Thursday, April 21, 2011

WE’RE GOING SHOPPING

Did that title grab your attention? I will explain in a minute, first let me introduce myself. I am Sharon from Vroomans Quilts. I live in a little country town that was founded by my ancestors and live on one of the earliest original homesteads. A number of my ancestors were cobblers, coopers, blacksmiths, ran the local feed mill and (my great grandmother no less) ran the first hardware store. So I am familiar - it’s in my blood - with shopping at the local hardware store; even for quilting supplies.

So I am taking you on a shopping trip to the Hardware Store. Are you ready for some sticker shock? The stores I chose to do price comparisons are strictly because they are a little more familiar and I have no association with any of them. And prices are reflected at the time I researched them.

NOW grab a basket...we are going to comparison shop...





45 mm BLADES
AC Moore $10.99 2/pkg
Joann’s $ 7.99 2/pkg
Freight Harbor $ 1.79 2/pkg (called Rug Cutter Blades)



QUILTING GLOVES
AC Moore $10.95 pr.
Joann’s $ 7.95 pr.
Freight Harbor $ 4.99 3/pkg. (have a large number of various types of gloves in pkg.)


Or have you thought about disposable gloves? I like these because I can 'feel' the fabric, thread my needle or handle other objects without removing them, and don't feel guilty about throwing them out because of the price. (box of latex or nitrile disposable - 100ct. For $5.99)

GRIPPERS
small AC Moore $ 7.15
Joann’s $ 6.49
Freight Harbor $ 3.49 (in the Assisted Living Section)

Large AC Moore $17.59
Joann’s $19.99
Freight Harbor $ 6.99


MARKING TAPE
AC Moore quilter’s tape ¼” x 30 yds - $2.85
Joann’s quilter’s tape ¼”x 39yds $3.99
Freight Harbor painter’s tape 2“ x 60yds. $5.99
To ¼“ x 60 yds. 1.99 (paint dept)


ROLLING BAG
AC Moore $89 - $108
Joann’s $89 - $200
Freight Harbor various bags - smallest 18” x 20” x10” $22.99
**this bag is the same size as those for carrying your sewing machine**



CLAMPS
AC Moore 2-PK - $2.79
Joann’s 2PK - $2.99
Freight Harbor 22 piece - $3.99 (table saw dept)


TWEEZERS
AC Moore $7.65
Joann’s $9.99
Freight Harbor $3.99


OTT LIGHTBULB
AC Moore $27.49
Joann’s $49.99
Freight Harbor $9.99



HEADSTRAP MAGNIFIER
AC Moore $32.95
Joann’s $36.95
Freight Harbor $9.99



STORAGE BOXES
AC Moore $2.99 each
Joann’s $2.99 each
Freight Harbor $ .99 for pkg of 3






Please note that not every chain store carries the same product from area to area. You can shop most of their on-line shops, but when shopping at the hardware store you have to know the difference from ‘Quilt Speak’ to Hardware Speak’. I’m sure if you asked the assistant at the hardware store where the Purple Thang is - he might just call security. SO take a ride with your hubby - won’t that excite him, you want to go to the hardware store? Learn the new names, drop on the floor over the prices, remember not to drool or load 2 carts or DH will never take you again.

Now you have a new conversation with dear hubby, he’ll be happy you are staying out of his work room to “borrow“ items, and I bet next time you ask him to drive you to the hardware store he will race you to the car.

Now I like bargains - do you have some new quilt supply shopping places that you would like to share?

Thank you Madame Samm for letting me share my shopping trip.
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


78 comments:

  1. I had no idea! Thanks for taking us shopping at the hardware store.
    BTW. I'm happy to see my quilting friend, Sharon, guest blogging at Stash Manicure today.

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  2. I have gotten garden gloves for quilting gloves for like $3 but I love the idea of the throw aways ones and being able to feel the fabric. I will have to look next time we go. Humm I wonder what Central Tractor has?

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  3. How cool is that! Thanks for taking us on a virtual comparison shopping trip. Although I had to laugh at the idea of taking my hubby to the hardware store--he glazes over just as badly there as at the fabric store. I'm more at home in the hardware store than he is, LOL.

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  4. Wow! I guess it pays to shop around! I have been looking for one of the sewing machine~rolling bags. Does it fit in the overhead bins of airplanes??

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  5. I forgot to mention....BEWARE of the rug rotary cutters....a friend of mine messed up her cutting board using one.

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  6. Some good buys there, also worth looking in fishing tackle type stores, they stock a lot of good containers for storing threads etc, just need to think laterally.

