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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8850 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 #8851 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 #8852 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 #8853 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 #8854 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 #8855 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 #8856 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 <$10 for a good exterior latex paint, which usually runs about 25-30$.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8857 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8858 on: April 08, 2017, 11:50:08 PM »
Fixed my washer last night at midnight... Was lying in bed and realized I hadn't heard the thing hit it's drain cycle yet.  Sure enough... full of water and  refusing to do anything but agitate.  Diagnosed the likely problem using the internet.  Pulled out the lid switch so I could see... realized the housing was broken so used some picture hanging wire to squeeze it back together.  Reassembled, and it worked!  Clean clothes this morning!  I should probably still order a new switch...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8859 on: April 09, 2017, 02:41:48 AM »
So yesterday...

Replaced velux blinds that had been broken beyond repair ....replaced with cheap velux compatiable blinds which look great
took out Bay tree from garden, a lot of digging involved
hung out washes
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8860 on: April 09, 2017, 11:03:20 AM »
I made oatmeal for breakfast this morning with my usual latte. DD made herself a breakfast sandwich and I made her chai tea.  I also made 2 Greek salads topped with leftover chicken for work. I turned 4 cups of chicken stock that I made yesterday into lentil soup, using a new recipe (only sub was chicken stock instead of veggie and I added one rib of celery) http://cookieandkate.com/2015/vegan-lentil-soup-recipe/  I'm freezing half of it and packed up 2 servings for work to go with my Greek salads for Mon and Tues.  I still have more soup and more chicken left over for later in the week.  Planned for dinner tonight white clam pizza on the grill with arugula salad, salmon burgers tomorrow (from canned salmon) with sweet potato fries and salad.  I'm off Wednesdays so I usually only plan Mon-Tues, then on Weds I figure out the next couple days.  I made a jug of iced tea out of some of the fancy pants Tevena blueberry tea that was gifted to me.  I went through my spice cabinet and tea cabinet re-organized and refilled some of my spice bottles from the bulk spices that I get from my co-op.  DH brought out the grill and patio set out from the shed. We are enjoying being outside since the weather since it finally feels like spring! 
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« Reply #8861 on: April 09, 2017, 10:15:44 PM »
Today, I convinced DH to sign up for a new plan from our electric company.  It offers much lower rate per KWh in addition to a charge per maximum load incurred during the peak usage time.  I had crunched the numbers and my simulation was in favor.  He did a bit of checking and agreed.  We decided to revisit after August - we can always go back in the fall.

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« Reply #8862 on: April 10, 2017, 06:37:49 AM »
Washed and waxed both of our vehicles. It's not something we exactly enjoy, but fresh air and sunshine and some light exercise is nice.

Saved strawberry tops and spinach stems over the weekend and put them in a smoothie this morning (an idea from this thread!).

Bought "seconds" apples from the farmers market and made applesauce.

Made homemade iced tea and iced coffee.

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« Reply #8863 on: April 10, 2017, 07:42:05 AM »
Drank the free coffee at work - it's really not that bad tasting and it gets the job done.

Had some really brown bananas, so whipped up a batch of banana nut muffins.

Got down my kid's Easter baskets and plastic eggs from last year (really, from several years ago...) to re-use for this Easter.  Have been saving small stickers I get in the mail to put in the eggs.  Will probably add some small coins this year as our oldest is loving putting money in her piggy bank.  Hoping she ends up with her mama's love for saving!

Found out I'm getting a raise at work.  Already figured out how much I'll increase retirement contributions by to eat up said raise.

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« Reply #8864 on: April 10, 2017, 07:59:19 AM »
Yesterday, drove 10+ hours for a friend's baby shower. Packed food and downloaded podcasts ahead of time. All I ended up buying was 1 coffee on the way home- that even would have been avoided if the coffee at the shower hadn't gotten finished before I left =) Still, it was a good stop to stretch my legs and use the bathroom anyway. And our new car gets 40mpg on long trips, which is sooooo much better than when I used to drive my 17-20mpg truck everywhere.

At baby shower, Friend sent me home with a bag of 'overflow' baby clothes and a new stroller- they had bought it and a single plastic piece is broken. Company sent a new one and told them to trash the old. We're going to take a look at the stroller and see if it'll be an easy fix. Close friend is a mechanical engineer with a 3D printer, so there's a chance the cost of a beer and a drive will get us a fancy-pants stroller. Admittedly, now I'm the crazy lady who hasn't gotten pregnant yet who already has a high chair, a stroller, lots of baby clothes, etc. ;) Haha. Good thing we have an attic to hide stuff in!

