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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11550 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11551 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 #11552 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 #11553 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 #11554 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 #11555 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 #11556 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 #11557 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 its 2.89 a gallon for cash, 2.94 for credit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11558 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 #11559 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 #11560 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 #11561 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 #11562 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 #11563 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 #11564 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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« Reply #11565 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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« Reply #11566 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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« Reply #11567 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 Im 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, theyd 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 #11568 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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« Reply #11569 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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« Reply #11570 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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« Reply #11571 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.

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« Reply #11572 on: May 27, 2018, 08:30:17 PM »
Kroger apparently really wants people to use clicklist (grocery pickup), so they sent a coupon out for $20 off a $50 order.  I'll take 40% off my groceries any day!  I stacked that with some other coupons and picked up $60 worth of groceries for $26 bucks!  Groceries that I'll actually use, of course. Three different kinds of beans, lots of brown rice, and a few other things.  I'll have to keep my eye out for more coupons like that.
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« Reply #11573 on: May 28, 2018, 02:50:31 AM »
We have Peapod here in CT and sometimes I get a postcard in the mail from them and they offer $25 off groceries and free delivery to my house. I only got the $25 off one time that I can remember but have gotten free delivery many times. However, I give the delivery guy a tip so not quite FREE! But I would have given the guy a tip regardless of free delivery.

I have a postcard here that expired that was $5 of $100 spent in groceries but no free delivery. Delivery is around $6.95. Well worth it.

My only gripe is that one time I wanted two sweet potatoes for baking...like baked potatoes. The selected 2 potatoes that were the size of eggs! I could have called PP and they would have taken it off my bill but I didn't. They are very good like that and take coupons too.

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« Reply #11574 on: May 28, 2018, 06:28:33 AM »
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.

Well done.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11575 on: May 28, 2018, 08:24:47 AM »
I work at a restaurant/cafe/store and have been getting tons of free food: a leftover breakfast pie with eggs and sausage, a free bottle of ketchup someone sent us, a few leftover avocado halves, scallion ends that I will regrow in water on a windowsill, a jar of artichoke hearts. All these things were destined for the trash. A customer also brought me three homemade hot sauces since we've had lots of talks about fermentation experiments. My grocery bill this month is super low!

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« Reply #11576 on: May 28, 2018, 09:58:35 AM »
Drank coffee at home rather than getting one at the supermarket.

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« Reply #11577 on: May 28, 2018, 10:34:04 AM »
Drank coffee at home rather than getting one at the supermarket.

My s/o is so frugal I'm almost ashamed of it. Instead of going to AH at the train station where you pay for coffee, he goes to the regular AH where coffee is free and buys something like 1 apple or 1 banana. Fruit is sold by weight, so it's not more expensive to buy a single banana or apple every time. 

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« Reply #11578 on: May 28, 2018, 11:48:54 AM »
I actually spent some money. I bought a bunch of food, mostly veggies. I am going to cook and dry it to make dried food to take along on back pack trips. The idea is: add boiling water, stirr, keep warm for 15 minutes and eat.
The drie food that we used to buy costs now twice as much or more than it did a few years ago. So since 2 years I make my own dried food.

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« Reply #11579 on: May 28, 2018, 01:08:52 PM »
I went to a free arts festival, and left my wallet in the car. I wore a hat and took a bottle of water, and had a snack before we left. I spend zero dollars, not even on parking. I saw a lot of art and didn't feel the pull to buy anything badly enough to walk back the several blocks to get my wallet. Came home and ate a leftover sandwich and made a lime soda out of a lime that was about to turn and the last of the plain soda water.

In the past, I would've look at it as an excuse to spend--"they're artists!" It probably comes from a poor childhood, where special occasions like field trips were the only time we got pocket money to spend as we wished. Now I provide my own pocket money, and it can be a special occasion any time I want, so I've had to work through my early money programming.

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« Reply #11580 on: May 28, 2018, 04:50:35 PM »
Was browsing the Free Events website for Denver:

https://www.denver.org/events/free-denver-events/

Saw that there was a new miniature gold set up at DIA, took my family plus a friend for a few hours of fun.  Only had to pay for parking. 
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« Reply #11581 on: May 28, 2018, 11:50:37 PM »
Free leftover sandwiches at work yesterday. Took one home to eat for dinner.

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« Reply #11582 on: May 29, 2018, 07:01:05 AM »
Got up early to bake a cake instead of buying dessert for a meeting.

