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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5650 on: February 06, 2016, 05:37:20 PM »
Back here after a couple of weeks off due to a weird and distracting situation.

This weekend's 'small things':

- having a long weekend away for a three-day event. Husband scored corporate passes through work, saved $160 on tickets and $100+ on food, bottled water, etc. Staying with a mate so accommodation is free.
- visited my grandfather yesterday, and he put together a box of goodies from his veggie garden: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc.
- donated $50 to a charitable fundraising campaign hosted by a work contact. When I mentioned it to my boss he told me to claim it through expenses.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5651 on: February 06, 2016, 06:10:33 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5652 on: February 07, 2016, 03:22:41 AM »
Sold a fretless bass guitar I don't use.  $150 in my wallet, more space in the apartment.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5653 on: February 07, 2016, 06:41:25 PM »
Cut DH's hair at home.

Made Super Bowl food from leftovers. Meat and beans from Friday's taco night went on the nachos, and we made a BBQ chicken pizza using leftover roast chicken and an open bottle of sauce that was in the refrigerator.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5654 on: February 07, 2016, 06:43:01 PM »
Made homemade energy bars using cashews and dates! :) Threw 'em in the freezer for this weekend when I'll be out of town.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5655 on: February 08, 2016, 06:24:38 AM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5656 on: February 08, 2016, 07:08:00 AM »
Didn't have the regular dinner leftovers for lunch today (was over at friends' for the superbowl yesterday). Shopped my pantry for a tuna wrap instead of going to Subway for lunch. Sent the BF off with a 2 for 1 Subway coupon for his own lunch, so that he can share with a collegue.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5657 on: February 08, 2016, 07:22:16 AM »
I've been craving Chinese food and wanting to order take out from my favorite Chinese place, which ends up costing about $25. I will splurge on this occasionally but this time I bought frozen Kung Pao chicken on sale at Trader Joe's for $4.99 and made brown rice that I already had in my cupboard. It was every bit as good as the take out would have been, just $20 cheaper and no containers to recycle.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5658 on: February 08, 2016, 07:17:17 PM »
Eating from the pantry and not spending any money today.  (Fingers crossed that my attempt at vegan/gf "sweet potato cookies" turn out okay.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5659 on: February 08, 2016, 07:24:43 PM »
Had some milk that wasn't bad, but is past when I want to drink it (I'm very picky about milk... bad childhood experiences, lol). Using the InstantPot for my first attempts at yogurt making. If it fails, no loss. But otherwise- yogurt!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5660 on: February 08, 2016, 07:39:44 PM »
* Installed a new 21-shelf wall-mounted bracket bookshelf ALL BY MYSELF. Saved on the "installer" fee (minimum install fee $180) and used purpose-cut coated plywood instead of the store's premade shelfing (saved probably $10 per shelf).

* Made veggie stir-fry for dinner with some homegrown cauliflower and broccoli.

* Took the kids for free cups of Yogurtland frozen yogurt, as apparently National Frozen Yogurt Day is a thing.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5661 on: February 08, 2016, 07:42:30 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5662 on: February 08, 2016, 07:51:21 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.

Oh, I completely missed this!

Yes, it's SHOCKINGLY easy.

1. Buy a bottle of plain (not flavored) store bought kombucha. I have had good luck with Origin and Synergy in the past.
2. Pour into a clean glass jar
3. Cover with a papertowel and rubberband
4. Leave for 2 weeks. Come back, and your weird alien pancake is all ready!

