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« Reply #4350 on: September 09, 2015, 10:40:02 AM »
I'm at $5.30 so far between ibotta and checkout51. Every little bit helps!

Agreed. If it were labor intensive, I'd've given up already, but since the time involved each time is about 2 minutes, it works for me. I've yet to manage anything on ibotta that isn't an "Any Brand," but those 20-centers add up (at least $1/week just for buying the usual produce). I like Savingstar, too. Weekly produce discount is an easy win and the occasional multi purchase with high value coupons has worked out well. (I've had meh luck with Snap. Great rebate on almonds once, but little since.)

I haven't heard of Savingstar. Could you tell me about it? I'll gladly use your referral code if I sign up, since I heard about it from you =)

Not seeing any referral code option, though I do appreciate the offer! Happy to pay it forward freely, especially since I'd heard of it here on MMM somewhere myself.

Best option for info is here: https://savingstar.com/how_it_works . Things I like:

* You can cash out at $5 (instead of the oft-cited $20). ETA: And straight into a bank account. (No PayPal necessary.)
* Every week they offer 20% off a particular type of produce (this week is oranges).
* You can register your usual stores' loyalty cards with them, so you don't have to upload receipts: the rebates show up automatically in your account within a day or two by having used your loyalty card. Takes a few minutes upfront to type in all the numbers, but it's wonderfully brainless after.
* Every now and then they offer freebies.
* They often have rebates for multiple items bought over 4-6 weeks (rather than 1 week). E.g., when I first signed up, they had a $5 rebate if you spent $20 on Earthbound Farms products over a month. We go through 1-2 of the big boxes of salad greens each week, so that was easily done: I just made sure to buy that brand rather than another one. If I recall, Earthbound was 25 or 50-cents more expensive than store brand those weeks, but the math still worked out in my favor.

They update all offers on the first of the month, produce rebate every Tuesday, and freebies randomly, so I set my calendar to remind me of the regular updates and just randomly check in now and then to see if anything free might be available.

About 75% of the stuff they rebate is still stuff I'd never buy (as with most sites), but sometimes the stars align. I've noticed their offers often line up with available coupons and my regular supermarket's sales and/or digital coupons, which can bundle really well. E.g., right now Savingstar has $1.00 off when you buy 3 Progresso products; coupons.com has a coupon for $1.00 off when you buy 3 Progresso products; AND my supermarket has a digital coupon for $1.00 off when you buy 3 Progresso products. I know Progresso canned soup is $1/can at that supermarket when on sale -- so if it goes on sale in the next 3 weeks (which seems possible with all these offers floating around), the rebate plus 2 coupons makes it basically free (plus tax). Bonus: If ibotta shows up with a 20-cents of Any Brand canned soup, that's a 20-cent profit. By not being brand loyal on certain things, I've scored some free or stupid cheap (25-50 cents total) toiletries this way.

ETA: Just checked my circular, and sure enough: Progresso soup at 99-cents on sale this week. So 3 cans of soup, minus tax, plus a 3-cent profit.

BTW, related, in case you haven't seen it: Much as I like the mental exercise of figuring ^that kind of bundle out (it's like playing real-life Concentration), I love this site -- http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/ -- for figuring out bundles like the above for me. Each week they post a bunch of supermarket's sales, plus coupons and rebate site rebates that line up with those sale prices, plus unadvertised deals, and even previews of the following week's circular. If they've got your usual supermarket, it's really helpful and saves a bunch of time. You can even sign up for email prompts about your particular supermarket. I'm happy to be a lazypants on that front!
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« Reply #4351 on: September 09, 2015, 12:59:59 PM »

*Did not spend $300 on a chest freezer on labor day.  I still want one, but I will watch the classifieds to find one being sold cheap.


We have tried to look for a fridge on Craigslist since ours is getting pretty long in the tooth, but we want an energy-efficient one and the vast majority of the fridges on CL we cannot tell the age (and thus the efficiency) of. A non-Energy Star chest freezer will chew up electricity. Your extra $100 or $200 over time to get a new item may pay off. Not to say go ahead and just buy whatever, but definitely bear that in mind.
I bought an old chest freezer a few years ago on craigslist, and the energy rating on it estimated its running cost to be $52/year.  We bought a new one from Home Depot last year (yes, we have two chest freezers now; I promise it makes sense), and the same style energy rating estimated its running cost to be $51/year.  As long as you don't get a real dinosaur of a freezer, it shouldn't be much less efficient to get an older one.

