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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9550 on: August 13, 2017, 02:36:19 AM »
Walked home from museum, took me an hour but it's exercise and mustachian  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9551 on: August 13, 2017, 03:13:54 AM »
Took my car to a new car wash in town that had sent me a free coupon since I live close by.  I needed to wash it in preparation for shipping it overseas (my work is moving me to Europe).  I took full advantage of their vacuum since mine broke about a month ago and even though I had to press that little green button at least 12 times since it didn't run long, my car is the cleanest since I got it almost 9 years ago.  All for free.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9552 on: August 13, 2017, 05:59:37 AM »
Friday afternoon I took leftover apples home from work and made chunky apple sauce that we used as vegetable at yesterday's dinner.
Today I picked a lot of edible mushroom. After cutting away the larva infested parts, there are still enough left to have 3 trays full to dry. And we have a bunch of cantarels to have for dinner tonight.

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« Reply #9553 on: August 13, 2017, 07:10:55 AM »
We won tickets for a local concert and so thought it would be a good idea to go into town and have a restaurant dinner before the concert.  After having a think about it we then decided to buy some seafood and cook a special meal at home - Italian style Mussels with Pasta.  5 serves = $10, $2 per serve so a huge saving as eating out in Australia is VERY expensive.  The same meal (a larger serve that we would have overeaten) + 2 beers would cost approx $70.  We still went into town early, brought hot chocolate and drank it as we walked through town.  Lovely!

Unfortunately I left the headlights on (we have a 14 year old car), we returned to a car that wouldn't start so had to then spend $20 on a taxi ride. Thankfully we got help to jump start the battery the next morning so not such an expensive mistake.

Spent well over an hour fixing our fence in the hope it won't fall down!

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« Reply #9554 on: August 13, 2017, 01:46:24 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9555 on: August 13, 2017, 03:06:37 PM »
Read a book from the library that presented a new concept: My time is worth exactly zero unless someone is paying me for it. So, this weekend I got off my lazy bum and:

-Plucked tomatoes and made a large batch of sauce to freeze
-Traded some of aforementioned tomatoes with a neighbor for squash and cucumbers
-Picked up ugly fallen apples from the tree, cut out the bad parts for compost, and placed sliced apples in fridge for snacks
-Rescued basil from the bottom of the fridge, blended it with some walnuts lying around, and made two jars of pesto
-Denied DH's request for ice cream and made bread pudding from a half loaf of rock hard bread
-Sliced remaining bread into slices, brushed with olive oil, and popped in the oven until brown
-Harvested, chopped, and froze green onions
-Lasagna layered fruit/vegetable scraps and brown material (leaves, kraft paper, etc.) in a raised bed (saves money on compost & fertilizer)

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« Reply #9556 on: August 13, 2017, 05:25:57 PM »
I made my first vegetable lasagna on the weekend. It worked out much cheaper than a traditional beef lasagna, and was such a hit I'll definitely be making it again.

Also scored another free clip-top jar from work. Am now drowning in jars. I tried to give some to Marty but he just looked bewildered at my very generous offer.

Oh well...



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« Reply #9557 on: August 13, 2017, 05:28:33 PM »
Read a book from the library that presented a new concept: My time is worth exactly zero unless someone is paying me for it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9558 on: August 14, 2017, 12:42:51 AM »
Cooked and canned a small batch of red currant jelly. I haven't done that in years and it felt so good to revive gran's old recipe. Got to call her and make her happy by asking about it as well. Red currants have technically been blacklisted in Norway now because they go rogue, and where I live it's easy to see why!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9559 on: August 14, 2017, 02:50:38 AM »
@jengod: The book is "Eco-Thrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthy Life" by Deborah Neimann. It didn't have much information that would be novel to Mustachians, but that one particular idea about time and money struck me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9560 on: August 14, 2017, 04:43:54 AM »
Had a no-spend weekend, staying home and working around the house.  Pre-made my lunch for today and tomorrow at work.  DH fixed a broken window on our farm truck with some $35 plexiglass he bought online.  Looks great and saved us big bucks over taking it to the repair shop.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9561 on: August 14, 2017, 05:31:49 AM »
This weekend was a nice stay-in, no spend weekend.
 - made a batch of canned peaches
 - made a test batch of pickles
 - went to the library and picked up some books
 - got my SO his new library card
 - watched a movie for free off amazon prime

