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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6850 on: August 03, 2016, 06:26:06 AM »
Followed up on our Buyers Warranty for our house sale. Our real estate agent realized he had dropped the ball, and paid for it out of pocket himself. It pays to stay on top of the details.

Bought lunch from Trader Joe's instead of going out to a restaurant. We did a big meal with plantain chips, sriracha hummus, and pre-cooked chicken slices. Ate until we were full, have some leftovers, and the whole thing cost less than half of a meal out- and less $ and more filling that any of their standard wraps, etc would have cost.

Sold our washer and dryer on CL in prep for the move. We were offered an extra $50 for delivery- less than 2 miles away, and the guy of the couple was very strong, so he and DH made quick work of it all. Well worth it. $300 made, and far far less hassle than I anticipated.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6851 on: August 03, 2016, 09:13:55 AM »
Finally called my cell phone company and switched to a plan that is $10/month less, with slightly less (but still way more than I need) data and daytime minutes. Should have done this months ago!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6852 on: August 03, 2016, 02:39:05 PM »
Currently fighting a nasty craving for soda at work. I don't normally crave soda, but it happens sometimes. Hoping that by posting it here, it'll force me to make it another 2 hours without buying said soda.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6853 on: August 03, 2016, 02:48:55 PM »
Currently fighting a nasty craving for soda at work. I don't normally crave soda, but it happens sometimes. Hoping that by posting it here, it'll force me to make it another 2 hours without buying said soda.

If it helps, I'm now prepared to mock you mercilessly for buying a soda :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6854 on: August 03, 2016, 03:32:37 PM »
Kaikou, here's the beans and rice recipe I used in my new Instant Pot. I made a note to add more seasonings, as well as onions, garlic and celery bits next time. Otherwise, it was a quick and tasty meal with a salad or cut up veggies. Sorry, I don't have the source:-/

    2 cups uncooked brown rice
    1 cup uncooked dry beans
    5 cups water
    1 6 oz can of tomato paste (or 1 8 oz can tomato sauce with slightly less water)
    1 tsp garlic
    2 tsp onion powder
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp sea salt (optional)


    Dump all of the ingredients into your pressure cooker and stir once or twice.
    Close the lid and cook on manual for 28 minutes.
    Once done, allow the pressure to come down and open carefully. If you are in a hurry you can do a quick release.

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« Reply #6855 on: August 03, 2016, 04:57:57 PM »
So this is the time of summer camps for my kids.  The 4 year old is in daycare and the 10 year old has mostly been in a free drop-in program that runs 8 to 5, M-F and includes breakfast and lunch.

Many of my friends don't send their kids because their kids will be "bored".  Yeah, okay, it's boring.  But having it be FREE  means there's a little extra money to send him to a few camps. 

It only runs 8 of the 10 weeks though.  And this week, my 4 year old's daycare is closed.  So I had to find camp for a 4 year old (total of 3 options).

Anyway...
- This week 4 year olds summer camp is 9 to 2.  Option to pay $10 an hour for more hours.  I declined, saving $30 a day, or $150 (yes I make more than $10 an hour but I'm salaried.  I'm getting paid anyway).
- Next week, same deal, the big boy's camp goes until 3.  In the past, we've paid the extra $150 for care until 6.  This time, we declined.
- Tomorrow is my husband's birthday. While we did splurge on a new bicycle to replace the one that is 22 years old with only one working gear, we at least saved 15% by buying last year's model.
- He requested spaghetti for his birthday dinner.
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.

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« Reply #6856 on: August 03, 2016, 05:09:34 PM »
*using up food in the fridge at the vacation place we are staying at - home tomorrow night

*using a $100 gift card we received a few months ago for our anniversary dinner on Friday night (27 years!)

*not spending any money today - using up the passes we bought the first day (paid for themselves after 1 visit, and today is day 4!)

