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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4200 on: August 22, 2015, 08:48:03 AM »
Switched car insurance for the BF, saves him 120 a year. Switched energy providers yesterday, saves us 50 a month.
Hung three loads of laundry outside in the sun already. I've been waiting for a sunny day like this to hang it outside.
Cut some nice bouquets of backyard herbs (oregano, mint, parsley, thyme and lovage) to dry in our ultimate drying device: the car. Put it in a paper bag, lay it on the backseat or somewhere else in the shade of the car, windows down a little bit and voila, crispy dried herbs to use over winter :-)

Yay, out of debt... period :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4201 on: August 22, 2015, 09:19:47 AM »
When the soon to be fired Toyota dealership told me that my tire was unrepairable and tried to sell me two 200 dollar tires I high tailed it to the local tire shop and had my flat fixed for 14 bucks.

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« Reply #4202 on: August 22, 2015, 07:34:22 PM »
Winter is slowly edging into spring here. Hung my first load of laundry outside since autumn.  2 loads, actually.

Free bread today from church. (Local grocery store donates unsold bread for our local semi-homeless ministry. Homeless had already taken all they wanted, leftovers were destined for the chickens, but they invited parishioners to help themselves first. 3 bags for our freezer.)

My task for the afternoon: preparing our spare room to accommodate (paying) international students, whom we hope to host later this year.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4203 on: August 22, 2015, 10:26:57 PM »
* Found a $0.25 on the floor

* Got a $5 Petco gift card at customer appreciation day, plus kiddo got to watch the dog grooming (free entertainment!)

* Had a lovely potluck dinner with friends at the house tonight
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4204 on: August 22, 2015, 10:30:00 PM »
Confirmed we are eligible for the maximum discount on the car we are considering -- will be paying just over $17k on a C-Max Hybrid instead of the $25-26k we were contemplating for a Prius v.  Booyah!  That does come with a requirement to accept a Ford financing package at 6.99% interest, but that adds a $3k discount.  We'll take out the loan and then pay it off early, most likely once I get my first consulting check.

Going to sign the paperwork tomorrow.

Also saved nearly $4 on groceries with coupons tonight.  DS was laughing at me about the coupons but then I pointed out that $4 two times a week (which is about how often we shop) adds up to over $400/year.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4205 on: August 23, 2015, 05:05:18 AM »
Used a gift voucher I got for xmas to pay for a book as a birthday present for a friend. Even better, someone else who was invited to the party asked if I had an idea for a present and was interested in getting a joint one. Told him my idea for a book and he paid for half (well, I paid with my voucher and he gave me cash, which suits me at the moment) - the book would have cost a bit more than I might normally have spent on my own but having the voucher meant I could at least get a present during a very cash poor month (really, really didn't want to pull money from savings). So, despite not having budgeted for it, I've managed to pull off two unexpected birthday presents this month. Three actually, one friend got a voucher for help with the housework (she hates housework so I knew she'd appreciate it).

This morning I grabbed most of the apples from the fruit bowl (not long there but they're early eaters that don't keep long at all), peeled and chopped and made some stewed apple. I've already prepared some pastry and will make frangipane apple buns later on. And am dumping all plans to cook today since I have more than enough leftovers to see me through the day already in the fridge.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4206 on: August 23, 2015, 08:26:17 AM »
Last week I visited the doc for my mid-annual thyroid meds follow up.  Was a new doc, who wanted to run a blood panel.  I told him I've been on this same dosage for years, and as usual, I have no problems, and would prefer to wait, as usual, until my annual physical to run the next panel.  He raised his eyebrows a bit, but agreed. 

My insurance covers one panel annually, and this would have come out of my pocket, which I also explained to him.

ALSO - very important information I found out about office visit payment coding.  I have crappy teacher's insurance with a high deductible, which, if not met, requires me to pay up front between $70 (non-complicated) and $110 (complicated) for an office visit.  Upon polite inquiry, I now know that sometimes the difference is up to the mood of the receptionist checking you in.  So, when I check in, I always politely ask if they would code as a "non-complicated" visit. The doctor can change after the fact it if necessary.

