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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8950 on: April 21, 2017, 04:26:20 PM »
Requested and received a $15+tax refund for a passport photo that was not accepted by the passport documents examiner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8951 on: April 21, 2017, 06:49:54 PM »
My MIL gave me $25 to buy myself a particular book for my birthday. I checked a price-comparison website and found a used copy in good condition for only $7, so I bought it and added the remaining $18 to my stache.

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« Reply #8952 on: April 22, 2017, 06:54:55 AM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.

Potty mouth lol. But fair enough, car dealerships seemed designed to take full advantage of information asymmetry.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8953 on: April 22, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »
It was my turn to provide morning tea at church, this morning.

My husband gave me permission to take his bottle of milk (the children and I are basically vegans) and use some of that.

He also gave me two unopened packets of a chocolate mint slice that a coworker gave him.

In case that wasn't enough, I bought a packet of vanilla frosting-filled cookies, which I'd seen for 99 cents at a local ethnic supermarket. My husband was going to pick up a few things from the shop on his way home from work on Saturday, so I asked him to pick up a packet, but only if they were still 99 cents. They'd gone up to $1.29, but, being the darling man that he is, he bought them anyway and said he'd cover the extra 30 cents.

Well, when I arrived at church, I found a hardly-used bottle of fresh milk in the fridge and a woman who attends infrequently brought an enormous plateful of home-cooked goodies. There were quite a few of them left over afterwards and no one else wanted them (I asked), so I wrapped them up in the foil they'd come covered in (the donee said she didn't want to keep the foil), brought them home, and have put them in the freezer.

I've also frozen the remaining unopened mint slice and put the cookies in a cupboard, so that when I'm on morning tea duty next - about a month from now - I won't have to buy any food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8954 on: April 22, 2017, 07:29:38 PM »
We cut the cable cord last June, and I'd been paying for Prime, Hulu + and Netflix. After we hit the road to slow travel (3/15) I've found campground internet to be non existent, I finally cancelled them both saving us about $24/mo.

We don't get to watch YouTube or anything like that without Internet, BUT I own an older Fire Tablet on which I can download prime shows and so far that has satiated my need for "watching shows".

Ah and We do get random HD channels. The previous campground we stayed at we had 3 stations. One is called H&I. They have the full suite of Star Trek starting at 8pm through Midnight 6 nights a week. (H&I is for "Heroes and Icons"). I thoroughly enjoyed the older ones.

Our current campground has lame stations so I haven't watched TV.

and... I picked up some free items with Monopoly tickets yesterday: a Bagel, 2 donuts, a loaf of their french bread and aluminim foil. Gotta love free!

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« Reply #8955 on: April 22, 2017, 08:40:29 PM »
I threw my back out spectacularly a few days ago, to the point that I could barely stand up for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I managed to shuffle to the grocery store before it totally seized up, to buy some convenience foods that require almost zero prep. Keeps me away from Grubhub! I also signed up for Amazon Unlimited free trial for 30 days so I could download a ton of stuff to read for free without getting out of bed. I'm on my seventh free book in four days...
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« Reply #8956 on: April 22, 2017, 09:30:50 PM »
We unloaded our moving POD ourselves rather than hire it out. Saved a few hundred easily and got a great workout. Double score.

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« Reply #8957 on: April 23, 2017, 08:31:34 AM »
-Carpooled with friends to the March for Science yesterday. Planned ahead and ate right before we left, and had easy food when we got home, so we weren't tempted to eat out.

-Due to weather, friends cancelled a kayaking trip for today. Bummer, but it'll save a ton of money, between rentals and gas for the (long) drive. The cancellation will enable us to get the rest of our garden soil in and get some more seeds planted- spending for now, but with future savings. Excited we finally own and I can invest in good soil.

-Planning ahead for this summer. We have several planned road trips, and it's the only time anymore we let ourselves have starbucks coffee. It's everywhere, we like the flavor, and they have the best bathrooms, haha. Cardpool had starbucks cards 10% off, instead of the 8-9% off they usually have, so I re-loaded my starbucks card.
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« Reply #8958 on: April 23, 2017, 04:36:05 PM »
My parents asked if we wanted to go out to eat after church today. However, instead we told them to come over to our house to eat, which I already had the ingredients for. So that saved us money by eating at home of course.

My daughter gathered 8 eggs.

Harvested lettuce to put on our hamburgers for lunch.

We are having leftovers from the week tonight for supper.

Just a slow, nice day, not spending money.

