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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4600 on: October 09, 2015, 07:07:49 PM »
Fixed a drain pipe instead of hiring a plumber. This adds up big over time.

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« Reply #4601 on: October 09, 2015, 10:18:25 PM »
I've really been working on stepping up my MyPoints usage. I can usually keep it going in the background while doing other things and the points add up. So far it's come out to 3 $25 gift cards since July and I'm almost at the point where I can redeem for another. This will help keep us under budget for entertainment and eating out. I'm trying to get a better idea of what Christmas gifts will be for family so I can try to redeem for those stores and be able to reduce of holiday budget too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4602 on: October 09, 2015, 11:08:35 PM »
Well in recent memory:

Yesterday I arrived home exhausted from a work trip, so woke up this morning thinking I had nothing for lunch, then remembered that I froze leftover soup before leaving on my trip, and still had half a cantaloupe from the garden in the fridge, so lunch out avoided.  Enjoyed homemade yogurt for breakfast.

On said work trip, took full advantage of free hotel breakfast and evening "reception" snacks so I could pocket most of the per diem.

Just purchased a beef quarter and asked for the heart, tongue and bones (still have liver from last year, I think they gave me the entire thing).  Will roast off the bones and can bunches of stock.  Of course the beef is great grass-raised quality meat for less than the price of bottom-rung grocery store stuff.

Eating down the contents of the freezer instead of grocery shopping to make way for said beef quarter.

Declined the monthly riding lessons this month because we haven't made much progress since last time the instructor was in town, so no sense paying to rehash last month's lessons.

Starting next month, I'll likely be doing her scheduling in exchange for a free lesson each month.

Decided my horses were a bit fat and cut their feed rations down a bit.

Bought clearance plants at Lowe's using a $5 off $25 coupon and a $15 mail-in-rebate debit card, so I walked out with 8 quart sized perennials for $7 and change.

Decided not to open a bottle of wine tonight, and drank water instead.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4603 on: October 10, 2015, 07:40:24 AM »
I resisted getting a coffee and snack at the airport while waiting to pick up the in laws. (Insert joke here).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4604 on: October 10, 2015, 08:32:32 AM »
Currently on my second no-spend day in a row, studying at home for an exam that would give me a significant raise. The girlfriend being out of town for the weekend does help on that front!

I'm definitely not on the level of most of you, though!

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« Reply #4605 on: October 10, 2015, 12:16:18 PM »

Not exactly today, but this week, I bought a $5 rotisserie chicken at Costco.  So dinners this week included:

Huge portion of roast chicken
BBQ chicken sandwiches using guava BBQ sauce I made last week from free guavas and homemade buns
Chicken and veggie frittata

I added a bag of veggie trimmings from the freezer to the carcass and made yummy chicken broth.  After a night in the frig I was able to skim off the fat to save separately. 

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« Reply #4606 on: October 11, 2015, 12:17:55 AM »
Collected jars of bubbles that people were just throwing in the trash after the wedding ceremony I attended tonight. My two-year-old has been asking for bubbles for months. I think he's going to be pleased with me.
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« Reply #4607 on: October 11, 2015, 03:04:55 AM »
Just returned from camping.  Made a careful effort to get everything perishable in the food box put where it will get used while still good.  I have a history of leaving the coffee in the camping food box until it gets too stale to use so made an extra effort to get it back on the counter where it will get used.  Kills me to find that I have wasted my bought-as-beans-to-ensure-it's-good coffee by letting it get stale.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4608 on: October 12, 2015, 12:55:45 AM »
Returned all the clothes I bought a few weeks ago in a panic-pre-wedding-shopping-spree, as I decided last minute I would just wear something I already owned.

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« Reply #4609 on: October 12, 2015, 07:43:46 AM »
I tried dropping off my fall coat at a place that does alterations, due to the seam on the back of one armhole being out.  They weren't open (even during their posted hours).   Frustrated, and needing my coat, I figured out how to get between the permanent liner and shell of the outer fabric and hand stiched it myself, for the cost of a spool of thread.   Small thing I know, but I'm feeling accomplished.  Especially since I had shown this repair issue to a coworker who is very experienced in sewing, and she said they would have to take the liner out to repair it.  She must not have noticed the liner is sewn in everywhere except at the inner bottom, which allowed me to access the area I needed.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4610 on: October 12, 2015, 07:52:38 AM »
Last night I walked into the supermarket wanting some ice cream or sweets and also thinking of picking up some frozen meals. But I don't like to make people work on Sundays if I can help it, and there wasn't anything I really needed. So I put my cart away, walked back out, and made a chocolate cake at home, borrowing some flour from one roommate and a little salt from another. I shared the results. Probably a more satisfying dessert in the end.

