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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12850 on: April 02, 2019, 08:11:40 PM »
Free lunch at work today again.

I convinced my wife to fill up the car with petrol, as if it follows every other holiday cycle, it is about to go up.  School holidays start in 3 days time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12851 on: April 03, 2019, 02:25:02 PM »
I had to book a plane on short notice, privately. I fly back very late in the evening. Normally I hate that, because it means it's difficult to get home by train. But I will use the car. This flight was the cheapest alternative available. Just before booking, I remembered that it is a new month and that my cash back CC let's me choose a new discount category. This month, travel and taxfree with 5% cashback. That comes in handy. So 5% back on my tickets.
Then I booked parking on the airport. I used my discount code there to get 50% discount on the normal prices. I used it to choose a parking place close to the gates, a little more expensive than the ones far away that we usually use. But with 50% off, the price difference was quite small. And I will appreciate it when I arrive at midnight.

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« Reply #12852 on: April 03, 2019, 04:46:14 PM »
Walked home from the airport. Rode my bike to the store, got some marked-down veg that are now roasting under some chicken legs.

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« Reply #12853 on: April 04, 2019, 10:10:57 AM »
i got my POS car  to pass inspection!! another two years of relatively free commuting !
the excitement was so high that i upgraded my usual celebratory clif bar to an artisinal brownie that cost $5. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12854 on: April 04, 2019, 05:36:37 PM »
DH & I loaded up backpacks with books and walked to the library to donate them.  Then we walked to the grocery store to pick up a few items and carried those home in the backpacks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12855 on: April 05, 2019, 07:35:13 AM »
saved 100 dollars on home owners insurance shopping around (was at State Farm, now Travelers)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12856 on: April 05, 2019, 10:04:58 AM »
Had unexpected free lunch at work so will be eating my packed lunch for dinner

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« Reply #12857 on: April 05, 2019, 10:17:02 AM »
- Husband wasn't very hungry last night so I made myself a simple vegetarian pasta dish for dinner instead of the more expensive meat filled meal planned.
- Brought leftovers to work for lunch
- took the microwave popcorn someone set out on the free stuff table in the break room. This will help supplement my emergency work food stash.
- Made it work to hang up a wall planter with hardware we already had saving me a few bucks and a trip to the store. 

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« Reply #12858 on: April 05, 2019, 10:27:40 AM »
found a free ride to work one day of the week

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12859 on: April 05, 2019, 02:31:50 PM »
I closed a bank account that had a $4 monthly fee. 

I had enough cash sitting in it that I "never" paid the fee except if I accidentally made a payment from it as it was my default account.  I would usually catch my error and transfer the money before the end of the day no problem.  This time I let it go for 4 days, March 29 to April 1st. Doh! So I was charged not only the monthly fee but the overdraft fee & interest as well about $14 total.

Anyway, that account is now closed!  That $2300 that was just sitting there is now going to help me with an emergency saving me interest in the long run.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12860 on: April 05, 2019, 05:19:08 PM »
Saved the water I used to rinse rice and used it to water my roses. Great fertilizer!

Kiddo had a field trip this morning then we had to run some errands. Packed lunch for us and ate it while waiting for oil changed, instead of spending ~$20 at a restaurant nearby.

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« Reply #12861 on: April 05, 2019, 05:30:29 PM »
Found a pair of pants for the kiddo at the thrift store.  He really only needed one more pair to get him through until shorts season.  Of course, I picked up a Galileo thermometer for $1.  I've been strangely fascinated by these for years, but could never justify buying one.  Saving on frivolous spending is still saving, right?

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« Reply #12862 on: April 06, 2019, 04:44:07 AM »
Met a friend for an early walk today- as a bonus, it was too early for the coffee place to be open so we didnít get coffee after- just had an extra long walk instead! Plus, while I was there I found a $10 note on the ground!! That will be my spending cash for this week!

My adopted doggo went in for dental surgery this week- Iíd saved up for the worst case scenario (canine extractions), but thankfully they were able to avoid that! It means that i was able to bank the extra $500 that I would have spent on her, boosting my savings for the month!

