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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7300 on: September 25, 2016, 01:57:49 PM »
Brother asked me to pick up a gift card for my mom for her birthday. Rather than go to the store itself, we went to a grocery store that sells a lot of gift cards. 6% back on groceries on our CC, plus it allowed us to group trips and save on a bit of gas. So we got 6% on the $75 gift card, and brother paid us back right away.

In the same conversation, told another brother about Cardpool. He drinks a lot of starbucks, so I told him about using cardpool cards to fill his app at 9% off. He was very excited. I sent him a referral link, so we will both get $5 off if he uses it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7301 on: September 25, 2016, 06:47:11 PM »
Meal planned, made a week's worth of breakfast for my husband, cut his hair, baked sourdough bread, and bought a Kitchen Aid mixer for $25 on the local but/sell Facebook group that will be my brother's Christmas gift. All in all a pretty good day!

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« Reply #7302 on: September 25, 2016, 09:02:29 PM »
I was expecting to be paid last Thursday for one of my fun part-time gigs, since it was the second-last Thursday of the month and that is payday there. I found out on Friday that they had moved payday to the last Thursday of the month, while I was on a involuntary summer off from this gig.  There is no money coming in until Tuesday (different gig). I had $4 in my wallet.

There was plenty of good food in the house for me and the kitties and gas in the car.

I returned $8 worth of bottles and milk cartons for the deposit, bought a lb of ground coffee and a very tiny bottle of gingerale to counteract occasional nausea from a new med. Still have $4.

The whole cheque will go into savings when I get it, instead if my using $30-$40 on odds and ends during the weekend.

I'm mad noone told me about the payday change, though.


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« Reply #7303 on: September 25, 2016, 09:24:34 PM »
No airport food. Ate a (free to me) clif bar I packed and had some in flight cola. It was not easy to make it from 4:30 am until I got home at noon.

No checked bag.

Initially there were no ubers available but instead of getting a taxi I waited a few minutes until a driver was free. Reduced cost by half.

Walked to Kroger and bought what was on my list.  Redeemed several free coupons. Sparkling water, gum, a breakfast bar and a pack of Swedish fish. Not stuff I buy regularly but definitely things I enjoy. I've put them away to save for days I need treats.  My list was mostly fruits and veggies. Walked home.

I taught my boyfriend how to make hot cocoa with milk and cocoa powder. I expect it will reduce his coffee shop purchases and save him money.

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« Reply #7304 on: September 26, 2016, 06:00:46 AM »
Leaving on a two day amusement park holiday for DS bday today- I had a chicken breast in the fridge that I couldn't refreeze, so I quickly baked it and made a salad, and took that for my lunch. Much tastier and cheaper than the usual junk food available at these places ($12 for a hotdog and drink?!?).

Got to the hotel tonight and walked down to the nearest supermarket for supplies- got him treats and myself dried fruit/nuts/seeds and an apple for $3, which will be a perfect treat lunch to keep me going tomorrow.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7305 on: September 26, 2016, 06:46:29 AM »
Woke up to below-freezing temperatures outside and a house that was 17 degrees (yay rural quebec...). I'm working from home today...

Instead of turning on the heat, I put on an extra sweater, found my slippers, and put a blanket over my legs while I'm at the computer. We can heat, if necessary, for 2-3 hours tonight when everyone is home, but I'll be damned if I heat the whole house to sit in front of a computer in one room.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7306 on: September 26, 2016, 08:25:42 AM »
Woke up to below-freezing temperatures outside and a house that was 17 degrees (yay rural quebec...). I'm working from home today...

Instead of turning on the heat, I put on an extra sweater, found my slippers, and put a blanket over my legs while I'm at the computer. We can heat, if necessary, for 2-3 hours tonight when everyone is home, but I'll be damned if I heat the whole house to sit in front of a computer in one room.

For us yanks, that means 62 degrees F.  No her (his?) pipes aren't freezing, calm down.

But if you were just going to throw on a sweater at -8c, that would be pretty hardcore.  :)
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« Reply #7307 on: September 26, 2016, 08:39:51 AM »
Woke up to below-freezing temperatures outside and a house that was 17 degrees (yay rural quebec...). I'm working from home today...

