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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4850 on: November 10, 2015, 08:34:50 PM »
Made a big batch of cabbage rice and bean... soup? slop?
It's somewhat Newtonian and neither a liquid nor a solid, but damn if it isn't filling and cheap. ;)
It will be my lunch for the entire week.

If its tasty, do you have a recipe? Ive had bean and carrot stew/mush for work for a few weeks and would love to branch out to other fine slop-based cuisines.

 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4851 on: November 10, 2015, 09:33:33 PM »
Repaired a split in my rubber boots with duct tape. Not sure how long it will hold, but so far so good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4852 on: November 10, 2015, 10:05:22 PM »
My dog is having surgery today, .... I've also arranged to telework the next few days so I can do the surgery after-care rather than bringing him to the vet each morning on my way to the office.

You and your dog will be much happier about this arrangement, too. Good luck!

Thank you.  Poor bugger has a pretty big hole in his leg. :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4853 on: November 10, 2015, 10:07:52 PM »
Made a big batch of cabbage rice and bean... soup? slop?
It's somewhat Newtonian and neither a liquid nor a solid, but damn if it isn't filling and cheap. ;)
It will be my lunch for the entire week.

If its tasty, do you have a recipe? Ive had bean and carrot stew/mush for work for a few weeks and would love to branch out to other fine slop-based cuisines.
Sure! My methodology/recipie is about as loosey goosey as it gets, but here's what I do:

Sautee a small onion (or however much onion as you want) in oil for 5-10 minutes in a large pot
Then add a crap ton of very finely chopped cabbage (8 cups is your goal, but your pot size dictates this more than anything else)
Cook this with one cup of broth for 10+ minutes (broth of your choice; I use veggie)
Add an additional 3 cups of broth and 1 cup of arborio rice and cook for another 15 minutes (or until the rice is about done)
Then add a can of red kidney beans (or a not can if you've got a pressure cooker on hand, but kidney beans are one of the ones I worry about so I skip that and pay for the water and packaging) and cook 5 minutes...

and then you're done!
You have your very own cheap, filling, and newtonian mush. :)
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« Reply #4854 on: November 11, 2015, 11:55:13 AM »
Saw cloth napkins in a fabric I really like (dark florals on a burgundy background), 35$ for 4 napkins. Went to the fabric store, found a similar fabric, bought 2m (enough for 8 napkins - we use 6 on a regular basis) for 7.50$, and spent an hour sewing them up. Savings: 62.50$.

I find value in having a 'pretty' dinner table - I find it makes dinner feel more special and makes us want to go out less.

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« Reply #4855 on: November 11, 2015, 12:33:30 PM »
Saw cloth napkins in a fabric I really like (dark florals on a burgundy background), 35$ for 4 napkins. Went to the fabric store, found a similar fabric, bought 2m (enough for 8 napkins - we use 6 on a regular basis) for 7.50$, and spent an hour sewing them up. Savings: 62.50$.

I find value in having a 'pretty' dinner table - I find it makes dinner feel more special and makes us want to go out less.

That's awesome.  I bought a bunch of beautiful (and very cheap) cloth napkins in Sri Lanka a few years ago with the intention of using them as our everyday napkins, but then I got lazy and put them away.  I'm going to dig them up tonight.

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« Reply #4856 on: November 11, 2015, 03:04:56 PM »
I needed new black flats for work and there is one brand I favour.

I signed up for their loyalty program in store but hadn't linked it with my online account. I just persisted in doing that (I have a vague memory of trying it once before and it seeming like more trouble than it was worth).

It was definitely worth it, I had enough reward points to save $25 off my order, plus free shipping.

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« Reply #4857 on: November 11, 2015, 04:02:20 PM »
A few days ago I mentioned skipping grocery shopping and using up things I had.  Yesterday I turned 1/2 a chicken breast (the last meat in the house) 2 past prime carrots, 3 huge onions and a couple spears of frozen brocolli into curry.  It is so delicious.  I'm eating it over the last of my rice.  It should last through the weekend.

