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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10200 on: November 19, 2017, 08:41:37 PM »
Where'd you find the thanksgiving deals? We tend to overlap on sales I've observed =) And I'm having a heck of a time finding stuff! Cheapest I found was costco for $0.99/lb frozen, or Safeway has like a $0.60someting/lb but only if you buy $50 or more of other stuff =o Even Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer is failing me!

WinCo for the turkeys, Fred Meyer for the ham.

Oh, WinCo! I didn't even think to check there. Good call. I'll be near a WinCo soon I think, excellent.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10201 on: November 20, 2017, 07:16:57 AM »
Currently on a fast, hoping to make it at least 3 days but I don't have a crazy amount of excess fat so we'll see. I'm a little concerned about food going bad in the fridge, but I think I can freeze all of it. I'm seeing the freezer as an option more and more with the help of this forum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10202 on: November 20, 2017, 08:35:44 AM »
Switched our Roth IRA and two Rollover IRAs from a Target Fund (.7 expense ratio) to a 3-fund portfolio (expense ratios range from .035 to .17).  Felt awesome doing it and wished I would've learned about it sooner.

Also did the same thing for my mom after speaking with he about it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10203 on: November 20, 2017, 11:00:22 AM »
Not saving, but earning. I worked 2 hours 150% paid overtime today. And will be doing more thecrest of the week.

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« Reply #10204 on: November 20, 2017, 11:05:04 AM »
 I left my lunch at home today on accident. Instead of buying, I went home and got it. I hate making the extra trip, but I saved a lot of money driving the 10 minutes rather than buying lunch out. Maybe next time I’ll go without, but I left the house upset today so I didn’t want to be too hard on myself.

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« Reply #10205 on: November 20, 2017, 11:45:27 AM »
Free sandwiches at work, again :D

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« Reply #10206 on: November 20, 2017, 02:59:52 PM »
Didn't buy cigarettes.

Remembered to take breakfast and lunch with me into work, and actually ate them rather than using the canteen.  Also avoided the morning coffee run.

Made chicken soup from yesterday's carcass and veg and dried beans I already had at home. That's a total of 12 meals from one chicken.

Found an old pound coin (no longer legal tender).  Took it to the bank and they exchanged it for a new (legal) one.

Cooked dinner at home rather than going out to eat with my visiting mother.

Nearly a no spend day, but spent 23p on an onion I needed for the supper - so close!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10207 on: November 20, 2017, 06:14:34 PM »
Bought Christmas presents a grocery store and pharmacy using visa to gain 4% and 2% cash back.

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« Reply #10208 on: November 20, 2017, 07:02:24 PM »
-Neighbor brought us a free Christmas tree! He was helping with harvesting them today, and got some free. It's one of the suuuuper nice ones. Very excited. This would have been a $40+ tree. Now to keep it alive until Christmas ;)

-Bought a discount shirt for a job interview for today. Biggest downside was the elbow-length sleeves kept falling weird, even though they were supposed to fold up they didn't stay. So I added a couple hidden stitches to keep the sleeves in place.

-Wanted wine... which is spending, so maybe this shouldn't count. But got a Bota Box, so... cheapest option per ounce, at least.
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« Reply #10209 on: November 20, 2017, 09:20:47 PM »
* Used homegrown garlic and homegrown lemon and leftover wine in tonight's dinner

* Put the bone from the roast in the Instant pot and will use to the stock make 10-bean soup

* Got a $5 off coupon for the drugstore where I got my flu shot. Will use it to buy disposable diapers or medicine for winter colds

* Got $30 in Target gift cards for stocking up on Tide powder on sale. Will use for stocking stuffers and other Xmas gifts.
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« Reply #10210 on: November 21, 2017, 08:51:59 AM »
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Have avoided buying the kids any "dress up" clothes for 2 years, because it never gets worn. 11 year old is going to a school dance in a few weeks. Scouted the best possible options & combined a gift card, coupon, & eBates to get it for next to nothing. Chose a dressy option that also looks reasonably comfortable, greatly increasing the likelihood he'll wear it again.
-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
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« Reply #10211 on: November 21, 2017, 02:59:26 PM »
Got a $127 partial refund after three months and a bunch of emails.

The retailer - an automotive parts shop in the UK - wanted to give me store credit after the supposedly new parts arrived clearly having been on a car.

"What part of I'm never buying from you again do you not understand?"

