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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1250 on: August 16, 2014, 10:49:01 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

1. Washed the lens good and rinsed well.
2. Polished the lens with Silicone Dioxide polish and old t-shirt. Anyone who cuts and polishes rocks will give you 1/2 to 1 ounce if you know them.  Or buy a kit from an auto store.
3. Dried the lens with another rag and let it set to make sure it was dry.
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).
5. Applied the mixture in a very thin coat using a 1" foam brush.

Things to do next time...pick a day when the wind isn't blowing...

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« Reply #1251 on: August 16, 2014, 11:30:41 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

The book is called "God's Crucible." by David Levering Lewis.   I would also recommend "Destiny Disrupted." by Tamin Ansary.   Both downloadable as audio books from the Seattle Public Library which uses the Overdrive system.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1252 on: August 16, 2014, 01:12:34 PM »
Patched my paint pants.  So, yes, the pants that a year ago got retired to being for painting only got patched so they could be used for a little  bit longer.  God I'm cheap.

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« Reply #1253 on: August 16, 2014, 02:33:53 PM »
Remembered to press the "Air Dry" button on my dishwasher.

Started planning a house swap with a friend in Germany so we can both enjoy summer vacations next year with a house and car already covered.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1254 on: August 17, 2014, 07:56:31 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1255 on: August 17, 2014, 08:17:39 AM »
I painted two unfinished wooden chairs for my kitchen.  I used a wood spray paint, in a color called green apple.  They look incredible, and the paint only cost $7.  I'm not sure how much the chairs cost, as I got them a year ago, but I think they were $50 each. 

I had matching chairs for the kitchen table, but got rid of them as they were too formal for the kitchen.  Now I have a bunch of mismatched chairs that are much more interesting and funky.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1256 on: August 17, 2014, 08:21:41 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.

I intend to polish them until I wear a hole in the plastic lens.  These cost about $400 to replace.  Polishing with a special kit only costs about $20, and the kit is good for 2-3 polishes.  The way I do it, it is almost free because I use stuff I normally have on hand.

Without putting the clear gloss on the lens, you get to polish them about twice a year.  With the clear gloss UV protection, you can get up to two years between polishing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1257 on: August 17, 2014, 11:09:06 AM »
Turned out to be a small thing - I signed up for a Roth 401K at my new job, and hadn't gotten around to calling GR about switching over  ...Poking around on the website this morning, it turns out it's just a setting in the contribution allocations.  Fixed!

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« Reply #1258 on: August 17, 2014, 11:14:41 AM »
Received a lovely painting on fabric from a friend in the mail last week.  Instead of buying a frame for it, we built a frame out of pine scraps in the garage, stretched the fabric across it, and now have a lovely new painting hanging on the wall in the bedroom.  Looks like stretched canvas.

Smaller son's preschool/daycare requires uniforms for the class he's moving into this month.  Trying to avoid paying the exorbitant prices for the embroidered polos and shorts....found brand-new-with-tags shorts at Once Upon A Child last night ($3.50 a pop!) and still searching for used/hand-me-down polos.  These are proving more elusive, but I'm not giving up, as they're $16 new and the embroidered ones are "required" (grr.)

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« Reply #1259 on: August 17, 2014, 12:59:55 PM »
Just got back from the gym of outdoors.  The Hub and I are using a hilly road in the State Forest to train for our hike into the Canadian Rockies to see the Burgess Shale.  The only way to see this legendary fossil site is to take a Canadian Park Service guided hiking trip which, according to people who have done it, goes better if you have prepared your hill climbing muscles.

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« Reply #1260 on: August 17, 2014, 01:10:53 PM »
Today, I treated the wife and myself to a movie at the local cinema for no cost.  I've been saving up My Coke Rewards points for the past year and since I don't drink much soda, I enlisted the help of friends and family who passed on all their bottle caps and codes from 12 packs and cases of Coke products.  I had enough points for two free movie passes and two free large sodas from the concessions stand.  We rode our bikes to the theatre, so it didn't even cost us any gas.

Cost of a matinee: $7 a ticket
Cost of a large soda: $5.50 each
Total Savings: $25

If we had gone to an evening show which costs $12 a ticket, then we would have saved $35.

Not a bad deal.

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« Reply #1261 on: August 17, 2014, 02:38:03 PM »
For lunch, put out leftover fixings from taco salad last night, and brought out a bag of burrito wraps. So easy for me!

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« Reply #1262 on: August 17, 2014, 03:03:40 PM »
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!

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« Reply #1263 on: August 17, 2014, 03:26:07 PM »
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!

