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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8400 on: February 06, 2017, 12:05:17 PM »
Noticed our laundry soap, which I just bought last week at costco, was nearly $4 less this week due to a manf. instant rebate. Went to customer service and they did a price adjustment- were even able to look it up on my account since I didn't have my receipt. I asked the lady and they said they'll price adjust within 30 days, so that's something I'll keep an eye out for!

Ooh, I didn't know that they would price adjust! I've bought things before based on the newest flyer - not realizing the sales started the NEXT week...

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« Reply #8401 on: February 06, 2017, 12:29:29 PM »
Ordered dog toothpaste and treats from Amazon.  Plus, brushing my dog's teeth every evening is helping to avoid expensive dental cleanings.

Thank you for the reminder to brush my dog's teeth. I so need to get better about this because I know it'll save me in the long run.

Felt like I spent a fortune at the grocery store and Costco yesterday, but stocked up on some staples. I always feel like I've blown a ton of money at Costco, even though all we buy is a lot produce that is far cheaper than the grocery store. And, of course, the rotisserie chicken.

Treated ourselves to lunch at Costco. A very filling slice of pizza each and a drink to split for $4.81. Can't complain about that and it's been a long time since I've had a slice of pizza that good.

Found out that the nearby Jiffy Lube offers a 25% discount on oil changes for local government employees (AKA- me) and I have an extra 10% in cashback for them on my credit card. I'll stop by today to take care of my overdue car.

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« Reply #8402 on: February 06, 2017, 01:19:25 PM »
Packed Breakfast, lunches and snacks for the whole fam today. Had someone from another department drop off a bag of goodies as some kind of bribe to encourage my students to attend their program. Popcorn, cheese and cracker packs, an apple and some pretzels. Will eat the apple and store the other goodies until I need them.

No spend today. It's my late night teaching  ( well late like I get done at 5:30) so there is a crockpot of chicken and dumplins going for the family in case they start starving before I get home.

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« Reply #8403 on: February 06, 2017, 02:31:17 PM »
I guess this isn't quite saving money, but at least I didn't do my usual bonehead move of registering kids for spring sports late, which would incur $60 in late fees.

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« Reply #8404 on: February 06, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
I caught a fraudulent $11.99 Netflix charge on my debit card before it went through, which will undoubtedly save me a plethora of headaches. Credit cards are one thing, but having my debit card jacked makes me awfully nervous. Sure, you'll probably get the money back eventually, but who wants to deal with $10,000 cash going missing?
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« Reply #8405 on: February 06, 2017, 04:41:42 PM »
My tried and true yogurt method:

Dump a gallon of homo milk in a pot. On medium high bring it up to 180 degrees (I use a digital meat probe or candy thermometer)

Cool in the sink in an ice water bath to 110 degrees. It goes fast so stay with it.

Remove from ice and whisk in 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with active cultures and 1/2 cup of skim milk powder.

Pour into large sterilized jars. Wrap the jars in a heating pad set to low. Cover with a large pot. After 4 hours start checking if yogurt is done by tipping jar sideways. Can take up to 8 hours with my heating pad.

I've done it this way for 15 years but am considering trying in my instant pot due to the success of others.

What temperature is ideal when wrapped in the heating pad?

Sorry, jordanread, I don't actually know! Some people just leave it in a cooler wrapped in towels. Some people leave it in the oven overnight with the light on to provide a little heat. I think that low heat, in a range, is fine. Too hot would cook the yogurt, I would guess, and too cool would take much longer to incubate. I'm sure this isn't helpful much:-/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8406 on: February 06, 2017, 09:46:57 PM »
My tried and true yogurt method:

Dump a gallon of homo milk in a pot. On medium high bring it up to 180 degrees (I use a digital meat probe or candy thermometer)

Cool in the sink in an ice water bath to 110 degrees. It goes fast so stay with it.

Remove from ice and whisk in 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with active cultures and 1/2 cup of skim milk powder.

Pour into large sterilized jars. Wrap the jars in a heating pad set to low. Cover with a large pot. After 4 hours start checking if yogurt is done by tipping jar sideways. Can take up to 8 hours with my heating pad.

I've done it this way for 15 years but am considering trying in my instant pot due to the success of others.

