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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6100 on: April 03, 2016, 12:14:00 PM »
This morning I was grinding out my final, 13 mile training run for a half marathon, and decided that after my race on 4/16 I am DONE with running that distance.  So I'll save $$ since:  shoes won't wear out as fast, shorter races are usually cheaper, and no need for "running fuel" anymore.  In the long run, it will probably save me some sort of medical maintenance on my knees and ankles, too.

Running must be about as inexpensive as you can get as far as leisure time activities go. All the evidence is that it's good for your knees and ankles as you age, though, as shown by lots of scientific studies. It's one of those persistent urban myths that it's bad for the joints. Good luck with the HM - sounds like you're planning to stick with the shorter distances.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6101 on: April 03, 2016, 01:07:24 PM »
This morning I was grinding out my final, 13 mile training run for a half marathon, and decided that after my race on 4/16 I am DONE with running that distance.  So I'll save $$ since:  shoes won't wear out as fast, shorter races are usually cheaper, and no need for "running fuel" anymore.  In the long run, it will probably save me some sort of medical maintenance on my knees and ankles, too.

Running must be about as inexpensive as you can get as far as leisure time activities go. All the evidence is that it's good for your knees and ankles as you age, though, as shown by lots of scientific studies. It's one of those persistent urban myths that it's bad for the joints. Good luck with the HM - sounds like you're planning to stick with the shorter distances.

Well, my knees and ankles kind of disagree with the science.  I think some running is good, but for me, keeping it under about 15 miles a week seems to work best.  I'm mixing it up with other activity too, not trading mileage for more couch time. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6102 on: April 03, 2016, 01:55:08 PM »
Last night I made a delicious omelet with eggs from a friend's chickens, and a salad. This is all instead of buying a $15 order from Pizza Hut, which is what I was tempted to do!

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« Reply #6103 on: April 03, 2016, 04:04:51 PM »
Worked the garden!

Saved money by:
Going old school with a rake, shovel, and hands, instead of renting a roto tiller to clear the years of neglect.
Bought seeds, $12 for everything we need, instead of starts, which would be... a lot more expensive. (Although come tomato time, starts it is. I have had no success doing those from seed).

Also, eschewing thing I really WOULD want, but am not going to do, like: extra soil, proper row markers, good soil amendment, nematodes, lady bugs, etc. These would certainly benefit the garden, but it just isn't somewhere we want to invest right now. Also, we don't own the property and may move in July, so that would eat most savings anyway =(
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6104 on: April 03, 2016, 05:05:29 PM »
Gathered a bunch of blackberry leaves for  tea, and had to warn my better half off the trap I laid for him, hanging them to dry (I'm trying Erica's method of drying on the stalk,  though with blackberries, I may be sorry later).

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« Reply #6105 on: April 03, 2016, 06:56:14 PM »
This morning I was grinding out my final, 13 mile training run for a half marathon, and decided that after my race on 4/16 I am DONE with running that distance.  So I'll save $$ since:  shoes won't wear out as fast, shorter races are usually cheaper, and no need for "running fuel" anymore.  In the long run, it will probably save me some sort of medical maintenance on my knees and ankles, too.

Stick with it long enough and you can train to the point of not needing the running fuel for anything less than 18-20 miles, especially if you carb up the day/night before.

I speak from experience, I don't gel/supplement during a run unless I'm doing more than 3 hours. It takes time to get used to this, just involves starting out with lower miles (7-8) and working up in steps without using anything, until you get to the point of bonk. I did 12 this morning, no water, no gels, but I've got a lot of miles in that fashion, wouldn't recommend it without proper "build up".

Our daily savings came from not going anywhere today and eating some questionable asparagus with dinner, was real close to tossing it but it turned out ok.

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« Reply #6106 on: April 04, 2016, 12:33:26 AM »
Reading my book for entertainment and eating home cooked meals all day. I checked the salary with an income tax calculator I saw on a money saving forum and need to draw up a new budget for the tax year. Paying less tax so kind of saving money that way.:)

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« Reply #6107 on: April 04, 2016, 01:27:02 AM »
Also, eschewing thing I really WOULD want, but am not going to do, like: extra soil, proper row markers, good soil amendment, nematodes, lady bugs, etc.

