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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10950 on: February 19, 2018, 08:42:43 PM »
-Ate leftovers PB&J from skiing for breakfast
-Leftovers from last night's dinner for lunch
-Defrosted butternut squash & made that into soup for dinner
-Drove the electric car to soccer practice for the kids. (Nanny is out of town, which is a scheduling hassle, but a money saver)
-Listed a bunch of old ski gear on local neighborhood swap. May have sold $23 tomorrow - waiting for final confirmation

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10951 on: February 20, 2018, 03:15:35 AM »
Staying an extra day at my friend's place rather than traveling on, which saves me at least 20 euros on accomodation costs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10952 on: February 20, 2018, 07:32:39 AM »
• Ate some leftover jerky for breakfast before it went bad (open package).

• Walking to the bank/ other errands over my lunch break instead of spending $ on lunch.

• Using leftover rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad & freezing the carcass for stock this weekend.

• Hanging my suits on my shower rod to steam them over the course of a few days instead of buying a steamer or dry cleaning.

• Reaching out to clients to go to a fancy pants dinner that the firm will pay for tomorrow, including mileage. I’ll pack the dessert to-go to bring home to my bf and the mileage checks will cover gas + extra which will go to student loans.

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« Reply #10953 on: February 20, 2018, 07:36:42 AM »
• Ate some leftover jerky for breakfast before it went bad (open package).

• Walking to the bank/ other errands over my lunch break instead of spending $ on lunch.

• Using leftover rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad for dinner & freezing the carcass for stock this weekend.

• Hanging my suits on my shower rod to steam them over the course of a few days instead of buying a steamer or dry cleaning.

• Reaching out to clients to go to a fancy pants dinner that the firm will pay for tomorrow, including mileage. I’ll pack the dessert to-go to bring home to my bf and the mileage checks will cover gas + extra which will go to student loans.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10954 on: February 20, 2018, 05:01:46 PM »
-- Still have the hvac turned off entirely, although it might need to go on before bed tonight...temps will drop
-- merged a trip to the store for work with several items i needed for this weekend's party.  Saved gas
-- Swung through goodwill on the lookout for new socks (they often have brand new socks for 49 cents.  I don't need a pack of them...I just need a couple more ankle-but-not-noshow height socks to last between washes. I found 3 pairs of hanes for 49 cents a piece :)
-- Lazy night after I failed to take out anything to thaw this morning.  Fish sticks (bought on sale) and frozen peas to the rescue!
-- Ate the last of the Thin Mints with DH for dessert rather than picking up ice cream sandwiches (saved money and gas)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10955 on: February 20, 2018, 08:13:11 PM »
-Ate leftovers for breakfast-
-Fed 3 kids (bonus kid) lunch from the "fun" freezer options we keep on hand for days just like this. Not the healthiest (mini pizza bagels), but served with milk, fruit & veggies
-Made $23 selling a few old ski things on our neighborhood Facebook site
-Drove all errands & trip to work in electric car

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10956 on: February 20, 2018, 08:32:16 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

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« Reply #10957 on: February 20, 2018, 09:54:51 PM »
* Picked up two pennies.
* Went to see Black Panther at a theater that we've never been to on the other side of the hill. As we suspected, parking is free there and tickets are cheaper. We'll go back.
* Started morning oatmeal in the crockpot and prepared morning coffee in the French press, just need to add water.
* Making yogurt right now. Trying to get away from the adorable Siggi's yogurts. I love them but not the price or the trash.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10958 on: February 21, 2018, 09:58:11 AM »
Made my own elderberry syrup to keep fighting this cold.  Investigating the prices reveals a classic compounded markup: the dried berries are $13 locally for the 3 oz that yields a quart of syrup.  The storebought sort is $15/4oz of syrup, or 4x the price.

I see that I can get the dried berries online for even cheaper - $13/pound.  So that makes homemade, made with online dried berries, less than 1/16th of the drugstore syrup price.

If this works, I may add these to my pantry arsenal.  Or even plant them in the landscape, seeing as they're native to this region, and can help with boggy areas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10959 on: February 21, 2018, 12:48:31 PM »
It's gorgeous out today, so took a long picnic lunch in the park: a couple oranges, some grapes, a hunk of gouda, a handful of chocolate covered pretzels, a glass of crisp white wine, and a great novel.  A small indulgence in cost (maybe $4 all-in) for such an amazing experience.  I can't wait until I retire and every day can be like today.