Sorry, I had the 4-digit code number written down and now I can't find it.  I don't know if this coding is state or federal.  This applies to a clinic in a large Texas system called Memorial Hermann.  YMMV.  Lesson:  it pays to be politely assertive.

That day I saved several hundred dollars, so I treated myself to a new Michael Kors purse!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4207 on: August 23, 2015, 08:35:25 AM »
In the theme of gas/ride sharing, I asked a friend to go with me to see a horse tomorrow.  She agreed, and then later asked if I'd mind if she drove because her truck has barely been driven this year and she feels it needs to run a tank of gas through it.  Mind?!  I'm buying her lunch which seems like a great tradeoff.

After tomorrow's adventure, I'm going to Alberta to look at more horses, so the cooler is getting packed up.  Once I get over the border I'll buy some fruits/veggies at the grocery store and hopefully not need to eat out between what I bring and the hotel breakfasts.  Unfortunately I withdrew Canadian funds a couple days ago and now see the exchange rate is even more favorable.  Instead of buying a block of ice, I'm freezing a gallon of water.  Cheaper, less messy and then I can drink it when it thaws.

Yesterday I made a big pot of gumbo with marked-down chicken drumsticks and the following ingredients from the garden:  okra, onions, peppers, serranos, garlic, tomatoes, corn.  Used half the package of andouille and saved the other half for the next pot.  Took the leftovers for lunch today.

Grabbed a bag of feed that was marked 15% off because it had a taped up hole, but didn't seem to be missing any feed.

I always love your save money posts, because they fit a great life that you've built. (Your garden and horses, right in this one.)

But what will you do once you look at these horses? Are you looking for new ones?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4208 on: August 23, 2015, 10:44:06 AM »
I visited the local fair yesterday, and I saw lots of nearby parking lots charging people $4-$6 each for fair parking. I narrowly resisted the urge to flip off every one of them and kept driving. I found free daily street side parking not even half a mile away along a tree-lined, shaded sidewalk. Hardly anyone else parked out there and it was less than a ten minute walk, while people were fighting for spots in the paid parking lots. What a racket.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4209 on: August 23, 2015, 08:11:53 PM »
We started clearing some land today by ourselves, DH and me, taking down trees and bushes. He said he may need some help from a guy with a Bobcat to get out all the big stumps and roots. We loaded up the brush in the pickup and started building a new burn pile for next winter. He made a yummy taco dinner and then I gave him a haircut while we watched a TV show streaming on the computer. It was a lovely day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4210 on: August 23, 2015, 08:47:45 PM »
*Homemade stir fry for dinner --

Stir Fry Sauce (soooo good!)

3/4 c. each of water, honey and soya sauce
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons cornstarch
6 cloves garlic, minced

Pour over cooked veggie/meat mixture and heat through - thickens as it heats

*Took kids to the beach - free except for small parking charge

*Listened to Dave Ramsey podcast for motivation - love hearing those debt free stories

*Sent hubby to the produce stand with a specific list


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« Reply #4211 on: August 23, 2015, 10:13:13 PM »
Walked to the grocery store instead of driving. Positive consequences:
1. Got to 10,000 steps today
2. Saved gasoline and greenhouse gas emissions
3. Probably bought slightly less than I might have otherwise because realized I had to carry it all home.
4. Collected road-littered bottles and cans on the way there and back
    a. Cash redemption value is $0.75
    b. Items will not end up in landfills or local watercourses.
5. Picked up a fiddle-leaf fig houseplant someone had underwatered and then left out on the curb. (In the way of such things, I had just been coveting a fiddle-leaf fig after seeing a zillion of them on Apartment Therapy, and serendipity provided.)
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« Reply #4212 on: August 24, 2015, 01:29:01 AM »
Children had dental appointments today.  Miss11 needs an orthodontics referral, so when I got home I looked up our health insurance coverage.

Orthodontics covered (at least partly), AND general dental covered (up to a point).  I did not know about the dental coverage.

