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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2050 on: January 03, 2015, 02:10:59 PM »
I resisted my temptation to order a takeaway. Then I cooked my own simple, but delicious meal of barley and lentils!

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« Reply #2051 on: January 03, 2015, 05:16:03 PM »
Winco goofed on my bill last night -- kicking myself for not checking my receipt before I left. They charged me $25 for organic rolled oats rather than $13 for non-organic. He did the sku by memory rather than scanning the barcode on the bag.  Called the store this morning and they gladly will refund my money next time I'm down. Just had to take a photo of the bag with the receipt. Wrote down the name of the gal at customer service who helped me so that I can reference our call.

Eating oatmeal out of the fridge for several days now. Its nice mixed with yogurt.

Kids playing outside all day and had a fire in the back of our property. Made grilled cheese sandwiches in the pie iron with their little friends.  Practically free entertainment! Neighbour gave them some nice dry wood.

Daughter ordered glasses online from discount seller.

Brown beans cooking up for dinner in the crockpot. Cooked the beans from dry (navy beans) yesterday in the crockpot. Having a green salad with homemade dressing and the beans.

Hung a load of laundry to dry on my drying racks.

Picked up a huge load of books and DVD's at the library that the kids and I had ordered in last week. We try to go once a week to do returns and pickups.

Turning off the furnace in the daytime.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2052 on: January 03, 2015, 05:36:55 PM »
Said no to the cute top at the thrift store. Purchased a week's worth of groceries (mostly fresh fruit and veggies) for just over $40.
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« Reply #2053 on: January 03, 2015, 05:37:57 PM »
Made veggie burgers with a leftover sweet potato, some pinto beans, cumin, chipotle powder, egg, bread crumbs and ate with some green beans from the garden ( frozen).  Yum!

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« Reply #2054 on: January 03, 2015, 11:19:23 PM »
Brought lunch to work, had the free break room tea, and had leftover pasta for dinner. (with some free ingredients my grandma gave me).

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« Reply #2055 on: January 03, 2015, 11:27:02 PM »
Today: was going to hit the store today but did not....

Didn't buy clear nail polish because I have a lot of bottles of colored nail polish to use up.
Didn't buy the convenient cleaning wipes in a tub because I have bottles of cleaner and paper towels to go with.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2056 on: January 03, 2015, 11:36:30 PM »
I biked home in the rain today, rather than succuming and getting a ride/taking public transportation. How can I ever become more badass if I don't flex my frugal muscles?

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« Reply #2057 on: January 03, 2015, 11:44:25 PM »
I just wanted to say how awesome this thread is.

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Parenting 4 kids while keeping costs under control.

Visit my journal:  http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/4-kids-in-new-zealand-let%27s-see-how-this-goes/

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« Reply #2058 on: January 04, 2015, 04:26:17 PM »
I have a vehicle that needs a new gas cap - I checked distance to the dealer and figured it'd cost about the same in gas to drive there and back as it would to pay for shipping, so I'm having it shipped to my house instead.

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« Reply #2059 on: January 04, 2015, 05:32:35 PM »
For the last 2 weeks, we had noticed a strange, chemical smell in the kitchen, near the electric kettle. Eventually, found the plug was overheating and the smell was from melting plastic at the plug. The wife immediately identified a stylish kettle online at a cost of €40. Fortunately, it is out of stock, so I ventured out and bought a new plug and fitted it. Cost..€1.45, saving of €38.45! Satisfaction...Priceless! Wife has forgotten about new kettle!

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« Reply #2060 on: January 04, 2015, 05:34:39 PM »
Found a nice pair of army long underwear at the Goodwill.  Bought them for the Hub. 

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« Reply #2061 on: January 04, 2015, 06:22:44 PM »
Husband returned to Winco to get back the $13 we were overcharged for our regular old fashioned oats (they charged us for organic)

Hung a load of laundry to dry and the one sheet in the load is drying on a leather couch. Its fleece material so not very wet.

Washing next load of laundry on cold cycle.

Used up 5 lonely potatoes in a carrot and potato mash up. (Golden Potato Bake in "The More With Less Cookbook" for anyone who is interested).

