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Old 02-10-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Budget board sure has changed

I recently returned after a 4 year hiatus from the disboards. My last trip was in August 2007 and I stuck around for about a year and half after that. So it has been since early 2009. I remember threads on the budget board such as how people would use washcloths instead of toilet paper to wipe or gather up the fragments of soap in the tub all in an effort to save a buck for Disney. There were some other extreme things, but I would have to look back at my subscribed posts to see. Now, I see things about Abercromie, Dyson, smart phones and staying at the deluxe resorts. Is this a sign of the economy changing finally or maybe just a different crowd now.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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If I'm scrounging up old soap and wiping my behind on washcloths I don't have the cash for a phone or Internet, let alone even thinking of planning a Disney trip. Please Budget Board friends, if those days ever come, tell me to spend my cash on something more worthwhile.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1342354
Not sure if that link will work but that is the thread with all the cheap things that people did but there were also lots of threads about reusable sanitary pads, and washing sponges, and many other frugal ideas. It certainly is not everyone's cup of tea but everybody spends money in different ways.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:03 PM   #4
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I've been reading these boards for yrs and don't remember that! I must confess reading these threads have cost me $$$ buying all the great deals that I have to have and didn't know I needed!!!
My best ever deal was the Mickey TV from Sears that cost like $25, DD is still using it!
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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You had to dredge that up didn't you?

I had forgotten about. I had moved on. I had un-harbored my resentment towards my local Sears that would not honor that deal.

Now I am bitter again.

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I've been reading these boards for yrs and don't remember that! I must confess reading these threads have cost me $$$ buying all the great deals that I have to have and didn't know I needed!!!
My best ever deal was the Mickey TV from Sears that cost like $25, DD is still using it!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:21 AM   #6
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I've been reading these boards for yrs and don't remember that! I must confess reading these threads have cost me $$$ buying all the great deals that I have to have and didn't know I needed!!!
My best ever deal was the Mickey TV from Sears that cost like $25, DD is still using it!
We have that tv too! LOL
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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I started reading the budget forum thinking it would cover getting Disney items at reduced cost or saving money during Disney vacations. There are a few such postings, but most of the content is on general cost cutting, budget tips, and couponing advice. I wind up going to Mousesavers or a similar website to get Disney specific info.
I wish the dis boards had a General Budget Forum, and a separate Disney Budget Forum.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #8
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Not sure if that link will work but that is the thread with all the cheap things that people did but there were also lots of threads about reusable sanitary pads, and washing sponges, and many other frugal ideas. It certainly is not everyone's cup of tea but everybody spends money in different ways.
Why would you even want to revisit those threads? They were bat-guano crazy back then and they haven't become any more mainstream in the passing years. Can't we just let them stay dead and buried?
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I think, even taking out the two extremes of someone using reusable toilet paper or Bill Gates needing advice about how to budget his million dollars to get the best vacation, I agree that the Budget Board is much less about frugality than it used to be.

IMO, it is now more about how to get the best deal to make your vacation budget stretch to stay at nicer hotels, etc. than about those traveling on a bare bones budget trying to afford a basic trip.
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Why would you even want to revisit those threads? They were bat-guano crazy back then and they haven't become any more mainstream in the passing years. Can't we just let them stay dead and buried?
Wow..."bat-guano crazy"? that is so rude. Seriously. I, too, have found the budget board to have changed a LOT the past few years. Just because someone does something different than you does not give you the right to name calling!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1342354
Not sure if that link will work but that is the thread with all the cheap things that people did but there were also lots of threads about reusable sanitary pads, and washing sponges, and many other frugal ideas. It certainly is not everyone's cup of tea but everybody spends money in different ways.
Oh my goodness. glad I missed out on those threads.....think I would have
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I remember those threads....I filed it all away in my brain for 'emergency situations'....you never know when you'll need to know that kind of stuff Op is talking about FWIW,I used to enjoy all that kind of stuff.... but there are still plenty of interesting topics here,just keep reading!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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I love my reusable sanitary napkins, for ecological reasons, not for budget reasons. Through I've had the same set five years. More comfortable. Rinse them out and throw them in the wash. And they are cheaper.

http://www.partypantspads.com/
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Not sure if that link will work but that is the thread with all the cheap things that people did but there were also lots of threads about reusable sanitary pads, and washing sponges, and many other frugal ideas. It certainly is not everyone's cup of tea but everybody spends money in different ways.
I remember lurking here several years ago when planning a trip to WDW and seeing a Budget Board thread about people dumpster diving for Wendy's cups to get a flight with Air Tran. I didn't join.
Came back a few months ago and finally signed up for the DIS.
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If I'm scrounging up old soap and wiping my behind on washcloths I don't have the cash for a phone or Internet, let alone even thinking of planning a Disney trip. Please Budget Board friends, if those days ever come, tell me to spend my cash on something more worthwhile.
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