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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5600 on: January 28, 2016, 10:15:47 AM »
Weekend round-up:

-Got my eyes checked for the first time in about 4 years and between benefits and money set aside in HSA, I didn't pay a thing, but got new glasses and new Rx sunglasses. Less than $5 left in FSA so that's the max I'll lose if I don't use it (can only go on eye or dental since I also have an HSA).

-Didn't drive anywhere Sunday - stayed in and made a large batch of sour cream enchiladas that were dinner, and also lunch for the rest of the week.
-repaired DD's skirt (sewed)

-got pulled over by military police but avoided a citation (I swear I stopped at that four-way) and he also pointed out that my out-of-state registration expired several months ago (holy shit!). He didn't call the county police (thank you, thank you, thank you) but warned me to get it taken care of right away. (Sir, yes sir!) So he saved me an expensive ticket there. Will have to pay for new plates and registration this week, but it could have been WAY WORSE.

Wooh!  You are blowing my mind here.  I thought you could have an FSA or an HSA, but not both.  Is there a way to get both?  I have an HDHP and HSA, but will need some expensive dental work in the next few years.

YES. You can have both, HOWEVER, if you do have both, you can only use the FSA for vision and dental expenses. Because my basic dental is covered by my dental insurance, I only set aside enough in the FSA for glasses. If you knew you needed major dental work, you could get a quote and then set that aside in an FSA. Just be sure to use it all. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5601 on: January 28, 2016, 10:49:47 AM »
Taxes done and plan in place for where the refund will go (various savings/investment goals).
Free gym tonight.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5602 on: January 28, 2016, 01:01:48 PM »
I scored free lunch again today. That's probably the last time for a while, though - time to start packing them again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5603 on: January 29, 2016, 05:33:29 AM »
I took a reusable bag when I went to buy groceries, which I think saved me 5p. Whatever a "p" is. I just moved to the UK yesterday. Buying groceries today will save on the tourist food prices, though I am giving myself permission to eat out more than I usually would, at least for a week or so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5604 on: January 29, 2016, 06:39:31 AM »
I took a reusable bag when I went to buy groceries, which I think saved me 5p. Whatever a "p" is. I just moved to the UK yesterday. Buying groceries today will save on the tourist food prices, though I am giving myself permission to eat out more than I usually would, at least for a week or so.

"p" stands for "pence" - the correct equivalent of a cent in the UK.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5605 on: January 29, 2016, 10:46:48 AM »
A colleague from another office/town was visiting. Instead of meeting her at the cafeteria we had free coffee on our floor and sat in a collaboration area with comfy chairs - just as nice, quiet and private and didn't spend a cent!

also again: brought breakfast, lunch and snacks, didn't buy Starbucks. Happy!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5606 on: January 29, 2016, 05:49:40 PM »
I made an open-face egg sandwich for lunch (homemade bread, fried egg, leftover tomato, on-sale avocado slices, home-grown sprouts). YUM.

And then for dinner I made pizza. Total cost to feed 3 people: about 5$. It tasted amazing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5607 on: January 29, 2016, 09:52:49 PM »
I needed a nice outfit for my mothers upcoming wedding - I am playing music in it so I need to look presentable (more than my usual hobo-chic), and I didn't have a nice non-work dress, so I bit the bullet and went to buy one. Found a beautiful, flattering dress at the second-hand store for $20, which I can wear again for my sisters winter wedding in October (will add a wrap, different jewellery and hairstyle to change it up). I dug around and found the pair of heels I bought for $3 last year (they were on mega clearance, are beige and relatively comfortable, so I knew I'd need them sometime!). Also pulled out a necklace/earring combo I was given more than 10 years ago - it was pretty tarnished and hadn't been worn for ages. I googled and found a home method for cleaning silver jewellery (heating salt and aluminium) which worked wonderfully, leaving the jewellery clean and new-looking. The whole outfit looks lovely, perfect for a formal occasion, and only cost $20!

