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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6000 on: March 21, 2016, 07:26:40 AM »
I realised I had extra interest in a cash savings account and I realised my 0% credit card account was less than I thought. Easy way to realise I have £300 more than I had yesterday.:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6001 on: March 21, 2016, 12:52:37 PM »
I booked a cheaper (but still nice) hotel room for an upcoming trip instead of the fancy schmancy one I was considering.  Also, this trip is tagged on to the end of a business trip, so my transportation to and from will be covered by work.

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« Reply #6002 on: March 21, 2016, 01:13:05 PM »
Battled costco once more. Eggs, sour cream, rice, and salsa are all SO much cheaper it would be insane to go anywhere else. Also got gas while I was there.

Have been wanting a kettle, but my frugality and minimalism just weren't sure. So I posted on Buy Nothing Group. Within 2 minutes I had a kettle offer, and picked it up on the way to costco. They had recently bought an electric kettle and wanted the burner space. My plan is thus: if I like it, perfect, I have a kettle. If not, I will paid it with some cute mugs and gift it to a friend for her bridal shower, as it's in her 'color scheme' and there is a similar kettle on her registry. I'm trying to do a good gift while keeping it cheap, since I have to drive far to the shower and the wedding (3 hrs for shower, 6 hours for wedding).

DH traded some light engineering support for a family member and got us a nice whiskey as a thank you. Yum.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6003 on: March 21, 2016, 03:33:00 PM »
Took mega-fast navy shower instead of the hot bath I planned

Been doing this myself, and taking 100% cold Navy showers at that. It takes some getting used to but it makes financial sense and makes me feel like a practicing stoic...

I will admit, it's getting MUCH easier now that the weather is turning warmer.

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« Reply #6004 on: March 21, 2016, 03:45:53 PM »
Since I got home from work on Friday, the only money I've spent is quarters for doing laundry ($5.75 for two washer loads and one dryer load - I hung dry most of my shirts and two pairs of jeans).

I actually found $13 worth of quarters in the laundry room (sitting in the bucket of the change machine), which would make it a net gain, but I didn't feel right taking it so I just stacked it up on top of the machine in the hopes that whoever left it there would remember and come back for it. Probably someone who is a bigger asshole than me took it after I left, but $13 isn't worth feeling bad about myself... I'm still battling a guilty conscience for accidentally walking out on a $17 bar bill in January even though I tried to pay them back multiple times and they won't take my money. :-/
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6005 on: March 21, 2016, 08:48:17 PM »
Catching up, lots of good savings going on. I don't have the quotes, but a few things caught my eye:

re: wood stove + electric heat

We also installed a wood stove this past year, and the savings on our electric heat have been tremendous! Even including the high price of wood that I bought in a bit of a panic, the fancy stove is paying for itself in one year. I'm going to buy green wood soon for 2017-18, and dry wood for 2016-17, and from then on, only green wood.

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I've been buying large cuts of meat on sale and searching for ____ leftover recipes. It has worked out really well, both cost-wise and family-wise. Tonight was a frittata with leftover ham, tomorrow is mac and cheese with leftover ham. The ham was $8 for 10 lbs., and we still have the bone for split pea soup, and about 2 lbs. of meat left for lunches or snacks.

I've taken over the grocery shopping, except for Costco :-( . The week, I got the $8 ham and a $10, 10 lb. pork shoulder. Thomasí English muffins were buy 1 get 2 free, and then I saw the price of one pack is $4.39! I looked at the store brand, which was 2/$3, and decided to give Thomasí the finger. We donít normally eat English muffins, but I would buy them as a treat if they were on sale for a decent value. Holy crap, triple the price! I quickly googled how to make them, and there's nothing special about it, it's just pure brand premium. I had pizza dough on the list, and there was only one left, so I decided to make my own dough next time instead. Look easy enough, and should be 1/3 of the cost.

Last week was a $15 whole boneless pork loin. I put 5 lbs. in the freezer, and made meals all week with 5 lbs. The carnitas I made were incredible -- I used some concentrated chicken stock made from a $3 managerís special whole chicken cut up, and the family was raving. Since I work at home, I ate the leftovers for lunch, and then took the remaining leftovers with me to class for dinner -- bwahahaha!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6006 on: March 22, 2016, 03:15:42 PM »
DH's tIRA at vanguard got over $10k, so we switched to admiral funds. Save on fees.

