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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13250 on: June 15, 2019, 11:35:34 PM »
My pressed bronzer broke last time I went away for a weekend, so I just transferred it into a refillable loose powder container.

I paid $2 for the container about eight years ago, and it's saved me repeatedly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13251 on: June 16, 2019, 10:12:20 AM »
1. Birthday present for a good friend - zero spend, because I already accumulated several things over the past year as I came across them.
I am also re-gifting a cool set of turquoise plastic drink ware since I only use real glass and I know she'll like and use them.

2. Instead of buying a fancy $5 Hallmark card I will use a card from my free stash of cards (received free for donating to a cause, years ago).

3. Harvested about 8 bay leaves to dry and use for cooking. My bush often gets some sort of leaf plight in the summer so I wanted to harvest a few extra fresh, perfect leaves while I can. Usually, I just get a leaf or two, but sometimes it is already dark or it is raining, so it is nice to have a few dried leaves.
4. Still harvesting peppers and grape tomatoes, enough for one more batch of sauce along with basil, oregano, garlic chives and parsley from my garden.

5. Figured out a way to get an extra $5 a month in interest by moving slush fund savings to a different account.

I blew off $5 because I didn't do the math and didn't realize that in reality, I blew off $50 already. I could have initiated a transfer 10 months ago - it took no more than one minute to activate.

6. Coupons - saved us $35 in the past two weeks plus we scored two $5 coupons on expensive eye drops. Will have a quick look online today.

7. My favorite flip flops are on their annual mega sale - so I will buy two pair, a savings of $60 total. They are good for your feet and come in tons of colors.
Normally when they go on sale they are $15 to $20 off - but this one time a year this one store has them at $30 off.

Long gone are the days when I could buy cheapie shoes for five bucks and it wouldn't bother my feet.
I'm a shoe murderer - so they'll last me a maximum of two years but only because I currently have enough shoes to rotate. 
All I need for this year is one pair of sandals with a heel, then I might get away with buying no shoes at all next year. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13252 on: June 16, 2019, 11:05:52 PM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

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« Reply #13253 on: June 17, 2019, 02:49:01 AM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!

I called up my car insurer today who sent out a renewal notice to me increasing my comprehensive premium by 13%(!) from last year from $752 to $852. For what it's worth, inflation is 1%.

Called them up, and 10 minutes later managed to knock the increase down to 7.5% or $56 to $808. Since my CTP greenslip cost went down $27 to $448 I think I've done well this year to keep the overall increase to 1.3% for my car insurances. ($1227 to $1256)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13254 on: June 17, 2019, 02:53:53 AM »
Walked to work today. Showered and washed my hair at work, using shampoo and towel provided by work. Will walk back later today.

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« Reply #13255 on: June 17, 2019, 02:55:47 AM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!

I called up my car insurer today who sent out a renewal notice to me increasing my comprehensive premium by 13%(!) from last year from $752 to $852. For what it's worth, inflation is 1%.

Called them up, and 10 minutes later managed to knock the increase down to 7.5% or $56 to $808. Since my CTP greenslip cost went down $27 to $448 I think I've done well this year to keep the overall increase to 1.3% for my car insurances. ($1227 to $1256)

$56 is definitely worth a phone call!

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« Reply #13256 on: June 17, 2019, 05:05:19 AM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!



I've started to do this a while back and it's really not as hard as I thought I would be. So far I've returned a stale cake to the grocery store (money back without them even opening the packaging to check) returned a white bra that was not identical to the black one as they said it would be (money back) and even returned a pair of thights that ripped the first time I wore them (money back + small gift as an apology).

It's not even just about the money, I just want manufacturers to make stuff that is not shit quality and the only way to hold them accountable is to take their profit away from them. If more people did it instead of just throwing away and buying new, manufacturers would maybe sudddenly find some way to produce better quality goods. None of the items I returned were "cheap", they were all from "quality brands".

