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« Reply #1900 on: November 20, 2014, 10:12:53 AM »
No spend day today, worked from home and kept the heating low - drank tea and ate my lovely home made Scotch broth [have another 7 portions left!]

Will trade one portion of yellow pea soup w/cheesy garlic croutons for one portion scotch broth.

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« Reply #1901 on: November 20, 2014, 12:27:13 PM »
shawn77777 - good start! This is the "what small things did you do TODAY to save money" thread, so good on ya! No face punches administered :-) Lots of good money saving things going on there for you!

For me, today I am making baked potatoes for dinner (super cheap right now!) and using up a head of cauliflower and making cheese sauce as one topping. Another topping option will be a heated up bowl of leftover chill topped with sour cream.

Turning off the heat during the day. Will put it back on when the sun goes down.

Drinking tea to keep warm.

Edited to add that my mini-potato bar turned out great!
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« Reply #1902 on: November 20, 2014, 01:13:34 PM »
Keeping the heat down while family is out. Will out it up when they come back. But keep lowering it on DH.

Working hard on making meals based on what we have on hand this week. Going well.

Will walk to daycare for pickup rather than drive 2 k.

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« Reply #1903 on: November 20, 2014, 01:58:41 PM »
For me, today I am making baked potatoes for dinner (super cheap right now!) and using up a head of cauliflower and making cheese sauce as one topping. Another topping option will be a heated up bowl of leftover chill topped with sour cream.

Good idea.  Just bought a 10lb bag at ALDI for $1.29 and have a bunch of toppings, including chili.  Now I have tomorrow's dinner!

Making spearmint tea to use up an orphaned bag of the stuff from the pantry.  Also making crockpot yogurt.     

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« Reply #1904 on: November 20, 2014, 04:50:50 PM »
Biked to the mailbox.  In the dark.  20 degrees (F).  Icy roads.  No problem, just kept it in first gear on the icy parts and second for the dry looking sections.  Neighbor kids walking around looked freezing and confused when they watched me go by.  :-)

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« Reply #1905 on: November 20, 2014, 06:31:02 PM »
Well another day of no eating out or vending machines had a Thanksgiving luncheon at work today so didn't even have to take my lunch.  Went dollar store shopping tonight and tore up the clearance area and got some decent deals used a coupon maybe for the first time lol.  Also got a $5 off on the receipt if I buy $30 worth on Sat.Started the effort to finding a 2nd job until we move and will save every dollar from that with the hope of paying off the house we hope to move to in Tampa!

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« Reply #1906 on: November 20, 2014, 07:21:00 PM »
I successfully did a minor repair on my iPod today which will allow me to continue using it for the foreseeable future.  The iPod was a gift for my birthday eight years ago and it's still going strong.  I've saved so much money on audiobooks, movies, music, etc., because I can just rip everything from CDs and DVDs from the library and load them onto the iPod and keep them permanently.

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« Reply #1907 on: November 20, 2014, 07:26:12 PM »
Thx 1967mama!

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« Reply #1908 on: November 20, 2014, 07:26:54 PM »
I've been making a 2-cup pot of tea using one teabag whenever I get the urge for a hot drink.  Keeps my fluids up and is cheaper than real (or instant) coffee.  Still have one coffee (made in the french press) per day, and that's an improvement on three cups :)
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« Reply #1909 on: November 20, 2014, 07:44:17 PM »
Finally cancelled the stupid storage space and parking spot I pay my apartment building for each month.

Figured out how to wash a silk shirt by hand instead of sending to the dry cleaners.

Still, that doesn't *quite* offset the two new tires I had to buy that I wasn't planning on (ouch!) before the thanksgiving trip home, but turned down the other two I didn't totally need....

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« Reply #1910 on: November 21, 2014, 07:37:08 AM »
Finally cancelled the stupid storage space and parking spot I pay my apartment building for each month.

Yeah!!! That's a great one!

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« Reply #1911 on: November 21, 2014, 09:14:07 AM »
I needed new tires for my truck.  I got on craigslist and found a guy who had bought new tires a year ago, put 13k miles on them then decided he wanted big boy mud tires/rims.  I bought these 1 year old, name brand tires/wheels from him for $200, thus saving $550 on a new tire purchase.  I am going to then turn around and sell the rims that came with these tires which will reduce my cost even more!  Booyah!  Happy day for me.

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« Reply #1912 on: November 21, 2014, 11:09:46 AM »
Just got back from a work conference where I shared accommodations with my coworkers and realized how different our mindsets about money are. Wow -- I have a renewed appreciation for frugality and the mindset of "enough".