This evening I am making pumpkin custard topped with pecans.  I'm using a bent discount can of pumpkin & the last cup of milk.  I only have about 1/4 cup of sugar left, so I'll rely on honey and molasses to sweeten it, those are better options anyway.  It will also warm the apartment while baking. 

I've been badassng my way through some cold nights.  I turned the heat on this morning for a few minutes while I was getting ready for the day, but layers and hot tea have been pretty effective.

Salt isn't expensive but it seems silly to buy a canister of table salt when I have a jar full of sea salt, so I am making it work.  I don't have a mill, but I cleaned up my coffee grinder and reduced the size a bit.

I've been handwashing laundry to put off trips to the laundromat.  It's not that bad.

I'm determined to get  my moneys worth out of my fancy pants liberal arts college.  I'm not all into "#collegelife" but music, art shows, lectures, workshops, entertainment?  I am there.  Free food has been pretty scarce but I am getting good at packing!  I recently did a couple surverys to get entered in a bookstore giftcard drawing....  crossing my fingers. 

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« Reply #4858 on: November 11, 2015, 05:42:50 PM »
I reveled in the luxury of a hot washcloth to wash my face. I figure if I can feel pampered during my daily routine with a simple facecloth, why would I need to be pampered with a $$pedicure$$? (I also find a hot shower to feel extraordinarily luxurious!)

Took my lunch to work today, ate leftovers for supper, resisted the urge to buy a chocolate bar at the grocery store (where we were picking up multiples of the loss leader, of course!), and instead ate some of ds halloween candy lol. Now going downstairs to watch a library DVD!

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« Reply #4859 on: November 11, 2015, 05:45:32 PM »
Inspired by the 'use it up' brigade, I surveyed the fridge last night for what needs to be eaten before we shop next.

Soft tomatoes, limes, capsicum, chicken ... I have a jar of enchilada sauce in the pantry, so Mexican for dinner tomorrow.

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« Reply #4860 on: November 11, 2015, 06:10:53 PM »
A couple of years ago, I'd switched from overpriced, fancypants-brand body moisturizer to pharmacy-level bargain-brand body moisturizer. (Doesn't smell as fun, but actually works better.) Comes in one of those big plastic pump bottles.

Today the pump stopped pumping, suggesting that the bottle was empty, but you could tell from the weight of it that there was definitely still product inside. I cut the bottle in half and scooped the leftover moisturizer into a (marked) ramekin, and holy frijole: out of a 20-oz bottle, there was a full 3 oz of product remaining. 15% of the bottle was completely inaccessible to the average customer. I've now got weeks more product to use.

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« Reply #4861 on: November 11, 2015, 06:16:23 PM »
As today was a holiday - thank you to all who serve - my boys were home from school. We watched Empire Strikes Back and made Christmas cookies (we freeze them after sampling).

Inspired by the cooking successes here, I made my first batch of homemade focaccia bread today to go with supper. The boys and I loved it! It was great to make bread again.

I also paid bills (much lower electric bill this month --- switching those lights off and having no ac makes a difference).

I decided to not shop for food tomorrow, and wait the extra day for the Friday sale so I can get next week's shopping and some turkey day shopping done.

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« Reply #4862 on: November 11, 2015, 06:36:05 PM »
DIY squat rack! Well, not a rack per se, but a stand. This rounds out our current home gym projects- we can do all the olympic lifts now in our garage! So two aspects of money savings- 1, we didn't buy a pre-made squat rack ($$$), and 2- we're not paying for gym memberships (which then also saves gas, as we're not walking distance to a gym).
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« Reply #4863 on: November 11, 2015, 06:59:30 PM »
DIY squat rack! Well, not a rack per se, but a stand. This rounds out our current home gym projects- we can do all the olympic lifts now in our garage! So two aspects of money savings- 1, we didn't buy a pre-made squat rack ($$$), and 2- we're not paying for gym memberships (which then also saves gas, as we're not walking distance to a gym).

Oh, more details please, I'd love to have a go at a DIY squat rack.
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« Reply #4864 on: November 11, 2015, 07:22:34 PM »
Same old boring stuff. Cooked meals, packed our lunches. Minimal heat. Did some removable caulking for the winter on the 12 foot high Windows.

