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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7900 on: December 14, 2016, 10:33:41 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.
That seems like more than a small thing!  Awesome!

I did the usual make tea at home, pack snacks, pack lunch from leftovers.

I've also started make a simple dinner of pasta and frozen vegetables with a butter, garlic, and red pepper flake sauce.  We need to get groceries, but the meal is enough to keep us from getting take-out.  Also, it's helping us eat down the enormous amount of pasta we have stockpiled (whole wheat pasta overload!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7901 on: December 14, 2016, 01:09:10 PM »
Each year I like to give my students a small gift at the holiday time.  This year I made a booklet with puzzles, mazes, jokes, word searches, and a few how to draw pages.  I printed them at school, added a 25 cent box of glitter crayons, and wrapped them with red bulletin board paper.  Fast, easy, fun, and best of all inexpensive.

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« Reply #7902 on: December 15, 2016, 12:26:38 AM »
Made rice for breakfast this morning and moved some leftover curry from the freezer to the fridge. Between the leftover rice and the curry, my dinner prep is done. I have to run the rice cooker with a transformer, so I plugged in my handheld vacuum that also needs the transformer to charge at the same time.

I put milk and butter and jam and ground coffee in the freezer before leaving on a long trip, so I was able to keep the fridge turned off while I was away. Just got home last night, and it was nice to at least be able to have milk in my coffee this morning, even if I did have to melt it a little.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7903 on: December 15, 2016, 03:52:15 PM »
I have saved a bunch of money on impulse purchases since Thanksgiving by factoring in the "cost" of having to listen to Christmas music playing in the store/restaurant. I wanted to buy a sandwich on the way home from work earlier this week but I could hear "Jingle Bell Rock" playing from outside the door and decided dinner could wait until I got home. I didn't even approach the coffee shop on my way back from a doctor's appointment today because I didn't want to get some stupid Christmas song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. I've been similarly efficient in stores - in and out without any random browsing - because while I already hate the background music in almost every retail setting, having every store playing the same 10 stupid songs makes it just about intolerable.

Since the holidays are also a time for giving thanks, let me express my gratitude to the internet for the fact that despite working a number of crummy jobs on the path to the decent one I have now, none of them were in retail.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7904 on: December 15, 2016, 04:24:55 PM »
Made sure not to park under any trees during our ice storm. Glad I did. Lots of trees down, and a neighbor got their car crunched. Saves hassle and insurance deductibles.

Trying to Christmas shop well ahead of time this year, and wrap ahead of time. Give me a little more time to hunt bargains, and reduce the chance of overcompensating with expensive last minute gifts because of guilt. Wrapping ahead of time means I can find wrapping paper at less expensive places, rather than running out and buying it for a markup at the corner store on christmas eve. *cough* not that I've ever done that or anything...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7905 on: December 15, 2016, 04:57:07 PM »
... reduce the chance of overcompensating with expensive last minute gifts because of guilt.

You get me!

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« Reply #7906 on: December 15, 2016, 06:56:32 PM »
... reduce the chance of overcompensating with expensive last minute gifts because of guilt.

You get me!

I'm glad I'm not the only on! Isn't it the WORST? You spend more, and the person appreciates it less, because let's be honest, they're shots in the dark and really not customized to the recipient. I much prefer when I plan and buy early, and I know it's just perfect for them. But gifts really are not my "thing", so it does not come easily to me! Best thing I ever did was starting to keep an evernote of gift ideas throughout the year. For other people AND for me, because when people ask "what do you want?" I never used to have an answer.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7907 on: December 15, 2016, 08:48:04 PM »
I am visiting "home" for a few days and staying with my friend.  Tonight I spent $11 on groceries and cooked dinner for her and I with plenty of left overs for both of us.  It's a nice way to say thanks for her hospitality but also saves us both money over eating out. 


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« Reply #7908 on: December 15, 2016, 09:05:52 PM »
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. ☺️
Hmmm, I had to think about this, because I don't actually drink the vodka. I always have 2 Costco 1.75 liter bottles going, so if there's not enough headroom, I must just pour a little off into the older bottle. I go through a lot of the stuff, and it tastes better the longer it steeps, so it's not quite as nuts as it sounds. I'm also happy to note that the cost of vanilla has skyrocketed, but price of the vodka and vanilla beans has remained constant, which is odd, but it happily makes me feel even more frugal. Win!
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« Reply #7909 on: December 16, 2016, 02:21:04 AM »
Received an unexpected $700 payment (a bonus of sorts).