Anyway, persistence won out in the end.

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« Reply #10212 on: November 21, 2017, 04:53:50 PM »
Resisted the work canteen, and ate the breakfast and lunch I'd brought with me.

Did not buy cigarettes.

Delicious chilli and rice for dinner, made by DH, which improved the taste even more!

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« Reply #10213 on: November 21, 2017, 05:13:38 PM »
*Made a loaf of refrigerator bread to go with the chili I made for dinner

*Stayed home

*Looked up recipe for Copycat Sbux Cranberry Bliss Bars - easy!

*Drank lots of tea at home

*Read a library book


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« Reply #10214 on: November 21, 2017, 05:23:05 PM »
Threw a bit of leftover enchilada sauce into the soup I made for dinner tonight, which added some nice depth to the flavor and a little bit of heat.

Bought a $2 red plaid button-up shirt from goodwill to be my son’s Christmas outfit. If last year’s sweater vest (also a thrift store find) still fits, he can wear that again too.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10215 on: November 21, 2017, 05:37:36 PM »
Just made a crustless pumpkin pie and thought I'd post the recipe for my American friends about to celebrate Thanksgiving:

It's soooooo easy and tastes like the filling of pumpkin pie without the hassle of making the crust. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

In a large bowl combine:

28 oz can of pumpkin
3 c milk
4 T melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
4 t vanilla
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves

Pour into greased 13x15 pan and bake 50-55 min at 325 degrees (convection oven). Longer in regular oven till knife inserted comes out clean.

Edited to clarify baking instructions.
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« Reply #10216 on: November 21, 2017, 06:41:37 PM »
Just made a crustless pumpkin pie and thought I'd post the recipe for my American friends about to celebrate Thanksgiving:

It's soooooo easy and tastes like the filling of pumpkin pie without the hassle of making the crust. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

In a large bowl combine:

28 oz can of pumpkin
3 c milk
4 T melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
4 t vanilla
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves

Pour into greased 13x15 pan and bake 50-55 min at 325 degrees.

Just picked up a free pumpkin pie, but I'm making this next time. YUM!

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« Reply #10217 on: November 21, 2017, 07:59:25 PM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10218 on: November 21, 2017, 08:01:03 PM »
This thread is so inspiring, it enticed me out of lurkerdom just so I could post!

* Did yoga at home (with help from the cat)

* Only left the house to go to class, and I brewed coffee before I left instead of buying coffee.

* All meals at home

* A few weeks ago I made a green chile chowder. It was awesome but there was a ton of it so I tossed it in the freezer. Used it as a base for a green chile rice casserole tonight.

* Came home and put on PJs so I wouldn't be tempted out to spend tonight (holiday break, no where to be tomorrow, the temptation was strong!)

* Bought some necessary plane tickets for the wife and I to fly out and check out a transfer school I'm considering, but shopped around for the best deal and made a point to sign up for the frequent flyer club of the airline.

* Made oat milk with 1/2 cup oatmeal, 4 cups water, and honey -- soak, blend, strain. Our lactose intolerant older son prefers it over other options.

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« Reply #10219 on: November 21, 2017, 09:10:40 PM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.

We got our free pie from our realtor as well. Who knew that was a thing? :-) I only went because they had pies from a bakery that won 1st place in the national pie competition, and I've been wanting to try them.

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« Reply #10220 on: November 21, 2017, 09:16:36 PM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.

We got our free pie from our realtor as well. Who knew that was a thing? :-) I only went because they had pies from a bakery that won 1st place in the national pie competition, and I've been wanting to try them.

....We went because Free Pie, haha. No awards. But then, my Hometown is not exactly a booming metropolis of culinary excellence ;) I'll just settle with free I guess!
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« Reply #10221 on: November 22, 2017, 12:50:49 AM »
Welcome, Lichen!

That's a good list!
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« Reply #10222 on: November 22, 2017, 06:03:25 AM »
I biked to work in the rain this morning! It wasn't raining hard and tapered off 5 minutes in, but it was a bit of a struggle to get myself going.

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« Reply #10223 on: November 22, 2017, 07:11:24 AM »
I spent an hour or so at the office today going over my leave and earnings statement with the department that deals with pay to determine if they had erroneously restarted my sea pay timer rather than pausing it.  We found an instruction that supported my argument that I was owed sea pay premium for the last year and 2 months of my sea duty, which if it gets approved through DFAS will be an extra $2,800.00 in my pocket.  I think it was time well spent!
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« Reply #10224 on: November 22, 2017, 07:55:00 AM »
I live in New Hampshire, about 45 minutes north of Boston and I haven't turned my heat on yet. It's getting into the 30's at night. Indoor temperature has been low 60's (15°c).

