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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10850 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 #10851 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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« Reply #10852 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 #10853 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 #10854 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 #10855 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 #10856 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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10857 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 #10858 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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« Reply #10859 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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« Reply #10860 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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« Reply #10861 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 #10862 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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« Reply #10863 on: January 29, 2018, 05:59:10 AM »
Good day so far
- breakfast at home as usual
- walked to work as usual
- batch cooked some coconut lime rice, chicken & veggie concoction last night for three days of lunches this week. It turned out delicious!
- called Vodafone as my new SIM doesn't seem to be working, I need to go to town to get a replacement but they took £10 off my bill, meaning I will only pay £10 next month :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10864 on: January 29, 2018, 06:19:33 AM »
Walked home from work for the first time, 3.7kms 1hr10mins (Iím a slow walker), saves $3.50 in bus fare and got exercise <...>

Well done. You might get faster if you do it more often. I also like to walk to work regularly and as my route is twice as long as yours, I can't afford to walk slowly, so I dress in training clothes and brisk walk. I can recommend listening to podcasts while you walk.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10865 on: January 29, 2018, 07:22:49 AM »
Finally remembered to sign up for Natural Grocers' rewards program and already received an email that I'll automatically get $2 off my next purchase.

Over the weekend - bought a couple whole salmon on sale $4.99/lb and had the butcher counter fillet them for me.  Portioned them out, seasoned and vacuum packed.  I had to laugh a bit because I noticed the exact same fish packaged as a fillet, was $11.99/lb. 

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« Reply #10866 on: January 29, 2018, 02:46:12 PM »
Threw some strawberry tops into my lunch smoothie. Definitely adds a tang but reduces food waste and good to eat bitter greens.

Part-time cloth diapering the baby.

Remembered my reusable grocery bags so no bag fee and waste.

Bought flax seed and raisins for my morning oatmeal from the bulk bins, saving a few cents per pound on both.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10867 on: January 29, 2018, 03:12:18 PM »
Helped some friends move house last week.

They've offered me their empty boxes (bought new) to pass on to relatives who are preparing to move.

One of the relatives is staying with me tonight so I'll pick up the boxes after work and they will be out of my place tomorrow morning.

Saving money, saving trees, and I don't end up running a temporary storage facility. Perfect.

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« Reply #10868 on: January 30, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »
A grocery delivery service in my area had a coupon for a $20 off when you spend $35, plus free delivery. I never order groceries online for delivery and did find it more expensive then in store shopping. However for a one time use to take advantage of the coupon, it was a good savings.

I ordered heavy things like cat litter. My bill with tip was $23 and I estimate in store (with cheaper prices and no tip) it would have been $29 so really I only saved $6 plus the hassle of winter driving and saving time - which is handy because I am working from home.

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« Reply #10869 on: January 30, 2018, 09:05:05 AM »
We have Peapod here in CT (shop on line grocery service).  I get coupons all the time for free delivery. I think delivery costs $6.95 plus I give the driver a tip. So when it's free, I only pay tip. We order heavy things too. We have to use bottled water for our coffeemaker. We have hard water and it kills appliances that need water. I have them bring about 16 gallons of water, 4 cases of 16 oz bottles of water, 4 twelve packs of soda. I place a huge order with them to make it worth it. We do that maybe 4-5 times a year. We meet the driver out by our garage and have two yard carts we load up the stuff into then roll into our garage. The delivery guy used to bring to front door and that was bad news because I only have a landing and I would be hip deep in groceries! LOL! It is a good deal to have them shop and deliver for $6.95 but better when it is free!

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« Reply #10870 on: January 30, 2018, 04:30:02 PM »
I try to find a coupon for free grocery delivery once or twice a year. The prices online are the same as in the store, but the minimum online spend is Ä70. We don't have a car so I order heavy or bulky things for the pantry like flour, canned beans, toilet paper etc. Last time I ordered online we were organizing a party and we had all the beer delivered as well. Having all the party food and drinks delivered right into the kitchen was the best thing ever.

