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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1100 on: July 16, 2014, 02:23:23 PM »
I'm currently working on a client where I'm at their office until about 10:00 each night. Because of this, we order dinner and charge it to the client. Since the super fancy meal is enough for at least two meals, I only eat part of it and then save the other half for lunch the next day. That way, I don't even have to pack a lunch. The client already purchased it for me the night before. It feels really good to whip out my leftovers while everyone heads up to the cafeteria to purchase lunch.

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« Reply #1101 on: July 16, 2014, 06:20:08 PM »
I got up, made my coffee, breakfast and lunch, worked on leapforce for 1/2 hour before work instead of facebook. 
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« Reply #1102 on: July 16, 2014, 08:19:02 PM »
Had two leftover meals (breakfast and dinner) at work before heading to a free intro boxing course.

Got my new insurance documents in the mail today, and saw that I have 5 discounts on my motorcycle insurance already, prompting me to ask my agent if I can have yet another for having completed the basic rider course.  Pretty sure the answer is going to be yes :D

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« Reply #1103 on: July 16, 2014, 10:09:56 PM »

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.

Hope everything is ok! Lots of forest fires in BC right now. Heard about Hudson's hope getting evacuated today....

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« Reply #1104 on: July 16, 2014, 10:39:22 PM »

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.

Hope everything is ok! Lots of forest fires in BC right now. Heard about Hudson's hope getting evacuated today....

Thanks :) thankfully we are still in our house, things are tense, especially with Hudson's getting evacuated. The BC wildfire map is starting light up like a christmas tree.

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« Reply #1105 on: July 17, 2014, 04:02:28 PM »
Forgot to put the crockpot on this morning (in fridge so didn't get spoiled), with a little ingenuity made a lemony chickpea salad for dinner instead.

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« Reply #1106 on: July 17, 2014, 04:12:07 PM »
Drove right on by the thrift store today ... there's just nothing I need atm.

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« Reply #1107 on: July 17, 2014, 06:00:05 PM »
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.

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« Reply #1108 on: July 18, 2014, 08:23:58 AM »
I made yogurt overnight in my crock pot.  It was extremely simple, inexpensive, and delicious!

I followed this recipe http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html that I found right here on MMM!


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« Reply #1109 on: July 18, 2014, 11:42:56 AM »
Refused two different lunch invitations and finished my millet and blueberries. Tasty. :)

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« Reply #1110 on: July 20, 2014, 04:28:52 PM »
Used leftover bread to make bread pudding for a party rather than buying something.  Probably more appreciated than yet another six pack.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1111 on: July 20, 2014, 06:51:40 PM »
Dropped $120 on a new sump pump to keep our crawl space dry.  The old one died after 14 years, and now I'm an expert on sump pumps.  Hopefully I can get it rigged up correctly since it's the same exact model as the old one, and the pipes and valves are reusable to connect it to the old pipe.  I figure a plumber would charge $500 at least for the sump pump replacement and I might not get a choice of top notch replacement sump pump. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1112 on: July 20, 2014, 07:41:25 PM »
Didn't give in to buying the soda & pricey snack while we were out doing back to school shopping. We weren't far from home. We weren't going to die from not having a soda or a pretzel. ;)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1113 on: July 20, 2014, 08:47:34 PM »
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

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« Reply #1114 on: July 20, 2014, 09:08:23 PM »
Doesn't this thread belong in the 'Share Your Badassity' section?

Anyway: made my own coffee, made my lunches for the week (88cents/meal), and drinking my boxed wine as I write.  I'm still working on the fancy frugal homebrew (first batch was a little bland and dry).

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« Reply #1115 on: July 20, 2014, 09:35:18 PM »
Used my store points for 30 cents off per gallon to fill up my clown pig truck, and paid with a 5% cash back visa

Planted corn, beets, carrots, rutabagas and parsnips for winter storage, and also some fall lettuce.

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« Reply #1116 on: July 21, 2014, 07:30:13 AM »
Husband made apple pie from items in our cupboard and the apples from our tree.

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« Reply #1117 on: July 21, 2014, 11:09:21 AM »
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."

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« Reply #1118 on: July 21, 2014, 05:10:33 PM »
Filled out my couchsurfing profile and sent a few requests.

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« Reply #1119 on: July 21, 2014, 06:18:47 PM »
Made dinner from scratch, as well as a nice dessert for our houseguests.  Made 2 cups of tea at home. Didn't flick on the air conditioning, just the fans and its cooling down here now as night approaches. Ahhhhh!

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« Reply #1120 on: July 21, 2014, 09:33:09 PM »
I took leftovers for lunch and made dinner at home today with leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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« Reply #1121 on: July 21, 2014, 09:33:48 PM »
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."


Well, it's literal, in my case. :-) But yeah.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1122 on: July 21, 2014, 11:35:50 PM »
My boss and a colleague brought their pizza makers to work. We all contributed an ingredient each and had a big pizza lunch in the conference room. Definitely one of the cheaper (and more fun) office lunches we've had!

