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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5300 on: January 01, 2016, 02:52:58 PM »
* Disassembled, cleaned, sharpened, oiled and reassembled my Fiskars bypass pruners ALL BY MYSELF. In the past I have taken them to a garden equipment supply shop to be maintained, but last spring I went to a "Repair Cafe" and learned how to disassemble scissors and shears. I should be able to do this myself in the future. Next I might tackle the big loppers. I also have a scythe that I love that I don't think I'll be able to sharpen without a stone, so I may pay to have that sharpened.

* Came into a free retractable clothesline (long story, but let's call it a bank error in my favor), and installed it today in our little laundry area by the back door. It is currently drying three adorable pairs of toddler underwear. Big stuff needs to still go outside, but it will work wonders for small loads! Each air-dried load should save us $0.25.
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« Reply #5301 on: January 01, 2016, 03:14:43 PM »
Replaced the plug end on my heavy duty, 100' extension cord that got cut by the electric pruners this fall.  $5 part vs. new $50 extension cord.

Heading to Lowe's later since it's the last day for one of my $10 off coupons and I still need some odds and ends for the house projects I'm finishing up.  Will return a few items I ended up not needing and get about $20 back.

Took a retrospective 2015 look at my spending in Mint and identified areas where I can will save gobs of money next year.

Have been organizing and decluttering the house, which has yielded extra storage containers that I've repurposed, negating the need to buy any new storage stuff.  Also unearthed parts I can use for projects instead of buying new items.   I even found two fancy pairs of ski socks I'd totally forgotten about, and will be using with my riding boots the rest of the winter.

Started kimchi and apple cider vinegar ferments from ingredients I had on hand.

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« Reply #5302 on: January 01, 2016, 03:33:48 PM »
Bought dried beans (instead of tinned) for the first time. They are soaking as I type.

Saved $18 by parking on the street instead of the hospital car park when I drove my husband to Emergency at midnight. He was cleaning a chef's knife and it slipped and gashed a finger. Two hours, a local anasthetic, and two stitches (out of pocket: zero).

I just finished cleaning up the crime scene in the kitchen.

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« Reply #5303 on: January 01, 2016, 03:47:17 PM »
Fixed the washing machine. It was making funny noises while doing the laundry and then flashed up an error message and stopped. Checked it out on the internet and then spent 30 minutes draining it and cleaning out gunk from the detergent pump (mostly just limescale from the very hard water we have here.)

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« Reply #5304 on: January 01, 2016, 08:22:22 PM »
Bought dried beans (instead of tinned) for the first time. They are soaking as I type.

Saved $18 by parking on the street instead of the hospital car park when I drove my husband to Emergency at midnight. He was cleaning a chef's knife and it slipped and gashed a finger. Two hours, a local anasthetic, and two stitches (out of pocket: zero).

I just finished cleaning up the crime scene in the kitchen.

Ouch, poor husband! Hope he's recovering well. I've had 3 visits to emergency (with the last one resulting in being admitted for 2 days) in the past 6 weeks. I am eternally grateful that there are no out of pocket expenses for emergency visits in our country. Only cost to me was getting a few scripts for antibiotics filled (and that was $6.10 per script because I hit the safety limit).

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« Reply #5305 on: January 01, 2016, 09:57:03 PM »
Made my own sushi for the first time!  (all veggie)  It was so easy and cheap!  This will be something a little different to add to the homemade lunch rotation.

Made use of free gym to work out earlier.  Also signed up for two free yoga class sessions for next week. 

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« Reply #5306 on: January 01, 2016, 11:29:09 PM »
Glad your potato harvest was good.  If you have any disease issues in your area, Carol Deppe warns against this - the diseases get a foothold.  But in a disease-free area, it is a great way to get potatoes.

Dug about 30-40 pounds of potatoes from my garden. The original 'seed' potatoes were left over from the previous year's harvest, so this year I didn't have to buy any to plant. About 1/3 done digging, lots left to go. Hope the snow holds off a few more weeks!
We had a church pot-luck tonight. My wife made potatoes with parsley.

Yep, I rotate locations in a pretty big garden, hope to keep that problem down. If any bug does come in, I'll stop planting potatoes for a few years, or use a different location with new seed. Ended up with over 200 pounds of potatoes, a bunch of daikon radishes, onions and various other things. It was an unusually good year.

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« Reply #5307 on: January 02, 2016, 06:57:34 AM »
-Found a way to put parking for classes onto DH's student account, so that his employer will reimburse the parking as part of paying for the masters. This will save us ~$125/month.

