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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12050 on: September 18, 2018, 04:50:20 PM »
* Saved $4 parking on the street versus in the building parking lot at the pediatrician's office

* Found a pink all-metal Radio Flyer tricycle at the thrift, will clean it up and give to DD2 for Christmas, saved $30-45 retail plus assembly time.

* Found a pressure canner at the thrift, saved $70 over new on this model

* Line-dryed a load of laundry
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« Reply #12051 on: September 19, 2018, 12:36:28 PM »
Brought lunch from home (same chili that I made and froze the other day), and supplementing with fruit at work.
Have a meal plan for the rest of the week, even though I had to look up how to cook a spaghetti squash without an oven. Forgot about that little setback while at the grocery store.
Finding that losing 30+ pounds really opens up possibilities in the closet! It's like getting a whole new wardrobe that I don't have to shop for!
Filled up the car with gas using rewards points I earn from buying stuff for work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12052 on: September 19, 2018, 12:38:11 PM »
Downgraded my Cricket plan and saved $30 a month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12053 on: September 19, 2018, 01:20:33 PM »
Sorted through natural fiber clothing from the thrift shopís free pile to see which were suitable for wearing and which to be cut up for weaving rag rugs.  Shared two garments with a visiting friend.

Tutored friendís middle-schooler in exchange for an equal number of hours of yard work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12054 on: September 19, 2018, 04:59:11 PM »
Brought my sandwich and apple to work again as usual. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12055 on: September 19, 2018, 07:12:46 PM »
* cargobiked the school run
* harvested a pineapple we grew—it was delicious

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« Reply #12056 on: September 20, 2018, 12:24:56 PM »
Finishing up the last of my freezer chili, supplemented with some other food from work for lunch.
Got $6+ back from Ibotta and Checkout 51 from buying grocery items for work
Combined picking up some new library books with another trip down town
Tracked down some ebates credits that hadn't come through yet, that was about $8

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12057 on: September 20, 2018, 12:25:14 PM »
Finishing up the last of my freezer chili, supplemented with some other food from work for lunch.
Got $6+ back from Ibotta and Checkout 51 from buying grocery items for work
Combined picking up some new library books with another trip down town
Tracked down some ebates credits that hadn't come through yet, that was about $8

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« Reply #12058 on: September 20, 2018, 09:00:49 PM »
Husbandís client gave him a couple of drink tokens for an evening festival downtown. We were willing to walk a longer distance for free street parking, redeemed our drink tokens, bought a Christmas gift for $10, bought another round of drinks for $10, and spent about $1.50 in gas for the round-trip. The festival itself was free, the rain held off, and the people watching, live music, and street art were great. Not bad for a fun night out.

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« Reply #12059 on: September 20, 2018, 10:22:10 PM »
* Used no-rush shipping credits to watch a movie

* No driving day!

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« Reply #12060 on: September 22, 2018, 03:41:24 AM »
We and a bunch of neighbours did some road repairs on our road today, instead of hiring some to do it for us. With 15 people working a few hours, you can do quite a bit, closing holes, moving gravel and cutting trees and bushes.

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« Reply #12061 on: September 22, 2018, 06:53:12 AM »
Brought a sandwich and tea bag to not-work today. I'm just in the building to try to make progress on a project rather than really being here, but at least I didn't buy lunch this time.

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« Reply #12062 on: September 22, 2018, 07:14:00 AM »
We found out at the last minute that today was large trash day in our neighborhood, but we managed to get a good sized pile of trash out.  There's no charge for this service, so this saved us renting a dumpster or cutting this trash up small and paying for bags.  A sin all around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12063 on: September 22, 2018, 11:29:56 AM »
Having a garage sale today. So far I've only made $15, but it's still $15 I didn't have before, and it encouraged me to declutter my house. I'm going to pack most of the leftovers straight into the car to donate, except for a few more valuable items that I'll list on Craigslist.

ETA: Final tally: $31. And a fairly pleasant morning hanging out with the kids.
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« Reply #12064 on: September 22, 2018, 05:06:01 PM »
Invested in an at-home laser-hair removal gizmo after a user on these forums mentioned one they got at Costco. I had laser-hair removal done years ago but after three kids I'm overdue for an update. I don't really have time to go to a medspa since I'm the primary caregiver for my 2yo, and compared to getting multiple treatments on multiple body parts plus gas, time and parking, I should come out ahead.

