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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3150 on: April 15, 2015, 07:13:38 AM »
Made herbed cheese spread with cream cheese and cottage cheese from Aldi and fresh herbs from my garden (basil, thyme, dill, oregano, chives) and spread it on Aldi mini bagels for breakfast.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3151 on: April 15, 2015, 08:42:45 AM »
Wait, what?    Per mile insurance is a thing?  I drove my truck all of 1900miles last year, but paid for normal 12000mi. insurance.  Is this something every insurer offers, or is it a specialty product, like classic car agreed value insurance?   <sorry for threadjacking>

Yep, it's a thing! You pay a low monthly flat rate and then a per mile rate on top of that. They track your miles with a little plug in device. There's a few companies that offer it; we went with Metromile. When I figured the cost over the entire year, we were going to come out about $200 ahead for the year. The most miles they can charge you for in a day is 150, so even our once annual vacation drive (about 400 miles each way) would only cost us $6 at 2 cents a mile. They do have an annual limit on mileage. Can't remember it off the top of my head, but we fell well within the limit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3152 on: April 15, 2015, 08:45:06 AM »
Wait, what?    Per mile insurance is a thing?  I drove my truck all of 1900miles last year, but paid for normal 12000mi. insurance.  Is this something every insurer offers, or is it a specialty product, like classic car agreed value insurance?   <sorry for threadjacking>

Yep, it's a thing! You pay a low monthly flat rate and then a per mile rate on top of that. They track your miles with a little plug in device. There's a few companies that offer it; we went with Metromile. When I figured the cost over the entire year, we were going to come out about $200 ahead for the year. The most miles they can charge you for in a day is 150, so even our once annual vacation drive (about 400 miles each way) would only cost us $6 at 2 cents a mile. They do have an annual limit on mileage. Can't remember it off the top of my head, but we fell well within the limit.

I had no idea this was a thing either. I already cut my insurance costs in half a couple of years ago, but considering how little my car gets used (not even 3000 miles/year), this could be very helpful. Thanks, Joshin and dragoncar!

Big small things yesterday:
* Opened a brokerage account with Vanguard.
* Moved a rollover IRA into a new traditional IRA.
* Moved savings money to a brokerage account.

Today:
* Trying local haircut place that reduces price by almost half if you skip the blow-dry.
* Using up frozen red cabbage from last summer in dinner tonight.


ETA: For anyone looking at Metromile, FYI: their home page says it's for people who drive 10,000 miles/year or less. But it's only in a few states so far: "We see you're interested in a quote, but we're currently only offering insurance in California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington...." That's not to say other companies won't do it, though.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3153 on: April 15, 2015, 09:33:36 AM »
This is so small it barely warrants mentioning but it was a big victory for me - I've been dealing with a hip injury and I have a business function I'm attending with my DH on Friday night and I was so tempted to go and just have someone else give me a manicure but I watched some trashy TV and did it myself.

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« Reply #3154 on: April 15, 2015, 10:21:17 AM »
Used up lots of "odds and ends" grains and legumes on mason jar salad lunches. Finished up the quinoa and the black lentils and the gigante beans. Used up a jar of peanut butter. Pretty much turned random ingredients into convenience food! Feeling really good about this!


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« Reply #3155 on: April 15, 2015, 10:53:15 AM »
Used up lots of "odds and ends" grains and legumes on mason jar salad lunches. Finished up the quinoa and the black lentils and the gigante beans. Used up a jar of peanut butter. Pretty much turned random ingredients into convenience food! Feeling really good about this!


That's really cool!  I'm trying to do better at this.

For my lunch and my husband's, I did the same thing.  We split the tiny bit of pasta leftover.  He got the cooked cabbage and the last egg.  I got hummus and veggies and fruit and cottage cheese.

Tonight is beans and potatoes.  Need to prep for tomorrow night though.

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« Reply #3156 on: April 15, 2015, 01:46:51 PM »
Got my taxes done with one of the Federal Free File providers last night, just paid to do state taxes.
Lunch and coffee provided at work.
Renewed my library books online so as not to get hit with fines and realized that I'll have to take one back in person by Friday at the latest. Glad to have realized that now and not Friday night.

