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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7400 on: October 24, 2016, 08:44:17 AM »
Resolutely refusing to get dressed properly. Which means I can't go out and buy the giant bag of crisps I've been craving.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7401 on: October 24, 2016, 09:23:51 AM »
Two weekends ago I had my friend's birthday party at a bar, I only bought one diet coke plus tip, paid for city parking instead of valet parking, and my share of a group birthday gift.

Money I could've spent: Dinner ($8)+ cocktail ($8)+ tip ($2.4) + valet parking ($5.3)+ share of bday gift($5.3) = $29

Money I actually spent: Diet Coke + tip ($2.65) + city parking ($2.12) + share of bday gift($5.3) = $10.07

So, I ended up spending 29% of what other of my friends spent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7402 on: October 25, 2016, 01:52:31 PM »
Not small really, actually very difficult.

We are on the hunt for a new-to-us vehicle.  Unfortunately, where we live is very rural, we travel a lot by road (to different states even), and often cart our dogs around with us.  We are looking for a small crossover that will permit all of this without being a gas-guzzler.  I have settled on the old body style Rav4.  I will also be the primary driver.  Hubby said "ok, lets go get you a nice car", and very quickly we realized our versions of "nice car" vary dramatically. 

His: nearly new, gadgets, back up camera, ect. ect.

Mine: Old body style (2012 or 2011 preferably), dark colored seats, an exterior that isn't red, white or gold, an aux or usb jack, and less than 100,000 miles on it.


We clashed a lot in the first week of the 'hunt'.  Understandably. 



Its official now though -- I will be driving it, I have a lower tolerance for depreciation of a car's value, and I have a better sense of the budget.  Therefore, He wants me to choose...and he will come along behind and help get it checked out and negotiated.

Whew. Dodged a bullet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7403 on: October 25, 2016, 05:07:45 PM »
Not today, but Monday...

Started a new job, that brings with it fewer hours and a $9000 bump in pay.

And despite the slight financial nature of the department, my new team is giving me buckets of material for the Overheard at Work thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7404 on: October 25, 2016, 05:30:23 PM »
Took the bus instead of uber for errands today. 1.80 vs $20.

I'm planning a big grocery shopping trip next week. I was ridiculously pleased to get some general coupons in the mail today. $5 off 50, $2 off 10 in meat, $2 off 10 in produce. Perfect timing. Now I'm even more inspired to get a lot of necessary items for as little as possible.

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« Reply #7405 on: October 25, 2016, 05:39:40 PM »
Make money rather than save money: Got a check for the LinkedIn class action settlement that went through. $20.43. Glad I replied to that email last year.

Had free lunch while volunteering. Was also offered however much bread I could take (a local bakery brings their day olds, and there was more bread than volunteers). I only took one small boule though, since I was walking the 1+ mile home. Oh, I guess that's the other savings- walked the 1.2mi each way, rather than driving.

Did NOT go and get coffee afterwards, either. Even though there was a starbucks across the street, and I have the app on my phone, and money on the app. I went home and made myself a mocha instead.

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« Reply #7406 on: October 26, 2016, 04:30:21 AM »
Not today, but Monday...

Started a new job, that brings with it fewer hours and a $9000 bump in pay.


Ahem. The title of this topic is what SMALL things you did to save money.

This is quite big? Some big congratulations are in order? :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7407 on: October 26, 2016, 08:18:55 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.

Put the last third of a pot roast into a pot of beans to create chili for tonight's dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7408 on: October 26, 2016, 08:35:25 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.
We just got an Instant Pot, and I want to learn to make yogurt.  Do you have a recommendation for where to look for a recipe/guidance?

Packed leftovers for lunch, made breakfast at home, made tea at home, currently making tea in my office (yes, I like tea).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7409 on: October 26, 2016, 08:41:23 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.
We just got an Instant Pot, and I want to learn to make yogurt.  Do you have a recommendation for where to look for a recipe/guidance?

Packed leftovers for lunch, made breakfast at home, made tea at home, currently making tea in my office (yes, I like tea).

