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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3550 on: June 05, 2015, 12:38:11 PM »
*made iced tea for today (jug full of boiling water, 5 tea bags, sugar and lemon juice to taste for those who still use a store bought mix)

*reheating chili in the crockpot for tonight's dinner - we will be out until 5 and I'm so happy I pre-planned this or else, drive thru!

*keeping blinds closed to keep some of the heat out of the house



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3551 on: June 05, 2015, 05:14:35 PM »
Called AT&T and asked them to apply a new promotional deal on my home internet account again since my last one expired yesterday. The call took 4 minutes and now my bill is back to $32 a month, a monthly savings of $15. Yay!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3552 on: June 05, 2015, 06:34:30 PM »
Made about 2.5 litres of pesto from my garden - using arugula, radish greens, lettuce, and garlic scapes. Going to freeze for later use.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3553 on: June 05, 2015, 09:28:36 PM »
* Found $0.02 on the ground

* Went to Time Warner to have them restore a $5 monthly credit for owning (rather than renting our cable modem). They claim the credit expires in 6 months, but that's still $30 back in our pocket and I plan to ask for the credit again in January. (The office is right next to my son's school so I'll be there anyway, LOL.)

* Sauteed some zucchini and green pumpkins from the garden.

* Returned cans and bottles for $3.40

* Submitted online form for Beats Pill recall/refund. Should get ~$300 back.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3554 on: June 06, 2015, 12:38:48 PM »
From the last 24 hours:
*Enjoyed a free lecture with younger son at his Astronomy club last night (well worth the $25 annual dues).

* Experienced mild boredom yesterday afternoon, so roped the Mister into going on a long walk with me, followed by frisbee in the park. Man, I forgot how relaxing and enjoyable tossing a frisbee around can be! We are already planning more "frisbee" dates.

* Although both window units are installed and we have been unseasonably warm, we still haven't turned on the AC.

* Discovered Kirk's castille soap bars, 3/$3. Finally, a cheap soap that doesn't irritate my bitchy-ass skin. Trial run went well yesterday. (Fragrance-free castille is all I have ever been able to use without crazy hives or rashes, and castille soaps like Bronner's usually cost a shit load because of the crunchy/hippy factor.)

* Went over older son's NYLT camp list and discovered we don't need to buy a thing -- he was short one "class B" uniform t-shirt, but a couple of quick phone calls to other parents turned up one he could borrow.

* Finished fencing in the garden bed and elder son and I built a gate, using scrap wood out of the garage. Now the garden is duck and skunk proof.

* Moved two volunteer sage plants and one volunteer spirea bush to replace some bushes that didn't survive winter in our front yard. It will be a year or two before they reach a nice size, but the price is right! I now have three spirea bushes now, two adult, one seedling, and I have never bought a single one. The have all blown in from the neighbor's.

*Now, going to head out in the yard to help the Mister finish the new duck pond. Shouldn't take long, we're just slightly enlarging the ornamental pond they have used the past few years. We are using the kids old pool liner, which finally sprung a leak and which they have outgrown, as the new pond liner. You won't be able to tell it's humble beginnings once we get the landscape rocks back in place. The old liner is being repurposed into a small upper pond with waterfall to the new bigger pond.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3555 on: June 06, 2015, 03:05:45 PM »
*  Resisted the $48 key cabinet and instead created my own cabinet and organized my extensive key madness with what I had on hand and $5-ish of materials

*  Bought tortillas and lettuce to enhance the rice and beans, in order to resist take out or more expensive groceries

*  Organizing my home office today - it is like a treasure hunt!  I do not want to re-buy things that are hiding

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3556 on: June 06, 2015, 07:20:27 PM »
*Kids picked 20 lb of strawberries at a u-pick farm. I washed and cut up 15 lb for the freezer and the last 5 is turning into pies made by my daughter from scratch crust.

*Returned library materials (mostly) on time and signed up for adult summer reading club -- I won a book last year so this is totally worth it since we go there every week anyways.

*Made burgers for the grill from our supply of grass-fed beef in the freezer -- used a copy cat recipe for Fuddruckers seasoning which was a hit with the family.
http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Fuddruckers-Hamburger-Seasoning-Copycat-Recipe.html

*Made buns from scratch for the hamburgers



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3557 on: June 06, 2015, 08:20:19 PM »
Took three paperbacks in to the library and traded them one for one for books I hadn't read. I'm terrible about returning library books on time, so this works better for me. And one for one is much better trade-in value than what I get at the second-hand book store.

