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« Reply #10550 on: January 03, 2018, 12:42:10 PM »
I've now made lunch every workday this year! This is my New Year's resolution, and I hope I can stick to it. I was gone for the holidays, so there wasn't much to work with for breakfast and lunch. I used meat and vegetables from the freezer and made spaghetti for breakfast yesterday (because jet lag) with extra to take for lunch the same day. Today I used bread I had frozen in the freezer for a peanut butter toast breakfast and a PB&J lunch. I finally got to the supermarket this evening, so the rest of the week can be normal food. I got some yellow-tagged specials there, which saved a little. And I had a half glass of wine with dinner from a free little bottle I got on my flight for being willing to switch seats.

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« Reply #10551 on: January 03, 2018, 12:51:25 PM »
Welcome, zygote! Great little corner of the forum here!

*Using a $25 gift card I won at the health food store to buy a dozen almond milk - also get a discount for buying a whole case

*Drinking tea at home BEFORE I go out to run errands so I'm not tempted by SBux

*Oatmeal for breakfast

*Returned a pile of books to the library and took out another pile. Husband scored a brand new book on the express shelf (one week loan, heavy late fines) that has over 200 people waiting for it in regular circulation.

*Planning dinner from the freezer

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« Reply #10552 on: January 03, 2018, 12:53:35 PM »
Stuck to my breakfast and lunch plan at work ($1.67 for both + snack).

Boss had a football party on New Years and over-estimated food, so he brought in a sub tray. I stuck to my planned lunch, but am taking some subs home for a free dinner for me and bf.

I can’t tell if this is frugal, or just plain cheap of me, but working in an office means there is free food at least once or twice a month. I put some resealable bags in my purse and take leftovers home to prevent waste. :v It’d go bad or be discarded otherwise. Bagels, subs, etc.
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« Reply #10553 on: January 03, 2018, 02:29:56 PM »
I canít tell if this is frugal, or just plain cheap of me, but working in an office means there is free food at least once or twice a month. I put some resealable bags in my purse and take leftovers home to prevent waste. :v Itíd go bad or be discarded otherwise. Bagels, subs, etc.

Definitely not 'cheap' -- it's frugal, and well done. 

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« Reply #10554 on: January 03, 2018, 02:38:09 PM »
Found three refillable stick lighters for $1.00 each...the refillable ones are getting so hard to find!  Also, at the same place (Bargain Hunt), found a women's J. Crew 100% silk button-down shirt marked down to $1.50.  It was $5 with a 75% discount: total insanity!!!  Not a single thing wrong with it, probably just a return that someone took the tags off of. 

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« Reply #10555 on: January 03, 2018, 02:46:31 PM »
Make pumpkin muffins today, again with some free ingredients.

--Pumpkin was free from a friend (instapot + food processor = easy pumpkin pulp)
--Oatmeal was free from husband's work (they have a zero'd out food budget and re-order a whole bunch of stuff, so he saves a ton from getting tossed)

Rest of ingredients were either fresh milk (discount from friend) or from the bulk section at Winco.

My family has become a bit addicted to cereal lately, and I'm trying to wean them off such an expensive and unfilling choice.  I figure 2x a week is fine.  The rest of the time I'm making oatmeal, healthy muffins, or omelets.  Takes more preplanning, but hopefully it'll be better in the long run.

For dinner a mock Panera butternut squash soup, from my garden surplus.  Made with cream from the cheap fresh dairy source.  (Actually, including the heavy cream I get with each gallon, that's actually $3-4 extra value.  Hadn't thought of that.  Gonna start making my own butter soon : )

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« Reply #10556 on: January 03, 2018, 03:09:06 PM »
At work:
-Ate free breakfast & lunch
-Charged the electric car for free
-Picked up four new books off of the "free" table

Home:
-Dinner made from things we have on hand (tortellini, homemade pesto, chicken from the freezer + salad)

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« Reply #10557 on: January 03, 2018, 07:06:07 PM »
Cloth diapered kid today. Ate leftovers today. Took kid out to play in the snow & when he got cold, took him to the library afterwards. This was after my mom gave me a hard time about living in a "small" house (her words). She was worried about her grandson not having a place to play. I thought, "what better places to play than outside & in a library?" Bonus going to library: found a book that the library was selling that would be perfect for next year's Christmas gifts (50Ę). Bought it & got a head start on next year's Christmas gifts.

