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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7500 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 #7501 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 #7502 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 #7503 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 #7504 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 #7505 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 #7506 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 #7507 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 #7508 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 #7509 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 #7510 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 #7511 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 #7512 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 #7513 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 #7514 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 #7515 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 #7516 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 #7517 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 #7518 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 #7519 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 #7520 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 #7521 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 #7522 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 #7523 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 #7524 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 #7525 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 #7526 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 #7527 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 #7528 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7529 on: November 06, 2016, 08:30:41 PM »
Replaced the button on my winter coat.  It was one of those buttons with a "neck" and that is where it broke. I've had trouble finding the right size replacement for under $15!  So tonight I soaked the big plastic button in warm water to limber it up a bit then drilled holes.  Tried to get smooth edges so they won't cut the thread.  Pretty pleased with my ingenuity.

I also made myself a bralette out of an old lace tank top and bits of salvaged elastic and ribbon.  Not perfect but just as nice as the one I removed from my target shopping cart.

I got $21.75 in ibotta rewards! Usually they aren't for items I use and it's not worth my time but I managed to get a nice combination of coupons and bonuses and it all added up this week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7530 on: November 06, 2016, 08:33:50 PM »
Met friends for coffee instead of dinner. Still not ideal, but way cheaper. Plus, we ended up staying and talking 4.5hrs. No way we could have done that in a busy restaurant.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7531 on: November 06, 2016, 10:39:58 PM »
Cleaned the back of a closet. Found a dozen sponges and half a bottle of hand soap.

Bought tarragon seeds online to grow in the garden. The seeds were almost as cheap as buying a single small container of herbs at the store. Got free shipping, too.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7532 on: November 06, 2016, 11:54:15 PM »
Just started moving towards the MMM lifestyle mid-August.

- Today, cooked all breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the week. Finally going to be able to resist the siren call of restaurants at every turn when I'm at work and get hungry, or come home famished. Pretty proud of this since it's my first time around doing all 5 days at once.

- Went to buy an on-sale enameled cast iron pot via public transit. Once in the store, started picking up other things from my needs list, but realized I could barely carry the heavy pot by itself. Put everything else back, so that I could take public transit back, rather than buying too many things to carry on foot and having to call an Uber/cab. Rushed to get all my errands done, so I could ride back on the same $2.25 ticket that is good for 3 hours round-trip.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7533 on: November 07, 2016, 01:19:16 AM »
Bought Christmas stamps today and will start writing cards tonight.

Australia Post is taking a good two weeks to deliver mail interstate now, and I don't want to pay for express post.

(Many of the cards I send are for business contacts of my husband, and the cost is worth the goodwill. I have cut back the number of personal cards we send. And the cards themselves have been in a cupboard since I bought them marked down in January.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7534 on: November 07, 2016, 07:16:51 AM »
Bought tarragon seeds online to grow in the garden. The seeds were almost as cheap as buying a single small container of herbs at the store. Got free shipping, too.

French tarragon is only reproduced by cuttings.  What you're probably getting is Texas tarragon.  Not saying it won't be a good herb, but might not be what you're expecting.  If you can get a French tarragon plant though - once it gets going, it will produce a ton and is very low maintenance.  https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-french-tarragon/


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7535 on: November 07, 2016, 10:44:07 AM »
- Invited friends over to my house instead of our usual quarterly dinner date.  Served a bottle of wine I got as a gift, and my guests brought the snacks.

- Free lunch at work today (leftovers from a weekend meeting)

- Replaced my son's shoes for $20.  Splurged in the spring and bought him his first pair of "high end" runners (New Balance) and he wore a hole through the toe in the summer.  I was so disappointed since this had never happened in his hand-me-down or Payless-type of runners before.  Contacted New Balance and after a few emails, they offered me a $50 promo code + free shipping.  Bought their cheapest pair and paid $20 out of pocket, but got to buy it in the next size up at least!

- Starting conversations with family members about doing a "Secret Santa" gift exchange amongst the adults instead of the usual gift extravaganza.  We'll see how it goes.

- Did a mini photo shoot of my kids for our annual Christmas card instead of paying $100 with a professional photographer (who does absolutely gorgeous holiday shoots - I will do it one year for sure, but not this year).

- Did not order daycare photos because they were horrible (my son was sick and my daughter was upset during the shoot).  I took photos of the proofs to be able to laugh at them one day, but at $18 per print, I was not about to shell out for a gag.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7536 on: November 07, 2016, 03:38:14 PM »
I cooked / baked yesterday, for family & guest dinner, plus bread and calzones for this week.  Tried new recipes too.

