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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4400 on: September 15, 2015, 06:36:12 PM »
*Dinner from Budget Bytes
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Wow, ok. That's the only thing I can think of for today. Had some emotional things to deal with on the kid front today, so I guess that's why. I spent most of my day dealing with issues. And my husband has been away since Sunday, so I'm on my own dealing with these things.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4401 on: September 15, 2015, 07:57:21 PM »
*Dinner from Budget Bytes
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/02/one-pot-beef-mushroom-stroganoff/

Wow, ok. That's the only thing I can think of for today. Had some emotional things to deal with on the kid front today, so I guess that's why. I spent most of my day dealing with issues. And my husband has been away since Sunday, so I'm on my own dealing with these things.

<3 I hope it's all turning out okay, and you feel at peace with it all. Some days, dinner alone is a huge accomplishment! Don't downplay it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4402 on: September 15, 2015, 08:10:00 PM »
In the last 5 days I have kicked ass!

$40/month      Switched Auto and Homeowner's Insurance to Geico (will drop another $10/month when speeding ticket drops off in a few months).
$13/month      Called to drop Internet to lower tier. They gave me 20% discount on the current tier for 1 year which brought it within $2 of the one to which I was going to switch.
$320/month    Paid off the car loan!!!


Total monthly expenses saved = $353

That is huge! Well done, dcozad999.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4403 on: September 15, 2015, 10:07:03 PM »
* Sold a book on ebay.
* Assembled two of our Halloween costumes from thrift store finds.
* Today's storm refilled our rain barrel.
* Walked to the grocery store.
* Ordered two more Belkin Conserve Power Switches. Been using the Belkin timer socket for my cell-phone charger and LOVE IT, and want to put these in the laundry room so the washer and dryer can be shut off completely when not in use. Not sure when we'll make our money back on electricity savings, but the environmental benefits are worth it for me.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4404 on: September 16, 2015, 02:58:09 AM »
My wife and I were travelling with Alaska Airlines this past weekend, and she had a bag that needed to be checked, for an additional charge of $25 per flight.
I packed a large backpack intending to carry it on, but when I got to the boarding gate the airline were offering free baggage hold check in if you didn't need your bag on the flight. I checked my bag for free, saving 50 dollars and the hassle of finding an overhead bin slot.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4405 on: September 16, 2015, 04:17:55 AM »
Bought 3 pairs of shoes today for work- my size and style (flat slip ons), for a grand total of $8! Ugly beige colour, but I couldn't care less, they're functional, and they'll last me a year hopefully.

Finished the last of a huge brown rice/bean/corn/tuna salad that I made and have been eating for lunch this week (getting a bit sick of it tbh, but pushed through).

Plugged my electric toothbrush recharger in for 30 mins, will gve me 2 weeks of brushing

Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4406 on: September 16, 2015, 07:25:49 AM »
In the last 5 days I have kicked ass!

$40/month      Switched Auto and Homeowner's Insurance to Geico (will drop another $10/month when speeding ticket drops off in a few months).
$13/month      Called to drop Internet to lower tier. They gave me 20% discount on the current tier for 1 year which brought it within $2 of the one to which I was going to switch.
$320/month    Paid off the car loan!!!


Total monthly expenses saved = $353



That is huge! Well done, dcozad999.


Thank you!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4407 on: September 16, 2015, 07:30:56 AM »
I officially moved to the closer office. It still takes far too long to get here, but it's entirely by public transportation and is $5.50 less per day. At about 20 days a month, this turns out to be $110/month savings, or $1320/yr. We will not be here for a full year, so it's only temporary savings, but still, it's $900 worth of savings!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4408 on: September 16, 2015, 07:56:33 AM »
Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.
Have been thinking the last few days that I've totally lost it and seem to only belong in whatever the opposite of this thread is but hooray, I did do this on Sunday. Even spent a while afterwards tidying things up. Ended up with a much shorter cut than I was planning on but it looks really great. And is still long enough to put up, so can have it out of my way when working.