EDIT: and for what it's worth, the craigslist one was $100 and I think the new one last year was $160 (floor model) at Home Depot.  $300 seems like a lot.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4352 on: September 09, 2015, 01:07:19 PM »

*Did not spend $300 on a chest freezer on labor day.  I still want one, but I will watch the classifieds to find one being sold cheap.


We have tried to look for a fridge on Craigslist since ours is getting pretty long in the tooth, but we want an energy-efficient one and the vast majority of the fridges on CL we cannot tell the age (and thus the efficiency) of. A non-Energy Star chest freezer will chew up electricity. Your extra $100 or $200 over time to get a new item may pay off. Not to say go ahead and just buy whatever, but definitely bear that in mind.

Thanks for the heads up.  I'm just looking for a small one... between 7 and 9 cu ft.  With your information in mind and the price differences between the sizes, I may end up with a new 7 footer for under $200.

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« Reply #4353 on: September 09, 2015, 06:23:57 PM »
* Harvested the last two spaghetti squash of the season. This was our first year growing spaghetti squash and it was a great success.

* Dried a load of laundry in the sun.

* One neighbor left a browning fiddle-leaf fig houseplant out by the side of the road, and another neighbor left out a huge terra cotta pot planted with a dead succulent. With help from my toddler, I painted the pot and replace the succulent with the fig. It now makes a wonderful corner accent in our living room, all for the low, low price of FREE.

* Speaking of curb shopping, I scouted an alley trash pile today (I think someone was cleaning out a garage), and brought home a huge sturdy wooden crate that we can use as a side table, a small place mat that's perfect for under our water jug, and someone's collection of 1970s baseball cards. Listed the cards on eBay; fingers crossed for sales!
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« Reply #4354 on: September 09, 2015, 08:44:56 PM »
*Took out heaps of stuff from the library today - rediscovered the magazine section upstairs and found some great history magazines for my 10 year old son who is obsessed with the subject atm. Said child has lost his library card, and because we are "heavy users" the librarian gave him a replacement card for free instead of charging us the usual $2 lost card fee. I love that we are heavy users of the library!

*Brown beans for dinner - started it from dried navy beans 2 days ago. I find this process incredibly rewarding. They taste out of this world!

*Another huge spinach salad with part of the 2 lb bag of spinach I picked up last week for $4 - a great dressing found online and subbed in pumpkin seeds for blanched almonds. Craisins add a lovely punch of flavour too.

*Made a loaf of bread in the bread machine for lunch -- love that 58 minute cycle. We had bread with cheese and cucumbers for lunch today

*Did chicken bones in the crockpot for broth today. Used my own parsley, rosemary and basil for seasoning in addition to some dried ones and also onions, garlic and carrots. I have 10-15 large ziplock bags in the freezer now, for when it cools down more and we start into soup season.

*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted! I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one.







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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4355 on: September 09, 2015, 09:05:22 PM »
Used up 2 avocados and 1 lime that were about to turn for guacamole for dinner (unfortunately one lime and one avocado couldn't be saved/used)

Packed breakfast and lunch for tomorrow.  Ate my breakfast and lunch that I packed for work today.


*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted!
When we were younger, my mother let my siblings and I choose our bedroom colors.  All of the choices were horrendous, but we loved it.  My siblings and I now laugh about who had the worst design.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4356 on: September 09, 2015, 11:03:12 PM »
*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted! I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one.

Brings back fond memories. I lived in an orange dorm room for two years. Didn't get depressed.

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« Reply #4357 on: September 10, 2015, 03:47:28 AM »
Ate a tin of baked beans for lunch as there was no lunch food in the house. Hence avoided buying lunch (at least $5). Bonus didn't have to leave the office during the unexpected thunderstorm.

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« Reply #4358 on: September 10, 2015, 09:41:47 AM »
Caffeine consumption had gotten way high during a few hard and deadline-related hell weeks, but am down to 2 cups of coffee per day.

Husband working on reducing as well. Change has already been noticeable as we're now making only 1 pot of coffee per day, no second (or third) pot.

