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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4750 on: November 02, 2015, 08:42:57 AM »
I'm learning a lot here - just love this thread!

My big thing today was organizing the gift wrap and using only what I have on hand for Christmas bags, ribbons, and tags. This is huge, as I've always gotten this or that when I've seen something I like. I probably have enough gift wrappings for years.

Turned the heat off (do this every day though) and will reuse the tea bag for another cuppa.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4751 on: November 02, 2015, 09:23:42 AM »
Made DW her birthday breakfast with potluck leftovers from Sat night + 3 eggs.
Made our own coffee.
Lunch: frozen leftovers staged here in the office last week.
Dinner: more detritus from the party.
Drove electric.
Total expenses: ~$1
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4752 on: November 02, 2015, 10:19:30 AM »
Wanted a lazy weekend, so I replayed a video game I already had (Fallout 3). So much fun, felt very novel (I haven't gamed in months), and no additional cost! Using what I already have instead of acquiring more.
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« Reply #4753 on: November 02, 2015, 10:48:34 AM »
Last two dinners have been "use up the veggies" dishes:

Pizza with spinach (pureed with garlic), eggplant dip, more eggplant and a couple of roasted tomatoes, topped with cheese.  Chopped broccoli salad on the side.

Frititta (sp?) with spinach, cauliflower, onion, zucchini, the rest of the roasted tomatoes and, of course, egg and cheese.

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« Reply #4754 on: November 02, 2015, 11:14:07 AM »
I also used youtube tutorials to figure out how to hem 2 jersey dresses (total combined cost at the seamstresses would've been about 40$, with tax, and it took me a half-hour once I figured out the machine, and now I have a new skill!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4755 on: November 02, 2015, 11:26:18 AM »
mary w,

Your pizza with spinach and garlic sounds delicious! Another way I've been using up vegetables is using any of the following:
potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchini, ??? and tossing them with olive oil on a baking sheet. Then I sprinkle them generously with sea salt, pepper and rosemary.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4756 on: November 02, 2015, 12:44:19 PM »
mary w,

Your pizza with spinach and garlic sounds delicious! Another way I've been using up vegetables is using any of the following:
potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchini, ??? and tossing them with olive oil on a baking sheet. Then I sprinkle them generously with sea salt, pepper and rosemary.

Good recipe!!! I actually have the opposite problem: No veggies to use up. I'm not vegetarian at all, but roasted veggies are amazing. And we can cook them easily in bulk. I provide the below picture as evidence.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4757 on: November 02, 2015, 01:02:20 PM »
Thanks for posting the photo, jordanread! That is exactly what my roasted vegetables look like. They are new to us and so I can't believe I haven't been doing this all these years of cooking. I do 2 huge cookie sheets for my big family and there is never any left. Yum!

Today I made a spaghetti sauce in the crockpot with more vegetables than I've ever put in before. Along with the ground beef and tomato sauce are: onions, minced garlic, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, shredded zucchini, fresh basil and lots of spices and seasoning along with 1/2 cup of apple sauce to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4758 on: November 02, 2015, 01:05:55 PM »
-I used up ALLLL the wasabi in the tube. DH thought I was being "weird", but I didn't have to open the new tube at all today! And here I thought I was "out". Ha!
-Asked about any "pay cash" discounts for Dog's upcoming surgery. Sadly, there were none, but the fact that I ask regularly now is a big step for me.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4759 on: November 02, 2015, 01:43:27 PM »
Thanks for posting the photo, jordanread! That is exactly what my roasted vegetables look like. They are new to us and so I can't believe I haven't been doing this all these years of cooking. I do 2 huge cookie sheets for my big family and there is never any left. Yum!