To make your 'bucha:
Prep 1 gallon sweet tea- best results with black or green tea. Chai and herbals have compounds which inhibit bacterial growth, and you can end up with the wrong things growing instead. I do 4 cups water, steep 5 bags in for 15 min, then mix into a large glass jar (I saved a massive olive jar, works great). I mix with 1.5 cups sugar. Then add cold water to fill to 1 gallon. Be sure the tea isn't hot, or your Scoby will die. Once cool enough, with very clean hands, gently lower the scoby into the tea. Add the liquid it was floating in, too- good beasities still in there. Cover with paper towel and stick it in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Obvious things to consider- it'll absorb whats in the air. Don't stick it in with the cleaning supplies.
It'll take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month to ferment adequately. Just taste and see. Depends on temp, your culture, etc etc.
When it's done fermenting, take your scoby out and move it to the fridge. Your scoby will have grown a second scoby- the "baby". I usually keep the new one and compost the old one or give it away. Or, if we're doing lots of kombucha (ex was a huge fan), I would wait a week and stagger my batches with the mother and baby, until I had multiple jars in cycle.

Always store your scoby between batches in some of the finished liquid. Be sure to do a new batch every once in a while, or the scoby will "starve:

If you rebottle from the big jar:
a- do not use metal. For any of this. Acid + metal = bad
b- do not screw on any lids too tightly. Pressure can build. This can be disasterous (think glass exploding in fridge)

Anyway, it's pretty easy all in all. No fancy lids or one way valves required =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5663 on: February 08, 2016, 07:57:03 PM »
Resisted  going to Chipotle for lunch when out running game errands.  Went back to the office and ate the leftovers I brought instead.

Didn't buy a jacket or any of the other stuff I'm sort of in the market for.

Made a delicious curry for dinner using up lots of random ingredients.

Packed some snacks to take on my work trip this week.  DH will drop me off early, so I'll have my yogurt and coffee before going through security.  Will also bring a steel water bottle and fill it at the airport.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5664 on: February 09, 2016, 07:03:06 AM »
My driver's side windeshield wiper stopped moving yesterday. Took 5 minutes out of my work day to explore online forums, confirmed my assumption that it was just a loose lug-nut (not sure of the actual term), took another 5 minutes before leaving for work this morning to tighten it, boom, done. Colleague's reaction at work «wow, how did you know how to do that?». *Facepalm*

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5665 on: February 09, 2016, 08:45:28 AM »
Had some milk that wasn't bad, but is past when I want to drink it (I'm very picky about milk... bad childhood experiences, lol). Using the InstantPot for my first attempts at yogurt making. If it fails, no loss. But otherwise- yogurt!

Yogurt turned out great. Also, there is something delightfully cathartic about squeezing whey through flour sack cloth. I felt simultaneously domestic and dangerous. =P Lots of fun.

Now to convince DH that the left over whey is even better than the whey we take after working out, and he should use it for "protein shakes"!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5666 on: February 09, 2016, 09:51:02 AM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

Also got my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate yesterday -- $5.20 to be applied to next grocery purchase, plus some useful bonus coupons.

I've also done a pretty good job about submitting the weekly survey to get extra gas points.  You can do it once every seven days for an extra 50 points.  That adds an extra $2 discount to my monthly gas bill, on average. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5667 on: February 09, 2016, 12:43:18 PM »
Working from home.  I've got a pot of beef and barley soup simmering on the stove.

I recently discovered how easy homemade granola is. When I made granola before it took stovetop and oven cooking and several pans and required a dozen odd or expensive ingredients. And made more than a single person could eat in a year!   I've made it twice now melting a little coconut oil while the oven preheats in the pan I'll bake it in, mix all ingredients in that pan and just make a couple cups at a time. Perfect. I reduced ingredients to what I had on hand. Oats. Flax seeds. Pecans. Oil. Molasses. Spices.  Maybe if I can make this habitual I will add a few more ingredients for variety but it's nice to know I can just make toasted oats if I want and get a little cereal fix.

Oh!  And I got another $500 scholarship towards my summer in Paris. Boo yah!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5668 on: February 09, 2016, 12:50:22 PM »
Today I went to the post office to send a parcel. After paying the human behind the counter asked me if I'm interested in their credit card. I declined as I already have one which gives me more benefits and doesn't cost anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5669 on: February 09, 2016, 06:30:07 PM »
Took four sweet potato cookies (okay, they turned out more like brownies, but that is okay!) to work for lunch.

