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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7600 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 #7601 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7602 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 #7603 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7604 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7605 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 #7606 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 #7607 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 #7608 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 #7609 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 #7610 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 #7611 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 #7612 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 #7613 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 #7614 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7615 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 #7616 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 #7617 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 #7618 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 #7619 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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« Reply #7620 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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« Reply #7621 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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« Reply #7622 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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« Reply #7623 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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« Reply #7624 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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« Reply #7625 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.)

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« Reply #7626 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 #7627 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 #7628 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 #7629 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 #7630 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 #7631 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 #7632 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 #7633 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! 

This is awesome; nice work 11ducks!

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« Reply #7634 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 #7635 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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7636 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7637 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 #7638 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7639 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7640 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7641 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7642 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7643 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7644 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7645 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7646 on: November 19, 2016, 11:20:25 AM »
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Breakfast was coffee made at home using home-roasted beans ($4/lb green beans via Costco) and steel-cut oats ($0.50/lb from Sprouts).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7647 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7648 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7649 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.