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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4500 on: September 27, 2015, 04:33:17 AM »

Resisted the urge to buy an adorable ear cuff that I didn't need and probably would never wear

Took water bottles out the past few days so I wasn't tempted to buy a drink

Was running a little short on decorations for a mini hens party/gathering, so DS and I used printer paper to make cutout snowflakes that were adorable and matched the decor

For my contribution to the party, I used some of our beautiful excess veggies and fruit to make a great healthy savoury platter, rather than buying more.

Was inspired to declare October a maximum moustache challenge month (was reading old MMM posts and got inspired), have figure out that if I buckle down and increase my savings by $100/pay I can move my NW $0 date from Dec 31 to Dec1 this year. I'm soo looking forward to having those student loans paid!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4501 on: September 27, 2015, 04:50:54 AM »
Mum and Dad will bring us a visit today, and a programmable thermostat + a wooden parasol. I'll bake them something tasty to say thanks.

I'm on a laundry marathon. After weeks of rainy weather, it's sunny today and the coming days so I'm using this opportunity to dry everything in the sun now I have the chance.

Used an "expired" pack of soycream last night (it had been stored in the fridge so I figured it was save). Nobody is exhibiting symptoms yet so I guess we'll live.

The cuttings I took from some house plants are making roots. Little tip: a pinch of aspirine in the water (or use water in which willow branches have grown roots), functions as rooting hormone. Double the plants for the cost of an aspirine and some patience.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4502 on: September 27, 2015, 06:53:39 AM »
Was inspired to declare October a maximum moustache challenge month (was reading old MMM posts and got inspired), have figure out that if I buckle down and increase my savings by $100/pay I can move my NW $0 date from Dec 31 to Dec1 this year. I'm soo looking forward to having those student loans paid!
There will soon be a thread for that very purpose!  The current thread for September is aptly titled, "Savetember," and I expect that the new one will come soon with a similar play on the word "October".

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« Reply #4503 on: September 27, 2015, 07:35:43 AM »
Bikes to the sporting goods store and bought parts to fix my bike to be street legal again.  :)

The bad:  I saw that they have a 55% discount on a road bike that I wanna buy...

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« Reply #4504 on: September 27, 2015, 09:30:09 AM »
Took sandwiches and a thermos of coffee with us on our shopping outing.  Having his own coffee enabled the Hub to resist the siren song of the cool coffee machine at WINCO which wants a dollar before it will be your friend.

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« Reply #4505 on: September 27, 2015, 02:09:52 PM »
Skipped the dryer for a load of clothes.  It was a load where 1/2 the items I never use the dryer on anyway.  Not sure I'll do it again.  I have solar panels which generate (yearly) all the electricity we need.  It's an electric dryer so not a lot of incentive.

When I canned tomatoes today I saved the skins and dehydrated them until crispy.  Then turned them to dust in an old coffee grinder.  I read about this somewhere on the internet -not sure where.   Tomato dust can be added to soups or rice or whatever to add a bit of tomato taste.  Or you can just add to hot water for instant tomato soup.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4506 on: September 27, 2015, 03:53:32 PM »
Was inspired to declare October a maximum moustache challenge month (was reading old MMM posts and got inspired), have figure out that if I buckle down and increase my savings by $100/pay I can move my NW $0 date from Dec 31 to Dec1 this year. I'm soo looking forward to having those student loans paid!
There will soon be a thread for that very purpose!  The current thread for September is aptly titled, "Savetember," and I expect that the new one will come soon with a similar play on the word "October".

Awesome, thanks!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4507 on: September 27, 2015, 04:55:41 PM »
Was inspired to declare October a maximum moustache challenge month (was reading old MMM posts and got inspired), have figure out that if I buckle down and increase my savings by $100/pay I can move my NW $0 date from Dec 31 to Dec1 this year. I'm soo looking forward to having those student loans paid!
There will soon be a thread for that very purpose!  The current thread for September is aptly titled, "Savetember," and I expect that the new one will come soon with a similar play on the word "October".

I think the plan is "Socktober", like Socking away money. =P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4508 on: September 27, 2015, 05:13:57 PM »
When I canned tomatoes today I saved the skins and dehydrated them until crispy.  Then turned them to dust in an old coffee grinder.  I read about this somewhere on the internet -not sure where.   Tomato dust can be added to soups or rice or whatever to add a bit of tomato taste.  Or you can just add to hot water for instant tomato soup.
Ooooh, I had forgotten about that - I have a bunch of tomatoes that I should do that to!

