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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11650 on: July 17, 2018, 06:23:44 PM »
For dinner tonight I cooked a freezer meal that my past self had thoughtfully prepared to make healthy eating easier in the last weeks of pregnancy. It made enough leftovers to pack 3 hearty portions for my husband's lunches.

Accepted some hand-me-downs for the upcoming baby.

Line dried laundry to save energy and so the clothes last longer.

Mended a tear in my husbandís workout shorts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11651 on: July 17, 2018, 07:26:12 PM »
~ Nearly 100 F here, so took the boys kayaking at a local no-motor lake with a nice swimming area.

~ Took snacks and our big camping cooler jug full of water for free water bottle refills.

~ Came home exhausted and hot, with starving teens begging for Subway. Mixed a can of Trader Joe's jackfruit and a can of black beans with a bottle of barbecue sauce, and within five minutes had mock barbecue chicken sandwiches ready for dinner. Served with random fruit and raw veg from fridge.

~ Harvest garlic, walking onions, a handful of green beans, and a pepper today. Tomatoes and zucchini should be ready soon!

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« Reply #11652 on: July 17, 2018, 07:40:48 PM »
Weíve done a much better job of clearing out our fridge/freezer/pantry lately. Tonightís meal was:

*Slow Cooker Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, which used up a few leftover scallions and the fresh pineapple from last weekendís Hungry Harvest box, as well as a pack of chicken thighs from the freezer (we always have the other sauce ingredients on hand)
*Brown rice (pantry staple)
*Frozen broccoli (purchased on sale a while ago and taking up room in the freezer)

It was very easy, very tasty, and didnít require any extra time or money at the grocery store.

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« Reply #11653 on: July 18, 2018, 08:52:16 AM »
- Scored a free charcoal/propane grill with smoker this weekend. New neighbors put it out on the curb with a sign saying Free to a Good Home. Apparently it was too big for their new patio. Luckily we expanded our patio with 88 cent pavers over the course of a couple weekends and were able to scoop up the deal. A bit of elbow grease and we got it all cleaned up and had delicious smoked chicken for dinner last night


Awesome! I've found that outdoor cooking appliances can almost always be had for free (sans propane tanks). People don't want to clean them or they fall into upgrade fever every summer when the new models roll out!

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« Reply #11654 on: July 18, 2018, 09:29:14 AM »
Fridge is beyond empty, but made leftovers for dinner last night. The kids come back from summer camp on Friday (12 days at sleepaway camp), and I'm at a work event today/tomorrow, so we'll restock the fridge on Thursday. We need pretty much everything, so expecting a big stock up grocery bill.

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« Reply #11655 on: July 18, 2018, 10:36:44 AM »
Took iced tea to work today in a thermos and when it was empty, I filled the bottle with tap water so I would have a nice bottle of cold water with me on the way to an appointment after work.

I will make iced tea or coffee again tonight to do the same thing tomorrow.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11656 on: July 18, 2018, 11:50:55 AM »
~ Nearly 100 F here, so took the boys kayaking at a local no-motor lake with a nice swimming area.

~ Took snacks and our big camping cooler jug full of water for free water bottle refills.

~ Came home exhausted and hot, with starving teens begging for Subway. Mixed a can of Trader Joe's jackfruit and a can of black beans with a bottle of barbecue sauce, and within five minutes had mock barbecue chicken sandwiches ready for dinner. Served with random fruit and raw veg from fridge.

~ Harvest garlic, walking onions, a handful of green beans, and a pepper today. Tomatoes and zucchini should be ready soon!

Could I have the recipe for the jackfruit/black bean dinner please? Or at least how you did it? Thanks!

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« Reply #11657 on: July 18, 2018, 07:28:24 PM »
* Got free mulch for our graywater-irrigated herb bed by using the leaf litter and dryer lint from under the neighbor's boxwood hedge

* Hung out two loads of laundry to dry

* Went to the debit-only gas station and saved about two-fiddy

* Used a Starbucks reward to feed a kid for free while out and about (I know I know I know why am I even in Starbucks ever but still)

* Used some accumulated "slow shipping" digital credits to rent a movie on Amazon
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« Reply #11658 on: July 18, 2018, 10:08:00 PM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11659 on: July 18, 2018, 10:12:26 PM »
-Brought lunch to work for the 2nd day in a row
-Wife made her own frappuccino at home instead of buying one out
-Have a few things we need, ordered on Amazon on sale, and choosing the slow shipping to get $1 credits each time, which we will eventually apply towards movies on our watchlist for free = free entertainment at home.
-Continuing to sell stuff on CL/Ebay that we want to get rid of.