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« Reply #9562 on: August 14, 2017, 06:17:19 AM »
We are already half way August. First today, thanks to reading the title of this thread, I remembered to buy my free Samsung Kindle deal. As I don't travel 2 hours a day by train anymore, I don't read as much as before. So these free Samsung deals now cover a good part of the book I am reading. It also prevents me from browsing the Amazon site, which always makes me want to buy new books. No, I don't do library. In Norway libraries don't support Kindle books, otherwise I would get them there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9563 on: August 14, 2017, 08:13:33 AM »
-Husband had to replace his work computer, but the old one isn't *that* bad. For his work it was beyond dead- blue screen 4-10 times per day. But he wiped it and restored it and we're trialing it as a 'new' computer for me. This one is only ~18 months old, whereas my computer is going on 6 years old =)

-Checked out books from the library. (Which reminds me, I need to return one today or get a late fee).

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.

-Realized my dryer can dry larger loads then I thought, for the same amount of run time. (Yes, yes, I know, line dry. I hang some things, but it's just not worth it to me most of the time- winter it's too humid, right now there's too much smoke from wildfire, spring DH has seasonal allergies. Always feels like a losing proposition compared to a quick tumble! haha)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9564 on: August 14, 2017, 08:32:04 AM »
Had a road trip this weekend:
-Packed food for a road trip vs buying convenience/take out. Felt like a BOSS with my picnic basket and pre-made food.
- Used old gift cards to buy starbucks on route, but bought less than normally would, and used a refillable container.
-Stayed with friends for free
-Did a free walking tour instead of a fancy bus tour thing
-Drove the prius to save gas

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9565 on: August 14, 2017, 09:46:54 AM »

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.


Not sure if the texture would be as fine as you want, but I have processed coriander by putting it in a bag and smashing it with a rolling pin. 

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« Reply #9566 on: August 14, 2017, 09:47:59 AM »

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.


Not sure if the texture would be as fine as you want, but I have processed coriander by putting it in a bag and smashing it with a rolling pin.

Oh, now there's an idea =) What did you use it in?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9567 on: August 14, 2017, 09:52:07 AM »

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.


Not sure if the texture would be as fine as you want, but I have processed coriander by putting it in a bag and smashing it with a rolling pin.

Oh, now there's an idea =) What did you use it in?

I just grind mine in a mortar and pestle.  They are awesome in curries and other Thai dishes.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9568 on: August 14, 2017, 10:00:17 AM »

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.


Not sure if the texture would be as fine as you want, but I have processed coriander by putting it in a bag and smashing it with a rolling pin.

Oh, now there's an idea =) What did you use it in?

I just grind mine in a mortar and pestle.  They are awesome in curries and other Thai dishes.

I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9569 on: August 14, 2017, 11:12:54 AM »

-After our cilantro bolted, I let it stay until the seed pods browned. I'm now drying them over boxes and will collect the coriander seeds. Not sure if I'll just use them to re-seed next season, or if I'll use some as spices- would need a way to grind them.


Not sure if the texture would be as fine as you want, but I have processed coriander by putting it in a bag and smashing it with a rolling pin.

Oh, now there's an idea =) What did you use it in?

I just grind mine in a mortar and pestle.  They are awesome in curries and other Thai dishes.
or an old coffee grinder.  Tip:  Husbands get grouchy when you use their coffee grinder to grind spices. 

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« Reply #9570 on: August 14, 2017, 11:16:30 AM »
I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.

I thought you got one once you crossed the state line? I think my idea of what Oregon is is probably way cooler than what it actually is.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9571 on: August 14, 2017, 11:21:50 AM »
I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.

I thought you got one once you crossed the state line? I think my idea of what Oregon is is probably way cooler than what it actually is.

Well, Portland does send a string of Tibetan prayer flags via bike messenger as soon as you have a Portland address. I live in a far less hip part of the state though ;) Think less "microroaster and microbrews" and more "rye fields and partial sets of teeth".

