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« Reply #5000 on: November 23, 2015, 09:56:25 AM »
So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one week’s worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When we’re chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

That's a big change. Good for you!

Super big change!

Pro tip from Quebec: we tend to get colder when we're not moving. Ensuring a decent supply of blankets/throws near couches can be helpful to stop people from raising the heat unnecessarily.

Today, I did NOT save money. I donated a decent chunk to the Red Cross, because my partner and I feel it's the right thing to do in the current circumstances. We will 'save' some money on our taxes by doing this, but not as much as the donation... however, I would like to express thanks for the Mustachain lifestyle for allowing us to donate to things we feel are important without having a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. It matters.

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« Reply #5001 on: November 23, 2015, 10:02:42 AM »
I’m sure this is super basic to most people, but it’s new for us.  Our electrical bill usually jumps from $100 -$150 per month up to $200-$275 per month during winter.  Had our first really cold night last night (29 is about as low as it gets in southern Louisiana).

So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one week’s worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When we’re chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

Around here, northern Illinois, that isn't anything unusual, it's all what you are adapted to. For LA 60F is a big deal. Good job!

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« Reply #5002 on: November 23, 2015, 11:27:18 AM »
Not exactly small, but after getting an $800 quote from a contractor to repair a ceiling problem, I enlisted the help of a friend with a truck. $100 spent at Home Depot, a home cooked meal to thank friend for the help, and a lot of climbing a ladder was all it cost me to fix it myself. Now I just have to figure out how to match texture.

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« Reply #5003 on: November 23, 2015, 12:22:15 PM »
Not exactly small, but after getting an $800 quote from a contractor to repair a ceiling problem, I enlisted the help of a friend with a truck. $100 spent at Home Depot, a home cooked meal to thank friend for the help, and a lot of climbing a ladder was all it cost me to fix it myself. Now I just have to figure out how to match texture.

NICE work!  Depending on the space in question, I've found that sanded paint is an easy solution to blending texture.  I think Lowe's has it - I used it in a bathroom after knocking down popcorn.  It would be a pain if you're dealing with a small patch in a big ceiling, but thought I'd mention it.

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« Reply #5004 on: November 23, 2015, 02:22:06 PM »
Found out I was being charged $6/month in our checking account after paying off some debt and going below the minimum balance for that type of account. Changed the account and requested a refund with the threat of taking my money somewhere else. Should have caught it sooner, but it's a rarely used account for emergency funds.

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« Reply #5005 on: November 23, 2015, 07:29:27 PM »
Hit CVS with a handful of coupons on their big cash rewards day. Got a whole bunch of useful little things with 100% rewards back. Many of these are items I would not normally buy, but are convenient to have on hand, like baby wipes. Of course you have to spend the rewards at CVS, but i bought milk and a few necessary odds and ends with them.

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« Reply #5006 on: November 23, 2015, 07:37:57 PM »
* Spotted some purslane growing in a bed of rosebushes in a parking lot. Snagged it for a smoothie. (The gardeners will call it a weed and whack it out. I call it food.)

* Deposited a check for the princely sum of $0.05. (Some amount of unclaimed funds found and sent out to me.)

* Received notice that I was part of the class in a lawsuit settled by Burlington Coat Factory. Submitted the claim form and might get $10 out of it in 2016.
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« Reply #5007 on: November 23, 2015, 07:53:50 PM »
Sold an item through Facebook for the price I had it listed for on eBay with free shipping.  Got cash and avoided the PayPal, eBay and shipping fees.

Instead of going home to let the dogs out, stayed at work until early afternoon and then took work home to finish out the day, saving a round trip drive.

