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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11700 on: June 23, 2018, 12:23:38 PM »
... The thing is that better quality coffee goes a lot better for me, but it's much more expensive. Internal battle there- it's both more delicious and doesn't upset my stomach, but 3x the price is a lot to stomach!

If you find a good solution, please share it, as I have a similar problem. I'm able to drink one cup easily, and a second with only mild unease, but three or more in a day, and it's outright rebellion.

As for saving money, today will be the first time this summer that I freeze some of the harvest from my garden. It's rhubarb and basil. For entertainment, I went for a walk, a run, and kayaking, so I'm tired enough to enjoy my household puttering.

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« Reply #11701 on: June 23, 2018, 01:54:55 PM »
I have negotiated with my boss to work 4 x 9.5 hour days instead of 5 x 7.5 hour days.

I will save $8.30 on a train ticket plus the 2 1/2 hours a days spent commuting!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11702 on: June 23, 2018, 01:58:59 PM »
DH and I spent most of our day painting the outside of our house. And I had the energy to cook a homemade meal after that.
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« Reply #11703 on: June 23, 2018, 10:32:45 PM »
Ug. Saved money on evening plans. Eldest boy had chest pains, did not subside, then he got nausea. We had to to find an emergency room (we're still on vacation). Lot's of tests later it was determined he has a minor chest wall infection, left over from a cold he had a couple of weeks ago, which was then triggered his first major anxiety attack. Kid's fine, that's the most important part!

They did feed us dinner and no copay for the visit thanks to insurance. Thanks, Obama!

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« Reply #11704 on: June 24, 2018, 02:07:20 AM »
Yesterday's savings.

- switched the WiFi repeater off when I wasn't in our bedroom.
- made hot water for tea in put it in a thermos (once, I used to reheat the water over and over again)
- denied cravings and had homemade meals and just a bit of crisps.
- made cleaning up kids room with my 5 yr old somewhat rewarding; I can finally sell her Little people stuff (when I find that car)
- washed myself and the kids with washcloth, will shower today. We alternate washcloth and shower or bath.

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« Reply #11705 on: June 24, 2018, 04:06:26 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

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« Reply #11706 on: June 24, 2018, 04:12:41 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

What kind of breakfast do you cook ahead?

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« Reply #11707 on: June 24, 2018, 05:10:54 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

What kind of breakfast do you cook ahead?

Egg muffins, oatmeal muffins, rice porridge, oatmeal porridge, polenta porridge.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11708 on: June 24, 2018, 01:39:47 PM »
We put wallpaper on the walls ourselves (as opposed to paying someone to do this for us. Actually we saved even more, because otherwise we would've paid someone to plaster the walls for us. Which costs at least twice as much).

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« Reply #11709 on: June 24, 2018, 04:35:05 PM »
- spent the afternoon hanging out in our adult kiddie pool instead of going tubing down the river. At least $30 saved
- watered houseplants with collected rain water
- had a work trip last night with an event with cash bar and crap food. Packed drinks for the car and didn't stop at a drive through before driving 2 hours at 10pm.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11710 on: June 24, 2018, 05:10:17 PM »
-- Cut hubby's hair again.   25+ dollars saved
-- Stretching to avoid getting my own haircut.  If I keep it well moisturized I can go longer before getting it thinned.  I give it regular coconut oil masks with a few dabs of liquid oil, and don't wash it everyday and it handles better.  My bangs are getting a little questionable though!
-- Rode bikes to church this morning, saving the bus fair.
-- Re-reading "Your Money or Your Life".  After our move, our savings has been stagnant with all the "getting settled" expenses and new things to see/eat/do.  Its been a spendy 6 weeks and its time to rein it back in. 

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« Reply #11711 on: June 25, 2018, 04:33:09 AM »
- Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon.
- Had self-caught fish for dinner last night.
- If I remember it, I will take a load of apples home from work. They are leftover from last week's fruit bowl.
- We painted the outside of the house, as we always do ourselves.
- Apart from a new pair of skiing gloves, I still haven't bought any new clothes in 2018.
- I have been hanging the laundry to dry outside since it became springtime.
- Bought a book that I wanted to have, which my mother is going to pay for.
- I have been eating my home made jams, made from leftover fruit at work.

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« Reply #11712 on: June 25, 2018, 05:53:45 AM »
Resisted the allure of the candy display at the movies.

