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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10900 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10901 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 #10902 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 #10903 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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« Reply #10904 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 #10905 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 #10906 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 #10907 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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« Reply #10908 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 #10909 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 #10910 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 #10911 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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« Reply #10912 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 #10913 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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« Reply #10914 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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« Reply #10915 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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« Reply #10916 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 #10917 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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« Reply #10918 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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« Reply #10919 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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« Reply #10920 on: February 04, 2018, 01:44:23 PM »
I’m 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 it’s 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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« Reply #10921 on: February 04, 2018, 02:05:03 PM »
I’m 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 it’s 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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« Reply #10922 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 #10923 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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« Reply #10924 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 purée 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 #10925 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 #10926 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

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« Reply #10927 on: February 04, 2018, 03:21:58 PM »
No spend day today. Stayed in and did some work from home, trying to get a bonus this month for extra income.
Bathed my dog at home (like always, but still!).
Ate leftovers from last night's $10 curry instead of having no leftovers from takeaway.

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« Reply #10928 on: February 04, 2018, 04:04:44 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

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« Reply #10929 on: February 04, 2018, 04:47:03 PM »
House across the street is going up for sale. Realtor stuck the sign in the lawn yesterday, but it's not online yet. Spent some time primping our house a bit- mowed, weeded, washed the cars. We're thinking long game here. The better the street looks, the higher the price on that house, the higher the price if we opt to sell soon. (Plus, it just seems like a nice thing to do for someone when they're trying to sell.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10930 on: February 04, 2018, 04:51:31 PM »
House across the street is going up for sale. Realtor stuck the sign in the lawn yesterday, but it's not online yet. Spent some time primping our house a bit- mowed, weeded, washed the cars. We're thinking long game here. The better the street looks, the higher the price on that house, the higher the price if we opt to sell soon. (Plus, it just seems like a nice thing to do for someone when they're trying to sell.)

That's smart. The townhouse next to ours is for sale, so we should probably think about moving the pile of doggy bags that's on our front patio. (In our defence, we've been super sick.) Though since it's an identical unit to ours that's listed $250K higher than when we bought two years, this market may not care about dog poop.

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« Reply #10931 on: February 04, 2018, 04:58:35 PM »
House across the street is going up for sale. Realtor stuck the sign in the lawn yesterday, but it's not online yet. Spent some time primping our house a bit- mowed, weeded, washed the cars. We're thinking long game here. The better the street looks, the higher the price on that house, the higher the price if we opt to sell soon. (Plus, it just seems like a nice thing to do for someone when they're trying to sell.)

That's smart. The townhouse next to ours is for sale, so we should probably think about moving the pile of doggy bags that's on our front patio. (In our defence, we've been super sick.) Though since it's an identical unit to ours that's listed $250K higher than when we bought two years, this market may not care about dog poop.

Yeah that's been similar to our experience... (although by #s I'm guessing you're in PDX or Seattle, we're not in a big city). We bought less than 2 years ago. This place is smaller, with a smaller lot, worse layout, very generic looking, ones less bedroom, and backs up to a really ugly highway sound wall... and it'll probably list for more than we paid for our place- exact number TBD. We took a little gamble option to buy when we did and take PMI, instead of waiting and doing a full downpayment. I am very, very glad we did. We lucked out and read the market right on that one!

Still. Go throw away that dog poop ;) Haha.
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« Reply #10932 on: February 05, 2018, 03:13:18 AM »
A couple of small things and some bigger wins:
- brought the cheapest fuel of the week.  We're also pleased to have one tank last us two weeks now we're FIRE'd
- milk at half price thanks to a helpful tip from till operator when paying for the fuel. An extra 4c/L off if spending $5 instore.  As I already had some milk to buy it was easy enough to purchase some more which will go into the freezer.  They sell the milk at supermarket prices. Saved $3.
- Popped into the Kebab shop for some Turkish bread, they only had day old at 50% off so I brought two as I toast it anyway. Saved $2.
- Resisted icecream ALL day.  Saved $4
- Cleaned the fridge of bits and pieces for lunch.  Everything tastes good with/on Turkish bread!
- Dinner is a cheapie. Pasta with pesto from homegrown basil and rocket with a mostly homegrown salad.  It's Summer where I live.
- I had notification from our library that they will buy a new publication that I suggested.   It's selling for $85.  You may be interested, it's written by the co-creator of Permaculture, David Holmgren, 'RetroSuburbia'. 
- Brought early bird tickets to our once a year music festival.  Early bird prices saved us $60 (15%). This is our favourite weekend of the year, listening to so many talented musicians from around the world and it's on our doorstep nearly.

Thanks everyone for your inspiration. I really appreciate all the tips and encouragement.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10933 on: February 05, 2018, 03:41:25 AM »
Put my car insurance details into a price comparison website. I've rolled with the same company for years and their prices have always seemed very reasonable, but this time I found myself thinking, "Why has the price gone up slightly when my car is a year older and I haven't had any claims?" and had a look at the competition. I've ended up saving £80, which is almost one-third of the original quote, and my new policy includes breakdown cover so that's another £70 I won't need to spend in three months' time.

Not bad for 15 minutes' work.



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« Reply #10934 on: February 05, 2018, 03:59:38 AM »

- Resisted icecream ALL day.  Saved $4


Does this work in the long run?

