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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6050 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 #6051 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 #6052 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 #6053 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 #6054 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 #6055 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 #6056 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.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6057 on: March 27, 2016, 09:41:47 AM »
I used to rinse the coffee carafe out before each use, there's usually just a little residue from the previous day. This morning, I asked myself why I do that, couldn't think of a good answer, filled it up and made joe, no rinse involved, reduced water usage. In addition, I dropped the scoop count of the pot to see if it would taste as good, one fewer scoop a day means an "extra" pot every five days, with no increased cost.

Wife goes through bathroom towels a lot faster than I do (this is non-negotiable, it's how she was raised and after 22 years, I'm not fighting this battle any more, 2 uses and she puts it in hamper, me, I'm a "towel a week" kind of guy) BUT, I fight back! Wash load of towels on cold setting, with low soil and quick wash selected! We always used the "normal" setting before. Now, if I can just program the washer to use the more frugal settings on every load!

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« Reply #6058 on: March 27, 2016, 10:01:25 AM »
Had people over for Easter brunch yesterday, and made quiches. While I was at it, I spent an extra 3$ on ingredients (buying in bulk means I got almost twice as much, since buying less is more per lb), and made 3 extras. One is heating up for lunch today (1$ quiche plus spinach salad will feed the family), and the other two are in the freezer for really cheap, tasty lunches sometime in the next few weeks.

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« Reply #6059 on: March 28, 2016, 08:26:40 PM »
We needed a new system for the kids' coats, boots, backpacks, hats/gloves, etc.  We had a shelf/locker thing we built when the kids were young, but now their coats are too big for it.

So, I put in a new system into our closet.  Hooks for coats/backpacks, shelves mounted on the wall with L brackets, a shoe rack, and plastic shelves for umbrellas and the like. 

I found everything for the project in the house and did it with scrap lumber, hooks, paint, etc.  I'm pretty proud b/c my carpentry skills are not that good and it turned out great.

Estimated I saved about $50-$100 over buying some new closet insert/system. 

Old shelf, which was also made from scrap wood, will be sold on CL.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6060 on: March 28, 2016, 09:56:00 PM »
A few days ago I saw a pair of jeans on a popular clothing store's website that were $49 plus $5 shipping. I went to amazon and searched for the exact same pants and got them for $26, with free shipping to boot!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6061 on: March 29, 2016, 09:46:49 AM »
On Day 2 of Easter leftovers: Ham sandwich with leftover cheesy potatoes, plus deviled eggs (that I made with eggs on sale for 79 cents/dozen and homemade mayo because we were out of store-bought).

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« Reply #6062 on: March 29, 2016, 11:27:29 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.:)

Also, I called up to see what our mortgage balance was and it was £2,000 less than what I thought. Happy times. I've been really distracted lately with personal stuff and not been updating net worth properly.:0

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« Reply #6063 on: March 29, 2016, 11:59:16 AM »
Today I wrote to customer service again about an online subscription. I'd tried to switch from monthly to annual to save money, and customer service disabled my recurring billing to allow that. But now I still can't seem to sign up for the annual membership, and getting back to the monthly membership would be more expensive now than when I joined initially. Sigh. Maybe they will try to win back my customer loyalty somehow?

Yesterday I tried to buy jeans (probably somewhere around £35) but gave up after two stores. Instead I bought a sewing kit (£3) and closed up the holes in the jeans I had. I also mended three other things. I still need new jeans, but this temporarily saves me £32 while I find some I actually like.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6064 on: March 29, 2016, 01:39:49 PM »
Was on the phone for an 1 hr with liberty mutual insurance as I was sure I was going to switch to Geico, they wouldn't let an 11 yr customer go, and we negotiated. So monthly bill for car and condo insurance savings after that call is 60$ yes!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6065 on: March 29, 2016, 01:46:11 PM »
My AmEx for Costco is closing this summer (they're switching to Chase Visa). They offered me a pre-approval for a blue cash (the everyday one), with a $100 statement credit for spending $1000 in the first 3 months. This should keep my age of account, too, which is good since the AmEx is one of my oldest cards. While the everyday doesn't have as good a % on groceries at the preferred (3% instead of 6%), it also has no annual fee. Since I'm on DH's blue preferred account, we won't use this card much anyway... just going to get the initial bonus and use it to keep my account age going. Also, it ups available credit without another hard pull, so that's always nice for the credit score. Hope this will all save us money on our mortgage in a couple years when we get one =)

