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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8300 on: January 28, 2017, 09:21:43 AM »
Needed postcards for an event we are hosting.  The only official postcards the store had (printable Avery ones) were $27 for 200.  Bought a pack of heavy cardstock for $6 instead, which yielded 120 postcards and was quick work with a paper cutter.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8301 on: January 28, 2017, 04:40:49 PM »
Using a GC I picked up a combination lint brush and defuzzer. Came home and defuzzed my five year old winter wool purse (designer from the thrift store for $4) and it looked like a million bucks again. So I defuzzed a tired black hoodie also looks great, then I tested the lint brush on a black T-shirt. It works amazing too! I don't use a clothes dryer so occasionally items get lint on them in the wash, this brush is the perfect solution. I will just use it while folding laundry and for about five minutes worth of effort my clothes will look much better.

Encouraged by my brush success I sewed two bras with loose straps, fixed a missing button on a shirt and sewed a small tear in some pj pants.

Next up I cooked a giant batch of veggie soup in the slow cooker to use up a ton of veggies frozen and fresh, that were kicking around. I also made a giant batch of herbed chickpea patties to freeze - again using up a bunch of spinach and feta.   

I realized after cooking that I could use the lint brush on my mid century (thrifted) velvet couch that my cat loves to shed on. Again this thing totally impressed me, in 3 minutes the couch and matching chair were spotless. Much easier then hauling out the vacuum and upholstery attachment. This will be a new nightly task to quickly perform while dinner is cooking or I am watching a movie.

One more: I would love to repaint my entire house but the cost of paint is not in the budget right now. So I grabbed my leftover paint in the current colours (stored in small Masson jars, with wax paper under the lid for easy opening) and started touching up scratches and marks in my living and dining room. I realized quickly that I love my current paint colours, the marks were what were bugging me. I have no idea why I didn't touch them up sooner because my walls really look refreshed now. So this week I will be touching up all the walls in my house that I have extra paint for. Such a simple 30 minute task and it really made such a difference. Maybe only something I will notice, but it's enough to make me feel satisfied.

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« Reply #8302 on: January 28, 2017, 11:25:04 PM »
*Did a batch of navy beans in the InstantPot this morning and then crockpotted them into baked beans to go with our meatloaf and veggies for dinner.

*Streaming "Victoria" -- great series!

*The flax seed gel is working wonderfully!!!! I'm so happy! I actually go the no-poo route for washing my hair, and its working well. Been using this for almost 2 years now, IIRC.

*Picked up a bunch of library books that I'd ordered in online and dropped off the ones due today or very soon.

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« Reply #8303 on: January 29, 2017, 12:31:52 AM »
Cut my hair for the first time!

I had been getting a few split ends, so decided to give it a trim.

Saved myself $25, two hours, and the torture of the sitting and the waiting.

I'm converted.

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« Reply #8304 on: January 29, 2017, 12:30:23 PM »
Spent an hour repair dog toys that had been destroyed. Some of them look pretty rough, but the holes are repaired and they are safe for him to play with again.  Toys that will last him even a few minutes aren't cheap, so it is worth repairing them. Having engaging toys saves our house and furniture!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8305 on: January 29, 2017, 12:37:36 PM »
Patched a hole in one of my husband's uniform shirts using a piece of fabric cut from another badly worn and stained shirt.

Made macarons as a culinary experiment with my brother yesterday. They aren't perfect, but are good enough to take as a hostess gift for the family member we are visiting this week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8306 on: January 29, 2017, 01:18:06 PM »
A cost-saving saga of a washing machine's death:
-Husband did the trouble shooting on the old washer, preventing a service call. Confirmed the transmission is RIP dead. 27 year old unit- repair is not an option. Cost: $0
-Using ILs W&D while we figure out replacement options. They live a mile away, so pretty convenient. Not a long term solution, but keeps us from having to use a laundromat or replace washer RIGHT NOW.
-Explored our CL options. Sadly, none in Hometown. Big City is a couple hours away but we go up regularly- currently working through their listings.
-Also going to check with a place in Big City that does scratch and dent and refurbs.
-Barring all this, if we go with Home Depot to buy a replacement, we will use the $100 gift card we got for Christmas towards the replacement.

