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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13000 on: April 23, 2019, 02:31:12 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13001 on: April 23, 2019, 09:31:50 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.

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« Reply #13002 on: April 23, 2019, 03:24:48 PM »
Canceled cable, saving $40 a month. We live in a canyon and cannot get any OTA channels. As a last attempt, this past weekend we bought the largest antenna offered locally and tried to pick a signal. Nothing. The antenna was returned and I was on the phone yesterday with the cable/internet provider. There was alot of poor customer service, and jumping through hoops, but its done. We were paying $83 a mth for their lowest tv (which was basically what you would get OTA) plus internet. Now, we just have internet only. During football season I will just sign up for Sling tv. Being able to watch the local team is a requirement for my spouse.

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« Reply #13003 on: April 24, 2019, 01:14:49 AM »
I walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon. I took one of DH's allergy pills, because it is extreme birch pollen at this moment. Last year when I walk to work under these circumstances, I became really ill the next day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13004 on: April 24, 2019, 05:31:34 AM »
Canceled cable, saving $40 a month. We live in a canyon and cannot get any OTA channels. As a last attempt, this past weekend we bought the largest antenna offered locally and tried to pick a signal. Nothing. The antenna was returned and I was on the phone yesterday with the cable/internet provider. There was alot of poor customer service, and jumping through hoops, but its done. We were paying $83 a mth for their lowest tv (which was basically what you would get OTA) plus internet. Now, we just have internet only. During football season I will just sign up for Sling tv. Being able to watch the local team is a requirement for my spouse.

If it's just a single team that's a requirement, see if it's available for free streaming online first.  I was able to watch all the college and NFL games I was really interested in (and actually several NFL games I wouldn't have otherwise seen due to being a fan of the non-local team) by hooking up a laptop to the TV and streaming through that.  A quick search of "Packers live stream" brings up options.  The only downside is the inability to flip back and forth between games easily

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« Reply #13005 on: April 24, 2019, 07:17:21 AM »
We are still in house prep mode, T-minus 8 days until it's listed.

Yesterday we managed to finish getting the upstairs deep cleaned and staged, still using items we had on hand. I needed something striking for the hearth to detract from the ugly painted brick courtesy of the previous owners, so I cut the trimmed branches from our neighbor's cherry tree (I asked for them first!) into equal lengths and made a couple of pretty bundles of sticks, which I then stood up in some baskets we already had. Looks lovely! We only have a few more rooms to do, and they are all in the basement.

I also saved my professor and the department a lot of money. We use newspaper in our plant presses, but they have to be a specific size. Unfortunately, the school paper no longer prints in the correct size (way too small), so the department was trying to figure out how to budget in purchasing the blank newsprint (surprisingly expensive in the quantities we need). I discovered a local community group that prints monthly papers for its members in exactly the right size. Called them up, and they offered all their leftovers to us. Saves them the cost of recycling and the school the cost of the blotter papers, and it keeps the papers out of the trash stream a bit longer. Not really my win, but still a win for two organizations and for the environment (and a win for science :).

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« Reply #13006 on: April 24, 2019, 07:22:59 AM »
Pretty sure I've found a relatively cheap solution for a first saddle for my young horse (they grow and change a lot, so saddles are always problematic).  If it doesn't work out, I've also located a couple saddles in the UK that I can import and try, then probably turn a profit re-selling if they don't work out.

I actually found something even cheaper than I could have hoped for, on eBay ($325 shipped, vs. $900-$3,000).  Fingers crossed that it works until she's ready for a proper dressage saddle next year.

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« Reply #13007 on: April 24, 2019, 04:24:07 PM »
Found a 4L jug of 2% milk marked down to $1.11 (regularly $4.50) - it “expires” tomorrow, but we are due to make yogurt anyway. That’s an extremely inexpensive batch of yogurt!