You can buy lady bugs in the US? Tell me more! Does that mean that there are people who "farm" them? I just avoid tidying up too much until early spring so that they have places to shelter - there were loads out and about yesterday.

I spent most of the weekend in the garden; the next few weeks is the "hungry gap" for us - last of the over-wintered leeks, broccoli etc. is gone but too soon for this year's crops to be ready.

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« Reply #6108 on: April 04, 2016, 05:34:31 AM »
Invited my family over for dinner instead of meeting them at a restaurant, since I can feed 6 people an excellent meal for cheaper than paying restaurant bills for two adults and a toddler.

Am extra thankful we did that, because my toddler refused to eat and then projectile vomited over me, my sister, herself, and about 6 feet of my kitchen floor. I am so, so thankful we were home and not in a restaurant... And I am so extra-thankful that we have 2 bathrooms, and so everyone could scrub off ASAP. ANd I am so, so extra thankful to have an excellent understanding family.

The next time you think a dinner party is meh, just be thankful that there's no projectile vomit. Parenthood lowers your standards, omg.

OMG why did she projectile vomit? Is there something that can be done to avoid that? Just for future reference for when my nephews are over.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6109 on: April 04, 2016, 05:38:01 AM »
Invited my family over for dinner instead of meeting them at a restaurant, since I can feed 6 people an excellent meal for cheaper than paying restaurant bills for two adults and a toddler.

Am extra thankful we did that, because my toddler refused to eat and then projectile vomited over me, my sister, herself, and about 6 feet of my kitchen floor. I am so, so thankful we were home and not in a restaurant... And I am so extra-thankful that we have 2 bathrooms, and so everyone could scrub off ASAP. ANd I am so, so extra thankful to have an excellent understanding family.

The next time you think a dinner party is meh, just be thankful that there's no projectile vomit. Parenthood lowers your standards, omg.

OMG why did she projectile vomit? Is there something that can be done to avoid that? Just for future reference for when my nephews are over.

Just a guess, but if she refused to eat beforehand she probably had some form of gastro. And no, there's nothing that can be done to avoid that. All babies / children do it at some point, and you can guarantee it will be at the most inconvenient moment every time.

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« Reply #6110 on: April 04, 2016, 06:47:34 AM »
Invited my family over for dinner instead of meeting them at a restaurant, since I can feed 6 people an excellent meal for cheaper than paying restaurant bills for two adults and a toddler.

Am extra thankful we did that, because my toddler refused to eat and then projectile vomited over me, my sister, herself, and about 6 feet of my kitchen floor. I am so, so thankful we were home and not in a restaurant... And I am so extra-thankful that we have 2 bathrooms, and so everyone could scrub off ASAP. ANd I am so, so extra thankful to have an excellent understanding family.

The next time you think a dinner party is meh, just be thankful that there's no projectile vomit. Parenthood lowers your standards, omg.

OMG why did she projectile vomit? Is there something that can be done to avoid that? Just for future reference for when my nephews are over.

Just a guess, but if she refused to eat beforehand she probably had some form of gastro. And no, there's nothing that can be done to avoid that. All babies / children do it at some point, and you can guarantee it will be at the most inconvenient moment every time.
Noooooo!!!! Mmmmmm maybe my husbands idea of keeping children in a pen in the backyard on grass and hosing them when they get dirty Isn't such a bad idea

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6111 on: April 04, 2016, 07:15:21 AM »
Invited my family over for dinner instead of meeting them at a restaurant, since I can feed 6 people an excellent meal for cheaper than paying restaurant bills for two adults and a toddler.

Am extra thankful we did that, because my toddler refused to eat and then projectile vomited over me, my sister, herself, and about 6 feet of my kitchen floor. I am so, so thankful we were home and not in a restaurant... And I am so extra-thankful that we have 2 bathrooms, and so everyone could scrub off ASAP. ANd I am so, so extra thankful to have an excellent understanding family.

The next time you think a dinner party is meh, just be thankful that there's no projectile vomit. Parenthood lowers your standards, omg.

OMG why did she projectile vomit? Is there something that can be done to avoid that? Just for future reference for when my nephews are over.

