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« Reply #5150 on: December 13, 2015, 05:57:48 AM »
Looked to see what a repair manual would cost for our "new" vehicle, gasped,and found it though a library database instead. Will print a bit at a time and come out way ahead (yay laser printer, and this because the library is running out of money and is likely to have to dump that database at any time).

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« Reply #5151 on: December 13, 2015, 08:05:09 AM »
found a small plastic jar and dumped my extra face cleaner into it from the dregs of the larger bottle that no longer had enough to pump.

Yesterday I wanted to ice skate after my daughter's lesson. So I decided not to pay (keep reading, I'm not a leech)  My rationale was that I signed up for lessons, and have missed 3 out of 4 due to being sick (or DD being sick). So I was going to just tell them I was doing a make up lesson that day, because after a lesson you can keep skating and the lesson includes skating fee. It worked out fine, and it turns out my instructor was out skating and he gave me a short private lesson. sweet! Helps make up for the missed lessons, hopefully next Tuesday I will actually be able to go.

My last savings was ast night I wanted to read some books on finance and was tempted to buy a Kindle book. Instead I borrowed a couple ebooks from my library via OverDrive app: Suze Orman's latest, "The Money Class", and some of "Stop Acting Rich Start Acting like a millionaire" or something like that.

It was almost a no spend day. But paid $1 for daughter to have hot cocoa after class.

Oh and my last one. I just downloaded iBotta the other day, and had one recipet to scan. But I had already recycled the egg cartons and I needed to scan them. So I went out in the snow and dug through the recycle bin and pulled them out so I could save 75 cents.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5152 on: December 13, 2015, 08:11:58 AM »
Changed the brake rotors, pads and oil & filter on my wife's 2005 Honda Accord.  Used a $5/off coupon for the oil & filter on the already discounted $23 oil & filter deal :).  And did it all in about an hour and a half...
I'm about to do the same, but for my 2000 Accord V6.  Bought OEM parts online for a savings of over $100 (shipping was free, too).  Also plan on replacing the front bearings.  Should be like a new car after the first of the year.

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« Reply #5153 on: December 13, 2015, 08:46:24 AM »
This was yesterday, but close enough. ;)
I was reorganizing my art space (read: actually organizing for the first time in forever jesus what a mess) and the area clearly needed some additional light source. I had an extra lamp from an old DIY light table I made (tupperware+canabalized lamp+scanner glass+tracing paper = MacGuyered light table) that I no longer needed (got an actual and much more portable version as a gift from some too-generous friends).
But the lamp didn't have a base, since I'd kinda... repo'd it for the makeshift appliance.
No problem.

Nailed it to the wall.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5154 on: December 13, 2015, 08:47:04 AM »
Our 10 year old microwave has been arcing at random times for a few months now.  Usually when I'm trying to soften small amounts of butter or coconut oil, so I've been avoiding using it for that.  But the other night it did it with a mug full of soup, and this morning with a mug of coffee.  So I stomped upstairs and started looking online at new microwaves.  Then it occurred to me to Google the problem.  Most likely culprit is the waveguard which is just a little plate that is held in place with one screw inside the oven.  Got on eBay and ordered a sheet of mica to cut a new replacement (actually enough for two plates) for $2.97.  Way cheaper and hopefully the microwave will stay out of the landfill for another 10 years.

On a similar vein, I have a fancy digital bathroom scale that I thought had died because I replaced the batteries and it was still saying "Low Batt" and then shutting off.  Last night I picked it up and heard something sliding around inside.  Turns out, it takes 4 batteries, but only two are visible when the battery compartment is opened up.  So it's been operating off two of the original cheap batteries for almost 5 years (put two new ones in a year or two ago).  Just popped in four freshly charged batteries and it's working again.  I feel like and idiot for almost tossing it.