The rest of the team is excited to spend it on Christmas shopping. My (minimal) shopping has been finished for weeks.

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« Reply #7910 on: December 16, 2016, 08:23:38 AM »
Used two gift cards I got at work for my last two birthdays for houshold items. I got all the items on sale, so I could replace some of our old and disgusting things. I would never have shopped there without the gift cards, I think it is much too expensive. I even looked at selling them, but would only hav gotten around 50% of the value in cash.

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« Reply #7911 on: December 16, 2016, 09:22:23 AM »
The company we get shirts from at work brought us a smoked turkey early this week, with strict instructions that it should be consumed within 5 days.  So yesterday, we all gathered around the table and ate as much of it as we could with crackers, cheese, and mustard.  There was more than half remaining when we couldn't eat anymore.  So last night I shredded it, distributed bags to my present crew, and brought the rest home since it wouldn't last the weekend.  I ended up with 6 cups of meat and a carcass that I threw in the instant pot with assorted veggies for broth.  I think I'll end up with around 14 pints when all is finished.

Grabbing a brother today to make dump runs with trailer loads of the pine tree that fell on my house the day before Thanksgiving.  Saved who knows how much over hiring someone to come break it down and haul it off.  Will still have the trunk and larger branches.  Will offer them up as free firewood.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7912 on: December 16, 2016, 10:23:52 AM »
Teleworking today and burning wood from our property to keep warm while watching it snow outside.  Not using gas to get to the office, or risking an accident on the icy roads.

Yesterday I picked up a spiral sliced ham @ $1.39/#.  This morning I diced some up with leftover veggies for a breakfast hash, put the bone and surrounding meat in the Instant Pot and will add onions, carrots and lentils later for a cheap, easy dinner later.  The rest of the ham will get portioned out and frozen for future use.

Planning to work out at home instead of driving through snow to the gym later today.

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« Reply #7913 on: December 16, 2016, 10:54:05 AM »
DianeC: Where do you buy your vanilla beans? I'm booking for a new source :-) I, too, go through a lot of vanilla. I have three large canning jars at various stages right now. I hate it when I use one up and don't have more marinating!

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« Reply #7914 on: December 16, 2016, 11:22:39 AM »
DianeC: Where do you buy your vanilla beans? I'm booking for a new source :-) I, too, go through a lot of vanilla. I have three large canning jars at various stages right now. I hate it when I use one up and don't have more marinating!
I bought about 50 beans through Amazon.  I thought I got a decent price, but I can't remember what I paid (it's been a while because I don't go through beans quickly).

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« Reply #7915 on: December 16, 2016, 03:27:44 PM »
I've been reading this forum for a while now, and I like the idea of this thread as a motivator... Today I:

- Ran an errand in another city and got to ride back with a friend, thus saving me the price of a return train ticket
- Spent the evening at home with said friend instead of going out for a drink
- Did not tag along out of social obligation to go and see a movie that I wasn't sure I wanted to see

All in all, a good day.

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« Reply #7916 on: December 16, 2016, 03:38:29 PM »
-saved 3 plastic bags to reuse
-walked/took the bus home with groceries that were heavy enough I could have talked myself into a cab
-bought groceries at the Asian food store (chicken 1.19/lb, 6 peppers for 1.00, pears 0.59/lb, cabbage 0.88, etc)
-hung up the laundry to dry instead of using the dryer

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7917 on: December 16, 2016, 05:36:12 PM »
Finally submitted a health insurance claim for a dentist visit... from August. Better late than never!

This weekend I'll go through a heap of medical receipts to gather up everything I *might* get rebates for, so I can submit those too.

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« Reply #7918 on: December 16, 2016, 06:22:18 PM »
Ground pork went on sale at Costco (which is already cheaper than the local grocery store sale prices around here).

14lbs are now in the freezer, spiced like spicy Italian sausage, and in 1lb bags (for spiced sausage and spinach risotto, fennel and sausage pasta, sausage and lentil and kale soup, etc). Total $ spent for the base for 14 meals: 24$.

7lbs are simmering away on the stove, ready to be put into pie crust and frozen for holiday tourtières (traditional Quebecois holiday food). 1 tourtiere = 3$, add a salad and feed 4 people a festive meal.