I often notice that if I have something on my mind that I want to eat, that I keep thinking about for days, until I buy it and eat it... :-(

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« Reply #10935 on: February 05, 2018, 06:14:10 AM »
- Menu planned for the week, and spent £20 in Lidl, including a free range chicken
- Roasted said chicken, have enough meat for 5 meals and started a stock in the slow cooker
- planning a no spend week, other than £1.60 bus fare and £5 for soda water and lime on Friday night as I'm attending an ex-colleagues leaving party in the pub.
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« Reply #10936 on: February 05, 2018, 08:07:44 AM »
Dropped off my husbands 13 year old car to have tires replaced.  Walked the 2.7 miles back home rather than call a Lyft or Uber.  Extra benefit: exercise taken care of for the day!

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« Reply #10937 on: February 05, 2018, 10:30:37 AM »

- Resisted icecream ALL day.  Saved $4


Does this work in the long run?

I often notice that if I have something on my mind that I want to eat, that I keep thinking about for days, until I buy it and eat it... :-(

If you'd eaten it directly at the same day you might've craved something else 2 days after. If you manage to keep yourself craving at a single ice cream till the end of the week you've prevented yourself from 2 other cravings :D

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« Reply #10938 on: February 05, 2018, 03:03:51 PM »
Found out I can claim €0,19/km in travel costs for a course I'm attending, even when I'm cycling. It's 8 km from home, so that's €3 extra income every week.

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« Reply #10939 on: February 05, 2018, 07:20:17 PM »
I replaced the car radiator today.  We have been topping it up with water for a while now, but with my 18 year old daughter contemplating some long drives in it, time to fix it.  A new quality one was priced at $307, but Repco have a sale for $220.  But, RAC discount reduces the price to $176.  And half an hour of labour from me, and its fixed.

Savings at least $131, without factoring in labour costs.

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« Reply #10940 on: February 05, 2018, 07:49:13 PM »
-Made dinner with leftovers (as planned). Kebabs, rice, yogurt sauce + salad
-Applied car insurance refund directly to unfunded 2018 goals. I've been tracking all random money (sidehustle, unexpected stock payout, insurance refund, money someone owed me from 2017 that finally got paid off, work reimbursements) & am applying them directly to our unfunded 2018 goals. It's amazing how much more fun it is to track & then immediately funnel into one of our goals. So far, we're at $2251 for the year! Prior "me" would have allowed the money to mingle with other funds, and get frittered away.
-Drinking a cup of my least favorite tea (Ginger Snappin'). I loathe it. But, thought of all of you drinking the Sugar Cookie tea, and am making it happen. Cleaning out my cupboard!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10941 on: February 05, 2018, 11:46:31 PM »
I'll be working in a different city next Mon + Tue. It's halfway my current place and my parents and as I can claim travel costs for the work days I'll visit my parents over the weekend and get costs of the way back refunded as a work related travel expense :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10942 on: February 05, 2018, 11:51:21 PM »

- Resisted icecream ALL day.  Saved $4


Does this work in the long run?

I often notice that if I have something on my mind that I want to eat, that I keep thinking about for days, until I buy it and eat it... :-(

Lucky for me, the craving did pass.  Actually icecream gives me a tummy ache so, for once, logic and good health choices trumped my desire for instant gratification. Not craving sweets today so all is good, until the next time ;)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10943 on: February 06, 2018, 09:18:25 AM »
We're in the process of eating down on refrigerator and freezer, so we have spent very little $$ on food this month.  Ate breakfast at home, packed my lunch and a snack, made tea at home, drinking water out of my refillable bottles.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10944 on: February 06, 2018, 12:50:04 PM »
Dropped off my husbands 13 year old car to have tires replaced.  Walked the 2.7 miles back home rather than call a Lyft or Uber.  Extra benefit: exercise taken care of for the day!

Aaaannnnd walked back the 2.7 miles to pick up the car when the tires were replaced. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10945 on: February 06, 2018, 02:06:09 PM »
Walked to volunteer at my son’s school and pick up a prescription.

Found $0.26 along the way

Line dried a load of laundry

Picked three lemons off our tree to use for cleaning and cooking

Composted all our food waste

Watered a potted fruit tree with gray water.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10946 on: February 06, 2018, 08:22:14 PM »
Made a delicious open faced sandwich out of leftover pork, topped with handmade mozzarella from raw milk source.  Low on veggies, just had cabbage and carrots so I whipped a yummy lime-honey slaw with cilantro and it worked great.  (It would have been very easy to call my husband on his way home from work and ask him to pick up salad mix....and then $24 later, he'd come home with two plastic bags fulls of random shit). 

Hung laundry.

Picked up free peanut butter from my Buy Nothing group.  My preschooler eats a PB sandwich every single day, so 4 extra jars will help the budget.

Leftovers for the adults today for lunch (as always).

Breakfast was instapot steel cut oats but instead of milk I put in whey leftover from cheese making.  Made oatmeal slightly sour, but the kids didn't notice when I added some honey.  Next time, I'll do half whey / half milk and see if it helps.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10947 on: February 06, 2018, 10:45:33 PM »
I'm still in the 'big things' stage of taking control of my money, so a few wins:

- Decided to expense the company for my larger than normal phone bills over the past few months... will get $400+ back.
- Returned something purchased on Amazon for the first time, $40 back!
- Also ate home-cooked meals all day again. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10948 on: February 06, 2018, 11:40:59 PM »
Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon.
Washed my hair at work.
Brought my own lunch from home (as usual, apart from that I forgot it yesterday).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10949 on: February 07, 2018, 12:04:33 AM »
Had pubquiz at work yesterday that included food/snacks/drinks. Even though I only ended up eating soup, nuts and beers (rest of the food was gone by the time I finished my lab work, meh) I didn't eat dinner anymore once I got home. So I had a free night out AND saved money on dinner.