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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #650 on: March 06, 2018, 11:55:19 AM »
Going for walks or rides on the trail behind our house.

Basmati rice cooked with a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of salt. I don't know why but it's SO good.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #651 on: March 06, 2018, 02:13:44 PM »
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This is also an option. :-)

I'm seriously contemplating a padlock, I want to keep these new. I don't know what goes through his noggin when he's using our other scissors around the house, but he feels the need to hide them. We can almost never find our "all purpose" scissors when we need them. It's like how I have a second set of cheap knives for him to use in the kitchen because he isn't allowed to use my Wusthof collection after I found them dirty and dull days after he used them. I'm very protective of my sharp things.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #652 on: March 06, 2018, 07:06:35 PM »
Bringing spaghetti souffle to work.  I made it on the weekend using a few eggs, some flour and some milk and butter.  Soooo good warmed up in the microwave.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #653 on: March 08, 2018, 01:52:31 AM »
Today at work we got the question whether anyone wanted to join a free first aid course after lunch. The course is organized by another division, but they have some places left for us to jump in. I volunteered and got accepted. I think this is a good personal skill to have. And I could use an update after my previous first aid course at the age of 10.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #654 on: March 10, 2018, 12:36:14 AM »
Chatting to neighbours while I garden by the footpath. I really like knowing most of the neighbourhood and counting a lot of them as good friends.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #655 on: March 10, 2018, 02:04:48 AM »
My Friday night swim - the quietest hour of the week usually.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #656 on: March 11, 2018, 05:22:20 PM »
I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.

I love learning that there are others who get a thrill from revving their sewing machines, and doubly so at the notion of melodic Swedish death metal! @ElizaStache, what's the band?

Yesterday I made a gardening apron out of an old curtain, and today I got to enjoy home made bread with home made wine - the luxury abounds!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #657 on: March 11, 2018, 05:26:49 PM »
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #658 on: March 12, 2018, 12:22:30 AM »
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.

My train of thought on reading this:

Ooh, I wonder if @HappierAtHome is back at work.
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First day back!


Hope it went well in addition to bus party. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #659 on: March 12, 2018, 03:47:01 AM »
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.

My train of thought on reading this:

Ooh, I wonder if @HappierAtHome is back at work.
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First day back!


Hope it went well in addition to bus party. :)

Thanks @mustachepungoeshere - it was an excellent first day back! :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #660 on: March 12, 2018, 04:42:07 AM »
Chopping vegetables with a freshly sharpened chef's knife.

Early morning toddler snuggles.

Coffee and toast from homemade bread, with Kerrygold butter and good local honey.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #661 on: March 12, 2018, 05:02:42 AM »
Homemade bread. So cheap and so delicious.

Eating a home-cooked meal that tastes as good as (or better than) a restaurant meal - this always make me happy because I feel pride in something I made, I save a bunch of money, and it tastes good!

I agree. Thereís  nothing better than homemade bread. Iíll add pizza dough to this list which is basically flat bread. I love the way a properly fermented and hydrated pizza dough looks and feels. Itís soft and supple like a floured butt cheek. The taste and consistency we get from our dough is better than any pizza shop within an hours drive. People have offered to pay us to make them pizza and deliver it to them. Yup, Iím totally bragging about my pizza skills.

Bread & dough = pure cheap happiness

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #662 on: March 12, 2018, 05:31:00 AM »
Received a message from my boyfriend that he would cook my favourite curry and special pasta on next Wednesday after a hard working day <3

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #663 on: March 12, 2018, 07:29:31 AM »
Early morning toddler snuggles.
^^ So much this.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #664 on: March 12, 2018, 08:37:04 AM »
Early morning toddler snuggles.
^^ So much this.

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Some people would say this is expensive, but I say: Maybe the toddler is expensive but once you've got 'em the snuggles are free!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #665 on: March 12, 2018, 10:50:04 AM »
I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.

