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jorjor

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5200 on: December 18, 2015, 10:06:45 AM »
Called Geico and got the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder discount.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5201 on: December 18, 2015, 12:27:40 PM »
Walked to an appointment- 1.6 miles roundtrip.  Enjoyed the fresh air and exercise.  And I avoided driving the car all week!  Cha ching.

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« Reply #5202 on: December 18, 2015, 02:36:08 PM »
This week I took my car in to the dealer to get a free oil change and safety recall part replacement.  After doing that I researched exactly what the fix was - turned out it was something I had to fix a year ago (I bought the part online and fixed it myself).  So I contacted their customer service line, and with documentation I sent in I should be getting reimbursed for the purchase of the part last year.  I also mentioned how long the labor (me) was - who knows, maybe I can get money for that as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5203 on: December 18, 2015, 03:32:01 PM »
Packed a lunch (as always); sent the kids to school with teacher gifts that I bought last year on clearance packed in bags/tissue paper that I also got on clearance last year; canceled my renter's insurance after finding a better deal elsewhere; called and got a medical bill straightened out to avoid overpaying; looked up holiday cookie and frosting recipes that I can make using ingredients I already have on hand.

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« Reply #5204 on: December 18, 2015, 04:28:43 PM »
Made three jars of marmalade from a bag of aging Clementines sitting on the counter. Yum

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« Reply #5205 on: December 18, 2015, 07:51:49 PM »
I had leftovers for breakfast.  For dinner, I defrosted a Kirkland hamburger a friend brought over for a BBQ this summer. I ate the burger with a slice of free cheese on a bed of mixed greens (no bread in the house).

We gave our dog a bath instead of taking her to the groomer. 

I purchased snacks for our upcoming road trip instead of falling prey to gas station prices and fast food restaurants.

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« Reply #5206 on: December 18, 2015, 08:00:57 PM »
I had given a purchase order for a kickstarter luxury watch campaign that supposedely were cheaper a few days ago.

The watches indeed are awesome and superbeautiful and I started for ordering 2 ... then I couldnt decide which to pick from the models and upped to an order of 3 watches on the kickstarter campaign.

Today I thought to myself "They are just watches... do I really need them or is this a want?" I ended up canceling it altogether and saved 500 bucks in the meantime :)

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« Reply #5207 on: December 19, 2015, 08:42:02 AM »
Unfortunately, my attempt to repair our microwave failed, so I was online this morning reading reviews and trying to locate a good deal.  Remembered that we have a Sears Outlet store here that sells scratch and dent stuff, and located the exact microwave that is $209 at CostCo for $105 (scratch on the side, which will be out of sight) with an online discount special Sears is running.  Will pick it up later today. 

Hopefully our small appliances will stop crapping out on us for a bit.

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« Reply #5208 on: December 19, 2015, 03:00:45 PM »
* Finished up a half-squeezed lemon slice I'd saved in lunch.
* Friend brought over Xmas cookies, so free cookies, and I'm already putting the 2 heavy-duty fancypants paper plates they came on to re-use.
* Made "broccoli slaw" from on-sale broccoli stems. Learned that a box grater shreds it too finely; next time I'll drag out the mini food processor (which I'd gotten free years ago because of a coupon and discount).
* Also picked up on-sale kale and washed and separated the leaves and stems for soup and miscellaneous use.
* DH canceled a phone maintenance fee that'll save about $13/month. (Better late than never.)

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« Reply #5209 on: December 19, 2015, 04:51:24 PM »
We walked to the shops instead of driving, even though it was already stinking hot at 10am. the walking route doesn't have much shade and I'm not feeling super great. Think it was 30C in the shade when we left and it hit 32C by the time we got home.