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« Reply #4359 on: September 10, 2015, 03:46:32 PM »
Finally started entering my backed-up receipts for the last week (there aren't many of them, but I just hadn't felt like entering them the last few days) and discovered that I wasn't given the full discount I should have gotten on some items I had a coupon for -- they overcharged me $2.82 + tax.  The store is next to my gym, so I'll stop in to ask for a refund today.  Hope it works. 

Was getting low on gas and i might need to take my mom to physical therapy tomorrow, so I used my Fred Meyer rewards points to buy gas -- got it at $2.29/gallon instead of regular price of $2.59/gallon, and bought just over 10 gallons so saved about $3.00. 

Finally made our Ikea trip to return stuff from the last trip and finish getting what we needed for the house.  Got over $100 in credit for the returns, which made the final bill around $150 -- that was for two rather expensive dining chairs ($79 each), a Lack coffee table for $25 (room for more puzzles!), a comforter for DS's bed for $25, a hanging storage thingy for DS's closet for $8, a lamp and lightbulb for DS for I'm not sure how much, and some miscellaneous kitchen stuff (cheese grater box, knife sharpener, funnels, and a pastry brush). 

Bought DS a bottle of water at the end of the Ikea trip but resisted the urge to buy myself any food, even though it was lunch time.  Came home and ate leftovers instead.  Have generally been doing much better about controlling impulses to buy food outside the house (with the exception of groceries, and Costco hot dogs). 
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« Reply #4360 on: September 10, 2015, 04:49:08 PM »
Cut my own hair this morning, then washed with baking soda and vinegar as usual.
Pulled chin hairs out myself with tweezers (ok, so I've never paid someone to do that, but some people do :) )
Brewed 2 cups of tea using one tea bag in my cute yellow tea cup
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« Reply #4361 on: September 10, 2015, 04:57:52 PM »
Signed up for southwest rewards card, so I'll hopefully be saving some money on flights in the future.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4362 on: September 10, 2015, 11:19:41 PM »
Cut my own hair this morning, then washed with baking soda and vinegar as usual.
Pulled chin hairs out myself with tweezers (ok, so I've never paid someone to do that, but some people do :) )
Brewed 2 cups of tea using one tea bag in my cute yellow tea cup
Bought veggies through local food co-op

Wait .. I could have written this post myself! Had a déjà vu moment there for a sec!

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« Reply #4363 on: September 11, 2015, 12:27:44 AM »
Cut my own hair this morning, then washed with baking soda and vinegar as usual.
Pulled chin hairs out myself with tweezers (ok, so I've never paid someone to do that, but some people do :) )
Brewed 2 cups of tea using one tea bag in my cute yellow tea cup
Bought veggies through local food co-op

Wait .. I could have written this post myself! Had a déjà vu moment there for a sec!

It's what all the cool kids are doing ;)
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« Reply #4364 on: September 11, 2015, 08:52:38 AM »
Using produce from my garden, canned a mexican tomato sauce to eat over rice.  It's kind of like salsa, but more taco-y.  I ended up with 6 pints after dinner last night and packing my lunch for today.

Also.  I packed a lunch for today. :)

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« Reply #4365 on: September 11, 2015, 11:05:41 AM »
My son saved me money today!!

We wanted to go to a indoor playground, but he was so tired that we didn't go. This saved me the entrance price of €4, but probably also €10on food and drinks.
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« Reply #4366 on: September 11, 2015, 01:00:19 PM »
Rice and beans (and hot sauce) for every lunch this week!

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« Reply #4367 on: September 11, 2015, 04:03:45 PM »
Packed snack for Little Brother to take to daycare, because otherwise they charge $2.
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« Reply #4368 on: September 11, 2015, 05:01:05 PM »
Made a trip down to the Goodwill Outlet today, since my sister ended up taking my mom to her PT appointment and I had an unexpected free afternoon.  For $5.52 I got:

- a sturdy Glacier's edge duffle bag that I can use to bring home books/other heavyish stuff from China during our December trip. We have too much large luggage already -- need smaller pieces that can be packed with heavy stuff and that won't exceed the 50lbs/bag limit

- a solid plastic cutting board.  I have several thin ones that I use for most things, but needed something for heavier duty chopping/carving

- a container with a lid that I can use for compost.  The bags we are allowed to use have a tendency to leak.  I may just do away with them altogether, because they are expensive.  We have a garbage disposal, so it is pretty easy to rinse out the container after I dump it. 

