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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10550 on: January 14, 2018, 08:11:45 PM »
Compared unit prices on shampoo at Costco, and ended up getting the fancier shampoo because it was less expensive

Decided not to buy frozen muffins made with vegetables and made my own pumpkin carrot zucchini muffins when I got home.  Zucchini was on sale at Aldi this week so I had some on hand.

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« Reply #10551 on: January 15, 2018, 01:02:16 AM »
Walked to work today. And will walk back home again. Saving diesel.

In the weekend I made an apple cake from leftover apples from the office.

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« Reply #10552 on: January 15, 2018, 07:19:44 AM »
Entertained at home. Kept heat low at night.  Replaced an incandescent bulb with an LED one.  Made super-on-sale pork chops and ate leftover rice and veggies.  Made breakfast at home.  Played on internet (finance blogs) for personal entertainment. 

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« Reply #10553 on: January 15, 2018, 08:19:11 AM »
Looked at the very detailed schedule of what is included with our "Y" membership and found that we have reciprocal membership at a JCC that has a huge, weekly indoor bouncy house event with several different bounce structures.

When the weather is too cold to spend time outside (basically once it gets in the negatives), we have been shelling out 12 bucks a kid for bounce time at Monkey Joes - now we can go someplace for "free" and get basically the same thing!

Pays to read the boring details in the back of the membership book.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10554 on: January 15, 2018, 09:28:15 AM »
Both my home insurance and phone plans were up for renewal, so I called and got $12/mo reduction on my home insurance (loyalty discount + increase in deductable), and $10/mo reduction on my cellphone bill. Not bad for 10 min spent in my pajamas!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10555 on: January 15, 2018, 11:29:52 AM »
-- Its a federal holiday, so both of us are off of work today.  DH also does freelance work for several clients on the side, so he scheduled work with clients for today instead -- getting paid while getting paid ;)

-- It snowed an inch or so and our rural MO town can't clear it well, so DH took my car instead of his own for safety of driving.  I had plans to pick up groceries and painting supplies, but instead sent him with a very detailed list to pick up in between appointments.  I also sent him with a thermos of coffee and a lunch so he would be good no matter how long he was out.  No take out and gas used from only one vehicle instead of two.

-- Since I am stuck at home, I walked the dogs for 45 minutes (they love snow), cleaned the bathroom, and am doing laundry.  I had some potatoes that I bought half off that were going soft, so i fried up one to eat for lunch and I roasted to pans full of the rest.  They are divided into 3 sides for DH's lunches, one big container to be heated up as a side for dinner sometime this week, and 2 containers that are enough for a full lunch for me. 

-- Trying to cut down on electrical useage, so I keep turning off lights, opening drapes, turning off DH's computer screen when not in use, and trying to limit the drying to the bare minimum.  I also put on slippers rather than turning on the space heater in the living room.

-- Spent some down time getting a few swagbucks.

-- Making meatloaf at home tonight, and then probably painting (for me) and working on a drop shipping based business site (DH).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10556 on: January 15, 2018, 12:26:03 PM »
Yesterday I made bread from starch with ingredients I had at home as well as cooked up some kale/rice/bean bowls for the week. I'll have the bread for breakfast (toast) and the kale bowls for lunch or dinner. Also made my daily latte at home. Another no spend day in the books.

Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

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« Reply #10557 on: January 15, 2018, 12:55:29 PM »
Yesterday I made bread from starch with ingredients I had at home as well as cooked up some kale/rice/bean bowls for the week. I'll have the bread for breakfast (toast) and the kale bowls for lunch or dinner. Also made my daily latte at home. Another no spend day in the books.

Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

If you find a good recipe, please share!

Here's what we've done so far:
-Mailed two packages (eBay), making around $40 on the sales
-Drove our electric car on all errands
-Worked out outside (running), so no need for a gym
-Made frittatas for my older son to take as quick breakfasts in the morning
-Making homemade dinner rolls now for tonight, to go with our soup
-Froze the rest of the chicken bones/skin, for use in a second batch of broth
-All meals eaten at home today
-Sent a follow up email to someone who owes me $190

Oh, and cleaning our own house. This is a recent change, and I don't hate it. Although, I do sort of put it off, by dreaming up other things I can make in the kitchen, and then "run out of time".