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« Reply #1913 on: November 21, 2014, 12:11:00 PM »
This was a weird one for me.  When somebody was checking out of the hotel while I was on vacation last week, they gave me a full bottle of rum and a massive Ziploc bag of condiments.  Those little condiment packages usually go hard and stale well before I think to use of them, so I emptied all 15 into my ketchup bottle at home. 
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« Reply #1914 on: November 21, 2014, 10:50:05 PM »
Killed a passing cockroach on the sidewalk tonight and fed it to our best laying hen, who has been under the weather lately. She deserved a treat!

Cooked and ate some guerilla-gardened sunchokes that grew in a public lot this year.

Used toddler pee collected from our potty-training efforts as fertilizer water for a volunteer avocado tree we just transplanted to the backyard.

Also, made chicken stock, found a windfall lemon, accepted a sample packet of three teabags and soap that was being distributed at the market.
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« Reply #1915 on: November 22, 2014, 07:55:16 AM »
I called our garbage pick-up company last week to see how to schedule a bulky waste pick-up to take away some things the old owners had put up in the garage rafters. At our last house, the town would have done it for free. This company was going to charge $30 just to show up, then god knows how much based on what we actually had to haul off.

I put in a call to the town to figure out my options and found out that I could get a bulky waste transfer station permit for free, which I did. I've just loaded the mini-van with an old mattress and boxspring and a couple of old doors. I'll drop the mattress and boxspring at the transfer station for free, and then will bring the doors to the Habitat Restore.

We'll save at least $50 and will get a couple of bucks in tax deduction.

Also: My teenager is cooking dinner tonight, instead of us ordering dinner out because I want a break from cooking.

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« Reply #1916 on: November 22, 2014, 08:15:19 PM »
A few days late, but my husband was away last week on a work trip with our car. I made it the week without paying for any transport. Which isn't big except for the massive snowstorm (I live in Northern Ontario) and shopping for groceries.

Saved $5-$40 on renting a car or bus transport and lots on food with walking to work, one strategic ride back from a friend and walking for groceries at the cheap grocery store. Great workout too in the snow drifts.
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« Reply #1917 on: November 22, 2014, 08:25:51 PM »
Packed breakfast and lunch and snack for an all-day outing -- for the whole family -- even though I was tired and rushed and slept in.

Checked out movies from the library for evening entertainment.  Surprisingly good selection available at 5 pm Friday evening when we rolled in.





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« Reply #1918 on: November 22, 2014, 08:38:29 PM »
@Rumball - we go to the library at 4 today and were able to get:

"Killing Kennedy"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
"Into the Cosmos" (National Geographic)

Cooked lunch and dinner using leftovers from the week. A tuna-macaroni coleslaw for lunch with a sad looking cabbage and crockpot baked beans for dinner (from dry beans).

Turned off the furnace during the daytime since it was sunny.

Keeping a detailed grocery list for husband to shop with tomorrow (emphasis on DETAILED!!) I"m still down from surgery and so need to write down every. single. thing. that I need, and a description of the size/brand/flavour etc. if I want to be able to cook decent meals next week!

Took a roast out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow night from our side of grass fed beef.


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« Reply #1919 on: November 23, 2014, 04:48:50 PM »
Got meat & produce sticker shock at the supermarket now that I'm back in Newfoundland, so instead I bought a cabbage and made a huge pot of sayur lodeh with the aromatics (lemon grass, cilantro, lime) that I brought back in my luggage. Man, it was good!  Now I'm making up a batch of homemade laundry soap.

Also, walked home (6 km) from the airport last night. It was surprisingly pleasant given the temperature (-11 c with the wind chill).
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« Reply #1920 on: November 23, 2014, 05:05:55 PM »
1.  Cut my own hair!!  I usually get DH to trim the ends, but I just got fed up with the whole thing this morning, remembered watching the hair-tie methods on You-Tube a while back, and just did it!  I'm very happy with the result.  It looks way more 'saloned' than I normally look.

2.  Had an appointment in town, so got kids to pack water bottles and homemade granola bars and we stopped at a park on the way home for a cheap outing.

3.  While at the park, saw a large rosemary bush, so grabbed a couple of sprigs to add to my slow-cooked roast beef that will do tonight's dinner (pulled beef and salad lettuce wraps), and tomorrow night's dinner (baked potatoes with toppings of choice).
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« Reply #1921 on: November 23, 2014, 05:48:26 PM »
Got meat & produce sticker shock at the supermarket now that I'm back in Newfoundland, so instead I bought a cabbage and made a huge pot of sayur lodeh with the aromatics (lemon grass, cilantro, lime) that I brought back in my luggage. Man, it was good!  Now I'm making up a batch of homemade laundry soap.

Also, walked home (6 km) from the airport last night. It was surprisingly pleasant given the temperature (-11 c with the wind chill).