It's pretty simple, and you can adjust based on your preferences.  I think I just used the instructions that come with the IP.  Pour in milk, select the yogurt "boil" function.  Wait for the temperature to drop to <115F.  Mix in a cup or two of plain yogurt.  Start the yogurt cycle.  When you like the tanginess level, it's done.  I like to let mine go 12-14 hours.  Then you can pour off the whey and or strain it if you want thick yogurt.  I like to make high fat yogurt with a half gallon of 2% milk and about a pint of heavy cream, which results in a thick, rich yogurt that doesn't need straining, but I only do that when I can nab the good, local bottles of milk on mark down.  This batch I just used about 3 quarts of whole milk and a cup of yogurt left over from my last batch, and could see this morning that it will need quite a bit of whey poured off.  I save the whey and use it for baking bread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7410 on: October 26, 2016, 08:57:44 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.
We just got an Instant Pot, and I want to learn to make yogurt.  Do you have a recommendation for where to look for a recipe/guidance?

Packed leftovers for lunch, made breakfast at home, made tea at home, currently making tea in my office (yes, I like tea).

It's pretty simple, and you can adjust based on your preferences.  I think I just used the instructions that come with the IP.  Pour in milk, select the yogurt "boil" function.  Wait for the temperature to drop to <115F.  Mix in a cup or two of plain yogurt.  Start the yogurt cycle.  When you like the tanginess level, it's done.  I like to let mine go 12-14 hours.  Then you can pour off the whey and or strain it if you want thick yogurt.  I like to make high fat yogurt with a half gallon of 2% milk and about a pint of heavy cream, which results in a thick, rich yogurt that doesn't need straining, but I only do that when I can nab the good, local bottles of milk on mark down.  This batch I just used about 3 quarts of whole milk and a cup of yogurt left over from my last batch, and could see this morning that it will need quite a bit of whey poured off.  I save the whey and use it for baking bread.
Thanks!  I will give it a shot!  I eat a lot of yogurt.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7411 on: October 26, 2016, 11:21:23 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.
We just got an Instant Pot, and I want to learn to make yogurt.  Do you have a recommendation for where to look for a recipe/guidance?

Packed leftovers for lunch, made breakfast at home, made tea at home, currently making tea in my office (yes, I like tea).

It's pretty simple, and you can adjust based on your preferences.  I think I just used the instructions that come with the IP.  Pour in milk, select the yogurt "boil" function.  Wait for the temperature to drop to <115F.  Mix in a cup or two of plain yogurt.  Start the yogurt cycle.  When you like the tanginess level, it's done.  I like to let mine go 12-14 hours.  Then you can pour off the whey and or strain it if you want thick yogurt.  I like to make high fat yogurt with a half gallon of 2% milk and about a pint of heavy cream, which results in a thick, rich yogurt that doesn't need straining, but I only do that when I can nab the good, local bottles of milk on mark down.  This batch I just used about 3 quarts of whole milk and a cup of yogurt left over from my last batch, and could see this morning that it will need quite a bit of whey poured off.  I save the whey and use it for baking bread.
Thanks!  I will give it a shot!  I eat a lot of yogurt.  :)

For the record: the same process of heating/cooling works with whatever pot; just wrap the jar in a big towel to maintain steady temperature while it sits and cultures.

And adding 1/2 cup of powdered milk per litre gives a super thick yogurt with no straining necessary.

AND if you've got yogurt, you can strain it to make a yogurt spread called labneh, which is AMAZING when mixed with fresh herbs, and looks like it should be way more complicated/expensive than it is. With holiday potluck a coming up, I figured I'd throw that in there. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7412 on: October 26, 2016, 11:35:36 AM »
Wanted milk for hot chocolate, and the gallons were on sale for 90 cents more than a quart, so I grabbed a gallon of whole and made most of it into yogurt in the Instant Pot last night.
We just got an Instant Pot, and I want to learn to make yogurt.  Do you have a recommendation for where to look for a recipe/guidance?

Packed leftovers for lunch, made breakfast at home, made tea at home, currently making tea in my office (yes, I like tea).

It's pretty simple, and you can adjust based on your preferences.  I think I just used the instructions that come with the IP.  Pour in milk, select the yogurt "boil" function.  Wait for the temperature to drop to <115F.  Mix in a cup or two of plain yogurt.  Start the yogurt cycle.  When you like the tanginess level, it's done.  I like to let mine go 12-14 hours.  Then you can pour off the whey and or strain it if you want thick yogurt.  I like to make high fat yogurt with a half gallon of 2% milk and about a pint of heavy cream, which results in a thick, rich yogurt that doesn't need straining, but I only do that when I can nab the good, local bottles of milk on mark down.  This batch I just used about 3 quarts of whole milk and a cup of yogurt left over from my last batch, and could see this morning that it will need quite a bit of whey poured off.  I save the whey and use it for baking bread.
Thanks!  I will give it a shot!  I eat a lot of yogurt.  :)

For the record: the same process of heating/cooling works with whatever pot; just wrap the jar in a big towel to maintain steady temperature while it sits and cultures.

