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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1600 on: September 18, 2019, 12:02:54 AM »
A beautiful sunrise exactly while I'm having breakfast and can look at it. It is only two periods a year that sun rise matches my get up times on working days.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1601 on: September 18, 2019, 07:11:47 PM »
Fresh basil from our garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1602 on: September 18, 2019, 07:22:07 PM »
$100 outdoor solar shower from Amazon. Definitely had more than $100 worth of warm showers this summer :)

Can you share a link to the one you bought? Would love to learn more about this.

A cheap thing I love is resuscitating houseplants that other people gave up on. Currently gazing at a rubber plant and a draecena that were very unhappy when I met them and are currently putting out all kinds of new shoots.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1603 on: September 20, 2019, 01:02:03 PM »
The first cool day after the summer heat breaks. Sometimes it is just a tease with many hot days left. Sometimes not. Rode my bike 10 miles at lunch time today.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1604 on: September 21, 2019, 11:26:00 AM »
Getting my use out of my Annual National Parks Pass. $80 gets you 13* months(*We got at the beginning of February 2019, and it's good through the end of February 2020). Carlsbad caverns was $30 each($60 total), we have also done Crater Lake($25), Craters of The Moon($20), Arches($30), and Grand Canyon-north rim($30). The pass been worth it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1605 on: September 21, 2019, 04:44:54 PM »
Watching my 4 year old son play with his cousin who is 2. Last night, we went to the library book sale & he selected a book to give to his 2 year old cousin & newborn cousin. He's the oldest of all of the grandchildren on both sides of the family & he's so delighted to play with all of his cousins, boys & girls. It makes my heart happy to see cousin bonding. We also received a very positive report from school yesterday & he loves his teachers at (free, full day, public) preschool. They are so good with him.

Giving away our crib, which we purchased used but nearly unused from a family friend. The couple is unexpectedly pregnant with #2 & the baby is due on my son's 5th birthday. Happy to pass along the crib to a family in need.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1606 on: September 22, 2019, 03:44:07 AM »
Pumpkin spice muffins with homemade cream cheese frosting on a cold, blustery, drizzly day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1607 on: September 22, 2019, 07:39:31 AM »
Double glazed windows that shut out the sound of the neighbour's kids screeching.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1608 on: September 22, 2019, 08:55:34 AM »
Sitting out on the deck to enjoy quiet rainy mornings with a home brewed coffee before anyone else has woken up.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1609 on: September 22, 2019, 03:50:03 PM »
Hopefully, our new fridge. Old one from 2001 bit it. Spent hours searching online, went a few places, realized that legitimately the best fridge out there for us was a $350 one from sears. Usual price $700, but it is from 2017, so discounted.

In the meantime, the 10 yo dorm fridge I bought off craigslist for 50 bucks (was using in my office) has come in handy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1610 on: September 22, 2019, 07:10:58 PM »
Made vegan chickpea salad at home!
Here's the link for the recipe https://vegan.org/chickpea-salad-sandwich/

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1611 on: September 22, 2019, 08:21:02 PM »
Going for a walk in the evening with my 12 y.o son, when the temperature is just right. Not too hot, not too cold. Seeing lots of neighbors, tossing the volleyball, chatting about life.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1612 on: September 23, 2019, 05:21:53 AM »
Nice hot shower.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1613 on: September 23, 2019, 11:14:22 AM »
Sitting on a warm beach until the sun sets.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1614 on: September 23, 2019, 02:45:08 PM »
Soup season!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1615 on: October 09, 2019, 01:37:37 AM »
$100 outdoor solar shower from Amazon. Definitely had more than $100 worth of warm showers this summer :)

Can you share a link to the one you bought? Would love to learn more about this.


Bump! I'm curious too. TIA

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1616 on: October 09, 2019, 08:47:02 AM »
I saved a bee yesterday.  It had flown into the pool and was floundering around.  I scooped it up and put it on the side, and after it dried off it flew away.  Made me happy.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1618 on: October 10, 2019, 08:20:51 AM »
Cooler weather for big bike rides.

Crunch of dry leaves under foot.

