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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7600 on: November 17, 2016, 09:51:25 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.)

Yeah, kind of need to wear boots. Though I hear pregnancy can fuck up your feet and how shoes fit....

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« Reply #7601 on: November 17, 2016, 02:04:55 PM »
I made an oatmeal, honey, etc dog shampoo and washed the pooch. Saved $40 and not only is he all soft now, but he was SUPER happy afterwards. Go figure.

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« Reply #7602 on: November 17, 2016, 02:08:03 PM »
Wanted a house plant. Instead of going and buying one, asked on Buy Nothing Group. Three different people with neglected house plants replied! And this is on a verrrry slow group (I'm working on that, sigh). Picked up a spider plant today! I'm gonna name him Peter. Like Peter Parker. Because... spider plant.
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« Reply #7603 on: November 17, 2016, 03:27:19 PM »
I didn't think I had anything left for dinner, and I was tempted to go out to eat. But by the time I biked home, I thought of a couple things I could make. Then I looked around in the cupboards and freezer, and I thought of a few more meals. I ended up just having pasta with pesto and peas for dinner, but I've got enough other things for a week of dinners.

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« Reply #7604 on: November 17, 2016, 05:04:57 PM »
My patience paid off. I put together a shutterfly calendar in August with plans to give it to my parents and grandparents for Christmas.  I just had to wait until they sent me good enough to discounts codes. Full price is 29.99 plus shipping. Today they sent the right one sale and code. A free calendar, and 50% off additional items (my second calendar).  I am paying about $7 each. This also counts as fulfilling my families requests for souvenirs from my Europe trip this summer, as I made it out of some art photos I took there. Money spent, but purposefully spent.

For dinner I ate the last of a bean and lentil mix I don't like. It's been in my cupboard at least three years.  Now it is done!!  Hallelujah.

Did a load of laundry to take advantage of the gorgeous weather.

It's my SOs birthday this weekend.  I had really wanted to take him out to a great seasonal foodie place here, but I decided it's just not the best way to spend money right now. So I'm planning lots of good food at home. Then my schedule got too full for a lot of cooking, so I splurged on some fancy cheeses and nuts and salad fixings and got some of the "fresh" ravioli from the grocery.  Quick, easy, but special. And I'll use nice dishes and make it look good.

I wanted to buy him flowers (men like flowers, too....) then I noticed all the fall leaves in the park.  I picked up a small pile today and am gonna dig out the fancy table cloth and candle holders too.  No one said low-budget living can't look good.

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« Reply #7605 on: November 17, 2016, 07:09:22 PM »
It's my SOs birthday this weekend.  I had really wanted to take him out to a great seasonal foodie place here, but I decided it's just not the best way to spend money right now. So I'm planning lots of good food at home. Then my schedule got too full for a lot of cooking, so I splurged on some fancy cheeses and nuts and salad fixings and got some of the "fresh" ravioli from the grocery.  Quick, easy, but special. And I'll use nice dishes and make it look good.

I wanted to buy him flowers (men like flowers, too....) then I noticed all the fall leaves in the park.  I picked up a small pile today and am gonna dig out the fancy table cloth and candle holders too.  No one said low-budget living can't look good.

Sounds like a great night, PMG. Enjoy!

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« Reply #7606 on: November 17, 2016, 07:13:18 PM »


I wanted to buy him flowers (men like flowers, too....) then I noticed all the fall leaves in the park.  I picked up a small pile today and am gonna dig out the fancy table cloth and candle holders too.  No one said low-budget living can't look good.

Sounds like a wonderful time.

And wanted to add: Some women do not like cut flowers ... I learnt this after a few tries.

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« Reply #7607 on: November 17, 2016, 11:22:26 PM »
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! 

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« Reply #7608 on: November 18, 2016, 12:54:35 AM »
Today I went to the Oxfam shop VIP night where they had 20% off everything. Even though Oxfam is an amazing charity and if I was going to be a spendipants I'd want to do it there, I wasn't going to buy things for myself. Instead I had volunteered to buy a couple of items for a colleague that he had selected for Christmas presents as he was away this weekend.
So, Oxfam got some money, my colleague got 20% off his Christmas shopping, I got credit card points and lots of delicious food samples that I didn't feel guilty about eating because I was actually buying things! Scones with jam, bread and dukkah, crackers cheese and chutney, carrot sticks and dip, brownies, chocolate and champagne! Delicious.