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« Reply #4409 on: September 16, 2015, 06:43:24 PM »
Message from paypal received $12.16 - transfer to add to the stash:) plus had a return for $10.15 - added to emergency cash @ home.

Reviewed T-Mobile bill - looks like I can make some cuts. We'll see.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4410 on: September 16, 2015, 09:00:28 PM »
* I made about $45 today selling stuff, including some books and baseball cards I rescued from the trash.
* We saved $225 this week not hiring an exterminator to kill our cockroaches. On the advice of some MMM forum wisdom, we sprinkled the kitchen with borax for free and it has worked extremely well.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4411 on: September 16, 2015, 09:42:42 PM »
I pulled all of my shoes together in one place. Cleaned and polished them all, then put away the summer shoes.  I have two pair of brown and two pair of black (loafers and pumps) to carry me through fall and summer and I know where the off season shoes are.
Small things in a positive direction.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4412 on: September 17, 2015, 12:03:53 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement, Bracken_Joy... much appreciated. Yesterday was a difficult day, for sure, and I woke up this morning with those still uneasy thoughts in my mind. That started to lift late this afternoon with a positive one-on-one with my 17 year old son (one of the culprits) and more lifted this evening with an incident that turned into a positive with a family friend. So there you go. Life's bumps and bruises.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4413 on: September 17, 2015, 05:13:37 AM »
Made my lunch from last nights leftovers (which were frozen leftovers from a monster pig roast at my sister's a few weeks back!!! Great tasting smoky piggy)... made a coffee for work (as usual) - remembered to pack my milk and instant coffee to make more at work.
Am pretty happy that since I have returned to work after my maternity ended in April I have made my lunch every day... saving me at least $5-10 a shift ... and I have only bought 5 coffee's (at $1.90) since then ... I used to buy 1 or 2 a shift ... 5 days  a week...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4414 on: September 17, 2015, 06:56:46 AM »
Our dog was showing signs of illness last night, so we chose to take him to the after-hours vet clinic. The ultimate diagnosis was "keep monitoring him" but several worrisome possibilities were ruled out. We saved money by turning down the additional tests that even the vet seemed to think we're unnecessary at this time.
I almost typed "we had to take him..." But caught myself in realizing it was, as always, a choice. I hope he will be better in a day or two. I'm glad I budget for medical expenses for all of us, including the cat and dog.

In the spirit of the thread - I just pulled planned overs from the fridge to pack our healthy portable lunches.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4415 on: September 17, 2015, 07:31:45 AM »
Guys. This is huge. Last night, I made the frugalwoods rice and beans recipe, and served it for dinner....


and my husband LIKED it. And went back for seconds. And thirds. I'm not sure how the frugalwoods stretch it to a week's worth of lunches for both of them, but the fact that there were leftovers at all is amazing in this house. And again- beans. No meat, cheese, or eggs.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4416 on: September 17, 2015, 07:51:28 AM »
Traveled by train but didn't buy any food at the station because I brought my own. Quite striking to see how much effort they're making to trick you into buying overpriced foodstuff...

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« Reply #4417 on: September 17, 2015, 09:25:24 AM »
Nice, Bracken_Joy!

Today I volunteered to set up at a free stuff swap. I grabbed a nice long sleeve wicking shirt for biking. Free!

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« Reply #4418 on: September 17, 2015, 01:18:46 PM »
Guys. This is huge. Last night, I made the frugalwoods rice and beans recipe, and served it for dinner....


and my husband LIKED it. And went back for seconds. And thirds. I'm not sure how the frugalwoods stretch it to a week's worth of lunches for both of them, but the fact that there were leftovers at all is amazing in this house. And again- beans. No meat, cheese, or eggs.

I wish I could get DH on the beans and rice train; I've tried numerous recipes (including FW) and each time he's "meh." I just think I've got a ways to go before I can introduce my Midwestern meat-and-potatoes guy to non-meat-and-potatoes meals.

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« Reply #4419 on: September 17, 2015, 02:12:45 PM »
Just booked our return flight from Beijing for our Christmas trip using frequent flyer miles.  Business class was only 5000 miles more per ticket than economy -- have never seen that before, so I snatched them up.  Fees and taxes will only be about $65 total.  Helps offset the exploding volcano of spending we've been having to not have to pay out of pocket for the tickets.