I saved money by having dinner at my grandma's today. She always gives me a banana and a candybar for my lunch break at work the next day. This time, she also gave some magazines for me that she got from a friend. It's quite an expensive magazine so I wouldn't buy it normally.

I've been working on some handmade gifts. We're having dinner at my in laws this weekend, oven mitts seem like a fitting thank you gift.

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« Reply #10871 on: January 30, 2018, 05:51:03 PM »
Packed lunches for both of us.  Drank coffee from home.

Went straight home after work...no browsing goodwill on my route!

Created a meal plan for each day of the week that focuses our meals around "cheap eats".  For instance, Monday is Noodle Night... that means that I am basing my meal around a relatively cheap staple.  I can plan a meal to flavor it and veggies to either throw in from the fridge, or pick up to supplement.  Tuesdays are Rice-eroni days (I was trying to be clever...obvs failed.)  That means the meal is fleshed out with rice...aka a chicken and rice bake or stir fry.  Wednesdays will be my more time consuming meal like meatloaf, roast, or whatever because I am home Wednesdays, Thursdays will be wraps or sandwich based and Fridays will be "fun food"...likely convenience foods that we wouldn't otherwise buy..pizza rolls, mac n cheese, brats, occasionally take out pizza.  Saturdays I will plan a more time consuming meal that don't fit one of the categories, and lunches and Sundays are leftovers/veggies/parfaits/smoothies.  I'm trying to cut down on the amount of our meat consumption, try to eat healthfully while depending on quality but cheaper 'fillers' (rice and decent quality noodles/bread) and adding in lots of veggies.  This is my first week trying it out....we shall see if we actually eat healthfully...or if we end up filling ourselves up on non-veggie carbs instead .... :/

Friend wanted to take me out for coffee and specified that she was paying!  I let her :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10872 on: January 30, 2018, 06:15:40 PM »
Friend wanted to take me out for coffee and specified that she was paying!  I let her :)

Such a sacrifice. :D

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« Reply #10873 on: January 30, 2018, 07:07:33 PM »
This was more “to not waste money,” but just now at 9pm I made a double batch of biscuits and put the cut dough in the freezer. I made them a little smaller to save on calories and so the batch of 24 made 34. Now all I need to do is take out a few biscuits and put them straight in the oven.

I had a quart of cream in the fridge that was going to go bad soon, so I used that to make the biscuits instead of throwing away $5. And I guess the saving money part comes in when I eat breakfast at home for ~$0.25 per biscuit. Add an egg and a sprinkle of cheese and it’s a sub-$0.50 breakfast!

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« Reply #10874 on: January 30, 2018, 07:28:01 PM »
I cut my piece of salmon in half to have 2 meals with it instead of one.   O.O

I have started to find I don't need many "regular" sizes of things like fish or chicken lately.  In this 2-pack of frozen salmon filets that means fish for 4 meals instead of 2. 

Side note:  I'm eating cauliflower rice (just discovered...so yum!) and baked okra as sides with my salmon.  Not sure if perhaps the cauliflower plays a part in making me fuller? 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10875 on: January 31, 2018, 01:48:18 AM »
I had a quart of cream in the fridge that was going to go bad soon, so I used that to make the biscuits instead of throwing away $5. And I guess the saving money part comes in when I eat breakfast at home for ~$0.25 per biscuit. Add an egg and a sprinkle of cheese and itís a sub-$0.50 breakfast!

I love egg sandwiches!  I even make them at work for a late morning snack. Whip up an egg in a coffee cup or small bowl, microwave it, put it on a bagel or English muffin with some cheese and voila -- yum. 

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« Reply #10876 on: January 31, 2018, 05:18:23 AM »
There was a vague message on our intranet at work today about that my employer would negotiate discounts for parking at airports. I registered as a user in the new system, but I couldn't choose a discount program yet, as my department is not (yet) included in the system. I will follow it up and try again later.

