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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #750 on: April 19, 2014, 10:58:59 PM »
New plants in the garden! Not only is it fun to grow things - but it pays off major when you start harvesting!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #751 on: April 19, 2014, 11:43:10 PM »
went swimming for free at indoor park district pool.

watched tv show online for free.

hubby grilled dinner of steaks and I made sides. delicious and way cheaper than going out, of course.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #752 on: April 20, 2014, 02:17:51 AM »
Making a dinner at home, veg stir fry, tofu, noodles and spring rolls. Not very traditional for Easter.;)

I did put a book on my Kindle but that was only £3.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #753 on: April 20, 2014, 02:29:33 AM »
Made a huge turkey dinner for extended family for Easter with:

-free turkey from Winco dug out of deep freeze ($0)
-10 lb of potatoes made into mashed potatoes ($3.50)
-stuffing made from scratch (old bread in freezer) and cooked in crockpot (50 cents -- bread ends saved for several months, onion, celery, spices, chicken bouillon and water)
-cranberry sauce made from bag of cranberries from freezer ($2)
-gravy (5 cents -- 3/4 cup of flour -- used juices from cooking)
-others brought more sides and also snacks for beforehand, and dessert!

Pretty cheap for me, even though I was hosting 16 people.  Everyone felt like they contributed and the meal was a great success for very little $$$ out-of-pocket for me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #754 on: April 23, 2014, 10:44:37 AM »
I'm not sure if I should be proud of this or ashamed:

There's a buffet place around here that sells food for $7.25/lb -- pricey, right?  But in the mornings they have crispy bacon.  First, I love me some crispy bacon.  Second, crispy bacon is really light.  So I got a few days worth of bacon for a couple bucks.  The best I can do if I make it at home is $3/lb for Trader Joe's ends-and-pieces.  Factoring in weight loss from cooking, I think I may be outright stealing from this buffet.  Plus, I really hate cooking the bacon - so messy.

On the other hand, I don't get to keep the bacon grease.  But I always end up with far more of that than I can use anyways.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #755 on: April 23, 2014, 11:01:04 AM »
kids closet is getting full and was gonna buy some drawers to add, i sort them all out yesterday and saw lots of outgrown clothes still in there, freed up about 20% of closet space!

re-used old curtains to replace our another old worn out curtain, i used to change curtains to change the look of the room quite a lot before, thanks to my mustachian mom i didnt realize she kept it in her closet, its been 6 years since i took down that curtain and replaced it with a different color.  it still looks new and fits perfect in our bedroom now. 

I used to wonder why she keeps everything, now i know :)   


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #756 on: April 23, 2014, 05:50:20 PM »
Made a quiche and vegetarian tacos. Used up lots of random things in the fridge and have lots of leftovers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #757 on: April 23, 2014, 05:55:10 PM »
My second Wednesday in a row not going out to dinner! Instead I made another CrockPot recipe, and it made plenty for tonight with enough leftover to freeze for next week's Wednesday night dinner too. :)

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« Reply #758 on: April 23, 2014, 06:03:19 PM »
Mrs Ottawa and I both contracted food poisoning or norwalk.  24 hours no food so far.   Brings forth a whole new meaning to badass. 
Signing up for Tangerine Bank?  Let's both earn some cash!  Here is my Tangerine Key: 43684467S1  Cheers.

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« Reply #759 on: April 23, 2014, 09:12:10 PM »
Cooked up the only-just-still-good veges from the fridge into a very tasty pasta sauce.

Best quality beef mince was marked down to half price at the supermarket because it expires tomorrow, so I bought three packs instead of one.

Planned the next week's meals on what we already have on hand plus what's on sale this week.

Bought petrol last night before it went up 12 cents per litre today.

Convinced the BF to undertake a frugality challenge with me in May.

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« Reply #760 on: April 23, 2014, 09:20:03 PM »
Cancelled my LearnVest account ($19/month savings!)

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« Reply #761 on: April 24, 2014, 12:25:43 AM »
Made 70 whole wheat buns.