I will be very interested in how this comes out. Please post.

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« Reply #1264 on: August 17, 2014, 06:32:53 PM »
1. Contract was up with Sprint yesterday so I switched to Ting this morning :)

2. I replaced the rear window lock/latch on my car rather than paying the mechanic.  I learned more about my old car while spending the afternoon outside with my husband, and saved $100 in labor that otherwise would have gone to the mechanic.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1265 on: August 18, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
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4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

For my small thing today: I packed my lunch, and damn it I'm eating it, even though I am not excited about it. 

My husband did better: biked our daughter to daycare, biked himself to work, and is increasing this participation in the Employee Stock Purchase program (making money, rather than saving as per the thread, but still yay!)
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« Reply #1266 on: August 18, 2014, 10:13:17 AM »
Working from home, so no gas used.

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« Reply #1267 on: August 18, 2014, 12:04:50 PM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
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4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

For my small thing today: I packed my lunch, and damn it I'm eating it, even though I am not excited about it. 

My husband did better: biked our daughter to daycare, biked himself to work, and is increasing this participation in the Employee Stock Purchase program (making money, rather than saving as per the thread, but still yay!)

I used a 3M kit that I bought on Amazon ($3 after mail-in rebate).  I was a bit labor intensive, but it worked well.



Today, I carpooled.  Packed my lunch with freezer left overs, packed home brewed iced tea, had an apple for breakfast, and sent a friend my WalMart delivery shopping code ($10 off my next order & his). 

Tonight, I plan to make something exciting for dinner using pantry ingredients (shout out to the 'eat all the food in your house' thread in the forum for all of the recipes and help).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1268 on: August 18, 2014, 12:20:51 PM »
Stuck my friend's phone number in my wallet.  Now when I shop at Fred Meyer, she can get the points on her grocery card.  I don't shop there much but since it is the only grocery store within walking distance I do pick up an onion or something once in a while. She might as well have the points to reduce the cost of gas when they fill their RV. 

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« Reply #1269 on: August 18, 2014, 12:41:51 PM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
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4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

The Helmsman Spar with UV protection can be bought at a hardware store or Walmart.  Buy the smallest can available.  Same for the paint thinner/mineral spirits.  I have it on hand in larger quantities because of my wood carving.  This sealant will let the lens last about 2 years before you have to do it again.

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« Reply #1270 on: August 18, 2014, 01:47:28 PM »
I was going to say that I didn't do anything big, but I guess small things is the point of this discussion:

- public transit to work (subsidized by employer), long walk home
- bagged lunch (giant salad with 5-6 veggies grown in my own garden with a cheap protein source of hard boiled eggs)
- figured out a way to get to an after work industry wine-and-cheese event this week via public transit, saving $15-20/day for parking my car
- opted out of a office golf tournament and pricey after-party (we're expected to contribute to a fundraising silent auction )
- part of my work outfit is clothes from a clothing swap with friends

Little things all, but collectively they're allowing me to reach my goals.

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« Reply #1271 on: August 18, 2014, 04:01:44 PM »
I got my list of textbooks from the campus bookstore, so I could rent them via amazon, however, while bumming around the work room I found copies of my A&P and the lab book and Natural Science, it's the previous edition but dang! I tracked down who they belonged to, she was just going to recycle them! That saves me $300 in rental fees! 




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« Reply #1272 on: August 18, 2014, 09:11:24 PM »
-Made soup for dinner from chicken stock made with chicken bones from a few days ago. Added tons of vegetables from the depths of the fridge and a cup of rice. Rounded out the meal with homemade buns from the freezer

-hung a load of laundry on my brand new clothesline


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« Reply #1273 on: August 18, 2014, 11:47:48 PM »
A while ago I started making and freezing batches of simple sandwiches (just meat/cheese; fresher fixings don't freeze well) to take to work as part of my lunch - far cheaper than takeout. I'd been using store-bought English muffins as the bread, but I'm tracking grocery purchases and noticed the muffins were creeping up and up on the list (it's sorted in descending order by amount spent).

So I've been trying out homemade whole-wheat bread recipes. I finally found one that is not too much hassle and does not taste like cardboard, so yesterday I made two loaves, and tonight I sliced them and made 12 sandwiches for the freezer. Not only is it cheaper, it tastes way better. 

It's more work, of course, but on the other hand, now I don't have to worry about my lunch for 2+ weeks. It does crack me up listening to my coworkers who spend half an hour every single day trying to decide where to spend their $10 and going to pick it up.

