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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11950 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11951 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11952 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11953 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 #11954 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11955 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11956 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11957 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11958 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 #11959 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11960 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11961 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11962 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11963 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11964 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11965 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11966 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 #11967 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 #11968 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 #11969 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 #11970 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 #11971 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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« Reply #11972 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 #11973 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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« Reply #11974 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 #11975 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 #11976 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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« Reply #11977 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).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11978 on: August 15, 2018, 01:16:01 AM »
On Monday our primary car (2010 model) made a bad sound. It was taken to a car repair shop the next morning. It was a part that they replaced 2 years ago, so it will probably be a guarantee case.

Our second car (2002 model) was also making a bad sound. My DH thought it could be the brakes. Yesterday evening we took it to my work place where there is a bridge for cars. We took off the wheels. It turned out the brakes were not worn through, but very dirty. DH tried to clean as well as he could and added some oil, but he needed a file which wasn't there. We will go back  some time later this week, bringing a file. If the sound then isn't resolved, we will bring it to a repair shop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11979 on: August 15, 2018, 07:42:30 AM »
Family wedding this week. Lots of expenses (Husband is in the wedding, we're giving a generous gift, etc), but we're also saving where we can.
-Some of my family lives nearby, so we're staying in a guest room. This saves $110 per night over the recommended hotel, which isn't pet friendly, plus we get free puppy care included by Pup's adoring uncle- puppy boarding is crazy expensive normally. And the Pup will be happier.
-I'm not in the wedding, just a guest, so I'm re-wearing a dress I already have. Bonus points, the other wedding I wore it to was very small and very few photos were posted online, so the bride will assume it's new, as I haven't worn it for anything else. (Yes, she's the sort of person that matter a lot to!)
-Bought sandwich makings etc so we can take our own food for lunches. We'll be up there doing set up then take down, and they don't have any food plans. Same vain, we're bringing breakfast supplies for where we're staying. Shouldn't be any need for meals out.
-Wearing shoes I already own. Husband had to rent a suit for $$$$, but at least we saved $25 by having him wear nice shoes he already owns.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11980 on: August 15, 2018, 11:28:46 AM »
Was able to remove a car from our insurance (gifted it to my parents). Additionally, have called our auto insurance multiple times about the cost of our coverage. They've been unhelpful, but I've continued to explore other options, including mileage updates for each car, as well as ensuring they had the correct driver attached to each vehicle. All told, saved over $600 on our coverage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11981 on: August 15, 2018, 12:36:21 PM »
Brought lunch to work from Taco Tuesday leftovers (TACO WEDNESDAY!)

Yesterday's lunch was provided by the bank that handles our 401(k) at work. Free financial advice (some of it was laughable) and free lunch.

Been using the produce from our garden for meals.

It rained so I didn't have to water (does that count?)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11982 on: August 15, 2018, 12:55:40 PM »
Got off my butt and made some phone calls following up on money things
- $34 back from Target on a refund that hadn't processed correctly
- $235 credit balance refund from my rarely used credit card when I clicked on the wrong one in bill pay. They wouldn't let me just transfer the credit to the other card which actually has seen some use in the past month.
- $25 visa gift e-card that was supposed to arrive last week from mypoints. I'll use it at Lowes to offset my laundry room makeover.

- Had a headache and didn't want to fuss over dinner last night. Ended up making pasta with pantry items instead of ordering takeout. Stopped myself from eating the entire (much too large) portion and brought it for lunch today.
- Volunteered my credit card to our admin when she was ordering supplies for the office. The company will pay me back in a week and I get the rewards. Should be about $20 worth.
-  Paid for fence on rewards card, neighbor will reimburse us for half of the cost of the fencing between our properties.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11983 on: August 15, 2018, 02:22:16 PM »
I sold my house and paid off everything I owed to everyone. :)

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« Reply #11984 on: August 15, 2018, 02:46:55 PM »
 - I thought I was going to have to buy a new phone, as mine was acting up after being dropped (dropping calls, not receiving messages).  Mentioned it to my Mom, and she said I can have her old phone since she just upgraded to a smartphone.  Score!
 - Picked up leftover sandwiches from the company picnic today that were about to be thrown away.  We'll have these for dinner tonight and probably lunch tomorrow as well.
 - Returned some books/DVDs to the library yesterday, but this morning they were still showing as checked out.  Called the library to ask, and looks like the person forgot to check them in prior to sending them back to their home library.  They are now on the lookout for them, and the issue is documented so I won't get any fines if they don't get checked in on time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11985 on: August 16, 2018, 02:33:27 AM »
I sold my house and paid off everything I owed to everyone. :)

That's not small; that's huuuge! Congrats @JLee!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11986 on: August 16, 2018, 07:00:27 AM »
Today:
Brought Coffee to Job #1 from home
Yesterday:
Avoided buying coffee at the way-too-cute-and-actually-modestly-priced coffee house right next to my gym.  I occasionally go in after a workout to get a coffee or tea and instead I went home and made some.

...so basically all of my wins involved coffee... LOL

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11987 on: August 16, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
Brought lunch yesterday and today.
Brought coffee or made it at work.
Made some soup for backup freezer lunches yesterday.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11988 on: August 16, 2018, 12:11:30 PM »
Yesterday:
Went to a free industry event. There was a lunch before at an Asian buffet restaurant, so I just stopped in toward the end and talked with my friends instead of eating there. On the way to the actual event, we stopped at a restaurant I had a gift card for. A sit-down lunch for two was $7 OOP.
I was invited to a fancier restaurant after the event, but knew it would be difficult to leave without spending at least $50 and drinking more alcohol. I joined a different group that went to a fast casual place right down the street from my house. I went home, ate a snack, walked my dog, and then joined them for a tall glass of water and lots more conversation. My friend cut my hair for $20, then I ended the evening by sorting out the linen closet into 'keep', 'donate', and 'so tatty they have to be tossed' piles. :)
I carpooled to the tasting and walked to the after party, so lessened my environmental impact as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11989 on: August 16, 2018, 01:20:48 PM »
Payday yesterday:

Saved 50% off a hair product by finally redeeming my full punch card at my hairdressers.

