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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8550 on: February 20, 2017, 07:30:53 AM »
Went to a party on Sunday, brought pot luck items that I bought on sale, with coupons, using my grocery points! (so free)

At work today (it's a holiday) to catch up on stuff and work in a super peaceful environment. So I am not only savings money, I'm earning some extra money today!

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« Reply #8551 on: February 20, 2017, 10:31:42 AM »
I'm having friends over for lunch rather than going out.  Even though I'm cooking for 4, it will still be cheaper than an inexpensive lunch out. 
Made tea at home with homemade biscotti (made using gifted dried fruit)

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« Reply #8552 on: February 20, 2017, 11:09:54 AM »
Well... it was on a spendy pants thing, but it will save us money over the year.
My dog gets a barkbox ($20 a month, which is insane- but keeping him with good toys means he doesn't chew up the house- and good toys cost a lot, it's hard to find anything that will last more than a day for under $10, and bark box toys usually last a week, a month if I mend or trim them, so it is cheaper to get the subscription than find something every month).

They offered me a discount to $17 a month if I paid the remaining 8 months now.  So I did.
That's $24 saved.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8553 on: February 20, 2017, 01:43:10 PM »
Had half a red cabbage leftover from making vegetable soup, so shredded and quick-pickled it so that it'll keep a good long while in the fridge. This'll probably make its way into rice bowls for lunches next week, along with the leftover black beans that will produced by another meal in our plans for this week. (Why cook one can's worth of dry black beans in the crock pot when I can cook a whole pound of beans and freeze the rest for later?)

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« Reply #8554 on: February 20, 2017, 06:03:24 PM »
*Made some more noodles for the kids to use up the spaghetti sauce in the fridge at lunch

*Made my own Nak'd bars (a health food store item - $1.79/tiny bar in Canada) In the food processor, combine 1 3/4 c. medjool dates,  1/4 c. raisins, 1 1/2 c cashews, 2 Tablespoons cocoa, 2 teaspoons vanilla- push down into parchment lined 8x8 pan and refridgerate. Sooooo good!

*Kids are using up yesterday's pancakes for snacks today - one covered his in Nutella

*Chopped up fresh veggies with our casserole for dinner (made a double batch so we could eat it again in 2 days)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8555 on: February 20, 2017, 06:34:31 PM »
My mom made us roast beef on Sunday (aka: I'm pregnant and a week overdue and not really up for going anywhere, so she brought ingredients and cooked in our house, which was AMAZING and so kind of her and so appreciated). So a) yay free Sunday meal and good company!

And then we wound up with a half-jar of mustard-heavy pan gravy from the freakin' amazing roast beef. So savings b) I fried up an onion, the mushrooms that were starting to look dubious, and the spinach that'd been in the fridge for a week, added the pan gravy, and added a smidge of cream. Made a thoroughly excellent pasta sauce, used up all the leftovers AND dubious-looking fridge veggies, and provided a fantastic dinner that was ready in less than 20 minutes. Omnomnom.

And this is a 'make the best of it' 'not really savings but at least less spending than it could have been': I had a pre-induction appointment at the hospital today. At 8am. Which was supposed to take half an hour, so we didn't bring lunch. By the time we finally got seen and were able to leave (in summary: this kid ain't in a hurry to move but he's doing fine and if he doesn't budge before then they're inducing Thursday THANK GOD GET OUT), it was past 1pm and we were both starving and an hour from home. So... we went to a Vietnamese restaurant we both adore, and for the price of ONE fast food meal we got a thoroughly amazing beef and lemongrass salad to split. AND it was something I could eat without the gluten-induced Rash Of Doom. So... Kinda like a half-priced lunch, AND it was healthy and amazingly good and pleasant and with good company? I mean, we'd have brought a lunch if the appointment was later, but a half-hour appointment at 8am didn't lead me to think it was necessary, so: next-best!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8556 on: February 21, 2017, 08:06:22 AM »
I'm pregnant and a week overdue

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8557 on: February 21, 2017, 08:14:02 AM »
Made sauerkraut! Cabbage and salt, both crazy cheap. Now to let it sit in the basement for a few weeks.

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« Reply #8558 on: February 21, 2017, 09:50:02 AM »
(in summary: this kid ain't in a hurry to move but he's doing fine and if he doesn't budge before then they're inducing Thursday THANK GOD GET OUT)

Been there, ugh... I hope the delivery goes smoothly and you have a healthy baby and quick recovery! The food all sounds divine, too. You have the best food posts.

