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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7850 on: December 09, 2016, 03:20:57 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7851 on: December 09, 2016, 03:22:48 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

I thought it was a bit more yellow/gold/pink?

Can you help me find good pictures? I think most people who tag pictures online have no idea what wood they are talking about. I don't know a lot, but if two pictures side by side are glaringly different color and grain and so on, I can pretty well assume someone is wrong.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7852 on: December 09, 2016, 04:01:16 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

Could be ash, we had gorgeous knotty ash cabinets at one of our houses that we got for CHEAP.  Some second homeowner installed them, did not like how they looked so we got them for 75% off from the cabinet maker.  Most of what we paid was the installation. 

This week we've made all meals at home except for two mystery shops, one a sushi restaurant and one a pizza restaurant.  Keeps the teen happy.  Did a couple grocery shops also this week, but made sure to schedule days I would already be driving by.  Kept the heat down, washed clothes on cold, convinced the teen to make all her friends homemade bath fizzies for Christmas with some Dollar Tree fun stuff added and she brought lunches from home all week. 

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« Reply #7853 on: December 09, 2016, 05:15:13 PM »
Once a year for Black Friday/Cyber Monday a concert venue I like has a membership sale where they do either half price or two for the price of one. This year I got a friend to split a 2-for-1 deal so I got a $50 membership for only $25. My card came in the mail today and they upgraded me from the $50 membership to the $300 top level membership, which means I can bring a friend for free to any/every event on the free-for-members list, plus free coat check and a few other perks. Score. :-) 
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« Reply #7854 on: December 09, 2016, 05:22:32 PM »
The chicken I'd planned to cook for dinner didn't thaw all the way. No big deal, I can cook it tomorrow. I briefly considered ordering pizza tonight, then realized I had the ingredients to make shepherds pie. So I thawed a pound of ground beef and made that instead!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7855 on: December 09, 2016, 09:13:21 PM »
*took tea in a thermos from home (about 0.10 instead of $1.70 at a shop)
*took transit instead of a cab (almost took the cab so I wouldn't be late - was 5 minutes early anyway)
*used up leftovers instead of ordering take out even tho it's Friday and I was exhausted and kid was asking

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« Reply #7856 on: December 09, 2016, 09:31:37 PM »
- purchased a groupon to the local museum that I have been meaning to go and today I went to said museum. I saved 50%.
- took public transit to the museum to save on gas and parking fees
 

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« Reply #7857 on: December 09, 2016, 11:06:40 PM »
Picked up new pj pants for hubby and gym pants for myself for 3.50 each at goodwill.  Temps have reached the teens here and gym shorts were not cutting it after a work out, and hubby's pj pants ripped twice (not even where I had patched it the first time either!) 

Walked into the thrift store to look for a crib mattress for a dog bed.  Walked out without ANYTHING else (huge...seriously)

Almost lost my(admittedly dying) phone tonight at a middle school bball game.  Thankfully realized it was missing, went back, and found it with the help of a kind janitor.  He even let me use his phone to call it and pulled out the machine to pull out the bleachers again when we figured out where it was.  No replacement needed yet!

Redeemed a 15.00 swagbucks amazon card.  Ordered a vacuum filter with free shipping.  Couldn't think of anything else we needed.  Still have 6 or so bucks credit.

Watched christmas movies in bed because it was warm and I didn't want to turn the heat up (I'm weak right now because of recovering from a cold...)

Drinking tea from my stash and instant latte mixes that were gifted.

Did a better job with my cheap walmart paste on nails this go around.  They have lasted all week with only one that popped off and then glued back on.  I'm trying to kick a nail biting habit...and 6.00 for 2 sets (if you can manage to get 2 out of a box) is soooo much better than 35.00 a pop every 2 weeks!  Also, people have complimented me on them and didn't realize they weren't professionally done!  Score!