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13257 on: June 17, 2019, 06:54:58 AM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!



I've started to do this a while back and it's really not as hard as I thought I would be. So far I've returned a stale cake to the grocery store (money back without them even opening the packaging to check) returned a white bra that was not identical to the black one as they said it would be (money back) and even returned a pair of thights that ripped the first time I wore them (money back + small gift as an apology).

It's not even just about the money, I just want manufacturers to make stuff that is not shit quality and the only way to hold them accountable is to take their profit away from them. If more people did it instead of just throwing away and buying new, manufacturers would maybe sudddenly find some way to produce better quality goods. None of the items I returned were "cheap", they were all from "quality brands".

Yes, people should return stuff to the store. We had a recall about a year ago on hot dogs and on the news they told people to throw them away! Are you kidding me? I also had those hot dogs and marched them right back to the store for a refund! NOPE, I am not throwing away $6.00! The first thing they should say is DO NOT EAT, either return it to the store OR throw it away.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13258 on: June 17, 2019, 09:30:10 AM »
We had upgraded our Sam's Club membership in the Fall to their plus membership which earns you $10 for every $500 you spend. The cashier said that we had already spent enough that year that the membership would pay for itself and we could cancel it if it turns out it hadn't.
Well here comes June and our renewal notice and we had not earned enough to make the membership worthwhile so I went to the store and got a full refund on our upgrade and we were able to put the $20 we had earned in cash rewards to our normal club membership.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13259 on: June 17, 2019, 11:33:45 AM »
Wasn't today but was Saturday.

Older kid had free 1/2 day football camp but it was 1 hour away.  Needed to find something to do to keep parents and little kids entertained while big kid was at camp.  We found not 1 but 2 different little kid centered FREE activities and free parking! We did get lunch out for everyone but pretty cheap for all 5 of us to have a very fun and entertaining Saturday.  All 3 kids slept all the way home too (huge win for parents).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13260 on: June 17, 2019, 12:39:48 PM »
Used a coupon to save $7 on an oil change.

Got the $.10 BYO cup discount at SBUX.

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« Reply #13261 on: June 17, 2019, 04:07:55 PM »
Signed up successfully for a share in a solar farm.  Will get 10% off my electricity bills, plus got a $25 referral from a friend who signed up through my link.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13262 on: June 17, 2019, 08:20:50 PM »
Sunday I wanted to get our 4yo out of the house to give DH some peace and quiet on Father's Day. Was going to take him to his first movie in a theater (which would have cost $20+), but last minute decided to take him with me to a couple open houses in the area that I was interested in checking out (not actually interested in moving, just always up for getting a more refined sense of our very HCOL real estate market). DS had a great time exploring various nooks and crannies in each of the houses we went to, all for zero dollars. And we deferred the first movie experience for a few more weeks or months, which I figure can only be a good thing.

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« Reply #13263 on: June 17, 2019, 11:06:41 PM »
Sunday I wanted to get our 4yo out of the house to give DH some peace and quiet on Father's Day. Was going to take him to his first movie in a theater (which would have cost $20+), but last minute decided to take him with me to a couple open houses in the area that I was interested in checking out (not actually interested in moving, just always up for getting a more refined sense of our very HCOL real estate market). DS had a great time exploring various nooks and crannies in each of the houses we went to, all for zero dollars. And we deferred the first movie experience for a few more weeks or months, which I figure can only be a good thing.
Can't start 'em too early! He'll have a string of cash flowing rental properties in no time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13264 on: June 18, 2019, 12:42:40 AM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!



I've started to do this a while back and it's really not as hard as I thought I would be. So far I've returned a stale cake to the grocery store (money back without them even opening the packaging to check) returned a white bra that was not identical to the black one as they said it would be (money back) and even returned a pair of thights that ripped the first time I wore them (money back + small gift as an apology).