Seeing our dog this afternoon after a tough week at the vet's. That isn't cheap but dog affection will be nice.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1619 on: October 11, 2019, 05:42:01 AM »
Seeing a squirrel hanging by it's hind legs from a branch, eating from the bird feeder.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1620 on: October 12, 2019, 07:46:54 AM »
When my alma mater college football game is being televised on one of the mainstream TV channels, so I can see it at home (for free, sort of) instead of going out to a bar to see it, which is what I have to do if it is being shown on a 'premier' channel like ESPN, which I don't subscribe to.   

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1621 on: October 12, 2019, 09:59:03 AM »
Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a free thing that makes me so so happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1622 on: October 15, 2019, 03:45:40 AM »
Playing table tennis, Sequence and kicking a ball around the garden with my teenage son over the weekend. I am so grateful he still sometimes wants to hang out with his old mum.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1623 on: October 15, 2019, 07:30:53 AM »
If you take some pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joe's and put a little almond milk (either regular or TJ's pumpkin spice almond milk) in it, you get a homemade pumpkin spice latte-ish drink that I find WAY WAY tastier than any PSL that I have bought from Starbucks or another coffee shop. Much less sweet, and since it's homemade I can have one every day if I want without cringing at the price!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1624 on: October 17, 2019, 03:36:52 AM »
Piece and Quiet in a comfortable chair with something good to drink and a great view preferable of water and nature not the ocean so much but inland lake.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1626 on: October 18, 2019, 12:27:34 PM »
The Budget Bytes website!  The recipes are all so good and so cheap.  It's become my go-to for when I want to find something tasty and new to add to my dinner menu rotation.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1627 on: October 18, 2019, 06:10:57 PM »
The Budget Bytes website!  The recipes are all so good and so cheap.  It's become my go-to for when I want to find something tasty and new to add to my dinner menu rotation.

Seconded! It's such a good resource. I don't think we've found a recipe that we didn't like.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1629 on: October 20, 2019, 03:36:59 PM »
Warm sunny weather, an evening glass of very decent rosť ($6.99 at Costco) on the patio, and the loud and impassioned conversation I just witnessed between two squirrels on the back fence.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1630 on: October 20, 2019, 04:08:31 PM »
Walking in our woods with my husband. Sassafras and hickory, oak and mountain laurel. Also found a black walnut after a decade of looking on our property.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1631 on: October 20, 2019, 06:10:58 PM »
I just made pie crust successfully for the first time in my adult life.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1632 on: October 20, 2019, 09:44:37 PM »
* It's Santa Ana winds season in Southern California  -- dry and hot during the day with an Indian summer energy, but at night it's positively magical and you want to live outside forever.

* Breastfeeding a hungry baby to sleep is a treat

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1633 on: October 26, 2019, 09:22:36 AM »
The hour after cleaning up a part of the home.  Today I cleared out the mess of cables under my computer desk, and the floor is now totally free from loose cables - future cleaning will be much easier (until entropy hits again).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1634 on: October 26, 2019, 09:54:04 AM »
Sitting out on the deck, in perfect upper 60s fall weather. The leaves going from green to golden. We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but I have a lot of grading to do, but Iím enjoying this compromise. At least Iím outside.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1635 on: October 26, 2019, 11:14:00 AM »
We are preparing our home for public viewing for sales tomorrow.
Today we did a lot and the rest is just last minute stuff that we can do tomorrow. So today we had time for a walk outside. We saw a half modern and a bitt older water turbine beside the dam that is renewed. And saw a surprisingly old tree.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1637 on: October 28, 2019, 10:10:44 AM »
Watching the snow from our kitchen/dining room windows while drinking another cup of Starbucks coffee and just relaxing.  I only have one client this afternoon....perfect Monday!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1638 on: October 28, 2019, 10:28:43 AM »
1.Repairing two of my reusable cloth bags clumsy stitching but it is done.
2.Helping to get our team coordinated at second job to get orders out during a rush of customers..