Me today: Used my kmart biking points, doubled coupons and bottle returns from found bottles to make a $2.12 profit buying 4 pie pumpkins, urgently needed cold meds (advil, chloraseptic spray, cough drops), a yogurt, some kashi cereal, and mouthwash. Did it all on my bike, no driving.

Making bread right now from whole grain I got free from Craigslist from some survivalist's Y2K stockup nonsense and ground in my craigslist vitamix, making stuffed pumpkins for dinner.

Breakfast was old fashioned oats with some homemade applesauce from my apple tree mixed in. Lunch was leftover homemade eggplant parm, we had leftovers from using just half of the world's biggest eggplant, which was only a dollar!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4509 on: September 27, 2015, 06:48:37 PM »
Got the battery in my iPhone 5 replaced for $70. Well worth it as the battery now lasts more than an hour. (My less Mustachian husband was encouraging me to get a new phone, but I couldn't justify $80+ a month compared with my currently free phone ($30/month plan, and I get a $30/month phone subsidy from work).

My husband unplugged the Kinect part of his Xbox because he never uses it amd it was just drawing power.

We saw Everest today, had $8 movie tickets (and I book online to accrue extra Cinebuzz points = closer to free movie tickets).

My birthday is next month so yesterday we spent about $30 on a couple of little things (mostly stationery, which I love). I had to keep a straight face when the girl at Kikki K said she had been on the Tiffany website picking out her birthday present. When we left I reminded my husband that he is to never buy me Tiffany.

Had two hours' notice that relatives are staying tonight, and will want feeding, so I have a chook in the oven. Dinner plus lunches plus stock from the carcass.

We saw Everest in 3d last night (ducks punches- we had a voucher and it was only our 2nd date night this year!) it was good, but annoying that the actors were lying around in the snow without their goggles and masks on- I know it was probably so you could read the actor expressions, but it annoyed me. Though, I suppose had it been properly realistic, you'd have no idea who was who or what they were saying if they didn't take off their face gear.

I read Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's book on the doomed expedition, in June. A lot of the climbers were inexperienced and, affected by the altitude, that seems to be what they actually did...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4510 on: September 27, 2015, 07:19:34 PM »
*Used the remains of last night's baguette for french toast this morning.

*Shopped at the farmer's market this morning (not cheap), but I comparison-shopped the stands and picked up the smallest carton of green beans for lunch so as to not have leftovers that might spoil. Saved $2.

*Decided NOT to pick up super-fancy snacks for a film showing today; took some leftover snacks that had been lurking in the house. College students love all free food, so even my pantry leftovers were a hit.

*Walked to and from campus for said showing.

*Ran some numbers with DH's new raise--he'll be maxing out his 403b in 2016!

*Scored free passes to movies Monday and Tuesday nights. DH is taking a friend to The Walk on Monday, so I can get some work done; I'll be seeing The Martian on Tuesday!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4511 on: September 27, 2015, 09:27:45 PM »
When I canned tomatoes today I saved the skins and dehydrated them until crispy.  Then turned them to dust in an old coffee grinder.  I read about this somewhere on the internet -not sure where.   Tomato dust can be added to soups or rice or whatever to add a bit of tomato taste.  Or you can just add to hot water for instant tomato soup.
Ooooh, I had forgotten about that - I have a bunch of tomatoes that I should do that to!

I. Must. Try. This.

You should post this on some of the "weird food" "strange food" threads in Throw Down The Gauntlet and elsewhere. I wonder what else can be turned to dust for some yummy enhancements.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4512 on: September 28, 2015, 06:17:38 AM »
When I canned tomatoes today I saved the skins and dehydrated them until crispy.  Then turned them to dust in an old coffee grinder.  I read about this somewhere on the internet -not sure where.   Tomato dust can be added to soups or rice or whatever to add a bit of tomato taste.  Or you can just add to hot water for instant tomato soup.
Ooooh, I had forgotten about that - I have a bunch of tomatoes that I should do that to!

I. Must. Try. This.

You should post this on some of the "weird food" "strange food" threads in Throw Down The Gauntlet and elsewhere. I wonder what else can be turned to dust for some yummy enhancements.

