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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11150 on: March 05, 2018, 08:12:37 PM »
Fed the family "old" soup! Actually, I made way too much southwest quinoa-bean soup a few weeks ago, so I immediately froze the leftovers for a night when I wouldn't want to cook. Tonight was such a night. Thawed it today and it was the perfect amount for dinner for four.

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« Reply #11151 on: March 06, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Fed the family "old" soup! Actually, I made way too much southwest quinoa-bean soup a few weeks ago, so I immediately froze the leftovers for a night when I wouldn't want to cook. Tonight was such a night. Thawed it today and it was the perfect amount for dinner for four.

I did similar. I learned my lesson, I need to freeze some of my spaghetti sauce recipe. We get fatigued from the flavor before we get through all of it, but by then, it's getting old enough I'm uncomfortable freezing it for later use. So this time, I immediately froze a couple individual serving sizes from it. So now we have an emergency food stash, AND we're avoiding food waste.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11152 on: March 06, 2018, 11:34:19 AM »
- restrained myself from eating ALL of my work-provided dinner last night and had the leftovers for lunch.
- didn't stop for a coffee before starting my 2 hour drive home. Might not have been the best plan because by 1.5hrs in, I was pretty darn tired. Made it home alive though.
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« Reply #11153 on: March 06, 2018, 02:29:48 PM »
Instead of going to a restaurant to get a very specific dish (Hawaiin poke, it's a fish dish), we made it at home. Still not cheap, but way cheaper for way bigger portions. And it turned out wonderfully.

Cut DH's hair.

Went to a neighborhood estate sale and bought two really sturdy pristine stainless steel pie pans for $3 each.

Picked up a manager's special fancy ham (organic, naturally cured, local, etc) for $1.20/lb, and chunked it up and froze a bunch of it.

We do poke and sushi at home, they're SO EXPENSIVE as takeout/restaurant meals.  It's usually about $10 worth of fish from our local fish shop.

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« Reply #11154 on: March 06, 2018, 03:45:17 PM »
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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11155 on: March 06, 2018, 05:32:30 PM »
I needed some new jeans, I found a pair of Levi’s that fit me for only $6 at a Thrift store.

This is my first thrift store purchase so I’m really excited!

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« Reply #11156 on: March 07, 2018, 04:10:34 AM »
I needed some new jeans, I found a pair of Leviís that fit me for only $6 at a Thrift store.

This is my first thrift store purchase so Iím really excited!

That is awesome Luckyvik!  Thrift stores are the best. 

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« Reply #11157 on: March 07, 2018, 09:50:05 AM »
We unexpectedly received a tax return (which hasn't happened since we were in college), and after double checking a few times, we decided to use it and some other side hustle funds we had come in at the same time to pay off the last of the balance on the car.  The payments processed yesterday, so I'm looking forward to the official "paid off" paperwork in a few weeks.  The interest rate wasn't great on it, so we are saving interest and freeing up some cash flow in the monthly budgets for our upcoming move. 

Babysat yesterday and the day before.  Its easy work that I can do after getting off of work, and the extra cash will be good for building our 'moving month' savings up further.  Its not my favorite thing to do...but its temporary.

Paid some bills online saving stamps and checks, sold some cuts of meat from our half a cow that we had hanging on still.  We needed it gone before May, and they were the least favorite cuts...the ones you leave till last in the bottom of the freezer.  My coworker was excited about them though, so a win-win for everyone.

Returned some items to goodwill after leaving the store and having buyers remorse.  They weren't needed, and didn't look good in my house once I got them home!

Ate some pan fried red potatoes for brunch today.  DH is out of town for a couple days and asked me this morning what I was planning on eating while he was gone (it was his impression that the fridge was pretty much empty).  When I look at it, however, I see red potatoes for frying, peppers and cucumbers for salad/eating raw, a languishing box of mac n cheese, several slices of bread and lots of stocked up cheese for sandwiches, fruit for smoothies, and frozen shrimp in the freezer.  Combine all that with coffee and rice from the pantry, and I don't plan on grocery shopping till he gets back ;) 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11158 on: March 07, 2018, 07:28:13 PM »
* Made homemade cherry ice cream to use some cherries in the freezer before we go cherry-picking again in June.

