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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10350 on: December 07, 2017, 06:14:23 AM »
When I went to make dinner last night, I returned from the basement pantry with canned jars of broth, tomatoes, and peaches.  Frozen peppers from the garden.  It felt good to have so much food from my own backyard.

Used up last of some so-so coffee that my husband had brought home as leftovers from work.  I've been drinking it a week, which probably saved $3-4 of fancy coffee bean budget. 

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« Reply #10351 on: December 07, 2017, 03:38:07 PM »
I've got a meatloaf in the oven made with free sausage that was given to us a couple months ago, and ground beef bought on sale. I forgot husband had plans with a friend tonight, so we will have plenty of leftovers through the weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10352 on: December 07, 2017, 03:47:00 PM »
Carefully looked at the temperature forecasts for the coming hours and week, and thus left windows open today (I'll go home and close at 3pm) in order to cool down my house thermal mass before the next high 30C days.

Put some spinach and bok choy in the freezer so that it won't go off. I can chuck it in my beans and rice next week.

Found someone's pencil on my walk to work in the grass. Half of it used up, eraser almost entirely used, sharpened with a knife. Probably an older trady's pencil. Picked it up so that it doesn't just rot and put it in the stationary cupboard at work.

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« Reply #10353 on: December 07, 2017, 04:09:55 PM »
I invited friends to go a concert on Saturday... but it turned out it was unexpectedly sold out. One of us bought a ticket a while ago, but two hadn't. I remembered there was a radio station doing a ticket giveaway, so I checked their Facebook page to see when it was... I missed it by three hours. But they had posted a contest to their Facebook page, too! I wrote in: won a ticket. I messaged my two friends and told them to enter to see if we could get one more ticket so we could all go together. And my friend won too! Best contest ever.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10354 on: December 07, 2017, 07:08:44 PM »
My savings are really just cancelling plans to spend, but I'm proud of myself anyways.

1) I had planned on taking 2 university courses for interest this winter, but have withdrawn and will just read about the topic with library books instead.

2) I balked at the cost of buying a set of rims for my winter car tires, especially since my only regular car use is the short distance to the gym. So, I've ordered knobby tires for my bike instead and will endeavor to bike (on side streets and cleared paths) this winter. At best, it's money saving and extra exercise, and at worst it's the cost of knobby bike tires on top of the car rims that I would have been stuck getting in the first place, which is a gamble that I'm willing to make.

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« Reply #10355 on: December 07, 2017, 07:15:28 PM »
My savings are really just cancelling plans to spend, but I'm proud of myself anyways.

1) I had planned on taking 2 university courses for interest this winter, but have withdrawn and will just read about the topic with library books instead.

2) I balked at the cost of buying a set of rims for my winter car tires, especially since my only regular car use is the short distance to the gym. So, I've ordered knobby tires for my bike instead and will endeavor to bike (on side streets and cleared paths) this winter. At best, it's money saving and extra exercise, and at worst it's the cost of knobby bike tires on top of the car rims that I would have been stuck getting in the first place, which is a gamble that I'm willing to make.

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« Reply #10356 on: December 07, 2017, 07:59:07 PM »
Made rice pudding to use up surplus milk before it could go sour.  Added raisins I dedydrated from our garden.

In general, avoiding, as usual, any Christmas insanity.  We make a clear list and pretty much stick to it; ordering online helps a ton. 

Oh, and for a snack at work, lately I've been taking dried cherry tomatoes.  Saves me $.30 every thing I don't pack a granola bar. 

They are thoroughly unremarkable, but it's a quick way to eat something nutritious, use up a surplus of dried tomatoes (had a big bumper crop this year) and I never overeat.  They are fuel, nothing more.  Nobody in the world ever over-indulged while snacking on dried tomatoes, I don't suppose!

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« Reply #10357 on: December 07, 2017, 08:09:52 PM »
My FIL gave us an old but reasonably fancy coffee machine that they don’t use anymore. When we turned it on it didn’t work and he suggested maybe the pump had died and that was probably that... but I decided to have a go descaling it using vinegar and we have water coming out of it again! Not dead, just very rarely cleaned by the previous owner it seems.

Now if I can work out how to make a decent coffee with it, I can cut the cost of my coffee habit back (nope, not giving it up).