DS is stoked.  He's been begging for business class tickets for ages.  I used his miles to get them :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4420 on: September 17, 2015, 04:27:35 PM »
Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.
Have been thinking the last few days that I've totally lost it and seem to only belong in whatever the opposite of this thread is but hooray, I did do this on Sunday. Even spent a while afterwards tidying things up. Ended up with a much shorter cut than I was planning on but it looks really great. And is still long enough to put up, so can have it out of my way when working.

I want to do this next time I'm due for a cut. (I only go two to three times a year anyway.)

My husband is horrified at the thought. I should just do it and not tell him until after...

What scissors did you use?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4421 on: September 17, 2015, 04:49:53 PM »
* Destroyed our old couch into pieces that fit into dumpster rather than pay someone to cart it away intact.
* Found an old lip balm (mine, not someone else's) beneath the cushions. Cleaned the outside container; contents inside still perfectly good.
* Digitizing old cassettes before finally getting rid of cassette player.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4422 on: September 17, 2015, 07:08:51 PM »
Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.
Have been thinking the last few days that I've totally lost it and seem to only belong in whatever the opposite of this thread is but hooray, I did do this on Sunday. Even spent a while afterwards tidying things up. Ended up with a much shorter cut than I was planning on but it looks really great. And is still long enough to put up, so can have it out of my way when working.

I want to do this next time I'm due for a cut. (I only go two to three times a year anyway.)

My husband is horrified at the thought. I should just do it and not tell him until after...

What scissors did you use?
I use a basic $5 pair of hair cutting scissors I got from a drug store.  They have lasted me several years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4423 on: September 17, 2015, 07:39:26 PM »
Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.
Have been thinking the last few days that I've totally lost it and seem to only belong in whatever the opposite of this thread is but hooray, I did do this on Sunday. Even spent a while afterwards tidying things up. Ended up with a much shorter cut than I was planning on but it looks really great. And is still long enough to put up, so can have it out of my way when working.

I want to do this next time I'm due for a cut. (I only go two to three times a year anyway.)

My husband is horrified at the thought. I should just do it and not tell him until after...

What scissors did you use?
I use a basic $5 pair of hair cutting scissors I got from a drug store.  They have lasted me several years.

I use regular Fiskars that we use for everything. They seem to do the job fine.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4424 on: September 17, 2015, 09:15:15 PM »
When we moved into our apartment, it came with a trash compactor and no place to put a regular trash can. I have been buying the special extra strength compactor bags for it, but with the hot summer weather and needing to take the trash out everyday to discourage ants, I was getting through too many trash bags.

I realized at the weekend after washing the compactor insert that it was the same size as a large kitchen trash bag, so now I have doubled up - I leave one, thick compactor bag in there all the time to keep the insert clean, then line with a standard bag which is cheaper to dispose of every day. I can still use the compacting mode, as the double bagging protects the thinner one from tearing.

I live in LA where most stores no longer provide plastic bags, and the paper ones are 10 cents each, so I need something to take the trash down to the dumpsters in.

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« Reply #4425 on: September 17, 2015, 11:04:22 PM »
lhamo,

Nice score on the Business Class seats!

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« Reply #4426 on: September 17, 2015, 11:19:20 PM »
Just booked our return flight from Beijing for our Christmas trip using frequent flyer miles.  Business class was only 5000 miles more per ticket than economy -- have never seen that before, so I snatched them up.  Fees and taxes will only be about $65 total.  Helps offset the exploding volcano of spending we've been having to not have to pay out of pocket for the tickets.

DS is stoked.  He's been begging for business class tickets for ages.  I used his miles to get them :)

My husband travels a lot for work so he has a very healthy frequent flyer balance (we've had one trip to Europe this year and he's already replaced the points we used), so I'm always interested in articles on maximising use of points.