Also, i really wanted a coke zero at work (they are sold in the fridge in my staffroom), but resisted and drank my water instead. $1 win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5608 on: January 29, 2016, 10:23:35 PM »
1. Today I saved on future therapy bills by FORGIVING MYSELF for eating at a restaurant for two days in a row.

2.Winter Storm Jonas saved me money on a short trip to Broadway. SHOWS WERE CANCELLED that weekend.

3.I rewarded myself by DOING A JIG when I met some savings goals this week. I did this in lieu of buying something as a reward.

4. My Amazon Prime membership gives me the chance to listen to HAMILTON:A MUSICAL at no extra cost. The impulse to buy the cast album is quelled for now.

5. Today, I placed an indefinite moratorium on reading posts in a Broadway Facebook group. You really feel the need to go to these shows, pay tons of money for impromptu purchases of cast albums, tickets, lodging, etc., because everyone in the group is either excited about the show or working as a cast member. I still really want to go and they have put the fire under me, but I will think through everything first.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5609 on: January 30, 2016, 11:12:14 AM »
Shopped at Aldi total $26.50 for a weeks worth of food. Free book from my manager. Also used coupons to get 2 free bags of chips and 2 boxes of Celestial Seasonings tea for $1.25 each.

Treated myself to a Redbox movie with my leftover grocery money for the month

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5610 on: January 31, 2016, 04:45:33 PM »
Did not order when my husband decided to eat lunch at the food court while we waited for a hair cut. Snacking on his fries filled me up. Visited the library to pick up books instead of purchasing and dinner is being made at home with pantry ingredients.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5611 on: January 31, 2016, 05:10:30 PM »
Did not buy coffee even though I was right next door to a starbucks, and there was no line, and it smelled sooooo good.

Got new scrubs and compression socks today. Did it in 2 transactions: 1st using the 20% off one-item coupon I had, and a gift card (from christmas) for the whole amount. Second with my 10% off lifetime loyalty card, with the remainder of the christmas giftcard, and a visa debit giftcard I won from a work drawing. Made a little bit of work for the poor cashier, but splitting it into 2 transactions let me get the 10% on the other 2 items, otherwise it wouldn't have stacked. Saved ~$5, and another ~$6 for going out and using the 20% off coupon that expires today.

Used the little bit of overage from the visa giftcard to buy 2 5lb weight plates for our home gym, so they only cost $2 out of pocket.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5612 on: January 31, 2016, 05:55:24 PM »
Went through our pantry and cleaned everything and made sure that everything was in airtight containers so that the f-ing moths that got into the arborio rice don't get into anything else.

Heated the house with wood off our land, instead of paying for electric heat. Spent the baby's nap time sitting in front of the stove reading a library book, so, double-whammy on the effectiveness of the wood stove!

Asked the library to acquire 3 Ebooks so I can read them; the first two are now available and in my account.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5613 on: February 01, 2016, 05:10:02 AM »
Turned a couple of battered pumpkins into soup for a week's worth of lunches. I have declared February no-bread-for-lunch month.
Turned some mini soda bottles I collected while walking the dog into mini cloches for the garden.
Biking to work even though wind is howling at 6 BFT, pushing my comfort zone a little.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5614 on: February 01, 2016, 11:30:37 AM »
I used to work 14hr physically intense days. Now I can make it through 9 hours of class and meetings?
Meetings kill me. A 1 hour meeting leaves me way more drained than a 3 hour bike ride!

This is over the last couple weeks, but we are clumsily removing legacy old people bills from our life. We got our phone set up on the ooma and once our phone number ports over we are cancelling that bill. We got all the bits and pieces to rewire my kitchen tv off the internet (lame to have one, I know, but it keeps me company when I'm doing dishes), and we are about to cut cable. Then we have a promotional offer to get just internet at $25/mo through wide open west for a year, it's a huge drop from internet + cable + landline. I still need to double check whether we're better off dropping the internet also though, and just running our cell phone as a hotspot and streaming tv / surfing the web on our laptops that way.

