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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6850 on: July 31, 2016, 04:52:26 PM »
Went on a long (7.5 mile!) walk in the woods behind our house this morning. Free entertainment and great exercise.

Threw frozen chicken legs in the crockpot before taking our visiting family members to the airport to have dinner ready when we got home.

Used the chicken bones and veggie scraps to make stock in the pressure cooker.

The juices rendered by the cooking chicken will be used (with the addition of garlic and a jalapeño from our container garden) to make black beans in the crockpot overnight.

Will be giving myself a pedicure after the little one goes to sleep.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6851 on: July 31, 2016, 05:52:57 PM »
Tossed eight withered apples on their last legs into the juicer. Came out with close to two cups of fresh apple juice.

Harvested approximately two pounds of tomatoes from the back yard, along with a handful of green beans.

Refused to plug in the portable air conditioner when the weather got hot last week and the temperature reached 86 degrees inside the house. Survived by putting ice packs on my head and neck, and taking cold showers. Might have to break down when it gets to ninety degrees.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6852 on: July 31, 2016, 07:20:49 PM »
Not sure if this really counts for this thread, but today I remembered about a shoebox of coins I have been collecting for about 5 years now. When I had extra change I'd throw it in there and forget about it, but I went through them and found I have $50 of coins. It's not much, but it's something. Tomorrow I'll go and deposit them at the coin counter at my bank, although I probably should have done that years ago. :P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6853 on: July 31, 2016, 07:55:01 PM »
When I traveled to see my family this weekend, I packed lunch and dinner plus snacks so I didn't have to stop along the way. The sandwiches were very tasty and I was happy that I saved money while eating healthy.

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« Reply #6854 on: August 01, 2016, 03:26:15 AM »
I had leftovers for dinner and then took a Pokemon walk. I keep the data disabled on my smartphone, but there is plenty of wi-fi around. Also, car free for 6 months now.

Heard tmobile offers free data for Pokemon

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« Reply #6855 on: August 01, 2016, 03:27:30 AM »
*Made beans and rice in my Amazon Prime Day Instant Pot in 28 minutes! This appliance amazes me!

*Hosted a camp windup for 15 coaches and they fed my family as well plus left us with 3 large pizzas, 2 dozen of those
individual ice cream cups with the flat wooden spoon and 4 litres of pop.

*Didn't use the a/c even though it was 79 degrees in my house

Recipe?

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« Reply #6856 on: August 01, 2016, 03:32:51 AM »
Earned 60 cents off the gallon Kroger fuel rewards. Going to get a gas can so I can get my full 35 gallons of gas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6857 on: August 01, 2016, 09:55:36 AM »
Ate dinner at a friend's place yesterday, so didn't have leftovers for dinner. Made a "random things from the fridge" sandwich with a side of sliced cucumber instead of going out with colleagues.

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« Reply #6858 on: August 01, 2016, 10:08:24 AM »
Borrowed a steam cleaner from a family member to do our carpets in prep for move out. Because of schedules, it meant a late night for me, but a free "rental" to make sure we get deposit back? Worth it.

When relative came by to pick up steam cleaner when passing through town, let us load up their trailer in advance of our move this coming weekend. It'll stay in the trailer until we move. All out books and art were able to get packed up. Hopefully means fewer trips for our move, since we're moving over 100 miles away.

A friend had an extra concert ticket, so I got to go see Flogging Molly! That was incredibly awesome, and friend didn't want me to pay for the ticket. I bought him a cider as a thank you, but that's nothing compared to the whole experience- especially because it was sold out anyway.

Took all our "to shred" papers to get shredded. I asked them to tare the weight of the box after it was emptied and subtract is- saved me $1.10, and then I kept the box for moving.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6859 on: August 01, 2016, 12:44:36 PM »
Brought lunch to work, which consisted of leftover enchiladas I made for dinner last night and leftover potato latkes from a very fancypants dinner I went to on Saturday night. It was the type of restaurant that charges $55 for a filet mignon and $10+ for a single side. It was a celebratory dinner for my sister and dad picked up the tab. Certainly not a place a cheapskate like me would have chosen!

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« Reply #6860 on: August 01, 2016, 06:13:19 PM »
- harvested some tomatoes, lettuce, & green beans from the garden.

- made chilli with odds and ends from the fridge, dried beans/barley, and a spice mix I got as a gift.

- made fresh tortilla chips with some corn tortillas a friend left here (so good!)

- made banana bread x 2 from previously frozen bananas. Didn't have brown sugar, so made some by mixing white sugar and molasses!

- used up some old gift cards on practical purchases.... About $75 worth of groceries and $60 on a dinner out at our fave restaurant last night :)

- spent $0 in the last 48 hrs

- entertainment last night - watching a movie at a friends house. Tonight - walk in a " new to us" local park


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« Reply #6861 on: August 02, 2016, 01:09:53 AM »
Brought a stack of paperwork to work for shredding after cleaning out my files.

Continuing to pursue a refund that was promised two months ago. It's $50; I'm not going to forget.

Contacted payroll to set up a salary sacrifice into super.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6862 on: August 02, 2016, 01:23:12 AM »
Bought a new digital watch for $12.98 delivered from eBay instead of spending more than that to replace the battery and band in my old digital watch.

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« Reply #6863 on: August 02, 2016, 05:54:41 AM »
I baked my first loaf of sourdough bread. We haven't eaten much bread in years, but I found myself buying it more since toast and grilled cheese sandwiches are a good, easy meal for our little one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6864 on: August 02, 2016, 06:44:58 AM »
Going to bargain Tuesday at the movies. Found out that several of the local theaters have bargain Tuesday, so I put it on the calendar to check on Tues morning if there is anything I want to see.

DVD drive broke so I cancelled the DVD portion of Netflix. Streaming is probably the next to go, once I finish the current season of "Orange is the New Black".
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6865 on: August 02, 2016, 05:26:02 PM »
Making tacos in the condo rather than going out for dinner even though we are staying at a beautiful resort :-)

Taking full advantage of our seasons pass by using it every day. After one visit, the seasons pass has paid for itself and the rest of the visits are gravy

ETA: Started an online budget ... again
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« Reply #6866 on: August 02, 2016, 11:36:57 PM »
Went out after work with friends - two bars and a concert - and managed to only buy one $5 food item and no drinks in the 6 1/2 hours of festivities between leaving work and getting home.
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« Reply #6867 on: August 03, 2016, 04:37:04 AM »
Transferred power from old address to new and scored a discount that should save $200+ annually.

Transferred internet from old address and new, complained about how slow it has been and scored a new router, which saves me buying a new one for about $100.

Got a small pay rise.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6868 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 #6869 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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« Reply #6870 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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« Reply #6871 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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« Reply #6872 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 #6873 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 #6874 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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« Reply #6875 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 #6876 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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« Reply #6877 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6878 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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« Reply #6879 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 #6880 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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« Reply #6881 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 #6882 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 #6883 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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« Reply #6884 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 $49 for the next couple of years.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6885 on: August 04, 2016, 09:41:38 AM »
One of our cars went to the junkyard last week (200$ 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 #6886 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 #6887 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 #6888 on: August 04, 2016, 12:58:49 PM »
Rural, I hope kitty is okay!

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« Reply #6889 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6890 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6891 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 #6892 on: August 04, 2016, 03:33:51 PM »
I underclocked my computer :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6893 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6894 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 #6895 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 #6896 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6897 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 #6898 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6899 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!