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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11950 on: August 11, 2018, 07:40:42 PM »
Rode my bike to work (yesterday afternoon, rode home at about 3 am this morning), despite it being a bit more inconvenient - had to plan out a shower at work due to the irregular commute hours.  People at work thought I was crazy riding home in the middle of the night, but I don't see it as that big of a deal - I have lots of bright lights and reflectors, and almost nobody is around.  The great thing was that I didn't even consider driving in; it's becoming ingrained after 7 straight weeks. 

Also, tonight we were trying to figure out dinner, and there isn't much to eat in the house right now with a planned vacation starting tomorrow.  I gazed longingly at some fast-food coupons I (perhaps stupidly) keep around, then eventually found some vegetables that would probably spoil while we're away, the dregs of some lunch meat, and cooked up a couple of omelettes.  Pretty tasty, and saved us some cash as well as a terrible nutritional decision. 

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« Reply #11951 on: August 12, 2018, 02:47:22 AM »
Homemade soup and foccacia bread for lunch instead of dinner and we will pack sandwiches and drinks for dinner tonight.  No expenses for food or drinks on a day out.
Our first destination isn't very frugal, we have to go back to the castle we visited this week cause our daughter forgot her cuddly toy there. Luckily, there is another interesting museum in the same area so we will visit that. Entrance is free with our museum cards.

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« Reply #11952 on: August 12, 2018, 05:27:14 AM »
Replaced a $.30 gasket in my MIL toilet to save her a couple hundred dollar plumber visit.

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« Reply #11953 on: August 12, 2018, 02:13:50 PM »
Trying to do a no-spend day since yesterday I had to replace my lost laundry card, which cost $10, and lost the money on the card which was about $15. Also bought a book I didn't need but wanted.

Helped cut my boyfriend's hair and he offered to help cut mine (I have short hair) - it looks great! I cut my own bangs and they look much better than the last time I tried (12 years old).

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« Reply #11954 on: August 15, 2018, 01:16:01 AM »
On Monday our primary car (2010 model) made a bad sound. It was taken to a car repair shop the next morning. It was a part that they replaced 2 years ago, so it will probably be a guarantee case.

Our second car (2002 model) was also making a bad sound. My DH thought it could be the brakes. Yesterday evening we took it to my work place where there is a bridge for cars. We took off the wheels. It turned out the brakes were not worn through, but very dirty. DH tried to clean as well as he could and added some oil, but he needed a file which wasn't there. We will go back  some time later this week, bringing a file. If the sound then isn't resolved, we will bring it to a repair shop.

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« Reply #11955 on: August 15, 2018, 07:42:30 AM »
Family wedding this week. Lots of expenses (Husband is in the wedding, we're giving a generous gift, etc), but we're also saving where we can.
-Some of my family lives nearby, so we're staying in a guest room. This saves $110 per night over the recommended hotel, which isn't pet friendly, plus we get free puppy care included by Pup's adoring uncle- puppy boarding is crazy expensive normally. And the Pup will be happier.
-I'm not in the wedding, just a guest, so I'm re-wearing a dress I already have. Bonus points, the other wedding I wore it to was very small and very few photos were posted online, so the bride will assume it's new, as I haven't worn it for anything else. (Yes, she's the sort of person that matter a lot to!)
-Bought sandwich makings etc so we can take our own food for lunches. We'll be up there doing set up then take down, and they don't have any food plans. Same vain, we're bringing breakfast supplies for where we're staying. Shouldn't be any need for meals out.
-Wearing shoes I already own. Husband had to rent a suit for $$$$, but at least we saved $25 by having him wear nice shoes he already owns.

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« Reply #11956 on: August 15, 2018, 11:28:46 AM »
Was able to remove a car from our insurance (gifted it to my parents). Additionally, have called our auto insurance multiple times about the cost of our coverage. They've been unhelpful, but I've continued to explore other options, including mileage updates for each car, as well as ensuring they had the correct driver attached to each vehicle. All told, saved over $600 on our coverage.

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« Reply #11957 on: August 15, 2018, 12:36:21 PM »
Brought lunch to work from Taco Tuesday leftovers (TACO WEDNESDAY!)

Yesterday's lunch was provided by the bank that handles our 401(k) at work. Free financial advice (some of it was laughable) and free lunch.