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« Reply #12863 on: April 07, 2019, 08:45:23 AM »
I donít always shop at the produce market several miles from my house. Itís usually out of my way and they donít publish sale flyers, so I generally take my chances at the much closer Aldi and Kroger.

I seriously need to rethink this practice. The produce market was on my way home yesterday. After a quick stop, I left with two stuffed large grocery bagsí worth of very fresh veggies and a 10-lb bag of potatoes for a total of $14.24.

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« Reply #12864 on: April 07, 2019, 10:56:38 AM »
Went grocery shopping at the nearby grocery store for food for today (the cheaper stores aren't open on Sunday ) and tried to buy as much as I could on discount and/or 35% off.

We will be having guests over later this week and will cycle 10-15 minutes to Lidl to get food for them. Every time I go there I remember I should go there more often, it's just out of the way. If you're cooking a few meals for company it's a big difference in princing.

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« Reply #12865 on: April 08, 2019, 05:49:00 AM »
DH was out of town the last 10 days, only spent $18 on produce while he was gone and $0 on restaurants.  Did a stock up yesterday on produce, coffee, bagels, snacks for DD for the week and a bunch of other things including some marked down meat and used coupons and rewards to get three bags of groceries and cleaning supplies for $30. 

Over the weekend I had to drive two hours each to collect keys from a tenant, packed coffee and lunch so I didn't have to stop along the way. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12866 on: April 08, 2019, 12:49:24 PM »
-Picked my husband up at the airport vs Uber, saving about $25
-Made an entree to bring to a potluck. Most people bought, so it was a good change up & went fast. I bought one ingredient, but mostly used things I had on hand
-Made a huge batch of chicken sliders in the crockpot yesterday, because it's a crazy work week

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12867 on: April 08, 2019, 11:02:16 PM »
Small savings--At my meal-prepped lunch at work. Snacks provided by work. Home snacks were leftover oranges from a work event. The peels are getting packed into a jar with white vinegar to make orange-scented cleaning fluid I read about on this forum. :)
Big savings-- I maxed out my IRA and actually did the research to buy into funds for it, instead of just leaving cash sitting there like I've done before #facepunch

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12868 on: April 08, 2019, 11:24:47 PM »

Was meant to meet a friend for a coffee, suggested a local nature walk instead, saving $5 (for the second time this week!)

Spent the day at a local sports competition, packed a lunch and snacks for DS and I to save on food out

Repurposed an old martial arts gi by removing identifying club labels so that it can be worn for other events, saving $120 (not that I'd buy a new one, but still

We are off on an overdue holiday break in a traditionally expensive/popular area, but i booked a very reasonable 3 star place with a full kitchen about 15mins out, saving $500+ and allowing us to cook most of our meals in.

Made a lasagna with ingredients on hand (I was particularly proud of my cheese sauce - after realising I had no flour for a thickener, I found an old packet of pancake mix in the cupboard (which is like 80% wheat flour anyway) and used a spoonful of that instead - worked perfectly!)

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« Reply #12869 on: April 09, 2019, 03:51:42 PM »
Resisted the $11 airport sandwich when my shuttle was delayed, ended up having lunch at 4 pm (a fairly decent chicken leg and bread from HEB, total cost $1.49).

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« Reply #12870 on: April 09, 2019, 07:21:53 PM »
Confession time: I've had a very spendy month.

My department was sold to a new company so I kept a buffer in my transaction account until we switched to the new pay cycle.

This meant no shares and only a tiny amount into savings in March, which then turned out to be an expensive month.

I decided to pay my health insurance annually rather than wear another price hike in April, so that was a couple of grand I hadn't budgeted for. My car battery needed replacing, that was another $220. My grandmother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and she lives eight hours away, so I spent $90 on flowers and delivery. The work changes have meant I've bought lunch out a couple of times with my team (a chance to talk away from our new corporate overlords).

I'm over the spending, over not watching my NW move this month, over feeling disorganised and out of control.

So now I'm working on getting back on track (and back in the black, as J Fry says).