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« Reply #10960 on: February 21, 2018, 01:27:31 PM »
-Leftovers for breakfast
-Lunch at work
-Charging electric car for free at work
-Sold a pair of workout pants that I don't like for $7.50
-Leftovers for dinner

Yes, most of these are food related. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10961 on: February 21, 2018, 01:32:25 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

25c for an Aldi cart? Ours cost $1!

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« Reply #10962 on: February 21, 2018, 01:52:24 PM »
- Got a new position at work with a 3.5% raise and a promise to review in 6 months for more money. I had also gotten a 3% merit increase in January so I'm up around 4k this year!

- Made husband dinner last night by digging in the freezer. Found some delicious asian pot roast that I had made last month, threw it into the instapot and made some rice.

- My lunch today was leftover baked potato from lunch yesterday (my coworkers took me out and I've eaten it for 3 meals!) and black beans made with the bone from the ham I bought on sale 3 weeks ago.

- After pondering on it, I'm returning the 2 chairs I bought at Ross yesterday. They were ok, but not quite perfect for the space and at $60 and $90, ok is not good enough.

- Found a chair on amazon I liked. It was $57 and I had a $50 credit from surveys and such. As I'm checking out I noticed that the chair is available through the warehouse deals program for $36. Wahoo!

- Filed my taxes and remembered to log into mypoints first to get 500 points. That's enough for a $3 credit to amazon. Taxes were free to file.

- We cut cable and our bill was $70 cheaper this month. My husband had agreed to "try it out", but mentioned he is pretty happy with it so it looks like we are gonna stay like this!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10963 on: February 21, 2018, 01:53:47 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

25c for an Aldi cart? Ours cost $1!

Cha ching Primm! Better get cracking on finding those stray trolleys then :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10964 on: February 21, 2018, 02:05:25 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

25c for an Aldi cart? Ours cost $1!

Cha ching Primm! Better get cracking on finding those stray trolleys then :)

I nearly pounced a couple of weeks ago when I saw a kid ditch a trolley without getting the $1 coin back. The his mum made him go and get the coin.

That actually made me happier than getting it myself, watching her teach him that $1 was worth five seconds of his time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10965 on: February 21, 2018, 02:25:44 PM »
I'm home this morning (supposed to be TOIL but working anyway) while repair guys fix my ceiling.

They keep finding more damage so I've been driven out of my lounge room, bedroom and spare room. I've set up camp on the floor in the hallway, but at this rate I'm going to end up sitting in the tub with my laptop.

The upside: cheap Opal fare when I do eventually leave for work.

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« Reply #10966 on: February 21, 2018, 02:44:13 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

25c for an Aldi cart? Ours cost $1!

Aldi didn't have much choice.  In the US the largest common coin is a 25c.  $1 are generally paper.   

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« Reply #10967 on: February 21, 2018, 03:24:55 PM »
Was on the road all day for work today, so I packed my lunch and ate in the car (I typically eat at home). Bonus: made over $100 in mileage today.

Made stock with last nightís chicken carcass and weíre now enjoying chicken and noodles.

This past weekend: finally got around to returning a bunch of Christmas-gifted clothing that didnít fit. DH bought 2 new pairs of pants, and the house is much less cluttered.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10968 on: February 21, 2018, 06:44:14 PM »
I cancelled cable and home phone today!!!  I didn't succumb to the shady tactics that the 'disconnect department tried to keep me strung along.  I had read online that many users of my local cable carrier, who kept internet, also had many channels that the company doesn't advertise wil remain active with internet only service.  Sure enough, DH disconnected the cable box and plugged the cable directly into the tv and we have plenty of channels!!!

It was gorgeous out today so I walked my dog 5 miles.  I shopped for a couple items using grocery store app coupons, for a couple of unbeatable deals.  I grabbed some manager's specials while I was at it.  12 English muffins for $0.62, organic whole wheat sandwich bread, pumpernickel bread and bagels all $0.74/each.  All bread went into the freezer because we don't need them yet but those prices beat Aldi my weekly grocery stop.  Also got $6/off a pork shoulder, just under 10 lbs. with a sell by date of tomorrow, which brought it to $0.88/lb.  I'll cook it tomorrow and will make a few meals out of it.  I will likely freeze some of it if it looks like it will be more than we can handle in a few days.  We love pork tacos with this cut of meat!