Instead of turning on the heat, I put on an extra sweater, found my slippers, and put a blanket over my legs while I'm at the computer. We can heat, if necessary, for 2-3 hours tonight when everyone is home, but I'll be damned if I heat the whole house to sit in front of a computer in one room.
I opened windows last night, house was 14 this morning.  Bliss after nights in the 20's and running the AC.  Beautiful sunny day, house is already up to 15.  There was frost on the deck but even the tender plants seem to be still OK.  Time to dig the sweet potatoes, I think.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7308 on: September 26, 2016, 09:55:12 AM »
Finally called to lower my insurance on a 2006 vehicle. Was paying 902, now paying 557/year. Don't know why I waited so long!

However, I also added a second vehicle and am back up to 958/year, until I can sell the other car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7309 on: September 26, 2016, 10:27:13 AM »
Joined my parents at the beach this weekend. The house belongs to a friend who is out of the country for the month so no housing cost and we could bring the dog (no boarding cost or thank you gift to friends who take him). Friday night I made 2 savory chicken pies with a quarter of the chicken I shredded off a $5 sam's club rotisserie  and brought that to avoid eating out during the day. We had it for lunch on Saturday and Sunday and I'm taking the last little bit of it for my lunch today. My mom brought another $5 rotisserie chicken to the beach house and we didn't end up eating it so she gave it to us to take home. One breast was sacrificed for a quick dinner last night and I'll strip the rest of the meat to freeze tonight.
We did go out and have a spendy dinner on Saturday though. $50 for filet and shrimp at a gorgeous restaurant. Delicious and a worthwhile treat.

I'm going out of town for a work conference Thursday through Sunday and I've scanned the pantry for what I can take with me to eat at the hotel to pocket the measly per-diem. No microwave in the room means that I'll likely end up eating a lot of cereal this weekend. The hotel only has valet parking so I'm trying to avoid going in and out a lot.

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« Reply #7310 on: September 26, 2016, 01:15:33 PM »
Woke up to below-freezing temperatures outside and a house that was 17 degrees (yay rural quebec...). I'm working from home today...

Instead of turning on the heat, I put on an extra sweater, found my slippers, and put a blanket over my legs while I'm at the computer. We can heat, if necessary, for 2-3 hours tonight when everyone is home, but I'll be damned if I heat the whole house to sit in front of a computer in one room.
I opened windows last night, house was 14 this morning.  Bliss after nights in the 20's and running the AC.  Beautiful sunny day, house is already up to 15.  There was frost on the deck but even the tender plants seem to be still OK.  Time to dig the sweet potatoes, I think.

Haha! I clearly live in the wrong place - give me sweltering heat any day. I'm always cold, and cold shuts me down. I'm hardening myself up slowly! Sweaters!!


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« Reply #7311 on: September 26, 2016, 08:44:11 PM »
Had to repair the mailbox and post due to someone sideswiping it.  Almost headed to lowes for block to anchor the foundation, then remembered pavers the previous owners left behind. Almost went to lowes for an 18 inch board to mount the mailbox on (old one was rotted and cracked in two).  Then i saw the perfect piece in the work scrap pile.  Asked for it and got it.  No money spent, and I did the repairs/used powertools without the hubby's help!!

Ate leftover soup from the freezer and stale crackers for lunch.  (Stale crackers taste ok in soup)

Drank water and coffee.

Used spotify for an at-home "zumba'  (aka...I danced around my house,,,like a nut)  I sweated, didn't drive, and found my 'gym class' replacement. 

Bought a last minute gift at goodwill.  New with tags items for the win! Spent less than 5.00.

Deposited 'rebate' checks from our health insurance company.  Yay, 20.64 into savings.

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« Reply #7312 on: September 27, 2016, 05:22:27 PM »
Deposited $1400 in rent checks.. always feels good at least..:)

Made the Traditional IRA contributions for me and DW which will save on taxes.

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« Reply #7313 on: September 27, 2016, 06:02:55 PM »
Deposited $6 from recycling cans and an $8 check from ebates.

Redeemed $60 from doing Pinecone Research surveys. It's only $3 a pop but it adds up. This will go toward Christmas presents.