It's the only way I could justify the turkey roasting pan!! And holy crap with a bit of balsamic vinegar they are absolutely delicious. Provides an amazing amount of food, very little effort, and it holds enough for a week. I would test it for longer, but see the aforementioned bit about deliciousness. :) And with those roasted veggies, I can't keep them longer than that (cause somebody eats them...).
As far as the actual topic goes, the thing I did was make a purchase that should be used once a year, but I use it at least monthly.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4760 on: November 02, 2015, 01:51:25 PM »
Good idea to use a roasting pan! Doh ... didn't think of that! Yes, we use balsamic liberally on 1/2 the batches, depending on my mood:-)

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« Reply #4761 on: November 02, 2015, 03:31:10 PM »
Shopped for Melbourne Cup staff party, scanned my loyalty card and earnt points I can exchange for store vouchers.

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« Reply #4762 on: November 02, 2015, 03:45:24 PM »
Trimmed my bangs
Packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks
Mailing in a race registration instead of using active.com (saving ~$3.50)

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« Reply #4763 on: November 02, 2015, 03:52:09 PM »
Stopped at the cafeteria today and asked if it was ok to take some hot water to refill my thermos.  It was and I had a lovely second cup of tea.

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« Reply #4764 on: November 03, 2015, 06:07:50 AM »
Last night I didn't want to make dinner, so I just snacked.  But before I decided to be lazy I checked to make sure I had leftovers for today.  If I hadn't, I would have cooked. 

That is the first time lunch the following day has influenced by thought process the night before.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4765 on: November 03, 2015, 07:31:20 AM »
Packed a cooler for an overnight work trip, so I'll be pocketing 100% of my per diem.

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« Reply #4766 on: November 03, 2015, 08:21:14 AM »
Carpooling with another mustachian to hike today! Saves on gas. And using my trail pass- so no trailhead fee.
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« Reply #4767 on: November 03, 2015, 09:01:22 AM »
I bought a bike trailer so that I can bike to the grocery store instead of driving.

I'm going to buy studded bike tires and fenders for my road bike (instead of buying a separate commuter bike) so I can bike in the winter.

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« Reply #4768 on: November 03, 2015, 09:48:17 AM »
- Skipped out of a work team lunch.  Official excuse: I'm sick and not feeling up to it.  The actual reason: I'd rather not spend $20 with tax and tip (sushi).  Eating leftovers instead.

- Made photobooks, calendars and Christmas cards on snapfish yesterday.  Had to rush to meet the deadline of a 50% off coupon code about to expire.  Between that and ebates, I saved $230 and got almost all of our Christmas shopping done.

- Signed up for the yearly subscription program for my train pass.  It was a no-brainer because you get 2 months free by doing this (@ $110 per month) plus the added bonus of not having to line up every month to buy a new pass.

- Borrowed 2 novels from colleagues.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4769 on: November 03, 2015, 09:55:25 AM »
I packed lunch today - finally getting settled enough in my new place/job that it's no longer worth the expense of paying for lunch.

Before we left, roommate said he might start packing a lunch as well. I am contagious! :D

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« Reply #4770 on: November 03, 2015, 12:52:59 PM »
Made soup last night for dinner:  roasted eggplant (last of my summer garden), onion, garlic, home canned tomatoes, homemade broth, and near the end of cooking green bean leaves

 I never would have thought to use green bean leaves until I went to a farmers' market in an immigrant neighborhood.  Most of the sellers grew their produce in their yard or community garden.  Lots of greens I'd never seen before (not just kale and chard).  One woman was selling green bean leaves which I had a mild flavor of, well, green beans.  I have a volunteer green bean plant which is pretty and healthy but with limited beans since green bean season is over.  So I cut it back and used the leaves in my soup.

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« Reply #4771 on: November 03, 2015, 03:52:44 PM »
Took home half a cake and two only-just-opened bottles of wine from yesterday's office party.

I don't drink wine, but my husband enjoys a glass occasionally. Or I can cook with it.

Saved $1.50 on my morning train fare by starting work at 9.30am. Started work at 9.30am because I worked till 9pm last night ... not sure I'm really winning there!

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« Reply #4772 on: November 03, 2015, 04:08:22 PM »
green bean leaves

I had no idea this was a thing! Thanks so much!