I had my usual homemade breakfast of 2 eggs, toast & latte.  For lunch I had leftover homemade soup for lunch and budgetbytes BBQ pineapple chicken, with baked potatoes loaded with broccoli cheese, sour cream & onions. Our entire dinner cost was aprox $4.50 and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!  The chicken thighs were on sale for $0.69/lb (bone-in thighs).  I marinated the rest of the big family pack in whey.  I save whey in a jar in the fridge from my homemade yogurt making & straining.  Also added crushed garlic and seasonings.  If you have whey and have never marinated chicken in it, do yourself a favor and do it!  I will grill it for lunches.  I also made DD's lunch for school tomorrow.  I like making her lunch while I'm making dinner.  I put together a couple of jars of yogurt together for her for snacks.  I just put preserves in the bottom of small jars and top with my homemade plain yogurt.  She loves this for amazing fruit on the bottom yogurt.  When I make things convienient for her she eats them.  I also made some cold brew green tea with my kirkland tea bags and a wedge of lemon. 
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« Reply #10969 on: February 21, 2018, 07:42:01 PM »
Following up an unpaid invoice for a $1800 freelance gig.

The process so far:

- Send invoice (November)
- Send invoice again (December)
- Send invoice again (January)
- Call the person who commissioned the work
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive email instructing me to set myself up as a vendor in their system
- Complete vendor registration
- Forward vendor ID number to my contact and request purchase order, as per instructions
- Receive email from my contact to payroll asking what he is supposed to do
- Receive email from payroll saying I don't need a purchase number, just need to submit invoice
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive invoice from payroll saying they have received invoice but I need to register as a vendor
- Send vendor ID number and invoices (again)

The upside is I'm finally in their system, and should be paid at some point ... this year ... maybe.

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« Reply #10970 on: February 21, 2018, 07:47:22 PM »
* Picked up several pennies. No one wants them but me LOL.
* dinner was turkey meatballs w homemade sauce and homemade pasta. (I thrifted the pasta “machine” for $5 a few years back.)
* Took my daughter to storytime at the library.


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« Reply #10971 on: February 21, 2018, 07:51:59 PM »
Totally unmotivated to function today. Bonus - this meant after class I loafed about the house with no urge to go anywhere or spend anything.

Went to make mac n cheese for dinner. The box I thought was full of pasta had maybe half a cup in it. Regrouped and instead thawed out a few of the burritos I made and froze last week. Served them with the zucchini-tomato salsa I made from garden produce last summer (conveniently frozen in meal size portions) and a side salad.

Dinner's served. Now back to following pointless rabbit trails online instead of studying for my exam!

Oh! We also made $2. Spouse found it in our bushes this morning. It was windy the other day, so no telling where it blew in from.

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« Reply #10972 on: February 22, 2018, 06:35:09 AM »
Our dryer broke the first week of January, and we have been line-drying our clothes since.  To my annoyance, our power bill went UP.  So I went and read our gas meter and submitted it to the utility company.

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« Reply #10973 on: February 22, 2018, 10:43:19 AM »
The ice maker in the fridge in one of our rentals leaked a few months ago and caused some bubbling in the laminate flooring. It's not terribly unsightly, but the tenants have asked multiple times when it will be replaced. I was able to score some brand new luxury vinyl tiles at our local Restore for .50/sq ft. Now just need to get some adhesive and figure out when to get it done.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10974 on: February 22, 2018, 05:15:47 PM »
We got home from vacation on Tuesday and instead of ordering takeout, I fixed a batch of split pea soup and frozen pizza. It got rid of some of the leftover pre-vacation veggies and was delicious.
I have the leftovers today for lunch

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« Reply #10975 on: February 22, 2018, 05:33:40 PM »
Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather:

Windows open at night to cool the house off.
Lots of walking and outdoor playtime for our toddler.
Homemade iced rooibos tea (no caffeine for the kiddo and delicious regardless).

I batch cooked last weekend, removing the temptation to walk to go out to eat.

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« Reply #10976 on: February 22, 2018, 07:42:22 PM »
I've been a bit glum lately, and for whatever reason, I've felt compelled to spend a bunch of money. That's not even how I usually cope! Anyway, after a couple weeks if this, I decided to give in... strategically.

I went through Ibotta and a few other rebate apps and made a game of getting the most staples, nonperishables, and freezable items for the highest rebate. I managed 20% in rebates, and everything will get used...eventually.

