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Title: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on November 15, 2013, 03:04:38 PM
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautéd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them. 

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Post by: Mrs WW on November 15, 2013, 03:13:26 PM
I spent all day today sewing, making christmas gifts and decorating items for the house. I took a break, went for a walk to my closest neighbourhood centre ant borrowed books and films at the library and then picked up the for sale items of the week at the grocery store. Although I stayed home sick, recouperating, it was a really great day!
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Post by: auntbecky on November 15, 2013, 03:14:20 PM
I'm not talking about anything big -- just the little things that add up, things that other people might not consider doing.  Here's something I just did:

Last night I sautéd a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an onion as a side dish.  We had perhaps 2/3 a cup of vegetables leftover.  No one would've eaten those as leftovers.  Knowing I was going to make chili tonight, I saved them, chopped them up finely, and hid them in the chili.  It bulked up the chili, perhaps adding one more serving, and it added some extra veggie-power to the chili.  No one else will even know that last night's vegetables are making a second appearance.

Also, earlier today I took a ziplock of homemade soup to work for lunch.  I made it a month or so ago, and no one else in the family liked it . . . so instead of watching it slowly go bad in the refrigerator, I froze it into individual portions for my own lunches.  Added benefit:  I love having homemade ready-to-go lunches.  Negative:  If I leave them in the refrigerator at work, the night janitors steal them. 



I often have left over rice and left over soup.  I usually take them to work for my lunches during the following week.  I mix it up throughout the week by sometimes combining them.  Today I used up the last of the black beans, the last of the rice, and put it on a tortilla.  Chipotle style lunch!  So far I still don't seem to be able to convince the rest of my family that things in dishes in the refrigerator are okay to eat and not going to poison them.
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Post by: footenote on November 15, 2013, 03:41:41 PM
Thought I needed to buy new winter boots because the last time I had tried on the old pair, an orthopedic problem rendered them unwearable.

Minutes before leaving for the store I thought "This has been less painful lately, hmm..." and tried on the old pair. The old pair are again wearable without pain. Scoooore!
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Post by: abhe8 on November 15, 2013, 04:27:54 PM
I stayed home!

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Post by: girly mustache on November 15, 2013, 04:44:05 PM
Didn't wash my hair this morning - have been reducing from daily shampooing to a couple times a week.
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Post by: athomeintheworld on November 15, 2013, 06:16:23 PM
Stayed home.  Still haven't turned on the heat.  Basing meals around what we have so nothing is wasted.  Minimalizing our Christmas gift giving.
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Post by: olsmj on November 15, 2013, 06:51:26 PM
I made a tasty dinner with lentils, veggies including cabbage that was on sale (3 giant heads for $1! They'll last me through a week of dinners!), and limes discounted because they were slightly off-color but still fresh.
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Post by: NV Teacher on November 15, 2013, 07:58:15 PM
I came home and ate leftovers for supper and put on a sweater instead of turning on the heat.  Boring, but every little bit helps. 
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Post by: mm1970 on November 15, 2013, 08:02:18 PM
I had leftovers for lunch and dinner.  The dinner leftovers was the last of the lentil soup I made on Saturday.  Lunch was pasta.
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Post by: wtjbatman on November 15, 2013, 08:22:02 PM
Learned to cook dried beans instead of just buying beans in a can. They came out a bit mushier than I intended... but with some seasoning taste great with rice, and I got two big plastic containers full (one in the freezer, one in the fridge) for like $1.50 worth of kidney and black beans. I've been eating them for lunch at work, and that means I've probably saved like $4 every lunch this week.

What? Baby steps!
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Post by: alanwbaker on November 16, 2013, 06:32:12 PM
I returned from vacation to find a big dead spot in my lawn that the sprinklers didn't reach.  I tried tweaking the existing sprinklers but they just won't cover that area.  So I tapped into the nearest sprinkler pipe and ran a new line to a new sprinkler head in the dead spot.  The cost was $10 in parts vs. $100 to have a landscaper do it.  And I got lots of good exercise digging!
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Post by: jamaicaspanish on November 16, 2013, 06:51:07 PM
Went to the beach.
Brought my own beer and sandwich makings.  Brought homemade cookies.
Beautiful afternoon for the price of gas and modest admission.
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Post by: Frankies Girl on November 16, 2013, 07:13:04 PM
Cooked a pork roast for dinner and will have leftovers for several days.
Rejiggered my car insurance and saved about $120 a year.
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Post by: swiper on November 16, 2013, 07:20:57 PM
DIY engine coolant change
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Post by: olivia on November 16, 2013, 07:22:20 PM
My husband made us tortilla espanola with chorizo, sweet potatoes, green peppers and onions.  We had it for dinner tonight and it's super delicious and filling.  Pretty cheap, too, although without the chorizo it would be cheaper.  I'll probably have it for breakfast for several days if we can manage to refrain from eating it all tomorrow.  :P

I also didn't go out today-I'm not feeling great so I rested up and read a library book!
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Post by: RootofGood on November 16, 2013, 07:31:17 PM
Asked our dentist for a cash discount.  They will knock 10% everything.  That will save us $100+/yr once we are cash payers (when the wife quits working and doesn't have subsidized dental insurance). 

At the Asian grocery store today, I found a new kind of pad thai sauce that is 50% cheaper and sesame oil that is 15% cheaper than what I usually buy. 

My daughter asked for pad thai tonight for dinner so I used the new sauce to whip up a quick batch of (lazy man's) egg only vegetarian pad thai.  Saved a couple bucks on not putting meat or tofu in the pad thai.  Tasted pretty good.  I also didn't have green onions or bean sprouts on hand since I wasn't planning on making pad thai this week.  So saved another buck or two there.  For $3 in ingredients, I made $20 worth of pad thai as good as the neighborhood Thai joint's. 

I also combined 4 trips into one today while out running errands.  6 miles driving instead of 18 or so. 
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Post by: Strawberrykiwi75 on November 16, 2013, 07:36:28 PM
Had brunch with my uncle, which he paid for. Then got home and read a book in the sun instead of going out. Going to make corn fritters for dinner, with corn I got on special and staple ingredients from the pantry (flour, a couple eggs, mustard powder, herbs etc) served with homemade relish from my godparents, and salad I got half price
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Post by: zinethstache on November 16, 2013, 10:10:49 PM
Im on two days rest after spinal injections so... I worked on christmas gifts and a turning 50 custom hoody for my husbands buddy. One side gig I have is a vinyl cutter and various heat presses. So two nights ago we dug through my apparel inventory and found a couple years old really heavy navy hoody sample, expensed long ago. I started the designs for it last night and finished them today. Since I am on total rest, I wont cut everything until tomorrow, my DH is watching me like a hawk.

I've been working on a new hoodie rhinestone design for a couple of weeks, I took pictures of it earlier this week. It was ok for me to be on the laptop while reclining so I loaded it up on ebay for holiday sales, not only did I not spend money, but... Im hoping it will make me money. I also saw that I needed to update my hoody color choices on all the hoodies so I worked on that off and on today. DONE, /whew.

Didn't shower since I'm home bound and my mom brought me chinese leftovers for dinner yum! My hubby is on guard duty for the two days so were saving on gas not going anywhere.

When she was here I gave her my Christmas/bday gifts (for me) I just bought on clearance from one of my apparel vendors, I know she is on a strict budget, it is a $12 softshell jacket and $22 softshell vest. She will pay me and take them to wrap for my gifts next month... alas my bday is only a few days before Christmas. I like to use my buying power to get gifts from her else she will go out and buy things at retail, something I cannot abide by:) I showed her the new rhinestone design I just put on ebay and she loved it! She already picked out a zip hoody for me to give her for Christmas and now it is decided what I will put on it for her.

My holiday budgets range $5 to $15 per family member and I make them their gifts, either jewelry or apparel. I've done it for so many years now, they place their orders with me well ahead of time. This year I am pretty down and out with my back problem so I've already received most of the gift orders to work on the next 5 weeks.



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Post by: N on November 17, 2013, 01:58:34 AM
picked up a library book and dropped off returns (no buying books!)

made pizza for dinner (no takeout)

planned out my cooking schedule for tomorrow-need to process a LOT of veggies, either to freeze or use this week.

made a cake and invited a friend over for tea tomorrow (not going out to a cafe)

husband took kids to free pool swim today

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Post by: mensa on November 17, 2013, 06:15:29 AM
My saving was comparative.

Spent a glorious 6 hours outside in the sunshine raking and sweeping leaves, cleaning eavestorughs and putting the gardens to bed for the winter. This, while ALL of our immediate neighbours had the same done by a team of contractors, using gas powered leaf blowers & oversized lawn tractors.

So, not only did I save $ doing it myself, I saved on noise and air pollution. All the while, getting the benefit of exercise and vitamin D!
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Post by: pac_NW on November 17, 2013, 07:45:35 AM
Walked to the library for my weekly run on books and music.  Found some great new music while there - A disc of the Chieftains had just been returned. Walked more - got in 10000 steps.  Called Comcast to get my bill lowered. Merged cell phone plans to get rid of another whole plan - saved a bundle.
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 17, 2013, 07:49:47 AM
Thought about going to a coffee shop this morning, but instead stayed home and made my own.

Yesterday, I biked everywhere (including to the ice rink for a 10:30pm game) except to a friend's house where I got some firewood.

Today, will bike to ice rink and bike to my office.
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Post by: Spudd on November 17, 2013, 07:58:53 AM
I made a big pot of black bean soup in the slow cooker that will be lunches for over a week.
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Post by: pachnik on November 17, 2013, 09:10:19 AM
We are going to the most inexpensive grocery store for our weekly shop this morning. 
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Post by: Rural on November 17, 2013, 03:31:40 PM
I stayed home all weekend, didn't even go down off the mountain. That's good for both the wallet and the sanity every now and then.
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Post by: BZB on November 17, 2013, 08:43:01 PM
Mr. BZB cooked a big batch of minestrone soup in the crockpot for our lunches at work this week.
Washed and hung to dry 2 loads of clothes (not using the electric dryer).
Filled out application for public school preschool lottery for little BZB for next school year. If we win we still have to pay tuition but it would reduce our costs, about $3000 per year less than current daycare tuition.
Cleaned out fridge and had leftovers for lunch. Mmm - black bean soup with crushed tortilla chip crumbs from the bottom of the bag.
Entertainment today was attending the first Houston MMM meet-up!
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Post by: ArcticaMT6 on November 17, 2013, 09:23:56 PM
Walked to the grocery store.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on November 17, 2013, 09:47:34 PM
Took the free bus to work this morning.

Brought my lunch to work.

Resisting buying a $1 diet coke even though I really really want one because those dollars add up, and it's a terrible habit anyway.

Picking up library books on my walk home.

Wearing a bracelet I made myself which improves the professional look of my outfit, while costing me about $2 in materials (and it's a prototype, I plan to replicate the design and sell the resultant bracelets on etsy).
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 17, 2013, 11:11:41 PM
Biked (twice) to the hockey rink (instead of driving) to play in two games.  Later one was at night.  Very fun towing all my hockey gear in my BOB trailer, all lit up like a Christmas tree.
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Post by: skyler on November 18, 2013, 07:21:07 PM
Got some nice empty boxes from the grocery store veggie department today to use for Christmas gift shipping /out of state relatives.
Before, I wold have let UPS package things for me...now I have the exact sizes I wanted and got my groceries I came for. Multipurpose or recycling? either way it's a win!
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Post by: chasesfish on November 18, 2013, 07:39:39 PM
DIY basement renovation...and sold extra stuff on eBay.
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Post by: Debbie M on November 18, 2013, 09:14:23 PM
Ate leftover party food for lunch - pimento cheese spread on bread toasted in the microwave.  Also leftover cake.  Ate other meals at home, too.

Drank last cup of juice before it went bad.  Usually I do achieve this success, but not always!  I drink just one small glass per day because of all the sugar, but sometimes I forget it's there.  Put the next container of juice in the fridge so it's cold when I'm ready.

Entertained myself with a book from boyfriend's shelf (free, and good for conversation).

Confirmed date of annual check-up (tomorrow, not today) so I didn't waste gas.  Set up meeting for tomorrow with friend on same side of town as my doctor to lend him a book as promised (saving gas).

Jogged for exercise (cheap).

Washed the shower curtains (I used to just replace them when they got gross).  Hung laundry to dry on clothes racks (free).

Washed weird black soap scum off top of washer barrel.  It wouldn't come off easily when I tried at first, but it did after I did my load of laundry.  (This may help the washer do a better job or last longer or something.)

Turned off the A/C while my boyfriend was at work.

Turned off lights when leaving room.

Will turn off laptop before I got to bed.  (Normally I leave it on all the time--baby steps!)
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Post by: Fuyu on November 18, 2013, 09:34:11 PM
Keep a bunch of green onions growing in a plastic water bottle near a sunny window. Much easier than storing them in the fridge and forgetting to use them before they're past wilting point and buying new ones.
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Post by: nikki on November 18, 2013, 09:39:29 PM
I'm planning a trip back to the states (from South Korea) to visit family in January. The price today was $300 cheaper than yesterday! Snagged the tickets up quickly. (For the really curious: $1033.69 round trip from Busan to Dallas/Fort Worth.)

While not super frugal because it means I bought pizza at the store a couple days ago, I had leftover pizza for breakfast. Altogether it made four meals. This means that I didn't use my frying pan for scrambled eggs (or the eggs). This means that the oil I used to make fried chicken last night is still in the pan, ready to use again tonight for more fried chicken and perhaps potatoes.

This post makes it seem like I eat crap all the time, so I'll stop here.
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Post by: Strawberrykiwi75 on November 19, 2013, 12:24:30 AM
Not really something I did, but several of my mates just booked a big trip to the US and Europe for April next year. I can't go due to work commitments (saving me lots of money, but missing lots of memories), and they have to save up for it so I'll be cutting back on all my socialising costs! Goodbye cocktails and concerts, hello nights in with movies and a beer :-)
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Post by: Melody on November 19, 2013, 04:10:50 AM
Walked to and from work... sometimes I take a bus to save time, but the bus costs money.
Didn't impulse buy any fun food at the grocery store on my walk home... just got what I went in there for (meat).
Took my lunch to work (I usually do this, but yesterday was super stressful/busy so I am pleased I still managed to do this today... often if I am busy/stressed I will buy lunch).
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 19, 2013, 11:26:14 AM
Ok it was yesterday, but not only did I save money, I made money.  It was a travel day (for a work-related thing).  I bought $18 of snacks for my trip (mostly expensive nuts), but will receive a per diem of $41.  I was tempted to buy a good (?) coffee at an airport, but drank water from a fountain instead.  So I came out $23 ahead.  And I'm still enjoying the snacks today.
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Post by: CNM on November 19, 2013, 12:34:39 PM
Brought my homemade lunch to work with me today.

Made my son's baby food and snacks for the day.

Using an ETP to increase my time-usage efficiency.

I don't know if this counts, but I used my gym membership already today and plan on going again this evening!
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Post by: C. K. on November 19, 2013, 12:38:10 PM
I made carrot/cranberry/pecan muffins before the commute instead of waiting until the end of the day to do things for myself.

I eat at home anyway, so it didn't save me more money than if I hadn't.

However, making my own muffins saves my sanity, which in turn preserves my job, which means I'll have more dollars to sock away for the future.

I'm learning to be productive for myself before work. There is something uplifting about doing what you love for yourself in the morning, instead of making your entire morning routine about rushing to get to someone else's goals.


- C.K.
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Post by: dragoncar on November 19, 2013, 01:53:09 PM
I embraced laziness.  Was seriously considering a quality purchase because of a really great protein, but the item isn't strictly necessary.  Well I delayed the purchase through sheer laziness and the deal ended.  This at least delays the purchase until a similar deal comes along (which may never happen but now my price anchor is set so I won't spend more)
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Post by: sunshine on November 19, 2013, 02:04:27 PM
Ate some delicious chili I made with all home grown or hunted foods.~ packed the spouses lunch so there is no excuse to hit the service station for a snack~ I really wanted to bake but decided against a trip to the store~ cut the dogs hair~ made my own floor cleaner~did a survey for $11 bucks
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Post by: Norrie on November 19, 2013, 02:22:57 PM
My husband made red beans & rice, and I made mini pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting last night, so we'll have leftovers and delicious snacks for a couple of days. This morning I pre-gamed with the mini muffins before having oatmeal, and it made for a delightful morning.
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Post by: willn on November 19, 2013, 02:43:44 PM
Over the past 3 days experimented with weighing the coffee I use in the french press.  Discovered no taste benefit using 1.25 oz vs 1.00 ounces of beans for 32oz water.  If coffee is 10$/lb:

1 pot x 1oz x 62.5 cents / oz x 300 days = 187$/year on coffee.  (~65 days a year not making coffee for one reason or other)

That's versus

1 x 1.25 x 62.5 x 300 = $234

Saving approximately  $47/year.

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Post by: C. K. on November 19, 2013, 03:12:59 PM
... and I couldn't wait to get back to my morning muffins after work, which gave me an extra incentive not to stop anywhere for food.

I write every day, which keeps me from boredom while also contributing to other people's lives. When I'm bored I consume, which usually involves spending - I eat because it's there, drive to nowhere more often, go shopping for nothing on any list. And after the consumption, I'm bored again.

With my first car, I would go riding everywhere, exploring all the nooks and crannies of my world within a 100 mile radius. That was fun.

Eventually, I ran out of places to drive and just drove because I was bored. Big mistake. Those were the least memorable drives and my wallet was thinner because I had to buy gas to drive farther out for the same thrill of exploration.

After taking up writing every day, I have no need to drive to nowhere. I have found writing to be a never-ending challenge to provide something productive and meaningful (and it's free).

-- C.K.
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Post by: Exflyboy on November 19, 2013, 05:31:47 PM
Stole my coworkers lunch.. Its actually kinda true.....:)

Frank
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Post by: dadof4 on November 19, 2013, 06:04:28 PM
Finally replaced the old fridge in the garage with a chest freezer. It should pay for itself in 6 months, then save money for the next 30 years or so :)
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Post by: JessieImproved on November 19, 2013, 06:57:17 PM
Embarked on a sewing project to fulfill a storage need (knitting needles).  Used fabric from an old pillowcase and a $1 thrifted dress. 
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Post by: Bbqmustache on November 20, 2013, 04:46:55 AM
My wife was stopped the day be fore yesterday by TWO city police officer for driving a pediddle (one headlight out).  No fine, but a form we had to get certified.  A trip to Autozone, watch a YouTube video for headlight replacement on my 2001 car, a scraped hand.  $11.65 versus God knows what a repair shop would charge.
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Post by: jpo on November 20, 2013, 07:03:15 AM
Yesterday: after car was pronounced DOA by the mechanic, hiked 7 miles to work instead of renting a car.
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Post by: CNM on November 20, 2013, 11:47:22 AM
Yesterday, which rolls over to day: went to the grocery store and bought $15 worth of fruit and veg, which should last me an my family for the remainder of the week!

Made dinner last night with the groceries purchased and some freezer items (bacon and eggs over greens)

Made breakfast this morning with groceries and freezer items- kale smoothie with a splash of juice and frozen fruit.

Made lunch for today- spinach and bacon salad with 1/2 a leftover avocado.

Instead of meeting a friend for lunch today, agreed to go for coffee/tea instead.

Have dinner thawing in the fridge!

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Post by: C. K. on November 20, 2013, 12:54:36 PM
Forgot to take lunch but still didn't buy any when I have so much food at home.
I certainly won't forget tomorrow.
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Post by: Samsam on November 20, 2013, 12:56:38 PM
Took as many leftovers as I could from the potluck we had at work today.  You would not believe how many people won't eat leftovers!
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Post by: Exflyboy on November 20, 2013, 01:06:50 PM
Stole my coworkers lunch again... I like the potluck idea..:)

Frank
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Post by: aglassman on November 20, 2013, 01:53:56 PM
Convinced my wife to buy a baby high chair used off Amazon.com.  Saved us about $20 dollars, I wanted to get the $40 one of Craigslist.  Same brand, just a year or two older.  It was a no-go.  I gave up after 15 minutes of debate.  I've got my work cut out for me getting her on board, especially when it comes to baby stuff!
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Post by: Theadyn on November 20, 2013, 02:02:21 PM
-Staying home today.
-Portioning up homemade chicken noodle soup for the freezer for quick lunches and dinners.  This made from leftover chicken from freezer, carrots that were on sale, noodles that were on sale, celery that was on sale and chopped in the freezer, onions bought on sale and chopped in the freezer.  This pot will give me about 8 meals.
-Had leftover lentils for lunch
-Cooked 2 packs of on sale bacon, is packaged for the freezer.  This allows me to make a breakfast burrito in 4 minutes in the morning.  Made with powdered egg whites I bought in bulk and reconstituted, cheaper than fresh, and less wasteful that real, as I only eat the egg whites.  Saved drippings for flavorings.  I buy tortillas on sale and freeze, take out when needed.
-Hand washed dishes instead of using dishwasher.
-Will be measuring and cutting bubble wrap I garnered from work yesterday for free to add as extra insulation to my windows while still allowing light/heat in.
-No shower, just sponge bath.  It's hair in a ponytail kinda day. :)
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Post by: ArcticaMT6 on November 20, 2013, 04:35:55 PM
Not today, but I would highly recommend for people to buy a whole chicken. Cover it with some spices, toss it in the crockpot for 8 hours on low and you have a good meal. My wife and I usually split one of the breasts that night with veggies, and then I get as much meat as I can from the bird. Usually have some big pieces, and a ton of small pieces that are picked off the bones. Big pieces are for normal chicken meals, small pieces are for dips/soups. After that, add about 6-8 cups of water back into the crockpot with the skin/innards/bones, and cook on low for 10 hours and you now have chicken broth (after straining). Big money saver, especially if you only normally buy boneless skinless chicken breasts.
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Post by: footenote on November 20, 2013, 05:01:54 PM
Not today, but I would highly recommend for people to buy a whole chicken. Cover it with some spices, toss it in the crockpot for 8 hours on low and you have a good meal. My wife and I usually split one of the breasts that night with veggies, and then I get as much meat as I can from the bird. Usually have some big pieces, and a ton of small pieces that are picked off the bones. Big pieces are for normal chicken meals, small pieces are for dips/soups. After that, add about 6-8 cups of water back into the crockpot with the skin/innards/bones, and cook on low for 10 hours and you now have chicken broth (after straining). Big money saver, especially if you only normally buy boneless skinless chicken breasts.
+1 for the crockpot, and you can cook a small-to-medium whole chicken in a pressure cooker, too:
http://www.food.com/recipe/pressure-cooker-whole-chicken-369106

Some methods call for browning pre-cook; others advise pressure cooking chicken and then browning under the broiler.
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Post by: pka222 on November 20, 2013, 06:41:26 PM
Frank- you steal my lunch again- I'm gona take your mouse !
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Dicey on November 20, 2013, 10:56:26 PM
I made dinner tonight using up yellow squash, plus orange and red peppers from the .99 Only Store (.50 each). I sauteed mushrooms and onions (Costco), heaped it all on a bed of quinoa and topped it with feta and diced beets (more Costco). I was just using up the bits & pieces that were in the fridge, not realizing I was also creating an answer to this question. Alas, I had hoped to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow, but my family scarfed it all up. Good problem, no?

I did go to Target today to use their spend $50, save $10 coupon, which I scrounged from a neighbor. Bought some nice sale-priced holiday teas and chocolate for Christmas gifts.

On the way home, I dropped off some tattered library discard books at the recycling center. A guy was about to throw away a nice shower chair. I asked him why he was tossing it into a dumpster and he said hospice didn't want it. I told him about freecycle and offered to post it for him. I left the recycle center with all of his no-longer-needed sickroom stuff, which I will post on freecycle in the morning. I hope getting these supplies gratis will make someone's day.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on November 20, 2013, 11:40:46 PM
This morning I ate two fried eggs on top of rice left from last night. I also had about 3/4 a cup of coffee that was left from the pot I made two days ago. I make one full pot of coffee when I'm out and keep it in the fridge until it's gone. Coffee snobs will probably hate this method.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: gooki on November 21, 2013, 01:35:44 AM
I cycled to the hardware store on my lunch break. Saves driving there on the weekend.
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Post by: sunshine on November 21, 2013, 05:07:12 AM
Cooked for the next 3 days.~ Hit the dollar store after dropping mom at her appt.~ Much of my list could be had there for $1~sent in the bullet rebates
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on November 21, 2013, 07:06:30 AM
I am out of town for work, and yesterday, I did not spend any $$ on food, which means I will get to keep my whole per diem!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ArcticaMT6 on November 21, 2013, 08:49:48 AM
Not today, but I would highly recommend for people to buy a whole chicken. Cover it with some spices, toss it in the crockpot for 8 hours on low and you have a good meal. My wife and I usually split one of the breasts that night with veggies, and then I get as much meat as I can from the bird. Usually have some big pieces, and a ton of small pieces that are picked off the bones. Big pieces are for normal chicken meals, small pieces are for dips/soups. After that, add about 6-8 cups of water back into the crockpot with the skin/innards/bones, and cook on low for 10 hours and you now have chicken broth (after straining). Big money saver, especially if you only normally buy boneless skinless chicken breasts.
+1 for the crockpot, and you can cook a small-to-medium whole chicken in a pressure cooker, too:
http://www.food.com/recipe/pressure-cooker-whole-chicken-369106

Some methods call for browning pre-cook; others advise pressure cooking chicken and then browning under the broiler.

Most people don't have pressure cookers, but they do have crockpots. I've never bothered to really brown it at all, and once it's cooked in the crockpot, it typically falls apart super easily, so I'd be hesitant to try and take it out to brown without it going everywhere.

Usually, stores will have regular chickens on sale for under $1/lb. If you don't make broth, it ends up being only marginally cheaper than buying just the meat, but the broth is a major savings. I usually cook a whole chicken once a month or so, and supplement with chicken breasts in between. We typically get a weeks worth of meat for meals out of one chicken.

It also helps to reduce the cost of buying organic/free range if that's important to you (we buy organic/free range meats and most vegetables). $2.99/lb usually for whole chickens, and $6.49+/lb for just the breasts.







Along the same lines, another thing that we do:

Save all the scraps and cutoffs from vegetables. Put them in a gallon plastic freezer bag and put it in the freezer. When it's full, use it to make soup or vegetable broth. I save the stems from broccoli and the extra bits of onions (never seem to use a whole onion in one/two meals) for soups like this.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CNM on November 21, 2013, 09:07:41 AM
Sent some no longer loved clothes to liketwice, and got $11 for them!

My parents brought over dinner, which was a pleasant surprise, so my planned dinner will be eaten tonight instead.

Made my lunch for work today, as well as son's breakfast and lunch.

Organized a carpool for work on Friday and another carpool for an event I'm going to on Saturday.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: stevesteve on November 21, 2013, 09:08:50 AM
I found my sweatshirt zipper had broken.  I found a paperclip on the floor.  I have a perfectly working sweatshirt again.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Samsam on November 21, 2013, 09:16:42 AM

I also have recently started buying huge chunks of meat from costco and cutting them into steak portions myself.  $5 for a big ribeye steak? awesome
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Michread on November 21, 2013, 12:18:33 PM
Reduced our life insurance today; we'll save $100/mo.  We should have done this several years ago now that our dc are older.  We'll need to remember to reduce the life insurance policy again in a year or two. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ironfist on November 21, 2013, 02:05:08 PM
Went out to lunch on the company's dime.  :D
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JessieImproved on November 21, 2013, 03:07:29 PM
It's usually warm in my office (basically where all the heat in the house travels), but since the heat wasn't running, it was actually pretty chilly.  Instead of cranking up the heat, I put on a sweater and put a blanket over my legs.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: turboseize on November 21, 2013, 03:44:35 PM
Well, actually did not do much, but received a lot: some month ago we bought a new bed (the old bed had been bought by my wife - used - nearly 10 years ago, even before we got to kow each other and it was to small for both of us.) Wife wanted to throw the old one into the trash. I disagreed. Bed went into the basement instead and I took 3 pictures and wrote a classified on the German equivalent of craigslist.

Today, a girl showed up and paid 50€ for the old disassembled bed. 50€ for 5 minutes of work - I wouldn't mind if everything was so easy.
Best of all: dear wife acknowledged for the first time that my annoying obsession with saving money might not be completely useless. :-)



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: fmzip on November 21, 2013, 06:35:51 PM
Looked at my Comcast Bill. Saw that I was renting a cable modem from them for $7 a month. Quick Google search, determined I could buy a replacement for $49 and eliminate the perpetual $7 a month sucking sound ;)

Next, looked at my Directv bill (can't kick the habit). After minimizing our content last week (reduced bill by $16 a month) decided to call them and inquire about a discount. They offered a $10 discount for autopay and another $5 discount for paperless billing.

Very profitable day! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: cats on November 21, 2013, 07:43:46 PM
Decided it was time to put up an indoor clothesline.  Estimated savings is about $60/yr (assuming the cost of dryer time in our complex laundry room stays stable!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: freeedom on November 21, 2013, 08:50:15 PM
I host some websites for customers + my websites on a VPS. I'm in the process of moving from a host that costs $25 a month to a host that costs $5. That's $240 a year...

I also just ordered my Republic Wireless phone... taking my bill down from Net10's $45 a month down to $10 a month - which is another $420 a year. Now I just need to sell my old phone, and buy a used Ipod Nano for Gym + Car music instead of using my phones SD Card.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mm31 on November 21, 2013, 09:52:09 PM
Made 2 batches of bread.

Made chicken stock from carcass.

Made red beans.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on November 21, 2013, 11:34:36 PM
I like reading about all the little things people are doing!
 - Turned the scraps of yesterdays spaghetti sauce into chili.
 - Wore three sweaters while working form home to save on heat.
 - got together for a weekly board game night instead of going out to socialize.
 - started a batch of plantain oil to make some salve for Christmas presents


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on November 22, 2013, 01:25:41 AM
Today I sent documents via regular mail rather than registered mail. It should take around the same amount of time, and I trust the Korean postal service to get them there with regular mail. I probably only saved a couple bucks doing so, but still!

I'm also eating the rest of the bulgogi-marinated pork I prepared last night. I decided to make the carrots and mushrooms a bigger percentage of the meal than the pork, saving a negligible amount of money (I bought the super cheap chopped up mystery bits of pork that cost around $2.50 for 300g). I'll use up the small amount of cooked rice that was left over as well, again saving a VERY negligible amount of money.

Still haven't turned on the ondol (floor heating). Sweatpants, hoodies, fuzzy socks, and blankets ahoy!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: turboseize on November 22, 2013, 01:59:48 AM
@ mom to five:

Depending on what you pay for electricity, you might consider changing the bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs or even LED.
I'm down to 792kWh annualy (average in Germany is 1798 kWh for a single person household*), even though my espresso machine works overtime.
At nearly 25 ct per kWh (0.34 USD), that amounts to  309€ (416 USD) I got back from my electricity company.


Money saving goals for today:

I have listed todays drive home (600km) on some ride-sharing platforms. Unfortunately, no calls yet (quite unusual, as normally I have at least one, often up to 3 people travelling in my car.) Each ride-sharer would subsidize my cost by 35€.

If I don't find someone until departure, I'll drive slower to save gas.


*In case you are confused as to why I state a single-person houshold while being married: I got university admission in a town 600km from where my wife works. Not an optimal situation, but as the army pays my rent for the next three years, it could be worse. Of course, we're looking for a job for my wife here in Berlin. That would save us a lot of time and the taxpayer a lot of money.
Until then, I'm going to work on improving my wife's electricity consumption also. Still some gains to be had there.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: aglassman on November 22, 2013, 09:07:17 AM
The coffee shop by my work was selling 30$ worth of gift cards for $25.  This will give me a 17% discount on baked good I get there (1/2 priced after noon), and $1 refills on my travel mug! The baristas there love me because I throw  a few extra cents in the tip jar due to my savings, on the other hand the owner probably hates me.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: momo on November 22, 2013, 10:20:28 AM
Cleaning out storage and posted items locally to sell.  Yesterday successfully sold one piece of furniture for $100 and two hockey jerseys for $160 profit even considering most items were over five years old and very well maintained.  :) Need to keep on clearing out things and donating clothes too before year end.

I've been walking to work from the train station savings $4 per day.  Packing lunch for over a decade and eating leftovers everyday at work so steady savings $8 per day. 

Completely avoiding "happy hours" like the plague which is a daily activity here at work, savings $16 per not so happy hour visit.  Thank goodness!

Stopped drinking coffee cold and switched to drinking hot water instead.  Savings $2.00 per cup twice a day.  Eating work provided instant oatmeal daily, savings $4.00 per breakfast.

Lastly, laying out clothes, packing lunch/backpack the night before, and leaving home earlier in the morning all help avoid rushing or getting stuck in traffic.  Currently drive 12 minutes to the train station in the mornings (but plan on moving at months end within walking distance to the train station).  As a result I generally do not speed when driving and do not have to worry about tickets b/c I am at the speed limit or just slightly over 65 mph.  The peace of mind savings are priceless. :D
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: PilotsWife on November 22, 2013, 12:44:57 PM
We are planning an international trip for early next year & put a strict budget on it. This will save us probably around 2k from when we used to just wing it & spend way too much on everything.

Before getting into MMM, I had a bit of a luxury hotel addiction. By using airbnb & sticking to cheaper hotels, I just cut $400 from our trip expenditures which brings us below budget. Yay!

Also, I am cooking solely from the cupboards/pantry since we did a crap job this month of budgeting our grocery money. Now, we'll actually be able to still have a great Thanksgiving dinner and not go over budget, while using up some staples we've had in the cupboards for way too long.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Samsam on November 22, 2013, 12:46:42 PM
Conference at work today...took the leftover sandwiches....I think I'm becoming a food klepto....
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: avonlea on November 22, 2013, 12:52:34 PM
Conference at work today...took the leftover sandwiches....I think I'm becoming a food klepto....

LOL.  Carpe diem!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ironfist on November 22, 2013, 12:55:08 PM
Conference at work today...took the leftover sandwiches....I think I'm becoming a food klepto....

LOL.  Carpe diem!

No, carpe sandwich!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on November 22, 2013, 01:00:13 PM
Today I am making Ginger Beef and chow mien.  At the local Chinese food place we would be paying 40.00+ for two servings. making at home it will cost us about 15.00 for at least 4 servings, probably 5
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: footenote on November 22, 2013, 01:21:35 PM
Conference at work today...took the leftover sandwiches....I think I'm becoming a food klepto....
Better that they should be eaten than thrown away. (The latter being the fate of far too much corporate conference foods...)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: aglassman on November 22, 2013, 01:56:13 PM
At the local Chinese food place we would be paying 40.00+ for two servings.

Wow, that's the most expensive Chinese food I've ever heard of!  Around here you can split one order of Broccoli Beef that costs $8.50 between two people!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bruised_Pepper on November 22, 2013, 02:06:35 PM
Sold my car and cancelled my car insurance, natch. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lifejoy on November 22, 2013, 02:24:00 PM
Cut up my visa and cancelled it.

:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on November 22, 2013, 02:49:45 PM
At the local Chinese food place we would be paying 40.00+ for two servings.

Wow, that's the most expensive Chinese food I've ever heard of!  Around here you can split one order of Broccoli Beef that costs $8.50 between two people!

The joy of living in Northern BC. If it was decent, it might not even be so bad for a once in a while  blue moon treat - but it's not very good. Ginger beef with no sides and really only enough food for one person is 16.95. So two orders plus a starch or noodle to share, we would be looking at over 40.00.

But it makes cooking at home an easy and tasty win :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on November 22, 2013, 03:41:10 PM
Sold my car and cancelled my car insurance, natch.

Baddass!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mrs.FamilyFinances on November 24, 2013, 01:24:40 PM
I cut my son and my husband's hair.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Debbie M on November 24, 2013, 01:51:22 PM
Reduced our life insurance today; we'll save $100/mo.  We should have done this several years ago now that our dc are older.  We'll need to remember to reduce the life insurance policy again in a year or two.

Do you have some sort of electronic (or other calendar) you can add this task to?

Today I:
* brought my own containers to the coop, which earned me 30 cents--also, I don't have to throw away bags and I brought the containers I actually use, so I didn't lose anything having to move things over
* stocked up on things that were on sale
* remembered to check my list of what's good at each store before I left, so I remembered to get another thing that's best there that I will probably run out of before I return
* yummy leftovers all day
* no heat--in the summer, we keep it as warm as he can stand it; in the winter it's my turn to have to be tough.  I get the easy end of it since we live somewhere warm, but it's been in the 30's and 40's lately, so it's down to 63 in the house.  I've learned that the scientific 7-minute workout actually warms me up.  Not to mention my hat and scarf.  (He's still in shorts and a t-shirt.)
* reading books from my boyfriend's bookshelves (he has every single Georgette Heyer Regency romance)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: impaire on November 24, 2013, 02:17:16 PM
Today, beyond the usual (eating leftovers, etc.) I invested in myself: after months without exercising, did a 7-minute workout with the free android app.

7 minutes may not be badass, but that's about one hundred billion times plus seven minutes more than I did yesterday!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on November 24, 2013, 02:48:30 PM
I have a loaf of french bread and a pan of Rosemary Parmesan focaccia rising. Savings over store bought 3.00 for the french and 12.00 for the focaccia (not that I would spend that much, but that's what it sells for in the store)

otherwise, it has been a clean and organize the pantry kinda day, which will save time looking for things and money buying things we already have and need to use.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on November 24, 2013, 02:54:01 PM
Biked to the ice rink to play hockey--instead of driving--in a light snow.  So fun!!!
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Post by: C. K. on November 24, 2013, 03:21:57 PM
Bowed out of a restaurant invite. Met with them later at my home. We ate my banana muffins.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: madgeylou on November 24, 2013, 03:24:40 PM
After a grueling work week I felt a strong urge to buy some fancy makeup. Which I need like a(nother) hole in my head.

But I resisted. And I did some yoga and gave myself an avocado oil hair treatment and trimmed my bangs and played with some of the fancy makeup I already have. $0.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on November 24, 2013, 04:45:37 PM
We have a few thousand bucks left in our vacation budget and planned to use it to take a trip over Thanksgiving week.  Decided to staycation instead.


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: footenote on November 24, 2013, 05:25:00 PM
We have a few thousand bucks left in our vacation budget and planned to use it to take a trip over Thanksgiving week.  Decided to staycation instead.

- Pulled out our museum passes (we donate $$ to a few local ones) for entertainment.
- Used hubby's Passport card (free work perk) for a 1\2 price lunch out.
- Busted out our little stash of discount movie tickets (costco) to see Catching Fire.
- Found some city hikes to do.

We've kicked off a nice relaxing week off, without spending much at all. No plane, hotel, or petsitter needed.
SIS - That is KickAss. 
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Post by: sunshine on November 24, 2013, 05:28:21 PM
My guys shot 3 deer
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Post by: nikki on November 24, 2013, 08:53:00 PM
Yesterday I had my monthly book club meeting (which I walked to rather than going two subway stops), and had mentally agreed to spend 7,000w on a set with two empanadas and coffee. I still got the set, but ended up giving the coffee to another book clubber (saving her 1,000w) and getting a couple pão de queijo to try and share. After people gave me their share, I spent 6,000w (and that's with covering 500w for someone else to try the pão de queijo), putting me at 1,000w less than I assumed.

Yes, I'm writing in detail about a savings of less than $1USD :-p
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: zinethstache on November 24, 2013, 11:20:55 PM
I accepted a treadmill "back" that I had already returned to my mom. She decided she really, really will not use it. I am working through some medical issues and need to be doing controlled walking so I took it back. I had already been surfing craigslist with a budget of $150. Sooo glad this topic came up and now Im in business for $0. She is glad to get it out of her garage!

Made more holiday gifts. Have a plan for all but my step dad. Need to think of something clever for him. I make logos and designs out of heat press vinyl so I am only limited by what I can create in my cutting program:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on November 25, 2013, 12:09:02 AM
* reading books from my boyfriend's bookshelves (he has every single Georgette Heyer Regency romance)

This is amazing.  I can only assume you haven't yet married him because of some convoluted yet adorable social impediment that he is applying his wits to solving.  At some point before you kiss he may have to fence/spar* and then you will live happily ever after.
(Actually my favorites are Black Sheep where he wins through a business deal and These Old Shades where he wins through telling a story, but you know what I mean, there is always some sort of competition in which he wins.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cromacster on November 25, 2013, 06:55:25 AM
Friday: Went out to dinner with wife, used a gift card we had (50$).  Overall we spent 20$ of our own money, I suppose we could have been more conservative and just stayed within the gift card, but this place has such good beer :).

Hosted friends for dinner Saturday night.  Everything we ate and drank was stuff we've had lying around.  Smoked some ribs, cooked squash and other veggies.  Drank beer that has been around for a few months (glad alot of it is gone now).

Cost of stuff we ate and drank: 20-30, cost it would been if we went out to eat...probably over 100.

Then Sunday, I wanted pizza, so instead of ordering a pizza I made one from scratch.  I had everything I needed already other than sausage.  So on our usual Sunday grocery run I got some sausage.

Cost of stuff I used: 10, cost it would have been if I ordered pizza, probably 25$

Good weekend!
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Post by: 4alpacas on November 25, 2013, 11:55:39 AM
Small trip to the grocery store today ($15) and took out a few things to defrost for the week. Food cost for the week should be very low.
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Post by: acroy on November 25, 2013, 12:18:12 PM
Brought lunch to work instead of using the employer-sponsored canteen. Maybe $2 savings. But it adds up!
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Post by: bexrayx91 on November 25, 2013, 12:59:42 PM
sold some things on the local classifieds, and drank homebrewed coffee(.23cents/serving) instead of the daily energy drink($2.25/serving) I used to drink.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: _JT on November 25, 2013, 02:11:13 PM
Picked out the one bag of grain-free dog food Tractor Supply had in stock that was damaged, and got them to discount it for me. So, healthy awesome dog food made from ingredients I would eat myself knocked down from 37 bucks to 20 bucks for a 30lb bag.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mm31 on November 25, 2013, 06:24:31 PM
Bought a 50-pound bag of rice.Should last us 6-9 months.

Cooked rice, with eggplant, tomato sauce  and pork. All from our reserves.

Prepared 2 loaves of bread for tomorrow.
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Post by: happy on November 25, 2013, 11:17:45 PM
Today I:
Parked outside the paying parking station and walked up the hill to work.
Brought my own lunch into work.
Baked bread for lunches.

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Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on November 26, 2013, 07:49:10 AM
Working from home!

1.  No commuting time or cost
2.  No $ for breakfast, snacks, or lunch
3.  No fancy clothes
4.  No bail $ needed for attacking annoying coworkers  ;-)
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Post by: bexrayx91 on November 26, 2013, 11:03:31 AM
Waited until free dryer day at the laundromat to cut our laundry price in half
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Post by: Debbie M on November 26, 2013, 07:02:09 PM
* reading books from my boyfriend's bookshelves (he has every single Georgette Heyer Regency romance)

This is amazing.  I can only assume you haven't yet married him because of some convoluted yet adorable social impediment that he is applying his wits to solving.  At some point before you kiss he may have to fence/spar* and then you will live happily ever after.
(Actually my favorites are Black Sheep where he wins through a business deal and These Old Shades where he wins through telling a story, but you know what I mean, there is always some sort of competition in which he wins.)

I quite like your fantasy (so I won't disillusion you).  My favorite so far is The Corinthian because it's funny all the way through.  I also like the mysterious ones.  Like how does she fall for this guy who's quite possibly a serial rapist (Venetia; because he's very fun conversationalist who changes his ways).

Today's:
* checked some online sources to see if they want some books I want to get rid of (no)
* made a single-page list of staples and started researching prices on the ones where I'm no longer sure of the best place to get them
* walked everywhere
* did exercise video at home
* ate my own cooking
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Post by: mm1970 on November 26, 2013, 07:08:40 PM
Didn't go shopping.  I'm out of a few things, but traffic was so bad I ran out of time.
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 26, 2013, 07:29:51 PM
First the not-so-good news:

Spent $31.51 on chocolate made here in my home town, to give to a family I will be visiting for Thanksgiving.
Spent $3.90 on coffee and a plain bagel at a local coffee shop.
Spent $5.24 on peanut butter.

Now the good news:

Used a coupon that allowed me to get one pound of free fudge along with my chocolate purchase.
Brought my own peanut butter to the coffee shop to put on their bagel (the pb they use has trans fat, I think).
Got a free refill of coffee at the coffee shop.
Charged up my laptop and my phone at the coffee shop.
Biked everywhere today.
Went to the library to get some (free) DVDs.
Cooked my own lunch/dinner.
Mailed a form in order to get reimbursed for a recent work-related trip.



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Post by: JessieImproved on November 26, 2013, 07:40:42 PM
Took a PBJ to the office.  Rockin' it elementary school style.
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Post by: Charlotte on November 27, 2013, 04:09:39 AM
Returned the extended warranty plan I bought last week. Saved $50!

Vowed never to buy an extended warranty again. Priceless!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Astromarine on November 27, 2013, 06:39:50 AM
switched back to my company's phone contract, giving me 80 bucks a month of free calls. That means I cancelled my 110 buck a month unlimited data cadillac plan I was paying for myself.

Yeah, I don't know why I didn't do that earlier either.
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Post by: ace1224 on November 27, 2013, 07:17:31 AM
drank horrid work coffee instead of buying spendy coffee bc i was out at home.  the whole point is caffeine anyways. 
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Post by: aglassman on November 27, 2013, 08:16:25 AM
drank horrid work coffee instead of buying spendy coffee bc i was out at home.  the whole point is caffeine anyways.

That's dedication.  What is it with work coffee?  Can't they just spend a few extra bucks a year to give employees some good coffee?  Every job I've ever had has had terrible terrible diesel like coffee, and powdered sadness (aka powdered creamer).

I understand in big companies where if you cut the coffee budget for the entire company, you could save a few grand, but small companies, COMMON! Only maybe a few hundred bucks MAX to make your employees morning just a  little bit nicer.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on November 27, 2013, 08:44:26 AM
decided to make scalloped potatoes from scratch instead of cheating and paying someone else to do the work...proceeded to slice the tip of my finger off on a mandolin.

On the bright side was able to stop the bleeding with essential oils and goldenseal and save time and money on a trip to the hospital...so...win?
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Post by: sunshine on November 27, 2013, 10:47:26 AM
Bought a 2 for 1 subscription as a gift.
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Post by: Elaine on November 27, 2013, 11:13:26 AM
worked out at home and as always made a home cooked meal and packed lunches for me and my SO.
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Post by: blinx7 on November 27, 2013, 01:46:25 PM

Resisted the urge to grab a coffee and sausage, egg and cheese sandwich this morning.  Ate steel cut oats and drank black tea at home.

Savings = $7.00
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Post by: Bearded Man on November 27, 2013, 06:46:48 PM
Switched to landlords insurance, which was going to cost me more, except I called the wrong insurance company by accident (clicked on goodle ad instead of the search results on my phone) and ended up saving 75%!!!

Also got my high speed internet bill cut down 40% while maintaining the same level of service.

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Post by: Russ on November 27, 2013, 07:22:25 PM
gave egg nog the middle finger at the grocery store today... gonna try and make my own, we'll see how that goes

went to the library
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Post by: Seppie on November 27, 2013, 09:06:12 PM
Finally switched auto and home insurance to a cheaper company, plus dropped comp/collision on our two old cars.  Long overdue, and our monthly cost is now less than half of what is was before.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lbdance on November 28, 2013, 01:14:43 AM
Used purely leftovers for dinner tonight. Which is great as we have visitors coming for the weekend which usually means leftovers don't get eaten.
Have planned to do a home-cooked birthday meal at the weekend (with the visitors) which saves us all going out to dinner :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on November 29, 2013, 10:31:15 AM
A couple things this week:  We have one of those nice programmable thermostats that can wake you up in a warm house, then cool down when you went to work, warm up again when you got home, cool down after you fell asleep.  Well, as I am home now during the cool period (65f) and survive, I have locked it at 65 all the time.  Gas furnace running about 86% efficiency.  56 therms used Nov 2012, 54 in Nov this year.  Running this experiment beginning in late November, I am looking forward to seeing my year to year in December.

On another note, I have a blip on my frequent shopper card that lets me buy a free BBQ chicken or Hawaiian pizza every time I am in the store until Dec 3rd.  Freezer filling up with pizza, slowly.
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Post by: dadof4 on November 29, 2013, 02:58:32 PM
Ate leftover turkey (which I got for free by consolidating trips and going over $140 at the supermarket). It turns out it CAN get even drier than it was last night :)

Changed contribution level, so I'll max out the 401k for 2013. That will also have a side effect of lowering the money collecting < 1% APR in the emergency fund, which I've also been planning to do.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lizzzi on November 29, 2013, 03:47:17 PM
Took 40-minute walk in park across road from my house, instead of going anywhere in the car. Flatly refused to do any Black Friday shopping, either online or in person.
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Post by: lizzzi on November 29, 2013, 03:54:23 PM
Took $5,000 out of face-punch bank savings account (already have enough in emergency fund) and bought VBMFX. (I already started VTSAX a week or so ago--guess I'm a boglehead now.  :D
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Post by: Charlotte on November 30, 2013, 01:48:06 AM
I'm not sure this counts....

But I bought movie tickets for myself, my sister in law and a few nephews yesterday --  $32.50
Everyone was on their own for snacks -- about $15 each! Ouch!

I did not get snacks, so I *saved* $15 ??? (my SIL offered to buy, but I am just not a snacks at the movies person).
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Post by: davisgang90 on November 30, 2013, 04:19:23 AM
Stayed home on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, made all my yummy meals from scratch.
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Post by: BZB on November 30, 2013, 06:46:12 AM
Took my sick mom to the emergency room per doctor's request (of course doctor office was closed because of day after Thanksgiving). I had enough time to prepare, so instead of buying lunch at the café near the hospital I brought a delicious turkey sandwich and other Thanksgiving leftovers. Didn't even buy a coffee. The café gave me hot water in my travel mug and I had some instant coffee. I saved about $8. And luckily mom just has a virus and hopefully will get better soon. Sadly this trip to the ER was not a money saver for her.
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Post by: nikki on November 30, 2013, 08:41:06 AM
I went to an out-of-town conference today and didn't buy anything except transportation. I packed a lunch and my water bottle, and enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner buffet I paid for in advance. Holy smokes was that amazing food, by the way. Thanksgiving done right--in South Korea!

I also left earlier than the colleagues I was chatting the night away with, skipping out on expensive (but fun) drinks and ensuring I made it home in time to make the subway (about $14 cheaper than taking a taxi from the train station).

I probably saved at least $30 just by planning ahead and making frugal choices.
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Post by: Itchin4Scratch on November 30, 2013, 09:54:51 AM
We made all of our Christmas ornaments out of craft supplies we already had instead of buying ornaments.
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Post by: Debbie M on November 30, 2013, 02:31:34 PM
* wearing a sweater, socks, and shoes instead of turning on the heat
* ate leftovers instead of eating brunch out
* transferred enough money to max out my HSA saving me 15% in taxes
* made a list of things to pack for my trip (if I don't forget anything, I don't have to buy for higher prices at my destination); found list from similar trip years ago to make it even more likely I won't forget anything important
* one of the things on that list is a list I made of things to look for at Aldi, which we will visit on the way back (there's one at the port city now, but not in my city) (and yes, we are remembering to bring our own shopping bags)
* reserved parking space near cruise port online for $5 discount; found discount code online to use for an additional $5 discount
* wrote to people I'll be working for soon to let them know I'll be out of town and away from the internet so they don't freak out if I don't answer them next week
(* remembered to take my pocket knife off my keyring so it doesn't get confiscated; then remembered I don't have to worry about that since I'm not taking a plane anywhere!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on November 30, 2013, 02:56:05 PM
I ate breakfast at home BEFORE heading to the coffee shop.  Yes, I spent $2.05 on coffee, but since my stomach was full, I was not tempted to buy any food there.  And yes, it is anti-mustachian at some level to go out for coffee, but I had been in my house for two days and needed to get out and be among people (mental health!). Also got to charge my phone and my laptop (and not heat my house) while I was at the shop.  Oh, and I found a penny on the street on the way home, so the coffee only cost $2.04.  Plus I got a free refill.
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Post by: nottoolatetostart on December 01, 2013, 04:10:09 AM
Continued eating Thanksgiving leftovers over the last few days.

For dinner last night, instead of thawing a chicken breast for dinner (costs more), made a big veggie salad so we were able to use up a few ingredients and clear out the fridge. I get twitches when my fridge is too full.

We also spent a bit of time outside raking up leaves yesterday - rather than hiring someone to do it like our neighbors have done (& my MIL suggested over Thanksgiving). Got some fresh air, a little exercise, and some family time outside while the weather was nice for a change.
We might do it again this afternoon.

Menu planning a bunch of economical, vegetarian meals while hubby is out of town for work and will avoid shopping at the store - using whatever is in the pantry.
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Post by: blinx7 on December 01, 2013, 03:48:22 PM

Wrote my wife a love letter as a birthday gift instead of buying something.
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Post by: NinetyFour on December 01, 2013, 05:38:01 PM
Did my errands by bicycle instead of with car.  After grocery shopping, my backpack was so heavy, I had to bike home and unload and then go back out again to do my last errand.
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Post by: Rural on December 01, 2013, 06:56:22 PM
Baked cookies from what I found in the pantry and freezer (banana nut oatmeal cookies with apple chunks were the result, and they're fab). Ate leftover Thanksgiving for supper, though there's still some of my homemade cranberry sauce left, so that will be going into muffins.

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Post by: C. K. on December 01, 2013, 10:03:07 PM
Suggested making a home-cooked meal with a relative who prefers eating out. I've only recently figured this out, but she equates dining at restaurants with success and homemade food with failure.

She accepted the idea b/c her funds are tight. Why are they tight? B/c half her income is gone and yet she keeps spending much of it at restaurants or on snack food at gas stations during her commute. The kicker is she doesn't even like the food at most of the places she chooses!

I mention this not to condemn her; I'm just shocked. I use this person as a reminder to scour my own motives for every single thing I do. It's frightening that you might be sabotaging yourself.
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Post by: fmzip on December 02, 2013, 10:56:04 AM
Gave my wife a french manicure with a DIY kit :)

This is my second attempt. She is pleased with the result as am I with the $$$'s saved!

Investing in a cheap magnifying glass to improve on my skills...
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Post by: anastrophe on December 02, 2013, 11:08:10 AM
Going after work to return a $20 sweater that didn't fit, I can only get store credit, but they sell socks too:)

A previous me would have let the 7-day return period lapse and then given the sweater away for free.
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Post by: NinetyFour on December 02, 2013, 11:29:53 AM
I walked to work today.  And brought lunch.

Saw a glimmer on the street at one point, and spied a penny.  When I got closer, I saw that it was surrounded by 14 OTHERS!!  Then  10 minutes later, I found another penny.  So I actually MADE 16 CENTS on my morning commute.  Yes!!
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Post by: Bigote on December 02, 2013, 05:30:47 PM
Bought a 14lb turkey for $8, roasted it, bagged it, and put it in the freezer.   Slow cooker is making stock out of the carcass as I write this. 
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Post by: Tami1982 on December 02, 2013, 05:44:18 PM
Canned 20 pints of turkey stock from the Thanksgiving bird. 
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Post by: Rural on December 02, 2013, 06:23:08 PM
Made fried hominy with leftover Thanksgiving ham for supper. Wasn't even my ham, but foisted on us by MIL because she is traveling now, right after the holiday, and didn't want leftovers.

We took our lunches, but I don't think of that as saving; we always do and always have.

Listened to audiobooks downloaded from the library for entertainment, and played board games after supper. Again, though, that's normal. We splurged this weekend on a Redbox movie which I returned in time to pay nothing (got a code online for it), but that's something we do maybe twice a year, sit up in bed together and watch a movie on a laptop (we don't own a TV).

Philosophical question: at what point do things that are usual habit stop being a case of "saving" money? For those of us who are already frugal, at some point acting more like the norm has to become wasting money, right? At that point, I'd think the frugality is the baseline, and so it can't really be considered "saving."
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MoneyCat on December 02, 2013, 06:28:02 PM
I used an Amazon.com gift card that someone gave me as a gift to buy Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews.  Using the gift card, I ended up paying a grand total of $2.73 out of my own pocket for the Christmas presents and that $2.73 was paid using my Discover card, which I will get 5% cashback on.
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Post by: hownowbrowncow on December 03, 2013, 01:01:39 AM
Took public transportation from the airport to the office today $0 vs. $45 cab
Then leaving work it was cold, rainy, I still had my luggage and the jacket I had packed was not nearly warm enough and lacked a hood.  No umbrella either :-(
I was about to order an UberX for the 1.2 mile journey home but then I borrowed an umbrella from the front desk and walked 7 mins to the bus which dropped me off two doors down from my apartment $0 vs. $8
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Post by: nottoolatetostart on December 03, 2013, 05:21:37 AM
Worked from home.

Made homemade half white/half wheat tortillas and pulled a bag of homemade refried beans out of the freezer for a quick meal of bean burritos for the next couple days.

Returned something that had been nagging at me for months. Finally, went to store to see if I could return it (even though their store policy is 30 days) and they said yes! $100 and change going back on our credit card.

Going to put a few things in our garage on Craigslist. Might even go through the garage and see if there is anything else that I never used/still in packaging that I can return for even partial credit.

Raked up 6 more bags of leaves. Figure savings of $30 for an hour of work.

Sold my old Kindle that was sitting in my drawer with a leather case on Amazon...made $68 between the 2. Probably need to sell either our tablet or my other Kindle since I don't use either one very much (have been just downloading digital books onto my PC and flipping through them there).

I did get a small diet coke from McD's though...bad!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on December 03, 2013, 08:36:17 AM
I walked to work today.  And brought lunch.

Saw a glimmer on the street at one point, and spied a penny.  When I got closer, I saw that it was surrounded by 14 OTHERS!!  Then  10 minutes later, I found another penny.  So I actually MADE 16 CENTS on my morning commute.  Yes!!

Great score. Finding pennies makes my day!
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Post by: reginna on December 03, 2013, 08:37:51 AM
I used an Amazon.com gift card that someone gave me as a gift to buy Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews.  Using the gift card, I ended up paying a grand total of $2.73 out of my own pocket for the Christmas presents and that $2.73 was paid using my Discover card, which I will get 5% cashback on.

Money maker! Nice
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Post by: CNM on December 03, 2013, 08:53:10 AM
This past weekend we cancelled cable TV.  We only had the most basic plan, $18/mo, but we hate comcast.  We were able to buy an antenna for $40 and we installed it on Sunday.  Ta-da!  We actually get more channels with the antenna then we did with basic cable. 
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Post by: badassprof on December 03, 2013, 10:02:08 AM
drank horrid work coffee instead of buying spendy coffee bc i was out at home.  the whole point is caffeine anyways.

