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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13300 on: June 27, 2019, 05:20:31 PM »
Had a peach from the grocery store that I couldn't get to soften up in a brown bag, although it smelled nice. Instead of discarding it, I cut it up into small pieces and poached it in water with some sugar, cinnamon, and whole cloves, and ate it with lunch. Very good.

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« Reply #13301 on: June 27, 2019, 10:06:45 PM »
* did my own yard work, stacking several functions (saves money, no-carbon practices benefit the environment, good exercise)

* for the first time, used an app to get some stuff printed without having to spend time getting it set up the old way. We don’t own a printer so on the rare occasions when we need a hard copy, this is a good option.

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« Reply #13302 on: June 28, 2019, 07:12:14 AM »
Worked from home today so I didn't need to drive anywhere.

Me too. I hate driving anyway, and the gas savings is nice.

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« Reply #13303 on: June 30, 2019, 06:58:19 PM »
Returned a bag of chips to the store that hadn't been sealed properly. In the past, I would've skipped it, since it was less than $2. But I was going past the store anyway, so I ran in and exchanged them for a properly sealed bag and didn't buy anything else!

My SO isn't Mustachian, but I'm slowly working on him. Convinced him to only eat out once this weekend, and it was to a cheap sushi place where lunch was less than $8. He got creative with leftovers for dinner, and it was delicious. He wanted to learn to bake bread, so we did that as a fun activity instead of going out. Another activity was going to the local bulk grocery store and pricing the bin items vs. already packaged.

At the big box store, I had my coupons and Shopkick digital gift card, and managed to save $9 on a $40 order of all HBA items. He joked that I was making money on this transaction, and called me the Coupon Queen to the lady behind us. We're getting there!

He suggested the bookstore, I countered with the public library. We had a great time and got a load of books.

I made it a point to praise his leftover cooking creativity, and get excited about baking bread. We had a lot of fun doing things around the house working on projects he'd considered hiring out. Overall, there were several frugal wins!


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« Reply #13304 on: July 01, 2019, 01:29:11 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back later.

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« Reply #13305 on: July 01, 2019, 04:57:14 AM »
We spent the past 2 weekends running wire to and wiring up the garage ourselves.  Still not cheap, but way less than hiring it out!  I had my dad on speed dial, he's an electrical engineer so he knows all the answers to the questions I asked right off the top of his head.

Still a little bit to go, but 2 of the 3 circuits are done.

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« Reply #13306 on: July 01, 2019, 05:40:41 AM »
We are going camping for the first time in three years. (Shocks me to write that, as we used to camp a LOT.  However for the last three years we've been living in camping-like conditions, as we rehab a very rough old house in the country.  So we've been crazy busy and also haven't felt the itch to 'go camping,').

So we did a careful inventory the equipment we have.  A lot of it has suffered from lack of use and crappy storage conditions.  Three of our five air mattresses are leaking.  Our backpacks were chewed by mice and are full of an ant colony.  I think and hope the tent is ok.  We are going to save money by cleaning up and using what we have.  If we try to patch an air mattress and it doesn't work, oh well.  Worst that can happen is we end up flat on the hard ground by morning.  Or get wet if the tent leaks. We'll live. 

What I refuse to do is spend money replacing the stuff now, when we don't even know if we'll go camping any time again soon . . .

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« Reply #13307 on: July 01, 2019, 07:40:12 AM »
We are going camping for the first time in three years. (Shocks me to write that, as we used to camp a LOT.  However for the last three years we've been living in camping-like conditions, as we rehab a very rough old house in the country.  So we've been crazy busy and also haven't felt the itch to 'go camping,').

So we did a careful inventory the equipment we have.  A lot of it has suffered from lack of use and crappy storage conditions.  Three of our five air mattresses are leaking.  Our backpacks were chewed by mice and are full of an ant colony.  I think and hope the tent is ok.  We are going to save money by cleaning up and using what we have.  If we try to patch an air mattress and it doesn't work, oh well.  Worst that can happen is we end up flat on the hard ground by morning.  Or get wet if the tent leaks. We'll live. 