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10558 on: January 15, 2018, 01:06:02 PM »
I was particularly happy with the Echo Dot sale.  A woman bought it for her autistic son.  She said he used one over the holidays at a relative's home.  It got him to speak and work on his diction/pronunciation so that it would play his favorite music.

Oh, how great! I have a Google Home that I got as a freebie, I wonder if I can find someone who could use it therapeutically. I was just going to put it on eBay.

I love this.

The only person I know with a Google Home just uses it for weather updates, so this anecdote makes me feel much more positive towards them.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10559 on: January 15, 2018, 04:11:23 PM »
Sent back a christmas present I didn't want. Net $468. Win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10560 on: January 15, 2018, 04:53:43 PM »
Resumed our spending fast today, since we are back from our trip. The small things I managed to do:

* Did yoga at home then went for a walk to enjoy the rare sunshine.

* Caught up on homework while listening to free Spotify.

* Making scratch rolls and a potato-cauliflower soup from items in the fridge and pantry.

* Whipped up some chickpea salad for mine and DS1's school lunches.

* Noticed a weird $60 charge for the GPS thing on the final receipt from the rental car place. I specifically turned down the GPS because it is 2018 and I have a smartphone. Made a call and got the amount credited back.

* Cut DS1's hair. This saves him money, not me, but I'm counting it anyway!

* going to kick back with a library book for the rest of the afternoon/evening and avoid my family. I need alone time to recharge after our trip #introvertproblems!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10561 on: January 15, 2018, 05:47:03 PM »
Broke my phone’s screen and ordered a replacement kit instead of getting it repaired at the phone repair place.  I’m not really declaring victory until I’m successful though.

Watched a Netflix movie instead of buying an Amazon movie

We’ve planned on getting a Nature Museum membership, and it was on sale today for 10% off so I got it.  Membership gets us unlimited entry plus entry into many reciprocal museums.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10562 on: January 16, 2018, 01:29:06 AM »
Walked to work again, to avoid the traffic chaos with all the snow. It was a small expedition, almost 1,5 hour one way.

Yesterday we ate pears as vegetables for dinner. Those were leftover fruits from work that I had cooked and stored in the freezer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10563 on: January 16, 2018, 06:00:28 AM »
We had a 3 day weekend, and discussed taking the kids to see a movie at our local historic theatre, which is only $4 per ticket. Instead, we decided to take the kids sledding (all three days!) and wait for the movie to hit Netflix in a few months. All meals made at home, and the kids thought the homemade hot chocolate was a special treat. 9yo and I baked cupcakes from an old mix that was languishing in the cupboard, and everyone had fun decorating them. We shoveled five driveways, including doing ours and my mother's twice, which I'm counting as free entertainment and a workout. Plus good karma with our parents and the neighbors.

Also made a huge batch of chili and a take n bake baguette that was on markdown. Froze the leftover chili in individual portions for lunches.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10564 on: January 16, 2018, 07:50:39 AM »
- I'm going to eat at my grandma's tonight, so I'll have my dinner for free.
- S/o is going to make a huge batch of chili tonight and I expect there'll be enough leftovers for tomorrow.
- My bike was stolen, so it needs to be replaced, but I've found a way to get EUR 300 off.
- Didn't turn on the heating when I came home from work, instead used a blanket.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10565 on: January 16, 2018, 02:29:22 PM »

Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

If you find a good recipe, please share!


Here's the recipe I came up with;

2 cups Dates
1 cup Cashews
1/3 cup Almonds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor

Put it all in the food processor and then into a small dish to try and press them into bars.

They came out delicious but didn't hold together like a bar. I will add more dates and less nuts next time. It literally took about 3 mins to make so I'll be trying again soon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10566 on: January 16, 2018, 05:44:54 PM »

Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

If you find a good recipe, please share!


Here's the recipe I came up with;

2 cups Dates
1 cup Cashews
1/3 cup Almonds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor

Put it all in the food processor and then into a small dish to try and press them into bars.

They came out delicious but didn't hold together like a bar. I will add more dates and less nuts next time. It literally took about 3 mins to make so I'll be trying again soon.

What do you mean by lemon flavor? Like, vanilla flavor but lemon instead? I may play around with this, but with lemon zest or something instead. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10567 on: January 16, 2018, 05:48:36 PM »
What kind of lard?  All I ever see in the stores is Tenderflake, and it is ubiquitous.