It's not even just about the money, I just want manufacturers to make stuff that is not shit quality and the only way to hold them accountable is to take their profit away from them. If more people did it instead of just throwing away and buying new, manufacturers would maybe sudddenly find some way to produce better quality goods. None of the items I returned were "cheap", they were all from "quality brands".

I think this is a relatively new idea in Australia, returning something that is used/partly used because you're disssatisfied with it. In my experience, people fear being branded difficult or cheap.

A couple of years ago a family member had an American exchange student who bought some yoghurts, didn't like them and asked to go back to the supermaket to return them.

My relative was perplexed.

"You can't return them if you've eaten one."
"The label says to return it if I'm not satisfied."
"... but they don't actually mean it!"

I think some people take the piss with generous return policies (LL Bean), but for the most part I'm happy that people are pushing back.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2019, 03:46:48 AM by mustachepungoeshere »

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13265 on: June 18, 2019, 04:34:24 AM »
Returned a poorly fitting bathing suit that I bought online.  Will never buy another bathing suit that doesn’t have a built in bra.  It was like a onesie!  Wtf. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13266 on: June 18, 2019, 12:07:19 PM »
Refilled the little shampoo bottle from the big bottle, 1:1 ratio shampoo and water.

- it suds so much easier so I don't need as much to get it all through my hair
- we don't use as much soap per use
- buying in bulk is less expensive

win-win-win

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13267 on: June 18, 2019, 12:12:49 PM »
Negotiated a sign-on bonus for the job offer I just received!

Small bummer for the day is that I wasn't able to get anything else out of them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13268 on: June 18, 2019, 12:18:26 PM »
Called the bank and had them refund a $2.80 fee because a credit card transaction was mistakenly put through as a cash advance.

Exchanged a pair of jeans that ripped after just a couple of months of wear. The store replaced them, no questions asked.

That's impressive getting them to replace them!



I've started to do this a while back and it's really not as hard as I thought I would be. So far I've returned a stale cake to the grocery store (money back without them even opening the packaging to check) returned a white bra that was not identical to the black one as they said it would be (money back) and even returned a pair of thights that ripped the first time I wore them (money back + small gift as an apology).

It's not even just about the money, I just want manufacturers to make stuff that is not shit quality and the only way to hold them accountable is to take their profit away from them. If more people did it instead of just throwing away and buying new, manufacturers would maybe sudddenly find some way to produce better quality goods. None of the items I returned were "cheap", they were all from "quality brands".

I think this is a relatively new idea in Australia, returning something that is used/partly used because you're disssatisfied with it. In my experience, people fear being branded difficult or cheap.

A couple of years ago a family member had an American exchange student who bought some yoghurts, didn't like them and asked to go back to the supermaket to return them.

My relative was perplexed.

"You can't return them if you've eaten one."
"The label says to return it if I'm not satisfied."
"... but they don't actually mean it!"

I think some people take the piss with generous return policies (LL Bean), but for the most part I'm happy that people are pushing back.

Well I'm Dutch and I'm even frugal by Dutch standards, I have no shame ;) my s/o is sometimes a bit ashamed of me. Returning these kind of items to the store is unusual here too, but they are the ones selling faulty goods. I'm not the one who should be ashamed.

Personally I wouldn't return something I just don't like but is otherwise alright, but the label says you can, so you absolutely should return it if that's what you want to do. But food that is stale before the sell-by date or clothing that is damaged after wearing it 2-3 times, that's just a faulty product.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13269 on: June 18, 2019, 12:58:22 PM »
A couple of years ago a family member had an American exchange student who bought some yoghurts, didn't like them and asked to go back to the supermaket to return them.

My relative was perplexed.

"You can't return them if you've eaten one."
"The label says to return it if I'm not satisfied."
"... but they don't actually mean it!"
IMO, I think if the yoghurt was so bad that the American Ex student wanted to test the waters on the return policy, the family member should have let them.

Part of the exchange program is seeing through the eyes of how other societies view things.  Then again being told no was also part of the exchange program explaining lines that were not to be crossed to the student.  Being a college student is filled with lots of trial and error.

