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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2900 on: March 21, 2015, 05:46:22 PM »
Was kinda cold in the house today so I did a leg workout and been warm ever since lol.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2901 on: March 21, 2015, 07:39:06 PM »
I have a gift card for a store I will never go to that has been sitting around sitting on my desk for three years. I just sold it to one of those online gift card buying sites. I'll be getting a check for $18.88.

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« Reply #2902 on: March 22, 2015, 06:59:24 AM »
Transferred another credit card to a zero interest card. Only have one card that still has interest and it is nearly paid off. Will transfer that one if I have room. Now I have a year to pay,down the debt w/o interest piling up. Saves me hundreds per month!

Eta. They are all now 0% cards. What a relief. Now just press on with my snowball. Down to only 3 cards also, which is much easier to keep track of.
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« Reply #2903 on: March 22, 2015, 07:56:24 AM »
Baked some coockies with leftover eggwhites, always a shame to throw them out.

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« Reply #2904 on: March 22, 2015, 08:21:51 AM »
Was kinda cold in the house today so I did a leg workout and been warm ever since lol.

That is funny. The room I work out in is right beside the thermostat, so that would make sense for me too....

I looked at the recurring payments section of my Paypal account and deleted a subscription that charges $7.20 per month.
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« Reply #2905 on: March 22, 2015, 09:00:40 AM »
Today I planted some tomato seeds indoors, and baked some rye bread. It turned out really well! I hardly ever bake bread so I will make every attempt to keep this up. It doesn't last as long as store bought bread, but it's definitely cheaper, healthier, and it was fun to make.

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« Reply #2906 on: March 22, 2015, 11:04:28 AM »
Made delicious vegetable soup (my first) with left over veggies. Had it for lunch yesterday and breakfast today. Will have it again for lunch or dinner. Cost $0

Given how easy it was to make soup, I'm thinking to add it to our regular meals. Getting my fridge cleaned up is a good bonus too!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2907 on: March 22, 2015, 11:57:33 AM »
Burning a bunch of brush instead of hauling it to the dump. 

Decided to combine the feed store run with my commute tomorrow instead of making a separate trip.  Will also drop off stuff at the thrift store and get my truck's oil changed at the same time.

Inquired about an item on Craigslist, then started having second thoughts about buying it, but turns out it was already sold, so I guess someone else did something to save me money.  :) 

The furnace has been off for a week, and I'm thinking I can keep it off if we just do a fire on the nights when the forecast is for low 30's.

Yesterday, gave my dog a bath so he can get clipped soon.  $50 saved vs. paying a groomer.

Listed a couple items on eBay yesterday too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2908 on: March 22, 2015, 12:23:45 PM »
Made 2 L of homemade laundry detergent :) I get refills of the basic ingredients at a local all-natural bulk refill store (it's awesome!).

The recipe is (makes 1L):
1/8 cup borax
1/8 cup washing soda
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
Cold water to make 1L (approx 3.25 cups)

Mix borax, soda, boiling water until powder dissolves. Add soap slowly. Stir gently. Fill to 1L with cold water. Mix gently. Use ~2tbsp per load.

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« Reply #2909 on: March 22, 2015, 03:01:22 PM »
Made 2 L of homemade laundry detergent :) I get refills of the basic ingredients at a local all-natural bulk refill store (it's awesome!).

The recipe is (makes 1L):
1/8 cup borax
1/8 cup washing soda
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
Cold water to make 1L (approx 3.25 cups)

Mix borax, soda, boiling water until powder dissolves. Add soap slowly. Stir gently. Fill to 1L with cold water. Mix gently. Use ~2tbsp per load.

I'm on a roll today. Just made apple rhubarb crisp with some past their prime apples & some frozen rhubarb from last spring.

While I was at it, I rehabilitated some solid brown sugar by putting some discarded Apple peelings into the sealed jar with it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2910 on: March 22, 2015, 05:58:20 PM »
Saw a new mystery by an author I like on Amazon.  Immediately went to the public library website and put a hold on it.  Discovered that author has written two other books I haven't read and one is available RIGHT AWAY.

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« Reply #2911 on: March 22, 2015, 07:01:16 PM »
Well wokeup cold this morning and after a banana hit my chest workout courtesy of my Bodybeast DVD(dang it tougher than any of the others).  Kept everything unplugged when not in use, did not eat out all weekend and hungdry all my laundry this wknd!