In Toronto, I buy pork trimmings for a dollar a sack, and fry them down for chicharon and very porky-tasting lard. It's worth the hassle to bring back.

But most of the food I fly with is stuff like shallots, garlic, ginger, peppers, dried mushrooms..

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« Reply #10568 on: January 16, 2018, 05:57:34 PM »
I moved my bedroom to a different room in the house: this new room is warmer (it gets the sun in the afternoon) and has more light (big window). It allows me to save on heat and electricity.

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« Reply #10569 on: January 16, 2018, 05:57:46 PM »

Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

If you find a good recipe, please share!


Here's the recipe I came up with;

2 cups Dates
1 cup Cashews
1/3 cup Almonds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor

Put it all in the food processor and then into a small dish to try and press them into bars.

They came out delicious but didn't hold together like a bar. I will add more dates and less nuts next time. It literally took about 3 mins to make so I'll be trying again soon.

What do you mean by lemon flavor? Like, vanilla flavor but lemon instead? I may play around with this, but with lemon zest or something instead. Thanks for sharing!

Lemon essence?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10570 on: January 16, 2018, 07:35:55 PM »
- Took the bus to school and back. I had to walk to the bus stop in freezing rain on very slippery sidewalks, but side benefit was I didn't have to drive on the slippery roads!

- Bad: Discovered carpenter ants in the mantle last night. Good: Mentioned it to my professor, who specializes in carpenter ants (controlling them, specifically). She offered to treat them for free for some research she is doing.

- Made paneer from scratch from milk that was near but not quite at the turning point. Then, used the paneer to make matar paneer for dinner. Delicious!

- Applied for two scholarships and made a list of things to gather to apply to three more.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10571 on: January 16, 2018, 09:08:07 PM »
-Ate free meals at work
-Charged our electric car for free
-Cut a $500 yearly service by negotiating for an on demand vs pay monthly model. Will save approximately $410 of $500 based on current usage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10572 on: January 16, 2018, 11:22:06 PM »
Came home from work exhausted, made pasta for dinner instead of ordering pizza. Met my dad for lunch, who always treats. :)

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« Reply #10573 on: January 17, 2018, 07:10:47 AM »
What do you mean by lemon flavor? Like, vanilla flavor but lemon instead? I may play around with this, but with lemon zest or something instead. Thanks for sharing!

Yes pretty much, I got it at Wholefoods for like $4 and it's pretty powerful only used 1/4 tsp plus the lemon juice and the "bars" were very lemony. So the bottle should last a long time. Let me know how yours turn out. DH referred to them as granular but delicious.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10574 on: January 17, 2018, 08:36:30 AM »
Cool! I'm going to try that as well. I have all those ingredients on hand!


Tonight I may try to make my own Lemon Larabars :)

If you find a good recipe, please share!


Here's the recipe I came up with;

2 cups Dates
1 cup Cashews
1/3 cup Almonds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor

Put it all in the food processor and then into a small dish to try and press them into bars.

They came out delicious but didn't hold together like a bar. I will add more dates and less nuts next time. It literally took about 3 mins to make so I'll be trying again soon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10575 on: January 17, 2018, 10:03:21 AM »
Stopped following retailers on Facebook and replaced them with following Audubon and Bird Cam  (Bird Cam, incidentally, is a great FIRE motivator). 

Also opted out of multiple retailer email lists.  My phone has been so quiet I thought something was wrong with the push notifications...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10576 on: January 17, 2018, 10:36:57 AM »
-Participated in a study (questionnaire based on a medical condition), and I'll get $10 when I do a follow up survey in 16 weeks.
-Filled out the necessary online form to get $25 visa gift card for switching ISPs.
-I've been a home body the last 2 days and not gone anywhere/spent anything. (Well, long walks both days, but zero gas and zero spending)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10577 on: January 17, 2018, 11:28:45 AM »
Filled out a coupon to get a $15 rebate on prescription dog food.


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« Reply #10578 on: January 17, 2018, 03:26:23 PM »
-- spent the day in and spent nothing so far today.  I will drive down the road tonight for a Bible study, but its not far and I still won't spend anything but the gas.

