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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11500 on: May 20, 2018, 01:44:21 AM »
Used a 10% discount voucher for my bus ride. Saved €3

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« Reply #11501 on: May 20, 2018, 03:10:36 AM »
- Staying in to finish an essay. Just made fancy coffee for myself, will have some homemade treats with it. Bunch of flowers on the table that my s/o got from work. Who needs to go to a coffee shop or the library to study if your home is this nice? :) I used to live in a pretty shitty place (too cold in winter, too hot in summer) with loud roommates years ago and I always studied in the library. Not buying any food there used to be a big struggle. These days going out is a bigger struggle than staying in.

- I got barely worn work clothes from a shopaholic friend, s/o got some freebies through work. Other than some underwear I don't need to buy anything until September (when I will probably need to replace my 10 year old boots and coat). Total cost for spring/summer so far: €4 thrift shop jeans, €4 thrift shop dress, €12 new shirt for work (marked down from €24).

- Made the decision to not go to the expensive supermarket closest to home anymore. The much cheaper ethnic shop is around the corner from the expensive supermarket and I pass by several other discount stores on my way home from work. My grocery budget is still pretty low, but out of convenience (open every night until 10, other places close at 8) I've been going to a more expensive shop than I should. 

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« Reply #11502 on: May 20, 2018, 11:35:54 AM »
Today we trimmed massive holly bushes ourselves. Doing our own yard work saves big money over the course of the year plus exercise & gardening are good for us.

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« Reply #11503 on: May 20, 2018, 12:15:50 PM »
-Sold a $5 item that I no longer need, now that my son isn't in Boy Scouts
-Bought Uber gift cards that come with a grocery store gift card. I have an upcoming work trip where I will be reimbursed for the expense. This particular grocery store has awesome gift card deals!
-Ate leftover guac on eggs for breakfast today, in the spirit of "use it up"
-Making naan pizza tonight

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« Reply #11504 on: May 20, 2018, 01:37:45 PM »
ETA: I sauteed the carrot greens in some mushroom and sage-infused olive oil and they were...edible. Barely. I don't think I'll make them again, unless someone has a tried-and-true recipe to share.


I've always found carrot greens too bitter to eat alone.  Small amounts can be added to soups or when you're making broth.  If you grow radishes or get them fresh at the farmer's market, those greens are delicious to me when sauteed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11505 on: May 20, 2018, 09:15:25 PM »
ETA: I sauteed the carrot greens in some mushroom and sage-infused olive oil and they were...edible. Barely. I don't think I'll make them again, unless someone has a tried-and-true recipe to share.


I've always found carrot greens too bitter to eat alone.  Small amounts can be added to soups or when you're making broth.  If you grow radishes or get them fresh at the farmer's market, those greens are delicious to me when sauteed.

Thanks, that's good to know. I'm not a big fan of radishes so I don't grow them, but if I ever end up with some radish greens I'll try them out. :)

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« Reply #11506 on: May 21, 2018, 09:39:18 AM »
- It's our anniversary next week and hubby was making noises about going out to the fancy restaurant in town. We're already planning a trip to Paris in the fall. I suggested we get some takeout and snuggle up to a french film and save that money for a nice dinner on the trip.
- Had a housewarming party to go to yesterday. Bought some nice dishtowels on sale and packaged it with a bottle of wine we already had. Resisted the cute gift wrapping stuff at the store and used stuff we had at home.
- Convinced husband to put off getting a gym membership until the gym's pool will be restored. Shockingly, the fancy gym in town has the cheapest option for swimming and it's closer than the other options. We'll see if he forgets about it before then. Cost for the gym will come out of his bonus checks from work.

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« Reply #11507 on: May 21, 2018, 09:59:07 AM »
Noticed that my internet has gone up (one year promo pricing had expired). I called & renegotiated for a lower rate, but it was still higher than initial offer. I get a $75 max reimbursement for work, and previous reimbursement wasn't for the full amount. Filled out an adjustment form, and will get back an extra $7.50/month. Truly small, but free money!