Worth the work. :)

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« Reply #7919 on: December 17, 2016, 01:56:01 AM »
- soup for lunch from bone broth made yesterday and a loaf of homemade bread

- reading book from interlibrary loan called "Money Secrets of the Amish" - its good

- grocery shopped on maximum points day

- trying to keep heat a little lower in this cold snap


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« Reply #7920 on: December 17, 2016, 03:38:21 PM »
-picked up all the good deals at Giant Tiger (cheese 3.44, rack of ribs 5.00, carrots/onions 0.88, frozen fruit 2.88)

-took the plunge and bought store brand tea (100pk for 1.99) instead of Tetley - will try it in the morning and see how it is

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« Reply #7921 on: December 18, 2016, 12:20:58 AM »
I work in a clothing boutique and we had this beautiful leather jacket that was calling my name since the start of the week. Tried it on (it looked amazing) and then noticed it had a huge tear in the lining. So I will save money by one of the following:

- not getting it because there is a tear in the lining
- getting it half-price because there is a tear in the lining and I will try and fix it.

Not very mustachian of me, but jackets are my weakness. Especially in leather.

On the other hand; I save money every day by bringing leftovers for lunch and biking to work.

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« Reply #7922 on: December 18, 2016, 05:38:45 AM »
Found the ugly produce section in the grocery store and bought 1 kg of potatoes for around 1 CHF.

We also used the second half of a board which was left after a kitchen projectbto build a clothes folding table in the basement.

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« Reply #7923 on: December 18, 2016, 07:54:25 AM »
-picked up all the good deals at Giant Tiger (cheese 3.44, rack of ribs 5.00, carrots/onions 0.88, frozen fruit 2.88)

-took the plunge and bought store brand tea (100pk for 1.99) instead of Tetley - will try it in the morning and see how it is

Tried the tea this morning, it's fine. Will save me a whopping $8 over the course of the year!

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« Reply #7924 on: December 18, 2016, 09:09:20 AM »
In talking to my dad, realized we've been filling our propane canisters all wrong. I guess he's friends with an amerigas guy, who said the practice now is to fill the trade out containers no more than 3.5-4lbs in the 5lb tanks. And it's $19 for the exchange most places. My dad put me on to where we can fill at gas stations for $1.99/lb. So that'll be $10 instead, and we'll actually be getting more propane!

And just because we're persnickity nerds, we weighed our newly exchanged tank vs his recently refilled tank. Ours is much lighter. Double whammy on losing money there.
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« Reply #7925 on: December 18, 2016, 12:08:22 PM »
In talking to my dad, realized we've been filling our propane canisters all wrong. I guess he's friends with an amerigas guy, who said the practice now is to fill the trade out containers no more than 3.5-4lbs in the 5lb tanks. And it's $19 for the exchange most places. My dad put me on to where we can fill at gas stations for $1.99/lb. So that'll be $10 instead, and we'll actually be getting more propane!

And just because we're persnickity nerds, we weighed our newly exchanged tank vs his recently refilled tank. Ours is much lighter. Double whammy on losing money there.

Just don't forget the upfront cost of a propane tank.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7926 on: December 18, 2016, 12:09:50 PM »
In talking to my dad, realized we've been filling our propane canisters all wrong. I guess he's friends with an amerigas guy, who said the practice now is to fill the trade out containers no more than 3.5-4lbs in the 5lb tanks. And it's $19 for the exchange most places. My dad put me on to where we can fill at gas stations for $1.99/lb. So that'll be $10 instead, and we'll actually be getting more propane!

And just because we're persnickity nerds, we weighed our newly exchanged tank vs his recently refilled tank. Ours is much lighter. Double whammy on losing money there.

Just don't forget the upfront cost of a propane tank.

We already have them. Hence having been trading them out.
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« Reply #7927 on: December 18, 2016, 12:13:07 PM »

We already have them. Hence having been trading them out.

Ah. I should have figured they'd charge a person up-front for a trade-out cylinder.  Before you decide to keep the one you have, make sure to check the date code on it. They're only good for 12 years before they need to be re-certified, so make sure the one you have is as new as possible, for the highest savings!
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« Reply #7928 on: December 18, 2016, 12:14:17 PM »

We already have them. Hence having been trading them out.