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« Reply #10558 on: January 03, 2018, 07:29:29 PM »
I took the bus to class today! I tell myself each quarter to take advantage of the free student bus pass, but then give in to the convenience of driving. Seriously, the bus was easier and I got 15 minutes of reading time. This saves me about $80 a year on parking, not to mention gas and wear and tear.

Other small things:

* Made saag paneer with the homemade paneer from yesterday. Also used spinach, garlic, onions, and tomatoes that were frozen or canned from last summer's garden. (It was so, so, so, so good!)

* Filed a warranty claim with Keen. My new hiking shoes had a burr on one eyelet, which shredded the lace the first time I put them on. Normally I'd sand down the burr and buy new laces, but it's their fault so I figured they should send me new laces. We'll see what happens.

* My grants disbursed into my checking account today. Transferred it immediately into savings so not tempted to spend any of it. (Tuition already paid, this was the amount left over. )

* Found out that the school fitness center is free for all students as of next week. Not sure if I'll take advantage of it, but went down to get my pass and sign up for an orientation just in case. There's a rumor of free yoga classes on Fridays, which makes me happy.

* Didn't spend anything!

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« Reply #10559 on: January 03, 2018, 09:01:11 PM »
Had people over for lunch and forced them to eat tofu and broccoli :)

Broccoli was on sale for 99Ę

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« Reply #10560 on: January 03, 2018, 09:26:39 PM »
Did more of those idiotic health incentive activities for work so I get more employer money in my HSA. They flat contribute $1500 for family coverage and then up to $2400 more if you jump through hoops. I have to do another incentive activity tomorrow afternoon which I am not really looking forward to, but it is worth $150 and takes 10-15 minutes of my time so I guess I better suck it up. I try to get these things done as soon as humanly possible in the year just in case. $950 down, $1450 to go.

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« Reply #10561 on: January 03, 2018, 09:36:47 PM »
Used the hot pot to make tea. Stayed ahead on health care costs by riding the bike out of doors for one hour.

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« Reply #10562 on: January 03, 2018, 11:08:12 PM »
Paid for 2 years of auto registration instead of one, saving about $60.  We can do this in AZ, and can also take the amount as a tax deduction in our state taxes. 

Topped off the gas tank at Costco ($2.15/gallon) saving $1 over regular gas station prices (various, up to $2.33/gallon)

Christmas items at the 99Cent store were marked down to 25 cents, so I picked up a packet of 3 jingle bell bracelets (.25 for all three), a packet of gift tags, and a packet of Xmas money holders.
@LaineyAZ - This post made me laugh. We visited my brother in Phoenix (Peoria) between Christmas and New Year's. He works for Costco, so of course we bought gas there. We also hit the 99 Cent Only Store. Got the same 25 cent deal on Christmas gift bags and tissue. I also found Jalapeno Flavored sliced olives, which are great on tacos. When they rang up 2/.9999, I went back and bought a whole case. One of the advantages of driving, no weight limits!

Frugal fail: last year they gave us a PFChang gift card for Christmas. The money goes a lot further at PeiWei, which we do not have in NorCal, so I offered to buy lunch for everyone there. When we arrived, there was a sign on the door saying "Sorry, due to a computer problem, we can't accept gift cards today." Oof! I bought anyway. Lunch for 5 was $50, so it's not going to break us, but it was kinda funny.

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« Reply #10563 on: January 04, 2018, 05:21:25 AM »
Iíve run out of big tubes of toothpaste (finished off the last one just before Christmas), and emptied a box of tissues today.

But Iím still holding off on grocery shopping (heaps of food in pantry and freezer).

So Iím into the stockpile of airline toiletries, travel packs of tissues and tubes of toothpaste smaller than my little finger.

Use it up...


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« Reply #10564 on: January 04, 2018, 06:35:48 AM »
Did more of those idiotic health incentive activities for work so I get more employer money in my HSA. They flat contribute $1500 for family coverage and then up to $2400 more if you jump through hoops. I have to do another incentive activity tomorrow afternoon which I am not really looking forward to, but it is worth $150 and takes 10-15 minutes of my time so I guess I better suck it up. I try to get these things done as soon as humanly possible in the year just in case. $950 down, $1450 to go.

