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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8800 on: March 30, 2017, 06:33:04 AM »
I changed my TSP contribution (government 401k) so that I'll withhold the max this year! I didn't think I could afford that but after many many small increases suddenly maxing out is only $42 more per paycheck! :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8801 on: March 30, 2017, 10:31:13 AM »
Picked up 31 cents on my walk this morning.

Packed lunches. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8802 on: March 30, 2017, 10:34:11 AM »
Yesterday we can an event at work that included lunch so free lunch day 1. Then I got to take home leftovers so I had a big container of broccoli and carrots and spinach which let me push back on going to the store for another few days. Today's lunch was some of the other leftovers and tomorrow we have a state of the company meeting that will include pizza. Most excellent week for saving.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8803 on: March 30, 2017, 02:44:04 PM »
Superglued the lid of my butter dish back together.

The company prides itself on being environmentally friendly and reducing waste so I emailed them to ask if I can buy a spare lid rather than replace the whole dish. Nope. So superglue it is.

Made a chocolate truffle cake for a friend's birthday out of ingredients on hand.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8804 on: March 30, 2017, 08:15:35 PM »
I am sitting on a bus, while it drives away from my house, because it will eventually drive to my house. After 45 min standing in freezing rain, I was seconds from taking a taxi, before I talked myself into this plan

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« Reply #8805 on: March 30, 2017, 10:05:15 PM »
Forgot to add...

Went out for dinner for a friend's birthday last night. A rare dinner out, cost <$25 for the two of us, and I brought half my meal home and ate it for lunch today.

I've been thinking about buying new coasters, as it didn't seem like they were doing a very good job. Then a guest broke one while I wasn't here. He did such a horrendous job of sticking it back together that I'm determined not to buy new ones because the repair is so bad I want to be able to show people.

Anyway, I've started using a folded cloth placemat as a coaster. It's brilliant! Soaks up all the condensation, looks cute, and I can just throw it in the wash.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8806 on: March 30, 2017, 10:36:25 PM »
I'm going to be out late for nine days in a row, and have reached the point (day 6) where things like having groceries on hand and being able to prepare lunches in advance is just not happening. But I had a brainstorm today at work and realized that I could get two meals for the price of one at the Tex-Mex place by my office, which serves absolutely enormous portions of relatively healthy food (I got brown rice, beans, chicken, veg, salsa and cheese). So I spent $8 and got both lunch and dinner out of it, which meant that I wasn't ravenous when I got home at 11PM and was able to swing by the grocery store and pick up a couple of things to tide me over until this crazy week is over.

I am sitting on a bus, while it drives away from my house, because it will eventually drive to my house. After 45 min standing in freezing rain, I was seconds from taking a taxi, before I talked myself into this plan

I lost this particular battle tonight. The bus only runs every 30 minutes and I missed it by about 30 seconds (watched it pull away!). But I only spent $5 on a rideshare service so it wasn't too terrible.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8807 on: March 30, 2017, 11:31:55 PM »
* Made a cake for my son's birthday using ingredients on hand, saving $15-$25 and a trip to the store.  Got  good reviews too!

* used homegrown thyme and garlic in a Parmesan peppers dish


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8808 on: March 31, 2017, 01:31:01 PM »
Received my natural gas "equal billing" bill today. They adjusted me down $30 because they always charge me too much. Which means for four months I will save $30 and the fifth month I will likely not have a bill at all because it's the reset month and then I will be back to what I normally budget.

It's my favourite bill of the year, when they realize I am way more frugal then their algorithm. :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8809 on: April 01, 2017, 10:43:55 AM »
Bought 17.00 worth of summer clothes at goodwill.  My summer stock is refilled and besides another pair of shorts, I should be good for the spring/summer season!  My job involves lots of outdoor/summer camp/messy kid stuff...so my summer clothes often don't last past a season or two...

Picked up 2 pennies today off the ground.

Our friend that we trade dog sitting with has been needing way more dog sitting than we have been in the last six months.  Its not a big deal to us -- but invited us over for a rented movie and bought us pizza last night for it, so that was cool.

Hung dry laundry.