I used my fun money on the trip, so my grocery bill should be a bit cheaper for the next several trips.

It may not have been the best use of my money, but it's better than some of the stuff I was eyeing online.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10977 on: February 22, 2018, 07:52:27 PM »
I was in optimizing mode this afternoon:

* Safeway is doing that silly Monopoly game, which in the past I never bothered with. Well, I was wrong. At least the "instant wins" are worth it -- Two four packs of free yogurt, free box of crackers, and $1 off Dave's Killer Bread (which I was buying anyway). I wouldn't have bought the yogurt anyway, but I do keep crackers on hand.

* Shopped around for auto insurance and switched. Savings: about $350 a year.

* One pot mac n cheese for dinner. Cheap and easy, plus it used up a 1/2 package of cream cheese that was going to go to waste.

* Found out our Dr's clinic does a sliding scale thingy for copays and certain scripts based on income. We qualify, since our income was insanely low last year. Printed off the paperwork so I can drop it off tomorrow.

* I had sent out emails to rangers at a few state/federal areas in the inland northwest, offering to host public star parties at the campground (we bring the telescope) in exchange for free camping. Received an email back from one today from a ranger excited by the prospect. We just need to decide on a weekend. Bonus -- it's a place we were wanting to do a weekend trip to this summer, anyway!

* canceled Netflix. True, it's only $10 a month, but between the library and the free prime videos, we rarely use it anymore.

*  I went through our budget with a fine tooth comb, and winnowed it down by about $500 -- which can go into savings every month now. I feel a little bit better about the $40/mo splurge on the YMCA membership now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10978 on: February 22, 2018, 08:48:58 PM »
-Ate leftovers for all three meals
-Traded off childcare with a friend to avoid a $110 camp fee for today
-Took the kids to Target to use birthday gift cards, and used my own gift cards to buy a replacement thermos. This saves money in packed lunches & meals when the kids have tournaments.
-Looked up details on a watch I found when cleaning out my stuff. I think I can get about $200 from it on eBay! That would be huge
-Worked out at home before I started working this morning
-Arranged for a carpool for the kids to soccer practice

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« Reply #10979 on: February 23, 2018, 05:02:24 AM »
I returned a pair of shoes I bought last night that were just a bit too tight when I went to put them on this morning. The shop didn't have exactly the same shoes in the next larger size, and the most similar pair was about £13 cheaper. I got more comfortable shoes and saved a little, too, though I was a little disappointed not to be able to find real leather shoes in my size. The last time I bought work shoes in Japan, they ended up being my favourite shoes ever, and I wore them out completely over several years. I got them repaired more than once, but they were never the same after the first repair. I've looked for a replacement in the US and the UK, but I never see the sort of basic, comfortable, low, black pumps that Japan has. Maybe shoe stores wouldn't make as much money if they sold shoes that people were happy to wear every day for years.

I've been travelling for work, and I'm trying very hard this time to keep track of all the relevant receipts. I haven't been perfect at it, but I've done better than the last long trip. It's frustrating that the cheaper places are less prepared to give receipts so that it costs me if I try to save my employer money. But I'm finding that shops have forms and are willing to write out receipts by hand if I ask.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10980 on: February 23, 2018, 12:11:00 PM »
Returned 3 carts in the pouring rain at Aldi.  $0.75 richer!!

25c for an Aldi cart? Ours cost $1!

Aldi didn't have much choice.  In the US the largest common coin is a 25c.  $1 are generally paper.   

Haha, i'm in the US and I was trying to figure out how paying $1 for an Aldi cart would work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10981 on: February 23, 2018, 02:24:33 PM »
Maybe shoe stores wouldn't make as much money if they sold shoes that people were happy to wear every day for years.

True.

There are shoes sold in chemists in Australia that are designed for comfort. Maybe you have something similar?

