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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6950 on: August 13, 2016, 09:28:29 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

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« Reply #6951 on: August 13, 2016, 09:32:09 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

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« Reply #6952 on: August 13, 2016, 09:33:38 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

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« Reply #6953 on: August 13, 2016, 09:34:53 PM »
A squirrel has been sneaking into my mother's garage and getting into the bags of bird seed.  So I looked on the local Facebook yard sale page and found a sturdy large tote with a good lid for $5.  Perfect for making a squirrel free zone in the garage.  Take that you little sneaky bastard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6954 on: August 13, 2016, 09:36:06 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.
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« Reply #6955 on: August 13, 2016, 11:24:03 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

I lied. They're still sitting in the machine. Who knows...maybe tomorrow.

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« Reply #6956 on: August 14, 2016, 12:16:08 AM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

I lied. They're still sitting in the machine. Who knows...maybe tomorrow.

Hang them up! They'll get icky in there and you'll have to wash them again!

This forum is not your mother ;-)

I too, hung my washing today, we've had a lot of bad weather the last couple of months and I seemed to always time bad weather with when I needed to wash. So glad I could hang today outside

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6957 on: August 14, 2016, 12:28:56 AM »
Feeling blergh so I reeeaaally didn't want to do anything except lie on the couch, but I forced myself to put together a curry in the slow cooker so that I'll have lunches for the week. Maybe I will even rustle up the willpower to bake bread today.

Ordered a heap of ovulation and pregnancy tests on ebay. So much cheaper than in the shops!

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« Reply #6958 on: August 14, 2016, 01:13:50 AM »
Needed a new powerboard for new apartment, so I bought one with individual switches. Makes it easier to turn on/off multiple devices at the wall.

Listed a few more little things on eBay. Decided to list a big thing on eBay but missed my chance to take photos now that the sun has gone down. A project for another day.

Parcelled up lunch leftovers for work lunches.

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« Reply #6959 on: August 14, 2016, 04:02:22 AM »
Planned meals for the rest of our time here in Beijing and bought most of the groceries to make them -- this will help reduce last minute urges/pressure to eat out (since having the food in the house that will go to waste if we don't use it is a strong disincentive to spend more money eating out).

Walked home from lunch rather than taking a taxi or bus.  Had a good talk with DS on the way (that one is priceless!).

Found out that the local pharmacy had several boxes of a medication I use that were cheaper than what DH was getting ready to purchase for me on line.  Bought out their stock, saving roughly $15 over what the on line cost would have been for the same amount.  Will go back for more later this week (exp date isnt until 2018, and this is a regular monthly prescription, so I can stock up for a couple of years).  They have discontinued this formulation but it works fine for me, so I will get it at this price while I can.  Getting a replacement in the US would require a dr. visit, which wouldnt be covered by my HDHP, so this is the most cost effective option.

Managed to avoid running the AC for most of the day.  Finally cracked when the living room temp hit 34 C around 3 pm.  It should cool down this evening, though, so we can turn it off once the sun goes down.



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« Reply #6960 on: August 14, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »
Hung out laundry yesterday. The weather was just perfect, and it was a nice Zenny couple of minutes.

Also picked about 3 cups of raspberries from the garden, ate one, froze two. And made a cheap but surprisingly good lentil thing with bacon, canned tomatoes, and Korean chili flakes.

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« Reply #6961 on: August 14, 2016, 11:16:50 AM »
Found really good scrubs at Goodwill. $4.99 each for pants and a top (wink brand) and the top still had tags on. Was getting ready to drop $30-40 per piece at a scrub shop for exactly the same things. Very excited.

Buying a reel mower, like new, from CL today. $100. Would be $200+ to get new. And it'll save us $ in the long run not to have a motorized one.

My favorite way to save money: relative just had a *very* successful alaskan fishing trip, but his storage freezer is still pretty full from a couple years ago. He doesn't want to rent a new one, and since it's "old" meat, he doesn't want to gift it to friends. I think I can figure out something to do with all that extra fish ;) THIS is why I have a chest freezer. Will probably be getting 2 full coolers of alaskan halibut and salmon. And he's acting like I'm doing HIM a favor. Sometimes, I really really love family. (And fish tacos. I really love fish tacos).

