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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8150 on: January 13, 2017, 05:02:37 PM »
- Back from vacation and had my bestie look after the tuxedo cat for a $25 gift card and I bought small gift for her family. Saved lots of money by not dropping kitty at the kennel and she got better care.
-Went out for coffee with a friend instead of going to lunch and I brought my own cup for a small discount

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8151 on: January 13, 2017, 05:12:00 PM »
Found a cheaper hotel with a better bar for my trip next month. Still just as nice, but with a different view than the downtown accommodations I would normally stay in.
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« Reply #8152 on: January 13, 2017, 05:43:02 PM »
tyort1, I didn't know yogurt could be made in the InstantPot! Did it turn out well? Care to share your recipe? Awesomeness!!

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« Reply #8153 on: January 13, 2017, 06:02:09 PM »
tyort1, I didn't know yogurt could be made in the InstantPot! Did it turn out well? Care to share your recipe? Awesomeness!!

Sure, I have the 7 in 1 instant pot which has a yogurt function.  I put in the milk, close the lid and press the yogurt button.  It heats it automatically to a brief boil and beeps at me when it's done.  I pull the metal pot out (with the milk still in it), give it a quick ice bath in my sink.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure the temperature is less that 100.  Mix in a tablespoon full of yogurt (I just grab a spoonful from my last batch of yogurt that I haven't eaten yet).  Put the metal pot back into the instant pot.  Press the yogurt button again and set it for 8 hours.  The instant pot keeps it at the perfect temp for 8 hours then beeps at me again.

At this point you have regular yogurt and it's pretty good!  But it's also fairly runny and very tangy.  To make it into thick, creamy greek style yogurt, you need 3 things - a big pot, a a sieve and a paper towel (or cheesecloth).  Line the sieve with a paper towel (or cheesecloth).  I just use the metal sieve that I use to drain veggies when I make veggies.  And I use a big pot that I mix salads in normally.  Luckily, this sieve fits my pot perfectly and in such a way that there's a little gap between the bottom of the sieve and the bottom of the bowl.

Anyway, just put the lined sieve into the pot and dump the yogurt on it.  Let it drain over night in the fridge and the tangy liquid falls to the bottom and you can just lift out your sieve with your super yummy extra thick extra creamy greek yogurt.  I find that a gallon of milk makes between 8 and 10 cups of greek yogurt (close to 2 liters, for you metric folks).  Add a bit of chopped walnuts, fresh blackberries and lots of honey on top for a sinfully awesome snack.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2017, 06:54:52 PM by tyort1 »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8154 on: January 13, 2017, 06:29:35 PM »
Thank you for taking the time to type out the yogurt recipe!! Do you have to add any starter? (Plain yogurt) And apparently my Instant pot has the yogurt function!!! Who knew?!! Haha!

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« Reply #8155 on: January 13, 2017, 06:55:30 PM »
Oh, you are right, forgot the "mix in some yogurt" step.  I edited my post to put it in there, in the right spot. 

Haha, we eat so much yogurt that the the yogurt function on my instant pot has defrayed part of the cost of the pot!  :D
« Last Edit: January 13, 2017, 09:39:00 PM by tyort1 »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8156 on: January 13, 2017, 07:51:37 PM »
Bought a bottle of VOSS water for $2.29.  Now I have a nice glass bottle I can fill from the break room water filter for the next seven weeks for way cheaper than if I just bought a bottle, and I can toss it in the recycling when I leave town.

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« Reply #8157 on: January 13, 2017, 08:06:59 PM »
I replaced the broken elastic on two pair of sweat pants instead of throwing them out and buying new.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8158 on: January 13, 2017, 08:35:33 PM »
Decided to convert crib into a toddler bed, rather than buying a toddler bed and having to dispose of crib.

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« Reply #8159 on: January 13, 2017, 08:36:33 PM »
Grabbed a bottle of wine from the stash at home (a gift? leftover from a function?) as a housewarming present for relatives.

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« Reply #8160 on: January 13, 2017, 11:17:57 PM »
* Turned on the rain delay for the maximum of 9 days.
* Canceled a domain renewal for $15.
* Contacted customer service to get a $20 credit for an online coupon that wasn’t activated.
* Used a coupon to get $7 off an oil change.
* Put overnight oatmeal in the crockpot.
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« Reply #8161 on: January 14, 2017, 12:09:11 PM »
The electric bill for this month was less than expected even with so many sub-zero days, evidence that the small daily things are working to save money.

