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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13150 on: May 26, 2019, 09:15:57 AM »
Used the balance from a gift card I've had in my wallet for FOUR YEARS. Local book store, but downtown, so I almost never go down there. Well, yesterday we had cause to, so we stopped and bought the guidebook for an upcoming trip we wanted. $1 cheaper than through amazon, supported local business, and got $10 off of it with the gift card. (Which we got from selling books there years ago while downsizing).

Admittedly, needing to go downtown on short notice meant the parking completely ate up the gift card savings =( Womp womp. But at least it made me feel a bit better about it.

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« Reply #13151 on: May 27, 2019, 01:44:04 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back again this afternoon.

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« Reply #13152 on: May 27, 2019, 11:11:19 AM »
I biked to my gym class this morning - a little extra exercise (7km round trip) on a gorgeous day. Got the second deep freeze emptied into the bigger one so it can be unplugged for a couple months until we start picking and freezing fruit again.

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« Reply #13153 on: May 27, 2019, 08:37:09 PM »
I installed gutter caps to stop the constant demand for cleaning out large amounts of pine needle debris we get around here.  Before capping them I had to re-level 2 gutter spans since they were not draining.  I was out there about 9 hours but the last span was so bad I was sure I needed to hire someone to fix and gave up on it yesterday afternoon, resigned that I would have to get a professional out there.

After sleeping on it and thinking about it a lot I climbed back up the ladder this morning and was able to fix the last one myself after about 4 hours effort for that single span.  It required I cut down the interfering unused phone land line drop as well which I did without hesitation.  I have a tall ladder, wire cutters, and moxie fo' days so I pulled it off and coiled it up at the bottom of its pole across the street.  My neighbor was fairly freaked out by that bit.       

Exhausted and sore.  Bruised legs from the ladder.  But I did it myself and made a nice improvement to the home which will pay off with lots of future saved effort. 




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« Reply #13154 on: May 29, 2019, 04:48:55 PM »
I don't shop online much (or at all, honestly) but I have a couple of things I'd like to buy with an eye towards environmental sustainability (reusable bags etc.). This week I got an offer for a free month of Amazon Prime as well as an easy survey from the credit card company I use offering a $10 gift card for Amazon. So that's free shipping and $10 off the stuff I was planning to buy :-) And I kind of enjoyed the survey, which was all about picking the most appealing account options - very Mustache-friendly with evaluating sign-up bonuses and interest rates and cash back rates.

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« Reply #13155 on: May 29, 2019, 05:39:38 PM »
Picked up my daughter from the airport, but used the 20 minute free "wait and call" area rather than the usual parking lot (at $6 for 20 minutes).  Then I managed to stay there for 21 minutes, as the car clock and my phone clock did not say the same time, and the car clock went out when I turned off the ignition.  So I got charged $2.02 for the pleasure of finding out the clock in the car is out by a couple of minutes.

I still saved about $10 all up, but was a little annoyed with myself.

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« Reply #13156 on: May 30, 2019, 07:27:08 AM »
I have not done this yet but I am going to. I have some leftover bread and will make a savory bread pudding. I saw a demo on YouTube and it looks good. Basically you mix a few eggs with 2 cups milk. Add in 8 cups of bread chunks. Add in some cheese. Chop up some onions, vegetables and meat of choice. Saute meat and vegetables. Stir it all in together then put in a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 50-60 min till golden on top. This is a great idea because I always have left over bread and scraps of this and that that usually get tossed out. Will be a good savings and make a tasty breakfast.


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« Reply #13157 on: May 30, 2019, 08:27:36 AM »
Yesterday I harvested all the Roma tomatoes along with a few grape tomatoes and made a killer sauce - all with herbs from my garden.
One bay leaf, Italian oregano, parsley, garlic chives and a variety of peppers.

Today
Drying red hot peppers to give as a gift.
Chopping up rosemary for a spice gift and a jar for myself.
May cut some lavender to dry for sachets.

Checked on my geranium experiment - Yay - grew a new geranium plant from a broken off branch (wind damage).
Tomorrow I'll see about growing a new African blue basil from my existing plant - they don't self seed so I'll be potting a branch while still on the mother plant. (Worked once before)

Not spending money at all this month, saving instead for extra vacation spending money in June.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13158 on: May 30, 2019, 09:33:10 AM »
thinking about replacing home internet with a hotspot connection, could save $22 a month

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« Reply #13159 on: May 30, 2019, 08:03:35 PM »
I clipped digital coupons on Wegmans’ website before I went to the grocery to buy good food for a work goodbye party.  I saved $2 on a family pack size of pita chips, and also got the house brand of Brie because nothing says we’ll miss you like Brie!  I will get reimbursed for my purchases since it’s a work party but I’ll still call it saving myself money. 