And adding 1/2 cup of powdered milk per litre gives a super thick yogurt with no straining necessary.
Can you buy powdered milk at the grocery store?  I apologize if that's a dumb question.  I'm not very good at grocery shopping/cooking/etc.
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AND if you've got yogurt, you can strain it to make a yogurt spread called labneh, which is AMAZING when mixed with fresh herbs, and looks like it should be way more complicated/expensive than it is. With holiday potluck a coming up, I figured I'd throw that in there. :)
Oh!  Thank you! Labneh sounds delicious.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7413 on: October 26, 2016, 05:43:20 PM »


Can you buy powdered milk at the grocery store?


Yes. I use it all the time to make latés at work.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7414 on: October 26, 2016, 06:33:13 PM »


Can you buy powdered milk at the grocery store?


Yes. I use it all the time to make latés at work.

It's usually near the flour and sugar and other baking supplies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7415 on: October 26, 2016, 07:10:55 PM »


Can you buy powdered milk at the grocery store?


Yes. I use it all the time to make latés at work.

 I have a suggestion -- most powdered milk is skim milk, so if you are in the USA, go to a hispanic store (or walmart) and buy whole milk powder, 'Nido' Brnad....which tastes great, unlike the cooked skim milk flavour in the bags.

I keep it for backpacking, and for 'out of milk' mornings, for my coffee.

-- note, I finally found it in a Vietnamese / thai food specialty store in Canada.--

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7416 on: October 27, 2016, 02:30:36 AM »
Cut down another bottle gift bag to give a baby (well, first birthday) gift.

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« Reply #7417 on: October 27, 2016, 07:57:14 AM »
Bumped my 401K savings up another percentage point.

Asked for a promotion from my boss. She is on board but has to go through higher ups. And wouldn't go into effect until March. But I'm fairly confident it will go through.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7418 on: October 27, 2016, 08:57:03 AM »
A coworker at my 5 hr a week job at the library brought me 20 lb of potatoes and 5 small spaghetti squash from her garden. I brought her fancy grade honey crisp apples from my trip to the city last week. (Honey crisp aren't available where we live.)

There are two grocery stores in my village. I shop at the one that is nearer and cheaper. The other store sometimes has great prices on sale items. I went over there to buy 3 litres of canola oil (4.98 Cdn) and black peppercorns.  They also had fish sticks, which my store doesn't carry.  These are great when I want a easy, light and cheap supper. (They are about half the cost of meat.)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7419 on: October 27, 2016, 10:25:09 AM »
Cut down another bottle gift bag to give a baby (well, first birthday) gift.

Yes, a full bottle is too much for a baby.  Better to give them a half bottle.

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« Reply #7420 on: October 27, 2016, 12:59:57 PM »
We were invited to a Girl Scouts party tonight.  I was tasked with bringing a party dish to share.  Instead of buying a tray of something pre-made from the store, I'm making a bunch of little falafels. 

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« Reply #7421 on: October 27, 2016, 09:17:44 PM »
I dropped off 4 novels in the laundry room in the basement, and found a brand new, new to me paperback by an author I enjoy.

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« Reply #7422 on: October 27, 2016, 10:19:33 PM »
Saw an updated version of my mascara marked down by $11.

Apparently it was on sale because the redesigned wand was really unpopular.

I bought it. I can wash the wand from my existing tube when I'm done. They are interchangeable.

(The wand really is badly designed. It's barely a brush.)

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« Reply #7423 on: October 28, 2016, 05:41:37 AM »
Stacked BOGO and coupons to get Halloween candy. Why is candy so freaking expensive? I still spend more than I wanted to, since we get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

I borrowed a Halloween costume for my toddler from a friend. You could make the argument that dressing up as a devil is not exactly a costume for a 16-month-old, but it was free. :-)

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« Reply #7424 on: October 28, 2016, 10:14:14 AM »
Stacked BOGO and coupons to get Halloween candy. Why is candy so freaking expensive? I still spend more than I wanted to, since we get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

I borrowed a Halloween costume for my toddler from a friend. You could make the argument that dressing up as a devil is not exactly a costume for a 16-month-old, but it was free. :-)

Oh I don't know, I've known a few 16 month olds that this would be the *perfect* costume for.