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« Reply #1123 on: July 21, 2014, 11:46:23 PM »
Made cold brew coffee. In one of the online recipes, they noted that they did a second extract using half the original volume of water.  It seems to work - I used the second extract for iced coffee tonight. Testing a third extract overnight tonight....

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« Reply #1124 on: July 22, 2014, 09:01:50 AM »
I was planning to make meatloaf for dinner.  To stretch the beef I added oatmeal, but then I saw three wilted carrots and a zucchini in the fridge.  I shredded them with the fine side of my grater, sauteed them, and added them to the meatloaf.  It added about 1.5 cups of volume, some additional vegetables, and made use of some produce that was on the edge.  They really weren't noticeable by taste at all, and the meatloaf was super moist.   

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« Reply #1125 on: July 22, 2014, 09:58:33 AM »
Made a big pot of soup out of the garden and freezer yesterday.  Didn't buy a single thing!  Onions, carrots, celery already in fridge.  Peppers, tomatoes, and green beans from the garden.  Herbs from my mom's garden that she brought a couple weeks ago.  Leftover ham from the freezer, plus some beans I cooked a few weeks ago and ended up not using so I froze them. 

Yummy lunches this week!

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« Reply #1126 on: July 22, 2014, 11:06:54 AM »
Scan Code of Practice - when a displayed price is lower than the till price you get $10 off or the item free. Most stores have a tiny sticker close by the tills advertising they do it.

Free Gallon of milk by checking my receipt! They were going to charge $5.09, it was on sale for $4.59. I also walked to the store and back, no gas used in the purchase.

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« Reply #1127 on: July 22, 2014, 12:12:57 PM »
I'm not the handiest guy in the world, so I had to have some contractors handle a few projects in my house that needed done ASAP.  However I did have them remove the bid for toilets ($300 for purch and install???)  and I handled all the paint myself.

The added bonus was sealing the bathroom fans with aluminum tape, the unit housing had so many holes it was actually sucking in more air from the attic than pulling from the bathroom. 

All told probably saved myself $1000.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1128 on: July 24, 2014, 02:02:12 PM »
It's small, but 6 months ago I would have not expected it.
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« Reply #1129 on: July 24, 2014, 02:53:06 PM »
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.

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« Reply #1130 on: July 24, 2014, 07:45:07 PM »
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.

And you have a new family member and unconditional love - priceless.

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« Reply #1131 on: July 24, 2014, 08:06:41 PM »
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.

Our local animal humane society (not the national one..) has a big list of vets that will give your new cat/dog a full checkup for free within 2 weeks of adoption and give you drugs if they become sick, like with a respiratory problem, in that time.  If you adopt another furry friend, you might find a shelter with a similar program.  Kudos for your newest friend, and the free checkup!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1132 on: July 24, 2014, 08:09:34 PM »
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."


Well, it's literal, in my case. :-) But yeah.

literal in mine as well. 

to save money today: ate leftovers

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« Reply #1133 on: July 24, 2014, 08:27:25 PM »
Used the large number of cucumbers we have from the garden plus salt, water, garlic, and dill we have frozen from last year's garden to make four jars of naturally fermented garlic dill pickles for pretty close to free.   http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014867/sour-pickles.html

OMG they are so good!   Similar to (but better than) the pricey Clausssen, and super easy to make.    They are so good, easy, and inexpensive that I think I'll keep making them with store bought cucs when our garden is finished.

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« Reply #1134 on: July 24, 2014, 09:14:26 PM »
Emily, you can stock the fridge with a few batches of those and they'll last a long time (unless you're eating a ton, of course!).  I've become a fermented pickle devotee too, and was surprised that the ones I made last summer stayed good in the fridge for almost a year (larger pickles in a 1/2 gallon jar).

I left work early today and harvested about 50# of potatoes, then planted some peas in their place.  Fed excess veggies to the chickens.  Fixed a broken shop broom.  Ate leftovers and homegrown produce.

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« Reply #1135 on: July 25, 2014, 12:42:24 AM »
Made dinner as planned (salmon already thawed) even though I was physically and mentally exhausted.  Did get my 2nd wind after a cup of tea in my rocking chair.  Hubby called from work and wanted me to order pizza for the large crew of teens we had coming over for dinner but I told him I was already well into the planned dinner and I could manage. He did the clean up .. sweet!

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« Reply #1136 on: July 25, 2014, 12:48:38 AM »
Made dinner as planned (salmon already thawed) even though I was physically and mentally exhausted.  Did get my 2nd wind after a cup of tea in my rocking chair.  Hubby called from work and wanted me to order pizza for the large crew of teens we had coming over for dinner but I told him I was already well into the planned dinner and I could manage. He did the clean up .. sweet!

Good work! I can definitely see myself caving in your situation.

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« Reply #1137 on: July 25, 2014, 01:32:47 AM »
Thanks, Cressida!

Sadly, I often do cave, so this time, it felt great to be able to post a win on
"What small things did you do ... ?" :-))

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« Reply #1138 on: July 25, 2014, 09:36:41 AM »
Ate from the freezer for dinner last night.  Brought leftovers to work for lunch today. 

I also carpooled instead of driving myself.