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« Reply #7609 on: November 18, 2016, 04:21:16 AM »
Picked up a spider plant today! I'm gonna name him Peter. Like Peter Parker. Because... spider plant.

LOL

Thank you for making me laugh today!!!

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« Reply #7610 on: November 18, 2016, 08:26:21 AM »
I live about 40 miles away from work, not bad considering Phoenix and I would downtown. There is an Express bus park and ride about 10 mins from my house and as part of the compensation, I get a free bus/lightrail pass. I figured what the heck, Ill check out the bus ride and see how it goes. Long story short, Im a big fan, but everyone I tell looks at me like I have an alien growing out of my forehead lol. I try to explain these arent your standard mass transit busses, they basically run only in the morning and at night getting working professionals to and from work and only make a few stops while in town, then it never stops again until the park and ride about 30 miles away. I added up my monthly savings and its about $200 a month in gas and parking. So I figure I actually make $2400 more a year, plus possibly more if I can cut my insurance costs since Im not driving near the mileage anymore. Not to mention, I don't have the headache of driving in rush hour 2x a day. That alone is worth it!!

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« Reply #7611 on: November 18, 2016, 08:53:02 AM »
Picked up a spider plant today! I'm gonna name him Peter. Like Peter Parker. Because... spider plant.

LOL

Thank you for making me laugh today!!!

Spider plant, spider plant, does whatever a spider plant does ...

Haha, I'm glad you guys like it. I sprung that on DH last night (after a 12hr work days that started at 4am for him) and he just kinda stared for a minute, and then said, "I love you". Translation, you are being truly absurd and I am too sleepy to find that as hilarious as I should.

Now I have to figure out how to care for Peter =P And probably repot him. Hmm.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7612 on: November 18, 2016, 12:32:45 PM »
I used a coupon for a free LED light at a local hardware store to get another stocking stuffer for the husband for Christmas.

No leftovers from dinner last night, so was planning on grabbing lunch out at work today, but remembered I had frozen some pulled pork a few weeks back.  That and one of my frozen hamburger buns worked perfect for lunch today.  Also had some of the leftover pie from our Thanksgiving potluck yesterday, which was a nice treat.


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« Reply #7613 on: November 18, 2016, 01:22:02 PM »
I'm polling my vegetarian friends for dinner recipes. Cutting back on meat to 1-2x/week should help us save money as well as reduce our carbon footprint.
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« Reply #7614 on: November 18, 2016, 01:44:05 PM »
I'm polling my vegetarian friends for dinner recipes. Cutting back on meat to 1-2x/week should help us save money as well as reduce our carbon footprint.

TACOS.
Homemade mac and cheese (this recipe is the best: https://www.ricardocuisine.com/en/recipes/4265-macaroni-and-cheese)
Soups, curries, etc, obviously.
Smitten Kitchen has a mushroom bourguignon that, swear to god, tastes better than most beef bourguignons. Tasty, super-schancy, actually affordable.

Also, tip: spiced beans and chickpeas can be used to replace meat in most go-to recipes. Like, tonight, we're having chickpea gyros from this recipe: http://honestcooking.com/spiced-chickpea-gyros/
Our the filling for our tacos are basically pan-fried onions, add black beans, add chillin poweder and cumin and paprika and oregano to taste (what you'd do with beef, but... with beans).
My husband likes 'tuna' sandwiches (well, he mostly likes the greek yogurt and parsley and dill and paprika and sald and pepper and a bit of mustard that's mixed in with the tuna). Replace the tuna with smashed chickpeas or white beans. Works FINE in a sandwich, and doesn't stink up a luch box.

Disclaimer: we're not vegetarian; we eat meat 2-3 times/week total, though. For heath reasons, because I'd rather spend less and be more healthy, and because the toddler refuses to let a bite of meat cross her lips, and I'll be damned if I let her be under-nourished (you cannot live on rice+veg and ignore all meat, you need SOMETHING else) OR make 2 meals every night. Balancing act. :)

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« Reply #7615 on: November 18, 2016, 03:48:41 PM »
Got $10 off my groceries last night.