We'll be getting $300 back from the Mr's dental work earlier ths year. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4213 on: August 24, 2015, 09:29:30 AM »
Cut DirecTV including NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice.  $101 a month plus $199 for NFL Sunday Ticket and $120 for NHL Center Ice.

Replaced with Android TV Box with streaming subscriptions.  Box cost $40, Subscription $10 a month, IP VPN $30 a year.

So from $127 a month to $13 a month.  CHA-CHING!
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« Reply #4214 on: August 24, 2015, 06:58:55 PM »
I shattered my iPhone screen last week. Had iPhones for five or six years, never cracked a screen before, so I was annoyed at myself for that.

My battery is also a bit funny (I just never go anywhere without a charger), so my slightly less mustuchian husband immediately suggested I get a new phone.

(His iPhone 6+ is required for work and is tax deductible. I have a 5 on a $30 plan, and my phone subsidy from work is, wouldn't you know it, $30/month, so my phone is free.)

I looked at new plans but I couldn't do it. I didn't even want to do it. I've worked so hard to get our monthly expenses down, renegotiating every set expense, and it would all have been wasted if I turned around and signed up for an $90/month phone.

Instead, we arrived at our destination for our long weekend away, found the nearest shopping centre, and had my screen placed in half an hour.

(Someone on here will tell me they did it themselves. Maybe next time.)

I also fixed my $25 umbrella when the button stopped working last night. Then I opened and closed it repeatedly to test it. In my house. Here's hoping the bad karma doesn't get me.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4215 on: August 24, 2015, 08:03:49 PM »
I got glasses from Eyemart Express instead of using my eye doctor's office. Saved about $50 on 2 pairs.

But then I blundered into JoAnns and got 3 yards of fabric to make a Christmas nightgown for my daughter... at $8 a yard, and I couldn't find a JoAnns coupon. I could have waited until I could get one, but this wasn't my local JoAnns and I didn't want to have to stress out about tracking down the fabric later and whether the location near me carried it and blah blah blah, so I could have probably saved about $8-$12 there if I'd had a coupon. Blah.

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« Reply #4216 on: August 24, 2015, 09:07:14 PM »
I switched to Geico and saved a bundle on my car insurance today . . . seriously. $240 per year less.

Next I shall tackle homeowner's insurance to see if I can do better. . .

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4217 on: August 24, 2015, 09:11:21 PM »
I switched to Geico and saved a bundle on my car insurance today . . . seriously. $240 per year less.

Next I shall tackle homeowner's insurance to see if I can do better. . .

You took my place.  I just switched from Geico.  They tried to raise my policy >9%.  All of the insurance companies are doing price optimization so I have ended up switching about every 2-3 years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4218 on: August 25, 2015, 12:45:16 AM »
*Made a huge double batch of granola

*Made chocolate chip cookies with my 8 year old son - he did it mostly by himself

*Stopped at produce market for fruit and veggies -- had the realization, in the store, that this was a better place to go for produce than our nearby Walmart Supercenter because all I could buy was the produce! No videos, no potato chips, no clearance kids tee shirts, etc. DOH!

*Husband took 3 kids on a nice long evening bike ride while I cleaned up from dinner.  I got some peace and quiet, he got some exercise and kid time, they got a fun adventure with their dad and it all cost $0.

*Found an old visa gift card on my wallet with a small amount on it (maybe under $20). Tmw I will go to the website to find out what is left on it


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4219 on: August 25, 2015, 12:56:29 AM »
Managed to limit myself to one treat this morning at the chocolateria with my colleagues (it was a special trip as we're farewelling a member of our team), which means I "only" did $8.95 damage.

Placing an order today with the online shop for slightly cheaper nuts, seeds etc instead of paying full price at the local supermarket.