Cleaned out pantry and made mental note of what NOT to buy in the future.  I have a weakness for overbuying quantities or simply buying things we don't end up using.  I've been improving a lot, and our pantry is getting emptier for it :)  In a good way.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8810 on: April 01, 2017, 10:48:24 AM »
I didn't plug in my car yesterday when I got home since I'm not planning on driving today. Instead, I'll charge my car in the middle of the night tonight when rates are low.

We're talking pennies saved here, but still...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8811 on: April 01, 2017, 05:54:58 PM »
I cleared out my veggie basket this morning. Made sweet potato, carrot and chickpea soup, baked sweet potato and carrot for salads, and shredded hash browns.

Put two serves of bolognaise and four serves of taco mince in the freezer yesterday.

Dropped off donations at an op shop and picked up two new pairs jeans for my nephew for $3.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8812 on: April 01, 2017, 08:10:29 PM »
Went fishing. Caught two trout. ... I'mma eat 'em.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8813 on: April 01, 2017, 08:12:59 PM »
Got a $40 refund and a $20 Medicare rebate. Up $60 for the day.

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« Reply #8814 on: April 02, 2017, 10:58:23 AM »
Made my own face mask:

Turmeric powder $1.89
Rice Flour $0.99
Organic plain yogurt $2.79 big tub
100% pure honey $6.19

mix together, put it on for 20 minutes, my face is beaming and tight.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8815 on: April 02, 2017, 12:16:01 PM »
Did some yard work that my husband wants to outsource.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8816 on: April 02, 2017, 12:41:21 PM »
Made my own face mask:

Turmeric powder $1.89
Rice Flour $0.99
Organic plain yogurt $2.79 big tub
100% pure honey $6.19

mix together, put it on for 20 minutes, my face is beaming and tight.

How did that go for you? I've done similar, using oats lightly ground in the blender instead of the rice flour, but it stained my skin! Maybe because I am very pale? And my husband swore it was so minor no one would notice, but it looked very noticeable to me =\
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« Reply #8817 on: April 02, 2017, 01:20:05 PM »
I have very sensitive skin too and was too scared to try it, it was actually the first time I tried it last night and I didnt get any rash from it, it doubled up as a face scrub when i washed it off and my face looked so bright. I gave in to this coz my skin looked really dull and tired lately.   

Maybe substitute the yogurt with extra virgin olive oil, since I heard some yogurt have irritants


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8818 on: April 02, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
Turmeric is used as a dye, so I imagine if your skin was stained, it was because of that.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8819 on: April 03, 2017, 12:33:07 AM »
Enjoyed a U.S. National Monument for the wonderful low price of $2. We did the free junior ranger program, the kids came home with a pencil, a badge and a patch.

Found a nice water bottle someone had lost and separately a nice pocket knife for my son.

Saved all the slightly used soap bars from our hotel room and brought them  home.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8820 on: April 03, 2017, 02:03:28 PM »
Adjusted my fridge to the warmest setting after finding frozen soup. The fridge is out of direct sun and we're not usually home opening it during the day.

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« Reply #8821 on: April 03, 2017, 06:55:25 PM »
I got 2 litres of free raspberry lemonade today with a coupon I sent away for. It's far sweeter then what I normally drink (and it's low sugar already) so I will be cutting it in half with water. I still have three more coupons to use for other free items, so little bonuses coming!

I bought a crazy amount of pork centre loin for giving it away prices thanks to a local grocery store that accidentally ordered too much. So tomorrow while I am at work my slow cooker will be making pork carnitas (healthy version) and then the following day I will be making some garlic/Asia pork chunks. The freezer will be getting quite the workout when everything is packaged up! I'm quite excited by this purchase because the Asian pork works well with a lot of frozen veggies I am still working my way through.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8822 on: April 04, 2017, 06:08:10 AM »
Not sure if this counts since it involved actually buying something...but I got a Miele Salsa vacuum from Craigslist for $175. They gave me the original receipt which said $550. Came with extra bags and a filter too, and I drove less than 5 miles each way to get it!

So much better. I've been wanting a Miele for two years now. The crappy bagless vacuum (hand me down) is barely working and I refuse to buy a bagless.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8823 on: April 04, 2017, 09:19:36 AM »
-Used a few fridge ingredients that were on their way out to reduce food waste.