Been using the produce from our garden for meals.

It rained so I didn't have to water (does that count?)


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« Reply #11958 on: August 15, 2018, 12:55:40 PM »
Got off my butt and made some phone calls following up on money things
- $34 back from Target on a refund that hadn't processed correctly
- $235 credit balance refund from my rarely used credit card when I clicked on the wrong one in bill pay. They wouldn't let me just transfer the credit to the other card which actually has seen some use in the past month.
- $25 visa gift e-card that was supposed to arrive last week from mypoints. I'll use it at Lowes to offset my laundry room makeover.

- Had a headache and didn't want to fuss over dinner last night. Ended up making pasta with pantry items instead of ordering takeout. Stopped myself from eating the entire (much too large) portion and brought it for lunch today.
- Volunteered my credit card to our admin when she was ordering supplies for the office. The company will pay me back in a week and I get the rewards. Should be about $20 worth.
-  Paid for fence on rewards card, neighbor will reimburse us for half of the cost of the fencing between our properties.

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« Reply #11959 on: August 15, 2018, 02:22:16 PM »
I sold my house and paid off everything I owed to everyone. :)

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« Reply #11960 on: August 15, 2018, 02:46:55 PM »
 - I thought I was going to have to buy a new phone, as mine was acting up after being dropped (dropping calls, not receiving messages).  Mentioned it to my Mom, and she said I can have her old phone since she just upgraded to a smartphone.  Score!
 - Picked up leftover sandwiches from the company picnic today that were about to be thrown away.  We'll have these for dinner tonight and probably lunch tomorrow as well.
 - Returned some books/DVDs to the library yesterday, but this morning they were still showing as checked out.  Called the library to ask, and looks like the person forgot to check them in prior to sending them back to their home library.  They are now on the lookout for them, and the issue is documented so I won't get any fines if they don't get checked in on time.

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« Reply #11961 on: August 16, 2018, 02:33:27 AM »
I sold my house and paid off everything I owed to everyone. :)

That's not small; that's huuuge! Congrats @JLee!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11962 on: August 16, 2018, 07:00:27 AM »
Today:
Brought Coffee to Job #1 from home
Yesterday:
Avoided buying coffee at the way-too-cute-and-actually-modestly-priced coffee house right next to my gym.  I occasionally go in after a workout to get a coffee or tea and instead I went home and made some.

...so basically all of my wins involved coffee... LOL

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« Reply #11963 on: August 16, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
Brought lunch yesterday and today.
Brought coffee or made it at work.
Made some soup for backup freezer lunches yesterday.

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« Reply #11964 on: August 16, 2018, 12:11:30 PM »
Yesterday:
Went to a free industry event. There was a lunch before at an Asian buffet restaurant, so I just stopped in toward the end and talked with my friends instead of eating there. On the way to the actual event, we stopped at a restaurant I had a gift card for. A sit-down lunch for two was $7 OOP.
I was invited to a fancier restaurant after the event, but knew it would be difficult to leave without spending at least $50 and drinking more alcohol. I joined a different group that went to a fast casual place right down the street from my house. I went home, ate a snack, walked my dog, and then joined them for a tall glass of water and lots more conversation. My friend cut my hair for $20, then I ended the evening by sorting out the linen closet into 'keep', 'donate', and 'so tatty they have to be tossed' piles. :)
I carpooled to the tasting and walked to the after party, so lessened my environmental impact as well.

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« Reply #11965 on: August 16, 2018, 01:20:48 PM »
Payday yesterday:

Saved 50% off a hair product by finally redeeming my full punch card at my hairdressers.

Saved .40/gallon by using my value card fuel points for a savings of nearly $10!

Saved 25% = $95.65 on groceries by shopping the sales, and using paper and e-coupons.  Highlights included $1.75 off peeled shrimp, free frozen jalapeno poppers (a $6.99 value!), BOGO frozen breaded shrimp, and BOGO pork chop package of 4.

Received a $35 credit on my office landline/internet bill by calling them after my business bundle expired without any notice.  I'll put a reminder in my phone to avoid "surprise" expiration issues in the future. 

Instead of a full lunch, I took my niece for a frozen custard treat as a last hurrah before school starts.

I'm going to buy an annual discount card from one of the local HS football players tomorrow.  $20 gets us discounts to at least a dozen restaurants and a few other places.

