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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12950 on: April 27, 2019, 05:38:41 PM »
Just finished washing 4 stinky horse blankets with the pressure washer.  Since they are too big and yucky to fit in most home washers, everyone at my barn sends them out for laundering at about $15-20 apiece.  Since I have three horses with multiple blankets each, that would get pricey fast.

This morning I transplanted a bunch of cabbage, Brussels sprout and leek plants that should be good eating in a few months.


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« Reply #12951 on: April 27, 2019, 09:16:58 PM »
We had two cups of cranberry sauce left from Easter and didnít want to freeze it (had already been thawed from Thanksgiving leftovers) or waste it (the horror!). My husband found a muffin recipe and we now have two dozen tasty muffins!

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« Reply #12952 on: April 27, 2019, 10:04:08 PM »
Did my own yard work again today, saving $20 versus having it done.

Reel mower front and back, some weeding, spread two buckets of worm compost under our cherry tree, spread mulch under the sycamore, lots of composting. Needed to clear out a planted area so that I could block it off so critters didnít get under the house. Used the pulled greens as ďchop and dropĒ mulch for our new berry bed.


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« Reply #12953 on: April 28, 2019, 11:38:48 AM »
Shuffled our plans so only one parent had to pay for parking admission at a soccer tournament. We'd planned to divide & conquer, but the parking is pricey over the course of the weekend, so it made more sense to shuffle other chores & have one parent cover all of the games.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12954 on: April 28, 2019, 12:40:56 PM »
I wanted to order a new tool, to distract roots of weeds out of the ground. DH remembered that he had an old wood working tool that I could use for that purpose. Therefore I used the old tool and didn't order anything new.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12955 on: April 28, 2019, 01:37:00 PM »
The season has started for edible plants to start growing. Last week I collected wild garlic. Yesterday I picked a bunch of Matteuccia struthiopteris, enough as vegetables for 6 two-person meals. I will soon go out to look for other plants that I'm familiar with. I am in the process of learning.

Matteuccia Struthiopteris is one of a number of ferns whose edible parts are called ďfiddleheadsĒ here.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12956 on: April 28, 2019, 02:48:55 PM »
Spent the day at home, ate some food that we already had, baked banana bread and froze it so I didn't have to waste the bananas. Spent some time sewing and planned a sewing weekend with a friend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12957 on: April 28, 2019, 08:07:47 PM »
While I was waiting to have my vision checked, I used the shop's WiFi to download a voucher for a free vision check. Saved $25. I need fancy varifocals, so the shop will still get plenty of money from me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12958 on: April 29, 2019, 07:24:37 AM »
Shuffled our plans so only one parent had to pay for parking admission at a soccer tournament. We'd planned to divide & conquer, but the parking is pricey over the course of the weekend, so it made more sense to shuffle other chores & have one parent cover all of the games.

The best laid plans & all of that... both kids made it unexpectedly to the finals that happened into the evening, so we did end up paying for two people to attend. That said, we rushed home between games to eat at home, and didn't buy any of the tournament swag. No meals out, despite 8 soccer games over the weekend. Hurrah!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12959 on: April 29, 2019, 07:39:17 AM »
I spent $20 and 1/2 tank of gas on a weekend mini-vacation.

We went camping, at a state park where members of our astronomy club are allowed to camp free because we do public stargazing events there in the summer.

I packed and brought all food and snacks from our regular pantry stores, so no extra grocery $$ spent.

We went to a free member dig at a fossil site near the campground. Boy2 received a family membership to the site from a family member for his birthday. We brought home 18 fossils, so didn't even need to consider souvenirs from the gift shop.