I got up early and made fried rice for lunches for the rest of the week.

Dropped off my 14-year-old cowboy boots to be re-heeled. $22 and I should get another 14 years out of them.

I spent $12 on my nephews for Easter (less than last year, and probably still more than they need).

I've shopped my pantry for this week's meal plan. Bought a few groceries on Monday night but used supermarket vouchers from bottle recycling.

And I'm rewriting my budget to accommodate the change in pay (from fortnightly to monthly).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12871 on: April 09, 2019, 07:37:40 PM »
I had a full day (8am-6pm) of ortho Dr appointments in a very expensive ski town today, and I packed snacks/water so I didn't have to spend any $$$ in the very expensive hospital cafe, or any of the exorbitantly priced coffee shops/cafes in town.

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« Reply #12872 on: April 09, 2019, 10:31:12 PM »
My dog requires a lot of different medications. Some can be purchased at Chewy. My friend had a Rx coupon for Chewy she didn't have a use for and gave me the coupon code. It saved me $15! I also see people on ebay sell them. One of the prescriptions costs me $155 so I may be buying some of those coupons. I may only save $10 after buying it for $4 or $5 but it is still a great coupon! The coupon must be used for a Rx or a Rx combined with food but must include a Rx.

Someone kindly left one of these coupons in our mail room. I'll have to check it out after my dog's next checkup!

I needed a baby shower gift for a friend. I bought a 42 pack of diapers at Winco for $4.42, and snazzed up the diapers by looking on Pinterest for diaper messages. (You use a marker to write funny messages on the diaper fronts to make diaper changing more fun, supposedly!)
I got a pair of baby shoes for pennies on a larger online order that I was using a coupon on. Reused gift bag and thrift store ribbon finish off a cute gift that I spent less than $5 on, but it doesn't *look* like I only spent $5!

Had to run three separate car trips today at different times. I made sure that I did at least two errands on each trip. Found five pennies total on the ground!

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« Reply #12873 on: April 10, 2019, 03:19:49 PM »
In the last few weeks:

Found and picked up a dime and later a penny off the ground:)

Was about to re-order some earing ear-lobe supports when I noticed they charge $7. for shipping. Found them on Amazon - same price but free shipping - $7 saved:)

Found a great deal on a set of outdoor furniture I really wanted - saved $200. Then the guy mentioned someone had just returned a set with a scratched table, was I interested? Sure, saved us - $40. Fixed the scratches with pens I had on hand. Looks like new:)
Used my military ID - saved us - $50.
There was a snafu at the checkout, long story, but - saved us - another $10.

Found a set of used outdoor furniture - negotiated and saved another $20.

Finally found the perfect rug for our living room - saved 10% on sale. Nice bonus, since I would have bought it regardless - plus I scored a $10 coupon for future use.

Paid $1 each for a bunch of garden and household things at the Dollar Tree - saved me roughly $50, amazing.

Mr. R. bought several BOGO items at the grocery store and my friend saved me $23 by reminding me to use my military ID at a local store.

About to do my own taxes for free - savings $140 and hopefully a return of $145.

Repaired six different garden implements/decor.
Also painted and fixed two outdoor tables so they'll last us a few more years - roughly saved us at least $250 plus in replacement cost.
Re-use, make do and wear it out:)

A friend picked up our new outdoor furniture - saving us $79 in delivery fees.

Managed to compost and enrich soil from previous years saving me about $30 instead of buying more soil at the garden center.

Stocked up on some cheap, but good grow boxes for the next gardening season - good find from a promo at a new store - future savings in that I can grow more things from seed or seedlings next year.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12874 on: April 12, 2019, 06:54:34 AM »
I went out for drinks with my sports club last night and somehow every time I wanted a drink someone new walked in and offered to pay a round for everyone I was standing with at the bar. Even though I do feel a bit uncomfortable that I didn't get a chance to offer a drink back to anyone, i guess it saved me some money?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12875 on: April 12, 2019, 09:29:17 AM »
Nothing went according to plan yesterday, but somehow we didn't spend any money:

- Forgot to bring lunch to school for my shift. Caught wind that the free food from the art show the day before had been transferred to one of the faculty rooms (where I'm not allowed as student staff) from a professor in my department, who also offered to load me up a plate. Various fruits, veggies, nuts, etc made for a free and snacky lunch :)

- Had a later day than originally planned, so the planned dinner was a time intensive no-go. Instead, tossed some veg broth, a can of coconut milk, the remains of the veggie drawer, and a block of tofu + some dried linguini noodles in a pot. Added some Thai red curry paste, ginger, and garlic for a super quick ramen-like meal. Was ready in the time it took the noodles to cook.

