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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6700 on: July 16, 2016, 08:57:08 AM »
I made a decadent breakfast: overnight yeasted waffles with homemade blueberry syrup and a fresh batch of iced coffee, then we went on a long walk and picked wild blackberries. DH is off to swim lessons with the little man, then we'll clean the house during naptime. A lovely, low cost Saturday.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6701 on: July 16, 2016, 01:31:28 PM »
I washed my car yesterday.  I've owned this car for 4 years and never actually washed it myself (hanging head in mustachian shame).  For the first 2 1/2 years, the local car wash had a M-W morning special so I could get a thorough inside/out wash for $10 including tip.  I did that about once a month.  Then they raised prices suddenly, so it cost me $14 for the same thing.  I reduced my frequency a little.  Then when I went last month it cost $16!  I decided I was done with that.  Washing the exterior took me 20 minutes, start to finish, including the time it took for hubby to come out with a wrench to adjust the faucet.  I decided it was too hot to do the interior, so I'll get that done this morning.  It will maybe take me another 15 minutes for a vacuum and wipe-down.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6702 on: July 16, 2016, 04:28:23 PM »
Stocked up on meat today. Pork loin, pork steaks, and whole chickens were 40% off. Freezer is full and I've got meat for the month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6703 on: July 16, 2016, 05:36:06 PM »
Made all meals at home, and didn't drive unnecessarily!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6704 on: July 16, 2016, 07:48:07 PM »
*Made soup stock and chick peas (separately!) in my new Instant Pot. This machine is a thing of beauty, I tell ya!

*Picked up son at First Aid course (1/2 hr drive away). Turned around and came
right back home.

*Had multiple mugs of tea at home with bulk bought tea

*Watched a library video of the band Pentatonix

*Kids are playing with Dollar Store super soakers

*Baked a loaf of French bread Togo with soup for dinner


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6705 on: July 17, 2016, 03:18:53 AM »
Had a long weekend away with friends - caught public transport to the airport for flights booked with points, stayed with friends in their beautiful, beautiful house, cooked and ate at home all meals bar one, played board games, watched movies, and just spent lovely time together.

Back home this morning. Laundry (cold wash, line-dried), eating out the freezer (stretching it as long as possible between grocery shops), now having a quiet evening of Netflix and looking at the numbers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6706 on: July 17, 2016, 08:24:44 AM »
The kitchen track lighting stopped working.  I suspected it might be the 3-way switch. However after replacing it, no luck.  I was about to call an electrician, but thought I'd give it one more try by stripping away more insulation and scrapping the contacts with a box cutter.  Voilà!

Total cost of parts for the repair: $1.88 for a 15 amp light switch from Home Depot.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6707 on: July 17, 2016, 02:36:11 PM »
Quit dairy.  Actually quit it 3 weeks ago, and it seems to be sticking so I am posting about it now.  Its amazing how much you save when you stop buying heavy cream, yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6708 on: July 17, 2016, 03:05:28 PM »
I started feeling ill on Friday night, so I haven't left the apartment all weekend and I've barely eaten anything. Pros: cheap! Cons: Have batch-cooked food in the fridge that needs eating, but I can't face it right now, and I'm afraid it will go to waste.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6709 on: July 17, 2016, 03:21:04 PM »
Sold a pair of old hiking boots that I no longer use for $5.  Mostly this was about reducing clutter prior to moving.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6710 on: July 17, 2016, 03:25:57 PM »
Sold our microwave, waiting on someone to come by and we will hopefully sell our TV stand. Waiting until we're in the new place to sell our washer and dryer from here. Yay moving! Let's not talk about all the costs of switching everything and moving... haha. We have coordinated using trucks and trailers from family for the move though, so no renting anything there.

Cheap Sunday: went hiking, played pokemon go, having a junk food dinner (beer and pizza from frozen) at home. Walked to a nearby coffee shop to get a double shot of espresso to pour over vanilla ice cream we got on sale for some homemade affogato. Now we'll watch a show on Netflix, which I have because Brother got me 3 months for my birthday (probably expiring soon though- we won't renew).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6711 on: July 17, 2016, 04:03:38 PM »
Walked to a nearby coffee shop to get a double shot of espresso to pour over vanilla ice cream we got on sale for some homemade affogato.

