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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1700 on: October 23, 2014, 05:48:40 PM »
Didn't buy a new shower head at Menards. Worked on replacing a split brake line on the car.

Biked across town instead of taking the bus.

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« Reply #1701 on: October 23, 2014, 06:16:44 PM »
I spent about $500 this week, wait I really did save. I did bulk once a month cooking. I think I have enough meals to last until Christmas break.  All sorts of meals, marinated chicken for the grill, beef roasts, pork roasts, pulled pork, beef enchiladas, baked ziti, chicken noodle soup....my list goes on and on.
We were eating out way too much, we needed convenience and now I have it in my freezer.  Family of four, two teenagers and often their friends. 

In the long run I just saved a fortune. Took two whole days, one day to shop another 12 hour day to cook, put my slow cookers all to work and filled my freezer.

I'll just need to purchase what we need fresh, milk, produce.
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« Reply #1702 on: October 24, 2014, 08:34:23 AM »
My boyfriend and I are attending a free union social event after work.  We love a free date night. 

Have arranged to pick up a rare, out of print, hardcover book from someone on kijiji for $5.  I will cycle the 15km to get it.

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« Reply #1703 on: October 24, 2014, 12:10:50 PM »
I spent about $500 this week, wait I really did save. I did bulk once a month cooking. I think I have enough meals to last until Christmas break.  All sorts of meals, marinated chicken for the grill, beef roasts, pork roasts, pulled pork, beef enchiladas, baked ziti, chicken noodle soup....my list goes on and on.
We were eating out way too much, we needed convenience and now I have it in my freezer.  Family of four, two teenagers and often their friends. 

In the long run I just saved a fortune. Took two whole days, one day to shop another 12 hour day to cook, put my slow cookers all to work and filled my freezer.

I'll just need to purchase what we need fresh, milk, produce.
Those looks good!  I want recipes, lol.

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« Reply #1704 on: October 24, 2014, 01:25:29 PM »
Drove right by McDonald's this morning, in spite of a strong craving for an Egg McMuffin.

Made tea in a travel mug to take with me to kid's dental appointments.

Came home in between appointments (live close) instead of wandering around Walmart Supercenter that is in the same mall as the dentist.

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« Reply #1705 on: October 24, 2014, 01:59:38 PM »
Drove right by McDonald's this morning, in spite of a strong craving for an Egg McMuffin.

Made tea in a travel mug to take with me to kid's dental appointments.

Came home in between appointments (live close) instead of wandering around Walmart Supercenter that is in the same mall as the dentist.

That reminds me I have all the makings for the home made version.  Bet we will have them for tomorrow's breakfast.

The Hub has today off so we drove to a nearby small town that has a good junkyard/lumberyard and he bought a piece of plastic to mend our broken skylight.  By amazing coincidence, we stopped at for directions at what turned out to be a salvage store and I bought a four lb. bag of masa.  Since I recently mastered flour flatbread I am eager to move on to tortillas.  Then on the way out of town I spotted a fruit market advertising Honeycrisp apples for 79 cents/lb.  Bought several lbs.  They are small and three cornered but they taste just as good as the $2.99/lb. ones at the grocery store.

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« Reply #1706 on: October 24, 2014, 02:05:30 PM »
Stayed on the mountain and listened to acorns falling on the (tin) barn roof. Oh, and wrote stuff for work, but it can't all be pastoral relaxation, right?

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« Reply #1707 on: October 24, 2014, 03:32:13 PM »
Drove right by McDonald's this morning, in spite of a strong craving for an Egg McMuffin.



That reminds me I have all the makings for the home made version.  Bet we will have them for tomorrow's breakfast.


Can I come over tomorrow for breakfast?? :-)

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« Reply #1708 on: October 25, 2014, 04:36:32 AM »
Made a bulk batch of hummus,  3 kilos (~6 lbs for the non-metric folk).
Even tried a number of different variations.

Kept 1/2 a kilo out and put the rest in the freezer.

Should keep me supplied for a number of months and was cheap as chips to make!

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« Reply #1709 on: October 25, 2014, 06:06:25 AM »
Fired up the slow cooker and made a batch of satay chicken. I reduced the amount of chicken (used three chicken breasts instead of four) and then bulked it back up with extra veges. We are off on a two week trip and this allowed me to use up all the veges in the house. I had one serving for dinner and froze five. This has the added bonus of meaning we have dinner in the house our first night back, reducing temptation to get takeaway.