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« Reply #13270 on: June 18, 2019, 02:27:34 PM »
Arrived early enough to get street parking at the pediatrician’s office instead of parking in the underground lot, saved $5.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13271 on: June 18, 2019, 04:03:28 PM »
Ate peanut butter and bread for lunch instead of paying $10.00 to eat at the salad bar in the cafeteria at work. I'll eat veggies for dinner tonight to balance out all the carbs :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13272 on: June 19, 2019, 02:42:42 AM »
DH who takes the train to work today with a 1 day ticket, goes off the train one station earlier and walks/runs the rest, to save 2,5$ on the ticket.

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« Reply #13273 on: June 19, 2019, 04:23:18 AM »
A couple of years ago a family member had an American exchange student who bought some yoghurts, didn't like them and asked to go back to the supermaket to return them.

My relative was perplexed.

"You can't return them if you've eaten one."
"The label says to return it if I'm not satisfied."
"... but they don't actually mean it!"
IMO, I think if the yoghurt was so bad that the American Ex student wanted to test the waters on the return policy, the family member should have let them.

Part of the exchange program is seeing through the eyes of how other societies view things.  Then again being told no was also part of the exchange program explaining lines that were not to be crossed to the student.  Being a college student is filled with lots of trial and error.

My relative did drive the exchange student back to the supermarket for her to exchange it; she just pointed out that this was a difference between Australia and the US.

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« Reply #13274 on: June 19, 2019, 07:31:50 AM »
Not sure I understand the concept of returning yogurt because you don't like it. Wouldn't it make more sense to just buy one and see if you like it? I wouldn't think return policies apply to food you didn't like, except in the case of Costco.

Years ago when I was a server, a pregnant woman ordered a meal that she didn't eat. She told me "I didn't eat this because I don't feel well, and I don't expect to pay for it." It didn't really make sense to me. If it was me, I would have taken it home for some other time, not expect to return it just because I decided not to eat it. I mean, to be fair, she didn't even take one bite of it, but then why even order it? Or at least be a little nicer about it. "Like, hey I'm pregnant, I ordered this food and then started feeling crappy. Could you please remove it from my bill."

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« Reply #13275 on: June 19, 2019, 09:40:18 AM »
That would be completely onacceptable imo. You bought something that was especially made for you (can't really be stored to be sold later) and meets all the expectations, except you don't want it anymore. That's no reason to refuse to pay even if the cause (pregnancy) is understandable. I would have asked for a container to take it home.

I wouldn't return yoghurt that's perfectly ok but not your taste either, but the label usually says something like "if you don't like our product for whatever reason then please return it" so if they make that promise, I guess you could do it.

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« Reply #13276 on: June 19, 2019, 10:15:54 AM »
We cancelled the Netflix one-at-a-time DVD plan for a savings of $8.55/mo.  Husband is the only one who watches them, and after many years, he has lost interest.  After seeing DVDs sit on the ottoman for long periods of time waiting to be viewed, I broached the subject of getting rid of the plan.  It took him a couple of weeks to agree, and he only had one request.  He said he was only keeping Netflix while waiting around for the next new John Wick film to come out.  Since that might be a while, we'll cancel Netflix now and when it comes out, do something we never do -- order it on Demand.  Seems like a good compromise to me.

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« Reply #13277 on: June 20, 2019, 12:23:51 AM »
It's my grandma's birthday and she's really old and recovering from An accident. Thankfully she's doing fine now! I was afraid she'd never recover to the level of fitness that she is at now, and she's continuing to make progress.

But due to this she didn't have the energy to hold a big birthday party with home baked cakes. She told everyone they are welcome to visit but they'll just get coffee/tea and store bought cookies. Nothing wrong with that of course, but as my grandma doesn't want gifts at her age and I love baking, so I offered to bake cupcakes as a gift. So last night I baked two dozen cupcakes: regular and her favourite, banana. All ingredients came from the pantry except for 5 eggs and 3 bananas, so all in all I maybe spent €2 on a gift that will be really appreciated.