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« Reply #10358 on: December 08, 2017, 02:27:55 AM »

DS has outgrown his school uniform/s - I went looking  for the receipt (we cut the tags off, but need to know the sizes to sell the outgrown uniforms second hand). In his cupboard I found the receipt in the bag, along with an unopened uniform that I had totally forgotten about. I took it with us, with the receipt, to shop for his new uniform, and they were kind enough to exchange it (10 months later), saving me  $50 on uniform costs! After I sell his outgrown worn ones I'll make even more back.

Today we had a work Christmas lunch. I didn't pack a lunch, and snacked on available fruit instead of eating the snacks I'd bought. We had a lovely big Christmas lunch and there were heaps of leftovers, I ended up taking home 4 big roasted chicken breasts and a plate of sushi.  Ate the sushi for dinner (a little crunchy but good)- and will have the chicken over salad for dinner tomorrow, and shredded chicken wraps/pizzas later in the week!

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« Reply #10359 on: December 08, 2017, 04:26:52 AM »
We had a dinner reservation last night to celebrate an important occasion, and I canceled it.  Instead, we did some pressing outdoor work in the orchard (cold weather coming), and then made dinner at home with the kids using things in the freezer.  It was great! One of those really great meals with funny stories and real conversation.

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« Reply #10360 on: December 08, 2017, 11:33:33 AM »
The last few days haven't been particularly spendy or savey - just average.

Mr Hen and I will be spending Xmas with friends this year, and we've been asked to supply the fizz.  I spent 5 minutes googling discount vouchers for a wine selling chain here in the UK, and found one that gives £20 off orders of £60.  That's ON TOP of the 25% discount for ordering 6 bottles or more.

Result:  £160 worth of fizz (12 bottles) for £98.  Happy dance!!!
Then went and made breakfast and lunch for work tomorrow.

And I've now passed a month of no smoking - VERY proud of that.

Ha, I was super confused about the fizz- that's what my husband and I call sparkling water/club soda ("fizzy"). And I was like... why would it cost so much!? Then I realized you probably mean a sparkling wine, like champagne or prosecco?

Also, SUPER congrats on 1 month of not smoking! This will pay off in SO many more ways than just money. Wow! What an incredible gift to your future health and financial health.

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Over here, just floating on. Boarding some dogs, cooking at home, spending obscene amounts on doctors and on husband's professional certs. Not really any savings over regular ones. (I guess *not* buying extra xmas decor counts, and trying to shop some sales for gifts?)

Ah yes. 2 countries divided by a common language!

Fizz is prosecco/champagne, and just to be clear there will be 7 adults in the house for Xmas!

Took food to work today.  Have not turned up the heating - put on a warmer jumper, and I've got a blanket over my knees right now.

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« Reply #10361 on: December 08, 2017, 11:55:53 AM »
Not specifically today, but I just realized I spent only €11 on groceries this week. €11?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN. The week before that was a similar amount, so it's not like I'm living of what I stocked up earlier. And honestly, with the current foods I've got at home I could easily go on for another 3-4 days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10362 on: December 08, 2017, 12:38:01 PM »
Not specifically today, but I just realized I spent only €11 on groceries this week. €11?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN. The week before that was a similar amount, so it's not like I'm living of what I stocked up earlier. And honestly, with the current foods I've got at home I could easily go on for another 3-4 days.

That's pretty impressive!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10363 on: December 08, 2017, 12:40:28 PM »
I convinced my husband that I don't want a present for Christmas. Which is completely false, btw.

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« Reply #10364 on: December 08, 2017, 08:14:53 PM »
Family entertainment tonight was watching the movie Elf at my school where I teach. Spouse and I avoided the free cookies and hot chocolate. Better for our waistlines and health. Kid got to be doted upon by co-workers and students. He also ran himself silly down the hallways and stairwells. Fun holiday movie and work social. Cost was just the electricity it cost to charge our Nissan Leaf to get the 2 miles to my workplace.

