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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6450 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6451 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 #6452 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 #6453 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 #6454 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 #6455 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 #6456 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 #6457 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).

I love that you discuss a word that nobody outside Quebec recognizes by using another word that nobody outside Quebec recognizes. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6458 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 #6459 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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« Reply #6460 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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« Reply #6461 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 #6462 on: June 03, 2016, 12:34:57 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6463 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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« Reply #6464 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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« Reply #6465 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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« Reply #6466 on: June 03, 2016, 09:20:38 PM »
First prescription for kid's eyedrops came to $150 with insurance, $75 after insurance AND pharma coupon. Called doctor for a substitute and second prescription was $10.73.
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« Reply #6467 on: June 04, 2016, 10:59:14 AM »
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« Reply #6468 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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« Reply #6469 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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« Reply #6470 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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« Reply #6471 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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« Reply #6472 on: June 04, 2016, 08:06:47 PM »
Stayed home and didn't spend a dime.

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« Reply #6473 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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« Reply #6474 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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« Reply #6475 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6476 on: June 05, 2016, 10:49:31 AM »
Soaking the labels off some beer bottles to reuse in the homebrewing operation. Little bit of ammonia and they come right off after a couple hours.

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« Reply #6477 on: June 05, 2016, 01:39:49 PM »
Went home for lunch after church instead of going out for brunch. We don't usually go out for brunch, but once in a while we get tempted. DH: What do you want to do? Me: Whatever you want to do. DH: I want whatever you want. Me: No, I want whatever you want. We could go out or go home -- it's up to you. DH: Well, what's on the menu at home? Me: Tuna salad. DH: Ok, home then.

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« Reply #6478 on: June 05, 2016, 01:43:18 PM »
Took a previously-butchered-but-looks-like-it-will-recover tomatillo plant for $0.99 instead of $2.99. Also, the only one the store had left. Assuming it survives (fingers crossed- there are new sets of good leaves coming out) it'll be a savings! Otherwise I just wasted a buck, haha.
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« Reply #6479 on: June 05, 2016, 01:53:09 PM »
Washed out three plastic bags to reuse.

Cooking a whole chicken (bought on special) to use this week (stir fry, sandwiches, soup, etc).

Hung up laundry to dry (don't have a drying rack, but I put the clothes on hangers and hang them on my shower curtain rod to dry).

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« Reply #6480 on: June 05, 2016, 01:58:51 PM »

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!

Did you really get the fuel points for the alcohol?  because last week I bought a wine box at QFC (which is also a Kroger owned store, so they give you FM points) to take to Camp Mustache, partially justifying the purchase by telling myself it would top up my fuel points to over 300/month.  But then on my receipt it didn't give me any points, though I did get the member discount price.  Hmmm...  I might just have to swing over to FM today to check this out.  $.79/bottle for wine is a great deal even if I don't get the points, but better if I do!  And I love reisling....

My big money-saver yesterday was talking myself out of buying teriyaki for dinner, and eating up the leftover tofu we had in the fridge instead.  Yay for leftovers!  But then I got distracted and left the little bit of leftover leftovers on the counter overnight.  Boo for having to throw out food.  But better than food poisoning, and it was only one serving.  So I'll just eat up some yogurt and granola for my lunch on Monday instead.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6481 on: June 05, 2016, 02:29:28 PM »

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!

Did you really get the fuel points for the alcohol?  because last week I bought a wine box at QFC (which is also a Kroger owned store, so they give you FM points) to take to Camp Mustache, partially justifying the purchase by telling myself it would top up my fuel points to over 300/month.  But then on my receipt it didn't give me any points, though I did get the member discount price.  Hmmm...  I might just have to swing over to FM today to check this out.  $.79/bottle for wine is a great deal even if I don't get the points, but better if I do!  And I love reisling....

Yep, pre-tax total was $95 and my receipt says I got 190 fuel points. 

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« Reply #6482 on: June 05, 2016, 06:55:35 PM »
Yesterday, I made potato soup with chives and parsley from the garden, and also picked the first zucchini of the season!

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« Reply #6483 on: June 06, 2016, 12:00:03 AM »
Probably doesn't count, but Ramadan's started: no food and drink during daytime means no lunch buying. A bit awkward too, as I forgot about it and invited people to have office lunch on Wednesday! Will likely just sit there making others uncomfy.

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« Reply #6484 on: June 06, 2016, 07:17:57 AM »
It was 12 degrees celsius and raining buckets when we woke up. Partner is only working a half-day today, but instead of each taking our own car, we put my bike in the trunk, carpooled to work, and i'll ride back home (hopefully it will warm up in the meantime).

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« Reply #6485 on: June 06, 2016, 10:56:29 AM »
Stayed home to work. Ate leftovers (seriously amazing minestrone and homemade bread) for lunch. Went for a swim in the lake after eating, along with a quick stroll through the garden. Now heading back to scramble through another 3 hours of work before going to have a gin and tonic on the porch.
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« Reply #6486 on: June 06, 2016, 01:50:04 PM »
Probably doesn't count, but Ramadan's started: no food and drink during daytime means no lunch buying. A bit awkward too, as I forgot about it and invited people to have office lunch on Wednesday! Will likely just sit there making others uncomfy.