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« Reply #11713 on: June 25, 2018, 07:03:09 AM »
Did a ton of cooking yesterday while I had extra help from DH and MIL:

* roast chicken for dinner (4 dinner servings + 2.5 lunches)
* chicken carcass and veggie scraps for stock
* made a big batch of homemade granola
* made my three-year-olds birthday cake from scratch (MIL decorated)
* made 3 dozen mini frittatas to freeze for DH’s breakfasts on gym days. Should be good for almost a month and now my very pregnant self doesn’t have to worry about it.

Very low-key birthday for our son: a picnic at the park, cake and ice cream. His gift is a mini basketball hoop for less than $20 after applying points from my amazon credit card.

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« Reply #11714 on: June 25, 2018, 07:57:13 AM »
- DW wanted to throw away/replace our young son's backpack, since his mesh cup holders are deteriorating (rest of the backpack is in perfectly fine shape).  The cup holders are actually important in his case for reasons I'm not going to detail here.  Seemed pretty wasteful to me, but she wasn't convinced and challenged me to come up with a solution.  A few carefully placed matched strips of duct tape later, and hopefully I've earned another year out of the backpack.  As a bonus, the duct tape matches the orange color of the cup holder!

- Rode my bike to work on a day I didn't think I'd be able to.  In addition, this is my last week of car commuting (though I think I'll be able to bike in 2 of 5 days)!

- Stocked up at Sam's Club.  That's what the extra bedroom closet is for!  Saved money by spending a lot.

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« Reply #11715 on: June 25, 2018, 08:47:10 AM »

-Gave myself a manicure last night saving ~$15
- Rode my bike to work today saving 19.4 miles worth of gas ~$1.50

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« Reply #11716 on: June 25, 2018, 12:20:16 PM »
I needed to bring cake to my weekly sewing group to celebrate my birthday, so I baked it myself. I used up 5 overripe bananas. My birthday is in a few weeks, but this is the last meeting before summer.

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« Reply #11717 on: June 25, 2018, 01:07:13 PM »
We just made an apple crumble pie from the leftover apples from work from last week's Thursday and Friday fruit. It is currently in the oven. As vacations have started, there is a lot of leftover fruit at work. Today there were a lot of bananas. If they are still there tomorrow and there are new bananas, I'll take them home. I think I will freeze some from smoothy making. And I will make banana muffins, being inspired by a post by @jooniFLORisploo after doing a search on "bananas" on this forum. :-)
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« Reply #11718 on: June 25, 2018, 02:20:33 PM »
- studied instructions of the DIY bug screens for our windows. Those will save us over €400 (I had budgeted for screens made to size, which were about €90 per screen). Hopefully husband has time to build them together tomorrow. Woohoo, the end of the fly, motts and mosquito infested house is in sight (welcome to the countryside).
- placed pan with frozen spinach in pan with potatoes, warming two pans for one. Saved gas.
- saved water used for cleaning produce and preparing meals, used it to water strawberries.
- made a solution for the the clothes hangers getting blown away from drying rack issue. We have bought an old fashioned big wooden drying rack for outside recently. It's great, I can finally hang dry our bed linens and hang dry more outside. But, you can't hold a clothes hanger in place with a pin on it. Fresh laundry on the floor. Used elastic band and buttons from my sewing stuff to create binders.
- Hung dried laundry (well, it's almost dry, still a bit to go tomorrow and another load after that) my laundry schedule revolves around the weather predictions lately. (Otherwise I have to climb stairs to dry it there on the landing or use the dryer).
- We hang most things on clothes hangers, saves ironing and the time spend on folding laundry.
- put cuttings from indoor plant in soil (in bottom of milk pack, with toilet rolls in it per cutting, that filled with soil). I saw someone sold them online the other day. When I feel brave, I'll ask the grumpy neighbour for a trade when they grow well. She has plants I would like a cutting from in her windowsill. The soil was used but with a bit of coffee grounds it will do for easy plants.
- the kids got home made ice popsicles after school (recyclable IKEA udspadd filled with lemonade syrup and water). Will make tomorrow's in a minute. Will also try making slush in the small soda bottles I have saved this week.

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« Reply #11719 on: June 25, 2018, 05:40:23 PM »
I saved money for my mom today by baking a cake for her to take to my great-aunt's and by returning my car to her. She totaled her car a few weeks ago, and was going to go back to sharing one with her husband, but they're both busy and have very limited mobility. At the same time, I'm able bodied and sometimes need a little nudge to ride my bike rather than drive, so I talked my mom into keeping my car, and just letting me borrow it as needed.