Cooked 2 chickens from the freezer in the roaster all day for meat for meals this week -- soup at the end with the bones.

Chatted with frugal friend on the phone for 30 minutes -- sharing ideas both ways. So encouraging to have a real life Mustachian friend (although she isn't on this site).

Helped son pay for car repairs as his 21st birthday present instead of buying him any gifts.

Reusing candles from a Christmas centrepiece I won. Tossed the branches and ribbons (they were in rough shape with glue, etc) and kept the 3 white, fake pillar candles from the middle. They are battery operated and are glowing warmly on my fireplace mantle in a lovely trio.

Kids are working on $2 dollar store sequin crafts from Christmas. Love it when you actually find a high quality craft there! Takes several hours to complete and the look is quite impressive. 12, 9 and 7 year olds are enjoying them for hours each day.


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« Reply #2062 on: January 04, 2015, 06:47:26 PM »
I cleaned/organized my bathroom closet.  Found and corralled a ton of dental floss, soap, shampoo, hair ties, bobby pins.  Being able to SEE what we have will keep me from buying more unless we are totally out.  Also, helped DD clean her room.  Found her clothes, so she'll have "something to wear."   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2063 on: January 04, 2015, 06:59:37 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.

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« Reply #2064 on: January 04, 2015, 07:25:48 PM »
Well, technically this started yesterday....but we are just starting a really cold weather streak here in Wisconsin and I've been noticing my windows are drafty in the Living Room.  I had switched from lined curtains to accordian shades.  But the shades are inside mount so the edges of the windows are still drafty.   I went and dug out the curtains and hung them up (leaving the blinds).   It seems warmer in here already!   

I'm thinking about buying just one floor length curtain panel to cover the front door.  We don't use that door, we use the kitchen entry, and it seems drafty there too.  Thinking I could hang a small curtain rod above the door.

I also (thanks the advice of Mustacians on this forum) shut one of the two heat duct vents in the basement.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2065 on: January 04, 2015, 08:46:46 PM »
Found some carpet edging I needed on clearance at Lowe's marked down from $9.88 to 62 cents, so $18.56 saved on two.

Currently baking squash and sweet potatoes grown in the back yard and stored in my "root cellar" for lunches this week.

Not really a save, but got the exact winter riding boots I have been wanting on clearance for 30% off (one of those items that pretty much never goes on sale).  Maybe in the long run they'll save me in wear and tear on my regular boots when the weather is nasty, and in disposable toe warmers too.

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« Reply #2066 on: January 04, 2015, 08:48:42 PM »
My girlfriend's fancy shampoo was marked down from 10.99/bottle to 5.24/bottle on clearance, so we bought all they had.  Eight bottles.  Should last a long time.

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« Reply #2067 on: January 05, 2015, 01:57:31 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.
Nice!

I made my breakfast smoothies for the week (6 total).  I brought my lunch (leftovers from the bottom of our freezer). 

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« Reply #2068 on: January 05, 2015, 02:17:46 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.
Nice!

I made my breakfast smoothies for the week (6 total).  I brought my lunch (leftovers from the bottom of our freezer).

It took about 3 hours to cook and 1 more to clean. Less time than cooking 7 dinners on their own. Meals were more rounded too. 2x salmon salad and miso soup. A large vegetable (not vegetarian) shepherd's pie. Whiting and rice. Roasted garlic, broccoli, and cauliflower. Chicken noodle soup in the crock pot (will be done tonight). Total cost somewhere in the $40-$50 ball park.

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« Reply #2069 on: January 05, 2015, 02:27:43 PM »
Batch cooked yesterday:  Mock tater salad and boiled eggs for work snacks, DH made beer can chicken which will provide 3 meals for each of us, cooked a large spaghetti squash for 4 servings, made an almond flour based fruit cookie for desserts, rinsed and divided out fresh blackberries ($1.25 a container) and divided out Romaine leafs and deli turkey (bought on manager's special) with homemade mayo for 3 lunches.