It's fairly widely regarded that upgrading gives you the best value for money

http://www.ausbt.com.au/what-is-a-qantas-frequent-flyer-point-worth

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« Reply #4427 on: September 18, 2015, 04:22:11 AM »
Cut my own hair, in the time honoured put-into-ponytail-and-hack-at-it method. Worked out surprisingly well.
Have been thinking the last few days that I've totally lost it and seem to only belong in whatever the opposite of this thread is but hooray, I did do this on Sunday. Even spent a while afterwards tidying things up. Ended up with a much shorter cut than I was planning on but it looks really great. And is still long enough to put up, so can have it out of my way when working.

I want to do this next time I'm due for a cut. (I only go two to three times a year anyway.)

My husband is horrified at the thought. I should just do it and not tell him until after...

What scissors did you use?
I use the ones that came with a Creaclip set (which was recommended on one of the hair-cutting threads here). It was this set - although I am fairly certain I didn't pay as much for them as is listed now. I wanted the small Creaclip to be able to manage my fringe better. But then, since I had the big one anyone, I tried it out. Prefer the ponytail method, to be honest, and then just looking into a mirror (backwards, through another mirror) to straighten things up. Curls allow me to try different things without too much difficulty, though. As a good place to start, I'd definitely recommend the ponytail method.

And, yeah, just do it. Don't even tell him after - wait until he has complimented you on your new haircut. LOL

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« Reply #4428 on: September 18, 2015, 05:58:02 AM »
When we moved into our apartment, it came with a trash compactor and no place to put a regular trash can.
We took ours out and replaced it with a wine cooler that was made to fit the space.  Not very mustachian, but very useful for us.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4429 on: September 18, 2015, 08:47:16 AM »
I picked up a penny laying on the ground when I went into the grocery store.
Rather than spend it, I invested it into my change jar LOL :)

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« Reply #4430 on: September 18, 2015, 09:36:15 AM »
Did a tricky mend on nice pants last night.  Pleased with the results.  Wearing them today. 

Cut open my toothpaste tube.  I've never done that before.  Why not?  5 or 6 brushings left.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4431 on: September 18, 2015, 09:40:45 AM »
Husband had dinner at a work event last night and pulled out a chicken breast for my dinner/today's lunch. Instead I decided to make some flatbread with olives and herbs. Delicious dinner and lunch and now we can stretch our groceries a little longer.

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« Reply #4432 on: September 18, 2015, 09:42:57 AM »
I experimented with making a second Americano with the same coffee grounds I used for the first one.  Not nearly so good.  Won't do it again.

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« Reply #4433 on: September 18, 2015, 09:44:07 AM »
Made awesome fake souvlaki with leftover roast pork, home made flat bread and sauce made from chopping some garlic into sour cream and letting it sit for a couple of hours.  $25 not spent at our favorite Greek restaurant and one of the best sandwiches of my life.

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« Reply #4434 on: September 18, 2015, 09:49:58 AM »
After orientation for work, there was an optional survey to fill out about the training. Not only did it enter me for a $50 gift card drawing, but I also got paid for the time filling it out. Seemed silly to leave money on the table when we'd already been there all day, but the other trainees left without filling it out. Into worse traffic, no less, because the extra 30 min pushed us past a lot of traffic.
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« Reply #4435 on: September 18, 2015, 10:33:38 AM »
Just booked our return flight from Beijing for our Christmas trip using frequent flyer miles.  Business class was only 5000 miles more per ticket than economy -- have never seen that before, so I snatched them up.  Fees and taxes will only be about $65 total.  Helps offset the exploding volcano of spending we've been having to not have to pay out of pocket for the tickets.

DS is stoked.  He's been begging for business class tickets for ages.  I used his miles to get them :)

My husband travels a lot for work so he has a very healthy frequent flyer balance (we've had one trip to Europe this year and he's already replaced the points we used), so I'm always interested in articles on maximising use of points.

It's fairly widely regarded that upgrading gives you the best value for money

http://www.ausbt.com.au/what-is-a-qantas-frequent-flyer-point-worth

While that approach may be true in general, in this case it wasn't an optino.