Been turning the heat down to 60 overnight, and opening up the house and turning the heat off entirely if its not super crummy outside.

Cut DH's hair.

Made some more 2 ingredients cookies . Working through some coconut flakes we bought several months ago.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6007 on: March 22, 2016, 03:20:11 PM »
Made some more 2 ingredients cookies . Working through some coconut flakes we bought several months ago.

I think you must be where I heard of these cookies.  Thanks!  I made a few batches recently using up some overripe bananas that I had frozen.  I added a pinch of salt and a few nuts.  (And then ate about half the batch at once.)

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« Reply #6008 on: March 22, 2016, 03:52:48 PM »
Made some more 2 ingredients cookies . Working through some coconut flakes we bought several months ago.

I think you must be where I heard of these cookies.  Thanks!  I made a few batches recently using up some overripe bananas that I had frozen.  I added a pinch of salt and a few nuts.  (And then ate about half the batch at once.)

Oh I like the pinch of salt idea! I'll have to give that a whirl next time. Totally forgot to add cinnamon this time... it's great with them.

I'm glad I'm spreading the recipe goodness. SO much easier than banana bread for leftover bananas, and probably healthier too! Way less sugar at any rate. Certainly easier.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6009 on: March 23, 2016, 05:55:16 AM »
Purchased a discounted gift card at Cardpool to pay for my brother's birthday gift. I made purchase through eBates and will get a $10 gift card for making my first purchase, and if the price drops I'll get a price adjustment through Paribus. Thank you to all you lovely folks for introducing me to these sites!

I tried a Caramelized Honey latte at Starbucks yesterday so I attempted my own syrup at home this morning. 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup honey, and 2 tbsp water heated to 300*F (or until the mixture starts to turn golden brown, for folks without a candy thermometer), then stirred in 1 cup of water. If I make it again, I may use all honey and add less water at the end for a thicker syrup, but I'm pretty happy with the result.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6010 on: March 23, 2016, 08:28:54 AM »
Signed up for a lunch n learn offered by my employer on IRAs. Lunch is provided, so financial education + free lunch = win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6011 on: March 23, 2016, 08:32:26 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6012 on: March 23, 2016, 08:57:42 AM »
A coworker had a birthday last week and for this week's team meeting we are all expected to bring in some food..etc for a little celebration. I was going to go to the store to pick something up, but then decided to make something out of ingredients I had at home. I came up with marshmallow popcorn balls and I tried to make salted caramel popcorn balls. didn't have caramel at home so I found a recipe that used what I had and made my own sauce. It wasn't sticky enough to form into balls, but we'll just snack on it loose.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6013 on: March 23, 2016, 01:04:54 PM »
I filled out a short survey (5 min) to get a free ticket to see a band I really love. Score!
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« Reply #6014 on: March 23, 2016, 01:20:14 PM »
Money is tight right now. Really, really tight. And I'm hosting Easter brunch for the extended family - 8 adults and 2 children, INCLUDING an easter egg hunt for the kids (argh).

Total budget: 20$, INCLUDING the eggs for the hunt, plus an already-owned bottle of prosecco that we were given at Christmas and whatever is in the pantry.

Plan: Easter egg hunt with coffee for the adults, and then quiches and salad and mimosas. Festive enough?

Menu:
Chocolate eggs, and a chocolate rabbit for my daughter: 5$ MAX
Quiche lorraine x2, spinach and gruyere quiche x2 (Eggs on sale 2$, leeks 1$, gruyŤre/cheddar 4$, pie dough made from pantry ingredients plus 1$ in butter, ham leftover from the ham I made on Tuesday from the ham that was bought on sale, and about 1 cup of milk from our ever-plentiful milk supply - maybe 50 cents worth)
Spinach salad: huge bag of costco spinach for 3$ (take out 2-3 handfulls to put in the veggie quiche), with a lemon-dijon-fresh herb dressing that's homemade and kept in the fridge in a 1L mason jar; I make a batch every 2 months or so.
Mimosas: 2$ orange juice, already-owned prosecco (12$ to buy, looking at the govt website)

Decoration: 1 dozen eggs (on sale, 2$), hard-boiled and home-dyed (onion skins=yellow, slightly-rotten red cabbage=blue, withered and gross beets = red, and then you can compost them anyway, which is what I was going to do in the first place!). Lay that out on top of planted wheatgrass (planted last weekend, in a large serving platter, should be nice and green by weekend) and you've got a lovely centerpiece for 0$ out of pocket, since the hard-boiled eggs can go right back in the fridge and be peeled and used for lunches during the following week.