I do have a manual coffee burr grinder, but I don't think I will ever go long enough between cups of coffee to use it for anything else. Plus I wouldn't want to risk flavor changes!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9572 on: August 14, 2017, 04:18:02 PM »
I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.

I thought you got one once you crossed the state line? I think my idea of what Oregon is is probably way cooler than what it actually is.

Well, Portland does send a string of Tibetan prayer flags via bike messenger as soon as you have a Portland address. I live in a far less hip part of the state though ;) Think less "microroaster and microbrews" and more "rye fields and partial sets of teeth".

I do have a manual coffee burr grinder, but I don't think I will ever go long enough between cups of coffee to use it for anything else. Plus I wouldn't want to risk flavor changes!

Yeah, exactly.  I don't have a mortar and pestle, and I wasn't willing to contaminate either my cocktail muddler or the coffee grinder.  :)   So rolling pin it was.  I used the crushed up coriander in some chana masala, and also another Indian dish that had spinach and carrots -- can't remember the name of that one.  It was good. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9573 on: August 14, 2017, 11:46:55 PM »
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« Reply #9574 on: August 15, 2017, 08:05:12 AM »
I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.

I thought you got one once you crossed the state line? I think my idea of what Oregon is is probably way cooler than what it actually is.

Well, Portland does send a string of Tibetan prayer flags via bike messenger as soon as you have a Portland address. I live in a far less hip part of the state though ;) Think less "microroaster and microbrews" and more "rye fields and partial sets of teeth".

I do have a manual coffee burr grinder, but I don't think I will ever go long enough between cups of coffee to use it for anything else. Plus I wouldn't want to risk flavor changes!

Yeah, exactly.  I don't have a mortar and pestle, and I wasn't willing to contaminate either my cocktail muddler or the coffee grinder.  :)   So rolling pin it was.  I used the crushed up coriander in some chana masala, and also another Indian dish that had spinach and carrots -- can't remember the name of that one.  It was good.

I buy my Indian spices (cumin, coriander etc) in bulk bags and grind them in my blender. Works well! Just make sure the cup and blade are 100% dry.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9575 on: August 15, 2017, 08:36:59 AM »
I don't have a mortar and pestle, haha.

I thought you got one once you crossed the state line? I think my idea of what Oregon is is probably way cooler than what it actually is.

Well, Portland does send a string of Tibetan prayer flags via bike messenger as soon as you have a Portland address. I live in a far less hip part of the state though ;) Think less "microroaster and microbrews" and more "rye fields and partial sets of teeth".

I do have a manual coffee burr grinder, but I don't think I will ever go long enough between cups of coffee to use it for anything else. Plus I wouldn't want to risk flavor changes!

Yeah, exactly.  I don't have a mortar and pestle, and I wasn't willing to contaminate either my cocktail muddler or the coffee grinder.  :)   So rolling pin it was.  I used the crushed up coriander in some chana masala, and also another Indian dish that had spinach and carrots -- can't remember the name of that one.  It was good.

I buy my Indian spices (cumin, coriander etc) in bulk bags and grind them in my blender. Works well! Just make sure the cup and blade are 100% dry.

Hmm, I do have a tiny bullet blender, I'll give that a try! Thanks.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9576 on: August 15, 2017, 08:55:32 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9577 on: August 15, 2017, 10:48:15 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9578 on: August 15, 2017, 02:11:09 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9579 on: August 16, 2017, 12:09:48 AM »
Almost completed first batch of homemade kombucha

Made 2 pans of parmesan cheese and garlic flatbread - kids loved it - drizzled one with homemade balsamic reduction and feta

Using up fruit and veggies that are languishing in the fridge

Made a spaghetti sauce in the crockpot today

Treating a minor medical issue with essential oils and coconut oil that I have on hand rather than running to the store to buy premade products  - seems to be working




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« Reply #9580 on: August 16, 2017, 12:11:35 AM »
Made 2 pans of parmesan cheese and garlic flatbread - kids loved it - drizzled one with homemade balsamic reduction and feta

That sounds amazing! Can I come to your house?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9581 on: August 16, 2017, 07:42:29 AM »
20kilo bag of rice was discounted by 5 euro, bought 5 bags. We use about 1 bag per 2 months, I think.
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« Reply #9582 on: August 16, 2017, 10:23:11 AM »
The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle! 

