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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9000 on: May 03, 2017, 01:12:28 PM »
I thought all golfers looked like hobos. Why else would one wear those pants? :P

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« Reply #9001 on: May 04, 2017, 06:37:55 AM »
Ran home from work yesterday. Walked back this morning.

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« Reply #9002 on: May 04, 2017, 06:46:04 AM »
* Needed some new work clothes (dang baby weight that won't go away!) so I popped into Goodwill rather than the pricey places at the mall.  Got the same brands I would have from the department stores, but for about 90% of the price.  A new-to-me pair of pants and three new-to-me shirts for less than $10 works for me!

* Didn't get a chance to menu plan or grocery shop this weekend, but instead of stopping for takeout we've been eating out of our freezer.  Today me thanks past me for thinking ahead!

* Got all of my mother's day cards from the Dollar Tree for less than $5, which is what I'm sure I would have spent on just one card anywhere else.  Yes, cards in general are a complete waste of money, but it's also a simple way to remind those around me how much I love and appreciate them.

* Got my mom's mother's day gift from Goodwill - a Harley Davidson shirt with the tags still on.  Also got her a bracelet off of Amazon, but since I have been saving up survey company gift cards, I still count this as saving money out of my own pocket for it.  Will also mail it off on a mystery shop, so not cost to me there!

* Signed up for a kid's workshop at Home Depot this Saturday.  My daughter and I will get some quality alone time, she gets to build a free plant pot, and it won't cost me anything but the Starbucks hot chocolate I promised her afterwards...which I will pay for from a gift card I have had forever...literally, years.

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« Reply #9003 on: May 04, 2017, 07:18:23 AM »
Our local grocery store chain, known for their meat counter service, occasionally runs a ground beef special but the catch is you have to buy it in 10 lb increments. I finally broke down and bought a tube on sale yesterday, then divided it into 1lb packages to store in the Deep Freeze. That works out to $1.79/lb for 80/20.

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« Reply #9004 on: May 04, 2017, 08:35:58 AM »
-Bought mother's day cards from Trader Joe's while we were there ($0.99 per). I just can't beat their quality to price ratio elsewhere. My TJ's bday card stash came in handy recently, too, when I made a bday card for a patient's mom/full time caregiver I interact with a lot.

-My yoga pants tore =( These guys didn't even make it 6 months. I'm very disappointed. Instead of buying replacements since it's getting toward summer, I'm getting buy with some sweat pants I got for free from my ILs (no one knew who left them, but hey, they fit me), and my yoga capris I already own. At some point I'll make a goodwill trip and see if I can get a decent replacement.

-This is the year of free plants: I've gotten free raspberry starts, oregano, and sage, and probably have tomatoes coming my way as well.

-It got hot yesterday and will be hot again today. Prior to yesterday, we hadn't passed 70F... and yesterday hit 80F! More of the same today. We're not using any climate control though, we're opening the house up overnight/in the AM and closing it all up around 10am as the temp starts to rise. It's probably a pipe dream, but I'd like to make it through May without using the AC. Old dog that gets febrile seizures though, so maybe not =\ I definitely won't be pushing my luck on it.

-DH used our house for a work meeting with coworkers. Someone had suggested a restaurant. Luckily we had a massive batch of chili in the fridge, so I told DH to just serve that and make coffee. It ended up being good, because they needed a second computer monitor after all. Cheaper AND more effective meeting? Perfect.

-We're down to the last 2 steaks from our 1/4 cow. This makes me very sad, BUT, also means we aren't wasting any meat. It's easy for meat to get lost in the deep freeze and get freezer burn. But we want NO food waste! =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9005 on: May 04, 2017, 04:58:38 PM »
Cancelled my underutilized YMCA membership since the summer stuff is gearing up and the pool will be overrun with kids soon. I'll get back into running again instead. Used the savings to increase my Vanguard contributions. Feelings pretty good about that.

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« Reply #9006 on: May 04, 2017, 05:11:50 PM »
Our family gave up soda for a year starting today. We spend a lot in soda in a year, about $1500 so that will be a huge cost cutting exercise. Replacing with Water and inexpensive home brewed tea.

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« Reply #9007 on: May 04, 2017, 05:29:09 PM »
Found a bunch of seeds (5 or 6 years old) a couple of months back, so I soaked and sprouted some to make sure they were still viable. They were, so now a fresh batch have just gone into the under-used backyard garden. Also plugged in a few potatoes that had gotten a little too sprouty for us.

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« Reply #9008 on: May 04, 2017, 05:45:07 PM »
Salvaged two of my partner's three pairs of pants!  He was down to just his wool dress pants.  Yesterday I did extensive patching on his jeans, just buying time to try to find some at goodwill or on sale.  Today I scrubbed a massive grass stain he had given up on out of his khakis.  Woohoo! 

