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« Reply #10950 on: February 09, 2018, 04:58:09 PM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

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« Reply #10951 on: February 09, 2018, 05:45:23 PM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

We use leftovers. :-) So, typical options are:
-Pesto with grilled chicken, grapes & parmesan
-Marinara w/peppers & meatballs or thinly sliced beef kebabs
-Marinara w/pineapples & ham

Just anything that needs using up. So quick & easy!

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« Reply #10952 on: February 09, 2018, 11:06:15 PM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

What are home made 'naan pies'?  I'm curious.
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« Reply #10953 on: February 09, 2018, 11:13:38 PM »
We brought a one year gym membership for both of us this year.  We've been going often so thrilled to calculate that each session costs about $2.  Full price aqua aerobics is $12 so, for us, the upfront cost has been justified.  Also, feeling much stronger and more flexible.

 
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« Reply #10954 on: February 09, 2018, 11:30:58 PM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

What are home made 'naan pies'?  I'm curious.

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Pies as in pizza, not pies as in steak and kidney.

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« Reply #10955 on: February 10, 2018, 02:49:40 AM »
Got lunch free at work yesterday courtesy of a new vendor.  That's rare where I work, so it felt like a treat.

Realized that I have not bought lunch yet this year (have brought from home every day until yesterday).

We have also eaten homemade dinner every day this year so far.  No take out or restaurants.  2018 is off to a good start.

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« Reply #10956 on: February 10, 2018, 05:42:16 AM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

We use leftovers. :-) So, typical options are:
-Pesto with grilled chicken, grapes & parmesan
-Marinara w/peppers & meatballs or thinly sliced beef kebabs
-Marinara w/pineapples & ham

Just anything that needs using up. So quick & easy!

brilliant! thanks for the ideas.

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« Reply #10957 on: February 10, 2018, 05:42:58 AM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?

What are home made 'naan pies'?  I'm curious.

Two countries separated by a common language.

Pies as in pizza, not pies as in steak and kidney.

pizza pies!!

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« Reply #10958 on: February 10, 2018, 05:49:34 AM »
Ate leftover naan pizza for breakfast this morning.

love our home made naan pies. what do you put on it?



What are home made 'naan pies'?  I'm curious.

Two countries separated by a common language.

Pies as in pizza, not pies as in steak and kidney.

pizza pies!!

You either buy or make naan, and then use it as a pizza crust.  Naan is also great toasted in the toaster, btw

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« Reply #10959 on: February 10, 2018, 09:34:31 AM »
Yesterday:

Took my 12 year old son on "a day of adventure" instead of our usual froyo or bakery visit. We went to a state park we had never visited that is a 1.5 hour drive away (we have an annual state park pass, so no day use fee). I packed plenty of snacks and a lunch. We went on a long hike, explored the remains of a 100 year old homestead (the old dumping grounds were the most interesting find!), and had 3 hours in the car where we had long and interesting talks about everything from the nature of hydrogen bonds to his worries about moving, and on to his emerging change of heart about girls. Well worth the small amount of gas the Prius used for the adventure!

Best part? At bed time yesterday I got a huge hug and a request to do Friday adventures as a thing instead of Friday sweet treat dates. The cost may even out with gas factored in, but the value for money spent will be much higher, which I say is a money saving victory! :D

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« Reply #10960 on: February 10, 2018, 12:37:06 PM »
I went to an event today, where the entry fee is sponsored for me by the club. I only needed to buy my own train tickets, but I bought a weekly ticket that DH can use the rest of the week to work. I received free lunch and free tea and cake. I did not spend 1800 or 2500 USD on a microscope that was sold there. (One of my facebook friends there ordered two, because it was nice to use for his kids...).
I did however order a brand new not-commercial book about the subject, but it was a cheap book (20 USD) compared to many alternatives on the market.

I did join people there for drinking beer in the city later at night. Went home and made dinner from what was in the house.

I walked to and from the train station, about 2 km each way, with a very steep uphill home.

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« Reply #10961 on: February 10, 2018, 04:00:47 PM »
Closed my Chase Sapphire card to avoid the $450 annual fee coming up next month. Made sure to cash out the few remaining points and bought a Marriott gift card with the remainder of my unused travel spend.

Applied and accepted for the American Express Blue Cash card for my next CC hack.