Asked DH to cut my lotion bottle in half so I can get to the remaining product at the bottom.  This stretches it out for another week.

Will put a blanket over one of the living room windows, and French doors to avoid increasing the heat during these below freezing temperatures.

Cut out a ton of coupons, and will load up my value card before doing my monthly grocery shopping next week.

Reduced adult beverage consumption back down to Friday and Saturday nights.

Budgeted $300/mo for food/HBAs/cleaning supplies last year and spent $320.  Am going to try harder this year.  :)
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« Reply #2070 on: January 05, 2015, 03:00:06 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.
Nice!

I made my breakfast smoothies for the week (6 total).  I brought my lunch (leftovers from the bottom of our freezer).

It took about 3 hours to cook and 1 more to clean. Less time than cooking 7 dinners on their own. Meals were more rounded too. 2x salmon salad and miso soup. A large vegetable (not vegetarian) shepherd's pie. Whiting and rice. Roasted garlic, broccoli, and cauliflower. Chicken noodle soup in the crock pot (will be done tonight). Total cost somewhere in the $40-$50 ball park.
Sounds awesome!  I'm a huge fan of batch cooking...but I'm working on eating down our freezer stockpile right now.

What recipe did you use for the chicken noodle soup?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2071 on: January 05, 2015, 03:37:20 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.
Nice!

I made my breakfast smoothies for the week (6 total).  I brought my lunch (leftovers from the bottom of our freezer).

It took about 3 hours to cook and 1 more to clean. Less time than cooking 7 dinners on their own. Meals were more rounded too. 2x salmon salad and miso soup. A large vegetable (not vegetarian) shepherd's pie. Whiting and rice. Roasted garlic, broccoli, and cauliflower. Chicken noodle soup in the crock pot (will be done tonight). Total cost somewhere in the $40-$50 ball park.
Sounds awesome!  I'm a huge fan of batch cooking...but I'm working on eating down our freezer stockpile right now.

What recipe did you use for the chicken noodle soup?

What is this 'recipe' you speak of? Haha. I just stuck some defatted chicken and veggies with water into a crock pot. I'll need to add some salt and noodles and seasonings tonight. Need to debone and cut the chicken too. To be honest I use recipes as guidelines for how that kind of food is made and then do what I like with it. If I know how to make something in general, I don't use a recipe. I just go with it. So I'm sorry if I don't have a recipe for it!

One recipe I will say is for the whiting. Mayo, mustard, lemon juice, and a dash of chili powder (cayenne if you like it hotter). Mix it up, apply to the top of the whiting. Sprinkle on some parmasean if you have. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve on rice with the extra sauce and veggies however you like. Whiting is cheap at about $2/lb but is a 'fishy' tasting fish.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2072 on: January 05, 2015, 04:17:57 PM »
Cooked all the meals for this week so there's 0% chance of take-out. 7 dinners + extra for lunches.
Nice!

I made my breakfast smoothies for the week (6 total).  I brought my lunch (leftovers from the bottom of our freezer).

It took about 3 hours to cook and 1 more to clean. Less time than cooking 7 dinners on their own. Meals were more rounded too. 2x salmon salad and miso soup. A large vegetable (not vegetarian) shepherd's pie. Whiting and rice. Roasted garlic, broccoli, and cauliflower. Chicken noodle soup in the crock pot (will be done tonight). Total cost somewhere in the $40-$50 ball park.
Sounds awesome!  I'm a huge fan of batch cooking...but I'm working on eating down our freezer stockpile right now.

What recipe did you use for the chicken noodle soup?

What is this 'recipe' you speak of? Haha. I just stuck some defatted chicken and veggies with water into a crock pot. I'll need to add some salt and noodles and seasonings tonight. Need to debone and cut the chicken too. To be honest I use recipes as guidelines for how that kind of food is made and then do what I like with it. If I know how to make something in general, I don't use a recipe. I just go with it. So I'm sorry if I don't have a recipe for it!
I'm still in the read and follow the directions mode for cooking.  I will use less meat than a recipe calls for, but I need help with "flavor profiles" and ingredients.  I tried to make a chicken noodle soup without a recipe, and I ended up with salty water with a little chicken and limp egg noodles.