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« Reply #13008 on: April 24, 2019, 05:09:57 PM »
Made sandwiches to take on a long train journey tomorrow - rather than wasting £5-6 on a lunch at the station. I'll fill a flask with coffee in the morning as well, that's at least another £2... :)

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« Reply #13009 on: April 25, 2019, 01:46:15 AM »
Actually a pretty big thing. We used to make coffee with a French press. I'm used to it but not everyone prefers this type of coffee. A friend of us offered us his old drip coffee maker that he didn't need anymore. That coffee maker is actually pretty fancy with a built in grinder so we're super happy with it. I'm still keeping the French press: it's easy to use and clean and I also use it to brew tea (we also got that one for free from my mother who didn't like the taste of the coffee).

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« Reply #13010 on: April 25, 2019, 08:01:28 AM »
Had some deli turkey in the fridge and it was not getting eaten due to too many other things to eat so I made up 4 sandwiches on hamburger rolls (no condiments) and froze them. The Hub ate one and said it was good. Lunch meat is always getting tossed out here. So, this was a good option.

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« Reply #13011 on: April 25, 2019, 09:29:16 AM »
Turkey sandwiches this week from the frozen turkey breast I cooked a while back. I bought it on sale, cooked it and froze the breasts just for this day. I've done this for the last few turkeys, immediately freezing the breasts, its cut turkey waste to zero. Its also cut down on buying deli meats, that stuff gets expensive. I did the work already, but today I get the savings from it. I don't count it as savings until I actually use the food.

Lunch today is $0.30 of turkey on toasted homemade bread; my wife bought me a toaster for work years ago as a gift. I'll wash it down with coffee from my thermos.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13012 on: April 25, 2019, 08:32:55 PM »
I have a ladies group conference this weekend-two formal dinners, two lunches and a memorial service. Shopped my closet for everything- was tempted to go out and buy something new but I’m making do with what I have.

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« Reply #13013 on: April 25, 2019, 10:00:24 PM »
13-hour workday today involved driving about 4 hours each way.  Packed all my food and just spent $3 for coffee and a pack of nuts on the way home.  Since it was >12 hours, I'll get per diem, plus my mileage reimbursed.

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« Reply #13014 on: April 26, 2019, 03:26:34 AM »
Was laden down with a bunch of luggage when I came back from my trip today, 4 km (2.5 miles) from home. Thought about calling an Uber, but then came up with a better solution: took the train (<$5) to the closest station to my house, then just toughed out the last kilometer. Not quite Maximum Badass, but at least Pareto Badass. (Aka, 80/20 Badass)

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« Reply #13015 on: April 26, 2019, 07:13:57 AM »
I invited a friend and her kids over for dinner, rather than eating out.

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« Reply #13016 on: April 26, 2019, 08:05:23 PM »
We had plans to eat at a party for our kids soccer club (they were providing food). However, they ran out before we arrived. I made my husband a salad & leftovers, and I ate a burger out of the freezer. The kids managed to grab a couple of hot dogs before they were all gone, so they were happy. Sorted, and no meal out. Additionally, I wasn't sure how we were going to finish the last of the carnitas, but my husband ate those tonight, so our fridge is clean & empty again.

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« Reply #13017 on: April 27, 2019, 01:04:53 AM »
My cousin posted me a huge batch of her amazing homemade biscuits a couple of weeks ago.

The package was a bit dinged up by Australia Post, so by the time I'd finished the biscuits there was still about two cups of delicious buttery chocolate chip breadcrumbs in the bottom of the ziplock bag.

I put the ziplock bag in my freezer then added the crumbs to the base of a slice I made today.

And I saved the giant ziplock to re-use.

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« Reply #13018 on: April 27, 2019, 04:00:41 AM »
The season has started for edible plants to start growing. Last week I collected wild garlic. Yesterday I picked a bunch of Matteuccia struthiopteris, enough as vegetables for 6 two-person meals. I will soon go out to look for other plants that I'm familiar with. I am in the process of learning.