I'll order the usual mail order RXs for 3 months at a time today which saves time, money and hassle from buying them monthly at the local pharmacy.

Sunday I picked up a penny.

We've been harvesting DH's garden for several weeks now.

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« Reply #11966 on: August 17, 2018, 04:36:25 AM »
Recently -- to my delight -- my employer started doing food per diem payments instead of having us save our receipts when we travel.  I went to a conference last week.  As soon as I got to the conference (in Big Expensive City) I made a quick shopping trip to Trader Joe's a few blocks away. Total receipt was $27.  Put the groceries in the motel room fridge and ate them all week.

Yesterday I got my food payment for the conference for $245.  Netted $218! Ka-ching.     

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« Reply #11967 on: August 17, 2018, 07:30:33 AM »
Did not actually save money, but got something for free: as I have started my own business, I can join a wholesale grocery store. I did that last week, and as a welcome gift I've received a really nice kitchen knife. I will also definitely save some money in the future by buying certain things there (although stores like Aldi sometimes are even cheaper than buying wholesale).

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« Reply #11968 on: August 17, 2018, 11:29:08 PM »
Signed up for the Chase Quiksilver card deal. Spend $500 in the first three months, get $150 bonus, plus 1.5% cash back on all purchases. I put my $541 car insurance on it the day it came in the mail. I'll get $8 in cash back, then the $150 will EXACTLY pay for a year of renters insurance when it comes due in Sept. Hopefully, the bonus arrives before I take money out of my budget to pay off the renter's insurance!

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« Reply #11969 on: August 18, 2018, 09:33:16 AM »
After a recent move between two flats with the same energy company, I somehow ended up with two different accounts. Today I used online chat with my electricity/gas provider to ask for the accounts from my old and new flats to be combined and for the credit left on the old account to be applied to my new one. That saves £9.65, and when the accounts are sorted out properly, I should also be back on the direct debit plan, which will save a little each month.

I bought a member card for the Co-op for £1, which will save me 5% on store brand purchases from my closest shops. I save even more by usually going to the supermarket that is farther away, but at least now I will save a little when I need something quickly.

I'm drying laundry on the clothesline outside.

I took unwanted clothes and an old CFL bulb to a city recycling point today, which has special bins for both. That saves money only in the sense that having less stuff makes my flat feel bigger, which will keep me from wanting a bigger and more expensive place.

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« Reply #11970 on: August 18, 2018, 10:52:27 AM »
Signed a new lease during the promotional period. I'll get $150 off next month's rent!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11971 on: August 18, 2018, 02:37:00 PM »
My kid wanted Subway last night.  Bought a footlong for her and I took half to work today for my lunch.

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« Reply #11972 on: August 18, 2018, 03:40:29 PM »
I sewed my workout pants ONE MORE TIME (probably the last time, but we'll see).

I made coffee at home instead of buying out (which I reaaalllllyyy wanted to do).

I enjoyed the breeze from the fan I took out of the dumpster and repaired instead of turning up my AC (I am not sure if this one counts because my energy bill is included in my rent anyways...)

I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

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« Reply #11973 on: August 19, 2018, 03:50:05 AM »
I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

Living next to farmers is a great way of saving money! On my to work I pass by some fields where onions, leeks etc are grown. After the harvesters have been in, there is so much produce still left on the field that no one is going to collect. Last year I was off from work during the harvest, hopefully I'll be able to pick up some this year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11974 on: August 19, 2018, 04:28:56 AM »
I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

Living next to farmers is a great way of saving money! On my to work I pass by some fields where onions, leeks etc are grown. After the harvesters have been in, there is so much produce still left on the field that no one is going to collect. Last year I was off from work during the harvest, hopefully I'll be able to pick up some this year.

This is great!  People have been gleaning for thousands of years, and it is a great way to reduce food waste.  http://www.endfoodwaste.org/go-gleaning-.html

Personally I map out abandoned urban and rural fruit trees, and visit them when their fruit is ripe.  One of the old apple trees we pick (I found the owner and asked permission) is such a great producer that we took scion wood last winter and bench grafted 10 baby trees from it.   