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« Reply #1710 on: October 25, 2014, 07:06:40 AM »
Called yesterday to switch the billing on my long term care insurance from quarterly to annual.  Turns out paying annually saves 50 bucks a year.  I was just doing it for the convenience, but I'll take the $50.

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« Reply #1711 on: October 25, 2014, 09:13:54 AM »
Drove right by McDonald's this morning, in spite of a strong craving for an Egg McMuffin.



That reminds me I have all the makings for the home made version.  Bet we will have them for tomorrow's breakfast.



Can I come over tomorrow for breakfast?? :-)

Sure!  I only have a little bacon, having thriftily broken the package into one use quantities before freezing but being mustachian I can  stretch two slices of bacon to feed three people.

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« Reply #1712 on: October 25, 2014, 10:25:17 AM »
Yesterday converted a lone potato, half of a tired red cabbage, some onion odds and ends, half a fennel bulb, and some chicken sausages into a dinner of sausages, braised red cabbage and fennel, and potato pancakes. Even had some sour cream for the potato pancakes. And to think I thought I needed to go to the grocery store...

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« Reply #1713 on: October 25, 2014, 12:29:54 PM »
Didn't murder the dickhead who made some snide comment about cyclists as I rode by.

Saved the cost of a criminal lawyer and a civil suit. 

Oh, and got good deals at the discount grocery store.

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« Reply #1714 on: October 25, 2014, 12:31:34 PM »
Have some chicken stock in the crockpot made from chicken wings we got on sale and butchered/cooked ourselves.

Tonight dinner is the last of our "Utility grade frozen turkey" Lamb roasts (usually 30.00 each, bought on sale for between 4-6 each since they mislabeled them) made into a ragu using all pantry ingredients and a bottle of wine we didn't like but I refused to throw out. Will serve with fresh pasta. Having family over for dinner - their suggestion was to go out to eat.

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« Reply #1715 on: October 25, 2014, 02:34:27 PM »
Replaced control board of my washing machine. Probably saved over $100-200 dollars of labor to have someone else do it, which covers the cost of the speeding ticket coming back from getting the part... First ticket in well over ten years, dammit.

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« Reply #1716 on: October 25, 2014, 04:40:26 PM »
Stayed on the mountain for the second day in a row today. Watched a squirrel for entertainment. Ate leftover venison chili for lunch.


I get to watch the sun rise in the forest, over the ridges, every damn day while sitting on my bed. Makes it easy to save money, but hard to wait for RE.

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« Reply #1717 on: October 25, 2014, 04:47:06 PM »
You know those little floss picks? I had a few of them, but the plastic thread on them had broken (meant to be disposable). I stopped by Walmart in hopes of finding a reloadable floss holder, where I could buy cheap floss and load it in, but all that could be found were more single-use molded picks. Wasteful both in terms of resources and money, but of course I should have know that they wouldn't sell something to let people break that cycle.

A couple quick notches made with my Leatherman on an existing floss pick and I can now wrap the floss around it and it stays firmly in place!

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« Reply #1718 on: October 25, 2014, 04:48:09 PM »
I got all excited about a BOGO deal at Hallmark for Christmas cards, though I still thought I'd drop $10-12 with the deal. I thought to myself, though, "Wait! Do I have a few cards left over from last year?" Um, yeah! I had a whole package that I had picked up for cheap the day after Christmas. Sweet! I love "shopping" in my own stash!

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« Reply #1719 on: October 25, 2014, 05:43:08 PM »
Replaced control board of my washing machine. Probably saved over $100-200 dollars of labor to have someone else do it, which covers the cost of the speeding ticket coming back from getting the part... First ticket in well over ten years, dammit.

Ours is getting pretty bad too and needs to be changed.  How long did it take?  Did you go on youtube for tutorials?

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« Reply #1720 on: October 25, 2014, 06:40:08 PM »
I put on 3 cups of kidney beans to cook this morning. I'll make a Mexican-style bean stew tomorrow (enough for dinner and about 4 lunches for the freezer) with some of the cooked beans. The rest of the beans will go in the freezer to get used in dishes when it's too hot to cook slow-cooking beans from scratch.

