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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6400 on: May 27, 2016, 12:45:13 PM »
Doctor wanted me to try special orthotic for a painful joint problem. (Nevermind I already spent $300 on custom orthotics last year. No, now I need a different kind.) They had some in the office for $80 per foot. Insurance doesn't cover it, of course. I didn't really like the way it fit/felt so I said I would think about it, then went home and looked online where I managed to find some that look much better for $85 a pair (not per foot!). So, about half the price. Had to pay shipping but still saved $60+.

Also got a $50 coupon for the new medication my other doctor wanted me to try. Brought it down from $135/mo to $85/mo. (That's the co-pay with "good" insurance. Rawr.)  I am waffling between being angry at having to spend this much every month vs. being happy I can save $600/yr with these coupons.

So - spent about $180 on medical crap. But made an effort and saved $110. Having shitty genes is expensive... :-/
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« Reply #6401 on: May 27, 2016, 01:06:11 PM »
Doctor wanted me to try special orthotic for a painful joint problem. (Nevermind I already spent $300 on custom orthotics last year. No, now I need a different kind.) They had some in the office for $80 per foot. Insurance doesn't cover it, of course. I didn't really like the way it fit/felt so I said I would think about it, then went home and looked online where I managed to find some that look much better for $85 a pair (not per foot!). So, about half the price. Had to pay shipping but still saved $60+.

Also got a $50 coupon for the new medication my other doctor wanted me to try. Brought it down from $135/mo to $85/mo. (That's the co-pay with "good" insurance. Rawr.)  I am waffling between being angry at having to spend this much every month vs. being happy I can save $600/yr with these coupons.

So - spent about $180 on medical crap. But made an effort and saved $110. Having shitty genes is expensive... :-/

I too need Orthotic inserts.  I've been very happy with SuperFeet Blue for $35 off eBay.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6402 on: May 27, 2016, 01:33:24 PM »
I too need Orthotic inserts.  I've been very happy with SuperFeet Blue for $35 off eBay.

I appreciate the recommendation, but I'm unfortunately way past that kind of thing. The condition I have generally ends with multiple surgeries. My feet hurt so much that I have to take my shoes off at work because just sitting at my desk with shoes on (ultra-cushioned running shoes with custom orthotics molded to my feet...) causes throbbing pain from my sole to my shin. I don't really think these new ones will do much for me, but it's that or surgery, so I'm giving it a shot.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6403 on: May 27, 2016, 02:21:53 PM »
Was thisclose to ordering a test prep guide from Amazon when I realized I could download literally the exact same thing from my public library. Where I work. As a librarian. But it's kind of a hidden feature! I had totally forgotten about it.

Bonus: does not create a physical book that will be obsolete in a couple of years anyway.
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« Reply #6404 on: May 27, 2016, 06:43:43 PM »
Returned two things to the store. 
Took my watch in for a replacement battery.  Since the battery died so quickly (less than a year), the store replaced the battery for free.
Baked zucchini bread from a zucchini a coworker gave me.
Tried a new recipe for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6405 on: May 28, 2016, 02:19:17 AM »
I still had cheeses and a couple chorizo slices left from a picnic ages ago. This morning I used the last of the chorizo and broke up one of the little cheeses to make egg-mcmuffin-style sandwiches with English muffins and fried eggs. So tasty and filling. I had cheese and crackers again yesterday for lunch, and this was a nice change. Now that I'm down to a handful of individually wrapped cheeses, I think I will take a break from trying to use them up.

Later I'm heading to the public library to get some light reading for the weekend and turn in last week's books.



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« Reply #6406 on: May 28, 2016, 06:41:07 AM »
Grocery shopped carefully to avoid overbuying or wasting money.

Batch cooked our work lunches for the next week.

Baked bread (seed and nut loaf) for cheap, tasty, nutritious breakfasts.

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« Reply #6407 on: May 28, 2016, 11:23:32 AM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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« Reply #6408 on: May 28, 2016, 03:53:58 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

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« Reply #6409 on: May 28, 2016, 04:37:31 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

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« Reply #6410 on: May 28, 2016, 05:33:55 PM »
I bought 6 cute blouses for work for $5.58, several of which were from Ann Taylor and one was from Nordstrom.  The total came up to $63.96.  I used a $20 credit from Schoola and a 60% off coupon to reduce the price by 91%. I'm usually a size small or a medium, and I was careful to order only mediums to increase the chances that they would fit, since purchases are non-returnable.

