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« Reply #6500 on: June 13, 2016, 10:21:27 AM »
Cancelled my Amex Blue Cash Preferred before the $75 annual fee kicked in. They offered me a $25 discount on the next year, but still not worth it since 1) pay for produce in cash May-October and 2) shop at Walmart fairly often. I'll grab the free version since 3% is better for groceries than anything else I can find.
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« Reply #6501 on: June 13, 2016, 06:22:32 PM »
- Cutting down on how much coffee we drink. (OH my god what am I signing up for). Down to 1 cup apiece for husband and I each day. This'll reduce beans somewhat. (Although it's surprising how many beans it takes to make a single cup vs a pot... not a huge difference! Like a critical mass thing. Still, small savings).
- Made a CostCo trip, even though ehhhhhhh didn't wanna
- Used our last gift card to Target from our wedding to replace my yoga pants (FINALLY), get a dayplanner for this next year, and buy 3 shirts on sale for me and a tanktop for husband.
-Bathed our dog ourselves. Big change from her groomer pampering we always gave her! It's easier for me to be frugal with my own things, but I like spoiling the dog =P
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- Did a cheap anniversary trip. Returned to our in-state camping spot we found on our "camping-moon" last year after the wedding. Spent 4 days/3 nights there. Just the price of gas there and back. Dispersed camped, so not even campground fees. Lovely spot, and near total seclusion (3 cars went by each day- same cars- cutting wood higher up the mountain).
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« Reply #6502 on: June 13, 2016, 09:44:38 PM »
Today I bought nothing! And better still, I left my wallet at home without anxiety, because I'm only a 5 minute walk from  work.

I'm planning to leave it behind more and more of the time. Can't buy without money

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« Reply #6503 on: June 14, 2016, 05:46:43 AM »
Saved $1.50 by catching the train off-peak.

That was after working an extra three hours, essentially unpaid, so not sure I'm in front there...

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« Reply #6504 on: June 14, 2016, 07:38:53 AM »
Stood in line for ~20 minutes after work to get a burrito bowl for $1. Didn't have anything prepared for dinner, so it worked out nicely. Was a promotion for a Chipotle style place named Dos Toros opening a new location.

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« Reply #6505 on: June 14, 2016, 08:26:10 AM »
Went to CVS for some eye drops. Noticed that the slightly more expensive kind was BOGO half off, which would be less than the cost of 2 of the cheapest kind. Look at receipt and notice that the discount didn't apply--it apparently expired in May, but they never took the sale tag off. Returned them and got the cheap ones. Which were on sale, but didn't have a sale tag--saved $7 all told. Thanks, CVS. You and Jewel are the reason I check receipts.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6506 on: June 14, 2016, 11:51:45 AM »
Spendy day here.  Booked DS18 for his surgery to remove his wisdom teeth.  Copay of $35.  Ka-ching. Not sure what the actual surgery will cost us.  With dental and health insurance hopefully not much. 
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« Reply #6507 on: June 14, 2016, 02:47:48 PM »
Brought lunch to work. Today marks a week and two days since I last bought my lunch. Laziness overtook me in April and May and I began to buy lunch most days of the week. I almost puked when I looked at last month's entertainment spending in YNAB! Back to brown bagging.

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« Reply #6508 on: June 14, 2016, 02:55:25 PM »
Used a super wimpy bell pepper and some starting to dry out leek shoots in a curry. Turned out wonderfully =) And less food waste!

Drank some "inherited" tea. Brother moved out and didn't want it because it was technically expired. But they're all individually wrapped and still taste totally fine.

Harvested lettuce and peas. Used the peas in the curry, too.
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« Reply #6509 on: June 14, 2016, 02:56:44 PM »
I sold a pair of shoes that I'd only worn a couple of times because they didn't fit me well.  That was better than them gathering dust in the closet.  $25 more in my wallet.

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« Reply #6510 on: June 14, 2016, 07:31:22 PM »
In the past few days we have installed one highly controversial low flow shower head and replaced 3 more lights with LED' s.

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« Reply #6511 on: June 15, 2016, 11:19:08 AM »
There's some construction in my office -- we have no break room, which means no coffee makers. My coffee-drinking coworkers all stopped for takeout cups on the way in this morning; I filled a thermos at home and brought it in. Best part is I have a nice hot cup of coffee for after lunch, and they're all heading back out.

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« Reply #6512 on: June 15, 2016, 11:20:32 AM »
I have won some cat food. The cats are happy and I can save some money.