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« Reply #5008 on: November 23, 2015, 10:38:45 PM »
Our dishwasher seemed to be broken (did not get any water). Instead of calling service, I fixed it myself using only basic tools, very little skill and the internet. Turned out that the problem was a pretty common, easily fixed one. Or, ar least, let's hope so and that it will not break again soon.
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« Reply #5009 on: November 24, 2015, 10:05:27 AM »
I downloaded a bunch of audiobooks from the library for vacation instead of buying them. :)
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« Reply #5010 on: November 24, 2015, 10:30:29 AM »
Had Christmas gift saved in Amazon cart . . . just waiting till the end of the week to purchase it.  Kept noticing that the price was dropping a few cents every once in awhile.  I watched it for a few days and then finally bought it today - saving $1.12.

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« Reply #5011 on: November 24, 2015, 03:28:51 PM »
Woke up the other morning to discover our furnace wasn't working (house was about 10C when we woke up). Called a service guy out, paid him $125 to diagnose the problem - a broken circuit board. Quote: $600 to repair. Ouch! Did a little research and found the part for sale at a local supply shop for $125. Hubby installed it himself for a savings of $350! Would've been less if we didn't have to pay for the service call to diagnose the problem!

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« Reply #5012 on: November 24, 2015, 04:01:50 PM »
Visited my local used book store for $0.25 Tuesday.  Nearly ruptured something hauling my finds home on the bus in my backpack. 

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« Reply #5013 on: November 24, 2015, 05:05:11 PM »
Stepped on my backup glasses and broke the frame. Urk! Thankfully, ZenniOptical sells frames without lenses. The total for replacement frames came out to $12.93 with shipping, paid for by my HSA. Went through eBates which will provide 4% cash back (51 cents).

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« Reply #5014 on: November 25, 2015, 10:19:27 AM »
We decided to get our kids the Bexsero vaccine (a different Menegitis strain from the one that is included in the standard free Quebec vaccination plan) last year.  Each kid needed 2 doses at $125 a pop.  We paid for the first doses out of pocket, knowing that our private insurance would not reimburse us.  When DH started job hunting, I purposely delayed their second dose by a few months (not to any detriment to the vaccine) just in case our new insurance plan would cover it.  Yesterday I found out that they do! Ca-ching - $250 back in my pocket.

Did some freezer digging and had some cabbage roll soup from a questionable amount of months ago for lunch, and making some slightly freezer-burned chicken breasts for supper tonight.

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« Reply #5015 on: November 25, 2015, 10:44:00 AM »
Saved 17% ordering one of my kid's gifts from Amazon instead of getting it in person at Wal-Mart.

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« Reply #5016 on: November 25, 2015, 05:12:09 PM »
Getting a free full length mirror and a FREE sewing machine(!!!!) thanks to my local buy nothing group.

NICE!


I’m sure this is super basic to most people, but it’s new for us.  Our electrical bill usually jumps from $100 -$150 per month up to $200-$275 per month during winter.  Had our first really cold night last night (29 is about as low as it gets in southern Louisiana).

So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one week’s worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When we’re chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

Great job!



* Borrowed movies from the library.
* Sold a book for $8.
* Have been cutting back on portion sizes a bit lately. Putting back a few slices of salami here, a few spoons of yogurt there has been extending the groceries some (and hopefully helping us as well).
* Had to drop our car off for servicing (beyond my DIY skills). We already walk most of the time, so no big deal generally, but not having a car for Thanksgiving means family has to come to us. Saving the cost of a hotel room and (bonus) buying us a few extra hours of alone time.
* Received the last of my outstanding missing rebates ($1). Waiting for rebate back for a free Kit Kat (bought yesterday on walk home from mechanic) that I'll throw onto the holiday dessert tray somehow as garnish.
* Scrounging up bits of leftovers for dinner.