Festive brunch for 10, including mimosas AND easter chocolate for kids, for 20$CAD out-of-pocket or 35$ total (including alcohol and approximate cost of pantry ingredients). Yep. Go us.

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« Reply #6015 on: March 23, 2016, 01:24:26 PM »
Money is tight right now. Really, really tight. And I'm hosting Easter brunch for the extended family - 8 adults and 2 children, INCLUDING an easter egg hunt for the kids (argh).

Total budget: 20$, INCLUDING the eggs for the hunt, plus an already-owned bottle of prosecco that we were given at Christmas and whatever is in the pantry.

Plan: Easter egg hunt with coffee for the adults, and then quiches and salad and mimosas. Festive enough?

Menu:
Chocolate eggs, and a chocolate rabbit for my daughter: 5$ MAX
Quiche lorraine x2, spinach and gruyere quiche x2 (Eggs on sale 2$, leeks 1$, gruyŤre/cheddar 4$, pie dough made from pantry ingredients plus 1$ in butter, ham leftover from the ham I made on Tuesday from the ham that was bought on sale, and about 1 cup of milk from our ever-plentiful milk supply - maybe 50 cents worth)
Spinach salad: huge bag of costco spinach for 3$ (take out 2-3 handfulls to put in the veggie quiche), with a lemon-dijon-fresh herb dressing that's homemade and kept in the fridge in a 1L mason jar; I make a batch every 2 months or so.
Mimosas: 2$ orange juice, already-owned prosecco (12$ to buy, looking at the govt website)

Decoration: 1 dozen eggs (on sale, 2$), hard-boiled and home-dyed (onion skins=yellow, slightly-rotten red cabbage=blue, withered and gross beets = red, and then you can compost them anyway, which is what I was going to do in the first place!). Lay that out on top of planted wheatgrass (planted last weekend, in a large serving platter, should be nice and green by weekend) and you've got a lovely centerpiece for 0$ out of pocket, since the hard-boiled eggs can go right back in the fridge and be peeled and used for lunches during the following week.

Festive brunch for 10, including mimosas AND easter chocolate for kids, for 20$CAD out-of-pocket or 35$ total (including alcohol and approximate cost of pantry ingredients). Yep. Go us.

That's impressive!! Can you share the recipe for the lemon-Dijon-herb dressing?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6016 on: March 23, 2016, 01:35:36 PM »

That's impressive!! Can you share the recipe for the lemon-Dijon-herb dressing?

Hey, there's no reason a tight budget can't mean living a good life anyway, right? :)

Lemon/dijon/herb dressing = VERY approximate:

1 cup lemon juice (bottled tends to be ok for this, surprisingly). Approximately 1-2 tbs dijon. About 1 tsp of any dried herb you particularly like (I usually use oregano, but tarragon can be excellent, as can basil). Salt + pepper to taste. About 3 cups of olive oil (if you make it in a large mason jar, that's roughly 1/4 of the jar of lemon juice, add all extras, fill with olive oil). Shake before using, store in the fridge.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6017 on: March 23, 2016, 01:49:54 PM »
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« Reply #6018 on: March 23, 2016, 04:57:14 PM »
The carnitas I made were incredible -- I used some concentrated chicken stock made from a $3 managerís special whole chicken cut up, and the family was raving.

Concentrated/reduced stock, if it was good stock to start with, is an absolutely magic Turn Things Into Rich People Food ingredient.

My own small money saving thing: secretary at work told me there were leftover snacks from a reception in the fridge. Yeah -- leftover smoked arctic char, and moose sausage. Lots of it. Man, it's great to live somewhere with unusual stuff!

