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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1450 on: September 16, 2014, 07:55:01 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1451 on: September 16, 2014, 08:17:09 AM »
After a shamefully spendy weekend I started to rehabilitate myself yesterday by going with friends to their relatively newly acquired allotment, which has lots and lots of mature fruit trees. Since they've only started gardening and weren't really prepared for anything other than eating some of the stuff, there has been a lot of waste (we brought 4 large bags of windfall apples and plums to the dump - don't get me started on why they didn't add this to their own compost pile. I did get to mention permaculture at least, which they'd never heard of, so there's some hope).  I got myself a huge bucket of apples and they are sitting at home waiting to be made into lovely stewed apple, dried apples, apple juice. Got some major cleaning to do in the kitchen this evening in preparation. Will hopefully get another bucket full in a couple of weeks again as there was one tree still fully laden but not quite ripe yet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1452 on: September 16, 2014, 08:18:23 AM »
Pulled all the money out of my PayPal account so that I can pay shipping for my Ebay stuff with a rewards credit card instead of the PayPal balance.  Hmm, need to see if I can put my Ebay fees on the card too instead of debiting my checking...

A couple days ago, stopped by the farm stand and bought 50# of onions for $11.95.  Shouldn't need to buy onions again until May.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1453 on: September 16, 2014, 09:07:27 AM »
A couple days ago, stopped by the farm stand and bought 50# of onions for $11.95.  Shouldn't need to buy onions again until May.

How do you store them so that they don't start sprouting? I can never keep onions (or potatoes) for very long because they sprout.

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« Reply #1454 on: September 16, 2014, 09:43:04 AM »
@Wild wendella, compliment your mom in stead of just bragging over here ;)

I did.  I also complimented her on Facebook, so all her friends could know what an awesome mom she is. 
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« Reply #1455 on: September 16, 2014, 10:24:24 AM »
Won a $25 Panera gift card in a raffle for employee appreciation month at my side job. Will be using this to buy lunch once a week for the next five week to save on food costs.
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« Reply #1456 on: September 16, 2014, 12:59:59 PM »
Gave myself a homemade haircut!

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« Reply #1457 on: September 16, 2014, 01:32:00 PM »
@Wild wendella, compliment your mom in stead of just bragging over here ;)

I did.  I also complimented her on Facebook, so all her friends could know what an awesome mom she is.

Congratulations to you for having such and excellent Mom and to her for having a daughter smart enough to appreciate her

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« Reply #1458 on: September 16, 2014, 01:48:08 PM »
Realized I've never used my Airmiles.ca points and they were doing nothing but losing value annually through deflation.  At current rate, I'd never get enough to use them for a trip.  Used their site instead to spend points on a new free new vacuum cleaner.  Amazon values the Bissell at about $150.  (My old one was held together with duct tape and engine would overheat after 10 minutes of use.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1459 on: September 16, 2014, 01:55:30 PM »
A couple days ago, stopped by the farm stand and bought 50# of onions for $11.95.  Shouldn't need to buy onions again until May.

How do you store them so that they don't start sprouting? I can never keep onions (or potatoes) for very long because they sprout.

If they're newly harvested fall onions, they shouldn't sprout until spring.  I keep them in the basement in a dark closet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1460 on: September 16, 2014, 05:04:25 PM »
I cut my own hair.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1461 on: September 16, 2014, 05:51:22 PM »
  • Sorted through some things, dumped a lot of it. Found some things hidden away that I now do not have to buy.
  • Because I de-cluttered, the bookcase is now available for the stuff I actually use instead of buying another one.

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« Reply #1462 on: September 16, 2014, 08:16:53 PM »
Wanted pizza for dinner but didn't have time to make pizza crust or run to the store for frozen crust.  I used 2 of our homemade naan for the crust instead and made personal sized pizzas with random veggies from the fridge.