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« Reply #8959 on: April 23, 2017, 08:55:38 PM »
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« Reply #8960 on: April 23, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »
I bought ingredients for two coat-effective crock pot meals that I know I can pull off this week. Each will provide leftovers for another night. I feel good about that.

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« Reply #8961 on: April 23, 2017, 09:21:53 PM »
Finally got around to making saag.  It was a hit, and will stave off future trips to (or deliveries from) the local Indian food place. 
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« Reply #8962 on: April 24, 2017, 02:26:03 AM »
I had to take my 5 year old to a doctor's appointment 5 kilometers away. Last night we taxied there and bussed back and it 1) cost too much 2)took too long. Today we biked! I have an electric bike with a seat for her - took us only 20 minutes and cost almost nothing. Saved $25 in taxi costs!

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« Reply #8963 on: April 24, 2017, 03:26:23 AM »
I've been traveling alot more for work and a nice pair of noise cancelling earphones has become much more appealing.

The good ones run 200-300.

Instead, I painted a pair of safety ear muffs from safety yellow to black and wear a pair of earbuds underneath.

Total cost: 4.50 for the paint.

Not quite as good as active noise cancelling, but it's right for the price.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8964 on: April 24, 2017, 06:59:57 AM »
My first DIY haircut! A bit of a fail but at least I saved some money. I ended shaving most of it off to repair the damage haha.

This is my next (and final) step towards living real fully badass MM... 
I'm really scared though! My plan is to schedule my first DIY haircut a few days right before my summer vacation... In case of total disaster I'll have a few weeks for it to grow back before returning at my office after the summer.. =D




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8965 on: April 24, 2017, 08:24:13 AM »
Asked my boyfriend if he'd be willing to try trimming my hair, and he agreed to give it a shot.  Ordered a pair of scissors for it, so I actually spent money today, but overall it should save a pretty penny over the next year.

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« Reply #8966 on: April 24, 2017, 09:15:35 AM »
I'm learning to adapt recipes to fit what we have on hand.  I used to hit the grocery store to buy 'missing ingredients' in a recipe, which always ended up with me seeing more stuff to buy & spending more. 
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« Reply #8967 on: April 24, 2017, 09:16:50 AM »
For what it's worth, I checked the fridge before going to work and concluded that we have enough veggies to survive the next 3 days, after which we will go away on a camping trip. So I'll skip shopping groceries (avoiding temptations) this week, we'll live on what we have.

My unused racing bike was sold yesterday. Better have some cash at hand than an unused bike standing in the way. I still have a mountain bike that I prefer to use.

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« Reply #8968 on: April 24, 2017, 12:32:21 PM »
Made a delicious and frugal date night meal for me and my boyfriend last Tuesday. We had French onion soup and a loaf of crusty no-knead bread (both recipes were from Serious Eats).  I used bone broth from bones leftover from previous meals. That was the second batch of broth from the same set of bones so it cost practically nothing. I also used a 3-lb, $1.50 bag of sweet onions from Aldi.  The most expensive part of the meal was $2.99 for 1/2 lb. of smoked gouda.  The bread involved four ingredients: flour, water, yeast and salt.  It had a delicious, slightly sourdoughy tang from letting the dough sit in the refrigerator for 3 days.

All in all, I was able to make 5 meals for two people for under $6.00.

I learned that you can put together a frugal yet luxurious meal if you let time work its magic.  Let dough cold-ferment in the refrigerator for 3 days. Let bones simmer in the slow cooker for 2 days.  Take 15 minutes to chop onions, then stir the onions every 5 minutes for 30 minutes while reading a book.

The rest of the onion soup is in the freezer. We warmed up a couple of servings this Saturday. It hit the spot on that cold, rainy evening.

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« Reply #8969 on: April 24, 2017, 02:52:54 PM »
Made 2 loaves of bread from refrigerator dough. One is a gift for someone who offered to cut our hair for free! Wrapped it up in parchment paper and tied with jute. Looks really pretty.

Simple lunch for the kids and I was cheese and cucumbers on buns.


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« Reply #8970 on: April 24, 2017, 03:28:07 PM »
Made a double-batch of bolognaise last night, using up some of my stash of unwanted red wine.

I'm getting over a stomach bug so I didn't eat any but it smelled amazing. Half into fridge, half into portions in the freezer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8971 on: April 24, 2017, 09:26:02 PM »
* Rode my bike to the drugstore to pick up some infant Tylenol. Ever since I added the bike odometer to my setup I've been much more inspired to run bike errands. (I got a CatEye Velo. It was easy for me to install following the instructions even though I don't consider myself terribly handy.)