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« Reply #10877 on: February 01, 2018, 03:53:47 AM »
I saved money by eating a free hospital meal yesterday. I need to get medication through IV every 8 weeks. This time, there were some time consuming issues before they could finally start the medication. If you're still there at 5, they will offer you a free dinner. Most of the times, I know I'll be out in less than half an hour so I refuse it, but this time I had to stay until 7. Dinner was a rice stir fry and it was ok-ish.

Made tomato soup and cornbread for lunch. Will take some of that cornbread to work today as well.

Boss is late with paying my wages. I'm going to talk to him about this today, but I've decided I'm not transferring money from my savings account for anything else than the mortgage which is due today. This means eating food from the pantry and fridge for today and possibly tomorrow.


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« Reply #10878 on: February 01, 2018, 04:00:37 AM »
Took my lunch to work every day in January.  Goal is to do the same this month. 

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« Reply #10879 on: February 01, 2018, 06:44:37 AM »
- Following up on some price adjustments. Have to do some additional paperwork, but I'll be getting $32 back
- There will be lunch provided at a work meeting today so I saved last night's leftovers for dinner tonight.
- Didn't pull out anything to defrost for dinner and will make it a fridge cleanout night. We've been bad about actually eating the extra leftovers in the fridge (beyond the ones we take for work). Groceries were high in January so we need to get back on track.
- I'll be scrounging for snacks to take down to an upcoming work trip. I have 2 dinners and a lunch covered, but hope to not buy more than one meal out. The hotel has fridges in the room which will help.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10880 on: February 01, 2018, 11:07:41 AM »
Cut my own hair for the first time, and will have DH make sure the layers are even across the back this evening. It's not perfect, but no longer screams "NEEDS A HAIRCUT" and I didn't have to spent $60 + tip for a fancy Deva cut or risk disaster with a cheap cut.

Grocery shopped at Aldi, from a list. I leave on a trip this weekend, and DH doesn't really cook, so I bought ingredients for some meals that I know are simple enough he will actually make them. This should supplement the meals I have stocked in the freezer and limit take-out purchases.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10881 on: February 01, 2018, 02:45:27 PM »
Cut my own hair for the first time, and will have DH make sure the layers are even across the back this evening. It's not perfect, but no longer screams "NEEDS A HAIRCUT" and I didn't have to spent $60 + tip for a fancy Deva cut or risk disaster with a cheap cut.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10882 on: February 01, 2018, 05:16:43 PM »
I flipped two little side tables I bought for $90, sold for $130. Took about twenty minutes of easy effort. My goal was to earn an extra $200 in February, first day I'm at $40. Also a no spend day! So I saved and earned a little extra.

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« Reply #10883 on: February 01, 2018, 05:38:41 PM »
Not me, but my 17 year old:

There was a clothing drive at the college today. Son saw an older woman wrestling some boxes from her car and went over to offer help. She mentioned that there were two new pairs of jeans in one of the boxes she thought would fit him. They did, and one replaces his favorite black skinny jeans that ripped the other day. Free jeans + good deed = win!

Unrelated, he asked me to deposit his pay directly into savings instead of into his checking account like I normally do. His reasoning is he'll be less likely to spend it frivolously if he has to take the time to transfer, plus it will be subject to the teen amount of interest he gets off his savings account. (His "pay" is the measly $20/month allowance he gets. It's really more just to cover his incidentals if need be, like deodorant or what have you, than it is a traditional allowance.)