* Used homegrown chives in a pasta dish instead of buying a whole onion
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« Reply #11159 on: March 07, 2018, 07:47:06 PM »
It is my son's 24th birthday today and he is home at the moment.  So breakfast included mushrooms fried up, along with poached eggs on home made toast, with Sriracha sauce and cheese.  The mushrooms were going out on special.

We used to go out for birthdays, but he has specifically asked for a home cooked stir fry type dinner.  Something with lime, coriander and chilli flavours, all of which we grow at home.  Some cheap chicken chunks, a few veggies and a frugal, but highly enjoyable dinner tonight.

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« Reply #11160 on: March 07, 2018, 09:03:51 PM »
The standard things (free breakfast, lunch & car charging at work).

And, took a piece of leftover chicken, rice, & veggies & made a chicken veggie stir fry for dinner. The kids had other random fridge leftovers. Fridge is cleaned out! Perfect before I head out of town for a long weekend. The kids/husband will likely eat out & make freezer things, so this means less waste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11161 on: March 08, 2018, 01:32:17 AM »
I needed some new jeans, I found a pair of Levi’s that fit me for only $6 at a Thrift store.

This is my first thrift store purchase so I’m really excited!

That is awesome Luckyvik!  Thrift stores are the best.
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« Reply #11162 on: March 08, 2018, 11:50:49 AM »
It is my son's 24th birthday today and he is home at the moment.  So breakfast included mushrooms fried up, along with poached eggs on home made toast, with Sriracha sauce and cheese.  The mushrooms were going out on special.

We used to go out for birthdays, but he has specifically asked for a home cooked stir fry type dinner.  Something with lime, coriander and chilli flavours, all of which we grow at home.  Some cheap chicken chunks, a few veggies and a frugal, but highly enjoyable dinner tonight.

If he's not living at home anymore, homemade food by mom is sooo much better and more valuable and fun compared to going out for a birthday. In my family it's a tradition you pick your favorite dish on your birthday. Out of principle I still pick the same dish as when I was a 4 yo (which is the very atypical toddler choice of spinach).

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« Reply #11163 on: March 08, 2018, 12:21:20 PM »
I need to pass 3 classes to be allowed to start a Master's degree this September. Paying in monthly installments used to be free, but now they charge a Ä20 fee. That's 5% of the total! So I'm paying it all at once now.

I've always tried to avoid student loans but I really need to learn more about it soon. The interest is something like 0,01%. No need to touch my stash when I can get such a cheap loan. Historically the interest has always been below market rate and I could easily pay it off in a short time if I had to.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11164 on: March 10, 2018, 03:17:24 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.

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.

Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

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« Reply #11165 on: March 10, 2018, 03:50:40 PM »
Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

Congratulations!

I saved money today by hanging out at home and playing Trivial Pursuit and Skip-Bo with my sister. In the past week that she's been visiting, we've been taking trains and going to tourist sites and eating out, so it was nice to just have a quiet day and make food at home. It wasn't a no-spend day because I went to the supermarket.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11166 on: March 10, 2018, 05:12:57 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.

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.

Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

That's insane. I hope you never intend to do any work for them ever again. My DH gets to that point if invoices aren't paid within a month. I know someone who was out over $20k because they kept doing work for a building company even though their invoices weren't paid. The building company went bust.
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« Reply #11167 on: March 10, 2018, 05:16:04 PM »
Took delivery of a free grocery box. A friend (who is actually pretty anti-Mustachian...) gets one of those pre-packed meal boxes, and she gave me a voucher for a week's worth of free food. It turns out to be 4 meals for 2 people, for $89! But mine was free.

And yes, I cancelled my account as soon as the box arrived. And put a filter on my emails so the ones hounding me to sign back up automatically divert to Junk.

On a side note, I wonder how many of these meal boxes there are now, and how I can optimise it so I get more frequent cheap food? Hmmm...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11168 on: March 10, 2018, 08:38:06 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.

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.

Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

That's insane. I hope you never intend to do any work for them ever again. My DH gets to that point if invoices aren't paid within a month. I know someone who was out over $20k because they kept doing work for a building company even though their invoices weren't paid. The building company went bust.

