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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13050 on: May 04, 2019, 06:20:32 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.

I just haggled with my cable company too and finally got a 'deal' for a year. Why are these companies allowed to gouge the public this way? Why don't they charge a flat amount that stays the same unless they have a 'normal' rate hike or you choose to add or drop service? What if the electric company did this or heating oil or garbage pick up service? What if you had to call these people constantly to get a deal for a year! It makes no sense to me and I despise it! If I wasn't addicted to my computer and tv I would drop them so fast!

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« Reply #13051 on: May 04, 2019, 09:01:42 AM »
I took an old pair of jeans apart and used the fabric to sew an apron.

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« Reply #13052 on: May 04, 2019, 10:03:09 AM »
Cute idea, Imma:) ^^^

1. Used an old gift card I received two Christmases ago and bought new living room curtains - price - FREE:)
Noteworthy, since it from a real gift I received and returned - something that takes extra effort when there is so much to do during and after the holidays.

2. Made a big batch of Chicken Paprikash for us and some for my son to take back with him on the road; so he can enjoy some home cooking (he's a long haul truck driver).
It was nice to not have to cook for two days and send Mr. R. off with a good lunch too.

3. Harvested about ten peppers and some of the tomatoes and parsley from the garden for that dish. Tomorrow I will harvest the second batch of peppers to cut up and freeze.

We are enjoying a bumper crop of six different kinds of peppers:).
I'll also use some in our omelet along with other herbs from the garden for brunch and make a nice salad from lettuce and tomatoes from the garden.
Mr. R. is loving the grape tomatoes to munch on for lunch and I'm still waiting for the Roma tomatoes to make sauces, etc.

Oh, and the fresh mint made the batch of Mojitos we made for the garden party extra special:)

4. My son helped out with some garden and house projects saving me both money and time.

5. Continuing to line dry which is better for your clothes, saves a bit of electricity and gets me out into the fresh air, bending and lifting - good exercise for an old lady:).

6. Researched a couple of kitchen problems for a potential DIY.

7. This week I will touch up, sand and re-paint some of the kitchen cabinets. Not entirely looking forward to that, since it is oil paint and painting is not exactly my forte.

8. Not willing to pay for a $600 medication that my insurance might not pay for, Myrbetriq - we'll see, I may try to do without, so far I've had free samples from my doctor's office and it is helping - the other meds did not work at all.
I wonder if I could get them online for a better price - no idea how to go about that since I usually get my meds from Walgreens.

9. Monday I'll have to call my insurance to find out why my blood pressure medication is suddenly a co-pay of $44 when it was a co-pay of $17 - with no change in the price of the medication, Telmisartan.
It is times like these I wish I lived back in Europe.

10. Currently shopping for a new mattress - will stop by one more local place to see if they have a better price than what I've found so far, $589 for a Serta.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13053 on: May 04, 2019, 11:45:18 AM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron

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« Reply #13054 on: May 04, 2019, 02:17:14 PM »
-Arranged for a carpool for one kid to a soccer game this morning. I'll return the favor tomorrow
-Ran to work to pick up my car (9 miles), as I left it there after a work event yesterday. Combining my workout + no cost
-Made lunch out of the freezer (leftover chicken my dad made a few weeks ago, & wontons). Kids are eating freezer meatballs + pasta. I was tempted to eat out after the 9 miles, but convinced myself that I could quickly make lunch.
-Enchiladas from, you guessed it, the freezer, for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13055 on: May 04, 2019, 06:23:10 PM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron

Thanks:), @Rural - looks like $388 a month instead of $600 - very helpful. I probably will not qualify for the mfg program, but I'll check into it anyway.
There is still hope that my insurance may cover it - they requested more info from the dr. office.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13056 on: May 04, 2019, 06:29:03 PM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron


Fingers crossed on the insurance company, then.

Thanks:), @Rural - looks like $388 a month instead of $600 - very helpful. I probably will not qualify for the mfg program, but I'll check into it anyway.
There is still hope that my insurance may cover it - they requested more info from the dr. office.

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« Reply #13057 on: May 04, 2019, 09:59:12 PM »
A close friend mentioned what her daughter would like for her birthday, and when I started looking into it the cheapest I could get it was $40 + $10 postage. So I thought, well I could get her Christmas present (a variation on the same thing) at the same time, so I don't have to pay double postage.

(It's quite a specific thing, so I'm being deliberately vague.)

Then I realised I was being ridiculous - $90 on an eight-year-old (who has a brother). This is more than I would usually spend on her, especially since her birthday usually involves a dinner out.

