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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10350 on: December 02, 2017, 05:06:15 PM »
Was gonna toss some leftover Pork Chops and Brown Rice and instead turned it into pork fried rice. Turned out delicious. Pleasant surprise as the family loved it better than the dinner the night I made the Pork chops!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10351 on: December 02, 2017, 05:36:52 PM »
Went to a bake sale / lunch event and managed not to buy anything, just did my volunteer shift.   The baking did look good, though!

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« Reply #10352 on: December 03, 2017, 02:34:34 AM »
This weekend: cut my hair, Netflix and running for free entertainment, cleaned jars for re-use, dug out some saved gift bags for Christmas, and started writing Christmas cards using the boxes I bought on sale in January.

I don't think I will buy any cards after this Christmas. I'm not feeling it as much this year-  writing them out of obligation (and sunk cost) rather than anything - so I'll play it by ear after this.

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« Reply #10353 on: December 03, 2017, 02:57:27 AM »
Got up early (on a Sunday!) and baked a banana-berry bread and made egg salad for breakfast, all from ingredients I want to use up before we are away for a week.
Found a fried rice-ish dish in the freezer which we are going to eat tonight.

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« Reply #10354 on: December 03, 2017, 06:04:50 AM »
Went home after church to eat leftovers instead of going to brunch. Usually that's a treat I allow for, but today it would have been rushed in any case.

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« Reply #10355 on: December 03, 2017, 01:39:17 PM »
Filled up the diesel tank of the big car. We are going on a long drive next weekend en the fuel will probably become more expensive later in the week. We haven't made this trip since September, while in other years we go there once a month. I guess that saved something...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10356 on: December 03, 2017, 01:55:58 PM »
- Got the group tickets for the train again to get from hometown to current city for 1/3th of the price.

- Went to a conference and subsequently to Belgium to visit a friend. As uni reimburses my travel costs, I hope they'll reimburse the trip to Brussels as I didn't have a 'normal' return trip home (the bus to Brussels was cheaper than the train home would've been anyways..).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10357 on: December 03, 2017, 01:59:46 PM »
Took the kids to a free museum as entertainment.  Ate lunch at home and packed snacks/water.  Am now making bean soup in the pressure cooker to eat this week for lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10358 on: December 03, 2017, 03:33:51 PM »
-- Made pumpkin soup for dinner with three pumpkins a friend gave us
-- Did the weekly grocery shopping and stuck exactly to the list, no extras or impulse buys

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« Reply #10359 on: December 03, 2017, 04:39:54 PM »
-Used Uber credits (purchase yielded grocery store reward) to take transportation to airport for work trip. Will get reimbursed.
-Made lunch, snacks & water for the boys to take to a soccer tournament. Got up at the crack of dawn to get this sorted before my flight.
-Spending $0 on myself, as I'm out of the country on a work trip.

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« Reply #10360 on: December 03, 2017, 06:03:37 PM »
Didn't go grocery shopping today. I still have a lot of food in the fridge and it's probably a good idea to downsize the pantry and freezera bit. I just found out I need tires for my car so I'm going to try to make it a lean couple of months budget-wise.

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« Reply #10361 on: December 03, 2017, 07:49:59 PM »
I went to the Apple store. I have an old Macbook from 2009 that was no longer working (did not support current iOs). Was looking to update current replacement laptop (hand-me-down Asus) with a newer version. Turns out they can do a full factory setting reset on the computer and put it as good as new. The 8-years-old computer is now as fast as any other on the market, and I was surprised that they did it for free!

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« Reply #10362 on: December 03, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »
sold unused mini fridge,
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no shopping today, needed bread but we made do with  potatoes or oatmeal

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« Reply #10363 on: December 04, 2017, 12:33:00 AM »
Due to all kinds of circumstances, both me and my s/o needed on-the-go food for lunch today. We didn't have anything homemade in the freezer or fridge. I went to the grocery store to get something readymade so at least we didn't have to buy lunch somewhere. Pasta salads were on discount and I found some that were marked 35% off as well. Pre-packed pasta salads sell for 3,50 each. The deal for this week was 2 for €4, which is itself a massive discount. And it seems the cash registries are programmed so they take the 35% off the original price, so in the end we paid about €1 each for our lunch salads.

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« Reply #10364 on: December 04, 2017, 12:52:30 PM »
^ That's probably even cheaper than making them yourself!

I forgot to bring my lunch to the animal facility at work. However, they apparently always have free soup for lunch there, so I just had two mugs of soup instead! Gotta spend more hours there around lunch time :p

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« Reply #10365 on: December 04, 2017, 03:30:53 PM »
I went to the Apple store. I have an old Macbook from 2009 that was no longer working (did not support current iOs). Was looking to update current replacement laptop (hand-me-down Asus) with a newer version. Turns out they can do a full factory setting reset on the computer and put it as good as new. The 8-years-old computer is now as fast as any other on the market, and I was surprised that they did it for free!

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« Reply #10366 on: December 04, 2017, 03:38:20 PM »
Today for work I'm wearing a lightweight black knit top a friend gave me (BNWT).

It's really pretty, and perfect for a cool, drizzly December day (what the fuck, Sydney?).

I wasn't familiar with the brand but I just looked it up - dresses are $239.

Got my power bill - down on last quarter, and also this time last year.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10367 on: December 04, 2017, 04:52:57 PM »
Canceled HBO and my second DVR today.

For a few years, we really found entertainment value in HBO, but in the past few months, we haven't watched it enough to justify keeping it. The second DVR was in the workout room and kept me motivated for a long time, but now I tend to listen to podcasts in there, so no point in paying for the extra equipment or service.