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« Reply #9583 on: August 16, 2017, 10:59:12 AM »
The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle!

Ha, I wonder if we use the same kind. I've been fighting with mine for weeks. I mixed some water into the dregs, to thin it out/bulk it up for the straw to work better. It's also easier to pour out once the pump really finally gives up. But I've gotten a good extra month out of it so far.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9584 on: August 16, 2017, 11:38:03 AM »
I switched my checking account from one that charged $15.95 CAD/mo for unlimited transactions to one that is $3.95 CAD (or free if I maintain a $2k balance, which I like to do anyway) for 10 transactions /mo. This means that I'll have to switch to using my credit card more (paid off every month), which means more cash back to boot! Between the two, that'll be over $20/month in savings!

Also, I have some applesauce reducing to apple butter on the stove. I picked the apples yesterday for free off of city land, and will can a whole bunch of apple butter later today. As a non-monetary perk, my house smells amazing!

When the sauce is done, I may have to nap to recover from such arduous multi-tasking!

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« Reply #9585 on: August 16, 2017, 12:23:50 PM »
a vice of mine is Zevia soft drinks.  Usually $4.50-$5 for a six pack.  I usually drink them as a treat on weekends or if I get an urge for something sweet.

I was browsing instacart for the first time and wholefoods listed the price as 1.19/6 pack for one flavor only.  1.19 is usually the price when they sell by the can.  I ordered 10 and figured worst case I get 10 cans at a little higher price, best case I get 60 cans for a ridiculous price

So instacart shopper showed up with 8 six packs!  The store only had 8 in stock.  First order was free delivery so after a generous tip it was about $15 (0.30/can).

Now I just need the self control to ration them as I usually do.
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« Reply #9586 on: August 16, 2017, 12:33:53 PM »
-Divvied up a 25lb bag of rice into smaller containers. Bonus: many of the containers are leftover glass jars from spaghetti sauce.

-Canned some salsa verde, using tomatillos from my garden. 8 pints last night. Will be doing dill pickles from our cucumbers soon (tomorrow?).

-Biked for an errand instead of driving. The wildfire smoke has been limiting my biking lately, but it was clear enough this morning.

-Cooked ahead of time for my husband's work trips the next few days.
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« Reply #9587 on: August 16, 2017, 01:44:45 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9588 on: August 16, 2017, 01:57:45 PM »
Cancelled our water service. Husband primarily uses it, and he'll be out of town for school for a while, so no point in having it around. I can order my fizzy water elsewhere without renting a water cooler or paying a delivery fee.

When I read that first sentence, I was afraid this was going to be some mustachian-gone-wild post where you decided you didn't need to get tap water piped in from the city any more because you were collecting it in rain barrels and doing all of your showering at work or something... :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9589 on: August 16, 2017, 02:54:48 PM »
The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle!

Ha, I wonder if we use the same kind. I've been fighting with mine for weeks. I mixed some water into the dregs, to thin it out/bulk it up for the straw to work better. It's also easier to pour out once the pump really finally gives up. But I've gotten a good extra month out of it so far.
This is Pantene, and I tried to mix in water once, and it really didn't mix well.  The pump itself is fine, it's just that it doesn't go all the way to the bottom, and the stuff is so thick it won't "fill in" around the straw, so the pump sucks air. 

They changed their formulation ("new and improved" made my hair feel dreadfully limp), so I got a refund and have switched.  This is the dregs of my last good bottle, so I didn't have a new one to slowly drain it into. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9590 on: August 16, 2017, 03:10:36 PM »
The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle!

Ha, I wonder if we use the same kind. I've been fighting with mine for weeks. I mixed some water into the dregs, to thin it out/bulk it up for the straw to work better. It's also easier to pour out once the pump really finally gives up. But I've gotten a good extra month out of it so far.
This is Pantene, and I tried to mix in water once, and it really didn't mix well.  The pump itself is fine, it's just that it doesn't go all the way to the bottom, and the stuff is so thick it won't "fill in" around the straw, so the pump sucks air. 