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« Reply #2912 on: March 22, 2015, 11:16:35 PM »
At grocery outlet:  put back avocado oil $13.50 (I can melt coconut oil if a recipe requires liquid oil and eat cheap $0.50 avocados), smell-erasing plugs that were $1.50, and milk since milk doesn't really agree with me anyway -- I've been trying DIY yogurt but it's not any better really.

Also:  walked to the gym ($0), squated 315lbs 3 times in a row without a belt (PR, priceless), then walked to grocery outlet and then walked 2 miles home with all my groceries (fast because it was painful!).  Got a solid workout in today!

Invited a friend for evening plans and instead of going out for beers, cooked a cheap chicken thigh saag and really nailed the recipe -- fresh grated ginger and whole cardamon pods are the way to go!  It was full of super healthy added fats, spinach, broth, and spices!  My homie loved it and I feel amazing.

Eating some super cheap tangelos from grocery outlet to celebrate a great day.  Damn I love grocery outlet!  $43 has never felt so heavy :)

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« Reply #2913 on: March 23, 2015, 11:19:30 AM »
after a banana hit my chest workout courtesy of my Bodybeast DVD
Banana what?

I packed my lunch, breakfast, and snacks. 
I filled up my water bottle at the drinking fountain, and I realized I've had my Nalgene for over 5 years (and use it every weekday). 
I made two cups of tea at work using my fancy loose leaf tea.
I received a large dark chocolate bar from a coworker as a gift because I loaned her my international adapter for her work trip last week.  Another coworker (on the same trip) brought me a Kinder Egg (with TOY!) for taking notes at a meeting for him.
I put a bucket in the shower to catch water for my new tomato, pepper, and squash plants. 

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« Reply #2914 on: March 23, 2015, 11:35:22 AM »
Yesterday, used the remains of a 79 cent loaf of bread to make croutons . . . which are jazzing up the salad for today's lunch.  First time making homemade croutons - they rock and otherwise, the bread would have just been tossed.

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« Reply #2915 on: March 23, 2015, 11:57:25 AM »
Another coworker (on the same trip) brought me a Kinder Egg (with TOY!) for taking notes at a meeting for him.
Your co-worker likes to live dangerously! (uhh assuming you are from the US)

I've been bulk cooking and packing  lunches and dinner for hubby's insane work schedule for the last couple of weeks. Besides some OT we'll be plowing into our RRSP's were coming out with over 200.00 worth of grocery credit :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2916 on: March 23, 2015, 12:38:54 PM »
We had our first harvest of asparagus at dinner, and oh my goodness, it is so much better than anything I've had at the store.  These are 2 yr old plants, so the stalks are sparse but very tender....so delicious, and these things should provide us with delicious asparagus for years!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2917 on: March 23, 2015, 01:42:22 PM »
As part of my lunch, I ate pickles whose "sell-by" date was at least a year ago. I figure they've been, well, pickled and in that liquid ever since. That was over three hours ago. So far, so good. I could have thrown them out, but I thought they were still good and still think that. So why waste them?

I feel a little embarrassed posting this. Did I go too far with the old pickles?

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« Reply #2918 on: March 23, 2015, 01:43:57 PM »
As part of my lunch, I ate pickles whose "sell-by" date was at least a year ago. I figure they've been, well, pickled and in that liquid ever since. That was over three hours ago. So far, so good. I could have thrown them out, but I thought they were still good and still think that. So why waste them?

I feel a little embarrassed posting this. Did I go too far with the old pickles?

You're fine. Sell by date is different than eat by date. As long as they didn't smell funny you will live*

*I am not a doctor

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« Reply #2919 on: March 23, 2015, 02:14:01 PM »
As part of my lunch, I ate pickles whose "sell-by" date was at least a year ago. I figure they've been, well, pickled and in that liquid ever since. That was over three hours ago. So far, so good. I could have thrown them out, but I thought they were still good and still think that. So why waste them?

I feel a little embarrassed posting this. Did I go too far with the old pickles?

You're fine. Sell by date is different than eat by date. As long as they didn't smell funny you will live*

*I am not a doctor

Keep in mind that botulism is odorless.

That's not to say your pickles are going to kill you, Candace: pickles by their definition are high-acid and therefore unlikely to be tainted. If jar was sealed and undamaged, you should be fine. As a general rule of thumb, though, the smell test shouldn't be one's only defense.