-- Am really focusing my attention to painting and making an income off of my side hustle of painting.  Sales are sporadic and limited, but I'm putting a concentrated effort in to actually "uniform" myself for my paint days, as if it were a regular job, and to focus my attention and accomplish tasks more quickly so that I have pieces to more quickly list and sell.  Its not my primary income, but i am out of excess stuff to sell from the house (finally finished downsizing after 9 months) and I still need/want more income to throw at our goals and complete them faster than projected...so here goes!

-- Ate leftovers and bits out of the fridge today to clean it out.  DH did freelance work on his lunch break from "regular" work.  Leftovers for dinner tonight too.

-- Cleaned up the fraying cuff of DH's work pants.  I would fold and hem again if I hadn't already done so once before!  He's rough on work pants, so I will be watching goodwill for some new khakis for him.

-- Kept the space heater off today.  Let the regular furnace run at a low temp and wore layers and slippers, plus walked the dogs multiple times to keep the body temp up.


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« Reply #10579 on: January 17, 2018, 04:36:27 PM »
-Arranged a school carpool for tomorrow. (It's supposed to rain, 4 miles each way, no transportation for the kiddos. Normally they ride bikes).
-Leftovers for dinner. Turkey & potato sriracha chowder + homemade rolls. Yum.
-Zero spend day

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10580 on: January 17, 2018, 10:22:57 PM »
I was on the way to my car share to drive to work, when I realized I'd be walking by the bus stop. I've been avoiding the bus because during rush hour what should be a 20 minute commute can take over an hour since the buses are full and don't stop, but I'd read about upgrades to the service so decided to try... and a bus came within three minutes, and I was at work within 25! Considering I already had a transit card with some money on it, it was a free commute.

Took some teammates for lunch - but it was reasonable enough that I'll expense it - and then made a planned dinner with ingredients at home. Instant Pot Butter Chicken!

Zero spend day. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10581 on: January 18, 2018, 03:06:44 AM »
I cut my husband's hair! I bought proper scissors a while ago for my 2& 4 year old hair but he me cut his last night. He cares a lot about his hair so this was a big deal. It looks good 😄

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« Reply #10582 on: January 18, 2018, 03:36:04 AM »
Didn't run the airconditioner today, or yesterday, or the day before.  I don't think I will run it tomorrow either.  :)

I haven't used hot water for the shower since the solstice, and intend to keep that up until the equinox.  3 months of not using gas.  Now if I can just convince the wife and kids to shower in cold water too....


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10583 on: January 18, 2018, 11:05:33 AM »
Decided I'm feeling too run down/have been overdoing it too much this week to properly enjoy an expensive concert tomorrow night, so I sold the ticket on Stubhub. I booked it months ago, but this week is too busy and I'm too grumpy. He'll tour again next year. I was too lazy to get the numbers exactly right with the fees etc. in Stubhub, so I ended up getting my money back plus 20 cents extra.

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« Reply #10584 on: January 18, 2018, 12:17:42 PM »
Brought lunch today and every day this week! I am on the go frequently which leads to convenience purchases. It's healthier and obv cheaper for me to bring. It does require planning but its getting to be part of the routine.

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« Reply #10585 on: January 18, 2018, 01:08:26 PM »
Buy oven roaster chickens like 6-8lbs or more and have the butcher butterfly them. Place on a rack on a flat baking pan sprinkle spices and bake in oven. Put onion and celery under rack.  Look up Spatchcock chicken on internet for instructions. Comes out perfect every time and delicious. If you can and the chickens are on sale, hoard up on them. Freeze them flat in plastic and foil. Hub and I have made them a ton of times and they are AWESOME!

OH, and tell the butcher you want the backbone, neck and innards like heart, liver and gizzards. You can make broth with the bones and if you don't want to eat the innards, feed them to your cat or dog. If you don't ask the butcher for this stuff, they will keep it. No idea if they sell it or chuck it but you are paying for it!

88 cents a lb is a GREAT price!

I've made paté with chicken and turkey livers. It's not as gross as it sounds.

I'm not sure what to do with the heart and gizzards.

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« Reply #10586 on: January 18, 2018, 01:11:37 PM »
The banana I used was overripe, so if I hadn't used it today, tomorrow it would have gone to waste.

Nonsense! That turns into banana bread or put into smoothies. Just freeze the banana when it gets too ripe.