Also checked my first Ting bill: $15, which is paid for by my referral credits :)  Also figured that the next 4 bills would be covered by the credits if my usage stays the same :)

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« Reply #1463 on: September 16, 2014, 08:32:44 PM »
I had the car, which is a great novelty for me (husband took bus to work). Got all the good sales at Sprouts, then off to the "used bread" store to stock up on our favorite at a discount price (it's near expiration date--we freeze it and take out half a loaf at a time), then the post office to mail off some cloth diapers I sold online.
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« Reply #1464 on: September 17, 2014, 01:09:16 AM »
Didn't do much today, but at least it was still a no-spend day! Drank copious amounts of tea (homemade), cooked from scratch and tidied the house.

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« Reply #1465 on: September 17, 2014, 08:46:07 AM »
Picked the neighbor's tomatoes.  I am looking after her house while she is on vacation and I noticed that her tomatoes were starting to split.  Since I know she doesn't like split tomatoes, I picked them and brought them home with me

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« Reply #1466 on: September 17, 2014, 08:54:24 AM »
I brought my lunch today--homemade cream of vegetable soup and a PBJ.  I would have walked to work but I slept through my alarm.  :(
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1467 on: September 17, 2014, 09:08:09 AM »
Cancelled the cable today!
So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life. -Office Space

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« Reply #1468 on: September 17, 2014, 09:24:54 AM »
- Homemade food all day. It was delicious as well even if I do say so myself.:) There is enough in the fridge for lunch and dinner tomorrow too.

- Used the tumble dryer for our clothes (to get the pet fur out) but line dried the dog's blankets.

 


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« Reply #1469 on: September 17, 2014, 12:25:59 PM »
Public Hermit!!

Way to go!! That's a big one! You should post it on the Celebrations thread!

Lots of free or cheap streaming options online and library videos.

It feels good to jump off the cable train! We did it almost a year ago and haven't looked back.

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« Reply #1470 on: September 17, 2014, 02:51:46 PM »
Filed a quick complaint with Amazon after a two day order was late, got an email from a customer service rep 30 minutes later saying they'd tack on a free month of Prime membership. Was super easy and I didn't have to talk to anyone - seems like you could get free membership indefinitely.

I bought $200 worth of Amazon gift cards at Vons (6% cash back for my Amex). Filled up at the Vons gas station in their parking lot, used my Vons points to get $1 off per gallon, PLUS I made the purchase with my Chase card to get 5% cash back!
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« Reply #1471 on: September 17, 2014, 03:51:08 PM »
--Consolidated multiple trips into one to a nearby city.
--While there I prepped for an upcoming trip. Now my transportation for the road trip is pretty much guaranteed instead of the headache, anxiety and possible loss of time and money that I would have had prepping at the last minute.

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« Reply #1472 on: September 17, 2014, 04:12:54 PM »
Public Hermit!!

Way to go!! That's a big one! You should post it on the Celebrations thread!

Lots of free or cheap streaming options online and library videos.

It feels good to jump off the cable train! We did it almost a year ago and haven't looked back.

Yeah, I don't think I'll miss it.

Picked up a Roku and got Netflix. Maybe I'll get an OTA antenna too for shits & giggles. I called to cancel and Comcast informed me that they will be increasing the price of my internet by $12 a month. I halfway expected some hitch like that. I was thinking of calling them again and negotiating down to the promo rate, but I don't have the social finesse to pull that off.

I also forgot that I was renting this modem for $8 a month. I'm going to get a used one on Amazon for $8 and return this one when I return the cable boxes. And I will have cut out another $8 a month! I wish I would have done this years ago. I find myself enjoying books more anyway!
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« Reply #1473 on: September 17, 2014, 05:31:38 PM »
My $20 OTA indoor antenna from a local electronics store picks up 5 HD channels .. its fantastic! tvfool.com will tell you how many channels you will get at your geographic location, depending on the strength of your antenna. I dream of one day putting a unit on the roof (around $150) but not right now! haha.

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« Reply #1474 on: September 17, 2014, 05:35:25 PM »
Today we are having Mexican lentils for dinner -- such a cheap meal! Glad to be in the shoulder season where we don't need a/c or heating. I always try to save a lot of money on the power bills at this time of year.

