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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7450 on: October 28, 2016, 08:57:23 PM »
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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 #7451 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7452 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7453 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7454 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7455 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7456 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7457 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 #7458 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 #7459 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 #7460 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 #7461 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 #7462 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 #7463 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 #7464 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 #7465 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 #7466 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 #7467 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.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7468 on: November 01, 2016, 06:09:28 PM »
Edit:  Yes, I'm kinda bored LOL

Where can I download you as a pocket calculator? =P
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7469 on: November 01, 2016, 06:17:50 PM »
I ate before I came out to the day of the dead festival.  Now I am posting this to distract myself while my friends buy food truck tacos. 

Long. Term. Goals.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7470 on: November 01, 2016, 08:30:34 PM »
Went grocery shopping today, and rather than buy 1lb. of deli ham for $5 (my lunch for a week or so), I bought a spiral sliced ham on sale.  7.5# @$1.49, total of 11.22. At home the ham was sliced off the bone, yielding 5.4 lbs of meat into the frig & freezer, for a cost of 2.10/ lb., and it's better meat than I usually have on a sandwich. The ham hock and all the fatty scraps are going in the Crockpot now with 2lbs of free(gift from aunt's garden) dried beans.  If this all works out, I'll do it again in a few months.

We do this all the time. When they go on sale for 99 cents a pound, we buy several and put them in the deep freeze. Also recently my husband got a "semi-boneless" ham, which was kind of similar except not sliced. So he had to slice it, but it ended up being even cheaper than the spiral sliced.

Today when I was at work, my husband texted me that the Velcro on our 4-year-old's sneakers was wearing out and she needed new sneakers. I told him I would replace the Velcro. Then after I got home and we determined that I didn't mind replacing the Velcro but I didn't feel like hiking out to the store to get any, we looked around and he found a roll of industrial-strength adhesive-backed Velcro that he'd used to repair the couch. I removed the old Velcro and stuck this stuff on. It was really easy because really only the loop side needed to be replaced, the hook side still seems okay. It is white instead of the gray of the sneakers, but will not be particularly noticeable. This should get us through the next few months until she outgrows the sneakers.

This may be a blast from the past, but I'm reading back through this extensive thread and found this gem. Great work Merrie!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7471 on: November 01, 2016, 09:18:47 PM »
Bought some new almond/coconut milk to try since it was on sale for 1/2 the price of all other varieties. I did not like it, I think I want either one flavour or the other in future. So I used some to make coconut rice to go with some chicken thighs I bought and used the rest in a big pot of curry celery soup. Fantastic in both of those recipes, and no waste!  Also the celery in the soup and the veg in with the chicken were both from a big catered platter at work that I rescued after 2 days in the fridge with no one eating any.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7472 on: November 02, 2016, 01:23:14 AM »
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

I am also bored. And a pedant.

You did arithmetic. If you did the math, this calculation would involve poisson or binomial probability distribution functions.

However I am also no longer smart enough to calculate these things.... so I feel a bit silly pointing this out :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7473 on: November 02, 2016, 02:36:16 AM »
We got two drink tickets at a work event. I don't do alcohol, so I usually butter colleagues up by giving them away. This time you also needed them for soda. I'm pregnant so I can't have two in one day. Convinced the bartender to give me my second with the can closed and brought it home.

Not really savings, since I won't buy soda (the cost is insane!) But I'm really looking forward to my free treat this weekend!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7474 on: November 02, 2016, 04:21:18 AM »
We got two drink tickets at a work event. I don't do alcohol, so I usually butter colleagues up by giving them away. This time you also needed them for soda. I'm pregnant so I can't have two in one day. Convinced the bartender to give me my second with the can closed and brought it home.

Not really savings, since I won't buy soda (the cost is insane!) But I'm really looking forward to my free treat this weekend!