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« Reply #5017 on: November 26, 2015, 03:40:28 AM »
Sold one of my arcade machines on craigslist for $775 last week, which more than offsets the new tires my wife's car needed. Applied for rebate on tires. Steadily making eBay sales of  household junk, DVDs, etc. Been pretty good about bringing food to work this week. And cut open a toothpaste tube for the first time ever and probably will get another 7-8 brushings out of it.
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« Reply #5018 on: November 26, 2015, 08:37:56 AM »
Stacked two PC points offers and a store sale, purchased a 2.75kg/6lb bag of frozen fruit for a net cost of $7.50. Best part is that one of the points offers didn't apply correctly, so I emailed customer service. Not only did they apply the missing points, but they left the offer active on my account so I can use it again this week!

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« Reply #5019 on: November 26, 2015, 02:53:59 PM »
Cancelled membership for dog training center (DIY from now on), mended a (literal) hole in my wallet, baked pizzas at home instead of getting take-out, made laundry detergent.
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« Reply #5020 on: November 26, 2015, 09:42:40 PM »
Made mashed potatoes for the extended family, from home grown potatoes.

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« Reply #5021 on: November 27, 2015, 06:47:47 AM »
Replaced the battery in the xB's key fob.  Boyfriend wanted to just buy a new fob, claimed replacing the battery would damage the fob and it would forever be falling apart.  I insisted he allow me to try first.  $3.50 for a battery in 3 minutes to change it out! (And the fob is fine - its designed so you can change the batteries easily.)

Decided to check out Mr. Rebates (I usually use eBates) and discovered out I had an account with them YEARS ago.  It had money sitting in it!  Just requested a check for $15.40.  :-D

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« Reply #5022 on: November 27, 2015, 02:38:24 PM »
Talked to the tree guy our neighbor had working and negotiated some work that really needed to be done on our trees for about half price since he's already here working.  Bonus = more firewood and wood chip mulch.  One of the obvious bonuses of Mustachianism, being able to pay $400 in cash without blinking when a good opportunity comes along.

Bought two 18# turkeys at WinCo today for half price.  They're way too big for just the two of us, I'm going to butcher them down into more manageable sizes and freeze.

Gave away the last fish and unplugged my aquarium.  Will save on electricity and hopefully I can get the whole set sold on Craigslist.  I used to love aquariums, but I have too many hobbies and no time to tinker and enjoy it anymore.

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« Reply #5023 on: November 27, 2015, 02:43:54 PM »
Knew we would need Starbucks money for our upcoming roadtrip (very clean restrooms! Attention fuel! Tradition!). Went on Cardpool for the first time, thanks to this forum, and got a $20 GC for $18.50. Plus, I put it on a rewards card so we will get 1% back. Small things, for sure, but what not save a couple bucks when it is that easy? We will keep checking for Gas cards as well (out right now), but only if it surpasses the 2% reward we get from our CC.

Also did Christmas shopping via Amazon's Black Friday deals. The big score was the headphones Brother wants are $19, down from $100. I always make sure to make my gift plan BEFORE looking at sales, so that I'm not tempted into spending more than planned. I was hoping for sub-$30 per person, and I did $20 per person! Even better.
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« Reply #5024 on: November 27, 2015, 03:24:26 PM »
Today I cut and henna dyed my hair.

I try not to call spending money saving, but...

A couple days ago I stacked several codes and offers from shutterfly and got 5 family members christmas gifts for about $5 total.  yeahhhh.  I know I could skip gifts, but I'm ok with the current giving situation.  Usually I give handmade things, but this year I am flying, so shipping these ahead is nice.  Parents and Grandparents are getting a calendar full of photos I took at the beach town our family has vacationed at for 60 years.  And I made the calendar look good, not just cutesy.  Great Aunt (who writes to me monthly) will be getting writing paper and address labels also created with my photos from the beach town.  Small things that are useful, personal and are only temporary clutter.     

I'm stacking some Amazon deals together to get gifts for 5 others.  I'm waiting out the weekend first though, to see what other discounts arrive!  I've got a $5 credit for using the amazon app, and a $15 back on $60 via my Am Ex card.  Used -like new-  books (for gifts) plus some household neccessities and giftcards to get me to the top of that $60.   

