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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12000 on: September 05, 2018, 11:47:30 AM »
~WM Savings Catcher balance is over $12.
~Had club soda while out with friends last night instead of the usual 2 cocktails
~Attended a soft opening of one of my dad's establishments and he bought me dinner.  I brought the leftover half of my salad for lunch today.
~We were overcharged for our take out last Friday, so I'll get the refund tonight after work.
~Food for an upcoming camping trip will include a few sale items, the rest will come from what we have on hand.
~Speaking of, the Crock Pot concoction I made yesterday to use up items wasn't too bad according to DH:  A can of chicken, breakfast sausage, frozen spinach, cottage cheese, mozzarella, seasoning, and a jar of Alfredo sauce.
~I semi-Konmari-ed my side of the closet last weekend resulting in the donation of over 100 items, and a new way of assembling work outfits.

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« Reply #12001 on: September 05, 2018, 02:42:39 PM »
I also inventoried the pantry, not bad except for some lingering freebies Im not sure what to do with.  What would you do with them?  Im thinking the food bank, but maybe Im just not being creative?
Eight cans of Lucks pinto beans mushier than reg canned pinto beans and my first thought is refried beans, but we are not big refried bean fans. 
Two huge cans of condensed minestrone soup like 5 times a regular size can of soup.  Not sure if I can freeze half when I open it.  Pretty easy to dress up with fresh spinach and herbs, but I don't know if we would eat a gallon of soup before it went bad in the fridge.   
Six boxes of assorted cake mixes no one in our house eats sweets other than ice cream.

I'm almost certainly too far away, but I'd take the cake mixes if I could. If you heat up a slice of unfrosted chocolate cake in the microwave and then put some vanilla ice cream next to it, that could be nice. Or make up a cake to take somewhere.

Minestrone soup might be nice with grilled cheese sandwiches and salad. If multiple people were eating it as a meal, it might not seem so big.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12002 on: September 05, 2018, 09:40:04 PM »
I got my flu shot at a grocery store pharmacy; insurance covered the cost and then I got a 10 percent off coupon up to $200. Will see if I can stack the savings somehow.

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« Reply #12003 on: September 06, 2018, 02:47:45 PM »
No meat was on sale at the supermarket, so I'm having a meat-free week. Obviously Canadian produce season is a good time to do that, anyway...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12004 on: September 06, 2018, 04:48:12 PM »
This was a few days ago, but still.

I figured out that 'min' and 'max' in a freezer don't correspond to temperature, they correspond to cooling level.

So, our freezer has been on super cold for the last 6 years. Now it is on medium.

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« Reply #12005 on: September 06, 2018, 08:18:19 PM »
I always have cake mixes in my cabinet to make cake mix cookies.

Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil

Blend together, place on greased cookie sheet in tablespoon-sized scoops. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes for soft cookies, 10-12 for crunchy.

I've tried every cake mix available in my area, and they all turn out great. Even the $0.85 store brand from the grocery. You can add nuts, raisins, extracts, coconut, peanut butter, etc. Roll in colored sugar or sprinkles or powdered sugar.  I've made them a dozen different ways and they always get rave reviews.  It costs about $1 to make 1.5-2 dozen cookies.  I can make an entire batch in 36 minutes, so they're perfect for last-minute get togethers or impromptu thank you gifts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12006 on: September 07, 2018, 10:51:13 AM »
This was a few days ago, but still.

I figured out that 'min' and 'max' in a freezer don't correspond to temperature, they correspond to cooling level.

So, our freezer has been on super cold for the last 6 years. Now it is on medium.

Forgive my density, but what is the difference between temperature and cooling level?

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« Reply #12007 on: September 07, 2018, 05:08:16 PM »
This was a few days ago, but still.

I figured out that 'min' and 'max' in a freezer don't correspond to temperature, they correspond to cooling level.

So, our freezer has been on super cold for the last 6 years. Now it is on medium.

Forgive my density, but what is the difference between temperature and cooling level?

Min in a freezer means low power/minimum cooling (ie, not very cold). Max means FREEZE ME HARD, coldest setting.

So the min and max is about what the device does. For an oven, MAX means HOT. For a fridge or freezer, MAX means cold.

