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« Reply #1050 on: July 03, 2014, 01:17:43 PM »
Put my daughter's two week notice into her current daycare and am moving her as of July 21st.  We would have been saving $145/month but her current daycare just emailed saying they are raising rates.  So glad to be getting out of there.

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« Reply #1051 on: July 03, 2014, 08:15:06 PM »
Contested our property tax assessment on the adjacent, unimproved parcel for this year and got the skinny on putting a conservation easement on both parcels for the next year and forward. The first (contesting the valuation) is a small thing since we only owed $250 for the year on that parcel even with the new assessment; the easement will likely end up being a big thing.

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« Reply #1052 on: July 06, 2014, 08:20:21 PM »
Well, it got quiet here!


Today we stopped along the road* in two different spots as the sun was starting to go down (and thus it was cooling off) and picked four pounds of blackberries for the freezer in about an hour. I don't buy berries. Anyway, there's nothing like the feeling of stocking up. Besides, getting out in the woods and fields is fun.


* One shouldn't pick right beside a road because of exhaust particulate settling on the berries. We went about 20 yards up a dirt trail in both cases.

Edited because the ipad helped me to time travel; 20 years up a trail vs 20 yards!
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« Reply #1053 on: July 06, 2014, 09:06:50 PM »
I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

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« Reply #1054 on: July 06, 2014, 10:26:13 PM »
We went about 20 years up a dirt trail in both cases.

Traveling back in time is a wise way to get more wholesome foods. 

We drove home from California tonight, and kept the eating on the road to a minimum.  Went straight to the grocery store for salad stuff rather than going out for one last hurrah after a week of going out to eat while on vacation.

Was able to fix the A/C myself (first time turning it on this year and the breaker kept tripping), and didn't even need the replacement breaker.  Will hopefully be able to locate the receipt and return it tomorrow.

Made lunches for the next two days, lined up a Craigslist sale, and started a new batch of fermented pickles with homegrown cukes.

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« Reply #1055 on: July 07, 2014, 02:03:48 AM »
Daughter made cookies and buns for her work lunches this week and enough to share with the rest of the family too. She also went and bought some fresh produce for us. Love all this peak season fruit and vegetables at rock bottom prices. Losing weight because of it, too!

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« Reply #1056 on: July 07, 2014, 06:06:23 AM »
Last night, DH really wanted to purchase a new board game to play (we're trying to wean off TV).  He selected Yahtzee, which was $7.77 at Wal-Mart, but then I looked at the contents of the box.

We bought a $1.47 package of dice, printed scoring sheets from the internet, and used a tupperware container for a cup.

Total savings $6.30, plus storage space.

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« Reply #1057 on: July 07, 2014, 06:18:24 AM »
Awesome Yahtzee hack!!  Love it!
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« Reply #1058 on: July 07, 2014, 07:31:27 AM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

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« Reply #1059 on: July 07, 2014, 08:05:55 AM »
We went about 20 years up a dirt trail in both cases.

Traveling back in time is a wise way to get more wholesome foods. 



I found my mistake and edited it before I read down, sorry! Yes, that would work even better. :-)

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.


Yes, the trails are old public roads that have been let go (a new state highway went through in the 50s, and these are the roads that were cut off). So they're still right-of-way without the emissions.


But if you see berries on private land, ask if you can pick there. Many people don't want to get into the thorns with blackberries in particular and would be glad to let you for a cut of the take (or for a cobbler, which seems fancier but will probably cost you fewer berries!) I'm about to make my neighbor just such an offer because his power line is packed with brambles. He'd let me pick for nothing, but I know they'll appreciate a cobbler. Blackberries are my only regret about putting in underground power here; no power line. Of course, that also means no 40-foot slash through the trees, so it's a only minor regret.

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« Reply #1060 on: July 07, 2014, 08:29:08 AM »
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!

