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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10950 on: February 13, 2018, 01:06:48 PM »
* Made coffee at home.

* Went to Whole Foods today for lunch and wandered around the outdoor dining area picking up rubber bands that people discard off their salads and sushi. I use them to keep my sons’ LunchBots containers sealed shut and they don’t always come home. Picked up about 20 off the ground which should keep me stocked for a while.


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« Reply #10951 on: February 13, 2018, 02:31:54 PM »
I've been taking houseplant cuttings like mad lately, and while I've been donating and trading them away mostly I also upgraded some rootbound motherplants to bigger pots, which leaves the biggest plants without a new outer pot after the upgrade.
Found a great deal via via, so picked up two ginormous pots for a few bucks + 1 medium sized one for free today. One pot got broken by my dog last week (casualty of the post-surgery cone of shame), glued that one back together today as well.
Did groceries at Lidl as I was in the neighbourhood anyway. Hung laundry out to dry in the sun today. Borrowed some tree pruning gear from the neighbours and pruned their fruit trees along with ours as a thank you.
Pruned an overdue curly willow, made a pile to donate the branches for Easter. Have had three folks take some for free, saving me the trouble to process them.

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« Reply #10952 on: February 13, 2018, 03:27:33 PM »
Walked to the library to pick up two movies we want to see.

Walked to the produce market to stock up on groceries for the week.  It is hard to convince myself to walk in the cold, especially carrying groceries home, so that's a win.  Bonus: some of the things I wanted were very good prices today.  Swapped out one of the things that wasn't as good a deal and got something else instead.

Hung laundry to dry this week.

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« Reply #10953 on: February 13, 2018, 08:51:27 PM »
-Free food at work
-Leftovers for dinner (kebabs & rice)
-Read a great book I got for free at work & discovered a great new series (Sara Blaedel, who is I believe a Danish writer)
-Sold two items through local Facebook swap, & made $10
-Obsessively check our solar production & have been able to tweak our power usage based on the very detailed information provided by our solar company (way beyond what our local company provided). Get super excited by seeing how much we're saving

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10954 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:54 AM »
Finally left AT&T mobile for my in-laws' T-Mobile family plan... $25-$30 in monthly savings Woohoo

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« Reply #10955 on: February 14, 2018, 09:24:08 AM »
I started my crockpot before work this morning!  It's a first!  I use my crockpot on the weekends, but I've never been together enough in the morning.  :D
Packed leftovers for lunch.
Forgot to pack my breakfast (too pumped about the crockpot), so I pulled together a breakfast from random stuff I had in my office-- a packet of plain oatmeal, almond butter, and a dried fruit.  Not too bad!

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« Reply #10956 on: February 14, 2018, 12:00:08 PM »
Nice work, 4alpacas!

I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)

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« Reply #10957 on: February 14, 2018, 12:07:58 PM »
I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)
Homemade bread is so much better than store-bought!

What is your quick recipe?

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« Reply #10958 on: February 14, 2018, 03:27:08 PM »
My small thing is that when I got home to find a fire engine in my driveway, firies in my building and a minor flood in my unit, I pegged the drenched linen to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer.

(Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

You always said you liked the sound of rain :)

Having it indoors was probably not what you had in mind?

Funny boy. :)

Iíve done what I can tonight, cleaned up the water, moved and covered furniture, and drilled drainage holes in the gyprock to prevent the ceiling collapsing.

From here I predict an argument between my landlord, their insurance company, my insurance company, strata, and the tenant responsible. Fun times.

I'm sure you know this, but take lots and lots of pictures! That way there's no debate about what was and wasn't damaged.

Also, that is super awful and I'm sorry that happened to you =(

Miserable. So sorry to hear that happened. Hope the cleanup as well as the resolution are as quick & painless as possible

Thanks guys. It looks like I'm getting out of this lightly.

The pillowtop mattress protector and doona needed dry cleaning (the water was filthy, having filtered through my neighbour's floor), which is going to set me back $100.

But the furniture is fine (mattress may yet need replacing), and landlord will be around over the weekend to inspect the rest of the water damage.

Apart from the industrial fans roaring away in his unit, the neighbour responsible has been conspicuously silent on the issue. Has not spoken to anyone affected (tenants or owners).