I'm getting acclimated to a cooler house.

You and I may well be neighbors, although we seem to be closer to an hour from Boston. We actually turned the heat on over Halloween weekend because we were going out of town and didn't want to have to worry about the house. We keep it at 64 during the day and 62 at night. We do have a wood stove, though. We have had it for five years and have yet to pay for wood, so that helps with the heating costs. During the storm over Halloween, my brother (just north of Concord) lost a few big trees, so we went up and helped him remove them so we could take them home to burn.

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« Reply #10225 on: November 22, 2017, 09:41:09 AM »
Work has been crazy, so I'm hanging on by my fingernails.  So grateful for a few quieter days over Thanksgiving break.

Frugal highlights:

--Yoga video this AM
--packed salad made of odds and ends for lunch on the road (the boys will likely pick fast food, a rare road trip ritual...but mine will save $5-6 for sure)
--Talked husband into taking smaller car on road trip instead of ridiculous truck.  He likes more space.  I hate higher gas bills.
--Found a local, trustworthy source of raw milk for $2 a gallon.  I will now have a steady source for dairy and can start making my own cheese, butter, and yogurt... the local hippie store sells this for $8 a gallon, which was just out of my range.  I treated my first gallon last night, and I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

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« Reply #10226 on: November 22, 2017, 10:39:26 AM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.

We got our free pie from our realtor as well. Who knew that was a thing? :-) I only went because they had pies from a bakery that won 1st place in the national pie competition, and I've been wanting to try them.

....We went because Free Pie, haha. No awards. But then, my Hometown is not exactly a booming metropolis of culinary excellence ;) I'll just settle with free I guess!

Our realtor is kind of annoying (evidenced by the fact that, when we went to show up for the pie, he made us get in a photo booth with silly hats, etc.), so I would have just made something to avoid him, but figured the "fancy" pie was worth a taste. He's a nice enough guy, but always in "sales mode".

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« Reply #10227 on: November 22, 2017, 10:46:45 AM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.

We got our free pie from our realtor as well. Who knew that was a thing? :-) I only went because they had pies from a bakery that won 1st place in the national pie competition, and I've been wanting to try them.

....We went because Free Pie, haha. No awards. But then, my Hometown is not exactly a booming metropolis of culinary excellence ;) I'll just settle with free I guess!

Our realtor is kind of annoying (evidenced by the fact that, when we went to show up for the pie, he made us get in a photo booth with silly hats, etc.), so I would have just made something to avoid him, but figured the "fancy" pie was worth a taste. He's a nice enough guy, but always in "sales mode".

My realtor is one of my best friends and also performed my wedding ceremony...but I have never gotten a free pie from him...

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« Reply #10228 on: November 22, 2017, 12:11:03 PM »
BrackenJoy - if you share this info, whereabouts do you live in Oregon? I grew up in southwestern Washington, and we have a house on the Oregon coast. LOVE Oregon.

$ saving stuff:
-Leftovers for dinner
-Recycled scraps of paper to wrap a couple of small gifts
-Finally emailed the company where I won an art class (school auction) for my son's birthday. This was months ago. Will set up the art class. So, not money saving, but using something I already paid for.
-Had just a smidge of sour cream left. Heated a bowl of soup for lunch, and then added it to the sour cream container to maximize the amount of sour cream I could get into my soup. :-)
-Did a free workout at home

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« Reply #10229 on: November 22, 2017, 01:01:35 PM »
BrackenJoy - if you share this info, whereabouts do you live in Oregon? I grew up in southwestern Washington, and we have a house on the Oregon coast. LOVE Oregon.

I don't share specifically anymore (since moving back away from Portland), since I don't live in a big place =) I live in the Valley though, I do share that much!