I'd say getting something you like, but wouldn't buy yourself, for free definitely counts! Hope you are feeling well :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7475 on: November 02, 2016, 08:59:18 AM »
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

I am also bored. And a pedant.
You did arithmetic. If you did the math, this calculation would involve poisson or binomial probability distribution functions.
However I am also no longer smart enough to calculate these things.... so I feel a bit silly pointing this out :D

Not necessarily.  I was operating under the assumptions of guaranteed rate of loss rather than probable future rate of loss (inaccurate, I know :p ).  In reality, I should have determined the probable future rate of loss including the age of mustachepungoeshere and factors like moving/life events.  Besides, with the rate of loss assumed, it would have to be Poisson as MPGH didn't specifically give the probability.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7476 on: November 02, 2016, 09:39:56 AM »
I ate before I came out to the day of the dead festival.  Now I am posting this to distract myself while my friends buy food truck tacos. 

Long. Term. Goals.

I went to a day of the dead festival yesterday, we got a free cup of hot cocoa and a small pan de muerto each (mom, grandma and me)
Free breakfast! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7477 on: November 02, 2016, 10:51:25 AM »
We had a potluck lunch on Monday for Halloween and someone brought a veg platter that was still in the fridge yesterday. I took the baby carrots home, and with some other ingredients I had in the house I made Julia Child's cream of carrot soup from The Way to Cook. I also had some homemade yoghurt that didn't turn out very thick so I used it in a Mark Bittman quick bread recipe foe wholewheat yoghurt bread that I found the recipe online for to go with it. Had that for dinner last night, and I have leftovers for my work lunch today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7478 on: November 02, 2016, 11:12:20 AM »
I canceled 2 credit cards with annual fees coming up.  We've paid the fee for the last 2 years, because the benefit (a free night in a hotel) outweighed the annual fee.  But this year we had a hard time coming up with a use for the 2 free nights!  So really we were pre-paying for those nights - albeit at a lower than otherwise available cost - but had to come up with a way to use them before they expired.  Which cost us $$ on food, etc.

Anyway, it took just 5 minutes - the 2 cards are canceled and I was happy to cut them up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7479 on: November 02, 2016, 11:26:27 AM »
Found an interesting food share/co-op group. I've been a part of it for a couple of weeks now, and I think it's going to let us cut our grocery expenses by 1/3-1/2 without sacrificing quality. Huge win. It also hits some other community and environmental benefits that are compelling to me.

Huge classical music fan, which...as far as music tickets go aren't as expensive as lots of other kinds. But, I've been trying to seek out free, high quality events as much as possible. Luckily, My house is walking distance to the train line. Tonight I am going in to the city to hear a concert focused on my instrument from some world class musicians, FREE. Well, I guess I have the cost of my train ticket, but still.

Stopped at the pet store to get a free bag of speedy dog food with a coupon I got from following the dog foods Facebook page.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7480 on: November 03, 2016, 10:18:06 AM »
Was just about to buy my son some new pyjamas when I remembered that the grandparents love getting practical gift suggestions for Christmas.  Sent off the email, emptied my online cart, and saved myself $30.  He can wear his too-short ones for a few more months :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7481 on: November 03, 2016, 07:35:36 PM »
Yesterday I bought the largest size dog worming chews from the pet shop and used their price match promise. Dropped price per dose from $9.50 to $2.38.

The product they sell is based on dog weight (very small, small, medium, large) - with the product doubling the active ingredients each size. However, the prices only increase slightly with each size - for a pack of 6 chews ($52, $57, $67, $76).

I got the large dog pack and cut each into four- providing the same dosage as the small dog pack (I checked their spec online and have assumed the distribution in each chew is uniform, and my dogs sit in the middle of the weight range for small anyway).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7482 on: November 03, 2016, 09:16:20 PM »
Yesterday I bought the largest size dog worming chews from the pet shop and used their price match promise. Dropped price per dose from $9.50 to $2.38.

