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Old 11-03-2019, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post


Pound of chicken for $2? Is it still walking around with feathers?
It is bone in leg quarters
Old 11-03-2019, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
It is bone in leg quarters
I routinely buy boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 (Walmart and Jewel). I found a crazy sale recently where it was $0.99 a pound. Eggs can vary dramatically week to week. They actually last for a long time in frig, so I load up when they are cheap. Same thing with butter. You can freeze butter.

Shell gas station mini-mart had milk for $5.95 a gallon, while other gas station store had it for $2.99 and grocery had it for 2 for $4.

The comment about the middle man was exactly spot on. When I was looking for oriental rugs for my house, the same exact rug was being sold by 3 different merchants at $2,000, $4,000, and $8,000. Retail markup is usually double the merchant's cost.

Snob appeal, convenience, and lack of knowledge can all cost you.





Old 11-03-2019, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Well he's not staying in business off of me. I took all the measurements and have all the tools. I will be building the valances myself. Wife will have to find drapes. I haven't figured out where else to get the shades though, these are not Lowes / HD stuff.
Please keep track of yours and your wife's total hours on this project....It'll be interesting to see how long it takes you guys from start to finish.
Be sure to include travel times and clean up times.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
...replace our window blinds with something more in style....
There's the killer right there. They saw you both coming.
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Originally Posted by cherylchecheryl View Post
I routinely buy boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 (Walmart and Jewel).
Snob appeal, convenience, and lack of knowledge can all cost you.
Spot on. I buy the same "family pack" of chicken breasts at Walmart. That's the only thing I buy there though, normally go to Publix for the rest. So I'm a part time snob ;-)
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Originally Posted by Rjh1960 View Post
I ordered my window “treatments” from Sears online for $12.

Open them they let the sun in,close them they block the sun,if we are going to discuss real world problems has anybody else seen the price of a new Rolls Royce?

I usually buy a new one with cash every year but now I have to stick with the old last years model because of the price increase.
I'd ask if you had any Grey Poupon but I'm afraid you'd hand me a jar that you refilled with some off-brand glop from Walmart. Peasant.
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ANYTHING purchased in West Marine.....'Nuff said.......
Old 11-04-2019, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
It is bone in leg quarters
absolutely. But who wants to eat white meat? White meat is dry and sucks. Leg quarters are juicy and delicious.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


absolutely. But who wants to eat white meat? White meat is dry and sucks. Leg quarters are juicy and delicious.
Don't forget how tasty the cartilage and tendons are!
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Home improvements can indeed be pricy. But you’re able to shop to fit you budget so it’s still your choice.
I find the things that really catch people with their pants down are unexpected repairs.

A customer just called for a repair to his Weil McClain heating boiler and it’s a newer high efficiency type with an integrated control that runs everything in the system.
The control has failed and my COST on it is over $800. He’s in absolute shock.
Many folks have no clue what the bits and pieces in their hvac equipment cost.
Inverter controls for heat pump/AC units are even worse with my contractor price running well over a grand.
This is just residential type product. The commercial and industrial scale stuff will make your eyes water.
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Originally Posted by ToothDoc1114 View Post
My wife is working with an interior designer to furnish our 3600 sq ft home...every time we get a bill it’s an argument. Lady wanted 5500 to have a wooden banquet built in a plain craftsman style. I built the same thing on a Saturday for about 700 in lumber and even added in some hidden drawer storage as a bonus. Felt good about myself until she then spent 2k on the cushions for it....next spring is going to be expensive at the tackle shop ��
We always called them interior Desecrator's .
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Originally Posted by s_ebels View Post
Home improvements can indeed be pricy. But you’re able to shop to fit you budget so it’s still your choice.
I find the things that really catch people with their pants down are unexpected repairs.

A customer just called for a repair to his Weil McClain heating boiler and it’s a newer high efficiency type with an integrated control that runs everything in the system.
The control has failed and my COST on it is over $800. He’s in absolute shock.
Many folks have no clue what the bits and pieces in their hvac equipment cost.
Inverter controls for heat pump/AC units are even worse with my contractor price running well over a grand.
This is just residential type product. The commercial and industrial scale stuff will make your eyes water.
Don't these units have a life time warranty?
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post


Pound of chicken for $2? Is it still walking around with feathers?
Wegman's has individually packaged vacuum sealed perfect chicken breasts for 1.99 lb, I don't know how they make money on it, it is such a good deal for high quality and individually packaged.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Some things are just so ridiculas I don't see how they stay in business. I'm sure everyone has been blindsided at one time or another but this happened to me yesterday....

My wife wants to replace our window blinds with something more in style so she had a local company that does window treatments come by and give us an estimate on new fabric roller shades, drapes, and a couple of valances to hide the hardware. After "discounts", 16 windows total and the quote was $11,300! If I didn't go with motoraized (w/ remote) shades the bill would still be over $10,000.

I figured $3500 but $11,300? The drapes and valances for 5 windows alone were over $6,000.

The guy even admitted it has no return on investmet as only plantation shutters have some return. Fortunately the wife sees this as absurd too.
Went through the same thing. They are just throwing numbers out there to see what sticks.

Go to blinds.com and have them made for a fraction of the price. We were quoted 13k by some larger setup in the area and ended up ordering all of them for 3500. All high end woven wood and roller shades.

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Wife got a designer, and an estimate on a new kitchen, $150,000. That's a lot of zeros. She also wants to sell the custom ordered leather couch we had to get shipped made in Italy, and took 18 weeks to get.
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Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing View Post
I recently priced a new set of impact windows, 14 openings nothing larger than about 36 x 60, half dozen were very small openings. $70K, but if I bought today there's a 25% discount.

Needless to say the shutters will continue to go up
$5000 a window? How much was the window itself? How many man hours does it take to install one? How much was the window grifter, I mean salesman pocketing?
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Champagne taste on a beer budget.
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Originally Posted by wezie View Post
Inflation.
I don't think a piece of fabric and a roller chain went up 700,000 % over the last few years.

I bought blinds for my entire downstairs, 1800 sq ft, and it was like $ 450 from blinds.com. If you can unravel a tape measure and use a screwdriver then you can install blinds.
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Our local store cycles through specials on meat.
Chicken breasts for $.99/lb every few weeks.
Pork chops for $1.49/lb every few weeks.
Roasts for $2.99/lb every few weeks.
Chicken Thighs for $.79/lb every few weeks.

When they are on sale we buy a few packs and freeze them.

For curtains and drapes, I make our own. My wife picks out the fabric and I sew them together.
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Originally Posted by Mckee4Me View Post
I disagree. Things are too cheap. Just think about what goes into producing these things.....

Gallon of has under $3.
Milk under $4
Pound of chicken $2.
Dozen eggs under $2.
We get clothes for the kids under $5.
Some good quality wines for under $9.
Where the hell are you shopping?

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