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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2600 on: February 19, 2015, 08:01:57 PM »
Made lentil soup for 2 days. Red and green lentils, onions, carrot, tiny bit of bacon, tomato puree, garlic powder, pepper, turmeric, coconut oil, olive oil.
Cheap, easy, nutritious, good. Are lentils the ultimate mustachian food?

Mmm, you've just inspired me to get some split pea soup into the crockpot to cook tomorrow.  Thanks!

Went to CostCo today to pick up Oil of Olay.  Not cheap, but still about 1/5 the price per ounce as compared to the pricey Estee Lauder shit I got as a free gift, and that my skin seems to think it needs now.  Noticed that they were doing their organic foods sale again, so saved $4 per bag stocking up on the coffee I've been buying there for years.  Might go back and get another three bags before the sale is over.

Went straight to work this morning instead of driving downtown to attend a conference in the morning.  Saved gas and was also able to pack a lunch instead of an obligatory social lunch with work acquaintances at the conference.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2601 on: February 19, 2015, 08:58:13 PM »
1) Roasted a chicken in the crockpot.  About a month ago, my large electric roaster (turkey sized) broke :-( I had thought about replacing it (around $30) because I always did 2 chickens at once. But you know, this one chicken in the crockpot today was WAYYYY juicier than whenever I did 2 in the roaster. So I'm pleased that my little experiment worked out -- no money going out for a new roaster AND better tasting chicken!

2) Left the bones and juices in the crockpot and added 4 carrots, a handful of celery leaves, peppercorns, garlic cloves, basil, oregano and salt. Put in the fridge for the night. In the morning, will fill the crockpot with water and it will be a tasty broth by dinner time. There was enough chicken leftover to add back tomorrow night.

3) Kept the heat off all day even though it was cooler outside and threatening to rain.  No one is complaining.

4) Unplugging my laptop and phone once they are charged back up.

5) Stayed at home allllll day. So nice! And guarantees no spending (except for online shopping, I suppose. haha).

6) Checked our power usage for the month online. I love to look at the daily breakdown and figure out the days and times where our usage peaks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2602 on: February 19, 2015, 09:43:34 PM »
Had seen a large container of canola oil on sale a few days ago, but wasn't sure how much cash I would have this week. Stopped at the grocery store today to pick up a container once I had finished my other purchases. It was a really good price for what I pay for a 1.89 litre container. When I got it home, I realized it was a 3 litre container!

Gave the dog a haircut myself. It is pretty rough, but she is more comfortable and people keep commenting on how cute she is.

Checked out the e-book, movie and magazine offerings at my library in the city. In a few months, I go back to my rural place, but can still access the city library electronically. Huge savings on all kinds of materials. It also eliminates my problems in getting around to returning items from the library.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2603 on: February 19, 2015, 10:43:04 PM »
Used a $10 off $40 coupon at the grocery store.

Borrowed a book from a friend that I need to have read by next Wednesdays book club gathering.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2604 on: February 20, 2015, 05:57:15 AM »
So I knew this thread existed, and I'm pretty sure I've read most of it, but for some reason, I haven't posted. Thanks to the latest update, I actually looked at the 'trending' section of tapatalk, and rediscovered it!

So a big win/small thing happened on Valentine's day. I got up to make my coffee, and my coffee machine broke. I love my coffee. The GF asked if we needed to make a target run to get another one, and I almost said yes. Instead, I didn't say anything, got a big dopey grin, and ran out to the shed. Dug through some of the camping supplies, and got my campfire percolator. Messed around with my hand grinder, and I have now been enjoying my coffee with no strings attached to the grid. Hand Grinder, fire percolated (I know I've been using the stove, but I don't have to use the stove). Yay for power outage resistant coffee. And not buying a new coffee pot. That thing served me well.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2605 on: February 20, 2015, 06:09:15 AM »
Walked 2.5 miles (round trip) to get a few groceries.  The icy sidewalks gave my calves an extra workout, and I got to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather! 

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« Reply #2606 on: February 20, 2015, 06:51:54 AM »
Shoved the leftovers I'd taken for my lunch into the freezer at work for next week when I didn't have time and had a granola bar for lunch instead. Yeah, I know, but at least I saved the leftovers!

Editing to add it was a store-brand granola bar, of course.

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« Reply #2607 on: February 20, 2015, 07:17:39 AM »
- leftovers for lunch
- made my own spelt-sesame-buttermilk bread (estimated cost incl. energy 1€)
- ordered some books for my colleague, it´s a win-win because I can use my discount card (she does not have one), the price difference was about 150€!!! And I can keep the receits for my taxes:-)
- extra cash this week 300€ (side job) + 50€ (from MIL) - all saved
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2608 on: February 20, 2015, 08:23:22 AM »
Borrowed hiking books from a co-worker for an upcoming trip. They even have post-it notes identifying best hikes.

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« Reply #2609 on: February 20, 2015, 08:34:57 AM »
For lunch today I am having Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza made with homemade flatbread dough I threw together last night, some shredded chicken I cooked up in my crockpot, and some leftover ranch dressing from my Superbowl party! Delicious and cheap :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2610 on: February 20, 2015, 09:28:33 AM »
I just refinanced my house. My payment (including HOI and Taxes) went from 1,940.00 all the way down to 1777.00!

Closing costs were only 520 bucks, so I will break even after just three months. I'm stoked.