And yes I could keep shaving with my frugal safety razor but I'm just sick of plucking chin hairs, y'all!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12065 on: September 22, 2018, 05:14:49 PM »
Our clothes dryer died a few days ago. Husband pulled off the back panel and found the dead fuse. So much cheaper to replace that than call a repair service or (god forbid) replace the appliance. I love that he's handy with appliances and cars because I'm not.

I made beef-vegetable soup for dinner and used up several items in our pantry, fridge, and freezer (including a random quarter cabbage and a slightly wilted bell pepper and zucchini). Between tonight's soup and last night's black beans and rice, we should have lunches for the next several days.

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« Reply #12066 on: September 23, 2018, 03:26:59 PM »
I cancelled a visit to a friend, which saved me Ä15 for the train.

Saving money wasn't the reason why I cancelled the visit, but it was the unintended result.

I have also been drinking liters and liters of a really nice tea that someone gifted me a large box of, and had a fancy home-made pumpkin spice latte this morning. A friend of mine bought pumpkin spice coffee syrup only to find out she was allergic to an ingredient in it. I make such nice coffee at home that I'm often disappointed when I drink coffee in a coffee shop (which happens maybe 6 times a year).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12067 on: September 23, 2018, 07:54:21 PM »
Liquid hand soap was on my grocery list--in fact, the only thing. I hated to make a special trip to the store or an Amazon order just for a bottle of soap. While I was cleaning up the bathroom, I discovered a half-full bottle of shampoo that didn't work for my hair. So I filled up the hand-soap pumps with shampoo. Entire grocery list, sorted out with $0 spent :)

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« Reply #12068 on: September 24, 2018, 01:47:36 AM »
Liquid hand soap was on my grocery list--in fact, the only thing. I hated to make a special trip to the store or an Amazon order just for a bottle of soap. While I was cleaning up the bathroom, I discovered a half-full bottle of shampoo that didn't work for my hair. So I filled up the hand-soap pumps with shampoo. Entire grocery list, sorted out with $0 spent :)

Just in general, it is a good idea to put things on your grocery list before the old product is all finished. This way it can stand on the list for some time until you can shop, while it is not a crisis at home.

But using up a bad shampoo in a useful way is smart.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12069 on: September 24, 2018, 08:38:05 AM »
- Fixed my wife's car.  'Twas a pretty minor thing (battery crapped out), but managed to jump it, drive it to Autozone, and replace the battery in the parking lot.  She was talking about towing and mechanics, so I did have to talk her off the ledge a bit.

- Made another batch of homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot.  Figuring out how the different variables affect the final product.  I think I've got thickening it up figured out, but this batch admittedly is a bit on the tangier side than I'd prefer.  Think maybe I added too much starter yogurt.  Nevertheless, it's perfectly edible and will save me $6.  I'm committed to this approach, so making my own yogurt will be saving me about $150/year, and is more gratifying than dropping money every week on disposable containers of yogurt.  Every bit helps!

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« Reply #12070 on: September 24, 2018, 11:22:25 AM »
A few things from the past couple weeks, including our trip to Paris.

Paris
- Found a market near our hotel and bought sodas/snacks to tide us over between meals
- Used my disabled parking placard to get free admission for myself and my husband to all the museums (over 100 euros saved!)
- Walked a TON. We only used taxis/uber to/from the airport and when we went to the Moulin Rouge (complete waste of time and money). We used one booklet of 10 metro tickets the whole week.
- Didn't drink. Ordered "un carafe d'eau" for free water where ever we went.
- Kept all receipts and submitted paperwork for reimbursement of doctor and medicine after my husband got sick and needed medical care. $50 of travel insurance will save us over $300 in costs
- Got office souvenirs (it's an unavoidable part of my department's culture) for cheap by purchasing an 8 pack of coasters and adding magnets to the back and buying a big box of individually wrapped chocolates to divvy up among the group.
- All in all, stayed underbudget for this trip and was able to share my love of Paris with my husband who now wants to go back.