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« Reply #11508 on: May 21, 2018, 10:16:31 AM »
Today I'm editing the essay I wrote last weekend and I always feel like I "deserve" nice food while studying. I started off my day with a fancy, but homemade coffee. At 11 I had a short break during which I made oatmeal-banana-peanutbutter cupcakes. Had a salad at 2, using up ingredients from the fridge and also some soup. My s/o is going to make burgers and fries for dinner, also homemade.

Eating cheap and from scratch is something you just need to do, even if you don't feel like it. I try to make life easier by boiling a few eggs at the same time and making batches of 12 oatmeal cupcakes, so I can always grab a quick, healthy snack.

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« Reply #11509 on: May 21, 2018, 10:36:00 AM »
Making a big crockpot full of pea soup with ham chunks. It has onions, carrots and home made chicken broth made in January and has been frozen since then. I will have a ton of leftovers and pretty cheap considering I will have more than a gallon. Will have with garlic bread! NOM!

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« Reply #11510 on: May 21, 2018, 11:27:24 AM »
ETA: I sauteed the carrot greens in some mushroom and sage-infused olive oil and they were...edible. Barely. I don't think I'll make them again, unless someone has a tried-and-true recipe to share.


I've always found carrot greens too bitter to eat alone.  Small amounts can be added to soups or when you're making broth.  If you grow radishes or get them fresh at the farmer's market, those greens are delicious to me when sauteed.

Thanks, that's good to know. I'm not a big fan of radishes so I don't grow them, but if I ever end up with some radish greens I'll try them out. :)

If you don't like radishes, you won't like the greens which taste, ah, kinda like radishes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11511 on: May 21, 2018, 01:22:40 PM »
Today I'm editing the essay I wrote last weekend and I always feel like I "deserve" nice food while studying. I started off my day with a fancy, but homemade coffee. At 11 I had a short break during which I made oatmeal-banana-peanutbutter cupcakes. Had a salad at 2, using up ingredients from the fridge and also some soup. My s/o is going to make burgers and fries for dinner, also homemade.

Eating cheap and from scratch is something you just need to do, even if you don't feel like it. I try to make life easier by boiling a few eggs at the same time and making batches of 12 oatmeal cupcakes, so I can always grab a quick, healthy snack.

This is so true, I've been having trouble fighting the urge to get takeout lately! I did similar today -- I really wanted to go sit in a cafe and drink fancy coffee while studying. Instead, I made myself an ice coffee and sat out on the patio with my laptop. Instead of procrastinating by people watching, I procrastinated by watching the bees and butterflies in the garden :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11512 on: May 21, 2018, 02:42:32 PM »
ETA: I sauteed the carrot greens in some mushroom and sage-infused olive oil and they were...edible. Barely. I don't think I'll make them again, unless someone has a tried-and-true recipe to share.


I've always found carrot greens too bitter to eat alone.  Small amounts can be added to soups or when you're making broth.  If you grow radishes or get them fresh at the farmer's market, those greens are delicious to me when sauteed.

Not a recipe, but, a neighbor made pesto out of carrot tops and gave us a few jars.  Not too shabby.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11513 on: May 21, 2018, 02:45:24 PM »
I canceled my Wall Street Journal subscription which saves me $35/month or $420/year.
$35 a month invested into index funds @8% gives me $37.060 interest :-P while having $12.600 paid into it in total.

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« Reply #11514 on: May 22, 2018, 01:01:13 AM »
Finally, walked to work again. When I did so last week, I had to report in sick the next day, because I became so allergic to birch trees that had extreme pollen release that day and I felt really awful the next day. Now I have been taking DH's allergy tablets for a whole week and the pollen are moderate. So today walking went well (so far).

Showering at work and washed my hair with shampoo provided at work.
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« Reply #11515 on: May 22, 2018, 06:48:47 AM »
Finally, walked to work again. When I did so last week, I had to report in sick the next day, because I became so allergic to birch trees that had extreme pollen release that day and I felt really awful the next day. Now I have been taking DH's allergy tablets for a whole week and the pollen are moderate. So today walking went well (so far).

