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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5900 on: March 07, 2016, 10:15:42 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out). 

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« Reply #5901 on: March 07, 2016, 10:28:08 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out).

I need to DIY frozen pizzas again for that sort of situation.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5902 on: March 07, 2016, 10:31:48 AM »
* Took the bus to meet friends for lunch.

* While we were there, the kitchen broke (or so it seemed) and it took us 90 minutes to get served, so they comped all our meals. We paid for drinks and tipped our waiter well (it wasn't his fault), and it ended up being a bargain.

I love when restaurants mess up.  One of my best restaurant experiences was when a waitress dumped a large glass of lemonade in my lap.  We got out of that of that meal very cheap!  The manager even offered me free dry cleaning but I did not accept that since I happened to be wearing casual clothes and all they needed was a trip through the washing machine.  Sure, eating in damp pants isn't the most pleasant experience in the world, but I'd do it again if my party gets nearly-free meals. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5903 on: March 07, 2016, 10:49:34 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out).

I need to DIY frozen pizzas again for that sort of situation.

Mini shepherd's pies are great for that, especially if you make the filling 1/3 meat, 1/3 corn, and 1/3 vegetables... take out of the freezer, put into the oven for 45 minutes, and it's a complete meal. :) (And if you buy the ingredients on sale, it's about 2$ to feed 2-3 people, the way I make it).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5904 on: March 07, 2016, 11:23:38 AM »
I got a free pretzel at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5905 on: March 07, 2016, 12:19:26 PM »
Spent hours this weekend completely taking apart our old non-functional Weber Grill. We then wire-brushed all the rust and flaking paint off, scrubbed all the parts with soap and water, repainted it with high heat spray paint ($10), ordered a replacement cross over tube ($10), then put it all back together. For $20 we now have a completely functioning and nice looking grill. Better than the $400 I was planning on spending to replace it!

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« Reply #5906 on: March 07, 2016, 03:30:24 PM »
Spent hours this weekend completely taking apart our old non-functional Weber Grill. We then wire-brushed all the rust and flaking paint off, scrubbed all the parts with soap and water, repainted it with high heat spray paint ($10), ordered a replacement cross over tube ($10), then put it all back together. For $20 we now have a completely functioning and nice looking grill. Better than the $400 I was planning on spending to replace it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5907 on: March 07, 2016, 03:33:22 PM »
Instead of buying a new USB cable, I asked on my Buy Nothing Group, and will pick one up tomorrow from a neighbor. (I needed USB to USB, and we only have USB to microUSB).

Rearranged the fridge to try and prevent food waste, so we know what is there. Found a partial block of feta that got lost, and a new one opened. Still go, so it got used today with roasted broccoli.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5908 on: March 07, 2016, 05:20:08 PM »
In the past two months, we've made a huge effort to heat with wood (wood stove as a fireplace in the main part of our house; electric heat is the back-up and the only heat source for the basement, which we haven't been in much).

I got the electric bill today: 200$ UNDER my best-case-scenario estimate! 400$ under what I was expecting! WOOHOOOOO! Worth every effort!

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« Reply #5909 on: March 07, 2016, 07:53:40 PM »
 Went through our taxes for the second time,  then realized it will really benefit if we both max out IRAs for last year - it makes MFJ as beneficial in terms of student loan repayment as MFS has been the past few years (only works out this way because he's no longer working, so I didn't miss out on anything last year). So, tomorrow is setting up IRAs and doing the taxes for yet a third time. Figure I'm making maybe as much as $1000 a day, so it's worth it. Plus IRAs.


 Also figured out that, no matter how we slice it, we're eligible for the IRS free file because our income is low enough. So that saved about 30 bucks worth of TaxAct right there.


Motherf***. Just did some back of the envelope calcs, and those IRAs will bring our savings rate for the year to just over 70% of pretax income. I'm going over to the save 80% thread to brag.