A pretty good infographic that's specific to canning but helps with the basics so applicable in the wider world: "How Not to Die From Botulism."


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« Reply #2920 on: March 23, 2015, 02:36:03 PM »
As part of my lunch, I ate pickles whose "sell-by" date was at least a year ago. I figure they've been, well, pickled and in that liquid ever since. That was over three hours ago. So far, so good. I could have thrown them out, but I thought they were still good and still think that. So why waste them?

I feel a little embarrassed posting this. Did I go too far with the old pickles?

You're fine. Sell by date is different than eat by date. As long as they didn't smell funny you will live*

*I am not a doctor

Keep in mind that botulism is odorless.

That's not to say your pickles are going to kill you, Candace: pickles by their definition are high-acid and therefore unlikely to be tainted. If jar was sealed and undamaged, you should be fine. As a general rule of thumb, though, the smell test shouldn't be one's only defense.

A pretty good infographic that's specific to canning but helps with the basics so applicable in the wider world: "How Not to Die From Botulism."


[Edited for clarity.]

Thanks for the link. Want to start canning this year or next.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2921 on: March 23, 2015, 02:50:34 PM »
As part of my lunch, I ate pickles whose "sell-by" date was at least a year ago. I figure they've been, well, pickled and in that liquid ever since. That was over three hours ago. So far, so good. I could have thrown them out, but I thought they were still good and still think that. So why waste them?

I feel a little embarrassed posting this. Did I go too far with the old pickles?

You're fine. Sell by date is different than eat by date. As long as they didn't smell funny you will live*

*I am not a doctor

Keep in mind that botulism is odorless.

That's not to say your pickles are going to kill you, Candace: pickles by their definition are high-acid and therefore unlikely to be tainted. If jar was sealed and undamaged, you should be fine. As a general rule of thumb, though, the smell test shouldn't be one's only defense.

A pretty good infographic that's specific to canning but helps with the basics so applicable in the wider world: "How Not to Die From Botulism."


[Edited for clarity.]

Also liked that link, it was super informative.  I kinda want to try canning but probably won't do it until I've got a house and grow some of my own fruits/veges.  Still, that answered some of my initial questions!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2922 on: March 23, 2015, 03:14:21 PM »
Canning is great. Intimidating at first, but once you get started, really easy. The biggest pain, IMO, is sourcing and storing the jars and lids (empty or full).

I'm a fan of the old Ball Blue Book as a starting point: http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Guide-Canning-Freezing-Dehydration/dp/B000F1H4EO . The Internet has all kinds of useful info now, but I was glad I started with a well-tested source (it's decades old) so I wouldn't have to worry as much about getting any percentages right. Easy to branch out from there.

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« Reply #2923 on: March 23, 2015, 03:38:44 PM »
Damn I love grocery outlet!

Me too f0x.  Just came back from there with a stack of $1.00/lb. Kraft Colby Cheese.

On my way home stopped at Goodwill and found a duvet cover.  Since I normally wash Goodwill purchases multiple times when I get them home, I am doing all my laundry today.  The duvet cover went through the wash with the jeans, now it's in the wash with other bed clothes and in half an hour or so it will go through one more time with the underwear.

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« Reply #2924 on: March 23, 2015, 03:54:54 PM »
Colored, cut my own hair, total cost $6.75 for a box to hair dye. Cleaned and painted my own nails, cost $2.75 nail polish.

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« Reply #2925 on: March 23, 2015, 04:06:46 PM »
9 year old son wanted a treat so we made fudge ... well, not real, old fashioned fudge, but still a tasty treat!

Easy recipe for a 9 year old:
1) Melt 2 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips over low heat.
2) Stir in a can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/8 tsp. of salt.
3) Pour into parchment line 8x8 pan.

Husband is cleaning out the garage and we are finding all sorts of things for the giveaway pile. Truck comes on Wednesday to pick it all up (for free!).  Makes me want to NOT buy more stuff!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2926 on: March 23, 2015, 04:36:33 PM »
This isn't exactly a savings, but sometimes it pays to open your junk mail. I had a letter from some sort of survey company, and it included a $1 bill. I always open junk mail to see if the contents need to be shredded, so it was a nice surprise to find money inside.