What I refuse to do is spend money replacing the stuff now, when we don't even know if we'll go camping any time again soon . . .

Nasty to have your stuff chewed by mice. That happend to us too, some time ago. They chewed on a brand new canoe, on rucksack straps and on fishing nets. We had to throw away 3 of our fishing nets, because they were beyond repair.

Bring along a cheap tarp (just a big plastic tarp from the building shop, to throw over the tent in case of rain.

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« Reply #13308 on: July 01, 2019, 08:59:56 PM »
Found a hubcap that had popped off my wheel! Unfortunately it popped off again and this time I don't have any idea where.

I realized a grocery purchase included some HSA eligible items that I forgot to put on the card. Next time I was grocery shopping, I returned the eligible items and repurchased them with our HSA card. Made those items about 15% cheaper.

Took my daughter to the pediatrician Friday afternoon as the office was closing because I suspected she had an ear infection (mom instinct was correct). Saved us the cost and hassle of getting her in to urgent care on a Saturday.

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« Reply #13309 on: July 01, 2019, 10:07:45 PM »
I had 9000 Hilton Honours points (from business travel) that were due to expire.

The minimum balance to transfer points to an airline rewards program is 10,000, but I didn't want them to just evaporate.

I did some digging and found out I could cash them in for $18 Amazon credit. Done.

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« Reply #13310 on: July 02, 2019, 04:55:50 PM »
Used my Chase Freedom Card to buy groceries from Walmart grocery pickup, earning a $5 reward. Went through TopCashBack.com to get a 1% rebate. Did a quick search before I checked out to save another $10 with a promo code. Got $62 worth of groceries and household goods for just under $47.
I schedule pick right after the gym class I signed up for, consolidating errands and avoiding impulse buys.

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« Reply #13311 on: July 04, 2019, 12:47:47 AM »
Walk to work and will walk back this afternoon.

Trying to eat out of the freezer for the coming weekend. We only have some fresh potatoes and that is all of fresh veggie.

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« Reply #13312 on: July 05, 2019, 06:13:48 PM »
Bought groceries online using a 15% off coupon. We’ve been avoiding the local BBQ place and Starbucks for the past two days and eating at home. Today will likely be a zero-spend day.

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« Reply #13313 on: July 06, 2019, 03:25:01 AM »
I needed a few items and walked to the grocery store and back, 5 km, including a very steep and long hill. Good excercise.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13314 on: July 06, 2019, 11:02:43 AM »
requested a Tax correction for 2017 and got some money back.

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« Reply #13315 on: July 08, 2019, 03:24:08 AM »
I didn't order a pair of Asics shoes on sale ($40 instead of $70). I asked my friend before the order whether I can wear them in the office, and he told me that those are running shoes. $40 saved, I'll keep wearing my old shoes :)

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« Reply #13316 on: July 08, 2019, 03:36:26 AM »
We took the free bus from the hotel to the subway station to get home after our free afternoon tea at a fancy hotel.

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« Reply #13317 on: July 08, 2019, 06:22:48 AM »
The dog has been put on thyroid medication.  I've found the generic version online for $3/month rather than the $40/month that my vet charges for the name brand. 

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« Reply #13318 on: July 08, 2019, 12:36:10 PM »
Just got back from a week long vacation, and won't have time to go to the grocery store until tomorrow night. Used a $10 credit to my favorite fast casual lunch place I rarely eat at now, and am scrounging together freezer food for several other meals until I can shop.

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« Reply #13319 on: July 08, 2019, 12:41:31 PM »
Remembered to buy a ticket to something in advance instead of at the door: $2.59 saved.