Just googled, and that looks SO GOOD.  Thanks!

Last night I sorted through the 100# or so of tomatoes I picked before it froze and salvaged what I could.  The best ones are ripening on the counter, and the ones with some bad spots were turned into about a gallon of sauce.

I'm slowly replacing the baseboards and trim in our house, so I picked up a $100 Home Depot gift card today at Fred Meyer.  Gift cards get 4x store fuel points, and hopefully the purchase will kick in the 2% cash back at grocery stores on my credit card.  Next step is to see if I can get them to accept my 10% off Lowe's coupon; I think I read here that they will, so need to give it a shot.

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« Reply #1922 on: November 23, 2014, 08:28:47 PM »
Our cafeteria at work sells really good quality soup that is left over from lunch at a discount at 3 pm and then gives any away that is left at 5 pm. A litre (about a quart) is  3 servings. It isn't there every day and I don't take it every day it is there.

I had free cream of tomato soup for lunch today - and yesterday.

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« Reply #1923 on: November 24, 2014, 08:59:26 AM »
Found the last two books in the history series that I am reading at Half-Price Books.

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« Reply #1924 on: November 25, 2014, 04:47:13 AM »
I spent no money today!

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« Reply #1925 on: November 25, 2014, 08:30:34 AM »
Waited for a cold day to set my oven to self-clean.  Really enjoyed the extra heat.

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« Reply #1926 on: November 26, 2014, 10:12:25 AM »
I push-started my car last night (ran down battery doing something dumb) instead of jumping it and burning extra gas in my roommates' car.  More fun too.

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« Reply #1927 on: November 26, 2014, 10:26:02 PM »
Kept reminding my kids to turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

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« Reply #1928 on: November 27, 2014, 01:41:05 PM »
Kept reminding my kids to turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

I have a friend who (with great success) deputized one of her kids as the "light police".  The kid is paid a few bucks a week and always remembers to turn off lights around the house because it's his job.  She says the savings have far exceeded the amount paid to him for his duties.
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« Reply #1929 on: November 29, 2014, 06:28:10 PM »
I made the dough for no-knead bread last night and will cook it this evening.  This not only gives me fresh bread but will heat the family room with the heat from the oven.

That is, I'll get fresh bread if it works.  I have tried this recipe a few times before and haven't had good success.  Hope it is better this time.

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« Reply #1930 on: November 29, 2014, 06:31:19 PM »
Used a target giftcard to buy 3 pairs of sweatpants. Used public transport, ate at home. Dramatically expanded wardrobe, nothing left bank account.

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« Reply #1931 on: November 29, 2014, 09:03:16 PM »
With today being "Small Business Saturday" I helped out a few locally-owned small businesses by buying breakfast for today (and tomorrow and Monday, maybe even Tuesday), lunch for tomorrow and Monday, and dinner for tomorrow, and in a few will be going out for dinner and a movie.  The vast majority of this "lavish" spending will result in credit statements from American Express, so I will end up getting a lot of food for next to nothing.  $10 credits as long as the purchase was $10.  Mine were all pretty damn close to that amount, maybe a dollar or 2 over.  All told, today's AmEx purchases will total around $97 and I will get $90 of that back!

Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).
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« Reply #1932 on: November 29, 2014, 10:52:12 PM »
Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

Awesome, thank you! I already had plans to go to Costco tomorrow. I will definitely check it out, although my guess is that the turkeys will be too large for my two-person family. Although there's always the freezer ...

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« Reply #1933 on: November 30, 2014, 12:58:09 AM »
Cressida, cooked turkey freezes really well! I do it in small ziploc bags and add it to casseroles, soups, stir fry, etc.

Today we made a huge double batch of meaty spaghetti sauce and froze half of it for another full meal in a week or so.

I also made an excellent broccoli salad from http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com

Kept the heat at 20C even though it was -6 outside. This is a real accomplishment for us! haha! My family are total wimps when it comes to the cold. Put on a flipping sweater!!

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« Reply #1934 on: November 30, 2014, 09:28:24 AM »
Bike ride across town, instead of taking the bus.  Also purchased some new LED lights for the home, getting more lumens in the bedroom but in total lowering my "wattage" by 43 W.  :)

OK, didn't do it to save money per se, but it's a nice side effect.

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« Reply #1935 on: November 30, 2014, 09:50:40 AM »
I had been told that you could not pay your living expenses off campus with a 529.  Found out I was wrong and deposited $1000 into the 529 (that I will take out in Dec) and will deposit another $1000 in December.  This will save me $105 in state taxes this year and $525 next year.

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« Reply #1936 on: November 30, 2014, 10:06:39 AM »
Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

Aw man, I need to go!  We have a half-empty deep freezer, and some turkeys would help fill it up nicely.

