frugal Hall of Fame! I loved your wife's endearing not to you. Ah, love!

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, great minds on the same track for sure! :) Thank you my friend; people can call me cheap if they want but I'm happy so there you go!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, funny you should mention Dollar Store. My wife had to go to work early today and left me a note basically saying, "Find your own meals today!" She's so wonderful at times. Anyway, went to the local Dollar Store and bought some spaghetti sauce and rigatoni shells and did exactly that. Got a plate waiting for her when she gets home, so she can enjoy it like I did. Couldn't see spending six or seven dollars for a hamburger meal at McDonalds. $3 got us both fed. Great Job, my friend!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great points, Bill. Thanks for sharing your frugal wisdom. I had a good chuckle at your humor. LOL I actually wrote a hub about being frugal about a year ago and it started much the same way: comparing the difference between being frugal and cheap. Thanks for a great read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is an excellent point, and I can think of worse things than being thought of as cheap! You are a man I'll gladly walk side by side with into a Dollar Store. :) Thank you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, laughter is definitely good for what ails us. Thank you as always and listen, in my book, you qualify for the Frugal Guru Award. Well done Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Esmeowl, welcome my new friend, to the show that never stops. :) I'm glad you enjoyed my humor. It's not always humor here, but at least once a week I try for a little laugh or two. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great Hub Bill. I know I'm frugal. My family and friends think I'm cheap but I'm not, just frugal. I still drive my 1996 Saturn and people think I'm cheap because I drive an old car. It gets me from point A to point B just like all the new cars out there and it doesn't cost anything but the gas I put into it. If I wasn't frugal I wouldn't be able to travel like I do. Great job.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well would you believe that i am close to becomming a frugal guru. We'll start with the garage sales, there is nothing i like more. We have no Nocostco stores, so i failed that one. Dollar stores, they know me by name. I love to shop there. It would be difficult to eat Gertrude, so i failed again. The medicinal marituana i'm not sure about, but if it helps one to be free of pain, i say more power to you. You didn't mention the Salvation Army, it's a wonderful place to shop and it feeds the poor. If i keep on reading your hubs, i'm sure i will improve. HaHa. I love your hubs, they make me laugh and that's good my friend...Smiling..

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Absolutely hilarious! The Dollar Store is a special special place.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mpropp, you can count on me to set your target a bit higher. What are friends for? Glad you liked it and thank you so much for being such a loyal fan.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, the Jags don't count if you can't drive them. You are safe and still respected by me! :)No sweat on the award; you are well on your way and I predict by 2013 you will have that award on your mantel.

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you continue to crack me up! We really have to get together one day. :) Glad you enjoyed my nonsense, although there was a hidden, subliminal message in my humor. Never let it be said that I wrote something just for the sake of writing. I always have to deliver a message, right?

      Keep those facial mask hubs coming; I'm loving them. :)

      Thank you Suzie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kimberly, one needs to use that empty space in the house! :) I appreciate you dropping by on this Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, we can substitute sewing for clothes alterations! You score, lady! Thank you and I'm so glad that you are back with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, applause coming to you from Olympia! Six out of ten is excellent. Well done, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dexter, I'm telling you, it's great food and you never go home hungry!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oiler, well done my friend! Wishing you a great evening in Edmonton!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, two dozen socks for $2.00 gets you a place in the Frugal Hall of Fame! Well done my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you! I have found that oftentimes people pay attention to the purpose of the hub if I use humor to deliver the message. I appreciate your comment; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eliza, you are the pride of London for sure! I'll ring up the Prime Minister and make sure you get your award. :)

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tom, LOL Great comments! I would have loved your Uncle Rudy! Fixing two cars with a broken refrigerator is sheer genius!

      Thanks for my laugh! Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Hmmm...I can't say that I can check all of them off the list, but I can definitely appreciate them all. I think I'm still a frugal wannabe, but I'm working on it. I'm still pretty good with the duck tape! Thanks for giving me areas of "improvement" to work on!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Bill

      Just when I thought we were on the road to friendship you go and have a pop at the Jag owners and I've got two among the others.

      Sounds rich but one is waiting for parts that I can't afford and the other I haven't seen for over two years since a little brush with the Italian police and you wanted to hear the story about the French police. I'm so glad you left the bikes alone.

      All that aside I thoroughly loved this piece from you and thought I was on my way to one of your awards since I've got the 96 civic oil pump, the PVC pipe and the things I can do with duct tape but not in ten minutes.

      Turns out I''m just a guru wannabe. Bugger, no award.

      Loved this one lots and lots and lots. Voted up and up and up. Ticked and shared.

      MJ.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill "The Frugal Guru" specialist!

      You continue to produce gems and this is certainly a winner! Oh how I nodded along at your offerings!

      We have Euro stores and everything is around €2 (well it is Ireland!!) and I LOVE THEM! Reusing is the name of my game now and I have become in tune with beauty DIY as I know you just can't get enough of them!!

      Chopping down old sweats for rags is one I do regularly. How I laughed when you told of your $9 North Face Jacket as I remember you mentioning before - I sold North Face here at €300 euro or more!!