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« Reply #13320 on: July 08, 2019, 08:59:56 PM »
Walked to pick up my kid from camp instead of driving.  He wanted to run the whole way home so it was a good workout, too.

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« Reply #13321 on: July 09, 2019, 11:46:22 AM »
All in all a lucrative weekend:)

1. Checked on Mr. R's rewards points - (I started doing that when I realized he's letting his points expire on his BOA card). Score.
Double score:) - $50 Lowes gc for $40 worth of points since they had a special offer on some cards - an extra ten bucks:).
Will use the card in the fall or spring for some garden extravagance:).

2. So I checked on his other credit card too and cashed out for $325. Awesome:)
Check in the mail - will go straight to savings.

3. My cc - didn't have enough for another $50 cash out yet, but I've done extremely well with my points last year and this year. I always go for the cash and plow it back into my savings goals. Normally my expenditures are super low but more travel and a bonus gave me over $850 in extra cash last year on this one card.
It keeps on giving...

4. Reviewed my method of madness in reaching my current $50K savings goal and realized that by changing my game plan I will net extra interest - about $150 +. What took me so long?:)
Reworked it at least ten times before I believed it - then set the new savings plan in motion. Easy money:)
The best part, it will also mean that I will reach my goal early, in EOM Sep 2019 instead of EOY 2019, which makes me deliriously happy:)

5. Yesterday, I stumbled across a $100 bonus for a local savings account that is super easy to do and requires only $500 for 90 days. I can do that:)
I was surprised to see that this is with a bank that I already have a checking account with.

... and Mr. R. saved over $60 in BOGO deals and another $12 in coupons at the grocery store yesterday.
... I harvested more red chili peppers from my garden this weekend - hoping the kid and I will make some good Salsa with mango and chili peppers while he is visiting.

Time well spent:
I have been searching for the best credit card deal for a zero percent APR. Slim pickings.
Six months in I finally found two 0% cards that also offer a $$ bonus that I like.
I'll go for the $200 bonus with 15 mo of zero interest first. This card also has extra perks which will continually save me an extra ten or twenty bucks throughout the year - by Christmas, this could mean an extra fifty to a hundred bucks.

If it all works out as planned this will not just earn me $350 in bonus money (total-both cards), but potentially earn me another $300 to $600 depending on what I use the card for and what my credit limit will be.
So I am trying to choose wisely and time it as well as possible for max benefit.

Today:
1. Changing two payments to a credit card to take advantage of 2% cash rewards and still get free cell phone insurance like I currently have through a debit card.
2. Also, need to check if it is cheaper to pay the car insurance every six months or once a year, instead of monthly.
3. Just claimed my coupon for that $100 bonus on the new savings account discussed above.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13322 on: July 09, 2019, 06:50:53 PM »
Great work!

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« Reply #13323 on: July 09, 2019, 10:07:27 PM »
My daughter has been begging for a guinea pig for a while, and a couple weeks ago I told her okay, but not until her birthday. I wanted to make sure she really wants one (she does) plus give myself the chance to find a cage and piggy for cheaper than PetSmart prices. Well today I found someone close by giving away two 1-year-old, kid-friendly piggies and a large cage for free! So that's $100+ saved, although I guess I'll pay for it in the long run by getting two guinea pigs when I'd only planned on one. I'm going to surprise her with her early birthday present tomorrow; I'm sure she'll be over the moon.

Other, less exciting things today:
- Packed a lunch
- Brought my own bag to Target - I only bought 3 things so I didn't necessarily need a bag but got a 5¢ discount for it
- Ate eggs for dinner - our chickens lay way more than we eat, so I've been trying to up our consumption of them
- Gave some eggs to a co-worker and she's giving me apricots in return

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« Reply #13324 on: July 10, 2019, 02:43:32 AM »
I couldn't find motivation to do it yesterday, but today I walked to work again and will walk back in the afternoon.

Yesterday we had leftover plums at work. My department is now very empty and no one eats the not yet ripe plums. So I took them home and made jam from it, 1,5 jar.