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« Reply #10962 on: February 10, 2018, 04:41:46 PM »
- Wandered along my favourite shopping street in the sunshine, and didn't go in anywhere (window shopping is just as good!)
- Decided to take a book out from the library rather than buy it
- Didn't buy some DIY beauty things I've been eyeing, since I don't have firm applications yet and might buy too much/never use them

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« Reply #10963 on: February 10, 2018, 05:43:46 PM »
-Bought an incredible squat rack for our home gym for $80. Old, but very solid steel and good welds. Very, very heavy, haha. Unloading it was an adventure, but we got it done!
-Did lots of youtube time and a couple articles and pruned my own japanese maple. It was neglected by the previous owner, and I was honestly a little terrified to do it! I had no idea how easy the dead wood is to identify until I started. Not sure how much I saved over hiring it out, but I'm sure it was a chunk!
-Hitting valentine's sales for cheap delicious fruits and veg that are normally spendy- asparagus and fresh strawberries. Also did a big dark chocolate stock up last week.
-Been roasting our own almonds and trying different spices etc for tasty work treats. Our favorite so far has been shoyu+sesame oil.
-Going to use some very mushy bananas for 2 ingredient cookies =)
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« Reply #10964 on: February 10, 2018, 07:31:52 PM »
Lucked into deals on lemons, mussels, and chick peas. (I've been combining my grocery shop with my birding walk, so I'm at the store more often and find the deals.)

I hit my monthly bandwidth-thing limit at home, so I stayed late at work and streamed the Raptors game there!

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« Reply #10965 on: February 10, 2018, 10:03:36 PM »
Thought about taking the kids to the zoo. Went to the fish hatchery instead - free and fun!

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« Reply #10966 on: February 11, 2018, 10:37:18 AM »
I did again travel back and forth to the city with the already purchased weekly ticket. Walked to and from the train station. Got free lunch at the event, free drinks and cookies. I did not buy lottery tickets to win stuff I didn't need. Received two free reflexes.
On the way back, I really wanted to buy loose candy in the shop at the train station, where I have bought this all too often for many years when I worked in the city. But they have stopped selling candy in loose form. Good for me and I didn't buy a packed replacement.
I looked at the magazines, as I have next week off. But I didn't buy a magazine. I guess I could rather read one of my Kindle books. I ate a leftover from the freezer for dinner. But I aplurged on opening a bottle of (reasonably priced, but quite good) German Riesling.
Yesterday I hung the laundry up to dry on a rack in the bathroom.

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« Reply #10967 on: February 11, 2018, 10:52:58 AM »
- I worked both days this weekend and brought all my coffee and food from home. I noticed today how many of my coworkers were carrying a Starbucks coffee cup!
- My husband took the boys to a Cub Scout event while I worked and they got free pizza for lunch and a pie to bring home which we are all having for lunch today. 
-  I made my menu plan for the week based on what we have in the house. We are going on vacation in 8 days so it will be good to empty out the refrigerator and freezer.
-  Made more homemade hummus.

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« Reply #10968 on: February 11, 2018, 11:23:45 AM »
I made homemade yogurt. Used almost a full 64 oz container of milk. I had to buy some yogurt as a starter so that cost me more than it should but it will get used. I made it in the Instant Pot and it came out fantastic. My first try and I am hooked because I hate the price of Greek yogurt! So, now that I know how to make it, I will be able to eat more yogurt at a reasonable price. Today the Hub made poached chicken breasts. They will get sliced up for sammies and some will go in the freezer. I also have an enchilada recipe and a chicken corn chowder I want to make. Will get a lot of use out of them. I will also make a yogurt pie. It requires about 16 oz of yogurt, Cool Whip and sweetened fruit mixed together then put into a graham cracker crust. Then freeze. Easy and delish! Oh, forgot, the broth used to poach the chicken can be used to make a few cups of chicken soup. It was flavored with some herbs, lemon and ginger root. So much food, so little time to eat it!

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« Reply #10969 on: February 11, 2018, 11:56:11 AM »
- Had to stock up my new kitchen, drove to the discount grocery store and got all the deals.
- Went to a local fruit/meat market and got aspergus for .77$/lb!! YASS.
- Kept the house at 15-18 deg all weekend.
- Did a mega cooking day to prevent any take out purchases for the next...forever.

