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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7400 on: October 12, 2016, 06:01:57 PM »
I left home early this morning so I could walk and take public transportation and..I enjoyed it thoroughly.  I got in 11,000 steps by mid-afternoon.
I skipped having a proper dinner so no need for a grocery expedition.
Paid a bill early to get a discount.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7401 on: October 12, 2016, 06:10:49 PM »
I left home early this morning so I could walk and take public transportation and..I enjoyed it thoroughly.  I got in 11,000 steps by mid-afternoon.
I skipped having a proper dinner so no need for a grocery expedition.
Paid a bill early to get a discount.
Found a place where I can get my hair trimmed for a lot less!!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7402 on: October 12, 2016, 06:26:10 PM »
While in the city today to do a couple of errands, I stopped at my favourite produce store, which bills itself as selling "Fresh for Less."  I picked up 20 lb of red-skinned potatoes for 36 cents a lb, 3 lb of onions for 99 cents, and 6 winter squash (4 varieties) at 68 cents a lb (Canadian prices).

Russet potatoes were even less (24 cents a lb), but I prefer red-skinned. I would typically pay 92 cents a lb through the year for either.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7403 on: October 12, 2016, 06:36:17 PM »
My packed lunch was looking super unappetizing and my coworkers were going out for lunch. I remained strong and eat my leftovers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7404 on: October 12, 2016, 06:59:07 PM »
Dropped my pea coat off at the clothesmith shop today. Hurray for custom-fitted clothes - will look sooo much nicer on me, and way cheaper than buying a new one that fit better.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7405 on: October 12, 2016, 09:54:44 PM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

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« Reply #7406 on: October 12, 2016, 09:57:24 PM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7407 on: October 13, 2016, 08:45:46 AM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

Well dang it.  I saw those at Fred Meyer the other day and they looked cool.  Now I'm perusing the reviews on Amazon.  Our microwave at work sucks.  I think I did 5 minutes last time on soup and it was lukewarm, but I feel like I'm hogging the microwave at lunchtime if I keep sticking it back in. 

As far as saving money - nothing yet today, except staying home and keeping the heat off (it's 57F downstairs right now).

Yesterday - planted about 100 garlic cloves and 20 shallots.  Dug up about 50# of sweet potatoes and picked about 40# of tomatoes and a big bucket of peppers before it frosted.

Used a coupon at the feed store and also saved $7.50 by buying the bag of feed that had a tear in the bag taped shut.

Shipped out a couple hundred $$ worth of things I sold on eBay.

Did some body work on my horse instead of hiring a pro.  Seemed to work (she was getting sore and pissy because she's in horsey reform school right now).

Had fried green tomatoes, burger patties with mushrooms and leftover homemade bread for dinner last night.  Discovered that if I call it Salisbury steak, DH will eat burger patties.  If I call them bunless burgers, he feels he's being deprived of something. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7408 on: October 13, 2016, 10:18:17 AM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

Well dang it.  I saw those at Fred Meyer the other day and they looked cool.  Now I'm perusing the reviews on Amazon.  Our microwave at work sucks.  I think I did 5 minutes last time on soup and it was lukewarm, but I feel like I'm hogging the microwave at lunchtime if I keep sticking it back in. 

Be sure to check your local goodwill. Ours has a ton, because Crockpot for a long time (maybe they still do) gave away the little ones with every big one they sold. I think it was at walmart. Anyway, I ended up with 2, my MIL with 1, and we never used them and donated them. This long winded reply to say, be sure to check goodwill and the like =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7409 on: October 13, 2016, 10:27:43 AM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

Well dang it.  I saw those at Fred Meyer the other day and they looked cool.  Now I'm perusing the reviews on Amazon.  Our microwave at work sucks.  I think I did 5 minutes last time on soup and it was lukewarm, but I feel like I'm hogging the microwave at lunchtime if I keep sticking it back in. 