Noticed that Trader Joe's sells cashew bits and pieces for less than than their whole cashews. Since I just put them in curries, we don't mind the smaller pieces at all. That'll be ~$0.50 less per lb now.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6066 on: March 29, 2016, 02:27:10 PM »
I was kicking myself for forgetting my umbrella, and went to buy a $9.99 one from the supermarket but it rang up as $12.99. I pointed out the mistake and they gave it to my for free as there's a rule in Australia if an item rings up over the price it's free. So score!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6067 on: March 29, 2016, 02:47:02 PM »
I sold a gadget on blocket (sort of Swedens Craiglist) $80, bought index funds $50 and a pair of shoes $30 for my son. Cooked three lunch boxes with nice ecological ingredients. Explained to my kids that lunch at a restaurant was/is a bad option, especially after having bought shoes. Cooked lunch at home.

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« Reply #6068 on: March 29, 2016, 03:58:23 PM »
I was kicking myself for forgetting my umbrella, and went to buy a $9.99 one from the supermarket but it rang up as $12.99. I pointed out the mistake and they gave it to my for free as there's a rule in Australia if an item rings up over the price it's free. So score!


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« Reply #6069 on: March 29, 2016, 05:05:07 PM »
I was kicking myself for forgetting my umbrella, and went to buy a $9.99 one from the supermarket but it rang up as $12.99. I pointed out the mistake and they gave it to my for free as there's a rule in Australia if an item rings up over the price it's free. So score!


Not strictly true. If the item rings up at over the price they have to sell it to you at the correct price according to the ACCC. However SOME retailers have this policy, but it's entirely optional. Still, if they advertise it they have to honour it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6070 on: March 29, 2016, 08:01:22 PM »
Renewed my passport by mail to save the $25 processing fee.

Packed ham sandwiches (Easter leftovers) for us to eat after the passport appointments for DH and the little man.

Started sewing some headbands as baby gifts using scrap fabric and 1/4 inch elastic that I had on hand. They only take about 10 minutes to make and seem to be pretty popular for little girls. 

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« Reply #6071 on: March 30, 2016, 03:36:27 AM »
Not me but I was a dinner guest and the host admitted that the corn was buttered with the little samples they had been saving from their occasional visits to Tim Horton's. I had seen them pocket them the other day.

Butter rations and this person didn't live through WWII or anything :)

It's cute because they are obviously very frugal but also very generous. I was also flattered that they would confess that to me and know I would't be all ewww gross or judge. 

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« Reply #6072 on: March 30, 2016, 07:45:25 AM »
I needed a serving dish for a dessert I was making and nothing I had at home worked (making a trifle, needed tall sides). I was on my way to Target when I realized that I could probably find something that worked at Goodwill. Found my dish for $2.50 and while in the store, found an Anne Taylor Loft blazer in my size. When I went to ring it up, turns out the blazer came with a pair of slacks to make a full suit and it was on sale for $8.50. The slacks fit me, but aren't exactly my style so I might see if I can sell them on ebay or alter them to be more flattering.

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« Reply #6073 on: March 30, 2016, 11:37:49 AM »
I figured out why our internet bill was 100$ over last month (!!!!!!! my husband had forgotten to remove a few torrents and the uploads killed it, and also FU caps on rural internet use) early enough to stop it repeating the same thing this month.

