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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11500 on: June 19, 2018, 03:49:12 PM »
Made sweet tea! Well... semi-sweet tea. 

Found an awesome recipe... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/109190/smooth-sweet-tea/

Except I only use about a quarter cup of sweetener.  The baking soda thing works!  No more bitter tea!

I'm finally using up the gigantic tea stash in my pantry.

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« Reply #11501 on: June 20, 2018, 11:48:40 AM »
Reduced my cell bill by $10+/mo.

Going to rid of an office related bill for $40/mo

Add that to the reduction of getting my 'do done mentioned on a prior page and I'm up to almost $1,000 a year in savings.

Now, I'm off to figure out how to print postage online for business-related large size envelopes in to reduce downtown trips to the post office in order to save on fuel....

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« Reply #11502 on: June 21, 2018, 07:26:00 AM »
-One of our CFLs in the kitchen burnt out. Replacing just that one with an LED would have been $7. Replacing all 6 recessed CFLs in our house was $20 (thanks costco!). So we opted to replace them all. For $13 more, and 4 of the bulbs being used pretty much 100% of the time we're home, it should be a decent savings.

Some time ago 3 of our 5 kitchen halogen lamps broke at the same time. We found that a good time to replace all 8 bulbs with LED. But we are keeping the other 5 that still work for replacing the other many halogen lamps that are spread all over the house. We have now replaced the ones in the rooms where we use most light (living room, kitchen and hobby room).

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« Reply #11503 on: June 21, 2018, 09:19:01 AM »
-My previously reported husband saving our heat pump wasn't the whole problem. (He did fix a major thing, though). But, we were able to get a family friend out, and he gave us the friends and family price for the coolant and work. Ended up being $500 for a fix that would have easily been $1500 without. It should buy us a couple years with our current system, and then we'll replace the whole unit.
-Trying to switch back to dairy half and half for my coffee, after using non dairy products for a while. We'll see what my gut thinks of the change, but the price difference is huge, and my stomach won't handle black coffee.
-Instead of using pricey dog treats to train our puppy, we've just been cooking up chicken. It's easier for her to eat, anyway.

Try making cold brew coffee.  It's way less acidic than regular coffee so you might not need a creamer to tame it for your stomach.
And heavier cream. Here table cream is 18%, half and half is 10%.  My gut likes the 18% better , and you need less for the same whiteness.

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« Reply #11504 on: June 21, 2018, 10:05:18 AM »
Somehow, through the dark magic of "things in a car trunk" my work umbrella got tangled up with a roll of duct tape and the handle ended up covered with sticky tape residue. I finally remembered to take it home and with the application of "Goo Gone," a scrubby and some elbow grease, it is now usable again.

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« Reply #11505 on: June 21, 2018, 12:11:26 PM »
I was too tired to make dinner, so I ate some leftovers from the freezer.

I made a large batch of oatmeal breakfast cupcakes last weekend. I'll eat the last tomorrow, they really did last me all week this time, I often run out mid-week.





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« Reply #11506 on: June 21, 2018, 02:56:07 PM »
We like to drink wine from time to time, mostly on the weekends.  We used to have a steady stream of good wine gifted to us by DW's employer and my MIL, but both of those streams have mostly dried up, so we need to actually purchase from time to time now. 

I've been experimenting with "Two Buck Chuck" (Charles Shaw) wines to see if any are palatable.  $2.99/bottle currently.  Some were awful, but a couple are not bad at all.  Haven't found a red that we both like (and we prefer red wines in general), but the Pinot Grigio in particular is pretty tasty.  I didn't mind the Chardonnay, either, but DW wasn't convince on that one.  Nevertheless, even if this little project can just replace a bottle of moderately priced wine here or there, that's a nice $10-20/month savings in my pocket/stash.