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« Reply #1274 on: August 19, 2014, 09:02:21 AM »
Planning my training hike (A regular walk becomes a training hike when you add a backpack filled with random books for weight) to take me passed the office supplies store where they are selling 10 cent notebooks.  Nobody is going back to school at our house but we can always use the paper

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« Reply #1275 on: August 20, 2014, 10:45:13 AM »
Packed breakfast and lunch for today. DH and boychild eating at granny's tonight so free dinner! Balance transfer posted, saving me $239 in interest a month. Resisted going grocery shopping until my $80 Kroger rewards checks come.

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« Reply #1276 on: August 20, 2014, 10:46:38 AM »
Found an empty bottle of Carlo Rossi down by the U and brought it back. Free gallon fermenter with natural bro-yeast!

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« Reply #1277 on: August 21, 2014, 02:59:33 AM »
Nothing out of the ordinary: had a piece of home made muesli slice for a snack at work, and had a home cooked meal for lunch as well. I plan our cooking to have leftovers that freeze well for lunches and always try to have at least 10 spare meals in the freezer (variety so we don't get sick of the same thing) for hubby and I take to work. It's the easiest way for us to take lunch to work. We both usually keep a few in our respective freezers at work to have a choice at lunchtime.

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« Reply #1278 on: August 21, 2014, 07:51:49 AM »
Poured yesterday's leftover tea into a drinking glass.  Later today when it gets hot, I will add lemonaide mix and ice.  Later today going to make bacon and tomato sandwich with bacon bought on sale earlier this year and stashed for just this moment.

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« Reply #1279 on: August 21, 2014, 09:28:43 AM »
Last night I cut off strawberry runners and transplanted them so I'll have more delicious strawberries next spring.

Picking up my beef quarter tonight and briefly thought about taking the truck, but wedged four coolers into my tiny car instead so I'll save gas and won't have to take any detours after work.

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« Reply #1280 on: August 21, 2014, 09:40:36 AM »
Stayed home
Made a double batch of laundry detergent with ing I already had on hand for awhile now.

I hope to make some bread or muffins for my boys.

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« Reply #1281 on: August 21, 2014, 11:25:40 AM »
Carpooled, packed my breakfast (2 hardboiled eggs + banana, $0.45) and homemade iced tea

Yesterday I made a dessert using things in my freezer and pantry.  Not the prettiest thing, but it tasted amazing!

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« Reply #1282 on: August 21, 2014, 11:51:34 AM »
Hung a load of laundry

Using up all the tea in my cupboard before buying any more

Made cookies from scratch for company

Didn't throw on air conditioner even though thermostat passed my personal threshold because I knew that the cool evening air was arriving soon

Cooked a whole chicken from my freezer from our bulk buy of 40 chickens. Will also make stock from the bones to freeze for fall soups

Listened to Dave Ramsey show for motivation while working in my kitchen

Took kids to the library - one child won a $20 bookstore gift card from summer reading club draw

Planning to make 5 loaves of bread for the freezer today -- maybe posting it here will keep me accountable!

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« Reply #1283 on: August 21, 2014, 12:21:49 PM »
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to -inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.
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« Reply #1284 on: August 21, 2014, 12:25:35 PM »
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!

I will be very interested in how this comes out. Please post.

UPDATE: The Watermelon Chutney turned out great! I added a little more serrano pepper, some chopped up crystallized ginger and some whole mustard seeds.

I had lots of extra watermelon so I also made the watermelon curry that was linked in the post. It was OK to start with - My watermelon rind was weird though, the outside parts of it really got soft so it was a very weird texture. I solved that by buzzing it up in my food processor so it made a sauce - and was actually really yummy! Served with some rice and poppadums and chutney it was a super cheap, tasty meal that has fed us for a few days.

Recipe is here: http://myheartbeets.com/watermelon-rind-chutney/

I also made some of David Chang's pickled watermelon rind - but I wasn't too fussy about it, again because of the hardness of the rind. I don't know if it was just my watermelon or what. It definitely had a much thinner rind then most watermelons I have had. I do think that watermelon rind would be a great addition to a batch of chow or mustard pickles. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1285 on: August 21, 2014, 05:32:00 PM »
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to -inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1286 on: August 21, 2014, 05:38:09 PM »
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to -inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?
NO!  Corn flour looks like flour.  Best source is "masa", which is used to make tamales.  Find it in the Mexican or ethnic section of your grocery.  Ask a clerk; they will have it.  Ask for "masa" and they should be able to take you to it.

