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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1200 on: August 08, 2014, 10:13:51 AM »
I brought a reusable bag on my run this morning and gleaned about 5# of apricots off a tree that was not being picked (large part of the tree hangs over the sidewalk and irrigation canal access).  Got an extra core workout by jogging 2 miles home with a heavy bag.  Making apricot preserves this weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1201 on: August 08, 2014, 12:48:08 PM »
I discovered that you can share Amazon Prime membership with other people, up to five "household" members. I have always balked at paying $80 (now $100) for the two day shipping but I hopped on my mom's account and am now living the dream.

My property management company replaced my old refrigerator with a new energy efficient unit and I can already see the difference in energy use (power company shows hourly energy consumption). Thus far, it looks like my baseline electricity use has dropped ~33%.

Finally, I installed a bike rack and picked up some pannier bags yesterday, now I no longer have an excuse to drive to the grocery store.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1202 on: August 08, 2014, 02:35:32 PM »
I switched my energy plan to a variable-rate plan that's really cheap in the evenings/morning and occasionally more expensive in the mid-day. Since I don't use much AC, this should save me 20-30% on my bills. I'll also put a timer on my hot water heater so it only heats in the early morning before my shower.

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« Reply #1203 on: August 08, 2014, 08:54:32 PM »
Achievement unlocked: homemade Indian food.

I really wish life had some sort of user interface where a big sparkly graphic came up saying 'achievement unlocked' when I did something.

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I had a conair updo stick I really liked that broke.  I probably was just going to do without since, for 8 bucks I expect a hair accessory not to break after only a few months, but for the sake of this exercise let's say I was going to buy a new one.  Then I realized I could just recreate it with a large hair pin, which I already have a box of, and an elastic.  It's actually even better because it's slightly lighter than the stick.

Then I read someone else's post about living in a house they bought for $1000.  So, you know... this feels less baddass than it did this morning...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1204 on: August 10, 2014, 04:22:23 PM »
Yesterday's dinner was half a cabbage, a zucchini, green onions, and leftover grilled chicken stirfried, with  pot of rice.  It was a round of "use up produce before it goes bad." 
 
Made stone soup - I throw end-of-life veggies and meat into the freezer, then make stock with the scrap, bag it and freeze it.  I took a bag of that, some very wilted carrots, a leftover half onion, and the leftover rice.  I also added a frozen chicken breast and fresh thyme and rosemary from the garden.  I got a huge pot of yummy soup out of entirely extra bits of food.  To go with it, I started a batch of 5 minute bread last night, which costs less than 0.50 for a loaf and takes almost no active time.  We'll feed 3 adults and 2 toddlers off that for dinner.

I had a container of mixed berries that were on the verge of going over, so I mashed them in a pot with some sugar and cooked them until they made a lovely syrup.  We ate it over homemade waffles for breakfast, and the reminder will keep much longer in the fridge than the fresh berries. 

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« Reply #1205 on: August 10, 2014, 09:23:36 PM »
The university library charged me $10 in overdue fines that they shouldn't have. Got them argued away.
My landlady (who lives nearby) has a huge basil patch in her yard that is going to flower. Wrote her to ask if I could use it to make pesto (and give her some pesto) and she said sure thing. Time to put up lots of pesto!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1206 on: August 11, 2014, 12:09:38 AM »
Shaved my own hair. I look like Walter White now.

Also, scaled back my Internet/Cable/Phone plan to something way more reasonable. 250Mb upload is awesome, but all I was using it for was to buy and download steam games anyway, so I'll make do with 50Mb. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1207 on: August 11, 2014, 07:40:38 AM »
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.

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« Reply #1208 on: August 11, 2014, 07:51:09 AM »
Unsure what to do with yet another zucchini in our CSA share, I hit Google and found Zucchini Crisp (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-crisp).  Instead of flour and oats I used a package of graham crackers that had been crushed in the diaper bag and set aside for "some dessert, someday".  Reduced the sugar a bit to compensate.  The result was delicious enough that I had two servings.

I grate them and freeze in 2 cup quantities.  Zucchini bread all winter long!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1209 on: August 11, 2014, 10:11:15 AM »
Sewed patches of cute fabric into holes in the knees of two of my pairs of jeans.  $4 in fabric saved two $50 pairs of jeans.  I wish I could find cheaper jeans that fit, but I can't.  So I went this route instead and am quite happy with the results!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1210 on: August 11, 2014, 11:33:19 AM »
Exchanged 7.50 worth of supermarket voucher for 30 worth of restaurant voucher to fund our anniversary meal.