Showering at work and washed my hair with shampoo provided at work.
Good idea to shower at work - get that pollen off of you/out of your hair so you have a lesser reaction!  My husband has been biking to work and we are also in full tree allergy season (oak for him) but between Allegra allergy pills and showering at both ends of the commute (when he gets to work and again when he gets home) he is enjoying the exercise.

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« Reply #11516 on: May 22, 2018, 07:32:39 AM »
Returned an item I bought online that didn't quite do what I wanted - I decided to stick with the option I already had instead, since it seems to work better even though it is not what I had in mind.

Shopped around my car and renters insurance policies, for a savings of almost $400/yr over what the old company wanted to charge me.  This company's customer service is worse, but the savings is worth it.

Walked to the library on Sunday to return several items before they went overdue, even though it was raining.  Will walk there again today or tomorrow, when the items I requested come in.

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« Reply #11517 on: May 22, 2018, 08:50:32 AM »
Started doing the allergy shots after seeing an allergist.  They're $10 per shot, and it's 25 shots.  But once it's done it should save me a ton of $$ on allergy medicine.  And make life generally more pleasant.

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« Reply #11518 on: May 22, 2018, 07:11:12 PM »
Made some adjustments to our car insurance policy & saved $86/year.

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« Reply #11519 on: May 22, 2018, 07:22:28 PM »
Cancelled HBO Now before my free trial month was up.  Caught up on Game of Thrones and Veep over during the free trial.

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« Reply #11520 on: May 22, 2018, 07:51:02 PM »
Went to my workplace talent show tonight. We took canned food as a donation. Enjoyed ourselves immensely & got free ice cream for our 3 year old, plus free duck eggs from a co-worker for spouse and me.

Signed up for 50% off teacher discount for both of us tonight. 2 gigs of data plus unlimited talk and text for $20 per month total. Yes, please!

Walked to the grocery store and scored 50 cent fresh pineapple tonight. We bought 8 for $4, plus got free exercise and carried them home in our backpacks.

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« Reply #11521 on: May 22, 2018, 08:10:10 PM »
I finished reading an awesome library book, Tiffany Haddish’s autobiography, The Last Black Unicorn.  She is so funny and so filthy.  Inspiring story too.

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« Reply #11522 on: May 22, 2018, 08:40:26 PM »
Got a scratch-n-dent basic dryer at Best Buy, for over $200 off the sale price.  Used gift cards that I bought at discount. Drove it home myself to save on delivery (added bonus,  was forced to clean the back of our van). Will install ourselves. 

While changing the door side, I hammered out the ding and it looks good as new!

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« Reply #11523 on: May 22, 2018, 09:38:16 PM »
I've been trying to chip away at our grocery budget - DW, who is frugal but not not mustachian, normally controls it.  Discovered today that the Instant Breakfast we mix up (with half-and-half) 2x a day for my underweight, finicky son can be purchased more cheaply online if purchased in bulk from Walmart rather than the local Target, or grocery store (ugh) when Target is out of stock or DW forgets to pick it up there.

Savings $1.50/week, $75/year.  Divide it by 4% and it's close to $2k, plus the additional couple hundreds of bucks saved until we FIRE. 

Yeah, it might not end up being quite that much (eventually we won't need to purchase it), but it's still fun as a thought experiment.  The work to slash the food budget continues. 

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« Reply #11524 on: May 22, 2018, 09:49:39 PM »
Started doing the allergy shots after seeing an allergist.  They're $10 per shot, and it's 25 shots.  But once it's done it should save me a ton of $$ on allergy medicine.  And make life generally more pleasant.

Allergy shots are priceless. They changed my life.

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« Reply #11525 on: May 23, 2018, 12:37:35 AM »
Started doing the allergy shots after seeing an allergist.  They're $10 per shot, and it's 25 shots.  But once it's done it should save me a ton of $$ on allergy medicine.  And make life generally more pleasant.

Allergy shots are priceless. They changed my life.

Interesting to hear.

DH has allergy for birch pollen and some other pollen, as well as for dogs. He is taking allergy pills and nose spray the whole spring and summer. But he thinks it is not worth the hassle to take the shots. From what we have discovered the shots need to be taken every 3 or 4 weeks or so, consequently for a year. And if you fail to take it, it could make your allergy worse. DH thinks he can tackle his allergy with his current meds.