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« Reply #3157 on: April 15, 2015, 01:59:46 PM »
Used up lots of "odds and ends" grains and legumes on mason jar salad lunches. Finished up the quinoa and the black lentils and the gigante beans. Used up a jar of peanut butter. Pretty much turned random ingredients into convenience food! Feeling really good about this!

Your fridge looks beautiful. I'm in awe of that level of organization. I cook pretty much every day, with a few fend for yourself nights (family of four with two college age kids) but I always feel I'm behind the curve getting everything eaten/prepared in time before it goes bad.

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« Reply #3158 on: April 15, 2015, 02:21:59 PM »
Feeling dizzy from new medication today, so an easy day planned, but still accomplished the following so far:

-hung a load of laundry on the line (thought the fresh air might help .. didn't)

-cooking up a 2 lb pack of ground beef for spaghetti for dinner.

-fed family hard boiled eggs and toast for lunch (a drive thru run crossed my mind while I was hanging laundry, but I quickly deleted it!)

-cut 2 hair of 2 sons (before I got dizzy)

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« Reply #3159 on: April 15, 2015, 04:48:52 PM »
Feeling dizzy from new medication today, so an easy day planned, but still accomplished the following so far:

-hung a load of laundry on the line (thought the fresh air might help .. didn't)

-cooking up a 2 lb pack of ground beef for spaghetti for dinner.

-fed family hard boiled eggs and toast for lunch (a drive thru run crossed my mind while I was hanging laundry, but I quickly deleted it!)

-cut 2 hair of 2 sons (before I got dizzy)

Very wise not to drive until the new med has settled in.  Mustachianism may have saved your life. 

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« Reply #3160 on: April 15, 2015, 05:09:58 PM »
Feeling dizzy from new medication today, so an easy day planned, but still accomplished the following so far:

-hung a load of laundry on the line (thought the fresh air might help .. didn't)

-cooking up a 2 lb pack of ground beef for spaghetti for dinner.

-fed family hard boiled eggs and toast for lunch (a drive thru run crossed my mind while I was hanging laundry, but I quickly deleted it!)

-cut 2 hair of 2 sons (before I got dizzy)

Very wise not to drive until the new med has settled in.  Mustachianism may have saved your life. 

HA! Good point!

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« Reply #3161 on: April 15, 2015, 06:30:37 PM »
After hearing about the "good guy" discount on NPR and reading about the same thing in Jeff Yeager's fine book The Extreme Cheapskate's Guide to Real Riches, I got brave today and asked for a discount on a mangled herb plant at the .99c store. (I know I can save the plant but it looked awful.) They gave it to me for half price (50 cents whoohoo!).

This is the second time this week I've gotten a discount just for asserting that I didn't expect to pay full price. I also got $2 off a haircut for my son. (I'd brought a coupon which they said they didn't take at that particular location but they gave me a discount just for trying.)

This is a huge transformation for me. I have historically been terrified of negotiation or price discussions, so I'm proud of myself.
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« Reply #3162 on: April 15, 2015, 07:21:24 PM »
After hearing about the "good guy" discount on NPR and reading about the same thing in Jeff Yeager's fine book The Extreme Cheapskate's Guide to Real Riches, I got brave today and asked for a discount on a mangled herb plant at the .99c store. (I know I can save the plant but it looked awful.) They gave it to me for half price (50 cents whoohoo!).

This is the second time this week I've gotten a discount just for asserting that I didn't expect to pay full price. I also got $2 off a haircut for my son. (I'd brought a coupon which they said they didn't take at that particular location but they gave me a discount just for trying.)

This is a huge transformation for me. I have historically been terrified of negotiation or price discussions, so I'm proud of myself.

That's great. I usually don't think to do those things either.

Sometime around last week, though, I wrote to my credit union asking about a $200 credit I thought I was supposed to get for signing up for a new credit card during a promotion and then spending a certain amount in the first 90 days. They wrote back and said that I hadn't qualified--they'd started counting on the day I applied and I'd started counting from the time I received the card. But they also said that they made an exception for me because I spent it in the first 3 statements, and they gave me the $200 anyway. So I was glad I asked.

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« Reply #3163 on: April 16, 2015, 12:24:26 AM »
My soles literally fell off my awesome work boots. So I bought a $4 tube of "Shoe Goo" and glued them back on! An awesome co-worker told me about the stuff, and it has held together really great so far.

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« Reply #3164 on: April 16, 2015, 10:27:17 AM »
Get a bidet.

