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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8650 on: March 05, 2017, 04:50:35 PM »
Made a really nice posole (hominy stew) with leftover chicken and pork. Made the stock myself from chicken carcasses.

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« Reply #8651 on: March 06, 2017, 11:14:03 AM »
This weekend a couple of friends told me about a program where unsold last-minute tickets at a very expensive concert venue can be had for $10 apiece. I tried it on Saturday and got an $85 ticket for $10. The place where you get them is right on my way home from work, and next door to a grocery store I frequently stop at, so it will be extremely easy to take advantage of this in the future.

Also: pushing myself all weekend to eat food I already had instead of going grocery shopping or eating out. But I think I have to go to the store tonight as I'm out of so many staples/basic food groups.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8652 on: March 06, 2017, 11:29:08 AM »
FINALLY got the paperwork to change my husband's life insurance from "smoker" to "nonsmoker" saving me $30/month ...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8653 on: March 06, 2017, 12:02:57 PM »
Changed my car's tyres from winter to summer with the help of my father. Always nice to work with him :-) Since I bought my Hyundai i30 (2008 model) last May, the dealer stored the winter tyres during last summer, but I did not want to pay this winter's storage and my parents had storage space as they do not use 2 cars any longer.

So saved around 50 in service and storage and most importantly realized that the tools in my trunk do NOT match the nuts of of my tyres! I did not check this before, imagine my stupid face if I had tried to change a tyre on the roadside... Additional benefit: lesson learned. Check everything. Always.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8654 on: March 06, 2017, 05:22:17 PM »
FINALLY got the paperwork to change my husband's life insurance from "smoker" to "nonsmoker" saving me $30/month ...

I tried that last month.  They replied that even though he has been a non-smoker for 15 years, he had cancer (not lung cancer) so no discount. 

Today I used my dollar store keurig reusable cup, did a grocery store mystery shop and hit the library.  I also made a turkey veggie soup from a bunch of leftover bits and pieces - couple soft carrots, handful of kale, 4 fingerling potatoes, 1/2 soft bell pepper, broccoli stems I forgot to use in a salad, 2 onions that were starting to go soft, turkey from the carcass after making stock as well as a couple things I found in the freezer - a cup of coconut milk, a bit of turkey gravy, last of a bag of corn and last of a bag of peas.  I'm amazed both at the number of things I threw in there as well as how good it tasted!   

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« Reply #8655 on: March 06, 2017, 06:01:10 PM »
This was an accidental one... complained to a food blogger I like, because they posted a recipe that was basically a "buy my spices" feeling money grab (like, it was pretty much 'shave brussel sprouts, then add my spice mix! Total BS and not their usual level of quality). They apologized, modified the recipe, and are sending me a pack of samples of all their spices! =o I made sure to thank them and tell them their usual stuff is wonderful. I still feel a little guilty for moaning though, haha.

Continuing to save money by using a free running program. The NHS released a podcast series for the couch to 5k runs, so it's really easy to use. While I could use a little less Welsh rap, it's pretty good. And you can't beat the price!

Bought a Bota Box when we new we wanted to do some solid drinking with friends. =) The Old Vine Zin is pretty good, and it's easy to share with friends as a millenial- we just play up the environmental benefits of the packaging, and everyone is happy.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8656 on: March 06, 2017, 08:14:46 PM »
This was an accidental one... complained to a food blogger I like, because they posted a recipe that was basically a "buy my spices" feeling money grab (like, it was pretty much 'shave brussel sprouts, then add my spice mix! Total BS and not their usual level of quality). They apologized, modified the recipe, and are sending me a pack of samples of all their spices! =o I made sure to thank them and tell them their usual stuff is wonderful. I still feel a little guilty for moaning though, haha.

The first hit is always free :-) It's probably pure Doritos spice, which will keep you coming back for more.

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« Reply #8657 on: March 06, 2017, 09:16:02 PM »
Bought hair gel at target. Stacked cartwheel, a coupon and a coupon app and after tax I made 1 cent :). If I didn't need debit card swipes I could have used my red card too.