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« Reply #6513 on: June 15, 2016, 10:00:46 PM »
I need a new dentist, so today I called all the dentists with good yelp reviews and found one that offers a substantial discount if you prepay a package deal for both your cleanings for the year. If I wind up hating this dentist so much that I don't use the second cleaning, it's still cheaper than the place that quoted me $400.

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« Reply #6514 on: June 15, 2016, 11:22:22 PM »
I gave blood - it isn't paid in Australia but they do give out some pretty good snacks (cookies, chips, cheese and crackers). So I'm calling that my saving - it offset the potential urge to buy those items.

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« Reply #6515 on: June 16, 2016, 01:21:38 AM »
I gave blood - it isn't paid in Australia but they do give out some pretty good snacks (cookies, chips, cheese and crackers). So I'm calling that my saving - it offset the potential urge to buy those items.

And it is National Blood Donor Week.

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« Reply #6516 on: June 16, 2016, 01:54:12 PM »
Reminds me that it's been a while since I donated platelets (my B+ blood is so common they don't even want it). I keep having to cancel my appointments.

Back on topic. We hosted a catered meeting today. I planned ahead and took some empty Tupperware to work so I could export some food. Leftovers for dinner, which is stellar since it's stupid hot and I don't wan't to use the stove/oven.
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« Reply #6517 on: June 16, 2016, 07:08:49 PM »
Stopped by a roadside stand for fresh strawberries directly from the farm (... For the 3rd time this week...). Total spending on strawberries is 30% of this week's fruit spending, but we are under budget and VERY happy about the strawberries. :)

Omg, fresh in-season fruit. People who live in sensible climates have no idea how amazing this is.

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« Reply #6518 on: June 16, 2016, 07:39:47 PM »
I finished off the pot of black beans with ground turkey my wife made last Sunday. I warmed them up and put 3 fried eggs on top. .....Made a delicious dinner! 

There's nothing like a pot of beans with meat or rice to stretch out the food budget and still feel like you're eating healthy.

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« Reply #6519 on: June 18, 2016, 07:52:30 AM »
Our winter doona was getting a little sparse, contemplated getting new $200 doona, decided to put summer doona on top of winter one, that works well.


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« Reply #6520 on: June 18, 2016, 10:13:09 AM »
I decided not to play in a day/night golf tournament that I had originally decided I might play in. To play in the tournament wouldn't have cost me anything, my employer would have paid for it since they sponsor the tournament, but I would have had to have purchased some glow-in-the-dark golf balls for the night portion of the tournament. I don't normally play at night (obviously) so this purchase would have had no use after the tournament. Saved $20.00 and it's going straight to the Roth!

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« Reply #6521 on: June 18, 2016, 07:21:25 PM »
I made a new batch of yogurt, made a loaf of bread from scratch, and made 4 quarts of plum jam using less than $2 of plums from a case of mark down fruit. Then I bicycled 20 miles round trip to kmart to get 2 more cases of quart sized mason jars, using a $15 off a $20 purchase coupon. (My daughter keeps asking for homemade jam every time I visit; I think it's a scam to get my mason jars.)

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« Reply #6522 on: June 18, 2016, 09:01:28 PM »
Made a Budget Bytes recipe* for lunch out of pantry/freezer ingredients.

It became less budget-friendly when my Pyrex baking dish exploded as I took it out of the oven. The potatoes were fine (protected by baking paper), but I have glass all over my kitchen and I've had to pull pieces out of my arm.

I recommend the recipe. The Pyrex dish, not so much...

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« Reply #6523 on: June 19, 2016, 01:31:55 PM »
Cut off garlic scapes from garlic plants (heads underground not yet ready), chopped them finely and put in freezer for stirfrys, anything needing a green garlic add.

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« Reply #6524 on: June 19, 2016, 01:33:06 PM »
It became less budget-friendly when my Pyrex baking dish exploded as I took it out of the oven. The potatoes were fine (protected by baking paper), but I have glass all over my kitchen and I've had to pull pieces out of my arm.

What? Omg! Hope you are ok

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« Reply #6525 on: June 19, 2016, 01:35:54 PM »
Our winter doona was getting a little sparse, contemplated getting new $200 doona, decided to put summer doona on top of winter one, that works well.

Urban dictionary says, "Doona is Australian slang for quilt or blanket."