I'm upset over the extra 100$, but thankful that at least it's not 3+ months of it before we noticed.

Argh. Rural internet SUCKS.

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« Reply #6074 on: March 30, 2016, 12:13:32 PM »
I renewed my Crunchyroll subscription at the annual rate, finally! They billed me in pounds this time, but it worked out to $57.61 instead of $83.40, which would be the monthly rate for 12 months.

Also, last night I realized I'd left my dance shoes behind at a dance Friday, and I was able to retrieve them from the lost and found closet there. They're pretty basic, but it'd probably be at least $30 to replace them. Now I just need to figure out where I lost my water bottle.

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« Reply #6075 on: March 30, 2016, 10:35:45 PM »
The curb shopping gods have been smiling on me. In separate FREE piles on the side of the road, I've found two things I've wanted: a butter dish with lid and an Ikea high chair for the new baby. Also found a set of four nice-looking Fire King coffee mugs that I listed for resale.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6076 on: March 31, 2016, 05:56:38 AM »
Noticed that Trader Joe's sells cashew bits and pieces for less than than their whole cashews. Since I just put them in curries, we don't mind the smaller pieces at all. That'll be ~$0.50 less per lb now.

Score! The one thing I notice with nut pieces is that they don't seem to keep as well as whole nuts, so you wanna be sure to store them in the fridge or freezer (if you aren't already).
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« Reply #6077 on: March 31, 2016, 06:12:25 AM »
I'm drinking tap water lukewarm black tea. I had planned on the hotel having a microwave. No dice. Shop next door has hot tea for $2. But that's $2 x 4 days plus all the other food I'll have to be buying.

Picked a quarter up off the floor.

Yesterday I ate packed food for breakfast and lunch and the bought Chinese food by the pound at the local deli. I'm going there in a minute to get some milk to have with my packed granola and maybe a yogurt to take along for lunch.  I'm in Manhattan, surrounded by good food but the thought of overindulging then walking several miles is just not appealing. Besides, if I pack a lunch that will leave more time for museums and less standing in line.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6078 on: March 31, 2016, 06:13:10 AM »
Noticed that Trader Joe's sells cashew bits and pieces for less than than their whole cashews. Since I just put them in curries, we don't mind the smaller pieces at all. That'll be ~$0.50 less per lb now.

Score! The one thing I notice with nut pieces is that they don't seem to keep as well as whole nuts, so you wanna be sure to store them in the fridge or freezer (if you aren't already).

Oh! Good call. I am NOT storing them in the fridge, great tip! Thank you!
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« Reply #6079 on: March 31, 2016, 07:16:35 AM »
Was sorely tempted to take the bus home from the train station yesterday because it was POURING and I wasn't wearing rain-appropriate clothing (I don't own an umbrella because I've lost every one I've ever owned). While waiting for the bus, I decided to suck it up and walk because I could just change clothes at home. It was a good call; the rain slackened within a block or two and was mostly gone by the time I was halfway home.
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« Reply #6080 on: March 31, 2016, 11:38:11 AM »
Made a pot of world famous "3 meat, 2 bean" soup on Sunday, it was a little on the salty side.

Before paying attention to our spending and grocery bills, that's something that we would have let go bad in the fridge then feigned feeling bad when we tossed it in the trash.

Since we are now re-focused, we had it for dinner last night and I just polished it off with my lunch.

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« Reply #6081 on: March 31, 2016, 08:14:43 PM »
I'm drinking tap water lukewarm black tea. I had planned on the hotel having a microwave. No dice. Shop next door has hot tea for $2. But that's $2 x 4 days plus all the other food I'll have to be buying.
Make hot water using the in room coffee maker... just without the coffee?

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« Reply #6082 on: March 31, 2016, 08:28:16 PM »
I'm drinking tap water lukewarm black tea. I had planned on the hotel having a microwave. No dice. Shop next door has hot tea for $2. But that's $2 x 4 days plus all the other food I'll have to be buying.
Make hot water using the in room coffee maker... just without the coffee?