- a no-skid pad to put under my bathroom rug, which has a tendency to slip about

- a collapsible umbrella.  Found one on my previous trip but needed another for DS

- a large wicker basket with cloth liner.  Will use this for library books in the living room

I was kind of bummed that I didn't find some of the other things on my list, especially office organization stuff and a table cloth, but pleased with what I got at the prices I got it for.  I was also very lucky because about half of what I found I had pulled out of some bins JUST before the workers came to take them off to dumpster land. 

I also signed the release form absolving the insurance company (and myself) of any liability for my son's involvement in the car accident.  They will send us a check for $250. And I submitted DH's receipt for the medical treatment he got in China related to the accident that we paid out of pocket already -- will get roughly $250 back for that, too.

 
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« Reply #4369 on: September 11, 2015, 06:21:09 PM »
I cancelled my Netflix account!

I am a little bit proud of it because it's something that's considered a "necessity" by my peers(even the more frugal ones who don't have cable), but I realized that I have only watched one show in the past year(House of Cards) and there is basically ALWAYS something else I would rather be doing in my free time  - I simply don't have time for it.


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« Reply #4370 on: September 11, 2015, 07:24:29 PM »
Hubby took his jacket to the tailoring shop. $7 to repair the zipper, instead of the cost of a replacement windbreaker.
Dinner was from the freezer, and lunches brought from home.

We're good at frugal solutions and everyday frugal.  Where we trip is the "I wants", and we tend to enable each other instead of reinforce each other. Something to work on.

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« Reply #4371 on: September 11, 2015, 11:00:22 PM »
I was out of the country for several months, so I put my car insurance on "storage."  Today I got the check for the money I saved: $57.  While I was gone I also unplugged the fridge, and the reduction in my electricity bill revealed that running my fridge costs $30 a month.

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« Reply #4372 on: September 12, 2015, 06:44:36 AM »
I needed some more coriander but resisted the temptation to get a tiny packet in the supermarket across the road from work yesterday just so that I'd have some. Instead I walked (well, strolled, can't make myself rush on a weekend morning and even strolling it's still less than 15 minutes) to the Turkish supermarket today and bought the big jar for a quarter of the price of the little packet.

Since I was passing anyway I also called in to my friendly neighbourhood tailor to make sure they could fix the zip on a handbag. It's an old one I dug out when I was looking for stuff for the flea market last week and apart from the zip and buckles it's still perfect. They might not be able to fix the buckles but as long as the zip is replaced it'll do for my needs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4373 on: September 12, 2015, 09:24:12 AM »
* About to sew a button back onto spouse's pants.
* Goodwilled some clothes, housewares, and LPs that didn't sell the other day.
* Sent jeans off for major repair -- which will cost the same as buying new really, but will cost less in time, energy, and either gas or return shipping to have to find a new pair that fits well.
* Saved $26.32 via coupons and online rebates last night, which included a free (small) jar of olives.

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« Reply #4374 on: September 12, 2015, 01:47:07 PM »
I was out of the country for several months, so I put my car insurance on "storage."  Today I got the check for the money I saved: $57.  While I was gone I also unplugged the fridge, and the reduction in my electricity bill revealed that running my fridge costs $30 a month.

Really? I was gone for a month, did NOT unplug my fridge and the total electricity bill was less than $15. I am sure it depends on a lot of factors but $30 seems like a lot of electricity for just a fridge.

But maybe electricity is more expensive where you live (or you have a more powerful fridge). Or I have no idea about electricity costs.

Either way, that's a very good tip though,I will make sure to unplug everything next time!

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« Reply #4375 on: September 12, 2015, 02:04:09 PM »
Well, the $30 probably wasn't the fridge alone — it was also the electricity I use in a month.  That is, when I go away and use no electricity except for lights on a timer, and I unplug the fridge, the bill goes down by $30 a month.  For past trips, when I left the fridge on, the bill went down a bit, as I remember, but not a whole lot.

Of course to unplug the fridge you have to empty the fridge.  I had some frozen soup in the freezer and som ebutter in the fridge I thought, "Is it worth maybe $60 or so to keep these in the fridge?  Would I pay that much to keep them?"  So I ate up the soup and gave away the butter.