Buy a 35 dollar Mr. Coffee espresso machine. 90% of the way there to 'outstanding coffee shop espresso' and will save you a ton of money in the long run, specially if you use good-but-cheap coffee like Café Bustelo. Then you'll save even more money on those affogato treats! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6712 on: July 17, 2016, 04:12:27 PM »
Walked to a nearby coffee shop to get a double shot of espresso to pour over vanilla ice cream we got on sale for some homemade affogato.

Buy a 35 dollar Mr. Coffee espresso machine. 90% of the way there to 'outstanding coffee shop espresso' and will save you a ton of money in the long run, specially if you use good-but-cheap coffee like Café Bustelo. Then you'll save even more money on those affogato treats! :)

It's the one and only we've done =) And we're actually reducing our coffee overall. Otherwise I totally would consider that =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6713 on: July 17, 2016, 04:33:40 PM »
*Pancakes and bacon for lunch after church. I call it "Mom Hop!"

*Made a loaf of French bread to go with dinner

*Daughter made Mexican Lentils for the company coming for dinner

*Sons washed and detailed a friend's car for a bit of $$  (ETA: He paid them $10 each!)

*Yummy cups of Earl Grey tea at home

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« Reply #6714 on: July 17, 2016, 04:47:05 PM »
I Don't know if I qualify it as saving money since I don't normally eat it, but made some pickled red onions and some sauerkraut.  We'll see if the recipe for the sauerkraut is more to my liking!

Also, making a sound amplifier as a present out of $5 dollars worth of wood.  Next up, replacing the desk with a new one also made from wood!  If I can do it for less than 170 I'm set!

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« Reply #6715 on: July 17, 2016, 05:02:53 PM »
Can't believe I forgot to post this one yesterday.

Paid off my husband's HECS debt (on the advice of two accountants who are also wonderful friends).

We could easily cover it with money from savings but I had been holding off to see how the chips would fall at tax time.

His net pay will go up now that the payments aren't being taken out as tax.

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« Reply #6716 on: July 17, 2016, 06:22:58 PM »
I was asked to make dinner for a potluck, and so picked rhubarb from the family patch and made a huge gingered rhubarb crisp. Total cost of ingredients: less than 1$.

I was expecting leftovers, and found the pan scraped clean. Success! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6717 on: July 17, 2016, 08:04:07 PM »
Can't believe I forgot to post this one yesterday.

Paid off my husband's HECS debt (on the advice of two accountants who are also wonderful friends).

We could easily cover it with money from savings but I had been holding off to see how the chips would fall at tax time.

His net pay will go up now that the payments aren't being taken out as tax.

Congrats! I know that opinions on paying off HECS are varied here, but I was so pleased to have paid mine off.

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« Reply #6718 on: July 17, 2016, 09:23:33 PM »
Can't believe I forgot to post this one yesterday.

Paid off my husband's HECS debt (on the advice of two accountants who are also wonderful friends).

We could easily cover it with money from savings but I had been holding off to see how the chips would fall at tax time.

His net pay will go up now that the payments aren't being taken out as tax.

Congrats! I know that opinions on paying off HECS are varied here, but I was so pleased to have paid mine off.

Thanks!

I ummed and ahhed about it for a while, but finally listened to much wiser financial minds than mine (including one who is a regular around these parts). :)

And does feel good to have it paid off. Now for mine...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6719 on: July 18, 2016, 01:20:16 AM »
I saved money a few ways over the weekend:

- I usually bring wine when I go over to my inlays house for a visit. Yesterday, I brought a beautiful bowl of berries.   Savings of $10

- My friend wanted to meet for dinner, I suggested a bakery instead. Savings $15

- Mr. Tuxedocat was invited to dinner, he said he would stop in for a visit and bought a drink. Savings $20

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« Reply #6720 on: July 18, 2016, 01:33:21 AM »
DH proposed ordering pizza for lunch. I made him go buy mushrooms instead and made pasta with clam  sauce for lunch. Used up stuff that needed using up and saved pizza splurge for another day.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6721 on: July 18, 2016, 08:07:07 AM »
Got back late last night from being out of town this weekend and was too tired to make my big batch of oatmeal for breakfasts this week.  Instead of stopping for fast food this morning, packed up some frozen (homemade) waffles to heat up at work instead.  Thankful I always make extras and freeze them for mornings like this!