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« Reply #11660 on: July 19, 2018, 05:47:06 AM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

What is jackfruit? Is it a meat substitute?

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« Reply #11661 on: July 19, 2018, 07:27:36 AM »
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Sort of! It's a large unwieldy fruit but its not sweet. I think its originally from India, but not 100% sure. The fruit has a texture similar to shredded chicken or pork, and it tends to absorb whatever flavor you add to it, so it can be used as a meat substitute in some recipes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11662 on: July 20, 2018, 11:34:54 AM »
Made lunch out of things at home - fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden, fresh basil I grew, diced up a couple of the kids' cheese sticks, and doused it with balsamic glaze we already had in the fridge.

Also brought peach cobbler I made with fresh peaches from the farmers market. I ain't sufferin'. :)

Making another loaf of bread with the machine tonight.

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« Reply #11663 on: July 20, 2018, 12:10:12 PM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

Thanks!

I have a couple cans of TJ's jackfruit, and of course plenty of beans. I can't seem to find BBQ sauce that doesn't have high fructose syrup in it - even at TJ's. Do you know of one you can recommend?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11664 on: July 20, 2018, 12:15:34 PM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

Thanks!

I have a couple cans of TJ's jackfruit, and of course plenty of beans. I can't seem to find BBQ sauce that doesn't have high fructose syrup in it - even at TJ's. Do you know of one you can recommend?

Have you checked recently? None of the BBQ sauces I've bought at TJs have ever had HFCS. I've bought the Kansas city bold- it's sweetened with sugar and molasses- the kentucky bourbon- too sweet for me, but it's sweetened with brown sugar and molasses- and the carolina gold (our favorite)- with cane sugar and molasses. All of them are sweetened, for sure, but I've never seen one with HFCS.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11665 on: July 20, 2018, 12:57:28 PM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

Thanks!

I have a couple cans of TJ's jackfruit, and of course plenty of beans. I can't seem to find BBQ sauce that doesn't have high fructose syrup in it - even at TJ's. Do you know of one you can recommend?

Have you checked recently? None of the BBQ sauces I've bought at TJs have ever had HFCS. I've bought the Kansas city bold- it's sweetened with sugar and molasses- the kentucky bourbon- too sweet for me, but it's sweetened with brown sugar and molasses- and the carolina gold (our favorite)- with cane sugar and molasses. All of them are sweetened, for sure, but I've never seen one with HFCS.

I was just at TJ's about 6? weeks ago and looked then. I'll have to look for the Kansas City Bold.  Thanks!

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« Reply #11666 on: July 20, 2018, 02:21:40 PM »
@Lauran75

It's not even really a recipe :) I get the cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joes. Drain and shred. Dump the jackfruit and a can of beans in a pot (I mash the beans a little bit because it makes it a bit thicker) and add as much BBQ sauce as you like and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Serve on the buns of your choice. Quicker, cheaper, and healthier than fast food.

We've done teriyaki wrap versions using a similar theory -- jackfruit and vegetables of choice simmered in bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce, then combine with bean sprouts in a wrap or tortilla.

Thanks!

I have a couple cans of TJ's jackfruit, and of course plenty of beans. I can't seem to find BBQ sauce that doesn't have high fructose syrup in it - even at TJ's. Do you know of one you can recommend?

Have you checked recently? None of the BBQ sauces I've bought at TJs have ever had HFCS. I've bought the Kansas city bold- it's sweetened with sugar and molasses- the kentucky bourbon- too sweet for me, but it's sweetened with brown sugar and molasses- and the carolina gold (our favorite)- with cane sugar and molasses. All of them are sweetened, for sure, but I've never seen one with HFCS.

I was just at TJ's about 6? weeks ago and looked then. I'll have to look for the Kansas City Bold.  Thanks!

Of course, if I was being properly mustachian I would continue my quest for a good homemade BBQ sauce! We're very picky, and I keep giving up since I can't get it quite right. I'm going to try mustard BBQ sauce next, since I think it'll be easier to get the flavor right if I'm not struggling with the tomato flavors.

