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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11600 on: June 17, 2018, 02:38:54 PM »
*almost* stupidly spent way more money than we needed to. Sometime, somehow, in our move and subsequent dogless time, we lost the hardware to our baby gates. Well, now we have a puppy. The laundry drying rack worked temporarily, but she's getting big and bold enough she now just juggernauts through whenever it suits her. We tore the house apart looking for the hardware, and no luck. Gates but no hardware. We *almost* went and bought a new gate. Until, duh, I realized that I bet we could find replacement parts! $10 later, and they're on their way from amazon. Phew. $30 saved.

(Although I'm still mad the hardware is missing. We're very organized people and don't own all the much... no idea how they could have vanished!)

This exact same thing happened to us with the hardware to our patio table after we moved.   We looked everywhere for it, and finally gave up many months later and bought replacement hardware.  The week after that we found the bag of hardware at the bottom of the car's glove compartment.  Murphy's law.  Bet you'll find your hardware now.  :)

I helped to move a friend a while back and she had ducktaped all the hardware bags to the pieces of furniture. Clever idea!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11601 on: June 17, 2018, 02:58:58 PM »
*almost* stupidly spent way more money than we needed to. Sometime, somehow, in our move and subsequent dogless time, we lost the hardware to our baby gates. Well, now we have a puppy. The laundry drying rack worked temporarily, but she's getting big and bold enough she now just juggernauts through whenever it suits her. We tore the house apart looking for the hardware, and no luck. Gates but no hardware. We *almost* went and bought a new gate. Until, duh, I realized that I bet we could find replacement parts! $10 later, and they're on their way from amazon. Phew. $30 saved.

(Although I'm still mad the hardware is missing. We're very organized people and don't own all the much... no idea how they could have vanished!)

This exact same thing happened to us with the hardware to our patio table after we moved.   We looked everywhere for it, and finally gave up many months later and bought replacement hardware.  The week after that we found the bag of hardware at the bottom of the car's glove compartment.  Murphy's law.  Bet you'll find your hardware now.  :)

I helped to move a friend a while back and she had ducktaped all the hardware bags to the pieces of furniture. Clever idea!

That's what we do! Which is why this is all SO baffling. We had the hardware in labeled plastic baggies, taped to the gates themselves. Why are they not there? Where did they go? No idea whatsoever.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11602 on: June 17, 2018, 10:35:42 PM »
Made coffee at home instead of buying it and walked to work. It's simple, but a still a battle of wills to do it instead of taking the bus / cheap lyft.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11603 on: June 18, 2018, 03:39:06 AM »
@Roadrunner53 Instead of cutting straight across, I hold the scissors vertical and make small snips all the way across, pinching the bangs between two fingers with my other hand as a guide for how far up to cut. It gives a softer edge so slight imperfections aren't obvious like they would be with the straight across method.

This is what I did too. Worked great! I'd already seen my hair dresser doing this, and also saw the girl in the video doing this. So I copied that and with great result.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11604 on: June 18, 2018, 05:04:29 AM »
@Roadrunner53 Instead of cutting straight across, I hold the scissors vertical and make small snips all the way across, pinching the bangs between two fingers with my other hand as a guide for how far up to cut. It gives a softer edge so slight imperfections aren't obvious like they would be with the straight across method.

This is what I did too. Worked great! I'd already seen my hair dresser doing this, and also saw the girl in the video doing this. So I copied that and with great result.

Can you post the video?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11605 on: June 18, 2018, 07:02:22 AM »
@Roadrunner53 Instead of cutting straight across, I hold the scissors vertical and make small snips all the way across, pinching the bangs between two fingers with my other hand as a guide for how far up to cut. It gives a softer edge so slight imperfections aren't obvious like they would be with the straight across method.

This is what I did too. Worked great! I'd already seen my hair dresser doing this, and also saw the girl in the video doing this. So I copied that and with great result.

Can you post the video?

I already did. Check a couple of posts back on this page.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11606 on: June 18, 2018, 07:20:35 AM »
Washed my vehicles this weekend. My Jeep is a 2007 and people think it is new. I get under and wash the undercarriage and anywhere the winter salt can hide to corrode the body. Preventative maintenance can make a vehicle last so much longer, and a small investment in some tools saves a ton with some DIY.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11607 on: June 18, 2018, 08:23:50 AM »
Doing our own demolition work today in the kitchen, saving at least $850, plus it's fun.

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« Reply #11608 on: June 19, 2018, 03:23:03 AM »
Doing our own demolition work today in the kitchen, saving at least $850, plus it's fun.