Bought two nice-quality woven rag rugs for $5 at a garage sale over the weekend. Washed them this morning and hung them out to dry in the sun. One is now by the kitchen sink and the other is near the pantry door.

Refrained from buying a popsicle at the Mexican grocery store, even though it was sooo tempting in the 90+ degree heat.
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« Reply #7314 on: September 27, 2016, 06:29:07 PM »
Planning my route on my afternoon walks so that I don't pass near a starbucks. No need for the temptation.

Now that I have a food processor, I've started shredding our own carrots and cabbage rather than buying pre-shredded.
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« Reply #7315 on: September 27, 2016, 08:34:05 PM »
I found a loyalty card online that saved me $40 on a prescription.

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« Reply #7316 on: September 27, 2016, 08:38:34 PM »
I attended a lunch presentation about revised codes regarding the slip coefficient for porcelain tile..."free lunch" and a vendor "happy hour" where they brought empanadas :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7317 on: September 28, 2016, 07:24:28 AM »
I attended a lunch presentation about revised codes regarding the slip coefficient for porcelain tile..."free lunch" and a vendor "happy hour" where they brought empanadas :)

Ooooh, lucky. I LOVE empanadas!

I was unhappy about the aesthetics of the home office (both Husband and I work from home 3 days a week) - it was cluttered and super bare and not appealing to be in, and spending 24 hours a week in that sucks.

50$ on Kijiji and Facebook found a nice wood filing cabinet and short bookcase (we can reduce clutter, but some things we actually gotta keep, so may as well be pretty...) Repurposing curtains we had on plumbing pipes (uneven ceiling means traditional curtain rods won't do, but this works and costs less than 30$) will hide the wine rack and chest freezer we stashed in there. And I picked up a large box of ugly wood frames at a garage sale for free (seriously - I asked if sh had frames, and she said she had forgotten to take them to the dump and I could have them). A coat of white spray paint (left over from another project) and they look decent. Then I stalked design bloggers and found some free posters and illustrations to print, and will put up a gallery wall. Only thing left to get is. Decent desk lamp - I've found gorgeous brass lamps at the thrift store near here for 10$, and 10$ for re-wiring supplies should cover it.

Conclusion: we de-cluttered, put away, bought storage, made pretty, and generally created an appealing and decently-designed room for under 100$, and now I don't feel cranky every time I go downstairs to do work, so I avoid leaving to go work in a coffee shop or more appealing environment. Pretty houses don't have to be expensive. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7318 on: September 28, 2016, 12:23:14 PM »
Did a dump run with all the old roofing shingles from a rental re-roof, plus assorted crap from other jobs.. Came to exactly 1 ton for $70.. yipes..:(

However while there these fencing contractors showed up to dump some stuff, in short I scored half a roll of high tensile fencing wire plus two very decent 8ft pressure treated posts..:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7319 on: September 28, 2016, 12:54:18 PM »
Ate soup at my desk today instead of buying lunch.

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« Reply #7320 on: September 28, 2016, 01:24:52 PM »
Made shrimp tacos at home instead of going to our favorite Mexican place.  And the shrimp at home were given to us for free...bonus!

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« Reply #7321 on: September 28, 2016, 04:45:37 PM »
Rode my bike to the library, and then joined my son after school and persuaded him to ride home with me for an inexpensive treat instead of going to the store.

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« Reply #7322 on: September 28, 2016, 04:51:44 PM »
I walked a mile both ways in the rain to pick up my CSA share. 

I got a free umbrella!  My super was asking if I was going to walk home in the rain.  Yes. I have a rain jacket.  She asked if I had an umbrella. Mine broke a couple months ago.  She was delighted to give me one that has been in the lost and found for a year. She's tried to give it away several times.  I am delighted! and I put it to good use on that CSA walk. Now I can delete it out of my target shopping cart. 


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« Reply #7323 on: September 28, 2016, 05:19:12 PM »
My son's feet grew again. Kids... He's now the owner of a $4 pair of name-brand sneakers from the thrift store in my preferred color (everything either is, or coordinates with, navy blue. Makes life so much easier).