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« Reply #10587 on: January 18, 2018, 01:20:00 PM »
Very SMALL, but turned a right-handed dishwashing glove into a left-handed dishwashing glove by turning it inside out.

I can't stand doing dishes without dish gloves on, and one side or the other tends to develop a rip at some point, so I usually store the one that doesn't break in a drawer and use it when that hand's glove develops a rip. I ran out of spares, and a left-handed glove tore a little and I only had a right-handed spare left.

These gloves tear easily, but I buy the cheap ones. The last pair was actually only slightly more and more durable and lasted awhile, but alas it just ripped.

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« Reply #10588 on: January 18, 2018, 01:23:30 PM »
Very SMALL, but turned a right-handed dishwashing glove into a left-handed dishwashing glove by turning it inside out.

I can't stand doing dishes without dish gloves on, and one side or the other tends to develop a rip at some point, so I usually store the one that doesn't break in a drawer and use it when that hand's glove develops a rip. I ran out of spares, and a left-handed glove tore a little and I only had a right-handed spare left.

These gloves tear easily, but I buy the cheap ones. The last pair was actually only slightly more and more durable and lasted awhile, but alas it just ripped.

WTF is a dishwashing glove? And why? Don't hands have a dishwashing protecting substance, like skin?

(I'm honestly curious about the gloves, but also being facetious.)

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« Reply #10589 on: January 18, 2018, 01:46:39 PM »
Very SMALL, but turned a right-handed dishwashing glove into a left-handed dishwashing glove by turning it inside out.

I can't stand doing dishes without dish gloves on, and one side or the other tends to develop a rip at some point, so I usually store the one that doesn't break in a drawer and use it when that hand's glove develops a rip. I ran out of spares, and a left-handed glove tore a little and I only had a right-handed spare left.

These gloves tear easily, but I buy the cheap ones. The last pair was actually only slightly more and more durable and lasted awhile, but alas it just ripped.

WTF is a dishwashing glove? And why? Don't hands have a dishwashing protecting substance, like skin?

(I'm honestly curious about the gloves, but also being facetious.)

Touching dirty dishes kind of grosses me out.

Also I have a lot of allergies and don't want to be touching dishwashing liquid too much. These days I buy dishwashing liquid with less chemicals, but you never know.

I also use gloves to clean my bike or wash my car. My brother-in-law laughs at me for this. I don't care.

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« Reply #10590 on: January 18, 2018, 02:39:37 PM »
Very SMALL, but turned a right-handed dishwashing glove into a left-handed dishwashing glove by turning it inside out.

I can't stand doing dishes without dish gloves on, and one side or the other tends to develop a rip at some point, so I usually store the one that doesn't break in a drawer and use it when that hand's glove develops a rip. I ran out of spares, and a left-handed glove tore a little and I only had a right-handed spare left.

These gloves tear easily, but I buy the cheap ones. The last pair was actually only slightly more and more durable and lasted awhile, but alas it just ripped.

WTF is a dishwashing glove? And why? Don't hands have a dishwashing protecting substance, like skin?

(I'm honestly curious about the gloves, but also being facetious.)

Touching dirty dishes kind of grosses me out.

Also I have a lot of allergies and don't want to be touching dishwashing liquid too much. These days I buy dishwashing liquid with less chemicals, but you never know.

I also use gloves to clean my bike or wash my car. My brother-in-law laughs at me for this. I don't care.

Well, I now understand your reasons. However, I still had to turn to our Lord and Master Google. It turns out dishwashing gloves are the same thing as those yellow rubber gloves. No idea why, but I did not make that connection. I was flabbergasted when I heard the term. Now I find out that they are the same things I occasionally use when dealing with electricity. Didn't mean to come across mean or douchey.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10591 on: January 18, 2018, 03:06:57 PM »
Very SMALL, but turned a right-handed dishwashing glove into a left-handed dishwashing glove by turning it inside out.

I can't stand doing dishes without dish gloves on, and one side or the other tends to develop a rip at some point, so I usually store the one that doesn't break in a drawer and use it when that hand's glove develops a rip. I ran out of spares, and a left-handed glove tore a little and I only had a right-handed spare left.

These gloves tear easily, but I buy the cheap ones. The last pair was actually only slightly more and more durable and lasted awhile, but alas it just ripped.