- Spent extra time calculating different payment options to get myself 2 new pairs of glasses. I was able to save $123 over just paying through my insurance and now I still have the insurance allowance that I'll put towards a pair of prescription sunglasses next year.
- Eating down the fridge. Made kebabs last night with the odds and ends of veg left in the fridge.
- Made pesto from our garden. If our basil keeps growing like this, I'll have a great holiday gift for my officemates.
- Freshened up our porch pillows for Fall by making new covers out of a $4 tablecloth and fabric scraps I had in my stash.
- I take part in a quarterly craft exchange and I'm making a scarf with yarn from my stash and I'll use some scrap wood and my new gifted rotary tool to make a pretty plaque.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12071 on: September 24, 2018, 11:59:03 AM »
Bought six bags of different dried beans and two pounds of brown rice.  Going to learn how to cook it. LOL

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12072 on: September 24, 2018, 01:08:46 PM »
ate enough (free) delicious pizza at work lunch to not have to eat dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12073 on: September 24, 2018, 02:51:15 PM »
In a jet lagged stupor when I was unable to focus on any real work, I thought to price match our flights to Hawaii, and received a $140 credit for the difference. (We can use the credit for future travel.)

We also bought prepared Costco food on Saturday vs eating out (not as cheap as making our own, but way cheaper than takeout, and . . . jet lag). My husband cooked on Sunday, using ingredients we already had at the house.

I've already finished my expense report, so should be getting the money back from my trip to Tokyo pretty quickly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12074 on: September 24, 2018, 06:13:51 PM »
Did the paperwork for a rebate on the motor oil we bought for an oil change.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12075 on: September 26, 2018, 06:21:01 AM »
Last evening I saved ~$150 by not calling a plumber and diagnosing the problem and removing clogged pipes in our kitchen.  Last night I saved even more by cleaning up the ten gallons of water I put onto my kitchen floor myself.  Today I'm line-drying all the towels I used to clean up my flood mess created by my plumbing mess.  Yes sir, at this rate of saving money I should be able to FIRE in no time. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12076 on: September 26, 2018, 09:15:45 AM »
After countless calls to Xfinity for a reduced bill, all made in vain, canceled cable and home phone.  Saved $50 per month.

Saved an additional $5 per month by adding back cable the next day.  Suddenly after canceling the new customer offers appeared.   

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« Reply #12077 on: September 26, 2018, 03:24:20 PM »
After countless calls to Xfinity for a reduced bill, all made in vain, canceled cable and home phone.  Saved $50 per month.

Saved an additional $5 per month by adding back cable the next day.  Suddenly after canceling the new customer offers appeared.

I was thinking you saved $50/month by canceling cable and home phone because the bill for those was $50/month.  But that must not be correct, because if you are now saving $5 more by adding it back in they would have to be paying you $5.  Maybe you have internet with them too or something.

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« Reply #12078 on: September 26, 2018, 10:03:18 PM »
Went to the debit-card-only gas station, saving about $0.20 a gallon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12079 on: September 27, 2018, 01:30:55 AM »
  • I lowered my commute expense by 50% just by simply walking halfway to/from work and home!
  • Cut down cable tv subscription (what was I thinking?) and replaced it with Netflix essentially cutting the cost in half.
  • Almost completed my no-softdrinks month challenge which proved to be a double win (great way to save and good for my health) - planning to continue this next month :)
  • Completely cutoff the weekly eat-out habit with my co-workers

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« Reply #12080 on: September 27, 2018, 07:42:09 AM »
We did the boring things this week - ate leftovers for dinner (free breakfast/lunch at work for the adults) & charged our electric car for free at work. We also heavily leveraged carpools to avoid lots of driving for kids activities. That said, I screwed up on one of our asks for our nanny (wrong time) & will pay an extra $25 because of my error. Sad. This is what happens when you work on the weekly schedule jet lagged.

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« Reply #12081 on: September 28, 2018, 02:55:27 AM »
When we started our renovation a year ago, I tried hard to save anything useful for reuse. The bay window system was re-installed and replaced with new triple-glass windows for energy efficiency, and I was able to locate, wash, and reinstall the Ikea Ringblomma blinds today, saving $102 including tax.

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« Reply #12082 on: September 28, 2018, 01:15:29 PM »
I looked up the cost of an airline flight to compare it to a train I was thinking of taking between two cities and found a direct flight that was only $24 per person!  The next cheapest flight was over $110 for one person and my two tickets cost less than $50! 

Although a train would have been entertaining, I couldn't have passed up that kind of cost savings.  I anticipate the train would have been well over $120 per person.