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« Reply #4865 on: November 11, 2015, 07:45:27 PM »
Looks like my water heater crapped out 2 weeks ago when I was staying with a friend. Turned power off to it when I wasn't going to be home. Got back and turned on power and now it's not working at all. I've been taking cold showers until I have enough time next week to call a plumber. I found the showers aren't too bad. But I do have a gym and showers at work so half the time I shower there.

My power bill is going to be even lower than low this month.

I'm thinking  since I live alone I can get by with cold showers sometimes so why not just turn on water heater when running the dishwasher or clothes washer or when I want to take a hot shower? Is that bad for the water heater to turn on and off like that?

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« Reply #4866 on: November 11, 2015, 08:44:19 PM »
A couple of years ago, I'd switched from overpriced, fancypants-brand body moisturizer to pharmacy-level bargain-brand body moisturizer. (Doesn't smell as fun, but actually works better.) Comes in one of those big plastic pump bottles.

Today the pump stopped pumping, suggesting that the bottle was empty, but you could tell from the weight of it that there was definitely still product inside. I cut the bottle in half and scooped the leftover moisturizer into a (marked) ramekin, and holy frijole: out of a 20-oz bottle, there was a full 3 oz of product remaining. 15% of the bottle was completely inaccessible to the average customer. I've now got weeks more product to use.

Welcome to the dissecting-the-moisturiser-bottle club, there are tens of us!

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« Reply #4867 on: November 11, 2015, 09:46:58 PM »
Packed breakfast and lunch. 

Cooked dinner from the freezer

Had a craving for cookies, so I made a giant chocolate chip cookie.  I didn't have chocolate chips, so I diced up part of a dark chocolate bar.  I didn't have brown sugar, so I used a bit more vanilla and regular sugar. 


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« Reply #4868 on: November 11, 2015, 09:50:11 PM »
Trimmed the poodles' feet/faces/sanitary areas.  I have no idea how much I saved, as I've never taken them in for a professional grooming.  Luckily they are really patient dogs, as I'm not very good at this yet.  I am certain, however, that with this second trimming, I've definitely saved at least as much money as the mid-range trimmers cost.

Sold a couple more items from my junk room.

Resisted the urge to go out to eat.  Using fridge stuff instead.
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« Reply #4869 on: November 11, 2015, 10:08:57 PM »
returned some garbage to Amazon

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« Reply #4870 on: November 11, 2015, 11:07:16 PM »
Used a tub of coconut oil (that I never cook with) to make soap - was surprisingly easy and fun. I now have enough soap for a few months.

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« Reply #4871 on: November 12, 2015, 06:22:07 AM »
I'm thinking  since I live alone I can get by with cold showers sometimes so why not just turn on water heater when running the dishwasher or clothes washer or when I want to take a hot shower? Is that bad for the water heater to turn on and off like that?

I don't know about how good it is for the water heater, but it can be bad for you if you don't follow guidelines around how long the water temperature needs to be at certain level to kill various bugs.  I see from http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/is-it-safe-to-turn-down-your-water-heater-temperature.html that this is very Canadian view on the subject :)
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« Reply #4872 on: November 12, 2015, 07:49:03 AM »
-We were in London for 10 days and did  the usual staying in an AirBnb, cooking,  walking or taking the tube and doing many free things,  but  I came up with something that I thought was kind of cool.
We went to visit Liberty's, a store known for it's textiles which I really was interested in seeing.  They had one whole floor dedicated to materials for sewing all manner of things as well as various bolts for drapes and upholstery.   I got them to give me an number of material samples of some very pretty patterns.  Came home and a friend sewed them together into a mini-quilt.   I thought it was a really nice "souvenir" if you will and didn't cost anything.

-I'd signed up for the Chase Sapphire card before we left and was able to make about 10% back on what I spent.  I was pretty happy with that.

-I've been gleaning butternut squash, peppers and broccoli from the farm fields surrounding our land.   Even after the fields are turned over, there's still a lot of stuff on the edges of the fields  that don't get plowed under.   I've been cooking and freezing the squash as it seems to keep very well and just using whatever else I find.