Then, because it seemed cheap baking, I found a recipe cost calculator that I like a LOT, and spent too much time updating it...


https://www.cookkeepbook.com/


My Calculations


Calzones (Spinach and Ricotta):  $10 for 6 Large servings
Steelcut Oatmeal with Egg $0.45/ pp
Fried Rice with Veg and a full serving of Sausage $1.45 per person (YAY! So Cheap!!)
Beef and Cabbage Casserole $1.55 per person
American Sandwich Bread, made with honey and butter -- 750gm (approx) loaf for $1.34
2 cups of ricotta cheese (Homemade, for extra cheesy Calzones) $2.69
Apple Pie (with mostly free apples) and generous vanilla Ice Cream:  <$.50/ pp

Sugar cookies with Royal Icing (just calculated for a future fundraiser) $12 for 4-5 dozen medium 3" cookies

Hot Cocoa made with 50% milk  $0.37/cup


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I compared homemade cocoa with Carnation -- as long as the milk used to make each is the same, there wasn't much difference... I may need to look for cheaper sources of Cocoa...  But the kids' demand for the Carnation brand won't break us.  I was surprised but both came out to $0.37/cup.





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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7537 on: November 07, 2016, 06:51:35 PM »
@Horsepoor: Thanks for the info! I had no idea. The seeds I got are for Russian tarragon. I used to have a French tarragon plant (delicious!) but it died. I'm going to plant the Russian seeds and do a taste comparison.

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« Reply #7538 on: November 07, 2016, 07:35:42 PM »
- Starting conversations with family members about doing a "Secret Santa" gift exchange amongst the adults instead of the usual gift extravaganza.  We'll see how it goes.

+1 for starting these conversations early. Before (most) people have started shopping.

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« Reply #7539 on: November 08, 2016, 07:40:19 AM »
- Starting conversations with family members about doing a "Secret Santa" gift exchange amongst the adults instead of the usual gift extravaganza.  We'll see how it goes.

My family did this when I was a kid. There were two groups, adults and kids. The adult group went by couple (Aunt A and Uncle A get one gift purchased by Aunt B and Uncle B). The name drawing was done in early November.

When all the cousins were adults we switched to doing a Chinese gift exchange/Yankee swap, so everyone brings one wrapped item and puts it under the tree. Draw numbers, #1 gets to pick from the pile and unwraps it in front of the group. #2 can either pick from under the tree or steal from #1. If #1's present is stolen then they can pick from under the tree. Once you get a few rounds in it gets a little crazy because #15 will steal from #9 who steals from #11 who steals from #3 when then takes something from under the tree. Usually we say that a particular item can only be stolen a maximum of three times, so there's some strategy involved (Aunt A will "steal" something from her husband that's already been stolen two times so that the item can't be stolen by anyone else). Good gifts to bring have been sports related swag, bed pillows, a basic set of tools the year that a bunch of different people moved house, and a bottle of a family favorite brand of booze (no one dared steal that from the heavily pregnant woman who declared that she was saving it for March).

I think it's really interesting the regional (I'm assuming) difference on this name! We call it "white elephant" here.
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« Reply #7540 on: November 08, 2016, 08:24:25 AM »
I think it's really interesting the regional (I'm assuming) difference on this name! We call it "white elephant" here.

We call it "white elephant" or, my personal favorite, "angry santa".  :)
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« Reply #7541 on: November 08, 2016, 08:51:41 AM »
Love the variation on this that allows you to "steal". Might have to suggest that the next time we have a big family christmas. This year, I'm planning on staying home and having a quiet one alone. After two years of big family celebrations, great though they were, I am really looking forward to it. I'll spend some time in December pouring over my cookbooks and choose something to cook that takes a bit more time and effort than usual (and that will give me enough leftovers to make other meals for a week). Have found some nice recipes from doing this. I think satay chicken from scratch was one of the best - that came about because a had a huge bag of monkey nuts (peanuts :) ) left over from halloween and wanted to use them.

Anyway, today I have saved money by taking the time before going to work to measure out the ingredients for this evening's dinner of pineapple rice. Been a while since I actually followed the recipe for this but I need to get a bit more serious about tracking proper quantities and portion control. It's all waiting to be cooked, which means no temptation to stop and get chips or a pizza on the way home (I recognised strong feelings of temptation in myself yesterday evening so trying to make it as easy as possible to resist).