I used up some random veggies that were sitting in the fridge to make fried rice for lunch. Delicious!

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« Reply #7324 on: September 28, 2016, 10:46:03 PM »
I walked a mile both ways in the rain to pick up my CSA share. 

I got a free umbrella!  My super was asking if I was going to walk home in the rain.  Yes. I have a rain jacket.  She asked if I had an umbrella. Mine broke a couple months ago.  She was delighted to give me one that has been in the lost and found for a year. She's tried to give it away several times.  I am delighted! and I put it to good use on that CSA walk. Now I can delete it out of my target shopping cart.
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I gave away a few items in our neighborhood Buy Nothing Group today.

I hosted my book club this month.  Made tea, people brought wine, had some snacks.  Much cheaper than going out to do happy hour or drinks.

I packed my lunch and snacks.

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« Reply #7325 on: September 28, 2016, 11:01:16 PM »
I paid for a horse trainer to come out and school my horse.  Pretty sure it will spare me some medical bills that I would have incurred if I'd continued to DIY the training on my current horse. 

Homemade yogurt for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and dinner, mostly consisting of homegrown veggies.

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« Reply #7326 on: September 28, 2016, 11:10:01 PM »
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautÚd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them.
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« Reply #7327 on: September 29, 2016, 07:42:24 AM »
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautÚd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them.
I ate dandelion salad fresh picked from my backyard today !!!! lol !!!!

My parents talked a lot about eating dandelion greens - but never went out and collected them! Fortunately, they never sent me out either. My understanding is that you need to collect before they bloom. It's fall here - so lots of dandelions with no blooms - are those edible (I never see the foliage die back after flowering)

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« Reply #7328 on: September 29, 2016, 08:44:03 AM »
Yes Dandelion greens are edible as long as you are sure there are no chemicals or pee.

Treat them like spinach or arugula. You can add a bit to spice up a mixed green salad.

But if very bitter they are better cooked & served with oil & lemon. Or baked  in a Greek style spinach pie. Spanakopita.

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« Reply #7329 on: September 29, 2016, 07:36:29 PM »
Yes Dandelion greens are edible as long as you are sure there are no chemicals or pee.

Treat them like spinach or arugula. You can add a bit to spice up a mixed green salad.

But if very bitter they are better cooked & served with oil & lemon. Or baked  in a Greek style spinach pie. Spanakopita.

Enjoy.

Dandelion is also good in green smoothies.
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« Reply #7330 on: September 30, 2016, 03:49:06 PM »
Mr.T: "Honey, do you want me to pick up a pizza on the way home?"

Me:  "What are you, nuts?  There's bok choy in the fridge, and pasta in the pantry!"

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« Reply #7331 on: September 30, 2016, 04:47:02 PM »
I brought an empty water bottle through airport security and filled it up from a water fountain.

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« Reply #7332 on: September 30, 2016, 10:11:17 PM »
Found some big zucchini in the garden.  Canning quarts of veggie soup and tomato soup right now.

Being.g antisocial and skipped a going away party at a pub downtown.

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« Reply #7333 on: October 01, 2016, 09:27:59 AM »
Did not go out to dinner last night, even though we were very tempted to. Stayed home and had pesto chicken and braised cabbage over rice.

Making our own sofa table instead of buying. Bonus: we can make dimensions that fit to our couch. Anything close in size is $300+ at TJ Maxx even, whereas we bought all the materials yesterday for $55. And $30 of that went on a gift card that was given to us.

Driving to visit friends today. The drive isn't terribly frugal (1.5hrs), but we did get them to agree to a bbq at their house instead of going out once we get there. Legit useful blog post I refer to periodically: http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/01/20/frugal-friends-and-where-to-find-them/
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7334 on: October 01, 2016, 10:30:55 AM »
Measured the yield in meat from a whole chicken. I also get boneless skinless thighs and am planning to compare later. This was a roaster from Market Basket, which is a local bargain grocery chain. Depending on the grocer more or less water is allowed to be injected.

This chicken was roasted in my counter top rotisserie with nothing added. The rotisserie can only do up to 5 lbs.

So starting weight 5.05lb at $1.09 lb = $5.50

After cooking and cooling I pulled it apart completely. There were no giblets, but I like the skin so I included it in the weight.

