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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9050 on: May 15, 2017, 05:02:11 PM »
At 9.30pm last night my husband decided he needed a hair cut before going overseas for work. (Airport car came for him at 4am this morning.)

No worries. I got the clippers out and tidied him up, only took five minutes.

I'm getting better and he's getting more trusting, and the clippers have already paid themselves off and saved us a couple of hundred dollars.

Yes! I just did this yesterday, cut husband's hair before a Big Deal work conference this week. So nice to not have to worry about scheduling anything or going anywhere. I was a little worried the close-work buzzer wouldn't have enough battery to tidy up his neckline, but we made it!
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« Reply #9051 on: May 16, 2017, 10:34:22 AM »
My temperature gauge hasn't been working so I placed an order on eBay for a temperature sensor and sender ($12 total).
Long story short I happen to have a 2nd cluster so I hooked that one up just to check, and the temperature gauge seems to work on it! And I can swap out just the temperature gauge and not the whole cluster so double win! I was worried about having incorrect mileage with a new cluster. Canceled eBay order.

Hopefully no more paranoia of my car overheating and not knowing about it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9052 on: May 16, 2017, 10:46:57 AM »
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Checking out books from the library.  However, I did make a monetary donation to the local library--the amount that I would have spent on books based on my spending from last year. 
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« Reply #9053 on: May 16, 2017, 12:01:16 PM »
I returned every piece of clothing to Kohl's and Target that was given to my daughter and still had a gift receipt. I now have a $90 credit to Kohl's and $40 to Target. When than if I ever actually have to buy this girl clothes I'll be able to do that. It was really hard to do because some of the outfits were so so so cute but I have enough hand-me-downs to dress a baseball team so I certainly didn't need anything new.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9054 on: May 16, 2017, 12:05:14 PM »
Found a dime on the ground; it will be rolled with the other coin for savings.

Drinking lots of water; brought coffee to work

Wasn't sure he would agree to do the work (its busy season for his job), but husband has decided to do the work of rebuilding our deck himself rather than hiring a contractor.  We have friends that can help, and I will help where I can.  Will save us a minimum of 2k.  Although it will certainly take many more weeks to get it done...


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« Reply #9055 on: May 16, 2017, 01:56:00 PM »
My DH is sewing himself a replacement for his goretex coat that is getting old and bad. Goretex cloth can be baught on the internet from a German store, only you cannot choose the colour. I'm pretty sure thecresult will be a neatly sewed coat, with slightly funny colours.

I baked two breads, but not to save money.

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« Reply #9056 on: May 16, 2017, 03:07:14 PM »
Got an email notification that a mail-order exchange item had been sent out.  Problem:  I sent back the incorrect item and told them I wanted to return it for a refund.  They promised me a refund and are routing the FedEx package back to their shop.

Didn't plan a lunch due to a shitty evening yesterday, but had to run an errand during work, so came home and made some eggs instead of going out for a burrito.

Mother Nature did it, not me, but it's been raining all day, so we should be able to delay watering the lawn for another week.

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« Reply #9057 on: May 16, 2017, 04:14:29 PM »
Put the stale end of the sourdough in the freezer for the next time I make panzanella (ella, ella).

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« Reply #9058 on: May 16, 2017, 05:09:19 PM »
I finished work early, so I'm taking a cheap, slow and relaxing bus back instead of a fast expensive train

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« Reply #9059 on: May 16, 2017, 05:17:43 PM »
Bag of flour split while in shopping cart; asked the checker to return it unless she was able to give me a discount. She marked it down by $5 and wrapped it in a plastic bag so no more flour would leak.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9060 on: May 16, 2017, 05:20:11 PM »
Bag of flour split while in shopping cart; asked the checker to return it unless she was able to give me a discount. She marked it down by $5 and wrapped it in a plastic bag so no more flour would leak.


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$5 off? Were you buying a 25 pound bag?

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« Reply #9061 on: May 16, 2017, 05:22:07 PM »
Bag of flour split while in shopping cart; asked the checker to return it unless she was able to give me a discount. She marked it down by $5 and wrapped it in a plastic bag so no more flour would leak.


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$5 off? Were you buying a 25 pound bag?

It was a $6 5lb bag of King Arthur bread flour. I can do better on price but I'm trapped at this grocery store twice a week (kid activity in same strip mall) and I wanted to restock the pantry.