A couple of these might be repeats, but have been in the past week:
Giving up drinking. Short term spending (bought some bitters so we can make mocktails- $20 for two different types), but long term we will save lots! ...we really like wine haha.

Got our home gym set up and running after our move. Will save $40/month. (This is cheating savings though, we've been doing this for over a year now).

I did a good enough job with the steam cleaner I borrowed from my in laws that we aren't going to get professional cleaning after all. Also, looking for a runner rug to cover the one area of wear so we don't have to replace the carpets right away.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6962 on: August 14, 2016, 11:35:42 AM »
I hung the towels out in the sun just to air them out and stretch time between washes.

I'm making a few custom storage boxes, covering them with inexpensive fabric I've had around for years. I made handled with twill tape I saved from a gift someone gave me.  These will match all the boxes I made last year. ;) and help the place look a little more tidy. Equivalent of about $60 at target.


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« Reply #6963 on: August 14, 2016, 01:59:54 PM »
Cheap cover I bought for my phone when I bought it a couple of years ago was looking very, very bad so I've been thinking for a while I should get a new one. Then I decided to see if I could DIY it. Found some old craft glue (I got it to make something for my sister's wedding and she just celebrated her 10th anniversary so I'm pleased that it still works) and some material and just glued it into place. Won't win any prizes but from the outside it now looks much more respectable.

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« Reply #6964 on: August 14, 2016, 02:47:03 PM »
Brackenjoy - good score on the fish!!! A thought on the giving up of wine. Husband and I used to have the (bad) habit of having a Diet Pepsi together when he got home from work every night. I thought I loved the Pepsi, but actually it was mostly just the relaxing and unwinding together that I was enjoying. First we substituted 100% juice and now it has evolved to tea time for us. YMMV

So far today:

*used up a ton of leftovers at lunch today - chicken and rice became
Wraps for lunch, some of us had leftover quinoa salad

*made a big jug of ice tea

*husband and I had a complimentary cup of tea at church this morning

*making ice cream again today with leftover cream

*collected all the money from our adult kids who had outstanding IOU's .. Grrr

*a/c is on but set 4 degrees warmer than I used to set it pre-MMM

*chicken from the deep freeze along with a corn and black bean salad I've been working on. May put in a loaf of bread from fridge dough.

*planned out a week's worth of meals

*working on a precise grocery list for tonite

*helped two sons order fall books for university - looking for used books on Craig's List and Used Bookstore on campus as well as textbook rental from Amazon




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« Reply #6965 on: August 14, 2016, 03:34:29 PM »
Made another $30 on eBay overnight.

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« Reply #6966 on: August 14, 2016, 04:07:16 PM »
Having a big family dinner tonight.  To brighten up the tables I took the gardening shears and cut a bucket full of sunflowers, wheat grass, and other weeds from along side the road that I will arrange in old blue canning jars.  They are perfect for a country dinner under the big willow tree by the back porch.

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« Reply #6967 on: August 14, 2016, 07:28:25 PM »
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« Reply #6968 on: August 14, 2016, 08:14:00 PM »
We just made an arrangement with our neighbors to have the wife to drop off/pick up our daughter when it starts in a few weeks. Our childcare cost just dropped from a minimum of $355 a month to $125. She'll just be driven, no other childcare responsibilities are involved.

She will still have to have other arranged childcare on school off days, but makes no real difference because those days were always charged in addition to the flat $355 at $25 a day. She will also have to still go to summer camp. But still, very pleased. It would be nice if she could ride the bus, but there are way too many utterly irresponsible dog owners on the road. It is why our neighbor also does not let her son ride the bus and drives him.

Not really for financial reasons, but we have sadly decided that we can't in good conscious keep eating as much factory farmed meat. So we are cutting way back. Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

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« Reply #6969 on: August 14, 2016, 08:58:51 PM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.
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« Reply #6970 on: August 14, 2016, 10:49:41 PM »
* Picked up two pennies.

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« Reply #6971 on: August 15, 2016, 03:41:43 AM »
I used a money off voucher in my grocery shopping, only 2.50, but every little helps. I bought a new toilet paper which was much cheaper so it all only came to 60.


