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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8550 on: February 25, 2017, 12:57:29 AM »
Sold some old winter wear today and made $60. Used it to buy some groceries and had an ice cream sundae party for the kids!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8551 on: February 25, 2017, 05:51:57 AM »
Saved $20 on a book on minimalism by finding a free copy online!

Friday night worked overtime instead of going out on so saved $$. Went out for coffee Saturday morning instead of the usual breakfast so spent $7 instead of $45 for Mr. Piggybanks and myself. Had breakfast at home and stayed at home all day. Sydney weather is a bit glum and rainy this weekend so will stay in tomorrow as well and eat my way through the fridge.

Also bulk-cooked last weekend so have a stock-pile of frozen laksa and green curry lunches to last me through the working week!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8552 on: February 25, 2017, 07:28:27 AM »
Shopped veggies on my way home from work, so that we didn't need to shop in the weekend.
Today I went for a walk in the forest. I chose a walk from home instead of driving anywhere and using fuel. Brought own lunch and warm drink.

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« Reply #8553 on: February 25, 2017, 10:58:12 AM »
Went to the library this morning with the kiddos. We all got some great new books. Staying at home besides that. It's kind of cold and dreary here. I'm catching up on some grading, cleaning and doing laundry. My husband is fixing some furniture and taking care of the animals.

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« Reply #8554 on: February 25, 2017, 11:25:15 AM »
Continued experimenting with the sous vide thingamabob.  Cheap, good steaks from chuck.  :)

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« Reply #8555 on: February 25, 2017, 07:07:20 PM »
Had a class at school today.  Instead of going out to lunch I pulled out a frozen meal that I got on sale for $1.75 and had that and a can of green beans.  Cheap, filling, quick and easy.

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« Reply #8556 on: February 25, 2017, 07:27:22 PM »
Filled up the cars together so we could get the full 20 gallons the fuel saver rewards allowed...58 cents off per gallon.

Took home tons of sandwich meat leftovers from my baby shower. Should be enough for a week.

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« Reply #8557 on: February 25, 2017, 08:40:58 PM »
In the past couple days:

I didn't buy $50 on Amazon to get 8 off.  I combed through my lists and had plenty of wants but not enough needs. I was sad though, I had just bought toilet paper or I might have stocked up.

I did however order several swimsuits from target. Hoping one fits. Will see. Their returns are easy and I decided to start early while there are many options.  This is supposed to save me money because I'll find one that fits and not buy one in a panic the day I need it, then buy another... and another... because none of them fit.

Sewed a pair of jeans into skinny jeans.

Sewed a thrifted sheet into pillowcases, including one to fit my body pillow.

Picked up free items at Kroger and got a pile of discounted fruits. Bananas for 38c a pound. Apples 6 and oranges 6 for 99c. Woohoo. Was also thrilled when the register printed out some coupons for products I actually buy.

As usual, walked to the grocery. I am getting a lot of use out of my travel backpack. Groceries, laundry. It makes carrying a load easy.



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« Reply #8558 on: February 26, 2017, 08:44:48 AM »
Sent out baby shower thank you notes using postcards instead of note cards.  Saved money on the cards and the stamps :)

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« Reply #8559 on: February 26, 2017, 08:46:13 AM »
Sent out baby shower thank you notes using postcards instead of note cards.  Saved money on the cards and the stamps :)

And killed 1/3 the number of trees!

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« Reply #8560 on: February 26, 2017, 01:51:00 PM »
Found some sprouted red onions in the cupboard. Went to the garden to plant them and in the process discovered and dug up about a pound and a half of potatoes.

Discovered some gopher damaged plants. Pulled the spent plants and collected some beetle grubs to feed the chickens.

Made lamb stock from leftover lamb bones and veggie scraps; made chicken stock from leftover chicken carcass.

Didn't go out to eat after a 5k run this morning; came home and ate freebie yogurts from the run plus toads-in-a-hole using our home eggs.

Line-dried two loads yesterday. Continued cloth diapering and experimenting with "elimination communication" for poop.


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« Reply #8561 on: February 26, 2017, 01:51:31 PM »
Found some sprouted red onions in the cupboard. Went to the garden to plant them and in the process discovered and dug up about a pound and a half of potatoes.

Discovered some gopher damaged plants. Pulled the spent plants and collected some beetle grubs to feed the chickens.