I was tempted to go across the street and buy a coffee since the digging was a bit chilly. Instead, I busted out the camp stove from the trunk and made my own damn coffee for free :)

We made the happy discovery that Eastern WA also has a ferry system when we took a round about way home to avoid a snowstorm in the mountains. The car ferry across the Columbia river was free (and so small and cute compared to the ferries that cruise across Puget sound), so it was a lovely way to end a small weekend adventure.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12960 on: April 29, 2019, 09:04:34 AM »
I made extra sausages & buscuits.  Throw them in some baggies in the freezer.  Take them to work on my way out the door.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12961 on: April 30, 2019, 01:55:10 PM »
-Meals at home, no eating out
-Charged electric car for free at work
-Turned on our heat for the first time in 9ish months today. It got down to 63 in the house, and that's where I drew the line. I'd been holding out & bundling up at 65, but 63 was just too much.

My new cold threshold is 60.  It's the summer that I have issues with.  It's hard for me to be inside a house that's above 75 unless a fan is blowing on me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12962 on: April 30, 2019, 02:22:41 PM »
Did a big one today. Had a supplemental life insurance policy. Turns out the price was lousy compared to other coverage. Worse, it went up in price and I hadnít noticed. Today I decided to let it lapse. Should have done it years ago. Better late than never.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12963 on: April 30, 2019, 06:58:35 PM »
Back to the MMM forum after a bit of a hiatus...and needing the motivation to avoid the spending traps badly!
We moved, and moved again, and met new people and got involved with new friend groups, and found ourselves S-P-E-N-D-I-N-G!


Reeling it back in....

- Needed a bike for this spring and summer.  Was looking at buying something decent used, but as I brought the dogs in from our morning walk yesterday, I saw a bike sitting by the dumpster.  Some beat up furniture was there too from a resident that moved out over the weekend.  I waited an hour or so to make sure it was actually for the dumpster, and then had to run down and save it before it got hauled away by the pickers heading down our alley!  With a handlebar adjustment, it is just the right size and the brakes work great.  I'll test it around for a bit and see how the gears work, but I may have snagged myself a completely free bike!

- It's my husband's birthday this coming week.  Our more spendy friends wanted to go all out, but I've planned several activities that will be reasonably priced, will allow everyone to be involved, and will make him very happy.  We are joining a couple friends for an escape room (hubby loves them!) using a coupon she got for 40% off!  Meeting several friends with kids for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon at our favorite ice cream place, and will hit up his favorite arcade/bar with cheap pizza by the slice and 20 cent tokens with our childless friends.  30.00 will feed us and entertain both of us for the night and it was an activity he had also been wanting to go do.  Basically our entertainment budget for the month revolves around him...but i'm A-OK with it :D

- Moving apartments in a few weeks.  Have been collecting free boxes and working our way through the misc foods that are sitting in the back of the cupboard/freezer.  Made a new fish sandwich recipe tonight with fish bought months ago, and chopped up leftover cabbage, carrots and radishes for a simple side slaw. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12964 on: April 30, 2019, 07:20:58 PM »
The rubber sole of one of my sneakers had started to separate, and I was worried I'd have to buy new ones soon.  I had the idea to superglue the bits back down, so it shouldn't get any worse and will last a bit longer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12965 on: May 01, 2019, 09:47:15 AM »
i'm going on a pot luck trip and i told them i will bring some awesome foodstuffs. it happens to be what i have at home in bulk

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12966 on: May 01, 2019, 07:50:56 PM »
Eating yesterdays sandwiches as yesterdays free morning tea at work became lunch as well as there were left-overs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12967 on: May 01, 2019, 10:06:08 PM »
The other day I bought chocolate bars that had a coupon for $1/off each when buying 5 or more.  The coupon didn't load to my app, and I didn't notice until I walked out of the store.  Went back today to get it corrected.  The person at customer service said there was a computer glitch so I was getting $10 back instead of 5.  So I got my fancy $3/apiece chocolate bars for .69c.

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« Reply #12968 on: May 03, 2019, 03:41:43 AM »
I was thinking of buying bun pins then remembered I still have a stash at my parents' house from my ballet days.