Received text with coupon for free burrito from you-know-where ;) 

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« Reply #5670 on: February 09, 2016, 07:55:21 PM »
Was pleased  to find out that my hotel has a kitchenette, so I walked to a grocery store and bought salad fixings, fruit and yogurt, then went to Chipotle and ordered a burrito bowl with extra meat.  Will make 3 meals out of it with the veggies instead of going out for every meal this week.

Learned that Colorado doesn't allow grocery stores to sell real beer, and was too lazy to go get it at the liquor store.   Free chamomile tea instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5671 on: February 09, 2016, 10:04:21 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.

Oh, I completely missed this!

Yes, it's SHOCKINGLY easy.

1. Buy a bottle of plain (not flavored) store bought kombucha. I have had good luck with Origin and Synergy in the past.
2. Pour into a clean glass jar
3. Cover with a papertowel and rubberband
4. Leave for 2 weeks. Come back, and your weird alien pancake is all ready!

To make your 'bucha:
Prep 1 gallon sweet tea- best results with black or green tea. Chai and herbals have compounds which inhibit bacterial growth, and you can end up with the wrong things growing instead. I do 4 cups water, steep 5 bags in for 15 min, then mix into a large glass jar (I saved a massive olive jar, works great). I mix with 1.5 cups sugar. Then add cold water to fill to 1 gallon. Be sure the tea isn't hot, or your Scoby will die. Once cool enough, with very clean hands, gently lower the scoby into the tea. Add the liquid it was floating in, too- good beasities still in there. Cover with paper towel and stick it in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Obvious things to consider- it'll absorb whats in the air. Don't stick it in with the cleaning supplies.
It'll take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month to ferment adequately. Just taste and see. Depends on temp, your culture, etc etc.
When it's done fermenting, take your scoby out and move it to the fridge. Your scoby will have grown a second scoby- the "baby". I usually keep the new one and compost the old one or give it away. Or, if we're doing lots of kombucha (ex was a huge fan), I would wait a week and stagger my batches with the mother and baby, until I had multiple jars in cycle.

Always store your scoby between batches in some of the finished liquid. Be sure to do a new batch every once in a while, or the scoby will "starve:

If you rebottle from the big jar:
a- do not use metal. For any of this. Acid + metal = bad
b- do not screw on any lids too tightly. Pressure can build. This can be disasterous (think glass exploding in fridge)

Anyway, it's pretty easy all in all. No fancy lids or one way valves required =)

So basically the way my grandparents made various wines in 5 gallon buckets the back bedroom :P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5672 on: February 09, 2016, 11:26:29 PM »
Oh!  And I got another $500 scholarship towards my summer in Paris. Boo yah!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5673 on: February 10, 2016, 06:43:49 AM »
Walked to work, going to walk home, brought my lunch and some fruit, and left my purse at home so not tempted to buy anything. So, basically just another day here :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5674 on: February 10, 2016, 08:20:24 AM »
Well this technically was last night, but was craving ramen from a ramen shop. Rather than spend $15 (including tax/tip) at a place near me, I decided to try to replicate it with fresh ingredients from a store near me. Spent $8 on ingredients (that will last for 3 more bowls) and got my ramen fix :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5675 on: February 10, 2016, 10:25:30 AM »
Was very very in the mood for a beer and some junkfood on the way home, but skipped all pubs and resturants on the walk and instead opted for some groceries in the supermarket.  $$$ saved. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5676 on: February 11, 2016, 12:36:38 PM »
I made breakfast and dinner at home, and I walked back and forth to work. Now I'm going to walk to the supermarket to try to exchange detergent I bought yesterday that is the wrong kind for the machines in the laundry room here.

