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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9600 on: August 17, 2017, 05:13:12 AM »
Prepped and froze 3 weeks worth of breakfast burritos for work. Sausage, beans, vegan cheese, and jalapeños in a tortilla. A little over $1 a piece.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9601 on: August 17, 2017, 06:28:31 AM »
I have started to write to my foodchain when I get a product that there is a problem with. I just register the problem online a get a card with little money on in compensation. It is usually small things like a tea bag that was defect or a sausage with a little piece of bone in.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9602 on: August 17, 2017, 11:38:13 AM »
I filed for what could be a pretty decent reimbursement today.  It may be February or later when I see it, but it's worth a shot. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9603 on: August 17, 2017, 02:20:31 PM »
I agreed to hold a friend's stuff for awhile when she's in the process of moving, and it looks like I'll get some food out of this -- leftover ingredients and so forth.

I had a smaller than usual breakfast this morning because I hadn't been to the supermarket recently enough. Fortunately I had a little stash of oatcakes at work, so I was able to snack on those during my morning break and make it to lunch. After work I biked to the supermarket, so I'm ready for tomorrow and the weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9604 on: August 17, 2017, 04:35:26 PM »
Finally adjusted our car insurance coverage - literally no need to be carrying collision on our 15 year old car with a blue book value of $1000... drops our rate by $18/month!! (Kicking self for waiting so long)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9605 on: August 17, 2017, 05:38:39 PM »
Packed dinner instead of buying overpriced, mediocre airport food. Arugula, potatoes, steak, homemade Caesar dressing, deviled eggs, yum. Used up the leftovers in the fridge.

Washed my hair with rye flour today. I haven't used store bought shampoo or conditioner in 2.5 years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9606 on: August 18, 2017, 10:36:38 AM »
Getting set up for a rummage sale tomorrow.  Hoping to get rid of a bunch of stuff and make a few bucks too!

Hung dry laundry, made lunches and drank coffee at home.

Not going anywhere today...yay!

Researching square footage and floor plans of potential apartments for our move.  I know you can't "know" until you get into one, but it is helping us pare down even more and simplify some functions. (for instance, it helped convince the hubs that his large computer screen and office space can function for our occasional entertainment center/zone, allowing us to forgo paying for a true extra office space in said future apartment.  Yay for selling the xtra furniture and the tv finally! Also, we almost never eat at the table, so my painting desk (standing desk height) will eventually function as painting table and occasional dinner spot with a couple stools pulled around it.  )

Doing our own work on the deck again this weekend...it will be finished...soon ...I hope.....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9607 on: August 18, 2017, 11:09:59 AM »
DH shopped around for insurance on a rental property & reduced the cost by $700 per year.  Looking into switching another property, which would save $500 per year.  So $58 - $100 per month savings for an hour or two of work.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9608 on: August 18, 2017, 07:35:29 PM »
Got a great deal last month on a baby carrier that is comfy while pregnant (like a backpack; no waistband) called an onbuhimo.

BUT I realized I was afraid to wear the light colour in case it got dirty/stained.

So I sold that  carrier in a swap group, bought another one on a different swap group (with a very stain resistant/hiding pattern)

The total  price difference was $4 between them. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9609 on: August 18, 2017, 08:26:55 PM »
Our trash company has an insidious habit of raising their service prices every year.  After I received another invoice with a higher service price, I called them.  And they lowered the price by 50%.  Not too bad for a few minutes of being nice.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9610 on: August 19, 2017, 04:41:11 AM »
I have started to write to my foodchain when I get a product that there is a problem with. I just register the problem online a get a card with little money on in compensation. It is usually small things like a tea bag that was defect or a sausage with a little piece of bone in.

