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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« on: November 15, 2013, 03:04:38 PM »
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautéd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 03:13:26 PM »
I spent all day today sewing, making christmas gifts and decorating items for the house. I took a break, went for a walk to my closest neighbourhood centre ant borrowed books and films at the library and then picked up the for sale items of the week at the grocery store. Although I stayed home sick, recouperating, it was a really great day!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 03:14:20 PM »
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautéd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them. 



I often have left over rice and left over soup.  I usually take them to work for my lunches during the following week.  I mix it up throughout the week by sometimes combining them.  Today I used up the last of the black beans, the last of the rice, and put it on a tortilla.  Chipotle style lunch!  So far I still don't seem to be able to convince the rest of my family that things in dishes in the refrigerator are okay to eat and not going to poison them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 03:41:41 PM »
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Minutes before leaving for the store I thought "This has been less painful lately, hmm..." and tried on the old pair. The old pair are again wearable without pain. Scoooore!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 04:27:54 PM »
I stayed home!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 04:44:05 PM »
Didn't wash my hair this morning - have been reducing from daily shampooing to a couple times a week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 06:16:23 PM »
Stayed home.  Still haven't turned on the heat.  Basing meals around what we have so nothing is wasted.  Minimalizing our Christmas gift giving.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 06:51:26 PM »
I made a tasty dinner with lentils, veggies including cabbage that was on sale (3 giant heads for $1! They'll last me through a week of dinners!), and limes discounted because they were slightly off-color but still fresh.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013, 07:58:15 PM »
I came home and ate leftovers for supper and put on a sweater instead of turning on the heat.  Boring, but every little bit helps. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013, 08:02:18 PM »
I had leftovers for lunch and dinner.  The dinner leftovers was the last of the lentil soup I made on Saturday.  Lunch was pasta.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 08:22:02 PM »
Learned to cook dried beans instead of just buying beans in a can. They came out a bit mushier than I intended... but with some seasoning taste great with rice, and I got two big plastic containers full (one in the freezer, one in the fridge) for like $1.50 worth of kidney and black beans. I've been eating them for lunch at work, and that means I've probably saved like $4 every lunch this week.

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2013, 06:32:12 PM »
I returned from vacation to find a big dead spot in my lawn that the sprinklers didn't reach.  I tried tweaking the existing sprinklers but they just won't cover that area.  So I tapped into the nearest sprinkler pipe and ran a new line to a new sprinkler head in the dead spot.  The cost was $10 in parts vs. $100 to have a landscaper do it.  And I got lots of good exercise digging!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2013, 06:51:07 PM »
Went to the beach.
Brought my own beer and sandwich makings.  Brought homemade cookies.
Beautiful afternoon for the price of gas and modest admission.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2013, 07:13:04 PM »
Cooked a pork roast for dinner and will have leftovers for several days.
Rejiggered my car insurance and saved about $120 a year.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2013, 07:20:57 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2013, 07:22:20 PM »
My husband made us tortilla espanola with chorizo, sweet potatoes, green peppers and onions.  We had it for dinner tonight and it's super delicious and filling.  Pretty cheap, too, although without the chorizo it would be cheaper.  I'll probably have it for breakfast for several days if we can manage to refrain from eating it all tomorrow.  :P

I also didn't go out today-I'm not feeling great so I rested up and read a library book!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2013, 07:31:17 PM »
Asked our dentist for a cash discount.  They will knock 10% everything.  That will save us $100+/yr once we are cash payers (when the wife quits working and doesn't have subsidized dental insurance). 

At the Asian grocery store today, I found a new kind of pad thai sauce that is 50% cheaper and sesame oil that is 15% cheaper than what I usually buy. 

My daughter asked for pad thai tonight for dinner so I used the new sauce to whip up a quick batch of (lazy man's) egg only vegetarian pad thai.  Saved a couple bucks on not putting meat or tofu in the pad thai.  Tasted pretty good.  I also didn't have green onions or bean sprouts on hand since I wasn't planning on making pad thai this week.  So saved another buck or two there.  For $3 in ingredients, I made $20 worth of pad thai as good as the neighborhood Thai joint's. 

