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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10800 on: January 22, 2018, 08:31:41 PM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10801 on: January 22, 2018, 08:35:33 PM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

I think your original post inspired me to try homemade Larabars to, they turned out great but I would add more lemon
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« Reply #10802 on: January 23, 2018, 08:05:42 AM »
Called insurance, added info that Mr.HH is in a professional network to get a reduced plan...grand total car insurance savings: $4 per month!!! Gonna blow it all in VEGAS!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10803 on: January 23, 2018, 09:41:23 AM »
- Bought a £2 tool and changed my watch strap myself rather than pay a jeweller £10.
- All meals are being taken into work.  One of the ladies from the canteen says she misses me!
- Finished knitting a wrap for myself, and started crocheting a blanket (Afghan?) using wool I bought on sale.  This will be a Christmas present for someone.
- Did a proper freezer inventory, and using up long forgotten food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10804 on: January 23, 2018, 09:56:47 AM »
Yesterday I made some bread by hand. It's becoming my Sunday "chore" and the bread comes out so good! If anyone is interested in the recipe here's the link; https://minimalistbaker.com/the-easiest-whole-grain-seeded-bread/ I really enjoy making this bread and the only real time consuming part is letting the dough rise. I have also made the scones from this website and they came out great too.

I made this loaf with stuff I already had in the house. I should someday figure out what the cost per loaf is.

I also tried making the "Larabars" again but using more dates (1/2 cup). My food processor did not like that very much and I nearly fried the mote (it's a ninja and was given to me for free. It's great for smoothies and smaller jobs) anyway I didn't want to strain the motor too much so the dates are not as chopped up as I would have liked but still delicious. I think with the added dates I may need to also add some more lemon juice. I'll continue to post my tweaks to this recipe.

Did you soak the dates first to soften them up? I have a Ninja and use it all the time to make turmeric lattes w/dates, etc.

I'll try that next time. My first batch had no issue with the dates but the second one did. I'm sure softening them would be a help on the motor.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10805 on: January 23, 2018, 04:19:41 PM »
I rescued a toaster oven from the trash. It looked like it had maybe been used 15-20 times.

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« Reply #10806 on: January 23, 2018, 05:33:28 PM »
I'm continuing the streak of no lunches bought while I'm at work.  It sounds small but I'm on the go a lot and its hard to plan for something sometimes.  I also fall into the, I deserve it, trap.  I mean of course I do but I would rather not spend pointless $$ on unplanned, solo uninspired lunches.

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« Reply #10807 on: January 25, 2018, 06:30:48 AM »
Last night, looked in the fridge before the gym and saw nothing that was inspiring us for dinner. We were going to pick up some crappy take out food on our way home from the gym, but then realized we had enough food to make "breakfast for dinner".

Made an amazing omelette (with enough leftover for lunches today), and pancakes. Counting down until I can eat the leftovers!!

Figure that saved us ~$40 in takeout food (enough for dinner and lunch!) Huzzah!

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« Reply #10808 on: January 25, 2018, 07:02:34 AM »
We also had breakfast for dinner last night, though it was planned. I tweaked my usual waffle recipe to for a 50/50 mix of milk and whey strained from homemade yogurt (makes the milk last longer and helps use up the whey) and made a homemade cranberry pancake syrup since we were out of maple syrup.
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« Reply #10809 on: January 25, 2018, 11:01:06 AM »
We had a lot of costs this month (expected and unexpected) so we've decided to do an extra frugal month to make up for it. We have a €120 grocery budget that we're going to stick to and eat all the food from our pantry and fridge. We're also going to sell some stuff and try to work some overtime.

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« Reply #10810 on: January 25, 2018, 01:38:39 PM »
Normal, but especially successful today.  I got the laundry washed quickly enough that it got enough freeze drying time outside then warm up time inside that the sheets were dry by bedtime. Fresh sheets! And I get to put the furniture back in order instead of in laundry drying set up. Happiness.


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« Reply #10811 on: January 25, 2018, 02:10:29 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

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« Reply #10812 on: January 25, 2018, 04:20:01 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

No! You are not nuts! My Hub and I cook a lot at home and we end up with gobs of leftovers. For the most part, we use them all up. Sometimes we make such huge casseroles, that we are tired of eating it day after day but for the most part we eat most of what we cook. I find it very sad when I open the fridge and there is hardly any leftovers to play with! We really plan our food leftovers! Some people are so picky and wouldn't think of eating leftovers. They are the losers, some leftovers taste better than from first day!