* Made potato-onion-carrot soup with homemade chicken broth.

* Changed out a sprinkler setup by myself today (for a newly planted fruit tree) instead of calling a guy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8972 on: April 25, 2017, 01:51:54 AM »
I'm pretty proud of this one. I gave five haircuts, today!

First, I trimmed my mother's hair. Then, I used my new Wahl Color Pro hair trimmer to give my son a crew cut, shaved the back of my Dad's neck, tidied up the ends of my daughter's hair, and gave my husband a business-style haircut with the Wahl.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8973 on: April 25, 2017, 08:31:20 AM »
-Have been wanting wireless headphone since I've been running consistently the past 3 months. Lo and behold, francois et mimi (which I learned about on the forums!) sent me a coupon code for a pair of theirs for $2.49 through amazon prime. I'm sure they'll be pretty crappy, haha, but I don't need perfect sound quality while running =)

-As always, making food for work lunches. Used up leftover cilantro that was getting wilty, too. We've been doing really well making sure no food goes bad. We have some wimpy looking green onions I forgot about and bought more, so I will probably plant these in the garden and see if they regrow =)

-Picked up an extra shift because coworker's baby came early, and I promised him I would cover. This is making money rather than saving it I guess, but still felt relevant. Karma and cash, a good combo.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8974 on: April 25, 2017, 08:41:10 AM »
Made 10 pounds of beer brats last night. Home brewed beer, cheap pork butt. They taste great and cost under $1.50 per pound, and have no weird preservatives or other chemical additives. Just salt, pepper, meat, beer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8975 on: April 25, 2017, 08:46:42 AM »
Huge golfer here, play about twice a week.  Anyways, used to ride in a cart but started walking this year instead.  Saves me about 15 bucks a round, over the course of the golf season should be about 600 dollars in savings!  Plus it's good for you, just an added benefit...

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« Reply #8976 on: April 25, 2017, 12:42:16 PM »
Working on some felt food for a Christmas gift...leftover felt will be made into felt blocks for the lil sister of the recipient.

Small shopping trip this week.  Attempting to cut back and use less alcohol. convenience foods and sweets.  It makes for a cheaper bill at the grocer, and better health.  Takes a little more dedication sometimes!

Husband built a desktop computer for friends of ours.  They are older and retired and on a fixed income.  They paid him for his time and the parts....they get a quality computer for the cost of the parts and a couple cheap hours of work.  Husband makes a few bucks.  Win-win.

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« Reply #8977 on: April 25, 2017, 12:50:11 PM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8978 on: April 26, 2017, 01:35:06 AM »
Walked to work, i hour and 20 minutes and will walk back again in the afternoon.
Brought my own lunch as always.
Eating free bananas provided by my employer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8979 on: April 26, 2017, 06:52:00 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8980 on: April 26, 2017, 06:56:02 AM »
Walked to work, i hour and 20 minutes and will walk back again in the afternoon.
Brought my own lunch as always.
Eating free bananas provided by my employer.

Awesome!  I've walked to work a few times but have been biking - my walk only takes about 45 minutes vs. < 15 for biking.  If I ever have any issues with my bike, I'll walk again.  Funny thing is I've doubled and tripled my bike route (just for the hell of it) and it still takes me about 30 minutes to get there.

There really is no reason to drive there anymore; I also get the double-whammy of never having to pay to park downtown.
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« Reply #8981 on: April 26, 2017, 08:03:41 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8982 on: April 26, 2017, 08:38:55 AM »
-I'm participating in a study, and the second part was sent to me. It made me realize I haven't gotten the $45 amazon gift card from doing the first part! So I emailed, they apologized and said they were behind, and it'll be out by the end of May. This isn't like... strictly saving money, but keeping tabs on something that should be incoming is always a good idea. Plus, now I know the email it'll come from (a different company they contract to), so hopefully it won't go to spam!

-Garden work! This should pay off in grocery budget, since we spend a lot on fresh produce. Finished up by getting soil in the last beds last weekend, and DH trellised the peas yesterday while I was at work. I'll plant a second round of lettuce and peas today, but I'm going to push the other things I had planned for this week out a week or two. It's been pouring rain and we've had minimal sun lately, and I'm worried stuff will just rot where it sits =o

-DH used up almond milk that I hated. Close to or possibly at zero food waste so far this month.

-Remembered to delay all my subscribe and saves until next month, since we don't need anything this month.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8983 on: April 26, 2017, 09:08:31 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?