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« Reply #13019 on: April 27, 2019, 05:55:44 AM »
We ran out of spinach and other fresh greens yesterday, and unfortunately our garden is just getting started for the year -- nothing is ready to eat yet.  Rather than go to the store for more greens I foraged around our farm for what I could find.  I started with a few tiny baby kale plants from the garden that I had to thin out anyway, and added wild dandelion greens, deadnettle, dock, young poke leaves, clover, sorrel, and lemon balm. 

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« Reply #13020 on: April 27, 2019, 07:13:09 AM »
I got some nice flowers, carnations, 2 weeks ago (for €2,75!) but they weren't looking so nice anymore. So I took all of them out of the vase, took out the sad looking ones, had about half left over and put them in a smaller vase. Looks like I'll get another week out of them.

It's also a national holiday over here and I'm not going anywhere. It's been a really long week. I'm just going to relax and do some stuff around the house. Put away the winter clothes this morning and will hopefully do some sewing.

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« Reply #13021 on: April 27, 2019, 07:20:55 AM »
I hit a wall yesterday, and almost made some really bad money decisions. Fortunately, my partner had better ideas. These are her small ways to save money, because I was going to throw money at the problems :)

We needed a threshhold thingy for where the carpet joins the hardwood by our bedroom door. $10 (!!!) for an official threshhold strip of wood, doorway length, at the hardware store. I'm so done with the house stuff I was just ready to buy it, but instead we cut down a length of stripping we had in the garage (I think it was leftover from covering the seems in the wood paneling in the basement), sealed it, and used it instead.

There was no "ready meal" in the house and cooking wasn't going to happen yesterday. Was going to hit Subway or Chipotle, which would run $25+ for all of us. Instead, she threw some rice in the rice cooker with some frozen mixed veg, scrambled a few eggs, and tossed it all with bottled teriyaki sauce. It got the job done, and no money was spent.

Shout out to my son: We are out of boxes,  and our sources had run dry. I was on my way to Uhaul to actually purchase some, which I had sworn not to do, when the kid texts asking for a ride home from campus. I tell him it will be a bit, I'm getting boxes. Well, turns out he needed a ride because he hit the motherload of boxes at the bookstore. They had just received their shipments of texts for summer quarter when he was in there picking something up, and he asked if he could have the boxes. We now have around 75 sturdy book boxes to finish packing with, all for free. They also gave him a pack of graph paper that was slit open, damaging the top few sheets, when they opened the box. So yay, free ability to draw graphs neatly, too ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13022 on: April 27, 2019, 07:21:42 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.
I think she means TECTYL 506 - HEAVY DUTY RUST PREVENTATIVE
No idea what she means by "the bars underneath both our cars"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13023 on: April 27, 2019, 08:08:39 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.
I think she means TECTYL 506 - HEAVY DUTY RUST PREVENTATIVE
No idea what she means by "the bars underneath both our cars"

She probably just means the chassis. On our truck, it looks like big metal bars =) Pretty apt descriptor. Much more hidden on our commuter car though. And I don't live in an icy climate, but isn't the chassis what you seal to prevent rust damage?


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I've been trying my best to get maternity clothes without spending a fortune. I had planned on stretching my current clothes as long as possible, but my body had other plans. Step one: went to Buy Nothing. (No dice). Step two: got a couple basics on really good Gap and Old Navy sales that popped up. Ordered enough for free shipping, and now I'll return what didn't work in store. Today, going with a friend to thrift stores and maternity consingment stores to try to fill in the gaps.

Remembered that Fred Meyer has an app, and loaded it up on my phone! Now I have their special sales and app based coupons to use.

Had the choice between two prenatal tests. Money savings wasn't a decision factor, but in the end the test we chose will be covered by insurance, whereas the other one would have been OOP. Saved ~$300.

Dog has been in heat. Rather than go through a ton of diapers ($$$), we are using a disposable one. Using panty liners I already had on hand so we don't have to wash it every single day or buy a second reusable. (Also means soon we can get her fixed, but that won't be a money savings, obvs).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13024 on: April 27, 2019, 05:38:41 PM »
Just finished washing 4 stinky horse blankets with the pressure washer.  Since they are too big and yucky to fit in most home washers, everyone at my barn sends them out for laundering at about $15-20 apiece.  Since I have three horses with multiple blankets each, that would get pricey fast.