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« Reply #12083 on: September 28, 2018, 02:02:07 PM »
My mantra of "it's the little things" this week continues:
-I'm working from home, so husband is driving our electric car to work, where he'll get free charging
-Kids packed leftovers for lunches, & I also ate leftovers for lunch
-I'm making naan pizzas for dinner, which is an excuse to clear out the fridge & use up lots of odds & ends
-I listed 2 items on eBay. I haven't been doing this in a while, so it was good to get a little momentum going again
-Found 2 items I can return to Costco (haven't been used). Changed my mind, & may have just left them lingering in my closet, but re-evaluated whether I really needed them, and have them on the table to leave the house at tomorrow's Costco run
-Planned a menu for the next two weeks, primarily featuring things I'm trying to clear out of the freezer

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« Reply #12084 on: September 28, 2018, 04:52:13 PM »
Prepping to sell our house.
-The light fixtures out front were original to the house (26+ years old) and looked terrible. Thought we needed to replace them, but with a good clean up they look a million times better.
-Getting bids from multiple places to replace the flooring (this is one area that 'clean it up' won't do- it needed replaced before we moved in frankly, and multiple steam cleanings hasn't improved the staining from the previous owners. Plus, you know, peeling vinyl isn't pretty)

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« Reply #12085 on: September 29, 2018, 10:56:24 PM »
Bought a few bottles of black dye and dyed my work pants.  They are in decent condition just faded.  This will easily get me another year without buying new ones.  Only draw back is my hand now has a black cast to it from making sure the fabric was all under water.  Next time Iíll make sure I have an old paint stick on hand for that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12086 on: September 30, 2018, 01:59:25 AM »
Been married for almost a year now, but finally got around to having our honeymoon in HI.
  • Flight tickets paid for (mostly) with CC points
  • Stayed at two different places we found online, both with incredible views. We negotiated cash deals with each owner directly to save about 20% on both
  • Bought groceries to cook most meals at our rentals
  • Almost all of our entertainment was hikes/vistas/etc., didn't spend any cash on tours/shows/etc., just national park entry
  • Kept our national park receipt to re-use two days later when we visited the other side of the park
  • Fueled up the rental at Costco to save almost $1.00/gal on gasoline

Things I did to save money, but could have saved even more money if I simply hadn't done them. No ragrets though:
  • Bought a bottle of Lagavulin 16 for $50 at Costco. I've always wanted to grab a bottle, but it's $85 where I'm from, and I could never justify paying that much. So for $50 I decided to go for it.
  • Bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace, a great whiskey for the money. Nearly impossible to find where I'm from, so I'm glad I got to nab one to bring back home.
  • We rented a car for the whole trip. Scooters/ebikes might have been a fun alternative for getting around the island, but we went for a car instead for the comforts. My workplace "perks" offers rental car pricing, but the price is exactly the same as without the perk, so idk what the point is.

Some face punch things we did:
  • Paid to check a piece of luggage "just in case" we need to bring back souvenirs
  • One evening, DW wanted to eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. because she likes the movie, so we willingly overpaid there. Food was good, service was great, but def. overpaid
  • I bought one of those ridiculous half-ounce travel size deodorant sticks, when I should have just dealt with the BO

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12087 on: September 30, 2018, 04:47:11 AM »
Chopped wood for the woodstove. And I will take the train to the next city this afternoon using DH's train card.

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« Reply #12088 on: September 30, 2018, 07:34:26 AM »
@cliner - congrats on your honeymoon! Sounds like a great experience. With the deodorant, why not just bring a regular size, and not deal with BO or overpaying? :-) Stick deodorant is not considered a liquid, so you can bring even in a carry on. I travel with a backpack only & prioritize packing deodorant for sure!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12089 on: September 30, 2018, 07:45:51 AM »
Bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace, a great whiskey for the money. Nearly impossible to find where I'm from, so I'm glad I got to nab one to bring back home.

What sad world do you live in where you can't find buffalo trace?! =o

Also, we're totally with you- we were married almost 3 years before we finally took a honeymoon to Maui! It was great though.


-Been cutting our fancy coffee with half costco stuff. Still get a fantastic depth of flavor, and it actually balances the acidity of the fancy coffee well for me.
-I finally had to replace my turby-twist hair wrap. Not exactly savings for today, since I had to replace it, but I just wanted to brag about that thing lasting through daily use for 12 years with long hair! I was able to pick up a 2 pack replacement for ~$5 at TJ Maxx. Hope they last as long.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12090 on: September 30, 2018, 08:00:43 AM »
Canceled auto renewal for Amazon Prime.  I don't buy enough stuff to justify 2-day shipping and I've watched anything worth watching on their online service. 