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« Reply #11720 on: June 25, 2018, 07:18:11 PM »
*Froze 1.5 lbs of strawberries (Meijer sale at less than $1 per lb) before they rotted/got moldy (my track record with using fruit in time is not great)
*Used the last of the chicken in our freezer (yay, no freezer burn)
*Used up more veggies from last weekend’s Hungry Harvest box (this makes me really conscious of food waste)

This isn’t small, but I just paid off our last credit card debt, which we incurred to pay for an emergency furnace replacement. That is a huge load off our shoulders. It feels really good to know that we won’t have to pay interest on that card again.

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« Reply #11721 on: June 26, 2018, 01:18:14 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

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« Reply #11722 on: June 26, 2018, 05:51:20 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.

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« Reply #11723 on: June 26, 2018, 06:05:56 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.
Definitely worth noting and she is supervised while eating it always. Though I do wonder if popcorn is that much of a higher risk than all those light airy puff snacks marketed to toddlers?


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« Reply #11724 on: June 26, 2018, 06:26:10 AM »
I ordered a bunch of flowers delivered to my mother on her birthday. I thought the shop where I usually buy them was a bit expensive. Then I found they have a bunch of competitors. I choose a random other shop that had nice flowers for 5€ less than the other shop.

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« Reply #11725 on: June 26, 2018, 07:38:52 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.
Definitely worth noting and she is supervised while eating it always. Though I do wonder if popcorn is that much of a higher risk than all those light airy puff snacks marketed to toddlers?

It's the errant unpuffed (not fully puffed) kernel that's the choking hazard. 

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« Reply #11726 on: June 26, 2018, 08:00:51 AM »
I just got caught up on this thread. These two were eyebrow raisers. I've omitted the identifying details, but I'm surprised that they slipped through unnoticed, given the topic of this thread.
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Waited until the leopard sandals I've had my eyes on went on sale to buy. Grabbed them today at 25% off!

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Not gonna face punch, but am definitely scratching my head. To be perfectly clear, it's not exactly about the fact these specific purchase decisions were made, but that they were posted on this thread. Hmm...

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« Reply #11727 on: June 26, 2018, 01:57:13 PM »
Today I sent in an answer to a request to hold a cours in picking edible mushrooms in Oslo for Dutch people. I said I could to it in Dutch. That would become my first serious sidegig and something I would want to do later after retirement. We'll see what they answer...

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« Reply #11728 on: June 26, 2018, 03:30:18 PM »
Good luck @Linda_Norway , that sounds like a great side gig for you!

This week I have been trying harder on turning off lights we are not using (not one of my strengths).

Brought coffee and snacks with us when we went to do some work on MIL's grave, luckily the weather was nice and we enjoyed eating them on the bench in the cemetery and thinking about family.

Hosted a lovely gathering on Friday with some wine and crackers we had on hand and cheese we bought on sale. Many in that group are older and retired, it's very relaxing hosting when everyone brings along something to share and are not too focused on having expensive wines etc.

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« Reply #11729 on: June 26, 2018, 10:24:30 PM »
I saved money for my mom today by baking a cake for her to take to my great-aunt's and by returning my car to her. She totaled her car a few weeks ago, and was going to go back to sharing one with her husband, but they're both busy and have very limited mobility. At the same time, I'm able bodied and sometimes need a little nudge to ride my bike rather than drive, so I talked my mom into keeping my car, and just letting me borrow it as needed.

What a kind and generous thing to do! And I love that it’s a win for you to get you on your bike more.


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« Reply #11730 on: June 27, 2018, 10:10:41 AM »
-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

-- Hung a load of laundry to dry.  We pay by the load here in our apartment building, but there is a couple of mostly unused clotheslines down there with the machines.  Saved 1.70 on a drying load.

-- DH and I participated in a local survey about bike paths/lanes and biking transit the other day.  20 minutes of time plus the few minute walk either direction netted us each a 5.00 gc to a local coffee place. Saving them for a cheap date night.

-- Cooling the apartment via the breezes from the windows the last couple days rather than the AC unit. 

-- Picked up a dime off the ground.

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« Reply #11731 on: June 27, 2018, 01:16:52 PM »
For reasons unknown, power has stopped working in part of the house (fuse blew for no clear reason, when we turned the power back on some lights and wall sockets weren't working). For safety reasons we've turned off the power downstairs except for the fridge. I suppose we'll still use some power while living upstairs until the electrician has time to visit us (on Friday) but we don't have a TV etc. there so it will be a lot less.

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« Reply #11732 on: June 27, 2018, 01:26:53 PM »
DH managed to repair the wall ventilator in the bedroom. Very pleasant when the temperatures are close to tropical.

