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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7200 on: September 13, 2016, 07:02:14 PM »
And the dog likes to stealth lick my face while in Shavasana -_-
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7201 on: September 14, 2016, 05:50:03 AM »
Today I spent $30 to install a wifi card in my computer. I now get free unlimited WiFi in my room instead of paying $100 per month for the Ethernet enabled internet that is offered on base.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7202 on: September 14, 2016, 11:41:50 AM »
Pre made all lunches and dinners for the week. Comes out to under $1.50 a serving and all whole food. Picked up 6 dozen eggs expiring 10/20 for 0.80 each making each of my breakfasts a whopping 18 cents.

Am under budget and have not purchased anything outside of food and bills this month. Small victory, but I am pretty impressed with myself.

Also, my temp job has been extended into October so another month of a salary : )

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7203 on: September 14, 2016, 02:14:24 PM »
This is kind of an ongoing thing, but taking extra-good care of my face so I can leave the house without makeup, without feeling super self-conscious.  My skin looks better than it has in almost 20 years!

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« Reply #7204 on: September 14, 2016, 03:57:44 PM »
I had to buy lunch out today for some stupid reasons... but I went to a place I've been to before that has a really excellent Cobb salad, and ordered same.

Got the salad back to my office and it was nowhere near up to the usual standards.  I called the restaurant and asked if they wanted feedback on today's manifestation.  They patched me through to the manager, who offered to refund my lunch as a thank-you for calling directly instead of posting a nasty review on Yelp.  So... free lunch today!

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« Reply #7205 on: September 14, 2016, 06:57:33 PM »
Found a 5 cu ft chest freezer on facebook for $25.  It reeks, which was why it was so cheap.  So I'm drying it out, checking all the drains, sealing the seams with RTV sealant, and using charcoal to absorb the odor. 

The timing was perfect.  I have to pick all my peppers this weekend but my tomatoes aren't ripe yet.  So the jalapenos have got to keep until I can make salsa.  The bell peppers are going to be cut into fajita ready strips.  The Anaheims will be roasted and frozen in muffin tins.  I'll also be freezing sliced zucchini, green beans, some corn, and a couple of cases of strawberries that are on sale this week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7206 on: September 14, 2016, 11:50:05 PM »
Went for a romantic and fun date: we biked around the sea walk and had a picnic dinner at sunset.

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« Reply #7207 on: September 15, 2016, 07:25:35 AM »
Pre made all lunches and dinners for the week. Comes out to under $1.50 a serving and all whole food. Picked up 6 dozen eggs expiring 10/20 for 0.80 each making each of my breakfasts a whopping 18 cents.

Am under budget and have not purchased anything outside of food and bills this month. Small victory, but I am pretty impressed with myself.

Also, my temp job has been extended into October so another month of a salary : )

You're doing great! I'm impressed too.

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« Reply #7208 on: September 15, 2016, 07:27:10 AM »
We're going to be out of town this weekend, and have leftovers in the fridge that we won't have time to eat.  So this morning I remembered to put them in the freezer, so they won't go bad over the weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7209 on: September 15, 2016, 09:00:15 AM »
Booked a hotel for a conference I am attending. Got a reasonable rate. Then found a good accommodation nearby for 2/3 the money. Cancelled first and booked second. Then noticed an offer on the website of the second accom that gives free breakfast if booked >30 days out, which I had. Cancelled the second accom and booked it again on website! Got free breakfast now! All good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7210 on: September 15, 2016, 07:39:14 PM »
I returned a stray cart in the parking lot at Aldi and got the quarter.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7211 on: September 15, 2016, 10:58:57 PM »
I returned a stray cart in the parking lot at Aldi and got the quarter.

A quarter (25c)?? The slots in the trolleys here hold $2!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7212 on: September 16, 2016, 12:39:35 AM »
I thought here they held the Aldi specific token you can buy for $2?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7213 on: September 16, 2016, 01:00:48 AM »
I have been very UNFRUGAL these days, but today did a few small things so I will add them here:

*Used up 4 zucchini that were languishing in the fridge

*Homemade BBQ sauce on chicken thighs done on the grill - delish

*Loving the no heating/no cooling season

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« Reply #7214 on: September 16, 2016, 01:13:36 AM »
I thought here they held the Aldi specific token you can buy for $2?