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« Reply #11507 on: June 21, 2018, 11:13:05 PM »
More vacation small savings:

- Did the walk-on ferry instead of paying to take the car onto the island.
- Ice cream treat! Did kiddie cones instead of single scoops, thus saving $4 for the four of us.
- Used a groupon so save $9 on our admission to the Whale Museum.
- Entertainment? Opted to forego the $200+ whale watching tour to visit to a state park to hike and explore instead. We saw Orcas and Minkies hunting/playing near shore -- YAY!!!! Also-- took our own snacks instead of getting food at the park snack bar.
-Continued to self cater in room, but our budget motel only has a microwave and mini-fridge -- no plates/utensils/etc. Made due with napkins from the coffee bar, and chose easily microwaveable finger foods at the grocery store.
-Evening entertainment was geocaching around the island. Low-cost/no-cost hobbies that you can do almost anywhere in the world with no special tools (beyond a smart phone or GPS unit) are the best!

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« Reply #11508 on: June 22, 2018, 12:42:03 AM »
For some reason my workplace was throwing out wines and beer that was "old and going off".  A six pack of beer, two bottles of excellent pinot grigio and a vintage champagne later...  we are good for booze for a while.

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« Reply #11509 on: June 22, 2018, 06:31:33 AM »
I got a few bars of fancy chocolate from a friend who doesn't like chocolate, and in return I gave her a dress that doesn't really suit me. The chocolate is delicious!

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« Reply #11510 on: June 22, 2018, 02:47:46 PM »
I biked to a dentist appointment and avoided paying for parking. I tried the route that Google Maps recommended and was delighted by the multi-use pathways I was able to use for over 90% of the way. My new dentist even gave me an electric toothbrush! I was so happy by the time that I left the dentist's office that I was tempted to have lunch in one of the neighborhood's great restaurants, but came to my senses and biked home for an equally good meal.

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« Reply #11511 on: June 22, 2018, 03:51:41 PM »
Brought home shrimp skewers, beef skewers, chicken skewers, prosciutto, salami, cheese cubes, broccoli, cauliflower, and bacon/pork belly from the insides of a few trays of sliders (the bread was soggy and stale). Probably about 8 cups of high value food across the containers.

So now to decide what to do with leftover pork belly.

The cauliflower and broccoli from the veggie platter are already roasting in the oven.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11512 on: June 22, 2018, 03:58:34 PM »
My bizarre predilection for winning concert tickets continues: entered a contest for a show I wouldn't mind seeing that was a little too expensive for my taste, 5 hours later got a notification that I won. Value of $90. :-)

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« Reply #11513 on: June 23, 2018, 03:56:33 AM »
I didn't go out to dinner last night after having a drink for my friend's farewell.  Spent Euro 7.50 on a nice glass of wine instead of Euro 20 plus for dinner.  For some reason, I just wasn't feeling it and wanted to just go home - so I did.  The old me would have gone for dinner out of politeness.  Also, TBH they were talking about going to a restaurant that has great pasta.  I can make pasta at home for almost nothing so I'd rather do that.

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« Reply #11514 on: June 23, 2018, 08:24:56 AM »
-Trying to switch back to dairy half and half for my coffee, after using non dairy products for a while. We'll see what my gut thinks of the change, but the price difference is huge, and my stomach won't handle black coffee.

Try decaf.  Caffeine could be the cause.  I sometimes have stomach discomfort with regular coffee, and I always use creamer.  Decaf doesn't give me any problems, so I stick to that unless I really need the pick-me-up.

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« Reply #11515 on: June 23, 2018, 08:28:35 AM »
-Trying to switch back to dairy half and half for my coffee, after using non dairy products for a while. We'll see what my gut thinks of the change, but the price difference is huge, and my stomach won't handle black coffee.

Try decaf.  Caffeine could be the cause.  I sometimes have stomach discomfort with regular coffee, and I always use creamer.  Decaf doesn't give me any problems, so I stick to that unless I really need the pick-me-up.

I have, and it's not. Thank you though! The thing is that better quality coffee goes a lot better for me, but it's much more expensive. Internal battle there- it's both more delicious and doesn't upset my stomach, but 3x the price is a lot to stomach!