Also, it was super windy here today (gusting over 100 km/h), and lots of people were taking taxis to work, but I walked. It was kind of fun.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6019 on: March 23, 2016, 06:42:57 PM »
I found $10 again while taking the dog out to go to the bathroom. :)

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« Reply #6020 on: March 23, 2016, 07:10:35 PM »

That's impressive!! Can you share the recipe for the lemon-Dijon-herb dressing?

Hey, there's no reason a tight budget can't mean living a good life anyway, right? :)

Lemon/dijon/herb dressing = VERY approximate:

1 cup lemon juice (bottled tends to be ok for this, surprisingly). Approximately 1-2 tbs dijon. About 1 tsp of any dried herb you particularly like (I usually use oregano, but tarragon can be excellent, as can basil). Salt + pepper to taste. About 3 cups of olive oil (if you make it in a large mason jar, that's roughly 1/4 of the jar of lemon juice, add all extras, fill with olive oil). Shake before using, store in the fridge.

Thank you!! I'm embarrassed to admit I use bottled lemon juice most of the time. It's just easier to keep a large bottle in the fridge.

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« Reply #6021 on: March 23, 2016, 07:34:50 PM »

That's impressive!! Can you share the recipe for the lemon-Dijon-herb dressing?

Hey, there's no reason a tight budget can't mean living a good life anyway, right? :)

Lemon/dijon/herb dressing = VERY approximate:

1 cup lemon juice (bottled tends to be ok for this, surprisingly). Approximately 1-2 tbs dijon. About 1 tsp of any dried herb you particularly like (I usually use oregano, but tarragon can be excellent, as can basil). Salt + pepper to taste. About 3 cups of olive oil (if you make it in a large mason jar, that's roughly 1/4 of the jar of lemon juice, add all extras, fill with olive oil). Shake before using, store in the fridge.

Thank you!! I'm embarrassed to admit I use bottled lemon juice most of the time. It's just easier to keep a large bottle in the fridge.

I do too, alongside the bag of (more expensive... ) lemons. The bottles stuff is fine for most cooking and baking, but you need fresh for cocktails and for spritzing on vegetables. Bottled TOTALLY has its place.

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« Reply #6022 on: March 23, 2016, 09:46:16 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6023 on: March 24, 2016, 05:44:34 AM »
Re: lemon juice.

I quit soda a few months ago but recently I've been wanting something flavorful to sip. I spent a week or two wishing there were a more natural version of mio flavored water.  Then I noticed the bottle of lemon juice in my fridge. Sometimes I can't believe my own silliness.

As for saving money, I did a big stock up grocery trip to Aldi last week and I got two huge cheap bottles of lemon juice and have since talked myself out of stopping for gelato with the promise of lemonade when I get home.

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« Reply #6024 on: March 24, 2016, 05:54:51 AM »
Re: lemon juice.

I quit soda a few months ago but recently I've been wanting something flavorful to sip. I spent a week or two wishing there were a more natural version of mio flavored water.  Then I noticed the bottle of lemon juice in my fridge. Sometimes I can't believe my own silliness.

As for saving money, I did a big stock up grocery trip to Aldi last week and I got two huge cheap bottles of lemon juice and have since talked myself out of stopping for gelato with the promise of lemonade when I get home.

I just realized this recently too! My work has the bottle of lemon juice next to the water machine in the cafeteria.  So it comes with the added benefits of extra steps on the fitbit every time I have to walk down and get lemon water instead of plain water from the break room.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6025 on: March 24, 2016, 06:41:19 AM »
Bought a few groceries for dinner $30 for food for tonight + tomorrow night) instead of $50 on dinner out.

Also did product tasting and got a bag of groceries + egift card.

Ate Apple brought from home + leftover Apple from lunch & learn yesterday as snacks, did buy lunch though


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« Reply #6026 on: March 24, 2016, 09:56:30 AM »
It's been mentioned before, but I always web-search using Bing, and convert the points into Amazon gift cards. So far, in the last year or so I've earned $30 bucks worth of free Amazon product.

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« Reply #6027 on: March 24, 2016, 11:00:10 AM »
I cut open my tube of toothpaste to use the last little bits.

I realize this is something that probably everyone else has been doing for ages, but I figured I was getting it all out by squishing the tube along the counter.  Not so!  I'm now on day 2 and counting of an "empty" tube.

