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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6900 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 #6901 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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« Reply #6902 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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« Reply #6903 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 #6904 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 #6905 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 #6906 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6907 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 #6908 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 #6909 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 #6910 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 #6911 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 #6912 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 #6913 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 #6914 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 #6915 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 #6916 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 #6917 on: August 08, 2016, 01:25:00 AM »
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« Reply #6918 on: August 08, 2016, 06:44:04 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.

I recently made cupcakes for my niece's baby shower with a $1.50 cake mix, a container of icing (also $1.50 I think) and decorations from the dollar store. Under $5 for 18 cupcakes.


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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« Reply #6919 on: August 08, 2016, 06:46:02 AM »
Got it together at 9:30 PM last night and used vegetables from the fridge, leftover corn, and herbs from the herb garden to make salad for lunches tomorrow and Tuesday for every adult in the house. The call of bed was strong, but it took 5 minutes and will save 40$ for 2 days of lunches.

For the curious, the salad I made was this: https://food52.com/recipes/12928-dilled-crunchy-sweet-corn-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing

And based on preliminary tastes, OMG I highly recommend it, assuming you have the ingredients (I did which is why I chose to make it). That buttermilk dressing alone is WAY better than most I've made. Yum.

On a more significant note, my daugher's daycare is closing for a week at the end of the month, and she has grandparents lining up to take her for 4 of the 5 days (seriously, they've been calling and asking me to keep her home from daycare so that they could spend days with her this summer - I'm totally gonna take advantage of that willingness while daycare is closed!) It saves me or my husband from taking a week off unpaid (800-900$ is what that would have cost us) AND we get to not pay for the week at daycare (125$). Best unexpected daycare closure EVER. :)

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« Reply #6920 on: August 08, 2016, 07:29:28 AM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

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« Reply #6921 on: August 08, 2016, 08:15:21 AM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?

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« Reply #6922 on: August 08, 2016, 10:32:37 AM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?

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« Reply #6923 on: August 08, 2016, 11:18:31 AM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?

There is something about cutting a "V".
There's an old wives' tale about cutting a "v" (because nature abhors a vacuum and if you cut a "v" shape in the centre of your nail it will pull in from the sides to close up the v as it's growing again, in case anyone hadn't already heard it) alright. I even tried it after one of the nuns in school told us about it because I was a paranoid 14-year-old and thought I was getting an ingrowing toenail. Turned out I just had shoes that were too tight.

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« Reply #6924 on: August 08, 2016, 11:46:37 AM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?
Yep.  It wasn't too bad and I've done it before. 

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« Reply #6925 on: August 08, 2016, 12:08:14 PM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?
Yep.  It wasn't too bad and I've done it before.

Ugh.... I'm not usually queasy but... ouch. Perhaps because my partner has more than once taken it upon himself to remove his entire ingrown toenail with a flat-head screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

Please tell me you were safer than that.

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« Reply #6926 on: August 08, 2016, 12:37:48 PM »
Noticed an error on my grocery receipt- was charged $4 for a pineapple I did not purchase. I had bought leeks. Got the $4 refunded, so yay free leeks!

Also made some smoky miso lentil soup and Mediterranean orzo salad using up items from our pantry and garden.

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« Reply #6927 on: August 08, 2016, 01:33:30 PM »
Took care of an ingrown toe nail that has been bothering me for a few days.  Painful to do but glad it's behind me.

By yourself?
Yep.  It wasn't too bad and I've done it before.

Ugh.... I'm not usually queasy but... ouch. Perhaps because my partner has more than once taken it upon himself to remove his entire ingrown toenail with a flat-head screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

Please tell me you were safer than that.

Clean tweezers and a razor blade are my go to tools.  If the job required a screw driver and pliers I'd be making an appointment to see the doctor.