I spent some time yesterday doing these things too. We max out at $1000 but I need to hit that since our deductible went up $1000 this year!

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« Reply #10565 on: January 04, 2018, 06:55:05 AM »
It's been too damn cold here to bother with grocery shopping, so I've been getting creative with meals. I told my husband I will not be getting groceries until it is above 20F, so it looks like Sunday may be the day. I've got a few eggs left to boil for breakfasts on the go, a couple slices of bread for a sandwich, and lots of pasta. We can do this!

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« Reply #10566 on: January 04, 2018, 10:56:17 AM »
-Ran the dishwasher only once, saving energy/water & the cost of a dishwasher tablet
-Eating breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Making dinner from the fridge/freezer/pantry. I wanted to do beef tacos with guacamole, but my avocados aren't ripe yet. I'm thinking of doing naan bread pizza instead. Pizza is one of my favorite ways to use up other leftovers: meatballs (thinly sliced), marinara sauce as base, leftover pesto, etc.
-Picked up a couple of other books off of the "free" table at work.
-Sold an extra hoodie for $6 on local Facebook swap

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« Reply #10567 on: January 04, 2018, 11:30:46 AM »
So far today I:

*Made a huge batch of oatmeal that will last several days in the fridge

*Started a batch of black beans in the Instant Pot

*Started a chicken dinner in the crockpot since we will be out this afternoon

*Started yummy tea in my $3 thrifted tea pot acquired last week. Still enjoying how big it is and how hot it keeps my tea!

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« Reply #10568 on: January 04, 2018, 11:32:47 AM »
* Walked to the library to return books before they were late. Managed not to duck into Starbucks for a hot drink :)

* Made paneer for tomorrow's dinner of saag paneer. (I am so ridiculously excited about this one!)

* Made oat milk for lactose intolerant son. Threw the oat "pulp" and leftover chocolate fondue together with other ingredients to make cookies. They were gobbled up, so I assume they were edible!

*Dinner was a creamy one pot lemon pasta. I tossed the leftover half-package of cream cheese in the freezer to be used in a future sauce, instead of my normal M.O. of letting it mold in the fridge.

* Touched up my roots with the remains of a tube of "Just for Men." Seriously, ladies, if you only have a tiny amount of gray you want to cover (mine is a skunk stripe in my otherwise very dark brown bangs), JFM is far superior and cheaper than dye marketed to women. THere's nothing to mix. You just screw the little comb to the tube, brush it onto your roots, remove and rinse comb, but lid back on tube, save tube until next time you need to touch up the roots in six weeks or so, wait 30 minutes or so, rinse out dye. One tube lasts me six months, and a tube costs about $5 to $6 depending on if I can find a sale.

* No spend day!

Genius suggestion on the "just for men" colour! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #10569 on: January 04, 2018, 11:37:12 AM »
Brought lunch to work again. For dinner, I baked a pre-made pizza from the supermarket, but it was marked down to less than I would usually spend on a sandwich for lunch at work. It tastes much nicer than the sandwiches, too.

On oatmeal -- I haven't seen it in the UK, but in the US there are 'quick oats' that are the same price as regular oatmeal but almost as quick to cook in the microwave as instant oatmeal. I used to get those until I decided I needed more protein at breakfast.

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« Reply #10570 on: January 04, 2018, 11:38:08 AM »
 I made a batch of steel cut oats in my smaller slow cooker. Took around 2 hours on high.

Made home made chili in my bigger slow cooker.

When oats were done, I made Jiffy corn bread in my small slow cooker. Used Reynolds slow cooker liners in the slow cookers and they are the bomb! No clean up or very little clean up. Saved on detergent and hot water plus my time!

I have enough chili for a small army. Will eat on it some more this week and the corn bread. Oats are ready to warm up as needed.

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« Reply #10571 on: January 04, 2018, 11:47:37 AM »
- Did a top to bottom financial review post holiday and am seeing where we can cut.
- Finally got bills for all the new utilities at the house and have added to the budget. Looks like we'll be trying for uber-frugal this month to smooth out the bumps
- Asked new neighbors about their bill and determined that the irrigation system is our likely culprit for the high water bill. Have completely turned it off for now and will fiddle with the settings next week when it warms up again.
- Brought lunch to work despite not being thrilled with my potato and pulled pork.
- Figuring out what unwanted Christmas presents can be sent in for store credit and which I'll have to create postings for.
- Going this afternoon to get birth control implanted in my arm. Hopefully this will work for me and I'll have 3 years of no birth control costs.