Made a huge batch of sloppy joes (3 lb ground beef) for dinner with a few of the aforementioned buns, and froze the rest of them.

Made a greek salad to go with dinner.

Did all this in spite of feeling the pits due to an infection (am on antibiotics).

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« Reply #762 on: April 24, 2014, 04:01:37 AM »
I finally got online and compared home and car insurance. Found the same cover for $700/year less!! Not bad for less than an hours 'work'. I was so happy to call and cancel with the old company!

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« Reply #763 on: April 24, 2014, 05:35:55 AM »
I had some at home beauty treatments, a facial, a hair conditioning treatment and used my foot spa.

Homemade food, my lunch is bean burgers, chips (fries) and salad.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #764 on: April 24, 2014, 03:15:00 PM »
I made dinner at a friends house using her groceries (even trade) and I got Sprint to waive the final charge on my account after switching to Republic Wireless ($3.59 late fee) YEA! VICTORY!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #765 on: April 25, 2014, 10:58:13 AM »
Got approved for Chase Sapphire Preferred.  I'm about to make a large enough purchase to hit the $3K spend requirement to get the 40,000 points ($400).  I also set up a reminder on my phone to cancel the account before the annual fee kicks in.

Need to go hit my car insurance next.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #766 on: April 27, 2014, 04:26:42 AM »
Not really "today" but i spend my week of vacation building a big raised bed for gardening.
It is about 1x3 meters and .8 high. Total cost was 14 EUR because we used already available earth and wood.
This way we should break even only after some few salads heads + i had a costless 5 day workout.

Maybe this should also go to the badass thread category...
Hooray!

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« Reply #767 on: April 27, 2014, 06:45:30 AM »
The mister and I went out for dinner last night - first time in three weeks, which by itself is something of a Mustachian miracle.

But rather than each get our own small pizza, which we usually do since we have varying tastes, we split a large, each got we wanted on our own "half", had water to drink, and cut the bill from our typical $25+ to $16.

Not as good as staying home, but a darn sight better than we used to do!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #768 on: April 27, 2014, 06:56:41 AM »
Sold some junk from the basement. Nothing big, just blenders and the like. But it feels good to clear out some space and make a little extra $$ on the side :)

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« Reply #769 on: April 27, 2014, 08:02:04 AM »
We go grocery shopping every Sunday and on the last Sunday in the month we cash in our grocery store points.  We 'earn' about $20/month in grocery points that we will use today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #770 on: April 27, 2014, 08:05:19 AM »
Nothing yet today, but yesterday:

"Borrowed" the 16' 2x4's that from the bottom part of our firewood rack and repurposed them for a hops trellis, which will shade two south-facing windows of the house during the summer and pay us back with lovely beer-making ingredients.  Even better, the hops will be ready to cut down before we're ready to stack wood in the fall, so I can put the 2x4's right back to their original purpose.

Made lentil soup with some of the ham from the Easter special spiral ham, and had a salad with lettuce from the garden to go with.

Doubled down on Lowe's coupons and 5% credit card rewards to save about $40 on the ~$170 worth of stuff I needed for today's project.

Brewed a batch of beer

Made and froze a batch of turkey stock

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« Reply #771 on: April 28, 2014, 08:19:40 PM »
I had the cash advance finance charge REMOVED from my capital one credit card which I payed off in full last week.  =)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #772 on: April 28, 2014, 10:24:39 PM »
I made the third required signature purchase within first 45 days on my new Capital One checking account card, shopping at Trader Joe's, so now I'll get that bonus $50 they promised in the promo! Bad news is that it'll go to that face-punch parking ticket from last week. :/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #773 on: April 29, 2014, 01:50:43 PM »
I have a crazy one (seemed crazy to me).

Today I called to pay a medical bill from wife's pregnancy.  The bill was ~$4k.  We had $2500 in an HRA, and were going to pay the remainder out of pocket.  So, I call the billing department, start giving account numbers and amounts, etc.  The woman asks me "have you asked for a discount on this bill?" I'm like, "uh, no?"  So she gives me a number to call, tells me to request a discount because I am paying in full.  I call this number, ask politely for a discount, hold for 20 seconds, they come back with a THIRTY FIVE PERCENT DISCOUNT, eliminating all but $70 of the ~$1400 we were going to pay out of pocket.