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« Reply #6928 on: August 08, 2016, 01:51:02 PM »
This weekend I decided to move our wireless router to a different location to improve wifi performance in other areas of the house.  Did so and it didn't work.  Called customer service and found out that the phone company only "activates" one outlet for DSL when they install it, but for $6 per month they can have a workman come out to activate all the outlets in the house.  My bullshit detector was going off-- how can they only activate one outlet?-- so I declined the offer.  Did some googling and went out the phone box and moved the wires around to make it connect to all phone jacks in my house, moved my router, and went about my life. 

The super annoying part?  All the changes I made were in the "Customer Access" side of the box-- to the wires I own.  The company had taken the affirmative step to disconnect the one jack they "activated" from the rest of my house's lines and then isolate it with a filter for DSL.  All I did was return the set up to how a normal house should be wired. 

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« Reply #6929 on: August 08, 2016, 04:02:04 PM »
This weekend I decided to move our wireless router to a different location to improve wifi performance in other areas of the house.  Did so and it didn't work.  Called customer service and found out that the phone company only "activates" one outlet for DSL when they install it, but for $6 per month they can have a workman come out to activate all the outlets in the house.  My bullshit detector was going off-- how can they only activate one outlet?-- so I declined the offer.  Did some googling and went out the phone box and moved the wires around to make it connect to all phone jacks in my house, moved my router, and went about my life. 

The super annoying part?  All the changes I made were in the "Customer Access" side of the box-- to the wires I own.  The company had taken the affirmative step to disconnect the one jack they "activated" from the rest of my house's lines and then isolate it with a filter for DSL.  All I did was return the set up to how a normal house should be wired.

Win!

I had a similar annoyance last week.

Called the power company after we moved apartments within the same building.

I was told there would be an $11 fee for checking the meter at the old place and an $11 fee for checking the meter at the new place.

*annoying buzzer sound*

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« Reply #6930 on: August 09, 2016, 07:26:08 AM »
If the job required a screw driver and pliers I'd be making an appointment to see the doctor.


I'd be making an appointment to see a mechanic...


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« Reply #6931 on: August 09, 2016, 07:42:10 AM »
Last night, I noticed that some peaches were starting to go mouldy, so I cut off the 'going bad' bits and improvised a peach and blueberry cobbler (scented with lemon zest, nutmeg, and almonds - seriously delicious, and super low-sugar, since the peaches themselves were so sweet).

FYI: if you're out of butter and want to bake, using a bit of cream instead actually makes a really light fluffy cobbler. Who knew? Yay improvised baking.

No food waste, AND breakfast this morning. Win/win.

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« Reply #6932 on: August 09, 2016, 09:03:42 AM »
I posted a whole bunch of stuff for sale on a local facebook group.  So far this summer I've made $75 selling stuff on there.  Here's to hoping I make a bit more.

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« Reply #6933 on: August 09, 2016, 09:09:30 AM »
It was yesterday after work instead of today, but: went to the new bulk-store for dry goods, the bulk fruit/veggie store for those, and then the big grocery store for the outer perimeter items (orange juice, milk, eggs, cheese). Got about 2 weeks of *better quality* food for 100$. And they're all in the same strip mall, so no driving everywhere. Win.

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« Reply #6934 on: August 09, 2016, 08:51:39 PM »
I ate a pot pie I made myself for lunch, and then ate cornbread and pimento cheese I made myself for dinner. (From scratch, because as Kriss Kross said back in the cheesy-ass '90s, boxed baking mix / pre-made pastry is wiggity-wiggity-wiggity-wack.)