Today's things for me: Commuted by bike in the snow for the first time. Packed a big-ass lunch involving chick peas, turkey, and turkey gravy (man, poultry and chick peas go well together... I might start putting chick peas into chicken "noodle" soup). Sipping homemade masala chai. Prepping up some stock.
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« Reply #4773 on: November 03, 2015, 04:21:15 PM »
I turned my water heater down - guess what it was set at?  The highest setting, of course. :P
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« Reply #4774 on: November 03, 2015, 04:24:50 PM »
Dinner from the pantry / freezer - broccoli, ham, rice, and cheese casserole.
Should be yummy! I had to make some ingredient substitutions, but it will be fine.

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« Reply #4775 on: November 03, 2015, 04:33:51 PM »
Yesterday I change over our vehicles to studded tires.  I then curb checked and dented a rim which now needs to be replaced.  I guess you win some and lose some.....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4776 on: November 03, 2015, 05:12:44 PM »
Traded in some old coins and jewelry for cash, which will be used for Christmas.

Packed a picnic lunch to enjoy the gorgeous day outside, it was so relaxing!

Heat was off today, and I did some dinner prepping so it wasn't too time consuming after coming home late (orthodontist appointment for one son, and then picking up from after school club for another).

These are all little things, but I do feel good that no money was spent.

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« Reply #4777 on: November 03, 2015, 05:50:05 PM »
Yesterday I change over our vehicles to studded tires.  I then curb checked and dented a rim which now needs to be replaced.  I guess you win some and lose some.....

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Didn't turn out too bad.  They were able to fix the rim and it was only 20 bucks for the repair.  usually a tire swap is about 70 per vehicle so I still came out on top 120 bucks over the last two days.

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« Reply #4778 on: November 03, 2015, 05:53:46 PM »
I fought the urge to get a hoagie and instead went home to eat a homemade buffalo chicken salad.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4779 on: November 03, 2015, 08:31:13 PM »
Replaced kitchen sink and fixtures myself.  Saved $250 over having Lowes install it. 

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« Reply #4780 on: November 03, 2015, 08:56:55 PM »
Used a bunch of coupons at Fred Meyer and stocked up on pasta (.69/lb) and canned tomatoes (.50/can).  Plenty of food for the rest of the week and spent under $30. 

Went walking with my sister and her colleague -- weather was wonderfully obliging and i got a good hit of Vitamin D! -- and resisted the urge to buy lunch out and went home instead.  Only took 15 minutes on the express lanes to get home.  I love being able to travel around town outside of rush hour....
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4781 on: November 03, 2015, 09:02:02 PM »
When I moved to a LCOL area a year ago and got the electricity connected I noted that I signed up to a 12 month plan that included a 15% discount if I paid my bills on time (which I do of course!), plus various other perks. I put a note in my calendar to check things out in a years time. Fast-forward, and I get a reminder today to check into it, so I go to a comparison web site and it is all just too confusing. I went to my providers web site and they had a web chat thingy which I far prefer over trying to get through on the phone so I put the question to them. Oh yes, your plan is due to expire and you will automatically move to the standard plan that has none of the discounts and a higher rate. BUT, because I thought to ask they could sign me up to a new plan, same as the old one, but now with a 20% discount. Shits me that the default is to screw the loyal customer.

Similar story, I got my house insurance renewal a week ago. It had gone up $150 since last year. I did the comparison web site thing, rang my provider and told them I was going to cancel as I could get it cheaper elsewhere, and magically the price came down $200. They know that 98% of people can't be bothered and just pay the bill when it turns up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4782 on: November 04, 2015, 05:03:03 AM »
When I moved to a LCOL area a year ago and got the electricity connected I noted that I signed up to a 12 month plan that included a 15% discount if I paid my bills on time (which I do of course!), plus various other perks. I put a note in my calendar to check things out in a years time. Fast-forward, and I get a reminder today to check into it, so I go to a comparison web site and it is all just too confusing. I went to my providers web site and they had a web chat thingy which I far prefer over trying to get through on the phone so I put the question to them. Oh yes, your plan is due to expire and you will automatically move to the standard plan that has none of the discounts and a higher rate. BUT, because I thought to ask they could sign me up to a new plan, same as the old one, but now with a 20% discount. Shits me that the default is to screw the loyal customer.