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« Reply #7425 on: October 28, 2016, 10:31:42 AM »
I have a huge super-nifty wall hanging that I needed framed to hang up.

Got 3 quotes: the cheapest was 240$.

Eff that, I said. Built a way to hang it out of a piece of pine, painted with leftover paint from another project. Spent 5$, will look perfectly fine. Sure, the poster won't be protected by glass, but it's hanging in an out-of-the-way spot in the house and will do fine.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7426 on: October 28, 2016, 10:54:28 AM »
Stacked BOGO and coupons to get Halloween candy. Why is candy so freaking expensive? I still spend more than I wanted to, since we get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

I borrowed a Halloween costume for my toddler from a friend. You could make the argument that dressing up as a devil is not exactly a costume for a 16-month-old, but it was free. :-)

Oh I don't know, I've known a few 16 month olds that this would be the *perfect* costume for.

I assumed she meant putting a devil costume on a 16 month old is equivalent to not putting any costume on them :P

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« Reply #7427 on: October 28, 2016, 11:32:18 AM »
Stacked BOGO and coupons to get Halloween candy. Why is candy so freaking expensive? I still spend more than I wanted to, since we get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

I borrowed a Halloween costume for my toddler from a friend. You could make the argument that dressing up as a devil is not exactly a costume for a 16-month-old, but it was free. :-)

Oh I don't know, I've known a few 16 month olds that this would be the *perfect* costume for.

I assumed she meant putting a devil costume on a 16 month old is equivalent to not putting any costume on them :P

OH! I re-read it and you are exactly right. Ha, teaches me for posting before the coffee kicks in =P

...glad we all know the same 16 month olds ;)

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« Reply #7428 on: October 28, 2016, 04:54:39 PM »
Stacked BOGO and coupons to get Halloween candy. Why is candy so freaking expensive? I still spend more than I wanted to, since we get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

I borrowed a Halloween costume for my toddler from a friend. You could make the argument that dressing up as a devil is not exactly a costume for a 16-month-old, but it was free. :-)

Oh I don't know, I've known a few 16 month olds that this would be the *perfect* costume for.

I assumed she meant putting a devil costume on a 16 month old is equivalent to not putting any costume on them :P

OH! I re-read it and you are exactly right. Ha, teaches me for posting before the coffee kicks in =P

...glad we all know the same 16 month olds ;)

i don't think I've met one yet who it wouldn't be perfect for, haha.

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« Reply #7429 on: October 28, 2016, 08:17:55 PM »
Ended up with two bottles of pizza sauce from a function.

I just portioned it out into mini tubs and froze it.

Had to run an errand this morning and it was tempting to stop for lunch on the way home. Instead, lunch was homemade steak sandwiches.

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« Reply #7430 on: October 28, 2016, 08:20:31 PM »
Decided to walk to the store instead of drive. Beautiful day. 2.6 miles each way, and I was able to stick to calm residential back roads. Didn't end up finding pants that worked, so $0 spent. Even found a little park I didn't know was there!

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« Reply #7431 on: October 28, 2016, 08:48:33 PM »
Snagged a free worm farm from my local Buy Nothing group!! I've been wanting a worm farm for about a year now and this way I only have to buy the worms.

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AND if you've got yogurt, you can strain it to make a yogurt spread called labneh, which is AMAZING when mixed with fresh herbs, and looks like it should be way more complicated/expensive than it is. With holiday potluck a coming up, I figured I'd throw that in there. :)

Thanks for the reminder.  I strained it and made labneh tonight.  Now to make some crackers to go with it.  Yum!

Today I worked from home rather than driving to the office. 

Picked up a quarter while walking the dog.

Canning 10 jars of beans right now

Enlisted my horse trainer for another 15 days instead of paying up front for a full month.  Will decide later if I need to keep him on  longer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7433 on: October 29, 2016, 05:40:51 AM »
Spent 5 hrs at the Subaru dealer getting my 11 yr old subby an oil change and a leaky sun roof looked at.
Had a gander at the sales room, even had the guy drive round a very brand new looking 2011 subby with only 50k on it!