Are you allowed to drink water during the day? Just curious.

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« Reply #6487 on: June 06, 2016, 02:00:44 PM »
Haven't spent a penny since I picked up a few groceries on the way home from work Friday. Used my public transit pass, used a gift card, but no actual money going out. Procrastinated doing my laundry, which is $3.75 a load - although I'm not sure that is one to be proud of... ;-)
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« Reply #6488 on: June 06, 2016, 02:07:51 PM »
It was yesterday, almost bought the giant box of Raisin Bran. Already had food for breakfast, and I tend to eat too much cereal at a time when it is available. $7+ saved, bran overdose avoided.

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« Reply #6489 on: June 06, 2016, 05:38:22 PM »
Moved/unpacked another carload of stuff.  That makes three carloads.  If I had boxed everything up and left it for the movers who are coming next week, it probably would have taken them at least an hour to move (and I would have had to trip over boxes both here and after the move).  This way I saved at least $120 in hourly moving charges.

Returned a shirt that DD didn't like to Fred Meyer.  Didn't have the tag or receipt. Service desk lady called up stairs and got the tag code from a similar shirt.  Refunded me $16+ on a gift card.

Stopped at the neighborhood service center on my way home to pay my traffic citation ($234 -- ouch!).  Saved the cost of a stamp, at least.

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« Reply #6490 on: June 07, 2016, 08:38:57 AM »
- Packed a lunch for DH today (a major victory - he is this guy: http://www.theonion.com/article/man-brings-lunch-from-home-to-cut-down-on-small-jo-37912)

- Bought diapers at a huge discount at the grocery store with two goals in mind (#1 - have diapers, #2 reach the $150 spent mark on my bill to get store points equivalent to nearly $20 in free groceries next time I shop there).  I think we have enough diapers now to bring us through to potty training! Wohoo! To be clear, I didn't spend $150 on diapers, only $60.

- Sold $40 worth of misc baby gear on varagesale

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« Reply #6491 on: June 07, 2016, 08:53:46 AM »
I photocopied my drivers license for .20e at a copy shop instead of paying 4 euros at the Metro to take my photo again for my Navigo pass.  wooh! 

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« Reply #6492 on: June 07, 2016, 10:23:48 AM »
Probably doesn't count, but Ramadan's started: no food and drink during daytime means no lunch buying. A bit awkward too, as I forgot about it and invited people to have office lunch on Wednesday! Will likely just sit there making others uncomfy.

Are you allowed to drink water during the day? Just curious.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6493 on: June 07, 2016, 02:52:11 PM »
I didn't eat for the last 24 hours. Not really to save money though, but it's a nice bonus to slash the food budget for a day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6494 on: June 08, 2016, 07:01:55 AM »
Cancelled my dental cleaning when the billing dept couldn't figure out my insurance card info.  Will try a different dentist.  I hate trying to find a good dentist and even more important to me, a good dental hygienist and office, in the latest area I live in.  Used my already scheduled sick leave to update some info on Upromise and ate leftovers for breakfast. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6495 on: June 08, 2016, 03:16:38 PM »
I just lowered the data on my phone from 6GB to 2GB and removed the international plan I barely use, so that is $25 a month in savings right there! multiply that by 5 years and that is $1,500 in savings!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6496 on: June 08, 2016, 05:10:31 PM »
Bought decent-quality Popsicle molds because the dollar store ones broke after 2 uses and I'm tired of paying 5$/box at the grocery store.

Yay summer!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6497 on: June 08, 2016, 05:15:09 PM »
I bought a pregnancy test at the dollar store rather than the drugstore. $4 cheaper per test and works just as well. Who knew?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6498 on: June 08, 2016, 05:16:13 PM »
I bought a pregnancy test at the dollar store rather than the drugstore. $4 cheaper per test and works just as well. Who knew?


Omg very relevant to me right now. Thanks for the tip! I hope you get the result you are hoping for! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6499 on: June 09, 2016, 10:22:44 AM »
I bought a pregnancy test at the dollar store rather than the drugstore. $4 cheaper per test and works just as well. Who knew?


Omg very relevant to me right now. Thanks for the tip! I hope you get the result you are hoping for! :)

Dollar store cheapies are the best!

Bit of a spendy evening yesterday (saw Florence & The Machine in DH's company box.  Free tickets and drinks but $20 to tip the hostess and a $35 cab ride home because the show was long and we didn't want to keep my mom who was babysitting up past midnight if we took the bus).  Despite being tired and really not wanting to, I made my breakfast and lunch for the next day when I got home, and also organized supper so I wouldn't be tempted to order a pizza for the kids.  I am tired and hungover today, but not spending a penny!