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« Reply #5677 on: February 11, 2016, 01:07:15 PM »
Ordered a new battery for the cordless phone that died (99 cents) instead of ordering a new phone ($109)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5678 on: February 11, 2016, 01:35:19 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

Also got my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate yesterday -- $5.20 to be applied to next grocery purchase, plus some useful bonus coupons.

I've also done a pretty good job about submitting the weekly survey to get extra gas points.  You can do it once every seven days for an extra 50 points.  That adds an extra $2 discount to my monthly gas bill, on average.

Thanks for the tip on the survey.  I hate it when I get to like 280 pts and don't make it over the threshold for the next discount.  Will give this a try.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5679 on: February 11, 2016, 03:30:11 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5680 on: February 11, 2016, 04:41:06 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings.

Oh please.  Some of us are going to buy coffee out sometimes.  I recently put $50 on my Starbuck's card with a 10% cash back promo on one of my credit cards.  I travel a lot for work and this should cover my (plain old drip in my own mug to save garbage and get a .10 discount) coffee for most of the year for one day's per diem.  Maybe if lhamo said she'd use that $50 up in a week buying her venti mocha frappuccinos anyway..

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« Reply #5681 on: February 12, 2016, 08:34:08 AM »
This one is from my DH. Had to take the care in for routine maintenance. Called ahead for a quote ($148), but when service was complete, they tried to charge him $350. He politely declined this number and told them to give him the quoted price. DH told him "If I thought it would be $300, I would have done it myself". The guy seemed to have no concept of being able to do your own routine maintenance and just stood slack jawed for a bit... but then ambled off and fixed the price. And the savings doesn't stop there! We were able to use the "goodwill package" card from VW- they sent a $500 dealership maintenance card to every owner effected by the emissions scandal. We were worried it would give us trouble, though, as we bought the car so the previous owners name was associated with the card... luckily, it ultimately comes down to VIN, not owner, so we were in the clear.

Patient family member showed up with a fancy latte for me as a thank you. Been quite a while since I had a fancy latte. Yum.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5682 on: February 12, 2016, 10:44:24 AM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings.

Oh please.  Some of us are going to buy coffee out sometimes.  I recently put $50 on my Starbuck's card with a 10% cash back promo on one of my credit cards.  I travel a lot for work and this should cover my (plain old drip in my own mug to save garbage and get a .10 discount) coffee for most of the year for one day's per diem.  Maybe if lhamo said she'd use that $50 up in a week buying her venti mocha frappuccinos anyway..

I was just struck by the apparent irony of committing one of MMM's cardinal sins (paying for Starbucks regularly enough to justify use of a $50 gift card) and justifying it by paying a few dollars less to commit another of MMM's cardinal sins (driving) and then posting about it in a thread about money savings.  Of course there are many circumstances where this type of spending is financially justifiable (i.e. business travel and business meetings over coffee).  I just didn't expect to see it written about in this thread which is usually dominated by tales of avoiding the temptations of Starbucks and other convenience food and drink. 

I, too, enjoy Starbucks specialty drinks from time to time.  When I do I categorize it as an indulgent purchase regardless of any ancillary benefits I get from the purchase.  I am even less likely to pay for drip coffee at Starbucks than I am to pay for a specialty drink when passable (often better) coffee is generally pretty easy to find for free.  But I am not a road warrior and could definitely see how a consistent cup of coffee could be priceless in the inconsistent world of business travel.

And the game changes the closer you get to that magical point of FI.  Since I am nowhere near FI, I initially read the comment through that lens.  When you are FI, such indulgent purchases are completely justifiable so long as they don't cause you to exceed your SWR.  If they are purely indulgent, OP still gets credit for seeking more bang for his (star)buck(s). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5683 on: February 12, 2016, 10:55:47 AM »
Car pooled to work and brought my lunch/snacks. No eating out for me!