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« Reply #5155 on: December 13, 2015, 08:49:15 AM »
Our 10 year old microwave has been arcing at random times for a few months now.  Usually when I'm trying to soften small amounts of butter or coconut oil, so I've been avoiding using it for that.  But the other night it did it with a mug full of soup, and this morning with a mug of coffee.  So I stomped upstairs and started looking online at new microwaves.  Then it occurred to me to Google the problem.  Most likely culprit is the waveguard which is just a little plate that is held in place with one screw inside the oven.  Got on eBay and ordered a sheet of mica to cut a new replacement (actually enough for two plates) for $2.97.  Way cheaper and hopefully the microwave will stay out of the landfill for another 10 years.

On a similar vein, I have a fancy digital bathroom scale that I thought had died because I replaced the batteries and it was still saying "Low Batt" and then shutting off.  Last night I picked it up and heard something sliding around inside.  Turns out, it takes 4 batteries, but only two are visible when the battery compartment is opened up.  So it's been operating off two of the original cheap batteries for almost 5 years (put two new ones in a year or two ago).  Just popped in four freshly charged batteries and it's working again.  I feel like and idiot for almost tossing it.

Hee! Those are both great fixes! Goes to show you how worth it is to just stop and think for a minute. It's so easy and tempting to just to chuck it...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5156 on: December 13, 2015, 12:14:30 PM »
Orvell, your picture is so peaceful. What a great work space, with the cat. :)

Today: home day (oldest is still not 100% better). Finished knitting a scarf, which will go in the basket for future gifts I may need. Started searching thru cross stitch patterns for bookmarks to make for next Christmas. I unearthed the blank bookmarks when I was looking through the craft stash - I figure it will be a good project and use up what I have (since yeah, I have a bit of dmc floss too).

Dinner will be leftovers from last night.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5157 on: December 13, 2015, 12:34:21 PM »
Systematically searched for coupon codes before ordering Christmas presents (found 20% off almost everything, on top of the advertised rebates).

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« Reply #5158 on: December 13, 2015, 05:55:37 PM »
Orvell, your picture is so peaceful. What a great work space, with the cat. :)

Today: home day (oldest is still not 100% better). Finished knitting a scarf, which will go in the basket for future gifts I may need. Started searching thru cross stitch patterns for bookmarks to make for next Christmas. I unearthed the blank bookmarks when I was looking through the craft stash - I figure it will be a good project and use up what I have (since yeah, I have a bit of dmc floss too).

Dinner will be leftovers from last night.

Thanks!
(And props to you! Finishing up and using up project supplies is pretty much the hardest thing ever... :/ )

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« Reply #5159 on: December 13, 2015, 06:45:50 PM »
Butchered our first backyard rabbit today... quite an experience, but it was sure delicious!

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« Reply #5160 on: December 13, 2015, 07:11:29 PM »
the cores in a separate bag to use in smoothies.

Great idea! I freeze strawberry tops for smoothies but never thought of saving pineapple cores. Thanks for the inspiration.

Butchered our first backyard rabbit today... quite an experience, but it was sure delicious!

Good on you! I just butchered our first backyard chicken and agree on both the overwhelming nature of the experience and the unique value of eating animals with which you had a personal relationship.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5161 on: December 13, 2015, 07:13:08 PM »
My transport arrangements were disrupted just as I got into the city this morning, so I walked the final two kilometres to work.

I should (pack appropriate footwear and) do it every morning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5162 on: December 13, 2015, 07:47:31 PM »
Ate leftovers and packed my lunch..... got to start somewhere

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« Reply #5163 on: December 13, 2015, 08:35:13 PM »
Made a big batch of refried beans (in Instant Pot) for the week.
Didn't leave the house today, so saved on gas and no money spent.
Looked through coupons but saw nothing I needed or wanted to save . . . so instead piled the papers one by one on top of the cat next to me on the couch.  Free entertainment for the cat as he enjoyed ripping them and free entertainment for me because he is hilarious.
Also spent a good portion of this rainy day watching personal finance videos on youtube - free education and inspiration!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5164 on: December 13, 2015, 08:36:48 PM »
I dragged my old bread machine up from the basement and actually made my own loaf of bread, instead of paying a dollar for one. I used to bake all our bread, then for some reason got out of the habit.