That's dedication.  What is it with work coffee?  Can't they just spend a few extra bucks a year to give employees some good coffee?  Every job I've ever had has had terrible terrible diesel like coffee, and powdered sadness (aka powdered creamer).

I understand in big companies where if you cut the coffee budget for the entire company, you could save a few grand, but small companies, COMMON! Only maybe a few hundred bucks MAX to make your employees morning just a  little bit nicer.

Of course, ironically, we're talking about how to save money with small things :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: yyc-phil on December 03, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
Yesterday, I spent money, so I could save money. In order to make my winter bicycle commute bearable (I can't use the word enjoyable) in Yellowknife where winter temperatures go as low as -40 without windchill factor, I must dress properly. But proper winter biking gear is expensive so thanks to our local trade board (like Craiglist and Kijiji), I got myself a $500 Trek bike for $100, a pair of like-new $240 Scarpa hiking boots for $50 and a $300 North Face tech jacket for $60. With gas prices at $1.40 a litre here, I am saving a lot of money by being car-free, while doing my cardio workout on the bike which saves me the cost of a gym membership.
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Post by: 4alpacas on December 03, 2013, 12:05:04 PM
I forgot to pack my lunch, so I ate a can of soup and crackers that I keep in my office.
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Post by: reginna on December 03, 2013, 12:10:58 PM
Yesterday, I spent money, so I could save money. In order to make my winter bicycle commute bearable (I can't use the word enjoyable) in Yellowknife where winter temperatures go as low as -40 without windchill factor, I must dress properly. But proper winter biking gear is expensive so thanks to our local trade board (like Craiglist and Kijiji), I got myself a $500 Trek bike for $100, a pair of like-new $240 Scarpa hiking boots for $50 and a $300 North Face tech jacket for $60. With gas prices at $1.40 a litre here, I am saving a lot of money by being car-free, while doing my cardio workout on the bike which saves me the cost of a gym membership.

Great scores and just being outside at -40 makes you completely badass!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: huadpe on December 03, 2013, 12:25:10 PM
Yesterday, I spent money, so I could save money. In order to make my winter bicycle commute bearable (I can't use the word enjoyable) in Yellowknife where winter temperatures go as low as -40 without windchill factor, I must dress properly. But proper winter biking gear is expensive so thanks to our local trade board (like Craiglist and Kijiji), I got myself a $500 Trek bike for $100, a pair of like-new $240 Scarpa hiking boots for $50 and a $300 North Face tech jacket for $60. With gas prices at $1.40 a litre here, I am saving a lot of money by being car-free, while doing my cardio workout on the bike which saves me the cost of a gym membership.

Great scores and just being outside at -40 makes you completely badass!

Living in Yellowknife in general is pretty badass.  What brought you all the way up there?
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Post by: yyc-phil on December 03, 2013, 12:45:41 PM
Yesterday, I spent money, so I could save money. In order to make my winter bicycle commute bearable (I can't use the word enjoyable) in Yellowknife where winter temperatures go as low as -40 without windchill factor, I must dress properly. But proper winter biking gear is expensive so thanks to our local trade board (like Craiglist and Kijiji), I got myself a $500 Trek bike for $100, a pair of like-new $240 Scarpa hiking boots for $50 and a $300 North Face tech jacket for $60. With gas prices at $1.40 a litre here, I am saving a lot of money by being car-free, while doing my cardio workout on the bike which saves me the cost of a gym membership.

Great scores and just being outside at -40 makes you completely badass!

Living in Yellowknife in general is pretty badass.  What brought you all the way up there?

I spent the first 10 years of my life with my feet in the blue Mediterranean sea, dreaming about living among the "Eskimos", eventually realizing my dream. I worked and lived in the Canadian Arctic since graduating as an environmental scientist in 1982...In 2009 I changed careers to become a flight attendant (another of my dream, yes, I had every little girl's dream job LOL), but a month ago went back to my original career in Yellowknife, just in time for winter...Not sure what I was thinking, it must have been altitude sickness...Now I am just dreaming of the Mediterranean and the smell of grilled sardines...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on December 04, 2013, 06:52:21 PM
Avoided a $700 auto repair bill to replace a leaking seal ($685 labor, $15 parts).  On the way to the shop to get the service done, I started thinking about how the car is already 13 years old and it isn't leaking really fast (a quart every few months).  There's decent odds we will sell the car in a few years when Mrs. RootofGood quits working.  It will be a good purchase for a shadetree mechanic (honda accord, runs well other than the oil leak, 1 owner, 150k miles). 

We may eventually have to spend the $$$ to fix the leak if it gets worse.  For now it's fine. 

So I diverted from going to the auto shop and picked up 2 20 packs of batteries at officemax for free (well, I had to pay tax only on them).  And bought a couple quarts of oil. 

Yesterday I dropped the comprehensive coverage for our cars.  Saved another $50 on insurance.  I feel dumb not dropping it a few years ago. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Norrie on December 04, 2013, 07:32:22 PM
We've been really retentive about making all meals and snacks at home, which is a bit place that we used to hemorrhage money. Today we were out of leftovers and I didn't have time to put anything together before work, so I had a hearty breakfast at home, had a snack at work, and then just skipped lunch and had an early dinner. I'm not usually one for skipping a meal, but I realized that missing one meal was not going to hurt me, and that the grumbling belly would be a good reminder to think ahead in the future.

And it was a total miracle, but I survived until I got home and was able to have dinner.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on December 05, 2013, 09:43:21 AM
Did errands on my bike this morning.  And again, I MADE money while doing so.  Found a quarter and 4 pennies in the street.  And my errands did not involve spending money, so, so far today, I am PLUS $.29 !!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CNM on December 05, 2013, 09:48:56 AM
We've been really retentive about making all meals and snacks at home, which is a bit place that we used to hemorrhage money. Today we were out of leftovers and I didn't have time to put anything together before work, so I had a hearty breakfast at home, had a snack at work, and then just skipped lunch and had an early dinner. I'm not usually one for skipping a meal, but I realized that missing one meal was not going to hurt me, and that the grumbling belly would be a good reminder to think ahead in the future.

And it was a total miracle, but I survived until I got home and was able to have dinner.

I get caught like this, too, sometimes.  I keep a stash of canned soup for these emergencies.  In fact, I'm having a can of soup for lunch today because I didn't make a large enough dinner last night to have leftovers!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on December 05, 2013, 06:21:43 PM
Made crockpot stew with leftover turkey and homemade broth (from the freeer, not left out since Thanksgiving), plus veggies and barley. Made an apple cobbler for a work party and muffins for us using up the leftover cranberry sauce. Worked from home while it all cooked, saving gas.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on December 05, 2013, 06:22:03 PM
I forgot to bring my usual snack of mandarins to work, so I suppose I'm saving money by not eating as much!

For breakfast, I had french toast, which used up the rest of my stale bread (including the butt).

And yesterday, some of my students surprised me with a box of Korean snacks as a going-away gift (in a couple  months, but still! SO SWEET!).

So my savings today involve eating less, eating thoughtfully, and being gifted edible treats.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on December 08, 2013, 02:36:37 PM
sharpened my kitchen knives and pocketknife by myself instead of sending them out. Been doing this for a while, but I did it today too so I thought I'd share!
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Post by: fmzip on December 08, 2013, 06:26:03 PM
Opened up the back of my watch myself. Ordered a $1.60 battery off Ebay.

Normally, this is a trip to the mall and a $30 bill (premium for the Movado nameplate!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on December 08, 2013, 08:59:39 PM
Biked to the ice rink and back.  I'm not sure how cold it was on the way there, but on the way home it was about 5 degrees F.  My hockey teammates thought I was crazy stupid.  (But I actually think their practice of drinking beers and then driving home after the games is crazy stupid.)

And I still have the same half tank of gasoline I ended up with the last time I drove my truck--on Thanksgiving day.  I don't plan to drive it again until December 19th, when I will be heading out of town.  I love not being a clown car driver!!
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Post by: NW Girl on December 08, 2013, 09:55:07 PM
Today was my son's 9th birthday and he wanted a Minecraft-themed birthday cake.  Instead of custom ordering from a bakery, we did some Internet research and created one together with brownies and coconut frosting colored green, rice krispie treats, and licorice TNT.  My son hand drew creepers and other characters and we pinned them around the cake with toothpicks.  It turned out not professional quality, but cute, and we had a fun time creating it together! 

Also, today I finalized details in renting out our townhouse to some friend's parents over Christmas for a few days...which should pay for all of our modest Christmas and maybe even some of next month's mortgage. 
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Post by: MicroRN on December 08, 2013, 11:43:37 PM
I had a baby shower to go to, and no wrapping paper in the house.  Rather than buy some, I remembered I had a stack of receiving blankets in my fabric stash.  I picked out one and wrapped up the present furoshiki style.  It looked super cute, cleared some clutter, cost nothing (unless you consider the long-ago sunk cost of the blanket), didn't put more trash into the landfill, and gave the mom-to-be another blanket to use.  Instead of getting a specific card, I used one of my generic stationary cards.  Love giving people presents, but I hate wasting money on wrapping and cards.

I had leftover spinach-garlic-brie dip, and tossed it with leftover plain pasta for dinner.     
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: AtlStash on December 09, 2013, 12:23:24 PM
I forgot to pack my lunch, so I ate a can of soup and crackers that I keep in my office.

That is a great idea. Keep a can of soup or something in the office if needed so I don't need to go out to eat if I forget my lunch. It is like an little badassity insurance.
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Post by: 4alpacas on December 09, 2013, 12:34:17 PM
I forgot to pack my lunch, so I ate a can of soup and crackers that I keep in my office.

That is a great idea. Keep a can of soup or something in the office if needed so I don't need to go out to eat if I forget my lunch. It is like an little badassity insurance.

I had a can of soup for lunch today!  I also had a granola bar for breakfast from my office food stash. 

Another inexpensive (and more filling) option are the Trader Joe's packets.  They come in cardboard boxes.  I like to use them while camping (toss the packet in boiling water to cook it), and I had a few left over.  I'm a big fan of the juniper vegetables and the red curry. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on December 09, 2013, 12:43:58 PM

Another inexpensive (and more filling) option are the Trader Joe's packets.  They come in cardboard boxes.  I like to use them while camping (toss the packet in boiling water to cook it), and I had a few left over.  I'm a big fan of the juniper vegetables and the red curry.

Costco sells TastyBite Indian food, 4-6 envelopes in a box.  Love the Channa Masala, but the madras lentils are good too.  It comes to about 0.75-1.00/packet.  I try to keep one in my locker at work in case I forget food.  It's better with rice or naan, but perfectly acceptable alone. 
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Post by: MoneyCat on December 09, 2013, 12:48:10 PM
After buying gifts for my nieces and nephews, I needed to buy Christmas gifts for my parents, brothers, and sisters and I decided to get everyone gift cards since my family is kind of struggling.  I bought the gift cards from Amazon.com using my Discover card so I got 5% cashback on everything, then I cashed out the cashback I saved up on the card over the past couple of months to pay for the purchases.  In essence, I paid nothing for the gift cards and got an additional 5% back on the purchase.  Discover is one of my favorite credit cards.
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Post by: ichangedmyname on December 09, 2013, 01:31:35 PM
Took the bus from the Hilton instead of a taxi.
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Post by: judgemebymyusername on December 09, 2013, 01:34:51 PM
Swapped out our kitchen incandescent lights with LED's. They are the most used lights in our house.
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Post by: aglassman on December 09, 2013, 04:19:48 PM
Shoveled 6'' of snow rather than using the snow blower.
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Post by: nikki on December 09, 2013, 05:24:21 PM
This morning I put my breakfast plain yogurt in an "empty" jam jar to scoop up all of the last bits of blueberry jam I could.

Now that I'm out of jam, I'm going to experiment with some strawberry syrup left over from making ice cream with my students this past summer. It's not the healthiest, but I need to use up what's in my fridge before I move at the end of February!
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Post by: BlueMR2 on December 09, 2013, 05:53:33 PM
Today I took a half day off work, which let me make 3 out of my 4 errands into a walking trip.  Still needed the car for the first one though.  Was tempted to do a biking trip, but we've got patchy ice under the snow.  I enjoy biking in the snow, and don't mind on the ice on the backroads, but I had to take main roads...
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Post by: NinetyFour on December 09, 2013, 05:58:30 PM
I walked to work (not out of the ordinary)  this morning in sub-zero (F) temps.  It was awesome.  Left work at about 5pm. A colleague offered to drive me home.  I declined, though it was nice of her.  On the way home, I found 2 quarters on a trail.  Boy am I glad I didn't take that clown car ride!!
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Post by: Samsam on December 09, 2013, 06:00:33 PM
Today I was forced to save money....The hair dresser cut my hair shorter than it has ever been...that's like +3 mo more time than usual I have until I need to go back....haha
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Post by: NinetyFour on December 09, 2013, 06:26:35 PM
Hmm...even cheaper to cut it yourself!!
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Post by: mm1970 on December 09, 2013, 08:06:42 PM
Yesterday - did not drive anywhere.  Walked to the grocery store when I needed to go (3 miles RT).  Didn't even shower (sorry if TMI, saved water!)

Today - did not drive anywhere.  Baby home sick.  Walked to the store again (out of milk) and walked to school to pick up my older son instead of driving (0.75 miles each way to school).  Normally I have two stops to pick up 4 kids after work, but the neighbors are on a trip for the next 2 weeks so it seemed silly to drive.

Of course, my husband had jury duty today so he's making up for my driving.
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Post by: Bruised_Pepper on December 09, 2013, 08:24:30 PM
I died.  That knocked out most of my bills right there. 
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Post by: mm31 on December 09, 2013, 10:49:28 PM
baked bread again.

kept thermostat at 56F to save on gas.
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Post by: Ian on December 09, 2013, 11:10:56 PM
Question for people in this thread: how many days out of an average month do you spend no money?

Now, obviously you'll use up some things that cost money (unless you don't eat or use electricity). I just mean making a purchase in some form.
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Post by: nikki on December 09, 2013, 11:35:36 PM
Question for people in this thread: how many days out of an average month do you spend no money?

Now, obviously you'll use up some things that cost money (unless you don't eat or use electricity). I just mean making a purchase in some form.

Days per month I gave no money to someone:

October: 10/31 = 32.2%
November: 15/30 = 50%
December so far: 8/10 = 80%

October included two out-of-town trips, so maybe it's not exactly an average month. November seems about average, though. I don't have a car or a bike, so all of my errands are handled on foot. Maybe that means I make more frequent trips? I don't know! I bought food (and cranberry juice once) 7 different days in November. Put money on my transportation card 3 times. Health check-up (for a job--just need the documentation) and birth control purchase on different days. Post office a couple times. Daiso (dollar store kinda place) for dish detergent. Nothing crazy here, but the frequency is high.
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Post by: anastrophe on December 10, 2013, 10:09:34 AM
Going after work to return a $20 sweater that didn't fit, I can only get store credit, but they sell socks too:)

A previous me would have let the 7-day return period lapse and then given the sweater away for free.

Update: I am wearing the new socks today and they are wonderful, cozy, and warm. Much better than the sweater I returned. It's silly, but my toes feel smug.
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Post by: CNM on December 10, 2013, 11:24:23 AM
Today I brought my lunch and I submitted a medical receipt for reimbursement from my employer.
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Post by: Maltipoomoney on December 10, 2013, 11:50:15 AM
Bruised Pepper, that is badass. You are amazing. I just added my teen daughter to my policy; so I am going the wrong way .....
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Post by: TrMama on December 10, 2013, 12:03:49 PM
Tis the season of secret santa gift exchanges. Oh how I hate these. However, my kids' Girl Guide troupes are each doing one as part of their Christmas parties. I really didn't want to buy a toy, but I also didn't want to not have my kids participate. I figured out that we can just wrap up a book from the girls extensive collection and call it good.

$20 saved.

Also, biked to work in the snow. I think that saves $10 in gas.
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Post by: anastrophe on December 10, 2013, 12:16:12 PM
I died.  That knocked out most of my bills right there.

Except I'm not sure "death" counts as small, and this is the small things thread;)

Hopefully you did not actually die?
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Post by: reginna on December 10, 2013, 12:38:56 PM
Passed on to someone else the seed catalogs that have started arriving. My kryptonite!
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Post by: Samsam on December 10, 2013, 02:43:39 PM
Hmm...even cheaper to cut it yourself!!

When I am no longer customer facing I definitely plan to do this :) 
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Post by: pachnik on December 10, 2013, 08:47:43 PM
We went to the wine-making place and ordered a batch of 31 bottles for $162.00.  Each bottle costs $5.22 compared to the cost of wine in the liquor store - between $8.50 and $10.00 - here in British Columbia.

If you've never done it, the wine is pretty good and bottling it, putting the corks in and the labels on is quite fun.
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Post by: senecando on December 10, 2013, 09:06:58 PM
gave egg nog the middle finger at the grocery store today... gonna try and make my own, we'll see how that goes

http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/we-made-dwight-eisenhower-s-eggnog-20131210

This sounds like a good place to start. I've wanted to make it before.
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Post by: Bruised_Pepper on December 10, 2013, 09:26:10 PM
I died.  That knocked out most of my bills right there.

Except I'm not sure "death" counts as small, and this is the small things thread;)

Hopefully you did not actually die?

In the grand view of the world, each one of our lives is insignificant; thus, it is but a small thing to die.

Yes, I am actually dead.  I found out that you don't even have to buy food after you die.  Who knew!?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: anastrophe on December 11, 2013, 07:10:53 AM

In the grand view of the world, each one of our lives is insignificant; thus, it is but a small thing to die.

Yes, I am actually dead.  I found out that you don't even have to buy food after you die.  Who knew!?

True.

And yet you are able to post on forums! Amazing. Surely you have no more need for financial advice, or does the afterlife have markets too?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on December 11, 2013, 08:19:46 AM
^ I've heard the market on soul futures is pretty hot right now
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Post by: Russ on December 11, 2013, 08:24:56 AM
gave egg nog the middle finger at the grocery store today... gonna try and make my own, we'll see how that goes

http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/we-made-dwight-eisenhower-s-eggnog-20131210

This sounds like a good place to start. I've wanted to make it before.

I just made some recipe off allrecipes... it was alright, pretty eggy which is good I guess. Presidential eggnog (so much bourbon holy smokes) sounds excellent.
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Post by: RootofGood on December 11, 2013, 04:42:51 PM
Question for people in this thread: how many days out of an average month do you spend no money?

Now, obviously you'll use up some things that cost money (unless you don't eat or use electricity). I just mean making a purchase in some form.

Probably half the days or more.  I might hit 2 grocery stores during the week. 

Today I spent nothing other than buying something for $2 online that I will make $27 off of without spending any extra money. 
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Post by: nikki on December 11, 2013, 04:59:39 PM
This is the fourth day wearing the same shirt and third day wearing the same pants and cardigan to work. Monday-Wednesday were testing days, so I got to go home around noon each day after sitting here doing nothing and seeing no one. Today I *might* actually see students...? I'll probably wear the same clothes tomorrow, too, just for fun.

And no, I'm not stinky!

Last night I ordered pizza, which is the exact opposite of this thread. No regrets!
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Post by: Miss Scribbles on December 11, 2013, 05:13:05 PM
I scheduled a cut-off date for my cable.  I am paid through December 22, so I schedule the cut-off for that day.  This will save me approximately $90 per month.  Comcast has trained their CS phone terriers to never let go of their prey, but I was able to convince Thomas in Minnesota that I really didn't need cable.  Lordy, it took 20 minutes of saying no to all of the alternative offers!

I also stayed home from work today, and am making a large batch of corn chowder to take to work in the next few days.  (am freezing some as well). 

Last week a friend helped me get my antiquated pellet stove running, so I have shut off the electric furnace today and am heating with pellets. 

I also downloaded an app for selling items locally--Offer Up--and I am now going through items to sell.

I LOVE becoming a Mustaschian--I finally feel empowered and in control of my finances.

And I am so glad to be on this forum.

Best to all,
Miss Scribbles
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Post by: acroy on December 12, 2013, 01:46:04 PM
got cheaper Internet service - $33/mo instead of $53. Options are limited, that's the best we could do without going to slow dial-up or dsl.
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Post by: ArcticaMT6 on December 12, 2013, 02:09:27 PM
got cheaper Internet service - $33/mo instead of $53. Options are limited, that's the best we could do without going to slow dial-up or dsl.

We dropped down to DSL when we bought our house this summer. Dropped us down to $20/month. I really don't notice the speed difference much. Watching some videos takes a bit more time to load sometimes, but usually it's not bad.
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Post by: anastrophe on December 12, 2013, 02:14:55 PM
got cheaper Internet service - $33/mo instead of $53. Options are limited, that's the best we could do without going to slow dial-up or dsl.

Last place I lived we could only get DSL. It was fine as long as you didn't want to game (I don't).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: acroy on December 13, 2013, 08:24:24 AM
got cheaper Internet service - $33/mo instead of $53. Options are limited, that's the best we could do without going to slow dial-up or dsl.

We dropped down to DSL when we bought our house this summer. Dropped us down to $20/month. I really don't notice the speed difference much. Watching some videos takes a bit more time to load sometimes, but usually it's not bad.
as far as I could tell, I could only get DSL if I have a phone line also, which added up to 35-40/mo. No home phone here... Is this your case as well?
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Post by: AccidentalMiser on December 13, 2013, 08:38:55 AM
Killed my iPad internet, we rarely use it.

Brought my own cheap costco coffee to refill my little reusable keurig cups for the workgroup's machine.

Carpooled to work with my son.
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Post by: anastrophe on December 13, 2013, 12:00:56 PM

as far as I could tell, I could only get DSL if I have a phone line also, which added up to 35-40/mo. No home phone here... Is this your case as well?

Ask them about "dry loop" or "standalone" DSL. It is technically possible though I don't think Verizon sells it anymore.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ArcticaMT6 on December 13, 2013, 01:30:48 PM
got cheaper Internet service - $33/mo instead of $53. Options are limited, that's the best we could do without going to slow dial-up or dsl.

We dropped down to DSL when we bought our house this summer. Dropped us down to $20/month. I really don't notice the speed difference much. Watching some videos takes a bit more time to load sometimes, but usually it's not bad.
as far as I could tell, I could only get DSL if I have a phone line also, which added up to 35-40/mo. No home phone here... Is this your case as well?

Not here. Century Link is $25/month, but if you bundle your mobile phone with them (on Verizon, which we have), it goes down to $20/month.
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Post by: MoneyCat on December 13, 2013, 02:01:25 PM
I study martial arts (expensive hobby, but I love it and I've done it for years now), but instead of renewing at my old school in a nearby town, I've enrolled at a local school down the street instead.  Not only is the tuition cheaper, but the school is only 0.4 miles from my new house, so I can ride my bike or walk to class.  In addition, the new school is part of a much bigger national martial arts association than the old school, which means that my belt achievements will transfer to many other schools and I can participate in more tournaments, plus the new school is allowing me to continue from my current belt level instead of starting over at white belt.  :-)
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Post by: ShortInSeattle on December 13, 2013, 05:30:16 PM
Stopped by the cobbler to have some hard caps put on the heels of my boots. Should extend the useful life by 6mo or more. $3.50

:)
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Post by: annaraven on December 14, 2013, 01:07:46 AM
Used a coupon to finally buy something I've been waiting to go on sale, and got an additional 25% off the sale price. Dropped by the pet food store on my way home from an errand and stocked up on buy3get1free pet food. (I only go there when it's part of other errands as it's not nearby.) And logged it all on YNAB so I'll know where my money is going.

I also started another batch of sourdough bread for tomorrow. And made dinner using my canned eggplant from this summer.
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Post by: shamelessHedon on December 14, 2013, 02:05:30 AM
Made an appt to sit down with hubby and dig into our numbeers. Communication is half the battle.
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Post by: Capsu78 on December 14, 2013, 01:56:27 PM
A (money losing) long standing Chicago area foodchain Dominicks (aquired by Safeway) is exiting the market.  They have sold a dozen of their most profitable locations, but the rest are closing Dec 28.  My wife went to 2 of them and worked the 50% off everything pretty effectively.  We spent around $400 for $800 of the normal staples we regularly buy, replenishing our main and 2 back up pantries with items we regularly use anyway.  We have a mini Costco going on down in the basement that represents at least 2 or 3 rotations of mostly everything we use.

PS Yes, I was laughed at by my kids for prepping for Y2K.  I have 2 secondary storage locations in addition to the kitchen pantry.  After much discussion of rotation, the only things that go to the basement are items that match our kitchen pantry items- nothing fru fru that is not on the weekly normal monthly menu.
 
We could shelter in place pretty effectivily so long as I didn't lose the house.   The kids may laugh, but when I can pull out just about any battery for the grandkids toys, they see the value!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 15, 2013, 02:07:31 AM
A (money losing) long standing Chicago area foodchain Dominicks (aquired by Safeway) is exiting the market.  They have sold a dozen of their most profitable locations, but the rest are closing Dec 28.  My wife went to 2 of them and worked the 50% off everything pretty effectively.  We spent around $400 for $800 of the normal staples we regularly buy, replenishing our main and 2 back up pantries with items we regularly use anyway.  We have a mini Costco going on down in the basement that represents at least 2 or 3 rotations of mostly everything we use.

PS Yes, I was laughed at by my kids for prepping for Y2K.  I have 2 secondary storage locations in addition to the kitchen pantry.  After much discussion of rotation, the only things that go to the basement are items that match our kitchen pantry items- nothing fru fru that is not on the weekly normal monthly menu.
 
We could shelter in place pretty effectivily so long as I didn't lose the house.   The kids may laugh, but when I can pull out just about any battery for the grandkids toys, they see the value!

I was laughed at for prepping for Y2K also. After Sandy and Katrina, I think people don't laugh quite so much.
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Post by: nikki on December 15, 2013, 02:36:50 AM
I skipped my language exchange to take a relaxation break today, saving me public transit fares.

I made vegetable stock with scraps I collected in my freezer. I'll use this to make a big pot of vegetable soup tomorrow; I'll eat some and freeze the rest for dinners later on.

I cut up some overripe persimmons and mixed them with sugar and plain yogurt. While it wasn't the greatest, I finished it and felt good about less waste.

I'm about to make tortillas, which I'll eat with bell peppers, rice, and salsa because I don't have any meat.

I started a journal on the MMM forums, which will probably end up saving me money somehow in the future: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/journals/nikki's-journal/
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on December 15, 2013, 07:12:26 AM
Went to a friend's house for a dinner party last night.  If I had driven, the distance would have been about 12 miles (one way).  However, the host's house is only about 4 miles from mine via an old 4WD type of road that is now off limits to vehicular traffic.  So I chose to walk to his house via the old road.  It was light when I started at 4:30, but I got to see the sky turn pink and then dark.  On the way home, the moon was shining brightly on the snow.  It was a beautiful night.  The other dinner guests were quite worried that I would be devoured by a mountain lion.

Got some great exercise, had a wonderful experience, and yes, saved some money.
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Post by: mm1970 on December 15, 2013, 10:27:42 AM
Well, this was  yesterday.  My company holiday party was last night.  They scheduled it at the last minute, but luckily a friend volunteered to babysit for free.

But the hard part - what to wear?  It wasn't formal or anything but I really didn't want to wear the same jeans that I wear to work.  But here's the thing...I don't have much else that fits.  I am 30 pounds from getting back into my pre-baby clothing and I really don't want to spend money on new clothing.

I bought a thrift store skirt last year and wore it to the party.  But I learned soon when I sat down that the length (about 2 inches above the knee) doesn't really work for my post-40, post 2nd-baby body. 

I hate shopping.  Alternatives were wearing jeans, buying tights (shopping), or buying something else to wear that I would probably only wear once or twice.

But I went with a different option.  I am a quilter and I have quite a bit of fabric.  I dug out a bunch of black fabrics with different patterns on them (cotton) and my husband and I voted.  In about an hour, I managed to sew on a little ruffle to the bottom, adding about 6 inches to the length.  It came out great and was FREE.  I like it so much I'll probably wear it to my husband's party (which is "formal", but hey, it's California, skirt and blouse will have to do).

I attached a pic...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Siamond on December 15, 2013, 12:18:18 PM
Tuned my Amazon subscribe & save subscriptions to benefit from a couple of coupons, and selected a few products with a better price/quantity than the ones we had previously selected...

Although I screwed up things a tad as I had not paid attention that the deadline for the next delivery was... yesterday, so changing my mind today on some items pushed the next delivery to January... Oh well, life is a learning process.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 15, 2013, 12:33:00 PM
Stopped at a garage sale yesterday and picked up some emergency supplies (a butane burner and 3 canisters) for $10. That'll allow us to safely cook indoors if there's an earthquake or other power outage.  (That saves me money compared to the ones I was looking at.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on December 15, 2013, 01:32:06 PM
Planned meals at least through tomorrow, putting off shopping until Tuesday at least.

Also, yesterday, retrieved my bread machine which I'd loaned years ago to my mother but which she'd quit using and put in the attic. Should save some while giving us healthier bread.
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Post by: NV Teacher on December 15, 2013, 06:38:38 PM
I stayed home.  Too many temptations in the stores.  I didn't even go grocery shopping.
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Post by: centwise on December 15, 2013, 08:03:20 PM

I spent an hour shovelling snow, instead of going to my usual fitness class. I didn't do it to save money; I did it because I really only had time to do one or the other, and the shovelling had to be done.

So I saved the $6.50 drop-in fee for the fitness class. But, do you know what's even cooler than that? I had a much better-than-usual attitude toward shovelling! I banished my complainypants wah-wah about having to do it, and instead appreciated every minute of the awesome upper-body workout I was getting. What a great Jedi mind trick to pull on myself. The mustachian way is awesome.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 15, 2013, 08:15:07 PM
I asked DH (dear husband): "What do you want for dinner"
DH: "How about we go to a steakhouse"
Me: "How about I thaw out a couple of steaks and grill them here?"

I then walked over to the local Sprouts and bought 99cent lettuce (which I used less than half of) and 2 for $1 radishes, carried it home in my backpack, and made a lovely salad with homemade dressing with ingredients I already own (including the herbs I grow with an aquaponic setup). Bread was a par-baked loaf from the freezer. Wine was a bottle we bought on sale a while ago.

Overall - dinner maybe cost $25 including wine, steaks, salad and bread. If I'd managed to make bread in time (sourdough takes longer), it would have been a bit less (bread costs around $2.50 to $3 for a decent loaf).   

Homemade sourdough is rising now for tomorrow. I plan to make homemade pasta for dinner. Flour is cheap!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CT on December 15, 2013, 11:32:23 PM
Yesterday we went to a Church Christmas Dinner.  There were 8 hams left over that they offered to whoever wanted them.  I watched a bit while people refused them.  Then I said I'd take a small one.  I knew right then we'd be having scrambled eggs, pancakes & ham for dinner--something we rarely have (the double expense of eggs & meat in the same meal).  Before making it I sliced it a little on the thin side and there is enough for a second meal.  I also rescued from the garbage, some Christmas bows that were used as decorations at the dinner.  There were empty spots on my tree this year that the bows filled perfectly.
Made my own ear infection preventative for the dog with 1 cup each water & apple cider vinegar & 5 drops tea tree oil--put it in a spray bottle & just mist once a week. It is an anti fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial.
Also--again this year all the gifts I give will be homemade. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on December 16, 2013, 12:23:37 AM
Stopped by the cobbler to get caps put on the heels of my new boots (to extend life) for $3.50.

Score.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: kaetana on December 16, 2013, 03:01:07 AM
- I went to turn on the AC in my car coming home from the train station today, thought better of it, and put down the windows instead. Got to drive home with the wind in my hair - even better than AC!
- My husband and I shopped around for car insurance and got it lowered by $50 a month just by switching to a cheaper one - a saving of $600/year!
- It was a really hot day, but we resisted from turning on the AC at home and used a fan + open windows instead.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Debbie M on December 16, 2013, 10:01:22 AM
I have had the bad cold (with fever) that's been going around.  To get well ASAP, I have been resting a lot.  That means fewer trips out of the house.  When I do get energy, I use it for showers, dishes, or laundry.

I still have to go to work (temp job with no benefits, mostly in secluded office), but I've been taking the bus (free with work ID) and bringing my lunch.  Sometimes lunch is canned ravioli--not as cheap or healthy as my own cooking, but much cheaper than going out, even to a $2 place.

I've also been working on a new kind of price list.  I made a list of just staples--things I use repeatedly and that can all fit on one page.  I am confirming which of the stores I visit sell each thing the cheapest.  Then I will make a new copy of that list organized by store so I can stock up on appropriate things.  Two things motivated me to do this.  One is that I found out that my old sources for shade-grown chocolate chips and cocoa are, by far, no longer the best-priced or tastiest options.  The other is that a Trader Joe's has just opened in my town--and they have the best price for growth-hormone-free dairy items and organic salad.  When I'm done, I will have a smaller, easier-to-maintain list that should help me better keep up with the times.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ian on December 16, 2013, 07:38:12 PM
Instead of buying new school supplies, I just sorted through the jungle of random junk in all the cabinets in the English room. Turns out we already have everything we need, gathering dust in forgotten drawers. We have no less than fourteen unused rolls of tape.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 16, 2013, 10:08:38 PM
Today, I made bread. And had the pool pump turned to winter hours (fewer hours), and adjusted the watering system for the front to winter watering.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ArcticaMT6 on December 17, 2013, 12:09:25 AM
Our water heater went out last night. Went to look at it today and it was throwing the lights that indicate it detected flammable vapors. Painting in the garage with the door closed with oil based paint set it off I guess. Rather than call a HVAC technician, I was able to reset it myself using 5 min of google and save a bunch of money on the service call. I guess my model of water heater is prone to doing that pretty easily.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: shamelessHedon on December 17, 2013, 08:41:32 AM
Cut and colored my own hair.

Just waiting to rinse. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: captainawesome on December 17, 2013, 09:01:21 AM
Applied for the work sponsored Transit pass, which covers public transportation on the light rail and ferry system in the area.  This will reduce my commute to 7 miles one way (to the light rail station) down from 15 miles.  Working on getting a road/hybrid bike instead of my mountain bike so I can bike to the rail station, which will have me only driving once a week to grad school.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on December 17, 2013, 09:46:39 AM
Okay, so it was yesterday, but I went to Goodwill on my lunch hour to get a $4 picture frame; it's for a print I bought for our book club gift exchange. Usually I avoid gift exchanges (big waste of time and money + adds more junk to your home, amirite?!), but the theme was "book-related but NOT a book" and I found these awesome author/quote prints made by a guy on Etsy for $15. Gonna spray paint the frame black and it will look awesome. I figured if someone gave me a rolled-up print it would sit in my house for at least 6 months before I got around to it... this way the recipient can hang it right away. The trip also reminded me I need to go to this particular Goodwill more often as it is super organized and has a lot of good shit!

Then I came back to work and ate my delicious leftovers :) and today I will walk home at lunch to eat some more leftovers that are in the freezer. Mmmm, beef paprikash :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: AtlStash on December 17, 2013, 12:13:27 PM
Our water heater went out last night. Went to look at it today and it was throwing the lights that indicate it detected flammable vapors. Painting in the garage with the door closed with oil based paint set it off I guess. Rather than call a HVAC technician, I was able to reset it myself using 5 min of google and save a bunch of money on the service call. I guess my model of water heater is prone to doing that pretty easily.

 
 That is actually not a bad thing that your water heater shut down when it detected flammable vapors. It beats an explosion or fire.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on December 17, 2013, 01:36:44 PM
Saving the family potential medical bills and time not spent in clinic waiting rooms by fortifying our bodies from this cold virus that's going around.

A smoothie of green, leafy vegetables, lemon and fruit - vitamin-rich liquids to course through your body faster than having to masticate the stuff yourself.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Debbie M on December 17, 2013, 01:43:59 PM
I haven't had lasagna in several years and have been fantasizing about it for a couple of weeks, asking myself to use what I have instead, etc. Today I was still craving lasagne-made-by-someone-who-is-not-me. My grocer pointed me to a lovely frozen option -but for $13. I looked further and found one for $7 -bonus is that it's half the size of the first, so less pasta will land in our tummies! My son and I can share it tomorrow and I can again be free of lasagna obsessions.

I make baked ziti when I'm in the mood for lasagna without cooking forever.  Except I use some cheaper pasta, in whole wheat.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ArcticaMT6 on December 17, 2013, 02:22:50 PM
Our water heater went out last night. Went to look at it today and it was throwing the lights that indicate it detected flammable vapors. Painting in the garage with the door closed with oil based paint set it off I guess. Rather than call a HVAC technician, I was able to reset it myself using 5 min of google and save a bunch of money on the service call. I guess my model of water heater is prone to doing that pretty easily.

 
 That is actually not a bad thing that your water heater shut down when it detected flammable vapors. It beats an explosion or fire.

Correct. However, it was just paint fumes, and there was absolutely no smell of gas. So, I reset it. If there were truly dangerous vapors present, it would have shut off again.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Will on December 17, 2013, 11:40:15 PM
My car's "check engine" light came on about a week ago, and I already had a service appointment for routine maintenance (covered by warranty) at the dealership.  I asked them to check it and let me know what the issue was.  They wanted $70-123 just to run the diagnostics, which,  to my understanding, consists of plugging something into something else which then reads the code and says what is wrong.  The $70-123 would not be applied to any repair cost (if any).  I knew there was a local shop that advertises that they work on my make of car so I gave them a quick call.  "Well of course we can read that code for you at no charge!"  Ding ding!  Stopped by their shop after my routine maintenance, they checked things out, told me the light was on because it threw a code during our extreme cold temperatures about a week ago, and that there was nothing wrong with my car.  (Technically, it was that the "mixture adaptation" was "lean" which wouldn't really have been a problem anyway, as running "rich" is what you really want to avoid.)  So the local shop got a hearty handshake and most likely a future customer should the need arise, and I saved $70-123.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 18, 2013, 02:21:54 AM
Well, I screwed up on lunch (had McDonalds in the car on the way to an appointment) but I did start a loaf of bread tonight, so it'll avoid having to pay for bread tomorrow.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: bugbaby on December 18, 2013, 11:38:49 AM
I just called Geico (after an online quote inquiry) and dropped my auto insurance from 792 to 606 a year for the same coverage! Yay.

I last shopped hard 1.5 yrs ago including geico, and could not get anything lower than the 792.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 18, 2013, 05:22:09 PM
Ate lunch and made an espresso at home before I went out, so I wasn't even tempted. And, the bread is in the oven for tonight.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: fmzip on December 18, 2013, 06:21:34 PM

I spent an hour shovelling snow, instead of going to my usual fitness class. I didn't do it to save money; I did it because I really only had time to do one or the other, and the shovelling had to be done.

So I saved the $6.50 drop-in fee for the fitness class. But, do you know what's even cooler than that? I had a much better-than-usual attitude toward shovelling! I banished my complainypants wah-wah about having to do it, and instead appreciated every minute of the awesome upper-body workout I was getting. What a great Jedi mind trick to pull on myself. The mustachian way is awesome.


Good for you! I myself went the complainypants route on the snow shoveling to motivate myself even more for FIRE to get the hell out of New England as soon as freakin' possible :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: turboseize on December 19, 2013, 05:28:13 AM
[...] (Technically, it was that the "mixture adaptation" was "lean" which wouldn't really have been a problem anyway, as running "rich" is what you really want to avoid.) 

Erm.... no.

Running lean can kill an engine within a few minutes, while running rich will "only" mean higher fuel consumption and increased wear. (The latter only, if you're really overdoing it). Regarding emissions, both is bad, with running lean increasing NOx and running rich increasing unburned hydrocarbons.
Running lean makes combustion temperatures rise, increasing efficiency but putting great stress on exhaust valves and pistons. Running rich reduces efficency, but lowers temperatures (protecting the engine). That is why most cars enrich mixture under full load.
Also, running slightly rich will improve throttle response, eliminitating any delay in providing the extra fuel needed as it is already there. (That is where a part of the temperament older Alfas are renowned for comes from).

I would definitely investigate what caused that check engine light. Perhaps it was just the extreme cold (meaning too much fuel condeses in the intake manifold and not reaches combustion, as well as more oxygen in the colder air), or you have a just so slight air leak that is just a tad below the fault code threshold and only combined with the cold air crossed the threshold.
In any case, a check engine light means that for a certain time, your engine was running outside of it's specifications. You would want to keep an eye on it.If check engine light stays out, fine. If not, do find the fault. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Will on December 19, 2013, 07:55:32 AM
[...] (Technically, it was that the "mixture adaptation" was "lean" which wouldn't really have been a problem anyway, as running "rich" is what you really want to avoid.) 

Erm.... no.

Running lean can kill an engine within a few minutes, while running rich will "only" mean higher fuel consumption and increased wear. (The latter only, if you're really overdoing it). Regarding emissions, both is bad, with running lean increasing NOx and running rich increasing unburned hydrocarbons.
Running lean makes combustion temperatures rise, increasing efficiency but putting great stress on exhaust valves and pistons. Running rich reduces efficency, but lowers temperatures (protecting the engine). That is why most cars enrich mixture under full load.
Also, running slightly rich will improve throttle response, eliminitating any delay in providing the extra fuel needed as it is already there. (That is where a part of the temperament older Alfas are renowned for comes from).

I would definitely investigate what caused that check engine light. Perhaps it was just the extreme cold (meaning too much fuel condeses in the intake manifold and not reaches combustion, as well as more oxygen in the colder air), or you have a just so slight air leak that is just a tad below the fault code threshold and only combined with the cold air crossed the threshold.
In any case, a check engine light means that for a certain time, your engine was running outside of it's specifications. You would want to keep an eye on it.If check engine light stays out, fine. If not, do find the fault.

That certainly does sound more serious than what they implied!  Maybe I misquoted or misheard them. Maybe they said running rich would've been a bigger problem?  Even so... I'm just glad that things seem to be okay and that the light is staying off.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ace1224 on December 19, 2013, 08:19:09 AM
got suckered into a second secret santa at work, and gave them a starbucks giftcard that i got from swagbucks =)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ichangedmyname on December 19, 2013, 10:14:13 AM
Comparing different store prices for Christmas dinner fixin's Krogers will win, I think except for ham at Albertson's 1.59/lb
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 19, 2013, 12:01:53 PM
Just turned down the hours on the pool pump (yes, we have a pool. I had no idea what a money sink it would be when we bought the house) to winter hours to save electricity.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: econberkeley on December 19, 2013, 12:18:56 PM
I applied for BOA better balance rewards card few months ago.  I got my first quarterly $25 credit. I am only charging my $14.99 monthly internet bill to that card. BOA credit is paying most of my internet bill. On top of that, using this card, I have free access to the zoo and several museums every month.  Isn't it sweet?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Richard3 on December 19, 2013, 04:51:53 PM
I parked on the road near the airport (small town) to avoid paying $7 a day in parking fees for the 17 days I am away. That's me covered for this thread until early next year right? :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 19, 2013, 05:16:07 PM
I parked on the road near the airport (small town) to avoid paying $7 a day in parking fees for the 17 days I am away. That's me covered for this thread until early next year right? :)

As long as your town doesn't tow for "abandoned vehicle" after 72 hours like ours does.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: AccidentalMiser on December 19, 2013, 05:18:31 PM
Did all Christmas shopping for children at Amazon.  No shipping, no driving, no tax, no impulse buying.  Spent $225 in total for three sons.  Yay!

Thinking of getting a Fidelity Amex card.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Dulcimina on December 20, 2013, 05:43:20 PM
I canceled my EZPass online.  It has a fee of $1.50 per month and I haven't had a car since August.  The online part is important too.  I was going to rent a Zipcar to drive to the MVA and drop it off in person.  I walked to work instead of taking the bus.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: shamelessHedon on December 20, 2013, 05:49:42 PM
Really wanted pizza today. Had a can of soup instead.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on December 20, 2013, 06:18:20 PM
Really wanted pizza today. Had a can of soup instead.

I failed this one last night :-(

I made a meal that totally wasn't going to get eaten, despite my best attempts. I hate rice noodles!!! Rather than cooking and cleaning up *again*, I ordered pizza. Doh!

Christmas pizza?

I'm saving money today, tomorrow, and the next two weekends because my language exchange has been cancelled: no subway fare.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on December 20, 2013, 06:23:35 PM
you guys know you can make your own pizza, right?

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/looking-for-homemade-pizza-recipes/

I'm eating DIY pizza right now, so much better than any pizza I could buy around here
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: shamelessHedon on December 20, 2013, 06:26:21 PM
Because I am gluten free making pizza at home is a little more complex.  :(
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on December 20, 2013, 06:36:44 PM
you guys know you can make your own pizza, right?

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/looking-for-homemade-pizza-recipes/

I'm eating DIY pizza right now, so much better than any pizza I could buy around here

I do not have an oven, so actually I can't.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on December 20, 2013, 07:15:54 PM
ha alright then! facepunches retracted, enjoy your pizza and soup
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on December 20, 2013, 07:22:22 PM
Replaced the thermostat in the Jeep. Currently letting RTV dry for 24 hours,then we'll see if the thermostat was the problem ( by far the cheapest fix, so worth a try). My husband put more siding on the house.

Wrapped presents in plain brown paper decorated with cheap red yarn and pine cones and branches from our property. Lovely and nearly free.

Ate leftovers from my husband's office party for supper.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on December 20, 2013, 07:33:42 PM
Wrapped gifts in comic book pages. Used comics were 25 cents each. A buck for plenty of gift wrap, and it's nice and geeky too. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bruised_Pepper on December 20, 2013, 07:45:58 PM
Ate leftovers from my husband's office party for supper.

Yep.  Went to the office party, ate enough food to not need to cook dinner. 

Also, used a gift card to shop online, but chose the free in-store pickup option over shipping.  Despite the fact that the trip is just long enough to be annoying. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on December 20, 2013, 09:51:32 PM
ha alright then! facepunches retracted, enjoy your pizza and soup

Oh--I wasn't suggesting I don't deserve a facepunch ;-)   Just admitting that I can't make pizza at home. When I had an oven, making pizza was a pretty regular thing. I might buy an electric convection oven/toaster oven thingy after I move to reintroduce homemade pizzas, breads, roasted veggies, and baked goods, assuming I have space in my apartment. Unfortunately, I haven't found one used yet! I'll continue looking.

But usually I'm fairly okay at resisting temptation. Last night I *almost* made scrambled eggs with spinach thrown in instead of ordering pizza, but because I had already planned on having pizza for Christmas Eve (don't judge me! single and alone on Christmas Eve--I do what I want), I justified the purchase. I also want to drink the Starbucks Christmas Cookie drink :S

This post is the exact opposite of what this thread is for.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: kaetana on December 21, 2013, 12:42:50 AM
Does it count if I spent money upfront in the hopes of saving more later? I bought a bike!!!!

It was an un-Mustachian $600. I took MMM at his word when he said in the blog that it's okay to buy a bike brand new. I intend to use the bike for years to come. I never really rode bikes when I was a kid, so today I mostly spent just trying to get comfortable with it and relearning how to ride. When I get better, I intend to bike to the train station every day (7km one way) and use it to get to the grocery store and random errands as well. It should pay itself off then, right?.... Right?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: stripey on December 21, 2013, 02:55:53 AM
Does it count if I spent money upfront in the hopes of saving more later? I bought a bike!!!!

It was an un-Mustachian $600. I took MMM at his word when he said in the blog that it's okay to buy a bike brand new. I intend to use the bike for years to come. I never really rode bikes when I was a kid, so today I mostly spent just trying to get comfortable with it and relearning how to ride. When I get better, I intend to bike to the train station every day (7km one way) and use it to get to the grocery store and random errands as well. It should pay itself off then, right?.... Right?

Hooray for bikes!!

Bo be honest I think it's better to purchase a slightly better-than-bargain-basement bike- it'll be more fun to ride and $600 in Aus is about right at the moment I think. You'll make the money back in no time:

- Let's say for argument's sake that total cost of driving (incl fuel) comes to $0.40-$0.50/km (a little bit above what the ATO will allow deductions but not an unreasonable estimate)
- 7km one way = 14km return = $7.00 savings per day you commute.
- So $600/7 = 86 return trips to break even. Basically in 17 weeks (assuming 5 commuting trips/week) you'll have broken even with the purchase, and you'll be getting more exercise to boot! Hooray!
- If you're going to leave it at the train station be sure to get a sturdy lock, and if it's a rough area you may want to think about doing something like taking the saddle with you.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Loud Noises on December 21, 2013, 08:20:57 AM
I took care of a bunch of car maintenance on my own today.  Transmission flush, engine air filter, cabin air filter.  I spent roughly 1/4 of what it would've cost to have someone else do it and feel accomplished too.  Now the car is ready for the rather un-Mustachian 12 hour drive to spend Christmas with family next week.  Still cheaper than a flight!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: annaraven on December 21, 2013, 01:20:21 PM
Yesterday, instead of going out for Thai food (I had a craving), I pulled out a can of chicken rice soup and doctored it with curry and ginger and garlic and lime juice. Not really Thai of course, but hit all the flavors I was actually craving.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: shamelessHedon on December 21, 2013, 05:54:11 PM
Wired the neighbors bathroom. We help them out with remodeling and they housesit and care for our four pets when we travel, which is often. Yay for bartering services. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: kaetana on December 21, 2013, 11:38:00 PM
Hooray for bikes!!

Bo be honest I think it's better to purchase a slightly better-than-bargain-basement bike- it'll be more fun to ride and $600 in Aus is about right at the moment I think. You'll make the money back in no time:

- Let's say for argument's sake that total cost of driving (incl fuel) comes to $0.40-$0.50/km (a little bit above what the ATO will allow deductions but not an unreasonable estimate)
- 7km one way = 14km return = $7.00 savings per day you commute.
- So $600/7 = 86 return trips to break even. Basically in 17 weeks (assuming 5 commuting trips/week) you'll have broken even with the purchase, and you'll be getting more exercise to boot! Hooray!
- If you're going to leave it at the train station be sure to get a sturdy lock, and if it's a rough area you may want to think about doing something like taking the saddle with you.

Thanks for the encouragement, stripey! I know I'll save money in the long run, but it's just still hard to imagine I spent that much. Oh well, it just means I'll have to work to make the purchase worth it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on December 22, 2013, 08:04:46 AM
I *accidentally* left my wallet at home when I left for work this morning.  No spending for 24 hours!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: shamelessHedon on December 22, 2013, 10:53:22 AM
Library run.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: T-Rex on December 22, 2013, 08:46:22 PM
Made my own coffee.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on December 23, 2013, 08:21:26 AM
Made my morning coffee, started dinner from frozen vegetables and a left over ham bone with hard to reach pieces on it in the crock pot, and started cooking a batch of red beans. I will half cook them, then freeze in portions so I can add them to every thing I cook in the next week or so.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on December 23, 2013, 11:58:20 AM
you guys know you can make your own pizza, right?

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/looking-for-homemade-pizza-recipes/

I'm eating DIY pizza right now, so much better than any pizza I could buy around here

I was lazy for lunch so I made pizza.  I used the naan recipe someone posted here a while back and froze the leftover naan.  It also makes excellent pizza crust, and you can prep the whole pizza in under 5 minutes.  Naan, marinara sauce, a little oregano/garlic powder/pepper flakes, then grate cheese on top (mmmm fresh mozzarella), add a little pepperoni, and a little more grated fresh mozzarella.  5 minutes in the toaster oven while I unload the dishwasher and boom, uber fresh hot pizza in about the same amount of time it would take to unwrap and cook a frozen pizza. 

I'm not sure if it saved any money because deli pepperoni and mozarrella aren't the cheapest stuff I can buy.  But it was way cheaper than driving out to get a takeout pizza or ordering delivery.  And much quicker than making a whole large pizza like I usually do when the whole family is dining with me.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: dude on December 23, 2013, 01:44:43 PM
Didn't have anything to bring to work for lunch today, so I skipped lunch. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JessieImproved on December 30, 2013, 08:36:58 PM
Putting together an outfit for my one office day tomorrow, noticed a hole in my knit pants.  Darned hole.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on February 07, 2014, 10:51:53 AM
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 07, 2014, 11:41:17 AM
Saved my grandmother's china cabinet from the woodpile. The aunts were going to throw it out. It's not rare or anything, but it's solid wood.

Cleaned it, painted it. Needed a bookcase anyway.

Saved about $200 and (because it's a functional heirloom) it means more to me than buying something new.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ketchup on February 07, 2014, 12:02:15 PM
Drank my homemade kombucha last night for the first time.  Cost me about $0.10 instead of the $3.69 they charge for a bottle at Whole Foods!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MustachianAccountant on February 07, 2014, 12:20:00 PM
Did anyone else notice that the vast majority of these revolve around food?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Samsam on February 07, 2014, 12:23:39 PM
I installed my bidet!  So that is future savings on TP.  Although...I think I wasted some water playing around with it for the first time....
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 07, 2014, 12:24:18 PM
Saved my grandmother's china cabinet from the woodpile. The aunts were going to throw it out. It's not rare or anything, but it's solid wood.

Cleaned it, painted it. Needed a bookcase anyway.

Saved about $200 and (because it's a functional heirloom) it means more to me than buying something new.

awesome! I love salvaged furniture, all the better that it was your grandma's :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mollyjade on February 07, 2014, 12:37:41 PM
I had an unexpected day off work due to weather. So far I've hemmed a pair of pants so I can actually wear them and cooked a pot of chickpeas for future use.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 07, 2014, 12:38:04 PM

awesome! I love salvaged furniture, all the better that it was your grandma's :)

I'm glad lots of people like salvaged furniture. Most of the tips I received for re-envisioning the china cabinet came from online. Tips like using chalk paint so you don't have to prime the furniture.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 07, 2014, 12:39:52 PM
Did anyone else notice that the vast majority of these revolve around food?

Probably because food is one of the biggest categories of ongoing spending and one of the easiest to have "small" wins in:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Albert on February 07, 2014, 12:56:03 PM
Most people most days don't buy anything other than food plus gas if they commute by cars. I bought some train tickets about 12 days ago, since then it's been groceries only (not counting rent and health insurance payments here).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on February 07, 2014, 01:05:18 PM
Dried 2 loads of clothes on the line.  Oh, and washed those clothes in cold water with home-made detergent.

Stayed home all day, as the car needed a new windscreen (they came to us and did it here.  Fully covered by the glass option in our insurance).  So no petrol used.

My 2-cup teapot only needs 1 teabag to make 2 cups of tea - I just leave it to steep for longer than usual and pop a kids hat over it as a teacosy (must make a teacosy one day).  3 cups if I use a small cup.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Jomar on February 07, 2014, 02:03:03 PM
Didn't shower (nor did my wife) and brought my lunch to work (vegetarian, as usual). Also, it was pay day today (!!!!!). Put a little over half my pay cheque into my TFSA (tax free savings account- see Frugal Toque's Canadian investing guide for those who don't know what this is) plus the automatic deductions off my pay cheque (18% incl company matches) into my RRSP and ESPP. Pretty damn mustachian day if I do say so myself!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Anti-ComplainyPants on February 07, 2014, 03:11:30 PM
Heading to the post office to return a $10.75 purchase (the wrong item was sent) rather than saying F it and biting the cost.

The post office is about 2 miles from my house - I *was* going to stop on my drive home from work (~12 highway miles one way), but instead I'm driving straight home and biking to the post office.

Mini gas/auto wear savings + a small workout!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: yyc-phil on February 07, 2014, 03:17:21 PM
Today, I got myself a set of five brand new, never used cast iron pans in various sizes, free through Freecycle.org

I usually bike to run errand around the neighbourhood, but this time I had to drive 20 mn each way to pick them up, but for the price, this was well worth the drive.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 07, 2014, 03:49:55 PM
I parked on the road near the airport (small town) to avoid paying $7 a day in parking fees for the 17 days I am away. That's me covered for this thread until early next year right? :)
Here's an idea for the future:  If you're flying or going on a cruise or whatever and need to leave your car somewhere, take it to a local auto shop and leave it for some basic maintenance (oil change, alignment, whatever).  Talk to the owner ahead of time and say that you'll need to leave it for a few days.  No one will tow your car for being "unattended", and you'll get the maintenance you needed done.

Made my own coffee.
Friend of mine has adopted an odd tactic:  She and her family GO THROUGH coffee.  She discovered a gas station (weird, I know) that sells coffee for $1.50/gallon.  She bought a thermos so she can pick up a gallon every couple days.  Says it's cheaper than brewing at home. 

I'm not sure if it saved any money because deli pepperoni and mozarrella aren't the cheapest stuff I can buy.  But it was way cheaper than driving out to get a takeout pizza or ordering delivery.  And much quicker than making a whole large pizza like I usually do when the whole family is dining with me.
Do you have a grocery store with a make-your-own salad bar that sells by the pound?  If so, compare the cost of filling a Styrofoam salad container with JUST cheese to the cost of buying cheese. 

Of course, then you're getting that pre-shredded stuff that has an additive to prevent it from clumping, so this is really a money-saving /health-questionable hint.

Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage.  It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut?  Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter, and it only has three ingredients.  And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff.  It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag. 

Did anyone else notice that the vast majority of these revolve around food?
Well, you can't save on a big car repair or find a deal on your insurance every day -- but  you can save on food every day. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Unique User on February 07, 2014, 05:32:06 PM
Did two telephone mystery shops during lunch, only made $16, but better than $0.  Packaged 15 pounds of chicken breasts from Aldi this week for the freezer ($1.59 a pound).  Had to get 12 year old pencils and a calculator to replace lost one, used rewards certificate at Office Max earned from using reward number when purchasing items for work.  Stopped at grocery store across street to pick up 25 cent bags of fresh spinach, 30 cent bags of frozen green beans and 50 cent bags of cough drops, used coupons on all.  Cooked dinner at home (chicken breasts, spinach and frozen snap peas) with ingredients that probably cost me $2 or so.  Going to organize receipts so I can get my taxes started with a glass of wine tonight.  Today was a good day :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 07, 2014, 05:35:29 PM
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage.  It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut?  Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter, and it only has three ingredients.  And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff.  It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag. 

it is CRAZY cheap! we made a crockpot cabbage, hominy, and chorizo stew a couple weeks ago. it sounds kind of weird (or it did to me) but it was really good. I had never had hominy before... yum.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: dragoncar on February 07, 2014, 06:49:02 PM
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage.  It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut?  Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter, and it only has three ingredients.  And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff.  It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag. 

it is CRAZY cheap! we made a crockpot cabbage, hominy, and chorizo stew a couple weeks ago. it sounds kind of weird (or it did to me) but it was really good. I had never had hominy before... yum.

I've always been surprised at how expensive cabbage is.  Maybe it's not grown locally here.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: anastrophe on February 07, 2014, 08:17:12 PM
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage.  It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut?  Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter, and it only has three ingredients.  And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff.  It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag. 

it is CRAZY cheap! we made a crockpot cabbage, hominy, and chorizo stew a couple weeks ago. it sounds kind of weird (or it did to me) but it was really good. I had never had hominy before... yum.

I've always been surprised at how expensive cabbage is.  Maybe it's not grown locally here.

