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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2450 on: February 08, 2015, 02:56:10 PM »
Downloaded 18 books from the library yesterday.  Not all of them will be keepers/worth reading through to the end, but you can't argue with free!  And as I discovered a few months ago, if you have the wifi signal turned off books will stay on your Kindle indefinitely, long past the expiration date of the checkout. 

My kindle has probably saved me $1000s in random book purchases in the 5 or so years I have owned it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2451 on: February 08, 2015, 04:24:48 PM »
Picking myself up after a spendy trip to Trader Joe's yesterday.  I spent a few hours in the kitchen making basics for the week.  I made naan, pretzel rolls and rice. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2452 on: February 08, 2015, 05:51:19 PM »
1) Homemade soup from stock made myself from chicken bones.

2) Bread in the bread machine ready to eat with the soup

3) Kids had homemade slurpees today -- not healthy at all, but a fun treat and pennies compared to the cost at 7-11. 1 package of unsweetened koolaid, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups cold water, 3 cups ice. Blend in blender.

4) Kept the furnace off during the day -- it hit 16c here in the PNW today! NICE!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2453 on: February 08, 2015, 05:57:04 PM »
I gave my husband my blessings to make a DIY stair gate for our son. (Is stair gate a word? I'm not sure but Google translate says it's the correct word)

I think you mean a baby gate?  You got your point across fine though :)

Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Regalo-Easy-Step-Walk-White/dp/B001OC5UMQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1423443409&sr=1-1

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2454 on: February 08, 2015, 07:56:10 PM »
I did some solid batch cooking! And we went for a run in the woods. Free gym!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2455 on: February 08, 2015, 09:54:54 PM »
Cut up a pork shoulder to marinate.  Carefully put the bone in the bone sack in the freezer.  One day the whole bag will go into the crockpot and become stock.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2456 on: February 08, 2015, 11:32:15 PM »
I gave my husband my blessings to make a DIY stair gate for our son. (Is stair gate a word? I'm not sure but Google translate says it's the correct word)

I think you mean a baby gate?  You got your point across fine though :)

Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Regalo-Easy-Step-Walk-White/dp/B001OC5UMQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1423443409&sr=1-1

Yes, that's the thing I was talking about. Thanks :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2457 on: February 09, 2015, 01:05:28 AM »
Went for a free lunch event and managed not to spend any money rest of the day. Also deposited two checks that we got in mail.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2458 on: February 09, 2015, 01:06:15 AM »
Thinking of it, we didn't spend any money all weekend. A rarity after baby was born!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2459 on: February 09, 2015, 01:18:07 AM »
Ate canned pears for desert instead of buying ice cream. The pears expired in 2011 which is how I got the case for free. Tasted great!

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« Reply #2460 on: February 09, 2015, 03:32:56 AM »
Ate canned pears for desert instead of buying ice cream. The pears expired in 2011 which is how I got the case for free. Tasted great!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2461 on: February 09, 2015, 04:08:01 AM »
- Used a special prepaid promo to get 85 free texts, instead of the usual 30 free texts
- Paid in full for a year's subscription for a recurring bill, instead of the current monthly payment, and got two months free
- Used a supermarket promotion to buy a week's worth of bread at half the usual cost
- Brought a giant jar of Nutella (a gift from family) to the office to share, instead of going out to buy dessert (bonus points: coworkers brought salted pretzels and animal crackers to dip in the Nutella too! It's like a mini snack bar on my desk. I save money and build good will with people in the office at the same time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2462 on: February 09, 2015, 05:10:11 AM »
Bought two bags of sprouts for the price of 1. Shared it with my mother, so now we both have one bag for half the price.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2463 on: February 09, 2015, 05:16:21 AM »
Not sure if it actually saved me money, but I made and canned: 4 half-pints of apple sauce and 2 pints of tomato sauce. Good prices at the supermarket and really trying to eat better means making it myself.

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« Reply #2464 on: February 09, 2015, 06:18:21 AM »
I paid all my insurances due in full and avoided the fees for making payments, and the fees were significant.

Also, I had a diagnostic test last week and when they called to pre-register me the registrar told me if I paid my out of pocket expense at the time of service I would get 10% off.  The satellite office I went to was not set up to take payments so they had to make a phone call to the main hospital to find out how to take my payment. Technician was irritated with me so I explained the discount, she said to me, "it's not like $20.00 is a lot of money".