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« Reply #2927 on: March 23, 2015, 04:50:42 PM »
Finally nailed the recipe for no knead homemade bread using whey strained from homemade yogurt.  It's all about the 5's:  5 minutes of work, 5 cups of flour, 5 repeats of "mmm" when it comes out of the oven! 

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« Reply #2928 on: March 23, 2015, 05:30:05 PM »
- Disassembled & reassembled the side of my car to check the crank pulley myself (instead of paying a mechanic $400 in labor).
- Rode my bike to the mailbox to pay my bills instead of driving a car.

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« Reply #2929 on: March 23, 2015, 05:40:45 PM »
No heat for 10 days. 

Cooked a $50 of chunk organic grass-fed beef neck.  Total cost:  $0



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« Reply #2930 on: March 24, 2015, 12:17:14 PM »
*  Resisting getting my hair cut even though it is looking sort of awful (gotta love that "growing out" phase - lol)
*  another homemade lunch
*  dinner will be provided at an event I am attending tonight

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« Reply #2931 on: March 24, 2015, 02:44:41 PM »
My husband took lunch to work. This is a big deal since he drops $15 a day for lunch for the past 12 years.

I made it super easy for him - even packing spoon, fork and snack. And got his input on what he wants to take for lunch everyday. This means more cooking and planning for me but I can change our dinner based on it.

If he can stick to it, we'd save over $300 a month. Saving it $15 at a time.

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« Reply #2932 on: March 24, 2015, 03:27:02 PM »
Today:
* Discussed moving location options with spouse.
* Solicited a couple of clients.
* Ate simply.
* Refrigerated a couple of unused tablespoons of condiments from lunch to use tomorrow.
* Opted not to go grocery shopping.
* Now up to more than 130 LPs to sell/be rid of.

Tonight:
* Investing uninvested money.
* Making dinner from what's in the fridge/freezer/cupboards.

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« Reply #2933 on: March 24, 2015, 04:10:00 PM »
Gather wild spring greens for a salad with supper tonight when I got home.

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« Reply #2934 on: March 24, 2015, 05:36:24 PM »
Had canceled subscriptions for services I no longer need -- mostly stuff from living abroad.  They tried to charge me for them anyway.  I got them refunded.  $28 saved.

Been minimum 10 days since I've turned on the heat!

Found out that electricity is cheaper than gas so I'll be using my pressure cooker and slow cooker more regularly instead of the oven!

My projector light has been bugging pretty hard recently.  Sometimes I just turn off the projector and turn her back on and she works.  Still, I probably either need to replace the bulb (risky) OR buy a new projector...

OR I just take it all apart, dust everything with a can of computer air, and see how she does.  We'll keep trying until she's really, truly, completely, dead.  Then instead of buying a new one, I'll just buy a $60 replacement bulb! 

Whoop! 

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« Reply #2935 on: March 24, 2015, 06:31:21 PM »
sipping bulk mint tea out of a honey jar to use up the last bit of sweetness.  Wrapped up in a blanket, burning a couple thrift store candles.  Haven't had heat on since the 9th, except for a little when I shower...  It was 48 in the house when I got home one night last week, but I knew the outside temp was supposed to be close to 70 the next day, and it was already close 10 pm so I crawled in bed and bad assed my way through the cold. 

Those things are really habitual.  The bigger money saver today was getting my friend/coworker to cut my hair.  I haven't had a real hair cut in several years.  I've been trimming it myself but even with the pony tail methods and all that I've had a hard time getting nice layers.  I think she did a decent job. I'll return a favor one day soon.

Another friend was commenting that she needed to pick up more washing soda and borax for her laundry soap and I stopped her and told her I'd share.  I'm planning to move in about 6 months, so I separated out more than enough to last me that long into cottage cheese containers and I'll give her the rest.  Did that save me money?  Perhaps not today, but she is a friend who returns a favor, or picks me up at the garage when my car needs work.  I am also so glad to have less to move and less to worry about. Less is more is my long term money saving plan.   

I also picked up a couple grocery store giftcards to take advantage of chase cash back rewards that end this month.

I started parking in the far corner of the bottom lot at work.  It is a few hundred feet less driving and more walking and includes two flights of stairs.  wooh!

I charged my laptop at work (while I was doing legitimate work on it), but I do often try to bring it home charged. 