Here's a website that maps out urban trees:  https://fallingfruit.org/ 

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« Reply #11975 on: August 19, 2018, 04:35:20 PM »
We had houseguests all weekend: my husband’s sister, her husband, and their two young children. There are plenty of expensive things to do in our area, but we decided to skip those and take them to Belle Isle, a big state park on an island in Detroit, because we had already purchased annual state park admission passes. We brought a bag of food from home and went through the aquarium (free) and conservatory (also free) and had a little picnic. The kids had a ball and we didn’t need to spend any cash.

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« Reply #11976 on: August 19, 2018, 04:47:50 PM »
-Ended up with some major savings on my BIL's wedding. The venue was located such that we were able to stay with my brother and his SO/SO's parents where they all live. So, free lodging there. They also provided dog care for our puppy. We were there for 3 days, and based on the area, we easily saved $400. However, this made us feel more comfortable giving BIL + new SIL a good size wedding gift, so I suppose it wasn't savings for us per se ;)
-Wore a dress from a previous wedding this summer to the wedding. Not money saving this time, but had to buy some new makeup for the wedding (family, so I was in photos). It made me realize HOW FRIGGIN MUCH money I save on a daily basis by not wearing any makeup the majority of the time. Stuff that my fussy, sensitive, allergy and acne prone skin likes costs an insane amount.
-Walked for groceries and on the way someone had a "help yourself" basket for apples. Grabbed some to make sauce (and ate a couple fresh). They're delicious.
-Usual savings: changed our own oil, cut my husband's hair, ate leftovers.

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« Reply #11977 on: August 19, 2018, 11:48:38 PM »
Made doll clothes out of worn out clothes, scrap fabrics, and patterns printed free from Pinterest. It was decided to that they needed to be displayed like a dress store for the dolls to shop from, so made hangers from jumbo paper clips and needle-nosed pliers. Literally HOURS of fun, crafty, math and design fun!

Didn't spend any money at all on today's craft, but stopped by the store to grab a few things we need for the next session. Used my Shopkick points for $2 worth of free craft supplies out of the $5 I spent. It takes me awhile to accumulate the points since I don't shop much but the big box stores offer points just for walking in, so it slowly adds up. I also added my receipt to the Savings Catcher app for Wal-Mart. I've yet to earn anything by it yet, but a close friends swears by it, so why not take ten seconds to scan the receipt? Also filled out the survey from the back of the receipt to be entered in a drawing to win a gift card. Maybe I'll win $100 to stretch my grocery budget!!

So mostly frugal gambling today, sounds like ;)

Also patched a pair of jeans with Shoe Goo and iron-on patches. The tears are small, and in a spot right by the belt loops where I can't sew them up. I tried just the patches, and they came off in the first wash. We'll see if the Shoe Goo holds or is uncomfortable. I'd like them to last another season, if possible.

(If anyone wants to try the Shopkick app, I've got a referral code--SALE127807. You and I get a percentage of each other's points for a set amount of time...maybe a week?? Like I said, I don't use it a ton, but it adds up! I've even gotten points for driving through a store's parking lot on my way to somewhere else. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11978 on: August 20, 2018, 02:43:55 AM »
I collected 9 of the small eggs that the farmers next door were just going to throw to the pigs after they collected the bigger eggs.  I gave the pigs one of my starting-to-rot peppers instead (so they still had a nice treat) and I plan to make a quiche later this weekend.

Living next to farmers is a great way of saving money! On my to work I pass by some fields where onions, leeks etc are grown. After the harvesters have been in, there is so much produce still left on the field that no one is going to collect. Last year I was off from work during the harvest, hopefully I'll be able to pick up some this year.

This is great!  People have been gleaning for thousands of years, and it is a great way to reduce food waste.  http://www.endfoodwaste.org/go-gleaning-.html

Personally I map out abandoned urban and rural fruit trees, and visit them when their fruit is ripe.  One of the old apple trees we pick (I found the owner and asked permission) is such a great producer that we took scion wood last winter and bench grafted 10 baby trees from it.   

Here's a website that maps out urban trees:  https://fallingfruit.org/

Thanks! The map only lists sources of nettles in my city (if I want them, I only have to visit the neighbours to get those...) but I will keep my eyes open and see if I can add some more to the map.

I went to a gig and unexpectedly got offered a ride home instead of taking the train. I also got free food and free water. All in all spent €12 on the train there and a drink.