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« Reply #10959 on: February 14, 2018, 03:43:07 PM »
-Big win for me! My doctor has me on a bunch of supplements right now. One of them, I take *6* pills per day to get the dose I need. I really wanted to find a forumaltion with a higher dosage, so I could take fewer pills each day. Well, I checked on a couple websites, and it was totally bust. More than DOUBLE the costco price, even at the non-sale costco price. Fine. I was almost out, so off to Costco I went (combining trips with cashing my rewards certificate of course), and bought two bottles. The bottles had a "chance to win $100" sticker on them. Okay then. Leave a review, enter to win. Sure thing. When I did that, I noticed the manufacturer DOES have a double strength pill. That would only require 3 per day! So I looked at the price. LOWER! Yessss. And then it got even better. Buy 3, get 15% off and free shipping. Heck. Yes. This will save me $13 per month, AND I get to take fewer pills every day. Win across the board right there.

-Took the costco reward out as cash, so my purchases will go on the CC and generate further rewards.

-Complained about my 401k not withholding correctly. Not only is it corrected for the future, but they went back and gave me the employer match for if it *had* been contributing correctly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10960 on: February 14, 2018, 03:54:00 PM »
-Complained about my 401k not withholding correctly. Not only is it corrected for the future, but they went back and gave me the employer match for if it *had* been contributing correctly.

Sa-weet!

I won a pair of concert tickets (for the fourth time in two months...). Retail value $50. Now I just have to find someone on short notice who likes contemporary classical music to be my +1. That's one for the "increase social capital" gauntlet thread, I guess.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10961 on: February 14, 2018, 08:45:01 PM »
Made pizza with grocery money for valentines instead of going out.  DH did buy my flowers and wine, but I made the dessert, so no extra monies spent on valentines chocolates.

Used my swagbucks account when buying items for work with the work card.  It didn't cost me any cash, but I got 41 swagbucks out of it!

Didn't leave the house except to walk the dogs. No gas spent today.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10962 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:39 PM »
I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)
Homemade bread is so much better than store-bought!

What is your quick recipe?

@4alpacas  This one: https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/

I usually do a no-knead bread that uses less yeast, but this worked just fine!  I wouldn't say it was lightning fast (3.5 hours) but it was also very little work. It didn't call for any kneading, but I did use my mixer's dough hook and inadvertantly kneaded it for a short time.  It came out very well... very stretchy and tender on the inside!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10963 on: February 15, 2018, 08:02:27 AM »
Typical day yesterday:
-Free meals/snacks at work
-Charged electric car for free
-Skipped Valentine's Day gifts for my spouse - we gave each other cards
-Had leftovers for dinner

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« Reply #10964 on: February 15, 2018, 08:25:55 AM »
I had 1/2 a steak sandwich for breakfast, using up the last teeny piece of the left over steak from a few nights ago (which has been dinner, lunches, and now breakfast). We are horrible about food waste over here, and making very small progress at improving, so I will find encouragement in this small win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10965 on: February 15, 2018, 08:43:53 AM »
-The neighborhood work exchange continues. Husband ordered a part (we got paid back) and repaired neighbor's furnace. That neighbor wants to take up to dinner, plus usually gives us some really nice whisky or something as a thank you. (To be fair, he only paid for the $250 part for something that would have cost him $1k+ to hire, so it was a pretty good deal for him!). Another neighbor came over and helped us frame around our new lifting platform and install the giant squat rack we bought. (He pointed out even for scrap, it's worth easily 5x as much as we paid for it. That was a nice realization!) Next, husband will help second neighbor with some electrical work. It's just nice to live in a place with so much give and take. And we know if anything ever happens, we have neighbors we can rely on. I do think we hit a sweet spot for neighborhood demographics- people are well off enough to have the funds to keep things nice, but not so well off they can just hire people for everything. So there's a lot more DIY spirit around here than a lot of places I've lived.

-Hosting a book club at my house this weekend. This should mark week #2 where we haven't driven anywhere for social time. Which is notable, since most of our friends live an hour+ drive away. Work in progress on that- some of the book club invites went to local "weak ties" that I'm hoping can grow stronger.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10966 on: February 15, 2018, 08:59:07 AM »
I found a quicker recipe to make rustic bread than the one I usually use, so I can still bring home-baked bread to church tonight instead of buying a loaf (forgot to mix a dough last night.)
What is your quick recipe?
@4alpacas  This one: https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/
Thank you! 

Last night, my DH was thrilled to have dinner ready when he got home (long flight).  Weeknight crockpot win! We walked (with the dogs) to buy a pint of ice cream, which we split for dessert.  I packed up enough leftovers for (lunch and dinner) today and tomorrow.