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« Reply #5684 on: February 12, 2016, 08:16:57 PM »
Made glazed carrots with homegrown carrots and homegrown lemon.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5685 on: February 13, 2016, 02:16:34 AM »
I was invited to join a visiting acquaintance and one of his friends to see museums in London today, but I decided to go with my original plan of attending a women's group at church. So that's about $30 saved, extra time for laundry and errands, and maybe I'll get to know people in my new town. I'd have been more tempted if I had known them better or if I hadn't just been to London last weekend.

Yesterday I saw two women at work with a tiny coffee-making gadget that sits on top of a mug, holds a little bag of coffee, and just needs hot water added. I am going to scout for one today to save on coffee at work--which seems socially mandatory here.

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« Reply #5686 on: February 13, 2016, 06:17:04 AM »

Yesterday I saw two women at work with a tiny coffee-making gadget that sits on top of a mug, holds a little bag of coffee, and just needs hot water added. I am going to scout for one today to save on coffee at work--which seems socially mandatory here.

Melitta is a popular brand for those. They are often called a cone. I hope that helps your search! 

Edited to add: I've never seen a bag of coffee in them so perhaps I'm recommending the wrong gadget!  Cones can be plastic, ceramic or stainless steel and you can use a paper filter or mesh filter to hold any kind of ground coffee. There are fancy pour over kettles but don't need all that to get a decent cup of coffee
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5687 on: February 13, 2016, 08:43:38 AM »
I grocery shopped at Market Basket for years b/c it has dirt cheap prices on most items. Then Wegmans opened about a mile down the road. It is MUCH nicer but is slightly higher priced on some things. OTOH they send you $7 of coupons per week for generic stuff like "$1 off a dairy item". Back in my spendy days I switched to Wegmans.

Wegmans has a grocery list app that shows you not only the items on your list but their current price at Wegmans. So now I go to MarketBasket first, and use the Wegmans app to price compare each item on my list. I buy the ones that are cheaper at MB, check them off, then drive a little further and finish up at Wegmans. Very handy app.

I go at the crack of dawn so most of the time there is no line at either place. I am retired but I -still- grocery shop on Saturday morning at 7am and do all my cooking on the weekend. Can't explain that one.

Years ago I used to make fun of my mother for driving miles from store to store to use her coupons ...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5688 on: February 13, 2016, 08:59:47 AM »
I was invited to join a visiting acquaintance and one of his friends to see museums in London today, but I decided to go with my original plan of attending a women's group at church. So that's about $30 saved, extra time for laundry and errands, and maybe I'll get to know people in my new town. I'd have been more tempted if I had known them better or if I hadn't just been to London last weekend.

Yesterday I saw two women at work with a tiny coffee-making gadget that sits on top of a mug, holds a little bag of coffee, and just needs hot water added. I am going to scout for one today to save on coffee at work--which seems socially mandatory here.

I've seen something like you're describing in the US at Trader Joe's-
Is this the sort of thing you mean?


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5689 on: February 13, 2016, 11:54:31 AM »
Furnace went out a couple of days ago.  Rather than call an HVAC person (which is what I would have done pre-MMM), I searched around on Youtube, ran through some troubleshooting steps, and figured out it was a faulty starter/ceramic heating element.  Found the part at a local HVAC store for $50, had it fixed in less than 10 minutes.  Probably saved about $350 vs the HVAC person.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5690 on: February 13, 2016, 12:34:42 PM »
1. Instead of giving in to a rare Starbucks craving, I used a Peppermint Mocha Via packet that I got on clearance (6 packets for $2) right after Xmas.
2. Made a huge pot of potato soup for work lunches. I normally take my lunch, but supplement it with my cafeteria's soup. Will save me $1.70 each day I take it instead of buying. Lack of variety might not be worth the savings--interesting soup is my reward for choking down Stupid Healthy Salad every day.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5691 on: February 13, 2016, 12:49:20 PM »
Furnace went out a couple of days ago.  Rather than call an HVAC person (which is what I would have done pre-MMM), I searched around on Youtube, ran through some troubleshooting steps, and figured out it was a faulty starter/ceramic heating element.  Found the part at a local HVAC store for $50, had it fixed in less than 10 minutes.  Probably saved about $350 vs the HVAC person.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5692 on: February 13, 2016, 12:52:24 PM »
Yesterday I saw two women at work with a tiny coffee-making gadget that sits on top of a mug, holds a little bag of coffee, and just needs hot water added. I am going to scout for one today to save on coffee at work--which seems socially mandatory here.