I placed a pretty large fabric order at a webshop in the US. In the US, fabric is a LOT cheaper than it is in my country, even after shipping and taxes. My order included 10 yards of flannel @ $3/yard. I will make pyjama pants for everyone for Christmas. I drew the pattern myself a few years ago and they're worn all winter. I love making gifts that people will actually use. I have a large stash of sewing supplies I got for free (from people clearing out their grandma's stuff) so I don't have to buy sewing thread or elastic very often.

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« Reply #11979 on: August 20, 2018, 03:22:46 AM »
Yesterday I had my first paid-for side-gig! I earned $75 for 2 hours of work that is enjoyable, and will get $10 for my travel expenses (which didn't cost anything). The travel time and preparation is not paid for.
During the 2 hours I sat in the sun with another person, chatting with each other and people who passed us. A sweet deal on a day like that.

Congrats Linda!  That is sweet indeed! Were you teaching?

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« Reply #11980 on: August 20, 2018, 04:33:12 AM »
That’s a cool service Linda, I wish there was something like that here. I’d love to forage mushrooms but I am a natural worrier and I don’t think I would trust myself!

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« Reply #11981 on: August 20, 2018, 05:13:55 AM »
I agree -- that is really cool, Linda. 

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« Reply #11982 on: August 20, 2018, 05:40:00 AM »
School starts Wednesday for the kiddo, so all supplies have been purchased and labeled. One item listed was Ticonderoga pencils, pre-sharpened. Of course the unsharpened pencils were cheaper, so I bought those and sharpened them at work (before anyone else was in the office, I didn't want to disturb people by running the sharpener for 10 min straight).

Kiddo is reusing backpack (that was originally free) and lunch box from last year.

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« Reply #11983 on: August 20, 2018, 07:17:40 AM »
-Price matched a flight, and earned $54 in credit for a future flight
-Used a coupon at Target for back to school supplies. Didn't quite have enough to use the coupon, so bought a couple of snacks for the kids to take to soccer practice. Cost me nothing out of pocket, & the kids were happy
-Found discounted Netflix gift cards & reduced the cost of our subscription by $3/month.
-Made dinner at home
-A friend took our kids for dinner & a pool party, so as a thank you, I made her homemade hummus that she was wanting to try
-Saw a good deal in an ad at our local grocery store. We're having a pool party, & the kids consider pizza bites the perfect pool party food. ;-) They are a rip off $9.99/bag normally, but were on sale for $5.99. For whatever reason, one flavor was marked down to $1.99/brand. Bought 4, which was all I could fit in the freezer. Watched my receipt, as they rang up incorrectly, & had to stand in line for the customer service agent to adjust the price to the $1.99. The price was a tagging error, but they honored it for me.

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« Reply #11984 on: August 20, 2018, 01:12:01 PM »
Back from our not inexpensive anniversary weekend.   I tried to save where possible by making brunch for us before we left Saturday morning, eating an appetizer for Saturday's dinner (and I am eating the leftovers as I type this for today's lunch-talk about a HUGE appetizer!), bringing alcohol and snacks from home for the hotel room, I asked and received a complimentary room upgrade to an executive suite since it was a special occasion, and we brought a bottled water into the concert.  DH paid for fuel on the way to, and I paid for it on the way home.  He saved .30 per gallon when I was buying using his grocery value card.  Very proud of him!

Put $2.45 into my penguin bank.

Been diligent at using the produce DH harvests from his garden before it goes bad.  Details on the MMM Eat All the Food in Your House thread.  :)

Bringing the usual coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks to the office from home.
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« Reply #11985 on: August 20, 2018, 02:50:52 PM »
- Felt lazy after getting back from the beach last night so had crackers for dinner. Husband made himself a sandwich.
- Grabbed a package of emergency ramen from my desk for lunch instead of going out
- Inadvertently saved money by having Target cancel an order on me. Decided to not reorder. I can make do with the light fixture Iv already have.
- Gonna see if I can borrow some tools from the neighbors instead of buying something to shorten a shelf by the 1/16" inch I'm over. So far I've been hand sanding it, but it hasn't seemed to have much impact.
- Got new blackout curtains for our tv room for $20. I had been pricing out making them, but found some in a beautiful fabric for less than it would have cost me to make!
- Sorted through a closet and will post some things for sale. Including the newly replaced curtains, an old tv, some wine glasses from my bridal shower and some jackets that don't fit quite right, but are lovely and in very good shape.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11986 on: August 21, 2018, 07:52:09 AM »
I'm looking after the neighbours' pet bird for a couple of weeks, so they said could harvest as much as I want from their vegetable garden as "payment". So I harvested basil, lettuce, other herbs, zucchini and green beans for free.
 
