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The joys of window shopping September 01, 2005 12:50 AM

I keep a list of things I'd like to buy when I have more money. It cheers me up just looking at it, simply because there's not much on it; household repairs, mainly, and bits & pieces for the old computers.

It's also forever changing. A friend gives me what I'm looking for, or I find it through Freecycle. And I watch several items on eBay, to help decide how badly I really want them; if the price goes over, say, £5, I lose interest. Cheapskate City.

Soooo ... What's on your window-shopping list? You can make it as practical or as fanciful as you like; money really is no object!

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anonymous My list September 01, 2005 4:30 AM

A little black skirt
Good all-purpose shoes
A nice nightgown
New bedclothes, wallhangings, and an endtable for the bedroom
A table
A car
An African safari with my Mom (when she retires in five years)
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anonymous  September 02, 2005 4:33 AM

This is what will be done next Friday ( payday)or shortly after:

Pay the bills I had to postpone

Getting my hair cut - I really start to look like I have no money now

Buy a turquise scarf I have been watching for ages

Maybe a new book

Nothing of this is really extravagant is it??

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Window Shopping September 02, 2005 2:06 PM

My list of window shopping extravagances:

Books (I love to read, and although borrowing books will do, owning a good book is a real joy!!)
Garden Fork
Insulation for the house!!
Benches & Cupboards for the kitchen (we have none right now!)
A trip to stay at Mum & Dads with the whole family there

Actually, we scored a houselot of insulation the other day from a friend of a friend who works at the factory and can get us their 'seconds' - the dye has run, but other than that its all good.  Kitchen may take a while though - but boy will I appreciate when we get it


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Wish books November 13, 2005 8:14 PM

When we were kids we looked at catlogs like sears cant rember the rest.we caled them wish bookes because we couldnt aford to buy much.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 17, 2006 10:30 AM

It was my birthday yesterday, and I couldn't think of a single thing I needed or wanted.  My nan-in-law bought me a dressing gown (which I could of used last week in hospital but nevermind!!) and everyone else gave me money...this will probably go on bill sor food.

I do fancy buying one of those camping gaz stoves, for when we go on our holidays - and we could use it for 'bbqs'.  And I suppose a fold-up camping chair would be useful too...the floor seems soooo far away these days.
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 March 17, 2006 11:32 PM

Belated Emma!

Mine was on Wednesday, and I had the same "problem". (Someone gives me money or wants to buy me something, and it's a problem?!

A camping stove is a really practical idea, and would prove invaluable in a power cut. And a folding chair is useful for parties (including BBQs!) and picnics.

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PS March 17, 2006 11:33 PM

Hope you're on the mend!  [ send green star]
 March 18, 2006 1:59 AM

Happy belated birthday!!!

I love staying in's like a free holiday!!  I got 3 meals a day and the chance to read loads of books without having to do any washing or ironing!!

I would recomend a collapsed lung to anyone!!  (Well not the first 2 or 3 days)

I'm looking around now for some camping equipment.  Having read the thread on being preapared it has made me see that we have nothing of that sort and should have a box or two  of staples and esstentials just in case.  I can't even find the matches in my house!
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 March 19, 2006 12:27 AM

Got MY bargain in Tesco !!!  Fold up camping chairs that fit into a bag for £4.  So we bought two, now I don't have to show my self up by sitting on the floor when we go camping and not being able to get up!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
window shopping etc March 19, 2006 2:50 AM

well, I just found the rug book I wanted for ages, just got the kaftan I wanted too... now all I really want is some time at the caravan, and to get my essay in before tomorrow, oh yeh, to regain control of the delete key on the puter! =  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
second hand shopping March 19, 2006 1:36 PM

..can't really call what I do window shopping but I do have a running wish list of items I've been waiting to find at all or more of at second hand stores or garage sales

  • a stainless steel tea kettle
  • more types and sizes of glass jars or containers for food storage and for storing bulk beads
  • more cotton flannel sheets for my bed and for the dogs' beds--they are so easy to wash and drip dry and so comfy
  • large cotton towels-for puppy and cat blankets-ditto on the washing and dripping dry
  • organic cotton clothing(I refuse to buy this new---way too over priced--I have managed to find some items second hand)
  • stainless steel and glass cook and bake ware
  • any unique item that I can use for either displaying my beaded wares at shows or for incorporating in some of my designs
  • books, CDs or VHS movies--(I refuse to give up my VCR)
  • Fun

What I love about resale shops is the shopping experience--you can't always find what you are looking for when you are looking for it hence the necessity for "the list".