You should totally message next time you're in Oregon! There are a shocking number of mustachians about. Portland has a pretty active potluck group. Also, I just love meeting mustachians, playing tour guide, and not-so-secretly trying to get them to move here. =)


$ savings.
-Trying to circumvent big spending by turning water off to appliances before we go on vacation
-Going to maximize my gas money by seeing JUST HOW MUCH of my IL's booze I can drink, really maximize my trip value there ;) kidding. Mainly.
-Cut my husband's hair
-Ate leftovers for lunch, instead of leaving earlier and having to stop at fast food somewhere.
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« Reply #10230 on: November 22, 2017, 01:17:22 PM »
BrackenJoy - if you share this info, whereabouts do you live in Oregon? I grew up in southwestern Washington, and we have a house on the Oregon coast. LOVE Oregon.

I don't share specifically anymore (since moving back away from Portland), since I don't live in a big place =) I live in the Valley though, I do share that much!

You should totally message next time you're in Oregon! There are a shocking number of mustachians about. Portland has a pretty active potluck group. Also, I just love meeting mustachians, playing tour guide, and not-so-secretly trying to get them to move here. =)

Try to convince me (or, my boyfriend)! I'm really trying to get out of the south, but he's not convinced anywhere else is any different better (or less racist...).

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« Reply #10231 on: November 22, 2017, 08:24:50 PM »
Welcome, Lichen!

That's a good list!

Thank you! :)

It's funny, the thought of posting on this thread spurred me on to making a more mustachian choice during a moment of weakness earlier -- frugality begets frugality, I guess.

I'm supposed to host a small thanksgiving gathering tomorrow (my family and my mom). Ug. It's been a tough quarter and I. Am. Not. Feeling. It. I was thinking of just going to Trader Joe's for some prepared stuff, like a veggie loaf and microwavable sides. Mom would be judgy, but she would anyway, so I figured no big deal. Of course, this would likely set us back $50, but hey, convenience!

I fought the urge, though! I spent today making a tofu-chickpea veggie loaf, cranberry coleslaw, rolls, and the star of the show -- a pinon & green chile stuffing dish. I'll make mashed potatoes and cinnamon-pecan butternut squash in the morning and everything else can be heated before the main event.

Even better, except for the squash and pinons, I had everything on hand. (Full disclosure -- I also grabbed a six pack of a local brew and a bottle of sparkling cider for the kiddos.) Total cost, with booze? About $20, plus there will be tons of leftovers for a few days. It took two hours of dedicated kitchen time, but I didn't have class today so I can figure it paid me $15/hr to make my own damn Thanksgiving feast!

I also remembered to stop by my doctor's office on the way home to pick up my prescription. It runs out over the holiday. No co-pay at the doctor's office, but $5 at a pharmacy (weird, I know). Dr. would have been closed until Monday and I'd get stuck with the copay.

Our table is getting scruffy and I don't have a table cloth to create a guest-ready table setting tomorrow. I do have sheets that are in lovely solid colors that complement some of our cloth napkins. Good enough!

I was really tempted to convince the spouse to go out for coffee, a beer, something tonight. A bit of cabin fever perhaps. Instead I jumped in the shower (who wants to get ready to go out after a shower?!) and I'm about to head to the basement with a mug of sleepytime tea. We'll play a rousing game of darts in the comfort of our own home, instead!

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« Reply #10232 on: November 23, 2017, 04:03:17 AM »
I went grocery shopping today, bought nearly all of the fresh products at 35% off. Froze the meat. Will use the vegetables and one pack of minced beef for tonight's dinner, as well as some carrots and onions from the pantry and an open can of diced tomatoes from the fridge. I think this will make enough bolognese sauce to last for 3 days. All in all I spent about €20 for groceries for the whole of next week plus about €3 for snacks. I'm sure I could have spent less, but less than €25 for a week full of good quality and healthy food is not bad at all.

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« Reply #10233 on: November 23, 2017, 01:44:12 PM »
Logged another couple of hours overtime (paid 150%) at my well paid job.

Received a bag of free chocolates at work because we have to work so hard and long days for a project.

I did not buy totally overpriced Finnish design soup bowls, even though SIL had requested bowls with Scandinavian design. I purchased other bowls that cost approx 15% of the price and that I liked a lot. She has a very young child and I think bowls in her house would not be guaranteed a very long life.

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« Reply #10234 on: November 23, 2017, 02:45:15 PM »
Yesterday
Used public transport or walked for all journeys.
Booked theatre tickets using vouchers given to us by relatives for birthdays.