Just a guess, but if she refused to eat beforehand she probably had some form of gastro. And no, there's nothing that can be done to avoid that. All babies / children do it at some point, and you can guarantee it will be at the most inconvenient moment every time.
Noooooo!!!! Mmmmmm maybe my husbands idea of keeping children in a pen in the backyard on grass and hosing them when they get dirty Isn't such a bad idea

Some form of gastro, and no, you can't avoid it, sorry! (For the record: 5 minute earlier she was running around and singing, no fever, zero symptoms of anything.) and there are meals where she's feeling ok but not hungry, so she doesn't eat, so even that's not a reliable indicator.

Kids are gross. They're fantastic enough to totally make up for it, but: gross. Sorry! (And hey, like I said: at least we weren't in a restaurant!)

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« Reply #6112 on: April 04, 2016, 08:12:41 AM »
Also, eschewing thing I really WOULD want, but am not going to do, like: extra soil, proper row markers, good soil amendment, nematodes, lady bugs, etc.

You can buy lady bugs in the US? Tell me more! Does that mean that there are people who "farm" them? I just avoid tidying up too much until early spring so that they have places to shelter - there were loads out and about yesterday.

I spent most of the weekend in the garden; the next few weeks is the "hungry gap" for us - last of the over-wintered leeks, broccoli etc. is gone but too soon for this year's crops to be ready.

Yes indeed! Are you kidding? If something can be monetized, we have probably figured out how to do that here. Haha. But yeah, we can buy beneficial nematodes ($24 for enough to treat a 3000sq ft lawn at my local garden store), ladybugs, etc. It's actually pretty cool, because at least my local store does native breeds appropriate for the area, so it helps with conservation stuff as well.
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« Reply #6113 on: April 04, 2016, 10:16:20 AM »
Also, eschewing thing I really WOULD want, but am not going to do, like: extra soil, proper row markers, good soil amendment, nematodes, lady bugs, etc.

You can buy lady bugs in the US? Tell me more! Does that mean that there are people who "farm" them? I just avoid tidying up too much until early spring so that they have places to shelter - there were loads out and about yesterday.

I spent most of the weekend in the garden; the next few weeks is the "hungry gap" for us - last of the over-wintered leeks, broccoli etc. is gone but too soon for this year's crops to be ready.

Yes indeed! Are you kidding? If something can be monetized, we have probably figured out how to do that here. Haha. But yeah, we can buy beneficial nematodes ($24 for enough to treat a 3000sq ft lawn at my local garden store), ladybugs, etc. It's actually pretty cool, because at least my local store does native breeds appropriate for the area, so it helps with conservation stuff as well.
You can even get them off Amazon.
Other bugs too.
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« Reply #6114 on: April 04, 2016, 12:58:25 PM »
Also, eschewing thing I really WOULD want, but am not going to do, like: extra soil, proper row markers, good soil amendment, nematodes, lady bugs, etc.

You can buy lady bugs in the US? Tell me more! Does that mean that there are people who "farm" them? I just avoid tidying up too much until early spring so that they have places to shelter - there were loads out and about yesterday.

I spent most of the weekend in the garden; the next few weeks is the "hungry gap" for us - last of the over-wintered leeks, broccoli etc. is gone but too soon for this year's crops to be ready.

Yes indeed! Are you kidding? If something can be monetized, we have probably figured out how to do that here. Haha. But yeah, we can buy beneficial nematodes ($24 for enough to treat a 3000sq ft lawn at my local garden store), ladybugs, etc. It's actually pretty cool, because at least my local store does native breeds appropriate for the area, so it helps with conservation stuff as well.
You can even get them off Amazon.
Other bugs too.

I bought a praying mantis egg case at the farmer's market this year. Very cool to show the kids the baby mantises when they hatched.
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« Reply #6115 on: April 04, 2016, 02:19:50 PM »
Hubs was gonna grab lunch on the way home from getting cat food. I suggested a specific place then looked up their menu to text him my order. $9.50 for lox on a bagel??? Yeah no. Told him to get whatever he wanted but I'll just eat what we have here. The kicker? The cat food place apparently closed down, so he wasted train fare for no reason,  and now I can't find another place that sells it in the flavor she'll actually eat.
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« Reply #6116 on: April 04, 2016, 02:36:57 PM »
Scored a great deal on Honey yesterday.  I did not really need it but I was scouting for sales and found this fancy schmancy organic, sustainable, wild bee honey on BOGO sale.  This stuff was over the top fancy and normally I would have ignored it, even on sale.  But I though about it for a bit and realized it was only $0.26 per ounce on sale.  Typically the cheap honey is around $0.40 per ounce.  I grabbed 6 bottles to put in the pantry for later.  It was starting to crystallize but that is no big.  Essentially, honey will last forever.