I made a half recipe of this cake. It doesn't include eggs, so it's a little cheaper to make when eggs are so expensive these days. I tend to put peanut butter on my slice instead of frosting the whole thing. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/8396/chocolate-oil-cake/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4611 on: October 12, 2015, 08:03:46 AM »
Made a good thing out of a bad thing:

Called DirecTV to try to get a trial of NFL Redzone. 

1st rep - no luck.

Called again, said I want to cancelled, didn't understand why Redzone wasn't a stand alone channel.  Lady researched for 20 minutes. 

Came back with "I am going to charge you for NFL Ticket (6 payments of $58.99), but I am going to give you a $50 dollar credit for 12 months".

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I ACCEPT.  THANK YOU.  :-D

Cost: $353.94
Savings: $600.00

Profit: $246.06 plus free NFL Ticket.

Loving life right now.
You either cut expenses, raise income, or both.  Simple as that.

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« Reply #4612 on: October 12, 2015, 08:48:22 AM »
DH and I stopped at a local farmers market yesterday we had never been too.

We picked up a 1/2 bushel of perfect size zucchini for $5.00. I made 12 zucchini breads for the freezer and bagged 12 more bags of shredded for the freezer. Great find.

On the way out the door they had a cart with free veggies for the taking, they were just a little past their prime. I picked up two heads of free cauliflower and made cauliflower casserole for dinner last night and served it with leftover chicken! Can't beat free.

Other than that our only shopping all weekend was I picked up some new freezer tape and paper to divide meats. I had completely run out.  Fabulous stay at home enjoy the fall weather weekend.

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« Reply #4613 on: October 12, 2015, 09:26:08 AM »
Replaced the oven burner element myself.
Cost = ~ $26 for replacement element (item + S&H) + ~ 5 minutes of work

Versus estimated cost from repair shop = $63 service fee + $45 element + labor = greater than $108

And, best of all I feel like a total badass for doing it myself!

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« Reply #4614 on: October 12, 2015, 10:28:51 AM »
This was over the weekend.  My parents and I were in the mood to go out to eat, but decided to eat in instead.  I found a knock-off version of BoneFish Grill's Bang Bang shrimp and made that along with some mac and cheese and stir fry left overs from the day before.  I was really pleased with the way it turned out and the shrimp came from the freezer and I didn't need to buy anything extra since our pantry is often well-stocked.  We had only been to Bonefish once, but these were better because the shrimp was bigger and we made the sauce hotter.  Other restaurants like Charlie Browns have a dish similar to this...firecracker shrimp.  Not really healthy since it's lightly fried, but plenty delicious. 


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« Reply #4615 on: October 12, 2015, 12:18:14 PM »
Spent $15 and got what should last me two weeks as far as vegetables go.  I keep telling my boyfriend's dad, who owns the farm where I get vegetables from, to charge me the usual rate.  He says he is...but I don't know.

Made soup from turkey carcass.

Rigged my squirrel trap so that I take care of the little bastards living in my attic without having to resort to professionals.  They were able to get the peanuts out without tripping the trap, so I slathered peanut butter on a pine cone and hung it inside.  Now I wait.  I did grin wondering if people thought I was gathering pine cones to make crafts.  Nope. 






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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4616 on: October 12, 2015, 12:32:55 PM »
-Walked to the grocery store with ice packs in my backpack (20 minute walk and I live somewhere HOT).
-Made homemade enchilada sauce (really expensive here)
-Cooked my dried beans (cheaper and better than canned)
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

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« Reply #4617 on: October 12, 2015, 12:41:28 PM »
For the first time in over a year, I didn't buy lunch from a restaurant near my office. I walked another block further to a grocery store and picked up ingredients for a week+ worth of PB&Banana sandwiches.

$10 spent for a week of lunch (with a lot of PB left), instead of my usual $30-40. Yikes. Let's not do that math.

