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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7050 on: August 17, 2016, 05:47:44 PM »
I harvested some apples from a forgotten corner of a parking lot. They definitely were forgotten because there were heaps on the ground, sunburnt and rotting. These will either be turned into applesauce or dried for use in the winter.

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« Reply #7051 on: August 17, 2016, 06:48:52 PM »
called my gas provider and got a 20% discount when the price matched a competitor

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« Reply #7052 on: August 17, 2016, 07:17:12 PM »
Helped a friend clean out his house to get ready to sell. He gave me a huge amount of coffee and various black/green/herbal teas he was getting rid of... I use all these regularly, so I am all set for a month or two at least!

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« Reply #7053 on: August 18, 2016, 02:50:48 PM »
I looked for this thread earlier couldn't find it so posted in a different one.
But this goes here.

I didn't buy 8 industrial garden hose nozzles.
 Instead I sent an email to the company
that sold the 8 I already have that leak.
I ask if they had replacement parts
so I could repair the ones I have.
They said send us a picture of the 8 nozzles so we can verify model and quantity
and we will replace them under warranty.
  I did that, and they said they will ship  new ones within 5 days.
 I wish I would have saved all that I have had over the years.
  You might think I would find a different product but these nozzles work very well, until they leak.
 They are like a firehose nozzle, adjustable wide or thin spray.
My wife buys them at Sam's after summer season when they discount the price,
last time she bought 5 for $4.58 each. Such a deal.
And now 8 free!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7054 on: August 18, 2016, 03:18:13 PM »
Packed lunch and ate leftovers for dinner again. Played Pokemon Go on wi-fi only, and on the way back into the apartment, saw that a leaving tenant had left a dustpan and little broom free for the taking. I still needed a dustpan, so now I'm all set.

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« Reply #7055 on: August 19, 2016, 07:00:51 PM »
Screwed up my fritters (I thought I was putting besan into the bowl, but it was masa). Instead of chucking it out, I fiddled around a little and made sort-of-pupusas. They were pretty good!
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« Reply #7056 on: August 19, 2016, 07:13:15 PM »
The garage shaved 10% off my (already reasonable considering the work) because "you're always pleasant when you come here and we really appreciate that in a regular customer".

Being pleasant: actually paying off.

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« Reply #7057 on: August 19, 2016, 07:35:51 PM »
The garage shaved 10% off my (already reasonable considering the work) because "you're always pleasant when you come here and we really appreciate that in a regular customer".

Being pleasant: actually paying off.

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« Reply #7058 on: August 20, 2016, 10:03:58 AM »
Some days ago I googled something (can't remember what), but in the search results was the address of a grocery store outlet. I went there today. They sell mainly snacks, but also normal groceries and I found cat food for 48% of the original price so I brought some home. I will make a list with things we will need so I can check sometimes if they have those things. It is a lot cheaper than the normal stores.

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« Reply #7059 on: August 21, 2016, 08:25:58 AM »
I've been out of town all summer and haven't had a chance to get to the grocery store so there is pretty much nothing to eat in the house.  Rather than going to a drive through for supper I rummaged around in the cupboard and ended up eating dry cereal.  It didn't really hit the spot but it kept me going as I unloaded the car and put things away.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7060 on: August 21, 2016, 09:46:13 AM »
I bought a 12' pruner on sale, and pruned all the low hanging branches on the trees in my yard. Then I borrowed a truck and made two trips to the dump to drop them all off. I could have cut and bundled the branches for free pickup, but the hours extra work to do that was not worth the $5 a trip dump drop. The pruner was $60. Last time I paid someone to prune my trees it was three times that cost. Mind you they did do higher up branches as well. I figure though, if I prune my trees twice a year, I shouldn't have to hire someone to do the higher up stuff until every fourth year. So I am saving a bundle and it really wasn't that hard.

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« Reply #7061 on: August 21, 2016, 11:33:54 AM »
Managed a $31 weekly grocery shop today, remembering that I'll be out of town two nights this week.  The $31 included needed ingredients to make crackers and kim chi, plus our ridiculous $6/dozen eggs.

Rummaged around and figured out how to repurpose some household items to accomplish a bit of horse training work I've never had to do before (new horse with a different type of brain than I'm accustomed to, which was drilled into me when I got planted in the dirt on Friday).  If this doesn't work, then it will probably mean $1,000 or so for some pro training, so hoping it does the trick; I've never taken well to eating dirt.