Saved .40/gallon by using my value card fuel points for a savings of nearly $10!

Saved 25% = $95.65 on groceries by shopping the sales, and using paper and e-coupons.  Highlights included $1.75 off peeled shrimp, free frozen jalapeno poppers (a $6.99 value!), BOGO frozen breaded shrimp, and BOGO pork chop package of 4.

Received a $35 credit on my office landline/internet bill by calling them after my business bundle expired without any notice.  I'll put a reminder in my phone to avoid "surprise" expiration issues in the future. 

Instead of a full lunch, I took my niece for a frozen custard treat as a last hurrah before school starts.

I'm going to buy an annual discount card from one of the local HS football players tomorrow.  $20 gets us discounts to at least a dozen restaurants and a few other places.

I'll order the usual mail order RXs for 3 months at a time today which saves time, money and hassle from buying them monthly at the local pharmacy.

Sunday I picked up a penny.

We've been harvesting DH's garden for several weeks now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11990 on: August 17, 2018, 04:36:25 AM »
Recently -- to my delight -- my employer started doing food per diem payments instead of having us save our receipts when we travel.  I went to a conference last week.  As soon as I got to the conference (in Big Expensive City) I made a quick shopping trip to Trader Joe's a few blocks away. Total receipt was $27.  Put the groceries in the motel room fridge and ate them all week.

Yesterday I got my food payment for the conference for $245.  Netted $218! Ka-ching.     

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« Reply #11991 on: August 17, 2018, 07:30:33 AM »
Did not actually save money, but got something for free: as I have started my own business, I can join a wholesale grocery store. I did that last week, and as a welcome gift I've received a really nice kitchen knife. I will also definitely save some money in the future by buying certain things there (although stores like Aldi sometimes are even cheaper than buying wholesale).

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« Reply #11992 on: August 17, 2018, 11:29:08 PM »
Signed up for the Chase Quiksilver card deal. Spend $500 in the first three months, get $150 bonus, plus 1.5% cash back on all purchases. I put my $541 car insurance on it the day it came in the mail. I'll get $8 in cash back, then the $150 will EXACTLY pay for a year of renters insurance when it comes due in Sept. Hopefully, the bonus arrives before I take money out of my budget to pay off the renter's insurance!

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« Reply #11993 on: August 18, 2018, 09:33:16 AM »
After a recent move between two flats with the same energy company, I somehow ended up with two different accounts. Today I used online chat with my electricity/gas provider to ask for the accounts from my old and new flats to be combined and for the credit left on the old account to be applied to my new one. That saves £9.65, and when the accounts are sorted out properly, I should also be back on the direct debit plan, which will save a little each month.

I bought a member card for the Co-op for £1, which will save me 5% on store brand purchases from my closest shops. I save even more by usually going to the supermarket that is farther away, but at least now I will save a little when I need something quickly.

I'm drying laundry on the clothesline outside.

I took unwanted clothes and an old CFL bulb to a city recycling point today, which has special bins for both. That saves money only in the sense that having less stuff makes my flat feel bigger, which will keep me from wanting a bigger and more expensive place.

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« Reply #11994 on: August 18, 2018, 10:52:27 AM »
Signed a new lease during the promotional period. I'll get $150 off next month's rent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11995 on: August 18, 2018, 02:37:00 PM »
My kid wanted Subway last night.  Bought a footlong for her and I took half to work today for my lunch.

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« Reply #11996 on: August 18, 2018, 03:40:29 PM »
I sewed my workout pants ONE MORE TIME (probably the last time, but we'll see).

I made coffee at home instead of buying out (which I reaaalllllyyy wanted to do).

I enjoyed the breeze from the fan I took out of the dumpster and repaired instead of turning up my AC (I am not sure if this one counts because my energy bill is included in my rent anyways...)

I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

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« Reply #11997 on: August 19, 2018, 03:50:05 AM »
I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

Living next to farmers is a great way of saving money! On my to work I pass by some fields where onions, leeks etc are grown. After the harvesters have been in, there is so much produce still left on the field that no one is going to collect. Last year I was off from work during the harvest, hopefully I'll be able to pick up some this year.

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« Reply #11998 on: August 19, 2018, 04:28:56 AM »
I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

Living next to farmers is a great way of saving money! On my to work I pass by some fields where onions, leeks etc are grown. After the harvesters have been in, there is so much produce still left on the field that no one is going to collect. Last year I was off from work during the harvest, hopefully I'll be able to pick up some this year.

This is great!  People have been gleaning for thousands of years, and it is a great way to reduce food waste.  http://www.endfoodwaste.org/go-gleaning-.html

Personally I map out abandoned urban and rural fruit trees, and visit them when their fruit is ripe.  One of the old apple trees we pick (I found the owner and asked permission) is such a great producer that we took scion wood last winter and bench grafted 10 baby trees from it.   

Here's a website that maps out urban trees:  https://fallingfruit.org/ 

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« Reply #11999 on: August 19, 2018, 04:35:20 PM »
We had houseguests all weekend: my husband’s sister, her husband, and their two young children. There are plenty of expensive things to do in our area, but we decided to skip those and take them to Belle Isle, a big state park on an island in Detroit, because we had already purchased annual state park admission passes. We brought a bag of food from home and went through the aquarium (free) and conservatory (also free) and had a little picnic. The kids had a ball and we didn’t need to spend any cash.