Ah. Different brand, same exact problem with the pump. I accidentally stocked up on it twice when it was on sale so I have about a 4 year supply of these bottles. I'll probably develop some really high-end bottle-emptying methodology by then. I wonder if my dad would let me borrow his centrifuge at work...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9591 on: August 16, 2017, 04:53:27 PM »
The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle!

Ha, I wonder if we use the same kind. I've been fighting with mine for weeks. I mixed some water into the dregs, to thin it out/bulk it up for the straw to work better. It's also easier to pour out once the pump really finally gives up. But I've gotten a good extra month out of it so far.
This is Pantene, and I tried to mix in water once, and it really didn't mix well.  The pump itself is fine, it's just that it doesn't go all the way to the bottom, and the stuff is so thick it won't "fill in" around the straw, so the pump sucks air. 

Ah. Different brand, same exact problem with the pump. I accidentally stocked up on it twice when it was on sale so I have about a 4 year supply of these bottles. I'll probably develop some really high-end bottle-emptying methodology by then. I wonder if my dad would let me borrow his centrifuge at work...

I just take an exacto knife and cut the bottle above the level of what's left. Then I can scrape it out with a spatula into a funnel and drain into the new bottle or a different container (or cover it with plastic wrap and use it up - this works for lotion).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9592 on: August 16, 2017, 04:59:36 PM »
Cancelled our water service. Husband primarily uses it, and he'll be out of town for school for a while, so no point in having it around. I can order my fizzy water elsewhere without renting a water cooler or paying a delivery fee.

When I read that first sentence, I was afraid this was going to be some mustachian-gone-wild post where you decided you didn't need to get tap water piped in from the city any more because you were collecting it in rain barrels and doing all of your showering at work or something... :-)

The pump on my 40oz conditioner always quits pumping long before it's out (combination of a too short "straw" and too thick liquid).  After days on its side, and days upside down in a glass, I drained out about 5 oz. of conditioner - over 10% of the original bottle!

Ha, I wonder if we use the same kind. I've been fighting with mine for weeks. I mixed some water into the dregs, to thin it out/bulk it up for the straw to work better. It's also easier to pour out once the pump really finally gives up. But I've gotten a good extra month out of it so far.
This is Pantene, and I tried to mix in water once, and it really didn't mix well.  The pump itself is fine, it's just that it doesn't go all the way to the bottom, and the stuff is so thick it won't "fill in" around the straw, so the pump sucks air. 

Ah. Different brand, same exact problem with the pump. I accidentally stocked up on it twice when it was on sale so I have about a 4 year supply of these bottles. I'll probably develop some really high-end bottle-emptying methodology by then. I wonder if my dad would let me borrow his centrifuge at work...

You're hilarious, Dollar Slice. Big laughs at these!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9593 on: August 16, 2017, 05:00:54 PM »
I just take an exacto knife and cut the bottle above the level of what's left. Then I can scrape it out with a spatula into a funnel and drain into the new bottle or a different container (or cover it with plastic wrap and use it up - this works for lotion).

I read a PF blog once about a woman who admitted she finally had to give up on a certain bottle of really thick conditioner because she was about to take a knife to it, then realised the chance of something going wrong with the knife just wasn't worth saving $2 worth of conditioner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9594 on: August 16, 2017, 05:05:23 PM »
I just take an exacto knife and cut the bottle above the level of what's left. Then I can scrape it out with a spatula into a funnel and drain into the new bottle or a different container (or cover it with plastic wrap and use it up - this works for lotion).

I read a PF blog once about a woman who admitted she finally had to give up on a certain bottle of really thick conditioner because she was about to take a knife to it, then realised the chance of something going wrong with the knife just wasn't worth saving $2 worth of conditioner.

Hahaha!! I'm very careful and I've never been injured (though it has crossed my mind!). It just pisses me off to no end that companies package things in a way that makes them impossible to use up. I'm sure it's deliberate in most cases. I really hate wasting stuff... so I take my chances;)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9595 on: August 16, 2017, 05:45:59 PM »
I just take an exacto knife and cut the bottle above the level of what's left. Then I can scrape it out with a spatula into a funnel and drain into the new bottle or a different container (or cover it with plastic wrap and use it up - this works for lotion).