*reading and posting lots here while hubs has the kids out - I'm nursing a head cold anyways and find it so very motivating to be back on here after an extended break (when I totally went off the rails)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6857 on: August 03, 2016, 05:14:55 PM »
Currently fighting a nasty craving for soda at work. I don't normally crave soda, but it happens sometimes. Hoping that by posting it here, it'll force me to make it another 2 hours without buying said soda.

If it helps, I'm now prepared to mock you mercilessly for buying a soda :-)
No need! Found a mostly full bottle of water (from a catered lunch a while back) in my desk to get me through it! It was a close one though.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6858 on: August 03, 2016, 06:26:26 PM »
I sold some wine glasses on a local facebook group.  I got them for my wedding like 5 years ago and have never used them.  I only rediscovered them in the packing/decluttering process!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6859 on: August 03, 2016, 08:56:26 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

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« Reply #6860 on: August 03, 2016, 10:04:16 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

Right? I'm perpetually amused at how much bakeries continue to get away with being able to charge for fucking cupcakes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6861 on: August 03, 2016, 11:33:09 PM »
I sold some wine glasses on a local facebook group.  I got them for my wedding like 5 years ago and have never used them.  I only rediscovered them in the packing/decluttering process!

I got 12 sets of wine glasses for my wedding.

I don't drink wine.

My favourite glasses are a set I got at a garage sale for $2, and a pair of Mason-style jars with handles that were a Christmas gift from a friend. It's not that I'm overly fond of drinking out of a jar, but after a few drinks the handle comes in handy...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6862 on: August 04, 2016, 04:15:46 AM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

Right? I'm perpetually amused at how much bakeries continue to get away with being able to charge for fucking cupcakes.

Don't they also have television shows about this?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6863 on: August 04, 2016, 04:47:19 AM »
Discount train ticket this afternoon.

And I scored some free magazine files that were being tossed at work. Perfect for new apartment.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6864 on: August 04, 2016, 08:40:54 AM »
Got my homeowners renewal and went through the coverage. Saw that there was a rider for a set of silverware that I sold this year. Had it taken off. It was $20, but then the very nice agent asked me what month I sold it in and is also rebating the months after the sale.
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« Reply #6865 on: August 04, 2016, 08:43:11 AM »
My bank called me a few weeks ago and told me of some 'Imperial Service' thing they were offering me. I get a guy who I can chat with and he improves my financial situation. Ya right, I thought, he sells me high prices mutual funds, etc. Anyway, I played along and chatted with him a couple times and sent him my financial info and told him my plans. It was interesting to hear his opinions and perspectives on financial specifics, most of which were positive and similar to mine.

Anyway, on my to do list lately was to change my bank account to something less likely to cost me 2-5 dollars each month. What I had set up before no longer works for me because I have way more monthly transactions than I did in the past and it's costing me. But I've had that bank account since I was 12 and I procrastinated.

I asked him about it and he switched it to a different type. Now I shouldn't have to pay anything! The catch is, I need to keep $3000 in the account all the time, which I normally do anyway, because $3000 is my personal I feel safe limit.

Anyway, long story, but I saved $2-5 per month... lol

Also I had to laugh out loud when he told me that ETFs were more risky due to lack of active management and you get what you pay for. He said, "You may pay a bit more for Mutual Funds...", I said, "A BIT more?, Are you kidding?" and told him the difference between what I had been paying and what I was paying now! Ha.. 50 times as much!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6866 on: August 04, 2016, 09:02:04 AM »
Starting a masters program this fall (mostly paid by company). Took the opportunity to convert my Amazon Prime account to an Amazon Student account and pay just $49 for the next couple of years.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6867 on: August 04, 2016, 09:41:38 AM »
One of our cars went to the junkyard last week (200$ for it!).

We called our insurance, canceled one, combined the two, and now, instead of both paying 280/275$ for our car insurance individually, we now pay 185$ for the two of us (this is yearly).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6868 on: August 04, 2016, 12:11:07 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

+1  :-O

Lately:
Repaired the fingernail clippers instead of buying a new one.  (The part that spins around came off.)

My cell phone cord no longer functions, so I've been using DH's instead of buying a new one.