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« Reply #1061 on: July 07, 2014, 10:10:01 AM »
Carpooled to work.
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« Reply #1062 on: July 07, 2014, 10:12:51 AM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

Around here they're about the same, but the uncooked one is about 2x larger. (Which isn't to say I never get rotisserie chickens, since I live/eat mostly alone. I do love roasting a chicken for friends though. :) )

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« Reply #1063 on: July 07, 2014, 01:48:07 PM »
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!
Can you adopt me?  LOL, your land sounds amazing, as does the mead.

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« Reply #1064 on: July 07, 2014, 02:30:22 PM »
Drove home (~3mile round trip) for lunch instead of paying for cafeteria or restaurant fare.  Ate leftover slow-cooked pork shoulder from last night's dinner along with some spinach, tortilla chips and salsa, for an estimated total cost of about $2.00.  Even including mileage costs and gas this easily saved me $5 over my typical lunch alternative.

Changed my work wardrobe a bit as well -- changed from taking my shirts to the cleaners and wearing leather-soled shoes to home-laundering and wearing rubber-soled shoes (an older pair I bought several years ago).  Savings from the cleaners and less-frequent shoe sole replacements works out to about $1.50 per day.

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« Reply #1065 on: July 07, 2014, 03:32:38 PM »
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.

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« Reply #1066 on: July 07, 2014, 04:06:52 PM »
I already have my auto insurance with The Hartford, which also has the AARP auto insurance program.  Seeing as how I turn 49.5 tomorrow, I was able to call them, join AARP for $16, and still end up saving $52/year.  My premium was already pretty low, so while it isn't HUGE savings, it is savings nonetheless.
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« Reply #1067 on: July 07, 2014, 06:20:02 PM »
For the first time I really scrutinized my T-mobile cell phone bill and realized I could cut it from $70/month to $40/month simply by cancelling the costly $20/month "unlimited 4G data service" and switching to the cheapest plan they have (which costs $40/month) that has  500 MB 4G LTE data per month (which should be enough since I don't really NEED 4G data that often, but I sometimes use it unnecessarily).

Nothing compared to people here who have the $10/month Republic Wireless plan, but a baby step in the right direction ;-)
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« Reply #1068 on: July 07, 2014, 06:36:56 PM »
Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats  I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda).  My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary.  It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.

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« Reply #1069 on: July 07, 2014, 06:38:42 PM »
I did a bunch of berry picking on my property this weekend.  We have about an acre, and in that space have black raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and wild grapes.  Right now the mulberries and raspberries are ripe, I've been picking and eating a lot of berries!

I have made pie a few times, given away mulberries to some friends, and have some mulberry wine brewing in my kitchen.  Looking forward to the wild grapes!  They don't go to fruit every year, but when they do they make a pretty awesome addition to our homemade mead!
Can you adopt me?  LOL, your land sounds amazing, as does the mead.
:-)  There isn't a huge amount of any one thing, but it's enough for my small needs.

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« Reply #1070 on: July 07, 2014, 07:56:17 PM »
I biked to the grocery store! It's not far, but I'm scared of biking in traffic, so it was kinda a big deal to me! Yay!

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« Reply #1071 on: July 07, 2014, 08:09:58 PM »
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« Reply #1072 on: July 07, 2014, 09:08:16 PM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

A whole cooked chicken here is $10. I went the tightarse route of chicken drumsticks for $1.99 a kilo.

Also, BJ's? There is really a business called BJ's? They didn't think that one through very well, did they? Or maybe they did...

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« Reply #1073 on: July 07, 2014, 09:50:17 PM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html
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« Reply #1074 on: July 07, 2014, 09:53:04 PM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

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« Reply #1075 on: July 07, 2014, 10:16:39 PM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

Don't forget to put the bones, skin, and all other parts of that roast chicken in a big pot and make soup stock.  Simmer it for a couple of hours, strain out the bones.  Pick out any remaining meat from the bones (you will find a surprising amount) and add it back into the broth.  The skin and gristle bits (not the bones!) are great for the dog if you have one.