My tried and true instant pot method:

1. dump gallon of milk into instant pot
2. close lid & press "yogurt" button
3. Wait 10 minutes till the instant pot beeps at me
4. Give ice bath to container with milk to get it to around 100 degrees F
5. Stir in 2 tablespoons of yogurt to seed the milk
6. Put container in instant pot and press yogurt button again
7. Timer beeps after 8 hour countdown
8. Strain yogurt with sieve and paper towel over large bowl
9. Eat greek Yogurt!

Its so ridiculously easy to make yogurt with the IP, honestly I would never have had the courage to do it any other way. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8407 on: February 06, 2017, 10:26:53 PM »
*At the risk of seeming like a crazy person, I took a bag of baby stuff from Buy Nothing Project. I'm not pregnant yet.

I took baby stuff from my Buy Nothing group before we were even trying! I figured that worst case scenario, I could pass it on again.

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« Reply #8408 on: February 06, 2017, 10:33:35 PM »
Tried to replace halogen bulbs (all of which had blown) with LEDs. LEDs flickered :-( Various people told us to call an electrician in case it was an underlying issue. Instead we listened to my brother, who said we should try another brand of LEDs with lower wattage. Brother was right! Problem solved. Probably saved $200 on getting an electrician out - though my electrician is very honest and practical so I choose to believe he would've made the same suggestion over the phone.

I've been failing to pack enough food for the workday since my calorie needs have skyrocketed during the second trimester of pregnancy. This has led to buying junk food at work - expensive and bad for me. So last night we bought a heap of easy snack food at the supermarket for me to graze on as needed. Is it as healthy and cost effective as cooking everything from scratch? Nope. But I'm trying not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good while I'm low on energy.

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« Reply #8409 on: February 07, 2017, 08:18:22 AM »
I've been failing to pack enough food for the workday since my calorie needs have skyrocketed during the second trimester of pregnancy. This has led to buying junk food at work - expensive and bad for me. So last night we bought a heap of easy snack food at the supermarket for me to graze on as needed. Is it as healthy and cost effective as cooking everything from scratch? Nope. But I'm trying not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good while I'm low on energy.

This is a great example of "don't make perfect the enemy of good". This is already a huge improvement on what you were doing, cost and healthwise. That's a win for sure =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8410 on: February 07, 2017, 09:08:42 AM »
I've been failing to pack enough food for the workday since my calorie needs have skyrocketed during the second trimester of pregnancy. This has led to buying junk food at work - expensive and bad for me. So last night we bought a heap of easy snack food at the supermarket for me to graze on as needed. Is it as healthy and cost effective as cooking everything from scratch? Nope. But I'm trying not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good while I'm low on energy.
This is a great example of "don't make perfect the enemy of good". This is already a huge improvement on what you were doing, cost and healthwise. That's a win for sure =)
Very true!  We keep frozen meals around for days when we can't be bothered to cook and clean up after ourselves.  All of the packaging, the cost, the horror!  However, it's about $7 for two instead of the $$ we would spend on take-out or delivery. 

Packed snacks, breakfast, and extra tea for work. 

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« Reply #8411 on: February 07, 2017, 09:16:14 AM »
-the dripping shower saga continues. We heard back from Delta. They're sending us an adaptor for free that will let us use the new style of cartridges. I'm actually super impressed- the warranty doesn't cover new owners, only if you were the owner who put it in. We're like 5 removed from that, haha. Anyway, this will enable us to just use a $36 cartridge, so we will be returning the $126 trim kit we ordered, when everyone (local plumbing supply, Home Depot) said we were SOL except for 'questionable unapproved fixes'.

Long process, but it keeps getting cheaper, so I'm not complaining! (Went from 'new rough in valve and associated work? -> new trim kit? -> just new cartridge with adaptor')

-Sending DH out of town with tons of food, as usual.