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« Reply #10365 on: December 09, 2017, 11:46:19 AM »
Yesterday the Ryanair website didn't work properly, so I postponed booking my flight. Today I tried the website again, but on a different browser, and it worked! And the best part; my flight had gotten cheaper. Only €10 instead of €25! Thanks Ryanair :D

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« Reply #10366 on: December 09, 2017, 04:29:59 PM »
-Son's dance outfit didn't arrive in time for the event, so he borrowed something. Returned the outfit today.
-Sold a few things on eBay, and turned that money around to buy three teddy bears for the teddy bear drive at my son's school. (They are donating them to kids in a local hospital over the holidays, and he was very excited to select the bears.)
-Made dinner at home last night (well, really it was just defrosting a dish from the freezer). My husband made the dip we serve on the side, and my older son made a salad. I was crazy jet lagged.
-Submitted my expense reports for my most recent business trip, and it's already been approved, which will save me from having to float the funds.
-Took an Uber home from the airport yesterday. I'll be reimbursed by work, and I used my Uber gift card that I'd bought, generating a super market reward.
-Earned a hotel one night gift certificate from my business travel.

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« Reply #10367 on: December 10, 2017, 01:02:00 PM »
Drove over to pick up our new microwave from the warehouse a few miles away instead of buying it at the showroom at the end of the street.  Dodged a $50 shipping fee in exchange for roughly 10 miles of driving, so let's call it a $45 savings.  Plus snagged an extra $20 product discount for being a pickup customer.  We also had a coupon that we'd saved just in case we had an appliance fail (and it finally paid off).  Forgot our coupon at first, but drove the extra 2 miles back to get it, and that took another $30 off.

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« Reply #10368 on: December 10, 2017, 05:59:28 PM »
- Friday night: younger son and I attended a free planetarium presentation and lecture by a physicist sponsored by our local astronomy club.

- We didn't go out last night. Instead, we enjoyed a beer at home, along with good music, a few games of darts, and a snack tray i assembled from items in the pantry.

- Picked up two movies and a few books at the library today, and returned the others before they were past due.

- Drank coffee and studied for my finals at home this afternoon instead of giving into the (very strong) temptation of heading to a coffee shop.

- I didn't cook this weekend, forcing the family to enjoy leftovers. What was left (a huge bowl of veggie risotto) is in the freezer awaiting to be reborn as a broccoli-rice casserole later in the weekend.


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« Reply #10369 on: December 10, 2017, 06:26:14 PM »
-Found a quarter on the ground ;-)
-Took the kids to their indoor soccer session. Almost skipped, but realized I'd already paid & got off my jet lagged butt
-Took the kids to free soccer scrimmage at the stadium where the pros play. It was super cool. Unfortunately, another team took my son's soccer bag. Soccer bag has their names embroidered, and is part of the required uniform. Fingers crossed that someone returns it. Otherwise, out $65. :-(
-Drove electric car to all errands this weekend

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« Reply #10370 on: December 11, 2017, 10:50:50 AM »
I stuck to my shopping list and bought the cheapest variety of healthy bread, the cheapest mayonaise and the cheapest salad.

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« Reply #10371 on: December 11, 2017, 11:14:44 AM »
-Didn't go anywhere this weekend. Had friends visit, and cooked for them. Side hustle perk: I both make money dog sitting, plus some of them trap me at home, so then I don't spend anything. (OTOH, this is starting to cut into my social life, so I'm going to back off of this for a while).
-Ate leftovers yesterday.
-(As always) did our own yardwork. Cleaning up leaves and the garden.

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« Reply #10372 on: December 11, 2017, 12:39:51 PM »
It's 80*F and dry here in Southern California, so I put a load of laundry on the line to dry.

Lunch is crispy turmeric chickpeas and homegrown tangerines.

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« Reply #10373 on: December 11, 2017, 01:38:52 PM »
Recent little things
- Last night was my husband's company holiday party and I made myself only eat half so I could bring leftovers to work today.
- Our office admin has been using my credit card for ordering supplies which I will get reimbursed for and make 2% cash back on.
- Between family gifts and scouring garage sales/thrift stores, I've kept furnishing our new house to under $2k. Sounds like a lot, but we literally had 3 bookcases and a mattress when we moved in and the total includes a fridge.
- Packed snacks and sodas for a recent 4 days work trip and only bought food for 2 meals. (OK, so one night I drank my dinner at the bar. Still saved money!) I'll be pocketing my per diem.
- Set up my amazon account to use my Hilton points. Due to work travel, I've got over $200 to spend there which will be used to stock up on necessities around the house.