Today, DH is taking an exam in another town. Exam is 6 hours, with a break in the middle, so we packed him a big lunch and an iced coffee to take.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8865 on: April 10, 2017, 07:37:43 PM »
I cancelled a follow up physio appointment, I feel much better from a one off injury and it was going to. E just a follow up appointment, $110 saved!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8866 on: April 10, 2017, 09:00:29 PM »
Updated all my credit and rewards cards on UPromise. Only 2/6 were up to date. Also requested a check for cash back that was still hanging out there for a few years. Had to buy a book for DD's school work, so got it used off Amazon, and went through the Jet Blue portal for 3X points. I'll try buying an Amazon gift card next week at the grocery store with my 6% cash back card, to see if I can stack the 6% and 3X points.

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« Reply #8867 on: April 11, 2017, 12:11:53 AM »
Made curry using up veges that would've turned otherwise.

Froze delicious baked goods from the weekend for future afternoon teas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8868 on: April 11, 2017, 09:44:31 AM »
I looked up some neck stretches on youtube instead of booking a massage.  My neck really hurts but after one session of the stretches I can tell they will help.

Didn't stop for coffee this morning! It's still my guilty/small pleasure a few x/month.  But I haven't gotten a coffee in April :)  It's all about the little things here!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8869 on: April 11, 2017, 12:28:43 PM »
When the company I work for was acquired a couple of months ago, the HR people told us about all of their different benefits and blah blah, some of which had waiting periods (like 60 days for the 401(k)). I realized last week that they'd never offered us one of the benefit programs that they'd told us about (pre-tax transit), so I asked about it and HR is setting me up for access now. (I'm not sure if they just forgot or if eligibility is based on remembering to ask for it, or what... :-/ Weird.)

Bottom line: should be worth a little over $500/yr in cash savings!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8870 on: April 11, 2017, 01:05:27 PM »
Did not sign kids up for camps during spring break. Wow it feels great. No where to go. Kids relaxed, watching TV, reading books, doing crafts, went outside to kick a ball around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8871 on: April 11, 2017, 04:35:51 PM »
Did my first churn today.
Went to Huntington Bank, opened a checking account with $1000. Will receive $250 bonus deposit in one month.
While I was there, applied for a CC w/ 3% cashback at grocery, and $100 bonus cash w/ $500 of activity in the first 2 months. No problem, we spend $3-400/mo on groceries.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8872 on: April 11, 2017, 04:52:26 PM »
Over the last few days I have:

-put in an insurance claim for travel fees after our honeymoon  holiday was cancelled due to a cyclone (TG for MMM, we had money to pay upfront for something else!)

-saved $30 on our normal grocery bill by being thrifty - put it towards our house deposit account

-reduced the fees on my retirement savings account by getting classified as white collar

-reworked my budget to save a little more each fortnight, now between investment savings, house deposit savings and rent (which will one day go to the house) - I'm at 51%!

-went to thrift store for desperately needed work pants, only shopped clearance racks, found 2x black pairs of work pants for $2 each, 2 x pretty summer dresses (shame its winter here) for $2 each, and a pair of comfy black skinny jeans for $3.20 - I've  had jeans that are just a bit too small for 3-4 winters now, so having a comfy pair  of warm pants that fit is amazing!

-turned our hot water heater down from 80C to 60C. Plan to shop for hot water insulation this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8873 on: April 11, 2017, 04:58:49 PM »
Today I got new car insurance quotes from several different providers.  Looks like it's time to switch carriers!  That will save me several hundred dollars over the next year.

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« Reply #8874 on: April 11, 2017, 09:25:43 PM »
Today for breakfast I made my usual latte at home with eggs and toast. I ate the salad  and clementine that I brought to work for lunch and I stepped outside the office and found a spot to sit and enjoy the weather while I ate my lunch.  It was a stressful day at work and for a little while I forgot I was stressed.  I had to work late and had anticipated it so I brought a scoop of whey protein powder in my shaker bottle.  I added too much water and it didn't taste good at all.  I was starving so I just chugged it anyway.  DH texted that we were out of both feta and blue cheese and we had planned a salad to go with soup for dinner.  I asked if he wanted me stop at the store on my way home and his reply was, "Either way I'm good.  Don't "need" cheese".  I said let's skip it then.  I've recently started seeing a shift in him and I'm loving it.  I've committed to consuming and enjoying fancy teas from my stash every evening.  I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to tea, yet I tend to drink and repurchase the same 2 teas while all the fancy ones just sit there!  My goal is to not purchase any tea until I use up what I have.  Now I can't help but think what I can store in that cabinet once there is room and how long it will take to clear it out.  I'm continuing to read through all of the pages of this thread for inspiration and ideas.                     
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8875 on: April 12, 2017, 02:20:31 PM »
Decided to stop using wall clocks because I am tired of replacing or recharging their batteries every few months. My rechargeable batteries and charger from ~2007 have died and I am not planning to replace them. I will train myself to rely on my cell phone instead. 