Saved .60 cents a gallon when filling up the gas tank a few weeks ago using grocery fuel points.

Saved 22% off my monthly grocery bill by using paper and e-coupons and shopping the sales.

Called my office land line/internet carrier to remove the 800# and change plans.  Was told it will save $220/year, but we'll see.  I'm always skeptical when dealing with them.

Stocked up on items we use regularly at Sam's earlier this week.  Piggy backed that trip with going to visit my mom for her birthday.  Used a gift card to buy her lunch, and stayed within budget for the plant I bought her.

Found a $20 in a parking lot last week.  Split it w/ DH since he's the one who retrieved it from under my vehicle, LOL.

I've continued to bring breakfast, lunch, snacks and iced coffee from home to the office, and kept the AC off after hours.

Had just one beverage during happy hour earlier this week and supplemented with an ice water.

Used Crystal Light packets in my evening adult beverage instead of buying club soda.

Used leftover half consumed glasses of water at home to water the plants.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6869 on: August 04, 2016, 12:57:22 PM »
Finally switched us both over to Consumer cellular from AT&T this morning, dropping our cell costs to $30 a month for two phones/ 250 minutes. Thought we might need more minutes, but calls between those two phones don't count, so maybe not. Anyway, it bumps automatically to the next plan if we go over (1k minutes for i think &10 more).


That should save us $35 a month, which will pay for this afternoon's unexpected kitty surgery in a year or so...


(Kitty, we are told, should be fine. It was a tumor, but Doc thinks she got it all).


While waiting for a callback from the vet, I was too nervous to work and made two ingredient cookies and an instant pot full of curried lentis and spinach, which will feed me lunch for weeks, at least, maybe a month.


Not talking about fuel consumption today; it's 20 miles each way to the vet, two trips - one to have the funny spot on his leg looked at because I thought it might be an abscessed wound, and one to go get him when he wakes from the anasthesia.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6870 on: August 04, 2016, 12:58:49 PM »
Rural, I hope kitty is okay!

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« Reply #6871 on: August 04, 2016, 01:25:29 PM »
Ah, convinced the other half to cut the cord. Internet only. Got some promotions that will make me not need to worry for another year about it.
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« Reply #6872 on: August 04, 2016, 01:47:16 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.
I know right?  Well, you can buy cupcakes at the grocery store, and they aren't that expensive.  I did buy some earlier this year for my older son's birthday.  I want to say they were about $1 a cupcake.

But the fancy bakeries generally sell cupcakes at $3-4 a piece.  And no discount for a dozen.  Now, I don't need a dozen cupcakes for my husband's birthday.  I did buy a dozen for a birthday once, but I had a coupon. So I think they were $25.

It's the in thing, you know.  I get the bakery thing.  They taste delicious, you can get different flavors, they look really pretty. 

But my 4 year old LOVES to help me bake.  And in prior years, my husband has been really into cakes...the cakes he has baked for our older son have included a train (with brownies for the coal and cupcakes for the "steam"), Darth Vader's face, a Lego, and two crossing light sabers.  (I made a "3" cake once that looked like a car track).

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« Reply #6873 on: August 04, 2016, 01:50:31 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

Right? I'm perpetually amused at how much bakeries continue to get away with being able to charge for fucking cupcakes.

Don't they also have television shows about this?
Yes, and I watched it many times, years ago when we had cable.  And that's actually what got me to make them.  Generally I just buy a lemon cake mix and call it good (hubs doesn't like chocolate).  But I didn't want to shop.  So I thought, what if I google some weird flavor of cupcake...like on the show.  So I googled "snickerdoodle cupcakes" (husband's favorite cookie flavor) and lo and behold, a recipe popped up that didn't even require cake flour.  Sold!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6874 on: August 04, 2016, 03:33:51 PM »
I underclocked my computer :D

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« Reply #6875 on: August 05, 2016, 01:16:11 AM »
I used money off vouchers to buy groceries and a household item.