Completely insane. Slow clap for @mustachepungoeshere for being tenacious. I suspect that, now that sheís properly set up with their A/P department, future payments will be prompt (provided a proper PO is issued). It would be tempting to tell them to piss off if they requested more work, but it seems like a decent amount of cash (without knowing what sort of time and effort went in, of course) for a side gig.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11169 on: March 10, 2018, 09:40:00 PM »
Went to the grocery store and saw they were running their (10 for $10, 11th free) deal that runs about every 6 weeks. I saw they had 24 oz  cans of diced tomatoes, usually 1.58, part of the deal. I went home with 22 cans because the expiration date is Aug, 2020.

So, instead of paying 34.76, I only paid $20.

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« Reply #11170 on: March 10, 2018, 11:04:06 PM »
I just jumped through more hoops to get the $25 bread rebate from Loblaws (they are giving out gift cards to atone for years of price fixing bread). They are clearly making it difficult so they can weed out people who wonít bother going through the steps. The latest was submitting a current utility bill (or driverís license - no thank you). They already have my address; I guess I donít care if they see my phone bill. $25 of free money coming soon (I hope!).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11171 on: March 11, 2018, 01:41:46 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.

Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

That's insane. I hope you never intend to do any work for them ever again. My DH gets to that point if invoices aren't paid within a month. I know someone who was out over $20k because they kept doing work for a building company even though their invoices weren't paid. The building company went bust.

Completely insane. Slow clap for @mustachepungoeshere for being tenacious. I suspect that, now that sheís properly set up with their A/P department, future payments will be prompt (provided a proper PO is issued). It would be tempting to tell them to piss off if they requested more work, but it seems like a decent amount of cash (without knowing what sort of time and effort went in, of course) for a side gig.

This sounds like a really big multinational company with lots of departments. The company I work for supplies many of those type of companies and the first invoice is always a hassle. Ditto if the person ordering from you didn't follow the correct procedure while raising the PO. They can take ages to pay, but so far they've always paid. I would be more careful when smaller companies don't pay their invoices. I have occasionally refused PO's from small-ish companies that consistently paid late.

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« Reply #11172 on: March 11, 2018, 03:39:50 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.

Victory is mine!

The money finally hit my account, a full five months after they received the work.

That's insane. I hope you never intend to do any work for them ever again. My DH gets to that point if invoices aren't paid within a month. I know someone who was out over $20k because they kept doing work for a building company even though their invoices weren't paid. The building company went bust.

Completely insane. Slow clap for @mustachepungoeshere for being tenacious. I suspect that, now that sheís properly set up with their A/P department, future payments will be prompt (provided a proper PO is issued). It would be tempting to tell them to piss off if they requested more work, but it seems like a decent amount of cash (without knowing what sort of time and effort went in, of course) for a side gig.

This sounds like a really big multinational company with lots of departments. The company I work for supplies many of those type of companies and the first invoice is always a hassle. Ditto if the person ordering from you didn't follow the correct procedure while raising the PO. They can take ages to pay, but so far they've always paid. I would be more careful when smaller companies don't pay their invoices. I have occasionally refused PO's from small-ish companies that consistently paid late.

Exactly this. Big company, but I didn't doubt that would pay eventually.

I'm confident that @Step37 is right, and that the process will be easier in future now that I'm in their system.

(Did I mention I once worked for this company full-time? I realise it's a completely different payment system, but come on.)

I will take any work they throw my way. The freelance rate isn't the highest going, but in terms of reach and exposure, it's hard to beat. These jobs mean opportunities and access I may not otherwise get. And the cash is nice, too.

Back on top, my small thing for the weekend was dyeing my beloved but faded navy Chuck Taylors.

I did some reading online and decided to experiment with Rit fabric dye I had in the house.

It remains to be seen if I end up with Smurf feet next time I wear them in the rain, but in the meantime they look good as new!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11173 on: March 11, 2018, 03:41:14 AM »
Today I bottled my homebrew.  50 litres of craft beer for less than $30.  I'm happy with that.

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« Reply #11174 on: March 11, 2018, 04:59:08 PM »
Food and groceries:
Saved $4 each on 8 jars of honey - $32 total.
Reinvented a weird combo of leftover Mexican food and one German Schnitzel into a new dish - lunch for two - Mr. R. loved it, asked me to fix it again - ha, score:)
Fixing supper for us and lunch for Mr. R. to take to work tomorrow. Baking a batch of brownies in a few minutes.

10% off car insurance premium:
Tomorrow I'm taking a driver safety course to save 10% on my car insurance - should save about $15 a month. Annual savings $180.