-Successfully used up all our dairy before starting our whole 30. Wouldn't have made it, but we had friends over, and who doesn't like cheese and sour cream with their tacos? ;)

-Reaching the end of the couch to 5k program I was doing with a (free) podcast. Found an app that does couch to 10k, and it is also free. So continuing to roll (jog?) with the free fitness options.

-DH joined a BJJ gym. It was supposed to just be the initiation costs the first month ($100) and no membership fees until the second month and on ($119/mon). A $219 charge popped up in mint for it today, UGH. So DH is calling them and working to get this sorted out. (What is it with BJJ places? His last place did this same sort of crap too. Soooo unorganized!) Update: we're being credited the $120, so we won't be charged next month. Lady sounded super annoyed though.

-Since I'm giving up dairy (probability I have issues with it, 85+% I'm guessing), so I'm trying to figure out good coffee addition options rather than my usual half and half. Have tried 2 different coconut milks that didn't work for me in coffee. But I figured out they're okay in cold coffee and blended coffees, so I've been doing these to use up the milks and not waste them.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8824 on: April 04, 2017, 10:54:28 AM »
-Since I'm giving up dairy (probability I have issues with it, 85+% I'm guessing), so I'm trying to figure out good coffee addition options rather than my usual half and half. Have tried 2 different coconut milks that didn't work for me in coffee. But I figured out they're okay in cold coffee and blended coffees, so I've been doing these to use up the milks and not waste them.

Fairlife milk, if you have it in your area, is a really good lactose-free milk. Also has twice the protein and half the sugar of regular milk. Plus it's super creamy. The skim (to me) seems almost like regular whole milk. Problem is it's pretty expensive, but less than lactaid (and actually not disgusting). I really only use milk for my tea and culturing kefir, so the extra expense isn't a huge problem.

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Due to a cooking failure (turns out edamame noodles are inedible) and homework, I totally neglected to prepare breakfast or lunch to take to work. So rather than buy cafeteria food, I just worked from home today so I can graze on whatever is around. Justified because I worked at the office an extra day last week.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8825 on: April 05, 2017, 08:34:53 AM »
I finally completed an online defensive driver safety course so that I could get 10% discount on my auto insurance. Plus, before I registered and found a $5 coupon for the course. So $19.95 for a $77 discount. I also just wrote our Amica agent to ask whether we are eligible for discounts for Vehicle Stability control and Anti-theft device since we have them (though maybe this should go under mistakes, because we should have received these discounts 2 years ago!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8826 on: April 05, 2017, 08:46:30 PM »
Decided to downgrade my cell plan. found out I am at the lowest plan already. but found out the plan was $5 cheaper than what I have. Changed plans for both DD and me. Savings: $10/month

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8827 on: April 05, 2017, 09:31:27 PM »
I recycled:

New York & Company catalog
Mazda VROOM VROOM magazine

Both without reading.  No money spending ideas - no dollars spent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8828 on: April 05, 2017, 10:11:09 PM »
Bought groceries so I can cook delicious meals instead of buying mediocre fast(er) food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8829 on: April 06, 2017, 12:43:58 AM »
Got up early and drove a few kilometers extra to my work to fill petrol on the cheap moment of the week with a car that normally never drives past a petrol station.

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« Reply #8830 on: April 06, 2017, 03:28:06 AM »
Back to packing lunch (went out for a work lunch on Wednesday, the first time I've bought lunch this year).

Had work drinks in the office tonight, cheaper than going out.

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« Reply #8831 on: April 06, 2017, 11:26:12 AM »
Got another 5.00 off 25.00 dollar coupon from our local family dollar.  I can get the cheapest toilet paper around from there, so I stack the normal savings and the coupon ever few months when we get another mailer. 5.00 + saved on TP, with tons to use in the next few months.  I may not even need to use the coupon next time it rolls around...

Used a 3.00 off coupon on top of 3.00 off via a sale price for fancy hydrogen peroxide contact solution.  If it hadn't been on sale, I wouldn't have used it, because Amazon prime's price is better than the grocer's price even with the coupon.