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« Reply #1937 on: November 30, 2014, 11:00:05 AM »
It's in the low 50s today, so I jumped on my bicycle to return a book to the library drop slot and picked up some stuff at the supermarket to make turkey ala king from Thanksgiving leftovers.  I used a gift card, so total cost for me today was $0.00.

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« Reply #1938 on: November 30, 2014, 11:03:09 AM »
Spent yesterday mastering a new recipe, Chinese Steamed Buns.  Cheap amusement for the day plus a new skill to keep us out of restaurants plus cheap dinner.

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« Reply #1939 on: November 30, 2014, 11:51:47 AM »
Spent the lowest amount I've ever spent on my dog's food today.  Also, picked up cheap cat litter that was further discounted.  Going out later to buy stuff at the bulk food store where I have a $3 off when you spend $10.  Anyone else ever try to get as close to the $10 on coupons like that?  It's like a game for me.


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« Reply #1940 on: November 30, 2014, 02:20:14 PM »
Sold some of my son´s old toys and clothes = 60€ :-)

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« Reply #1941 on: November 30, 2014, 04:43:07 PM »
Cut DH's hair before he left for work this morning.
Renewed my overdue library books online, so no more fines.
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« Reply #1942 on: November 30, 2014, 06:40:28 PM »
Made soup for dinner from stock I made from the bones yesterday. Added seasonings, veggies, noodles and bits of chicken.

Steamed the pork buns that were gifted to us -- clearing out the freezer!

Daughter made 2 double batches of muffins for snacking this week -- lemon poppyseed and chocolate chip.

Kept the heat down even though its quite cold outside.

Worked on setting up YNAB -- something small I did TODAY to save money in the FUTURE! I'm easily confused and math is not my forte so this has been a real challenge (and I'm not finished yet).


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« Reply #1943 on: November 30, 2014, 08:35:36 PM »
Finished sewing warm window thermal shades for the house. Never used a sewing machine before this. Turned out great and should help reduce heating costs.
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« Reply #1944 on: November 30, 2014, 08:48:26 PM »
I wanted table runners for the holidays, and was unwilling to buy them, so I went shopping in my linen closet. I had two sage green king sized pillow cases I was not using. I picked them apart and re-sewed them into runners for my tables.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1945 on: November 30, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
With today being "Small Business Saturday" I helped out a few locally-owned small businesses by buying breakfast for today (and tomorrow and Monday, maybe even Tuesday), lunch for tomorrow and Monday, and dinner for tomorrow, and in a few will be going out for dinner and a movie.  The vast majority of this "lavish" spending will result in credit statements from American Express, so I will end up getting a lot of food for next to nothing.  $10 credits as long as the purchase was $10.  Mine were all pretty damn close to that amount, maybe a dollar or 2 over.  All told, today's AmEx purchases will total around $97 and I will get $90 of that back!

Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

You did much better on the AmEx thing than we did, but I'm not complaining about seeing a matinee, have 2 slices and a pint of fancy beer each, and paying a net $12.

Also jealous of the turkey deal you found.  I stumbled across similar at WinCo last year, so I went back this Friday and no turkey discounts to be had.  Didn't occur to me to check CostCo.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1946 on: December 01, 2014, 01:51:39 AM »
Have had the sewing box out. Darned socks, sewed up small holes in my Ugg boots (sheepskin)and hubby's casual shoes. Put hubby's sports shoes in the washing machine and they came out like new, and spent half an hour using hairspray to remove a big ink stain from a favorite top. Most of these things I would have felt in the past were too much bother but gave me a sense of achievement today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1947 on: December 01, 2014, 08:52:41 AM »
Did our first bike cart run to the grocery store.  Amazing how easy a Burley is to pull

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1948 on: December 01, 2014, 09:08:29 AM »
Fixed my electric range.  One of the power connections had loosened over the years and burned/melted the terminal block.   $30 for the new block and power cord.  I might have been able to reuse the power cord but the wire that had come loose was badly burned and I didn't think it was worth the risk.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1949 on: December 01, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »
Hyper-miling my oven today! Made mini-pizzas for the kids for lunch, followed by a pan of brownies, followed by 2 packages of sausages that will go with our dinner. If I wasn't recovering from surgery, I would also have started some bread dough to rise and bake, but I'd already hit my limit for today.

Eggs, sausages and toast for dinner for the family -- dad is out for dinner with work tonight.

Keeping lights switched off in the day -- including the Christmas tree lights.

Keeping the programmable thermostat at 20C in the day and 18C at night -- pre-MMM we would just bump up the daytime temp and then forget to hit "run program" at bedtime and the furnace would blast all night long.

Unplugged my laptop once it was charged. Same with cell phones.