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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2600 on: February 21, 2015, 09:33:31 AM »
I woke up early to take my dog for a walk.  I was tempted to stop at Starbucks to use my gc for a hot chocolate, but I breezed past (ok, the line was too long).

In order to use a few ingredients that were almost past due, I made chicken black bean enchiladas with ingredients we have on hand.  I needed to use up shredded chicken that I made a few weeks ago and froze.  I had a half open can of black beans and tortillas that were nearing their expiration date.

I also made homemade granola bars for the first time while the enchiladas were in the oven.  I'm hoping to get my husband to stop eating the expensive TJ's peanut butter granola bars.

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« Reply #2601 on: February 21, 2015, 10:18:57 AM »
Had homegrown eggs and the last sweet potato from the garden for breakfast this morning.

This afternoon I'm going to look at some horse jumps I found on Craigslist last night.  The jump cups alone are worth what she's asking, and it would probably cost me 2x that much for the materials to build the same jumps from scratch.  Hoping they're well made and not rotten!

Found a few things I need for an upcoming trip on clearance with a code for an additional 30% off and free shipping, so $210 worth of stuff for $85.

Last night for dinner we had split pea soup with a hamhock, made with homemade turkey stock.  Super cheap and used up food that's been hanging around the house for too long.

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« Reply #2602 on: February 21, 2015, 10:51:59 AM »
I mentioned earlier my decision process for our car.
1) buy a new car for $40,000
2) buy a good used car for $12,000
3) have the old car painted for $1,200

Here are photos of the painted old car.  Looks good again.  :)

Shiny!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2603 on: February 21, 2015, 11:10:12 AM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first (quite apart from it probably not being a great idea to use someone else's boots anyway).

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« Reply #2604 on: February 21, 2015, 11:47:47 AM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first

+1 !!! hahahaha

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« Reply #2605 on: February 21, 2015, 12:42:23 PM »
@Joggernot - The painted car looks fantastic!  Look at those savings!!!  That's badass!!!

Me, after running all my errands, I went to buy my Dad's birthday gift and stepped next door to buy the card & gift sack from Dollar Tree for $2.00, rather than the $4.00 + 3.50 they would've been next door.  While in Dollar Tree I bought myself a water $1, as I was away from home longer than I thought I'd be, and knew I was going on to the BBQ place for take out to eat.  Drinks there were $2.89.  Normally don't buy bottled water but today it became the lesser of two evils.

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« Reply #2606 on: February 21, 2015, 12:59:59 PM »
Went to the grocery store for cat litter and found laundry detergent for $2.50 off the normal price!  Thanks to previous money-saving efforts this month, had the extra cash to stock up on 6 bottles.  Awesome! 

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« Reply #2607 on: February 21, 2015, 01:08:22 PM »
Oh and I forgot to mention . . . . CUT UP and threw away the evil high interest credit card that I just paid off.  I won't cancel the account because the limit is sky high and I think it helps my credit score.  But I will never use the card again!! :) 

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« Reply #2608 on: February 21, 2015, 05:01:17 PM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first (quite apart from it probably not being a great idea to use someone else's boots anyway).

I'm glad I wasn't the only one that misread it! I was imagining yellow post-it notes, one on top of each foot, flapping a bit as you hiked.

Today I decided at the last minute to go to a workshop where a simple lunch was provided. Now I'm having my packed lunch for dinner instead. I also found my lost reusable water bottle, which I'd left in a restroom last week but which was magically still there.

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« Reply #2609 on: February 21, 2015, 05:27:51 PM »
After an hour of pain and suffering navigating a website that wouldn't let us log in, and waiting a few hours for mile transfers, we booked four tickets from LA to the East Coast (and back) for the summer, for $200.

Was about $1650 if we'd paid for them out of pocket.

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« Reply #2610 on: February 21, 2015, 07:28:23 PM »
This afternoon I'm going to look at some horse jumps I found on Craigslist last night.  The jump cups alone are worth what she's asking, and it would probably cost me 2x that much for the materials to build the same jumps from scratch.  Hoping they're well made and not rotten!

This was a big win.  Paid $70 for: Over $200 worth of lumber, conveniently already cut up, painted and turned into jump standards, saving me a weekend of labor; 5 rails that would run about $12 each, a pair of molded plastic jump holders that retail for $170, and 3 sets of jump cups, which run about $45 each.

