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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2450 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 #2451 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 #2452 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 #2453 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 #2454 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2455 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 #2456 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 #2457 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 #2458 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 #2459 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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« Reply #2460 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 #2461 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2462 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 #2463 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!

Thank you for this early birthday gift!  I'm going to make them for myself.  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2464 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 #2465 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2466 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 #2467 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2468 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2469 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 #2470 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2471 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.

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

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« Reply #2472 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 #2473 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 #2474 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 #2475 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 #2476 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 #2477 on: February 10, 2015, 05:06:03 PM »
Signed up to have another 1% added to my 401k contribution.

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« Reply #2478 on: February 10, 2015, 05:27:53 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!

LOL
As I was reading your list I thought "Wow, such a productive day!" I don't feel like such a slacker now that I read the last sentence :p
Great work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2479 on: February 10, 2015, 06:56:39 PM »
I don't have a snow-blower, but am one of the few people in my neighborhood that clears the driveway and sidewalks using a shovel.  This winter, it's been easy.  Last year, I had banks along both sides of the drive that were over my head in height.  All done with my trusty shovel, plus a little sweat equity.  I smile everytime I see people struggling with their snowblowers, especially when we only have like 3 inches of snow. 

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« Reply #2480 on: February 10, 2015, 07:40:01 PM »
I don't have a snow-blower, but am one of the few people in my neighborhood that clears the driveway and sidewalks using a shovel.  This winter, it's been easy.  Last year, I had banks along both sides of the drive that were over my head in height.  All done with my trusty shovel, plus a little sweat equity.  I smile everytime I see people struggling with their snowblowers, especially when we only have like 3 inches of snow.


Yay +1 for shoveling!

I live in CT ...we've been shoveling 3x a week for the last 3 weeks and my yard currently has 4' of snow in it; it's getting to the point that I can't throw the snow any higher than the banks along the driveway.  Every time it snows, it absolutely sucks for the next day or two, and I go "goddamnit I'm getting a freaking snowblower!" and then the day after we're done shoveling and I'm not that sore and not that tired, I go, "well, we can make it through one more storm..."

But DH's family is from WI and I know how rough of a winter you guys had last year (his mom's pipes froze despite all heat sources going full blast -- they used a portapotty for months!! I can't even imagine!) so I guess I can suck it up ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2481 on: February 10, 2015, 08:41:48 PM »
I looked up what the cheapest gas on my route from work to home would be by using gasbuddy.com. I found this one place along the way and have been going to it for the past few weeks. The price of gas at this station is easily $0.50 cheaper per gallon than the average place along the way.

But today it was even better! The credit card reader at the pump was broken. So I went inside and gave my card. Then when I came back to collect my card and pay for the tank of gas, the attendant totally messed up the transaction because he thought it was cash instead of credit and couldn't get the register to backtrack. He called his manager a few times, I waited about 15 minutes, and still he couldn't get it to work. He couldn't accept cash now for that transaction.

So he asked me to leave my name and number and the credit card info so they could work it out. I nixed leaving my credit card info and told him I wouldn't just leave that laying around there. I told him I could return tomorrow to pay for it once his manager calls me. But for now, free gas!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2482 on: February 10, 2015, 10:54:33 PM »
 Hubby asked if I wanted him to make reservations somewhere for Valentine's day or what did I want to do to celebrate and between the two of us we came up with a morning/afternoon hike, Valentine's day dinner at home consisting of a heart shaped pizza and bottle of wine followed by a cheesy Valentine romance on tv and a bubble bath. So maybe $20 bucks for the pizza since we have wine chilling in fridge, this beats spending a Benjamin on a night out :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2483 on: February 10, 2015, 11:45:31 PM »
Rather than going out for Indian food (a weakness) I made a delicious coriander curry. Scrumptious!

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« Reply #2484 on: February 10, 2015, 11:48:38 PM »
Oh, also, got a bill from the hospital for my portion of an er visit (from a bicycle accident with a hit-and-run driver). Since I'm low income, I'm seeing if I qualify for their low-income forgiveness program.