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« Reply #6117 on: April 04, 2016, 04:59:59 PM »
I (mostly) finished my taxes today with freetaxusa.com. I had to pay for state returns but federal was free. Probably all you saver people know about the IRS Free File, but here's the link in case: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free

Depending on your income, you may be able to do everything for free with some of the services.

Anyway, I mostly worked on it over the weekend but checked back through it a few times today and fixed issues that saved over $100 by filling out everything properly. I still have to send one thing by postal mail because I'm overseas, but it's good to have it mostly done.

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« Reply #6118 on: April 05, 2016, 02:17:47 AM »
You can even get them off Amazon.
Other bugs too.

Interesting. I was expecting this to be more of a plant nursery/farmer's market type thing rather than mail order because presumably keeping them alive without food & water for any length of time is a challenge. I think Amazon in the UK prohibits selling anything living. Having done a bit of googling, it seems that you can buy larvae of native British ladybirds & also lacewings and they are sent with food in the package. I'm now wondering whether they are wild caught or bred in captivity...

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« Reply #6119 on: April 05, 2016, 10:18:28 AM »
A co-worker was going to donate his barbell weight set but offered it to another co-worker. They said no thanks, but I sure spoke up! It's not an Olympic set, but it was free and it's in good shape. A few more pieces and I'll be able to cancel the gym membership when it's up.

Made egg salad out of the cheap eggs I picked up over Easter weekend.

Adjusted goals on Mint to throw more at the credit card, now that the e-fund is where it's supposed to be. Also set up a new goal to save for estimated moving costs this summer.

Put out a call in my Buy Nothing group for a coffee maker to replace the one Current accidentally broke yesterday.

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« Reply #6120 on: April 05, 2016, 10:51:39 AM »
My American Express card is running a promotion where you get a $10 statement credit for paying your cell phone bill via the credit card each month through June.  Signed up for that one on the spot-- $30 free dollars for doing essentially nothing!

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« Reply #6121 on: April 05, 2016, 11:18:26 AM »
My American Express card is running a promotion where you get a $10 statement credit for paying your cell phone bill via the credit card each month through June.  Signed up for that one on the spot-- $30 free dollars for doing essentially nothing!


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« Reply #6122 on: April 05, 2016, 11:43:43 AM »
A co-worker was going to donate his barbell weight set but offered it to another co-worker. They said no thanks, but I sure spoke up! It's not an Olympic set, but it was free and it's in good shape. A few more pieces and I'll be able to cancel the gym membership when it's up.

Nice! Add a cheap-O set of bumper plates from craigslist (if you can find them for sale used) and you are set for the Olympic style lifts, which is really all you need when it comes to lifting (in my opinion).

My daily save, ate a salad without cherry tomatoes (they run 3 bucks for a container) and onion topping (another 3 bucks). I went through one container of each every two weeks (work days only so 10 lunches) so I've reduced daily salad costs by .60 a day, or 12 bucks a month, or 120 dollars a year..... It didn't change my salad "experience" much so no complaints.

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« Reply #6123 on: April 05, 2016, 02:47:40 PM »
A co-worker was going to donate his barbell weight set but offered it to another co-worker. They said no thanks, but I sure spoke up! It's not an Olympic set, but it was free and it's in good shape. A few more pieces and I'll be able to cancel the gym membership when it's up.

Nice! Add a cheap-O set of bumper plates from craigslist (if you can find them for sale used) and you are set for the Olympic style lifts, which is really all you need when it comes to lifting (in my opinion).