Walking 4km home from work to save $2.25 compared to the bus fare (and it's good for my health!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4220 on: August 25, 2015, 03:30:00 AM »
Visited the hospital on the cheap today: rode my bike on the way there (13 km) and parked it for free instead of paying in the garage. Had BF pick me (+bike) up for the way back, which was no unnecessary luxury unfortunately. Still, saved 5 euros and a lot of time vs. bus. And I feel good knowing I already have my exercize in for the day ;-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4221 on: August 25, 2015, 03:39:29 AM »
saved 20 cents per gallon on gas

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4222 on: August 25, 2015, 03:43:44 AM »
Bought some nice sausages today as they are on 50% off today and a bottle of picante sauce that was on 75% off.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4223 on: August 25, 2015, 05:01:11 AM »
- returned some unused stuff to Staples and got $22 back
- cooked up a batch of pesto pasta and grilled chicken. Should make a few lunches for the wife and I the rest of the week.
- bumped my TSP contributions up to 10%. Will try to set it to max out starting in January depending on how things go.
- sold some video game stuff on eBay and a message board I follow for a total of $80.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4224 on: August 25, 2015, 05:30:53 AM »
- returned some unused stuff to Staples and got $22 back
- cooked up a batch of pesto pasta and grilled chicken. Should make a few lunches for the wife and I the rest of the week.
- bumped my TSP contributions up to 10%. Will try to set it to max out starting in January depending on how things go.
- sold some video game stuff on eBay and a message board I follow for a total of $80.

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« Reply #4225 on: August 25, 2015, 06:29:36 AM »
Nice! A fancypants grocery store in my neighbourhood is trying to get people hooked on using "pick up points" by giving out coupons for 10 euros off the next order. I don't usually shop there (Aldi's for the win), but since they currently have a lot of nice deals for 50% off products we actually use, I ordered this time. To my surprise, there was also a promotion cancelling the service fee. I ordered via an online credit point system to get additional points that I can cash in later.
So, it's getting my groceries 10+ euros cheaper and I get someone to do all the heavy lifting for me. This feels so lazy and unmustachian! Yet, if tallying it all up, I still save money vs biking to Aldi's. I don't mind to do it the lazy way for once, I just have to watch out I don't become to accustomed to it ;-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4226 on: August 25, 2015, 08:07:26 AM »
I visited the local fair yesterday, and I saw lots of nearby parking lots charging people $4-$6 each for fair parking. ...... I found free daily street side parking not even half a mile away along a tree-lined, shaded sidewalk. Hardly anyone else parked out there and it was less than a ten minute walk, while people were fighting for spots in the paid parking lots. What a racket.

Actually sounds like a great Mustachian sidehustle to me!!! The buyers aren't as smart, though!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4227 on: August 25, 2015, 08:56:17 AM »
Our apartment's central AC died at the height of high August temperatures, and it took over a week to get the problem diagnosed, parts ordered, and unit fixed. Held out 3 days using only wet bandanas, a desktop fan, and a window fan, and jockeying fans and blinds to keep apartment as cool as possible. But by night 3, our computers -- which make our livelihood (we work from home) -- started exhibiting signs of overheating. Went out and picked up the 2 cheapest window ACs to be found locally ($140 each): 1 for the office, 1 for the living space. But only installed the office AC. After night 3, the living space got up as high as 96 degrees and never fell below 83, but we spent most of the next 5 days in the relatively cool (though now loud as hell) office, while spending the evenings and nights doing the bandanas/fans dance for dinner and sleeping. No doubt saved on electricity that week, and yesterday returned that 2nd, unopened AC unit.

Bonus: We already used windows instead of AC as much as possible, but after a week of forced adaptation, we now have central AC set to an even higher temp than we used to and are using it even less.

Other small things:

* Returned unopened OTC meds to pharmacy (~$20).
* Sold a book I'd gotten for free at work ($8.50), and used old wrapping paper turned inside out to cover up a used FedEx box for shipping it.
* Started process of moving an old 401k to Vanguard.
* We'll be moving in the next few months, so already starting to eat down the freezer and cabinets. Made dinner last night using miscellaneous vegetable stems from last year's CSA (kale, spinach, chard, beet greens, etc) and a bag of frozen strawberries so old I can't remember buying them. (Still good.)
* Took husband on a virtual tour of a possible relocation location via Google Street View rather than spend 2 days and a couple hundred dollars on hotel and gas. We're both familiar enough with the general area that we agreed we could take the look and vibe as a given.
* And just sold another book! ($28)

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« Reply #4228 on: August 25, 2015, 01:14:34 PM »
Sold some samples and a gift card I had been given on ebay.