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« Reply #2611 on: February 21, 2015, 07:38:27 PM »
I cut my dogs nails.  It is scary for me.  I didn't do it as close as the vet does, but it will do.  So now he is chewing on his sweet potato flavored chew (his current fav).  He is staying on the other side of the room from me.  Probably by tomorrow he will forgive me.

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« Reply #2612 on: February 21, 2015, 08:00:09 PM »
We walked to the library with our dog to return a borrowed book.   Didn't find any money on the ground.  We are up to 18 cents of found money so far in 2015.

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« Reply #2613 on: February 21, 2015, 08:23:03 PM »
We walked to the library with our dog to return a borrowed book.   Didn't find any money on the ground.  We are up to 18 cents of found money so far in 2015.
We do our grocery shop on foot and almost always find money. In the last 6 months we are up around $55 (due to one $50 find). Usually it is between 5 and 20 cents a trip.

People buy up on grocery items with a 2c discount because of a big yellow sale ticket but won't stop to pick up the 10c coin they dropped? I don't get it.

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« Reply #2614 on: February 21, 2015, 08:23:29 PM »

I cut my dogs nails.  It is scary for me.  I didn't do it as close as the vet does, but it will do.  So now he is chewing on his sweet potato flavored chew (his current fav).  He is staying on the other side of the room from me.  Probably by tomorrow he will forgive me.
even better, my beagle chews her back ones so I don't even have to cut them. Nice, short and smooth. Need to teach her to do her front ones.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2615 on: February 21, 2015, 08:28:14 PM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first (quite apart from it probably not being a great idea to use someone else's boots anyway).

A little disinfectant spray and some good socks, and the boots would probably be fine.  ;-)  But I have some great boots. Only thing is a pack rat at a place I rented chewed the laces off, and I have to find new laces the right length some time this week.

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« Reply #2616 on: February 21, 2015, 08:32:24 PM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first (quite apart from it probably not being a great idea to use someone else's boots anyway).

I'm glad I wasn't the only one that misread it! I was imagining yellow post-it notes, one on top of each foot, flapping a bit as you hiked.

No, in this part of the world, we put bells on our hiking boots, not post-it notes. Post-it notes are not known to warn the bears they need to get out of the way.

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« Reply #2617 on: February 21, 2015, 08:54:59 PM »
We do our grocery shop on foot and almost always find money. In the last 6 months we are up around $55 (due to one $50 find). Usually it is between 5 and 20 cents a trip.

People buy up on grocery items with a 2c discount because of a big yellow sale ticket but won't stop to pick up the 10c coin they dropped? I don't get it.

This reminds me I bought a coffee on the way home, which was 99 cents plus 7 cents tax for $1.06. Buying the coffee wasn't very Mustachian, but... I gave the clerk $2, but rather than give me change for the $2, the clerk gave me back $1 and took 6 cents from a pile of change that people had abandoned on the counter. I hesitated, but he said it wasn't his money, people just leave their change all the time. So 6% discount from the friendly Anti-mustachians.

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« Reply #2618 on: February 22, 2015, 01:52:50 AM »
Since we are discussing finding money. I did my groceries today and sure enough and picked up 15c along the way.

While shopping DH also voluntarily swapped his favourite expensive yogurt for the cheaper stuff, saving us $4!
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« Reply #2619 on: February 22, 2015, 06:56:55 AM »
@horsepoor - I want to grow sweet potatoes this summer, have some slips ordered.  Is there anything special to think about re growing them?  There is a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you would be willing to post there, others might also be interested.

@Frugalconfederate - Congratulations on the nail clipping!  It gets easier as you go, especially if you give lots of treats.  I started out with DD feeding tiny bits of real cheese to the dog as I was trimming the nails, now I can do it on my own with a treat (big chunk of baked liver) at the end of the process.  And the dog doesn't hate me either, she is too busy reminding me about the treat

@1967mama - I find cutting the lawn to be zen - I have an acre, so use a small riding lawn tractor (very old, small, with an amazing almost brand new grass cutter).  Around and around, enjoying the sun and the breeze and the smell of new-cut grass. My Mom found ironing to be meditative - I hate it, and buy clothes that don't need it.

