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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10700 on: January 20, 2018, 06:51:07 PM »
Took the subway instead of a rideshare/taxi even though the subway line I live on was pretty fucked up today (two different sets of rerouting due to maintenance work, plus crowding and delays due to being on the route of the women's march). Wasted about an hour, but I didn't really have anything else I needed to do today anyway.

Ended up walking home from a farther-away stop rather than waiting for Yet Another Rerouted Train to get home, and stopped at the cheaper grocery store since I was walking by it anyway. They had a buy one, get two free sale on Thomas's English muffins, so now I have a bunch of English muffins in the freezer. I try not to buy them unless they're on sale since they're kind of expensive, and this is the best sale price I've seen. They must have hijacked a Thomas's delivery truck or something.

Stayed home tonight instead of accepting invitations for events that cost money, because I had a really busy and heavily-social week. Relaxing at home alone with a cup of hot chocolate instead. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10701 on: January 20, 2018, 07:08:35 PM »
We have a once-a-week pizza delivery habit, that works out to about $20 a pop (for two people). I'd heard good things about the Costco frozen pizzas, so tried that instead today. Just as good (almost as good) and paired with a bunch of veggies from the fridge, we fed ourselves for $4! (They're $12 for 4 pizzas at our store)

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« Reply #10702 on: January 21, 2018, 09:04:19 PM »
I successfully fixed my phone, and four days without a smartphone was a nice trial of whether it really improves my life or not.  I missed a few things, but not as much as I expected.

Took the bus instead of the train, saving 25 cents.

Decided real wool hats were too expensive so I bought yarn to make one.  I also found a free pattern even though I was tempted by a pay pattern.  So $7 for a hat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10703 on: January 21, 2018, 09:17:11 PM »
Today was a no spend day, the 16th one this month! Most savings happened in the kitchen:

* Roasted chickpeas for salad toppings.

* Marinated and baked tofu for sandwiches/lunches/quick dinner proteins. (Instead of buying the premarinated, more expensive stuff).

* Made a batch of chickpea salad for DS1's lunch sandwiches.

* Made breakfast burritos for the week.

* Started another jar of sprouts.

* Started another jug of ginger ale.

* Organized the freezer and planned some meals for this week accordingly.

* Made a jar of white bean dip and prepped veggies for dipping. Cheap, easy, healthy snack options!

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« Reply #10704 on: January 21, 2018, 10:01:54 PM »

* Marinated and baked tofu for sandwiches/lunches/quick dinner proteins. (Instead of buying the premarinated, more expensive stuff).


Can you share a recipe for your marinated baked tofu? I love the Trader Joe's baked teriyaki tofu, but it is so expensive. I'd love a good recipe if you have one!

Today I
Baked bread using my grandpa's sourdough starter
Cut up and roasted one of our butternut squash (grew it this year) so I'll have it for weekday lunches
Cut up and roasted two eggplants with spices -- perfect for salads with the squash, shredded kale and chickpeas
Cooked black beans and kidney beans and made a huge pot of chili from scratch for dinner. We have plenty of leftovers for this week's lunches as well.
Walked about a mile to run an errand, instead of driving.
Stayed on-list when at the grocery store.

So, a pretty good day, all told!

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« Reply #10705 on: January 22, 2018, 06:53:20 AM »
Urchina,

I cheated on the marinade and used a mixture of :
3 TB Trader Joe's soy ginger dressing
2 TB soy sauce
squirt of garlic chili paste (or sriracha and a crushed garlic clove)
Pinch of cracked black pepper

I sliced a block of extra firm tofu into 1/4 inch slices. Let sit in a bag with the marinade in the fridge for several hours. Baked 450 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes each side. I've found a silpat mat, if you have one, is the best way to bake tofu for an even texture on all sides, although you could probably use parchment.

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« Reply #10706 on: January 22, 2018, 09:32:39 AM »
Blizzard today so spouse, 3 year old son and I all have the day off from work and daycare today. I spent 15 minutes making a 5 gallon batch of homemade laundry detergent. Breakfast was fresh homemade waffles topped with homemade apple butter. No spend day for us. Being stuck indoors has its benefits.

