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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1400 on: September 08, 2014, 10:04:11 PM »
I just ordered a whole bunch of books from the library, on various money-related or simple living themes. Just like buying from Amazon except it's free! The library sends me a text each time one of my requests becomes available and then I just walk to the library on a Saturday morning to collect.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1401 on: September 09, 2014, 03:52:00 AM »
It's a no spend day and all eating at home, leftovers/storecupboard/fresh fruit and veg.





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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1402 on: September 09, 2014, 05:13:34 AM »
Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

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« Reply #1403 on: September 09, 2014, 07:10:43 AM »
My kids are brown bagging it fancy pants style this year.  Bought some cute containers to make frozen yogurt with fresh fruit as their "gogurt" a sandwhich keeper and a thermos for soup and one for drinks.  Found out all kindergartners are on a special program this year for free milk-- score for my 5 year old.  Work had some leftover corn on the cob for community day-- making some corn chowder for fancy pants kids lunch tonight.

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« Reply #1404 on: September 09, 2014, 09:40:46 AM »
Interstate trip. Stopped at rest stop on I-80. Bottles of water in vending machine: $1.50. Drinking fountain across from vending machine: Free.  I drank a big drink of water out of the drinking fountain. Score!

Very good!  Choosing water over soda is good for both health and wealth but it's always hard when the soda is right there cold and sparkling and GOOD.

Currently frying my breakfast oatmeal in yesterday's bacon pan.  I normally make a pot at the beginning of the week and microwave it with some sort of topping but I woke up wanting something savory this morning.   Also, very proud of the Hub who actually filled the coffee thermos himself this morning in anticipation of a long day where there is no free coffee. 
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« Reply #1405 on: September 09, 2014, 02:44:00 PM »
Left my lunch at home on accident. I had a BOGO coupon for Chipotle. I got 2 huge burritos (2 meals each for me!) So my meal at home was free but $7.83 for 4 meals isn't terrible.


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« Reply #1407 on: September 09, 2014, 07:30:08 PM »
I cut my hair over the weekend. I have short hair. I get shitty haircuts at the cheap chop shops, I actually do a better job than they do. Good cuts at a salon are pricey, and they always want to chat....

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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1409 on: September 09, 2014, 08:37:39 PM »
updated my insurance today.
house down $100 per year
car down 800 for the year!

both also on monthly payment - mainly so its easier for me to track as I get into this.
 we'd planned our meal for the last couple of weeks and are sticking to it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1410 on: September 10, 2014, 03:42:57 AM »
Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.
They weren't sad attempts, they were sensibly building up to it so that you wouldn't end up overdoing it out of sheer enthusiasm and then having to give up. I've just done the same thing, spent the last few weeks cycling to work on just one or two days and a bit more at the weekend. It was really hard to not go every day (it's a fairly short, very flat commute) but I know it was worth holding back because after the first week I started really feeling it in my knees - didn't ever realise before that I literally crawl into bed every night until it started hurting! But I kept going with another week or two of just a couple of days and now I've moved past that and so far this week have used the bike every day. So glad I actually thought to hold back a bit 'cos I've had "get fit" campaigns go completely pear-shaped before because of overdoing it at the beginning.

In a different, only semi-triumph, I saved money even after giving in to my stress-eating-monster and buying frozen pizza and garlic bread yesterday for dinner by not eating the whole thing, which meant when I was late this morning I could just grab the leftovers instead of calling in to the bakery on the way to work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.

All is good until you take a tumble. All I can say is "ow". Scraped up pretty good but will go back to it when i'm better in a week or two. Thankfully I wore a helmet!

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« Reply #1412 on: September 10, 2014, 09:24:37 AM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

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« Reply #1413 on: September 10, 2014, 09:54:15 AM »
Cold this morning.  Thought about turning on the heat.  Grabbed my fuzzy blanket instead.

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« Reply #1414 on: September 10, 2014, 10:17:18 AM »
Logged onto USAA and reviewed my homeowner's insurance policy.  Turns out I was over-insured.  Took their 10 minute survey to help more accurately estimate the replacement cost of my home and reduced the dwelling coverage limit by $50K.  Increased my deductible from $500 to $1000.  6 month policy went down by $80.  Not huge but every little bit helps.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1415 on: September 10, 2014, 10:24:40 AM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

Rural,  you are impressive!!