I think I've tried 6 recipes now? Still can't get it right =(

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« Reply #11667 on: July 21, 2018, 06:54:40 PM »
- Last week I made a menu based on what we already had and my grocery bill was $80 instead of $150

- Iíve brought coffee every morning to work this summer.  This was the last part of my Starbucks habit to break. I have to be at work at 6:30 and I only work 1-2 days a week so it had become a habit when I work. I bought iced coffee and have been using that instead.

- I convinced my husband not to get Starbucks and made him an iced coffee today.

- My husband wanted to eat out tonight and I had spent the entire day working so I was tempted but made a quick mandarin chicken meal from Trader Joeís.

-  We leave to see family in 3 days and will be taking carry on luggage to avoid fees and save time.

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« Reply #11668 on: July 22, 2018, 05:01:47 AM »
- Last week I made a menu based on what we already had and my grocery bill was $80 instead of $150

- Iíve brought coffee every morning to work this summer.  This was the last part of my Starbucks habit to break. I have to be at work at 6:30 and I only work 1-2 days a week so it had become a habit when I work. I bought iced coffee and have been using that instead.

- I convinced my husband not to get Starbucks and made him an iced coffee today.

- My husband wanted to eat out tonight and I had spent the entire day working so I was tempted but made a quick mandarin chicken meal from Trader Joeís.

-  We leave to see family in 3 days and will be taking carry on luggage to avoid fees and save time.

These are really awesome @Megs193!  Good job. Coffee habits are hard to change, and travel is challenging. 

One of the most important habits we changed was not eating in restaurants while traveling or on vacation.  We always bring food along -- sandwiches/trail mix to an airport, and a full cooler on a road trip.  We have saved gobs of money and time over the years.

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« Reply #11669 on: July 22, 2018, 09:04:27 AM »
Going camping tomorrow, to an area where prices are higher. Normally we try to bring as little as possible, but instead we are now packing a lot of edibles. Ik precooked for the first day as well, to use up some perishables as well as for easy eating after a long drive. Brought some spices along so I don't have to buy packages that I'll only use half of. Same for cooking oil etc. We plan on cooking most nights, easier than finding veggie restaurant food in a foreign country IME.
Also plan to NOT use mini bottles of drink etc, but pour from a big bottle into reusable ones. Saves on waste as well.

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« Reply #11670 on: July 22, 2018, 09:29:57 AM »
Today we saved on the following:
- my husband asked me if I wanted to go to the mall (haven't been there at least from the begging of the year), but instead went for a bike & kick scooter ride in the city park. Initially went for an ice cream, but since the ice cream shop was closed, we just drank the water that be brought from home.
- lined dried laundry and ironed shirts.
- meal prepped for the whole week (lentil&sweet potato stew, falafel, potato & mushroom soup). We also made vegetable broth since it was needed for the recipes and with the remaining vegetables (potato, celery, zucchini, celery sticks) made a salad to which I added an egg and half of an avocado. Will add soy sauce when eating.
- froze celery sticks and beetroot for an anti inflammatory drink that we would like to drink every day of the next week.


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« Reply #11671 on: July 22, 2018, 11:02:25 AM »
My husband tried to convince me to hire someone to deep clean our house after a bunch of construction. I have been getting it done myself. (For transparency, my husband is the pool guy, yard guy, & car wash guy at our house, so has had his hands super full as well and is not sitting around while I clean. ;-)) It's been a big giant PITA, and I haven't enjoyed it, but we've finally turned a corner where it's not terrible & I can actually see what remains to be done (vs, just the entire house).

Made dinner from mostly freezer items yesterday. My husband made up a marinade for hot dogs (seriously, I had no idea) & it turned something that I wouldn't have really enjoyed for dinner into a great meal.

I used garden items (basil, tomatoes) for lunch.

Line dried a ton of laundry that came home from summer camp, sleeping bags, all of our rugs, etc.

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« Reply #11672 on: July 22, 2018, 11:06:01 AM »
Right now cooking a turkey that we bought last Thanksgiving for $0.58 cents a lb. It is a 15 lb. turkey. After it cools a little the Hub will cut it up and then we will put the bones in the slow cooker with onions, carrots and celery to make turkey broth. From there, we will make turkey soup after we refrigerate the broth to get the grease hardened up so we can scrape it off. It is a hot, humid day here but we have ac going so no worries about a hot house while cooking the turkey! It is smelling so good!

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« Reply #11673 on: July 22, 2018, 01:52:01 PM »
Did a mystery shop for dinner yesterday at The Capital Grille.  So freaking good although I went over the reimbursement by $5, but even buying steaks from a grocery store would be way more than $5.  Was truly amazed that the place was full considering the prices. 