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« Reply #5210 on: December 20, 2015, 12:57:08 AM »
Parking lady tried to charge $1 for parking even though we had theater validation. Pushed back a bit politely and showed ticket receipt and she waved us through.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5211 on: December 20, 2015, 01:04:47 AM »
Horsepoor - Nice job on project microwave acquisition! (wink)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5212 on: December 20, 2015, 05:50:09 AM »
For groceries, I have been recently using an app called Flipp. Helps me to price match at the grocery store. We've used to spend about $600 om grocerier per month. Now its about $400. I'm trying to lower it more. I base my meals on what the cheapast. So I'll look at the discount grocery store flyers and choose the cheap items on sale and then clip those. Then I go to my local grocery store and price match.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5213 on: December 20, 2015, 07:18:17 AM »
we installed  a new dishwasher ourselves! someone was selling a $600 high efficiency fancy pants stainless dishwasher for $50 because it didn't match the brand of their fridge in their new house. Ok, silly, but I'll take it.

a couple of youtube videos and an hour later, all set up and running like a champ where our 1980s once stood. also donated the old one so we didn't have to pay for disposal.

Ok, I know having/using a dishwasher at all isn't truly moustachian, but it's at least high efficiency and lower water/electric use. I'm getting my wife into this financial style slowly, and doing all the dishes by hand at 9 months pregnant or with a new baby doesn't seem like a worth while savings for me. She DID come home happy after bumping up her 401k a % of her salary. Small steps, but she'd getting onboard now that the BBOM is starting to gain some speed.

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« Reply #5214 on: December 20, 2015, 10:12:24 AM »
Ok, I know having/using a dishwasher at all isn't truly moustachian ...

Dishwashing beats hand washing in both cleanliness and efficiency, so you can feel even better about your amazing $50 purchase:

http://www.treehugger.com/kitchen-design/dishwasher-vs-handwashing-the-winner.html

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5215 on: December 20, 2015, 11:39:07 AM »
Hopefully our small appliances will stop crapping out on us for a bit.

Last year (2014) my fridge, microwave, washing machine and toaster all crapped out on me. These things seem to come in waves, but they were all 20+ years old, so if the replacements last as long there's plenty of time to save :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5216 on: December 20, 2015, 12:22:15 PM »
Home made onion naan for breakfast.  Have eaten this in Indian Restaurants and loved it so today I pulled some bread dough out of the fridge, rolled it in circles, topped it with raw chopped onion, folded it over, squashed it down and cooked it in a dry pan until brown on both sides.  Gave the first one to the Hub and he showed up stoveside shortly thereafter asking if there were more.  On the basis of this endorsement, I used up the rest of the bread dough and now we have a stack for the next three days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5217 on: December 20, 2015, 12:34:21 PM »
Home made onion naan for breakfast.

Yum!  I will have to try this!

Homemade red lentil curry on rice for lunch (sounds like it would go great with homemade onion naan . . . )
Taking inventory of clothes I do not wear to sell in lots on ebay.

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« Reply #5218 on: December 20, 2015, 01:48:03 PM »
I'm going to a convention in February and bought my artist's badge. $55. Behhhh.
BUT I'll be vlunteering for 12 hours as a gopher, which will reimburse me the full badge cost, and I'll be bunking with the art staff, the total cost for lodging will be about $30 for two nights.
;) Not bad. I'll be out gas and $30 to have a great weekend and exhibit some art.

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« Reply #5219 on: December 20, 2015, 06:03:27 PM »
Over the weekend:

Shopped local. Bought a beautiful piece of pork from the butcher, flayed it to make crispy pork belly then slow-cooked the rest for Cubanos. (I only have three days left of work for the year but if Friday is any indication that will most likely run to 40+ hours, plus we have a mate staying tonight and his dad staying the following night, so I'm all about quick dinners this week.)

Sharpened my knives before I went to work on the pork. (MiL has the same knives and pays $80/year to have them sharpened.)

Had a Christmas gathering with friends on Saturday night, they provided meat and salad, I made mac and cheese with a garlic Panko crust and supplied the booze, purchased with early-Christmas-present gift cards.

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« Reply #5220 on: December 20, 2015, 06:14:44 PM »
Installed over the range microwave with a friend. Saved $150

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« Reply #5221 on: December 20, 2015, 07:06:28 PM »
did my own kitchen under cabinet lighting...







Saved hundreds of dollars probably... total cost was 39 dollars for all 9 spots of light i used.