Made a pasta salad for lunch -- dumped some italian dressing on some leftover noodles last night so the flavours would have time to marinate.  Today we chopped up little bits of veggies, ham and cheese. It was actually delicious!

Its a little dicey trying to judge the weather and knowing whether or not to hang out the laundry on the line. Its been spitting today so I did just one load that HAD to be done and will wait for the rest -- forecast is looking up for the weekend.

 

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« Reply #1475 on: September 17, 2014, 05:37:09 PM »
SO bought concert tickets for both of us a few months ago at the regular price of $30 a seat, $60 total.  Checked into Live Nation a couple days ago and saw the concert had sold out and they were going on the resale market for >$100.

Decided we'd rather put that much money towards a more enjoyable travel experience.  Listed them online, and had sold them both for $213 and a total profit of $153 in a matter of hours!

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« Reply #1476 on: September 17, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
I cancelled some of our tv channels to save $20/month.

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« Reply #1477 on: September 17, 2014, 05:53:40 PM »
Made pretzel buns instead of buying them. Savings: $7.50 and a boat load of extra chemical ingestion.

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« Reply #1478 on: September 17, 2014, 09:34:32 PM »
Went to the dump in the next county over to drop off a load of stuff (which was legit, most of it was from our rental, which is in that county) for a $5 dump fee instead of the $20 or so it would be in this county.  It's maybe a couple miles farther, but more in the direction where I can combine it with a trip to the stable and not add any net mileage.

Bought a couple out of print books for $17 each and relisted them on Amazon for $40.  Pretty sure they'll sell at that price though it might take a while.


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« Reply #1479 on: September 17, 2014, 10:13:30 PM »
I'm new here and just started packing my lunch (PB&J) for work.  I can't stand to go to the lunchroom at work, so relax eat at my desk.  It works out ok.
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« Reply #1480 on: September 18, 2014, 03:57:06 AM »
My $20 OTA indoor antenna from a local electronics store picks up 5 HD channels .. its fantastic! tvfool.com will tell you how many channels you will get at your geographic location, depending on the strength of your antenna. I dream of one day putting a unit on the roof (around $150) but not right now! haha.

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« Reply #1481 on: September 18, 2014, 05:21:09 AM »
I made a lentil and vegie soup for dinner (from stuff we already had in the pantry and fridge). I made enough for dinner for two and 4 frozen lunches for work. Tasty and a pretty cheap meal.

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« Reply #1482 on: September 18, 2014, 07:57:41 AM »
Liberated about 50 lbs of pears from the tree at my parents' house and turned them into 25 pints of pearsauce.  Also did 7 pints of tomatoes, and many more to come.

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« Reply #1483 on: September 18, 2014, 09:33:50 PM »
Saved some seeds from an amazing tomato plant that popped up in my garden this year.  I'm not sure if it will breed true, but I have to try!  It's dark red with green seeds and shoulders, and is the sweetest most delicious tomato I have ever had.

Also, started broth today with bones from beef, will strain then add veggie scraps and spices tomorrow.  Then boil down and freeze.

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« Reply #1484 on: September 19, 2014, 12:12:29 AM »
Made 2 consecutive loaves of bread in the bread machine today... one was just a regular wheat bread and one was a fruit bread. Both were yummy. 

Unclogged 3 drains with Liquid Plummer instead of calling a plummer, and it worked in all 3! Not the greatest thing for my septic tank, (or the environment) but a tank pumping company once told me to put a small handful of raw hamburger down to get it working right again.

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« Reply #1485 on: September 19, 2014, 02:31:50 AM »
Also, started broth today with bones from beef, will strain then add veggie scraps and spices tomorrow.  Then boil down and freeze.

I never really saw the point of bone broth until very recently when I cooked a corned leg of lamb in the slow cooker and LOVED the broth. I used it to make it a soup with some leftover corned lamb plus some noodles and vegies. It was very gelatinous when cold. Can I ask what else you use bone broth for? I'm super curious.

