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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8350 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 #8351 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 #8352 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 #8353 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 #8354 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 #8355 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 #8356 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 #8357 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 #8358 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 #8359 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 #8360 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 #8361 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 #8362 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8363 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 #8364 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 #8365 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 #8366 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 #8367 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 #8368 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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« Reply #8369 on: February 01, 2017, 10:56:42 AM »
Last night, I cooked frozen chicken breasts in my instant pot for the first time.  Solidly frozen to food in about 30 minutes.  AMAZING!  I'm also having leftovers for lunch today.
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« Reply #8370 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 #8371 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 #8372 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8373 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 #8374 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 #8375 on: February 01, 2017, 07:29:25 PM »
-Did youtube yoga


Care to share your YouTube yoga links?

Thx.

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« Reply #8376 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8377 on: February 01, 2017, 08:27:01 PM »
-Did youtube yoga


Care to share your YouTube yoga links?

Thx.

https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

I like her playlists so I can pick the length or focus of the flow.
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« Reply #8379 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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« Reply #8380 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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« Reply #8381 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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« Reply #8382 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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« Reply #8383 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.

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« Reply #8384 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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« Reply #8385 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8386 on: February 02, 2017, 11:15:53 AM »
Had a bad day at work that really demoralized the whole team. A terrible meeting at 4:30 so we all left feeling very poorly. Most everyone wanted to go to happy hour to discuss and decompress, but I told them it wasn't in my budget. Got several texts later begging me to come and offering to pay for my drink. I went and had the cheapest glass of wine they offered, alternating with water to make it last longer. The coworker who paid for me is gluten free so I'll whip up some tasty snacks for her out of pantry ingredients as a thank you.
Today the demoralizing continued so the team went out to lunch. I had budgeted for a team lunch next week (we'll be in trainings), but found a buy one get one free coupon and split with another coworker. $4 lunch and can now decline the one next week which would have been more expensive.
Going to a conference next week and will pack food so I can pocket as much of the per diem as possible.

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« Reply #8387 on: February 02, 2017, 03:10:17 PM »
Didn't buy anything at the coffee shop when one of my classes decided to meet there instead of on campus.  Everyone else bought, so I didn't feel bad.  I didn't sleep much last night was sorely tempted by extra caffeine.

I also almost bought because I've been encouraging myself to say yes to social things, but on the way into the shop I realized that it wasn't social.  It was class.  I'll save my "free pass" for sometime when someone wants to stop after class.   


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« Reply #8388 on: February 02, 2017, 03:27:42 PM »
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« Reply #8389 on: February 02, 2017, 04:22:13 PM »
Please be careful, those inks are nasty! Gloves might be worth it
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« Reply #8390 on: February 02, 2017, 11:23:54 PM »
Just canceled my Comcast service. Work will pay for my wifi and spring is coming...time to be outside!
I don't think anyone really regrets getting rid of Comcast.
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« Reply #8391 on: February 03, 2017, 12:32:17 AM »
Again, swimming "for free" in a public swimming pool. As least, my husband and I are members of a triathlon club that costs a fixed sum per year. The free swimming in the pool in winter time is included. The membership price is a LOT cheaper than any tickets at the pool would have cost, like a third of the price.

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« Reply #8392 on: February 03, 2017, 06:04:25 AM »
Checked the Whole Foods app - this month they're doing $5 off a $25 meat purchase.  Noted the meats my location has on sale to double down on the savings, and will plan meals around those items.

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« Reply #8393 on: February 03, 2017, 06:33:04 AM »
Again, swimming "for free" in a public swimming pool. As least, my husband and I are members of a triathlon club that costs a fixed sum per year. The free swimming in the pool in winter time is included. The membership price is a LOT cheaper than any tickets at the pool would have cost, like a third of the price.

Nice.  The military discount to our local pool makes it $10 a month for DH to swim; otherwise it is about $30 a month or $4 per time.

I don't like swimming, but recently found out you can use the track for free. So now I got walk while he swims, which is way better than sitting on the couch at home!

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« Reply #8394 on: February 03, 2017, 10:12:42 AM »
Made pie last night for potluck tonight
Brought tea, snacks, breakfast, and lunch to work today
Checked out book from library
Downloaded audiobook to my iPhone (also through the library)

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« Reply #8395 on: February 03, 2017, 10:26:21 AM »
Please be careful, those inks are nasty! Gloves might be worth it

I did! But I didn't notice the tiny specks of ink left on my black printer until it was too late...

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« Reply #8396 on: February 03, 2017, 03:51:46 PM »
Went to the thrift store and bought two 100% wool sweaters for less than $10. Going to make some wool dryer balls out of them. Much cheaper than buying skeins or ready made wool dryer balls.

Also went to Aldi to get cheese, saved a bunch of money right there over most grocers.

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« Reply #8397 on: February 03, 2017, 04:00:04 PM »
I picked up an extra work shift, 1-4:30 PM. Now, since that puts me home later than I was planning, I was REALLY tempted to buy pizza out instead of making it for our Friday pizza night.

But I resisted the urge and made dough before I left for work. I mean, it's not really going to take that much longer to roll out and bake than it would have taken to pick up pizza, and now I get to keep more of my hard-earned money.
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« Reply #8398 on: February 03, 2017, 04:05:35 PM »
I picked up an extra work shift, 1-4:30 PM. Now, since that puts me home later than I was planning, I was REALLY tempted to buy pizza out instead of making it for our Friday pizza night.

But I resisted the urge and made dough before I left for work. I mean, it's not really going to take that much longer to roll out and bake than it would have taken to pick up pizza, and now I get to keep more of my hard-earned money.
Awesome! 

We used to keep a frozen pizza in our freezer for that exact urge.  I'm impressed that you were able to make the dough before work. 

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« Reply #8399 on: February 03, 2017, 05:30:55 PM »
Wanted takeaway last night but made a tasty meal from pantry ingredients instead.

Renewed my library membership and checked out three books I'm super excited to read.

Today I'm going to do some baking for NEXT weekend's hosting that will store well in the freezer (one of the secrets to hosting a lot with low energy!).

As per usual, line drying all our washing :-)