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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1200 on: August 06, 2014, 04:24:16 PM »
Checked my receipt and noticed an overcharge on potatoes. I got the 10 lb bag for free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1201 on: August 06, 2014, 04:29:23 PM »
Bought a flash drive for 5.99 using my Amazon Prime student account to save and back up my thesis. This will save me approximately $4 in gas to drive into town and I won't be tempted to buy other items at the store.

Have you considered using Dropbox? It is also a version control system. It will automatically back up whatever is in the folder as soon as a change is saved. If you want some extra space and haven't signed up yet, I can PM you a link that will give us both more space.

Thanks for the suggestion. I already have dropbox but I wanted an off-line solution too.

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« Reply #1202 on: August 06, 2014, 06:36:56 PM »
OK, I will stipulate that not spending $$ does not equate to saving money.

But..after seven miles of beach walking in Cannon Beach (aka the most beautiful fucking place on the planet) I REALLY wanted to go to the pub and have beer and nachos but instead went back to the overpriced condo room for egg salad.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1203 on: August 06, 2014, 06:49:46 PM »
OK, I will stipulate that not spending $$ does not equate to saving money.

But..after seven miles of beach walking in Cannon Beach (aka the most beautiful fucking place on the planet) I REALLY wanted to go to the pub and have beer and nachos but instead went back to the overpriced condo room for egg salad.

Lol Idk if I would have had the same resolve you did! Beer and (insert junky bar food)= kryptonite for me
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1204 on: August 06, 2014, 07:44:41 PM »
Update...cooking dinner in fully equipped my ass condo kitchen instead of going to pub for  beer and nachos.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1205 on: August 06, 2014, 07:56:09 PM »
Happy Birthday Mr. Frugalwoods! Have a great weekend.

We just went to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and got some cool cabinets and a 10 panel glass door to use as a picture frame. We're using the cabinets as a base for some built in custom cabinets with desk area and bookshelves. I'm thrilled with the stuff we found.
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« Reply #1206 on: August 06, 2014, 08:53:19 PM »
I ate a $1 Banquet frozen entree for lunch - Swedish Meatballs. And yes , it was fairly awful. Only two more to go.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1207 on: August 06, 2014, 09:39:09 PM »
I ate a $1 Banquet frozen entree for lunch - Swedish Meatballs. And yes , it was fairly awful. Only two more to go.

A couple of years ago I thought I'd give NutriSystem a try.  Worst food ever.  I ate every single one of those nasty meals for my lunch at school.  I decided that I'd paid for them and I was going to eat them.  Just the thought almost makes me gag.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1208 on: August 07, 2014, 10:18:59 AM »
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

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« Reply #1209 on: August 07, 2014, 11:01:55 AM »
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?

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« Reply #1210 on: August 07, 2014, 11:50:17 AM »
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot/
Here, enjoy!
I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and mine was a little paler (and not as attractive) as the photo, but still tasted good.
Also, bulk spices are your friend for a recipe like this, so you can just get small quantities of each, unless you already have all the spices on hand.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2014, 11:51:49 AM by peppermint »

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« Reply #1211 on: August 07, 2014, 01:29:07 PM »
Applied homemade body butter after my shower this morning.  I adore Lush Ro's Argan Body Butter but refuse to pay $40 for a little jar of it.  Instead I mix a 14 oz jar of coconut oil with a 9.5 oz jar of Palmer Coco Butter Formula and a cup of grape seed oil.  Then I add 1/4 Cup Ro's Argan to make it smell wonderful. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1212 on: August 07, 2014, 03:53:52 PM »
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot/
Here, enjoy!
I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and mine was a little paler (and not as attractive) as the photo, but still tasted good.
Also, bulk spices are your friend for a recipe like this, so you can just get small quantities of each, unless you already have all the spices on hand.

OMG this looks amazing....and I actually have all this stuff.  Thanks peppermint!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1213 on: August 08, 2014, 09:51:32 AM »
Took out the garbage this morning.  Previous trash bag was empty 50 lb. flour bag.  Replaced it with empty cat food bag. Haven't bought trash bags in a year or so.  Can't believe I used to pay for trash bags and then put these other bags in them to throw away.  Facepunch!!!

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« Reply #1214 on: August 08, 2014, 10:13:51 AM »
I brought a reusable bag on my run this morning and gleaned about 5# of apricots off a tree that was not being picked (large part of the tree hangs over the sidewalk and irrigation canal access).  Got an extra core workout by jogging 2 miles home with a heavy bag.  Making apricot preserves this weekend.

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« Reply #1215 on: August 08, 2014, 12:48:08 PM »
I discovered that you can share Amazon Prime membership with other people, up to five "household" members. I have always balked at paying $80 (now $100) for the two day shipping but I hopped on my mom's account and am now living the dream.

My property management company replaced my old refrigerator with a new energy efficient unit and I can already see the difference in energy use (power company shows hourly energy consumption). Thus far, it looks like my baseline electricity use has dropped ~33%.

