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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11950 on: August 06, 2018, 07:00:09 AM »
- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11951 on: August 06, 2018, 07:08:13 AM »
- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11952 on: August 06, 2018, 07:29:01 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - can you install a water filter? May be a more economical long term solution. We have terribly hard water, and had a filter installed when we moved in.

-As for us, we made dinner at home (taco quesadillas for the kids, because they asked for a "new" version of taco leftovers). We also drove to the airport to pick up my husband vs having him take an uber. Drove our electric car.
-My husband won $5k in a tournament, so that was not small, but a fun thing to celebrate last night

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11953 on: August 06, 2018, 08:55:16 AM »
We do have a Cuno water filter in the basement where the water comes in the house from the well. However, as far as I know that filter is for filtering out sand from the well. Not sure what type of filter would take out the hard water particles.

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« Reply #11954 on: August 06, 2018, 09:13:50 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - if you search on Amazon, they have sink side filters for hard water. They connect under the kitchen sink & then have a little tap that you put on the side. https://www.amazon.com/Under-Sink-Countertop-Filtration-Cartridge-Water-Softeners/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A13397611%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A3836908011

It does take up some under sink space (we have our garbage can on the side of the counter vs under the sink), but it's worth it. May want to check one out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11955 on: August 06, 2018, 09:24:47 AM »
I just received a renewal for an American Express card and I owe $50 membership fee. I have not used this card in years and want to call and cancel it but have heard it affect your credit rating. Is this true and why would credit be affected by getting rid of a credit card? My credit rating is way, way up there so I am not really that concerned. Anyone have advice?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11956 on: August 06, 2018, 09:42:46 AM »
The Aldi near my work has them for $0.60, the other Aldi is $0.69 I think.  There's also a Food Lion (awful grocery store otherwise) on my route home from work that always has one of the store brands knocked down to $0.65.

I never thought about hard water ruining coffee makers, but I've lived in so many places and in some.. my coffee makers were ruined after living there for some time.  Interesting!

- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11957 on: August 06, 2018, 10:05:30 AM »

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

You list your only reason to by water for coffee as financial. I can buy a $20 coffee maker any day of the week. With time, I can get a used, higher quality one at Goodwill for $7.

Are you claiming you can only get 23 pots of coffee before your hard water ruins a coffeemaker? Really? Less than 1 month?

We also have hard water. Our makers still last years. Just run a few cups of vinegar through the maker(pass it through 2 times in a row), then run 2 pots of water and discard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11958 on: August 06, 2018, 11:54:31 AM »

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

You list your only reason to by water for coffee as financial. I can buy a $20 coffee maker any day of the week. With time, I can get a used, higher quality one at Goodwill for $7.

Are you claiming you can only get 23 pots of coffee before your hard water ruins a coffeemaker? Really? Less than 1 month?

We also have hard water. Our makers still last years. Just run a few cups of vinegar through the maker(pass it through 2 times in a row), then run 2 pots of water and discard.

Vinegar is also a great general cleaner.  It'll also help to keep the coffee maker clean (in addition to removing the hard water buildup).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11959 on: August 07, 2018, 06:20:21 AM »
- I was so dang tired on my commute home last night that I had resigned myself to allowing myself to eat out for lunch today at work Vs. putting together some meals + snacks (I eat a lot of little things throughout the day and am often gone for 12+ hours).  By the time I got home I decided I could power through.  I set a timer for 20 minutes, and promised myself I would only do what fit in that 20m... and packed my lunch, did my chores, set out my clothes for work, and took a shower.  Yay!  Go me!


- Brought homebrewed coffee with almond milk to work with me Vs. store/cafe bought.


- Figured out a way to work one of my personal errands in to one of my work errands so that I won't have to make an extra trip.  Work is ok with this.


- Started shopping on Tire Rack dot com as I know I need new tires soon (and I used to be that person who would just go until one blew out (scary, always), throw a donut on it for a few days, and THEN solve the problem, but that's too stressful, I'm getting ahead of it this time!)… Also spoke to the mechanic at our fleet vehicle shop at work so that I'll be able to use that shop at a discounted rate to put the tires on when they arrive.   