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« Reply #4376 on: September 12, 2015, 02:10:12 PM »
Made waffles at home for brunch instead of going out to a local restaurant.  My new waffle maker is paying for itself already! 
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« Reply #4377 on: September 12, 2015, 02:26:46 PM »
We are away on a little mini-vacation for the weekend to a cabin we get for practically free, so while away I've done the following:

*Spaghetti dinner the first night with meat and cans of tomato sauce brought from home. Diced up an onion and a pepper and added my own spices. Bought 2 baguettes.

*Did grocery shopping up here, which I don't normally do but it was a short notice trip. I brought staples from home like: peanut butter, cans of tuna and salmon, pickles, oatmeal packets, homemade pancake mix, eggs, etc. Planned each meal out so that I was buying minimal fresh food at the local, fancypants grocery store.

*Kids and husband went for a 2 hour walk, on the trails and by the creek and watched a local race.  This afternoon, we will go to the lake. There are many tempting and expensive things to do here, but we won't be doing them.

*Relaxing, reading and enjoying the last of the nice weather.
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« Reply #4378 on: September 12, 2015, 05:47:54 PM »
I went to our annual Art Fair in town here, which is actually a very nice event along a walking path by the river.  I looked but didn't buy a thing.  And still had just as good of a time.

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« Reply #4379 on: September 12, 2015, 06:18:08 PM »
I resisted the urge to get a 12 pack of beer on the way home from work today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4380 on: September 12, 2015, 07:13:52 PM »
Walked to the grocery store instead of driving, even though it's all uphill and it's hot today.

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« Reply #4381 on: September 12, 2015, 08:12:42 PM »
Walked to the grocery store instead of driving, even though it's all uphill and it's hot today.

Good for you! I have a large hill right before my street on the way home from the grocery store and I haven't been brave enough to try it on my bike.

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« Reply #4382 on: September 13, 2015, 08:34:18 AM »
We did a neighbors BBQ, and offered to be the ones to buy the groceries (we got reimbursed) so that we would get the 6% on our rewards CC, and the bump toward meeting our spending minimum to get the $150 signup bonus.
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« Reply #4383 on: September 13, 2015, 09:03:34 AM »
I replenished my spice cabinet by buying from the local bulk food store. 10herbs and spices plus other things for $6. Later, at the grocery store I pointed out the prices to Hubs, explaining why I get them at the bulk store. We watched the lady in front of us do a double take and put two bottles back 👍

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« Reply #4384 on: September 13, 2015, 10:00:07 AM »
We've been dealing intermittent A/C issues all summer. The fan would go but it wouldn't blow cold. Started out working for days and not working for a few hours, over the last 3 weeks I'd say we've had working A/C about 24 hours total and we're dealing with 100 degree daily temperatures.

DW and I basically refused to buy a new A/C until someone could identify the issue, multiple techs and two companies and a duct sealing we have a more efficient running A/C which we've been told has had a few parts replaced. The end result being about $50 in service fees, replacing a contactor for $312 (we looked this up and the part actually costs $10, but I guess a little professional installation is worth piece of mind), and the most experienced tech a day later bypassing a timer switch cause our Nest already has it. A tiny yellow wire and the unit roared back to life instantly.

$362 > $3-5k

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4385 on: September 13, 2015, 11:04:15 AM »
I dug out the remnants of my stick deodorant and smooched it on top of my new stick deodorant.

Instead of buying the cute little doggie poop bags at the dollar store...using the bags I was going to toss from the grocery store.

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« Reply #4386 on: September 13, 2015, 12:53:53 PM »
Resisted the temptation to stop at the grocery store and buy more chocolate peanut butter ice cream even though I am recovering from oral surgery and deserve it.

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« Reply #4387 on: September 13, 2015, 03:38:48 PM »
Didn't buy $15.99 Calvin Klein winter coat from Goodwill.  I'd just dropped off a trunkload of donations but this coat was cute, although a size too large.  And I already have a winter coat.  I figure if I still wanted it next weekend and it was still there, I could always go back! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4388 on: September 13, 2015, 04:43:10 PM »
Walked to the grocery store instead of driving, even though it's all uphill and it's hot today.

