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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10100 on: November 07, 2017, 05:05:06 PM »
Tried making a pumpkin spice latte at home to avoid going to Tim Horton's and buying one. Not that great, let me tell you. Need to refine this more.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10101 on: November 07, 2017, 05:50:34 PM »
Every darned day, I resist walking to Starbucks and buying a hot cup of mint tea.



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« Reply #10102 on: November 08, 2017, 06:43:59 AM »
Almost ignored a spammy looking email this week, but realized it was from my insurance company, offering a $5 starbucks card for registering on their website. So I did it in less than 3 minutes, got my gift card and it is printed out and set aside for husband's stocking.

Hanging laundry today, telecommuting and keeping warm by the fireplace. Tons of leftovers in the fridge from an open house at my mom's business this past weekend. She sent home loads of cut veggies, cheese, breads, and dips. I made vegetable soup for dinner last night to use up a lot of the veggies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10103 on: November 08, 2017, 10:18:41 AM »
I have some errands to run after work, so I brought my meal to eat before heading out instead of getting fast food.

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« Reply #10104 on: November 08, 2017, 11:13:02 AM »
I've had a good couple of days:

-Eating breakfast, lunch & all snacks at work today
-Narrowly avoided a meal out last night, as we got home super late from kids soccer. I only avoided this by pre-prepping what I could in advance. Knowing that I had prepped fruit, veggies, set the table, etc meant I felt too guilty to bail & waste that effort by going to dinner.
-Charging my electric car for free at work
-Filled out power rebate for our electric car
-Consolidated old hotel points from a chain I never use for airline milesage. It wasn't a huge amount, but better than expiring.
-Converted mileage from last business trip to $280 worth of gift cards. (Best conversion is always a flight, but I don't use that airline for personal travel). Will use the gift cards for Christmas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10105 on: November 08, 2017, 01:21:00 PM »
Changed my 403(b) contribution--upped it by 2%.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10106 on: November 08, 2017, 09:04:25 PM »
Biked to work instead of paying for public transit.

Cooked at home. Again.

Turned the thermostat down. Settled in with a sweatshirt on and a cup of hot water with lemon.

Life is good.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10107 on: November 08, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
I was ready to give in and take a rideshare car home due to really overdoing it today (resulting in foot swelling and pain), but I ran into a friend who (through a truly unlikely series of events) had his car parked right outside the front door of the building we were in, and he gave me a ride to a subway station with an elevator, so I was able to go home on my transit pass with minimal pain. Savings of $20.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10108 on: November 09, 2017, 06:20:37 AM »
Yesterday - but biked to the pool hall where I play on a team. I ended up riding like 12 miles instead of 8 overall because my phone died and I only knew how to get there with a longer route. Yay for extra exercise?

My phone battery is complete crap. I've had it die literally within 15 minutes after having 100%. I was starting to consider a new phone because I thought it was software related and I'm tired of getting into these potentially dangerous situations without a phone. However, some people online have had luck with replacing the battery. Which is apparently only $10 online. $10 is much less than a new phone! I was fully ready to pay $50 if it meant the phone was as good as new.

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« Reply #10109 on: November 09, 2017, 02:14:12 PM »
Yesterday - but biked to the pool hall where I play on a team. I ended up riding like 12 miles instead of 8 overall because my phone died and I only knew how to get there with a longer route. Yay for extra exercise?

My phone battery is complete crap. I've had it die literally within 15 minutes after having 100%. I was starting to consider a new phone because I thought it was software related and I'm tired of getting into these potentially dangerous situations without a phone. However, some people online have had luck with replacing the battery. Which is apparently only $10 online. $10 is much less than a new phone! I was fully ready to pay $50 if it meant the phone was as good as new.