It's got a full set of bumper plates, but they only fit on that specific bar (not a 25-pound or 45-pound one). I need a squat/bench rack and a bench and I'll be set, and those are on CL all the time! :)

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« Reply #6124 on: April 06, 2016, 01:29:42 AM »
*Homemade birthday cake for my son who is turning 11 tomorrow ... Worms and Dirt, actually, as per his request

*Bubbles for the party -- silly for 11 year old boy, but much, much cheaper than silly string, and still fun/funny. I got a 6 pack of full sized bottles of bubbles for $3. It was $3 PER CAN for silly string .. forget it! I'm all for home birthday parties but that's ridiculous!

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« Reply #6125 on: April 06, 2016, 04:55:38 PM »
Today I got an annual membership to the group that runs some of the dance classes and events I've been attending. 12 for a year gets 1 off for each class / event. It should pay for itself in a few months, and it's an incentive to get better at this particular dance style.

I forced myself to actually leave work on time today for a change. It doesn't save money exactly, but since time is money . . . Anyway, it was good, and I got to take a nap before the dance class.

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« Reply #6126 on: April 06, 2016, 06:13:54 PM »
Hubs was gonna grab lunch on the way home from getting cat food. I suggested a specific place then looked up their menu to text him my order. $9.50 for lox on a bagel??? Yeah no. Told him to get whatever he wanted but I'll just eat what we have here. The kicker? The cat food place apparently closed down, so he wasted train fare for no reason,  and now I can't find another place that sells it in the flavor she'll actually eat.

The things we do for our picky cats. Mr. Tuxedocat and I have created a monster with our kitty cat. For Valentine's Day, we bought her a special treat, local canned cat food (expensive!). It is now her favourite and she will wake up us for her food. We only give her a small serving, which is supplemented by dry kibbles.

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« Reply #6127 on: April 06, 2016, 06:15:37 PM »
Mr.Tuxedocat takes a herbal supplement. I have always bought it at the drugstore, but it's never on sale. Today, I checked Amazon and it's 40% cheaper. Woot woot!

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« Reply #6128 on: April 06, 2016, 08:00:12 PM »
Realized today that I actually really like my hair at this grown out to this current length (no paid haircuts in over a year) . . . and am inspired to get better at trimming it myself and NEVER PAY for haircuts again!

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« Reply #6129 on: April 07, 2016, 02:09:31 AM »
* Picked up $0.50 worth of recyclable beer bottles from the Goodwill parking lot.
* My mom brought over a very nice changing table she found abandoned in an alley near her house, and a friend gave me a barely used Ergo baby carrier.
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« Reply #6130 on: April 07, 2016, 06:23:42 AM »
Not today, but planning ahead: Friday, meeting up with a friend I haven't seen in years. She's staying downtown, and doesn't have a car while visiting, so naturally, I'm headed there. But truck + downtown + trying to find parking on a Friday night? Ahhh. So DH and I optimized! He will drive me to his school campus where he has a MWF parking pass to meet up for group work (he normally only does MW). I will go early and get my hair cut at the beauty school to overlap these trips ($11 haircut for a woman? Awesome).

Reduce cost, stress, and finally get my dang hair cut like I keep putting off? Win!
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« Reply #6131 on: April 07, 2016, 07:40:17 AM »
I drink lots of tea. The hot water dispenser is at the  snack bar at the other end of the building and down a floor. It's a bit of a hike and it makes it really easy to buy something because,"Well, I'm here anyway." I also sometimes justify buying coffee in the morning when I wouldn't otherwise (I actually don't really like coffee), because the snack bar is on the way to my desk and, "This way, I won't have to come get hot water."

So today I brought my electric kettle in so that I will never be tempted again. By the snack bar at least.


Last night I didn't want to cook. So I stopped at McDonald's on the way home. (I know, I know!) It meant I wasn't tempted to order delivery, which would have been way more expensive.
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« Reply #6132 on: April 07, 2016, 07:52:20 AM »
I have killed it this week.

I buy all our IT stuff at work and despite explaining how rebates work to my boss, he had no interest in letting me setup a paypal business account to collect rebates, so I used my own account (with his blessing) and received just over $70 this month. That's 8 months of free Netflix for me.

I also finally got on a lower cell plan which will save me $36 a month (cost $35) which is amazing in Canada.

