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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8000 on: January 02, 2017, 02:31:11 PM »
Came back from a visit to a relative who wanted to empty his house. Drove back with a car full of a good sewing machine, zippers, fabric en enough wool for a sweater. And a surf board.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8001 on: January 02, 2017, 05:17:13 PM »
Defrosting curry for lunches this week (bulk cooked several weeks ago)
Making brown rice in the instant pot
Cooked large breakfast instead of going out to eat
Had lunch at a friend's house instead of meeting at a restaurant for lunch
One for a walk with a friend and had tea instead of spending money going out

Went to the grocery shopping
- used a coupon for a free item
- baking cookies as a gift

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8002 on: January 02, 2017, 06:44:55 PM »
*Used a gift card for lunch at a restaurant with a friend. I chose the restaurant (wink). Drank only water and tried to keep my
Meal on the cheap side.

*Made bean burritos for dinner - did the beans from dry in the InstantPot a few days ago.

*Decluttering like crazy

*Eta: made a quick batch of peanut butter cookies while the oven was hot!
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« Reply #8003 on: January 02, 2017, 06:47:13 PM »
Stayed home all day, raked snow odd the wood stack and carried more firewood up to the house.  It's been so cold, with teleworking I've already burned through more than we used all last winter, so the stack under the deck is almost totally gone.

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« Reply #8004 on: January 02, 2017, 06:51:19 PM »
Went grocery shopping and only bought the items on my list - no snack foods, no beer or wine, no impulse items. $80 and we're good for the week with pantry items and things we already had on hand.

In the kitchen:
Made a double batch of meatballs for dinner and frozen half after browning. The bulk of the work is already done and it's another easy thing in the freezer for a night when I don't feel like cooking.
We discovered sourdough waffles as a means of reducing food waste, since they use the "discard" unfed sourdough starter and I can substitute 50/50 whole milk and whey (strained from homemade yogurt) in place of buttermilk.
Another batch of homemade yogurt is in the Instant Pot tonight. Milk was on sale at Aldi for $1.25 this week so the cost savings over store bought is even greater than normal.

Worked out at home.

Removed a name tape from a worn out uniform shirt of DH's and sewed it to a pair of pants that needed one.

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« Reply #8005 on: January 02, 2017, 07:20:56 PM »
Used up the last of the NYE leftovers.

Defrosted some frozen lasagne sheets to make pappardelle for dinner.

Filled a water bottle and carried it with me while out running errands today.

More cold-wash, line-drying. (I can't believe how much washing I've done these Christmas holidays. Between travelling, having guests, having people over for NYE... thank goodness for hot, dry weather.)

Business as usual tomorrow. Back to work...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8006 on: January 03, 2017, 03:38:43 AM »
Stayed at home all day and had a no spend day. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8007 on: January 03, 2017, 04:41:45 AM »
Yesterday: walked to the local shop (in total 5 km) for a some food that fitted into my backpack. Didn't spend anything extra.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8008 on: January 03, 2017, 04:50:31 AM »
As well as my normal things, today I steered a social event in a more frugal direction by offering to cook dinner for it, and I picked up a nappy bag from my Buy Nothing group. That group is saving me a bundle on baby stuff!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8009 on: January 03, 2017, 07:47:58 AM »
I biked to work today for the first time ever. I know it's a super small thing but I'm so fricken happy about it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8010 on: January 03, 2017, 06:10:15 PM »
I biked to work today for the first time ever. I know it's a super small thing but I'm so fricken happy about it.

Nice work, Granny!  Keep it up!

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« Reply #8011 on: January 03, 2017, 08:27:51 PM »
*Cooked all morning: 2 pans of buns, a 9x13 of cinnamon buns and 2 cookie sheets of granola.

*Drinking weird tea from my stash - not buying any till it's all gone

*Bought a 25lb bag of oat flakes for cheap

*Looked for an alternate recipe online when one of my ingredients was off. Dinner crisis averted!


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« Reply #8012 on: January 03, 2017, 10:07:14 PM »
*Cooked all morning: 2 pans of buns, a 9x13 of cinnamon buns and 2 cookie sheets of granola.

*Drinking weird tea from my stash - not buying any till it's all gone

*Bought a 25lb bag of oat flakes for cheap

*Looked for an alternate recipe online when one of my ingredients was off. Dinner crisis averted!

First day back at work, I feel like I've done nothing productive all day, and I am just in awe of your buns!