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« Reply #5910 on: March 07, 2016, 09:43:22 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5911 on: March 08, 2016, 04:37:57 AM »
My groceries arrived with a small breakage inside one bag so I got £16 refunded back. Someone was at my house at the weeekend and they broke a glass so they sent me a set of new wine glasses. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5912 on: March 08, 2016, 06:14:35 AM »
I made a large batch of cold brew coffee, which used up some odds and ends of different roasts sitting in the pantry. I strained it this morning and it yielded almost a gallon, which should last most of a week.

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« Reply #5913 on: March 08, 2016, 08:00:48 AM »
Two things yesterday:

1. I spent $17 for a new valve for my pressure cooker.  I've used the PC frequently for >10 years and the valve was in desperate need of replacement.  I've really really been wanting to buy an Instant Pot, so I figured replacing the valve on my stovetop model saved me almost $100!

2. I dropped a return off at the UPS store.  Running shoes are my gazingus pin.  When I find the brand I like on clearance in my size, I can't resist.  But, right now I already have 5 pairs in my current rotation, plus 2 brand-new never-been-worn!  So I decided the 3rd pair needed to go back. One of the other 2 pairs are still within the return window but I'm on the fence about returning that pair because they were such a good price (clearance priced, and then a % off of that). 

Now I feel guilty for not running this morning. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5914 on: March 08, 2016, 08:29:07 AM »
I made a large batch of cold brew coffee, which used up some odds and ends of different roasts sitting in the pantry. I strained it this morning and it yielded almost a gallon, which should last most of a week.

How do you keep it so that it doesn't get stale?

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« Reply #5915 on: March 08, 2016, 08:32:41 AM »
I made a large batch of cold brew coffee, which used up some odds and ends of different roasts sitting in the pantry. I strained it this morning and it yielded almost a gallon, which should last most of a week.

How do you keep it so that it doesn't get stale?

I keep it in glass pitchers in the back of the fridge so it stays colder. I've never made this large of a batch before, so I'll report back if it doesn't keep. It is entirely possible it won't last as long as I think it will, since my husband isn't a daily coffee drinker but loves iced coffee!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5916 on: March 08, 2016, 08:39:42 AM »
Instead of buying a new USB cable, I asked on my Buy Nothing Group, and will pick one up tomorrow from a neighbor. (I needed USB to USB, and we only have USB to microUSB).
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I've tried and failed to find a buy nothing group in my area.  Is it normal for groups to be limited to a single zip code?  I am literally in an adjacent zip code and am unable to join the nearest group.  I'm bummed because I have a ton of stuff and I think freecycle is full of scammers. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5917 on: March 08, 2016, 08:48:22 AM »
I finally have something to add other than the boring lunch and drinks from home....

I gave my HDMI cable to my daughter to allow her to watch Netflix upstairs (hooked her laptop to the television that she just inherited from her grandmother).  I was going to order another HDMI cable for my computer but instead went through my junk drawer and found a 15 pin cable that worked beautifully to re-connect my monitor (tv) to my desktop. 

Tonight I'm taking my husband to see Slayer (god help me) and instead of going out to dinner, we are going home first and eating leftovers.  I didn't want the extra calories, to have to leave work even earlier for dinner, and the expense.  SCORE

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5918 on: March 08, 2016, 03:35:46 PM »
Instead of buying a new USB cable, I asked on my Buy Nothing Group, and will pick one up tomorrow from a neighbor. (I needed USB to USB, and we only have USB to microUSB).
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I've tried and failed to find a buy nothing group in my area.  Is it normal for groups to be limited to a single zip code?  I am literally in an adjacent zip code and am unable to join the nearest group.  I'm bummed because I have a ton of stuff and I think freecycle is full of scammers.

