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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2200 on: January 17, 2015, 01:28:37 PM »
I did the math and realized my bus pass was not worth it for the number of times I use public transit. So I cancelled it and will now use tickets and ride my bike instead! This should save about $80 on average per month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2201 on: January 17, 2015, 02:12:07 PM »
I found some riding gloves that have been kicking around for years.  Don't remember where they came from, but I never wore them because they were too loose around the palm.  Today I cut a slit up the back of the hand part and installed velcro so that they fit nice and snug.  Should save me from buying a replacement pair this year @ $30 or so.

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« Reply #2202 on: January 17, 2015, 06:50:08 PM »
I had to run an errand this morning. Afterwards, DH and I were tempted to stop at one of the many fancy restaurants along the way for brunch. We resisted and stopped by the grocery store instead. Then, we went home and made some fantastic sandwiches.

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« Reply #2203 on: January 18, 2015, 04:12:54 PM »
Winter Picnic at the local sledding hill.  Took my little girl.  We did about 1 hour of sledding, a half hour of eating our sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate on the trunk of my 10 year old Toyota, and then read books for about a half hour in the nice warm car.  Was about 40 degrees so car wasn't running...  great day.

I love this idea of a winter picnic. I get outside during winter, but am always either walking or shovelling snow. Need to pack a lunch and a book, and then take my walk....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2204 on: January 18, 2015, 04:42:39 PM »
Did my dog's nails myself with the dremmel tool.
Cut DH's hair.
Washed the salt and sand off my own car instead of waiting in line at the wash like everyone else in the city seemed to be doing.
Tomorrow I'll be giving the dog a bath.

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« Reply #2205 on: January 18, 2015, 05:06:10 PM »
Made scones to take to work when I need a snack and pizza dough to freeze for later.

Walked to the bank to deposit $300 in cash I'd been carrying around in my wallet for far too long plus a health care reimbursement check, so I can invest that money tomorrow!


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« Reply #2206 on: January 18, 2015, 07:28:41 PM »
Purchased a hair/beard trimming system off amazon with gift cards from swagbucks (it was $53). No more paying for barbers!

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« Reply #2207 on: January 18, 2015, 07:36:28 PM »
I had a pile of fabric sitting in the garage for quite a few years. Today I brought it in the house and made a couple gift bags. So much fun. :)


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« Reply #2208 on: January 18, 2015, 07:36:43 PM »
Triple load of spaghetti sauce cooking in the crockpot.  Just trying to decide how to eat and freeze it - will I just freeze it in bags, or make up at least one ready-made oven bake? 

I'm thinking we'll have some with boiled potatoes/sweet potatoes, carrots, and fried zucchini tonight (we don't eat a lot of wheat, so actual spaghetti is not in our cupboard), and tomorrow I'll do a big pile of baked potatoes in the slow-cooker during the day and have top-your-own-potato for dinner tomorrow.  The remainder I'll layer with grated/sliced zucchini and cheese sauce for the freezer (and maybe some potato slices for structural integrity).  (it's mid-summer here, so zucchini is plentiful and cheap).

Should be enough to do two dinners for this week, freeze two cheesy, mince and zucchini bakes, and have two bags of straight spaghetti sauce for the freezer.
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« Reply #2209 on: January 18, 2015, 09:01:17 PM »
Today, I spent zero dollars on anything.  We invited a friend over to watch some Netflix with us and cooked a homemade pasta meal instead of eating out. 

I also finished gathering enough Social Rewards credits to get another $10.00 in free Total Rewards credits for our next vacation.

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« Reply #2210 on: January 19, 2015, 12:20:06 AM »
1. Used $70 in cc points on groceries.

2. Hung a load of laundry on racks -- I don't care if everyone doesn't like crunchy towels!

3. Used up recently expired eggs to make a huge, delicious frittata for dinner.

4. Used up last weeks oatmeal for cold breakfasts this weekend (topped with yogurt, fruit and pecans)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2211 on: January 19, 2015, 12:42:50 AM »
1. Used $70 in cc points on groceries.