The chicken broth can be used as the base for many different soups.  It will keep about a week in the refrigerator. It also freezes wonderfully if you have more than you can use right away.

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« Reply #1077 on: July 07, 2014, 11:01:37 PM »
This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

Did you the whole article?

Yep. Ok then, at-the-end-of-its-useful-life meat. Hubby used to manage a chicken fast food store, so I'm aware of all the tricks they use to extend their best-before dates. It just didn't occur to me that supermarkets did it too. I'm not sure why.

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« Reply #1078 on: July 07, 2014, 11:19:25 PM »

I made pulled chicken last night that I poached in a tomato broth. I've always thrown out the tomatoes when I'm done, apart from a little bit I reduce to make sauce. Last night I strained it, and I had tomato soup and toast for lunch today. It was really yummy!

Rural, I'm jealous. Where I used to live there were berries everywhere, but not here. Not on public land anyway.

Anyone notice that a whole premade roasted chicken at bjs is cheaper than buying an uncooked one? When I'm in the mood for chicken I'll buy a roasted one for $5, chop it up and put the leftovers in salad or soup

This article explains why:  http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/grocery-store-rotisserie-chickens.html

So it's an alternative to throwing out rotten meat.

Thanks for that. I think...

Or just the 1-2 days in the supermarket fridge meat. Because would anyone actually ever grab the oldest chicken on the shelf? No, so once it's not day-of chicken, it's impossible to sell (without label fraud or something). Why *not* cook it up and sell as rotisserie chickens?

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« Reply #1079 on: July 08, 2014, 08:55:26 AM »
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.
Nice. I did this last week. It's funny how many meals you can make when there's "nothing to eat" in the house. Good job!

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« Reply #1080 on: July 08, 2014, 09:48:00 AM »
Packed breakfast and lunch today.  Made tea in my office. 

Took a 3 minute shower (drought in CA). 

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« Reply #1081 on: July 08, 2014, 10:42:25 AM »
Skipped the Sunday grocery shopping trip and we are getting creative and mining the freezer and cabinets instead.
Nice. I did this last week. It's funny how many meals you can make when there's "nothing to eat" in the house. Good job!
I am horrible at that, I just end up eating out.

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« Reply #1082 on: July 08, 2014, 11:24:55 AM »
Rediscovered the freebies in the kitchen at work.  Had free oatmeal for breakfast and am saving my morning shake for the afternoon, when my sweet tooth kicks in and I inevitably give in to the vending machine or gift shop for sweets. 

Used zucchini from my mom's garden to make "Zucchini Jello Jam".  For a couple dollars' worth of jello and sugar, plus $6.30 for reusable canning jars, I made 9 jars of jelly.  I think I pay $2-3 a piece at the store for the non high-fructose-corn-syrupe-variety at the grocery store.  And now I can sneak veggies into my 3 yo's PB&J sandwiches.  :)

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« Reply #1083 on: July 08, 2014, 11:27:21 AM »
Fired up the bread machine this morning, so we can have simple bread and cheese and raw veggies for lunch. Didn't have to go to the store to buy bread, and I'm sure I would have picked up several other "good deals" while there. Instead, its turned into another spend nothing day!

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« Reply #1084 on: July 08, 2014, 12:11:38 PM »
Dropped kid off at summer preschool via bike. To be fair, this isn't really a money saving thing since I would have walked anyway, but it's exciting to break out the bike for these "functional" outings.

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« Reply #1085 on: July 08, 2014, 06:19:46 PM »
Leftover, getting soft vegetables in omelet for lunch.

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« Reply #1086 on: July 08, 2014, 08:30:38 PM »
Made lemon gelato in ice cream maker we got for free with Sears points.  It was fantastic!