But now I have also become allergic to birch pollen. So I can investigate for myself if I want another alternative. I will try to read up on the matter.

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« Reply #11526 on: May 23, 2018, 10:03:36 AM »
Assembled, leveled and felted my pool table myself. Saved $460, and it's actually tighter and more level than the pros have done previously.

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« Reply #11527 on: May 23, 2018, 10:18:51 AM »
Started doing the allergy shots after seeing an allergist.  They're $10 per shot, and it's 25 shots.  But once it's done it should save me a ton of $$ on allergy medicine.  And make life generally more pleasant.

Allergy shots are priceless. They changed my life.

Interesting to hear.

DH has allergy for birch pollen and some other pollen, as well as for dogs. He is taking allergy pills and nose spray the whole spring and summer. But he thinks it is not worth the hassle to take the shots. From what we have discovered the shots need to be taken every 3 or 4 weeks or so, consequently for a year. And if you fail to take it, it could make your allergy worse. DH thinks he can tackle his allergy with his current meds.

But now I have also become allergic to birch pollen. So I can investigate for myself if I want another alternative. I will try to read up on the matter.

@Linda_Norway -- I also have a birch pollen allergy.  Some people (I'm one of the "lucky" ones) with birch allergy go on to develop allergies to a specific group of foods.  (Google "pollen food syndrome", or "oral allergy syndrome"). Hopefully that does not happen to you and your DH!

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« Reply #11528 on: May 23, 2018, 10:41:14 AM »
Started doing the allergy shots after seeing an allergist.  They're $10 per shot, and it's 25 shots.  But once it's done it should save me a ton of $$ on allergy medicine.  And make life generally more pleasant.

Allergy shots are priceless. They changed my life.

Interesting to hear.

DH has allergy for birch pollen and some other pollen, as well as for dogs. He is taking allergy pills and nose spray the whole spring and summer. But he thinks it is not worth the hassle to take the shots. From what we have discovered the shots need to be taken every 3 or 4 weeks or so, consequently for a year. And if you fail to take it, it could make your allergy worse. DH thinks he can tackle his allergy with his current meds.

But now I have also become allergic to birch pollen. So I can investigate for myself if I want another alternative. I will try to read up on the matter.

I just started the shots and it's once a week for 25 weeks.  Some people go twice a week in which case it's only 12.5 weeks.  They told me if I missed a week that's fine, just don't miss more than 2 in a row.  If you have things like vacations, they can work around that.

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« Reply #11529 on: May 23, 2018, 11:22:29 AM »
Count me in with the allergy crowd.  Pollen, pet dander and some foods.  Stopped receiving shots at age 12, however, when I had an adverse effect.

Last weekend:
Did several mountains of laundry, and ensured the washer and dishwasher had full loads only before running the machines.

DH installed the window AC unit per my request, but I've kept the windows open for a cross breeze whenever possible.

To avoid food waste, I'm utilizing leftovers.

As usual, received 3 months worth of 3 RX via mail to save money and avoid the hassle of standing in line at the pharmacy.

Found 2 greeting cards purchased who knows how long ago when clearing out my home office desk.  This will save me from buying duplicates for upcoming birthdays.

Similar to Arbitrage, I'm also looking at ways to shave $$ off our grocery/HBA bill.  My goal has been $300/month, and I've hit that only once so far this year.

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« Reply #11530 on: May 23, 2018, 12:28:01 PM »
Ok....my savings today revolve around gasoline.  I added 3 friends to my Shell Fuel Rewards circle, so I'll get 75 cents off a gallon for that.  This week, stop and shop has 2X gift card points for gas, so I bought a $500 master card with my new BBVA card that I need to hit $1500 in spending to get $100 bonus.  With other points I've already got and one more gift card to buy on the way home, I'll pick up 20 gallons of gas for 38 cents (not a gallon....total).  How do I pay for the gas, you ask?  Why, with a shell gift card that I bought at stop and shop using one of those master card gift cards.