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« Reply #9062 on: May 17, 2017, 03:52:03 AM »
Bag of flour split while in shopping cart; asked the checker to return it unless she was able to give me a discount. She marked it down by $5 and wrapped it in a plastic bag so no more flour would leak.


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$5 off? Were you buying a 25 pound bag?

It was a $6 5lb bag of King Arthur bread flour. I can do better on price but I'm trapped at this grocery store twice a week (kid activity in same strip mall) and I wanted to restock the pantry.


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Well, the $1 bag you got is a screaming good deal,at any rate. :)

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« Reply #9063 on: May 17, 2017, 04:21:29 AM »
About two weeks ago, I bought an oil filter for my car and a 1 liter can of engine oil. I had forgotten that my DH had instructed me to buy a 4 liter can. One liter is far from enough oil for an oil change. As my DH is the one who passes this shop regularly, he went to swap the oil can. He complained to the shop that they sold a person an oil filter and a too small can, saying that a professional sales person should have known better and should have warned me to buy a bigger can. Then they gave him a discount on the larger can.

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« Reply #9064 on: May 17, 2017, 05:48:45 AM »
I turned off the data capabilities on most of the apps on my phone so I'm not tempted to go over the one gig of data I pay for each month. It's forcing me to see how I would survive on something like Republic Wireless doen the line.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9065 on: May 17, 2017, 11:45:32 AM »
I renewed my expired library card yesterday after paying my 30 cent fine. I specifically did this because there are no more free audiobooks that I'm interested in on the Audible Channels through Amazon Prime, but it will be good to take advantage of the many great services my library offers. The library was having a book sale while I was there so I picked up two books I'd been wanting for 50 cents each. I figure considering how long I've owed them that 30 cents, the $1 is the added interest on my "loan"!
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« Reply #9066 on: May 17, 2017, 04:10:53 PM »
I made a big batch of soup in the slow cooker last weekend (OK, not today), containing:

Two tins of chopped tomatoes
A small bag of carrots (separately boiled and blended)
Fried onions (cooked in leftover pork fat)
Half a bowl of lentils
A chilli
A small tub of double cream (cheap because near eat-by date)
Half a bottle of old ketchup
Salt and pepper
A little water
A sprinkle of gravy granules

Total cost about 2, and I have a whole slow-cooker full of soup to last the week. And it's *really* nice :)

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« Reply #9067 on: May 17, 2017, 05:17:23 PM »
Packed food for an overnight trip I'm taking tomorrow.  Jar salads, one topped with tuna and one with hard boiled egg, yogurt with nuts and homemade fig jam for breakfast on the road, and a couple pieces of fruit.  I'll be sociable at night and go out for dinner with the group and still pocket 80% of my per diem.

Dug up a couple containers of horse antibiotics leftover from last fall rather than paying for another Rx for my horse's latest malady.

Teleworked, and exercised in the basement, so no gas used today.

Made a frugal dinner using home-canned/grown stuff, dried beans, and some pork belly that's been in the freezer too long

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« Reply #9068 on: May 17, 2017, 06:11:39 PM »
Rode my bike to the store (to get cold meds for hubby, poor guy), so no gas used by me today.

Ate leftovers and doing a 'pantry meal' (tuna cakes topped with sambal oelek) to put off grocery shopping another day.
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« Reply #9069 on: May 17, 2017, 06:58:08 PM »
Got a "Paleo Perfected" cookbook from the library. I can't do gluten or dairy (allergies), so it'll help with recipes that I can actually eat.
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« Reply #9070 on: May 18, 2017, 08:36:03 AM »
I use a lot of ice.   
Our refrigerator in the house has an ice maker that's running all the time anyway, so we bag that ice up in grocery bags and stick in the deep freeze for use later.  We also freeze milk jugs in the deep freezer for cooler ice.  Just take a frozen milk jug and bust it up with a hammer, then chop open with a hatchet and put that in your coolers for drinks, fish, etc.  This stuff outlasts bagged ice double since it's in bigger chunks.   Leave the jugs intact and stick them in a cooler with food and things you don't want getting all wet, refreeze and use over & over.

