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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7550 on: November 11, 2016, 02:58:18 PM »
Made lunch and dinner for tonight last night.
Ate a protein bar instead of buying breakfast

I realized that I have the option for free dental and vision insurance coverage for me AND my DH.  I called my DH, and he cancelled his vision and dental through work.  We will save about ~$15/month pre-tax. 

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« Reply #7551 on: November 11, 2016, 03:38:14 PM »
A couple of days ago I bought my HB some new ski poles that he needed. I found the wanted model in 2015 colors, half the price of this year's model with 2016 colors.

Today in the shop I didn't buy an overpriced Christmas bread, but instead bought ingredients to make one myself.

Today we found a good Christmas present (online) for a relative. After that we shopped around for the cheapest shop for that product.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7552 on: November 11, 2016, 07:51:51 PM »
Only went to the grocery store today.  Stayed home otherwise and painted/did chores/read/hung with dogs.

Found 5 cents on the ground while walking the dogs.

Replaced our one family vehicle (a few days ago), had researched and watched for a good deal/vehicle for a month, noticed a ding in the windshield, and got another 500.00 off the purchase price.

Stopped in at goodwill for some cheap frames the other day. Found 2 0.50 cent frames as hoped and found black ankle boots for 6.50.  Literally had watched and waited for a pair for 6 months.  They are way nicer than the ones I almost bought new at the local fast fashion store!


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« Reply #7553 on: November 11, 2016, 10:54:03 PM »
Unexpected dry weather today so I'm catching up on washing from the past few days, hanging everything to dry.

I started writing Christmas cards so they will be done in time for cheap postage in early December.

Went grocery shopping and saved $51 (a gift card and specials).

I also bought a large picture frame for $10. One of my closest friends has some 'house rules' written on a piece of paper in her kitchen. I'm going to design a proper version and frame it as part of her Christmas present.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7554 on: November 11, 2016, 11:25:51 PM »
Dug up and potted brambleberry shoots today. Will either use them to expand our berry beds or eventually for sale

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7555 on: November 12, 2016, 11:24:34 AM »
Last night we wanted to do something with the kids "OUT" and include a meal in it. So instead of taking them for Subs we Went to a college Soccer game and picked up a monster sub from our local grocer for 5.99$ which fed the 4 of us. Night out with dinner and damn that sub was good. That was less then the cost of one sub at pretty much and sub shop and fed 2 adults and 2 kids easily.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7556 on: November 12, 2016, 11:52:44 AM »
- Got a free copy of The Millionaire Next Door from our library's free book table, paid $1 for a few kids books my son loves and will eventually chew/destroy.
- Sold a bigger piece of baby gear for exactly what I paid for it a year ago.
- went to farmers market and picked up cheap in-season root veg. Roasting them now.
- making banana bread to bring to a board game night tonight.

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« Reply #7557 on: November 12, 2016, 07:07:42 PM »
Used 10.00 worth of paint on 2 5.00 chairs to finish out a "matching set" for our dining room.

Planned some meals out of what we have on hand and some condiments we need to clear out of the fridge.

Drank lots of water and coffee....a bum around the house day so I mostly nibbled on misc foodstuffs.

Hung dry clothes

Kept the heat low overnight and wore slippers, sweats and a hoodie until the sun warmed the house up :)

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« Reply #7558 on: November 12, 2016, 07:24:10 PM »
Listing items on eBay. I should be able to make a couple of hundred dollars.

I finalised my husband's expenses, $470 back from his company.

Lunch was courtesy of a baker friend, who brought me a huge bag of freebies.

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« Reply #7559 on: November 12, 2016, 08:01:29 PM »
Used the last of our turkey meatloaf to make deeeelicious meatloaf sandwiches instead of caving and buying take-out.

Dinner, I finally used our cauliflower to make a nice curry cauliflower dish with some brown rice on the side.


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« Reply #7560 on: November 12, 2016, 09:59:52 PM »
Have wanted adirondak chairs for our deck for a while, but they are low on the budget priority list. Last night, neighbors put out stuff for junk collection this morning. Among the piles were two huge Jimmy Buffett themed chairs, painted with lyrics, giant cheeseburgers, salt shakers. It is hard to overstate the awesome craziness.

Somehow, my husband had no idea who Buffett is, so they really made no sense to him.

Currently in the garage but once we figure out their new color they will grace our deck.

Also, picked up a bunch of extra bread from a German celebration tonight and will make a bread pudding tomorrow.

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« Reply #7561 on: November 12, 2016, 10:03:35 PM »
I just googled Jimmy Buffet... Crap.  He looks so old!