Today, I have leftovers for lunch and packed odds and ends for snacks.  I had a piece of toast with cinnamon butter (leftover from the work dinner a few nights ago) and a cup of tea.

I've planned my weekend cooking plans, including our official Valentine's Day celebration. 

I had 1/2 a steak sandwich for breakfast, using up the last teeny piece of the left over steak from a few nights ago (which has been dinner, lunches, and now breakfast). We are horrible about food waste over here, and making very small progress at improving, so I will find encouragement in this small win.
Nice job!  We were able to decrease our food budget substantially when we started paying attention to food waste.  Environment and budget win!  :)

-Hosting a book club at my house this weekend. This should mark week #2 where we haven't driven anywhere for social time. Which is notable, since most of our friends live an hour+ drive away. Work in progress on that- some of the book club invites went to local "weak ties" that I'm hoping can grow stronger.
Awesome!  Good luck!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10967 on: February 15, 2018, 09:18:07 AM »
- Valentine's day involved a new $10 waffle iron which my husband had pointed out post christmas. We had waffles and eggs for dinner and I experimented with all sorts of different flavours. Way cheaper than going out to eat and fighting the crowds at the restaurants.

- We're thinking of seeing Black Panther tonight using free movie tickets that were gifted to us at christmas. I should have enough points on my regal club card for free popcorn.

- I built a thread holder instead of buying the one they had at the store. Less than $6 cost and it fits all my thread. I would have had to buy 2 of the one they had at the store for $20.

- Etched in measurement marks on my craft desk instead of buying ruler tape. $6 saved.

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« Reply #10968 on: February 15, 2018, 02:34:45 PM »
We only had enough fried rice with stir fried vegetables left over to feed 1 person. We chopped up all the veggie scraps in the fridge + some frozen spinach and added that to the stir fry and we baked eggs. Spinach might be an odd choice to add to an Asian dish, but it tasted pretty good.

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« Reply #10969 on: February 15, 2018, 06:05:31 PM »
Bought on sale candy at 85% off for rewards for my students today. Spouse and I gave each other homemade Valentine's day cards yesterday.

Now, trying to track down a ticket for Danny Elfman q & a in my hometown next Tuesday. I am an unapologetic Elfman fan, have been for 20+ years. He's doing the q & a for free but I missed out on tickets. Absolutely desperate for a ticket, as Danny Elfman is a musical god to me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10970 on: February 15, 2018, 09:18:16 PM »
I'm making a loaf of bread to accompany eggs for breakfast (Thank you to @Poundwise for the recipe) tomorrow morning.

I was contemplating buying a book because my library didn't have it (checked a few months ago).  I checked my library again...and it was added to one of the ebook platforms.  I'm currently reading it on my kindle.  $0 spent.

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« Reply #10971 on: February 16, 2018, 08:58:24 AM »
Yesterday, I stayed home all day & ate leftovers out of the fridge. I was pretty tempted to get a nice soup or something out, as I wasn't feeling top notch, but forced myself to stay the course.

Also got a bid on a pair of workout pants I have listed on eBay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10972 on: February 16, 2018, 09:06:44 AM »
- Brought lunch
- Walking on my lunch hour while listening to an audiobook from the library
- Cheap seats for ice hockey tonight for a very rare double-date
- Packed dinner and brought it with me to the office so I can work late and eat dinner instead of buying overpriced junk at the stadium tonight.
- Walking to the stadium from my office and back (.5 mike each way) instead of paying for parking.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10973 on: February 16, 2018, 09:37:46 AM »
Haven't posted in awhile since frugality has been on autopilot (yay!)

A few shining examples over the last few days, though:

* Gave each child and the spouse a giant-size cookies and cream bar. Each bar costs me 25 cents on December 26. They featured a nutcracker on the wrapper, but the addition of a few taped on paper hearts made him Valentine's themed ;)

* Needed something suitable for public viewing to take advantage of the free gym passes at the YMCA. Thrift store and less than $5 later and I'm set. My at-home workout rags needed an update, anyway, before they became indecent.

* Made a phone armband from one of DS's old socks, after googling for solutions.

* Pressed an old tote bag into service as a gym bag. Bonus, deep enough to slide my yoga mat into so no need for a fancy yoga mat bag or straps.

