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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12000 on: August 23, 2018, 03:23:56 AM »
Sold an old textbook. After shipping and the fee from the website I'm selling it through I'll probably only get about €10, but still, that's one more book out of my house and €10 in my pocket. I try to sell all my textbooks as soon as I'm done with them, but I kept this one for a few years because I thought I could use it as a reference while writing an article. Turns out I hardly ever used it. Next time I'm getting rid of books as soon as I can. All of these books are available at my local university library. If I need them I can get them there.

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« Reply #12001 on: August 23, 2018, 09:32:43 AM »
Will make a new batch of coarsely grated union- garlic-carrot-cellery for the freezer. No left overs, no waste, easy to make quick meals. That saves money on pizza, ready made meals, take out etc.

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« Reply #12002 on: August 23, 2018, 10:25:06 AM »
-Husband wanted some new tank tops. Was finally out at stores nearby and let me go to a cheap store. Was able to find 2 good tanks in clearance for $3 apiece. Also, while I was there, I found a v neck t shirt for $1.30! It was a light blue/teal sort of color, so probably unpopular, but I asked Husband and he thinks he'll wear it. These are his daily wear clothes, so that's a great find.

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« Reply #12003 on: August 23, 2018, 10:43:08 AM »
- Wanted hash browns for some reason at an almost uncontrollable level on my way in to work today.  Ignored it and went into the office and ate the Aldi protein bar I had packed.

- Wanted Starbucks… not just ANY coffee, STARBUCKS specifcally at about 9am this morning.... it's half a block away... I almost got it.. but didn't.  I accept that I feel tired, that's ok at the moment.  I might cave later.

- Wanted to leave work at noon.  My work was done, I felt unproductive and like I was wasting company time.  Instead I'm taking a ten minute break right now and working until the afternoon on odds-and-ends projects.  I'm paid hourly, so not going home early MAKES A DIFFERENCE. :)

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« Reply #12004 on: August 23, 2018, 05:17:00 PM »
Made espresso coffees (Lattes) for myself and my wife before leaving for work, and drank them together on the commute.  Saves about $8 per day.  Two coffees would cost us $8.40, from our favourite coffee shop.  Since I bouth the machine in May, we haven't bought a single coffee.  Estimated savings and costs:

Cost:
Machine:    $159
Keep cups: $4
Coffee:       $140
Milk:          $32
Total:         $335

Expenses avoided:
Coffees:   120 x 2 x $8.40= $2016

Total saved:  $1681 in 4 months.

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« Reply #12005 on: August 24, 2018, 05:04:38 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 :)

I hope you don't mind @okcisok, but I borrowed your idea and printed off a free coloring book sheet (nice beach scene) to 'color down' my 100 days to FIRE.  So much fun!

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« Reply #12006 on: August 24, 2018, 10:39:57 PM »
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!

Why, of course not! I'm flattered! That's what this forum is all about, helping each other to FIRE.

Thanks :)

I hope you don't mind @okcisok, but I borrowed your idea and printed off a free coloring book sheet (nice beach scene) to 'color down' my 100 days to FIRE.  So much fun!

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« Reply #12007 on: August 24, 2018, 10:43:12 PM »
Fixed another pair of jeans with the sewing machine. I only have three pairs and I'd like them to last until I get my car paid off in the next six months. I'd like to throw every spare penny at the debt until it's gone.

Ate two meals at work. Bike to and from work, as usual (if I don't walk, that is).

Resisted buying new clothes for new job. Working through my wardrobe and seeing what others wear to make sure I'm within the vague dress code, instead of buying a bunch of new stuff. ALL of my clothes are new to my co-workers :)

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« Reply #12008 on: August 25, 2018, 12:12:03 PM »
Sold an item on Etsy that I'd been gifted. Wrapped it in a reused bubble mailer and stamps I'd been given. Total profit!  Mailed another book as a gift that I'd wrapped in an old map, also using gifted stamps. No out of pocket at all, and I rode my bike. $12 profit on that errand :) (Media Mail is your friend, if mailing books or media in the US. As long as there's no personal correspondence and it fits the USPS definition of media, it saves some postage.)

Walked my dog to the library and used a fine voucher I'd gotten for participating in the summer reading program to zero out my fines. No drive day!

Ate breakfast at home.

Repaired a pair of sandals using Shoe Goo.

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« Reply #12009 on: August 25, 2018, 01:24:10 PM »
Got paid to take a new iPhone 6.

Um.

Thanks, Walmart/Koodo/third party company.