I just discovered an Ibotta rebate for booking through Hotwire... I used priceline.  Sadness! 


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« Reply #5025 on: November 27, 2015, 04:35:28 PM »
Took the turkey carcass and neck, dropped in carrot, celery, onions and a couple of teaspoons of chicken bouillon for added flavor, and simmered the heck out of it for 24 hours. Got 5 quarts of stock and about 3 cups of meat bits and pieces, including a surprising amount from the neck. The stock will be used in soups, casseroles and pot pies for months to come.


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« Reply #5026 on: November 27, 2015, 04:59:31 PM »
Took the turkey carcass and neck, dropped in carrot, celery, onions and a couple of teaspoons of chicken bouillon for added flavor, and simmered the heck out of it for 24 hours. Got 5 quarts of stock and about 3 cups of meat bits and pieces, including a surprising amount from the neck. The stock will be used in soups, casseroles and pot pies for months to come.


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« Reply #5027 on: November 27, 2015, 05:00:16 PM »
No. I am the soup friend in the family.


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« Reply #5028 on: November 27, 2015, 05:01:53 PM »
No. I am the soup friend in the family.


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Chicken soup with spaetzle. Every. damn. night. I try to get exciting with new and innovative bread products to serve alongside the soup, but I am so ready for spring and it's not even December.

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« Reply #5029 on: November 27, 2015, 05:03:47 PM »
Ha! I would be happy eating the same few things again and again, but DH wants VARIETY!


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« Reply #5030 on: November 27, 2015, 05:05:46 PM »
Called in to get wife's cell plan's data doubled. Was on hold a bit, but - I think - it worked (was supposed to be for new activations only but their competitors were offering the same deal, so no issue to switch).
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« Reply #5031 on: November 27, 2015, 06:47:40 PM »
Dug potatoes today. Got about 100 pounds. It weighed in at 110, but I am guessing 10 pounds is mud. Also got 18 pounds of carrots and daikon radishes.
This is about the end this year. There are maybe another 80 pounds of potatoes out there, and a few more daikon.

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« Reply #5032 on: November 29, 2015, 10:23:37 AM »
Sunday afternoon grocery trip, I was kind of late so I thought Aldi had already closed. Decided to still walk over and have a look and ... they were open for another hour. Saved me around 10 euros I think, by not having to visit the expensive supermarket for the weekly groceries.

Dropped off my sister and her boyfriend yesterday after visiting our parents for their birthdays. This saved Sis and Co. about 10 euros and a half hour in traveling time, only a 15 minute detour and Sis thanked me by donating a collection of loose leaf tea she had sitting around. Everybody wins :-)



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« Reply #5033 on: November 29, 2015, 11:09:26 AM »
Continued my freezer cleaning.  Dug out a tube of frozen chorizo and some peppers I froze last summer.  Combined with the wilting remains of my bunch of celery and some dried beans I prepped earlier this week and a slow cooker full of chili was born.

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« Reply #5034 on: November 30, 2015, 08:18:12 AM »
DH and I decided to push ourselves to get to December before grocery shopping more. This has led to some good creativity with our meals, and digging through the freezer. It will also help us cut down on food extra when we travel in December.
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« Reply #5035 on: November 30, 2015, 07:14:01 PM »
Well ever since I paid off my house last month I have been blowing money like crazy.  Anyway back on the straight and narrow today took leftovers for lunch had them for dinner aswell.  Got enough combos for bfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow.

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« Reply #5036 on: November 30, 2015, 07:40:51 PM »
Decided not to enroll my son (4 YO) in swimming lessons for the winter session.  It's $75 for 10 weeks of 30 min classes, and he spends 1/4 of his time sitting on the side while the other children swim.  He has fun, but it's not worth the hassle of planning our weekends around it, and I hate how crowded the locker rooms are during lessons. 