Well... you know what I mean. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8013 on: January 04, 2017, 06:13:44 AM »
Didn't put the trash out today. That saves a few bucks.  We rarely need to put it out weekly, I'm so glad we figured out we could pay by the week instead of using the yearly stickers!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8014 on: January 04, 2017, 06:29:28 AM »
Picked up a few books and movies at the library. One of the books is on apartment gardening!

Took the seeds from a squash I was cooking, dried them out, and going to save to plant next year if I get a community gardening plot.

Sold some stuff online, yay.

Used a gift card I got for Christmas to see the new Star Wars movie.

Walked to/from getting groceries (tuna 99 cents, butter 2.88, eggs 1.88)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8015 on: January 04, 2017, 08:33:08 AM »
Put an extra $25 into my index fund, $30 extra into my savings account, and up my 401K by 1%.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8016 on: January 04, 2017, 12:30:46 PM »
*Cooked all morning: 2 pans of buns, a 9x13 of cinnamon buns and 2 cookie sheets of granola.

*Drinking weird tea from my stash - not buying any till it's all gone

*Bought a 25lb bag of oat flakes for cheap

*Looked for an alternate recipe online when one of my ingredients was off. Dinner crisis averted!



First day back at work, I feel like I've done nothing productive all day, and I am just in awe of your buns!

Well... you know what I mean. :D

Yeah I know what you mean (wink). It was a very productive day, yes, but I don't work outside the home. I should be working hard, not eating bonbons and watching tv all day. Haha!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8017 on: January 04, 2017, 12:51:07 PM »
Went for a walk in the snow.

Continuing to kill the fridge leftovers. Sausage and eggs for lunch, with a side of brussel sprouts. Did more soup and charcuterie for dinner last night.

Added an item to my amazon wish list, and will let it sit at least until February before we decide to buy it. (An alarm for our chest freezer).

Packing christmas lights wrapped around pieces of cardboard. This is frugal because I remember a couple years growing up where lights were so tangled, my parents bought new ones just to avoid untangling them. =o I don't want to repeat that pattern!

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« Reply #8018 on: January 04, 2017, 01:11:28 PM »
Made mayo and bread, saving a trip to the store.  Today I'm loading up my trunk for one big donation to Goodwill, decluttering the house and getting it all dropped off in one go next time I'm running errands.

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« Reply #8019 on: January 04, 2017, 01:40:50 PM »
Husband took Toddler to the used-goods store to find a hockey helmet (she's young enough that there's no hockey collisions to worry about for helmet damage, so used is a good option). Savings: 50$.

My kid has my sense of balance, though. Which is to say: good luck teaching her how to balance on skates, and yay helmets!

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« Reply #8020 on: January 04, 2017, 01:44:36 PM »
I normally eat out quite a lot, at least many lunches and a couple of dinners a week.  Trying to keep January a resturant-free month.  I like cooking, and this forces me to try some new things. :)

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« Reply #8021 on: January 04, 2017, 02:13:34 PM »
I had a bunch of prepaid visa gift cards with only a dollar or two on them remaining. Went and added loaded them to Amazon so I wouldn't forget about them. 11 bucks gained that normally would of gotten lost. Had second no spend day in a row and hope to keep the ball rolling.

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« Reply #8022 on: January 04, 2017, 08:19:31 PM »
I've been working on refreshing my wardrobe on a tight budget. My need for nice but comfortable shoes was getting desperate. This morning I was looking at leather loafers online but just couldn't pull the trigger. This afternoon when I dropped off some things at goodwill I found two brand new pairs!  Born brand and bed:stu. I'd never heard of the second brand but the leather feels so nice and they are so well made I wasn't surprised to find similar new shoes above $100. It feels like such a splurge to get two new pairs at once. They will last for years and the 3.99 price can't be beat!

I got home from three weeks of travel last night and didn't have any food to take to work today, so I let myself be hungry for a couple hours until I fixed some pasta and spinach when I got home.  This evening I sorted the past prime veggies in the fridge and made a big batch of ginger garlic stir fry. Im going to be able to avoid grocery shopping for a week or two.


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« Reply #8023 on: January 04, 2017, 08:36:31 PM »
I got through my whole Mustachian to do list today!

*Made 5 loaves of whole wheat bread for the freezer

*Made a huge vegetable beef stew for dinner with 4lb of stew beef from my freezer

*Organized kids sports gear and clothing for upcoming activities - wanted to do well in advance to give myself time to borrow from friends or find at thrift stores and not have to pay full price at the last minute.  Turns out we have verything we need! Yay!