I've been rationalizing it as "I don't eat lunch everyday, so why spend the time packing a lunch in the morning that I might not eat anyway?" No longer the case, I can just make one on the fly!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4618 on: October 12, 2015, 01:41:59 PM »
I'm canning tomatoes today.  So far I have 9 pints of plum tomatoes and 10 pints of sauce.  About to do another batch of half-pints and half-cups of sauce.

A wildfire dumped so much smoke into the valley last night that I decided the air quality is too bad to exercise my horse, so I suppose I'm saving some gas money by not driving out there today.

Both side dishes for dinner tonight will be from the garden.  Making short ribs from last year's beef with homemade teriyaki sauce and homemade tahini for the carrots.

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« Reply #4619 on: October 12, 2015, 02:09:33 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4620 on: October 12, 2015, 04:15:07 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

That makes 3 of us.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4621 on: October 12, 2015, 05:17:42 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

That makes 3 of us.

Yep. Hey, if we just take showers, how much does a little bathtub grime matter anyway? (How dirty is my bathtub? Well, my four-year-old keeps mentioning it.) Plus, the tub in question is in the basement and the water has to be pumped upstairs, presumably with electricity.
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« Reply #4622 on: October 13, 2015, 01:05:09 PM »
Count me as another "saving money" by not cleaning.

I eat a version of muesli for breakfast several times a week.  Today I added a few random thing to the storage jar:  walnut crumbs left after the nuts were eaten and the dregs from a bag of cold cereal my DH eats.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4623 on: October 13, 2015, 01:52:41 PM »
I took collision and comprehensive car insurance off my policy this renewal period and raised my deductibles. 6 month rate went from $540.70 ----> $385.60!

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« Reply #4624 on: October 13, 2015, 04:01:42 PM »
I ate the lunch I packed :)

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« Reply #4625 on: October 13, 2015, 04:39:16 PM »
For the first time in over a year, I didn't buy lunch from a restaurant near my office. I walked another block further to a grocery store and picked up ingredients for a week+ worth of PB&Banana sandwiches.

$10 spent for a week of lunch (with a lot of PB left), instead of my usual ......
No longer the case, I can just make one on the fly!

Nice! My dh keeps a bag of oatmeal, apples, cinnamon, and a knife in his desk drawer so he can make apple oatmeal whenever he wants (uses water from the hot water machine at work).

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« Reply #4626 on: October 13, 2015, 05:10:20 PM »
Washed empty glass jars for reuse so I won't need to buy food storage containers.
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« Reply #4627 on: October 13, 2015, 05:39:34 PM »
Returned all the clothes I bought a few weeks ago in a panic-pre-wedding-shopping-spree, as I decided last minute I would just wear something I already owned.

I have to fight this urge every time we have an event on. I have clothes and I hate shopping, but that's just how my inferiority complex manifests.

Keeping tags on and returning them is a good idea.

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« Reply #4628 on: October 13, 2015, 05:42:30 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

Well this will make a nice variation on 'no, I did it last time, it's your turn!' :)

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« Reply #4629 on: October 13, 2015, 05:59:55 PM »
Just called our car insurance provider to ask for some information for our rego/green slip later this month.

While I was on the phone I chatted to the guy a bit about our car situation and my husband's work.

He asked if my husband has a CAMS licence, which he does, so we automatically saved another 10 per cent on our car insurance.

It's now down $408 per year compared with what we were paying 18 months ago.

Big shoutout to Shannons. Almost every time I call them they find a way to save me money, and they have been brilliant when we've been hit and had to make claims.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4630 on: October 13, 2015, 07:16:41 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

Well this will make a nice variation on 'no, I did it last time, it's your turn!' :)

I actually felt so guilty about it all I finally cleaned the tub today!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4631 on: October 13, 2015, 07:17:43 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

Well this will make a nice variation on 'no, I did it last time, it's your turn!' :)

I actually felt so guilty about it all I finally cleaned the tub today!

I did, too, funnily enough.
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« Reply #4632 on: October 13, 2015, 07:20:04 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

Well this will make a nice variation on 'no, I did it last time, it's your turn!' :)

I actually felt so guilty about it all I finally cleaned the tub today!