Sent away (2) $4 NBPR (No Beer Purchase Required) rebates.

DD was give a brand new set of All-Clad mixing bowls from a shoot she did.  Wrapped that up for a bridal shower gift.

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« Reply #4229 on: August 25, 2015, 01:16:29 PM »
I visited the local fair yesterday, and I saw lots of nearby parking lots charging people $4-$6 each for fair parking. ...... I found free daily street side parking not even half a mile away along a tree-lined, shaded sidewalk. Hardly anyone else parked out there and it was less than a ten minute walk, while people were fighting for spots in the paid parking lots. What a racket.

Actually sounds like a great Mustachian sidehustle to me!!! The buyers aren't as smart, though!

When they have/had the Ryder Cup and LPGA here, many opened their yards for parking at a few dollars less.   Those spots fill up before the regular parking.  People know the drill.

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« Reply #4230 on: August 25, 2015, 03:43:24 PM »
Cleaned out and reorganized my bookcase.  Wanted to get some boxes to store gift books on the bottom shelf.  Took my tape measure to Costco and searched for the tallest box.  Took 2 home and filled them up.  Now the full of gift books boxes are sitting on the bottom shelf of my bookcase.  Saved money on buying fancypants boxes.  If I do want to make the outside of my boxes pretty, I'll either use the inside of a brown paper bag or I may wait until I get a gift wrapped in wrapping paper that's big enough to repurpose.

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« Reply #4231 on: August 25, 2015, 04:18:12 PM »
Resisted the urge to use the right-next-to-daycare shipping center and pay their upcharge. Went to actual post office even though it meant an extra round of unbuckling car seats.
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« Reply #4232 on: August 25, 2015, 06:28:50 PM »
*big batch of homemade spaghetti meat sauce bubbling away

*low power usage days are here... No a/c, no heat. Love the shoulder seasons.

*tea with a friend allllll afternoon at my house. Minimal cost due to not meeting at Starbucks!

*looks like it will be a no-spend day :-)

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« Reply #4233 on: August 25, 2015, 08:39:28 PM »
This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine, which means I kept the lights off (saved electricity) and all my food in the cabinets and fridge (extending groceries for the month).

So... there's that, which is nice.

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« Reply #4234 on: August 25, 2015, 09:29:41 PM »
Got 2 college football game tickets free for getting an auto insurance quote. Will take kid to the game as a hopefully memorable mother-son experience.
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« Reply #4235 on: August 25, 2015, 09:39:02 PM »
Resisted the urge to use the right-next-to-daycare shipping center and pay their upcharge. Went to actual post office even though it meant an extra round of unbuckling car seats.

You are not just a frugal paragon, you are a 21st-century hero. The car seats are an intense part of modern life with kids.
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« Reply #4236 on: August 26, 2015, 12:38:19 AM »
This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine...
Hope you feel better soon!

Got 2 college football game tickets free for getting an auto insurance quote. Will take kid to the game as a hopefully memorable mother-son experience.

This is lovely, jengod!

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« Reply #4237 on: August 26, 2015, 03:14:18 AM »
Comparison shopped for a curriculum item for Miss11.  I remembered to check BetterWorldBooks.com and found the book 2nd hand AND with free shipping.

Being in New Zealand means shipping can easily be double the price of the book, and can make comparison shopping slightly tedious in that you usually have to go almost all the way through the purchase process before they calculate shipping.  So I'm glad I remembered about BWB
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4238 on: August 26, 2015, 06:28:40 AM »
This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine, which means I kept the lights off (saved electricity) and all my food in the cabinets and fridge (extending groceries for the month).

So... there's that, which is nice.

I guess that's an upside to a migraine... good job of looking on the bright side.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4239 on: August 26, 2015, 07:45:07 AM »
This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine, which means I kept the lights off (saved electricity) and all my food in the cabinets and fridge (extending groceries for the month).