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« Reply #10707 on: January 22, 2018, 12:27:55 PM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

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« Reply #10708 on: January 22, 2018, 01:46:51 PM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

Did you soak the dates first to soften them up? I have a Ninja and use it all the time to make turmeric lattes w/dates, etc.

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« Reply #10709 on: January 22, 2018, 02:59:41 PM »
-Yesterday: didn't leave the house & didn't spend any money. Cleaned, meal prepped, & got started on our taxes.

Today:
-Free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Free electric car charging
-Sold passes I bought (& couldn't use) at a school auction for $20. This was one of those "get over the sunk cost fallacy". I paid WAY more (think 20x), but they were completely mis sold at the auction. (No fault of the auction, but rather the company). I could only go off how they were listed, and they were completely not that. Anywho, was super irritated with the situation, and am happy I made the $20 out of it. Clearly disclaimed every detail to the person I sold them to, so they were well aware & it worked for their situation.
-Sold an old jacket on eBay for $18.
-Having leftover curry for dinner. Made it on Saturday & it was great!

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« Reply #10710 on: January 22, 2018, 03:17:18 PM »
Yesterday was a spendier day than expected due to a very exciting and unexpected visit from a friend from out of town. Oh well, water under the bridge and it was a truly lovely day.
- Lunch was provided at work allowing me to save my leftovers from last night for dinner tonight.

- Didn't drink the soda I brought in. Going to see if I can stick to my herbal tea.

- Resisted buying a rug that was on sale on Overstock. Found it for cheaper on Amazon and added it to my wishlist. Will save up amazon gift cards through microsoft rewards and mypoints to purchase.

- Scheduled work travel for this week and will take my own car. This allows me to get down to the city my family lives in with work paying my mileage. My nephew and mom both have surgeries this week and it will be good to be there with them.

- Will be visiting fancy restaurants as part of work travel which should provide leftovers and also helps keep my personal eating out in check.

- Trying to convince husband to have us start paying extra on the mortgage to get rid of the dumb PMI sooner. If we really wanted to we could wipe it out in the next few months, but it would leave us with relatively little cash cushion.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10711 on: January 22, 2018, 05:30:36 PM »
My husband diagnosed and repaired the furnace issue (was not kicking in) with the purchase of a $50 part rather than an expensive service call. Itís working perfectly again. Iím relieved this happened during mild weather this weekend and not when it was -30C a couple weeks ago.

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« Reply #10712 on: January 22, 2018, 06:16:58 PM »
1. I opened a Treasury Direct account so I feel a little safer about saving more than I currently do. The money I'm putting in there for what is currently a whopping 2.9% return usually gets less than a 1% return, so it's something. It's also slightly harder to take that money out, so it will discourage frivolous spending.

2. I didn't buy a fountain pen. This is a big deal for me. :p


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« Reply #10713 on: January 22, 2018, 07:48:24 PM »
Some bakery wins for me:
- last week baked cookies at home instead of giving in to daughter whining for cookies at store
- The same day, bought the day-old ciabatta rolls at grocery store. They were pretty hard today, but I ran them under water and rebaked at 200 degrees and they were like new!! Love that trick.
- My turn to take the kids to orchestra carpool tonight, so I did grocery shopping.  At ten minutes to closing time, apparently the fancy bakery has a huge sale... got pastries and breads for a third the usual price (and I was thinking of getting some anyway.) This may become a tradition on carpool night.

Of course, I haven't been weighing in for the weight loss challenge... Win some, gain some...

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« Reply #10714 on: January 22, 2018, 07:52:47 PM »
Somehow massively overcooked some black beans in the slow cooker (it's a small slow cooker, probably have to adjust cooking times) but salvaged them into bean dip

Halved the meat and doubled the beans in tonight's dinner recipe

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« Reply #10715 on: January 22, 2018, 08:31:41 PM »
* Figured out that I can use pliers to turn on the shower until we figure out how to replace the old worn-out handle.
* Cooked dinner at home instead of hitting the drive-through

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« Reply #10716 on: January 22, 2018, 08:35:33 PM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

I think your original post inspired me to try homemade Larabars to, they turned out great but I would add more lemon
 as well.

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« Reply #10717 on: January 23, 2018, 08:05:42 AM »
Called insurance, added info that Mr.HH is in a professional network to get a reduced plan...grand total car insurance savings: $4 per month!!! Gonna blow it all in VEGAS!!!