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« Reply #5222 on: December 20, 2015, 07:49:55 PM »
Damn dude that lighting looks amazing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5223 on: December 21, 2015, 07:37:23 AM »
Drove home for Christmas the other day and saved, by my estimation, about $1,000 in doing so as compared to flying and renting a car to get around. (even after accounting for wear and tear in the car). Packed sandwiches and snacks for the road, so we made the 9+ hour drive on just a couple gas stops.
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« Reply #5224 on: December 21, 2015, 07:56:52 AM »
Damn dude that lighting looks amazing.

Seconding. NICE kitchen. Did you do the tile work? Do you have resources for learning to do that? (AKA: that's immediately relevant to my interests, and yours looks really good... :))

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« Reply #5225 on: December 21, 2015, 08:16:19 AM »
I cut my own hair for the first time yesterday and it worked! One of the many great tips to be had on this forum.

I am a woman but I keep my hair very short b/c I swim every day. When I got it cut at SuperCuts they ran the clippers around the back and sides and trimmed the top with scissors. The top grew out really fast but I had a hard time convincing them that I really did want it shorter. My do-it-yourself haircut is the clippers at 1" on sides, back, and top. Looks very neat and was exactly what I was asking for at the shop.

I bought a clipper that vacuums up the hair as it clips. Who knew that such a thing even existed? No - not a FloBee, although I was looking for a used one when I found the clipper I bought. I bought the
Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit new on Amazon for $35. It will pay for itself after 1 more haircut and I can cut my hair whenever I want! It truly did capture almost 100% of the hair.

All you have to do is watch a few how-to haircut videos. And possibly have a hat as Plan B :) but I didn't need to use the hat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5226 on: December 21, 2015, 08:24:57 AM »
I cut my own hair for the first time yesterday and it worked! One of the many great tips to be had on this forum.

I am a woman but I keep my hair very short b/c I swim every day. When I got it cut at SuperCuts they ran the clippers around the back and sides and trimmed the top with scissors. The top grew out really fast but I had a hard time convincing them that I really did want it shorter. My do-it-yourself haircut is the clippers at 1" on sides, back, and top. Looks very neat and was exactly what I was asking for at the shop.

I bought a clipper that vacuums up the hair as it clips. Who knew that such a thing even existed? No - not a FloBee, although I was looking for a used one when I found the clipper I bought. I bought the
Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit new on Amazon for $35. It will pay for itself after 1 more haircut and I can cut my hair whenever I want! It truly did capture almost 100% of the hair.

All you have to do is watch a few how-to haircut videos. And possibly have a hat as Plan B :) but I didn't need to use the hat.

Now this is good to know! I also trim my own hair (lady, but I use the #2 clipper which is even shorter lol) but my clipper does not have such awesome features as to remove the hair for me! I have to sweep it up out of my bathroom and keep the cat from tracking it all over the house...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5227 on: December 21, 2015, 10:10:12 AM »
Damn dude that lighting looks amazing.

Seconding. NICE kitchen. Did you do the tile work? Do you have resources for learning to do that? (AKA: that's immediately relevant to my interests, and yours looks really good... :))

Thirding! Well done.


* Received more Xmas food from friends, so now have a free snack plus 5 new paper plates to re-use. :)
* Packing up a shirt to return. I've had my eye on it for months to fill a hole in my wardrobe, and finally ordered it when 40% off plus free shipping came around. Even at a discount it's on the spendier side, but the color, material, and quality are all great and long-lasting, so it'd be a good investment. But it doesn't fit right. Debated taking it to the tailor's for adjustment, but it's just too big and I'd really want the item cost to be cheaper to offset the tailor cost. Rather than order the next size down immediately (at less discount and shipping costs), I'm going to keep my eye on it for a while longer, and if it goes super low after Christmas, might try again with the smaller size.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5228 on: December 21, 2015, 10:21:49 AM »
Damn dude that lighting looks amazing.

Seconding. NICE kitchen. Did you do the tile work? Do you have resources for learning to do that? (AKA: that's immediately relevant to my interests, and yours looks really good... :))

2nd that as well. Pls share the tile work if you did it yourself. I'm going to put new backsplash - so both removing old one and putting new tile/backsplash hints are very welcome!