That would be my guess. It's never above .80/lb where I am, and in the fall it goes down to .30/lb. We grow a ton of it though.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on February 07, 2014, 10:43:00 PM
Today, I got myself a set of five brand new, never used cast iron pans in various sizes, free through Freecycle.org

Excellent!  That is an incredible score!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on February 08, 2014, 08:10:16 AM
I parked on the road near the airport (small town) to avoid paying $7 a day in parking fees for the 17 days I am away. That's me covered for this thread until early next year right? :)
Here's an idea for the future:  If you're flying or going on a cruise or whatever and need to leave your car somewhere, take it to a local auto shop and leave it for some basic maintenance (oil change, alignment, whatever).  Talk to the owner ahead of time and say that you'll need to leave it for a few days.  No one will tow your car for being "unattended", and you'll get the maintenance you needed done.

I do this with my bike when I take a bus on extended trips. Rather than lock up outside, I drop it off at the nearby bike shop for some inexpensive maintenance so it for sure won't be stolen while I'm gone
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on February 08, 2014, 09:25:34 AM
Here's an idea for the future:  If you're flying or going on a cruise or whatever and need to leave your car somewhere, take it to a local auto shop and leave it for some basic maintenance (oil change, alignment, whatever).  Talk to the owner ahead of time and say that you'll need to leave it for a few days.  No one will tow your car for being "unattended", and you'll get the maintenance you needed done.

IIRC, some shops charge a fee if your vehicle sticks around longer than a day or two.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SweetLife on February 08, 2014, 09:49:29 AM
My last four days off I spent at home (not shopping) and making homemade yummy food from whatever we had on hand.

Last night my husband colored my hair ($8) rather than going to the salon (saving $100).

Brought left over hamburgers (homemade) to work for lunch and lots of yummy fruit.

Skipped the bought decaf coffee at work today and am drinking water (better for the baby!) savings $1.85.

My biggest savings over the last four days was staying in ... and no internet shopping :) I have completely cut out shopping on Ebay/Amazon ... I shudder to think how much I have spent there in the last few years!

Baby steps are good :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on February 08, 2014, 12:10:44 PM
Made breakfast with leftovers in the fridge, nothing thrown away. Coffee at home, spaghetti squash steamed for lasagna for supper, and saved the seeds for my garden this spring! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: greaper007 on February 08, 2014, 12:33:00 PM
Once my wife (who can't take the cold) left the house, I turned the thermostat down from 62 to 55.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on February 09, 2014, 04:08:05 AM
I am making homemade laundry detergent today!  $.08 cents a load for the first batch because of hardware purchases, second batch will cost $.005 per load!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on February 09, 2014, 11:05:30 AM
I am making homemade laundry detergent today!  $.08 cents a load for the first batch because of hardware purchases, second batch will cost $.005 per load!!
What recipe are you using? This is one of those things I abandoned after a few months. My husbands work shirts got a terrible BO odor that I could not get rid of, even with vinegar soaking. I went back to couponing for All Free and Clear.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: iwasjustwondering on February 09, 2014, 05:57:05 PM
I buzz-cut my dog, which saved around $50. 

I also thought about running out to the grocery store to buy something for dinner, but instead I used what we had and made an awesome dinner: steak, pierogies and roasted carrots and asparagus.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: BlackRat on February 09, 2014, 06:15:24 PM
Two cups of tea per teabag
... you did say small things ;)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 10, 2014, 10:54:56 AM
I am at a spendy hotel/convention center for work this week.  I got a ride to Wal-Mart before the meeting started and stocked up on coffee, fruit, salad, yogurt and a rotisserie chicken.  I should be able to make it the whole week without going out to eat, saving a ton of money and time, and being healthier, too.  Luckily my room has a fridge and microwave, so it's easy to eat in my room.

I also parked at one of our offices that is near the airport and walked over there to avoid parking fees (my portion would have been $20 since I added two personal days to this trip).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 10, 2014, 11:01:59 AM
I packed my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the entire week.  No eating out for me!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Breaker on February 10, 2014, 09:35:39 PM
 I turned my printer off.  From now on, it will only be turned on when I need to print something then turned off again. 

Jan
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on February 10, 2014, 10:28:00 PM
I just made vegetable stock from freezer scraps, but then I accidentally poured 2/3 of it down the kitchen drain. Oops.

At least I didn't buy all new vegetables to make the stock with...?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 11, 2014, 08:59:44 AM
I just made vegetable stock from freezer scraps, but then I accidentally poured 2/3 of it down the kitchen drain. Oops.

At least I didn't buy all new vegetables to make the stock with...?

Thread hijack:  How do you make vegetable stock from scraps?  All of the recipes that I found on the internet start from full vegetables.  How much stuff do you need?  How long to cook it?  Do you avoid putting anything in it? 

I brewed tea in my office instead of buying it from loose leaf tea that was a gift. 

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on February 11, 2014, 10:52:18 AM
Just simmer whatever veggies scraps you have handy for a few hours, and then take out the big chunks.  Some people say to not use onions, as it makes the stock bitter.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ketchup on February 11, 2014, 11:05:53 AM
I just made vegetable stock from freezer scraps, but then I accidentally poured 2/3 of it down the kitchen drain. Oops.

At least I didn't buy all new vegetables to make the stock with...?

Thread hijack:  How do you make vegetable stock from scraps?  All of the recipes that I found on the internet start from full vegetables.  How much stuff do you need?  How long to cook it?  Do you avoid putting anything in it? 

I brewed tea in my office instead of buying it from loose leaf tea that was a gift.
I usually have a bag in the freezer going of veggie scraps to throw in the next time we make stock.  Doesn't add a whole lot, but I like the idea of actually getting use out of what would have been just tossed.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Anti-ComplainyPants on February 11, 2014, 01:41:25 PM
I'm thinking this counts as a small thing, but I'm taking medium-level credit for it.

For Valentine's Day I want to give my girlfriend an amethyst that I've had my entire life, I've decided to place it in a pendant and give that to her.

I went to a jewelry store and was quoted $90 for a sterling silver setting and for them to set my gem in it. I shopped with my middle finger and instead bought the same setting on Etsy for $6 (shipping included). I picked up some jewelry pliers for $7, and set the gem myself. And now, I'm going to return the pliers. (Also bought the chain on Etsy, ~$10).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on February 12, 2014, 03:58:02 AM
I just made vegetable stock from freezer scraps, but then I accidentally poured 2/3 of it down the kitchen drain. Oops.

At least I didn't buy all new vegetables to make the stock with...?

Thread hijack:  How do you make vegetable stock from scraps?  All of the recipes that I found on the internet start from full vegetables.  How much stuff do you need?  How long to cook it?  Do you avoid putting anything in it? 

I brewed tea in my office instead of buying it from loose leaf tea that was a gift.

I don't buy any additional full vegetables for my stock--just scraps! Usually potato peels, onion skins and butts, carrot peels and butts, bell pepper bits, celery butts and some tops. Actually that's probably it; I'm not super adventurous with my veggies. I don't put broccoli bits in the stock pot because I actually eat all of the broccoli, but I've also read that it makes stocks bitter. Likewise for cauliflower. However, someone else posted that onions make stocks bitter, and I don't find that to really be the case.

Does my stock always taste the same? Nope. Always a different ratio of veggies, and sometimes different veggie scraps are thrown in. Is there pesticide in my stock? Probably. Bahaha! But I do try to wash things thoroughly before I use them.

Okay, so method:

Take a big pot. Dump frozen veggie scraps in the pot. Mostly cover with water. Get water to boiling. Turn heat down to low. Simmer for 40 minutes! Too long and vegetable stock does get bitter; it takes way less time than meat stocks. Strain scraps out. Recycle food waste if you live in Korea, or compost scraps if you're a superstar. The end.

I recommend trying it out. If you don't like the end product, all you've done is wasted less than an hour of your time, some water, and the electricity/gas it took to heat the pot.

Things I use my stock for: cooking rice with more flavor, stir fry, base for vegetable soups.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on February 12, 2014, 07:59:42 AM
Honestly, if I do vegetable stock, I intentionally put in onions, because I heart onions.  But I've heard on a diff. thread here from a few people that said not to.  I don't intend to stop, but maybe my broth is secretly bitter and I just don't notice?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 12, 2014, 09:28:20 AM
Thanks!  I'll start stockpiling my vegetable scraps in the freezer.  nikki, Thank you for the detailed instructions.  I'm just learning how to cook, so the basics are new to me. 

This morning I made a breakfast sandwich at home instead of buying the pre-made microwavable ones.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on February 12, 2014, 09:49:35 AM
Some people say to not use onions, as it makes the stock bitter.

People say this about onion peels (not the insides), but I'm not sure it's actually true since I use them and have never had a problem. Maybe I'm missing those taste buds, or am not using the same kind of onion.

What they will for sure do is turn the stock a slightly darker brown than if you hadn't used the peels, but if it tastes good I don't really care what color it is.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: meteor on February 12, 2014, 09:49:49 AM
-Used the free tax advisors at the library.
-Went to the local dental school clinic for 50% off.
-Downloaded audio book from the library online site.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 12, 2014, 10:04:14 AM
 I love reading everyone's "small" money saving adventures!
 - Repackaged a knife set  that was not up to my standards to return to costco (Thank God I kept the packaging!) - $150.00
 - Sold random collection of war history books from Uni days - $40.00
 - Made a big batch of double stuffed green potatoes - mostly from leftover bits in the fridge -  that are super yummy and will save us from wanting to go out to eat tonight before our board meeting.
 - Started culturing water kefir again - almost free probiotics!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on February 12, 2014, 11:58:35 AM
Last night, not today: made the dogs some gravy from drippings from our chili (half TVP, but added some ground beef) instead of going to get canned dog food. The cans serve as "gravy" on their kibble anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on February 12, 2014, 03:33:54 PM
Called the waste management company and changed the size of our garbage container. Was surprised at the price difference... ads up to 92.28 per year. Like it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fred123 on February 12, 2014, 07:56:12 PM
i commuted from bedroom to home office, so saved gas, time, freeway aggravation.  I walked to the store instead of driving to pick up some dried lentils for $1.29, which can be cooked and added to a couple of meals.   I wore 'at home' clothes instead of freshly-laundered shirt, suit and tie dress-up.    I did all work on-screen instead of printing anything.   I found a better way to get discounts on some purchases.    I use one organic soap instead of all the fru-fru shampoos, conditioners, etc.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Hadilly on February 12, 2014, 09:14:35 PM
Returned a cookbook for a full refund when I realized the recipes in it are mostly online (and my neighbor has a copy should I really need it).

Biked the kids to school.

Brought my husband the lunch that he had left at home.

Did some research and did not buy junket rennet for cheese making (potentially wasting a gallon of milk).

Bought eggs and milk at Costco rather than at grocery store.

Am going to dye my hair at home tonight, thereby saving $110!

Returned and checked out books at the library.

Read about using taxact to file taxes, sounds cheaper than turbotax.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: savehardretireearly.com on February 13, 2014, 04:40:20 AM
I work at a restaurant PT, and get to eat for free when I'm there. I worked there last night. I didn't eat all day until I got there and kind of pigged out. This has been saving me a ton of money in groceries!!!! I barely buy any food anymore, and am able to increase my savings!!

I also shower, use gym towels (save in laundry), blow dry, and straighten my hair at the gym everyday. Save money in heat & electricity!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on February 13, 2014, 07:34:48 AM
I work at a restaurant PT, and get to eat for free when I'm there. I worked there last night. I didn't eat all day until I got there and kind of pigged out. This has been saving me a ton of money in groceries!!!! I barely buy any food anymore, and am able to increase my savings!!

I also shower, use gym towels (save in laundry), blow dry, and straighten my hair at the gym everyday. Save money in heat & electricity!!!

Great perk. You are killing the savings!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on February 14, 2014, 04:18:25 AM
I shoveled my own snow!  Getting a workout (with a lot of breaks) and saving $20+ by not paying someone else!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2014, 08:58:03 AM
Nothing yet this morning, but yesterday I used my time waiting for the plane by going through the weekly grocery ads and making a shopping list.  Then I walked the mile from the airport back to where I'd parked my truck for free even though it was 10:30 at night and I could have taken a cab and had my work reimburse me for it.  Felt good after sitting on a plane for 6 hours anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: zinnie on February 14, 2014, 09:57:25 AM
All week we've been eating what can only be known as "winter garden scraps" soup for dinner. It is mostly the leftover greens, onions, peas, carrots etc. that didn't make the cut for eating fresh and then I added potatoes to the first batch and beans to this second batch to make it a little more hearty. With some chicken stock for flavor and blending until creamy, it turned out great! I'm proud of how much smaller our grocery bill will be this month. I think this will get us through about 10 dinners.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 14, 2014, 12:20:54 PM
Just "upgraded" cable internet speeds to save $10/month for at least 12 months.  Hopefully I can downgrade within a few days to save even more. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 14, 2014, 02:01:19 PM
Canceled a magazine subscription that I no longer find useful. saved 28.00 a year plus got a refund of 2.33.

On that note, if you happen to subscribe to bon appetit or another one of the Codenaste magazines - if  you log in and say you wish to cancel, they'll offer to give you two more issues for free to keep you - Didn't work for me, but interesting to note.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: marblejane on February 14, 2014, 04:48:33 PM
I cooked some salmon before work this morning so that I'd have a lunch to bring in today, even though I did not feel like cooking salmon at 6am :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bateaux on February 14, 2014, 05:34:22 PM
I took a nap instead of driving anywhere.   I woke up and the stock market had closed near record highs.
Lifetime of coupon clipping doesn't equal just todays earnings.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on February 14, 2014, 10:14:15 PM
I wrote to the student newspaper that's often delivered to my workplace.  I said I noticed it hadn't been arriving for the past couple weeks and that I hoped it would return as I enjoyed reading it.

But I really just want the free crossword puzzle in it.

(Maybe this would be better in a Mustachian Confessions thread.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ichangedmyname on February 14, 2014, 10:25:31 PM
I was too tired to make dinner and thought about ordering pizza or chinese. Instead I cooked up 3 packs of ramen noodles, drained it and mixed in some leftover ground pork and veggies. It was yummy and didn't cost a thing since we already had it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on February 15, 2014, 07:59:24 AM
I was too tired to make dinner and thought about ordering pizza or chinese. Instead I cooked up 3 packs of ramen noodles, drained it and mixed in some leftover ground pork and veggies. It was yummy and didn't cost a thing since we already had it.

LOVE your avatar!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Anti-ComplainyPants on February 15, 2014, 01:40:12 PM
I just canceled the collision coverage on my car insurance, lowering my monthly bill by $25-$30 a month.

It's going to suck way more now if I ever get into an accident, but I never have before and the car only cost me $3700 anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 15, 2014, 06:22:40 PM
The yogurt was about to expire. Too much to eat. Put it in the muffin mix.

Unfortunately, I ruined the muffins. Now I'll have to make a trifle or something.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 15, 2014, 07:06:16 PM
The yogurt was about to expire. Too much to eat. Put it in the muffin mix.

Unfortunately, I ruined the muffins. Now I'll have to make a trifle or something.

Yogurt is a fermented product, I listen to my eyes and nose and taste buds when determining if it is expired. Usually lasts us a month or more past expiry date no problem. You can buzz it up with some fruit and pour into popsicle molds for cheap treats.

Also if it is just plain yogurt without any additives, you can share with your dog, if you have one. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on February 15, 2014, 07:10:43 PM
The yogurt was about to expire. Too much to eat. Put it in the muffin mix.

Unfortunately, I ruined the muffins. Now I'll have to make a trifle or something.

Yogurt is a fermented product, I listen to my eyes and nose and taste buds when determining if it is expired. Usually lasts us a month or more past expiry date no problem. You can buzz it up with some fruit and pour into popsicle molds for cheap treats.

Also if it is just plain yogurt without any additives, you can share with your dog, if you have one.

Can, but exercise caution, because the cleanup can be a stone bitch once the sharing is done. Yogurt does not agree with either of my favorite Great Danes, and let's just say they're large dogs with proportionate GI tracts. You don't want to know more.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 15, 2014, 07:15:21 PM

Yogurt is a fermented product, I listen to my eyes and nose and taste buds when determining if it is expired. Usually lasts us a month or more past expiry date no problem. You can buzz it up with some fruit and pour into popsicle molds for cheap treats.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 15, 2014, 08:55:05 PM
Planted lettuce, spinach, turnips, beets, carrots and radishes in the greenhouse today, and will start a bunch of other seedlings tomorrow.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Tacosrocket on February 15, 2014, 08:59:43 PM
I slept until 5:30 pm so I wouldn't be tempted to drive anywhere/do anything. (that's a lie, I just slept too long.. but it worked!! Muwahaha)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on February 16, 2014, 03:44:02 AM
We live in the metro-Baltimore area, and there is a retirement community on the west side of the city called Charlestown.  This past weekend, they hosted their semi-annual Treasure sale, and we went as a family.
Most folks moving into this community are downsizing exponentially, and their leftover furniture, housewares, clothes, etc go into the Treasure sale.  Charlestown uses the proceeds to reduce the fees for residents.

Yesterday, you could stuff as much clothing into a standard grocery bag as you wanted for $5.00.  Our haul?  Dress for my wife, three polo shirts for me, Eddie Bauer sweater, skirt and blouse for my eldest, tweed jacket for me, and lots of other pieces.  Worked out to about $.63 per each item in the bags (We filled two bags, my Mother In Law also added to one of the bags).

Heartily recommend this sale if you are ever in the Batimore area!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 16, 2014, 04:14:32 AM
I slept until 5:30 pm so I wouldn't be tempted to drive anywhere/do anything. (that's a lie, I just slept too long.. but it worked!! Muwahaha)

I have lived in areas so far from a city they were overrun with deer. To get to the restaurants or any kind of shopping at night was like running the gauntlet. The risk of getting hit by a suicidal fawn would increase with each trip. [One of them eventually did total my car, and there were a number of near misses.]

There were no nocturnal impulse buys for me. Saved some cash.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Tacosrocket on February 16, 2014, 05:14:06 AM
I slept until 5:30 pm so I wouldn't be tempted to drive anywhere/do anything. (that's a lie, I just slept too long.. but it worked!! Muwahaha)

I have lived in areas so far from a city they were overrun with deer. To get to the restaurants or any kind of shopping at night was like running the gauntlet. The risk of getting hit by a suicidal fawn would increase with each trip. [One of them eventually did total my car, and there were a number of near misses.]

There were no nocturnal impulse buys for me. Saved some cash.

I live in the same kind of area, it takes at least 20 minuets to drive anywhere so mundane errands or simple outings become a bigger time and financial commitment. I guess that's why I just give up and sleep some days!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: yogagirl95 on February 16, 2014, 09:43:15 AM
I'm thinking this counts as a small thing, but I'm taking medium-level credit for it.

For Valentine's Day I want to give my girlfriend an amethyst that I've had my entire life, I've decided to place it in a pendant and give that to her.

I went to a jewelry store and was quoted $90 for a sterling silver setting and for them to set my gem in it. I shopped with my middle finger and instead bought the same setting on Etsy for $6 (shipping included). I picked up some jewelry pliers for $7, and set the gem myself. And now, I'm going to return the pliers. (Also bought the chain on Etsy, ~$10).


Return the pliers? But you used them.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 16, 2014, 12:54:51 PM
Bought a Lowe's 10% off coupon for $2.31, which gave me $30 off of my fencing materials purchase.  Also used a $50 credit card points gift card, and $35 from CoinStar, getting my total bill down to $207 from $320ish (of course the Coinstar came from cashing in coins, but it still feels like a discount).  Plus the $207 charge went on my new Amex, pushing me over the spend threshold to get my $400 travel credit.

Now digging out tree roots, the nastiest part of my low-dollar DIY xeriscaping project.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JuSp02 on February 16, 2014, 02:28:03 PM
I decided to stay home all day so I will be spending zero dollars today, other than utilities costs.

We made smoothies for breakfast and used up two kiwis that were starting to go bad.

Instead of turning up the temperature, I put on a sweater and kept the thermostat at 65 degrees.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Anti-ComplainyPants on February 16, 2014, 03:37:46 PM
I'm thinking this counts as a small thing, but I'm taking medium-level credit for it.

For Valentine's Day I want to give my girlfriend an amethyst that I've had my entire life, I've decided to place it in a pendant and give that to her.

I went to a jewelry store and was quoted $90 for a sterling silver setting and for them to set my gem in it. I shopped with my middle finger and instead bought the same setting on Etsy for $6 (shipping included). I picked up some jewelry pliers for $7, and set the gem myself. And now, I'm going to return the pliers. (Also bought the chain on Etsy, ~$10).


Return the pliers? But you used them.

Technically. I carefully removed them from the package without damaging the packaging, used them to close 4 teensy-weensy sterling silver prongs, and placed them right back in the packaging (even placed the original staples back in the original places in the packaging, which is probably excessive). They are, in all but the most literal of translations, still brand new.

Update: She loved it by the way :D
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on February 16, 2014, 04:28:05 PM
I'm thinking this counts as a small thing, but I'm taking medium-level credit for it.

For Valentine's Day I want to give my girlfriend an amethyst that I've had my entire life, I've decided to place it in a pendant and give that to her.

I went to a jewelry store and was quoted $90 for a sterling silver setting and for them to set my gem in it. I shopped with my middle finger and instead bought the same setting on Etsy for $6 (shipping included). I picked up some jewelry pliers for $7, and set the gem myself. And now, I'm going to return the pliers. (Also bought the chain on Etsy, ~$10).


Return the pliers? But you used them.

Technically. I carefully removed them from the package without damaging the packaging, used them to close 4 teensy-weensy sterling silver prongs, and placed them right back in the packaging (even placed the original staples back in the original places in the packaging, which is probably excessive). They are, in all but the most literal of translations, still brand new.

Update: She loved it by the way :D

I admire your frugality, but I hope you'll be mindful of the costs you can push onto others when you use something then return it. You got full utility out of it. The business gets nothing except the costs of labor to sell it and restock it, the time it takes to account for the transactions and tax, and a possible loss of value of an item that went from "new" to "used."

That's a lot of effort expended by others, there is a "cost" even if you didn't pay it.

Not trying to be cranky, just sharing a viewpoint. Glad she liked the gift. Cheers.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on February 16, 2014, 04:39:21 PM
Confession time: one of the things I've been letting myself do this semester with a night class to teach is buy those little packets of precooked brown-rice-in-a Baggie. You know, nuke 90 seconds and done. Terrible, I know, and the things cost nearly $2 each for not quite enough rice for two people (we've been making it do because eating two is out of the question at that price!) plus I'm afraid to read the ingredient list.

So, no longer able to face myself and my catheter in the mirror, I cooked up a pound of brown rice from my pantry and bagged it up into slightly bigger packs for the week. They're currently stacked and freezing flat in the deep freezer. I got four recipes' worth, which will last us a week or two depending on what we eat. Cost was the 89 cents for the rice (had it a while; replacement will be $1.29) and a little electricity to cook it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on February 16, 2014, 04:47:02 PM
My mini-victory for the week is that I've been getting pretty good at avoiding food waste. Cooked up half a spaghetti squash for dinner on Friday and immediately made plans to use the other half for tonight's dinner. A small thing I know, but I used to throw out quite a bit of uneaten food due to poor planning.



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on February 16, 2014, 05:04:43 PM
Yesterday I bought some new-to-me kitchen appliances from someone leaving the country, and got a lot of spices and baking ingredients thrown in for free--some unopened! I'm picking up the oven next weekend and have been told there are even more spices coming my way. This is pretty spectacular because I'm such a simple cook that I have a hard time justifying the expense of spices that will sit around forever. Before picking up these things yesterday, I only had salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, and thyme (the thyme wasn't even mine--left by boyfriend).

I'm hoping that this will be a nice kick in the butt to get me to actually buy more spices so I can cook different kinds of foods. I'd really like to learn a lot more in the kitchen.

Today I'm going to visit someone else leaving the country to get a fitted sheet and take a peek at her clothes. I might be able to talk her into giving me any leftover spices, too, now that I think about it...

Scavenging! Fun when expats leave.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: wordygirl on February 16, 2014, 07:09:21 PM
The neighbour's kid called and wanted to come over to play. BUT his Dad "didn't feel like going out" and wondered if we could pick him up and then take him home. This kids lives 1 kilometer down a country, dead-end road. He's 11 years old, why couldn't he walk? (I think his parent - single Dad - is a bit overprotective maybe).

Well, I didn't feel like having to go outside in the freezing rain either, as I had nothing planned for today that required me to leave the comforts of home. Nor did I think it my job to be this kid's chauffeur and pay for the gas and expense, albeit small, of two short and very unnecessary car trips.

So I sorta-lied and said two family members were sick and maybe he shouldn't come over.

(turns out one kid was sick and now has a fever, so clearly Karma was on my side).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SAHD on February 16, 2014, 07:33:01 PM
I hung the cloths up to dry instead of using the dryer and I went through the boy's cloths to make sure the cloths that were in the hamper were actually dirty, I saved one whole load.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 17, 2014, 09:34:02 AM
I've done three loads of laundry this weekend and haven't used the dryer once.  yay for beautiful, sunny weather!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on February 17, 2014, 01:26:04 PM
Oats £0.75/kg, Sultanas £1.68/kg, Milk £0.50/l: breakfast ~21p/day. Just started recently, and it's actually better than boxed cereal anyway.

Got a tray of 30 eggs reduced for £2.40, only one was broken.

Food for this month should be under £40.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 17, 2014, 01:50:20 PM
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage.  It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut?  Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter, and it only has three ingredients.  And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff.  It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag. 

it is CRAZY cheap! we made a crockpot cabbage, hominy, and chorizo stew a couple weeks ago. it sounds kind of weird (or it did to me) but it was really good. I had never had hominy before... yum.

I've always been surprised at how expensive cabbage is.  Maybe it's not grown locally here.
Wow, when it's on sale I can get a head for a quarter.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 17, 2014, 01:56:08 PM
I just made vegetable stock from freezer scraps, but then I accidentally poured 2/3 of it down the kitchen drain. Oops.

At least I didn't buy all new vegetables to make the stock with...?

Thread hijack:  How do you make vegetable stock from scraps?  All of the recipes that I found on the internet start from full vegetables.  How much stuff do you need?  How long to cook it?  Do you avoid putting anything in it? 

I brewed tea in my office instead of buying it from loose leaf tea that was a gift.
I usually have a bag in the freezer going of veggie scraps to throw in the next time we make stock.  Doesn't add a whole lot, but I like the idea of actually getting use out of what would have been just tossed.
I save up the half an onion, the bit of potatoes that weren't finished at dinner, the corn that didn't make it into the enchiladas . . . All in a freezer bag, but I don't use it for stock -- I consider it "soup waiting to be made".  I do put meat in the bag too.  I almost always have to add a can of tomatoes because those rarely make it into the bag, and I like tomatoes so much.  And always some pasta or barley.  The soup is never the same twice, but it's always good. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 17, 2014, 02:05:36 PM
I'm thinking this counts as a small thing, but I'm taking medium-level credit for it.

For Valentine's Day I want to give my girlfriend an amethyst that I've had my entire life, I've decided to place it in a pendant and give that to her.

I went to a jewelry store and was quoted $90 for a sterling silver setting and for them to set my gem in it. I shopped with my middle finger and instead bought the same setting on Etsy for $6 (shipping included). I picked up some jewelry pliers for $7, and set the gem myself. And now, I'm going to return the pliers. (Also bought the chain on Etsy, ~$10).


Return the pliers? But you used them.

Technically. I carefully removed them from the package without damaging the packaging, used them to close 4 teensy-weensy sterling silver prongs, and placed them right back in the packaging (even placed the original staples back in the original places in the packaging, which is probably excessive). They are, in all but the most literal of translations, still brand new.

Update: She loved it by the way :D
Technically, you're justifying something you shouldn't have done. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: pac_NW on February 17, 2014, 02:19:57 PM
President's Day made for a 3 day weekend. Spent the morning by the fire listening to iTunes Radio - the indie rock station.  It's very good. Love finding new bands. Reserved several CDs from the library. All free.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on February 17, 2014, 02:26:59 PM
inb4 everybody getting judgemental without asking questions / trying to understand ACP's point of view.

oh wait...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 17, 2014, 04:20:11 PM
I went for a hike with my dog in the morning.

I was craving something sweet.  Instead of walking to the store and buying candy, I made a chocolate mug cake http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/06/the-one-chocolate-mug-cake/. Yes, I'm trying to avoid sweets, so this wasn't the best decision (but not the worst either). 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: wordygirl on February 17, 2014, 08:35:53 PM
I was craving something sweet.  Instead of walking to the store and buying candy, I made a chocolate mug cake http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/06/the-one-chocolate-mug-cake/. Yes, I'm trying to avoid sweets, so this wasn't the best decision (but not the worst either).

That may have been the cheaper option, but at about 800 calories per mug you would probably have been better off walking to the store and buying a chocolate bar (~ 240 calories). ;-)

I'm with you on the hiking-with-dog part though. It's one of my favourite things to do (besides running and cycling with said dog).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Russ on February 17, 2014, 08:49:17 PM
800 calories per mug

??

I'd guess 300-350, going by the linked recipe

plus I bet this doesn't taste like wax like a corner store candy bar
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 on February 17, 2014, 09:13:10 PM
Sorry, never been on this 9-page thread before, but I rented an Audi R8 as opposed to buying one.  Definitely a small thing but saved a lot- As I see it, it cost me $269 with a Groupon, vs. the almost 100k plus frickin insurance, gas, maintenance...  I just feel bad for my son when I've had all my fun in my 20's, riding a used CBR600 and buying a used Supra when I was doing really well.  Sold them when he was born (at a profit) and now drive the MiniCooper S my Dad sold me (for 7k).  Love it, but it's not exactly R8 material.  We had an awesome day together in Houston, with the top down, driving through McDonald's and the Memorial Loop.  This is how superficial America can be - love it or hate it.  Truly a life lesson, that I look forward to revisiting with him over the years.  I was happy as hell to return that damn thing, without insurance or credit cards being called into action, but I can totally understand why people will always want these things.  And when I get older, I wonder if it will be harder to resist?  For now I am quite happy with who I am, how healthy I feel, etc.  But what if one of these things starts to go? 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: wordygirl on February 17, 2014, 09:16:42 PM
My bad. :-0

The one (and only) time I tried to make "chocolate cake in a mug" I used a different recipe that called for more sugar, more oil, and an egg. It was 777 calories for a 180 gram serving (I lost a bunch of weight using a calorie-tracking program so I do such calculations often). I didn't think the recipe could be altered that much and still work so I didn't look closely at the recipe 4alpacas linked to.

I'll go eat my words now. Luckily they have 0 calories! ;-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 on February 17, 2014, 10:48:39 PM
Sorry Wordy, I'm just talking to myself a bit I guess.  I do small calculations all the time to save money, I guess I got all excited when I did something big, when I paid a few dollars and managed to feel like I'd spent a fortune.  I really thought they were going to charge me extra at the end of the rental, since I felt like I was ripping them off.  But I also now better understand the motivation of this thread, sorry I kinda charged in here like a bull in a China shop.  I'd love our families to share a cake in a mug sometime :)  I've lived in Brockville, if that's anywhere near you.  Beautiful city, in the summer :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: wordygirl on February 17, 2014, 11:11:40 PM
Hi Escape, you posted while I was composing my reply to Russ and 4alpacas and I didn't see it until just now.

How long did you rent the Audi for? I'm assuming it was for a short time, although I wasn't aware you could do that. My guess is that, by avoiding the depreciation factor, you probably saved a mint over buying and selling in close succession.


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 on February 18, 2014, 05:52:06 AM
Although I only had the Audi for 2 hours, and 35 miles, it still cost 269 bucks.  Got me to realize what a different league I was in.  My retired Dad splurged on a Mercedes when he retired, and I recalled him shaking his head repeatedly over the repair bills and maintenance. Before that, he had always worked on his own car and bought used.  It was a crazy rental, but maybe worth it just for all the thoughts it has stirred up!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 18, 2014, 12:12:37 PM
800 calories per mug

??

I'd guess 300-350, going by the linked recipe

plus I bet this doesn't taste like wax like a corner store candy bar

The recipe has 392 calories (just worked it out).  For the record, I'm not trying to lose weight.  I'm trying to control my sugar intake because I spend too much on desserts (cupcakes at the neighborhood coffee shop are amazing and $3).   

Today I made a breakfast sandwich at home and brewed my tea at home, so I wasn't tempted to pick up breakfast on the way to work.  I also removed collision coverage from my car and cancelled my Amazon prime account. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on February 18, 2014, 12:52:55 PM
You buy cupcakes for $3 each?

I'll sell you as many cupcakes as you want for $3 each.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 18, 2014, 12:59:39 PM
You buy cupcakes for $3 each?

I'll sell you as many cupcakes as you want for $3 each.

I haven't bought one since December.  But yes.  I buy cupcakes for $3. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 18, 2014, 05:58:55 PM
I haven't bought one since December.  But yes.  I buy cupcakes for $3.

My brother recently started a cupcake shop that sells $3 cupcakes.  They're located in the fancy part of town, not where I live.  Amazingly, lots of people buy $3 cupcakes.  Sometimes a dozen of them. 

The cupcakes are good, but not $3 good. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 18, 2014, 07:13:09 PM
I haven't bought one since December.  But yes.  I buy cupcakes for $3.

My brother recently started a cupcake shop that sells $3 cupcakes.  They're located in the fancy part of town, not where I live.  Amazingly, lots of people buy $3 cupcakes.  Sometimes a dozen of them. 

The cupcakes are good, but not $3 good.
Very true!  I'm breaking the habit!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on February 18, 2014, 08:42:15 PM
I once paid $13 to park, walked for 15 minutes each way, stood in line for 2.5 hours, and paid $12 for 4 cupcakes.  Factoring in opportunity costs and parking, I paid $100 for 4 cupcakes.  Fuck.

/antimustachian rant
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 18, 2014, 08:52:16 PM
Had a cold and no appetite. Does that count?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: bogart on February 18, 2014, 09:21:50 PM
Had a cold and no appetite. Does that count?

Sure, if I can get credit for not driving last week when my car was snowbound and everything was closed.

Hope you feel better soon.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MustacheWantaBe on February 19, 2014, 01:45:41 PM
So far I’ve been replacing all our light bulbs to LED and have lowered our car and home insurance
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 19, 2014, 01:53:01 PM
Had a cold and no appetite. Does that count?

Sure, if I can get credit for not driving last week when my car was snowbound and everything was closed.

Hope you feel better soon.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 19, 2014, 02:08:15 PM
Leftovers for lunch.  Drinking only water and tea (which I brewed).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 19, 2014, 02:33:41 PM
Made my own sushi for lunch.  I used up most of some krab meat that was nearing the expiration date and some leftover rice.  We keep seaweed wrappers, wasabi, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame seeds on hand so we can whip up sushi (and other asian cuisine) whenever.  Before the sushi purist police show up, I don't like raw seafood (texture = ewww) so krab roll is good enough for me. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: jhartt3 on February 19, 2014, 02:43:12 PM
Well if bringing lunch counts i guess i'll throw that up but i do that daily.

I DIDNT buy a wakesurf board off ebay today that was a good deal.  I have a friend who owns one but wanted one of my own this summer.  Savings 280 bucks
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on February 19, 2014, 02:50:11 PM
I haven't brought lunch in days because I befriended a person in facilities who knows a guy with a pizza parlor who gives them leftovers.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 19, 2014, 02:54:18 PM
I haven't brought lunch in days because I befriended a person in facilities who knows a guy with a pizza parlor who gives them leftovers.
I want to be your friend.  Awesome! 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on February 19, 2014, 04:09:12 PM
Today, I am:

-boiling 2 chicken carcasses with onions, garlic, celery, carrots and salt/spices (basil, oregano, poultry seasoning, rosemary, peppercorns) to make stock for the freezer. Will pour into freezer bags when cool. Could also put in jars or leftover containers.

-cooking black beans in the crockpot to bag up into 2 cup portions for instant beans that will be in the freezer -- first, will make black bean burritos (from "Tammy's Recipes" blog) which my family LOVES!

-cooking navy beans in the crockpot to also bag up for freezer beans -- first will make homemade brown beans with part of the batch

-turned off the furnace during the day while it was warm and sunny (Vancouver)

**For anyone who doesn't know how easy it is to cook beans in the crockpot, this is what I do:

Put 1 inch of dry, uncooked beans in the bottom of your crockpot. Rinse well. Then fill crockpot to the very top with hot water. Cook on high 4-6 hours (or low if you're going to be out all day).  You will know they are done when you blow on a bean and the skin peels back. Also, you can easily squish a bean on the roof of your mouth.  These freeze very well. To thaw quickly for a dish, just rinse them in hot water in a colander.  Works like a charm!

Susan in Vancouver
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 19, 2014, 05:46:43 PM
Overcooked the asparagus.; it's slimy now. Ate most of it anyway. Compost pile...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mollyjade on February 19, 2014, 06:25:15 PM
There's a weird quirk in my prescription insurance. If I buy two prescriptions commonly purchased together (drug A and drug B) at the same time, AND drug A is put into the computer first, drug B is free. If I buy them at separate times or if drug B is put into the computer first, I pay my usual $35 copay for drug B.

Anyway, today, I had the pharmacy tech rerun the prescriptions in the right order. I had to stand around ten minutes waiting, but that's a pretty good return.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 19, 2014, 06:56:50 PM
Overcooked the asparagus.; it's slimy now. Ate most of it anyway. Compost pile...

Overcooked asparagus tastes great pureed and blended into soup!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 19, 2014, 07:03:50 PM
Overcooked the asparagus.; it's slimy now. Ate most of it anyway. Compost pile...

Overcooked asparagus tastes great pureed and blended into soup!

Thanks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: The knitter on February 19, 2014, 07:06:52 PM
Ran out of meat early this week (two dinner parties), so instead of going back to the store or getting takeout, I put together a really tasty lentil and black bean soup. It was probably better than anything else I could have made with meat! (And there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow)

I've been trying to cook whatever is in my kitchen rather than make mid week grocery runs, and it's been saving me a ton!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: zinethstache on February 19, 2014, 08:05:27 PM
Monitored our data usage the last two months and today bit the bullet on dropping to the new verizon more everything plan to 1 gig. Saving an additional $20 / month. Now our monthly cell costs are less than half than what they were in November. We are on a corporate plan and also have a business write off for some of it. Were now just under $40/ month for our part versus $85 EACH We'd paid for years.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 19, 2014, 08:29:01 PM
Moved my Republic Wireless bill to Discover, since they were offering $10 cash back for setting up an auto-bill on the card.

Had a small horse emergency that caused a veto of dinner plans, so we simply had breakfast for dinner instead of getting takeout.  Oh, and no vet bills associated with the horse issue so far (she simply has a cold but the stable owners were overly concerned due to her pasture buddy being really sick a few weeks ago).  *knock wood*
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 20, 2014, 06:09:31 AM
I cooked Bourbon Chicken (doesn't contain booze; rather, it's named for Bourbon St in New Orleans) for dinner tonight, and instead of just mixing up one recipe of the sauce, I made ten . . . and froze nine.  This is a small way to save money because

- it took about 30 extra minutes tonight, but I now have NINE sauce packets frozen.  I just have to cook chicken in my pan and pour in my prepared sauce.  That's time well spent. 

- the recipe requires that I buy apple juice and fresh ginger -- both things that would just sit my refrigerator 'til they went bad.  So by making a bunch of sauce at once, I'm able to use up all my ingredients. 

And this meal is a HUGE favorite of my husband's.  It's kind of like Chinese food, but not exactly.  We like it on the low-end of the spice scale, but you can add more red  pepper flakes.  Do not cheap out on the fresh ginger root -- dried ginger is not as good. 

Here's the recipe for ONE recipe of sauce -- I buy quart-sized ziplock bags: 

2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, crushed in the food processor
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust up or down to suit your taste)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
2/3 cup soy sauce

When you're ready to use the sauce, chop your chicken into bite-sized pieces and brown it in a bit of oil.  Add your prepared sauce along with 1 cup of water, and simmer the whole thing 15-20 minutes.  Serve over rice.  DELICIOUS, and so quick to fix -- if you've reaching into the freezer for your home-prepared sauce.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 20, 2014, 06:36:54 AM
thanks for the recipe, MrsPete! I'm OBSESSED with freezing homemade stuff to make cooking easier... will definitely try this one. on that note, you can totally freeze fresh ginger and then when you need to use it, just pull it out and grate it frozen. I started doing this because I too struggled to use up fresh ginger, plus it's nice to have some on hand for impromptu use.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cromacster on February 20, 2014, 07:04:24 AM
I organized a work trip to coincide with my cousins wedding.  All it took was talking to my sales guy.  Saved me 425$ woo!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on February 20, 2014, 08:18:46 AM
I haven't brought lunch in days because I befriended a person in facilities who knows a guy with a pizza parlor who gives them leftovers.
I want to be your friend.  Awesome!

Done.  We shall form an alliance of woolly herd animals.  As soon as we work in the same building.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 20, 2014, 09:30:02 AM
I cooked Bourbon Chicken...

Thanks for the recipe.  I'll have to try it.  Unfortunately it means I have to buy apple juice (or will applesauce work???).  +1 on another's suggestion to freeze ginger.  I get free ginger from my MIL who grows it (and says it's incredibly easy to grow).  Like 1-2 lbs at a time.  It all goes in the freezer and I pop out a chunk and grate it into stir fry sauce when I want it gingery.  I'm not convinced it tastes a lot better than powdered ginger (in a sauce), but many swear it does. 

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: jhartt3 on February 20, 2014, 10:19:13 AM
forgot my lunch at home ... normally i would go out to chipotle b/c it fits my crazy 4 hour body diet.  spend about 10 bucks including gas.  Just gonna tough it out and wait til dinner.  More weight loss and less money. 
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Post by: 4alpacas on February 20, 2014, 10:37:36 AM
you can totally freeze fresh ginger and then when you need to use it, just pull it out and grate it frozen.
Thank you!  I always struggle with what to do with the unused ginger because I don't use it regularly.  Do you put it in a freezer bag?  Wrap it in paper? 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 20, 2014, 11:59:16 AM
thanks for the recipe, MrsPete! I'm OBSESSED with freezing homemade stuff to make cooking easier... will definitely try this one. on that note, you can totally freeze fresh ginger and then when you need to use it, just pull it out and grate it frozen. I started doing this because I too struggled to use up fresh ginger, plus it's nice to have some on hand for impromptu use.
I share this obsession, and sauces are my FAVORITE things to freeze.  They take so little space, and then I can use them on chicken, shrimp, or whatever.  Incidentally, this sauce is also good on bite-sized pork, but it is too strong for shrimp. 

I have frozen fresh ginger, but if I make up ten recipes at once (that amount uses up a large apple juice and a good-sized ginger root), that extra step isn't necessary. 
I cooked Bourbon Chicken...

Thanks for the recipe.  I'll have to try it.  Unfortunately it means I have to buy apple juice (or will applesauce work???).  +1 on another's suggestion to freeze ginger.  I get free ginger from my MIL who grows it (and says it's incredibly easy to grow).  Like 1-2 lbs at a time.  It all goes in the freezer and I pop out a chunk and grate it into stir fry sauce when I want it gingery.  I'm not convinced it tastes a lot better than powdered ginger (in a sauce), but many swear it does.
I don't think I'd try applesauce in this recipe.  You need the liquid. 
I'm in the group who says fresh ginger makes a difference! 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on February 20, 2014, 12:00:29 PM
Accepted a free brand new boxed card game "Lost Cities" from a coworker, who I discovered shares a love of german style strategy games and was gifted a second copy.  Weekend fun to ensue...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 20, 2014, 12:21:35 PM
Thanks MrsPete- Your chicken sounds great! I wonder, have you ever tried it over chicken pieces in the crockpot? Sounds like it would be a really easy and tasty way to do it!

CommonCents - "Lost Cities" is a great two player card game, great for when you want to take a bit of a breather from the really heavy strategy games! We were gifted "Mr. Jack" Pocket for Christmas which is as strategic as chess and quite intense, usually once we have fried our brains we follow up with Lost Cities:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on February 20, 2014, 12:40:20 PM
MrsPete - that sounds amazing.  I love doing quick freezer meals, especially since DH and I work weird hours.  It saves us from a lot of takeout and frozen pizza.  I'll have to make up a batch.   

For saving money on infrequently used food ingredients, I use ice cube trays, freeze it, and then vacuum seal in a ziploc bag, the ones with a valve and little hand pump.  For ginger, I buy a ton, then grate it through my food processor.  You can do the same trick with fresh herbs with a tiny bit of water.  It's also great to freeze dregs of wine for later cooking, the extra chipotle peppers from a can, or anything else that you may only use small amounts of.  Oh, and if the coffee in the pot gets cold, freeze the remains and use in iced coffee or pour Baileys over it.  You can even freeze egg whites or yolks, if you have a recipe that calls for only one of them. 
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Post by: SweetLife on February 20, 2014, 01:08:41 PM
MicroRN ... dregs of wine ... is that like "left over" wine???

As in ... you open a bottle and DON"T DRINK IT ALL???? lol...

;) just being a smarty pants 


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 20, 2014, 01:13:32 PM
Thanks MrsPete- Your chicken sounds great! I wonder, have you ever tried it over chicken pieces in the crockpot? Sounds like it would be a really easy and tasty way to do it!
I haven't tried it in a crock pot.  Though there's no harm in trying it that way, I think this is probably a recipe that's best done in a frying pan.  The sauce begins as a liquid, then as you simmer it, the sauce thickens significantly.  If the liquid were trapped in the crock pot, I'm not sure you'd reach that nice, thick stage that you need. 

Anyway, with the sauce already prepared and ready to dump in, this is such a quick meal that I don't think I'd bother with the all-day cook.  You just need to brown the chicken, add the sauce, and simmer 15-20 minutes. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 20, 2014, 01:17:49 PM
MrsPete - that sounds amazing.  I love doing quick freezer meals, especially since DH and I work weird hours.  It saves us from a lot of takeout and frozen pizza.  I'll have to make up a batch.   

For saving money on infrequently used food ingredients, I use ice cube trays, freeze it, and then vacuum seal in a ziploc bag, the ones with a valve and little hand pump.  For ginger, I buy a ton, then grate it through my food processor.  You can do the same trick with fresh herbs with a tiny bit of water.  It's also great to freeze dregs of wine for later cooking, the extra chipotle peppers from a can, or anything else that you may only use small amounts of.  Oh, and if the coffee in the pot gets cold, freeze the remains and use in iced coffee or pour Baileys over it.  You can even freeze egg whites or yolks, if you have a recipe that calls for only one of them.
I freeze things that way too!  I use many of your examples -- except, I don't drink coffee. 

Here's one of my favorites:  I have a silicon "cupcake" pan that makes flower-shaped "cupcakes" that are exactly 1/4 cup.  When I have buttermilk -- and who EVER uses 1/2 a gallon of expensive buttermilk before it goes bad? -- I freeze it in these containers, then store the buttermilk-flowers in a ziplock.  If I'm making cornbread, I set out one flower to melt in a mixing bowl, whereas if I'm going to dredge chicken in buttermilk then flour, I set out two.  It's already measured for me!  And the flower shape makes me happy. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on February 20, 2014, 01:32:16 PM
I was going to go to the post office to mail two large envelopes but since the post office is 17 miles round trip, i'll go by while i'm at work tomorrow.
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Post by: NinetyFour on February 20, 2014, 01:41:19 PM
Good choice, Fireman!

I went to a doctor's appointment via a very pleasant bicycle ride on our recently reopened bike bath next to the river.  I particularly gnarly section (that had been literally uprooted by...you guessed it, tree roots) was repaired, and this was the first time I ventured out on it since the repair.  So nice!  Then I came back home and went back out to do some errands (tax man, grocery store, pharmacy, and bank)--also on bicycle.  I spied a penny while I was biking, and was tempted to stop and get it, but the road was a busy 35 mph one, so I declined.

When I got to my bank, and was locking up my bike right outside the front door, I saw a guy pull his behemoth SUV into a parking space and then reach for coins in his pocket to fill the parking meter.  Too bad for him.  I was getting nice fresh air and exercise, not to mention a great parking spot--for free!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nicknageli on February 20, 2014, 01:55:38 PM
When I got to my bank, and was locking up my bike right outside the front door, I saw a guy pull his behemoth SUV into a parking space and then reach for coins in his pocket to fill the parking meter.  Too bad for him.  I was getting nice fresh air and exercise, not to mention a great parking spot--for free!!

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Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 20, 2014, 02:17:24 PM
you can totally freeze fresh ginger and then when you need to use it, just pull it out and grate it frozen.
Thank you!  I always struggle with what to do with the unused ginger because I don't use it regularly.  Do you put it in a freezer bag?  Wrap it in paper?

yep, just put it naked in a freezer bag.

For saving money on infrequently used food ingredients, I use ice cube trays, freeze it, and then vacuum seal in a ziploc bag, the ones with a valve and little hand pump.  For ginger, I buy a ton, then grate it through my food processor.  You can do the same trick with fresh herbs with a tiny bit of water.  It's also great to freeze dregs of wine for later cooking, the extra chipotle peppers from a can, or anything else that you may only use small amounts of.  Oh, and if the coffee in the pot gets cold, freeze the remains and use in iced coffee or pour Baileys over it.  You can even freeze egg whites or yolks, if you have a recipe that calls for only one of them. 

oooh, I do lots of these but I never thought of the buttermilk or egg whites/yolks!! thanks!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on February 20, 2014, 02:18:07 PM
I had planned to make a recipe tonight that requires ground beef, but just realized we're out. Rather than take a mid-week trip to the store, I'll just substitute chicken and chop it small. It'll be fine.

I'm also stoically suffering through the epic whining of small children who have licked clean the strawberry jam jar. Eat the blackberry jam or starve, minions!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on February 20, 2014, 02:43:14 PM
I had planned to make a recipe tonight that requires ground beef, but just realized we're out. Rather than take a mid-week trip to the store, I'll just substitute chicken and chop it small. It'll be fine.

We often substitute ground chicken (and sometimes turkey though not lately) for ground beef in recipes.  The favorite around here is homemade ground chicken tacos!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 20, 2014, 02:50:15 PM

Eat the blackberry jam or starve, minions!

I'm picturing you yelling this at two small children hiding in the corner.  :D  I snorted.   
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on February 20, 2014, 02:56:18 PM

Eat the blackberry jam or starve, minions!

I'm picturing you yelling this at two small children hiding in the corner.  :D  I snorted.

That's pretty close to how it actually went down. There was much gesticulating.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Chris86 on February 20, 2014, 04:29:49 PM
I purchased a townhouse that has an HOA to include insurance - I checked to see if it would be cheaper to switch my auto insurance under the same carrier that the HOA uses - win! I was able to get auto liability insurance for about $15/mo cheaper than my current insurer.

About $180 worth of savings per year for a few minutes of work :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 20, 2014, 08:56:57 PM
I'm also stoically suffering through the epic whining of small children who have licked clean the strawberry jam jar. Eat the blackberry jam or starve, minions!

First world problems...  Overheard in the Root of Good house not long ago:  "But I don't like apricot or blackberry or strawberry jelly, I only like grape!".  Our poor mistreated malnourished children. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 20, 2014, 09:03:01 PM
Here's one of my favorites:  I have a silicon "cupcake" pan that makes flower-shaped "cupcakes" that are exactly 1/4 cup.  When I have buttermilk -- and who EVER uses 1/2 a gallon of expensive buttermilk before it goes bad? -- I freeze it in these containers, then store the buttermilk-flowers in a ziplock.  If I'm making cornbread, I set out one flower to melt in a mixing bowl, whereas if I'm going to dredge chicken in buttermilk then flour, I set out two.  It's already measured for me!  And the flower shape makes me happy.

Thanks for the buttermilk idea.  I always end up substituting regular milk plus a little vinegar for curdling and it's not the same.  I don't want to buy a half gallon of buttermilk and use only a cup or so.  I have the silicon cupcake pan, too, although mine are 1/2 I think.  I even freeze things like beans, ham, and shredded pork or chicken taco meat in there.  Perfect if you just want 1-2 pucks for taco/burrito filling or beans for a side dish.  The ham is great to drop into soups or if I'm cooking beans in the crock pot.

For the bourbon chicken, I don't know if you already do this.  I dice up chicken or some pork loins and bag in ~0.5-1 lb individual sandwich bags and freeze for later quick use in something like bourbon chicken or stir fry or a curry dish.  The chicken thaws out really easily if you spread it flat inside the bag before freezing. 

Dice some veggies and thaw the chicken while you are dicing, and boom, (almost) instant stir fry or curry. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DaKini on February 21, 2014, 05:09:34 AM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

- put 6 table spoons of rolled oats into a pot
- added 2 cups of water
- cooket this bubbly for 1 minute
- let it settle 1-2 additional minutes
- serve, add a little sugar and eat happily, contempating about the huge savings just made.

Total costs per meal are roughly around 0.08€ this way. I was not aware of this "free lunch" until this lunch break. I used to think there is no free lunch, however with the labor of a little over 1.5 hours i can afford lunch for an entire working year if i ate this way every lunch. wow.
I now have to celebrate this new insight with a cup of coffe for ~0.07 € :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: jhartt3 on February 21, 2014, 05:53:16 AM
turned off my power hungry pc/server unplugged a wii we never use and should probably just get rid of.  unplugged my supplementary monitor to my main monitor my TV. 

Anyone know how much those plug in things eat up.  my wife has them plugged in everywhere.  i assume we can save a kwh a day without them maybe more????
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 21, 2014, 09:19:14 AM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on February 21, 2014, 10:10:24 AM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...

YES!  Its actually the reason I won't eat it for breakfast at work (I eat breakfast at work when I eat it, not before).  We have no kitchen, no sink, nothing :(  So the bowl is a block of cement I have to bring home and soak forever.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on February 21, 2014, 10:56:58 AM
Tired. 
Hangry. 
Used a gift card at Starbucks today (from work/several months old) for a hot chocolate. 
Happy Friday!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on February 21, 2014, 01:55:23 PM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...

YES!  Its actually the reason I won't eat it for breakfast at work (I eat breakfast at work when I eat it, not before).  We have no kitchen, no sink, nothing :(  So the bowl is a block of cement I have to bring home and soak forever.

Whenever you soak, do it in cold water, not hot, for oats. It'll come right off in five minutes, ten if you put peanut butter in your oatmeal.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on February 21, 2014, 02:21:31 PM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...

YES!  Its actually the reason I won't eat it for breakfast at work (I eat breakfast at work when I eat it, not before).  We have no kitchen, no sink, nothing :(  So the bowl is a block of cement I have to bring home and soak forever.

Whenever you soak, do it in cold water, not hot, for oats. It'll come right off in five minutes, ten if you put peanut butter in your oatmeal.

Serious?  Why?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on February 21, 2014, 04:23:22 PM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...

YES!  Its actually the reason I won't eat it for breakfast at work (I eat breakfast at work when I eat it, not before).  We have no kitchen, no sink, nothing :(  So the bowl is a block of cement I have to bring home and soak forever.

Whenever you soak, do it in cold water, not hot, for oats. It'll come right off in five minutes, ten if you put peanut butter in your oatmeal.

Serious?  Why?

Serious, but I have no clue why. One of those things my grandmother taught me. She probably had no clue why either, but I'm sure she learned from experience because for most of her life, she had to heat water on a woodstove if she wanted hot water.

I've seen it work, though, many times, and hot does not work as well. I stick my oatmeal bowl in the sink in the break room ato work, cold water in it, go to the restroom, and it's ready to wash out when I'm done (except for peanut butter lumps, if I used any PB). I do add a drop of dish soap with the water if it's handy, but it still works without.

Editing to add that I'm ashamed to say I often don't wash my oatmeal bowl until the next morning, so time isn't a real issue.

Editing again to add that I use plain rolled oats, and quick oats might take a bit longer to soak -- they seem to be more glutinous/slimy.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Drew on February 21, 2014, 04:28:36 PM
Changed my cable/internet plan and dropped the landline to save about $60 a month.

Found out my credit card rewards went from 1% to 1.5%.  Ordered a card for my wife so we can start using it more (the balance gets paid in full every month).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DaKini on February 22, 2014, 05:30:59 AM
I soak the bowl while i eat and never had problems wiping it out with a sponge. Soaking time is about 20 minutes i guess.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mortgage Free Mike on February 22, 2014, 09:40:33 AM
I won two $10 gift cards in auctions using points on my Citi Simplicity card. One is for IHOP. The other is for Walmart. It didn't take much time or effort and I still have more points left for other auctions.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Hadilly on February 22, 2014, 11:52:54 AM
Batch cooking this morning so we have food all week:

Used up green beans that waited too long for a salad in a green bean goat stew instead

Roasted butternut squash curry soup

Spinach zucchini frittata bake (the zucchini were about to go bad too)

Also, using our dryer rack outside for clothes and woolens
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Post by: meteor on February 22, 2014, 12:25:49 PM
I fixed my computer by watching youtube videos, instead of paying someone else.
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Post by: anastrophe on February 22, 2014, 01:02:30 PM
I took a slipper to the cobbler, the sole was coming apart and my toes could peek through. They are LL Bean sheepskin slippers from 20 years ago, a new pair costs about $80, so I feel good about having them repaired.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: serhomeslice on February 22, 2014, 02:05:25 PM
I cut my sons hair and my wife cut my hair and we made pad Thai at home and headed to the library where they lend you books for free!!  Word up!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 22, 2014, 04:46:02 PM
Friend wanted to go out for brunch, I've invited her around instead as the ingredients to cook an awesome big brekkie for both of us will be far cheaper than going to a cafe. Plus this way we can sit around and gossip without anyone clearing the table and trying to move us along.

Putting together a thai red curry, full of veges, in the slow cooker so that I have lunches all week.

BF says he's bought a long awaited game on steam instead of buying a physical copy, saving him at least $20.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on February 22, 2014, 05:17:35 PM
In about an hour and a half, I will be moving to a city an hour away with the assistance of a friend-with-a-car (those are valuable at times). I'm still unshowered, in my pajamas, and surrounded by boxes that have yet to be finalized and taped up. Moving myself is a major pain in the ass.

But paying a moving company to move my things for me (they'll even pack your stuff here!) would have cost at least $200 more than the ~$50 gas-and-hassle money I'm giving my friend. I don't have any furniture, so it's just a bunch of boxes, suitcases, and a cat.

Still, though. Major pain in the ass.

