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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11650 on: June 12, 2018, 05:49:21 AM »
On Sunday we went to see the new house of a friend and instead of going out for lunch we all brought something to have a beach-picknick. Friend and me still went out for dinner though, so savings were kinda lost there as we probably wouldn't have done that if we'd been out for lunch.

Also got cheap train tickets that allow me to have 3x round trip travel all throughout the country for 12 each time!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11651 on: June 12, 2018, 07:42:48 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back very soon.

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« Reply #11652 on: June 12, 2018, 08:24:47 AM »
- Returned a wicker wastebasket and lampshade to TJ Maxx without browsing the store.
- Wicker basket was replaced by me wrapping sisal rope around our old and ugly wastebasket. Glue and rope were already on hand from previous projects and it was a calm way to spend a couple hours.
- Revamped our front porch by shopping the house. Replaced the 2 big bulky chairs we had up front with the smaller bistro set (a wedding gift) that was in the garage. Pulled throw pillows off the back patio (originally bought for $5 each!) to add in some colour.
- The 2 chairs will either be repurposed around our free firepit or listed for sale.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11653 on: June 12, 2018, 04:52:05 PM »
Yesterday: found a rip in one of my nice work shirts (custom fit; I have a body type that is far from what any manufacturer would ever mass-produce).  My first thought was, "darn, now I have to buy a $60 replacement."  However, I considered that the tear is in a fairly inconspicuous location on a sleeve, and MIL is handy with a sewing machine.  We'll see how it turns out, but at least for now I haven't bought a new shirt. 

Also fought the urge successfully, again, to grab some quick & easy food out for dinner, and scrounged for what we had in the kitchen.  Changing this habit has saved us about $150/month for the past couple of months.  We weren't big spenders on food out, but it has still added up to a substantial monthly savings.  If I could get my wife to kick her unfortunate, newfound lunch habit of eating out, it would save a similar amount or even more.

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« Reply #11654 on: June 12, 2018, 05:03:53 PM »
-Trying to use up some 2-3 year old seeds. Trying to be clever about it- I'll harvest greens early as baby greens for salads, before the beans get too tall and it gets too hot. The radishes should be out before the tomatillos cover that area, etc. 2-3 year old seeds don't have very good germination rates, but I already paid for the seeds, have the soil, and water those beds. May as well try for some free food!

-Costco had Ranier cherries for $5.50/lb. Even though I *really* wanted some, strawberries were $1.50/lb. Strawberries it is. I'll go out later this week and help me mom and her neighbor harvest some cherries. Not Raniers, but free.

-Giving up drinking again for a couple months for my second IVF cycle. Admittedly, saving like $100 when you're spending $17k feels like nothing, but it adds up! And then obviously the health considerations as well.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11655 on: June 12, 2018, 05:51:25 PM »
Yesterday: found a rip in one of my nice work shirts (custom fit; I have a body type that is far from what any manufacturer would ever mass-produce).  My first thought was, "darn, now I have to buy a $60 replacement."  However, I considered that the tear is in a fairly inconspicuous location on a sleeve, and MIL is handy with a sewing machine.  We'll see how it turns out, but at least for now I haven't bought a new shirt. 

Also fought the urge successfully, again, to grab some quick & easy food out for dinner, and scrounged for what we had in the kitchen.  Changing this habit has saved us about $150/month for the past couple of months.  We weren't big spenders on food out, but it has still added up to a substantial monthly savings.  If I could get my wife to kick her unfortunate, newfound lunch habit of eating out, it would save a similar amount or even more.

Good on MIL fixing your shirt. I hope it turns out great! If it were a female shirt I might suggest a sew on applique to cover over the rip. I worked for this company who gave us all fleece jackets with the company name on the left upper shoulder. I got laid off and was a bitter biach to say the least. I liked the jacket a lot but was NOT going to wear it since I got laid off! Screw them! So, I bought this American Flag applique and sewed it over the company name! Hahaha, I have been wearing it since 2011!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11656 on: June 12, 2018, 08:30:46 PM »
-Repurposed a dinner leftover that none of us really loved, and turned it into something better with a little creativity.
-Standard stuff: drove electric car, lunch & breakfasts for free at work
-Bonus. Didn't know the kids camp this week came with lunches, so free lunches for the kids as well!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11657 on: June 13, 2018, 12:15:19 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back again in the afternoon.

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« Reply #11658 on: June 13, 2018, 11:14:55 AM »
Had a day out with my grandma for her birthday!

- Bus day ticket to her town (6)
- Simple lunch at grandma's place
- Museum tickets for both of us (12)
- Free coffee and tea in the museum as a way to apologize for some maintenance work they were doing
- Had a nice long walk around town together
- Had an ice cream (4, but her treat, she refused to let me pay)
- Ended the day with a cup of homemade soup.