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« Reply #13278 on: June 20, 2019, 02:10:32 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back again in the afternoon.

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« Reply #13279 on: June 21, 2019, 07:03:22 PM »
I'm doing the Saved Savings challenge over at Surviving and Thriving, and I've decided to count every time I use a bag that isn't purchased for dog poo removal. Carrier bags, takeaway bags, newspaper bags, cereal box liners, etc. Nearly all of these are asked from friends, since I don't accumulate many. It's still throwing away plastic, so it's not an Environment post. I'm going to see how long I can go without buying plastic bags expressly to throw away!

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« Reply #13280 on: June 22, 2019, 12:50:21 PM »
I took the initiative to clean out an office fridge that needed a lot of mysterious items discarded.  So as I was tossing out aged salads and antique aluminum foiled cheeses, I actually found some of my own stuff pushed way in the back, that actually contained useful stuff—a packet of peanut butter and a bottle of iced tea.  Then I decluttered the countertop by the fridge that had probably 500 random freebie teabags, sugar packets & creamers.  I took some of my favorite teas home to make iced tea and organized it all better.  The countertop can actually be used as a flat surface again. 

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« Reply #13281 on: June 22, 2019, 01:04:11 PM »
I took the initiative to clean out an office fridge that needed a lot of mysterious items discarded.  So as I was tossing out aged salads and antique aluminum foiled cheeses, I actually found some of my own stuff pushed way in the back, that actually contained useful stuff—a packet of peanut butter and a bottle of iced tea.  Then I decluttered the countertop by the fridge that had probably 500 random freebie teabags, sugar packets & creamers.  I took some of my favorite teas home to make iced tea and organized it all better.  The countertop can actually be used as a flat surface again.

Once in a fridge at work, in some remote test lab with leaking roof, I found an unopened pack of quark with my initials on it, and my favorite flavor. It was 2 years over the best before date. It looked good, smelled normal and a small spoon tasted normal. So I ate it and that went fine. I figured that quark is a type of bacteria and thatvwill usually protect against other stuff developing in it.

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« Reply #13282 on: June 24, 2019, 02:00:50 AM »
Walked to work and will work back today. DH cycles to work today.

When I was in the city yesterday, I didn't buy an ice cream. I was very much in the mood for a soft ice. So on my way to the train station, I looked around if I saw a place that sold it, but there wasn't any. Only the standard ice creams, which I wasn't in the mood for. So I ended up buying nothing.
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« Reply #13283 on: June 24, 2019, 05:30:12 AM »
We are having a "clean out the cupboards" week here.  Rather than do our usual grocery shopping trip, we just bought a few perishable items and other than that we are going to put together all meals from (a) the garden, and (b) stuff that's already in our cupboards and fridge. 

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« Reply #13284 on: June 24, 2019, 06:06:12 AM »
Okay, this is a weird post. The other day on Good Morning America they have a part of the show where they offer bargains on different products. They showed a Yonanas machine. It is a machine you can run frozen fruit thru and end up with yogurt type fruit desserts. I am famous for throwing out too much fruit. Bananas are thrown out most often. I can only eat so many bananas, banana bread. With this machine you freeze peeled bananas and just about any fruit and you can run it thru the machine for a healthy treat. My machine is coming today and I can't wait! I think in a weird way by buying this machine, which was a bargain at $20, will help me not throw out fruit, thus, saving money. No more cash in the trash.

I have some fresh mangos and orange segments frozen. Plus, some bananas, strawberries and cherries.