I biked to the store and cashed out beer cans I found in my commute this week for a bag of marked down whole wheat hamburger buns, and pocketed the extra change.

I pulverized 16 dehydrator trays of pumpkin mash, and spread out 8 more trays that are running now.

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« Reply #5165 on: December 13, 2015, 11:54:46 PM »
My in-laws texted me to ask for more Christmas gift ideas for my husband. (They're just really feeling for him over the work situation.)

A flurry of texts later, and they surprised him with a voucher for another advanced rider training course.

This will lower his bike insurance premiums, and reduce our monthly expenses.

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« Reply #5166 on: December 14, 2015, 12:46:37 AM »
1) Rewore a fancy floor length dress from 2009 to work Christmas party.

2) BBQ'd hamburgers for dinner tonight instead of ordering in, which we wanted to do.

3) Fitting a bunch of my daughter's old clothes since we've both lost weight doing a Whole 30.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5167 on: December 14, 2015, 06:36:46 AM »
Looked to see what a repair manual would cost for our "new" vehicle, gasped,and found it though a library database instead. Will print a bit at a time and come out way ahead (yay laser printer, and this because the library is running out of money and is likely to have to dump that database at any time).

Try CutePDF (free software) and 'print' to PDF instead?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5168 on: December 14, 2015, 11:18:41 AM »
Rebooked with Southwest after a fare dropped - picked up $87.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5169 on: December 14, 2015, 11:44:23 AM »
Looked to see what a repair manual would cost for our "new" vehicle, gasped,and found it though a library database instead. Will print a bit at a time and come out way ahead (yay laser printer, and this because the library is running out of money and is likely to have to dump that database at any time).

Try CutePDF (free software) and 'print' to PDF instead?
Printing to Microsoft .xps files also saves to disk and saves paper.

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« Reply #5170 on: December 14, 2015, 02:42:44 PM »
Looked to see what a repair manual would cost for our "new" vehicle, gasped,and found it though a library database instead. Will print a bit at a time and come out way ahead (yay laser printer, and this because the library is running out of money and is likely to have to dump that database at any time).

Try CutePDF (free software) and 'print' to PDF instead?


  Not a bad idea, actually, but I have acrobat professional for work anyway, so I can just do it  with no software hassles.  Think I will then we can only print the parts we actually need to carry out to the vehicle. (Note it's not healthy for tablets to be in close proximity to my husband when he's working on a car.)
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« Reply #5171 on: December 14, 2015, 04:26:14 PM »
Our back security/flyscreen door was getting increasingly difficult to open and close due to one of the three locks jamming open.

This morning DH couldn't even lock the door once he finally got it closed. So we bit the bullet and got out the folder containing the House Maintenance receipts and manuals, and found the invoice from 5 years ago when I got the door installed so I could ring the installers (could not remember the company name without the invoice).

I rang the company this morning and described our problem, thinking we'd have no chance of getting it fixed before Christmas. Turns out there was a faulty batch of locks from 5 years ago for that particular door and the door manufacturer is covering all repair costs. We should hear from a locksmith within the next few days and the repair will be free!!! Awesome.

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« Reply #5172 on: December 14, 2015, 08:00:13 PM »
Our new spare bed (yes, new, we decided to pay extra for the storage component, punch on) was missing struts when it was delivered on Saturday.

I contacted the store. They're now sending me two $240 latex pillows.

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« Reply #5173 on: December 15, 2015, 01:24:54 PM »
Last night I listed over 50 items on ebay as buy them now.  Three sales already of over $50, and while decent stuff, they are things I won't use and will be making a nice profit on (maybe $35 profit).

I'm continuing to eat more left overs from three Christmas parties I went to (Thursday through Saturday).  My food expenses for the week will be near $0.

Last night I need a few specialty items at CVS and checked out the sales first.   Using strategic buying I was able to get a bottle of dish detergent for free (and I paid for the rest using a CVS gift card I got as a bonus from CC signups).