I just checked the fares.  On the date of our flight, one way seats would have been $1234 each to  purchase in regular Economy class, and $2392 to purchase in business class.  The economy class seats would not have been upgradable at that fare (L class -- Delta only allows international upgrades on Y, B or M fares).  There is no easy way for me to compare what an upgradable flight would have cost.

My options for booking with miles were 65,000 miles + $31.50 in fees for an economy class seat (.019/mile), or 70,0000 miles + $31.50 in business (.034/mile).

For only 5000 extra miles each, I got an extra $1158 worth of seat (x2 = $2316).  And I'm paying less than $65 out of pocket. 

This is for a direct flight.  Flying the other airline I have points for (United) would have involved two plane changes, would have extended the duration of the trip by 7-8 hours minimum, and would have taken more miles (80,000/person).

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« Reply #4436 on: September 19, 2015, 12:42:31 PM »
I went with friends last night to view their new house (post purchase pre-closing). The grounds include 2 apple, 1 pear and 1 crab apple tree. I gathered apples and pears while dreaming of a cider press for the hundreds of ground-fallen fruit. This morning I cooked up apple-pear butter in the crockpot. Lots for us; lots for a free and much celebrated house-warming gift.

I would not give up my current walking commute at this time in our life, but the space to grow my own food, with mature food producing trees already in place, is tempting. And if my friends don't take full advantage? Well, there's lots there for me to second harvest.

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« Reply #4437 on: September 19, 2015, 12:50:46 PM »
Since we're talking about small things in this thread, I've done two things today specifically to save money.

1.  I put in a few extra hours of work in today, but made sure to leave before lunchtime.  A coworker was there, and if I was there at lunchtime he would have wanted to go out for lunch together.  I was able to remove myself from the situation and guarantee that I wouldn't have to buy lunch.  I ate lunch at home instead.

2.  I hand-washed my shower curtain in the bathtub.  That saved the dollar the washing machine would have cost.

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« Reply #4438 on: September 19, 2015, 01:56:54 PM »
Did a tricky mend on nice pants last night.  Pleased with the results.  Wearing them today. 

Cut open my toothpaste tube.  I've never done that before.  Why not?  5 or 6 brushings left.

We do this all the time with toothpaste.....along with everything else.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4439 on: September 19, 2015, 02:04:32 PM »
Not me, and not that small: I work today (as I do every other Saturday), and Mr. FP (a high school teacher) needed to attend, with some students, an out-of-town conference some 45 minutes away.

Pay $150 for a babysitter? (10 hours--that's an 8 hour work day, 1 hour lunch, 1 hour commuting time) times $15/hour.) Nope.

I packed them all a lunch and snack, and he brought them along! His students were super-excited when they heard the boys (ages 3 and 4) would be coming along.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4440 on: September 19, 2015, 02:30:52 PM »
*Homemade Egg McMuffins for lunch -- nomnomnom -- and they taste way better than the original!

*Made bacon in the oven -- am I the last person on the planet to realize how easy this is?? Two packages of bacon done to perfection (on foil on cookie sheets @ 400F)  in 20 minutes flat! I've been an anti-baconite for years due to the mess of sizzling bacon on the stovetop.

*Soup for dinner tonight with stock from bones, bits of leftover chicken and a leftover bowl of rice and frozen veggies. Made a double batch of 5 minute a day bread sponge and will pull off 2 loaves for dinner.

*No heat used -- love this shoulder season where I don't have to heat or cool the house! Lots of saved $$$

*Kids are handing down clothes between themselves. 12 year old found 2 shirts in his closet that were practically new and he'd forgotten about. Decided he didn't like the style and handed them up to 14 year old. Love that they think this way!

*Daughter is finishing painting 2 of the 4 walls in my son's bedroom 1970's orange. Looks dreadful, but he loves it and feels very special that we let him choose any colour (except black). Will do the same with the next boys down in the line who share a bedroom. They are talking blue on one wall and red on the other.

*Older boys are also passing down toys to the younger boys today (cleaning out their closets) and the little boys are thrilled!