I have done this with Aldi a couple of times, and they were very responsive.  Once we bought a container of hummous that had a piece of metal in it that had come off in the manufacturing process.  We reported it to our local store, and they had us call Aldi headquarters.  Headquarters asked us to mail them the piece of metal. They then sent us 8 containers of hummous.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9611 on: August 19, 2017, 09:51:21 AM »
I pay my natural gas and electrical bill by equal payment plan to average out the costs over the year. I moved in to my new-to-me home in Jan '16 and opted for the equal payments a year ago, so the power company based the payments on the last owner's usage. It's now been a year, and based on my actual usage, they've given me a credit of $244 and lowered my monthly payment by $20!

I'm kind of shocked since I bake a lot and use the AC, but I guess that repairing the huge holes in the ducting and my habit of keeping the temp cool in the winter have paid off!

Woo Hoo!

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« Reply #9612 on: August 19, 2017, 10:53:58 AM »
Two good ones today:

Called up to change the tariff on my husband's phone to something cheaper. The best the dude could offer me was 16/mo for 500MB. I politely mentioned the 11/mo tariff for 2GB plan that my phone is on (with the same provider) and hinted that I was willing to look elsewhere - and he suddenly found the same tariff for my husband ;)

I went to make our dinner which was some prepared (but raw) ready-to-cook chicken thing I bought yesterday, but the package was looking very swollen. I sniffed it and wasn't really sure about it at all. I nearly just threw it out, but I was disappointed at the waste of money and I realised how stupid I was being. I walked to the shop and asked to return/replace it. It's hard to remember for sure, but I don't think I've ever actually returned anything in my life! Clothes that don't fit/I don't like tend to end up shoved in a corner or given away, but I thought of this forum, and my obvious waste of money, and found the motivation to go and return chicken!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9613 on: August 19, 2017, 11:33:58 AM »
Packed dinner instead of buying overpriced, mediocre airport food. Arugula, potatoes, steak, homemade Caesar dressing, deviled eggs, yum. Used up the leftovers in the fridge.

Washed my hair with rye flour today. I haven't used store bought shampoo or conditioner in 2.5 years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9614 on: August 19, 2017, 11:39:57 AM »
-Bought a starbucks giftcard on cardpool. 10.5% off. I know, I know, just don't drink starbucks. And we don't, often. But we like it as an occasional treat when we end up on long drives for un-fun reasons.

-Canned spicy dilly beans. This works out to ~$2 per massively stuffed pint, as opposed to the $7+ I see in stores. Will also use a few jars as a christmas gift for someone who will *really* appreciate them.

-Friend visited a couple days ago. Instead of going out to lunch, we hung out and watched her daughter play in my sprinklers.

-Nothing we did per se, but we got a car insurance discount for being with the same company for enough years. Which is funny, since we always price compare at renewal, and they've always won! But sure, I'll accept it ;)

-Made ghee, made bacon bits. Refilled our fancy olive oil container from a big jug. All the usual things we do to reduce costs.
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« Reply #9615 on: August 19, 2017, 11:57:26 AM »
I purposefully did not take much cash money when a friend and I visited the exotic flea market this morning.  Also I'm eating weird things from the fridge so as to not be wasteful.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9616 on: August 19, 2017, 12:17:14 PM »
I pay my natural gas and electrical bill by equal payment plan to average out the costs over the year. I moved in to my new-to-me home in Jan '16 and opted for the equal payments a year ago, so the power company based the payments on the last owner's usage. It's now been a year, and based on my actual usage, they've given me a credit of $244 and lowered my monthly payment by $20!

I'm kind of shocked since I bake a lot and use the AC, but I guess that repairing the huge holes in the ducting and my habit of keeping the temp cool in the winter have paid off!

Woo Hoo!