This morning I've been online price checking an Xbox game my husband wants for Christmas. Most places had it for $100, one website had it for $80 with an extra $20 off. So $60 with free postage.

Who says Christmas shopping is hard? :D

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« Reply #7616 on: November 18, 2016, 11:12:55 PM »
Made another big batch of pumpkin soup today using fresh pumpkin and peppers from the garden.  Got to use these up before they go bad.  Other ingredients were onion and apple.  Makes a delicious soup!

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« Reply #7617 on: November 19, 2016, 08:36:19 AM »
Was logging into our new smart thermostat thing (had to get a spendy one to handle our weird system setup, but it fixed our HVAC!), and they advertised to me our local energy counsel rebates! $50 back when that goes through! But, MPP, they wanted to proof of having paid the balance to our contractor... uh, we didn't use a contractor, it was an easy DIY. Where's the DIY box??
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« Reply #7618 on: November 19, 2016, 09:13:46 AM »
Canning homegrown tomatoes  and then doing turkey soup and stock with the giant free turkey I got from Winco last week.
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« Reply #7619 on: November 19, 2016, 10:41:35 AM »
Checked prices of electricity and ordered a better deal. We changed to the best deal last year, but obviously things change fast. And not checking prices makes you pay more than nessecary.
I also ordered a cheaper house insuranse and will save several 100 USD a year with that.

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« Reply #7620 on: November 19, 2016, 11:20:25 AM »
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« Reply #7621 on: November 19, 2016, 02:05:59 PM »
Made a batch of taco mince for the freezer.

Called my mum and asked her to check my Christmas paper supplies. As suspected, I have enough for several decades (all bought on sale), and don't need to buy more.

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« Reply #7622 on: November 19, 2016, 06:34:34 PM »
Attended Boston Code Camp 2016 - more free food than I could handle, great networking event (OK, I failed there) and most importantly: a full day of exposure to newer technologies.  Very educational.  I even snagged a leftover sandwich for supper, won a water bottle in the raffle, and scored a Pop Socket as swag.

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« Reply #7623 on: November 19, 2016, 06:51:41 PM »
Cashed in some frequent flyer points for a gift card.

My husband flies for work and racks up hundreds of thousands of points, and we're saving those for travel.

But we have an agreement that I can cash out the points I accumulate through shopping (groceries, eBay, etc) for gift cards.

This way I feel it's actually worth doing all those things, if I have tangible savings on groceries, rather than the points just going into the bottomless pit of frequent flyer points.

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« Reply #7624 on: November 20, 2016, 04:57:14 AM »
Cashed in some frequent flyer points for a gift card.

My husband flies for work and racks up hundreds of thousands of points, and we're saving those for travel.

But we have an agreement that I can cash out the points I accumulate through shopping (groceries, eBay, etc) for gift cards.

This way I feel it's actually worth doing all those things, if I have tangible savings on groceries, rather than the points just going into the bottomless pit of frequent flyer points.

Would it work to put shopping on a different card that does this automatically? Depending on the 'exchange' rate for ff points (since you have so many from your husbands work) it might be more efficient to do a different rewards card. I know for one of the places I shop, their visa card gives me an average over 5% back in gift cards between bonuses and such.
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« Reply #7625 on: November 20, 2016, 12:24:04 PM »
Cashed in some frequent flyer points for a gift card.

My husband flies for work and racks up hundreds of thousands of points, and we're saving those for travel.

But we have an agreement that I can cash out the points I accumulate through shopping (groceries, eBay, etc) for gift cards.

This way I feel it's actually worth doing all those things, if I have tangible savings on groceries, rather than the points just going into the bottomless pit of frequent flyer points.

Would it work to put shopping on a different card that does this automatically? Depending on the 'exchange' rate for ff points (since you have so many from your husbands work) it might be more efficient to do a different rewards card. I know for one of the places I shop, their visa card gives me an average over 5% back in gift cards between bonuses and such.

