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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2008, 08:41:00 AM »

Kitchen knife: SKIMP. I see I'm going against the grain in this thread here. I use cheap knives from IKEA and an cheap knife sharpener from IKEA. If only the knives are sharp then I have never noticed a difference in performance between cheap and expensive knives.

But why do that when you can splurge without splurging?

The Oxo Good Grips Professional 8-Inch Chef Knife @ $20 US consistently beats all the $100+ offerings from Haekel, Sabatier, et al. In one review in Chef's Magazine (probably the single most reliable source of cooking info) this little wonder beat out everything except one. And that knife carried a $200+ price tag.

IMHO Oxo makes some of the best, and most reasonably priced, kitchen equipment on the planet. Outperforms the majors all the time.two cents

Sometimes cheap and good can share the same space. Thmbsup Thmbsup

Now if somebody could just figure out a way to convince them to build cars... Wink
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« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2008, 10:26:24 AM »

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Kitchen knife: SKIMP. I see I'm going against the grain in this thread here. I use cheap knives from IKEA and an cheap knife sharpener from IKEA. If only the knives are sharp then I have never noticed a difference in performance between cheap and expensive knives.

No, you're not going against the grain, you're following the rules. REMEMBER: it's not skimping if you found a quality item at a decent price.
I mean you're talking Ikea...  Kiss

I've bought "cheap sawdust" bookshelves from Ikea that outlasted some solid-wood kitchen tables from a big-box retailer.
Gotta love those north europeans...
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2008, 10:42:12 AM »

IMHO Oxo makes some of the best, and most reasonably priced, kitchen equipment on the planet...
Now if somebody could just figure out a way to convince them to build cars...

Yeah, Katie says they could call 'em OxO cubes  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2008, 11:33:01 PM »

Regarding the milk again,

I would suggest, do yourself a favor and go and buy some milk fresh from a farm  ("Milk", as in the stuff out of cows udder  Kiss, and not the tasteless white-ish water out of the plastic container). Not pasteurized, not homogenized, and not diluted - please..
I can only recommend tasting once in while what the real thing is like -  milk is a very sad case regarding what is lost in industry food. 
I do not know what they are doing to the milk (or the cows; the corn diet?) in the US, but it lacks even more in taste than the grocery store brands in Europe.
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« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2008, 05:53:05 AM »

Splurge:

Tape


I bought some bargain shipping tape recently -- and I don't think anything has come close to making me curse and want to smash stuff as much as that thing cheap bad quality tape -- an incredibly frustrating experience.  Scotch Shipping tape is much better.
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« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2008, 06:11:03 PM »

Cognac Thmbsup

If you are going to buy it  don't skimp    splurge  buy the best There IS a difference.
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« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2008, 06:15:31 PM »

Cognac Thmbsup
If you are going to buy it  don't skimp    splurge  buy the best There IS a difference.
On the other hand, you can get some decent cheap whiskeys. Obviously a Famous Grouse, Grant's, or Jack Daniels isn't going to be the same experience as a 12-year old Oban, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable experience, though smiley
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« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2008, 06:16:00 PM »

Cognac Thmbsup

If you are going to buy it  don't skimp    splurge  buy the best There IS a difference.

Agreed. Ditto for a fine Port.  Thmbsup

On the other hand, you can get some decent cheap whiskeys. Obviously a Famous Grouse, Grant's, or Jack Daniels isn't going to be the same experience as a 12-year old Oban, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable experience, though smiley

Also very true. I'm a big single malt fan. But Black & White scotch is surprisingly good. And the price is more than reasonable. (Best served straight up in front of the fireplace on a cool and sunny autumn afternoon!)  Thmbsup
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« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2008, 06:38:54 PM »

Vodka   on the other hand      The largest quantity possible for the least price possible
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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2008, 01:24:29 PM »

40hz: point taken. But I consider 20$ for a knife at least a semi-splurge. A decent IKEA knife goes for around 5$ you know Wink

I wish to file a friend-of-the-splurge brief for mousers tape splurge smiley Tape, especially electrical tape, is one of the most handy things ever invented. Buy good quality stuff and buy enough to be able to have multiple rolls at various places around your house or apartment.

A general splurge rule: buy duplicates of small tools you use a lot and put in different places. That way you'll always have some close to hand and won't have to spend time searching for where you put them so often.
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« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2008, 02:14:04 PM »

buy duplicates of small tools you use a lot and put in different places. That way you'll always have some close to hand and won't have to spend time searching for where you put them so often

Or, speaking from experience, you'll have a massive supply all in one place... if only you could remember where.
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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2008, 07:41:22 PM »

40hz: point taken. But I consider 20$ for a knife at least a semi-splurge. A decent IKEA knife goes for around 5$ you know Wink

I wish to file a friend-of-the-splurge brief for mousers tape splurge smiley Tape, especially electrical tape, is one of the most handy things ever invented. Buy good quality stuff and buy enough to be able to have multiple rolls at various places around your house or apartment.

A general splurge rule: buy duplicates of small tools you use a lot and put in different places. That way you'll always have some close to hand and won't have to spend time searching for where you put them so often.
I second the tape rule, and up-one: get a roll of gaffer's tape with your next duct tape purchase (if you can find it...) and see if it doesn't out-purpose the silver stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love duct tape, but gaffers tape is his grown-up cousin.
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« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2008, 08:27:33 PM »

but gaffers tape is his grown-up cousin

It's true!

Then there's that rubberized, self-bonding tape that'll make an an instant non-slip grip on any tool handle, and the armoured stuff that you can wrap around your fingers when you mislay your carver's mail glove... oh, and the double-sided carpet tape that acts as a clamp between boards when bandsawing multiple same-profile parts, and the high-friction stuff for drawers and jigs, and the low-friction tape and...