Congrats! I'm waiting for my credit invoice too and it's probably a similar amount. We are a couple in an 800 sq. ft. house and we are apparantly using about half the amount of energy that an average couple in similar circumstances uses and I really don't know how we do it. We have a freezer and a fridge like everyone else, I like baking, we have a computer each and a TV and two Playstations (not mine). We don't have a dryer, but surely that can't be half of someone's electricity bill?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9617 on: August 19, 2017, 12:31:10 PM »
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. ;-)

That's Dutch? Norwegians like to waste money? :o I studied in Northern Europe for a while and was really surprised they all heated their house to 23 C in winter. I thought they'd be used to the cold. At home in the Netherlands, only my grandma heats her home to over 20 C and she only started doing that when she was well over 80. I could not get used to -15 C outside and + 23 C inside.   

My s/o works in electronics and we went to a large department store just to check what the competition was doing, not to buy anything. It was nice weather, so I figured we might pop into the supermarket as well and buy ice cream. Then we noticed the store we were in was handing out free italian ice cream from a well known local place. I had to convince him at first to stand in line (he felt cheap because we didn't buy anything) but we had free ice cream that was much nicer than what we would have bought otherwise.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9618 on: August 19, 2017, 05:41:39 PM »
-- Joined with several other families in throwing a rummage sale. Families aren't over spendy normally, but I found it interesting that several left the sale to get food or drinks and came back, after making maybe 20 bucks from selling stuff!   We were at someones house and no plans had been made prior, so I had packed a lunch and brought coffee.  I simply smiled and ate my lunch from the fridge...while enjoying knowing that I would actually keep the money I was getting from the sale.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9619 on: August 19, 2017, 07:16:57 PM »
We don't have a dryer, but surely that can't be half of someone's electricity bill?

I think that the dryer may actually be a big part of it. Last summer, I used the dryer but didn't have A/C. This summer, I haven't used the dryer, but used a new A/C - and my usage was still lower. It's been a hot humid summer for here and I don't enjoy the heat, so I was really expecting a spike in the bill. I can hardly imagine how low it would be if I hadn't turned on the A/C. Now I'm going to see if I can get it lower for next year!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9620 on: August 20, 2017, 07:43:17 AM »
We are moving this week and just sold a lot of items we will not use anymore! Awesome feeling, because we can help others who need those things, we don't have to lift a finger to move all of it, and we can use the money for our next house, or save it.

Excellent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9621 on: August 20, 2017, 02:51:52 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.

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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Coriander's also good in salsa and Pico de Gallo.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9622 on: August 21, 2017, 11:30:34 AM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9623 on: August 21, 2017, 01:00:10 PM »
Unsubscribed from Showtime app ($10.99 per month) and Starz app ($8.99 per month) on my Roku.  That extra $20 will make me RICH beyond my wildest dreams!  At least until the next season of "Billions" comes back on Showtime...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9624 on: August 21, 2017, 01:03:17 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9625 on: August 21, 2017, 01:45:01 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.

I went to Central Park to watch and everyone was being really friendly. I shared my glasses with a whole bunch of strangers (random passersby who didn't come prepared or couldn't find a place to buy glasses). Someone let me look through their Cheerios box projector so I could see what it was like.

I bought extra pairs of glasses last week and passed them out to friends so they could enjoy it without hurting their eyes. Hopefully they all shared them too. I am guessing 25-30 people got to safely see the eclipse because of me. B-) It was very gratifying to watch other people put them on and exclaim "OH WOW! That's SO COOL! Thank you SO MUCH!"

Technically I "wasted" $20 or so on a bunch of glasses to give away, but if I saved someone from retinal damage that's a lot of medical bills they won't have to pay ;-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9626 on: August 21, 2017, 02:54:11 PM »
I went online to check for cashback deals before I went grocery shopping. I bought the right brand of buttermilk and received 1,10 back and had free Sprite worth 1,83. There was a deal for oat milk (1,99) too but they ran out of oat milk, I'll have to check next week. I also went to the shop late in the evening so I could buy bread at 35% off. It's today's bread, so it's still fresh. I put them in the freezer and thaw two slices for lunch every morning.