* Entertainment spending is sitting at less than $20 for the month. This is big, huge, giant!

* It's Friday adventure day with DS12. Snow and ice in along most adventure routes, so we are heading downtown for some "urban exploration." I'll use my student parking pass to park for free at the satellite campus downtown. Packed lunch for a picnic in the free art gallery at the mall (it has dining tables and is the brown bag hub for downtown office workers). May spend up to $5 on a treat, such as an ice cream or fancy cupcake, for the boy-child.

In not-so-frugal news, I may give in to the temptation to get a YMCA membership. It's a sliding scale fee, so for our income level it is about $40/month. The entertainment options for the whole family are mind-boggling. Trying it out this week with the free passes.  I have a week to decide, since I wouldn't sign up until next weekend when there is no Join fee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10974 on: February 16, 2018, 02:24:50 PM »
-Ate kid leftovers for breakfast
-Lunch from the freezer (chicken curry that I made a few weeks back. Even reheated from frozen rice - still SO good)
-Bought a few fun items for my son's birthday party/sleepover, & used a store gift card. No out of pocket cost
-Found 2 packages of marked down chocolate chips for $.97. Picked them up for inclusion in granola bars. I'm almost out of my last clearance find.
-Kept son's birthday gifts reasonable, & anchored on his party (the main part of his gift) & an experience outing. Also, a pair of $12 pants for biking to school :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10975 on: February 16, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »
Didn't pack enough reusable bags for the grocery store. Rather than pay 10Ę/ea for new bags, I just stuffed as much as I could into the bags that I had and left the rest of the stuff unbagged.

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« Reply #10976 on: February 16, 2018, 05:39:29 PM »
-Returned things to Costco. Even though the line didn't move, AT ALL, for the first half hour. I stayed and stuck with it, dangit.
-Wanted flowers to pretty up the house for people visiting this weekend (slash, spring, slash, valentines). Opted to a- buy them from Trader Joes. And B- get 2 bunches of daffodils for $1.99 each rather than the tulips for $10.99
-Cut my husband's hair
-Caught up on my medical mileage log and my work travel mileage log so I can write those off for 2018 taxes. Originally wasn't sure I would bother with the higher standard deduction, but it's worth the little bit of effort to keep the habit. I've already done it for 2 years, I can just as well keep doing it, just in case.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10977 on: February 16, 2018, 09:57:28 PM »
-- Used leftover pizza supplies from Valentines Day to make a second pizza for dinner
-- Grocery shopped with a cash budget, came in 14.00 under budget :)
-- Found 2 pennies on the ground
-- DH's polo cuffs were detaching from the sleeves.  He wears essentially the same 4-5 polos every week, and this particular polo is probably several years old and showing it.  I had watched goodwill for a replacement for a couple of weeks, but we recently found out that he will be able to work remotely starting in May, with only occasional trips to the main office.  With a few decent polos, a couple of dress shirts, and the couple of khakis/slacks, he should be good for years.  I just stitched his cuffs back to his sleeves on his polo.  It only has to last a couple more months!

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« Reply #10978 on: February 17, 2018, 10:40:32 AM »
-- Its 11:30 here, and I'm feeling pretty productive already :)

-- Made coffee this morning with a cheaper brand of coffee beans.  DH seems to be less enthused, but I don't notice TOO much of a difference.  Either way, we will use up the 2 lb bag before trying another kind, so for a few weeks our morning brews will be a cheaper expense at least.
-- Rescued our sheets and comforter last night after DH's particularly nasty cut opened back up while he was making the bed.  Its several days, old, and he thought it was good without the bandage.  A dozen cotton swabs and several applications of hydrogen peroxide took care of every bloody mark...whew! 
-- Listed a couple of household items on a buy and sell page last night and I am meeting to sell a large, bulky roaster this afternoon.
-- We are having dinner at a friends house tonight and I offered to bring something.  She said dessert, so I made homemade brownies this morning from pantry items. 
-- DH was craving pizza (again!), but while I baked the brownies, I fixed up finger food plates of sliced cheese, pepperoni, crackers, and misc berries and the last few scoops of cottage cheese.  Stomachs filled, potential spending abated...


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10979 on: February 17, 2018, 04:49:34 PM »
The snow is back, yuck!

Today:
* Hosted DS12's astronomy club meeting at my house so no driving and time saved since there was no commute to a meeting.

* Made breakfast burritos for the week.