Similar story, I got my house insurance renewal a week ago. It had gone up $150 since last year. I did the comparison web site thing, rang my provider and told them I was going to cancel as I could get it cheaper elsewhere, and magically the price came down $200. They know that 98% of people can't be bothered and just pay the bill when it turns up.

/end rant

Identical thing happened with my internet.  I told them to give me my old price back or I was switching providers.  They said no so I canceled service.  Next day their 'customer retention department' called to ask if there was anything they could do to keep me.  The new promotion was cheaper....so now I only pay $35/month for internet.

On the one hand, it makes me angry when stuff like that happens.   On the other hand, if I'm vigilant companies will bend over backwards to keep you and you can save money in the long run.  A millionaire $10 at a time, right?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4783 on: November 04, 2015, 06:29:56 AM »
I checked out a thrift store near my office for the first time.  It was awesome! It's in the YWCA and they have women in an employment program clean and alter the clothes as need-be, as well as run the shop.  I had very attentive service and came out with a gorgeous full-length black wool coat.  Listed at $45 but I got it for $35 because the belt was missing (I didn't even have to ask for the discount).  I'm sure the coat is easily worth $300.  I have gained weight since baby #2 came along and thought I would have to go without a dressy winter coat this year, so I'm really happy to have this since I work in a professional office.

My mom gave me a ton of fresh parsley (last of her summer garden) and last night I started making a bit batch of tabbouleh for my work lunches.  Since the parsley was unexpected, I didn't buy extra tomatoes and cucumber for the recipe, so I was kind of annoyed that I would have to use those items that I had planned for other meals on the tabbouleh, but then I decided to use the roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes from the fridge instead.  I'm not a huge food waster, but those are two items that notoriously spoil in my fridge because I always forget about them.  Recipe turned out great (a new twist!), and I got to save my fresh veggies for their originally intended purpose!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4784 on: November 04, 2015, 07:53:26 AM »
Breakfast:  Leftover baked potato which came from a 50 lb. sack for which I paid $7.00.  Baked an oven full on a cold day earlier this week when the oven could heat the kitchen and living room so I could turn off the heat.  Currently frying it.  Will top with an egg.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4785 on: November 04, 2015, 08:03:36 AM »
When I moved to a LCOL area a year ago and got the electricity connected I noted that I signed up to a 12 month plan that included a 15% discount if I paid my bills on time (which I do of course!), plus various other perks. I put a note in my calendar to check things out in a years time. Fast-forward, and I get a reminder today to check into it, so I go to a comparison web site and it is all just too confusing. I went to my providers web site and they had a web chat thingy which I far prefer over trying to get through on the phone so I put the question to them. Oh yes, your plan is due to expire and you will automatically move to the standard plan that has none of the discounts and a higher rate. BUT, because I thought to ask they could sign me up to a new plan, same as the old one, but now with a 20% discount. Shits me that the default is to screw the loyal customer.

Similar story, I got my house insurance renewal a week ago. It had gone up $150 since last year. I did the comparison web site thing, rang my provider and told them I was going to cancel as I could get it cheaper elsewhere, and magically the price came down $200. They know that 98% of people can't be bothered and just pay the bill when it turns up.

/end rant

Identical thing happened with my internet.  I told them to give me my old price back or I was switching providers.  They said no so I canceled service.  Next day their 'customer retention department' called to ask if there was anything they could do to keep me.  The new promotion was cheaper....so now I only pay $35/month for internet.

On the one hand, it makes me angry when stuff like that happens.   On the other hand, if I'm vigilant companies will bend over backwards to keep you and you can save money in the long run.  A millionaire $10 at a time, right?

I just canceled a magazine subscription (digital magazines on library website for free, yo!) and when I answered the "Why are you leaving us?" question with "Subscription costs too much money," the next screen offered a renewal for two years at the price I was currently paying for one.