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« Reply #10374 on: December 11, 2017, 02:50:26 PM »
Yesterday, I rode my bike to the elementary school for a PTA volunteer activity.  It was 30 degrees.  In Southeast Texas (where 50 degrees is considered freezing).  This is a major win for me.

In the afternoon, H and I had plan to run errands.  I put dinner in the crock pot before we left so we wouldn't be tempted to stop for dinner on the way home.

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« Reply #10375 on: December 11, 2017, 11:21:44 PM »
Scored a loyalty bonus from my telco - a $10 retail voucher.

Reminded my husband to follow up a $1300 invoice for a freelancing gig that has gone unpaid.

Adjusted my income protection/disabillty/death cover through my super fund - the same insurance but lower fees for a white collar job.

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« Reply #10376 on: December 12, 2017, 07:08:25 AM »
I really wanted my husband to take an Uber to the airport, but got up at 4:45 and drove him there in my PJs and slippers.  *yawn*  Upside:  got to work at 6 so I get to leave early!

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« Reply #10377 on: December 12, 2017, 07:16:00 AM »
I really wanted my husband to take an Uber to the airport, but got up at 4:45 and drove him there in my PJs and slippers.  *yawn*  Upside:  got to work at 6 so I get to leave early!


Enquiring minds want to know if you're at work in PJs and slippers.


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« Reply #10378 on: December 12, 2017, 09:24:02 AM »
I really wanted my husband to take an Uber to the airport, but got up at 4:45 and drove him there in my PJs and slippers.  *yawn*  Upside:  got to work at 6 so I get to leave early!

Enquiring minds want to know if you're at work in PJs and slippers.


LOL, I went home and got dressed, but I doubt anyone would care if I did show up in PJs.  Benefit of a small city is a <15 minute drive to the airport.

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« Reply #10379 on: December 12, 2017, 09:29:32 AM »
I really wanted my husband to take an Uber to the airport, but got up at 4:45 and drove him there in my PJs and slippers.  *yawn*  Upside:  got to work at 6 so I get to leave early!

Enquiring minds want to know if you're at work in PJs and slippers.


LOL, I went home and got dressed, but I doubt anyone would care if I did show up in PJs.  Benefit of a small city is a <15 minute drive to the airport.

Sounds like he should have ridden his bike. What forum is this!?

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« Reply #10380 on: December 12, 2017, 09:51:49 AM »
Yesterday:
-Ate free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged our electric car for free. Got the charging report for the last few weeks, and we've saved $90 in gas charges, in addition to 225 Kg of emissions.
-Used Rite Aid rewards to buy mailing envelopes for a couple of eBay sales. Total out of pocket was zero for the envelopes.
-Defrosted soup for dinner. So grateful that we have quick & easy meals at the ready for busy weeks.

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« Reply #10381 on: December 12, 2017, 01:02:57 PM »
I went grocery shopping :). Sounds silly because its something we should all be doing. But I did it on my way home so I could save gas on the weekend. Also, I tend to spend less at the store than my DW. Being that food is my biggest expense beside my mortgage each month I'm really trying to do my best to get it under control. Every other bill I have is fairly low, I'm always looking for the lowest cost provider as long as they can provide me with what I consider a good quality product.

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« Reply #10382 on: December 12, 2017, 09:10:08 PM »
I didn't go out tonight. This is huge! I had my last final for the quarter today. The siren call of celebrating was almost overwhelming, but I fought it off. I have three weeks off, plenty of time to celebrate later (or not).

Instead I made french bread. Then I turned the loaves of french bread into rarebit for dinner. I had a pack of all natural turkey deli meat that Safeway was giving away as a free deal last week. I'm vegetarian but fam is only vegetarian at home. They felt spoiled when their rarebit was topped with not just cheese and mushrooms, but also turkey.

It's the little things, I guess :) Dinner probably came to less than $3 for all off us, and most of that was the cheese in the sauce.