-Doing my usual ebay sales of things that I have or have been given and can't use.  I found a bunch of small items that were stored in the rafters in our garage so I put those up.   I've found that there's always someone to buy the items if you 're just patient.

-Keep using my Bing searches to earn rewards cards.  This has been a really nice find for me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4873 on: November 12, 2015, 08:02:59 AM »
We went to visit Liberty's, a store known for it's textiles which I really was interested in seeing.  They had one whole floor dedicated to materials for sewing all manner of things as well as various bolts for drapes and upholstery.   I got them to give me an number of material samples of some very pretty patterns.  Came home and a friend sewed them together into a mini-quilt.   I thought it was a really nice "souvenir" if you will and didn't cost anything.

That's awesome! and it will be a much more individual souvenir than Kate on a 10 pound mug ;)

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« Reply #4874 on: November 12, 2015, 08:41:03 AM »
DIY squat rack! Well, not a rack per se, but a stand. This rounds out our current home gym projects- we can do all the olympic lifts now in our garage! So two aspects of money savings- 1, we didn't buy a pre-made squat rack ($$$), and 2- we're not paying for gym memberships (which then also saves gas, as we're not walking distance to a gym).

Oh, more details please, I'd love to have a go at a DIY squat rack.

What we didn't isn't too fancy. We don't have enough space for a full squat stand, so we did a bucket system so that we can move them as needed.

Basically this:
http://www.endofthreefitness.com/crossfit-equipment-homemade-squat-bench-press-stand/ Although we didn't include the bench press height board.





You can do a stand, too, but it's a bit more materials intensive. All told, we spent like $36 on this. Biggest challenge was getting the boards to stay upright, because the base of our buckets weren't perfectly even. We ended up drilling a crossbrace at the top of the bucket, and for side to side wobble, I held while DH painstakingly shoveled in individual scoops to spread. Annoying, but damn if our stands are not perfectly level.
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« Reply #4875 on: November 12, 2015, 09:38:46 AM »
I've been muttering to myself that I should go buy some dry fava beans for use as seed, but then I looked in my seed box and discovered I already had half a seed packet of fava beans.
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« Reply #4876 on: November 12, 2015, 10:40:54 AM »
Chopped up the last of the cabbage and added it to the last of the beef stew.  Dinner will be cooked cabbage with shreds of beef and  the occasional carrot or potato.

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« Reply #4877 on: November 12, 2015, 12:03:06 PM »
DS was going to a movie with friends yesterday.  I tried to buy a ticket for him online, but couldn't get my payment to go through.  So I drove over to the theater (5 minutes from our house, so not too much gas) to get the ticket as I wanted to be sure they didn't sell out.  Saved $1.35 on the online "convenience charge", though that was offset by a tiny bit of gas used (truly tiny, as the car was in electric mode for most of the trip).

After the movie, was tempted to see if DS wanted to eat out, but decided to go home and make falafel instead.  I was working with a box mix, and it had the option of cooking the falafel oil free, so I decided to try that approach.  I didn't really like them - thought they were too dry/cardboardy -- but DS liked them enough to eat all but one.  I had a smaller serving of dinner, which is in keeping with my dietary goals.  And now I know that falafel is one of the things we should eat out when we have the craving.  Worth the money.

This morning I did a walk around Greenlake, and then hit the Asian market and the gas station.   Found the kind of asian pears we like for only $.89/lb, along with some bok choy (.99/lb, got a big bag) and tofu for $1.49.  I could have gotten cheaper tofu, but DS liked this brand when I got it on sale, so decided to stick with it.  Still cheaper than getting tofu at a regular store.  I splurged a bit on some frozen dumplings, but that is a takeout avoidance meal and thus saves money in the long run. 

Used my Fred Meyer discount to get $.10/gallon off 10.5 gallons of gas.  A bit bummed that gas prices have shot up since the last time I filled the tank -- base price was $2.31 today, compared to $2.09 a couple of weeks ago.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4878 on: November 12, 2015, 01:37:20 PM »
DIY squat rack! Well, not a rack per se, but a stand. This rounds out our current home gym projects- we can do all the olympic lifts now in our garage! So two aspects of money savings- 1, we didn't buy a pre-made squat rack ($$$), and 2- we're not paying for gym memberships (which then also saves gas, as we're not walking distance to a gym).