Made lamb stock from leftover lamb bones and veggie scraps; made chicken stock from leftover chicken carcass.

Didn't go out to eat after a 5k run this morning; came home and ate freebie yogurts from the run plus toads-in-a-hole using our home eggs.

Line-dried two loads yesterday. Continued cloth diapering and experimenting with "elimination communication" for poop.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8562 on: February 26, 2017, 05:19:33 PM »
I replaced the chain, and the rear derailleur and hanger, on my bike; and re-indexed the gears. Thanks for the instructions, YouTube :)

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« Reply #8563 on: February 26, 2017, 07:49:10 PM »
We had a clean-out-the-fridge salad for lunch - lettuce, cucumber, grated carrot (extra from the chicken we roasted last week), and red onion, topped off with leftover falafel from last night. Yum! And the last tiny bit of carrot went into our bag of scraps for soup stock. No food waste in *this* house!

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« Reply #8564 on: February 26, 2017, 09:00:38 PM »
Went to Starbucks to hang with some friends.  Brought my Starbucks Travel Mug from home, filled with yummy Coconut Latte made at home by me :) 

Also, spent zero at restaurants the entire week. 
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« Reply #8565 on: February 26, 2017, 09:25:39 PM »
I've been pretty ill for the last few days and resisted the very strong temptation to have some food delivered. (Pretty much the only time I ever get delivery is when I'm miserably sick.) I also resisted going to the expensive grocery store down the street to get 'easy' food (prepared foods, frozen dinners, etc.). I haven't actually spent a penny since Thursday.

Hoping I feel better tomorrow because a diet of eggs, pantry staples and frozen vegetables is getting old :-)
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« Reply #8566 on: February 27, 2017, 05:07:32 AM »
I've been pretty ill for the last few days and resisted the very strong temptation to have some food delivered. (Pretty much the only time I ever get delivery is when I'm miserably sick.) I also resisted going to the expensive grocery store down the street to get 'easy' food (prepared foods, frozen dinners, etc.). I haven't actually spent a penny since Thursday.

Hoping I feel better tomorrow because a diet of eggs, pantry staples and frozen vegetables is getting old :-)

I hope you get better soon.

Make sure you freeze in left over food when you have it. Or make extra big portions on some days to create left overs. Label it with date and content and keep it in the freezer for those days that you don't want to cook.

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« Reply #8567 on: February 27, 2017, 06:49:45 AM »
Did some shopping yesterday almost entirely in gift cards. Stopped by Barnes and Noble as I'd heard they were having a clearance sale. Bought two books for $8 with a Christmas gift card, still have $7 left on it.

Went to Target after that and bought three sticks of my husband's deodorant since it was buy 3 get a $5 gift card. Bought him hair gel with a 10% of Cartwheel, and picked up the LED bulbs I need for my bathroom that have been burned out for weeks but I refused to buy without a sale. I used a 5% Cartwheel for those. I had $31 left on a Target gift card I was given for Christmas. After all the gift cards and sales, I spent .55 yesterday :)

I also picked up the Groupon deal for $5 for a $10 Target gift card last week. Target currently has $15 of a $50 home purchase (includes things like toilet paper) so I will probably combine those sales this week to stock up.

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« Reply #8568 on: February 27, 2017, 07:30:19 AM »
Yesterday I was tempted to take my SO for dinner because he has been helping me while I was not feeling well (we don't live together) instead to avoid breaking my no eating out streak I made him a delicious dinner. Shepherds pie with a ton of vegetables (including turnip in the mashed potato topping which was delicious) and a beet slaw salad, with almonds, goat cheese and homemade dressing.

I made enough of the pie to use as my lunch all week. The beets were a 5lb bag for $2.49 which I cooked and froze the majority of. I also used up a ton of frozen veggies in the pie, so I am continuing to eat down my food stores. 2 awesome dinners, lunches for a week and a giant ziplock of frozen beets less than $15 of ingredients.

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« Reply #8569 on: February 27, 2017, 07:53:03 AM »
I've been pretty ill for the last few days and resisted the very strong temptation to have some food delivered. (Pretty much the only time I ever get delivery is when I'm miserably sick.) I also resisted going to the expensive grocery store down the street to get 'easy' food (prepared foods, frozen dinners, etc.). I haven't actually spent a penny since Thursday.