I had a second Wegmans order of my own goodies and used another digital clipped coupon to save $2 off a 10-pack of their house brand tissues.  I went with the larger boxes that had more tissues in them vice the more attractive artwork on the smaller boxes. 

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« Reply #13160 on: May 31, 2019, 05:23:54 AM »
I have not done this yet but I am going to. I have some leftover bread and will make a savory bread pudding. I saw a demo on YouTube and it looks good. Basically you mix a few eggs with 2 cups milk. Add in 8 cups of bread chunks. Add in some cheese. Chop up some onions, vegetables and meat of choice. Saute meat and vegetables. Stir it all in together then put in a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 50-60 min till golden on top. This is a great idea because I always have left over bread and scraps of this and that that usually get tossed out. Will be a good savings and make a tasty breakfast.

Sounds yummy! Regarding easy old bread recipes; check out Knodels! It's eaten a lot in the Alps and Dolomites and sooo yummy and super easy.

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« Reply #13161 on: May 31, 2019, 06:39:42 AM »
I have not done this yet but I am going to. I have some leftover bread and will make a savory bread pudding. I saw a demo on YouTube and it looks good. Basically you mix a few eggs with 2 cups milk. Add in 8 cups of bread chunks. Add in some cheese. Chop up some onions, vegetables and meat of choice. Saute meat and vegetables. Stir it all in together then put in a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 50-60 min till golden on top. This is a great idea because I always have left over bread and scraps of this and that that usually get tossed out. Will be a good savings and make a tasty breakfast.

Sounds yummy! Regarding easy old bread recipes; check out Knodels! It's eaten a lot in the Alps and Dolomites and sooo yummy and super easy.

Here is another good idea for left over bread, a French toast casserole: https://www.eatingonadime.com/french-toast-casserole-recipe/

Seems these bread based casseroles have endless ideas to use up old bread!

Maybe use up Italian bread with pizza sauce and mozzarella!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13162 on: May 31, 2019, 03:54:46 PM »
What is this "leftover bread" you speak of?

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« Reply #13163 on: May 31, 2019, 09:48:13 PM »
- Purchased items for delivery from Home Depot in store rather than online so that I could use my military discount

- Air dried a comforter

- Borrowed a tool from a neighbor instead of buying one

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13164 on: June 01, 2019, 04:36:48 AM »
What is this "leftover bread" you speak of?

Left over bread is when people cannot use up a whole loaf of bread before it goes stale. It could be home made from bread maker machine, store bought bread, hamburger/hot dog rolls. Usually stale.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13165 on: June 01, 2019, 05:02:46 AM »
What is this "leftover bread" you speak of?

Left over bread is when people cannot use up a whole loaf of bread before it goes stale. It could be home made from bread maker machine, store bought bread, hamburger/hot dog rolls. Usually stale.
Oh, I see!  I keep that bread in the freezer, it does not go stale in there ;-)

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« Reply #13166 on: June 01, 2019, 05:20:56 AM »
What is this "leftover bread" you speak of?

Left over bread is when people cannot use up a whole loaf of bread before it goes stale. It could be home made from bread maker machine, store bought bread, hamburger/hot dog rolls. Usually stale.
Oh, I see!  I keep that bread in the freezer, it does not go stale in there ;-)

Yes, I do the freezer thing too but still accumulate too much bread! Plus, it takes up too much room in the freezer.

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« Reply #13167 on: June 02, 2019, 07:28:59 PM »
Carpooled with a friend to a local resale shop. I wasn't planning on buying, so I just looked. On the way out the door, we poked through the 'free' box. There was a bolt of fabric! I'm an avid sewist, so I'm thrilled to find free fabric. There ended up being over 5 yards of brand new fabric in excellent condition!!
I found some ribbon today on clearance for $1 and $0.50 for 3 yds, and used a gift card to pay for it. I found a clearanced out birthday gift for a party next month, and a box of birthday cards, 12/$1.50! (I like to snail-mail birthday cards, so I always ask for postage stamps as gifts. Sending 12 birthday wishes will cost me $0.14 each!!)
It was a good day for crafting supplies :)

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« Reply #13168 on: June 02, 2019, 07:37:16 PM »
Drank filtered water instead of bottled water.

Shaved DH's head. He hates paying for haircuts now that he trusts me with the razor.

Hiked instead of hitting the treadmill (slight savings in electricity!)

