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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11250 on: April 03, 2018, 05:54:05 AM »
Technically did this yesterday.....was going to rent a tiller again to till up our tiny second year garden. Decided to turn it over with a shovel and rake instead. Great workout, and didn't have the hassel of picking up/ dropping off and wrestling with a tiller getting it in and out of the mini van. Also didn't have to inhale the stinky assed exhaust of the machine.....muscle over motor for the win!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11251 on: April 03, 2018, 12:02:57 PM »
Today I ordered a new insurance for the house and the furniture. Saving approx 100 USD a year for tye same coverage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11252 on: April 03, 2018, 01:52:41 PM »
I decided to take an extra vacation day (I have plenty) and fly back a day later, saving €25 on the flight. I'll be staying with a friend, so no further extra costs. Now I just have to tell my boss that my "long weekend away" has basically become a full week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11253 on: April 03, 2018, 02:02:44 PM »
Did a 1500 mile road trip to visit friends over the holiday weekend, and did not eat out once.  We hit grocery stores and ate out of the cooler.  The food is better in every way, and we saved oodles of money.  Double score!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11254 on: April 03, 2018, 02:34:32 PM »
Not really saving money as much as scoring a good deal:
Picked up a midcentury design coffee table for free. I've been admiring similar models on Marktplaats (local Craigslist) for a while, but people easily ask 100 euros or more for a vintage piece which is just not worth it to me. Our now-former table was on the list to eventually be upgraded, so this was a really timely find.
I''ll give away our former coffee table for free, to keep the Karma going.

Line drying was easy today (sunshine, wind). Made a new batch of DIY detergent. Put the redundant very big houseplant's pot on Marktplaats.

Made spanakopita with spinach + weeds from the allotment. Ground elder is a handy parsly substitute.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11255 on: April 03, 2018, 02:39:39 PM »
Saved $200/6 months by switching auto insurance companies again. I think I was a year or so late getting around to it this time. I really need to remember to shop around more often.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11256 on: April 03, 2018, 05:24:37 PM »
Took my lunch to work like every day this year so far. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11257 on: April 03, 2018, 05:29:07 PM »
We live in an area with low property taxes, but we have to buy our garbage pick up.  My husband called the company we've been using (600/year, 3-4 bags) and explained the kids are gone, he's a senior, can they do better.
Now it's 1-2 bags a week, 74/year

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11258 on: April 04, 2018, 10:21:53 AM »
Yesterday was my birthday, so these are the birthday savings:

- Boy2 took me camping last week (ok, I drove....) as my gift. He even handled tent setup, fire starting/tending, and meal prep.

- DW took me out to dinner at a pub I like. We went for happy hour for a single half-price local brew each (Vanilla bourbon stout, mmm!) and we split a vegan pizza to bring down the cost. She had also mapped out a geocache* route through the area so we went on a treasure hunt for a couple of hours afterward. Early night, since I'm back in class.

- Boy1 is taking me on a free wildflower hike that a local conservation group is putting on this Saturday as my gift. He says he will pack the picnic lunch so I don't have to ;)

- Handmade cards <3 <3 <3

*Geocaching is our new obsession - it replaced our Saturday restaurant and pub dates! If you don't know what it is, look it up because it's tons of free fun and available worldwide. You basically use your GPS (or phone GPS) to find cache's other users hide, then sign the log and sometimes trade swag if you want. In our area there are also lots of free to no cost group events. You can spend money on it -- there is a premium service -- but thus far we haven't felt the need. A lot of Little Free Library owners are in on the game and have cache's in their library, so we have been taking evening walks to different libraries and leaving/taking books while also logging cache's :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11259 on: April 04, 2018, 11:01:12 AM »
-Picked up $.02 on the ground
-Drove electric car to/from work
-Leftovers for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11260 on: April 04, 2018, 11:21:23 AM »
Packed lunches

Drank free coffee at work

And this past weekend
- spent the weekend swapping rooms with the kids
- we purged as we did this
- this means that I no longer feel the intense need to add space to the house (we live in a 2BR, 1BA, 1146 sf house). 