I go through hardcore frugal phases where I don't go to the store before I've checked my shopping list for good deals. The trick to make sure you're actually saving money this way and not buying even more is to make a shopping list first. We generally drink water and tea at home, but I like to have a few bottles of soda in the pantry for when we have unexpected visitors. I try to always get these through cashback deals so I don't have to spend money on them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9627 on: August 21, 2017, 04:01:52 PM »
Leftovers for lunch
Used overripe fruit for a breakfast smoothie
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9628 on: August 21, 2017, 04:09:33 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.

I went to Central Park to watch and everyone was being really friendly. I shared my glasses with a whole bunch of strangers (random passersby who didn't come prepared or couldn't find a place to buy glasses). Someone let me look through their Cheerios box projector so I could see what it was like.

I bought extra pairs of glasses last week and passed them out to friends so they could enjoy it without hurting their eyes. Hopefully they all shared them too. I am guessing 25-30 people got to safely see the eclipse because of me. B-) It was very gratifying to watch other people put them on and exclaim "OH WOW! That's SO COOL! Thank you SO MUCH!"

Technically I "wasted" $20 or so on a bunch of glasses to give away, but if I saved someone from retinal damage that's a lot of medical bills they won't have to pay ;-)

Oh, that's very nice of you!  I was out running errands this morning.  I hadn't bothered to figure out how to view the eclipse as I didn't think it was a big deal.  But when I stopped at the cleaners just as the eclipse was starting in my area, there were some office staff at the business next door looking at the shadow through a pinhole, and they let me check it out.  It was kinda cool.  Then I headed for Costco.  As I left Costco, the receipt-checker had some glasses that she was letting customers use to view the eclipse as it was ending!  So nice of her, and it was interesting to see it that way, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9629 on: August 21, 2017, 05:08:44 PM »
Shopped at Aldi. We are visiting family who don't cook much, but DH volunteered us to cook dinner and I ran and picked up groceries to cook with. They'd have paid for the takeout (and did insist on buying the groceries), but home cooked will taste better and be healthier for everyone.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9630 on: August 21, 2017, 07:19:02 PM »
Made a huge, lentil-packed veggie lasagne.

Pegged out the washing before work.

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« Reply #9631 on: August 22, 2017, 06:31:49 AM »
Finally I can write something on the list. I walked to work again, and as always I brought my own lunch.

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.

Currently I am drying a lot of different mushrooms that I found in the forest. I might not need to buy any mushrooms for the rest of the year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9632 on: August 22, 2017, 01:02:56 PM »
Set up a client meeting in my hometown for next week so I can be there for my sister's birthday with work paying for my travel. I'll also be able to join my mom for her wig fitting appointment that afternoon so she won't be by herself.
My SIL's birthday is the day before and I'll be dropping her present in the mail tomorrow so I can use regular mail, instead of pricier priority mail. Box is recycled from Amazon and presents for both of them came from heavily discounted things on Prime Day and will be wrapped in stuff from Dollar Tree.

I participate in a quarterly worldwide craft exchange and I need to dig through my supplies to find something I can make without purchasing anything new. Bonus if it's something that will be light/ can find in a padded envelope since my recipient this time around is in Australia.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9633 on: August 22, 2017, 05:04:51 PM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow! 

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« Reply #9634 on: August 22, 2017, 05:12:48 PM »
Full credit goes to another mustachian! She knew I was buying expensive pet food (prescription stuff) and sent me a coupon she got, since she has no pets. $20 off a $60 purchase. So we went to buy two flats of canned dog food. But they only had one flat. They were trying to sort it out, find another store with stock, etc etc, and the line was backing up. I said we'd be totally fine with a rain check, I just needed to use the coupon since it was expiring. The manager waved me off and let me use the coupon on the one flat they had! So we got $20 off of a $32 order. Holy smokes. Ended up being $1/can for prescription dog food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9635 on: August 22, 2017, 09:30:07 PM »
So we got $20 off of a $32 order.