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« Reply #10572 on: January 04, 2018, 01:03:06 PM »
Love my kitchen appliances ... they really do help me frugalify our life!

In my large slow cooker I have a chicken/salsa/bean/corn dinner going. Later I will add cream cheese and serve over rice that I will cook in the Instant Pot when I get home with the kids after our afternoon excursion.

In my small slow cooker I have a huge sweet potato cooking - cut it in half and wrapped in foil. It had a big soft spot that I cut out. Former self would definitely have chucked the whole thing.

In the Instant Pot I just finished cooking some black beans from dry, and now have in some barley for the fridge for a few days.  Rice in there later.


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« Reply #10573 on: January 04, 2018, 02:26:55 PM »
-- Ate in and ate random leftovers for the last few days while DH was out of town.  No need to cook that way and stuff gets used up.  I do, however, need to make something this afternoon so we have leftovers for tomorrows lunch....oops.

-- Got invited to dinner at another couple's house and they are providing everything.  So no need to make a dinner for tonight.

-- Living in a rental for *hopefully* only the next 5 months.  The blinds are functional but not high quality, and on nights with fuller moons I was finding myself unable to sleep in such a well lit room.  I still wanted the ability to easily open a curtain (as opposed to just tacking up random fabric for the next 5 months), so I went to goodwill looking for a curtain.   A 3.50 black out curtain panel from goodwill and a 10.00 rod/hanger set from Lowes means I now have a gloriously dark bedroom at night, and I'm not out much money if the parts just end up being donated at the end of May.   

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« Reply #10574 on: January 04, 2018, 03:56:41 PM »
No-spend today again.
Okay, I did technically spend for a gas fill up, but it’s reimbursed for travel. So no-spend for my own money.


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« Reply #10575 on: January 04, 2018, 04:07:49 PM »
-- Living in a rental for *hopefully* only the next 5 months.  The blinds are functional but not high quality, and on nights with fuller moons I was finding myself unable to sleep in such a well lit room.  I still wanted the ability to easily open a curtain (as opposed to just tacking up random fabric for the next 5 months), so I went to goodwill looking for a curtain.   A 3.50 black out curtain panel from goodwill and a 10.00 rod/hanger set from Lowes means I now have a gloriously dark bedroom at night, and I'm not out much money if the parts just end up being donated at the end of May.

Great fix, @alewpanda.

I posted this a couple of years ago but my solution when living in a similar situation was to buy used block-out verticals from eBay for $10. It took thirty seconds to pull down the existing rack and put up the new rack, and vice versa when it was time to move.

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« Reply #10576 on: January 04, 2018, 04:14:40 PM »
* Took the bus to school and back again -- our car hasn't been out of the garage since Sunday!

* Wife texted when I was getting out of class and asked me to meet her at Starbucks because she had good news to share. (A very lucrative client signed her on to illustrate a second book, whee!) She walked the 1/2 mile, I got off at the bus stop  in front of the cafe. We enjoyed a free afternoon fancy coffee using Christmas gift cards. Saving the rest of the gift card for when we are traveling next week.

* Worked out this morning to free yoga videos and free body weight exercises.

* Watching a Netflix movie tonight. DS2's turn to pick, but he won't tell us his choice. This probably means stupid comedy with lots of fart jokes... :)

* Eating frozen pizza and salad. Cheaper than delivery! Movie and frozen pizza is supposed to be the Friday treat, but we have a kid activity tomorrow night so I flipped it around.

I still need to figure out a potluck dish to take to the activity tomorrow. Something with apples. I still have three bushels of fall apples in my root cellar that I need to work through before they go wrinkly...

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« Reply #10577 on: January 04, 2018, 04:18:56 PM »
Did more of those idiotic health incentive activities for work so I get more employer money in my HSA. They flat contribute $1500 for family coverage and then up to $2400 more if you jump through hoops. I have to do another incentive activity tomorrow afternoon which I am not really looking forward to, but it is worth $150 and takes 10-15 minutes of my time so I guess I better suck it up. I try to get these things done as soon as humanly possible in the year just in case. $950 down, $1450 to go.