They're not actually credit card reward points.

Qantas has a website called Q Mall which allows you to earn QFF points for shopping online at dozens of websites: eBay, Nike, Net-a-Porter, David Jones, etc.

I've also accumulated points for our phone bills (the telco has since ended that promotion), and for restaurant bookings (at my old job I was responsible for organising birthday and farewell lunches, so I would earn points for the booking and work would pay the bill).

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« Reply #7626 on: November 20, 2016, 01:06:24 PM »
I cooked all the vegetables before they went bad and am all set for meals for the next week by just needing to add a little something every day.

Two parsley roots that I picked up from foodsharing were roasted with two sweet potatoes that I bought probably two months ago. Used Middle East type spices and had once portion with some salad for dinner with another two portions gone into the fridge.

The two courgettes and ten cherry tomatoes on the vine that I bought from the little local shop a week and a half ago were sinking fast. I managed to rescue most of them however, and roasted them along with some shallots and garlic and herbes de provence. Two decent portions out of that gone into the fridge now.

I sauteed a leek that I bought as well as the green half of a leek from foodsharing (why did someone cut the bottom off a leek and leave the rest behind? Who knows!) and about a third of a smallish pumpkin to make the filling for some cheesy leek and pumpkin danishes. Since the filling is done, it's far more likely that I'll just quickly make the dough and bake them during the week.

I used the rest of the pumpkin to make soup, used a bit of curry paste and ginger with it and have two big portions of soup ready to go.

And I peeled and chopped the six apples I also picked up from foodsharing and stewed them. Particularly proud of this as most of them were bruised or a bit soft and would not have lasted very long. But as it is, that's a couple of days worth of a sweet treat for me, too.

Feeling all sorts of pleased with myself now, especially since I also did all the washing up immediately.

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« Reply #7627 on: November 20, 2016, 01:22:47 PM »
Leftover curry from the freezer for dinner, and I packed up the last of it for tomorrow's lunch.

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« Reply #7628 on: November 20, 2016, 04:26:29 PM »
Small thing: we helped my MIL with her fall clean up and ended up with a 5 gallon bucket of green tomatoes. We pickled 6 quarts - never done it before, so I don't know for sure that it will even be edible, but theoretically it will save us money.

Medium things: finally set up the Mr.'s IRA deductions. He's in a union and automatically contributes to a pension, but we haven't been contributing to an IRA. (His employer doesn't offer a match - I'd have been ALL OVER that day one if so.) Finally looked through the options and set it up.

Finally filled out the forms to roll over my old pension from when I worked for the state (left about 13 years ago). I didn't have enough time in to fully vest, and there were only a few thousand dollars in there, but it's just been sitting there for years and I know it could be earning so much more. Filled out all the paperwork for the state (so. much.), got it notarized (such a PITA with no car during the week), and it should be deposited into my shiny new Betterment account (which I chose because it is *easy*, and clearly that's what I needed since I've put this off for so long) within a couple of weeks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7629 on: November 20, 2016, 05:45:45 PM »
Cashed in some frequent flyer points for a gift card.

My husband flies for work and racks up hundreds of thousands of points, and we're saving those for travel.

But we have an agreement that I can cash out the points I accumulate through shopping (groceries, eBay, etc) for gift cards.

This way I feel it's actually worth doing all those things, if I have tangible savings on groceries, rather than the points just going into the bottomless pit of frequent flyer points.

Would it work to put shopping on a different card that does this automatically? Depending on the 'exchange' rate for ff points (since you have so many from your husbands work) it might be more efficient to do a different rewards card. I know for one of the places I shop, their visa card gives me an average over 5% back in gift cards between bonuses and such.

They're not actually credit card reward points.

Qantas has a website called Q Mall which allows you to earn QFF points for shopping online at dozens of websites: eBay, Nike, Net-a-Porter, David Jones, etc.

I've also accumulated points for our phone bills (the telco has since ended that promotion), and for restaurant bookings (at my old job I was responsible for organising birthday and farewell lunches, so I would earn points for the booking and work would pay the bill).