Also used a coupon deal plus cartwheel plus Giftcards rebate to get 4 bottles of the scrubbing bubbles cleaner for about the  cost of 1 bottle.

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« Reply #8658 on: March 07, 2017, 02:42:09 AM »
This was an accidental one... complained to a food blogger I like, because they posted a recipe that was basically a "buy my spices" feeling money grab (like, it was pretty much 'shave brussel sprouts, then add my spice mix! Total BS and not their usual level of quality). They apologized, modified the recipe, and are sending me a pack of samples of all their spices! =o I made sure to thank them and tell them their usual stuff is wonderful. I still feel a little guilty for moaning though, haha.

This was a nice reaction from them.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8659 on: March 07, 2017, 03:20:25 AM »
Cancelled Audible subscription and signed up for free audio books from library
Cancelled YNAB
Going to have leftovers for lunch and dinner
Will do some more stuff but only 10 am here.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8660 on: March 07, 2017, 06:41:25 AM »
Great to read about everyone's small victories.
My 'pantry-anarchy' continues- throw together recipes trying to use up as much as possible before moving cross country.
Made meat sauce and only had to buy a small tin of crushed tomatoes!  Used up 2 cans of tomato soup, random freezer veggies, shredded cheese, 1/2 lb of frozen ground beef, pasta, and some excess onion and carrot.  Based on a suggestion I think heard here, I shredded the carrot for extra volume in the sauce.  I was home, so I let it simmer all afternoon to create a beautiful rich sauce!
Semi- saving/ semi spending money- bought a frozen pizza while at the store.  In my defense, I plan on pulling it out when SO and I are too tired from packing to cook, and we have the impulse to order in. (Being organized to have a freezer pizza on hand has helped stopped us from the dreaded "I dunno what to do about dinner, lets eat out" many times before.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8661 on: March 07, 2017, 07:02:22 AM »
Let's see -  in the past week I bargained down my $20 a month subscription to the NYT to $7.50 a month, I stopped my encroaching habit of buying coffees out in the morning, I made a very delicious and economical chicken thigh dinner which should last 3-4 meals. 

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« Reply #8662 on: March 07, 2017, 08:17:48 AM »
I have a steam mop that works fine except for one problem. The washable pads are held on to the bottom with velcro and the velcro stopped sticking after about 6 months. So every time I lifted the mop up to reposition I had to manually position it on the pad again.

I thought about adding ties but the top of the mop is dome-shaped so they would not stay on. Finally settled on a hole on each side of the pad and a bungie cord that hooks in to one hole, goes around the handle, and hooks in to the other hole on the other side of the pad. Had the bungie cord already so $0 fix vs. $60 replacement mop.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8663 on: March 07, 2017, 09:50:03 AM »
Husband is out of town for work, and sometimes when he's away I like to get myself some sort of takeout that he doesn't like.

Instead, I'm eating up all the leftovers in the fridge and freezer. Yay me.

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« Reply #8664 on: March 07, 2017, 10:00:03 AM »
I have a steam mop that works fine except for one problem. The washable pads are held on to the bottom with velcro and the velcro stopped sticking after about 6 months. So every time I lifted the mop up to reposition I had to manually position it on the pad again.

I thought about adding ties but the top of the mop is dome-shaped so they would not stay on. Finally settled on a hole on each side of the pad and a bungie cord that hooks in to one hole, goes around the handle, and hooks in to the other hole on the other side of the pad. Had the bungie cord already so $0 fix vs. $60 replacement mop.

I love my steam mop, and it suddenly stopped working the other day.  I'm going to try to figure out if I can get it fixed, because I do not want to buy another one!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8665 on: March 07, 2017, 02:28:29 PM »
* Watered seedlings with water from our rain barrel.

* Ate a homegrown tangerine. Used homegrown potato, chard and thyme in a pot of minestrone soup. Made "potato skins" with the peelings to reduce food waste.

* Made and froze six batches of baby food, for a savings of at least $6.