Decided to keep mine after all, and put painters tape on the sun roof.
Savings- 700 for sun roof install, 15,000 for newish lux outback.

I still lemoning a newer outback, but my one is fine- 100k on it and well looked after.  Maybe when i can afford a used 2012 I will buy in, they are the ones with the rear view camera.


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« Reply #7434 on: October 30, 2016, 02:50:55 PM »
BF and I put plastic-film on the windows to help save a bit on heating costs this winter (condo... not allowed to change our own damn windows... they desperately need to be changed).
Usually saves us around 100$ for the season.

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« Reply #7435 on: October 31, 2016, 12:28:42 AM »
BF and I put plastic-film on the windows to help save a bit on heating costs this winter (condo... not allowed to change our own damn windows... they desperately need to be changed).
Usually saves us around 100$ for the season.

Why do Quebeckers call this "foil" when it is more like saran wrap?

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« Reply #7436 on: October 31, 2016, 07:34:12 AM »
BF and I put plastic-film on the windows to help save a bit on heating costs this winter (condo... not allowed to change our own damn windows... they desperately need to be changed).
Usually saves us around 100$ for the season.

Why do Quebeckers call this "foil" when it is more like saran wrap?

To attempt to feel better about spending 36$ for two packages of saran wrap to cover 1970s windows that we aren't allowed to change because we live in a co-op?

Just a thought....

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« Reply #7437 on: October 31, 2016, 02:37:42 PM »
Just came up to my 10 years at my company and I had a list of "gifts/rewards" I could choose from.   I was really eyeing the wine refrigerator. We have more wine than we can drink and I thought it would be nice to have even though I didn't need it. Was also eyeing the luggage as I do need a new suitcase as mine is 20 years old and finally starting to give up the ghost.
In the end I decided to get the 10 silver dollar coins. I see at the coin store here they are on sale for about $20 each so I can sell them for about $200 minus whatever they take in commission. Then I can use than extra money to invest in a few more shares of my index fund.
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« Reply #7438 on: October 31, 2016, 02:40:00 PM »
Emailed the company that makes my hairspray as I suspect that there was nothing but propellant in the last can I bought. They asked my preferred supermarket chain and are sending me a voucher as compensation.

Made $7 for two minutes' work.

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« Reply #7439 on: October 31, 2016, 08:24:35 PM »
Made some of my partner's favorite appatizers at home.  $16 worth of food from the swanky downtown eatery for about eighty cents.  And the atmosphere was at least as enjoyable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7440 on: October 31, 2016, 08:55:43 PM »
5pm rolled around with no dinner plans. Kids are at the grandparent's house...so eating out was really tempting! Instead I sucked it up and made a super easy dish using gnocchi (it's a first) I bought a few days ago at dollar tree. Went out and picked some fresh greens (free from my dad) to toss in the mix.

Then...I really wanted junk food (okay, so I clearly have food issues today) and it's Halloween - and what's Halloween with no chocolate? So instead of spending I made some yummy and ridiculously unhealthy no bake cookies with stuff I had on hand.

These two things easily saved me $30! (And I'm fairly certain that eating garden fresh swiss chard cancels out all the empty calories of those cookies....)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7441 on: October 31, 2016, 09:24:21 PM »
Today I cancelled my premium Spotify subscription.

I had signed on to premium when they had a 3 months for 99c deal but forgot to cancel it before they slugged me the $11.99 monthly fee last month! I set a reminder in my phone to cancel today (the day before the next month goes on my account), so I'm back to standard (free!) service and will put up with the ads :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7442 on: November 01, 2016, 09:34:44 AM »
Today I cancelled my premium Spotify subscription.

I had signed on to premium when they had a 3 months for 99c deal but forgot to cancel it before they slugged me the $11.99 monthly fee last month! I set a reminder in my phone to cancel today (the day before the next month goes on my account), so I'm back to standard (free!) service and will put up with the ads :)

good for you! I don't have premium either, but I once had a friend mockingly say "I don't mind paying the $11.99 fee", I thought to myself, "well I'm glad you don't but I do!" lol... his words made another friend feel too cheap so she started paying it too!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7443 on: November 01, 2016, 10:09:26 AM »
Deposited the refund check from the university for the differential between non-resident and resident tuition.  $8k+ -- Ka BAM!  That's 2-3 months worth of living expenses, thank you very much.  Eventually I will also request a distribution from DS's college fund to cover the other roughly $4k in tuition and expenses.  Going to wait until after the election/let the market stabilize a bit though. 