Not really for financial reasons, but we have sadly decided that we can't in good conscious keep eating as much factory farmed meat. So we are cutting way back. Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

Good for you.:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6972 on: August 15, 2016, 06:48:48 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation.

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« Reply #6973 on: August 15, 2016, 07:11:40 AM »
Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

Yum!  I love chana masala and it's an excellent left over meal for lunch.  I'm also a big fan of black bean burritos -- super easy to make your own taco-style spice mix and takes almost no time to put together.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6974 on: August 15, 2016, 07:23:45 AM »
*Finished reading this entire 141-page thread
*Turned off the A/C (this was the first weekend we've ran it all summer, but what a weekend it was!)
*My in-laws are taking us out to lunch at a diner we've wanted to try but couldn't justify eating out ourselves for my husband's birthday
*Day 23 of no coffee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6975 on: August 15, 2016, 08:09:43 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.

We have similar victories! I wasn't able to get out to a festival in a nearby town that makes one of the most amazing food items ever that comes in a pastry crust. Instead of driving out last minute (gas) and standing in a hot like for 45+ min, and then paying for one, I found a pretty good copycat recipe and made them at home. Bonus: deliciously used up a fair amount of lard I rendered last year, AND I have two left over. I am delighted.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6976 on: August 15, 2016, 08:34:53 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation.

That is superhuman willpower.

+1 on the superhuman willpower. No way could I have done that.

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« Reply #6977 on: August 15, 2016, 09:03:13 AM »
Went without A/C yesterday. 

Though it was mostly because we found out we can't get NBC reception if the A/C is on, and we wanted to watch the Olympics...so we turned it off entirely.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6978 on: August 15, 2016, 10:01:23 AM »
In Massachusetts the public transit system has temporary paper stored-value fare cards and plastic cards. The paper cards expire. BUT you can mail an expired card in to the MBTA and get the balance added to your plastic card. So I did.

A friendly bus driver told me this. It's not on their site anywhere.
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« Reply #6979 on: August 15, 2016, 10:11:43 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.
Are the food still there today? My willpower went up in poof as I was reading your post...haha.

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« Reply #6980 on: August 15, 2016, 11:15:27 AM »
In between two weekends away, so the food supply is bleak at our house.  I scrounged together stuff for dinner last night.  I also made breakfast this morning and packed my lunch. 

I think dinner this evening will be quinoa with frozen vegetables and a homemade vinaigrette.  I need to stretch the food at home for another 3 days.

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« Reply #6981 on: August 15, 2016, 12:18:09 PM »
Apparently the festival took up the last of my willpower. Stopped for breakfast on the way into our downtown office this morning. However, instead of following my plan to stop at Starbucks for coffee+sandwich, I went to the Dunkin next door instead. I mean it was still spendypants, but slightly less so. I also brought some tea bags from home so I'm not tempted to repeat-offend today.

Good news is hubs is working almost every night this week, so we're less likely to eat out. He's super picky, so cooking for myself means I can be adventurous and actually incorporate vegetables.
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« Reply #6982 on: August 15, 2016, 12:36:38 PM »
Was working from home today, so I made a mindblowing cream of tomato soup with fresh bread and brie for lunch (well, ok, the brie was leftover from a party cheeseplate). Total cost of lunch including the portion of cheese: 1$. AND we have leftovers for 3 more lunches.

Better still, I ate lunch on the porch overlooking the lake, listening to birds signing and not having to interact with a single person. If that's not happiness, I dunno what is.

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« Reply #6983 on: August 15, 2016, 12:40:17 PM »
DH's high school reunion was poorly attended, so he brought home leftover food. It fed him dinner on Saturday night, and both of us plus the little man and a visiting sibling for lunch today.

I picked up a mattress for my brother via the neighborhood buy/sell group. It came with a simple metal frame, which he doesn't need but we do. I'd planned to buy one for $20 at Goodwill, but free is better.
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« Reply #6984 on: August 15, 2016, 03:17:43 PM »
Leftover night at the Toffeehouse.  We have coconut curry soup, a couple hamburgers, and I'm frying up some tofu for kid #1 who won't eat the other options.  I raised the thermostat 4 degrees(hubby likes it at 73 during the weekend, yikes!).  Working to put together a school storage solution that doesn't look hideous in the living room, preferably from whatever's out in the garage.