Be sure to check your local goodwill. Ours has a ton, because Crockpot for a long time (maybe they still do) gave away the little ones with every big one they sold. I think it was at walmart. Anyway, I ended up with 2, my MIL with 1, and we never used them and donated them. This long winded reply to say, be sure to check goodwill and the like =)

I think what Nyxst has is one of these:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006H5V8US/ref=s9_simh_gw_g79_i4_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=6EQ34GD1VGP5QNKH5H90&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=b21f7431-0e6c-4207-b08b-cc9492e60b0f&pf_rd_i=desktop

The container seals so it is easy to transport to/from work and has a removable liner.  There is also one model up from that with a detachable base like a cordless kettle.  One of those little dip ones would be OK too, just not quite as convenient and portable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7410 on: October 13, 2016, 10:30:07 AM »
I got a tiny Crock-Pot for my desk at work. I am always tempted to run out and buy lunch, so now I put the food in the Crock-Pot as soon as I get in, that way when lunch rolls around I am already committed to what is in there, and it smells pretty good :) almost 2 whole weeks without buying anything for lunch because of it! Best part, I got it on Amazon, on sale, and with a credit I had from something else that arrived broken, making my total cost $7. That $ is gonna save me a lot in the long run!

Well dang it.  I saw those at Fred Meyer the other day and they looked cool.  Now I'm perusing the reviews on Amazon.  Our microwave at work sucks.  I think I did 5 minutes last time on soup and it was lukewarm, but I feel like I'm hogging the microwave at lunchtime if I keep sticking it back in. 

Be sure to check your local goodwill. Ours has a ton, because Crockpot for a long time (maybe they still do) gave away the little ones with every big one they sold. I think it was at walmart. Anyway, I ended up with 2, my MIL with 1, and we never used them and donated them. This long winded reply to say, be sure to check goodwill and the like =)

I think what Nyxst has is one of these:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006H5V8US/ref=s9_simh_gw_g79_i4_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=6EQ34GD1VGP5QNKH5H90&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=b21f7431-0e6c-4207-b08b-cc9492e60b0f&pf_rd_i=desktop

The container seals so it is easy to transport to/from work and has a removable liner.  There is also one model up from that with a detachable base like a cordless kettle.  One of those little dip ones would be OK too, just not quite as convenient and portable.

Ah! I stand corrected. I didn't even know those existed. Kinda looks like the thermos I used as a kid for soup =P Yeah, I can see how that would work better for transporting food.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7411 on: October 13, 2016, 10:55:58 AM »
Last night I didn't cook and we snacked on what was in the fridge, so today I had no lunch.
I fished an old jar of soup from the freezer I keep for emergencies like this and I'm integrating it with the free apples we get at work... I just can't drop 10 - 12$ on a made-meal!
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« Reply #7412 on: October 13, 2016, 11:47:24 AM »
Switched from the ridiculously expensive Gillette Mach 3 razor to safety razors.  Instead of paying $100/year or so for razors, I'm down to $10!

Although I am cutting my face more...no pain no gain!  I'm hoping I figure it out and the razor replacements are chaper than the few than came with the $30 razor holder.

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« Reply #7413 on: October 13, 2016, 01:19:47 PM »
Switched from the ridiculously expensive Gillette Mach 3 razor to safety razors.  Instead of paying $100/year or so for razors, I'm down to $10!

Although I am cutting my face more...no pain no gain!  I'm hoping I figure it out and the razor replacements are chaper than the few than came with the $30 razor holder.

If you're cutting yourself, you're probably using the same shaving technique
as you were using with the Mach 3.  You need to modify your shave technique
when using a double edge razor.

Here's a good video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps88RU_BXlA

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7414 on: October 13, 2016, 02:17:12 PM »
Had a "duh" moment today: Rescheduled a routine, twice yearly appointment with my primary care physician from January 12 to December 30 BEFORE my high-deductible insurance plan resets. Right now I only have to pay 20% co-insurance because I met the first deductible. Probably saved myself a couple hundred.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7415 on: October 13, 2016, 04:21:26 PM »
Kids were fooling around with the dial on my deep freeze and turned it OFF! Didn't notice till 24 hours later, so I promptly cooked all the thawed (but very cold) meat: 2 bags of salmon filets, 5 lb of ground beef, 2 bags of hamburger patties.