I also combined 4 trips into one today while out running errands.  6 miles driving instead of 18 or so. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2013, 07:36:28 PM »
Had brunch with my uncle, which he paid for. Then got home and read a book in the sun instead of going out. Going to make corn fritters for dinner, with corn I got on special and staple ingredients from the pantry (flour, a couple eggs, mustard powder, herbs etc) served with homemade relish from my godparents, and salad I got half price

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2013, 10:10:49 PM »
Im on two days rest after spinal injections so... I worked on christmas gifts and a turning 50 custom hoody for my husbands buddy. One side gig I have is a vinyl cutter and various heat presses. So two nights ago we dug through my apparel inventory and found a couple years old really heavy navy hoody sample, expensed long ago. I started the designs for it last night and finished them today. Since I am on total rest, I wont cut everything until tomorrow, my DH is watching me like a hawk.

I've been working on a new hoodie rhinestone design for a couple of weeks, I took pictures of it earlier this week. It was ok for me to be on the laptop while reclining so I loaded it up on ebay for holiday sales, not only did I not spend money, but... Im hoping it will make me money. I also saw that I needed to update my hoody color choices on all the hoodies so I worked on that off and on today. DONE, /whew.

Didn't shower since I'm home bound and my mom brought me chinese leftovers for dinner yum! My hubby is on guard duty for the two days so were saving on gas not going anywhere.

When she was here I gave her my Christmas/bday gifts (for me) I just bought on clearance from one of my apparel vendors, I know she is on a strict budget, it is a $12 softshell jacket and $22 softshell vest. She will pay me and take them to wrap for my gifts next month... alas my bday is only a few days before Christmas. I like to use my buying power to get gifts from her else she will go out and buy things at retail, something I cannot abide by:) I showed her the new rhinestone design I just put on ebay and she loved it! She already picked out a zip hoody for me to give her for Christmas and now it is decided what I will put on it for her.

My holiday budgets range $5 to $15 per family member and I make them their gifts, either jewelry or apparel. I've done it for so many years now, they place their orders with me well ahead of time. This year I am pretty down and out with my back problem so I've already received most of the gift orders to work on the next 5 weeks.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2013, 01:58:34 AM »
picked up a library book and dropped off returns (no buying books!)

made pizza for dinner (no takeout)

planned out my cooking schedule for tomorrow-need to process a LOT of veggies, either to freeze or use this week.

made a cake and invited a friend over for tea tomorrow (not going out to a cafe)

husband took kids to free pool swim today


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2013, 06:15:29 AM »
My saving was comparative.

Spent a glorious 6 hours outside in the sunshine raking and sweeping leaves, cleaning eavestorughs and putting the gardens to bed for the winter. This, while ALL of our immediate neighbours had the same done by a team of contractors, using gas powered leaf blowers & oversized lawn tractors.

So, not only did I save $ doing it myself, I saved on noise and air pollution. All the while, getting the benefit of exercise and vitamin D!

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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2013, 07:45:35 AM »
Walked to the library for my weekly run on books and music.  Found some great new music while there - A disc of the Chieftains had just been returned. Walked more - got in 10000 steps.  Called Comcast to get my bill lowered. Merged cell phone plans to get rid of another whole plan - saved a bundle.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2013, 07:49:47 AM »
Thought about going to a coffee shop this morning, but instead stayed home and made my own.

Yesterday, I biked everywhere (including to the ice rink for a 10:30pm game) except to a friend's house where I got some firewood.

Today, will bike to ice rink and bike to my office.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2013, 07:58:53 AM »
I made a big pot of black bean soup in the slow cooker that will be lunches for over a week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2013, 09:10:19 AM »
We are going to the most inexpensive grocery store for our weekly shop this morning. 

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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2013, 03:31:40 PM »
I stayed home all weekend, didn't even go down off the mountain. That's good for both the wallet and the sanity every now and then.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2013, 08:43:01 PM »
Mr. BZB cooked a big batch of minestrone soup in the crockpot for our lunches at work this week.
Washed and hung to dry 2 loads of clothes (not using the electric dryer).
Filled out application for public school preschool lottery for little BZB for next school year. If we win we still have to pay tuition but it would reduce our costs, about $3000 per year less than current daycare tuition.
Cleaned out fridge and had leftovers for lunch. Mmm - black bean soup with crushed tortilla chip crumbs from the bottom of the bag.
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2013, 09:23:56 PM »
Walked to the grocery store.