I love learning that there are others who get a thrill from revving their sewing machines, and doubly so at the notion of melodic Swedish death metal! @ElizaStache, what's the band?

Yesterday I made a gardening apron out of an old curtain, and today I got to enjoy home made bread with home made wine - the luxury abounds!

@Sun Hat I was listening to Amon Amarth's album Fate of Norns and then went on to listen to Hypocrisy's album Virus. Metal and sewing go together very well for me.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #666 on: March 12, 2018, 11:29:13 AM »
Slow rains and sounds of wet tires on the pavement. Managed to do this myself - bike tires on a wet road, slow rain and nobody else around. Fenders are a good thing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #667 on: March 12, 2018, 12:57:06 PM »
Sharing my illegally scanned book in pdf form with a friend who also wanted the book and who was planning to maybe steal it from the library. At least I prevented a bigger crime...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #668 on: March 12, 2018, 01:15:32 PM »
I like collecting live audience recordings of my favorite bands.  The computer and internet access I have anyway, so it's cheap to hunt for recordings and download them.

Favorite artists are Prince, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Deerhoof, Mike Watt, and Zeppelin/Floyd of course. 

And the best part is I get to listen to them while I organise it all and make/find custom album art and such.  There's something about organizing stuff...
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #669 on: March 12, 2018, 03:37:28 PM »
Fresh air and sunshine on the trail with my dog.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #670 on: March 12, 2018, 05:50:10 PM »
Found and finally tried Wiley Wallaby red licorice at the dollar store (so a dollar for a bag). Oh, my god, where has this been all my life? I'll never be able to eat Twizzlers again.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #671 on: March 20, 2018, 06:39:52 AM »
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #672 on: March 20, 2018, 07:22:23 AM »
Pencils and notebooks. They aren't cheap compared to stuff you buy at Staples in bulk, but they're cheap in an absolute sense. Bonus: they also help me stay organized, which keeps the money coming in.

Also, coffee (Hairo V60!).
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #673 on: March 20, 2018, 08:45:15 PM »
 I just had a McDonald's ice cream cone for under a dollar a few days ago. I rarely get a sweet tooth, but for whatever crazy reason that just sounded awesome. God, don't judge me.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #674 on: March 21, 2018, 05:23:24 AM »
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.

I do this too, every day.  I roll out on it, but also turn it lengthwise and lie on it awhile with my arms flung out sideways.  Stretches out my shoulders, which get pulled forward from desk work.  That roller was one of my best purchases ever.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #675 on: March 21, 2018, 05:25:02 AM »
Vegemite toast.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #676 on: March 21, 2018, 09:20:00 AM »
Crocheting while cheaply streaming my favorite British tv shows.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #677 on: March 21, 2018, 02:08:53 PM »
Watching the ginormous storm roll in (we are in a very arid climate, so each precious drop of water is viewed with hungry anticipation). The leading edge of this storm is quite ominous.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #678 on: March 21, 2018, 05:11:40 PM »
Spreadsheets ;-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #679 on: March 21, 2018, 08:51:39 PM »
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.

I do this too, every day.  I roll out on it, but also turn it lengthwise and lie on it awhile with my arms flung out sideways.  Stretches out my shoulders, which get pulled forward from desk work.  That roller was one of my best purchases ever.

I find that i get the best chest/shoulder extension by running it so the majority of the length is under my shoulders & just lay there for a few deep breaths. i agree - it feels incredible.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #680 on: March 21, 2018, 09:12:54 PM »
Home made pasta.

Craving some right now. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #681 on: March 22, 2018, 06:09:59 AM »
Cheesy old-school horror movies, watched with family or friends.  We just watched "Salem's Lot" (miniseries version) last night.  Fun! 

