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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3700 on: June 26, 2015, 04:09:21 PM »
Walked to supermarket yesterday (1.5 miles each way) to pick up a few items that had good sale prices and coupons for.  Submitted for $9 worth of rebates on top. But didn't realize until I got home that a 12-pack of toilet paper had rung up at full price instead of sale price.

Didn't have time to walk over to supermarket today because I had to be back for a meeting, so I drove back and got refunded the $4 TP overage. Wanted to get more out of my car trip, though, so I stopped at the liquor store that's on the way back and picked up 2 bottles of booze, both on sale for $6 and $7 off, then came home and submitted for $14 more in rebates.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3701 on: June 26, 2015, 07:59:25 PM »
Returned some items to store and Amazon, made sure that we were getting back rebates as expected and convinced husband to eat dinner at home instead of togo

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3702 on: June 26, 2015, 09:08:07 PM »
* Replaced two broken sprinklers ALL BY MYSELF, I AM A BADASS. Reprogramming our sprinklers to only water two times a week in keeping with new drought-related regulations. We also have to reduce our overall usage by 16 percent so thinking about that.

* Cashed in $2 of recycling today and used the redemption value to buy two boxes of discounted dry pasta for $.99 each.

* There was an extra $.55 in the change machine and I said it wasn't mine but the bagger said someone probably left it and I should just take it.

* Harvested another zucchini.

* Stopped at an estate sale, picked up another Pyrex clear casserole for myself and a reading lamp for my son.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3703 on: June 27, 2015, 11:51:52 AM »
Last night, I went to the movies with friends and we couldn't do our typical matinee money-saving due to everyone's work schedule.  So, instead we got ticket passes at  BJs Wholesale and saved $4 per night ticket.  It was still 50 cents more than a matinee, but it was decent enough.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3704 on: June 27, 2015, 12:24:03 PM »
Fixed a ceiling fan with a $5 speed controller rather than a $70 fan.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3705 on: June 27, 2015, 05:33:29 PM »
I tried taking the bus to work and back home yesterday.  It was quicker than driving and overall pretty painless, for a grand total of $3.50.  I am seriously considering ditching my clown car now. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3706 on: June 27, 2015, 07:21:19 PM »
My husband and I went Jurassic yesterday with some Gold Class movie vouchers he received for Christmas.

I just called our car insurance provider and managed to save $384 off our annual policy.

My husband made $370 from a freelance project a couple of weeks ago, so this week I'm keeping an eye out for that payment.

This week I'm really struggling with wanting to spend money on family and friends. I go through phases like this, where I'm happy to continue 'denying' myself but tempted to spoil others. :/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3707 on: June 27, 2015, 09:05:40 PM »
*made brownies and pizza from scratch
*hosted a staff BBQ and was left with probably $50 in meat and $30 in cheese. Also received $100 restaurant gc as a thank you
*weekly trip to public library - kids doing summer reading club again and have chances to win books and book store gc's - grand prize is an iPad
*didn't go in any stores today

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3708 on: June 28, 2015, 08:02:08 AM »
Yesterday, I earned some money for teaching taekwondo classes and cleaning the dojang.  Then, I picked up a book I had reserved at the library around the corner.  I ate all meals at home, including making some chicken a la king from scratch over homemade bread for dinner.  So overall, I spent nothing yesterday and made some extra money.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3709 on: June 28, 2015, 05:12:50 PM »
Didn't buy soft drink while grocery shopping. I only use it as a mixer, but I'm having a clean week to help get over jet lag and the flu, so no alcohol.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3710 on: June 28, 2015, 05:43:27 PM »
Did the week's grocery shopping, spent just $22 (on perishables), then came home and fed us and two guests from the pantry.

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« Reply #3711 on: June 28, 2015, 08:07:16 PM »
Made chocolate croissants for a work morning tea instead of buying something to take in, using puff pastry I already had on hand and some choc chips that were on special at the supermarket.

Made up a big batch of work lunches on the weekend, as well as almond butter, granola, and bread.

Hosted crochet day on the weekend, so spent time with lovely friends for the price of some homemade snacks.

Signed up for a cheap(er) online provider for my mobile phone. Will save me $30/month and I can cancel/change at any time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3712 on: June 28, 2015, 08:16:23 PM »
Cut up some flank steak for fajitas, then decided it was more than we needed, so put half of it back in the fridge to have in a stirfry tomorrow.

Altering my cheap saddle pads to make them work like more expensive saddle pads I've been wishing for.

Harvested a bunch of lovely beets from the garden.

Making kombucha and coconut butter, which costs a fraction of buying them pre-made.

Rescued an alarm clock DH was going to toss and mounted it inside the door of my horse trailer.