Yesterday he asked me to bring food for him while he finished working on a project.  I had already left the house and didn't have much portable at home, but I'm pretty proud of the dinner I put together at the grocery store!  A tub of spinach, a basket of strawberries, some raisins and some deli chicken all in a salad with cottage cheese and two fresh ciabatta bread from the in store bakery. Around $9 total. We made an easy picnic of it and he had cottage cheese and a couple strawberries left for breakfast this morning. More expensive than unwashed greens but cheaper and much better than pizza or subway but it still felt like a treat. (Or maybe my life just is that boring!)

I also got a pile of books I need for a class via Interlibrary loan. Saved at least $40-60 on rental fees.


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« Reply #9009 on: May 04, 2017, 11:07:47 PM »
Canceled an Amazon order for a new lunch Thermos for my son because I found a better, new-with-labels Thermos at Goodwill for 1/3 the price. (His old lunch Thermos had started leaking from the lid so couldn't be used for soups anymore.)
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« Reply #9010 on: May 05, 2017, 05:10:52 AM »
* went all week having leftovers for lunch
* tempted to buy some wine on the way home from work ...  decided not to


... BTW, this is good for me




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« Reply #9011 on: May 05, 2017, 05:22:50 AM »
* went all week having leftovers for lunch
* tempted to buy some wine on the way home from work ...  decided not to


... BTW, this is good for me

Gosh, you are a lot stronger than I am.
Yesterday I had to drive quite a long way to a certain shop for a new oil filter in the car. Drove past the liquor store and couldn't help to visit it to buy more cheap wine. We have only more costly wine at home and I don't want to drink costly wine too often. And when at the car shop, I also visited the well-sorted grocery shop, which is also an expensive shop. Positive thing about is that I only bought things that were on sale. Negative is that I bought stuff that we don't actually need, like luxury buns that I put in the freezer for some special occasion. And fresh strawberries that smelled good. And some french cheese, just because I think it will taste good. Good thing: I bought toothpaste in very large tubes, which were much cheaper per kilo than the normal ones I usually buy. Toothpaste is often on sale, but always sold-out when on sale. So I never get the chance to buy it cheaply in bulk. So now I bought 3 big tubes.

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« Reply #9012 on: May 06, 2017, 11:19:04 AM »
Sold a set of wheels for my old car for $175.

Took advantage of eBay promotion (500 free listings between 5/2-5/6) to relist everything I had in "unsold listings" along with ending/relisting existing listings.  Will have another 36 listings to use this month.  Also listed a few new items.

We're moving at the end of the month so anything I can get rid of in exchange for cash I'm very happy with.

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« Reply #9013 on: May 06, 2017, 12:13:30 PM »
DH and I decided to cut our personal "fun money" by 1/3. Cancelled Photoshop subscription. Cancelled Netflix since we have Amazon Prime now.

Saves $100/mo total. Yes!!!
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« Reply #9014 on: May 06, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »
-A med I take is technically over the counter, and so far I've ordered it from the producer. But, they into'd a loyalty program, where if I have a prescription and have a pharmacy fill it, I get $$ off. So last doctor's appointment I asked and he gladly wrote the rx, and once the pharmacy sorts a couple things out, I'll be doing it this way. It'll end up being ~$60/month instead of the ~$85/month I'm paying now. Awesome.

-Built a bike stand. Similar stuff online wasn't super expensive, $20-30, but we made it with ~$8 worth of materials, so that's still a good savings IMO. Plus, nothing like some family weekend woodworking to double as skills development and a hobby cost! =)

-Store had bone-in chicken thighs for less than half the thigh filets, so I grabbed a pack of those. Also got the filets for 'emergency' food (ie, too tired to de-bone the meat meals), but the thigh pack is much larger.

-Husband went grocery shopping with me and we did NOT go off list! This is a big deal. We love getting groceries together, but it's better for the budget if we don't =P
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« Reply #9015 on: May 06, 2017, 09:03:33 PM »
Dh's office had free soda (fountain).
For my maternity leave, I take the baby to have lunch with him once or twice a week. We, of course, pack our lunches.

And I get a soda :)

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« Reply #9016 on: May 06, 2017, 09:16:59 PM »
A local bike advocacy group was offering a FREE! bike repair class. I now know how to lube a chain, remove a wheel, patch/fix a flat tire and more. Freebies included a water bottle, reflectors and tire levers. Hopefully this knowledge will pay off in future DIY savings.