Also - getting quotes this week to lower home and auto insurance.

And I've successfully retrained myself to go back to making bread in the bread maker instead of buying the markdown loaf at a dollar a week. I have a bunch of canned unground whole wheat from a y2k survivalist who gave it away on craigslist (!), so the bread is basically free if I make it myself. And with the craigslist vitamix I got, grinding the flour takes 2 minutes.

Glad I'm not the only one who does this.  My little lightweight HP Stream laptop, playing Netflix (we cut cable), keeps me company during many painful housekeeping/personal care chores, including cooking, vacuuming, and doing my own nails. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5615 on: February 01, 2016, 11:47:31 AM »
Forgot to boil eggs and prep salad for work lunches yesterday.  Today, I grabbed a can of ready-to-eat soup (couponed for $1) and packed bread to toast at work.  It turned out to be a lovely lunch.

This will be put into heavy lunch-rotation! :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5616 on: February 01, 2016, 12:36:32 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5617 on: February 01, 2016, 01:42:49 PM »
I'm trying to get started bringing lunch to work - finally have both a microwave and working fridge in the office for the first time in years! I didn't have the right size tupperware to bring food in, so it was difficult to do on a regular basis. But I just found some perfect lunch-sized containers on sale for about 85 cents each at Rite Aid, so I should be set!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5618 on: February 01, 2016, 06:13:01 PM »
I went back to YNAB after skipping a few months and realizing we were spending way more than we thought we were spending on some things. Sigh. It takes time to track money, but given how much we DONT save when we don't spend the time, it's time well-spent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5619 on: February 01, 2016, 11:33:52 PM »
I'm working on eliminating food waste at home, so that means keeping in mind what we've got in the fridge/freezer and eating it before it spoils. Today, this meant switching the menu plan around when I realized that we had hamburger buns that were going to go moldy soon; tonight was homemade Sloppy Joe night (buns dispatched); tomorrow will be Fattoush, to use up the leftover naan I made on Saturday.

Was rushed for time when I came home today between Job 1 and Job 2, but I went ahead and packed a lunch instead of grabbing something at the school cafeteria. It turns out my pre-class office hours were held outside on a sunny bench while my students and I ate lunch together -- worked great!

Organizing tomorrow's Book Swap at the kids' school -- kids bring in books they no longer read, and a couple of days later can pick up and take home an equal number of new-to-them books. It's relatively easy to organize, fun for the kids, and frugal for everyone. Triple win! This doesn't save me money, but I feel like when we organize events that tie into the sharing economy, we help the kids and our community develop patterns and systems of sharing and frugality that serve us all well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5620 on: February 02, 2016, 08:58:40 AM »
Rental house had an electrical problem yesterday. I have no electrical experience, but at a cost of 2 hours and $15 for a multimeter I fixed the problem! No electrician required! :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5621 on: February 02, 2016, 11:28:10 AM »
Got accepted in a summer study program in Europe! This will cost me, but because I got all my paperwork in early I got a small discount. I also did some legwork and essay writing and got a $1200 scholarship and am working on a few more.

Now I need to look into credit card airfare bonus points....

I renegotiated my participation in the family cell phone plan. Brother was splitting the bill evenly however several members upgrade regularly but two of us are contented with old phones and shouldn't be subsidizing their upgrades. All parties happy now.

Heat off the past several days during a warm spell.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5622 on: February 02, 2016, 12:36:36 PM »
Weekend round-up:

-Got my eyes checked for the first time in about 4 years and between benefits and money set aside in HSA, I didn't pay a thing, but got new glasses and new Rx sunglasses. Less than $5 left in FSA so that's the max I'll lose if I don't use it (can only go on eye or dental since I also have an HSA).

