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

Woo hoo!

There's a great thread on DIY haircuts if you want to come hang out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10855 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10856 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 #10857 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10858 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 #10859 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.

Got a stipend for $1100 and immediately put it towards 2018 IRA.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10860 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10861 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10862 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 #10863 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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« Reply #10864 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 #10865 on: February 02, 2018, 01:02:07 AM »
Walked to work again. Will walk back in the afternoon.

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« Reply #10866 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 #10867 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 #10868 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 #10869 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 #10870 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.

Not basic. Awesome!

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 #10871 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 #10872 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10873 on: February 03, 2018, 05:00:35 AM »
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.

Love this!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10874 on: February 03, 2018, 11:09:32 AM »
Started a gallon of kombucha; I don't usually make it this time of year because it's too cold, but I've noticed that under the sink in the upstairs bathroom stays quite warm because a heat duct runs right under it.

Making chicken stock out of last week's roast chicken for next week's turkey chili.

Made a meal plan for the week and a nice, short grocery shopping list

Activated a $140 gift card from a manufacturer's rebate.  Reminded myself that it's not "free money" and to use it only at WinCo since they don't take credit cards, hence no cash back.

Just remembered that my car is getting an oil change on Monday, so no need to get it washed this weekend (because of winter road grime, and too cold to do it at home right now)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10875 on: February 03, 2018, 01:04:08 PM »
I went to the library and got a library card and 4 books! I haven't been to the library since I was a kid. It was beautiful, and so clean and high tech, and it had the latest in the series I'm reading. Once again, basic mustache but SO EXCITING.

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« Reply #10876 on: February 03, 2018, 01:24:12 PM »
Went to the market to buy cheap(er) veggies.

Went to the supermarket and saw potatoes were on sale for almost 50% off. Got a 3 kg bag :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10877 on: February 03, 2018, 02:01:53 PM »
-Stuck to my list for our Costco run. Did pick up one freezer item that was on sale. Drove in electric car, so no fuel charge. (We charge for free at work).
-Rode my  bike to second set of closer errands. Felt like a total mustachian. ;-)
-Found two great gift card deals, and earned a $20 grocery store gift cards & a $45 Starbucks gift cards for things we will use over the next few weeks
-Used Costco gift card for groceries today
-Ate leftovers for lunch

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10878 on: February 03, 2018, 02:09:29 PM »
Our almost 3 year old son rammed his head into one of our big bay windows in our living room. It cracked the window, but thankfully not his head (he apparently has a very hard head). Called local glass company, they quoted us $30 to replace one of the panes that was cracked. Turns out our double pane windows are actually triple pane windows (installed by previous owners at great expense). A projected $30 fix turned into a $301 special order ☹️ Luckily, we have about that much in credit card rewards. Had hoped to use it for a fun vacation to visit family in South Dakota in May, but a window replacement is much more necessary. Does saving money with credit card rewards count?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10879 on: February 03, 2018, 02:31:06 PM »
Our almost 3 year old son rammed his head into one of our big bay windows in our living room. It cracked the window, but thankfully not his head (he apparently has a very hard head).

I still have a scar from when I put my head through a big pane of glass as a toddler. Your genes contributed to your son's hard head which saved you an emergency room co-pay ;-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10880 on: February 03, 2018, 04:02:55 PM »
Someone alerted me to a retail outlet selling kettlebells quite cheaply. "I need some heavier kettlebells, I'll pop in and buy some," I said. Fortunately, before I could go to the store I realised there was nothing I needed kettlebells for that I couldn't do by loading up the dumbbells we already have at home. Spending and extra clutter avoided.

I've also planned tomorrow's bike ride as two loops from home so that we don't end up having lunch in a restaurant.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10881 on: February 03, 2018, 05:11:05 PM »

Replaced eight more incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs and CFLs.

Didn't eat out. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10882 on: February 03, 2018, 06:28:07 PM »
Our almost 3 year old son rammed his head into one of our big bay windows in our living room. It cracked the window, but thankfully not his head (he apparently has a very hard head). Called local glass company, they quoted us $30 to replace one of the panes that was cracked. Turns out our double pane windows are actually triple pane windows (installed by previous owners at great expense). A projected $30 fix turned into a $301 special order ☹️ Luckily, we have about that much in credit card rewards. Had hoped to use it for a fun vacation to visit family in South Dakota in May, but a window replacement is much more necessary. Does saving money with credit card rewards count?

