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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10900 on: February 25, 2018, 12:16:07 PM »
I am finishing up lion king costumes for our school play.  We have very little money so the costumes are mostly made out of whatever was donated by parents, community members, and other teachers.  So far I’ve used old curtains, scraps of fabric, a shower curtain, plastic table clothes, and my best find which is a roll of bailing twine.  All told I’ve got costumes for 42 kids and spent less than $150.  And I’m going to toot my own horn and say they look damn good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10901 on: February 25, 2018, 01:55:03 PM »
Bought 2 pairs of running shoes. One for $35 and one for just $10(!).

I figure even if they fall apart after 4-5 months it's better than spending $170-$200 on one pair that lasts 6-8 months.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10902 on: February 25, 2018, 09:17:47 PM »
I had a PB&J for dinner while meal prepping for the week. 
I meal prepped for the week without having to go to the grocery store.  Money win and time win!
Went for a bike ride with a friend.  Social time without spending any money.
Made dessert for myself with a frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk.  YUM!
Walked to my morning workout class.

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« Reply #10903 on: February 26, 2018, 12:15:19 AM »
Following up an unpaid invoice for a $1800 freelance gig.

The process so far:

- Send invoice (November)
- Send invoice again (December)
- Send invoice again (January)
- Call the person who commissioned the work
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive email instructing me to set myself up as a vendor in their system
- Complete vendor registration
- Forward vendor ID number to my contact and request purchase order, as per instructions
- Receive email from my contact to payroll asking what he is supposed to do
- Receive email from payroll saying I don't need a purchase number, just need to submit invoice
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive invoice from payroll saying they have received invoice but I need to register as a vendor
- Send vendor ID number and invoices (again)

The upside is I'm finally in their system, and should be paid at some point ... this year ... maybe.

Spoke too soon.

They rejected the invoices because I don’t have a purchase number. Except, you know, I do.

I re-sent everything again but seriously, their payables department can eat a bag of dicks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10904 on: February 26, 2018, 12:55:49 AM »
Bought 2 pairs of running shoes. One for $35 and one for just $10(!).

I figure even if they fall apart after 4-5 months it's better than spending $170-$200 on one pair that lasts 6-8 months.

It’s the mileage that matters, not the months. :P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10905 on: February 26, 2018, 06:05:15 AM »
Called Geico to inform them that I do own a share in BRK-B. Proceeded to give me a discount for it. Oddly enough, as I've seen others say, they never even confirmed.

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« Reply #10906 on: February 26, 2018, 07:17:36 AM »
- I pulled things from the depths of the freezer to make meals for the week, instead of grocery shopping
- I found 4 books that I haven't read that I purchased last year, instead of buying a new book on Amazon (bad habit)
- I did a deep cleaning of the house, which I feel saves me money(time) because I can find everything I need during a busy week!

I completely agree with that one. It's also the same idea for why I maintain, one of the most important things I do every day to save money, is getting enough sleep! It lets me be clear headed, organized, resist temptation, and be more creative with my money savings. It also reduces my risk of future health problems. It keeps me from indulging too much in late night vices, too: too much snacking, "just one more drink", and so on.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10907 on: February 26, 2018, 07:45:01 AM »
-Carpooled to second day of soccer tournament. Friend took the kids to the morning game, so I could work out & clean the house
-I drove soccer players to the finals in our electric car, saving on gas. Packed snacks & water to avoid the food at the tournament.
-Didn't expect the kids to make the finals, so our dinner plans were our standard longer Sunday cooking. Swapped that for something DH could make while I took the kids to soccer. Avoided wasting the defrosted meat & came back from the game to a hot dinner. Lovely.
-Kids were invited to play up a division, so I suppose free entertainment, as you normally pay quite a bit for these tournaments.
-Volunteering for a field trip today. Never done it before, & it's the last one ever. (My youngest is in 5th grade, which is the age these things stop). Won't save me money, but my company allows for 16 hours of volunteering time. When I log the volunteering time, they will donate money to the non-profit I volunteered for. So, it will be a bit of a scramble at work today, but a nice thing, my son is SO excited, and I raise money for the  school.