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« Reply #2620 on: February 22, 2015, 08:42:06 AM »
@horsepoor - I want to grow sweet potatoes this summer, have some slips ordered.  Is there anything special to think about re growing them?  There is a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you would be willing to post there, others might also be interested.

I think someone with more experience than me already posted in that thread about sweet potatoes.  Last year I grew the slips from an organic potato from the store.  They just seem to need plenty of heat and lack of competition.  I had them interplanted with okra and eggplant, and the ones that had more space on the edge produced much better.  They seem pretty easy though; I just mulch them with straw and let them go until the vines get killed by frost in the fall.  They're a little tricky to dig, and I've had issues with storing them (I think it's lack of humidity here).  Apparently the leaves are also edible, but I haven't tried.

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« Reply #2621 on: February 22, 2015, 10:48:01 AM »
25 pounds of dried pinto beans put into a bucket/storage.  Supply should last about a year, I think.  (Cost $15.99)

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« Reply #2622 on: February 22, 2015, 11:01:36 AM »
I just got a coupon for a free AMC theatres movie ticket and free soda using a bunch of Coke Rewards points I had been saving up.  I had all my friends and family giving me their bottle caps for months.  I think I will save the ticket to go see that ridiculous "Furious 7" movie coming out in April.  That looks like a lot of stupid fun. :-)

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« Reply #2623 on: February 22, 2015, 02:05:07 PM »
I've started a batch of DIY almond milk today by soaking it for 18 hours. Almond milk works out to be 50% cheaper to make myself compared to the store bought stuff. Now I just hope it will taste good, but I'm pretty sure I can beat the taste of the premade drink.

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« Reply #2624 on: February 22, 2015, 02:18:07 PM »
Put my tomato seeds to germinate today along with the squash, parsley and romaine lettuce.  I have done all the others before but this is the first year I have tried tomatoes.  I normally buy two or three tomato plants because I cringe at the price.  I made ten hills of three seeds each.  So if I get one good plant from each hill I will have ten tomato plants for about what I used to pay for one.  I will have more tomatoes than any one woman should be allowed!

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« Reply #2625 on: February 22, 2015, 02:36:00 PM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.
I mis-read this as boots and couldn't figure out why your co-worker wouldn't have removed their post-its first (quite apart from it probably not being a great idea to use someone else's boots anyway).

I'm glad I wasn't the only one that misread it! I was imagining yellow post-it notes, one on top of each foot, flapping a bit as you hiked.

No, in this part of the world, we put bells on our hiking boots, not post-it notes. Post-it notes are not known to warn the bears they need to get out of the way.
Ha Ha.  I also misread this post & had a mental picture of yellow post it notes on shoes!

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« Reply #2626 on: February 22, 2015, 06:55:08 PM »

Put my tomato seeds to germinate today along with the squash, parsley and romaine lettuce.  I have done all the others before but this is the first year I have tried tomatoes.  I normally buy two or three tomato plants because I cringe at the price.  I made ten hills of three seeds each.  So if I get one good plant from each hill I will have ten tomato plants for about what I used to pay for one.  I will have more tomatoes than any one woman should be allowed!
I'd strongly suggest starting tomatoes in pots.  They need to be potted up a couple of times, deeper each time, to get good deep roots that will hold up their height.

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« Reply #2627 on: February 22, 2015, 09:16:50 PM »
Did some freezer cooking this weekend: 4 pounds of shredded slow-cooked chuck roast and 2 pounds of crockpot refried beans. That will save us money down the road on nights we don't want to cook.
Also cooked a big pot of black bean soup and cornbread muffins for work lunches this week.

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« Reply #2628 on: February 23, 2015, 06:22:12 AM »
Saturday I got my first e-book from my library (Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood)! Finished it in 24 hours, but I resisted the urge to get the final book in the series, Maddaddam, on Amazon. Instead put a hold on one of the library's seven copies of the e-book; I'm already at the top of the hold list!

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« Reply #2629 on: February 23, 2015, 06:44:27 AM »
1. Navigated my way around on the bus system in Cancun rather than taking a taxi or tour.

2. Swapped paperbacks at the hotel to keep up my reading supply.

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« Reply #2630 on: February 23, 2015, 06:46:30 AM »
Thanks, your experience tells me to give them a raised bed all to themselves and be sure to mulch/weed well.  Some things do well inter-planted - I grow basil on the south side of my tomatoes, for example.  But I will let the sweet potatoes have the bed all to themselves.  Heat - not much I can do about that.

