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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #900 on: May 22, 2014, 10:37:23 AM »
Foraged for mulberries along the walk to/from school (dropping off the kids).  I collected a bunch, ate a bunch while picking, and joined the kids at school for their free breakfast (which we all shared).  Picked more on the way home at a different tree.  By the time I got home, I still had 2.4 oz of mulberries left.  At current prices in the store for similar fruits, that's still $1.50 worth, and we probably ate another 5-6 oz throughout the morning.  So I foraged around $5 worth of fruit.  Mrs. Rootofgood also tipped me off to another tree in a less traveled part of the neighborhood.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #901 on: May 22, 2014, 01:28:58 PM »
Going to reuse my Teriyaki marinade from making beef jerky and turn it into a sauce for supper tonight :)

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« Reply #902 on: May 22, 2014, 01:37:20 PM »
Made a crock pot dinner ( Mexican Chicken) and a rice cooker full of rice for the family since I will be out tonite. If I didn't do this, I'm 100% sure that dad would order pizza!

Recipe:

In bottom of crock, place frozen chicken pieces. I had breasts today.
Add 1-2 cans each of drained black beans and corn (or use frozen corn)
Pour over a generous amount of salsa
After a couple of hours, dice up a large block of cream cheese and stir in.

Serve over rice, pasta or in a wrap.
Delish!and a very forgiving recipe.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #903 on: May 22, 2014, 04:29:25 PM »
Took the bus again today! woot woot!


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« Reply #904 on: May 25, 2014, 10:49:58 AM »
Finally decided Netflix wasn't worth it. Quit.

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« Reply #905 on: May 25, 2014, 03:49:15 PM »
Returned a bunch of materials to the library ON TIME!

Also, kids took out more books and videos. Love that we are known as heavy users at our library. Seven year old went up to the information desk to find out when the summer reading club begins. So cute!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #906 on: May 25, 2014, 10:43:19 PM »
Not really by choice, but I THOUGHT I had the guy who is mowing over at our ex-rental lined up to get the sprinkler system fixed and running.  Real estate agent texted today and said the grass looked dry and a couple sprinkler heads were out of the ground... just as I'd left it last weekend after going over and realizing the PREVIOUS sprinkler guy hadn't sent us a bill because he'd never been there.  So I dropped everything, drove over there and spent most of the afternoon cussing and making trips to Home Depot, but at least now the lawn won't die completely.  Damn' I wish someone would buy that house already.

I also noticed that the dandelion stems from last weekend were still standing, so lawn mower dude might be getting fired in the near future.

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« Reply #907 on: May 26, 2014, 03:16:57 PM »
We went to the store today. I always look at the price tag before buying something. We get to the register.. and the girl tells me the total. Immediately I correct her. The total was listed for $10 less.

Even though I didn't save money because I was buying something, I still managed to save a little bit of money that would have easily gone overlooked by others.

Mind you.... this isn't the first time I've had to had a cashier correct the total (this is probably the 3rd time in the last year). It pays to pay attention.

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« Reply #908 on: May 26, 2014, 03:30:49 PM »
I did NOT buy ice cream and ice cream toppings. Even though I wanted to.

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« Reply #909 on: May 27, 2014, 08:30:52 PM »
Well, it was yesterday but it still counts. We did not go out to dinner last night, instead I came home and cooked burgers and sweet potato fries (the same thing we would have had at the restaurant). I am proud that my thinking is switching, I chose what felt good fiscally and didn't buy into the "treat yourself mentality." Plus the kids were starving and it was great to have dinner on the table, rather than wait at a restaurant.

Congrats Latwell: I was behind someone at the grocery store who bought three things, paid the $27 and then asked what was so expensive. It was the $20 bottle of almond butter! Rather than return it, she kept it. I really wanted to say, you could buy so many fresh organic almonds and make your own. Definitely a WTF moment, I would have not kept it.

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« Reply #910 on: May 27, 2014, 08:48:21 PM »
Paid attention yesterday:  my son's shoes rang up $20 more than listed.

Made homemade pizza tonight and finished the fine meal with a skillet chocolate chip cookie "pizza" a la mode compliments of the mini-zamboni wishing to create it.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #911 on: May 27, 2014, 09:51:04 PM »
A friend texted to see if I wanted to meet for lunch in the city.

I said since it was such lovely weather, why not bring our lunches in and take them to the botanic gardens a block away! That should save us both at least $15.

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« Reply #912 on: May 28, 2014, 07:58:33 AM »
Figured out how to make iced coffee at work, instead of buying it.