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« Reply #6985 on: August 15, 2016, 04:10:42 PM »
Made another $20 on eBay overnight.

That spurred me on to come up with even more things to list.

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« Reply #6986 on: August 15, 2016, 07:43:38 PM »
Dammit. Woke up realising I'd forgotten to soak my Rolled oats overnight.
So I got a couple of hashbrowns and coffees at Maccas on the way. Damn.
So tonight I'm going to get a big jar at home and fill it with Rolled oats (dry) to leave at work. I can use boiling water to soak them for half an hour when I get to work if I forget to do it at home. Doesn't work as good but will save me money (and time) in the future.

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« Reply #6987 on: August 15, 2016, 08:30:31 PM »
Sold a couple of things on Ebay for about $93, which after shipping and the Ebay/PayPal fee comes out to $75!

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« Reply #6988 on: August 15, 2016, 09:06:54 PM »
* Discovered that I can access the NYT.com for free using my public library card so called to cancel paid account. This will save $15 a month or $2,595 over 10 years, as per the great MMM post Short-Term-Itis, the Bankruptcy Disease.

* Had $14.72 refunded on another purchase by emailing and asking if a coupon code could be applied retroactively.

* Picked up a $1 parking refund I was owed.

* Sharpened Fiskars hand pruner all by myself using a gizmo I just discovered called Speedy Sharp. This should save me the cost of an annual trip to the lawnmower repair shop for tool sharpening.
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« Reply #6989 on: August 15, 2016, 09:20:35 PM »
I couponed!
I needed Cetaphil cleanser for me face.. normal price 11.99 - but printed 2x 2$ off coupons from coupon.com
Also had a 30% off cvs coupon
Went to CVS and saw if you bought 20$ worth of cetaphil you got 10$ back.
So all in all 2 Cetaphils had 7$ something off, then 4$ off and a 10$ ECB back.
So they cost only 3$ something for the two.. NICE! :)

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« Reply #6990 on: August 15, 2016, 09:25:15 PM »
* Discovered that I can access the NYT.com for free using my public library card so called to cancel paid account. This will save $15 a month or $2,595 over 10 years, as per the great MMM post Short-Term-Itis, the Bankruptcy Disease.


There's an app called Zinio For Libraries where, if your library is signed up with them, you can get free digital access to tons of magazines. Info: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-check-out-free-zinio-digital-magazines-from-your-library/


Apparently the festival took up the last of my willpower. Stopped for breakfast on the way into our downtown office this morning. However, instead of following my plan to stop at Starbucks for coffee+sandwich, I went to the Dunkin next door instead. I mean it was still spendypants, but slightly less so. I also brought some tea bags from home so I'm not tempted to repeat-offend today.
Made up for my earlier transgression by scavenging some sandwiches and fruit that somebody had catered in (I was the last person to leave the office, and they were just out on the counter). Dinner handled!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6991 on: August 16, 2016, 03:24:19 AM »
I made up for my Maccas breakfast indiscretion this evening by having microwaved potato with beans and cheese tonight. Made more than enough for work lunch tomorrow too.

Today found out that we are finally moving work office locations around November. This is several km closer to home for me, so close in fact that I will be able to walk every day to work (its about 4.3-4.8km depending on the route-the longer routes are nicer, mostly through parks and quiet suburbs). I'm working hard to make this work move happen as my quality of life will much improve, and I'll save at least $10 a week just in fuel costs (and probably double the life expectancy of my car in years).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6992 on: August 16, 2016, 05:30:02 AM »
Dammit. Woke up realising I'd forgotten to soak my Rolled oats overnight.
So I got a couple of hashbrowns and coffees at Maccas on the way. Damn.
So tonight I'm going to get a big jar at home and fill it with Rolled oats (dry) to leave at work. I can use boiling water to soak them for half an hour when I get to work if I forget to do it at home. Doesn't work as good but will save me money (and time) in the future.