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« Reply #5229 on: December 21, 2015, 10:48:36 AM »
Damn dude that lighting looks amazing.

Seconding. NICE kitchen. Did you do the tile work? Do you have resources for learning to do that? (AKA: that's immediately relevant to my interests, and yours looks really good... :))

2nd that as well. Pls share the tile work if you did it yourself. I'm going to put new backsplash - so both removing old one and putting new tile/backsplash hints are very welcome!

Mr.Sal has posted his awesome budget kitchen facelift here:
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/do-it-yourself-forum!/project-new-kitchen!-31858/msg909479/#msg909479

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« Reply #5230 on: December 21, 2015, 02:27:20 PM »
Got my hair cut at the beauty school near work. I'd switched to cutting it myself, but injury has kept me from lifting my arm enough to do it for almost a year now. I'm very happy with the beauty school, though, and it's a bargain at $5 a cut.

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« Reply #5231 on: December 21, 2015, 04:23:03 PM »
Like a couple of others on here, I was asked to shop for my team's Christmas presents from the company.

Took advantage of specials to stretch the per-head budget, scored reward points, and (for mine) picked the option that is easiest to re-gift.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5232 on: December 22, 2015, 11:05:56 AM »
*  found a penny on the ground
*  received a check for $50 as a gift and immediately sent it to the credit card
*  was too lazy to make a nice lunch, so I will be feasting on a can of baked beans

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« Reply #5233 on: December 22, 2015, 11:17:16 AM »
I got a $100 referral check in the mail that I wasn't expecting. I referred my mortgage broker to a friend this summer and forgot all about it. Glad it worked out. :)

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« Reply #5234 on: December 22, 2015, 11:42:42 AM »
Earlier this year we got a free programmable thermostat from our utility company as part of an energy efficiency program (Win #1).  We let our friends know and several of them got one as well (Win #2).

We just received a $25 rebate check for participating in the program (Win #3)!!!

Nothing like getting paid to have a programmable thermostat professionally installed!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5235 on: December 22, 2015, 11:47:26 AM »
Cashed in a gift certificate for a free oil change and was delighted that they also washed my car (no more salt!). They had snacks and bottled water in the service lounge, so took advantage of that, and packed an awesome leftover lunch.

Also activated my new FSA card that came in the mail yesterday, and joined Market Force thanks to a mention by someone in another thread.

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« Reply #5236 on: December 22, 2015, 12:05:41 PM »
Finished sewing sheets and am currently painting the second coat of paint onto a thrift-store doll's crib for my daughter. Total out-of-pocket cost for a pretty, super-solid, rocking doll's crib: 8$. Merry Christmas, child! :)

She is also getting a play kitchen and high chair for her doll  (Kijiji, 20$) and play kitchen food and pots and pans (new, 40$)  as well as a large stack of books (2 new, others used but in good condition), a Tonka bulldozer (19$ on sale), a screwdriver (3$, hardware store), and some little things in her stocking. Total cost of her presents: under 120$CAD, and I don't think we could fit much more under the tree...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5237 on: December 22, 2015, 09:17:15 PM »
did my own kitchen under cabinet lighting...
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Saved hundreds of dollars probably... total cost was 39 dollars for all 9 spots of light i used.

That lighting looks really nice. Stowing that idea away for the future. :)

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« Reply #5238 on: December 22, 2015, 10:22:19 PM »
This is becoming my favorite thread. Really love the creativity and DIY spirit here.

Today my neighbor gave me 10-15 pounds of apples from her tree. They were ugly so no one else wanted them. I cored them, cut out the bad parts, and tossed 'em in the juicer. We ended up with more than a quart of amazing fresh apple juice.

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« Reply #5239 on: December 23, 2015, 12:01:54 AM »
* It's citrus season here in California and someone left 5 lb of perfectly ripe but extremely bitter oranges in a bag on the curb in front of their house. I brought them home and turned them into 12 half-pint jars of yummy marmalade. I'll use some of the jars as stocking stuffers and we'll keep the rest in the pantry.