TP is way too expensive.

And you are much cleaner and less A.I.



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« Reply #3165 on: April 16, 2015, 01:26:59 PM »
Planted the first balcony pot of the season with peas, spinach and radishes, all of which should be fine now that we are within a month of "last frost date."  Used some crushed eggshells and (free) worm castings that I got at the Garden Show last month (free tickets from my real estate agent) to enrich last year's soil in the pot. 

No immediate cost savings, but hopefully I'll be eating radish greens, at a minimum, in just a couple of weeks, and whole radishes and spinach within a month.  I plan to plant another pot, switching out the spinach for swiss chard, in a week, and then another pot, switching out the radishes for lettuce, the following week, and then adding other veg after last frost date (cucumber, tomato, etc).
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« Reply #3166 on: April 16, 2015, 02:11:24 PM »
Used an Amex Deal for $20 on Amazon (gift card) and got $20 back. Not sure what I'll use the free $20 for, but I'm sure I'll use it at some point.

If you have an amex, check the Deals... you may have the same offer!

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« Reply #3167 on: April 16, 2015, 07:52:41 PM »
Received $2 check for a rebate offer.

Two months ago, I decided that every $5 bill that I came across would go into a designated jar (to eventually be put toward savings).  Today, I took out $100 cash back at the grocery store for "fun money" for the rest of the month - except instead of the usual $20s, the machine gave me it all in $5s!!  I'm not breaking the rule . . . so in the jar it went.  Another $100 saved (sigh).  Fun will have to be free.

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« Reply #3168 on: April 16, 2015, 09:45:37 PM »
* Made a batch of granola
* Prepared a new sourdough starter so we can have homemade sourdough pancakes on Saturday
* Transplanted a volunteer chamomile seedling to a better spot
* SIDE HUSTLE: Bought a book at Goodwill for $2 on Tuesday, resold it online for a $40 profit on Wednesday.
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« Reply #3169 on: April 17, 2015, 12:04:08 AM »

* SIDE HUSTLE: Bought a book at Goodwill for $2 on Tuesday, resold it online for a $40 profit on Wednesday.

Cool idea! What book was it?

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« Reply #3170 on: April 17, 2015, 12:47:14 PM »
I'm not breaking the rule . . . so in the jar it went. 

You were very, very good. It really will pay off.

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« Reply #3171 on: April 17, 2015, 01:16:28 PM »
Dug a pkg. of marked-down- approaching-sell-by-date-so-bought-a-lot breakfast sausage out the of the freezer to make fancy "eating out" breakfasts for me and the Hub over the weekend.  Last pkg.  Should have bought more.

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« Reply #3172 on: April 17, 2015, 01:45:31 PM »

* SIDE HUSTLE: Bought a book at Goodwill for $2 on Tuesday, resold it online for a $40 profit on Wednesday.

Cool idea! What book was it?

This Tasha Tudor-illustrated garden book: http://www.amazon.com/Crockers-Kitchen-Gardens-Crocker-library/dp/0684126133

Tasha Tudor stuff does well generally, and this particular title is out of print.

I specialize in vintage children's books, but gardening is my other interest so it was a nice crossover. (Tasha Tudor is primarily known for her children's book illustrations.) As a general rule this point, I try to limit myself to books I really want to own myself, because not everything sells or sells for what you would hope.

Generally book reselling is hard to do, but with the Amazon app on your phone can scan the barcode quickly to see if something might be worthwhile. Current-edition textbooks are the most profitable.
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« Reply #3173 on: April 17, 2015, 03:07:13 PM »
Received $2 check for a rebate offer.

Two months ago, I decided that every $5 bill that I came across would go into a designated jar (to eventually be put toward savings).  Today, I took out $100 cash back at the grocery store for "fun money" for the rest of the month - except instead of the usual $20s, the machine gave me it all in $5s!!  I'm not breaking the rule . . . so in the jar it went.  Another $100 saved (sigh).  Fun will have to be free.

Wow!  That is impressive!