I spent some time yesterday doing these things too. We max out at $1000 but I need to hit that since our deductible went up $1000 this year!

My health plan stayed the same for 2018, but my share of the premium went up. I am not really complaining. Last year, the megacorp paid about $18-$19k for my family's health insurance. Yikes.

I had to have a phone consultation as today's health incentive. It actually took only about 5 minutes and was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Another $150 down. 

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« Reply #10578 on: January 04, 2018, 05:55:47 PM »
Actually Tuesday, but this is the first time I've had energy/time for the MMM site:

I went to the local "expensive" supermarket and learned that Jan. 2 is "holy crap we're stuck with stuff from the holidays and now nobody has any money" day... got about $80 worth of stuff, mostly meat and cheese, for $35.

Used the meat for the biggest pot of ragu I've ever tried. It's actually easier in big batches (and a big pot).

Now cooking off some "enjoy tonight!" bacon in the oven.

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« Reply #10579 on: January 04, 2018, 07:31:15 PM »
Set everything up to max 401k, HSA, and both IRAs for 2018! 1 hr of work now, for $34,900 more in savings (+ 8,300 more from employer so really 43,200) by this time next year. woo

posting here bc DH does not appreciate this awesomeness.

Good for you! My spouse initially wasn't thinking that maxing out retirement and FSAs wasn't a big deal, either, but he did get on board after we recalculated our net worth at the end of November.
Thanks! He definitely got excited when I showed him the savings difference from just in taxables but I think he forgot by now :/ I should remind him. lol

Holla!  Great job!

Likewise, nice work, Meesh!

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« Reply #10580 on: January 04, 2018, 07:37:25 PM »
Leftovers for dinner. DH came home early and we left the heat turned down and hid under blankets on the couch staying out of the cold, cold weather. Nice.

Entertainment tonight was texting our friends in other parts of the country to compare who has the coldest temps. :)

So far have spent very little on groceries this month. Sticking to a meal plan and using up what's in the freezer is going to get us through the winter with I am hoping some record low food bills.



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« Reply #10581 on: January 04, 2018, 10:04:06 PM »
Yesterday morning I discovered as I was getting ready that my favorite pants were becoming worn on the rear - since I was running late I just opted to hide the problem with a long sweater over top.  At the end of the day I saw the true extent of the damage and had to retire the pair.  I didn't plan to replace them, but when I checked my clothing capsule app I realized that they are my most versatile item and because they are maroon add a lot of color and variety. (They go with work outfits and casual outfits in more than 30+ combinations.) Today in the midst of other errands I went looking for replacements - the store where I originally bought them more than 6 years ago with a gift card no longer carries them. But I tried on a few similar pairs at a thrift store and got something nearly identical with a slightly better fit to the leg. Total time spent: maybe 30 minutes total; price: $5. Score!   I'm also looking at the old pair to refashion into either a children's overall, or maybe a messenger bag. I already know it would match almost everything I own...

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« Reply #10582 on: January 04, 2018, 11:17:08 PM »
I went to the local "expensive" supermarket and learned that Jan. 2 is "holy crap we're stuck with stuff from the holidays and now nobody has any money" day... got about $80 worth of stuff, mostly meat and cheese, for $35.

I had a good laugh at this. Well done!

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« Reply #10583 on: January 05, 2018, 02:02:53 PM »
Randomly decided to log into my 401k at work and increased my contributions by 1%

(hey, this thread said SMALL things you did to save money!)

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« Reply #10584 on: January 05, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »
I wanted to go to the grocery store to buy some stuff I "needed" but then it rained so I didn't go.

We're going tomorrow for the big grocery shop anyway and our house is full of food so it's not like I'm going to go hungry.

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« Reply #10585 on: January 05, 2018, 05:17:19 PM »
-Ate random leftovers from the fridge/freezer for breakfast & lunch
-Re-purposing other leftovers for dinner
-Skipped running the dishwasher, and will hand wash a few things & just do one load today
-Listed three things on eBay. Every time I think we don't have anything left to list, I'll open a cupboard I'd forgotten about, and there's a new prospect.
-Bought a flight for my girls trip to Las Vegas for $11. Used points earned from work travel to cover the rest. Woop! Also staying at the hotel for free, so feeling pretty good about the budget friendly options.
-Cancelled our ski trip to Tahoe. We decided we'd rather do a few day trips vs the logistics of staying over. I emailed the owner & he refunded me the full amount (not the lesser amount, as I was expecting).