Also ate a 3-egg spinach omelette to give me energy for the beginning of my day, although I do think my friend expects me to buy us lunch after the move. Fair enough.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 22, 2014, 05:56:32 PM
Got on the interwebz and found a copycat recipe for Kind bars and whipped up a batch of chocolate/almond/coconut with ingredients I had on hand instead of forking out $1.59 apiece for them
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 23, 2014, 11:10:22 AM
Today i used my 412$ of rewards points from Sam's club and bought a ton of Bulk stuff. Laundry soap, diswashing soap...u get the idea. Felt like X-mas and reduces my weekly grocery bill by about 8$ a week. I do 50/50 shopping between Sam's and Aldi's so with a family of 6 it was like winning the lottery. Doing my happy dance!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on February 23, 2014, 12:06:06 PM
I purchased a townhouse that has an HOA to include insurance - I checked to see if it would be cheaper to switch my auto insurance under the same carrier that the HOA uses - win! I was able to get auto liability insurance for about $15/mo cheaper than my current insurer.

About $180 worth of savings per year for a few minutes of work :)

Brilliant Chris! I would never have thought of that.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 23, 2014, 12:15:04 PM
I have brunch with my relatives once per week. They prefer eating out.  I invited them to have my homemade Cincinnati Chili.

Sure, we saved a few bucks, but honestly, the best parts of eating a meal at home with people you love is not having to rush and having a place for the children to run and play while the adults sink into a food coma.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RadicalPersonalFinance on February 23, 2014, 01:57:25 PM
We're snacking on citrus all weekend after finding it on the roadside for free.  A semi-trailer loaded with Ruby Red grapefruit overturned on the highway and half of the load was left in the ditch to rot.  8 cloth shopping bags-full later, we're getting tired of grapefruit! :)
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Post by: crazy jane on February 23, 2014, 03:28:08 PM
I whipped up a batch of homemade laundry detergent.
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Post by: RootofGood on February 23, 2014, 03:35:48 PM
Took passport pictures ourselves at home.  We used a white sheet for a background and some simple online tools to crop to the right dimensions.  Then formatted and uploaded to Walgreens.  3 sets of passport photos shipped to my door for $1.40 instead of $35-40 at walmart or somewhere else inexpensive. 

I could have walked to walgreens for free pickup (1.5 mile round trip) but skipped that in favor of paying an extra $0.80 for delivery. 

Now to figure out a way to save on the $535 passport fees for our family of 5...  :(
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 23, 2014, 04:00:02 PM
Got the weekly grocery shopping done for $35.  Spent a couple hours this afternoon working on the landscaping project.  We'll eventually hire someone to finish it for us, but I figure ever little bit I can do myself will save a few bucks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JuSp02 on February 23, 2014, 11:19:54 PM
Three days ago, I started sprouting a bunch of mung beans. Today, I made "chicken" stock with a leftover cornish hen and leftover broth. Then, I made a large pot of soup with the sprouts, pinto beans, rice, and macaroni. I now have lunch for the entire week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on February 24, 2014, 02:07:04 AM
This morning my eldest was sitting around in her nightgown, complaining about the cold, and had just turned the heaters on.  I suggested that maybe she'd be warmer with clothes on, and turned the heaters back off.  (Weather was forecast to be beautiful, and I wasn't going to spend money doing what the sun was going to do for free in just a couple of hours).

Returned books to library that were starting to accrue fines.

Cut out material to make a library bag for daughter's birthday gift later this week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 24, 2014, 05:12:37 PM
I ate porrdige for lunch today. We have a kitchen here at the office, so my sole cost were the rolled oats (0.39€ here per 500 gramm)
Since i once made (comparatively cheap) holidays in scotland, i like porrdige. Its made quick as hell, is  cheap as hell, and also healthy (not quite as hell).
I don't know the reason either, but I also know that eggs wash off better in cold water.  Eggs also never quite come out of dish towels, so always use a paper towel if you drop one on the floor.

Fellow oatmeal eater here. It tastes good too.

Ever notice how that stuff sets like mortar? I have to soak the oatmeal bowl longer than any other dish.

I wonder if there's a market for oatmeal glue...

YES!  Its actually the reason I won't eat it for breakfast at work (I eat breakfast at work when I eat it, not before).  We have no kitchen, no sink, nothing :(  So the bowl is a block of cement I have to bring home and soak forever.

Whenever you soak, do it in cold water, not hot, for oats. It'll come right off in five minutes, ten if you put peanut butter in your oatmeal.

Serious?  Why?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: momo on February 25, 2014, 04:38:06 PM
Had a walkable errands run combining walking the puppy, ourselves, groceries, and exploring new trails in our city for two hours.  The weather was cooperative and so was the puppy.  :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: TheRedHead on February 25, 2014, 08:13:47 PM
Made these 'roily polys' with my kiddo for his morning before-breakfast snack. (We add a teaspoon of cinnamon to add flavor in case anyone makes them). We make most of his snacks (the ones that aren't nuts or fruit or kidz cliff bars).

http://www.firstbites.org/#!apple-oat-balls--first-bites/c12zd
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ThatsMyOtter on February 26, 2014, 05:42:42 AM
On Sunday my whole neighborhood was without running water due to a water main being shut down for some emergency work. I melted snow to flush the toilet and melted ice cubes from the freezer to drink, rather than going out and buying a case of bottled water like several of my neighbors did. I had planned to make homemade soup for dinner, so I made a grilled cheese sandwich. The water was back on Monday morning, so I didn't even have to fill up my reusable water bottles at work as I had planned.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 26, 2014, 06:40:51 AM
on MWF I go to yoga in the morning (at the YMCA, and work reimburses my membership, woohoo!), so I eat breakfast afterwards at work. just finished scarfing down two delicious, nutritious breakfast muffins (I have a whole sack in my freezer) instead of going to the cafe downstairs :) oh and I'm drinking black tea that I get at work for free.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mortgage Free Mike on February 26, 2014, 11:02:01 AM
Took advantage of the Whole Foods Groupon offer ($10 for $5) and bought organic quinoa and ground turkey. Foods that'll fill you up for less.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on February 26, 2014, 12:08:46 PM
Made these 'roily polys' with my kiddo for his morning before-breakfast snack. (We add a teaspoon of cinnamon to add flavor in case anyone makes them). We make most of his snacks (the ones that aren't nuts or fruit or kidz cliff bars).

http://www.firstbites.org/#!apple-oat-balls--first-bites/c12zd

That site has some cool recipes.  Watermelon popsicles, never would have thought of that.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on February 26, 2014, 12:34:01 PM
Biked to work despite the forecast of rain. On reflection, water is pretty harmless to human skin and dries on its own.

Decided against using movers for our upcoming move to new apartment (which incidentally will save us $525 per month(!) and help us learn how to live simply with less space.)



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: crumbcatcher on February 26, 2014, 01:59:04 PM
I got out of bed earlier.  This saves me money because when I get up later I often end up running late with dropping off my son, which means that in order to get to work on time I need to take the toll bridge.

So, waking up earlier = no toll = $$ saved.

Yay!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on February 26, 2014, 02:06:14 PM
Turned off the furnace from 9 am - sunset 2 days in a row due to warm sunny weather (Pacific Northwest).  Watching heating bill DROP!

Our power company has a feature where you can view your daily usage and your hourly usage. It posts at around 10am for the previous day. Continues to amaze me how being just a little bit careful produces massive drops in power usage!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 26, 2014, 08:57:48 PM
Writing a meal plan for the next week based on what we already have on hand.

Convinced a spendy (but lovely) friend that we should hang out at my house and bake together instead of going out for a meal.

Came up with a game plan for how I'll get through the work lunch and drinks tomorrow without spending a half day's pay in one hit (which is about standard for my workmates). Tip: it involves not drinking very much. We'll see if I can pull it off.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPete on February 27, 2014, 06:01:43 AM
Many people here seem to be into cooking . . . and freezing meals; thus, I have a question:

I came across a website a couple days ago that lists recipes /shopping list several options:

- Make 10 freezer meals in an hour
- Make 20 slow cooker freezer meals in two hours
- Make 40 slow cooker freezer meals in four hours

Incidentally, the website is WhoNeedsACape.com -- or something close to that.

I tend to make "batch meals" -- that is, I see pork chops on sale, and I make up 3-4 pork-chops-and-stuffing casserole, a HUGE favorite of my husband's, cook one and freeze the other 2-3. 

But I've thought about the above-mentioned website's concept a dozen times -- I've just never followed through with the legwork (though I never considered making them all slow-cooker meals -- that is a stroke of genuis!).  I've thought of picking out 8-10 of my favorite recipes (that freeze well) and writing them up in one place . . . together with a complete shopping list.  My thought was to put together, say, a chicken-recipe day so that when I find chicken very cheap, I'd do 8-10 chicken meals.  Or when I found ground beef cheap, I'd have the recipes and shopping list at my fingertips so I could prepare 8-10 ground beef meals at once.  But, as I said, I've never followed through with organizing the materials. 

The other thing that holds me back:  To make 40 meals, I'd need to empty the freezer . . . but that never happens.

Anyway, since someone else has already done the work, I'm interested in doing this . . . but I'm nervous about the actual freezing.  I tend to freeze at most 4-5 items at one time.  Like most people, I freeze in gallon Ziplocks.  If I put 40 meals into my freezer at once, will I have any problems with the meals in the middle not freezing?  Do you think I should "rotate" them as they freeze so they all get a chance to be on the outside?  Or am I just making up a problem in my own mind? 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 27, 2014, 06:20:40 AM
I have not spent a dime since Monday! However today i need to go to Aldi's but in a round about way that is a big savings as well!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on February 27, 2014, 06:39:40 AM
Reusing store-bought pickle juice in my homemade pickle recipe. I never knew what to do with all that leftover liquid until I searched the internet. Now it's a no-brainer and I feel like an idiot.

Live and learn.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nottoolatetostart on February 27, 2014, 06:45:46 AM
Recently, I turned the thermostat down to 60 and no one noticed, including myself. Today, since I work home and it's only me & the dog during the day, decided I would try 57 and see how that goes.

Also emptied and unplugged a 2nd refrigerator that we hardly use. DH has not noticed yet and probably will take him weeks to do so.

Yesterday, I made chocolate chip cookies, but thought I had more chocolate chips than I did. Turns out, I only had 1/2 cup and the recipe called for 2 cups. Went ahead and made them anyway and the chocolate distribution was perfect. It was enough to taste like chocolate chip cookies. DH proclaimed they were the best I ever made. LOL
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 27, 2014, 07:45:54 AM
Reusing store-bought pickle juice in my homemade pickle recipe. I never knew what to do with all that leftover liquid until I searched the internet. Now it's a no-brainer and I feel like an idiot.

Live and learn.

We have started making our own pickles with leftover pickle juice.  Cucumbers are $0.29 at aldi's often enough and they fill up a 16 oz jar pretty easily.  $0.29 vs. $1-2 for pickles?  Don't mind if I do!  Even better is grabbing that old forlorn cucumber that no one has eaten and pickling it before it goes bad.  In a way, that jar of pickles is free (sunk cost on the cucumber - it might go bad if not pickled).

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 27, 2014, 07:56:35 AM
I tend to make "batch meals" -- that is, I see pork chops on sale, and I make up 3-4 pork-chops-and-stuffing casserole, a HUGE favorite of my husband's, cook one and freeze the other 2-3. 

I don't do the 10x of the same meal type batch cooking, but I'll "batch cook" perhaps 10 servings beyond what we would eat at 1 meal.  Some favorites are chili, shredded pork taco filling, or guacamole.  The chilis or shredded meat fillings freeze very well.  I use 1/2 cup silicon cupcake molds to freeze small single serving portions of those, or qt ziplocks to freeze a family size portion.  I'll also cook a bunch of beans and freeze in 0.5 c servings.  Instant tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, whatever. 

By the way, MrsPete, I tried your bourbon chicken recipe last night and it turned out well.  Everyone in the family liked or loved it.  I added sliced carrots, onions, and green peppers about half way through the simmering and it was great.  In hindsight the veggies needed a little less cooking, maybe 5 minutes total.  It tastes a little like the sauce on my wife's favorite chinese food in RTP - mandarin chicken/mandarin tofu.  They put onions and frozen peas/carrot mix into the mandarin dishes.  Maybe with some tweaking I can get the sauce even closer and avoid the $7-11 cost of take out. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on February 27, 2014, 10:38:06 AM
Called my insurance company to get them to lower the insured value of the house to just the appraisal cost of replacement (incl debris removal etc), and requested they backdate it as promised, to the date we bought the place end of Dec.  (They insured at sale price, do an appraisal and then will adjust up or down.  It's supposed to be automatic but didn't happen in our case.)  Saved $400
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on February 27, 2014, 03:38:02 PM
After a trip to the (free) art museum today, the kids were clamoring for modeling clay and other art supplies. Two hours later, my wallet is still tucked away and they're covered with paper mache paste (flour, water, and paper out of the recycling bin).

Now I'm making dinner, which will include salad that I bought as a cheap head of lettuce, instead of a spendy bag of prepped lettuce. Dressing will be olive oil and either vinegar or lemon juice, pepper, salt, maybe some herbs and garlic if I'm feeling fancy.

With dinner, I will have a glass of cheap but decent beer or wine purchased cheaper at Costco. After dinner, there may be tea brewed from loose tea purchased in bulk.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 27, 2014, 06:43:29 PM
Manager really wanted me to go buy a coffee with him (as his usual coffee buying mate is off work today). I resisted and saved the $5 that coffee would have cost.

Made it up to him by sharing the baked goods I had on hand. So he didn't take offense. Always good :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on February 27, 2014, 07:11:33 PM
Wore a bib while eating a taco so I wouldn't potentially ruin a white shirt.

Seemed like a circle of life sort of thing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bookworm on February 27, 2014, 11:40:46 PM
I never left the house.  This seems to be the most powerful weapon in my Mustachian arsenal.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CompoundingRocks on February 28, 2014, 03:48:27 AM
stayed at home, cleaned and did work! LOL

no coffees outside,
no fuel spent
no lunch
no dinner spent
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on February 28, 2014, 09:18:20 AM
Signed a lease on a new apartment with 30% cheaper rent and which is bikeable to work. I suppose this is the most mustachian thing we've ever done, and it feels awesome.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on February 28, 2014, 12:26:45 PM
Signed a lease on a new apartment with 30% cheaper rent and which is bikeable to work. I suppose this is the most mustachian thing we've ever done, and it feels awesome.
Awesome! :D

I took cream into work so I could have my own pot of coffee...umm not that I'm getting paid to be at work today ...but it will perhaps pay small dividends in the future with the happiness and health of my volunteers? Yup that's what I'll tell myself. Besides... keeps me away from the massive amount of online shopping I do every single day for sparkly things....
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on February 28, 2014, 05:03:55 PM
Picked up enough chickens for the month of March and stashed them in the freezer since the sale on them ended today.  Bought myself a little piece of licorice instead of the Hail Merry macaroons that were calling my name (which history has show I will eat the whole bag of those damn things before I get home from the store).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: payitoff on February 28, 2014, 05:34:20 PM
made my own orange marmalade jam out of over riped oranges. this rain helps, were just home in our pajamas all day!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on February 28, 2014, 05:59:19 PM
Investigated medical tourism TO Canada from the US (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/medical-tourism-to-canada-for-us-citizen/) for possible multi-hundred dollar savings. 

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on March 01, 2014, 12:51:26 AM
I made applesauce from cores and peels I had saved in the freezer, as kolorado mentioned here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/share-your-badassity/ridiculous/msg209125/#msg209125

Totally worked. I wonder why every recipe for applesauce insists on coring and peeling the apples first?

Also froze a big slice of the chocolate chip banana bread I made yesterday so I'm not forced to eat it all too quickly alone. It'll be a good snack or breakfast later on!

I've been keeping my apartment at 19C/66F. A neighbor came over today for some aforementioned banana bread, coffee, and conversation, and he commented on how cold I keep my place. I hadn't noticed!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on March 01, 2014, 05:33:23 AM
I bought boneless skinless chicken breasts from Aldi for $1.59/lb.  Loaded up and tossed them 4 at a time into freezer bags, seven of them!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 01, 2014, 08:27:42 AM
Just cancelled the three magazine subscriptions on my Amazon account.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on March 01, 2014, 09:19:44 AM
Hung a load of laundry. Currently making yogurt. Will soon head to the market with a well-thought-out and budgeted shopping list.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: G-dog on March 01, 2014, 10:19:48 AM
Reusing store-bought pickle juice in my homemade pickle recipe. I never knew what to do with all that leftover liquid until I searched the internet. Now it's a no-brainer and I feel like an idiot.

Live and learn.

We have started making our own pickles with leftover pickle juice.  Cucumbers are $0.29 at aldi's often enough and they fill up a 16 oz jar pretty easily.  $0.29 vs. $1-2 for pickles?  Don't mind if I do!  Even better is grabbing that old forlorn cucumber that no one has eaten and pickling it before it goes bad.  In a way, that jar of pickles is free (sunk cost on the cucumber - it might go bad if not pickled).

Do you just cut up salad cucumbers and toss them in the jar?  Do you remove the seeds (and watery core)? I've tried this a couple of times long ago, and the resulting pickles seemed kind of watered down in flavor, so I am wondering if I need to adjust something.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on March 01, 2014, 07:26:21 PM
I have plans for meals and snacks all day today, largely based on items I got free from others. I do have to buy onions for tonight's curry, but ~$0.56 isn't so bad for a day's expenses.

I'm about to making exfoliating scrub from used coffee grounds (from the coffee I'm drinking now, also acquired free).

Going to hang laundry on the rooftop clothesline, which doesn't really save me money since I have to hang-dry everything anyway, but it's nice to be able to do it on the roof and I just had to celebrate this new option ;-D
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 01, 2014, 08:23:39 PM
Reusing store-bought pickle juice in my homemade pickle recipe. I never knew what to do with all that leftover liquid until I searched the internet. Now it's a no-brainer and I feel like an idiot.

Live and learn.

We have started making our own pickles with leftover pickle juice.  Cucumbers are $0.29 at aldi's often enough and they fill up a 16 oz jar pretty easily.  $0.29 vs. $1-2 for pickles?  Don't mind if I do!  Even better is grabbing that old forlorn cucumber that no one has eaten and pickling it before it goes bad.  In a way, that jar of pickles is free (sunk cost on the cucumber - it might go bad if not pickled).

Do you just cut up salad cucumbers and toss them in the jar?  Do you remove the seeds (and watery core)? I've tried this a couple of times long ago, and the resulting pickles seemed kind of watered down in flavor, so I am wondering if I need to adjust something.

Pickling cucumbers are better.  They are seasonal, but also dead-easy to grow and very prolific.  You haven't had pickles until you've had homemade fermented pickles (even cheaper than canned, no need to buy vinegar).  I cut the ends off of the bigger ones, and pickle the smaller ones whole.  Tried spears, but they turned to mush too quickly.  Google fermented pickles for instructions.  I still have a batch from summer in a big jar in the fridge; they last a long time.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on March 01, 2014, 08:29:56 PM
I had every intention of going out and spending money today (about $15 on groceries and not sure how much on vitamin D3), but since I was feeling lazy and still suffering a bit from a cold, I just stayed home and spent $0.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on March 01, 2014, 10:12:37 PM
I bought boneless skinless chicken breasts from Aldi for $1.59/lb.  Loaded up and tossed them 4 at a time into freezer bags, seven of them!

We hit up aldi's today, too.  I planned on getting the $1.59/lb chicken breast like you and freezing 15 lbs or so.  Then I saw the half off leg quarters and thighs.  $0.60/lb for quarters and thighs (two cuts my wife loves dearly) - yes, I will, thanks.  I did get one tray of the chicken breasts and we used half for fajitas today, and we'll have leftover fajitas again tomorrow.  Tomorrow we'll be feasting on the leg quarters too.  And the freezer will be full of 15-20 lb of quarters and thighs.  Mmm

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: libertarian4321 on March 02, 2014, 04:22:15 AM
I didn't go to the local monthly gun show yesterday.

I really want to pick up a .38 revolver, but I decided to stay home instead.  Saved $10 in entrance fees, plus about $400 on the revolver.

Let's hope I have the strength to resist today...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on March 02, 2014, 04:36:14 AM
I bought boneless skinless chicken breasts from Aldi for $1.59/lb.  Loaded up and tossed them 4 at a time into freezer bags, seven of them!

We hit up aldi's today, too.  I planned on getting the $1.59/lb chicken breast like you and freezing 15 lbs or so.  Then I saw the half off leg quarters and thighs.  $0.60/lb for quarters and thighs (two cuts my wife loves dearly) - yes, I will, thanks.  I did get one tray of the chicken breasts and we used half for fajitas today, and we'll have leftover fajitas again tomorrow.  Tomorrow we'll be feasting on the leg quarters too.  And the freezer will be full of 15-20 lb of quarters and thighs.  Mmm

We picked up 4 packages of 7 breasts each, and are throwing them in freezer bags, four at a time.

We like to make Tex Mex Chicken starter with some of them, http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tex-mex-chicken-starter (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tex-mex-chicken-starter), but we made the following changes that we like MUCH better.
Eliminate the cayenne pepper and reduce the chili pepper.  Add Ancho Chili powder and Chipotle Chili powder instead.

We cook this starter mix, then freeze it.  A base for fajitas, chicken enchiladas, wraps, Tex Mex chicken salad.  Love this recipe!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Zaga on March 02, 2014, 07:48:06 AM
In preparation for the snow storm we're supposed to get this evening I move the 4-wheel drive car up to the top of the driveway.  It may cost more to drive to work in that car, but the savings is - DH doesn't get PTO, so this will ensure he gets to work tomorrow!  If I don't make it in I can take a vacation day.

Also today, I'll be making some costume clothing.  This isn't super frugal, but we get excellent custom fitted things for a fraction the cost of paying someone else to do it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Zaga on March 02, 2014, 09:04:18 AM
One more thing.  I have jut set it up so that I am paying my car insurance all at once instead of monthly.  This will save about $15 a month between the payment in full discount and the paperless discount.  I'll do the same thing with homeowner's insurance in August when that bill comes due.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: PMG on March 02, 2014, 09:46:23 AM
Wasted an hour or two on these boards.. oh.. wait..

Ate leftover homemade soup.

Laundry, cold water wash, homemade detergent, air dry.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 02, 2014, 02:03:55 PM
Stayed home and hacked away at the landscaping project/upper body workout.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Nancy on March 02, 2014, 03:35:26 PM
Picked up/dropped off book at library.

Ate all meals at home.

Planted seeds for veggie garden.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on March 02, 2014, 03:43:42 PM
Eating from the freezer and resisted the urge to go grocery shopping.

Made 2 pans of whole wheat buns and will freeze 1/2 for eating later this week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on March 02, 2014, 05:29:16 PM
Someone gave us a grocery bag full of pears that they had been given but couldn't be bothered doing anything with!

I'm currently stewing a pot of them to freeze in small batches, and am cooking the cores and peels in the slow-cooker to get the juice out of them.  I'll have a go at making some kombucha using the juice.

And we have friends coming this afternoon.  Afternoon snacks are pears (!), popcorn and homemade banana loaf.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: cdnmustachegrower on March 02, 2014, 05:34:27 PM
Repaired my vacuum cleaner instead of buying a new one.  Nice burning smell when I was running it before.   Pulled it apart and the belt was surrounded by cat hair, it could hardly move. 

Cleaned that out, put it back together.  Problem solved!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 03, 2014, 06:53:16 AM
I bought boneless skinless chicken breasts from Aldi for $1.59/lb.  Loaded up and tossed them 4 at a time into freezer bags, seven of them!

argh, I saw this deal on the flyer last week (ours said it was one day only) and bemoaned the fact that Aldi is 25 minutes away from us and I had no time that evening. I so wish it was closer!! our main grocery store is only 1.5 miles away so I almost never make it to Aldi.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Khao on March 03, 2014, 08:02:24 AM
Repaired my vacuum cleaner instead of buying a new one.  Nice burning smell when I was running it before.   Pulled it apart and the belt was surrounded by cat hair, it could hardly move. 

Cleaned that out, put it back together.  Problem solved!

I love simple things like this. Most people wouldn't even bother trying to see what's wrong when something they own breaks. All it really takes to fix 90% of the stuff in your house is some curiosity and using your brain to do some problem-solving. Even then, if you've gone as far as looking into a problem and can't find a solution yourself, you've still got the internet to find a solution!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on March 03, 2014, 12:53:27 PM
Sent broken smartphone to manufacturer for repairs, instead of following the advice of several people to "just get a new one!" Also, ordered two Airvoice Wireless sim cards.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: jscott2135 on March 03, 2014, 01:25:19 PM
I bought generic cola for my Rum (which I bought value sized at Costco in WA state) I know I know you're all wildly impressed. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on March 03, 2014, 02:10:44 PM
Instead of letting my online subscription to the NY Times be automatically renewed at $7.50 per month, I called and asked if there was a better rate available.  They gave me 3 months at $1.  Win!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mortgage Free Mike on March 04, 2014, 12:36:04 PM
I worked an overnight shift last night. When I got into work, they asked me to work an extra 2 hours.
I negotiated a rate for those 2 hours that worked for me.  Money in the bank.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: crumbcatcher on March 04, 2014, 02:13:19 PM
I mentioned this on another thread too, but I was actually looking forward to posting it here. :-)

Yesterday was my birthday, and I saved money by staying home, eating homemade gnocchi and blueberry muffins with my son, putting him to bed and then filing my taxes for no refund.

It was glorious!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on March 04, 2014, 02:14:27 PM
Paused outside the starbucks that I pass on my way to work. Smelled the coffee. Felt the shitty mood I was in. Thought about all the work I had to do. Thought about this forum, walked away.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Michread on March 04, 2014, 02:22:23 PM
Decided to use my tea bag twice for 2 mugs/day instead of 2 bags/2 mugs/day (16 oz mug).  If I don't seep the tea bag for too long for the first mug it works well.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on March 04, 2014, 04:12:58 PM
Decided to use my tea bag twice for 2 mugs/day instead of 2 bags/2 mugs/day (16 oz mug).  If I don't seep the tea bag for too long for the first mug it works well.

I've found that a 2-cup teapot is the best way to get the most out of my teabags.  1 teabag, fill teapot with water, cover with a teacosy (or a kids hat, as it may be).  That way the first two cups have got the same amount of caffeine/flavour etc.

I haven't tried re-using the teabag for a second pot-load, though.  I've always been a bit meh about re-using teabags as all the good stuff seems to steep out with the first use.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DaKini on March 05, 2014, 02:29:28 AM
I use two teabags to produce about 1 litre of tea using an thermos flask; that are about 4 mugs, so mathematically the same as using a bag twice however i think the taste is better, because the "savings" even out over all mugs.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on March 05, 2014, 12:20:55 PM
Early last week I decided to try the trick of sticking cut green onions into a jar with water, and holy cow does it grow.  I've been cutting stalks all week.  Last night, I tried the same thing with a cut romaine heart, and I'm hoping for some baby greens.   
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on March 05, 2014, 12:22:33 PM
you're growing new onions from the roots? or what do you mean?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on March 05, 2014, 12:24:14 PM
I bought generic cola for my Rum (which I bought value sized at Costco in WA state) I know I know you're all wildly impressed.
Yep, baddassed:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on March 05, 2014, 12:37:13 PM
Forgot to bring my lunch to work...instead of picking up take-out, I had a can of soup (kept in my office for this exact reason), a few crackers, and a can of pear slices. 

I also have NO idea how long the pear slices have been here or why I brought them.  Maybe I thought it was a can of soup. 

I load up on cans of Chunky soup when I can get them for under $1.50.  It's not the healthiest lunch, but the cans are easily stored in my office for long periods of time. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on March 05, 2014, 12:38:03 PM
I bought 64 sausages because they were on offer. The same sausages were available in two different packs, each on different offers, and obviously, according to supermarket logic, the smaller packs turned out to be over 33% cheaper than the big ones. Apparently, normal people don't do arithmetic.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on March 05, 2014, 12:52:06 PM
I bought 64 sausages because they were on offer. The same sausages were available in two different packs, each on different offers, and obviously, according to supermarket logic, the smaller packs turned out to be over 33% cheaper than the big ones. Apparently, normal people don't do arithmetic.

I've noticed the same thing!  Oh well.  I just buy more of the smaller size. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on March 05, 2014, 12:54:39 PM
you're growing new onions from the roots? or what do you mean?

Exactly.  Like this...
http://www.thekitchn.com/re-growing-green-onions-grow-your-scallions-back-on-your-windowsill-165274


ETA:
http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/15/16-foods-thatll-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on March 05, 2014, 01:02:38 PM
you're growing new onions from the roots? or what do you mean?

Exactly.  Like this...
http://www.thekitchn.com/re-growing-green-onions-grow-your-scallions-back-on-your-windowsill-165274


ETA:
http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/15/16-foods-thatll-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/
Awesome!  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on March 05, 2014, 01:23:12 PM
I'd heard about pineapple, and potatoes (this is how we used to plant potatoes in the garden, anyway - cut them in half and toss them in) but I just hadn't considered the onion would regrow with just water.  Thanks for the link!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: anastrophe on March 05, 2014, 05:19:05 PM
you're growing new onions from the roots? or what do you mean?

Scallions or chives, just stick the white part in a glass of water and put it in the windowsill. They grow right back.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Connemara on March 05, 2014, 05:51:08 PM
I had jury duty today. When we broke for lunch, the other jurors were excitedly discussing the nearby restaurants and delis they would be patronizing. Rather than shell out $10+ for my meal, I enjoyed with quiet satisfaction the soup and PB&J I made.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on March 05, 2014, 05:58:26 PM
Just switched electricity providers.  Saving perhaps $100 per year, but hey, it's all worth it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: carloco on March 05, 2014, 07:50:01 PM
I ordered an O2 sensor for my vehicle and made french Bread and pizza crust from scratch.
I also ordered clothesline pulleys hoping that I can, this time, have a bitchinly cool working solar clothes dryer
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: pachnik on March 05, 2014, 07:52:56 PM
I did nothing to save money today other than to walk by several coffee shops and keep moving.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on March 06, 2014, 07:26:32 AM
Apparently, normal people don't do arithmetic.

Neither does this guy.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: crumbcatcher on March 06, 2014, 04:31:35 PM
I braved my coworkers' scorn (and it worked out okay).

I bought an inexpensive salad to eat at a coworker's going away lunch, while everyone else ordered expensive entrees - I thought we'd all be on separate checks.  When the check came for the entire party, someone started doing the math for dividing it all equally.  I piped up about how some of us had ordered quite inexpensively.  My boss ended up putting it on her corporate card so the whole thing could be expensed.

Pre-Mustachian, I would have just borne the extra expense and written it off as not rocking the boat because "I can afford it, right?" Now I don't care if they think I'm being cheap.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on March 06, 2014, 06:32:33 PM
I braved my coworkers' scorn (and it worked out okay).

I bought an inexpensive salad to eat at a coworker's going away lunch, while everyone else ordered expensive entrees - I thought we'd all be on separate checks.  When the check came for the entire party, someone started doing the math for dividing it all equally.  I piped up about how some of us had ordered quite inexpensively.  My boss ended up putting it on her corporate card so the whole thing could be expensed.

Pre-Mustachian, I would have just borne the extra expense and written it off as not rocking the boat because "I can afford it, right?" Now I don't care if they think I'm being cheap.

Badass! Good work.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrCash on March 06, 2014, 06:38:59 PM
Got rental insurance for $8.34 per month!  I did a ton of searching and eventually went with Liberty Mutual.  I was able to get a really good deal by opting for a high deductible and minimum coverage options.  I also got a preferred customer discount from my employer. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SweetLife on March 07, 2014, 06:29:26 AM
Brought milk to work today and a couple tea bags rather than sending someone out for decaf :) ...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 07, 2014, 07:17:41 AM
last night was one of those nights where I just kind of crashed... felt like crap so I skipped my run and my awesome boyfriend took our dog for a walk while I laid on the couch like a slug. neither one of us felt at all like cooking dinner, and we briefly entertained the idea of ordering food for delivery...

then we got it together and made some sort of easy fried rice knockoff for sustenance. rice+eggs+frozen peas+two bell peppers that needed to be used up = WAY cheaper than delivery or takeout! I was really proud of us for facing down the challenge of exhaustion :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on March 07, 2014, 07:25:16 AM
I braved my coworkers' scorn (and it worked out okay).

I bought an inexpensive salad to eat at a coworker's going away lunch, while everyone else ordered expensive entrees - I thought we'd all be on separate checks.  When the check came for the entire party, someone started doing the math for dividing it all equally.  I piped up about how some of us had ordered quite inexpensively.  My boss ended up putting it on her corporate card so the whole thing could be expensed.

Pre-Mustachian, I would have just borne the extra expense and written it off as not rocking the boat because "I can afford it, right?" Now I don't care if they think I'm being cheap.

Seriously, I hate that! Good for you!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on March 08, 2014, 03:38:22 PM
I took the kids to the Goodwill and picked up three pairs of sturdy and lightly worn jeans for $6. Cheapest local source for new jeans is $6 each, and they're badly made. Darn kids and their ever-lengthening legs.

We also swung by the dollar store so they could spend part of their chore money, and found a few items on sale that were on my grocery list to buy later in the day, so I picked them up, saving about $4.

I'm making curry using chick peas which I bought dried. I added some left-overs, and didn't use meat.

When I grocery shopped this afternoon, I only bought what was on my list, which included lots of actual ingredients and few convenience foods. The list was made based on a weekly menu that incorporated lots of things from the pantry to try to whittle that down a little.

The bagger packed my groceries into reusable shopping bags, including one I made out of a cat food bag. Very cute, and I didn't have to buy a new one to replace the one that disintegrated.

I figured out how to take in my uniform top using my Craigslist sewing machine, instead of buying a new top, saving $35.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on March 08, 2014, 03:57:35 PM
Repaired two vehicles and a work shirt today. One vehicle needed a hose, the other just a radiator and heater core flush (it needs a new core and likely a radiator, but today should buy us a few months).

Putting off grocery shopping and instead will be making something to be determined from the pantry and freezer for supper. I have at least four or five options without getting creative.

Planned a menu for the week based on what we have, but I do that every week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: payitoff on March 08, 2014, 05:03:25 PM
weeklong sum-up

-got free lunch from a co worker coz  forgot to bring my own lunch, was ready to pull my emergency lunch drawer at work to have an oatmeal, thanks co worker!

-recycled leftover costco dinner into a baked chicken, costco chicken, frozen veggies, spaghetti sauce, over for 30 mins topped with grated cheese.

-forgot to bring kids pants after swimming class, couldve been an easy walmart trip for a $3 pair of pants, but stayed extra time at the drying machine and let the kids wear the swimming shorts going home, they actually looked like surfer dudes at the grocery with that floral shorts :D

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on March 08, 2014, 05:31:08 PM
weeklong sum-up

-got free lunch from a co worker coz  forgot to bring my own lunch, was ready to pull my emergency lunch drawer at work to have an oatmeal, thanks co worker!

-recycled leftover costco dinner into a baked chicken, costco chicken, frozen veggies, spaghetti sauce, over for 30 mins topped with grated cheese.

-forgot to bring kids pants after swimming class, couldve been an easy walmart trip for a $3 pair of pants, but stayed extra time at the drying machine and let the kids wear the swimming shorts going home, they actually looked like surfer dudes at the grocery with that floral shorts :D

Love it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 08, 2014, 06:13:52 PM
Used my Starbuck's freebie drink for a free post-race treat.  After picking up our co-op produce basket, determined that we needed very little from the grocery store this week - got out of there for $15 + store points and 5% credit card rewards, naturally.  Now making homemade bread and a nice soup with the dribs and drabs of last week's vegetables and leftover roast chicken.

Shipped off a couple things I sold on Ebay using the Ebay/PayPal discounted shipping and dropped them by the post office on the way to my race instead of going out of my way.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 08, 2014, 07:14:53 PM
Making pesto scrolls and fudge from scratch, using ingredients I already had on hand, to take to a pot luck picnic.

Doing a big batch of cooking in the space of a few hours to minimise electricity usage - the oven is a killer if I don't minimise its use.

Cooking up all the sad forgotten veges from the bottom of the fridge into tasty new dishes to eat throughout the week.

Skipping my grocery shopping this week!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: TheRedHead on March 08, 2014, 08:23:23 PM
Planted seed potatoes today. Not only do we get to try exotic types of taters but, since we eat quite a few spuds every week, planting them makes a ton of sense. Plus fresh potatoes can't be beat.

Instead of going to brunch at a restaurant tomorrow with a friend who is in town, I suggested we pick up some pastries from a bakery and meet at a playground. My kiddo will be MUCH happier getting to play while she and I can talk in freedom.

Instead of starting a new crafting project (learning to knit a sweater), I pulled out my needle points that I haven't touched in months and started doing them again. No new projects till these are done.

Almost forgot the big one - took our car insurance down to liability only.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on March 08, 2014, 10:40:35 PM
Nothing today, but yesterday I swung past a couple of op shops - found 3 Redwall books in the 'free for the taking' box at one shop (my kids LOVE these books), and found a knife sharpening steel for  50c at another - we have lost ours and we neeeeeds it.
Title: Thanksgiving in March!
Post by: nereo on March 09, 2014, 12:52:10 PM
Not sure if this counts as "saving money" or just a cheap way of hosting a group of friends, but...

A few days after Thanksgiving I bought an extra whole turkey for 1/3 it's normal cost, and it's been sitting in my freezer since.

Today we're hosting a "thanksgiving in march" with friends.  Everyone's bringing a side and a friend brewed a batch of octoberfest-style beer just for the occasion.  All told we're spending less than $20 to feed a group of 8 people - which of course will yield lots of leftovers for turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey enchilladas. 
I'm so excited and our house smells amazing right now.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Herk on March 09, 2014, 03:12:03 PM
I made my own bread. A big batch that will last about a month, and it was perhaps 15 minutes of work to do it!

Tastes great too, fresh out of the oven, with some aged cheese on top.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving in March!
Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 10, 2014, 08:20:36 AM
Not sure if this counts as "saving money" or just a cheap way of hosting a group of friends, but...

A few days after Thanksgiving I bought an extra whole turkey for 1/3 it's normal cost, and it's been sitting in my freezer since.

Today we're hosting a "thanksgiving in march" with friends.  Everyone's bringing a side and a friend brewed a batch of octoberfest-style beer just for the occasion.  All told we're spending less than $20 to feed a group of 8 people - which of course will yield lots of leftovers for turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey enchilladas. 
I'm so excited and our house smells amazing right now.

that sounds awesome!!!

also you might already know this about Oktoberfest beers, but it's extra appropriate that you're doing this in March: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/29/ :)

my money-saver is that I gave up beer and wine for Lent, with the result that I barely drank at all this weekend! I sampled some sriracha vodka that my boyfriend bought (OMG it was good and I don't even like vodka) and I drank a $1 shot that someone else bought me. otherwise, no booze. it was awesome!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: crumbcatcher on March 10, 2014, 11:00:14 AM
When I grocery shopped this afternoon, I only bought what was on my list, which included lots of actual ingredients and few convenience foods. The list was made based on a weekly menu that incorporated lots of things from the pantry to try to whittle that down a little.

I did this too yesterday!  It felt really good about leaving the store with four grocery bags full of good, delicious, whole food and spending less while I was at it. And I even used coupons! (Something pretty new for me.)

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The bagger packed my groceries into reusable shopping bags, including one I made out of a cat food bag. Very cute, and I didn't have to buy a new one to replace the one that disintegrated.

I am very curious about this cute cat food bag you speak of.  Is there a pattern or pic of something like it online? I'm having a hard time imagining it and I'm intrigued. :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on March 10, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
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The bagger packed my groceries into reusable shopping bags, including one I made out of a cat food bag. Very cute, and I didn't have to buy a new one to replace the one that disintegrated.

I am very curious about this cute cat food bag you speak of.  Is there a pattern or pic of something like it online? I'm having a hard time imagining it and I'm intrigued. :-)

I followed these instructions, kind of. Mine is bigger, isn't lined, and I used a strip from the back to make a handle. Also, my source bag had a picture of a cat on the front, who promptly received a Sharpie mustache.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Funky-recycled-pet-food-bag-pursetote/



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on March 10, 2014, 01:40:03 PM
tmac -- awesome!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on March 10, 2014, 05:04:25 PM
I went to a family-run supermarket to buy my groceries; only discovered them a couple of weeks ago, but overall something like 20% cheaper than the chain supermarket I'd been shopping at. Mostly buying fresh fruit/veg, but it also turns out I've been paying a 12% premium on exactly the same bread just because I didn't know to walk another five damned minutes further.

The extra ten minutes of walking is even made up by not being in an enormous chain supermarket which plays hide-and-seek with what you want to buy.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: frugalamber on March 10, 2014, 06:46:37 PM
2 things:
1. Bought milk to make tea in office for afternoon drink; rather than pay $1.60 per day in Tim Hortons.
2. Took my home-made lunch for a lunch with friends/colleagues, rather than pay $9-10 dollars for food from Chinese place. Was bith awkward at start, as they expected me to buy lunch as i used to do; but end up being all fine. Repeat in future as well.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Prairie Stash on March 10, 2014, 08:47:31 PM
Yesterday it warmed up above freezing outside, 0C. I washed the car in the driveway. It was with a bucket and rag, the hose is still frozen.

Usually the lineup at the carwash on the first warm days hits 30 minutes. Everyone just sits there with their cars idling, moving one spot at a time.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on March 11, 2014, 01:30:36 AM
Made a big batch of homemade buns and took half a dozen to two different neighbours. Ate the rest ourselves with beef dip and a salad for dinner with homemade balsamic dressing. Drank tea at home and took a full travel mug when I went out, too. Turned off the furnace during the day (lovely and mild today in the Pacific Northwest).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on March 11, 2014, 05:59:43 AM
Heat off all day and night here. It was sunny durning the day and so we had solar heat, and high thermal mass kept us at 63F overnight (outside was 40F). Will keep it off today, but back on tomorrow and the next night when we get what may be our last freeze of the season.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 11, 2014, 07:24:53 AM
Yesterday I took a light fixture that we never got around to installing back to Lowe's.  Didn't have a receipt, but I asked nicely and they gave me a store credit and now I have one less thing lying around in the garage.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on March 11, 2014, 11:57:39 AM
Returned 3 packages of blueberry bagels that were mouldy the day we bought them. Ewww! Will be a while before I buy bagels again.  Should be making my own bread anyways!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on March 11, 2014, 12:05:39 PM
Returned 3 packages of blueberry bagels that were mouldy the day we bought them. Ewww! Will be a while before I buy bagels again.  Should be making my own bread anyways!

I've used this recipe with some success http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/09/cinnamon-raisin-bagels/

I'm drinking water and eating an apple instead of going to the vending machine and getting the candy bar that I really want.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: zinnie on March 11, 2014, 12:38:11 PM
turned off the heat for the year. we had it way down this winter compared to last year, and just turned it off until next year.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on March 11, 2014, 12:48:46 PM
On Tuesdays I travel by train to a different teaching job. I buy two singles instead of a return ticket, because the railcard discount only applies after 10AM, so this way I at least get the discount on the journey back. Costs £4.00 instead of £4.60.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: TheRedHead on March 11, 2014, 01:00:16 PM
Made Popsicles with my kiddo using silicone molds. Yes it's warm enough here for Popsicles (this week that is).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on March 11, 2014, 02:15:36 PM
I borrowed a tent from some friends for our family's camping trip this weekend. 

Setting it up yesterday for practice, i came across some mustachian fixits.  Some of the tabs where the fibreglass poles slot into the base of the tent were broken, so he has replaced them with tabs fashioned from squashed food cans.  Genius.  The replacement bits will probably outlast the rest of the tent. (Crappy fibreglass poles are starting to split).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Carrie on March 11, 2014, 02:24:37 PM
I spent a good part of today reading a ridiculous post & all the entertaining responses on here instead of going out to meet my DH for lunch.  I ended up eating some leftover tuna salad that really needed to be eaten.  Somehow reading about facepunchable expenses and all the justifications that go along with them make me want to be ever more frugal.  Go figure!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SweetLife on March 13, 2014, 01:16:10 PM
So ... I had finally had it ... my clothes no longer fit and I am getting uncomfortable (haven't gaine much actual weight with baby but it seems to be "redistributing" in odd places making even  my "fat" clothes uncomfortable .. so my wonderful husband told me to go and buy new clothes ... (course I couldn't wrap my head around NEW clothes ...) So I went to a neighborhood "Value Village" - second hand clothing store ...

LO and BEHOLD ... they were having their twice a year 50% sale ... so not only did I score a pile of (very very gently used - no stains no rips gorgeous) new-to-me tops I managed to find a PILE of (basically) NEW baby boy clothes for between $1-$2.50 including OSH Kosh ... Old Navy ... so cute ... total for the shopping trip was $100.50 ... but I am set for tops until after the baby is born AND the baby has a good base until he is 6 months old ...

Rather than buying a new pair of jeans I think I am going to take a pair that I have that should be big enough to my tailor and get him to fix them for me ... will cost a bit but not as much as the prices I have seen online! :)

Second ... continued to bring lunch to work ... and milk for my tea that I make here ... Husband made a cake a few days ago so had a lovely dessert didn't have to buy :)

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on March 13, 2014, 03:31:22 PM
Participated in a timed 5k at work.  Free!  (no expensive race fees)

Brought lunch from home (still eating leftovers from Sunday)

Switched (permanently) from an SUV to a hybrid (gas savings are amazing)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mc6 on March 13, 2014, 04:01:24 PM
A friend is going to treat me to dinner out, for looking after her ridiculously cute dog this weekend.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mrpress on March 13, 2014, 04:07:00 PM
Switched my wife's basic voice and text cell phone service to Page Plus. $12 a month compared to $58 for Verizon! That's the cheapest I could get Verizon and the first month of PP is free!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Michread on March 14, 2014, 02:51:40 PM
Put back the bag of mac apples at $2.99 for the bag of Rome apples at $1.99
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on March 14, 2014, 06:39:59 PM
Made pizza at home for dinner. Toppings were leftover veggies from the week.

Dessert is apple crumble -- apples, flour, butter, sugar, and spices. The apples were about to go bad a month ago, so I peeled, cored, and froze them.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: QuacktasticStache on March 14, 2014, 06:42:52 PM
Wanted to buy a bag of chips at work, grabbed the leftover box of crackers in the office closet instead.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: wealthviahealth on March 14, 2014, 07:18:49 PM
I fasted until dinner avoiding spending any money on food while traveling.
Great strategy for avoiding high priced airline food which usually makes you feel terrible while on on the plane.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: happyfeet on March 14, 2014, 09:33:08 PM
Friends asked us to go out to dinner.  Instead of dropping the $60 on dinner and wine we ate at home and invited them over after they ate out for wine at our house.  Saved the money on dinner out and still got to enjoy wine and conversation with our friends.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: payitoff on March 14, 2014, 11:41:58 PM
so proud of hubby tonight, co workers birthday, and as a tradition, everybody goes out for dinner while birthday celebrant eats free, tonight they planned to go to a korean bbq, hubby ate dinner at home with us, we had tilapia fillets coz its Friday, and showed up to co workers dinner full, telling them "its Friday, i cant eat meat".
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 15, 2014, 02:23:43 PM
Tacked some of the old fence pickets onto the new fence I just built rather than making a special trip to the store to pick up the last few I needed.  Also reused the gate hardware from the old fence instead of replacing it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrCash on March 15, 2014, 06:22:27 PM
Moved using our own vehicles instead of renting a U-Haul!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Samsam on March 17, 2014, 02:54:43 PM
Finally told TWC to eff off!!!  Now I am using my bing rewards points freely fund my hulu plus addiction.
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Post by: I Love Cake on March 17, 2014, 03:06:24 PM
I darned 5 pairs of my sons' socks and 3 pairs of mine.

Usually dh just pitches them. If I find them before dh I snip off the toe part and use them as cleaning rags but am accumulating a lot of cleaning rags and we were close to having to buy more socks.

Got two free cookies from work today. I will give them to the kids as a special snack.
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Post by: Carlsky on March 17, 2014, 03:11:00 PM
I did not purchase a coffee today.  I waited until I could get free coffee at the office.
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Post by: Theadyn on March 17, 2014, 03:51:07 PM
Got taken to lunch by boss.  Will be eating leftovers tonight. 
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Post by: oldtoyota on March 17, 2014, 06:00:19 PM
Wanted to eat lunch out. Ate at home instead. =-)

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Post by: homehandymum on March 17, 2014, 06:54:53 PM
Need to post some items sold on Trademe (local ebay/craigslist type equivalent).  Will go tomorrow so I can combine driving chores.

Clothes drying outside

Ordering petfood online (special renal diet for cat).  Am currently waiting to hear how to add a one-off request to my autoship order so I can combine shipping costs.  If I can't, I just won't buy the extra food.
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Post by: szmaine on March 17, 2014, 08:22:31 PM
Stocked up on lunch food for work. Yogurt/granola for breakfast, sandwich fixings for lunch..all set for week 2 of not buying any lunches or snacks.

Made leftover baked potato soup. My goal to use up all of the potatoes in the cellar that are too good to be used for seed so lots of potato eating for the foreseeable future.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 17, 2014, 08:41:25 PM
Made salmon fillets from the freezer, frozen mixed veggies and a blueberry cobbler from last year's farm buy of 100 lbs of blueberries in peak season at lowest price.

Made my own chai tea concentrate -- its delicious!
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Post by: homehandymum on March 17, 2014, 08:46:38 PM
Made my own chai tea concentrate -- its delicious!

Recipe please!  I've made spiced chai the Indian way (boil tea, milk, sugar and spices all together), but not a concentrate.  I'm always keen to learn something new :)
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Post by: swick on March 17, 2014, 08:55:23 PM
Made my own chai tea concentrate -- its delicious!

Recipe please!  I've made spiced chai the Indian way (boil tea, milk, sugar and spices all together), but not a concentrate.  I'm always keen to learn something new :)

Here is one version:
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/msg47338/#msg47338 (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/msg47338/#msg47338)
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Post by: homehandymum on March 17, 2014, 11:28:17 PM
^^ Thanks to you both!
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Post by: tariskat on March 18, 2014, 07:45:08 AM
So this was yesterday, not today.. but I finally picked up my quarter beef! 3$ / lb for ribs, steaks, burger, soup bones, and everything, finally nearly filled my freezer to the top.  I still have just a bit of venison and pork left, too (all wild or home raised)
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Post by: peppermint on March 19, 2014, 05:29:53 PM
Switched my car insurance and got a much better rate.
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Post by: homehandymum on March 19, 2014, 05:47:19 PM
Pre-purchased power at a lower rate for parts of our winter months.

I've just switched to a provider which, while they will bill you retrospectively for used power at a standard rate, allows you to 'pre-purchase' power for the future at a lower rate.  They are also about to put up their base fees across the board (in addition to their usual winter price hike which starts at the end of this month), but have kept their lower prices available for another week.

Electricity is our only heating source so getting good rates really helps in winter.

tldr: have spent lots this month on power, but will even out to lower costs overall, especially over our upcoming winter. 
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Post by: tmac on March 19, 2014, 05:52:45 PM
Instead of hitting the market when we ran out of sandwich bread, I baked some.
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Post by: Falconer on March 19, 2014, 11:42:42 PM
Not going to the office. Staying at home and trying to do all the organisation from home.

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Post by: Squirrel away on March 20, 2014, 08:36:11 AM
Homemade meals all day, no spending and paid off some of my 0% credit card debt.
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Post by: crumbcatcher on March 20, 2014, 11:59:01 AM
This is more something that I've been doing for awhile, but it's something I've realized today about how I've saved money. :-)

According to Mint, I've not gone out to eat for a whole month.  This is a first in recent memory.  AND my grocery spending is way down as well!

Also, I sold my first thing on eBay and am going to put it in the mail today!
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Post by: Carrie on March 22, 2014, 01:01:26 PM
I painted my own toenails today.
(not that I would pay someone to do it for me, but a lot of my friends do pay for this)
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Post by: szmaine on March 22, 2014, 01:23:12 PM
I sorted my change jar. That means that I made sure it was free of non-money debris. I will take this 1/2 gallon of metal to my credit union on Mon. pour it through the free change counter. This will go right into the savings acct. Last time it was $90.
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Post by: tmac on March 22, 2014, 01:48:03 PM
I'm waiting for a giant bowl of dough to rise, with which I will make hamburger buns and hot dog rolls for tonight, dinner rolls to have with soup tomorrow, and two loaves of sandwich bread for the rest of the week.  To buy it all in the store would have cost $12 easy. I don't think the ingredients cost more than $2 for all of it.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 22, 2014, 05:06:16 PM
@serpentstooth. Thanks for posting  the oregon chai concentrate recipe that was requested by homehandymum. Yes, that's the one I used and just love it and have made several batches since.  I'm looking into making a bulk purchase of vanilla beans for both this recipe and the homemade vanilla I posted about on Homemade Christmas. 

Today's money saving activity was baking some treats for the week for the freezer so I won't be buying premade treats at the grocery store for the kids. Made a blueberry raspberry crisp, peanut butter bars and son made lemon bars.
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Post by: Squirrel away on March 23, 2014, 02:46:09 AM
1. Homemade meals. I'm making a homemade roast dinner later. A roast dinner is a British thing I think, it usually means roast meat, potatoes, veg and gravy, mine will be a veg version.:)

2. Reading some more of an investing book and something else on my kindle that I put on there a couple months ago.

3. Refrain from buying incense sticks, I ran out a few weeks ago but have coped living without them. Lol.
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Post by: chesebert on March 23, 2014, 07:50:42 AM
Noise canceling headphone I had for a few years stopped working due to corroded (it looked pretty nasty) battery contacts. For a split second, I thought about throwing it away and spending a few hundred on a new one. But, instead of acting on that thought, I Googled. After about 20 minutes, some vinegar and  elbow geese later, I cleaned off the corrosion and my headphone is working again. Crisis averted and money saved!
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Post by: CentimentalFreedom on March 23, 2014, 07:55:55 AM
My family and I sat down to a movie on Netflix after walking the dogs in the park.
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Post by: wealthviahealth on March 23, 2014, 07:57:32 AM
Today I am consuming only smoothies, using up my fruits/ veggies/ eggs that will soon go bad.
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Post by: szmaine on March 23, 2014, 08:36:50 AM
Cooking a turkey. We have a chest freezer and when turkeys are on sale at Thanksgiving for 49 cent/lb we get 4 or 5. Turkey dinner, turkey sammiches for lunch next week, and a big turkey stew all for about $6. Yum.
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Post by: warfreak2 on March 23, 2014, 11:44:48 AM
I picked up a few bags of parsnips which were reduced to clear. I am making an enormous stew with potatoes, carrots, garlic, spring onion, spinach, beans, and some herbs. If I eat it with the sausages from my freezer, I estimate I'll eat for a couple of weeks at a total cost of ~£0.60 per dinner.
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Post by: lizzzi on March 23, 2014, 11:54:07 AM

Decided I can put off grocery shopping for one more day. I'm using up the last of a meat loaf tonight, that was last Sunday's "big" dinner. I'm putting together a vegetable soup to go with it from onion/carrot/celery/potato/cabbage/tomato paste/broth/BetterThanBouillon that I've got on hand. Will take walk in the park, practice my harp, and read my book instead of taking car out for any reason. Did not use car yesterday, either.
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Post by: Threshkin on March 23, 2014, 01:28:33 PM
Making Chili Verde using tomatillos from my garden last year.  My SO is using the rest of the pork meat to make Chinese style tofu/pork stew.  Boiling the skin to make pork jelly.  Fried the fat to make cracklings and reserved the oil for future use.  Lunch and dinner for the week!
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Post by: reginna on March 23, 2014, 04:21:58 PM
Making Chili Verde using tomatillos from my garden last year.  My SO is using the rest of the pork meat to make Chinese style tofu/pork stew.  Boiling the skin to make pork jelly.  Fried the fat to make cracklings and reserved the oil for future use.  Lunch and dinner for the week!

Wow Threshkin. Nice use of resources!
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Post by: Prairie Stash on March 23, 2014, 04:33:12 PM
I went through the grocery receipt last night as I exited the store. I caught an error, went back to get it fixed.
It turned out the store had forgotten to take down a sale tag, 2 days earlier. What I thought was on sale was actually suppose to be at regular price, so I was wrong. However store policy said that if an error occurs I get the product free, so they gave me $6.00 (The items price). I was the first person, after 2 days to notice (they fixed the tag right away).

I also returned 2 carts, not mine. Each cart had a quarter in it, this chain requires coins to unlock the carts. I'm up $0.50 on that too. A very small thing indeed :)
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Post by: Zaga on March 23, 2014, 08:37:45 PM
Asked a coworker for an old newspaper, used the pages to make origami plant pots, and started my yellow tomato, red tomato, and sweet red pepper seeds for my garden this year in a "greenhouse" made of a white basin and plastic wrap.  These are heirloom seeds too, so I will save seeds and be all set for next year!

The rest of my plants I will direct seed when it gets warm - kale, romaine, zucchini, and spaghetti squash.
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Post by: homehandymum on March 23, 2014, 10:04:14 PM
Cooked dinner, even though we had a baby staying in the house last night and I am a brain-dead zombie today from the unaccustomed night-crying.  I was really tempted to ask DH to bring takeaways on his way home, but just got on with assembling dinner instead.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 24, 2014, 12:07:13 AM
Good for you homehandymum! I bailed on dinner on Friday night when we had company with 3 kids stay till after 5 and I emailed and asked him to bring home dinner.  Felt badly for doing it but felt like I didn't have it in me to cook.  On the good side of things, we stayed out of stores today and enjoyed time on our sunny front porch drinking tea and watching our kids play.  It was a nice and relaxing way to spend our Sunday! 
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Post by: Squirrel away on March 24, 2014, 03:39:14 AM
1. I have delayed buying more groceries for a couple of days.

2. I'm making up a batch of bean chili to have over the next few days. I will eat leftovers cold sometimes, I don't know if that makes me weird lol.

3. No spending today, but luckily (ha) I have enough housework to keep me occupied.:)

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Post by: ketchup on March 24, 2014, 09:13:26 AM
Ate leftovers last night, finally got a new library card yesterday, rode my bike 4.3 miles to the train station this morning, and will arrive home to a crapload of homemade bone broth in the slow cooker.
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Post by: Threshkin on March 24, 2014, 09:58:17 AM
Working from home again today.  I have gone to the office once in the last three years.  Gotta love the "bunny slipper commute" as one of my coworkers put it.

Sitting inside watching the snow fall is so much better than driving in it!
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Post by: Zaga on March 24, 2014, 03:32:16 PM
Submitted for a reimbursement through work for an association I belong to.  Nice that work will pay for something I would do anyways!
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Post by: RootofGood on March 24, 2014, 07:58:05 PM
Gave my daughter $90 cash* for her 9th birthday.  I wrapped it up in an old Aldi's sales paper.  Saved money on an envelope, fancy gift bag, or wrapping paper. 

I also gave her a Lite Brite toy (remember those from the 1980's?).  $2 at the thrift shop visit a couple months ago.  Her response: "OMG this is the awesomest toy ever.  This is incredible.  You can create anything you want, and we can draw our own patterns."  I totally forgot you were supposed to buy blank patterns for the toy (at $6 per pack back in the day).  Now her little sister wants her own Lite Brite.  I'm not sure if they even make them any more. 