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« Reply #12010 on: August 25, 2018, 01:30:59 PM »

Resisted buying new clothes for new job. Working through my wardrobe and seeing what others wear to make sure I'm within the vague dress code, instead of buying a bunch of new stuff. ALL of my clothes are new to my co-workers :)

Thanks for the idea! I will (hopefully) start in a new job on 1 October that has a more formal dresscode then the IT-company I work for now. My coworkers regularly turn up in hoodies with holes in them so I'm easily the most formally dressed person as long as I don't turn up wearing my PJ's. In my new role I'd be reporting directly to the CFO. I was already mentally preparing myself for having to buy new work clothes, but maybe I should carefully go through my wardrobe before I do that. I don't have a lot of clothes but maybe I'll find new combinations of clothes.

I went to the wholesale store today and bought a large 5 kg bag of penne. It's cheaper than smaller bags and there's less waste. I also bought a large jar of powdered soup. I know that's not the healthiest food in the world, but when I'm super busy and really tired I can just throw a few spoons of it in a pot of boiling water and toast two slices of bread and have reasonable dinner in 5 minutes - a lot cheaper than take-away or frozen pizza and faster too.

My s/o wanted to go to a free gig tonight, our friend is playing. He's doing a frugal month challenge and felt uncomfortable going and not buying any drinks. He has a habit of losing track of loose change and I secretly save it up for him when I find it. I surprised him with enough change for 2 drinks! He left his cards at home so he's definitely not spending more than that.

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« Reply #12011 on: August 25, 2018, 01:40:38 PM »
Both DH and I each won a free reusable bag by correctly naming some fish. And a chance in a (small) lottery.
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« Reply #12012 on: August 25, 2018, 03:38:40 PM »
I harvested about 5 pounds of plums from a neighbors tree (with permission, of course!). They were super ripe, and falling off, and I had been staring at them for days. I finally got the nerve to ask, and now I have delicious plums to make jelly with, which will become gifts for friends over the next few months.

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« Reply #12013 on: August 25, 2018, 09:34:07 PM »
In the past couple of days -
Rode my bike to the grocery store to pick up a few things. 

Rode my bike to Home Depot to pick up a couple of minor DIY repair items.

Made homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot for the first time - it came out great, and doing this on a recurring basis should save me at least $10/month going forward.

Rode my bike to the library today.  In fact, I haven't driven my car in almost 3 weeks (I have driven the family car for a couple of trips).  A bit worried that it might not start!


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« Reply #12014 on: August 27, 2018, 05:58:45 AM »
I harvested about 5 pounds of plums from a neighbors tree (with permission, of course!). They were super ripe, and falling off, and I had been staring at them for days. I finally got the nerve to ask, and now I have delicious plums to make jelly with, which will become gifts for friends over the next few months.

Jummie. You can also easily make jam from plums.

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« Reply #12015 on: August 27, 2018, 11:22:52 AM »

Resisted buying new clothes for new job. Working through my wardrobe and seeing what others wear to make sure I'm within the vague dress code, instead of buying a bunch of new stuff. ALL of my clothes are new to my co-workers :)

Thanks for the idea! I will (hopefully) start in a new job on 1 October that has a more formal dresscode then the IT-company I work for now. My coworkers regularly turn up in hoodies with holes in them so I'm easily the most formally dressed person as long as I don't turn up wearing my PJ's. In my new role I'd be reporting directly to the CFO. I was already mentally preparing myself for having to buy new work clothes, but maybe I should carefully go through my wardrobe before I do that. I don't have a lot of clothes but maybe I'll find new combinations of clothes.

I'd highly recommend this route. Two jobs ago, I was in a similar situation. I'd worn a company uniform for 8 years, and had few clothes outside of jeans/tshirts and uniform components. My new job was in a newly built location and would require business professional. As this was pre-MMM and I was dating a spendypants, I went right out and got a store credit card and charged up $1000 worth of what I thought I'd need.

Long story short, the opening got pushed back two months, so i wore a company provided polo and khaki pants every day for those two months while my new wardrobe gathered dust and interest payments. Then it turns out that several of the outfits weren't right for the job. Then they changed the dress code and I had to go buy more items.

This job change, I went straight business professional for the first few days. Then I spoke to my coworkers and superiors in a casual way about how closely we adhere to the printed dress code. Turns out, very little. Mondays are jeans & tshirts since we don't see clients those days! As long as I can come up with 4 outfits that are presentable, I'm good. Then I can switch those components and accessories around for the next 4 workdays, without spending except to replace. Honestly, who can tell one pair of black dress pants from another?

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« Reply #12016 on: August 27, 2018, 10:41:42 PM »
I wanted to post something on this thread, but I didn't spend any money. Does this count?

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« Reply #12017 on: August 28, 2018, 09:06:00 AM »
I wanted to post something on this thread, but I didn't spend any money. Does this count?
Absolutely!  You don't have to spend money to save money!

I also won't spend any money today because I did the usual--packed my lunch, made tea at the office, and will run/shower at work.