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« Reply #6935 on: August 09, 2016, 09:05:18 PM »
*baked two dozen (plus 4) chocolate chip muffins. 3/4 of them went into the freezer and the rest were for fresh eating
*made a loaf of French bread for dinner and started another batch in my ice cream pail for the fridge
*made Caesar dressing for our salad
*cooked a chicken from the freezer for dinner
*scored 3 cucumbers from neighbours garden. Son is looking after their cats and watering gardens and they said to pick and eat anything that is ripe. This is a 10 day job so we will likely benefit from more ripe veggies
*using pool pass for kids second day in a row - we've been 54 times since it opened in March so payback has been quick and its summer right now - will use more in winter
*hardboiled eggs for sandwiches tomorrow

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« Reply #6936 on: August 09, 2016, 09:40:39 PM »
Last night bought fuel...carefully timed it to fill my tank low. Used 4c discount from supermarket, and bought 6L of milk in store to spend at least $5 to get another 4c. At 63L I basically got fresh milk for cheaper than powder.

This morning I woke up realising I forgot to prepare my Rolled oats by soaking the night before. I do this from time to time. Sometimes in a rush like this I'll drive past the local McDonalds and buy some hashbrowns and coffee. Managed to maintain the willpower not to and made it to work. Had copious coffee and a big early home made lunch instead.

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« Reply #6937 on: August 10, 2016, 05:24:43 AM »
Bought new black leather flats for work.

Last time I bought a pair (same brand), they were $150 down to $125.

Tonight they were marked down plus I had reward points to cash in.

I ended up splitting the transactions, using my saved reward points on the first pair, then used the reward points earnt on the first pair towards the second pair.

Saved $134.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6938 on: August 10, 2016, 06:05:14 AM »
Today, I have a doctors appointment, an ultrasound, and a series of blood tests.

5 years ago, I got a job offer in the US, and chose to stay in Quebec.

As a consequence, thank you Quebec residency, my out of pocket costs for all pregnancy-related healthcare will be the 50$ I paid for 2 months of anti-nausea medication.

Oh, and then year-long maternity leave.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6939 on: August 10, 2016, 06:33:14 AM »
^ It does make a difference.  This summer I had 2 doctor's appointments, my tetanus and pneumonia vaccinations, bone mineral density scan, knee x-rays, mammogram and Pap smear and blood work.  Total cost - one small prescription (mostly covered by insurance) and some calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
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« Reply #6940 on: August 10, 2016, 06:56:17 AM »
A few months ago I had a doctors appointment, some blood tests, and an ulstrasound.  For which I got to pay ~$1500.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6941 on: August 10, 2016, 08:05:40 AM »
Brought my oatmeal to work for breakfast...I eat the same thing every morning, and I still look forward to it.  Cheap and delicious!

Cooked some pasta last night for lunch today so I can use up some leftover chicken and pesto in the fridge from dinners earlier this week.  Yay for no food waste!

Made my cup of tea from a free sample I got in the mail.  Love being able to try new flavors this way.

Decided not to go to the grand opening of Costco today, mostly since it's going to be super crowded and I would rather wait until next week when the hype has died down a bit.  This is really more of a delay in spending, rather than saving money, because I love me some Costco.

Have two mystery shops after work - one at a grocery store, which helps save money on the monthly grocery budget, and another at a shoe store, which will net my toddler a free or very cheap pair of shoes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6942 on: August 10, 2016, 09:22:56 AM »
Well, we bought a house (that's not really the money savings, haha).

-Former owner had sprinklers set to run once per day for 10 min. Switched to 3 times per week for 15min. I still need to verify the water level, but considering there was moss growing in the lawn in August with their old settings... pretty sure it'll be plenty. Better for the grass anyway, deeper less frequent watering encourages a better root structure. And the town we move to charges out the nose for water (ironic, since we're on a river and live in the PNW...) so we're making moves to reduce water consumption.

-Swung by ikea when I was in Portland yesterday. A few needed items: bath mat, silverware drawer organizer, knife block, (totally not needed beautiful mirror for our mantle, ahem), drawer liner. Came to $165, and the cashier told me there was a coupon I could google for $20 off of a purchase $150 or more. Thanks cashier lady!

-My new local Buy Nothing Project group is pretty much dead. Last admin left without notice. So I'm taking up the mantle and trying to get it active again. This will save money in the long run presumably, but that isn't the motivation, but it is a nice side effect.