I would like to cancel our cable TV altogether, but DH isn't on board. We don't watch a lot of TV, but he loves the NHL and is not impressed with the options for streaming. Baby steps.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10368 on: December 04, 2017, 04:56:11 PM »
-Registered for a double points promotion for the hotel I'm staying at (work trip)
-Found a credit card reward for Panera, which is where my son had his end of the soccer season party, after their finals. Also, packed a huge lunch for everyone, so the total spend at Panera was really small, as the kids just had a snack vs a full lunch. Saved about $30 that way. Will probably save about $1 on the credit card reward.
-Declined the offer to shop with my coworkers while we're in Tokyo. I don't need anything, and would rather save my $$.

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« Reply #10369 on: December 04, 2017, 06:40:43 PM »
Ug, must preface by saying we were awful Saturday night. Blew almost every cent in our entertainment budget on one pub night with friends. But, this lead to some good Sunday morning conversations:

1) We need to rethink how we enjoy our Saturdays. Both wife and I work from home. I have the benefit of getting out of the house for school, though. Wife gets cabin fever and then we splurge (too much) come our night out. This isn't a summer problem, since long days and warm nights lead to hiking, camping, and backyard entertaining. We need solutions for winter, though! So, we sat down and made up some plans for entertaining at home as well as some winter outside fun -- all inexpensive or free.

2) Wife is going to get back into brewing (an old hobby that fell by the wayside, but she still has the equipment). We are much more likely to invite friends over for a cheap night in when there is a new home brew to tap!

3) We decided that we just have to buckle down and accept we have only $30 left of our December entertainment budget to last till January first. No filching from the savings account to pad it out!

On to today's frugals:

- Lentil stew in the slow cooker and homemade rolls on the side. Most of the veg in the stew was from our summer garden and preserved for winter meals.

-Thawing out some rice and premaking a tray of vegetarian enchiladas for tomorrow's dinner. It's the start of finals for me, so I want food ready to eat when I get home in the afternoon so we aren't tempted by outside options.

- Decided not to get a parking pass at the school next quarter. Going to use the bus pass that student's receive for free. It's silly I haven't. The bus stop is literally 8 houses down from my house and the bus comes by every 15 minutes - half the time I am driving behind it to the campus! I have 4 remaining quarters, so this will save me $140.

-Eldest son made some repairs to our artificial holiday tree. We got it at a garage sale when the same son was 2 years old, he is now 17. With the new repairs, it still looks very nice!

-Staying home, studying, and decorating the tree this evening. Probably some holiday music on the free Spotify and cocoa from a bulk-purchased mix, as well!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10370 on: December 05, 2017, 12:47:44 AM »
Despite the road being snowy and the lack of daylight, I walked to work. Took the way through the forest and used a headlight. Showered and washed my hair at work, using the shampoo and towel provided by my employer. Brought my own sandwiches to work as almost always this year. Ate a banana provided by my employer.

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« Reply #10371 on: December 05, 2017, 12:46:59 AM »
Despite the road being snowy and the lack of daylight, I walked to work. Took the way through the forest and used a headlight. Showered and washed my hair at work, using the shampoo and towel provided by my employer. Brought my own sandwiches to work as almost always this year. Ate a banana provided by my empoloyer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10372 on: December 05, 2017, 07:06:32 AM »
I got a flat on my MTB, and instead of replacing the tube and chucking the old one, I patched it and put it back on the bike. #score
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10373 on: December 05, 2017, 07:41:47 AM »
My boyfriend has to book a flight for work overseas, so we are using my new Chase card. Now I can meet my minimum spend no problem and get $150+ cash back since you essentially get 4.5% back to use for travel.

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« Reply #10374 on: December 05, 2017, 01:58:50 PM »
Finally sold a saddle I purchased with intent to flip this spring.  Profit was more modest than I'd hoped - just over $100 after eBay fees, but at least it's a profit (and I got some use out of it in the meantime).

I'll pack it up and get an official weight at the post office, then purchase postage from home to get the discount.

Going back to Fred Meyer today to get refunded for the $2 coupon the checker and I both failed to see stuck to a package.

Drinking tea instead of wine on weeknights

Lowering the thermostat another 2 degrees (down to 60 in evenings and 56 the rest of the time)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10375 on: December 05, 2017, 09:07:20 PM »
Skimmed cream from raw milk that I treated. I can't do anything with it this week (too busy) but I'm going to pop it in the freezer and make some butter.  Youtube + heavy cream+ Christmas vacation down time = homemade butter.  Hopefully.

Ate leftovers, made a delicious salad out of odds and ends, including a strawberry sauce I pulled from frozen garden strawberries.

Salad for the adventuresome:  mixed greens topped with ground beef, bacon, sauteed strawberry mush, green onions, a little peanut butter, and a dash of balsamic.  Super yummy!

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« Reply #10376 on: December 06, 2017, 01:33:49 PM »
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.

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« Reply #10377 on: December 06, 2017, 01:53:32 PM »
And I've now passed a month of no smoking - VERY proud of that.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10378 on: December 06, 2017, 01:57:41 PM »
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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10379 on: December 06, 2017, 11:56:50 PM »
Yesterday during my lunch walk I got cold and decided to visit the library for some warmth and the gave away free hot chocolate.

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« Reply #10380 on: December 07, 2017, 05:25:03 AM »
Walked to work today, for the second time this week. Saving diesel and the environment.

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« Reply #10381 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 #10382 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 #10383 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 #10384 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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« Reply #10385 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 #10386 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10387 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 #10388 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10389 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10390 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 #10391 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10392 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 #10393 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 #10394 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10395 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10396 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10397 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10398 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10399 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.