Then she called the entire family in the evening to tell how much fun we had, and she later told me she couldn't sleep from the excitement that night. That's 18 extremely well spent :)

I am working a LOT of overtime this week and when I get home for work I drink a cup of tea, check my e-mail etc, and then go to bed really early. There is 0 energy for cooking or preparing food and we don't have a cafetaria at work, so I basically bring a whole bag of grocery store food every day. Still, I'm trying to get my food as healthy & cheaply as I can. I have brought a few ready-made salads 35% off, I bring a lot of fruit, yoghurt, knackebrod. I try to resist the kind of sugary treats I feel I "deserve" for working so hard. The good news is that I'll earn 250 in overtime this week alone. So even if I spend 10 or 20 more on food than I normally would, I still end up ahead.

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« Reply #11659 on: June 13, 2018, 12:04:26 PM »
@Imma - LOVED the story about your grandma, & her corresponding excitement. Made me very happy :-)

As for me, price matched another flight & earned $3.99 back. We travel a lot (and, I cover my parents flights when they come to visit to take care of the kids), so there are plenty of flights to stay on top of.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11660 on: June 13, 2018, 12:17:32 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, your post inspired me to price match a flight I have coming up and I was able to get it down $60! Now adding a note on my calendar so I use the credit before it expires.

Thanks!

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« Reply #11661 on: June 13, 2018, 12:39:56 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, your post inspired me to price match a flight I have coming up and I was able to get it down $60! Now adding a note on my calendar so I use the credit before it expires.

Thanks!

@marcela - excellent! So glad it worked out

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« Reply #11662 on: June 13, 2018, 01:46:40 PM »
@Imma - LOVED the story about your grandma, & her corresponding excitement. Made me very happy :-)


It made me very happy too :) I try to take her out as often as I can. I'm so lucky to still have her and that she's still fit and healthy and up for new things (at 85!). She's old enough to know that money doesn't buy happiness so we have frugal fun. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11663 on: June 13, 2018, 09:49:14 PM »
DS13 wanted a haircut. He despises haircuts, so his normal mode has always been to grow it out to mid-back then get it cut really short about once a year. Of course, now he is 13 and is starting to care about appearance (although he denies it). Showed me a picture of what he wanted. Googling revealed it to be called a shaggy cut. 20 minutes of watching Youtube videos, then an awkward 45 minutes of cutting of several inches of hair in the requisite choppy manner resulted in a near perfect haircut (I was informed it was exactly 2 cm too short ::eyeroll:: )

Also, no spend day thanks to sating my ice coffee craving with homemade ice coffee!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11664 on: June 14, 2018, 12:00:07 AM »
DS13 wanted a haircut. He despises haircuts, so his normal mode has always been to grow it out to mid-back then get it cut really short about once a year. Of course, now he is 13 and is starting to care about appearance (although he denies it). Showed me a picture of what he wanted. Googling revealed it to be called a shaggy cut. 20 minutes of watching Youtube videos, then an awkward 45 minutes of cutting of several inches of hair in the requisite choppy manner resulted in a near perfect haircut (I was informed it was exactly 2 cm too short ::eyeroll:: )

Also, no spend day thanks to sating my ice coffee craving with homemade ice coffee!

Well done, teaching yourself a new skill with youtube.

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« Reply #11665 on: June 14, 2018, 03:29:47 AM »
Finally got my picture taken so I can renew my reduced-fare (disability) public transit card.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11666 on: June 14, 2018, 07:05:06 AM »
Typed, printed, signed and mailed with a stamp the formal letter requesting my PMI be dropped off our rental property.  I don't know why that was so annoying to me and I kept putting it off, but I finally did it.

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« Reply #11667 on: June 14, 2018, 09:56:49 AM »
Really did not want to cook dinner last night, and thought about how nice it would be to order sushi delivery, since I've been good about not ordering delivery.  But then I realized I had a whole bunch of vegetables and roasting them doesn't take much more effort than washing, chopping, and tossing in olive oil and spices, so I made a big batch and it came out deliciously if I may say so.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11668 on: June 14, 2018, 11:50:16 AM »
Saved $200 by catching a duplicate charge on our will/final docs invoice.

Didn't stop for fast food after a meeting earlier this week, though we ended up eating at home at 8:30 PM.  Savings $15-ish.

I'm going to pack a lot of what we currently have in our fridge and pantry for an upcoming wine-related excursion for DH's BD.  Savings approx $12.  I bought a few items last night, but received 20% off my grocery order.

The one thing I do to splurge on myself is get my hair done.  I'm going to space the appointments out further.  Savings $360 a year.

Continuing to use up leftovers from the freezer and the pantry stockpile.

Going to put .52 into my piggy bank tonight.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11669 on: June 14, 2018, 01:30:09 PM »
Going to a presentation this afternoon.  The local college research dept head is talking about how they work with local small business to turn their research into products with global impact.  Free beer and heavy appetizers.  Lunch and dinner combined!