I've decided that I will take him to free swim(not free, just "open" to the public) myself now that he is no longer napping (free swim is 12 - 3pm on weekends).  $0 for him, $3 for me, and if memory serves me right, it's pretty quiet in the pool at that time.  I taught swimming when I was a teen, so I'll do some reading online to brush up on techniques.  Should be fun for both of us!

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« Reply #5037 on: November 30, 2015, 11:41:52 PM »
Was going to buy a book online because our city library system didn't have it. Checked the county library system, found a copy 15 minutes away. We are blessed to have about 15 million items available between the two library systems, not including many smaller municipal and collegiate libraries in the vicinity as well. Life is good.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5038 on: December 02, 2015, 09:17:54 AM »
Was going to buy a book online because our city library system didn't have it. Checked the county library system, found a copy 15 minutes away. We are blessed to have about 15 million items available between the two library systems, not including many smaller municipal and collegiate libraries in the vicinity as well. Life is good.

I'm on the same wavelength as you today. I am getting familiar with the online library system and requested a book I had put on my list to buy. Win!

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« Reply #5039 on: December 02, 2015, 10:52:36 AM »
Used Ibotta to get $0.75 on groceries yesterday.

The ugly fruit rack is back at our grocery store! 12 apples for $1.98, and 4 orange bell peppers for $0.99. The apples will go for cranberry applesauce, and the peppers will be sliced and frozen to be tossed into curries and stir frys.

Skipped my usual beginning of the month Costco trip since we will be traveling ~2 weeks this month, and don't want any food to go bad. While this means more expensive eggs, etc, from elsewhere, the lack of waste will offset this I think. And we could probably even unplug and defrost the fridge when we leave if we play it right.

DH was able to go into campus 1 hr later yesterday then usual, saving $4 on parking because of the way their pricing structure works. Wish he could do this every day!
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« Reply #5040 on: December 03, 2015, 12:16:10 AM »
1) Cut 3 boys hair tonight.

2) Moved handcream from bottle with broken pump device into an almost empty one.

3) Helped son hot glue some cheap, dollar store Christmas decorations onto an old sweater we already had rather than purchasing a new, ugly Christmas sweater.

4) Reading cookbooks from the library instead of buying them, which was my pre-MMM habit.

5) Lost 20 lbs and am now fitting clothes I haven't fit into since 2009 - glad I didn't Kon Marie them!

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« Reply #5041 on: December 03, 2015, 06:23:33 AM »
1) Cut 3 boys hair tonight.

2) Moved handcream from bottle with broken pump device into an almost empty one.

3) Helped son hot glue some cheap, dollar store Christmas decorations onto an old sweater we already had rather than purchasing a new, ugly Christmas sweater.

4) Reading cookbooks from the library instead of buying them, which was my pre-MMM habit.

5) Lost 20 lbs and am now fitting clothes I haven't fit into since 2009 - glad I didn't Kon Marie them!

Congratulations!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5042 on: December 03, 2015, 06:54:59 AM »
1) Coming on 3 weeks straight of bringing my lunch to work everyday.

2) Yesterday at work a colleague (who had brought middle eastern treats with hummus to dip for everyone to share last week) was sad to see that no one was eating the rest of her hummus in the fridge (still about 3/4 full).  So I took the hint and brought some pita bread to work today to eat with the hummus alongside my leftover quinoa salad.  And I'll gladly do the same tomorrow!

3) Started running the dishwasher only every other day/as needed.  We got into the bad everyday habit when our first baby started bottle feeding (cause I hate washing bottles by hand - the ones we use have like 4 parts per bottle.  It's fiddly).  Now that our second baby is only drinking 2 bottles per day, I've got enough bottles to not need them washed every day.