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« Reply #1087 on: July 10, 2014, 03:16:26 AM »
I hitch-hiked 820 km to visit a friend. It was a great adventure, I met lovely and helpful people and gathered lots of smiles. It took 7 cars, 2 trucks and approx. 28 hrs (including a night break) to reach my destination. Great adventure! If it fits your mindset, it' s a great recommendation for everyone!

On the way back I took the train because of scheduled appointments (hitch-hiking might have not led to a timely arrival).

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« Reply #1088 on: July 10, 2014, 11:36:05 AM »
- biked to work
- brought lunch
- negotiated for a lower rate on my credit card
- took out a book from the library for fun reading

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« Reply #1089 on: July 10, 2014, 06:12:32 PM »
Mended a big hole in the bottom of my sock, so I can keep wearing them! Also doing the "no clothes shopping in 2014" challenge, so it's a double win!

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« Reply #1090 on: July 10, 2014, 07:17:08 PM »
Called around some local mechanics for quotes for my next logbook service, then asked my long-time mechanics to match them - and they did! $40 savings.

A girl at work turned around when I got off the phone and said "did you just get a discount on your car service?!" Which is funny, because we're fairly frugal here but just don't bargain much - it's helped having another workmate who will try to bargain anything. He's obviously started to rub off on us, but it took MMM to make me even care.

(Even without cycling to work, I've started driving so much LESS that even this seems like a big financial imposition. But it will be a little while before I can do a serious carless experiment, so I ought to maintain it until then!)

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« Reply #1091 on: July 11, 2014, 12:20:16 PM »
Biked to work. I had to pickup something at the hardware store before the weekend. Normally I'd drive to work on days I need to go because Home Depot is on a street inaccessible to bikes. Chose to go to Ace Hardware so I could bike to work and the store! Also had a $5 off coupon so my purchase was only $1.


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« Reply #1092 on: July 11, 2014, 02:29:08 PM »
Needed to move a sofa a mile into the village to my mother's house.  With the help of my neighbour's gardener, hoisted it on to the top of his LandRover, tied it on and drove carefully in convoy down the lane.  Should have taken a picture.
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« Reply #1093 on: July 11, 2014, 02:38:58 PM »
I didn't allow an imminent crisis at work send me across the street for overpriced, yet underwhelming Chinese takeout. I stayed in the office, ate the lunch I'd packed, and discovered the logical solution to the crisis. Good for my wallet and my waist ^_^

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1094 on: July 15, 2014, 12:03:15 AM »
I washed my car by hand for the first time. Baby steps


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1095 on: July 15, 2014, 09:26:18 AM »
Made a big pot of white beans in the crockpot to be used throughout the week in various guises.

Made an updated Freezer inventory to aid in eating it down and coming up with meal ideas.

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1096 on: July 16, 2014, 02:23:23 PM »
I'm currently working on a client where I'm at their office until about 10:00 each night. Because of this, we order dinner and charge it to the client. Since the super fancy meal is enough for at least two meals, I only eat part of it and then save the other half for lunch the next day. That way, I don't even have to pack a lunch. The client already purchased it for me the night before. It feels really good to whip out my leftovers while everyone heads up to the cafeteria to purchase lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1097 on: July 16, 2014, 06:20:08 PM »
I got up, made my coffee, breakfast and lunch, worked on leapforce for 1/2 hour before work instead of facebook. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1098 on: July 16, 2014, 08:19:02 PM »
Had two leftover meals (breakfast and dinner) at work before heading to a free intro boxing course.

Got my new insurance documents in the mail today, and saw that I have 5 discounts on my motorcycle insurance already, prompting me to ask my agent if I can have yet another for having completed the basic rider course.  Pretty sure the answer is going to be yes :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1099 on: July 16, 2014, 10:09:56 PM »

Got all our important documents/irreplaceable things in one place in case we get evacuated.

Hope everything is ok! Lots of forest fires in BC right now. Heard about Hudson's hope getting evacuated today....