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« Reply #8876 on: April 12, 2017, 02:30:10 PM »
Hung up most of the washed laundry in the bathroom. Only the bed sheets had to be tumble dried, because I don't have any place to hang those up inside. It rains outside.

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« Reply #8877 on: April 12, 2017, 06:30:37 PM »
Baked muffins and boiled hard-boiled eggs for husbands breakfast meeting tomorrow. Its a 6:00 AM study group that he trades off breakfast responsibility for, and for months we have just eaten the 10.00 donut cost every four weeks.  I was tired of them eating all the sugar, and he was tired of spending money on junk food.  Husband had to work late,  so,  while maybe not cheaper, I did bake blueberry muffins and boil the eggs for him.  And then to make myself feel even better, I added a 10.00 payment to our vehicle loan debt.....

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« Reply #8878 on: April 12, 2017, 07:57:25 PM »
Paying off car loan... sold my concert tickets I bought way while back. Made $15 extra. $80 going towards loan.
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« Reply #8879 on: April 13, 2017, 04:25:57 AM »
I'm down to one working belt that I switch between all pants, time to shop.  Checked the local clothing stores, but found that the cheap stuff felt... cheap, and the good stuff was 'spensive.

Let's go online.  Found a small family owned leather goods manufacturer that now also has online shopping.  Got two really nice leather belts for approx half price of the one I was considering in town.

And as a bonus, I avoided the chain store retail and support a smallish, craft style-store in a small town in the countryside.  And bought quality. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8880 on: April 13, 2017, 07:03:19 AM »
Spending a rainy day on sewing a sweater for myself from a cloth that we got for free.

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« Reply #8881 on: April 13, 2017, 07:49:22 AM »
Had a buddy over to help with a car fix. He was able to get the part online for $30 less than Advance Auto Parts wanted and after about an hour of work my check engine light was off. The mechanic wanted $300! Gave my buddy $50 and paid for the parts. $270 saved!

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« Reply #8882 on: April 13, 2017, 11:08:35 AM »
Bought a metal filter for my Aeropress coffee maker.  No more paper filters for me.  Cuts down future cost AND waste.  Coffee tastes better too.  I get better flavor so I use less grounds per cup (saves $$), and even more impressive - I am able to finally drink my coffee black.  So no more cream or coconut milk or whatever, again saving more $$.  Love it when a small change cascades like that.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8883 on: April 13, 2017, 12:05:57 PM »
Hi lemanfaan,

Would you pass on the link for the belt makers?

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« Reply #8884 on: April 13, 2017, 12:18:08 PM »
I didn't have enough summer clothes to get through a week without doing laundry. I hit up the thrift store (not the cheapest one, but has a far better selection than any other I've found nearby) and got 3 pairs of shorts and 4 t-shirts for $40.

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« Reply #8885 on: April 13, 2017, 01:59:15 PM »
Changed my cell phone plan to save $20/mo. I don't need 2GB of high-speed data, especially when I'm almost always on Wi-Fi.

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« Reply #8886 on: April 13, 2017, 02:25:25 PM »
Hi lemanfaan,

Would you pass on the link for the belt makers?

Sure it's http://maleraslader.com/  ... but probably not a really good place to shop for people outside of Sweden.  At least since the e-shop is in Swedish only.


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« Reply #8887 on: April 13, 2017, 06:50:28 PM »
Despite running out of data, I did not upgrade my data plan. Wi-Fi only until May!
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« Reply #8888 on: April 13, 2017, 06:55:44 PM »
-Even though I had planned on buying asparagus, and REALLY wanted it, it double in price in the last week ($1.99/lb to $3.99/lb), so I bought cabbage instead. Roasted cabbage is still delicious, and it's only $0.99/lb.

-Husband and I decided this weekend we will put in additional raised beds. The added gardening space will save us money in the long run on food. Plus, having a good healthy outdoor hobby can bump less healthy or more expensive habits.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8889 on: April 13, 2017, 07:01:22 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8890 on: April 13, 2017, 07:03:22 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8891 on: April 15, 2017, 10:05:31 AM »
I went to Costco yesterday after work needed whey protein powder (this is what DH has instead of lunch everyday) and a few groceries that are cheaper there then elsewhere.  I also wanted to check out the different fish oils because they are having a sale.  I choose the cheapest Kirkland fish oil for an enormous savings! My old brand Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (Amazon) cost $59.46 for 180 caps, $0.33/capsule with a recommended dose of 2 caps $0.66/day (face punch) although DH always took 1/day and then I recently went down to 1/day to reducing costs so for the 2 of, it was still $0.66/day.  New Kirkland enteric Coated fish oil has a regular price of $15.99 with a $3 off right now so $11.99 for 180 caps $0.06 and a serving size is one cap!  So for both DH and I $0.12/day.  Saving over 3 months is $47.47 that's $189.88/year savings over 10 years $1,898.80. I bought 2 bottles, but now I'm wishing I had grabbed more.  I have to check to see when this sale ends and see if I can coordinate another trip.  Costco is 5.5 miles from work but going in the opposite direction from home.  I topped off my gas tank while there because it was cheaper than my usual cheap place by $0.04/gallon, a savings of $0.22. 

