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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6400 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 #6401 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6402 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 #6403 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 #6404 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 #6405 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6406 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6407 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 #6408 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6409 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6410 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 #6411 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6412 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 #6413 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6414 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6415 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 #6416 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6417 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 #6418 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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« Reply #6419 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 #6420 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 #6421 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 #6422 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 #6423 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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« Reply #6424 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 #6425 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6426 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 #6427 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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« Reply #6428 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 #6429 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6430 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 #6431 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6432 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 #6433 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 #6434 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 #6435 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 #6436 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6437 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6438 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 #6439 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6440 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6441 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 #6442 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 #6443 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 #6444 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 #6445 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 #6446 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6447 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6448 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 #6449 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.