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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7450 on: October 17, 2016, 11:36:20 AM »
Went to a focus group at work and got a $25 Amazon gift card for my time, as well as free lunch! Today's packed lunch is now dinner.
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« Reply #7451 on: October 17, 2016, 11:49:53 AM »
Switched from the costco organic eggs (~$6 for 2 doz) to the non-organic from the same farm- both are local to my area. 5 doz for $4.88.

Did a costco trip just for groceries. Tossed pork to batch cook for carnitas in the instant pot before I left. Costco isn't my favorite, but is barely further than the closest grocery store. I've found the day and time that works best so it's not as bad anymore to go. Turns out, my costco is lazy and starts letting people in early, so I go in about 15min before they officially open. I'm usually at the register by 5min after their official open.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7452 on: October 17, 2016, 03:46:56 PM »
Lately I:

Saved 24% on this month's grocery trip using coupons, ecoupons, and shopping the sales.

Received $7 store credit after writing to them about an unsatisfactory product last month.

Saved $8 for not buying canned refried beans at Sam's Club, instead I'll make my own after discovering another huge jar of dried beans in the pantry.  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/not-refried-beans/

Saved 60 cents a gallon on fuel using my shoppers reward points.


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« Reply #7453 on: October 17, 2016, 04:26:50 PM »
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

Cute! You should mention that in the Homemade Christmas 2016 thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7454 on: October 18, 2016, 02:40:25 PM »
- Took a PTA bath instead of a regular shower, spritzed my hair with water
- Took breakfast to work
- Shared child care duties with hubby to avoid child care costs (I work for a couple of hours in the early AM, then come home so he can leave for work)
- Cooked lunch and dinner at home
- Made a huge vat of chili from one pound of ground meat, added leftover quinoa that may have gone bad otherwise
- Hung a load of laundry
- Entertained kids with free stuff: playing outside, bike ride, read-aloud, paint
- Drank water instead of milk, juice, tea or other fancy stuff
- Chopped up a half-eaten apple, artfully hiding browned bits, for use as a kid snack
- Stayed away from stores, online and off
- Cleaned my own house

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« Reply #7455 on: October 19, 2016, 12:01:40 AM »
I had never considered the following until someone posted in another thread about office vending machines.

I have two days left in my current office, and in more than nine years in the building I have never used the vendos.

So that is one small thing I did - or didn't do - every day for a couple of thousand days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7456 on: October 19, 2016, 05:52:41 AM »
I turn off the water in the shower while scrubbing and shaving.  Also, I stayed out of the stores yesterday.

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« Reply #7457 on: October 19, 2016, 08:14:32 AM »
I made my daughter's halloween costume (she wanted to be a dragon) out of 2$ of felt and a green hoodie (17$). And then I sewed the felt on softly enough that we'll be able to cut it off and she'll have a warm sweater to wear this winter, which she needed anyway.

In contrast, my colleagues are congratulating themselves for spending less than 50$/costum. So.

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« Reply #7458 on: October 19, 2016, 08:29:29 AM »
I tinkered with a recipe. Now it has more rice and veggies as compared to meat. Definitely benefits the casserole, plus it stretches the meat further now.

It's basically this recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/inside-out-stuffed-peppers
But I double everything except the beef. Also, I add a couple cloves of garlic, and I saute both the garlic and the onions into the beef a bit before I do the layers. Put rice as the next layer so it cooks better. I've made this several times now, and this was definitely the best ratios/texture and flavor.

As usual, DH has been taking lunch to work and dinner to classes so he doesn't go out to eat at all.

Cut hydrangeas from the yard instead of buying flowers.

Only left home on foot yesterday, and I plan for the same today.

Bought a whole squash instead of pre-cubed pieces. (They're just do dang easy... sigh). Also switched to whole carrots instead of pre-shredded now that we have a food processor.

Been turning off the heat overnight each night. Last night it got down to 62! Lowest yet in this house.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7459 on: October 19, 2016, 09:11:56 AM »
Not today, but playing catch-up:

Over the weekend, used four free tickets from my employer to take the family to a huge local pumpkin patch (think fall-themed amusement park). On the bottom of each ticket there was a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin purchase (for a total of $10) plus $1 off any food item (total of $4). Walked out with three medium pumpkins and the BEST caramel apple for FREE.

