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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10200 on: November 17, 2017, 07:32:45 AM »
-All the standard stuff (breakfast/lunch/snacks at work for free)
-Finally went to the (free) gym & discovered my lost fitbit! My husband was going to replace it, despite my requests, so this is awesome.
-Received a hotel chain promotional email for a chain I rarely go to. Decided to click through to determine if I had any points. Sure enough, not enough to transfer to anything useful, but the points were about to expire & I had enough for a $10 Starbucks gift card. It was the only way to use the points, but I'm happy. Will likely give as a gift for the holidays. Win!

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« Reply #10201 on: November 17, 2017, 03:55:45 PM »
Switched my internet provider. Had a basic pre-paid plan of 12GB for $150 (1 year expiry).

New data plan is 50GB for $130 with 1 year expiry. 90% of my online time seems to be this forum and it doesn't use much data at all.... guess I'll have to blow it looking at real estate porn :)

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« Reply #10202 on: November 17, 2017, 05:25:29 PM »
Switched my internet provider. Had a basic pre-paid plan of 12GB for $150 (1 year expiry).

New data plan is 50GB for $130 with 1 year expiry. 90% of my online time seems to be this forum and it doesn't use much data at all.... guess I'll have to blow it looking at real estate porn :)

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« Reply #10203 on: November 18, 2017, 12:40:39 AM »
Went out with my sister this afternoon.  We tried to go to a local historical site that is supposed to be free this month, but it turned out to be closed.

So we went to the mall - mostly looking for Christmas presents.  Crossed mom off my list, except for her stocking stuffer.  But at least I brought a snack with me...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10204 on: November 18, 2017, 08:49:59 AM »
Our el cheapo office chair at home stopped maintaining itís height. It would sink down all the time. So we needed a replacement. In my office we are soon moving to another part of the building and get new desks. I asked if we would also get new chairs, in the hope I could take my office chair home. But no.
Today we bought a second hand good quality office chair from a private person. It was not the cheapest chair for sale, but probably the most robust one.

We also visited a shopping center, because DH needed to have a battery in his watch replaced. We tried to kill half an hour by walking around. Visited the H&M, which had sales on bras. I needed a new bra and got one that fit well for a very low price.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10205 on: November 18, 2017, 09:27:00 AM »
Went to Aldi and discovered that many of the things I wanted to buy at another supermarket on sale were even cheaper there without any special promotion.

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« Reply #10206 on: November 18, 2017, 10:56:36 AM »
Went to my favorite scratch and dent/over stock store.  They've now added a small refrigerator section.  Got two 32 oz plain yogurts for 25 cents each.  The sell by date is two days from now, but so what?  Yogurt lasts forever.   I usually make my own yogurt, but for 25 cents I'm happy with their non-fat with active cultures alternative.

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« Reply #10207 on: November 18, 2017, 11:48:52 AM »
Went to Aldi and discovered that many of the things I wanted to buy at another supermarket on sale were even cheaper there without any special promotion.

Today we walked past a several kitchen stores. The cheapest one had a Tefal frying pan for 20 dollars. The more expensive shop had exactly the same pan, down 50% for 24 dollars. We don`t really understand how three of the expensive kitchen stores close to eachother can survive.

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« Reply #10208 on: November 18, 2017, 12:05:42 PM »
Haven't finished reading the whole thread yet, but already SO inspired!

Today I have done my grocery shopping, and stuck to the list.

Hung laundry on the airer to dry.

Prepared breakfast and lunch for work tomorrow, and put my house keys on top of the containers so I won't forget to take them with me at 6am!

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« Reply #10209 on: November 18, 2017, 12:40:01 PM »
Cooking up a huge batch of vegetarian chilli - 4.5 L - may not seem like much, but there are a lot of small frugal actions that went into this one cooking session:

Using up all the odds & ends in the fridge/freezer:
- 2 withering peppers
- wilting green onions
- dried out mushrooms
- black beans that I cooked from dry & froze a while ago
- chopped up jalapeŮos that I froze before they went bad

Thickening the chilli with bulk pot barley & a small handful of bulk green lentils, & seasoning using basic spices on hand (not with a pre-bought mix of seasoning - never understood those!)