2. Hung a load of laundry on racks -- I don't care if everyone doesn't like crunchy towels!

3. Used up recently expired eggs to make a huge, delicious frittata for dinner.

4. Used up last weeks oatmeal for cold breakfasts this weekend (topped with yogurt, fruit and pecans)

1967mama, I love how you have something to contribute to this thread almost every day. It's inspiring. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2212 on: January 19, 2015, 12:46:00 AM »
Started bringing lunch to work.

If too busy to prep lunch, I buy side dishes from corporate cafeteria -- sweet potato fries and grilled veggies for $1.75. They let me put chili sauce on my fries for free and some cheese and onion from salad bard --- voila chili fries! Save at least $5 per day on lunch.

Congrats, bringing lunch to work you can save a lot of money.

Also you will feel healthier

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« Reply #2213 on: January 19, 2015, 01:44:48 AM »
Thanks for the warm comments Cressida! 

I find myself thinking about this thread most days, sometimes scraping the bottom of the barrel to find some way -- any way -- to do something small to save money :-)

I really appreciate everyone who posts on here too -- keeps us all motivated!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2214 on: January 19, 2015, 04:25:09 AM »
I took my lunch to work today.

Normally we would have done a weekly shop yesterday but as we haven't done groceries yet this week, tonight's dinner is entirely comprised of things we have in the fridge/panty already. There will also be enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2215 on: January 19, 2015, 04:41:41 AM »
-- I don't care if everyone doesn't like crunchy towels!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: they're not crunchy towels, they're exfoliating aids! :)

My biggest small thing that I did yesterday evening and today to save money has been to leave the house with no money in my purse. Had my ATM card with me in case I really needed anything but no cash. If I'd had even a little bit it would have been very tempting to call into the pub after the opera yesterday evening but since I didn't, I went straight home and managed to actually get hold of my brother on the phone. We've kept missing each other or only been able to speak for a few minutes for the last few weeks. So I had a lovely chat with him for just over an hour, which still left me time to get to bed at a reasonable hour. But not before leaving porridge soaking and pureeing the leek and potato soup I'd made earlier. So this morning all I had to do was turn on the cooker and let the porridge cook for breakfast and soup heat up for lunch while I was busy doing some stretching exercises. The soup, to be completely honest, isn't great, shouldn't have bothered pureeing it because the potatoes were far too waxy for that but since I have no money with me, I won't be able to convince myself that I need something else instead. I think I'll treat myself for that by having eggs poached in tomatoes for dinner later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2216 on: January 19, 2015, 06:13:07 AM »
Yesterday I made two big pots of beans and used nature's freezer (my deck) to freeze them in repurposed glass jars.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2217 on: January 19, 2015, 06:16:47 AM »
Just bought a house.  3 bedrooms and a living room all furnished nearly for free by taking secondhand items.  Accumulated 2 couches, a tv stand, 5 tables, a coffee table, a kitchen table, and a few other items.  Does the furniture match perfectly?  Nope, but close enough, and it was free! 

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« Reply #2218 on: January 19, 2015, 06:18:32 AM »
Walked to do errands yesterday.  I was a bit tempted to drive.

Normally, I would have done these errands on my bike, but I am recovering from shoulder surgery, so I can't bike.  I had several items to return to the library (1.5 miles away), and then wanted to stop at the grocery store on the way back.  Complainypants me piped up and said, "Boo hoo, I don't want to walk and lug that stuff all over town--maybe I should drive--I deserve it!"  Fortunately, I didn't listen to that whiny voice, and set out on foot.  Yes, the groceries were a bit heavy to carry in a tote bag on my right shoulder, but the walk along the river in the lovely weather was completely worth the trouble.  Besides, I am not supposed to drive for two more weeks, while my left shoulder is recovering!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2219 on: January 19, 2015, 12:33:46 PM »
I went by bus to NYC to visit friends this weekend. Ordinarily, I would have driven the 2.5 miles to the bus terminal / rail station and paid to park, but this time I just took a backpack for the weekend and walked to the bus. I saved about $34 that way. I could've biked it, but I wasn't sure about leaving my bike there for several days and didn't want to carry my helmet all over NYC.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2220 on: January 19, 2015, 01:07:20 PM »
Packed the kids' lunches this morning, using leftovers from the Packer party (avoiding the tear-stained food).  While I could care less, it will take DS a while to get over that loss.  :-(

Sent DH to 3-day training for work.  Yea no cooking - party/freezer leftovers until Thursday!