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« Reply #13169 on: June 03, 2019, 11:07:40 AM »
We braved rush hour on public transit rather than pay for parking downtown.  The kids enjoyed the adventure as well!

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« Reply #13170 on: June 03, 2019, 11:53:11 AM »
We bought used bricks for a garden project today.

We are also eating all the food in the house from today so we can spend the money we save on that same garden project - of course, it's not like we don't have the money to do so, but like true mustachians we hate to touch our savings for anything, including the things we saved up for in the first place :)

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« Reply #13171 on: June 03, 2019, 12:18:04 PM »
* When I called customer service about an order that's never come in, they explained that the cc code was incorrect and so then put a hold on it. I told them to cancel the order instead of fixing the number. I can survive without $35 worth of thinkgeek stuff.
* Had a work lunch out and ate only half my food, taking the other half home. I not only feel better, but also saved some money towards tomorrow's lunch.
* Picked up a soda from home instead of getting one while out and about.
* Going to return 2 of the sports bra/ athletic tops I got on clearance at Target yesterday. I have 2 super duper old ones I can use and will keep 2 of the new ones. $25 back, possibly $38 if I decide to keep only one of the new shirts (I wore it to the gym yesterday). Jeez, when I write out the cost it really hit me how much I had spent. Ok, returning 3 of the sports bras tonight.

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« Reply #13172 on: June 03, 2019, 06:37:41 PM »
I noticed what looked like a little group of scallions (4) growing in the landscaping mulch outside our apartment building, very out-of-place in the ground cover. They are scallions! I "weeded" them and we had one in tofu spinach soup and another in guacamole today. Huge and very tender compared to supermarket scallions. Yum!

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« Reply #13173 on: June 03, 2019, 07:22:13 PM »
I returned cans Sunday for cash back. It was part of cleaning out the basement family activity. Far too many. But it financed another bbq byob outing and gave my kiddo her allowance.

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« Reply #13174 on: June 03, 2019, 08:42:26 PM »
-- DH and I biked to and from church yesterday.  Saved gas and a bus pass or two (we have one vehicle and he arrives much, much earlier than I do, so typically I would bus it)  It's 10 miles round trip, so we got a bit of a workout too.

-- Used several dog bags from the rolls our apartment complex provides rather than our own.  Its 6 cents a bag saved! 

-- Walked around a neighborhood festival yesterday, and didn't feel like waiting in the super long lines for food. Swung by the grocery store on the way home instead.  Bought needed groceries rather than buying tacos/pizza/burgers out.

-- Our two nieces are out of state and have birthdays within a few weeks of each other.  I had previously bought easy to ship gifts, but today I wrapped them in leftover brown packaging paper, stuck the pretty cards directly to the paper as decoration (and to label each gift), and then slipped those two packages into a larger box for shipping.  Only paid one shipping charge rather than two, and I'm confident I saved at least 5-6 dollars that way.  Also spent almost no money on wrap as the wrapping supplies were free and the cards were part of a bulk box years ago.

-- Used the screen door on the balcony this morning and cooled the house with morning air.  Shut it when the house finally reached 78 degrees and the AC kicked on.

-- Realized that the Ace Hardware a block and a half from our apartment sells grain free dog food that we have used in the past.  Previously, we had been buying a more expensive brand from a pet store a short drive away, because grain free/chicken free is hard to find.  Walked to pick up the dog food and brought along a 10.00 off coupon we had received in the mail.  Instead of 80.00 on dog food this month, we spent less than 40.00!  Although I did have to drag a giant bag of dog food a block and a half home ....LOL.

-- DH wanted to grill chicken tonight, but wanted a marinade.  Rather than go to the store, I made a homemade teriyaki marinade.  Turned out delicious! 

 

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« Reply #13175 on: June 03, 2019, 09:02:39 PM »
-Arranged a ride home for a kiddo from soccer, so my husband & other son could pick me up from the airport. Saved about $25 on the Uber I'd planned to take.
-Brought home two PB&Js I had leftover from a relay I ran this weekend. My son brought both to school for lunch today.
-Decided to cash in our change at the Coinstar machine, & turned it into an Amazon gift card. We rarely use cash, so don't ever accumulate much change. It was $12, so good to have it out of the house & turned into something useful.
-I bought yearbooks for the kids (I have no idea why, but they love them & read them/refer to them all the time) & used a promo code for buying early. I noticed that the price is now $20/book higher, so my early purchase saved money.