The boys have the master now.  So there is room for a desk for homework.  We have the tiny 2nd bedroom. Room for the bed, a dresser, and a filing cabinet.  We really don't need more than that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11261 on: April 04, 2018, 01:52:40 PM »
I haven't been on the website it a pretty long time so I have a few things to share:

Moved my cell phone service from ATT to Cricket Wireless:  $143 a month to $102 a month.

Moved my TV service from Dish Network to Sling TV: $100 a month to $27 a month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11262 on: April 04, 2018, 02:58:14 PM »
Save money where you can, even if the spending sucks:
-Ordering my IVF meds direct from Israel, rather than using a US intermediary. This is half the cost, although a bit more work to do. Still, my clinic has done it before, and made it super easy.
-Related, the nurse mentioned they have discount codes for the ones I have to buy domestically. 20% off the whole order of one of the meds. Woop woop. I totally picked the mustachian clinic, the other clinic I looked at didn't do that! =P

So yeah, I'm *spending* like $18k, but at least I saved a couple grand ;)

Non-IVF:
-Neighbor offered onions, since he started too many. I had open space in the garden plan (cucumbers didn't like the spot last year), so now we have a couple rows of onion transplants in.
-Different neighbor wanted a stationary bike out of his garage. We happily accepted. It's good to add a non jump roping cardio option to our home gym! He also threw in a big ol venison steak, since Husband helped him move some stuff to get the bike out. (Guy just had knee and back surgery in the past year... ouch!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11263 on: April 05, 2018, 07:53:54 PM »
I switched from Sprint postpaid to MintSIM. Saving roughly $92/mo.

I dumped collision and comprehensive coverage on my car, saving about $45/mo.

I ate leftovers for lunch and dinner. Big day for me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11264 on: April 06, 2018, 07:52:57 AM »
Took my lunch to work. Ordered snacks in bulk online for our upcoming road trip.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11265 on: April 06, 2018, 01:59:27 PM »
Took home the bunch of leftover apples from work. Made an apple cake of the solid apples and the rest has been cooked and can be used as vegetables later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11266 on: April 06, 2018, 03:19:18 PM »
-Made breakfast/lunch out of some random fridge items
-Worked from home today, & while the no free food is a downside, my husband then can drive the electric car for free
-We scrapped a date night (not due to money, but I just don't feel great) & will be saving that money for another time

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11267 on: April 06, 2018, 09:03:47 PM »
Made whole-wheat waffles using leftover sourdough starter (among other ingredients). Froze them for easy toaster breakfast.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11268 on: April 07, 2018, 11:03:02 AM »
I am super excited about this one. This week our Habitat for Humanity ReStore has been having a sale - all books for 5 cents, all cans of paint for 25 cents. I got 3 almost-full cans of paint in the exact shade of green I wanted for 75 cents. We'll use this to paint baby #2's room. I let my son go crazy on the books, and we left with 20 for a grand total of $1. Including tax, I spent less than $2.50.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11269 on: April 07, 2018, 11:08:26 AM »
I am super excited about this one. This week our Habitat for Humanity ReStore has been having a sale - all books for 5 cents, all cans of paint for 25 cents. I got 3 almost-full cans of paint in the exact shade of green I wanted for 75 cents. We'll use this to paint baby #2's room. I let my son go crazy on the books, and we left with 20 for a grand total of $1. Including tax, I spent less than $2.50.
I love Habitat ReStores!  Great finds you got there!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11270 on: April 07, 2018, 11:29:56 AM »
We’re on a short weekend trip for a family member’s athletic event. Hotel was paid for with points, and I packed breakfast and snacks. I brought lots and was able to share when the hotel breakfast wasn’t open before we all needed to leave this morning.