 

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« Reply #2221 on: January 19, 2015, 03:15:13 PM »
1) Made two 9x13 carrot cakes. In-laws coming for dinner. Decided to make 2 so we have one for later in the week for kids snacks, etc. and also love to only run the oven once.

2) Turned off the furnace in the daytime. Nice and sunny outside.

3) Mother-in-law offered to bring all the lettuce already chopped and washed for our taco salads tonight!

4) Cooking rice in the rice cooker to mix in with the taco meat to stretch the meat. We have grown to love rice mixed in with taco meat. You can't even taste it and need about 1/2 as much meat.

5) Lots of cups of tea. I find that having a good selection of teas at home keeps me from getting bored with home tea and keeps me out of Starbucks! Its a fine line though ... having a tea CUPBOARD could be construed as a little excessive!

6) Bought lots of oranges and bananas for fresh eating -- cheapest fruit right now.

7) Watched a video by Steve and Anne Economedes on money saving ideas. They have lots of videos on you tube. Very mustachian! Here's the one I watched:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOr6svUp8B8

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2222 on: January 19, 2015, 06:00:17 PM »
15) Lots of cups of tea. I find that having a good selection of teas at home keeps me from getting bored with home tea and keeps me out of Starbucks! Its a fine line though ... having a tea CUPBOARD could be construed as a little excessive!


Hi, my name is lakemom and I'm an addict!  We too have a tea cupboard although the top shelf is bottles of alcohol to keep it out of sight/reach of the small family members.  I did make a resolution around Thanksgiving that I had to drink up everything I have before I can buy new.  Broke that last week BUT have made serious inroads into my stash.

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« Reply #2223 on: January 19, 2015, 07:11:46 PM »
Started my grocery price book w/ my trip to Costco for research.

Hosted a cheap birthday party at my house w/ another family (their son has the same birthday).

Ate and ate and ate the leftover rice. Trying to cut way down on food waste.

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« Reply #2224 on: January 19, 2015, 07:34:52 PM »
Skipped the $1.75 coffee at the train station even though I was 20 minutes early for the train b/c they changed the schedule do to MLK day.

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« Reply #2225 on: January 19, 2015, 11:02:14 PM »
Felt hungary during the last hour of our drive home from our long weekend.  Thought about suggesting we stop for lunch but remembered the frozen pinto beans that I had left thawing in the Fridge on Friday when we left and held out for home made bean tostadas.  The trick of leaving something ready to go when we get home has saved us countless $20.00 lunches.

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« Reply #2226 on: January 20, 2015, 03:17:56 AM »
I missed my early train and normally I'd grab a coffee while I wait for the next. In the land of $4 small coffees this can add up fast. Add to that how often I miss the train (the barrister can see me miss it and usually has my coffee ready for me by the time I get to the counter)

This morning I skipped the coffee and used the time to write up a meal plan instead. We have a very good espresso machine at work so I still got to have my coffee.

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« Reply #2227 on: January 20, 2015, 03:30:00 AM »
Repurposed yet another empty cardboard box into an enrichment feeding toy for the cats. (on advice from the vet, but my goal is not to spend any actual money on cat toys)

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« Reply #2228 on: January 20, 2015, 06:29:43 AM »
15) Lots of cups of tea. I find that having a good selection of teas at home keeps me from getting bored with home tea and keeps me out of Starbucks! Its a fine line though ... having a tea CUPBOARD could be construed as a little excessive!


Hi, my name is lakemom and I'm an addict!  We too have a tea cupboard although the top shelf is bottles of alcohol to keep it out of sight/reach of the small family members.  I did make a resolution around Thanksgiving that I had to drink up everything I have before I can buy new.  Broke that last week BUT have made serious inroads into my stash.
Wait, you mean there's something wrong with having a tea cupboard?!  We have an upper lazy susan full of tea!