-I follow local butchers, farms, CSAs, etc on facebook, so I occasionally see great deals come up. This month, that's local grassfed beef for $3.79/lb (in 36# boxes). That's even less than the 1/4 cow we bought, so I will definitely be buying one, possibly two of those! Glad we've been clearing out the freezer =) We haven't bought any meat in 6+ weeks.
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« Reply #8412 on: February 07, 2017, 09:20:43 AM »
-the dripping shower saga continues. We heard back from Delta. They're sending us an adaptor for free that will let us use the new style of cartridges. I'm actually super impressed- the warranty doesn't cover new owners, only if you were the owner who put it in. We're like 5 removed from that, haha. Anyway, this will enable us to just use a $36 cartridge, so we will be returning the $126 trim kit we ordered, when everyone (local plumbing supply, Home Depot) said we were SOL except for 'questionable unapproved fixes'.

Long process, but it keeps getting cheaper, so I'm not complaining! (Went from 'new rough in valve and associated work? -> new trim kit? -> just new cartridge with adaptor')

Bracken_Joy, you go you!

I would have given up a long time ago, and called in a plumber.

Packed my lunch for today, and as well, packed a snack.  I often forget snacks, and today I have to leave the office mid-afternoon for a service at the local nursing home, which takes me right past a Tim Horton's.  That would be dangerous, if I didn't have something yummy waiting for me at the office...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8413 on: February 07, 2017, 09:25:33 AM »
I cut my own hair for the first time ever, on Saturday. Yesterday night I noticed a mistake, and quickly repaired it with the thinning shears.

After the initial investment of $16 for clippers and $12 for scissors, this will save me about $20 (after tip) every 2 months. I'm quite proud of myself :) But I should have started sooner since it's very much a skill that should be practiced. I told my mom I wish she had just made me cut my own hair starting as a child. It would have saved a lot of drama for my young self.

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« Reply #8414 on: February 07, 2017, 09:28:45 AM »
-the dripping shower saga continues. We heard back from Delta. They're sending us an adaptor for free that will let us use the new style of cartridges. I'm actually super impressed- the warranty doesn't cover new owners, only if you were the owner who put it in. We're like 5 removed from that, haha. Anyway, this will enable us to just use a $36 cartridge, so we will be returning the $126 trim kit we ordered, when everyone (local plumbing supply, Home Depot) said we were SOL except for 'questionable unapproved fixes'.

Long process, but it keeps getting cheaper, so I'm not complaining! (Went from 'new rough in valve and associated work? -> new trim kit? -> just new cartridge with adaptor')

Bracken_Joy, you go you!

I would have given up a long time ago, and called in a plumber.

I can't claim too much credit, DH is doing all the wrenching on things. I'm doing the 'online guide shuffle', flashlight holding, and email sending. It balances out =P Plus, he is the one turning off the water main each time, which I super appreciate as there is a GIANT spider that lives in there. My dad called it our "guard spider" when we moved in and I had him help me find the main, haha.

I cut my own hair for the first time ever, on Saturday. Yesterday night I noticed a mistake, and quickly repaired it with the thinning shears.

After the initial investment of $16 for clippers and $12 for scissors, this will save me about $20 (after tip) every 2 months. I'm quite proud of myself :) But I should have started sooner since it's very much a skill that should be practiced. I told my mom I wish she had just made me cut my own hair starting as a child. It would have saved a lot of drama for my young self.

Good job on the hair cutting! It's definitely a "final frugal frontier" for a lot of people =) I do DH's hair, but I'm still too scared to do my own. I just let it grow out for a year or two before going and getting it cut instead, haha.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8415 on: February 07, 2017, 04:13:09 PM »
Picked up 2 pairs of dress shoes from the repair guy today instead of buying new.  (they needed new heals). 

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« Reply #8416 on: February 07, 2017, 04:51:15 PM »
Spent a couple of hours on the phone while at my mom's this morning -- changing her mailing address on all her accounts.   Spent 40+ minutes on hold at the Social Security number.   So it was well past lunch time when I left, and I still had to go to Macy's to buy some spare sheets for her.    But thankfully after I wandered around in vain for awhile the nice saleslady found me what I needed, and I was able to go home for lunch rather than buying something out, even though the latter option was tempting.

Saved $20 off the sale price on the sheets for mom, too.
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« Reply #8417 on: February 07, 2017, 07:30:17 PM »
Called Amazon and had them cancel the Amazon Unlimited subscription that I never ordered.  +1 for Mint alerting me to the charge that I might not have noticed otherwise.