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« Reply #7062 on: August 21, 2016, 12:27:53 PM »
Was on my usual walk through (expensive) DC neighborhood and came across a house with a "take these - free" sign.  Included was a set of Global Revolution knives and a pizza slicer.  I took the set then Googled the knives when I got home.  Turns out they are really expensive!  They're also great knives. 

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« Reply #7063 on: August 21, 2016, 02:16:18 PM »
Was on my usual walk through (expensive) DC neighborhood and came across a house with a "take these - free" sign.  Included was a set of Global Revolution knives and a pizza slicer.  I took the set then Googled the knives when I got home.  Turns out they are really expensive!  They're also great knives.

Wow, how lucky.:)

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« Reply #7064 on: August 21, 2016, 02:44:28 PM »

 Today we both stayed on the mountain all day.   Well, he did take the trash down.


I made a loaf of bread, cooked 2 pounds of brown rice and divided it into six meals' worth in the freezer, and cooked up a 10 pound bag of chicken leg quarters I got on sale for $.49 a pound a while back. That became meat for six meals, two very happy dogs (they got the cooking water once it cooled down as far as they're concerned that's chicken tea), and will be  a good supply of bone broth as well after a few more hours in the crockpot with some vinegar to leach the bones. Once the broth is done, I'll put it in the freezer and continue the happy dog trend for a couple more nights, feeding them what I strain from the broth.


 If I get the energy, I'm going to make myself a batch of two ingredient cookies in a little while.

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« Reply #7065 on: August 21, 2016, 06:57:44 PM »
*lots of tea at home

*made a chicken from deep freeze in instant pot for dinner. Also made a loaf of French bread to go with it

*kids drinking homemade ice tea

*went for a little drive for a break from the kids. Bought nothing. Scoped out local real estate.

*watching closing ceremonies on tv with antenna

*made chai from scratch for company tonite with spices I had on hand.

*making dinner for family even though I really want to not cook and would love to go out for dinner

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« Reply #7066 on: August 21, 2016, 07:09:00 PM »
*3rd straight no spend day.
*Ginger syrup.  Hopefully a replacement for the super spice craft sodas that I'm obsessed with.   Will pair with sparkling water from my sodastream.
*Tray of candied ginger (by-product of the ginger syrup) along with 8 trays of cucumber chips in the dehydrator right now.
*Small batch of apricot ginger (also leftover from the syrup) preserves made with the last of the apricots from my tree.
*Still haven't decided what to do with the bowl of smallish peaches I also picked today, but will likely be super chunky preserves for mixing with yogurt or dropping on pancakes or french toast.

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« Reply #7067 on: August 21, 2016, 10:01:30 PM »
Volunteered at a local community garden/park, and as a result, brought home several pounds of pears.

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« Reply #7068 on: August 22, 2016, 01:53:32 AM »
New apartment was missing a powerpoint cover when we moved in. I tried ignoring it, but it bugged me, so I removed the cover from an outlet hidden behind the TV unit to cover the visible one.

Scored an $8 transit refund after being incorrectly charged last week.

Made an extra trip at lunch to lower my transport costs for the week (days are numbered for that particular loophole).

Removed five things from my eBay watch list that I don't need.

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« Reply #7069 on: August 22, 2016, 08:42:51 AM »
I make latch hook rugs, which requires thousands of 2.5-inch pieces of yarn. Used to buy it precut for $2-3 per package (320 pc. i.e., 22 yd.), but none of the craft stores carry it anymore. I was going to buy it precut online, but the shipping was insane for some reason (I mean--it's yarn; it's not like it's heavy). So I went to the craft store and bought yarnballs for ~$4 per roll--each roll about 400 yd. Much better value--about 15 times the yarn for a dollar more. It doesn't take very long to cut the pieces--I don't know why I bought the precut for so long.
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« Reply #7070 on: August 22, 2016, 09:03:24 AM »
I cut my husband's hair last night. I tried doing the fading slightly differently than normal and was very pleased with how it turned out.

I planned the route of our morning walk to look for more wild elderberry bushes. No luck, but I found some Blackeyed Susans and a ton of Queen Anne's Lace that I picked to brighten up the kitchen table.

I don't expect to go out the rest of the day so it should be a no-spend day. :-)

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« Reply #7071 on: August 22, 2016, 04:36:46 PM »
Gave up eye make-up wipes in favour of liquid eye make-up remover and cloth wipes. 60 cents for the cloth and $6 for the bottle which should last me a couple of months versus $7 a month for a packet of disposables.