I had a look around online and found a similar thing I can get her for about half the price.

It's still what she wants, it's just not the premium option that her mum mentioned, but she will still like it. And she's the type of kid who is thrilled when I visit and play a board game!

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« Reply #13058 on: May 05, 2019, 04:42:20 AM »
Went on a hike without driving anywhere.

Yesterday I sold a frame for a painting, bought about 10 years ago and still in the original plastic wrapping. Had to drive to the train station to meet the buyer. He gave me 8 $ extra for the driving.

This week I have been drinking tea from herbs that I picked and dried.

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« Reply #13059 on: May 05, 2019, 07:30:19 AM »

-checked out a kill-a-watt from the library to look for electricity vampires
-great weather weekend here so no central air needed
-hung up more clothes to dry on racks, used less of the dryer and using dryer balls to cut that time down

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« Reply #13060 on: May 05, 2019, 07:35:44 AM »
My husband made his own pomade! And it went well, so this has also given him the confidence to try and make his own beard balm next. The only extra ingredients we needed to buy were the same price as just buying one container of the pomade, and the supplies we bought should make about 10 containers. ($10s of the ingredients being the 'limiting reagent', while the others should last longer). While it's not an insane budget item- he probably replaced these two every 3 months or so- that's still the equivalent monthly cost of a streaming service. So not nothing!

I *actually* did in store returns. This will sound stupid, but for a lot of years I was disorganized enough that if I bought something online and it didn't fit... well, there weren't great odds of it getting returned anyway. I rarely online shopped clothes, knowing this about myself. But for maternity clothing, you pretty much HAVE to shop online. (Or go to insanely expensive stores like Motherhood Maternity, and those are all a bit of a drive for me). So I promised myself with these online purchases, after try on I would actually do the returns. And I did! So that was $50 worth of clothing that I'll be refunded for. (Mat jeans + mat shorts that didn't fit).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13061 on: May 05, 2019, 09:09:15 AM »
My husband made his own pomade! And it went well, so this has also given him the confidence to try and make his own beard balm next. The only extra ingredients we needed to buy were the same price as just buying one container of the pomade, and the supplies we bought should make about 10 containers. ($10s of the ingredients being the 'limiting reagent', while the others should last longer). While it's not an insane budget item- he probably replaced these two every 3 months or so- that's still the equivalent monthly cost of a streaming service. So not nothing!

That is pretty cool!  I might look into something similar when my stash of hair products is gone.  I'll be it will use less packaging in the long run too.  Beauty products tend to have so much packaging for the amount of product.

I'm a hand lotion junkie, so I tend to buy travel-sized lotions a lot, but switched to reusing a little plastic pot and filling it with pure shea butter.  One of these days I might get around to putting some essential oil in it for scent, but maybe not.

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« Reply #13062 on: May 05, 2019, 07:19:40 PM »
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.

I just haggled with my cable company too and finally got a 'deal' for a year. Why are these companies allowed to gouge the public this way? Why don't they charge a flat amount that stays the same unless they have a 'normal' rate hike or you choose to add or drop service? What if the electric company did this or heating oil or garbage pick up service? What if you had to call these people constantly to get a deal for a year! It makes no sense to me and I despise it! If I wasn't addicted to my computer and tv I would drop them so fast!

No idea why they do that here in the US. I lived in Japan for a few years and my ISP there didn't do the raising prices nonsense. It was a flat rate exactly like you said. All customers paid that rate for that service, no matter if they were new customers or had been customers for years.

Internet service is pretty important to me too. I feel like it's about as important as water and electric nowadays. Why it isn't considered a utility boggles the mind.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13063 on: May 05, 2019, 07:42:31 PM »
Did a few small things and a big one

-made ice tea. I put in bottles and drink during the week.
-prepped lunches.

Big thing: got a refund on some clothes I bought and didnít fit. Another $110.


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« Reply #13064 on: May 05, 2019, 08:09:25 PM »
Got behind on posting, so here's a catchup:

Helped a friend move, which got me lunch and enough leftovers for tomorrow's lunch at work. It did cost some gas money, but a group of us helped so I got to catch up with a group of friends and get some exercise.

Made a big batch of something vaguely Mexican with pantry & freezer products. Some was eaten for dinner with greek yogurt topping instead of sour cream. No going to the store! I put some in the freezer and some in the fridge. I didn't have tortilla chips, so I cut up some tortillas and made some.