Finally, I installed a bike rack and picked up some pannier bags yesterday, now I no longer have an excuse to drive to the grocery store.   
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« Reply #1216 on: August 08, 2014, 02:35:32 PM »
I switched my energy plan to a variable-rate plan that's really cheap in the evenings/morning and occasionally more expensive in the mid-day. Since I don't use much AC, this should save me 20-30% on my bills. I'll also put a timer on my hot water heater so it only heats in the early morning before my shower.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1217 on: August 08, 2014, 08:54:32 PM »
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

I really wish life had some sort of user interface where a big sparkly graphic came up saying 'achievement unlocked' when I did something.

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I had a conair updo stick I really liked that broke.  I probably was just going to do without since, for 8 bucks I expect a hair accessory not to break after only a few months, but for the sake of this exercise let's say I was going to buy a new one.  Then I realized I could just recreate it with a large hair pin, which I already have a box of, and an elastic.  It's actually even better because it's slightly lighter than the stick.

Then I read someone else's post about living in a house they bought for $1000.  So, you know... this feels less baddass than it did this morning...

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« Reply #1218 on: August 10, 2014, 04:22:23 PM »
Yesterday's dinner was half a cabbage, a zucchini, green onions, and leftover grilled chicken stirfried, with  pot of rice.  It was a round of "use up produce before it goes bad." 
 
Made stone soup - I throw end-of-life veggies and meat into the freezer, then make stock with the scrap, bag it and freeze it.  I took a bag of that, some very wilted carrots, a leftover half onion, and the leftover rice.  I also added a frozen chicken breast and fresh thyme and rosemary from the garden.  I got a huge pot of yummy soup out of entirely extra bits of food.  To go with it, I started a batch of 5 minute bread last night, which costs less than 0.50 for a loaf and takes almost no active time.  We'll feed 3 adults and 2 toddlers off that for dinner.

I had a container of mixed berries that were on the verge of going over, so I mashed them in a pot with some sugar and cooked them until they made a lovely syrup.  We ate it over homemade waffles for breakfast, and the reminder will keep much longer in the fridge than the fresh berries. 

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« Reply #1219 on: August 10, 2014, 09:23:36 PM »
The university library charged me $10 in overdue fines that they shouldn't have. Got them argued away.
My landlady (who lives nearby) has a huge basil patch in her yard that is going to flower. Wrote her to ask if I could use it to make pesto (and give her some pesto) and she said sure thing. Time to put up lots of pesto!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1220 on: August 11, 2014, 12:09:38 AM »
Shaved my own hair. I look like Walter White now.

Also, scaled back my Internet/Cable/Phone plan to something way more reasonable. 250Mb upload is awesome, but all I was using it for was to buy and download steam games anyway, so I'll make do with 50Mb. :)

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« Reply #1221 on: August 11, 2014, 07:40:38 AM »
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1222 on: August 11, 2014, 07:51:09 AM »
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.

I grate them and freeze in 2 cup quantities.  Zucchini bread all winter long!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1223 on: August 11, 2014, 10:11:15 AM »
Sewed patches of cute fabric into holes in the knees of two of my pairs of jeans.  $4 in fabric saved two $50 pairs of jeans.  I wish I could find cheaper jeans that fit, but I can't.  So I went this route instead and am quite happy with the results!

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« Reply #1224 on: August 11, 2014, 11:33:19 AM »
Exchanged 7.50 worth of supermarket voucher for 30 worth of restaurant voucher to fund our anniversary meal.

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« Reply #1225 on: August 11, 2014, 03:33:03 PM »
We went to Santa Barbara on vacation where the food is very expensive. We rented a house & shared with friends so it was cheaper then hotel and we cooked a lot of our food there.  Eating out was so expensive I could not believe it but we did it sometimes because after all we were on vacation.

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« Reply #1226 on: August 11, 2014, 05:28:01 PM »
During our camping trip this weekend I discovered that I can empty the used grounds out of a Melita paper filter and reuse it to make more coffee.  So I only used one filter each day instead of one for every cup thus saving five cents per cup of coffee.

I also made kettle corn to nibble during the drive and filled a thermos with fresh coffee to take along.  So no stops at MacDonalds "Just for coffee," that end up costing five dollars.

On the trip home I thought about suggesting a stop at our favorite pie place which happens to be on the way but I resisted.  Home food is better anyway.

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« Reply #1227 on: August 12, 2014, 12:10:32 PM »
Cooked dinner (2 Euros) in the surprisingly well-equipped kitchen of my tiny Dutch airbnb apartment instead of going out for expensive university-town dinner (~15 Euros).
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« Reply #1228 on: August 12, 2014, 01:49:48 PM »
Biked to work, brought lunch and a snack.

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« Reply #1229 on: August 12, 2014, 02:33:30 PM »
Made breakfast using leftover dinner scraps and an egg.  For lunch, I had a leftovers from a kitchen experiment that didn't turn out well. 

I also carpooled. 