Score! :-)

I screwed up my schedule a little today due to work stuff - had to go in extra early, wasn't going to be home until 11PM due to evening plans, and did not have nearly enough food planned. (Should have gone grocery shopping yesterday but I had a killer migraine. Apparently photophobia and eclipse viewing mix poorly...) Anyway, I was starving around 7PM and had no food with me and was going to a place where they don't allow food or drink. But then I remembered I was going to walk past a place that has really good $2 Tuesday Tacos, so I was able to grab a quick hot dinner sitting at the bar for $4 plus tax/tip.

More of a rescue than a win, but I'll take it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9636 on: August 22, 2017, 11:40:59 PM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow!

I love this as a money-saving tip.

Learn multiple languages!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9637 on: August 23, 2017, 02:13:31 AM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow!

Dutch (native)
English (fluently with minor mistakes and Dutch accent)
Norwegian (fluently with minor mistakes and Dutch accent)
German (had it at school for 3 years, understand it pretty well passively, speak it terribly badly,)
French (only had it at school for 4 years, don't speak it, but still remember some words and phrases)
Swedish (sounds more or less as Norwegian and all waiters in Norway are Swedish, easy to understand, reading it goes slowly as it is spelled very differently)
Danish (easy to read, as it is written as slightly misspelled Norwegian, a bit more difficult to understand because of the pronunciation).
Latin grammar (learned at school to translate it passively with the help of a dictionary. Not used it since.)

Most Dutch people learn English, Dutch and French at school as mandatory subjects.
All Norwegians understand Swedish and Danish because it is so similar. I have lived in Norway for almost 20 years, so I am pretty much Norwegian.

This particular book is not a novel, but an informative books to recognize mushrooms. For novels I stick to Dutch, Norwegian and English, which are easiest to read.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9638 on: August 24, 2017, 02:42:22 PM »
I've needed a new bike seat for a while but haven't wanted to spend the money.  Our neighbor was moving and giving away several bikes.  We took one with a comfortable seat & DH swapped it onto my bike.  Now we just need to give away the "new" bike with the old seat.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9639 on: August 24, 2017, 02:47:55 PM »
-With the larger house and the larger garden, my canning is increasing accordingly, so I needed more jars. Regular mouth pint jars were $1.50/12 flat than the wide mouth pint jars, and since I'm doing mostly slasas in the pint jars, I went with the regular mouth.

-Harvested more from the garden.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9640 on: August 24, 2017, 09:37:35 PM »
I'm heading to Oregon for an educational workshop this weekend.  Packed most of my food, including homegrown eggs and veggies.  Will be staying with a friend, so no hotel costs, and bringing homegrown heirloom tomatoes as a thank you (and making dinner).

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« Reply #9641 on: August 26, 2017, 03:13:05 PM »
Staying in a hotel this weekend so I snaffled a couple of the fancy teabags for my stash at home. I haven't bought tea in years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9642 on: August 26, 2017, 04:27:31 PM »
Like BrackenJoy, today's successes in saving were all garden-based.

I harvested 12L of tomatoes, and canned a batch of cucumber pickles and a batch of sauerkraut. My house does smell kraut-y now, but it'll air out.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9643 on: August 26, 2017, 05:48:42 PM »
Hung up laundry to dry this morning to dry over the course of the day. Read a library book this afternoon. Scored 7 lbs of pears for $2 total, so made pear butter using my hand me down free crockpot. Canned 7 half pints of lovely pear butter for holiday gift this afternoon. Picked approximately 10 lbs of tomatoes from our garden and plan to can those in pints tomorrow. Spent this evening with spouse taking our 2.5 year old son to the playground. Used extra garden tomatoes picked earlier in the week to make a lovely marinara sauce in the crock pot overnight. Will pair this sauce with garden zucchini (made into zoodles) tomorrow night for zucchini spaghetti with marinara sauce for Sunday night dinner.

