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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6350 on: May 18, 2016, 07:22:40 AM »
I'm celebrating! Through a combination of using a rebate site at work for office purchases (with my bosses permission) as well as signing up for a new credit card using the same site, I have earned just over $140 dollars the past few months. I'm leaving it in my PayPal account to pay for the next 14 months of Netflix! I'm going to keep working the rebates and hopefully without any cost to me, I will be able to get free Netflix permanently.

I also picked up a ridiculous deal on extra lean ground beef. Packages that were marked $11 originally were marked down to $4.$$ and then had a further 30% off because they were dated to expire in two days. Add to that I got an additional 20% off using my grocery points card. I bought quite a few to freeze, the grocery clerk that was stocking the shelf told me it was a crazy deal because they had accidentally ordered way too much. Score for me!

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« Reply #6351 on: May 18, 2016, 07:25:51 AM »
I biked to work today.  I was running late and in a rush to get out the door and realized that I did not have time to pack my lunch as I usually do.  So I grabbed a few snack items from the fridge and called it good enough, hoping there would be random food in the break room at lunch and figuring that if it came down to it I could buy a sandwich from the little lunch counter in the neighboring building.  Obviously that would not be saving money but I do it rarely enough that I was going to let it slide today.

But my Mustachian subconscious was there to protect me from making a stupid prepared lunch purchase!  I got to work and realized I had also forgotten my wallet.  Thus, what easily could have been a non-mustachian spendy day became an unexpectedly more-mustachian-than-usual day of mostly fasting. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6352 on: May 18, 2016, 10:04:37 AM »
I didn't go to my office, so I didn't pay $6 to park. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6353 on: May 18, 2016, 11:16:53 AM »
Dug a container of previously frozen curry lentils out of the freezer to have over rice for lunch today.  Also packed an extra homemade smoothie for an afternoon snack.  Free coffee, as usual . . . and free gym tonight.  Should get away with no money spent today :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6354 on: May 18, 2016, 11:47:05 AM »
Biked to work for the first time today (changed jobs in February to a closer office and today was the first day that it was over 0 degrees when I woke up). Got lost a little on the way, but it only took 50 minutes. Going home should be all downhill or flat so should be even quicker. Yay!

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« Reply #6355 on: May 18, 2016, 11:50:44 AM »
Planted 5 sugar maples and 3 hickory trees: free.

Having a forestry tech in the family means phone calls along the lines of "hey, we have too many trees for this project. Want any?" It's great, especially since we built our house and are in the process of doing landscaping... :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6356 on: May 18, 2016, 01:40:53 PM »
I accidentally wore a pair of jeans that have a hole worn through in the inner thigh/crotch area to work today.  (I kept them for working in the yard, etc.)  Thought about driving home and changing, but instead improvised a fix with duct tape so I wouldn't end up mooning people.  So I saved time and gas money! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6357 on: May 18, 2016, 01:45:50 PM »
I should write a book: "Mending your clothes with office supplies"

Here's a tip for your book, free of charge: fixing a black leather belt with electrical tape works, but only for a couple of days.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6358 on: May 18, 2016, 02:18:32 PM »
I'm taking an Ed2Go class. I was looking at my local community college, but googled for reviews and found out prices vary. I searched a bunch of CCs until I found one with a price nearly half that of mine.

Pretty happy about that. Made the class go from questionable value to probably worth it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6359 on: May 18, 2016, 06:00:24 PM »
I'm finally getting into the swing of things again. Applied for my bank's cash back credit card today, which will save money going forward. Finalized which health insurance I am selecting -- increase in monthly payment, but so happy to have access to health care. Worked on my weekly grocery list.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6360 on: May 19, 2016, 06:52:23 AM »
I should write a book: "Mending your clothes with office supplies"

Here's a tip for your book, free of charge: fixing a black leather belt with electrical tape works, but only for a couple of days.

My tip:  You can fix a tie that is losing its stitching with a stapler.  Also only a temporary solution.

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« Reply #6361 on: May 19, 2016, 07:53:44 AM »
I should write a book: "Mending your clothes with office supplies"

Here's a tip for your book, free of charge: fixing a black leather belt with electrical tape works, but only for a couple of days.

Electrical tape also works when the sole of your shoe falls off at a wedding and your BIL is an electrician and has a role of tape in his car.  But it turns your foot black and sticky.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6362 on: May 19, 2016, 01:43:25 PM »
Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6363 on: May 20, 2016, 06:55:49 AM »
Totally off topic - how did you get the é?  Copy from Word?  Something easier?  So nice to see dépanneur spelled properly.

Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6364 on: May 20, 2016, 07:19:47 AM »
Totally off topic - how did you get the é?  Copy from Word?  Something easier?  So nice to see dépanneur spelled properly.

Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect.

Try this. And I have no idea what a dépanneur  is.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6365 on: May 20, 2016, 07:38:27 AM »
Totally off topic - how did you get the é?  Copy from Word?  Something easier?  So nice to see dépanneur spelled properly.

Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect.

The Quebecois equivalent of a bodega? I have no idea outside of NYC-based references.

Like, the store that's open earlier and later than all the other stores and where you stop by to get milk or bread or chips or beer or soda or emergency supplies at like 11pm when all the other stores are out and you realize you're out of coffee and milk and cat food.

Try this. And I have no idea what a dépanneur  is.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6366 on: May 20, 2016, 07:45:53 AM »
Well I would have said depp.  I had no frame of reference when I moved to Ontario - what is a 7-11?  Listening to students use 3 languages in one sentence does things to the brain (I taught CEGEP for many years).

Thanks for the link.

Totally off topic - how did you get the é?  Copy from Word?  Something easier?  So nice to see dépanneur spelled properly.

Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect.

The Quebecois equivalent of a bodega? I have no idea outside of NYC-based references.

Like, the store that's open earlier and later than all the other stores and where you stop by to get milk or bread or chips or beer or soda or emergency supplies at like 11pm when all the other stores are out and you realize you're out of coffee and milk and cat food.

Try this. And I have no idea what a dépanneur  is.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6367 on: May 20, 2016, 01:03:32 PM »
I should write a book: "Mending your clothes with office supplies"

Here's a tip for your book, free of charge: fixing a black leather belt with electrical tape works, but only for a couple of days.

My tip:  You can fix a tie that is losing its stitching with a stapler.  Also only a temporary solution.


Staples also work on a falling hem on pants. They look better if you staple with the top of the stapler on the inside - bottoms of staples look a little like stitches. Lasts until you wash the garment, but garment will survive better if you remember to remove the staples prior to washing machine.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6368 on: May 20, 2016, 01:39:52 PM »
Saw Captain America in theatres yesterday with a friend. I cashed out some of my mypoints to get s $25 e gift card to the theatre so my ticket was free and I had a free small popcorn on my regal rewards card. Cheap fun night out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6369 on: May 20, 2016, 09:21:17 PM »
I bought a wifi sprinkler timer with the watersense feature.  It cost $100.  But my local water conservatory district is offering a $100 rebate.  So free!  Also.  It will kill the sprinklers/garden irrigation if it's been raining anyway.  So I'll save money on my utilities as well!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6370 on: May 20, 2016, 10:26:29 PM »
Today I DIY replaced my house water heater. Saved about $500 compared to paying a plumber.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6371 on: May 21, 2016, 03:41:16 AM »
I ordered a used, discontinued, and unlocked UK smartphone from Amazon today for £53.02. I have a US version of the same phone (Moto G, 8GB), which I still use for VOIP over Wi-Fi, so I added a blue replacement back for £1.29 to keep from mixing them up. Free shipping for everything. The thing is I'm not sure if this is saving money or wasting it since there are some low end smartphones available new for less.

I'm planning library outings today to make sure my books are in on time and to pick up new books for next week. Plus a church outing, also free. And I've been car-free for almost 4 months now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6372 on: May 21, 2016, 08:32:17 AM »
After looking at thrift for a new belt for about two weeks and not finding anything as nice as my broken belt, I finally fixed my belt.  Sheesh.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6373 on: May 21, 2016, 09:35:20 AM »
Today I DIY replaced my house water heater. Saved about $500 compared to paying a plumber.

wow *thumbs up* very moustachian!

I bought icecream at the supermarket for 1,69€ for a big container, instead of getting a cone for 1,20€.
Later on, I will sew new covers for our couch pillows. Bought cloth instead of new pillows.

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« Reply #6374 on: May 21, 2016, 10:54:28 AM »
Thank you! It took about seven hours and that included a parts run. It felt great when there were no gas or water leaks when I turned the gas and water back on.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6375 on: May 21, 2016, 12:17:25 PM »
Just mended my two "work" cardigans - the seams were falling apart.  I bought both last year and in the past I would have totally just thrown them out and bought new ones.  Busted out some thread and a needle for the first time since Girl Scouts and they look good as new.