Hoping I feel better tomorrow because a diet of eggs, pantry staples and frozen vegetables is getting old :-)

I hope you get better soon.

Make sure you freeze in left over food when you have it. Or make extra big portions on some days to create left overs. Label it with date and content and keep it in the freezer for those days that you don't want to cook.

Thanks. I tend to take leftovers to work for lunches instead of stocking up my freezer, since I have a microwave at work and not in my apartment. In general I'd rather make something simple/quick than thaw/reheat frozen leftovers and have to wash a bunch of dishes for a single serving of food. The lazy option is more like a sandwich or scrambled eggs. :-)

But I think I'm feeling well enough for a real grocery shop today, so I'll be living like a queen with fruit, vegetables and small portions of whatever meat is on sale.
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« Reply #8570 on: February 27, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
I am not going to cook dinner today! Not only do I not feel like it, but this will force my spoiled family to eat some leftovers.

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« Reply #8571 on: February 28, 2017, 02:49:20 AM »
Brought a leftover pack of cookies from home to work. Not the most attractive cookies, so at home the remainder of the pack doesn't get eaten and will only get old. Yesterday at work I almost fainted from hunger and didn't have any more bread or bananas. I was tempted to buy some snack at the cafeteria. But as I was sitting far away from the cafeteria I went to a local kitchen instead and looked for something to eat. I found a cracker. It might have been someone else's, so my sincere excuses for that, but I was really hungry. I eat it just like that without any topping. And then worked an extra half hour overtime.

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« Reply #8572 on: February 28, 2017, 05:30:58 AM »
Yesterday at work I almost fainted from hunger and didn't have any more bread or bananas. I was tempted to buy some snack at the cafeteria. But as I was sitting far away from the cafeteria I went to a local kitchen instead and looked for something to eat. I found a cracker. It might have been someone else's, so my sincere excuses for that, but I was really hungry. I eat it just like that without any topping. And then worked an extra half hour overtime.

That's hard core, Linda.  Wish I was your co-worker -- I would share my emergency cracker stash with you.  :)

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« Reply #8573 on: March 01, 2017, 06:26:25 AM »
I biked to the supermarket with my old-man shopping trolley tied to my bike as a sort of trailer. Worked surprisingly well and it increased my shopping capacity by about 4 times.

Lots of dumbfounded looks from other people though :D
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« Reply #8574 on: March 01, 2017, 06:46:16 AM »
I biked to the supermarket with my old-man shopping trolley tied to my bike as a sort of trailer. Worked surprisingly well and it increased my shopping capacity by about 4 times.

Lots of dumbfounded looks from other people though :D

Do you have a photo? Sounds interesting!

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« Reply #8575 on: March 01, 2017, 07:18:31 AM »
A very small savings. I have a phone plan that allows me to save $2 a month for prepaying 90 days in advance. I also can refer people and save an additional $1 a month, per referral for as long as they are a customer. I just referred my second person! Finally after being a customer for a year they give you another dollar off a month. So next payment I will be saving a total of $5 per month on an already very economical plan.

A year ago I was paying $80 for a far inferior plan, so I am feeling pretty good since I now pay half that with better benefits and I have the opportunity to keep that price trending downwards.

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« Reply #8576 on: March 01, 2017, 12:33:58 PM »
While grocery shopping, I bypassed my normally dirt cheap wine for a new type that was deeply discounted to less than 4.00 a bottle.  Its good, and though the sale won't last, I was grateful for the extra 1.50 savings that week ;) 

Ebay-ing a bunch of small stuff.  Books, party decor, handmade items, ect.  I won't make much when you consider the per hour return, but I generally have more random free time on my hands than opportunities for extra cash.  I'm also watching a couple kids for a few hours weekly through May.  Its because of track season, and it again, won't net much.  But its also practically no work....

Went all of this past month without a haircut.  That won't last much longer, but an extra week is an extra week without the expense, right?

Have had amazing facial skin since switching to the oil cleansing method using castor oil.  Coconut oil made me break out, and olive oil was just weird.  The castor oil is the cheapest and thickest of them all, and it works beautifully.  Seriously, people spend a hundred dollars at a time sometimes on the perfect skin stuff, and I get the most improvement I've ever seen with a hot wet washcloth and a 1.00 bottle of castor oil?  People are doing this wrong...