Paid off student loans (finally!).  Send extra funds to towards the vehicle. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7858 on: December 10, 2016, 09:04:59 AM »
Self install of appliances was a success! We did end up having to buy three additional tools for converting from a drop-in to a slide-in than we had starting out: a jigsaw, a carpenter's hand saw, and an oscillating grinder. Luckily I know at a minimum the jigsaw will get a lot of use in the future. Still, even with all these tools, it was WAY cheaper than paying for install. Even if we *hadn't* had to cut down cupboards, it was going to be $300+ for installs. Add the cupboards? I have no idea how much contractors cost, but I'd venture a guess we saved $800 or so on the whole deal.

Followed up the day with some frugal fun: friends came over to have a big ol' mess of taco salads and we watched Grand Tour on amazon prime. We didn't even drink. Cheap cheap.

Today, because I guess we're not tired of home repair (lol), we're going to turn off our water main and replace all our supply taps with 1/4 turn ones. Get rid of those old leaky gasket little bastards... We will also flush the hot water line for my sink in the master, since it's been clogged since the last time we turned off the main. (Related: replacing hot water heater is on the to-do list... sediment clogging tap on it, plus it's 22 years old) We bought the taps on amazon like 2 months ago, where they were $0.25 less per than at Home Depot. Yay planning ahead!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7859 on: December 10, 2016, 07:16:56 PM »
Had lunch with friends yesterday, including our white elephant secret santa.

One friend gave me a bag of clothes for my nephews.

Had other friends over for dinner last night, I cooked, they brought fresh herbs from their garden.

One also brought me a bag of workout gear, mostly BNWT.

Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed that I was given two lots of free clothes in a single day...

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« Reply #7860 on: December 10, 2016, 07:29:29 PM »
More house DIY: Replaced shut-off valves under sinks- we still have more to do tomorrow, but going steadily. Also fixed my hot water supply! And didn't have to replace the cartridge, so that was awesome.

Put up our own christmas lights- amazing how many people in our neighborhood hired it out!

Remembered to return a type of saw and replacement blades to Home Depot when we went, that we didn't end up using on the stove swap project. $19 back.

Decided a 50ft extension cord would suit our needs instead of 100ft. $8 less and was plenty long.

Forgot to add: we ended up with free haul away on our old appliances that wouldn't be re-sellable. Just asked the guys when they did the delivery if they had room on the truck. Since we hadn't paid for install, it would normally have cost some $ per (don't recall how much). They had plenty of room though and happily loaded them up. The old fridge will be going to my parents, who are thrilled- oddly enough, my mother is particular about the shape of ice cubes her machines make, and this has the "right" ice cubes. *shrugs*. Not sure how much they'll pay us for it, but I'm not fussed if not- they've given us plenty over the years.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7861 on: December 10, 2016, 07:35:22 PM »
I figured out how to use supplies on hand to reinforce and bulk up the aging weather stripping around the front door.  Woohoo!


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« Reply #7862 on: December 10, 2016, 08:17:36 PM »
Made a huge batch of pancakes (gluten free and sugarfree for me - Whole 30/Paleo) for the family tonite and found some sausages in the deep freeze to cook too. It was perfect and satisfying.

Was at a gift exchange thing last night. My mom offered to knit something for me to take since that is her hobby. Cost me $0. Received a gift basket of "practical" items that I'm almost certain were regifted or taken from a stash in the bathroom cupboard.  I was delighted because I hope it didn't cost her much and she was able to get rid of some unused items. The items were: Qtips, a Christmas hand towel, 3 hairbands (my Daughter guessed that she bought a five pack but didn't like these three colours), hair dye (?), soap, hand cream, body scrub (these three were in a gift pack
inside the bigger box she'd assembled everything in).

Husband and I are checking with each other before almost all spending is done right now. So easy to go overboard at Christmas.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7863 on: December 11, 2016, 01:55:48 AM »
I was looking at some lovely Christmas wall stickers I saw advertised and then decided against buying any! :)

I've decided not to buy any books in January until I have read the ones I have. I'm making a list on paper later and putting it somewhere so I can cross them off as I read each one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7864 on: December 11, 2016, 02:59:27 AM »
My town decided to put meters in the town center that are minimum $1 and cost $1 an hour. At the same time they are concerned about empty storefronts in the center. Does not compute.