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« Reply #7562 on: November 13, 2016, 12:26:12 PM »
Biked to Aldi today and found that it's cheaper than where I have been shopping.

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« Reply #7563 on: November 13, 2016, 12:33:03 PM »
Fingers crossed, but it looks like my husband successfully fixed our HVAC woes. It looks like, in spite of how several thermostats are advertised, they don't actually handle the hand off for dual fuel aux heat properly. As a result, our high pressure switch kept tripping. Previous home owner had HVAC company out 6 times since January. We had them out once. Luckily no cost to us on that visit since they didn't figure out what was wrong and just checked their old fixes. Anyway, after getting really into the weeds on the controls stuff (thank god I'm married to an electrical engineer) a super customizable $250 thermostat was able to solve the problem! We have receipts from previous owners, and they'd put over $450 into the various visits. I'll be very happy to have this resolved. PLUS, we can go back to the heat pump doing most of the work, so it should be cheaper in the long run.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7564 on: November 13, 2016, 01:57:49 PM »
I'd run out of lunch makings today. I heated up a quarter jar of Classico pasta sauce (a leftover) and the same amount of water, and ended up with a large bowl of tasty tomato soup, with nice bits of tomato and Italian sausage.  A little salty as an everyday lunch item, but I'd definitely do this again in the last day or two before a grocery order.

This afternoon, I am baking bread and muffins and tonight cooking tomato, onion, ginger and garlic sauce for some lentils and rice. This will all happily mix with other food on hand and get me to the grocery order.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7565 on: November 13, 2016, 03:11:15 PM »
My husband's phone is off plan as of last week.

He's thinking of changing telcos for better coverage but hasn't made up his mind, so I'm switching him to a month-to-month plan and saving $75/month till he decides.

His phone plan is expensive, the phone (and data) is necessary for work, and it is subsidised by his company, but I'm still trying to get the costs down.

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« Reply #7566 on: November 13, 2016, 06:04:14 PM »
I joined bookbub and downloaded 6 free books. Exciting times ahead!

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« Reply #7567 on: November 13, 2016, 11:55:57 PM »
At my current job that I have since 2 years, I buy food in the canteen. We have to buy day-tickets in a pack of 10. Recently the price was increased by 20%. In a previous job, where I always ate my own sandwiches brought from home, I missed eating in the canteen sometimes. So now I have decided to bring along sandwiches from home on some of the days, and eat in the canteen on other days. To save again some money.

Since I am in this job, I have also started shopping groceries in a more expensive grocery store, because it has the most convenient parking. I can save a minute in time. I will from now on shop more often in the grocery store that is generally cheaper, which is just down the road, equally far.

Those are 2 new habits that could save me money and that aren't difficult to overcome. :-)

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« Reply #7568 on: November 14, 2016, 02:02:27 AM »
A local cinema had a discount on gift cards so I bought one for a friend for Christmas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7569 on: November 14, 2016, 11:02:24 AM »
I reviewed the family health plan for 2017 and saved around 800$ / year

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« Reply #7570 on: November 14, 2016, 02:20:58 PM »
I'm eating my feelings a lot lately, but I resisted buying expensive food and stuck with what we had in the house. :-\

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« Reply #7571 on: November 14, 2016, 02:50:05 PM »
Forgot to add... had to leave work early yesterday, so I saved $1.45 on transit.

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« Reply #7572 on: November 14, 2016, 06:52:56 PM »
I bought clear plastic shower rings for $1.50 instead of $8 or so for color coordinated ones.

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« Reply #7573 on: November 14, 2016, 07:06:37 PM »
Turned down a job that would have required a 1+hr commute each way. As a result, they countered and there's a chance they'll open the office in my town, instead of the town they had planned on! If so, I'll be saving big money (and TIME). Plus, it's always awesome to feel this sought after, even if they opt not to move the planned office! Still cool they're considering.
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« Reply #7574 on: November 14, 2016, 11:54:27 PM »
* Sold an article for $75. When the money comes in it will go straight to an investment fund.
* Got a starting bid on a glazed flowerpot I picked out of a dumpster and cleaned up for sale.
* Found a dime on the ground; found four pennies in the change bowl of a self-checkout machine.
* Met a friend at Starbucks for coffee (facepunches!) but at least got the $0.10 reusable mug credit.
* Went running for free instead of joining a gym.
* Cooked dinner at home using homegrown spaghetti squash.
* Line-dried several loads of laundry.
* Breastfed, cloth-diapered, used cloth wipes.
* Fall cleanup compost pile is now five feet high. By springtime it will have decomposed down into rich black soil that we will use as seed-starting mix and to side-dress fruit trees.
* Dried chicken bones in a low oven and crushed them for use as a soil amendment.
* Supplemented chicken feed with backyard-grown sorrel and food trimmings from the kitchen
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7575 on: November 15, 2016, 12:46:39 AM »
Today I'll get a free lunch at a hotel because of a job conference that is close by. Tonight when I go to my weekly (free) course around dinner time, I will not buy the usual cookies, but eat a left over portion at home later.