Pretty sure my urge for new bobby pins can wait a few weeks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12969 on: May 03, 2019, 05:05:14 AM »
Bought no snacks or beverages yesterday while traveling for work.  Brought snacks from home.  Made tea in my flask for a cuppa in the afternoon and took a full thermos for the ride home on the train.

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« Reply #12970 on: May 03, 2019, 05:37:30 AM »
Said "yes" when my friend asked me if I'd like a few bags of outgrown kid clothes for my younger daughter even though she has millions of (hand me down) clothes already.  Turns out that the bags contained clothes in the next size up that we can use next year including a bunch of nice one piece swimsuits.  I was planning to buy her a one piece for swim lessons but this will do the job nicely.  Also some  sneakers in the next size up.

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« Reply #12971 on: May 03, 2019, 12:19:13 PM »
Earlier this week:
~Saved .10 a gallon at the pump by using my grocery value card
~Brought food from the office to eat on the road vs buying lunch
~Compiled the following errands on one day since I was going to be in town for niece2's school ceremony
~Saved at the dentist and eye doctor thanks to DH's insurance
~Didn't buy the transition lenses though I really wanted to!  Saved $348
~Thanks to their inefficient customer service and computer system, saved $500+ by not buying a dishwasher at Lowe's
~Bought a new humidifier which apparently doesn't use filters = savings in future
~Since I was already in town, bought and gave mom and sis flowers for an early Mother's Day
~I did buy dinner since I was in town for so long, but it was enough for leftovers

Last week at work meetings:
~Didn't gamble, despite the fact the meetings were held at a casino hotel
~Ate free food offered at breakfast, lunch, dinners and cocktail hour (though I tipped heavily, of course)
~Brought snacks and beverages from home for the hotel room (yay mini fridges!)
~Bought only 1 cocktail and one coffee the entire time
~Bought a sandwich at a deli on the drive home, and it was large enough for 2 meals
~Gleaned travel size sani-wipes and tissue pack from the vendor night for an upcoming trip

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12972 on: May 03, 2019, 09:54:53 PM »
Teleworked this morning instead of driving to the office (yesterday too).

Got a call from the feed store that the feed I'd ordered on raincheck had come in.  Happened to be just before I was going out to a friend's barn nearby.  Went by and picked up the 3 bags of feed @ $9 less per bag than the store near my office.  Paid with a gift card I purchased at the grocery store (hello fuel points and 6% cash back).

Spent the afternoon digging out the rock mulch and soil that was all churned together due to gopher activity in the front yard last summer.  Built a soil sieve out of scrap material and sieved out the rock mulch to spread back out.

Cleaned more horse blankets with the pressure washer.

Redeemed $20 cash back on my Discover card.

Put my seedlings outside for some free sunlight and shut off the grow lights for most of the day.

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« Reply #12973 on: May 03, 2019, 11:12:18 PM »
Two examples of shop your wardrobe/shop your home before buying something new.

I went through my wardrobe picking out things to list on eBay, and found a pair of black pants a friend had given me a couple of years ago.

I only kept them to list on eBay, as they fit but didn't look any good.

Amazing what losing a bit of weight can do. Free work pants!

Then my mum called me and asked me to order her a sugar-free recipe book.

"Remember that box of recipe books I gave you for the CWA stall? Pretty sure there is a sugar-free recipe book in that."

"So there is!"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12974 on: May 04, 2019, 12:13:05 AM »
Drove to my ISP's local office where they do customer support. Canceled internet under husband's name and handed them their modem back. Immediately after set up internet under my name. They handed me a brand new modem. Internet was only down for the time it took us to drive there, talk to them, and for hubby to set up the new modem (less than 1 hour). Internet is $20/month cheaper than it was about to be soon, as our old account was about to go up in price and we got a new "introductory" offer good for a year.