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« Reply #10970 on: February 11, 2018, 12:25:58 PM »
I'm at my parents for 4 days, so no grocery spend
Met up with hometown friends with only non-spend activities. Went for a walk with one and just chilled at home with some drinks (non alcohol in my case) with the others. Two of the girls went to a bar later, I decided to just head home.

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« Reply #10971 on: February 11, 2018, 04:03:14 PM »
-Used newspapers to clean mirrors throughout the house
-We are finally generating solar power! Not a small thing at all, but now that we're seeing how the solar generation works, we will adjust our energy usage accordingly. So excited!
-Ran all errands in our electric car
-Sent money for snacks/admission to an event with the kids. Didn't realize it was actually a birthday party, and the mom of birthday boy paid for everything. $40 back.
-Found a few new items to list on eBay/FB swap
-Sold an item on eBay for $2. Raking it in. ;-)
-Ate leftover soup for lunch, plus remaining part of birthday cookie as my reward for cleaning the house

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« Reply #10972 on: February 11, 2018, 04:17:17 PM »
-Used newspapers to clean mirrors throughout the house

For those playing at home, this doesn't work with newspapers that still use petroleum-based ink.

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« Reply #10973 on: February 11, 2018, 04:17:54 PM »
-Used a gift card we got for switching ISPs. Used it at a store where we don't get CC rewards beyond 1%. Better then getting lost in a drawer, or going to groceries where we can get 6%!
-Saving our old ink cartridge, going to try getting it refilled.
-Used Buy Nothing free pots to plant a free plant cutting for another house plant. Already owned the potting soil.
-As always, Sunday is batch cooking and weekday meal prep.
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« Reply #10974 on: February 11, 2018, 04:32:55 PM »
-Used newspapers to clean mirrors throughout the house

For those playing at home, this doesn't work with newspapers that still use petroleum-based ink.

I've never encountered any that don't work. I don't think it's an issue in the US, but others should correct me if they've had trouble. I've used the Trader Joe's flyer, our local free weekly newspaper, ads, etc.

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« Reply #10975 on: February 11, 2018, 04:43:37 PM »
I made homemade yogurt. Used almost a full 64 oz container of milk. I had to buy some yogurt as a starter so that cost me more than it should but it will get used. I made it in the Instant Pot and it came out fantastic. My first try and I am hooked because I hate the price of Greek yogurt! So, now that I know how to make it, I will be able to eat more yogurt at a reasonable price. Today the Hub made poached chicken breasts. They will get sliced up for sammies and some will go in the freezer. I also have an enchilada recipe and a chicken corn chowder I want to make. Will get a lot of use out of them. I will also make a yogurt pie. It requires about 16 oz of yogurt, Cool Whip and sweetened fruit mixed together then put into a graham cracker crust. Then freeze. Easy and delish! Oh, forgot, the broth used to poach the chicken can be used to make a few cups of chicken soup. It was flavored with some herbs, lemon and ginger root. So much food, so little time to eat it!

OK, that did it, I am now seriously considering the Instant Pot. The seal on our pressure cooker is no longer working that well, this would be both a replacement and a nice addition.
I know it works as a rice cooker too, something which I've never mastered - I just throw a couple of handfuls of good brown rice in the soup or use instant seasoned packages occasionally.
It will be fun to try out some new recipes too.

Fixed a big casserole on Friday, there is enough left for Mr. R's lunch tomorrow.
Yesterday we brought home some goodies from a birthday party plus I'd made Mexican style Velveeta and a can of Rotel in my mini crockpot, which we ended up having with the best shredded potato rolls instead of corn chips - really good:)

Our washer finally died today. Mr. R. fixed the board a couple of times already and also rigged up some things (the plastic pieces holding in the board crumbled) with what else? duct tape:) which enabled us to use the washer three years longer. It's been a great washer for 15 years.
So now I'm scouring the Internet for deals at our local Sears Outlet, good washers are pricey and I like the front loading ones. Tomorrow I'll check a couple stores for floor models etc, check some apps and maybe Craig's list.

 

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« Reply #10976 on: February 11, 2018, 04:48:30 PM »
-Used newspapers to clean mirrors throughout the house

For those playing at home, this doesn't work with newspapers that still use petroleum-based ink.