-Didn't drive anywhere Sunday - stayed in and made a large batch of sour cream enchiladas that were dinner, and also lunch for the rest of the week.
-repaired DD's skirt (sewed)

-got pulled over by military police but avoided a citation (I swear I stopped at that four-way) and he also pointed out that my out-of-state registration expired several months ago (holy shit!). He didn't call the county police (thank you, thank you, thank you) but warned me to get it taken care of right away. (Sir, yes sir!) So he saved me an expensive ticket there. Will have to pay for new plates and registration this week, but it could have been WAY WORSE.

Wooh!  You are blowing my mind here.  I thought you could have an FSA or an HSA, but not both.  Is there a way to get both?  I have an HDHP and HSA, but will need some expensive dental work in the next few years.

YES. You can have both, HOWEVER, if you do have both, you can only use the FSA for vision and dental expenses. Because my basic dental is covered by my dental insurance, I only set aside enough in the FSA for glasses. If you knew you needed major dental work, you could get a quote and then set that aside in an FSA. Just be sure to use it all. :)

I thought it had to be an FSA that was specifically limited to vision and dental, not a regular one that you choose to only use for vision and dental.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5623 on: February 02, 2016, 08:23:59 PM »
Weekend round-up:

-Got my eyes checked for the first time in about 4 years and between benefits and money set aside in HSA, I didn't pay a thing, but got new glasses and new Rx sunglasses. Less than $5 left in FSA so that's the max I'll lose if I don't use it (can only go on eye or dental since I also have an HSA).

-Didn't drive anywhere Sunday - stayed in and made a large batch of sour cream enchiladas that were dinner, and also lunch for the rest of the week.
-repaired DD's skirt (sewed)

-got pulled over by military police but avoided a citation (I swear I stopped at that four-way) and he also pointed out that my out-of-state registration expired several months ago (holy shit!). He didn't call the county police (thank you, thank you, thank you) but warned me to get it taken care of right away. (Sir, yes sir!) So he saved me an expensive ticket there. Will have to pay for new plates and registration this week, but it could have been WAY WORSE.

Wooh!  You are blowing my mind here.  I thought you could have an FSA or an HSA, but not both.  Is there a way to get both?  I have an HDHP and HSA, but will need some expensive dental work in the next few years.

YES. You can have both, HOWEVER, if you do have both, you can only use the FSA for vision and dental expenses. Because my basic dental is covered by my dental insurance, I only set aside enough in the FSA for glasses. If you knew you needed major dental work, you could get a quote and then set that aside in an FSA. Just be sure to use it all. :)

I thought it had to be an FSA that was specifically limited to vision and dental, not a regular one that you choose to only use for vision and dental.

Yes, it has to be a special one. I ran into trouble setting up an HSA through MY employer because I could in theory be covered by my husband's FSA, which is not restricted. My employer offers a vision-and-dental FSA, but there's no reason for us to mess with that because we are not maxing out the HSA anyway.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5624 on: February 03, 2016, 08:51:35 AM »
I'm working on eliminating food waste at home, so that means keeping in mind what we've got in the fridge/freezer and eating it before it spoils. Today, this meant switching the menu plan around when I realized that we had hamburger buns that were going to go moldy soon; tonight was homemade Sloppy Joe night (buns dispatched); tomorrow will be Fattoush, to use up the leftover naan I made on Saturday.

Was rushed for time when I came home today between Job 1 and Job 2, but I went ahead and packed a lunch instead of grabbing something at the school cafeteria. It turns out my pre-class office hours were held outside on a sunny bench while my students and I ate lunch together -- worked great!

Organizing tomorrow's Book Swap at the kids' school -- kids bring in books they no longer read, and a couple of days later can pick up and take home an equal number of new-to-them books. It's relatively easy to organize, fun for the kids, and frugal for everyone. Triple win! This doesn't save me money, but I feel like when we organize events that tie into the sharing economy, we help the kids and our community develop patterns and systems of sharing and frugality that serve us all well.