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  7. Thanks for doing all the homework for us!! I recently bought the rotary cutter blades from Harbor Freight & haven't had any trouble at all with my mat.

    (My DS & DBIL had a hardware store & a small grocery store on Macleay Island in Queensland, Australia!)

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  8. I was delighted to see you appearing as guest blogger. Thanks for the virtual shopping trip. I'll have to keep my eyes open on my next trip to the hard ware store.

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  9. yeah, I heard about the rug cutters, so need to get to the one closest to me for that great deal!! Thanks for the other insightful tips!! Good looking out!

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  10. Wow, thanks Sharon! I had no idea the price difference. The rotary cutter thing will make a world of difference!

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  11. Thanks for the shopping peek. Glad to see you as a guest blogger. Harbor Freight is awesome!!

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  12. Hi Sharon, thank you so much for making us think outside the box. Husband Is an odd job man (= handyman?) and spends most of his life in assorted hardware shops, I hope the UK versions will prove to be as quilter friendly as yours!!

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  13. Oh Sharon you so rock!!! I tend to always look for "Binder Clips" aka hair barrettes at the dollar store-actually I found a lot of things at the dollar store for my sewing room. I never knew about the blades - must go and look for those babies now!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful info!!

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  14. Wow. Thanks so much for the heads up on carpet cutters. The price of rotary blades has been irritating me quite a bit so I haven't been changing as often as I should.

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  15. I bought a bunch of the blades to try, and share with my quilting group friends. One of the gals has tried them, and was so delighted, she bought a bunch online to share with her mother, who quilts, and to share with a group of church women who make donation quilts.

    Just thought I would add some info on the blades, since I have a package sitting right here. They are made by Central Forge, there are two in a package, are called Replacement Carpet Cutter Blades, and the item number is 97642. (For Carpet Cutter-Item 95378)

    Thanks for this wonderful post. I love Harbor Freight too!

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  16. Good Morning Sharon....Wowzee, now if we had a Harbor Freight in Canada I would be set...maybe they ship to Canada...Great comparison shopping, great savings, great post. OH yeah! lol and thanks to Michelle for item number...pretty cool !

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  17. Sharon, great to see you posting here and thanks for the tips! I heard you can use the blue painters tape from the hardware store for quilting but I didn't think about disposable gloves. In fact, I have a package in the basement now - how kewl is that? Also, I've found packages of buttons in the dollar store that have as many buttons as 5 of those $2.29 packages from JoAnn's.

    Linda

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  18. So many GREAT ideas... I loved hardware stores before and now have MORE reasons to do so! Thanks for sharing...

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  19. wow, what great ideas. I just ran out of my painter's tape from when I actually painted. I know where I will be buying some more :)

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  20. Thanks for giving us the "heads up" on some fantastic buys. Surely I will be looking at hardware stores differently now.

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  21. I once found a magnitic pin catcher at Big Lots for less than $1. It was for the workshop to catch screws and small tools, but it works just like the expensice ones for pins!

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  22. Yes that was a great post. It always pays to take a spin through the hard ware store now and then!

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  23. I am going with husband next time to Harbor Freight - won't that be special!!! My latest acquisition were the pretty storage boxes from Michaels - in three sizes - all on sale at 60% off. Holds all my current projects "in style". Great post Sharon. Who Knew? Judy C

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  24. Oh Yeah!!! Great Post! Who has Tool Time Tuesday on their blog??? It is amazing and the author talks about stuff like this every Tuesday. I'll look it up FYI> I wondered about the rug cutters? At that price I'll give it a whirl.
    Thanks
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  25. It bothers me that quilters are charged such inflated prices for items that obviously don't cost that much to manufacture! The rotary cutter blades are the biggest mark-up I've seen in a while. (AND, it's not the quilt shop owners who are marking them up.) I had just heard about buying them at Harbor Freight, so this just confirms that they are available there. I'm going to have to take a short road trip! There's bound to be at least one Harbor Freight in San Antonio! Thank you!

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  26. Well that was enlightening! Thanks for the info!

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  27. Thanks for all the info! I'm going to have to look and see if there is a Harbor Freight in my area. Will have to try out the disposable gloves next time too. Not having to take the gloves off will certainly help!

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  28. Sharon what a delightful post.. A way to save momey for more fabric. ( On sale of course)

    And I love your blog too..

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  29. Thanks for doing the comparison shopping, Sharon! I knew about Harbor Freight for the rotary blades but I didn't know about the other stuff. Guess I just need to browse the aisles like my DH does - lol!