I agree!  We are doing a to-the-studs house demolition.  It's massively therapeutic.  How often in most of our day to day lives do you get to smash stuff with a sledge hammer?   :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11609 on: June 19, 2018, 08:26:36 AM »
We're on vacation, but trying to keep it frugal:

* Took all of our own road food in a cooler.
* Staying in inexpensive Air BnB's. Brought an air mattress to ensure enough beds for the kids (Good call. This first one has a great master bedroom, but the other bed is an uncomfortable sofa bed. Kids declared the sofa untransformed great for one, so the other is using the air mattress happily).
* Primarily self catering. Did bring some one offs, like condiments, from the store at home instead of buying teeny-tiny expensive jars.
* Ordering wisely at our few meals we do eat out: DS13 is not a fan of most restaurant food -- it's always too something - too greasy, too cheesy, too salty. Instead of forcing him to get a #10 entree he won't eat, we told him to order what he would eat. Last night he decided he wanted a cheesecake at the restaurant and a sandwich back at the room. Great! He actually ate it and enjoyed it and we saved $6 on food that would have likely been wasted. We also skip drinks and appetizers at restaurants to save :)
* Full day planned -- going on a hike in the morning (free), using a groupon for lunch (saving 30% plus cheaper lunch prices), strolling the historic downtown in the afternoon, and hiking/walking a coast trail in the afternoon, with dinner back in the room (frozen lasagna. I don't cook on vacation). Right now I'm brewing coffee to fill our flasks, then I'll fill the car water cooler back up. Every one's backpacks have snacks stuffed in them, too!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11610 on: June 19, 2018, 12:28:40 PM »
-Cleaned the fridge before I left town. Chopped a box of tomatoes, and a bunch of fruit for the freezer
-Made lunch out of random odds & ends that were still in the fridge & needed to be used up
-Arranged for a ride to my out of town training. I'll uber directly to the airport after my training is wrapped up
-Packed a reusable water bottle for all of the traveling. Good for the environment, and my wallet. I forgot one on my flight yesterday & had to buy a plastic water bottle. Such a waste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11611 on: June 19, 2018, 12:37:14 PM »
I got a bowl of free tomatosoup for lunch at work. At later a crossant.

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« Reply #11612 on: June 19, 2018, 02:34:46 PM »
There is a rather obscure movie I have been wanting to watch. It's not available on DVD, so Netflix and the library are out. It hasn't shown up on any of the streaming services despite being a couple of years old. I had just about resigned myself to renting a digital version, when I thought to check the library one last time. Turns out that Hoopla now carries it, and has an Apple TV app. Free movie--yay!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11613 on: June 19, 2018, 02:55:16 PM »
Changed my online brokerage to a cheaper company - will save around $50 a year.

Dealing with a big stash of coins that has been sitting around for the last three years waiting for me to be going past a coin machine - putting $15 worth in my wallet at a time and then transferring that much from my usual spending money into savings.

Brought a home made cake and a bottle of wine left over from our wedding to lunch with friends - only had to buy one orange, and it was a great afternoon.

Cooked up big pots of minestrone soup and curry over the weekend - perfect for this cold weather and ensures we always have something on hand for lunches.

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« Reply #11614 on: June 19, 2018, 03:28:50 PM »
-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.

-Been spending a lot of pinterest recipe time to find ways to convert or replace our favorite recipes that use the oven. So, haven't realized the savings on this *yet*, but will long term. Especially because when I plan ahead and cook, it tends to be cheaper than the meals DH cooks.

-DH replaced our garbage disposal. Straight forward enough, so I'm surprised people pay for that routinely? But apparently that's common, based on what I kept running into online.

-Using beef heart as training treats for the dog. Free with our 1/4 cow because no one else splitting it wanted organ meats, way higher reward, and then we don't have to buy any special treats for her.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11615 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11616 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 #11617 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11618 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 #11619 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 #11620 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 #11621 on: June 21, 2018, 01:03:16 PM »
- Took the two giant (heavy) bags of clothes that have been sitting in my husband's car since April to Goodwill. He's been saying he's gonna take it there on his day off since April and I finally just went and did it myself. Savings to be found by increasing gas milegae by reducing weight.

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« Reply #11622 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11623 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 #11624 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11625 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 #11626 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 #11627 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 #11628 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 #11629 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 #11630 on: June 23, 2018, 07:50:03 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.

Nice one-  and it made me remember mine, which has become such a habit that I have forgotten the ongoing impact.

Coming home midday after a horribly long week of work travel and having been awake and food-less since 1am on the east coast, I was hugely tempted to hit a drive through on the way home for burritos.  Nope, didn't do it.  Went home and had 4 scrambled eggs instead.  My waistline and wallet were happy and my streak of avoiding fast food for many months now remains unbroken.  Those little expenditures, maybe $5-6 each time avoided for a burger or tacos when I am tired, have added up significantly.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11631 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 #11632 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 #11633 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11634 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 #11635 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11636 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 #11637 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 #11638 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 #11639 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11640 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11641 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11642 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11643 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11644 on: June 24, 2018, 04:35:05 PM »
- spent the afternoon hanging out in our adult kiddie pool instead of going tubing down the river. At least $30 saved
- watered houseplants with collected rain water
- had a work trip last night with an event with cash bar and crap food. Packed drinks for the car and didn't stop at a drive through before driving 2 hours at 10pm.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11645 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11646 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11647 on: June 25, 2018, 05:53:45 AM »
Resisted the allure of the candy display at the movies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11648 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11649 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.