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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7700 on: November 25, 2016, 11:32:00 AM »
I'm Canadian, so everyone is at work and there's no Thanksgiving thing going on... except for Black Friday.

So, this morning, I took my VERY detailed 'christmas presents to buy' and 'things for the house we actually NEED (aka: instant pot to replace the broken crockpot)' lists, and went online, and spent half an hour getting most things from both lists at 30-70% off.

I figure, if this is stuff I'm gonna spend money on anyway, may as well spend less money, save time, avoid going to an actual store, and get ONLY what has been on the lists and not get tempted into additional pretty things!

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« Reply #7701 on: November 25, 2016, 12:23:04 PM »
I'm Canadian, so everyone is at work and there's no Thanksgiving thing going on... except for Black Friday.

So, this morning, I took my VERY detailed 'christmas presents to buy' and 'things for the house we actually NEED (aka: instant pot to replace the broken crockpot)' lists, and went online, and spent half an hour getting most things from both lists at 30-70% off.

I figure, if this is stuff I'm gonna spend money on anyway, may as well spend less money, save time, avoid going to an actual store, and get ONLY what has been on the lists and not get tempted into additional pretty things!

Smart.

And then I went to the fabric store over lunch and (get this) ONLY got what was on my short-list of projects for the next 3 months (aka: mostly things for the baby I'm expecting in 3 months - change table cover, sheet for the crib, etc). All fabric at 50% off? Why yes, this is when I'll buy my crafting supplies.

The trick to this actually working is to buy ZERO things not on the actual list, and the list has to be short and contain ONLY what is actually gonna get made, not a 'hey, cute pattern, I'll make that sometime' list.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7702 on: November 25, 2016, 03:23:20 PM »
Fixed leaking frost-free outside faucet with a $.49 washer. Probably saved $50 or more by not calling the plumber

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7703 on: November 25, 2016, 03:32:19 PM »
Ordered new glasses for the Mister and I online.  Got some Zenni ones for him for less than $100 with everything but the kitchen sink, and found some for me at Clearly (Canadian Warby Parker) for 50% off the lenses.  Both our pairs together come to less than what I was quoted at several places here to just replace the lenses in a frame I already own.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7704 on: November 25, 2016, 03:37:59 PM »
I teleworked today.  No commuting, no chance of buying out to lunch, and much more productive either way.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7705 on: November 25, 2016, 04:08:09 PM »
Bought a bunch of 'ugly' apples to make cakes and crumbles. Spent 1$ instead of 4$, baked stuff still came out delicious.
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« Reply #7706 on: November 25, 2016, 04:48:45 PM »
Picked up some pork and turkey on special today so I it costs less to feed everyone when they come into town for Christmas time. Worked out to $0.99/lb for pork loin, $0.79/lb turkey. Not quite as good for the turkey as some other years, but cheaper than most meat most of the year.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7707 on: November 25, 2016, 04:49:13 PM »
I signed up for a one month free trial of a professional association membership, it was running out and it would have meant forking out 200 for. Today they sent an email to extend the free trial for another three months, just when I was about to pay it. Similar thing happened with my gym. I wanted to extend my membership to cover other gyms (currently only pay for my home gym), it would have been another 5+ per month. Just when I was considering, they sent everyone a notice that all plans are now plans to all gyms for the month of December.

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« Reply #7708 on: November 25, 2016, 06:32:43 PM »
Visiting in-laws for the holiday.  DW talked them out of going out to dinner tonight, so instead I made turkey stock from yesterday's carcass, made lentil turkey noodle soup from said stock.  After the soup was finished, threw in the overcooked peas and carrots that nobody ate yesterday.  Roasted the leftover pumpkin from yesterday's stuffed pumpkin with some maple syrup and salt, made a quick side of sauteed asparagus, and - yay!  nearly-free meal, less waste, no driving.

(We might all go a little stir crazy from hanging around together.  I'm not sure how to price that in.  I guess the cost of that is that I'm hiding out posting in the "what small things did you do TODAY to save money" thread instead of hanging out. :)

I think that helps compensate for the chromecast audio I bought today.  Have been hunting ebay and craigslist for a month and haven't found anything better than what it was selling for new on black friday ($25), so went ahead and got it.
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« Reply #7709 on: November 25, 2016, 09:36:39 PM »
A friend just offered me a bunch of exercise gear, mostly things she bought on sale and never wore.