Also had a no-drive day yesterday.  On Sunday I filled up my car for the first time in over a month.  Got around $6.70 off using my Fred Meyer points.   Spending less than $25/month on gas now that I am trying not to drive as many days as possible. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7444 on: November 01, 2016, 10:13:41 AM »
Deposited the refund check from the university for the differential between non-resident and resident tuition.  $8k+ -- Ka BAM!  That's 2-3 months worth of living expenses, thank you very much.  Eventually I will also request a distribution from DS's college fund to cover the other roughly $4k in tuition and expenses.  Going to wait until after the election/let the market stabilize a bit though. 

Also had a no-drive day yesterday.  On Sunday I filled up my car for the first time in over a month.  Got around $6.70 off using my Fred Meyer points.   Spending less than $25/month on gas now that I am trying not to drive as many days as possible.

Oh man, $8k is way more exciting. I think in your journal you wrote you were getting "$8" back, but seemed super excited so I thought you were being sardonic! Lol. $8k is WAY more exciting! Like... $7,992 more exciting!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7445 on: November 01, 2016, 11:23:15 AM »
I used our local car-share the other day to get to work as I was out of bus tickets. It was actually 10 cents less than the cash fare. I expected it to be a bit more but took it for the convenience.

I take the bus one day per week because of a work meeting not actually at my work. The bus is easier. But I will consider the car share more often now.

That reminds me. I do need more tickets as the bus, with tickets, is usually cheaper.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7446 on: November 01, 2016, 04:19:48 PM »
Not today but yesterday or maybe Sunday technically.  Sunday morning I made a pot of curry pumpkin soup and didn't eat any of it.  I made it so I could have something quick and warm when I got home from a 14 hour day of work where I didn't eat a whole lot during the day.  Instead of swinging through Burger King or Little Caesars, I had a nice bowl of soup 2 minutes in the microwave. 

Added bonus the soup was much better for me than a fast food option.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7447 on: November 01, 2016, 04:26:40 PM »
This also falls under 'not today but'...

About a month ago I finally gave in and bought 'expensive' bobby pins.

It was $12 for a coil of 250 industry-grade pins.

Prior to this I was paying $3 for a packet of 50 pins that wouldn't hold my hair anyway, and I would ultimately lose the lot over the span of a couple of months.

The new ones are much stronger so I'm using half as many, and because they're still in my hair at the end of the day I haven't lost one of them.

(Next year I'll be posting in the decluttering thread, 'Why do I have 250 bobby pins when I only use five?')

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7448 on: November 01, 2016, 05:50:47 PM »
This also falls under 'not today but'...
About a month ago I finally gave in and bought 'expensive' bobby pins.
It was $12 for a coil of 250 industry-grade pins.
Prior to this I was paying $3 for a packet of 50 pins that wouldn't hold my hair anyway, and I would ultimately lose the lot over the span of a couple of months.
The new ones are much stronger so I'm using half as many, and because they're still in my hair at the end of the day I haven't lost one of them.
(Next year I'll be posting in the decluttering thread, 'Why do I have 250 bobby pins when I only use five?')

This isn't the MMM forum unless you add some math to back it up!!!!

You were spending 3$ for 50 every 3~4 months (IE a loss rate of 50 per 100 days @ 0.06c each) and you now have spent 12$ for 250 every 250 years or so (IE a loss rate of 50 per 18250 days @ 0.048c).  The 12$ investment will yield 10.90$ of savings per year or 90.833% Annualized Return!  Nice Job!

Math:
 $12.00        $3.00         Cost per pack
250               0.2739       years each pack lasts
365              365              days per year
91250          99.9735      days the pack lasts

                            Resulting annualized savings 90.833% for 250 years!
Cost
 $0.05        $10.95        $10.90


Edit:  Yes, I'm kinda bored LOL

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7449 on: November 01, 2016, 06:00:10 PM »
I bought chicken thighs instead of boneless skinless breasts for tonight's dinner since they cost half as much and are healthier.

Combined all errands into one trip.

Took my toddler for a walk in the woods behind our house instead of to the playground. Dirt! Sticks! Rocks! Little boy heaven, pretty much.

Scheduled an energy audit with our management company to try and figure out why our energy bills are so absurdly high.