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« Reply #6028 on: March 24, 2016, 11:14:16 AM »
haha yes, indeed a cut open toothpaste household here!
i just got a kick out of hacking the wet jet sifter! :
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« Reply #6029 on: March 24, 2016, 11:51:42 AM »
haha yes, indeed a cut open toothpaste household here!
i just got a kick out of hacking the wet jet sifter! :
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-remove-the-cap-on-a-Swiffer-Wet-Jet-cleaner/
filled it with a vinegar water soap mix. YAAAASSSSS

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« Reply #6030 on: March 24, 2016, 01:05:00 PM »
Home early today puttering around the house.  I was cleaning up the kitchen when I realized that I could mix my own seasoned salt. Of course!  I mix spices for everything else. A Google search found several Lawrys brand copy cat recipes and now my little jar is full and I can take it off my shopping list.


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« Reply #6031 on: March 24, 2016, 05:56:24 PM »
Lucked out when a friend gave me some disposable diapers recently. Was enough to get me to the weekend without opening the box of diapers I'd bought from Costco. Potty trained my dd and was able to return them. Yeah! Hate disposable but daycare required them.

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« Reply #6032 on: March 25, 2016, 04:26:07 AM »
I stopped by medical and got an eye exam about a week ago, as usual, I got a new prescription too (here's a tip, don't age...).

The NAV will order you two pairs of glasses every year (I think, might be every two years).

While the frames they offer have gotten "somewhat" more fashionable, they are not gonna be seen on any runways any time soon. I'm not a fashion kind of guy BUT, I do wear hearing aids (can't see or hear, see the above tip on aging) and I benefit from a straight temple/arm, the "librarian" style so, when asked if I wanted to order a new pair I quickly replied no. My plan was to get another pair of the wal-mart brand glasses I currently wear, then, I got home and pulled out the old purchase order I realized I WOULD not be buying another pair of 179.00 glasses when I could get them for free.

So, I went back (during a different trip to medical, saving gas...) and placed my order for my free glasses, sans fashion or straight temple.

I'd say total savings is around 300.00 since that's how much I paid last time I ordered glasses, I got script sunglasses at that time, gonna just keep wearing them as is.  Seriously, don't age if you can help it, but, since you can't,  I suggest a specific account NOW just to account for aging, your medical expenses WILL go up, even the little things start to compound (motrin/asprin/other scripts...), and I say this as a VERY healthy/active 41 year old. My wife and I have such an account but we are increasing the contribution to it on a sliding scale, as we get older, the more we'll put in there.

(technically I did this yesterday but didn't have time to post...)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6033 on: March 25, 2016, 07:59:23 AM »
Wow, how old are you?  I am 65, and my vision and hearing haven't changed much since 50.  I probably did the worst damage to my hearing back in my late teens and early 20's, all those super noisy dances and concerts.  Eat healthy (lots of healthy fatty acids, low carbs) to keep the inflammation down, and you should be in a holding pattern for years.

(here's a tip, don't age...).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6034 on: March 25, 2016, 03:26:14 PM »
Wow, how old are you?  I am 65, and my vision and hearing haven't changed much since 50.  I probably did the worst damage to my hearing back in my late teens and early 20's, all those super noisy dances and concerts.  Eat healthy (lots of healthy fatty acids, low carbs) to keep the inflammation down, and you should be in a holding pattern for years.

I'm only 41, but 22 years of being a jet engine mech is hell on the hearing. Eyes are hereditary.

I am actually VERY healthy except for the hearing and needing glasses, great cholesterol numbers, lots of PT, no issues there. I do expect the health issues to "plateau", especially with retirement coming up and distance from jet aircraft.