*Completed and mailed health care reimbursement forms

*Drinking blueberry tea from my stash. It's not terrible! I'm trying to drink it all before I buy any new tea

*Decided to leave up our Christmas village on the mantle for another month. Now it's a winter village! It's very homey and cozy in my front room with this addition to the decor.

*Took a photo of my Mustachian to do list this morning on the forum - was super motivating to keep checking back since I'm a visual person


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« Reply #8024 on: January 04, 2017, 10:54:59 PM »
My hospital appointment was running late and went longer than I expected. I was hungry by the time I got out and normally under those circumstances I'd buy some food on my way home. Instead I came straight home and made myself some lunch with things we already had.

I didn't end up eating too late and didn't spend $10 out. I also know to pack a snack next time.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8025 on: January 05, 2017, 07:54:29 AM »

Added an item to my amazon wish list, and will let it sit at least until February before we decide to buy it. (An alarm for our chest freezer).


Lots of freezer thefts in your neighborhood?  Or is that where you keep your valuables? An alarm would totally help me cut down on my 3 a.m. ice cream binges. :D

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« Reply #8026 on: January 05, 2017, 08:13:43 AM »

Added an item to my amazon wish list, and will let it sit at least until February before we decide to buy it. (An alarm for our chest freezer).


Lots of freezer thefts in your neighborhood?  Or is that where you keep your valuables? An alarm would totally help me cut down on my 3 a.m. ice cream binges. :D

Hahaha. Nothing so exciting! It alarms if the temperature rises too much for too long, so you don't lose a freezer full of meat. We buy by the half cow and hunt and fish, so it would be a tragedy of epic proportions to lose a whole chest freezer worth. I can delay the purchase though because the freezer is in the garage and is honestly almost a warming box right now it's been so cold!

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« Reply #8027 on: January 05, 2017, 08:17:59 AM »
The Prospector family could have used an alarm when the boys left the freezer door open and they lost their inventory recently...

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« Reply #8028 on: January 05, 2017, 08:31:23 AM »
The Prospector family could have used an alarm when the boys left the freezer door open and they lost their inventory recently...

Ah yes. That is another scenario it's good for!

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« Reply #8029 on: January 05, 2017, 09:08:02 AM »

*Drinking blueberry tea from my stash. It's not terrible! I'm trying to drink it all before I buy any new tea

Blueberry tea makes excellent iced tea. I can't stand it warm...

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« Reply #8030 on: January 05, 2017, 10:31:54 AM »

*Drinking blueberry tea from my stash. It's not terrible! I'm trying to drink it all before I buy any new tea

Blueberry tea makes excellent iced tea. I can't stand it warm...
Teas that I dislike hot usually make excellent iced teas. 

Made overnight oats for breakfast (chocolate and peanut butter), bulk cooked chicken for dinner last night (and for lunch today and tomorrow)
Have plans to meet friends out for dinner.  Instead of spending money on drinks, I'm bringing a bottle of wine to a restaurant with no corkage fee.  We leave a larger tip, but still come out ahead by quite a bit. 
Meal planning for next week.  I'm trying 4 new recipes this weekend. 

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« Reply #8031 on: January 05, 2017, 11:20:54 AM »
Last night I dug out the three (!!!) partial bags of leftover sliced holiday ham, and after the sniff test (it was frozen for some of that time, relax) I chunked it, threw it into the food processor with some other ingredients already on-hand and made two containers of ham salad. One is in the fridge for lunches, the other is in the freezer.

Brought two small containers of leftovers for lunch. Been eating much smaller portions lately and eating more slowly.

Two of my items sold at the nearby ladies consignment store! Trying not to check my account more than twice once per day. :)


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« Reply #8032 on: January 05, 2017, 12:53:29 PM »
Thanks for the tips on icing tea! Hadn't thought of that!

*Continuously pulling meat from the freezer. Trying to keep 2-3 days ahead. We have 2 sides of beef and 60 chickens in there. (Well, we did have that much)

*Spaghetti sauce going for dinner. Trying to have dinner cooking before we eat lunch.

*Being more organized with groceries - keeping a detailed list of needs and only shopping 1-2x per week (sometimes need produce or dairy midweek). I'm feeding a small army here..haha

*Keeping warm with a wool infinity scarf and slippers I received for Christmas from my mom and dad


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« Reply #8033 on: January 06, 2017, 08:41:59 AM »
Dropped the car off for routine maintenance and walked home, a couple of miles away, instead of taking a taxi. I love having the car repair place near my home so that I can do this.