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« Reply #1486 on: September 19, 2014, 09:29:22 AM »
Also, started broth today with bones from beef, will strain then add veggie scraps and spices tomorrow.  Then boil down and freeze.
I never really saw the point of bone broth until very recently when I cooked a corned leg of lamb in the slow cooker and LOVED the broth. I used it to make it a soup with some leftover corned lamb plus some noodles and vegies. It was very gelatinous when cold. Can I ask what else you use bone broth for? I'm super curious.
I make broth in the slow cooker or pressure cooker depending on how much I'm making.  Pressure cooker works better but our slow cooker is larger.  Adding chicken feet (stay with me here) to the bones can make it more gelatinous.  Then we freeze it in pint-sized mason jars for later use.  We use broth for soups and stews and any recipe that calls for it. 

Even better though is using straight meaty soup bones for a soup.  We did that last night and it was superb.  Just brown the meat on the bone in a stockpot, dump in a boatload of veggies, fill it up with water, top with some herbs and let it simmer for a few hours.  Scoop out the bones, and serve.  Delicious.

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« Reply #1487 on: September 19, 2014, 09:40:58 AM »
There is LOTS of info out there on the health benefits of bone broth - basically a free healthy supplement to your diet (other then the bit of electricity used if you crockpot)

I have a batch going at least once a week - health benefits aside - free flavour! Its cheaper and better for you than using bullion or purchased stock.

Whole chickens are much higher quality and cheaper, so I will roast a chicken in the crockpot, shred off all the meat for use throughout the week and toss the bones back into the pot and leave  on overnight. In winter it usually turns into soup, but we also use it to cook grains and veggies, make sauces etc.

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« Reply #1488 on: September 19, 2014, 10:03:22 AM »
Whole chickens are much higher quality and cheaper, so I will roast a chicken in the crockpot, shred off all the meat for use throughout the week and toss the bones back into the pot and leave  on overnight. In winter it usually turns into soup, but we also use it to cook grains and veggies, make sauces etc.
This is what we do, too.  Great way to use all the chicken, turkey, etc. and get excellent broth for later.

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« Reply #1489 on: September 19, 2014, 10:08:00 AM »
Took my shower at the clubhouse this morning.  Gave my hair a good brushing before I washed it.  Doing that gives me an extra day between shampoos

Experimented with freezing milk in glass jars.  Milk by the gallon is so much cheaper but hard to use up.  I always wind up buying a gallon because I can't bear to pay small carton prices.  I froze it in pint jars.  Just enough for a double batch of cornbread, scones or muffins.  Baking is the most frequent reason I buy milk.

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« Reply #1490 on: September 19, 2014, 11:08:20 AM »
Took my shower at the clubhouse this morning.  Gave my hair a good brushing before I washed it.  Doing that gives me an extra day between shampoos

Experimented with freezing milk in glass jars.  Milk by the gallon is so much cheaper but hard to use up.  I always wind up buying a gallon because I can't bear to pay small carton prices.  I froze it in pint jars.  Just enough for a double batch of cornbread, scones or muffins.  Baking is the most frequent reason I buy milk.
I've frozen raw milk in glass containers, and it works well as long as it is defrosted slowly in the fridge (and you shake it as it defrosts), but never with store-bought milk.  I'll be curious to see how that goes.  Just be sure (of course) to give it enough expansion room or your poor container will crack (filtering bits of glass out of glorious defrosting milk is very sad).

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« Reply #1491 on: September 19, 2014, 11:53:24 AM »
Also, started broth today with bones from beef, will strain then add veggie scraps and spices tomorrow.  Then boil down and freeze.
I never really saw the point of bone broth until very recently when I cooked a corned leg of lamb in the slow cooker and LOVED the broth. I used it to make it a soup with some leftover corned lamb plus some noodles and vegies. It was very gelatinous when cold. Can I ask what else you use bone broth for? I'm super curious.
I make broth in the slow cooker or pressure cooker depending on how much I'm making.  Pressure cooker works better but our slow cooker is larger.  Adding chicken feet (stay with me here) to the bones can make it more gelatinous.  Then we freeze it in pint-sized mason jars for later use.  We use broth for soups and stews and any recipe that calls for it. 