Going in together with the laundry soap friend for a gift for another friend who's having a rough time.  We'll just bit getting a gift bag full of goodies together, but I volunteered to bring a giftbag from home.  I'll supply some tissue paper and ribbon too to make it fun.  (The more I use, the less to move...)

Connected with the farmers market about setting up a booth this year to sell some of my sewing and some of my excess sewing supplies.  Still considering if it will be worth the time investment and gas, but I at least have the information now to decide. 

I'm also working my way through scanning a lot of personal photos on the scanner at work during breaks.  They don't mind and I am making quite a dent.  I plan to be finished and free of the weight before my move. 

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« Reply #2936 on: March 25, 2015, 09:49:48 AM »
Made croutons of some old bread.

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« Reply #2937 on: March 25, 2015, 10:14:06 AM »
Making some Tuscan Tomato bread soup for supper tonight to use up some leftover stale bread and and the dredges of a massive (too big to be practical) can of tomatoes.

Cleaned out the crisper drawer and made some fresh juice using an ancient and very effective juicer I was given. Carrot and fennel with some fresh squeezed (from totally dried out) grapefruits. I was really surprised by how much juice they still had inside! side note: found some lettuce and fresh herbs that I had stuck in those "green" produce bags that you see on TV. They were given to me, and I was skeptical - but over a month later they were still usable and crispy! Clearly I need to get better at cleaning out the fridge.

Hubby called from work and said he wanted to go out for dinner last night. I asked him what he felt like having and he said "chicken strips and cesar salad" it's a pretty easy meal so I pulled it together and added some fresh homemade garlic bread for bonus points.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2938 on: March 25, 2015, 10:28:28 AM »
after a banana hit my chest workout courtesy of my Bodybeast DVD
Banana what?

I packed my lunch, breakfast, and snacks. 
I filled up my water bottle at the drinking fountain, and I realized I've had my Nalgene for over 5 years (and use it every weekday). 
I made two cups of tea at work using my fancy loose leaf tea.
I received a large dark chocolate bar from a coworker as a gift because I loaned her my international adapter for her work trip last week.  Another coworker (on the same trip) brought me a Kinder Egg (with TOY!) for taking notes at a meeting for him.
I put a bucket in the shower to catch water for my new tomato, pepper, and squash plants.
I know, right?  had to read that five times.  I think it means:

after I ate a banana, I did my chest workout with Bodybeast DVD

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« Reply #2939 on: March 25, 2015, 10:44:12 AM »
after a banana hit my chest workout courtesy of my Bodybeast DVD
Banana what?

I packed my lunch, breakfast, and snacks. 
I filled up my water bottle at the drinking fountain, and I realized I've had my Nalgene for over 5 years (and use it every weekday). 
I made two cups of tea at work using my fancy loose leaf tea.
I received a large dark chocolate bar from a coworker as a gift because I loaned her my international adapter for her work trip last week.  Another coworker (on the same trip) brought me a Kinder Egg (with TOY!) for taking notes at a meeting for him.
I put a bucket in the shower to catch water for my new tomato, pepper, and squash plants.
I know, right?  had to read that five times.  I think it means:

after I ate a banana, I did my chest workout with Bodybeast DVD
Thanks for decoding the message.  I thought his DVD threw a banana at his chest. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2940 on: March 25, 2015, 11:23:01 AM »
Celebrated the Hub's return from business travel with "breakfast out", that is I cooked my version of the standard two eggs, etc. breakfast you buy in a hotel restaurant.  I admit that I was showing off how much better it is when I make it with home made bread and fresh ground coffee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2941 on: March 25, 2015, 12:05:10 PM »
2ndTimer,

What a coincidence! I came here to post about our special brunch today! Its my son's 12th birthday, and he requested this meal:
eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, croissants and orange juice!

I commented to my husband that it tasted just like a fancy breakfast at a hotel!

Edit: typo
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2942 on: March 25, 2015, 01:47:44 PM »
I stopped at the YMCA on my lunch break today to start a family membership (face punch worthy?). I wanted to enroll my son in swim classes and they cost $55 per month. Well, we can buy a full family membership for $63/mo, so that was easy. Anyway, as I was filling out the paperwork, the lady at the desk told me they are starting a promotion next week that waives the $60 joiner fee. So she encouraged me to come back next week and save the $60. I thanked her profusely.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2943 on: March 25, 2015, 02:09:58 PM »
Cut my hair with a Flobee.  Detailed the inside of my car myself.  Made a couple key chains and bottle toppers to sell at a craft faire. 