They do, but if you look closely it's the same size as a $2 coin.

Makes finding abandoned trolleys and returning them far more lucrative than in the States, apparently.

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« Reply #7215 on: September 16, 2016, 04:44:54 AM »
No driving, no spending day yesterday. Gym childcare co-op, a walk, cooked dried chickpeas in the crockpot and roasted them for snacks, baked homemade sourdough, made grilled cheese and my favorite tomato soup with coconut milk and chickpeas.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7216 on: September 16, 2016, 07:47:51 AM »
Apparently our carts at Aldi are a bargain!

I'm assuming it's because in the US we don't really use any coins higher than 25 cents.  We have a $1 coin, but no one really uses them and they are not at all common.

It's funny because yesterday I was remembering grocery shopping in France while in college and putting a 10 franc piece in to get the cart (worth about $2 at the time) and thinking how much cheaper Aldi's carts were. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7217 on: September 16, 2016, 11:43:40 AM »
Brought leftovers for lunch, as per usual.
Scored a weight bench for $10 from a co-worker. Will add this to the free squat rack and weight set I got from other co-workers.
Found a long necklace at Target for $16.99 compared to the mucho expensive Stella and Dot ones I was considering.
Bought a package of grapes marked $2 off at Target. Nothing wrong with them as long as we eat them in the next couple days.
We all wanted a sweet treat so I whipped up a batch of no-bake cookies since we already had all the ingredients.
Bought a Groupon for a date night brewery tour. For the regular price of just the tour, we also get two six-packs of beer. I don't drink it, so Current will be happy that he gets both. :)
Had a conversation and lesson with the kiddos on "want" v. "need" -- PRICELESS :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7218 on: September 16, 2016, 12:21:53 PM »
Saved at least $2.35 in interest by setting up an automatic payment to my VISA from my HELOC to happen 10 days from now instead of today.

WHOA, WHOA, hold the face punches for paying debt with debt... let me explain. 

The VISA will be paid in full 2 days before it is due. I would rather pay it all off ASAP but then I would need to transfer savings and it would be a PITA.  There will be enough "income" put into the HELOC to fully cover the VISA about 4 days after it is due. I will still owe about $0.94 in interest with this VISA debt sitting in my HELOC for ~4 days.  Conversely, I would owe about $44.14 if I paid my Visa just one day late.

There is a slight chance I would forget so I am glad I set up the auto pay today.

My instinct was to just pay it all now, but why not take advantage of the zero interest on my VISA until the due date (or 2 days before to be safe).

I love the springy debt of my HELOC.

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/22/springy-debt-instead-of-a-cash-cushion/

I don't do this every month, and would not recommend it unless you know the HELOC will not negatively grow over time. But we had an unexpected $4000 expense last month and only $1500 cash earmarked to cover it.  I could pull out savings or change my investment strategy but considered the automatic payment from the HELOC for only $0.94 in interest worth it.

How many of you pay off higher interest debt with lower interest debt?  Am I dancing with the Devil or making smart debt repayment choices?


 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7219 on: September 16, 2016, 12:35:07 PM »
I called my doctor instead of going in; this may or may not work.

Yesterday I used a $10 Target coupon to buy $20 toilet paper and was a little irked that it wasn't also on sale. Then I got a $5 gift card for the purchase. So tit wound up essentially costing $5.

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« Reply #7220 on: September 16, 2016, 03:43:08 PM »


The VISA will be paid in full 2 days before it is due.
 

It is best to give yourself some more leeway than 2 days, some of the "poor" companies take their sweet time about booking in payments, more than needed, just to trigger more "late" fees...  !   90% of the time, 2 days is fine, until it suddenly isn't.

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« Reply #7221 on: September 16, 2016, 03:47:38 PM »
Today has backfired on me. I suggested to my husband that we find recipes to use up some of the cranberry sauce that's  clogging up our pantry. He agreed, and spent $10 on ingredients for his.