-Husband and I are going to be buying a reel mower. Bonus: plenty are barely used available on craigslist. Less maintenance, no gas cost, then the non-money benefits like less pollution and noise.

-T-minus 5 days until my husband and I give up drinking. Saving money isn't the goal, but will certainly be an appreciated side effect.

-Used a promo, a referral code, and a coupon to get 5 hours of house cleaning for our last place (rental) for $60. Well worth it. The guy did an incredible job. Then I went over a couple areas he didn't cover (outside mainly) and had the walk-through. I had also shampood the rugs before moving. We're getting full deposit back. And because we had already paid before we got our house offer accepted and put in notice, we will be getting 1/2 month rent back as well. Expecting a check for $2,245 within the next 30 days. Delightful.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6943 on: August 10, 2016, 09:28:13 AM »
*baked two dozen (plus 4) chocolate chip muffins. 3/4 of them went into the freezer and the rest were for fresh eating
*made a loaf of French bread for dinner and started another batch in my ice cream pail for the fridge
*made Caesar dressing for our salad
*cooked a chicken from the freezer for dinner
*scored 3 cucumbers from neighbours garden. Son is looking after their cats and watering gardens and they said to pick and eat anything that is ripe. This is a 10 day job so we will likely benefit from more ripe veggies
*using pool pass for kids second day in a row - we've been 54 times since it opened in March so payback has been quick and its summer right now - will use more in winter
*hardboiled eggs for sandwiches tomorrow
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I'm coming in a lot less impressive, but we've been in using things up mode because we have two trips close together.  For lunch this week, I measured out a cup of quinoa, 2 cups steamed vegetables (from frozen vegetables), and a can of tuna.  I made a vinaigrette, and it's actually a pretty tasty concoction!

For breakfasts, I did break down and buy a loaf of sprouted bread yesterday.  So I had toast and eggs this morning. 

For our flights tomorrow, I will pack an almond butter and jam sandwiches with a half a dozen hard-boiled eggs. 

We also switched our dog to less expensive food--Taste of the Wild to the grain-free Costco brand.  Our dog loves the new food, and I love saving ~$10/bag. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6944 on: August 10, 2016, 11:02:21 AM »
Thanks,
4alpacas!

And good idea with the quinoa! Sounds delish!

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« Reply #6945 on: August 10, 2016, 11:45:37 AM »
Rode my bike to/from a conference today, even though it's stinkin' hot out.
Found super-cheap ground pork at the No Frills (discount grocer) yesterday and made a big batch of almost-chorizo.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6946 on: August 10, 2016, 01:29:44 PM »
All this talk of hard-boiled eggs has inspired me. Haven't had that for ages but I do have a few eggs I need to use up and I'm getting bored of scrambled, which has become my standard breakfast. I have bread so that along with the eggs will be lunch sorted for the next day or three.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6947 on: August 10, 2016, 03:38:12 PM »
I sold some candle holders that I hadn't been using.  Trying to get rid of stuff before our move.  Every little bit helps!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6948 on: August 10, 2016, 04:01:53 PM »
Made my lunch for the second day in a row. Trying to get back into it.

Tonight I rescued a desk that some leaving tenant had abandoned inside the entrance to my building. Also recently rescued a 3000 W transformer that a leaving tenant had left and promptly used it to make rice in my rice cooker from home. Then today I used the leftover rice to make fried rice.

Played Pokemon Go without data by walking around buildings with wi-fi.

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« Reply #6949 on: August 11, 2016, 02:19:20 AM »
* Took the bus to my midwife appointment, saving $10 and stress over driving there and parking in the lot.
* The Sprouts Market circular advertised whole fryers for $0.69/lb so purchased four (the maximum amount) for the freezer.
* Received $0.20 credit from Sprouts for bringing my own bags, as usual.
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