Yes, it is well worth investing in a new phone battery. DH's iphone4 had two new batteries during it's lifetime. My Samsung also has it's second.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10110 on: November 09, 2017, 02:47:34 PM »
Stayed inside today it gonna be a expensive day on Sat and my kids are out of school tomorrow already started some oven baked fries our local grocery has them for .98 for a 10 lb bag.  it my new fav recipe with paprika, cumin, S&P.  Also gonna make some bean and lentils meals this wknd!  Also worked out at home I've been fighting the urge to get a gym membership at golds.
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« Reply #10111 on: November 09, 2017, 03:07:12 PM »
Had to work from home this morning so I had time to wash and peg the sheets before heading into the office.


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« Reply #10112 on: November 09, 2017, 05:13:20 PM »
Had numerous errands to run so I tool the bicycle. Got a nice 30 mile ride in and avoided driving. I think I ate more though, so maybe a wash - except the environment didn't have to absorb my exhaust from burning gas.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10113 on: November 09, 2017, 06:46:28 PM »
Made beer bread to go with dinner. Used a very old can of beer that had been languishing in the garage.

Made braised sea scallops for dinner with a garlic-lemon-butter wine sauce; the garlic and lemons came from our own garden.
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« Reply #10114 on: November 09, 2017, 07:50:56 PM »
Neighbour asked if we could collect their mail while they were away for two weeks.

They gave us a bottle of wine as a thank you.

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« Reply #10115 on: November 09, 2017, 08:16:34 PM »
Today I decided to cancel my cable subscription and stop wasting money on channels I don't watch. Going to stream what I want and use an antenna for local channels.

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« Reply #10116 on: November 10, 2017, 06:09:08 AM »
My s/o had invited me out for dinner (which we don't do a lot) but as I had to work overtime last night, I was home pretty late and he made a big batch of chili instead. We have leftovers too.

On my way home from work yesterday I stopped by the grocery store and bought some pre-packed food and drinks as I had to go to court for work today. We didn't know about the court case until yesterday (which is why I worked late) and I didn't have time to prepare something in advance. At least this way I avoided having to grab food and drinks on the go which is way more expensive. I think I spent something like €3,50 for drinks and snacks for the whole day and I drank water from the free water cooler.

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« Reply #10117 on: November 10, 2017, 06:39:25 AM »
Yesterday I made a pot of venison soup.  It was last season's deer, so it needs to be used up.

Made $20 at plasma, which I use for buying treasures at thrift stores.  After that I thrifted for a few minutes, got $6 worth of stuff that I should be able to sell on Ebay for $90 or so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10118 on: November 10, 2017, 07:28:15 AM »
Neighbour asked if we could collect their mail while they were away for two weeks.

They gave us a bottle of wine as a thank you.

Must be in the water =) Our neighbor had knee surgery, and so my husband helped him move some heavy stuff and raked his leaves and took his bins out/then back in, and helped him tarp his truck for winter. Neighbor gave us whiskey. Then last night he was home alone bored and butchering the venison he got this year. We went over (sharing some of the whiskey he gave us) and went home with some great cuts- tenderloin and backstrap.

Making small amounts (vs saving): dog sitting again this weekend. Also posted about my experiences with it and shared my referral link to the website I use on facebook. A couple people expressed interest, so maybe I'll get amazon gift cards if they sign up and dog sit.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10119 on: November 10, 2017, 09:56:47 AM »
Situation: I have a Samsung Note 4 refusing to hold a charge and my wife has a failing LG G2.

Former Me: Pick up a couple of iPhone X's on a monthly payment plan.

Aspiring Mustachian Me: Purchased a $10 replacement battery for my Note 4 and am eying the Moto G5S Plus for my wife. It's hovering around $250 on Amazon but I'll wait until Black Friday to see if I can get a better deal.
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« Reply #10120 on: November 10, 2017, 11:21:52 AM »
Buying group tickets for the train with strangers so it will cost me 14 euro rather than 50 to visit my parents over the weekend :)

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« Reply #10121 on: November 10, 2017, 04:08:11 PM »
-Received a $125 rebate for 5 minutes of work for a timed sprinkler system we were going to buy anyway
-While on rebate web site, discovered that our Nest thermostat (purchased earlier this year) also has a rebate. Fingers crossed we still qualify (it appears so), which is $50 for another 5 minutes of work
-Dropped off library books on the very last day, to avoid a fine
-Prepped food for tomorrow's soccer tournament, saving food & drink costs
-Drove my electric car for errands with the kiddos. Too far to bike.
-Ate a random assortment of freezer things I didn't really want for lunch today.