The hubby is leveling our future mobile home we got for free himself instead of paying $500 to a company to do it.  Luckily, he has a friend willing to help with experience doing this.  We are also repurposing cabinet doors and some wood flooring instead or buying new to finish some things inside the home.  Yesterday I spent hours scraping carpet pad glue off the linoleum to re-use in a bedroom over ripping it out and replacing. 

We are also still waiting to take our honeymoon, 10 months now.  Have a blast on your trip for me @cliner !

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« Reply #12091 on: September 30, 2018, 08:01:58 AM »
Found a hole in my sheet and sewed a patch over it. Cut a patch from a worn out shirt and used gifted thread to stitch it. For this kind of repair, a patch from used fabric is actually better than from new fabric, because the used fabric is already soft. You don't want rough fabric on your bed. 

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« Reply #12092 on: October 01, 2018, 09:18:20 PM »
Biked to work, with snacks from home in my bag so that I wasn't tempted to pay for some.
Used my water bottle that keeps the water *so cold* so that I wouldn't be tempted by soda.
Drank a free soda from the work fridge when I caved on that point. :(
I'm 'dry cleaning' my work clothes in the dryer with Woolite Dry Cleaning Cloths. Much cheaper than taking them to be cleaned.
Used a birthday card from my stash of thrifted cards and a gifted stamp to send to a friend.I think I'm one of the few people who send actual cards instead of just a facebook greeting, and recipients seem to appreciate it.
Figured out I can split my medication pills in half (with my doctor's approval), taking my medication costs to $5/month with insurance.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12093 on: October 02, 2018, 03:16:47 AM »
  • Bought a half fare card for public transport with a discount - it will be the cheapest way to get to work as long as I only go there for 1 day per week
  • Used an old computer and set it up with a free, very small operating system. It serves now as my music station when I do laundry

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« Reply #12094 on: October 02, 2018, 11:15:24 AM »
Had a $10 off coupon for Kohl's that was expiring yesterday.  Didn't have time to actually get to a Kohl's and was trying to figure out if I could make it after work and before they closed without being a jerk running in the door at the last minute.  Thought to check their website and they offered free in-store pickup.  I was able to buy a Christmas present for under $10 so my total was $0, and I didn't have to rush there at 9:55 pm.

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« Reply #12095 on: October 02, 2018, 11:50:30 AM »
Completed step 1 of emptying out the top drawer of the file cabinet and scanning everything, still need to do the bottom drawer.  This won't save me now, but will when we determine long term storage after we sell our house. 

DH has had several food shows lately and rather than throw away the food he is sampling, he brings it home.  He tries to give it away, but people generally don't want to take it.  We've had three meals this past week where we just had to add vegetables and a salad.  His company has also reformulated a couple products and/or changed the packaging.  He can't give out samples of old packaging or old formulas so he brings those samples home. 

Thankful that Hurricane Florence has only cost me under $2.5k so far, although we have one more huge tree to take care of that will probably be at least $1k to take care of. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12096 on: October 02, 2018, 11:56:04 AM »
Power company was selling LED bulbs for 10/$10.  Replaced my aging flickering LEDs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12097 on: October 02, 2018, 02:10:50 PM »
~Doing the usual bringing my coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks to work
~Put $1.11 into my penguin bank
~Declined all the extra warranty stuff for my new car
~Driving responsibly keeps my insurance rates down, even on the new car
~Saved 17% at the grocery store by shopping the sales and using e-coupons
~Saved .03 at the fuel pump using my value card
~(Finally) donated the 6 bags of clothing, etc. for a tax deduction
~Utilizing leftovers to save food waste
~Continuing to pay down my credit card which is reducing the finance charge dramatically

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12098 on: October 02, 2018, 08:49:51 PM »
-Made various dinner leftovers into a dinner that would serve 4
-Drove electric car to work, avoiding commuting costs
-Adjusted the shipping on an eBay item (I'd applied the recommended eBay cost) & immediately received bids. It's a small item (pair of flip flops), but I got them for free at work, so all upside.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12099 on: October 02, 2018, 09:15:36 PM »
-showered at the pool, instead of home
- drank a free latte at work
- brought home free yellow squash from a co-workers garden
- returned two items I purchased from amazon in a "I feel sorry for myself" shopping moment