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« Reply #11516 on: June 23, 2018, 09:15:34 AM »
Used up about 20oz of cabbage that was in the fridge. It was past it’s expiration date but I made an egg roll stir fry (ground beef, cabbage, sesame oil, coconut aminos/soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, sesame seeds, pinch of sweetener, etc. to taste). Cheap, healthy, filling.

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« Reply #11517 on: June 23, 2018, 09:25:58 AM »
-Trying to switch back to dairy half and half for my coffee, after using non dairy products for a while. We'll see what my gut thinks of the change, but the price difference is huge, and my stomach won't handle black coffee.

Try decaf.  Caffeine could be the cause.  I sometimes have stomach discomfort with regular coffee, and I always use creamer.  Decaf doesn't give me any problems, so I stick to that unless I really need the pick-me-up.

I have, and it's not. Thank you though! The thing is that better quality coffee goes a lot better for me, but it's much more expensive. Internal battle there- it's both more delicious and doesn't upset my stomach, but 3x the price is a lot to stomach!

I have a problem with coffee too. I switched to Newman's French Roast organic K Cups and no more acid indigestion. I use Coffeemate Coffee Creamer. I also used Folgers Black Silk coffee and it was good too.

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« Reply #11518 on: June 23, 2018, 12:23:38 PM »
... The thing is that better quality coffee goes a lot better for me, but it's much more expensive. Internal battle there- it's both more delicious and doesn't upset my stomach, but 3x the price is a lot to stomach!

If you find a good solution, please share it, as I have a similar problem. I'm able to drink one cup easily, and a second with only mild unease, but three or more in a day, and it's outright rebellion.

As for saving money, today will be the first time this summer that I freeze some of the harvest from my garden. It's rhubarb and basil. For entertainment, I went for a walk, a run, and kayaking, so I'm tired enough to enjoy my household puttering.

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« Reply #11519 on: June 23, 2018, 01:54:55 PM »
I have negotiated with my boss to work 4 x 9.5 hour days instead of 5 x 7.5 hour days.

I will save $8.30 on a train ticket plus the 2 1/2 hours a days spent commuting!

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« Reply #11520 on: June 23, 2018, 01:58:59 PM »
DH and I spent most of our day painting the outside of our house. And I had the energy to cook a homemade meal after that.
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« Reply #11521 on: June 23, 2018, 10:32:45 PM »
Ug. Saved money on evening plans. Eldest boy had chest pains, did not subside, then he got nausea. We had to to find an emergency room (we're still on vacation). Lot's of tests later it was determined he has a minor chest wall infection, left over from a cold he had a couple of weeks ago, which was then triggered his first major anxiety attack. Kid's fine, that's the most important part!

They did feed us dinner and no copay for the visit thanks to insurance. Thanks, Obama!

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« Reply #11522 on: June 24, 2018, 02:07:20 AM »
Yesterday's savings.

- switched the WiFi repeater off when I wasn't in our bedroom.
- made hot water for tea in put it in a thermos (once, I used to reheat the water over and over again)
- denied cravings and had homemade meals and just a bit of crisps.
- made cleaning up kids room with my 5 yr old somewhat rewarding; I can finally sell her Little people stuff (when I find that car)
- washed myself and the kids with washcloth, will shower today. We alternate washcloth and shower or bath.

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« Reply #11523 on: June 24, 2018, 04:06:26 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

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« Reply #11524 on: June 24, 2018, 04:12:41 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

What kind of breakfast do you cook ahead?

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« Reply #11525 on: June 24, 2018, 05:10:54 AM »
- Asked some price quotes from different energy suppliers this week, so I can select our new supplier today. Takes an hour, saves hundreds every year.
- Am going to cook breakfast ahead for the whole week, like I try to do every weekend
- Listed some stuff for sale. Won't bring in a lot of money, but it's better than throwing things away.

What kind of breakfast do you cook ahead?

Egg muffins, oatmeal muffins, rice porridge, oatmeal porridge, polenta porridge.