* After giving her the cash, she collected it and some more birthday money and piggy bank money and gave me a total of $200 to deposit into her bank account.  She says she's saving up for FI, as she doesn't want to work forever.  Sorry folks, she won't be paying for your social security for very long. 
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Post by: Squirrel away on March 25, 2014, 04:59:04 AM
I'm saving money by not using the washing machine by staying in my nightclothes all day.:0
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Post by: swick on March 25, 2014, 08:10:35 AM
Good day for small things:
 - Opted not to buy a coffee on the way back to work. Didn't take a cab home when I forgot something I needed for one of my lessons (I walk everywhere and lack of sleep and cold weather made me deeply consider it, even though I never would)
 - Wrote an email that took me 2 minutes and saved me 700.00 that I had been putting off
 - Discussed the merits of buying chicken wings for supper in a sleep induced stupor - Husband was awesome enough to make a stir-fry instead.
 - Got Hubby's parents to call us back - They have a cheaper long distance plan then we do.
 - Ongoing - been having lots of small discussions at our house lately about FI, spending priorities, future plans etc. Taking a big topic and chunking it down into very small manageable pieces and getting lots of insights - slowly realizng that everything is a "small thing" :)
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Post by: tariskat on March 25, 2014, 08:42:49 AM
Gave my daughter $90 cash* for her 9th birthday.  I wrapped it up in an old Aldi's sales paper.  Saved money on an envelope, fancy gift bag, or wrapping paper. 

I also gave her a Lite Brite toy (remember those from the 1980's?).  $2 at the thrift shop visit a couple months ago.  Her response: "OMG this is the awesomest toy ever.  This is incredible.  You can create anything you want, and we can draw our own patterns."  I totally forgot you were supposed to buy blank patterns for the toy (at $6 per pack back in the day).  Now her little sister wants her own Lite Brite.  I'm not sure if they even make them any more. 


* After giving her the cash, she collected it and some more birthday money and piggy bank money and gave me a total of $200 to deposit into her bank account.  She says she's saving up for FI, as she doesn't want to work forever.  Sorry folks, she won't be paying for your social security for very long.

Your daughter is beyond awesome.  I hope hitting the angsty teen years doesn't faze her!
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Post by: payitoff on March 25, 2014, 10:04:40 AM
delayed buying groceries here too., second day im using what's in the pantry for kids morning snacks and lunch in school.
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Post by: going2ER on March 25, 2014, 11:33:17 AM
I was incredibly nervous doing this, but I washed my down filled jacket at home. It is white so has already been to the drycleaners twice this year, and they didn't do such a great job. I think I held my breath the whole time, but it turned out better than the drycleaner did and looks great.
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Post by: szmaine on March 25, 2014, 04:11:21 PM
Ate from food stash at work for breakfast and lunch, even though my mind gibbered at me that I could afford a treat because it was a hectic day and I forgot the lunch meat in the fridge over the weekend and would normally have ditched it without even checking if it had gone bad or not...
I did not listen to the gibbering excuses.
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Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on March 26, 2014, 05:27:04 AM
Wanted to drive to work and pay for parking since it snowed overnight and was very cold this morning, but I took the bus!  Parking = $7, plus gas and wear and tear on the car.  Bus = free because I have some old bus passes that I hadn't used in a long time, plus I had the $ taken out of my check pre-tax to pay for the passes.  :-)
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Post by: mbl on March 26, 2014, 05:31:20 AM
Needed a new pair of sneakers for working out.
Was way overdue.   Shopped at some brick and mortar stores and found a style that fit well.
Found it on ebay, new, for 1/2 the price.
Paid for it with money in my PayPal account I made selling things on e-bay.
OOP = $0!
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Post by: EricL on March 26, 2014, 07:29:42 AM
I drank tap water instead of buying bottled water.  Stupid, I know.  But 9 of the 10 places I've lived had bad tasting tap water.  So buying bottled water became a knee jerk reaction I now have to remember to fight even now that I live in a place that has decent tasting tap water.
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Post by: tmac on March 26, 2014, 11:58:32 AM
I just finished making a batch of low-sugar, whole grain oatmeal cookies which will last a week or more for the five of us. It probably cost about $2 to make. The equivalent amount of granola bars, which we used to buy, would have cost $20 or more AND we would be eating much more sugar, salt, etc.
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Post by: Exflyboy on March 26, 2014, 12:16:30 PM
Sold this!

Actually I sold it a few months back and put the money in my Vanguard index fund account.

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Post by: MissPeach on March 26, 2014, 02:10:10 PM
Gave my daughter $90 cash* for her 9th birthday.  I wrapped it up in an old Aldi's sales paper.  Saved money on an envelope, fancy gift bag, or wrapping paper. 

I also gave her a Lite Brite toy (remember those from the 1980's?).  $2 at the thrift shop visit a couple months ago.  Her response: "OMG this is the awesomest toy ever.  This is incredible.  You can create anything you want, and we can draw our own patterns."  I totally forgot you were supposed to buy blank patterns for the toy (at $6 per pack back in the day).  Now her little sister wants her own Lite Brite.  I'm not sure if they even make them any more. 


* After giving her the cash, she collected it and some more birthday money and piggy bank money and gave me a total of $200 to deposit into her bank account.  She says she's saving up for FI, as she doesn't want to work forever.  Sorry folks, she won't be paying for your social security for very long.

The do make lite bright. I saw it in a toy store recently. It's a led version now so it's not quite like it was in the 80s with the giant hot light bulb.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 26, 2014, 02:16:16 PM
Making buns for big party tomorrow instead of buying them -- I'm actually about to do this this afternoon, so writing it down here will force me to do it and not bail and send a teen to the store to buy them for me! haha
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Post by: homehandymum on March 26, 2014, 07:31:52 PM
After looking for products to help my daughter learn her times tables - and even putting one into the online grocery cart - I decided to actually use the flash cards that I already have, and definitely drill her daily for 3 weeks before I even consider spending money on it.  And I found some free online games for multiplication facts too.

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Post by: FrugalInTraining on March 26, 2014, 09:09:04 PM
Brought a packed lunch today, even though my office was celebrating a birthday and ordering BBQ - I had to fight off last minute temptation to join in but I held firm. 

I still contributed for the birthday cake, though: $2.

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Post by: Squirrel away on March 27, 2014, 05:13:30 AM
I will only spend £10 today but it is on a essential household item.
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Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 27, 2014, 06:51:14 AM
Gave my daughter $90 cash* for her 9th birthday.  I wrapped it up in an old Aldi's sales paper.  Saved money on an envelope, fancy gift bag, or wrapping paper. 

I also gave her a Lite Brite toy (remember those from the 1980's?).  $2 at the thrift shop visit a couple months ago.  Her response: "OMG this is the awesomest toy ever.  This is incredible.  You can create anything you want, and we can draw our own patterns."  I totally forgot you were supposed to buy blank patterns for the toy (at $6 per pack back in the day).  Now her little sister wants her own Lite Brite.  I'm not sure if they even make them any more. 


* After giving her the cash, she collected it and some more birthday money and piggy bank money and gave me a total of $200 to deposit into her bank account.  She says she's saving up for FI, as she doesn't want to work forever.  Sorry folks, she won't be paying for your social security for very long.

your daughter sounds amazing, it sounds like you've been an awesome influence, and I LOVE LITE BRITE!!!
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Post by: payitoff on March 27, 2014, 11:46:04 AM
forgot to add that i had maintenance turned off A/C in my office, i dont like the cold, and when it gets too hot, i just open my door and the A/C from the unmustachian room blows in, my co workers think im weird for not having A/C and "its sooo hot in your office", well maybe if they stop wearing sweaters in the office they'll know its not. 
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Post by: crumbcatcher on March 27, 2014, 01:22:22 PM
I bought honey and whole wheat flour instead of buying a loaf of Dave's Killer Bread.  Those two things were about the same cost as one loaf of bread. I already have yeast and other ingredients at home, and a bag of flour will make at least four loaves.

DKB is so good, but it's wicked expensive.  I have been teaching myself to make my own bread, which is satisfying as well as cost-saving.

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Post by: PMG on March 27, 2014, 03:27:55 PM
forgot to add that i had maintenance turned off A/C in my office, i dont like the cold, and when it gets too hot, i just open my door and the A/C from the unmustachian room blows in, my co workers think im weird for not having A/C and "its sooo hot in your office", well maybe if they stop wearing sweaters in the office they'll know its not.

I admire this.  I am assuming you don't pay the power bill for your office, so it isn't saving you any money personally, but it is being responsible for use of resources.  Your great grandchildren will benefit from your choice.

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Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on March 28, 2014, 05:28:47 AM
Wanted to drive to work and pay for parking since it snowed overnight and was very cold this morning, but I took the bus!  Parking = $7, plus gas and wear and tear on the car.  Bus = free because I have some old bus passes that I hadn't used in a long time, plus I had the $ taken out of my check pre-tax to pay for the passes.  :-)

Took the bus again today, even though my experience last time was not that great.  The ride in was fantastic, but the afternoon ride back home was hot, crowded, and loud.  Hoping that it will be better going home today.  When I was mentally whining about taking the bus today and thought about driving in, I kept thinking about the bed pan and catheter!
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Post by: Squirrel away on March 28, 2014, 05:39:57 AM
No spend day.:)
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Post by: HappierAtHome on March 28, 2014, 06:09:52 AM
Tonight I've cooked a creamy vegetable pasta bake to use up the veges from last week's shopping trip that were sitting in the bottom of the fridge.

Also, making a vegan chocolate cake for my BIL's birthday, because it meant I didn't need to buy more butter or eggs.
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Post by: Primm on March 28, 2014, 06:24:54 AM
Totally not deliberate, but I left my transit card at home, so I should have had to buy a ticket at the station. But when I got there and tried to use my card in the machine it wouldn't accept any cards. So I and about 5 other people ended up with a free ride home, because I work 12 hour shifts I finish after the manned ticket window has closed. :)
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Post by: garion on March 28, 2014, 10:43:19 AM
This was actually yesterday, but:

Went out for lunch with a bunch of coworker's to celebrate a coworker's upcoming baby. I was planning to pay for myself and her (we're pretty close), but an older woman who earns a lot more than the rest of us unexpectedly paid for all of us. I suppose that's not something I DID, but it was nice :-).

After our workout, went to a pizza place with fiance to pick up our CSA basket and avoided the temptation to stay and eat pizza for dinner. Instead, went home and made black beans (soaked the night before) to mix with some rice/beef/cabbage leftovers to eat in corn tortillas for dinner. Put out a load of laundry to dry instead of using the dryer, and put on some broth in the slow cooker before I went to bed.

And my fiance got a raise yesterday! We joked about how we were celebrating his raise by stretching out leftovers...
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Post by: CentimentalFreedom on March 28, 2014, 10:55:01 AM
Switched my $300 phone plan to skype plans. (Saved about $250).
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Post by: tmac on March 28, 2014, 11:39:39 AM
My son broke my daughter's only bedroom lamp last week. He was required to give his to her until we could replace hers -- he's discovered that getting dressed in the dark is fraught with peril.

I've just come home from the Goodwill with a $3 lamp which we will smarten up using basic supplies already at home. So I saved the money I would have spent buying a new one, and my daughter gets a fun art project. :)
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Post by: horsepoor on March 29, 2014, 11:19:56 PM
Made applesauce out of a bunch of apples that were getting kind of pruney down in the "root cellar."

Cancelled Amazon Prime.

Stocked up on $10 off $50 Lowe's coupons for some house stuff we'll be needing shortly.

Avoided stopping at Starbuck's even though we were cold from doing yard work in the rain, and I still have a gift card from Christmas.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on March 29, 2014, 11:42:22 PM
Finished teaching a Kids Spring Break camp. An additional 700.00 in our pocket and 500.00 ready to go to the Canadian Medical Relief Organization for their next medical aid trip to Syria. As part of our gallery show, we issued a challenge to our community to match a 500.00 donation we were going to make - and they did! But I didn't want to blow our budget so took the extra work to come up with our side of the donation :)

Also planned a great dinner at home for tomorrow night using pantry and freezer foods as a "date night" as we haven't seen each other much this past week.

Ohh and after cleaning up from the kids I found 35 cents :)

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on March 30, 2014, 03:05:03 AM
Decided not to buy more groceries, I felt like getting some more fresh fruit and veg but I will wait until later in the week and just eat what I have in the house.



Cancelled Amazon Prime.



I'm thinking of doing that too as the price will be going up.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on March 30, 2014, 03:34:59 AM
I looked more critically at my grocery list and cut it down to only two items: eggs and cat litter. When I got to the store, they were out of cat litter! So I just got eggs.

I've been spending a lot of money on food lately, and while I've been eating insanely well and enjoying it immensely, I know I can have the same level of satisfaction with less spending.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on March 30, 2014, 07:13:26 AM
Finished teaching a Kids Spring Break camp. An additional 700.00 in our pocket and 500.00 ready to go to the Canadian Medical Relief Organization for their next medical aid trip to Syria. As part of our gallery show, we issued a challenge to our community to match a 500.00 donation we were going to make - and they did! But I didn't want to blow our budget so took the extra work to come up with our side of the donation :)

Also planned a great dinner at home for tomorrow night using pantry and freezer foods as a "date night" as we haven't seen each other much this past week.

Ohh and after cleaning up from the kids I found 35 cents :)

Wow -- that is so cool!  You rock!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on March 30, 2014, 09:19:29 AM
Decided not to buy more groceries, I felt like getting some more fresh fruit and veg but I will wait until later in the week and just eat what I have in the house.



Cancelled Amazon Prime.



I'm thinking of doing that too as the price will be going up.

They will give you a pro-rated refund if you want your cancellation to be effective immediately.  I really haven't been using mine for books or streaming, and figure that I'll think more carefully before buying without the free shipping.  Of course, you can re-subscribe at any time, so it saves just to let it lapse for a few months at a time.  Mine auto-renewed in January and I don't think I've used it once since I'm trying to go all MMM, but at least I'm getting $59 back.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on March 30, 2014, 01:41:24 PM
Sewed a button back onto boyfriend's shirt. Making soup from left overs and some burger I bought along with the other quarter of a cow from the farmer, so I can eat awesome dinner before meeting friends out for our Walking Dead finale!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NearlyThere on March 30, 2014, 02:01:38 PM
Ate at my own restaurant today instead of splurging on a mothers day meal for the entire family.

Thankfully my mum likes our food.

Saved approx £150
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on March 30, 2014, 02:35:29 PM
Repaired my computer's corrupted Windows registry by restoring it from a backup. Mostly time saved by having the backups in the first place, but also money saved by finding instructions and doing it myself.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lizzzi on March 30, 2014, 04:28:45 PM
Instead of going to grocery store, made a Sunday dinner from leftovers, and planned out dinner menus for the oncoming month.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on March 31, 2014, 06:35:04 AM
Eating at home all day. Had vegan hot dogs for lunch and going to have vegetables and rice for dinner. They accidentally delivered me a Chinese sauce with my shopping so I'm going to use that as it was free. My husband put the food away so I didn't notice or I would have returned it.;)

Low spend day. I spent £3 on a kindle book but I will read it later tonight.

Walking Dead finale!

I thought it was really good. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Fireman on March 31, 2014, 06:44:39 AM
Had vegan hot dogs [/snip]

I'm sorry, what? :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on March 31, 2014, 06:47:45 AM
Had vegan hot dogs [/snip]

I'm sorry, what? :)

It was hot dog buns, vegan hot dogs (they taste the same as meat hot dogs as my husband tells me) with fried onions, ketchup and yellow mustard on top. Yummy!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 31, 2014, 06:55:12 AM
vegan/vegetarian hot dogs/corn dogs are one of my favorite fake meat products! I mean hot dogs don't even taste like real meat so if you think about it it's a match made in heaven.

we didn't go out to eat all weekend (made killer beer battered fish tacos with on-sale basa on Saturday night, and one of the most amazing brunches I've ever had yesterday!), we both have lunches brought from home today of delicious bean soup and homemade bread (and I just finished eating breakfast, an english muffin and banana brought from home augmented with the jar of peanut butter I keep in my desk), and I rode my bike to work today. these are actually all things I almost always do... but sometimes I feel like I am failing at this whole frugality thing so it's nice to remind myself that every little habit counts!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 01, 2014, 11:54:04 PM
No spend day!

Baked some cookies for the freezer.

Hung 2 loads of laundry to dry in the sunshine.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nora on April 02, 2014, 12:43:27 AM
Increased my contents insurance deductible and saved half of my premium.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on April 02, 2014, 07:01:32 AM
Increased my contents insurance deductible and saved half of my premium.

Good one Nora! Amazing how much you can save.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on April 02, 2014, 07:37:36 AM
I'm cleaning the kitchen with hot water, a rag, and a spritz of homemade cleaner in the really bad spots. Once it's clean, I'm going to mess it up again by baking our sandwich bread for the week.

After the kids get home from school and finish homework, we'll purge their too-small clothes and hit up the Goodwill for spring/summer clothes.

Edited to add: I also ended up soaking & cooking 2 lbs of dried beans to use in dinners this week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: happyfeet on April 02, 2014, 12:04:09 PM
Well, I had  $30 bottle of Familia Pasqua  Amarone in my cart at Costco - because someone brought us a bottle once and it was amazing. And I never have bought a bottle that cost that much.  But I put it back and got the BotaBox.  Sigh.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: AJ on April 02, 2014, 12:43:16 PM
This past week:

I've been wanting to try learning to knit, but have been hemming and hawing about spending money on supplies for a hobby I might not like. Yesterday, I found knitting needles at the thrift store for $0.99 a pair, and a ball of yarn for $1.49. Score! It won't be enough yarn for a real project, but it will be enough to play with to decide if I like it.

Tried a copy-cat recipe for my favorite Taco Bell sauce (the one they put on the quesadilla). Not exact, but close enough for me :)

Ordered a 25lb bag of converted rice from Winco. It's already pretty cheap, but they give you an extra 5% off if you buy it in the 25lb bag rather than just from the bins.

Walked to and from work this week now that the weather is nicer.

Made DIY newspaper jiffy pots for seed starting rather than buying them.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bookworm on April 02, 2014, 12:52:16 PM
I bought a new tube of lip balm Sunday and before I even got it home, it all melted into the lid while I was sitting in a hot car waiting in a parking lot for DH, and then it hardened there.  In pre-MMM days, I would have said, "Bummer!" and bought another one.  This time, I took the lid off and microwaved it 20 seconds at a time, pouring the wax back into the right side of the tube.  I saved most of it!  There's a little more that still seems to be stuck in the lid.  Maybe I'll find another way to scrape it out.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 02, 2014, 04:54:24 PM
Hubs took the pipes apart under the sink to unclog the drain instead of calling a plummer ... pre-MMM we definitely would have called a plummer after exhausting all other methods (plunger, boiling water, vinegar, baking soda).

It was gross but 100% fixed and cost $0
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: BlueMR2 on April 02, 2014, 05:17:46 PM
Trash diving again at work today.  Vending machine guy threw out a pack of some slightly out of date donuts that will make for a nice sugary breakfast tomorrow!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 02, 2014, 05:27:47 PM
Ha! Ha! A George Costanza moment with the donuts!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mortgage Free Mike on April 03, 2014, 06:42:09 AM
Maxed out my Roth IRA for 2013. I know, a little late-- but I beat the April 15 deadline. My goal is to max out my Roth IRA for 2014 by July!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: oldtoyota on April 03, 2014, 07:10:56 AM
My elementary-aged kid decided to wear her leg warmers over her now-too-short pants. These pants are fairly new, but they are already a bit too short since she's growing tall at a rapid rate.

She wasn't really even thinking about saving money. I think she viewed it as: 1) I have a problem 2) Let's solve the problem.

When we were at the grocery and the kidlet said we needed liquid hand soap for the bathroom. She came back with one and said she picked it because it was cheaper! I told her that was great thinking and let's go look at the options. Turns out the soap was more expensive by the ounce so I explained how one container had 8 ounces and the other had 16 ounces...and the 16-oz container was actually the cheaper one. We got in a math lesson too! I love showing how we use math in everyday life.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on April 03, 2014, 08:10:26 AM
okay these aren't today but I have three little no-sacrifice things that I'm really proud of in the last week...

- I went to the grocery store Saturday while my boyfriend was at work. when I asked him if he needed me to pick up anything he said he was really craving a margarita for after work so maybe some margarita mix? premade margarita mix kind of grosses me out so I googled standard margarita recipes and decided I needed tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. well, at the grocery store I found that limes were hella expensive (actually I had just heard about this recently on NPR I think) and lime juice only comes in tiny bottles. darn. I found some margarita mix that only had 3 ingredients, so I felt good about that, but it was "organic" (which is a lower priority for me) and was like $9 for a bottle. hmmmmm. I pondered the issue as I continued my shopping and then... in the refrigerated aisle... I found it! Simply Limeade! pretty much the equivalent of a mixture of lime juice and simple syrup, in a larger quantity and under $3. bam. I was pretty proud of myself.... and the margaritas turned out amazingly!

(yes I know making margs isn't very mustachian in general, but I am fairly comfortable with our financial situation and we like booze)

- Tuesday evening we had something to go to at 7 pm. I don't usually get home from work until 5:30-6 and we wanted to get in a run before the event, but I really didn't want to end up going out for dinner. I came up with the genius (if I do say so myself) meal plan of NACHOS, taking advantage of black beans (cooked in the crockpot from dry, then packaged in the freezer) and delicious shredded pork (also crockpotted then frozen) for a super quick, delicious, and filling meal. after the event with friends we all ended up going to a restaurant/bar, but our bill was much lower than everyone else's since we didn't need to eat (I was actually sooooo full from delicious nachos!) and I'm not drinking beer or wine for Lent, so my bf had a beer and I just had a root beer. in fact, my root beer ended up being FREE because they ran out and I wasn't able to get any free refills (which honestly I didn't need anyway). DOUBLE SCORE!

- tonight we are going to our minor league baseball team's home opener (I know, not mustachian either, but these are all about literally painless ways to cut back!). last night we made burgers, and I said to my boyfriend, "what are we going to do with ALL these burgers?" because we had 8 and really we only needed 4, 2 for last night's dinner and 2 for lunch today. he said, "eat them before the baseball game tomorrow so we don't have to buy food there! and then for lunch on Friday!" umm... duh!!!! what can I say, he's a genius!! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ShortInSeattle on April 03, 2014, 10:12:04 AM
Dropped Amazon Prime and our Pet insurance. Savings: $1099.00.  OK, technically $699 since we tend to get a few hundred bucks back from pet insurance each year, but not enough to justify the premium.



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 03, 2014, 02:39:50 PM
Pulled some spaghetti sauce out of the freezer to put on the pasta for dinner -- also, some buns that were in there and some tortellini.  Viola! Instant dinner! Also, "sprucing up" some lettuce in cold water and will make a balsamic and olive oil dressing (1/2 c. balsamic, 1/2 c. olive oil, minced clove of garlic, salt and pepper)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on April 03, 2014, 04:16:51 PM
Maybe not so small, but we're finally cleaning out the damn storage units this week. Should be done Saturday. We are keeping a smaller, cheaper, closer one to help with the sorting out and to give a place to meet Craigsist buyers for a couple of months.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on April 03, 2014, 05:54:20 PM
We used dried beans in tonight's giant vat o' veggie chili, which I'll also use as filling in Saturday's enchiladas and still have plenty left over for lunches for at least two weeks. Cost about $4 to make.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ian on April 03, 2014, 08:42:43 PM
Finally got signed up for a rewards card that my main food stores use (the site to apply is all in Korean). That will be 5% back on many of my purchases.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on April 03, 2014, 08:48:05 PM
Finally got signed up for a rewards card that my main food stores use (the site to apply is all in Korean). That will be 5% back on many of my purchases.

Haha! I *just* signed up for a Lotte Member Card a few days ago. LotteMart's the closest big-box store to me, and where I find the cheapest dairy and meat products.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: pachnik on April 03, 2014, 09:29:29 PM
I asked my boss for his copy of the Province newspaper this morning when he was done with it because Zikoris and her boyfriend were on the cover!!!!!  i told my boss that I knew these two people and he just said take the paper!  Then he and I talked a little bit (and very carefully) about saving money!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on April 04, 2014, 06:53:04 AM
yep it's online!

http://www.theprovince.com/business/Young+living+cheaply+Vancouver+bring+Freedom/9692666/story.html (http://www.theprovince.com/business/Young+living+cheaply+Vancouver+bring+Freedom/9692666/story.html)

and there's a thread about it here:

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/share-your-badassity/we-made-the-papers!/msg260729/#msg260729 (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/share-your-badassity/we-made-the-papers!/msg260729/#msg260729)

very very cool!! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: PMG on April 04, 2014, 08:25:05 AM
Maybe not so small, but we're finally cleaning out the damn storage units this week. Should be done Saturday. We are keeping a smaller, cheaper, closer one to help with the sorting out and to give a place to meet Craigsist buyers for a couple of months.

made me chuckle

"come on baby, meet me at my storage unit.  I promise it is perfectly safe...."

craigslist just can't help being creepy.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: greenmimama on April 04, 2014, 03:28:34 PM
I sold some extra Fiestaware I had for $57

I went to the grocery store with a plan and used the Mperks and coupons ands sales for things we normally buy, I saved $50

I am baking bread right now for part of a meal that friends are coming over for.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on April 04, 2014, 04:10:02 PM
Movie night!

Pizza from scratch, using bits of leftover meat and veg for toppings. (Saved $30 delivery)

Movie rental/download for the five of us, instead of going to the theater. (Saved $50)

Bulk popcorn made on the stove. (Spent a few cents instead of $20+ in the theater, or $2 microwavable bags)

Happy family = Priceless.  :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: szmaine on April 04, 2014, 05:42:36 PM
I had to run a display booth for my place of work at the local flower show today. I was getting pretty damn hungry and on on the verge of  spending $9 on a sandwich from the food vendor.
But look!...there is Sea Dog Brewing Co giving out free braised beef shooters across the way!
I made three trips over there and was saved from the $9 sandwiches.
Anyway, for all the Sea Dog IPA I've consumed they owed me!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: pachnik on April 04, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
Bought some body lotion that i was running low on with a gift card I got for Christmas.  Funny how those gift cards don't burn a hole in my pocket since i got here.  :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on April 04, 2014, 06:46:37 PM
Maybe not so small, but we're finally cleaning out the damn storage units this week. Should be done Saturday. We are keeping a smaller, cheaper, closer one to help with the sorting out and to give a place to meet Craigsist buyers for a couple of months.

made me chuckle

"come on baby, meet me at my storage unit.  I promise it is perfectly safe...."

craigslist just can't help being creepy.


Well, ick, you're right. But better that than creepiness at my house!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on April 04, 2014, 07:38:41 PM
Plus--you earned some badass points.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on April 04, 2014, 08:46:48 PM
I'm finding it hard to come up with things I do to save money these days because I just wouldn't pay for certain things to begin with.

I took a short shower during which I turned off the water when I was lathering up, but that's a habit.

I only turned the boiler on to heat up my shower water, but that's a habit.

I hung my clothes to dry on the rooftop clothesline, but that's a habit.

I'm using sunlight rather than electric lights, but that's a habit.

I ate leftovers for breakfast, but that's not out of the ordinary. I can't imagine going out and paying for restaurant breakfast, lunch, or dinner on a normal day.

I guess by buying my Brita filters in a package of 10 rather than 5 or 6 I saved a buck or so per unit. So hurray! I *did* save money today! (By spending more at once...)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on April 04, 2014, 09:09:52 PM
Same for me Nikki:

Walked to work and back (habit is to either bike or walk--never drive)

Brought food for lunch/snacks from home (habit)

Showered at work (habit)

Left thermostat at 52F while I was at work all day (habit)

Went to grocery store after work on bicycle with backpack (habit)

Oh--I used no shampoo today, instead of dab I usually use.  Saved a penny there!

Oh--and I steered clear of the nut section of the grocery store--that saved me $3 - $8!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Shor on April 04, 2014, 09:28:28 PM
My girlfriend's apartment garage sounded like metal being ripped in half every time it was in motion. The garage is directly under her room so it sounded like an earthquake any time someone triggered the darn thing.

After begging her father for months to fix it, he decided to put grease on the tracks. Noise gets even worse!

One quick Google lookup determined that this was exactly the wrong course of action. Her Father resigned to the couch, and we (I) decided to take some WD40 to every hinge, and wheel. Removed and cleaned out every metal link on that garage door. Quick test and it's quiet as a ghost now.

Cost: Half an afternoon
Savings in Sanity: Priceless
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 05, 2014, 03:58:36 AM
I had a craving for some alcohol last night but resisted going to the shop and had an early night instead, Woo! Exciting Friday night, ha. ;)

No spend day again today.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 06, 2014, 04:47:25 AM
I redid our monthly grocery budget and shaved 12.5% off to put some more money towards savings.:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: boogiewoogie on April 06, 2014, 08:55:54 AM
I won £100 on the Grand National. Admittedly that was yesterday, but they say money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Don't worry I don't do this on a regular basis! Once every few years.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: innerscorecard on April 06, 2014, 09:36:11 AM
Successfully got the interest payment benefit I was supposed to have gotten all along on my PAYE student loans by appealing the injustice to the Department of Education Ombudsman office.

This is what Ramit Sethi would call a "big win."
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mjs111 on April 06, 2014, 10:21:39 AM
Last week I biked to work in the rain for the first time. Usually I take the car if rain is in the weather forecast. I probably still will drive if it's pouring but I successfully did not melt in the drizzle.


Mike
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ketchup on April 06, 2014, 12:29:38 PM
My girlfriend's sister has an interview at Whole Foods on Tuesday.  That could mean 20% off the portion of groceries we get there (which granted isn't a ton), which would be pretty nice.  So, not something I did, but something that will directly benefit us.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lizzzi on April 06, 2014, 05:23:21 PM
My kitchen faucet has been having a very weak, thin stream of water. My daughter advised me to get a new faucet, and while I'm at it, a new sink. As long as I'm doing that, I should get new countertops and new appliances, and by the way, new cabinets would look nice, too. So while thinking about following my daughter's advice and doing all this, I removed the faucet filter and soaked it in vinegar for 30 minutes. Voila--a good, strong stream of water from the faucet. So for 2 tablespoons worth of vinegar, I've avoided having to renovate my kitchen.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 06, 2014, 05:45:01 PM
Today I hung my sheets and towels out to dry for the first time since last December.  Spring is almost here!  I have been line drying everything else all winter, but these things take too long on an indoor line.

I also bought a BBQ chicken at the grocery store - today was their special price, it cost less than buying a chicken and oven roasting it myself.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ottawa on April 06, 2014, 05:50:00 PM
Today I hung my sheets and towels out to dry for the first time since last December.  Spring is almost here!  I have been line drying everything else all winter, but these things take too long on an indoor line.

I also bought a BBQ chicken at the grocery store - today was their special price, it cost less than buying a chicken and oven roasting it myself.

Right on!  We hung out stuff today too - it was quite easy to reach the clothesline with the snow underfoot as well!!

Those damn chickens (metro?) - they are good - but I get so thirsty after eating it!  :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 06, 2014, 05:57:58 PM
I actually walked on bare deck to get to the line - but there was lots of snow a foot away.  Everything dried really fast, even though I think the high was only 5, because it was so windy.

I used to get the Metro ones on Tuesday (their sale day) when I lived in Ottawa.  These were at Mike Dean's, and also spicy, but so good.  My dog loves it when I get this, she gets all the juicy scraps.


Right on!  We hung out stuff today too - it was quite easy to reach the clothesline with the snow underfoot as well!!

Those damn chickens (metro?) - they are good - but I get so thirsty after eating it!  :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Ottawa on April 06, 2014, 06:01:05 PM
Hmm...this weekend:

Took the car (rare):
1) to work (though I didn't work - hey it's the weekend) to pick up a cat scratch post (retrieved from a dumpster on way to work with bike) that was brand new (value $69.99)- except broken from someone having sat on the hammock bit.  (I fixed it in about 10 minutes!)
2) walked from work to the gym for a workout and had a shower there
3) drove to ESSO to use the 6cents off per litre from the previous weekend's Loblaws grocery shopping - except I only needed 30 litres (which is all we used since 24 Feb) which I paid for with a $200 gift card which was scored from signing up for an American Express Aeroplan card
4) drove onward to Shoppers Drugmart - they had a spend $75 get $25 in points promotion.  I spent $76.77 on things I needed (but which were on sale at $35 off the regular price).
5) then groceries - spent $107 at Loblaws on groceries that were on sale - and also deposited a $40 cheque from greatcanadianrebates (from signing up for the aforementioned Amex Card)

Then, converted my commuting bike from winter mode to summer mode while enjoying a pint of homebrew (60 cents).

To name a few things ;-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 06, 2014, 06:06:00 PM
@Ottawa - impressive!

(Can you help @libraryjoy - she looking for wedding ideas in Ottawa.  I ran out of suggestions pretty fast.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on April 06, 2014, 06:22:50 PM
Bought basil and cilantro seeds to grow our own herbs.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on April 06, 2014, 06:42:56 PM
Completed the clean-out of the more expensive of our two storage units. I just have to go down at 8:00 tomorrow, sweep it out, then collect our deposit and a prorated refund for April(!) -- didn't expect that.


Also cooked General Tso's myself rather than buying frozen. Cheaper and healthier. Needs more red pepper next time, though.


Also worked my side hustle, which doesn't really take all that long. I think I'm at ~$40 an hour on it. Too bad it runs about two hours a month :-)


ETA: I almost forgot the coolest thing! Cut my own hair for the first time this morning (girl hair, no buzzer here). It looks pretty darn good! There's one little spot that's too long, so I'll trim it in the morning. It's just a straight bob, chin length, so it irks me to pay to have it cut, but I'd never gotten up the nerve to do it myself. It wasn't all that hard, just a pain doing the back.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on April 06, 2014, 10:14:40 PM
Nicked and soaked some morning glory seeds that I'm planning to grow in containers this year instead of spending $$ on store-bought annuals.  Might try to get some petunias going, too.

Hauled home all of the rock from the rock garden our previous tenants-from-hell had converted to a fire pit.  Said rocks will go into our xeriscaping efforts, cutting down on what we'll need to buy, and make it more visually interesting, too.

Used several $10 off of $50 coupons to get all the crap we needed from Lowe's to fix the rental up to put on the market.

Prepared a split pea soup to slow-cook while we're at work tomorrow, and packed up Friday's leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on April 06, 2014, 10:30:21 PM
Okay, can I confess something super dorky?  My main savings account gives .87 interest.  Another account, which I opened for various reasons and only have a small amount sitting in, gives .75.  So as I'm going through my end-of-month stuff I think, I should really transfer that money over to the higher interest account.

But then I think, the amount it's throwing off each month is so small, small enough to fall below the $10 that would trigger a report to the IRS.  And indeed, .87 minus 15% (my tax bracket) is .72, meaning I'm better off leaving it in the lower-interest account that I won't have to pay tax on.

And that was ten minutes of my day.  Saving, like, thirty cents.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lhamo on April 07, 2014, 01:19:00 AM
This is really minor, but fun for me.   I use cream in my coffee.  I noticed there is always a little layer of cream left on the inside of the package after the last bit has been poured out.  So I decided to pour my coffee into the container, swish it around, and use up that last bit of cream rather than throwing the package out with residue inside.  I use about one container/week, so that is roughly 52 servings, or a little more than 7 packages.  Creamer costs about $2.50/package.  So I saved myself roughly $15.00/year.  Not going to get to FI on that, but it does bring the grocery bill down just a tad.

I have cooked all our meals this weekend and made plenty of leftovers for DH and the kids to eat for lunch all week (kids are off school this week).  Except now there is a chance we  may need to make a short trip to his hometown to get some paperwork taken care of.  Oh well -- if we are here we will eat it all up, if not it goes in the freezer for my lunches. 

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on April 07, 2014, 02:43:08 AM
But then I think, the amount it's throwing off each month is so small, small enough to fall below the $10 that would trigger a report to the IRS.  And indeed, .87 minus 15% (my tax bracket) is .72, meaning I'm better off leaving it in the lower-interest account that I won't have to pay tax on.
(1 - 0.15) * 0.87 = 0.7395 > 0.72
It's still worse than 0.75, but by little more than one basis point. I assume the rates are variable, this could change very soon! If your taxed account rises to .89% or your tax-advantaged account goes to .73%, then moving your money becomes profitable*. Also, at such a small margin, if the balance is <$10, a rounding error of 1 cent could tip the balance - it depends on the exact amount in the account.

*For extremely small values of "profit", and not counting all the effort of watching those interest rates.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 07, 2014, 06:12:37 AM
Low spend day, just some money spent on dog food.

My girlfriend's sister has an interview at Whole Foods on Tuesday.  That could mean 20% off the portion of groceries we get there (which granted isn't a ton), which would be pretty nice.  So, not something I did, but something that will directly benefit us.

That will be cool if she gets it.:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on April 07, 2014, 07:26:18 AM
Hmm...this weekend:

Took the car (rare):
1) to work (though I didn't work - hey it's the weekend) to pick up a cat scratch post (retrieved from a dumpster on way to work with bike) that was brand new (value $69.99)- except broken from someone having sat on the hammock bit.  (I fixed it in about 10 minutes!)
2) walked from work to the gym for a workout and had a shower there
3) drove to ESSO to use the 6cents off per litre from the previous weekend's Loblaws grocery shopping - except I only needed 30 litres (which is all we used since 24 Feb) which I paid for with a $200 gift card which was scored from signing up for an American Express Aeroplan card
4) drove onward to Shoppers Drugmart - they had a spend $75 get $25 in points promotion.  I spent $76.77 on things I needed (but which were on sale at $35 off the regular price).
5) then groceries - spent $107 at Loblaws on groceries that were on sale - and also deposited a $40 cheque from greatcanadianrebates (from signing up for the aforementioned Amex Card)

Then, converted my commuting bike from winter mode to summer mode while enjoying a pint of homebrew (60 cents).

To name a few things ;-)

Wow, you rocked it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on April 07, 2014, 07:59:50 AM
Last week I biked to work in the rain for the first time. Usually I take the car if rain is in the weather forecast. I probably still will drive if it's pouring but I successfully did not melt in the drizzle.

Awesome! I am still working on this one :) I need to get fenders, the only time I've biked in the rain (not really by choice) I possibly ruined a nice work skirt... should have just changed into my yoga pants but I was being lazy and I didn't think there was that much water on the ground :(

ETA: I almost forgot the coolest thing! Cut my own hair for the first time this morning (girl hair, no buzzer here). It looks pretty darn good! There's one little spot that's too long, so I'll trim it in the morning. It's just a straight bob, chin length, so it irks me to pay to have it cut, but I'd never gotten up the nerve to do it myself. It wasn't all that hard, just a pain doing the back.

This is awesome!!! I keep wanting to try cutting my own, but I'm scared :) it is thick and curly, so I don't think minor unevenness would be to obvious, but it's also the kind of hair where a good vs. bad haircut makes a HUGE difference in how it looks (at least to me) and I haven't been able to tell what they are doing differently when I get a "good" haircut. will have to pay closer attention next time and then maybe try it myself!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SweetLife on April 07, 2014, 11:12:58 AM
Working from home again today.  I have gone to the office once in the last three years.  Gotta love the "bunny slipper commute" as one of my coworkers put it.

Sitting inside watching the snow fall is so much better than driving in it!

Sooooo jealous of this lol.... and LOVE LOVE LOVE "bunny slipper commute"!!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ragesinggoddess on April 07, 2014, 11:14:33 AM
Shopped around and found cheaper eggs and cheese at the bargain grocery. Normally pay about .20/egg, now .08! Since I eat a couple dozen eggs a week, this will really add up.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on April 07, 2014, 11:30:10 AM
Gave my daughter $90 cash* for her 9th birthday.  I wrapped it up in an old Aldi's sales paper.  Saved money on an envelope, fancy gift bag, or wrapping paper. 

I also gave her a Lite Brite toy (remember those from the 1980's?).  $2 at the thrift shop visit a couple months ago.  Her response: "OMG this is the awesomest toy ever.  This is incredible.  You can create anything you want, and we can draw our own patterns."  I totally forgot you were supposed to buy blank patterns for the toy (at $6 per pack back in the day).  Now her little sister wants her own Lite Brite.  I'm not sure if they even make them any more. 


* After giving her the cash, she collected it and some more birthday money and piggy bank money and gave me a total of $200 to deposit into her bank account.  She says she's saving up for FI, as she doesn't want to work forever.  Sorry folks, she won't be paying for your social security for very long.

My 9 year old just blew my mind last night.  A couple weeks ago I put her $200 piggy bank money into her savings account (that pays 0.x% interest).  Last night at allowance time she asked if she can transfer that $200 from her savings account at the bank to her 529 account*.  She says she has decided she wants to be a college professor (in a currently unknown field of study), therefore she wants to ensure she will have enough money for college. 


*I think she's been reading MMM or my blog.  What kind of a 9 year old knows what a 529 is, let alone thinks to contribute money to it!?!?!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on April 07, 2014, 11:39:16 AM
But then I think, the amount it's throwing off each month is so small, small enough to fall below the $10 that would trigger a report to the IRS.  And indeed, .87 minus 15% (my tax bracket) is .72, meaning I'm better off leaving it in the lower-interest account that I won't have to pay tax on.
(1 - 0.15) * 0.87 = 0.7395 > 0.72
It's still worse than 0.75, but by little more than one basis point. I assume the rates are variable, this could change very soon! If your taxed account rises to .89% or your tax-advantaged account goes to .73%, then moving your money becomes profitable*. Also, at such a small margin, if the balance is <$10, a rounding error of 1 cent could tip the balance - it depends on the exact amount in the account.

*For extremely small values of "profit", and not counting all the effort of watching those interest rates.

Ah yes, thank you, I did do .85 * .87 to come up with my answer at the time but then misremembered later when, under the influence of wine, I was confessing it.  A wise reminder to me not to do arithmetic under the influence.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on April 07, 2014, 11:54:59 AM
As usual, I split my grocery shopping between the family-run supermarket and the big chain supermarket, getting things from whereever it's cheaper. While at the family-run supermarket, I bought yellow plums (£2.18/kg) but not regular ones (same price) because I misrecalled the big chain supermarket's price for regular plums. At the big chain supermarket I realised that the regular plums there were actually more expensive (£3.33/kg), but rather than take the hit and pay an extra ~50p for the amount of plums I wanted, I just skipped buying them until next time.

The big chain supermarket had reduced the fancy hummus to £1.65/kg (30p/182g) and fancy coleslaw to £0.33/kg (10p/300g), so I took "Reduced to Clear" as an imperative, and bought all of it.

In total I have a rather impressive grocery haul, probably two weeks' worth of food for under £13. If only this was possible every fortnight.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on April 07, 2014, 12:04:45 PM
Walked to the gym with my two toddlers instead of using the car. Reduced coffee consumption from a full cup to 2/3 cup. (It looks less sad if I use a small mug.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on April 07, 2014, 07:16:49 PM

ETA: I almost forgot the coolest thing! Cut my own hair for the first time this morning (girl hair, no buzzer here). It looks pretty darn good! There's one little spot that's too long, so I'll trim it in the morning. It's just a straight bob, chin length, so it irks me to pay to have it cut, but I'd never gotten up the nerve to do it myself. It wasn't all that hard, just a pain doing the back.

This is awesome!!! I keep wanting to try cutting my own, but I'm scared :) it is thick and curly, so I don't think minor unevenness would be to obvious, but it's also the kind of hair where a good vs. bad haircut makes a HUGE difference in how it looks (at least to me) and I haven't been able to tell what they are doing differently when I get a "good" haircut. will have to pay closer attention next time and then maybe try it myself!


It took me a couple of months to get my nerve up, but I don't believe I'm going back now! Trimming up the long spot this morning worked out just fine, and I think it looks good ( mo one else has said a word, but then it was just a trim). I did time things so that I would be able to go and get a repair job done before I have to do a conference presentation next weekend, just in case. :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: nikki on April 07, 2014, 07:24:59 PM
Last night's dinner was leftover curry I wasn't thrilled to eat. I added in some fresh perilla leaves to make it more exciting, and it was... slightly. Rather than chucking it out and eating something else, I pushed through and finished my bowl. It wasn't great, and I rarely make myself eat things that aren't great, but I just couldn't bring myself to toss something made from the beautiful, giant organic spinach I got in my CSA box last week. Respecting the ingredients and whatnot.

New CSA box coming today and I still have some crown daisy and perilla leaves left! The crown daisy will be tossed into a "minute minestrone" soup I'm making for dinner.

No waste!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LibraTraci on April 07, 2014, 09:09:39 PM
I very rarely have anything to post here because I'm a watcheverypenny type in everyday life.  But!

Today I had some dental surgery done and rather than go fill all the prescriptions, I'm doing a wait and see.  I don't tend to want painkillers in my system, especially not as a precautionary measure.  And I don't tend to want antibiotics, unless an infection actually develops.  (It's my body's damn *job* to fight infection, so I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for some pills to that effect. Teach *that* b!tch a lesson.)

Also, it is a good feeling to pay in full with a debit card and feel no sense of loss at all, since I already have ten times that amount stashed and earning interest. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JamesL on April 07, 2014, 10:23:15 PM
I listed a ton of stuff on Amazon, Ebay, and Craigslist. I sold $200 worth on Amazon today and $340 from Craigslist. I'm selling everything I haven't used in the last few months (laptop, textbooks, etc). It feels good to de-clutter. I'm also eating all of the food in my kitchen before I go shopping. I'm close to being down to beans and rice lol. I only have coffee in my fridge :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LucyBIT on April 09, 2014, 10:56:49 AM
I Mustached-up last night and instead of paying H&R Block $30 to file my state return for me (like I have done every year since I started doing my own taxes), I only filed my federal through them, then used CO's free online filing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 09, 2014, 03:30:33 PM
Made a batch of whole wheat buns to go with our dinner. Ground the flour fresh in my grain mill. Yum! Hard boiled a dozen eggs for snacks for the kids. Made some quinoa to go with dinner. I accomplish so much more on the days when I just stay home!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 11, 2014, 07:56:34 AM
No spend day apart from paying off a credit card. Only the mortgage debt left now.;)

Shopped around and found cheaper eggs and cheese at the bargain grocery. Normally pay about .20/egg, now .08! Since I eat a couple dozen eggs a week, this will really add up.

That seems like a lot of eggs! Lol.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: BlueMR2 on April 11, 2014, 09:16:23 AM
Walked down to the store to pick up some brake caliper grease so I could regrease the sticking caliper pins on my car myself.  $12.29 for the big bottle of high quality synthetic grease that will likely last the rest of my life.  My labor (about an hour) to get the car back on the road.

Last time this happened, I took it in to the shop and got nailed for $170 (2 hours of labor @ $85/hr).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on April 11, 2014, 11:08:02 AM
No spend day apart from paying off a credit card. Only the mortgage debt left now.;)

Shopped around and found cheaper eggs and cheese at the bargain grocery. Normally pay about .20/egg, now .08! Since I eat a couple dozen eggs a week, this will really add up.

That seems like a lot of eggs! Lol.

I'm also a huge fan of eggs.  I eat about 3/day (at breakfast). 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on April 11, 2014, 11:08:57 AM
I'm not sure if this is frugal or just ridiculous...

My favorite compression shorts are 18 years old. They're still functional, but they do look their age. The logo has worn off. The fabric is now grey and pilly instead of black and sleek. In the last wash, some of the elastic waist-band stitching came out. So I hauled out my Craigslist sewing machine and figured out how to sew it while keeping it stretchy.

Here's to another 20 years!  :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: kimmarg on April 11, 2014, 04:41:21 PM
Just declined to order take out with the folks from work in favor of my leftovers from home. Rather than $9 for thai take out I'll make my own tomorrow, as I already have most of the ingredients.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: homehandymum on April 11, 2014, 07:08:23 PM
Went to the op shop (second hand store) to see if they had any hawaiian shirts today (I'm collecting them for a quilt).  They didn't, but as I circled the shop I ended up with quite a pile of things in my arms anyway.

I put half of them back.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LibraTraci on April 11, 2014, 09:30:05 PM
I'm not sure if this is frugal or just ridiculous...

My favorite compression shorts are 18 years old. . . I hauled out my Craigslist sewing machine and figured out how to sew it while keeping it stretchy.

I vote "awesome".  Workout clothes *should* look like they've had a workout!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: southern granny on April 12, 2014, 08:21:41 PM
I needed new pillowcases.  I found a white sheet (brand new) at a garage sale for $1.00.  I turned it into three pillowcases and they look great.  Of course, I used gas driving around to garage sales, but I would have done that anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Argyle on April 13, 2014, 02:40:24 AM
I got out of a meeting early and was wondering what I should do with the hour before it was time to pick up my child from school.  The meeting was near the school, and I was on my bike.  I thought of going to the Starbucks next to the school, buying some coffee, and working for an hour.  But this would break my record of a "no-spend" day.  So instead I biked 15 minutes home, made myself some coffee at home, worked briefly, and then biked over to my child's school.  No money spent.  Saved about $2.50.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on April 13, 2014, 08:08:03 AM
I got out of a meeting early and was wondering what I should do with the hour before it was time to pick up my child from school.  The meeting was near the school, and I was on my bike.  I thought of going to the Starbucks next to the school, buying some coffee, and working for an hour.  But this would break my record of a "no-spend" day.  So instead I biked 15 minutes home, made myself some coffee at home, worked briefly, and then biked over to my child's school.  No money spent.  Saved about $2.50.

Yep, winner!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Scooter on April 14, 2014, 05:50:42 AM
This weekend the wife and I terminated our Verizon contract (without a penalty), started a small garden in the backyard, and signed up for Ting.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 16, 2014, 06:29:04 AM
I've spent a lot today but it was all necessary stuff for us and the pets and the house.

I am putting some money into savings today though too.:)

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on April 16, 2014, 07:42:29 AM
Biked to work (habit).

Showered at work (habit).

Brought lunch from home (habit).

Found a dime and a penny on the street during my bike commute.  Bonus!!!

Oh--another bonus was that I didn't fall off my bike when I stopped to pick up the coins--like I did yesterday when I stopped to pick up a rusty nail.  I was clipped in and had a moment of extreme clutziness!!  Hmm--maybe the eleven cents today was my reward for doing the right thing yesterday of stopping to pick up a nail to possibly prevent a flat tire for another commuter.  Or maybe I was just lucky today.  And maybe I should stop typing now and hit "post".  Yep.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on April 16, 2014, 07:56:25 AM
Walked to the gym (3/4 of a mile) instead of driving. Doesn't sound like much, but (a) it means having to try a different, probably harder, later exercise class and (b) I was accompanied by an almost-two-year-old in a stroller and a three-year-old on foot whining that the wind kept blowing off his hood and he wanted to be inside. Well, gotta practice badassity early.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 16, 2014, 12:17:23 PM
Eating out of the freezer -- leftover chill, made a crisp out of various berries, thawed a chicken that's cooking now in the crockpot, getting out stock to make a soup
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: FrenchyMustache on April 16, 2014, 12:22:33 PM
I just sold my old dusty PSP for 30€, and gave away and old bed/shittons of olds desk to someone who does some wood-working.
When i'll move out in few month, not having to carry pointless stuff will be quite nice.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on April 16, 2014, 12:47:28 PM
I combined trips. I parked at the grocery store near the dry cleaners, walked down to the cleaners, then back to the grocery store. It's not my favorite store, but I figured I'd give it a try. :) Some things turned out to be more expensive there than at my regular store so I don't think I'll repeat that particular experiment, but hey, it worked today.

Our routine (pre-MMM) was to go out for dinner with friends on Wednesday nights, but instead I invited them to come to our house tonight. I hossed out my CrockPot and put together one of my favorite recipes from a few years ago using a Costco roasted chicken, a bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a cup of chicken broth. Total cost, including 1 lb. of baby carrots for a side: ~$12 to feed six people. My family of three habitually spent twice that at Panera, so to feed us and our buddies for that seems like a good thing.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: reginna on April 16, 2014, 02:37:41 PM
I combined trips. I parked at the grocery store near the dry cleaners, walked down to the cleaners, then back to the grocery store. It's not my favorite store, but I figured I'd give it a try. :) Some things turned out to be more expensive there than at my regular store so I don't think I'll repeat that particular experiment, but hey, it worked today.

Our routine (pre-MMM) was to go out for dinner with friends on Wednesday nights, but instead I invited them to come to our house tonight. I hossed out my CrockPot and put together one of my favorite recipes from a few years ago using a Costco roasted chicken, a bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a cup of chicken broth. Total cost, including 1 lb. of baby carrots for a side: ~$12 to feed six people. My family of three habitually spent twice that at Panera, so to feed us and our buddies for that seems like a good thing.

Great start janie!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 17, 2014, 02:01:50 AM
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on April 17, 2014, 05:32:43 AM
Ordered the first season of Game of Thrones on DVD from my local library, never seen it because we don't have TV service of any kind, but my better half is into English legends and history.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: snareman1 on April 17, 2014, 06:11:15 AM
Bought a used Republic Wireless phone off ebay for $36 and will have it before end of sprint billing cycle, which means, I will save $40 each month effective immediately. FYI, in case you didn't know, Republic Wireless is now doing reactivations, so you can buy any used phone of theirs and connect it..amazing. Here is the phone I bought
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251505306728 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/251505306728)

I also made my own food for another day in a row!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LibrarIan on April 17, 2014, 07:47:15 AM
I began teaching myself html and css using Codecademy.com. It's not saving or making me money today (unless you count not paying for classes), but perhaps it will come in handy in the future.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: mbl on April 17, 2014, 08:26:14 AM
Been selling things(that I've acquired for free) on e-bay for awhile now.   
Just purchased a pair of paddock boots that I needed to replace my worn ones.  OOP =$0. 
Have been using the proceeds from my e-bay sales to purchase necessary odds and ends that I would have spent anyway.  Have saved a few hundred doing this in the past 6 months.

My horse threw a shoe the other day.  Luckily the farrier was in the area so stopped by and was able to straighten it and reset it.   He didn't want to charge me but I gave him $20 to cover his gas.  Better than $50 for a new shoe, pad and reset.

Did a deal at CVS where  OOP =  $0.29 for $29.00 worth of things that we needed.

DH and I started cutting and splitting wood for next winter.  Burning wood as our primary source of heating fuel probably saves us over 500 gallons of propane/year.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: fantabulous on April 17, 2014, 01:00:21 PM
Silly and not really any savings, but put a smile on my face.

I did not pull up far enough in the parking space at work today, so I put my car in neutral and nudged it up a foot or so.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: megalo on April 17, 2014, 02:19:01 PM
I canceled my Netflix DVD subscription. Even if I let myself rent one movie a month from Amazon I should end up a couple dollars ahead...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on April 18, 2014, 05:12:32 AM
My daughter's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and she wanted a bike.  She doesn't know how to ride yet, and previous attempts to teach her on a smaller bike were unsuccessful.  So, instead of buying her a brand-new bike, we got a like-new bike from Craig's List for $25.  She got to pick it out, and she got a brand-new helmet and pads, so she was happy, and has been having a great time learning to ride it.  :-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 18, 2014, 05:51:00 AM
No spend day again. I opened up some high (well high-ish) interest bank accounts yesterday but they haven't been activated yet.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: BlueMR2 on April 18, 2014, 08:27:27 AM
Made an appointment with a local independent mechanic instead of going to the dealer.

Cooling system failure repairs that I did as much diagnoses myself as possible until I ran out of tools and spares.  Passed that data on to the mechanic.  We're also going to roll in the 270k mile maintenance items (the parts that are beyond my capability, I'll still do part of it myself) at the same time (about 400 miles early, but that's "close enough").
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 19, 2014, 02:25:15 AM
Made homemade pizza for dinner even though I was sorely tempted to order in. Thankfully, my pizza tasted better than takeout pizza usually does.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JT on April 19, 2014, 04:43:32 AM
Stayed home, cooked (home made) pizzas, son had friends over, went for a walk around the neighbourhood, didn't wash hair (it's the weekend!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Sphinx on April 19, 2014, 06:49:53 AM
I puttered around in the garden a bit , and worked at adding a few containers ( old number size 10 tin cans, and Folgers plastic coffee containers ) to the cold frame.  I have some kale, and heirloom lettuce coming up now, and hope to have some salad greens soon.  I saved my own seeds for most of the plants, including heirloom tomatoes -- will donate a few to the local Horticultural Soc. Plant sale in May -- use recycled coffee cups for that -- collect them after Hort. meetings !  Trying to garden as frugally as possible here in Ontario !
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on April 19, 2014, 09:24:10 AM
Washed and vacuumed my car in preparation for posting it on Craigslist.
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Post by: athomeintheworld on April 19, 2014, 10:58:59 PM
New plants in the garden! Not only is it fun to grow things - but it pays off major when you start harvesting!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: N on April 19, 2014, 11:43:10 PM
went swimming for free at indoor park district pool.

watched tv show online for free.

hubby grilled dinner of steaks and I made sides. delicious and way cheaper than going out, of course.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 20, 2014, 02:17:51 AM
Making a dinner at home, veg stir fry, tofu, noodles and spring rolls. Not very traditional for Easter.;)

I did put a book on my Kindle but that was only £3.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 20, 2014, 02:29:33 AM
Made a huge turkey dinner for extended family for Easter with:

-free turkey from Winco dug out of deep freeze ($0)
-10 lb of potatoes made into mashed potatoes ($3.50)
-stuffing made from scratch (old bread in freezer) and cooked in crockpot (50 cents -- bread ends saved for several months, onion, celery, spices, chicken bouillon and water)
-cranberry sauce made from bag of cranberries from freezer ($2)
-gravy (5 cents -- 3/4 cup of flour -- used juices from cooking)
-others brought more sides and also snacks for beforehand, and dessert!

Pretty cheap for me, even though I was hosting 16 people.  Everyone felt like they contributed and the meal was a great success for very little $$$ out-of-pocket for me.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: dragoncar on April 23, 2014, 10:44:37 AM
I'm not sure if I should be proud of this or ashamed:

There's a buffet place around here that sells food for $7.25/lb -- pricey, right?  But in the mornings they have crispy bacon.  First, I love me some crispy bacon.  Second, crispy bacon is really light.  So I got a few days worth of bacon for a couple bucks.  The best I can do if I make it at home is $3/lb for Trader Joe's ends-and-pieces.  Factoring in weight loss from cooking, I think I may be outright stealing from this buffet.  Plus, I really hate cooking the bacon - so messy.

On the other hand, I don't get to keep the bacon grease.  But I always end up with far more of that than I can use anyways.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: payitoff on April 23, 2014, 11:01:04 AM
kids closet is getting full and was gonna buy some drawers to add, i sort them all out yesterday and saw lots of outgrown clothes still in there, freed up about 20% of closet space!

re-used old curtains to replace our another old worn out curtain, i used to change curtains to change the look of the room quite a lot before, thanks to my mustachian mom i didnt realize she kept it in her closet, its been 6 years since i took down that curtain and replaced it with a different color.  it still looks new and fits perfect in our bedroom now. 

