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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10700 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 #10701 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 #10702 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 #10703 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 #10704 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 #10705 on: January 16, 2018, 02:42:09 PM »
- Resisted the urge for pretty drawer units when searching out new storage solutions, bought basic plastic ones instead.
- Made 2 sets of roman shades for $8 (mostly cost for the wooden dowels) out of fabric and materials I already had on hand. Saved around $70 from buying new fabric and ordering a kit online.
- Didn't turn the heat up during the day yesterday, wore sweater and hat inside instead. Husband is not onboard with this plan. Insists on being able to wear shorts and tshirts at home. I've reprogrammed te thermostat to go way down during the day and only turn up when he gets home from work.
 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10706 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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« Reply #10707 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 #10708 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10709 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 #10710 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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« Reply #10711 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 #10712 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 #10713 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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« Reply #10714 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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« Reply #10715 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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« Reply #10716 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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« Reply #10717 on: January 17, 2018, 11:01:06 AM »
- It was husband's turn to make dinner last night, but he didn't get home until late. We made pasta instead of getting chinese takeaway.
- Work trip today. Brought snacks for the ride. My coworker wants to take her car which means I won't get the mileage reimbursement, but at least there will be a free dinner.
- The work trip gave me an excuse for the department lunch out. We had buy 1 get 1 free coupons so everyone was just going to pay half, but still money saved!
- Connected my amazon account to paribus and got a free month of prime because my instantpot arrived late. Another package was supposed to arrive yesterday, but was delivered today. Hopefully will get another free extension from that as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10718 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 #10719 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 #10720 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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« Reply #10721 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 #10722 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 #10723 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 #10724 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10725 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 #10726 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 #10727 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 #10728 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 #10729 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 #10730 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 #10731 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 #10732 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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« Reply #10733 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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« Reply #10734 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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« Reply #10735 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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« Reply #10736 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 #10737 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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« Reply #10738 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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« Reply #10739 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 #10740 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10741 on: January 20, 2018, 05:40:48 AM »
Took lunch to work every day this week. 

It was close to a zero-spend week for us.  We only bought groceries (stayed on list) and a couple of small items DS needed for school.

This weekend I have to buy chicken feed, but other than that it should be a zero-spend and zero-travel weekend.  Cooking from the freezer and cupboards.  Going for a run in the woods to enjoy the warmer temperatures!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10742 on: January 20, 2018, 07:52:54 AM »
I finished my week of eating odds and ends in the pantry and freezer and STILL have a good chunk of food I can eat. I do need to go grocery shopping, but only because I'm completely out of fruits and vegetables now. I should only spend half of what I usually do in a week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10743 on: January 20, 2018, 12:20:54 PM »
We went cross country skiing without using the car. Ski in, ski out.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10744 on: January 20, 2018, 01:42:48 PM »
-- Returned a couple of shirts to goodwill.

-- Spent within a couple of bucks of what I had guesstimated for groceries today.  I got a couple things that were on sale that aren't needed now, but they are regular pantry items and can be stored.  Hence, the couple of extra bucks. 

-- Picked up a penny while walking the dogs earlier today.

-- As I sit here, I have a roasting pan full of assorted vegetables in the oven.  They will be divided up into containers for my vegetarian lunches.  I will try a side with one of DH's lunches too to see if he likes this particular recipe.  I also made a pan of chicken and rice that covered my late lunch, will be heated up for DH and I for tomorrow's lunch after church, and may have one more serving in it to cover one of our Monday lunches.  As the chicken and rice baked, I cut up carrots, celery and cucumbers for snacks and made a huge salad for sides through the first half of the week.  I eventually plan to boil eggs for egg salad too.  This is way more meal prep than I normally do at one time though...and I'm pooped!

-- Used dog safe bits from my salad/veggie prep to supplement the Lab's dog food.

-- Started alterations to a goodwill dress yesterday, and am hoping to finish them today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10745 on: January 20, 2018, 02:19:05 PM »
My daughter needed new sneakers for school so I ordered a gift card from my credit card points. Then I asked for a discount. Which I got. My daughter has decent shoes for free and there is still a balance on the gift card.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10746 on: January 20, 2018, 02:26:50 PM »
I needed a bunch of containers to package up my horse's supplements.  The supplements are expensive and I don't want someone giving the wrong amount, or giving some to my other horse, who doesn't need them.  Anyway, for once it occurred to me to check the DollarTree and they had perfect containers 2/$1.  Hopefully they'll last a long time and save plastic vs. using Ziploc bags.

Staying away from the grocery store until I can sit down and make a meal plan and shopping list for the week.

Weekend project is building a custom monitor riser for my home office; bonus that it will be stained to match the wall paneling and is cut to fit perfectly in it's spot.  Finishing it with stain and sealant leftover from a previous project.

Making stock with the carcass from the turkey I smoked last weekend and an ugly old onion.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10747 on: January 20, 2018, 02:56:36 PM »
-Made dinner from bits & bobs in the fridge yesterday (naan pizzas with leftover chicken, pasta sauce, pesto from the freezer, etc).
-Kept my weekly grocery shopping below $100 for the week, which is huge for us.
-Sold & mailed another item on eBay today
-Cleaned the house rather than taking the easy "hiring" path. I'm trying to teach the kids by involving them in the cleaning as well. This takes much longer (and, all of my patience), but these are life skills for them, as well as it makes them more aware of how making messes makes cleaning much harder at the end of the week. That said, so .much.patience.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10748 on: January 20, 2018, 03:07:51 PM »
- Took the boyfriend's daughter to a free kid Pinguin event at the state park by our house.
- Tutored a student online (no need to drive anywhere to meet).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10749 on: January 20, 2018, 04:10:16 PM »
- Deep cleaned the house today, so had no time to go anywhere and spend money.
- Went through the fridge and pantry found plenty of food that needed to be eaten asap. Brunch was bread from the freezer with homemade egg mayonaise. Found 2kgs of potatoes in the pantry that had nearly grown legs. Peeled them all, used a few to make homemade chips (as in fries) with homemade garlic mayonaise for dinner. Baked half of the remaining potatoes for tomorrow. Boiled the other half to make sauerkraut with mashed potatoes for the freezer. We'll eat this later in the week. Found a piece of Stilton which was my snack for tonight. Not the healthiest day ever, but very tasty & got rid of lots of food without wasting it.
- Did laundry and dried inside. I have a drying rack, but also an indoor washing line on the landing that I use for towels and sheets.
- Watched a movie on Netflix tonight with my s/o and drank tea. Turned down the heating and sat under a blanket.