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« Reply #10908 on: February 26, 2018, 08:23:06 AM »
- Made stock from a chicken carcass and veggie scraps.
- Cleaning the kitchen with primarily citrus vinegar, baking soda, and elbow grease.
- Cleaned our stainless pour over coffee cone by boiling it in vinegar and water. Saving the mixture for mopping the floors later.
- Couldn't figure out what to make my son for lunch other than mac & cheese, but wanted something healthier. Did some digging and decided on quesadillas with lentil-walnut taco filling I found in the freezer.
- DH increased his 401(k) withholding by 1%. We're a long way from maxing it out, but bit by bit we'll get there!

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« Reply #10909 on: February 26, 2018, 01:04:48 PM »
It's 52F out and sunny.  Replaced the dead tube in my bike, pumped up the tires on bike and trailer -- it's close enough to springtime to pick my kid up from kindergarten on bike.  (Fingers crossed that there's nothing wrong with my bike after a long winter in the garage that I missed. :-).  Thanks to this thread for the reminder to do so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10910 on: February 26, 2018, 02:45:22 PM »
Made a meatloaf that will give us two dinners and then leftovers will be frozen to throw into spaghetti sauce later on. Then out of that raw meat we made 19 meat balls. We vac packed them and froze them in several packages for a later date. Made a white bean soup this week and there were left overs so I vac packed 3 pouches of that too.

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« Reply #10911 on: February 26, 2018, 02:59:01 PM »
I restrung my clothes line with the old cord.

It really does need to be replaced, but I can probably get another month or two out of it now that it's been tightened.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10912 on: February 26, 2018, 06:28:21 PM »
-Switching both car insurance and home insurance to a new company. Don't know why I put off calling for rates, since we'll be saving several hundred a year now for basically the same coverage.

-Showered at the gym, using their hot water and electricity!

- Treated the myself and the spouse to free coffee using a hoarded gift card.

- Borrowed a book I've been wanting to read from my professor. The library had one copy, which is like two weeks overdue so I'm not sure if my hold would ever come in! (Charles Darwin Voyaging by Janet Brown, for other book nerds on here.)

- Free dinner for the family. The grocery store occasionally throws out freebies on their app. A few weeks ago it was the new "healthy" Campbell's soup line. Mom didn't want her freebie due to sodium concerns, so two cans for my crew. Fleshing it out with a bit of frozen broth and veggies. Scored free Hawaiian rolls via one of those receipt coupons, so all of dinner is free and almost no effort.

- Free running shoes! Neighbor asked me my size, which is the same as hers. She offered me a pair she had that she couldn't wear because they pinched her feet. Fit my narrow feet perfectly. It's all even, we load them up with garden veggies all summer and swap other neighborly things. Social capital! :)

Bonus:

* not saving money but time. Got a jury duty summons. Found out I am relieved of duty because it conflicts with my class schedule. I know, I know, civic duty, etc, etc....but I'm still happy I don't have to do it. Sitting in a jury pool for two weeks -- and longer if I get chosen -- isn't my idea of fun.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10913 on: February 26, 2018, 08:00:33 PM »
Haircut at home this weekend, free muffin at work today, saved on bus fare by walking, and have been using up pantry items for the last week. Loving that bread recipe up thread - I'm going to have to try that!

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« Reply #10914 on: February 27, 2018, 01:06:32 AM »
Oh, you just reminded me @halftimer, I cut my hair over the weekend, too.

(I just checked Netbank - haven't had a professional cut since November 2016. My hair is probably healthier than ever - now I just trim the ends as needed instead of putting off hair appointments.)

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« Reply #10915 on: February 27, 2018, 01:32:18 AM »
It's funny, I've onle ever had my hair cut professionally twice in my life and hated the experience each time.

I cut it muself with clippers unless the wife gets to me first.

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« Reply #10916 on: February 27, 2018, 01:36:56 AM »
It's funny, I've onle ever had my hair cut professionally twice in my life and hated the experience each time.