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« Reply #7576 on: November 15, 2016, 08:45:35 AM »
A couple small and one big thing.
1. We decided to renew our lease through August 2018 and not buy a house. My husband's graduating in May and we will lose our housing subsidy so our rent is going from around$350/ month to $1,350 a month. The increase plus general resentment of loud/ undergraduate type neighbours had us looking at possibly purchasing a house in town. When we ran the numbers with a mortgage broker, it didn't make as much financial sense. The mortgage payment would be pretty close to what we will be paying in rent, but does not include utilities like our rent does. Also our apartment came furnished and we would have to buy all new furniture in the house were we to buy. It feels like losing money, but since we aren't 100% set that we want to stay in this town, we will probably come out ahead. I might still go back and forth on this the next time my neighbour has a 4am karaoke party.

2. Lunch was provided at work yesterday and as a thank you for helping to clean-up, I got to take food home. There was a giant tray of grilled chicken breasts left so I took home what I could package. Probably around 6 lbs of chicken!

3. Sewed some windows valances for a coworker over the weekend. We never actually discussed price and I've never done this type of thing for money before. I was originally thinking I would charge her around $50. My other coworkers talked me into going up to $15/hr and when I told the buyer, she said she was planning on $20/hr! $160 for a days worth of sewing which was much appreciated as it took my mind off all my stresses.

4. Sold a gag gift from last christmas online for $18. Now I just need to find the darn thing in our storage closet so I can mail it out tonight. It's been posted online since January so I had completely forgotten about it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7577 on: November 15, 2016, 10:43:05 AM »
* Sold an article for $75. When the money comes in it will go straight to an investment fund.
* Got a starting bid on a glazed flowerpot I picked out of a dumpster and cleaned up for sale.
* Found a dime on the ground; found four pennies in the change bowl of a self-checkout machine.
* Met a friend at Starbucks for coffee (facepunches!) but at least got the $0.10 reusable mug credit.
* Went running for free instead of joining a gym.
* Cooked dinner at home using homegrown spaghetti squash.
* Line-dried several loads of laundry.
* Breastfed, cloth-diapered, used cloth wipes.
* Fall cleanup compost pile is now five feet high. By springtime it will have decomposed down into rich black soil that we will use as seed-starting mix and to side-dress fruit trees.
* Dried chicken bones in a low oven and crushed them for use as a soil amendment.
* Supplemented chicken feed with backyard-grown sorrel and food trimmings from the kitchen

^ This is brilliant. I am trying to move towards zero waste, but not willing to give up meat. I have been roasting chicken, then saving the bones and other meat scraps for slow cooker broth, but then putting the remaining bones in the trash.
Last time I bought chicken thighs I did gently pan fry the skins, which I didn't need for my recipe, rendered out the chicken fat to store in the fridge for other frying jobs, and my wife was happy to eat the crispy chicken skins as a snack :)

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« Reply #7578 on: November 15, 2016, 11:03:29 AM »
Left the office late yesterday and discovered two leftover catered "box" meals, each with a cup of fresh fruit and a sandwich. One had a cookie, but I think the other had its cookie taken. Shoved in backpack and had free dinner last night and free lunch today, supplemented with "clean out the freezer" chicken-and-stuff soup.
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« Reply #7579 on: November 15, 2016, 11:26:54 AM »
-Trying a new coffee we got through amazon subscribe and save. Coffee Direct "poor man's blend", came to like $5/lb. It's okay, lighter roast which we like, but pretty muted flavor compared to the super fancy local stuff we have done in the past. We will use the 5lbs we got, and we'll see for future times if we're going to stick to this. I'm undecided, but it is literally half the price, so...
-Instead of going and buying full price coffee at the store, we successfully waited for subscribe and save to ship us cheap coffee and held off using instant coffee we had on hand. That was a long 3 days.
-Used the "air dry" on my dishwasher instead of the heated dry.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7580 on: November 15, 2016, 11:54:30 AM »
Not a coffee drinker, so I may be totally wrong, but maybe it would work to mix the cheaper stuff with a little of the good stuff?