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« Reply #7222 on: September 16, 2016, 04:18:56 PM »
Decided I got a little too generous with the dried fruit I added to my batch of granola last week, so I am making up another small batch to mix in and stretch the expensive dried fruit.

Of course I am making the granola in the heating/ cooling phase of the oven as I bake a frittata and muffins that will make several meals next week.

I have bread in the bread machine (timing just didn't work to batch bake it), I used the last of my yeast.  I always feel satisfied using up the last of something.  Of course that means I'll need to buy more soon, but I'm not wasting it!  I'm making this bread to eat with some cheese ball my boyfriend brought over a few days ago.  I don't have any crackers or anything else to eat with it, so bread it is.

The muffins are my own recipe using whole wheat flour, low sugar/ honey, ground flax seeds and lots of fruit. This time I'm using up blueberries I froze a few weeks ago when we just couldn't finish all the fresh fruit.  ill freeze these muffins and pack them in my lunches for the next week or two.

This week has been so stressful.  It felt amazing to come home and cook.

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« Reply #7223 on: September 16, 2016, 05:26:53 PM »
Drinking up tea that DH brought home from his work contract this week. Delicious, and free!

Turning off one zone of sprinklers because we put water hardy plants there.
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« Reply #7224 on: September 16, 2016, 11:53:46 PM »
Currently selling excess stuff on eBay, including a found pair of expensive sunglasses. Just sold for $80! And yes, they were legitimately found, not stolen!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7225 on: September 17, 2016, 12:45:29 AM »
Went for another bike ride today with Mr. Tuxedocat -- we biked to the local university. They have super cool architecture, green spaces and beaches. There was a mini vendor fair and were serving free hot dogs and pop. Score!

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« Reply #7226 on: September 17, 2016, 12:54:29 AM »
*Used up a huge bag of coleslaw mix that was passing its expiry date today

*Got $20 off groceries tonight with cc points and earned more points by using the card
(always torn between doing this and paying cash, a la Dave Ramsey)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7227 on: September 17, 2016, 05:54:53 AM »
Literal $ saved:

Checked in on my friends Airbnb for her. $10.

Free book sold to chegg $3.24

Using loose leaf paper and three ring binder I already had for class this semester. Returned notebooks to target $6.24



Abstract $ saved:

I need several sketch books this semester. I love notebooks and sketchbooks, so this one is difficult but I am using loose drawing paper I had already. $20.

I found 2 of my 4 required textbooks through interlibrary loan. Reading an older edition copy of the third that is on the shelf in the classroom. $200 saved? 

I may break down and buy the kindle version of the 4th book.  I haven't been able to source it anywhere else. Kindle version is $100 cheaper than print. No one seems to sell this book used. Urg.

Took a cute clearance pair of sandals out of my shopping cart.

Hit a new low on the scales this morning. Real food and exercise is paying off.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7228 on: September 17, 2016, 05:58:35 AM »
We cooked 4 things in the oven at once.

I bought apples and oranges instead of more expensive fruit.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7229 on: September 17, 2016, 12:04:59 PM »
Canned up 7 jars of BBQ sauce 9 jars of habanero-plum sauce, 6 pints of pear sauce and 2 jars of tomato sauce from free fruit and garden produce.  Also dehydrating more plums for prunes.

Returning some boots that don't fit quite right.

It's riding helmet awareness day, and lots of places are offering 20% off.  I just had to pitch a helmet that was in an accident, but I still have two more, so I've talked myself into waiting until this time next year even though it means my pretty show helmet will be getting used more and probably cease to be so pretty.

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« Reply #7230 on: September 17, 2016, 01:38:59 PM »
A couple of days ago I booked an appointment for my car for a couple of safety recalls. Today I get an email from a mystery shopper service that I signed up for. It is for the exact thing I am already booked for. I can make $70 U.S. ($90 Can.) for something I need done anyway. :)

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« Reply #7231 on: September 17, 2016, 03:31:43 PM »
Checked out a plumbing instruction book from the library and fixed a leaky faucet on my own. Also plan to fix the pop-up drain and squeaky valve in the other bathroom. I figure that is all got to be worth at least $100???