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« Reply #11960 on: August 07, 2018, 06:58:04 AM »
It's 38 C outside today, we've had extremely hot and dry weather for more than a month now. My local supermarket is clearing out their socks and underwear isle to make space for the next season's collection (yes, there is such a thing as sock fashion ... apparantly) and the prices are always extremely low. Normally the most common sizes sell out in a very short time, but when it's 38 C outside, no one thinks about buying socks for the upcoming autumn / winter. I bought 7 new pairs of socks for €3 :) 

Plus, due to the weather we haven't had a proper hot meal in days. It's just too hot to prepare any food and we're living off sandwiches and fruit. This saves a bit of money.

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« Reply #11961 on: August 07, 2018, 07:42:03 AM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11962 on: August 07, 2018, 09:12:51 AM »
Made pesto pasta from basil in my yard for everyone, instead of eating out.

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« Reply #11963 on: August 07, 2018, 10:44:03 AM »
Bought a large amount of really cheap green beans, cleaned, parboiled and froze them. Hopefully this will be the last year of buying beans, I want to harvest my own next year!

Found a 10% off code for the bus tickets we're buying to visit a friend this weekend. Tickets are only €8, but every little bit helps. We are encouraging the friends to select activities that are not too spendypants, but with these friends I'm not sure.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11964 on: August 07, 2018, 01:46:46 PM »
Went to State Fair- bought discount tickets ahead of time for $8 each.
Made two salads for lunch- all from leftovers.
Made tomato sauce from free tomatoes my sister gave me.
Plan to have eggs in purgatory (eggs in tomato sauce) for dinner, also from free eggs from my sister.
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« Reply #11965 on: August 07, 2018, 01:49:58 PM »
Scored 2 free tickets to wonderworks in orlando (I don't recommend this place.)  Then looked up how much it was to park (10 bucks!) and proceeded to park 2 blocks away for free.

Enjoyable free day with my son, if I dont count the gas spent.   

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« Reply #11966 on: August 07, 2018, 02:00:50 PM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

Maybe you should take over major purchases in the future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11967 on: August 07, 2018, 02:47:01 PM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

Maybe you should take over major purchases in the future.

I handle all of our family travel, plus my work travel bookings & personal travel (e.g. just me, or just me + the kids), but my husband has been on his own for trips that just involve him. . . I don't disagree with you.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11968 on: August 07, 2018, 08:30:32 PM »
About a month ago I started a new job that I can walk/ride my bike to. I've only driven twice in that time--once on my first day when I wasn't sure of the bike parking/walking safety situation, and today for an off-site training. I still rode with another attendee to the lunch.

Lunch was paid for, and I got enough to carry out for lunch tomorrow of a delicious and healthy meal. Packaged snacks were also provided, so I had some there and brought one home for later. I brought my metal water bottle and refilled it throughout the day.

On the way home I stopped and did a work-related errand for my boss that thrilled him and saved him a separate trip. I was even able to drop off the items to him at our location the same day so he didn't have to wait. It wasn't even one block out of my way, so wins all around!

I talked myself out of making a salon appointment, and just cut my own fingernails and polished my toenails. No one cares but me, as long as they aren't jagged or covered in chipped polish. My CEO doesn't even 'do' her nails, why should I?

Another plus of this position is that the work attire is decidedly more casual and machine-wash than my last position. I'm not required to wear a blazer or pantyhose or high heels. Easier on my body and my dry cleaning budget! I spent the first two weeks in the back warehouse-type area where I didn't see clients, so got to wear very casual clothes, some of which were provided by the company.