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« Reply #1287 on: August 21, 2014, 06:00:55 PM »
Did a week's grocery shopping today and every single item on my list was available at Aldi's. $95.95 spent to cover 21 meals for me and DH, plus five suppers when the seven of us eat together. One of my best weeks yet.

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« Reply #1288 on: August 21, 2014, 08:21:34 PM »
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.

Week three (and three, is a magic number) and still on track.  Yah!  I cook batches of food over the weekend.  Having this board is a way to stay accountable. I am also tracking all my expenses, so will have some comparison data.

Week whatever - still bringing lunch/breakfast/snack. Today I went to the store over lunch to get more supplies rather than eat out (nothing sounds that good).
Not today, but in the last couple of weeks:
I cut my own hair - not perfect, but also not $30 + tip, or endless chatter with stylist, or post-cut styling with 5 products and 3 tools I keep telling them I won't bother with (styling tool = towel)
Borrowed a book from the library for a book club discussion rather than buy
More diligently turned off electronics at home when not in use
Keeping thermostat for AC higher, using fans as needed for more comfort
Less eating out for dinner with spouse also...
Stopped buying cups of sodas, drinking free coffee or water at work (or bring own soda)

Still not the paragon of frugality, but these changes are not painful at all - actually I feel better physically and emotionally.

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« Reply #1289 on: August 21, 2014, 09:15:15 PM »
Was on vacation so let the reins go a little, but I was planning that. (I went to Portland and I was not going to miss out on some of the delicious eats that city has. Although I didn't buy a new pair of earrings because none of the ones I browsed in the shops there really appealed, although I like buying tokens like that on vacation) 

Now I'm back home and back to good habits... Bussed to work. Took out book from library for book club. Made two pans of enchiladas.

So close to finishing my car loan!

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« Reply #1290 on: August 22, 2014, 12:06:47 AM »
Hand made the cot valance, fitted cot sheets, cot top sheets and pillow covers for our impending baby's cot!

I'm very pleased with the result, and it was much easier and cheaper than you'd think: www.buttonsandbooties.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/how-to-make-cot-sheet-sets-for-under-25.html

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1291 on: August 22, 2014, 08:56:43 AM »
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to -inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?
NO!  Corn flour looks like flour.  Best source is "masa", which is used to make tamales.  Find it in the Mexican or ethnic section of your grocery.  Ask a clerk; they will have it.  Ask for "masa" and they should be able to take you to it.

Thanks.  Masa is easy to find around here.  If it works out well, I can make a trunk stash for my spouse to prevent his whoring after strange vending machines

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1292 on: August 23, 2014, 02:34:08 PM »
Gave our long distance transportation device a little tlc today. Changed oil and air filter, changed windshield wiper blades and cleaned it inside and out.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1293 on: August 23, 2014, 02:40:18 PM »
I started a whole batch of raisins and now my house smells like jam. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1294 on: August 23, 2014, 02:40:45 PM »
Bought 15 lb. of sharp cheddar/black pepper cheese for $2/lb. at Grocery Outlet. Also some canned dolmas to add variety to our next camping trip.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1295 on: August 23, 2014, 02:47:48 PM »
-daughter made applesauce out of apples that were past being nice for eating whole

-leftover chili used up for lunch

-cooking bones from chicken for stock

-will use bits of meat picked off chicken for wraps tonite

-thawing last bag of chick peas to make hummus

-started more dry chickpeas in crockpot to replenish supply in freezer

-husband and son doing yard work (weeding, landscape fabric, bark mulch) instead of hiring it out

-went to waterslides for free last night -- dentist booked it for all his patients!

-took cooler full of food and bought nothing at concession stand


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1296 on: August 23, 2014, 02:50:40 PM »
Held on to my originally offered price while negotiating a bike on the local craigslist, even though I really wanted the deal to pass and I was a little anxious it might fall through. Saved myself 50 euros and a little bit of self esteem :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1297 on: August 23, 2014, 03:26:28 PM »
Somewhat badass, but not productively so: Walked 7 km to look at a used bike. Bike was meh... I offered a lower price, which was turned down, so I passed on it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1298 on: August 23, 2014, 03:41:26 PM »
Somewhat badass, but not productively so: Walked 7 km to look at a used bike. Bike was meh... I offered a lower price, which was turned down, so I passed on it.
You didn't let the "hassle" you'd been through alter your better judgement. That seems productive to me, and certainly badass.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1299 on: August 23, 2014, 04:55:12 PM »
I got a raise that will increase my bi-weekly paycheck by X$, and modified my automatic transfer to my savings by X$ this morning. Best way I found to stay clear of lifestyle inflation.