I want to pay her for them, because I figure she could have sold the on eBay.

She won't accept cash, but she wants a website for her side hustle so I'm going to set that up for her and pay to register the domain.

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« Reply #7710 on: November 26, 2016, 12:04:20 AM »
I made a large cookies sheet full of buns today for a potluck at my house. One family brought veggies and dip, another brought dessert. I provided the buns and fillings: egg salad, deli turkey, cheese, peanut butter & jam (most of the attendees were under age 12).

I made iced tea and lemonade from scratch when I realized I'd forgotten to buy some canned frozen juice. Turned out great!


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« Reply #7711 on: November 27, 2016, 02:19:16 AM »
There's no Thanksgiving here and we don't really have Black Friday sales as both are American (not Australian) customs, however I had a great weekend doing little things that have saved me a lot of money!

1. Entertained friends at my house instead of going out, spent $15 on a bottle of wine. Would have easily spent $50 on drinks at a bar.
2. Repaired shoes instead of buying a new pair. Cost $20 to repair and shoes will last another year.
3. Relaxed by the pool instead of going out and enjoyed the gorgeous summer sun! Spent $0.

Things I didn't do which saved money:
1. Went out to a tourist trap for lunch today (the iconic Sydney Fish Markets) and spent more on my lunch than I would have elsewhere.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7712 on: November 27, 2016, 08:10:44 AM »
A few weeks ago, I had booked a night in a hotel in the city for this week to stay while going to dinner and a concert and doing some Christmas shopping. The rate was $180, but when the reminder came this week, it was for $204. I guess taxes drove it up.

I've found a room at another hotel that I like for $131, including taxes and a hot breakfast. It is further from the concert venue and not in a trendy neighborhood, but it is closer to the shopping the next morning. So, $73 ahead, plus a better breakfast.

I'm still staying at the first hotel for a night during Christmas week, but then I get a Christmas week special price.

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« Reply #7713 on: November 27, 2016, 09:18:21 AM »
-Wanted some seating in the front room where we will be placing christmas tree, etc, as we'll be hosting quite a few people, some with mobility issues. Hadn't found a solution- couch won't fit in there, tree won't fit in living room, etc. In-Laws are moving and couldn't sell their big purple leather sectional they'd had in their "bonus room". Really the height of 90s decor, but still in good shape- I think they had it restuffed at one point. Took it and it fits (dimension wise) perfectly in that room. Bonus, long enough to serve as a guest bed to friends/BILs who don't care about "real" beds. Now I just have to get over having a giant grape in my house =P But the price was right!

-Had friends over for dinner, rather than go out anywhere. Also continued talking personal finance with this friend- he's slowly pulling his finances together. This month he's spent $400 on eating out, vs $1000 last month. Shocking numbers, but a huge improvement! And makes me feel good hosting not only helps *us* save money, it helps him feel like cutting restaurant spending is more doable.

-Put up some hand me down Christmas decorations! Embracing the mindset of "nostalgia" rather than "old and kitschy" haha. Don't let perfect be the enemy of frugal!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7714 on: November 27, 2016, 09:31:05 AM »
Put some throws and pillows on the giant grape. Also, you can get tinted lightbulb - you may be able to find one that makes it look less grapey.

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« Reply #7715 on: November 27, 2016, 09:42:15 AM »
Put some throws and pillows on the giant grape. Also, you can get tinted lightbulb - you may be able to find one that makes it look less grapey.

Oooh, these are both good ideas!

It doesn't help that the room itself is a soft grey-purple wall color. Or maybe it does? It coordinates well, it's just VERY purple.

What color throw/pillows could I do in there? Hmm, this might be one to take to PBKmaine's design journal! Put it to the hive mind...
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« Reply #7716 on: November 27, 2016, 09:49:45 AM »
Put some throws and pillows on the giant grape. Also, you can get tinted lightbulb - you may be able to find one that makes it look less grapey.

Oooh, these are both good ideas!

It doesn't help that the room itself is a soft grey-purple wall color. Or maybe it does? It coordinates well, it's just VERY purple.

What color throw/pillows could I do in there? Hmm, this might be one to take to PBKmaine's design journal! Put it to the hive mind...