And finally getting around to giving you all the backstory about the customer who got thrown out and banned earlier:
He was a homeless guy that's no sin and most who come in order something small and are quiet and generally well behaved.  But this one was obnoxious.  He'd place orders then constantly backtrack to match the actual money in hand holding up the line.  He'd also openly panhandle in line if he was short of cash.  This is not allowed inside the store if we catch you you can be asked to leave.  Outside it doesn't matter.  He was also very rude to us cashiers and the managers.  That particular day he came in ordering milkshake after milkshake yet also complaining milk upset his stomach.  He got so rude and abusive the manager put him out then banned him on the spot.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1639 on: October 28, 2019, 10:46:44 AM »
If I buy and use that shower, how long will it take for my body to look like that? It's the shower that does that, right?

If I use that shower and start to look like that my DW (and everyone else) might have some questions...

Went kayaking with a friend, their daughter and our kids. Waded in the chilly creek water, colors everywhere, nice warm breeze, birds, we all giggled watching one of the kids learn to keep their white water kayak tracking straight on the still waters. It frequently wanted to spin on the return trip.

Enjoyed the fall rains this past weekend. Mostly light and steady. Listening to the rain landing and dripping here and there.

Cleaned out the garage with our kids. Chores can be satisfying and free! We had fun together. Just made more organized and efficient use of the space.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1640 on: October 29, 2019, 02:46:40 AM »
Watching the snow from our kitchen/dining room windows while drinking another cup of Starbucks coffee and just relaxing.  I only have one client this afternoon....perfect Monday!

@citrine And the big question is: why do you drink spendypants Starbucks coffee in your own kitchen, where you probably have your own coffee maker?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1641 on: October 29, 2019, 02:54:27 AM »
The Budget Bytes website!  The recipes are all so good and so cheap.  It's become my go-to for when I want to find something tasty and new to add to my dinner menu rotation.

Seconded! It's such a good resource. I don't think we've found a recipe that we didn't like.

I made a salad with kale and apple:
https://www.budgetbytes.com/autumn-kale-and-apple-salad/

It tasted okay, but DH ended up upsetting his stomach/intestines. Maybe because of the kale being eaten raw? The kale I used was in a pack, marked as "washed, ready to eat", so I didn't wash them. Maybe is wasn't washed well enough? My sensitive bowels were fine. The cheese I used was still fresh, as we have eaten it later without trouble.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1642 on: October 29, 2019, 05:02:52 AM »
Homemade masala chai latte. The spices (specifically cardamom and cloves) were notoriously hard to find in China, but I found it in a hole-in-the-wall shop, and now I have several monthsí worth of chai spices in my cupboard.

And itís much cheaper than the $8 per cup chai latte at the local coffee shop.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1643 on: October 29, 2019, 07:20:55 AM »
Watching the snow from our kitchen/dining room windows while drinking another cup of Starbucks coffee and just relaxing.  I only have one client this afternoon....perfect Monday!

@citrine And the big question is: why do you drink spendypants Starbucks coffee in your own kitchen, where you probably have your own coffee maker?

Starbucks brand beans are widely available for purchase in most grocery stores here.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1644 on: October 29, 2019, 03:01:15 PM »
Reclining in my deckchair in the shade, reading, with my 2 dogs next to me while the rest of the neighbourhood is at work and all I can hear are birds.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1645 on: October 31, 2019, 08:21:02 PM »
The king-size (aka 4-pack) package of Reese's peanut butter cups that I split with my husband after dinner. Those were always the holy grail of trick-or-treating when I was little, so they made tonight a bit festive.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1646 on: November 01, 2019, 08:23:52 AM »
Financial stability mostly because we haven't really built up a savings yet (having all the bills paid on time is the greatest stress relief).
Also creating. I love putting a lot of work into sewing or painting something in a notebook, and being able to see the end result.
On a very related note, seeing self-improvement. I can put two things I've made together and see a definite change, and that's awesome.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1647 on: November 01, 2019, 08:25:30 AM »
There's nothing in the world better than putting a new set of strings on an acoustic guitar and banging out some open chords.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1648 on: November 01, 2019, 09:48:24 AM »
We found out that there is a much simpler and cheaper solution for a problem that either the new owner of our house gets, or we get, if we don't get sold because of this issue.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1649 on: November 02, 2019, 06:37:34 AM »
Fall chores -- raking leaves, cleaning up the garden, laying in farm supplies like straw, mulching, and generally battening down the hatches for winter.  Fall is a beautiful time to be outside, and the chores feel so productive and good.