Best part? I get two meals a day provided AND a $150/month meal allowance!! My grocery budget is decidedly different than the previous month!! It's not always the healthiest options, but I try to pick and choose or have smaller portions of the carb-heavy items. Breakfast is at home and is usually a piece of fruit or leftovers from a previous meal, then lunch and dinner are provided. Gotta love less shopping, cooking, and cleanup!
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« Reply #11969 on: August 08, 2018, 09:26:11 AM »
Lots of free food at work today:
 - Coworker brought white peaches from the tree in her yard and was passing them around.  I must have looked very enthusiastic, because she offered to bring me a bag of them later in the week, next time she picks.  I'll make canned peaches with whatever she brings me (less a few for eating, of course!)
 - Another coworker brought in a leftover fruit salad and left it in the breakroom.  People do that a lot with food they want to get rid of, but it's usually cake or candy.  Having fruit was a nice change.
 - Work has started free fruit Wednesdays at the cafeteria, usually bananas and oranges
 - Work is having an ice cream truck this afternoon, free ice cream!

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« Reply #11970 on: August 08, 2018, 09:47:25 AM »
Yesterday:

- Resisted buying a perfume I really wanted just because it was a good deal
- Made dinner out of leftover rotisserie chicken and leftover cabbage (tacos! yum!)
- Resisted stopping for fast food on the way home from dance class even though I was famished

Today:
- Was going to go to the grocery store after the gym for a snack but it was closed, so yay!
- Free donuts at work!
- Brought whatever food I could find around the house instead of going out for lunch
- Hopefully more as the day continues!

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« Reply #11971 on: August 08, 2018, 12:43:28 PM »
- Switched my retirement contributions from post to pre tax. Found out my husband only has post tax available at his work, which seems strange and dumb, but I digress.
- Bought a cabinet off facebook marketplace for $25. It's not quite what I wanted, but I'll paint the front and maybe add some trim to kit it out a bit.
- Found some free walking tours to fill in our days in Paris during our trip next month. They come highly recommended and should help offset some of the pricier things we're doing. Still tracking to be under budget.
- Been keeping up with mypoints/microsoft rewards as easy things to do in the background. Also it turns out that I can redeem for a visa gift card at 400 points less than an amazon one, so I'm switching gears.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11972 on: August 08, 2018, 12:53:42 PM »
~Brought the usual coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks to work today.
~Going to carpool to a function 1.5 hours away this evening.  The ticket, which includes dinner, cost a bit, but is tax deductible.  I brought my clothes to change into rather than driving 15+ minutes home to do so.
~Still haven't seen the credit for the office LL change-in-services-without-me-knowing snafu, so I'll call before making the payment next week.
~DH has started harvesting our garden.  So far it's produced 2 yellow squash, an eggplant, 2 cherry tomatoes, and a ton of herbs.  He said 3 more eggplants, 2 squash, and jalapenos are nearly ready.

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« Reply #11973 on: August 09, 2018, 12:41:00 AM »
Rode my bike to a business meeting about 10km away. It's a very nice trip through the countryside, and yesterday was the first not-so-hot day after weeks of extremely hot weather. When i left home it was about 21C. Now, I don't own a car, so I have been riding my bike throughout the heatwave, but I would have taken the bus to this meeting if it had been very hot (to avoid arriving very sweaty and smelly), so it still counts as saving money to me. The funniest thing is that my customers were so extremely surprised about me biking that distance. One of them lives about a km down the road from their office and they still drive....

I have been buying more convenience foods while working crazy overtime for 3 weeks. I still tried to go for the more healthy option and I got paid about €250 a week extra, so I didn't mind too much, but I'm happy to tell I've been able to succesfully switch back to my normal eating / shopping pattern.

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« Reply #11974 on: August 09, 2018, 06:15:26 AM »
- Found some free walking tours to fill in our days in Paris during our trip next month. They come highly recommended and should help offset some of the pricier things we're doing. Still tracking to be under budget.

This is great @marcela!  We're hoping to get there next year and I'd be interested in hearing more about your trip!  I've been spending lots of time on the Tom's Guide to Paris website; he has lots of low-cost and free suggestions too. http://www.tomsguidetoparis.com/TomsGuideToParis.php   

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« Reply #11975 on: August 09, 2018, 07:03:47 AM »
Yesterday I had a small "party" - just invited a bunch of friends over to play cards (free). I bought two six packs and a bag of chips ($23). People ended up bringing drinks and snacks and I ended up with more snacks than I started with and had an entire six pack of beer left over. Score!