Didn't go farther than the mailbox on one of my days off. Stayed home and researched frugal craft ideas *cough* spent hours on Pinterest *cough*. Found a fun one involving melting carrier bags into a type of plastic fabric you can sew! Luminarias from tin cans with yard sale votives inside, and other crafty cheap recycling fun.

Found a really thoughtful, inexpensive gift for a friend's birthday at a locally owned shop. I love it when frugality and shopping local collide! It's also an inexpensive gift to mail.


Instead of putting items in my Amazon shopping cart, I've been adding them to my Wish List. I have a Life Event coming up that people will insist on getting gifts for, so I can direct them to my Wish List. Why YES, I DO want a 12-pack of the fancy schmancy toilet paper, thankyouverymuch! And craft supplies. And other non-traditional gifts that will get used.

@horsepoor, great idea about the travel shea butter, and I have the perfect container. Less plastic waste!



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13065 on: May 06, 2019, 01:10:26 AM »
I made jam from leftover plumps at work. I also cut up 5 leftover bananas and put them in the freezer, waiting for a good plan. Maybe milkshake would be good. Or ice cream.

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« Reply #13066 on: May 06, 2019, 05:25:51 AM »
Instead of buying new dandruff shampoo that doesnít really work, I am trying some home remedies first.  Tea tree oil epsom salt foot soak scrubbed into my scalp with shampoo, for example.  This morning I put off a haircut and I picked up a quarter in a parking lot.  Iíve decided to start actually picking up stray coins, as I didnít seem to notice them until now. 

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« Reply #13067 on: May 06, 2019, 11:23:29 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

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« Reply #13068 on: May 06, 2019, 11:32:07 AM »
Found a pair of old running shoes that I had left in my old closet at my dad's house.  They still fit, so now I will not need to buy new sneakers to replace my pair that is falling apart.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13069 on: May 06, 2019, 02:41:04 PM »
- lawn mower was running like crap so did DIY job (new plug, filter, oil, blade)  $25 instead of $50 service or $200 for a new mower

I am not a DIY person (yet !) so I was pretty proud of this.

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« Reply #13070 on: May 07, 2019, 03:44:42 AM »
- lawn mower was running like crap so did DIY job (new plug, filter, oil, blade)  $25 instead of $50 service or $200 for a new mower

I am not a DIY person (yet !) so I was pretty proud of this.

Well done, @Dare2Dream!

The first time I changed the light in my rangehood (a fiddly job), I texted my mate the electrician to tell him. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13071 on: May 07, 2019, 05:11:54 AM »
I made jam from leftover plumps at work. I also cut up 5 leftover bananas and put them in the freezer, waiting for a good plan. Maybe milkshake would be good. Or ice cream.
I'll bite. What are "plumps"?

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« Reply #13072 on: May 07, 2019, 05:31:16 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

Just a follow up.  I checked Poshmark and found a lightly used pair of the work shoes that I've been wearing for $45 with free shipping.  I'm pretty happy with myself.  Hopefully I can get another 15 years out of them.  I watched Mind Over Money the other day and have been thinking about his suggestion that we only "save" money if we put the money we'd have otherwise spent in a savings account.  I might have to start doing that. 

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« Reply #13073 on: May 07, 2019, 05:32:00 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

For what it's worth, I haven't noticed a big difference in quality between older and newer pairs. But then I haven't had my newish pair for 16 years yet - no noticeable wear after 3 years though.

For work, I need to travel to the city my sibling lives in. Hadn't visited them in their new home yet, so I'm travelling after work today, will spend the evening there and go to the work appointment tomorrow. Work pays all my travel costs so I will go there for free. Saves me about Ä40.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13074 on: May 07, 2019, 01:12:15 PM »
I made jam from leftover plumps at work. I also cut up 5 leftover bananas and put them in the freezer, waiting for a good plan. Maybe milkshake would be good. Or ice cream.
I'll bite. What are "plumps"?

Plums?

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« Reply #13075 on: May 07, 2019, 02:04:43 PM »
Apples from our farm food box needed to be used.  They were showing signs of getting near the end of their life.

A bit of butter, oatmeal, molasses and some spices -- there is now apple crumble! I make it not-very-sweet, so this shall be breakfast/snacks for a couple days, at least!

And bonus -- it fits in the toaster oven, so I don't have to use the big oven!

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« Reply #13076 on: May 07, 2019, 03:58:15 PM »
First day wearing stockings this year.

Apparently Iím out of practice. Punched both thumbs straight through the waistband.

So I got out the trusty clear nail polish (and threw a spare pair in my bag just in case).