I love the idea of the strange food thread! I use kelp powder in a lot of my soups, and Nom Nom Paleo has a recipe for "magic powder" that's mushrooms and stuff into a dust that's an umami BOMB. So good. And I hate mushrooms =P
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« Reply #4513 on: September 28, 2015, 11:47:41 AM »
Made lemonade  lemons from my backyard tree:  lemons, water and simple syrup (water/sugar). 

Decided not to wash bath towels today.  Usually I change them out once a week on Mondays.  But really, how dirty can they be after 7 showers?  Did swap out wash cloth.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4514 on: September 28, 2015, 08:08:42 PM »
Finished and sent away some work I had to do for a friend - will net me $100 eventually!

Am taking kids to the movies today for DS birthday. Have pre-purchased snacks and water bottles (I'm happy to get them popcorn or a slushee for a bday treat, but paying $6/bottle for water just drives me mad!)

Made and froze 7 portions of delicious pumpkin/carrot/coconut milk soup for work next week, all in recycled jars/containers.

Double checked my outgoing direct deposits, thankfully, saw that I had accidentally not removed one I wouldn't be paying this month (3 paycheck month) - saved $55!
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« Reply #4515 on: September 28, 2015, 08:23:42 PM »
Like 11ducks my efforts today have largely been about bringing in money.

I claimed my 2016 diary through petty cash at work. First time I've done that, and they didn't even blink (makes me think I should have asked before now.)

And my husband found out he can claim phone travel expenses directly through work which will remunerate him for the total amount, rather than claiming a percentage back on tax.

So that is an extra $126 for the day.

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« Reply #4516 on: September 29, 2015, 04:53:07 PM »
Submitted receipt for FSA reimbursement. If I make $20 an hour and pay $7 for childcare, only paying taxes on $13/hour is definitely enough money to notice!

Made hummus.

Contacted lawyer's office about having wills made. I bought a prepaid legal plan for this year only with the idea that we would get our wills done, then cancel it during open enrollment. For $189, we get a full-out estate plan with every single document the lawyer recommends. We could even set up a trust for the kids. You know, if we had any money :-).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4517 on: September 29, 2015, 06:31:06 PM »
It was pretty rainy and windy today, but I hauled my butt to the bus stop and took public transit to my hair appointment (instead of calling an Uber, which the weather could have warranted). Public transit FTW.

Leftovers for lunch. Leftovers for dinner. I'm getting pretty good at this leftovers game...

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« Reply #4518 on: September 29, 2015, 06:44:20 PM »
Last night, I brought groceries home on the plane with me, from my cheap visiting city to my expensive home city. Some for my students from faraway lands who have trouble finding stuff here, but some (galangal, lemon grass, cilantro, limes, legumes, peppers) for me. Got a pot of green curry paste on the go now.
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« Reply #4519 on: September 30, 2015, 09:25:14 AM »
I didn't buy food yesterday when visiting family. I ate the snacks I store in my purse and waited for dinner. (Why do other people think 9pm is "dinner time"? Am I the weirdo or are they...? But I digress).

I exchanged a wooden spatula at Bed Bath and Beyond. We had gotten the set as part of finishing off our gift cards and registry, but when we opened them up, it was split by the handle =( So instead of just ordering a different one through amazon to avoid a store trip, we went while visiting family since the store there is easier to get to.

Stocked the chest freezer with meat again. Old Game from family. Most of it is still great, it's just some is freezer burnt so we keep an eye out. Most is 4 years old.

Inflated our tires, that should improve gas mileage some.
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« Reply #4520 on: September 30, 2015, 10:16:33 AM »
I was craving something sweet to go with my tea.  Instead of buying a biscotti, I pulled out a small jar of jam (a gift) to eat with a stale focaccia roll. 

I made the focaccia rolls on Sunday (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/04/focaccia-rolls/). Mine are really flat, but they still taste good. 

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« Reply #4521 on: September 30, 2015, 10:42:33 AM »
Bought a whole salmon for $5...but needed to clean and filet it myself. Unfortunately I haven't done that in years so I wasted some of the flesh. Still a good deal for fresh fish though.

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« Reply #4522 on: September 30, 2015, 03:29:05 PM »
I was craving something sweet to go with my tea.  Instead of buying a biscotti, I pulled out a small jar of jam (a gift) to eat with a stale focaccia roll. 