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« Reply #1230 on: August 12, 2014, 03:46:20 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.

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« Reply #1231 on: August 12, 2014, 04:02:19 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!

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« Reply #1232 on: August 12, 2014, 04:38:43 PM »
The off-peak prices on my train system kick in at 8:30am. I was early for my 8:40 train so I sat outside in the wind for 10 minutes until I could swipe in after 8:30 - saved 20%.

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« Reply #1233 on: August 12, 2014, 05:15:13 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!

4Alpacas:  I find Indian or Russian stores to be the best for black tea and Chinese, Japanese or Korean stores to be the best for green tea.   Lucky us, we have it all in the Seattle area

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1234 on: August 13, 2014, 09:47:23 AM »
Decided against a supermarket trip to stock up. Instead made lentil soup with cupboard ingredients and some leftover celery and potatoes.

Checked my bank balance and discovered I'd saved 300 more than I calculated this month.

Briefly considered going on ebay to spend 20 on something nice (my old unmustachian habit). Couldn't even think of anything I wanted. Gave up and read a book instead.

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« Reply #1235 on: August 13, 2014, 11:15:07 AM »
Found the bookshelf we were looking for on the street on the way home from the bar. Excellent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1236 on: August 13, 2014, 11:32:55 AM »
Worked from home.  Skipped breakfast and made a big lunch for the whole family from pantry items and some soon to expire veggies (that I would have otherwise thrown out).

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« Reply #1237 on: August 13, 2014, 01:50:48 PM »
Visited Grocery Outlet today.  Considered the Betty Crocker Almond Joy Frosting in a Can for 50 cents.  Concluded I did not need it at any price.  Bought marked down yogurt and past date tahini instead.  Feeling very virtuous.  The trouble with Grocery Outlet is that they have such great deals on unhealthy food that it is easy to bring home something stupid just because "It's such a good deal"

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« Reply #1238 on: August 15, 2014, 01:34:31 PM »
Walked to the grocery store and bought the cheapest store brand foaming hand soap in order to get the foamer which I will refill over and over until one of us dies.  I never knew that foaming soap meant that I could dilute it until I came here.  I can also see that it will make people use less since nobody holding a big handful of foam will think they need a second squirt. 

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« Reply #1239 on: August 15, 2014, 05:03:32 PM »
My reading light died and it was the socket that was bad.  Haven't seen any used reading lights on Craig's List ever out here.  I hate electrical work, but went to ACE Hardware and got a new socket.  After some words and help from DW I have a new/repaired reading light for $3.99 (+tax) instead of $80.  Saved about $76 by doing the repair myself instead of buying new.  Smoke test showed no smoke.

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« Reply #1240 on: August 15, 2014, 05:30:29 PM »
Took my $10 off of $30 coupon to World Market to stock up on olive oil and sea salt.  Saw a scarf I liked on clearance on the way in, and started the whole... well, it would sorta' be free with the coupon... but got my $30 in foodstuffs I would have bought anyway and hightailed it out of there without the scarf.

Used my Discover card for the 5% cash back when gassing up my car.

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« Reply #1241 on: August 15, 2014, 05:47:15 PM »
Hubby strung me up a clothesline in our backyard and my first load is out there, flapping away in the wind! YAY!

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« Reply #1242 on: August 15, 2014, 05:59:46 PM »
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!

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« Reply #1243 on: August 15, 2014, 08:12:39 PM »
I bought a used bike from a local non-profit! Husband is enthused & took his old bike in for a tune-up. Hopefully this initial spending will lead to tons of savings as we phase out our car.

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« Reply #1244 on: August 15, 2014, 08:57:21 PM »
Purchased 6 garbage bags full of barley used, brand named (not that it matters) good quality  used clothing for 40.00 Sorted through them and  took what I wanted - literally enough cloths to last me a couple of years for every season and situation, and am in the process of reselling the rest in lots divided by size. So far I've made 50.00!

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« Reply #1245 on: August 15, 2014, 10:56:33 PM »
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!

Oh yeah... I turned the AC off the other day and have gone back to running fans with the windows open at night.  Hoping we can go the rest of the summer without, though it was getting pretty toasty inside tonight. 

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« Reply #1246 on: August 16, 2014, 07:15:19 AM »
Replaced split truck heater hose myself, $6 new hose and $15 for coolant.

It's a small thing because it really is a 5 minute job to do yourself but a whole PITA to have a mechanic do it.

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« Reply #1247 on: August 16, 2014, 08:12:12 AM »
Brought home leftover food from a meeting yesterday for free dinner for two.

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« Reply #1248 on: August 16, 2014, 08:22:55 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

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« Reply #1249 on: August 16, 2014, 09:20:29 AM »
Didn't go out to the market this morning. Have enough food in the house so nice as it is to buy the fresh stuff when the farmers' market is heaving with it, I just didn't even go near it today. At this stage just about anywhere I'd spend money is closed so when I go out shortly to check on a friend's cat while she's away, I'll just grab some milk at the supermarket and that'll be that.