What I do try to take with me when I go "thrift shopping" is a sense of fun. I like to talk to people and also to people watch. Sometimes I am able to assist someone in finding what they are looking for. Some days I don't find anything to buy but I had some good conversations. Thrift store shopping has taught me patience and kindness, has strengthened my belief in serendipity and has changed shopping for me from a chore into a pleasurable pastime.


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Ebay is great! March 19, 2006 4:40 PM

I just bought some athletic shoes. They're in excellent condition and much cheaper than if I had bought them in the store.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 19, 2006 4:55 PM

Emma has received 3 new, 267 total stars from Care2 membersEmma has been awarded 78 butterflies for taking action at Care2 Emma T. and  SarahJane has received 86 new, 1286 total stars from Care2 membersSarahJane has been awarded 516 butterflies for taking action at Care2 SarahJane M., how wonderful it is to have birthdays and holidays that need not be celebrated by the receipt of "more things!" Now that I live alone, I feel the need to divest myself of all the books, clothing, jewelry, furniture, jars, cooking equipment, etc. I've collected over the years.
I've had to ask my daughter, five years running NOT TO BUY any presents for me on birthdays or holidays; just spending time together is enough and much more enjoyable than having one more THING to store. It really is a lovely feeling, I do NOT need anyTHING.
Emma, I hope you are feeling better!
M J has received 12 new, 100 total stars from Care2 membersM J has been awarded 95 butterflies for taking action at Care2 M J L., you can have 90% of ALL MY JARS, I'm so tired of storing them.
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 March 19, 2006 5:25 PM

Well this is an interesting thread.. I have too much of most material things already. My oldest daughter and I always spend a day together for my birthday..mostly just window shopping and a quick lunch or a trip to an Art gallery, a public garden or a greenhouse.

My house runneth over so I indulge myself in my pet passion..adopting an animal in the form of a donation to help care for it. This year,I have  adopted a beautiful wolf, Spruce, have the Adopt a Leopard kit here on my desk waiting to pick my new friend at Big Cat birthday will be here soon with a gift to Feral Cats for their TNR program, and either a wolfdog [which don't really make good pets] and "get dumped at the wolf shelters" or a Snow leopard or both.

I get more fun out of picking a cyper pet than I do by buying clothes or new furniture. My kids give me books and gift certificates for B and N, Michaels, restaurants..whatever, as I have gotten to the age where I want less, not more.

Now...I do crave a few days at Cape Ann this September and maybe an overnight to a B and B in Vermont..other than that, I am hard pressed to think of anything else I need..or where I would put it if I got

Do I sound rich?? Well I am but not in money..we don't even make enough to pay income taxes now that we are retired... Frugal life does not mean never spending a means [to me at least] spending the pennies on what makes us feel happier.

I am with you girls..some of my happiest days spending money have been on the 25 cent sweaters and 2.00 London Fog coats from the thrift shop so I can spend a couple of nights in a lovely bed and breakfast instead of a cheap motel.

 I did buy a 2.50 miniature rose when I shopped last week...and have had about 20.00 worth of enjoyment from the beautiful fairy roses!

Hugs to all      


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 March 19, 2006 10:32 PM

On my list right now is more Berkinstocks (sandles that cost over $100 new). I had a pair I got for $1 five years ago that were getting ratty before the room mates dog chewed on them. I have another new pair I paid $2.00 for at Good Will but need a few new pair. The great thing about them is they conform to fit your feet and wear forever. They also look great with jeans or skirts.

Also I need one of those mixers that look like a boat motor to mix my soaps with. Too cheap to buy a new one for $20.

It is spring and soon the green houses will open then my budget will go out the window - I can't resist plants. I get a lot of free ones when people clean out old beds and have already started seeds indoors but I have a compulsion to buy plants whenever I am near them.


Better late than never

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 March 20, 2006 5:55 AM

How much is £5 in US money?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 20, 2006 11:28 AM

Clashical: £5 = about $8.78 at today's exchange rates. But a lot of stuff is more expensive over here because of the taxes.

Marie: cheers for the birthday wishes! I'm just getting round to my thank-you's, so it's just in time.

And Paula, what a great idea. My nephew is determined to get a big dog for his 8th birthday, even though his gerbil-keeping skills are still somewhat erratic. This could be the perfect solution.

Besides, I can't wait to tell my sister I'm sending him a wolf.
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SJ..good Idea March 20, 2006 11:57 AM

SPRUCE This is Spruce..they sent this picture after I chose him...isn't he beautiful? doos doos to shovel and no walking him on a leash on the below zero winter nights at 2 AM...

There is a ton of info on here you could download and print out for your nephew..some of it kid he could really enjoy it. Most 8 year olds want pets but really, it's Mom who ends up with the work and responsibility. Some of the places ahve wolf-dog hybrids so it would be BIG dog...just living somewhere else.