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« Reply #10383 on: December 12, 2017, 11:15:12 PM »
I packed half a leftover sandwich from yesterday’s lunch to eat for lunch at the airport before my flight today. Also brought a water bottle (as always).  I did carry-on (because I refuse to pay to check a bag unless absolutely necessary), but checked the bag at the gate for free (they were offering as flight was full and space would be tight) to avoid dragging it around for two hours on the layover. I would have been very annoyed if I’d decided to check it for convenience and then heard the free gate check offer.

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« Reply #10384 on: December 13, 2017, 03:31:02 AM »
Last few days:

Walked into town to pick up some Xmas presents.  Decided to have a treat, so walked to Starbucks for a coffee. Starbucks has closed down! So Starbucks saved me the cost of a coffee and this makes me happy.

Finished the rest of the gift shopping using an Amazon gift gard Mr Hen was given when he changed jobs.

Checked my wrapping paper stash, and confirmed I won't need to buy any for several years yet.

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« Reply #10385 on: December 13, 2017, 03:34:18 AM »
Was freezing today and just got back from the south. So literally sat on my ass, binge watched a season of Bosch on our 1 month free try of Amazon Prime and spent ZERO!

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« Reply #10386 on: December 13, 2017, 06:10:23 AM »
I really wanted my husband to take an Uber to the airport, but got up at 4:45 and drove him there in my PJs and slippers.  *yawn*  Upside:  got to work at 6 so I get to leave early!

Enquiring minds want to know if you're at work in PJs and slippers.


LOL, I went home and got dressed, but I doubt anyone would care if I did show up in PJs.  Benefit of a small city is a <15 minute drive to the airport.

Sounds like he should have ridden his bike. What forum is this!?

/s

Just need to find a good bush to stash it in near the airport and hope it's there when he gets back. ;)

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« Reply #10387 on: December 14, 2017, 07:09:55 AM »
Same as usual:
-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Price checked various flight/frequent flyer/reward options for an upcoming trip in April. Haven't pulled the trigger
-Converted miles from recent work trip into $175 worth of Amazon gift cards. Not the most efficient use of miles from a conversion stand point, but United just doesn't have many domestic/west coast options. I really wanted to make something work this time around (especially because I have two free first class upgrades!), but just couldn't make it work.
-Made dinner out of freezer options
-Started working on a greatly reduced grocery list, as we'll be heading out of town in about 10 days, and don't need any produce lingering
-Using a comp day on Monday, when the kids are off school. A camp is about $150/day (for two) & our nanny is $25/hour. Comp days (earned when traveling for work on a weekend) is kind of frowned upon at a senior level (because, you know, senior people don't need weekends), but I'm going for it!

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« Reply #10388 on: December 14, 2017, 08:26:33 AM »
So proud of my frugal body. Needed emergency surgery, got that in before the end of the year. My out of pocket max is met for the year due to my c section! Free surgery and hospital stay.

Should have asked them to take my appendix while they were in there.

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« Reply #10389 on: December 14, 2017, 08:28:34 AM »
So proud of my frugal body. Needed emergency surgery, got that in before the end of the year. My out of pocket max is met for the year due to my c section! Free surgery and hospital stay.

Should have asked them to take my appendix while they were in there.

Hahaha. Winner! Hope you feel better & are recovering. :-)

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« Reply #10390 on: December 14, 2017, 08:32:31 AM »
-Husband is out of town. Was very tempted yesterday by wine, which would have required driving out to get some. Instead, I showered early and changed into pajamas, and made myself some seltzer water with our (ha, my MIL's actually- she loaned it to us indefinitely) soda stream. Then spent the evening texting a friend about our tactics to avoid spending money/making poor health decisions. She's partial to the 'brush your teeth early' plan to avoid night time snacking. It was a fun conversation =)

-Ate leftovers and cooked food I already had at home. Went for a long walk. No spend day for me.

So proud of my frugal body. Needed emergency surgery, got that in before the end of the year. My out of pocket max is met for the year due to my c section! Free surgery and hospital stay.

Should have asked them to take my appendix while they were in there.

Oh man I hope you're okay!!!! That's seriously rough.

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« Reply #10391 on: December 14, 2017, 10:11:12 AM »
I'm okay B_J, just what is hopefully the last pregnancy complication: chronic gallstones. They finally caught one (this was my 3rd ER visit with the exact same symptoms), so the gallbladder finally came out.