Keeping frozen jugs in the deep freezer also keeps the temp down so it doesn't have to run as much.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9071 on: May 18, 2017, 01:04:44 PM »
I use a lot of ice.   
Our refrigerator in the house has an ice maker that's running all the time anyway, so we bag that ice up in grocery bags and stick in the deep freeze for use later.  We also freeze milk jugs in the deep freezer for cooler ice.  Just take a frozen milk jug and bust it up with a hammer, then chop open with a hatchet and put that in your coolers for drinks, fish, etc.  This stuff outlasts bagged ice double since it's in bigger chunks.   Leave the jugs intact and stick them in a cooler with food and things you don't want getting all wet, refreeze and use over & over.

Keeping frozen jugs in the deep freezer also keeps the temp down so it doesn't have to run as much.

My mom and dad road trip a LOT. 3-6 weeks at at time in their Ford Transit Van. 32oz gatorade bottles, filled 85% with water and frozen, serves as block ice that can be re-frozen. I've used this plenty of times will fishing as well. My buddy even went as far as filling 36 mini 8oz water bottles and using then as mini block ice for fishing trips.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9072 on: May 18, 2017, 01:06:31 PM »
Today, I put my tax refund into a 'couch potato portfolio" using ETFs with Questrade, instead of the super-expensive MER Mutual Funds that I've heretofore purchased. Hopefully I'll never buy expensive mutual funds again!!

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« Reply #9073 on: May 18, 2017, 08:01:44 PM »
Today, although I have to stay at work for a full 24 hours, I brought enough food to last me through all three meals.  This is the first time I have done this since my job provides breakfast, lunch and dinner on location for a price around $3-4 a meal.  As a bonus, I brought some soup that had been sitting in my cupboard for years to use it up (and because I'm sick with a cold).
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« Reply #9074 on: May 18, 2017, 08:05:18 PM »
After getting a whole host of "Pull over immediately" dash lights on my car, I was able to figure it out myself instead of taking it to a shop. Saved myself a lot of money right there.

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« Reply #9075 on: May 18, 2017, 08:23:31 PM »
I returned a lipstick to the store. It was nice, but not perfect.  In the past I would have just stuck it in a drawer thinking I might wear it someday. These days i want the perfect essentials and no more makeup clutter.

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« Reply #9076 on: May 19, 2017, 02:28:48 AM »
Some nice freebies at work today.

A company sent my boss some goodies in a really nice gift bag, so I claimed that before she tossed it.

And I ended up bringing home about six dessert portions. The tarts and slices that didn't contain cream went straight into the freezer.

Small things, but that's what this thread is all about.

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« Reply #9077 on: May 19, 2017, 02:55:10 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon. Last night I picked some edible mushrooms near my house (morels). Bringing own lunch to work, as usual.

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« Reply #9078 on: May 19, 2017, 07:28:17 AM »
Husband brought home some awesome conference swag: a tiny bluetooth speaker and a drink mug. Both seem really high quality- the BT speaker can really get great volume, and the mug I filled with coffee yesterday morning, then went to costco, and when I came home it was still too hot to drink. (Vacuum space, double walled, copper, etc awesomeness). AND those were the only 2 things he brought back, so no decluttering needed. They both have "homes" already.

Worked on the garden (hoping this saves money long run, otherwise, pretty cheap hobby cost!).

Did usual stuff, too: cut husband's hair, gave dog a bath and dremel'd her nails, etc.

My goal of only using the truck for outdoors trips is going well. Husband and I stagger on-site work days for dog care and car use. Works out the majority of the time, and he can carpool sometimes when it doesn't. Means we're always driving the 40+ mpg car, not the 17-22 mpg truck (even lower in town).
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« Reply #9079 on: May 19, 2017, 03:23:51 PM »
I'm a big library user, and frequently get books on interlibrary loan.  I started using the public library in the little town where I work, rather than the one where I live.  The one close to work only charges $1.50 per loaned item, rather than $2.00!  Small potatoes, but I like giving them my money, it's much more convenient because I can go during the day, and I like the fact that I'm helping this little rural library with their statistics.  They did a fundraising drive a few years back and renovated their library.  It really is a pleasant place to sit and I feel good giving them my "business."

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9080 on: May 19, 2017, 08:09:20 PM »
Walked to work and ran home after work (3.6 miles each way) when my transit card had yet to come in earlier this week for my internship.

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« Reply #9081 on: May 19, 2017, 08:14:36 PM »
Still plugging away at usual things. Reading a book from the library, made our own ghee instead of buying, made part of our dog's food (we mix with a canned food), repacked bulk costco purchases like 25lbs of rice.