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« Reply #2611 on: February 20, 2015, 11:27:24 AM »
*  just transferred $3500 to pay off high interest debt.  Ouch . . . it hurts to have it leave the savings account, but will save so much long-term.  Once credit card paid . . . one to go.
*  last slice of shepherd's pie for lunch today :)
*  signed up for rewards card for local grocery store and loaded digital coupons for the weekend shopping trip
*  devoting time today to getting up to speed on two side hustle projects

whew!

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« Reply #2612 on: February 20, 2015, 12:43:05 PM »
Recently:

Saved 28% at last week's monthly grocery trip using coupons, and shopping the sales.

Used a $5 off coupon at the liquor store for my birthday party.  :D

Used a code for free shipping for two recent online purchases, one of which was free because of a gift card.

Speaking of my birthday party:  The plate of extra cranberry bliss bars I made went into the freezer that night, and will be donated to a bake sale fundraiser tomorrow.

Been eating leftovers for lunches, free farm raised eggs for breakfasts, and keeping food waste to a minimum.  As usual, bringing coffee and filtered water from home.

Saved .40 off a gallon at the pump using my grocery value card.

I am doing our taxes myself and any extra refund will go toward what little debt I have left.

We are refinancing our home next week to save $156 a month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2613 on: February 20, 2015, 03:03:46 PM »
1) Hung a load of laundry out on the line. The sun has disappeared from this morning but its quite breezy so we will use that as our free laundry drying machine today! Does anyone else find hanging laundry to be mediative and therapeutic? I wish I felt that way about all my household chores!

2) Kids and I ate up leftover lentils, beef stew, rice and other refrigerator goodies for lunch. Interestingly, they were tempted to eat the newer food instead of the older food. Glad I caught them! haha!

3) Reusing tea leaves. Got 2 full pots out my leaves.

4) Taking advantage of the mattress recycling program in my area. Wrapped all 4 pieces in plastic wrap (as required) and will place on the curb side Monday morning. Saves me $80 in garbage disposal fees at the dump!!!! Huge win!

5) Yesterday's chicken bones are bubbling away in the crockpot to make a delicious chicken, vegetable, rice soup for dinner. Making double batch of biscuits to go with it.

6) Thawing ground beef for tomorrow. I find I save a lot of money if I'm a day ahead on my meals. Working hard to use up the organic farm chickens and beef that's in our freezer. August/September will come sooner than I think and the farmers will be calling again for next years order!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2614 on: February 20, 2015, 04:30:34 PM »
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.  :)

PS: Sorry for the large photo.  Can't seem to remove it, either.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2615 on: February 20, 2015, 05:32:20 PM »
Joggernot, The old car looks fantastic! What a great idea! Also, the picture didn't appear overly large to me!

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« Reply #2616 on: February 20, 2015, 06:47:41 PM »
The car looks new!  Cool!

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« Reply #2617 on: February 20, 2015, 08:24:56 PM »
Put 100% of my annual bonus into RRSP.     First time ever.. I usually keep a bit out to use on summer vacation, but this year I will save it first.

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« Reply #2618 on: February 21, 2015, 04:01:41 AM »
1) Hung a load of laundry out on the line. The sun has disappeared from this morning but its quite breezy so we will use that as our free laundry drying machine today! Does anyone else find hanging laundry to be mediative and therapeutic? I wish I felt that way about all my household chores!




I'm 54. We have home movies of me at my grandparents house, hanging up clothes. I couldn't pinch the clothespin open, so I used my mouth.

It is the only household chore, I actually look forward to doing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2619 on: February 21, 2015, 04:04:49 AM »
Cut the cable and land line.... It is gonna save us €18 p/m, starting in April.
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« Reply #2620 on: February 21, 2015, 06:37:59 AM »
Put 100% of my annual bonus into RRSP.     First time ever.. I usually keep a bit out to use on summer vacation, but this year I will save it first.

Way to go -congratulations! 

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« Reply #2621 on: February 21, 2015, 07:08:43 AM »
We get an apple CSA at a great price, but not all the apples are perfect enough to be "lunch box" quality. Yesterday I finally sliced and peeled the ones that were too wrinkly or spotty to eat out of hand. They're perfect for applesauce, which I made in the crockpot. I'll repeat that today, and then will have about 8 pints of applesauce in the freezer. It's our go-to side dish for lunches and supper whenever there isn't something else to go with our meal.

Called Verizon and got our monthly bill lowered $40. It's still not at Mustachian levels, but it's under $100 now (for 2 smartphones with a small data plan). Apparently, they lowered their charges for data $10/month, but you have to call to get the lower price. Also, I found out we can get $15 off each phone on our bill each month because we are past our contract and have old phones. So, all together that was a $40 decrease in the bill for about 10 minutes on the phone with them.

Today I'm installing a Comcast modem (that I got from Freecycle) and cancelling our AT&T internet. This will lower our monthly internet bill from ~$50/month to ~$20/month. I'm a little nervous as we are also lowering the speed, but according to the superguide, we should be okay...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2622 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2623 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 #2624 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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« Reply #2625 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 #2626 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 #2627 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 #2628 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 #2629 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2630 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 #2631 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 #2632 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 #2633 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 #2634 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 #2635 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 #2636 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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« Reply #2637 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 #2638 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2639 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2640 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 #2641 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2642 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2643 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2644 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2645 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2646 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2647 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2648 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2649 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.