* Bought a commission-free ETF, saving another $6.
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« Reply #8666 on: March 07, 2017, 11:29:43 PM »
Bringing leftover salad from yesterday's dinner to the office for lunch.

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« Reply #8667 on: March 08, 2017, 05:48:47 AM »
I have a couple gift cards I am unlikely to use. I did some research and decided to list them on Raise.com instead of selling to Cardpool since the payout will be a few dollars higher.

I had my husband stop at the grocery store on his way home from work last night to pick up a few things. He is way better than I am at going in and getting just what's on the list, so we saved the money I would have spent on an extra item or two, and the gas it would have taken me to drive there and back.

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« Reply #8668 on: March 08, 2017, 07:24:59 AM »
* Did a mystery shop while getting groceries.  I had to stop there anyway, and the extra money off my grocery bill doesn't hurt.

* Asked the library to purchase a book I want to read rather than buying it off Amazon.  9 times out of 10 they end up purchasing it, so this helps me and whoever else also gets to read it now that it's part of their collection.

* Bought birthday and wedding cards at the dollar tree.  They are just as nice as ones I can buy at any other store, and while I hate the thought of wasting money on a card, some occasions still call for one, so paying $0.50 is better than the $5 to $7 they all seem to be anywhere else.

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« Reply #8669 on: March 08, 2017, 11:08:19 AM »
I received some free coupons in the mail I sent away for. They are for products I don't buy a ton of but come in very handy when I am having guests over or going to a movie/games night.

For two minutes worth of effort I get for free (no purchase required) a case of 12 or 15 Pepsi brand cans of pop.  A 2 litre bottle of pop.  A bag each of Tostitos, Lays chips and a third variety of chips and one bottle of either juice or ice tea.

At the same time while in the grocery store the other day I collected a handful of different coupons for products I do buy. They are having a promotion for three charities, so not only do I save money I help some charities.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8670 on: March 08, 2017, 11:39:52 AM »
-Asked for a printer on my Buy Nothing Project group. Surpassed my expectations- older lady gave me a printer that was too high tech for her SIL and her, since it's wifi only. Copier/scanner/fax and prints up to 11"x17" which is awesome for DH's work. Full ink, too. Looked it up- it's over $200 new.

-Found what I can only assume was mis-labeled corned beef. All the other ones in the pile were $4.39/lb, and this one was $3.49/lb. Same product # and label and everything. Thanks Costco!

-Thawing steak from our 1/4 cow for my birthday dinner tonight. Will use my free starbucks birthday reward this weekend when we go hiking. Good birthday in my book!

-Switched to a knock of version of the bread we like... used to buy Dave's good seed but costco keeps spiking the price (it's like $8 for 2 loaves now!). A different local bread company has something they call "great seed" (lol), and it's only $4.99 for 2 loaves at costco right now.
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« Reply #8671 on: March 08, 2017, 01:49:45 PM »
-Asked for a printer on my Buy Nothing Project group. Surpassed my expectations- older lady gave me a printer that was too high tech for her SIL and her, since it's wifi only. Copier/scanner/fax and prints up to 11"x17" which is awesome for DH's work. Full ink, too. Looked it up- it's over $200 new.

-Found what I can only assume was mis-labeled corned beef. All the other ones in the pile were $4.39/lb, and this one was $3.49/lb. Same product # and label and everything. Thanks Costco!

-Thawing steak from our 1/4 cow for my birthday dinner tonight. Will use my free starbucks birthday reward this weekend when we go hiking. Good birthday in my book!

-Switched to a knock of version of the bread we like... used to buy Dave's good seed but costco keeps spiking the price (it's like $8 for 2 loaves now!). A different local bread company has something they call "great seed" (lol), and it's only $4.99 for 2 loaves at costco right now.

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« Reply #8672 on: March 08, 2017, 02:00:31 PM »

-Thawing steak from our 1/4 cow for my birthday dinner tonight. Will use my free starbucks birthday reward this weekend when we go hiking. Good birthday in my book!