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« Reply #2229 on: January 20, 2015, 07:05:53 AM »
Repurposed yet another empty cardboard box into an enrichment feeding toy for the cats. (on advice from the vet, but my goal is not to spend any actual money on cat toys)

Any chance for some pictures or guide for this?  I'm looking at trying to make cheap/free cat toys as well for a stray I took in.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2230 on: January 20, 2015, 09:17:00 AM »
My house has an electric boiler on rent due to the original owners (had to continue the contract). The irritating part is that they automatically withdraw the amount once every 3 months (somtimes on the 1st, sometimes on the 15th and everything in between). Got fed up and sent them a message I wanted to buy out of the contract. Got a response that I could for 7 months equivalent in rent and am now the "happy" owner of this boiler.  I was willing to pay up to 2 years :P

Now I can set the same amount aside every month (on the same day too) to save for a new one :D
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« Reply #2231 on: January 20, 2015, 09:23:15 AM »
Applied for a $2 catalina I should have received at the checkout on Saturday. Got reply that I will be sent the coupon.

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« Reply #2232 on: January 20, 2015, 10:18:35 AM »
We have a projector we watch movies with in the basement. It started acting up (shutting off picture after 40/30/20 minutes and then less and less time, fan still running, had to be unplugged to stop it). DH is a computer guy, but not an A/V guy, per se, so we called the manufacturer and they referred us to a local shop. After (they say) running it for 8 hours a day for three days they could not replicate our problem. They got to keep the $40 look at fee. With nothing to lose, we took it apart. All the circuitry looked fine, so after we removed some internal screws, we found a fine mesh screen all caked up with dust in the entrance of the fan baffle (?), which we removed and washed, and didn't put back in and did the same with the outgoing screen, but put it back in.

Long story short, it was a heat problem, we solved it, and we get who knows how much more use out of our 6 year old projector. Too bad about the $40.

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« Reply #2233 on: January 20, 2015, 10:41:55 AM »
Received a free Power Bar and yogurt using Free Friday Download e coupons.

Batch cooked and processed last night instead of Sunday, my day off:
Shredded yesterday's slow cooker chicken
Boiled 14 eggs
Made 4 servings egg salad for me for breakfasts
Assembled 2 romaine salads for me for lunches
Cooked up some ground beef, added about 1/3 can refried beans (helps stretch the meat, and you can barely notice they're in there), made 7 burritos for the freezer
Cleaned and processed radishes and strawberries
Once cool, 6 cups chicken broth from the chicken went into the freezer
Processed 6 large chicken breasts:  2 froze separately, and 2 packages of 2 were made into spicy orange dump chicken packets.

At this point, the freezer is stuffed full and there is room for nothing else.  Such a problem to have. :)

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« Reply #2234 on: January 20, 2015, 11:54:52 AM »
Received a free Power Bar and yogurt using Free Friday Download e coupons.

Batch cooked and processed last night instead of Sunday, my day off:
Shredded yesterday's slow cooker chicken
Boiled 14 eggs
Made 4 servings egg salad for me for breakfasts
Assembled 2 romaine salads for me for lunches
Cooked up some ground beef, added about 1/3 can refried beans (helps stretch the meat, and you can barely notice they're in there), made 7 burritos for the freezer
Cleaned and processed radishes and strawberries
Once cool, 6 cups chicken broth from the chicken went into the freezer
Processed 6 large chicken breasts:  2 froze separately, and 2 packages of 2 were made into spicy orange dump chicken packets.

At this point, the freezer is stuffed full and there is room for nothing else.  Such a problem to have. :)
Wow!  Bada$$!

I packed my lunch with leftovers from the freezer.  I carpooled to work.  I had a small breakfast of leftover English muffins and homemade jam. 

I'm also planning my bulk cooking for next weekend.  Any recommendations?

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« Reply #2235 on: January 20, 2015, 11:59:08 AM »
2nd day of the new job (first job after university <3), 1st day cycling there. It was -5C and ~32km (20mls) round-trip.

I got cold because of too much sweating and was pretty exhausted on the last few kilometers ... more food next time prior to the ride!

Feels great. :)

btw .. the trip saved me 6,20 on public transport or 6 of car costs. 8-)

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« Reply #2236 on: January 20, 2015, 12:38:23 PM »
Received a free Power Bar and yogurt using Free Friday Download e coupons.