I cut it muself with clippers unless the wife gets to me first.

I was down to getting it cut professionally once or twice a year and hated it every time.

Wish I had started doing it myself a decade ago. It helps that no-one has told me I look homeless. ;)

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« Reply #10917 on: February 27, 2018, 12:51:49 PM »
Following up an unpaid invoice for a $1800 freelance gig.

The process so far:

- Send invoice (November)
- Send invoice again (December)
- Send invoice again (January)
- Call the person who commissioned the work
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive email instructing me to set myself up as a vendor in their system
- Complete vendor registration
- Forward vendor ID number to my contact and request purchase order, as per instructions
- Receive email from my contact to payroll asking what he is supposed to do
- Receive email from payroll saying I don't need a purchase number, just need to submit invoice
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive invoice from payroll saying they have received invoice but I need to register as a vendor
- Send vendor ID number and invoices (again)

The upside is I'm finally in their system, and should be paid at some point ... this year ... maybe.

Spoke too soon.

They rejected the invoices because I don’t have a purchase number. Except, you know, I do.

I re-sent everything again but seriously, their payables department can eat a bag of dicks.

Update: they haven't paid the invoice, but they have emailed me a customer satisfaction survey.

You can't make this stuff up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10918 on: February 27, 2018, 12:54:11 PM »
Emailed my neighborhood listserv letting folks know I was looking for a particular kind of bassinet for our upcoming new arrival and asking if anyone had one to sell/borrow.  (Had already posted in other places with no success.)  Miraculously, a neighbor on my own block texted to let me know she had one and we were welcome to have it!  This thing retails for over $200 and goes for >$100 used on Craigslist, and even though we didn't really *need* it, we really wanted it, and I'm so psyched that we have it now.  It was the last baby item on our list so feeling great to have it checked off.  Can't get anything if you don't ask for it, right? :-)

Also, connected with another neighbor who saw my email and let me know that she's having a baby around the same time as me, so got a new friend in the process!  Win-win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10919 on: February 27, 2018, 06:57:29 PM »
Cancelled my extended warranty on my vehicle. No longer underwater on my loan.

Tomorrow, going to inquire about making the switch from AT&T to PureTalk USA. Though, I'll probably have to wait a couple of months, as the termination fees are high.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10920 on: February 27, 2018, 07:50:12 PM »
* Made homemade chicken noodle soup made with homemade chicken stock, shredded chicken leftover from a whole roast chicken I made this weekend, stray noodles from the pantry, older cherry tomatoes from the fridge, commodity carrots, commodity onions and really expensive salt (that part is chemically ridiculous, I know).

* Drinking expensive wine while I poach a whole snapper in my thrifted fish poacher pan. After we eat Mr. Snapper, I will turn his bones and skin into fish stock for use some other dish.

* I've been looking for a stainless steel roasting pan (I don't trust non-stick and find the coat flakes into my demi-glace) and found one today at Goodwill that was NIB with the roasting rack and "lifters." It was expensive for the thrift shop but 1/4 to 1/3 the price I would pay new, so I brought it home.

* Watered my chives with graywater, fed the grapevine with French press coffee grounds and rinse water.

* Composted, cloth diapered, used homemade red-wine vinegar in a recipe, used homegrown lemons in a recipe, ate homemade yogurt.

* Made $11 reselling an OOP educational DVD that I bought at a library sale for $0.25. Packaged it for shipment in recycled materials, shipping will be covered by Forever Stamps a friend gave me for helping her cleaning out her late mother's house. The profit will go straight into an investment account.