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« Reply #13077 on: May 07, 2019, 10:25:58 PM »
And another one from me, since I didn't have time to post this morning.

Husband announced he needed a new motorcycle helmet.

Me: Why?
Him: I broke the visor.
Me: So buy a new visor.
Him: But I broke the side pod too.
Me: You can replace that... don't you already have a spare visor since you put the mirrored visor on as soon as you bought it?
Him: Yes...
Me: Wait, wasn't there a spare side pod too?
Him: Maybe.
Me: So where are they?
Him: The last time I saw them they were at [his parents' old house].
Me: Yeah, me too... have you called them?
Him: No.
Me: You could save $900 by making a phone call and you haven't done it?
Him: Well... I just wanted a new one.
Me: Oh I know.

His parents' turned up the visor (his dad texted a photo of six spare helmet visors and said, 'Is it one of these?') No luck on the side pod, but I just found them online. I can order a spare set, in the same helmet design, posted from overseas, for $80.

I'll take spending $80 over $800 any day.

(Note: If he'd come off the bike in that helmet, I would agree to replacing it in a heartbeat. Frugal. Not cheap.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13078 on: May 08, 2019, 02:41:17 AM »
First day wearing stockings this year.

Apparently Iím out of practice. Punched both thumbs straight through the waistband.

So I got out the trusty clear nail polish (and threw a spare pair in my bag just in case).

Woman here. I hate stocking too, because they always tear apart. And yes, the nail polish makes them live a little longer. It does help though to buy the thicker, inelegant stockings. They last a little longer. Wearing trousers is an even better idea.

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« Reply #13079 on: May 08, 2019, 10:05:08 AM »
-- On Thursday we went with friends to an escape room for hubby's bday.  Friend had a 40% off coupon for all of us to use because she interviewed there.  Turns out they offered her the job, so regardless of whether she takes it, her game on Thursday was entirely free for all of us!  Score!

-- On Saturday I answered an online ad for free moving boxes (we are moving in a week).  Picked up WAY more boxes than I think we will end up using.  And they were only used once, and were the heavy duty ones from Lowes and Home Depot!  I will pass them on to extend their use when we are done too.

-- Met a big group of friends at the ice cream shop near our house (again for DH's bday).  I held the table while everyone else ordered.  One of our friends tacked DH's cone onto their order, so we only paid for mine out of the account. 

-- Am cleaning out the cupboards before moving.  I've been adding leftover cream to my coffee, drinking up tea hiding in the cupboards, eating the meat out of the fridge and freezer, and all around creating slightly odd combos to clear it out.  We did cheat and buy some BOGO frozen pizzas to fill in any gaps during the next week or so of living in a fort of boxes and a half packed house. 

-- The big one -- Managed to find someone who wanted our second hand box spring.  If they hadn't taken it, we would have had to pay to dispose of it and add mileage to our moving van rental to transport it.  Someone posted online that they needed one and we gave it away to them.

-- And also, we found out our insurance covers the occasional cracked windshield without a copay or any effect on the insurance since it wasn't caused by a collision.  The money I budgeted for our cracked windshield this month went straight into savings :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13080 on: May 08, 2019, 12:22:24 PM »
Spent 14$ on epoxy glue and white duct tape to fix the 2 broken shelves and 1 broken drawer on my fridge, instead of spending 280$ on new shelves or 1200$ on a new fridge.

Also spent 20$ on dye to re-dye the formerly-white slipcover (stained and grimy-looking even when clean) instead of spending 150$ for a slipcover for a 500$ couch.

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« Reply #13081 on: May 08, 2019, 12:54:55 PM »
First day wearing stockings this year.

Apparently Iím out of practice. Punched both thumbs straight through the waistband.

So I got out the trusty clear nail polish (and threw a spare pair in my bag just in case).

Woman here. I hate stocking too, because they always tear apart. And yes, the nail polish makes them live a little longer. It does help though to buy the thicker, inelegant stockings. They last a little longer. Wearing trousers is an even better idea.