I did, too, funnily enough.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4633 on: October 13, 2015, 07:40:54 PM »
Biked to work (haven't used my car yet this month).  Found 4 returnable cans during the commute.

Checked out the pears that fell on the sidewalk to see if there were any good ones to swipe today. While looking down at them, I forgot to look up and the tree attacked my helmet and held me hostage for a minute, but at least I didn't fall and it didn't cost me anything. No good pears today, but some days I get some.

It's free coffee week at 7-11 if you have their app, so I brought an empty mason jar with me and filled it up on the way to work.

Lunch was a homemade yogurt, with homemade cherry jam.

Made dinner, a porkchop with a roasted pie pumpkin I got for free at kmart, and oranges. I got a case of approximately 16 million oranges last month for two dollars, I've been trying to eat two a day with dinner but I feel like I will never eat my way through them all.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4634 on: October 13, 2015, 09:17:33 PM »
-Didn't clean the bathroom. For the third week in a row. Okay, it may be that I'm avoiding it, but I feel better about it if I convince myself that it's because I'm both saving the environment and saving money on cleaning supplies. And if your bathroom is not as clean as it could be, you could convince yourself of the same.

Ah. In that case, I am also saving money today.

Well this will make a nice variation on 'no, I did it last time, it's your turn!' :)

I actually felt so guilty about it all I finally cleaned the tub today!

I did, too, funnily enough.

Not me. I'm still saving that money. Company's coming tomorrow, though, so I think I'll have to do it. Sighhhhh...

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« Reply #4635 on: October 14, 2015, 11:49:52 AM »
Yesterday: used up the Mexican pickled carrots languishing in my frig by chopping them for a pasta salad and used the spicy vinegar in the salad dressing.

Today:  Used strained liquid from a jar of pickled roasted peppers as the vinegar component in today salad dressing.

Both the Mexican pickled carrots and roasted red peppers were originally homemade by me. 

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« Reply #4636 on: October 15, 2015, 02:34:21 AM »
Drinking a lot of tea or just warm water with a squeeze of lemon as it's chilly here in England. The last squeeze of lemon went on the kitchen countertops before I wiped them down.

0.99 book from Amazon to read today.

I 'made' some free pet blankets the other day by cutting up a fleecy men's top I had at the back of the wardrobe that my husband never wore. I washed them and left them to dry naturally instead of putting them in the tumble dryer.

Food made at home all day.



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« Reply #4637 on: October 15, 2015, 06:50:42 AM »
I've always been frugal but this is my first real effort as a MMM in the past few weeks:

I'm two weeks back at work following my maternity leave and so far I have packed my breakfast and lunch every single day, and turned down 2 restaurant invitations.  I've also kept exclusively to my shopping list during my lunch hour walks/errand runs.

I've been doing a thorough freezer check before making our weekly meal plan.  I walked to our little local grocery store to pick up the few items we needed for the week instead of driving to my preferred store.  Having to carry all of my items home (in a wagon) forced me to re-think unnecessary purchases, so I really stuck to my list.

I organized a Halloween costume sale/swap thread on a local mom FB page and managed to sell two costumes for $5 each, and bought a great new one for $5.

My credit card bill this month was a fraction of what it normally is.  Amazing how quickly the mindless spending adds up.

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« Reply #4638 on: October 15, 2015, 09:05:17 AM »
I'm having a no-spend day today. And I sold an old book on amazon :)
the fabolous menu of today is:
- Breakfast: cold oats, apple, walnuts, milk (~ 1)
- Lunch: salad bowl, brought from home (~2)
- afternoon snack: homemade focaccia bread with basil cream cheese (~1)
- Dinner: chicken arrabiata (I made a triple portion 2 weeks ago and froze it) with pasta ( 2,50)

Biked to work, will later on bike to the post office to send the book.
In the evening, I plan to bake 2 breads to freeze (one whole grain, one focaccia) and chocolate muffins to freeze for my not-so-occasional sweet tooth.
I persuaded a friend to have a girls' night in instead of a girls' night out on saturday. We plan to do yoga together, watch something cool on netflix, she does the cooking, I bring a bottle of cheap wine. No men allowed, and typical female topics ;) like real estate, saving, investing and insurance. Love to have a friend like that :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4639 on: October 15, 2015, 10:07:49 AM »
Handy man is at our house today because we noticed one of our vents doesn't connect to the floor- there's a gap around the sides. Our landlady was unaware of the issue. This will save us on heating costs. And since it's not our house, we don't have to pay for the fix. AND our land lady is happy with us for noticing it, because she is a very eco sort. So wins all around.
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« Reply #4640 on: October 15, 2015, 02:19:32 PM »
The apartment I rent comes with appliances, and since we moved in a year ago the fridge was intermittently making a grinding and squealing noise, which had gotten progressively worse. Reported it again this week, and they determined the compressor was going bad so they supplied us with a newer, bigger fridge.