On the bright side, now *everything* in the damn house except the heat pump and dryer will have been replaced this year. Expensive year though, lol.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8307 on: January 29, 2017, 01:30:16 PM »
Took apart the free standing TP holder and tightened up the loose connections in the base so that it stands straight and tall again.  It's been leaning more and more to the side.  When I checked out the price of a new one I thought phooey on that and pulled out a few tools and took care of it myself.  So grateful that I grew up with a dad that made us help fix things around the farm because those skills come in handy all the time.

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« Reply #8308 on: January 29, 2017, 02:02:54 PM »
I fixed the boxspring with some scavenged wood. Hoping to put off purchase of a new one for quite a while.

Then I made a tp holder from random bits I had around. I was going for functional but it turned out rather nice in a shabby chic way.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8309 on: January 29, 2017, 02:34:16 PM »
Was out and about while really, really hungry.  Finished up the errands, came home and ate oatmeal (which was delicious) rather than spring for a burger or pho or chinese food. 
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« Reply #8310 on: January 29, 2017, 02:39:35 PM »
Right now DH is installing the heating element for our Samsung dryer.  It's 5 years old and this is the second time it's failed (seems common, from what we've read). 

The first time, a mere two years ago, we hired someone to fix it (at a cost $180, including the part).  I watched and thought "that doesn't look so hard".  DH watched and though "glad I don't have to do that".  Well, grousing aside, he's doing it. 

The part was <$20 on Amazon.  We ordered two because a) that gave us free Sunday delivery, and b) the damn thing's gonna break again in a couple years anyway...

My part in this was research (finding youtube videos on how to take apart the dryer), keeping track of the screws, ordering the part, and cleaning up behind the dryer.  He did all the crawling, thank goodness!

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« Reply #8311 on: January 29, 2017, 03:52:55 PM »
1. Froze some chicken that was nearing its spoilage date for later use.
2. Went shopping in my pantry and now only have four (cheap) things to buy at the grocery store to get through the week. Should save me about $20.
3. Picked some lemons from my tree and froze the juice for cooking with when there aren't lemons available. I also filled a jar with the rinds and some vinegar so my house smells nicer when I clean with my vinegar-based cleaning concoctions.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8312 on: January 29, 2017, 04:04:11 PM »
Persuaded Amazon to give me a refund for return of an Amazon Echo that I received as a gift, even though I didn't have the order number.

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« Reply #8313 on: January 29, 2017, 06:07:18 PM »
On the bright side, now *everything* in the damn house except the heat pump and dryer will have been replaced this year. Expensive year though, lol.

This is what I have experienced so far: make things last as long as possible. Keep repairing, keep making do. Then everything breaks at once and is no longer repairable thanks to years of 'making it work'. Source new or second-hand good quality replacements. Feel shitty about Spending All The Money. I assume the next stage is several years of enjoyment of things working well, followed by about a decade of making do, before everything breaks again?

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« Reply #8314 on: January 29, 2017, 06:18:57 PM »
On the bright side, now *everything* in the damn house except the heat pump and dryer will have been replaced this year. Expensive year though, lol.

This is what I have experienced so far: make things last as long as possible. Keep repairing, keep making do. Then everything breaks at once and is no longer repairable thanks to years of 'making it work'. Source new or second-hand good quality replacements. Feel shitty about Spending All The Money. I assume the next stage is several years of enjoyment of things working well, followed by about a decade of making do, before everything breaks again?

This is certainly what I'm hoping for. The house was built 21 years ago, and nothing has been replaced since it was built, so it's all wearing out all at once. Luckily, our local RE market has continued to appreciate at a healthy clip, so while we don't plan to go anywhere like... ever... if we do opt to sell, we should be on good footing anyway.

Have done the vast majority of things ourselves- all the plumbing, supply valve changes, faucet changes, caulking, etc. We also installed all the appliances ourselves, and DH even installed and configured the thermostat for us. Only thing we've outsourced are the garage spring replacement (kills you if you mess up) and the gas water heater replacement (scares me, and so many permits and inspections if you DIY here). Roof and siding were replaced right before we bought.

Hoping for a good long stretch of lower maintenance!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8315 on: January 29, 2017, 07:00:54 PM »
Went to the drugstore for mineral oil (a cheap option to finish some very expensive cutting boards my brother gave to me, I just have to finish sanding them and oil them. They'll see frequent enough use we won't need a fancier finish.).