My actions today: 
1.  Dug out a couple boxes of long accumulated wine/beer bottles, etc to return for deposit tomorrow
2.  Completed medical claim form to mail in for reimbursement
3.  Filled in most of my work expenses for reimbursement - will be going to work shortly so will finish it and photocopy receipts while there
4.  Making sure to have things plugged in only as long as needed to charge, turning power bars off when not using them
5.  Ate breakfast and lunch at home, as well as coffee, so I won't be tempted to stop for anything on the way to work

Yesterday:
My phone fell out of my pocket while walking the dogs, at night, in the park.  Aargh!  I thought I knew where I might have lost it, and went back to look.  1/2 hour of searching later, I was so tempted to give up - the phone is still under contract, but the screen is cracked and the battery doesn't hold a charge well anymore.  But I recently checked and it would cost about $150 to buy out the rest of my contract.  No!  I thought of all the pictures (sob), contact info, etc that I would lose, and I went back home, got a flashlight, went back out.  Another 20 minutes of searching, and yay!  It was found!  As soon as I got home, I found the USB cord and spent an hour figuring out how to transfer my photos to my laptop, thus potentially sparing myself a future expense if the phone dies and I need help to get the photos off it.
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« Reply #3174 on: April 17, 2015, 03:52:01 PM »
* Had a bunch of people to catch up with in the city, but the trip costs over $20 in transportation and takes 90+ minutes each way. So I scheduled everyone on the same day, and basically held court all day at a couple of places while they rotated in and out. A 5-hour stretch of it cost me only 1 cup of coffee.

* Sold a book for $40.

* Last online clothing consignment processed for another $20, so all told, made over $180.

* Picked up a penny. :)

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« Reply #3175 on: April 17, 2015, 07:18:04 PM »
A few days ago I bought an Ooma Telo from amazon.  Today they put another version (with wireless adapter) on sale.  I chatted with them and they gave me a $20 gift certificate for price match even though it wasn't the exact same item.

I'm pleased I tried to get the sale price even though they could have denied me.

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« Reply #3176 on: April 17, 2015, 09:04:30 PM »
Walked to and from the pub last night. (Would normally have bused there for $1.50 and cabbed back for $12). Stuck to just two drinks :-) going to the pub isn't exactly a frugal activity but at least I am doing it as cheaply as possible :-)

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« Reply #3177 on: April 17, 2015, 09:20:20 PM »
I'm trying to use up food that's in the house since I'll be traveling for work next week and DH basically doesn't cook when I'm gone.  Roasted a chicken with carrots, and threw some chickpeas leftover from making hummus in with the carrots.  Kind of odd, but tasted good.

We had a salad with the first lettuces and radishes from the garden.  Hoping to avoid buying salad greens for a while.

Opened up the windows since it was warmer outside than inside.  Heat has been off for about a month now, with just a couple wood fires on chilly nights. 

Didn't spend any money today.

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« Reply #3178 on: April 17, 2015, 10:24:34 PM »
* Started a new levain a couple of days ago (free yeast is frugal!) and used it to make two respectable boules tonight. I'm teaching myself to make bread and this was my third and most successful attempt yet. At least my crusts are getting better!

* Found $0.27 on the street.

* Cashed in $2.20 in recycling
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« Reply #3179 on: April 17, 2015, 11:40:57 PM »
Today: got massively fed up with the state of my desk. Deep cleaned and organized. Found a hoard of gift cards ranging in value from 19 cents to $63.63. Total of all cards together was $310. One gift card was something my husband got as swag years ago at a corporate conference. It was for a company we'd NEVER use, so we sold that $25 GC online for about $22.00 in Amazon credit. Since we do much of our shopping on Amazon, this is great for us. The rest will be very handy for holidays, kids birthdays and the like. 

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« Reply #3180 on: April 18, 2015, 06:13:58 AM »
Took advantage of a casino promotion (yay NJ?). Deposit $30-$300, if you lose 90% they'll reimburse your deposit completely. This means guaranteed $3-$30 if luck isn't on your side, higher if it is. Put $300 in expecting to get the free $30, and ended up with $57.55 instead. I'll take it!

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« Reply #3181 on: April 18, 2015, 10:50:19 AM »
I was just getting up this morning, when I got a call from the church where I work.  The kids (and parents and teachers) were there for steel band practice, and the caretaker wasn't there to let them in.  The teacher who has a key is away this weekend - probably assumed that the caretaker would be there.  I had to dash over to let them in - immediately!  (They are performing tonight and could not afford to miss out on any practice time.)

Unfortunately, this meant I was on the road without having had any caffeine yet.  And there is a Tim Horton's on my way home ...