Very common to be this small! They are hyper local. The whole idea is to be neighbors, so everyone is invested. Mine covers about 3 miles (~2 neighborhoods). The beauty of not having one in your area- you can start a local chapter! My chapter was only started about 2 weeks before I joined. We now have 195 people in the group! And all are confirmed addresses =) It's amazing how quickly the group grew- word of mouth is a powerful thing. But yes, part of the point of Buy Nothing is no scammers, a super high degree of accountability, and no anonymity. These are your neighbors. People are very honest with their postings! And offer some amazing gifts. It's also wonderful to be able to re-home an item by having someone ELSE come and pick it up, then thank YOU for it!

I swear guys, Buy Nothing isn't paying me, I just really love that community lol. Been instrumental to my mustachianism and minimalism!

As for what I did today to save:
It's my birthday, and to celebrate we drove out to a hike (trail pass already paid for, yearly, $36, instead of $5 each time. Has paid for itself many times over!). We aren't going out to dinner, and instead having a bottle of wine and a meal at home. My gift is going to be a hair cut at the local beauty school ($15). Once I get around to arranging it anyway =P

My friends and family so far are honoring my frugal and minimalist nature. So far I've gotten a netflix gift card, a starbucks gift card, and a bottle of wine.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5919 on: March 08, 2016, 04:14:58 PM »

It's my birthday, and to celebrate we drove out to a hike (trail pass already paid for, yearly, $36, instead of $5 each time. Has paid for itself many times over!). We aren't going out to dinner, and instead having a bottle of wine and a meal at home. My gift is going to be a hair cut at the local beauty school ($15). Once I get around to arranging it anyway =P

My friends and family so far are honoring my frugal and minimalist nature. So far I've gotten a netflix gift card, a starbucks gift card, and a bottle of wine.

Oh, Happy Birthday! 🎂 Here's an Internet toast 🍷to your wonderful day!

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« Reply #5920 on: March 08, 2016, 04:19:34 PM »

It's my birthday, and to celebrate we drove out to a hike (trail pass already paid for, yearly, $36, instead of $5 each time. Has paid for itself many times over!). We aren't going out to dinner, and instead having a bottle of wine and a meal at home. My gift is going to be a hair cut at the local beauty school ($15). Once I get around to arranging it anyway =P

My friends and family so far are honoring my frugal and minimalist nature. So far I've gotten a netflix gift card, a starbucks gift card, and a bottle of wine.

Oh, Happy Birthday! 🎂 Here's an Internet toast 🍷to your wonderful day!

Aww thank you! And I just got the best birthday present: our federal refund came through! I figured my mustachian friends could appreciate that one.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5921 on: March 08, 2016, 10:51:34 PM »
Replaced my own air filter and wiper fluid today. I know that's the very beginning beginning of DIY car maintenance but it was a big deal for me!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5922 on: March 09, 2016, 06:58:04 AM »
Replaced my own air filter and wiper fluid today. I know that's the very beginning beginning of DIY car maintenance but it was a big deal for me!

Woohoo!

Tip for basic (very basic) car maintenance: youtube. People do instructional videos and post them, it's super easy to learn when you're following along. :)

Also, google how much things should cost if you think it sounds a bit high (aka: my last garage wanted to charge me 90$ to replace the wipers. Um, I can buy them new at the store for 25, so... how's about no?)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5923 on: March 09, 2016, 09:51:59 AM »
I realized if I took a little extra time I could pay my (facepunchy, sadly) medical bills with a credit card instead of by check. Saved a stamp, an envelope, three checks, and got 2% cash back for the whole thing. Net gain probably $7ish.
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« Reply #5924 on: March 09, 2016, 09:55:03 AM »
This was last night rather than today, but the only thing that kept me out of a restaurant was the fact that I'd already cooked rice earlier that day, and wanted to eat it while it was still fresh.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5925 on: March 09, 2016, 10:54:46 AM »
Dealer recommended service sounded fishy, so I politely declined and booked a second opinion at my usual shop.  Took my car in Saturday for a (free) brake inspection.  Explained that the dealer wanted to resurface the rotors and pads due to rust from lack of use, and that the dealer had warned me that it was a safety issue.