SURVEY: WHAT SHOULD I ROAST FIRST IN MY NEW THRIFTED ROASTING PAN? DUCK? GOOSE? CHICKEN? QUAILS? PHEASANT? (My husband won't eat red meat, although I do make a mean leg of lamb.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10921 on: February 27, 2018, 10:19:22 PM »
Traded ebooks with a friend. Made a tasty dinner in

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« Reply #10922 on: February 28, 2018, 12:24:47 AM »
Switched phone plans. Going from 4.50/month (7 if I add internet) to 2.50 that's already including internet :D

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« Reply #10923 on: February 28, 2018, 02:20:09 PM »
Scavenged corrugated galvanized steel from neighbor's pile he'd put out on the street for the quarterly big trash pickup.  We'll be using it for a workshop area in the backyard of our little rental house.  Saved approx. $70.

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« Reply #10924 on: February 28, 2018, 03:03:21 PM »
After weeks of searching for a bedframe and box spring with no one getting back to me on Kijiji, was about to give up and buy them new (on sale). Finally they all got back to me today! Ended up getting a fairly cheap still in bag box spring, and went to the Habitat Restore for a bed frame, haggled the price down from $25 to $10 due to missing casters. Huzzah!

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« Reply #10925 on: February 28, 2018, 03:15:57 PM »
I ran out of time to pack a lunch today, and I would have bought lunch at work except that the card machine was out of order today. I would have gone into town to buy lunch and use the ATM, but it was too cold. Peanuts, candy, and cookies/biscuits instead. Saved £3.15.

The bus listed on the sign never showed, and I waited for the next bus for about 10 more minutes in freezing cold but finally realised I would be warmer if I just walked home. I only wish I had walked from the beginning. Saved £1. I was going to go to the supermarket and then take a bus home from there, so going straight home deferred that spending until tomorrow.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10926 on: February 28, 2018, 03:45:44 PM »
Cancelled my extended warranty on my vehicle. No longer underwater on my loan.

Tomorrow, going to inquire about making the switch from AT&T to PureTalk USA. Though, I'll probably have to wait a couple of months, as the termination fees are high.

Wow - I didn't know it was possible to cancel an extended warranty. Checking into that asap!

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« Reply #10927 on: February 28, 2018, 03:49:01 PM »
Traded ebooks with a friend. Made a tasty dinner in

@ElleFiji - can you do that if you only have the free kindle from Amazon?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10928 on: March 01, 2018, 02:21:24 AM »
Following up an unpaid invoice for a $1800 freelance gig.

The process so far:

- Send invoice (November)
- Send invoice again (December)
- Send invoice again (January)
- Call the person who commissioned the work
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive email instructing me to set myself up as a vendor in their system
- Complete vendor registration
- Forward vendor ID number to my contact and request purchase order, as per instructions
- Receive email from my contact to payroll asking what he is supposed to do
- Receive email from payroll saying I don't need a purchase number, just need to submit invoice
- Send invoice again (February)
- Receive invoice from payroll saying they have received invoice but I need to register as a vendor
- Send vendor ID number and invoices (again)

The upside is I'm finally in their system, and should be paid at some point ... this year ... maybe.

Spoke too soon.

They rejected the invoices because I don’t have a purchase number. Except, you know, I do.

I re-sent everything again but seriously, their payables department can eat a bag of dicks.

Update: they haven't paid the invoice, but they have emailed me a customer satisfaction survey.

You can't make this stuff up.

Still going.

Had to resubmit it twice again today.

Got two more customer satisfaction surveys for my trouble.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10929 on: March 01, 2018, 04:29:43 AM »
I take it you gave them a zero? (And they're lucky to get that too :D !)

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« Reply #10930 on: March 01, 2018, 04:33:50 AM »
I take it you gave them a zero? (And they're lucky to get that too :D !)

It was a series of: How satisfied are you with...?

[ x ] Very dissatisfied

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« Reply #10931 on: March 01, 2018, 06:10:44 AM »
Not really saving money, but I filed my taxes and will get €1000 back this year, yay!

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« Reply #10932 on: March 01, 2018, 12:45:32 PM »
Not really saving money, but I filed my taxes and will get €1000 back this year, yay!

Yay! Me too :)

We are the kind of idiots that filed our taxes on 1 March 2018, 00:27.... we were actually excited. 

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« Reply #10933 on: March 01, 2018, 12:48:07 PM »
Not really saving money, but I filed my taxes and will get €1000 back this year, yay!