I read a PF blog once about a woman who admitted she finally had to give up on a certain bottle of really thick conditioner because she was about to take a knife to it, then realised the chance of something going wrong with the knife just wasn't worth saving $2 worth of conditioner.
Hahaha!! I'm very careful and I've never been injured (though it has crossed my mind!). It just pisses me off to no end that companies package things in a way that makes them impossible to use up. I'm sure it's deliberate in most cases. I really hate wasting stuff... so I take my chances;)

Yes! I used an amazing orange-scented liquid hand soap in an expensive restaurant once (work paid), and for some reason decided that I needed this in my life.

So next time we needed hand soap I paid a few dollars more than I usually would.

The scent was joyous but the bottle was a disaster. You couldn't pump it without hanging onto the bottle with one hand and pumping with the other, which plainly doesn't work when you're trying to put soap on your hands.

Back to the basic bottle and cheap refills for me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9596 on: August 16, 2017, 09:12:08 PM »
The scent was joyous but the bottle was a disaster. You couldn't pump it without hanging onto the bottle with one hand and pumping with the other, which plainly doesn't work when you're trying to put soap on your hands.

I managed to squirt foaming hand soap all over my chest one time due to a similar logistics problem combined with a slightly blocked nozzle. (The nozzle was probably blocked because I bought one foaming hand soap pump bottle and have been refilling it for 3 years...)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9597 on: August 16, 2017, 09:22:19 PM »
The scent was joyous but the bottle was a disaster. You couldn't pump it without hanging onto the bottle with one hand and pumping with the other, which plainly doesn't work when you're trying to put soap on your hands.

I managed to squirt foaming hand soap all over my chest one time due to a similar logistics problem combined with a slightly blocked nozzle. (The nozzle was probably blocked because I bought one foaming hand soap pump bottle and have been refilling it for 3 years...)

Hmmm, it's almost like this things aren't meant to be refilled repeatedly...

I'm having a problem with refilling my olive oil bottle. I've had the same bottle for about eight years and just refill it from 4L tins of oil.

The lid is so flogged out now that there is a very fine line between the lid actually holding down the collapsible spout, and it spinning off into another dimension (also known as the kitchen floor).

I'm toying with the idea of ditching the lid completely and just leaving the spout there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9598 on: August 16, 2017, 09:43:13 PM »
*For the stevia fan, I buy a 24 pack of club soda and drop in flavoured stevia (available at Amazon.com in all flavours you can imagine). I love rootbeer and vanilla creme (tastes like cream soda) but there's pomegranate, coconut, cola, hazelnut, lemon, black cherry. The list goes on and on. Bottles last for ages since you only use a few drops!

*Cutting bottles: I cut the top 2/3 off those 3L jugs of Costco honey once the honey crystallizes. I use a chunk of plastic wrap on the top and an elastic band around it.

*I'm battling a bad fruit fly year with traps made out of a jar, apple cider vinegar, a plastic bag with a hole cut in (buggers crawl in and can't get out. They drown in the acv) and an elastic to hold it on

*Started using my new "Party in my pants" reusable pads. Wahoo!

*Watched a free airshow

*Kids have gone bowling with friends - we are doing that "kids bowl free once a day" thing that's offerred all over Canada and the US. Pay $1.69 for shoe rental

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9599 on: August 17, 2017, 04:31:12 AM »
It's been a week or so since I wrote something in this thread. I feel guilty every day I do not have something to add here, because then I didn't do anything special.

Yesterday I had some Norwegians visiting my house for a meeting. When they were leaving, it was getting darkish and my hallway was dark when they entered. I started apologizing for being Dutch and therefore not having lamps switched on in rooms that I don't use, like Norwegians are used to. That caused a discussion about sports clubs that pay a fortune for light casters that are on all the time without players on the field. They said I was very smart for turning off my lights. ;-)

I served them some homemade cake from ingredients that I already had, including a box of eggs that need to be eaten soon.