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« Reply #1721 on: October 25, 2014, 07:48:16 PM »
Went to the farmers market today and picked up some canning tomatoes for six bucks a box.  Will get them canned tomorrow.   Also picked up a bushel of mixed apples for twelve bucks that we split with our neighbors.  Love buying in bulk there.

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« Reply #1722 on: October 25, 2014, 08:23:09 PM »
I dislike going to the grocery store on weekends with a passion, so instead of my ideal weekend breakfast of eggs and bacon, I ate an apple. We will scour the freezer and pantry for the next two days so we don't have to deal with the grocery store lines.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1723 on: October 26, 2014, 12:06:15 PM »
Made a gallon of sauerkraut.

Made a sausage and egg casserole in the slow cooker and am dividing it up in individual containers so that my husband and I will have easy breakfasts this week.

Prepped three days worth of lunches (will make the rest on Wednesday).

Hand washed a gallon freezer baggie.

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« Reply #1724 on: October 27, 2014, 11:19:53 AM »
Made a slow cooker pot of African peanut soup using tomatoes from our garden.  Total cost $2.70 for about 4 servings.

Reused a large plastic bag for the big block of cheddar DH bought.

Ate leftover homemade tortilla chips (tortillas cut into triangles, then fried) with homemade buffalo chicken dip for supper last night.  Served with the rest of a side salad I made for a Halloween pot luck the night before.

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« Reply #1725 on: October 27, 2014, 11:55:02 AM »
Made a slow cooker pot of African peanut soup using tomatoes from our garden.  Total cost $2.70 for about 4 servings.

Reused a large plastic bag for the big block of cheddar DH bought.

Ate leftover homemade tortilla chips (tortillas cut into triangles, then fried) with homemade buffalo chicken dip for supper last night.  Served with the rest of a side salad I made for a Halloween pot luck the night before.

Amazingly, I have all of the ingredients for African peanut soup...plan on making it next weekend.  Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #1726 on: October 27, 2014, 12:05:17 PM »
I hosted dinner for 17 on the weekend.  We had fajitas so I had stocked up with 45 shells and lots of filling (made some brown rice and beans to stretch out the meat fillings).

Most people only ate one fajita, so I mixed my meat and rice/bean leftovers together, and wrapped it all up in the tortillas, wrapped the burritos in wax paper and frozen them.  I now have 20 frozen delicious burritos in my freezer, perfect for 10 generously delicious lunches in the future on days when I don't feel like cooking and don't have enough leftovers.  Otherwise, we probably would have eaten half the filling/shells this week, and then I would have been squicked by the rest and it would have been tossed.  10 lunches = up to $100 saved.

Tonight for dinner, I'm making mushroom soup, which I love serving with crusty bread.  Rather than buying a $3-5 loaf of artisan bread, I've got 5-minute foccacia going, which is SUPER cheap to make and rivals bread from any bakery. It's even easier and faster than no-knead bread! http://www.simplysogood.com/2013/08/focaccia-in-five.html




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« Reply #1727 on: October 27, 2014, 12:13:35 PM »
That foccacia recipe looks great.  I am adding it to my recipe book.  Started a batch of mushroom barley soup this morning with a pkg. of marked down mushrooms and the broth from a pot roast that I had in the freezer. 

The green onion roots that I planted about a week ago are making nice shoots.  When they get a little bigger I will cut them and use them.  Anybody know how long I can keep doing this to the same root?

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« Reply #1728 on: October 27, 2014, 12:18:03 PM »
You know those little floss picks? I had a few of them, but the plastic thread on them had broken (meant to be disposable). I stopped by Walmart in hopes of finding a reloadable floss holder, where I could buy cheap floss and load it in, but all that could be found were more single-use molded picks. Wasteful both in terms of resources and money, but of course I should have know that they wouldn't sell something to let people break that cycle.

A couple quick notches made with my Leatherman on an existing floss pick and I can now wrap the floss around it and it stays firmly in place!

Oh man, they used to make these - I had one as a kid!  They kind of sucked though, because they were way bulkier than the floss picks. 