Yesterday - discovered that the dollar store carries micro-USB cables.  I was about to spend $9 for a fancy retractable one from Amazon, but for $8 less, I'm content with a non-retractable.  Also found the peppered kippered herring I like in the clearance bin at the grocery for half the usual price, so bought all they had (only 7 cans, but that's about a $10 savings).  Had slaw and roasted potatoes from our garden produce for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3713 on: June 29, 2015, 09:51:54 AM »
Cut up some flank steak for fajitas, then decided it was more than we needed, so put half of it back in the fridge to have in a stirfry tomorrow.

Altering my cheap saddle pads to make them work like more expensive saddle pads I've been wishing for.

Harvested a bunch of lovely beets from the garden.

Making kombucha and coconut butter, which costs a fraction of buying them pre-made.

Rescued an alarm clock DH was going to toss and mounted it inside the door of my horse trailer.

Yesterday - discovered that the dollar store carries micro-USB cables.  I was about to spend $9 for a fancy retractable one from Amazon, but for $8 less, I'm content with a non-retractable.  Also found the peppered kippered herring I like in the clearance bin at the grocery for half the usual price, so bought all they had (only 7 cans, but that's about a $10 savings).  Had slaw and roasted potatoes from our garden produce for dinner.
$ store does carry cables n chargers. But they are lesser than 1A cables which takes forever to charge and less efficient. Lookout for the 2A cables which retail for under $2.5 in fleabay/AtoZ. They are worth the extra dollar!

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« Reply #3714 on: June 29, 2015, 09:58:45 AM »
This morning, I rode over to the library and read the newspaper, then did my grocery shopping for the week, which consisted of purchasing one gallon of milk.  I am trying to eat all the stuff I have in my fridge, freezer, and pantry instead to save money.  I was really tempted to ride my bicycle to Rita's and buy an italian ice, but instead I decided to eat an early lunch at home on the patio in my backyard and watch the bird feeder.  I have what appears to be the only bird feeder in the neighborhood, so there are a ton of birds back here, including a very nice-looking male cardinal.  Simple pleasures.


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« Reply #3715 on: June 29, 2015, 09:19:33 PM »
Rescued my Tupperware container from the work kitchen (I forgot to take it home before I went away).

Eating homemade lunch at my desk while browsing the forum.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3716 on: June 30, 2015, 10:51:51 AM »
Yesterday I took advantage of the unusually warm weather and dried all my laundry outside. I ate all my meals at home and the only money I spent was $10 on my Judo class.

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« Reply #3717 on: June 30, 2015, 10:56:07 AM »
I'd been using the same pajamas for eight years and today it was finally time to replace them because they were completely threadbare and full of holes.  I rode my bicycle about 3 miles to Target and got new pajamas off the clearance rack at 25% off and then got another 5% off for using my Redcard and another 5 cents off for bringing my own bag.  I'm not happy that I needed to spend money, but at least I got it as cheaply as possible.

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« Reply #3718 on: June 30, 2015, 10:58:32 AM »
Yesterday: harvested 21 pounds of asian plums that were dead ripe off our tree. Started 6 gallons of plum wine with the plums (way too many to eat fresh). So that'll be 25 or 26 bottles of wine in a year or so. Harvested cabbage, broc, zuke, tomatoes, herbs, onions, snap peas and blueberries. Hung around the house all day. Cooked all meals at home. Line dried 2 loads of laundry (gotta love these 85+ days for line drying FAST!). Hubs bought a vintage aircraft manual but otherwise, no spending. I am LOVING summer vacation with the kids.

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« Reply #3719 on: June 30, 2015, 12:27:12 PM »
I'd been using the same pajamas for eight years and today it was finally time to replace them because they were completely threadbare and full of holes. 

Wow, eight years. My nightwear usually lasts a short time as I move around in my sleep so much and I must yank it about.:P

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« Reply #3720 on: June 30, 2015, 05:51:04 PM »
Brought in yesterday's line-dried clothes and put on another load to cold wash before I left for work.

Tax time in Australia, so I re-read our profession's listing on the ATO looking for new deductions, then collated receipts for work-related expenses.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3721 on: June 30, 2015, 06:36:48 PM »
Had a super nice dinner out with the Mister at a local Italian place, paid for it all on a gift card from last Christmas, and got free babysitting from my mil and bil. Awesome!

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« Reply #3722 on: July 01, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
*  Brought some nuts and fruit from home to snack on for lunch
*  Setting up a new potential side income project
*  No extra driving today (just work and back)
*  No money spent
*  Found three pennies on the ground :)

This was yesterday, but . . . bought the year-long service card for the phone and saved $45 overall.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3723 on: July 01, 2015, 05:47:12 PM »
Unsubscribed from a handful of store email subscriptions to cut down temptation. I'm sure it will save me money in the long run.