Happy Birthday! Yes, steak dinner sounds awesome!

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« Reply #8673 on: March 08, 2017, 02:35:56 PM »
Doing a 'Buy Nothing Day' for International Women's Day. I forgot to pack a lunch and nearly decided to cave and buy a salad (I have a gift card so I was rationalizing that it's not *really* spending money...) but I managed to cobble together some salami, cheese, crackers and fruit and throw it in a bag on the way out the door this morning.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8674 on: March 08, 2017, 05:20:52 PM »
Fixed a portion of the roof gutters by replacing failed anchor nails with screws.

I suppose I saved a bit of loot by riding my bicycle to the home center rather than driving the short distance.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8675 on: March 08, 2017, 06:19:28 PM »
Not me, but husband. DH sweetly bought a bota box for my birthday... but didn't notice that it rang up at $28 =o instead of the $18 it should have been. When I saw it on Mint, I mentioned it, so he went and did a price fix. Would have been easy to not go back (right next to the high school, and school was just getting out!) but he went and took care of it =)
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« Reply #8676 on: March 08, 2017, 06:43:31 PM »
Not me, but husband. DH sweetly bought a bota box for my birthday... but didn't notice that it rang up at $28 =o instead of the $18 it should have been. When I saw it on Mint, I mentioned it, so he went and did a price fix. Would have been easy to not go back (right next to the high school, and school was just getting out!) but he went and took care of it =)

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I bought a Brita water jug on sale yesterday.

We already have one but my husband and I have given up juice, alcohol, soft drink, everything but water and milk, so our jug wasn't keeping up with demand. Now we'll have two on the go.

Saved $7 on the jug plus all the money we're saving by not drinking rubbish.

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« Reply #8677 on: March 08, 2017, 07:13:35 PM »
One of our leashes was just starting the unraveling phase on the handle stitching.  I used a bright blue thread to reinforce the handle portion.  I have one "puller", so I also stitched a line of the same bright blue thread just above the hook on the other end.  I can lengthen the life of my stitches even more if I remember to hook the older, better behaved dog to the already weakened leash...rather than the 3 year old Lab.....

Mended the hem of the husbands dress pants. 

Found husband a replacement polo at goodwill for 3.50!

Have chosen to do without several more processed, often expensive foodstuffs to save on money, space, health and waste packaging.  Most were "healthier" versions of a processed convenience food. Our budget has already shown a drop in costs!

Sold a book on ebay.

Arranged to take out a teen in my life during BOGO cones time at Culvers ;)

Will get a free dinner through my work on Sunday night.

Have plans to trade in some semi-valuable gold jewelry items for some cash.  They have only a small amount of sentimental value, but never get worn or even looked at.  The people matter -- the rings don't.

Grilled cheese for dinner after getting home late!

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« Reply #8678 on: March 08, 2017, 07:14:44 PM »
Returned store bought baby clothes. Despite them being adorable, and more than 50% off, they still cost way more than the used clothes I bought, and which I likely have way more than enough of.  If I don't have enough, I can find a new deal closer to when I actually need them and know what size/season I need better.

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« Reply #8679 on: March 08, 2017, 09:10:31 PM »
Called insurance company to ask a few questions including what the new phrase on our car renewal meant exactly ("eco credit") and learned it has to do with driving less than 10,000 km per year and 15 km commute each day. I told them those numbers are both accurate, although I don't actually use it to commute, we only drive evenings or weekends. Apparently those were magic words and our premium went down $120!
Then I finally checked a gift card that had been languishing in a drawer for 2 years that I thought was used and could be cut up to be a duct tape holder.  Nope - it's $100. How did that go unspent for so long?!

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« Reply #8680 on: March 08, 2017, 10:12:04 PM »
Brought food from home on a work trip this week.

Reviewed the 5% cash back categories on my credit cards and found that I should be buying gas with my Discover card for the rest of the month, and if I decide to remodel the bathroom, will do so after April 1 when home improvement stores are in the 5% category.