I was.. foolishly... reading it as a temperature scale, where MIN meant COLD and MAX meant nowhere near as cold. Minimum temperature. I was reading it as a temperature scale.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12008 on: September 07, 2018, 06:40:53 PM »
I bought a used Prius this week that did not come with a cargo cover for the hatch area. I use my car for home visits for work, and frequently lock my laptop and purse in it, so I need to conceal my belongings. Checked ebay, and they started at $20+ with another $20 in shipping. So I made my very first trip to a junk yard and got one for $25. It was even the right color. Then the junk yard guys gave me free troubleshooting when I couldnt figure out how to turn the car back on when I left. Lol
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« Reply #12009 on: September 07, 2018, 06:44:34 PM »
I transferred a prescription to a local grocery store with gas station. Got $2.00 of per gallon for the transfer, up to 20 gallons.  My car doesn't have that big of a tank, so husband and I went together- filled my car up, then filled his car up to get the whole 20 gallons. That's $40 saved.

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« Reply #12010 on: September 08, 2018, 08:15:57 AM »
This was yesterday, but I was really craving mozzarella sticks.  I had decided to cave and buy some at the cafeteria at lunch, but since I usually don't bring my wallet to lunch, I forgot it.  Ended up not buying anything because of my ingrained habit of not having money on me.  As a bonus, one of my coworkers didn't finish her fries and gave them to me, so I got to satisfy the fried-thing-craving at no expense.

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« Reply #12011 on: September 08, 2018, 10:48:24 AM »
Got fiften litres of high quality motor oil for my car for free from a friend who has switched car, and thereby oil quality.  Now I have oil for the next three oil changes fixed. :)

And this morning, I made scones for breakfast. 

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« Reply #12012 on: September 08, 2018, 12:53:37 PM »
Stuck to the list at Costco (always a win), & made lunches from leftovers.

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« Reply #12013 on: September 09, 2018, 04:37:46 PM »
My favorite houseplant was getting root bound, so today I hit the Osh Hardware store-closing sale  and picked up some potting soil marked 15 percent off. The new larger pot was curb-shopped for free.

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« Reply #12014 on: September 10, 2018, 02:29:02 AM »
I just spent 3 nights in a tent. I went to a hobby conference in a town on the other side of the country and had to fly there. The suggested hotel there was too expensive for my taste. I stayed at the campsite in the town at approx $23 a night and I ate hiking food instead of having dinner at the hotel.
I walked to and from the hotel, 5 km each way. So my only spend is the plane tickets and the train tickets from my house to the airport. I chose the cheapest train alternative.
The conference fee is covered by the club I'm a member of.

Unfortunately I ended up having 2 ticks on my body, maybe because of camping so close to the sea. I hate having those.

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« Reply #12015 on: September 10, 2018, 03:48:22 AM »
Used a new, free credit card within a week and got a 10$ startup-bonus for that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12016 on: September 10, 2018, 07:37:24 AM »
This was a few days ago, but still.

I figured out that 'min' and 'max' in a freezer don't correspond to temperature, they correspond to cooling level.

So, our freezer has been on super cold for the last 6 years. Now it is on medium.

Forgive my density, but what is the difference between temperature and cooling level?

Min in a freezer means low power/minimum cooling (ie, not very cold). Max means FREEZE ME HARD, coldest setting.

So the min and max is about what the device does. For an oven, MAX means HOT. For a fridge or freezer, MAX means cold.

I was.. foolishly... reading it as a temperature scale, where MIN meant COLD and MAX meant nowhere near as cold. Minimum temperature. I was reading it as a temperature scale.

Ohhhh I get you.  Nice one!

Relevant to topic: had a little freelance gig out of town and opted to hitch a free ride with a coworker early instead of taking the train, which not only saved me $20, but I also got free breakfast to boot.  The gig itself also had free lunch, AND since it was for a charity raffle, I assumed I was doing the job pro bono, but they ended up paying me a couple bucks.   All and all a good day for saving/earning money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12017 on: September 10, 2018, 08:02:48 AM »
1. Signed up for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa.  Cost me $10 to unfreeze my credit with a single bureau (thought it was now free, but evidently not), but received a $70 gift card, and now will get 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases - of which there are many - rather than the 2% we've been getting. 

