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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6600 on: June 29, 2016, 09:05:45 PM »
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« Reply #6601 on: June 30, 2016, 10:17:38 AM »
First words I heard from DH this morning were "Did you see the flood? There's water everywhere!" I immediately thought, "Oh god, do we have some kind of cursed sprinkler system?" I thought I had FINALLY capped off two fussy sprinklers that regularly broke and sprayed water for hours--and I did! The flood in question is a broken water main down the street. We are in a severe drought here, so after getting the kids off to school I grabbed a bucket and hauled many gallons of water out of the street to our frontyard fruit trees. Met a new neighbor to boot!

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* Harvested two tiny chilis and the whole garlic crop and found a couple more potatoes while I was at it.
* Breakfast was eggs laid by our backyard chickens, and from my mom's trees, an avocado smashed up with Maldon sea salt.

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« Reply #6602 on: June 30, 2016, 11:37:21 AM »
I needed a backpack for my kindergartner.
Instead of buying one, I asked if he wanted to re-use my 20 year-old Jansport from college.
He's so proud to use my old backpack.
It brightened my day :)

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« Reply #6603 on: June 30, 2016, 12:03:40 PM »
Went the entire month of June without buying any food  or drink at work. 100% imported from home.
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« Reply #6604 on: June 30, 2016, 01:59:28 PM »
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Congrats!

Instead of buying one, I asked if he wanted to re-use my 20 year-old Jansport from college.
He's so proud to use my old backpack.
That's so cute!

Nothing ground-breaking for me today.  Same routine--pack lunch, snacks, and breakfast.  Make tea at work. 
Last night I did make a chocolate, peanut better granola bar-ish thing for on the go snacking.  Bars are so expensive, so I'm experimenting making my own.

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« Reply #6605 on: June 30, 2016, 04:27:50 PM »
There are a lot of little free libraries in my neighbourhood.  I pass a couple on my walking route.
Today I found an interesting book that I took with me to read.
I'm almost finished another book so I'll bring it there and put it in the library tomorrow.
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« Reply #6606 on: June 30, 2016, 06:39:17 PM »
Last night, I saved money by being too damn lazy to leave the house. I had delicious cheese spread but no crackers to put it on so I looked through my recipe book and found a very simple recipe for 'water crackers'. Thirty minutes later - done!

1 cup of flour, 30g of butter. Rub butter into flour. Add water bit by bit until it forms a stiff dough. Roll out to 1cm thick, then take small bits and roll them out into very thin rounds. Bake in hot oven (over 200 degrees Celsius) for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

Next time, I'm going to add cumin for yummy herbed crackers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6607 on: June 30, 2016, 06:46:49 PM »
by saving a mason jar of leftover paint three years ago, I saved the expense of repainting a room.  We changed out some furniture and there was a huge scrape on the wall.  If we had not kept the touch up paint, we would have had to repaint the whole room.

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« Reply #6608 on: June 30, 2016, 08:21:36 PM »
The local grocery store was doing subsidized compost bins for earth day, and we picked ours up today. 30$ (cheaper by far than we could buy or make elsewhere) and t means that we can use our own scraps in the garden instead of sending them to the town compost. Win!

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« Reply #6609 on: June 30, 2016, 08:31:28 PM »
So this is a little money saving that I sowed and am now reaping. During the caucus this spring in my state, I met a dude who has a lot of fruit trees, vines, etc, but does not eat all of them himself. I gave him my number and today he called me out to get some plums. I left with probably 1.5 gallons of plums, .5 gal of marrion berries,  some frozen plums and tomatoes from last year, some chard and some arugula. We eat a lot of fruit so this is a huge boon, and I expect it will continue over the summer- he's a really great retired guy who likes gardening a lot. It's all organic and not at all buggy, and it's just so tasty. 

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« Reply #6610 on: June 30, 2016, 08:38:56 PM »
Last night, I saved money by being too damn lazy to leave the house. I had delicious cheese spread but no crackers to put it on so I looked through my recipe book and found a very simple recipe for 'water crackers'. Thirty minutes later - done!