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« Reply #6722 on: July 18, 2016, 09:21:52 AM »
I did not buy a Slim Jim on the way to work today...It's the little things.
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« Reply #6723 on: July 18, 2016, 09:43:26 AM »
Using up a TON of freezer and pantry items to make a chili today. There is a "use it up" thread that's been really inspiring lately!

DH cleaned the walls of the bathroom. This was a monumental task (100 year old home with no ceiling fan, in Oregon... ughhhh). It saved money because I was legitimately considering hiring someone to do it for me. That is how strong the "don't wanna" was.

Got free sheets off Buy Nothing Group. I know people probably think I'm crazy, because Bed Bugs. But considering I've gotten clothing already from this lady, and bed bugs aren't a big problem here, I'm not worried. I washed them on hot water with a double rinse on a heavy setting. Also did a visual inspection of the sheets. *shrugs*. Best I can do really, and I imagine we'd be more likely to end up with bed bugs from DH's work travel than anything else.

Anyone else do used linens? Do people tell you you're crazy? =)
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« Reply #6724 on: July 18, 2016, 09:46:57 AM »
Using up a TON of freezer and pantry items to make a chili today. There is a "use it up" thread that's been really inspiring lately!

DH cleaned the walls of the bathroom. This was a monumental task (100 year old home with no ceiling fan, in Oregon... ughhhh). It saved money because I was legitimately considering hiring someone to do it for me. That is how strong the "don't wanna" was.

Got free sheets off Buy Nothing Group. I know people probably think I'm crazy, because Bed Bugs. But considering I've gotten clothing already from this lady, and bed bugs aren't a big problem here, I'm not worried. I washed them on hot water with a double rinse on a heavy setting. Also did a visual inspection of the sheets. *shrugs*. Best I can do really, and I imagine we'd be more likely to end up with bed bugs from DH's work travel than anything else.

Anyone else do used linens? Do people tell you you're crazy? =)

Well, if you GET bedbugs, you're supposed to wash the linens on super-hot and dry them in the dryer on super-hot - the heat kills the bugs. So, used linens: treat the same way, proceed. *shrugs* Especially if you're not in an area with a lot of bedbugs. I'd also be more worried about the hotel travel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6725 on: July 18, 2016, 09:56:03 AM »
I don't think used linens are crazy, bedbugwise, if you put them straight into a very hot wash. Although after going through a bed bug treatment myself I am a little irrational about it and wouldn't take the chance here in NYC.

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« Reply #6726 on: July 18, 2016, 11:47:40 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6727 on: July 18, 2016, 12:21:43 PM »
I lent my work colleage one of our cat transport boxes. I got some chocolate from her as a thank you.

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« Reply #6728 on: July 18, 2016, 02:15:49 PM »
I made a decadent breakfast: overnight yeasted waffles with homemade blueberry syrup and a fresh batch of iced coffee, then we went on a long walk and picked wild blackberries. DH is off to swim lessons with the little man, then we'll clean the house during naptime. A lovely, low cost Saturday.

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« Reply #6729 on: July 18, 2016, 02:19:25 PM »
Didn't buy a mini fridge.

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« Reply #6730 on: July 18, 2016, 03:06:24 PM »
I made a decadent breakfast: overnight yeasted waffles with homemade blueberry syrup and a fresh batch of iced coffee, then we went on a long walk and picked wild blackberries. DH is off to swim lessons with the little man, then we'll clean the house during naptime. A lovely, low cost Saturday.

Damn. That is a beautifully staged photo.

Thank you! I set a terrible example for my son by standing on my chair to get the overhead shot. :-)

Today: worked at the gym childcare co-op, made fancy salads for lunch using discount deli meat end pieces from the deli counter and miscellaneous veggies with Kitsune's lemon-Dijon dressing recipe, discussed savings strategies with my brother, and chose to do yoga at home instead of going to a class.
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« Reply #6731 on: July 18, 2016, 03:59:49 PM »
Only paid for a nail trim for Old Miss Dog ($10) rather than the whole bubble bath ($40). Bathed her ourselves.