Sorry to derail the convo, back on subject, I was out at the grocery store, hungry and thinking about buying something to cook when I got home. I remembered I had left over soup at the house, finished shopping and ate it after putting the groceries away.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6035 on: March 26, 2016, 07:05:42 AM »
Work induced damage, right.  I suppose there is no hearing protection that is going to fully protect you from that.
Wow, how old are you?  I am 65, and my vision and hearing haven't changed much since 50. 
I'm only 41, but 22 years of being a jet engine mech is hell on the hearing. Eyes are hereditary.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6036 on: March 26, 2016, 08:15:16 AM »
haha yes, indeed a cut open toothpaste household here!
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I haven't made it to the store this week, so I didn't have anything to bring to work for lunch. Luckily, I was able to scavenge some pizza from a conference room instead of buying lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6037 on: March 26, 2016, 11:06:30 AM »
Family wanted to go to Dunkin Donuts as a treat, I convinced everyone to try out the peanut butter oatmeal with chocolate chips from the Oatmeal thread here on MMM.  Saved at least $10.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6038 on: March 26, 2016, 11:12:45 AM »
Last night a friend asked if I wanted to eat out for dinner. Instead of just saying "No, I'm over budget for food this month," I invited him over and cooked for us: yellow rice and beans, and cheese and onion omelettes. I need to suggest this alternative more often!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6039 on: March 26, 2016, 11:21:27 AM »
Had bought back up wireless head phones on black friday when DH thought his were dying. A software update fixed the problems, so they've been languishing ever since- we never got around to returning them to Amazon. Last week, BIL needed new headphones. He paid us the $20 we paid. Win win- we get our $ back, he gets $115 headphones for $20 even though he missed the black friday sale.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6040 on: March 26, 2016, 05:24:19 PM »
Daughter suggested we build a raised garden. I didn't want to spend any $ on the project (duh!) and cast about for ways to get wood. I recalled my dad's old barn. He retired from farming about 15 years ago and the barn has not been used for anything but storage since (tractors, mainly). All of the old animal pens are still there. I recall 'helping' to build them back in 1968. Plenty of still-sturdy 1X12s and 2X4s there. I got dad's permission and went to town. Got home and started building. I have one wall done, two feet high, and have one more to build (it's on a hill, so the slope counts as the other two sides). Cost was my time doing something I enjoy, and 8 miles worth of gas in the clown-car. Even the nails were basically free, since they were remainders left over from other projects. Call it $1.50.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6041 on: March 26, 2016, 06:45:12 PM »
This week there was catered fruit and veg and sandwich trays at work for an event. So I didn't have to pack work lunches for 2 days with those leftovers.  Then I took a handful of veg - it didn't even make a dent on the tray - and made 2 meals at home with them.  I left early at the end of the week so I hope everyone else took a big share home with them and I don't find wasted, wilted food in the fridge on Tuesday when I return.  I just couldn't take any more home with me the last day since I was going direct to the passport office and would not be near a fridge or cooler

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6042 on: March 26, 2016, 07:01:54 PM »
Yesterday I went grocery shopping, and asparagus (on sale for $1.89) was on my list.  Couldn't find it, asked the produce manager and he said that it didn't come in on the truck. Soooo, I nicely asked if he would price-match the sale price for a bunch of organic asparagus ($4.99 per pound). The guy was so nice, he initialed the tag on the asparagus and told me to tell the cashier that it was a freebie! What a score! Kinda made me feel guilty, but it didn't stop me from accepting it.

I should mention the store to ease my aching conscience LOL. It was City Market in Moab, Utah. And they do have a really great produce department. Very fresh veggies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6043 on: March 26, 2016, 07:38:47 PM »
1) We buy UHT skim milk from Aldi as our milk.  I don't mind the taste and it's convenient and cheap. No wastage because we can always get through 1 litre well before it goes off, and we always have some in the pantry so we never run out of milk.

2) Aldi has recently changed its packaging of UHT milk. Now it comes in convenient 6-pack boxes. Which I realised if you cut the lid off and one side, they fit perfectly on the bottom shelf of our pantry. A bit of work with some scissors yesterday and we got some free storage containers for our spare supplies/things bought because they were on special. So there is now a box for pasta, one for rice (low GI brown rice and basmati), one for assorted bags of dried legumes, one for tea and one for muesli/rolled oats. Free and minimises waste/resources! Edit: plus it's now much easier to see what we already have in stock, which will also minimise waste of buying more than we need or alternatively, unexpectedly running out of something.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6044 on: March 26, 2016, 07:54:33 PM »
Needed to put the lights for my veggie seedlings on a timer.  I had a light strip with a built-in timer, but it wasn't working, so went to Fred Meyer today and picked up another one ($19.99) because the cheaper timers were only built for 2-prongs.  Spied some 3-prong timers on an end cap for $7.99, so grabbed one of those instead.  Just now I went to set it up and re-examined the power strip, and figured out how to get it working again.  Will return the $7.99 one next time I'm at the store.