Sometimes the selection is bad (do you have any idea how many books John Grisham has written?), but this time it was great.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3558 on: June 06, 2015, 09:04:53 PM »
Made pizza at home and took the kids to the local high school where a college summer league plays - enjoyed the games, the kids found several balls that were fouled out of the field. Enjoyed a very lovely summer evening.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3559 on: June 07, 2015, 08:23:10 PM »
*  repaired my broken clothes drying rack :)
*  beans, rice and tortillas for dinner
*  cooking up the last of the potatoes to be used throughout the week

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« Reply #3560 on: June 07, 2015, 09:06:20 PM »
I spent this morning at my CSA garden, helping transplant cabbage plants and set up shade netting over kale and spinach. Lovely morning, but went home with an unexpected bag of salad greens, pea greens, radishes, and asparagus, three weeks before the CSA pick-ups begin.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3561 on: June 07, 2015, 09:34:34 PM »
Dug into the fridge and found enough food to bring along in a cooler to avoid eating out on my work trip this week.  Rounded it out with veggies from the garden.

Had potatoes, garlic scapes, leeks and snap peas out of the garden as part of tonight's dinner.

Packed my kettlebell and other portable gym equipment so I can work out on the road without paying $7/day for gym passes (hotel gym = treadmill and recumbent bike far as I can tell)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3562 on: June 08, 2015, 06:32:35 AM »
Working from home today so not spending a penny.  Also made courgette (zuccini) noodles for my Bolognese lunches for the rest of the week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3563 on: June 08, 2015, 06:34:46 AM »
I had a cheap weekend, I read a free book on my kindle and rearranged the living room so it looks nicer.:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3564 on: June 08, 2015, 06:36:30 AM »
Darned a hole in the armpit of one of my work sweaters. I'm pretty excited since it was my first darning experiment. Also taped the earpiece of my sunglasses back together. Perfectly good on both fronts!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3565 on: June 08, 2015, 06:41:59 AM »
I work abroad, so when the semester ends and people end their contracts and move to other countries, they leave a lot of stuff behind. I attended a fun take-my-stuff wine and cheese party tonight, and came home with a fabulous new skirt and belt, lots of toiletries, and a fair amount of basic ingredients (oils, vinegars, etc.). Good times *and* free stuff!

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« Reply #3566 on: June 08, 2015, 08:29:40 AM »
I had a work trip this weekend where I was staying at an expensive resort with only onsite food options so I brought my own easy food to eat. I still had to do the coworker mealtime socializing, but since I knew I had yummies back in my hotel room I was able to only eat small plates. My meal allowance was pretty generous (although not enough to cover what meals WOULD have cost at this place) so I ended up making around $33 in profit. When you add in the cashback I earned with those purchases and the hotel booking, I made another $22. Not bad :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3567 on: June 08, 2015, 09:37:06 AM »
Made a 'what's left in the fridge' salad for a late lunch to use up some random bits of veggies. Made some dressing too. It was DEEEElicious.

Adopted some potatoes that had sprouted and planted them in the ground. Hopefully they produce. :)

Dried laundry in the sun.

Biked to work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3568 on: June 08, 2015, 01:42:53 PM »
I really wanted to buy lunch today while at work to make up for a crappy day, but I held fast and ate my brown-bagged lunch.

Total savings: $5-$10

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3569 on: June 08, 2015, 03:48:27 PM »
*Made more ant bait out of a spoonful of jam and a sprinkle of borax -- placed in a milk jug lid in the window sill

*Had a fire in our new fire pit last night with kids and their friends -- made smores -- very cheap entertainment for 9 kids/teens

*Used up a ton of leftovers for lunch today -- a bit of a buffet lunch

*Stitching up 3 skirts with tears in the seams rather than chucking them out and buying new ones

*ETA: Gave myself a haircut
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3570 on: June 08, 2015, 04:49:50 PM »
*  hung another load of laundry to dry
*  no unnecessary driving
*  eating at home (rice, beans, etc . . . )
*  gave myself a manicure (lol - :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3571 on: June 08, 2015, 06:33:13 PM »
Made a big batch of kidney beans in the slow cooker (crock pot) overnight. Dried beans are becoming a staple in my house.

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« Reply #3572 on: June 09, 2015, 12:40:11 AM »
@HappierAtHome,

Watch those kidney beans in the crockpot ... I've read warnings on multiple websites re: toxins that need to be boiled off from kidney beans.

Here's one:
http://www.foodreference.com/html/artredkidneybeanpoisoning.html

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3573 on: June 09, 2015, 03:31:37 AM »
Fixed my own bicycle tire.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3574 on: June 09, 2015, 05:35:08 AM »
Yesterday: replaced front shocks on my car. Still$140 for parts, but the labor cost would have been ridiculous considering how easy it was on this car (not the usual for cars and very atypical for this stupidly designed tiny thing).




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3575 on: June 09, 2015, 07:33:53 AM »
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Watch those kidney beans in the crockpot ... I've read warnings on multiple websites re: toxins that need to be boiled off from kidney beans.