Ummm, yes it is, in my pocket anyway. I was surprised, she was in her mid fifties, you expect grown ups to be a little smarter.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2465 on: February 09, 2015, 06:37:43 AM »
You might have responded by inviting her to pay the $20 for you, since it is not much money to her!!  :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2466 on: February 09, 2015, 06:52:15 AM »
You might have responded by inviting her to pay the $20 for you, since it is not much money to her!!  :)

You're cheeky. I like you. Going to use that sometime.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2467 on: February 09, 2015, 06:58:56 AM »
You might have responded by inviting her to pay the $20 for you, since it is not much money to her!!  :)

You're cheeky. I like you. Going to use that sometime.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2468 on: February 09, 2015, 07:09:12 AM »
Trying to pare down on clutter in the house and sold several things on Craiglist for a few dollars.

Remembered one of the things I was trying to sell for $10 was brand new, unopened, and purchased at Lowe's 3 years ago.  I checked online and they are still selling the same item in the same packaging, so I took it back for a store credit.  $37 in store credit > $10 in cash for sure!  I used $18 of the credit to purchase new furnace filters, which I needed this month.  I'll use the rest of the credit next time I need filters!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2469 on: February 09, 2015, 07:11:44 AM »
I did my taxes and will get a refund of $1360, which will be applied directly to CC debt. 
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« Reply #2470 on: February 09, 2015, 07:37:08 AM »
You might have responded by inviting her to pay the $20 for you, since it is not much money to her!!  :)

Nice one, I'll keep that in mind for next time. :)

I was so shocked, first of all that she would say that to a customer and second that she really thought it. It made me realize I am not hard core like some folks around here, but it is amazing to me how much money people just throw around like it is nothing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2471 on: February 09, 2015, 08:34:13 AM »
Canceled my Strava Premium membership. I absolutely love Strava, but the only Premium feature I regularly use (Heatmaps) can also be had using free 3rd party tools (http://www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map.php) .
Saved: 5,49 per month.

Called my insurance company and canceled some useless policy options I don't need.
Saved: 35 per year.

Oh and I had rolled oats for breakfast, rode my bike to work, brought my own lunch, and had a leftover lentil soup for dinner. But that's nothing special.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2472 on: February 09, 2015, 10:27:53 AM »

A few weeks ago my father and I ordered lunch from a Cuban restaurant nearby. They gave me about 10 little plastic containers of salsa when we picked up the order, which I have been using with many meals since then. Once I finish the salsa in a container, I wash the little plastic containers and save them. Today I brought in sauce for my lunch in one of those containers. Of course I just washed it again and will bring it home to reuse. 

I also made a marinade the other day, but then had extra and needed to store it. I had a salsa jar I was going to throw out, but I rinsed it and put the marinade in there!

I also bring oatmeal for lunch every day in a ziploc bag, and then take that bag home at the end of the day to refill with oatmeal! By doing this, I have made a box of 25 ziploc bags last for about 7 months!

Reducing waste and saving money FTW!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2473 on: February 09, 2015, 11:05:38 AM »
On Friday I was invited to a friend's after work for dinner. Everyone else was arriving for half-six but I work till seven so had already warned my friend that I'd be late and not there until nearly eight. I ended up not getting out of work until quarter past seven and was feeling a bit bad for being even later than I had said and had very nearly convinced myself to take a taxi when I decided to just take the tram into town and maybe I'd just get a taxi from there out to her place. Sort of a compromise. Thanks to my (relatively) new smartphone however, I was able to check timetables while I was heading into town and I saw that if I walked really fast when I got into town, I should just about be able to make it to the tram to hers that would get me there just a few minutes after eight. And it all worked out - I got there not even ten minutes later than planned and didn't have to spend any extra. I cannot tell you how many times I have paid for taxis just for the sake of not showing up too late so even though it's a small thing, it's always very good for me when I don't do it.

On Saturday, I made chicory, apple and walnut salad with a creme fraiche and lemon dressing to bring to a potluck style dinner. There were fewer people than anticipated so I ended up bringing about half of it home again. And I'm not a huge fan of chicory. Yesterday, I put the leftovers into the oven, added some bacon bits and topped the lot with grated cheese. I still don't like chicory much but bacon bits and cheese can make almost anything taste good so no food waste and a sort of marginally healthy lunch that kept me going all day and away from the chips that I was longing to go out and get instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2474 on: February 09, 2015, 11:13:46 AM »
Brought my own coffee to work. I filled small plastic container with cream, sugar, instant coffee from home.
Packed my lunch and snacks again, too.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2475 on: February 09, 2015, 12:20:24 PM »
I am currently making ginger carrot soup with some sad looking carrots from the fridge and some chicken stock I made and froze a few months ago.  I am on a mission to decrease our food costs!