I'm home now, it was only 3 nights in the hospital.

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« Reply #10392 on: December 14, 2017, 10:33:42 AM »
I got an email from Chase about a $20 cash reward for $20 spent on ebags.com.  I picked out a lightning cable add shipping and tax it totaled $20.08. It’s on its way to my sibling I’d been planning to treat, they need a little affection right now.  They are the kind of person who can always use a new charging cable, especially a pretty pink one and it will only cost me 8 cents. 

Thought some of this crowd might also want to play the reward game. 

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« Reply #10393 on: December 14, 2017, 01:17:59 PM »
I've been pretty ill for a week so I haven't eaten much besides plain yoghurt and the occasional banana for days. Today is actually the first day I can get up again and use electricity (netflix, MMM) and because we had some work done to our bathroom we couldn't shower for a few days. Paracetamol only costs about €0,50 per box. The past couple of days stuck in bed have been really cheap. 

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« Reply #10394 on: December 14, 2017, 01:50:19 PM »
Bottled my homemade Xmas cranberry and orange gin. Will gift some and keep some.

Tomorrow I will make cranberry sauce from the gin soaked fruit.

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« Reply #10395 on: December 15, 2017, 12:05:50 AM »
I've been pretty ill for a week so I haven't eaten much besides plain yoghurt and the occasional banana for days. Today is actually the first day I can get up again and use electricity (netflix, MMM) and because we had some work done to our bathroom we couldn't shower for a few days. Paracetamol only costs about €0,50 per box. The past couple of days stuck in bed have been really cheap.
That's a creative way of seeing the positive sides of being sick! Hope you're feeling better now tho.

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« Reply #10396 on: December 15, 2017, 04:37:09 AM »
I've been pretty ill for a week so I haven't eaten much besides plain yoghurt and the occasional banana for days. Today is actually the first day I can get up again and use electricity (netflix, MMM) and because we had some work done to our bathroom we couldn't shower for a few days. Paracetamol only costs about €0,50 per box. The past couple of days stuck in bed have been really cheap.
That's a creative way of seeing the positive sides of being sick! Hope you're feeling better now tho.

Tbh, I'm still feeling pretty awful, but I'm slowly getting better. The reason I posted this is because I logged in to my online banking account and noticed I hadn't spent any money in nearly a week. That's worth a small celebration even if it's for a bad reason.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10397 on: December 15, 2017, 08:09:45 AM »
last year I bought too many ski coupons and they weren't used, I kept them
this year I got the marketing email from the same company and asked for replacements for the new season and they agreed :)

(after I produced proof of having unused coupons...) 

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« Reply #10398 on: December 15, 2017, 10:07:22 AM »
I hope you feel better soon, Imma, but I also enjoyed the positive spin!

We invited friends over last night after talk of scheduling a night out began to circulate. We contributed chips, salsa, and a 6 pack of Ninkasi. Our friends each brought a nibble of some sort and a six pack as well. Five hours of good times and board games for less than $10 -- much better than the $50 to $80 a standard night out would have cost us. Plus, a fellow broke student friend was able to come, when he had been planning to skip the night out to save cash. We're learning, slowly but surely!

Wife also began a batch of absinthe with some cheap vodka and less than $2 worth of spices from teh bulk bins. (Recipe from a library book!) It should be ready around the end of March. Plans were made for a Moulin Rouge themed get together at this time.

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« Reply #10399 on: December 15, 2017, 01:45:34 PM »
Scored a DVD set of the latest season of my mum's favourite TV show - still in original packaging - at work for free. This is in addition to a new book by her favourite author (free from work last week). I'm adding both to her Christmas present, which is actually on pre-order and not out till January, so I'm thrilled she'll have something to open on the day. She will still tell me I spent too much, even though most of it was free. :)

Cooked at home last night. This in itself is not a huge deal, we do that almost every night. But my husband only had two nights at home between international work trips and his mum was pushing him to take me out for dinner. I worked late, walked home in the rain, the last thing I wanted to do was go out for dinner (and spend money). Thank goodness he's learnt to ignore her.

Cold-washed and line-dried two loads of washing yesterday, and ran the dishwasher and opened it at the end of the rinse cycle (I do this almost every time unless I'm running out the door for work).