I have been very careful with my natural gas (heat) this winter and my monthly bill just dropped from $130 to $87, I'm ahead in my equal billing so I will gave a reduced bill for the next 3 months and hopefully in August when it resets for the year I will have no bill for the month.

Two more!

I have been working lots of overtime after being sick for a few years. Finally seeing a big pay cheque in my account was so awesome I had tears in my eyes. It all went to bills and sick debt, but at least it was a big chunk towards debt.

To celebrate I went through all my clothes, donated huge quantities and completely downsized my clothing. Then I bought two shirts and two tank tops, for four different layered looks. They were inexpensive clothes, but after years of very low spending it felt like a real splurge. The simplified, streamlined closet was the real celebration and in a few more months I will have lost more weight and be ready for another clean out.

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« Reply #6133 on: April 07, 2016, 12:34:29 PM »
Craving something sweet, I was going to go buy a cookie or something at the snack bar. Decided to cruise the floor on the off chance somebody'd had dessert catered. Indeed, somebody'd gotten sandwiches and cookies from Potbelly. Nabbed a big delicious chocolate chip cookie.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6134 on: April 07, 2016, 02:51:15 PM »
Just switched from a Verizon cell plan at $70/month (close to 80 after all of their fees) to Republic Wireless at $25/month with the possibility it will be less with their data refund. Hopefully the service is at least decent.
Sold my boys old wooden train tracks on CraigsList and made $40.
Increased my 401K contribution to 10%. Trying to work out ways to increase this further in the next few months.

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« Reply #6135 on: April 08, 2016, 09:29:11 AM »
Was willing to clean up a cooler my neighbor didn't want to deal with, so now I have a nice camping cooler. Bonus: dealing with it helped out the neighbor who is really overwhelmed right now. Community building plus free stuff? Sounds mustachian to me!

Spring is in the air! Using the weather as an excuse to turn off the thermostat, even when it gets a bit colder at night than we've been letting it get over the winter. Hope we can keep it up! Have only done maybe 2-3 hrs of heat total in a week or more.

Saving our eggshells and coffee grounds for gardening.

Saving up boxes for Brother's move- technically that saves HIM money, not us. But it's also eco friendly, so hey, it saves us all in the long run ;)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6136 on: April 08, 2016, 09:49:53 AM »
husband fixed the dryer yeah yeah yeah! all he did was whack the switch, but hey :) <3

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« Reply #6137 on: April 08, 2016, 11:38:19 AM »
Another day, another salad from home with a chicken thighs on the side.

Every now and again, I like to add a bag of chips, usually from the vending machine, to get that crunch and salty flavor. I really wanted that today but I realized I have whole almonds in the desk drawer, why not use them, save a buck fifty.

Not only did I do that but I added a bag of chips and snack bags to my grocery list so I can make up my own at home, no more overpriced chips from vending machine!

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« Reply #6138 on: April 08, 2016, 11:54:19 AM »
A couple of days ago I cut up a cucumber and put it in a jar of pickle juice (after all the pickles had been eaten).  Today I tried some and - pickles!  I am amazed.  I'd always just pitch the leftover juice and never thought about re-using it for batch of homemade pickles.

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« Reply #6139 on: April 08, 2016, 12:06:44 PM »
A couple of days ago I cut up a cucumber and put it in a jar of pickle juice (after all the pickles had been eaten).  Today I tried some and - pickles!  I am amazed.  I'd always just pitch the leftover juice and never thought about re-using it for batch of homemade pickles.

I have like five empty pickle jars in my fridge waiting for me to do this (but I've been too busy/lazy/preoccupied). It works great!

Also my mom thinks I'm crazy because my fridge is full of empty (and some half-empty) pickle jars. Whatever.
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« Reply #6140 on: April 08, 2016, 04:55:11 PM »
Another great use for pickle juice, make your own cheese with it!  You have to add additional vinegar as it's not quite acidic enough to curdle the milk, but in the end you end up with pickle flavored cheese which is to die for!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6141 on: April 08, 2016, 05:27:52 PM »
My son and I made homemade pizza instead of our usual 27 dollar Friday night habit (punch away!). Whole wheat dough, Caesar salad dressing, jarred garlic, broccoli, cheese. Delicious and healthier.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6142 on: April 08, 2016, 06:33:13 PM »
How do you have pickle juice left over? I just drink it. I also drink the jalapeno juice!