- Did a couple of Prolific surveys while waiting for the noodles to boil, which pushed me over the payout limit.

- Boy2 wanted a small table/desk away from his computer to use as a homework station. We're moving and purging, so don't really want to bring new stuff into the house. Remembered an old camp table with a broken latch hiding in the basement. 15 minutes of work to repair it. Bonus, he can fold it and stick it in his closet when we are showing the house.

- Found a donation pickup that aids refugees that takes soft furnishings. I was afraid we would have to landfill an old, unstylish couch and barely used guest bed because people are squeamish about them (tried to sell and give away, didn't work). Hated the idea of the waste and the expense of the dump. Glad to save the money, but even more so happy to help those that need it that are coming here with nothing. Not totally free, as I also decided to make a $5 donation to the "truck fund" to help cover the expenses of picking up and delivering donations.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12876 on: April 12, 2019, 10:56:08 AM »
I know this is minor but made my breakfast at home and made coffee at work.  Sometimes I'm rushing in the morning and don't have time to make it so I end up buying it and feeling guilty.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12877 on: April 13, 2019, 02:45:45 AM »
A few seconds before confirming an order on Amazon for $80 worth of gifts for Easter I asked my wife if we really wanted to get our kids Easter presents. In the end we decided to go ahead and later purchase a basketball and a couple of other sports time items we were going to get to encourage our older kids to play outside. But we agreed our two younger kids didn't need another couple of plastic toys when my wife just spent most of the day putting away a multitude of other toys. We decided that some candy on Easter was more than adequate and introducing gifts would take away from the true meaning of celebrating Jesus's resurrection.


However, I'm still very close to spending $125 on a map holder/ planner/ accessories for my second job in the Army to replace using a document protector and clipboard.

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« Reply #12878 on: April 13, 2019, 04:53:52 AM »
I remember always getting socks (the knee high type) for Easter as a little girl, but I didn't know getting Easter gifts were a thing outside of my family. I think it does indeed distract from the real meaning of Easter, so good of you to not start that tradition @Michael in ABQ ! There are plenty of frugal family traditions that you can start that are also fun and much more in line with the meaning of Easter.

I am not celebrating Easter at all this year, which is a great way to save money but not much fun. We used to have massive family celebrations when I was a kid and now I don't even have much family left, let alone people who want to celebrate Easter. My partner is away over the weekend. I don't go to church a lot but I think I will go this year so it doesn't totally feel like a regular week.

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« Reply #12879 on: April 13, 2019, 09:15:37 AM »
My kids (ages 8 and almost 7) don't believe in the Easter bunny and we're not a religious family, so we generally just give Easter a miss.

Things the children believe in:
-A fairy who buys their teeth
-an old man who brings presents all over the world
-Thor
-Zeus
-baby Jesus
-Heaven, which they are pretty sure is in Greece (on Mount Olympus), and is where our departed cat has gone to hang out with Zeus et al.

They are unsure whether baby Jesus could lift Thor's hammer. They are pretty sure he would be WORTHY, but... he's a baby.

They draw the line at an egg-laying bunny who brings candy. That is clearly ridiculous.

Returning to the topic of the thread, I made a list and am sending my husband to the big semiannual children's consignment sale in search of the children's summer clothes and whatnot. I personally have to work, but he is game, although he has been an official parent for only 7 months and has never shopped for children's clothing before.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12880 on: April 13, 2019, 08:35:45 PM »
My kids (ages 8 and almost 7) don't believe in the Easter bunny and we're not a religious family, so we generally just give Easter a miss.