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« Reply #8577 on: March 01, 2017, 12:51:16 PM »
I biked to the supermarket with my old-man shopping trolley tied to my bike as a sort of trailer. Worked surprisingly well and it increased my shopping capacity by about 4 times.

Lots of dumbfounded looks from other people though :D

Do you have a photo? Sounds interesting!

I didn't take one because of the rain. But in the link you can see the trolley so imagine that attached to a bike's rear rack.
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« Reply #8578 on: March 01, 2017, 01:16:14 PM »
Today in the mail I received coupons for, among other places, Noodles and Company, which is very close to my work. 3 of the 4 coupons were pretty typical, buy one get one free etc., but the last coupon was for a free entree, no strings attached. They are trying to push a new item. It would normally cost $8-9.

So I rushed back to the mailroom of my apartment complex, to the little pile where people discard unwanted circulars, and got 5 more. I have over a month to use them, but I'm pretty happy about 6 free lunches/dinners.

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« Reply #8579 on: March 01, 2017, 01:32:35 PM »
Made more yogurt.  Since I bought milk at Costco for $1.95 per gallon, and that makes 1 liter of greek style yogurt, I saved over $10 vs buying the Fage greek yogurt my family normally plows through.  I know it's not the first time I've mentioned it here, but I still love it.
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« Reply #8580 on: March 01, 2017, 02:50:03 PM »
* Wanted to get a shopping-cart cover so my 6mo can more easily join me for grocery shopping. Found one of high-quality at the local resale store and used a store credit to take it home for 0 out of pocket.

* Stupid pocket gopher keeps gnawing on the roots of the parsley in the garden. He has chopped down three plants so far, so I've been rescuing the tops at least and using them to make Bieler's broth/green soup.
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« Reply #8581 on: March 01, 2017, 07:19:26 PM »

Have had amazing facial skin since switching to the oil cleansing method using castor oil.  Coconut oil made me break out, and olive oil was just weird.  The castor oil is the cheapest and thickest of them all, and it works beautifully.  Seriously, people spend a hundred dollars at a time sometimes on the perfect skin stuff, and I get the most improvement I've ever seen with a hot wet washcloth and a 1.00 bottle of castor oil?  People are doing this wrong...

Interesting! I have never heard of this, but have a bottle kicking around. Just looked up some information about how to use it and I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
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« Reply #8582 on: March 02, 2017, 12:46:38 AM »
*Homemade deoderant continues to work great and is so very cheap! (coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils - pinterest)

*Homemade shampoo also working wonderfully. I think I'm at the two year mark with this (water and baking soda, ratio: 1 cup to 1 tablespoon)

*Made a double loaf of French Bread and started another bowl of dough (Artisan Bread in 5 recipe - flour, water, salt, yeast - sits in the fridge for up to 2 weeks until I'm ready to make bread or pizza dough)

*Used up a bunch of random vegetables to make roasted vegetables with our roasted chicken for dinner (tossed veggies in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then dumped on sea salt, pepper, loads of rosemary and garlic)

*Kept the furnace down even though I wanted to turn it up when I was feeling chllly.


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« Reply #8583 on: March 02, 2017, 04:13:37 AM »
Today in the mail I received coupons for, among other places, Noodles and Company, which is very close to my work. 3 of the 4 coupons were pretty typical, buy one get one free etc., but the last coupon was for a free entree, no strings attached. They are trying to push a new item. It would normally cost $8-9.

So I rushed back to the mailroom of my apartment complex, to the little pile where people discard unwanted circulars, and got 5 more. I have over a month to use them, but I'm pretty happy about 6 free lunches/dinners.

That is a great score!  Congrats!  I'm going to have to start looking at coupons ... they usually just go straight into the recycling

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« Reply #8584 on: March 02, 2017, 05:32:41 AM »
 Made oatmeal pancakes with 2 cups of leftover oatmeal. Yum!

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« Reply #8585 on: March 02, 2017, 06:38:30 AM »
Bought a new car today (won't go into details, but it was necessary). Negotiated like a tough mofo and got the price down by quite a bit - husband was in awe, and grateful that I told him to sit back and follow my lead on the haggling.