HOLY SHIT.  This is a thing???

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« Reply #774 on: April 29, 2014, 03:08:12 PM »
Price matched groceries today, saving about $15 in total.

Did some half-assed hypermiling to keep my fuel consumption low.

Not today, but very recently: reorganized my front hall closet, using mostly materials we already had, so that we no longer have a space crunch in the front hall (that means we don't have to break down walls or renovate it!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #775 on: April 29, 2014, 03:15:18 PM »
Registered my new old car!

45MPG out of the gate according to the previous owner, should be able to hit 55 with some modifications and with a new nut behind the wheel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #776 on: April 29, 2014, 03:24:39 PM »
Eating leftovers and attending the community board meeting tonight, making it a really low-cost day! (Many of mine aren't)

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« Reply #777 on: April 29, 2014, 03:33:22 PM »
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #778 on: April 29, 2014, 09:00:48 PM »
I went to UPS to return two saddles I had on trial - shipping + insurance for the cheaper one was going to be $113 - I told them I'd ask the business to send me a return label instead.  Went around the corner to USPS and shipped them fully insured for $128 total, which is probably less than UPS would have been for just the more expensive one.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #779 on: April 29, 2014, 11:22:09 PM »
Biked my two youngest kids in the burley to the library. Hit TJ and had a picnic on the library lawn (declined an invitation out to lunch). Got a gratis exercise coaching session from a friend, kept going with my $5 yoga app, and took the kids swimming for free as this is turning into a hot April. Batch cooked so I am basically set for the rest of the week. Though was shocked to find out family of five ate four large sautéed bundles of chard for dinner! No driving at all which feels great

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #780 on: April 30, 2014, 02:55:06 AM »
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!

Lol. Good luck with that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #781 on: April 30, 2014, 04:53:03 AM »
Spent 15 min (mostly on hold) with the internet/cable company and cut my bill $15/month. I asked for the promotion for 'new customers' on the website so they could 'keep my business', a few transfers later and my rate is lower.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #782 on: April 30, 2014, 08:47:27 AM »
I have been eating two granola bars a day for months: a $1/each fancy-dancy Bakery on Main organic granola bar for breakfast and a $.072/each Annie's Organics bar for afternoon snack. I changed out the Annie's one for Costco Kirkland granola bars for $0.15/each a few weeks ago, and now I've finished the last of the Bakery on Main breakfast bars and replaced them with Wegman's organic instant oatmeal at $0.37/packet.

Let me do that math... I went from $1.72 on breakfast/snack per day to $0.51, a savings of... $1.21 a day! That's... $36 a month! $432 a year!

It's a good example of "no-sacrifice" savings - I'm going to Wegman's and Costco anyway, so it's easy to pick up those new items and keep them in "stock" in the pantry.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #783 on: April 30, 2014, 09:00:17 AM »
I put a pound of dry blackeyed peas on to cook in the crockpot with the hambone from the ham I bought on the Easter sale and cut up and put into the freezer for future meals.

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« Reply #784 on: April 30, 2014, 11:13:07 AM »
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.

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« Reply #785 on: April 30, 2014, 12:43:37 PM »
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.

They were homeschooling textbooks, so I advertised on a number of homeschooling lists/groups in my area. I still have a ton more to sell, but got busy and haven't had time. I think I may have to go with ebay eventually to be able to reach a wider audience. I'm also considering a local homeschooling consignment shop, if I get fed up with ebay!

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« Reply #786 on: April 30, 2014, 05:27:35 PM »
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.

i did mine through Amazon

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #787 on: April 30, 2014, 07:23:44 PM »
I made pizza for the family. =-D


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #788 on: April 30, 2014, 07:42:39 PM »
First REALLY warm day here, and didn't feel like cooking. BUT parents dropped off a dozen ears of corn this afternoon, so we had corn and cheese/crackers/pickles.  No one has a huge appetite anyways.  Time to dig out the summer recipes!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #789 on: May 01, 2014, 02:03:31 AM »
Mowed someone richs lawn, got paid 15eur per 1hr for this easy workout.
Comrade also did this, went to spend it on booze directly afterwards.