-Tracking my mileage for work commuting so that I can have the appropriate records for writing off the non-reimbursed portion. The IRS is particular on how you format all that, so I'm glad I looked it up BEFORE starting my records.
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« Reply #5308 on: January 02, 2016, 07:14:21 AM »
I did the same with my garlic - the bulbs were pathetic, so I just left them in the garden for the winter.  They have roots, and should get off to a much faster start next spring.  Here's hoping!

I think Carol Deppe was talking about soil diseases, so you should be good with the rotation.  I tried sweet potatoes for the first time last summer, but any roots I missed will definitely be dead by now.  It looks like 14 plants will have provided me with enough to take me through spring.

We have a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you are interested.

Yep, I rotate locations in a pretty big garden, hope to keep that problem down. If any bug does come in, I'll stop planting potatoes for a few years, or use a different location with new seed. Ended up with over 200 pounds of potatoes, a bunch of daikon radishes, onions and various other things. It was an unusually good year.
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« Reply #5309 on: January 02, 2016, 10:59:54 AM »
Instead of letting an order go through on some pants for DS on amazon, I cancelled it and went to the thrift store instead.  Found pants.  Bonus:  I got a nice bike ride in and the pants are here already. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5310 on: January 02, 2016, 01:23:17 PM »
I really want to be better about sending birthday cards to close family and friends just to let them know I'm thinking about them. I saw a thing on Pinterest awhile back where you set them all up at the beginning of the year in a box with labels to help you remember.

So, this afternoon I went to a local reuse store that sells all kinds of crazy donated knicknacks (The Scrap Exchange, for any local Durhamites) and after rummaging through their bins of random cards I found 16 birthday cards with envelopes and a pretty little tin to organize them in for a total of $1.80.

Hooray! Now just to remember to send them out when it's time...

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« Reply #5311 on: January 02, 2016, 02:18:39 PM »
I really want to be better about sending birthday cards to close family and friends just to let them know I'm thinking about them.

I send over 100 cards each year for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

My system: I have a box of dollar cards at home, a few cards in my desk at work, and postage stamps in my wallet. The dates are in my diary. Each week I look ahead to see what is coming up, and I write and post the cards accordingly.

It really does mean a lot to people, especially our grandparents who live all over the state.

Good luck with your plan. It's a lovely thing for you to take on, and so easy once you get in the habit.

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« Reply #5312 on: January 02, 2016, 02:24:16 PM »
The grapefruit I bought today cost 9 cents. Paying attention to rebates and coupons and maintaining meal flexibility is my goal in '16 fo sho.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5313 on: January 03, 2016, 08:49:56 AM »
I polished my leather shoes, to ensure they'll last longer and look good longer.  And shined the fake leather ones, which makes them look better, but I don't think helps them last.
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« Reply #5314 on: January 03, 2016, 11:37:15 AM »
Had 6 people over unexpectedly for both lunch and dinner yesterday. I made pizza for lunch and burgers (from the freezer) for dinner. Other than the burger patties, everything was other made from scratch (pizza dough and burger buns) or leftovers from other meals we've had this week. Total cost for ingredients was about 20$ for everything consumed all day by 8 people, assuming we had been buying for the meal.

Basically: used up leftovers, didn't spend money, and didn't have to leave the house to drive to the grocery store. Win!

Also I spoke to the librarian last week and got access codes to get books. Free reading for meeeeee!

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« Reply #5315 on: January 03, 2016, 12:08:52 PM »

So, this afternoon I went to a local reuse store that sells all kinds of crazy donated knicknacks (The Scrap Exchange, for any local Durhamites) and after rummaging through their bins of random cards I found 16 birthday cards with envelopes and a pretty little tin to organize them in for a total of $1.80.


High five! I love the Scrap Exchange (another Durhamite here). This is a good idea for greeting cards.

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« Reply #5316 on: January 03, 2016, 12:41:38 PM »
Today I'm saving money by lazing about my parents' house like an overgrown college kid on break--eating their leftovers and using their stamps (with permission) to send Christmas cards. I'm supposedly cat-sitting, but one of the cats used to be mine.

I went to a vigil Mass yesterday because I was already in town for another errand, so today I am not using any gas. I'm also using cards I bought in previous years. I tend to buy cards when I see them on sale but then forget that I already have a bunch at home, so I have partial boxes of seven different designs. The trouble is trying to remember which people might have already received which card. I'm planning to busy myself here with writing and paperwork and Downton Abbey and maybe a little walk, so it should be a no-spend day.