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« Reply #11271 on: April 07, 2018, 12:40:18 PM »
-Sold a gift card on cardpool. It was a Macy's card left over from our wedding (going on 3 years ago... oops). I kept thinking we'd use it for some kitchen item or gift or something that would come up, but I literally *never* found an occasion where it wasn't staggeringly cheaper to get the item elsewhere. So, $50 GC that was sitting in a drawer to $41 on our amazon account. Fine by me. Just in time to replace some medications, so it's not going to "junk spending" either.
-Traffic was bad enough around a plant sale that we passed up going. We didn't need anything anyway, and need to not spend money right now.
-Bulk bins were 20% off today only at the store, so we stocked up on a couple items.
-Awesome weather today (in spite of some high winds). Opened up the house and turned off the climate control.
-Set up subscribe and save through the manufacturer of one of my prescribed supplements. It's crazy how much cheaper I've been able to get them from when I first started taking it. From like $75+/month, now I'm down to $33/month. It pays to shop around, and even when you've found a good deal, keep shopping around!
-Have some MASSIVE upcoming expenses, so I'm taking out a travel CC to get the sign up bonus. Have to unfreeze my credit (UGH), but it'll be worth it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11272 on: April 07, 2018, 10:20:58 PM »
Found a new insurance broker for our home owners insurance.  For once, going local saved us over a 1,000 dollars!  Our current company was upping our cost this coming May.  We said 'no way' and shopped around for the first time in a couple years.  Shoulda tried it sooner....our new annual cost will be a couple hundred less than per year than we've been paying...and 1200 less than they wanted to up it to.

Selling off the last of the 'excess' stuff before our move.  Should get away with a 15 foot uhaul, easily, in 5 weeks.

Wanted pizza; made BLT's instead.

Picked up a penny.

 Mowed and cleaned up our own yard. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11273 on: April 08, 2018, 02:10:00 AM »
I'm giving our bedroom a makeover this weekend.

So far we've only bought a new (cheap) mattress. The new-to-us wrought iron bed and the lamps for the night stands came from a friend. The night stands are two blown out vintage speakers - yay for living with a gear freak. I've inherited a dresser + mirror from my grandma and it's been in the shed for years. My grandfather's chair will go in the corner. I'm glad I have a place for it indoors now. I think we might have some paint leftovers for the ceiling.

I'm going to be so glad to finally have a proper bedroom (we moved in 3 years ago.....).  It can take a long time to find the right furniture for (almost) free but I love how our house turned out. It's not pinterest-worthy, but it feels like home.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11274 on: April 08, 2018, 08:48:09 AM »
-Used electric car for all errands
-took the kids to the school auction/fundraiser. Bid only on a few items I knew we would use (previously, I've bid on things without matching up dates, and we'd be unable to attend.) I'll likely make a donation with corporate match as well.
-We had no power for 9 hours unexpectedly. Discussed going out, but I have a cold & didn't feel up to it. Husband picked up a few items at Costco (food court, plus a bagged salad for me) & we ate over candlelight. It's sad, because we have solar, but when the power goes off, not only does the solar not power the house, we lose our energy credit. :-(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11275 on: April 08, 2018, 03:35:08 PM »
I'm giving our bedroom a makeover this weekend.

So far we've only bought a new (cheap) mattress. The new-to-us wrought iron bed and the lamps for the night stands came from a friend. The night stands are two blown out vintage speakers - yay for living with a gear freak. I've inherited a dresser + mirror from my grandma and it's been in the shed for years. My grandfather's chair will go in the corner. I'm glad I have a place for it indoors now. I think we might have some paint leftovers for the ceiling.

I'm going to be so glad to finally have a proper bedroom (we moved in 3 years ago.....).  It can take a long time to find the right furniture for (almost) free but I love how our house turned out. It's not pinterest-worthy, but it feels like home.

It sounds beautiful and very meaningful.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11276 on: April 08, 2018, 03:51:05 PM »

Nothing! 

We made food at home, rode bikes, met the neighbors, played basketball.  Kids are jumping on neighbor's trampoline.  DW is gardening.  I am waiting for my beer to cool in the freezer.

It was a great day!

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« Reply #11277 on: April 08, 2018, 05:36:30 PM »
We returned home from a weekend trip around midday and I immediately threw dinner in the crockpot. It felt like a treat because it’s one of our favorite soups, but it was easy and saved a trip to the grocery store before I get a chance to meal plan.

DH cut the grass with our reel mower, so no gas!

The reel mower doesn’t do a very good job of cutting off wild onions tops, so he plucked them up and brought them inside so I can cook with them. Sautéed in a quiche, maybe?