Had to buy a gift certificate to a restaurant in the center for a Xmas gift. It was 21 degrees, but I found a space outside the meter zone and walked.

The center is dead to me. The library and the post office are there, but fortunately I can go to both in a neighboring town. In warmer weather I can walk.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7865 on: December 11, 2016, 04:14:23 AM »
I invested in index fund on the asian marked. They made 2 % profit in a couple of days. Let's continue that way. :-)

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« Reply #7866 on: December 11, 2016, 05:30:00 AM »
Yesterday we made huge batches of caramels and hot cocoa mix for neighbor/coworker gifts. A fair amount of effort, but it was fun and will make a great gift for low cost.

The past few years I've purchased precut wax paper sheets for wrapping the caramels. This year I switched back to cutting my own sheets using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. It was way less of an annoyance than I remembered and cost less than $1 to wrap a quadruple batch of caramels instead of $5 and change per 100 wrappers.

Roasted chicken for dinner last night, simmered the carcass overnight with veggie scraps to make stock. Will make chicken and barley soup for dinner tonight.

Continuing to use the whey from straining homemade yogurt as a buttermilk substitute. I mix it 50/50 with whole milk and so far it has made delightful biscuits, muffins, and coffeecake.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7867 on: December 11, 2016, 06:49:04 AM »
Last night, after a long day of home improvement type work, prepping the fish and tortillas for fish tacos seemed like waaaay too much work. Rather than going to the store to pick up grab and go soup or something like that, I pulled together quick cooking items we had on hand, and made sausage sandwiches. DH then followed up with making leftover tuna cake into a tuna melt. Satisfying dinner for *way* less effort.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7868 on: December 11, 2016, 05:26:14 PM »
Today was church. Got up and had eggs ( from our chickens) and home made sausage from a boar my husband got earlier this year.

I assist with the children's program at church and we had all day practice today for the upcoming Christmas play. We had lunch there. Dinner tonight was leftovers from the week. Packed lunch for my husband tomorrow. I'm off until January 9th so I'll be around the house. We didn't spend any money today, minimal gas and prepped a bit for the week.

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« Reply #7869 on: December 11, 2016, 05:58:29 PM »
Made vanilla out of cheap vodka on sale today. I have 3 big canning jars going now.

Made a huge beef stew with 4lbs of stew beef from our freezer beef

Shopped for fruit and veggies at a produce stand

Borrowing current artist cd's from library.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7870 on: December 11, 2016, 08:24:59 PM »
-Lots of meal prep for me working 14's and DH being on nights the next 3 days.

-Had friends over for a meal and hanging out instead of going out to eat. Glad we seem to be reaching an age where this is becoming more typical in our peer group.

-Compared rice methods for our new range for efficiency purposes. We eat rice a lot, so figuring out the most time and energy efficient method will pay off over the years. Plus, sometimes your electrical engineer husband just wants an excuse to do a lot of math. Whatever keeps the man happy.

-At home workout

-Detailed our house after our 3 day home improvement bender. Money savings because there was a moment when we *seriously* discussed bringing someone in to do a one time cleaning.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7871 on: December 11, 2016, 09:03:09 PM »
Bought a work dress on eBay for $17. It's identical to one I already own, just a different colour.

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« Reply #7872 on: December 11, 2016, 09:41:18 PM »
Found five 8oz bags of Walnuts on clearance for 25 cents each.  Their best buy date was the day I bought them.  Divided them out into small foodsaver bags and vacuum sealed them.  They'll last ages in the freezer.

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« Reply #7873 on: December 12, 2016, 05:49:12 AM »
Just printed out an online bought pattern that my husband is going to use to sew me a nice blazer from some left over cloth we have at home.