Wearing thicker pairs certainly helps - my 60 denier pairs usually last me two winters. Thinner ones don't last as long but more expensive pairs are certainly much better than cheaper pairs. It's kind of stating the obvious but make sure your nails are smooth (hands and feet) and there are no sharp edges to any zippers.  I wear skirts and dresses 90% of the time and I buy about 10 pairs a year. I have a lot of skirts that go well with thicker thights but for a formal look I do wear thinner ones from time to time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13082 on: May 08, 2019, 12:56:30 PM »
Plus, to save money I took home a sandwich that was left over after a meeting and had it for dinner. They were going to be thrown out otherwise.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13083 on: May 08, 2019, 01:32:58 PM »
*Making sourdough bread for dinner, used the excess starter to make pancakes for breakfast
*Returning a sweater I bought on clearance but decided I won't wear often
*Used Hilton points from a work trip to knock a few bucks of my Amazon order this morning (LED grow lights, which in the long run will be cheaper than what I currently use for my veggie seedlings, both in electricity and bulb replacements)
*Built a seed-starting bench out of cheap lumber, mixed a couple kind of leftover stain together to finish it, and mounted it with old shop shelf brackets that I spray painted to make them blend better/be less ugly, using a can of paint I already had.
*Starting a bunch more seedlings for the garden.
*Working with Stanley customer service to hopefully get a replacement lid for my travel mug instead of replacing the whole mug.

Make sure to plant a lot of tomato seeds this season.  "Tariffs could send tomato prices soaring in US, Mexico says"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13084 on: May 08, 2019, 04:51:53 PM »
Put in my M5 cashback form for tolls, got $111 back in less than 48 hours.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13085 on: May 09, 2019, 03:13:15 PM »
Put in my M5 cashback form for tolls, got $111 back in less than 48 hours.

Oh my god, is this State Government policy still going??? Wow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13086 on: May 10, 2019, 01:08:45 AM »
Made my first refinanced mortgage payment at 3.375% on a ten year term.  Itís a high figure but I should be seeing fast progress paying this place off. 

I cancelled an unhelpful dr appointments or  follow up for a condition that nothing can be done about currently.  Treating with OTC drops for now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13087 on: May 10, 2019, 03:56:53 AM »
Opted for Aldi crumbed chicken pieces and homemade potato wedges over takeaway for a Friday night treat dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13088 on: May 10, 2019, 03:58:23 AM »
Put in my M5 cashback form for tolls, got $111 back in less than 48 hours.

Oh my god, is this State Government policy still going??? Wow.

Says the guy who has never paid tolls in his life. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13089 on: May 10, 2019, 04:54:15 PM »
Did not order lunch out when the office did. Everyone else got Mexican, and I still had a container of the rice & beans mixture that i batch cooked last weekend. I heated it up in the kitchenette, threw on some sriracha, and ate my frugal fill!

Still wanted a taco, though...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13090 on: May 11, 2019, 08:50:11 AM »
I've been working through our freezer, trying to get work down our previously made meals, as well as items that aren't in the normal rotation & need planning to use up. My goal is to have the freezer in a reasonably clean state by the end of May. So far, I've used up 11 items, and my goal for May is 15, so crushing it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13091 on: May 12, 2019, 08:37:22 AM »
Catch up from the last few days:

* Packed a picnic lunch and boy2 in the car on Friday, then picked up my mom for a "Mother's Day of Adventures' (a la the non-consumer advocate).

-We stopped to cash in on free lattes from a local place before leaving town(one free coffee for moms that are signed up for their free loyalty program)
-Drove a scenic byway through the mountains to a lovely lake, where we had our picnic. Did some light hiking/exploring, then took the scenic road in a loop over a free river ferry (part of the state highway system). Spent some time enjoying the beach of the mighty Columbia and the wildflowers of the scablands nearby before heading home.

* Sold our home in less than a day. My partner set up a pet and hangout area in the detached garage. Otherwise, we would have had to of paid for boarding since our elderly but large-ish dog won't walk for more than a few yards due to arthritis and asthma, and there was no car at home. She gets stressed badly around other dogs, too (loves cats, though!), so taking her to a friends wasn't going to work. (Don't worry, she was never left alone in there!)