      Superb info Bill , I think i'm heading in the right direction or maybe have reached the outer limits of Guruness so I'll keep plodding alone and aiming high!! Thanks for another masterclass!! VU, more and shared!!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I thought I was frugal but I've got nothing on you! I especially liked the growing salad on your window sill in December!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Love it! ^_^ Love them all... except the clothes... but I have sewn my own, maybe that counts? ^_^ So funny. I have so many of your hubs to catch up on, so happy to have my daily dose again. Voting a bunch and sharing!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful Hub! I scored six and and I owe the praise for how I turned out equally to both of my parents who were frugal gurus in different ways. They would be so proud of me and have found your article simply delightful. :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Billybuc! I laughed all the way through. Lunch at Costco (a ten course meal)! That is soooo funny! I have got to try this!

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Nice hub man! I knew I was frugal!!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I don't own one piece of clothing that I did not find at the thrift store except the two dozen socks I got in a bin at a truck stop for $2.00!

      Mark

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      A well-written article that made me smile or giggle yet still managed to impart some sensible tips and guidelines, which I so appreciate. Thank you, voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Lisa McKnight 4 years ago from London

      Great stuff Billy, I can spot the frugal guru in me now for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherry, you are obviously on your way to the Frugal Guru Award. :) Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you! I'll be by the Lake shortly to pay you a visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I think we need more people like your daughter and her husband around; the sales of duct tape would go through the roof if more people were like them. :) Thank you for the visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I'll have to look into those solar lamps. Great idea with the CD as a reflector. You obviously have earned your Frugal Guru Award. Well done my friend, and thank you!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I think my Costco stockpile goes a long way toward my frugal guru cred, and I'm sure you can fix anything with duct tape.

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Though I try to be wise in shopping, I cannot qualify for this award. If it can be given posthumously, however, I would like to nominate my late Uncle Rudy.

      He once fixed two cars with parts from a broken refrigerator. I teased him about driving a FrigidArrow and a PhilcoFord for that, but he just smiled with pride over his ingenuity. He also replaced a worn out motorcycle muffler with one that still had some life from a car. When he and Auntie Dot moved out of their house, we took off the shelves some thirty year-old Fresca that had seperated, but still had the price sticker of nine cents on it!

      I swear, the man could fix broken duct tape with a radiator hose! Jerry is just lucky he came first, or we would use the term Rudy-rigging!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up. Frugally done as useful and humorous. Enough said.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A whore at a mormon picnic! Hahaha! Too funny! I'm frugal, but not as much as I should be according to my daughter who is the queen of frugality. She gets that from her husband who is the king in our family.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This made me laugh so hard! I can jazz it up and call myself a creative re-purposer but the truth is, I'm always looking for ways to avoid spending money LOL. These days I do very little shopping and much more raiding of the plastic bins. However, I do have my eye on simple solar lamps for $11. The light is a bit low for reading but maybe with the addition of an old CD as a reflector... hmm. I do miss Costco!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, one can never have enough Rubbermaid tubs. LOL I use them for things the designers never dreamed of.

      I appreciate you stopping by, and for sharing my silliness. Have a great Sunday, Mary!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, your grandmother and I would have enjoyed each other's company for sure. :) I think you are doing quite well in your frugal endeavors, and you will only get better at it as the years unfold. Thank you my friend, and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Thank you for sharing, as always.

      bill

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Ah ha! So, I can tell my kids my ten year old shirts make me a frugal guru! I'm such a guru my three year old grandson's favorite place is my local Dollar Store!

      As for saving things we might need...you can't imagine how many Rubbermaid tubs I've filled.

      Bill, you continue to outdo yourself!!

      Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting, oh, and shared so other frugal gurus can be vindicated!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I , too, am not a frugal guru on all levels, but the coupons/circulars and the Dollar Store work very nicely for me. As for the clothes, you truly reminded me of my grandmother, who used to be notorious for cutting long sleeves off her shirt to make them in spring/summer clothes and she would have tipped her hat off to you for that suggestion. Thanks Bill and have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are so well known that your reputation precedes you and circles the globe. :) How lovely to have you visit this early on Sunday. I'm glad you enjoyed my silliness; I hereby award you the Frugal Guru Award!!!!

      thanks my dear friend,

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Damn, when were you here? I missed your visit and you were here in my house. Flannel, Dollar Store, duct tape...I couldn't live without any of them. Well, I could but I sure don't want to. Loved it Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, hell no we don't care what it looks like......hell, even when I make something out of scrap lumber for the backyard, I'm not too terribly concerned if the measurements are exact or if the wood matches. I just want the damn thing to do the job. LOL

      Thanks buddy; if you can come up with more of these then I think you have a new hub waiting for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hendrika, now there is honesty!!!! Thank you for a refreshing comment; no, frugality is not for everyone.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Roxanne, just another reason why I like you! Have a frugal Sunday and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Kelly, you are killing me with the toothpick line.....Ewwwww! I like your parents....rich and clipping coupons. Classic!

      Thank you my tv famous friend; have a great Sunday!