1 cup of flour, 30g of butter. Rub butter into flour. Add water bit by bit until it forms a stiff dough. Roll out to 1cm thick, then take small bits and roll them out into very thin rounds. Bake in hot oven (over 200 degrees Celsius) for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

Next time, I'm going to add cumin for yummy herbed crackers.

Yes! Someone else appreciates that you can be too lazy to leave the house (really, I have to get dressed and talk to people?) but totally content to cook.

Homemade herbed water crackers sound amazing. :)

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« Reply #6611 on: July 01, 2016, 04:40:35 AM »
Last night, I saved money by being too damn lazy to leave the house. I had delicious cheese spread but no crackers to put it on so I looked through my recipe book and found a very simple recipe for 'water crackers'. Thirty minutes later - done!

1 cup of flour, 30g of butter. Rub butter into flour. Add water bit by bit until it forms a stiff dough. Roll out to 1cm thick, then take small bits and roll them out into very thin rounds. Bake in hot oven (over 200 degrees Celsius) for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

Next time, I'm going to add cumin for yummy herbed crackers.

Yes! Someone else appreciates that you can be too lazy to leave the house (really, I have to get dressed and talk to people?) but totally content to cook.

Homemade herbed water crackers sound amazing. :)

Yes, this! I used to live a block from the grocery store and even then, between baking bread or walking there to get it, baking usually won. What, you want me to put on PANTS? On a WEEKEND??

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« Reply #6612 on: July 01, 2016, 08:31:32 AM »
Allllmost caved and got Starbucks on the way to work, but didn't. Then alllllmost caved and got a smoothie at the place down the block. Also didn't. It was the calories that swayed me, not the money aspect, but savings is savings.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6613 on: July 01, 2016, 09:17:08 AM »
Last night, I saved money by being too damn lazy to leave the house. I had delicious cheese spread but no crackers to put it on so I looked through my recipe book and found a very simple recipe for 'water crackers'. Thirty minutes later - done!

1 cup of flour, 30g of butter. Rub butter into flour. Add water bit by bit until it forms a stiff dough. Roll out to 1cm thick, then take small bits and roll them out into very thin rounds. Bake in hot oven (over 200 degrees Celsius) for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

Next time, I'm going to add cumin for yummy herbed crackers.


Yes! Someone else appreciates that you can be too lazy to leave the house (really, I have to get dressed and talk to people?) but totally content to cook.

Homemade herbed water crackers sound amazing. :)

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I recently got a tortilla press, and my dad mentioned that he uses his to make crackers.  So I will totally be making fancy nut-based crackers on a regular basis now.  $4-5 for a box of crackers always seems like a ripoff.

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« Reply #6614 on: July 01, 2016, 10:35:49 PM »
Had dinner with a visiting relative last night. She paid as an early birthday gift for us. Then gave us an actual gift.

A mate is staying this weekend and suggested we see a movie, so I cashed in some loyalty points for tickets.

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« Reply #6615 on: July 02, 2016, 02:07:17 AM »
Hubby was using our only car to attend a band rehearsal all day Saturday. My boys (4 & 6) were invited to  birthday party at a school pool 3km ( and a huge hill away). In the past I have used a taxi thinking it's cheaper than a second car. But it was a beautiful winters day so we scootered there. It took us an hour to get there but felt like an awesome adventure. My boys were thrilled to find a dollar, a perfectly good lemon and some nails we could use for a project on the way. And that was even before the party started!

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« Reply #6616 on: July 02, 2016, 06:54:40 AM »
Update: Made the cumin crackers. They're amazing and everyone should make some.

In unrelated news, don't ever use steel wool to clean a wooden rolling pin - mine has never been the same since.

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« Reply #6617 on: July 02, 2016, 02:00:28 PM »
My boys were thrilled to find a dollar, a perfectly good lemon and some nails we could use for a project on the way. And that was even before the party started!

Love it when walks turn into a profitable adventure!

