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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11800 on: July 24, 2018, 08:18:04 PM »
1. I discovered that I like $1.47 coffee from McDonalds better than $4 coffee from Starbucks. But, knowing my tendency to overindulge and overspend, I just drank the free coffee at work instead.

2. I did not buy the new Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers because mine still work and serve the same purpose at about $50 cheaper per set.

3. The A/C is set to kick in at 69 degrees instead of my normal sleeping temperature of 65 degrees. I would like 69 degrees to be my new norm.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11801 on: July 24, 2018, 08:47:34 PM »
-- Cut up an old pair of paint shorts into rags
-- saved several foodstuff bags for doggie doo bags and am continuing to supplement with bags from work shipments too
-- picked up an extra shift at work yesterday
-- reused a couple of canvases with works on them that I was no longer thrilled with
-- Drank homemade sweet tea, snacked on bogo strawberries today
-- Lunch was leftover pasta, leftover shrimp, leftover green onion, leftover corn, and leftover cream cheese all mixed into something that was an okay tasting pasta dish....
-- DH and I combined an ice cream date night with our newest 'side hustle'.  Several scooter companies just moved into the area and they are electric.  You can sign up to become 'chargers' for them, picking them up in the evenings and returning them to specified locations in the morning for use.  DH went to an introductory course after being approved online and got 4 chargers.  4 scooters earns a minimum of 20.00 a night for the cost of walking them home and dropping them off in the early morning.....


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« Reply #11802 on: July 25, 2018, 08:15:29 AM »
- Biked to work (and from one work location to another about a mile away) for the 16th time in a row.  Still pretty new, but becoming ingrained.
- Took a co-worker up on some free fresh-caught fish from his deepwater fishing trip.  I can't eat it, but wife and kids can.
- Rejected the 'working lunch' provided, which recommended a $10 donation.  Ate the food I brought/keep in my office instead.  Had to leave the meeting shortly after lunch anyway.
- Convinced brothers to do books only for Christmas gifts for nephews/nieces.  7 (and counting) books per year rather than various more expensive/wasteful plastic toys.  Birthday gifts will hopefully follow at some point; one brother wants to do clothes, which would be ok with me.

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« Reply #11803 on: July 25, 2018, 08:42:12 PM »
-- Considered grabbing dinner out.  Picked up a rotisserie chicken and bagged salad instead. 
-- Leftovers for lunch
-- Shared some homemade cookies with several neighbors.  Spreading community and the calories out ;)
-- Will be meeting a neighbor for a dog park play date tomorrow morning.  Free fun!

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« Reply #11804 on: July 26, 2018, 11:34:31 AM »
-Sold an in room a/c for $230
-made dinner out of leftovers
-Charged car for free at work + ate breakfast & lunch for free at work

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« Reply #11805 on: July 27, 2018, 03:19:13 PM »
Over the past week:

Picked our first English cucumber!
Snacked on strawberries and cherry tomatoes from the garden while watering.
Been opening the windows at night during this weird cool stretch.
Upped the thermostat temp to an average of 79 (4-degree difference between floors).
Made several loaves of bread.
Found a lidded jar that will fit my burgeoning sourdough starter instead of buying a new jar or crock.
Decided not to continue the kids' piano lessons right now. May start again later.
Made a detailed grocery list based on sales ads and recipes we'll actually make.

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« Reply #11806 on: July 27, 2018, 03:21:38 PM »
Fixed my lawn mower.  I bought it from the thrift store last year for $20.  (It was marked $40, and I would have paid it.  It's a nice mower.  I asked the employee if we could try to start it, mostly so I could make sure it wasn't seized.  He told me it didn't work, agreed anyway, and when it didn't start, knocked half off for some reason.)  Cleaned the carbs last year, and it was fine.  Has been having issues starting, and finally stopped completely the other day.  So I checked the carbs again.  They were fine.  Paid 5 bucks for a spark plug, popped it in, and it runs like new again.

Haven't eaten out (and paid myself) in weeks.  Bringing lunch and dinners with me everywhere in my $2 thrift store playmate cooler.

Working a bonus gig this weekend and last, doubling my take home for the month.