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« Reply #2073 on: January 06, 2015, 08:30:18 AM »
Made chilli in the slowcooker w/ meat that I have in the freezer (I am working to eat down the stuff in the pantry and freezer).

Carried lunch to work

Set my credit cards on autopayment and set-up for snowball. Adjusted payments to mortagage, credit cards, car insurance, and college savings with 2015 goals in mind.

Started a spreadsheet and Mint to track expenses.

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« Reply #2074 on: January 06, 2015, 09:31:44 AM »
Waiting for the train, I sometimes go into Dunkin Donuts to keep warm until the train arrives. Usually, I purchase a beverage out of courteous (coffee-based rent.) Yesterday was my first time taking the train in a while, and I stepped into that same Dunkin Donuts and looked at the menu.

The cheapest drink on the menu was $1.80.... (small coffee, would cost me ~ $.04 at home.)

I realized at that moment that I wasn't there to get coffee, I was there to pay "rent." So I purchased the cheapest item on the menu instead, a $0.86 snack and chatted with the bored cashier until my train arrived. (Luckily the store was pretty empty, so it didn't bother them that I didn't buy much.)

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« Reply #2075 on: January 06, 2015, 09:53:17 AM »
Upped 401k to 22%. Set it to Single 3 for federal, Single 2 for state (based on tax projections). Aiming to not pay any tax next year nor receive any back. Validates the savings rate of about 45% and potentially more, depending on SO's working situation this year.

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« Reply #2076 on: January 06, 2015, 10:58:58 AM »
Carpooled to work.

Figured out to juice a lemon with a fork http://allrecipes.com/video/521/how-to-juice-a-lemon/detail.aspx after the GoblinChief's brilliant idea to freeze the juice of our overproducing lemon tree. 

Packed leftovers from our freezer for lunch.  Breakfast smoothie and snacks packed for work.  No vending machine snacks for me. 

Used a hot water bottle to heat up our bed last night instead of using the heat.  The bed was warm when we got in. 


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« Reply #2077 on: January 06, 2015, 11:04:46 AM »
My sister in law bought me a soap making kit for Christmas...there's always scum left in the bottom when I finish pouring into the mold. So now I mix the excess with water, microwave it, and then make a cleaning solution out of that. Works great on the stove!

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« Reply #2078 on: January 06, 2015, 09:31:54 PM »
Discovered that my freezer was empty enough that the rest of the meat will fit with everything else in the freezer above the fridge. Moved it all and unplugged now empty freezer.

Also, sort of applicable, it snowed a LOT today and traffic was horrible. It took an hour to get home by bus instead of the usual 15 minutes. But I didn't care because I spent the whole time relaxed and catching up on reading. Sure glad I wasn't driving!

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« Reply #2079 on: January 07, 2015, 08:20:39 AM »
4 Alpacas - you can freeze your lemons whole and zest them right out of the freezer into salads, veggies, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, drinks, etc.  Turns out there is more vitamin C in the peel than in the juice plus loads of antioxidants. 

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« Reply #2080 on: January 07, 2015, 10:15:14 AM »
4 Alpacas - you can freeze your lemons whole and zest them right out of the freezer into salads, veggies, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, drinks, etc.  Turns out there is more vitamin C in the peel than in the juice plus loads of antioxidants.
Awesome!  I'm new to the fruit tree game, so I have no idea what to do with our massive crop. 

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« Reply #2081 on: January 07, 2015, 10:40:01 AM »
Free breakfast and lunch today at work. Saving my bagged lunch to eat for dinner. win, win, win

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« Reply #2082 on: January 07, 2015, 12:41:16 PM »
I was in a need-a-treat mood driving home today, and I thought about stopping by a Starbucks and using my Christmas gift card. But instead, I'm saving the Starbucks card for sometime when I end up there with friends, and I'm having coffee and leftover Christmas cookies at home.

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« Reply #2083 on: January 07, 2015, 12:52:42 PM »
Illinois state income tax went down for 2015, so my savings rate goes up by 1.5%!