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« Reply #5317 on: January 03, 2016, 02:08:04 PM »
 Making more bread, and also cooking Thai-flavored rice for meals later in the week. For the rice, I cut a can of coconut milk with a can of water to make cheaper light coconut milk, as one does. However, the can had separated, so I had to dump the whole batch in the blender  to smooth it out. Came out just fine, though.  The flavored rice will probably go with a stirfry tonight and then with refried rice later in the week.  Actually, tonight might be a potato dish because I have potatoes I need to use up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5318 on: January 03, 2016, 03:43:07 PM »
I've been buying an unfortunately necessary pharmacy product (preservative-free eye drops) from my grocery store up till now, but saw today that they were $1.50 cheaper at Walmart. So I bought two boxes. I had a coupon from my previous package, which I used to buy the first; then I opened that one, took out the new coupon, and bought the second. Saved $3 from what I had been paying before, and $9 off retail. Thanks, Walmart!

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« Reply #5319 on: January 03, 2016, 05:16:13 PM »
Met a friend for coffee at McDonald's rather than a higher priced coffee shop.

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« Reply #5320 on: January 03, 2016, 06:00:55 PM »
Bought stamps on ebay for 80% face value :)

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« Reply #5321 on: January 03, 2016, 06:04:58 PM »
Stopped at the market by the gym to get some stuff they have on weekly doorbuster sales:  2 avocados for .69 each (will make into guacamole for two meals this week), and some roma tomatoes for $1.00/lb. 

Checked health insurance website and confirmed that the claim for DS's eyeglasses is being processed.  Totals not final yet, but expect to get most of it (around $600) back.  Also got a refund check of $25 for my eye exam (insurance paid for more than the office estimated).  And the reimbursement check for DH's surgery (just over $9k).  The $200 sign up bonus for the account I opened at Chase should also hit on Monday.  So expect to be posting nearly $10k in checks to my accounts this month. 
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« Reply #5322 on: January 03, 2016, 06:23:25 PM »
Made a lovely steak salad nicoise for DH and me:


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« Reply #5323 on: January 03, 2016, 06:42:35 PM »
Pbkmaine, that looks delicious!

I had a good day today. We went out to breakfast with my parents this morning (their treat). This was sufficient until dinner for me (which was a mug of my homemade chicken soup).

The boys went over to their other grandparents' house for the dismal Patriots game in the pm (ex-ils, I suppose, technically). I did laundry, got some tax things together, and went for a walk - the blue sky was lovely.

Just got the kids settled; they are unhappy vacation is over, champing at the bit for dragging out bedtime with stories. I do try and accommodate them, especially when it relates to their dad (ex) who is deceased. They like hearing about when we were younger, and what funny things we did. And truly it is good for me to remember fun times too.

So all in all, a nice low-spend productive day.

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« Reply #5324 on: January 03, 2016, 08:27:50 PM »
I want that salad!

Avoided the urge to go to the grocery store and made up breakfasts of homemade yogurt and frozen fruit, and lunches of egg salad, raw veggies and leftover soup.

Shampooed carpets using our Bissell, which as paid for itself a couple times over vs. having a pro come in (does a great job)

Left some homemade canned goods at the stable for the barn staff as a little extra along with cash tips - though it just occurred to me that the jars might freeze and break overnight.  Doh!  Hope they're OK.

Looked up a Crossfit WOD and did the same basic workout in my basement while blasting The White Stripes

Burned firewood and kept the furnace from kicking on much if at all.

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« Reply #5325 on: January 03, 2016, 08:41:31 PM »
Just got the kids settled; they are unhappy vacation is over, champing at the bit for dragging out bedtime with stories. I do try and accommodate them, especially when it relates to their dad (ex) who is deceased. They like hearing about when we were younger, and what funny things we did. And truly it is good for me to remember fun times too.

That sounds like it could be very emotional for you, so good on you for sharing for your kids' sake.

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« Reply #5326 on: January 03, 2016, 08:45:06 PM »
Back to work today. A few colleagues took home their Christmas gifts from the company but left the gift bags, which I just claimed. Hey, I'm saving a tree. Well, maybe a branch... :)

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« Reply #5327 on: January 03, 2016, 09:37:43 PM »
I glued and pressed together my wife's favorite spatula which broke while making Christmas dinner.   It will not last forever but it gives her time to shop for a sale or used replacement.