Batch cooked and processed last night instead of Sunday, my day off:
Shredded yesterday's slow cooker chicken
Boiled 14 eggs
Made 4 servings egg salad for me for breakfasts
Assembled 2 romaine salads for me for lunches
Cooked up some ground beef, added about 1/3 can refried beans (helps stretch the meat, and you can barely notice they're in there), made 7 burritos for the freezer
Cleaned and processed radishes and strawberries
Once cool, 6 cups chicken broth from the chicken went into the freezer
Processed 6 large chicken breasts:  2 froze separately, and 2 packages of 2 were made into spicy orange dump chicken packets.

At this point, the freezer is stuffed full and there is room for nothing else.  Such a problem to have. :)
Wow!  Bada$$!

I packed my lunch with leftovers from the freezer.  I carpooled to work.  I had a small breakfast of leftover English muffins and homemade jam. 

I'm also planning my bulk cooking for next weekend.  Any recommendations?

LOL!  Thanks!  I trashed the kitchen, but oh, well.  ;)

Let's see... Recommendations... Depends on what you're in the mood for and have on hand?

The whole chicken was shredded then made into quesadillas (using low carb tortillas) last night, put on two lunch salads for today and tomorrow, and there is extra for DH's sandwiches.

Sunday we smoked a 7.65 LB pork butt (cost $5.65 after sale and coupons) and ate some as is with sides that night, and tonight I'll make either enchiladas or chimichangas with it.  The hock will go into the slow cooker w/ beans.  I suspect I'll be freezing the extra.

Other things I batch cook (I'm a low carber):  Ground beef or turkey enchiladas.  These make a huge pan, then I cut into portions and freeze.  Ditto with green chili enchiladas.

I also make White Castle Burger Pie, Taco Bake, crustless quiche, African Peanut Soup, Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan and Crack Slaw (you can Google all of these) which yield about 4 servings each.

I bought a beef roast last week, which I'll put in the slow cooker with turnips.  It will serve as supper one night, then sandwiches or wraps after that.

Good luck, have fun and keep us posted!  :D
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« Reply #2237 on: January 20, 2015, 12:45:11 PM »
2nd day of the new job (first job after university <3), 1st day cycling there. It was -5C and ~32km (20mls) round-trip.

I got cold because of too much sweating and was pretty exhausted on the last few kilometers ... more food next time prior to the ride!

Feels great. :)

btw .. the trip saved me 6,20 on public transport or 6 of car costs. 8-)

Right on!

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« Reply #2238 on: January 20, 2015, 01:18:03 PM »
Sewed the arm hole of my pjs. 

A friend invited me to dinner on Fri and suggested burgers instead of Japanese.  So less than $5 vs $22.  However after dinner we went to a Korean store where I found these hanging things with multiple clothes pins, perfect for drying socks and other small things.  I too line dry my clothes.  I have a hanging thing, but it broke and I am still able to use it with a temporary fix, but I don't know for how much longer.  So I bought several since I have a hard time finding them. 

So I didn't save as much from dinner, but I did buy something I needed and will use for a long time.  And that thing does help me air dry laundry which is a money saver.  And I say during the hot, dry summer, air drying does help cool down the house.  Evaporation and all.


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« Reply #2239 on: January 20, 2015, 01:21:13 PM »
Oh and I forgot to mention switching my phone company.  My bill went down from $24 before taxes to $10 before taxes.  They wanted to charge me $20 for installation which I thought was outrageous.  Luckily the rep said if it was a deal breaker, he would waive it.  So I got the installation charge waived.  Yes as a percent it was huge.  After he agreed to waive it, I said yes, sign me up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2240 on: January 20, 2015, 01:35:59 PM »
Turned of the heat and put on my new-to-me wool socks this morning. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2241 on: January 20, 2015, 04:34:34 PM »
not mustachian... we have cable.  i have tried to convince my wife we dont need it.  it hasnt worked yet. :(

however.
i did call and complain to centurylink (internet) and directv (cable) today, and will be saving what sounds like is a combined $60/mo for the next 12 months.  then i will have to call in again to complain about the prices... unless i get extraordinarily lucky and can convince my wife to cut back or completely on the cable tv by then.

not a bad payoff of $60/mo for 1 hr effort.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2242 on: January 20, 2015, 05:25:21 PM »
Made iced tea out of the 2 pots of tea left over from company yesterday. This felt very rewarding even though the cost savings was negligible. 