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« Reply #2476 on: February 09, 2015, 03:20:06 PM »
Came home truly exhausted after work, wanting only to fall into bed. But still managed to peel and boil some potatoes to put together with the leftover lentil mix from last week and then remembered that I had wanted to make colcannon last week and never gotten around to it so I just put a very thin layer of mash on the lentils and then boiled the small cabbage that was languishing in the fridge and used the rest of the mash to mix with that, along with some leftover bacons bits. Had a big scoop of that (with a generous dollop of butter, of course) as a starter and will have the rest tomorrow for dinner. Feel so much better now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2477 on: February 09, 2015, 06:35:57 PM »
I made chicken white bean chili-used a jar of  old salsa verde, old cans of beans, freezer burned stew veggies.   I also got a hankering to shop online, so  I grabbed my dog and ran around the block

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2478 on: February 09, 2015, 07:05:57 PM »
Moon waves: Exhausted after work is my kryptonite.   I had a package of chop meat in the fridge that I meant to make into meatballs yesterday and didn't. Sell by date was today, had to be cooked.

After work, homework and dinner I rounded up the team and made two dozen meatballs. They are bubbling away in the pot now. I reaaaaallllyy had to drag my butt in there to do that.  Dinner ready for next two days, hooray!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2479 on: February 09, 2015, 07:10:43 PM »
I used some things from the pantry and fridge and freezer today and yesterday because I haven't gotten around to grocery shopping in awhile with all the snow. Breakfast this morning was oatmeal with frozen bits of banana added. Then lunch was salsa-fried rice with scrambled egg and cheddar cheese, sort of a variation on omuraisu. Last night was a stir-fry with odds and ends from the fridge and freezer. Eventually I will need to go grocery shopping but even if I got snowed in tomorrow I could make bread and split pea soup. I haven't bought much yet this month.

I also took care of my neighbors' cat. They've watched mine so many times, saving me catsitting fees.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2480 on: February 09, 2015, 10:57:03 PM »
1) Took advantage of an offer for a free family skate, including a giant cookie and hot chocolate for each skater!

2) Ate leftover soup after skating instead of hitting up McDonald's == the snack filled them up enough to make it home for soup!

3) Looked up recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks so I can make my own.

4) Found a 50% off snow gear sale today and scooped on ski gloves for the family -- we are going tubing next weekend with Christmas money from Grandma and Grandpa. It was already a discount store, so I ended up getting them for $6 a pair. Also, at the same store I picked up a pair of OSIRIS skate shoes for my son with an original price tag of $119.95 (wildly overpriced name brand) for $27.

5) Returned library material on time -- small miracle!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2481 on: February 10, 2015, 03:42:22 AM »
I got into work early, sat myself down and lodged my expense reimbursements.

It isn't really saving money I know but I always struggle to find time to do it, so much so I had 4 months worth of receipts to work through which amounted to over $200. I'll be glad to have that back in my hands.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2482 on: February 10, 2015, 05:11:54 AM »
I finally cracked the habit of driving into work 2-3 days a week. Totally unnecessary with the metro right there, and as work pays for my metro pass, saves me about $30-40 a month!

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« Reply #2483 on: February 10, 2015, 08:14:03 AM »
Just ordered a Ptel phone to switch from Straighttalk.  Should save me $25/month. 

Lunch leftovers includes grilled chicken that was marinated in a strawberry vinegrette (sp?) dressing that I purchased extremely cheaply on closeout.  No one liked the dressing on their salad (I guess that's why it was on closeout), so I used it as a chicken marinade and it turned out pretty decent.  Tonight we are having sirloin tips in gravy (and not that crappy 'stew beef' they sell).  The sirloin was on sale, plus this package was older than the others and had an additional discount for that.  So I paid $8 for 3.2 lbs of beef sirloin.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2484 on: February 10, 2015, 09:35:15 AM »
1) Took advantage of an offer for a free family skate, including a giant cookie and hot chocolate for each skater!

2) Ate leftover soup after skating instead of hitting up McDonald's == the snack filled them up enough to make it home for soup!

3) Looked up recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks so I can make my own.

4) Found a 50% off snow gear sale today and scooped on ski gloves for the family -- we are going tubing next weekend with Christmas money from Grandma and Grandpa. It was already a discount store, so I ended up getting them for $6 a pair. Also, at the same store I picked up a pair of OSIRIS skate shoes for my son with an original price tag of $119.95 (wildly overpriced name brand) for $27.

5) Returned library material on time -- small miracle!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2485 on: February 10, 2015, 09:53:21 AM »
Bought approaching sell by date half and half cheap.  Pour half of it in a glass jar (a trick my grandmother taught me to make it keep longer) for now and froze half of it in another glass jar for later.  Currently enjoying my coffee with real half and half.

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« Reply #2486 on: February 10, 2015, 10:54:42 AM »
*  Another day (four consecutive now . . .) of no money spent.  This is getting addicting.

*  homemade food and fresh fruit brought to work for today's lunch/dinner

*  unplugged electronics around the house and will only plug them in, as needed

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« Reply #2487 on: February 10, 2015, 11:05:01 AM »
1) Took advantage of an offer for a free family skate, including a giant cookie and hot chocolate for each skater!