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« Reply #1211 on: August 11, 2014, 03:33:03 PM »
We went to Santa Barbara on vacation where the food is very expensive. We rented a house & shared with friends so it was cheaper then hotel and we cooked a lot of our food there.  Eating out was so expensive I could not believe it but we did it sometimes because after all we were on vacation.

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« Reply #1212 on: August 11, 2014, 05:28:01 PM »
During our camping trip this weekend I discovered that I can empty the used grounds out of a Melita paper filter and reuse it to make more coffee.  So I only used one filter each day instead of one for every cup thus saving five cents per cup of coffee.

I also made kettle corn to nibble during the drive and filled a thermos with fresh coffee to take along.  So no stops at MacDonalds "Just for coffee," that end up costing five dollars.

On the trip home I thought about suggesting a stop at our favorite pie place which happens to be on the way but I resisted.  Home food is better anyway.

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« Reply #1213 on: August 12, 2014, 12:10:32 PM »
Cooked dinner (2 Euros) in the surprisingly well-equipped kitchen of my tiny Dutch airbnb apartment instead of going out for expensive university-town dinner (~15 Euros).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1214 on: August 12, 2014, 01:49:48 PM »
Biked to work, brought lunch and a snack.

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« Reply #1215 on: August 12, 2014, 02:33:30 PM »
Made breakfast using leftover dinner scraps and an egg.  For lunch, I had a leftovers from a kitchen experiment that didn't turn out well. 

I also carpooled. 

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« Reply #1216 on: August 12, 2014, 03:46:20 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.

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« Reply #1217 on: August 12, 2014, 04:02:19 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!

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« Reply #1218 on: August 12, 2014, 04:38:43 PM »
The off-peak prices on my train system kick in at 8:30am. I was early for my 8:40 train so I sat outside in the wind for 10 minutes until I could swipe in after 8:30 - saved 20%.

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« Reply #1219 on: August 12, 2014, 05:15:13 PM »
Made my breakfast tea with loose leaf tea that I buy in 1Kg. bags at a store that caters to Indian immigrants.  The first time I went I had no idea which brand to buy and a nice man kindly pointed out the one his mother buys.  He was a bit startled when I immediately grabbed 2Kg. but it turned out to be excellent advice.  Much cheaper than tea bags and good tea.
Awesome advice!  I buy loose leaf tea, but I never thought to buy it in bulk.  When I finish my current stash, I'll have to look into it!

4Alpacas:  I find Indian or Russian stores to be the best for black tea and Chinese, Japanese or Korean stores to be the best for green tea.   Lucky us, we have it all in the Seattle area

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« Reply #1220 on: August 13, 2014, 09:47:23 AM »
Decided against a supermarket trip to stock up. Instead made lentil soup with cupboard ingredients and some leftover celery and potatoes.

Checked my bank balance and discovered I'd saved 300 more than I calculated this month.

Briefly considered going on ebay to spend 20 on something nice (my old unmustachian habit). Couldn't even think of anything I wanted. Gave up and read a book instead.

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« Reply #1221 on: August 13, 2014, 11:15:07 AM »
Found the bookshelf we were looking for on the street on the way home from the bar. Excellent!

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« Reply #1222 on: August 13, 2014, 11:32:55 AM »
Worked from home.  Skipped breakfast and made a big lunch for the whole family from pantry items and some soon to expire veggies (that I would have otherwise thrown out).

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« Reply #1223 on: August 13, 2014, 01:50:48 PM »
Visited Grocery Outlet today.  Considered the Betty Crocker Almond Joy Frosting in a Can for 50 cents.  Concluded I did not need it at any price.  Bought marked down yogurt and past date tahini instead.  Feeling very virtuous.  The trouble with Grocery Outlet is that they have such great deals on unhealthy food that it is easy to bring home something stupid just because "It's such a good deal"

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« Reply #1224 on: August 15, 2014, 01:34:31 PM »
Walked to the grocery store and bought the cheapest store brand foaming hand soap in order to get the foamer which I will refill over and over until one of us dies.  I never knew that foaming soap meant that I could dilute it until I came here.  I can also see that it will make people use less since nobody holding a big handful of foam will think they need a second squirt. 