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« Reply #10982 on: February 23, 2018, 03:00:39 PM »
* Cold water wash
* Line-drying
* Cloth diapers
* Eating leftovers

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« Reply #10983 on: February 23, 2018, 05:23:39 PM »
-Spent a bunch of time & energy tracking down missing hotel points, and then aggregating those points into my husband's account from mine. End result, five free nights when he's in Singapore visiting his mom. Expected savings of ~$1500
-Leftovers for breakfast & lunch
-I worked from home today, so husband took the electric car
-Defrosted random breads (naan & pita) for pizzas tonight & will use various fridge leftovers to create options. There will definitely be a pesto/grape/chicken pizza as well as red sauce, peppers, & meatballs. Plus, a few cheese for my plain eater.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10984 on: February 23, 2018, 05:53:57 PM »
It's snowing again. I'm so done with winter! Still, managed to find small savings:

- Took the boys to the Y, continuing. They swam for a couple of hours while I attended a yoga class and did some cardio. Finished with a game of ping pong before heading home.  We're paying for the membership, but getting the most out of it. Third visit this week. At this rate, the membership will cost less than $1 a visit, and it's replacing so many things we were doing that cost money.

- All three of us showered at the Y, which means we didn't use electricity/hot water/soap at home.

- Brought snacks and didn't get anything at the gym cafe.

- Stopped by Fred Meyer on the way home and picked up the Friday freebie (a Luna bar!), and only the Friday freebie.

- Chose a free prime movie for family movie night. Friday's we enjoy frozen pizza and a movie. It's special since it's the only time we really eat junk food :D Plus, frozen pizza is cheaper than delivery and I enjoy the evening off from cooking.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10985 on: February 23, 2018, 06:52:59 PM »
  • Found a couple of premium grocery items in the scratch-n-dent carts, marked <50%.
  • Cooked leftovers into chili, and DH thought of getting restaurant tortilla chips - they threw in guac, pico, and salsa for the cost of a premium bag of chips from the grocery store.
  • My corporate employer gives presents for 5 year anniversary - I chose the 18w solar panel kit.  Super excited about playing with it.
  • I've been wanting a proper teapot, to get more cups out of each teabag - today we found a lovely handmade pottery set at a junktique place for <$20, including little mugs that will work well for setting a buffet.

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« Reply #10986 on: February 23, 2018, 07:55:11 PM »
Made a big batch of hamhocks and beans. It's the cheapest tasty food I know. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10987 on: February 23, 2018, 11:10:33 PM »
Used the Bountiful Baskets fruit/veg co-op for the first time in a few years - I should estimate the store price for what I got, but at a glance it seems pretty good.  Might use it every other week because it supplies more fruit than we usually eat in a week.

Picked up remaining grocery items for the week at Natural Grocer redeeming a $5 credit that was only good today and tomorrow

Combined two leftover soups for dinner tonight.  One of the soups was made of leftover roast lamb and veggies, so twice-baked leftovers?

Teleworked the last two days, so no commuting to the office.

Babying along some vegetable seedling to plant out in several weeks.

It's hard to qualify this as saving money, but I ordered a SoloShot robot camera tonight after waiting quite a long time for it to come out, and then for bugs to get worked out, etc.  Today they announced a significant price drop, and some free accessories if purchase this weekend.  I think it will be a good investment in my training, as I get a lot out of video-taping my rides with a stationary camera, but miss a lot of detail this robot cam will be able to pick up.  So if I can get the value of at least riding lessons out of it over its lifetime, it will pay for itself, and I'm glad I waited to buy until the price dropped.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10988 on: February 24, 2018, 03:23:59 PM »
Didn't go anywhere or spend a dime today.  Worked outside in my orchard and garden. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10989 on: February 24, 2018, 03:28:25 PM »
-Walked to the grocery store. Only got rained on a little. A couple miles each way, so it was a solid amount of walking.

-Using up some old cabbage in our stir fry tomorrow for work lunches, so didn't need to buy bok choy for the stir fry.

-Liked the tennis shoes I got at costco on sale for $16, so I bought a second pair to hoard for when this pair dies. Easily as comfortable as the normally $85, got for $50 off 6pm shoes I got a couple months ago.

-Picked up some books at a free little library. They had the first 3 in a new series.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10990 on: February 24, 2018, 04:30:09 PM »
-Arranged for a carpool to a soccer tournament. I drove to the earlier game. My friend is driving to the evening game. Two advantages - saving time & travel costs, + my husband & I are going to use the bonus solo time to open up a bottle of wine & have an at home date night. I also drove our electric car both ways to the tournament (60 miles round trip)
-Packed food for the kids for a "brunch" so they wouldn't be tempted by all of the junk at the tournament
-Used the last of our Costco gift card to buy the remaining February groceries. My husband actually bought quite a bit of gardening spring yard stuff, so we could have gotten another couple of weeks out of the groceries. But, it covered February.
-Found a pita in the freezer & turned it into a grilled cheese for myself on the road to soccer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10991 on: February 24, 2018, 11:15:25 PM »
* stayed home all day