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« Reply #8418 on: February 07, 2017, 11:45:16 PM »
We switches insure company and they would order the old insureance to stop. It was never stopped and we ended up paying double. I wrote the new company and email and asked them to fix the problem. They did. I will get new new insurance in 30 days and money back since November.

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« Reply #8419 on: February 08, 2017, 12:21:41 AM »
*My daughter baked FIFTEEN loaves of whole wheat bread for our freezer today! My contribution was slicing and wrapping the loaves:-)

*She also made a pan of peanut butter bars and some whole wheat and raisin snack bars (yes, I have an amazing daughter!)

*Stayed home today - that's a good thing!


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« Reply #8420 on: February 08, 2017, 06:45:06 AM »
*My daughter baked FIFTEEN loaves of whole wheat bread for our freezer today! My contribution was slicing and wrapping the loaves:-)

*She also made a pan of peanut butter bars and some whole wheat and raisin snack bars (yes, I have an amazing daughter!)

*Stayed home today - that's a good thing!

... Can I borrow your daughter? Just for a day of cooking? :)

More practically: I just put on a ham bought on super sale (there are 3 more in the freezer), so we're having ham and potatoes and peas for dinner tonight, to the toddler's great joy. 6$ of meat should provide 5-6 meals for all of us, which is definitely not bad.

I bought a box of screws and some paint to finish the bookcases my husband is building for the baby's room (and I'll also use the paint to re-paint the base of a thrift store lamp I got for dirt cheap and re-wired). I also showed him how to use the Kreg pocket-hole thingy we borrowed from my dad (yay having 2 people with complementary woodworking knowledge in the family!), and the wood and top stain (we're painting the bottom and staining the top) and everything else for 2 short bookcases, including storage baskets, were already owned/left over from other projects. Yay skills! :)

I snagged a large rug my sister wanted to get rid of that I'd always loved. It needs SERIOUS cleaning, but I seriously like it, so I'm borrowing my in-laws' carpet cleaner and it'll look great once it's done. I also snagged old wood dressers that my parents no longer wanted, and am building picture shelves to put books on in the kid's room, and I had 3 posters printed and found frames on clearance for them... so in the end, we're furnishing/decorating/etc a kid's room, from the ground up, including furniture and all supplies, for under 100$. SKILLZ YO.

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« Reply #8421 on: February 08, 2017, 08:44:32 AM »
Kitsune's story reminded me of a conversation yesterday-

So, when we moved into our house in August, the carpets were... bad. Bad enough we ranked replacing them as "project #2" to do on the house briefly. But that is expensive. And they're not in bad shape structurally, just stained all to hell. So. Borrowed ILs steam cleaner. Got a couple strategically placed hallway runners. I've now steam cleaned the house 3 times since we bought it. And yesterday, my husband said, "you know, the carpets actually look pretty good. I think we'll get quite a few more years out of them." It's nice to see hard work pay off. And that just some elbow grease (and letting go of perfection) can kick a $5-10k expense years down the road.

Personally, I think the hallway carpets still look on the rough side, but I'll keep cleaning them every few months and see if we can't get some more of the staining out. And otherwise, jute runners rock ;)
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« Reply #8422 on: February 08, 2017, 09:09:24 AM »
Kitsune's story reminded me of a conversation yesterday-

So, when we moved into our house in August, the carpets were... bad. Bad enough we ranked replacing them as "project #2" to do on the house briefly. But that is expensive. And they're not in bad shape structurally, just stained all to hell. So. Borrowed ILs steam cleaner. Got a couple strategically placed hallway runners. I've now steam cleaned the house 3 times since we bought it. And yesterday, my husband said, "you know, the carpets actually look pretty good. I think we'll get quite a few more years out of them." It's nice to see hard work pay off. And that just some elbow grease (and letting go of perfection) can kick a $5-10k expense years down the road.

Personally, I think the hallway carpets still look on the rough side, but I'll keep cleaning them every few months and see if we can't get some more of the staining out. And otherwise, jute runners rock ;)

Kicking a 5-10K expense down the road = TOTALLY WORTH THE ELBOW GREASE.