Me too. I've either walked/biked exclusively since moving to my new apartment a couple weeks ago. My car is used (almost!) exclusively for work commuting.

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« Reply #4389 on: September 13, 2015, 05:44:30 PM »
Walked to the grocery store in the rain to get ingredients for dinner. It was a nice walk and September rains aren't cold yet.

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« Reply #4390 on: September 13, 2015, 07:03:01 PM »
*Used up a 10lb bag of potatoes for dinner (big family). Baked them all and made broccoli and here's sauce for a topping or spaghetti sauce that I've thawed from the freezer.

*Chain cooking- the oven is hot with the potatoes in so while they were cooking I mixed up a double batch of banana bread with the 5 spotty bananas. - the element on my glass cooktop is hot so I did the cheese sauce, then the broccoli, and now a dozen eggs for lunches this week.

*Had a moment of feeling slightly badass since I'm tired from cleaning up the cabin we spent the weekend at, packing up, driving 2 1/4 hours home and unpacking. It would have been very easy for me to order in:-)

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« Reply #4391 on: September 13, 2015, 09:00:17 PM »
Dried tomatoe to store some of the bounty

Made banana bread

Made no bake protein energy bites - passed the DH taste test

Harvested tomatoes from the garden

Tested sandals repaired with Shoe Goo - low stress test, but so far holding together

Froze leftover brownie before it spoils/stales anymore

I save butter wrappers to grease baking pans. Recently I started using them as parchment squares too.

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« Reply #4392 on: September 13, 2015, 10:42:21 PM »
*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted! I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one.

If he is into cars, orange paired with light blue is a classic colour combination. Think Gulf Racing, Porsche at Le Mans. My husband and I  are renting but we'd love to have a reason to paint a room up like that.

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« Reply #4393 on: September 13, 2015, 10:48:15 PM »
*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted! I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one.

Brings back fond memories. I lived in an orange dorm room for two years. Didn't get depressed.

I initially read this as "fondue memories" which was equally fitting. Still laughing. :D

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« Reply #4394 on: September 13, 2015, 10:51:01 PM »
*Husband is painting 12 year old son's room his favourite colour -- ORANGE! as in 1970s orange. Its awful but he is delighted! I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one.

If he is into cars, orange paired with light blue is a classic colour combination. Think Gulf Racing, Porsche at Le Mans. My husband and I  are renting but we'd love to have a reason to paint a room up like that.

Thanks for this great tip. I'm going to google that with him tmw. Would make great accents!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4395 on: September 14, 2015, 02:14:19 AM »
I try my best to live a frugal life and live within my means and for today I didn't allow myself to be tempted to buy outside of my budget. I avoided buying food that I won't be able to finish anyway and today I went on to shop for clothes at my favorite consignment shop.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4396 on: September 14, 2015, 09:40:35 AM »
I plugged in my sewing machine at 7am and fixed the 5 inch long tear in the backpack I use for bicycle commuting/hauling my work clothes, instead of continuing to look like a bag lady or buying a new backpack.

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« Reply #4397 on: September 14, 2015, 09:58:59 AM »
* Transferred to bank account $25 in consignment clothing sold and $25 for a purse I'd bought for 50 cents.
* Planning out how many and what types of various containers we already have (suitcase, duffel bags, cooler, plastic bins, etc) that can be used as-is in lieu of moving boxes.
* Culled more DVDs and CDs to be sold.
* Decided not to buy a couple of new shirts to replace shirts that are less lovely but still perfectly fine.

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« Reply #4398 on: September 14, 2015, 10:08:07 AM »
Got in at 3 am from my weekend roadtrip.  Made myself ge up early enough to scrounge snacks to pack for lunch. 

Small thing, but it took significant  will power.

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« Reply #4399 on: September 14, 2015, 12:02:34 PM »
-Did a phone survey with a car insurance company I decided NOT to go with. They gave me a $25 amazon gift card in exchange. Estimated to take 30 min, but it only took 10. Also, the lady on the phone was nice, so it was an entertaining and easy call.
-Filled out employment paperwork.
-Got REALLY EXCITED when I figured out my company offers a 401k match.
-Using up some Bok Choy that's getting floppy. Stir fry for dinner!
-Bought a relative a gift with a gift card I already had.
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