This is a monthly event, different topics each month, usually interesting. Been going regularly for about two years now.

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« Reply #11670 on: June 14, 2018, 01:34:56 PM »
Score! Finally found a pressure washer to borrow. Renting was nearly as expensive as buying, and we really didn't want to buy. So for a little labor help we get to use it free (loading and unloading so the owner can use it on their place, then loading/unloading for our place). We don't even have to pay for the gas unless we use more than they have left- they're moving soon and don't want a gas canister sloshing around.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11671 on: June 14, 2018, 02:01:00 PM »
This is my kids' first week of summer vacation so first week at summer day camp.  The day camp charges 5 euro per kid who eats lunch there but kids can also bring a packed lunch instead.  So I packed lunch for both kids all week and tried to make it yummy and interesting so that they wouldn't want the 5 euro lunches.  Saved 50 euros this week plus the cost of the food for the packed lunches so probably around 40 euros.  If I keep this up all summer it could end up being quite significant savings.

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« Reply #11672 on: June 14, 2018, 08:57:11 PM »
Must stay motivated :)

- We're planning to switch our phone plan, only concern was data on my phone because it's the main music streaming device for road trips, of which we have several this summer. Was checking to see if there were any Spotify discounts. Ahem, yes! $4.99 a month for students plus it comes with basic Hulu. We were already paying $7.99 a month for Hulu (we have no cable or Netflix). I get downloadable playlists for in the car and we keep Hulu while paying $3 less a month. No Brainer!!

- Had my last final today and am done with school until next quarter. Fought the urge to celebrate the beginning of summer with a night out. Instead, made dinner at home and puttered in the garden. Will make popcorn this evening and celebrate summer low-key on the couch by catching up on The Orville.

- Graciously accepted some cuttings from my botany professor. Potted them up using pots and soil I already have (sterilized first).

- The control board went out on our oven. It's $110 for a new one. This isn't the first time it has gone out. Our oven is old-ish (probably late 90s). Need to research options. Don't feel like dealing with it at the moment, so not going to rush to replace or repair. We have the stovetop, a microwave, an electric wok, an electric griddle, and a slow cooker. We have time to make an informed decision.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11673 on: June 15, 2018, 02:19:00 AM »
Lichen, I think I would invest that $110 into a new oven. For the approx. age you have given it is 20ish years old.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11674 on: June 15, 2018, 08:34:14 AM »
i used baking soda on some black gunk on my iron as it's as good as new. yay, no need for a new iron (4 years old and going strong)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11675 on: June 15, 2018, 08:43:03 AM »
Lichen, I think I would invest that $110 into a new oven. For the approx. age you have given it is 20ish years old.

Depending on the type of oven, you could also see some reduction in electricity costs. We replaced a 26 year old oven/stovetop. Went for an induction top, and it has a convection oven. With convection, it draws more energy, but cook time is reduced by 25%. And induction has near perfect heat transfer. Ultimately, we were happy we swapped the oven vs repairing it. Supposedly (too many variables for us to have measured this though) the improved insulation on ovens also means there's less heat loss, so they're more efficient on that front, too.

Of course, you have to run the numbers for your own situation =) But just worth looking into. Remember things like "scratch and dent" returns to places like Home Depot, and coupled with gift cards like from Cardpool, you can save a fair chunk of cash. There's also a veteran's discount if that applies to you or a family member, that can be a path to take as well. Or Craigslist if it's robust in your area.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11676 on: June 15, 2018, 09:32:00 AM »
Lichen, I think I would invest that $110 into a new oven. For the approx. age you have given it is 20ish years old.

We might. Since we are selling the house next spring, we will be taking the path of least expense in the end just so there is a working oven in the kitchen. That's part of the reason there is no rush. We'll keep an eye out for new/used/scratch & dent (Thanks Bracken Joy for the reminder!) over the next few months, for sure. It's summer, so easy to live without an oven for a few months!

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« Reply #11677 on: June 15, 2018, 01:08:37 PM »
I spent 45 minutes on the phone with my cell phone carrier and ended up with more than I asked for: I wanted 2GB more data/month for no extra charge; I got 4GB more and a $20/month deduction on my bill. It took some decent haggling, but it turned out to be time well spent!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11678 on: June 15, 2018, 01:47:49 PM »
Driving to our cabin, a long drive. I was very thirsty. Found out I had 5 liters of water in a tank. Put some in a bottle and drank that. For dinner we bought a frozen pizza instead of buying a burger at a gas station.

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« Reply #11679 on: June 15, 2018, 03:56:56 PM »
Driving to our cabin, a long drive. I was very thirsty. Found out I had 5 liters of water in a tank. Put some in a bottle and drank that. For dinner we bought a frozen pizza instead of buying a burger at a gas station.