I'm being lazy at home today, doing some sewing and laundry.  My partner and I have an at home date night planned for tonight. 

I mixed up dry ingredients for "instant" oatmeal.  Oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, spices, nuts, brown sugar. I've got it in a quart jar so it is easy to prep a reasonable serving size. I've been eating bland plain oats for breakfast because I don't have time to add more ingredients in the morning. That's boring and gross and if I force myself to continue I'll end up buying fancy sweet things again, so prepping ahead to make breakfast more interesting and even better for me. 


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« Reply #8162 on: January 14, 2017, 01:36:02 PM »
-Returned a dress my mom had bought me that didn't fit. $40 in store credit now.

-Shredded our own brussel sprouts. I know this is super lazy, but I prefer the shreds to whole sprouts (they bake way crispier), and Trader Joe's sells them pre-shredded... laziness! So I bought whole ones from Costco and shredded them myself. Turned out really well (shredded carrots don't turn out as well) so I will probably keep this one up, unlike the carrots! $1.15 less per pound this way.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8163 on: January 15, 2017, 08:04:08 AM »
Having a lazy Sunday morning sleeping in on the new goodwill sheets. I wanted the Target percale which are currently on sale for $37. These totaled $6.50 and included an extra flat sheet that I sewed into pillowcases.  100% cotton, 70s stripes and 80s floral, they feel so good and crisp.

In a few minutes I'm going to make coffee that was a Christmas gift and have done cake and fruit that were also gifts. Mmmhm.

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« Reply #8164 on: January 15, 2017, 01:57:02 PM »
Cashed in reward points for a $25 grocery gift card.

Other than that, not much. :( It wasn't that I had a spendy weekend, but being away from home breaks my routine and limits my time for preparing for the coming week.

At least we avoided the big shopping spree one of our hosts kept suggesting. She was hot and bored, but we don't shop for sport.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8165 on: January 15, 2017, 02:06:29 PM »
Better late than never, but i just realized and joined an awesome thing that gives me free money! a few qs and I have 120$ in gift cards~ wooohooo! Shame I didnt do it all last year.
It is called Rally, and is through my health benefits with icuba - I don't really know as I just signed up, but it is giving me free stuff and I am A-OK with that.

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« Reply #8166 on: January 15, 2017, 03:59:47 PM »
*cooking rice to stretch the ground beef that is becoming tacos for dinner

*2 lb loaf of cinnamon raisin bread in the bread machine

*scored 9 cut up sweets from leftovers from my daughter's work function (bars, etc)

*guys are watching tv cable free with our OTA digital antenna. Works like a charm!

*picked up playing cards a dollar store for playing double solitaire with my son

*my son was a marvel in a children's hospital waiting room because he was doing a Rubik's cube instead of playing on an iPad or parent cell phone.

*went over on my weekly groceries by $3.12. Was pretty happy with that, considering it was a big order (just over $300 - large family) Its hard to keep track when produce is by the pound and you don't know exactly how much you have!


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« Reply #8167 on: January 15, 2017, 04:01:00 PM »
Got our flu shots (I KNOW I KNOW but better late than never). Saved money by checking ahead of time for what pharmacy is in network for our new insurance. Made money by going to a Target and getting a $5 gift card apiece. Even better: if the gift cards have less than $5 on them, you can cash them out. So we bought something my dad needed, and cashed out the gift cards, then he paid us back in cash. Saved him a trip, got our shots, and we made $10 real monies for the thing.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8168 on: January 15, 2017, 05:57:40 PM »
No spend day! Hike with the family in the woods behind our house, I sewed and DH washed his car while the toddler napped, and made chili and cornbread for dinner. Used up the last little bit of lard for the cornbread and the beans I made last week in the chili.

Switched our cell phones to Ting yesterday. DH needed a case for his new phone and we found one on the open-box/clearance shelf for 20% off.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8169 on: January 15, 2017, 06:45:01 PM »
Checked Whole Foods coupons on my app.  There's  $5 off of $20 fresh produce coupon I'll definitely be using tomorrow. 

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« Reply #8170 on: January 15, 2017, 07:29:22 PM »
Breakfast, lunch and dinner all at home today.
Went to the library yesterday and we all got books. No work or school for any of us tomorrow because of MLK day. I plan on spending it cleaning, decluttering, laundry and cooking for the week.