I now have room for more sale buys and frozen leftovers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4641 on: October 15, 2015, 05:56:46 PM »
My mum found some premium charges on her phone bill that she hadn't signed up for.

I offered to call the phone company and sort it out for her (she knows I've successfully contested similar issues in the past).

She just texted me to say she received a cheque for the charges - $120. Win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4642 on: October 15, 2015, 08:43:23 PM »
Posting 2 days late.

Called up the police to understand the parking violation I received so that I could avoid making the mistake again.   The police were happy that I cared to learn and after explaining they waived the $50 fine.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4643 on: October 16, 2015, 07:54:00 AM »
Went to the bank yesterday on my lunch hour to make a payment and they were serving free beef on a bun, including chips and a drink. Gotta love a free lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4644 on: October 16, 2015, 08:23:32 AM »
When I went to take the recycling bag to throw it away I realized it was almost empty, so I kept it to fill it up before throwing it. Saving a bag and possibly 2.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4645 on: October 17, 2015, 09:39:37 PM »
I drove 4 1/2 hours to watch my daughter compete in state marching band, watched bands for 7 hours.  I'd reserved a hotel, but the awards were announced prior to 6 p.m., which was the reservation cancellation cutoff time.  Wasn't feeling too tired, so I called and cancelled and drove the 4 1/2 hours back home.  Will save hotel plus extra time at the kennel for my dog.  Long day but I was feeling pretty mustachian on the drive home, drinking the water in my water bottle and eating the almonds I brought for dinner instead of stopping. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4646 on: October 17, 2015, 11:03:17 PM »
I had a lovely day puttering with the house all to myself.  I planted about a dozen perennials that I got at Lowe's on clearance with and additional coupon and most of the rest of the price paid with a Visa card from a mail-in rebate, so it was like $7 out of pocket for all these plants.

Then I dug up about 50# of sweet potatoes and put them in the greenhouse to cure.  Some of them are pretty funky looking and too big to eat as bakers, so I looked up how to can them and will do so once they've cured.

Made a beef stew in the Instant Pot with some of the last of last year's beef quarter, some carrots stolen from the horses' stash, potatoes from my dad's garden and a bunch of celery that wasn't good for eating fresh anymore.

Picked thyme, tarragon and rosemary and put on the windowsill to dry.

Blended a big batch of lactofermented hot sauce, then strained out the fibrous bits that clog up the squeeze bottle and put them in a jar to use as chile paste.

Bottled another batch of homemade kombucha.

Cooking down even more tomatoes.  I think I'll make a batch of tomato jam this time instead of more paste.

Picked green tomatoes to turn into lacto-fermented pickles.

Brought canned goods up from the basement so I'll be more apt to see and use them.

Decided not to water anything except the new transplants since there is rain in the forecast.  And yes, it is raining right now, yay!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4647 on: October 18, 2015, 08:20:24 AM »
Currently drinking home brewed coffee from CostCo beans out of my bought-at-Goodwill Starbucks insulated cup while the Hub makes yet another $0.25 video game work. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4648 on: October 18, 2015, 05:57:04 PM »
Called the bank and asked nicely for a refund of the $60 annual fee on our credit card. They agreed so readily I don't know why I haven't done it before. Saved $60 in 60 seconds.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4649 on: October 19, 2015, 01:12:40 AM »
Food at home all day and I'm going to try some new healthy recipes as I stepped on the scales this morning. Ouch.


I persuaded a friend to have a girls' night in instead of a girls' night out on saturday. We plan to do yoga together, watch something cool on netflix, she does the cooking, I bring a bottle of cheap wine. No men allowed, and typical female topics ;) like real estate, saving, investing and insurance. Love to have a friend like that :)

I wish I had a friend like that!:)