Taking advantage of all the free birthday deals I can find.  I mean... I'll pay for all the junk food in other ways, but it won't be financially! :)

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« Reply #11807 on: July 27, 2018, 03:56:37 PM »
-Ate leftovers for lunch
-Husband drove our electric car while I stayed home (working from home)
-Making homemade naan pizza for dinner
-Cleaned up our train table & boxed all Legos. Listed both on our local Facebook swap. Must not have priced the Legos correctly, because have had 5 responses in 10 minutes :-)
-Considered getting the kids a new organizer, now that the train table has outlived its usefulness. Instead, remembered that we had a few awkward enclosed shelves nearby (I hate them, but they are nevertheless in our living room), which will work well for electronics and Magic card storage. All clutter is now removed from my living room & it looks so much better.
-Made 2.5 dozen muffins out of a few elderly bananas

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« Reply #11808 on: July 28, 2018, 01:34:51 AM »

-We have been considering getting a dog for a year or so, since our last pup went from old age in 2016. We've been looking for something that meets both of our needs: I wanted a well-behaved rescue dog that isn't super large or loud, DH had his heart set on the same breed as our last (lab/retriever) but they are hard to come by (and expensive)!

Last week we were asked to watch a friends dog when they went out of town - a week on, we've been having a great time, and they've just asked if we will consider keeping the dog permanently (as they travel a heap for work and the dog doesn't get enough attention)! It's a beautiful small lab, 4 years old, well-trained and quiet. Having had her for the past few weeks has been a great trial, we know she isn't destructive or barky, and it has just worked out perfectly! Bonus, she is out of the tough puppy training stage, and comes with dog bed/toys/remaining food and tick treatment, which will save us big $$$!

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« Reply #11809 on: July 28, 2018, 04:28:31 AM »

-We have been considering getting a dog for a year or so, since our last pup went from old age in 2016. We've been looking for something that meets both of our needs: I wanted a well-behaved rescue dog that isn't super large or loud, DH had his heart set on the same breed as our last (lab/retriever) but they are hard to come by (and expensive)!

Last week we were asked to watch a friends dog when they went out of town - a week on, we've been having a great time, and they've just asked if we will consider keeping the dog permanently (as they travel a heap for work and the dog doesn't get enough attention)! It's a beautiful small lab, 4 years old, well-trained and quiet. Having had her for the past few weeks has been a great trial, we know she isn't destructive or barky, and it has just worked out perfectly! Bonus, she is out of the tough puppy training stage, and comes with dog bed/toys/remaining food and tick treatment, which will save us big $$$!

That sounds like a perfect match @11ducks !  Congrats to both you and your new dog. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11810 on: July 28, 2018, 05:28:45 AM »
I did grown up things and went to the dermatologist where she promptly removed two moles. Proactively removing potential skin cancer before it becomes an expensive issue is a money saver, right? Totally counts.

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« Reply #11811 on: July 28, 2018, 08:03:57 AM »
I did grown up things and went to the dermatologist where she promptly removed two moles. Proactively removing potential skin cancer before it becomes an expensive issue is a money saver, right? Totally counts.

Totally counts in my book! Well done!

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« Reply #11812 on: July 28, 2018, 04:20:20 PM »
I love this thread! Little do you all know that you’re about to become my accountability buddies:

1. Brought lunch from home 3 days this week.
2. Discovered $360 in last year’s FSA that I will use to reimburse myself for vision expenses. (Does this count?)
3. DH canceled our very unnecessary Vonage plan! $374/year in savings. Decreased our data plan with our cell phones, which gives us the option to sign up for a paperless and automatic payment that will save an additional $10/month for remainder of contract.
4. DH also willing to switch to Metro PCS at end of contract, giving additional $40/month savings.
5. Went to bank and got free paper wrappers for loose change.

#3 and #4 are monetarily small, but a major step for us. Just two or three weeks ago, I explained MMM and FIRE to DH, and he wasn’t really interested. But there’s been a sudden change of heart!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11813 on: July 28, 2018, 05:28:52 PM »
Saved my wife $1.49 on bread by calling out the deal the register didn't process when it rang up wrong at the register.

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« Reply #11814 on: July 28, 2018, 08:44:28 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

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« Reply #11815 on: July 29, 2018, 05:05:32 AM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11816 on: July 29, 2018, 01:04:24 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

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« Reply #11817 on: July 29, 2018, 04:10:34 PM »
Paul Newman's Organic French Roast Keurig K-cups (not decaf).
Folgers Black Silk Keurig K-cups (not decaf).

These are both pretty strong coffee's.

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« Reply #11818 on: July 29, 2018, 04:55:24 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

Buy from your local coffee shop/roaster and use a french press? 

Or... if it will make it easier to leave Starbucks, just buy their brand, it's going to be better tasting brewed at home than in store anyway.  Eventually you can move to something else. 