Walked a couple of kays across the city to buy a birthday present for my husband. In the past I would have paid the $10 postage.

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« Reply #3724 on: July 01, 2015, 07:00:46 PM »
Oooh, one more.

While speaking to our power company today about an unrelated matter, I mentioned that I'd been unhappy with their customer service - namely, receiving a letter threatening to cut off our power for non-payment when the same letter showed our account was $200 in credit.

The power company rep added a $20 credit to our account for inconvenience, even though that happened months ago.

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« Reply #3725 on: July 01, 2015, 07:26:54 PM »
*made a huge tuna macaroni coleslaw for dinner -- it fed 7 of us. I was hoping for leftovers. Haha. C'est la vie!

*bought citronella candles and tiki torches at the $ store.

*kids watching free kids shows online

*daughter made copy-cat Power Cookies (from Whole Foods). They turned out great!

*streaming new music on computer 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3726 on: July 01, 2015, 09:52:51 PM »
Line dried some more clothes, brought lunch to work and spent no dollars today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3727 on: July 01, 2015, 11:42:05 PM »
Booted my RIA.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3728 on: July 02, 2015, 12:03:43 AM »
Yesterday: harvested 21 pounds of asian plums that were dead ripe off our tree. Started 6 gallons of plum wine with the plums (way too many to eat fresh). So that'll be 25 or 26 bottles of wine in a year or so. Harvested cabbage, broc, zuke, tomatoes, herbs, onions, snap peas and blueberries. Hung around the house all day. Cooked all meals at home. Line dried 2 loads of laundry (gotta love these 85+ days for line drying FAST!). Hubs bought a vintage aircraft manual but otherwise, no spending. I am LOVING summer vacation with the kids.
Have not made plum wine yet but it sounds delicious.
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« Reply #3729 on: July 02, 2015, 12:05:05 AM »
Stopped at the grocery store to buy blueberries for the freezer and didn't buy anything else.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3730 on: July 02, 2015, 01:18:26 AM »
I challenge myself to abstain from the canteen for a breakfast snack. My coworkers go every morning and i used to go as well. Ill probably save around 25 Euros a month by bringing my own snack. So far so good. Im on day four.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3731 on: July 02, 2015, 05:38:32 AM »
I finally cancelled my 16-year-old e-mail account, saving $7.95/month.

I switched from paying our life insurance monthly to annually, saving $80/year. Still need to do this with my auto insurance policy.

I changed my husband's 401K investments so we're paying lower expense ratios.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3732 on: July 02, 2015, 06:07:00 AM »


I finally cancelled my 16-year-old e-mail account, saving $7.95/month.

Haha the days before Gmail when people actually used to pay for better features in their email services. It's hard for me to remember what the differentiators actually were - the only one I recall is more storage.

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« Reply #3733 on: July 02, 2015, 06:25:59 AM »
I kept hearing MMM saying, "Is it convenient? Wrong question."

I wasn't always charged for the e-mail account. Just after dropping their internet service.

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« Reply #3734 on: July 02, 2015, 09:03:36 AM »
Last night I replaced a vacuum hose on my car with some leftover hose I had from a previous project.  I got a $20 coupon for a flight from cheapoair in my inbox this morning so I may apply it to a trip I'm planning in Nov. 

MrsPfennig, I have the almost daily cantina trip here at work also.  I'm also trying to do better about bringing my own snack and avoiding the soda trap.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3735 on: July 02, 2015, 11:12:05 AM »
Called the loyalty department of our internet provider after our 12-month trial period discount expired this week and we were paying full price.  I was able to get another 12-months at the same discounted price (about $40/month cheaper than I was paying before the phone call).

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« Reply #3736 on: July 02, 2015, 05:19:08 PM »
Received a letter from our telco saying they had been incorrectly charging us for my husband's phone. $55 credit.

I check our bills closely each month, but the mistake goes back to when he changed plans in December and has been recurring each month.

Starting to think credits breed credits. I've now had three in a week ($20 for my phone bill, $20 for our power bill, $55 for my husband's phone bill).

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« Reply #3737 on: July 02, 2015, 05:26:44 PM »
Went to Target and ONLY bought the things on my list. It's been a long time since I've done that.

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« Reply #3738 on: July 02, 2015, 06:26:51 PM »
On school hols and browsing for movies to watch on Foxtel - found some awesome old classics for $3.95 each (Hocus Pocus, Troop Beverley Hills, Big Business  - oh, the memories!) - instead of renting one, we looked through our huge pre-MMM DVD collections and found things to watch for free instead.

Submitted my (Aus) tax return, which, will allow me to claim a payoff benefit for some of my school loans, saving me $3k  (HECSHELP benefit).

Went to the op shop and found 4shirts and a skirt for $1/each.