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« Reply #6411 on: May 28, 2016, 08:26:45 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

You might try this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/05/how-to-make-caramel-without-melting-sugar.html

Truth in advertising:  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds absolutely brilliant to do. :)

tl;dr:  toast sugar in the oven @ 300F for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove, throw through the blender or food processor to break up the clumps.
Store airtight.  You now have a nice container of caramel-flavored sugar for use in any
way you desire.

I'm skeptical that it would work with stevia, alas - for that you probably need a
commercial "caramel-flavor" sugar-free syrup that gets to leverage the magic of
modern flavor chemistry.
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« Reply #6412 on: May 29, 2016, 10:55:47 AM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

You might try this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/05/how-to-make-caramel-without-melting-sugar.html

Truth in advertising:  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds absolutely brilliant to do. :)

tl;dr:  toast sugar in the oven @ 300F for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove, throw through the blender or food processor to break up the clumps.
Store airtight.  You now have a nice container of caramel-flavored sugar for use in any
way you desire.

I'm skeptical that it would work with stevia, alas - for that you probably need a
commercial "caramel-flavor" sugar-free syrup that gets to leverage the magic of
modern flavor chemistry.
Thanks for the link!  I've got some insulin resistance, so sugar isn't completely banned (but it's a rare indulgence).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6413 on: May 29, 2016, 11:48:48 AM »
Worked a pageant over the weekend.  In principle, they aren't my favorite thing, but they are a fun gig.

They feed everyone really well.  And then there are leftovers.  So in addition to not having to pay for my lunch/dinner both Friday and Saturday, I also was sent home with leftovers. Lunch today will be chicken Alfredo, grapes, and watermelon.  I've now got a stash of mixed nuts, trail mix, and skittles at work, and I have a bag of einstein bagels, and another of edamame.  I was going to do some batch cooking today, but it seems it won't be necessary for this week...

They also give the crew a stack of discount cards.  I've got a couple of free massages, free orange julius, and free haircuts.  Also a few discounts to places I might actually eat.  And a few more that I'll leave out at work for others who will use them.

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« Reply #6414 on: May 29, 2016, 12:52:02 PM »

 Now I want to work pageants…


I discovered the wonders of diet A&W root beer last night at a bonfire at a friend's house. I've never tried one, assuming that they'd be nasty, and they aren't. So, now I have a root beer problem. To fix this, instead of buying diet root beer with all its chemical foulness, I picked sassafras  stems in the woods today for tea (which I'll sweeten with some stevia leaves)  plus bonus file powder.  I'm cheating by making tea from the stems instead of digging the sassafras roots, but then that's the way I've always made it. Easier on me and on the plant.

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« Reply #6415 on: May 29, 2016, 02:31:51 PM »
Went foraging for elder flowers and made cordial. Made ramp butter out of the rest of the ramps we picked a week and a half ago (freeze in logs, slice off a piece and let melt over fish or steak...) Got rhubarb from the yard and made rhubarb pie for dessert.

While foraging for elder flowers, we went to the back of the family property (hundreds of acres) in the car to a spot where there used to be a lot of farms in the last 1800s, and we found a few abandoned apple and pear orchards in full bloom. I dropped a google maps pin so we can go back and find it in fall, and again in spring next year to graft some branches onto rootstock if the apples are good. If they're over a hundred years old and holding up...

Also found chestnut and walnut trees nearby. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6416 on: May 29, 2016, 06:49:40 PM »
Went foraging for elder flowers and made cordial. Made ramp butter out of the rest of the ramps we picked a week and a half ago (freeze in logs, slice off a piece and let melt over fish or steak...) Got rhubarb from the yard and made rhubarb pie for dessert.

While foraging for elder flowers, we went to the back of the family property (hundreds of acres) in the car to a spot where there used to be a lot of farms in the last 1800s, and we found a few abandoned apple and pear orchards in full bloom. I dropped a google maps pin so we can go back and find it in fall, and again in spring next year to graft some branches onto rootstock if the apples are good. If they're over a hundred years old and holding up...