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« Reply #1139 on: July 25, 2014, 11:06:10 AM »
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1140 on: July 25, 2014, 06:27:42 PM »
Purchased cloth diapers for the bambino.  They will pay for themselves in just a few months and keep one less trash bag per week out of our local landfill :)

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« Reply #1141 on: July 25, 2014, 06:38:27 PM »
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.

Week three (and three, is a magic number) and still on track.  Yah!  I cook batches of food over the weekend.  Having this board is a way to stay accountable. I am also tracking all my expenses, so will have some comparison data.

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« Reply #1142 on: July 25, 2014, 06:45:16 PM »
Used the large number of cucumbers we have from the garden plus salt, water, garlic, and dill we have frozen from last year's garden to make four jars of naturally fermented garlic dill pickles for pretty close to free.   http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014867/sour-pickles.html

OMG they are so good!   Similar to (but better than) the pricey Clausssen, and super easy to make.    They are so good, easy, and inexpensive that I think I'll keep making them with store bought cucs when our garden is finished.

Thanks for this, my SO is practically addicted to pickles!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1143 on: July 25, 2014, 08:36:43 PM »
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 

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« Reply #1144 on: July 26, 2014, 04:04:30 PM »
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?

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« Reply #1145 on: July 26, 2014, 05:04:28 PM »
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?

I'm also curious about these "freezer meals" and freezing fruit. Don't look at me sideways after I ask, but when you put these items in the freezer, what exactly do you do when you take them out? I.e do I need to let the apples or bananas just sit on the counter for a few hours? The frozen meals, is there a method to cooking them after theyve been frozen (oven vs microwave)?

I tried researching online about freezer meals but I keep just coming up with different meals that have been good to freeze. There's nothing about what todo when you actually decide to eat the freezer meal. I almost feel silly asking.

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« Reply #1146 on: July 26, 2014, 05:43:46 PM »
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?

I'm also curious about these "freezer meals" and freezing fruit. Don't look at me sideways after I ask, but when you put these items in the freezer, what exactly do you do when you take them out? I.e do I need to let the apples or bananas just sit on the counter for a few hours? The frozen meals, is there a method to cooking them after theyve been frozen (oven vs microwave)?

I tried researching online about freezer meals but I keep just coming up with different meals that have been good to freeze. There's nothing about what todo when you actually decide to eat the freezer meal. I almost feel silly asking.


The easiest method is to stick the frozen meal in the refrigerator the night before you want to eat it, then heat however you'd normally heat it the next night (for me, that's usually the microwave). In practice, I very often forget, so the "defrost" setting on the microwave sees a lot of use. It heats slowly enough to thaw without crisping or even really heating up the outer edges that way if you do it by weight (I take an educated guess) or just do it a minute or two at a time. You'll fairly quickly get a sense of how long things take.


I tend to cook with frozen fruit like apples, so say I'm making a cobbler, I just put in the apples or whatever still frozen and check the cobbler at the end of the usual cook time, but figure it might not quite be done yet. For a pie, I cook the filling on the stove, anyway, so I just throw in frozen apples/ berries/ whatever and it maybe takes an extra minute or two. If you make anything like pork and apples in a crock pot, just throw the apples in frozen.


Frozen bananas most often become smoothies or 'ice cream' around here, so they go in the blender straight from the freezer. If I'm using something like frozen pumpkin purée in pasta sauce, I stick it in the fridge to thaw the night before if I remember, but otherwise I just put the frozen chunk in the sauce on the stove and it melts given a little time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1147 on: July 26, 2014, 08:12:42 PM »
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« Reply #1148 on: July 26, 2014, 09:17:19 PM »
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?

Didn't really use a recipe so I can't give you quantities...  but I boiled the black beans just until tender then drained them and then spread them on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for 20 minutes or so to dry them out some.  Then I chopped them a little.  I chopped a green pepper and 1/2 of an onion pretty fine. I used about a half a can of whole kernel corn and chopped that a little. Then I processed maybe a cup and a half of oatmeal to make it more like a flour than oatmeal.  I beat a large egg, then added the beans, oatmeal, pepper, onion, corn, some garlic powder and salt and pepper.  I pressed them into patties and  fried them in a non stick skillet with a little olive oil and added a little lowreys seasoning while they were cooking.  It made 10 veggie burgers.  I don't eat them myself, I made them for my daughter who is very picky and she said they were better than the ones she buys.  I read some recipes and people mostly complain that they can't get the burger to hold together.  I think drying the beans in the oven and using the  oatmeal and egg that did the trick for me.  I would use either one large egg or two smaller ones. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1149 on: July 26, 2014, 09:22:34 PM »
Today, I made some money selling tickets to a soccer game.  I have season tickets to the local Major League Soccer team, which more than paid for themselves already because I was able to use my season ticket holder status to get pre-sale for tickets to special events at the stadium which I then sold on StubHub for big profits.  I made enough money from scalping tickets to pay for my season tickets plus parking and gas to get to the stadium for the entire season.  I wasn't going to be able to make it to next week's game, so I just sold those on StubHub too and made even more money.  Cha-ching!