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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2013, 09:47:34 PM »
Took the free bus to work this morning.

Brought my lunch to work.

Resisting buying a $1 diet coke even though I really really want one because those dollars add up, and it's a terrible habit anyway.

Picking up library books on my walk home.

Wearing a bracelet I made myself which improves the professional look of my outfit, while costing me about $2 in materials (and it's a prototype, I plan to replicate the design and sell the resultant bracelets on etsy).

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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2013, 11:11:41 PM »
Biked (twice) to the hockey rink (instead of driving) to play in two games.  Later one was at night.  Very fun towing all my hockey gear in my BOB trailer, all lit up like a Christmas tree.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2013, 07:21:07 PM »
Got some nice empty boxes from the grocery store veggie department today to use for Christmas gift shipping /out of state relatives.
Before, I wold have let UPS package things for me...now I have the exact sizes I wanted and got my groceries I came for. Multipurpose or recycling? either way it's a win!
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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2013, 07:39:39 PM »
DIY basement renovation...and sold extra stuff on eBay.

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« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2013, 09:14:23 PM »
Ate leftover party food for lunch - pimento cheese spread on bread toasted in the microwave.  Also leftover cake.  Ate other meals at home, too.

Drank last cup of juice before it went bad.  Usually I do achieve this success, but not always!  I drink just one small glass per day because of all the sugar, but sometimes I forget it's there.  Put the next container of juice in the fridge so it's cold when I'm ready.

Entertained myself with a book from boyfriend's shelf (free, and good for conversation).

Confirmed date of annual check-up (tomorrow, not today) so I didn't waste gas.  Set up meeting for tomorrow with friend on same side of town as my doctor to lend him a book as promised (saving gas).

Jogged for exercise (cheap).

Washed the shower curtains (I used to just replace them when they got gross).  Hung laundry to dry on clothes racks (free).

Washed weird black soap scum off top of washer barrel.  It wouldn't come off easily when I tried at first, but it did after I did my load of laundry.  (This may help the washer do a better job or last longer or something.)

Turned off the A/C while my boyfriend was at work.

Turned off lights when leaving room.

Will turn off laptop before I got to bed.  (Normally I leave it on all the time--baby steps!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2013, 09:34:11 PM »
Keep a bunch of green onions growing in a plastic water bottle near a sunny window. Much easier than storing them in the fridge and forgetting to use them before they're past wilting point and buying new ones.

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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2013, 09:39:29 PM »
I'm planning a trip back to the states (from South Korea) to visit family in January. The price today was $300 cheaper than yesterday! Snagged the tickets up quickly. (For the really curious: $1033.69 round trip from Busan to Dallas/Fort Worth.)

While not super frugal because it means I bought pizza at the store a couple days ago, I had leftover pizza for breakfast. Altogether it made four meals. This means that I didn't use my frying pan for scrambled eggs (or the eggs). This means that the oil I used to make fried chicken last night is still in the pan, ready to use again tonight for more fried chicken and perhaps potatoes.

This post makes it seem like I eat crap all the time, so I'll stop here.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2013, 12:24:30 AM »
Not really something I did, but several of my mates just booked a big trip to the US and Europe for April next year. I can't go due to work commitments (saving me lots of money, but missing lots of memories), and they have to save up for it so I'll be cutting back on all my socialising costs! Goodbye cocktails and concerts, hello nights in with movies and a beer :-)

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« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2013, 04:10:50 AM »
Walked to and from work... sometimes I take a bus to save time, but the bus costs money.
Didn't impulse buy any fun food at the grocery store on my walk home... just got what I went in there for (meat).
Took my lunch to work (I usually do this, but yesterday was super stressful/busy so I am pleased I still managed to do this today... often if I am busy/stressed I will buy lunch).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2013, 11:12:15 AM »
Entertained guests at work since Saturday from out of the country. I have eaten out and done local touristy stuff all week, all paid for by the company. Bonus: they were really nice and interesting guests.