My usual shop took her for a test drive, checked her out, and gave her a clean bill of health.  Told me the dealer was scratching for work, and NO ONE resurfaces rotors these days - corroborates what my father, a mechanic of 40 years, told me years ago.  Recommended replacing the rotors and pads when the pads get down to 2mm (currently at 6 in front, 4 in back).

Woo, saved $572! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5926 on: March 09, 2016, 12:54:17 PM »

As for what I did today to save:
It's my birthday, and to celebrate ...


HAPPY BELATED!!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5927 on: March 10, 2016, 06:52:12 AM »

As for what I did today to save:
It's my birthday, and to celebrate ...


HAPPY BELATED!!!!

Thanks Steph!

As for what I did:

We're 3-4 months out from moving again (ughhhhhh), so we're officially in "eat down the stores" phase! I hate moving food. Started with some frozen spaghetti sauce over rice last night. We have SO MUCH fish. Need to spend some pinterest time looking for "salmon that does not taste like salmon" recipes, haha. Most important, though, is that SirB is on board! Now to curb my CostCo habit for all but the essentials...
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« Reply #5928 on: March 10, 2016, 11:23:58 AM »

As for what I did today to save:
It's my birthday, and to celebrate ...


HAPPY BELATED!!!!

Thanks Steph!

As for what I did:

We're 3-4 months out from moving again (ughhhhhh), so we're officially in "eat down the stores" phase! I hate moving food. Started with some frozen spaghetti sauce over rice last night. We have SO MUCH fish. Need to spend some pinterest time looking for "salmon that does not taste like salmon" recipes, haha. Most important, though, is that SirB is on board! Now to curb my CostCo habit for all but the essentials...

Paté au saumon. Yummy, leftovers freeze well, and most people enjoy it, especially with a dill sauce.

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« Reply #5929 on: March 10, 2016, 01:52:52 PM »
When you're carless, some errands require some sort of wheels: Uber, rental, whatever. But my dad's in town this weekend, and he rented a car! So going to get 6 months of kitty litter and other heavy stuff without paying extra for wheels.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5930 on: March 10, 2016, 10:02:21 PM »
Today I went to a Chase bank to open a new account. I had bought a $300 bonus "coupon" on eBay for a few dollars. The banker mentioned that I was pre-approved for their Sapphire Preferred card, so I signed up for that too, and will receive $550 in points after meeting requirements. So for 15 minutes in the branch, and some shuffling around of money on my own, I will have gotten over $800.

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« Reply #5931 on: March 11, 2016, 04:06:41 AM »
Ate free apple (they were being given away on the way to work). Then ate free work pizza at late afternoon meeting for dinner.

Unfortunately, hubby was hungry and nothing to eat at home so ordered him a pizza for dinner, still saved $15 as would have ordered pizza for me as well if I hadn't eaten. Still, should have some emergency meals in the fridge in the future.


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« Reply #5932 on: March 11, 2016, 07:11:26 AM »
Today I went to a Chase bank to open a new account. I had bought a $300 bonus "coupon" on eBay for a few dollars. The banker mentioned that I was pre-approved for their Sapphire Preferred card, so I signed up for that too, and will receive $550 in points after meeting requirements. So for 15 minutes in the branch, and some shuffling around of money on my own, I will have gotten over $800.

... SCORE.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5933 on: March 11, 2016, 08:21:07 AM »
I washed my dog yesterday.  I hate that chore, but I'm cutting trips to the groomer way down this year.  Saved $20.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5934 on: March 11, 2016, 09:00:41 AM »
changed my old flip phone no data, pay per text incoming and outgoing! grr, and 400 minutes rollover with AT&T =60$ or more, to TING on my husbands plan.. so an extra 12 bucks!
60 to 12!
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Now i want to attack get my internet bill at home bill down, it is currently 58 with taxes with Brighthouse. The forum search comes up database error or i would search to find what mustachians use for their internet. Anyone in FL got a tip?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5935 on: March 11, 2016, 09:23:27 AM »
This is a basic one. So, I'm new to this - I used to buy every meal out. I'd been on a 2-3 week streak of preparing all of my own meals, but I was so spent after my workout (2 hour BJJ class) that I bought breakfast at a corner market yesterday. This morning, I almost did the same thing. But as I was in the shower, I said "hb187, don't be an idiot, you have food at home." So I cooked breakfast and lunch at the same time, packed everything up, and saved at least ten dollars today.