Ha! I can top that. I put my rolled oats and water and sultanas in a bowl, carefully calculated the time needed to preset the timer on my pressure cooker, put the lid on, pressed start, woke up and rolled out of bed this morning when it beeped to find... the bowl with the rolled oats and water and sultanas sitting on the bench (yes, outside the pressure cooker) and a nice hot bowl of water.

I still got it, I just had to cook it again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6993 on: August 16, 2016, 09:23:58 AM »
I drove about 2 miles out of my way so I could go to the Kroger gas station and use my fuel points.  Probably spent about 20 cents in gas to get there (max) and saved about $4.20.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6994 on: August 16, 2016, 11:56:33 AM »
Last night, I cooked dinner with the ingredients I had in the house. 
I also made several loaves of zucchini bread because my zucchini plant is producing like crazy! 
I ran out of flour, so I froze the remaining shredded zucchini and pineapple to make another batch of zucchini bread after I buy flour.
I packed my lunch with leftovers from dinner.
I made all of my tea today from gifted tea leaves.  I have great friends!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6995 on: August 16, 2016, 01:10:54 PM »
4alpacas, our zucchini plants are happily producing as well!  Am going to try a low carb zucc bread recipe for the first time this evening.  We'll see how it turns out!

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Sunday night's dinner was what I fondly call Leftover Buffet at our house.

Saved 23% off our monthly grocery bill last night by using coupons, e-coupons and shopping the sales.

Made chef salads after grocery shopping instead of buying and baking the usual frozen pizza.

Oh, and I paid off my student loan yesterday.  :D
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6996 on: August 16, 2016, 01:48:30 PM »
4alpacas, our zucchini plants are happily producing as well!  Am going to try a low carb zucc bread recipe for the first time this evening.  We'll see how it turns out!
I used a recipe that called for less sugar, but used crushed pineapple.  I also subbed in apple sauce for half of the oil, and I cut out a pit more sugar (applesauce is sweet too!).  I think the recipe turned out well, and I will probably cut back on the sugar even more the next time around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6997 on: August 16, 2016, 04:15:40 PM »
i baked a dozen muffins to store in the freezer for after baby is born.  i had to buy a muffin tin ($7) but the price of muffins at the chic cafe on the corner is $3 a pop, so I figure i'm still $29 ahead.   I'm also going to reuse the muffin tin tomorrow (and a million more times, i hope!) to make a bunch of egg sandwiches to store in the freezer, which will also save me a bunch more money from avoiding the "I'm in a hurry and really need to buy an egg sandwich from the bodega for $4" problem.


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« Reply #6998 on: August 16, 2016, 04:53:00 PM »
I was going to buy concert tickets online--$30 "convenience fee." So I went to the local Ticketmaster outlet in person to avoid the fee--they charge it anyway despite the notable lack of convenience. So I hauled my butt to the United Center box office. Spent $2 in bus fare to save $30.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6999 on: August 16, 2016, 06:10:24 PM »
Dammit. Woke up realising I'd forgotten to soak my Rolled oats overnight.
So I got a couple of hashbrowns and coffees at Maccas on the way. Damn.
So tonight I'm going to get a big jar at home and fill it with Rolled oats (dry) to leave at work. I can use boiling water to soak them for half an hour when I get to work if I forget to do it at home. Doesn't work as good but will save me money (and time) in the future.

Ha! I can top that. I put my rolled oats and water and sultanas in a bowl, carefully calculated the time needed to preset the timer on my pressure cooker, put the lid on, pressed start, woke up and rolled out of bed this morning when it beeped to find... the bowl with the rolled oats and water and sultanas sitting on the bench (yes, outside the pressure cooker) and a nice hot bowl of water.

I still got it, I just had to cook it again.

Hahahahaha. Nice work Primm! I've done similar things with my oats in the past. Mainly forgetting to put the water in to soak them overnight. In the past I think that was because I didn't want to OVER soak them, but I've since worked out that even if I prepare them when I'm preparing dinner the night before, it doesn't matter. If I prepare them at breakfast time for the following breakfast (ie 24hours) its not a good move though as they start to ferment (or something similar!).