The dial is now taped in place :-O

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7416 on: October 13, 2016, 04:25:08 PM »
Kids were fooling around with the dial on my deep freeze and turned it OFF! Didn't notice till 24 hours later, so I promptly cooked all the thawed (but very cold) meat: 2 bags of salmon filets, 5 lb of ground beef, 2 bags of hamburger patties.

The dial is now taped in place :-O

Some of that you can re-freeze, and shorten your future freezer-to-table time :-). I like to put cooked, frozen ground beef in spaghetti sauce, for instance.
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« Reply #7417 on: October 13, 2016, 04:33:06 PM »
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« Reply #7418 on: October 13, 2016, 06:47:37 PM »
I'm always picking up change off the sidewalk. Recently my boyfriend has found pennies a couple times and made a big production about picking them up and teasing me for missing them. We've had a lot of fun with it but it's also lead to really good conversation about finances.

Yesterday I did not buy the discount 3.29 box of a dozen donuts at Kroger. I... almost touched it.... then reminded myself of the pumpkin muffins and raisin bread I baked and froze last week (and all the crazy calories in those donuts!!). I did buy a $1 pack of cream cheese to have on raisin bread toast and then I splurged on 24 cents worth of chocolate covered raisins from the bulk bin.

When I got home I split that cream cheese pack up, 3/4 in the freezer for baking later, 1/4 out to have on raisin bread.  I am much more reasonable with portion sizes when I work from a smaller portion to begin with.

Tried a new recipe tonight, I'm calling it Almost Asian Style Ginger Veggie Stir Fry.  Delicious. I used a mass of different greens from my CSA share.  I think I'll like it better with broccoli as the greens are a little bitter but it's ok and a lovely new flavor to add to my regular menu.

I am trying to keep my grocery spending low this month. Coming in at $50 is doable but would mean not replacing staples as I use them up. It's silly to put off purchase just to manipulate my numbers, so I am going to try to balance wanting that number and common sense! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7421 on: October 14, 2016, 05:28:22 AM »
Switched from the ridiculously expensive Gillette Mach 3 razor to safety razors.  Instead of paying $100/year or so for razors, I'm down to $10!

Although I am cutting my face more...no pain no gain!  I'm hoping I figure it out and the razor replacements are chaper than the few than came with the $30 razor holder.

If you're cutting yourself, you're probably using the same shaving technique
as you were using with the Mach 3.  You need to modify your shave technique
when using a double edge razor.

Thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7422 on: October 14, 2016, 10:15:33 AM »
Made another batch of pumpkin soup.  The main ingredients are pumpkins and peppers from our garden.  Just wash and chop the pumpkins and peppers, removing the stems and seeds.  No need to peal.  Add a few other ingredients like onions and fresh ginger.  Boil till tender then puree with a stick blender.  Delish!

Hot peppers give it a bit of a bite if you like that.

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« Reply #7423 on: October 14, 2016, 12:33:45 PM »
Didnt order that tasty and full of saturated fats pizza.

Instead I made some pasta with tuna. yum yum!

I used to spend a lot of money on food, garbage food!

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« Reply #7424 on: October 14, 2016, 12:50:25 PM »
I thawed a turkey I got on sale after Thanksgiving (Canadian). Roasting it for dinner tonight, alongside carrots from the garden, pan-fried kale from the garden, and a roasted squash (cut in half, empty seeds, add butter/maple/garlic, roast till soft, mash - THE BEST).

All in all, including the squash we bought, that should make a meal for under 12$ and feed 4, PLUS at least a few lunches worth of soup from the broth, PLUS meat to do freezer meals for at least 4-5 dinners (casserole-type things with broccoli and rice and a bit of cheese, mostly). Like, even adding the ingredients for the extra meals (say, 20$ total), we're talking about meals for about 50 cents per person.