Also made a huge batch of corn bread from scratch to go with it- used some flax seed & water in place of the egg & also topped it with some chopped cilantro & green onion that was getting old.

Will have for dinner this weekend & also freeze some for busy weeknights.



 

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« Reply #10210 on: November 18, 2017, 02:55:05 PM »
Bought a yellow sticker container of ground beef today that expires today and made something halfway between chilli and pasta sauce for tonight with other things I had on hand. Filling and comforting over spaghetti.

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« Reply #10211 on: November 18, 2017, 04:41:37 PM »
Froze the overripe bananas for smoothies.

Held off washing yesterday because of the rain, just pegged a big load outside in the sun.

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« Reply #10212 on: November 18, 2017, 05:44:54 PM »
-Stuck to my list when buying groceries
-Served everyone leftovers for lunch
-Made tapenade using a giant jar of olives that have been lingering in my pantry for.ever. Used yard basil to round it out. Yum.
-Ran errands in the electric car

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« Reply #10213 on: November 18, 2017, 06:37:54 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.

Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.
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« Reply #10214 on: November 18, 2017, 07:29:12 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.


Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.

This is an accomplishment! Way to go. I try not to buy things I won't love, but it happens, particularly with shoes. I tend to buy core shoes (running, and my once every few years pair of flats) at Nordstrom. They are pricey, but you can return after wearing if they don't work out. In the long run, tends to save money.

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« Reply #10215 on: November 18, 2017, 07:39:18 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.


Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.

This is an accomplishment! Way to go. I try not to buy things I won't love, but it happens, particularly with shoes. I tend to buy core shoes (running, and my once every few years pair of flats) at Nordstrom. They are pricey, but you can return after wearing if they don't work out. In the long run, tends to save money.

They were actually a second pair in a different color from one of my favorite pairs of shoes, but turned out just not as comfortable to wear for any real length of time. Luckily theyíre a classic style and I got them on clearance so it was easy to recoup most of what I spent originally!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10216 on: November 19, 2017, 02:07:05 AM »
I had oatmeal with water and a mashed overripe banana for breakfast.

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« Reply #10217 on: November 19, 2017, 04:19:51 AM »
I had a bath after my run last night. Instead of adding a splash of body wash to the water, I grated part of a gifted bar of lavender soap and threw those in the bath.

Lovely and fragrant, and a good way to use up a bar of soap I'm not likely to shower with.

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« Reply #10218 on: November 19, 2017, 05:41:02 AM »
Today I made soup. Used three leftover broccoli stems that I had in the freezer for this purpose. I also found a bag of frozen cauliflour roses that probably came from a cauliflour bought on sale once and that had been in the freezer for quite a while. Added a pack of blue cheese and some stock and spices. Reasonably priced and veggie meal in total, only some cost for the blue cheese.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10219 on: November 19, 2017, 07:56:20 AM »
I went out to buy throw away trash and buy something. Forgot my wallet, so no buying anything.

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« Reply #10220 on: November 19, 2017, 10:44:41 AM »
Line-dried a load of laundry.

Harvested chives and tangerines from the garden.
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« Reply #10221 on: November 19, 2017, 11:09:55 AM »
Used an inexpensive template from Etsy for Christmas cards, and ordered them from VistaPrint. Not the absolute cheapest option, but a good value.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10222 on: November 19, 2017, 01:00:24 PM »
I found an overripe banana and used it to make healthy banana oatmeal breakfast muffins.

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« Reply #10223 on: November 19, 2017, 01:02:36 PM »
I found an overripe banana and used it to make healthy banana oatmeal breakfast muffins.