Hit a neighborhood estate sale and purchased two unopened boxes of canning jars at a steep discount.
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« Reply #9017 on: May 07, 2017, 12:55:09 AM »
Prepared my bicycle to cycle to work from next week.
Tiday we will chanfe oil on one car, change tires on the other and wash both cars. All for free at my office which has a garage and a washing hall.

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« Reply #9018 on: May 07, 2017, 01:40:55 AM »
Went to the movies with husband and a friend. Husband got a free ticket (from loyalty points), and I used a gift card for the other two. Out of pocket $0. (Friend drove, ate lunch beforehand, took a bottle of water.)

Went grocery shopping, only spent $50, stocked up on a couple of things we need. Bought dried chickpeas and lentils instead of tinned. Soaking the chickpeas now to make sweet potato and carrot soup tomorrow.

Cold-washed, line-dried two loads of washing. Tomato soup on the stove for dinner.

And I spent some time working on something for my husband's career. Our already precarious industry is becoming even more fragile, with major layoffs at his employer's parent company this week (a quarter of FT employees to be made redundant). So I put together a strategy to make him as bulletproof as possible. It's about survival now. 

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« Reply #9019 on: May 07, 2017, 05:05:51 AM »
Put a chicken carcass in my Instant Pot with celery tops, onion skins, and carrot peelings. Added a few bouillon cubes and water to cover. Cooked under pressure for an hour.  Scavenged meat from bones, discarded the rest, and made chicken noodle soup.

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« Reply #9020 on: May 07, 2017, 02:33:32 PM »
This was a few days ago but I just got an e-mail about it to remind me... I had plans after work, but had an hour to kill in between. Instead of going out and getting a drink or coffee or whatever, I stayed after hours at my desk and did Amazon turk. I just got an e-mail telling me that I got a $6 bonus for the task I did in addition to the regular pay. :-)
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« Reply #9021 on: May 07, 2017, 03:49:09 PM »
-cooked the chicken frame after making a whole chicken with veg scraps from the freezer bag, and used it to make a big pot of egg drop veggie soup.

-Went to goodwill to replace my yoga pants. For $22, I got yoga pants, a pair of 'daily wear' capris, and running shorts. Not the *best* deal of all time, but I would have paid $20+ for yoga pants alone if bought new, so I'll count it as a victory.

-Used a gift card from my birthday to buy another pair of running shorts in a different style that will be good for long distances. (The shorts I have now chafe soooo bad after ~3 miles, and it's getting too hot to run in capris)

-Tried skipjack instead of albacore tuna on top of a salad. It'll work! A little bit fishier and not as great of texture, but definitely edible. This will save money and be less mercury too. Win win.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9022 on: May 08, 2017, 12:59:02 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.
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« Reply #9023 on: May 08, 2017, 04:42:48 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.

... not really the same with chocolate topping though. ;)

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« Reply #9024 on: May 08, 2017, 06:14:38 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.

... not really the same with chocolate topping though. ;)


I dunno. Could be pretty good if you caramelize them first. :)

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« Reply #9025 on: May 08, 2017, 06:55:32 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.

... not really the same with chocolate topping though. ;)


I dunno. Could be pretty good if you caramelize them first. :)
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« Reply #9026 on: May 08, 2017, 08:58:53 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.

... not really the same with chocolate topping though. ;)


I dunno. Could be pretty good if you caramelize them first. :)
Well I just learned that onion ice cream is a thing that exists. http://www.saucemagazine.com/recipe/1673

Eeeeeewwwww.

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« Reply #9027 on: May 08, 2017, 10:27:55 AM »
Grabbed a $5 pint of fancy ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket. Realized it's been cold out so wtf am I doing buying ice cream. Put it back. Bought 10 onions for $1 instead.

... not really the same with chocolate topping though. ;)


I dunno. Could be pretty good if you caramelize them first. :)
Well I just learned that onion ice cream is a thing that exists. http://www.saucemagazine.com/recipe/1673

Eeeeeewwwww.


For the record, I thought I was making a joke. Though if it must be done, it should be done with Vidalias.

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« Reply #9028 on: May 08, 2017, 10:34:13 AM »
Understood. It reminded me of the German folk remedy for coughs, which translates as "onion sugar syrup".

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« Reply #9029 on: May 08, 2017, 11:00:22 AM »
Turned down an invite to go to Starbucks with officemates this morning in favor of our free Keurig. Leftovers for lunch (and those from a dinner purchased by my in-laws, no less!). Resisting the urge to go buy candy this afternoon because it's bad for me and my wallet.

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« Reply #9030 on: May 08, 2017, 02:14:53 PM »
My husband washed out cars rather then taking them through the car wash. We are baby Mustachains so it felt like a huge win ha ha.