Separately, negotiated a far better trade-in on the old car than was offered. Still probably could have done better with a private sale, but heavily pregnant and with two demanding jobs, we decided we weren't up for that if we could get a good enough price from the dealer.

Husband's six-or-seven-year-old jeans had ripped irreparably in several places and today the crotch developed a 15cm long rip (as he sat down in the car to test drive it - great timing). Used a gift card to get him a new pair with no out of pocket cost. Hoping this pair lasts just as long!

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« Reply #8586 on: March 02, 2017, 01:14:39 PM »
Another couple of small wins.

Filed my taxes online, found a coupon for 20% off, so I saved a few dollars. My refund while very small was a little bit more then I estimated so that's a surprise bonus!

I buy a specific type of laundry soap (Nellies) in a huge 16.6kg tub that I split with my SO (who doesn't live with me) it lasts each of us about 2.5 years. Last time we bought it a few years ago it was just over 100 dollars, shipped with taxes. Well we aren't quite done, but the price has gone up and I just realized they were having a $20 off sale (rarely happens) so I bought us a new tub for $90 shipped with taxes. So for $45 I have enough soap for the next 2.5 years!

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« Reply #8587 on: March 02, 2017, 01:22:30 PM »
Although I feel really ungrateful for doing it- I'm returning all the "fun to haves" and "isn't this cute" things I got at my baby shower.

I'll rebuy them if it turns out I need them (and price shop and/or look for used), and in the mean time will hang onto the gift card until I figure out what necessities I might still need.

I mean, yeah- the baby would look adorable in that, but I have lots of clothes (way way way too many... I may have a problem when it comes to buying large lots at really really low prices). Or that particular stuffed animal might be amazing, but we'll find out when I get to that stage.  And that changing pad cover is adorable- but I have some hand me downs already...

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« Reply #8588 on: March 02, 2017, 01:46:49 PM »
* Today in SoCal it's 78*F so getting lots of line-drying done, including the bedsheets.

* Roasted green coffee beans (~$4/lb from Costco) to refill our coffee supply.

* Ate a couple of tangerines right off the tree.
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« Reply #8589 on: March 02, 2017, 06:08:27 PM »
So I rushed back to the mailroom of my apartment complex, to the little pile where people discard unwanted circulars, and got 5 more.

That is ace. You are my hero.
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« Reply #8590 on: March 02, 2017, 06:11:56 PM »
Packed my lunch this morning.

Nothing special, but I haven't bought lunch at work at all this year.

By my count I'm even beating you, marty998! ;)

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« Reply #8591 on: March 02, 2017, 06:37:46 PM »
Noticed my apples rang up too high. Turns out, the bin was mixed, and 2/4 were a more expensive variety. $2.99/lb. Uhhhhh NO, what I was buying was $1.29/lb! So I went back, swapped those two out, and saved a couple bucks. Worth it. (We won't discuss the $$$$$ in wine I was also buying on the trip, hahaha- although to my credit some of it is box wine, so... frugal?)

Shopped around before going to get my passport photo, so it was $8.99 instead of the $12-14 most places charged. (I know there are apps, etc, but I don't trust those, I don't have time to risk it getting rejected!)

Followed through on my "free return" option for the bras that didn't fit.

Combined trips: UPS store, bank, grocery store, pharmacy, Buy Nothing pickup, all in one outing.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8592 on: March 02, 2017, 06:43:56 PM »
I saved someone else money. Got a limited time free meal at Huhot. It expires before I deliver and that type of restaurant is too hard to do with gestational diabetes. So a friend used my phone number to get a free meal that I couldn't.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8593 on: March 02, 2017, 11:49:55 PM »
Packed my lunch this morning.

Nothing special, but I haven't bought lunch at work at all this year.

By my count I'm even beating you, marty998! ;)

Yep doing much better than me. I've had to buy lunch twice :/

Still, they are really really good burgers at the coffee shop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8594 on: March 03, 2017, 12:58:27 AM »
Packed my lunch this morning.

Nothing special, but I haven't bought lunch at work at all this year.

By my count I'm even beating you, marty998! ;)

Yep doing much better than me. I've had to buy lunch twice :/

Still, they are really really good burgers at the coffee shop.