LOVE this idea! I don't know if my kids' school would go for it, but I bet the Daisy Girl Scouts troop would be manageable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5625 on: February 03, 2016, 09:31:58 AM »
I am sick at home today, so all I got was a "feel better" Starbucks coffee this morning when walking the dog. All meals will be at home and since I am going on vacation next Monday I am working on eating whatever is in the fridge.

- Pillsbury biscuits had to be used and I had an open bag of shredded cheddar. Voila: cheddar biscuits for dinner and probably for lunch today with a baby spinach salad.

- breakfast - open cereal box and milk that would otherwise spoil

- dinner - probably pancakes since I have to use up the eggs.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5626 on: February 03, 2016, 10:45:22 AM »
Organizing tomorrow's Book Swap at the kids' school -- kids bring in books they no longer read, and a couple of days later can pick up and take home an equal number of new-to-them books. It's relatively easy to organize, fun for the kids, and frugal for everyone. Triple win! This doesn't save me money, but I feel like when we organize events that tie into the sharing economy, we help the kids and our community develop patterns and systems of sharing and frugality that serve us all well.

I love this idea, and it might be too late - but do you have the opportunity to add a few books to the pile for the kids who don't have many at home to give away? 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5627 on: February 03, 2016, 01:42:22 PM »
I went back to YNAB after skipping a few months and realizing we were spending way more than we thought we were spending on some things. Sigh. It takes time to track money, but given how much we DONT save when we don't spend the time, it's time well-spent.

I need to get back to YNAB, too. I've been away a long time, and I'm back to my old habits of eating out very cheaply but much too often.

On the bright side, I've been car free for a week, and I've got a container of ice cream in the freezer which saves money by incentivizing not eating out for dessert or snacks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5628 on: February 03, 2016, 02:54:01 PM »
- homemade lunch (sushi rice and edamame) and snack (dates!)
- received tax refund deposit and sent it directly to savings
- looked on amazon for free kindle books on a topic I wanted (and found several!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5629 on: February 03, 2016, 03:52:32 PM »
DH fixed two things that would have otherwise cost us much more money:
 
built-in microwave handle broke.  No way you could just replace the handle, but DH used a bolt and epoxy to fix it.  (He fixed a prevous micorwave with the same problem and it lasted years until replaced for other reasons.

Garbage disposal started leaking.  We don't use a lot (compost most things) but it was 10+ years old so exceeded its useful life.  Replaced it himself even though he hates plumbing projects.  Saved $200 - the installation cost if done by a plumber. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5630 on: February 03, 2016, 07:09:11 PM »

Garbage disposal started leaking.  We don't use a lot (compost most things) but it was 10+ years old so exceeded its useful life.  Replaced it himself even though he hates plumbing projects.  Saved $200 - the installation cost if done by a plumber.

Basic plumbing skills save so much money it's ridiculous. My parents call a plumber for a leaking tap, and seemed to think we were incredibly handy for hooking up our new dishwasher ourselves... I can't imagine paying a plumber for those tasks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5631 on: February 04, 2016, 02:37:50 PM »
Attending potluck tonight.  Chose to make a dish (hummus and veggie pinwheels) that can also serve as m  lunch for today and tomorrow - for a total cost of about 5 bucks. 

(Bonus:  I expect that there will be tons of leftovers at the potluck that people will be begging others to take away . . . . so breakfast and dinner for tomorrow will probably be handled, as well.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5632 on: February 04, 2016, 08:13:56 PM »
Not really saving money. But did not know where to put this.

I am going to meet my ex-colleague for lunch tomo. Last I went out for weekday lunch was with this guy in Sept 2015. Am proud of myself for not eating out during the weekdays for straight 5months \mm/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5633 on: February 04, 2016, 10:37:23 PM »
Went in to Time Warner to remind them that we are supposed to get a monthly $5 credit because we own (rather than rent) our cable modem. The gal and I hit it off and she ended up "rebundling" our bill which dropped the total cost down by $10 a month. Yay for decreasing one of our fixed expenses/utilities for the foreseeable future.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5634 on: February 05, 2016, 07:40:51 AM »
Did the week's groceries for the family: 60$CAD (or about 40USD). 20$ of that is for 3 gallons of milk, which is the lowest they can legally sell it.