Last year we didn't do this. We just called the ISP and haggled them down. The amount was more than the introductory price but less than the amount they wanted to raise it to. It was a huge hassle and required several phone calls. The local visit and swapping who the internet was billed under was quick and painless. Calling would've required paying for a technician to come visit, but the office could give us a self-install kit, which was free. Gonna do this once a year now, just swapping back and forth whose name the internet is under.

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« Reply #12975 on: May 04, 2019, 05:24:44 AM »
Had leftover restaurant food for breakfast. After breakfast I fixed 2 hoodies that belong to my s/o - one hole and three pockets that were ripped. We had a big breakfast so I don't need lunch. Will hopefully save some more money this afternoon :)

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« Reply #12976 on: May 04, 2019, 06:20:32 AM »
Drove to my ISP's local office where they do customer support. Canceled internet under husband's name and handed them their modem back. Immediately after set up internet under my name. They handed me a brand new modem. Internet was only down for the time it took us to drive there, talk to them, and for hubby to set up the new modem (less than 1 hour). Internet is $20/month cheaper than it was about to be soon, as our old account was about to go up in price and we got a new "introductory" offer good for a year.

Last year we didn't do this. We just called the ISP and haggled them down. The amount was more than the introductory price but less than the amount they wanted to raise it to. It was a huge hassle and required several phone calls. The local visit and swapping who the internet was billed under was quick and painless. Calling would've required paying for a technician to come visit, but the office could give us a self-install kit, which was free. Gonna do this once a year now, just swapping back and forth whose name the internet is under.

I just haggled with my cable company too and finally got a 'deal' for a year. Why are these companies allowed to gouge the public this way? Why don't they charge a flat amount that stays the same unless they have a 'normal' rate hike or you choose to add or drop service? What if the electric company did this or heating oil or garbage pick up service? What if you had to call these people constantly to get a deal for a year! It makes no sense to me and I despise it! If I wasn't addicted to my computer and tv I would drop them so fast!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12977 on: May 04, 2019, 09:01:42 AM »
I took an old pair of jeans apart and used the fabric to sew an apron.

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« Reply #12978 on: May 04, 2019, 10:03:09 AM »
Cute idea, Imma:) ^^^

1. Used an old gift card I received two Christmases ago and bought new living room curtains - price - FREE:)
Noteworthy, since it from a real gift I received and returned - something that takes extra effort when there is so much to do during and after the holidays.

2. Made a big batch of Chicken Paprikash for us and some for my son to take back with him on the road; so he can enjoy some home cooking (he's a long haul truck driver).
It was nice to not have to cook for two days and send Mr. R. off with a good lunch too.

3. Harvested about ten peppers and some of the tomatoes and parsley from the garden for that dish. Tomorrow I will harvest the second batch of peppers to cut up and freeze.

We are enjoying a bumper crop of six different kinds of peppers:).
I'll also use some in our omelet along with other herbs from the garden for brunch and make a nice salad from lettuce and tomatoes from the garden.
Mr. R. is loving the grape tomatoes to munch on for lunch and I'm still waiting for the Roma tomatoes to make sauces, etc.

Oh, and the fresh mint made the batch of Mojitos we made for the garden party extra special:)

4. My son helped out with some garden and house projects saving me both money and time.

5. Continuing to line dry which is better for your clothes, saves a bit of electricity and gets me out into the fresh air, bending and lifting - good exercise for an old lady:).

6. Researched a couple of kitchen problems for a potential DIY.

7. This week I will touch up, sand and re-paint some of the kitchen cabinets. Not entirely looking forward to that, since it is oil paint and painting is not exactly my forte.

8. Not willing to pay for a $600 medication that my insurance might not pay for, Myrbetriq - we'll see, I may try to do without, so far I've had free samples from my doctor's office and it is helping - the other meds did not work at all.
I wonder if I could get them online for a better price - no idea how to go about that since I usually get my meds from Walgreens.