Especially if you have/are planning on having kids, because I can GUARANTEE that those hallway carpets will get puked on at least once, and covered in dirt/dust/food/etc in the meantime. Kicking off the expense until AFTER kids are old enough to not wreck it within 5 years is well worth kicking off. :)

(Source: person who bought a cheap Ikea slipcovered couch for the early years in the interest of sanitation. We'll get a nice couch we like/get a vintage couch re-covered when we can have a reasonable certainty of basic sanitation, aka, that it won't get puke or excrement on it. Babies are GROSS.)

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« Reply #8423 on: February 08, 2017, 09:21:09 AM »
Kitsune's story reminded me of a conversation yesterday-

So, when we moved into our house in August, the carpets were... bad. Bad enough we ranked replacing them as "project #2" to do on the house briefly. But that is expensive. And they're not in bad shape structurally, just stained all to hell. So. Borrowed ILs steam cleaner. Got a couple strategically placed hallway runners. I've now steam cleaned the house 3 times since we bought it. And yesterday, my husband said, "you know, the carpets actually look pretty good. I think we'll get quite a few more years out of them." It's nice to see hard work pay off. And that just some elbow grease (and letting go of perfection) can kick a $5-10k expense years down the road.

Personally, I think the hallway carpets still look on the rough side, but I'll keep cleaning them every few months and see if we can't get some more of the staining out. And otherwise, jute runners rock ;)

Kicking a 5-10K expense down the road = TOTALLY WORTH THE ELBOW GREASE.

Especially if you have/are planning on having kids, because I can GUARANTEE that those hallway carpets will get puked on at least once, and covered in dirt/dust/food/etc in the meantime. Kicking off the expense until AFTER kids are old enough to not wreck it within 5 years is well worth kicking off. :)

(Source: person who bought a cheap Ikea slipcovered couch for the early years in the interest of sanitation. We'll get a nice couch we like/get a vintage couch re-covered when we can have a reasonable certainty of basic sanitation, aka, that it won't get puke or excrement on it. Babies are GROSS.)

Yeah, planned babies is why we took it off the list in the first place. "Even if it's gross now, it'll get more gross". I don't want to go to hard flooring, I like wall to wall carpet, so it just makes sense to wait until a) they exist and b) they're a tad less pukey.
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« Reply #8424 on: February 08, 2017, 09:37:24 AM »
*My daughter baked FIFTEEN loaves of whole wheat bread for our freezer today! My contribution was slicing and wrapping the loaves:-)

*She also made a pan of peanut butter bars and some whole wheat and raisin snack bars (yes, I have an amazing daughter!)

*Stayed home today - that's a good thing!

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« Reply #8425 on: February 08, 2017, 02:41:38 PM »
I bought a new Nexus 5X phone from Google Fi for $150 off the cost of other retailers, while also moving my $85 a month cell phone plan from ATT to Google Fi for $40 a month.

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« Reply #8426 on: February 08, 2017, 09:12:45 PM »
Every month or six weeks we get a mailer from our local Family Dollar.  Most of the coupons are for stuff we don't use anyway, but the last few have had 5.00 off a purchase of 25.00.

The first two?  Well, the first two coupons I used to seriously stock us on toilet paper.  Mind you, their toilet paper is already 1.50 cheaper for the same number and size rolls for a 12 roll package as my normal grocery store.  Add in a 5.00 off coupon, and those two coupon runs saved me nearly 2.50 per package of TP.

This time, I had no use for MORE TP (or at least, no room...)  So I went on an exploratory walk of the food aisles.  My goal was to buy nothing I would not buy eventually from my local grocer, and to buy nothing for more than I would buy at the grocer either.  I had never explored their grocery section -- turns out, they have many brands that I buy anyway, for WAY less than the grocer....  No fresh food, but select shelf stable items did get bought...

Name brand tuna in water, beyers ice cream, soup for the "emergency lunch" stock, noodles, oatmeal, mac n cheese for the easy weekend lunch, and canned pineapple in juice got bought.  All at the same quality and brand as the grocer.  All already around 30% or more cheaper than my normal.  Add on the 5.00 off 25 coupon and I paid 22.00 for 17 items shelf stable items that I would have eventually bought anyway.



Admittedly little health benefits to many of them, but they are all last minute lunch/dinner items for those "no leftovers and no time to prep" days that otherwise end in take-out.  That and our normal breakfast of oatmeal, lunch side of sliced pineapple, and necessary evening ice cream fix ;)

Also important to note that we pass this Family Dollar everyday.  You cannot get from our house to town without going by.  So no extra gas either!