And not even high-sodium ramen-style meals for 50 cents. Real and reasonably healthy whole foods-type meals.

Bless having cooking skills is what I'm saying.

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« Reply #7425 on: October 14, 2016, 06:33:55 PM »
Bought socks for my husband and a birthday gift for a friend's one-year-old. Used some of my $30 in reward points, so out of pocket $0.

My husband is travelling (very common) with his whole team (less common) all next week. I'm getting him to pack a few extras in terms of toiletries, first aid supplies, phone chargers, etc, to prevent any last-minute shopping for the boys.

I've been much better this week at using up leftover ingredients. Yay for reducing food waste.

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« Reply #7426 on: October 14, 2016, 07:29:13 PM »
Replacing our own faucet. I know this is probably small potatoes to most people, but neither of us had done this before, and the previous home owner was a MESS with the silicone. Great bulbous gobs, everywhere. An exercise in patience, haha.

Bonus round: NOT ordering food/going out to eat, even though it was reeeeeeeally tempting.
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« Reply #7427 on: October 14, 2016, 10:29:44 PM »
We dined on salmon tonight for $2!

I went to the butcher shop to buy pork belly for making pancetta, but they were out. As I was leaving, I checked out the seafood shop in the next stall over. They were selling bags of salmon tails for $2 so I bought one. It probably contained 3 lbs of salmon, although a lot of it was bones. I tossed the pieces in a roasting pan with salt and pepper, slathered them with honey mustard sauce, and baked them. When they were done, I took the meat off the bones. Served the salmon with baked potatoes and spinach. There was enough for our dinner (two humans), the cats are happy, and there are leftovers for tomorrow.

I can see this being a very economical way of making salmon cakes or salmon chowder. Yum.

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« Reply #7428 on: October 14, 2016, 10:33:14 PM »
@BrackenJoy: Congratulations! It IS a big deal. Learning to do small projects like replacing your faucet can save a considerable bit of money, plus you get to enjoy the post-accomplishment feeling.

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« Reply #7429 on: October 14, 2016, 11:07:52 PM »
Tossed my Costco rotisserie chicken carcass and legs/wings into a pot and made chicken soup with other things we had on hand. Kids all had second helpings and there's enough for at least one more round for everyone another night. Perfect meal as the rain moved into the California today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7430 on: October 15, 2016, 01:47:18 AM »
Cleaned my dishwasher, i use it MAYBE once a  month, and after 6 years the mold was growing out of the drain. There was like 1/4 pound of gunk sludge in there...

I kinda what to just pull the damn thing out and get rid of it! I normally just hand wash my little dishes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7431 on: October 15, 2016, 10:33:15 AM »
Checked my car insurance: Raised the deductible on comprehensive coverage for my car from 300€ to 500€, and changed the payment schedule from quarterly to yearly (5% rebate for that). I can handle these sums better now as my emergency fund is rising :-) Overall change 10% saved :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7432 on: October 15, 2016, 02:00:27 PM »
Replacing our own faucet. I know this is probably small potatoes to most people, but neither of us had done this before, and the previous home owner was a MESS with the silicone. Great bulbous gobs, everywhere. An exercise in patience, haha.

Bonus round: NOT ordering food/going out to eat, even though it was reeeeeeeally tempting.

This ended up including switching our sink shut off valves, since they wouldn't close all the way. We now have quarter turn valves we installed. I'm extra proud of this one- required shutting off the main supply and everything. Credit goes to my husband though. He's awesome.

And *STILL* haven't gone out to eat.

Bonus round: doing all this during the storms hitting the PNW.
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« Reply #7433 on: October 15, 2016, 04:13:35 PM »
Neighbor gave me a grocery sack full of very ripe guavas.  I've learned from past experience that guavas go from ripe to very ripe to rotten in a nanosecond.  And one rotten guava spreads to others just as quickly.  So even though I feel lousy today I soldiered on and did a rough prep of all the guavas.  Enough that I can deal with them in a day or so when I feel better.