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« Reply #9031 on: May 09, 2017, 01:04:26 AM »
Cycled to work.

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« Reply #9032 on: May 09, 2017, 08:13:46 AM »
I've been working on final projects for my classes, so I was unable to make time for this week's batch cooking. I would normally have a soup to eat for lunch at work, but not this week. I was going to just buy soup at work today, but I looked in the fridge this morning and realized I had a cucumber, artichokes in olive oil, tomatoes, and spring mix. Work soup out; salad and banana in.


ETA: Well that didn't work as intended. My salad needed help, so I bought a couple boiled eggs from the snackbar. They cost more than what the soup would have cost. Oops.
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« Reply #9033 on: May 09, 2017, 09:31:51 AM »
Snow has finally melted, and the river bank that had previously flooded the bike path has subsided: biked to work for the first day of the season today, yay!

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« Reply #9034 on: May 09, 2017, 11:25:07 AM »
I didn't go out for lunch today, and instead ate leftovers and what I already had at my desk. ....not at all what I wanted, but it saved me about $10-15, so it's a small win for financial responsibility.

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« Reply #9035 on: May 09, 2017, 11:32:20 AM »
Ate PBJ sandwich for lunch.  Everyone eats food from home.  We've pretty much settled into this groove.  It's nice.  Saves $$ and we don't even think about it any more.
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« Reply #9036 on: May 09, 2017, 05:59:41 PM »
Biked to the grocery store to buy...  toilet paper and laundry soap in bulk.  It's three miles mostly uphill on the way there, but zoom zoom on the way back.

What was I thinking?!  Barely got the stuff home in the pannier.  Picture it...   50 rolls of toilet paper and the large laundry soap -- on a bike.     

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« Reply #9037 on: May 09, 2017, 07:09:58 PM »
Managed to put together enough food from what we have on hand to supplement DH's one remaining MRE to get him through 2.5 days of eating out of his pack: homemade granola and powdered milk, homemade bread and peanut butter, a bunch of apples, some assorted dried fruit and nuts, and a bag of Starburst jelly beans. Not nutritionally optimal, but it's only for a few days and it's way less processed than MREs.

I made a giant casserole using 1lb of ground beef and a metric shit ton of veggies. Like, filled both a 9x13 pan that I cooked tonight and an 8x8 pan that I stuck in the freezer. I didn't cost it out but I'd be willing to bet that it doesn't come in much above $2/serving even using 100% grassfed beef.

Cut DH's hair.

Made broth from last night's chicken carcass and veggie scraps.

Biked to the grocery store to buy...  toilet paper and laundry soap in bulk.  It's three miles mostly uphill on the way there, but zoom zoom on the way back.

What was I thinking?!  Barely got the stuff home in the pannier.  Picture it...   50 rolls of toilet paper and the large laundry soap -- on a bike.     

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« Reply #9038 on: May 09, 2017, 08:49:57 PM »
Shaved a poodle.  I'm down to a couple of hours, not bad for a standard.  I still need to clean up his ears and legs a little, but the thick winter coat is finally gone.  I'm sure he'll appreciate it when we go running in the morning.  Both poodles still have ridiculous head and tail poofs that look funny as hell (think 80s rock star) and bring me great joy.
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« Reply #9039 on: May 09, 2017, 11:39:35 PM »
* Used $5 off $40 coupon from grocery circular. Stocked up on ingredients for soap-making, wild-boar sausage on clearance, yeast, baking chocolate and lentils.

* Made 12 portions of baby food (carrot, pear). This should be a savings of $0.50-$1 per serving compared to buying pre-made baby food.

* Brought my own bags to the supermarket instead of forgetting and having to buy bags, saved $0.40.

* Made my own coffee at home instead of buying a cup at a shop, saved $2.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9040 on: May 10, 2017, 03:38:20 AM »
Washing machine crapped out on us yesterday while full of nasty water (washing the dogs' bedding at the time). So we baled, then I hit up Google to see how to get the front panel off (invisible spring clips), and he unclogged the pump while I ran the shop vac to deal with minor flooding.


Was a pain in the ass, but this morning we once more have a functioning washer over 15 years of age and dry concrete floors. Cost wasn't free because of power for the shop vac and dehumidifier (the water seeped under one wall into the next room, so dehumidifier was called for), but nothing else, not even a part.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9041 on: May 10, 2017, 04:44:38 AM »
Washing machine crapped out on us yesterday while full of nasty water (washing the dogs' bedding at the time). So we baled, then I hit up Google to see how to get the front panel off (invisible spring clips), and he unclogged the pump while I ran the shop vac to deal with minor flooding.