2. Fixed a leaky sprinkler system joint myself.  Installation performed years ago was faulty, and I've been fighting leaks ever since.  The leak was getting to be quite substantial, something that escaped my notice until a recent water bill came.  I finally gave up on the various jury-rigged solutions and set myself about cutting some pipe.  So far, so good!

3. As part of the above repair, rode my bike to the hardware store.  Just hit 1000 miles since revamping my transportation lifestyle to a bike-centric one, at least where I can control it. 

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« Reply #12018 on: September 10, 2018, 11:32:57 AM »
1. Signed up for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa. Cost me $10 to unfreeze my credit with a single bureau (thought it was now free, but evidently not), but received a $70 gift card, and now will get 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases - of which there are many - rather than the 2% we've been getting. 



Will be free starting later this month.  Sep 21st sticks in my brain.

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« Reply #12019 on: September 10, 2018, 09:51:11 PM »
Made 14 jars of crabapple jelly tonight from free apples from a neighbors tree. Hopefully it sets properly or Im going to have a lot of crabapple syrup! Used the other half of the apples to make apple sauce earlier in the week.

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« Reply #12020 on: September 10, 2018, 10:56:23 PM »
Free morning tea at work today, unexpectedly, so the sandwich stayed in the fridge for tomorrow.

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« Reply #12021 on: September 11, 2018, 07:19:25 AM »
We've had a very expensive few months, so have been trying to keep spending tight. Leftovers for dinner, free meals at work, driving electric car for one of the commutes, lots of kid activity carpools, etc. In great news, we just received a $200+ refund from our escrow account of a house we sold. . . more than a year ago. Totally unclear why they hung on to the money for that long, but thrilled to have it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12022 on: September 12, 2018, 01:58:34 AM »
Free cake at work. One of my colleagues has a daughter who is a cook and who likes to bake cake. They don't want to eat so many calories at home, so the cakes and up here at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12023 on: September 12, 2018, 07:36:31 AM »
I fixed the Bosch chainsaw sharpener. Hoping to put off purchase of a new one for quite a while.

Then I made a tp holder from random bits I had around. I was going for functional but it turned out rather nice in a shabby chic way.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12024 on: September 12, 2018, 08:01:35 AM »
Fixed my in-laws car (fouled spark plug) and also fixed our bike pump (an internal piece had come loose). 2/2 fixes in one night!

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« Reply #12025 on: September 12, 2018, 09:23:58 AM »
SHOULDER SEASON! And no wildfire smoke right now =) And my asthma finally cleared from the last round of wildfire smoke. So all the windows are open and the HVAC hasn't run in days!

Ate leftovers even though I didn't really want to ;)

Thought I needed to repaint a couple rooms to sell. Washed the walls instead, and it turns out it looks a LOT better. I won't need to repaint at LEAST one of them.

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« Reply #12026 on: September 12, 2018, 09:24:24 AM »
SHOULDER SEASON! And no wildfire smoke right now =) And my asthma finally cleared from the last round of wildfire smoke. So all the windows are open and the HVAC hasn't run in days!

Ate leftovers even though I didn't really want to ;)

Thought I needed to repaint a couple rooms to sell. Washed the walls instead, and it turns out it looks a LOT better. I won't need to repaint at LEAST one of them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12027 on: September 12, 2018, 08:44:57 PM »
My mom has apparently decided she doesn't like black beans, so she gifted me with a dozen cans.  Dinner tonight was half a can, heated with broth, garlic and onion powders, cumin, and some lime.  Dumped it over a small amount of rice.  Topped with semi fancy cheese, some chips, and some greek yogurt.  Super tasty, very low cost meal.

Working on using up some of the massive amount of tea I own.  (I have a problem.)  But it's cool enough weather now in the early mornings and evenings that hot tea is acceptable!

Also, realized I have access to an ice machine at work.  I will start keeping ice handy for iced tea during the day.