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« Reply #10586 on: January 05, 2018, 05:37:24 PM »
* Keen emailed me on my warranty claim yesterday evening. $150 credit and I get to keep the shoes! I'll use the credit to replace the damaged laces and to get DS2 a new pair of shoes(Which we were planning to buy next month.)

* DS1 gets a $50 voucher to the college bookstore every quarter as part of an aid package. He didn't need books this quarter, only art supplies. The bookstore has the supplies, although they are more expensive than getting them elsewhere. The voucher is use it or lose it, so I had him use it for his supplies. There was a few dollars left, so he bought a few extra pieces of drawing charcoal since he goes through a lot.

* DS2's astro club has a potluck tonight. I made an apple sheet cake using items we had on hand. The whole fam is going, so free dinner, entertainment, and hanging out with friends.

* Another no spend day! We are 5 for 5 this year ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10587 on: January 05, 2018, 06:16:52 PM »
Yesterday morning I discovered as I was getting ready that my favorite pants were becoming worn on the rear - since I was running late I just opted to hide the problem with a long sweater over top.  At the end of the day I saw the true extent of the damage and had to retire the pair.

Nice find on the replacement.  And glad you noticed before you went out.  Several times I've managed to come home, change into my pajamas and only then noticed a giant rip/stain/other issue with my clothes which mean I spend the night worrying about how long it had been like that and how noticeable it had been.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10588 on: January 05, 2018, 07:21:28 PM »
Jumping back in here because I think focusing on the small stuff is a good exercise for me.

Made dinner with chicken from the freezer and a bag of nearly past their prime carrots.

Made a “use it up” list for this week’s meal planning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10589 on: January 05, 2018, 07:26:34 PM »
-- Spent most of the day at home, except for my errands of dropping off a bag at the thrift store (and not buying anything while I was there), depositing a check from babysitting earlier this week and a roll of dimes from the change jar, and buying dog food (the big bag for maximum bang for the buck).   At the pet store I am on their loyalty program, so next month's bag 30lb pound bag of dog food will be FREE :)

-- Kinda wanted a treat while I was out and had gift cards from Christmas.  I resisted though.  Less sugar and I've delayed using up the gift cards yet another day.  Delaying uneeded spending, even when its not my money.

-- DH was hinting at going out, but instead I made a yummy chicken stir fry with rice and veggies.  Threw in some leftover pineapple tidbits too.  It was delicious! 

-- Used our free clubhouse gym.  Its cheap, and not well maintained...but it was a warm treadmill rather than 20 degrees without wind chill....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10590 on: January 05, 2018, 08:27:37 PM »
Yesterday morning I discovered as I was getting ready that my favorite pants were becoming worn on the rear - since I was running late I just opted to hide the problem with a long sweater over top.  At the end of the day I saw the true extent of the damage and had to retire the pair.

Nice find on the replacement.  And glad you noticed before you went out.  Several times I've managed to come home, change into my pajamas and only then noticed a giant rip/stain/other issue with my clothes which mean I spend the night worrying about how long it had been like that and how noticeable it had been.
Yup, I've done that too. Good thing another set of eyes in the house spotted my back side before I headed out this time ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10591 on: January 05, 2018, 11:37:40 PM »
Carpooled to book club (30 minute drive) with a friend - she saves this time and Iíll get to save next time, and itís extra visiting time in the car. Win.