WTF is a dishwashing glove? And why? Don't hands have a dishwashing protecting substance, like skin?

(I'm honestly curious about the gloves, but also being facetious.)

Touching dirty dishes kind of grosses me out.

Also I have a lot of allergies and don't want to be touching dishwashing liquid too much. These days I buy dishwashing liquid with less chemicals, but you never know.

I also use gloves to clean my bike or wash my car. My brother-in-law laughs at me for this. I don't care.

Well, I now understand your reasons. However, I still had to turn to our Lord and Master Google. It turns out dishwashing gloves are the same thing as those yellow rubber gloves. No idea why, but I did not make that connection. I was flabbergasted when I heard the term. Now I find out that they are the same things I occasionally use when dealing with electricity. Didn't mean to come across mean or douchey.

Yes just those cheap yellow gloves you can buy at the grocery store. Very cheap. But they break easily.

I wasn't really offended. Your reaction was milder than my brother-in-law's, who took a picture of me washing my bike with gloves on and posted it on Facebook. He actually has skin issues too like me so I really think he should be using gloves more. But to keep harmony in the family, I don't bring it up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10592 on: January 18, 2018, 03:40:48 PM »
I should be using gloves as well, I have skin issues, but they're just so uncomfortable and weird smelling.

I went grocery shopping after work. Almost all the food I bought was marked 35% off.
I have been hand quilting a quilt all night. I'm sitting under it while quilting, so I turned the heating down.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10593 on: January 18, 2018, 03:49:46 PM »
-Sold/mailed another item on eBay. Made $4. Raking in the big bucks.
-Found a penny in a conference room. See above.
-Finally sorted out the issue causing library fines (kids cards, email notifications not getting sent) & put a plan in place to rectify & reduce/eliminate fines

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10594 on: January 18, 2018, 04:27:33 PM »
I've been sticking to my New Year's resolution of not buying lunch on work days. I've resorted to nuts and granola bars a couple times. Today I brought tuna noodle that I'd packed and set in the freezer last week, and tonight I had leftover baked ziti that I had frozen from the big batch made for lunch last week. I wish I'd realised it years ago, but turns out one big family-sized casserole dish can potentially feed me for ten meals. If I can sort out appropriate food storage and freeze enough before it goes bad or I get tired of it, I should be able to cook less than twice per week in future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10595 on: January 18, 2018, 08:54:25 PM »
I just made lemon larabars from all ingredients I had on hand! Not sure who posted that but thank you for that motivation. Also good that my 2yo loved those and she is super picky. Her go to snack is kind bars so this will be a great switch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10596 on: January 18, 2018, 09:01:26 PM »
Our neighbour was pulling out their lemongrass. A couple of repurposed old containers, a shovel and some  water and we should have fresh lemongrass for our Thai curries from now on.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10597 on: January 19, 2018, 05:22:46 AM »
I've been sticking to my New Year's resolution of not buying lunch on work days. I've resorted to nuts and granola bars a couple times. Today I brought tuna noodle that I'd packed and set in the freezer last week, and tonight I had leftover baked ziti that I had frozen from the big batch made for lunch last week. I wish I'd realised it years ago, but turns out one big family-sized casserole dish can potentially feed me for ten meals. If I can sort out appropriate food storage and freeze enough before it goes bad or I get tired of it, I should be able to cook less than twice per week in future.

This is exactly what I do.  The great part is after awhile, you build up a nice variety of leftovers in the freezer so you can have something different for lunch every day!  I use quart-size Ziploc freezer bags for all my leftovers.  Freeze them flat, take them out in the morning and leave them out on my desk at work and they're thawed by lunch time.  Then I usually eat that week's leftovers (cooked on Saturday/Sunday) for dinner each night.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10598 on: January 19, 2018, 10:27:57 AM »
I am currently at our cabin where we use candles often. Today I made a new candle from leftover pieces of candles. I have done this for many years, as I think it is such a waste trowing away the lower part of each candle.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10599 on: January 19, 2018, 09:28:52 PM »
Went grocery shopping today, they had a big promotion where you got loyalty points for dollars off your purchases. Bought 52$ worth of food (all on sale) and got 31$ worth of points. Also scored an amazing deal with chickpeas : 0.77$ for a bag of 1.8 kg ; those usually cost 4x this price! I only managed to get two of those, but it was definitely a deal.