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« Reply #13285 on: June 24, 2019, 06:33:24 AM »
Okay, this is a weird post. The other day on Good Morning America they have a part of the show where they offer bargains on different products. They showed a Yonanas machine. It is a machine you can run frozen fruit thru and end up with yogurt type fruit desserts. I am famous for throwing out too much fruit. Bananas are thrown out most often. I can only eat so many bananas, banana bread. With this machine you freeze peeled bananas and just about any fruit and you can run it thru the machine for a healthy treat. My machine is coming today and I can't wait! I think in a weird way by buying this machine, which was a bargain at $20, will help me not throw out fruit, thus, saving money. No more cash in the trash.

I have some fresh mangos and orange segments frozen. Plus, some bananas, strawberries and cherries.

If you throw away fruit and vegetables, you should probably buy it in smaller quantities and rather more often.

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« Reply #13286 on: June 24, 2019, 06:48:22 AM »
Okay, this is a weird post. The other day on Good Morning America they have a part of the show where they offer bargains on different products. They showed a Yonanas machine. It is a machine you can run frozen fruit thru and end up with yogurt type fruit desserts. I am famous for throwing out too much fruit. Bananas are thrown out most often. I can only eat so many bananas, banana bread. With this machine you freeze peeled bananas and just about any fruit and you can run it thru the machine for a healthy treat. My machine is coming today and I can't wait! I think in a weird way by buying this machine, which was a bargain at $20, will help me not throw out fruit, thus, saving money. No more cash in the trash.

I have some fresh mangos and orange segments frozen. Plus, some bananas, strawberries and cherries.

Fruit freezes incredibly well, and can easily later become bread, cookies, smoothies, so on. No need for a clutter causing machine.

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« Reply #13287 on: June 24, 2019, 06:55:25 AM »
Walgreens had a BOGO sale on all their Move Free products and last Sunday's paper gave us a duplicate coupon - saved us $27.99 plus two $1 coupons. When I opened it this morning I found the two boxes each had a $3 manufacturer's coupon inside.
Total saved $35.99 :) not too shabby.

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Took down the last tomato plant, got enough for a week's worth of lunches for Mr. R.
Decided it was time to harvest more peppers - chopped up four half-gallon bags for the freezer.
The hot chili pepper is thriving - drying about fifty of them now, still more to come on the plant.
Thinking of trying my hand at a bottle of spicy hot pepper mango salsa sometime this week.
Also cut down the dill - drying the leaves and saving the seeds.
Lemon verbena has been growing like crazy so I cut it back - used some of the leaves for our salmon dinner and hung up the rest to dry.

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« Reply #13288 on: June 24, 2019, 07:05:38 AM »
Okay, this is a weird post. The other day on Good Morning America they have a part of the show where they offer bargains on different products. They showed a Yonanas machine. It is a machine you can run frozen fruit thru and end up with yogurt type fruit desserts. I am famous for throwing out too much fruit. Bananas are thrown out most often. I can only eat so many bananas, banana bread. With this machine you freeze peeled bananas and just about any fruit and you can run it thru the machine for a healthy treat. My machine is coming today and I can't wait! I think in a weird way by buying this machine, which was a bargain at $20, will help me not throw out fruit, thus, saving money. No more cash in the trash.

I have some fresh mangos and orange segments frozen. Plus, some bananas, strawberries and cherries.

Fruit freezes incredibly well, and can easily later become bread, cookies, smoothies, so on. No need for a clutter causing machine.

To each his own.

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« Reply #13289 on: June 24, 2019, 07:15:31 AM »
I was given one of those machines a few years ago. Used it twice and it has sat on my counter ever since. Cute gimmick, but hard to store (tall) and clean. Hopefully you get more enjoyment!

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« Reply #13290 on: June 24, 2019, 08:32:21 AM »
We freeze bananas, blueberries, and mangoes regularly and then throw them in the blender with almond milk or juice or just water to make a frozen "ice cream" type of treat!  Same concept, we just use a gadget that we already had and has multiple purposes.

It is a great low sugar, easy to save fruit, treat for the kids.  Hope your family will enjoy lots of yumminess from your purchase.