Coupons:
Mr. R. clipped $5 worth of coupons today - sundries like TP and paper towels.

Prescriptions:
Checking into switching my prescriptions from Walgreens to CVS since my ins. co. has a deal with them and I'll ask if it would be cheaper if I paid cash instead.
(because I saw a thread on where else but MMM, that discussed that pharmacists aren't allowed to tell you about pricing unless you specifically ask - WTH?), either way my meds will be a few bucks cheaper.
I had never paid attention to the fact that my insurance card now shows the CVS logo as a preferred prescription provider.
You really have to watch everything like a hawk.

Gym Club Membership:
Just realized that my insurance gives me free access to a gym I might like to try in my neighborhood. I will look into that this week - I have never had a gym membership before.
Free instead of $10 month at Planet Fitness.
 
Taxes:
Now that all income will remain as is - I am taking my taxes to get done for free for the first time. Savings $140 once a year.







 




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« Reply #11175 on: March 11, 2018, 08:04:25 PM »
* Made flour tortillas from scratch for chicken tacos.

* Roasted coffee beans at home. Green coffee beans can be purchased for as low as $4/lb so it's a nice savings.
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« Reply #11176 on: March 12, 2018, 01:57:33 AM »
I carefully planned all dinners last weekend so that the veggies were eaten in the right sequence before becoming bad. I put droopy salad in icy cold water (water with snow) to become fresh again.

I also cooked a double portion of cheaper meat for 5 hours with different herbs than I use to, but skipping the wine that was mentioned in the recipe (wine is too expensive here to use in food). It was frozen to wait until we have finished the other meat that is unfrozen. Only thing is, I should have bought more of that meat. Cooking only 2 portions for 5 hours is maybe not worth the energy.

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« Reply #11177 on: March 12, 2018, 01:44:44 PM »
Ran out of coffee, but I have a large supply of good black tea that I never drink. So I decided to change my morning routine! Drank a big mug of strong tea this morning. It was surprisingly satisfying and will spare me from making an emergency run to Costco for coffee-replenishment.

In the spirit of "eat everything in the house" I will continue to drink the tea and will postpone buying coffee for a while.

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« Reply #11178 on: March 12, 2018, 02:10:28 PM »
Had free lunch from a university course today. And will have that for another two days. Free fancy canteen lunch, wohooo :D

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« Reply #11179 on: March 12, 2018, 04:57:13 PM »
Created a giant pile of things I’ve bought or been given that I want out of my house. ebay/craigslist/fb here I come!
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« Reply #11180 on: March 12, 2018, 09:54:34 PM »
Packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks for today (this AM) and tomorrow (after dinner)
Ate leftovers for dinner
Made smoothies with frozen fruit
Used spinach in a bulk batch of breakfast burritos for the week (put in freezer)

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« Reply #11181 on: March 12, 2018, 10:22:35 PM »
We had a large morning tea at work today.  Looks like lunch stays in the fridge until tomorrow.  An apple will be plenty at lunchtime.

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« Reply #11182 on: March 13, 2018, 04:05:01 AM »
I walked to work and will walk back this afternoon. It was going to be nice weather today, so I wanted to take advantage of that. Also the car is low on diesel and I should fill it up. Today is an expensive day to do so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11183 on: March 13, 2018, 05:31:02 AM »
Both our dogs are on special Veterinarian dog foods. Hub went to the office to pick up a case of canned food and forgot his $2.50 coupon. However, the receptionist pulled out an $7 one and applied that to our purchase!

I had some taters that were growing legs and decided to slice them up into steak fries and cook them. Made a huge batch and 'saved' the taters from getting tossed. Sad to say, there were still two that had gone all soft and wrinkled that had to go into the trash.

Hub bought cabbage and carrots for our corned beef this week. The cabbage was around $0.15 a lb.!