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« Reply #5174 on: December 15, 2015, 01:42:26 PM »
Instead of buy a snowblower or hire someone to shovel snow from my driveway which is way too damn big, I just shoveled a metric shit ton of snow.

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« Reply #5175 on: December 15, 2015, 04:07:27 PM »
I went to the hardware store yesterday to buy a new pair of secateurs, but instead found a replacement spring to fix the old pair. $2.50 instead of $35!
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« Reply #5176 on: December 15, 2015, 05:27:54 PM »
Canceled my Amazon Prime!

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« Reply #5177 on: December 15, 2015, 05:35:52 PM »
Started grocery shopping at Aldi....WOW I have been overpaying for food

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« Reply #5178 on: December 15, 2015, 06:43:45 PM »
Volunteered to do the shopping for the office Christmas party (and expense it, obv - I'll have the $ back by the end of the month, to pay for the credit card bill due end of next month).

Meant that I got to leave work an hour early to go to the 2 places I needed to run errands at anyway and didn't have time to make it to after work, plus, I get 2% cash back, plus the volume of wine purchases got me a 15% discount at the liquor store (so I added on the bottles we needed for holiday presents - yay 15% off), PLUS I can read ingredients before buying to make sure I'm not allergic to the ingredients in the party food. Minor $ savings, but major savings on time, hassle, and convenience.

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« Reply #5179 on: December 15, 2015, 07:25:09 PM »
I ate my yogurt (packed in my bag with lunch) in the whole foods cafeteria even though it was dinner time and I love their buffet.  And I only bought Christmas presents while I was there

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5180 on: December 16, 2015, 08:47:57 AM »
I sold two small bookshelves and a stool on Craigslist today. Made $45 and the stuff only originally cost me $75. Not too shabby.

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« Reply #5181 on: December 16, 2015, 10:23:02 AM »
Just put on wool vest instead of turning up heat.

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« Reply #5182 on: December 16, 2015, 10:30:01 AM »
Supported a local crafter who knits socks for flip-flops (separate big toe).  Very nice in our current weather for both inside and outside use.  Kept the heat off another day.

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« Reply #5183 on: December 16, 2015, 12:49:26 PM »
Read through our extended health insurance booklet (again) to confirm we have decent coverage for the orthodontic headgear ODD needs. At least $1000 saved.

Being an adult is so fun . . .

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« Reply #5184 on: December 16, 2015, 01:02:12 PM »
I'm habitually late for work.  There's zero consequences for this, EXCEPT today I realized I'm leaving all that $$ on the table.  The numbers themselves are compelling.  I am giving up $1914.00 / year for being 15 min late daily.  I am giving up $3,828.00 / year if I'm 30 min late daily. 

I will be showing up ON TIME from now on. 

Seems silly that I didn't see this sooner.  I'm willing to do all sorts of things that save much smaller amounts of money.  Here's to a slap in the forehead.

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« Reply #5185 on: December 16, 2015, 01:02:12 PM »
Volunteered to do the shopping for the office Christmas party . . . . . . Minor $ savings, but major savings on time, hassle, and convenience.

Awesome!  Way to be efficient :)

After a very late night last night, I dragged myself out of bed at the appointed hour this morning and put together my lunch for the day  - rather than hitting snooze until I would have to race to get out the door and "not have time" to make lunch.

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« Reply #5186 on: December 16, 2015, 03:56:34 PM »
Saved $1.50 on my train ticket by working from home this morning and travelling off-peak.

And the busker at my station in the city was playing a mournful rendition of the theme song from Sesame Street.

(Personally I was a Play School girl, but Sesame Street was musically superior.)

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« Reply #5187 on: December 16, 2015, 06:09:27 PM »
Stocked our freezer with the frozen veggies the family will eat (on sale), milk, etc, as well as buying vegetables that will last for a while in the fridge and making sure that the freezer was stocked with milk and that the pantry is stocked with everything. With one last errand to run after work tomorrow (while I'm in the city), I should be able to avoid driving into the city for any reason at all, including groceries, until January... saving a 100km round trip, gas, time, and patience.