Mustard yellow, olive green (kind of complementary colors), or grays, blues and silvers. (Adjacent colors, neutrals). Depends on the shade of grape, but I've seen mustard and olive work really well with purple.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7717 on: November 27, 2016, 09:52:51 AM »
Put some throws and pillows on the giant grape. Also, you can get tinted lightbulb - you may be able to find one that makes it look less grapey.

Oooh, these are both good ideas!

It doesn't help that the room itself is a soft grey-purple wall color. Or maybe it does? It coordinates well, it's just VERY purple.

What color throw/pillows could I do in there? Hmm, this might be one to take to PBKmaine's design journal! Put it to the hive mind...

Mustard yellow, olive green (kind of complementary colors), or grays, blues and silvers. (Adjacent colors, neutrals). Depends on the shade of grape, but I've seen mustard and olive work really well with purple.

The couch is very dark, probably like so: https://products.davidsutherlandinc.com/media/76869/990-105-large.jpg
The walls are probably about like "fragrant lilac" on this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/81/9e/09/819e0931f323734d2391d024134028e6.jpg

Totally the diderot effect going on here. Free couch is going to lead to not-free throws/pillows to make it match better! =P 
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« Reply #7718 on: November 27, 2016, 10:16:50 AM »
Lots of throws on sale now. pillows are cheap to make or re-cover with new fabric. May fins some at thrift stores, or already have some in a closet or other room?

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« Reply #7719 on: November 27, 2016, 10:23:34 AM »
Found a color palette website - you can select # of colors in the palette. Here's an example with 3 colors. I tried to pick the right purple shade (small dark box, main square is less saturated), yellow and olive were the output for a three color scheme.

http://paletton.com/#uid=34H0u0kllllaFw0g0qFqFg0w0aF

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« Reply #7720 on: November 27, 2016, 11:31:04 AM »
Found a color palette website - you can select # of colors in the palette. Here's an example with 3 colors. I tried to pick the right purple shade (small dark box, main square is less saturated), yellow and olive were the output for a three color scheme.

http://paletton.com/#uid=34H0u0kllllaFw0g0qFqFg0w0aF

That is an awesome website! Thank you!
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« Reply #7721 on: November 27, 2016, 11:32:31 AM »
Found a color palette website - you can select # of colors in the palette. Here's an example with 3 colors. I tried to pick the right purple shade (small dark box, main square is less saturated), yellow and olive were the output for a three color scheme.

http://paletton.com/#uid=34H0u0kllllaFw0g0qFqFg0w0aF

That is an awesome website! Thank you!

My friend Google!  You can tweak the spots too in the color wheel area, and the colors change in the display on the right.

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« Reply #7722 on: November 27, 2016, 11:40:21 AM »
Found a color palette website - you can select # of colors in the palette. Here's an example with 3 colors. I tried to pick the right purple shade (small dark box, main square is less saturated), yellow and olive were the output for a three color scheme.

http://paletton.com/#uid=34H0u0kllllaFw0g0qFqFg0w0aF

That is an awesome website! Thank you!

My friend Google!  You can tweak the spots too in the color wheel area, and the colors change in the display on the right.

...definitely already got the color of my living room/kitchen and have good ideas for kitchen accents now.

This is not helping me not want to spend money ;)


To save money today:
Went and got the tools we'll need to DIY change our cabinets from drop in to slide in for our new range. Not sure how much we're saving, but since basic "plug it in" install was over $100, I'm guessing cabinet work would have added substantially! $75 worth of various tools, but already cheaper upfront, and secondly, now we have another couple tools for our various projects that always seem to come up.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7723 on: November 27, 2016, 11:51:36 AM »
Cancelled my Amazon Prime membership that I forgot to cancel in time last year. I decided to try it for a year and used it all of 3 times!  What a waste! Glad to have that $100 instead of a useless subscription.

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« Reply #7724 on: November 27, 2016, 12:35:38 PM »
Don't let perfect be the enemy of frugal!

Great line, Bracken.

My small thing: got some sewing back from my mum, ripped seams fixed, zips replaced, money saved.

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« Reply #7725 on: November 27, 2016, 12:40:15 PM »
Don't let perfect be the enemy of frugal!

Great line, Bracken.

My small thing: got some sewing back from my mum, ripped seams fixed, zips replaced, money saved.