On another note, I have a friend who is so fussy about food it makes me NUTS! She hates just about everything. When she goes to a restaurant she doesn't like this or that and most of the items on the menu she hates. OMG! I am adventurous and will eat a lot of stuff. Not worms or beetles or anything like that. But real food. This friend of mine lives in a small bubble and all foods outside that bubble are gross to her. She makes me NUTS! She hates shrimp but will eat lobster but that took her about 45 years to try. OMG! Now she can't afford it!

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« Reply #10813 on: January 25, 2018, 04:33:13 PM »
For the past few days:
-No meals out. All dinners at home, and lunches either packed (kids) or eaten for free at work (adults)
-Charged electric car for free. In January, I've gotten 570 miles for free using the charging.
-Emailed about a bad package of chicken we purchased. Getting a full refund ($22). In the past, would have done nothing & just been out the money.
-Continue to work through all of my clearance purchased teas. Even though none of them are my favorite. I ran out of my favorite a month or so ago, and promised myself I'd drink all of the remaining tea before buying more.

I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

No! You are not nuts! My Hub and I cook a lot at home and we end up with gobs of leftovers. For the most part, we use them all up. Sometimes we make such huge casseroles, that we are tired of eating it day after day but for the most part we eat most of what we cook. I find it very sad when I open the fridge and there is hardly any leftovers to play with! We really plan our food leftovers! Some people are so picky and wouldn't think of eating leftovers. They are the losers, some leftovers taste better than from first day!

On another note, I have a friend who is so fussy about food it makes me NUTS! She hates just about everything. When she goes to a restaurant she doesn't like this or that and most of the items on the menu she hates. OMG! I am adventurous and will eat a lot of stuff. Not worms or beetles or anything like that. But real food. This friend of mine lives in a small bubble and all foods outside that bubble are gross to her. She makes me NUTS! She hates shrimp but will eat lobster but that took her about 45 years to try. OMG! Now she can't afford it!

I try to plan for everything, so we minimize food waste. It's not always perfect, but we do pretty well. We've gotten WAY better about this in the last year or so. I travel a lot for work, and as a result, have eaten a bunch of things that are not my favorite. I have survived. ;-) I'm not picky, and like a wide variety of food. We do have one picky eater, but he eats a healthy diet & adds a few new things to his repetoire on a regular basis, so I'm happy with it.

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« Reply #10814 on: January 25, 2018, 05:40:01 PM »
-Ate free pizza at work and saved leftover lunch for tomorrow
-Canceled Netflix
-Adjusted car insurance to save $50 a month

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« Reply #10815 on: January 26, 2018, 12:23:53 AM »
For the past few days:
I'm also entering Thursday with my desired fridge state. We make all of our meals on weekends, and then serve leftovers during the work week. Sometimes we have too much, and there are bits & bobs in the fridge. As of today, we've eaten everything but a few pieces of chicken, which will go into chicken tacos for tonight. I love looking in the fridge at the end of the week & not seeing 10 small containers of random things. I know, I'm crazy!

You're not the only one, I love seeing an empty fridge. Mine was nearly empty until yesterday.

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« Reply #10816 on: January 26, 2018, 01:10:55 AM »
I haven't written anything in here for some time. But during that time I have for most of the time been eating my own sandwiches for lunch at work. I think I bought lunch at work 4 times in the last half year and 3 of those times was in one very stressful week with extra long working days.

I have also mostly stopped buying mushrooms in the shop for the last few months, apart from 2 or 3 occasions. I have been better at using up my self-picked mushrooms from the freezer or the dried ones from a drawer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10817 on: January 26, 2018, 05:34:55 AM »
I cut my husband’s hair last night. I am out of practice, and it is more challenging to cut 4-5 weeks of growth than it is 1-2. So it doesn’t look fantastic but it saved $15.

I’ve spent the month of January stocking the freezer with meals to feed my husband while I’m out of town next month. I’ve calculated he needs 17 servings of lunch/dinner meals and I’m up to 14.
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« Reply #10818 on: January 26, 2018, 07:47:48 AM »
Have taken lunch to work every day this year so far.  Today I didn't even have to bring anything.  Fridge is stuffed with leftovers from an office lunch yesterday.  Love free lunch.

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« Reply #10819 on: January 26, 2018, 08:57:35 AM »
I decided to do my own taxes this year.  Should save me about $350 vs H&R block that I normally use.  Part of what convinced me is that Turbotax sent me an offer to use their software for free, since I'm a Mint user.  I feel a little nervous as I've never done it myself before, but I have the last few years worth of tax returns to look at in my filing cabinet and I'll look at them for reference purposes, to make sure nothing major gets missed.
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« Reply #10820 on: January 26, 2018, 10:33:49 AM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

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« Reply #10821 on: January 26, 2018, 12:03:54 PM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

And it's not like I have super complicated taxes.  Pretty simple, actually.
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« Reply #10822 on: January 26, 2018, 12:08:25 PM »
tyort1 I love TurboTax, I have used it since 2004! They get better and better every year about walking you through things and asking questions and I love it. Maybe too much, all my taxes are ready except for one tax bill that always takes forever to get here.