Things the children believe in:
-A fairy who buys their teeth
-an old man who brings presents all over the world
-Thor
-Zeus
-baby Jesus
-Heaven, which they are pretty sure is in Greece (on Mount Olympus), and is where our departed cat has gone to hang out with Zeus et al.

They are unsure whether baby Jesus could lift Thor's hammer. They are pretty sure he would be WORTHY, but... he's a baby.

They draw the line at an egg-laying bunny who brings candy. That is clearly ridiculous.

This is hysterical.

Today I bought a feed store gift card at Fred Meyer.  That way, I'll get 5% back on my credit card, plus 4x fuel points.  Probably about $18 in savings, assuming I use the fuel points to fill my truck (20 gallons).

Also, planted onions and potatoes.

Dug up two volunteer bunchgrasses from the front yard and put them in a pot for a fundraiser basket thing at work.  Sadly, I didn't have a pot I wanted to give away, so I did spend $4.50 for that, but still pretty cheap compared to what others are probably going to spend for this.

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« Reply #12881 on: April 14, 2019, 03:42:11 AM »
Returned a few items of clothing to the store. I hate clothes shopping so much that in the past I might have kept them even though they're not perfect for me, but I know I'll never feel truly happy and comfortable in them, so they must go back.

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« Reply #12882 on: April 14, 2019, 09:17:09 AM »
I've spent a good bit of the day (and yesterday) repurposing wood from our demolished  attic. It's all good pine without any signs of woodborers, suitable for making a double compost bin for the garden. Right now my muscles feel a bit sore from carrying and cutting it to the appropriate length so it's been good exercise too.

Otherwise, a non-spend day. Canceled an unused subscription to save me 50 euros a year.

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« Reply #12883 on: April 14, 2019, 01:28:38 PM »
Breakfasted on leftover bagels that I acquired while staffing an informational table at an event that had wildly overpurchased bagels for their attendees.

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« Reply #12884 on: April 14, 2019, 02:18:25 PM »
Since we were gifted some fabulous homemade blackberry jam - I made pancakes yesterday and saved some of the batter for round two for Sunday Brunch.

It was harvest day in my "potager:)" - made a big batch of spring kitchen-sink soup (throwing in whatever I had on hand, using one third of the Swiss Chard I harvested this morning. Made a side dish of Swiss Chard with onion and bacon and will serve it this evening topped with cheese.
Third batch is in the fridge waiting to be sauteed later.

The pepper plants are taking off and I have been using them in my cooking, this morning I brought six big peppers from the garden and chopped them up - they freeze really well. Set the first red hot chili pepper on the window sill to dry.
Of course, the "first" of any of the herbs and veggies are always so exciting - yay, they made it:).

Bundled up a huge amount of Rosemary to dry early in the week along with some lavender. I use them in cooking, sachets, and for gifts. Shared some with a friend who is not a gardener, but she brought me some fresh eggs from her beloved chickens.

The lettuce is not liking our hot weather so I harvested some for a salad tonight. Still have some more in the shadier part of the garden.
I was happy to see one of my dill plants is finally beginning to grow and look fat and happy.

Instead of buying new plastic garden chairs, we scrubbed our old ones - we don't have that many parties anymore, so these are just extras anyway. Ten chairs - lots of elbow grease:)

Organized my garden stuff really well last year - saved me money - no duplicate buying of overpriced specialty fertilizer for palms, azaleas, citrus and orchids.

Found some killer deals on garden lanterns on clearance - perfect for our birthday garden party.

Saved money and time on planting this year since the zinnias, cosmos, and pineapple mint self-seeded themselves generously, although I pulled out all the pretty lipstick red tropical salvia seedlings - thinking they were weeds:) - bought two new plants for $4.95 each - shoot!:)

Discovered that I can grow lavender from seed here in Florida - learned a bit more about the varieties and which are best for aromatherapy. Also discoverd a great place for weirdo, I mean "rare" herb seeds online - so I plan to have some fun with that.
At first I had $100 worth in my cart, but managed to stick with my planned budget of $25 to $30. - THAT WAS NO SMALL FEAT!:)

Looking forward to doing a few garden art projects this year - made 95% from what I have on hand. I did cave and buy some cool looking floral wire at the dollar store - fancy wire - easy to work with and will not rust. You can't do any better for just one dollar - sweet deal.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12885 on: April 14, 2019, 07:31:16 PM »
rode my bike to work. packed a lunch. same ol same ol! Didn't spend any money at all today. sweet!