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« Reply #1225 on: August 15, 2014, 05:03:32 PM »
My reading light died and it was the socket that was bad.  Haven't seen any used reading lights on Craig's List ever out here.  I hate electrical work, but went to ACE Hardware and got a new socket.  After some words and help from DW I have a new/repaired reading light for $3.99 (+tax) instead of $80.  Saved about $76 by doing the repair myself instead of buying new.  Smoke test showed no smoke.

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« Reply #1226 on: August 15, 2014, 05:30:29 PM »
Took my $10 off of $30 coupon to World Market to stock up on olive oil and sea salt.  Saw a scarf I liked on clearance on the way in, and started the whole... well, it would sorta' be free with the coupon... but got my $30 in foodstuffs I would have bought anyway and hightailed it out of there without the scarf.

Used my Discover card for the 5% cash back when gassing up my car.

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« Reply #1227 on: August 15, 2014, 05:47:15 PM »
Hubby strung me up a clothesline in our backyard and my first load is out there, flapping away in the wind! YAY!

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« Reply #1228 on: August 15, 2014, 05:59:46 PM »
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!

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« Reply #1229 on: August 15, 2014, 08:12:39 PM »
I bought a used bike from a local non-profit! Husband is enthused & took his old bike in for a tune-up. Hopefully this initial spending will lead to tons of savings as we phase out our car.

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« Reply #1230 on: August 15, 2014, 08:57:21 PM »
Purchased 6 garbage bags full of barley used, brand named (not that it matters) good quality  used clothing for 40.00 Sorted through them and  took what I wanted - literally enough cloths to last me a couple of years for every season and situation, and am in the process of reselling the rest in lots divided by size. So far I've made 50.00!

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« Reply #1231 on: August 15, 2014, 10:56:33 PM »
We've been keeping the thermostat at 80 and line drying clothes for the the last few weeks. I am tracking our daily kWh usage and so far we are using 33% less than usual AND this has been the hottest month so far! Can't wait until things cool off a little and we can try to go a whole month without using ac!

Oh yeah... I turned the AC off the other day and have gone back to running fans with the windows open at night.  Hoping we can go the rest of the summer without, though it was getting pretty toasty inside tonight. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1232 on: August 16, 2014, 07:15:19 AM »
Replaced split truck heater hose myself, $6 new hose and $15 for coolant.

It's a small thing because it really is a 5 minute job to do yourself but a whole PITA to have a mechanic do it.

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« Reply #1233 on: August 16, 2014, 08:12:12 AM »
Brought home leftover food from a meeting yesterday for free dinner for two.

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« Reply #1234 on: August 16, 2014, 08:22:55 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

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« Reply #1235 on: August 16, 2014, 09:20:29 AM »
Didn't go out to the market this morning. Have enough food in the house so nice as it is to buy the fresh stuff when the farmers' market is heaving with it, I just didn't even go near it today. At this stage just about anywhere I'd spend money is closed so when I go out shortly to check on a friend's cat while she's away, I'll just grab some milk at the supermarket and that'll be that.

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« Reply #1236 on: August 16, 2014, 09:35:09 AM »
Been going through the freezer to run stuff down.  It's too full and I forgot about those great dishes I cooked and froze extra portions.  I have at least two weeks of dinners right there.  Also cleared out garage to sell stuff I haven't used- like for ever- golf clubs, kayaking gear, 36 Qt. cooking pot, drill stand.  Just getting back to some basics....

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« Reply #1237 on: August 16, 2014, 10:16:47 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

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« Reply #1238 on: August 16, 2014, 10:45:47 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

The book is called "God's Crucible." by David Levering Lewis.   I would also recommend "Destiny Disrupted." by Tamin Ansary.   Both downloadable as audio books from the Seattle Public Library which uses the Overdrive system.

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« Reply #1239 on: August 16, 2014, 10:49:01 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

1. Washed the lens good and rinsed well.
2. Polished the lens with Silicone Dioxide polish and old t-shirt. Anyone who cuts and polishes rocks will give you 1/2 to 1 ounce if you know them.  Or buy a kit from an auto store.
3. Dried the lens with another rag and let it set to make sure it was dry.
4. Mixed 50-50 Helmsman Clear Gloss with UV protection with paint thinner (didn't have mineral spirits).
5. Applied the mixture in a very thin coat using a 1" foam brush.