Ahh. Well, shoot.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7630 on: November 20, 2016, 06:21:28 PM »
Cashed in some frequent flyer points for a gift card.

My husband flies for work and racks up hundreds of thousands of points, and we're saving those for travel.

But we have an agreement that I can cash out the points I accumulate through shopping (groceries, eBay, etc) for gift cards.

This way I feel it's actually worth doing all those things, if I have tangible savings on groceries, rather than the points just going into the bottomless pit of frequent flyer points.

Would it work to put shopping on a different card that does this automatically? Depending on the 'exchange' rate for ff points (since you have so many from your husbands work) it might be more efficient to do a different rewards card. I know for one of the places I shop, their visa card gives me an average over 5% back in gift cards between bonuses and such.

They're not actually credit card reward points.

Qantas has a website called Q Mall which allows you to earn QFF points for shopping online at dozens of websites: eBay, Nike, Net-a-Porter, David Jones, etc.

I've also accumulated points for our phone bills (the telco has since ended that promotion), and for restaurant bookings (at my old job I was responsible for organising birthday and farewell lunches, so I would earn points for the booking and work would pay the bill).

Ahh. Well, shoot.

No drama. :)

If I had a rewards credit card, I would basically get double points, but I don't spend enough to warrant a rewards card.

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« Reply #7631 on: November 20, 2016, 06:32:23 PM »
A very small thing I did today was not buy an instant sugary drink at the supermarket. Usually I would have on my way home (as I really wanted one). But we've spent our food money this week and there is perfectly good water in the tap at home. So no drink for me.

It was a nice moment - remembering to think about the budget, remembering there was an alternative just as refreshing, not giving in to the impulse to spend - yay.
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« Reply #7632 on: November 20, 2016, 07:09:06 PM »
I baked bread for Thanksgiving (will freeze and defrost that morning) and cornbread to be used for the dressing. I also made a batch of crockpot yogurt that will set overnight.

Bought a toddler chair from a buy/sell Facebook group to be our kiddo's Christmas present. It's meant to be an outdoor chair but he won't care, and for $3 neither do I.

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« Reply #7633 on: November 20, 2016, 08:08:13 PM »
No eating out this weekend.  Whoo hoo!

Also did a pretty good job of leftover management and meal planning for the first part of this week.  Tomorrow I'll make burritos with shredded beef I pulled from the freezer.  Tuesday night will be salmon/asparagus/crash hot potatoes (my new favorite recipe).  Weds. will be tofu (with some chicken for DD). Thurs we are having early dinner out with family.  Friday I'll probably make pizza.
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« Reply #7634 on: November 21, 2016, 12:00:30 AM »
We're on vacation, so saving is relative... picked up snacks/cheese/bread/fruit for the train today, so avoided buying bad expensive amtrak food.

Then we researched cheap big Mexican supermarkets near our LA airbnb, and walked there (in the light rain), got 4 meals X 2 people's worth of excellent groceries for $17. It was just pouring down rain when we were leaving, so a cashier called us a $7 uber ride, but we're still well ahead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7635 on: November 21, 2016, 12:08:37 AM »
Bringing enough lunch from home that I don't need to buy lunch at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7636 on: November 21, 2016, 02:14:31 AM »
I have a family member staying tonight and a different family member staying tomorrow night.

Very easy to suggest takeaway, but instead I'm feeling more confident about just suggesting, "Hey, why don't we have tacos?" No-one says no to tacos. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7637 on: November 21, 2016, 10:54:48 AM »
I realized that the grocery store had ground pork for nearly $3 per pound cheaper than ground beef.  Three dollars PER POUND!  I got 3 lbs worth, and am going to use 1 lb to contribute dirty rice for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7638 on: November 21, 2016, 11:03:01 AM »
Used the gym at work.  I've just started using it, and it's a lot less expensive (right now it's free through the end of the year) than my local options. 
Showered at work. 
Packed breakfast--mini egg muffins made using leftover stuff that was about to go bad--a few chicken sausages, shredded zucchini in the freezer, a little goat cheese, and a little feta. 
Packed my lunch
Made tea in my office

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7639 on: November 21, 2016, 03:03:59 PM »
...Then we researched cheap big Mexican supermarkets near our LA airbnb, and walked there (in the light rain), got 4 meals X 2 people's worth of excellent groceries for $17. It was just pouring down rain when we were leaving, so a cashier called us a $7 uber ride, but we're still well ahead.

