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Sonja Haggert
Sonja Haggert
22 days ago

Postage stamps. Yes, I know the mail service is horrible these days but we pay about half what Europe pays. (not speaking to their quality of service, have no experience with that. Still, paying .45 to get a Birthday Card from New York to California is incredibly reasonable, even if it does take an inordinate amount of time these days.

Bob Wilmes
Bob Wilmes
25 days ago

Air conditioning and refrigeration. I think most Americans have no idea how 90% of the rest of the world without our electric generation and power grids live without cooling our homes and office and preserving food for storage. In countries like parts of India the power grid is often powered by imported diesel fuel and is unreliable. The whole food supply changes radically without frozen food.

Rick Connor
Rick Connor
27 days ago

A friend and mentor once remarked that the GPS Navigation system was the most successful government space program ever. It provides world wide navigation services seemingly for free. A few years ago my wife and I and some family were in Italy. We used Google Maps to navigate all around the hills, lanes, and mountain towns of Tuscany. It was amazingly accurate. GPS navigation has become a utility, like water and electric, and we count on it everyday.

Marc Bisbal Arias
Marc Bisbal Arias
29 days ago

Books. For $10 or $20 you’re getting hours of entertainment or education. A good book can be way more valuable than the dollars it costs!

Mike Zaccardi
Mike Zaccardi
1 month ago

Driving 10 miles or so to experience something fun – such as a free symphony at the university. I estimated it costs about 20 cents a mile to drive my 2008 Yaris. Can’t beat that! But even $15 for a couple beer at trivia with friends is worth it. Also, not everyday, but my indulgence is of course visiting the Brazilian Steakhouse which runs about $30 (after my coupon!) and going during the cheaper lunch time.

Rick Connor
Rick Connor
1 month ago

I’m a wine aficionado. The global stock of quality wine is enormous. You can find very drinkable wines for $10 or less, and terrific wines for not much more. I was in Tuscany in 2019 and spoke with a small producer of Chianti Classico. He told me they were lucky to make $1 per bottle on wines shipped to America.

Juan Fourneau
Juan Fourneau
1 month ago

My gym membership and my cup of home brewed coffee in the morning. About a $1 a day for both with my work discount for the gym membership. Stress reliever, relaxing, good for me and prime me for my day, they’re a bargain!

Sanjib Saha
Sanjib Saha
1 month ago

Gas at Costco. No only the price is lower than most gas stations, the 4% cashback on the Costco Citi card is a nice bonus. For that matter, we buy most food items from Costco because they seem to be great bargain too.

The Google Fi mobile plan is also a bargain. We were with AT&T and had a hefty corporate-discount. But given our usage pattern, Fi is not only a bargain, it’s a big convenience too for our overseas travel. I also got a free Moto X phone when I first subscribed in 2018. It was good enough for my purpose, but the charger came loose. I got a new Moto G Power last month for $50 (big discount on 2020 models). Not bad at all!

Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sanjib Saha

For those who are uber frugal like me, it’s also worth taking a look at the mobile plans offered by the company Mint Mobile. Their network coverage is not as good as Verizon’s since they piggyback off of T-Mobile’s network, but their plans are very aggressively priced. They don’t support international usage, however.

Last edited 1 month ago by Thomas
davebarnes
davebarnes
1 month ago

Internet access.
Even at absurd USA prices (vis à vis RoW prices), still a bargain.
For us, it is the same price as water/sewage and we live in a high price water area.

“Long distance” phone calls. In college it cost me about $1/minute to call home.

David Powell
David Powell
1 month ago

Electricity, by a mile. Literally. We said farewell to our last gas car in 2020. We refuel in the garage at 11.8 cents per kWh. On average, it costs us 3.1 cents to drive a mile or about $1 to drive 32 miles. Bonus: EVs are a hoot to drive, too.

Mike inLA
Mike inLA
1 month ago

Quality craft beer. Yes, it’s probably double the price of bland beer like Bud or Coors. But those brands have virtually no taste or quality. Neighborhood craft brewers can provide quality beer – and perhaps entertainment – at modestly higher prices.

Dennis O'Brien
Dennis O'Brien
1 month ago

Dairy.
A gallon of milk is less than $3.50.
$1.40 for a dozen eggs.

Pete Storm
Pete Storm
1 month ago

Gasoline. When I was 16 and learning to drive gas was ~$1.50. Then it was a significant percentage of my income. I filled up yesterday for $2.42 I don’t even track how much I spend on gas because it is not in my top 20 expenses.

davebarnes
davebarnes
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete Storm

When I learned to drive, gasoline was 30¢/gal.
But, I am an old fart.
Now, we put 2000 miles per year on our car. Who cares about the price of motor fuel?

Last edited 1 month ago by davebarnes
Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago

Water and electricity. I make an effort to conserve as much as I can, but H2O and electrons are seriously cheap (at least where I live) considering their utility. At 10 cents per kilowatt hour, a 10 watt LED lightbulb costs only one penny to run for a full 10 hours. That’s absurdly affordable by historical standards.

R Quinn
R Quinn
1 month ago

Bananas for sure are a bargain, but you should wash before peeling.

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