Thank god for a well-stocked freezer and pantry. Meals planned include a Swiss chard and Gruyere focaccia, kale salad, chicken soup with veggies and rice, lamb and orange stew (the lamb is from the one we had butchered in the fall)... Basically, we're eating super well for that amount!

Also, I made a commitment to go check out the local wine-making place where I can get bottles of wine for 3.40(in a batch), rather than paying 10$/bottle at the SAQ (govt-run liquor store, yay Quebec...) We enjoy wine and are running low, so, after that MMM article from a while back, I wanted to give this a try. I'll update on how it turns out!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5635 on: February 05, 2016, 08:47:04 AM »
Found a Trader Joe's wine that is $3.99 and quite good. The Green Fin Cabernet Sauvignon, if anyone is curious. It's tart- I find most cheap reds are either syrupy or watery (bota boxes fall in to the bit watery camp, IMO). Not quite as excellent as their Coastal Cab ($5.50 per bottle here), but still very drinkable! Normally Grocery Outlet is our sub-$5 a bottle wine source, but most at my local location are in the $7.99-11.99 range the past couple weeks. The horror.

Pestered my work people until they paid the $75 gas stipend they missed from last month. Since gas is currently so cheap, this is essentially a freebie stipend. (Although the stipend doesn't scale with gas cost, so I need to enjoy this while it lasts!)

Found out DH's gas reimbursement (which is tied to actual mileage, not flat rate like mine), only reimburses at $0.50/mile, whereas the current IRS rate is $0.575/mile. Going to have him start tracking his odometer/mileage this year so we can write off the remainder there.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5636 on: February 05, 2016, 09:02:48 AM »
Yesterday: nabbed some free food after a work luncheon (that I was not invited to).  On the negative side, I ate a small sandwich and some mac and cheese and a blueberry muffin AFTER eating my full lunch (no bueno).  Although I did swim yesterday, and I'm super hungry on swim days.

On the plus side, there was SO MUCH LEFTOVER, that I filled my salad tupperware with more mac and cheese for dinner.  (There was still some left!) And I filled my smaller tupperware (2 cups) with leftover kale salad.  I'll eat that for lunch today.

Today: well, Fridays used to be the time when we ate out (pre-kid) because we were too tired to cook.  I am out of leftovers.  I have some brown rice/ quinoa that I cooked two nights ago.

So I put my last pound of dried chickpeas in the crockpot this morning.  I'll turn it into something for dinner!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5637 on: February 05, 2016, 09:11:47 AM »
One of my clients  brought me in homemade enchiladas  so I ate it for dinner last night and have it for lunch today I'd why but I get a big kick out of free meals

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5638 on: February 05, 2016, 09:21:32 AM »
No leftovers from dinner last night so I'm going to make do with my breakfast bagel and coffee (free at my morning meeting) and see what snacks I can scrounge up around the office.

I've also been cutting down on my coca-cola consumption and drinking free water while at work. I still like a soda with my dinner, but I'm going to investigate prices for the smaller cans since I've not been finishing the 12 oz ones. Baby steps...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5639 on: February 05, 2016, 09:26:41 AM »

I've also been cutting down on my coca-cola consumption and drinking free water while at work. I still like a soda with my dinner, but I'm going to investigate prices for the smaller cans since I've not been finishing the 12 oz ones. Baby steps...

Yes! Fight the fight!