Even better though is using straight meaty soup bones for a soup.  We did that last night and it was superb.  Just brown the meat on the bone in a stockpot, dump in a boatload of veggies, fill it up with water, top with some herbs and let it simmer for a few hours.  Scoop out the bones, and serve.  Delicious.
I'm using a slow cooker, the veggies are in now.  My frozen scraps this time had sweet peppers, zucchini ends, a spaghetti squash peel, celery leaves, carrot peels, and red cabbage pieces.  I also added some tomatoes, garlic and onion from my garden, a few spices (salt, pepper, red pepper flakes), and the core from the apple I just ate.

As for what I use it for - my favorite is to filter it, let it cool and skim off the fat, then boil it down to a small volume and freeze it in an ice cube tray.  Then I have little homemade "bouillon" cubes.

I use these mostly in rice, I add one or 2 to a cup of cooking rice.  They can also be added to stir fry for added flavor.

As a bonus, when I took out the bones I got "free" lunch!  There was much more meat left on the bones than I was expecting.

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« Reply #1492 on: September 19, 2014, 12:00:31 PM »
Had a great day.  I hemmed some too-short sweatpants into trendy sweatshorts (I am a brand new sewer - so yay me!).  I gave myself a haircut.  Baked some lemon cake loaves to give to friends we will visit this weekend (instead of buying a gift).

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« Reply #1493 on: September 19, 2014, 01:42:26 PM »
Took my shower at the clubhouse this morning.  Gave my hair a good brushing before I washed it.  Doing that gives me an extra day between shampoos

Experimented with freezing milk in glass jars.  Milk by the gallon is so much cheaper but hard to use up.  I always wind up buying a gallon because I can't bear to pay small carton prices.  I froze it in pint jars.  Just enough for a double batch of cornbread, scones or muffins.  Baking is the most frequent reason I buy milk.
I've frozen raw milk in glass containers, and it works well as long as it is defrosted slowly in the fridge (and you shake it as it defrosts), but never with store-bought milk.  I'll be curious to see how that goes.  Just be sure (of course) to give it enough expansion room or your poor container will crack (filtering bits of glass out of glorious defrosting milk is very sad).

Not only sad but can be hard on the digestion.  Thanks for the tips on proper defrosting. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1494 on: September 19, 2014, 04:04:01 PM »
Homemade brown beans going in the crockpot for dinner and son is making a big batch of cookies for the weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1495 on: September 19, 2014, 04:31:38 PM »
^^^ Thanks heaps for all of the responses about bone broth! Much appreciated. We have a very small freezer, but I'll put some thought into solutions, cos it sounds like a great base for soups. I also love the idea of bouillon cubes to chuck into rice while it's cooking.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1496 on: September 19, 2014, 06:35:44 PM »
I took my lunch to work every day this week, and didn't purchase any coffee or ice capp from Tim Horton's. My new office has a Keurig, and supplies coffee, so that is nice.

Btw, found the mug in my profile pic at the Dollar Store, and it is my new work mug.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1497 on: September 20, 2014, 11:05:27 AM »
I went to an apple orchard to pick apples. It's just me so I bought 3 apples for $2. It's really tempting to buy more at pick-your-own (somehow makes it more worth it). This woman next to me tried to make fun of me for paying so much for so few. The apples are by weight. SMH.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1498 on: September 20, 2014, 12:50:48 PM »
I re-used my floss from yesterday.

I know I know, it's kinda 'ew' - but stick with me.  When I think about it, if I was transported back into the 1800s and all I had in my pocket was the floss I'd used yesterday, you can bet your socks I'd use that floss until it wore out (I'd clean it before each use).  That thought experiment led me to re-using floss.

In fact the floss issue came up during the days when when DH and I were considering an imminent retirement. As we both flossed before bed, he'd say, "so, if I reuse floss, can I quit my job?"  And I'd say, "yes, but only if you reuse floss."
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1499 on: September 20, 2014, 02:10:55 PM »
Baked cranberry scones this morning.  I knew we were planning to go out and that way we wouldn't be tempted to stop for bagels and coffee on the way home because we had something better waiting for us.  It worked.