We have 3 overripe bananas and are using them to make 2 ingredient cookies =)
(Although I actually make them like... 6 ingredient cookies. Banana, oats, dried coconut, and spices- cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10224 on: November 19, 2017, 02:19:58 PM »
Filled the car with diesel and did NOT buy cigarettes. That's 2 weeks now.

Cooked a roast chicken, made a sandwich  for tomorrow's lunch, and the carcass is in the stock pot ready to make soup.

Ate my prepared breakfast and lunch at work - not so difficult today as there is no canteen at work on the weekend!

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« Reply #10225 on: November 19, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »
I cut my own hair.

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« Reply #10226 on: November 19, 2017, 02:31:50 PM »
Yesterday I took advantage of pre-Thanksgiving sales to buy a boneless ham for $1.34/lb, a fresh turkey for 98c/lb and a frozen turkey for 68c/lb and 5# organic potatoes for $1.98

The fresh turkey will get cut up and the breasts seasoned and vacuum packed to cook sous vide at a later date.  The rest I'll roast, we'll eat turkey and turkey soup, then I'll can a big batch of turkey stock.  Most of the ham will get cut up into portions and frozen.

Today I rummaged through bins in the shop and found a rope and snaps to replace a broken tie rope at the stable, found some clothesline, a smaller snap and an old screw driver that will be used together to measure out riding patterns.  I also cut up an old 4x4 leftover from a rotten fence post and will use it for another purpose out at the barn.  Moved some random crap out of an Action Packer container and will take that out as well to store equipment out of the elements for winter.

Repaired the little shed/locker where I store the chicken feed and supplies using other scrap wood and parts found in the shop.  Will hopefully make it more mouse proof and prevent feed waste this winter and prolong the life of the shed.

Redeemed credit card points for a $50 TJMaxx gift card.  Hoping it will work at Sierra Trading Post as I've had my eye on a specific sweater there for a couple months.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10227 on: November 19, 2017, 02:56:10 PM »
I cut my own hair.

Can you please remind me to do that next time my hair is wet?

For two weeks I've been thinking, I'll cut it next time I wash it...

Oh well, big pony tail it is.

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« Reply #10228 on: November 19, 2017, 03:31:50 PM »
Yesterday I took advantage of pre-Thanksgiving sales to buy a boneless ham for $1.34/lb, a fresh turkey for 98c/lb and a frozen turkey for 68c/lb and 5# organic potatoes for $1.98

The fresh turkey will get cut up and the breasts seasoned and vacuum packed to cook sous vide at a later date.  The rest I'll roast, we'll eat turkey and turkey soup, then I'll can a big batch of turkey stock.  Most of the ham will get cut up into portions and frozen.

Today I rummaged through bins in the shop and found a rope and snaps to replace a broken tie rope at the stable, found some clothesline, a smaller snap and an old screw driver that will be used together to measure out riding patterns.  I also cut up an old 4x4 leftover from a rotten fence post and will use it for another purpose out at the barn.  Moved some random crap out of an Action Packer container and will take that out as well to store equipment out of the elements for winter.

Repaired the little shed/locker where I store the chicken feed and supplies using other scrap wood and parts found in the shop.  Will hopefully make it more mouse proof and prevent feed waste this winter and prolong the life of the shed.

Redeemed credit card points for a $50 TJMaxx gift card.  Hoping it will work at Sierra Trading Post as I've had my eye on a specific sweater there for a couple months.

Where'd you find the thanksgiving deals? We tend to overlap on sales I've observed =) And I'm having a heck of a time finding stuff! Cheapest I found was costco for $0.99/lb frozen, or Safeway has like a $0.60someting/lb but only if you buy $50 or more of other stuff =o Even Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer is failing me!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10229 on: November 19, 2017, 04:58:12 PM »
Cross country road trip (cheaper to drive than fly, and digs are with us so no boarding), stopped at my sister's for late lunch instead of buying lunch or dinner. (Hotel for breakfast, used points for the hotel.)  Good peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Topo Chico!