In my opinion K-cups are awful.  Awful taste, awful for the environment, awfully expensive... just awful! 

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« Reply #11819 on: July 29, 2018, 05:02:29 PM »
-Made homemade tomato sauce using tomatoes I froze when we went out of town (+bonus leftovers that were sliced from a barbecue yesterday) & fresh basil from our yard. Made 2 liters of fresh tomato sauce for the freezer
-Made a homemade peach/nectarine salad yesterday using basil from the garden. My husband wanted to buy something pre-made, but I convinced him this would be better. :-)
-Made homemade hummus for our barbecue
-Returned an item for a small credit ($4)
-Building our 2019 budget, and working through the details using a proposed part-time schedule for me. Numbers look awesome & will allow us a lot of flexibility in our transitional period!
-Making homemade curry for dinner tonight, using ingredients we had on hand. (With the exception of $.50 worth of cilantro)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11820 on: July 29, 2018, 05:27:57 PM »
We have a hotel stay coming up, and I happened to notice that the hotel was having a new promotion ($25 Amazon gift card for online reservations made this week).  I had already made the reservation earlier, but I called the hotel to ask if I could get in on it, and they said yes.  Sometimes all you have to do is ask . . . :)

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« Reply #11821 on: July 29, 2018, 09:03:57 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???
   I buy bags of clearance coffee at my local supermarket.  It's a local cultural thing to avoid coffee, lucky me.  Then I make cold brew coffee in the summer, pour over coffee in the winter. 

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« Reply #11822 on: July 29, 2018, 09:10:51 PM »
Not a little thing,  a BIG thing.  Today we sold my daughter's horse.  She went to an excellent home with people who can afford to care for her.  My daughter LOVES that horse, but she realized that her focus is on other things right now.   We are both happy and a little sad.   DD has also been invited to visit whenever she likes. 

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« Reply #11823 on: July 30, 2018, 07:45:39 AM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???
   I buy bags of clearance coffee at my local supermarket.  It's a local cultural thing to avoid coffee, lucky me.  Then I make cold brew coffee in the summer, pour over coffee in the winter.

Utah? :)

This is how I save on my tea.  Got some Harney and Sons specialty stuff for $2.00 a tin the other day.

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« Reply #11824 on: July 30, 2018, 12:36:04 PM »
Saved $0.25 by line drying my clothes instead of using the electric dryer.

Watched a movie online for zero OOP using Amazon Prime "slow shipping" digital credits.

Deposited $10 in an investment account from sale of a cookbook through Amazon.

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« Reply #11825 on: July 30, 2018, 02:04:35 PM »
I waited too long this morning to start my bike in to work.

I left at 8AM, but I did my best to keep up with a much faster bike commuter ahead of me. I got to work just in time at 8:15 AM.

Saved myself $6 in parking (plus a bit in gas), 30 minutes in traffic after work and I burned about 175kcal.

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« Reply #11826 on: July 30, 2018, 02:06:22 PM »
I'm slowly redoing my laundry room because it's not set up well, despite being a large space (5'5" x 7'7"). I was able to move the machines over and built a laundry cart to slide in between them to hold detergent/ other stuff currently on the too high shelves. A cart online that fit was in the $50- $60 range. I was friendly with the guys at Lowes so they found me some scrap wood that would fit and cut it all down for me. I had wood filler, paint and screws at home so all it cost me was the casters. Bonus: no more socks getting lost in the gaps between the machines or struggling with trying to reach the detergent on the high shelf.


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« Reply #11827 on: July 30, 2018, 11:11:57 PM »
2 things.

We were recently traveling and we were notified we exceeded data usage on our phones. But we didn't actually exceed our data limit. So we called and the confirmed it was OK and we would not be charged more than $100 for roaming. Got home and they actually charged us $180. Spent a painful 50 min on the phone but got the $80 back.

Same trip, we were over charged 3 times by a hotel.  All 3 were pending and when I called VISA to complain they said just wait and try to deal with the hotel.  Emailed the hotel. 2 miraculously disappeared, and the 3rd was refunded.  But due to currency conversion we lost almost $75.  Called Visa to complain again. They are refunding the $75.       

So $155 and priceless vindication.

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« Reply #11828 on: July 31, 2018, 05:02:35 AM »
I'm slowly redoing my laundry room because it's not set up well, despite being a large space (5'5" x 7'7"). I was able to move the machines over and built a laundry cart to slide in between them to hold detergent/ other stuff currently on the too high shelves. A cart online that fit was in the $50- $60 range. I was friendly with the guys at Lowes so they found me some scrap wood that would fit and cut it all down for me. I had wood filler, paint and screws at home so all it cost me was the casters. Bonus: no more socks getting lost in the gaps between the machines or struggling with trying to reach the detergent on the high shelf.