In past years I've frozen a lot of the guava shells for smoothies.  But I'm off smoothies so these guavas will become guava bread (like banana bread only with guavas) or canned as guava butter.

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« Reply #7434 on: October 15, 2016, 05:56:17 PM »
Today I ordered the parts to allow me to hook up to the existing 50'+ antenna next to my house. Once that's all hooked up we can ditch the dish and save $94/mo. All of the parts were $70, but it will pay us back big time.

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« Reply #7435 on: October 15, 2016, 07:13:22 PM »
Spent the day processing some pears we got from a neighbours tree. Canned two batches of chutney. Used up a bunch of spices we had kicking around. One batch pear cardamom and one pear Mango that used up some dried mango we got but didn't like to eat as dry fruit. Also have some cinnamon pear chips int he dehydrator. If they turn out any good we'll be making several more batches and giving them away as Christmas presents.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7436 on: October 16, 2016, 04:57:14 AM »
... used up some dried mango we got but didn't like to eat as dry fruit.
Another good use for dried mango is to leave it steeping in orange juice for a couple of hours and then puree the manjo and juice using a stick blender and pour it into small cups/glasses and chill it in the fridge for a few hours. Top it with a spoonful of cream/creme fraiche/yoghurt and you've got a very easy and pretty healthy but very impressive looking dessert, kind of like a fancy mousse.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7437 on: October 16, 2016, 08:08:08 AM »
Tossed my Costco rotisserie chicken carcass and legs/wings into a pot and made chicken soup with other things we had on hand. Kids all had second helpings and there's enough for at least one more round for everyone another night. Perfect meal as the rain moved into the California today.

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Furthermore, as the meals were mostly organized by me and my unofficialy moustachian DH, the total for the meal for the whole long w-e amounted at about 30$ per person. Some people were impressed, some were seriously in disbelief :-D And to think it's waaay over what we usually spend...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7438 on: October 16, 2016, 09:38:36 AM »
I walked down a random aisle at an out of the way grocery store and found my favorite chocolate bars on sale for $1.68.  At my normal groceries they are usually $3.28 and go on sale for $2.50.  I bought a lot of chocolate!  These are the 100% cacao Bakers bars, which are food, not candy.  At 720 calories each, not a bad deal :).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7439 on: October 16, 2016, 10:24:33 AM »
... used up some dried mango we got but didn't like to eat as dry fruit.
Another good use for dried mango is to leave it steeping in orange juice for a couple of hours and then puree the manjo and juice using a stick blender and pour it into small cups/glasses and chill it in the fridge for a few hours. Top it with a spoonful of cream/creme fraiche/yoghurt and you've got a very easy and pretty healthy but very impressive looking dessert, kind of like a fancy mousse.

This sounds awesome! Thanks, Moonwaves!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7440 on: October 16, 2016, 03:23:38 PM »
Today I made all overripe fruits into jams - orange marmalade, strawberry and grape


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7441 on: October 16, 2016, 06:25:00 PM »
Cooked dry black beans for the freezer.

Steamed and froze excess greens.
 
Foraged some mint to add to my tea.

Made a big fajita stir fry (with black beans and greens), half to eat this week, half for the freezer.

Mixed up a new batch of copy cat lawry's seasoning salt from spices on hand.

All food containers are in use, had to portion greens into plastic wrap and then place them inside a larger freezer container.

Refashioned my 2 sizes too big sweatpants. It was tricky, but successful.

Dried laundry outside

Prepped my jar of cold coffee for the coming week.

Gave my sandals a baking soda treatment.

Walked to a community meeting at a coffee shop and did not buy a treat.