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« Reply #8681 on: March 08, 2017, 10:21:18 PM »
Took the school van to go to a training that was held at the district office.  I hate driving the school van but it saved me half a tank of gas.

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« Reply #8682 on: March 08, 2017, 11:43:22 PM »
Bringing a left over prition of food to work for lunch again. Not sure if it's saving anything, though, because I didn't reducev the amount of bread I bring. But as it is a typical lunch-size portion, I'm nit sure when we would eat it at home.

Something that would help: When buying bread, I usually cut it into 2 daily portions and slice off 2 slices. Then I store all the daily portions in the freezer and 6 slices go together in a bag. What would help is cut all the bread into slices to make more precise cuts and being able to vary the amount of slices that I defrost.

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« Reply #8683 on: March 09, 2017, 09:07:47 AM »
Brought lunch.  Drinking water from my water bottle.  Drank coffee at home.  Got paid for a simple babysitting gig. 

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« Reply #8684 on: March 09, 2017, 09:17:56 AM »
My car's front blinker is busted.  Instead of bringing it in, I ordered a replacement part online for $20.  Now to see if I can install it myself...

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« Reply #8685 on: March 09, 2017, 11:20:49 AM »
Re-booked my rental car and cancelled my previous reservation. I've been doing this all month. The price has dropped  from $220.92 to $203. Curious to see if the price will continue to drop before our trip starts in two weeks.

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« Reply #8686 on: March 09, 2017, 11:38:23 AM »
Yesterday I got a $100 check from my mom for my birthday. Today I deposited it in the bank and then bought $100 of VTSMX in our SEP IRA. Loving that I just reduced my 2016 taxable income.

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« Reply #8687 on: March 09, 2017, 12:10:15 PM »
Looked at fancy-ass baskets online--want some for storage in my new, unfurnished apartment. Hmmm, $60, $80, $129...but attractive. Went to Aldi's and grocery-shopped for the week, then went to the Dollar Store next door to Aldi and bought a great, big, artisanal-looking basket for $10. Looks great--like something I would have picked up on an expedition to some tribal outback place. Filled it up with household linens, thus freeing up shelf space for other things. Done.

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« Reply #8688 on: March 09, 2017, 06:01:23 PM »
Picked up free disposable nursing pads via my Buy Nothing group. I plan on primarily using cloth nursing pads, but I know there'll be times when disposable is a better option, and it's nice not to have to pay for them :-)

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« Reply #8689 on: March 09, 2017, 06:51:50 PM »
Picked up free disposable nursing pads via my Buy Nothing group. I plan on primarily using cloth nursing pads, but I know there'll be times when disposable is a better option, and it's nice not to have to pay for them :-)

Too funny- I picked up cloth ones from my buy nothing group yesterday! Apparently never used.  I have some disposables left from last pregnancy when I needed th before I had a chance to find cloth, so I'm also set for both types.

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« Reply #8690 on: March 09, 2017, 06:56:59 PM »
Picked up free disposable nursing pads via my Buy Nothing group. I plan on primarily using cloth nursing pads, but I know there'll be times when disposable is a better option, and it's nice not to have to pay for them :-)

Too funny- I picked up cloth ones from my buy nothing group yesterday! Apparently never used.  I have some disposables left from last pregnancy when I needed th before I had a chance to find cloth, so I'm also set for both types.

Great minds ;-)

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« Reply #8691 on: March 10, 2017, 10:44:35 AM »
Going to install new rotors and pads today myself (with bf's assistance) because a shop quoted me $420 JUST FOR LABOR for 4 rotors+pads. And $77 EACH ROTOR. I got the whole set (rotors + pads) for less than what I would have paid for their shitty rotors, and I got a nice performance set too because it wasn't too much more. They may save money due to better heat dissipation and less warping issues, who knows.

Going to do this in a parking lot too. No excuses! If you're hesitating to do your own repairs, do the easy ones like brakes/rotors! I almost took the lazy way out until I realized how stupid that would have been.

