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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6650 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 #6651 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6652 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 #6653 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 #6654 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 #6655 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6656 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 #6657 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 #6658 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6659 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6660 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6661 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6662 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6663 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 #6664 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 #6665 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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« Reply #6666 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 #6667 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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« Reply #6668 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 #6669 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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« Reply #6670 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 #6671 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 #6672 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 #6673 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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« Reply #6674 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 #6675 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 :(

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« Reply #6676 on: July 07, 2016, 02:41:57 PM »
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 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 :(

6.5 hour trip to Madrid, equivalent of $90 1st class return. TV screen with headphones (no choice but Night at the Museum is still funny when you don't really speak Spanish), buffet car (aka bar), stunning scenery and two golden eagles. Door to the centre of Madrid it took less than double the time of flying, but no stress and cheaper. And time doesn't matter when you're FIRE'd :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6677 on: July 07, 2016, 03:22:54 PM »
Went to the beach today with family we are visiting. Beach badge (basically your $7 per person beach pass) checkers never came around to make us pay up, so free beach day in overtaxed NJ!

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« Reply #6678 on: July 07, 2016, 03:31:36 PM »
I called Capital One today and very nicely asked about getting the annual fee, and subsequent late charge dropped from my account, as I hadn't been using the card, and didn't know the annual fee was due.  They refunded me the $84 and changed me from the Venture to the fee-free Quicksilver card, for about a 5-minute phone call.

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« Reply #6679 on: July 07, 2016, 11:54:00 PM »
Went to the beach today with family we are visiting. Beach badge (basically your $7 per person beach pass) checkers never came around to make us pay up, so free beach day in overtaxed NJ!

Wait what? You have to pay for the beach? Mind blown...

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« Reply #6680 on: July 08, 2016, 12:11:45 AM »
Went to the beach today with family we are visiting. Beach badge (basically your $7 per person beach pass) checkers never came around to make us pay up, so free beach day in overtaxed NJ!

Wait what? You have to pay for the beach? Mind blown...

Seconded!

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« Reply #6681 on: July 08, 2016, 12:14:27 AM »
Packed lunch, as always. Today it was yummy leftovers from dinner with friends last night.

I've been doing tax prep this week, which will save/earn me money in the long run.

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« Reply #6682 on: July 08, 2016, 04:43:54 AM »

Went to the beach today with family we are visiting. Beach badge (basically your $7 per person beach pass) checkers never came around to make us pay up, so free beach day in overtaxed NJ!

Wait what? You have to pay for the beach? Mind blown...

Seconded!

Yep. Nevermind that the townships already collect massive property tax revenue on the many million dollar homes and the fact that American tax payers already pay for beach replenishment. Gotta keep squeezing people.

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« Reply #6683 on: July 08, 2016, 10:19:39 AM »
Made a delicious breakfast for DH and myself using leftovers.
Worked at the gym childcare co-op.
Ate leftovers for lunch.
Mixed up a batch of homemade nut-free granola as a hostess gift for a friend we are visiting next week (I'm going to wait until it cools off tonight to actually bake it).

And it's only noon!

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« Reply #6684 on: July 09, 2016, 12:10:06 AM »
* Bought used tomato cages at an estate sale instead of new at Home Depot. Saved $7 per cage.

* Returned about ~$8 of bottles and cans, used the proceeds to buy a whole chicken on sale for $0.99/lb. Roasted and served for dinner, with lots of leftovers, including a crispy broccoli that DH especially liked.

* Prepared yeast waffle batter tonight for use with new-to-us used waffle iron tomorrow.
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« Reply #6685 on: July 09, 2016, 05:11:05 AM »
Sold unused toy box for $25 and reclaim large space in the home.
House looks bigger with less stuff.

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« Reply #6686 on: July 09, 2016, 01:39:31 PM »
Bought some produce at the farmers market with tons of greens. Didn't want to waste the greens so tossed them into the instant pot with a mixed batch of frozen bones saved from previous cooking projects (chicken legs and pork necks maybe?). Hoping for tasty broth tonight.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6687 on: July 09, 2016, 04:43:04 PM »
Made bread instead of buying it (with the help of an awesome assistant). 40-minute hamburger rolls, which have just become my go-to bread roll recipe.

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« Reply #6688 on: July 09, 2016, 04:46:32 PM »
Made bread instead of buying it (with the help of an awesome assistant). 40-minute hamburger rolls, which have just become my go-to bread roll recipe.