This morning I transplanted a bunch of cabbage, Brussels sprout and leek plants that should be good eating in a few months.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13025 on: April 27, 2019, 09:16:58 PM »
We had two cups of cranberry sauce left from Easter and didn’t want to freeze it (had already been thawed from Thanksgiving leftovers) or waste it (the horror!). My husband found a muffin recipe and we now have two dozen tasty muffins!

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« Reply #13026 on: April 27, 2019, 10:04:08 PM »
Did my own yard work again today, saving $20 versus having it done.

Reel mower front and back, some weeding, spread two buckets of worm compost under our cherry tree, spread mulch under the sycamore, lots of composting. Needed to clear out a planted area so that I could block it off so critters didn’t get under the house. Used the pulled greens as “chop and drop” mulch for our new berry bed.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13027 on: April 28, 2019, 11:38:48 AM »
Shuffled our plans so only one parent had to pay for parking admission at a soccer tournament. We'd planned to divide & conquer, but the parking is pricey over the course of the weekend, so it made more sense to shuffle other chores & have one parent cover all of the games.

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« Reply #13028 on: April 28, 2019, 12:40:56 PM »
I wanted to order a new tool, to distract roots of weeds out of the ground. DH remembered that he had an old wood working tool that I could use for that purpose. Therefore I used the old tool and didn't order anything new.

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« Reply #13029 on: April 28, 2019, 01:37:00 PM »
The season has started for edible plants to start growing. Last week I collected wild garlic. Yesterday I picked a bunch of Matteuccia struthiopteris, enough as vegetables for 6 two-person meals. I will soon go out to look for other plants that I'm familiar with. I am in the process of learning.

Matteuccia Struthiopteris is one of a number of ferns whose edible parts are called “fiddleheads” here.

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« Reply #13030 on: April 28, 2019, 02:48:55 PM »
Spent the day at home, ate some food that we already had, baked banana bread and froze it so I didn't have to waste the bananas. Spent some time sewing and planned a sewing weekend with a friend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13031 on: April 28, 2019, 08:07:47 PM »
While I was waiting to have my vision checked, I used the shop's WiFi to download a voucher for a free vision check. Saved $25. I need fancy varifocals, so the shop will still get plenty of money from me.

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« Reply #13032 on: April 29, 2019, 07:24:37 AM »
Shuffled our plans so only one parent had to pay for parking admission at a soccer tournament. We'd planned to divide & conquer, but the parking is pricey over the course of the weekend, so it made more sense to shuffle other chores & have one parent cover all of the games.

The best laid plans & all of that... both kids made it unexpectedly to the finals that happened into the evening, so we did end up paying for two people to attend. That said, we rushed home between games to eat at home, and didn't buy any of the tournament swag. No meals out, despite 8 soccer games over the weekend. Hurrah!

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« Reply #13033 on: April 29, 2019, 07:39:17 AM »
I spent $20 and 1/2 tank of gas on a weekend mini-vacation.

We went camping, at a state park where members of our astronomy club are allowed to camp free because we do public stargazing events there in the summer.

I packed and brought all food and snacks from our regular pantry stores, so no extra grocery $$ spent.

We went to a free member dig at a fossil site near the campground. Boy2 received a family membership to the site from a family member for his birthday. We brought home 18 fossils, so didn't even need to consider souvenirs from the gift shop.

I was tempted to go across the street and buy a coffee since the digging was a bit chilly. Instead, I busted out the camp stove from the trunk and made my own damn coffee for free :)

We made the happy discovery that Eastern WA also has a ferry system when we took a round about way home to avoid a snowstorm in the mountains. The car ferry across the Columbia river was free (and so small and cute compared to the ferries that cruise across Puget sound), so it was a lovely way to end a small weekend adventure.