I wish I could claim credit. Alas, it is the clever Mrs Frugalwoods who coined that: http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/07/13/perfection-is-the-enemy-of-frugality/
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« Reply #7726 on: November 27, 2016, 01:01:02 PM »
I cancelled my Pogo.com account. It's a game site that honestly I have played in months and is sillly. It's only $4.99 a month, but decided to cancel. We ate all meals at home today, and I made homemade cookies for the kids, and made and froze breakfast burritos for the hubs and I for breakfast for next week, using deer meat we harvested and eggs from our chickens, with cheap tortillas.

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« Reply #7727 on: November 27, 2016, 05:08:54 PM »
Came back from a holiday and was starving after not eating on the no frills flight (5 for a pitiful sandwich). Would have been another 6 for a pitiful sandwich at the airport but waited for an hour and 15min to get home and made oatmeal. Soothed all of me as it's bloody freezing in London tonight.

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« Reply #7728 on: November 27, 2016, 07:41:16 PM »
Made a huge batch of homemade waffles for dinner ... had a box of sausages in the freezer so had those too.


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« Reply #7729 on: November 27, 2016, 10:11:15 PM »
I must brag on my partner who saved us money.  He has a knack for finding grocery markdowns. This time it included 99 cent quarts of yogurt, deeply discounted tea and a huge 2.99 marked down take and bake pizza that he had in the oven when I walked in the door from my long road trip to visit my ill grandfather. He doesn't even like pizza but I do! He called early in the day to let me know he had dinner planned and I was able to completely avoid buying convenience food.

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« Reply #7730 on: November 27, 2016, 11:26:34 PM »
I must brag on my partner who saved us money.  He has a knack for finding grocery markdowns. This time it included 99 cent quarts of yogurt, deeply discounted tea and a huge 2.99 marked down take and bake pizza that he had in the oven when I walked in the door from my long road trip to visit my ill grandfather. He doesn't even like pizza but I do! He called early in the day to let me know he had dinner planned and I was able to completely avoid buying convenience food.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Hope your grandfather is ok. Hope you are ok, too.

Your partner sounds like a champ. The little things make a big difference.

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« Reply #7731 on: November 28, 2016, 03:21:40 AM »
My husband's phone packed it in today and leaves on a work trip OS tomorrow, so we had to sort it out tonight.

Fortunately Apple replaced the handset free.

I bought a dress for a work function for new job. Saved $100.

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« Reply #7732 on: November 28, 2016, 03:32:36 AM »
Today I brought lunch to work and also made dinner for myself! Doesn't sound like much but I'm saving huge amounts on entertainment and dining out expenses. Also, didn't buy coffee on the walk to work - made a cup of tea in a reusable take away cup and had that instead!
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« Reply #7733 on: November 28, 2016, 07:15:28 AM »
Waited almost six months to replace a frustratingly slow old laptop in order to get a great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal. Saved about $75 over the best deal I've seen in the meantime. Plus I figure the longer I keep laptops, the fewer laptops I'll buy in my life, and that saves some amount of money too. And I paid for it with my CSR cash back reward, which was deposited last week.

Saved 25% on two-day passes to my favorite music festival with a Cyber Monday discount code.
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« Reply #7734 on: November 28, 2016, 07:44:36 AM »
Waited until yesterday to replace shoes for DH and I- trail runners with lugs for me, his general workout/sprints shoes for him. His last pair we scored on 6pm.com for $60, but we hadn't been able to find an equivalent pair for less than $100. A good pair came up for Cyber Monday sale for $60 and free shipping, so we grabbed those. For me, there's a specific brand of trail runners we like, and it almost *never* goes on sale, so I was elated to find the normally $150 shoes for $65+$10 shipping. Husband's last pair lasted him 2 years, my last trail runners lasted me SIX YEARS but now have so little texture on the sole I took a pretty rough fall last run we took. I've been tracking prices on these two items for nearly a year now, planning for their replacement.

Anyway, hobby expense ultimately, but with how long they last, and getting a good price on them, I'm happy with the purchase. Hopefully these will hold up as long as the last ones did.
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« Reply #7735 on: November 28, 2016, 09:43:34 AM »
I used the pan drippings from last night's pork chops to saute mushrooms and onions for this morning's frittata. Tiny, tiny savings (maybe 1tbsp of butter or oil saved?) but also reduces a bit of food waste.

Walked to the post office to mail a baby gift to my cousin and buy stamps. Stopped with my toddler to watch the trains on our way back.