Plus a typical public transportation to work, leftovers for lunch, buy-nothing kind of day.

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« Reply #2084 on: January 07, 2015, 02:31:27 PM »
The Shop-Vac on/off switch stopped working, so I looked online for a replacement. There was none, so I sent an email to Shop-Vac asking for the part number and price for a replacement switch. Just got their response...a new switch is in the mail to me as of today. Shop-Vac seems to stand behind their products!

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« Reply #2085 on: January 07, 2015, 03:21:34 PM »
Moved around laundry I hung yesterday so the last little ends will dry today. Might wash a new load tonight if my racks are cleared.

Drinking pot of tea all day, just keep reheating my mug in the microwave for a few seconds. Measured my loose tea for the first time -- used 50-60% less than usual! (hat tip to The Goblin Chief)

Remembered non-perishable food left in the back of the van from the week after Christmas (sometimes insomnia can be productive)

Unplugging devices after they finish charging. Swollen macbook pro battery repair costs taught me this hard lesson.

No shopping today. Its always a win when I stay out of stores.

Soup from homemade chicken stock for dinner- planning homemade buns to go with the soup (maybe posting it here will motivate me to git 'er done!)

Folding up washed blankets that we dried around the house on couches, doors etc gave me great pleasure today, knowing what I didn't spend on running the dryer for hours on end. 

Trying to figure out YNAB.





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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2086 on: January 07, 2015, 03:34:17 PM »
The Shop-Vac on/off switch stopped working, so I looked online for a replacement. There was none, so I sent an email to Shop-Vac asking for the part number and price for a replacement switch. Just got their response...a new switch is in the mail to me as of today. Shop-Vac seems to stand behind their products!

Nice. It's great to find companies that do that!

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« Reply #2087 on: January 07, 2015, 04:33:40 PM »
Signed up for both of my employers corporate perks websites where they have discounts on restaurants.com, appliances, travel etc. We spent $20 for 7 gift certificates for places we like to frequent. Not huge savings, but we are trying to eat out less, so if we go out, we are trying to go to these places.

Ex... Spent as much as $4 for 50% off... $25 off if you spent $50. $1.20 for $10 off $20.

Or... $50 - (4+25) = 21/50 = 42% savings for date night. :D
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« Reply #2088 on: January 07, 2015, 05:05:57 PM »
i brought breakfast and lunch to work, borrowed a book from the library, and walked instead of taking a taxi or train. i also increased my retirement contributions!

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« Reply #2089 on: January 07, 2015, 11:08:51 PM »
Walked down to the shops to get a few things, and stopped by the library to pick up some magazines to read at bedtime.


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« Reply #2090 on: January 08, 2015, 10:50:25 AM »
Called Chase to cancel Slate card (no rewards) they offered to switch it to a Freedom card that gives 5% back each quarter for different categories. Discover does this, and is doing 5% for gas in the first quarter, Freedom will do 5% for gas during the summer. Which beats the Amex Blue Cash for 3% all year. Rep also gave me $25 statement credit which has been 0 for years as well. 5 minute call for about $21 (difference of 3 and 5%)  in cash back this summer and $25 bucks.

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« Reply #2091 on: January 08, 2015, 11:28:17 AM »
Carpooled.

Selected recipes for this weekend:  I'm going to try making chicken soup (thanks, 1967mama) and salad dressing (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-easy-and-healthy-mason-jar-salad-dressing-recipes.html).  Also on the menu: red curry, smoothies (make them for the week), and potatoes (mashed and roasted). 

Brewed tea at home.

Found an inexpensive place to order our dog's food online. 

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« Reply #2092 on: January 08, 2015, 12:34:24 PM »
Took the bus to work even though I'd missed the earlier bus - I usually like to take the second to last bus in case of problems as they only run every 30 minutes, but I still got to work just in time.