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« Reply #10718 on: January 23, 2018, 09:41:23 AM »
- Bought a £2 tool and changed my watch strap myself rather than pay a jeweller £10.
- All meals are being taken into work.  One of the ladies from the canteen says she misses me!
- Finished knitting a wrap for myself, and started crocheting a blanket (Afghan?) using wool I bought on sale.  This will be a Christmas present for someone.
- Did a proper freezer inventory, and using up long forgotten food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10719 on: January 23, 2018, 09:56:47 AM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

Did you soak the dates first to soften them up? I have a Ninja and use it all the time to make turmeric lattes w/dates, etc.

I'll try that next time. My first batch had no issue with the dates but the second one did. I'm sure softening them would be a help on the motor.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10720 on: January 23, 2018, 04:19:41 PM »
I rescued a toaster oven from the trash. It looked like it had maybe been used 15-20 times.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10721 on: January 23, 2018, 05:33:28 PM »
I'm continuing the streak of no lunches bought while I'm at work.  It sounds small but I'm on the go a lot and its hard to plan for something sometimes.  I also fall into the, I deserve it, trap.  I mean of course I do but I would rather not spend pointless $$ on unplanned, solo uninspired lunches.

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« Reply #10722 on: January 25, 2018, 06:30:48 AM »
Last night, looked in the fridge before the gym and saw nothing that was inspiring us for dinner. We were going to pick up some crappy take out food on our way home from the gym, but then realized we had enough food to make "breakfast for dinner".

Made an amazing omelette (with enough leftover for lunches today), and pancakes. Counting down until I can eat the leftovers!!

Figure that saved us ~$40 in takeout food (enough for dinner and lunch!) Huzzah!

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« Reply #10723 on: January 25, 2018, 07:02:34 AM »
We also had breakfast for dinner last night, though it was planned. I tweaked my usual waffle recipe to for a 50/50 mix of milk and whey strained from homemade yogurt (makes the milk last longer and helps use up the whey) and made a homemade cranberry pancake syrup since we were out of maple syrup.

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« Reply #10724 on: January 25, 2018, 11:01:06 AM »
We had a lot of costs this month (expected and unexpected) so we've decided to do an extra frugal month to make up for it. We have a Ä120 grocery budget that we're going to stick to and eat all the food from our pantry and fridge. We're also going to sell some stuff and try to work some overtime.

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« Reply #10725 on: January 25, 2018, 01:38:39 PM »
Normal, but especially successful today.  I got the laundry washed quickly enough that it got enough freeze drying time outside then warm up time inside that the sheets were dry by bedtime. Fresh sheets! And I get to put the furniture back in order instead of in laundry drying set up. Happiness.


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« Reply #10726 on: January 25, 2018, 02:10:29 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

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« Reply #10727 on: January 25, 2018, 04:20:01 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

No! You are not nuts! My Hub and I cook a lot at home and we end up with gobs of leftovers. For the most part, we use them all up. Sometimes we make such huge casseroles, that we are tired of eating it day after day but for the most part we eat most of what we cook. I find it very sad when I open the fridge and there is hardly any leftovers to play with! We really plan our food leftovers! Some people are so picky and wouldn't think of eating leftovers. They are the losers, some leftovers taste better than from first day!

On another note, I have a friend who is so fussy about food it makes me NUTS! She hates just about everything. When she goes to a restaurant she doesn't like this or that and most of the items on the menu she hates. OMG! I am adventurous and will eat a lot of stuff. Not worms or beetles or anything like that. But real food. This friend of mine lives in a small bubble and all foods outside that bubble are gross to her. She makes me NUTS! She hates shrimp but will eat lobster but that took her about 45 years to try. OMG! Now she can't afford it!

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« Reply #10728 on: January 25, 2018, 04:33:13 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

No! You are not nuts! My Hub and I cook a lot at home and we end up with gobs of leftovers. For the most part, we use them all up. Sometimes we make such huge casseroles, that we are tired of eating it day after day but for the most part we eat most of what we cook. I find it very sad when I open the fridge and there is hardly any leftovers to play with! We really plan our food leftovers! Some people are so picky and wouldn't think of eating leftovers. They are the losers, some leftovers taste better than from first day!