Tricky to dig?  I hadn't seen that issue before.  I had thought I would just start at the edge of the raised bed (it has a wood frame) and loosen soil gradually inwards, removing potatoes as I go.  Did you find they clustered under where the stem came out of the soil? Or were they all over the place and hard to predict where to dig?

To stay OT, gardening = lower food bill.

@horsepoor - I want to grow sweet potatoes this summer, have some slips ordered.  Is there anything special to think about re growing them?  There is a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you would be willing to post there, others might also be interested.

I think someone with more experience than me already posted in that thread about sweet potatoes.  Last year I grew the slips from an organic potato from the store.  They just seem to need plenty of heat and lack of competition.  I had them interplanted with okra and eggplant, and the ones that had more space on the edge produced much better.  They seem pretty easy though; I just mulch them with straw and let them go until the vines get killed by frost in the fall.  They're a little tricky to dig, and I've had issues with storing them (I think it's lack of humidity here).  Apparently the leaves are also edible, but I haven't tried.

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« Reply #2631 on: February 23, 2015, 07:26:06 AM »
Cut my own hair yesterday. I think I'm a convert. Hooray for never needing to go to the hairdresser again.

Slightly unorganised this morning but I still managed to get my lunch together to bring to work with me. I made a huge pot of pumpkin soup last weekend and it just seemed to keep going for ever and ever and I was a bit sick of it (but no room in the freezer for keep some for another time) so yesterday I added two cups of boiling water, a cup of rice, some turkey pieces and a couple of spoonfuls of Thai curry paste. Had that for dinner yesterday, lunch today and still have one more big portion leftover. Also made an apple tart to bring to the pub quiz last night which used up the last of the older apples I had in my fruit basket and left me enough pastry over to do a small quiche this evening for dinner.

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« Reply #2632 on: February 23, 2015, 08:46:22 AM »

Put my tomato seeds to germinate today along with the squash, parsley and romaine lettuce.  I have done all the others before but this is the first year I have tried tomatoes.  I normally buy two or three tomato plants because I cringe at the price.  I made ten hills of three seeds each.  So if I get one good plant from each hill I will have ten tomato plants for about what I used to pay for one.  I will have more tomatoes than any one woman should be allowed!
I'd strongly suggest starting tomatoes in pots.  They need to be potted up a couple of times, deeper each time, to get good deep roots that will hold up their height.

This is good to know.  Thanks.

In keeping with the spirit of this thread, I have my bread rising and a pot of tea made with loose tea from the Oriental grocery store brewing and I am wearing my wool socks.
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« Reply #2633 on: February 23, 2015, 08:57:15 AM »
Thanks, your experience tells me to give them a raised bed all to themselves and be sure to mulch/weed well.  Some things do well inter-planted - I grow basil on the south side of my tomatoes, for example.  But I will let the sweet potatoes have the bed all to themselves.  Heat - not much I can do about that.

Tricky to dig?  I hadn't seen that issue before.  I had thought I would just start at the edge of the raised bed (it has a wood frame) and loosen soil gradually inwards, removing potatoes as I go.  Did you find they clustered under where the stem came out of the soil? Or were they all over the place and hard to predict where to dig?

To stay OT, gardening = lower food bill.

@horsepoor - I want to grow sweet potatoes this summer, have some slips ordered.  Is there anything special to think about re growing them?  There is a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you would be willing to post there, others might also be interested.

I think someone with more experience than me already posted in that thread about sweet potatoes.  Last year I grew the slips from an organic potato from the store.  They just seem to need plenty of heat and lack of competition.  I had them interplanted with okra and eggplant, and the ones that had more space on the edge produced much better.  They seem pretty easy though; I just mulch them with straw and let them go until the vines get killed by frost in the fall.  They're a little tricky to dig, and I've had issues with storing them (I think it's lack of humidity here).  Apparently the leaves are also edible, but I haven't tried.

They are clustered more or less where the stem is, but I ended up finding ones that I missed when I was working on the bed a few weeks after harvesting the crop.  I find them harder to dig up without damaging vs. regular potatoes due to the oblong shape, and maybe because they seem to form a little deeper in the soil. 