Also found President's Choice black pepper all-butter shortbread for $0.79 instead of $4.79 a box, the very nice Black Label kind that makes a lovely hostess gift, and we frequently visit people and bring small items.

Except they happened to show up as "PCP Biscuits" on the receipt... hmm...

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« Reply #8316 on: January 29, 2017, 08:15:33 PM »
Today my daughter made a nice iced vanilla cake from scratch for her brothers. They will be so happy when they get home from their outing with dad!


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« Reply #8317 on: January 30, 2017, 01:10:43 AM »
I just eat homemade lunch for a whole week last week. No money spent at work.

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« Reply #8318 on: January 30, 2017, 05:23:13 AM »
Lol awesome !

Went to the drugstore for mineral oil (a cheap option to finish some very expensive cutting boards my brother gave to me, I just have to finish sanding them and oil them. They'll see frequent enough use we won't need a fancier finish.).

Also found President's Choice black pepper all-butter shortbread for $0.79 instead of $4.79 a box, the very nice Black Label kind that makes a lovely hostess gift, and we frequently visit people and bring small items.

Except they happened to show up as "PCP Biscuits" on the receipt... hmm...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8319 on: January 30, 2017, 06:14:20 AM »
Brought a peanut butter sandwich and a Larabar to eat instead of buying food on a night out. Fixed a leaky supply to a bathroom faucet. Setup spending/tracking plan for the next month.

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« Reply #8320 on: January 30, 2017, 07:25:21 AM »
On Saturday we went cross country skiing in a place where there is a tourist facility where they sell hot chocolate and waffles, when open. This time, I made a thermos with warm lemonade and made sandwiches which we ate outside in the ski track. No money spent.

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« Reply #8321 on: January 30, 2017, 07:32:25 AM »
On Saturday we went cross country skiing in a place where there is a tourist facility where they sell hot chocolate and waffles, when open. This time, I made a thermos with warm lemonade and made sandwiches which we ate outside in the ski track. No money spent.

Warm lemonade? Is this a thing?

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« Reply #8322 on: January 30, 2017, 09:02:48 AM »
On Saturday we went cross country skiing in a place where there is a tourist facility where they sell hot chocolate and waffles, when open. This time, I made a thermos with warm lemonade and made sandwiches which we ate outside in the ski track. No money spent.

Warm lemonade? Is this a thing?

Sirup from black currant, with hot water added to make lemonade. It tastes well when warm. There is no point bringing along cold lemonade when it is 12 degrees C outside.

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« Reply #8323 on: January 30, 2017, 09:59:27 AM »
On Saturday we went cross country skiing in a place where there is a tourist facility where they sell hot chocolate and waffles, when open. This time, I made a thermos with warm lemonade and made sandwiches which we ate outside in the ski track. No money spent.

Warm lemonade? Is this a thing?


Sirup from black currant, with hot water added to make lemonade. It tastes well when warm. There is no point bringing along cold lemonade when it is 12 degrees C outside.

I may have to try this.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8324 on: January 30, 2017, 12:08:43 PM »
On the week after christmas the local fred meyer had a few never frozen organic turkeys that had a sell by date of 12/28... the day I was there. They had reduced the prices to $5 each. So I bought two 18lb turkeys for $5 each. I cooked one that day, froze the other and cooked it earlier this week. I got about 10 meals out of each one, obviously with some bread and greens to go with it. 

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« Reply #8325 on: January 30, 2017, 12:22:12 PM »
*Kids are making Sculpey clay figures from a set received at Christmas.  It was perfect! One of those "We're bored! There's nothing to do!" moments.

*Making soup for lunch from stock made last week. Adding leftover meat and veggies.

*Reading library books. What would we do without our public libraries?! We borrow thousands of dollars worth of books every year. Recently was talking to someone who wanted to read a new book and I said "Oh the library has it!" since I'd already read it. A few days later, she said "Oh, I just went out and bought it - it was only $25."  Ugh! And this is someone with loads of debt and a hefty mortgage. This is totally what I used to do too :-(


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« Reply #8326 on: January 30, 2017, 12:24:42 PM »
Davef, what a find on the turkeys! wow! I was pricing out fresh organic turkeys before Christmas and couldn't bring myself to order one as they were $50!

