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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11650 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 #11651 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 #11652 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 #11653 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 #11654 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11655 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 #11656 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11657 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11658 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 #11659 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.


Meanwhile, first quote to pave our drive was $50K (also not a typo). So we're shopping for used 4wd tractors, preferably with a front loader bucket. We'll also need a scrape blade, but we have that already. Still waiting on other paving quotes - gravel likely would not stay on our slope.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11660 on: June 17, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
Cut my own hair! With help from these two videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EjFCbrrD5I&t=623s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byjEXpYNRNk

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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11661 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 #11662 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 #11663 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11664 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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« Reply #11665 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 #11666 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.

+2!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11667 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.

+2!

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 #11668 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 #11669 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 #11670 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 #11671 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 #11672 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 #11673 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 #11674 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 #11675 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 #11676 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 #11677 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 #11678 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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« Reply #11679 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 #11680 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 #11681 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 #11682 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 #11683 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 #11684 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 #11685 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 #11686 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 #11687 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 #11688 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 #11689 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 #11690 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 #11691 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 #11692 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11693 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 #11694 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11695 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 #11696 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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« Reply #11697 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 #11698 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 #11699 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.