* Mixed the Spanish rice and bean mixture together that were leftover from burrito bowls earlier in the week. Made 20 burritos from the mix and stuck them in the freezer. Those are two quick dinners in the bank for the future.

* Cheap date tonight! We are going to an actual restaurant using a holiday gift card, then coming home for a drink and a game or three of darts in the basement.

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« Reply #10980 on: February 17, 2018, 05:00:52 PM »
- went to the dog park for some free entertainment and exercise for both me and pup.
- bathed and groomed my dog at the wash station at the park.
- biked to the grocery store meant: (1) no gas spent and (2) no extra purchases since I had to fit everything in my backpack.
- cooked dinner with a bunch of leftovers so I have dinners for early next week planned out!

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« Reply #10981 on: February 17, 2018, 08:09:33 PM »
-we used our Costco gift card to buy groceries for the week
-Rented ski gear vs buying. We will likely only go for 1 day this season
-Bought lift tickets online ahead of going. Note, this is still crazy expensive. Next year, maybe we will do a destination vacation, because Tahoe is SO pricey
-Wearing my super tight, really not fitting ski pants tomorrow, because. . . not going to buy new ones
-Made dinner tonight, even those things were crazy
-Bought snacks from the bulk bin & made PB&Js for tomorrow. Originally we were going to stay the night, but for $125, we'll pass

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10982 on: February 17, 2018, 08:13:39 PM »
- Went to the library to return old books and pick up some new ones
- Went to the dollar store to get some craft supplies instead of the art store, though now that I've tested the no-name markers vs the ones I planned to get that might not be saving anything in the long run... :S

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10983 on: February 18, 2018, 07:30:07 AM »
Over the last couple days I returned a bag of Bob's Red Mill oatmeal to ocean state and purchased a 10 lb box of Quaker Oats from Costco for a significant savings.  Took Dd14 to goodwill for a dress for her upcoming banquet for $5.99.  She needed up finding more clothing, many new with tags, and a pair of new converse.  I got a coat for $5 that I'm putting away as a Christmas gift for myself.  Because it is my birthday month, we got a great discount.   We finished off the Buffalo stew that I made last week, first night we had it over mashed potatoes, then over polenta and last night I made home made gnocchi.  I made a gallon of yogurt over night, for the price of a gallon of Aldi milk $1.84 & 4 mini ice cubes of frozen Dannon yogurt as starter that I bought and froze over a year ago!  This starter was a quart of Dannon whole milk yogurt for around $3.00 that I froze in silicone, mini  ice trays and then put into a freezer bag.  This is my tried and true method.  Today I'm making a batch o hummus from garbanzo beans that I cooked and froze, cut up raw veggies to go with hummus, make a batch of naan and a batch of muffins.  I will plan and defrost the next few nights of dinners and prep what I can ahead. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10984 on: February 18, 2018, 08:11:36 AM »
Over the last couple days I returned a bag of Bob's Red Mill oatmeal to ocean state and purchased a 10 lb box of Quaker Oats from Costco for a significant savings.  Took Dd14 to goodwill for a dress for her upcoming banquet for $5.99.  She needed up finding more clothing, many new with tags, and a pair of new converse.  I got a coat for $5 that I'm putting away as a Christmas gift for myself.  Because it is my birthday month, we got a great discount.   We finished off the Buffalo stew that I made last week, first night we had it over mashed potatoes, then over polenta and last night I made home made gnocchi.  I made a gallon of yogurt over night, for the price of a gallon of Aldi milk $1.84 & 4 mini ice cubes of frozen Dannon yogurt as starter that I bought and froze over a year ago!  This starter was a quart of Dannon whole milk yogurt for around $3.00 that I froze in silicone, mini  ice trays and then put into a freezer bag.  This is my tried and true method.  Today I'm making a batch o hummus from garbanzo beans that I cooked and froze, cut up raw veggies to go with hummus, make a batch of naan and a batch of muffins.  I will plan and defrost the next few nights of dinners and prep what I can ahead.

Does goodwill give a birthday discount? I've never heard of this. Is it every goodwill?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10985 on: February 18, 2018, 09:01:48 AM »
Unplanned spend but big money saver!

Stopped by a favorite thrift store last night to look for a cheapie tripod the astronomy club needs. No tripod found, but they had just got in a load of medium quality workout gear/swimsuits from some store donating old stock. I got:

- 2 new sports bras. (I've been using old bras for exercising that had lost most of their support. Not a good idea for a top heavy lass!)

