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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6950 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 #6951 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
I'm always so impressed with your lists, 1967mama!

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 #6952 on: August 10, 2016, 11:02:21 AM »
Thanks,
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And good idea with the quinoa! Sounds delish!

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« Reply #6953 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 #6954 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 #6955 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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« Reply #6956 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6957 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6958 on: August 11, 2016, 04:15:27 AM »
Yummy Mexican leftovers for lunch.:)

I hung up the washed laundry instead of using the dryer.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6959 on: August 11, 2016, 08:52:37 AM »
There are meetings at work all week and they are being catered, breakfast and lunch.  Although the lunch leftovers usually get put into the fridge here and set out for other workers, the breakfast just gets tossed.

A friend and I brought a bunch of freezer bags and we've collected leftovers all 4 days this week. I now have tons of yummy breakfast foods stocked in the fridge/freezer at home. (And yes, we do eat them.)

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« Reply #6960 on: August 11, 2016, 02:46:17 PM »
That's awesome, iowajess!

Today I:

*made a loaf of French bread and started another batch for the fridge

*had hubs stop at Costco since he was going to be in the area - gave him a small list of the things I wanted from there that are cheaper than anywhere else

*ate some healthy pb fudge I made last night (stevia sweetened)

*family ate leftover turkey hash for lunch

*opened windows and put on whole house fan instead of a/c.

*using dollar store reading glasses instead of ones from optometrists office. I don't need a prescription, just magnifiers. I'm so mad at myself that when I first needed them, they sold me some for $30 a pair. Now I have multiple pairs in multiple locations around the house and in purses for a dollar or two

*did a deep freezer inventory and clean out  this morning. Now have room for two sides of beef we will purchase in October (big family)

*making sure to use 1-2 whole chickens a week from the freezer. We purchased 60 in July from our farmer friend.

*teens at free youth group event this afternoon where they also get free unlimited soft drinks:-)
Bad for health but teens love it and it's a rare treat.

*sooooo happy with our OTA antenna from Best Buy. Kids watching hours of Olympics every day in HD for free

*was reading someone else's case study and realized how dumb it is for us to have Amazon prime.
ETA: Glad I checked! Prime was about to renew October 3/16! Cancelled FTW!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6961 on: August 11, 2016, 08:56:39 PM »
Grabbed about 5# of free pears being offered by the owners of the stable where I'm catch riding.

Bought a $2.99 breakfast burrito and had half for breakfast and half for lunch.  Not cheaper than packing a lunch, but still pretty inexpensive.

Walked from the mechanic's shop to work after dropping off the truck.  Didn't save me money, but saved some gas from their shuttle car, and I got some exercise.  Resisted Starbuck's on the way and warmed up some of the cold brew I have stashed at the office instead.

Remembered my Shout wipes and treated my jeans after said burrito leaked into my lap.  Hoping they won't stain.

Persisting on DIY-training my horse.  Will probably be getting on her this weekend.

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« Reply #6962 on: August 12, 2016, 07:29:29 AM »
Brought hard-boiled eggs to work for lunch. Also a couple of banana and coconut muffins I threw together yesterday to finish up the bananas I had bought.

Last night, I finally attacked some veg that had been sitting around for a little bit too long. Chopped and peeled everything, added some oil and my current favourite smoky chili spice mix and roasted the whole lot. That, added to rice, means dinner for today and tomorrow is sorted. And I won't be leaving behind stuff that's just going to go off while I'm working away from home next week. All meals are provided at the summer school I'm organising so next week should be low-cost. Only have to pay minimal amounts for a drink or two in the evenings, if I feel so inclined. Will bring the rest of the muffins in case I feel like having a snack inbetween times (that way I can avoid the vending machines).

And this morning I donated blood for the first time here, so got a mid-morning snack for free and they even pay 20. Always nice to get a little something you weren't expecting.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6963 on: August 12, 2016, 07:32:42 AM »
I wanted some books Amazon was listing for 120$ total, and my library couldn't get them. And then I checked abebooks : delivery included, 35$. Done, and thank you. :)

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« Reply #6964 on: August 12, 2016, 08:08:09 AM »
On a whim, I entered a local radio station's contest to win tickets to a concert. This is one I wanted to go to, but I recently spent $150 on tickets for two other shows and couldn't justify dropping another $100. I routinely overspend my "blow money" category as it is and I'm forcing myself to make those hard choices.

Got an e-mail informing me that the tix are mine! Going home after work to make some dinner and then my girlfriend and I are off to the show. 

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« Reply #6965 on: August 12, 2016, 08:09:10 AM »
I've made about $230 in the last week selling electronics I haven't used in a year or more.