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« Reply #12028 on: September 13, 2018, 12:46:55 PM »
Brought lunch and snacks from home to work as usual. Frozen container of chili I made the other day when it was particularly cold and sounded delicious, and it was. Supplemented with some fruit from work.
Also did the grocery shopping for work and earned $1.50 from ibotta and checkout51. Put off going up to the main office (30 miles away) for another couple weeks.
Going on a day trip nearby for my husband's birthday. Talked my husband out of staying overnight or two nights with the two toddlers, it's just not ever fun trying to get them to sleep in a strange place, and a day trip is just as much fun.

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« Reply #12029 on: September 13, 2018, 05:16:46 PM »
This doesn't seem like exactly the right place to put this, but it did involve a LOT of saving money. I need to tell someone but several of my off-screen friends are in major to near-bankruptcy debt and husband is teaching a hobby class and won't be home for at least 2 hours.

We have now paid off more than $10,000 of home improvement/car loan and credit card debt since last November. We have $2500 left on a low-interest (2%) car loan, and then we will only have the mortgage (~$56,000). And since June 1, I've lost the 15 lbs that I gained over the last 5 years. I have a big, stupid grin on my face right now.

My dinner tonight will be leftover beans and rice for the second night, a dish so tasty that we look forward to eating it (i.e., not deprivation, despite what Dave Ramsey says).


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« Reply #12030 on: September 13, 2018, 10:14:52 PM »
This doesn't seem like exactly the right place to put this, but it did involve a LOT of saving money. I need to tell someone but several of my off-screen friends are in major to near-bankruptcy debt and husband is teaching a hobby class and won't be home for at least 2 hours.

We have now paid off more than $10,000 of home improvement/car loan and credit card debt since last November. We have $2500 left on a low-interest (2%) car loan, and then we will only have the mortgage (~$56,000). And since June 1, I've lost the 15 lbs that I gained over the last 5 years. I have a big, stupid grin on my face right now.

My dinner tonight will be leftover beans and rice for the second night, a dish so tasty that we look forward to eating it (i.e., not deprivation, despite what Dave Ramsey says).

This is fabulous!!

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« Reply #12031 on: September 13, 2018, 10:31:21 PM »
I needed new bike gloves for my commute, because windchill sucks. Instead of buying gloves, I paid $1 for a child's jacket secondhand, cut the sleeves off, and attached them to my handle bars. So far, they've worked very well, much better than at least 3 out of 5 pairs of gloves I've tried previously.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12032 on: September 14, 2018, 02:33:58 AM »
This doesn't seem like exactly the right place to put this, but it did involve a LOT of saving money. I need to tell someone but several of my off-screen friends are in major to near-bankruptcy debt and husband is teaching a hobby class and won't be home for at least 2 hours.

We have now paid off more than $10,000 of home improvement/car loan and credit card debt since last November. We have $2500 left on a low-interest (2%) car loan, and then we will only have the mortgage (~$56,000). And since June 1, I've lost the 15 lbs that I gained over the last 5 years. I have a big, stupid grin on my face right now.

My dinner tonight will be leftover beans and rice for the second night, a dish so tasty that we look forward to eating it (i.e., not deprivation, despite what Dave Ramsey says).

This is awesome.  Great job @OtherJen  !!  This is one for the Celebrations thread methinks!

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« Reply #12033 on: September 14, 2018, 06:15:21 AM »
Thanks @jengod and @Trifele ! I took your advice and posted in Celebrations (forgot about that thread). I celebrated a bit myself with a martini made from the bottle of locally made craft gin that we keep for special occasions and a couple episodes of "Great British Baking Show".

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« Reply #12034 on: September 14, 2018, 07:30:41 AM »
@OtherJen - congrats! Those are some awesome accomplishments!!

It was a standard day at our house:
-Drove the electric car to work
-Ate free lunch at work
-Made dinner from things in the freezer

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« Reply #12035 on: September 14, 2018, 09:27:55 AM »
Realized recently that the free generic prescriptions from our health clinic at work includes daily multi-vitamins and fish oil capsules.  Thrilled to be getting these for free going forward, but upset that I've been spending on these things for 2+ years unnecessarily. 

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« Reply #12036 on: September 14, 2018, 09:35:27 AM »
Rented a high pressure cleaner instead of buying one. As long as the other person doesn't move that will be cheaper for up to 20 years.