-2 new swim suits (Mine was no longer decent because I have lost 30+ pounds since last summer. I bought one that fits and another 2 sizes down since I'm still actively losing-- full coverage tankini with short-style bottoms.)

I spent $15.47 on all four, which is much less than what any one would have cost. I had already decided to splurge on a sports bra before I gave myself a black eye, and a swimsuit would have become a necessity once kayak season rolled around, so being proactive probably saved me at least $60 over cheaply made new alternatives, or $100+ if I bought quality new!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10986 on: February 18, 2018, 11:04:42 AM »
@Lichen, great score at the thrift shop!

I saved money by fixing a filing cabinet that had broken at my office. I took over as treasurer for my community league recently, and the position came with a rather horrible amount of papers (several file boxes worth); I was looking for a more functional (and attractive) way to store/access them. I started on kijiji and found a nice IKEA cabinet that matched my desk ($400ish new/selling for under $200), but the buyer wouldnít take my offer. I thought, screw it, it doesnít need to be pretty; this is not a permanent thing Iíll be doing (thinking max five years) and Iím not going to spend money.

The large filing cabinet is now fixed, the papers are accessible and tidy, and the cabinet doesnít look half bad in my home office. Iím very happy with the solution, especially the part about spending zero.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10987 on: February 18, 2018, 11:56:24 AM »
I will not be buying any wine at today's Shakespeare production.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10988 on: February 18, 2018, 12:02:09 PM »
I was walking to my normal weekend treat of croissant + coffee and realized I'd rather have the homemade scones and coffee at home. Free!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10989 on: February 18, 2018, 12:58:46 PM »
Over the last couple days I returned a bag of Bob's Red Mill oatmeal to ocean state and purchased a 10 lb box of Quaker Oats from Costco for a significant savings.  Took Dd14 to goodwill for a dress for her upcoming banquet for $5.99.  She needed up finding more clothing, many new with tags, and a pair of new converse.  I got a coat for $5 that I'm putting away as a Christmas gift for myself.  Because it is my birthday month, we got a great discount.   We finished off the Buffalo stew that I made last week, first night we had it over mashed potatoes, then over polenta and last night I made home made gnocchi.  I made a gallon of yogurt over night, for the price of a gallon of Aldi milk $1.84 & 4 mini ice cubes of frozen Dannon yogurt as starter that I bought and froze over a year ago!  This starter was a quart of Dannon whole milk yogurt for around $3.00 that I froze in silicone, mini  ice trays and then put into a freezer bag.  This is my tried and true method.  Today I'm making a batch o hummus from garbanzo beans that I cooked and froze, cut up raw veggies to go with hummus, make a batch of naan and a batch of muffins.  I will plan and defrost the next few nights of dinners and prep what I can ahead.

Does goodwill give a birthday discount? I've never heard of this. Is it every goodwill?
. I'm not sure if it's all over, but in my area we have goodwill store cards just like at the grocery store and they give you 25% off one time during your Birthday month.  Also my area stores give 5% off everyday  with card, when you spend $20 or more. We also have 50% off a specific color tag.  Yesterday was blue which is how I got the coat for $5, rather than $10.  You should ask what deals your store offers and if they have a rewards card!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10990 on: February 18, 2018, 01:03:22 PM »
I started onion, leek, parsley, and lemongrass seeds.  I also planted some garlic in pots for the greens.  I reused containers I had on hand and made my own potting mix. 

Potting mix  is equal parts compost and peat moss or coconut coir. I add a little lime and a good organic fertilizer like Espoma Garden Tone.  I use so much potting mix to grow seedlings every year that is worth mixing my own.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10991 on: February 18, 2018, 10:34:58 PM »
* Used a pair of metal tweezers that I found on the ground and boiled to sanitize

* Didn’t pay $100 to frame two things. Will wait until we get home and use sales at Aaron Bros or thrift frames to do it affordably

* Made coffee at home and brought own drinks everywhere we went.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10992 on: February 19, 2018, 08:32:42 AM »
So, it definitely wasn't a frugal weekend. Took the kids on a day ski trip to Tahoe. But, here are the things we did do to save money:
-Bought passes online the night before (Saved $50)
-Found a dime on the ground in the ski parking area ;-)
-Packed & ate breakfast in the car, & used travel coffee mugs
-Packed snacks, water, & a sandwich for my husband. The rest of us ate in the lodge. (OMG. So expensive)
-We cancelled a 3 day ski trip complete with hotel to try this day trip out. Kids had an amazing time. Saved about $1500 on day trip vs full ski adventure. May try & do another few day trips.
-Pride & my wallet would not let me buy new ski pants, so I wore my 15 year old, at least 2 sizes two small pants
-At the check in for lift tickets, they were giving away free granola bars. They gave us 4