9. Monday I'll have to call my insurance to find out why my blood pressure medication is suddenly a co-pay of $44 when it was a co-pay of $17 - with no change in the price of the medication, Telmisartan.
It is times like these I wish I lived back in Europe.

10. Currently shopping for a new mattress - will stop by one more local place to see if they have a better price than what I've found so far, $589 for a Serta.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12979 on: May 04, 2019, 11:45:18 AM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron

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« Reply #12980 on: May 04, 2019, 02:17:14 PM »
-Arranged for a carpool for one kid to a soccer game this morning. I'll return the favor tomorrow
-Ran to work to pick up my car (9 miles), as I left it there after a work event yesterday. Combining my workout + no cost
-Made lunch out of the freezer (leftover chicken my dad made a few weeks ago, & wontons). Kids are eating freezer meatballs + pasta. I was tempted to eat out after the 9 miles, but convinced myself that I could quickly make lunch.
-Enchiladas from, you guessed it, the freezer, for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12981 on: May 04, 2019, 06:23:10 PM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron

Thanks:), @Rural - looks like $388 a month instead of $600 - very helpful. I probably will not qualify for the mfg program, but I'll check into it anyway.
There is still hope that my insurance may cover it - they requested more info from the dr. office.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12982 on: May 04, 2019, 06:29:03 PM »
@Rosy you can check the drug manufacturer's patient assistance site to see if you qualify for help with the Myrbetriq.
http://www.astellaspharmasupportsolutions.com/


You can also get it for less than $600, though it looks like prices are obscene no matter what. GoodRx lists the cost by pharmacy and has coupons:
https://www.goodrx.com/mirabegron


Fingers crossed on the insurance company, then.

Thanks:), @Rural - looks like $388 a month instead of $600 - very helpful. I probably will not qualify for the mfg program, but I'll check into it anyway.
There is still hope that my insurance may cover it - they requested more info from the dr. office.

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« Reply #12983 on: May 04, 2019, 09:59:12 PM »
A close friend mentioned what her daughter would like for her birthday, and when I started looking into it the cheapest I could get it was $40 + $10 postage. So I thought, well I could get her Christmas present (a variation on the same thing) at the same time, so I don't have to pay double postage.

(It's quite a specific thing, so I'm being deliberately vague.)

Then I realised I was being ridiculous - $90 on an eight-year-old (who has a brother). This is more than I would usually spend on her, especially since her birthday usually involves a dinner out.

I had a look around online and found a similar thing I can get her for about half the price.

It's still what she wants, it's just not the premium option that her mum mentioned, but she will still like it. And she's the type of kid who is thrilled when I visit and play a board game!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12984 on: May 05, 2019, 04:42:20 AM »
Went on a hike without driving anywhere.

Yesterday I sold a frame for a painting, bought about 10 years ago and still in the original plastic wrapping. Had to drive to the train station to meet the buyer. He gave me 8 $ extra for the driving.

This week I have been drinking tea from herbs that I picked and dried.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12985 on: May 05, 2019, 07:30:19 AM »

-checked out a kill-a-watt from the library to look for electricity vampires
-great weather weekend here so no central air needed
-hung up more clothes to dry on racks, used less of the dryer and using dryer balls to cut that time down

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« Reply #12986 on: May 05, 2019, 07:35:44 AM »
My husband made his own pomade! And it went well, so this has also given him the confidence to try and make his own beard balm next. The only extra ingredients we needed to buy were the same price as just buying one container of the pomade, and the supplies we bought should make about 10 containers. ($10s of the ingredients being the 'limiting reagent', while the others should last longer). While it's not an insane budget item- he probably replaced these two every 3 months or so- that's still the equivalent monthly cost of a streaming service. So not nothing!