This is awesome @marcela!  Good job

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« Reply #11829 on: July 31, 2018, 06:45:55 AM »
- Brought cold brewed coffee from home to work
- Packed my Breakfast & Lunch (have every day this year...and last year)
- We have an office party today and I will volunteer to clean up in exchange for the leftovers.
- Walked a puppy before work at ~6am +$20 (I guess this is money MADE, not SAVED?)
.... That's it so far, but it's only 8:40am, hopefully more to come! :)

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« Reply #11830 on: July 31, 2018, 10:18:31 AM »
On the phone with the landline company here at the office to ask why our bill increased by $50 over last month.  The rep said the old bundle program expired.  (I love their warning.  Note my sarcasm.)  Their new bundle package will put as at $10 less than we were originally paying.  We'll see.

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« Reply #11831 on: July 31, 2018, 01:29:01 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

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« Reply #11832 on: July 31, 2018, 03:26:40 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

Seconded. Itís sold in 3-lb packs of whole beans at about $5.20/lb. We grind it for drip coffee (we use a hot water kettle and pour-over carafe) and it makes very rich and flavorful coffee.

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« Reply #11833 on: July 31, 2018, 04:55:40 PM »
Saved $0.20 bringing my own mug for coffee and shopping bags to the grocery

Saved $0.25 line-drying

Saved $2 buy using slow-shipping credits to watch a family movie

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« Reply #11834 on: July 31, 2018, 05:25:16 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

Seconded. Itís sold in 3-lb packs of whole beans at about $5.20/lb. We grind it for drip coffee (we use a hot water kettle and pour-over carafe) and it makes very rich and flavorful coffee.

This is key, IME - grinding.  If you buy the beans and grind them at home in a good burr grinder, you can get a very nice cup of coffee for very little $$.

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« Reply #11835 on: July 31, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »
-Free breakfast & lunch at work
-Picked up a new book off of the freebie table
-Leftovers for dinner (we cook only on Friday/Saturday/Sunday & do leftovers during the week)
-Drove with my husband to pick up the car. He suggested an Uber, but we did the round trip in 35 minutes & saved about $20.
-Called about a discount code that dropped off an order after it was placed, & was credited $20

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« Reply #11836 on: July 31, 2018, 09:09:01 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

Tip @Roadrunner53 & @OtherJen - I have a friend who has one and he figured out how to hack it to get super-cheap CO2 canisters for it.  Now he does it at a fraction of the cost.  (He is FI already, though he works part-time - from a chair by a beautiful lake - now for something to do.)

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« Reply #11837 on: July 31, 2018, 09:43:06 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

Youíre right, we usually make seltzer although husband has the minerals and sometimes makes mineral water and club soda. I think he found the recipe online. We havenít done tonic water yet, but itís on his list of things to try.

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« Reply #11838 on: July 31, 2018, 10:15:22 PM »
We have a hotel stay coming up, and I happened to notice that the hotel was having a new promotion ($25 Amazon gift card for online reservations made this week).  I had already made the reservation earlier, but I called the hotel to ask if I could get in on it, and they said yes.  Sometimes all you have to do is ask . . . :)

Bolded the above: indeed.  I ask for a cash discount on anything over $100; you would be surprised how often and how much I save...

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« Reply #11839 on: August 01, 2018, 12:13:50 PM »
Quickly pulled into a gas station that was still 10 cents cheaper than the rest of them.

Saved $3.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11840 on: August 01, 2018, 01:34:19 PM »
Managed to keep the A/C off for all but two days of the latest heat wave.  One of the days was a bit too far gone, and the other day we had company over (plus we were home all day; it's easier to keep it off when we're gone until 5-6 pm, at which point the sea breezes have started to kick in).

Makes a big difference to conserve where I live in SoCal, since the coastal communities (I'm near-coastal) pay very high rates, subsidizing the rates for the scorchingly hot inland areas (which still have high rates, but they're given much larger electricity allowances before increasing their price tiers). 

Also, we canceled my daughter's swim class.  Didn't do it to save money, but alas, it'll save us some money until we enroll her in something new (probably not until September/October as she's already dealing with a lot of transitions right now).  We got what we needed out of it, and she wasn't enjoying it any longer. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11841 on: August 02, 2018, 05:56:42 AM »
- Took home leftovers at an office party as well as ate lunch at the office party and then ate my packed lunch for my dinner later that day. Score.