+1

I convinced my brother to try out TurboTax instead of using his accountant. Last year, he hired his accountant and also did it on his own in TurboTax to see the difference. He said it was about the same. He still went with the accountant because I guess he already went through the effort. I don't know what his plan is this year. Maybe he will go straight to TurboTax.

I also have most of my return ready as my W2's are in. I am waiting for statements from the brokerages now...it's taking forever!

I am dying to submit to get my extra large refund this year. Don't panic over this. I usually time my tax payments to get as close to $0 refund or payment at the end of the year. Then the changes due to the new tax bill for 2018 and standard deductions convinced me to mega donate to a DAF in 2017, so now I am getting a huge refund!

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« Reply #10823 on: January 26, 2018, 12:40:02 PM »
Crawled around under the house after all the outlets in all the bathrooms quit working. Found a GFCI switch that needed reset. Bathrooms work again, no call to an electrician.

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« Reply #10824 on: January 26, 2018, 01:27:01 PM »
Went out for pizza with co-workers. Decided to share one with two people to save on the cost.

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« Reply #10825 on: January 26, 2018, 01:47:50 PM »
-Breakfast from the freezer (those dang breakfast sandwiches I cannot rid myself of. 2 left!!!)
-Lunch from the freezer (leftover chicken chowder), & mixed in my latest creation - yogurt mixed with sriracha, to add a bit of spice
-Posted a bunch of stuff on eBay
-Stocking the fridge/freezer with food before I head out of town for a work trip on Sunday

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« Reply #10826 on: January 26, 2018, 01:55:14 PM »
Stayed in all day so far, and I don't plan on going anywhere else.

Made a meatless dinner last night...kinda on accident because the meat wasn't thawed yet, but that meat can just be used for a different meal then...lol

I'm cutting back on coffee as part of my healthy changes this year.  This will as a bonus save me in coffee beans, nice milk, and raw honey....which is my normal coffee mix times 3 mugs (now just 2)

This year I've challenged myself to have 100.00 worth of amazon swagbuck points by November to be used for Christmas.  I don't do much on the site, but I used to ALWAYS forget to log my online purchases with them...and those add up!  I've done a LOT better so far this year and I have 5.00 in current points and 2.00 pending. 

I drug DH to goodwill with me (minutes before they closed...oops), to try on several pairs of dress shoes that I had seen earlier that day.  The pair that fit and felt best ended up being 30.00, but they are like new and a very nice brand.  When we looked them up later, they retail for 110.00....   He kills a pair of dress shoes yearly, and 30.00 is still better than 60.00 ones from kohls like last time!

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« Reply #10827 on: January 27, 2018, 03:46:59 PM »
It was a good day for frugality.

-Drove electric car for errands
-Bought groceries from Costco (and, birthday gift) using Costco rebate card
-Picked up free bread from the grocery store, and used a gift card to get 2 packages of sale pasta
-Used Rite Aid points to pick up a few mailing envelopes for eBay sales
-Sold $22 worth of old toys on our local Facebook swap
-Talked my husband into staying in for dinner last night, and rescued our leftovers by serving them with a nice bottle of wine ;-)
-Cleaned the house
-My husband bought a used pool filter (drove 2 hours in the electric car to pick it up) & then rebuilt/swapped parts. New filter for 1/3 of the price
-Making naan bread pizzas tonight, using up fridge ingredients

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« Reply #10828 on: January 27, 2018, 04:05:55 PM »
Bought 25 lb bag of rice today & used it to stretch chili lunch for unexpected guests over the lunch hour. Bonus: kid got playtime with his cousin & my brother in law got a much needed kid break (he's a SAHD). Drove electric car to the playground for the kids to play together outside. Drinking homemade hard cider paired with homemade bread to unwind after chasing after 2 kids under 3 this afternoon. Watching X files reboot on free FoxNow app.