I saw the danger coming, and deliberately moved into the left lane early, escaping the vortex that exists at the entrance to their parking lot.  Changing lanes, for the mustachian win!   

(And by the way, the coffee that I made at home, along with rye bread and PB, was delicious!)
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« Reply #3182 on: April 18, 2015, 11:06:04 AM »
I was just getting up this morning, when I got a call from the church where I work.  The kids (and parents and teachers) were there for steel band practice, and the caretaker wasn't there to let them in.  The teacher who has a key is away this weekend - probably assumed that the caretaker would be there.  I had to dash over to let them in - immediately!  (They are performing tonight and could not afford to miss out on any practice time.)

Unfortunately, this meant I was on the road without having had any caffeine yet.  And there is a Tim Horton's on my way home ...



I saw the danger coming, and deliberately moved into the left lane early, escaping the vortex that exists at the entrance to their parking lot.  Changing lanes, for the mustachian win!   

(And by the way, the coffee that I made at home, along with rye bread and PB, was delicious!)

Good one! Amazing how making something inconvenient can help break a habit. PJ for the win!

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« Reply #3183 on: April 18, 2015, 11:48:51 AM »
This morning, I worked several hours as a kids' martial arts instructor and made some easy money for exercising.  Now I'm going to the cell phone store to get a free replacement for my five year old smartphone which work is paying for.  After that, I'm going to make a homemade dinner with stuff I already have in my pantry and then I'm going to watch some playoff hockey on free over-the-air television.  I love not spending money.

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« Reply #3184 on: April 18, 2015, 01:18:51 PM »
Yesterday - I replaced the kitchen faucet myself instead of paying a plumber to do it. Somewhere between $200 - $400 saved.
Took the parts I didn't use back to Home Depot when I needed a junction for the final connection.
FWIW the basin wrench and master blaster were useless at getting the old faucet out. In the end, the "washers" - too flimsy to really deserve that name - had rusted enough that, with all the other things I was tyring to do to loosen or saw through the bolts, they disintegrated.

Also yesterday - the 19 year old cat was due for a feline leukemia shot. I had a talk with the vet about, given her lifestyle, does she really need the shot? She doesn't go outside of the back yard, isn't out there often, and would retreat if another cat approached her. We decided to forego the shot.

This week's goal: no extra trips to the grocery store for ingredients I forgot the first time. I've been back less than 2 hours and already identified two substitutions I need to make. It's not just the money, it's the time that I lose in these trips. With the recovered time, maybe I can get organized enough to plan in advance!

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« Reply #3185 on: April 18, 2015, 03:11:35 PM »
*  deposited the $100 in 5s (plus another $50) to bank & immediately transferred it to credit card bill

*  received another $5 rebate check in the mail (this will supplement groceries, not go in the five jar since it is not cash -lol)

*  picked up two (planned) purchases intended to save money long term (a pressure cooker and wheeled grocery cart)

*  I guess I will be pressure cooking some kind of beans for the freezer tonight :)

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« Reply #3186 on: April 18, 2015, 03:26:18 PM »
I bought a pair svdp for $4.00 and then I used a 20% off coupon.  The pants would be $40+ in a store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3187 on: April 18, 2015, 03:45:47 PM »
Shopped annual rummage sales and got $100 worth kids clothes and toys for $10. It was a steal especially because the clothes were new with tags (almost all the ones my baby will wear and from quality baby stores) and the books were ones I was looking for. I also bought a new gift book that I can give for baby showers. Yay!!

Our daycare shopping seems almost complete.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3188 on: April 18, 2015, 04:18:40 PM »
Cut my hair and DHs hair. Also took a ton of books to the used book store to sell and got positively rooked. Next time I'm doing the trade in credit for Amazon. I think I "gave up" at least $30 by taking the bookstore's offer. Oh well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3189 on: April 18, 2015, 04:26:42 PM »
Yesterday - I replaced the kitchen faucet myself instead of paying a plumber to do it. Somewhere between $200 - $400 saved.

You rock!  One of my goals is to become more competent with handy task stuff.  Good job!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3190 on: April 18, 2015, 08:21:30 PM »
Yesterday - I replaced the kitchen faucet myself instead of paying a plumber to do it. Somewhere between $200 - $400 saved.

You rock!  One of my goals is to become more competent with handy task stuff.  Good job!