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« Reply #1729 on: October 27, 2014, 03:23:05 PM »
Made a slow cooker pot of African peanut soup using tomatoes from our garden.  Total cost $2.70 for about 4 servings.

Reused a large plastic bag for the big block of cheddar DH bought.

Ate leftover homemade tortilla chips (tortillas cut into triangles, then fried) with homemade buffalo chicken dip for supper last night.  Served with the rest of a side salad I made for a Halloween pot luck the night before.

Amazingly, I have all of the ingredients for African peanut soup...plan on making it next weekend.  Thanks for the inspiration!

You're most certainly welcome!  Isn't this stuff great?  :D

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« Reply #1730 on: October 27, 2014, 03:49:51 PM »
Technically late last night: Walked home from the airport! I got in after the last bus, and a 6-km walk was much nicer than a $30 cab ride.
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« Reply #1731 on: October 27, 2014, 07:27:23 PM »
Tried pump and glide hypermiling technique on commute today, and the prius got just over 57 miles per gallon, 5 better than I am usually able to do!

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« Reply #1732 on: October 27, 2014, 09:23:59 PM »
On Friday, I cut my own hair (couple of inches) using the ponytail technique. Didn't expect much, but it looked OK. Today, I got compliments from 4 people at work! This saves not only money but stress, because I HATE getting my hair cut but it looks lousy with no styling.

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« Reply #1733 on: October 27, 2014, 09:31:53 PM »
Made a large batch of applesauce with the remaining apples in the 40 lb box I bought a few weeks ago. It was delicious!

Made a beef stew with some of the side of beef I bought today. No meat purchases necessary till this time next year -- I have a side of beef and 40 chickens in my freezer :-) Ok, well maybe the occasional ham, bacon and fish!

Gathered kids laundry up to combine with mine to make a full load. Washed on cold setting.

Put on a sweater and drank a cup of tea instead of turning up the thermostat. Funny, it worked! I'm toasty now! Who knew?! haha

Daughter boiled eggs for her lunch for tomorrow.

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« Reply #1734 on: October 27, 2014, 09:54:06 PM »
Ours is getting pretty bad too and needs to be changed.  How long did it take?  Did you go on youtube for tutorials?

All told it was about two hours. That includes removing and replacing the stacked dryer. Yes, videos and manuals on line were very helpful, mainly to find the tricks for taking it apart. Take a picture of where all the wires go so you have an easy reference.

I replaced the door lock a few years ago and that took five minutes flat, exactly the same amount of time it took in the video I watched. The control board was more involved but not really more difficult. Having the right tools helps of course (mainly some stubby screwdrivers that allowed me to work on the back without sliding it out from the alcove it's in).

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« Reply #1735 on: October 28, 2014, 03:24:56 PM »
I've been walking to work every day for the past 2 weeks and making my lunches at home. It's only a 1.2 mile walk (~25 minutes door to door), but the bus stop is right in front of my building, so taking the bus is very tempting when I am running even a bit late.

Pre-MMM I'd take the bus (1.75$ one way) and buy lunch (~8.00$), so this is quite a substantial saving even accounting for the extra groceries I have to buy (probably 20.00 a week extra).

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« Reply #1736 on: October 28, 2014, 04:12:26 PM »
Saved some unappetizing raspberries last night by converting them into tasty jam; got about 12 oz of raspberry-lime tastiness. Tactic I learned from my sister.

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« Reply #1737 on: October 28, 2014, 04:21:01 PM »
downgraded my internet connection. I'd been told I'd lose my new customer discount if I did this, but I actually didn't. They applied it to the new plan. w00t! And, I found out they'd increased the speed of the next plan down from the one I had, so I am still getting a super fast speed.

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« Reply #1738 on: October 28, 2014, 04:49:41 PM »
Spent half an hour phoning around to check on a chiropractor bill.  Sure enough they had not recorded a check that the bank said they cashed.  Saved $40.

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« Reply #1739 on: October 28, 2014, 05:33:06 PM »
Made a fall squash soup from a butternut squash that had been languishing on the counter for weeks. Its quite yummy...will be interesting to see what the kids think of it. Has apple juice and curry powder in it.

Got dish scrubby things at Dollar Store instead of grocery store.

Turning off lights around the house all day long. Kids keep leaving them on (homeschoolers).