Ah. I should have figured they'd charge a person up-front for a trade-out cylinder.  Before you decide to keep the one you have, make sure to check the date code on it. They're only good for 12 years before they need to be re-certified, so make sure the one you have is as new as possible, for the highest savings!

Yep, I appreciate the reminder! One of the things my dad does is keep them until they're about to expire, then do the trade out on them once, for newer tanks.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7929 on: December 18, 2016, 01:31:31 PM »
DianeC: Where do you buy your vanilla beans? I'm booking for a new source :-) I, too, go through a lot of vanilla. I have three large canning jars at various stages right now. I hate it when I use one up and don't have more marinating!
I bought about 50 beans through Amazon.  I thought I got a decent price, but I can't remember what I paid (it's been a while because I don't go through beans quickly).

I had a good experience with Beanilla.com.

Sold a vintage children's book on Amazon. The $25 will go directly into an investment account.

Sold some outgrown cloth diapers on eBay. The $20 will go into cash savings.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7930 on: December 18, 2016, 02:27:39 PM »
Changed cell phone plan - saving $5.65/month.

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« Reply #7931 on: December 18, 2016, 02:43:59 PM »
A long time ago someone shared on these forums where you can sign up for free stuff from Francios Et Mimi through amazon. Well, today I got a free 4 setting flatware set of 18/10 steel and a borosilicate tea pot. The flatware will be excellent while we have guests (we currently only have 4 place settings, haha, and we're expecting like 12 people!). And the tea pot will be a gift for a guest, which fits well with the teas I've already bought her!

The company confuses me, but so far I've gotten a free phone charger, headphones, these two things, and one other thing I'm forgetting. No weird spam or anything, and it all seems well made. They don't even require you to do a product review, since amazon doesn't allow that anymore.
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« Reply #7932 on: December 18, 2016, 02:46:21 PM »
Made a bunch of Christmas presents and stocking stuffers out of materials I already owned instead of paying 10-20$/gift. Crafting skills are paying off this year.

Basic leatherworking and sewing is paying off more than anything else, for the record. Woodworking as a close third, but my husband has done this years woodworking.

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« Reply #7933 on: December 18, 2016, 05:25:25 PM »
Went to Goodwill to buy speakers for DH. He built an amp for one of his masters classes, and has been borrowing some of our living room speakers. Now he'll set the amp and "new" speakers up in our garage/home gym. For $13,  (well, plus $25 materials during the term, but that was unavoidable) we have an amp that would cost ~$4k to buy. ...he's pretty cool.

When at Goodwill, found a big unused bamboo cutting board for $3 and a pair of virtually unworn Keens in my size for $30, and a leather purse for $6 that was in great shape. Plus a little $0.99 milk glass vase that will round out the trio I have in my dining room built ins. A good haul today!

For dinner, we're cutting down boneless pork chops from a big loin we got at Costco.

At the grocery store, found a "local blend" coffee- basically they took all the extras from a bunch of coffees they carried and mixed the beans together. This is an incredibly high end local chain, and they DO NOT CARRY bad coffee. It's all locally roasted stuff, minumum $13/lb. This blend was $7/lb. I'm excited to try it! Especially since our current coffee is super weak- we bought the Poor Man's Blend from amazon for subscribe and save for like $5/lb, and I don't think we'll repeat it- need to use nearly twice the grounds to get a moderately strong cup of coffee, and even then, super flat flavor. My cheap-but-tasty coffee quest continues!
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« Reply #7934 on: December 18, 2016, 06:33:15 PM »
Wrapped up neighbor gifts using stuff we had on hand instead of buying new gift bags.

I've been frustrated by my wardrobe lately and feeling nothing fits quite right. I purged another dozen items from my wardrobe instead of going out and buying new cheap things that probably also won't fit quite right.