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« Reply #6376 on: May 21, 2016, 04:28:31 PM »
Bought good compost and mulch at 50% off. Am now driving to a place that's 20 minutes away but has fruit trees for half the price as the places near work - definitely worth the detour! Hopefully, in3-5 years, we'all have an independent fruit production to complement our vegetable garden.

I spent some time at the pottery wheel throwing pots, and am paying 3$/pot to glaze and bake them. I will then use them to make beeswax candles - some for us, some for gifts, some to sell.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6377 on: May 23, 2016, 05:52:53 PM »
I'm jumping on the sewing and mending bandwagon. I mended one pair of jeans (wore through the crotch area with all that bicycling) and am sewing another.

My patches are a slightly different color but, eh, ask me how much I care about what my clothes look like when I'm FIRE and never have to work another day in my life.

Next up: darning the worn heels in several pairs of Smartwool socks, as the rest of the sock is fully intact.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6378 on: May 23, 2016, 06:54:38 PM »
I'm jumping on the sewing and mending bandwagon. I mended one pair of jeans (wore through the crotch area with all that bicycling) and am sewing another.

My patches are a slightly different color but, eh, ask me how much I care about what my clothes look like when I'm FIRE and never have to work another day in my life.

Next up: darning the worn heels in several pairs of Smartwool socks, as the rest of the sock is fully intact.

I actually mend my jeans from the INSIDE to make the patches less noticeable. Something to consider for the next pair!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6379 on: May 24, 2016, 10:47:53 AM »
Jeans mending! I've tried and failed to mend the crotch of my favorite pair of jeans--I just made it worse. And now my other favorite pair of jeans is about 2 wears from an exploded crotch. Know any good resources/tutorials for jeans crotch repair... by hand? (I followed one for general denim repair and it didn't work out so well. The denim was just too worn out to hold stitches.


Yesterday we got an almost-free lunch via some free sandwich coupons we got for being in a focus group for the restaurant. Didn't cover hubs' soda. Other than that, I haven't done diddly to save. But the farmers markets are back, so hopefully that'll result in savings via less wasted produce (farmers market=buy what I need vs. supermarket=buy prescribed amount even if it's too much).




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« Reply #6380 on: May 24, 2016, 11:31:11 AM »
An oldie but a goodie: I need brown sugar for baking, but it was hard as a rock. Bought one apple, cut it into pieces, and put it in a container with the sugar. The sugar is now soft again, all ready for baking with.

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« Reply #6381 on: May 24, 2016, 07:05:46 PM »
I prepped returns for Amazon and target. It was so tempting just to say I was too busy to deal with it, but I put the time in and got them ready to go. Reused packaging of course. I had to plan my taping well so I didn't run out of packing tape. 

Rescued gift tissue from packaging. Enough for Christmas.

Rescued paper towel like paper. Enough for 3 months of bathroom cleaning.

Dried laundry in the sun.

Cut my hair.

Cut some blank postcards out of water color paper. I'll draw and send them to family members who requested postcards from my European adventures.  Postcards are getting flipping expensive. This will save a few dollars.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6382 on: May 24, 2016, 07:35:19 PM »
Had a little mental battle about it this morning, but ended up bringing lunch to campus this morning. Another few days without eating out!

Then in the afternoon, I found out about a free burrito promotion from Chipotle (dead now). I used it to get a massive burrito bowl for dinner, and this should hold me over for a few more days of not wasting money on food outside the house!

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« Reply #6383 on: May 25, 2016, 10:38:36 PM »
I did not spend any money today. Talked myself out of eating out and takeout coffee.

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« Reply #6384 on: May 26, 2016, 06:44:25 AM »
Yesterday I got called into a last minute donor tour and my lunch ended up being the smoothie we got at the cafe pre-tour. Saved me from eating my leftovers so I was able to stretch that out a little further. Those will be lunch today. Commencement is this weekend so Friday dinner and Saturday lunch are covered via events as well. Possibly tomorrow's lunch?

Dinner last night was corn on the cob bought on sale. We're trying to eat down our perishables as we'll be out of the country for 2 weeks. Went over grocery budget for the month, but the last trip will last us very long into June. Should average out in the end. 

Got off my butt and returned two items that I didn't really need, saving us $17. I put in a request for a receipt search at one store so I could get full price back for a bolt of fabric I bought for my sister's shower that we didn't use.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6385 on: May 26, 2016, 07:05:57 AM »
I ordered a year's supply of contacts (which I plan to stretch to at least a year and half, probably two years).  But since I have an astigmatism in one eye and not in the other, I bought two boxes of one kind of contact and two boxes of another kind.  The website was confused by my order and made it appear as if I would not qualify for the mail in rebate for purchasing a year's supply of contacts.  I started a chat session and explained the problem and the helpful person told me I qualified and emailed me the form.  Three minutes invested resulted in $40 saved!  Also shows the power of questioning things and asking for what you are entitled to receive.