Very clever, I would never have thought of using wood - I've only ever seen steel squat racks.  Love how the bench press section is integrated in there too.
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« Reply #4879 on: November 12, 2015, 02:14:41 PM »
DIY squat rack! Well, not a rack per se, but a stand. This rounds out our current home gym projects- we can do all the olympic lifts now in our garage! So two aspects of money savings- 1, we didn't buy a pre-made squat rack ($$$), and 2- we're not paying for gym memberships (which then also saves gas, as we're not walking distance to a gym).


Very clever, I would never have thought of using wood - I've only ever seen steel squat racks.  Love how the bench press section is integrated in there too.

We did a very small version of that a few months back for stands for our bar to rack weight, and it has held up very well. (Deadlift stands, basically... or deadlift jacks. Not sure exactly what they'd be called). Since those have worked out so well, even for DH's stupidly heavy deadlift PRs, I figured the squat stands would be a safe bet =) And you really can't beat $36!
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« Reply #4880 on: November 12, 2015, 05:07:56 PM »
*  the usual free work coffee and homemade lunch
*  also brought homemade frozen meal to put in work freezer for tomorrow
*  stocked desk drawer with free snacks that i saved from someone who was tossing them
*  put $100 into "holiday" envelope . . . to make things easier on my future self
*  hung laundry to dry this morning

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« Reply #4881 on: November 12, 2015, 05:46:37 PM »
A couple of years ago, I'd switched from overpriced, fancypants-brand body moisturizer to pharmacy-level bargain-brand body moisturizer. (Doesn't smell as fun, but actually works better.) Comes in one of those big plastic pump bottles.

Today the pump stopped pumping, suggesting that the bottle was empty, but you could tell from the weight of it that there was definitely still product inside. I cut the bottle in half and scooped the leftover moisturizer into a (marked) ramekin, and holy frijole: out of a 20-oz bottle, there was a full 3 oz of product remaining. 15% of the bottle was completely inaccessible to the average customer. I've now got weeks more product to use.

Welcome to the dissecting-the-moisturiser-bottle club, there are tens of us!

:D Thank you! I could kick my old self in the head for not doing that sooner.


Bracken_Joy, there's no other way to say this: Nice rack!


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* Did financial stuff for our small business, including putting money into our 401ks. Unsure as yet if we'll max them out this year, but we'll sure come damn close.
* Made sure to take chicken and vegetables out of the freezer to thaw this morning, rather than forgetting until dinner time and ending up calling delivery.
* Missed lunch (was involved in work), so quite hungry now. But fighting that urge to do takeout, too, and ate some celery with peanut butter instead.
* Been using up random things before we move in a couple of months. Today I put an oatmeal soap meant for dry skin that's been sitting in a closet for probably a decade into rotation as kitchen hand soap.
* Made $20 selling some old DVDs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4882 on: November 12, 2015, 05:50:06 PM »
Did my own haircut for the month! I have an undercut, so it's not hard: #2 buzzer on the sides and back. \o/
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« Reply #4883 on: November 12, 2015, 05:50:21 PM »
Helped my friend partially clean up/clear out her late mother's hoarder house.

My friend offered me my pick of jewelry as a thank you offering, but that's not my thing. I did take about 400 Forever stamps, two fire extinguishers, some packing tape, two cans of Comet cleaner and an intriguing little book called Old-Time Pickling and Spicing Recipes.

Long story short, I won't need to buy any stamps for...forever?


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« Reply #4884 on: November 13, 2015, 06:33:31 AM »
Helped my friend partially clean up/clear out her late mother's hoarder house.

My friend offered me my pick of jewelry as a thank you offering, but that's not my thing. I did take about 400 Forever stamps, two fire extinguishers, some packing tape, two cans of Comet cleaner and an intriguing little book called Old-Time Pickling and Spicing Recipes.