The next step will be making, rather than buying, the liquid.

I also arrived at work half an hour early to scan and shred (personal) documents, which saves me buying the gear myself.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7072 on: August 22, 2016, 05:28:59 PM »
Gave up eye make-up wipes in favour of liquid eye make-up remover and cloth wipes. 60 cents for the cloth and $6 for the bottle which should last me a couple of months versus $7 a month for a packet of disposables.

The next step will be making, rather than buying, the liquid.

I also arrived at work half an hour early to scan and shred (personal) documents, which saves me buying the gear myself.

I've always* used baby oil, but then you might have to use disposable wipes. Or toilet paper.

*By which I mean, "the two times a year I wear makeup, and the one of those that I remember to remove it."
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7073 on: August 22, 2016, 07:48:03 PM »
prepaid my dental bill and got a 10% discount.

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« Reply #7074 on: August 23, 2016, 07:06:15 AM »
I re-purposed an old mobile as a GPS for my car, and from flowers given as a present, am making potpourri and some crafts.

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« Reply #7075 on: August 23, 2016, 11:46:19 AM »
prepaid my dental bill and got a 10% discount.

I'm always amazed how many places you can get a significant discount for paying cash at time of service. 

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« Reply #7076 on: August 23, 2016, 12:12:29 PM »
My school always over-orders boxed lunches for Orientation week, so that's been my lunch yesterday and today, plus dinner for me and DH yesterday, plus I've stocked up my snack drawer with several bags of chips and a couple apples. Very helpful.

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« Reply #7077 on: August 23, 2016, 12:20:53 PM »
Participated in a marketing focus group at work and got a $5 gift certificate for the cafeteria. Will be at work 3 days this week. Weekend leftovers will take care of 2 lunches, and the gift certificate will handle #3.
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« Reply #7078 on: August 23, 2016, 12:31:45 PM »
Um, drank leftover coffee from a meeting I hosted at my house yesterday? Fortunately, it was cold brewed, so it tasted fine,  despite being "old".
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« Reply #7079 on: August 23, 2016, 03:16:33 PM »
Back to school savings:
  • Scavenged a binder from a coworker's office cleanout. Just going to add a new cover sheet to since it's dingy as heck.
  • Required textbook for the class was running around $100 at the campus bookstore. Looked around online for a used copy $46. Looked further into rentals $38. Checked the local library, no go. They only have a reference copy that can be checked out for an hour in facility use only. Finally decide to put in an interlibrary loan at the county public library and found the required first reading online for free since I doubted the book would be in in time. Get email today that book has arrived, but is not eligible for renewal so I will scan all the readings due after the return date. Win!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7080 on: August 23, 2016, 05:37:31 PM »
Brought lunch to work
Cooked dinner
Got a free sample of eye drops from Dr rather than fork over $$ to CVS

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« Reply #7081 on: August 23, 2016, 11:35:40 PM »
*Kids ate up all the leftovers for lunch today

*Made biscuits from scratch to go with dinner - found about-to-expire sour cream and so googled for a biscuit recipe that used sour cream instead of milk. They were excellent!

*Good cups of tea at home

*Making lists for next grocery shop - I've never been a good list maker but this is helping me feel more organized and frugal


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7082 on: August 23, 2016, 11:57:17 PM »
4 of the 5 veggies I had with dinner tonight came from the garden (bad year for carrots). The peaches, muskmelon and watermelon are also from the garden. Milk from a friend's cow, traded for honey and veggies.

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« Reply #7083 on: August 24, 2016, 06:25:40 AM »
Daycare is closed this week (argh), but I had grandparents lining up to take care of my daughter for 4 days out of the 5. Yesterday was the 1 day where I had to take the day off (unpaid, but my job is more flexible than my husband's for that, so ok) to be with her.

Net loss, BUT I got to spend the day with an adorable verbal toddler who has a hilariously developping sense of humor and tells jokes. Nothing we did cost money: we went to the fish pond to catch frogs and see if we could make the fish come to see us, and then we went to the neighbor's field to see horses and cows, and we picked vegetables and ate them straight from the garden (fresh shelling peas are ALWAYS a favorite), we read books we already owned, and we watched Youtube videos for about a half-hour at the end of the day (at her request: Pavarotti, and then a make-up tutorial. WTF kind of todder is an active opera fan? My toddler. Argh. And a fascination with make-up tutorials are what I get for letting her watch me put on make-up before going to work, I suppose).