Prepped food today for the week.  Found 50c a pound chicken thighs on mark down, bought about 20 pounds and packaged them all in marinades for the freezer.   

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« Reply #11674 on: July 22, 2018, 03:23:55 PM »
Downgraded phone plan.

Savings:$32.98 monthly

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« Reply #11675 on: July 23, 2018, 08:10:21 AM »
I went to the grocery store yesterday.  I usually poke around the meat markdowns.  Usually the good stuff is still pretty expensive.  But.  I found veal stew meat for $2/lb!  And I bought all six pounds.  I can't get chuck around here for less than $2.50 (on sale... about twice a year).

Googled recipes, and found a veal and bean stew that I tweaked and subbed to use ingredients I already had; dry pinto beans instead of canned white beans, rosemary instead of thyme, onion powder instead of a fresh onion, chicken stock (that I got for 25 cents a box) instead of beef, and a few other things.  It was amazing!  And the whole big pot used $4 worth of meat and maybe $1.50 worth of other ingredients. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11676 on: July 23, 2018, 01:45:14 PM »
-- Went to a local celebration to watch fireworks. Booths were handing out a bunch of promotional stuff, most of it junk.  But DH did get his hands on two travel sized Tom's toothpaste :)
-- Dogs and I walk past a local beach/park regularly.  Stuff gets left for days on end and ends up tossed oftentimes. I picked up a polo shirt I had seen in the sand for two days straight.  It came clean in the wash, so if it fits DH, he will have a new free shirt.  Otherwise I will donate.
-- Its cool today, so the windows are open instead of air conditioning the place...
-- Picked up a penny
-- Am buying a set of earrings today that I set aside the last time I worked (had to wait to purchase through a manager).  It was on clearance and an orange sticker, so an extra 30% off.  They will be part of a birthday gift for my sister at a whopping 70 cents.....

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« Reply #11677 on: July 23, 2018, 08:21:30 PM »
I cancelled my acupuncture appointment because I donít feel any great improvements and Iím still sore from the last session.  I got a recommendation for an acupuncturist who works on Saturdays and seems more legit than my person. 

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« Reply #11678 on: July 23, 2018, 09:01:29 PM »
-Connected my fitness tracker to the Walgreens reward app & discovered I've passively earned $10 (I get credit for just wearing the fitbit, which I wear for other purposes). We need band aids & a few other things, so will redeem for items on our list
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Used the last of a gift card to buy the kids powdered Gatorade. We normally don't buy any drinks, but they are at a soccer camp from 8:30-4 this week, and biking to/from camp, and it's 90 degrees here. I allowed the splurge. ;-)
-Have been monitoring our (newly installed) air conditioning usage & balancing against our solar consumption. We installed solar pretty much so we could afford to run air conditioning, so trying to hit that balance without getting crazy hot
-Charged our electric car for free at work

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« Reply #11679 on: July 23, 2018, 09:20:42 PM »
I cooked two large dishes for dinner tonight. We should be set for the rest of the week.
Cut up a holey t-shirt for rags
Picked fruit from our trees--gave to friends, will bring to work, and enough for us.

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« Reply #11680 on: July 24, 2018, 11:43:43 AM »
Instead of stopping for a sugary Sonic treat after work last night (it's been nearly100 degrees here!) I talked myself out of it by telling myself I'd have a slice of the low carb cheesecake I made Sunday night when I got home.  I served it with warmed up fresh blueberries on top.  And, most importantly, I don't hate myself today and feel fantastic.  Savings about $3+.

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« Reply #11681 on: July 24, 2018, 06:57:28 PM »
- Made a bean salad using ingredients on hand to take to a barbecue that had a "bring a dish or bring booze" request.

- Asked around and was able to borrow two youth life jackets. Taking my visiting niece and nephew kayaking and needed PFDs for them.

- Second week of meal prepping lunches and dinners for myself. I'm losing weight, eating better, and spending less.

-Harvested green beans and tomatoes from the garden. Will be freezing some of the beans because it appears I planted "an epic amount" (according to one boy-child).