DH needed some strong netting to make a improvised anchor for his homemade pack raft. He found some at his work, which was sent as a test product to the architects. He just cut off a piece.

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« Reply #13325 on: July 10, 2019, 12:58:31 PM »
Got my blood test drawn for my work wellness incentive--it will be $600 in my HSA!

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« Reply #13326 on: July 10, 2019, 06:27:26 PM »
Baked a batch of homemade cookies as a thank you gift. I'll pick up a free-with-rebate coffee and deliver it to the recipient. Last time I was done this favor, I got a $20 Starbucks card. This time I'm spending about $1.25! I've got my cookie specialty down to 45 minutes for a full batch of about three dozen cookies. So even if I calculate my hourly wage (ala Your Money or Your Life) I'm still coming about ahead.

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« Reply #13327 on: July 10, 2019, 07:30:48 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

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« Reply #13328 on: July 11, 2019, 12:11:51 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

Wonderful and as it should be. I wish more edibles were planted in public parks and so forth.

* Saved $7 by arriving early enough to get street parking instead of parking at the lot at the pediatrician’s office.

* Filled up the car at the lower-price debit-only gas station.

* Put the kids’ school photos in frames purchased for next to nothing at Goodwill.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13329 on: July 11, 2019, 01:45:50 PM »
My daughter has been begging for a guinea pig for a while, and a couple weeks ago I told her okay, but not until her birthday. I wanted to make sure she really wants one (she does) plus give myself the chance to find a cage and piggy for cheaper than PetSmart prices. Well today I found someone close by giving away two 1-year-old, kid-friendly piggies and a large cage for free! So that's $100+ saved, although I guess I'll pay for it in the long run by getting two guinea pigs when I'd only planned on one. I'm going to surprise her with her early birthday present tomorrow; I'm sure she'll be over the moon.

Other, less exciting things today:
- Packed a lunch
- Brought my own bag to Target - I only bought 3 things so I didn't necessarily need a bag but got a 5¢ discount for it
- Ate eggs for dinner - our chickens lay way more than we eat, so I've been trying to up our consumption of them
- Gave some eggs to a co-worker and she's giving me apricots in return

I hope those guinea pigs are the same sex or it will really cost you!  :-)

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« Reply #13330 on: July 11, 2019, 01:57:16 PM »
Catching up -

Cashed in some Expedia points to bring down the cost of an already reasonable, pet-friendly hotel while traveling in a couple weeks.

Took advantage of the impromptu taco bar in the kitchen at work.

Bought, installed, uninstalled, reinstalled, swore at, corrected, and finally set the timers on a hose timer for the gardens. One section is linked to a soaker hose for the tomatoes and peppers in raised beds. The other is snaked under the deck to the other side of the yard to make watering over there easier. Times are in the morning and evening to save on evaporation.

Accidentally left an overflow compost pile in place for a couple years (as one does). It had reverted to mostly soil, so I turned it into a pumpkin bed! There's also a volunteer tomato from last year's cast-offs.

The kids are at Camp Grandma for a couple weeks, so our grocery bill is next to nothing. Lots in the pantry and freezer to use up.

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« Reply #13331 on: July 11, 2019, 02:44:38 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

There's a website that tracks edibles on public lands:  https://fallingfruit.org/ 

Obviously birds and other wildlife eat some of this food, but I've seen so much bounty go to waste from untended trees.  Even if the tree is on private property, if no one is tending or harvesting it -- ask the landowner if you can take some fruit.  There was a beautiful old apple tree behind our local grocery store that produced bushels of wonderful apples each year.  The store manager told me the tree dated back to when the land used to be farm, decades ago.  He told me to help myself.  We liked the apples so much I took it a step further and took a few twigs from that old tree.  I grafted them and now we have 10 little baby clones of the "Grocery store tree" growing at our place.  Fun!     

