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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8700 on: March 11, 2017, 09:59:55 AM »
Bought a 2nd hand kiddie seat for my bike so that our youngest son with DS can have some fun and strengthen his muscles at the same time. Saved about 45,-.

Also made a small detour on the way back, bought supplies at the big Chinese grocerer which is a lot cheaper than the smaller one in our city. We stocked up on the basics so no splurges :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8701 on: March 11, 2017, 11:00:53 AM »
Staying at our mountain cabin. There is no shop anymore, so no temptations. We brought 30 liters of water from home. That is all the water we'll use the whole weekend with 2 people.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8702 on: March 11, 2017, 11:08:46 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!

This is amazing! Broken electronic devices scare the heck out of me, but I will have to try iFixit the next time something breaks.

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« Reply #8703 on: March 11, 2017, 01:45:17 PM »
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.   

I love it when we inspire each other around here, and I think it's great that you gave credit where credit is due!  I posted this elsewhere last night, but yesterday I realized that because my bills and spending have been lower so far this month than I'd expected (I only get paid once a month and I'm halfway between pay periods) that my budget isn't as tight as I'd thought it was.  But, I'm working on paying down debt.  So, inspired by a case study thread started by dashh, instead of loosening my budget, I went ahead and made an extra payment on my CC, which will reduce the interest slightly on my next bill.

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!

This is amazing! Broken electronic devices scare the heck out of me, but I will have to try iFixit the next time something breaks. 

I am really hard on my laptops and phones, and have broken screens more than once.  For the phone, one time I paid $100 to get it replaced.  The second phone (my current one) the crack wasn't as big, and I have one of those plastic film screen protectors on it (which is helping to stop the crack from getting worse) so I have just kept using it.

But last year I dropped my fairly new work laptop and cracked the screen really badly.  I took the "Geek Squad" guy's word for it that it wouldn't be worth fixing due to the cost, and got my work to buy another one.  But I felt really bad about the church having to spend that money.  If anything like that happens again, I'm going to look into fixing it myself!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8704 on: March 11, 2017, 02:41:30 PM »
I didn't want to cook last night.  It was Friday, a busy day for both of us, but I  still managed some shrimp from frozen and some roasted sweet potatoes.  Although we did crack and use a coupon for buy one, get one free sundaes from the Culvers down the road...

Have stayed home so far today.  Saturdays are perfect for hibernating...

Was given some raw milk, veggies and fresh ginger from a friend who was going out of town.  So we have tried out ginger tea, and have lots of supplies for salads and milk for hot cocoa later!

Sold some scrap gold yesterday and deposited 80.00.  Also got our small tax return (a first for a couple years...diddn't expect it)  in our account and transferred it into savings.

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« Reply #8705 on: March 11, 2017, 03:19:09 PM »
Our grocery store has strawberries on sale that (even after hulled) cost less than I pay for frozen ones (I have a smoothie for dinner about 4 nights a week).

Bought 8 pounds of them, sliced them up and froze them for smoothies.

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« Reply #8706 on: March 11, 2017, 03:29:38 PM »
Our grocery store has strawberries on sale that (even after hulled) cost less than I pay for frozen ones (I have a smoothie for dinner about 4 nights a week).

Bought 8 pounds of them, sliced them up and froze them for smoothies.

I got them for 99 a quart (pound?) at Fareway this week. I love strawberries.

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« Reply #8707 on: March 11, 2017, 05:42:33 PM »
Cut my husband's hair.

I'm getting better at it, and his hairstyle - short on sides, longer on top - is fairly forgiving.

Saved $25.

He also opted out of an event that out of an event he was thinking quite seriously of doing.

Saved $3000+.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8708 on: March 11, 2017, 10:15:57 PM »
Made soup for the week.
Defrosted cornbread muffins to go with the soup.
Met up with friends, brought homemade biscotti, ate chocolate chip cookies and marshmallows made by a friend

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8709 on: March 12, 2017, 12:33:40 PM »
Returned a $200 baby monitor that was given to me as a gift and got Amazon credit.

Replaced it with a $10 monitor from a facebook sale site.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8710 on: March 12, 2017, 04:40:18 PM »
Returned a $200 baby monitor that was given to me as a gift and got Amazon credit.

Replaced it with a $10 monitor from a facebook sale site.

That is a great score, Iowajes!  Sounds like you are getting close to your due date.  Congrats and good luck with everything.   :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8711 on: March 12, 2017, 04:45:12 PM »
Returned a $200 baby monitor that was given to me as a gift and got Amazon credit.

Replaced it with a $10 monitor from a facebook sale site.