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« Reply #11682 on: July 24, 2018, 08:10:42 PM »
Bought husband a refurb business desktop, but it wouldn't talk to any of our older VGA monitors, even with adaptors. It did come with an aftermarket graphics card, saving me the trouble and expense of buying and installing one (he needs it for work). But the lovely free graphics card has DVI and Displayport, no HDMI. So I went to Office Depot, determined that the cheapest monitor with either port was $249.99.* So I went across the street to the thrift store, found an LG DVI monitor for $12.99, discovered at the register it was 20% off, and then went back to the Office Depot where I had to pay twice the cost of the monitor for a DVI cable.



*Yes, I know I might have been able to adapt from HDMI, but those were not cheap either and success not guaranteed.
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« Reply #11683 on: July 24, 2018, 08:18:04 PM »
1. I discovered that I like $1.47 coffee from McDonalds better than $4 coffee from Starbucks. But, knowing my tendency to overindulge and overspend, I just drank the free coffee at work instead.

2. I did not buy the new Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers because mine still work and serve the same purpose at about $50 cheaper per set.

3. The A/C is set to kick in at 69 degrees instead of my normal sleeping temperature of 65 degrees. I would like 69 degrees to be my new norm.

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« Reply #11684 on: July 24, 2018, 08:47:34 PM »
-- Cut up an old pair of paint shorts into rags
-- saved several foodstuff bags for doggie doo bags and am continuing to supplement with bags from work shipments too
-- picked up an extra shift at work yesterday
-- reused a couple of canvases with works on them that I was no longer thrilled with
-- Drank homemade sweet tea, snacked on bogo strawberries today
-- Lunch was leftover pasta, leftover shrimp, leftover green onion, leftover corn, and leftover cream cheese all mixed into something that was an okay tasting pasta dish....
-- DH and I combined an ice cream date night with our newest 'side hustle'.  Several scooter companies just moved into the area and they are electric.  You can sign up to become 'chargers' for them, picking them up in the evenings and returning them to specified locations in the morning for use.  DH went to an introductory course after being approved online and got 4 chargers.  4 scooters earns a minimum of 20.00 a night for the cost of walking them home and dropping them off in the early morning.....


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« Reply #11685 on: July 25, 2018, 08:15:29 AM »
- Biked to work (and from one work location to another about a mile away) for the 16th time in a row.  Still pretty new, but becoming ingrained.
- Took a co-worker up on some free fresh-caught fish from his deepwater fishing trip.  I can't eat it, but wife and kids can.
- Rejected the 'working lunch' provided, which recommended a $10 donation.  Ate the food I brought/keep in my office instead.  Had to leave the meeting shortly after lunch anyway.
- Convinced brothers to do books only for Christmas gifts for nephews/nieces.  7 (and counting) books per year rather than various more expensive/wasteful plastic toys.  Birthday gifts will hopefully follow at some point; one brother wants to do clothes, which would be ok with me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11686 on: July 25, 2018, 08:42:12 PM »
-- Considered grabbing dinner out.  Picked up a rotisserie chicken and bagged salad instead. 
-- Leftovers for lunch
-- Shared some homemade cookies with several neighbors.  Spreading community and the calories out ;)
-- Will be meeting a neighbor for a dog park play date tomorrow morning.  Free fun!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11687 on: July 26, 2018, 11:34:31 AM »
-Sold an in room a/c for $230
-made dinner out of leftovers
-Charged car for free at work + ate breakfast & lunch for free at work

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11688 on: July 27, 2018, 03:19:13 PM »
Over the past week:

Picked our first English cucumber!
Snacked on strawberries and cherry tomatoes from the garden while watering.
Been opening the windows at night during this weird cool stretch.
Upped the thermostat temp to an average of 79 (4-degree difference between floors).
Made several loaves of bread.
Found a lidded jar that will fit my burgeoning sourdough starter instead of buying a new jar or crock.
Decided not to continue the kids' piano lessons right now. May start again later.
Made a detailed grocery list based on sales ads and recipes we'll actually make.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11689 on: July 27, 2018, 03:21:38 PM »
Fixed my lawn mower.  I bought it from the thrift store last year for $20.  (It was marked $40, and I would have paid it.  It's a nice mower.  I asked the employee if we could try to start it, mostly so I could make sure it wasn't seized.  He told me it didn't work, agreed anyway, and when it didn't start, knocked half off for some reason.)  Cleaned the carbs last year, and it was fine.  Has been having issues starting, and finally stopped completely the other day.  So I checked the carbs again.  They were fine.  Paid 5 bucks for a spark plug, popped it in, and it runs like new again.