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« Reply #6526 on: June 19, 2016, 01:38:49 PM »
Usual run of the mill things:
- Harvested lettuce and peas from the garden, ate massive salad with olive oil and balsalmic from costco
- Worked out in our home gym
- Drank tea we got for free (lightly expired, tastes fine)
- Perk of a home gym: when doing clean and jerks that sometimes scuff up my workout shirts (the knurling snags), I just wear a sports bra. Problem solved, and less laundry and less clothing damage to boot! Plus there's an element of extra motivation to keep my core strong during the lift LOL- I guess vanity serves a purpose sometimes...

I'm also doing another big push of minimalism, so we will have less stuff to move when the time comes. Also, I'll feel like we have less stuff, so maybe we'll be drawn to a smaller house =P

It became less budget-friendly when my Pyrex baking dish exploded as I took it out of the oven. The potatoes were fine (protected by baking paper), but I have glass all over my kitchen and I've had to pull pieces out of my arm.

What? Omg! Hope you are ok

I second this! How scary. Keep an eye to make sure none of those spots get infected =o
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« Reply #6527 on: June 19, 2016, 02:46:45 PM »
It became less budget-friendly when my Pyrex baking dish exploded as I took it out of the oven. The potatoes were fine (protected by baking paper), but I have glass all over my kitchen and I've had to pull pieces out of my arm.

What? Omg! Hope you are ok

All good, thank you.

Our winter doona was getting a little sparse, contemplated getting new $200 doona, decided to put summer doona on top of winter one, that works well.

Urban dictionary says, "Doona is Australian slang for quilt or blanket."

A doona-related "what small thing..." from my mum this winter. The casing of her down doona was wearing out and the down was escaping. She reasoned that there was nothing wrong with the down itself, so she made a new case for it. Not a new decorative cover, but replacing the fabric of the actual doona.

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« Reply #6528 on: June 19, 2016, 02:55:25 PM »
Made more bread, cooked up two pounds of brown rice, fertilized the squash and basil, kept an eye on one of the cats (commonly overeats and vomits, but it's been more frequent this week and late last night there were streaks of blood in the vomit). On Saturday night, of course. Today we've fed him minimal kibble and doled out most of a can of tuna, a teaspoonful at a time over the course of the day. He's kept that and water down and is behaving normally, so no emergency vet today, but I'm staying home from work tomorrow to take him to our regular vet. We already had the tuna and have cut it from our diets because it's a gout trigger, so ... Sort of money saved there?


 No one went down off the mountain today.


No money will be saved tomorrow, as veterinary care falls firmly into the "what money is for" category.


ETA I know better than to feed a cat a steady diet of tuna, but I figure five ounces one day will not cause any major problems from an incomplete diet, and meanwhile something's staying down. I anticipate we'll be changing cat's diet completely after tomorrow's visit, plus maybe other treatment as well, depending on the verdict.
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« Reply #6529 on: June 19, 2016, 04:46:10 PM »
No money will be saved tomorrow, as veterinary care falls firmly into the "what money is for" category.

ETA I know better than to feed a cat a steady diet of tuna, but I figure five ounces one day will not cause any major problems from an incomplete diet, and meanwhile something's staying down. I anticipate we'll be changing cat's diet completely after tomorrow's visit, plus maybe other treatment as well, depending on the verdict.

Sending well wishes for kitty. Get well little cat.

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« Reply #6530 on: June 20, 2016, 02:22:30 PM »
I made my husband a Father's Day cake out of ingredients we already had, instead of buying him a gift (OK so this was yesterday).  My toddler had fun crushing up the nuts for the topping :)

Today I brought my lunch, which is somehow surprisingly difficult for me to accomplish on a Monday.

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« Reply #6531 on: June 20, 2016, 02:30:00 PM »
Made eggs for breakfast (at home), brought my lunch and all my snacks.  9 days out of 10 I also do this, but I've been on a really good streak lately. 

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« Reply #6532 on: June 20, 2016, 02:48:55 PM »
Fasting through breakfast and lunch today--won't eat until dinner. Purpose is weight control, but saving money is a side effect. Cheap-as-dirt homemade pizza for dinner, since I can load my side with veggies and pile calories (extra cheese, etc.) on hubs' side.
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« Reply #6533 on: June 20, 2016, 03:46:08 PM »
No money will be saved tomorrow, as veterinary care falls firmly into the "what money is for" category.

ETA I know better than to feed a cat a steady diet of tuna, but I figure five ounces one day will not cause any major problems from an incomplete diet, and meanwhile something's staying down. I anticipate we'll be changing cat's diet completely after tomorrow's visit, plus maybe other treatment as well, depending on the verdict.