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« Reply #11733 on: June 27, 2018, 02:14:17 PM »
-Got a kiddie pool through Buy Nothing, instead of buying one, to do play time and exposure for my puppy. So glad I thought to ask- the lady had one smaller than I've seen elsewhere and it's the perfect size, the puppy can jump out and in. Free AND better than I would have found.
-Bully sticks. Most places have them for like $6 for an 8" section. Costco, of course, has BULK. Ten 12" sections for like $29. These are too big for our dog, but we've just been sawing them in half.
-Ongoing: husband has magical hypermiling abilities and always gets great gas mileage for long work trips. 44MPG for a gas car? Yes please I'll take it.

-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

Your dog poops 6 times a day? Is it a puppy?

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« Reply #11734 on: June 27, 2018, 03:06:22 PM »
I found $20 in my desk drawer, buried under about two years' worth of crap. I have no idea where it came from. But now it's in my wallet :-)

Going to six concerts for $0 this week, thanks to contests, memberships, and just-plain-free shows. I've been working the free ticket angle so hard this year that I now have a $200+ surplus in my "entertainment" budget built up in Mint.

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« Reply #11735 on: June 27, 2018, 03:56:36 PM »
Volunteered at a local Brewfest.  Tickets were amazingly expensive.  $40 for a plastic glass and 10 tickets good for 4oz ea. (40oz beer total).  So many people paid full price!

Instead I got to hang out with friends for 4 hours chatting and pouring beers.  For my "work" I got 5 free tickets plus many free samples.  Then the volunteer coordinator gave me another 10 tickets for helping out and giving feedback on my experience.

I would never gone if I had to pay for it but by volunteering I had a great time and got to try many new and unique beers.

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« Reply #11736 on: June 27, 2018, 04:29:58 PM »

-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

Your dog poops 6 times a day? Is it a puppy?

Maybe picking up random dogs' poops is a low-cost (now free!) hobby of theirs?  ;)

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« Reply #11737 on: June 27, 2018, 04:33:18 PM »

-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

Your dog poops 6 times a day? Is it a puppy?

Maybe picking up random dogs' poops is a low-cost (now free!) hobby of theirs?  ;)

I mean, that would be *incredibly* neighborly and wonderful of them! If so, they are a far better person than I am =P I think I'll still stop at picking up my own dog's poo.

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« Reply #11738 on: June 27, 2018, 04:50:02 PM »

-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

Your dog poops 6 times a day? Is it a puppy?

Maybe picking up random dogs' poops is a low-cost (now free!) hobby of theirs?  ;)

I mean, that would be *incredibly* neighborly and wonderful of them! If so, they are a far better person than I am =P I think I'll still stop at picking up my own dog's poo.

Our town provides free poop bags in public parks and trails.  Some apartment projects also provide free bags.  Unfortunately, many people still didn't pick up.  When I had a dog I would collect both her poop and some other poop.  One dog's poop is usually no worse than another's. 

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« Reply #11739 on: June 27, 2018, 07:24:05 PM »
I pickled the big piece of fresh ginger from last weekend’s Hungry Harvest box instead of forgetting about it until it grew mold.

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« Reply #11740 on: June 27, 2018, 07:39:48 PM »
I biked to my three errands today instead of driving. Small cost savings, but big health and happiness benefits. I can’t help but smile when riding around on a lovely day.

Just made a double batch of granola to put on the fruit and (homemade) yogurt I usually eat for breakfast.

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« Reply #11741 on: June 28, 2018, 04:34:42 AM »
I pickled the big piece of fresh ginger from last weekend’s Hungry Harvest box instead of forgetting about it until it grew mold.

Tell me about pickling ginger? I have done ginger syrup but never pickled.

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« Reply #11742 on: June 28, 2018, 05:05:36 AM »
I pickled the big piece of fresh ginger from last weekend’s Hungry Harvest box instead of forgetting about it until it grew mold.

Tell me about pickling ginger? I have done ginger syrup but never pickled.
Ooo yes, me too!

I put ginger slices in a jar with lemon slices and cover them with honey and store it in the fridge.  A few spoons of this goes in my tea every morning.  So that's another option to use up and (slightly) preserve fresh ginger.

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« Reply #11743 on: June 28, 2018, 06:15:57 AM »
Volunteered at a local Brewfest.  Tickets were amazingly expensive.  $40 for a plastic glass and 10 tickets good for 4oz ea. (40oz beer total).  So many people paid full price!

Instead I got to hang out with friends for 4 hours chatting and pouring beers.  For my "work" I got 5 free tickets plus many free samples.  Then the volunteer coordinator gave me another 10 tickets for helping out and giving feedback on my experience.