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« Reply #790 on: May 01, 2014, 07:59:55 AM »
decreased home internet speed down one level. savings = $10/month. might go down one additional level if no significant lag times.

started demo'ing Republic Wireless Moto G phones at $10/mon. plan. We want to dump ATT Wireless ASAP and if these work out, will pocket $100+/month with RW. Thanks MMM for that article on RW!

packed lunch for work, saving several $ of cost from work cafeteria. I no do this every day as does spouse.

we cook our own meals at home 98% of the time (long standing practice in our house)....We eat like Kings and Queens and love the healthy aspects as well as cost savings.

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« Reply #791 on: May 01, 2014, 09:14:56 AM »
WFH.

Saved $8-12 on commuting costs.

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« Reply #792 on: May 01, 2014, 09:38:01 AM »
Refrained from Starbucks stop this AM (I get a reg brew there but it's still $2)

Unearthed some homemade mystery veggie patties in the freezer to bring for lunch.  Lookin' forward to that.

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« Reply #793 on: May 01, 2014, 10:49:05 AM »
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!

Lol. Good luck with that.

I'm proud to report that there is still leftover toilet paper from the last roll, and not even made it halfway, im a proud Mustachian mommy, today i will buy more toilet paper, hello May 1st ^.^

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #794 on: May 04, 2014, 09:21:34 PM »
Didn't spend money this weekend except for a coffee -- still had fun and was social (went to a BBQ and brought a dish made with stuff I already had; went cycling with a friend).

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« Reply #795 on: May 04, 2014, 11:19:10 PM »
Made a loaf of bread in the bread machine on quick cycle (58 minutes) to go with leftover soup for dinner. Sliced some cheese for the warm bread. It was a nice dinner, actually, and I felt frugal serving it!

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« Reply #796 on: May 04, 2014, 11:32:24 PM »
New to the Mustachian business. Spouse and I have ordered pizza I think every Friday for the last 15 years. It gets me out of cooking dinner and provides Spouse with leftovers for lunch over the weekend. But, $30. So this Thursday I made some pizza dough & sauce and left the 2 balls of dough in the fridge to rise overnight. On Friday I rolled 1 ball out and topped and baked it. It was not wonderful, so Spouse & I conferred and made some changes, and I baked the 2nd ball for Spouse's lunch on Saturday. Better, but still not as good as delivery. He had the remaining leftovers for lunch today, so that counts toward today's savings. But I'm determined to get it right. If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

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« Reply #797 on: May 04, 2014, 11:43:34 PM »
Ate my homemade lunch instead of buying some, even though I somehow managed to make the world's blandest falafel.

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« Reply #798 on: May 04, 2014, 11:55:59 PM »
If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

rolando74,

Good job on trying to make your own pizza! This has been an ongoing challenge for me, and I actually enjoy the taste of my own pizza more than store-bought now!

What I have found works wonderfully is to "parbake" the crust after you roll it out. Set your oven to around 350 and bake the crust for around 8-10 minutes. It won't be browned or anything, but will feel cooked.

After that, slather on your sauce (I cheat and use Prego sauce) and some toppings you love (we like ham and pineapple, also ground beef -- pre cooked -- feta cheese and tomato) and then top with some sprinkles of parmesan and a nice amount of mozzarella.

Then I crank the oven up to around 425 or so and bake the pizzas. Watch them carefully till the cheese on top is hot and bubbly and maybe even browning in a few spots.

Hope that helps!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #799 on: May 05, 2014, 06:44:39 AM »
Neither of us went down off the mountain all weekend. No vehicles were cranked at all except for the backhoe.


I've put the crockpot on for an easy supper tonight; I have a late exam tonight and less than 18 hours to turn that into final grades -- the <18 hours includes time for commuting, eating, and sleeping, if any...