I used to wonder why she keeps everything, now i know :)   

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on April 23, 2014, 05:50:20 PM
Made a quiche and vegetarian tacos. Used up lots of random things in the fridge and have lots of leftovers.
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Post by: begood on April 23, 2014, 05:55:10 PM
My second Wednesday in a row not going out to dinner! Instead I made another CrockPot recipe, and it made plenty for tonight with enough leftover to freeze for next week's Wednesday night dinner too. :)
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Post by: Ottawa on April 23, 2014, 06:03:19 PM
Mrs Ottawa and I both contracted food poisoning or norwalk.  24 hours no food so far.   Brings forth a whole new meaning to badass. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 23, 2014, 09:12:10 PM
Cooked up the only-just-still-good veges from the fridge into a very tasty pasta sauce.

Best quality beef mince was marked down to half price at the supermarket because it expires tomorrow, so I bought three packs instead of one.

Planned the next week's meals on what we already have on hand plus what's on sale this week.

Bought petrol last night before it went up 12 cents per litre today.

Convinced the BF to undertake a frugality challenge with me in May.
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Post by: kaizen on April 23, 2014, 09:20:03 PM
Cancelled my LearnVest account ($19/month savings!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 24, 2014, 12:25:43 AM
Made 70 whole wheat buns.

Made a huge batch of sloppy joes (3 lb ground beef) for dinner with a few of the aforementioned buns, and froze the rest of them.

Made a greek salad to go with dinner.

Did all this in spite of feeling the pits due to an infection (am on antibiotics).
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Post by: McGeens on April 24, 2014, 04:01:37 AM
I finally got online and compared home and car insurance. Found the same cover for $700/year less!! Not bad for less than an hours 'work'. I was so happy to call and cancel with the old company!
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Post by: Squirrel away on April 24, 2014, 05:35:55 AM
I had some at home beauty treatments, a facial, a hair conditioning treatment and used my foot spa.

Homemade food, my lunch is bean burgers, chips (fries) and salad.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: snareman1 on April 24, 2014, 03:15:00 PM
I made dinner at a friends house using her groceries (even trade) and I got Sprint to waive the final charge on my account after switching to Republic Wireless ($3.59 late fee) YEA! VICTORY!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on April 25, 2014, 10:58:13 AM
Got approved for Chase Sapphire Preferred.  I'm about to make a large enough purchase to hit the $3K spend requirement to get the 40,000 points ($400).  I also set up a reminder on my phone to cancel the account before the annual fee kicks in.

Need to go hit my car insurance next.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DaKini on April 27, 2014, 04:26:42 AM
Not really "today" but i spend my week of vacation building a big raised bed for gardening.
It is about 1x3 meters and .8 high. Total cost was 14 EUR because we used already available earth and wood.
This way we should break even only after some few salads heads + i had a costless 5 day workout.

Maybe this should also go to the badass thread category...
Hooray!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on April 27, 2014, 06:45:30 AM
The mister and I went out for dinner last night - first time in three weeks, which by itself is something of a Mustachian miracle.

But rather than each get our own small pizza, which we usually do since we have varying tastes, we split a large, each got we wanted on our own "half", had water to drink, and cut the bill from our typical $25+ to $16.

Not as good as staying home, but a darn sight better than we used to do!
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Post by: onehappypanda on April 27, 2014, 06:56:41 AM
Sold some junk from the basement. Nothing big, just blenders and the like. But it feels good to clear out some space and make a little extra $$ on the side :)
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Post by: pachnik on April 27, 2014, 08:02:04 AM
We go grocery shopping every Sunday and on the last Sunday in the month we cash in our grocery store points.  We 'earn' about $20/month in grocery points that we will use today.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on April 27, 2014, 08:05:19 AM
Nothing yet today, but yesterday:

"Borrowed" the 16' 2x4's that from the bottom part of our firewood rack and repurposed them for a hops trellis, which will shade two south-facing windows of the house during the summer and pay us back with lovely beer-making ingredients.  Even better, the hops will be ready to cut down before we're ready to stack wood in the fall, so I can put the 2x4's right back to their original purpose.

Made lentil soup with some of the ham from the Easter special spiral ham, and had a salad with lettuce from the garden to go with.

Doubled down on Lowe's coupons and 5% credit card rewards to save about $40 on the ~$170 worth of stuff I needed for today's project.

Brewed a batch of beer

Made and froze a batch of turkey stock
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: snareman1 on April 28, 2014, 08:19:40 PM
I had the cash advance finance charge REMOVED from my capital one credit card which I payed off in full last week.  =)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Begonia on April 28, 2014, 10:24:39 PM
I made the third required signature purchase within first 45 days on my new Capital One checking account card, shopping at Trader Joe's, so now I'll get that bonus $50 they promised in the promo! Bad news is that it'll go to that face-punch parking ticket from last week. :/
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: KittyFooFoo on April 29, 2014, 01:50:43 PM
I have a crazy one (seemed crazy to me).

Today I called to pay a medical bill from wife's pregnancy.  The bill was ~$4k.  We had $2500 in an HRA, and were going to pay the remainder out of pocket.  So, I call the billing department, start giving account numbers and amounts, etc.  The woman asks me "have you asked for a discount on this bill?" I'm like, "uh, no?"  So she gives me a number to call, tells me to request a discount because I am paying in full.  I call this number, ask politely for a discount, hold for 20 seconds, they come back with a THIRTY FIVE PERCENT DISCOUNT, eliminating all but $70 of the ~$1400 we were going to pay out of pocket.

HOLY SHIT.  This is a thing???
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: greatreader on April 29, 2014, 03:08:12 PM
Price matched groceries today, saving about $15 in total.

Did some half-assed hypermiling to keep my fuel consumption low.

Not today, but very recently: reorganized my front hall closet, using mostly materials we already had, so that we no longer have a space crunch in the front hall (that means we don't have to break down walls or renovate it!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: ketchup on April 29, 2014, 03:15:18 PM
Registered my new old car!
(http://i59.tinypic.com/29epue9.jpg)
45MPG out of the gate according to the previous owner, should be able to hit 55 with some modifications and with a new nut behind the wheel.
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Post by: norabird on April 29, 2014, 03:24:39 PM
Eating leftovers and attending the community board meeting tonight, making it a really low-cost day! (Many of mine aren't)
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Post by: payitoff on April 29, 2014, 03:33:22 PM
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on April 29, 2014, 09:00:48 PM
I went to UPS to return two saddles I had on trial - shipping + insurance for the cheaper one was going to be $113 - I told them I'd ask the business to send me a return label instead.  Went around the corner to USPS and shipped them fully insured for $128 total, which is probably less than UPS would have been for just the more expensive one.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Hadilly on April 29, 2014, 11:22:09 PM
Biked my two youngest kids in the burley to the library. Hit TJ and had a picnic on the library lawn (declined an invitation out to lunch). Got a gratis exercise coaching session from a friend, kept going with my $5 yoga app, and took the kids swimming for free as this is turning into a hot April. Batch cooked so I am basically set for the rest of the week. Though was shocked to find out family of five ate four large sautéed bundles of chard for dinner! No driving at all which feels great
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Squirrel away on April 30, 2014, 02:55:06 AM
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!

Lol. Good luck with that.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: kimmarg on April 30, 2014, 04:53:03 AM
Spent 15 min (mostly on hold) with the internet/cable company and cut my bill $15/month. I asked for the promotion for 'new customers' on the website so they could 'keep my business', a few transfers later and my rate is lower.   
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on April 30, 2014, 08:47:27 AM
I have been eating two granola bars a day for months: a $1/each fancy-dancy Bakery on Main organic granola bar for breakfast and a $.072/each Annie's Organics bar for afternoon snack. I changed out the Annie's one for Costco Kirkland granola bars for $0.15/each a few weeks ago, and now I've finished the last of the Bakery on Main breakfast bars and replaced them with Wegman's organic instant oatmeal at $0.37/packet.

Let me do that math... I went from $1.72 on breakfast/snack per day to $0.51, a savings of... $1.21 a day! That's... $36 a month! $432 a year!

It's a good example of "no-sacrifice" savings - I'm going to Wegman's and Costco anyway, so it's easy to pick up those new items and keep them in "stock" in the pantry.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on April 30, 2014, 09:00:17 AM
I put a pound of dry blackeyed peas on to cook in the crockpot with the hambone from the ham I bought on the Easter sale and cut up and put into the freezer for future meals.
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Post by: Joggernot on April 30, 2014, 11:13:07 AM
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on April 30, 2014, 12:43:37 PM
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.

They were homeschooling textbooks, so I advertised on a number of homeschooling lists/groups in my area. I still have a ton more to sell, but got busy and haven't had time. I think I may have to go with ebay eventually to be able to reach a wider audience. I'm also considering a local homeschooling consignment shop, if I get fed up with ebay!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: payitoff on April 30, 2014, 05:27:35 PM
Sold old, unused books, made $147. Never done this before, so this was a big step for me!
How did you sell them?  Craigslist?  Ebay?  I have a bunch and don't want the fee of Ebay to intrude on the price.

i did mine through Amazon
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Post by: oldtoyota on April 30, 2014, 07:23:44 PM
I made pizza for the family. =-D

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Post by: 1967mama on April 30, 2014, 07:42:39 PM
First REALLY warm day here, and didn't feel like cooking. BUT parents dropped off a dozen ears of corn this afternoon, so we had corn and cheese/crackers/pickles.  No one has a huge appetite anyways.  Time to dig out the summer recipes!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DaKini on May 01, 2014, 02:03:31 AM
Mowed someone richs lawn, got paid 15eur per 1hr for this easy workout.
Comrade also did this, went to spend it on booze directly afterwards.
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Post by: hobbes1 on May 01, 2014, 07:59:55 AM
decreased home internet speed down one level. savings = $10/month. might go down one additional level if no significant lag times.

started demo'ing Republic Wireless Moto G phones at $10/mon. plan. We want to dump ATT Wireless ASAP and if these work out, will pocket $100+/month with RW. Thanks MMM for that article on RW!

packed lunch for work, saving several $ of cost from work cafeteria. I no do this every day as does spouse.

we cook our own meals at home 98% of the time (long standing practice in our house)....We eat like Kings and Queens and love the healthy aspects as well as cost savings.
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Post by: oldtoyota on May 01, 2014, 09:14:56 AM
WFH.

Saved $8-12 on commuting costs.
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Post by: keepitsimple on May 01, 2014, 09:38:01 AM
Refrained from Starbucks stop this AM (I get a reg brew there but it's still $2)

Unearthed some homemade mystery veggie patties in the freezer to bring for lunch.  Lookin' forward to that.
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Post by: payitoff on May 01, 2014, 10:49:05 AM
1 roll of tissue left at home, waiting till May 1st to buy for the new budget to kick in, wish me luck!

Lol. Good luck with that.

I'm proud to report that there is still leftover toilet paper from the last roll, and not even made it halfway, im a proud Mustachian mommy, today i will buy more toilet paper, hello May 1st ^.^
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on May 04, 2014, 09:21:34 PM
Didn't spend money this weekend except for a coffee -- still had fun and was social (went to a BBQ and brought a dish made with stuff I already had; went cycling with a friend).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on May 04, 2014, 11:19:10 PM
Made a loaf of bread in the bread machine on quick cycle (58 minutes) to go with leftover soup for dinner. Sliced some cheese for the warm bread. It was a nice dinner, actually, and I felt frugal serving it!
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Post by: Cressida on May 04, 2014, 11:32:24 PM
New to the Mustachian business. Spouse and I have ordered pizza I think every Friday for the last 15 years. It gets me out of cooking dinner and provides Spouse with leftovers for lunch over the weekend. But, $30. So this Thursday I made some pizza dough & sauce and left the 2 balls of dough in the fridge to rise overnight. On Friday I rolled 1 ball out and topped and baked it. It was not wonderful, so Spouse & I conferred and made some changes, and I baked the 2nd ball for Spouse's lunch on Saturday. Better, but still not as good as delivery. He had the remaining leftovers for lunch today, so that counts toward today's savings. But I'm determined to get it right. If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 04, 2014, 11:43:34 PM
Ate my homemade lunch instead of buying some, even though I somehow managed to make the world's blandest falafel.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on May 04, 2014, 11:55:59 PM
If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

rolando74,

Good job on trying to make your own pizza! This has been an ongoing challenge for me, and I actually enjoy the taste of my own pizza more than store-bought now!

What I have found works wonderfully is to "parbake" the crust after you roll it out. Set your oven to around 350 and bake the crust for around 8-10 minutes. It won't be browned or anything, but will feel cooked.

After that, slather on your sauce (I cheat and use Prego sauce) and some toppings you love (we like ham and pineapple, also ground beef -- pre cooked -- feta cheese and tomato) and then top with some sprinkles of parmesan and a nice amount of mozzarella.

Then I crank the oven up to around 425 or so and bake the pizzas. Watch them carefully till the cheese on top is hot and bubbly and maybe even browning in a few spots.

Hope that helps!
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Post by: Rural on May 05, 2014, 06:44:39 AM
Neither of us went down off the mountain all weekend. No vehicles were cranked at all except for the backhoe.


I've put the crockpot on for an easy supper tonight; I have a late exam tonight and less than 18 hours to turn that into final grades -- the <18 hours includes time for commuting, eating, and sleeping, if any...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrWednesday on May 05, 2014, 07:05:48 AM
If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

I'll second the pre bake tip from 1967mama. I prefer a crisp crust so I also bake on a pizza stone (got mine at walmart for about $15) which I oil (costco olive oil) first. I also use pizza sauce (costco organic tomato sauce with garlic, oregano and or basil mixed in) sparingly as you can end up with a gooey pizza if you use too much. Sometimes when making my dough I'll put spices (oregano, basil, and sometimes thyme) in which gives the dough a nice flavor. I also use a high gluten flour for the dough.
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Post by: Ottawa on May 05, 2014, 07:07:59 AM
Got paid 70 cents (7 beer cans) to bike to work today! 
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Post by: Silvie on May 05, 2014, 09:41:15 AM
Returned some clothes that I bought last weekend to the store. 23 euros saved, yay!
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Post by: madgeylou on May 05, 2014, 10:06:58 AM
If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

I'll second the pre bake tip from 1967mama. I prefer a crisp crust so I also bake on a pizza stone (got mine at walmart for about $15) which I oil (costco olive oil) first. I also use pizza sauce (costco organic tomato sauce with garlic, oregano and or basil mixed in) sparingly as you can end up with a gooey pizza if you use too much. Sometimes when making my dough I'll put spices (oregano, basil, and sometimes thyme) in which gives the dough a nice flavor. I also use a high gluten flour for the dough.

we use the no-knead recipe and bake it on a pizza stone. the higher the temperature, the better -- i think we generally cook it at 500 degrees. throw some cornmeal down on the pizza stone so that the pizza doesn't stick.

here's a good site showing the recipe and with baking instructions:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2012/01/08/no-knead-thin-crust-pizza-it-doesnt-get-any-easier-than-this/

good luck! homemade pizza better hot from the oven is sooooo much better than delivery!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Alfred J Quack on May 05, 2014, 12:43:28 PM
Spent 15 min (mostly on hold) with the internet/cable company and cut my bill $15/month. I asked for the promotion for 'new customers' on the website so they could 'keep my business', a few transfers later and my rate is lower.

Did the same by canceling my subscription and then getting a callback why i canceled. Told the guy I was fed up with the price and that the competitor was € 10,- cheaper. He offered me a € 9.95 discount for 6 months which I graciously accepted :P

Also fixed my sun-screen for € 0,- cost. The the retractor belt came off and I thought I had to bore out a screw which turned out to be plastic so I poked a hole in it and used a nut and bolt from my toolbox to fasten the belt again. Works like a charm and I feel especially proud that I fixed it in stead of getting someone to replace it :D
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Post by: Cpa Cat on May 05, 2014, 01:35:21 PM
I have a crazy one (seemed crazy to me).

Today I called to pay a medical bill from wife's pregnancy.  The bill was ~$4k.  We had $2500 in an HRA, and were going to pay the remainder out of pocket.  So, I call the billing department, start giving account numbers and amounts, etc.  The woman asks me "have you asked for a discount on this bill?" I'm like, "uh, no?"  So she gives me a number to call, tells me to request a discount because I am paying in full.  I call this number, ask politely for a discount, hold for 20 seconds, they come back with a THIRTY FIVE PERCENT DISCOUNT, eliminating all but $70 of the ~$1400 we were going to pay out of pocket.

HOLY SHIT.  This is a thing???

I have no idea, but I'm going to try it when I get billed for a recent ER visit. I'll see how it goes!

For myself, yesterday, I made some burritos to freeze for lunches. I ended up with extras and made burritos for dinner too. And then I had a leftover from dinner, so I ate it for lunch today. It was like burrito dominos.
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Post by: 1967mama on May 05, 2014, 03:15:03 PM
If us pizza makers were super smart and organized, we'd probably do up a bunch of pizza dough at once, and parbake and then wrap and freeze them, thus vastly reducing our workload every Friday for pizza night! haha
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Post by: peppermint on May 05, 2014, 06:22:49 PM
Made a giant thing of lentil veggie soup for lunches.
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Post by: DanielleS on May 05, 2014, 07:25:38 PM
We fulltime in our RV and are staying in San Luis Obispo right now. Today we visited Atascadero, a place with a fascinating history.

I packed us a lovely lunch and some homemade chai vanilla tea, and we had a picnic in a public park (one of our favorite things to do ((especially on weekdays!))) We went to the center of Atascadero and lucked into talking with a wonderful volunteer, who hooked us up with a docent for a free tour of their great restored city hall building. If we hadn't had the docent-led tour we'd have toured the public access areas and walked through downtown.

Then we came back to the RV and I made us a great rice bowl for dinner.

It is mind-boggling how much cash one can save by hardly ever eating out.
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Post by: warfreak2 on May 06, 2014, 03:46:27 AM
Some douche left a shopping trolley on the ramp to the platform at the train station. The train station is 2 minutes away from the supermarket. Shopping trolleys eject £1 coins when you return them to the supermarket.
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Post by: LiseE on May 06, 2014, 08:18:04 AM
Drove my SUV without a heavy foot and got 26mpg on my morning commute!  A small miracle ..
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Post by: welliamwallace on May 06, 2014, 08:52:06 AM
Sunday night I fried some sausage, eggs, peppers, onions, and rice, and made a dozen breakfast burritos that I stuck in the freezer. I stick one in the fridge each night and microwave it for a minute in the morning for a fantastic high calorie breakfast that fuels my morning bike commute for less than a dollar a meal!
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Post by: tmac on May 06, 2014, 09:27:48 AM
Tonight's dinner is veggie enchiladas, starting with dried beans (save about 75% over the cost of canned; soaked and stored in the freezer every other week). Bought the corn tortillas on sale (Cinco de Mayo store special + coupon) and am using left-over mole for the sauce. Served with Mexican rice (brown rice is cheap-cheap, as is the salsa and turmeric I dump into the boiling water to approximate Mexican rice).

When I was doing my morning tidy-up, I used just a damp cloth instead of any spray cleaners, dusting sprays, etc. When I really did need a cleaner, I used a spray bottle containing water and a couple of shots of ammonia.

When I did laundry, I washed everything with cold water and used just a little detergent. Whites just got turned off mid-cycle to soak, rather than using hot water, more soap, or bleach.
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Post by: Mrs.FamilyFinances on May 06, 2014, 06:37:24 PM
We went for a walk on Saturday, had ice cream with the in laws, and spent $0 all weekend! For people who tend to get bored when the kids aren't home, I'm proud that we didn't find a project or new restaurant to try!
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 06, 2014, 06:50:09 PM
Realised I hadn't made myself lunch for today, searched through the freezer and found something delicious looking that I will reheat as my lunch surprise :-) it looks like it has veges and cheese so we're off to a good start. This saved me from spending $10 on lunch today.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on May 08, 2014, 07:13:01 PM
Every time I break a glass or plate, I've saved money for a friend who is obsessed with mosaic art. Thus, I also save myself the frustration of waste when my butter fingers drop something.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cressida on May 08, 2014, 07:45:08 PM
Rode my bike home from work in the rain, for the first time. It wasn't as bad as I was afraid of.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on May 08, 2014, 10:02:33 PM
Called Geico and had the rental reimbursement coverage removed from my policy.  Only $2 a month, but since I have a car and a truck, I'm not sure why I ever signed up for it in the first place.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sf_raskol on May 08, 2014, 11:09:28 PM
1. Found some leftover, separated and slightly-solidified homemade salad dressing in the fridge.  Rather than throw it out, I microwaved it for 20 seconds, stirred it back up until it was beautifully re-emulsified and delicious!

2. Garage door in our apartment building stopped opening properly from the outside.  The only way into the garage is through the automatic door.  Using my wife's better ears, determined that the belt was moving without the door attached.  Manually opened the door and reattached it to the belt, saving a service call!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on May 09, 2014, 07:26:49 AM
Every time I break a glass or plate, I've saved money for a friend who is obsessed with mosaic art. Thus, I also save myself the frustration of waste when my butter fingers drop something.

what a lovely symbiotic relationship! we've been saving all our bottle caps for the last three years for a friend who plans to use them to build an art car. it's gonna be a dragon with bottle caps as scales. I hope she actually does it.

I feel like I've been really terrible about saving money lately (sprained my ankle two weeks ago and it's still swollen so I've been driving to work, YUCK) but maybe thinking of a little ordinary thing I do will help. hmm... I ate breakfast at home (total cost <$0.40) and am now drinking free Lipton tea from work. also, we haven't gone out to eat since last Thursday (which was a fundraising dinner) and planning not to all weekend. also, we're on a homemade salad dressing kick which is so delicious and fun and awesome. yay!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on May 09, 2014, 07:33:48 AM
I made steel-cut oatmeal for the first time! It's funny-looking and a little bland, but I spiced it up this morning by adding cinnamon sugar and a wee bit o' butter. Now I just need to figure out how to make a smaller portion - this made so much I'll never be able to eat it before it goes bad... I think.

Anybody know how long cooked oatmeal can last in the fridge? I think I have enough for, like, two weeks of breakfasts with this first batch.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Quark on May 09, 2014, 07:53:06 AM
I got a new job which gave me a new Iphone.

I'm porting my personal number to Google Voice so I can use just the one phone.

Kind of annoying that I just switched to Republic 5 mo ago and bought a $300 Moto X. I hope I can at least sell it for a significant percentage of that.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on May 09, 2014, 07:59:47 AM
I made steel-cut oatmeal for the first time! It's funny-looking and a little bland, but I spiced it up this morning by adding cinnamon sugar and a wee bit o' butter. Now I just need to figure out how to make a smaller portion - this made so much I'll never be able to eat it before it goes bad... I think.

Anybody know how long cooked oatmeal can last in the fridge? I think I have enough for, like, two weeks of breakfasts with this first batch.

I LOVE steel cut oatmeal but it takes so long to cook. in college, I would cook a bunch on Sunday and then freeze individual servings in ziploc bags. it's easy to peel the bag off, put the chunk of frozen oatmeal in a bowl, and microwave it. mmmmmm. (I am also very liberal with cinnamon and brown sugar in my oatmeal :))
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on May 09, 2014, 08:46:00 AM
I made steel-cut oatmeal for the first time! It's funny-looking and a little bland, but I spiced it up this morning by adding cinnamon sugar and a wee bit o' butter. Now I just need to figure out how to make a smaller portion - this made so much I'll never be able to eat it before it goes bad... I think.

Anybody know how long cooked oatmeal can last in the fridge? I think I have enough for, like, two weeks of breakfasts with this first batch.

I LOVE steel cut oatmeal but it takes so long to cook. in college, I would cook a bunch on Sunday and then freeze individual servings in ziploc bags. it's easy to peel the bag off, put the chunk of frozen oatmeal in a bowl, and microwave it. mmmmmm. (I am also very liberal with cinnamon and brown sugar in my oatmeal :))

*smacks forehead*

I will go freeze this big pile of goop in little baggies! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the tip!

I made it in the CrockPot, rocksinmyhead, and it was super easy: 1 cup steel-cut oats, 4.5 cups water, some cinnamon, some brown sugar, a little salt (not enough of any of those, obviously, on this first attempt), and a splash of vanilla extract. I cooked it on high for 3 hours, stirred twice. It gummed up the CrockPot pretty good, but a day of soaking solved that.

It doesn't look like much, but it does taste good, and I like knowing exactly what's in it. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on May 09, 2014, 09:58:47 AM
Fought the urge to go to breakfast at Starbucks.  I made tea and had a yogurt at work.

Made a friend that will watch our dog instead of boarding her when we travel (future savings $60/night). 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on May 09, 2014, 10:53:28 AM
I was working on homework, and heard toddler playing in the pantry.  No biggie, he likes stacking the canned goods.  I go in there, and he's found a cardboard box, and has filled it with powdered whole milk and rice krispies.  Instead of tossing it, I dumped in all in a bag.  This morning, I added stuff to make pancakes, and they actually turned out really well.  No waste!   
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on May 09, 2014, 10:57:10 AM
I made steel-cut oatmeal for the first time! It's funny-looking and a little bland, but I spiced it up this morning by adding cinnamon sugar and a wee bit o' butter. Now I just need to figure out how to make a smaller portion - this made so much I'll never be able to eat it before it goes bad... I think.

Anybody know how long cooked oatmeal can last in the fridge? I think I have enough for, like, two weeks of breakfasts with this first batch.

I LOVE steel cut oatmeal but it takes so long to cook. in college, I would cook a bunch on Sunday and then freeze individual servings in ziploc bags. it's easy to peel the bag off, put the chunk of frozen oatmeal in a bowl, and microwave it. mmmmmm. (I am also very liberal with cinnamon and brown sugar in my oatmeal :))

*smacks forehead*

I will go freeze this big pile of goop in little baggies! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the tip!

I made it in the CrockPot, rocksinmyhead, and it was super easy: 1 cup steel-cut oats, 4.5 cups water, some cinnamon, some brown sugar, a little salt (not enough of any of those, obviously, on this first attempt), and a splash of vanilla extract. I cooked it on high for 3 hours, stirred twice. It gummed up the CrockPot pretty good, but a day of soaking solved that.

It doesn't look like much, but it does taste good, and I like knowing exactly what's in it. :)

well thanks for YOUR tip because I never thought of making it in the crockpot, and I'm a total crockpot fiend!! doh! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SMC on May 09, 2014, 11:58:28 AM
I'm going out for lunch in about 10 minutes with some university buddies.  I'm currently sitting here in my office scarfing down my lunch that I brought from home, so that way when I meet the guys at the restaurant I can just order a water and not have to pay anything. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: momo5 on May 09, 2014, 01:50:19 PM
I went for a walk with a friend today, rather than meet for coffee.
I also sewed up a bunch of cloth napkins (repurposed some of my mil's old flannel bedsheets for this purpose so cost was just thread and 20 min worth of time and electricity).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: welliamwallace on May 09, 2014, 02:03:02 PM
Yesterday I attempted a home plumbing job with no experience instead of calling the serviceman. My Moen bathtub faucet was leaking. Some googling and youtubing taught me that I needed to replace the "cartridge" and how to do it. Even with a few mistakes (one involving smashing the handle with a hammer: $19 replacement, another involving dropping a "retaining clip" behind the wall: $5 replacement), the whole thing cost me $50. Much less than a plumber!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Carrie on May 09, 2014, 02:08:13 PM
I canceled a web domain & hosting service for a website that I've neglected all year.  It was going to cost $135 (or thereabouts) to renew, and it was set to auto-renew, so if I'd not been paying attention, it would have renewed next month.  I've been bad in the past about collecting domains and then not using them.... trying to get better at this.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on May 10, 2014, 03:00:37 AM
Every time I break a glass or plate, I've saved money for a friend who is obsessed with mosaic art. Thus, I also save myself the frustration of waste when my butter fingers drop something.

what a lovely symbiotic relationship! we've been saving all our bottle caps for the last three years for a friend who plans to use them to build an art car. it's gonna be a dragon with bottle caps as scales. I hope she actually does it.

...sprained my ankle two weeks ago and it's still swollen so I've been driving to work, YUCK) ...

Bottle cap dragon sounds nice! If she does it, please post a picture.
I've thought about saving the lids on things to make a bottle-top table, but as I did it I began noticing just how many bottles and things I use. It's slightly disturbing. Still, I love the idea of re-purposing common items.

I hope your ankle heals.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on May 10, 2014, 03:04:26 AM

I will go freeze this big pile of goop in little baggies! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the tip!


I was going to say make savory oatmeal burgers.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: bobmarley9993 on May 10, 2014, 04:49:01 PM
Adjusted my bike brakes.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SJS on May 10, 2014, 06:34:18 PM
Smuggled a few cans of soda in my beach bag to the pool - why the hell wold I pay $2.50 for a cup of soda when I can buy it for less then $1/can???  They gave me a cup of ice, I poured my soda in there, and WELLA!  Same shit, better price! :-) 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: begood on May 11, 2014, 08:41:20 AM

I will go freeze this big pile of goop in little baggies! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the tip!


I was going to say make savory oatmeal burgers.

I am intrigued, C. K. What are savory oatmeal burgers?

I finished the fridge portions this morning and took two baggies out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge for tomorrow and Tuesday. By adding a little more cinnamon sugar and butter, they taste so good I'm actually looking forward to eating them again in the morning!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Stacheintraining on May 11, 2014, 08:12:54 PM
Cut my hair for the first time! Should save me ~$250 a year!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on May 11, 2014, 08:20:36 PM

I am intrigued, C. K. What are savory oatmeal burgers?


Treat the leftover oatmeal as you would hamburger meat -  add onion, hamburger seasoning (see the recipe below). Then fry or bake. Serve with cheese on a bun.
http://vegweb.com/recipes/pecan-and-oatmeal-pattiesburgers
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on May 12, 2014, 08:02:33 AM

I am intrigued, C. K. What are savory oatmeal burgers?


Treat the leftover oatmeal as you would hamburger meat -  add onion, hamburger seasoning (see the recipe below). Then fry or bake. Serve with cheese on a bun.
http://vegweb.com/recipes/pecan-and-oatmeal-pattiesburgers

Those look pretty awesome! On the menu for this week. Thanks!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Boz86 on May 12, 2014, 08:15:26 AM
Actually took a couple of days, but the drain under our kitchen sink starting leaking. Couldn't figure out the problem as it was intermittent, and it was looking like a couple hundred bucks on a plumber.

Kept working on it and figured out it had to do with the disposal, which lead me to figuring out the whole p-trap assembly had worked loose and slipped. Tighten a few nuts and fixed. Nothing like patience to save some money.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CheapskateWife on May 12, 2014, 10:18:30 AM
I am a new mustachian so I have alot of work to do...but just needed to crow a little:

We migrated our family Sprint phone plan to Ting!  I estimate a cost savings of 50% per month

Told our boys that "sure they could add any phone they buy themselves to our family plan" insted of getting locked into the Sprint upgrade 2-yr extension and locked them out of Data usage.  Saved $150 per boy (there are 3)

Left early enough to skip the toll road...$5 one way saved!

Cut up my S-bux card!

Brought lunch and breakfast from home!

I love not spending money...student loan repayment, here we come!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on May 12, 2014, 11:00:37 AM
nice work CheapskateWife!

right now I'm eatin' a salad at my desk with homemade Italian dressing and IT'S SO GOOD.

also have dinner planned for tonight, and it involves fun pasta shapes because the good brand of pasta (with a greater variety of shapes) was on sale this week for $1/lb!! yeehaw! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on May 12, 2014, 06:15:55 PM
fixed a run in my work tights with clear nail polish (thankfully, the run is not in a visible part of the tights). Not a permanent fix, but will extend the life of these tights dramatically!

I get so frustrated with how short the lifespans on tights/stockings are!


Buy two when you buy them, then cut off one leg when it runs more than you can salvage. Wear the other until it happens to them, too. Then cut off it's ruined leg and wear the two together so that you still have tow legs.


Or do what I do and wear nothing but pants. Much more comfortable, lets you run if you need to.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on May 12, 2014, 06:31:34 PM
Had an errand 40 minutes away, and rather than assume there would be take-out when we got home too late to cook, I charged my teenager with making dinner. Whole grain penne with broccoli and sauce, ready just a few minutes after we got back. Not bad!

I made my week's grocery list this morning, then did the shopping. Because of the stash of less-expensive Costco foods at the start of the month, I spent just $38 on this week's trip. There are 5 of us.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cressida on May 12, 2014, 11:34:44 PM
fixed a run in my work tights with clear nail polish (thankfully, the run is not in a visible part of the tights). Not a permanent fix, but will extend the life of these tights dramatically!

I get so frustrated with how short the lifespans on tights/stockings are!

I feel like sort of a jerk for making this recommendation, but Spanx tights pretty much never run or snag. Yeah, they cost a ridiculous $25 or so, but I've had my two pairs for a couple of years. I am not exaggerating, I've really had them that long. And I wear them all the time. That's my 2 cents.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Quark on May 13, 2014, 09:12:38 AM
fixed a run in my work tights with clear nail polish (thankfully, the run is not in a visible part of the tights). Not a permanent fix, but will extend the life of these tights dramatically!

I get so frustrated with how short the lifespans on tights/stockings are!

I feel like sort of a jerk for making this recommendation, but Spanx tights pretty much never run or snag. Yeah, they cost a ridiculous $25 or so, but I've had my two pairs for a couple of years. I am not exaggerating, I've really had them that long. And I wear them all the time. That's my 2 cents.

But that is amazing! Just buy them a size larger so more comfortable?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on May 13, 2014, 04:04:55 PM
Today I cut my own hair for the first time. I've done "maintenance trims" and I already cut everyone elses hair in the family, but this is the first time I've done a full cut on myself. It turned out pretty good and I saved $60! I used thinning shears which made the whole thing far less intimidating.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Begonia on May 14, 2014, 02:15:35 PM
I switched from Verizon to Page Plus Cellular today, saving over $50 per month. It was pretty easy and feels great! That monthly  $50 is going straight to my emergency fund until I reach my goal of a 6-month 'stache.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Basenji on May 14, 2014, 05:09:00 PM
Over the past 3 days experimented with weighing the coffee I use in the french press.  Discovered no taste benefit using 1.25 oz vs 1.00 ounces of beans for 32oz water.  If coffee is 10$/lb:

1 pot x 1oz x 62.5 cents / oz x 300 days = 187$/year on coffee.  (~65 days a year not making coffee for one reason or other)

That's versus

1 x 1.25 x 62.5 x 300 = $234

Saving approximately  $47/year.

Stealing this idea. Genius.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on May 14, 2014, 08:16:41 PM
Over the past 3 days experimented with weighing the coffee I use in the french press.  Discovered no taste benefit using 1.25 oz vs 1.00 ounces of beans for 32oz water.  If coffee is 10$/lb:

1 pot x 1oz x 62.5 cents / oz x 300 days = 187$/year on coffee.  (~65 days a year not making coffee for one reason or other)

That's versus

1 x 1.25 x 62.5 x 300 = $234

Saving approximately  $47/year.

Stealing this idea. Genius.

+1.

I have an automatic machine that grinds the beans (it was a gift!). I've change the strength from 3 beans to 2 beans (no idea what that means either...) and can't taste a noticeable difference.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: SJS on May 14, 2014, 09:38:41 PM
We went out for dinner, BUT, we had our one drink before we left the house!  (we were totally fine to drive).  Alcohol is so overpriced in restaurants it makes me crazy to pay their prices!  So we had our drink then drove the 5 miles for dinner! 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tmac on May 15, 2014, 07:02:17 AM
Yesterday morning, I took the car to the dealership to have a recall issue taken care of. They told me that the rear brake pads needed replacing. It normally cost $200-something, but they had a coupon that would bring it down to $180-something. Instead, I brought it to my neighborhood mechanic afterward and walked home. He verified that they did need replacing, and charged me $140 to do it.

Last night's dinner was carrot soup drizzled with sriracha, kale salad, and whole grain rolls. The math works out to about $1.10/person ($5.50 total), even if I'd bought everything brand new just for this meal, which I didn't. I only bought the kale. Everything else was left over or about to turn bad, or incidental condiments. I also have two quarts of soup and two rolls left over to use as lunch today. If I'd bought everything pre-made (stock, pre-cut kale, rolls), it would have been closer to $2.50 ($12.50 total)

Tonight, we'll have black bean and brown rice burritos, which will include various chopped left-over veggies and herbs. The beans were dried and the tortillas were on deep discount for Cinco de Mayo. Price per person is about 60 cents.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LiseE on May 15, 2014, 08:25:21 AM
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New to the Mustachian business. Spouse and I have ordered pizza I think every Friday for the last 15 years. It gets me out of cooking dinner and provides Spouse with leftovers for lunch over the weekend. But, $30. So this Thursday I made some pizza dough & sauce and left the 2 balls of dough in the fridge to rise overnight. On Friday I rolled 1 ball out and topped and baked it. It was not wonderful, so Spouse & I conferred and made some changes, and I baked the 2nd ball for Spouse's lunch on Saturday. Better, but still not as good as delivery. He had the remaining leftovers for lunch today, so that counts toward today's savings. But I'm determined to get it right. If anyone has tips for homemade pizza, I'm all ears.

Stick with it!  We also switched from ordering pizza on Friday nights to making our own dough and gravy (sauce for you non-italians!) .. we love changing it up with toppings.  I used some left over pesto to top one pizza and it was delish!  I've been trying different dough recipes and I think we're just getting it right after 4 weeks of trying.

:)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Breaker on May 15, 2014, 09:06:28 AM
I gave my dogs a bath and brush.  After talking to a friend who complained that taking his Golden in for a Bath and Brush + Nail trim cost a lot of $$$.  I hooked the hose up to the sink in the garage.  It has hot water and gave all the dogs a bath in the driveway. 

Jan
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Beardog on May 15, 2014, 02:40:59 PM
Since Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, today I installed Ubuntu (with the help of a friend) so I don't have to upgrade my computer and/or buy more Microsoft software!  Not an original idea, but I'm still proud. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NeverWasACornflakeGirl on May 16, 2014, 05:35:40 AM
I hooked the hose up to the sink in the garage.  It has hot water and gave all the dogs a bath in the driveway. 

Jan

OMG -- why didn't I ever think of doing this???  I've been giving mine a bath in the bathtub in our only bathroom and it's such a mess!  Now that it's getting warmer I am definitely doing this.  Thanks for the idea!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: alibean on May 16, 2014, 09:48:41 PM
I signed my contract to be a school nurse next school year- all but eliminating our need for child care during the summer.  Plus, a benefit of working for the district is that I get 20% off any before or after school care we might need.  Hopefully, in the next year or so, I'll be able to transfer to my kids' school and eliminate the need for child care completely. 

I have also been working _very_ part-time so I'll have about 4x the income I had previously.  Biggest change will be working on my time management making sure we continue to eat most of our meals at home. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: surfhb on May 16, 2014, 10:32:40 PM
I built this AC since its been 100 degree F in Huntington Beach, Ca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxSLbpAwibg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxSLbpAwibg)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cassie on May 17, 2014, 01:52:15 PM
I make pizza dough in my bed machine using the recipe in the book & it turns out really yummy!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on May 17, 2014, 05:35:34 PM
Craving ice cream like nobody's business, but instead of driving to town spending the gas (and the calories), I pulled some frozen bananas out of the freezer, threw in a decadent amount of cocoa,whirred and  enjoyed. It was great.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on May 17, 2014, 06:18:09 PM
I bought 6.5kg of chopped potatoes/carrots.

Because they were reduced to clear, and there was only 6.5kg available.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on May 18, 2014, 09:26:38 AM
Pressure canned 13 quarts and 18 pints of homemade chili. Homebrew Husband has easy lunches for work for awhile.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CheapskateWife on May 18, 2014, 09:35:44 AM
Participated in BountifulBaskets.org distribution, and got to know some of our cheapskate neighbors a little better.

For those of you who don't know, its a grocerty distribution (not local but cheap!) and basically you by a "share" for $15 for and whatever is on the truck gets split by the total number of shares purchased (with limits of course so that it is still economical.  There are some very yummy and reasonable upgrades available too.  For youngun's working on building up volunteerism hours, its usually an hour on Saturday morning...easy peasy!  And when you volunteer, you get first crack at the leftover food once the shares have been divided...score!

Using this service twice a month (and a little more diligence) seems to have reduced our grocery bill by 25% aka $200 little soldiers headed over to pay of my Student Loan!  Absolutely amazing!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on May 18, 2014, 02:51:21 PM
Desperately wanted to go to McDonald's for lunch with the family after an outing this morning, but came home and made pancakes instead ... SCORE!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Begonia on May 18, 2014, 07:01:29 PM
Washed hair with baking soda. Was on a roll of doing that for several months a few years back and I liked the results. Then got some fancy highlights and thought it would mess with the color, so I  stopped. For Mustachian reasons I'm back to my natural color and thought I'd try it again. It can take a couple of weeks for hair to get used to it, but then it's easy, cheap, and very satisfying to put that shampoo money to better use.

If you're interested in learning more about the no 'poo approach, read here: http://www.crunchybetty.com/no-poo-to-you-too
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on May 18, 2014, 07:42:40 PM
Got my cooler all ready to go with my food for the week while I'm out of town for work.  Aiming to go out no more than twice this week, as needed for work socializing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on May 19, 2014, 12:33:42 AM
10km walking loop to go to the post office, pay my car rego and pick up some library books I had on hold. Bought a coffee with change I found in the back shed of the house we just bought. Score! :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Emilyngh on May 19, 2014, 05:30:59 AM
Going strawberry picking with my spouse, daughter, and a friend and planning on picking 15 lbs of fruit for our family.   My friend will be picking more.

Fun family/friend activity just for the cost of the berries, which my friend and I will spend the next day making into low sugar jam.    Spouse and daughter go through a ton of natural jam (which is not cheap).   So 15 lbs should give us a few lbs to eat and freeze, while leaving enough to make about 12 16 Oz jars of jam, which should last us about a year.   

If this works well, we might go in blueberry season too.   We'll freeze a lot of those (blueberry smoothies and frozen blueberries on oatmeal are my favorite), but we'll probably make some jam from those too.   Extra homemade jam makes a great gift (to bring to parties, etc).   

We also have about an acre of our own black raspberries, which we'll be picking when ripe for eating, freezing for smoothies, and making into cobblers.

Bring on the berries!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tanhanivar on May 19, 2014, 05:51:40 AM
Cooked a big pot of starter-mix (mince, vegetables, sauce etc) to make soup and chilli with. And agreed to buy a second-hand electric bicycle AND called the manufacturer ahead of time to get an idea of what to look for, replacement battery costs, value etc (I can certainly recommend the Australian Electric Bicycle Company for customer service) which let me confidently offer $300 less than the asking price.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: oldtoyota on May 19, 2014, 08:18:54 AM
Although it did not happen today, we got free mulch! I was going to buy some and then noticed my town is giving mulch away. This saved me about $30-50.

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Post by: ketchup on May 19, 2014, 08:42:28 AM
Diagnosed a bad PCV valve in my car today.  I'm going to replace it today for $5 and 10 minutes of time.  Should avoid my engine blowing an oil leak later, and be overall better for power and efficiency.  Saves me the time to fix oil leaks later, and doing it myself will save me probably more than it should.  I hope a shop wouldn't bill an hour of labor for a 10 minute job, but they probably would.
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Post by: nikki on May 19, 2014, 07:04:09 PM
I ate leftover ramen for breakfast. Double whammy! With homemade baked spring rolls from the freezer ^__^

Oh, and I put bean sprouts I got from my neighbor in the ramen last night. He couldn't finish his CSA produce before it went bad due to being gone almost all week, so I got 1/4 a cabbage, a bag of bean sprouts, and a cucumber. He tried to give me a bag of ginger and some water parsley, but I showed him he could 1) grate the ginger, freeze it in ice cubes, and use them in cooking straight from the freezer, and 2) regrow the water parsley in cups of water. So I saved him money too. A little. He wouldn't take the bean sprouts back after I revealed they could be blanched and frozen (exactly what I did).
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Post by: peppermint on May 19, 2014, 08:23:26 PM
Brought one of several single-serving homemade soups I had stockpiled in the freezer for work.
Did some pretty smart grocery Tetris and saved a lot when I went grocery shopping today.
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Post by: pachnik on May 19, 2014, 08:33:28 PM
We needed a 'new' chair since the one we had in the living room was very uncomfortable.  My husband found a really good one on Craigslist and went out and got it today - at least $1,000 savings from the retail price.
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Post by: swick on May 19, 2014, 09:04:08 PM
but I showed him he could 1) grate the ginger, freeze it in ice cubes, and use them in cooking straight from the freezer,
I just toss my ginger right into the freezer when it comes home whole. Then grate from frozen as needed. It is super easy to grate and you get exactly what you want. I have done the same thing the one time I managed to find some fresh galangal, been working on the same stach for three years and tastes totally fresh.
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Post by: 1967mama on May 19, 2014, 09:17:59 PM
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I just toss my ginger right into the freezer when it comes home whole. Then grate from frozen as needed. It is super easy to grate and you get exactly what you want.

Great idea, swick! One quick question: do you peel off the outer peel first (or whatever it is! haha)?
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Post by: swick on May 19, 2014, 09:27:55 PM
I just give them a rinse and a dry before. when you grate it from frozen a little bit of skin doesn't matter at all. If you wanted to you could rub a spoon over the surface to easily rub off the skin.
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Post by: norabird on May 19, 2014, 10:08:21 PM
Not sure how much this counts buuuut I had a pre-MMM J Crew credit card (yep) and while the balance is gone I still got a $25 rewards card in the mail recently. Used it to buy new shorts for $23.99 on sale today (got $1.01 in change back!), which I really wanted before going on vacation to Spain this Friday since my only other pair was a size too big. Of course let's not talk about the interest I previously paid on all the unneeded clothes I bought in the past...but I did need new shorts and got them without spending any money!

Also went to a free reading tonight (with a free short story booklet and a free glass of wine) where I ran into old colleagues unexpectedly. Ate my frozen Tj's lunch for dinner before heading up there.
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Post by: Basenji on May 20, 2014, 06:05:52 AM
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I just toss my ginger right into the freezer when it comes home whole. Then grate from frozen as needed. It is super easy to grate and you get exactly what you want.

Great idea, swick! One quick question: do you peel off the outer peel first (or whatever it is! haha)?
A Japanese friend taught me something similar. I peel it lightly and then cut the whole thing into inch pieces,  put them in a baggie in the freezer. Works great.
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Post by: peppermint on May 20, 2014, 07:55:58 AM
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I just toss my ginger right into the freezer when it comes home whole. Then grate from frozen as needed. It is super easy to grate and you get exactly what you want.

Great idea, swick! One quick question: do you peel off the outer peel first (or whatever it is! haha)?
A Japanese friend taught me something similar. I peel it lightly and then cut the whole thing into inch pieces,  put them in a baggie in the freezer. Works great.

This is a great idea! Thanks for teaching me something new.
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Post by: oldtoyota on May 20, 2014, 08:04:23 AM
Craving ice cream like nobody's business, but instead of driving to town spending the gas (and the calories), I pulled some frozen bananas out of the freezer, threw in a decadent amount of cocoa,whirred and  enjoyed. It was great.

I do this too! We have a bunch of frozen bananas stored for this purpose. It's also good with peanut butter blended in.

What better way to have cheap, vegan (for those who care), ice cream without chemical additives?
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Post by: oldtoyota on May 20, 2014, 08:05:55 AM
I am back to working out at home with a real workout found on YouTube. No gym fee! No video purchase!
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Post by: Ottawa on May 20, 2014, 08:07:17 AM
Ginger in the freezer does indeed grate very nicely.  Question is - why do people want to peel ginger at all?  I just cut off any dried out/manky bits.  The peel is paper thin and contributes no adverse flavours or textures. 
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Post by: lithy on May 20, 2014, 08:28:02 AM
Thanks to the Superguide, I got the courage up to switch from my T-Mobile prepaid minutes plan to PlatinumTel's plan.  Same service coverage, less than half the price.  I was using about $15/month for minutes and text, I'm hoping to cut that in half or better.  Porting was a breeze.

Also, while it is not our only method of payment (we used the Discover card whenever possible), we use PNC as our main checking account and since I usually handle most bills and payments every two weeks on payday, sometimes in the time between then, I log in and get this message.

Weekly Spending Overview of May 14 - May 20

You haven't spent anything this week.

It always depends on my mood how I read that sentence, sometimes I think the bank is being sarcastic with me, sometimes it is shocked and surprised, other times it is condescending in a "you're doing it wrong" kind of way.
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Post by: swick on May 20, 2014, 08:52:20 AM
Ginger in the freezer does indeed grate very nicely.  Question is - why do people want to peel ginger at all?  I just cut off any dried out/manky bits.  The peel is paper thin and contributes no adverse flavours or textures.

Totally agree! I just grated some freezer ginger into a teriyaki marinade for some beef jerky. Got an amazing deal on some beef (never happens here!) so made our own roast beef for sandwiches and the rest is going to be jerky.
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Post by: Zaga on May 20, 2014, 09:01:52 AM
I needed to get gas for the mower, and the gas station is less than a mile away, so I found the luggage cart and walked down to get the gas.  Didn't save much, but it was sure a nice walk!
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Post by: Basenji on May 20, 2014, 09:45:53 AM
Ginger in the freezer does indeed grate very nicely.  Question is - why do people want to peel ginger at all?  I just cut off any dried out/manky bits.  The peel is paper thin and contributes no adverse flavours or textures.

For some "clean" applications in Japanese food (garnish, making ginger pickles, in a clear soup) I do like it peeled, but yeah if you're doing a stirfry or otherwise mixing it all in, not much need to peel it.
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Post by: nikki on May 20, 2014, 08:32:06 PM
Ginger in the freezer does indeed grate very nicely.  Question is - why do people want to peel ginger at all?  I just cut off any dried out/manky bits.  The peel is paper thin and contributes no adverse flavours or textures.

I just grate the ginger with the peel after a nice rinse and scrub.

I think my motivation for grating it all at once and freezing in ice cube trays is super convenience. I spend a few minutes working my arm muscles to grate all of it at once, then for months never have to grate ginger again. It really does seem to make cooking with ginger less of a hassle to me :-p

So there's my reasoning! Swick's comment that you can just freeze it whole and grate it easier is totally true, though. If you like grating ginger each time you cook with it.
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Post by: swick on May 21, 2014, 10:03:05 AM
Ginger in the freezer does indeed grate very nicely.  Question is - why do people want to peel ginger at all?  I just cut off any dried out/manky bits.  The peel is paper thin and contributes no adverse flavours or textures.

I just grate the ginger with the peel after a nice rinse and scrub.

I think my motivation for grating it all at once and freezing in ice cube trays is super convenience. I spend a few minutes working my arm muscles to grate all of it at once, then for months never have to grate ginger again. It really does seem to make cooking with ginger less of a hassle to me :-p

So there's my reasoning! Swick's comment that you can just freeze it whole and grate it easier is totally true, though. If you like grating ginger each time you cook with it.

Good reasoning, Nikki :) I tend to cook a lot by feel and taste so I like to have the flexibility to put in just a little or a lot or a little bit more. I may try your suggestion though for things that I know will use a LOT of ginger...like ginger beef.

FYI: you can do the same thing with hot peppers - toss them whole into the freezer and slice or grate off a bit as needed. Makes a huge difference to our meals when we have to travel so far for fresh produce.
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Post by: tmac on May 21, 2014, 11:31:41 AM
Nice peppers on sale at the store + some masa languishing in the back of the pantry + working through a giant bag of frozen Costco chicken before we move next month = Chicken fajitas on homemade corn tortillas.
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Post by: greenmimama on May 21, 2014, 12:10:19 PM
I am making breakfast food dinner instead of ordering pizza when friends come for dinner tonight, it should be a feast, they are even bringing additions :)
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Post by: payitoff on May 21, 2014, 12:32:50 PM
took the bus/train to work today, spent $5 instead of filling up the tank again
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Post by: peppermint on May 21, 2014, 02:22:56 PM
Rode my bike to work yesterday and today.
I need a bedside reading lamp, so I posted on the neighbourhood listserv to see if anyone has one lying around for free or cheap (the listserv is very active, so I'm pretty sure I'll get some responses).
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Post by: nikki on May 21, 2014, 06:46:36 PM
I MADE YOGURT!

At least, I think I did. It looks and smells like yogurt. ;-D

Straining some whey from it in the fridge. I hope it's good! I bought the cheapy ultra-pasteurized milk (most common in Korea by far), which I've read isn't optimal for yogurt-creation. But if this works, oh lordy that's a potential quality of life boost and source of savings!
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Post by: galliver on May 21, 2014, 10:11:07 PM
Told my boyfriend I wasn't visiting this weekend. It's primarily more to save time/regain sanity after 2 weekends traveling/maybe catch up on research (crunch time for a conference). Bus ticket is like $40-45. But this is sad savings. We haven't seen each other a lot in the last month. :(

However, we're moving across country and moving in together in <3 months though, so plenty of time to get sick of each other then! ;)
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Post by: LiseE on May 22, 2014, 10:30:36 AM
Watched a youtube video and learned how to cut my boys hair.  At $15 a piece every couple of months or so, that really adds up! 
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Post by: RootofGood on May 22, 2014, 10:37:23 AM
Foraged for mulberries along the walk to/from school (dropping off the kids).  I collected a bunch, ate a bunch while picking, and joined the kids at school for their free breakfast (which we all shared).  Picked more on the way home at a different tree.  By the time I got home, I still had 2.4 oz of mulberries left.  At current prices in the store for similar fruits, that's still $1.50 worth, and we probably ate another 5-6 oz throughout the morning.  So I foraged around $5 worth of fruit.  Mrs. Rootofgood also tipped me off to another tree in a less traveled part of the neighborhood.
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Post by: swick on May 22, 2014, 01:28:58 PM
Going to reuse my Teriyaki marinade from making beef jerky and turn it into a sauce for supper tonight :)
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Post by: 1967mama on May 22, 2014, 01:37:20 PM
Made a crock pot dinner ( Mexican Chicken) and a rice cooker full of rice for the family since I will be out tonite. If I didn't do this, I'm 100% sure that dad would order pizza!

Recipe:

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

Serve over rice, pasta or in a wrap.
Delish!and a very forgiving recipe.
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Post by: payitoff on May 22, 2014, 04:29:25 PM
Took the bus again today! woot woot!

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Post by: peppermint on May 25, 2014, 10:49:58 AM
Finally decided Netflix wasn't worth it. Quit.
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Post by: 1967mama on May 25, 2014, 03:49:15 PM
Returned a bunch of materials to the library ON TIME!

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

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

I also noticed that the dandelion stems from last weekend were still standing, so lawn mower dude might be getting fired in the near future.
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Post by: Latwell on May 26, 2014, 03:16:57 PM
We went to the store today. I always look at the price tag before buying something. We get to the register.. and the girl tells me the total. Immediately I correct her. The total was listed for $10 less.

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

Mind you.... this isn't the first time I've had to had a cashier correct the total (this is probably the 3rd time in the last year). It pays to pay attention.
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Post by: begood on May 26, 2014, 03:30:49 PM
I did NOT buy ice cream and ice cream toppings. Even though I wanted to.
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Post by: Hadilly on May 27, 2014, 08:30:52 PM
Well, it was yesterday but it still counts. We did not go out to dinner last night, instead I came home and cooked burgers and sweet potato fries (the same thing we would have had at the restaurant). I am proud that my thinking is switching, I chose what felt good fiscally and didn't buy into the "treat yourself mentality." Plus the kids were starving and it was great to have dinner on the table, rather than wait at a restaurant.

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

edited to clarify
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Post by: Zamboni on May 27, 2014, 08:48:21 PM
Paid attention yesterday:  my son's shoes rang up $20 more than listed.

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

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Post by: tanhanivar on May 27, 2014, 09:51:04 PM
A friend texted to see if I wanted to meet for lunch in the city.

I said since it was such lovely weather, why not bring our lunches in and take them to the botanic gardens a block away! That should save us both at least $15.
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Post by: peppermint on May 28, 2014, 07:58:33 AM
Figured out how to make iced coffee at work, instead of buying it.
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Post by: Boz86 on May 28, 2014, 08:25:03 AM
Replaced car coolant reservoir. Saved $60 getting it online, another hour's worth of shop labor and also not having to drive to mechanic and wait.

10 minutes to get old one off, 5 to get new one on.
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Post by: CentimentalFreedom on May 28, 2014, 08:26:44 AM
biked to work.
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Post by: payitoff on May 28, 2014, 11:54:11 AM
took the bus/train to work today

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

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

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Post by: nvmama on May 28, 2014, 12:35:06 PM
finally, after many many years without a raise, received one, and immediately submitted the forms to have it contributed to my 403B.
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Post by: marblejane on May 28, 2014, 12:49:07 PM
Brought my lunch to work, and declined to go out to lunch with coworkers (was tempted, though...)
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Post by: NinetyFour on May 28, 2014, 12:49:44 PM
Nice!  So the raise is really for your "future you".  :)
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Post by: tanhanivar on May 28, 2014, 09:29:51 PM
Saved the last of some slightly dry barley-and-savoury-mince with miso soup. I just mixed up a concentrated version out of a sachet of miso paste (under 1/2 the required hot water), stirred it through and heated it all up together. Surprisingly delicious - like adding a good beef stock. And I would have struggled to eat that last serving otherwise.
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Post by: nikki on May 28, 2014, 11:27:38 PM
Here's what the first version of my grocery list for the week included: EVOO, fish, milk, flour, garlic

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

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

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

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

Also: I'm going to freeze my yogurt starter for the next time I buy milk.
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Post by: mostlyeels on May 29, 2014, 04:25:33 PM
Replaced the elastic on the bottom of my plastic bag holder.  Only saved myself a few bucks, but a big-little achievement for me, as the last time I unpicked something and re-sewed it was in high school.
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Post by: MoneyCat on May 30, 2014, 02:48:59 PM
I needed a prescription filled for my cat (who is very old and suffering from renal failure) and after getting a price quote on the meds from the veterinarian I did a little online research and realized that the same medication is used for humans on kidney dialysis.  I was then able to get the same medication from my local pharmacy for $25 cheaper than they were charging at the vet's office.
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Post by: JoyBlogette on May 30, 2014, 02:51:06 PM
I made instant coffee at my desk instead of buying it.
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Post by: naturelover on May 30, 2014, 04:09:45 PM
The Library said I never returned the book,  and I knew I did.  It was about to be overdue.

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

And I found it!! :)

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

I saved money today by resisting the urge to stop for pizza on the way home. I ate a salad that I already had at home instead.
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Post by: horsepoor on May 31, 2014, 05:20:20 PM
Used store points to get 40 cents off per gallon on filling my ridiculous pig-clown truck.

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

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

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

Line dried the dog/horse towels.