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« Reply #13034 on: April 29, 2019, 09:04:34 AM »
I made extra sausages & buscuits.  Throw them in some baggies in the freezer.  Take them to work on my way out the door.

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« Reply #13035 on: April 30, 2019, 01:55:10 PM »
-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.

My new cold threshold is 60.  It's the summer that I have issues with.  It's hard for me to be inside a house that's above 75 unless a fan is blowing on me.

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« Reply #13036 on: April 30, 2019, 02:22:41 PM »
Did a big one today. Had a supplemental life insurance policy. Turns out the price was lousy compared to other coverage. Worse, it went up in price and I hadn’t noticed. Today I decided to let it lapse. Should have done it years ago. Better late than never.

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« Reply #13037 on: April 30, 2019, 06:58:35 PM »
Back to the MMM forum after a bit of a hiatus...and needing the motivation to avoid the spending traps badly!
We moved, and moved again, and met new people and got involved with new friend groups, and found ourselves S-P-E-N-D-I-N-G!


Reeling it back in....

- Needed a bike for this spring and summer.  Was looking at buying something decent used, but as I brought the dogs in from our morning walk yesterday, I saw a bike sitting by the dumpster.  Some beat up furniture was there too from a resident that moved out over the weekend.  I waited an hour or so to make sure it was actually for the dumpster, and then had to run down and save it before it got hauled away by the pickers heading down our alley!  With a handlebar adjustment, it is just the right size and the brakes work great.  I'll test it around for a bit and see how the gears work, but I may have snagged myself a completely free bike!

- It's my husband's birthday this coming week.  Our more spendy friends wanted to go all out, but I've planned several activities that will be reasonably priced, will allow everyone to be involved, and will make him very happy.  We are joining a couple friends for an escape room (hubby loves them!) using a coupon she got for 40% off!  Meeting several friends with kids for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon at our favorite ice cream place, and will hit up his favorite arcade/bar with cheap pizza by the slice and 20 cent tokens with our childless friends.  30.00 will feed us and entertain both of us for the night and it was an activity he had also been wanting to go do.  Basically our entertainment budget for the month revolves around him...but i'm A-OK with it :D

- Moving apartments in a few weeks.  Have been collecting free boxes and working our way through the misc foods that are sitting in the back of the cupboard/freezer.  Made a new fish sandwich recipe tonight with fish bought months ago, and chopped up leftover cabbage, carrots and radishes for a simple side slaw. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13038 on: April 30, 2019, 07:20:58 PM »
The rubber sole of one of my sneakers had started to separate, and I was worried I'd have to buy new ones soon.  I had the idea to superglue the bits back down, so it shouldn't get any worse and will last a bit longer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13039 on: May 01, 2019, 09:47:15 AM »
i'm going on a pot luck trip and i told them i will bring some awesome foodstuffs. it happens to be what i have at home in bulk

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« Reply #13040 on: May 01, 2019, 07:50:56 PM »
Eating yesterdays sandwiches as yesterdays free morning tea at work became lunch as well as there were left-overs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13041 on: May 01, 2019, 10:06:08 PM »
The other day I bought chocolate bars that had a coupon for $1/off each when buying 5 or more.  The coupon didn't load to my app, and I didn't notice until I walked out of the store.  Went back today to get it corrected.  The person at customer service said there was a computer glitch so I was getting $10 back instead of 5.  So I got my fancy $3/apiece chocolate bars for .69c.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13042 on: May 03, 2019, 03:41:43 AM »
I was thinking of buying bun pins then remembered I still have a stash at my parents' house from my ballet days.