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« Reply #10122 on: November 11, 2017, 05:30:17 AM »
Was thinking about buying a down vest.  (We are in the middle of a crazy house renovation.  Place is torn apart and it's freaking cold in here.).  On a whim I tried on my 11 year old son's down vest (thrift store purchase) which he rarely wears. It is a little short in the torso but otherwise fits perfectly.   He told me I could have it, and I've been wearing it as an extra layer under sweaters.  Avoided buying an expensive item and repurposed what we have. Score!

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« Reply #10123 on: November 11, 2017, 07:24:40 AM »
We have our own version of an urban tribe in my neighborhood, and we get together every Friday night for a pizza potluck.  Last night we hosted.  We've been doing this for 2.5 years now, and it's a great way to have a thriving social life without spending weekend entertainment $$.  (Plus, we've learned to utilize people in the group for house-sitting, babysitting, garden sharing, truck borrowing, moving help, etc).

Took my 4 year old to work (half day teaching) when his school was closed for PT conferences.  Saved probably $20 in daycare, and he played legos happily in a corner.


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« Reply #10124 on: November 11, 2017, 09:11:32 AM »
I picked a few kilos of frozen mushrooms today, cantharellus tubaformis. They taste very good. Half of them are in the food dryer right now. The rest will have to wait until tomorrow. They can be stored for years.

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« Reply #10125 on: November 11, 2017, 09:23:16 AM »
I am currently sitting on a boat as a time keeper for a navigation rally. In return for accepting this free boat ride, I will also be given a free lunch later.

Volunteering is so rough.

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« Reply #10126 on: November 11, 2017, 03:44:14 PM »
My biggest vice is Dunkin' Donuts---none of the fancy stuff, just a large coffee every morning. Usually it runs me about $2.50 a cup (expensive, I know). Today I bought 4 holiday cards they are selling that give you 6 large coffees for $10. I also got a free beverage out of it from paying with my DD Perks card, and getting enough points for a free one. This drops the price to about $1.60 each. The cards don't seem to have any expiry date so I may pick up a few more tomorrow to stock up.

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« Reply #10127 on: November 11, 2017, 07:36:05 PM »
-Got up at the crack of dawn (4:45) so I could get prepped for an all day soccer tournament (for kids). Made lunch, snacks & bottled water. Did buy the kids a bagel between games (it was a social event at Panera), but kept the cost to $4.50. All of the rest of the food & drinks were covered + free parking!
- Defrosted a leftover casserole from the freezer as soon as we got home, saving the cost of takeout or potentially eating out.

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« Reply #10128 on: November 11, 2017, 07:42:49 PM »
-Fortuitous timing- did coffee with a friend today. American Express had an offer of 15% off every starbucks purchase up to $5 until mid december. So I made sure to put my coffee on that card.

-Went to a store to buy flats for a job interview. Was shocked at the $60+ price tag. Instead of biting the bullet, I went to a store across the road (I even walked to it) and found a pair for $20. These shoes should also work for formal events- I had 3 times this summer I was very frustrated I didn't have good flats for, so these will also fill that role.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10129 on: November 12, 2017, 12:15:36 AM »
*Rejuvenated a beef stew from a few days ago by dicing the meat tiny, adding a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of water, some Worchestershire sauce and some beef bouillon...it was terrific!