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« Reply #7232 on: September 17, 2016, 03:44:25 PM »
Took the dog to the local low-cost rabies vaccination clinic ($20).*  A regular checkup plus vaccination is $85.  She will get her checkup when she gets the rest of her vaccinations next spring, at another clinic.

*Essential because 1. there is the possibility of rabies in our area, and 2. I can't take her across the border without it.
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« Reply #7233 on: September 17, 2016, 03:51:08 PM »
Sowed vegetable seeds, and had my hub put up netting so I might actually get some plants from them.

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« Reply #7234 on: September 17, 2016, 03:53:55 PM »
Booked flights to visit family at Christmas using miles from a credit card bonus. Saved just over $1000 compared to the fares we would have booked, but we were able to get business class going one direction for the same number of miles.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7235 on: September 17, 2016, 03:56:19 PM »
Submitted a request for an insurance quote and got a $10 gift card for it (offer from my university alumni association).

Checked expiration date for my Amazon Prime membership -- it is coming up on the 25th.  I will place the order I have pending for DS's textbooks and some other supplies and then cancel the membership.  DS is now a college student so he is going to sign up for their reduced rate, and we'll use it for the whole household.

Got anther $10 visa gift card as a rebate for my recent car service.  Will apply that to the Amazon order as well.

Tried to place an order for some other clothing items DD and I need, but the discount code didn't work.  Sent an email to inquire about it.  Hopefully they will be able to fix the problem and I'll get the $15 discount. 

About to head out with DD to look for long sleeved shirts and an extra pair of shoes for her field trip.  Hitting two thrift stores first before I try retail. 

Edited to add that I found DD some waterproof Merrell boots in great shape for $10 (can't find this model but even the cheapest Merrell boots on Epay seem to be going for many times that), a North Face ski jacket for $20 (her winter coat from last year is getting too small -- this will work for at least two years as it is a bit big), and a lightly used sweater from the Gap for $5.  All that new retail probably would have cost over $200.....  Yay for thrift stores!  And kids who don't mind shopping in them. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7236 on: September 17, 2016, 06:15:22 PM »
Fixed a bifold door that was sticking. Thank you YouTube for the video with clear instructions.

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« Reply #7237 on: September 17, 2016, 06:55:10 PM »
Used cardpool to get 7% off a babies r' us gift card. Had already planned a $50 price point. Got a $50 GC and bought a $49.99 item. Only a couple bucks saved, but it adds up. Also sent my referral to 2 friends- it'll get them and me each $5 off our next order if they use it. (If anyone wants $5 off their first order, let me know, it just felt super presumptuous to put my referral link haha).

I'm also using cardpool to get a CC bonus- my local bank's card has a deal that I'll get $10 statement credit next month for doing 10 transactions of $10 or more this month. (Next 3 months this'll be going on). So I've been grabbing GCs off cardpool for some of the transactions, since I can get pretty close to the $10 that way, and maximize my % return on the deal.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7238 on: September 18, 2016, 08:30:01 AM »
The budgeting app I used for years has been glitchy.  Updates don't fix it. I can't find another I like that's free. So I downloaded the apple Numbers app and made myself a spreadsheet, formatted it to fit comfortably on my phone screen, got my important formulas and numbers in. I'm ready to go. No more excuses about glitchy apps. Manually entering purchases keeps me honest and on track.

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« Reply #7239 on: September 18, 2016, 11:30:09 AM »
It's been a busy weekend processing free fruit we foraged from friends and families trees. Plums, apples, pears and rhubarb. So far we have dehydrated 10 trays of plums and have 8 trays of plum honey leather going. Rest of the fruit needs to ripen a bit so I have some time to actually plan what we are going to do with it all.

Called and submitted (yet another) warranty claim about our Blentec blender (pro tip, don't get one! we got ours as a gift and had high hopes, has not been good)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7240 on: September 18, 2016, 06:05:03 PM »
*Bought lunch at the grocery store for the family on the way home from church instead of splurging and taking them to a restaurant. Husband is away so I was feeling sorry for myself! Haha

*Bought 3 new-to-me tops at a consignment shop

*Picked up discount canvases for my budding artist son at the Dollarstore rather than the art supply store. I realize that one day he will need to upgrade, but he is 11 and is delighted with the so far ... Lots of experimenting going on:-)


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« Reply #7241 on: September 18, 2016, 08:51:49 PM »
Got home last night after a weekend away. Tired, hungry, came very close to ordering Thai for dinner*.