I made the focaccia rolls on Sunday (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/04/focaccia-rolls/). Mine are really flat, but they still taste good.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4523 on: September 30, 2015, 05:05:56 PM »
When DW gets home from work in half an hour we are going to walk into town and run a few errands. I just texted her and asked her if she wanted to hit up our favourite little sushi place for dinner. Of course she does.

Then...my Mustachian gene kicks in. Although we can virtually stuff ourselves with sushi for a reasonable $25, my mind drifts to the produce drawer in our fridge - full of fresh veggies. So I am about to chop up a bunch of veggies, set up the rice cooker so that we can have a home made stir-fry when we get back from our walk into town.

Even though I am FIRE'd, the habits allowed me to get here are hard to let go of...

I might get the eye-roll treatment from DW...my stir-fry skills are quite advanced, but even I'll admit the sushi place is better.

Well, I gotta start choppin' veggies. ;)

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« Reply #4524 on: September 30, 2015, 05:09:23 PM »
I was craving something sweet to go with my tea.  Instead of buying a biscotti, I pulled out a small jar of jam (a gift) to eat with a stale focaccia roll. 

I made the focaccia rolls on Sunday (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/04/focaccia-rolls/). Mine are really flat, but they still taste good.



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« Reply #4525 on: September 30, 2015, 05:28:16 PM »
I didn't bring my wallet with me when picking up DD. Saved us from picking up something to eat for dinner. And dinner is being made at home. :-)

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« Reply #4526 on: September 30, 2015, 05:54:41 PM »
* Harvested pattypan squash, sunchokes, basil and chicken eggs from the garden.

* Sold some more junk on eBay and cleaned up some baby stuff for listing on Craigslist. If the baby stuff doesn't sell, which it might not, I'll take it over the children's consignment shop and get store credit that I can apply to our next pair of children's shoes.

* Punched myself in the face and set up a "family cloth" station in our bathroom. We can afford TP, but apparently I hate disposables and just LOOOOVE doing laundry, so I'm going to give it a shot.
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« Reply #4527 on: September 30, 2015, 06:30:05 PM »
* Punched myself in the face and set up a "family cloth" station in our bathroom. We can afford TP, but apparently I hate disposables and just LOOOOVE doing laundry, so I'm going to give it a shot.
That's something I would have never thought of. Good luck with that!  Based on the comment section, you'll be glad you decided to go with the family cloth.  I'm trying to do laundry only once every two weeks, so I don't know how well that would work for me...I'll have to keep an open mind...

Today I made dinner with stuff around the house.  The best part is the leftovers!

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« Reply #4528 on: October 01, 2015, 10:37:20 AM »
Well yesterday I dealt with the latest grocery sack of guavas given me by my neighbor.  Previous offerings had been eaten fresh, processes and frozen for smoothies, and canned as guava butter.

This time I seeded and pureed them: 

I made two loaves of Guava Bread (using a basic banana bread recipe) and gave one to my neighbor.

I canned 4 jars of guava BBQ sauce (using guavas as the fruit component).  I'm not a big BBQ sauce user but thought they would make interesting Christmas gifts.   
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« Reply #4529 on: October 01, 2015, 02:32:18 PM »
Did a Costco run. They have by far the best price on organic eggs I can get (and they're a local, although large, company). It's less than 4 miles away, but I try to go no more than once a month because I get REALLY stressed in big crowds and Costco just kills me. You would think 11 on a Thursday would be fine, but nooo. Anyway, in addition to their great price on eggs, salsa, basmati rice, and canned tomatoes, I also got gas while I was there- $0.39/gal cheaper than the next cheapest place I live near.

Making a quadruple batch of hummus from dried chickpeas, going to freeze some for later.

Sent DH with food and homemade iced tea and coffee so he won't have to buy lunch or dinner.

Wearing a different pair of boots in the hopes I get used to them and won't replace my currents favorites (currently the superglue on the sole is failing for the second time... it's about time for the shoe graveyard for them).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4530 on: October 01, 2015, 06:41:27 PM »
didn't buy anything.

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« Reply #4531 on: October 01, 2015, 07:05:57 PM »
*Scored 4 bags of red bell peppers @ $1/bag. Each bag contains 7 large peppers in perfect condition. Made fajitas for dinner tonite with 1 bag of peppers and leftover chicken. Tomorrow night will be greek salad. The rest will be diced and frozen for winter meals.