The product they sell is based on dog weight (very small, small, medium, large) - with the product doubling the active ingredients each size. However, the prices only increase slightly with each size - for a pack of 6 chews ($52, $57, $67, $76).

I got the large dog pack and cut each into four- providing the same dosage as the small dog pack (I checked their spec online and have assumed the distribution in each chew is uniform, and my dogs sit in the middle of the weight range for small anyway).

Filing this under Things That Would Never Have Occurred To Me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7483 on: November 03, 2016, 10:54:24 PM »
Went out to the Jazz Standard with some friends for a birthday party tonight. The waitress brought one bill for our whole table at the end of the night, and ended up screwing up by massively overcharging us not once, but twice! I saved our group $174 by catching the two errors. And I got a free slice of pie. :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7484 on: November 04, 2016, 04:10:51 AM »
No spend day yesterday!

I also made a loaf of sourdough bread, cooked chicken leg quarters in the crockpot to make enough shredded chicken for several meals, used the bones and skin to make a pot of broth, and used the liquid released when cooking the chicken to make black beans in the crockpot overnight.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7485 on: November 04, 2016, 05:18:59 AM »
Cheap transit today by virtue of starting late (after working late yesterday) and Friday half-price fares.

Eating the contents of the fridge (well, not all the contents), and drinking some of my birthday stash of spirits (thanks to generous friends).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7486 on: November 04, 2016, 06:18:00 AM »
I've seen my GP so often lately that she's started bulk billing me! I'd rather just be well, but I'll take the savings thanks.

Worked on my garden this evening, which should save me money via ''free'' fruit and veg. Watered the plants using buckets that collect from a dripping tap and the shower.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7487 on: November 04, 2016, 07:44:48 AM »
Did the full weeks groceries for 3 (plus a houseguest for 2 days, plus a dinner party for 6) for 90$CAD at the grocery store (and the equivalent of 20$ of stuff from the freezer/pantry). We will eat like KINGS, I tell you. Healthy kings.

Paid off the last of our non-mortgage debt - no more interest for us!!!

Started my Christmas shopping - I hate buying something because I need to buy "something", and starting early gives the chance to find something thoughtful and reasonably priced and on sale for those I care about. Still spending money, but less money than I'd otherwise spend, and there's no socially acceptable way to not spend it wiout hurting people I care about, so... There we have it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7488 on: November 04, 2016, 08:17:01 AM »
I exchanged a defective can of shaving cream (the nozzle was broken so it wouldn't squirt out).  I felt kind of dumb returning something that cost around $2, but I wouldn't throw $2 in the trash, so there you go!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7489 on: November 04, 2016, 08:56:09 AM »
I exchanged a defective can of shaving cream (the nozzle was broken so it wouldn't squirt out).  I felt kind of dumb returning something that cost around $2, but I wouldn't throw $2 in the trash, so there you go!

I'm amazed at the stuff the grocery store will accept for return and replacement; even things like produce that went bad a day or two after purchase, they'll cheerfully accept and provide another one. I guess most people never even think to ask.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7490 on: November 04, 2016, 11:18:05 AM »
Wanted to get a small box for storing some stuff in and decided that I'd prefer to spend a bit of money to get a nice decorative one, as it'll be in a place where it's always on view. Found a lovely one in a large department store in the big town earlier in the week but luckily they didn't have it in the size I wanted - €16!!! For a cardboard box. Rather than trying another branch I decided to really think about whether I could come up with some other solution instead. Walked around my small town for a while this afternoon and remembered that there is a shop that sells a huge mix of random household stuff and pet supplies and called in there. Got a decent looking sturdy box for €4 and everything fits perfectly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7491 on: November 04, 2016, 11:41:11 AM »
Went to a neighboring town's center. The parking lot was full, the streets behind it were all resident parking, and the on-street parking is newly metered with hefty rates. My errand would have cost me $2 in parking. Drove 2 blocks beyond and parked for free.