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« Reply #2634 on: February 23, 2015, 12:16:47 PM »
Changed hair dressers to one that cuts my hair for way cheaper.... True! I can cut mine for free if I do it myself but I find it very pampering to get it done by the stylist. Since I do everything else (facial, Mani, pedi) at home, this is my splurge item. I used to spend $80 every two months. Now it's $30 every two months.

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« Reply #2635 on: February 23, 2015, 12:17:35 PM »
Also getting our baby's high chair off of craigslist. Savings: $50

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« Reply #2636 on: February 23, 2015, 01:23:41 PM »
Good to know!  I hope to be bragging about yield come September.  If I didn't know other people have done it successfully, I would think it was impossible to grow a heat-loving southern crop like sweet potatoes here in the Great White North.  We are back to -20C today after a tropical -3C yesterday, so thinking about gardens is a promise of spring and an exercise in optimism.

They are clustered more or less where the stem is, but I ended up finding ones that I missed when I was working on the bed a few weeks after harvesting the crop.  I find them harder to dig up without damaging vs. regular potatoes due to the oblong shape, and maybe because they seem to form a little deeper in the soil.

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« Reply #2637 on: February 23, 2015, 01:42:21 PM »
Bought a 13 lb Turkey for 90c per pound.
Saved 30$ off sticker price.

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« Reply #2638 on: February 23, 2015, 06:33:56 PM »
Mended a pair of winter gloves.

Sent away for a free water conservation kit from my utility company. We'll be getting a free low flow shower head, low flow faucet aerators, and pipe tape for free in the mail. We had a low flow shower head on the main bath, but my son just switched to showers and his bathroom has a standard shower head. Noticed an increase in the bill.

Also did some detective work and realized one of the toilets was leaking, which might also explain the bill increase. Repaired it with a dual flush conversion kit, which should help lower the bill even more.

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« Reply #2639 on: February 23, 2015, 08:36:25 PM »
* Used $85 Costco rebate voucher to stock up on boring household stuff like garbage bags, dishwasher soap. tp, etc.  I really waned to buy something fun instead, but no - practicality won out :)

*  homemade lunch of potatoes and vegan "sausage" - so yum!

*  A package of bread rolls that I will not use anytime soon went into the freezer. 

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« Reply #2640 on: February 23, 2015, 11:14:18 PM »
* 25% off + $2 coupon at drug store for things we needed anyway.
* Scanned a bunch of work-related notes, then harvested one-side-printed paper to use in printer. Now have more than a ream's worth of scrap paper to re-use.

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« Reply #2641 on: February 23, 2015, 11:56:35 PM »
1) Picked up "The Magical Art of Cleaning Up" at the library which I've been itching to read (based on all the positive feedback from the forum). I ordered it about 5 weeks ago, so I didn't have to wait too long. Old me would definitely have gotten it here in a day or so via Amazon, or even quicker at my local bookstore!

2) Asked my physiotherapist if I could come every 3 weeks instead of every 2 weeks. I'm trying to stay under my 12 visits per year that are covered by extended health. Rehabilitating from surgery. She said yes.

3) Made rouladen for dinner. This is a cut of flank steak that came with our side of beef. I didn't really know what to do with it, so I googled some recipes and tried the one that had the most positive reviews. My family really liked it. It was different, but pleasant. I made all 9. I don't think there are any more in the freezer, so this will become a once a year treat.

4) Drank lots of tea at home. Made tea in travel mugs to take to a meeting tonight that my husband and I had to attend, but forgot it on the counter :-(

5) Was in bed, and remembered a roast was thawing on the kitchen counter. When I got down there, someone else had put it in the fridge for me. Good kids!

6) Ordered new sneakers online for one of my teens .. they were BOGO! yay!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2642 on: February 24, 2015, 05:47:31 AM »
Yesterday:

Paid for my tag in person saving a $1.50 mail in fee.  $26.50 for the ol'Dodge truck. 

Bought my groceries there in the same tiny town not making a second longer trek (gas dollars) to the bigger store that I usually shop.  Not as much variety in tiny town, but that always seems to save me $$s at the checkout.  Only 1 item on the menu/list that wasn't available there and I'll catch that to/from Mom's house in the major metro later in the week.