I think the picture can be enlared by clicking on it..this is just the thumbnail.


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anonymous  March 21, 2006 4:13 AM

I sponsor a cat in a shelter.

Where did you find this nice wolf, what organization? Could you post a link to them?

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Hi Jeanne March 21, 2006 7:31 AM

Spruce is one of the wolves at Wolf Haven International 

and it is very inexpensive to adopt  25.00 to 150.00 a year depending on how much stuff you want to receive.I plan to adopt another one in a month or two. I do a another adoption at the Florida 

www.bigcatrescue  I am doing a leopard now but want to sponser another one there  as well. I use my 'Frugal shopping" money to help fund these things..I call it "free money" so I can spend it on things I want.

The way to get "free money" is easy..if pasta is on sale for half price...I buy 4 or 6..half of them didin't cost me anything so I put the saved money in a Pringles can. If we eat out and I skip the pie or whatever for dessert..I put whatever it would have cost in my can.

If I pay my Electric bill at the bank when I am in there anyway, i put the 39 cents postage that I save in my can.  When I make a big pot of healthy homemade soup, I subtract the cost to make it from what 4 or 6 can of decent soup would have cost and save the labor is free as I am doing it for doesn't take long to save 25 or even a hundred dollars.

Years ago, when we had very little money and no savings, I used to save half of the free money and invest it.and give the other half away.

I feel guilty everytime i throw away food that I overbought so I have learned to look at it differently..when I throw away 3.50 worth of old or overipe food, i say to myself as I dump it into the garbage pail or compost.."well there's 3.50 I am throwing away"..boy..does that help me to spend my money more efficiently!

I have thought of sponsering a cat at a local no-kill will have to wait until I build up my free money account again but I make a game of saving money and there are so many places on here and some of the other places that even an old accomplished saver like me can still learn new tricks.


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New links March 21, 2006 7:44 AM

I am having trouble posting a link that works..the first two won't work, try these...I think they will take you there OK

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Success!!! March 21, 2006 7:47 AM

They work...enjoy...even if you don't want to adopt, they have wonderful pictures and stories


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Great thread... March 21, 2006 8:14 AM

Very belated birthdays to all .. apologies for being MIA but have been in a relapse brought on by stress... my "shopping list" will explain that

~ a realtor to list my home with now that my brother has decided to purchase a large parcel of land rather than "flip" my house as I move to a more affordable place.

~ sanity for the "buying a mobile home (a caravan to you in the UK) process online and on the phone.

~ lots of patience for the fact that I have been "packed" for almost 6 months while not moving.

~ a good book to revil in to forget all of the above !!

As for adopting a critter, hum, I have been a cat rescuer in my home the past years and am now down to "only" 4 cats from a high of 17 this summer. All the others are in lovely homes

I have just gotten my certificates for my nieces' gifts 3 "Sleepy Square Elephants" ~

Click here for TESand SSqE's  

Then as you wander around the site, be careful as the Elecam is addictive

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I Know the feeling OT March 21, 2006 9:07 AM

I am afraid that we will have to sell our home in the not too distant future and move to something smaller and easier to heat and keep up and I HATE the thought!

I need my space..I have claustrophobia and the thought of living in 4 or 5 or even 6 rooms is so depressing. We have 5 housecats now, down from a high of 11 [one for each] and 4 outdoor cats, 3 of which are still quite wild even though we caught and spayed and neutered them many years ago. The fourth one is very tame and our favorite sweetheart but doesn't want to be inside. We obviously can't take them with us if and when we go..they are all upwards of 10 years old now but in perfect health.

I lost my little Twerpie 2 weeks ago..first time in my life without a dog..boy do I miss him but won't get another one..for now at least, this has been too heartbreaking.

 I guess if I could get a wish for something that I really want, it would be to have enough money and health to stay where I am for the next 20 years and that just isn't going to happen so I will just have to accept what life brings and get on with it.

I did think of a luxury that I want and will buy later in the Spring..some flats of annuals to plant my patio container gardens. I could spend all day in a greenhouse and never see enough!


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Lady Gayle March 21, 2006 9:13 AM

I just checked out the elephant site..i have read about this wonderful place many times...and I will be buying a sleeping space or two..thanks for the link!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Wonderful comments! January 11, 2014 7:05 AM

Nice to read how individuals are finding ways of simplifying and doing with less. We have been so caught up in consumerism. It is absolutely wonderful when we window shop and not buy a thing BUT excited when we use our resources and freecycle, flea markets, visit the goodwills, garage sale, etc. And it is amazing when individuals comment on how much they like what you are wearing, like how you have decorated as well as being frugal. Empowering one another to make better choice and not continuing the debt cycle.

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