Long story short, I won't need to buy any stamps for...forever?


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Jealous! We send a ton of Christmas cards so I can really appreciate that!

Only ate lunch out once this week, and it was with good friends and a restaurant I really enjoy (ramen).  I said no to Starbucks afterwards.

I've got a $27 ebates cheque on its way to me and referred a friend for another $5 (at the next payback).

DH suggested takeout tonight and I declined.  We're having a delicious pork ragu over penne (made a huge batch in the slow cooker last week) and I am excited to open up my weekend bottle of wine tonight.

Going to a kids' bday party this weekend (joint party for siblings), and I'm proud of myself for sticking to my $15 budget per kid.  When their gifts arrived from amazon I almost placed another order for a book because I felt cheap, but I reminded myself that these kids have EVERYTHING and there will be 50+ guests at this party, my friend loves me and not what I buy her kids, and we were invited there to celebrate and not to spoil her kids.

Accepted an offer to upgrade my credit card to one that gives triple rewards points (PC MasterCard World Elite) with still no annual fee.  I already get $20 worth of free groceries about every 6 weeks with my original card, so I'm really excited to see that triple!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4885 on: November 13, 2015, 07:18:12 AM »
Helped my friend partially clean up/clear out her late mother's hoarder house.

My friend offered me my pick of jewelry as a thank you offering, but that's not my thing. I did take about 400 Forever stamps, two fire extinguishers, some packing tape, two cans of Comet cleaner and an intriguing little book called Old-Time Pickling and Spicing Recipes.

Long story short, I won't need to buy any stamps for...forever?


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I love the selection of things you chose, and what a great deal on the stamps.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4886 on: November 13, 2015, 05:02:25 PM »
Helped my friend partially clean up/clear out her late mother's hoarder house.

My friend offered me my pick of jewelry as a thank you offering, but that's not my thing. I did take about 400 Forever stamps, two fire extinguishers, some packing tape, two cans of Comet cleaner and an intriguing little book called Old-Time Pickling and Spicing Recipes.

Long story short, I won't need to buy any stamps for...forever?


I had to Google Forever stamps (we don't have them here). What a brilliant idea. I would stock up if that was an option here; I'm forever sending birthday cards, letters to grandparents, Christmas cards, etc.

Good work!

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« Reply #4887 on: November 13, 2015, 06:29:29 PM »
My wife cuts up EVERY 'empty' bottle, and the toothpaste tubes too.

For myself today, I ate the nice lunch my wife made last night. I just put it in my lunchbag this morning as usual and went off to work. The ingredients are: home made cornbread, ham and cheese bought at discount from the local deli. They sell the 'ends' of the cheese and meats for $1.58/lb. Every time I go there I ask if they have any ends, and they scoop them all up and weigh them and I get several pounds of a huge variety of meats and cheeses that I would otherwise never buy, really pricey stuff. My only regret is that I have no idea which brands or, sometimes even what variety I am eating.
For dessert I had home-made yogurt mixed with home-made wild plum jam. I picked and cooked the jam up a few months ago, and we have about a gallon left in the freezer.
My veggies were home-grown lettuce and carrots. My fruit was an apple, bought for 20 cents.
This is pretty typical of my daily lunch.

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« Reply #4888 on: November 13, 2015, 07:16:51 PM »
Converted our existing amazon prime to prime student with DH's school email address. Free 6 months and then $49 instead of $99. Woo! And it saved our account history and S&S stuff, so that's awesome.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4889 on: November 13, 2015, 08:40:30 PM »
Today I got $170 in free groceries (plus a free flashlight and 3 packs of batteries) for using PC Superstore points accumulated on my credit card.


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« Reply #4890 on: November 13, 2015, 08:54:54 PM »
  • Wanted a book. Went to Amazon.com. Lightbulb moment. GOOGLED NEAREST LIBRARY INSTEAD.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4891 on: November 13, 2015, 09:16:14 PM »
Used a tub of coconut oil (that I never cook with) to make soap - was surprisingly easy and fun. I now have enough soap for a few months.