Meat yield: 1 lb 11.5 ounces
Skin yield: 2.9 ounces

Actual cost per pound of meat + skin:  $2.89

Chicken thighs at Market Basket and the closest competitor are $1.99 lb. They shrink too, but since there isn't any bone I don't think they are going to come out to $2.89 lb cooked.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7335 on: October 01, 2016, 04:50:38 PM »
Measured the yield in meat from a whole chicken. I also get boneless skinless thighs and am planning to compare later. This was a roaster from Market Basket, which is a local bargain grocery chain. Depending on the grocer more or less water is allowed to be injected.

This chicken was roasted in my counter top rotisserie with nothing added. The rotisserie can only do up to 5 lbs.

So starting weight 5.05lb at $1.09 lb = $5.50

After cooking and cooling I pulled it apart completely. There were no giblets, but I like the skin so I included it in the weight.

Meat yield: 1 lb 11.5 ounces
Skin yield: 2.9 ounces

Actual cost per pound of meat + skin:  $2.89

Chicken thighs at Market Basket and the closest competitor are $1.99 lb. They shrink too, but since there isn't any bone I don't think they are going to come out to $2.89 lb cooked.

Do you use your chicken carcass to make stock? That is also worth something and can't be done with the boneless chicken parts.

Today, we meal planned and grocery shopped, took our toddler on a walk and stopped at the playground, decided that it was warm enough to let the kiddo splash in puddles barefoot instead of shelling out $25 for rain boots at Target, DH did a boyweight workout while watching college football, I baked a huge pan of butternut squash lasagna which we served with garlic bread (on homemade sourdough) and leftover wine that DH brought home from a work function. I also did a bunch of reading related to Slow Fashion October project which was very enlightening.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7336 on: October 01, 2016, 06:40:03 PM »
This morning I made sourdough pancakes with my homemade starter. There were a few big ones left over so I froze them for kid breakfasts next week. Then we took the three little ones to OSH for their free Frankenpumpkin activity today.

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« Reply #7337 on: October 03, 2016, 07:05:58 AM »
Identified the problem wi my non-charging cell phone and fixed it instead of immediately saying "oh, well, it's 2 years old, let's just get another one on contract" like my husband was urging.

Savings: SIGNIFICANT.

We also spent the weekend in the city, saw friends, did some necessary shopping (some things can't be had near home, so we save up the list when we go to town...). We were restricted to restaurant meals and treated the friends who gave us a place to stay with our toddler, and even then meals for the weekend were under 120$ for all meals - cheaper than 2 nights hotel, AND we got to see people we miss and buy things we needed for 1/2 the price that they cost near home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7338 on: October 03, 2016, 07:16:49 AM »
Brought lunch to work today (leftover turkey stew). I've got enough leftovers for 2 more lunches.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7339 on: October 03, 2016, 02:28:06 PM »
Cleaned out my bathroom yesterday and found an unused shaving balm from a hotel pack.

guess I won't need to buy one of those in a while :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7340 on: October 03, 2016, 04:24:15 PM »
I shopped around for car insurance, before renewing. The new company is charging $248 less per year (a 27.9 per cent reduction).

I hadn't done this in 5 years.  I'll do the same now for my home insurance when it comes due in February, and then tag it for every three years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7341 on: October 03, 2016, 05:48:24 PM »
Today's is fun :D

1. Cocktail sauce was getting older and I was worried it would go bad.  Made meatloaf today and normally I toss in some all natural ketchup instead of dividing up cans of tomato paste into small amounts and storing.  Half of the lingering cocktail sauce went in instead...didn't notice a difference in taste, so the rest will go in the next meatloaf.

2. Stopped at the local thrift store.  Saw 2 good solid wooden chairs ready for painting.  I have been mixing chairs with folding chairs at my kitchen table, and the 5.00 price tags on each chair was just right :)  Got to the register and found out they were half off today.  2.50 each!

3. Hubby decided we should be Trump and Hillary for Halloween..no political purpose, except that we find both of them to be frightening, so perfect for the holiday...lol.  Found 2 2.00 blond wigs at goodwill and a 2.00 red tie.  I will give the wigs "haircuts" and will watch for a pantsuit for myself. Easy and cheap and scary....