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« Reply #6386 on: May 26, 2016, 07:07:01 AM »
Got a BOGO offer in the mail from Qdoba (Chipotle competitor). We've been trying to cut down on eating out, but this gave us an inexpensive way to do so.

Forgot to eat my salad for lunch on Tuesday, so that became yesterday's lunch. Having a team lunch today, so today's salad becomes tomorrow's lunch.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6387 on: May 26, 2016, 09:27:44 AM »
I made breakfast at home.  Packed my lunch and snacks. 

I used a homemade moisturizing bar (copycat recipe for a Lush bar) this morning. 

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« Reply #6388 on: May 26, 2016, 10:09:37 AM »
I am halfway through painting the 2 sets of French doors on the back of the house.

Total cost: 40$ materials, probably 3-4 hours total

What the factory that made the doors wanted to charge to have them installed in black: 400$ PER DOOR.

Excellent hourly savings. :)

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« Reply #6389 on: May 26, 2016, 11:27:15 AM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

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« Reply #6390 on: May 26, 2016, 12:35:10 PM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

Congrats on both the savings and the grandbaby! :)

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« Reply #6391 on: May 26, 2016, 01:29:09 PM »
My sim card didn't work in my new-to-me smartphone, and my current cellphone company wants £10.20 to send a replacement sim for the same number. But then I wouldn't know until I got it if it would work. So this evening I ordered a free sim card from a different company, and if it works out, I can port my number over, also free. The pay-as-you-go rates are comparable, and I was considering switching anyway. If this doesn't work, I might have to return the phone, which would save more but be a bit sad.

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« Reply #6392 on: May 26, 2016, 04:27:14 PM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

Congrats on both the savings and the grandbaby! :)

Thanks!  It's the first grandbaby, so we're pretty excited.  I always watch hotel rates - even if you are a rewards member, they don't automatically tell you if the rates drop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6393 on: May 26, 2016, 06:31:24 PM »
Bought shelf stable almond milk-2 quarts for $3.00. Maybe not the best price, but it beats the fresh half gallon that always goes bad if I buy it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6394 on: May 26, 2016, 08:59:26 PM »
Replaced a burned-out compact florescent bulb with an LED. I think our electricity conservation efforts may be paying off, as per the most recent electric bill. Whoo!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6395 on: May 26, 2016, 09:05:48 PM »
Made vegetarian burritos out of some leftovers instead of being lazy and ordering pizza. Very tasty dinner, healthier, and saved some loot. Score!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6396 on: May 27, 2016, 06:27:45 AM »
Tonight is my son's first t-ball game of the season.  In order to save on gas, I've packed a cooler with our picnic supper and left it in the trunk so we will go to the park right after daycare, eat and get changed there, then play his game.  This is instead of driving home from daycare, eating a rushed supper at home, and driving to the park for the game.  Fingers crossed that the cooler does it's job! I've never left it in the car trunk for this long so I'm a bit nervous...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6397 on: May 27, 2016, 10:47:01 AM »
I live in a very small town (under 1000 people). I've been trying to source as many purchases as close as possible to where I live, to avoid the $32 drive to the city.  I went to the next town over (a $12.00 trip) to see if I could buy light hiking boots at a Mark's Work Wearhouse. I had checked out their footwear online and was pretty sure I could find something. Found good quality boots, at 33% off. Saved $60 on the boots and $20 on the drive.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6398 on: May 27, 2016, 10:57:16 AM »
Asking on Buy Nothing Group for curtains, instead of just going and buying some. (Need curtains for our bedroom, since it's starting to stay light after we go to bed). Looks like I already have a few people offering spare curtains! Love my community. Not a rich neighborhood, but a very, very generous one.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6399 on: May 27, 2016, 12:31:49 PM »
Did an online ed tech consult for a gift card.


 Turned down an invite to copresent at a major ed tech conference next week. I'd like to go, but it's fly in one day, fly out the next, and it's in Vegas, whereas I'm much closer to the East Coast. Would've been more than 24 hours  of traveling in 48 hours, and it's just not worth it. Plus they weren't going to pay me anything.  The conference would've been a great deal of fun, and I do believe in the value of the software I was going to present on, but it just would've been too much. It's a shame, because I've never been to Vegas.