Today
Took lunch and dinner to work.  Only had time to eat the lunch, so will eat the dinner tomorrow night.
Unsubscribed from a load of marketing emails - less temptation to spend.
I need fuel for the car tomorrow, but am otherwise expecting a No Spend Day tomorrow (Black Friday in the UK)

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« Reply #10235 on: November 23, 2017, 04:03:32 PM »
Ate leftover pizza for dinner last night.

This life is not without its burdens. :D

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« Reply #10236 on: November 23, 2017, 04:06:40 PM »
I shopped around for car insurance. I cancelled the data plan on my son's tablet. I finished watching the series on HBO Now and canceled it. Total savings of $848/year.

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« Reply #10237 on: November 23, 2017, 07:02:39 PM »
I shopped around for car insurance. I cancelled the data plan on my son's tablet. I finished watching the series on HBO Now and canceled it. Total savings of $848/year.

$848 a year is no small thing!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10238 on: November 23, 2017, 07:49:50 PM »
Instead of purchasing a specialized saddle pad that I'll hopefully only need for a few months while my horse builds muscle, I sacrificed half of my yoga mat to make one.  That mat was always longer than I needed anyway.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10239 on: November 23, 2017, 07:53:09 PM »
Cooked up some beet stems as a side dish (had already used the leaves in a salad). They were pretty tasty!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10240 on: November 24, 2017, 07:21:24 AM »
-Finished all of my holiday shopping (which was a very small list to start with) using 90% gift cards earned through international work travel.
-Bought fun but useful gifts for our kids. (A new basketball, soccer ball, a board game, & water bottle + a couple of books).
-Used eBates to score cash back on all of our holiday shopping.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10241 on: November 24, 2017, 07:24:30 AM »
BrackenJoy - if you share this info, whereabouts do you live in Oregon? I grew up in southwestern Washington, and we have a house on the Oregon coast. LOVE Oregon.

I don't share specifically anymore (since moving back away from Portland), since I don't live in a big place =) I live in the Valley though, I do share that much!

You should totally message next time you're in Oregon! There are a shocking number of mustachians about. Portland has a pretty active potluck group. Also, I just love meeting mustachians, playing tour guide, and not-so-secretly trying to get them to move here. =)


$ savings.
-Trying to circumvent big spending by turning water off to appliances before we go on vacation
-Going to maximize my gas money by seeing JUST HOW MUCH of my IL's booze I can drink, really maximize my trip value there ;) kidding. Mainly.
-Cut my husband's hair
-Ate leftovers for lunch, instead of leaving earlier and having to stop at fast food somewhere.

Love the area, and would definitely move back. My family is all still near Vancouver, so it would be a big win. My husband & I both work in tech, so we're probably going to stay in the Bay area until the kids are out of school. Then, both Vancouver & Bend are on our retirement list, as well as just keeping the Oregon coast house + a sunnier destination.

Would love to connect sometime!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10242 on: November 24, 2017, 05:47:47 PM »
Bought my daughter a new bike on Craigslist, saving a couple of hundred dollars. I really credit a frugalwoods post to always check Craigslist first for big ticket items. I bought our stove that way too and saved a lot.

Went to a local non-profit farm that had a free day today. Ate a picnic, saw the animals and enjoyed time with my and my sister's family. No shopping today!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10243 on: November 24, 2017, 06:18:31 PM »
Went on a hike instead of shopping.

We did stop at the grocery store on the way home for tortillas and cilantro to make turkey enchiladas for dinner. Should have planned ahead better.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10244 on: November 24, 2017, 06:20:40 PM »
I'm counting on everyone is this thread to keep me inspired and energized as we enter the season of mass consumption!

* We didn't leave the house yesterday, and thus spent nothing.

* I'm vegetarian and my family is usually veg at home, but I wasn't going to turn down the bone-in turkey breast our neighbors thawed yesterday. They were invited somewhere else for Thanksgiving dinner but didn't want to refreeze the breast because they used the cold water thaw method. Popped that bad boy in the crockpot for 5 hours and it was ready just in time for our feast (much to my family's delight, plus left plenty of veggie loaf for me). I gifted the neighbor two jars of homemade jam to say thanks :)

* After carving the turkey, DW threw the carcass and some onion skins back in the crockpot with a few cups of water. Cooked on low overnight, strained, and stripped off the remaining meat. The family will get a second treat next week in the form of turkey noodle soup.

* Friend offered me brunch if I braved black Friday with her so she could get some fabric at Jo-anns. I covered the tip, but it was still a low-cost outing! Crowds weren't bad either, I'm guessing since just about everything opens on Thursday now.....