I app that I use is "mPlus Places".

Basically, you earn points doing the following:
- check into places around you to the tune of 5 points per location (sometimes more for places that are being promoted).  This is capped at 25 places a day and you can only check in once per hour for the same place ~ 125 points a day.  Checking into places also generates prize boxes that get randomly placed on the map.  If other users don't redeem your generated boxes, after 24 hours you get to redeem them - you have to do this with 24 hours.
- prize boxes also appear on the map (from yourself/other users checking in to places) - you can tap a box once per hour; rewards vary from 5 up to 1000 points, but oftentimes you get no points and just sweepstakes entries

Some other rules:
- a $1 amazon gift card is worth 2000 points; you're only allowed to redeem them once per week
- you can also buy sweepstakes entries for 100 points. If you do one everyday, you can get one punch per day.  Every 20 punches on your punch-card also rewards a $1 amazon gift card

Honestly, it's pretty time consuming and doubtful that the $1 is really worth all the effort, but I figure I can at least earn a buck wasting time versus doing other time wasters that earn $0.  It used to be easier to get points (check-ins were 10 points, more advertisers were willing to reward more for check-ins).  I view most/all mobile games in this light  I usually do just enough to get the $1 credit a week plus the punch a day for another $1 credit every 20 days.

I also do swagbucks surveys occasionally to earn some amazon or ebay gift cards.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8984 on: April 26, 2017, 09:15:13 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?

I app that I use is "mPlus Places".

Basically, you earn points doing the following:
- check into places around you to the tune of 5 points per location (sometimes more for places that are being promoted).  This is capped at 25 places a day and you can only check in once per hour for the same place ~ 125 points a day.  Checking into places also generates prize boxes that get randomly placed on the map.  If other users don't redeem your generated boxes, after 24 hours you get to redeem them - you have to do this with 24 hours.
- prize boxes also appear on the map (from yourself/other users checking in to places) - you can tap a box once per hour; rewards vary from 5 up to 1000 points, but oftentimes you get no points and just sweepstakes entries

Some other rules:
- a $1 amazon gift card is worth 2000 points; you're only allowed to redeem them once per week
- you can also buy sweepstakes entries for 100 points. If you do one everyday, you can get one punch per day.  Every 20 punches on your punch-card also rewards a $1 amazon gift card

Honestly, it's pretty time consuming and doubtful that the $1 is really worth all the effort, but I figure I can at least earn a buck wasting time versus doing other time wasters that earn $0.  It used to be easier to get points (check-ins were 10 points, more advertisers were willing to reward more for check-ins).  I view most/all mobile games in this light  I usually do just enough to get the $1 credit a week plus the punch a day for another $1 credit every 20 days.

I also do swagbucks surveys occasionally to earn some amazon or ebay gift cards.
Thanks for the info! I play a lot of Pokemon Go, so I figure I could at least make a tiny bit of cash while I'm out roaming around anyway. Offset the cost of the data a tiny bit, at least.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8985 on: April 26, 2017, 08:29:15 PM »
* Found a Baby Gap hoodie in the gutter. Will wash and add to our kid clothes stash

* Bought two boxes of dried cherries (a family fave) marked down from $14.99/lb to $1.50/lb

* Making vanilla extract

* Making citrus vinegar from saved peels of homegrown lemons (the juice went to lemonade)

* Potato peels become "tater skins" snacks.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8986 on: April 27, 2017, 07:32:44 AM »
Snagged two empty horse supplement buckets from the stable and made a free feeder for the chicks I'm raising.  They were emptying their mason jar feeder 2x a day, and I was thinking of buying another one.  This homemade version is bigger and will hopefully reduce the amount they waste too.

Paid $52 for the 12 chicks, and they've all survived so far.  I'm hoping to sell 6 of the pullets for $15 apiece so I'll have almost free new chickens when all is said and done instead of paying $90 for six.  Then we'll be rollin' in awesome eggs for the next couple years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8987 on: April 27, 2017, 08:44:49 AM »
Tried to make dog treats yesterday from canned pumpkin and coconut flour.  It *almost* worked.   The treats are a little soft and crumbly, which isn't ideal...but they like them and they are completely hypo-allergetic for my oldest, plus promotes good *ahem* bowel function for him.

Will try again in a week or so when these are used up.  I probably made a mistake when adjusting amounts (recipe was originally for regular flour...which is much drier).