Things to do next time...pick a day when the wind isn't blowing...

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« Reply #1240 on: August 16, 2014, 11:30:41 AM »
Listening to an excellent book on the Muslim conquest of Spain that I downloaded from the library.  Libraries are wonderful!!!

Sounds interesting.  What is the title?  Thanks.

The book is called "God's Crucible." by David Levering Lewis.   I would also recommend "Destiny Disrupted." by Tamin Ansary.   Both downloadable as audio books from the Seattle Public Library which uses the Overdrive system.

Thank you!!

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« Reply #1241 on: August 16, 2014, 01:12:34 PM »
Patched my paint pants.  So, yes, the pants that a year ago got retired to being for painting only got patched so they could be used for a little  bit longer.  God I'm cheap.

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« Reply #1242 on: August 16, 2014, 02:33:53 PM »
Remembered to press the "Air Dry" button on my dishwasher.

Started planning a house swap with a friend in Germany so we can both enjoy summer vacations next year with a house and car already covered.

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« Reply #1243 on: August 17, 2014, 07:56:31 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.

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« Reply #1244 on: August 17, 2014, 08:17:39 AM »
I painted two unfinished wooden chairs for my kitchen.  I used a wood spray paint, in a color called green apple.  They look incredible, and the paint only cost $7.  I'm not sure how much the chairs cost, as I got them a year ago, but I think they were $50 each. 

I had matching chairs for the kitchen table, but got rid of them as they were too formal for the kitchen.  Now I have a bunch of mismatched chairs that are much more interesting and funky.

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« Reply #1245 on: August 17, 2014, 08:21:41 AM »
I polished the yellowed headlight lenses on the old car.

Is there a limit to how many times you can polish the lights? Been wondering that.

I intend to polish them until I wear a hole in the plastic lens.  These cost about $400 to replace.  Polishing with a special kit only costs about $20, and the kit is good for 2-3 polishes.  The way I do it, it is almost free because I use stuff I normally have on hand.

Without putting the clear gloss on the lens, you get to polish them about twice a year.  With the clear gloss UV protection, you can get up to two years between polishing.

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« Reply #1246 on: August 17, 2014, 11:09:06 AM »
Turned out to be a small thing - I signed up for a Roth 401K at my new job, and hadn't gotten around to calling GR about switching over  ...Poking around on the website this morning, it turns out it's just a setting in the contribution allocations.  Fixed!

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« Reply #1247 on: August 17, 2014, 11:14:41 AM »
Received a lovely painting on fabric from a friend in the mail last week.  Instead of buying a frame for it, we built a frame out of pine scraps in the garage, stretched the fabric across it, and now have a lovely new painting hanging on the wall in the bedroom.  Looks like stretched canvas.

Smaller son's preschool/daycare requires uniforms for the class he's moving into this month.  Trying to avoid paying the exorbitant prices for the embroidered polos and shorts....found brand-new-with-tags shorts at Once Upon A Child last night ($3.50 a pop!) and still searching for used/hand-me-down polos.  These are proving more elusive, but I'm not giving up, as they're $16 new and the embroidered ones are "required" (grr.)

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« Reply #1248 on: August 17, 2014, 12:59:55 PM »
Just got back from the gym of outdoors.  The Hub and I are using a hilly road in the State Forest to train for our hike into the Canadian Rockies to see the Burgess Shale.  The only way to see this legendary fossil site is to take a Canadian Park Service guided hiking trip which, according to people who have done it, goes better if you have prepared your hill climbing muscles.

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« Reply #1249 on: August 17, 2014, 01:10:53 PM »
Today, I treated the wife and myself to a movie at the local cinema for no cost.  I've been saving up My Coke Rewards points for the past year and since I don't drink much soda, I enlisted the help of friends and family who passed on all their bottle caps and codes from 12 packs and cases of Coke products.  I had enough points for two free movie passes and two free large sodas from the concessions stand.  We rode our bikes to the theatre, so it didn't even cost us any gas.

Cost of a matinee: $7 a ticket
Cost of a large soda: $5.50 each
Total Savings: $25

If we had gone to an evening show which costs $12 a ticket, then we would have saved $35.

Not a bad deal.