Was thinking at the beginning of my 11.5 mile run today that my shoes were a bit too small and I should probably go to the running store and find a new pair.  After a few miles they seemed to fit better and I finished the run without problems.  I have another pair exactly like them waiting for my next few hundred miles, so I really didn't want to admit that they don't fit. 

A couple months ago I put up new curtains in the bedroom, and they don't block as much light as expected, so DH has very elegantly hung three of his shirts up strategically on the curtain rod to block light.  I love that our room looks like a thrift shop with old clothes hanging about randomly.  So I was going to buy another set of curtains this weekend.  However, the fitted sheet of one of our sheet sets tore a hole that is not fixable, so I am going to hang the flat sheet underneath the new curtains tomorrow in lieu of buying a new curtain.  I'm also saving the pillow cases to use for potato and onion bags, or wherever else they might come in handy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6045 on: March 26, 2016, 08:08:02 PM »
Wanted to buy a $3 iced coffee from a coffee shop. Settled for putting ice in coffee made at home. It completely satisfied me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6046 on: March 26, 2016, 08:31:40 PM »
Another one that I just remembered: finally started keeping a price book* for price per kg for kitty litter. Turns out Target's normal price is a lot cheaper than anywhere else (even when it's on special elsewhere). Every place sells different size packets so it was hard to remember the price per kg. Most other things we can remember what prices things should be but we both had a mental blank with kitty litter.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6047 on: March 26, 2016, 08:53:31 PM »
A couple months ago I put up new curtains in the bedroom, and they don't block as much light as expected, so DH has very elegantly hung three of his shirts up strategically on the curtain rod to block light. 

A kindred spirit! :-) I am in a rental that came with cellular blinds installed - they work pretty well for blocking heat/cold through the windows but they are not really dark enough in the bedroom when the sun is directly hitting that side of the building. I hung some pajamas over the headboard to block the light shining on my face while I'm sleeping. (The headboard is metalwork and doesn't block light on its own... although it does make it look sort of like my teddy bear is in jail, so there's that.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6048 on: March 26, 2016, 09:02:49 PM »
- I've not grocery shopped for myself for nearly two weeks in an effort to eat down the freezer and cupboard. As I cook separately for me (vegetarian, dairy-free) and DS/DH (meat/carb kings), I've still had to shop for the boys, but have saved 20% on groceries. I'm glad to finally be near the end of my stockpile of beans/lentils, though creativity (and digging through the back of the cupboard) has meant i've rediscovered some old favourite meals (cabbage noodle salad, fresh rice paper salad rolls).

- While undertaking bunny duties last night (Aus) - I realised that i'd definitely overshopped a little, and had too many smaller solid eggs. Rather than overstuff baskets and have DH/DS gorge, I put about 1/2pound of smaller solid eggs  into the baking basket to chop up and use as choc chips in cookies and muffins  later.

- Proactively came up with a list of holiday activities for the family, including using our yearly passes for free days out, and using a gift voucher we got for Christmas at an event park. If I don't have ideas, DH will innately choose really expensive things to do, and I hate being the naysayer. This way, we have a great cheap list of activities.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6049 on: March 26, 2016, 10:32:31 PM »
I decided that I was sick of the clutter on the little table next to where I always sit on the lounge (DH and I are creatures of habit in terms of where we sit at home). It's clutter that is used daily (or several times per day) - box of insulin pen needles, spare test strips for my blood glucose meter (I refill my kit every few days), 7-day box of my morning tablets, box of other tablets, work phone and a few other little bits and pieces. So it wasn't clutter that could be put away because it would annoy me far too much to get it out each day.

Then I realised that the box that the batteries for my blood glucose meter got sent in* would be about the right size. So I cut off the flappy bits (technical term). I then found some nice thin cardboard in our drawer of wrapping paper (NFI why we had it) and covered the box in it so it no longer looked like a packing box with labels and whatnot all over it. :D Table now looks much less cluttered and the bonus is when we have guests with small children it will be quick and easy to move it all to another room.


*it's the same business model as razors and printers - I got my meters for free (I have 4 now) and the company sends me free batteries when I need them. But the consumables, aka test strips, are expensive. Luckily they are heavily subsidised here.