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« Reply #7581 on: November 15, 2016, 12:05:52 PM »
Not a coffee drinker, so I may be totally wrong, but maybe it would work to mix the cheaper stuff with a little of the good stuff?

Yes, but they both come in 5lb sizes for that price, so at that point you're dealing with major flavor loss due to age. I suppose upping my game on air tight containers could help, but that's a pretty high upfront cost.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7582 on: November 15, 2016, 12:33:08 PM »
Coworker birthday at a restaurant in driving distance, I was going to offer my car but someone else did so I'm saving on gas and getting a free ride to the restaurant :)

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« Reply #7583 on: November 15, 2016, 09:17:41 PM »
Didn't have time for a real lunch today but I rushed a couple bites of Greek yogurt and grabbed a bag of pistachios and my "emergency" store bought iced tea out of the cupboard. I was quite hungry by the time I got home at 7.

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« Reply #7584 on: November 15, 2016, 10:25:11 PM »
Whew.  It took me a month but I worked my way through all 153 pages of this thread.  Nice work everyone!

Went into the office even though working from home was tempting so that I could charge my car at the free station near the train.  I can also expense the commute mileage, which more than covers the train ticket.
Turned the temps up on my fridge and freezer to 5 and 38 degrees respectively.
Researched and ordered a dual flush system for my toilet.
Packed a lunch for work, left my wallet at home to avoid temptation.
Read a library book on the train instead of using Republic's cellular data to entertain myself.
Exercised at home.
Invited to my parents for dinner and hockey.  Free beer and mushroom risotto!!

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« Reply #7585 on: November 15, 2016, 11:45:50 PM »
I made a home cooked dinner - again-- that is at least three weeks in a row now, without having my kids or DH make dinner, nor getting take out or a deli chicken.  Even on date night I managed to make a lovely dinner than just go to movies to save a bit.

I know few of you will be impressed, but when the other family members make dinner, they use much more expensive groceries so my dinners cost half of theirs, and taste better too.  Three weeks straight is a good run (I work full time).

Had handmade meatballs with mushroom cream sauce over pasta and fresh frozen (from my summer yard) yellow beans.

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« Reply #7586 on: November 16, 2016, 12:27:46 AM »
Road edition:

-drank half a bottle of cheap wine our excellent airbnb host had left over from a celebration.

-instead of having supper out, bought broccoli in SF's Chinatown (28 cents!) and cooked it for dinner with previously-bought bacon, pasta, and Manchego.

-researched museums we can get into for free with the reciprocal feature on my local museum membership... man, there are a lot of them.
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« Reply #7587 on: November 16, 2016, 11:38:30 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.


Happy to report that my family has agreed to the Secret Santa! The price range that was agreed to was higher than I would like ($150), but at least it's a step in the right direction.

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« Reply #7588 on: November 16, 2016, 12:00:00 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.


Happy to report that my family has agreed to the Secret Santa! The price range that was agreed to was higher than I would like ($150), but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Well done! secret santa is much more exciting, too! :)

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« Reply #7589 on: November 16, 2016, 08:01:05 PM »
I looked at my local Buy and Sell site, saw a coffee table for $30 that would look great in my living room, proceeded to not buy it.  I have a coffee table and it looks fine.

I also saw a set of nice alloy rims that would fit my little Toyota complete with almost new snow tires for $300, proceeded not to buy it.  I have 2 sets of steel wheels with good tires for that car, and i barely drive it anyway. 

I pretty much only buy anything these days if it's replacing something broken or worn out, or if i can resell it for a profit. 

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« Reply #7590 on: November 16, 2016, 08:03:17 PM »
Had gotten a $20 off $20 purchase card for a local hardware store. Went out and got vinyl insert replacements for the door bottoms on our exterior doors, and got spare keys made. Came to only $8 with the card. Woo. Now to just swap out all the vinyl bits.
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« Reply #7591 on: November 16, 2016, 08:41:39 PM »
Had leftovers for lunch.  Which meant that I didn't need to buy a hot dog during my Costco run a short while later. 