This is the kind of thing I need to do every day, but I'm especially proud because I changed my mind today. I had resigned myself to buying breakfast, and then later thought better of it.

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« Reply #5936 on: March 11, 2016, 11:04:32 AM »
After falling off the wagon a tiny bit for the past couple weeks, I am back on track with . . .
- packed homemade lunch for today at the same time last night as I made dinner
- free gym later tonight
- no money spend day
- setting up "budget" for next paycheck (give every dollar a job, etc)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5937 on: March 11, 2016, 12:20:13 PM »
Two actions of note for me:

1.  The coffee grinder stopped working: the motor spun, but the burrs didn't.  "Oh well" I thought, "we've had a good 8 year run, let's see how much it will cost to replace?".  The answer was over $300 Canadian.  this prompted some angst, and a furious web searching - the solution: a $15 replacement part and an hour of my time with the help of a YouTube video.  Problem solved!

2.  Brooks Brothers just had their 30% off sale for corporate members.  I had the virtual shopping cart loaded up with four brand new dress shirts - what a score!  Perhaps I should head over to the outerwear section...what about the sweaters?! But then I paused, walked down to my closet, took a good look at my work wardrobe...and closed the web browser.  I just couldn't justify buy more shirts, another jacket or sweater, and was only doing so because they were on "sale".  Another "savings" of $300 plus - and a feeling of control.  I'm really trying to be a more conscientious consumer, buying only what I need to replace that which has worn out.  While not shopping may be second nature for many on this forum, I am constantly struggling with the demon called Want, but figure that I came out on top this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5938 on: March 11, 2016, 12:40:19 PM »
I needed some jeans for work so I hit the thrift store and found two pairs for $8 each. Exact same jeans but two different colors, checked the brand when I got home they are $100 jeans new, and the thrift ones look brand new. I also found a great spring/summer bag for $4, which I didn't need but I fell in love with. It's a good brand but the new price is not something I would ever pay for a bag.

Finally found a ton of baby wool for my mom (she is starting a little Etsy shop with my help) and a roll of cotton batting to make a quilt with. All for about $20 total, but it's a huge quantity of wool. 

I have had quite some thrifting luck this week. I also found on a different day some great vintage dishes for dead cheap that I will resale for at least 10x what I paid. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5939 on: March 11, 2016, 01:33:18 PM »
-trimmed own my hair
-called the dog into the shower with me so could both get clean
-reheated some leftover okra for lunch
-hand washed and laid out to air dry all "dry clean only" clothes.
-salvaged the trash bag the mail carrier put over a package to protect it from rain. Free trash bag!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5940 on: March 11, 2016, 02:25:13 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home. Tonight I went home and had a snack and a little down time, then walked into town, bought a burrito for dinner, and then went to the supermarket. I just got things for breakfast and some prepared meals that were on sale, but it will save me over the course of the next few days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5941 on: March 11, 2016, 02:37:27 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home. Tonight I went home and had a snack and a little down time, then walked into town, bought a burrito for dinner, and then went to the supermarket. I just got things for breakfast and some prepared meals that were on sale, but it will save me over the course of the next few days.

Feel better soon :(

I packed my lunch as usual and threw together chili fixings in the IP this morning (on slow cook) so it'll be ready when we get home tonight. Heading out to get cream cheese for cupcakes I'm making and bringing to DS10's Cub Scout Blue and Gold ceremony tomorrow. I already have all the other ingredients, including blue cupcake wrappers and blue and yellow food coloring and blue sprinkles. (Appetizing to young boys. Adults, not so much! Blue poop anyone???)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5942 on: March 11, 2016, 02:49:34 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home.