How did you do it?? I have coconut oil that I don't know what do with too!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4892 on: November 13, 2015, 09:30:16 PM »
Cut a stack of printer mistakes into grocery list size pieces and and left them on the corner of my desk.

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« Reply #4893 on: November 13, 2015, 10:00:01 PM »
Workingtounwind -- Cook with your coconut oil :-) Any baked goods taste great with coconut oil in lieu of butter or oil. Last night I made sweet potato oven fries in coconut oil. Use it as a moisturizer for dry skin -- feels and smells fantastic.

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« Reply #4894 on: November 14, 2015, 12:27:29 AM »
We walked to the grocery store in a light drizzle, shopped local, walked home.

Ate leftovers for lunch.

I saved $20 by cutting my husband's hair for the second time ever. Slowly getting the hang of it, and he's happy.

(We have a hairdresser within walking distance of our apartment but I refuse to go there. The first and last time I had my hair cut there, the snotty hairdresser asked, 'Have you ever coloured your hair?' 'No.' 'Do you think maybe you should?' I have dark hair that develops natural highlights from the sun. My father is 57 and doesn't have a single grey hair on his head. There are things about my appearance I don't like, but I have no issue whatsoever with my hair colour. I like the fact that I don't feel compelled to dye it, it saves me a fortune. The fact that some walking bottle of blonde dye tried to upsell me into unnecessary treatments pissed me right off. I haven't been back since.)

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« Reply #4895 on: November 14, 2015, 07:39:35 AM »
We walked to the grocery store in a light drizzle, shopped local, walked home.

Ate leftovers for lunch.

I saved $20 by cutting my husband's hair for the second time ever. Slowly getting the hang of it, and he's happy.

(We have a hairdresser within walking distance of our apartment but I refuse to go there. The first and last time I had my hair cut there, the snotty hairdresser asked, 'Have you ever coloured your hair?' 'No.' 'Do you think maybe you should?' I have dark hair that develops natural highlights from the sun. My father is 57 and doesn't have a single grey hair on his head. There are things about my appearance I don't like, but I have no issue whatsoever with my hair colour. I like the fact that I don't feel compelled to dye it, it saves me a fortune. The fact that some walking bottle of blonde dye tried to upsell me into unnecessary treatments pissed me right off. I haven't been back since.)

What a mean spirited person! Holy cow. Not good advertising, right there.

That tallies up with when I was growing my henna out. I went in to get a consult pre-wedding to see if the henna had faded and grown out enough for my hair to hold dye for my wedding. The hair dresser I was going to meet was being nice, did a strand test, but the color wouldn't hold. Mind you, it's not like my hair turned green and fell off. It just wouldn't absorb the dye. When she left to do something, I heard two other hairdressers talking about how "only an idiot would think they could dye their hair after henna".

Saves money though, right?

My savings: taking leftovers for work. Being satisfied with my scrub collection (I only have 3 sets, and it's easy to get bored. No advantage to more sets though).

Removed a couple items from subscribe and save that I found better deals on elsewhere. Follow through! It's important, but so hard sometimes.

Was bored yesterday, wanted to go somewhere and do something. Carpooled with DH to his campus while he met a group for a project. I sat in a coffee shop and read while watching a wind storm. No extra gas, different part of the city. Great entertainment and change of scenery for $2, which is cheap if it saved me from going shopping or to a meal somewhere.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4896 on: November 14, 2015, 07:56:06 AM »
Last night the girlfriend and I went out to a nice dinner. But we went to a place that she had a gift card for ($25 off) so our combined cost, with tip, was $37 for a meal that was pretty damned good.
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Also, the portions were enormous so it will also be my lunch today!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4897 on: November 14, 2015, 09:51:38 AM »
We walked to the grocery store in a light drizzle, shopped local, walked home.

Ate leftovers for lunch.

I saved $20 by cutting my husband's hair for the second time ever. Slowly getting the hang of it, and he's happy.