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« Reply #11526 on: June 24, 2018, 01:39:47 PM »
We put wallpaper on the walls ourselves (as opposed to paying someone to do this for us. Actually we saved even more, because otherwise we would've paid someone to plaster the walls for us. Which costs at least twice as much).

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« Reply #11527 on: June 24, 2018, 05:10:17 PM »
-- Cut hubby's hair again.   25+ dollars saved
-- Stretching to avoid getting my own haircut.  If I keep it well moisturized I can go longer before getting it thinned.  I give it regular coconut oil masks with a few dabs of liquid oil, and don't wash it everyday and it handles better.  My bangs are getting a little questionable though!
-- Rode bikes to church this morning, saving the bus fair.
-- Re-reading "Your Money or Your Life".  After our move, our savings has been stagnant with all the "getting settled" expenses and new things to see/eat/do.  Its been a spendy 6 weeks and its time to rein it back in. 

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« Reply #11528 on: June 25, 2018, 04:33:09 AM »
- Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon.
- Had self-caught fish for dinner last night.
- If I remember it, I will take a load of apples home from work. They are leftover from last week's fruit bowl.
- We painted the outside of the house, as we always do ourselves.
- Apart from a new pair of skiing gloves, I still haven't bought any new clothes in 2018.
- I have been hanging the laundry to dry outside since it became springtime.
- Bought a book that I wanted to have, which my mother is going to pay for.
- I have been eating my home made jams, made from leftover fruit at work.

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« Reply #11529 on: June 25, 2018, 05:53:45 AM »
Resisted the allure of the candy display at the movies.

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« Reply #11530 on: June 25, 2018, 07:03:09 AM »
Did a ton of cooking yesterday while I had extra help from DH and MIL:

* roast chicken for dinner (4 dinner servings + 2.5 lunches)
* chicken carcass and veggie scraps for stock
* made a big batch of homemade granola
* made my three-year-olds birthday cake from scratch (MIL decorated)
* made 3 dozen mini frittatas to freeze for DH’s breakfasts on gym days. Should be good for almost a month and now my very pregnant self doesn’t have to worry about it.

Very low-key birthday for our son: a picnic at the park, cake and ice cream. His gift is a mini basketball hoop for less than $20 after applying points from my amazon credit card.

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« Reply #11531 on: June 25, 2018, 07:57:13 AM »
- DW wanted to throw away/replace our young son's backpack, since his mesh cup holders are deteriorating (rest of the backpack is in perfectly fine shape).  The cup holders are actually important in his case for reasons I'm not going to detail here.  Seemed pretty wasteful to me, but she wasn't convinced and challenged me to come up with a solution.  A few carefully placed matched strips of duct tape later, and hopefully I've earned another year out of the backpack.  As a bonus, the duct tape matches the orange color of the cup holder!

- Rode my bike to work on a day I didn't think I'd be able to.  In addition, this is my last week of car commuting (though I think I'll be able to bike in 2 of 5 days)!

- Stocked up at Sam's Club.  That's what the extra bedroom closet is for!  Saved money by spending a lot.

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« Reply #11532 on: June 25, 2018, 08:47:10 AM »

-Gave myself a manicure last night saving ~$15
- Rode my bike to work today saving 19.4 miles worth of gas ~$1.50

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« Reply #11533 on: June 25, 2018, 12:20:16 PM »
I needed to bring cake to my weekly sewing group to celebrate my birthday, so I baked it myself. I used up 5 overripe bananas. My birthday is in a few weeks, but this is the last meeting before summer.