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« Reply #1740 on: October 28, 2014, 07:25:42 PM »
Turned the house from 18C to 17C.  So far, no one else noticed and it's still quite comfortable, so long as you wear slippers and a sweater.

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« Reply #1741 on: October 28, 2014, 10:28:05 PM »
Turned off the in-ceiling ventilation system.  In our climate it's better for winter-use, and we're just mid-Spring transition here. 

I'm trying to track down what is using all the power.  We've got a smart meter, and I can see on our utility's website that we're using about 23kwh per day.  I know in our last house we used about 16 to 18 on days we didn't use the heat-pumps, so I'm not sure what the difference is.  It's a bigger house, with waaaay more lights, but hot water isn't an electricity expense in this house (it's gas), so theoretically our usage should actually be lower.  Hopefully the recently discovered heated towel rail in the guest bathroom, plus the ventilation system is the bulk of the answer, otherwise it will take more intense sleuth work.

Left my wallet at home so wasn't able to buy anything to contribute to the joint afternoon tea at homeschool meetup this afternoon.  While not being ideal, there was no shortage of food, and it saved us a few dollars.  Mustn't make a habit of it, however.  (am too disorganised and pregnancy-tired to consistently bake at the moment, although that is my preferred option)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1742 on: October 29, 2014, 05:43:04 AM »
Got our weekly "energy usage report" email yesterday - saved 46% last week over previous week!  I'm pretty sure this savings came from turning off my electric oven at the breaker (and using a toaster oven instead) and line drying clothes instead of using the dryer. 

Nice to see that paid off (especially since I came home from work yesterday with a migraine and ended up ordering in hot wings because I couldn't face the salmon and broccoli I had planned) :( 

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« Reply #1743 on: October 29, 2014, 06:32:55 AM »
Didn't feel like cooking dinner last night so I had oatmeal. It was actually really good; I will add it to my line up of "no cook night" meals. Maybe add some almonds next time for protein.

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« Reply #1744 on: October 29, 2014, 07:15:34 AM »
Had to buy a few things at IKEA. Borrowed a pickup from family instead of renting (paid $20 to family instead of $100 to rent).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1745 on: October 29, 2014, 10:05:35 AM »
I got my Geico bill and they'd ratcheted my 6 month premium up by another $20, so I hopped onto Progressive's website and bought a new policy with higher deductibles and dropped my premium by $120/6 months.  I'll check back with Geico in a couple months and see if they'll entice me back with a better rate, since they do offer horse trailer insurance and Progressive doesn't (I'm paranoid about theft because it's pretty easy to steal a parked trailer).

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« Reply #1746 on: October 29, 2014, 10:37:56 AM »
I got my Geico bill and they'd ratcheted my 6 month premium up by another $20, so I hopped onto Progressive's website and bought a new policy with higher deductibles and dropped my premium by $120/6 months.  I'll check back with Geico in a couple months and see if they'll entice me back with a better rate, since they do offer horse trailer insurance and Progressive doesn't (I'm paranoid about theft because it's pretty easy to steal a parked trailer).


True fact, but if there are a lot of trailers around, a hitch lock will make yours more of a pain in the ass to steal than the next guy's.

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« Reply #1747 on: October 29, 2014, 11:04:44 AM »
Added a lonely zucchini picked from our garden last week to the rutabaga before baking last night.  There remain several green tomatoes and bell peppers braving the cold...

Bought generic band aids instead of name brand.

Bought the cheapest-per-piece as possible Halloween goodies for the kiddos Friday night.  We receive a TON of Trick o' Treaters at our house.  200 is our max, then it's lights out.

Didn't go to the store's bakery section this morning to avoid temptation.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1748 on: October 29, 2014, 01:33:34 PM »
Researched how to make my own chai tea lattes - yum!  http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Made-Chai-Latte/
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1749 on: October 29, 2014, 01:44:05 PM »
called my insurance to make sure a claim had been re-billed.  It had been, but nothing had been refunded.  So I called the clinic, they had to research it...... "oh, yeah, there is a credit....  well, hmm,  I'll have to submit a request for a credit"  I'll still have to keep an eye on them to make sure the correct amount gets refunded.    Another provider automatically refunded an over-payment, and that claim was paid 2 weeks after the other clinic.