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« Reply #10829 on: January 27, 2018, 07:41:30 PM »
-Convinced youngest child to walk to the park instead of driving
-breakfast: free veggies (from food not bombs) combined w eggs from my chickens (nearly free)
-dinner: free veggies w free spaghetti squash
-Aldi trip for the week net cost $17 after $4 in returns

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« Reply #10830 on: January 27, 2018, 08:25:57 PM »
GF and I evaluated what food we have around the house, and concluded that we don't actually need to go grocery shopping this week. We'll be using up what we already have instead!
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« Reply #10831 on: January 27, 2018, 09:41:32 PM »
Went snowshoeing nearby for exercise; was nice to get them out after a couple of years of not using (finally enough snow!). Groomed the dogs myself. Have been doing this for a year now and have saved nearly $1000 ... it’s actually kind of fun/rewarding. Had “clean out the fridge” for dinner.
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« Reply #10832 on: January 27, 2018, 11:27:50 PM »
Listed a dress on eBay today. I'm already getting watchers and questions, so I should have $80 back in my pocket soon.

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« Reply #10833 on: January 28, 2018, 12:04:15 AM »
Made dinner at home on the Weber grill my brother curb-shopped and gave us for Christmas.
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« Reply #10834 on: January 28, 2018, 03:44:10 AM »
- Canned some soup last night. I've never canned soup before. I used to freeze soup, but I like to have a few cans in the pantry for 'emergency food' when I get home late and NEED FOOD NOW. Might as well can my own soup. I have canned fruits and vegetables before, just not soup. I hope this works out.
- Made rice porridge for breakfast. There was only enough rice for 1 portion left in the box. Ate it with stewed pears I canned in October.
- Folded all the laundry I dried indoors during the weekend. I try to avoid ironing, I only ironed 3 pieces of work clothing that really needed to be ironed.

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« Reply #10835 on: January 29, 2018, 04:37:13 AM »
Walked home from work for the first time, 3.7kms 1hr10mins (I’m a slow walker), saves $3.50 in bus fare and got exercise, my DH came too, so that’s $7 saved total.
Also are a free work apple instead of buying lunch.


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« Reply #10836 on: January 29, 2018, 05:59:10 AM »
Good day so far
- breakfast at home as usual
- walked to work as usual
- batch cooked some coconut lime rice, chicken & veggie concoction last night for three days of lunches this week. It turned out delicious!
- called Vodafone as my new SIM doesn't seem to be working, I need to go to town to get a replacement but they took £10 off my bill, meaning I will only pay £10 next month :)
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« Reply #10837 on: January 29, 2018, 06:19:33 AM »
Walked home from work for the first time, 3.7kms 1hr10mins (I’m a slow walker), saves $3.50 in bus fare and got exercise <...>

Well done. You might get faster if you do it more often. I also like to walk to work regularly and as my route is twice as long as yours, I can't afford to walk slowly, so I dress in training clothes and brisk walk. I can recommend listening to podcasts while you walk.

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« Reply #10838 on: January 29, 2018, 07:22:49 AM »
Finally remembered to sign up for Natural Grocers' rewards program and already received an email that I'll automatically get $2 off my next purchase.

Over the weekend - bought a couple whole salmon on sale $4.99/lb and had the butcher counter fillet them for me.  Portioned them out, seasoned and vacuum packed.  I had to laugh a bit because I noticed the exact same fish packaged as a fillet, was $11.99/lb. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10839 on: January 29, 2018, 02:46:12 PM »
Threw some strawberry tops into my lunch smoothie. Definitely adds a tang but reduces food waste and good to eat bitter greens.

Part-time cloth diapering the baby.

Remembered my reusable grocery bags so no bag fee and waste.

Bought flax seed and raisins for my morning oatmeal from the bulk bins, saving a few cents per pound on both.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10840 on: January 29, 2018, 03:12:18 PM »
Helped some friends move house last week.

They've offered me their empty boxes (bought new) to pass on to relatives who are preparing to move.

One of the relatives is staying with me tonight so I'll pick up the boxes after work and they will be out of my place tomorrow morning.

Saving money, saving trees, and I don't end up running a temporary storage facility. Perfect.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10841 on: January 30, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »
A grocery delivery service in my area had a coupon for a $20 off when you spend $35, plus free delivery. I never order groceries online for delivery and did find it more expensive then in store shopping. However for a one time use to take advantage of the coupon, it was a good savings.

I ordered heavy things like cat litter. My bill with tip was $23 and I estimate in store (with cheaper prices and no tip) it would have been $29 so really I only saved $6 plus the hassle of winter driving and saving time - which is handy because I am working from home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10842 on: January 30, 2018, 09:05:05 AM »
We have Peapod here in CT (shop on line grocery service).  I get coupons all the time for free delivery. I think delivery costs $6.95 plus I give the driver a tip. So when it's free, I only pay tip. We order heavy things too. We have to use bottled water for our coffeemaker. We have hard water and it kills appliances that need water. I have them bring about 16 gallons of water, 4 cases of 16 oz bottles of water, 4 twelve packs of soda. I place a huge order with them to make it worth it. We do that maybe 4-5 times a year. We meet the driver out by our garage and have two yard carts we load up the stuff into then roll into our garage. The delivery guy used to bring to front door and that was bad news because I only have a landing and I would be hip deep in groceries! LOL! It is a good deal to have them shop and deliver for $6.95 but better when it is free!