Pretty sure my urge for new bobby pins can wait a few weeks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13043 on: May 03, 2019, 05:05:14 AM »
Bought no snacks or beverages yesterday while traveling for work.  Brought snacks from home.  Made tea in my flask for a cuppa in the afternoon and took a full thermos for the ride home on the train.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13044 on: May 03, 2019, 05:37:30 AM »
Said "yes" when my friend asked me if I'd like a few bags of outgrown kid clothes for my younger daughter even though she has millions of (hand me down) clothes already.  Turns out that the bags contained clothes in the next size up that we can use next year including a bunch of nice one piece swimsuits.  I was planning to buy her a one piece for swim lessons but this will do the job nicely.  Also some  sneakers in the next size up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13045 on: May 03, 2019, 12:19:13 PM »
Earlier this week:
~Saved .10 a gallon at the pump by using my grocery value card
~Brought food from the office to eat on the road vs buying lunch
~Compiled the following errands on one day since I was going to be in town for niece2's school ceremony
~Saved at the dentist and eye doctor thanks to DH's insurance
~Didn't buy the transition lenses though I really wanted to!  Saved $348
~Thanks to their inefficient customer service and computer system, saved $500+ by not buying a dishwasher at Lowe's
~Bought a new humidifier which apparently doesn't use filters = savings in future
~Since I was already in town, bought and gave mom and sis flowers for an early Mother's Day
~I did buy dinner since I was in town for so long, but it was enough for leftovers

Last week at work meetings:
~Didn't gamble, despite the fact the meetings were held at a casino hotel
~Ate free food offered at breakfast, lunch, dinners and cocktail hour (though I tipped heavily, of course)
~Brought snacks and beverages from home for the hotel room (yay mini fridges!)
~Bought only 1 cocktail and one coffee the entire time
~Bought a sandwich at a deli on the drive home, and it was large enough for 2 meals
~Gleaned travel size sani-wipes and tissue pack from the vendor night for an upcoming trip

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13046 on: May 03, 2019, 09:54:53 PM »
Teleworked this morning instead of driving to the office (yesterday too).

Got a call from the feed store that the feed I'd ordered on raincheck had come in.  Happened to be just before I was going out to a friend's barn nearby.  Went by and picked up the 3 bags of feed @ $9 less per bag than the store near my office.  Paid with a gift card I purchased at the grocery store (hello fuel points and 6% cash back).

Spent the afternoon digging out the rock mulch and soil that was all churned together due to gopher activity in the front yard last summer.  Built a soil sieve out of scrap material and sieved out the rock mulch to spread back out.

Cleaned more horse blankets with the pressure washer.

Redeemed $20 cash back on my Discover card.

Put my seedlings outside for some free sunlight and shut off the grow lights for most of the day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13047 on: May 03, 2019, 11:12:18 PM »
Two examples of shop your wardrobe/shop your home before buying something new.

I went through my wardrobe picking out things to list on eBay, and found a pair of black pants a friend had given me a couple of years ago.

I only kept them to list on eBay, as they fit but didn't look any good.

Amazing what losing a bit of weight can do. Free work pants!

Then my mum called me and asked me to order her a sugar-free recipe book.

"Remember that box of recipe books I gave you for the CWA stall? Pretty sure there is a sugar-free recipe book in that."

"So there is!"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13048 on: May 04, 2019, 12:13:05 AM »
Drove to my ISP's local office where they do customer support. Canceled internet under husband's name and handed them their modem back. Immediately after set up internet under my name. They handed me a brand new modem. Internet was only down for the time it took us to drive there, talk to them, and for hubby to set up the new modem (less than 1 hour). Internet is $20/month cheaper than it was about to be soon, as our old account was about to go up in price and we got a new "introductory" offer good for a year.

Last year we didn't do this. We just called the ISP and haggled them down. The amount was more than the introductory price but less than the amount they wanted to raise it to. It was a huge hassle and required several phone calls. The local visit and swapping who the internet was billed under was quick and painless. Calling would've required paying for a technician to come visit, but the office could give us a self-install kit, which was free. Gonna do this once a year now, just swapping back and forth whose name the internet is under.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13049 on: May 04, 2019, 05:24:44 AM »
Had leftover restaurant food for breakfast. After breakfast I fixed 2 hoodies that belong to my s/o - one hole and three pockets that were ripped. We had a big breakfast so I don't need lunch. Will hopefully save some more money this afternoon :)