Packed lunch for me.  Husband gets lunch a la the company since he is at a job site all day.

Husband and I are trying out using the Wire app for text communications.  Most of the time I am connected to wifi of some sort, and I have Ting, so I try to keep my texting usage low to stay within the cheapest range.  Most of my texts are to and from the husband, so we are seeing this coming month if that will make the (6.00) difference for me ;)

Picked up a penny off the ground. 

After school babysitting is continuing through Track season, so another few bucks of extra income each week this month.

Paying double on our vehicle loan this month, saving some interest and hoping to get it paid off by the end of the year.


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« Reply #8832 on: April 06, 2017, 11:28:58 AM »
I was in a good coma last night, so I didn't bother posting. However, my small thing is that I got 3 turkeys for $.69/lb. Yesterday, I made a wet rub and smoked one of the turkeys. It was the best turkey I've ever had, I think.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8833 on: April 06, 2017, 03:06:43 PM »
Today I resisted the urge to go the office cafe for a burger and instead ate the salad I brought from home. I didn't really want it, buuuuut it was already paid for. (and the office cafe burger isn't really worth $10, anyway).

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« Reply #8834 on: April 06, 2017, 06:43:40 PM »
Made Budget Bytes Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple and Coconut, highly recommended!  I subbed Chicken breast for the shrimp.  I purchased the chicken breast at a steep discount at Aldi this week on sale for $1.79/lb. and they had a sign hung stating that all packages were $2off.  This was the 3rd night that we used chicken from this family pack for dinner, not including the lunches that we got from leftovers. We made a double batch of Budget Bytes Lime Chicken Soup one night and loaded baked potatoes topped with buffalo chicken breast another.  I think I have to go back and see if they still have chicken left at that price!     
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« Reply #8835 on: April 06, 2017, 06:50:18 PM »
-Picked up 50% off manager's special chicken for the adobo I was making tonight.
-Discovered I still hate cauliflower, so remainder will get cooked up into the next batch of the dog's food so it isn't wasted. I won't buy cabbage for the batch to balance it out.
-Went to two stores to maximize grocery shopping, even though I really didn't want to.
-Shifted my produce purchases based on what is on sale, and will tweak the meal plan accordingly
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« Reply #8836 on: April 07, 2017, 01:45:05 AM »
I bought 2lbs of white clover online for $44 with shipping and taxes. Locally it costs $68 for the same thing. My boyfriend and I will be splitting the cost as we both want to overseed our lawns. I have been converting my lawn to clover for a few years now because it is a far more economical then grass for a lot of reasons. Best part, my portion of the cost was paid with money from work rebates, so it was actually free!

The last two days I have worked from home because I am under the gun for a massive project. This is the last time I can work from home during the week until next December, which is a bummer. I like saving on fuel. I also like working a really long day 7am until 7pm but taking lots of movement breaks where I can do quick chores and stretch at the same time.

I received my Sample Source box in the mail. Biggest box yet with tons of great freebies. Best part, a fistful of coupons for free full sized products that I will use because they are healthy products I would normally buy.

Got a coupon for $8 off an oil change at a place I have not been to be gore, considering trying them out.

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« Reply #8837 on: April 07, 2017, 06:02:40 AM »
My cold air intake has been hanging a bit lower than it should due to a broken bracket. It rained pretty bad a few days ago and the filter definitely got some water in it. Ended up finding a way to zip tie the air intake higher, to the original position. Wish I did it earlier but I don't think there was any long term damage.

I almost bought another air intake online for $150+ a few months ago, glad I didn't!

I think I'm going to put a pack of zip ties in the car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8838 on: April 07, 2017, 06:44:35 AM »
My cold air intake has been hanging a bit lower than it should due to a broken bracket. It rained pretty bad a few days ago and the filter definitely got some water in it. Ended up finding a way to zip tie the air intake higher, to the original position. Wish I did it earlier but I don't think there was any long term damage.

I almost bought another air intake online for $150+ a few months ago, glad I didn't!

I think I'm going to put a pack of zip ties in the car.