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11278 on: April 08, 2018, 08:01:52 PM »
-Made all meals at home
-Found $30 on the ground!!! Will put that towards our "unfunded" 2018 goals

Kids played at the library, I cleaned the house, my husband worked outside, and then we grilled burgers for dinner. A very nice Sunday, and no extra money spent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11279 on: April 09, 2018, 01:20:55 AM »
Cut patches from an old pair of jeans to repair a slightly newer pair. I use Shoe Goo to stick the patch on. Works great.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11280 on: April 09, 2018, 06:33:32 AM »
Yesterday, but didn't get a chance to post.

Came home to my car making a weird thumping noise from the speakers without the car even being on or unlocked.

We figured out that water from the last storm got in my car and shorted out the amp under the seat, which was sending a signal to the speakers continuously and draining the battery. Ended up jump-starting the car and removing the amp. So far so good, no more dead battery. I'll happily drive without a radio to keep the car going.

Also found $1 in change in the process!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11281 on: April 09, 2018, 01:35:20 PM »
1. Happy about this one: Just signed up to get $10 ea mo for saving at least $20 for the next 6 months - $60 total at the end of six months. Yes, please!
2. Yesterday, harvested a batch of swiss chard for supper - free organic food, delish.
3. Signed up for a coupon for a free eight-pack of liter bottles of some fancy new sparkling, flavored, spring water. Savings $7 or so.
Perfect for my hurricane water stash.

Now if I could just find some money on the ground:) like so many of you...



 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11282 on: April 09, 2018, 04:03:44 PM »
Rode the Divvy (city bike share) to work in April snow/hail. Arrived at work gross & soaking wet. The $6 I saved today on public transit goes right into my "This-Will-Be-My-Last-Winter-In-The-Midwest" moving fund.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11283 on: April 09, 2018, 04:29:15 PM »
Finally got caught up here!  Y'all are so motivating!

Recently:
I've been focusing on clearing out pantry and freezer odds and ends and posting in the "Eat All the Food in Your House" MMM thread.

This past Saturday, inspired by @Lichen (happy belated birthday, BTW!) I started at home date nights in our downstairs lounge.  This time was a VHS movie, a board game I bought DH for Christmas, and a bottle of wine we had on hand.  I told him next weekend is his choice.

I'm leaving for a work related trip soon, and already have my road and hotel snacks set aside.

Maxing out my IRA contribution again this year.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11284 on: April 09, 2018, 09:55:41 PM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco in which my former employer deducted my pre-tax transit costs from my paycheck, laid me off, and canceled the debit card the day before my transit pass would have gotten auto-charged. Apparently it is then legal for them to simply keep the money. (Because basically stealing from the person you just laid off is par for the course in corporate America.) For bonus points, it took them almost five months (and many e-mails from me) from my date of hire to activate the pre-tax transit benefit, and they canceled it instantly when I got laid off.

I decided to file a claim for the money anyway in the hopes that someone would just rubber-stamp it (the customer support person told me to do this). I never heard anything and then today the check showed up in the mail! :-D $131.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11285 on: April 10, 2018, 04:45:15 AM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco . . .

I'm going through the acquisition - layoff/rehire bullshit right now myself, and I'm going to borrow that word 'fuckery' and use it regularly. Thanks

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11286 on: April 10, 2018, 08:08:29 AM »
-Was doing a study, and after I completed the final study, it "failed out" before it took me to the page to get my gift card. Boo! I wasn't sure how to get ahold of them, so I just replied to the text they sent the study link on... lo and behold, a real person answered! Haha. So for a low effort hail mary, I'm now $10 richer.
-Been working on leaving for work earlier, so I can drive more slowly (ahem, not speed as much), and get better gas mileage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11287 on: April 10, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco . . .

I'm going through the acquisition - layoff/rehire bullshit right now myself, and I'm going to borrow that word 'fuckery' and use it regularly. Thanks