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« Reply #5328 on: January 03, 2016, 10:18:16 PM »
Bought loose-leaf tea on a recent trip to Vietnam, but was surprised to find it in "single-serving" packages when I opened the box. The tea maker's idea of single-serving was significantly larger than ours, so I opened all the packages and dumped the loose-leaf tea into an old tea tin. We'll get at least 50% more cups of tea out of the box than if we just used the packages.
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« Reply #5329 on: January 04, 2016, 12:58:38 AM »
Snow day here, so I was "forced" to stay inside and make soup and declutter.  No money spent today.  And there is soup for the week :)

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« Reply #5330 on: January 04, 2016, 01:53:03 AM »
so I opened all the packages and dumped the loose-leaf tea into an old tea tin

Brilliant!

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« Reply #5331 on: January 04, 2016, 09:22:10 AM »
So my master bathroom is over twice as far away from the hot water heater as my guest bathroom, and I have a mud sink even closer.  I haven't done it yet, but I'm thinking about washing my face in the mud sink or guest bathroom to greatly decrease the time the water needs to run for hot water to reach.

I don't think it would save that much money, but from a water conservation perspective I'm pretty sure I could save a few gallons a day, every day.  Not sure if my wife might think I'm crazy if I switch sinks just to wash my face.  Also, if she still uses the master bathroom it negates the benefit, so we'd both have to switch.

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« Reply #5332 on: January 04, 2016, 09:29:16 AM »
Talked Brother out of using my spatula to scrape his windshield, thus preventing needing to buy a new spatula. *eyeroll*

Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

Used up the broccoli florets that were languishing in the fridge. I trimmed off the bad parts, and the rest were fine. Used cabbage rounds so there was enough veggies for everyone.
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« Reply #5333 on: January 04, 2016, 09:51:48 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.
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« Reply #5334 on: January 04, 2016, 10:33:49 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.

It's funny how hard it is to change something like TP! We were still buying the Trader Joe's stuff. Smaller rolls, AND more expensive.

Also, this year I plan to separate out household goods like TP from the grocery budget, so I know how much we're actually spending on each.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5335 on: January 04, 2016, 10:34:44 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.
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Today, I packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks for work. 
Made tea at work. 
A coworker gave me more tea as a gift.  I make tea by the pot to share, but I've received so much tea that I don't think I'll need to purchase tea again for at least 6 months. 

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« Reply #5336 on: January 04, 2016, 10:44:49 AM »
I've been sick the past week, little appetite and no energy to go for groceries.  I don't know that I've ever had the cupboards this bare.  Sad way to save money, but I'll take it.

Yesterday I finally ventured out of the house and walked to the 100 year old theater downtown to see Star Wars.  My brother tried to take me to see the Imax for $20, but it was sold out.  I had a very different (but utterly amazing) experience in 70 mm for $6. 

(and.. uh.. I'm going back again later this week...)

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« Reply #5337 on: January 04, 2016, 10:50:25 AM »
I've been sick the past week, little appetite and no energy to go for groceries.  I don't know that I've ever had the cupboards this bare.  Sad way to save money, but I'll take it.

Yesterday I finally ventured out of the house and walked to the 100 year old theater downtown to see Star Wars.  My brother tried to take me to see the Imax for $20, but it was sold out.  I had a very different (but utterly amazing) experience in 70 mm for $6. 

(and.. uh.. I'm going back again later this week...)
Sounds like fun!

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« Reply #5338 on: January 04, 2016, 10:56:57 AM »
Mustachepungoeshere, thank you for the kind words. It gets easier over time, I've found.

Very small things today -- a small list at Walmart later (less than $20), before picking up youngest after school. I've been getting more tax stuff together. The heat is down and I'm having tea. My sister gave me a super gift for Christmas - a Selk Bag. It is essentially a person shaped sleeping bag that you can walk around in, even outside I guess. Of course, I am using it to stay cozy when the heat is down inside the house. :) She did not understand why I was so thrilled.

Dinner is easy, homemade pizza with thawed pizza dough.

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« Reply #5339 on: January 04, 2016, 11:44:16 AM »
Made my own dress form, custom fitted to my body. Materials cost: $15 for the wood to make the stand, $10 for pillows to stuff it with, the duct tape was a gift from a friend who thought my idea was a hoot. Saved $200 over the cost of buying one at Joann's. It's not perfect, I still have some adjusting to do as the shape shifted with the padding, but it will do quite nicely for my alterations and cosplays.

More basic savings have included taking advantage of holiday time off to check out savings at some farther supermarkets and loading up our freezer with meat all under $3/lb. We have enough to get us into February, maybe longer if I can get my husband to accept some low meat/vegetarian meals. Putting in for reimbursement on mileage traveled to see a client over the holidays and supplies I purchased for our unit's holiday party. Paperwork I filled out for my credit card's price rewind led to a return of $150. I'm now going through and looking for lower prices on a the holidays gifts I purchased.