Eating the last leftovers of a pumpkin pie for breakfast I made for New Years that had been in the fridge. It was still perfectly fine, even though I'm usually a bit squeamish about eating leftovers past the four day mark, but I figured a pie bought from the grocery store would probably have been just as old. Earlier in the week, I ate a cup of spinach and Indian cheese curry for lunch that I had made about 10 days prior. That was fine, too, in fact it tasted great. I have a bit more mental leeway with foods that don't have meat, broth or eggs in them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2093 on: January 08, 2015, 12:38:08 PM »
Love this thread! Eating out is one of the categories where hubby and I can find the most savings, so we're really focusing on cutting back this year. Today I packed my breakfast (oatmeal, frozen strawberries and walnuts from Costco), lunch (leftover turkey pot pie from last night's dinner) and coffee and took it with me to work. I took leftover TG turkey out of the freezer to thaw for dinner (tonight is turkey chili night). We haven't eaten out once yet this year and we're on track to continue this today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2094 on: January 09, 2015, 03:02:04 AM »
4 Alpacas - you can freeze your lemons whole and zest them right out of the freezer into salads, veggies, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, drinks, etc.  Turns out there is more vitamin C in the peel than in the juice plus loads of antioxidants.
Awesome!  I'm new to the fruit tree game, so I have no idea what to do with our massive crop.
Excellent. I'm going to try that freezer thing next time I buy lemons - they seem to go off so quickly in my house for some reason and it's nice to have a few on hand. Especially in winter. I do love hot lemon and ginger drinks.

If you don't already have a recipe for lemon coridal, there's one on the down-to-earth blog.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2095 on: January 09, 2015, 04:21:13 AM »
I've got a nice Casio watch (cost $90ish) and the battery died.  It is one of those that the back screws on with special tools.  So I could have paid almost the cost of the watch for a battery change at a local place, instead, I ordered a $15 watch repair kit off amazon and bought the battery.  Less than $20 and I'm back in business.  Done paying for someone else to change the battery too.

Here's the kit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2096 on: January 09, 2015, 05:58:23 AM »
Well the folding drying rack I ordered off of Amazon (already cheap but with discounts/credit and free shipping applied it was even cheaper) arrived, so I'm all set with my mini-goal of not paying to dry any laundry this year--coin laundry in an apartment complex adds up.

Also resisted the urge to buy a new bag of coffee beans when we ran out, knowing my SO would soon remember to bring some home (he gets free packets of pretty decent coffee from work).

I am also planning a delicious, fancy, cheap homemade brunch for a friend this weekend instead of going out.

Nothing major, but I am very focused on building/optimizing good habits right now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2097 on: January 09, 2015, 06:20:30 AM »
My big goal this year is tracking groceries, preparing meals, packing lunches and learning YNAB which I scored for 15 bucks in December. Today I brought another packed lunch with coffee from home. I downloaded an app called Flipp which shows the grocery flyers in a region, nicely picks up all the ones around me. Searchable, so for example searching "potatoes" shows all the stores that have it on sale. Can save sales and use it for your shopping list and I hope showing the Walmart cashiers different store specials at competitors will be "good enough" for mass price matching as I don't get the traditional flyers delivered to our place. Plus having all the specials saved to your list in the app is faster then locating each page in flyers.

Cooking at home, using less meat, cooking on hand and price matching groceries I hope to see huge savings this year and grow my stache

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2098 on: January 09, 2015, 07:12:42 AM »
My husband used his "points" at the gym to get a 10-visit punch card for me.

We realized that he can earn enough points to do that, rather than have memberships for both of us and use the points for things like t-shirts and smoothies.  I used to go to the gym 3-times a week, but I really like working out at home, so now I just go once a week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2099 on: January 09, 2015, 11:58:44 AM »
I've been lurking for a while.  A few things I've done in the past week:
---had a friend replace the broken light switch in my basement rather than an electrician.  Had to wait until he was available, but it cost me ~$5 for the switch (after a coupon!) vs. ~$85 for an electrician to do it.  I helped him out with his resume to return the favor.
---took my (inherited) coins to a coin shop for money.  It was only worth about $17, but well worth the 5 minutes it took me, and some bonus de-cluttering!
---bought a giant container of popcorn kernels to be air popped for $6 instead of microwave bags.