On another note, I have a friend who is so fussy about food it makes me NUTS! She hates just about everything. When she goes to a restaurant she doesn't like this or that and most of the items on the menu she hates. OMG! I am adventurous and will eat a lot of stuff. Not worms or beetles or anything like that. But real food. This friend of mine lives in a small bubble and all foods outside that bubble are gross to her. She makes me NUTS! She hates shrimp but will eat lobster but that took her about 45 years to try. OMG! Now she can't afford it!

I try to plan for everything, so we minimize food waste. It's not always perfect, but we do pretty well. We've gotten WAY better about this in the last year or so. I travel a lot for work, and as a result, have eaten a bunch of things that are not my favorite. I have survived. ;-) I'm not picky, and like a wide variety of food. We do have one picky eater, but he eats a healthy diet & adds a few new things to his repetoire on a regular basis, so I'm happy with it.

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« Reply #10729 on: January 25, 2018, 05:40:01 PM »
-Ate free pizza at work and saved leftover lunch for tomorrow
-Canceled Netflix
-Adjusted car insurance to save $50 a month

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« Reply #10730 on: January 26, 2018, 12:23:53 AM »
For the past few days:
I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

You're not the only one, I love seeing an empty fridge. Mine was nearly empty until yesterday.

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« Reply #10731 on: January 26, 2018, 05:34:55 AM »
I cut my husbandís hair last night. I am out of practice, and it is more challenging to cut 4-5 weeks of growth than it is 1-2. So it doesnít look fantastic but it saved $15.

Iíve spent the month of January stocking the freezer with meals to feed my husband while Iím out of town next month. Iíve calculated he needs 17 servings of lunch/dinner meals and Iím up to 14.

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« Reply #10732 on: January 26, 2018, 07:47:48 AM »
Have taken lunch to work every day this year so far.  Today I didn't even have to bring anything.  Fridge is stuffed with leftovers from an office lunch yesterday.  Love free lunch.

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« Reply #10733 on: January 26, 2018, 08:57:35 AM »
I decided to do my own taxes this year.  Should save me about $350 vs H&R block that I normally use.  Part of what convinced me is that Turbotax sent me an offer to use their software for free, since I'm a Mint user.  I feel a little nervous as I've never done it myself before, but I have the last few years worth of tax returns to look at in my filing cabinet and I'll look at them for reference purposes, to make sure nothing major gets missed.

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« Reply #10734 on: January 26, 2018, 10:33:49 AM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

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« Reply #10735 on: January 26, 2018, 12:03:54 PM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

And it's not like I have super complicated taxes.  Pretty simple, actually.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10736 on: January 26, 2018, 12:08:25 PM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

+1

I convinced my brother to try out TurboTax instead of using his accountant. Last year, he hired his accountant and also did it on his own in TurboTax to see the difference. He said it was about the same. He still went with the accountant because I guess he already went through the effort. I don't know what his plan is this year. Maybe he will go straight to TurboTax.

I also have most of my return ready as my W2's are in. I am waiting for statements from the brokerages now...it's taking forever!

I am dying to submit to get my extra large refund this year. Don't panic over this. I usually time my tax payments to get as close to $0 refund or payment at the end of the year. Then the changes due to the new tax bill for 2018 and standard deductions convinced me to mega donate to a DAF in 2017, so now I am getting a huge refund!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10737 on: January 26, 2018, 12:40:02 PM »
Crawled around under the house after all the outlets in all the bathrooms quit working. Found a GFCI switch that needed reset. Bathrooms work again, no call to an electrician.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10738 on: January 26, 2018, 01:27:01 PM »
Went out for pizza with co-workers. Decided to share one with two people to save on the cost.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10739 on: January 26, 2018, 01:47:50 PM »
-Breakfast from the freezer (those dang breakfast sandwiches I cannot rid myself of. 2 left!!!)
-Lunch from the freezer (leftover chicken chowder), & mixed in my latest creation - yogurt mixed with sriracha, to add a bit of spice
-Posted a bunch of stuff on eBay
-Stocking the fridge/freezer with food before I head out of town for a work trip on Sunday

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10740 on: January 26, 2018, 01:55:14 PM »
Stayed in all day so far, and I don't plan on going anywhere else.