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« Reply #7874 on: December 12, 2016, 07:00:54 AM »
When we moved here, we got a chocolate with a voucher for a bag filled with things at the local store. Today I was at the store to get this bag, it was filled with an orange soft drink, a pack of noodles, two different packs of sweets, one box of cornflakes and a lot of tissues. I think we can use all of these things.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7875 on: December 12, 2016, 07:12:59 AM »
Found five 8oz bags of Walnuts on clearance for 25 cents each.  Their best buy date was the day I bought them.  Divided them out into small foodsaver bags and vacuum sealed them.  They'll last ages in the freezer.

What an unbelievable deal. Wegmans had them at 4.99 a pound and I thought that was reason enough to stock up.
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« Reply #7876 on: December 12, 2016, 07:40:24 PM »
Saved $198 (compared with Aus prices) by putting in an Amazon order to be sent to my husband's hotel while he's in the US for work next week.

That time of year again.

This Amazon order saves me 70+ per cent compared with buying my preferred foundation, eyeliner and mascara here in Australia.

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« Reply #7877 on: December 12, 2016, 07:44:12 PM »
Treated myself to a rest day instead of paying people to pamper me

Thank you for posting this!  I often get caught in the trap of scheduling spa treatments and massages "to help me relax" -- only to find myself more stressed out by schlepping out to an appointment, finding parking, shelling out $100+ (plus tip), etc. I honestly think staying at home and just lazing around on the couch, doing a short yoga program, or taking a long bath would be so much more relaxing.  Next time I'm going to do that instead!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7878 on: December 12, 2016, 08:14:37 PM »
In posting to someone else's thread about cell phone plans, I updated my spreadsheet / living chart blog post comparing cell phone plan costs vs. data used, and realized that I could switch my wife's plan from Cricket's $35/2.5gb to their $30/1GB plan.  (I'm on Fi, but she's got an iPhone).

Switched.  Wahoo!

Unfortunately, I shared this with two of my colleagues who looked blankly at me for being excited about saving $5/month. :p

Hrumph.

Also started leaving cellular data off on my phone unless I want it.  This turns out to have cut my data use about in half, which probably amounts to a whopping $0.15/day.

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« Reply #7879 on: December 12, 2016, 08:23:30 PM »
Made a simple chicken vegetable soup from bone broth I made yesterday.

Cooked another chicken from the deep freeze.

Started a Christmas puzzle on the table with the kids. We do this every year.

Daughter is making cream cheese mints with the younger kids tonite.




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« Reply #7880 on: December 12, 2016, 09:37:43 PM »
* Made chicken fried rice to use up some shredded chicken.
* Canceled a domain renewal, this will save a $15 charge in January
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7881 on: December 12, 2016, 09:50:40 PM »
Signed up for my company sponsored FSA. I elected to withhold $1500 for the year so this should save me $225 in taxes in 2017.

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« Reply #7882 on: December 12, 2016, 09:58:28 PM »
I baked the whole bag of potatoes yesterday.  When they are about 90% baked I turn off the heat and leave them in the oven for another 15-20 minutes to finish cooking.  I like to bake them all at once and I then peel and grate or dice the leftovers to put in the freezer. 

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« Reply #7883 on: December 12, 2016, 11:24:59 PM »
Made vanilla out of cheap vodka on sale today. I have 3 big canning jars going now.
I make vanilla too. I'm lazy though. I split the beans and drop them right into the vodka bottles. Is there an advantage to using canning jars? Last year, someone gave me a bottle of dark rum. I did the same thing with that and it is delicious. Yummy vanilla for the price of a few beans? Yes, please.
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« Reply #7884 on: December 13, 2016, 01:29:30 AM »
I split the beans and drop them right into the vodka bottles. Is there an advantage to using canning jars?

You can use canning jars if you don't want to take a slurp of the vodka before adding the beans <wink>.