I used to be conflicted about returning or selling gifts; no longer.  I appreciate the sentiment, but the extreme cold weather mountain biking gloves that someone just gifted me are on ebay (and will probably sell for $60, considering they still have the tags.)

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« Reply #8712 on: March 12, 2017, 04:46:52 PM »
Returned a $200 baby monitor that was given to me as a gift and got Amazon credit.

Replaced it with a $10 monitor from a facebook sale site.

I used to be conflicted about returning or selling gifts; no longer.  I appreciate the sentiment, but the extreme cold weather mountain biking gloves that someone just gifted me are on ebay (and will probably sell for $60, considering they still have the tags.)

I have no qualms doing it with registry gifts.   I've never done it with "I picked this out specifically for you" gifts...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8713 on: March 12, 2017, 10:36:35 PM »
* Gave both boys haircuts using our Wahl trimmer. Saved $30-$60 depending on the barbershop.

* Checked out an ebook from the library instead of paying $11 for a Kindle download.

* Made a smoothie using greens from the garden (broccoli leaf, chard, sorrel, nasturtium); read to the children from our stockpile of books; used reusable cloth diapers and washable DIY cloth wipes on the baby; line-dried a load of laundry.
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« Reply #8714 on: March 13, 2017, 05:12:51 AM »
Stayed home all weekend. No spending except for a box of Girl Scout cookies from a girl in the neighborhood and a video sewing class on sale from Craftsy.

Ate leftovers.

Cut DH's hair.

Sewed clothes for our toddler using our unworn clothes as material, used stash fabric for a set of pajamas, and was just able to squeeze a newborn set out of the leftovers for the last minute baby gift/future craft fair or Etsy shop inventory I'm building.

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« Reply #8715 on: March 13, 2017, 05:38:01 AM »
As always nowadays I ate lunch brought from home today and will do for the rest of the week.

When in the car driving back from our mountain cabin, we often tend to eat at a pizza restaurant. Yesterday though, we brought along sandwiches, a half-eaten pack of cookies and a half finished bag of crisps. Also brought a bottle of water. So we saved eating out on the route.
We also fill up the petrol tank on Sunday evening, a very cheap day at Norwegian petrol stations. We waited until we found the cheapest station along the route. I used my new member card to get a reduction on the petrol price.

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« Reply #8716 on: March 13, 2017, 06:31:47 AM »
We had a family-oriented event yesterday that ended right before dinner time, but instead of caving to a shopportunity, I made a batch of crockpot chili using up the last of the ground beef from the freezer. This will also be tonight's dinner. Made cole slaw from $0.17/lb. St. Paddy's Day cabbage.

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« Reply #8717 on: March 13, 2017, 07:23:24 AM »
I signed up for free audio books at library...just downloaded first one, brilliant after cancelling audible subscription other day that was costing 7 per month, this all free :) :) :)

Overdrive is the app - if you google it has ebooks etc from local libraries


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8718 on: March 13, 2017, 12:33:39 PM »
My car insurance company (Geico) offered me $20 off per month on our car insurance if we switched our home insurance to them, too.  So I switched and it turns out the new home insurance is $500 cheaper per year, too.  And better coverage.  Yay to shopping around!
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« Reply #8719 on: March 13, 2017, 12:52:25 PM »
My car insurance company (Geico) offered me $20 off per month on our car insurance if we switched our home insurance to them, too.  So I switched and it turns out the new home insurance is $500 cheaper per year, too.  And better coverage.  Yay to shopping around!

Awesome saving!

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« Reply #8720 on: March 13, 2017, 12:59:33 PM »
This was technically yesterday but the cashier and Wegman's forgot to scan my coupons so I waited three minutes in line at customer service to get my $7.20 back.  Not a huge win, but a win nonetheless!

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« Reply #8721 on: March 13, 2017, 01:32:51 PM »
Rode my bike to the library even though I was *sure* it would rain. (I have waterproof panniers, the book would have been fine). Exercise, no car use, and it didn't rain after all!
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« Reply #8722 on: March 13, 2017, 02:57:46 PM »
My car insurance company (Geico) offered me $20 off per month on our car insurance if we switched our home insurance to them, too.  So I switched and it turns out the new home insurance is $500 cheaper per year, too.  And better coverage.  Yay to shopping around!

Awesome saving!

Thanks! 

Also, I just finished with the tax appointment and we're getting about $3k back this year.  Going straight to our Roth IRA. 