Eating leftovers, lunch is a delicious pasta dish I made with lots of veggies and roasted chickpeas, yummy.:)



That should save us $35 a month, which will pay for this afternoon's unexpected kitty surgery in a year or so...


(Kitty, we are told, should be fine. It was a tumor, but Doc thinks she got it all).


While waiting for a callback from the vet, I was too nervous to work and made two ingredient cookies and an instant pot full of curried lentis and spinach, which will feed me lunch for weeks, at least, maybe a month.


Not talking about fuel consumption today; it's 20 miles each way to the vet, two trips - one to have the funny spot on his leg looked at because I thought it might be an abscessed wound, and one to go get him when he wakes from the anasthesia.

I hope the cat is doing well.xx We have spent a ridiculous amount on vet bills this year.

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« Reply #6876 on: August 05, 2016, 04:38:21 AM »
Thanks for the kitty well wishes, all. He's home (too soon after anesthesia, so there was some considerable padding and fall-proofing around the place). He seems to be behaving normally this morning, though. The vet thinks she got it all, so we'll watch the spot but nothing more. I'm to remove the stitches in ten days if they don't dissolve as they should.


Cost only $138, less than the blood panel he had a month ago. I need to call and see if they forgot to charge for the anesthesia or if it's intentionally wrapped in the surgical fee; small country vet in an impoverished area - I don't want to soak up any of her charitable budget. I think she must do a lot of charity work, and I know she sometimes takes food in exchange when she goes out to the farms.


Today I shall luxuriate in the lower cell bill, and call AT&T to make sure they cancel now that the numbers are ported. Other than that, not much saving - husband has to drive to the city to take the GRE.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6877 on: August 05, 2016, 06:17:12 AM »
I underclocked my computer :D

Nice! Most people should do this, but they don't know it :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6878 on: August 05, 2016, 07:04:29 AM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered cupcakes from Sam's club.  $15 for 30 cupcakes and the lady even put little plastic batman rings on them for free.  I mentioned it to my SIL and said "you can't beat that!"  Her response was, "you could have made them at home".  Ah yes, I could have. But I am not good at cooking or baking, and the stress it saved me was worth the $15. 

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« Reply #6879 on: August 05, 2016, 07:17:35 AM »
I decided to shop around for auto insurance this year instead of automatically renewing our current policy. We will be saving $240 this year with the new policy I just signed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6880 on: August 05, 2016, 08:06:46 AM »
I decided to shop around for auto insurance this year instead of automatically renewing our current policy. We will be saving $240 this year with the new policy I just signed.

Awesome :-)

I'm doing the same thing for home insurance and mortgage.  I think the mortgage is obviously the big one...

Somehow the quotes for the mortgage are all coming out almost the same.  I feel like I'm going to cap myself at 5 and go with whoever I like best =P


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« Reply #6881 on: August 05, 2016, 08:27:49 AM »
I got a quote for switching from Geico to my boyfriend's USAA auto insurance that saves us both!

I save $134.99 on my 6 month premium and he saves $224.46 on his. They offer a great multi-car discount. Not only is my insurance now cheaper, but I have better coverage. I went from having $25,000/$50,000 bodily injury liability and $25,000 property damage liability to $100,000/200,000/100,000. Oh and my deductible went from $1,000 to $500. 

I could definitely get my insurance cheaper by lowering the coverage/increasing the deductible, but I'm not to the point financially where I'm comfortable with that. Maybe after I pay off the remainder of my car loan and get a little bit more in savings.

Hooray for USAA!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6882 on: August 05, 2016, 09:04:52 AM »

I'm doing the same thing for home insurance and mortgage.

Be careful about the home insurance. Some of the bigger companies farm it out. Ask who will actually be providing the policy and research them first. I very nearly got stuck with a company that had a ton of complaints and iffy BBB rating because I didn't do this.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6883 on: August 05, 2016, 09:07:03 AM »
Filled out a form for health club reimbursement. My pre-retirement insurance does not do this, but I forgot to check the new ACA provider, which does.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6884 on: August 05, 2016, 09:54:36 AM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered cupcakes from Sam's club.  $15 for 30 cupcakes and the lady even put little plastic batman rings on them for free.  I mentioned it to my SIL and said "you can't beat that!"  Her response was, "you could have made them at home".  Ah yes, I could have. But I am not good at cooking or baking, and the stress it saved me was worth the $15.