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« Reply #913 on: May 28, 2014, 08:25:03 AM »
Replaced car coolant reservoir. Saved $60 getting it online, another hour's worth of shop labor and also not having to drive to mechanic and wait.

10 minutes to get old one off, 5 to get new one on.

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« Reply #914 on: May 28, 2014, 08:26:44 AM »
biked to work.

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« Reply #915 on: May 28, 2014, 11:54:11 AM »
took the bus/train to work today

sew my old straight cut pants and made them into skinnies.

made a 99 cent trip first before going to the grocery - was able to buy produce (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, organic kale and spinach, cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce) at 99 cent each.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #916 on: May 28, 2014, 12:35:06 PM »
finally, after many many years without a raise, received one, and immediately submitted the forms to have it contributed to my 403B.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #917 on: May 28, 2014, 12:49:07 PM »
Brought my lunch to work, and declined to go out to lunch with coworkers (was tempted, though...)

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« Reply #918 on: May 28, 2014, 12:49:44 PM »
Nice!  So the raise is really for your "future you".  :)
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« Reply #919 on: May 28, 2014, 09:29:51 PM »
Saved the last of some slightly dry barley-and-savoury-mince with miso soup. I just mixed up a concentrated version out of a sachet of miso paste (under 1/2 the required hot water), stirred it through and heated it all up together. Surprisingly delicious - like adding a good beef stock. And I would have struggled to eat that last serving otherwise.

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« Reply #920 on: May 28, 2014, 11:27:38 PM »
Here's what the first version of my grocery list for the week included: EVOO, fish, milk, flour, garlic

After challenging myself to cut down, it looked like this: flour, garlic

I left the store with flour, garlic, and unplanned sesame oil that was 50% off (I *was* out, and can't argue with 50% off).

Because I bought enough garlic for at least a couple months, I probably won't even have to go grocery shopping next week. Except for cat food--that might be needed next week.

I get a weekly CSA box, but it's prepaid. So don't worry: I am still eating well, just utilizing things already in my freezer and pantry!

Also: I'm going to freeze my yogurt starter for the next time I buy milk.

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« Reply #921 on: May 29, 2014, 04:25:33 PM »
Replaced the elastic on the bottom of my plastic bag holder.  Only saved myself a few bucks, but a big-little achievement for me, as the last time I unpicked something and re-sewed it was in high school.

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« Reply #922 on: May 30, 2014, 02:48:59 PM »
I needed a prescription filled for my cat (who is very old and suffering from renal failure) and after getting a price quote on the meds from the veterinarian I did a little online research and realized that the same medication is used for humans on kidney dialysis.  I was then able to get the same medication from my local pharmacy for $25 cheaper than they were charging at the vet's office.

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« Reply #923 on: May 30, 2014, 02:51:06 PM »
I made instant coffee at my desk instead of buying it.

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« Reply #924 on: May 30, 2014, 04:09:45 PM »
The Library said I never returned the book,  and I knew I did.  It was about to be overdue.

I went the library and the guy told me they would put a request in for a shelf search.   Nope, I said I would do the search right now.

And I found it!! :)

I've had the same thing happen at my public library. The item is almost always on the shelf. I love my library, but I have had this happen multiple times. Just gotta check my account online after turning something in to make sure it actually got checked in. A small price to pay for all of the materials they keep me hooked up with. :)

I saved money today by resisting the urge to stop for pizza on the way home. I ate a salad that I already had at home instead.

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« Reply #925 on: May 31, 2014, 05:20:20 PM »
Used store points to get 40 cents off per gallon on filling my ridiculous pig-clown truck.

Used coupons for $12 off said truck's annual oil change (I don't drive it much), $10 off some lumber and pavers at Lowe's, and about $9 in coupons for my grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, plus the 5% credit card rewards for the Lowe's and grocery bills.  Decided against going to the $8 car wash that has unlimited vacuuming (it takes forever to get the dog hair out of the velour seats) and will instead bust out the hose and the shop vac and do it myself tomorrow.

Instead of stopping for ice cream, went home and pureed up some frozen banana with almond butter - both cheaper and healthier than Sonic.

Pressure washed all the stinky winter horse blankets in the back yard, and will re-waterproof them tomorrow.

Line dried the dog/horse towels.

Bottled up my latest homebrew.  About $100 worth of Imperial Red for around $45 in ingredients.
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« Reply #926 on: May 31, 2014, 05:29:16 PM »
Used store points to get 40 cents off per gallon on filling my ridiculous pig-clown truck.

Face punch!  Heh heh.  I know you were asking for one.