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« Reply #1416 on: September 10, 2014, 12:06:31 PM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

Rural,  you are impressive!!


Thanks. I needed that, because currently I'm back in the house taking (another) rest break and the trunk is still only three quarters of the way cut through. My arms I just turned to Jell-O, though, so I didn't have a whole lot of choice.

I'm out of shape, and our axe is sized for my husband, who is more than a foot taller than me and a heck of a lot stronger. He may end up having to do the last little bit tonight. We'll see.


I just wish I had planned to work from home today, because then I would have the stuff that I need to get anything actually done. I think I'm whining, so I'm going to stop now. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1417 on: September 10, 2014, 12:21:09 PM »
Sold my car +$8,000!  Canceled my insurance +$187 refund in a couple weeks.  Insurance was confused that I had not bought another car.

Then took my dog to the vet, she has been limping.  Looks like she has another torn ACL and will need surgery. -$4-5,000.

Oh well, I am still up!

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« Reply #1418 on: September 10, 2014, 12:55:04 PM »
Purchased the "meal deal" at Harris Teeter -- these are usually a pretty good deal, but this one was really good:  2.5 lbs ready-to-eat chicken nuggets from the deli, 1 pack hot dogs, 1 pack hot dog buns, huge bag Tostitos corn chips, small tub of salsa, 1 gallon iced tea for $9.99 -- not particularly healthy, but two meals + lunch leftovers for my family of three for $9.99 isn't too bad!
I'll stalk the Goodwill for winter boots over the next couple of months.
I've had very good luck with hiking boots on eBay.
Paid attention while getting dog food at the pet store, noticed a 50% off sticker and later reminded the cashier when he missed it: 10 euros saved.
I am SO BAD about seeing those things still stuck on the item when I arrive home. 
Shoe Goo is an incredible money saving tool. I've gone through many a tube. Nice job!
Where does one purchase Shoe Goo?  I just lost the heel from a pair of flats and repaired it with Gorilla Glue (because I had half a bottle in the house), but I am not sure it'll last too long.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1419 on: September 10, 2014, 01:14:19 PM »
Purchased the "meal deal" at Harris Teeter -- these are usually a pretty good deal, but this one was really good:  2.5 lbs ready-to-eat chicken nuggets from the deli, 1 pack hot dogs, 1 pack hot dog buns, huge bag Tostitos corn chips, small tub of salsa, 1 gallon iced tea for $9.99 -- not particularly healthy, but two meals + lunch leftovers for my family of three for $9.99 isn't too bad!
I'll stalk the Goodwill for winter boots over the next couple of months.
I've had very good luck with hiking boots on eBay.
Paid attention while getting dog food at the pet store, noticed a 50% off sticker and later reminded the cashier when he missed it: 10 euros saved.
I am SO BAD about seeing those things still stuck on the item when I arrive home. 
Shoe Goo is an incredible money saving tool. I've gone through many a tube. Nice job!
Where does one purchase Shoe Goo?  I just lost the heel from a pair of flats and repaired it with Gorilla Glue (because I had half a bottle in the house), but I am not sure it'll last too long.

Hi MrsPete,

I bought mine at Walmart. It's also available from Amazon. It helped me WEAR a pair of flats OUT! They were truly done when I bailed them.

Thanks for starting this great thread.

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« Reply #1420 on: September 10, 2014, 06:59:02 PM »
Definitely impressed.  An axe! When you have access to the rest of the world, consider getting a bow-saw.  Much more efficient for that kind of job.

I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

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« Reply #1421 on: September 10, 2014, 08:43:10 PM »
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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.

All is good until you take a tumble. All I can say is "ow". Scraped up pretty good but will go back to it when i'm better in a week or two. Thankfully I wore a helmet!

I feel ya there, I took a big tumble on the second day riding to work and still have the tear in the bike shorts and scar on my side.