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« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2013, 11:26:14 AM »
Ok it was yesterday, but not only did I save money, I made money.  It was a travel day (for a work-related thing).  I bought $18 of snacks for my trip (mostly expensive nuts), but will receive a per diem of $41.  I was tempted to buy a good (?) coffee at an airport, but drank water from a fountain instead.  So I came out $23 ahead.  And I'm still enjoying the snacks today.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2013, 12:34:39 PM »
Brought my homemade lunch to work with me today.

Made my son's baby food and snacks for the day.

Using an ETP to increase my time-usage efficiency.

I don't know if this counts, but I used my gym membership already today and plan on going again this evening!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2013, 12:38:10 PM »
I made carrot/cranberry/pecan muffins before the commute instead of waiting until the end of the day to do things for myself.

I eat at home anyway, so it didn't save me more money than if I hadn't.

However, making my own muffins saves my sanity, which in turn preserves my job, which means I'll have more dollars to sock away for the future.

I'm learning to be productive for myself before work. There is something uplifting about doing what you love for yourself in the morning, instead of making your entire morning routine about rushing to get to someone else's goals.


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« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2013, 01:53:09 PM »
I embraced laziness.  Was seriously considering a quality purchase because of a really great protein, but the item isn't strictly necessary.  Well I delayed the purchase through sheer laziness and the deal ended.  This at least delays the purchase until a similar deal comes along (which may never happen but now my price anchor is set so I won't spend more)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2013, 02:04:27 PM »
Ate some delicious chili I made with all home grown or hunted foods.~ packed the spouses lunch so there is no excuse to hit the service station for a snack~ I really wanted to bake but decided against a trip to the store~ cut the dogs hair~ made my own floor cleaner~did a survey for $11 bucks

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #43 on: November 19, 2013, 02:22:57 PM »
My husband made red beans & rice, and I made mini pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting last night, so we'll have leftovers and delicious snacks for a couple of days. This morning I pre-gamed with the mini muffins before having oatmeal, and it made for a delightful morning.

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« Reply #44 on: November 19, 2013, 02:43:44 PM »
Over the past 3 days experimented with weighing the coffee I use in the french press.  Discovered no taste benefit using 1.25 oz vs 1.00 ounces of beans for 32oz water.  If coffee is 10$/lb:

1 pot x 1oz x 62.5 cents / oz x 300 days = 187$/year on coffee.  (~65 days a year not making coffee for one reason or other)

That's versus

1 x 1.25 x 62.5 x 300 = $234

Saving approximately  $47/year.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2013, 03:12:59 PM »
... and I couldn't wait to get back to my morning muffins after work, which gave me an extra incentive not to stop anywhere for food.

I write every day, which keeps me from boredom while also contributing to other people's lives. When I'm bored I consume, which usually involves spending - I eat because it's there, drive to nowhere more often, go shopping for nothing on any list. And after the consumption, I'm bored again.

With my first car, I would go riding everywhere, exploring all the nooks and crannies of my world within a 100 mile radius. That was fun.

Eventually, I ran out of places to drive and just drove because I was bored. Big mistake. Those were the least memorable drives and my wallet was thinner because I had to buy gas to drive farther out for the same thrill of exploration.

After taking up writing every day, I have no need to drive to nowhere. I have found writing to be a never-ending challenge to provide something productive and meaningful (and it's free).

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« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2013, 05:31:47 PM »
Stole my coworkers lunch.. Its actually kinda true.....:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2013, 06:04:28 PM »
Finally replaced the old fridge in the garage with a chest freezer. It should pay for itself in 6 months, then save money for the next 30 years or so :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2013, 06:57:17 PM »
Embarked on a sewing project to fulfill a storage need (knitting needles).  Used fabric from an old pillowcase and a $1 thrifted dress. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #49 on: November 20, 2013, 04:46:55 AM »
My wife was stopped the day be fore yesterday by TWO city police officer for driving a pediddle (one headlight out).  No fine, but a form we had to get certified.  A trip to Autozone, watch a YouTube video for headlight replacement on my 2001 car, a scraped hand.  $11.65 versus God knows what a repair shop would charge.