Instead, I raided the freezer for heatable eatables (spring rolls, etc, courtesy of BiL's last visit) and threw those in the oven while I had a shower and gave myself a talking to.

This morning, I got up early and washed and pegged (first load) and washed (second load) before work. It's dry and sunny here today after a very wet weekend, with more rain forecast later in the week, so I'm making hay, so to speak.

Last week I saved about a grand by not giving in to temptation for a new bedroom suite. I had grown to hate the style of my bed, so I spent $4 on parts and modified it.

(This means that in eight hours of driving, we didn't stop for food at all. Before we left my husband found me in the kitchen nibbling on shaved turkey. 'What are you doing?' 'Eating the turkey.' 'Why?' 'It won't be good by the time we get home, and this way we don't have to stop.' 'It's a bit weird.' 'It's weird spending money on food when we have a fridge full of it!')

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7242 on: September 18, 2016, 08:59:45 PM »
Picked the garden today. Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Cucumber. Tomatoes (many). Green beans. Soy beans (for edamame). It has been a great garden year.

Also, repaired the broken handle on my push lawn mower by scavenging the handle off the old mower. The new mower has a warranty, but it will take a few days to get the part, and the grass is LONG.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7243 on: September 18, 2016, 09:18:28 PM »
Cut husband's hair. I'm getting better!

Working out what home cooked / grocery foods we can bring with us on our long weekend away, to minimise spending on takeaway and very expensive convenience store groceries.

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« Reply #7244 on: September 19, 2016, 10:39:17 AM »
* Put up some garden basil for winter (we use the Ball freezer trays for small quantities of herbs, lemon zest, etc)

* Added more mulch to the gardens from our wonderful big free pile of shredded tree trimmings, which I requested and received from the city tree-trimming crew when they were on our street a couple of weeks ago.
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« Reply #7245 on: September 19, 2016, 12:37:54 PM »
Put up seven meals or so in the freezer, with my MIL's help.  I'm super-pregnant and due any day.  It will be a lovely alternative to take-out!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7246 on: September 19, 2016, 01:08:01 PM »
Instead of going to a store to wander around today, I wandered around outside in my neighborhood. Nearly an hour, ended up being sunny, and I discovered a street I didn't know was there that has a couple incredible gardens on it. $0 spent.

Eating leftovers for lunch.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7247 on: September 19, 2016, 07:03:40 PM »
Hey this one really happened today, and it really is small:  I always pay my light bill by phone, using my credit card so I get travel points.  Today i get stuck in a loop asking me to put in my phone number, then asking for the street number of my house, phone number, street number, lather, rinse, repeat.  So I press zero, and pay the nice customer service girl directly.  At the end she tells me there is a $3.00 convenience charge for talking to a person and wanted to make sure it was ok with me.

Well hell to the no.  Your automated system, which I always use, didn't work, causing me to talk to you instead.  She had to check with her supervisor, and what do you know, they didn't charge me. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7248 on: September 20, 2016, 12:43:33 AM »
*Made soup stock in my Instant Pot out of the bones from the previous night's whole chicken - after that, I hardboiled 9 farm fresh eggs in the IP too. I love how it makes fresh eggs easier to peel.

*11 year old is still ok with Walmart clothes, thankfully! Picked him up several much needed items of clothing for good prices.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7249 on: September 20, 2016, 01:26:21 AM »
Cancelled a $20 subscription my husband signed up for. I was stupidly under the impression it was an annual fee. Nope, $20/month. I don't know how I missed that for so long, but it's gone now.

We've been off booze (and requisite mixers) for five weeks, so that's probably saved $80.

And the power company gave me a $25 credit for being a huge pain in the arse when we moved house. (That was part one, closing our previous account. Part two, getting a meter reading and opening new account, is an ongoing saga for which I will also pursue compensation.)