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10993 on: February 19, 2018, 09:05:28 AM »
I also did not have a frugal weekend. Might need to post on the facepunches thread. It was my birthday and we had quite a weekend planned including seeing the Lion King and dinner out plus drinks after.  Some savings where I was able to get them.
- Seats were part of our season subscription, paid for with last year's birthday money.
- got a ride from a friend to the theater from dinner and then convinced my sister and BIL to walk to post-show drinks instead of calling an uber.
- No drinks purchased at the theater, I waited til we got to the drinks place and ordered a cheap cider instead of a fancy mixed drink.
- We were in the big city that has an IKEA and we are still furnishing our new house.
   - Filled out an easy form to get the price of our lunch taken off our purchases.
   - Bought the cheaper curtains and made them light blocking by doubling up. Except that once we got them up with light behind them, I saw that they make the whole room kinda
      red. Going to investigate light blocking fabric at joann's and if cheaper, will return one set of curtains.
   - Bought pillow inserts and will see what fabric I have in my stash to make up covers instead of buying the covers.
   - Talked husband into the narrower shelves which saved us $17 per shelf
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10994 on: February 19, 2018, 12:50:01 PM »
We were out of town this weekend visiting my parents and came home to a very empty fridge (on purpose). Ate tuna melts from all freezer/pantry food for dinner last night, and I found a random cup of noodles in the pantry to bring for lunch today. Supplemented with some other free food at work and free coffee.

I am however bummed out that the banks are not open today, have some cash from my side gig and I REALLY hate carrying it around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10995 on: February 19, 2018, 01:45:14 PM »
Knitted my own headband.  I can use the same/leftover yarn to add side inserts to a thrifted, felted cardigan that shrank.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10996 on: February 19, 2018, 02:28:31 PM »
Had to go to a work lunch at a pricey restaurant today. Bought my lunch off the kids meal and paid only $5. It's just a smaller version of their cheeseburger and chips. Coworker next to me ordered the adult one, paid $15 and only paid half.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10997 on: February 19, 2018, 04:53:41 PM »
*Stacked coupon and storewide sale to get a couple of oversized frames at 60 percent off retail

* Rode my bike to one errand and walked two miles round trip to get some items at the drugstore for my kids.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10998 on: February 19, 2018, 05:56:46 PM »
* Took DS12 to the Y to swim using our free trial pass. We enjoyed the pool and lazy river, then played a few games of air hockey. A pleasant and free way to spend the afternoon. (Although it is now pretty much decided that we will spring for a membership once the trial is up on Friday....)

* Took a shower at the Y after swimming. Saves the use of hot water at home today!

* Started a vegan southwest bean soup before we left this morning, using inexpensive ingredients + preserved produce from last summer's garden. Pairing it with homemade jalapeno cornbread.

* The non-garbage disposal side of the kitchen sink started draining slowly yesterday. While we were out today, the wife took apart the trap and solved the problem -- a bread tie had fallen down the drain and caught all the little bits that sometimes made it past the screen. Problem solved at no cost. I think clearing clogged drains is one of the most important mustachian skills, especially if you have kids that like to drop things down drains!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10999 on: February 19, 2018, 06:25:21 PM »
-- Stayed home.  Its presidents day and my office was closed, so I didn't use any gas and its a paid holiday, so I still got paid.
-- Am helping host a party on Saturday.  I volunteered to plan the games, as I can normally do this portion of most parties with little to no spending, even if I need prizes.  Its a scavenger hunt detective styled game that I created almost entirely by hand and duplicated (by hand too) on scrap papers and misc writing paper/card stock around the house rather than using computer paper and ink for it.  I have plans for some specialty candies that fit the theme and will be around a quarter a prize, which won't be expensive either. 
-- Made some lunches for the rest of the week with dinner leftovers and leftover pasta/veggies/sauce from over the weekend.  Ready to go in containers to keep us from buying out.
-- Turned off the hvac because temps are hovering around 65 here.  Not cold enough for heat, no where near hot enough for AC.