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« Reply #13176 on: June 04, 2019, 12:42:00 AM »
Yesterday I had the third injection of my tic vaccin. I let DH set the injection in my arm. 8$ and hassle saved by not going to the doctor's office.

Walked to work today and will walk back.

Doing a course in mindfulness against stress, all for free available on the internet.

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« Reply #13177 on: June 04, 2019, 04:46:25 AM »
Yesterday from our garden we harvested cherries, gooseberries, blueberries, summer squash, kale, tomatoes, and carrots.  About $40 worth of produce.

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« Reply #13178 on: June 04, 2019, 01:48:19 PM »
Over the weekend I replaced the battery in my 2.5 year old cell phone, and will hopefully get a few more years out of it.  It was a PITA, and I had to go to a cell phone repair place that let me borrow a special tiny screw driver, but should be about $75/hour for my efforts.

Found an incorrect charge on my grocery receipt and had it corrected yesterday ($1.59).

Brought lunch to work, including tomato soup from tomatoes I grew last summer, and an egg cup from homegrown eggs, plus 1/2 of an 88c avocado.

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« Reply #13179 on: June 05, 2019, 10:33:47 PM »
Managed to eat for nearly free today. Breakfast was bulk-purchased fruit, lunch was unexpectedly paid for by my boss, and I ate free dinner for a work training. Walked to work and back even though it was humid and warm. Refilled my water bottle to hydrate.
Got on ThredUp to find some work wardrobe items I'm missing, and used up a very old credit to pay for part of it. I thought you weren't able to return items, but turns out you can! So I'm not out any money if the items don't work. They also have a 'Rescue' section where you can get a mystery box of a certain type of item for a set price. Denim by the pound, $50 for 40 baby items, etc. Stayed strong and only got the items on my list.

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« Reply #13180 on: June 06, 2019, 12:16:44 AM »
Hit three thrift stores looking for items to stage the flip house with. Found one fake hydrangea in a nice vase for $3. Passed on everything else. After an early dinner at home,  DH and I made a Home Depot run. Used a $25 off coupon.

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« Reply #13181 on: June 06, 2019, 10:17:10 AM »
read this article and i was like, ' yeah we do this already.'
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/06/clean-eating-guide-dietician-what-is-it-how-to

real food cooked by us is  close to our #1 prioirity. it will save us probably,  time , $ and headache of being sickly

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« Reply #13182 on: June 06, 2019, 10:22:44 AM »
Ate food from the freezer the whole day. Will have lunch from the freezer tomorrow too. Some containers are unmarked so it's a surprise what we're getting. Thankfully we are both good cooks so it's never disappointing.


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« Reply #13183 on: June 06, 2019, 10:27:07 AM »
Picked mulberries from trees in my neighborhood. Make oatmeal with them and gloried in some free food. Made plan to hit the same trees every few days to catch the ripe ones. They are *loaded* with berries in various stages of ripeness, so should have a few more weeks of free snacks and baking ingredients

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« Reply #13184 on: June 06, 2019, 10:33:00 AM »
Bought groceries from LIDL. Sat with the kids beforehand and made out a shopping list using their circular to maximize “on sale” purchases. Kids were psyched as the house brand of root beer was on sale. Paid for it all using a CC for travel points. Next stop: the library.

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« Reply #13185 on: June 06, 2019, 11:00:06 AM »
I used a leftover piece of bread and several self foraged ingredients in tonight's dinner.

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« Reply #13186 on: June 06, 2019, 11:14:33 AM »
I joined the "Too Good To Go" movement. This is an app that was developed in Denmark where grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and hotels sell leftover food for a fraction of the sales price.
I just picked up a bag from the local bakery. It contained first-class salads, specialty breads, müesli, pies, cookies etc.. for USD 5.-. The original price was USD 27.-.
In addition, it prevents food waste.

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« Reply #13187 on: June 06, 2019, 11:25:08 AM »
I joined the "Too Good To Go" movement. This is an app that was developed in Denmark where grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and hotels sell leftover food for a fraction of the sales price.
I just picked up a bag from the local bakery. It contained first-class salads, specialty breads, müesli, pies, cookies etc.. for USD 5.-. The original price was USD 27.-.
In addition, it prevents food waste.

That's brilliant.  I wonder if there's something similar in the US.

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« Reply #13188 on: June 06, 2019, 11:46:21 AM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

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« Reply #13189 on: June 06, 2019, 01:36:58 PM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

If you're a Costco member check to see if there is a Costco nearby your hotel. 
Fore example, IIRC there is a Costco near the Maui airport.  All the things your use to plus uniquely Hawaiian items (e.g., macadamia nuts, tiny bananas, etc.)