Yay! Me too :)

We are the kind of idiots that filed our taxes on 1 March 2018, 00:27.... we were actually excited.

It was 7.30 AM... Does that make me less or even more of an idiot? ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10934 on: March 01, 2018, 08:57:21 PM »
@mustachepungoeshere, what kind of incompetent fucktards are running that A/P dept.? I had a similarly frustrating experience dealing with a very large company. Impossible to speak to someone and help them understand the issue (two invoices sent using same PO: first shipment was incomplete, second was backorders — some genius closed out the PO after first shipment - not hard to solve if someone will TALK to you). Constant email replies to “invoice paid/PO closed/log in to see status” but no way to log in, because that information was never given to me in the first place. It did finally get paid several months (and several emails and help from someone at a local branch) later. Keep hammering on them; you WILL prevail!

On the small things to save money front, ate all meals at or from home, as usual. Phew, stayed on topic;)

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« Reply #10935 on: March 01, 2018, 09:34:58 PM »
@mustachepungoeshere, what kind of incompetent fucktards are running that A/P dept.? I had a similarly frustrating experience dealing with a very large company. Impossible to speak to someone and help them understand the issue (two invoices sent using same PO: first shipment was incomplete, second was backorders — some genius closed out the PO after first shipment - not hard to solve if someone will TALK to you). Constant email replies to “invoice paid/PO closed/log in to see status” but no way to log in, because that information was never given to me in the first place. It did finally get paid several months (and several emails and help from someone at a local branch) later. Keep hammering on them; you WILL prevail!

On the small things to save money front, ate all meals at or from home, as usual. Phew, stayed on topic;)

It's offshore.

I realise that the inefficient processes are not the fault of the people who work there, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to take the opportunity to leave feedback when asked.

Which means it got awkward when they called me asking why I was dissatisfied.

Just to be clear, the invoice is still yet to be paid.

The fuck did he expect me to say?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10936 on: March 01, 2018, 09:59:04 PM »
^totally agree - I should have blamed the designers of the terrible process. I thought that as soon as I posted.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10937 on: March 01, 2018, 11:07:08 PM »
Finished reading a book from the library.  Starting another book that I borrowed from a friend.

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« Reply #10938 on: March 02, 2018, 01:40:01 AM »
Finished reading a book from the library.  Starting another book that I borrowed from a friend.

I am now speeding up in one of my library books, because it needs to be brought back soon and someone else has reserved it. That is what I dislike about library books, the time pressure to read. Not that I don't spend 1,5 hour a day on a train, it is more challenging to find time to read.

I was able to prolong my loan on another book that I borrowed at the same time, but have even started in. DH was able to read it last week and said it was partly interesting.

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« Reply #10939 on: March 02, 2018, 04:25:01 AM »
I got given two free work shirts today (bringing my total to 6 free work shirts!). I now have enough shirts to rotate through each week in 5 different colours!

I work in education, where neat business-casual dress is expected - work shirts are available for purchase but not mandatory. 

I loathe spending money for my job so I've never bought any, but 2-3 years ago, a leaving co-worker of a similar size asked if I wanted two of her work shirts - I gratefully accepted. At the end of last year, a middle manager was clearing out their office, and posted an open email about a pile of old-style work polos she had found - I collected another two for free (rather baggy ones but fine).

And today, a third co-worker brought in two of his old ones, and gave them to me, told me he figured I would get more use out of them as I obviously like them! They're nothing special, but they are neat, professional looking cotton polos that obviously last (they're easily 5-7 years old). Sure, they aren't the cutest outfits around, but I'm not at work to look attractive, I quite like the boing/functional vibe!

So my work wardrobe now consists of free work shirts, shorts/pants which have all come from thrift stores at less than $2-3 a pop, and a cute pair of sneakers that my sister bought and never wore (a little small for her).  Win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10940 on: March 02, 2018, 09:01:21 AM »
Finished reading a book from the library.  Starting another book that I borrowed from a friend.