It will overflow in the bottle but not in the jar. ☺️

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« Reply #7885 on: December 13, 2016, 11:07:39 AM »
I was really tempted to toss my stainless steel pot after accidentally leaving a pot of chili on the stove overnight, resulting in a 1/2" layer of charcoal stuck on the bottom. But after a ton of scrubbing and several rounds of boiling water with baking soda, it's almost as good as new!

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« Reply #7886 on: December 13, 2016, 11:09:43 AM »
I tried on cocktail dresses for my work christmas dinner but couldn't find anything that I liked and fit my budget, so I was able to borrow one from my friend :)

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« Reply #7887 on: December 13, 2016, 11:13:39 AM »
Made vanilla out of cheap vodka on sale today. I have 3 big canning jars going now.
I make vanilla too. I'm lazy though. I split the beans and drop them right into the vodka bottles. Is there an advantage to using canning jars? Last year, someone gave me a bottle of dark rum. I did the same thing with that and it is delicious. Yummy vanilla for the price of a few beans? Yes, please.
Yum!  I never thought about doing it with rum.  We do it with vodka, but I'll have to try rum.

Instead of buying candles to scent the house with a Christmas-y smell, we simmer water with different things in it--cinnamon sticks, orange peels, vanilla, etc.

Felt the urge for something sweet last night, so I made brownies using items on-hand (http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/purely-fruit-sweetened-brownies/).  I had to substitute a combination of cocoa powder and butter for the baking chocolate.  The brownies were perfect with my tea last night, and I had a few for breakfast this morning. 

My DH and I felt like we didn't have anything in house for dinner, but I managed to pull together a pasta dish with a butter-ish sauce (butter, garlic, pasta water) and broccoli.  I made enough for lunch today. 

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« Reply #7888 on: December 13, 2016, 11:33:48 AM »
We are having a Women's Christmas dinner tonight at church, and it's potluck style. Instead of buying something special I made a nice chocolate cake with a peppermint glaze from stuff that I had. Packed my husband lunch today. Fed the kids and my husband breakfast from home before they left. I'm off work until Jan 9th for Winter break, so me and the little one are just hanging out here. Reading Christmas books, lounging around, baking, playing outside etc. My husband needed gas today, which was budgeted and planned for. I've got three bags of "stuff" to go to the Goodwill next time I make it to town.

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« Reply #7889 on: December 13, 2016, 11:44:44 AM »
-- Made an end of the year charitable donation this past week
-- sold an unused board game on a facebook buy and sell site
-- Received bread, salt, and wine at a secret sister party (It's a Wonderful Life themed -- I won the prize)
-- Used the rest of my amazon swagbucks credit for a secret sister gift
-- Found a penny and a quarter on the ground while walking the dogs this morning
-- sold a network router on ebay
-- turned down heat a few degrees
-- making egg salad this week for easy, cheap meals and to use up some of the eggs and bread before next weeks travels

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7890 on: December 13, 2016, 12:30:01 PM »
Eliminated a $5.99/month recurring iTunes expense today. I had noticed it popping up from time to time over the past few months (my wife and I only recently merged finances), but assumed it was just my wife splurging on a game or app every so often. It was not enough to really set off alarms until I noticed it for the fourth time today and finally connected the dots to realize this was a recurring charge. Turns out my wife had subscribed to the New Yorker quite some time ago and forgotten to cancel. She is not one to comb through the checking transactions and had never noticed. Hooray for another $84/year towards the 'stache!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7891 on: December 13, 2016, 03:12:24 PM »
I flew to Calgary last Wednesday (returned yesterday) and when I arrived at the airport, found that my flight had been rescheduled to the previous day and nobody had notified me about it.  The airline found another way to get me there (~6 hours later than originally planned) and a 32 minute phone call with Chase (I booked through Ultimate Rewards) yielded nothing (basically 'you're getting to your final destination so we can't do anything for you').

I complained via Twitter.

Same-day, the airline paid for my dinner.

Today, someone from Chase's travel department called and apologized for the inconvenience, saying Chase accepts full responsibility and my reservation is the one that made them aware of a communication glitch that was not passing airline adjustment notifications through.