I've never encountered any that don't work. I don't think it's an issue in the US, but others should correct me if they've had trouble. I've used the Trader Joe's flyer, our local free weekly newspaper, ads, etc.

we did the newspaper thing on our windows/mirrors for awhile. microfiber towels are much better.

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« Reply #10977 on: February 11, 2018, 05:04:27 PM »
-Used newspapers to clean mirrors throughout the house

For those playing at home, this doesn't work with newspapers that still use petroleum-based ink.

I've never encountered any that don't work. I don't think it's an issue in the US, but others should correct me if they've had trouble. I've used the Trader Joe's flyer, our local free weekly newspaper, ads, etc.

we did the newspaper thing on our windows/mirrors for awhile. microfiber towels are much better.

I've tried microfiber towels, but I find they often leave fuzz, whereas newspapers leave no residue or film/fuzz

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« Reply #10978 on: February 12, 2018, 04:10:07 AM »
I made homemade yogurt. Used almost a full 64 oz container of milk. I had to buy some yogurt as a starter so that cost me more than it should but it will get used. I made it in the Instant Pot and it came out fantastic. My first try and I am hooked because I hate the price of Greek yogurt! So, now that I know how to make it, I will be able to eat more yogurt at a reasonable price. Today the Hub made poached chicken breasts. They will get sliced up for sammies and some will go in the freezer. I also have an enchilada recipe and a chicken corn chowder I want to make. Will get a lot of use out of them. I will also make a yogurt pie. It requires about 16 oz of yogurt, Cool Whip and sweetened fruit mixed together then put into a graham cracker crust. Then freeze. Easy and delish! Oh, forgot, the broth used to poach the chicken can be used to make a few cups of chicken soup. It was flavored with some herbs, lemon and ginger root. So much food, so little time to eat it!

If you want GOOD instructions for making yogurt, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXnaP17D4Q  Take the time to watch the video then go back and write every detail in a list format. I did that and was easy to follow rather than the Instant Pot book. The one thing I did not do was to cool the jars in water. I was afraid they would crack so I used the alternative method of just letting them cool on a towel, on the counter. The only drawback to all of this is that you have to bring the IP up to pressure which seems to take around 20 minutes then steam the milk for 1 minute. The cool down process takes maybe 40 minutes. When you add the jars back to the cooker, the yogurt program takes 8 hours. Easy but takes time. I was putting the jars in the fridge at 11 pm. Good luck!

OK, that did it, I am now seriously considering the Instant Pot. The seal on our pressure cooker is no longer working that well, this would be both a replacement and a nice addition.
I know it works as a rice cooker too, something which I've never mastered - I just throw a couple of handfuls of good brown rice in the soup or use instant seasoned packages occasionally.
It will be fun to try out some new recipes too.

Fixed a big casserole on Friday, there is enough left for Mr. R's lunch tomorrow.
Yesterday we brought home some goodies from a birthday party plus I'd made Mexican style Velveeta and a can of Rotel in my mini crockpot, which we ended up having with the best shredded potato rolls instead of corn chips - really good:)

Our washer finally died today. Mr. R. fixed the board a couple of times already and also rigged up some things (the plastic pieces holding in the board crumbled) with what else? duct tape:) which enabled us to use the washer three years longer. It's been a great washer for 15 years.
So now I'm scouring the Internet for deals at our local Sears Outlet, good washers are pricey and I like the front loading ones. Tomorrow I'll check a couple stores for floor models etc, check some apps and maybe Craig's list.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10979 on: February 12, 2018, 06:49:27 AM »
Went to a thrift outlet store on $10 cart day and got the military discount.  $9.54 with tax, grocery cart full of stuff to sell on eBay and Craigslist.  Should generate $300 or so in sales.

Husband brought back a crap ton of food from work.  It'd get thrown out otherwise.  5 lbs of ground beef, in package, uncooked.  Probably a quart each of cooked taco meat and Spanish rice.  6 cucumbers.  We'll eat / freeze all this. 

Also got some groceries off my Buy Nothing group, which until recently has been quite useless.  Two packages of Brie cheese, some whole wheat spaghetti, a spaghetti squash.  In this poor neighborhood, I'm thinking this is food pantry box cast-offs.  Too fancy ; )  I'll take it!