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« Reply #8427 on: February 09, 2017, 02:09:01 PM »
I have been using ShopYourWay surprise (and earned) points for the past few months to buy a few items for myself (and wife) that need to be replaced/donated.  Of course some deals are better than others; just depends on patience and timing things correctly.

To give you an idea, here's the full list of items I've bought including tax paid:
- Jogger Sweatpants (2-pairs): $5.07 from $15.98
- Dickie's Industrial Strength socks: $0.81 from $7.99
- Thermal Underwear: $3.11 from $9.99
- 13" and 18" Craftsman tool bags : FREE from $9.99
- Schwinn Bike Pump and pair of jersey gloves: $1.03 from $10.11
- All Season floor mats: FREE from $9.99 (gift to BIL)
- More Jogger Sweatpants (2-pairs): $0.28 from $14.40
- Moisture wicking shorts (2-pairs): $1.93 from $9.56
- Underwear (3-pairs): $2.90 from $8.99
- 10mm Yoga Mat: $10.27 from $19.99
- More underwear: $1.59 from $9.49
- Hooded Sweater: $1.08 from $8.49
- Re-usable Coffee Filter: $0.47 from $5.49

Here are the details:
I actually had a $10 gift card to K-mart to start with.  If you pair the points with a gift card (that you can buy second-hand at a discount from multiple venues) you can get decent deals for stuff that you need.  Store-pickup is free as long as you have a Kmart or Sears close to you and they have the item in stock.  Some of the surprise points are specific to either store, so you have to pay attention to that.  I've gotten better at using the points to avoid having to pay as much (or free in some cases).  You also have to be patient and wait for the better surprise points offers that pop up (ie. $5 off $5 or $7 off $7).

Many of the items I wear/use when I'm biking (some were definitely needed for cold weather); I didn't have them before and using these points helped out when buying.  Also, many of my old clothes just don't fit anymore (I've actually gotten slimmer after growing my 'stache and bike commuting to work) and will need to be/ have been donated, so I'll slowly replenish some items with points deals.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8428 on: February 09, 2017, 03:58:58 PM »
Today was a good day - with work closed due to the snowstorm, I had all day to waste, and could have spent a lot more than I did.

 - Baked fresh bread
 - Placed the Amazon order I've been hanging on to, using my remaining giftcard balance and rewards points to pay only $6 for a $50 order (all things I've been planning on buying for a while, no impulse buys)
 - Leftovers for lunch
 - Restrained myself from buying a movie on Amazon and watched something I already had instead

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8429 on: February 09, 2017, 08:37:53 PM »
Husband had been wanting this gadget called a whirly pop...basically a stovetop popcorn popper.  I was ok with owning it because we make a lot of popcorn and burn a lot too (ahem).  We were less ok with the price.  30-55.00 depending on the style/materials.  We tried a "dented" but new shipment from Amazon, but they sent the wrong one.  Returned it and had let the issue lie for a week or so. 
I went to the flea market on the hunt for a counter-height stool.  Didn't find the stool, but I found the whirly pop....8.00!


Also, used our whirly pop to make popcorn, and watched a free amazon movie, rather than renting one like we initially considered....uber cheap date night!

Also, the popcorn is delicious LOL

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8430 on: February 09, 2017, 09:33:23 PM »
I left work a half hour early today so that my wife and I could go on a hilarious day date to Boost Mobile to switch our iPhones (I know, MMM blasphemy to have such an extravagant phone) over to their plan.  We drove to the Boost Mobile store closest to my work - it no longer is in business.  Drive to the next closest one and it's a super shady cell phone reseller/liquor store with bars over all the windows.  DW is like "uh, we're not going in".  Third time is the "charm", although the store itself leaves a lot to be desired and the staff are not very helpful or knowledgeable.  But I manage to get all the steps and pricing squared away and we'll soon be free of Verizon and saving an absurd amount per month.  I cringe to think about how much money we've wasted not switching sooner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8431 on: February 10, 2017, 12:01:31 AM »
I'm going to a wedding next month. I went to the Salvation Army and found a great dress for $11. When I went to the register, I found out that today was "50% Off Clothing" day. Score!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8432 on: February 10, 2017, 01:34:18 AM »
I will be sure to let my daughter know about your kind words:-) Just so no one thinks I'm a slave driver, she's an adult living at home:-)

Today I made a yummy chicken dinner with carrots done around the pan, baked potatoes and gravy. I haven't been successful with my whole chickens this year - they always seem tough when done in the instant pot.