I went grocery shopping last night and did not buy soda. I literally salivated when I saw the boxes on the end cap but I kept my eyes on the veggies! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5640 on: February 05, 2016, 09:40:48 AM »
Went in to Time Warner to remind them that we are supposed to get a monthly $5 credit because we own (rather than rent) our cable modem. The gal and I hit it off and she ended up "rebundling" our bill which dropped the total cost down by $10 a month. Yay for decreasing one of our fixed expenses/utilities for the foreseeable future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5641 on: February 05, 2016, 09:53:19 AM »
Haircut day.  Flowbee special for the two of us.  Saved $30+ just on haircuts today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5642 on: February 05, 2016, 11:36:08 AM »
Booked a hair appointment for a new place that just opened using a coupon, $2.99 haircut! Better than my usual $20.
 
Brought my lunch/snacks to work, homemade southwestern chilli, salad, veggies and an apple.

Did my taxes last night, found out I am getting $250 which is going directly towards my emergency fund.

This is a Frugal February for me, I am trying to do a no spend month (except for necessities) and after doing an inventory of my freezer and pantry I realized I can probably go two months, buying only a few fresh things. I also have $40 in grocery points, so that is my February grocery budget.

I did spend $50 to unlock my phone but thatís because I am trading phone plans next month to save $30 a month (hopefully)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5643 on: February 05, 2016, 12:46:57 PM »
Found a very sprouted red onion in the cupboard so took it out and planted it in the garden. It will make a seedhead this year; I can collect the seeds and use them to try to grow red onion next year.

Made a batch of Erica's window cleaner recipe to use some incredibly disgusting blueberry-flavored vodka that we had in the house for some reason. Cleaned bedroom windows and sprayed down bedroom screens while I was at it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5644 on: February 05, 2016, 01:29:10 PM »
*  potluck leftovers for lunch today

*  put a crisp 100 bill in my wallet :)  It is a mind trick - when I start to feel "poor" I can remind myself that I am rich enough to walk around with a 100 bill in my wallet (yet being a large bill, I am extremely unlikely to spend/break it).

*  Going to a play tonight - I am helping with some set up, so get in for free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5645 on: February 06, 2016, 01:19:51 AM »
My husband and I like to go out for breakfast on the weekend but this morning I woke up early and was very hungry and had a protein shake, as A result when we went out for breakfast I only had a coffee saving $8 for my eggs breakfast I would normally have gotten.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5646 on: February 06, 2016, 09:34:14 AM »
Made a batch of Erica's window cleaner recipe to use some incredibly disgusting blueberry-flavored vodka that we had in the house for some reason. Cleaned bedroom windows and sprayed down bedroom screens while I was at it.

I haven't tried the window cleaner but I looooove the peppermint-scented all-purpose. It has revolutionized how I feel while cleaning the kitchen. For my wood floors, though, I just use vinegar and vegetable oil (smells like nasty salad dressing) because they are not sealed and really need to be refinished.

Used them today, in fact--Little Brother spilled milk eeeeeeverywhere and I used all-purpose to clean his chair and my salad dressing cleaner for the floors. So I guess that's my savings.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5647 on: February 06, 2016, 11:52:21 AM »
This was a somewhat spendy day for me because I rode into London. But apart from the train ride, I only spent money for a sandwich, two coffees, and a little pack of strawberries. I joined a free walking tour and explored more on foot by myself afterward. I'm planning to do more tourist things when I have relatives or friends visit, but I got some nice photos.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5648 on: February 06, 2016, 12:04:31 PM »
Boxed up camera lenses to send to KEH; should get a $35 check in the mail.  Also listed some 35mm film on eBay for a few bucks.

Breakfast was homegrown eggs with the ham I bought on sale before Christmas, sauteed frozen spinach and leftover homemade cornbread.

Left the thermostat at 56. 

Last night I used a coupon for a free bottle of Tabasco sauce

Staying home today and recreation will consist of puttering  around the yard and going for a long run.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5649 on: February 06, 2016, 04:35:21 PM »
Yesterday we took a homemade salad (tabbouleh with homegrown tomatoes and parsley in it) and homemade muffins to a potluck dinner instead of buying something to bring.