2) Ate leftover soup after skating instead of hitting up McDonald's == the snack filled them up enough to make it home for soup!
I'm coming over to your house!  That sounds fun! 

I used to love to go skating on a pond near my house (as a kid).  Things like hot chocolate, skating, tubing (snow), and homemade soup make me miss "real" winters.  But then I think about snow, ice, shoveling, cold fingers...and I get over it!  The forecast today is 75 and sunny.  I love California! 

Last night I made chicken fried rice with rice that I cooked on Sunday.  I made enough for lunch today.  I forgot to pack breakfast, so I grabbed a few berries on the way out of the gym (fancy pants gym, see below) and had a leftover cupcake at work.  My breakfast wasn't healthy, but it was delicious and free. 

Fancy pants gym.  Taking a tip from The Frugalwoods blog (http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/07/23/how-does-free-yoga-help-our-financial-goals/).  I'm going to apply to teach classes at my gym.  The paycheck will be secondary to the big bump in not paying my ridiculous gym membership.  I'm excited about the challenge.  I don't know if I will be hired, but I think it's worth a shot.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2488 on: February 10, 2015, 11:09:57 AM »
This is the fourth day in a row that we did not turn on our central heating. Whoopie :D
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« Reply #2489 on: February 10, 2015, 11:23:10 AM »
Brought lunch to work, same as usual. I haven't bought lunch or drinks at work since I started reading this forum a couple months ago. :)

Haven't bought anything since vet appointment 5 days ago (except automatic mortgage, insurance, and tax payments). Haven't used the car since 9 days ago. Instead I've been taking the bus to work and hanging out at home decluttering and discovering the world of selling stuff online. Made $95 so far this month with minimal effort. :)

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« Reply #2490 on: February 10, 2015, 12:57:28 PM »
Made a big batch of laundry detergent. Ate the frozen taco stew leftovers from a few weeks ago (so good).

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« Reply #2491 on: February 10, 2015, 01:10:14 PM »
Drank the coffee I brought with me, instead of succumbing to peer pressure to go to Starbucks.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2492 on: February 10, 2015, 01:49:36 PM »
Today is the 3rd day of bringing old canned soup to work for dinner. I also brought breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee from home.

Yesterday I received a class action check from Sprint so that's going to be deposited into savings.
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« Reply #2493 on: February 10, 2015, 02:02:02 PM »
I'm knitting a pair of socks from yarn I've had for probably 8 years. I have been a knitter since I was 7 years old, and I also sew, and I've wanted to know how to knit socks for a long time. This is my first pair, and if they turn out well, it will be one less garment item I am dependent on Chinese imports for. I already sew most of my clothes or find them at thrift stores. The one pair of jeans I own are US made, designed and grown.

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« Reply #2494 on: February 10, 2015, 02:13:04 PM »
*  Just did the paperwork to authorize HR to allocate another 3% of my paycheck to retirement savings.  Should have done this a long time ago, but . . . moving forward :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2495 on: February 10, 2015, 02:24:58 PM »
Thought about stopping for lunch while running errands.  Ate a 10/$1.00 rice crispy snack out of the trunk instead. 

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« Reply #2496 on: February 10, 2015, 02:36:28 PM »
Brought a lunch today, but my work had leftover pita chips, hummus, fruit and cheese from someone else's morning meeting out in our employee cafe. Ate that for lunch instead, and will save my already made lunch for tomorrow! Love a free meal :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2497 on: February 10, 2015, 02:58:13 PM »
-Found a place 10 minutes from my house where I can swim laps for free
-Switched from Verizon to T-Mobile
-I've been cooking in batches and eating leftovers all month
-Picked up a prepaid target red card, going to see if I can pay my mortgage with it
-Opened up a Chase Freedom account for $100 bonus
-Selling random crap on eBay and Amazon
-Got rid of comprehensive car insurance, cut premium by over 50%

Okay this wasn't all today but the last few weeks - I've been on a roll!  Thanks for the inspiration!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2498 on: February 10, 2015, 02:59:17 PM »
I'm knitting a pair of socks from yarn I've had for probably 8 years. I have been a knitter since I was 7 years old, and I also sew, and I've wanted to know how to knit socks for a long time. This is my first pair, and if they turn out well, it will be one less garment item I am dependent on Chinese imports for. I already sew most of my clothes or find them at thrift stores. The one pair of jeans I own are US made, designed and grown.

I'm using the instructions from Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Knitting Rules book.

Socks are awesome. They are so efficient (one skein is a whole garment!) and have so many options (cabling! lace!) and they are super portable if you like to bring knitting with you places. Also, you can darn your homemade socks forever.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2499 on: February 10, 2015, 05:06:03 PM »
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