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« Reply #7736 on: November 28, 2016, 10:27:02 AM »
Got my oil changed and took advantage of the 25% military discount (SO is a vet). The guy tried to sell me a $50 cabin filter but I declined. A quick Amazon search shows they average around $10 and YouTube abounds with how-to videos. I ain't a sucka.

Went to a sporting goods store and scored winter boots for myself on clearance for $40. Similar UNLINED ones with questionable waterproof abilities retail for $75+. These are Thinsulate rated to -30 degrees F and definitely waterproof, plus the inside is completely lined, even the rubber part at the bottom. And they're kinda cute. And my orthotics fit inside them comfortably.

Found a holiday dress for DD at a Justice store nearby for 40% off. Waited until today and now it's 50% off. Not so holidayish, either, so she'll get a lot of use out of it.   


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« Reply #7737 on: November 28, 2016, 12:29:28 PM »
Started a batch of "Artisan Bread in 5" yesterday, and broke off half of it this morning to make a loaf for our lunch. Oven is heating now. I won't be enjoying any because I'm eating Whole 30 at the moment.

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« Reply #7738 on: November 28, 2016, 01:29:01 PM »
Costco is still having their $8 off a pork loin sale, so I picked up their smallest (7lbs) to maximize savings. Cashier was so impressed I got $8 off a $13 roast he double checked the price, lol. Pork for around $0.75/lb will go a long way to feeding the mass of family visiting for the holidays!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7739 on: November 28, 2016, 01:57:43 PM »
The bag of oranges I picked up from the Supermarket yesterday was rancid and mouldy.

Returned it, got it refunded ($5) and they let me pick a new one.

I looked at it VERY carefully this time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7740 on: November 28, 2016, 02:03:04 PM »
Costco is still having their $8 off a pork loin sale, so I picked up their smallest (7lbs) to maximize savings. Cashier was so impressed I got $8 off a $13 roast he double checked the price, lol. Pork for around $0.75/lb will go a long way to feeding the mass of family visiting for the holidays!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7741 on: November 28, 2016, 02:09:59 PM »
Spent 30$ on a new wheel to replace the broken stroller wheel instead of 209$ for the (on sale!!) replacement stroller my husband had been ogling.

Baby gear is a ludicrous racket, but that stroller has been VERY useful with our daughter (2.5) who still uses it, and will likely be handy with our second kid, due in February.

Fixing instead of replacing: win. Hopefully we get another few years out of this fix.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7742 on: November 28, 2016, 02:14:12 PM »
Unsubscribing from a few store mailing lists I ended up on after online Christmas shopping.

I don't need 27 emails a week trying to sell me cute stationery or god knows what.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7743 on: November 29, 2016, 08:02:30 AM »
Talk to my husband.
A post in here had me look up American Giant sweaters, got me convinced and I was about to order one for DH. Before confirming the purchase I ask him if he NEEDS a new sweater, and he replied "Oh, yeah, I really need one. Could you try and find me one next time you go thrift shopping?".
120$ saved!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7744 on: November 29, 2016, 09:22:53 AM »
Today I have a very long day at the office. They serve dinner in the canteen here, that costs 2 lunch tickets. I found that expensive and chose to bring a leftover portion of food that I found in the freezer at home. It tasted well. I wasn't the only one who ate leftover food from home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7745 on: November 29, 2016, 10:26:30 AM »
I got a 24m winter coat for my toddler for $3 at goodwill, he won't make it through the winter without outgrowing his 18m coat. Also picked up a set of Hanna Andersson holiday pajamas for $1 that ought to fit next year, though I'm tempted to see if I can flip them on eBay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7746 on: November 29, 2016, 10:34:49 AM »
Travelled a few days and didn't spend any money because everything was provided by the airline.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7747 on: November 29, 2016, 12:53:36 PM »
Just emailed Zinio and asked to cancel an auto-renew magazine subscription.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7748 on: November 29, 2016, 02:04:03 PM »
Decided not to renew my Pandora One (ad-free) subscription ($4.99/mo) and instead took advantage of a $0.99 3-month Spotify Premium offer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7749 on: November 29, 2016, 02:44:47 PM »
Decided not to renew my Pandora One (ad-free) subscription ($4.99/mo) and instead took advantage of a $0.99 3-month Spotify Premium offer.

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