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« Reply #9644 on: August 27, 2017, 02:32:57 AM »
Yesterday I had an experience that made me feel better about not having a car. I sold my car 19 months ago when moving to the UK, and I've stayed pretty local for most activities except for major trips, work-related things, or when friends with cars invited me. I don't have a UK driving license yet, so I can't rent a car. Anyway, yesterday, I went to a vintage music and dance festival in an airfield outside a village outside a city that is about an hour away. I had bought a day ticket (47) back in December, thinking I could get a ride with someone, but then that didn't work out. I thought I'd have to give up on going because people told me you really needed a car. Overhearing something about a bus, I checked the event website and found the directions. I took a bus to the closest city and then took a taxi to the event. On the way back, I split a taxi with some other people to get to the bus station. Total transportation cost: 25.20. I also packed snacks and water, so my total spent on food there was lower than it could have been (though higher than it would have been if I'd packed a proper picnic): 6.90 for a sausage, a coffee, and a cup of squash (like KoolAid but more fruity). I enjoyed looking at all the pretty things for sale but didn't buy anything, instead spending the time in dance lessons, concerts, and dancing, which were all included. Instead of eating dinner at the event, I picked up a microwavable meal at a convenience store (3.50) on the way home and had a quick dinner at home around 9:30 pm. Total cost for the day's entertainment: 82.60.

Rough estimate of what I've spent on my bike over the past 18 months, including purchasing (used) bike and accessories plus wimpy reliance on bike shops for repairs: 239
Low estimate of annual costs to have and use a car in the UK: 1,556
https://www.elephant.co.uk/pressReleases/5/How-much-does-it-cost-to-run-a-car-for----------------a-year

It's like I got the whole day for free plus several other days worth of using taxis or trains as a prize for not owning a car. And today I'll bike into town again. It's nice to also feel less dependent on other people for getting around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9645 on: August 27, 2017, 05:05:47 AM »
I haven't done it yet, but planning to on Tuesday morning (I'm organised!): Arriving at the airport at 5am for our flight and going to take our own muesli, yogurt & blueberries instead of paying $40 for some very average ham and cheese toasties! Plus our own on board snacks & water (obviously)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9646 on: August 27, 2017, 07:58:37 AM »
I went to buy a small tool today that I really need and can't borrow or buy secondhand anywhere. This store takes coupons from all other stores so before I go I always do a quick search and found a coupon that gave me 20% off. I paid 10,40 instead of 13,00 so I saved 2,60. We live close to the other store too, so I could have bought the tool there, but I prefer to go to this particular store because they're part of a loyalty scheme. I use the points for grocery store discounts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9647 on: August 27, 2017, 05:52:23 PM »
We tuned up a very old Huffy hybrid bike we got for free for him to ride to grad school from the AirBNB where he's staying. It's decidedly unfancy and  unpretty, but hopefully this means it won't be a theft target.

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« Reply #9648 on: August 27, 2017, 06:03:29 PM »
Our doorbell stopped working. Husband did the trouble shooting and fixed it. (Although to be honest, I don't even know WHO you would call for something like a doorbell not working if you couldn't fix it yourself!)

Leftovers for lunch.
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« Reply #9649 on: August 28, 2017, 01:15:31 PM »
Didn't have any typical breakfast foods on hand for this morning, but instead of stopping somewhere on the way in, I defrosted some flatout breads I had gotten free after coupon, opened a can of black beans, and combined the two with some cheddar cheese and hot sauce to make a taco-inspired breakfast sandwich.  Tasty and super cheap!

Brought leftovers for lunch, trying to eat up the rest of the meals from the end of last week. 

Scored a few books at the thrift store for my daughter's birthday.  They were buy 1 get 2 free, so I ended up with 6 books for $1 - most of them look like they were never even read, not that she will care one way or the other.

Signed up for some free coffee samples online.  I use the free samples I get in the mail as stocking stuffers at Christmas.