Bought wine at Grocery Outlet. While buying the wine isn't cheap, we would be doing it anyway, and this is a cheap*er* way of doing it.

Getting our mortgage lender paperwork in a timely fashion so that we don't push back closing so that we don't need to rent a storage unit while staying with family once our lease is up... I hope!!
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« Reply #6732 on: July 18, 2016, 04:23:36 PM »
*Hung last night's washing on the line to dry

*Added cans of tomato sauce and paste to leftover frozen block of meat sauce. Heating in crockpot all afternoon.

*Yummy homemade tea

*Loaf of French bread made to go with dinner

*Grinding grain for next loaf

*Not putting a/c on even though house has passed 26 degree mark, which is my usual threshold. There's supposed to be rain tonite so it will cool off in here after dinner.  In the meantime, there's a coolish cross breeze and fans to help me feel comfortable

*Cancelling house keeping service we brought in 2 months ago to help me get control of the place. It's in control now, and I'm just being wimpy by not doing the work myself.

*Making hummus from scratch for good healthy snacks this week

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« Reply #6733 on: July 18, 2016, 05:04:08 PM »
Today I reserved a bunch of cabinets in our office to take home for DHs workshop. Tough part is because he still can't walk I have to get them out myself, but I'll figure it out to save this much!

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« Reply #6734 on: July 18, 2016, 10:23:37 PM »
* Bought a washboard at the Hispanic-market grocery the other day and have since been using it to wash quick spills or accidents on kid clothes. Really like the efficiency of it, and it combines nicely with hanging up laundry to dry. I can't swear to the math but I *think* it saves water and energy relative to electric washing machine.

* Been wanting a gas can to add to our emergency kit and found a brand-new one at Goodwill today; probably saved $20 over new.

* Worked on the budget and canceled three recurring accounts we'd added on whim but don't really need.
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« Reply #6735 on: July 19, 2016, 01:26:28 AM »
Cashed in points from my PenFed Rewards VISA to buy a $100 Amazon gift card. I haven't been tracking so far so I don't know how long it takes to accumulate that many points but over the years I've gotten around $600 in gift cards.

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« Reply #6736 on: July 19, 2016, 04:51:52 AM »
I'm getting my hair cut for free from an apprentice tomorrow, will go well with the free hair foils I got a few weeks ago


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6737 on: July 19, 2016, 10:37:32 AM »
Really wanted a creamsicle on my bike ride home but I kept pedaling past the convenience store. Opted for a big cold glass of water when I got home.

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« Reply #6738 on: July 19, 2016, 10:45:27 AM »
Rescheduled my hair cut for late September - it's too hot to have hair that can't be put in a bun and will stick to the back of my neck!

Bonus: my hairdresser charges 22$ for a haircut, and is fine with cutting my hair twice a year. He does a great job, and the cut always grows out super well.

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« Reply #6739 on: July 19, 2016, 11:11:49 AM »
I'm taking my son to a baseball game tonight -- the local team has a promotion on Tuesdays where you can get tickets BOGO with a receipt from a local fast food restaurant. So I went to the restaurant and got the cheapest thing on the menu (a small order of fries) just to get the receipt.

I also checked the garbage cans out front first, but there were no receipts.

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« Reply #6740 on: July 19, 2016, 02:08:04 PM »
Somebody brought an obscene amount of donuts. Been grazing on them all day instead of eating my packed lunch. Will probably eat that for dinner so I don't have to heat up the apartment by cooking. Not great for my health, but good for the wallet!
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« Reply #6741 on: July 19, 2016, 02:57:00 PM »
Somebody brought an obscene amount of donuts. Been grazing on them all day instead of eating my packed lunch. Will probably eat that for dinner so I don't have to heat up the apartment by cooking. Not great for my health, but good for the wallet!

Bagel day is for me tomorrow. It allows me to be well fed all work day as all I have to do is eat half a bagel every 1.5 to 2 hours to be well fed. I usually just get away with 2 bagels through the day and maybe eat the lunch I brought. I can save that lunch for tomorrow or a meal before I bike.