I also have to go remind the cable company every six months that they are supposed to charge us $5 less per month since we own our box rather than rent. That's coming up again soon.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4786 on: November 04, 2015, 09:30:39 AM »
We recently had a *ton* of medical expenses, related to a lengthy hospitalization. We're ok, insurance is paying a lot, but we still have quite a bit to pay for ourselves. Was going to just pay the bill, but decided to call and ask what time payment options were available. Might as well know, right? We wouldn't have taken any option that involved finance charges, but knowing the options is good.

They offered to reduce the bill by 20% if we paid it in full.

Now I wonder how many other medical bills I've paid could have been discounted as well!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4787 on: November 04, 2015, 12:45:40 PM »
*  Homemade lentil soup and rice taken to work for lunch.
*  No spend day
*  Transferred another chunk of money (saved from these little daily things) to the credit card (it is almost paid!!!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4788 on: November 04, 2015, 01:21:25 PM »
Ran out of household cleaner so I want to try making my own cleaning solution.

I watched a few YouTube videos that seemed to recommend 4 cups of "warm" vinegar and mixing it with 1 cup of water. I thought I saw someone in here previously mention using lemon juice?
Anyone mind helping me out?

I'll probably go to the dollar store for the items, should I get a dollar spray bottle?

One last question - miracle/magic bath rub cleaner - equal vinegar and dawn - anyone ever tried it? I'm going to make this as well. :)

Sorry for asking in here, but just didn't feel like creating a new thread for something so simple - thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4789 on: November 04, 2015, 01:57:54 PM »
Ran out of household cleaner so I want to try making my own cleaning solution.

I watched a few YouTube videos that seemed to recommend 4 cups of "warm" vinegar and mixing it with 1 cup of water. I thought I saw someone in here previously mention using lemon juice?
Anyone mind helping me out?

I'll probably go to the dollar store for the items, should I get a dollar spray bottle?

One last question - miracle/magic bath rub cleaner - equal vinegar and dawn - anyone ever tried it? I'm going to make this as well. :)

Sorry for asking in here, but just didn't feel like creating a new thread for something so simple - thanks!

Vinegar/water tends to pretty much clean anything (especially glass, like windows or mirrors). Soaking orange or lemon zest (like, take a peeler and peel strips of the colored peel) in the vinegar makes it smell nicer. Yes, spray bottle definitely helps.

I've done the vinegar and dawn thing, but like it slightly less as an all-purpose cleaner because it needs rinsing and seems to leave soap scum on tiles occasionally. I've got a spray bottle with a light bleach solution (1 tbs bleach, filled with water) that I use on the tub/shower walls/kitchen counters (until we got butcher block, anyway), and spraying it on, letting it sit for a few minutes, and wiping things down seemed to work perfectly fine (as long as it wasn't super grimy to start, anyway).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4790 on: November 04, 2015, 02:36:35 PM »
I met with my retirement benefits administrator today and I will be doubling my Roth IRA contributions this puts me super close to maxing out my contributions for the year. Wahoo!

Also I mentioned to him that we were hoping to get to FI in our 40s and he was very taken a back and said it was super unlikely. Made me kinda sad as he and I have had good conversations about saving in the past. He said it would be almost impossible and that I should aim for early 50s and even that would be a stretch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4791 on: November 04, 2015, 03:19:13 PM »
Ran out of household cleaner so I want to try making my own cleaning solution.

I watched a few YouTube videos that seemed to recommend 4 cups of "warm" vinegar and mixing it with 1 cup of water. I thought I saw someone in here previously mention using lemon juice?
Anyone mind helping me out?

I'll probably go to the dollar store for the items, should I get a dollar spray bottle?

One last question - miracle/magic bath rub cleaner - equal vinegar and dawn - anyone ever tried it? I'm going to make this as well. :)

Sorry for asking in here, but just didn't feel like creating a new thread for something so simple - thanks!

Vinegar/water tends to pretty much clean anything (especially glass, like windows or mirrors). Soaking orange or lemon zest (like, take a peeler and peel strips of the colored peel) in the vinegar makes it smell nicer. Yes, spray bottle definitely helps.