I *actually* did in store returns. This will sound stupid, but for a lot of years I was disorganized enough that if I bought something online and it didn't fit... well, there weren't great odds of it getting returned anyway. I rarely online shopped clothes, knowing this about myself. But for maternity clothing, you pretty much HAVE to shop online. (Or go to insanely expensive stores like Motherhood Maternity, and those are all a bit of a drive for me). So I promised myself with these online purchases, after try on I would actually do the returns. And I did! So that was $50 worth of clothing that I'll be refunded for. (Mat jeans + mat shorts that didn't fit).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12987 on: May 05, 2019, 09:09:15 AM »
My husband made his own pomade! And it went well, so this has also given him the confidence to try and make his own beard balm next. The only extra ingredients we needed to buy were the same price as just buying one container of the pomade, and the supplies we bought should make about 10 containers. ($10s of the ingredients being the 'limiting reagent', while the others should last longer). While it's not an insane budget item- he probably replaced these two every 3 months or so- that's still the equivalent monthly cost of a streaming service. So not nothing!

That is pretty cool!  I might look into something similar when my stash of hair products is gone.  I'll be it will use less packaging in the long run too.  Beauty products tend to have so much packaging for the amount of product.

I'm a hand lotion junkie, so I tend to buy travel-sized lotions a lot, but switched to reusing a little plastic pot and filling it with pure shea butter.  One of these days I might get around to putting some essential oil in it for scent, but maybe not.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12988 on: May 05, 2019, 07:19:40 PM »
Drove to my ISP's local office where they do customer support. Canceled internet under husband's name and handed them their modem back. Immediately after set up internet under my name. They handed me a brand new modem. Internet was only down for the time it took us to drive there, talk to them, and for hubby to set up the new modem (less than 1 hour). Internet is $20/month cheaper than it was about to be soon, as our old account was about to go up in price and we got a new "introductory" offer good for a year.

Last year we didn't do this. We just called the ISP and haggled them down. The amount was more than the introductory price but less than the amount they wanted to raise it to. It was a huge hassle and required several phone calls. The local visit and swapping who the internet was billed under was quick and painless. Calling would've required paying for a technician to come visit, but the office could give us a self-install kit, which was free. Gonna do this once a year now, just swapping back and forth whose name the internet is under.

I just haggled with my cable company too and finally got a 'deal' for a year. Why are these companies allowed to gouge the public this way? Why don't they charge a flat amount that stays the same unless they have a 'normal' rate hike or you choose to add or drop service? What if the electric company did this or heating oil or garbage pick up service? What if you had to call these people constantly to get a deal for a year! It makes no sense to me and I despise it! If I wasn't addicted to my computer and tv I would drop them so fast!

No idea why they do that here in the US. I lived in Japan for a few years and my ISP there didn't do the raising prices nonsense. It was a flat rate exactly like you said. All customers paid that rate for that service, no matter if they were new customers or had been customers for years.

Internet service is pretty important to me too. I feel like it's about as important as water and electric nowadays. Why it isn't considered a utility boggles the mind.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12989 on: May 05, 2019, 07:42:31 PM »
Did a few small things and a big one

-made ice tea. I put in bottles and drink during the week.
-prepped lunches.

Big thing: got a refund on some clothes I bought and didnít fit. Another $110.


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« Reply #12990 on: May 05, 2019, 08:09:25 PM »
Got behind on posting, so here's a catchup:

Helped a friend move, which got me lunch and enough leftovers for tomorrow's lunch at work. It did cost some gas money, but a group of us helped so I got to catch up with a group of friends and get some exercise.

Made a big batch of something vaguely Mexican with pantry & freezer products. Some was eaten for dinner with greek yogurt topping instead of sour cream. No going to the store! I put some in the freezer and some in the fridge. I didn't have tortilla chips, so I cut up some tortillas and made some.

Didn't go farther than the mailbox on one of my days off. Stayed home and researched frugal craft ideas *cough* spent hours on Pinterest *cough*. Found a fun one involving melting carrier bags into a type of plastic fabric you can sew! Luminarias from tin cans with yard sale votives inside, and other crafty cheap recycling fun.