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« Reply #12037 on: September 14, 2018, 10:20:06 AM »
Was going to rent a powered hedge trimmer, but noticed a neighbor had recently trimmed their hedges well, so I messaged him to see if he has one or rented it. He owns it! And we're welcome to use it. This will save me $28 over a rental.

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« Reply #12038 on: September 14, 2018, 01:20:40 PM »
Woke up at 5:30 am when the power unexpectedly went out (fan went off, there goes my sleep!)

Skipped the lure of going out for bagels.  Started the gas stove with a match.  Heated up water for tea for the sick hubby and instant oatmeal for kid #1 (and just yesterday I was lamenting that Sprouts was out of rolled oats and I had to make do with instant, ha!)  Drank cold leftover coffee (don't feel bad, it's a regular thing for me).  Gave everyone watermelon that I'd cut up last night.  Gave kid #2 his leftover granola bar with the watermelon.

Was half way through scrambling eggs when the power came on, hallelujah!  So we got to have toast with the eggs.  I even managed to make a lunch salad and a waldorf salad in the dark. 

Oh and husband used a leftover teabag from yesterday.

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« Reply #12039 on: September 14, 2018, 01:26:57 PM »
Drank cold leftover coffee (don't feel bad, it's a regular thing for me). 

I used to do this all the time, and it always grossed out the husband. I don't know why. The only reason I don't still do it is because we're now using a smaller pour-over coffee pot and we usually finish it in the morning.

That sucks about the power, but it sounds like you handled it beautifully. Gas stoves are amazing during power outages!

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« Reply #12040 on: September 14, 2018, 08:27:19 PM »
* Side hustle of used-childrens-books arbitrage brought in $40, this will go straight into an investment account

* Picked up $0.10 in spare change on the street

* Found some Adirondack-style plastic chairs on the curb and picked out the two that were in the best shape. Both had small cracks but were in otherwise good condition. Got out my beloved E6000 glue and repaired them today. Very relaxing to sit under our big tree and watch the butterflies in the backyard.

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« Reply #12041 on: September 15, 2018, 07:04:38 AM »
I forgot to check in online for my discount air carrier flight, and at the airport I was told it was too late to do it on my cell phone. I gave it a try anyway, and it turns out I still had 15 minutes. Saved 55 Euros. It's a work trip, but I don't know that I would have been reimbursed for the late check-in penalty.

Timed an Amazon order to get the free shipping but still have it arrive at an Amazon locker at the right time.

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« Reply #12042 on: September 15, 2018, 12:44:08 PM »
We were having the in-laws over for dinner. They're a bit fussy eaters and actually prefer unhealthy food, so I decided to make a whole chicken from the oven and fries. I always prefer cutting my own fries instead of buying frozen, but I never actually calculated how much cheaper that was! Frozen fries are about 1,20 per kilo. I paid 0,49 for a kilo of potatoes. I have a potato chipper (inherited, so free) so cutting a kilo of potatoes is done in a few minutes.

Then the in-laws cancelled at the last minute, so we're eating chicken for the next couple of days and I will make a large pot of chicken soup from the carcass so that's lunch covered for a few days. I tossed half of the cut fries in the freezer, which I haven't done before, but in my experience potatoes freeze well.

I also went to the store to buy a large folder to seperate my business paperwork from my private papers, and the folder with the pretty colour was only 1 now and they marked down some tea to 0,50 per box so I bought a few of those as well.

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« Reply #12043 on: September 15, 2018, 02:00:38 PM »
-Stuck to the shopping list at Costco, and returned an unnecessary item my husband purchased last week.
-Had to replace a bunch of middle school gym clothes, and not all of the sizes fit. So, despite my dread at going to the mall AGAIN (I loathe the mall), I made it happen & returned about $40 of stuff
-Made lunch for the kiddos out of leftovers
-Stayed strong & wouldn't let oldest kiddo get an acai bowl at Costco, as I discovered on Thursday two days of packed lunches that he hadn't eaten & needed to be tossed. Responsibility & consequences & all.