We celebrate an early Christmas on our own before we fly home to visit our families. Tonight we had a fancy dinner, including two fillet steaks and a much nicer bottle of wine than we typically drink, for around $35. Tomorrow morning we'll have homemade brioche cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, satsuma mandarins, and hot chocolate while our toddler plays with his "new" (eBay) Duplo blocks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7935 on: December 19, 2016, 11:35:14 AM »
-took public transit instead of Uber on a recent night out
-had family over for lunch instead of going out (usually $25pp at a restaurant)
-said no to going to an upcoming kids' concert with friends (tix $25+ - seriously?!)
-swapped babysitting with family member instead of hiring a babysitter
-watched free movie on Netflix rather than ordering one for $5 via On Demand or iTunes (before wouldn't have batted an eye at doing the latter)
-suggested less expensive dinner options instead of salmon or steak (trying to get down that $1000/mo grocery bill - commence face punching pls)
-decided not to go on an unnecessary weekend trip to another city later this month
-agreed with family members not to exchange gifts at Christmas (except for the kids, for whom we're doing inexpensive presents)
-decided not to go overboard by getting friend yet another baby present when I went over to meet her new baby and instead cooked a meal (cost <$5 to make) and brought it over
-did not succumb to year-end random charity solicitations (stuck to our planned giving)
-chose place with happy hour drink and food specials when meeting up w/ a friend last week and made a dinner out of the cheap burger special

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7936 on: December 19, 2016, 11:54:32 AM »
Bought two more packs of cheap sourcrout. The shops are having a price fight on Norwegian favorite Christmas food. I don't eat this article much, but ii can he kept for a year at last. And I can start eating it more often. I have also started to eat carrots more often as that is a very cheap vegetable. I also boyght cheaper potatoes the last few times.

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« Reply #7937 on: December 19, 2016, 11:59:31 AM »
-decided not to go overboard by getting friend yet another baby present when I went over to meet her new baby and instead cooked a meal (cost <$5 to make) and brought it over

Speaking as a currently-pregnant parent... I can pretty much guarantee that your friend appreciated the meal they didn't have to cook more than they would've appreciated another baby present. Good move, friend! :)

There's something about tiny howling humans who hold you hostage via boob that make food planned and cooked by SOMEONE ELSE seem like the hight of luxury.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7938 on: December 19, 2016, 12:39:34 PM »
I'm off work until January 9th. Today I made breakfast for all of us. Sent the older two girls to school with a packed lunch and snack from home. Sent hubby to work with a lunch and snack from home. The little one and I haven't moved from the house nor do we plan on it. Lunch at home. Gathered 6 eggs from our chickens. Have a big pot of chili in the crockpot for dinner that used canned tomoatoes from our garden last summer and deer meat from a deer we harvested. Smells good!

Doing a little laundry, a little cleaning, a little organizing. Playing with the little guy, would love a nap but I doubt that happens.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7939 on: December 19, 2016, 12:51:17 PM »
In talking to my dad, realized we've been filling our propane canisters all wrong. I guess he's friends with an amerigas guy, who said the practice now is to fill the trade out containers no more than 3.5-4lbs in the 5lb tanks. And it's $19 for the exchange most places. My dad put me on to where we can fill at gas stations for $1.99/lb. So that'll be $10 instead, and we'll actually be getting more propane!

And just because we're persnickity nerds, we weighed our newly exchanged tank vs his recently refilled tank. Ours is much lighter. Double whammy on losing money there.

15lbs of propane in a 20lb tank has been normal practice for exchange places for years now.  Refilling is definitely the way to go, plus you can refill a nearly-empty tank without losing the remaining propane.


We already have them. Hence having been trading them out.

Ah. I should have figured they'd charge a person up-front for a trade-out cylinder.  Before you decide to keep the one you have, make sure to check the date code on it. They're only good for 12 years before they need to be re-certified, so make sure the one you have is as new as possible, for the highest savings!

The trade-out programs charge you a lot for your initial purchase (if you don't have a canister to trade in, you're paying for a tank).  You can swap out an old tank, though, and get a newer one from the exchange place for the normal exchange fee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7940 on: December 19, 2016, 01:14:56 PM »
-decided not to go overboard by getting friend yet another baby present when I went over to meet her new baby and instead cooked a meal (cost <$5 to make) and brought it over

Speaking as a currently-pregnant parent... I can pretty much guarantee that your friend appreciated the meal they didn't have to cook more than they would've appreciated another baby present. Good move, friend! :)

There's something about tiny howling humans who hold you hostage via boob that make food planned and cooked by SOMEONE ELSE seem like the hight of luxury.

My ount brought us two meals once when my father had just died.  My mother, brother and I appreciated it a lot. It is indeed a good idea.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7941 on: December 19, 2016, 01:53:58 PM »
-decided not to go overboard by getting friend yet another baby present when I went over to meet her new baby and instead cooked a meal (cost <$5 to make) and brought it over

Speaking as a currently-pregnant parent... I can pretty much guarantee that your friend appreciated the meal they didn't have to cook more than they would've appreciated another baby present. Good move, friend! :)

There's something about tiny howling humans who hold you hostage via boob that make food planned and cooked by SOMEONE ELSE seem like the hight of luxury.