My day was a fail: I bought the damn parking pass. The bus is all well and good, but I hate giving up time waiting at the bus stop or stressing when the bus is late. I want my car with me so I can head to the local wetlands straight from class on days when the sun is shining. I want to drive to class blasting MY music instead of listening to the crappy headphone overspill from my fellow passengers. I want to only hear my music, not the insane yammerings of conspiracy theorists and crazy cat ladies. (Seriously, I must look like an easy mark for these conversations. There must have been a hobo sigil on my backpack that told all bus crazies to talk to me...)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10884 on: February 01, 2018, 06:58:17 PM »
I bought groceries for the week this morning, and only spent $23.00! I do still need to purchase baby greens, and carrots at a different store, but in total it will come to less than $30.00. I am stoked, this month I have a goal of $200.00 in groceries, which in my tiny mountain town is near impossible.


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« Reply #10885 on: February 01, 2018, 07:11:38 PM »
Sold two snow blowers this week that I bought back in July at a yard and an estate sale... Made $450! Baked cookies for my daughters snack tomorrow at school rather than going out and buying something. Some days are better than others lol. Property taxes are due next week, so I dare not celebrate too hard.

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« Reply #10886 on: February 01, 2018, 08:21:08 PM »
Striving for a low spend February and keeping grocery costs very low.  Tonight I made deer stew from freezer/ pantry ingredients.  Most everything was hunted, grown in our garden, etc. 

Hung a load of laundry and hand washed 4 cashmere sweaters.

My sons compete with me daily for the Mustache Award; today the 2nd grader walked home from school and was delighted to find a perfectly shiny and beautiful tangerine on his way.  He held it up for my inspection, and I washed, peeled, and shared it with the kids.

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« Reply #10887 on: February 01, 2018, 08:31:48 PM »
I had a quart of cream in the fridge that was going to go bad soon, so I used that to make the biscuits instead of throwing away $5. And I guess the saving money part comes in when I eat breakfast at home for ~$0.25 per biscuit. Add an egg and a sprinkle of cheese and itís a sub-$0.50 breakfast!

I love egg sandwiches!  I even make them at work for a late morning snack. Whip up an egg in a coffee cup or small bowl, microwave it, put it on a bagel or English muffin with some cheese and voila -- yum.

I love the versatility of eggs! For the past year, Iíve been making scrambled egg muffins, a dozen at a time. Theyíre good for a week in the fridge (can also be frozen), perfect for breakfast or lunch or snack, filling and heathy. Iím sad when I havenít made more in time.

Did the usual things to save money today: stopped at gym on way to work (rather than a separate outing), breakfast and lunch packed and eaten at work. Leftovers for supper. I got my insurance renewal notice for Mar. 15 and wrote back to them that Iíve dropped a day a week at work (from 4 to 3), thus reducing my annual mileage by at least 20%. Iím hoping that this will result in a reduced premium (already quite happy that rates didnít go up, but might as well try for lower).
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« Reply #10888 on: February 01, 2018, 08:51:28 PM »
I had a note in my diary to send a reminder about an unpaid invoice, a $1400 freelance gig.

The same company just called me and asked me to help them out with something, unpaid.

Me: How about you pay me for October?
Them: Oh, have we not paid you for that?

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« Reply #10889 on: February 01, 2018, 10:23:58 PM »
* Worked on propagating a couple of houseplants and a succulent -- free plants :D

* Made a casserole from home-canned tomato sauce, leftover pasta and wild-boar sausage bought on clearance

* Line-dried a load of clothing

* Skipped two car trips today in favor of walking

* Stocked up on the good butter at Trader Joe's where it's about $1.50 per package cheaper than across the street. (Butter freezes well.)