This time I followed some online directions and "trussed" the chicken before baking. I also added lots of spices and salt and pepper and I pushed some butter under the breast skin. It was so delicious - definitely the best I've ever made. I baked at 325 for a few hours until the temperature probe was around 5 degrees from cooked.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8433 on: February 10, 2017, 08:28:45 AM »
Complained to Walmart their 2 day shipping was taking 4 days.

It's free shipping, so they can't refund it- but they gave me 10% back on my order.

That's nice.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8434 on: February 10, 2017, 08:48:36 AM »
Stopped taking my border collie puppy to doggie day care.  Savings: 200$/month
Now that i switched from 12 hr workdays to 8hr, he is only at home for 8 hours alone and I can run him before and after work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8435 on: February 10, 2017, 12:16:48 PM »
Borrowed a carpet cleaner from my in-laws to clean the "new" (aka: used from my sister, and SHE got it from a thrift store, so...) rug for the baby's room.

Savings: 80$ in carpet dry-cleaning, plus no dry cleaning chemicals in the baby's room. Half-hour worth of work, max. Done.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8436 on: February 10, 2017, 01:22:12 PM »
My RCN internet-only bill went up $10. Went from $34.99 for 50 down / 10 up to 44.99. It was a year ago that I switched so I'm not surprised. But they are offering 150 down now for $34.99 to new customers. Called to see what they would say. I can't downgrade b/c the next speed lower won't stream. So they offered to upgrade me to 150 for the same price.

I'm in the Boston area. Not sure I can get anything lower than 44.99 from any other carrier that will be fast enough for streaming.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8437 on: February 10, 2017, 02:25:15 PM »

Tl;dr : got 4 pairs of hard to find jeans for $50!!

I saw that Old Navy had Jeans on sale online and ordered a couple pairs for my husband. He is a difficult size (34 x 36 with very muscular biking thighs), so I thought I'd try ordering online since I could just return them to the store down the road; they were 19 bucks a pair. Not only is this a great price (he usually has to pay $60-80/pair with a lot of shopping around, trying on etc), but they actually fit!!

AND, they threw in a couple of pairs of jeans that fit me perfectly! (I'm six feet tall so I was also very pleased to find this, though a tiny bit creeped out that my exact size was there). So I look up how much they were online, and was disappointed to find that they were $40 (too much to pay when I don't need jeans right now). So I went to the store to take back the jeans that I hadn't paid for. Come to find out,  they were online sale only, and would I be interested in buying them at 90% off? You betcha!! For $4 a pair, I'm tucking them away and will pull them out next year when I need new jeans! Sweet!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8438 on: February 10, 2017, 04:54:29 PM »

Tl;dr : got 4 pairs of hard to find jeans for $50!!

I saw that Old Navy had Jeans on sale online and ordered a couple pairs for my husband. He is a difficult size (34 x 36 with very muscular biking thighs), so I thought I'd try ordering online since I could just return them to the store down the road; they were 19 bucks a pair. Not only is this a great price (he usually has to pay $60-80/pair with a lot of shopping around, trying on etc), but they actually fit!!

AND, they threw in a couple of pairs of jeans that fit me perfectly! (I'm six feet tall so I was also very pleased to find this, though a tiny bit creeped out that my exact size was there). So I look up how much they were online, and was disappointed to find that they were $40 (too much to pay when I don't need jeans right now). So I went to the store to take back the jeans that I hadn't paid for. Come to find out,  they were online sale only, and would I be interested in buying them at 90% off? You betcha!! For $4 a pair, I'm tucking them away and will pull them out next year when I need new jeans! Sweet!!