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« Reply #13190 on: June 06, 2019, 01:41:26 PM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

If you're a Costco member check to see if there is a Costco nearby your hotel. 
Fore example, IIRC there is a Costco near the Maui airport.  All the things your use to plus uniquely Hawaiian items (e.g., macadamia nuts, tiny bananas, etc.)

Heck yes. Did this in Maui, no regrets.

Our savings tactics for our own Hawaii trip (packing now!) Used points for flights. AirBnB and Turo for lodging and car rental. Gonna stock up on some food and stuff at Costco when we land. Looks like we can avoid a checked bag and associated fees. Brother is taking care of our dog, so no boarding costs for her. Needed a new swimsuit and shorts (helloooo pregnant body), so got one item at a maternity consignment shop and hit an online 70% sale from Old Navy for the rest. Been using everything up in advance of leaving so we should have no food waste, minus a cucumber that got lost in the back of a drawer (gag).

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« Reply #13191 on: June 06, 2019, 11:18:42 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.


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« Reply #13192 on: June 07, 2019, 08:56:20 AM »
@Catbert & @Bracken_Joy - we already have a Costco list going, and actually booked the hotel/car combo with Costco! They have the best deals for what we need. Super jazzed. I also booked the flight using a companion fare on Alaska, which saves money. And, I have the Alaska credit card, so no checked bag fee. So, we're bringing our own wine as well in the suitcase.

@Bracken_Joy - have an amazing time!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13193 on: June 07, 2019, 12:15:45 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.

Still, a smart thing to do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13194 on: June 07, 2019, 06:02:04 PM »
Grocery shopping by bike, as usual.  One good discovery today was that, previously unbeknownst to us, they carry the 'right kind' of Lunchables that my kids eat at Sam's Club.  That little discovery should save us about $4 per week, or about $200/year. 

Yes, the better thing would be to stop feeding them Lunchables twice a week, but hopefully those of you with picky kids out there will understand. 

Also had my car smog-checked and paid for the registration.  This didn't save me money (aside from the fact that I was a bit uncertain my car would pass the smog check), but it did remind me of the money I'm paying to have a car that mostly just sits in the garage, even though it's old and barely insured.  I need to figure out if I can make the leap to get us down to a one-car family.  Most of the time it would be fine, though admittedly it would've been tough for about 5 weeks this year while my bike was out of commission.  Maybe that just means I need a second e-bike!  Oops, supposed to be saving money in this thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13195 on: June 07, 2019, 09:10:01 PM »
One of my horse's had a surgery (she's fine,  correcting a minor defect to prevent future problems) last week.  I raised my eyebrows a bit at the bill being higher than expected when I came to pick her up, so the secretary let me pay 80% of it, and left it for the vet surgeon to check over the next day.  I just got the bill for the balance in the mail and they knocked off almost $600 (about 20%)!

Made a delicious thom ka gai soup for dinner tonight with leftovers from Tuesday's roast chicken, and some random veggies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13196 on: June 07, 2019, 09:38:24 PM »
Was actually in the car to go out to dinner when we decided to just go home. SO had eaten a huge lunch, and was only going out to be with me. He mentioned a frozen pizza in the freezer and some donuts his mom had brought by. I literally turned right at the next light and we came home. Dug out a bottle of bubbly and had pizza for dinner with donuts for dessert. Not at all healthy, but a fun splurge that didn't cost us anything that hadn't already been spent in the grocery budget! Saved at least $20.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13197 on: June 08, 2019, 03:36:20 AM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.

Smart, yet not too difficult in Göteborg ;)
Still, a smart thing to do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13198 on: June 08, 2019, 11:03:11 AM »
@okcisok - love the dinner combo! Sounds like a perfect alternative.

For me, continuing to do extensive yard work that we otherwise would have paid someone to do. (I'm on sabbatical through the summer.) Today I took down a fence using bolt cutters. I looked it up on YouTube...pretty empowering to do something for yourself you've never done before!

Yesterday, sold a restaurant gift card we'd received as a gift. It's not something we'd normally use, and in order to use the gift card, we'd need to throw in at least another $35 or so. Now I have $20 to use for Subway or something on our road trip.

Used our electric car for all of our errands.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13199 on: June 08, 2019, 01:55:43 PM »
Yesterday I filled up the almost empty petrol tank for a lowish price, the lowest since a couple of weeks. I did this before my hiking trip. On the way back, the prices had been changed and were a lot higher. And I had fallen and wasn't really good at getting in and out of the car. So it was planned at a good time.