(The store is part of a chain called Northgate Gonzalez, if you're interested...)
http://www.northgatemarkets.com/en-us/our-stores/

Nice find!  I love Northgate Markets.  There is one about 20 minutes from me, so I stop by whenever I'm in that area.  Best prices on produce and some packaged goods, and of course, Mexican specialties.  I'm always the only Anglo in the place - my suburban neighbors don't know what they are missing out on.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7640 on: November 21, 2016, 03:20:54 PM »
We are leaving town for a few days for the holiday later this week, so I'm trying to draw down the refrigerator inventory to avoid waste and so we don't come home to rotten produce.  So here are some things I've already done and have yet to do related to that:

Yesterday I needed to make a big pot of spaghetti sauce to serve 10 people.  I put in all my traditional ingredients (tomato paste, diced tomatoes, cheap red wine, onion, garlic, and spices) but then I added in some stuff to stretch it further - and it was stuff that would have been tossed in another couple of days. Half a bell pepper, about 4 oz of mushrooms, and about 2/3 cup of leftover pumpkin puree.  My son saw me scraping the pumpkin into the pot and questioned it, but I assured him he'd never notice it.  And he didn't.  The sauce was delicious, and there was enough leftover for the three of us for dinner tonight, too!

Then said son tried to take some of the spaghetti & sauce for lunch today, which was very mustachian of him.  But then there wouldn't have been 3 servings left for dinner, and I didn't want to figure out how to stretch that any further!  So we dug around in the fridge & found a package of tofu he opened on Friday - again, something that might go unused before we leave for our holiday - so he took a package of ramen with a container of diced tofu & a baggy of spinach.

Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Later today I'll go through the fridge & start tossing stuff in the freezer unless I know we'll eat it tomorrow!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7641 on: November 21, 2016, 04:43:05 PM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7642 on: November 21, 2016, 06:46:52 PM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

Yes, I'll do that.  But the texture changes. It's fine for cheeses like my Costco pack of feta, but it makes cheddar impossible to slice.  Still good for shreds/crumbles, of course.  Thanks for the reminder. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7643 on: November 21, 2016, 11:58:01 PM »
Cut my son's hair tonight. (The Wahl clippers have now paid for themselves.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7644 on: November 22, 2016, 02:25:13 AM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

No kidding? Seriously? You can freeze cheese?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7645 on: November 22, 2016, 02:33:50 AM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

No kidding? Seriously? You can freeze cheese?

... Seriously? You didn't know???

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7646 on: November 22, 2016, 06:58:03 AM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

No kidding? Seriously? You can freeze cheese?

... Seriously? You didn't know???

That's the beauty of this thread! You learn a million little ways to save. =) And it's hard to find stuff like this on your own sometimes- you don't know what you don't know!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7647 on: November 22, 2016, 10:37:19 AM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

No kidding? Seriously? You can freeze cheese?

... Seriously? You didn't know???

Wouldn't it ruin the texture? as it does with milk?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7648 on: November 22, 2016, 10:39:24 AM »
Husband wanted Swiss cheese with his lunch today, but the package was unopened, so I convinced him to use the open package of cheddar instead.  (cheese lasts a while, but once it's open it develops mold spots much faster)

Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

No kidding? Seriously? You can freeze cheese?

... Seriously? You didn't know???

Wouldn't it ruin the texture? as it does with milk?

I've had to freeze cheese plenty of times and I honestly couldn't tell the difference in texture nor taste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7649 on: November 22, 2016, 10:43:17 AM »
Keep in mind that you can always freeze cheese if you'll be away
for a while.

Yes, I'll do that.  But the texture changes. It's fine for cheeses like my Costco pack of feta, but it makes cheddar impossible to slice.  Still good for shreds/crumbles, of course.  Thanks for the reminder. :)

When you thaw the cheddar, let it thaw slowly in the refrigerator rather than
bringing it out of the freezer directly up to room temperature.