*Dishes, dishes, dishes. I always feel like I'm doing dishes (large family + scratch cooking) but I'm trying to keep a positive mindset and remind myself how much $$$ I'm saving. Having a cup of tea in between cooking Egg McMuffins and cleaning up!



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4441 on: September 19, 2015, 02:33:06 PM »
Not me, and not that small: I work today (as I do every other Saturday), and Mr. FP (a high school teacher) needed to attend, with some students, an out-of-town conference some 45 minutes away.

Pay $150 for a babysitter? (10 hours--that's an 8 hour work day, 1 hour lunch, 1 hour commuting time) times $15/hour.) Nope.

I packed them all a lunch and snack, and he brought them along! His students were super-excited when they heard the boys (ages 3 and 4) would be coming along.


This is awesome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4442 on: September 19, 2015, 02:36:31 PM »
Instead of sitting around the house bored and wanting to snack on several dollar's worth of food, I went to the gym instead and got a great workout. I left my wallet at home to prevent the temptation of stopping at the handful of fast food places in the plaza with the gym.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4443 on: September 20, 2015, 07:38:29 AM »
Somebody at work brought a box of apples from their tree. Brought several home and made an apple crisp. Yum!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4444 on: September 20, 2015, 09:14:53 AM »
Not me, and not that small: I work today (as I do every other Saturday), and Mr. FP (a high school teacher) needed to attend, with some students, an out-of-town conference some 45 minutes away.

Pay $150 for a babysitter? (10 hours--that's an 8 hour work day, 1 hour lunch, 1 hour commuting time) times $15/hour.) Nope.

I packed them all a lunch and snack, and he brought them along! His students were super-excited when they heard the boys (ages 3 and 4) would be coming along.


This is awesome!

I'll tell him you said so! I wasn't sure it would be a success but apparently the boys were delightful, the big kids loved them, and they kind of livened up the event by serving as ice breaker and mascots.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4445 on: September 20, 2015, 09:29:06 AM »
-Nice home weekend with DH. Cheap and a good recharge chance.

-Lots of home cooking. It's been getting colder here, which really opens up more cooking to me. I'm a lazy summer cook, and what I make tends to be more expensive (avocados, etc), vs our more carrots and cabbage winter fare.

-Line dried 2 loads of laundry. Brother is out of town for the weekend, and he hates when I line dry, so I capitalize on his travels when I can.

-Nothing to do with saving money, but we switched out for flannel sheets! It really is fall! (have 2 sets sheets: light cotton for summer, flannel for the rest of the time).

-Reposted a bunch of craigslist postings. Slowly but surely I'll get Brother's clutter under control. It'll be good for his mental health (and mine!) and ensure he can pay his share of bills not covered by disability.

-DH is getting more comfortable with our local discount grocer. Made a trip yesterday and picked up a few things- came to $9, with $22 saved over standard retail pricing.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4446 on: September 20, 2015, 09:56:19 AM »
Resisted the urge to get coffee or a fountain drink for morning caffeine boost. Realized I have can make coffee at home (bought creamer) and I bought club soda to contain my fizzy urge.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4447 on: September 20, 2015, 12:40:52 PM »
Mixed up a big batch of home-made detergent.  I mentioned to my son that I was doing this, and he asked if I could make them some for Christmas so they could try it.  (He is married, and lives a couple of hours away).  I will put it in a pretty container I already have, with a big bow.  I love that he's looking forward to getting this as a present.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4448 on: September 20, 2015, 02:28:29 PM »
Packed coffee and sandwiches and hiked into the bird sanctuary.  Now back home listening to $0.50 Cd on yard sale audio system and cooking beans in the crockpot while the washer churns away on our thrift store clothing and home made laundry soap.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4449 on: September 20, 2015, 02:51:59 PM »
DS2.5 has been wearing underwear at day and night for about 10 days now. I'm declaring him potty trained, selling a box of leftover pullups on eBay, and using some leftover Pampers vouchers (long story) to buy some extra wet wipes and diapers for DH's work friend's baby.

Diapers is a nice line item to permanently remove from the budget. Whee!
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