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« Reply #6966 on: August 12, 2016, 08:21:53 AM »


Last night, I finally attacked some veg that had been sitting around for a little bit too long. Chopped and peeled everything, added some oil and my current favourite smoky chili spice mix and roasted the whole lot.

I did that last night with some garlic and olive oil. I made lunches for a few days and my house smelled amazing afterwards too.

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« Reply #6967 on: August 12, 2016, 09:05:33 AM »
- The power plug for my daughter's white noise machine (for sleep, we live near very loud train tracks that run all night) suddenly stopped working last week.  It's been running on batteries ($$$) while we worked on a solution.  I was just about to give up and order a new one, when I figured I'd try calling the company to explain the situation.  2 minutes on the phone with a very polite rep, and a new one is being mailed to us, for free!

- Planning my son's birthday party (his first "real party" with friends - turning 5) and I found an adorable instant download template on etsy, on sale for $1.50.  A bit fiddly to work with, but I'm happy with the result, and it should cost less than $5 to print them.

- Just got back from a long 2 week work trip, and I'm really happy with how I saved my meal per diems.  Bought myself some yogurt, granola and fruit for breakfasts in my hotel room (spent $10 and can claim $17 per day), and ate frugally for lunch and dinners.  Biggest savings by far were from not ordering alcohol at the restaurants, which is my biggest weakness.  Instead, I kept a $10 bottle of wine in my hotel room for the occasional evening drink.  I probably made around $300 on the trip.

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« Reply #6968 on: August 12, 2016, 03:00:01 PM »
I saved about 200 by checking a couple more websites after finding a flight that seemed good. I should have checked the baggage policy, though because Wow air apparently only allows one small carry-on. No free ordinary carry-on bag. Wow! Now I'm plotting how I can pack for about 12 days, including attending a friend's wedding, with just a school-sized backpack. I think it will involve using Dropbox and a thumb drive instead of bringing my laptop and dressing in warm layers for the flight. I'm trying to remember if I left anything useful at my parents' house where I'll be staying.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6969 on: August 12, 2016, 03:03:42 PM »
the other day, we ate in for our anniversary instead of going out.  i made homemade ice cream for dessert using the two-ziplock-bag method, and it was so yum. 

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« Reply #6970 on: August 12, 2016, 03:33:34 PM »
*not using the a/c today -- even though I'm too hot (trying to be stoic about it!)

*burgers on the grill for dinner -- hubby bbq'ing for me. We only have 2 buns from the freezer but a huge loaf of homemade french bread from last night. Littlest 2 kids will get the buns; everyone else gets open-faced on french bread

*didn't buy Hunter boots at online sale (thus saving money!)

*using up the ham we bought for sandwiches at lunch - on french bread, of course;-)

*reading the forum for motivation and ideas - cancelled my Prime membership when reading a case study (this was definitely low-hanging fruit for me - how did I miss this?!)

*listening to the free radio (surprised to read, on aforementioned case study, that people pay for online music subscriptions)

*went to the beach with the kids last night - splashed in the waves for free - found a beach with no parking fees - saw whales

*making nice cold smoothies this afternoon to beat the heat

*unvolunteered from a job at church this fall - realized I'm Just. Too. Busy. with my large family and found we were buying convenience foods, etc when I did this volunteer gig once a week from January to May. I enjoyed it while I was there, but was really feeling stressed/depressed the rest of the week. Nice idea for when I'm older and in a different season of family life.

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« Reply #6971 on: August 12, 2016, 05:31:44 PM »
Felt like buying take-out, but cooked instead. Panko crusted Ahi Tuna steaks with cauliflower stir fry. WAY cheaper and MUCH tastier. In addition, I also made some pineapple popsicles for desert.

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« Reply #6972 on: August 12, 2016, 05:48:42 PM »
Yesterday: made chocolate pudding because I felt like a little something sweet

Today:
Walked the big boy to camp.  They get free lunch today since it's the last day.
I am meeting the girls tonight for dinner and a movie.  Long ago I was a regular blood donor, and would exchange "points" for movie tickets.  Not so much anymore.  But I rarely go to movies, so I guess I'm okay paying the full $10.50.

But they chose a place for dinner...a brewery.  Everything is on the pricey side ($12+), not to mention the beer. So...I brought my own dinner and will eat before I go.  Then either (1) nurse a beer or (2) nurse an appetizer.  Not sure which.

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« Reply #6973 on: August 12, 2016, 11:02:02 PM »
My eBay item sold. $676!

Catching up with friends tonight - they're cooking.

Had my biannual haircut today. (Not so much saving money today, but the other 10 months of the year...)