I can't WAIT for 2+ weeks off.

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« Reply #5188 on: December 16, 2015, 07:07:58 PM »
I wrote a personal check for almost $2000 to my job, which sounds bad but it's because payroll caught that they accidentally missed a deposit to my 457 and paid me instead.

Also - Ate yet another free pumpkin smoothie for lunch, in the endless stream of pumpkin smoothies, and ate pumpkin seeds for a snack on the way home.

I got another free long sleeve base layer shirt for biking with kmart points.

I came home and made two cheesecakes for my husband's office party, using cream cheese I got for 50 cents each after coupons and ibotta rebates, and graham cracker crumbs and eggs that I got on clearance, and he's taking a jar of homemade cherry preserves from my cherry tree for a topping. Super cheap but looks fancy.

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« Reply #5189 on: December 16, 2015, 08:32:22 PM »
had to drive out of state for a licensing exam (passed). My wife had been saving a free coffee coupon since quite a while back. We very seldom drive that far, but as I was leaving she handed it to me. The store was right across the street from where I took my test.

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« Reply #5190 on: December 16, 2015, 09:31:56 PM »
Ate so much free food at a work lunch celebration that I'm still full 8 hours later and skipped dinner altogether.

Wouldn't necessarily recommend!

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« Reply #5191 on: December 17, 2015, 12:39:27 AM »
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, i went shopping in the shopping centre and did not spend a cent on coffee for morning tea/afternoon tea!!

FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE!   Man...it was sheer torture!

Footnote: not going to happen again...both the body and the spirit are weak!

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« Reply #5192 on: December 17, 2015, 01:34:18 AM »
Got paid today for a freelance job I did last month and had forgotten about. A nice little $400 surprise.

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« Reply #5193 on: December 17, 2015, 07:03:57 AM »
I came home and made two cheesecakes for my husband's office party, using cream cheese I got for 50 cents each after coupons and ibotta rebates, and graham cracker crumbs and eggs that I got on clearance, and he's taking a jar of homemade cherry preserves from my cherry tree for a topping. Super cheap but looks fancy.

Probably tastes better than all the store bought brown bites and crap people usually bring to these types of events.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5194 on: December 17, 2015, 10:40:43 AM »
After seeing how much eating out at work has cost me I am going cold turkey. Only home packed food for me.

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« Reply #5195 on: December 17, 2015, 10:49:37 AM »
Called Wall Street Journal to cancel my digital subscription ($28.99/month).  I love it, but I don't read it enough to justify the cost.  I must have sounded sad to part with it, because they said I could keep the subscription for free until March 6, 2016.  So, I get a couple free months before calling in a sad voice to cancel again.

Also suspended my $9.84/month Netflix subscription.  Lots of good books to read, and I can always get DVDs at the library or watch something at a friend's house.

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« Reply #5196 on: December 17, 2015, 12:47:04 PM »
Came home sick from work this morning and wanted to make the hot lemon/honey concoction my mom used to make me when sick, but decided 99 cents was too much for a single lemon.  Came home and discovered two Meyer lemons that have been rolling around in the freezer for ages and used those instead.

Dug out cold medicine from last year instead of buying a new box.  DH won't use expired OTC meds but I will.

Bundled up on the couch and I'm thinking I set the thermostat too high at 62.

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« Reply #5197 on: December 17, 2015, 12:51:12 PM »
Brought lunch to work . . . . red lentil coconut curry, made in the Instant Pot last night.  Was also dinner last night and there was enough to put into the freezer for a couple more meals later.  I cannot remember the last time I bought lunch at work.

Sent another $14 to the credit card, just because.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5198 on: December 17, 2015, 01:53:08 PM »
After seeing how much eating out at work has cost me I am going cold turkey. Only home packed food for me.

Haha, that's not a small thing, that's HUGE!!  Nice :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5199 on: December 17, 2015, 01:56:24 PM »
Switched my car insurance and renter's insurance. New bundled policy costs less than what I was paying for car insurance ALONE with the old company. Refreshed Craigslist post for my wedding veil.