I'm in the same boat :-(  Really sick since Tuesday and running out of food at home. I have to work extra late tonight to catch up and meet a work deadline (groan) and then I'm going to drag myself to the grocery store on the way home.

I had a $30 grubhub order ready to go last night when I was running a fever and extra miserable, but I closed the browser window before I ordered it...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5943 on: March 11, 2016, 06:46:56 PM »
2.  Brooks Brothers just had their 30% off sale for corporate members.  I had the virtual shopping cart loaded up with four brand new dress shirts - what a score!  Perhaps I should head over to the outerwear section...what about the sweaters?! But then I paused, walked down to my closet, took a good look at my work wardrobe...and closed the web browser.  I just couldn't justify buy more shirts, another jacket or sweater, and was only doing so because they were on "sale".  Another "savings" of $300 plus - and a feeling of control.  I'm really trying to be a more conscientious consumer, buying only what I need to replace that which has worn out.  While not shopping may be second nature for many on this forum, I am constantly struggling with the demon called Want, but figure that I came out on top this week.

I had a $30 grubhub order ready to go last night when I was running a fever and extra miserable, but I closed the browser window before I ordered it...

The power of "closing the browser window"! This has helped me many times. I think occasionally indulging in the fantasy might be helpful, counter-intuitive as it may seem.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5944 on: March 11, 2016, 07:03:43 PM »
The power of "closing the browser window"! This has helped me many times. I think occasionally indulging in the fantasy might be helpful, counter-intuitive as it may seem.

For me I think it's that closing the window is so easy (just one click). You go through the whole hassle of signing in, choosing everything, tax, tip, etc., and then you see the price. Hmm. $30? Really? One click to close, and the temptation is gone because I'm certainly not about to waste ANOTHER five minutes on their website re-doing all that...

Bonus: I worked so late that the grocery store was the emptiest I've ever seen it. Only one person in line ahead of me at the register. Considering I've seen this place so packed on a random weekday that the line for the exit/cashier almost reached back to the entrance, this is a very nice thing :-) Good to know it's empty at this time of day for future reference.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5945 on: March 11, 2016, 09:10:17 PM »
I recognize that spending money isn't saving money. I've been looking for some things for upcoming travels and desperately needing new shoes. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart but not finishing the buy. Today I found what I needed significantly marked down on rei. I only ordered things on my list.  Found high quality for Kmart prices. I'm pretty happy. It was worth waiting.

My "made it to spring break" treat today was homemade iced coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies.

I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5946 on: March 11, 2016, 09:28:24 PM »


I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.

Nicely done! I need to do the same!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5947 on: March 11, 2016, 09:29:46 PM »
On another note I made $50 at a taste test today and caught the bus for free there and back ( After the first 8 rides/week I get free rides).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5948 on: March 11, 2016, 10:43:36 PM »
Living in a new part of the world and adjusting to new foods and prices. The wife and I went to the local grocery stores and spent 2 hours browsing through the stores to see what was available locally and at the best price before making any purchases. We brainstormed and saw that we could make 3 of our key/favourite dinner meals (that always make enough for seconds so 6 dinners) at a great price - we even swapped some of the ingredients to better priced alternatives. This should help us trim/maintain our food budget and its mainly healthy.

Best part was having the wife on board and excited about saving more. Same quality of life just with a little bit of research and now some extra savings to improve/maintain quality of life in the future!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5949 on: March 12, 2016, 07:14:17 AM »
I recognize that spending money isn't saving money. I've been looking for some things for upcoming travels and desperately needing new shoes. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart but not finishing the buy. Today I found what I needed significantly marked down on rei. I only ordered things on my list.  Found high quality for Kmart prices. I'm pretty happy. It was worth waiting.

My "made it to spring break" treat today was homemade iced coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies.

I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.
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