*Baked a loaf of bread for tomorrow

*Picked up a free pair of socks at Eddie Bauer with a $10 gift certificate they emailed me Bonus: the socks are extra warm and fuzzy and I stayed cozy all night

*Baked a cake for company

*Drank homemade tea - I have some lovely Earl Grey which is $7.99 for 100 tea bags

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« Reply #10130 on: November 12, 2017, 06:45:40 AM »
Yesterday we took advantage of free Veterans Day specials, combined with gift cards earned from work and customer loyalty rewards.  This meant a free coffee from Starbucks, 2 free Cold Stone ice creams, a full family lunch at Applebees for $6 total with tip and tax, and a free hair cut.

I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10131 on: November 12, 2017, 07:44:14 AM »
I did 180 jumping jacks to get warm instead of turning up the heat! (That's my formula for body warmth production while working on my laptop. Apply every two hours.)

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« Reply #10132 on: November 12, 2017, 09:06:01 AM »
I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

What are you selling on eBay?

My partner is a parttime musician and is thinking of quitting his parttime office job. He's pretty good at selling and is already trading a lot of (refurbished) music gear to friends and friends-of-friends. We are currently thinking how we can expand that business into something that provides enough income to quit the day job.

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« Reply #10133 on: November 12, 2017, 11:32:46 AM »
We just received the mother lode of pumpkins (66lbs, free from husband’s customer - score!) and looking for some ideas to use up pumpkin purée. In addition to soups, and adding to breakfast oatmeal, I thought of dog treats. I found several recipes, so I will be saving money on dog bones this winter. I’m sure the dogs will love them, as they love the dollop of pumpkin purée I’ve been adding to their meals the last couple of days.

Also groomed/clipped the dogs myself yesterday - not a small savings, but not such a big thing as it turns out. Roughly two hours of time saves $130, and I don’t have to drive them to and from the groomer.
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« Reply #10134 on: November 12, 2017, 11:54:27 AM »
I made a large batch of nasi goreng for the next 3 days. Cost: about €3,50 for roughly 6 portions.

Also found a gift card for four drinks and an appetizer that's only valid for 2 more weeks. I really hate these "experience" gift cards. The intention of the giver is good, but it's hard to find participating locations in my area. Just give money so we can have a drink if and when and where we want. Complicating factor for this gift card is that you have to look up what each participating location is offering exactly. Some locations offer any four drinks, others limit you to a shared bottle of wine. Neither of us drink wine. But after about half an hour of research I have found a bar that we've never been to in our town where we can use the gift card! No travel costs, free drinks, free appetizers.

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« Reply #10135 on: November 12, 2017, 11:56:38 AM »
We are using a gift card we received as a thank you to buy a host gift for this evening's party.

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« Reply #10136 on: November 12, 2017, 12:10:38 PM »
Just cashed in some reward points on our credit card for a Christmas gift card. I'll get a few small things to round out the gift, and one more person on my list is done.

At my office, employees adopt several families for the holidays. The organizers provide a spreadsheet of items/sizes etc. and we just choose what we'd like to provide. One of the boys is in a size my oldest just grew out of, so I went through the closet and found 3 shirts and a pair of jeans with the tags still on.. (sounds wasteful, but we only have visits every other weekend and kid outgrows stuff so fast. He is now 9 years old and wearing men's sizes) Everything was purchased on clearance in the first place. A few of the families also requested playing cards, so husband went through some drawers and found 4 unopened decks left over from his bachelor days. Adding in some cereal I bought on super sale, and a brand new winter hat I found in the closet, and we'll be able to provide some much needed items for Christmas as well as declutter our house a bit.

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« Reply #10137 on: November 12, 2017, 01:23:05 PM »
Planned to go out with two friends yesterday. Suggested to have a drink at home first, which ended up spending 4h at home versus only 30 min at the bar (it was too crowded, bleh)

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« Reply #10138 on: November 12, 2017, 01:40:03 PM »
For what it is worth, we went on a brisk walk starting from home, not using the car. I used the wood stove to warm up the house, practically every day. I used up a portion of lasagna white sauce that I had in the freezer from making too much some weeks earlier. My DH is sewing himself a new vest. I cut his hair. I ate mushrooms that I picked in the forest and dried a whole bunch for later.