My dad: "You know how to cook kidney beans?"
Me: "How?"
Dad: "Boil the piss out of them."

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« Reply #3576 on: June 09, 2015, 12:56:13 PM »
Booked my $1,100 work flight and rental car through the Chase site for 5% cashback, rather than the usual 1%. So $44 "savings"?

Since I get reimbursed it's really all profit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3577 on: June 09, 2015, 01:14:10 PM »
Booked my $1,100 work flight and rental car through the Chase site for 5% cashback, rather than the usual 1%. So $44 "savings"?

Since I get reimbursed it's really all profit.
Don't forget the flight miles ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3578 on: June 09, 2015, 03:28:57 PM »
Removed the necks from 3 short-sleeve turtlenecks to repurpose into scoop-neck tees.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3579 on: June 09, 2015, 04:14:12 PM »
Used up the last of some boar shanks that have been in the freezer forever. The weather turned hot so I smoked them instead of braising. I think I will strip the meat off the bone and serve cold with a salad.

Harvested snap peas, turnips, cauliflower and strawberries, and fermented cauliflower and turnips with a spicy curry blend. 

Accepted an awesome deal where I get free Washington fruit in exchange for being a "Canbassador" for the Washington State Fruit Commission. Received first box of fruit today - 18 pounds of sweet cherries. Super excited.

Turned a rice bag into a tote bag for summer beach toys. It's working great - extra deep for all those plastic shovels and rakes and sand castle molds - and you can just hose it off.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3580 on: June 09, 2015, 05:08:12 PM »
Lost my swimsuit when I moved the stuff from my rental-house-during-a-contract in to my permanent abode. No, I don't know how I lost it. It is probably with the snowsuit I lost when I was nine, when I went to a friend's house to visit.

Did one last check through all my moved belongings. Decided not to drive into the city to buy one, but order one online instead. Ta-dah! Sears Canada was having a 60% off one-day only sale on swimsuits. Won't have it for a week and a half, because it goes to a rural delivery point, but I like the swimsuit!

The one I lost should show up any day now. Though the snowsuit never did.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3581 on: June 09, 2015, 05:47:26 PM »
Exercised at home instead of paying for a class or going to a gym, examined the contents of the fridge to stay on top of what needs to be eaten, kept the water heater off, line dried clothes and drove a very short distance.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3582 on: June 09, 2015, 10:11:35 PM »
 Neighbor dropped by to gift me a ton of strawberries that are slightly questionable but just fine for the freezer.  I am thrilled to have them for smoothies for the week.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3583 on: June 10, 2015, 05:20:10 AM »
I did two things yesterday but didn't post so I'll add them "today" :-)
Arranged a lift from a friend to the airport for my next trip - will save $40-$50 on taxi. Will buy him $10 or so worth of beer tho, but still gonna come out way ahead.
Cleaned the pantry to know what needs to be eaten (put oldest stuff at the front).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3584 on: June 10, 2015, 05:44:29 AM »
Walked into work, plan to walk home.
Took my lunch and snack to work.
Left my purse at home!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3585 on: June 10, 2015, 10:43:17 AM »
Brought an empty water bottle to the airport and filled it from the fountain once getting through security. No $3 water for this guy!

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« Reply #3586 on: June 10, 2015, 11:08:40 AM »
Pleased to report that the free basil seeds (promotional handout on the street) that we put in the free composted manure (collected at the local riding stable) in the free pot (came with the trailer) in the free greenhouse (neighbor was going to throw frame out and we refurbished it with the plastic saved from a mattress purchase) have sprouted.

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« Reply #3587 on: June 10, 2015, 11:23:17 AM »
Mended a giant hole in the bottom of my favourite pair of knee socks :)

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« Reply #3588 on: June 10, 2015, 12:39:14 PM »
Cut the legs off a pair of my daughter's leggings and hemmed the ends. Voilą, shorts!

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« Reply #3589 on: June 10, 2015, 01:53:11 PM »
Rather than paying for cable TV to watch the USA vs. Germany men's soccer match this afternoon, I am watching it on UniMas over-the-air for free.  The only downside is that it's in Spanish, which I don't speak, but Spanish announcers are always more fun to listen to anyway.  Since I produce my own power by solar energy, I'm not even paying for the electricity.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3590 on: June 10, 2015, 02:09:19 PM »
Baseball season has started. Typically with three members of my family playing we wind up picking up fast food more than we would like simply due to work schedules, practice schedules and games. However, two weeks in and we have yet to purchase dinner or lunch. Hubs and I are both committed to packing lunches in a cooler instead. I was actually able to save my sister some money too by packing her and my nephew something so they didn't have to buy something between games. Easily saved $30 that day and another $10 last night.