So they just added stuff to your order and expected you to buy it?  Or was it a mistake? 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8439 on: February 10, 2017, 07:30:24 PM »
My gym is doing stuff for heart disease this month.  They had a promotion today where if you wore red, took a picture after class, and then uploaded to social media with their hashtag, you'd get a free class (normally the classes cost something like $10-$12 - I'm not sure as I never buy extra classes above what is in my membership).  I remembered my red shirt, took the picture, and got the free class.  (I actually love this gym and don't mind giving them some free advertising, especially if I get a class out of it.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8440 on: February 10, 2017, 11:35:31 PM »
Rode the motorcycle around instead of taking the 22 year old truck (very low mileage, looks brand new). Super cheap to putt around in the nice weather.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8441 on: February 11, 2017, 06:49:20 AM »
Redeemed $34.xx in credit card points as a statement credit.

Was too lazy/antisocial to stop at TJs for wine last night.  Stayed sober and probably avoided other impulse purchases while there.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8442 on: February 11, 2017, 07:02:04 AM »
Complained to Walmart their 2 day shipping was taking 4 days.

It's free shipping, so they can't refund it- but they gave me 10% back on my order.

That's nice.

Bah- lost my $9 discount.

The order (the car seat part of a car seat/stroller combo) came to me damaged such that I couldn't use it.
Of course, getting a new one wasn't going to happen as it is now out of stock.

But- I spent a bit more than an hour on the phone, and got escalated 4 times insisting they price adjust a different color of the EXACT SAME THING to honor the sale. (If they had shipped it on time, they could have exchanged it before it was out of stock!).  So I got a $55 price adjustment on one that looks nearly, but not quite identical.

If that one comes damaged I'm giving up and buying something more expensive from Amazon or Target.  But I really wanted cheap on this so if the airlines ruin it I'm not too upset, because airlines exclude carseats and strollers from their liability.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8443 on: February 11, 2017, 09:31:10 AM »
I've been trying to get my husband to let me cut his hair forever (not to save money; I just think it would be fun). He doesn't trust me with scissors. :/

Now I'm thinking I might be able to get him to cut MY hair. I'm due for a simple cut, and I can do the layers in front myself (I've done that before), but I can't cut my hair straight in back. I'll have to ask him. Worst case scenario, I get it fixed by a professional and I'm out no more than I would have been anyway. My hair grows super fast, so if it's unfixable, I'd live.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8444 on: February 11, 2017, 10:47:17 AM »

Tl;dr : got 4 pairs of hard to find jeans for $50!!


So they just added stuff to your order and expected you to buy it?  Or was it a mistake?

I'm inclined to think it was a mistake. I could have easily not paid for them and I don't think anyone would have been wiser. They weren't listed on the packing slip...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8445 on: February 11, 2017, 11:01:09 AM »

Tl;dr : got 4 pairs of hard to find jeans for $50!!


So they just added stuff to your order and expected you to buy it?  Or was it a mistake?

I'm inclined to think it was a mistake. I could have easily not paid for them and I don't think anyone would have been wiser. They weren't listed on the packing slip...

Weird. Hope karma rewards your honesty.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8446 on: February 11, 2017, 11:03:57 AM »

Tl;dr : got 4 pairs of hard to find jeans for $50!!


So they just added stuff to your order and expected you to buy it?  Or was it a mistake?

I'm inclined to think it was a mistake. I could have easily not paid for them and I don't think anyone would have been wiser. They weren't listed on the packing slip...

Weird. Hope karma rewards your honesty.

$4 jeans and a clear conscience.... I think it already did!!  :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8447 on: February 11, 2017, 01:05:18 PM »
We've needed new pillows for awhile. Went to JCPenny with $10 off $10 coupons found ones that seemed comfy marked down for the home sale from $40 (yeah right) to $10.99.

Husband and I checked out separately each pillow was less than $2.

Also went to BBW and used a coupon to claim a free mini lotion (a ridiculous $6). Didn't buy anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8448 on: February 11, 2017, 04:30:29 PM »
My down comforter doesn't fit in my cover so I cut a strip of the down comforter & closed the openings by sawing first , so now fits very well and the remainder down strip I rolled it into a pillow :)

And scored at thrift store: bought lagostina skillets  for 12.99
 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8449 on: February 11, 2017, 05:09:15 PM »
Enjoyed some home brewed whiskey gifted from a friend. Soo good, and tastes even better free. XS particularly enjoys it.
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