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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7442 on: October 16, 2016, 06:47:57 PM »
 Confession: Bought a $5 premade salad at Trader Joe's. I'm making this week's lunches tonight, so preparing dinner is somewhat out of the question. But not having food would tempt me to eat my husband's convenience foods. So I saved on calories if not money. Also bought a whole cheesecake for hubs for $7, so he stops sneaking off to Cheesecake Factory to get $7 single slices. I think the TJ's cheesecakes are WAY better anyway.

Made from-scratch pumpkin soup out of a $2 pumpkin and stuff I already had around the house. That'll last the week. Also roasted the seeds, which will go on my weekday salads along with a roasted $1 butternut squash and a bit of TJ's cranberry goat cheese.

Went to Starbucks to study (yeah I know, but I have trouble focusing at home), and instead of the $4.50 Earl Grey latte, I got plain $2 Earl Grey tea. Added sugar, half & half, and their vanilla powder and it tasted close enough.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7443 on: October 16, 2016, 08:16:15 PM »
Strongly considered custard after youth group tonight, but sucked it up and came home to leftover homemade cheesy mac.....

Stayed in all weekend, avoiding money spending :)

I spent money, but probably also saved money...I went to a make and take party for essential oils today.  For 4.00 you could make roller bottle mixes, sprays or scrubs, all while being given access to a huge variety of essential oils you could try, with recipes for various mixtures/uses.

Not sure if anyone on here subscribes to their usefulness, but in my book, spending 16.00 to try out several mixtures and their effectiveness was better than buying the full bottles and finding out I a) didn't like them or b) they didn't work!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7444 on: October 16, 2016, 10:09:43 PM »
Used $5 off $30 coupon on groceries, plus reusable bag credit.

Hosted two friends for brunch at home instead of going out to a restaurant; made a frittata using some tomatoes and arugula from the garden.

Hung all loads of laundry to dry instead of using using machine.

Harvested and dried lemon verbena for winter herbal tea.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7445 on: October 16, 2016, 11:46:42 PM »
I made a birthday cake for my 21 year old son instead of buying one.

Gave him a lovely pair of Vans runners that were on clearance and on top of that, they were buy one, get one 50% off, so another son got a pair as well (his were getting too small).

Leftover salmon on a salad for lunch to day. Kids had free hotdogs since they were working at church over lunch.






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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7446 on: October 17, 2016, 12:50:31 AM »
Saw an article in the local paper and played Chipotle's online game to get a BOGO coupon. You have to give them a mobile number and they will text the coupon to you.

Here's the link to the game: https://www.alovestorygame.com/

And here's the press release: http://phoenix.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=194775&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2210817
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7447 on: October 17, 2016, 03:53:54 AM »
Cut my husband's hair.

When the ice cream truck came around, we all split one milkshake rather than buying individual items for all three of us.

Spent Saturday night working on some small craft projects together (glitter tree ornaments for neighbor Christmas gifts - will cost just over a dollar each to make and look really nice).

Did some mending for neighbors who don't sew to earn a few extra dollars of fun money.

Baked mini frittatas for breakfasts this week.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7448 on: October 17, 2016, 03:58:42 AM »
Spent Saturday night working on some small craft projects together (glitter tree ornaments for neighbor Christmas gifts - will cost just over a dollar each to make and look really nice).

This reminds me of one of my favourite Pancakes and French Fries blog posts.

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http://pancakesandfrenchfries.com/2009/12/a-mesozoic-christmas/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7449 on: October 17, 2016, 05:26:38 AM »
Spent Saturday night working on some small craft projects together (glitter tree ornaments for neighbor Christmas gifts - will cost just over a dollar each to make and look really nice).

This reminds me of one of my favourite Pancakes and French Fries blog posts.

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“WE ARE GLITTERING THE DINOSAURS AND BY GOD YOU TWO ARE GOING TO LOVE IT!”

http://pancakesandfrenchfries.com/2009/12/a-mesozoic-christmas/

My son is too young to be into plastic dinosaurs yet, but I see something like this in my future. :-) What we're doing is along these lines: http://www.silhouetteschoolblog.com/2014/12/glitter-ornaments-diy-silhouette.html