Bought two whole chickens at Target with $2 off stickers on them (roughly $3 each after discounts) and cooked them both in the Instant Pot to make BBQ chicken, threw carcasses back in with veggie bits and made stock, then strained it, threw in chopped veggies and later egg noodles to make homemade chicken noodle soup. YUM.

Bought a Groupon for DD's birthday surprise visit to a trampoline place. Got more features for more people for less money. I did order her cake, but I'm still coming in under budget.

A co-worker is on vacation this week so I'm picking up her CSA share and she said to keep whatever I want. Sweet!

Tomorrow Boss Lady is coming to town so the firm is buying lunch for everyone. The next morning the firm is also paying for a Starbucks run.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7460 on: October 19, 2016, 10:49:18 AM »
Went to Target to buy disposable diapers. Decided to spend $30 and change to get 1 box, rather than stocking up and spending $130 to get gift cards back. We just use disposable at night or if we're going to be out of the house all day, so we don't go through that many. And diapers are pretty much the only thing we buy at Target, so having $40 of gift cards isn't that useful when we wouldn't need diapers again for probably 8 months!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7461 on: October 19, 2016, 07:12:53 PM »
Switched from a low-rate to a low-fee (which becomes no-fee after a minimum spend) credit card.

The card is paid off each month so interest rates don't bother me.

For the past couple of years I've just asked nicely and they've refunded the annual fee (as they did yesterday, saved $59).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7462 on: October 20, 2016, 12:02:29 AM »
- Walked to an appointment after work in the rain
- Planned our date night at home
- Filled car with gas bought from the US (I have two jerry cans) sp?

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« Reply #7463 on: October 20, 2016, 06:06:44 AM »
I have a problem with mice getting in to the house through the garage. There is a shared wall which had water damage and there are cracks along the bottom of it. Spent the day:

- Fixing dips in the garage door threshold with new cement to prevent entrance under the garage door
- Patching the holes in the wall with a combination of hardware cloth, steel wool, and spray foam

Could have paid somebody to do it but the work was not that hard.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7464 on: October 20, 2016, 08:26:23 PM »
-biked to a doctor's appointment even though I was under the weather and was considering just taking an Uber (was pressed for time and appt was in area hard to reach via public transport) - so glad I did! was a beautiful ride

-did NOT buy a new dress for an important work event

-forgot my lunch but resisted urge to go grab something from a sandwich shop near the office ($10-15) and instead made do with tuna salad from the vending machine ($2 - and it's actually super good)

-set a goal of doing only one load of laundry a week instead of doing it whenever I feel like it/ every few days (2 adults and one little kid, so it's easy to feel like there's lots of laundry to be done, but a lot of stuff doesn't really need to be washed)

When I think about some of these smaller things I'm reminded of MMM's "a millionnaire is made $10 at a time" post - one of my all-time faves - and feel inspired to keep making other small, but positive, spending decisions -- they really do add up! Go us! :)

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« Reply #7465 on: October 20, 2016, 09:08:39 PM »
So happy to eat leftovers out of the freezer.

Prepped some stuff for tomorrow including consolidating the last little bits of honey, agave nectar and maple syrup. Just a few tablespoons but it will be enough to sweeten the ginger, apple, pear and butternut squash crisp I am planning for tomorrow.

Edited to add:  do any of the rest of you get so excited for planned food?  All evening I've been thinking about that fruit crisp... Mmmmm. I often spend Thursday afternoon just dreaming of all the grand food I will have time to prepare over the weekend.
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« Reply #7466 on: October 21, 2016, 05:58:14 AM »
So happy to eat leftovers out of the freezer.

Prepped some stuff for tomorrow including consolidating the last little bits of honey, agave nectar and maple syrup. Just a few tablespoons but it will be enough to sweeten the ginger, apple, pear and butternut squash crisp I am planning for tomorrow.

Edited to add:  do any of the rest of you get so excited for planned food?  All evening I've been thinking about that fruit crisp... Mmmmm. I often spend Thursday afternoon just dreaming of all the grand food I will have time to prepare over the weekend.

Oh my, that sounds amazing. I definitely get excited about planned food - I've been thinking about the short ribs we're having tonight all week.

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« Reply #7467 on: October 21, 2016, 11:32:39 AM »
So happy to eat leftovers out of the freezer.

Prepped some stuff for tomorrow including consolidating the last little bits of honey, agave nectar and maple syrup. Just a few tablespoons but it will be enough to sweeten the ginger, apple, pear and butternut squash crisp I am planning for tomorrow.