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« Reply #8171 on: January 15, 2017, 07:55:50 PM »
The cold water stopped running in the shower.

Option a) as recommended by my parents: call a plumber. 100$ minimum.

Option b) as actually taken: husband googled a bit, figured out what it might be, took apart the faucet, narrowed it down to one problem piece (the valve that is supposed to let cold water through, via which temperature is controlled, is not letting through ANY water no matter what the setting is), and confirmed that the piece is on warranty because the faucet and valve was bought a year and a half ago from a store that offers a very long warranty.

So tomorrow we will call the store and take the piece in and get a replacement valve for free and install it and it'll all work again. New skills acquired, money not spent: win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8172 on: January 15, 2017, 08:07:08 PM »
Checked Whole Foods coupons on my app.  There's  $5 off of $20 fresh produce coupon I'll definitely be using tomorrow.

Thanks for the tip. Now planning a produce-heavy menu for the next few days :-)

I hadn't updated my app for a while (because it was kind of stupid/useless the last time I used it) and didn't realize they had digital coupons now.
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« Reply #8173 on: January 15, 2017, 08:07:24 PM »
Today I went back to my natural hair color!
This probably sounds ridiculous, especially to the male readers, but for me, it is a pretty big freakin deal, lol!
I will miss my blonde hair, but I feel like a true mustachian by going back to my old roots in the name of saving a boat load of money!

I did this over the past year. I always colored at home anyhow, but it was till a hassle to maintain and bad for my hair. I did learned how to do my own foil highlights from YouTube. For about $2 in supplies I can highlight every few months. I can't believe how much salons charge for color. If you buy the supplies at a beauty supply store (rather than boxed haircolor like L'Oréal or clarion) it is very cheap to highlight or color your hair.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8174 on: January 16, 2017, 03:52:06 AM »
Scrubbed my husband's muddy-but-otherwise-in-good-nick soccer boots to ward off any talk of replacing them.

I soaked and scrubbed the laces too, then quietly ordered a fluro yellow pair on eBay (for all of a dollar) as a surprise.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8175 on: January 16, 2017, 07:17:45 AM »
Over the past couple days:
- returned two pairs of glasses I bought in a moment of weekness. I don't need three pairs!! Got back $250.
- really wanted a "reward" for returning them (this is something I struggle with, spending money as a form of reward) instead I just went home where I already had a new snack to try
- found a pair of VERY expensive duck boots at the thrift store. They were originally $8 but I had a coupon so I got them for $6. Just need to wear thick socks and the fit like a glove.
- put back a mug at Starbucks that I felt I was only buying because it was in sale
- took some clothes to my local resale shop where they give cash for clothes. Got $30 for items I don't wear any more.
Half dozen of the other

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8176 on: January 16, 2017, 08:00:20 AM »
Scrubbed my husband's muddy-but-otherwise-in-good-nick soccer boots to ward off any talk of replacing them.
Don't forget to polish them as well.  Scrubbing removes the protection from mud and water.  Polish puts it back.

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« Reply #8177 on: January 16, 2017, 07:07:43 PM »
I didn't buy that 3pm snack for $1.75.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8178 on: January 16, 2017, 07:27:54 PM »
Finally cleaned several baby and pregnancy items like stroller, high chair, etc. and put them up for sale on Craigslist.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8179 on: January 16, 2017, 08:23:05 PM »
Cut open the tube of hand cream I keep in my desk at work.

It raised a few eyebrows but I think I can get another week out of it.

Yesterday I bought the fruity shampoo that I am utterly sick of but it was half price and my preferred brand wasn't. Gonna think mustachian thoughts every time I wash my hair for the next couple of months.

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« Reply #8180 on: January 16, 2017, 09:55:20 PM »
Went to the grocery store to use the $5 off $20 coupon mentioned by an earlier poster, bought stuff to make a huge batch of tacos to eat for dinner all week. (I literally had multiple dreams about eating tacos this weekend, I'm not going to argue if my subconscious wants it that bad.)