* Fought the urge to celebrate with an expensive night on the town. Instead, grilled and made s'mores, inadvertently turning it into a mini-neighborhood party.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13092 on: May 12, 2019, 11:02:38 AM »
Not quite Maximum Badass, but at least Pareto Badass. (Aka, 80/20 Badass)
Ha - I like that one!!!! :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13093 on: May 12, 2019, 11:19:07 AM »
Also spent 20$ on dye to re-dye the formerly-white slipcover (stained and grimy-looking even when clean) instead of spending 150$ for a slipcover for a 500$ couch.
I love this and do it all the time! I just ruined a knitted sweater straigth off the needles and I got bleach on it. It was just a small spot but the color was gone and the spot was white on a blue sweater. So I bought fabrc dye and after a round in the washing machine I now have a wonderful dark blue sweater without any signs of the accident. I have also overdyed jeans numerous times. It is magic!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13094 on: May 12, 2019, 05:19:30 PM »
Switched my car and renter's insurance provider- more than 50% cheaper with the same coverage!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13095 on: May 12, 2019, 06:51:25 PM »
We went out for mother's day dinner at a nice restaurant... we inadvertently got three different kinds of bread with various dishes and appetizers, and there was so much left over that I got a bag to take it home. Now I have to figure out how to use ~15 slightly stale squares of grilled flatbread :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13096 on: May 13, 2019, 01:58:36 AM »
I've been working through our freezer, trying to get work down our previously made meals, as well as items that aren't in the normal rotation & need planning to use up. My goal is to have the freezer in a reasonably clean state by the end of May. So far, I've used up 11 items, and my goal for May is 15, so crushing it.

I might eat another leftover portion from the freezer. But I have been stuffing my freezer with lots of edible plants. That should be enough for quite a few meals, we should just not forget to eat it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13097 on: May 13, 2019, 03:44:08 AM »
And another one from me, since I didn't have time to post this morning.

Husband announced he needed a new motorcycle helmet.

Me: Why?
Him: I broke the visor.
Me: So buy a new visor.
Him: But I broke the side pod too.
Me: You can replace that... don't you already have a spare visor since you put the mirrored visor on as soon as you bought it?
Him: Yes...
Me: Wait, wasn't there a spare side pod too?
Him: Maybe.
Me: So where are they?
Him: The last time I saw them they were at [his parents' old house].
Me: Yeah, me too... have you called them?
Him: No.
Me: You could save $900 by making a phone call and you haven't done it?
Him: Well... I just wanted a new one.
Me: Oh I know.

His parents' turned up the visor (his dad texted a photo of six spare helmet visors and said, 'Is it one of these?') No luck on the side pod, but I just found them online. I can order a spare set, in the same helmet design, posted from overseas, for $80.

I'll take spending $80 over $800 any day.

(Note: If he'd come off the bike in that helmet, I would agree to replacing it in a heartbeat. Frugal. Not cheap.)

Picked up the visor on the weekend, the spare side pods arrived today.

Five minutes with a wooden skewer (rather than paying for a specialist tool from Arai), and the helmet is good as new.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13098 on: May 13, 2019, 04:09:53 AM »
And another one from me, since I didn't have time to post this morning.

Husband announced he needed a new motorcycle helmet.

Me: Why?
Him: I broke the visor.
Me: So buy a new visor.
Him: But I broke the side pod too.
Me: You can replace that... don't you already have a spare visor since you put the mirrored visor on as soon as you bought it?
Him: Yes...
Me: Wait, wasn't there a spare side pod too?
Him: Maybe.
Me: So where are they?
Him: The last time I saw them they were at [his parents' old house].
Me: Yeah, me too... have you called them?
Him: No.
Me: You could save $900 by making a phone call and you haven't done it?
Him: Well... I just wanted a new one.
Me: Oh I know.

His parents' turned up the visor (his dad texted a photo of six spare helmet visors and said, 'Is it one of these?') No luck on the side pod, but I just found them online. I can order a spare set, in the same helmet design, posted from overseas, for $80.

I'll take spending $80 over $800 any day.

(Note: If he'd come off the bike in that helmet, I would agree to replacing it in a heartbeat. Frugal. Not cheap.)

Picked up the visor on the weekend, the spare side pods arrived today.

Five minutes with a wooden skewer (rather than paying for a specialist tool from Arai), and the helmet is good as new.

Ummmm. My Aldi helmet will probably be replaced this year as it is 4 years old and gets used daily.  I'd better get another $90 ready.  August is the usual date.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13099 on: May 13, 2019, 06:38:47 AM »
Also spent 20$ on dye to re-dye the formerly-white slipcover (stained and grimy-looking even when clean) instead of spending 150$ for a slipcover for a 500$ couch.
I love this and do it all the time! I just ruined a knitted sweater straigth off the needles and I got bleach on it. It was just a small spot but the color was gone and the spot was white on a blue sweater. So I bought fabrc dye and after a round in the washing machine I now have a wonderful dark blue sweater without any signs of the accident. I have also overdyed jeans numerous times. It is magic!

A friend of mine is a minister and was complaining about how quickly black shirts get dingy and need replacing and I was like... 60$ shirt vs 2$ dye packet? DUDE.

He'd never thought of it, and has been enthusiastically informing all his minister-friends of this ever since.