The small thing I do almost every work day is bike part way to work. I work in DC and come from Potomac. I take a no traffic local way to Clara Barton and then park 4 miles out from DC then bike in to the office. Saves me $14 on parking, gets me 8 miles of biking everyday, saves gas and wear on the car, and makes me healthier. I barely see anyone else taking roughly the same route do this to get exercise and save themselves money. I do not save much time, but I do save my health and a whole lot of frustration doing this.


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« Reply #6742 on: July 19, 2016, 03:23:48 PM »
Somebody brought an obscene amount of donuts. Been grazing on them all day instead of eating my packed lunch. Will probably eat that for dinner so I don't have to heat up the apartment by cooking. Not great for my health, but good for the wallet!

These are days I'm glad I switched to low-carb.  Back when I ate donuts, I could never stop at one.

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« Reply #6743 on: July 19, 2016, 03:39:49 PM »
Somebody brought an obscene amount of donuts. Been grazing on them all day instead of eating my packed lunch. Will probably eat that for dinner so I don't have to heat up the apartment by cooking. Not great for my health, but good for the wallet!

These are days I'm glad I switched to low-carb.  Back when I ate donuts, I could never stop at one.
Yeah I find that sugar begets sugar cravings for me hardcore. Most days I can stop at one (and a couple of holes if I'm feeling cheeky), but today I'm under some deadline and internal politics pressure, so I've been stress donuting.
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« Reply #6744 on: July 19, 2016, 07:03:06 PM »
Really wanted a creamsicle on my bike ride home but I kept pedaling past the convenience store. Opted for a big cold glass of water when I got home.

I really like a cold glass of water, but it is not the same thing at all. I really admire you for doing this.

It's not to say you'll never have a creamsicle again....

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« Reply #6745 on: July 19, 2016, 07:16:42 PM »
I have had two different senior dogs who were happy being tied out in the backyard to do their business and get some fresh air. (They got their exercise with long walks).

The newish neighbour next door has a very protective miniature dachshund that attacks dogs going by or living in the next yard. When the last dog died in October, I decided not to get another dog until I had a fence built, which is scheduled for 2017.  This morning, trucks and people showed up and started building a fence for the dachshund, so she doesn't get run over by a car.  This will save about a quarter of the cost of fencing my yard when I do that. The fence is exactly what I wanted.


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« Reply #6746 on: July 19, 2016, 07:20:19 PM »
Used half a lb of old (very old... 6 years?) frozen sausage in chili, and the other 1/2lb mixed with eggs and cheese for dinner. Paired with artichokes. Made for a tasty and filling dinner.
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« Reply #6747 on: July 20, 2016, 07:10:35 AM »
No salad dressing. Was going to buy a packet at the snack bar at work, but I had a little extra time this morning so I just made some.
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« Reply #6748 on: July 20, 2016, 12:52:47 PM »
Wife called me and said the house was 81* and the thermostat was set at 78*.
 I checked outside and the compressor and fan were running so I went inside
I removed and cleaned all the filters just because they needed it, also cleaned
everything I could reach in the A coil area.
   I went outside and happened to be next to the condensor unit when the compressor
kicked on, but I noticed the fan on top did not. I grabbed a stick and give it a push, it slowly
came up to speed. I went in and watched as the house temperature dropped.
  I pulled the cover that has the schematic and noted the fan motor has a capacitor in
series with one winding. I found the same value capacitor on a squirrel cage fan I have,
and substituted it in place. The fan started without flaw. The new capacitor was $17.15 with
free shpping from Amazon.
 That's probably a big thing in that it probably saved me at least $200 for a service call.
 

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« Reply #6749 on: July 20, 2016, 03:01:05 PM »
I picked up some kitchen things this week to replace things that were lost/broken in the last move, the last being today. I sourced them in very cheap ways:

Two glass demitasse (small coffee) cups for espresso, 50c each, Goodwill.
Pancake turner (big spatula), unused and new, a buck, Goodwill.
Honing steel, a buck, Goodwill.
Silicone mixing spatula, $2.30, Tuesday Morning.
Kitchen scraps bowl and a couple cutting boards for meat, two bucks, the dollar store.

Grand total for all this stuff: $8.30.

Grand total if I'd picked it all up at Bed, Bath and Beyond (I went in just to see their prices!) - about $45, minimum.

I'll take that 80% savings :)