Got my fancy coffee machine fixed for free!  The repair tech initially thought it might be a pump problem, which would have cost $250 to fix, but he poked around a bit and found it was something easy and fixed it right there on the spot.  He suggested I buy a bag of coffee before I left in exchange for the free service, so I did - but it is a big 2 lb bag of Lavazza for $18, which is actually LESS than the Amazon price. 
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« Reply #7592 on: November 17, 2016, 01:32:56 AM »
Battled my inner demons today, badly wanted a burrito but talked myself into eating my small emergency can of beans instead. Glad I did, as I ended up supervising a BBQ, where they had free vegetarian hotdogs! Had two, which were great, and popped my head back in at the end of the day to help cleanup- there were three unopened packs of vegetarian hotdogs that I was invited to take home- with a salad that's 9 meals for me!  Also sold DS old school uniforms for $40, will use that to pay for my boxing classes for the next two weeks.

With only 3 weeks left of work this year, I'm making sure to wear my work clothes that are towards the end of their lives (shoes with a small hole in the sole, faded pants, shirts that have shrunk a bit too much) as I plan to visit the secondhand store over Christmas to update my work wardrobe, and want to be able to get rid of my worn out stuff without guilt.
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« Reply #7593 on: November 17, 2016, 01:39:00 AM »
I almost went out for dinner. Price would have been between $5-$15 depending on fast food vs sit down. Instead I made an interesting dinner with leftovers from yesterday. Cost savings between $2-$13. But calorie and nutrition wise, the home cooked meal  was far superior. Calorie difference between 300-500 calories.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7594 on: November 17, 2016, 05:00:35 AM »
After watching a TV program yesterday where they reminded me of having to do this regularly, I went checking whether I still pay a good price for my insurance. And whether we still get the best rent on our money. It turns out that we save save several 1000 NOK per year (several 100 dollars) on swapping insurances to another company. And maybe use another bank for savings. It set myself a goal to do the swapping definitively this weekend (due date Sunday evening).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7595 on: November 17, 2016, 09:22:01 AM »
Our small village has a small monthly magazine with topics regarding the village. I read the old issues and found out that they sell cinema vouchers for 10 CHF. The normal price is 17 CHF. As we were planning to go to the cinema soon that is very welcome.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7596 on: November 17, 2016, 09:29:13 AM »
I need a new pair of maternity tights (preferred leaving-the-house clothing is dresses right now, and I've been using last pregnancy's dresses and 2 pairs of tights, but one of the pairs just gave out completely). I went online, searched for a coupon for the local store, and can now get the 1 item of clothing I need to make it through the next 3 months of pregnancy at 40% off. Not quite as good as not needing to buy it at all, but the alternative was needing to buy some maternity shirts (I have 4 dresses and 2 pairs of pants that fit, plus 2 pairs of leggings, but only ONE shirt that's presentable for work. It's cheaper to buy tights than shirts!)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7597 on: November 17, 2016, 09:40:59 AM »
I need a new pair of maternity tights (preferred leaving-the-house clothing is dresses right now, and I've been using last pregnancy's dresses and 2 pairs of tights, but one of the pairs just gave out completely). I went online, searched for a coupon for the local store, and can now get the 1 item of clothing I need to make it through the next 3 months of pregnancy at 40% off. Not quite as good as not needing to buy it at all, but the alternative was needing to buy some maternity shirts (I have 4 dresses and 2 pairs of pants that fit, plus 2 pairs of leggings, but only ONE shirt that's presentable for work. It's cheaper to buy tights than shirts!)

Could you just wear the leggings under the dresses?

Comfort is key!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7598 on: November 17, 2016, 09:45:34 AM »
I had been browsing for a quality winter coat for more than a year and the one style I liked was $90 last year. I kept browsing the website and finally got it last week for $50.
It'll last me years and I'm very pleased with my purchase :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7599 on: November 17, 2016, 09:46:06 AM »
I need a new pair of maternity tights (preferred leaving-the-house clothing is dresses right now, and I've been using last pregnancy's dresses and 2 pairs of tights, but one of the pairs just gave out completely). I went online, searched for a coupon for the local store, and can now get the 1 item of clothing I need to make it through the next 3 months of pregnancy at 40% off. Not quite as good as not needing to buy it at all, but the alternative was needing to buy some maternity shirts (I have 4 dresses and 2 pairs of pants that fit, plus 2 pairs of leggings, but only ONE shirt that's presentable for work. It's cheaper to buy tights than shirts!)

Could you just wear the leggings under the dresses?

Comfort is key!

At home, yeah, and I do.

At work, well... nice dress + wool blazer + heels + leggings just doesn't work super well together, y'know? (Director-level corporate job. I wear leggings and tunics when I have no meetings, and work from home half the week, but I do need to pull it together for contract negotiation meetings and client walk-throughs and the like. Pregnancy does not seem to excuse me from this.)