Made a meatless dinner last night...kinda on accident because the meat wasn't thawed yet, but that meat can just be used for a different meal then...lol

I'm cutting back on coffee as part of my healthy changes this year.  This will as a bonus save me in coffee beans, nice milk, and raw honey....which is my normal coffee mix times 3 mugs (now just 2)

This year I've challenged myself to have 100.00 worth of amazon swagbuck points by November to be used for Christmas.  I don't do much on the site, but I used to ALWAYS forget to log my online purchases with them...and those add up!  I've done a LOT better so far this year and I have 5.00 in current points and 2.00 pending. 

I drug DH to goodwill with me (minutes before they closed...oops), to try on several pairs of dress shoes that I had seen earlier that day.  The pair that fit and felt best ended up being 30.00, but they are like new and a very nice brand.  When we looked them up later, they retail for 110.00....   He kills a pair of dress shoes yearly, and 30.00 is still better than 60.00 ones from kohls like last time!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10741 on: January 27, 2018, 03:46:59 PM »
It was a good day for frugality.

-Drove electric car for errands
-Bought groceries from Costco (and, birthday gift) using Costco rebate card
-Picked up free bread from the grocery store, and used a gift card to get 2 packages of sale pasta
-Used Rite Aid points to pick up a few mailing envelopes for eBay sales
-Sold $22 worth of old toys on our local Facebook swap
-Talked my husband into staying in for dinner last night, and rescued our leftovers by serving them with a nice bottle of wine ;-)
-Cleaned the house
-My husband bought a used pool filter (drove 2 hours in the electric car to pick it up) & then rebuilt/swapped parts. New filter for 1/3 of the price
-Making naan bread pizzas tonight, using up fridge ingredients

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10742 on: January 27, 2018, 04:05:55 PM »
Bought 25 lb bag of rice today & used it to stretch chili lunch for unexpected guests over the lunch hour. Bonus: kid got playtime with his cousin & my brother in law got a much needed kid break (he's a SAHD). Drove electric car to the playground for the kids to play together outside. Drinking homemade hard cider paired with homemade bread to unwind after chasing after 2 kids under 3 this afternoon. Watching X files reboot on free FoxNow app.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10743 on: January 27, 2018, 07:41:30 PM »
-Convinced youngest child to walk to the park instead of driving
-breakfast: free veggies (from food not bombs) combined w eggs from my chickens (nearly free)
-dinner: free veggies w free spaghetti squash
-Aldi trip for the week net cost $17 after $4 in returns

Crushing it!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10744 on: January 27, 2018, 08:25:57 PM »
GF and I evaluated what food we have around the house, and concluded that we don't actually need to go grocery shopping this week. We'll be using up what we already have instead!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10745 on: January 27, 2018, 09:41:32 PM »
Went snowshoeing nearby for exercise; was nice to get them out after a couple of years of not using (finally enough snow!). Groomed the dogs myself. Have been doing this for a year now and have saved nearly $1000 ... itís actually kind of fun/rewarding. Had ďclean out the fridgeĒ for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10746 on: January 27, 2018, 11:27:50 PM »
Listed a dress on eBay today. I'm already getting watchers and questions, so I should have $80 back in my pocket soon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10747 on: January 28, 2018, 12:04:15 AM »
Made dinner at home on the Weber grill my brother curb-shopped and gave us for Christmas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10748 on: January 28, 2018, 03:44:10 AM »
- Canned some soup last night. I've never canned soup before. I used to freeze soup, but I like to have a few cans in the pantry for 'emergency food' when I get home late and NEED FOOD NOW. Might as well can my own soup. I have canned fruits and vegetables before, just not soup. I hope this works out.
- Made rice porridge for breakfast. There was only enough rice for 1 portion left in the box. Ate it with stewed pears I canned in October.
- Folded all the laundry I dried indoors during the weekend. I try to avoid ironing, I only ironed 3 pieces of work clothing that really needed to be ironed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10749 on: January 29, 2018, 04:37:13 AM »
Walked home from work for the first time, 3.7kms 1hr10mins (I’m a slow walker), saves $3.50 in bus fare and got exercise, my DH came too, so that’s $7 saved total.
Also are a free work apple instead of buying lunch.


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