I've gotten in the habit of keeping a 1 gallon water container in the trunk at all times spring through fall (it would freeze in winter). It's so handy to always have a drink available or the ability to wash mud off (as happened recently when I stepped into a marsh and sunk in up to my hip while on a hike). I refill it at least once a week, we use it so often!

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« Reply #11680 on: June 15, 2018, 09:12:57 PM »
Today:

- DS2 informed me that he was down to one wearable pair of shorts. Thrift shop had nothing in his size/style (he only wears cargos). Came home and went through his closet, pulling out a few old pairs of long cargos where the knees had seen better days. 20 minutes on the sewing machine and he is now set for summer!

- Car is due for an oil change. $70....found a groupon to a local garage with great reviews -- $45 for two oil changes, must be used within 12 months. Didn't buy any of the over priced "extras." Even if we end up only using one we come out ahead.

- Walked up to Safeway to pick up the free 16oz jar of organic peanut butter that was on offer through the app. Picked up nothing else. Yay, free fancy peanut butter! *Bonus round, found two pennies and a working (non-climbing) carabiner on the sidewalk during the walk.

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« Reply #11681 on: June 16, 2018, 06:26:21 PM »
Cable company quoted $3200 to get internet faster than our 650K DSL (not a typo) up here. But they would lay the cable for free if we trenched the line to bury it. So I hiked the side of the mountain with the contractor who buried our power line today - $1600 max. That's better. Have a call in to the guy who put in our water line, too, though, and he may come back with less.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11682 on: June 17, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
Cut my own hair! With help from these two videos:
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Saved 25 euros and the result is better than last time I went to the hair dresser (which gave me the idea of trying this myself). Happy!

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« Reply #11683 on: June 17, 2018, 10:43:22 AM »
This spring we've added a small lawn to our garden. It's time to mow now, and we couldn't find a good used push mower anywhere. I did some research and we picked out the mower we wanted, then waited for father's day discounts. The local store had 25% off all tools today, so even though they uplifted the prices by 5% last week that's still a 20% discount. After the discount it cost 64. We also got a free tape measure thrown in which looks like it's of decent quality (it says "my dad is my hero" .... ) . The store is only 300 meters from my home so I carried the box home. Was stopped by two guys in the street telling me that's not a woman's job.

I haven't really saved any money, because I've bought something, but it's the best option we could find after a few months of looking around, and it's a push mower so it doesn't need petrol or electricity. Our lawn is quite small, it's just a small corner of the garden where we can put a table and chairs and sit outside in summer.

In the past we would bought the absolute cheapest item, but these days we care more about quality. This one was 10 more expensive than the very cheapest option, but it looks much more durable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11684 on: June 17, 2018, 11:47:22 AM »
Complained about an overcharge and got $90 refunded.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11685 on: June 17, 2018, 12:00:04 PM »
Cut my own hair!

I did the same thing yesterday! I have long hair, so it's easy. Just trim the bangs and then I use the ponytail method to cut the split ends from the back.

Also:
-Finished eating down the fridge in advance of our trip. What's left can be either taken with us or safely frozen.
-DIYed some bookmarks and a card to send my young nephew for his birthday. We see him in a few weeks and I have a book to give him as his present, so will save shipping and present present when we see him (this way I can also enjoy the giving part in person! <3)
-We cheaped out on date night last night since we are going on vacation tomorrow. Homemade ice coffees and did some Geocaching along a bike trail in town. Finished with a beer at home and binge-watching old DS9 episodes on Hulu. Very lovely and chill - not to mention inexpensive. Hard to believe a few months ago we were dropping $50+ on Saturday entertainment.
-Swung by the library to pick up a couple of vacation reads!

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« Reply #11686 on: June 17, 2018, 12:03:49 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!)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11687 on: June 17, 2018, 12:14:46 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.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11688 on: June 17, 2018, 01:48:01 PM »
Cut my own hair!

I did the same thing yesterday! I have long hair, so it's easy. Just trim the bangs and then I use the ponytail method to cut the split ends from the back.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11689 on: June 17, 2018, 02:27:53 PM »
Cut my own hair!

I did the same thing yesterday! I have long hair, so it's easy. Just trim the bangs and then I use the ponytail method to cut the split ends from the back.

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Any words of wisdom on trimming bangs? I trim mine and have mixed results. One time good another bad and sometimes I have a glass of wine and sometimes that is when I sometimes do my best trimming! LOL! I have done the method where I have taken the bangs and twisted them by hand then trimmed the bottom. It comes out pretty good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11690 on: June 17, 2018, 02:36:22 PM »
@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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11691 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 #11692 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 #11693 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 #11694 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 #11695 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 #11696 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 #11697 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 #11698 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11699 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?   :)