No coffee maker.  They kind of laughed at me when I asked about a microwave. Small old hotel in Manhattan. "Go next door to the deli.  They'll help you."

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6083 on: March 31, 2016, 09:14:13 PM »
My turn to bring in donuts to work. Made baked goods instead. Saved $12 or so.

Lunch was a mishmash of leftovers and dinner was soup made from the left over veggies I didn't want to eat. Yeah. Kids loved it too.

Sold a few more things online. Up $21 for today and $1100 since I started selling in prep for our move.

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« Reply #6084 on: March 31, 2016, 10:32:13 PM »
Used $25 worth of coupons at the feed store today for stuff I would have bought anyway.

Went to Fred Meyer tonight and found 10# bags of rice on clearance for half price, so bought two bags.  Also stocked up on cheese while it's on sale, and filled my gas tank since it's the last day for 5% cash back on gas on my Discover card.

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« Reply #6085 on: March 31, 2016, 11:08:05 PM »
Line-dried two loads of laundry instead of using the electric dryer.
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« Reply #6086 on: April 01, 2016, 01:40:24 AM »
I've spent so much time in the last couple weeks organizing our finances and doing some much delayed housekeeping of all the accounts. I've sold everything that wasn't in TSP or Vanguard, and am redistributing it into Vanguard funds.  This includes several IRAs accounts we had from years ago.  I'm ashamed to admit that we were still contributing to one of them. I won't tell you the expense ration on that, or how baldy it's performed.  Some of these transfers will take a few weeks, but I got the bulk of it done yesterday and today, after paperwork and sorting out allocation issues over the past couple weeks.

Now we are set to max out TSP ($18k.yr), in addition to a few other things.  It feels really good to have everything streamlined, and to have it all in places where it can do the most good.

It feels so good!

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« Reply #6087 on: April 01, 2016, 10:18:30 AM »
Just dropped off verizon fios cable boxes, putting savings on extra mortgage payment, savings rate now at 41% (of post-tax income, is that how everyone else calculates?).


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« Reply #6088 on: April 01, 2016, 11:11:07 AM »
Chose a different brand of hot sauce than my usual because it was on sale for 79 cents a bottle. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6089 on: April 01, 2016, 11:18:54 AM »
Planned: drinks with DH at a place we used to go to a lot, combining with an appointment. (Savings #1!). I noted that it will likely span lunch time. Instead of giving in to the delicious pizza or sandwich offerings where we will be getting drinks, I packed a PB&J. The place won't care, we used to be regulars and did that sort of thing periodically, and it's a very casual place with outdoor seating, so long as we're drinking they'll be happy. Planning ahead will save us ~$10. Obviously I would save more if I DIDN'T buy cider, but hey, gotta have some joy in life ;)

Yesterday carpooled with DH, since work laid in the same direction for both of us. 70 miles each way of gas overlapping, and we both get work reimbursement. Bonus: did it in his 55mpg TDI, instead of my 18mpg truck. He will probably be doing more work with that contract through the summer, and if so, we will make a habit of this. Should save us big money, especially as gas prices will undoubtedly rise through the summer. Bonus: an extra 3hrs on those days to hang out with DH! Whereas I normally only see him about 1 waking hour on my work days. Increasing happiness while saving money and the environment? The perfect MMM combo!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6090 on: April 01, 2016, 01:38:47 PM »
Bought some $1.99/lb smoked pork necks to make bean soup. Picked the meat off the bones for the soup, then the bones and cartilage went right back into the pot (didn't even have to wash it!) with some frozen potato and onion skins for a batch of broth.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6091 on: April 01, 2016, 09:22:32 PM »
Paid by check for a certified birth record instead of using a credit card. Saved $1.75.