Left work a bit early to avoid a separate trip to IKEA (I pass it on way home) to get one more piece we needed for the storage cabinets we are building this weekend. This project is long overdue and will drastically improve that area, which is a shared space with our basement tenants (well, not so much shared as they have to pass through/by it) and it just looks very untidy. Storage will now have doors and we will for sure get rid of some unneeded stuff in the process.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10592 on: January 06, 2018, 01:45:19 PM »
I took advantage of a rebate from my energy utility and upgraded my attic insulation from R20 to R50 today! The rebate gives me a credit on my account for the cost of the insulation, but not labour. With the help of a good friend, a huge van borrowed from a sports club I volunteer with, and use of a blower that is free with purchase of insulation, we did the work ourselves and the whole project cost me about $80 (the cost of respirators & goggles), plus one dinner out for the friend and I at a later date when we're not tired and dusty.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10593 on: January 06, 2018, 05:57:39 PM »
-Used a grocery store gift card to pick up a discounted box of tea ($.57) & a box of muffins ($.97). Already baked the muffins, although three have mysteriously disappeared.
-Used Rite Aid points to pick up a cleaning product I needed for the house.
-Went through my clothes & found two more items to list on eBay
-Spoke to my husband about an expensive jewelry set his mother got me, that I've never worn. It's been 10+ years, and is totally not my style. My mother in law lives in another country & it's highly unlikely she will ever be in our home. Now clear to sell the jewelry & put the money in the kids college accounts. Will tell them the money is a gift from his mom.
-Walked to three stores instead of driving. Only about 3 miles, but combined exercise & errands.

Also, this is something we do all the time, but I thought might be a new tip for others. After I get back from the store, I put most of our vegetables into cloth bags, and then put the cloth bag into the plastic bag again. For things like: broccoli, fresh spices, lettuce, celery, etc, this greatly extends the life of the vegetables. I can sometimes get lettuce to last for nearly three weeks this way.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10594 on: January 06, 2018, 06:13:16 PM »
Already baked the muffins, although three have mysteriously disappeared.

That too shall pass.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10595 on: January 06, 2018, 10:48:37 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, what kind of cloth bags? Iím assuming just cotton, and that I could sew some out of t-shirts destined for the rag bin. Thanks for the tip. I donít have much of an issue with veggies going bad, but fresher is always better!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10596 on: January 07, 2018, 12:19:06 AM »
Yesterday morning I discovered as I was getting ready that my favorite pants were becoming worn on the rear - since I was running late I just opted to hide the problem with a long sweater over top.  At the end of the day I saw the true extent of the damage and had to retire the pair.  I didn't plan to replace them, but when I checked my clothing capsule app I realized that they are my most versatile item and because they are maroon add a lot of color and variety. (They go with work outfits and casual outfits in more than 30+ combinations.) Today in the midst of other errands I went looking for replacements - the store where I originally bought them more than 6 years ago with a gift card no longer carries them. But I tried on a few similar pairs at a thrift store and got something nearly identical with a slightly better fit to the leg. Total time spent: maybe 30 minutes total; price: $5. Score!   I'm also looking at the old pair to refashion into either a children's overall, or maybe a messenger bag. I already know it would match almost everything I own...

@halftimer which clothing capsule app do you use?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10597 on: January 07, 2018, 12:35:30 AM »
It hit 35 degrees in my suburb today. Closed blinds, a fan, lots of cold water, no AC.

I cold-washed, line-dried two loads of washing.

Still using up scented bar soap instead of liquid hand soap.

I've collected 15 more bottles and cans to cash in.

I have two kilos chicken breast in the slow cooker (will freeze in lunch portions).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10598 on: January 07, 2018, 04:47:50 AM »
I've started the year with the Uber frugal monthly challenge - just gone 7 days
with no unnecessary spends! Have been particularly proud of myself for resisting takeaway temptation (I have a bit of a burrito problem).

-Using the fan rather than the aircon  through our latest heatwave.

-Snagged a pair of rattan outdoor chairs a family member was giving away - got them today and they are perfect for our outdoor space and really comfy!

-Found two things to sell on Gumtree (Craigslist) this month - I'm going to try for 12 hustles/extra income this year - aiming to make extra cash once a month to boost my savings goals.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10599 on: January 07, 2018, 08:23:15 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, what kind of cloth bags? Iím assuming just cotton, and that I could sew some out of t-shirts destined for the rag bin. Thanks for the tip. I donít have much of an issue with veggies going bad, but fresher is always better!

My MIL made them for me. They may not need to be exactly like this, but ours are cotton (not as soft as a tshirt material), but she bought cheapie fabric & then sewed a gather at the top with a cord. They are various sizes. So, for example, I have cilantro for the guac I'm making later in the week in the tiny bag, and our romaine in the bigger bags. I probably have 5 or so bags. Took her 15 minutes to sew, so have to assume they were easy, but . . . I don't sew. :-)