Haven't eaten out (and paid myself) in weeks.  Bringing lunch and dinners with me everywhere in my $2 thrift store playmate cooler.

Working a bonus gig this weekend and last, doubling my take home for the month.

Taking advantage of all the free birthday deals I can find.  I mean... I'll pay for all the junk food in other ways, but it won't be financially! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11690 on: July 27, 2018, 03:56:37 PM »
-Ate leftovers for lunch
-Husband drove our electric car while I stayed home (working from home)
-Making homemade naan pizza for dinner
-Cleaned up our train table & boxed all Legos. Listed both on our local Facebook swap. Must not have priced the Legos correctly, because have had 5 responses in 10 minutes :-)
-Considered getting the kids a new organizer, now that the train table has outlived its usefulness. Instead, remembered that we had a few awkward enclosed shelves nearby (I hate them, but they are nevertheless in our living room), which will work well for electronics and Magic card storage. All clutter is now removed from my living room & it looks so much better.
-Made 2.5 dozen muffins out of a few elderly bananas

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11691 on: July 28, 2018, 01:34:51 AM »

-We have been considering getting a dog for a year or so, since our last pup went from old age in 2016. We've been looking for something that meets both of our needs: I wanted a well-behaved rescue dog that isn't super large or loud, DH had his heart set on the same breed as our last (lab/retriever) but they are hard to come by (and expensive)!

Last week we were asked to watch a friends dog when they went out of town - a week on, we've been having a great time, and they've just asked if we will consider keeping the dog permanently (as they travel a heap for work and the dog doesn't get enough attention)! It's a beautiful small lab, 4 years old, well-trained and quiet. Having had her for the past few weeks has been a great trial, we know she isn't destructive or barky, and it has just worked out perfectly! Bonus, she is out of the tough puppy training stage, and comes with dog bed/toys/remaining food and tick treatment, which will save us big $$$!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11692 on: July 28, 2018, 04:28:31 AM »

-We have been considering getting a dog for a year or so, since our last pup went from old age in 2016. We've been looking for something that meets both of our needs: I wanted a well-behaved rescue dog that isn't super large or loud, DH had his heart set on the same breed as our last (lab/retriever) but they are hard to come by (and expensive)!

Last week we were asked to watch a friends dog when they went out of town - a week on, we've been having a great time, and they've just asked if we will consider keeping the dog permanently (as they travel a heap for work and the dog doesn't get enough attention)! It's a beautiful small lab, 4 years old, well-trained and quiet. Having had her for the past few weeks has been a great trial, we know she isn't destructive or barky, and it has just worked out perfectly! Bonus, she is out of the tough puppy training stage, and comes with dog bed/toys/remaining food and tick treatment, which will save us big $$$!

That sounds like a perfect match @11ducks !  Congrats to both you and your new dog. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11693 on: July 28, 2018, 05:28:45 AM »
I did grown up things and went to the dermatologist where she promptly removed two moles. Proactively removing potential skin cancer before it becomes an expensive issue is a money saver, right? Totally counts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11694 on: July 28, 2018, 08:03:57 AM »
I did grown up things and went to the dermatologist where she promptly removed two moles. Proactively removing potential skin cancer before it becomes an expensive issue is a money saver, right? Totally counts.

Totally counts in my book! Well done!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11695 on: July 28, 2018, 04:20:20 PM »
I love this thread! Little do you all know that you’re about to become my accountability buddies:

1. Brought lunch from home 3 days this week.
2. Discovered $360 in last year’s FSA that I will use to reimburse myself for vision expenses. (Does this count?)
3. DH canceled our very unnecessary Vonage plan! $374/year in savings. Decreased our data plan with our cell phones, which gives us the option to sign up for a paperless and automatic payment that will save an additional $10/month for remainder of contract.
4. DH also willing to switch to Metro PCS at end of contract, giving additional $40/month savings.
5. Went to bank and got free paper wrappers for loose change.

#3 and #4 are monetarily small, but a major step for us. Just two or three weeks ago, I explained MMM and FIRE to DH, and he wasn’t really interested. But there’s been a sudden change of heart!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11696 on: July 28, 2018, 05:28:52 PM »
Saved my wife $1.49 on bread by calling out the deal the register didn't process when it rang up wrong at the register.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11697 on: July 28, 2018, 08:44:28 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11698 on: July 29, 2018, 05:05:32 AM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11699 on: July 29, 2018, 01:04:24 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???