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« Reply #2485 on: February 11, 2015, 03:28:58 AM »
Found out I could get a 25% discount on my train fares by signing up for automatic top ups on my payment card. Promptly applied for automatic top-ups. It should save us about $35/month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2486 on: February 11, 2015, 06:01:58 AM »
Made a big batch of laundry detergent. Ate the frozen taco stew leftovers from a few weeks ago (so good).

I've been thinking about making laundry detergent.  Would you share how you do it and what it costs? 

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« Reply #2487 on: February 11, 2015, 06:14:29 AM »
I use the powder recipe below. I grate my fels naptha soap much finer than their picture. They have a cost breakdown on page 3. Enjoy!
http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ 

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« Reply #2488 on: February 11, 2015, 06:26:40 AM »
Learned a lesson this week.  When you order something on PayPal, especially one that recurs, the merchant can set up a recurring payment on your PayPal account.  I didn't know this.  One merchant alone had set up five recurring payment schedules.  This was ok until I cancelled my account totally on the phone in January.  Saturday I noticed another charge from this merchant that I didn't expect or authorize.  Complaint to the company said that because it was an "authorized recurring payment" I wouldn't get a refund.  Filed a complaint with PayPal stating the problems (took out the payment a month early, for one).  Today PayPal send the resolution that I would be getting a refund!

They also sent a step-by-step method on how to remove pre-authorized payments.  The email step-by-step method was wrong from the first line.  Had to figure things out myself, but learned that I had 13 pre-authorized payments with various merchants.  I don't have a clue how these came about, so I cancelled each one.  You might want to investigate if you have these pre-authorized payments that a merchant can charge at any time.
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« Reply #2489 on: February 11, 2015, 08:37:43 AM »
I use the powder recipe below. I grate my fels naptha soap much finer than their picture. They have a cost breakdown on page 3. Enjoy!
http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ 

Thanks!

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« Reply #2490 on: February 11, 2015, 09:54:35 AM »
Did a little net surfing.  Discovered that the problem I bought the new antenna to fix can be resolved better by changing the furniture around so that the light that was interfering with radio reception is not between antenna and signal.  New antenna goes back today.

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« Reply #2491 on: February 11, 2015, 06:44:04 PM »
I totally hear you on having 4' of snow in your yard and not being able to throw the snow higher.  The past few yrs have been like that (not this one so far).  I literally had to walk EVERY SHOVEL FULL up the driveway, down the neighbor's sidewalk, to deposit it on his yard.  (He has a little more open lawn than I do and no driveway.   It sucked and I swore I would buy a snowblower while I was doing it.  But just as you said, when all was said and done, and my muscle soreness wore off - it seemed worth it not to have one.  So you just keep shoveling - I'm proud of you!

I don't have a snow-blower, but am one of the few people in my neighborhood that clears the driveway and sidewalks using a shovel.  This winter, it's been easy.  Last year, I had banks along both sides of the drive that were over my head in height.  All done with my trusty shovel, plus a little sweat equity.  I smile everytime I see people struggling with their snowblowers, especially when we only have like 3 inches of snow.


Yay +1 for shoveling!

I live in CT ...we've been shoveling 3x a week for the last 3 weeks and my yard currently has 4' of snow in it; it's getting to the point that I can't throw the snow any higher than the banks along the driveway.  Every time it snows, it absolutely sucks for the next day or two, and I go "goddamnit I'm getting a freaking snowblower!" and then the day after we're done shoveling and I'm not that sore and not that tired, I go, "well, we can make it through one more storm..."

But DH's family is from WI and I know how rough of a winter you guys had last year (his mom's pipes froze despite all heat sources going full blast -- they used a portapotty for months!! I can't even imagine!) so I guess I can suck it up ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2492 on: February 11, 2015, 07:01:07 PM »
1) Used up zucchini and broccoli in the fridge -- HATE food going to waste.

2) Kept heat off during the day.