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« Reply #11531 on: May 23, 2018, 01:02:14 PM »
I locked in on my home oil price for the next heating season a couple of weeks ago at $2.899 a gallon. I just checked the price again today to see what it is and it went up to $2.999 a gallon. So in a way I saved $70. We use around 700 gallons a year.


Any of you who heat with oil check out fixed prices before the go thru the roof!

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« Reply #11532 on: May 23, 2018, 01:08:25 PM »
I locked in on my home oil price for the next heating season a couple of weeks ago at $2.899 a gallon. I just checked the price again today to see what it is and it went up to $2.999 a gallon. So in a way I saved $70. We use around 700 gallons a year.


Any of you who heat with oil check out fixed prices before the go thru the roof!

I called my oil company and they haven't released the pricing yet, but they said it should be this week. I plan on calling them tomorrow. We paid $2.79 i think for our last delivery a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping for a $2.89-$2.99 price range. We only use 450 gallons a year though.

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« Reply #11533 on: May 23, 2018, 04:06:29 PM »
I paid $2.299 last season fixed price. It has gone up a lot. However, I have a list that goes back quite a few years and at one time it was up to $3.799 a gallon.
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« Reply #11534 on: May 23, 2018, 08:29:50 PM »
ETA: I sauteed the carrot greens in some mushroom and sage-infused olive oil and they were...edible. Barely. I don't think I'll make them again, unless someone has a tried-and-true recipe to share.


I've always found carrot greens too bitter to eat alone.  Small amounts can be added to soups or when you're making broth.  If you grow radishes or get them fresh at the farmer's market, those greens are delicious to me when sauteed.

I save carrot greens in a ziplock bag in the freezer along with onion ends, carrot peelings. When the bag is full, I saute in oil, add water and beef or chicken bones, then simmer for a few hours for stock.

Not a recipe, but, a neighbor made pesto out of carrot tops and gave us a few jars.  Not too shabby.  :)

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« Reply #11535 on: May 24, 2018, 11:12:48 AM »
I paid $2.299 last season fixed price. It has gone up a lot. However, I have a list that goes back quite a few years and at one time it was up to $3.799 a gallon.
Hiss, BOO!

I called today and it’s 2.89 a gallon for cash, 2.94 for credit.

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« Reply #11536 on: May 24, 2018, 12:06:21 PM »
I was going to make a big online payment for something, but then it turned out to have a $20 fee for online payment (!) and you can't combine multiple payments into one (e.g. paying 3 months at once) so it really adds up over time. I thought, hmm, if I use my 2% cash back card I would get $14.20 back so it's not THAT bad. But I decided to save the difference and walk to the post office. Savings: $5.80 minus the cost of a stamp.

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« Reply #11537 on: May 24, 2018, 12:17:52 PM »
Bought a gift card and for this we received a 10% coupon for the grocery store.

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« Reply #11538 on: May 24, 2018, 10:19:58 PM »
We're doing demo on our next flip project. Yesterday and today, I worked on removing the hideously ugly and filthy carpet from the stairs. Two types of pad, tack strip with nails every 4", at least two different kinds of staples, and nails on the end of each step for good measure. If I had a dollar for every sharp pointy object I removed, I could take a really nice vacation... just kidding!

Oh, and one more thing...I got my hearing tested at Costco today and I passed!  The exams are no charge for members, woo-hoo! DH got hearing aids at the end of last year and he was sure I needed them, too. Nope!

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« Reply #11539 on: May 25, 2018, 03:41:54 AM »
Went to work on foot. I hope to remember to pick spruce ends to make syrup from.

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« Reply #11540 on: May 25, 2018, 03:42:57 AM »
When walking to work I wanted to pick up a coffee to go at the supermarket, however the coffee machine was cleaning itself so instead of waiting for it to finish I turned around and walked my way to work without coffee.