I've been looking for a used push mower as part of our ongoing effort to intentionally unplug our household as much as possible. Went to an estate sale today and found a nice one in good condition. Got it for the price I'd wanted, along with a game and two vintage record albums for the kids, plus a stack of cloth napkins for our collection of reusable cloth linens.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6618 on: July 02, 2016, 02:40:56 PM »
-Bed frame
I got a fantastic bed frame for free through Buy Nothing Project. Beautiful white metal, in great condition. The lady was delighted to see it go- she doesn't have a car, and it had been sitting inside by her door for a couple months. Win win for both of us!

-Grocery Coupon
Realized the back of a business card I had gotten from a grocery store manager was a $3 off coupon (not applicable to booze or dairy though, haha). Still need to use this, but I'll get to it next week.

-Credit
Followed up with our beef co-op. Our bag was 2lbs short last month, so they gave us a credit for this month. I followed up to make sure they don't forget to apply the credit.
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« Reply #6619 on: July 02, 2016, 03:25:56 PM »
 Went to the thrift store in search of cooler clothing it's been 100 or better every day for I don't remember how many days now, and I'm dying. So, my favorite cheap thrift store was having a half-price sale for the 4th. I ended up with basically a new summer wardrobe for $3.50. Two pairs of pants and five shirts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6620 on: July 02, 2016, 06:51:14 PM »
Trying to be as frugal as possible with food. Scrambled some eggs and cheese and put them in tortillas with some left over chili beans. Yummy!

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« Reply #6621 on: July 02, 2016, 09:57:08 PM »
Trying to be as frugal as possible with food. Scrambled some eggs and cheese and put them in tortillas with some left over chili beans. Yummy!
Yum!

I made a quick breakfast (eggs, toast, and sauteed spinach) before our morning hike.
Stayed at home watching the Olympic Trials (track & field) this afternoon. 
Relaxed weekend at home

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« Reply #6622 on: July 03, 2016, 07:47:32 AM »
Indulging our favorite frugal hobby today- hiking! Followed by a BBQ at a friend so close we can walk over. No spendy fireworks needed.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6623 on: July 03, 2016, 08:21:20 AM »
Last night: Did not buy Stadium of Fire tickets.  Rode my bike up to the stadium around 9.  Brought a huge homemade frappucino (milk, ice, and torani syrup).  Found a place to sit where I could hear Tim McGraw, and see most of the stage through one of the stadium corner entryways.  Watched fireworks.  Had a better seat than anybody in the bleachers for most of them, since they shoot them from outside the stadium.  And still had a really good view of the ones they shot from the stage.  Hopped on my bike and rode home once it was over.  Was home in 8 minutes, as opposed to more than an hour if I had driven and gotten stuck in the traffic.

Tomorrow: Running the 10k before the parade. Free entry through work.  I might even watch the parade afterwards.  Free entertainment. 

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« Reply #6624 on: July 03, 2016, 04:41:00 PM »
We had a friend stay all weekend. We were out and about doing things (voting, using up free movie tickets, etc), but didn't eat out. We managed to plan all activities around being home to cook and eat, and even used up a few freezer ingredients in the process.

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« Reply #6625 on: July 04, 2016, 04:40:47 AM »
Two more from me.

A couple of weeks ago I taught my mum how to sell on eBay. I've been getting eBay notifications all evening as her items sell. It will bring her $500+ if everything goes, so she's stoked.

Got a cheque in the mail from my insurance company. I posted here earlier about changing my contents policy and also switching from a monthly to annual payment. They refunded me the last monthly payment I made. Unexpected but welcome.

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« Reply #6626 on: July 04, 2016, 08:13:47 AM »
AI noticed that few of my dog's toys had split at seams after he and my husband came back from a visit at my ILs. They have two toys that are super hard on toys. The fluff was coming out and my husband wanted to chuck the toys to avoid any issues related to our doggie ingesting the polyfill. I pulled out my sewing kit yesterday and in half an hour all the toys were as good as new. This also allowed us to do any inventory of his toys and we've decided not to buy any more for him. He still has toys from when we first got him 5 years ago!