* We made one more stop at a drug store that had some deal that you bought one box of fancy shmancy chocolates you got two free. She only wanted two as gifts, and asked if I wanted the third. I said sure and gave her $3 (a third of the price of the box she paid for). Saving it until my wedding anniversary in January, chocolate is the perfect gift. The box is red with Christmas bells in one corner, but they could be wedding bells, right? ;)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10245 on: November 24, 2017, 07:56:14 PM »
-Made turkey broth, using carcass from yesterday
-Made everyone yummy sandwiches for lunch from the plethora of Thanksgiving leftovers
-Made turkey enchiladas for dinner (really liked this recipe https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/turkey-enchiladas/), using leftover turkey
-Stocked up on our contribution to the holidays (pomegranate martinis + cash, as we travel & cooking is challenging), using a Black Friday BevMo coupon :-)
-Bought Uber gift cards at the grocery store, earning a $20 store gift card. I'll use the gift cards for my work trip next week, and get reimbursed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10246 on: November 24, 2017, 08:15:12 PM »
-Cut my own hair today
-Using post Thanksgiving vacation day to batch cook for the freezer. The crock pot is still going and I have a pot of chili on now. My freezer is stocked with carnitas. A  big batch of braised chard and a few containers ratatouille  will head down to my Mom's freezer this weekend to keep her stocked up. Have had the kitchen going at a pretty steady pace today. Took a break to grocery shop and had a bit of black Friday fail on Amazon(ordered an Insta Pot will I use it??? I think I will have been pondering for about a year) otherwise no crazy gift buying.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10247 on: November 24, 2017, 11:06:19 PM »
The drive to my sister's and back was five hours in traffic yesterday, ugh. It was a good gathering, though. I realized I hadn't been to her house for a year. That's the joy of having a MIL with ALZ under my roof, I guess. My sister has been struggling with serious depression, so I was glad to see her in better spirits.

Today I fought back by going nowhere. Felt good. I didn't buy anything on line either. DH puttered on a landscaping project and cleaned the LR carpet in anticipation of putting up the fake, free tree in a couple of days. I started opening boxes and putting up cheery holiday decor. Fun.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10248 on: November 25, 2017, 03:01:41 AM »
- Made oatmeal with water again for breakfast. Doesn't sound like anything special, but I was always raised with the idea you can only eat any kind of porridge made from milk. We were very frugal at home, but porridge from water was just plain cheap. It was a big mental barrier to try to make oatmeal from water, but it turns out there's not much difference in flavour. I usually mash a banana in my oatmeal, so it's creamy anyway. It's also easier to make because oatmeal with milk tends to burn if you don't pay attention. Now I can turn my back to the stove and make myself a coffee and do some washing up in the mean time.

- put on my PJs when I came home from work yesterday, to celebrate the weekend and also so I didn't have to turn the heating up. My PJs are much warmer than my normal clothes, wish I could wear them to work!

- finished up several home made christmas gifts yesterday, while watching history documentaries on youtube. Some of them were actually things I started last year, but didn't get finished up time. We're going to have a whole load of gifts under the tree this year!  It's just my fiance and I, and we don't normally give any gifts for christmas or birthdays. Instead we treat the other person for dinner, and for birthdays we bake a fancy cake for each other. After all these years we decided to do something different this year: yes to gifts, not to crap. So it's going to be mostly homemade, useful things. I sewed matching pairs of PJ pants, potholders and tree ornaments last night.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10249 on: November 25, 2017, 03:24:02 AM »
Yesterday, my workplace had free Bike Doctor appointments to promote cycling to work. The Bike Doctor told me that, even if it were his own bicycle and he were doing all the repairs for free, the parts alone would cost more than buying a new bike. I was afraid that he might say something like that -- it's been getting worse and worse lately. So Kwill needs a new bike soon . . .

Meanwhile, I still hadn't purchased the air ticket for the last leg of my Christmas trip. I'm flying UK to Ireland to US in order to take advantage of lower priced flights out of Dublin, but I've been hesitating to buy the last leg from Dublin back to UK because it was more expensive than I expected, 10 times more than the outbound flight. Today I bought railsail tickets to go back from Dublin by ferry and train, saving over £100, which I plan to use on the bike purchase. It's going to be a pain and a lot of extra time to come back by train, but I'm excited about taking the more adventurous option over the sea and through Wales.