*Fancy Schwepps Raspberry Gingerale was $1/2L so I bought 3 for Thanksgiving as a special treat. Now, to keep it away from my teens until then!

*Soup stock made out of yesterday's chicken bones. I think I have around 12 large ziploc bags of stock in the freezer now.

*Trying to buy just the right amount of produce instead of overbuying and throwing bad stuff out...hate that!

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« Reply #4532 on: October 01, 2015, 10:10:20 PM »
*Scored 4 bags of red bell peppers @ $1/bag. Each bag contains 7 large peppers in perfect condition. Made fajitas for dinner tonite with 1 bag of peppers and leftover chicken. Tomorrow night will be greek salad. The rest will be diced and frozen for winter meals.

Wow! That's an incredible deal. Best I get is $0.98 per pepper at Costco! Or $0.75/pepper at the farmer's market, but they're TINY.
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« Reply #4533 on: October 02, 2015, 12:35:13 AM »
Bracken_joy,
Yeah I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them on the mark down shelf. I took 2 bags to start. And then I looked around (for some strange reason, like I was feeling guilty or something) and then grabbed the remaining 2 bags as I did the math in my head! It was $2.97 for a prepackaged bag of 3 mixed peppers -- or 7 red ones for a dollar! Haha!

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« Reply #4534 on: October 02, 2015, 08:44:41 AM »
I live 3 miles from work, but the trip home is up a very steep hill, so I usually drive. We have a gated parking lot, so I realized on Wednesday after I drove to work that I could leave my car in the lot for Wednesday night and Thursday, take the the bus Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday morning, and have my car available to drive home Friday night, so that is what I did.

The company subsidizes my bus pass too, so each bus trip only costs me 75c. I would take the bus all the time, but the stop is 2/3 mile from work, and they only run once an hour in the evening, every 30 minutes in the morning, and when the weather is very hot it is tough to walk
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« Reply #4535 on: October 02, 2015, 10:17:52 AM »
I recently experimented leaving the roots of my leeks in the ground when I harvested them in hopes of growing another crop of leeks.  At least one seems to have the ambition to do it.  Hopefully, the others will be popping up over the next few days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4536 on: October 02, 2015, 12:18:53 PM »
I switched back to the $10 plan with Republic Wireless. I'd added data for a couple months, but I don't think I need it right now.

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« Reply #4537 on: October 02, 2015, 02:53:53 PM »
Apparently I met my health insurance deductible. Not a money saver in the bigger sense, but I only paid $159 for an MRI today.


Better make sure we're both up to date on everything over the next three months!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4538 on: October 02, 2015, 06:21:30 PM »
*Canned 12 quarts of tomatoes from the garden.
*Will can a few pints of tomato soup in a couple of hours.
*Will can a load of green beans as well.
*Saved all the skins for dehydrating into tomato powder.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4539 on: October 02, 2015, 11:52:06 PM »
* Picked up an Marcato pasta machine for $5 from a garage sale. It retails for ~$70, ~$30 used. Made fresh noodles tonight and the kids loved 'em.

* Saved shower warm-up water to use in the garden.

* Partly cleaned out my husband's car, collected the recyclable cans and bottles, and collected all the spare change.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4540 on: October 03, 2015, 07:52:06 AM »
* Picked up an Marcato pasta machine for $5 from a garage sale. It retails for ~$70, ~$30 used. Made fresh noodles tonight and the kids loved 'em.

Great score! Do you think your kids would enjoy helping to make the noodles, given that it's "playing with a machine"?

Also, has anybody here ever used a pasta machine to roll out dough for home-made crackers? If so, how well did it work?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4541 on: October 03, 2015, 08:39:31 AM »
I created an account on the NFPA website so I can access the NEC 70 2014 Code book for free.  Buying the book would have been about $100.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4542 on: October 03, 2015, 08:56:53 AM »
* Picked up an Marcato pasta machine for $5 from a garage sale. It retails for ~$70, ~$30 used. Made fresh noodles tonight and the kids loved 'em.

Great score! Do you think your kids would enjoy helping to make the noodles, given that it's "playing with a machine"?

Also, has anybody here ever used a pasta machine to roll out dough for home-made crackers? If so, how well did it work?