I would never gone if I had to pay for it but by volunteering I had a great time and got to try many new and unique beers.

This is a great idea! My brain is now swirling with possibilities!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11744 on: June 28, 2018, 06:27:35 AM »
Volunteered at a local Brewfest.  Tickets were amazingly expensive.  $40 for a plastic glass and 10 tickets good for 4oz ea. (40oz beer total).  So many people paid full price!

Instead I got to hang out with friends for 4 hours chatting and pouring beers.  For my "work" I got 5 free tickets plus many free samples.  Then the volunteer coordinator gave me another 10 tickets for helping out and giving feedback on my experience.

I would never gone if I had to pay for it but by volunteering I had a great time and got to try many new and unique beers.

This is a great idea! My brain is now swirling with possibilities!
This kind of stuff is GREAT!  I've volunteered at races that I would have never paid for (pay to run, no thanks) and been able to run with the heat after my "shift", I've volunteered at the front desk of a yoga studio attached to a full gym for free membership (and I only worked like 30 minutes per week)… it's certainly worth exploring if you have specific interests/hobbies!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11745 on: June 28, 2018, 07:13:18 AM »
I found $20 in my desk drawer, buried under about two years' worth of crap. I have no idea where it came from. But now it's in my wallet :-)

Going to six concerts for $0 this week, thanks to contests, memberships, and just-plain-free shows. I've been working the free ticket angle so hard this year that I now have a $200+ surplus in my "entertainment" budget built up in Mint.
OMG, as a follower since the V days, I can really appreciate what a win this is for you! Way to slice those dollars!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11746 on: June 28, 2018, 10:26:59 AM »
I found $20 in my desk drawer, buried under about two years' worth of crap. I have no idea where it came from. But now it's in my wallet :-)

Going to six concerts for $0 this week, thanks to contests, memberships, and just-plain-free shows. I've been working the free ticket angle so hard this year that I now have a $200+ surplus in my "entertainment" budget built up in Mint.
OMG, as a follower since the V days, I can really appreciate what a win this is for you! Way to slice those dollars!

Thanks :-) I still spend a lot in that category (which I'm fine with) but I've definitely been whittling it down some without sacrificing anything I want to do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11747 on: June 28, 2018, 12:45:43 PM »
Very nice (side) job Linda. I have been planning to grow mushrooms on wood, coffee grounds or under our bed for years. I had a single use kit once, that wasn't heavily producing but fun.

I made a new batch of meal starter today. I'm often tired and/ or my hands hurt when it's time to make dinner. That has led to eating unhealthy easy food or take out in the past. What I do now is get my kitchen machine out and grate unions, carrots, garlic and selery stalks every once in a while. Everything goes in one zip lock bag in the freezer. Shake it often as it freezers to avoid big clumps. The idea came from the Italian kitchen but I use it for a lot of meals. It defrosts and cooks really fast.
I started a chick pea curry with it today.

- that was another saver, a curry from scraps of broccoli (stems), courgette, can of peeled tomatoes and frozen cubes of curry paste. With a can of chickpeas instead of meat. Served on brown rice.
And hooray, husband didn't complain about the lack of meat and lIked it.

- solved a organisation problem in our temporarily bedroom with things we already had instead of buying new furniture, shelves and baskets. Everything is of the floor now so vacuuming is easier (allergy!) and I finally have a place for my stuff.

- I got 9 euro's back from the Scoupy-app that allows you to try non-food and food free or for a very low price. I only buy what I really need. There were spice/ meal mixes from Maggi for 50 cents but many were not even worth 50 cents to me. I can make that from scratch using the spices that I already have. I send in my receipt to claim the discounts two days ago and got my money back today.

- We are having builders of all sorts over to get quotations for three different projects. Fingers crossed our estimates are in the good direction. Maybe I'll try to persuade husband to replace the toilet ourselves, it will be cheaper and quicker. So I actually hope the plumber that came today to look at our toilet will ask a rude amount of money /so.
 Husband is preparing and repairing the windows that needed a new coat of paint before autumn. The new color will look so good.
I transfer as much money as I can to our rebuilding fund and it's not doing bad. I try to only pay the big bills from fund, trips to the hardware stores etc from our monthly expense account.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11748 on: June 28, 2018, 12:48:12 PM »
Soup.

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« Reply #11749 on: June 28, 2018, 01:14:30 PM »
Walked to and from work today.

I registered for an event, but I am not joining the dinners and the hotel nights. I will stay at the local campsite and make my own food. The campsite is 5 km from the hotel where the event is at day time. That is an hour walking and there is a buss as well.