Edited to add:  do any of the rest of you get so excited for planned food?  All evening I've been thinking about that fruit crisp... Mmmmm. I often spend Thursday afternoon just dreaming of all the grand food I will have time to prepare over the weekend.

Oh my, that sounds amazing. I definitely get excited about planned food - I've been thinking about the short ribs we're having tonight all week.

Tonight: homemade ramen (duck broth from last weekend's roast duck, with noodles and slivered vegetables and a poached egg).
Sunday night: AREPAS. I have been CRAVING arepas for 3 weeks, I'm 2+ hours from the nearest restaurant that does them, and I FINALLY found a south american grocery store in the city I go to for work and found masarepa so I don't have to wait another 5 weeks until I go into the city that makes them. Bonus: ingredients to make it for 5 cost about what 1 dinner in the (still pretty cheap) restaurant would have.

Arepas, you guys. I'm so looking forward to this.

In other words: um, YEAH, I get what you mean about being excited about food... :)

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« Reply #7468 on: October 21, 2016, 11:28:07 PM »
I'm going to a ten hour live music event tomorrow, so tonight I went to the grocery store (even though it was 10pm... Bonus frugal points) and came home and prepped some food in bite size pieces in small containers that can be sneaked in easily.

And, on the corner of Frugal and Facepunch, I knew I was going for a nice dinner out tonight with a friend visiting from out of town, so I hardly ate anything all day (just a snack and a couple glasses of water) and really enjoyed my whole entree, while resisting appetizer/dessert/wine/etc. Good compromise.
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« Reply #7469 on: October 22, 2016, 12:18:02 AM »
Also on the corner of frugal and facepunch, I was offered free horseback riding. Yay! I'll still pay for my kids lessons, but now instead of watching them ride, I'll get to participate.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7470 on: October 22, 2016, 04:29:03 AM »
I resisted the temptation to further increase an ebay bid for an exercise bike when it went past my highest offer of 16.50. It sold for 17.25 but that-s fine. Yesterday was my first day starting to look and it was sheer coincidence there was one for sale in next town over with the auction ending today and spontaneous ebay bids can end badly. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find one for free if I ask around and am patient.

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« Reply #7471 on: October 22, 2016, 11:15:21 AM »
Gonna backtrack a bit and include things for the whole week:

1)  Didn't take the kids out to eat last weekend.  Ate out of the freezer, because I was worried we might lose power and wanted to eat up as much food as we could. 

2)  Had five no-drive days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday).  Since I am no longer driving DS to school and have been trying to have as many no-drive days as possible, I am using only about a tank of gas a month.  Plus I typically get $.40-60/gallon off from my Fred Meyer rewards card.  So gas budget is around $20/month these days. 

3)  Stacked coupons and saved a ton on groceries.

4)  This is the big one -- got approval of DS's resident status, which drops his tuition from nearly $12k/quarter down to under $4k.  Savings of roughly $24k/year, and we now officially have more than enough in his college fund to pay for his undergrad (and probably a good part of grad school, too.  I was on pins and needles at the end, because they asked for additional local spending records for me and I wasn't sure if the charges I had put on my own card would be considered sufficient proof.  But I put in an explanatory letter and some extra documentation, and they approved the application about two hours after I submitted it.  YAY!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7472 on: October 22, 2016, 04:12:54 PM »
Went to Kroger today and only picked up the Friday free item.  It was a Hershey almond chocolate bar.  Shared it with my chocolate fiend boyfriend in the middle of a long work day.

It was really kind of fun to go through the checkout and not have to pay anything...


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« Reply #7473 on: October 24, 2016, 08:02:13 AM »
- Made jet-packs for my kids to wear for Halloween: http://www.instructables.com/id/Kids-Super-Sci-Fi-Rocket-fueled-Jet-Pack-made-for-/

- Cut my daughter's bangs

- Served family a mish-mash of leftovers for lunch on Sunday

- Sold $60 worth of toys on Varagesale after a big play room purge

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« Reply #7474 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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« Reply #7475 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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« Reply #7476 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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« Reply #7477 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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« Reply #7478 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 #7479 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 #7480 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 #7481 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 #7482 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 #7483 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 #7484 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 #7485 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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« Reply #7486 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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« Reply #7487 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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« Reply #7488 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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« Reply #7489 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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« Reply #7490 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 #7491 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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« Reply #7492 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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« Reply #7493 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 #7494 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 #7495 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 #7496 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 #7497 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 #7498 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 #7499 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.