 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #682 on: March 22, 2018, 08:03:32 AM »
Sawdust. Washing the family car by hand.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #683 on: March 22, 2018, 11:22:21 PM »
Homemade worm compost that looks like chocolate cake

The sound of rain on the roof of a parked car

Picking up trash and recyclable cans while out walking
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #684 on: March 22, 2018, 11:23:50 PM »
Receiving cute photos of my baby and husband hanging out together during my work day. I'm happy to be working, they're happy to be together, everyone wins!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #685 on: March 22, 2018, 11:24:21 PM »
Oh, and I cannot post this frequently enough: CHOCOLATE.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #686 on: March 23, 2018, 08:04:56 AM »
Oh, and I cannot post this frequently enough: CHOCOLATE.

Even better: free after eight mints at work, during a tea/coffee break at Friday 2pm.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #687 on: March 23, 2018, 08:06:51 AM »
Having a whole week off for Easter holiday the coming week. Staying at our own cabin with lots of snow and wildlife like moose.

Cabins are not cheap, but if you already own one, you'd better use it a lot so the fixed cost can be divided over more days.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #688 on: March 23, 2018, 08:28:38 AM »
Having a whole week off for Easter holiday the coming week. Staying at our own cabin with lots of snow and wildlife like moose.*

Cabins are not cheap, but if you already own one, you'd better use it a lot so the fixed cost can be divided over more days.
* I saw what you did there ;-). Hope you have a great week at your frugal-ish cabin!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #689 on: March 24, 2018, 07:36:59 PM »
Paying compliments to strangers.

Renewing my library books online.

The combo of chocolate and peanut butter.

Washing my hair.

A day nap.

Thrift store finds of things you kind of need - like my set of several tea cups for $5!! I have already used them to host one “high tea” which is much cheaper than going out for the high tea experience :)

Closet apps like “smart closet” (free) and “style book” (like $5).

Watching “the good wife” on Netflix (again).

Hugs from people I love.

Chats with old friends. Feeling KNOWN.

Candy crush.

Clean teeth feeling.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #690 on: March 24, 2018, 07:58:36 PM »
Freshly baked biscuits and a cup of tea.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #691 on: March 25, 2018, 06:51:52 AM »
Daffodils blooming in the median on my way to work.  They're just such happy flowers :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #692 on: March 25, 2018, 08:14:53 AM »
Watching my cat chase a ping pong ball all over the house.

I took him in after a neighbor abandoned him. Getting him healthy again is an ongoing journey, but seeing him doing regular "cat stuff" like chasing a ping pong ball or picking a favorite toy and carrying it around in his mouth, makes my heart smile! And all his toys were hand-me-downs from family members with cats!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #693 on: March 25, 2018, 07:39:02 PM »
-Watching my kids laugh & have fun at soccer
-A hot cup of tea, snuggled up on the sofa reading a book

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #694 on: March 26, 2018, 07:50:37 AM »
Freshly laundered sheets.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #695 on: March 26, 2018, 08:07:35 AM »
Our chocolate share among co-workers.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #696 on: March 26, 2018, 04:09:24 PM »
being able to walk down to my basement shelves and choose something yummy that I preserved from my garden.  Tomato soup tonight!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #697 on: March 27, 2018, 09:09:32 AM »
Pulling a large batch of frozen white bean and chicken chili from the freezer when I donít feel like cooking. Even better when thereís enough for dinner and lunches the next day.

Coming home from my morning gym routine to breakfast and coffee ready for me, made by the sweetest husband anyone could ever ask for

Finding expensive books available electronically via the library

Making meals for friends at their house instead of going out to dinner. Spend no money out and am not ever expected to clean up! (Though I do anyway)

Sparkling water with lime in it. Why is it so refreshing?


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #698 on: March 27, 2018, 11:19:24 PM »
Watching a great film on Netflix.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #699 on: March 28, 2018, 01:17:02 AM »
A morning walk with a friend as late summer slides gently into autumn. Trees beside the river are just starting to colour up, and the air is soft and warm, with rain on the way.