* Used menstrual cup (for me) and cloth diapers (for baby) instead of single-use items
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10890 on: February 01, 2018, 10:52:08 PM »
This is probably SO basic, but since it's the start of a new year and I'm only recently focused on this - I really dug into January spending. Noticed some anomalies in cell bills and fees and charges. Realized there's $400 of phone usage (across two months) on my credit card that I can expense to my company, plus two services I no longer use that auto-renew at $100+/year each. I turned off the auto-renew for both, and emailed customer service to see about getting a refund since they renewed in January. Here's hoping. Either way, I won't make that mistake again and just throw away money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10891 on: February 01, 2018, 11:43:41 PM »
This is probably SO basic, but since it's the start of a new year and I'm only recently focused on this - I really dug into January spending. Noticed some anomalies in cell bills and fees and charges. Realized there's $400 of phone usage (across two months) on my credit card that I can expense to my company, plus two services I no longer use that auto-renew at $100+/year each. I turned off the auto-renew for both, and emailed customer service to see about getting a refund since they renewed in January. Here's hoping. Either way, I won't make that mistake again and just throw away money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10892 on: February 02, 2018, 01:02:07 AM »
Walked to work again. Will walk back in the afternoon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10893 on: February 02, 2018, 09:22:47 AM »
Packed lunch and snacks from leftover from last night. 
I forgot to eat breakfast at home. Instead of buying something from our cafeteria, I had a packet of oatmeal and a few leftover packets of stuff from Starbucks with a banana I packed.  My breakfast was tasty and satisfying.  And I ate down some of the clutter in my office. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10894 on: February 02, 2018, 10:39:43 AM »
I frequently take my toddler to the coffee shop after our Friday morning activity, but we skipped it today in favor of grilled cheese sandwiches at home. Saved $9 (two muffins and a chai latte) and a lot of sugar.

We are spending pretty much all day traveling tomorrow, so I'm preparing and packing lots of food and healthy snacks to keep us full and prevent buying airport food.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10895 on: February 02, 2018, 10:54:25 AM »
I bought an old-timey safety razor. More environmentally friendly and refills will costs cents, not dollars.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10896 on: February 02, 2018, 12:18:47 PM »
1) Not so small but I noticed an error on my paycheck and I was reimbursed the difference today. ($575!)

2) We are due to go grocery shopping tomorrow and after eating a lot of pantry stuff this month things are looking a little sparse. DH and I came up with a plan for breakfast lunch and dinner for today that will work so we can avoid the semi infamous "oh gosh nothing around for dinner.... it's friday...... lets go out!"

3) Browsed budget bytes and made a grocery list for tomorrow around whats on special at Aldi (best store ever) and things that will be easy, fast, healthy and satisfying. I've been learning that the key to menu planning is planning things I will actually want to cook and eat at the end of the day. going to try two new recipes this week that look tasty:

https://www.budgetbytes.com/2018/01/roasted-eggplant-meat-sauce/
https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/04/smoky-white-bean-shakshuka/

4) looked on craigslist and other sites for old furniture to turn into vanities for our house rehab project because lowes cheap crap is the devil.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10897 on: February 02, 2018, 02:34:58 PM »
This is probably SO basic, but since it's the start of a new year and I'm only recently focused on this - I really dug into January spending. Noticed some anomalies in cell bills and fees and charges. Realized there's $400 of phone usage (across two months) on my credit card that I can expense to my company, plus two services I no longer use that auto-renew at $100+/year each. I turned off the auto-renew for both, and emailed customer service to see about getting a refund since they renewed in January. Here's hoping. Either way, I won't make that mistake again and just throw away money.

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Thank you! And one of them already came through, so there's a $100. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10898 on: February 02, 2018, 03:16:13 PM »
-Brought back treats from the hotel as mini souvenirs for the kids
-Scavenged for leftovers in the fridge for lunch
-Received a check for $150. Will put it directly towards our unfunded 2018 goals. (This is our plan - found money goes towards the goals we'd like to do, but need creative funding)

However, I am insanely jet lagged after an international flight, and really want to do uber food delivery. Note that we also don't have power. I know that I can come up with a dinner option. But, it fails me at the moment.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10899 on: February 02, 2018, 06:54:35 PM »
The email to my insurance co. yesterday re: driving less netted me a reduction of $88 on my renewal premium. This is 5.3% savings! :)
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