Hung a load of laundry to dry.

Kept the heat off and lights off during the day.

Tried a new recipe from a flyer that came in the mail -- prevented me from ordering dinner in. I've been feeling rather uninspired in the kitchen for a few days.

Sent in my organ donor application that came with my licence today. This didn't save me any money, but maybe I will save a life :-)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2243 on: January 20, 2015, 05:36:36 PM »
Took a tub of chicken salad left over from a family event and half a loaf of bread to work today, and thus lunch is done for the week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2244 on: January 20, 2015, 05:44:41 PM »

Sent in my organ donor application that came with my licence today. This didn't save me any money, but maybe I will save a life

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2245 on: January 20, 2015, 06:50:16 PM »
Repurposed yet another empty cardboard box into an enrichment feeding toy for the cats. (on advice from the vet, but my goal is not to spend any actual money on cat toys)

Any chance for some pictures or guide for this?  I'm looking at trying to make cheap/free cat toys as well for a stray I took in.

Here's a picture (hope I've attached it correctly - haven't done it on this forum before). As you can see, it's all super simple stuff. Our cats aren't highly motivated by food nor are particularly smart when it comes to solving puzzles.

Before their behavioural issues started a couple of months ago (and why we're doing food enrichment activities to try to help with that), both cats had a bunch of toys that they liked to play with (and no longer do, sadly, due to behavioural issues). I think our cats are intrinsically MMM when it comes to their toys - any cat toys purchased from a shop were generally ignored. Instead, their favourite toys was stuff of ours that they appropriated:

- ribbon from a Christmas gift from a friend (best toy ever, one carried it around with her and we'd find it in odd places)
- chunky hair bands
- ID plastic bracelets from hospital admissions
- wooden small massager thing
- pens (no pen was safe)
- magazines or shiny paper (they like to rub their paws on these, and one likes to lie on them or rub her back on them - very strange)
- squishy stress balls that I got given as a freebie (cat soccer is hilarious!)
- box lids (some cats like cardboard boxes; ours just like to sit on the box lid)
- anything small that can be batted around by a paw

There is also some info online if you google how to DIY cat toys, but I'm just starting with super simple stuff until they get better at fishing out their food (I don't want them to starve!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2246 on: January 20, 2015, 08:16:36 PM »
Got my boots resoled. I have been putting off this task for a long time, and I'm thrilled that they are good to go again. Yay!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2247 on: January 20, 2015, 08:22:15 PM »
Remembered that I could park in the hospital carpark for free, if I put my appointment letter on the dash. = saved $2 in parking

Resisted the very veery strong temptation to buy coffee and a pastry after my hospital appointment.  Drove straight to my friends house (who was looking after my kids) and he made me coffee instead. = saved $10 in impulse food

Posted a book that I sold via online auction site, which I packaged myself in brown paper and packing tape, rather than using a prepaid bag. = made $7 in found money (the book, plus the cost of packaging).
Parenting 4 kids while keeping costs under control.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2248 on: January 20, 2015, 08:29:47 PM »
Tonight I made fried rice from leftover rice (made for a group dinner on Saturday night)+eggs+a small amount of frozen peas that were a little freeze burnt. 

I also made breakfast for the rest of the week.  Smoothies!  I used up the last of the strawberries.  I also added frozen peaches and mango, milk, and plain yogurt. 


Sent in my organ donor application that came with my licence today. This didn't save me any money, but maybe I will save a life

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Haha!  Congrats on recycling your organs, 1967mama!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2249 on: January 20, 2015, 09:35:02 PM »
I lost the charger for my iPod back in October, so finally broke down and ordered a replacement, along with a pre-order of Downton Abbey a few weeks ago.  Even though the items were coming from different places, Amazon wouldn't ship the charger free until the end of January when DA is released.  This morning I found my charger (in a shoe, wtf?), so went in an cancelled the whole order.  We can record the show or get it on NetFlix.  $38 saved.

Made a delicious chowder for dinner out of random veggies, ham that's been languishing in the fridge since Easter, taters and homemade turkey stock.  Super cheap and will get a lunch or two out of the leftovers.

Have been gluing veggie seeds onto paper towels each night for easy succession planting of lettuces and root vegetables throughout the spring/summer.