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« Reply #8327 on: January 31, 2017, 03:54:47 PM »
yeah, I was exited, they had 4 left, I almost bought all 4, but my wife would have killed me.

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« Reply #8328 on: January 31, 2017, 03:58:52 PM »
-Did youtube yoga
-Batch cooked to send DH out of town with tons of food
-Requested a book from the library. A popular one I was "sure" would be a long list, but I was second in line. Old days I may not have even checked! I'll walk to the library (1+mile each way) and pick it up tomorrow.

Big one yesterday: bought a new-but-returned-to-store washing machine instead of brand new (nothing wrong with it, still under full warranty). Spent the same we expected to, got a higher end machine, and were able to pick it up same day... instead of a month+ back order. Moved it ourselves, so no paying for delivery. And of COURSE did the installation ourselves.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8329 on: January 31, 2017, 05:04:03 PM »
Seriously, Davef, good work!  I might venture to my grocery store after Easter and see if I can get a ham cheap.

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« Reply #8330 on: January 31, 2017, 09:18:52 PM »
* I finally got a bike, so I can be a proper Mustachian, and rode it to buy shipping supplies for an item I sold on eBay.
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« Reply #8331 on: January 31, 2017, 09:54:35 PM »
Cooked 9.5 dinners in a day (for freezing.)

I'm bracing myself right now to tackle a truly frightening pork picnic shoulder that I bought on sale.  Then once I have carved it, sealed it in the baggie, and cleaned up a bit, I can crawl off to bed.

I will thank myself in the future, I know.

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« Reply #8332 on: February 01, 2017, 10:14:33 AM »
Pundwise.
I have a ham hoc stew that I do in the croc pot that is amazing if you want to give it a try.

place in crock put
pork shoulder or leg bones (meat removed)
1.5 cups cubed pork meat.
1 cup chopped oinions
1 cup chopped celery
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1  or 2 cans of your favorite beans ( i have done it with black, red, garbanzo and mong, all great.) 
1 qt chicken stock
1 Tsp pepper
Slow cook all day.

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« Reply #8333 on: February 01, 2017, 10:43:39 AM »
Oh thank you thank you, Davef!!

I bought this immense hock and carved off a third yesterday for another recipe, but the remaining 2/3 are still "hogging" my fridge.  I keep going online meaning to look up recipes to deal with it and then I get hooked into the MMM forums. I also have a cup or so of leftover black beans that I had no use for. And a bit of celery.

Absolutely perfect.

Question, do you also put the big flap of skin in the crock pot?


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8334 on: February 01, 2017, 12:07:49 PM »
I was so excited I scored a brand new copy of the board game Qwirkle at the thrift store for $3. My dad asked for this game for his birthday, so I just saved myself $30 and he will be equally excited that I thrifted it. I also bought a new hat (still with tags) for $2. It's a beautiful wool hat from Danier.

I also received a free upgraded CC (no cost) that will double my grocery points. I collect these points all year to buy Christmas gifts with and do my back to school and Christmas donations.

Finally the plastic screw that holds my toilet seat on broke. I thought I'd have to buy a whole new seat (and this one is not very old) turns out you can buy just the screws for a few dollars, so I replaced both of them with metal ones that will never break. Such a minor thing, but I was happy it was a cheap and easy fix.

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« Reply #8335 on: February 01, 2017, 12:12:53 PM »
I generally do, I remove it, the bone, and any big chunks of gristle about an hour before I serve.

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« Reply #8336 on: February 01, 2017, 12:27:17 PM »
Returned things to walmart that I added to an online order just to get free shipping.  (The trick only works if you actually return- they count on you not bothering to...)

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« Reply #8337 on: February 01, 2017, 12:28:58 PM »
Got a new battery for my phone and replaced a hose on my grill rather that getting new big ticket items.

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« Reply #8338 on: February 01, 2017, 03:21:10 PM »
Dogs were playing and one cut her paw open.  Didn't notice till she had waltzed inside the house, onto my carpet and tile.  Shooed her outside and got it out of the tile and carpet super quickly, only to step outside and see the faux murder scene blood splatters on my cement porch.    Wasn't sure it would work, but an 89 cent bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the rescue!  My porch cement has never been cleaner LOL

(P.S.  puppy paw is fine.   Just a flesh would with lots of blood and not much actual damage)

Hemmed a tank top to make it fit better.