Also found chestnut and walnut trees nearby. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6417 on: May 30, 2016, 06:48:05 AM »
- Sold $30 worth of misc baby items on varagesale

- Didn't need much beyond produce and milk for our weekly groceries, so walked to our local market instead of driving to the big grocery store

- This one has DH thinking I've really gone over the edge: The side of DS' overnight pull-up (training pants) tore when he was putting it on last night so I gave him a new one, and once he went to bed, I stapled the torn one back together.  Those suckers cost $0.50 each!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6418 on: May 30, 2016, 07:09:34 AM »
My sister is having a baby soon (my first niece or nephew!), and, while I'm in no way spendy for myself, I really adore treating those I love. I've had this urge to buy tiny baby clothes for the new little one. However, I resisted, and last night I finished crocheting a beautiful baby blanket. For about 30$ worth of yarn, I had a relaxing activity to do in the evenings for the past few months, and came out with a gift worth several times more for the new parents-to-be. I'd say I saved a fair bit :)

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« Reply #6419 on: May 30, 2016, 09:28:03 AM »
Made a 2.99 return to target yesterday.  It wasn't worth the trip on it's own, but I brought it along on my travels because I knew spending the weekend with my family we would end up at target... And we did. 

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« Reply #6420 on: May 30, 2016, 03:22:54 PM »
Returned two bags of Aldi organic veggie chips.  They were nasty.  Husband bought them instead of the regular veggie chips.  He said they were out of the regular.  I say he was probably looking in the soap department.
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« Reply #6421 on: May 31, 2016, 10:05:14 PM »

 Now I want to work pageants…


I discovered the wonders of diet A&W root beer last night at a bonfire at a friend's house. I've never tried one, assuming that they'd be nasty, and they aren't. So, now I have a root beer problem. To fix this, instead of buying diet root beer with all its chemical foulness, I picked sassafras  stems in the woods today for tea (which I'll sweeten with some stevia leaves)  plus bonus file powder.  I'm cheating by making tea from the stems instead of digging the sassafras roots, but then that's the way I've always made it. Easier on me and on the plant.
Not sure if you're aware, but sassafras is classified as a carcinogenic substance, which is why it isn't used in commercial root beer any more.  Via Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, "Sassafras is classified as a carcinogenic substance. It caused liver cancer in laboratory animals; the risk of developing cancer increases with the amount consumed and duration of consumption."  I use it for potpurri, but stopped making tea out of it due to the above info.

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« Reply #6422 on: May 31, 2016, 11:05:48 PM »
Had leftovers for lunch and dinner, along with a big salad of garden greens.

Waited until getting the mail tonight before hitting the feed store - which paid off because the $10 off coupon was in there as expected.  Hoping for a second one in the Val-Pak coupons this week as well.

Made sure DH had my REI member # since he was going there to look for a hat.

Set up box fans in the windows to blow in cool air since it's going to be in the 80's tomorrow and headed for 100 by the weekend.

Cooked beans in the Instant Pot to make a nice bean salad with tomorrow night.

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« Reply #6423 on: June 01, 2016, 10:15:30 PM »
This isn't just today, but an ongoing thing:
Now up north here we're at less than 5 hours between sunset and sunrise, so it's only ever darkish, mostly light out while we are sleeping. We have plastic blinds that came with the apartment and boyfriend suggested we could buy curtains, as the blinds barely reduce the light. Being frugal and a minimalist, I didn't see the point. Just one more thing to buy, put up, get dirty - no way.
Plus we already have a solution to this problem - we both sleep with a black T-shirt over our eyes. It's cheap, it works well, and with much less hassle than trying to block all the light from the window.

What really amuses me is that when we moved in together, we both owned exactly 1 geeky, "fat", black T-shirt. His is XXL because he lost over 100lbs last year, and it's the one piece of clothing that didn't make it to the thrift store. And it says: "Rogues Do It From Behind". Mine is XL because it was a gift. It's from 1994. My sister bought it for me at a garage sale last year. It's a T-shirt that was put out by a local TV station announcing/celebrating (?) the season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (My beloved childhood show). Funny that it was just sitting in some person's house for 20 years. And my sister knew I had to have it, as she's a big fan too.
At some point we also swapped shirts, so I only use his rogues shirt and he uses my ST shirt.

So yeah, repurposing at it's finest.

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« Reply #6424 on: June 01, 2016, 10:30:15 PM »
FINALLY was able to snag something useful from freecycle -- got us a Weber Smokey Joe barbecue set.  I was going to get one before we moved into this apartment, but then found out they didn't allow charcoal grills.  No problem with that in the new place, though.  It showed up at the perfect time -- I picked it up on the way to a talk this evening, and dropped it off at the new place on my way home. 

I also got comped a ticket to the event because I know the speaker -- score! (Saved $5).

And followed my cousin's suggestion to have our meeting on Friday at Starbuck's -- so I can use that gift card I bought way back in January (still haven't used it up).