Also a new thing I'm hoping will become long term habit: rode our bikes for a big grocery trip.

BIL came over and used our home gym. Talked to him about getting a used bike instead of new, and how to look for them, since he was talking about buying a bike. Slowly, we will lure him into MMM.

Gifted an item through Buy Nothing. Less direct to save money, but: it saves space in our goodwill box, and it keeps my local BNP active, which is a struggle, but from which I save. (Ex, got some free plants this year).
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« Reply #9082 on: May 20, 2017, 09:47:22 AM »
Our internet bill went from $35/month to $42/month, so I called and asked if it could be lowered.  And they did!  Right back down to $35/month. 

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« Reply #9083 on: May 20, 2017, 12:51:36 PM »
We had a bad hail storm here in Denver.  Tail light housing on my car got damaged.  I ordered the replacement from Amazon for $54 dollars and fixed it myself. 

Not only that, but I have an Amazon Visa that gives me points.  And I had $50 worth of points.  So total cost to me was $4. 
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« Reply #9084 on: May 20, 2017, 05:34:38 PM »
* Harvested a zuke from the garden, sauteed it and enjoyed it for lunch with a little olive tapenade.
* Made my mom's beer bread recipe to use up a can of very old beer.
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« Reply #9085 on: May 20, 2017, 06:16:35 PM »
Completed the online cashback form for my eTag. $25 refund coming my way.

Wrapped three gifts using proper ribbon (saved from a gift I received), wrapping paper (20c a roll from post-Christmas sales in 2013, plain paper), a gift bag (saved from work, as above), and two 80 cent cards from my card box.

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« Reply #9086 on: May 20, 2017, 06:23:01 PM »
Road my bike to volunteering. No driving today.

Bought 1 lb of pasta for $0.72. I always check the clearance section.

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« Reply #9087 on: May 20, 2017, 10:48:29 PM »
My awesome husband cleared the clogged drain in the bathroom. This saved the cost of a plumber, and then the power drain auger we rented from Home Depot (last four hours of the day and return by 9 a.m.) ended up being FREE instead of $50. Free because it was sort of broken (the rotating aspect of it didn't function) -- still got the job done, but made it quite a lot harder. Oh well, free is good and a big, yucky job is checked off the list!

I also ticked the last box on a promotion at my gym where if you do a number of things (post to social media, bring a friend, etc.) you get $100 of their merchandise. I wouldn't normally buy it, so not exactly "saving," but it's nice gym clothing that I will use so I am pleased about it.
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« Reply #9088 on: May 21, 2017, 08:44:51 AM »
Paid two bills in advance to avoid the credit card fees (which are illegal here since 2015, but they still charge them). Also ordered a blood pressure device with a coupon I won.

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« Reply #9089 on: May 21, 2017, 08:52:39 AM »
Finally opened my big jar of organic (is there any other?) coconut oil (best before 2015!) and used a spoonful to polish a wooden game board. Awesome polish and the wood shone. Used leftovers on a leather cushion. Was using beeswax before on wood and leather but this might be my winter polish choice.

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« Reply #9090 on: May 22, 2017, 07:24:28 AM »
I told my husband that all I wanted for Mother's Day was for him to remove a dead tree in our back yard.  He couldn't do it on Mother's Day weekend because it was raining and we had to visit our own moms, but while we were visiting my mother I asked for my dad's old chainsaw, which she has no use for.  Yesterday the tree came down!  It was thin (about 7" diameter) but very tall. Would have cost at least $300 to get done around here as nobody moves for less.

It was also free entertainment for the boys.

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« Reply #9091 on: May 22, 2017, 07:45:23 AM »
-Straw mulched the garden. This will conserve water, and hopefully cut down on slug incursion. We also gave some of the straw to a neighbor who also gardens, thus engendering more goodwill. When he came over to pick up the straw, we talked about taking down some arbor vitae, and he offered his trimmers and chainsaw, which we don't have. Score. Good neighbors and friends- the classic way to save money =)

-Bought an electric lawnmower. That's not the savings part, but our reel mower wasn't working anymore, the grass grows way too quickly for us to keep up, and a lot of tall stalks and weeds were making a break for it. ANYWAY, the purchase was decided on. How we saved money was, the box they had out was super crunched up in the corner. An employee, who clearly is one foot out the door, told us to take the ugly one (there's tons of packaging inside) and see if they would give us money off. Apparently all Home Depot checkers have the authority to give up to $50 per customer. Lo an behold, we went up and asked, and she gave us 15% off, or $46.