My town is about to meter their center as well. I wonder how local merchants feel about it. They're already not competitive and there are a lot of storefront vacancies.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7492 on: November 04, 2016, 11:44:40 AM »
Use recycled t-shirts for cleaning up messes, etc.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7493 on: November 04, 2016, 04:08:56 PM »
Got a free flu shot.

The government where I live pays for everyone. I used to get one when I had to pay, though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7494 on: November 04, 2016, 05:17:21 PM »
I have started bringing up the idea of a low-fuss, low-stuff Christmas with MiL.

Every year I bring it up, and every year she agrees then panic-shops on Christmas Eve.

We are slowly making progress from year to year, so I'm hoping that by bringing it up now the idea will have time to marinate. Then I can re-visit it throughout November and early December, and hopefully it just might stick.

I've proposed a bottle exchange - we give them a bottle champagne, they give us a bottle of our favourite spirits, and everyone gets in the Christmas spirit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7495 on: November 05, 2016, 09:27:12 PM »
I was invited to a housewarming party for some old friends that I haven't seen in a long time. Gifts were discouraged on the invitation, but they brought me a gift for my housewarming party over a decade ago and I felt I couldn't go empty handed. I had to buy them something.... Ugh.  They are both environmentally conscious people and are also vegetarian/vegan. I stopped at the thrift store near me with the best book section and found a BRAND NEW cookbook called Rice and Spice for vegetarian cooks and another brand new book of Thai Food recipes ( not completely vegetarian, but mostly, and even the meat dishes were mostly sauces and whatnot that the meat could be left out easily). Each for $1.00. AND I found a beautiful hand-made pressed paper gift bag with rose petal accents for $0.50! This gift did not look in any way second-hand.  total spent, $2.50..…

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7496 on: November 05, 2016, 09:51:19 PM »
Making jam for the first time in a few years. We don't eat much jam, but these batches will be used for scones with jam and cream at a family event (now that's a frugal treat!), and I want to get back in the habit so I can make it for Christmas presents.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7497 on: November 05, 2016, 10:04:30 PM »
* Discovered yesterday that we were invited to a 4yo birthday party (digital invites were going to trash folder) so scrambled today and was able to regift a brand-new girl-friendly book and wrap it quickly in wrapping paper I picked up on Buy Nothing a few months back.

* Line-dried laundry

* Used cloth diapers, breastfed the baby

* Used up the last of a box of cocoa to make brownies as my usual Saturday night "leftover night" reward.

* Made a frittata using garden produce (basil, tomatoes, eggplant) and backyard chicken eggs

* Worked on my 5K training with the Couch-to-5k smartphone app instead of joining a gym to try to get back in shape

* Hauled several wheelbarrow loads from our pile of FREE shredded-tree mulch to the backyard to protect and build soil during the rainy season

* Watched a documentary online for free instead of going to see Doctor Strange in the theaters (it'll be online soon enough)

* Just put overnight oatmeal in the crock-pot for breakfast tomorrow
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7498 on: November 06, 2016, 12:01:02 AM »
Cancelled Stan streaming service. Saved $10/month.

Had a discussion with husband about cancelling his union membership, which would save $55/month, and lowering our health insurance to save $130/month. Still in a holding pattern on these two till we get more information but it would mean significant savings if we pull the trigger.

A close friend lost a young family member in tragic circumstances this week. We discussed sending flowers or similar, but every gesture felt insignificant in the face of her loss. She called me yesterday and asked for help with something, and it was such a relief to be able to say, "We'll take care of it" and take that burden off her.

(I hope that comment isn't out of place on this thread. I wasn't looking for a way to avoid spending money on my friend, just cognisant of the fact that money can't fix everything.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7499 on: November 06, 2016, 01:52:53 PM »
A friend received a coffee shop gift card.
He passed it on to me
I used it to buy and bring by a coffee for his wife
The circle continues... haha.