I've seen something like you're describing in the US at Trader Joe's-
Is this the sort of thing you mean?
. . .

Thank you, PMG and Bracken_Joy. It wasn't either of those, but I found it by Googling "plastic cup that sits on a mug to make coffee" and looking at the image results. This is it:
http://www.pennineteaandcoffee.co.uk/Regular+on+cup+ground+coffee+filters+%28120%29/0_CAAA068_CAAA074/PRAA306.htm#.Vr-F8PmLTIU

I wandered through two department stores, a supermarket, and a random-plastic-stuff store today trying to think where to find something like this. I don't know why I didn't think to Google it until I saw your suggestions. Now that I see it, though, I'm not convinced. I guess the whole thing is disposable, which I didn't realize. That'd be handy . . . but a major waste. I wonder if anyone just brings tea bags or tea-bag-inspired coffee bags.

Anyway, I signed up for a public library card today and checked out a language-learning audio book. There was a charge of £1.50 for the rental, which surprised me, but it's cheaper than actually buying a language book / CD set. Ordinary books are free, so I'll have to take advantage of that now that I have a card.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5693 on: February 13, 2016, 01:06:55 PM »
I had a coworker who had something similar to this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Bartelli-Paperless-Coffee-Dripper-Brewer/dp/B0114XW80G/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1455393917&sr=8-16&keywords=cup+drip+coffee

Her coffee always smelled so much better than the coffee supplied by work!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5694 on: February 13, 2016, 01:20:38 PM »
Zaga, that looks good. I saw something like that today. I think that might've been what PMG meant, too. I'll have to think about this more. The thing is that in my workplace it might be awkward to carry something that could be conspicuous and possibly drippy. The break room isn't near my office. But then people do bring mugs . . . hmm. I may have to just ask someone.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5695 on: February 13, 2016, 01:24:01 PM »
For the coffee drinkers: ever tried an aeropress?   Pretty good coffe straight in the cup, relatively mess free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5696 on: February 13, 2016, 01:34:21 PM »
Bodum also sells a French press travel mug. It's not cheap (35$ CAD, when I bought one before Christmas...) but mine has been giving me daily excellent coffee with no mess for over 7 years now, goes in the dishwasher, doesn't break when dropped, and is pretty nice. Might be an option...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5697 on: February 13, 2016, 02:09:44 PM »
For coffee, I don't know that I'll ever happily give up my electric kettle and chemex system. Bought a metal filter cone so no need to purchase anything else until the kettle burns out. The chemex and the filter are dishwasher safe, but even if they weren't, it's easily washable with a bottle brush.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5698 on: February 13, 2016, 02:39:02 PM »
I have this little Melitta one cup thing that uses paper filters. http://www.amazon.ca/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6 Works well. I don't use the small ones that are made for it; too expensive. I just use a regular cone filter and it sticks up a bit.

Was out and about running errands and was jonesing for a smoothie, but came home and made my own with some bananas that were getting overripe, and some frozen berries.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5699 on: February 13, 2016, 02:52:12 PM »
For the coffee drinkers: ever tried an aeropress?   Pretty good coffe straight in the cup, relatively mess free.
I'm a recent convert. Makes great coffee and very easy to wash.

On the minus side, it's a rather ugly-looking plasticky contraption :)
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