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« Reply #6627 on: July 04, 2016, 03:50:18 PM »
Went to see my parents Saturday night and they decided to cook out steaks on the grill. My mom bought too much meat and my dad was grumbling about having too much left over because he doesn't like steak that much, let alone leftover steak. Solution: me! I ended up with about $20 worth of perfectly grilled NY strip steak to take home. I never, ever eat steak because it's so expensive here, so it's not only money savings but a rare, luxurious treat.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6628 on: July 04, 2016, 04:08:41 PM »
I found a receipt I needed for a $4 mail-in rebate.  I thought I'd thrown it away yesterday, and was rummaging through the trash to no avail.  Somehow, it was crumpled up in my half-unpacked suitcase.

Started seeds for more broccoli, cabbage, onions, beets, carrots, Thai basil, green beans, okra and shallots.  I'm usually way too late trying to start fall crops, so I'm excited to be somewhat ahead of the curve this year.

Sorted through my cured potatoes to make sure there weren't any rotten ones before putting them in boxes in the re-purposed wine cooler.



Going out to wash my car in a minute, then working out in the basement instead of driving to the gym. 

Eating dinner at home (smoked chicken, salad and corn on the cob) and enjoying the neighbors' fireworks instead of buying our own.

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« Reply #6629 on: July 04, 2016, 07:51:06 PM »
Oatmeal for breakfast. Not my favorite meal, but I'm eating what is in the house for a bit, and this will help the eggs and canola oil last. It's a texture thing (I like the taste), and I seemed to get the texture so it turned out better than usual.

I'm out of fresh  ground coffee. There is some very old ground coffee in the back of the pantry. I made it and added some powdered skim milk. It didn't have much taste (or caffeine!), but it was a much better hot drink than the instant coffee that was the alternative.

The other meals I'm having are great. I just didn't plan the details around breakfast.

Installed the Windows 10 upgrade, while it is still free. I'm OK with it so far. There are a couple of things that I really like and I recovered from the panic of my audio disappearing. (The default setting was for headphones rather than the speakers in my laptop.)

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« Reply #6630 on: July 04, 2016, 08:13:45 PM »
I had some cabbage sitting in the fridge and used it as the base for homemade egg rolls. I added green onions, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chopped raw shrimp. I steamed it all till the shrimp turned pink, put it onto egg roll wrappers and fried. The result was delicious.

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« Reply #6631 on: July 05, 2016, 01:30:34 AM »
I had some cabbage sitting in the fridge and used it as the base for homemade egg rolls. I added green onions, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chopped raw shrimp. I steamed it all till the shrimp turned pink, put it onto egg roll wrappers and fried. The result was delicious.

That sounds amazing. And out of 'found' ingredients.

I was pretty pleased with myself for using up spinach in an omelette, but you've set a new bar there, pbk!

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« Reply #6632 on: July 05, 2016, 06:26:04 AM »
I had some cabbage sitting in the fridge and used it as the base for homemade egg rolls. I added green onions, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chopped raw shrimp. I steamed it all till the shrimp turned pink, put it onto egg roll wrappers and fried. The result was delicious.

That sounds amazing. And out of 'found' ingredients.

I was pretty pleased with myself for using up spinach in an omelette, but you've set a new bar there, pbk!

I was impressed with the egg rolls too. They sounded delicious. The only one of the found ingredients I have are the carrots, though I could substitute a yellow onion for the spring onions!

I'd be really pleased with using up the spinach, though. Plenty of spinach has been wasted in my house by not getting around to doing that. Also yummy.