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« Reply #13332 on: July 11, 2019, 09:14:42 PM »
Used a $100 coupon code & $330 in credit for our flights for the holidays. The credit was expiring, so double win.

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« Reply #13333 on: July 11, 2019, 11:51:02 PM »
I walked to the train station instead of taking the bus.

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« Reply #13334 on: July 12, 2019, 09:52:31 AM »
Was buying last minute train tickets at Amtrak.  Not sure if this should count as a fail, since I could have gotten 30% off had I bought the tix two weeks ago. On the other hand, I limited the damage by the following:

1. Signing up for an NARP membership to get a 10% discount https://www.amtrak.com/narp-members-discount
2.  Since the discount is good only 3 days in advance, I couldn't apply it for the departure.  Even worse, only expensive seats were left!  Well, we had to go so I sucked it up and got our round trip ticket. I also had trouble getting the NARP discount to show for the return so it was depressing.

 Had a thought about calling about the NARP discount, but while I was looking I realized that there were now cheap seats available for our departure!  Cancelled our first reservation, bought the cheap seats one way. Then got the return trip as a one way reservation and the discount worked!

Saved almost a hundred dollars this way.

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« Reply #13335 on: July 12, 2019, 11:45:42 AM »
I'm gluten intolerant, and GF bread is pretty expensive. I can buy 4 burger buns from a local brand for $5.

My employer (1,000 employees) sometimes caters lunches from a local restaurant that uses these GF buns. If anyone in the catered group selects GF, they just send 20 or so buns. Office management has been throwing the extras out since there are always leftovers. I discovered this, got the OK from office management, and now have a free supply of GF bread. Felt a bit weird walking down the hall at work with 15 GF buns, but oh well, freezer is stocked. I just use the burger buns like regular bread and have round sandwiches and round toast :)

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« Reply #13336 on: July 12, 2019, 01:40:13 PM »
What a win-win! Free gluten free bread for you, and less waste for them.

I bought an umbrella two weeks ago, and it broke after the second use. Today I brought it back to the store and got my money back.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13337 on: July 12, 2019, 01:57:24 PM »
I ate free GF bread today! One of my roommates gets to take home food from work that's about to be tossed, and she passes on what she doesn't like.

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« Reply #13338 on: July 12, 2019, 05:21:55 PM »
Free work food for me, too! 
Also found chicken thighs for $0.79/pound at Aldi, and chicken breasts for $1.59/lb. Spent yesterday evening batch cooking and meal prepping it all. Found some tasty recipes on the internet to use ingredients I already had, versus going out to buy one or two things just to make a recipe. Very satisfying to use up little bits of this and that in a tasty meal. Now to use up the giant bag of kale  before it goes bad!

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« Reply #13339 on: July 12, 2019, 07:37:03 PM »
-Opened a new no fee chase card and cancelled my old one with a $95 fee. Within 30 days of the fee date, so I'll get the $95 back. Already did our big sign up bonus bonanza on that and one for my husband- we did the same for his account, too.

-Not really small savings actually! We're selling our second car (truck). We own it outright, so no car payment, but we'll get cash in pocket (hello IRAs!), and not have the insurance and depreciation cost of it sitting there. Wasn't an easy choice, but with a baby coming a truck with virtually no back seat wasn't going to cut it as a second car anyway. We'll try being a one car family as long as we can- where we live, it shouldn't be a problem in theory!

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« Reply #13340 on: July 12, 2019, 09:42:52 PM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13341 on: July 12, 2019, 10:00:03 PM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

Something interesting to do with radishes is to pickle them! Might solve the problem of using them all up if you do this with some. My husband has been making them for the past few years (quick pickling method/just keep in fridge) and they are awesome in sandwiches, salads or on fish tacos. If you’re interested I can find the recipe for you. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13342 on: July 13, 2019, 05:32:40 AM »
I questioned the pharmacist when my prescription rang up more expensive than I thought it should have.  She did some checking and it ended up going down from $40.50 -> $7 or so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13343 on: July 13, 2019, 07:20:27 AM »
I questioned the pharmacist when my prescription rang up more expensive than I thought it should have.  She did some checking and it ended up going down from $40.50 -> $7 or so.