Picked a recipe to use up some of the I'm-ready-for-the-apocalypse stockpile of tinned tomatoes.


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« Reply #6974 on: August 13, 2016, 07:51:09 AM »
Went out to lunch at a cafe with work friends today. I had my daughter with me and knew in advance. So we ate a bit at home first. Worked a treat. She didn't want any food! So she just had a juice, I had a water adn a light meal. Probably saved us at least $16 over what we would have normally spent in such a situation.

Went past cheap country fruit and veg prior to visiting my brother and got great prices on small pineapples (Childcare loves them, we have to supply fruit), bananas, carrots and potatoes. The Potatoes were small, but much cheaper than the more regular sized ones. I don't mind, I mostly cook them whole anyway (can't actually thinking of much that really requires big ones, apart from maybe chips).

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« Reply #6975 on: August 13, 2016, 08:58:34 AM »
Decided to just buy a light kit for the existing ceiling fan rather than replace the whole unit. We weren't sure on how the aesthetic would come together, but it looks great. $49 vs ~$150. And DH's electrical knowhow may have saved us bringing in an expert, or giving up and replacing it anyway. They had the lighting wires going to the fan doing funky things (technical term there...), but he was able to sort it out and get it working properly.
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« Reply #6976 on: August 13, 2016, 02:01:40 PM »
Spent the morning at the library getting books I wanted to read (free!) with my daughter, and then at the farmers market (acquired fresh cantaloupe, cherry tomatoes, and a pastry to share, for the exact amount of the milk bottle deposit we got back at the market). And instead of continuing on errands that might have cost Money, we both went home and had naps.

The toddler is still sleeping, and I just woke up and am having a cup of tea and a book. Glorious.

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« Reply #6977 on: August 13, 2016, 02:14:44 PM »
Really, really wanted to order a pizza for dinner this evening but finally dragged myself closer to the kitchen and instead made myself up a plate with some of the last bits left. Pitta bread with butter, a hard-boiled egg and the rest of a jar of olives. Not the most gourmet meal in the world but has filled me and further emptied the fridge. If I can manage to finish off the rest of the roasted veg, a tub of quark and the rest of the milk tomorrow, I won't have anything left that won't survive me being away for the week. And it also means today was a no-spend day. I need to have more of those.

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« Reply #6978 on: August 13, 2016, 04:23:20 PM »
I've been looking for  a new piece of horse equipment, but realized that I could fix the problem with my current equipment with a simple velcro strap I had laying around.  Saved probably $100-200, depending on what I might have decided on for a replacement.

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« Reply #6979 on: August 13, 2016, 05:50:37 PM »
Fixed the dishwasher!     It was an electronics fault, but a bit of research and about an hour of my time, I replaced a 30 cent resistor that had burned out, and it's back in action!

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« Reply #6980 on: August 13, 2016, 06:43:14 PM »
*went shopping in my freezer and pulled out: a Costco sized package of wraps, a bag of Costco salmon, a six pack of bagels, 2 loaves of raisin bread and 4 bags of frozen vegetables! Jackpot!

*helped adult son think of frugal, practical birthday gift for his girlfriend

*used a dried bean mixture languishing in the pantry to make a bean trio salad

*quinoa salad to go with salmon for dinner

*made ice cream from cream that I'd previously frozen when it was about to expire (got a Cuisinart ice cream maker years ago with points. Haven't used in two years)

*started a new routine of making steel cut oats in the crockpot for breakfasts. Made a little collection of toppings in jars that I will put out the night before.

*broke down and put on the a/c but can justify the cost because I was So. Much. More. productive today;-)

*Olympics! Go Canada!

*Husband and I used our free cup of tea coupons before they expire in 2 weeks - didn't buy loose tea there even though I'm out of my favourite blend

*Made a batch of black beans in the crockpot from dry. Will bag up when they are cool for instant beans for upcoming meals.

*harvested cilantro from my garden for dinner salads 



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« Reply #6981 on: August 13, 2016, 09:06:50 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 #6982 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 #6983 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 #6984 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. :)

This is why I LOVE this sub-forum!!! So awesome!!

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« Reply #6985 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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« Reply #6986 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.
There is almost nothing better than the smell of clothes dried on the line.

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« Reply #6987 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 #6988 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 #6989 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6990 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6991 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6992 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6993 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 #6994 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6995 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6996 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6997 on: August 14, 2016, 03:34:29 PM »
Made another $30 on eBay overnight.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6998 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6999 on: August 14, 2016, 07:28:25 PM »
Last night I cut Mr Happier's hair, tonight he will cut mine.