Started having pretty bad pain while at the store (I have some problems triggered by walking/standing) but resisted taking a taxi home and took the bus instead (free bus vs. ~$15 taxi). Was hurting too much to make dinner as planned, but didn't want to spend money on delivery so I had cheese, crackers and fruit, took ibuprofen, threw some beans in the instant pot, and lay down to let my body rest for an hour while it cooked. Got up, took out the beans, put in the pork butt (to be shredded). Tomorrow I will just need to cook up rice and some simple roasted vegetables and then I'll be set for planned-leftover dinners all week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8181 on: January 17, 2017, 03:56:22 AM »
Went to the grocery store to use the $5 off $20 coupon mentioned by an earlier poster, bought stuff to make a huge batch of tacos to eat for dinner all week. (I literally had multiple dreams about eating tacos this weekend, I'm not going to argue if my subconscious wants it that bad.)


Glad that worked for you!  They had the same deal for organic chicken, so I bought the smallest whole bird I could find and a pack of drumsticks.  The cashier was impressed when $10 was deducted from my bill.  Take that Whole 90% Paycheck!  I dont normally shop there, but Im on a work detail and the Safeway near me is atrocious and not much cheaper.

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« Reply #8182 on: January 17, 2017, 07:55:24 AM »
Went to the grocery store to use the $5 off $20 coupon mentioned by an earlier poster, bought stuff to make a huge batch of tacos to eat for dinner all week. (I literally had multiple dreams about eating tacos this weekend, I'm not going to argue if my subconscious wants it that bad.)

Glad that worked for you!  They had the same deal for organic chicken, so I bought the smallest whole bird I could find and a pack of drumsticks.  The cashier was impressed when $10 was deducted from my bill.  Take that Whole 90% Paycheck!  I dont normally shop there, but Im on a work detail and the Safeway near me is atrocious and not much cheaper.

The grocery situation in my area is so dire that Whole Foods is actually a pretty good option as long as you are careful. Some things are extremely expensive but some stuff is very reasonable and many staple items are cheaper than my non-fancy grocery store up the street. I was amazed when I started writing down prices because "Whole Paycheck" has such a reputation for being expensive. But when the crappy chain groceries have cereal for $6/box, crackers for $5/box, butter for $6/lb, and frozen broccoli for $3.50/10 oz., WF starts looking pretty sane... :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8183 on: January 17, 2017, 08:11:43 AM »
Cut open the tube of hand cream I keep in my desk at work.

It raised a few eyebrows but I think I can get another week out of it.

I have two or three cut-open tubes in my bathroom right now... drives me BONKERS to waste the stuff that can't be dispensed from a tube or pump (and it's often more than a week's worth!). :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8184 on: January 17, 2017, 08:18:13 AM »
Went to the grocery store to use the $5 off $20 coupon mentioned by an earlier poster, bought stuff to make a huge batch of tacos to eat for dinner all week. (I literally had multiple dreams about eating tacos this weekend, I'm not going to argue if my subconscious wants it that bad.)

Glad that worked for you!  They had the same deal for organic chicken, so I bought the smallest whole bird I could find and a pack of drumsticks.  The cashier was impressed when $10 was deducted from my bill.  Take that Whole 90% Paycheck!  I dont normally shop there, but Im on a work detail and the Safeway near me is atrocious and not much cheaper.

The grocery situation in my area is so dire that Whole Foods is actually a pretty good option as long as you are careful. Some things are extremely expensive but some stuff is very reasonable and many staple items are cheaper than my non-fancy grocery store up the street. I was amazed when I started writing down prices because "Whole Paycheck" has such a reputation for being expensive. But when the crappy chain groceries have cereal for $6/box, crackers for $5/box, butter for $6/lb, and frozen broccoli for $3.50/10 oz., WF starts looking pretty sane... :-)

And their whole wheat flour (365 house brand) is cheaper than anything I've found anywhere else.  Though suggestions appreciated. :)

In Pittsburgh, for 5lb bags:

WFM 365 organic:  $4.99
WFM 365:  $3.29*  (Cheapest non-organic)
Giant, King Arthur Organic:  $4.39* (Cheapest organic)
Target, King Arthur:  $3.69
Target, Market Pantry:  $3.89

I guess my win this weekend was buying whole wheat flour at whole foods. :-)  And having our in-laws visit and cooking all of our meals at home, despite forgetting I was supposed to cook for them while I was shopping and not buying extra food.  Go go a bit of creativity and the 10lb bag of costco sweet potatoes to fill out the meal.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8185 on: January 17, 2017, 02:11:19 PM »
This may be cheating since I did it yesterday, but:

I went money-hunting in coat pockets and in the car and all throughout the house, and I counted and rolled my jar full of coins.  "Made" $49.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8186 on: January 17, 2017, 04:21:02 PM »
1967teenager made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies this afternoon. He made 2 dozen for him and his brothers to eat and I pre-rolled the rest for the freezer for another day! Win/Win! I offered to cleanup since he did all the mixing:-)

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« Reply #8187 on: January 17, 2017, 05:31:14 PM »
I am planning ahead and trying to get an academic excuse so I can miss several classes without penalty while attending a conference. It shouldn't be a big deal. It is an academic conference after l but my school is very strict. Early communication makes all the difference. I could maybe handle most classes and conference if I rented a car and drove myself, but carpooling is what makes it affordable and if I want to carpool I need to be able to skip classes. $150 not spent on rental and gas. I also applied for a scholarship for the event, $100. I'll donate some art of similar value. One day I will gladly pay full price. Today that is not feasible but I need this network desperately.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8188 on: January 17, 2017, 06:45:35 PM »
Last night's dinner (awesome steak sandwiches) did not translate into lunch today, so I threw some chicken and rice into a bowl as I was running out the door this morning.

Not the most exciting dish, but free.

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« Reply #8189 on: January 18, 2017, 01:30:51 AM »
Today I went back to my natural hair color!
This probably sounds ridiculous, especially to the male readers, but for me, it is a pretty big freakin deal, lol!
I will miss my blonde hair, but I feel like a true mustachian by going back to my old roots in the name of saving a boat load of money!

I did this over the past year. I always colored at home anyhow, but it was till a hassle to maintain and bad for my hair. I did learned how to do my own foil highlights from YouTube. For about $2 in supplies I can highlight every few months. I can't believe how much salons charge for color. If you buy the supplies at a beauty supply store (rather than boxed haircolor like L'Oréal or clarion) it is very cheap to highlight or color your hair.

I remember that my MIL and her friend always coloured each other's hair when they were turning grey. And then one day they stopped, probably because they lived too far apart and MIL became fully grey.

I'm not sure what I will do the day my hair turns grey. So far it's keeping it's own colour and I can count my previous 3 year's grey hairs on 1 hand.

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« Reply #8190 on: January 18, 2017, 07:27:49 AM »
Today I went back to my natural hair color!
This probably sounds ridiculous, especially to the male readers, but for me, it is a pretty big freakin deal, lol!
I will miss my blonde hair, but I feel like a true mustachian by going back to my old roots in the name of saving a boat load of money!

I did this over the past year. I always colored at home anyhow, but it was till a hassle to maintain and bad for my hair. I did learned how to do my own foil highlights from YouTube. For about $2 in supplies I can highlight every few months. I can't believe how much salons charge for color. If you buy the supplies at a beauty supply store (rather than boxed haircolor like L'Oréal or clarion) it is very cheap to highlight or color your hair.

I remember that my MIL and her friend always coloured each other's hair when they were turning grey. And then one day they stopped, probably because they lived too far apart and MIL became fully grey.

I'm not sure what I will do the day my hair turns grey. So far it's keeping it's own colour and I can count my previous 3 year's grey hairs on 1 hand.

I've got visible gray streaks in my hair, and I'm not even 30 yet.  The weird part is... I'm kind of looking forward to getting silvery all over.  It's getting more popular these days, plus I'll be able to put fun colors in my hair without having to bleach it first. :)  I used to get blue or purple streaks done at the salon about once a year, and it was around $200 a pop!  Don't know what I was thinking.  On the bright side, now my husband is getting pretty good at cutting and dying hair!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8191 on: January 18, 2017, 08:02:23 AM »
We had a bit of a medical emergency last week and I ended up in the ER twice and seeing my specialist once plus lots of pricey prescriptions. Thanks goodness for the insurance I have through my job so we were out of pocket less than $300 plus 1 week off work. Even with all of this we managed to only eat out once and that was after being at the ER for 4 hours through dinnertime and only my husband got food.
After finally getting things cleared up, we had friends come for a visit on Sunday and instead of going out to a restaurant and the museum (free for us, but they would have had to pay $29), we hosted lunch at home and then went out of the trail for a fun activity. Lunch was mostly pantry items with a pork tenderloin purchased for the occasion on sale. Under $15 spent!

Today I sold a pair of pants purchased final sale to a coworker. The store was going out of business and I got them for 85% off, but I couldn't remember my size. Ended up with pants that were too big. Mentioned it to a coworker and when I brought the pants in this morning, she loved them. She gave me $15 for them which means I made a $4 profit.