Bottled up my latest homebrew.  About $100 worth of Imperial Red for around $45 in ingredients.

Hug.  I know you prolly weren't asking for one.


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« Reply #927 on: May 31, 2014, 05:35:19 PM »
Thank you for the face punch.  And the hug.  Luckily my daily driver is getting close to 44 mpg lately, and the pig truck is saved for equine transportation and other macho truck duties such as carting home yards of gravel.  14 years old and hopefully will keep doing its duties for another 14+.

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« Reply #928 on: May 31, 2014, 05:59:12 PM »
Used up 2 gift cards I received.

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« Reply #929 on: June 01, 2014, 02:25:50 AM »
I biked to a small (free) electro festival 35km away from my house. took me all in total about 4.5 hrs and saved me about 14 euros (return ticket for the train). YEAH!

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« Reply #930 on: June 01, 2014, 08:45:06 AM »
Love this thread :)

I walked to Target as opposed to driving to satisfy my grocery and printer shopping needs.  Also, I realized that the lowest cost printer Target had to offer cost $50.  I ended up purchasing, but then quickly returned upon finding a used model nearby on craigslist for $10...winning!
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« Reply #931 on: June 01, 2014, 09:15:38 AM »
Another shout out for libraries here.  Yesterday picked up a tattered and taped-up paperback of Your Money or Your Life from my local branch that I'd had transferred from the main branch. Devouring it like a trashy novel.

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« Reply #932 on: June 01, 2014, 10:23:43 AM »
I made one of my Strong Woman Frappes at home - waaay cheaper than the coffee shop and I'm using french vanilla whey protein powder, so it's become a delicious, caffeinated, light meal/big snack

I sold my wedding dress!  Only got 30% back, but that's 30% more than I thought I'd see back from such a poor (and beautiful!) investment.  Now fingers crossed she loves it and doesn't take advantage of the 30 day return policy we agreed upon.   

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« Reply #933 on: June 01, 2014, 06:25:09 PM »
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.

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« Reply #934 on: June 01, 2014, 06:43:35 PM »
I got to go to watch the USA men's national soccer team play against Turkey in a World Cup warm-up game for free today because I took advantage of a season ticket holder presale to buy a bunch of tickets that I resold for double the face price on Stubhub and that more than paid for my own ticket.  I was also able to use another presale event to pay for my season ticket, but that's a story for another day.

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« Reply #935 on: June 01, 2014, 07:08:09 PM »
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


Share the recipe? All my curries are hands-on, and I need more crockpot recipes.

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« Reply #936 on: June 01, 2014, 08:24:11 PM »
Used my frozen ginger for the first time and it worked beautifully! Sliced off an inch for my chai tea and just peeled the chunk with a vegetable peeler. Returned the huge ginger root to the freezer for next time.

Love, love, love having ginger available at any time. So often, there's a recipe I would love to include it in, but I don't have any in my fridge, or its all shrivelled up and unusable.  Thanks for this fantastic idea!

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« Reply #937 on: June 01, 2014, 08:45:17 PM »
I didn't buy Starbucks while waiting at the airport. That's one of my fav travel on treats.


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« Reply #938 on: June 02, 2014, 07:30:01 AM »
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


Share the recipe? All my curries are hands-on, and I need more crockpot recipes.

Here it is! http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-thai-red-curry-chicken.html
Well, approximately - regular mushrooms instead of shiitakes, and green beans instead of bamboo shoots. It involves some browning beforehand which I did at night, then put it in the slow cooker and into the fridge to get started today. I'm cooking it on low instead of high as it says in the directions, because I'll be gone longer than the 3-4 hours it wants on high.

I've never owned a crockpot before, so I can't vouch for this recipe, but hoping things turn out. There are a lot of good looking recipes on that website.
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« Reply #939 on: June 02, 2014, 07:44:22 AM »
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


Share the recipe? All my curries are hands-on, and I need more crockpot recipes.

Here it is! http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-thai-red-curry-chicken.html
Well, approximately - regular mushrooms instead of shiitakes, and green beans instead of bamboo shoots. It involves some browning beforehand which I did at night, then put it in the slow cooker and into the fridge to get started today. I'm cooking it on low instead of high as it says in the directions, because I'll be gone longer than the 3-4 hours it wants on high.

I've never owned a crockpot before, so I can't vouch for it, but hoping things turn out. There are a lot of good looking recipes on that website.


Thanks! Do post the result, will you?


Generally, by the way, I skip the browning stage for meats in the crock pot. It's meant to seal in the juices, and it may help with beef, keeping it moist. This shouldn't be any sort of problem with chicken, so you might consider trying it and saving some time next time if this recipe turns out. The frying of the curry paste is probably necessary, though, so it may be that it doesn't save enough trouble to matter.