* Turned off the sprinklers for the next week because we got some nice rain this week.

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« Reply #5240 on: December 23, 2015, 05:01:26 AM »
yesterday I totally re-did our shed to make room for 3 more 55 gallon (free!) rain collection barrels. will bring me to almost 500 gallons of free water. the system fills every time we even get a light drizzle, so I use it water the garden, yard, and foundation, which is a real thing you have to do in Texas.

re built everything back there using only scrap wood and some old steel rods that came with the house. Amazing what a cheap saw and some free time will do! Also sold a fire pit that we weren't using and went up $10 for the day.

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« Reply #5241 on: December 23, 2015, 09:29:02 AM »
Finally got around to ordering myself a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, and I set it up last night. 

Looking at it this morning, started wondering whether the Kill-A-Watt itself also uses electricity.  Then I imagined the potential Xzibit meme specifically for Mustachians: 

Yo dawg, I heard you like to measure energy consumption. 

So I plugged your Kill-A-Watt into a second Kill-A-Watt, so you can measure energy consumption while you’re measuring energy consumption.


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« Reply #5242 on: December 23, 2015, 11:05:59 AM »
Finally got around to ordering myself a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, and I set it up last night. 

Looking at it this morning, started wondering whether the Kill-A-Watt itself also uses electricity.  Then I imagined the potential Xzibit meme specifically for Mustachians: 

Yo dawg, I heard you like to measure energy consumption. 

So I plugged your Kill-A-Watt into a second Kill-A-Watt, so you can measure energy consumption while you’re measuring energy consumption.

funny!

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« Reply #5243 on: December 24, 2015, 01:42:10 AM »
Ate two slightly shriveled clementines for breakfast so they wouldn't go to waste.

Completed a Pinecone Research survey and earned $3 in five minutes.

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« Reply #5244 on: December 24, 2015, 10:27:37 AM »
Instead of paying for a doctor's visit for my sore throat, I added whisky to my morning coffee.

(That counts, right?)

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« Reply #5245 on: December 25, 2015, 12:28:15 AM »
Made waffles, bacon and fruit salad for Christmas breakfast, which was later than normal (9:30-10:00ish)

Talked the family out of going out for lunch, which was the original plan, and instead made our holiday meal as a late lunch/early dinner.  Made this roasted chicken recipe, minus the honey-lemon glaze bit (family doesn't go for sweet meats):

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/smoked_paprika_roasted_chicken/

Sides were mashed potatoes and snap peas sauteed with garlic and ginger.  It was pretty good. 

I had suggested we head over to the local mall at some point to get coffee/treats as a make up for not eating out for lunch, but the air is horrible again today and I'm doubting any of us are going to feel like going out. 

We're off to the inlaws tomorrow for a 3-day stay. 

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« Reply #5246 on: December 26, 2015, 05:27:48 AM »
I started unplugging the split AC units in my house when not in use because they draw 3 watt constant.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5247 on: December 26, 2015, 06:12:46 AM »
I walked to the shop and back instead of taking a bus. Actually, I'm not even sure if the bus is running on Boxing day anyway.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5248 on: December 26, 2015, 08:49:23 AM »
Staying home today and painting the house with paint that I variously bought off the mis-tint rack, with a $10 off of $50 coupon, and with both a $5 off and $10/50 coupon. 

Using up stain, sanding paper, polyurethane and spackle that from the shop instead of buying new.  Staining and finishing the short pieces of baseboard leftover from last winter's effort to use in areas where I need shorter pieces.

Eating leftovers and heating the house with wood from our property.

We're getting close to needing a new nonstick pan and I happened to get a Sur la Table gift card for Christmas.  Actually managed to locate a well-reviewed and reasonably priced pan that they sell for the same price as Amazon, so I'll only be about $12 out of pocket on a new pan and not wasting the gift card on some overpriced crap I don't need (though I was tempted to have them professionally sharpen my knives).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5249 on: December 26, 2015, 12:37:50 PM »
Filled out a customer service survey at El Pollo Loco and got a $1 coupon that I used on a take-out order.

Saw a penny, picked it up.


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