Borrowed an ebook from the library; instant gratification and saved ~$15.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6092 on: April 02, 2016, 02:54:55 AM »
I saw that there was a random £1.19 in one of our savings accounts so I transferred it into our joint bank account. Every £ helps.

I'm about to go and collect up carrier bags to give to our delivery driver when he/she arrives. You get 5 pence back for each bag you give to them. Every penny counts, lol.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6093 on: April 02, 2016, 08:55:49 AM »
This week while biking home from work, I've found a large can of unopened beer, a can of vegetarian chili, and a can of beans on the sidewalk.

At the fruit ranch, got an entire case of markdown grapes for $2 - sorted them, tossed the bad ones, got 6 trays of raisins going on the dehydrator and a giant mixing bowl of fresh ones for snacks, got a case of apples for $2 and a case of randomness for $2 (a lime, sweet potatoes, grapefruits, oranges, bananas).

And at the regular store, got 2 boxes mac and cheese, walnut milk, soap, and chocolate/fruit snacks for a tiny profit.

Heading out today  on the bike to get a free (after coupon and rebate) pound of sausage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6094 on: April 02, 2016, 10:13:28 AM »

Returned 2 pairs of pants that I purchased in January & were just sitting in my closet. I also managed to walk directly out of the store even as those pretty spring things were taunting me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6095 on: April 02, 2016, 12:08:52 PM »
Made a pot of world famous "3 meat, 2 bean" soup on Sunday, it was a little on the salty side.

Before paying attention to our spending and grocery bills, that's something that we would have let go bad in the fridge then feigned feeling bad when we tossed it in the trash.

Since we are now re-focused, we had it for dinner last night and I just polished it off with my lunch.

One trick to deal with food that's too salty (or too spicy or too anything) is to serve it over rice - the blandness of the rice will dial down the saltiness quite nicely.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6096 on: April 02, 2016, 01:54:21 PM »
Cancelled my Kindle Unlimited subscription, which I had recently discovered/remembered exists. I missed last month’s deadline, but not this time. Before going grocery shopping, hunted around the grocery bags for a good coupon that I remembered receiving last week. It turned out to be a $10 off a $50 purchase. At the store, I scored some imperfect produce off the discount cart — broccoli for $0.89/lb, and 3 limes for $0.42. Eyed the Trillium IPA bombers, and passed at $11.95 each. Recently opened a Discover savings account to get a free $100. Made my own pizza dough last week, and topped with delicious planned over pulled pork.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6097 on: April 02, 2016, 02:21:54 PM »
The weather is doing crazy things (snow, ice, wind, forgetting that it's fucking April) so I stayed in and made a frittata despite only having 3 eggs. Made it work by stretching them with almond and coconut milk. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6098 on: April 02, 2016, 03:27:54 PM »
At the supermarket today, I looked for some thinly sliced beef or chicken to use for a stir fry, but instead I bought a small pack for bacon marked down to 39p because it had to be used by today. It's more like Canadian bacon than like American bacon. I cooked it all but put half in my stir fry and saved half for later. I also cooked ordinary rice instead of using the microwavable or boil-in-bag kind--my first time since moving into the dorm. Downside was that I was stuck in the hall kitchen during the whole process, but I watched some shows on my laptop.

The big bonus today was that I cashed in my supermarket loyalty points during a "double up" special. For my £5 worth of points, I got a £10 voucher that could only be used on store-brand wines, so I picked out two bottles that exactly totaled £10. It's no good opening them by myself, but I'm prepared for the next time I need to bring a bottle of wine somewhere.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6099 on: April 02, 2016, 03:36:13 PM »
Bulk cooking for the week!
I made a curry from curry paste, chicken ropa vieja (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/06/slow-cooker-chicken-ropa-vieja/), turkey burgers (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/08/mini-black-bean-turkey-burgers/).  I'm planning to use my slow cooker to make pasta sauce tomorrow and carmelized onions on Sunday/Monday. 

We also rented a few DVDs through Redbox to break up all the yard work we had to do today.