I agree that it helped to build up to biking daily as my quads don't burn quite as bad as before, but I said "sad attempts" only because I used to "accidentally" snooze my too late until I had to drive because I didn't have sufficient time to ride anymore.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1422 on: September 11, 2014, 02:56:23 AM »
newborn Dutch mustachian here:

- biked to work three times this week, 10 miles one-way, saves € 12,50 per day in car costs and € 30,00 per month in gym membership
- worked from home once and once again tomorrow, saves € 12,50 per day in car costs;
- did the weekly groceries with my bike and our new (third hand) bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- did some more groceries later this week with my bike without the bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- visited family on bike with the kid in the bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- bought way less snacks and more cheaper products from a cheaper super markt, saved € 20,00;
- built a compost heap from wood poles and leftover wire fence. Put cut grass in the compost heap. Saves € 1,00 weekly;

total score for this week: € 96,00 compared to our earlier life style.


Hope we can keep this up during winter, I'll need to invest in some thermo clothing....

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« Reply #1423 on: September 11, 2014, 03:42:02 AM »
Definitely impressed.  An axe! When you have access to the rest of the world, consider getting a bow-saw.  Much more efficient for that kind of job.

I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!


Shit. I have one and didn't think of it. May there never be a next time, but if there is, I'll give it a try. Might not have wored on this one anyway because the trunk was suspended and so it would likely have bound the blade one I got a little way through - it was suspended too low off the ground to work from the bottom, which would otherwise fix that problem.


Anyway, access to the world has been achieved.

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« Reply #1424 on: September 11, 2014, 03:53:24 AM »
Got my company to pay for a bus pass. This costs around $1000 a year. Normally I take the car but now I will take the bus/train 2-3 days a week to begin with. Maybe more with time.

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« Reply #1425 on: September 11, 2014, 04:51:41 AM »
after my insurance win I was reviewing the cell phone bill. got new phones at the end of july. we were included in a plan that is insurance and lets us upgrade early. For $10 a month.. PER PHONE!!! we have 4 lines!!

the kids phones only cost 90 each and seem perfectly capable of doing pretty much everything our galaxy 5 phones do.. the camera isn't quite as good though.


anyway the extra is cancelled - by my estimates we can get a new phone every 2 months if we breaks them- just based on savings. Or as I put it - if you break your phone you get to use the old one we still have at home!!!


The whole phone plan will be revisited in a month or so anyway - but in the mean time I've just saved 480 a year by cancelling the insurance.

Wife has agree that we can get rid of the cable tv!!! time to look at a couple of things there and research over the air HD plus a channel or two that I want to keep.. I'll see whats out there..
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« Reply #1426 on: September 11, 2014, 10:32:53 AM »
59 degrees in the house this morning.  I thought about turning on the heat but made bread and swept the floor instead.  Now I am warm and have bread rising and a clean floor.

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« Reply #1427 on: September 11, 2014, 10:41:57 AM »
Made a smoothie with a overly ripe banana and a little frozen fruit.  I almost tossed the banana, but it was perfect for the smoothie.  No extra sweetners needed. 

I carpooled.  Signed a contract with a $4k/year pay increase (in a few months I'm accepting a new position with a much larger bump).  Started knitting a birthday present for a friend. 

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« Reply #1428 on: September 11, 2014, 11:26:21 AM »
(1)  Started my fall "soup fest" -- made soup with surplus veggies before they go bad (and froze portions for later.)
(2)  Returned stuff I don't need/wasn't happy with.
(3)  Did some research and found the best place to get my flu shot -- Costco @ $9.99!!!
(4)  Happily accepted gifts of free fresh veg and fruits from friends -- sweet corn, tomatoes, raspberries...


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« Reply #1429 on: September 12, 2014, 03:24:44 AM »
Found a new hairdresser for my son that was half the price. Will save me around $4600 in the next ten years.