So... there's that, which is nice.

I guess that's an upside to a migraine... good job of looking on the bright side.

No, DON'T look at the bright side, it'll make the migraine worse! (I am so sorry, I couldn't resist).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4240 on: August 26, 2015, 08:05:14 AM »
* Woke up early to fit more billable hours into today.
* Trimmed hair to go further before needing a professional haircut. More out of laziness/hatred of going out for appointments, but extra savings is a bonus.
* Made $24.95 on ThredUp.
* Convinced spouse, who is learning a new skill/hobby/potential side gig but is unsure of it yet, to build a small room for the purpose out of our existing bookshelves (and a couple of existing walls) rather than buying materials and constructing something from scratch. If the education turns into a thing he wants to pursue, we can easily invest more in it later.


This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine, which means I kept the lights off (saved electricity) and all my food in the cabinets and fridge (extending groceries for the month).

So... there's that, which is nice.

I guess that's an upside to a migraine... good job of looking on the bright side.

Seconded. Hope you're feeling better, midweststache.

ETA: Per Bracken_Joy: Truth!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4241 on: August 26, 2015, 09:00:20 AM »
Inspired by the latest Frugalwoods post, I spent some time rounding up tax info about DH's masters in the fall. Hopefully, juicy write-offs will occur and save $$.

Made a quadruple batch of chickpeas, which I will shortly turn into a quadruple batch of delicious hummus.

Trying to psych myself up to sell another round of things on craigslist. I should really figure out ebay, but I hate mailing large items... some day I'll get around to this.

Cutting DH's hair again today. That man is like a chia pet. I'm pretty sure our Wahl clippers have paid for themselves 100 times over by now.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4242 on: August 26, 2015, 09:56:22 AM »
This has to be one of the worst ways to not spend money, but I ended up with an all-day migraine, which means I kept the lights off (saved electricity) and all my food in the cabinets and fridge (extending groceries for the month).

So... there's that, which is nice.

I guess that's an upside to a migraine... good job of looking on the bright side.

Seconded. Hope you're feeling better, midweststache.

ETA: Per Bracken_Joy: Truth!

Thanks for the sympathy everyone. Much better today, including some standard money-saving measures:
1. Walked to work (and will walk home), so no transit costs.
2. Oatmeal for breakfast; homemade leftovers for lunch; meal plan using some near-the-end-of-its-life produce for dinner. Coffee from home/free department coffee pot.
3. Charged my computer at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4243 on: August 26, 2015, 04:10:46 PM »
*We are back on the oatmeal-for-breakfast train. I like it cold with plain yogurt and stevia sweetened. I made a big batch on Monday that lasts maybe till Thursday or Friday.

*In other oat related news, I made a 16 cups of oats batch of granola this week.

*Served popcorn to my kids and the neighbour kids for a snack along with a jug of koolaid. Not the healthiest drink, I know. I usually serve ice water but found some koolaid lingering in the back of my pantry and wanted to use it up!

*Cooked a whole chicken for several dinners this week. Bones will be were boiled for stock.

*Started a crockpot rice pudding with leftover brown rice that was quite dry and would have soon ended up in the compost. Out of raisins so improvised with craisins. Daughter will complain. Haha

*Hanging a load of laundry when it's all done

*Used up the last of some fabulous loose tea that I save for special occasions. Had son's girlfriend for tea. Yes it was a special occasion! Also, she brought me a whole salmon, frozen, that a friend had caught!

*Phoned for balance on an old MasterCard gift card ($10) and how many grocery store points I have ($40 in free groceries) so we will make it till Monday -- bank acct dangerously low

Modified to indicate stock was made!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4244 on: August 26, 2015, 08:18:12 PM »
Two days ago I left a note on a stranger's door asking if I could pick their plums. They said yes, and today I picked, halved, and froze twelve cups of plums.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4245 on: August 26, 2015, 09:16:30 PM »
I was able to get $50 free clothes from  Schoola

The steps are:

1. click on the link or copy and paste into browser and you will receive a $15 credit:

https://www.schoola.com/stitch?ref=cp-3X5bkm34N

2. Click the Collection tab at the top, and at the bottom of the drop down: Create New Collection. A new screen will pop up and on the left side where you can click create a collection and select your preferences. Save the collection!!! - Doing that will add another $10 to your account.