- Made frozen grain bags at home.  I've been buying these grain mix frozen bags at Aldi, but they're $2.50-$3 each.  They have a mix of grains and veggies that can serve as a base for a protein and make a whole meal.  I made Orzo, Quionoa, White Rice, Black Rice, Chopped Spinach, onions, and carrots and sautťed them all together with a veggie broth I'd made from scratch a few weeks back (the last jar, was about to go bad, PHEW).  It cost about $5 and made six large backs that will make two meal bases each.  I froze them flat.


- Reused plastic grocery store bags for the dogs that I walk through Rover before and after work.


- Refilled both of my water bottles before I left work each day this week.  We have a well and it keeps getting rainwater saturated.  I rent, so I can't really do anything about it.  S0..... I have to buy water to drink (it's ok to bathe in etc.)... If I fill me water bottles at work that usually gets me through the evening until I'm back at work the next morning.


- Worked on my Capsule Wardrobe yesterday.  I made an inventory list and packed up 3 bags to give away.  When I'm done with the project/it goes into maintenance mode, it will help me with decision fatigue, will stock my wardrobe with more classic well-made/longer lasting clothing, and will get me down to about 50 pieces of clothing (counting shoes, bags, belts, etc. - everything but unders).... this will free up closet space in my very small apartment.  I could use that space to flip craigslist items (store them in there in the meantime), buy more grocery items in bulk (I usually have trouble with this with only one normal sized cabinet in the kitchen (you should SEE the weird stuff I have stored in the fridge), or who knows what?  I'm excited about this one.  One interesting thing I discovered while doing this?  I do not own a dress.  Not even one.  Ha.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11842 on: August 02, 2018, 11:50:09 AM »
Our Walmart Savings Catcher is now up to $8.09!  Not bad for DINKS....

Picked up a penny over the weekend.

Didn't stop for fast food on the way home from the big city yesterday, and stopped for a water, cheese stick and small bag of nuts at the C store on the way home.  Savings approx $8.  Ideally, I would have had an extra protein bar stashed in my bag instead, but I need to restock on payday.

Saved .03/gal at the pump using my value card.  Savings $0.59.

Still waiting for the credit to be put back on our office LL bill.  The CSR said to check it in a few days, which it's been.  I'll check again tomorrow....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11843 on: August 02, 2018, 01:27:00 PM »
Brought my lunch
Made approx $10 on ibotta and Checkout 51 offers when buying snacks for work
Combined trips downtown to go to the library and bank on the way to pick up kids from daycare

Non-mustachian - buying some new running shoes today at the local runner shop. I could get them online or delay longer but I like supporting the local business, and standing at markets and craft fairs in the old ones is starting to hurt my  back!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11844 on: August 03, 2018, 03:12:41 AM »
My younger brother visited me last night and he paid the groceries so that I would cook him dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11845 on: August 03, 2018, 12:08:58 PM »
Took lunch to work as usual.

Used my beginner hypermiling techniques on my commute (easy on the throttle, thoughtful use of acceleration, coasting when able, etc.) to improve gas mileage.  I have figured I save $0.45 per day on my commute by doing this.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11846 on: August 03, 2018, 12:55:41 PM »
- Collected eggs from the hens on the farm I live on (rent) and hardboiled them for meals this weekend.

- Continued to use my little Panda style washer/spin dryer instead of bartering for laundry or going to a laundry mat (my least favorite place in the universe).  I've had it for about 6 months now and LOVE IT.

- Did not stop for to-go coffee even though I was nearly nodding at the wheel.  Cracked the windows and blared the radio the 8 more miles home and made a direct path to the cold brew in my fridge when I got home.  Ha.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11847 on: August 03, 2018, 06:12:31 PM »
Cut my hair.  I bought a good set of clippers for about $60 a few years ago now, probably about 60 haircuts ago.  $1 haircuts?  Yes please.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11848 on: August 04, 2018, 09:59:15 AM »
When we were caught in a downpour on the way home from the pool, I didn't buy a cheap umbrella or rain poncho from the Bangladeshi guy who appeared out of nowhere selling them.  Instead, I made scootering home in the rain a fun game for my 6 year old. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11849 on: August 04, 2018, 12:25:18 PM »
-Dinner from the freezer last night
-Made muffins using overly ripe bananas
-Made hummus from extra cilantro & a few garden jalapenos
-Made chocolate chip cookies for a lunch we're having this afternoon