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« Reply #6633 on: July 05, 2016, 09:17:27 AM »
I dug out the receipt for my suddenly stopped working string trimmer (it is still in warranty, just) and dropped it off in Ottawa at a depot.  Who knows when I will get it back, but that errand is done in time. 
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« Reply #6634 on: July 05, 2016, 10:01:08 AM »
Shopping around for title insurance for the home we're buying. It was *so* tempting to just go with the bid sent over by the escrow company out of sheer laziness and overwhelm. But I shop around for car insurance, I should dang well shop around for this as well. Sigh. Time to dig in to things that are totally new to me, once again!
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« Reply #6635 on: July 05, 2016, 10:08:51 AM »
Hubs got a job where he needs to keep a tidy facial hair situation at all times. So we invested in a fancy safety razor. Big up front price, but should save us a TON in blades. I haven't decided which is more of a racket: Gillette razor blades or printer ink cartridges.
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« Reply #6636 on: July 05, 2016, 12:05:44 PM »
Hubs got a job where he needs to keep a tidy facial hair situation at all times. So we invested in a fancy safety razor. Big up front price, but should save us a TON in blades. I haven't decided which is more of a racket: Gillette razor blades or printer ink cartridges.

I started using a safety razor last summer and I can't believe they ever went out of style. Love 'em. I'm sure you know this, but just in case: Time permitting, remove the blade and dry it and store separately. It extends the life of the blades even longer.
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« Reply #6637 on: July 05, 2016, 05:06:36 PM »
Yesterday -- went to a 4th of July BBQ to celebrate. Brought some wine that was left at my house from a BBQ that I threw a couple of weeks ago.

Today -- brought lunch and iced coffee from home, then mcguver'ed something for dinner out of random things in the fridge.

Tomorrow -- a friend who used to live here is visiting and invited friends out for dinner and drinks. I said I'd meet up for a drink but will have dinner at home first.

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« Reply #6638 on: July 05, 2016, 05:42:43 PM »
I worked back last night, so scored a discount train fare home. Again.

Made pumpkin and pinenut pasta for dinner out of fridge/pantry ingredients, with leftovers for lunch today.

Shopped this morning for an office morning tea. I get the loyalty points and work reimburses me for the expenses.

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« Reply #6639 on: July 05, 2016, 07:22:43 PM »
I didn't buy anything today. I brought all my work food from home - two meals and a bunch of snacks - like usual. (Coffee and water are free at my workplace, so I just drink those.) For recreation (plus exercise), I hiked. And then I just went home, showered, made myself a delicious dinner, and surfed the Web like a total mouse potato :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6640 on: July 05, 2016, 07:26:25 PM »
Used some really rough freezer burnt beef (inherited from my brother moving, LOL) and some old sauage in a spaghetti sauce. Turned out great.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6641 on: July 05, 2016, 09:41:22 PM »
* Invested in a tortilla press ($12) and some masa and learned how to make tortillas at home. So easy and delicious!
* Currently drinking a tisane made from homegrown lemon verbena.
* Line-dried all the laundry, which is getting to be my favorite chore.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6642 on: July 05, 2016, 09:47:11 PM »
* Line-dried all the laundry, which is getting to be my favorite chore.

Seconded.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6643 on: July 06, 2016, 01:39:19 AM »
Traveling in Europe edition -

  • Drank out of my own water bottle before and after dinner instead of paying 2 at a restaurant for tap(!) water
  • Used a 10-trip bus ticket instead of singles. Lowered already low prices. (Jealous how cheap and efficient buses and trains are outside the US 😥)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6644 on: July 06, 2016, 07:02:08 AM »
I gave up and went to the supermarket for jars of spaghetti sauce and other prepared meals.

Morning sickness is a filthy lie - it's all-day sickness and perpetual nausea, and preparing food makes me puke. If it just shows up in front of me, I can manage a few bites, though. We've been defaulting to take-out, but the stuff from the supermarket should work for about 1/5 of the cost of take-out.