Our food budget is our biggest leaking point so we are trying really hard to focus on being more mindful and budget conscience in this category.

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« Reply #3591 on: June 11, 2015, 10:31:37 AM »
*  typical free coffee and homemade rice/beans lunch
*  this is a tough one, but slowly realizing and adjusting to deal with a relationship that tends to drain me emotionally and financially.  The more I have become aware of MMM-stuff, the more I just cannot put up with or justify certain habits/behavior anymore. 
*  was given some items that can be listed for sale online

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« Reply #3592 on: June 11, 2015, 01:24:12 PM »
Forced myself to eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch even though I've had the same thing every day for the entire week. 
Drinking water.
Working on cutting back on my snacking.  This will really help our grocery budget because I snack a lot.

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« Reply #3593 on: June 11, 2015, 02:06:43 PM »
The grocery store that is 3 doors from my house has a 20% off meat sales 8 or 9 times a year. I hadn't been able to take advantage of it in a long time because it happens on weekdays, when I was in the city during the week. Now that my contract has finished, I was able to go today. Stocked up on $50 worth of meat, which will keep me going until the end of July.

Two things I really like are that they don't jack up the prices before they reduce them and that they have a selection of cuts (high end and low end). I'd have been happy to pay the regular price on any of the meat I bought today -- though I definitely wouldn't have bought it all at once or all in one place.

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« Reply #3594 on: June 11, 2015, 08:55:05 PM »
Pleased to report that the free basil seeds (promotional handout on the street) that we put in the free composted manure (collected at the local riding stable) in the free pot (came with the trailer) in the free greenhouse (neighbor was going to throw frame out and we refurbished it with the plastic saved from a mattress purchase) have sprouted.

Nice work. :D
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3595 on: June 11, 2015, 10:33:04 PM »
The other day I noted the hardware store was changing brands of drill bits, and selling all the old brand at 1/2off.  Today took my banged up set of bits in the store and bought 3 new ones to replace 3 chewed ones.

We grabbed a picnic dinner out of the fridge before running errands today, so we got to have a picnic and were not tempted to grab something at Chipotle.

Got some CDs, books & a DVD at the library.

Line dried a load of laundry (did that 2 days in a row).

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« Reply #3596 on: June 11, 2015, 11:00:54 PM »
Had a pretty good day today!
* Got "new" used tires on the car. 80% tread and cost a third of buying the same tires new. The husband of a volunteer in my son's scout troop works at a used tire shop, and offered us a deal. Since we plan to sell the car for something with better gas mileage in about year, this is a pretty awesome deal.

* It was the husband's birthday. Kid #1 gave him a frisbee, Kid #2 gave him a carabiner clip for his keys (his had broke), and I made him an artsy print for his office. We then fed him with homemade shrimp stirfry and eggdrop soup, followed by a decadent homemade peanut butter chocolate cake. He and I then went and chatted over an iced coffee, and then struck out for a five mile stroll along the riverside. (We didn't mean to walk five miles, but the evening temps were perfect and the conversation was good, and next thing we knew we were almost 3 miles from home).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3597 on: June 11, 2015, 11:35:44 PM »
*Bought my iron pills at Costco (56  cents a pill) instead of local drugstore (73 cents a pill). This will really add up over the years. (Recently diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia)

*Listening to lots of free music on Songza app

*Made basil-feta pasta for dinner with basil from starter plants in my garden -- 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, salt, pepper, good handful of feta, chopped tomatoes, 1/2 a cup of chopped basil.  Let that all marinate together and then cook up 3c. dry small pasta and add, hot or cold.  DELISH!






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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3598 on: June 12, 2015, 02:03:58 PM »
* Spent 5 minutes clicking on digital store coupons before heading to supermarket, which saved an extra $20 on stuff we'd have bought anyway.
* Signed up for SavingStar, Checkout51, and coupons.com. (Still working on getting that last one to actually print.)
* Combined errands into a single drive, and since I was passing by, stopped at 1 grocery store for a good but small sale that alone wouldn't have been worth a trip. Packed car with ice packs to keep groceries cold while making multiple stops.
* Trying new way to store celery that's supposed to make it last longer.
* Reorganized cabinets to make shopping and stockpiling better.
* Accidentally knocked a bottle of lemon extract (alcohol + lemon oil) out of the cabinet while tidying up, which broke open and spilled on the counter. Mopped it up with a cloth, then figured I shouldn't waste it and used the cloth to wipe down the stovetop. Kitchen's now lemony fresh.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3599 on: June 12, 2015, 04:23:09 PM »
Encouraged husband who I found researching the sale of our backhoe! Anybody need a big old backhoe - leaks some fluid, but gets the job done. We're currently living in its most recent big job.