Well, except for a small amount to put curtains in our basement.  Not a huge $$ but it will help with our energy bill because the basement is consistently the coldest room in our home.  So I guess I'm spending money now in order to save money in the future :-) 
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« Reply #8723 on: March 13, 2017, 05:47:24 PM »
In the last few days I:

*cut four boys hair with our human hair clippers

*adult kids clipped our poodle's coat with our dog clippers

*made a child chili and homemade bread for company. Hearty and homemade meal was well received and sent home 1/2 a loaf of bread with them to enjoy the next day. Daughter made a triple batch of banana cake for dessert - two went into the deep freeze

*trying to be diligent in eating leftovers and also using up fresh produce

*green onions bought three weeks ago are still producing new shoots in a glass of water. Change water daily. This is like magic to me!

Edit: terrible autocorrect fixed!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8724 on: March 13, 2017, 06:48:50 PM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)
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« Reply #8725 on: March 13, 2017, 07:35:36 PM »
Saved myself and some random guy money...  Got rid of the tree in my back yard that had fallen over. Saved myself the compost fees, and saved random guy from buying firewood.

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« Reply #8726 on: March 13, 2017, 08:27:15 PM »
My car insurance company (Geico) offered me $20 off per month on our car insurance if we switched our home insurance to them, too.  So I switched and it turns out the new home insurance is $500 cheaper per year, too.  And better coverage.  Yay to shopping around!

Awesome saving!

Thanks! 

For anyone reading along who thinks this option isn't available to them too, because they are renters, listen up!

Living in Toronto, and especially as a relatively new driver when I first got my own insurance, my auto insurance was astronomical.  But when I added tenant's insurance (contents insurance, basically - which is very cheap) on with the same company, it got me a multi-policy discount.  In other words, I added a whole second policy, and my overall bill went down!  The cost savings on my car insurance outweighed the cost of my tenant's insurance.  So check into that, renters, if you haven't already set your insurance up this way.

*made a child and homemade bread for company. 

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-) 

LOL!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8727 on: March 13, 2017, 10:03:07 PM »
Bought a new front screen phone parts pkg ($75) to DIY fix instead of buying a used replacement phone ($300+).

Fixed my previous notepad this way too. And I gain new skills in the practice.

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« Reply #8728 on: March 13, 2017, 10:10:04 PM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

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« Reply #8729 on: March 13, 2017, 10:14:05 PM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

I was wondering about cannibalism ... I mean, you've got a big family, right?  Who'd miss one or two?
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« Reply #8730 on: March 13, 2017, 10:16:43 PM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

I was wondering about cannibalism ... I mean, you've got a big family, right?  Who'd miss one or two?

Oh my gosh, I'm killing myself laughing here! Oh dear!

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« Reply #8731 on: March 13, 2017, 10:20:30 PM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

I was wondering about cannibalism ... I mean, you've got a big family, right?  Who'd miss one or two?

Oh my gosh, I'm killing myself laughing here! Oh dear! 

Does that mean someone else will serve you up for dinner tomorrow night?  ;-)
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« Reply #8732 on: March 13, 2017, 11:18:41 PM »
Rode my bike to the library even though I was *sure* it would rain. (I have waterproof panniers, the book would have been fine). Exercise, no car use, and it didn't rain after all!

I am so happy and pleased for you that you're getting good use out of the bike!! :D

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« Reply #8733 on: March 14, 2017, 01:36:10 AM »
I wrote down what outside lights we have on the car garage. Those are lights that go on automatically when it gets dark. My husband doesn't want to turn them off completely, as there are no street lights in the neighbourhood. By they are currently using 46W each. I have found similar LED lights online that only use 4W. The LED lights are now on the shopping list and waiting for a combined trip to the cheapest store that sells them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8734 on: March 14, 2017, 09:16:04 AM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

I was wondering about cannibalism ... I mean, you've got a big family, right?  Who'd miss one or two?

Oh my gosh, I'm killing myself laughing here! Oh dear! 

Does that mean someone else will serve you up for dinner tomorrow night?  ;-)
You're both ridiculous!  And I love it!

Today I packed my lunch with a bunch of food that I bulk cooked over the weekend. 

I also have been reading books from the library instead of buying used on Amazon.  This is HUGE for me because I read a lot.  I kept thinking, "it's only $4-$5."  However, it was adding up to about $20/month, and I only read the books once anyway.

I'm drinking leftover tea.  I tossed it in the fridge on Sunday, so I'm drinking it iced instead of hot.  Luckily the weather here has really warmed up (80 yesterday), so the iced tea is perfect. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8735 on: March 14, 2017, 09:31:08 AM »
I went above and beyond at work on Friday, Saturday and today to fix a work emergency, so my boss treated me to the caffeine of my choice in the morning and took me out for dinner and drinks after work. I'm really hoping we get a snow day tomorrow because I feel like I'm about to slip into a coma after working that hard and then having a big dinner with alcohol. But yay! Free food.