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« Reply #10980 on: February 12, 2018, 06:55:24 AM »
Instead of driving a car through the heavy snow chaos, I took the train to the dentist, using DH's weekly train ticket that was in my wallet. I walked the 2 km each way to the train station.

The dentist said my teeth were very strong and in excellent condition. The tiny starting hole that I have had not grown bigger than it was a year ago. So I can wait for a year for the new appointment.

I bought some veggies, loose tea and spices at a "foreigner" shop, which is a grocery shop that is not in the normal chains. They usually sell spices in bigger quantities for a more reasonable price. For veggies they have a better choice.
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« Reply #10981 on: February 13, 2018, 01:56:32 AM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

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« Reply #10982 on: February 13, 2018, 05:01:41 AM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

You always said you liked the sound of rain :)

Having it indoors was probably not what you had in mind?

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« Reply #10983 on: February 13, 2018, 05:08:21 AM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

You always said you liked the sound of rain :)

Having it indoors was probably not what you had in mind?

Funny boy. :)

Iíve done what I can tonight, cleaned up the water, moved and covered furniture, and drilled drainage holes in the gyprock to prevent the ceiling collapsing.

From here I predict an argument between my landlord, their insurance company, my insurance company, strata, and the tenant responsible. Fun times.

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« Reply #10984 on: February 13, 2018, 06:58:19 AM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

You always said you liked the sound of rain :)

Having it indoors was probably not what you had in mind?

Funny boy. :)

Iíve done what I can tonight, cleaned up the water, moved and covered furniture, and drilled drainage holes in the gyprock to prevent the ceiling collapsing.

From here I predict an argument between my landlord, their insurance company, my insurance company, strata, and the tenant responsible. Fun times.

I'm sure you know this, but take lots and lots of pictures! That way there's no debate about what was and wasn't damaged.

Also, that is super awful and I'm sorry that happened to you =(
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« Reply #10985 on: February 13, 2018, 07:28:05 AM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

Miserable. So sorry to hear that happened. Hope the cleanup as well as the resolution are as quick & painless as possible

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« Reply #10986 on: February 13, 2018, 01:06:48 PM »
* Made coffee at home.

* Went to Whole Foods today for lunch and wandered around the outdoor dining area picking up rubber bands that people discard off their salads and sushi. I use them to keep my sons’ LunchBots containers sealed shut and they don’t always come home. Picked up about 20 off the ground which should keep me stocked for a while.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10987 on: February 13, 2018, 02:31:54 PM »
I've been taking houseplant cuttings like mad lately, and while I've been donating and trading them away mostly I also upgraded some rootbound motherplants to bigger pots, which leaves the biggest plants without a new outer pot after the upgrade.
Found a great deal via via, so picked up two ginormous pots for a few bucks + 1 medium sized one for free today. One pot got broken by my dog last week (casualty of the post-surgery cone of shame), glued that one back together today as well.
Did groceries at Lidl as I was in the neighbourhood anyway. Hung laundry out to dry in the sun today. Borrowed some tree pruning gear from the neighbours and pruned their fruit trees along with ours as a thank you.
Pruned an overdue curly willow, made a pile to donate the branches for Easter. Have had three folks take some for free, saving me the trouble to process them.
Yay, out of debt... now, GROW!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10988 on: February 13, 2018, 03:27:33 PM »
Walked to the library to pick up two movies we want to see.

Walked to the produce market to stock up on groceries for the week.  It is hard to convince myself to walk in the cold, especially carrying groceries home, so that's a win.  Bonus: some of the things I wanted were very good prices today.  Swapped out one of the things that wasn't as good a deal and got something else instead.

Hung laundry to dry this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10989 on: February 13, 2018, 08:51:27 PM »
-Free food at work
-Leftovers for dinner (kebabs & rice)
-Read a great book I got for free at work & discovered a great new series (Sara Blaedel, who is I believe a Danish writer)
-Sold two items through local Facebook swap, & made $10
-Obsessively check our solar production & have been able to tweak our power usage based on the very detailed information provided by our solar company (way beyond what our local company provided). Get super excited by seeing how much we're saving

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10990 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:54 AM »
Finally left AT&T mobile for my in-laws' T-Mobile family plan... $25-$30 in monthly savings Woohoo

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10991 on: February 14, 2018, 09:24:08 AM »
I started my crockpot before work this morning!  It's a first!  I use my crockpot on the weekends, but I've never been together enough in the morning.  :D
Packed leftovers for lunch.
Forgot to pack my breakfast (too pumped about the crockpot), so I pulled together a breakfast from random stuff I had in my office-- a packet of plain oatmeal, almond butter, and a dried fruit.  Not too bad!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10992 on: February 14, 2018, 12:00:08 PM »
Nice work, 4alpacas!