* currently making bread with home-ground whole-wheat flour

* cloth diapers

* line drying

* played board games and read books to the kids

* fixed the coffee grinder myself thanks to google-fu powers

* homemade coffee, homemade yogurt, homemade family breakfast, whole roasted chicken


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10992 on: February 25, 2018, 12:07:34 AM »
Declined an invitation to meet friends out for dinner and joined them for drinks afterward instead. Still had a fantastic visit and saved the cost (and extra calories) of restaurant food. I kept it to one drink only.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10993 on: February 25, 2018, 01:17:18 AM »
Maybe shoe stores wouldn't make as much money if they sold shoes that people were happy to wear every day for years.

True.

There are shoes sold in chemists in Australia that are designed for comfort. Maybe you have something similar?

Maybe. In the States, I've tried shoe stores, department stores, and outlet stores, and I've tried brands that are marketed for comfort. The trick for me has been finding something that's both comfortable and classic enough to wear daily. It seems like I may be going to Japan for work about once a year, so it should be good if I remember to replace shoes then. Japanese workplaces have more of a uniform expectation for what women will wear, especially early in their careers, so most shops will have nearly identical shoes that just vary slightly in the material, insole, shape of toe, and height of heel. Like this: https://job.career-tasu.jp/2018/features/woman/suits/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10994 on: February 25, 2018, 03:40:43 AM »
Maybe shoe stores wouldn't make as much money if they sold shoes that people were happy to wear every day for years.

True.

There are shoes sold in chemists in Australia that are designed for comfort. Maybe you have something similar?

Maybe. In the States, I've tried shoe stores, department stores, and outlet stores, and I've tried brands that are marketed for comfort. The trick for me has been finding something that's both comfortable and classic enough to wear daily. It seems like I may be going to Japan for work about once a year, so it should be good if I remember to replace shoes then. Japanese workplaces have more of a uniform expectation for what women will wear, especially early in their careers, so most shops will have nearly identical shoes that just vary slightly in the material, insole, shape of toe, and height of heel. Like this: https://job.career-tasu.jp/2018/features/woman/suits/

Hi Kwill. If you had a pair of particular Japanese shoes and liked them, could you order them online and have them shipped?   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10995 on: February 25, 2018, 11:22:50 AM »
Hi Kwill. If you had a pair of particular Japanese shoes and liked them, could you order them online and have them shipped?

The ones I liked so much were just from an ordinary department store about nine years ago, and at this point I don't know the brand. In theory, though, probably yes I could get something similar via Rakuten. I've never used Rakuten, but it seems to be the main source for buying Japanese things other than books from overseas. Anyway, hopefully these will last me a while.

Today I improvised breakfast from the freezer, rode my bicycle to church, and also made it to the supermarket to restock before it closed. I ate out for lunch but the plan now is to make dinner and pack lunch for tomorrow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10996 on: February 25, 2018, 11:33:00 AM »
- I pulled things from the depths of the freezer to make meals for the week, instead of grocery shopping
- I found 4 books that I haven't read that I purchased last year, instead of buying a new book on Amazon (bad habit)
- I did a deep cleaning of the house, which I feel saves me money(time) because I can find everything I need during a busy week!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10997 on: February 25, 2018, 12:16:07 PM »
I am finishing up lion king costumes for our school play.  We have very little money so the costumes are mostly made out of whatever was donated by parents, community members, and other teachers.  So far Iíve used old curtains, scraps of fabric, a shower curtain, plastic table clothes, and my best find which is a roll of bailing twine.  All told Iíve got costumes for 42 kids and spent less than $150.  And Iím going to toot my own horn and say they look damn good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10998 on: February 25, 2018, 01:55:03 PM »
Bought 2 pairs of running shoes. One for $35 and one for just $10(!).

I figure even if they fall apart after 4-5 months it's better than spending $170-$200 on one pair that lasts 6-8 months.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10999 on: February 25, 2018, 09:17:47 PM »
I had a PB&J for dinner while meal prepping for the week. 
I meal prepped for the week without having to go to the grocery store.  Money win and time win!
Went for a bike ride with a friend.  Social time without spending any money.
Made dessert for myself with a frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk.  YUM!
Walked to my morning workout class.