4) Successfully dropped my 1 Coke Zero per day habit.  Yay! Drinking lots more water and tea now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5043 on: December 03, 2015, 01:12:32 PM »
This is right in my wheelhouse... Here is what I did today (its like this most days):

1) Had a piece of apple pie for breakfast.  Made from apples from my tree out back, the other ingredients probably cost $0.50 for the whole pie, so the slice was maybe $0.07.  I do this most of October through February (when my fruit runs out from storage).  The rest of the year I have a  peanut butter and jam sandwich, with the jam being homemade mulberry jam I make from the tree out back.  Jam costs almost nothing, the rest... maybe $0.15?

2) I wore a complete wardrobe I get at yard sales.  Dress shoes for $2, brand new high end work socks for $0.50, khaki pants for $3, dress shirt for $1, underwear was free (some guy had a "free" yard sale last year, and I got a number of brand new pair for $0 - I think he was clearing out items from a deceased relative?).

3) I live alone during the week, so I turn down / off the heat (or AC in the summer) when I leave for work.  At night I turn the temperature way down as well and just use a oil filled radiator to heat my bedroom - this saves a dollar or two at least a day, maybe more.

4) I worked out in the office gym at lunchtime.  Dividing the subsidized gym rate by the days I go, it costs me $0.50 per day.  My clothes are all high end wicking cloth style items (except the socks and shorts).  They're all underarmor, russell athletic, etc... brands, and maybe cost $5 total.

5) I shower in the gym so I don't have to when I am home.  I estimate it saves ~$0.30 per shower (no water, no gas to heat water).  I use soap, shampoo given to me from my GF from her travel hotel stays with her job - I haven't bought either for at least 5 years now.

6) Ate my homemade lunch I brought to work.  I make a batch of food each weekend and store in corning ware lidded dishes I get for almost nothing at yard sales.  Brown rice + various vegetables + chicken (leftover turkey this week), along with a protein powder drink (and a tangerine from our vacation in Florida last month), I estimate the cost at about $1 per day.   There is a microwave in the office kitchenette I use.

7) Tonight will be more turkey leftovers for dinner.  Cost will be almost nothing.

8) In the evening I will be listing items on ebay to sell.  Basically unlimited listings through the weekend with no listing fees, I want to get as many in as I can now.  I have brought in over $1,000 this year on items I pick up for almost nothing at yard sales.

9) Tonight I will amuse myself with the internet or a DVD.  Not interested in any cable TV.  I can watch OTA shows if needed, but that's not very often.  For the internet I get the cheapest level locally available - only $35/mo.

10) To end the day I will call my girlfriend using Skype.  No expensive phone service for me.  I use tracfone as needed (I have my GF give me a wakeup call every morning via my tracfone), and talk with her for free in the evening using skype.  I also use majicjack on my computer for regular phone service - total for the year is maybe $110.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5044 on: December 03, 2015, 01:55:03 PM »
Just turned off the heat.  64 is warm enough in a sweatshirt and sheepskin slippers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5045 on: December 03, 2015, 02:05:28 PM »
PhrugalPhan -- impressive list!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5046 on: December 03, 2015, 03:50:20 PM »
I roasted a free turkey I got last night and have spent the day making pot after pot of stock. I think we'll get close to 16 cups of meat, plus 8 quarts of super concentrated broth. Free food is the yummiest kind!

I'm cooking dinner: chicken soup and waffled mozzarella.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5047 on: December 03, 2015, 07:03:16 PM »
I made soup for dinner last night: potato, home-grown spinach, garlic, onion and home-made yoghurt. Yum!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5048 on: December 03, 2015, 09:21:48 PM »
Instead of meeting a friend for lunch, we met midafternoon for coffee. Cheaper for both of us, better for her daughter's nap time, and then she doesn't have to play the "food allergy guessing game" while eating out. Oh, and she's a frugal one too. Wins all around.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5049 on: December 03, 2015, 11:27:28 PM »
Installed two sink faucet aerators we got as part of a free "save water!" kit we got from our water company. This should slightly reduce our overall interior water use.
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