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« Reply #11583 on: May 29, 2018, 10:25:25 AM »
- Went to the craft store with my MIL since she doesn't have one in her town. Resisted buying anything despite her pushing on it. This is a big deal for me.
- After hosting my ILs all weekend, we didn't feel like cooking last night and noshed on snacky stuff at the house. This means no leftovers for lunch, but I'll eat the random stuff I have stashed at my desk.
- Scheduling a work trip to coincide with my nephew's birthday next week. I'll get mileage and tolls covered and it's a visit I needed to make soon anyway.

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« Reply #11584 on: May 29, 2018, 07:38:01 PM »
We had left over salmon in the fridge, but nothing to go with it.  Looked through my spice rack & saw some old Saffron, so I made saffron rice to go with the salmon.  Yummy, cheap meal at home and I'm getting better about reducing food waste. 
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« Reply #11585 on: May 30, 2018, 04:06:34 AM »
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« Reply #11586 on: May 30, 2018, 04:15:30 AM »
No direct savings today, but I decided to not save for tuition and instead just pay the 24 fee for paying in terms.

I don't know when but something just clicked and I realized I can't plan to join the 'dont payoff your mortgage club' but simultaneously decide to save up a couple thousand and let it rot for a year.

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« Reply #11587 on: May 30, 2018, 07:28:24 AM »
I overspent during the holiday weekend (worth it!), and to stick to my budget, I'm digging through the cupboards and freezer in lieu of grocery shopping this week. So far, I'm not starving!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11588 on: May 30, 2018, 08:33:07 AM »
- Went to the craft store with my MIL since she doesn't have one in her town. Resisted buying anything despite her pushing on it. This is a big deal for me.

I get this. My mother is a 'stuff' person, and her love language is gifts, so when she comes to visit all she wants to do is shop. It's been *years* trying to redirect her good intentions, and I feel like we've finally hit a place that is a happy medium for both of us. (I've started making a list of things I need when she comes to visit, like replacement socks for my holy ones or a new casual skirt to replace the three I just cleared out of my closet that were too small, so I can productively focus.)

It helps that she has a grandchild that is growing like a weed and that we just lost the hook-up for his awesome, gender neutral hand-me-downs...

Yesterday I:
--had leftovers for lunch yesterday.
--kept the lights off when I work at home to keep cooling and electric costs down.
--started a list of meal-prep ideas for when I start the new job, to keep the 'eating out' costs to a minimum on my long days! This list will help direct my grocery shopping so I don't 'forget' the groceries I need to make this happen.

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« Reply #11589 on: May 30, 2018, 08:37:57 AM »
- Went to the craft store with my MIL since she doesn't have one in her town. Resisted buying anything despite her pushing on it. This is a big deal for me.

I get this. My mother is a 'stuff' person, and her love language is gifts, so when she comes to visit all she wants to do is shop. It's been *years* trying to redirect her good intentions, and I feel like we've finally hit a place that is a happy medium for both of us. (I've started making a list of things I need when she comes to visit, like replacement socks for my holy ones or a new casual skirt to replace the three I just cleared out of my closet that were too small, so I can productively focus.)

It helps that she has a grandchild that is growing like a weed and that we just lost the hook-up for his awesome, gender neutral hand-me-downs...

Yesterday I:
--had leftovers for lunch yesterday.
--kept the lights off when I work at home to keep cooling and electric costs down.
--started a list of meal-prep ideas for when I start the new job, to keep the 'eating out' costs to a minimum on my long days! This list will help direct my grocery shopping so I don't 'forget' the groceries I need to make this happen.

It would be less tricky if she was giving this stuff to us, but instead she will push me to buy things with my money. She berated me for having an older sewing machine and was harassing me to buy a new one with fancy features and a serger. These are not things I need and even if they were I would not be buying them on a spur of the moment trip based on whatever the local store had in stock that day.

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« Reply #11590 on: May 30, 2018, 03:56:15 PM »
Replaced the toilet fill valve today.   Cost $12 and took around 2 hours,  including time spent learning how to fix it and going to the store to buy new valve.  Probably saved a coupe hundreds.

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« Reply #11591 on: May 30, 2018, 05:20:14 PM »
Got an e-mail alert for a coupon for - two free tickets to the movies. Yay - I hardly ever go to the movies, but there is a new movie out that I'd like to see and I can invite my gf for free too :) double yay!