For the rest of the day, plans are:
-Finish cleaning the house
-Picking up a few discounted items at Safeway using a gift card I've had forever
-Returning a pair of shoes I ordered & don't like. I buy one pair of shoes every few years or so, and am still on the lookout for a comfortable pair of flat sandals that I can wear every day. I stand at my desk & walk a lot at work, and nothing has quite fit the bill. I cheaped out with my last purchase, & regret it, as there is no support.
-Something from the freezer for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12044 on: September 17, 2018, 01:13:12 PM »
Brought lunch from home/ate some food provided by work
Got a $5 bonus on Ibotta for buying something online through their app (banwlow is my referral code if anyone is interested), so total cash back was $6.50
Only spent $250 at Costco (haven't been in probably a month and this is good for us!) and that included buying some silly microwave food since our oven door fell off and we're not able to bake. My husband at least rigged the door back on so the light inside was off and not wasting energy and we could still use the stove. That saved us going out to eat for sure!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12045 on: September 17, 2018, 01:18:24 PM »
Monthly payday already?!

~Saved $75.62 = 22% at the grocery store Friday by shopping the sales and using paper and e-coupons.  The cashier was impressed.  Highlights were a bag of free vegetables, and $1.75 off shrimp.
~Saved .40/gallon the pump using my value card for a savings of $9.51
~Was going to make a HUGE clothing donation this morning giving us a tax deduction, but the place I use is no longer accepting donations.  Back to the drawing board.
~Didn't go watch the game at a local establishment yesterday which saved fuel and expensive drink costs
~Using up what we have in the house instead of buying more.  Discovered cotton balls and Puffs while trying to locate the vacuum cleaner bags yesterday, which will saved approx $3 at Wally World this morning.
~Continuing to trade DH's garden harvest for neighbors' duck eggs and their harvest.  I have what feels like 40 lbs zucchini to process!
~Saved $80 a month this month going forward on my office land line bill by signing up for their new business package
~Going to get a facial and mani at a local beauty school instead of a salon
~Used a gift certificate for a free lunch last week
~Used 2 tea bags over the weekend.  Just 20+ more to go!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12046 on: September 17, 2018, 11:38:03 PM »
Actually went through the cabinets and fridge before buying groceries yesterday. Ended up needing less than I thought, so saved about $30.
Instead of going out to lunch, I deep cleaned my house and grazed on random fridge finds. During the cleaning, I found a package of paper towels and a package of TP I'd stowed away in a very unlikely place, thereby saving another $20 toward a future grocery bill. And I've set myself a challenge of making this paper towel package last the rest of the year.
Had to get some items at the store for work, which usually means using the company card and maybe getting a few Shopkick points while I shop or a few cents on Ibotta/Checkout 51. Today my boss was out of town with the company card, so I got to charge $115 to my rewards credit card, to be reimbursed. Free money!
Got a bunch of dry cleaning plastic bags at work. I tie a knot in the bottom and use them as garbage bags. I'm trying to see how long I can make the box of store bought bags last.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12047 on: September 18, 2018, 08:19:37 AM »
It's not exactly saving, but I ordered an expensive text book that arrived slightly damaged. No major damage but the corner of the (heavy, hardcover) book was obviously dropped on the floor. I don't actually mind, but hopefully I'll get reimbursed for a part of the cost.

Will have to get up really early for work tomorrow and I've prepared my lunch and snacks already, so I'm not tempted to stop by at the grocery store on my way to work to buy unhealthy stuff as a reward for getting up early. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12048 on: September 18, 2018, 09:20:56 AM »
Woke up wanting to get 'out'. In the past, that would mean 'running errands', which equates to spending money. I came up with alternatives:
Instead of taking my dog to a few hours of doggie day care for socialization, I took her to the big dog park nearby...
Which happens to be right next door to the community garden. I dropped off the compost, and cut some fresh herbs and wild flowers for my kitchen counter instead of buying fresh cut flowers.
There's a Little Free Library across the street, so I exchanged two books for one (decluttering!). While my dog played, I gathered up the damaged toys and random trash and put them in the bin. I even found a couple of cans to add to my stash to sell at salvage.

We both got fresh air, sunshine, and exercise; I left my community a little cleaner than I found it;  and I added some books to the great swap universe. Then I found a penny in the parking lot, so I MADE money instead of spending it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12049 on: September 18, 2018, 03:38:09 PM »
Ate leftovers for lunch. Walked to Target on my lunch break, rather than driving. Brought a reusable bag. Stuck to my shopping list.