Rugged up instead of turning on the heating during our unusually cold winter morning.
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« Reply #3739 on: July 02, 2015, 06:39:52 PM »
Submitted my (Aus) tax return, which, will allow me to claim a payoff benefit for some of my school loans, saving me $3k  (HECSHELP benefit).

Is that the five per cent bonus on payments over $500?

I'm hoping to make the most of that and get my husband's paid off (balance should be $6500 after this tax return) before January, in case it ends.

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« Reply #3740 on: July 02, 2015, 08:24:49 PM »
So, mostly the usual . . .
*  took lunch to work
*  no extra driving
*  no money spent

Also . . . just posting here.  Keeps me focused and on track.  When I am active here, it really does save me $$ overall. 

Now. . . excited to make all meals for the next week out of what currently exists in the pantry and fridge!  Hello, creativity!

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« Reply #3741 on: July 02, 2015, 08:33:40 PM »
Took my lunch to work every day in June, except for one day I forgot. I went to Sprout's that day and bought a very large vegetarian deli burrito for $2.50.

I take sandwiches every day, except one day a week I take a tv dinner that costs $3.50. So, that's my splurge, as opposed to going out.

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« Reply #3742 on: July 03, 2015, 02:30:51 AM »

Also . . . just posting here.  Keeps me focused and on track.  When I am active here, it really does save me $$ overall. 


So true for me, also. When I'm not posting here regularly, that's a red flag for me!

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« Reply #3743 on: July 03, 2015, 03:00:48 AM »

Also . . . just posting here.  Keeps me focused and on track.  When I am active here, it really does save me $$ overall. 


So true for me, also. When I'm not posting here regularly, that's a red flag for me!

And me. My goal is to have something to post in this thread each day. Helps keep me focused on the little things while we're in a stage where we don't have opportunities for big wins (in a good way - we've cut back and negotiated down all our regular payments, and we are very content with our frugal lifestyle).

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« Reply #3744 on: July 03, 2015, 03:16:36 AM »
Sold the redundant half of a the shell-shaped kiddie pool. They only sell them per 2, but I just needed one for cooling my dog. Found someone else with the exact same "problem". Another 10 euros saved and it made two dogowners happy :-)

Really wanted to not cook yesterday night. So instead of getting take out or going out to eat, I just made two huge sandwiches for the both of us. Ignored the vending machine with icecold drinks at the hospital, brought my own cool water flask instead. Hung three loads of laundry in the blasting sun. Forgot to water the garden, but my plants were saved by a nice downpour in the evening - no tapwater needed after all.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3745 on: July 03, 2015, 10:32:26 AM »
Instead of buying lettuce at the farmers market I planted seed into hanging baskets that were literally just hanging in the garage-I didn't even amend the soil. I'm having a salad for lunch and it tastes delish!

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« Reply #3746 on: July 03, 2015, 10:46:53 AM »
$2 breakfast, free second breakfast, free lunch.
Free breakfast yesterday
Free breakfast tomorrow.

Free food across the city all week, unfortunately I will likely gain 5 pounds by the end of the week.

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« Reply #3747 on: July 03, 2015, 11:02:07 AM »
Forgot a couple over the last three days:

Sold an old game console I had floating around. Less space and $ to boot!
Decided not to buy new carrots. The ones I have are perfectly edible, just a bit on the dry side. Somehow I will survive, lol.
Using the bananas that are going soft (thanks, summer, for making that happen in TWO DAYS). Smoothies don't care if a banana is spotty or not!
Still eating a ton of guacamole. Avocados are still on sale, and it's a great healthy food that doesn't heat up the house. Healthier and cheaper than buying pre-made.
Didn't go out for food when DH was out of town. Two trips in a row now! Hoping I keep this rolling.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3748 on: July 03, 2015, 12:26:49 PM »
This week:

* Bought a produce box from the discount community program
* Trimmed and washed the produce so we can eat it all (including carrot and radish tops)
* Successfully fought to not be charged a surprise $10 cancellation fee for the camp I'd signed my kids up for (Grandma offered to watch them instead)
* Finished prepping the deck to be repainted. I'll use 3 half gallons of paint I found in the garage from the last time.
* Biked to work
* brought leftovers for lunch
* Continuing to fight the urge to have a heat pump installed in the house simply so we can use the cooling function this summer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3749 on: July 03, 2015, 12:57:42 PM »
Avoided getting an iced latte when it seemed like people had them, tempting me everywhere I went on my grocery journey today.

Bought broccoli for 99 cents/lb instead of asparagus for $2.99/lb

Used my double fuel points coupon and cash back credit card.


Bought salad, peppers and mushrooms at CostCo instead of regular grocery store

Got a half gallon of local whole milk for $2.  Trying to decide between making more yogurt or trying my hand at cheese (not sure I have all I need for cheese though)