(We have a hairdresser within walking distance of our apartment but I refuse to go there. The first and last time I had my hair cut there, the snotty hairdresser asked, 'Have you ever coloured your hair?' 'No.' 'Do you think maybe you should?' I have dark hair that develops natural highlights from the sun. My father is 57 and doesn't have a single grey hair on his head. There are things about my appearance I don't like, but I have no issue whatsoever with my hair colour. I like the fact that I don't feel compelled to dye it, it saves me a fortune. The fact that some walking bottle of blonde dye tried to upsell me into unnecessary treatments pissed me right off. I haven't been back since.)

What a mean spirited person! Holy cow. Not good advertising, right there.

That tallies up with when I was growing my henna out. I went in to get a consult pre-wedding to see if the henna had faded and grown out enough for my hair to hold dye for my wedding. The hair dresser I was going to meet was being nice, did a strand test, but the color wouldn't hold. Mind you, it's not like my hair turned green and fell off. It just wouldn't absorb the dye. When she left to do something, I heard two other hairdressers talking about how "only an idiot would think they could dye their hair after henna".

Saves money though, right?

Don't you just love that? I've gotten hassle a few times for letting my light, ashy brown hair go natural, and once was told (with a sniff), "How unusual." I get to be the odd one out for not dying my hair (usually) blond for fear of the dreaded "mousey" look. If more people with this color let their hair alone, maybe it wouldn't be considered mousey.



Cut a stack of printer mistakes into grocery list size pieces and and left them on the corner of my desk.

Another option if there's only printing on 1 side: flip 'em over and put them back into the printer. We've now got a printer that prints double-sided, but we still save 1-sided prints (and even sometimes 1-sided junk mail) to re-run. That's the only thing I miss about working in an office: I used to come home with reams of free, half-used paper.


One we've been doing every today for months: using ice packs to keep an old, dying microwave in play. The thing was never very good to begin with, and has recently tended to overheat after a few minutes and shut itself off. We don't want to buy a new one before moving (and are hoping our next apartment might come with one), so we've been keeping it alive by covering the top with ice packs when in use. (I'd ditch it entirely for a while, but husband would go fetal.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4898 on: November 14, 2015, 03:18:41 PM »
We walked to the grocery store in a light drizzle, shopped local, walked home.

Ate leftovers for lunch.

I saved $20 by cutting my husband's hair for the second time ever. Slowly getting the hang of it, and he's happy.

(We have a hairdresser within walking distance of our apartment but I refuse to go there. The first and last time I had my hair cut there, the snotty hairdresser asked, 'Have you ever coloured your hair?' 'No.' 'Do you think maybe you should?' I have dark hair that develops natural highlights from the sun. My father is 57 and doesn't have a single grey hair on his head. There are things about my appearance I don't like, but I have no issue whatsoever with my hair colour. I like the fact that I don't feel compelled to dye it, it saves me a fortune. The fact that some walking bottle of blonde dye tried to upsell me into unnecessary treatments pissed me right off. I haven't been back since.)

What a mean spirited person! Holy cow. Not good advertising, right there.

That tallies up with when I was growing my henna out. I went in to get a consult pre-wedding to see if the henna had faded and grown out enough for my hair to hold dye for my wedding. The hair dresser I was going to meet was being nice, did a strand test, but the color wouldn't hold. Mind you, it's not like my hair turned green and fell off. It just wouldn't absorb the dye. When she left to do something, I heard two other hairdressers talking about how "only an idiot would think they could dye their hair after henna".

Saves money though, right?

Don't you just love that? I've gotten hassle a few times for letting my light, ashy brown hair go natural, and once was told (with a sniff), "How unusual." I get to be the odd one out for not dying my hair (usually) blond for fear of the dreaded "mousey" look. If more people with this color let their hair alone, maybe it wouldn't be considered mousey.


Oh, the sniff!

My mother-in-law once popped into boutique while killing time, wearing a tiered skirt and tank top (this was a couple of years ago). The shop assistant greeted her with a sniff and "uh, fashions have changed!" :0

Glad I'm not the only one boycotting predatory styling. :D

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« Reply #4899 on: November 14, 2015, 03:23:30 PM »
Aaaand I forgot to post my small thing for today.

Booked movie tickets to Spectre using cinema loyalty points. A lovely but frugal date for a rainy afternoon.