I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10993 on: February 14, 2018, 12:07:58 PM »
I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)
Homemade bread is so much better than store-bought!

What is your quick recipe?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10994 on: February 14, 2018, 03:27:08 PM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

You always said you liked the sound of rain :)

Having it indoors was probably not what you had in mind?

Funny boy. :)

Iíve done what I can tonight, cleaned up the water, moved and covered furniture, and drilled drainage holes in the gyprock to prevent the ceiling collapsing.

From here I predict an argument between my landlord, their insurance company, my insurance company, strata, and the tenant responsible. Fun times.

I'm sure you know this, but take lots and lots of pictures! That way there's no debate about what was and wasn't damaged.

Also, that is super awful and I'm sorry that happened to you =(

Miserable. So sorry to hear that happened. Hope the cleanup as well as the resolution are as quick & painless as possible

Thanks guys. It looks like I'm getting out of this lightly.

The pillowtop mattress protector and doona needed dry cleaning (the water was filthy, having filtered through my neighbour's floor), which is going to set me back $100.

But the furniture is fine (mattress may yet need replacing), and landlord will be around over the weekend to inspect the rest of the water damage.

Apart from the industrial fans roaring away in his unit, the neighbour responsible has been conspicuously silent on the issue. Has not spoken to anyone affected (tenants or owners).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10995 on: February 14, 2018, 03:43:07 PM »
-Big win for me! My doctor has me on a bunch of supplements right now. One of them, I take *6* pills per day to get the dose I need. I really wanted to find a forumaltion with a higher dosage, so I could take fewer pills each day. Well, I checked on a couple websites, and it was totally bust. More than DOUBLE the costco price, even at the non-sale costco price. Fine. I was almost out, so off to Costco I went (combining trips with cashing my rewards certificate of course), and bought two bottles. The bottles had a "chance to win $100" sticker on them. Okay then. Leave a review, enter to win. Sure thing. When I did that, I noticed the manufacturer DOES have a double strength pill. That would only require 3 per day! So I looked at the price. LOWER! Yessss. And then it got even better. Buy 3, get 15% off and free shipping. Heck. Yes. This will save me $13 per month, AND I get to take fewer pills every day. Win across the board right there.

-Took the costco reward out as cash, so my purchases will go on the CC and generate further rewards.

-Complained about my 401k not withholding correctly. Not only is it corrected for the future, but they went back and gave me the employer match for if it *had* been contributing correctly.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10996 on: February 14, 2018, 03:54:00 PM »
-Complained about my 401k not withholding correctly. Not only is it corrected for the future, but they went back and gave me the employer match for if it *had* been contributing correctly.

Sa-weet!

I won a pair of concert tickets (for the fourth time in two months...). Retail value $50. Now I just have to find someone on short notice who likes contemporary classical music to be my +1. That's one for the "increase social capital" gauntlet thread, I guess.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10997 on: February 14, 2018, 08:45:01 PM »
Made pizza with grocery money for valentines instead of going out.  DH did buy my flowers and wine, but I made the dessert, so no extra monies spent on valentines chocolates.

Used my swagbucks account when buying items for work with the work card.  It didn't cost me any cash, but I got 41 swagbucks out of it!

Didn't leave the house except to walk the dogs. No gas spent today.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10998 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:39 PM »
I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)
Homemade bread is so much better than store-bought!

What is your quick recipe?

@4alpacas  This one: https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/

I usually do a no-knead bread that uses less yeast, but this worked just fine!  I wouldn't say it was lightning fast (3.5 hours) but it was also very little work. It didn't call for any kneading, but I did use my mixer's dough hook and inadvertantly kneaded it for a short time.  It came out very well... very stretchy and tender on the inside!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10999 on: February 15, 2018, 08:02:27 AM »
Typical day yesterday:
-Free meals/snacks at work
-Charged electric car for free
-Skipped Valentine's Day gifts for my spouse - we gave each other cards
-Had leftovers for dinner