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« Reply #10139 on: November 12, 2017, 04:37:18 PM »
-Went on a hike with a friend today, for a social activity. Exercise + free fun. Win!
-Used up most of the basil from our garden to make a bunch of pesto for the freezer
-Turned the last of some pantry ingredients into granola bars for kids lunches

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« Reply #10140 on: November 12, 2017, 04:40:53 PM »
My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

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« Reply #10141 on: November 12, 2017, 04:54:18 PM »
I cut his hair.

My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

Must have been the weekend for it. I cut husband's hair, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10142 on: November 12, 2017, 05:28:35 PM »
I cut his hair.

My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

Must have been the weekend for it. I cut husband's hair, too.

I cut my husband's hair too! Definitely the weekend for it =P
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« Reply #10143 on: November 12, 2017, 05:38:24 PM »
I saw an artsy magazine today at the grocery store that I would have love to have, but it was $15.99 (plus tax) so I flipped through it and put it back on the shelf.

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« Reply #10144 on: November 13, 2017, 12:33:25 AM »
*Melted a little grated cheese on homemade bread for kids for a quick after church lunch

*Served the cake from last night's company to today's pop-in company

*Made a huge salad to stretch the measly pan of lasagne I served the family for dinner

*Lasagne was a store bought frozen one that I keep as emergency food. Threw it in the oven
when the pop-in company arrived thus preventing a fast food run.

*Gave friend 5 bags of beef bones from our deep freeze that I'm never going to use - I know that
she will!

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« Reply #10145 on: November 13, 2017, 06:21:38 AM »
Walked to the grocery store yesterday, found $11 on the way!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10146 on: November 13, 2017, 09:56:25 AM »
I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

What are you selling on eBay?

My partner is a parttime musician and is thinking of quitting his parttime office job. He's pretty good at selling and is already trading a lot of (refurbished) music gear to friends and friends-of-friends. We are currently thinking how we can expand that business into something that provides enough income to quit the day job.

I started selling maternity and baby clothes just to get rid of stuff, but over the years I've expanded a lot.  I primarily sell used clothing, anything vintage that is not too fussy, kitchen stuff, sewing patterns, etc.  A very scrappy business but one that involves a lot of treasure hunting, so I love the variety.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10147 on: November 13, 2017, 10:01:01 AM »
Yesterday I roasted and pureed 5 sugar pumpkins for the freezer.  Also roasted probably 3 cups of pumpkin seeds.  My kids are non-stop snack machines, so this will be helpful over the next few days.

I also made some Portuguese soup called caldo verde -- kale, potatoes, sausage, broth, onion, garlic, lemon.  It was using up wilting ingredients that were about to go bad, plus this week begins an insane family schedule (lasts till mid-January), so pre-cooking meals will be a helpful way to stay out of restaurants.  We'll eat it tonight before running off to take our first foster parenting class that goes until 9.

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).

I ate gingered zucchini soup and a poached egg.  Soup is pulled from the freezer, part of a zuke bumper crop.

Sick today -- taking the day off work b/c I have 20 more sick days to use up before I quit in May.  Might as well stay home, rest up, grade in peace, and get some more stuff on eBay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10148 on: November 13, 2017, 10:08:24 AM »
Not today but last weekend I bought a roll of carpet/rug padding to replace a couple sections that we had cut out from under our carpet after water damage. Was going to do the baseboards and drywall but came to the realization that it would just be a PITA to go get and transport all the material - also, was planning to do some or all of that last week but our infant daughter ended up with a broken collarbone and we were a little busy at the hospital and doctor's office.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10149 on: November 13, 2017, 01:02:19 PM »
Today, I ordered a water at lunch and rode the free campus bus to class.