In conclusion: we didn't touch the car, use gas, go anywhere farther than walking distance, spend any money, spend a lot of time playing with 'toys'(sticks, frogs, rocks, fish, the neighbor's animals, the garden, etc, sure, but nothing requiring $$$$$ to entertain children), and we had an absolutely wonderful day.

And now I'm back in the office, with a colleague who has 2 similarly-aged children and was on vacation with them last week, and she's complaining about how EXPENSIVE it is to entertain children. Apparently, taking 3-year-olds to the movies is a thing? There are places you can bring them (for 10$/hour!!!!) that are like... indoor playgrounds? (dude, for that price, it should include childcare wtf), etc.

Just throws into contrast that I think we're doing ok, priority-wise.

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« Reply #7084 on: August 24, 2016, 12:10:20 PM »
Well, the leftovers intended for today's lunch smelled a little funky, so I made a soup last night. "Roasted" a $5 5lb. chicken in the instant pot and removed the meat and froze. Immediately put the carcass back in the instant pot with some veggie scraps (onion skins, carrot greens, etc.) from the freezer. Strained the bone broth, then put some right back into the instant pot for the soup. Emptied my fridge into the instant pot (brussels sprouts, sweet corn, mushrooms, onions, garlic) along with a cup of Costco dried bean/lentil mix and the corn cobs. Soup and half the chicken will last all week, and the rest of the chicken will be frozen. Plus I still have that $5 cafeteria voucher for work, which I have to use tomorrow.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7085 on: August 24, 2016, 01:40:53 PM »
@Inaya -- what a great use of the Instant Pot! I just got one a month ago and have made hard boiled eggs in it for the first time. We buy fresh eggs off the farm so they are impossible to peel -- they are easy to peel when cooked in the Instant Pot!

I made a huge batch of granola for the next few weeks (starts with 16 cups of rolled oats)

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« Reply #7086 on: August 24, 2016, 01:48:11 PM »
I have to get back on track with MMM in September as I have been very 'off' this summer, I sometimes seem to go a bit wild at certain times of year.

The only thing I did today was hunt around the house for a spare battery for my stopped clock instead of buying a new packet of them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7087 on: August 24, 2016, 02:22:00 PM »
DH ordered some large prints of his photos online. He neglected to think of standard photo sizes when ordering so we ended up with some really odd sizes. I've been going crazy for days trying to figure out how not to spend $100 each framing these. I went to Goodwill on my lunch break and found two options for one size and one that was an exact fit (even the mat) for the second! I couldn't believe it. A little wood putty and some spray paint and we should be good to go. $25 for two very large (24"+) frames with glass. And a nice simple, satisfying project for me to work on. Now I'm thinking that we should go to Goodwill before getting the prints made and size them up to fit the frames we find.

I did lose my tape measure in the store somehow though.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7088 on: August 24, 2016, 02:29:48 PM »
DH ordered some large prints of his photos online. He neglected to think of standard photo sizes when ordering so we ended up with some really odd sizes. I've been going crazy for days trying to figure out how not to spend $100 each framing these. I went to Goodwill on my lunch break and found two options for one size and one that was an exact fit (even the mat) for the second! I couldn't believe it. A little wood putty and some spray paint and we should be good to go. $25 for two very large (24"+) frames with glass. And a nice simple, satisfying project for me to work on. Now I'm thinking that we should go to Goodwill before getting the prints made and size them up to fit the frames we find.

I did lose my tape measure in the store somehow though.
YES! I do this when framing my own art, lol! Although I'm not as often lucky on the mat. :D
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7089 on: August 24, 2016, 03:42:12 PM »
Planning to drive to Salt Lake UT from OR to save $5k on a planned purchase. It is a 12 hour drive there and a 12 hour drive back.

I am not sure we are crazy or brilliant at this point...we leave Labor day weekend.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7090 on: August 24, 2016, 05:19:26 PM »
Rather than purchase a net to corral my son's bathtub toys, I grabbed an extra mesh laundry bag and hung it from the shower curtain hook. It's a no-cost solution that doesn't result in another piece of kid gear to get rid of eventually, so I count it as a double win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7091 on: August 24, 2016, 09:53:15 PM »
Even though I didn't feel like it, and was short on time, I packed a cooler for my 2-night work trip.  Will probably go out for dinner tomorrow to be social/network, but other than that, no eating out should occur, and I will pocket most of my per diem.

In keeping with this thread, my cooler includes eggs steamed in the Instant Pot.