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« Reply #1430 on: September 12, 2014, 04:22:07 AM »
one kid is doing catering classes every morning for 3 hours - they always cook something so that's lunch sorted!!
youngest is taking in sandwiches a couple of times a week now... we'll get that up to 4 days a week by the end of the school year...


had our anniversary yesterday. ate at home! Forgotten what restaurants look like....
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« Reply #1431 on: September 12, 2014, 04:31:44 AM »
Oops, we just switched to a new bank account and I realised I had added a few direct debits that were paid for last month so I "found" an extra £100 or so in our new account. Nice surprise.:D

Made a smoothie with a overly ripe banana and a little frozen fruit.  I almost tossed the banana, but it was perfect for the smoothie.  No extra sweetners needed. 


I'm making a banana, cherry and apple smoothie today.:) I love them.

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« Reply #1432 on: September 12, 2014, 09:03:53 AM »
I dig this thread because it contains a thousand ways (that I never would have thought up) to save dough on a daily basis.

Yesterday I whipped up a big batch of noodles with miso and veggies. Today - leftovers! Yesterday I took a bike ride to the library. Today - several books to read!

Just the smallest bit of preparation can save you time/money for days to come.
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« Reply #1433 on: September 13, 2014, 08:22:08 PM »
Fought the urge to cook new food and made a BLT (minus L) and ate tomatoes/green beans from the garden. 

Passed up having an alcoholic drink (out of boredom) and went with the homemade iced tea.

Picked raspberries from the neighbor's berry patch.  They have their house for sale and have been moved out for months.  The raspberries have been staring at me through the kitchen window, begging to be picked....so I obliged.  Berries are frozen and will be an awesome treat in a cobbler during the cold months. 

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« Reply #1434 on: September 14, 2014, 12:20:53 PM »
Reallocated my 401k investments to save on fees. Dumped all mutual funds in exchange for index that tracks the s&p 500 an another that follows small and mid cap companies. Total saving: .66% in fees with no reduction in potential performance. As of my current balance that saves me $303 per year in fees alone.

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« Reply #1435 on: September 14, 2014, 12:42:37 PM »
Bicycled to the hardware store to get something to back my motorcycle license plate, which had nearly ripped off. $2.79 and some time spent drilling holes, vs 10$ to purchase an actual license plate backer from online, and this way I'm pretty proud of fixing it myself. And also happy with not purchasing a new license plate because it had fallen off on the road somewhere...

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« Reply #1436 on: September 14, 2014, 01:45:13 PM »
Made tacos for dinner last night. Took all the un eaten taco parts, droppings and leftovers and mixed them up. Put them in a new tortilla and had what I call taco inseption for lunch today. It's a taco inside a taco inside a taco.

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« Reply #1437 on: September 14, 2014, 01:54:10 PM »
Got a letter in the mail saying I could get a 10 dollar subway card if I got a quote from AAA for car insurance. I just left AAA for State Farm and knew they couldn't give me a better price but I called anyway and got the gift card!  Now if I need to grab dinner on the way home at some point it is paid for.  Thanks AAA.....  I'm still with State Farm.

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« Reply #1438 on: September 14, 2014, 06:24:25 PM »
Got a Costco membership via Living Social, picked up the card today and toured the store recording items and prices for food items.  Made homemade pizza from dough made earlier this week and supplies on hand.
Need to make a file of Costco prices.

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« Reply #1439 on: September 14, 2014, 08:56:03 PM »
Old trousers became rags to clean tub.

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« Reply #1440 on: September 15, 2014, 12:36:39 PM »
DD got a little gift from church yesterday, came wrapped in a piece of tulle.  Used the tulle to scrub the sink.  I didn't think it would work, but it did.  Rinsed out clean and ready to use again, will dry in a flash.  Also am working on eating up the house.  Made chickpea farinata from 2 year old mix-yummy.  Then as the oven was cooling down, made brownies from mixes a year old.   Hung my laundry to dry.  (my own personal laundry, everyone else used the dryer)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1441 on: September 15, 2014, 12:50:43 PM »
Oh dear.  I should have written here instead of creating a new post.  I'll shout out here as well.  My mom cut my hair!  She did a great job - yay mom!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1442 on: September 15, 2014, 02:07:26 PM »
@Wild wendella, compliment your mom in stead of just bragging over here ;)

As for myself, took the family boating with our underused inflatable friday and today. No cost other than getting to the canal and recharging the boat-battery afterwards. DS is still a bit young at 1.5 years to enjoy it but I'm guessing he'll come around next season.
I was surprised on Friday that the battery still held a charge, it hadn't been used in over 2 years :D
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1443 on: September 15, 2014, 03:30:35 PM »
Made applesauce with free apples collected while biking.  We cut up the apples and composted the cores and bad bits.  The rest went into a big pot with a little water and cinnamon.  Once they were soft I processed them with a stick blender to chop up the peels.  We made 9 pints!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1444 on: September 15, 2014, 03:44:45 PM »
Hung a load of laundry on my new clothesline -- yay for my hubby for doing that for me!