Was a pain in the ass, but this morning we once more have a functioning washer over 15 years of age and dry concrete floors. Cost wasn't free because of power for the shop vac and dehumidifier (the water seeped under one wall into the next room, so dehumidifier was called for), but nothing else, not even a part.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9042 on: May 10, 2017, 07:21:16 AM »
I've been working on final projects for my classes, so I was unable to make time for this week's batch cooking. I would normally have a soup to eat for lunch at work, but not this week. I was going to just buy soup at work today, but I looked in the fridge this morning and realized I had a cucumber, artichokes in olive oil, tomatoes, and spring mix. Work soup out; salad and banana in.

ETA: Well that didn't work as intended. My salad needed help, so I bought a couple boiled eggs from the snackbar. They cost more than what the soup would have cost. Oops.

Same as yesterday, except I brought my own eggs from home.
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« Reply #9043 on: May 10, 2017, 09:24:47 AM »
I've been working on final projects for my classes, so I was unable to make time for this week's batch cooking. I would normally have a soup to eat for lunch at work, but not this week. I was going to just buy soup at work today, but I looked in the fridge this morning and realized I had a cucumber, artichokes in olive oil, tomatoes, and spring mix. Work soup out; salad and banana in.

ETA: Well that didn't work as intended. My salad needed help, so I bought a couple boiled eggs from the snackbar. They cost more than what the soup would have cost. Oops.

Same as yesterday, except I brought my own eggs from home.
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I packed my breakfast (overnight oats), lunch (leftovers from last night and the night before), and a snack.
Ran with the dog this morning.  We're both tired and happy.  The only cost is the wear and tear on my workout gear.
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« Reply #9044 on: May 10, 2017, 10:37:47 AM »
Ugh, got down to the last pound of screaming deal butter, purchased over the Christmas Holidays. Saw that Grocery Outlet had one name brand on sale 2#/$6, but the other nearby location had a different name brand on sale 2#/$5. The first GO has Senior Discount Mornings twice a month, so I rushed there with 20 minutes to spare. Found large cans of sliced olives for 99 cents (less 10%), so I bought 20 cans, because...homemade pizza and tacos.

Then cruised over to the other GO, which does not have Senior Mornings, alas. They had both brands of sale butter, so I bought 20 pounds of the less expensive brand. The difference was that the cheaper stuff was unsalted, which is my preference. Happily, everything fit easily into the freezer because I've been working on eating it down since January. Both GO's are near 99 Cents Only Stores, so hit up those, too. I dropped off a box of old shoes* at the adjacent GW and picked up a week's worth of mail as I was passing by the Post Office. Errand batching for the win!

*I sorted my shoes for the "Odd Chore A Day" Challenge and the box had been in my car for two weeks. Glad it's gone.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9045 on: May 10, 2017, 11:01:41 AM »
Asked my boss to go to a course for basic woodworking and, if it's within my capabilities the follow up course for craftsman. This is in no way related to my job but because we have a personal fund for individual improvement (also for possible future jobs) the boss will pay and is even supportive of me following the course :)
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« Reply #9046 on: May 10, 2017, 11:20:41 AM »
Burnt dinner last night (the timer hadn't actually been set and I was trying to get other things done so didn't notice until too late). Managed to scrap up another dinner based off quick pantry ingredients instead of throwing in the towel and getting take-out. Had a work lunch today and found a coupon online to take $3 off the price. I've got a 2 hour drive after work today and will pack a soda from my stash of goodies here at work to avoid drive-thru temptation.

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« Reply #9047 on: May 10, 2017, 11:52:17 AM »
Adjusted our thermostat schedule, so hopefully we will barely have to heat, and not cool the house all month- hopefully. Weather lately has brought us some very cold nights and some hot (for us) days. So new schedule is just a pretty low minimum all the time, that way if it is very cold it will heat up a bit, but not so much so that heat gains then push the house too hot.

Balancing act, but I'm hopeful that this, plus ample window/blinds shuffling, will ensure a comfortable house this month =)
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« Reply #9048 on: May 10, 2017, 12:08:28 PM »
Persuaded my wife to eat some babybell cheese on the way to her coffee date with a friend.  That way she's not tempted to buy a pricey yogurt or whatever while she's there. 
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« Reply #9049 on: May 10, 2017, 01:05:16 PM »
Executed some credit card arbitrage with a trusted company...transferring the debt on our RV at 4.5% (with bank) to a 0% for 12 months credit card deal (with same bank) for a $200 transfer fee.  Within the year we will pay it all off, and will have saved $1000 in interest. 

$1000 savings for 10 minutes of work.