I hate doing this during a season with so much fresh food... but you gotta do what you gotta do. If this follows previous patterns, I should stop puking by mid-August and be generally good to cook through harvest season. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6645 on: July 06, 2016, 08:45:01 AM »
A few things lately:
My husband is doing a series of 2 week externships which means he isn't driving in to work with me. His work sites/hours are not convenient to my morning commute since I have to be at work an hour before he does. We were able to find a bus stop near my work that would get him to work easily. Now I just drop him at the stop on my way in and then pick him up around 7 when he finishes. Bus is free and we haven't added that much extra driving to our routine. We'll see what we can do for his next placement which is not easily accessible by bus. :/

We've been off our routine for the past month with a 10 day vacation and then I had surgery and subsequent recovery period. With all that we haven't made our usual grocery runs and have been eating down the pantry. Might need to make a trip this weekend though, we're out of potatoes and tomato sauce. Will be checking sales and coupons in preparation.

The "steak" (mostly likely a shoulder steak we bought from the Ag school meat processing unit) I pulled out for dinner last night turned out to be mostly bone and fat so I had to scramble to figure out a new meal. I trimmed as much meat as I could from the steak and added chopped up bacon and breakfast sausage I scavenged from a work breakfast and froze last month. The whole thing went into the oven with diced potatoes and plenty of garlic and olive oil. I had been tempted to just toss the whole thing and stop for a takeaway when I picked up my husband from work. Saved at least $25-$30!

While we were on vacation I took advantage of a very favourable exchange rate and stocked up on bras ranging in price from $4 to $10 each. The bands were a little loose so I busted out my sewing kit and tightened them up. I'm now set for the next 5 years at least.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6646 on: July 06, 2016, 10:03:30 AM »
I rode my bike to work for the first time today!
Well, I rode it to the Public Transit (MARTA), and then rode the public transit to work from there. It is about 1.5 miles of biking to the train from my house.

Did I save money? well...barely

Public Transit costs $2.50 each way, so a total of $5. I bought my tickets with pre-tax money though, so I effectively saved 20% of that at my marginal tax rate right? So I spent $4 for a $5 train ride.

Vs. the Alternative:
Parking in the Area, the cheapest I've found, is $4 per day. I could buy a monthly pass though and get it down to $3 per day ($60 for a month, avg of 20 working days per month).
But in that case I would have spent money on gas too (driving is about 18 minutes and 6 miles one way, and my car gets 18 mpg or worse in the city), plus wear and tear on my tires, etc. AND, I wouldn't have gotten any exercise.

Parking: $3
+ Gas: 12 miles roundtrip / 18 MPG = 2/3 gallon x $2.10 (price per gallon) = $1.40
+ Wear and tear, tires, oil: $.10
=$4.50
+ cost of no exercise
= ???

We'll call it a win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6647 on: July 06, 2016, 10:18:21 AM »
Traveling in Europe edition -

  • Drank out of my own water bottle before and after dinner instead of paying 2 at a restaurant for tap(!) water
  • Used a 10-trip bus ticket instead of singles. Lowered already low prices. (Jealous how cheap and efficient buses and trains are outside the US 😥)

Hmm dunno what country you're visiting at the moment, but in the NL busses and trains are so expensive that flying across Europe is cheaper than using transit to the airport - within the same (tiny) country.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6648 on: July 06, 2016, 09:17:28 PM »
I finished some pickles I made in leftover pickle brine, so I threw in some cauliflower to see how it goes. I have also been hand washing most of my laundry, which is the biggest savings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6649 on: July 07, 2016, 04:37:28 AM »
Traveling in Europe edition -

  • Drank out of my own water bottle before and after dinner instead of paying 2 at a restaurant for tap(!) water
  • Used a 10-trip bus ticket instead of singles. Lowered already low prices. (Jealous how cheap and efficient buses and trains are outside the US 😥)

Hmm dunno what country you're visiting at the moment, but in the NL busses and trains are so expensive that flying across Europe is cheaper than using transit to the airport - within the same (tiny) country.

 In Europe I've only ridden trains in Russia and now Italy so I guessed that those two were representative, but I guess not. As a preliminary guess, it could be that the main rail operator in Italy is owned and subsidized by the government (it seems they operate at a huge loss) while there are several competing companies, and high demand in the Netherlands.

Either way, there's no way I could get a 2+ hour train ride in the US for $13 or a sleeper car for $70 :(