-Second area of savings on that- we also want the string trimmer/edger that uses the same battery. In store, they carried them that came with a battery of their own, but online you can order one without the battery. Since a battery already came with the mower, we're going to order the trimmer online, so that's about $60 less than getting the second battery. (We mowed first- takes less than half the battery, and that was with cutting a TON of height down, so one battery should be plenty for front, back, and edging!)

-Took photos of the reel mower and will list in on CL. We paid $50 for it there in the first place, so hoping to recoup at least that cost. Guy had a ton of asks on it, we were just first, so I may be able to sell it for more than we bought it for.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9092 on: May 22, 2017, 09:26:48 AM »
Sold a bike on Craigs List for $130.  I've got one more already listed that needs to sell. 

Mulched the garden using leaves and grass clippings I save up in my leaf bin.

 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9093 on: May 22, 2017, 05:05:03 PM »
Doctor is 4 miles away. Took an Uber there and then walked home. I visited some ex neighbors along the way. It was a beautiful and hot day in South Florida!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9094 on: May 23, 2017, 02:20:33 AM »
Started using a few basic hypermiling techniques (minimize braking, coast down long hills, use gears instead of brakes on shorter downhills, turn engine off at long red lights). Calculated that I am getting 3 more MPG driving the car this way.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9095 on: May 23, 2017, 05:56:19 AM »
Started using a few basic hypermiling techniques (minimize braking, coast down long hills, use gears instead of brakes on shorter downhills, turn engine off at long red lights). Calculated that I am getting 3 more MPG driving the car this way.

I thought it was better to accelerate downhill and coast uphill. Of course you may have to break the speed limit doing this...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9096 on: May 23, 2017, 11:26:08 AM »
Ate free homemade cinnamon rolls at work yesterday since we had just returned from a trip the night before and had no lunch stuff to pack.  Husband scheduled a work trip for Monday so that his lunch would be paid for by his job.

Decluttering and selling misc books and such on ebay/facebook sites.  Making plans to sell the house sometime this coming year, so we are starting the process of cleaning out/repairing/updating.

Transitioning my dog to ACV for her incontinence.  Wasn't sure it would do the same thing as the herbal/probiotic stuff she was taking, but several spoonfuls twice a day in her food actually seems to be doing better for her...and its waaaay cheaper.  And no hormone therapy....yay!

Planning another rummage sale with friends at the end of July.  Hoping to have a bunch more stuff set aside.  i had my doubts, but I managed to make 74.00 off of the last one...

Brought lunch and coffee from home.

EDIT: to say that I needed by buy allergy eye drops the other day, and I had a 1.00 off coupon from the last box.  When I picked up the drops, they were on sale for another 1.00 off, so I got to stack the coupon and sale :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9097 on: May 23, 2017, 04:10:10 PM »
*leftovers for lunch
*didn't stop for cold drinks even though son and I wanted to
*returned bag of library books and DVDs on time

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9098 on: May 23, 2017, 10:02:03 PM »
-I had the commuter car, so husband biked an errand rather than using the fuel-inefficient truck.

-Patient's family was gifted WAY too much bread from a local company, they couldn't even fit anymore in their freezer, so they sent me home with a TWO pound loaf. Yum. Fancy artisanal local stuff, this loaf runs ~$8-9. It'll be quite a treat.

-Experimenting with different watering patterns in my garden to try and minimize water usage while still being effective.
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« Reply #9099 on: May 24, 2017, 04:43:47 AM »
Started using a few basic hypermiling techniques (minimize braking, coast down long hills, use gears instead of brakes on shorter downhills, turn engine off at long red lights). Calculated that I am getting 3 more MPG driving the car this way.

I thought it was better to accelerate downhill and coast uphill. Of course you may have to break the speed limit doing this...

I'm new to this, but from reading the MMM hypermiling post and a couple other things, I think the most gains come from coasting down the hill and then going as far up the next hill as you can on your momentum before having to touch the gas again.  Dependiing on the hill, passive rolling can be very fast -- I frequently go over the speed limit just coasting downhill in neutral. 

Inflated my tires yesterday to near max, and added another 1.5 MPG. I calculate that just these minor changes I've made are saving $12 per month in gas.