Harvested some celery from my garden - for soup tomorrow.

Mr. H. fixed the leaky sink in the kitchen - saved us from calling the plumber.

Keep saving my coffee grounds and leftover tea and tea bags for fertilizer for the roses, geraniums, figs and lime tree.

Tomorrow I plan on harvesting some fresh Mojito Mint - Mojitos:) in the gazebo.

Figured out that the bulky setting on my washing machine will work for a large throw rug that I was considering getting rid off - last ditch effort - worked like a charm.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11592 on: May 31, 2018, 01:25:31 AM »
Finally, I have the time and the situation to walk to work again. It is still very hot outside, so I hope that in the afternoon I manage to walk up that long hill in the sun without getting a heat stroke. The rest is through a forest and flat. I brought a bottle of water with some sports drink.

Tomorrow I am planning to visit a second hand market to look for certain books. The usually cost about 3 dollars per book during such an event, much cheaper than buying them second hand at an antique book store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11593 on: May 31, 2018, 10:02:13 AM »
Reviewed my monthly and annual subscriptions (aka leeches) and cancelled annual comic book subscription ($60). Called the NYT to cancel and they gave me 50% off for 52 weeks.

Total savings: $158/year
Still on the books: $712/year :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11594 on: May 31, 2018, 10:24:13 AM »
I hate magazine subscriptions. They always want you to renew like 9 months before the subscription ends and they keep pestering you. I used to get so annoyed with my Hubs magazine subscriptions that he insisted I take care of. Hahahaha, when he retired, I told him to take care of them. Well, it didn't take him long to decide he despised the pestering and renewal demands. He has since cancelled about 3 subscriptions. I told him now you know why I was crabbing all the time about these STUPID magazines! Then there are bogus companies that get your name and try to get you to renew thru them instead of the magazine itself. Do not renew thru those jerks!

I got scammed on a low cost subscription by this company that seemed legit. I never got a renewal and never got my money back even though I contacted the BBB and other agencies. These people were evil. They kept telling these agencies they would refund my money and never did. By the way, they were from Arizona. So beware of any magazine renewal companies from there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11595 on: May 31, 2018, 10:51:23 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.

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.  :)

I recall reading someplace that carrot greens are toxic and contain strychnine. Asked the google and it seems the advice is mixed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11596 on: May 31, 2018, 12:40:42 PM »
I hate magazine subscriptions. They always want you to renew like 9 months before the subscription ends and they keep pestering you. I used to get so annoyed with my Hubs magazine subscriptions that he insisted I take care of. Hahahaha, when he retired, I told him to take care of them. Well, it didn't take him long to decide he despised the pestering and renewal demands. He has since cancelled about 3 subscriptions. I told him now you know why I was crabbing all the time about these STUPID magazines! Then there are bogus companies that get your name and try to get you to renew thru them instead of the magazine itself. Do not renew thru those jerks!

I got scammed on a low cost subscription by this company that seemed legit. I never got a renewal and never got my money back even though I contacted the BBB and other agencies. These people were evil. They kept telling these agencies they would refund my money and never did. By the way, they were from Arizona. So beware of any magazine renewal companies from there.

So true. I used to have a subscription. When I cancelled it, they kept calling me with offers for other magazines. After a year or two it finally stopped.

I am slightly thinking about taking a 3 month for cheap subacription offer for a financial magazine. But it is not motivating to know they won't leave you alone after that. I guess I'd better continue to listen to the free podcast from that magazine.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11597 on: May 31, 2018, 01:27:05 PM »
Spent $34 on plants and DH planted them garden last night (we're in the Rockies, hence the short growing season).

Fingers crossed for a successful harvest and reduced grocery bills later this summer!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11598 on: May 31, 2018, 03:10:24 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.  :)

I find that they can be mixed with spinach or other greens and either sauteed or made into pesto. They are not edible alone IMO! Need to be blended with more mild-flavored greens.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11599 on: May 31, 2018, 04:17:07 PM »
A neighbor is moving and I mentioned to her that I'd be interested in a any food she was going to throw away. She gave me the contents of her giant freezer. I kept half (threw the bread away) and got tons of meat, fish and veggies. Took all the open bags of fruits and veggies that were freezer burnt and fed them to the chickens. She said she's emptying the fridge tomorrow - I will have to see if I can score that too.
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