3. Browse the website and add $50 worth of clothing to your cart. You can sort from cheapest to most expensive.  Look carefully at the condition, as it varies WIDELY!

4. Once you’re ready to check out, go to your bag and input your name, shipping information and payment information.

5. Use promo code ‪#‎schoolasummer‬. Remember to include the #. This coupon will takes 50% the total price. Half of 50 is $25, but you have earned $25 in free credit, so it ends up free.  I bought $52 and it ended up being less than $2.  If you get it close to exact, it is FREE.

Please consider using my link.

Disclaimer:

Don't know how long this is good for.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4246 on: August 27, 2015, 08:25:05 AM »
I was able to get $50 free clothes from  Schoola

The steps are:

1. click on the link or copy and paste into browser and you will receive a $15 credit:

https://www.schoola.com/stitch?ref=cp-3X5bkm34N

2. Click the Collection tab at the top, and at the bottom of the drop down: Create New Collection. A new screen will pop up and on the left side where you can click create a collection and select your preferences. Save the collection!!! - Doing that will add another $10 to your account.

3. Browse the website and add $50 worth of clothing to your cart. You can sort from cheapest to most expensive.  Look carefully at the condition, as it varies WIDELY!

4. Once you’re ready to check out, go to your bag and input your name, shipping information and payment information.

5. Use promo code ‪#‎schoolasummer‬. Remember to include the #. This coupon will takes 50% the total price. Half of 50 is $25, but you have earned $25 in free credit, so it ends up free.  I bought $52 and it ended up being less than $2.  If you get it close to exact, it is FREE.

Please consider using my link.

Disclaimer:

Don't know how long this is good for.

I'm looking at this now, but the referral code didn't add anything for me. Making a collection gave me $10.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4247 on: August 27, 2015, 09:38:08 AM »
I was able to get $50 free clothes from  Schoola

The steps are:

1. click on the link or copy and paste into browser and you will receive a $15 credit:

https://www.schoola.com/stitch?ref=cp-3X5bkm34N

2. Click the Collection tab at the top, and at the bottom of the drop down: Create New Collection. A new screen will pop up and on the left side where you can click create a collection and select your preferences. Save the collection!!! - Doing that will add another $10 to your account.

3. Browse the website and add $50 worth of clothing to your cart. You can sort from cheapest to most expensive.  Look carefully at the condition, as it varies WIDELY!

4. Once you’re ready to check out, go to your bag and input your name, shipping information and payment information.

5. Use promo code ‪#‎schoolasummer‬. Remember to include the #. This coupon will takes 50% the total price. Half of 50 is $25, but you have earned $25 in free credit, so it ends up free.  I bought $52 and it ended up being less than $2.  If you get it close to exact, it is FREE.

Please consider using my link.

Disclaimer:

Don't know how long this is good for.

I'm looking at this now, but the referral code didn't add anything for me. Making a collection gave me $10.

Mine didn't show up until I went to checkout.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4248 on: August 27, 2015, 03:43:09 PM »
I was able to get $50 free clothes from  Schoola

The steps are:
. . .

I'm looking at this now, but the referral code didn't add anything for me. Making a collection gave me $10.

Mine didn't show up until I went to checkout.

In the end, I got the referral discount but not the collection discount. Maybe I just needed to add enough clothes to take off both discounts. Anyway, I got a dress and a polo shirt for $0.00 including shipping. Thank you for sharing this!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4249 on: August 27, 2015, 04:00:02 PM »
*Hosting a church youth group party here tonite -- they ordered port-o-potties to save my septic tank! Sweet! And that means the whole party will be outside - we are on acreage - and my house won't be trashed! haha! Possible opportunity for leftover food :-)

*Spaghetti leftovers for dinner

*No spend day

*Left off a/c even though I was tempted to put it on when I was tidying up for the party

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