With the price of baking ingredients these days, I don't know if I could make cupcakes at home for cheaper than that price. Butter, eggs and milk are crazy expensive right now.

I did notice that our local bakery sells decorating ingredients for wholesale prices. I might try them next time I have to decorate a cake.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6885 on: August 05, 2016, 10:06:44 AM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered cupcakes from Sam's club.  $15 for 30 cupcakes and the lady even put little plastic batman rings on them for free.  I mentioned it to my SIL and said "you can't beat that!"  Her response was, "you could have made them at home".  Ah yes, I could have. But I am not good at cooking or baking, and the stress it saved me was worth the $15.

With the price of baking ingredients these days, I don't know if I could make cupcakes at home for cheaper than that price. Butter, eggs and milk are crazy expensive right now.

I did notice that our local bakery sells decorating ingredients for wholesale prices. I might try them next time I have to decorate a cake.

Pshhh. Don't you know the only Mustachian way to consume butter is to churn it yourself?!

That said, I happily shell out $3.50 to the cupcake truck once every couple of months. Sure, it's a lot for one cupcake--but one $3.50 cupcake from the truck costs less than a whole batch of homemade ones. And it's way healthier to eat 1 cupcake than 24.

I don't go for the $3 donuts though.
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« Reply #6886 on: August 05, 2016, 01:40:01 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered cupcakes from Sam's club.  $15 for 30 cupcakes and the lady even put little plastic batman rings on them for free.  I mentioned it to my SIL and said "you can't beat that!"  Her response was, "you could have made them at home".  Ah yes, I could have. But I am not good at cooking or baking, and the stress it saved me was worth the $15.

With the price of baking ingredients these days, I don't know if I could make cupcakes at home for cheaper than that price. Butter, eggs and milk are crazy expensive right now.


  That must be regional variation. Eggs and milk here are lower than I've seen them in about five years just now. A dozen eggs for less than $.80, and milk is under two dollars a gallon. I haven't priced butter, but given the cost of milk, I should.


Flour hasn't seen a big drop here, but it hasn't gone up in a while, either. I keep up with it better than I do butter because of making bread with olive oil.

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« Reply #6887 on: August 05, 2016, 01:46:50 PM »
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.


The hell you say.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered cupcakes from Sam's club.  $15 for 30 cupcakes and the lady even put little plastic batman rings on them for free.  I mentioned it to my SIL and said "you can't beat that!"  Her response was, "you could have made them at home".  Ah yes, I could have. But I am not good at cooking or baking, and the stress it saved me was worth the $15.

With the price of baking ingredients these days, I don't know if I could make cupcakes at home for cheaper than that price. Butter, eggs and milk are crazy expensive right now.

I did notice that our local bakery sells decorating ingredients for wholesale prices. I might try them next time I have to decorate a cake.

Pshhh. Don't you know the only Mustachian way to consume butter is to churn it yourself?!



Actually, it's dead easy to make butter. Pour cream in a blender, turn it on, wait  between  three and ten minutes, strain the buttermilk out and use it for something else (cornbread to put your butter on!) Done. A pint of cream will make about half a pound of butter, so compare prices.

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« Reply #6888 on: August 05, 2016, 02:40:27 PM »
*hung a load of laundry on the line

*hardboiled 1/2 a dozen eggs for sandwiches

*started two batches of "5 minutes a day" bread. One will
Become pizzas for dinner tonite and the other will sleep
In the fridge for a day.