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« Reply #6425 on: June 02, 2016, 12:30:24 AM »
I read through an old mmm forum thread on dropping comprehensive & collision:

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/rule-of-thumb-for-dropping-collision-and-comprehensive/

and in the end, decided not to, because after reading through my policy, I wanted to keep the collision for times when I'm renting a car.

But I noticed that I had excessive first-party medical/death benefits in excess of the state minimum (they'd pay $10k of our medical bills;  state requires $5k;  had $5k of lost work benefits).  Silly and unnecessary.  Cutting it only saved about $3/month, but it was a very easy $3/month, and once gone, it stays gone.  So I'm glad I read my policy in horrible detail.

That thread, however, is a great one if you haven't stumbled across it, and the real reason I'm posting this -- several insurance industry folks chimed in with great suggestions.
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« Reply #6426 on: June 02, 2016, 01:06:21 AM »
My coffee machine died last night. So, CC in hand, I went shopping for a new one today.

But I couldn't do it. So I lashed out and bought 2 French presses (one for a single cup, one for when there are people here) for a grand total of ... $15. Thank you K-Mart!

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« Reply #6427 on: June 02, 2016, 06:11:08 AM »
I brought lunch yesterday and took a bigger two-parts sandwish so I spent 9 EUR for two days instead of having regular lunch at 10 EUR per day.
My employer offer coupons of 8 EUR ((something some employers offer in France, lunch coupon), so I just spent 1 EUR for two days Lunch.
Pretty good huh .... New employer doesn't offer those coupons and this was my last one  so I'll have to bring lunch and pay 0 from next week. We'll see how that works.

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« Reply #6428 on: June 02, 2016, 10:12:07 AM »
Doctor wanted me to try special orthotic for a painful joint problem. (Nevermind I already spent $300 on custom orthotics last year. No, now I need a different kind.) They had some in the office for $80 per foot. Insurance doesn't cover it, of course. I didn't really like the way it fit/felt so I said I would think about it, then went home and looked online where I managed to find some that look much better for $85 a pair (not per foot!). So, about half the price. Had to pay shipping but still saved $60+.

For better or worse, the place I ordered the orthotic from contacted me to say their supplier was having issues and they were out of stock for a while. Canceled that and bought a cheaper (probably inferior) pair elsewhere with coupons and free shipping and etc. for only $34. Assuming they work, that will put me at a $126 savings over the original.

I'm having a hard time believing that steel insoles are going to make my feet hurt LESS, but...
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« Reply #6429 on: June 02, 2016, 12:34:00 PM »
Picked up carrots and hummus for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. We'll be walking all over Paris and there will be lots of great food options... And that's the problem!  I've got to spread out the indulgences. This cost me about $5US and will be two good meals. No refrigerator, but it should be fine for overnight.

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« Reply #6430 on: June 02, 2016, 02:31:28 PM »
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.
I've never heard of this - brilliant!

I always have hard brown sugar and extra apples laying around the house. Thanks!

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« Reply #6431 on: June 03, 2016, 05:31:09 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).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6432 on: June 03, 2016, 06:06:13 AM »
Washed out a couple of plastic bags to reuse.

Sliced up some cucumbers and put them in the pickle juice left in the jar after the pickles were gone - haven't done this one before, we'll see what happens. I love me some pickles.

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« Reply #6433 on: June 03, 2016, 08:11:10 AM »

Sliced up some cucumbers and put them in the pickle juice left in the jar after the pickles were gone - haven't done this one before, we'll see what happens. I love me some pickles.

Just bought some pickling cucumbers yesterday for this very thing. I've done it before, it works great.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6434 on: June 03, 2016, 08:20:23 AM »
Opened my RVER account (sort of like a 401k here through my company). Set my contribution rate at 5% so I get the max 2,5% matching from my company. The management fees are a ridiculous 1,02%, so I'm just putting in the minimum to get my employer match, and putting my other savings in my existing vehicles. Still, I'm considering that I saved an extra 1,250$ for the year today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6435 on: June 03, 2016, 09:04:07 AM »
Due to my own idiocy, I had to come in to work today (3-4h round-trip commute) instead of working from home. Definitely didn't feel like packing a lunch, so I've been scouring the building for communal food so I'm not tempted to buy lunch. (Although they bring in an Indian restaurant on Fridays, which is often worth the reasonable price.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6436 on: June 03, 2016, 12:34:57 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6437 on: June 03, 2016, 03:16:26 PM »
Stayed home most of the day with the Ac very high with a fan, took a list to the store and bought 2 things off the list 2 1$ coloring books for my kids. cleaned and orginized my pantry and freezer and meal planned for the next month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6438 on: June 03, 2016, 04:31:17 PM »

Sliced up some cucumbers and put them in the pickle juice left in the jar after the pickles were gone - haven't done this one before, we'll see what happens. I love me some pickles.