Bad luck about the window but thank goodness he's ok!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10883 on: February 03, 2018, 06:59:16 PM »
Attempting to make herb loaf in the bread maker when, belatedly, I remembered we'd been notified of a power outage.  Changed the cooking mode to 'dough' and it finished just before power went out.  Turned out the dough, which was too moist so the power outage was a lucky break.  Kneaded in some more flour, let it rise until the power came back on.  Used home cured olives, home roasted brought capsicum, herbs from our garden. This is the result, Focaccia .....
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10884 on: February 03, 2018, 07:17:51 PM »
I went to the library and got a library card and 4 books! I haven't been to the library since I was a kid. It was beautiful, and so clean and high tech, and it had the latest in the series I'm reading. Once again, basic mustache but SO EXCITING.

I love our local library.  I order books and DVDs from their website then pop in to pick up when I'm notified that they're available so spend very little time searching the shelves like in "the old days". Last year I brought one book so the savings to me have been significant.

Another tip for savings on books is to use local book exchanges.  We have two that allows one-for-one swap of books.  I gathered together what we had at home and exchanged about 8 books.  These are what we take with us on holiday and then leave behind.

I do agree with supporting authors, especially of small print runs, so will continue to buy books, just not many. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10885 on: February 03, 2018, 07:52:27 PM »
I went to the library and got a library card and 4 books! I haven't been to the library since I was a kid. It was beautiful, and so clean and high tech, and it had the latest in the series I'm reading. Once again, basic mustache but SO EXCITING.

I just found out my suburb is getting a new beautiful, high tech library.

New Aldi last year, new library this year, it's a Mustachian's paradise!

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« Reply #10886 on: February 03, 2018, 07:54:39 PM »
I made my own chicken korma curry for dinner instead of getting takeaway Indian as I’ve been craving. Cost about $10 for 3 hearty servings instead of the $20 (or realistically $30) I would have spent. Really hit the spot and I packed the leftovers in single servings so I don’t overindulge.

Got my TSA/Global Entry interview done and the $100 fee was credited back to my account because it’s a credit card perk.

Finally restocked the fridge so I’ll be eating healthier and cheaper this week. Work had gotten away from me and I was buying takeaway dinners as I worked all last weekend out of town and get home at 630 after a 10 hour day so I’m too drained to think about cooking. I’m going to pre-make individual dinners for the week tomorrow (including the korma) so it doesn’t happen again.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10887 on: February 03, 2018, 07:56:26 PM »
I went to the library and got a library card and 4 books! I haven't been to the library since I was a kid. It was beautiful, and so clean and high tech, and it had the latest in the series I'm reading. Once again, basic mustache but SO EXCITING.
I did this in December! If you like ebooks and audiobooks, get Overdrive and Libby (apps). You put in your library card and can digitally check out virtual materials! Best part: they auto-return so no late fees. I’ve been through 6 books this year already!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10888 on: February 03, 2018, 08:14:53 PM »
We had leftover last night, for lunch today, and for dinner!  I'm going to have to cook again tomorrow....after my hike.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10889 on: February 04, 2018, 06:24:51 AM »
Repairing a wardrobe door with badly running wheels, without buying new wheels. Turned out there was a lot of sticky stuff in the aluminium rail. We took of the doir and I cleaned the rails. Now it runs okay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10890 on: February 04, 2018, 11:58:33 AM »
Cut DH's hair, like I have done for more than 20 years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10891 on: February 04, 2018, 01:00:27 PM »
Look at all this library love. :D

Last night I finally got around to submitting my expense claims for extended health benefits - 3 massages I'll get for 'free', thanks Canada!, got the $100 cheque deposited from my glasses reimbursement, and heard back from one of the annual fee providers that they'll pro-rate a refund for me if I cancel now, so I expect another $100 on my statement.

This thread is very motivating. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10892 on: February 04, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
We didn't buy a treat. We even walked into the candy shop then back out. Then had to exit the "mall" through a bakery that smelled amazing.

We made it home and made oatmeal and flaxseed pancakes that we covered with jam. Mhmm. And champagne.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10893 on: February 04, 2018, 01:44:23 PM »
Iím new to MMM and have loved reading this thread for inspiration!

