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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12350 on: November 06, 2018, 05:49:13 AM »
Two flat tyres in the last few days.  One on the motorbike and one on the car.  I fixed them both with a tyre repair kit I keep on the motorbike, so almost no cost.  I will need to buy some more rubber glue, but that is a very small cost compared to getting them done by someone else.

I have some motorbiking co-workers who have mentioned such a repair kit before. I should tell DH about it. Maybe we could use it for our car as well.

It's a lifesaver.  I've had 7 or 8 flats since March and DH has been able to save all my tires.

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« Reply #12351 on: November 06, 2018, 06:38:54 AM »
I really felt like taking the train to work today, but I didn't cave in & went biking instead. Saved myself Ä7,50 :)

Oh, and I didn't buy a magazine when I was grocery shopping. And I bought all the things that we needed at a discount price. Saved another 14 euro's on those things as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12352 on: November 06, 2018, 01:26:42 PM »
~Used the rest of a Starbucks gift card this morning.

~Bought a pair of much needed winter boots yesterday at 50% off.

~Continuing to eat freezer leftovers which saves on the grocery bill.

~Didn't go anywhere over the weekend saving fuel.

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« Reply #12353 on: November 06, 2018, 01:42:52 PM »
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got out of the 'lets buy a bigger place' convo, for now

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12354 on: November 06, 2018, 03:17:51 PM »
Two flat tyres in the last few days.  One on the motorbike and one on the car.  I fixed them both with a tyre repair kit I keep on the motorbike, so almost no cost.  I will need to buy some more rubber glue, but that is a very small cost compared to getting them done by someone else.

I have some motorbiking co-workers who have mentioned such a repair kit before. I should tell DH about it. Maybe we could use it for our car as well.

Hi Linda,

A kit like this will get you out of trouble.

https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/sca-tyre-repair-kit---8-piece/130242.html?cgid=SCA010407#segment=1&page=1

Obviously it's in Australia, but will give you an idea of what you need.  They are reasonably easy to use as well, but youtube it first to make sure you want to do this.  Note: you will need some way of blowing up the tyre as well afterwards.  (i.e. a pump)

I went down this path as motorbikes do not carry a spare, so a flat is end of travel until it is fixed.  Cars carry a spare, so it is less important unless you are going to places where a failure could be catastrophic like the Australian outback.

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« Reply #12355 on: November 07, 2018, 12:57:39 AM »
My mum offered to pick me up from work, buy me dinner and drop me off if I helped her with a chore she hated. Deal! Free dinner and no bus fare.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12356 on: November 07, 2018, 01:26:18 AM »
Two flat tyres in the last few days.  One on the motorbike and one on the car.  I fixed them both with a tyre repair kit I keep on the motorbike, so almost no cost.  I will need to buy some more rubber glue, but that is a very small cost compared to getting them done by someone else.

I have some motorbiking co-workers who have mentioned such a repair kit before. I should tell DH about it. Maybe we could use it for our car as well.

Hi Linda,

A kit like this will get you out of trouble.

https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/sca-tyre-repair-kit---8-piece/130242.html?cgid=SCA010407#segment=1&page=1

Obviously it's in Australia, but will give you an idea of what you need.  They are reasonably easy to use as well, but youtube it first to make sure you want to do this.  Note: you will need some way of blowing up the tyre as well afterwards.  (i.e. a pump)

I went down this path as motorbikes do not carry a spare, so a flat is end of travel until it is fixed.  Cars carry a spare, so it is less important unless you are going to places where a failure could be catastrophic like the Australian outback.

Thanks. My car does not carry a spare (by design). But it does carry a pump and a bottle or fluid stuff that can be attached to the pump and should blow a layer of sticky stuff on the inside of the tire. It didn't work out last time I had a flat tire. The pump itself works.

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« Reply #12357 on: November 07, 2018, 09:16:30 PM »
-Dinner made out of various freezer leftovers. We were also out of lettuce, but cobbled together enough vegetables for an "alternative" salad
-Sold something on eBay that I'd forgotten about, earning $20
-Rather than buying my son poster board for a project, reused actual poster board (board from a poster that he was tired of in his room & had been stashed in the closet).

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« Reply #12358 on: November 08, 2018, 01:04:14 AM »
Walk to work today and will walk back in the afternoon. Showered and washed my hair at work. Shampoo and clean towel provided by employer.

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« Reply #12359 on: November 08, 2018, 01:15:41 AM »
Off from work today, so I don't have to spend money on a busticket. Had breakfast from the freezer, will have lunch from the freezer and maybe also dinner.

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« Reply #12360 on: November 08, 2018, 02:27:51 AM »
I did an extra large grocery shop and bought a ton of produce, then got some bad news and went into a depressive tailspin and didn't cook anything for five days. Tonight I made myself cook it all at 2:30 in the morning because I didn't want to waste it all by letting it go bad. Still need to eat a couple of cucumbers, but if they're still good tomorrow I'll pickle them.