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« Reply #12886 on: April 14, 2019, 08:00:04 PM »
My DS (14) and DH (36) both definitely still believe in Easter 🐣  🤷🏼‍♂️

We make baskets with rolled up towels, they get a chocolate bunny 🐰 each and a couple of bags of candy (eggs are so expensive, but bags of chocolates etc are on sale atm). Costs maybe $30 (including choc bunnies for the nieces/ nephews).

Iíve been on a blissful holiday this week. Ways I saved were

-booking a cheapish family place with a pool, DVD player and wifi- bringing along old movies from home

- researching free activities to do here- weíve had a beautiful morning walking the national parks 🏞, time at the beach 🏖  window shopping and fishing at the river and swimming in the pool.

- the place we booked had a kitchen, so Iíve brought a few days with of nice snack foods and easy lunch / dinner fixings - still feels like a treat but is way cheaper than eating meals out!

- visiting the library beforehand to get a big pile of new releases to keep us sane on the long drive!

Having a few days away from our usual intense physical sports training has felt like a lovely break,
Im feeling revitalised and ready to get back to it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12887 on: April 15, 2019, 01:03:45 PM »
Made a dog treat out of an old flavorless bone and some homemade beef broth. I put the bone and the broth in an plastic tub and froze them. She licked and chewed the frozen broth to get to the now-flavorful bone.
Needed a copy of a receipt to mail with a form. Instead of driving into work on my day off or going to the copy place and paying for one, I asked the front office of my building if they wouldn't mind making me one copy. She was happy to do it, and I got in a little walk in the sunshine and got another small, nagging thing off my to-do list.
Made a call to my bank to get money transferred out of an old non-interest bearing account and into my regular account. Combined with my tax refund and a work bonus, I'll fully fund my 2019 IRA!! Woot!! Not a small thing, but sometimes the multitude of small tasks necessary to accomplish a big task are what hold me back. I made the calls, filled out the forms, redid my budget, checked my accounts...all small things that added up to one BIG thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12888 on: April 16, 2019, 02:02:52 AM »
I know this is minor but made my breakfast at home and made coffee at work.  Sometimes I'm rushing in the morning and don't have time to make it so I end up buying it and feeling guilty.
If it works, than it aint stupid (or minor).

Was late so put my cereal in a container and grabbed a near-empty carton of milk to eat it at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12889 on: April 16, 2019, 06:44:12 AM »
Saved:  The other day I did some research online - made a call or two and ended up with a new deal for electricity (same company) - 15% reduction, and gas - 30% reduction.  That coupled with a much cheaper sim card is going to hopefully save around $1,000 per year.  I will also switch my home and contents insurance to a different bank. Same cost but twice the cover.

I found out online (I had some sick days last week, so was able to spend more time researching cost-saving measures!) that if I refill my bus card via the website I will save 5% or about $100 per year.

I didn't eat lunch today, not hungry for some strange reason - saved a good $5!

My colleague has gone off coffee and gave me her left over coffee bags - free coffee for the rest of the week and next week - lucky!

Not saved: The day before yesterday I potted up a geranium cutting which I'd taken from my sister's garden a few months back.  It had been in a glass of water for a while so it could take root.  was so happy to see it in a nice pot.  Today I went outside to say hello to it - it was gone, not the pot, just the plant!  I noticed a bit of a mess on the deck, the watering can was tipped over, some cuttings were all messed up.  Then I saw some possum poo and realised it was those buggers. Nicked my geranium!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12890 on: April 16, 2019, 07:28:21 AM »
Drove our electric car to & from work, & had free lunch & snacks at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12891 on: April 16, 2019, 04:53:29 PM »
Brought lunch to work, biked to work, bought discount tickets for a vacation weíre planning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12892 on: April 17, 2019, 01:34:17 PM »
Not only today, but more a thing of the last 2-3 weeks. When I was crazy busy at work I sometimes got lazy and got a coffee ($1 pre-9 AM). Now I've got a bit more time and mental energy and don't have to go in at weird hours anymore, so I cut the emerging habit.

