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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5200 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 #5201 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5202 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5203 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5204 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5205 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 #5206 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 #5207 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5208 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 #5209 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5210 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5211 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 #5212 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 #5213 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 #5214 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.

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« Reply #5215 on: December 17, 2015, 04:19:19 PM »
I stopped at my bank today and got a $12 fee waived (I had no direct deposit in October since I was switching jobs, and last / first checks were paper). I stopped at my old credit union and closed my account (they have been charging me $3/mo for a while now). $12 saved today and $36/yr saved indefinitely!

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« Reply #5216 on: December 17, 2015, 04:33:30 PM »
Perhaps you can access wsj through your library?   Worth a check.  I get access through my university but know there are many public library resources I haven't researched yet.

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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5217 on: December 17, 2015, 04:51:29 PM »
Called my car insurance and got my rates lowered. Amazing what can be changed when you mention looking for another company lol

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5218 on: December 18, 2015, 07:16:54 AM »
Only 7:15 am, and I just saved some $. DH was going to buy a book on Amazon, and I quicky checked on Overdrive to see if we could check it out from the library. No luck. However, they have an actual paper version at the library. and I did all this after only having half a cup of coffee so far. :-)

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« Reply #5219 on: December 18, 2015, 08:59:21 AM »
Bought an Instant Pot from the "yard sale store".  They do liquidation and sell mostly costco returns and overstocks.  So it was a return, but I've been testing it out, and it works perfectly.  Saved $50 from buying it new.  And now I can get rid of a crockpot, rice cooker, and yogurt maker.  More cupboard space FTW!

Got my hair cut at the hair styling school that I've been going to since they were brand new (except for the few years I had longer hair and could cut it myself).  Got a really new girl who was nervous about doing really short hair, so she basically played around at taking some length off, and then the owner came over and did the actual cut.  Pro fancy haircut for $6.75. :)

Was down to one pair of jeans I could wear to work, so I hit the thrift store and found three pairs for only $15.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5220 on: December 18, 2015, 10:06:45 AM »
Called Geico and got the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder discount.

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« Reply #5221 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 #5222 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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« Reply #5223 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 #5224 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 #5225 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 #5226 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 #5227 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5228 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 #5229 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 #5230 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 #5231 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 #5232 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 #5233 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 #5234 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 #5235 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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« Reply #5236 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 #5237 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 . . . )
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« Reply #5238 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 #5239 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 #5240 on: December 20, 2015, 06:14:44 PM »
Installed over the range microwave with a friend. Saved $150

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« Reply #5241 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 #5242 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 #5243 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 #5244 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 #5245 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 #5246 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 #5247 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.


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* 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 #5248 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5249 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