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« Reply #12361 on: November 08, 2018, 07:27:21 AM »
Intensely expensive time, but trying to mitigate costs where I can. Setting up at a new place (sold our house and moved to an apartment). Our buyer bought a bunch of our stuff, so we need to replace things like couch, entertainment center, TV, stereo, etc etc. Also some items for the particular space- we need lots of lights. Got a couple new in box items from FB marketplace. Ikea for some good light options, so on. Going to submit our TV purchase, when we make it, to the Citi Price Rewind service, to capture any black friday sales. Will wait for BF for the stereo or sound bar- currently figuring out what we want there.

All pretty annoying, but we'll still come out ahead financially on the personal property sale, AND we didn't have to move all of it then!

Also, I've been cobbling together weird meals to minimize eating out. We haven't had a chance to grocery shop yet, but I've had odds and ends- part of a pack of spag and some marinara sauce I combined with some extra beef we saved from burgers. Box chicken broth and ramen noodles and eggs to make an egg drop soup with noodles. Etc.

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« Reply #12362 on: November 08, 2018, 09:29:06 AM »
Going to submit our TV purchase, when we make it, to the Citi Price Rewind service, to capture any black friday sales. Will wait for BF for the stereo or sound bar- currently figuring out what we want there.

All pretty annoying, but we'll still come out ahead financially on the personal property sale, AND we didn't have to move all of it then!

Will Citi Price Rewind match Black Friday? I couldn't remember and have been holding off on buying some things.

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« Reply #12363 on: November 08, 2018, 12:55:51 PM »
@Dollar Slice , sorry to hear about your difficult time.

@Bracken_Joy , that egg drop soup sounds delicious!


I've also been concentrating on using up frozen food in order to make room for the half pig we bought which will be ready soon.  Last night I pulled a smoked sausage, container of chopped zucchini from this summer, and a pork loin from the extra freezer.  Last weekend, I used up last year's pumpkin in brownies and 2 cups shredded zucchini went into bread.  Today and tomorrow's lunch will be leftover white lasagna (chicken and spinach) from September.

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« Reply #12364 on: November 09, 2018, 07:35:05 AM »
-Meals at home, no eating out
-Charged electric car for free at work
-Turned on our heat for the first time in 9ish months today. It got down to 63 in the house, and that's where I drew the line. I'd been holding out & bundling up at 65, but 63 was just too much.

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« Reply #12365 on: November 09, 2018, 07:52:26 AM »
Accepted the lunch invite to a pricey restaurant for a co-worker's going-away party (he's just transferring to a different division), but declined on the meal.  I can eat the food I bring - no, not at the restaurant - rather than drop 10-15x my normal meal cost on lunch.  It's a little weird to just sit around and chat with water while everyone else eats, but I've done it before, and it's worth the savings. 

Unfortunately, I have a frugal fail today as well - drove to work for the first time in 4.5 months.  Have a dentist appointment in the middle of the day that's too far to bike to reasonably. 

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« Reply #12366 on: November 09, 2018, 02:20:46 PM »
Resisted buying coffee when walking to work this morning.

You've mentioned this before I think? Don't you have nice coffee at home to take with you, or don't you have time to make fresh coffee in morning?

Yes, normally I do make my own but this morning I went to work earlier than normal so didn't have a lot of time and got tempted. This happens occasionally :). I'm also out of nice coffee actually so that doesn't help either (haven't been making any on most days tbh).

Update: I got some delicious Vietnamese coffee again <3

Pretty much completely kicked my occasional habit. Tomorrow I have to take a reaaaally early train though (on Saturday!) so I might let myself get tempted by a station cappuccino when waiting for my transfer.

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« Reply #12367 on: November 10, 2018, 04:39:48 PM »
Even though I didn't technically do it, I'll take credit for it. My husband used a $100 Amazon credit we had from filling out a survey & bought all of the parts needed to repair our garage door. Then, repaired it himself. I did keep my husband & kids fed & made lunch for everyone while they were out working.

Another day with no meals out, not even an Acai bowl from Costco, which is my kids current favorite. We came home & made pumpkin bread instead. Yum. . .

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« Reply #12368 on: November 10, 2018, 05:41:46 PM »
I saved roughly $1500 by not freaking out when my dryer broke last Sunday.  Instead I ordered a replacement part from Ebay and the angels sang last night when I screwed it in.  I live in a small condo that has the stackable washer/dryer set in a small closet, so when one needs replacement itís going to be pricey.  I know some Mustachians like to air dry all their clothes and while I can air dry most of my work clothes, my underwear and socks need to be softened and tumbled in a clothes dryer. 

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« Reply #12369 on: November 10, 2018, 06:34:35 PM »
I went to a grocery store I don't usually go to.  Bought only the loss leaders including bone-in chicken beats for $.99/lb.  I deboned and cut up 15 lbs (makes prep easier on weeknights) AND made 2+ gallons of stock AND picked enough meat off the bones to make a pot of chicken noodle soup with some left over for BBQ chicken sandwiches tomorrow.  All for less that I normally pay for 10 lbs of b/s  breasts.