Tried to repair my vacuum and discovered that one of the parts that destroyed itself was not available from Bissell, so had to buy a new vacuum (small face punch, but I do the vacuuming and we like a semi-clean floor) because we have seven indoor cats (all rescued) and with the amount of fur flying caused us to name the hairballs rolling around the floor.  The biggest one forms in one specific spot, and we named it Herman.  Yes, Herman gets removed periodically, but magically reappears after a couple days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2944 on: March 25, 2015, 03:03:15 PM »
Tried to repair my vacuum and discovered that one of the parts that destroyed itself was not available from Bissell, so had to buy a new vacuum (small face punch, but I do the vacuuming and we like a semi-clean floor) because we have seven indoor cats (all rescued) and with the amount of fur flying caused us to name the hairballs rolling around the floor.  The biggest one forms in one specific spot, and we named it Herman.  Yes, Herman gets removed periodically, but magically reappears after a couple days.

Ah, cats.  My not-mustacian purchase of the week is a little $50 carpet spot cleaner, when I already have a big carpet cleaner in the house.  But one of the cats has decided to grace us with hairballs 3-4 times a week, and getting the big carpet cleaner up the stairs, then cleaning all the pieces after using it, then having them drying on my kitchen counter while the big machine lurks in the kitchen . . .

In mustachian news, I made little seedling pots out of the free newspaper that we get once a week, and started another round of garden veggies and flowers for the garden this year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2945 on: March 25, 2015, 07:28:38 PM »
My husband took lunch to work. This is a big deal since he drops $15 a day for lunch for the past 12 years.

I made it super easy for him - even packing spoon, fork and snack. And got his input on what he wants to take for lunch everyday. This means more cooking and planning for me but I can change our dinner based on it.

If he can stick to it, we'd save over $300 a month. Saving it $15 at a time.

W00t! That is a big deal!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2946 on: March 25, 2015, 10:20:23 PM »
Had a pretty frugal day!
* Made hamburgers for dinner, so I also made buns from scratch instead of purchasing them.
* Worked on a child's birthday present I'm making while waiting for him to come out of class -- instead of driving home and then driving back to pick him up an hour later.
* Scheduled the cub scout meeting at my house so I wouldn't have to drive to our regular meeting location. (Would need to bring too many supplies to walk/bike).
* Decided I wanted a new spring wreath to hang on the door. Couldn't justify spending $5 -$10 bucks on a new wreath form, so I used an old steering wheel cover we had lying around and other supplies I had on hand to create a pretty wreath.
* Went out for coffee with DH. Used a gift card to pay for it. We had a lovely 1 1/2 hour long convo about our 10 year life plan and goals. Realized that if things go even remotely close to plan we will be ready to FIRE in 8 more years. Made some plans together that should help speed that up a bit.
* Eldest son went out and sold some coupon cards for a fundraiser. He has now earned enough money that we will only need to pay for $24 of his $300 summer camp fee -- and the fundraiser isn't over yet. He has earned the entire camp fee on his own for the last three years now!

And not something I did, but something that will give us more money to throw at FIRE -- was offered and accepted a 4 month editor contract for a client, while their staff editor is on mat leave. I've never done editorial work, but fortunately this is just content editing (making sure things flow smoothly and fit the client's guidelines). Another freelancer is handling the actual copy editing. Looking over the work, I will be paid more for less hours than I typically get writing. Plus they are paying for a 12 month subscription to two online services I need to use in my work, AND these services allow me to add the 12 months onto the end of my current prepaid subscription period.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2947 on: March 25, 2015, 10:29:49 PM »
The furnace has been off for about 10 days now, but it was 57 inside when I got home from work, and forecast to get to about 34 tonight, so got a fire going instead of turning on the heat.

Didn't buy anything today, brought breakfast, lunch and coffee to work.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2948 on: March 25, 2015, 11:32:27 PM »
I saved $12 on my monthly cell phone bill by switching from Harbor Mobile ($33) to US Mobile (500 mins/500 MBs) for $21.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2949 on: March 26, 2015, 01:34:44 AM »
Came home late from work yesterday and really wanted to get some take-out. Instead opted for a simple meal, which only costed $2 in groceries, since we had all other things in our cupboard. Savings of about $15!