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« Reply #11541 on: May 25, 2018, 07:39:48 AM »
- Resisted the lure of pizza on my drive home and threw some chicken breasts in the instapot with teriyaki sauce. Made rice and ended up with a much better meal for no extra cost.
- Waited until I had a coupon to buy a side table at Micheal's. It was 25% off your total purchase including sale items so I got the table for $22.50. Also picked up some frames in a hard to fit size for $8/each. They were $15 minimum on Amazon.
- My making it clear that I love used clothes is paying off. My boss gave me 3 blazers, one of which still had tags on! She shops at much fancier places than I do so they are quite nice. I'm wearing one of her former castoffs to work today and have already gotten 2 compliments on it.
- Painted a frame we got as a gift white to match the others in a gallery wall I'm putting together. I already had the white paint for ages.
- It's graduation season and there are lots of events at work. Should end up with some free breakfast which will supplement my leftovers for lunch and an evening snack which might be enough to fill me for dinner. If there's enough left after my coworkers go through, I'll bag up food to take home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11542 on: May 25, 2018, 07:59:29 AM »
Ate free (breakfast) bagels from work for dinner. Skipped going out to a movie for NBA playoffs instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11543 on: May 25, 2018, 08:12:10 AM »
-Bought a $25 travel voucher for $20 for an upcoming flight
-Chased down two expenses reports that hadn't been approved yet. Got them approved & should be getting $1700 or so back in the next day or so. Just in time for yet another international trip :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11544 on: May 26, 2018, 06:25:40 PM »
Biked an errand that was under 2 miles round-trip

Went to a BBQ festival with free tickets my roommate got at work! Live music, free food, even a free VIP pass so I got a free beer. It was only a few blocks away, so we walked and avoided the pricey and limited parking. Also got to visit with some former coworkers we ran into.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11545 on: May 26, 2018, 06:42:18 PM »
Made my own salt scrub for the shower... maybe a few bucks compared to $35 for the one I’m copying. Also stayed home ALL DAY, which I love to do.

Paused my gym membership for a month (maybe two) while my shoulder (hopefully!) heals up, so saving that money. It was self-diagnosed that I needed to take time off, but they told me if I got a note from a doctor or physio, they’d waive the $15 pause fee, so I took the time and made the necessary calls to get the note and emailed it in.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11546 on: May 26, 2018, 07:21:22 PM »
Made a quick trip to the grocery store and forgot my reusable bags. Stubbornly carried five heavy, unwieldy items to the car with no bag rather than paying 10˘.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11547 on: May 27, 2018, 05:05:35 PM »
Knew we were going to want to see Deadpool 2 this weekend, so I redeemed Swagbucks for a Regal Cinema giftcard which almost completely covered the matinee price tickets.  Combined with a trip to Jo-Ann's to pick up some supplies I need, to save gas.  Also, bought only the things I needed from Jo-Ann.  That's always a win when I go in a craft store ;P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11548 on: May 27, 2018, 08:16:38 PM »
This is something my husband did, but I was proud of him!

I was mowing the lawn today and the lawn mower was giving me problems. The motor was stuttery sounding and at one point when I had to take a break it wouldn't start back up. Husband and I looked at YouTube and found some great how-to videos on common lawnmower problems. He then went outside, took the mower apart, cleaned up the fuel lines and air filter, put it back together and put gas back in, and then it started up instantly with no issues. Probably saved us $80 (and waiting to get it back!), if we had taken it to a professional lawnmower repair place. He's also super happy because he got to learn something new.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11549 on: May 27, 2018, 08:29:24 PM »
I got motivated by another post on this forum, and listed two items on FB marketplace. One generated interest immediately, so I met the buyer (in a public place) within 2 hours of posting it. Twenty dollars profit and a piece of junk out from under my bed where it was literally just gathering dust.

While I was out I returned an unneeded item to Target. With the refund, bag credit, and a $2 gift code from Shopkick, I spent exactly $0.32 on needed items.

Then I went to Firehouse Subs and got a free medium meatball sub with my birthday reward, and *nothing else*. No chips, no cookie, no drink. It was so filling I only ate half. Two free meals! Dessert was a piece of chocolate leftover from a previous birthday meal.

As I put groceries away, my roommate mentioned a hankering for lemonade. I pulled out the bottle of lemon juice and made a big pitcher for us to enjoy, all made with items we had on hand instead of running down to the corner store.

A big thing was finally making a proactive SPENDING PLAN, not just retroactively tracking my spending. Here's to a frugal June.