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« Reply #11976 on: August 09, 2018, 09:28:40 AM »
- Found some free walking tours to fill in our days in Paris during our trip next month. They come highly recommended and should help offset some of the pricier things we're doing. Still tracking to be under budget.

This is great @marcela!  We're hoping to get there next year and I'd be interested in hearing more about your trip!  I've been spending lots of time on the Tom's Guide to Paris website; he has lots of low-cost and free suggestions too. http://www.tomsguidetoparis.com/TomsGuideToParis.php

It's my husband's first visit so we're going a bit more expensive and doing some of the pricey tourist stuff like the Moulin Rouge and Bateaux Mouche as well as the guided tour at Versailles. The free walking tours are through a company called Discover Walks and they have these tours in various cities. They have seven different free tours in Paris, all around 90 minutes each. You just tip the guide (so maybe a 10 euro walking tour might be more accurate).
I'll be happy to give tips, but warn you we aren't trying to make this the most mustachian trip. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11977 on: August 09, 2018, 10:36:27 AM »
It wasn't today but last week I dropped Collision on my car. Since I pay upfront for the year I'll be getting a refund check for several hundred dollars. :)

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« Reply #11978 on: August 09, 2018, 11:01:04 AM »
-Grocery store had a 'gift basket give away' drawing. While waiting in line, I dropped my husband and my names in. Lo and behold, he won! So we'll pick that up today. I forget what it said it had in it, but I think it includes a GC to the store.

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« Reply #11979 on: August 09, 2018, 02:13:57 PM »
Not today, but recently the wife's 2007 Prius got the red-triangle-exclamation-point warning light and a bunch of other warning lights. Codes revealed it was probably a common failure item on these models, a water pump for the inverter. I was able to track one down locally at Advance Auto and used one of their frequent coupons to drop the price to about $100, and then I was able to replace the part in about 30 minutes by removing the driver's side headlight. Pretty simple, and saved me a bunch of cash over the dealership or another mechanic.

Also have about two weeks left on this month of my wife's current wireless plan before we switch her to Sprint for the free year. It's only about $4 in taxes over there. I'll take it!

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« Reply #11980 on: August 09, 2018, 03:00:56 PM »
Had to get some tests done at a hospital that is annoyingly far from the subway/difficult to get to from where I live. I was going to just say 'fuck it' and take a cab part of the way there, but I found that there was a pretty quick bus route that intersected with my most convenient subway, so it was almost as fast as a taxi and free with my monthly pass. Probably saved $20+ round trip. And I had a nice chat with a lady sitting next to me, who I think noticed I was looking nervous and started showing me funny pictures on her phone :-)

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« Reply #11981 on: August 09, 2018, 06:56:51 PM »
Took a sack lunch to work instead of eating out.  Made it to day 16 without buying/drinking soda.  Instead I brew tea at home and work which is much cheaper and better for me.

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« Reply #11982 on: August 09, 2018, 07:07:45 PM »
- took home iced coffee from work that was going to get tossed at the end of the night (coffee shop)
- got a free salad for my work lunch
- had work leftovers for breakfast (noticing a trend here...)
- got a big bag of free okra from farmers at the market who remembered I asked if they had any last week!
- didn't have to pay for my T ride home since the card reader was broken
- read a library book

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« Reply #11983 on: August 09, 2018, 09:02:35 PM »
-Had a craptastic day. Almost took the kids out for dinner. Instead, scrounged in the fridge & made separate dinners for everyone (because of available portions of each dish).
-Drove electric car & charged for free at work

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« Reply #11984 on: August 10, 2018, 06:43:36 AM »
- sent an extra contribution to my IRA this morning
- dog sat for the past week, made $250!
- harvested a bunch of tomatoes and chard from my garden

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11985 on: August 10, 2018, 10:25:02 AM »
-Had a craptastic day. Almost took the kids out for dinner. Instead, scrounged in the fridge & made separate dinners for everyone (because of available portions of each dish).
-Drove electric car & charged for free at work

Just curious, how much does it cost to charge a car?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11986 on: August 10, 2018, 10:26:06 AM »
- Counted up all my spare change I'd been saving for a while and rolled it up - that's $20 I didn't have before!
- Making stock out of veggie scraps and the bones of a rotisserie chicken
- Took a survey and made $15