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  30. I love love love Freight Harbor although I hadn't thought of looking for so many things there. I'd bought the 45 mm blades and bought 8 2packs for less than I can buy a single blade - even including their very reasonable shipping. Thanks for the heads up.

    Never thought about Freight Harbor being an actual walk around store! LOL

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  31. Going to look around for a local Freight Harbor store (and leave my husband home) --- what great ideas! Thanks!

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  32. Thanks for the comparisons! How lucky am I, the Harbor Freight store is right next door to one of my local quilt shops!

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  33. Great post! Thanks for sharing the information.

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  34. I am rushing right out to visit my Harbor Freight. I loved it for the hardware but now I love it for the quilting supplies.

    Can I bring this lecture to my quilt guild? I am doing the program next month and would LOVE to share this with them. With kudos to you, of course!

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  35. I love Harbor Freight. I bought a 2 piece rolling tool carrier for $29. The larger one for large tools/sewing machine/sewing project/fabric, etc. and the other piece was a smaller bag for smaller tools/sewing supplies. They have large inner and outer pockets and small skinny slots for screwdrivers or whatever. They have magnetic bowls, magnetic wristbands for screws/nails/pins. They have nail/screw organizational boxes you could use for embellishments. Everytime I go in there I find some tool to help me around the house.

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  36. Sharon I'm so excited that you told us this! I've often picked up things at Lowe's because they're a little cheaper but I haven't tried the hardware store(s) in town. I bet I'd find more fun stuff there! blessings, marlene

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  37. Sharon, you are brilliant!! i always need blades (duh, don't we all). been thinking about and wanting the gribbers, now i just might get them. was just at Lowe's yesterday, noticed they had ott bulbs and made mental note to check type i needed for price comparisons. last time in (my) big lots they had scrap-booking odds and ends, things that would be great quilt embellishments. thanks for thinking outside the quilt!!

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  38. OMGoodness! I think we have one of those stores in Seattle!! Who knew?!? This is possibly the best blog post I've read in the last YEAR...aside from my own, of course! :)) Thanks so much for the tips, I'm going to head that way today! Hoppy Easte! xo, Nan

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  39. Wow, Sharon! Great information. And I'll bet if you'd shopped for the same things in the local quilt shop, they would be even higher.

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  40. Next time hubby goes to Harbor Freight, guess who will be tagging along?

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  41. WOW, Sharon! You knocked my socks off - lol! I always thought Harbor Freight was a Man Cave -I can't wait to see the look on his face when I ask my husband if I can ride along with him to the hardware store. I might even have to belch and scratch myself a time or two - haha!

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  42. What a great post Sharon. Good job!! It is amazing what you can find that will work for quilting if you re-look at something!

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  43. Wow, that was a very interesting shopping trip. I think I'll be visiting the hardware store more often.

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  44. Yes, my jaw hit the ground ... picking it up at this moment. Thank you so much for the shopping trip! WHO KNEW??? Well, besides you, anyway? :) We don't have Freight Harbor here in Montana, but Michele, thank you for the item number ... I'm off to shop online. You ladies rock!!!

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  45. Quilting has certainly changed how I look at things. I just purchased Carrot Baby food.. to make carrot cake for Easter.. (I have no babies anymore.. my baby just turned 13).. Now they make this in plastic square containers instead of glass jars.. who knew?? And.. the containers are re-snapable.. you snap them shut.. well I'm thinking I must be able to wash these, and use them for keeping some of my quilty stuff!! I'm certinly a quilter now.. re-purposing things for quilting.. I am thinking... I have finally arrived as a quilter!!

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  46. Sharon, thank you so much for the excellent post. I do check hardware stores for quilting supplies sometimes but I never thought about the blades. WOW!

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  47. I have been busy all morning with housework and just popping in. Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments. As far as problems with the blades and cutting mat - be sure you get the rug cutter blades and not the fiber cutting blades (they are for plastic tubing, PCV pipe, and metal and will ruin your mat). I love Dollar Stores, but they vary from town to state as to content so hard to list goods. Check your local hardware, Lowes, and Home Depot - all good sources. We have to think 'outside the quilt' as someone posted - love that! Have a sewingly wonderful day and maybe there will be a sequal.

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  48. I rushed over to my Harbor Freight and the two hangers that held the 45mm blades were......EMPTY!

    So I ordered 12 sets over the internet and told hubby how much I had just saved him!

    glen

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  49. Wow! That is so interesting, I really need to pay better attention when I shop! Thank you, you have opened my eyes!

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  50. I have used the painters tape before but I did not know the hardware stores sold Ott light bulbs and did not know about the blades. Thanks for all the tips!