Money saved today: $470+ even after buying a couple tools and lubricants needed for the job

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8692 on: March 10, 2017, 12:01:45 PM »
Going to install new rotors and pads today myself (with bf's assistance) because a shop quoted me $420 JUST FOR LABOR for 4 rotors+pads. And $77 EACH ROTOR. I got the whole set (rotors + pads) for less than what I would have paid for their shitty rotors, and I got a nice performance set too because it wasn't too much more. They may save money due to better heat dissipation and less warping issues, who knows.

Going to do this in a parking lot too. No excuses! If you're hesitating to do your own repairs, do the easy ones like brakes/rotors! I almost took the lazy way out until I realized how stupid that would have been.

Money saved today: $470+ even after buying a couple tools and lubricants needed for the job

You rock!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8693 on: March 10, 2017, 07:26:04 PM »
Way to go marielle!

Today I built a CD ladder with cash that is slated for college expenses. The rate topped out at 1.55% for the 2-year CD, which is better than the 0% it has been earning for too long. A thread on this forum kicked my ass into gear on that one. Also made my 2016 and 2017 tIRA contributions. Just need to remember to put that into mutual funds once the transaction settles.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8694 on: March 10, 2017, 09:08:46 PM »
Was invited to lunch by a friend.  We went out to eat last night.  I agreed to join him, but I made a salad and brought it with me to the sandwich place.  Social interaction and homemade food FTW!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8695 on: March 11, 2017, 01:17:38 AM »
So badly wanted to order in dinner after a busy day, but instead threw the chicken that's been defrosting in the oven, cooked up some mashed potatoes and steamed some broccoli and carrots.

Husband was going to go to the grocery store tomorrow to pick up an easy dinner for when his parents come to visit. Instead, I made a chili today and threw it all in the crockpot. Will pull it out of the fridge and heat on low all day. Also have some refrigerator bread to make into a crusty loaf of bread. Daughter is planning to make a banana cake with all the black bananas we have.

Shopped for a few things at the dollar store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8696 on: March 11, 2017, 04:15:29 AM »
Forgot to take my lunch to work one day this week, and I resisted the temptation to buy lunch.  (I remembered MMM's funny post about "lift up your shirt and look down folks, and you'll see that your next meal is pre-installed", and I remembered how tough Linda from Norway was last week when she had no food at work.) 

Today I'm going to use up a ton of aging stuff in the fridge to pre-make a huge pot of stew and freeze it, so I'll have lunches for a week.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8697 on: March 11, 2017, 06:11:45 AM »
The big accomplishment of the week was replacing my Macbook display, which cracked when I tripped over the power cord. It was still sort of usable, but extremely annoying to have a 4 inch spider web shaped black area at the top, plus flickering lines running all across and down the screen.  Getting it fixed at a local store would have been something like $650, but I ordered a used display online for $200 which looks like new.  I had some setbacks installing it, as I didn't have the right size Pentalobe screwdriver (but found a tiny flathead which worked in most of the screws) and then one screw wouldn't come out so I had to go to the Apple Store where they "loosened" it for me as a courtesy... but I had to pay $3 for mall parking.

Then I had to find a window of time where my kids wouldn't disturb me while I took my laptop apart. But thanks to iFixit's excellent instructions, I now have crystal clear window to the world again!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8698 on: March 11, 2017, 08:40:49 AM »
I was looking at buying a fancy handmade kombucha crock from Etsy, but they couldn't do the glaze color I wanted.  Yesterday I found 2 gallon glass beverage dispensers at TJMaxx for $16.99.  I ended up buying two, which will actually improve my kombucha-making process over having a single crock.  Still need to buy stainless spigots to replace the cheap ones on the dispensers, but all in, it will still be almost $200 less than the Etsy crock, and more versatile.

Completed a $4 mail-in rebate this morning.

Planning to plant lots of veggie seeds in the garden this weekend, and clean up the front yard landscaping (not that I every hire someone else to do this).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8699 on: March 11, 2017, 09:43:27 AM »
Cut my own hair this morning! :)
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