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« Reply #10230 on: November 19, 2017, 08:09:06 PM »
-Found a small turkey breast to make for Thanksgiving vs a turkey, as it's just the 4 of us
-Used up a tub of green salsa that was leftover from a visit with my parents. Made a batch of green chicken chili with it.
-Drove our electric car to soccer & errands.
-Made all meals at the house (no meals out this weekend)

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« Reply #10231 on: November 19, 2017, 08:37:37 PM »
Where'd you find the thanksgiving deals? We tend to overlap on sales I've observed =) And I'm having a heck of a time finding stuff! Cheapest I found was costco for $0.99/lb frozen, or Safeway has like a $0.60someting/lb but only if you buy $50 or more of other stuff =o Even Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer is failing me!

WinCo for the turkeys, Fred Meyer for the ham.

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« Reply #10232 on: November 19, 2017, 08:41:37 PM »
Where'd you find the thanksgiving deals? We tend to overlap on sales I've observed =) And I'm having a heck of a time finding stuff! Cheapest I found was costco for $0.99/lb frozen, or Safeway has like a $0.60someting/lb but only if you buy $50 or more of other stuff =o Even Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer is failing me!

WinCo for the turkeys, Fred Meyer for the ham.

Oh, WinCo! I didn't even think to check there. Good call. I'll be near a WinCo soon I think, excellent.
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« Reply #10233 on: November 20, 2017, 07:16:57 AM »
Currently on a fast, hoping to make it at least 3 days but I don't have a crazy amount of excess fat so we'll see. I'm a little concerned about food going bad in the fridge, but I think I can freeze all of it. I'm seeing the freezer as an option more and more with the help of this forum.

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« Reply #10234 on: November 20, 2017, 08:35:44 AM »
Switched our Roth IRA and two Rollover IRAs from a Target Fund (.7 expense ratio) to a 3-fund portfolio (expense ratios range from .035 to .17).  Felt awesome doing it and wished I would've learned about it sooner.

Also did the same thing for my mom after speaking with he about it.

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« Reply #10235 on: November 20, 2017, 11:00:22 AM »
Not saving, but earning. I worked 2 hours 150% paid overtime today. And will be doing more thecrest of the week.

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« Reply #10236 on: November 20, 2017, 11:05:04 AM »
 I left my lunch at home today on accident. Instead of buying, I went home and got it. I hate making the extra trip, but I saved a lot of money driving the 10 minutes rather than buying lunch out. Maybe next time I’ll go without, but I left the house upset today so I didn’t want to be too hard on myself.

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« Reply #10237 on: November 20, 2017, 11:45:27 AM »
Free sandwiches at work, again :D

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« Reply #10238 on: November 20, 2017, 02:59:52 PM »
Didn't buy cigarettes.

Remembered to take breakfast and lunch with me into work, and actually ate them rather than using the canteen.  Also avoided the morning coffee run.

Made chicken soup from yesterday's carcass and veg and dried beans I already had at home. That's a total of 12 meals from one chicken.

Found an old pound coin (no longer legal tender).  Took it to the bank and they exchanged it for a new (legal) one.

Cooked dinner at home rather than going out to eat with my visiting mother.

Nearly a no spend day, but spent 23p on an onion I needed for the supper - so close!

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« Reply #10239 on: November 20, 2017, 06:14:34 PM »
Bought Christmas presents a grocery store and pharmacy using visa to gain 4% and 2% cash back.

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« Reply #10240 on: November 20, 2017, 07:02:24 PM »
-Neighbor brought us a free Christmas tree! He was helping with harvesting them today, and got some free. It's one of the suuuuper nice ones. Very excited. This would have been a $40+ tree. Now to keep it alive until Christmas ;)

-Bought a discount shirt for a job interview for today. Biggest downside was the elbow-length sleeves kept falling weird, even though they were supposed to fold up they didn't stay. So I added a couple hidden stitches to keep the sleeves in place.