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« Reply #2493 on: February 11, 2015, 07:07:56 PM »
Today, I got my new Republic Wireless phone!  Once my number is fully transferred, I can go ahead and cancel my expensive Verizon account, haha.

A little less exciting: I resisted the urge to buy books and went through the library instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2494 on: February 11, 2015, 07:13:58 PM »
Ate cereal for lunch instead of going out to eat and spending $10.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2495 on: February 11, 2015, 07:20:49 PM »
I totally hear you on having 4' of snow in your yard and not being able to throw the snow higher.  The past few yrs have been like that (not this one so far).  I literally had to walk EVERY SHOVEL FULL up the driveway, down the neighbor's sidewalk, to deposit it on his yard.  (He has a little more open lawn than I do and no driveway.   It sucked and I swore I would buy a snowblower while I was doing it.  But just as you said, when all was said and done, and my muscle soreness wore off - it seemed worth it not to have one.  So you just keep shoveling - I'm proud of you!

I don't have a snow-blower, but am one of the few people in my neighborhood that clears the driveway and sidewalks using a shovel.  This winter, it's been easy.  Last year, I had banks along both sides of the drive that were over my head in height.  All done with my trusty shovel, plus a little sweat equity.  I smile everytime I see people struggling with their snowblowers, especially when we only have like 3 inches of snow.


Yay +1 for shoveling!

I live in CT ...we've been shoveling 3x a week for the last 3 weeks and my yard currently has 4' of snow in it; it's getting to the point that I can't throw the snow any higher than the banks along the driveway.  Every time it snows, it absolutely sucks for the next day or two, and I go "goddamnit I'm getting a freaking snowblower!" and then the day after we're done shoveling and I'm not that sore and not that tired, I go, "well, we can make it through one more storm..."

But DH's family is from WI and I know how rough of a winter you guys had last year (his mom's pipes froze despite all heat sources going full blast -- they used a portapotty for months!! I can't even imagine!) so I guess I can suck it up ;)

Oof -- that sounds awful!  I've been "hand plowing" as I like to call it, by just pushing the snow straight out the driveway and across the street.  We live on a teeny road that's just a loop off a main road, so there's basically no traffic, which is lucky because I wouldn't be able to do this otherwise!  More snow incoming tomorrow and Sat/Sun and next Tuesday...luckily probably less than 4" total.  We'll tough it out :D

Today I managed to schedule a bunch of appointments for the same morning a few weeks from now; this won't help me save money since I'll miss work, but it'll help me lose less money because I'll miss the same 'shift' (I work between classes at college in 3-4 hour blocks at a time) rather than missing two or more shifts.

Also had a serious convo with DH about the car and the cable so hopefully that materializes into some actual savings :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2496 on: February 11, 2015, 08:01:41 PM »
I did grocery shopping at the weekend and spent about $15 (In China, at a local fruit and veg market rather than a fancy pants import supermarket like many expats do).

I then cooked a huge minestrone soup and a tofu/cauliflower/water chestnut meal which is delicious. I'm now attempting to go Monday - Friday without spending a penny! Also have own coffee at school to avoid buying store bought.

It's Thursday today... $0 spent so far and plenty of food in the fridge/freezer left!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2497 on: February 11, 2015, 08:49:36 PM »
Not today, but yesterday I bought a kitchen table off of Craigslist for $30 to complete my apartment furnishings. Total spent? Will be about $150 once I buy a new cover to replace the one on the futon I bought for $50 off Craigslist, plus a few inexpensive utensils and pans.

Also joined the library in my new town and already checked out a few great books. First on the list? A Craigslist book so I can improve my side hustle, with Millionaire Next Door and Rich Dad, Poor Dad already on hold at the library!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2498 on: February 11, 2015, 10:56:14 PM »
*  bought the dented jar of coconut oil for $3 off
*  chose the wine on clearance for $3.99 (from $8.99)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2499 on: February 11, 2015, 11:45:37 PM »
I was so tired after work, but I still managed to make a home cooked meal in lieu of eating out.