Best of luck! You have my full sympathy. I'm on week four of unending stress. (Although it's getting better...)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11288 on: April 10, 2018, 08:51:37 PM »
Went to a (free) aerial fitness class at a friend's gym as a guest.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11289 on: April 10, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »
Made a simple soup for dinner, split a $7.50 bottle of wine from Aldi, and watched a Netflix documentary instead of going out for dinner/drinks (neither of us have had a day off in a week so dinner out was tempting).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11290 on: April 10, 2018, 10:10:31 PM »
* Didn't buy any food out of home. Ate a tangerine off our tree, and cooked up several vegetables that were waiting in the fridge
* Punched holes in the bottom of some Solo red cups we had lying around and used them to pot up bean seedlings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11291 on: April 10, 2018, 11:16:21 PM »
Yesterday we had a morning tea at work.  There was enough for it it be lunch as well, so today's lunch is still in the work fridge.  Tomorrow has a morning tea as well, so probably more free lunch....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11292 on: April 11, 2018, 04:24:16 AM »
As usual I brought my own lunch to work. But my colleague who works in the cafeteria tried to convince me to leave my sandwiches for tomorrow and try out the Iranian food today, with hummus and other stuff.
I am sorry, but no, I preferred to eat my own free lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11293 on: April 11, 2018, 07:24:24 AM »
Wanted to buy some toiletries last night to spoil myself. However, I have FINALLY got to the point where my toiletries are pretty basic and I have no stockpile. So instead of making a silly expensive purchase I would later regret, I got out a new loofah I got for free (store giveaway) and a free body wash sample I got in the mail, had an extra long shower and ended up feeling like a million bucks.

Seems cheap and such a minor thing but toiletries have always been a weakness for me. Anything I can do to create better habits is a win in my book. It's not even about the money, it's more about buying things I really don't need and I know me, after using them for a few times I would go back to using my basic soap.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11294 on: April 11, 2018, 10:05:38 AM »
Mentally committed to riding my bike to work three times this week. All part of a goal to double last year's modest mileage. My goal is to ride 1500 miles this year (or more). I'm 200 miles into that goal now.

Also had our family dentist visit this morn for a cleaning. I suppose you could say we will save money in the long term b/c proper tooth maintenance. ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11295 on: April 11, 2018, 10:09:15 AM »
Fixed my running toilet. Videos that teach simple home repairs are one of the best things about the internet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11296 on: April 11, 2018, 10:57:51 AM »
-Salvaged the ingredients for a dinner I was planning to make on Saturday. Unexpected power outage foiled our plans. Made yummy chicken satay bowls, that 3 of 4 diners loved.
-Our dishwasher is broken, and digging out the receipts, discovered we are two days from the warranty expiring. But, of course. So, made a bunch of calls to find an appointment.
-Secured some freebies for a trip we're going on next week.
-My parents are coming for spring break. Not only is this less than a camp for the kids (including their flights, which I covered), the kids are thrilled, and there's still money leftover to give them spending money for fun activities.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11297 on: April 12, 2018, 06:02:01 AM »
- Filled out a manufacturer rebate for buying a year of pet meds ($50)
- made preserved lemons for the first time (!)
- cooking all meals at home
- DH had to get up earlier than usual so I'm going into work earlier than usual as well and will work an extra hour or so (yea billable hours)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11298 on: April 12, 2018, 07:50:23 AM »
Background - I'm living in a hotel on the road for work along with my brother (we work for the same company and happened to bothe get sent to the same site currently, he's been here forever and has the "apartment" room at the HIE so we have access to the full fridge/freezer in his room. As such, we've been picking up food on sale when I find it. Ribeye steaks $4/lb keeps being a thing at the Kroger up the road, so cook 2 steaks, 2 large potatoes (on sale at $1/lb for large baking russetts), 1 can of vegetables. Total cost $8 in steaks, $2 in potatoes, and less than $1 for veggies plus tax comes out to ~$11. Makes 4 meals (1/2 a steak and 1/2 a potato each per meal) for less than $3/meal we're eating ribeyes, potatoes, and peas. T-bone's are on sale for $4.77/lb this week...

Did I mention the $60/day in per diem for food? :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11299 on: April 12, 2018, 10:05:35 AM »
I made an "Egg McMuffin" at home.

Microwaving the egg in a mason jar results in the perfect shape and consistency! Just crack the egg directly into the jar, prick the yolk with a fork a couple times, cover with a plate, and nuke it slowly at low power. 3 1/2 minutes at power level 2 is perfect in my microwave, but it took some experimentation. Run an knife around the edge to loosen the egg before inverting the jar onto your perfectly toasted English muffin and assembling your breakfast sandwich goodness.