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« Reply #11534 on: June 25, 2018, 01:07:13 PM »
We just made an apple crumble pie from the leftover apples from work from last week's Thursday and Friday fruit. It is currently in the oven. As vacations have started, there is a lot of leftover fruit at work. Today there were a lot of bananas. If they are still there tomorrow and there are new bananas, I'll take them home. I think I will freeze some from smoothy making. And I will make banana muffins, being inspired by a post by @jooniFLORisploo after doing a search on "bananas" on this forum. :-)
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« Reply #11535 on: June 25, 2018, 02:20:33 PM »
- studied instructions of the DIY bug screens for our windows. Those will save us over €400 (I had budgeted for screens made to size, which were about €90 per screen). Hopefully husband has time to build them together tomorrow. Woohoo, the end of the fly, motts and mosquito infested house is in sight (welcome to the countryside).
- placed pan with frozen spinach in pan with potatoes, warming two pans for one. Saved gas.
- saved water used for cleaning produce and preparing meals, used it to water strawberries.
- made a solution for the the clothes hangers getting blown away from drying rack issue. We have bought an old fashioned big wooden drying rack for outside recently. It's great, I can finally hang dry our bed linens and hang dry more outside. But, you can't hold a clothes hanger in place with a pin on it. Fresh laundry on the floor. Used elastic band and buttons from my sewing stuff to create binders.
- Hung dried laundry (well, it's almost dry, still a bit to go tomorrow and another load after that) my laundry schedule revolves around the weather predictions lately. (Otherwise I have to climb stairs to dry it there on the landing or use the dryer).
- We hang most things on clothes hangers, saves ironing and the time spend on folding laundry.
- put cuttings from indoor plant in soil (in bottom of milk pack, with toilet rolls in it per cutting, that filled with soil). I saw someone sold them online the other day. When I feel brave, I'll ask the grumpy neighbour for a trade when they grow well. She has plants I would like a cutting from in her windowsill. The soil was used but with a bit of coffee grounds it will do for easy plants.
- the kids got home made ice popsicles after school (recyclable IKEA udspadd filled with lemonade syrup and water). Will make tomorrow's in a minute. Will also try making slush in the small soda bottles I have saved this week.

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« Reply #11536 on: June 25, 2018, 05:40:23 PM »
I saved money for my mom today by baking a cake for her to take to my great-aunt's and by returning my car to her. She totaled her car a few weeks ago, and was going to go back to sharing one with her husband, but they're both busy and have very limited mobility. At the same time, I'm able bodied and sometimes need a little nudge to ride my bike rather than drive, so I talked my mom into keeping my car, and just letting me borrow it as needed.

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« Reply #11537 on: June 25, 2018, 07:18:11 PM »
*Froze 1.5 lbs of strawberries (Meijer sale at less than $1 per lb) before they rotted/got moldy (my track record with using fruit in time is not great)
*Used the last of the chicken in our freezer (yay, no freezer burn)
*Used up more veggies from last weekend’s Hungry Harvest box (this makes me really conscious of food waste)

This isn’t small, but I just paid off our last credit card debt, which we incurred to pay for an emergency furnace replacement. That is a huge load off our shoulders. It feels really good to know that we won’t have to pay interest on that card again.

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« Reply #11538 on: June 26, 2018, 01:18:14 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

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« Reply #11539 on: June 26, 2018, 05:51:20 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.

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« Reply #11540 on: June 26, 2018, 06:05:56 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.
Definitely worth noting and she is supervised while eating it always. Though I do wonder if popcorn is that much of a higher risk than all those light airy puff snacks marketed to toddlers?


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« Reply #11541 on: June 26, 2018, 06:26:10 AM »
I ordered a bunch of flowers delivered to my mother on her birthday. I thought the shop where I usually buy them was a bit expensive. Then I found they have a bunch of competitors. I choose a random other shop that had nice flowers for 5€ less than the other shop.

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« Reply #11542 on: June 26, 2018, 07:38:52 AM »
I bothered to make popcorn on the stove for the first time.

A $1.95 bag makes 20 of the serving size I made this afternoon which is perfect for a snack for me and the baby/toddler. It also takes less than5 minutes including cleaning up and requires no special equipment.  Bonus I can put as little or as much salt on it as I want.

Sorry to be a downer but keep a close eye on the baby/toddler while eating popcorn as it's considered a choking hazard for small children.
Definitely worth noting and she is supervised while eating it always. Though I do wonder if popcorn is that much of a higher risk than all those light airy puff snacks marketed to toddlers?

