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Old 10-23-2019, 12:46 AM   #16
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Everyone has or does something to get " one-up " in life. Ways to get around paying fees for example. Or Calling to cancel service, so they offer a lower rate.

Thought I'd see what others do or have done.


Movies : My local theater recently started assigned seating. Now, you have to pick available seats when buying tickets. I was against it for a while, till I learned a trick. When buying seats I skip seats. Example:

3 tickets, Normally I'd pick " I3" "I4" "I5". Now I will buy "I3" "I5" "I7". Basically paying for 3 seats, but getting 5 actual spaces. Cause nobody gonna buy a seat between two taken ones.

TAX : I travel/drive a lot. I used to run the card at the pump and get a receipt. Now I go to the store and buy fuel. The trick is I buy WAY more than I'll pump. For example, I just pre-authorized $1000.00 and only pumped $45. I get a receipt for $1000 for fuel. Normally I pre-authorize $400 and actually use $80 or so. So, every week I get a $400 to $1000 fuel recept. ( Those that don't know, The funds get locked till you close the pump, then the funds are released less the actual pumped. ) I can basically get thousands a month in "legit" fuel receipts.

Cheaper Service: most services like Cable and Satellite, if you call and threaten to cancel, they will offer you a discount for a few months to keep you as a customer. I actually don't do this, cause I hardly spend $1000 mo between services I pay for. Like Satellite ( 2 homes and RV), Phones, XM and so on. But I've heard people use this as a way to save some coin.

So, what other tricks out there ?
Accountants are generally not stupid people and can figure that old gas trick out. There is something called forensic accounting and when they match those tickets to the bank drafts with the same code, boom.
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:51 AM   #17
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I usually go for the trans gender hookers when in need of a bj.
Their half the price for basically the same thing.
This clears things up on YOUR personal life!
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:25 AM   #18
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I clip coupons and check for weekly specials at the grocery store.

The sweet deal of the week' from the local radio stations, usually 50% off actual price of whatever the sweet deal may be.

Some restaurants on certain days have discounted menu items.

Prepay for gas ( gift card ) and get a .03 cent per gallon discount, (walmart, citgo, etc )

Accumulate shopper points for cheaper gas ( Kroger )

Buy in bulk ( Sam's Club, Costco ) and save a good bit.

Buy expensive items online and pay no tax if out of state.

Do it yourself and save a ass load of money, I do most all my own home repairs, car repairs and general up keep of my property.

Pay with cash rather than financing, this is especially true with big purchases, but not always doable.
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:20 AM   #19
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I usually go for the trans gender hookers when in need of a bj.
Their half the price for basically the same thing.

I did not know this! Where might one find a tranny hooker?
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:23 AM   #20
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I change car insurance every year, They raise it up after 12 months. I started with progressive, switched to geico then to AAA now I'm back to geico. And next year if they raise it I'll jump to something else. I pay $200 a month in California for a 5th wheel cyclone 4200 ,ram3500,tacoma and CRV.
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:38 AM   #21
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During periods of time when I am doing contract work, I claim the "Foreign Earned Income Exception" and get a big deduct in my gross salary on my income taxes. In 2019 I can deduct up to $105,900 of my salary which means I save a ton in income taxes.
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Since when did negotiating become gaming the system



When you sacrifice your integrity as part of the process.
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I change car insurance every year, They raise it up after 12 months. I started with progressive, switched to geico then to AAA now I'm back to geico. And next year if they raise it I'll jump to something else. I pay $200 a month in California for a 5th wheel cyclone 4200 ,ram3500,tacoma and CRV.
Good idea, but don't forget about home insurance as well, bid them out every year.
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The threaten to cancel the cable bullshit cracks me up. Some of the longest and therefore most expensive customer interactions is the save. The more the company has to put into the save, the more it costs them. When the cost goes up, they pass it on to the consumer in inflated rates, which is a contributing factor in why you were quoted a ridiculous $150 a month in the first place.



Even funnier is the fact that the bastards are so willing to cut your annual rate by as much as 50%. If they can give you that big of a discount and still rake in the money hand over fist, they're obviously royally screwing everyone in the first place. Part of the reason why I quit that fuckery a decade ago.

Laugh all you wonít. I called them the other week and instead of my bill going up, I got it reduced by 5 dollars AND free showtime for 3 months. I was serious about canceling tho. I refuse to pay more
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Laugh all you wonít. I called them the other week and instead of my bill going up, I got it reduced by 5 dollars AND free showtime for 3 months. I was serious about canceling tho. I refuse to pay more

Congrats. You're getting screwed less than you were last month.
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That fuel log wonít fly for too long. Best of luck to you. You canít win if you donít play. I wouldnít fuck with the irs though.
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that seat idea is pretty neat... but there are alot of loners out there these days...
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Congrats. You're getting screwed less than you were last month.
Your right. Still getting screwed. Out of 300 channels. Only 3 or 4 are worth a shit. And a 1 hour show is 30 min commercials. No other options tho. No internet service where Iím at. Have to use cell towers
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None here, shit like that is dishonest in my book.
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When you sacrifice your integrity as part of the process.
Yep, that's where I see it.
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TAX : I travel/drive a lot. I used to run the card at the pump and get a receipt. Now I go to the store and buy fuel. The trick is I buy WAY more than I'll pump. For example, I just pre-authorized $1000.00 and only pumped $45. I get a receipt for $1000 for fuel. Normally I pre-authorize $400 and actually use $80 or so. So, every week I get a $400 to $1000 fuel recept. ( Those that don't know, The funds get locked till you close the pump, then the funds are released less the actual pumped. ) I can basically get thousands a month in "legit" fuel receipts.



LOL... good luck with that one chief. That's intent and jail time, not penalties and interest... and it's not hard to figure out unless you're driving a vehicle that consumes more gas in one week than most cars do in a year.
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