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  51. For the lady who was looking for Tool Time Tuesday, you can find it over at http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/ on..well TUESDAYS!

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  52. I love the hardware store. Make my own scroll rods, use long cutting blades instead of clay cutting blades, etc. Saves so much money.

    Peggy H.
    www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

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  53. I love my Harbor Freight gripper handles. The ones I found are in the area with glass replacing supplies and and a little flatter and orange. They hold better than the purple quilt shop ones we all know and love, and were a fraction of the price. I gave my purple one away!

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  54. Do you think we can get Harbor Freight to carry quilt batts?????

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  55. You are a great shopper. I love Harbor Freight too. And your bunny is so very cute.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  56. well, I wish we had a freight habour in Canada...but maybe I need to check my hardware store! Who knew! Thanks

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  57. We call HF the Man store, because everytime we go its full of men, but I have the tool bag and use it for my sewing machine, I have had it for many years and it is still going!! Money I save on tools = more money I can spend on fabric.

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  58. I had no idea where to look for "our" supplies outside of quilt stores but I was quite sure it existed before "we" got ahold of these things. Thanks for doing the digging for us! And, there's a Harbour Freight near me and there's one in Paducah...in case anyone is headed that way next week. I'll be looking for all of you there!

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  59. Wow, next time I need an Ott lightbulb, I'm for sure heading to the hardware store!!!

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  60. Sharon! Great to see you here, and thanks for all the great tips! Looks like you have a real fan club here, doesn't it?! LOL
    Wonderful information...thanks so much!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I visit the cheap shop now but I'll put the hardware store on my list. Lol, I'll have to learn 'hardware' language from Dad as he'd know more about it than DH!

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  62. Thanks for the informative post. I know a little about Frieght Harbor because my late father frequently ordered from them. I'm using some of his clamps when baste sandwiches. Will look at the carpet blades next.

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  63. Thanks for the tip on the rotary blades. I have used the painters tape before, it works great. In fact, I am painting this month, and had to look in my quilt cupboard for the painters tape!Hope our Canadian hardware stores carry the blades.
    Happy Easter

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  64. Hi Sharon, I did post really late last night and my post went into cyberspace somehow...? But, I did want to say how GREAT and informative your post is! My hubby goes to HF all the time...now I know that I can find fun stuff there too!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  65. Really great post Sharon , I must remember to check the hardware store first for some of these items . I bought my rotary cutter at Lee Valley in the section for making model planes etc. and I love it ,plus the blade price is less than for other cutters but not as cheap as you have quoted here .Thanks for the great tips.

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  66. Sharon V. Now how much fun was that! This is the first article in a long time that I read all the way through. Look at all that money you saved Big Mick! I'll tell him I have more fabric money to spend......giggle.

    Really a fun article.

    Billie

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  67. Harbor Freight sells out of cutter blades so fast the news has spread around the internet about cheap blades. I buy my gloves at Menard's since I have very small hands and it is hard to find ones to fit me.

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  68. Sharon I have to laugh! For years before the store came to town every time we needed to find presents for my Dad he would just circle stuff in Harbor Freight. Now he circles the sale circular. When I started beading I found many of the tools I use there and now dabbling in jewelry making with stamping metal I have found additional tools. I have also found other quilting tools like the ones you have above. Thanks!

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  69. I am so impressed! I love the ott light, rug cutters and gripper. You are my HERO!!!!! Thanks so MUCH.

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  70. Clotilde has "bobbin wraps" on their website to keep your bobbins neat and tidy.

    http://www.clotilde.com/image.html?prod_id=10339&mode=gallery



    They are the exact same thing as the baby hair ties I buy in bulk at walmart in the kids department. I actually bought a huge bag of these at Dollarama for $1 just yesterday.

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  71. It"s also a good idea at HF not to gush at the checkout about the price and tell them it's for quilting or they'll be raising the price too.

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  72. Thanks for these tips on some really big savings!

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  73. To Linda, post # 26. There is a Harbor Freight on Fredericksburg Rd, inside the loop. Down a few blocks from Crossroads, next to a Big Lots.

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  74. I have two of the rolling bags from Harbor Freight. One is for my sewing machine and the other is an overnight bag. They are great!

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  75. They stock a lot of good containers for storing threads. I'll have to keep my eyes open on my next trip to the hard ware store. All the things which are shown here are very best and we can easily make comparison between them.

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  76. Thanks for the wonderful hints for changing our lingo to save $$$$$. Now I just need a hubby to take to Harbor Freight - lol.

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