Zipper on husband's athletic pants (on the leg/ankle part) broke.  He doesn't use them, so I'm just sewing it together so his ankle isn't exposed.

Busted my beloved Lifefactory water bottle the other day *sob*   3 years and lots of falls on concrete before it died.  I don't love drinking from stainless steel, but I had found a kleen kanteen water bottle that was being used as a "spare" when hiking for a 1.00 at goodwill.  I've been using it, and I like it better than any cheap stainless steel I've used -- much less steel aftertaste.  For now, no plans to replace the Lifefactory bottle.

Found a "fancy" frozen pizza brand on sale for 3 for 9.00 (half off).  We don't like the cheap varieties, but these are good, and I saved 9.00 on already cheap replacements for our biggest dining out weakness.....

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« Reply #8339 on: February 01, 2017, 07:29:25 PM »
-Did youtube yoga


Care to share your YouTube yoga links?

Thx.

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« Reply #8340 on: February 01, 2017, 08:13:54 PM »
Pundwise.
I have a ham hoc stew that I do in the croc pot that is amazing if you want to give it a try.

place in crock put
pork shoulder or leg bones (meat removed)
1.5 cups cubed pork meat.
1 cup chopped oinions
1 cup chopped celery
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1  or 2 cans of your favorite beans ( i have done it with black, red, garbanzo and mong, all great.) 
1 qt chicken stock
1 Tsp pepper
Slow cook all day.

Thanks, it was a big hit for dinner!! Had it with rice, but some family members wrapped it in tortillas instead.  I ended up not putting the skin in, but will try to make it into cracklings or use as lard. Anyway, thank you for a very simple recipe that will be a keeper!

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« Reply #8341 on: February 01, 2017, 08:27:01 PM »
-Did youtube yoga


Care to share your YouTube yoga links?

Thx.

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« Reply #8343 on: February 02, 2017, 12:50:08 AM »
Tanked petrol on thursday morning, which is one of the cheaper days. This car I used never drives along a petrol station normally, but because of very icy roads, I had to make a detour over a longer route with bigger and salted roads. Then it wasn't many extra meters to fill up the tank on a cheaper day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8344 on: February 02, 2017, 05:52:38 AM »
7:45am here and I already saved myself some money. Walmart.ca had a evoucher for $10 off an online order. I ordered some household items I actually needed (boring stuff like garbage bags and toothpaste) with taxes it was $36.xx, after the coupon $24.xx. I shipped it my corner shop a Canada Post outlet, so I got free shipping despite being under the limit. Around 33% savings!

I also have a crazy points deal today at my local grocery store. 2L pop will work out to 51 cents with taxes, which is a pretty crazy low price. I'm buying a bunch for when I entertain and have game nights.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8345 on: February 02, 2017, 07:34:59 AM »
Just canceled my Comcast service. Work will pay for my wifi and spring is coming...time to be outside!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8346 on: February 02, 2017, 07:40:55 AM »
I'm using the free internet at the train station while waiting instead of my own data volume.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8347 on: February 02, 2017, 08:10:28 AM »
*Bought dog food in bulk, using a coupon and membership discount to further lower the price.
*Harvested a bunch of self seeded lamb's lettuce.
*Hung first load of laundry this year outside to dry, now hoping it will be dry before sundown.
*Took a "warm sweater day" in advance: thermostat back to 17 C. Which wasn't a big deal, because I've been active and/or outside most of the time anyway.

Yay, out of debt... now, GROW!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8348 on: February 02, 2017, 09:22:12 AM »
Just canceled my Comcast service. Work will pay for my wifi and spring is coming...time to be outside!
AWESOME!  Cancelling cable is quite a big thing though!

Last night, I made dinner with from few defrosted chicken sausages, eggs, and toast. 
I also packed my breakfast (overnight oats) and lunch. 

Tonight I'm going to make a pie for a potluck tomorrow night.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8349 on: February 02, 2017, 09:31:21 AM »
Just canceled my Comcast service. Work will pay for my wifi and spring is coming...time to be outside!

Wow, did you cancel cable AND internet? That's seriously impressive if so!

Nothing too exciting here.
*priced out floss. Found it would be cheaper to do amazon S&S than it was at costco. Added it to next month's order.
*eating leftovers
*picked up a book from the library
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