*made a child and homemade bread for company.

I've heard of a lot of different reasons to have kids, but making a child for company is a new one on me ;-)

Wow! Autocorrect fail! This was supposed to be a chili! bwahahahahha

I was wondering about cannibalism ... I mean, you've got a big family, right?  Who'd miss one or two?

Oh my gosh, I'm killing myself laughing here! Oh dear! 

Does that mean someone else will serve you up for dinner tomorrow night?  ;-)
You're both ridiculous!  And I love it!

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« Reply #8736 on: March 14, 2017, 10:50:26 AM »
Brought lunch, and in the process of cooking dinner/packing lunches yesterday, I got dinner for last night, lunches for today, and most of the needed food for tomorrow's lunches made too.

Drinking water from my water bottle and coffee from my thermos.

Windshield got a chip in it while on the highway yesterday.  Our local glass place put it in a few months ago, and with each replacement you get one free chip repair.  I'm hoping this one will be repairable! 

Saved a touch of electricity by dropping the temp an extra degree yesterday, not using the space heater like we sometimes do, and simply reading/nintendo switch playing in bed under the covers for the evening...

Got up late this morning.  Sent a package of oatmeal with the husband for his breakfast instead of him stopping for coffee and a donut.

Electric company came to mark trees for trimming/cutting down in our neighborhood.  Bad news: previous owners managed to plant nearly all the trees in the backyard directly under the lines, and they are all tall growers.  Good news: several were needing taken down anyway due to storm damage/blight, so now they will be taken down for free.  Also, while most of our backyard trees will be chopped down, we will be given vouchers for new ones that we can choose and position wherever on our property.  I'm hoping to use them more for privacy/sun protection, rather than simply replanting shorter trees under the lines again......

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8737 on: March 14, 2017, 12:44:03 PM »

Electric company came to mark trees for trimming/cutting down in our neighborhood.  Bad news: previous owners managed to plant nearly all the trees in the backyard directly under the lines, and they are all tall growers.  Good news: several were needing taken down anyway due to storm damage/blight, so now they will be taken down for free.  Also, while most of our backyard trees will be chopped down, we will be given vouchers for new ones that we can choose and position wherever on our property.  I'm hoping to use them more for privacy/sun protection, rather than simply replanting shorter trees under the lines again......

Do you have a stove or a fire place? Then you can cut the cut down trees and use them as fuel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8738 on: March 14, 2017, 01:37:55 PM »
My nephew is visiting for the week because he loves to ski.  We're saving money by having a friend give him lessons and going to the 'cheap' mountain (Loveland) instead of the expensive mountain (Vail and most others). 

Oh, and he loves tacos so we made tacos at home with the flat bottom hard shells that stand up on their own.  Way cheaper than going out and he enjoyed the heck out of them. 
Frugalite in training.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8739 on: March 14, 2017, 02:35:53 PM »
Well, pantry-anarchy continues- No spend day because we are snowed in! 
Given that most of my kitchen is packed, and I have started giving away staples food options today are.... eclectic.
Really, really, really hope it stops snowing soon as our Ubox is supposed to be shipped out tomorrow :(  At least this has forced me to really clean the current place.  Seems silly since we are already loosing the security deposit (we are breaking the lease to move cross country, but the landlord won't charge us for the months we aren't living there), but the landlord is a solid guy, so scrub away I will.

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« Reply #8740 on: March 14, 2017, 05:09:18 PM »
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!

This is amazing! Broken electronic devices scare the heck out of me, but I will have to try iFixit the next time something breaks.

Thanks!! It really was not too hard, but you do need some fine motor control. If you are just starting out with electronics, it might be a good idea to get exactly the equipment they specify.  I was too cheap to pay $3 for a plastic "spudger" in this case, so I used a part of a plastic toy that seemed it would do the trick; plus I was too impatient to buy a Pentalobe screwdriver... but if I had to do it over again (never, knock on wood!) I would spring for the right screwdriver instead of trying to improvise.

I've been moaning about my broken fridge here for weeks or months, and today I saved on a repairman by finally installing a new thermostat.  It took less than 30 minutes, and it works!! Little did the person who lovingly gave me an Amazon Echo, know that with the return credit, I would buy used refrigerator parts.  I don't buy tech-- I AM tech!  (beating chest)

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« Reply #8741 on: March 14, 2017, 10:52:22 PM »
Made six more servings of baby food.