*watered my garden - it was a bit neglected while we were
Away but I see that my cilantro is doing well

*celebrating anniversary with a gift card we received to a
Nice restaurant for hosting a team party for kids sports

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« Reply #6889 on: August 05, 2016, 06:17:58 PM »
A couple of weeks ago, I was going to be stuck at work longer than anticipated.  Instead of going out for lunch, I walked to the grocery store to scrounge something.  Picked up a couple of those Dole salad kits, because they were on sale.  And a chicken tender to add to one for my meal.  Realized that while they were pretty good, they were missing things I like in a salad.  I decided to make my own kits, which are cheaper and tastier than the grocery store kits.  I chopped together cabbage, romaine, and a super greens mix to get 10 gladware containers in a good salad size.  I store them with a paper towel under the lid, upside down.  It absorbs excess moisture and the salad lasts longer.  Chop up some fresh veggies and/or fruits, fill a small container with dressing.  I keep one at work as my emergency salad, and bring one each day to either eat, or swap out with the one in the fridge.

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« Reply #6890 on: August 06, 2016, 12:44:04 PM »
Foraged 10 lbs of plump, wild blackberries while on a walk. Will freeze for smoothies, etc.

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« Reply #6891 on: August 06, 2016, 01:18:47 PM »
I had to buy some gift cards for thank you gifts for volunteers at work.  Kroger was having 4x fuel points on gift cards, so I bought them there instead of Target.  It's about to save me $1/gallon on my gas when I fill up tonight.
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« Reply #6892 on: August 06, 2016, 09:15:40 PM »
* Made a smoothie from foraged purslane, plus a fig and two passionfruits from our yard, and one store-bought banana.

* Was gifted a huge bag of girl baby outfits from a lovely neighbor family. I haven't bought a single outfit for forthcoming baby girl and I have so many bags of hand-me-downs we hardly have room for them. There is a perverse economy of scale to multiple kids.
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« Reply #6893 on: August 06, 2016, 11:13:44 PM »
Resisted the urge to pay someone to clean our vacated apartment.

I have a heavy cold, I'm tired from moving, and I desperately wanted to just pay someone to deal with it. Instead, I hardened the fuck up, put on some music and thought of the forums while scrubbing and sweeping and vacuuming and mopping.

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« Reply #6894 on: August 07, 2016, 06:25:00 AM »
Packed my own dinner and snacks for a flight yesterday, and planned/prepped a weeks worth of meals for DH while I am gone.

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« Reply #6895 on: August 07, 2016, 07:31:01 AM »
Made lunch, and got five extra lunches for the coming week made too. :)

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« Reply #6896 on: August 07, 2016, 07:49:39 AM »
we have all our food shopping delivered  to us .

we get 6-7 am deliveries so valuable time is not wasted in the course of the day going food shopping . our bills have dropped quite a bit since i am not in the store buying the extra's that i do . i can't go shopping without adult supervision ,ever .

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« Reply #6897 on: August 07, 2016, 10:25:35 PM »
Used several leftovers and made a delicious chicken pot pie for supper.  It's a double win, a tasty dinner and a clean fridge. 

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« Reply #6898 on: August 07, 2016, 10:40:45 PM »
*found 2 x 10oz boxes of organic baby spinach near expiry date for 99 cents each - also it was 5% off today

*2 great finds at a thrift store - a brand new, large sports team banner for my son's birthday and a new pad of meal planning pages, desk sized, to help me get more organized - used a 20% off coupon since we also made a donation - total spent: $8

*pulled meat out of the freezer for the next 2 days of meals (meal planning! yay!)

*watched lots and lots of Olympics with the kids this weekend in HD with our antenna! That $30 device is one of best frugal purchases in years! #cablefree

*daughter made chocolate covered popcorn with the kids today as a special, fun treat. Practically free compared to what you'd pay at a shop in the mall. Just cocoa, corn syrup, etc.

*adult kids who still live at home both made bag lunches for work tomorrow. They do this most every week. So proud of them.

*used up leftover green beans in our beef and veggie stir fry tonight. Made homemade stir fry sauce and a big pot of basmati rice.


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« Reply #6899 on: August 08, 2016, 01:25:00 AM »
I listed an item on eBay and bids are already up to $409.