Found a really thoughtful, inexpensive gift for a friend's birthday at a locally owned shop. I love it when frugality and shopping local collide! It's also an inexpensive gift to mail.


Instead of putting items in my Amazon shopping cart, I've been adding them to my Wish List. I have a Life Event coming up that people will insist on getting gifts for, so I can direct them to my Wish List. Why YES, I DO want a 12-pack of the fancy schmancy toilet paper, thankyouverymuch! And craft supplies. And other non-traditional gifts that will get used.

@horsepoor, great idea about the travel shea butter, and I have the perfect container. Less plastic waste!



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12991 on: May 06, 2019, 01:10:26 AM »
I made jam from leftover plumps at work. I also cut up 5 leftover bananas and put them in the freezer, waiting for a good plan. Maybe milkshake would be good. Or ice cream.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12992 on: May 06, 2019, 05:25:51 AM »
Instead of buying new dandruff shampoo that doesnít really work, I am trying some home remedies first.  Tea tree oil epsom salt foot soak scrubbed into my scalp with shampoo, for example.  This morning I put off a haircut and I picked up a quarter in a parking lot.  Iíve decided to start actually picking up stray coins, as I didnít seem to notice them until now. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12993 on: May 06, 2019, 11:23:29 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12994 on: May 06, 2019, 11:32:07 AM »
Found a pair of old running shoes that I had left in my old closet at my dad's house.  They still fit, so now I will not need to buy new sneakers to replace my pair that is falling apart.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12995 on: May 06, 2019, 02:41:04 PM »
- lawn mower was running like crap so did DIY job (new plug, filter, oil, blade)  $25 instead of $50 service or $200 for a new mower

I am not a DIY person (yet !) so I was pretty proud of this.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12996 on: May 07, 2019, 03:44:42 AM »
- lawn mower was running like crap so did DIY job (new plug, filter, oil, blade)  $25 instead of $50 service or $200 for a new mower

I am not a DIY person (yet !) so I was pretty proud of this.

Well done, @Dare2Dream!

The first time I changed the light in my rangehood (a fiddly job), I texted my mate the electrician to tell him. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12997 on: May 07, 2019, 05:11:54 AM »
I made jam from leftover plumps at work. I also cut up 5 leftover bananas and put them in the freezer, waiting for a good plan. Maybe milkshake would be good. Or ice cream.
I'll bite. What are "plumps"?

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« Reply #12998 on: May 07, 2019, 05:31:16 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

Just a follow up.  I checked Poshmark and found a lightly used pair of the work shoes that I've been wearing for $45 with free shipping.  I'm pretty happy with myself.  Hopefully I can get another 15 years out of them.  I watched Mind Over Money the other day and have been thinking about his suggestion that we only "save" money if we put the money we'd have otherwise spent in a savings account.  I might have to start doing that. 

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« Reply #12999 on: May 07, 2019, 05:32:00 AM »
Fixed a pair of shoes instead of throwing them out.  I probably wouldn't have replaced them, but I do like them.  Bonus that they were free in the first place. 

I'd like to either fix or replace cheaply the pair of shoes that I've work to work every day for the last 16-ish years.  They're Doc Martens.  Apparently the new ones come in two flavors, made in England or made in Asia.  The ones still made in England are still good quality, but significantly more expensive than the ones made in Asia, that are reportedly subpar quality-wise.  The really Mustachian thing to do would be to just wear the steel toes that I was issued 5 years ago, but they are terribly uncomfortable and I don't regularly go anywhere that they are required.  So they live in my desk drawer.

For what it's worth, I haven't noticed a big difference in quality between older and newer pairs. But then I haven't had my newish pair for 16 years yet - no noticeable wear after 3 years though.

For work, I need to travel to the city my sibling lives in. Hadn't visited them in their new home yet, so I'm travelling after work today, will spend the evening there and go to the work appointment tomorrow. Work pays all my travel costs so I will go there for free. Saves me about Ä40.