Also wasn't hungry for lunch yesterday, so ate it for dinner instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12893 on: April 17, 2019, 02:21:03 PM »
My 4-or-5-generation-old phone has been acting squirrely lately.  Online research tells me that it's probably a battery issue.  Luckily, I picked this particular model because it was the last of the Galaxy phones to have a removable back.  Hopefully a $15 battery will keep this one going for another couple of years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12894 on: April 17, 2019, 02:26:30 PM »
Recently:
~Saved 22% at the grocery store using paper and e-coupons
~Saved .60 per gallon at the pump using the store value card
~Saved at least $40 yesterday since Kohl's and BBB didn't have what I was looking for
~Earned $6 by returning empty ink and toner cartridges to Office Depot
~Saved $20 or so by not picking up fast food on the way home last night.  Ate leftovers instead.
~Bought 4 BOGO t-shirts and a tank top yesterday
~Continuing to save time and money by receiving my RX 3 months at a time via mail order

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12895 on: April 17, 2019, 07:27:57 PM »
I'm traveling for work and only spent $7 of my $62 per diem. I picked a hotel that has free breakfast and free "social hour", which served enough food for dinner, so all I bought was a sandwich and cookie for lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12896 on: April 18, 2019, 06:05:51 AM »
I'm traveling for work and only spent $7 of my $62 per diem. I picked a hotel that has free breakfast and free "social hour", which served enough food for dinner, so all I bought was a sandwich and cookie for lunch.

I always try to get into a Homewood Suites when I have to travel for work.  They do breakfast every day and dinner four or five nights a week.  I usually scavenge enough bread/peanut butter/jelly/honey/bananas to cover lunch too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12897 on: April 18, 2019, 07:25:07 AM »
The sun was out, it was above 60F, and I spent too much of the day in a lab class. I wanted to sip iced lattes, wander about outside, then sit on the patio of a favorite taphouse and stuff my face. Instead:

~ I made my own fancy iced coffee at home for a few pennies.

~ I convinced the spouse to wander around a natural area nearby with me so I could crawl around on my hands and knees looking at flowers and bugs (I'm perpetually muddy from April-November....)

~ I came home and made a convincing copycat of the Thai peanut sauce flatbread a fave pub serves. So we sat on our own patio and stuffed our faces. No beer, but more ice coffee was a suitable replacement. **Bonus** the recipe was quick (I used pitas for crust, "grilled" the pizzas on a griddle instead of using the oven, and pan fried the tofu instead baking), so I also discovered a quick, cheap, and easy recipe that won't heat up the house this summer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12898 on: April 18, 2019, 08:25:47 AM »
I built a solar cooker. It did cost me about $20 in materials, mainly spray paint, but it should last 5 years or more, like the last one did. We use it almost daily if it's sunny out. Sort of like this:
https://www.greenoptimistic.com/solar-oven-cardboard/#.XLiIouopU0g

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12899 on: April 18, 2019, 11:42:46 AM »
As I get closer to retiring from the military DW and I have been trying to slash expenses. Adding things up annually really puts it in perspective for us. We can just about cover expenses with my pension alone, goal is a +10% cushion.

This week was pretty good.

Cancelled my Prime membership =$120/yr savings ($10/mo)
Got rid of $95/mo 250 Mbps internet in exchange for the $39.99/mo 60 Mbps plan =$660/yr savings ($55/mo)
Combined insurance with my spouse and upped deductible to $1000 =$552/yr savings ($46/mo)

Total annual savings $1332

I think we can easily get this up to $1500 by downgrading our cell plans and doing some utility hacks. Next task is our food budget...