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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11050 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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« Reply #11051 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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« Reply #11052 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 #11053 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 #11054 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 #11055 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 #11056 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 #11057 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 #11058 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 #11059 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 #11060 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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« Reply #11061 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 #11062 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 #11063 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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« Reply #11064 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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« Reply #11065 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 #11066 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 #11067 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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« Reply #11068 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 #11069 on: February 23, 2018, 03:00:39 PM »
* Cold water wash
* Line-drying
* Cloth diapers
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11070 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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« Reply #11071 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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« Reply #11072 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.
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« Reply #11073 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 #11074 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 #11075 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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« Reply #11076 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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« Reply #11077 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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« Reply #11078 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 #11079 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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« Reply #11080 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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« Reply #11081 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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« Reply #11082 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 #11083 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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« Reply #11084 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 #11085 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 #11086 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11087 on: February 26, 2018, 12:15:19 AM »
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.

Spoke too soon.

They rejected the invoices because I donít have a purchase number. Except, you know, I do.

I re-sent everything again but seriously, their payables department can eat a bag of dicks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11088 on: February 26, 2018, 12:55:49 AM »
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.

Itís the mileage that matters, not the months. :P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11089 on: February 26, 2018, 06:05:15 AM »
Called Geico to inform them that I do own a share in BRK-B. Proceeded to give me a discount for it. Oddly enough, as I've seen others say, they never even confirmed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11090 on: February 26, 2018, 07:17:36 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!

I completely agree with that one. It's also the same idea for why I maintain, one of the most important things I do every day to save money, is getting enough sleep! It lets me be clear headed, organized, resist temptation, and be more creative with my money savings. It also reduces my risk of future health problems. It keeps me from indulging too much in late night vices, too: too much snacking, "just one more drink", and so on.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11091 on: February 26, 2018, 07:45:01 AM »
-Carpooled to second day of soccer tournament. Friend took the kids to the morning game, so I could work out & clean the house
-I drove soccer players to the finals in our electric car, saving on gas. Packed snacks & water to avoid the food at the tournament.
-Didn't expect the kids to make the finals, so our dinner plans were our standard longer Sunday cooking. Swapped that for something DH could make while I took the kids to soccer. Avoided wasting the defrosted meat & came back from the game to a hot dinner. Lovely.
-Kids were invited to play up a division, so I suppose free entertainment, as you normally pay quite a bit for these tournaments.
-Volunteering for a field trip today. Never done it before, & it's the last one ever. (My youngest is in 5th grade, which is the age these things stop). Won't save me money, but my company allows for 16 hours of volunteering time. When I log the volunteering time, they will donate money to the non-profit I volunteered for. So, it will be a bit of a scramble at work today, but a nice thing, my son is SO excited, and I raise money for the  school.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11092 on: February 26, 2018, 08:23:06 AM »
- Made stock from a chicken carcass and veggie scraps.
- Cleaning the kitchen with primarily citrus vinegar, baking soda, and elbow grease.
- Cleaned our stainless pour over coffee cone by boiling it in vinegar and water. Saving the mixture for mopping the floors later.
- Couldn't figure out what to make my son for lunch other than mac & cheese, but wanted something healthier. Did some digging and decided on quesadillas with lentil-walnut taco filling I found in the freezer.
- DH increased his 401(k) withholding by 1%. We're a long way from maxing it out, but bit by bit we'll get there!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11093 on: February 26, 2018, 01:04:48 PM »
It's 52F out and sunny.  Replaced the dead tube in my bike, pumped up the tires on bike and trailer -- it's close enough to springtime to pick my kid up from kindergarten on bike.  (Fingers crossed that there's nothing wrong with my bike after a long winter in the garage that I missed. :-).  Thanks to this thread for the reminder to do so.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11094 on: February 26, 2018, 01:42:02 PM »
- We were out of town saturday and sunday and had a friend pet sit for us. We paid her in homecooked meals and somewhere peaceful to study. Apparently she's in exams right now and hasn't had time to cook. 2 chicken breasts and half a box of pasta will feed her for a few days and costs way less than if we were to board the dog or pay another sitter. We watch her dog when she goes out of town.
- We got home late last night after driving for 2 hours. Instead of hitting the drive-thru or stopping at the grocery store for something prepared, we went straight home where I was able to make a meal in 15 minutes out of pantry items.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11095 on: February 26, 2018, 02:45:22 PM »
Made a meatloaf that will give us two dinners and then leftovers will be frozen to throw into spaghetti sauce later on. Then out of that raw meat we made 19 meat balls. We vac packed them and froze them in several packages for a later date. Made a white bean soup this week and there were left overs so I vac packed 3 pouches of that too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11096 on: February 26, 2018, 02:59:01 PM »
I restrung my clothes line with the old cord.

It really does need to be replaced, but I can probably get another month or two out of it now that it's been tightened.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11097 on: February 26, 2018, 03:02:17 PM »
Went through the house to find washcloths and cloth kitchen/hand towels to use in place of napkins and paper towels. It seems some days like we go through a roll in one day.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11098 on: February 26, 2018, 06:28:21 PM »
-Switching both car insurance and home insurance to a new company. Don't know why I put off calling for rates, since we'll be saving several hundred a year now for basically the same coverage.

-Showered at the gym, using their hot water and electricity!

- Treated the myself and the spouse to free coffee using a hoarded gift card.

- Borrowed a book I've been wanting to read from my professor. The library had one copy, which is like two weeks overdue so I'm not sure if my hold would ever come in! (Charles Darwin Voyaging by Janet Brown, for other book nerds on here.)

- Free dinner for the family. The grocery store occasionally throws out freebies on their app. A few weeks ago it was the new "healthy" Campbell's soup line. Mom didn't want her freebie due to sodium concerns, so two cans for my crew. Fleshing it out with a bit of frozen broth and veggies. Scored free Hawaiian rolls via one of those receipt coupons, so all of dinner is free and almost no effort.

- Free running shoes! Neighbor asked me my size, which is the same as hers. She offered me a pair she had that she couldn't wear because they pinched her feet. Fit my narrow feet perfectly. It's all even, we load them up with garden veggies all summer and swap other neighborly things. Social capital! :)

Bonus:

* not saving money but time. Got a jury duty summons. Found out I am relieved of duty because it conflicts with my class schedule. I know, I know, civic duty, etc, etc....but I'm still happy I don't have to do it. Sitting in a jury pool for two weeks -- and longer if I get chosen -- isn't my idea of fun.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11099 on: February 26, 2018, 08:00:33 PM »
Haircut at home this weekend, free muffin at work today, saved on bus fare by walking, and have been using up pantry items for the last week. Loving that bread recipe up thread - I'm going to have to try that!