I used BookBub to find an eBook to send my brother for his birthday for $1.99. Also got him an Amazon egift card to put towards an Instant Pot. Still money spend but the eBook let me add something more tangible onto the gift I was going to get him anyway for minimal cost.

Making a new batch of Instant Pot yogurt today. Milk has been the big loss leader at our Aldi lately ($1/gallon, holy cow) so the cost savings over store bought are pretty big right now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8559 on: February 21, 2017, 04:14:57 PM »
I'm using up the toiletries my husband gets in his first and business class flight kits.

Had to laugh when he asked me, "Why do you smell like Old Spice?"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8560 on: February 22, 2017, 12:57:29 PM »
Used Amazon's "BIGTHANKS" coupon code to get $8 and change off a gift card to a grocery store I like, using Amazon credit I'd bought when trying to meet a minimum credit card spend.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8561 on: February 22, 2017, 02:50:58 PM »
(in summary: this kid ain't in a hurry to move but he's doing fine and if he doesn't budge before then they're inducing Thursday THANK GOD GET OUT)

Been there, ugh... I hope the delivery goes smoothly and you have a healthy baby and quick recovery! The food all sounds divine, too. You have the best food posts.

I used BookBub to find an eBook to send my brother for his birthday for $1.99. Also got him an Amazon egift card to put towards an Instant Pot. Still money spend but the eBook let me add something more tangible onto the gift I was going to get him anyway for minimal cost.

I'm so done with this pregnancy nonsense. So done. Fortunately, it looks like I can actually BE done soon, since I'm at the hospital at 6pm tomorrow at the latest. So done. So ready to have a baby instead of hobbling with hip pain.

And thanks! Food is kind of A Thing for me and my family, and definitely also my husband, but we're on a budget right now (well, we always are, but my husband is currently unemployed and I'm on maternity leave and so income is tighter than usual) and so there's some joy to be found out of making amazing food out of next to nothing. Feels like the hight of luxury. Especially when you add candles in candlesticks on the table.

Seconding Bookbub as a resource for ebooks - so much of my reading is from there, from free to occasionally 1.99 for a book I've been wanting to read... definitely good value!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8562 on: February 22, 2017, 03:20:31 PM »
Used Amazon's "BIGTHANKS" coupon code to get $8 and change off a gift card to a grocery store I like, using Amazon credit I'd bought when trying to meet a minimum credit card spend.

cool, just used this coupon code too!
Was so annoying though trying to get things that were eligible. ahh

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8563 on: February 22, 2017, 03:23:36 PM »
Used Amazon's "BIGTHANKS" coupon code to get $8 and change off a gift card to a grocery store I like, using Amazon credit I'd bought when trying to meet a minimum credit card spend.

cool, just used this coupon code too!
Was so annoying though trying to get things that were eligible. ahh

Doesn't it just need to be $50? Am I missing a requirement?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8564 on: February 22, 2017, 03:25:26 PM »
Used Amazon's "BIGTHANKS" coupon code to get $8 and change off a gift card to a grocery store I like, using Amazon credit I'd bought when trying to meet a minimum credit card spend.

cool, just used this coupon code too!
Was so annoying though trying to get things that were eligible. ahh

Doesn't it just need to be $50? Am I missing a requirement?

There were some eligibility requirements, e.g. it can't be an Amazon gift card. I didn't read the whole thing since I knew what I wanted and it worked fine.

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    "Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) 2/22/2017.
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    Offer does not apply to orders placed through Alexa, Prime Now, Amazon Restaurants, or any mobile application other than the Amazon Shopping App.
    Offer limited to one per customer and account.
    Offer may not be combined with other offers.
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    Taxes, shipping and handling, and gift wrap charges do not apply when determining minimum purchase amount.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8565 on: February 22, 2017, 04:26:04 PM »
This weekend I used Uber for the first time for $8.55.  They emailed me a code for $20 for a friend's first Uber ride, so DH used that for a free ride to the airport yesterday, and they sent me a $15 off code for the referral.  I'll be needing to take a car a few times on an upcoming vacation, so this will cover most of that.

Bowed out of going to happy hour for National Margarita Day today.  Too much food and alcohol at home needing to be consumed and I didn't really feel like hanging out in a noisy restaurant anyway.