Wow!  Worth asking!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13344 on: July 13, 2019, 08:32:42 AM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

Something interesting to do with radishes is to pickle them! Might solve the problem of using them all up if you do this with some. My husband has been making them for the past few years (quick pickling method/just keep in fridge) and they are awesome in sandwiches, salads or on fish tacos. If you’re interested I can find the recipe for you. :)
Also, roasted radishes are delicious!  Kind of like potatoes, but not.  I can't describe the taste other than it's really good and nothing like raw radish!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13345 on: July 13, 2019, 10:54:18 AM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

Something interesting to do with radishes is to pickle them! Might solve the problem of using them all up if you do this with some. My husband has been making them for the past few years (quick pickling method/just keep in fridge) and they are awesome in sandwiches, salads or on fish tacos. If you’re interested I can find the recipe for you. :)
Also, roasted radishes are delicious!  Kind of like potatoes, but not.  I can't describe the taste other than it's really good and nothing like raw radish!

You can roast radishes? I am shooketh.

Savings:
* Saved $6 by making my own coffee and overnight oatmeal
* Made a whole roast chicken for dinner the other night, put the bones in the crockpot and am currently making minestrone soup with the chicken broth, cooking the bones a second time for remouillage to be used cooking wild rice. (Also got a cup of shredded chicken meat off the bones.) The remains will be added to the compost bin in due course.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13346 on: July 13, 2019, 11:18:16 AM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

Something interesting to do with radishes is to pickle them! Might solve the problem of using them all up if you do this with some. My husband has been making them for the past few years (quick pickling method/just keep in fridge) and they are awesome in sandwiches, salads or on fish tacos. If you’re interested I can find the recipe for you. :)

Yes, please post recipe!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13347 on: July 13, 2019, 07:12:03 PM »
Here’s the link to the yummy pickled radishes:
https://cookieandkate.com/spicy-quick-pickled-radishes/

(Have also tried roasted radishes as someone mentioned - they are really interesting!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13348 on: July 13, 2019, 07:33:52 PM »
This is a super small savings.

  I had radishes on my shopping list. They are always sold in one pound bag for $2.  We never finish off the whole bag before they start to go bad, either.
 As I picked up the bag of radishes, I admired the pretty bunches of radishes stacked next to them. These always cost more because they're still attached to the leaves. Not today! Today I realized that the bunches were on sale 2/$1, and they had about 10 radishes per bunch. So not only were they presumably fresher, they were cheaper in a few ways than buying the usual product.
 My goal this time is to use all the radishes before they go bad - lots of shaved radishes in our salad future!

Something interesting to do with radishes is to pickle them! Might solve the problem of using them all up if you do this with some. My husband has been making them for the past few years (quick pickling method/just keep in fridge) and they are awesome in sandwiches, salads or on fish tacos. If you’re interested I can find the recipe for you. :)
 
  Interesting! I have never heard of pickled radishes. I'd be curious in trying out the recipe just to see what they're like, especially since it sounds simple. Thanks!

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« Reply #13349 on: July 13, 2019, 07:41:52 PM »
Not a small thing, but I'm excited and wanted to share.
 We bought a house in early spring and discovered when the snow melted that the yard was a mess i.e. grass was mostly non-existent. We put money into other projects so adding topsoil, grass seed etc had to wait.
 Well, today I stumbled on FREE sod on Craigslist. We jumped on that fast and brought home a truck full of rolled sod. Several hours later we had 600sqft+ of beautiful grass where there was just mud previously. All it required was a lot of work! :) Lots of $$ saved!