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« Reply #10843 on: January 30, 2018, 04:30:02 PM »
I try to find a coupon for free grocery delivery once or twice a year. The prices online are the same as in the store, but the minimum online spend is €70. We don't have a car so I order heavy or bulky things for the pantry like flour, canned beans, toilet paper etc. Last time I ordered online we were organizing a party and we had all the beer delivered as well. Having all the party food and drinks delivered right into the kitchen was the best thing ever.

I saved money by having dinner at my grandma's today. She always gives me a banana and a candybar for my lunch break at work the next day. This time, she also gave some magazines for me that she got from a friend. It's quite an expensive magazine so I wouldn't buy it normally.

I've been working on some handmade gifts. We're having dinner at my in laws this weekend, oven mitts seem like a fitting thank you gift.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10844 on: January 30, 2018, 05:51:03 PM »
Packed lunches for both of us.  Drank coffee from home.

Went straight home after work...no browsing goodwill on my route!

Created a meal plan for each day of the week that focuses our meals around "cheap eats".  For instance, Monday is Noodle Night... that means that I am basing my meal around a relatively cheap staple.  I can plan a meal to flavor it and veggies to either throw in from the fridge, or pick up to supplement.  Tuesdays are Rice-eroni days (I was trying to be clever...obvs failed.)  That means the meal is fleshed out with rice...aka a chicken and rice bake or stir fry.  Wednesdays will be my more time consuming meal like meatloaf, roast, or whatever because I am home Wednesdays, Thursdays will be wraps or sandwich based and Fridays will be "fun food"...likely convenience foods that we wouldn't otherwise buy..pizza rolls, mac n cheese, brats, occasionally take out pizza.  Saturdays I will plan a more time consuming meal that don't fit one of the categories, and lunches and Sundays are leftovers/veggies/parfaits/smoothies.  I'm trying to cut down on the amount of our meat consumption, try to eat healthfully while depending on quality but cheaper 'fillers' (rice and decent quality noodles/bread) and adding in lots of veggies.  This is my first week trying it out....we shall see if we actually eat healthfully...or if we end up filling ourselves up on non-veggie carbs instead .... :/

Friend wanted to take me out for coffee and specified that she was paying!  I let her :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10845 on: January 30, 2018, 06:15:40 PM »
Friend wanted to take me out for coffee and specified that she was paying!  I let her :)

Such a sacrifice. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10846 on: January 30, 2018, 07:07:33 PM »
This was more “to not waste money,” but just now at 9pm I made a double batch of biscuits and put the cut dough in the freezer. I made them a little smaller to save on calories and so the batch of 24 made 34. Now all I need to do is take out a few biscuits and put them straight in the oven.

I had a quart of cream in the fridge that was going to go bad soon, so I used that to make the biscuits instead of throwing away $5. And I guess the saving money part comes in when I eat breakfast at home for ~$0.25 per biscuit. Add an egg and a sprinkle of cheese and it’s a sub-$0.50 breakfast!

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« Reply #10847 on: January 30, 2018, 07:28:01 PM »
I cut my piece of salmon in half to have 2 meals with it instead of one.   O.O

I have started to find I don't need many "regular" sizes of things like fish or chicken lately.  In this 2-pack of frozen salmon filets that means fish for 4 meals instead of 2. 

Side note:  I'm eating cauliflower rice (just discovered...so yum!) and baked okra as sides with my salmon.  Not sure if perhaps the cauliflower plays a part in making me fuller? 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10848 on: January 31, 2018, 01:48:18 AM »
I had a quart of cream in the fridge that was going to go bad soon, so I used that to make the biscuits instead of throwing away $5. And I guess the saving money part comes in when I eat breakfast at home for ~$0.25 per biscuit. Add an egg and a sprinkle of cheese and it’s a sub-$0.50 breakfast!

I love egg sandwiches!  I even make them at work for a late morning snack. Whip up an egg in a coffee cup or small bowl, microwave it, put it on a bagel or English muffin with some cheese and voila -- yum. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10849 on: January 31, 2018, 05:18:23 AM »
There was a vague message on our intranet at work today about that my employer would negotiate discounts for parking at airports. I registered as a user in the new system, but I couldn't choose a discount program yet, as my department is not (yet) included in the system. I will follow it up and try again later.