It will save money too...particularly since most grain free/chicken free treats are 9.00/lb....or more.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8988 on: April 27, 2017, 09:32:57 AM »
* Found a Baby Gap hoodie in the gutter. Will wash and add to our kid clothes stash

* Bought two boxes of dried cherries (a family fave) marked down from $14.99/lb to $1.50/lb

* Making vanilla extract

* Making citrus vinegar from saved peels of homegrown lemons (the juice went to lemonade)

* Potato peels become "tater skins" snacks.

This is next-level money-saving. I'm impressed! I'm not sure I'd have the confidence in my washing abilities to salvage that hoodie.

As for my money-saving- I made a few loaves of bread that I divided into quarters and froze. Any time DH and I want fancy bread with pasta or soup, I defrost a quarter of a loaf. Saves us money by not buying bakery bread at the grocery store, plus we don't feel like we *have* to eat the whole loaf before it goes bad.

This isn't really saving so much as earning money, but in my decluttering I freed up tons of decorative storage bins. Sold all of them (about 15) yesterday for $25.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8989 on: April 27, 2017, 11:58:24 AM »
My wife wanted to meet up over lunch and split a restaurant lunch-since she didn't have time to pack one from home.  I suggested instead that we hike up a local trail from town and split my homemade lunch.

It worked out perfectly. We got a nice hike in, sat on a bench and ate our lunch of canned local sockeye salmon w/crackers, carrots, apples,  peanuts- all while enjoying awesome views, watching mountain goats, and listening to roaring waterfalls.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8990 on: April 27, 2017, 03:56:07 PM »
Yesterday I bought mushrooms by the pound rather than the prepackaged ones. Saved $0.50/lb.

Today we went back to BBB and got refunded 20% since we did not have the coupon at the time of purchase. Score.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8991 on: April 28, 2017, 12:05:26 AM »
Made creamy sweet potato soup with cheap sweet potatoes for myself and a friend for dinner to go with the redbox rental we watched. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8992 on: April 29, 2017, 12:09:06 PM »
Went to a breakfast meeting, but ate breakfast before I went. I took along a travel mug of coffee so I had something to drink - saved $10!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8993 on: April 29, 2017, 12:31:18 PM »
Good for you, Nangirl!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8994 on: April 29, 2017, 01:26:55 PM »
Menu-planned for the week then walked to Aldi to buy only exactly what I needed to fill in the gaps of my current pantry/fridge (well, plus a bag of pretzels), rather than my usual grocery strategy of shopping off Safeway sales and post-hoc meal planning. Spent $18, when a normal weekend trip probably would have been ~$40.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8995 on: April 29, 2017, 01:56:53 PM »
-Volunteered at a local food bank garden. Brought home a couple heads of lettuce =) Walked there and back, so no gas expense.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8996 on: April 29, 2017, 03:22:27 PM »
Friday was the day of free food.

My husband had picked up burgers from a local place which is staffed by young locals and developing a big cult following. Last time he was there he offered to help them out with something, just did them a little favour because of where he works. This time he got home and they had refunded our meal, put cash in the bottom of the bag with a note saying "thank you for your support". So, free dinner.

On Friday I also brought home a couple of gourmet meals courtesy of a friend at work, so that fed us Saturday lunch and Saturday dinner.

I gave us both hair cuts.

And I checked online for the price of my nephew's birthday present and found it was marked down $15 this week, so we went for a quick drive and picked up that.

Oh, and I cooked and shredded a kilo of chicken breast for the freezer (to be used in enchiladas, sandwiches, salads, whatever).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8997 on: April 29, 2017, 04:03:39 PM »
The racks on our dishwasher started rusting (after 14 years, I'm not surprised). I was browsing Craigslist and someone was selling their newer dishwasher with the same racks, but a broken handle for $20. We drove out there (admittedly 30 minutes each way) and they helped load it up in our car, then declined our money. Score!

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« Reply #8998 on: April 29, 2017, 04:23:06 PM »
Good for you, Nangirl!

Thanks!!
My husband (who is miles more frugal than I am), was even impressed! :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8999 on: May 01, 2017, 10:03:55 PM »
Superglued the plastic frame of some goodwill sunglasses to hopefully keep them going. We will see how that goes.

Redeemed credit card rewards for cash back = 25.00

Packed lunches and avoided driving anywhere but work.

Planning on meeting a buyer for some kitchen ware I no longer need/want.  20.00 bucks cash

Turned on the space heater in the office where we spent our evening rather than turning the heat on for the whole house.  May temps are starting out chillier than normal here.