I also have employed the use of zip ties in my the engine bay: holding up my air intake as well as the coolant reservoir since I relocated the battery (the coolant reservoir was mounted to the old location; the battery is now where the intake used to be).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8839 on: April 07, 2017, 07:31:48 AM »
Shopped around for a place to do a CT scan my doc ordered. Found one that did it for $449 instead of the $3k the hospital quoted. They did a great job too.

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« Reply #8840 on: April 07, 2017, 07:38:50 AM »
Wrapped up a board game that I had been gifted, but never opened, as a gift for a birthday party I am going to this weekend.  Completely different circle, shouldn't be a problem re-gifting, and its a family oriented game anyway...much better for their family of 6 vs. the 2 of us.

Husband was going to make me a fold down hanging rack for the laundry room.  It was going to be pretty simple with hinges and chains and be primarily for the really heavy stuff.  (He was getting sick of the sweatshirts and jeans drying on the kitchen chairs.)  I was in goodwill and found a pre-built rack that is meant for the closet, but the perfect size and shape to add chains and a hinge to for our project.  It was 0.50!  Can't buy the dowels and wood that cheap!

Picking up jars and supplies today to start the Christmas vanilla....I'm making a serious go at inexpensive/meaningful/useful gifts this year.  Homemade vanilla should be a hit for the bakers :)

Handed husband a to go mug of coffee and two hard boiled eggs on his way out the door this morning.  We were running late, so that is his to go breakfast.  Saved the 3.00 I knew he would spend later on coffee and a donut otherwise!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8841 on: April 07, 2017, 02:32:24 PM »
Only ate homemade food.
Cooked pho for dinner, and made broth from scratch. I just made 4 dinners worth, the rest will be frozen for next time (I'm crazy about homemade Asian soups at the moment). Brought homemade cake to the office.
Watched netflix tonight, and just didn't spend money :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8842 on: April 07, 2017, 04:12:54 PM »
Lunch was leftover salad from somebody's catered event at work. ETA: Also rescued 3lbs cooked brown rice, which is now in my freezer.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8843 on: April 07, 2017, 05:10:26 PM »
My nephews were inundated with chocolate last Easter so this year I'm giving them a pair of jeans each (thrifted but NWT) ($2 total), an Easter colouring-in book I made (free), and a couple of plastic eggs each full of coins (about $10 all up) for their money boxes. They are really interested in money at the moment, love counting it and putting it in their money boxes, so I am more than happy to encourage this. (Then we will deposit it into their bank accounts.)

I have an Easter bucket left over from a couple of years ago, so I wrapped up the tiny jeans and I will shred tissue paper and make it all look lovely.

I was feeling a bit of competitive stress about Easter, watching what my colleagues are spending on their families, but I just have to remind myself that we all have different priorities.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8844 on: April 08, 2017, 11:05:59 AM »
I shopped at Aldi yesterday after work.  I bought 4 family sized packs of chicken thighs at $0.69/lb.  Two packs went into the freezer as is and two I de-boned and removed skin.  I put all the scraps and bones in the instant pot with veggie scraps that I save in the freezer.  I have enough scraps and another bag of frozen bones that I pulled out of the freezer, so I'll make a second pot of stock when this one is done.  I'll freeze most of it and make a soup this week with some.  I like freezing the majority of stock in ice cube trays and transfer to zip bags for ease of use.  I used to freeze in canning jars but it makes it impossible to use on the fly without good planning.  Soup is so quick and easy especially in the instant pot so instead of stopping at the store to pick up boxed stock, I plan for my occasional lack of planning!  I'm marinating half of the now boneless, skinless thighs in homemade yogurt, lemon juice and herbs.  We will grill it up for dinner tonight with plenty of leftovers for my lunch salads for the week.  I froze the other half plain for future use.  DH fixed a leaky pipe in the basement $15 in pipe parts and PVC primer and cement which he will have for any future projects.  Cut the puppy's nails even though she hates it and it would be so much easier to take her somewhere to have it done.  DH has to help hold her and I and the clipper.  Now it's time to cut DH's hair.  I've been doing that for years, he likes it pretty short so its every 2 weeks.  I made my latte like I do every morning in my Mr. Coffee pump machine that I've had for a few years with a drizzle my homemade chocolate syrup and I made huevos rancheros for breakfast.           
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8845 on: April 08, 2017, 12:49:35 PM »
I recently patched a number of holes in my bedroom walls from hanging large, heavy art. The paint on the walls in my bedroom were showing their age before I patched them, afterwards it was looking pretty rough. I found my original paint chip (yeah me for keeping those) and took it to the hardware store to buy some more paint to touch it up (no leftovers from the original painting)