And as always, brought lunch to work (leftovers sausage from last night with couscous I made on Saturday). I'm trying to see if I can cut my soda intake down to one can a day and only have it in the evening with dinner. Struggling with that one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5340 on: January 04, 2016, 06:41:16 PM »
Saved $198 (compared with Aus prices) by putting in an Amazon order to be sent to my husband's hotel while he's in the US for work next week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5341 on: January 04, 2016, 07:31:04 PM »
Last night made lunches for the week:  low carb chicken enchiladas made with $1.49/lb boneless chicken breast from Aldi, cream cheese, green chilis, sriracha sauce, onion, and sharp cheddar.  After it's done baking I pack it up into 5 lunch size tupperwares and into the fridge.  Also bought a 1 lb container of spring mix to go with it. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5342 on: January 05, 2016, 12:15:02 PM »
I'll join in, since I'm recently on a mission to make better use of our money (we're pretty good but could be better).

Yesterday, I used Youtube to learn how to turn down my water heater, and also started turning it off during the day.  Our electricity usage is fairly high considering that we have a small house and keep the heat lowish (64 most of the time, sometimes up to 66, or 68 if we're feeling crazy!).  I'm setting a goal to lower our usage by at least 10% to start.  Sealing the windows and doors better will be the next step.

I also evaluated our car insurance today.  Turns out we're doing about as well as we can there for now.

We switched to Kirkland Signature TP when we got a free pack for joining Costco last year.  I couldn't believe my DH, who is a TP snob, actually finds it acceptable!  It's going to take us about 16 months to use the whole pack.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5343 on: January 05, 2016, 01:42:49 PM »
Used my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate (just over $10) to stock up on notebooks for DS and printer paper (both buy 2 get 1 free).

Went for a walk with my sister, was able to vent about stuff I needed to vent about, and she gave me her old goretex jacket and a big box full of hangers for the clothes I brought back from China.  Now I don't need to but them at the Goodwill outlet, and I've helped her declutter.  Thanks, sis!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5344 on: January 05, 2016, 06:42:22 PM »
Christmas pattern Kleenex were on sale for $0.50 per box. I only got one box, although in retrospect, should have grabbed a couple. They're the nice fluffy fancy ones.

Selling my old Ski Boots on craigslist for $100. I had no interest, and then the recent snowfall hit. BOOM, 7 emails is 24 hours. Good timing for selling!

DH continues to improve his hypermiling skills in the new-to-us TDI. Went to see a relative in the hospital, 2 hrs each way. He averaged 54.6 mpg the whole trip, and was at 60mpg before we hit rush hour on our way home. This is a far cry from the 16mpg car we were borrowing from relatives.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5345 on: January 05, 2016, 11:02:56 PM »
Harvested four lemons from the tree in the front yard before the rains came, and harvested some parsley from the back garden to top black bean tacos. #tacotuesday

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5346 on: January 06, 2016, 01:54:00 AM »
1) Trying to be diligent about using meat from the freezer -- I have to be 2 days ahead in my mind in order to get it thawed. (Did a whole chicken in the crockpot today, tomorrow will make the bones into soup stock in the same crockpot. Tomorrow is beef stew.)

2) Following up on older teen and young adult children to pay me back when they borrow money or use my cc to order something. They're a sneaky bunch and seem to conveniently forget to pay me back.

3) Used up heaps of questionable/sad vegetables tonight with 2 cookie sheets full of roasted vegetables.

4) Trying to drop the heat by 1 degree. No one seems to be complaining yet. "Put on a freaking sweater!"

5) Donated canned goods to the foodbank to eliminate library fines -- LOVE this program but really should be more diligent and have no library fines.


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« Reply #5347 on: January 06, 2016, 07:42:37 AM »
Figured out how to use ground in my curry recipe, rather than strip steak, as we're running low on steak but still have plenty of ground in the freezer.

Got frozen veggies for $1 off per bag, bought 3 bags.
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« Reply #5348 on: January 06, 2016, 10:48:51 AM »
Called my auto insurance agent and got $112/year reduction in insurance cost.  Took all of 6 minutes (she was very good), so I made $1,120/hour for that work.

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« Reply #5349 on: January 06, 2016, 10:58:33 AM »
Dropped the heat to 62 from the usual 64 and am using an electric blanket while I work from home.  I actually got too warm, so I turned off the heat altogether :)  Every time I heard it kick on it sounded like dollar bills being sucked out of the house.

Most food today is leftovers from other meals or the last bits of things.