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« Reply #8192 on: January 18, 2017, 08:09:12 AM »
While thrift shopping at the weekend, we found a DeLonghi expresso coffee maker for $10. As I bought it the cashier told me I could bring it back within7 days if it didn't work. (didn't know Goodwill had that policy...) Bought it, cleaned it, ran water through a few times and then made some espresso. It works so well, my (spendy-ish) husband returned the DeLonghi expresso maker he bought for Christmas (with some gifted $) to Target and got his $200 back. Its the little things like this that are helping him realize how much more fun it is being thrifty than being spendy.

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« Reply #8193 on: January 18, 2017, 09:23:31 AM »
Walked to the post office to return jeans I bought on Poshmark last week. I was able to get approved to return them since they had undisclosed damage.

I made yogurt in the Instant Pot yesterday, strained it this morning, and saved the whey. Then I quick-soaked and cooked dried black beans and will use it againfor rice later. I can't believe it took me so long to get one!

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« Reply #8194 on: January 18, 2017, 09:30:12 AM »
Walked to the post office to return jeans I bought on Poshmark last week. I was able to get approved to return them since they had undisclosed damage.

I made yogurt in the Instant Pot yesterday, strained it this morning, and saved the whey. Then I quick-soaked and cooked dried black beans and will use it againfor rice later. I can't believe it took me so long to get one!
Was the yogurt-making easy/cost-effective? I'm never quite convinced it's worth it. But yeah, the IP is great :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8195 on: January 18, 2017, 09:56:45 AM »
Was the yogurt-making easy/cost-effective? I'm never quite convinced it's worth it. But yeah, the IP is great :)

Around here, Fage Yogurt (Greek Style) runs $4 for 2 cups.  I can make my own greek yogurt for $2.50 which gets me about 9 cups.  So, store bought is $2 per cup, home made is 27 cents per cup.  So yeah, totally worth it.
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« Reply #8196 on: January 18, 2017, 10:13:33 AM »
Walked to the post office to return jeans I bought on Poshmark last week. I was able to get approved to return them since they had undisclosed damage.

I made yogurt in the Instant Pot yesterday, strained it this morning, and saved the whey. Then I quick-soaked and cooked dried black beans and will use it againfor rice later. I can't believe it took me so long to get one!
Was the yogurt-making easy/cost-effective? I'm never quite convinced it's worth it. But yeah, the IP is great :)

I've found it's worth it! Half a gallon of milk ($1.25 for conventional or $3.50?? per half gallon for organic) yields enough yogurt to fill two containers that would cost $3 or more. The only factor is time - I'm home all day so letting the yogurt set all night then strain for a few hours in the morning isn't an issue. But you could easily make it on the weekend, or depending on your schedule you could make it in the AM, set all day, and strain in the evening.

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« Reply #8197 on: January 18, 2017, 10:32:34 AM »
Walked to the post office to return jeans I bought on Poshmark last week. I was able to get approved to return them since they had undisclosed damage.

I made yogurt in the Instant Pot yesterday, strained it this morning, and saved the whey. Then I quick-soaked and cooked dried black beans and will use it againfor rice later. I can't believe it took me so long to get one!
Was the yogurt-making easy/cost-effective? I'm never quite convinced it's worth it. But yeah, the IP is great :)

I've found it's worth it! Half a gallon of milk ($1.25 for conventional or $3.50?? per half gallon for organic) yields enough yogurt to fill two containers that would cost $3 or more. The only factor is time - I'm home all day so letting the yogurt set all night then strain for a few hours in the morning isn't an issue. But you could easily make it on the weekend, or depending on your schedule you could make it in the AM, set all day, and strain in the evening.
All right, I'll have to give it a try!

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« Reply #8198 on: January 18, 2017, 11:40:38 AM »
Got in early to trader joe's for working on my price book! A couple surprises for me- canned beans are actually LESS than at costco. Just one or two more stores and I'll be ready to do all the comparisons.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8199 on: January 18, 2017, 12:37:20 PM »
I love this thread, it always makes me smile.  All meals/coffee except one have been cooked at home or packed from home, we're trying to eat down the pantry and freezer this month.  The one was a brunch mystery shop with my daughter and we spent under the reimbursement so technically it doesn't count.