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« Reply #6143 on: April 08, 2016, 06:41:16 PM »
How do you have pickle juice left over? I just drink it. I also drink the jalapeno juice!

I don't think I could! Vinegar makes my throat tighten up. OK as a small amount as a salad dressing, but not sure what would happen trying to drink a big slug of it!  I tried doing the drink the miracle apple cider vinegar - which is really a wee bit of ACV in water. Nope - not happening.

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« Reply #6144 on: April 08, 2016, 07:57:25 PM »
Today I resisted the siren call of Killian's Irish Red on the way home as I drove by the store.

I need to save money.  I've already gone out to eat twice this month!  Argh.  So weak have I become...  I think having a good month in the stock market in March gave me some irrational exuberance of my own!

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« Reply #6145 on: April 08, 2016, 09:21:41 PM »
How do you have pickle juice left over? I just drink it. I also drink the jalapeno juice!

I don't think my body could handle that much salt all at once.

I put pickling cucumbers on my grocery list today because of this thread, and then failed to buy them because I got distracted by the really good sale on chicken, which I hadn't planned to buy.
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« Reply #6146 on: April 09, 2016, 12:52:19 AM »
I'm sick (cold) and had run out of fresh food and staple items in pantry. Instead of ordering food I went downstairs to get groceries (20min walk each way). I waited five minutes to get a taxi with no luck so forced myself to walk and get some fresh air. Got all of my groceries and then with the extra weight decided to wait for a taxi. After 15 minutes and no taxi I sucked it up again and walked with all of the extra weight. I took a lot of breaks (sick) but made it home and had a jolt of joy from my accomplishment while sick. Reward: On sale apple crumble pie which I mumbled to myself the entire walk to stay motivated. The applecrumble pie was delicious.

Exercise + saved money + hopefully healthy food option will help beat this cold.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6147 on: April 09, 2016, 01:00:43 AM »
I'm sick (cold) and had run out of fresh food and staple items in pantry. Instead of ordering food I went downstairs to get groceries (20min walk each way). I waited five minutes to get a taxi with no luck so forced myself to walk and get some fresh air. Got all of my groceries and then with the extra weight decided to wait for a taxi. After 15 minutes and no taxi I sucked it up again and walked with all of the extra weight. I took a lot of breaks (sick) but made it home and had a jolt of joy from my accomplishment while sick. Reward: On sale apple crumble pie which I mumbled to myself the entire walk to stay motivated. The applecrumble pie was delicious.

Exercise + saved money + hopefully healthy food option will help beat this cold.

People still take taxi's?!

Nice work here, but do yourself a favor and use a modern alternative (uber/lyft). There's no waiting around wondering if one is coming, and it will be one more thing to save a few bucks on. Of course walking is even better, so good call on that one!

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« Reply #6148 on: April 09, 2016, 01:06:53 AM »
I'm sick (cold) and had run out of fresh food and staple items in pantry. Instead of ordering food I went downstairs to get groceries (20min walk each way). I waited five minutes to get a taxi with no luck so forced myself to walk and get some fresh air. Got all of my groceries and then with the extra weight decided to wait for a taxi. After 15 minutes and no taxi I sucked it up again and walked with all of the extra weight. I took a lot of breaks (sick) but made it home and had a jolt of joy from my accomplishment while sick. Reward: On sale apple crumble pie which I mumbled to myself the entire walk to stay motivated. The applecrumble pie was delicious.

Exercise + saved money + hopefully healthy food option will help beat this cold.

People still take taxi's?!

Nice work here, but do yourself a favor and use a modern alternative (uber/lyft). There's no waiting around wondering if one is coming, and it will be one more thing to save a few bucks on. Of course walking is even better, so good call on that one!

There are plenty of places both in and out of capital cities in The Rest Of The World where neither Uber not Lyft is an option.

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« Reply #6149 on: April 10, 2016, 06:58:12 AM »
Boiled up some eggs to make egg salad for lunches, and will have a big green salad with hard boiled egg tonight for dinner.

Just using the furnace for about half an hour now in the mornings to take the chill off. Opening up the curtains for passive solar heat during the day.