Cooked up a huge package of ground beef. Half went into the crockpot with sauce for tomorrow night's spaghetti dinner and half went in the freezer for a future meal. (large family, so we do eat this much in 1 meal -- plus, kids get psyched when there is actual meat in the spaghetti sauce! haha! Typically it is just veggies)

Didn't put on the air conditioner even though I was sorely tempted. Its really hot here today.

Drinking lots of water to keep cool. Later this afternoon when company comes, I will make homemade slurpees in the vitamix. They are actually a reasonable facsimile, and cost a dime for the koolaid packet at Winco and whatever a half a cup of sugar costs.

Here's the recipe: 1 packet of unsweetened koolaid (adults love the lemonade flavour-- not so fake tasting -- would be good with the addition of alcohol, just saying!), 1/2 cup of white sugar, 2 cups cold water, 2 1/2 cups of ice.  Served with a straw, it really seems like a slurpee and didn't cost me a dollar per kid. Adults and kids alike are always super impressed with these and I feel like its a little way to introduce spendthrifts to the joys of mustachianism on a very small scale.






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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1445 on: September 15, 2014, 03:48:14 PM »
Made a big, gorgeous pot of black beans, and am rolling them up in homemade tortillas with roasted chilis and tomatoes from the garden for dinner. I love fall.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1446 on: September 15, 2014, 08:04:30 PM »
Replaced my inkjet with a laser jet (saving ink costs)
Purchased the inkjet on publicsurplus.org (for $33... saving $220 over typical used price for this printer, and spending less than replacing the ink in the inkjet)
Using YouTube videos, tore open the printer completely, realigned the carousel and replaced a piece of foam on a solenoid (saving repair costs)

And... the printer came with half full cartridges... I'm not going to have to buy toner for about a year, I think...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1447 on: September 16, 2014, 04:38:45 AM »
- I dyed the curtains for our second bedroom red and I'm about to go and iron them and hang them up. I was wondering what to use as curtain tiebacks and my hubbie suggested the black ribbon I have upstairs.:) The curtains were a weird, old granny, blue and grey chintzy colour before. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them. Lol.

- I have leftover roasted chickpeas and rice in the fridge for lunch. I probably will add some extra veggies, tomatoes, coconut and chili powder to make a quick curry.

Made a big, gorgeous pot of black beans, and am rolling them up in homemade tortillas with roasted chilis and tomatoes from the garden for dinner. I love fall.

Ooh, yummy.:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1448 on: September 16, 2014, 05:05:06 AM »
Today and yesterday I walked to and from work (4.6 miles total) and brought my lunch (tuna mayo pasta salad) and snack (a chicken drumstick) in to eat.  Also, scored a free banana from a hotel while at a meeting earlier.  :)   Trying to do a No Spend Week.

I also bought a free range chicken from Lidl at the weekend for under £5 and last night I roasted it and shredded it into 7 portions.  I plan to make a huge vat of vegetable curry and another of pesto pasta, throw in the chicken and that's lunches for the next two weeks (I am in a couple of meetings where lunch is provided over the next couple of weeks).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1449 on: September 16, 2014, 07:29:17 AM »
I put a box of clothes in the mail for Twice today to re-sell! Also brought in my usual muffin and cold brewed coffee for breakfast. I'm out of work lunches though...it may be time to do a Trader Joes frozen meals run as I'm feeling uninspired on making bulk lunches? I don't know, or I need to get better about cooking something up ion Sundays. Made vegetable stock from trimmings last night, but don't know what I want to do with that either!