It's the errant unpuffed (not fully puffed) kernel that's the choking hazard. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11543 on: June 26, 2018, 08:00:51 AM »
I just got caught up on this thread. These two were eyebrow raisers. I've omitted the identifying details, but I'm surprised that they slipped through unnoticed, given the topic of this thread.
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Waited until the leopard sandals I've had my eyes on went on sale to buy. Grabbed them today at 25% off!

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...I switched to Newman's French Roast organic K Cup...
Not gonna face punch, but am definitely scratching my head. To be perfectly clear, it's not exactly about the fact these specific purchase decisions were made, but that they were posted on this thread. Hmm...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11544 on: June 26, 2018, 03:30:18 PM »
Good luck @Linda_Norway , that sounds like a great side gig for you!

This week I have been trying harder on turning off lights we are not using (not one of my strengths).

Brought coffee and snacks with us when we went to do some work on MIL's grave, luckily the weather was nice and we enjoyed eating them on the bench in the cemetery and thinking about family.

Hosted a lovely gathering on Friday with some wine and crackers we had on hand and cheese we bought on sale. Many in that group are older and retired, it's very relaxing hosting when everyone brings along something to share and are not too focused on having expensive wines etc.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11545 on: June 26, 2018, 10:24:30 PM »
I saved money for my mom today by baking a cake for her to take to my great-aunt's and by returning my car to her. She totaled her car a few weeks ago, and was going to go back to sharing one with her husband, but they're both busy and have very limited mobility. At the same time, I'm able bodied and sometimes need a little nudge to ride my bike rather than drive, so I talked my mom into keeping my car, and just letting me borrow it as needed.

What a kind and generous thing to do! And I love that it’s a win for you to get you on your bike more.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11546 on: June 27, 2018, 10:10:41 AM »
-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

-- Hung a load of laundry to dry.  We pay by the load here in our apartment building, but there is a couple of mostly unused clotheslines down there with the machines.  Saved 1.70 on a drying load.

-- DH and I participated in a local survey about bike paths/lanes and biking transit the other day.  20 minutes of time plus the few minute walk either direction netted us each a 5.00 gc to a local coffee place. Saving them for a cheap date night.

-- Cooling the apartment via the breezes from the windows the last couple days rather than the AC unit. 

-- Picked up a dime off the ground.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11547 on: June 27, 2018, 01:16:52 PM »
For reasons unknown, power has stopped working in part of the house (fuse blew for no clear reason, when we turned the power back on some lights and wall sockets weren't working). For safety reasons we've turned off the power downstairs except for the fridge. I suppose we'll still use some power while living upstairs until the electrician has time to visit us (on Friday) but we don't have a TV etc. there so it will be a lot less.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11548 on: June 27, 2018, 02:14:17 PM »
-Got a kiddie pool through Buy Nothing, instead of buying one, to do play time and exposure for my puppy. So glad I thought to ask- the lady had one smaller than I've seen elsewhere and it's the perfect size, the puppy can jump out and in. Free AND better than I would have found.
-Bully sticks. Most places have them for like $6 for an 8" section. Costco, of course, has BULK. Ten 12" sections for like $29. These are too big for our dog, but we've just been sawing them in half.
-Ongoing: husband has magical hypermiling abilities and always gets great gas mileage for long work trips. 44MPG for a gas car? Yes please I'll take it.

-- We toss a lot of random plastic bags from clothing in the trash at work.  Saved a tote bag full to pick up dog poop.  Saving 2-3 cents with each bag, which adds up when you go through 5-6 of them a day....

Your dog poops 6 times a day? Is it a puppy?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11549 on: June 27, 2018, 03:06:22 PM »
I found $20 in my desk drawer, buried under about two years' worth of crap. I have no idea where it came from. But now it's in my wallet :-)

Going to six concerts for $0 this week, thanks to contests, memberships, and just-plain-free shows. I've been working the free ticket angle so hard this year that I now have a $200+ surplus in my "entertainment" budget built up in Mint.