Just bought some pickling cucumbers yesterday for this very thing. I've done it before, it works great.

Thanks! How long does it usually take before they are pickle-ish?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6439 on: June 03, 2016, 04:42:13 PM »
Using free rhubarb (from Buy Nothing Project... anyone surprised?), and some rhubarb puree I had frozen previously to make a dessert to bring to dinner with friends tonight. I'm going to make a rhubarb crisp. I don't have pecans, so I'm going to replace them by either doubling the oats in the recipe or using slivered almonds (haven't decided yet). Otherwise I have everything for the recipe. I'm going to make my own brown sugar by mixing together white sugar and molasses that I already have.

Bonus savings: I'm baking it there. A- I am walking and don't want to transport a hot dutch oven. but B- saves on electricity and C- won't heat up our house and require using the A/C unit later.

Also taking over a garden salad with lettuce from our garden =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6440 on: June 03, 2016, 09:20:38 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6441 on: June 04, 2016, 10:59:14 AM »
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Damn...looks like the drive is developing more bad sectors. Oh well time to retire the Seagate and get something more reliable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6442 on: June 04, 2016, 11:02:25 AM »
I also researched if I can return 1 unused, 3 yr old  portable steamer for clothing and It seems that if they still carry it & I have the receipt I can get credit

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6443 on: June 04, 2016, 11:09:51 AM »
Washing machine stopped working this morning. Diagnosed the problem (broken lid switch) and used youtube to figure out how to fix it for free using a zip tie. YAY!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6444 on: June 04, 2016, 11:10:09 AM »
Bonus savings: I'm baking it there. A- I am walking and don't want to transport a hot dutch oven. but B- saves on electricity and C- won't heat up our house and require using the A/C unit later.

D - It'll be better fresh from the oven, and people will get to eat better food. I wish more people would do this at potlucks (check with the host first, obviously).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6445 on: June 04, 2016, 12:13:53 PM »
Skipping grocery shopping this week.  Husband is out of town and there is tons of stuff to eat between the garden, freezer and pantry.  I always feel like I can eat more random meals when he's gone.

Per #1, going to cook some beets sous vide, but will put the whole thing outside to keep the heat out of the house.

Combined dropping DH at the airport with my trip to the barn to save a little mileage.

Cleaning out my horse equipment this weekend and will list several items I no longer need on eBay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6446 on: June 04, 2016, 08:06:47 PM »
Stayed home and didn't spend a dime.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6447 on: June 04, 2016, 08:20:42 PM »
Skipping grocery shopping this week.  Husband is out of town and there is tons of stuff to eat between the garden, freezer and pantry.  I always feel like I can eat more random meals when he's gone.


Similar for me. I definitely make fewer real meals for myself. And I make things my husband doesn't much like. I also get into the food reserves more when he is gone.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6448 on: June 05, 2016, 06:08:22 AM »
Set up a booth on bonanza.com to sell the stuff that had aged off of eBay. bonanza's listing fees are free but I only list on ebay when it's free so time will tell if it pays off or not. From what I read bonanza gets much less traffic.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6449 on: June 05, 2016, 09:02:18 AM »
Nothing yet today,   Made shredded chicken in the Instant Pot with chile sauce recycled from a batch of chile colorado made last week that resulted in too much sauce/liquid for the amount of meat, but was way too tasty to throw away.

but yesterday I was at Fred Meyer to pick up some random items, and noticed that they had Ste. Chappelle Reisling for $4.99, and mail in rebates for $4/bottle up to six bottles.  Fred Meyer also gives 10% off when you buy six bottles.  So bought them for essentially 79 cents apiece, including tax, used a 2x fuel points coupon to get 60 fuel points, and paid with a 5% cash back credit card.  So 6 bottles of nice summer wine for $3.24 plus fuel points!

Also was thinking that I needed some new wound ointment for my horses, then realized I could combine the dregs of the old ones with some shea butter and antiseptic ingredients and put it in an empty fly repellent ointment jar rescued from the trash and cleaned out.

Grabbed a 10% off coupon from mycheapcoupons.com before heading to Lowe's to pick up a furnace filter and some other random items.  Unfortunately they didn't have the $10 off of $50 coupons available, but it still saved me about $5 net.
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