We need a tape thread  smiley

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« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2008, 12:40:34 AM »

Mmmh, gaffer's tape. And it's companion, ether!
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« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2008, 03:52:13 AM »

SPLURGE:
Good keyboard, comfortable mouse.

SKIMP:
Sunglasses. (I lose them anyway.)
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« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2008, 04:30:29 AM »


Then there's that rubberized, self-bonding tape that'll make an an instant non-slip grip on any tool handle...

I like that tape too, but the kind I have can't be cleaned...kind of gross (if yours can, please, tell me the kind you're using & I"ll get some).

I've never heard of gaffer's tape, but I have some Gorilla Tape that's actually holding a very large, heavy wood dresser together. I think temperature & technique might have something to do with it, but still, I love this stuff!

Not cheap, but worth every penny.




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« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2008, 08:17:37 AM »

Skimp: clothing

Splurge: shoes

I buy quality when I can (usually on sale) but then, that doesn't necessarily have to mean splurge, either, does it? Overall, I'm drawing a blank here. I guess I follow my dad's credo - shop around until you can get good quality at a good price. This way you buy once (or once every X years) instead of buying low quality items frequently.
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« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2008, 04:41:02 AM »

Skimp: clothing

Splurge: shoes

I buy quality when I can (usually on sale) but then, that doesn't necessarily have to mean splurge, either, does it? Overall, I'm drawing a blank here. I guess I follow my dad's credo - shop around until you can get good quality at a good price. This way you buy once (or once every X years) instead of buying low quality items frequently.

What counts with clothes is cost per wear. Cheap jeans are an abomination, but I have a pair of carpenter's trousers that I wear nearly every day, and will see me right for years yet.

Another useful thing is to have a little book in which you write down everything you really, really want and why you want it, even if you think you can never afford it.
It's quite chastening to look back at some of the stuff you once lusted after!  tongue
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« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2008, 08:30:09 AM »

Another useful thing is to have a little book in which you write down everything you really, really want and why you want it, even if you think you can never afford it.
It's quite chastening to look back at some of the stuff you once lusted after!

Good idea! It's also cheaper than feeling chastened looking at the accumulated junk that you bought, used once, and never looked again...
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« Reply #44 on: August 15, 2008, 10:48:48 AM »

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I've never heard of gaffer's tape, but I have some Gorilla Tape that's actually holding a very large, heavy wood dresser together.

Gorilla Tape is amazing! *Many* applications. I repaired a downspout on some outdoor guttering two years ago and the repair is still good. I've even used it to repair a noisy Dell PC case. (By the way, check out Gorilla Glue as well.)

Some additional items:
Splurge: premium paint (Sherwin-Williams Duration), rechargeable AA & AAA batteries, Hitachi hard drives, computer books
Skimp: OS (mostly use Ubuntu 8.04 (supplemented rarely by WinXP Pro))

Possible future splurge: das keyboard  Kiss
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« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2008, 10:57:53 AM »

check out Gorilla Glue as well.
This is the only thing I've found that provides a strong reliable bond with plastics. But I dislike its habit of foaming out from the seams.
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« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2008, 01:11:55 PM »

check out Gorilla Glue as well.
This is the only thing I've found that provides a strong reliable bond with plastics. But I dislike its habit of foaming out from the seams.

Love it too... Only problem is that it expands (20% if memory serves), so you can't really use it to repair anything in which expansion will be a (negative) issue.
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« Reply #47 on: August 15, 2008, 01:16:17 PM »

Mmmm, Glue! IMHO, JB-Weld and/or JB-Kwik rock!  Kiss Good for anything too heavy for Krazy Glue! ....well, maybe not wood (carpentry-type) fastening, but still...
Gorilla Tape =  Thmbsup

Splurge: Good Headphones - see GoodCans.com http://www.goodcans.com/ for some excellent reviews.
Speakers, I go with 'Good Budget', but when I really want to HEAR music, can't beat good headphones - also, 'Stock' earbuds almost universally are Crappy  - Try REAL headphones or GOOD earbuds, and your opinion of your MP3 Player (or soundcard, etc.) will probably go WAY up!  Thmbsup

Splurge on Good Tools - Crimpers, Multi-Tools, Screwdrivers, Knives, Pliers, Wire-Cutters, etc - eBay may have cheap ones, but it shows!

Worth Splurging - A Good Woman!  Kiss (or your partner of choice)
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« Reply #48 on: August 15, 2008, 01:31:23 PM »

Splurge on Good Tools - Crimpers, Multi-Tools, Screwdrivers, Knives, Pliers, Wire-Cutters, etc - eBay may have cheap ones, but it shows!

There's an eddy in the time-space continuum where my screwdrivers all migrate. (I believe it's located next to the place where socks go)

So screwdrivers are definitely not a splurge item for me.
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« Reply #49 on: August 15, 2008, 01:36:46 PM »

I bought a screwdriver with 6 bits at the dollar store. I used it without complaint for a few months, but then while working inside my computer I found out why it was only a dollar.

I don't know if the bits softened with time or I just never used it on any screws that were really tight until then, but those screwdriver bits seemed only as hard as refrigerated butter. I couldn't believe how easy they bent and became unusable.

Thanks to the good advice of app103, I went to a hardware store and spent about $15 on a screwdriver set with a lifetime guarantee. I have absolutely no complaints about this new one and it was worth "splurging" for a good set of tools that don't fall apart when you're dealing with the internal workings of a PC (or anything else that requires a screwdriver).
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