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« Reply #11184 on: March 13, 2018, 09:17:40 AM »
I'm staying over at a relative's house tonight. I need to be in their city two days in a row. It's not so far that it's impossible to travel home, but I would rather avoid the cost of the train ticket.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11185 on: March 14, 2018, 01:30:01 AM »
* Bread is in the breadmaker for tomorrow -- I prefer to just use the breadmaker for dough and bake in the oven but it can't be helped. Affordable to make at home and doesn't require a visit to a shop

* Oatmeal and coffee are prepped for morning breakfast

* Chicken carcass, onion skins, carrot peels, etc are in the crockpot to make chicken stock. Shredded chicken tacos for lunch tomorrow
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11186 on: March 14, 2018, 02:11:57 AM »
I use the powdered coffee in my office instead of buying at a coffee shop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11187 on: March 14, 2018, 10:52:59 AM »
Going to sell of my Samsung S8 for $400 (at loss ofcourse).
May repair existing iphone for battery (Damn the Apple idiots who made the illegal way to slow the phones) and keep it sailing until its broke or I get a good price on an upgrade.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11188 on: March 14, 2018, 01:12:46 PM »
Winter/early spring weather returned today and I have finals over the next few days. This could be a recipe for comfort behaviors (sitting in a fancy cafe drinking overpriced coffee to feel snug while I study, depending on restaurants/expensive ready made food, etc). Well, I'm not having any of it!

-I'm working the french press overtime to meet my caffeine+comfort needs.

-Minestrone is in the crockpot. I'll serve it with some naan that's been hiding in the freezer (we'll pretend it's focaccia...)

-Bonus Points! The kid just reminded me it is "Pi Day" and that I really should run to the store and buy him a pie. I'm about to take a short study break to teach the kid how to make his own damn pie crust and we'll make a cherry pie from fruit in the freezer. Bonding+life skill teaching+study break for the win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11189 on: March 14, 2018, 07:00:16 PM »
I made two gardening aprons out of an old curtain.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11190 on: March 14, 2018, 07:48:42 PM »
I made two gardening aprons out of an old curtain.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11192 on: March 14, 2018, 08:50:52 PM »
- I skipped buying groceries this week, to save up the rest of my remaining grocery money for a Costco trip next week. I'm trying my hardest not to go over my $300 limit, and have a hard time spending less than 100 when I go to Costco, which is only every 3-4 months

- not sure this counts as saving money, but I realized I made $600 extra this month from dog sitting!



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11193 on: March 14, 2018, 08:52:23 PM »
Filled out a fitness reimbursement for $400. Will probably only get $300 after taxes, but not bad!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11194 on: March 15, 2018, 02:59:13 AM »
I noticed a pack of two whole chickens was the same price as thee boneless skinless breasts.  I decided to try my hand at butchering them myself, and it turned out to be extremely simple and easy. The breasts of the whole birds were about 20% smaller, but I get four of them along with the legs, wings and carcasses. After I made the chicken stock with the carcass It was quite the savings.

The way I figured it I get the value of $26, what parted supermarket parts of two chickens would cost plus a box of liquid chicken stock, for  the same $9 I would have payed for just those breasts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11195 on: March 15, 2018, 03:04:29 AM »
I'm not sure that this is ideal, but...

I ran over my scheduled training session this afternoon so I didn't get to have lunch (they would not stop asking questions!). So I brought my lunch home and I'm having it for dinner.

Bonus: it was free food (voucher from one of those meal delivery places from a friend) in the first place.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11196 on: March 15, 2018, 04:09:35 AM »
only drink free coffee in the office, never drink coffee at home

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« Reply #11197 on: March 15, 2018, 04:30:37 AM »
Took a frozen pizza out of the freezer and doctored it up and ate it for dinner with a salad. No take out costs or eating out costs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11198 on: March 15, 2018, 06:42:17 AM »
@mustachepungoeshere , @jengod

I wish that my sewing skills were that good! I'm currently working on making shopping bags out of the remaining curtain and it's harder than I'd like to admit. Eventually, I'd like to have the skills to make a proper gown, but I'll need fancier curtains first!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11199 on: March 15, 2018, 10:58:47 AM »
As I left the store last night, I noticed they charged $0.04 too much for a jug of milk (that's right, less than a nickel, an insigniicant amount). Scanning code of Practice says they have to refund up to $10 on the item if the store over charges, so I received my jug, retail value of $4.54, for $0. I once complained over a penny difference, the eye rolls made the savings even sweeter.

I was there originally for a box of Lucky Charms, for saturday's St. Patricks Day breakfast, the milk was an impulse item to make sure we had enough. I like to think I had some Irish luck getting that free jug, I'll add the savings to my pot of gold, thank you Lucky (the Leprechaun). When I watch my five year old enjoying that free milk with her cereal, it's going to make it magially delicious.