Was sort of challenging this morning because it snowed, but just a very slippery inch. There were fender-benders all over the place. There was one, that I still can't figure out  where 3 cars all had their front ends smashed into each other in a star configuration and not one was aligned with any lane or street.

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« Reply #8034 on: January 06, 2017, 10:04:44 PM »
Packed my breakfast & lunch for work, including my coffee.

Didn't succumb to buying the 3pm snack (although I didn't pack my snack and my stomach was growling. haha).

Dinner was paid for by a family member.

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« Reply #8035 on: January 06, 2017, 11:12:29 PM »
*Cooked two chickens from the freezer for dinner and already deboned them. A box of good meat in the fridge and bones ready to make broth in my InstantPot ... it makes the best broth ever!

*Used up rice from the fridge by making stir fried rice with our chicken - added onions, carrots, celery and a red pepper

*Made a copy of a sign I saw at a store .. it worked out pretty well

*Took 3 youngest kids to the pool today with our pool pass

*Getting out Oatmeal to remind myself to cook a batch for breaky






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« Reply #8036 on: January 07, 2017, 10:13:39 PM »
Was planning on going to an old friends party next weekend, despite the drive and expense, aise we use to be very close and I miss them and I'm not going to reliably see them after giving birth. Last night, said friend, and their roommates/new friends, ganged up on someone in a FB argument because that person claimed that biological sex existed as a more-or-les-general binary (lots of men, lots of women, some intersex people making up a percentage of the population). Apparently acknowledging the existence of biological sex is bigoted and transphobic and generally worth fighting? (Note: the person was very clear that sex =\= the social construct of gender or most things socially associated with gender. The argument was over whether biological sex EXISTED. Like... there's open-minded, and then there's brainless?)

I... decided that I live 2 hours away, and I'm NOT interested in driving 4 hours, including gas and wear and tear on the car, in order to spend an evening with people who will call other people names in response to a statement like "biological sex differences exist". I let Old Friend know I wouldn't be going, best of luck, also I'm very busy these days and won't be seeing them much, cheers. 40$ gas not spent. Wine party contribution not needed. An evening and 4 hours of driving not spent.

I've decided that, instead, I'm going to spend 2$ on mulled cider ingredients and spend that time sitting in front of the fireplace with my husband, enjoying the peace and quiet before the second child comes along next month. Somehow, that seems a lot better than spending $ to spend time with Tumblr activists. Ugh. Escape achieved. 60+ dollars not spent. Time is miiiiine. Nonsense is avoided. Good lord, welcome 2017.

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« Reply #8037 on: January 08, 2017, 03:19:23 AM »
Getting ready for work tomorrow and thinking about the usual Monday morning conversation.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to?

I tend to leave out the specifics.

Not much, just:

- went grocery shopping (buying as little food as possible after taking stock of fridge, freezer, pantry)

- tidied up (sorted out the pantry and spent 10 minutes deciding whether to keep empty jars to re-use or toss for less clutter)

- went out with friends (a friend came over and we walked her dog, then sat outside, drank water, and talked for an hour)

- did some exercise (walked about 12kms all up, free, while listening to podcasts, also free)


In all fairness, I had a great weekend. :D

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« Reply #8038 on: January 08, 2017, 07:02:01 AM »
My DH went skating on the fjord while I went waling in the same area. There is a nice café around there. But we brought along our own food an drink and didn't spend anthing else than some diesel.

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« Reply #8039 on: January 08, 2017, 08:48:15 PM »
Sold an extra baby item on eBay.

Harvested green onion and parsley and an egg from the garden for dinner.

Conditioned our wooden cutting board with beeswax and mineral oil to extend its life.

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« Reply #8040 on: January 08, 2017, 08:52:06 PM »
Took inventory of our fridge. Used up/plan to use up lots of odds and ends.

No spend day, didn't leave home (thanks ice storms!).

Sold an extra baby item on eBay.

Harvested green onion and parsley and an egg from the garden for dinner.

Conditioned our wooden cutting board with beeswax and mineral oil to extend its life.

We also conditioned a cutting board! Although we just use coconut oil, as it is what we have on hand. It was a hand-me-down from my parents (too big for them) and way very dry.