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11987 on: August 10, 2018, 08:52:56 PM »
* Used our battery tester on one of our emergency flashlights and found that I only needed to replace one of the two batteries.
* Cargo biked the distance to my sons' school and back (3.5 mi) instead of using the car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11988 on: August 10, 2018, 11:03:50 PM »
  • Bought cat treats for CHF 0.80 instead for 2.00
  • Bought matches for half-price as nobody is allowed to make fire. But as they won't go bad we will use them next year

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11989 on: August 11, 2018, 11:35:38 AM »
I procrastinated for a couple months on replacing my two pairs of walking-around sneakers, because I wasn't finding something I liked at less than normal retail. Thanks to my stubbornness, I was ready when a great sale popped up and I got a pair of leather Pumas for $60!  I was preparing myself to pay double that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11990 on: August 11, 2018, 12:34:23 PM »
-Had a craptastic day. Almost took the kids out for dinner. Instead, scrounged in the fridge & made separate dinners for everyone (because of available portions of each dish).
-Drove electric car & charged for free at work

Just curious, how much does it cost to charge a car?

If we were paying, it would be $.12/kWh (estimate), or around $3.48 for 100 miles. Since buying the car, we've saved the equivalent of buying 325 gallons of gas. In our area, that's worth about $1200.  We haven't had to pay to charge, and don't even have a charger at home, so we just do the gas cost savings conversion.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11991 on: August 11, 2018, 04:50:14 PM »
I harvested my dried up snap peas for their seed.  I had thrown out all of my retained seeds last year as I wiped my life clean post-divorce, so these first seeds gathered again feels very satisfying after buying commercial seeds this spring as the mother crop.  In the spring I bought 13g of snap pea seeds and just harvested 55g from that, and never have to buy pea seeds again.  My plan is to build a bunch of heirloom seeds again to be able to start my garden for free annually, and am staying fully organic to date with no plan to change that.

I planted crimson clover as a cover crop where the peas were and hope I can see some fall color before the winter takes them.  I have never done that before but read that the clover will be a great till-under plant next spring for its nitrogen and organic matter. 

Feeling good today. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11992 on: August 11, 2018, 07:40:42 PM »
Rode my bike to work (yesterday afternoon, rode home at about 3 am this morning), despite it being a bit more inconvenient - had to plan out a shower at work due to the irregular commute hours.  People at work thought I was crazy riding home in the middle of the night, but I don't see it as that big of a deal - I have lots of bright lights and reflectors, and almost nobody is around.  The great thing was that I didn't even consider driving in; it's becoming ingrained after 7 straight weeks. 

Also, tonight we were trying to figure out dinner, and there isn't much to eat in the house right now with a planned vacation starting tomorrow.  I gazed longingly at some fast-food coupons I (perhaps stupidly) keep around, then eventually found some vegetables that would probably spoil while we're away, the dregs of some lunch meat, and cooked up a couple of omelettes.  Pretty tasty, and saved us some cash as well as a terrible nutritional decision. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11993 on: August 12, 2018, 02:47:22 AM »
Homemade soup and foccacia bread for lunch instead of dinner and we will pack sandwiches and drinks for dinner tonight.  No expenses for food or drinks on a day out.
Our first destination isn't very frugal, we have to go back to the castle we visited this week cause our daughter forgot her cuddly toy there. Luckily, there is another interesting museum in the same area so we will visit that. Entrance is free with our museum cards.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11994 on: August 12, 2018, 05:27:14 AM »
Replaced a $.30 gasket in my MIL toilet to save her a couple hundred dollar plumber visit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11995 on: August 12, 2018, 02:13:50 PM »
Trying to do a no-spend day since yesterday I had to replace my lost laundry card, which cost $10, and lost the money on the card which was about $15. Also bought a book I didn't need but wanted.

Helped cut my boyfriend's hair and he offered to help cut mine (I have short hair) - it looks great! I cut my own bangs and they look much better than the last time I tried (12 years old).