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« Reply #13291 on: June 25, 2019, 02:51:46 AM »
I actually spent some money, about 70$. But at least I didn't spend 100$ and an additional 360$ on a hotel room. And I didn't sign up for day packages for free fruit, popcorn and drinks. I'll bring my own stuff.

I am going to an event. Basis price if 70 for 2 days, 100 for 3 days. I decided that the full 3 days is a bit tiresome for me, as I get a bit stressed by being among a lot of people all day long. So 2 days might be enough. It is about 50-60 kms from where I live. But I figure I don't need hotel rooms for that. It is from Friday to Sunday. I think I will either sleep in the car somewhere or pitch up a tent. I checked that there is some forest on walking distance.
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« Reply #13292 on: June 25, 2019, 05:21:38 AM »
I've  gotten into a bad habit of stopping at the grocery store for snacks after two particularly gruelling workouts each week, spending $10-$20 each time on treats, snacks and food I'm craving (usually bad carbs).

I'm determined to knock it off- tonight I ignored the familiar pull (gnocchi! Icecream!), came home and made a frugal meal that I'd read about (tomato and egg stir fry with rice). It was simple, cheap, delicious, much better for my waist and for my wallet!

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« Reply #13293 on: June 25, 2019, 05:48:45 AM »
I've  gotten into a bad habit of stopping at the grocery store for snacks after two particularly gruelling workouts each week, spending $10-$20 each time on treats, snacks and food I'm craving (usually bad carbs).

I'm determined to knock it off- tonight I ignored the familiar pull (gnocchi! Icecream!), came home and made a frugal meal that I'd read about (tomato and egg stir fry with rice). It was simple, cheap, delicious, much better for my waist and for my wallet!

Good to break the habbit, because after some time it will be your body (your gut flora) that drags you there, more then your mind.

I have in my life spent too much money in a kiosk on the train station where I also daily bought a bag of candies in my way home from work. How addicted I have been to that. Luckily for the past 4,5 years I have another job where I don't have that temptation.

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« Reply #13294 on: June 26, 2019, 07:59:51 PM »
Managed to get three free meals at work! Just had to work over 10 hours...
I did go ahead and eat a small amount of leftover soup that I was afraid would go bad with another day in the fridge, as a snack.
Had to work at two different locations today, so I drove to the farther one, then drove the car home and walked to the next location. Even though it was 90 degrees and so humid and would've been two more minutes in the car. But I'd set my mind to walking, so I left earlier and figured out a route that took me through public buildings and mostly in shade. There is no free parking at that location, so I saved at least $8 by not driving ($15 if I'd gotten a parking ticket).
Did two free errands on the walk. I dropped off library books before they were due, saving fines. Then went to the post office to mail off a donation, using gifted stamps and a repurposed envelope with a mailing label made of scrap paper, sealed with leftover tape from my last move. Not a cent out of pocket today!
And I decluttered some donations 24 hours after I'd decided to get rid of them, instead of driving them around in my trunk for a month!

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« Reply #13295 on: June 27, 2019, 01:34:32 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon. Washed my hair at work.

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« Reply #13296 on: June 27, 2019, 05:48:06 AM »
Sent in for a rebate on paint. I usually forget about these until it's too late. Saved $40.

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« Reply #13297 on: June 27, 2019, 07:04:55 AM »
Replaced the motor (and fan and capacitors and a few other things) in my HVAC unit.  I am absolutely going to need a new one sooner rather than later (this unit turns 30 years old next month apparently).  Hoping to make it until at least next spring with the new parts.

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« Reply #13298 on: June 27, 2019, 08:25:27 AM »
- A lunch meeting at work was cancelled yesterday so we had a nice free lunch.
- Went to get ice cream but found out the place was closed, so I had a nice afternoon walk and didn't spend money & didn't eat something unhealthy.

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« Reply #13299 on: June 27, 2019, 01:04:14 PM »
Worked from home today so I didn't need to drive anywhere.