LOL Kitsune!  I totally agree and remember loving food so much more than gifts when my son was a newborn. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7942 on: December 19, 2016, 02:12:29 PM »
-decided not to go overboard by getting friend yet another baby present when I went over to meet her new baby and instead cooked a meal (cost <$5 to make) and brought it over

Speaking as a currently-pregnant parent... I can pretty much guarantee that your friend appreciated the meal they didn't have to cook more than they would've appreciated another baby present. Good move, friend! :)

There's something about tiny howling humans who hold you hostage via boob that make food planned and cooked by SOMEONE ELSE seem like the hight of luxury.

LOL Kitsune!  I totally agree and remember loving food so much more than gifts when my son was a newborn. :)
As someone without kids or any hardships, I would love food.  I brought food home from work on Friday (catered event leftovers). My DH and I were both so happy that we didn't have to cook dinner.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7943 on: December 19, 2016, 02:42:43 PM »
I walked over to a cheaper pharmacy to get meds for the flu. I'm sure I spent 1/3 what I would've spent at another store!

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« Reply #7944 on: December 19, 2016, 02:58:24 PM »
Picked up a free blender from my local Buy Nothing Project. Our little bullet blender has been giving up lately.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7945 on: December 19, 2016, 03:04:18 PM »
A friend and I used a $25 off $75 coupon at a delicious fancypants steak house.  We ate like queens.  I also returned a small item to the grocery store.  I freecycled some unwanted foodstuffs to a grateful lady.  I planted into soil a spider plant baby that I had received on Freecycle, hopefully it grows up into a nice plant to clean the air in my home.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7946 on: December 19, 2016, 03:11:45 PM »
Still wrapping Christmas presents from my stash of paper bought in post-Christmas sales over several years.

I visited a friend last night who had her kids' (huge pile of) presents wrapped in downright twee Christmas paper. When I commented on it, she said, "Isn't it cute? It was only $15 a roll."

I love making presents look beautiful but you don't need expensive paper to do that. It's more about technique ... and carefully saved ribbons.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7947 on: December 19, 2016, 03:22:00 PM »

I visited a friend last night who had her kids' (huge pile of) presents wrapped in downright twee Christmas paper. When I commented on it, she said, "Isn't it cute? It was only $15 a roll."


And here I thought spending 3$/huge roll of cute paper (dashunds in sweaters on kraft paper... cmon!) was a ludicrous expense. I should be finishing that roll this year - after 3 years of making gift recipients laugh and comment, I'm ok with the expense, but 15$/roll wtfffffff

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7948 on: December 19, 2016, 03:34:57 PM »
I visited a friend last night who had her kids' (huge pile of) presents wrapped in downright twee Christmas paper. When I commented on it, she said, "Isn't it cute? It was only $15 a roll."

I had to look "twee" up.  Apparently it means "excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty or sentimental."

It is best to practice using a new word as soon as you here it. "How twee would it have to be for $15 a roll?!!!"

I bought a new roll of wrapping paper ($3 Cdn). It has a different pattern printed on each side, so you can have variety without buying a second roll. It is quite a big roll, and I don't buy many presents, so this roll is going to last a long time. I should make a note of which side I use for each person, so I can use the other side next year. More likely, I'll donate it to someone who is still in the big-time gift-giving phase of life.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7949 on: December 19, 2016, 03:37:35 PM »
I visited a friend last night who had her kids' (huge pile of) presents wrapped in downright twee Christmas paper. When I commented on it, she said, "Isn't it cute? It was only $15 a roll."

I had to look "twee" up.  Apparently it means "excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty or sentimental."

It is best to practice using a new word as soon as you here it. "How twee would it have to be for $15 a roll?!!!"

I bought a new roll of wrapping paper ($3 Cdn). It has a different pattern printed on each side, so you can have variety without buying a second roll. It is quite a big roll, and I don't buy many presents, so this roll is going to last a long time. I should make a note of which side I use for each person, so I can use the other side next year. More likely, I'll donate it to someone who is still in the big-time gift-giving phase of life.

Or, with some creative folding, use the 2nd side as part of the package decoration! How fucking twee would that be! The Pinterest the shit out of this!
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