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

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


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

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


:-)
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Post by: horsepoor on May 31, 2014, 05:35:19 PM
Thank you for the face punch.  And the hug.  Luckily my daily driver is getting close to 44 mpg lately, and the pig truck is saved for equine transportation and other macho truck duties such as carting home yards of gravel.  14 years old and hopefully will keep doing its duties for another 14+.
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Post by: mc6 on May 31, 2014, 05:59:12 PM
Used up 2 gift cards I received.
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Post by: schoenbauer on June 01, 2014, 02:25:50 AM
I biked to a small (free) electro festival 35km away from my house. took me all in total about 4.5 hrs and saved me about 14 euros (return ticket for the train). YEAH!
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Post by: fitzgeralday on June 01, 2014, 08:45:06 AM
Love this thread :)

I walked to Target as opposed to driving to satisfy my grocery and printer shopping needs.  Also, I realized that the lowest cost printer Target had to offer cost $50.  I ended up purchasing, but then quickly returned upon finding a used model nearby on craigslist for $10...winning!
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Post by: Begonia on June 01, 2014, 09:15:38 AM
Another shout out for libraries here.  Yesterday picked up a tattered and taped-up paperback of Your Money or Your Life from my local branch that I'd had transferred from the main branch. Devouring it like a trashy novel.
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Post by: erae on June 01, 2014, 10:23:43 AM
I made one of my Strong Woman Frappes at home - waaay cheaper than the coffee shop and I'm using french vanilla whey protein powder, so it's become a delicious, caffeinated, light meal/big snack

I sold my wedding dress!  Only got 30% back, but that's 30% more than I thought I'd see back from such a poor (and beautiful!) investment.  Now fingers crossed she loves it and doesn't take advantage of the 30 day return policy we agreed upon.   
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Post by: peppermint on June 01, 2014, 06:25:09 PM
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.
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Post by: MoneyCat on June 01, 2014, 06:43:35 PM
I got to go to watch the USA men's national soccer team play against Turkey in a World Cup warm-up game for free today because I took advantage of a season ticket holder presale to buy a bunch of tickets that I resold for double the face price on Stubhub and that more than paid for my own ticket.  I was also able to use another presale event to pay for my season ticket, but that's a story for another day.
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Post by: Rural on June 01, 2014, 07:08:09 PM
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


Share the recipe? All my curries are hands-on, and I need more crockpot recipes.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 01, 2014, 08:24:11 PM
Used my frozen ginger for the first time and it worked beautifully! Sliced off an inch for my chai tea and just peeled the chunk with a vegetable peeler. Returned the huge ginger root to the freezer for next time.

Love, love, love having ginger available at any time. So often, there's a recipe I would love to include it in, but I don't have any in my fridge, or its all shrivelled up and unusable.  Thanks for this fantastic idea!
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Post by: Monij87 on June 01, 2014, 08:45:17 PM
I didn't buy Starbucks while waiting at the airport. That's one of my fav travel on treats.


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


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

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

I've never owned a crockpot before, so I can't vouch for this recipe, but hoping things turn out. There are a lot of good looking recipes on that website.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on June 02, 2014, 07:44:22 AM
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


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

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

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


Thanks! Do post the result, will you?


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



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: warfreak2 on June 02, 2014, 08:18:59 AM
I got to go to watch the USA men's national soccer team play against Turkey in a World Cup warm-up game for free today because I took advantage of a season ticket holder presale to buy a bunch of tickets that I resold for double the face price on Stubhub and that more than paid for my own ticket.  I was also able to use another presale event to pay for my season ticket, but that's a story for another day.
I don't get this attitude. I ate for free today, because my wages more than paid for my food.

The amount you effectively spent is, by definition, the amount of money you would otherwise additionally have now if you didn't go. It seems to me that you spent twice the nominal price of the tickets, since that's the amount you forewent by not selling your ticket.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on June 02, 2014, 08:49:14 AM
This weekend, I mended NINE pairs of pants. Stitched up 4 yoga pants and patched 5 jeans. Still have 2 to go, but I actually like them and wanted to make sure the patching method worked as advertised ;) Given that I buy my pants for $15-25 each at TJ Maxx, that's roughly $180 of value salvaged! (I would only have purchased like 3 pairs, though, if I had gone shopping instead).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on June 02, 2014, 08:51:41 AM
Nice work, galliver!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on June 02, 2014, 09:09:16 AM
Nice work, galliver!

Thanks :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: CommonCents on June 02, 2014, 10:15:44 AM
Saturday:
- Went to a free screener of How to Train your Dragon 2 (and didnt buy popcorn)

Yesterday:
- Started the quilt I'm making as a wedding present
- Fixed the neighbor's dock our friends broke for $5
- Tried to grill food for a favorite receipe instead of pan frying it and didn't care for it as much, but ate it anyways.
- Planted basil and cilantro seeds, and tomato plants.
- Did a set of clothes with dryell rather than dry cleaning clothes.  (I know, don't own dry cleaning clothes...  But my professional evironment requires that level of clothing, so I keep costs down as I can.)
- Went for a walk in the evening with my husband at a nearby pond/lake.  Came up with an activity (a hunt for a list of various items, like "a man fishing" or "5 dogs") to keep my nephew occupied next time he visits on his own and we take him down there.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: The knitter on June 02, 2014, 11:29:45 AM
I've had a great couple of weeks:

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling really good!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on June 05, 2014, 12:11:03 AM
This week I convinced my friends to have a picnic lunch together instead of going out like we have a weekly-ish habit of doing. We agreed we should do it more.

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

Too bad I'm moving away in 2 months.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on June 05, 2014, 04:16:44 AM
I've had a great couple of weeks:

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling really good!

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

This week I've been putting leftover coffee into a jar in the fridge, and just enjoyed it as iced coffee this morning.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on June 05, 2014, 12:36:13 PM
I don't do granola bars, but I've been making homemade Kind bars (mostly nuts) and they are awesome, and pretty easy.  She talks about a candy thermometer, but I just use the meat thermometer and use a honey/maple syrup mixture and whatever nuts and dried fruit I have on hand:  http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Bars

This week I've been putting leftover coffee into a jar in the fridge, and just enjoyed it as iced coffee this morning.
Awesome!  Thanks for the link. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: The knitter on June 06, 2014, 10:32:08 AM
I've been making these granola bars: http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2013/06/no-bake-chewy-granola-bars_23.html

They are very good, but have more sugar than I'm used to, or like. I'm going to try different versions with less sugar on future rounds.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: zarfus on June 06, 2014, 10:52:06 AM
Fixed my oven with a new ignitor, saved 50% buying on Amazon vs ANY "online appliance parts shop".  This is one of the easiest repairs I've ever done in my life, oven works like a champ now.

Fixed my leaking faucet free by calling Moen to see if they would send a replacement part, even though I don't have proof of purchase anymore.  Saved $20 by a simple phone call with great customer support.

Called TWC to see if I could lower my service to save money.  Lowered the price for the same speeds by $20/mo.

Just ported out of Straight talk to Airvoice.  Saving $35/mo now.

Cheers!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on June 06, 2014, 11:22:54 AM
Eye exam at Wal-mart for $59. Brought the prescription home and will be ordering a coupe of new pairs from Zenni as soon as my eyes undialate enough for me to see to order. I'll come out seeing better and set for the next two years for under $100.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Gerard on June 06, 2014, 05:59:23 PM
Generally, by the way, I skip the browning stage for meats in the crock pot. It's meant to seal in the juices

This is what some recipes *tell* you it's for, but if you go on to cook the meat in either liquid or humid crockpot air, there's no need for a seal. Cook's Illustrated and Alton Brown have both done bits debunking the "sealing in juices" thing, but I can't find links or copies right now. The browning stage is really to get some good maillard reactions going and improve the meaty flavour of your meat.

But yes, aside from that, skipping the browning stage is fine for all kinds of recipes! A nice sorta-curry dish that lends itself to both a crockpot and maybe skipping the browning stage is Do Piaza (basically, twice as much onions as meat, simmered with warm spices till everything breaks waaaay down).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: P1 on June 06, 2014, 06:33:02 PM
Had somebody buy me lunch.


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Bbqmustache on June 07, 2014, 06:01:56 AM
I've been making these granola bars: http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2013/06/no-bake-chewy-granola-bars_23.html

They are very good, but have more sugar than I'm used to, or like. I'm going to try different versions with less sugar on future rounds.

Thank you bunches!  I've copied the recipe and plan to try these soon!  We certainly buy the ones at the store a lot (mainly from Aldi now), but making them at home means we can control what goes in AND save money too! 

But without the added preservatives, what do you do to keep the bars fresh for a week or so?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Begonia on June 07, 2014, 11:42:37 AM
Split my streaming Netflix bill with my sister going forward, so instead of  paying $8 a month I pay $4. She wrote me a check for a year's worth, I gave her my login info, now my niece and nephew are enjoying a few seasons of Family Ties while home sick from school. And I've paid for three sewing lessons so I can start making my own clothes and whatnot. Happy times.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on June 07, 2014, 02:34:24 PM
1) Made a loaf of fruit bread in the bread machine.
2) Made homemade pizza for our family for lunch.
3) Texting with friend who is a long distance away instead of a long distance call. 
4) Sent away claim forms from physio rather than letting them accumulate = money in my bank account, not the insurance company's coffers.
5) NOT using a/c yet. This may be a record for me! Window fans work great!! First year with one in my bedroom window. (3 small fans set in a rectangle frame from Walmart -- it's COLD in my
Room by morning!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on June 07, 2014, 02:59:59 PM
Started yesterday, and will finish today, replacing the sillcock (heheh, sillcock... yes I'm 12) that froze and split over the winter (didn't get it done yesterday because I kept having to go back to Lowe's for different parts).

Packed my coffee and food for the little horse show event I went to this morning, so only expenses were gas and the entry fee.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Latwell on June 07, 2014, 04:24:31 PM
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


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

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

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

Ahhh I love eating crockpot meat. Soooo yummy
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on June 07, 2014, 04:27:58 PM
Gerard, you might be looking for the Good Eats episode called "Myth Smashers." Here is the searing excerpt: WWW.foodnetwork.com/videos/to-sear-or-not-to-sear-98517.html
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on June 07, 2014, 04:30:12 PM
Today, I dyed jeans dark again instead of buying. Plenty of wear left in those pants.
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Post by: El Limon on June 07, 2014, 05:38:08 PM
I've been wanting to get the Netflix on the upstairs TV but it's an older flatscreen that doesn't have a USB port. I've been looking at new TVs with a bluray for about 250 total. I didnt want to shell out that kind of money, so I've been waiting and waiting for a cheaper option. Well, I found out that the older Roku units use the colored AV cables. I got one for 35$ refurbished on amazon. I used 10$ discover bonus to discount and paid 25$ out of pocket. Just set it up and it works great. 1/10th the price for what's essentially a luxury item. Small victory.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on June 07, 2014, 08:11:53 PM
Visited the in-laws and picked almost 5 gallons of plums off their plum tree.  I left them with almost a gallon as a "fee".   :)

Then we traded a huge watermelon and 3 colored peppers (bought for $7 total) for a couple pounds of their erroneously purchased italian sausage. 

(Today I also spent over $300 on a tank of gas ($26), household stuff, toiletries, and groceries from walmart ($131), clothes and shoes for the family from walmart ($85) , and a trunk full of groceries from Aldi ($70), but nobody has to know about my spendthrift nature!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Boz86 on June 08, 2014, 07:10:36 AM
will make a jug of iced tea to take out, fill the jug with ice, water, and a lipton cold brew bag.

saves me the $2 I was spending at the fast food place near the park.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mutton Chop on June 08, 2014, 09:33:22 AM
Bought Folger's coffee for $7.98 for 28 oz, compared to high end coffee $10.99 for 16 oz.

Cost per oz:
Folger's $.285
Snob java: $.686

Is that a 60% savings? Wow!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Begonia on June 08, 2014, 12:05:07 PM
Canceled my Sunday New York Times subscription, thus saving $38 month. The waste of trees and fact that I use it for gift wrap more than read it (plenty of free online articles) is a total face-punch and worthy of putting me in a pillory in the town square. But that was then, this is now. Onward!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on June 08, 2014, 10:09:42 PM
Put together a curry in the crockpot (which I bought a week ago for $10 off craigslist) and put it in the fridge to get started tomorrow morning just before I go to work.


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

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

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


Thanks! Do post the result, will you?


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

Delayed update -- this was delicious - the curry was a bit watery, I think because I increased the fresh veggies in it and they release water as they cook, but that's not a big deal.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on June 08, 2014, 10:55:45 PM
Made a metric ass-ton of hummus and froze most of it for later.  Also made the tahini for it - so easy, never buying premade tahini again.

Improved the hops trellis on the south side of the house so that it will shade the windows more, and finally put the last mini-blind in, for additional shade.  The basement has the only south-facing windows in the house, and I bought blinds for them shortly after we moved in four years ago, and this was the last one waiting to be finally installed.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on June 08, 2014, 11:16:11 PM
Made a metric ass-ton of hummus and froze most of it for later. 

Thanks for this tip! I didn't know you could freeze hummus. Does the texture change when you thaw it or can your really not tell that its been frozen? If so, I too will be making that much hummus! haha!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on June 08, 2014, 11:42:36 PM
A fellow Mustachian recommended a layer of olive oil on top before freezing, so I did that this time.  However, I froze some for a few weeks from my last batch without the oil and it just needed a stir due to some very minor separation of the oil, and it was impossible to tell it had ever been frozen.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Little House on June 09, 2014, 12:09:41 PM
Yesterday I didn't take a shower to conserve water (we're in an extreme drought!). Today, I made my own coffee (which I do most days.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on June 09, 2014, 12:13:08 PM
Drank iced tea that I brewed at home (using gifted tea bags)
Ate a free breakfast at work
Left home at earlier to avoid traffic (cuts my commute time by about 10 minutes)
Packed a can of soup for lunch (cleaning out our cabinets)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on June 09, 2014, 12:25:35 PM
Shared my quinoa and green beans with my friend who stopped by to invite me out to lunch (I brought enough for two lunches ;) ) I got company and compliments in return :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: surfhb on June 09, 2014, 12:30:58 PM
Stood at the home plate gate with 2 fingers held up and was given 2 free tix to an Angel Game.    I haven't paid for baseball seats in awhile. 

You have an easy out if they want money.   It's illegal to sell seats on the grounds at any price :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Chranstronaut on June 09, 2014, 01:19:00 PM
This weekend I baked three loaves of bread, two sourdough and one whole wheat.  It was my first time baking sourdough and they turned out better than expected!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on June 09, 2014, 03:14:11 PM
I'm glad to hear all the picking-up coins stories.  My spouse ladles a generous measure of scorn on me for this and last weekend I picked up 3 separate pennies in his presence.  But then later that evening when a co-worker was giving me a ride home I spotted a twenty dollar bill flowing swiftly downhill in the gutter!  Being attuned to looking for money on the ground I was able to react quickly and grab it.

Today I was loading up my metro card and noticed a card lying on the ground.  You see discarded cards a lot (discarded! ha!) and the MTA instituted a $1 new card fee ostensibly to cut down on the amount of trash this created in the stations.  While it's easy to avoid, I do see a number of people in my neighborhood or tourists downtown having to cough up a buck and it seems unfair.  So, both for my own needs and out of a charitable instinct, I'll keep a couple extra blanks on me.  I used the machine to check the one I had just found (sometimes they're expired or un-fillable for some other reason) and discovered it had $2.45 on it!  Only a nickel short of a full fare, which I assume is why someone left it?

So, anyway, those are instances of acquiring money, not saving it, but, uh...  seemed like they would fit in.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: The knitter on June 10, 2014, 08:49:02 PM
I've been making these granola bars: http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2013/06/no-bake-chewy-granola-bars_23.html

They are very good, but have more sugar than I'm used to, or like. I'm going to try different versions with less sugar on future rounds.

Thank you bunches!  I've copied the recipe and plan to try these soon!  We certainly buy the ones at the store a lot (mainly from Aldi now), but making them at home means we can control what goes in AND save money too! 

But without the added preservatives, what do you do to keep the bars fresh for a week or so?

I put them in ziploc bags, and then we eat them in about a week.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on June 11, 2014, 05:23:33 AM
I'm glad to hear all the picking-up coins stories.  My spouse ladles a generous measure of scorn on me for this and last weekend I picked up 3 separate pennies in his presence.  But then later that evening when a co-worker was giving me a ride home I spotted a twenty dollar bill flowing swiftly downhill in the gutter!  Being attuned to looking for money on the ground I was able to react quickly and grab it.

Today I was loading up my metro card and noticed a card lying on the ground.  You see discarded cards a lot (discarded! ha!) and the MTA instituted a $1 new card fee ostensibly to cut down on the amount of trash this created in the stations.  While it's easy to avoid, I do see a number of people in my neighborhood or tourists downtown having to cough up a buck and it seems unfair.  So, both for my own needs and out of a charitable instinct, I'll keep a couple extra blanks on me.  I used the machine to check the one I had just found (sometimes they're expired or un-fillable for some other reason) and discovered it had $2.45 on it!  Only a nickel short of a full fare, which I assume is why someone left it?

So, anyway, those are instances of acquiring money, not saving it, but, uh...  seemed like they would fit in.

Nice finds!

I have been commuting on foot for the past 6 - 7 weeks, and the amount of money I have picked up has been ridiculous!  Two days ago, as I approached a roundabout, I saw a smallish piece of paper being whipped around by the wind and passing cars.  I went out of my way to get closer to it--and spotted the number 5.  Yep--a $5 bill. Sweet!  And I get immense pleasure from finding quarters in the streets.  I love this free money.  And it is tax free!  Goes in my spreadsheet in the "Other Income" column.  :)

Makes me feel sorry (almost) for all the clowns who drive past all the money on the ground.  Get out of your cars, people!!  It's nice out here!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Boz86 on June 11, 2014, 07:37:00 AM
went looking for a connector to a boat radio power cord. Elec supply house said they didn't have any, then one of their customers pointed to a free sample connector that'll perfect.

Gotta love free.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on June 11, 2014, 08:56:42 AM
Closed all the storm windows to keep the heat at bay.  Summer is here and it's doubtful I will open a window before September, so might as well summerize the place. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: fitzgeralday on June 12, 2014, 12:56:21 PM
Well, this is technically something I did last night but I finally stopped procrastinating and created craigslist postings for two pieces of furniture (twin bed frame and queen air mattress) and a brand new iphone otterbox case - none of which I currently need.  I've already started to get some emails of interest, and plan to continue to do some craigslist purging if this option proves to be profitable.  I also met about a potential side hustle, the profits of which would solely go towards eliminating debt.  Happy saving everyone!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Trudie on June 12, 2014, 02:52:29 PM
Axed my Amazon Prime Membership - Saving $99/year

Researching buying own cable/voice modem to avoid leasing from cable company - Would save $120/year after break-even

Having my brother-in-law hopefully fix the igniter on my oven this week - will save $150-beer-parts, so probably about half

Digging up perennials to divide and sell at my garage sale -- ???

Shopped at ALDI.  Not sure how much I saved, but it's substantial.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cressida on June 12, 2014, 05:48:58 PM
I convinced DH to try MMM's method of cutting cereal costs by adding rolled oats, mentioned in http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/08/23/grocery-shopping-with-your-middle-finger/. I'm not sure he's totally on board yet, but at least he's giving it a shot. Cereal is the highest line-item on our grocery list. No kidding. We spend more on cereal than on meat. And I don't even eat any of it.

So, fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Latwell on June 12, 2014, 06:23:36 PM
SO and I are trying to drink less soda (a bad bad habit I'm trying to get away from). We drink water, but I prefer something w/ taste. So we are drinking some of those powdered things you just mix w/ water.

I have a 2 Quart pitcher. According to the directions on this sweet drink, 4 scoops = 1 quart. Therefore, 8 scoops = 2 quarts. Unintentionally, I only put 4 scoops. I didn't realize this mistake until after my SO and I finished the entire pitcher and I was making a second one. I was super happy when I realized this mistake because it made me realize how I was cutting my sugar intake and increasing the amount of drinks we will be able to get from a single container. The drink actually tastes way better when there mores water and less powdered substance. A lot of drinks that are super sugary make my teeth/gums cringe as I'm drinking it.

Can't wait for my SO to try and make it himself and wonder why his drink suddenly tastes too sweet when he makes it. =p
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on June 18, 2014, 02:55:31 PM
Took the bus to work, brought my lunch, made homemade iced coffee.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RootofGood on June 18, 2014, 03:14:41 PM
Along the lines of "not drinking soda" - we walked to the grocery store and they had sodas on sale for $0.59 for a 2 liter if you buy 4.  Not wanting to carry 8 liters of soda back home, we skipped it (and stuck to ice cream and bananas - two totally unrelated purchases). 

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mortgage Free Mike on June 18, 2014, 05:15:34 PM
I have started using an app called Ibotta. It gives cash rebates on food purchases-- plus a few other things. I mostly like it because at my grocery store, it offers rebates on things like milk, chicken, beef, eggs and produce. Stuff you don't normally see coupons for. I've gotten $60 in 3 weeks-- goes right into my PayPal. I never considered myself a coupon person, but it's working so far.

If you use a referral link, there's a $2 bonus to sign-up.  Mine is: http://ibotta.com/r/arybir
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tanhanivar on June 18, 2014, 05:18:45 PM
Made sweet & salty kettle corn instead of buying it at the markets as I usually would. Further practice required, but half of it was *very* good, and still much cheaper.


Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on June 18, 2014, 09:29:57 PM
Noticed, via Mint that I had been overcharged for an item I bought online that was backordered.  Called up the company and they'd accidentally charged me $8.95 shipping, when it should have been free, so they said they'd reverse the charge.

Not really money saving, but when I was out running today, I saw about a 12' piece of oak crown moulding on the side of the road.  It was in good shape, and I was less than a mile from home, so I picked it up and carried it back with me.
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Post by: Doomspark on June 19, 2014, 07:58:41 AM
Turned off "hot dry" on the dishwasher.
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Post by: norabird on June 19, 2014, 08:14:34 AM
Usually I buy coffee and a donut every morning before work to the tune of $2.25--a really bad habit. Not breaking it quite yet but last night at the end of my run I ended up at the finish line of a race and since I blended in with the actual runners I took the apple and granola bar on offer to finishers. Saved it to eat this a.m. and used the keurig at work.
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Post by: 4alpacas on June 19, 2014, 11:04:11 AM
Fixed two pairs of jeans with holes in them (iron on patches $2 spent).  This is my first attempt at repairing clothing, so we'll see how the jeans hold up.
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Post by: frugalamber on June 19, 2014, 04:41:44 PM
Thanks to MMM forum, I now have milk, sugar and tea at office and very tiny coffee expenses last 6 months. Loved that I have the options at hand when I want rather than spend money.
Have access to multiple fridges at office so I keep the milk there and use it for tea/cereals as I feel the need. Loved the convenience at finger tips.
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Post by: tanhanivar on June 19, 2014, 05:27:46 PM
I've saved so much keeping a plunger and coffee at the office (I'm partial to Gloria Jeans hazlenut praline scented coffee). I still go on the mid-morning coffee run for company, but am getting used to not buying a coffee. In fact, my office is moderately frugal (public servants) so of the 5 regulars in our expedition, four have eased off buying anything! When the last one stops buying coffee, we'll have to find a new way to catch up!
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Post by: Jennifer in Ottawa on June 19, 2014, 08:00:48 PM
SO and I are trying to drink less soda (a bad bad habit I'm trying to get away from). We drink water, but I prefer something w/ taste. So we are drinking some of those powdered things you just mix w/ water.

I have a 2 Quart pitcher. According to the directions on this sweet drink, 4 scoops = 1 quart. Therefore, 8 scoops = 2 quarts. Unintentionally, I only put 4 scoops. I didn't realize this mistake until after my SO and I finished the entire pitcher and I was making a second one. I was super happy when I realized this mistake because it made me realize how I was cutting my sugar intake and increasing the amount of drinks we will be able to get from a single container. The drink actually tastes way better when there mores water and less powdered substance. A lot of drinks that are super sugary make my teeth/gums cringe as I'm drinking it.

Can't wait for my SO to try and make it himself and wonder why his drink suddenly tastes too sweet when he makes it. =p

Have you considered adding fruit to your water?  Add some frozen berries to a pitcher full of water and keep it in the fridge, or add some to your water bottle if you take one to work with you.  Another tasty alternative is cucumber slices.  It may sound odd, but it's rather lovely, costs pennies per serving and is much better for you than anything Corporate-Food wishes to sell you.
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Post by: sheepstache on June 19, 2014, 08:50:43 PM
I've saved so much keeping a plunger and coffee at the office (I'm partial to Gloria Jeans hazlenut praline scented coffee). I still go on the mid-morning coffee run for company, but am getting used to not buying a coffee. In fact, my office is moderately frugal (public servants) so of the 5 regulars in our expedition, four have eased off buying anything! When the last one stops buying coffee, we'll have to find a new way to catch up!

. . .

You, uh, you call a french press a plunger in Australia, I take it.
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Post by: Primm on June 19, 2014, 08:57:02 PM
This is a coffee plunger.

http://www.coffeecompany.com.au/coffee-101/plunger-coffee-brewing-tips/
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Post by: sheepstache on June 19, 2014, 09:23:18 PM
This is a coffee plunger.

http://www.coffeecompany.com.au/coffee-101/plunger-coffee-brewing-tips/

Phew.
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Post by: tanhanivar on June 19, 2014, 10:21:36 PM
This is a coffee plunger.

http://www.coffeecompany.com.au/coffee-101/plunger-coffee-brewing-tips/

Phew.

Laughing immoderately. That is quite correct. And after I posted it I only thought of the Dalek connotation - completely forgot the other. Too much BBC.
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Post by: nikki on June 19, 2014, 11:51:49 PM
I had lunch at a fancy buffet after my end-of-the-semester faculty meeting! I wouldn't have eaten that much fancy food if I had to pay for it, so I guess I didn't really save money. But it was nice to treat myself to a nice gorge-fest. Four plates and a cup of punch down the hatch.
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Post by: RootofGood on June 20, 2014, 07:47:06 PM
I've saved so much keeping a plunger and coffee at the office (I'm partial to Gloria Jeans hazlenut praline scented coffee).

I've never thought of that but it makes perfect sense.  When you have to deal with tons of shit at the office, why not bring a plunger to help it go down. 
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Post by: C. K. on June 21, 2014, 06:55:16 PM
Made sweet & salty kettle corn instead of buying it at the markets as I usually would. Further practice required, but half of it was *very* good, and still much cheaper.
Recipe, please.

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Post by: payitoff on June 22, 2014, 09:26:19 AM
Stayed home yesterday for a $0 Saturday

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Post by: tanhanivar on June 22, 2014, 10:43:14 PM
Made sweet & salty kettle corn instead of buying it at the markets as I usually would. Further practice required, but half of it was *very* good, and still much cheaper.
Recipe, please.

I think it was this one: http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419 (http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419), but do actually shake the pan up-and-down sometimes, as well as just shuffling it around on the hot plate! And do take it off when the pops slow, instead of waiting for all to pop, or you will end up with burnt-sugar-lumps instead of popcorn.
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Post by: theconcierge on June 23, 2014, 05:46:13 AM
Managed to collect 7 golf balls on my ride home from work.

I ride past the golf driving range each day, and I collect any balls that go off course and over the fence. Probably have collected about 150 this year
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Post by: 4alpacas on June 23, 2014, 09:06:18 AM
Sold an extremely old gift card today (will receive about $30).  Less clutter in my drawer, more money in my pocket.

Made tea in the office.  Brought snacks and lunch stuff from home. 
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Post by: Icecreamarsenal on June 23, 2014, 09:43:28 AM
Biking back home from the gym at 530am I remembered we ran out of eggs for breakfast. I started to fixate on an egg mcmuffin, rationalizing by telling myself no stores would be open at 530. After I passed the 2nd open bodega, I bought a dozen eggs and a chobani for $5 at the 3rd open one. I literally had to shake my head to help get rid of the mcmuffin fixation.
I overpaid for the eggs by 50 cents but at least it was cheaper than the mcmuffin meal and I'll get a couple of bkfsts out of it.
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Post by: karaishere on June 23, 2014, 10:44:19 AM
1) I hung dry most of our laundry! I did dry the socks and undies (and a few shirts) in the dryer, but it could have been 3 dryer loads instead of 1. Hooray!

2) I felt cold this morning with the fan on, so instead of turning the fan off, I went and bumped the thermostat up a degree (to 78). Baby steps!

3) This weekend, I sold a few things that I didn't need at my MIL's garage sale and made $35. I haven't spent that cash.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 23, 2014, 02:48:00 PM
Made a pumpkin chocolate chip quick bread in the bread machine. Found a neat trick online for this. Put machine on dough cycle for 3 minutes. Unplug. Using spatula, scrape down sides, plug back in and let it mix another minute. Unplug.  Plug back in and put on bake cycle (mine is 1 hour). Check for doneness with a toothpick.  Mine needed another 1/2 an hour all together, but I feel that it was well worth my time experimenting to get to the point where I can do this regularly to feed my family. Will be trying banana bread next.  Just google sweet bread or quick bread in a bread machine. Tasted excellent and was just like a quick bread made in the oven, but didn't need to use the power of the oven or heat up the house, or dirty up a bowl or get out the mixer.  Also, much less fussy than muffin tins.
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Post by: Zaga on June 23, 2014, 05:17:27 PM
E-mailed in the official cancellation of my work life insurance policy, should get about $40 back from the cash value.  We have private insurance already, no need to pay for continuation of the work policy!
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Post by: Rural on June 23, 2014, 06:45:22 PM
Hung out laundry for a double win since it's hot as blazes and 89% humidity out there -- less cooling/dehumidifying the house.


Neglected to pack my lunch, so I ate oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter from my desk stash.


Breakfast for dinner at home (I'm on a roll here, it seems) with turkey bacon (cheaper and healthier), grits, free eggs a neighbor with hens gave us, and cathead biscuits with molasses. Bonus: there's enough left for breakfast.



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Post by: 1967mama on June 23, 2014, 07:46:21 PM
Made 3 loaves of sandwich bread in the bread machine today (one after the other, of course!) and wrapped them up for the freezer for lunches. Will try to do 3 more tomorrow to build up a stash (stache?) of bread in the freezer thereby not having to buy bread at the store. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: C. K. on June 24, 2014, 04:14:46 AM
Made sweet & salty kettle corn instead of buying it at the markets as I usually would. Further practice required, but half of it was *very* good, and still much cheaper.
Recipe, please.

I think it was this one: http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419 (http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-and-salty-kettle-corn-rachael-ray-271419), but do actually shake the pan up-and-down sometimes, as well as just shuffling it around on the hot plate! And do take it off when the pops slow, instead of waiting for all to pop, or you will end up with burnt-sugar-lumps instead of popcorn.

Thank you
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Post by: Bookworm on June 24, 2014, 05:32:18 AM
I had an appointment at the DMV yesterday at 3:50 and then had to take my son to a scout meeting at 7:00 in the same part of town. Instead of window shopping or reading a book or watching a show, like I'd normally do, we walked around together and collected bottles and cans. We get 5 cents in CA for every container (10 cents for those 24 ounces or over). We picked up $4.30 worth!

As a bonus, I was very tired last night because I hadn't slept well the night before, and being active instead of trying to read or stream Netflix on my phone kept me awake and alert.
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Post by: karaishere on June 24, 2014, 07:27:30 AM
1) I opened the windows and doors this morning and set up two fans to help facilitate blowing that nice, cool 65 degree air through the apartment. The apartment has cooled from 79 to 75 in less than an hour and there's still time for it to lower further.

2) Yesterday, I called maintenance to have them check the freon in the a/c unit because it seemed like it was running a lot. They found that the freon was low and recharged it!

Hooray for 2 little things that will help our a/c run less! :)
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Post by: nikki on June 24, 2014, 08:18:17 AM
I went to a concert tonight and didn't have to pay because I'm friends with musicians and will soon be involved in a symphonic band myself. Hurray!

But if I did have to pay, I wouldn't have gone. Also I wouldn't have gone if someone hadn't driven me. Soooo... whatevs.

I had a lovely time.
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Post by: LanceBurkhart on June 24, 2014, 02:46:42 PM
Went to the mall to buy a dress shirt I need for an event next week. Bought the one shirt. Left!
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Post by: Rural on June 24, 2014, 08:49:15 PM
Neither of us went down off the mountain today. That makes the day a total win in money not spent and in hassles not encountered.


Though I did have a web meeting, so there was hassle, but it was hassle I could mute if I needed to. :-)
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Post by: Gin1984 on June 24, 2014, 08:51:33 PM
Neither of us went down off the mountain today. That makes the day a total win in money not spent and in hassles not encountered.


Though I did have a web meeting, so there was hassle, but it was hassle I could mute if I needed to. :-)
Lol
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Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on June 24, 2014, 08:52:35 PM
Went another day without turning the AC on! Also, cleaned our own house. Now don't get too jealous of my exciting life ;)
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Post by: fitzgeralday on June 24, 2014, 10:34:28 PM
 - successfully sold unnecessary crap on craigslist - made $235
 - planning to downgrade my air voice wireless plan next month to the cheapest unlimited plan
 - recently dropped my iPhone, decided to fix up and sell for a profit

*insert fist pump*
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Post by: C. K. on June 25, 2014, 12:24:16 PM
Turned left instead of a right down the gauntlet of enticing restaurants. I really must remember my lunch next time.
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Post by: karaishere on June 25, 2014, 12:31:42 PM
I just signed up for mail order pharmacy. My monthly cost for my prescriptions will go from $73 to $61 per month! Not to mention I won't have to spend the time or gas (or peddle power) to go to the retail pharmacy every month because a 90-day supply will be mailed to me! Hooray!
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Post by: Angie55 on June 26, 2014, 08:27:47 AM
Refilled my disposable tissue box with a roll of toilet paper. Best part is I have it immediately without having to go to the store. Should last way longer too.
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Post by: shotgunwilly on June 26, 2014, 08:56:56 AM
Replaced the alternator in my truck.
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Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on June 26, 2014, 01:53:16 PM
Re-wore an outfit to cut down on laundry!
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Post by: 1967mama on June 26, 2014, 03:15:35 PM
1) cooking 2 whole chickens in roaster (instead of oven -- not heating up house, uses less power).  Found them in the bottom of the freezer from last fall. Put roaster on front porch.

2) loaf of fruit bread going in bread machine on back porch -- also keeping heat out of the house

3) didn't put on a/c even though I wanted to -- then a nice breeze came up and dropped the house temp by almost 3 degrees. Was feeling very mustachian at that moment!

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Post by: Nancy on June 28, 2014, 11:08:26 AM
Went to the local ethnic grocer and was floored by the low produce prices. I struggle with the fact that they are not organic (don't want to support chemical fertilizer runoff), but it saved a ton and supported a local independent store.
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Post by: 4alpacas on June 28, 2014, 05:31:41 PM
Switched to ting.  I should save about $15 month, AND I didn't have to give up my iPhone. 

Made a small grocery trip instead of our regular large weekend trip.  We're out of a few things, but we have enough to make it through the week.
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Post by: 1967mama on June 28, 2014, 05:41:20 PM
Having homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner -- stock was made from boiling the bones of the 2 organic chickens we'd enjoyed earlier in the week.  Good to the last drop! Also, ordered another 35 organic chickens from our farmer friend that we pick up next weekend. Another year of yummy chicken ahead!
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Post by: malacca on June 28, 2014, 08:02:27 PM
Get a bidet. Never buy toilet paper again.

Amazon has some decently rated retrofit ones for under $50. They fit under your toilet seat and come with all the part to connect to the toilet.



Forget the stupid high end ones - heated and whatnot. Had several of them when living in NE asia. Waste of money.
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Post by: Primm on June 29, 2014, 12:40:58 AM
Discovered someone had "bumped" the temperature control on my fridge and my veges were frozen. So I chopped them all up to make stock instead of throwing them out.
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Post by: Hedge_87 on June 29, 2014, 09:15:51 AM
Changed oil in wife's car,
 mowed the lawn,
 made three bicycle trips to the hardware store and one to work for more tools while fixing the p trap and drain (always need one more part).
 Ran coax cable to hook up the living room TV to the antenna for free TV (this might be considered a step backwards since we have gone three months w/o regular TV just Netflix but I like my local news/weather. )
Went trough a bunch of crap to get it ready to sell on the Internet.
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Post by: Cyanne on June 29, 2014, 05:56:30 PM
Planted the hostas that my father-in-law gave me to create a new flower bed in my yard. Also, instead of ordering pizza we made home made pizza tonight.
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Post by: striving_4_awesome on June 29, 2014, 07:47:21 PM
Had a long, busy day and really, really, really wanted to order pizza or go out for dinner and drinks!  Resisted and BBQ'd our dinner with a few cocktails on the patio!
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Post by: Rural on June 29, 2014, 08:26:35 PM
Made a giant pot of dal (with barley, just for kicks). Pound of lentils, masaman curry paste, barley, carrots, spinach, salt. I now have a couple weeks' work lunches for me in addition to having it for supper tonight.
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Post by: horsepoor on June 30, 2014, 07:43:24 AM
I started building some self-watering raised beds, yesterday.  The original design included pond liner, perforated irrigation pipe, and probably geotextile, so the project cost started getting pretty high.  Then I remembered reading an article about hugelkultur (http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/) and changed the whole thing to a deep trench filled with old wood under the bed.  I still wanted to slow the water percolation, so I lined the trenches with old chicken feed bags.  It's going to save us dealing with some nasty old wood that wasn't going to work for firewood, too.
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Post by: hermoninny on June 30, 2014, 01:47:15 PM
Walked to the grocery store.  Only bought the groceries that could fit under the double stroller - so no deviating from the list! 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on June 30, 2014, 02:56:21 PM
Worked on the budget... ugh ... arguments always ensue, depending on what is valued and by whom. But in the end, consensus was reached.
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Post by: NV Teacher on July 01, 2014, 06:11:14 AM
My very picky niece needed a new swimsuit. We found one she liked on-line for $50.  We decided to go check out a couple of places before ordering.  Found one at a discount outlet store for $30 that was on clearance for 50% off.  Came home with a really nice high quality swimsuit for $15.  Everyone was happy.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 01, 2014, 05:45:44 PM
1) Made hummus with the chickpeas I'd cooked up in the crockpot
2) Did a roast on the rotisserie for lunch meat this week
3) Stayed home
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Post by: Prairie Gal on July 01, 2014, 06:32:02 PM
Made bread in the breadmaker.

Closed up the house early this morning, now have the windows open, and a fan running rather than turning on the AC.

Stayed home rather than going out for Canada Day celebrations, might go out to see the fireworks tonight.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: karaishere on July 02, 2014, 08:39:59 AM
I saw that it was 60F this morning, so I opened the doors/windows, turned on the fans, and cooled the apartment down from 79 to 68. Feels nice and chilly in here all without a/c. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2bfree on July 02, 2014, 10:14:25 AM
I normally cook enough dinner in the evenings and take the leftovers to work for lunch the next day. I was feeling sick last night so DH allowed me to skip cooking last night (he was at work and couldn't cook either). Instead of succumbing to the temptation to buy lunch today, I took a tuna salad with me.
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Post by: Rural on July 02, 2014, 12:22:27 PM
Remembered to set up the crock pot this morning! Makes for a happy day all day long.
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Post by: tanhanivar on July 02, 2014, 03:26:43 PM
Looked at SkyScanner, got my travel agent to beat the lowest price I found, then a work colleague scolded me for going with a national chain and got $20 better for me from a friend of his. So my flights to the US are a lot less than I budgeted for!


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Post by: Zamboni on July 02, 2014, 04:27:15 PM
Remembered to set up the crock pot this morning! Makes for a happy day all day long.

Crock pot days are happy days indeed!  Tonight we're going to eat leftovers that came from the crock pot a couple of days ago.

I have a high revenue temp side hustle for the next month.  It's too far to bike and parking "on site" in the gated parking deck was going to run $60 (for one freaking month of half day work!)  So I park about 5 blocks away on a free public side street and walk.  It's a really pleasant walk, too, nice and shady.  Good exercise, nice weather, and the only trick to it is that I have to get there on the early side.  If I'm 15 min late, then all the spots are filled and I'm doomed to park farther away, which of course makes me even more late.  So far that's only happened once.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: iwasjustwondering on July 02, 2014, 04:54:04 PM
I didn't spend a dime.  I made coffee at home, then worked out and showered at the company gym (free).  Then I had free coffee from the company cafeteria, and then free lunch during a lunch meeting.  I was going to eat half a sandwich, but I ate two halves because it was free.  Is that weird? 

Then I came home and made a good dinner of organic hamburgers from Whole Foods, corn on the cob, and a crudite platter for the family (which I had bought before -- it wasn't free, but I didn't spend $ on it *today*).

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Post by: Zamboni on July 02, 2014, 05:20:26 PM
Quote
I was going to eat half a sandwich, but I ate two halves because it was free.  Is that weird?

No, totally normal, although that kind of thinking has unfortunately added to my waistline.  It's free food central where I work.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on July 03, 2014, 12:11:43 AM
Drove kids to a beach today and served a yummy picnic dinner. Free parking, free swimming and beach combing. Just the cost of gas and food. A very lovely day by the seaside and exhausted children this evening ... WINNING!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Gin1984 on July 03, 2014, 01:17:43 PM
Put my daughter's two week notice into her current daycare and am moving her as of July 21st.  We would have been saving $145/month but her current daycare just emailed saying they are raising rates.  So glad to be getting out of there.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on July 03, 2014, 08:15:06 PM
Contested our property tax assessment on the adjacent, unimproved parcel for this year and got the skinny on putting a conservation easement on both parcels for the next year and forward. The first (contesting the valuation) is a small thing since we only owed $250 for the year on that parcel even with the new assessment; the easement will likely end up being a big thing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on July 06, 2014, 08:20:21 PM
Well, it got quiet here!


Today we stopped along the road* in two different spots as the sun was starting to go down (and thus it was cooling off) and picked four pounds of blackberries for the freezer in about an hour. I don't buy berries. Anyway, there's nothing like the feeling of stocking up. Besides, getting out in the woods and fields is fun.


* One shouldn't pick right beside a road because of exhaust particulate settling on the berries. We went about 20 yards up a dirt trail in both cases.

Edited because the ipad helped me to time travel; 20 years up a trail vs 20 yards!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on July 06, 2014, 09:06:50 PM
I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on July 06, 2014, 10:26:13 PM
We went about 20 years up a dirt trail in both cases.

Traveling back in time is a wise way to get more wholesome foods. 

We drove home from California tonight, and kept the eating on the road to a minimum.  Went straight to the grocery store for salad stuff rather than going out for one last hurrah after a week of going out to eat while on vacation.

Was able to fix the A/C myself (first time turning it on this year and the breaker kept tripping), and didn't even need the replacement breaker.  Will hopefully be able to locate the receipt and return it tomorrow.

Made lunches for the next two days, lined up a Craigslist sale, and started a new batch of fermented pickles with homegrown cukes.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on July 07, 2014, 02:03:48 AM
Daughter made cookies and buns for her work lunches this week and enough to share with the rest of the family too. She also went and bought some fresh produce for us. Love all this peak season fruit and vegetables at rock bottom prices. Losing weight because of it, too!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: purplepants on July 07, 2014, 06:06:23 AM
Last night, DH really wanted to purchase a new board game to play (we're trying to wean off TV).  He selected Yahtzee, which was $7.77 at Wal-Mart, but then I looked at the contents of the box.

We bought a $1.47 package of dice, printed scoring sheets from the internet, and used a tupperware container for a cup.

Total savings $6.30, plus storage space.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on July 07, 2014, 06:18:24 AM
Awesome Yahtzee hack!!  Love it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Icecreamarsenal on July 07, 2014, 07:31:27 AM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on July 07, 2014, 08:05:55 AM
We went about 20 years up a dirt trail in both cases.

Traveling back in time is a wise way to get more wholesome foods. 



I found my mistake and edited it before I read down, sorry! Yes, that would work even better. :-)

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.


Yes, the trails are old public roads that have been let go (a new state highway went through in the 50s, and these are the roads that were cut off). So they're still right-of-way without the emissions.


But if you see berries on private land, ask if you can pick there. Many people don't want to get into the thorns with blackberries in particular and would be glad to let you for a cut of the take (or for a cobbler, which seems fancier but will probably cost you fewer berries!) I'm about to make my neighbor just such an offer because his power line is packed with brambles. He'd let me pick for nothing, but I know they'll appreciate a cobbler. Blackberries are my only regret about putting in underground power here; no power line. Of course, that also means no 40-foot slash through the trees, so it's a only minor regret.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Zaga on July 07, 2014, 08:29:08 AM
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 07, 2014, 10:10:01 AM
Carpooled to work.
Made tea from gifted loose leaf tea. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on July 07, 2014, 10:12:51 AM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

Around here they're about the same, but the uncooked one is about 2x larger. (Which isn't to say I never get rotisserie chickens, since I live/eat mostly alone. I do love roasting a chicken for friends though. :) )
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Post by: Gin1984 on July 07, 2014, 01:48:07 PM
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!
Can you adopt me?  LOL, your land sounds amazing, as does the mead.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JCfire on July 07, 2014, 02:30:22 PM
Drove home (~3mile round trip) for lunch instead of paying for cafeteria or restaurant fare.  Ate leftover slow-cooked pork shoulder from last night's dinner along with some spinach, tortilla chips and salsa, for an estimated total cost of about $2.00.  Even including mileage costs and gas this easily saved me $5 over my typical lunch alternative.

Changed my work wardrobe a bit as well -- changed from taking my shirts to the cleaners and wearing leather-soled shoes to home-laundering and wearing rubber-soled shoes (an older pair I bought several years ago).  Savings from the cleaners and less-frequent shoe sole replacements works out to about $1.50 per day.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Grant Q on July 07, 2014, 03:32:38 PM
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.
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Post by: Will on July 07, 2014, 04:06:52 PM
I already have my auto insurance with The Hartford, which also has the AARP auto insurance program.  Seeing as how I turn 49.5 tomorrow, I was able to call them, join AARP for $16, and still end up saving $52/year.  My premium was already pretty low, so while it isn't HUGE savings, it is savings nonetheless.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: rweba on July 07, 2014, 06:20:02 PM
For the first time I really scrutinized my T-mobile cell phone bill and realized I could cut it from $70/month to $40/month simply by cancelling the costly $20/month "unlimited 4G data service" and switching to the cheapest plan they have (which costs $40/month) that has  500 MB 4G LTE data per month (which should be enough since I don't really NEED 4G data that often, but I sometimes use it unnecessarily).

Nothing compared to people here who have the $10/month Republic Wireless plan, but a baby step in the right direction ;-)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: G-dog on July 07, 2014, 06:36:56 PM
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Zaga on July 07, 2014, 06:38:42 PM
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!
Can you adopt me?  LOL, your land sounds amazing, as does the mead.
:-)  There isn't a huge amount of any one thing, but it's enough for my small needs.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 07, 2014, 07:56:17 PM
I biked to the grocery store! It's not far, but I'm scared of biking in traffic, so it was kinda a big deal to me! Yay!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on July 07, 2014, 08:09:58 PM
Good for you!!  Hope the cars parted for you, like the Red Sea!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on July 07, 2014, 09:08:16 PM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

A whole cooked chicken here is $10. I went the tightarse route of chicken drumsticks for $1.99 a kilo.

Also, BJ's? There is really a business called BJ's? They didn't think that one through very well, did they? Or maybe they did...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Will on July 07, 2014, 09:50:17 PM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on July 07, 2014, 09:53:04 PM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Threshkin on July 07, 2014, 10:16:39 PM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

Don't forget to put the bones, skin, and all other parts of that roast chicken in a big pot and make soup stock.  Simmer it for a couple of hours, strain out the bones.  Pick out any remaining meat from the bones (you will find a surprising amount) and add it back into the broth.  The skin and gristle bits (not the bones!) are great for the dog if you have one.

The chicken broth can be used as the base for many different soups.  It will keep about a week in the refrigerator. It also freezes wonderfully if you have more than you can use right away.
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Post by: Threshkin on July 07, 2014, 10:20:50 PM
This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

Did you the whole article?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on July 07, 2014, 11:01:37 PM
This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

Did you the whole article?

Yep. Ok then, at-the-end-of-its-useful-life meat. Hubby used to manage a chicken fast food store, so I'm aware of all the tricks they use to extend their best-before dates. It just didn't occur to me that supermarkets did it too. I'm not sure why.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: galliver on July 07, 2014, 11:19:25 PM

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

Or just the 1-2 days in the supermarket fridge meat. Because would anyone actually ever grab the oldest chicken on the shelf? No, so once it's not day-of chicken, it's impossible to sell (without label fraud or something). Why *not* cook it up and sell as rotisserie chickens?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: karaishere on July 08, 2014, 08:55:26 AM
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.
Nice. I did this last week. It's funny how many meals you can make when there's "nothing to eat" in the house. Good job!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Gin1984 on July 08, 2014, 10:42:25 AM
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.
Nice. I did this last week. It's funny how many meals you can make when there's "nothing to eat" in the house. Good job!
I am horrible at that, I just end up eating out.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: hermoninny on July 08, 2014, 11:24:55 AM
Rediscovered the freebies in the kitchen at work.  Had free oatmeal for breakfast and am saving my morning shake for the afternoon, when my sweet tooth kicks in and I inevitably give in to the vending machine or gift shop for sweets. 

Used zucchini from my mom's garden to make "Zucchini Jello Jam".  For a couple dollars' worth of jello and sugar, plus $6.30 for reusable canning jars, I made 9 jars of jelly.  I think I pay $2-3 a piece at the store for the non high-fructose-corn-syrupe-variety at the grocery store.  And now I can sneak veggies into my 3 yo's PB&J sandwiches.  :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on July 08, 2014, 11:27:21 AM
Fired up the bread machine this morning, so we can have simple bread and cheese and raw veggies for lunch. Didn't have to go to the store to buy bread, and I'm sure I would have picked up several other "good deals" while there. Instead, its turned into another spend nothing day!
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Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 08, 2014, 12:11:38 PM
Dropped kid off at summer preschool via bike. To be fair, this isn't really a money saving thing since I would have walked anyway, but it's exciting to break out the bike for these "functional" outings.
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Post by: C. K. on July 08, 2014, 06:19:46 PM
Leftover, getting soft vegetables in omelet for lunch.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 08, 2014, 08:30:38 PM
Made lemon gelato in ice cream maker we got for free with Sears points.  It was fantastic!

"Gelato al limone"
translated from La Cucina di Federica (no adaptations were necessary)
Use the ml/litre section in your liquid measuring cup for accurate measurements

juice of 3 lemons (~1/2 cup (120 gr/ml)) including the zest of 1 lemon
~3/4 cup (150 gr/ml) granulated sugar
~1 cup (200 gr/ml) milk
1+ cup (250 gr/ml) heavy cream

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: schoenbauer on July 10, 2014, 03:16:26 AM
I hitch-hiked 820 km to visit a friend. It was a great adventure, I met lovely and helpful people and gathered lots of smiles. It took 7 cars, 2 trucks and approx. 28 hrs (including a night break) to reach my destination. Great adventure! If it fits your mindset, it' s a great recommendation for everyone!

On the way back I took the train because of scheduled appointments (hitch-hiking might have not led to a timely arrival).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on July 10, 2014, 11:36:05 AM
- biked to work
- brought lunch
- negotiated for a lower rate on my credit card
- took out a book from the library for fun reading
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Post by: tanhanivar on July 10, 2014, 07:17:08 PM
Called around some local mechanics for quotes for my next logbook service, then asked my long-time mechanics to match them - and they did! $40 savings.

A girl at work turned around when I got off the phone and said "did you just get a discount on your car service?!" Which is funny, because we're fairly frugal here but just don't bargain much - it's helped having another workmate who will try to bargain anything. He's obviously started to rub off on us, but it took MMM to make me even care.

(Even without cycling to work, I've started driving so much LESS that even this seems like a big financial imposition. But it will be a little while before I can do a serious carless experiment, so I ought to maintain it until then!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Angie55 on July 11, 2014, 12:20:16 PM
Biked to work. I had to pickup something at the hardware store before the weekend. Normally I'd drive to work on days I need to go because Home Depot is on a street inaccessible to bikes. Chose to go to Ace Hardware so I could bike to work and the store! Also had a $5 off coupon so my purchase was only $1.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: former player on July 11, 2014, 02:29:08 PM
Needed to move a sofa a mile into the village to my mother's house.  With the help of my neighbour's gardener, hoisted it on to the top of his LandRover, tied it on and drove carefully in convoy down the lane.  Should have taken a picture.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: skandrae on July 11, 2014, 02:38:58 PM
I didn't allow an imminent crisis at work send me across the street for overpriced, yet underwhelming Chinese takeout. I stayed in the office, ate the lunch I'd packed, and discovered the logical solution to the crisis. Good for my wallet and my waist ^_^
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Post by: Monij87 on July 15, 2014, 12:03:15 AM
I washed my car by hand for the first time. Baby steps


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Post by: swick on July 15, 2014, 09:26:18 AM
Made a big pot of white beans in the crockpot to be used throughout the week in various guises.

Made an updated Freezer inventory to aid in eating it down and coming up with meal ideas.

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Frugal Father on July 16, 2014, 02:23:23 PM
I'm currently working on a client where I'm at their office until about 10:00 each night. Because of this, we order dinner and charge it to the client. Since the super fancy meal is enough for at least two meals, I only eat part of it and then save the other half for lunch the next day. That way, I don't even have to pack a lunch. The client already purchased it for me the night before. It feels really good to whip out my leftovers while everyone heads up to the cafeteria to purchase lunch.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: davisgang90 on July 16, 2014, 06:20:08 PM
I got up, made my coffee, breakfast and lunch, worked on leapforce for 1/2 hour before work instead of facebook. 
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Post by: tariskat on July 16, 2014, 08:19:02 PM
Had two leftover meals (breakfast and dinner) at work before heading to a free intro boxing course.

Got my new insurance documents in the mail today, and saw that I have 5 discounts on my motorcycle insurance already, prompting me to ask my agent if I can have yet another for having completed the basic rider course.  Pretty sure the answer is going to be yes :D
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Post by: swick on July 16, 2014, 10:39:22 PM

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.

Hope everything is ok! Lots of forest fires in BC right now. Heard about Hudson's hope getting evacuated today....

Thanks :) thankfully we are still in our house, things are tense, especially with Hudson's getting evacuated. The BC wildfire map is starting light up like a christmas tree.
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Post by: peppermint on July 17, 2014, 04:02:28 PM
Forgot to put the crockpot on this morning (in fridge so didn't get spoiled), with a little ingenuity made a lemony chickpea salad for dinner instead.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 17, 2014, 04:12:07 PM
Drove right on by the thrift store today ... there's just nothing I need atm.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: G-dog on July 17, 2014, 06:00:05 PM
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.
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Post by: Threshkin on July 18, 2014, 08:23:58 AM
I made yogurt overnight in my crock pot.  It was extremely simple, inexpensive, and delicious!

I followed this recipe http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html) that I found right here on MMM!

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Post by: galliver on July 18, 2014, 11:42:56 AM
Refused two different lunch invitations and finished my millet and blueberries. Tasty. :)

(Because many are unfamiliar with millet: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53 (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53))
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on July 20, 2014, 04:28:52 PM
Used leftover bread to make bread pudding for a party rather than buying something.  Probably more appreciated than yet another six pack.
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Post by: RootofGood on July 20, 2014, 06:51:40 PM
Dropped $120 on a new sump pump to keep our crawl space dry.  The old one died after 14 years, and now I'm an expert on sump pumps.  Hopefully I can get it rigged up correctly since it's the same exact model as the old one, and the pipes and valves are reusable to connect it to the old pipe.  I figure a plumber would charge $500 at least for the sump pump replacement and I might not get a choice of top notch replacement sump pump. 
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Post by: SingleMomDebt on July 20, 2014, 07:41:25 PM
Didn't give in to buying the soda & pricey snack while we were out doing back to school shopping. We weren't far from home. We weren't going to die from not having a soda or a pretzel. ;)
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Post by: Rural on July 20, 2014, 08:47:34 PM
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: jabber on July 20, 2014, 09:08:23 PM
Doesn't this thread belong in the 'Share Your Badassity' section?

Anyway: made my own coffee, made my lunches for the week (88cents/meal), and drinking my boxed wine as I write.  I'm still working on the fancy frugal homebrew (first batch was a little bland and dry).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on July 20, 2014, 09:35:18 PM
Used my store points for 30 cents off per gallon to fill up my clown pig truck, and paid with a 5% cash back visa

Planted corn, beets, carrots, rutabagas and parsnips for winter storage, and also some fall lettuce.
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Post by: Gin1984 on July 21, 2014, 07:30:13 AM
Husband made apple pie from items in our cupboard and the apples from our tree.
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Post by: PMG on July 21, 2014, 11:09:21 AM
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."
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Post by: galliver on July 21, 2014, 05:10:33 PM
Filled out my couchsurfing profile and sent a few requests.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 21, 2014, 06:18:47 PM
Made dinner from scratch, as well as a nice dessert for our houseguests.  Made 2 cups of tea at home. Didn't flick on the air conditioning, just the fans and its cooling down here now as night approaches. Ahhhhh!
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Post by: Mike2 on July 21, 2014, 09:33:09 PM
I took leftovers for lunch and made dinner at home today with leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on July 21, 2014, 09:33:48 PM
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."


Well, it's literal, in my case. :-) But yeah.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tanhanivar on July 21, 2014, 11:35:50 PM
My boss and a colleague brought their pizza makers to work. We all contributed an ingredient each and had a big pizza lunch in the conference room. Definitely one of the cheaper (and more fun) office lunches we've had!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: G-dog on July 21, 2014, 11:46:23 PM
Made cold brew coffee. In one of the online recipes, they noted that they did a second extract using half the original volume of water.  It seems to work - I used the second extract for iced coffee tonight. Testing a third extract overnight tonight....
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on July 22, 2014, 09:01:50 AM
I was planning to make meatloaf for dinner.  To stretch the beef I added oatmeal, but then I saw three wilted carrots and a zucchini in the fridge.  I shredded them with the fine side of my grater, sauteed them, and added them to the meatloaf.  It added about 1.5 cups of volume, some additional vegetables, and made use of some produce that was on the edge.  They really weren't noticeable by taste at all, and the meatloaf was super moist.   
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Post by: hermoninny on July 22, 2014, 09:58:33 AM
Made a big pot of soup out of the garden and freezer yesterday.  Didn't buy a single thing!  Onions, carrots, celery already in fridge.  Peppers, tomatoes, and green beans from the garden.  Herbs from my mom's garden that she brought a couple weeks ago.  Leftover ham from the freezer, plus some beans I cooked a few weeks ago and ended up not using so I froze them. 

Yummy lunches this week!
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Post by: Prairie Stash on July 22, 2014, 11:06:54 AM
Scan Code of Practice - when a displayed price is lower than the till price you get $10 off or the item free. Most stores have a tiny sticker close by the tills advertising they do it.