-Wanted wine... which is spending, so maybe this shouldn't count. But got a Bota Box, so... cheapest option per ounce, at least.
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« Reply #10241 on: November 20, 2017, 09:20:47 PM »
* Used homegrown garlic and homegrown lemon and leftover wine in tonight's dinner

* Put the bone from the roast in the Instant pot and will use to the stock make 10-bean soup

* Got a $5 off coupon for the drugstore where I got my flu shot. Will use it to buy disposable diapers or medicine for winter colds

* Got $30 in Target gift cards for stocking up on Tide powder on sale. Will use for stocking stuffers and other Xmas gifts.
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« Reply #10242 on: November 21, 2017, 08:51:59 AM »
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Have avoided buying the kids any "dress up" clothes for 2 years, because it never gets worn. 11 year old is going to a school dance in a few weeks. Scouted the best possible options & combined a gift card, coupon, & eBates to get it for next to nothing. Chose a dressy option that also looks reasonably comfortable, greatly increasing the likelihood he'll wear it again.
-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged electric car for free

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« Reply #10243 on: November 21, 2017, 02:59:26 PM »
Got a $127 partial refund after three months and a bunch of emails.

The retailer - an automotive parts shop in the UK - wanted to give me store credit after the supposedly new parts arrived clearly having been on a car.

"What part of I'm never buying from you again do you not understand?"

Anyway, persistence won out in the end.

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« Reply #10244 on: November 21, 2017, 04:53:50 PM »
Resisted the work canteen, and ate the breakfast and lunch I'd brought with me.

Did not buy cigarettes.

Delicious chilli and rice for dinner, made by DH, which improved the taste even more!

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« Reply #10245 on: November 21, 2017, 05:13:38 PM »
*Made a loaf of refrigerator bread to go with the chili I made for dinner

*Stayed home

*Looked up recipe for Copycat Sbux Cranberry Bliss Bars - easy!

*Drank lots of tea at home

*Read a library book


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« Reply #10246 on: November 21, 2017, 05:23:05 PM »
Threw a bit of leftover enchilada sauce into the soup I made for dinner tonight, which added some nice depth to the flavor and a little bit of heat.

Bought a $2 red plaid button-up shirt from goodwill to be my sonís Christmas outfit. If last yearís sweater vest (also a thrift store find) still fits, he can wear that again too.
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« Reply #10247 on: November 21, 2017, 05:37:36 PM »
Just made a crustless pumpkin pie and thought I'd post the recipe for my American friends about to celebrate Thanksgiving:

It's soooooo easy and tastes like the filling of pumpkin pie without the hassle of making the crust. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

In a large bowl combine:

28 oz can of pumpkin
3 c milk
4 T melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
4 t vanilla
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves

Pour into greased 13x15 pan and bake 50-55 min at 325 degrees (convection oven). Longer in regular oven till knife inserted comes out clean.

Edited to clarify baking instructions.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 11:17:17 AM by 1967mama »

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10248 on: November 21, 2017, 06:41:37 PM »
Just made a crustless pumpkin pie and thought I'd post the recipe for my American friends about to celebrate Thanksgiving:

It's soooooo easy and tastes like the filling of pumpkin pie without the hassle of making the crust. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

In a large bowl combine:

28 oz can of pumpkin
3 c milk
4 T melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
4 t vanilla
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves

Pour into greased 13x15 pan and bake 50-55 min at 325 degrees.

Just picked up a free pumpkin pie, but I'm making this next time. YUM!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10249 on: November 21, 2017, 07:59:25 PM »
-Our realtor we used to buy our house split off independently, and was having an office opening. They were giving away pies, so Husband went and got a couple pies. We'll take them with us to family Thanksgiving.

-Really focused on the gas mileage and got an extra good tank, in spite of the rain. (43.6 mpg)

-Working on eating leftovers before going out of town. Fridge is nearly bare.
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