On am also doing well at bringing lunch. In the beginning of the year, when I just started, I still bought lunch at work once a week. Now my lunch vouches are used up and I haven't bought new ones. I have been eating homemade lunch for 2 weeks in a row now.
I must have saved a lot now, for 8 weeks eating my own lunch 4 to 5 days a week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8595 on: March 03, 2017, 05:24:48 AM »
Paid for a year's car insurance upfront, for a discount.

Sought multiple quotes first - the one we chose was half the price of the most expensive one!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8596 on: March 03, 2017, 06:39:21 AM »
Although I feel really ungrateful for doing it- I'm returning all the "fun to haves" and "isn't this cute" things I got at my baby shower.

I'll rebuy them if it turns out I need them (and price shop and/or look for used), and in the mean time will hang onto the gift card until I figure out what necessities I might still need.

I mean, yeah- the baby would look adorable in that, but I have lots of clothes (way way way too many... I may have a problem when it comes to buying large lots at really really low prices). Or that particular stuffed animal might be amazing, but we'll find out when I get to that stage.  And that changing pad cover is adorable- but I have some hand me downs already...

I don't blame you a bit. It makes my eye twitch a little bit when I go to baby showers and the mom-to-be is gifted a ton of newborn size clothes and newborn size diapers. I'm always thinking to myself that god forbid the baby is big because it won't even be able to fit into any of that. I always try to gift 3-6 month size diapers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8597 on: March 03, 2017, 07:31:13 AM »
Although I feel really ungrateful for doing it- I'm returning all the "fun to haves" and "isn't this cute" things I got at my baby shower.

I'll rebuy them if it turns out I need them (and price shop and/or look for used), and in the mean time will hang onto the gift card until I figure out what necessities I might still need.

I mean, yeah- the baby would look adorable in that, but I have lots of clothes (way way way too many... I may have a problem when it comes to buying large lots at really really low prices). Or that particular stuffed animal might be amazing, but we'll find out when I get to that stage.  And that changing pad cover is adorable- but I have some hand me downs already...

I don't blame you a bit. It makes my eye twitch a little bit when I go to baby showers and the mom-to-be is gifted a ton of newborn size clothes and newborn size diapers. I'm always thinking to myself that god forbid the baby is big because it won't even be able to fit into any of that. I always try to gift 3-6 month size diapers.

Extremely wise.  To me, stuffed animals are the worst gifts... take up space, collect dust (which triggers asthma in my household), not played with very much, and hard to get rid of because they have faces (Kids: "Nooooo!! You can't give Peter Panda away! He'll be scared!!!")  When I was a young parent, I much would rather have had the money for a babysitter, a decent baby carrier, or some cloth diapers. 

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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8598 on: March 03, 2017, 07:39:13 AM »
I sent my nephew and his wife a huge package of newborn diapers through Amazon. They sent me a heartwarming thank-you. (You could almost see tear stains on the email.) It turned out they were horrifically sleep deprived and fresh out of diapers, and this giant box magically appeared on their doorstep.

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« Reply #8599 on: March 03, 2017, 08:06:53 AM »
That's a great story, pbkmaine!

I used to work in child development circles, and got to hear the perspectives of developmental therapists, OT's, SLP's and behaviour therapists about stuffed animals.  They weren't our staff's favourite toys, mainly because many of the parents we worked with were not sure what to do with them - my understanding is that they are most helpful as toys when the parents help the children interact with them.  Here's a couple of articles I found quickly, that give examples.
 
http://www.whattoexpect.com/playroom/playtime-tips/babies-and-stuffed-animals.aspx
http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/social/stuffed-animals/

And a final one about stuffed animals and safety:
http://www.whattoexpect.com/playroom/playtime-tips/stuffed-toys-safety.aspx
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And, to get things back on topic:

Yesterday, I was looking at the bottle of lotion on my bedside table.  I like to keep one there because my hands are often dry, so I like to put some on before I go to bed. 

Pros:  It sinks in quickly and leaves my hands not greasy. 
Cons:  It's cheap, smells too strong, and has a screw on cap instead of a pump.

Frankly, I haven't been using it, so I was trying to decide whether to throw it out and switch out for another bottle of lotion that I have in my stash.

Instead, I found a partial bottle of another lotion that I like better and that was in a pump bottle, and combined them in proportions that I was happy with.  Bonus - the other lotion left my hands a bit greasy, and now it doesn't!  And I will actually use it.
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