I am now speeding up in one of my library books, because it needs to be brought back soon and someone else has reserved it. That is what I dislike about library books, the time pressure to read. Not that I don't spend 1,5 hour a day on a train, it is more challenging to find time to read.

I was able to prolong my loan on another book that I borrowed at the same time, but have even started in. DH was able to read it last week and said it was partly interesting.

Here's a fun thing that I do - I check out the physical book and I also check to see if my library has the audio version as well.  If so, I download the audio version to my phone.  Then I will read at home, and if I'm out/about, I'll pick up where I left off via my phone and it lets me get through books a lot faster than if I were only reading the physical book.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10941 on: March 02, 2018, 01:49:02 PM »
-Used a gift card to buy dinner last night. I've had a helluva week, so it was a great sanity saver.
-Carpooled w/a friend to dinner
-Bought ski tickets (totally not frugal) at pre-order today to save $52 for tomorrow

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10942 on: March 02, 2018, 03:30:52 PM »
My work tried to tell me that I would not get refunded for the meals on a two week trip I am taking, but after going to the department that deals with travel and funds I managed to get my orders written to include the money, saving myself $182. 

I also cancelled a subscription (that I had previously cancelled but they didn't have it on record) and got refunded half of the most recent charge $60 of $120.  I am still upset about that, the charge was only put on my credit card around a week ago and I called immediately, but they still wouldn't refund the whole thing or allow me to speak with their supervisor. 

Finally, today I went to the store and managed to get most of my month's groceries for $32, mostly due to only needing food for 2 weeks of this month, but also because I raided the damaged goods section and used a bunch of coupons.  I also got a few well fitting bras and some fleece lined tights that were marked down and then discounted 50% of their marked down price for a total of $28.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10943 on: March 02, 2018, 10:31:37 PM »
Thanks to a combination of strategically-purchased memberships, winning a contest, and delayed gratification, I went to two concerts for free this week ($20 and  $28) and booked free tickets for another four ($40, $28, $28, $60).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10944 on: March 03, 2018, 08:46:45 AM »
Instead of going to a restaurant to get a very specific dish (Hawaiin poke, it's a fish dish), we made it at home. Still not cheap, but way cheaper for way bigger portions. And it turned out wonderfully.

Cut DH's hair.

Went to a neighborhood estate sale and bought two really sturdy pristine stainless steel pie pans for $3 each.

Picked up a manager's special fancy ham (organic, naturally cured, local, etc) for $1.20/lb, and chunked it up and froze a bunch of it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10945 on: March 03, 2018, 08:57:26 AM »

sold gifted Apple watch on eBay: +$300

switching Family plan from AT&T to Cricket wireless:  saves $800/yr

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10946 on: March 03, 2018, 10:00:13 AM »
Got offered a free ticket for a concert, but refused it. Ticket was free but travel would be still  be around €40 ( but that wasn't the main reason I declined, there were some other circumstances as well).

Had some leftover kiwi's and googled for kiwi recipes. I bought 10 for €1,50 which is a good deal, but after a week I was kind of tired eating them. Turns out you can make lemonade from them, which I'm going to try right now.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10947 on: March 03, 2018, 11:03:10 AM »
Pulled the bag of saved bread heels from the freezer yesterday and made a strata for dinner.

Free evening entertainment -- astronomy presentation from a physicist put on by DS2's astro club.

Did not purchase an expensive piece of microscope equipment. Instead, looked at a few hobbiest forums and was able to devise a DIY version from a large bolt and nut plus a scalpel. Precise enough for my needs and saved at least $80.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10948 on: March 03, 2018, 12:40:28 PM »
I cooked apples that I took home from the office on Friday afternoon. Those apples can he used for dinner some time later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10949 on: March 03, 2018, 02:28:26 PM »
I made a batch of salsa chicken last night, so we have something to eat for lunch and dinner this weekend.
I'm making a batch of brown rice to go with the salsa chicken.  I love my Instant Pot.
Gave our dogs baths.  We will groom them later today.