I also went into the Costco package store while I was there to stock up.  Spent $59.49 but this will last us a long time.  4 bottles of highly rated, inexpensive Kirkland Signature wine, Rioja, $6.99, Malbec $6.99, Sauvignon Blanc $6.99 and Pinot Grigio $5.99.  A huge bottle of Kirkland Signature (USA) vodka $11.99 and a huge bottle of Kirkland Signature gin $16.99.  I used some of the vodka to start some vanilla extract with some vanilla beans that I got as a gift for Christmas (found last weekend when I cleaned out the cabinets), using a recycled soy sauce bottle.  We don't typically drink vodka so I'm sure it will last us a very, very long time.  DH likes to drink gin and tonic when it gets warm out and this is cheaper than the brand that I usually get him.  He hasn't tried the new brand yet, I'll be back to post his opinion once he tries it.       

                 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8892 on: April 15, 2017, 10:25:17 AM »
Yesterday, I

-increased the deductibles on car insurance for ~$100 savings each year; will reduce coverage next year for additional savings (car recently paid off)
-returned two pairs of shoes (out of three ordered online) to brick & mortar store to save $8 on shipping and to remind me why I don't shop at the mall (shoes ordered online were $25 less than at mall).
-didn't buy Cinnabon at mall even though I really wanted one (we have been watching Better Call Saul on Netflix).

Today, I gave myself a so-so haircut ($80 not spent).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8893 on: April 15, 2017, 01:29:50 PM »
Our guest (FIL) brought a bottle of good whisky and a 3 liter box wine at the tax free at our request. I offered to pay it back, but was not allowed. Now my DH and his father are out fishing, trying to catch sea trout or cod.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8894 on: April 15, 2017, 02:10:27 PM »
Not saving money, but earning it:

- Last week got $250 Wells Fargo sign up bonus.
- Today opened PNC account and am in the process of meeting requirements for $430 sign up bonus.
- Traded cash for a gift card (equal value) so I didn't have to spend at that place. Mom shops there, I don't. Win/win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8895 on: April 15, 2017, 05:28:50 PM »
Cashed in the coin jar at CoinStar for a Lowe's certificate (no fee).  Not strictly saving money, but it will pay for some random items I need to buy in the next few weeks.

Continuing to work on my homemade horse jumps.  I've nearly caved and purchased pre-fab parts a few times, but I had enough scrap wood around to do almost all of it.  Just need to buy the bolts, screws and one 4x4, so I'll be spending $20 instead of like $200.

Drank water I brought along while out running errands instead of stopping for coffee or buying a can of soda.

Borrowed some bits from a friend to try on the new horse instead of buying a bunch to find out which one horsey prefers (they're non-returnable once used).

Used a $10 off $40 coupon at WinCo to buy lots of veggies, butter and cheese today.  Also took a chance on some $7 pinot noir that had a mail-in rebate with it, bringing the price to $5/bottle.

Using some leftover lamb to make a fried rice dish for dinner.  Should be cheap, tasty and relatively healthy with a side of asparagus.

Bought new horsey her wardrobe of winter blankets right away since they go on clearance this time of year and were all >50% off.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8896 on: April 15, 2017, 09:56:02 PM »
Entertained the kids for free: puppet show and story time at the library, short hike with friends at a local wilderness area.

Currently putting up salsa and chicken stock.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8897 on: April 16, 2017, 04:55:19 PM »
Got home last night after a long weekend, defrosted bolognese from the freezer, had dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

I'll shop and cook today and replenish the stash of (homemade) freezer meals.

My mum saved two of Mr MPGH's business shirts which I thought were beyond repair.

Not only would you never know they were damaged, one now has a new placket which makes it look like a completely different shirt (a bonus since he needs to be on camera for work and repeating the same outfits is frowned on).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8898 on: April 16, 2017, 05:17:35 PM »
Sold a CD on eBay.  Packaged and ready to ship tomorrow.

Changed front brakes on the wife's car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8899 on: April 16, 2017, 05:33:45 PM »
A couple of days ago: finally got around to calling my health insurance about a bill I got from a provider for $365 that should have been covered.  In my past life I probably would have just paid the bill with my FSA card and told myself I'd get reimbursed later (but forget to follow up).  Instead I called the insurance and spent a few minutes on the phone and they immediately processed the payment in full while I was on hold.  Boom! I now owe $0.