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« Reply #940 on: June 02, 2014, 08:18:59 AM »
I got to go to watch the USA men's national soccer team play against Turkey in a World Cup warm-up game for free today because I took advantage of a season ticket holder presale to buy a bunch of tickets that I resold for double the face price on Stubhub and that more than paid for my own ticket.  I was also able to use another presale event to pay for my season ticket, but that's a story for another day.
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« Reply #941 on: June 02, 2014, 08:49:14 AM »
This weekend, I mended NINE pairs of pants. Stitched up 4 yoga pants and patched 5 jeans. Still have 2 to go, but I actually like them and wanted to make sure the patching method worked as advertised ;) Given that I buy my pants for $15-25 each at TJ Maxx, that's roughly $180 of value salvaged! (I would only have purchased like 3 pairs, though, if I had gone shopping instead).

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« Reply #942 on: June 02, 2014, 08:51:41 AM »
Nice work, galliver!
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« Reply #944 on: June 02, 2014, 10:15:44 AM »
Saturday:
- Went to a free screener of How to Train your Dragon 2 (and didnt buy popcorn)

Yesterday:
- Started the quilt I'm making as a wedding present
- Fixed the neighbor's dock our friends broke for $5
- Tried to grill food for a favorite receipe instead of pan frying it and didn't care for it as much, but ate it anyways.
- Planted basil and cilantro seeds, and tomato plants.
- Did a set of clothes with dryell rather than dry cleaning clothes.  (I know, don't own dry cleaning clothes...  But my professional evironment requires that level of clothing, so I keep costs down as I can.)
- Went for a walk in the evening with my husband at a nearby pond/lake.  Came up with an activity (a hunt for a list of various items, like "a man fishing" or "5 dogs") to keep my nephew occupied next time he visits on his own and we take him down there.

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« Reply #945 on: June 02, 2014, 11:29:45 AM »
I've had a great couple of weeks:

Sold my gas guzzler, switched to Honda Fit (more than doubled my MPGs)

Cancelled my Verizon Wireless plan and started on the $10 a month Republic Wireless plan instead (savings of about $60 per month!)

Just signed up for a Vanguard index fund (opened with $6,000. Waiting to see what my monthly deposit will be)

Husband installed clothes line in yard. Have only dried one load since (in the middle of a rainy week).

Started making my own granola bars for me and DH to bring to work. Much tastier, more bars per batch  at a fraction of the cost.

Feeling really good!

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« Reply #946 on: June 05, 2014, 12:11:03 AM »
This week I convinced my friends to have a picnic lunch together instead of going out like we have a weekly-ish habit of doing. We agreed we should do it more.

However, I think the festivity of going out helped make it a thing/habit to see each other and eat together, and was a necessary step in making this happen. But it's fun to precipitate positive change and move forward. :)

Too bad I'm moving away in 2 months.

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« Reply #947 on: June 05, 2014, 04:16:44 AM »
I've had a great couple of weeks:

Sold my gas guzzler, switched to Honda Fit (more than doubled my MPGs)

Cancelled my Verizon Wireless plan and started on the $10 a month Republic Wireless plan instead (savings of about $60 per month!)

Just signed up for a Vanguard index fund (opened with $6,000. Waiting to see what my monthly deposit will be)

Husband installed clothes line in yard. Have only dried one load since (in the middle of a rainy week).

Started making my own granola bars for me and DH to bring to work. Much tastier, more bars per batch  at a fraction of the cost.

Feeling really good!

Please, can you post the recipe of the granola bars?  Thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #948 on: June 05, 2014, 12:23:16 PM »
I don't do granola bars, but I've been making homemade Kind bars (mostly nuts) and they are awesome, and pretty easy.  She talks about a candy thermometer, but I just use the meat thermometer and use a honey/maple syrup mixture and whatever nuts and dried fruit I have on hand:  http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Bars

This week I've been putting leftover coffee into a jar in the fridge, and just enjoyed it as iced coffee this morning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #949 on: June 05, 2014, 12:36:13 PM »
I don't do granola bars, but I've been making homemade Kind bars (mostly nuts) and they are awesome, and pretty easy.  She talks about a candy thermometer, but I just use the meat thermometer and use a honey/maple syrup mixture and whatever nuts and dried fruit I have on hand:  http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Bars

This week I've been putting leftover coffee into a jar in the fridge, and just enjoyed it as iced coffee this morning.
Awesome!  Thanks for the link.