Thank you! One of the best investments I made when I bought my first house was the Orange Book from Home Depot. Home Improvement 1-2-3. It de-mystified a lot.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3191 on: April 18, 2015, 09:44:46 PM »
I was out of my house from 11:30 am until 7:00 pm, but I never stepped foot into a car. We struck off on foot toward a local craft fair 1 mile away, meeting my mom halfway there. I didn't buy anything!

After, my mom wanted to go to a local brick oven pizza place, which was 2 miles in the opposite direction. The day was beautiful, so we walked there. Pizza and beer was mom's treat.

Walked home, stopping by a park so my boys could swing for a few minutes -- free entertainment!

Found a Starbucks gift card in the street by a bus stop on the way home. Checked it and it still had $12 on it, score!

Grabbed the husband once we got home. Ditched the kids with leftovers for dinner and we walked to the local Starbucks to enjoy our free coffee date.

Picked up a 6 pack of beer -- not frugal -- on the way home. Sat on the back porch and enjoyed said beer while we discussed summer garden plans -- frugal Saturday night entertainment.

I added it up -- I have walked 25 miles since Monday. I've only driven to take the kids to and from their twice weekly co-op classes, which aren't within a reasonable walking distance.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3192 on: April 19, 2015, 02:24:32 AM »
This was on Friday, granted, but: I shaved my head with a safety razor, for the third time. I think I'm starting to get better at this... the only problem is that one shave of the head and the blade is too blunt to use more than another couple of times. I'm used to shaving my beard with a blade that's three months old ;)

The upside is, no more visits to the hairdresser/barber/etc. ever again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3193 on: April 19, 2015, 09:00:54 AM »
Just realized I did all my laundry EXCEPT the pair of pants I really need to bring on my work trip this week (and they have salsa on the leg), so throwing them in the wash with the sheets instead of doing a separate load.

Drinking bulletproof coffee instead of buying another pint of cream and leaving it in the fridge to go bad while I'm gone.

Packing a small cooler, knife, cutting board, can opener, some portable food and travel mug in my checked bag so I can hopefully avoid buying breakfasts or lunches out (will have a rental car and hit the grocery store tomorrow night).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3194 on: April 19, 2015, 10:19:35 AM »
Changed oil and filter (both synthetic, both 50% off) and put my summer wheels on. $50 vs $120, meaning I made $70/hr after tax for one hour of labour.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3195 on: April 19, 2015, 10:32:00 AM »
 I have walked 25 miles since Monday

Gosh, with a little planning you could have done this on a treadmill, in a stuffy gym, while paying a lot of money. 

Keeping in the spirit of the thread:  Baked cranberry oat scones served with fresh ground coffee for Sunday breakfast.  Just think I could have waited in line at the fancy bakery down town, paid a lot of money and listened to children screaming while I wished someone would give me more coffee.  My spendy friends are are right.  I just don't know how to live.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3196 on: April 19, 2015, 01:27:21 PM »
Like horsepoor, I'll be traveling most of this week. So,

* Cooking hamburgers and hard-boiled eggs and chopping vegetables to take on an 8-hour train trip. (Going to hit up local grocery store to do similar for the trip back.)
* Getting creative to use up food that will go bad while we're gone. (Bacon, cabbage, and sour cream, anyone?)
* Also followed up on a store credit I never received.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3197 on: April 19, 2015, 01:32:44 PM »
yesterday I channeled Bob W and found eggs for 0.99 a dozen.  Bought 3 dozen (max allowed).

Spent many many hours yesterday cooking.  Today too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3198 on: April 19, 2015, 01:55:12 PM »
Neither of us is going down off the mountain today.
Found the source of a small brake fluid leak in my car, but we'll have to order a part.
Walked in the woods with the dogs for entertainment.
Will watch a DVD checked out from the library on a laptop for entertainment tonight.
Cooking spaghetti from the pantry tonight (TVP, so it's all shelf stable). Will then use leftover WW noodles for noodle bowls and leftover sauce for meatball subs this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3199 on: April 19, 2015, 08:05:32 PM »
*  used the leftover rice in the fridge to make rice milk (yay, Vitamix!); which is currently cooking up in potato corn chowder

*  (this was yesterday, but . . . ) 5# bag of potatoes for 99 cents!

*  no money spent today

*  watching videos on youtube for pressure cooking inspiration