4. Drove past a pile of construction and misc household trash on the side of the road.  Stopped and trash picked new (in need of a bath) lunch bags for hubby and I, and a partial can of white paint that I will use to feed my art addiction....can't beat free!

5. Limited grocery purchasing, and didn't buy any junk food.  Just fruits, veggies, cheese, and orange juice for the sickly husband.

6. Returned library movies we rented for free.

7. Found out our pet store is starting a loyalty program.  For every 10 bags of dog food you buy, you get the 11th free...in whatever the smallest size is that you have on record.  Um..I buy a 30 lb bag of grain free, and chicken free dog food every month!  I'll take a free bag once every 11 months!

8. Picked up a penny....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7342 on: October 03, 2016, 11:22:13 PM »
From the past couple of days...

Caught up with friends last night, BBQ at their place instead of going out.

Leftovers became lunch today.

BiL stayed recently and left a heap of food in the fridge so I'm planning recipes around that.

Public holiday here yesterday, so saved $9 on transit.

Line-dried washing over the weekend.

Travelling to attend an event later this week, so I've started packing the little things it's easy to forget for festivals (e.g. suncream) so I don't have to panic-shop when we arrive.

Planning an outdoor event for later this month and I want candles for the tables. I just claimed some gorgeous jars from the kitchen at work, and I have some pillar candles at home (a gift from my birthday last year). Easy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7343 on: October 04, 2016, 05:30:02 AM »
Yesterday evening I was exhausted and coming down with a cold, so I defrosted some chicken and barley soup I made last month and a par-cooked pizza crust. I topped the pizza with garlic, olive oil, and two kinds of cheese, and roasted some broccoli. A healthy meal in less time (and hardly any more effort) than ordering a pizza.

I did some sewing for a neighbor who watches my son for me occasionally.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7344 on: October 04, 2016, 12:29:24 PM »
I had an appointment to see my eye doctor, so I parked on the street and did a 6 min walk to the doctor's office, instead of paying for the medical center's parking fee

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7345 on: October 04, 2016, 12:37:53 PM »
I'm the one that always does Costco trips, so I hadn't bothered adding my husband to the Costco account. But he's been traveling a lot more for work, and staying in hotels. The costco visa gets 4% on gas and 3% on qualifying travel- including hotels. So I went into Costco and got husband set up with a membership number, so that I could add him as an authorized user for the visa. So now we'll be getting 3% on the $1k+ per month in hotels he's racking up right now (and getting reimbursed). Not bad for a 15 min wait in line.

From reading through the details, it looks like it's only the gas that has a rewards cap per year- only 4% on the first $7k per year. But no limit on the 3% on qualifying travel. So that's cool!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7346 on: October 04, 2016, 05:54:59 PM »
I noticed our dryer wasn't working well, so I cleaned out the vent on both ends.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7347 on: October 04, 2016, 08:28:57 PM »
So many deadlines. So little time for food prep.  Beat the odds today and scrounged food to pack for lunch.  Ate my emergency work snacks for dinner.  I got lunch prepped for tomorrow. And have a jar of cold coffee ready to go. Hallelujah.

Had to attend a health fair today. Turned down plastic freebies but accepted some travel toothpaste and sunscreen.  I am almost out of both, so that's $2 or $3 I would have spent soon.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7348 on: October 04, 2016, 08:34:37 PM »

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7349 on: October 05, 2016, 12:26:46 AM »
I recently rented a car while on a trip. When I checked the credit card bill, the company had charged me for the rental car and separately tacked on a second charge of $17.58. Evil! Although I was tempted to let it slide, I called my credit card company to file a dispute. They just notified me that I won the dispute and my account has been credited. Yay!

Trying to eat my way through a 2.5 lb bag of Costco spinach, so today's lunch was spinach topped with a chopped hard boiled egg and vegetables from the garden, followed by a piece of Irish soda bread made from leftover frozen buttermilk.

Completed $25 worth of work on m-Turk over the past couple months, which will go toward a digital pass for Season 7 of the Walking Dead. (Does this count as saving money?)