Turned the AC off a couple days ago since it's now staying below 90 during the day, and cooling into the 50s at night.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7092 on: August 24, 2016, 10:53:13 PM »
My packed work lunch today was microwaved potatos, green beans, a cheap avocado and some grated cheese. Total cost less than a dollar (would be like 20 cents if it wasnt for the Avo) but it was delicious! Adding this to my repertoire of fast easy lacto-ovo meals!

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« Reply #7093 on: August 25, 2016, 04:22:12 AM »
Rather than purchase a net to corral my son's bathtub toys, I grabbed an extra mesh laundry bag and hung it from the shower curtain hook. It's a no-cost solution that doesn't result in another piece of kid gear to get rid of eventually, so I count it as a double win.

And if it gets funky, it's meant to be laundered! This is also handy for if you go to the beach - you can hose off all the sandy toys, let dry, then shake out the whole thing to get any excess sand out.

That is brilliant! We don't live near beaches but the grandparents do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7094 on: August 25, 2016, 07:19:57 PM »
*Made Chili for dinner with freezer beef (trying to use up
Our 2 sides of beef before the next batch comes in October) Used beans from the freezer that I'd done previously in the crockpot plus one can of kidney beans. 

*Baking for a church ministry called Celebrate Recovery. Trying to get it done early so I don't panic at the end and have to buy something instead.

*Planning a trip to the beach this evening with the fam

*Got a load of books and novels on cd for the kids for the last weeks of summer and picked up holds I'd requested based on things I'd found online and had requested. Son won a draw prize in teen summer reading club.

*Burnt the top of the loaf of French bread I made late this afternoon (must've been the glasses of red wine I had!) so will just slice off the top when it cools


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7095 on: August 25, 2016, 10:47:32 PM »
Thanks, the laundry bag for bath and sand toys is a great idea. You could break your neck on Lego getting in our bath!


Rather than purchase a net to corral my son's bathtub toys, I grabbed an extra mesh laundry bag and hung it from the shower curtain hook. It's a no-cost solution that doesn't result in another piece of kid gear to get rid of eventually, so I count it as a double win.

And if it gets funky, it's meant to be laundered! This is also handy for if you go to the beach - you can hose off all the sandy toys, let dry, then shake out the whole thing to get any excess sand out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7096 on: August 26, 2016, 07:43:49 AM »
Taking a flight today. Saving money a couple ways:

-DH is driving me in our efficient car (50+mpg highway so like 5gal diesel- so about $10-12) rather than having me take the long distance bus to the airport ($40+). To do this he's swapping working Friday for working Saturday. Bonus: DH will get no work calls Saturday and can get some things wrapped up, plus we get to spend the 2 hour drive together!
-Packing my own food for the flight.

Coming to fruition:
My new shorter commute! We get compensated a fixed rate above 30 miles driving. Before, I was driving 74 miles each way. Now it's down to 44, and it's the same fixed compensation. (Don't worry guys, I only do this 3 days per week).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7097 on: August 26, 2016, 02:10:54 PM »
Last week's low carb zucchini bread turned out really well!  It looked like the "real" thing, and was much more moist.

I also made low carb almond cookies and bison jambalaya for last week's camping trip.

DH's garden continues to produce zucchini.  So far I've made bread, fritters, and rolled in Parmesan and fried.  Last night I tried it in a stir fry with chicken breast bought on sale, and free with a coupon cauliflower rice.  Delicious!  The entire meal was $2.28 for three servings.   Next I'm going to make zucchini pizza bites.

It was DH and my 11th wedding anniversary last weekend.  Instead of buying gifts and cards for each other, we spent a long weekend camping together.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7098 on: August 26, 2016, 04:10:39 PM »

* Used up all the "free" baby wipes from the hospital and started using homemade reusable cloth wipes.
* Ordered reusable nursing pads. This is a capital purchase that I hope is more cost-effective over the long term than disposables.
* Line-dried sheets and blankets.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7099 on: August 26, 2016, 05:52:48 PM »
Repurposed a wine gift bag to give a baby gift.

I don't buy gift bags but I reuse the ones we receive, and I was inundated with them last month after my husband's birthday.

Giving a onesie in a wine bag felt a bit odd, so I took off the ribbon, cut a couple of inches off the bag, refolded the edge, punched new holes, and re-tied the ribbon. Looks great, cost nothing, and it's one less thing in my house.

The next couple of months could easily get very expensive with gifts - two engagement parties, three weddings, three 30ths, and two birthdays in my immediate family - so I'm taking all the savings I can get.