Saved $20 by buying a converter cable instead of replacement earbuds for my phone.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8742 on: March 15, 2017, 12:19:18 AM »
alewpanda:Can you choose fruit trees with your tree vouchers? That would be amazing!

Today I:

*Made a curry with leftover BBQ pork loin (no children were harmed in the making of this dinner!)

*Made a double loaf of french bread from refrigerator dough and started another batch of dough on the counter

*Returned library materials on time and also had a book come in that I put on hold months ago

*Sat in the car and waited for husband to get xray rather than paying for parking and going in with him. Ran library errand while I waited too.

*Watched a library movie with kids for a fun spring break night - It was "The Secret Life of Pets" and its pretty funny, actually.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8743 on: March 15, 2017, 03:50:19 PM »
My parents are snowbirds and are gone from Ontario to Florida for about three months every year. I tried out Viber this year to talk to them over my WiFi and it had been working quite well. In total it cost me approximately $11 to talk to them every third day for about an hour. The bonus of using Viber, is it allows me to have a very low budget phone plan, which saves me significantly more throughout the year. I'm glad I tried it out.

I logged in and got my free samples from Sample Source yesterday. This service always saves me a bit because I use the small toiletries when I go car camping. I also usually get some pretty good coupons that I can either use, or giveaway to friends if I don't use the specific product. Then there are just some great samples that are treats, like chocolate!!
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« Reply #8744 on: March 16, 2017, 02:18:40 AM »
Our double bed has been falling apart twice recently. The supporting leg under the middle of the bed sometimes loosens and then the supporting beam comes down. Not nice when you want to sleep.
I measured the height of the support leg and put a log of almost the same size under it as a backup support. This weekend my husband will make a better fitting solution with some wood that we have in the garage. Then we don't need to buy a new bed. It is over 20 years old now.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8745 on: March 16, 2017, 03:28:46 AM »
Bought a couple ammo cases on sale from my favorite supplier. Saved huge money buying in bulk on sale.
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« Reply #8746 on: March 16, 2017, 06:22:07 AM »
Requested baby socks on Buy Nothing group. 
Ended up with 3 bags (from different people) of toddler socks, but I can hang onto them until I need them.


I have to say though, our Buy Nothing group moderator is driving me crazy. She's decided we should have theme days. So every day she posts a theme and then asks all day long for people to post things with that theme. Do other groups do that?  I don't care if it is pet supply day or bedding day.  If people have things to offer, they will offer them. If people need things, they will ask for them.  Why are we trying to meet themes?  Is this like a declutter challenge of hers?  And daily? (As opposed to weekly...)- she's going to run out of ideas!

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« Reply #8747 on: March 16, 2017, 08:39:13 AM »
alewpanda:Can you choose fruit trees with your tree vouchers? That would be amazing!

Today I:

*Made a curry with leftover BBQ pork loin (no children were harmed in the making of this dinner!)

*Made a double loaf of french bread from refrigerator dough and started another batch of dough on the counter

*Returned library materials on time and also had a book come in that I put on hold months ago

*Sat in the car and waited for husband to get xray rather than paying for parking and going in with him. Ran library errand while I waited too.

*Watched a library movie with kids for a fun spring break night - It was "The Secret Life of Pets" and its pretty funny, actually.

(***now carefully proofing my contribution before hitting Post***)

I was given some paperwork on the tree options, and at least one booklet has mention of a crab apple tree, although I've never eaten crab apples....

But, the booklets only included the trees that both nurseries have to offer towards the voucher.  I'm getting our voucher for the larger of the nurseries, which the electric company lady told me has more options that shown in the booklet.  So, maybe! 

Although I will need to make sure the fruit is dog safe I guess.... or plant it outside of my fence...lol.



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« Reply #8748 on: March 16, 2017, 08:59:36 AM »
Crabapples can still be useful!  Not only do they have lovely flowers, but you can make jelly with the crabapples, and also they are excellent pollinators for eating apples, which usually require planting another tree of a different variety nearby, or they will not set fruit.

See one of my current favorite gardening books:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grow-a-little-fruit-tree-ann-ralph/1120698048?ean=9781612120546

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« Reply #8749 on: March 16, 2017, 03:58:33 PM »
*Sbux gc I received allowed me to surprise my daughter with a London Fog at work today.

*Dropped off some stuff for my friend at her mom's house - she lives an hour from me but her mom is 10 minutes and I was over there picking up my son

*Got a chicken going in the crockpot - not sure what to have with it yet but got this part going so that we have a cooked protein to work with at 5:00 tonite.

*Giving away a basketball hoop we were given. We have two now. Not frugal but feels nice to share the love!

*Cutting up fruit for snacks for my crew this afternoon