Tiny town has a scratch n' dent grocery where I sometimes shop when I'm there.  What they offer varies, but I got some meat & low carb drink mixes which would've cost about twice that elsewhere.  The have a lot of 'high carb' offerings which we are eschewing at the moment, so results were slim there this time.

Made homemade low-carb pizza at home w/a salad & glass o' inexpensive wine (my carb splurge for the week).  Delicious.

Hung clothes around the woodstove to dry as normal.

Decided to return a part of a birthday gift purchase to the tune of $9ish.  On reviewing my budget I hadn't allotted as much as I spent AND I was in serious doubt if they would even use this item.  So, I'm taking it back!  It's an $8.99 + change(tax) refund.  The other part will suffice and still be a very nice gift.

Cable was shut off early - we had decided to cut it off when our prepaid for the month usage was up on the 11th of March, however, yesterday's call to Dish to discuss it found out that there would be a $20 worth of charges to mail back their boxes, so while we still had $32 credit, we just cut it off last night and will get a $12 refund.  NO MORE CABLE!!!!  yEEE=HAW!!!  $55.00 a month savings.  Will be looking at Netflix, but probably won't even get that.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2643 on: February 24, 2015, 06:55:42 AM »
Yesterday:

Cable was shut off early - we had decided to cut it off when our prepaid for the month usage was up on the 11th of March, however, yesterday's call to Dish to discuss it found out that there would be a $20 worth of charges to mail back their boxes, so while we still had $32 credit, we just cut it off last night and will get a $12 refund.  NO MORE CABLE!!!!  yEEE=HAW!!!  $55.00 a month savings.  Will be looking at Netflix, but probably won't even get that.

YouTube and Hulu both have some decent legal free content.  Lots of old movies.  YouTube and Amazon and iTunes allow you to stream/rent an individual movie for a couple dollars.  Of course there are physical libraries too... I found I never watched my " money's worth" on Netflix, so by the movie makes more sense for me. 

On topic. Its snowing.  Again.  Tenth day snowed in.  I'm snuggled in bed with the house at 50 degrees.  Eventually I'll get up and turn the heat up but I'm in no rush...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2644 on: February 24, 2015, 07:04:09 AM »
PMG - yes I like that idea and it's what we already discussed in family meeting.  We go by the library regularly anyway and I've already paid my taxes that support it.  No need to duplicate the expense! :) We already do check out DVDs from there anyway. There are four adults living here and everyone has their own small collection of DVDs already and we calculated that there were appx. 300 of them already in house - one son has the bulk of them.  If we get tired of those and the library ones everyone can request them for BD/Christmas gifts or buy their own. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2645 on: February 24, 2015, 09:45:47 AM »
Used my $375 Costco rebate to buy two pairs of prescription eyeglasses, which I then submitted receipts for to my FSA (to get additional tax savings).  Also, submitted the mileage to Costco eye clinic as a medical mileage on my FSA since that was the primary purpose of the trip.

While at Costco returned my malfunctioning TurboTax software ($50 back) and bought a few other staples with the balance of my rebate.

Did I tell how much I love Costco?  Especially for eyeglasses and no hassle returns.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2646 on: February 24, 2015, 03:57:08 PM »
Used the stairs instead of the elevators, even outside in the cold!  Not a direct money-saver, per se, but a good way to condition myself for times when there is an otherwise "inconvenient" money-saving option (eg, biking in the snow!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2647 on: February 24, 2015, 04:10:24 PM »
Looking at the bank account this a.m. and caught an overcharge by internet provider.  Had Hubs call and they backed off the $30ish dollars that they 'so sorry' overcharged us.  Ugggh.  Does anyone else feel like you have to be on constant alert lest someone will always be trying to get in your pockets?


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2648 on: February 24, 2015, 05:27:11 PM »
Checked the newspaper before I went to the grocery store this morning.  I do my major shopping at Grocery Outlet but to get there I have to pass three other stores each one with one or two great loss leaders.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2649 on: February 25, 2015, 03:05:01 AM »
Went past a new grocery store on the way back from a friends place to get milk - swung through the bakery aisle and scored! Got a carrot cake/loaf for 50c and 6 pack of fruit scones for 20c, took it all home, sliced up the cake (8pcs) and froze it all - this will last me for 2 weeks worth of work snacks - works out to 5c apiece!