She refunded my entire flight cost (points/cash) and gave me another 10,000 UR points for my hassle...so my Twitter complaint was worth $445!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7892 on: December 13, 2016, 03:23:56 PM »
I flew to Calgary last Wednesday (returned yesterday) and when I arrived at the airport, found that my flight had been rescheduled to the previous day and nobody had notified me about it.  The airline found another way to get me there (~6 hours later than originally planned) and a 32 minute phone call with Chase (I booked through Ultimate Rewards) yielded nothing (basically 'you're getting to your final destination so we can't do anything for you').

I complained via Twitter.

Same-day, the airline paid for my dinner.

Today, someone from Chase's travel department called and apologized for the inconvenience, saying Chase accepts full responsibility and my reservation is the one that made them aware of a communication glitch that was not passing airline adjustment notifications through.

She refunded my entire flight cost (points/cash) and gave me another 10,000 UR points for my hassle...so my Twitter complaint was worth $445!

Excellent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7893 on: December 13, 2016, 03:29:41 PM »
Made breakfast and lunch of "Everything Left In The Airbnb Fridge". Surprisingly good chicken-onion-mole-sour-cream tacos.
Found a free shuttle bus to the airport.
Put back a paleta when I found out it was $2.17.
Gonna have supper at the airport lounge.
Total expected spend today: $3 for a bus from the airport at the other end.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7894 on: December 13, 2016, 05:39:14 PM »
Ordered a replacement stroller wheel (35$) so that we can continue to use the same stroller (which is AMAZING and we love it, barring the broken wheel), instead of buying a new stroller (300+ - replacing the stroller we have would be 480$)

The people at the store we had to go to to order the wheel were very puzzled - "but NO ONE fixes these things! Why not just buy a new one??'. Um, because 445$ difference for a perfectly and impeccably useful piece of plastic???

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7895 on: December 13, 2016, 07:55:18 PM »
Meatless dinner (on sale veggies and lentils cooked in the Instant Pot and served over rice) since DH wasn't home.

Accepted hand-me-down play food from a friend whose kiddo has outgrown it. Not sure if it'll be another Christmas gift or if we'll save it for another occasion.

Took kiddo for a long walk and and stopped at the library for coloring and reading new books.

Found a free workout plan to start instead of paying for one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7896 on: December 14, 2016, 12:32:11 AM »
I just ordered a cash return credit card. My husband already has the same card and it gives him 3% back on every internet purchase.  This card let's you choose what kind of return you want. I think I will choose to get back 2% on every purchase. But it seems strange for me to pay for the grocery shopping with a credit card, as I am only used to use my debit card.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7897 on: December 14, 2016, 06:38:37 AM »
I flew to Calgary last Wednesday (returned yesterday) and when I arrived at the airport, found that my flight had been rescheduled to the previous day and nobody had notified me about it.  The airline found another way to get me there (~6 hours later than originally planned) and a 32 minute phone call with Chase (I booked through Ultimate Rewards) yielded nothing (basically 'you're getting to your final destination so we can't do anything for you').

I complained via Twitter.

Same-day, the airline paid for my dinner.

Today, someone from Chase's travel department called and apologized for the inconvenience, saying Chase accepts full responsibility and my reservation is the one that made them aware of a communication glitch that was not passing airline adjustment notifications through.

She refunded my entire flight cost (points/cash) and gave me another 10,000 UR points for my hassle...so my Twitter complaint was worth $445!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7898 on: December 14, 2016, 07:27:31 AM »
Patched my winter boots! So far no melting snow has touched my sock-clad feeties. $5 in fancy glue is wayyy better than a new pair of good boots. \o/
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7899 on: December 14, 2016, 08:13:11 AM »
We did the standard morning carpool and coffees made at home.

Decided to do a big repair on our other car rather than replacing the whole vehicle. Why replace a whole vehicle when only part of it is broken? I can do the repair myself. Cost = hundreds.