Sending well wishes for kitty. Get well little cat.

Thanks. Verdict is he neurotic (which we knew) and eats so fast his kibble doesn't even get wet until it hits his stomach (which we knew). So it swells in there and he barfs.

Why the blood right now is not entirely clear, but there's no infection and no blockage. Someone in this house are 3/4 of a mouse earlier in the week - he may have irritated an already irritated esophagus and stomach lining with mouse, causing the bleeding. Or it may be an ulcer from the long history of barfing.

 Anti nausea shot that will last 24 hours, and  we're adding wet food to everyone's diet (three cats) since the tuna stayed down and going to see if a smaller amount of kibble stays down. if nothing changes, then we treat for an ulcer with something that coats the stomach but that cats universally hate.

That was $200. We did exam, meds, a thyroid test because he has lost weight (fine) plus his first geriatric blood profile since he was there - I'm actually happy to have a healthy baseline on that.

So tonight the cat eats like a king and we eat leftovers. :-)
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« Reply #6534 on: June 20, 2016, 03:54:27 PM »
No money will be saved tomorrow, as veterinary care falls firmly into the "what money is for" category.

ETA I know better than to feed a cat a steady diet of tuna, but I figure five ounces one day will not cause any major problems from an incomplete diet, and meanwhile something's staying down. I anticipate we'll be changing cat's diet completely after tomorrow's visit, plus maybe other treatment as well, depending on the verdict.

Sending well wishes for kitty. Get well little cat.
Thanks. Verdict is he neurotic (which we knew) and eats so fast his kibble doesn't even get wet until it hits his stomach (which we knew). So it swells in there and he barfs.

Glad to hear kitty is okay. I'd say you should get rid of the dry entirely (and ideally go raw), but I won't derail into that discussion here--especially since older cats can be unwilling to switch. I will, however, suggest trying some sort of puzzle feeder for him if you continue feeding the dry. It's mentally stimulating and will force him to slow down his eating. You can even make DIY puzzle feeders to keep it Mustachian. Quick Google search will give you all the info you need.
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« Reply #6535 on: June 20, 2016, 04:00:57 PM »
No money will be saved tomorrow, as veterinary care falls firmly into the "what money is for" category.

ETA I know better than to feed a cat a steady diet of tuna, but I figure five ounces one day will not cause any major problems from an incomplete diet, and meanwhile something's staying down. I anticipate we'll be changing cat's diet completely after tomorrow's visit, plus maybe other treatment as well, depending on the verdict.

Sending well wishes for kitty. Get well little cat.
Thanks. Verdict is he neurotic (which we knew) and eats so fast his kibble doesn't even get wet until it hits his stomach (which we knew). So it swells in there and he barfs.

Glad to hear kitty is okay. I'd say you should get rid of the dry entirely (and ideally go raw), but I won't derail into that discussion here--especially since older cats can be unwilling to switch. I will, however, suggest trying some sort of puzzle feeder for him if you continue feeding the dry. It's mentally stimulating and will force him to slow down his eating. You can even make DIY puzzle feeders to keep it Mustachian. Quick Google search will give you all the info you need.


I'd thought we should consider eliminating dry as well, but the vet was very firm that we should continue with at least some dry daily. The abrasive effects help keep their teeth cleaner and in better shape, she says.
That's a good idea about the puzzle feeder, though. Not sure how well it would work here - one of our others has some brain damage (oxygen deprivation from being thrown out in a plastic bag with the rest of her litter, if you can believe that - I hate people). She almost certainly couldn't figure out a puzzle feeder, and he'd just steal hers.

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« Reply #6536 on: June 20, 2016, 06:24:13 PM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

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« Reply #6537 on: June 20, 2016, 06:32:29 PM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

What's that saying about penny wise and something else? 

Congrats ;)

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« Reply #6538 on: June 20, 2016, 06:40:38 PM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

What's that saying about penny wise and something else? 

Congrats ;)

Haha kinda, right? But I can guarantee that the kid will make me happier than the clothes.