I don't think it would work as crackers are usually made with lower gluten flour, so they come out tender and flaky. Pasta machines work with high gluten flour which is much more elastic so it doesn't stick to the rollers. Your best bet for rolling crackers is to use a straight pin, maybe with silicone ring guides at each end.

Like these:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/king-arthur-flour-rolling-pin-rings
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4543 on: October 03, 2015, 09:28:06 AM »

* Picked up an Marcato pasta machine for $5 from a garage sale. It retails for ~$70, ~$30 used. Made fresh noodles tonight and the kids loved 'em.

Great score! Do you think your kids would enjoy helping to make the noodles, given that it's "playing with a machine"?

Yes! They helped a little making the dough but missed the fun machine part. Next time I will have them help turn the knob and crank, and catch noodles.


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« Reply #4544 on: October 03, 2015, 10:18:20 AM »
I grew up in the UK, where we use a measuring scale for baking, but now I live in the US I have a lot of recipes that call for cups of flour. I was always spilling flour trying to scoop and sweep over the bag, but I realized this week if I sweep over an extra bowl, the excess flour can be tipped back into the bag without wasting any or making a mess of the counters.

I'm making a ginger cake with fresh and ground ginger, from Jean Anderson's "Process This" book.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4545 on: October 03, 2015, 02:49:00 PM »
I found $0.39 while cleaning out our air ducts! Also, we also found where the vent had dropped down from the floor in one room. Our land lady is going to have it fixed. Should reduce heating costs once we're using the furnace this winter. Glad we decided to clean them out!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4546 on: October 03, 2015, 03:43:20 PM »
I shelled some dried beans today for culinary use and seeding next year. It's basically like unpacking brightly coloured gems pod by pod. After getting the plants up and running end of May, it took me zero effort to let them flower and grow beans. They did wonderfully despite the depleted sandy soil. Definitely planting a mix of shelling (runner) beans again next year.

Thoroughly weeded the shared garden path today, and was rewarded by a bunch of kale seedlings from a thankful allotment neighbour.

Resisted urge to go overboard on spring bulb ordering. Will check out the weekly farmers market instead for a cheap deal to brighten up the backyard in spring.

Picked up a stray euro at the supermarket. Small things...



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4547 on: October 03, 2015, 04:15:25 PM »
*Found cheap jeans that fit my long-legged and very thin son. He doesn't care about name brand or anything, just that they fit right (on the skinny side of jean fit) and that they're loooong enough! So happy to find these. Store is only 20 minutes away from home, but one I never go to.

*Greek salad for dinner with fish from the freezer. Greek salad will use up about 1/2 the peppers I got on clearance the other day.  Only 1 has been bad inside so far.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4548 on: October 03, 2015, 04:39:10 PM »
Had to buy jeans for DH. Waited for a sale (15% off normal price) then signed up for the Levi's mailing list- 20% off and free shipping. $79 pair of pants for $36. I know ideally I would have done a thrift store, but  a- none are close by, b- the one that is is on currently contested gang territory and I'm avoiding the area right now, c- DH is the WORST to fit for pants, and d- he has zero free time right now since the term started.

Hung some clothes to dry. Not enough to save a run of the dryer, but at least it lengthens the lives of delicate pieces of clothing- that saves money too! I also used a delicates bag for those pieces for extra protection.

Got DH to buy produce at our bargain grocer! He's fine with packaged goods, but so far has resisted any produce from there. Even he couldn't pass up 6 yellow peppers for $2.50 though! The lure of homemade hummus to dip them in was too much. Plan to do a couple for hummus, then a couple for stuffed peppers.

Not saving money per se, but I finally collected all our student loans and their rates in one place. I keep forgetting the numbers! So this will help prioritize pay off once the current loan we've been working on is gone (monday!).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4549 on: October 03, 2015, 07:02:08 PM »
Did a cheap grocery run on my bike (18.9 miles), picked up cans I found along the way and cashed them in.
Got motivated by this thread to deal with my tomato crisis, I have them on the dehydrator now! The only down side of that is I was using the case of tomatoes to hide pie pumpkins from my husband. I keep getting them free (it's complicated), and he's concerned. Got two more of them today.

And yesterday I made a phone call to get forms to push my paycheck into the 457 beginning in Nov, when my 403b will be maxed out.