Took a load of beverage containers to the bottle depot and received $21 in deposit returns.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11987 on: August 21, 2018, 11:02:38 AM »
At the end of the winter, we got compensation from the previous owner of the house for having done the drainage wrong by himself, without informing us about it. We got approx 5.500 USD to have it repaired. We have now started doing it ourselves. We also tried to hire a digging machine, but the owner didn't respond with a price. So we are digging by hand.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11988 on: August 21, 2018, 04:04:08 PM »
We're on vacation visiting family in NYC and, rather than go to an expensive children's museum, we went to a free water playground with the kids.  Now the kids are having lots of fun helping my parents make dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11989 on: August 21, 2018, 10:11:54 PM »
Free morning tea at work today, which was big enough for lunch for me, so my lunch went back into the fridge until tomorrow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11990 on: August 21, 2018, 10:50:58 PM »
I'm within $3K of paying off my last debt, and I wanted one of those coloring sheet trackers to keep me motivated. I couldn't find any free printable ones that I liked, and I wasn't going to pay $1 for what amounts to a page with lines. I grabbed a coloring book we already owned and used an inkpen to adjust the picture to debt payoff increments. Now I have Snoopy ready to join Lucy in the pool as soon as that last payment is made ;)

Thawed out some freezer soup for dinner tomorrow. Have a small cake I got free at work (plus the two provided meals!), so I can have DBF over for a very cheap, but mostly homemade, dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11991 on: August 22, 2018, 05:02:04 AM »
I grabbed a coloring book we already owned and used an inkpen to adjust the picture to debt payoff increments. Now I have Snoopy ready to join Lucy in the pool as soon as that last payment is made ;)

^^^ Love this! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11992 on: August 22, 2018, 09:30:06 AM »
I grabbed a coloring book we already owned and used an inkpen to adjust the picture to debt payoff increments. Now I have Snoopy ready to join Lucy in the pool as soon as that last payment is made ;)

^^^ Love this!

+1!!!!!  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11993 on: August 22, 2018, 09:40:12 AM »
I cooked my own breakfast this morning (instead of going out). I remembered this when I was sitting down at the office (that the breakfast was still in the microwave).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11994 on: August 22, 2018, 11:47:20 AM »
I grabbed a coloring book we already owned and used an inkpen to adjust the picture to debt payoff increments. Now I have Snoopy ready to join Lucy in the pool as soon as that last payment is made ;)

^^^ Love this!

Thanks :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11995 on: August 22, 2018, 06:12:28 PM »
I planned a few dishes around perishables that I didn’t want to waste, such as the beautiful tomatoes and herbs from my SIL’s garden and a cabbage and some bell peppers from our Hungry Harvest box. So now our fridge is stocked with prepared veggie-heavy dishes that can be easily assembled and heated and will keep over the weekend, which removes the temptation to stop for fast food on the way back from our road trip.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11996 on: August 22, 2018, 08:37:13 PM »
I started my epic cross-country road trip today.  Brought snack-y things at Costco to eat on the way (dried apricots, apples, bananas, peanut butter and bread for sandwiches), fueled up at Costcos along the way when I could, and am staying at an Airbnb for my first time ever!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11997 on: August 22, 2018, 09:47:38 PM »
Checked my supermarkets app before shopping and got some personal care products I use regularly for half price.

Shopped for ingredients to combine with leftovers.

Paid with gift card from credit card churning.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11998 on: August 22, 2018, 09:48:10 PM »
Checked my supermarkets app before shopping and got some personal care products I use regularly for half price.

Shopped for ingredients to combine with leftovers.

Paid with gift card from credit card churning.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11999 on: August 23, 2018, 01:19:41 AM »
I ordered a new credit card that will give me 2% rewards on groceries in the shops where I usually buy my groceries.

Last year I had another credit card that let you choose a reward and every month I chose 3% on groceries. But this year they have removed that option. So I had to find some other solution.