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« Reply #8041 on: January 08, 2017, 09:00:39 PM »
I don't know if these are small, but yesterday our refrigerator stopped cooling. I disassembled the back of the freezer and checked to see if a fix I rigged up last year had held (I wrapped a wire around the defroster and let it dangle into the freezer drain to prevent the drain hole from freezing over).  It had, so we vacuumed out the condenser from the front, pulled out the fridge from the wall, removed a service panel, and vacuumed out the condenser etc. from the back too... and the fridge started to work again!

Then, the dishwasher stopped draining.  We ended up disassembling and cleaning a lot of parts; finally found some broken glass in the drain pump which probably was blocking the motor from turning.

It wasn't the weekend I was planning for, but we probably saved hundreds of dollars in service calls.

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« Reply #8042 on: January 09, 2017, 01:25:35 AM »
I don't know if these are small, but yesterday our refrigerator stopped cooling. I disassembled the back of the freezer and checked to see if a fix I rigged up last year had held (I wrapped a wire around the defroster and let it dangle into the freezer drain to prevent the drain hole from freezing over).  It had, so we vacuumed out the condenser from the front, pulled out the fridge from the wall, removed a service panel, and vacuumed out the condenser etc. from the back too... and the fridge started to work again!

Then, the dishwasher stopped draining.  We ended up disassembling and cleaning a lot of parts; finally found some broken glass in the drain pump which probably was blocking the motor from turning.

It wasn't the weekend I was planning for, but we probably saved hundreds of dollars in service calls.

Well done.

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« Reply #8043 on: January 09, 2017, 07:50:59 AM »
Got a car-load of baby gear from friends - all things we'd borrowed last time from another source, and that source is currently using them (baby swing, etc). Free baby gear = best baby gear.

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« Reply #8044 on: January 09, 2017, 07:52:31 AM »
Was in line to spend $3 for coffee at the airport when I remembered that the shop at a different gate offers $1 refills for personal mugs, so I got a little exercise  and cheaper coffee.  (Didn't want to create waste getting little disposable cups on the plane)

Yesterday, repaired the strap on the carry on bag DH and I share.

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« Reply #8045 on: January 09, 2017, 07:59:28 AM »
Sold an extra baby item on eBay.

Did anyone else miss the 'item' word above, and assumed that eBay had drastically changed it's TOS?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8046 on: January 09, 2017, 08:19:18 AM »
I don't know if these are small, but yesterday our refrigerator stopped cooling. I disassembled the back of the freezer and checked to see if a fix I rigged up last year had held (I wrapped a wire around the defroster and let it dangle into the freezer drain to prevent the drain hole from freezing over).  It had, so we vacuumed out the condenser from the front, pulled out the fridge from the wall, removed a service panel, and vacuumed out the condenser etc. from the back too... and the fridge started to work again!

Then, the dishwasher stopped draining.  We ended up disassembling and cleaning a lot of parts; finally found some broken glass in the drain pump which probably was blocking the motor from turning.

It wasn't the weekend I was planning for, but we probably saved hundreds of dollars in service calls.

Well done.

Thanks so much for the pat on the back! I needed one, especially as we woke up this morning and found our pipes had frozen because somebody left the garage door open from running back and forth with tools to fix the other stuff. 

Pats on the back for everyone here!! You're doing good work and an inspiration!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8047 on: January 09, 2017, 05:39:00 PM »
Bought a bunch of staples at Costco and none of the shiny things.

Baked an English Muffin Toasting loaf of bread today, new recipe I found on the KA site. Next time I am going to add some of my sourdough starter, because while it tastes awesome, it's just missing that tang baby!

Had to buy le pooch some food since I miscalculated and his regular stuff wouldn't be here until tomorrow. So I checked online and found his food for even cheaper than Amazon. Go in store and of course it's marked up like $8 more than their online price. I knew they matched their own online price and so I got the food for $8 less than sticker and about $1 cheaper than papa Amazon. Score!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8048 on: January 09, 2017, 06:15:14 PM »
*Did a bunch of cooking: a rice pudding with leftover rice, 2 dozen muffins with leftover oatmeal, 2 batches of stock from chicken bones and a loaf of French bread.

*Dressed warmly and kept the heat a little lower. Oven heat helped keep our living area warmer.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8049 on: January 09, 2017, 07:26:36 PM »
This morning I took stock of the food then froze bread, celery (for use in soup, stew or stock) and chicken breast.

I have leftover fresh pasta so I will use that with the pumpkin for dinner, which I am ridiculously excited about. It's grey and wet here today.