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« Reply #8566 on: February 22, 2017, 04:32:25 PM »
A local drug store is having a promotion this week, spend $30 get a $10 GC. I found an early copy of their flyer online and checked out what was on sale. I need some toiletries and household items, so I figured out a plan to spend $32 for items I need on sale, using coupons. The gift card will give me another 33% off, as long as I don't spend more than the $10 when I use it. 

About 5 minutes of effort on my lunch break, pretty good savings I think.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8567 on: February 22, 2017, 04:38:32 PM »
-Signed up for a couple genetic studies relating to fertility. If I'm accepted and fill out the questionnaires, I'll get $110 from one and $75 from the other.

-Rode my bike to the library to check out a book. Double mustache points.

-Using old bananas to make 2-ingredient cookies. http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/

-Trader Joe's got some nice new cards in, so I bought 4 for various upcoming events- 2 birthdays, a baby, and a wedding. $0.99/card, love their cards.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8568 on: February 22, 2017, 05:49:38 PM »
There must be a glut of old bananas - like Bracken Joy I needed to use up old bananas (7). Double batch of banana bread in the oven now!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8569 on: February 23, 2017, 02:29:41 AM »
Bought milk, eggs and potatoes at the farm shop. I calculated that this is 25% cheaper then at the grocery store and I know where it is from. Also I won't have to carry those items later when I will go to the grocery store for the rest on my list.

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« Reply #8570 on: February 23, 2017, 10:23:19 AM »
Packing snacks and sandwiches for our flight this evening. 
Used up most of the perishable food items before our trip

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8571 on: February 23, 2017, 11:04:09 AM »
Husband biked to work today, which means our single car is available for my use during the day for a change. So, I went and bought all the groceries we'll need through the beginning of next week today, because my favorite grocery store (already the cheapest place around by far for produce & dry goods) offers an extra 5% off everything on Tuesdays & Thursdays, I guess to get people to come in on slow days. Going to finish February averaging about $3.50 per meal for the two of us!

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« Reply #8572 on: February 24, 2017, 01:22:59 AM »
My 11 year old son put down a hardcover novel he was reading from the library on something sticky on the counter. Hours later, when we lifted it up, the page stuck and a chunk of it stuck to the counter. I carefully removed it and used clear packing tape to verrrrry carefully tape the chunk back on, aligning it almost perfectly.

Today, we took the book back and we showed the page to the librarian (honesty is the best policy...smile) and she showed it to her supervisor and they both agreed that the repair was excellent and that they wouldn't charge us for the book and returned it into circulation.

Since it's a brand new book, it would have been expensive! I just looked it up and its $17.99 on Amazon now, so the price has come down a bit, but I'm so happy! It was a win/win ... didn't have to pay for the book and taught my son a good lesson.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8573 on: February 24, 2017, 03:21:57 AM »
Brought lunch from home even on a Friday. All previous Fridays I spent a lunch on myself in the cafeteria at work. Not today.

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« Reply #8574 on: February 24, 2017, 10:17:08 AM »
Well done, Linda!  Now you've broken the habit, and maybe you'll do that again, at least occasionally.  :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8575 on: February 24, 2017, 01:22:34 PM »
Planned to go to the Newseum for my last weekend here in DC and complained to a Mustachian co-worker about ticket prices.  She emailed me a source for $8 off the ticket.  Score one for whining.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8576 on: February 24, 2017, 01:31:46 PM »
I requested a free pack of wildflower seeds to support bee life. I usually plant a section of windflowers in my hard, so this will save a few dollars.

I realized today I have a massive amount of yard projects to do this year, but in the spring I also work an insane amount of overtime so I am hoping I can use some of the "extra" money to accomplish some of my yard plans. I'm also very lucky that I got two free rain barrels last fall so will be able to avoid any additional water costs by setting them up as soon as I can.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8577 on: February 24, 2017, 02:45:05 PM »
We had 20-year-old beige carpet in our walk-in closet. I replaced it with these carpet squares:

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« Reply #8578 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 #8579 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 #8580 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 #8581 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 #8582 on: February 25, 2017, 11:25:15 AM »
Continued experimenting with the sous vide thingamabob.  Cheap, good steaks from chuck.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8583 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 #8584 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 #8585 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 #8586 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 #8587 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 #8588 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8589 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 #8590 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 #8591 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 #8592 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 #8593 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8594 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8595 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8596 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8597 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8598 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8599 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.