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« Reply #12370 on: November 10, 2018, 06:52:56 PM »
Needed to replace a tail light on the jeep.  $7 at Autozone with a $5 mail in rebate.  Cheaper than a ticket

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« Reply #12371 on: November 11, 2018, 03:40:51 PM »
Where I live you get a financial compensation for your commute. How much you receive depends on the distance between your home and your workplace. And the amount of days, that you have to come to your workplace. I found out, that I got paid only about half of what I should get. So I filled in the paperwork to get that fixed. Should bring an additional 50 euros each month. Yay!

Also didn't buy new doors for the bedrooms, but took the old ones out, sanded them down, repaired holes with some wood filler. Will paint them tomorrow and should be as good as new again. And I searched online for the best deal for hardware for the doors. Our current hardware is just really meh. Old, cheap, very 'flimsy'. By repainting and changing the hardware, we should get fabulous looking doors, for 30 euros per door, instead of buying pretty new ones for 200 a door.

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« Reply #12372 on: November 11, 2018, 07:23:48 PM »
Trying to focus again on the small things, after a few extraordinarily difficult months:
Brought breakfast and lunch to work; drank free coffee instead of buying a 'real' coffee ($3.80) from the nearby cafe.
Combining public transport and walking for my commute. Parking starts at $5 near my work, and obviously there'd be fuel use and wear and tear too.
Recommitting to some environmental choices that also happen to save money.
No spend day today. I need more of these :-)

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« Reply #12373 on: November 11, 2018, 07:31:38 PM »
I got started on building my garden tool "kiosk".  It's not quite a shed, just a shallow covered spot to stow tools and a wheelbarrow.  Using as much scrap lumber as possible.  At first I was going to buy some sort of Rubbermaid mini-shed, but couldn't find exactly the right thing.  This will be custom for my needs and set me back <$200 vs. probably $400-500 for a pre-made shed that would be uglier and not customized.

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« Reply #12374 on: November 12, 2018, 01:41:06 AM »
Also didn't buy new doors for the bedrooms, but took the old ones out, sanded them down, repaired holes with some wood filler. Will paint them tomorrow and should be as good as new again. And I searched online for the best deal for hardware for the doors. Our current hardware is just really meh. Old, cheap, very 'flimsy'. By repainting and changing the hardware, we should get fabulous looking doors, for 30 euros per door, instead of buying pretty new ones for 200 a door.

Been there, done that. In our old house we have painted and repaired many of the old doors, including installing new door handles on them. Lots of work, but as done in your own free time, very low cost for a nice result.

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« Reply #12375 on: November 12, 2018, 02:25:04 AM »
Also didn't buy new doors for the bedrooms, but took the old ones out, sanded them down, repaired holes with some wood filler. Will paint them tomorrow and should be as good as new again. And I searched online for the best deal for hardware for the doors. Our current hardware is just really meh. Old, cheap, very 'flimsy'. By repainting and changing the hardware, we should get fabulous looking doors, for 30 euros per door, instead of buying pretty new ones for 200 a door.

Been there, done that. In our old house we have painted and repaired many of the old doors, including installing new door handles on them. Lots of work, but as done in your own free time, very low cost for a nice result.

Yes, we did that in our last house as well. But the doors there were of a much better quality, than the ones we have now. So we were severely tempted to buy new ones, but decided against it in the end. Total costs of replacing all the doors would be well over 1400 euros. Now we only have to buy 1 new door, because we moved the old door between living room & hall way, and now the old one doesn't fit anymore. By repainting, we save ourselves 1000 euros.

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« Reply #12376 on: November 12, 2018, 02:18:22 PM »
~Bought the max of 5 allowed .99 8 oz kroger cheese last week.  While there I cherry picked 4 free items, and bought a few other necessities.  Saved 48% off my total order.

~Checked with DH to ensure he has enough white undershirts to go two weeks without doing a washer load of them.  He does.  Woot!  That will save 2/loads a month x 12 = 24 loads a year.

~Speaking of DH, he got lucky and filled his deer tag last week.  Had leftover venison for lunch today.

~Heading on a business trip soon.  Will pack the usual snack items from home for the road and hotel room.

~Been drinking leftover various alcohols from our Halloween party instead of buying my usual poison of choice.

~Eating down our food on hand will hopefully lead to a reduced grocery total this month.

~Didn't go anywhere over the weekend saving on fuel costs.

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« Reply #12377 on: November 12, 2018, 04:05:42 PM »
Following along with @MountainGal - I made myself a cocktail using the remnants from our liquor cabinet + a lime from our tree last night, vs opening a new bottle of wine. We're going out of town later this week, and only drink alcohol on weekends, so didn't want to waste the wine.

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« Reply #12378 on: November 12, 2018, 04:08:44 PM »
saved $2500 or so in taxes by scrambling to max out 401ks at the end of year

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« Reply #12379 on: November 13, 2018, 02:46:58 PM »
Open Enrollment:

Switched from PPO to HDHP (wasn't available before).  Was able to tweak the coverage options thanks to plan changes.  Saves a bit over $2000 pre-tax.

Max out HSA.  Will get $1500 in free seed money, and save an additional $2200 in taxes next year.

Max out Dependent Care FSA, same as every year.  Save $2000 in taxes.

Cancel dental insurance (now covered by DW).  Saves about $450 pre-tax.