- Took coffee and breakfast to work (this is a big change for me!  I always treat myself to Starbucks when itís my weekend to work!)
- Made all meals at home this weekend (also a big accomplishment in our house!)
- Used a coupon to take my son ice skating and only paid $11 for 2 including rentals
- Made a menu plan based on what we have already and only spent $90 at the store for the weeks groceries instead of the $150 we normally spend.
- My husband wanted to take the kids out for hot chocolate but I made some at home instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10894 on: February 04, 2018, 02:05:03 PM »
Iím new to MMM and have loved reading this thread for inspiration!

- Took coffee and breakfast to work (this is a big change for me!  I always treat myself to Starbucks when itís my weekend to work!)
- Made all meals at home this weekend (also a big accomplishment in our house!)
- Used a coupon to take my son ice skating and only paid $11 for 2 including rentals
- Made a menu plan based on what we have already and only spent $90 at the store for the weeks groceries instead of the $150 we normally spend.
- My husband wanted to take the kids out for hot chocolate but I made some at home instead.

Good for you!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10895 on: February 04, 2018, 02:15:23 PM »
If you spend a lot of money at the grocery store but eat all your meals at home, wouldn't that be considered frugal? For instance, If I spend $1,000 a month for two people and there are 93 meals in a month. $1,000 divided by 93 equals $10.75. Then divide that by 2 people that equals $5.38 per meal per person each month. That is pretty frugal! If two people ate out 8 dinner meals and had a few glasses of wine the bill would be at least $60-$75. Multiply $75 times 8 would be $600. So, I think if you area eating well at home and are eating good meals of fruits, veggies and proteins, it is a bargain eating at home, and much more healthy.

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« Reply #10896 on: February 04, 2018, 02:20:00 PM »
If you spend a lot of money at the grocery store but eat all your meals at home, wouldn't that be considered frugal? For instance, If I spend $1,000 a month for two people and there are 93 meals in a month. $1,000 divided by 93 equals $10.75. Then divide that by 2 people that equals $5.38 per meal per person each month. That is pretty frugal! If two people ate out 8 dinner meals and had a few glasses of wine the bill would be at least $60-$75. Multiply $75 times 8 would be $600. So, I think if you area eating well at home and are eating good meals of fruits, veggies and proteins, it is a bargain eating at home, and much more healthy.
$5.38 is a very reasonable amount for a dinner meal, but for breakfast or lunch I think that's rather expensive. But hey, I'm on a $100/month food budget as a single person and I don't even feel deprived.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10897 on: February 04, 2018, 02:53:58 PM »
I made a triple batch of 3-ingredient dog treats (helps to get through some of the heaps of frozen pumpkin purťe we have). Husband made yogurt - $5 for 4L of milk, an hour of time, and enough yogurt for two or three weeks. I enjoy days like this of puttering around the house and getting stuff done/saving $$.
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« Reply #10898 on: February 04, 2018, 03:07:05 PM »
If you spend a lot of money at the grocery store but eat all your meals at home, wouldn't that be considered frugal? For instance, If I spend $1,000 a month for two people and there are 93 meals in a month. $1,000 divided by 93 equals $10.75. Then divide that by 2 people that equals $5.38 per meal per person each month. That is pretty frugal! If two people ate out 8 dinner meals and had a few glasses of wine the bill would be at least $60-$75. Multiply $75 times 8 would be $600. So, I think if you area eating well at home and are eating good meals of fruits, veggies and proteins, it is a bargain eating at home, and much more healthy.
$5.38 is a very reasonable amount for a dinner meal, but for breakfast or lunch I think that's rather expensive. But hey, I'm on a $100/month food budget as a single person and I don't even feel deprived.

This. We're in the $2ish range. We definitely have some more expensive meals, and also occasionally have nice wine. But, on average, we try to spend less on our regular meals.

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« Reply #10899 on: February 04, 2018, 03:08:37 PM »
-Packed a lunch for the kids at their activity (vs them buying junk at the concession stand)
-Will make a feast for the Super Bowl using things we have around the house
-Bought avocados 3/$1 & will make guacamole. Tortilla chips were also on sale for the big game
-Made $31.61 on eBay & got my packages mailed off