I've done the vinegar and dawn thing, but like it slightly less as an all-purpose cleaner because it needs rinsing and seems to leave soap scum on tiles occasionally. I've got a spray bottle with a light bleach solution (1 tbs bleach, filled with water) that I use on the tub/shower walls/kitchen counters (until we got butcher block, anyway), and spraying it on, letting it sit for a few minutes, and wiping things down seemed to work perfectly fine (as long as it wasn't super grimy to start, anyway).

Don't forget you can reuse the sprayer from an existing cleaner, just put it on any new bottle that it fits.

This time of year I save all our tangerine peels in a jug of vinegar to make citrus cleaner.

Erica's Hands-On Home book has a lot of great homemade cleaner recipes.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4792 on: November 04, 2015, 03:22:26 PM »
-Got a $0.50 catalina for "O" organics from the grocery store today.
-Put my grocery purchases in Checkout51 and Ibotta. I'm just about to the point I can cash out my first $10 on Ibotta. Not big bucks, but it's easy and it's all stuff I was going to buy anyway.
-Cooking a veeeeeeeeeeeeery freezer burnt chicken for soup for dinner. Worst case, I'll shred the meat for the dog and use the broth.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4793 on: November 04, 2015, 05:06:18 PM »
Went to cancel Hulu. The cancellation web page gave me two months free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4794 on: November 04, 2015, 05:45:55 PM »
I survived a Costco trip. It really is the most affordable egg, cheese, and salsa option. Also laundry detergent. Anyway, the price makes it worth it but OH GOD THE PEOPLE. So when I get done with checking out, the chicken bakes are always such a temptation... I didn't buy one though! And I rallied my energy to go fill the gas tank. $0.50 cheaper than our other stations.

Sadly, the Ibotta rebate for eggs only applies to dozens, not 18 packs. $0.20 loss there.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4795 on: November 04, 2015, 06:04:59 PM »
1.  Made applesauce from apples that were on sale.  Yummy!  Screwed up and spilled one of the two batches though. :/

2.  Made a bunch of pasta sauce and froze it in single servings.  Great for lunches/dinners when it is just me.

3.  Air dried kids' laundry.

4.  Managed to not require an ER trip after falling face first due to not cleaning up the spilled applesauce well enough....
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4796 on: November 04, 2015, 07:17:52 PM »
I ATE THE PEEL!

Inspired by the banana peel badassity here, I threw my banana peel into my smoothie today, and I didn't die.
I am getting tired though of the look on my husband's face when I say things like "I read these are edible; they just don't taste good and the texture's bad."

Also, I did the usual bike commute, found 4 cans (40 cents in deposits) plus a dollar bill in my bike travels. Then stopped at kmart on my way home to use $8 in surprise points that were going to expire today. Got myself a 4 foot long body pillow that I've been coveting for a while, for free. Had fun getting my lunch box, my backpack of work clothes, and the four foot long pillow home the last couple miles in my bike.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4797 on: November 04, 2015, 08:37:21 PM »
I ATE THE PEEL!

Inspired by the banana peel badassity here, I threw my banana peel into my smoothie today, and I didn't die.
I am getting tired though of the look on my husband's face when I say things like "I read these are edible; they just don't taste good and the texture's bad."

That's fantastic.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4798 on: November 05, 2015, 05:38:51 AM »
I converted my kids from lucky charms to oatmeal!  Because on oatmeal you can have brown sugar and cinnamon!!!  :D  I've been trying to get them to give up lucky charms voluntarily for awhile.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4799 on: November 05, 2015, 06:28:15 AM »
I converted my kids from lucky charms to oatmeal!  Because on oatmeal you can have brown sugar and cinnamon!!!  :D  I've been trying to get them to give up lucky charms voluntarily for awhile.

WIN! (Buying it in bulk is even bigger savings, but even grocery store prices are way cheaper than packaged cereal!)

Also: adding frozen blueberries turns it blue (which can appeal to younger children), and adding baked apples and cinnamon is yummy (and healthy)... you can work variations so it doesn't get boring. :)