(Except that, according to my YNAB, my now-2-year-old has cost us an average of 150$/month, including daycare. Bless you,Quebec daycare subsidies. So it's not so horrendously bad!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6539 on: June 20, 2016, 06:48:51 PM »
I sewed a button onto an old pair of camo cargo shorts. Now I will be able to continue wearing them to 1990s nostalgia rock concerts.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6540 on: June 20, 2016, 07:10:05 PM »
Got a $60 refund from Zipcar.  I love the concept and currently live 0.10 miles from a station, but never took advantage of the car rentals in the past 12 months.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6541 on: June 20, 2016, 07:52:04 PM »
Last night I renegotiated my contents insurance policy (dropped portable valuable insurance on a couple of items I will now self-insure). Saved $227/year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6542 on: June 20, 2016, 09:01:07 PM »
* Replaced a missing drawstring from one of my reusable produce bags
* Cooked at home
* Hung laundry out to dry instead of using electric dryer
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6543 on: June 20, 2016, 09:44:38 PM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

Congratulations! When are you due?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6544 on: June 21, 2016, 06:52:42 AM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

Congratulations! When are you due?

At this point, presumably early march? Literally got the positive pregnancy test on father's day. Happy father's day, honey, you get another one! :)

I'm a bit stressed about scheduling - honestly, last time, getting pregnant took 6 months, and I went off the pill on mother's day and... let's just say we didn't have the most active month... so I certainly wasn't expecting to be pregnant yet! But there you have it.

Babies. They come when they will, I suppose!

At least this is our second, and our first is out of her crib next month, so we have all the baby gear and maternity clothing and gender-neutral baby clothing, and we're in Quebec so it's a year-long paid leave for maternity. It's not the baby that'll add huge expenses onto our plate!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6545 on: June 21, 2016, 07:10:44 AM »
Looked up what neighborhood in my town had recycle pickup the next morning and went out at 4pm the night before looking for clean newspaper. Scored a full weeks worth. Need it for packing filler on eBay shipments. Beats buying brown paper. I still bubble wrap items first. So far no buyer has complained.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6546 on: June 21, 2016, 07:16:59 AM »
Looked up what neighborhood in my town had recycle pickup the next morning and went out at 4pm the night before looking for clean newspaper. Scored a full weeks worth. Need it for packing filler on eBay shipments. Beats buying brown paper. I still bubble wrap items first. So far no buyer has complained.

I actually really like it when people use local newspaper for the packing material. Maybe I'm just a giant nerd, but I enjoy browsing the news from some place I've never been.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6547 on: June 21, 2016, 07:18:36 AM »
We typically eat $6 worth of pickles each month.  This Summer I am growing a big garden.  In the last 3 weeks, I have made 15 jars of pickles, and another 4 of relish.  I am making every kind of pickles...and if we have excess, so much the better.  Homemade preserves make great gifts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6548 on: June 21, 2016, 07:20:52 AM »
Was running out of work clothes as they wear out (down to 2 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 1 blazer that doesn't match the pants, and a few shell tops...), and had no lunch during my thrifting expedition. I found some great stuff on good sale from 3 websites that normally have clothes that fit me well, but held off on pressing the buy button until I was absolutely sure that these were the items I wanted and that they'd give me another few years of basic workwear.

And then I got a positive pregnancy test. And all of the clothing I was looking at had cinched waists.

So, new plan: dresses until the end of summer, buy one new swing dress that will fit until I'm 7ish months pregnant and also look good with that blazer, and dig out my maternity clothes from my last pregnancy. Problem solved for 20$ and a kid. ;)

Congratulations! When are you due?

At this point, presumably early march? Literally got the positive pregnancy test on father's day. Happy father's day, honey, you get another one! :)

I'm a bit stressed about scheduling - honestly, last time, getting pregnant took 6 months, and I went off the pill on mother's day and... let's just say we didn't have the most active month... so I certainly wasn't expecting to be pregnant yet! But there you have it.

Babies. They come when they will, I suppose!

At least this is our second, and our first is out of her crib next month, so we have all the baby gear and maternity clothing and gender-neutral baby clothing, and we're in Quebec so it's a year-long paid leave for maternity. It's not the baby that'll add huge expenses onto our plate!

Congratulations. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6549 on: June 21, 2016, 07:27:51 AM »
Now that we have a mortgage preaprroval, we're combining DH's work trip to the town we're looking in with a house hunting trip. It'll save on gas.

DH got a burn yesterday. Instead of going straight in to urgent care, I called our insurance advice nurse who gave the thumbs up for home care measures.

Planning to use up some soft bananas for 2 ingredient cookies. YUM.

Even though I was tired, after DH's burn and the mortgage appointment, I still stopped by the only grocery store that carried well priced chipotles en adobo without a bunch of additive crap, so I could make my pork carnitas recipe for dinner. $1.79 and good ingredients instead of the $3+ I see elsewhere, with tons of stabilizers.

Good news for my mustachianism that it didn't even occur to me to go out to dinner though!
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