My hamburger buns are more of a "whole damn afternoon" thing. Please share recipe!
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« Reply #6689 on: July 09, 2016, 04:50:33 PM »
^ +1 need an easy recipe

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« Reply #6690 on: July 09, 2016, 05:05:07 PM »
Here you go! There's no "secret" - they just use a bit more yeast, which naturally affects the way they come out (slightly 'yeastier,' duh). But it turns out I really like that side of the bread-flavor spectrum, so they work great for me :)

Edit: Today we tried to make 6, rather than 12 (same ingredients - i.e. six twice-as-big rolls); they were a bit large/thick. The optimum change if you want slightly bigger ones would probably be from 12 pieces to 9, which shouldn't need either the (very short!) rise time or the cooking time to be changed much at all. :)
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« Reply #6691 on: July 09, 2016, 05:35:53 PM »
Here's another recipe, this time for 30-minute bread rolls: http://mortgagefreeinthree.com/2014/07/30-minute-rolls/
They're good for burgers, too. I've only made these once actually, and I remember finding them quite sweet so would probably cut down on sugar or add a bit more salt next time. But they were very good otherwise and they froze really well. And really did only take 30 minutes - normally any of those "only takes" things means I have to add at least half again as much time.

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« Reply #6692 on: July 09, 2016, 05:40:15 PM »
These are almost the same recipe! The one I made is in American-preferred units, and the one you cited is in metric and Celcius. But otherwise they're very similar - not that that's a bad thing, because now we have fast bread rolls the entire MMM forums readership can make :D

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« Reply #6693 on: July 09, 2016, 07:23:25 PM »
-Made loaf bread
-Made cornbread
-Mixed 1 cup water and 1tbs dr. Bronners liquid soap to refill an empty foaming soap dispenser.mworks like a charm. This was my plan all along; the cheapest foaming dispenser I could find came from Dollar Tree and was full of soap. Took us at least six months to use that up, but finally I get the peppermint foam I wanted.
-Bought groceries for the week - $7.83. We really only needed fruit, but I also bought a pound of turkey sausage to make breakfast for dinner this week. We already have eggs, ingredients for biscuits, and grits, so this is an easy win. We eat half a package of sausage per meal when we do this, and it was $2. Also bought bananas and sale cherries ($1.50 a pound) - last week nothing but bananas was remotely reasonable, so I ate twice the bananas and I'm glad for a change.


Today's big project:
Scrubbed down wire closet shelving with hanging bars (removed from the trailer and filthy plus smelling of mold - three years uninhabited haven't done that thing any favors). I scrubbed with bleach, my husband stained boards for a mounting system and hung them, and now we have shelves and hanging space on the two unused walls of the laundry room. This is much more drying space than before, with just a folding rack.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6694 on: July 09, 2016, 08:13:44 PM »
Brought home leftovers last night from a function.

This stash will give me lunch and dinner for days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6695 on: July 09, 2016, 08:15:50 PM »
So morning sickness is a filthy lie - it's all-day nausea and not eating.

I bought some prepared food for my husband and child, and I'm basically keeping down frozen fruit and the occasional fresh vegetable or bagel. Turns out, basically not eating lowers your grocery bill.mwho knew.

I am told there are drugs for this. I want them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6696 on: July 09, 2016, 09:24:06 PM »
Sorry you are experiencing that all-day sickness, Kitsune.  It's so strange that puking happens just when a woman needs nutrition the most.

Today I hit the bulk section at Rosauer's since they were having a one-day 20% off sale.  Bought lots of beans, spices and tea. 

Also used a $10 off coupon at the feed store and picked up some half-priced herb plants while I was there. 

Took advantage of a Mark's Daily Apple/Thrive Market promo for 6 fancy chocolate bars for free, with $1.95 shipping. 

Canned a bunch of apricots given to me by a co-worker.

Turned leftover veggies into a breakfast hash with some bacon and a couple fried eggs.  Grazed while canning and smoking pork belly this evening instead of cooking dinner.

It has been a very food-centric day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6697 on: July 09, 2016, 09:41:14 PM »
So morning sickness is a filthy lie - it's all-day nausea and not eating.

I bought some prepared food for my husband and child, and I'm basically keeping down frozen fruit and the occasional fresh vegetable or bagel. Turns out, basically not eating lowers your grocery bill.mwho knew.

I am told there are drugs for this. I want them.

Poor thing. Hang in there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6698 on: July 10, 2016, 12:48:34 AM »
Sorry to hear that Kitsune. My wife is experiencing something similar being nauseous all day. We've found she can't eat much/anything after 4pm or she can't keep it down. Shes around 10-12 weeks pregnancy. We're still experimenting with food - smaller meals and soups seem to be the best bet. Meat in general seems to be more difficult for her.

All the best!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6699 on: July 10, 2016, 08:45:03 AM »
These are almost the same recipe! The one I made is in American-preferred units, and the one you cited is in metric and Celcius. But otherwise they're very similar - not that that's a bad thing, because now we have fast bread rolls the entire MMM forums readership can make :D
I know, I had to look carefully to find the difference but apart from the egg (and the measurements) they really are almost the same. :-)
I have to admit I get frustrated finding so many great websites for recipes and they only have the American measures. And it seems like it might not be possible to have too many fast bread recipes. LOL