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« Reply #7542 on: November 08, 2016, 09:41:35 AM »
I failed to join a Massdrop sale and saved $200. Pretty lame way to save, huh?
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« Reply #7543 on: November 08, 2016, 10:43:59 AM »
They are doing a food drive at work and I still had a few canned goods to donate. Instead of driving, I walked the mile to work pulling my wheeled shopper. I usually ride my bike, but it was a bit too much to fit into my bike basket.

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« Reply #7544 on: November 09, 2016, 09:12:19 AM »
* Brought home 2 jugs of orange juice from the fridge at work.  A rep had brought several by with bagels one day, and the unopened jugs went into the fridge.  They sat there for a week before I took them home.  They would have otherwise gone bad!

* Went on a test drive during my lunch break to get a free $50 Visa card.  Got the email with the card about 30 minutes after the test drive, and used it towards our cell phone payment.  Boring, but saves me $50 in the budget now this month.

* Really, really, realllllly wanted to stop for breakfast after standing in line to vote yesterday for almost 2 hours, but I held out and had my normal oatmeal at work instead.

* Signed my family up to make a gingerbread house at our local library the first of next month.  They provide all the supplies, so it will be a free few hours of family fun.  I love that our library does events like this. 

* Asked for a copy of my hospital bill from my son's birth to see what the individual charges were (since the EOB never gives that level of detail).  Found a drug on there that I know I did not receive during my visit, so they are looking further into my files to see why it's on there.  It should get taken off, which will save me about $400 (we have an HDHP, so everything is OOP until our deductible is met.)  Sadly, this is one of many issues I have had both with the hospital charges and insurance payments in regards to my son's birth.  It saddens me to think of how many hospital bills end up wrong, and people pay them without a second thought.

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« Reply #7545 on: November 09, 2016, 04:01:12 PM »
Cooked some beans I soaked overnight.  Haven't done that before, but cans are getting stupidly expensive where I live.  A can of refried beans is $3.59 - $.99!

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« Reply #7546 on: November 09, 2016, 09:56:18 PM »
Gave myself permission this morning to buy a 50 cent coffee this afternoon from the kcup machine at work. Soldiered through and did not buy anything. 

This evening I mended a shirt and did a major refashion of a skirt and a too big vest (sleeveless coat).

I started a new pair of pj shorts from fabric I had.  Will finish them soon!

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« Reply #7547 on: November 10, 2016, 08:29:58 AM »
I started a new pair of pj shorts from fabric I had.  Will finish them soon!

I took the time to add pockets to them and just finished them. They fit great and are comfortable and cute!  I am so pleased. I don't wear shorts often outside the house but I need new running shorts and next summer I'll want at least one pair for casual wear.  This pattern might just work for both of those uses with appropriate fabric, or work as a guide to help me refashion the too big ones I own.  That leads to even more saving! I am pleased.

I also glued the pleather back in place on my cell phone case. It lacks in aesthetic but is functional again.

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« Reply #7548 on: November 10, 2016, 10:34:00 AM »
Several number touch pads on our over the range microwave have not been working for some time. For example, to set One Minute, we'd key in 60 seconds since the 1 did not work.  Tried Unplugging  it, wait, plug it back in --  helped for one number only.   Searched the internet and you tube and thought, why not try a fix idea I found.  We unplugged the microwave (critical first step!), loosened the control panel, and as suggested on line, loosened, re inserted and re captured the flat ribbon connector.  So far, everything except the power percentage control, which we rarely use, is now working well. 
The idea was that, over time, opening and closing the microwave door and perhaps steam exposure had degraded the amount of contact the ribbon had with its receiver.  I don't know about that, but do love that it's working again.
We're surprised and thrilled by our success!
If it happens again, we will may disconnect all of the wire contact plug ins and wipe them off and reinsert. 

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« Reply #7549 on: November 10, 2016, 10:42:41 AM »
Several number touch pads on our over the range microwave have not been working for some time. For example, to set One Minute, we'd key in 60 seconds since the 1 did not work.  Tried Unplugging  it, wait, plug it back in --  helped for one number only.   Searched the internet and you tube and thought, why not try a fix idea I found.  We unplugged the microwave (critical first step!), loosened the control panel, and as suggested on line, loosened, re inserted and re captured the flat ribbon connector.  So far, everything except the power percentage control, which we rarely use, is now working well. 
The idea was that, over time, opening and closing the microwave door and perhaps steam exposure had degraded the amount of contact the ribbon had with its receiver.  I don't know about that, but do love that it's working again.
We're surprised and thrilled by our success!
If it happens again, we will may disconnect all of the wire contact plug ins and wipe them off and reinsert.

Use dielectric grease if you take it back apart, it'll prevent the steam penetration between the contacts.  You can apply it to the relevant points using a q-tip.  :)
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