Free Gallon of milk by checking my receipt! They were going to charge $5.09, it was on sale for $4.59. I also walked to the store and back, no gas used in the purchase.
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Post by: thestudent on July 22, 2014, 12:12:57 PM
I'm not the handiest guy in the world, so I had to have some contractors handle a few projects in my house that needed done ASAP.  However I did have them remove the bid for toilets ($300 for purch and install???)  and I handled all the paint myself.

The added bonus was sealing the bathroom fans with aluminum tape, the unit housing had so many holes it was actually sucking in more air from the attic than pulling from the bathroom. 

All told probably saved myself $1000.
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Post by: welliamwallace on July 24, 2014, 02:02:12 PM
It's small, but 6 months ago I would have not expected it.
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Post by: MoneyCat on July 24, 2014, 02:53:06 PM
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.
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Post by: G-dog on July 24, 2014, 07:45:07 PM
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.

And you have a new family member and unconditional love - priceless.
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Post by: tariskat on July 24, 2014, 08:06:41 PM
We adopted a new cat a week ago and I scheduled the first vet visit today to have his eyes, ears, and skin checked out and give him a general check-up.  (Yeah, I know pets aren't strictly Mustachian, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than having kids.)  I used a coupon for our regular veterinarian that came in a packet of other coupons in the mail, so the entire visit was free.  It saved us $82 and that included free nail clipping and ear cleaning.

Our local animal humane society (not the national one..) has a big list of vets that will give your new cat/dog a full checkup for free within 2 weeks of adoption and give you drugs if they become sick, like with a respiratory problem, in that time.  If you adopt another furry friend, you might find a shelter with a similar program.  Kudos for your newest friend, and the free checkup!!
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Post by: PMG on July 24, 2014, 08:09:34 PM
Did not go down off the mountain today, so no money (or fuel) spent.

I love that someone else understands and uses the same terminology as I do.  "Well, I've not been off the mountain since last week...."


Well, it's literal, in my case. :-) But yeah.

literal in mine as well. 

to save money today: ate leftovers
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Post by: Emilyngh on July 24, 2014, 08:27:25 PM
Used the large number of cucumbers we have from the garden plus salt, water, garlic, and dill we have frozen from last year's garden to make four jars of naturally fermented garlic dill pickles for pretty close to free.   http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014867/sour-pickles.html

OMG they are so good!   Similar to (but better than) the pricey Clausssen, and super easy to make.    They are so good, easy, and inexpensive that I think I'll keep making them with store bought cucs when our garden is finished.
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Post by: horsepoor on July 24, 2014, 09:14:26 PM
Emily, you can stock the fridge with a few batches of those and they'll last a long time (unless you're eating a ton, of course!).  I've become a fermented pickle devotee too, and was surprised that the ones I made last summer stayed good in the fridge for almost a year (larger pickles in a 1/2 gallon jar).

I left work early today and harvested about 50# of potatoes, then planted some peas in their place.  Fed excess veggies to the chickens.  Fixed a broken shop broom.  Ate leftovers and homegrown produce.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 25, 2014, 12:42:24 AM
Made dinner as planned (salmon already thawed) even though I was physically and mentally exhausted.  Did get my 2nd wind after a cup of tea in my rocking chair.  Hubby called from work and wanted me to order pizza for the large crew of teens we had coming over for dinner but I told him I was already well into the planned dinner and I could manage. He did the clean up .. sweet!
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Post by: Cressida on July 25, 2014, 12:48:38 AM
Made dinner as planned (salmon already thawed) even though I was physically and mentally exhausted.  Did get my 2nd wind after a cup of tea in my rocking chair.  Hubby called from work and wanted me to order pizza for the large crew of teens we had coming over for dinner but I told him I was already well into the planned dinner and I could manage. He did the clean up .. sweet!

Good work! I can definitely see myself caving in your situation.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 25, 2014, 01:32:47 AM
Thanks, Cressida!

Sadly, I often do cave, so this time, it felt great to be able to post a win on
"What small things did you do ... ?" :-))
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 25, 2014, 09:36:41 AM
Ate from the freezer for dinner last night.  Brought leftovers to work for lunch today. 

I also carpooled instead of driving myself.
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Post by: Zaga on July 25, 2014, 11:06:10 AM
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
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Post by: labrat on July 25, 2014, 06:27:42 PM
Purchased cloth diapers for the bambino.  They will pay for themselves in just a few months and keep one less trash bag per week out of our local landfill :)
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Post by: G-dog on July 25, 2014, 06:38:27 PM
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.

Week three (and three, is a magic number) and still on track.  Yah!  I cook batches of food over the weekend.  Having this board is a way to stay accountable. I am also tracking all my expenses, so will have some comparison data.
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Post by: G-dog on July 25, 2014, 06:45:16 PM
Used the large number of cucumbers we have from the garden plus salt, water, garlic, and dill we have frozen from last year's garden to make four jars of naturally fermented garlic dill pickles for pretty close to free.   http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014867/sour-pickles.html

OMG they are so good!   Similar to (but better than) the pricey Clausssen, and super easy to make.    They are so good, easy, and inexpensive that I think I'll keep making them with store bought cucs when our garden is finished.

Thanks for this, my SO is practically addicted to pickles!
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Post by: southern granny on July 25, 2014, 08:36:43 PM
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
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Post by: Gin1984 on July 26, 2014, 04:04:30 PM
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?
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Post by: Latwell on July 26, 2014, 05:04:28 PM
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?

I'm also curious about these "freezer meals" and freezing fruit. Don't look at me sideways after I ask, but when you put these items in the freezer, what exactly do you do when you take them out? I.e do I need to let the apples or bananas just sit on the counter for a few hours? The frozen meals, is there a method to cooking them after theyve been frozen (oven vs microwave)?

I tried researching online about freezer meals but I keep just coming up with different meals that have been good to freeze. There's nothing about what todo when you actually decide to eat the freezer meal. I almost feel silly asking.
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Post by: Rural on July 26, 2014, 05:43:46 PM
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?
Cut up a bunch of apples from a friend's orchard.  I have enough in the freezer for 7 apple pies now, all for the price of a visit I took anyways to see my friend!
Do you do any prep for freezing?

I'm also curious about these "freezer meals" and freezing fruit. Don't look at me sideways after I ask, but when you put these items in the freezer, what exactly do you do when you take them out? I.e do I need to let the apples or bananas just sit on the counter for a few hours? The frozen meals, is there a method to cooking them after theyve been frozen (oven vs microwave)?

I tried researching online about freezer meals but I keep just coming up with different meals that have been good to freeze. There's nothing about what todo when you actually decide to eat the freezer meal. I almost feel silly asking.


The easiest method is to stick the frozen meal in the refrigerator the night before you want to eat it, then heat however you'd normally heat it the next night (for me, that's usually the microwave). In practice, I very often forget, so the "defrost" setting on the microwave sees a lot of use. It heats slowly enough to thaw without crisping or even really heating up the outer edges that way if you do it by weight (I take an educated guess) or just do it a minute or two at a time. You'll fairly quickly get a sense of how long things take.


I tend to cook with frozen fruit like apples, so say I'm making a cobbler, I just put in the apples or whatever still frozen and check the cobbler at the end of the usual cook time, but figure it might not quite be done yet. For a pie, I cook the filling on the stove, anyway, so I just throw in frozen apples/ berries/ whatever and it maybe takes an extra minute or two. If you make anything like pork and apples in a crock pot, just throw the apples in frozen.


Frozen bananas most often become smoothies or 'ice cream' around here, so they go in the blender straight from the freezer. If I'm using something like frozen pumpkin purée in pasta sauce, I stick it in the fridge to thaw the night before if I remember, but otherwise I just put the frozen chunk in the sauce on the stove and it melts given a little time.
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Post by: tariskat on July 26, 2014, 08:12:42 PM
Sold my car!
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Post by: southern granny on July 26, 2014, 09:17:19 PM
I cooked a bag of black beans and made veggie burgers.  Turned out very well. 
Can you post the recipe?

Didn't really use a recipe so I can't give you quantities...  but I boiled the black beans just until tender then drained them and then spread them on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for 20 minutes or so to dry them out some.  Then I chopped them a little.  I chopped a green pepper and 1/2 of an onion pretty fine. I used about a half a can of whole kernel corn and chopped that a little. Then I processed maybe a cup and a half of oatmeal to make it more like a flour than oatmeal.  I beat a large egg, then added the beans, oatmeal, pepper, onion, corn, some garlic powder and salt and pepper.  I pressed them into patties and  fried them in a non stick skillet with a little olive oil and added a little lowreys seasoning while they were cooking.  It made 10 veggie burgers.  I don't eat them myself, I made them for my daughter who is very picky and she said they were better than the ones she buys.  I read some recipes and people mostly complain that they can't get the burger to hold together.  I think drying the beans in the oven and using the  oatmeal and egg that did the trick for me.  I would use either one large egg or two smaller ones. 
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Post by: MoneyCat on July 26, 2014, 09:22:34 PM
Today, I made some money selling tickets to a soccer game.  I have season tickets to the local Major League Soccer team, which more than paid for themselves already because I was able to use my season ticket holder status to get pre-sale for tickets to special events at the stadium which I then sold on StubHub for big profits.  I made enough money from scalping tickets to pay for my season tickets plus parking and gas to get to the stadium for the entire season.  I wasn't going to be able to make it to next week's game, so I just sold those on StubHub too and made even more money.  Cha-ching!
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 26, 2014, 09:30:13 PM
Spent the day cooking to restock the freezer with food (chicken taco bowl, beef stew, chicken curry).  I also used half the meat the recipes call for in order to stretch the most expensive ingredient. 

We also spent the day at home with quite a few walks with the dog. 
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Post by: zinethstache on July 27, 2014, 12:12:09 AM
We've grown a garden now for 2 years. Both years we grew Kale. I've used it in salads only, and never used up even a small portion of what we grew. So today I FINALLY took the plunge and made kale chips. I just seasoned with light Johnny's seasoning salt. They were awesome! and now I think I might make a bigger dent in our kale this year.

We also grow rhubarb, only because it came with our house we bought 13 years ago and it is tenacious stuff. I found a strawberry/rhubarb quinoa pudding recipe and actually used that rhubard. It tastes awesome! Can't wait to share with folks later today:)

It is my goal to use up what we grow this year. I WILL look up recipes and make sure to use up as much as possible. We are still learning how much of each item to plant. We plant from seed.

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Post by: 1967mama on July 27, 2014, 02:13:27 AM
Had another "don't cave" moment tonight ... was hot and tired and so badly wanted to order pizza, but instead had hubby bbq some fat Italian sausages I had thawed in the fridge, boiled some baby potatoes, and made some cheese sauce to pour over some left over macaroni noodles.  It was a fine dinner, and we enjoyed eating outside in the shade.  Not the healthiest dinner ever, but then neither is take out pizza!
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Post by: Latwell on July 27, 2014, 02:43:28 PM
Basically the only reason I have Facebook anymore is to utilize the yard sale groups for my area.

This weekend I've managed to not spend a single penny. Saturday night we went out to a restaurant with my brother. We had a gift card from the points racked up on my credit card. Then today I made some extra cash by selling one of our two ACs and a coat rack. Tomorrow the second AC and another personal item will be sold. Really happy that I signed joined the sale group.
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Post by: southern granny on July 27, 2014, 08:14:10 PM
I cleaned out the trunk of my car of all the crap that has accumulated over the last year or so.  Books, blankets, umbrellas, shoes, etc.  It should save me a few pennies on gas mileage.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 27, 2014, 08:28:22 PM
Made a nice stir fry with the veggies that needed to be used up in the fridge. Used some Hoisin sauce that needed to be rediscovered. Cooked some rice in the rice cooker. It was a nice dinner and saved me money because I didn't have to throw out rotten vegetables.
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Post by: somecobwebs on July 27, 2014, 11:54:19 PM
Took the bus instead of driving to a nearby park for field games with friends. I was dumbfounded by how EASY it was!! And the park, where I had never been, turned out to be really nice, so I will definitely be back there :)
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Post by: Hedge_87 on July 28, 2014, 03:21:45 AM
Watched a YouTube video to learn how and then replaced the broken window regulator in my wife's car. Then face punched myself for paying for this simple procedure once before.
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Post by: karaishere on July 28, 2014, 06:50:46 AM
I'm still in the habit of opening the doors and windows on cool mornings, like today, to cool down the house now so that the air conditioning won't have to work as much later.
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Post by: 2bfree on July 28, 2014, 08:46:30 AM
My prescription lenses needed changing. Rather than changing both frames and lens as I did in the past, I asked the lab to re-use my old frames. This morning I'm seeing much clearer and also saved some money!
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Post by: horsepoor on July 28, 2014, 09:07:20 AM
I'm still in the habit of opening the doors and windows on cool mornings, like today, to cool down the house now so that the air conditioning won't have to work as much later.

Did this today too.  Opened up all the windows, turned on several fans before leaving for the stable at 5:30, then closed it all back up around 8 before leaving for work.  It isn't cooling off enough to open windows until early morning now, but a couple hours is better than nothing.

Packed my lunch, including some leftover pork that I honestly didn't like that much.  Hopefully the chimichurri sauce I poured over it will make it taste better.
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 28, 2014, 09:10:33 AM
Packed breakfast and lunch.  Carpooled.  Drinking iced tea that I made in bulk over the weekend.

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Post by: 1967mama on July 28, 2014, 11:05:10 AM
Cup of tea at home instead of buying it at Starbucks (even though I wanted to).

Set a/c one degree higher than I usually do, and actually turned it off last night, as it cooled down outside quite a bit. Have never been conscious of a/c pre-MMM.

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Post by: RetiredAt63 on July 28, 2014, 03:56:53 PM
I can't eat wheat any more, which means no fruit crisps.  Can you share the recipe or the URL?  I love rhubarb, even though it is just the petiole of a leaf (sounds odd like that, eh? Like maple syrup is boiled tree sap).

What did I do today to save money?  Well, stayed home enjoying the cool house (cool and rainy outside) so no gas burned, tidied, did some spinning (future present for a friend), will have dinner out of the freezer and the garden.

We also grow rhubarb, only because it came with our house we bought 13 years ago and it is tenacious stuff. I found a strawberry/rhubarb quinoa pudding recipe and actually used that rhubard. It tastes awesome!
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Post by: Wanderlusting on July 28, 2014, 06:21:34 PM
I sold my old PC/Home Theater audio system! I didn't get as much money from it as I would've liked, but I also decided to price it to sell, with a set it an forget it mentality. Considering i've had the system for almost 10 years now, the fact that I got any money at all from it was impressive enough. It still works beautifully, so it's not some antiquated piece of equipment.

It might not be a small thing, but to me it's a mental stick in the mud that signifies i'm finally at a point where I don't need a TV and the accessory arms race that comes with owning one. That's the small victory I think, the mental one over the physical, but hey some extra money never hurt anyone.
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Post by: Rural on July 28, 2014, 06:36:44 PM
Met with a lawyer to get new deeds drawn up combining our two plots of land. Will be short-term cost for a long-term gain stating next year, when we get the conservation easement in place.
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Post by: somecobwebs on July 29, 2014, 09:39:47 PM
Another day of no AC!

Taped a cute note to the door reminding roomie to bring her lunch to work - which she did :)

Used clever coupon-ing to get hot sauce, mole base, AND my roomie's favorite corn muffins for a grand total of 47 cents :) Corn muffins may be frivolous, but they were a gift, and certainly not a pricey one ;p Yum! The hot sauce and mole should both last at LEAST 6 months, probably longer. Plus, they'll spice up the veggie soup we made from leftovers and super greens that were about to wilt - a big pot, much of which will be going in the freezer for emergency sick days!

Saved the cut-up veggie bits during soup-making, and stored them in a freezer bag instead of throwing them out. When we get enough, we'll make stock!

Oh - and I haven't driven my car in three days :D

Feeling very happy. But given the number of emoticons I just used, you can probably tell...
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Post by: Alfred J Quack on July 30, 2014, 03:50:02 AM
DW had her first potato harvest this year. We're expecting about the same volume for the rest of it, not bad for 3sqft of planting
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Post by: purplepants on July 30, 2014, 08:10:59 AM
Convinced DH not to purchase a new mower and fixed ours myself!

The mower is only about six months old, but he was so frustrated with how it's been stalling.  The carburetor just needed a good cleaning. 
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Post by: 1967mama on July 30, 2014, 09:42:12 PM
Made up 5 zip lock bags of brownie mix.
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Post by: Hedge_87 on July 31, 2014, 05:47:21 AM
We just signed a sales contract on a house that will make my wife's commute 1 block and mine 7 blocks.
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Post by: Gin1984 on July 31, 2014, 07:18:46 AM
Made up 5 zip lock bags of brownie mix.
Can I have that recipe?
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 31, 2014, 12:07:06 PM
We just signed a sales contract on a house that will make my wife's commute 1 block and mine 7 blocks.
So jealous!

I packed my breakfast and my lunch.  I also packed a mason jar filled with iced tea brewed at home.

And I carpooled.
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Post by: davisgang90 on July 31, 2014, 01:19:45 PM
Made a thermos of coffee for work
Drank homebrewed Iced Tea instead of Soda.
Failed to make lunch, but instead of buying, ate a prepackaged meal I had at work
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Post by: NCGal on July 31, 2014, 01:26:38 PM
Thawed out left-over frozen bread I was thinking of tossing since they were on the edge of getting freezer burn. I cut them into pieces and made a load of croutons.
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Post by: 1967mama on July 31, 2014, 05:48:50 PM
Gin 1984,

I found the recipe on sixfiguresunder.com which was linked over from rockstarfinance.com yesterday!

I really like her blog, by the way (six figures under) ... lots of great ideas and sound philosophy!

And a plug for rockstar finance too ... a great way to read a few great pf articles each day!
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Post by: Beckyemerson on July 31, 2014, 05:58:20 PM
I was out running errands during lunch time and I was starving. Instead of grabbing something out I waited until I got home.
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Post by: thecornercat on July 31, 2014, 07:30:48 PM
I am new to the forum: I love this thread and thought I'd chime in with my first post!

I volunteered for four hours today for a local organization. I didn't want to buy lunch out, so I brought a muffin (I usually make a batch for the week) and a thermos of tea with me so that I could have a late lunch when I got home.

On my way home, I did some grocery shopping in Chinatown and found yellow peppers for $0.59/lb, cherries for $1.59/lb, and avocados for 5 for $3! Very low prices for around here and I felt very savvy stocking up :).
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Post by: rocklebock on July 31, 2014, 08:51:47 PM
There are these dress shirts that I like. They're good quality, look decent after many wearings and launderings, and fit me well. They retail for $49, which I would never pay. I recently paid off a bunch of debt and decided to finally buy myself some new clothes. I went to the store Website to see if they had some of the shirts on sale. They had a bunch at $19.99 each. They also had some offer where you could get free shipping with a $50+ purchase. I put 3 shirts in the shopping cart.

Then I got kind of queasy thinking about spending $60 on shirts. Especially since I didn't need three shirts, I needed two at best, and I was well aware I was buying that one extra shirt just to get the free shipping deal.

Then I went to eBay and found two of the same shirts in my size, new with tags, for $10 and $14 including shipping.
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Post by: peppermint on August 01, 2014, 05:10:33 PM
Took the bus, packed a lunch, made coffee at work.

REALLY wanted takeout for dinner but got a frozen pizza at the grocery store, plus a bunch of other staples, instead.
(I know not the healthiest but takeout isn't either, so this is minimizing the damage)
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Post by: DecD on August 01, 2014, 08:03:17 PM
Decided not to go out to lunch.

Three of my coworkers went out for TexMex (yum) and I deliberately opted for the packed lunch.  Decided to start the month off right.
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Post by: Trudie on August 01, 2014, 08:32:27 PM
Instead of going out had 3 girlfriends over to make homemade pizza.  It was BYOB, we potlucked the ingredients, and we streamed Bill Withers for free on Spotify.  Bill Withers was the best part!
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Post by: Hedge_87 on August 02, 2014, 06:06:26 AM
We packed sandwiches to eat on our 6 hour car ride to visit family. We've done this before on extended road trips but never to avoid just one stop.
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Post by: tariskat on August 02, 2014, 07:49:09 AM
Had cereal and instant coffee in my rented apartment while on vacation. Breakfast around here runs at least 10$! We will walk half an hour to the interesting part of the city along a river and through several parks.
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Post by: Nancy on August 02, 2014, 12:32:22 PM
This thread is inspiring! I baked today, so we have breakfasts for next week's vacation. I used only ingredients we already had in the house. I also ate a salad made from our garden produce. Now I'm going to do some second harvest planting.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 02, 2014, 04:58:53 PM
Making gumbo for dinner with random bits from the fridge that need to be used up plus okra, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and garlic from the garden.

Separated the big chunks of fat out of the bacon ends & pieces package and rendered them down to get a nice jar of cooking grease.  Bottled up my homebrew kombucha and will get a new batch started tonight.  Next task is to move the potato harvest down to the coolest spot in the crawl space for storage.
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Post by: Nancy on August 02, 2014, 06:24:40 PM
Horsepoor, you totally rock! Nice harvest.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: pachnik on August 02, 2014, 07:20:35 PM
We are moving in 3 weeks but have access to our new home already.  Today we took over 2 car-loads of things like winter clothes and we are going to keep on moving as much as we can carry over to the new place to save on our moving day costs.  Hopefully, all the movers will have to carry will be furniture.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: flashart03 on August 02, 2014, 07:52:13 PM
With my birthday money I splurged and bought a FitBit aka fancy pedometer. (Something I had been wanting for a few months now.) A few days later I realized that it was not a good use of my money, so I returned it.  Instead, I am using the free app on my iPhone to track my steps.  Really though, I just need to start moving more.  I don't need a fancy gadget to tell me that!  Next step, start riding my bike to work.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 04, 2014, 09:58:23 AM
1.  Poured leftover coffee into ice cube trays.  When I accumulate enough I make frappuccinos by combining them with milk, sweetener, vanilla and xanthan gum in my blender.

2.  Mixed up enough bread dough for four loaves plus two pizza crusts.  Planning to put some of the past-sell-by-date pineapple that I found for 25 cents a can at the salvage store on the pizza, with green pepper and sweet onion.

3.  Currently waiting to turn the washer back on.  I have discovered that clothes get clean with a very short agitation cycle if you pause the washer to let them soak for a while in the middle

2ndTimer
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: thecornercat on August 04, 2014, 10:09:22 AM
That's a great idea about frappucinos, 2ndTimer! We don't usually have leftover coffee (French Press) but I'd like to try this just for kicks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 05, 2014, 07:44:03 AM
I love this thread.  I am using it as my daily reminder that little things count.

Today I have invited my spendy friend out for ice cream using a BOGO coupon.  She thinks some of the things I do a little peculiar but she finds coupons deliciously naughty.

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 05, 2014, 10:10:35 AM
Changed the oil in the 2005 Toyota Tacoma.  5 quarts of synthetic and Mobil 1 filter for $41.28 (nothing on sale and no coupons).  Took all of 15 minutes.  Now we're good for another 5000+ miles.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: thecornercat on August 05, 2014, 11:31:42 AM
No longer going to purchase all-purpose cleaners! Mostly for the sake of the environment, but there are also financial benefits. Mixed together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This will be used to clean the surfaces in the kitchen as well as the floor. And for the floor, no more Swiffers. We are using old face cloths (lots of microfibers) -- which will be washed and reused.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cyanne on August 05, 2014, 11:53:24 AM
Bought a flash drive for 5.99 using my Amazon Prime student account to save and back up my thesis. This will save me approximately $4 in gas to drive into town and I won't be tempted to buy other items at the store.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tanhanivar on August 05, 2014, 05:03:28 PM
I tried to bargain with my doctor, to see if they would bulk-bill my appointment (even though I don't have healthcare card) since all I needed to do was get a new prescription. But apparently I'm too healthy - because I haven't been in often enough they couldn't guarantee anything. So I found a new bulk-billing doctor ("bulk-billing all the times") that just opened around the corner from my office!

So I paid nothing, thus saving $70 upfront and $35 in total, for the cost of a single Google search. And being given half a box of business cards to distribute, which I'm happy to do.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tanhanivar on August 05, 2014, 05:04:12 PM
Bought a flash drive for 5.99 using my Amazon Prime student account to save and back up my thesis. This will save me approximately $4 in gas to drive into town and I won't be tempted to buy other items at the store.

And potentially saving several years of your life!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on August 06, 2014, 02:31:45 AM
Bought a flash drive for 5.99 using my Amazon Prime student account to save and back up my thesis. This will save me approximately $4 in gas to drive into town and I won't be tempted to buy other items at the store.

Have you considered using Dropbox? It is also a version control system. It will automatically back up whatever is in the folder as soon as a change is saved. If you want some extra space and haven't signed up yet, I can PM you a link that will give us both more space.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 06, 2014, 09:29:05 AM
Dinner tonight will be bean and sausage soup given me by the neighbors.  They travel frequently and donate whatever they have in the fridge that won't keep to us.  I encourage this by delivering a few fresh rolls  to them whenever I bake bread.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on August 06, 2014, 02:35:39 PM
Asked husband what he'd like to do for his birthday (this weekend) and what gift he'd like.

His answers:
-Go for a hike
-Investigate the building materials salvage store (not to buy anything, just to scope)
-Buy some craft beer (that's what he wants for his gift)
-Get take-out BBQ and eat it at home with aforementioned beer

I love this guy. I think this is going to cost like $30 in total.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Prairie Stash on August 06, 2014, 04:24:16 PM
Checked my receipt and noticed an overcharge on potatoes. I got the 10 lb bag for free.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cyanne on August 06, 2014, 04:29:23 PM
Bought a flash drive for 5.99 using my Amazon Prime student account to save and back up my thesis. This will save me approximately $4 in gas to drive into town and I won't be tempted to buy other items at the store.

Have you considered using Dropbox? It is also a version control system. It will automatically back up whatever is in the folder as soon as a change is saved. If you want some extra space and haven't signed up yet, I can PM you a link that will give us both more space.

Thanks for the suggestion. I already have dropbox but I wanted an off-line solution too.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPotts on August 06, 2014, 06:36:56 PM
OK, I will stipulate that not spending $$ does not equate to saving money.

But..after seven miles of beach walking in Cannon Beach (aka the most beautiful fucking place on the planet) I REALLY wanted to go to the pub and have beer and nachos but instead went back to the overpriced condo room for egg salad.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Hedge_87 on August 06, 2014, 06:49:46 PM
OK, I will stipulate that not spending $$ does not equate to saving money.

But..after seven miles of beach walking in Cannon Beach (aka the most beautiful fucking place on the planet) I REALLY wanted to go to the pub and have beer and nachos but instead went back to the overpriced condo room for egg salad.

Lol Idk if I would have had the same resolve you did! Beer and (insert junky bar food)= kryptonite for me
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPotts on August 06, 2014, 07:44:41 PM
Update...cooking dinner in fully equipped my ass condo kitchen instead of going to pub for  beer and nachos.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on August 06, 2014, 07:56:09 PM
Happy Birthday Mr. Frugalwoods! Have a great weekend.

We just went to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and got some cool cabinets and a 10 panel glass door to use as a picture frame. We're using the cabinets as a base for some built in custom cabinets with desk area and bookshelves. I'm thrilled with the stuff we found.
He says thank you! Nice finds at the Re-store!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RapmasterD on August 06, 2014, 08:53:19 PM
I ate a $1 Banquet frozen entree for lunch - Swedish Meatballs. And yes , it was fairly awful. Only two more to go.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NV Teacher on August 06, 2014, 09:39:09 PM
I ate a $1 Banquet frozen entree for lunch - Swedish Meatballs. And yes , it was fairly awful. Only two more to go.

A couple of years ago I thought I'd give NutriSystem a try.  Worst food ever.  I ate every single one of those nasty meals for my lunch at school.  I decided that I'd paid for them and I was going to eat them.  Just the thought almost makes me gag.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on August 07, 2014, 10:18:59 AM
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPotts on August 07, 2014, 11:01:55 AM
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on August 07, 2014, 11:50:17 AM
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot/
Here, enjoy!
I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and mine was a little paler (and not as attractive) as the photo, but still tasted good.
Also, bulk spices are your friend for a recipe like this, so you can just get small quantities of each, unless you already have all the spices on hand.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 07, 2014, 01:29:07 PM
Applied homemade body butter after my shower this morning.  I adore Lush Ro's Argan Body Butter but refuse to pay $40 for a little jar of it.  Instead I mix a 14 oz jar of coconut oil with a 9.5 oz jar of Palmer Coco Butter Formula and a cup of grape seed oil.  Then I add 1/4 Cup Ro's Argan to make it smell wonderful. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPotts on August 07, 2014, 03:53:52 PM
Made chicken tikka masala in the crockpot and it was really good!
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

Recipe, please?

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot/
Here, enjoy!
I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and mine was a little paler (and not as attractive) as the photo, but still tasted good.
Also, bulk spices are your friend for a recipe like this, so you can just get small quantities of each, unless you already have all the spices on hand.

OMG this looks amazing....and I actually have all this stuff.  Thanks peppermint!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 08, 2014, 09:51:32 AM
Took out the garbage this morning.  Previous trash bag was empty 50 lb. flour bag.  Replaced it with empty cat food bag. Haven't bought trash bags in a year or so.  Can't believe I used to pay for trash bags and then put these other bags in them to throw away.  Facepunch!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on August 08, 2014, 10:13:51 AM
I brought a reusable bag on my run this morning and gleaned about 5# of apricots off a tree that was not being picked (large part of the tree hangs over the sidewalk and irrigation canal access).  Got an extra core workout by jogging 2 miles home with a heavy bag.  Making apricot preserves this weekend.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: boognish on August 08, 2014, 12:48:08 PM
I discovered that you can share Amazon Prime membership with other people, up to five "household" members. I have always balked at paying $80 (now $100) for the two day shipping but I hopped on my mom's account and am now living the dream.

My property management company replaced my old refrigerator with a new energy efficient unit and I can already see the difference in energy use (power company shows hourly energy consumption). Thus far, it looks like my baseline electricity use has dropped ~33%.

Finally, I installed a bike rack and picked up some pannier bags yesterday, now I no longer have an excuse to drive to the grocery store.   
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: chucklesmcgee on August 08, 2014, 02:35:32 PM
I switched my energy plan to a variable-rate plan that's really cheap in the evenings/morning and occasionally more expensive in the mid-day. Since I don't use much AC, this should save me 20-30% on my bills. I'll also put a timer on my hot water heater so it only heats in the early morning before my shower.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on August 08, 2014, 08:54:32 PM
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

I really wish life had some sort of user interface where a big sparkly graphic came up saying 'achievement unlocked' when I did something.

--

I had a conair updo stick I really liked that broke.  I probably was just going to do without since, for 8 bucks I expect a hair accessory not to break after only a few months, but for the sake of this exercise let's say I was going to buy a new one.  Then I realized I could just recreate it with a large hair pin, which I already have a box of, and an elastic.  It's actually even better because it's slightly lighter than the stick.

Then I read someone else's post about living in a house they bought for $1000.  So, you know... this feels less baddass than it did this morning...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MicroRN on August 10, 2014, 04:22:23 PM
Yesterday's dinner was half a cabbage, a zucchini, green onions, and leftover grilled chicken stirfried, with  pot of rice.  It was a round of "use up produce before it goes bad." 
 
Made stone soup - I throw end-of-life veggies and meat into the freezer, then make stock with the scrap, bag it and freeze it.  I took a bag of that, some very wilted carrots, a leftover half onion, and the leftover rice.  I also added a frozen chicken breast and fresh thyme and rosemary from the garden.  I got a huge pot of yummy soup out of entirely extra bits of food.  To go with it, I started a batch of 5 minute bread last night, which costs less than 0.50 for a loaf and takes almost no active time.  We'll feed 3 adults and 2 toddlers off that for dinner.

I had a container of mixed berries that were on the verge of going over, so I mashed them in a pot with some sugar and cooked them until they made a lovely syrup.  We ate it over homemade waffles for breakfast, and the reminder will keep much longer in the fridge than the fresh berries. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on August 10, 2014, 09:23:36 PM
The university library charged me $10 in overdue fines that they shouldn't have. Got them argued away.
My landlady (who lives nearby) has a huge basil patch in her yard that is going to flower. Wrote her to ask if I could use it to make pesto (and give her some pesto) and she said sure thing. Time to put up lots of pesto!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Astromarine on August 11, 2014, 12:09:38 AM
Shaved my own hair. I look like Walter White now.

Also, scaled back my Internet/Cable/Phone plan to something way more reasonable. 250Mb upload is awesome, but all I was using it for was to buy and download steam games anyway, so I'll make do with 50Mb. :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RelaxedGal on August 11, 2014, 07:40:38 AM
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: tariskat on August 11, 2014, 07:51:09 AM
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.

I grate them and freeze in 2 cup quantities.  Zucchini bread all winter long!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: hermoninny on August 11, 2014, 10:11:15 AM
Sewed patches of cute fabric into holes in the knees of two of my pairs of jeans.  $4 in fabric saved two $50 pairs of jeans.  I wish I could find cheaper jeans that fit, but I can't.  So I went this route instead and am quite happy with the results!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: EarlyRetirementGuy on August 11, 2014, 11:33:19 AM
Exchanged £7.50 worth of supermarket voucher for £30 worth of restaurant voucher to fund our anniversary meal.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cassie on August 11, 2014, 03:33:03 PM
We went to Santa Barbara on vacation where the food is very expensive. We rented a house & shared with friends so it was cheaper then hotel and we cooked a lot of our food there.  Eating out was so expensive I could not believe it but we did it sometimes because after all we were on vacation.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 11, 2014, 05:28:01 PM
During our camping trip this weekend I discovered that I can empty the used grounds out of a Melita paper filter and reuse it to make more coffee.  So I only used one filter each day instead of one for every cup thus saving five cents per cup of coffee.

I also made kettle corn to nibble during the drive and filled a thermos with fresh coffee to take along.  So no stops at MacDonalds "Just for coffee," that end up costing five dollars.

On the trip home I thought about suggesting a stop at our favorite pie place which happens to be on the way but I resisted.  Home food is better anyway.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Gerard on August 12, 2014, 12:10:32 PM
Cooked dinner (2 Euros) in the surprisingly well-equipped kitchen of my tiny Dutch airbnb apartment instead of going out for expensive university-town dinner (~15 Euros).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: LanceBurkhart on August 12, 2014, 01:49:48 PM
Biked to work, brought lunch and a snack.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on August 12, 2014, 02:33:30 PM
Made breakfast using leftover dinner scraps and an egg.  For lunch, I had a leftovers from a kitchen experiment that didn't turn out well. 

I also carpooled. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 12, 2014, 03:46:20 PM
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on August 12, 2014, 04:02:19 PM
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Primm on August 12, 2014, 04:38:43 PM
The off-peak prices on my train system kick in at 8:30am. I was early for my 8:40 train so I sat outside in the wind for 10 minutes until I could swipe in after 8:30 - saved 20%.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 12, 2014, 05:15:13 PM
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!

4Alpacas:  I find Indian or Russian stores to be the best for black tea and Chinese, Japanese or Korean stores to be the best for green tea.   Lucky us, we have it all in the Seattle area
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Torran on August 13, 2014, 09:47:23 AM
Decided against a supermarket trip to stock up. Instead made lentil soup with cupboard ingredients and some leftover celery and potatoes.

Checked my bank balance and discovered I'd saved £300 more than I calculated this month.

Briefly considered going on ebay to spend £20 on something nice (my old unmustachian habit). Couldn't even think of anything I wanted. Gave up and read a book instead.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: senecando on August 13, 2014, 11:15:07 AM
Found the bookshelf we were looking for on the street on the way home from the bar. Excellent!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: JoyBlogette on August 13, 2014, 11:32:55 AM
Worked from home.  Skipped breakfast and made a big lunch for the whole family from pantry items and some soon to expire veggies (that I would have otherwise thrown out).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 13, 2014, 01:50:48 PM
Visited Grocery Outlet today.  Considered the Betty Crocker Almond Joy Frosting in a Can for 50 cents.  Concluded I did not need it at any price.  Bought marked down yogurt and past date tahini instead.  Feeling very virtuous.  The trouble with Grocery Outlet is that they have such great deals on unhealthy food that it is easy to bring home something stupid just because "It's such a good deal"
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 15, 2014, 01:34:31 PM
Walked to the grocery store and bought the cheapest store brand foaming hand soap in order to get the foamer which I will refill over and over until one of us dies.  I never knew that foaming soap meant that I could dilute it until I came here.  I can also see that it will make people use less since nobody holding a big handful of foam will think they need a second squirt. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 15, 2014, 05:03:32 PM
My reading light died and it was the socket that was bad.  Haven't seen any used reading lights on Craig's List ever out here.  I hate electrical work, but went to ACE Hardware and got a new socket.  After some words and help from DW I have a new/repaired reading light for $3.99 (+tax) instead of $80.  Saved about $76 by doing the repair myself instead of buying new.  Smoke test showed no smoke.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on August 15, 2014, 05:30:29 PM
Took my $10 off of $30 coupon to World Market to stock up on olive oil and sea salt.  Saw a scarf I liked on clearance on the way in, and started the whole... well, it would sorta' be free with the coupon... but got my $30 in foodstuffs I would have bought anyway and hightailed it out of there without the scarf.

Used my Discover card for the 5% cash back when gassing up my car.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on August 15, 2014, 05:47:15 PM
Hubby strung me up a clothesline in our backyard and my first load is out there, flapping away in the wind! YAY!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: BooksAreNerdy on August 15, 2014, 05:59:46 PM
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: PilotsWife on August 15, 2014, 08:12:39 PM
I bought a used bike from a local non-profit! Husband is enthused & took his old bike in for a tune-up. Hopefully this initial spending will lead to tons of savings as we phase out our car.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on August 15, 2014, 08:57:21 PM
Purchased 6 garbage bags full of barley used, brand named (not that it matters) good quality  used clothing for 40.00 Sorted through them and  took what I wanted - literally enough cloths to last me a couple of years for every season and situation, and am in the process of reselling the rest in lots divided by size. So far I've made 50.00!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on August 15, 2014, 10:56:33 PM
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!

Oh yeah... I turned the AC off the other day and have gone back to running fans with the windows open at night.  Hoping we can go the rest of the summer without, though it was getting pretty toasty inside tonight. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Boz86 on August 16, 2014, 07:15:19 AM
Replaced split truck heater hose myself, $6 new hose and $15 for coolant.

It's a small thing because it really is a 5 minute job to do yourself but a whole PITA to have a mechanic do it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Nancy on August 16, 2014, 08:12:12 AM
Brought home leftover food from a meeting yesterday for free dinner for two.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 16, 2014, 08:22:55 AM
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Moonwaves on August 16, 2014, 09:20:29 AM
Didn't go out to the market this morning. Have enough food in the house so nice as it is to buy the fresh stuff when the farmers' market is heaving with it, I just didn't even go near it today. At this stage just about anywhere I'd spend money is closed so when I go out shortly to check on a friend's cat while she's away, I'll just grab some milk at the supermarket and that'll be that.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DrJohn on August 16, 2014, 09:35:09 AM
Been going through the freezer to run stuff down.  It's too full and I forgot about those great dishes I cooked and froze extra portions.  I have at least two weeks of dinners right there.  Also cleared out garage to sell stuff I haven't used- like for ever- golf clubs, kayaking gear, 36 Qt. cooking pot, drill stand.  Just getting back to some basics....
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on August 16, 2014, 10:16:47 AM
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 16, 2014, 10:45:47 AM
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

The book is called "God's Crucible." by David Levering Lewis.   I would also recommend "Destiny Disrupted." by Tamin Ansary.   Both downloadable as audio books from the Seattle Public Library which uses the Overdrive system.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 16, 2014, 10:49:01 AM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

1. Washed the lens good and rinsed well.
2. Polished the lens with Silicone Dioxide polish and old t-shirt. Anyone who cuts and polishes rocks will give you 1/2 to 1 ounce if you know them.  Or buy a kit from an auto store.
3. Dried the lens with another rag and let it set to make sure it was dry.
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).
5. Applied the mixture in a very thin coat using a 1" foam brush.

Things to do next time...pick a day when the wind isn't blowing...
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NinetyFour on August 16, 2014, 11:30:41 AM
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

The book is called "God's Crucible." by David Levering Lewis.   I would also recommend "Destiny Disrupted." by Tamin Ansary.   Both downloadable as audio books from the Seattle Public Library which uses the Overdrive system.

Thank you!!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on August 16, 2014, 01:12:34 PM
Patched my paint pants.  So, yes, the pants that a year ago got retired to being for painting only got patched so they could be used for a little  bit longer.  God I'm cheap.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Chaplin on August 16, 2014, 02:33:53 PM
Remembered to press the "Air Dry" button on my dishwasher.

Started planning a house swap with a friend in Germany so we can both enjoy summer vacations next year with a house and car already covered.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Boz86 on August 17, 2014, 07:56:31 AM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.
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Post by: iwasjustwondering on August 17, 2014, 08:17:39 AM
I painted two unfinished wooden chairs for my kitchen.  I used a wood spray paint, in a color called green apple.  They look incredible, and the paint only cost $7.  I'm not sure how much the chairs cost, as I got them a year ago, but I think they were $50 each. 

I had matching chairs for the kitchen table, but got rid of them as they were too formal for the kitchen.  Now I have a bunch of mismatched chairs that are much more interesting and funky.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 17, 2014, 08:21:41 AM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.

I intend to polish them until I wear a hole in the plastic lens.  These cost about $400 to replace.  Polishing with a special kit only costs about $20, and the kit is good for 2-3 polishes.  The way I do it, it is almost free because I use stuff I normally have on hand.

Without putting the clear gloss on the lens, you get to polish them about twice a year.  With the clear gloss UV protection, you can get up to two years between polishing.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Mini-Mer on August 17, 2014, 11:09:06 AM
Turned out to be a small thing - I signed up for a Roth 401K at my new job, and hadn't gotten around to calling GR about switching over  ...Poking around on the website this morning, it turns out it's just a setting in the contribution allocations.  Fixed!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: DecD on August 17, 2014, 11:14:41 AM
Received a lovely painting on fabric from a friend in the mail last week.  Instead of buying a frame for it, we built a frame out of pine scraps in the garage, stretched the fabric across it, and now have a lovely new painting hanging on the wall in the bedroom.  Looks like stretched canvas.

Smaller son's preschool/daycare requires uniforms for the class he's moving into this month.  Trying to avoid paying the exorbitant prices for the embroidered polos and shorts....found brand-new-with-tags shorts at Once Upon A Child last night ($3.50 a pop!) and still searching for used/hand-me-down polos.  These are proving more elusive, but I'm not giving up, as they're $16 new and the embroidered ones are "required" (grr.)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 17, 2014, 12:59:55 PM
Just got back from the gym of outdoors.  The Hub and I are using a hilly road in the State Forest to train for our hike into the Canadian Rockies to see the Burgess Shale.  The only way to see this legendary fossil site is to take a Canadian Park Service guided hiking trip which, according to people who have done it, goes better if you have prepared your hill climbing muscles.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MoneyCat on August 17, 2014, 01:10:53 PM
Today, I treated the wife and myself to a movie at the local cinema for no cost.  I've been saving up My Coke Rewards points for the past year and since I don't drink much soda, I enlisted the help of friends and family who passed on all their bottle caps and codes from 12 packs and cases of Coke products.  I had enough points for two free movie passes and two free large sodas from the concessions stand.  We rode our bikes to the theatre, so it didn't even cost us any gas.

Cost of a matinee: $7 a ticket
Cost of a large soda: $5.50 each
Total Savings: $25

If we had gone to an evening show which costs $12 a ticket, then we would have saved $35.

Not a bad deal.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on August 17, 2014, 02:38:03 PM
For lunch, put out leftover fixings from taco salad last night, and brought out a bag of burrito wraps. So easy for me!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on August 17, 2014, 03:03:40 PM
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 17, 2014, 03:26:07 PM
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!

I will be very interested in how this comes out. Please post.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: labrat on August 17, 2014, 06:32:53 PM
1. Contract was up with Sprint yesterday so I switched to Ting this morning :)

2. I replaced the rear window lock/latch on my car rather than paying the mechanic.  I learned more about my old car while spending the afternoon outside with my husband, and saved $100 in labor that otherwise would have gone to the mechanic.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RelaxedGal on August 18, 2014, 09:33:41 AM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
...
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

For my small thing today: I packed my lunch, and damn it I'm eating it, even though I am not excited about it. 

My husband did better: biked our daughter to daycare, biked himself to work, and is increasing this participation in the Employee Stock Purchase program (making money, rather than saving as per the thread, but still yay!)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Rural on August 18, 2014, 10:13:17 AM
Working from home, so no gas used.
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Post by: 4alpacas on August 18, 2014, 12:04:50 PM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
...
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

For my small thing today: I packed my lunch, and damn it I'm eating it, even though I am not excited about it. 

My husband did better: biked our daughter to daycare, biked himself to work, and is increasing this participation in the Employee Stock Purchase program (making money, rather than saving as per the thread, but still yay!)

I used a 3M kit that I bought on Amazon ($3 after mail-in rebate).  I was a bit labor intensive, but it worked well.



Today, I carpooled.  Packed my lunch with freezer left overs, packed home brewed iced tea, had an apple for breakfast, and sent a friend my WalMart delivery shopping code ($10 off my next order & his). 

Tonight, I plan to make something exciting for dinner using pantry ingredients (shout out to the 'eat all the food in your house' thread in the forum for all of the recipes and help).
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 18, 2014, 12:20:51 PM
Stuck my friend's phone number in my wallet.  Now when I shop at Fred Meyer, she can get the points on her grocery card.  I don't shop there much but since it is the only grocery store within walking distance I do pick up an onion or something once in a while. She might as well have the points to reduce the cost of gas when they fill their RV. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 18, 2014, 12:41:51 PM
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.
...
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).

Looks great!

Thanks for the tip on the sealant.  I bought & used the "Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit" last summer and my headlights are just as cloudy a year later.  I don't have any polyurethane on hand, I'll have to check the auto parts store for options.

The Helmsman Spar with UV protection can be bought at a hardware store or Walmart.  Buy the smallest can available.  Same for the paint thinner/mineral spirits.  I have it on hand in larger quantities because of my wood carving.  This sealant will let the lens last about 2 years before you have to do it again.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: RunningWithScissors on August 18, 2014, 01:47:28 PM
I was going to say that I didn't do anything big, but I guess small things is the point of this discussion:

- public transit to work (subsidized by employer), long walk home
- bagged lunch (giant salad with 5-6 veggies grown in my own garden with a cheap protein source of hard boiled eggs)
- figured out a way to get to an after work industry wine-and-cheese event this week via public transit, saving $15-20/day for parking my car
- opted out of a office golf tournament and pricey after-party (we're expected to contribute to a fundraising silent auction )
- part of my work outfit is clothes from a clothing swap with friends

Little things all, but collectively they're allowing me to reach my goals.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: PMG on August 18, 2014, 04:01:44 PM
I got my list of textbooks from the campus bookstore, so I could rent them via amazon, however, while bumming around the work room I found copies of my A&P and the lab book and Natural Science, it's the previous edition but dang! I tracked down who they belonged to, she was just going to recycle them! That saves me $300 in rental fees! 



Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on August 18, 2014, 09:11:24 PM
-Made soup for dinner from chicken stock made with chicken bones from a few days ago. Added tons of vegetables from the depths of the fridge and a cup of rice. Rounded out the meal with homemade buns from the freezer

-hung a load of laundry on my brand new clothesline

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Cressida on August 18, 2014, 11:47:48 PM
A while ago I started making and freezing batches of simple sandwiches (just meat/cheese; fresher fixings don't freeze well) to take to work as part of my lunch - far cheaper than takeout. I'd been using store-bought English muffins as the bread, but I'm tracking grocery purchases and noticed the muffins were creeping up and up on the list (it's sorted in descending order by amount spent).

So I've been trying out homemade whole-wheat bread recipes. I finally found one that is not too much hassle and does not taste like cardboard, so yesterday I made two loaves, and tonight I sliced them and made 12 sandwiches for the freezer. Not only is it cheaper, it tastes way better. 

It's more work, of course, but on the other hand, now I don't have to worry about my lunch for 2+ weeks. It does crack me up listening to my coworkers who spend half an hour every single day trying to decide where to spend their $10 and going to pick it up.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 19, 2014, 09:02:21 AM
Planning my training hike (A regular walk becomes a training hike when you add a backpack filled with random books for weight) to take me passed the office supplies store where they are selling 10 cent notebooks.  Nobody is going back to school at our house but we can always use the paper
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on August 20, 2014, 10:45:13 AM
Packed breakfast and lunch for today. DH and boychild eating at granny's tonight so free dinner! Balance transfer posted, saving me $239 in interest a month. Resisted going grocery shopping until my $80 Kroger rewards checks come.
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Post by: senecando on August 20, 2014, 10:46:38 AM
Found an empty bottle of Carlo Rossi down by the U and brought it back. Free gallon fermenter with natural bro-yeast!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Astatine on August 21, 2014, 02:59:33 AM
Nothing out of the ordinary: had a piece of home made muesli slice for a snack at work, and had a home cooked meal for lunch as well. I plan our cooking to have leftovers that freeze well for lunches and always try to have at least 10 spare meals in the freezer (variety so we don't get sick of the same thing) for hubby and I take to work. It's the easiest way for us to take lunch to work. We both usually keep a few in our respective freezers at work to have a choice at lunchtime.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 21, 2014, 07:51:49 AM
Poured yesterday's leftover tea into a drinking glass.  Later today when it gets hot, I will add lemonaide mix and ice.  Later today going to make bacon and tomato sandwich with bacon bought on sale earlier this year and stashed for just this moment.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on August 21, 2014, 09:28:43 AM
Last night I cut off strawberry runners and transplanted them so I'll have more delicious strawberries next spring.

Picking up my beef quarter tonight and briefly thought about taking the truck, but wedged four coolers into my tiny car instead so I'll save gas and won't have to take any detours after work.
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Post by: greenmimama on August 21, 2014, 09:40:36 AM
Stayed home
Made a double batch of laundry detergent with ing I already had on hand for awhile now.

I hope to make some bread or muffins for my boys.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 4alpacas on August 21, 2014, 11:25:40 AM
Carpooled, packed my breakfast (2 hardboiled eggs + banana, $0.45) and homemade iced tea

Yesterday I made a dessert using things in my freezer and pantry.  Not the prettiest thing, but it tasted amazing!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on August 21, 2014, 11:51:34 AM
Hung a load of laundry

Using up all the tea in my cupboard before buying any more

Made cookies from scratch for company

Didn't throw on air conditioner even though thermostat passed my personal threshold because I knew that the cool evening air was arriving soon

Cooked a whole chicken from my freezer from our bulk buy of 40 chickens. Will also make stock from the bones to freeze for fall soups

Listened to Dave Ramsey show for motivation while working in my kitchen

Took kids to the library - one child won a $20 bookstore gift card from summer reading club draw

Planning to make 5 loaves of bread for the freezer today -- maybe posting it here will keep me accountable!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 21, 2014, 12:21:49 PM
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to ½-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: swick on August 21, 2014, 12:25:35 PM
I bought a watermelon on sale. Now I have watermelon rind chutney in my crockpot. Trying for the first time, hope it is tasty!

I will be very interested in how this comes out. Please post.

UPDATE: The Watermelon Chutney turned out great! I added a little more serrano pepper, some chopped up crystallized ginger and some whole mustard seeds.

I had lots of extra watermelon so I also made the watermelon curry that was linked in the post. It was OK to start with - My watermelon rind was weird though, the outside parts of it really got soft so it was a very weird texture. I solved that by buzzing it up in my food processor so it made a sauce - and was actually really yummy! Served with some rice and poppadums and chutney it was a super cheap, tasty meal that has fed us for a few days.

Recipe is here: http://myheartbeets.com/watermelon-rind-chutney/ (http://myheartbeets.com/watermelon-rind-chutney/)

I also made some of David Chang's pickled watermelon rind - but I wasn't too fussy about it, again because of the hardness of the rind. I don't know if it was just my watermelon or what. It definitely had a much thinner rind then most watermelons I have had. I do think that watermelon rind would be a great addition to a batch of chow or mustard pickles. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 21, 2014, 05:32:00 PM
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to ½-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Joggernot on August 21, 2014, 05:38:09 PM
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to ½-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?
NO!  Corn flour looks like flour.  Best source is "masa", which is used to make tamales.  Find it in the Mexican or ethnic section of your grocery.  Ask a clerk; they will have it.  Ask for "masa" and they should be able to take you to it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: lizzzi on August 21, 2014, 06:00:55 PM
Did a week's grocery shopping today and every single item on my list was available at Aldi's. $95.95 spent to cover 21 meals for me and DH, plus five suppers when the seven of us eat together. One of my best weeks yet.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: G-dog on August 21, 2014, 08:21:34 PM
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier.  Win-win.

Week three (and three, is a magic number) and still on track.  Yah!  I cook batches of food over the weekend.  Having this board is a way to stay accountable. I am also tracking all my expenses, so will have some comparison data.

Week whatever - still bringing lunch/breakfast/snack. Today I went to the store over lunch to get more supplies rather than eat out (nothing sounds that good).
Not today, but in the last couple of weeks:
I cut my own hair - not perfect, but also not $30 + tip, or endless chatter with stylist, or post-cut styling with 5 products and 3 tools I keep telling them I won't bother with (styling tool = towel)
Borrowed a book from the library for a book club discussion rather than buy
More diligently turned off electronics at home when not in use
Keeping thermostat for AC higher, using fans as needed for more comfort
Less eating out for dinner with spouse also...
Stopped buying cups of sodas, drinking free coffee or water at work (or bring own soda)

Still not the paragon of frugality, but these changes are not painful at all - actually I feel better physically and emotionally.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: peppermint on August 21, 2014, 09:15:15 PM
Was on vacation so let the reins go a little, but I was planning that. (I went to Portland and I was not going to miss out on some of the delicious eats that city has. Although I didn't buy a new pair of earrings because none of the ones I browsed in the shops there really appealed, although I like buying tokens like that on vacation) 

Now I'm back home and back to good habits... Bussed to work. Took out book from library for book club. Made two pans of enchiladas.

So close to finishing my car loan!
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: aussieshorter on August 22, 2014, 12:06:47 AM
Hand made the cot valance, fitted cot sheets, cot top sheets and pillow covers for our impending baby's cot!

I'm very pleased with the result, and it was much easier and cheaper than you'd think: www.buttonsandbooties.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/how-to-make-cot-sheet-sets-for-under-25.html
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 22, 2014, 08:56:43 AM
Probably not mustachian, but I like crunchy foods.  Made a batch of hardtack using corn flour (masa) instead of wheat flour.  DW says it is way better than the wheat flour hardtack I've made in the past.  Corn flour seemed to take more water to make a good dough.  Here's a recipe.

Mix 4 cups of flour (corn flour is better than wheat flour) to 2 cups of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough (add more water if necessary) and roll out to 3/8- to ½-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork several times so they look good. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes; take out and turn them over; bake again for 30 minutes; repeat until well done and hard/dry. After the first baking, you can separate them if you wish.

And yes, it will keep for a year on a shelf protected from bugs and rats.  Good for an afternoon snack when the need for something crunchy hits.

Is corn flour the same as corn meal?
NO!  Corn flour looks like flour.  Best source is "masa", which is used to make tamales.  Find it in the Mexican or ethnic section of your grocery.  Ask a clerk; they will have it.  Ask for "masa" and they should be able to take you to it.

Thanks.  Masa is easy to find around here.  If it works out well, I can make a trunk stash for my spouse to prevent his whoring after strange vending machines
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Hedge_87 on August 23, 2014, 02:34:08 PM
Gave our long distance transportation device a little tlc today. Changed oil and air filter, changed windshield wiper blades and cleaned it inside and out.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: MrsPotts on August 23, 2014, 02:40:18 PM
I started a whole batch of raisins and now my house smells like jam. 
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 2ndTimer on August 23, 2014, 02:40:45 PM
Bought 15 lb. of sharp cheddar/black pepper cheese for $2/lb. at Grocery Outlet. Also some canned dolmas to add variety to our next camping trip.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: 1967mama on August 23, 2014, 02:47:48 PM
-daughter made applesauce out of apples that were past being nice for eating whole

-leftover chili used up for lunch

-cooking bones from chicken for stock

-will use bits of meat picked off chicken for wraps tonite

-thawing last bag of chick peas to make hummus

-started more dry chickpeas in crockpot to replenish supply in freezer

-husband and son doing yard work (weeding, landscape fabric, bark mulch) instead of hiring it out

-went to waterslides for free last night -- dentist booked it for all his patients!

-took cooler full of food and bought nothing at concession stand

Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Spruit on August 23, 2014, 02:50:40 PM
Held on to my originally offered price while negotiating a bike on the local craigslist, even though I really wanted the deal to pass and I was a little anxious it might fall through. Saved myself 50 euros and a little bit of self esteem :)
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Gerard on August 23, 2014, 03:26:28 PM
Somewhat badass, but not productively so: Walked 7 km to look at a used bike. Bike was meh... I offered a lower price, which was turned down, so I passed on it.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: Spruit on August 23, 2014, 03:41:26 PM
Somewhat badass, but not productively so: Walked 7 km to look at a used bike. Bike was meh... I offered a lower price, which was turned down, so I passed on it.
You didn't let the "hassle" you'd been through alter your better judgement. That seems productive to me, and certainly badass.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: YoungInvestor on August 23, 2014, 04:55:12 PM
I got a raise that will increase my bi-weekly paycheck by X$, and modified my automatic transfer to my savings by X$ this morning. Best way I found to stay clear of lifestyle inflation.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: NoraLenderbee on August 23, 2014, 05:44:11 PM
Helped DH bleed and adjust the brakes on our 16-year-old Saab.
Picked about 15 lbs. of tomatoes from our garden.
Dug up the potatoes I planted a few months ago. Over 9 lbs. My potato patches are not super productive, but the taters really taste good.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: horsepoor on August 23, 2014, 07:26:11 PM
Cleared out some garden space and planted spinach, radishes, daikon, turnips, Napa cabbage, rapini, bok choi, mesclun greens, chicory, radicchio and one sad little cauliflower seedling.  Rescued a huge cabbage that split due to DH's overwatering intensive lawn care program, and will turn it into sauerkraut tonight.

Yesterday:  signed a sale contract on our old house.  Hopefully this will go through and we can say goodbye to the awful 6.375% interest we've been stuck with since the market nosedived and our equity evaporated.

Upped next month's car payment to $1,000.  The loan has a low interest rate, but I'm hell bent on paying it off right now, and this will save a little interest vs. paying the minimum.
Title: Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
Post by: sheepstache on August 23, 2014, 07:29:05 PM
Somewhat badass, but not productively so: Walked 7 km to look at a used bike.