Well I realized I could spend $3.97 and buy a tester pot which would be more then enough paint. Sure enough I just spent an hour touching up and I have plenty of paint leftover. I am going to look at the walls once they dry tomorrow and redo anything I missed.

It actually makes the whole room look way better and is a good solution for one more year. I have a bunch of painting projects to do this year and it is just not in the budget to add one more room.

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« Reply #8846 on: April 08, 2017, 03:47:02 PM »
MAJOR "small thing" victory! We have now, officially, FULLY insourced dog grooming! When we came to MMM, she was getting a full bath/nail trim/etc once per month for $30. Then we moved it down to just her nails ($18, then $14 after we moved), but we had to move her up to once every 3 weeks because her nails are high maintenance. We got her as a rescue, and some are split, and have really long quicks, and grow in a tight curve into her paw pads. Given how technical the cutting of her nails is, and not wanting to be the Bad Guys who quick her, we kept outsourcing the nails. For Christmas though we got a dremel, and we finally worked up courage (slash time, now that husband is done with his masters) to do her nails ourselves!

$14 every 3 weeks means a $243/year savings =) Plus, she did really well with the dremel! Probably because I fed her an entire cheese stick in the course of her four feet =P We got faster as we went though.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8847 on: April 08, 2017, 04:37:11 PM »
MAJOR "small thing" victory! We have now, officially, FULLY insourced dog grooming! When we came to MMM, she was getting a full bath/nail trim/etc once per month for $30. Then we moved it down to just her nails ($18, then $14 after we moved), but we had to move her up to once every 3 weeks because her nails are high maintenance. We got her as a rescue, and some are split, and have really long quicks, and grow in a tight curve into her paw pads. Given how technical the cutting of her nails is, and not wanting to be the Bad Guys who quick her, we kept outsourcing the nails. For Christmas though we got a dremel, and we finally worked up courage (slash time, now that husband is done with his masters) to do her nails ourselves!

$14 every 3 weeks means a $243/year savings =) Plus, she did really well with the dremel! Probably because I fed her an entire cheese stick in the course of her four feet =P We got faster as we went though.


Way to go! I just started insourcing the dog grooming in January and have done it twice. Two dogs equals $140 savings each time ($800+ per year), so I'm feeling great about it. The nails make me a bit queasy as well, but it's improving (made two bleed last time, but dog did not even notice and next time I will hopefully avoid that). I'm sure you will be a pro in no time!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8848 on: April 08, 2017, 09:43:31 PM »
I recently patched a number of holes in my bedroom walls from hanging large, heavy art. The paint on the walls in my bedroom were showing their age before I patched them, afterwards it was looking pretty rough. I found my original paint chip (yeah me for keeping those) and took it to the hardware store to buy some more paint to touch it up (no leftovers from the original painting)

Well I realized I could spend $3.97 and buy a tester pot which would be more then enough paint. Sure enough I just spent an hour touching up and I have plenty of paint leftover. I am going to look at the walls once they dry tomorrow and redo anything I missed.

It actually makes the whole room look way better and is a good solution for one more year. I have a bunch of painting projects to do this year and it is just not in the budget to add one more room.

I bought a gallon of 'mistint' paint today. Someone had returned it when the color didn't quite match. Paid <$10 for a good exterior latex paint, which usually runs about 25-30$.
Using it to paint my beehives, which I am making myself from recycled old wood.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8849 on: April 08, 2017, 10:47:16 PM »
Yesterday I had homemade coffee and a free croissant my husband got from the cafe at the bottom of his building on fri afternoon, they were about to throw them out so they gave him two, then we went to the gym instead of paying for parking we found free parking a street away.


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