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« Reply #12018 on: August 28, 2018, 11:43:43 AM »
Just one today:
Today I used the superglue at work to clue my "work Crocs" for a second time. 
I've worn these every single day for three, maybe four years now.
They're the Croc Alice shoe... and now that Crocs is going out of business, I don't know what I'll do for shoes when these wear down.  They look almost brand new though, I just wipe them down occasionally and have had to glue the sole twice.  Not bad for $19.99 (What I paid when I bought them).

I never thought I'd wear Crocs for ANY occasion, let alone at work, but they look dressy, are rugged, and recover from dog walks before/after work very well.

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« Reply #12019 on: August 28, 2018, 11:56:44 AM »
Just one today:
Today I used the superglue at work to clue my "work Crocs" for a second time. 
I've worn these every single day for three, maybe four years now.
They're the Croc Alice shoe... and now that Crocs is going out of business, I don't know what I'll do for shoes when these wear down.  They look almost brand new though, I just wipe them down occasionally and have had to glue the sole twice.  Not bad for $19.99 (What I paid when I bought them).

I never thought I'd wear Crocs for ANY occasion, let alone at work, but they look dressy, are rugged, and recover from dog walks before/after work very well.

I thought Crocs was just closing its corporate owned factories?  They will still be in business, just subcontracting the manufacturing.   

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« Reply #12020 on: August 28, 2018, 12:30:19 PM »
Oh, I dunno… Guess I need to google that. :)

Just one today:
Today I used the superglue at work to clue my "work Crocs" for a second time. 
I've worn these every single day for three, maybe four years now.
They're the Croc Alice shoe... and now that Crocs is going out of business, I don't know what I'll do for shoes when these wear down.  They look almost brand new though, I just wipe them down occasionally and have had to glue the sole twice.  Not bad for $19.99 (What I paid when I bought them).

I never thought I'd wear Crocs for ANY occasion, let alone at work, but they look dressy, are rugged, and recover from dog walks before/after work very well.

I thought Crocs was just closing its corporate owned factories?  They will still be in business, just subcontracting the manufacturing.

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« Reply #12021 on: August 29, 2018, 04:08:27 PM »
Having lost sufficient weight to render all of my pants very baggy, but with about another size to go to my goal, I resisted the urge to splurge and got myself some new-to-me pants at the thrift store. Three pairs in perfect condition for $23!

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« Reply #12022 on: August 29, 2018, 04:57:11 PM »
-Free breakfast & lunch at work
-Drove electric car to work
-Paid licensing fee via credit card vs check for some extra miles (pay off our credit card every month)
-Will make dinner from leftovers

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« Reply #12023 on: August 29, 2018, 09:53:07 PM »
Remembered to cancel a credit card before the annual fee was charged.

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« Reply #12024 on: August 30, 2018, 01:41:43 AM »
The usual, bring my own lunch to work and walking to work.

Yesterday I was at home and made pancakes from some leftover ingredients. And used a mushroom stew from self-picked mushrooms as filling. Tasted well.

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« Reply #12025 on: August 30, 2018, 04:15:57 AM »
I'm on a short two-day work trip, and as usual I brought food with me and will smile later as I pocket Employer's food per-diem payment.  They give us $50-$70 per day, depending on the city.  Food I bring costs me $5-$10 per day.

(It isn't just about the money; I prefer to eat what I want at my leisure, rather than have to hunt for a restaurant.  Plus I have lots of serious food allergies, so restaurants are inherently risky.)

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« Reply #12026 on: August 30, 2018, 02:04:18 PM »
I've put off grocery shopping for yet another day (I haven't been in a couple of weeks) in favor of clearing out the freezer and pantry. Tonight's dinner will be salmon with dill and lemon (freezer, pantry, produce drawer), sautéed brussels sprouts with bacon (produce and meat drawers in fridge), and potatoes in some form (pantry). I'm also planning to make cherry-vanilla soda syrup (cherries bought in bulk and frozen, vanilla and sugar from pantry). I think tomorrow's dinner will be some form of alfredo with chicken and broccoli (freezer stocks) to use up a couple of partly used bags of dried pasta.

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« Reply #12027 on: August 31, 2018, 03:34:29 PM »
Put a chocolate bar back on the shelf at the supermarket

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« Reply #12028 on: August 31, 2018, 03:45:35 PM »
Bulk cooking & eating down food storage
Made peanut butter cookies instead of buying ice cream
Made lunch for a friend instead of going out to lunch

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« Reply #12029 on: August 31, 2018, 05:19:04 PM »
Friday night dinner was from the freezer rather than going out. I spiced up the burgers by making some caramelizad onions and homemade buns.

I started a new knitting project from stash/leftover yarn instead of buying something new.

We’ve been making use of the library for my 3-year-old’s books instead of buying them. I’m making notes of the books he asks to check out again and again so grandparents can buy them for Christmas.

Signed up for a new free trial of Netflix and put a reminder in my phone so I don’t forget to cancel.

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« Reply #12030 on: August 31, 2018, 06:37:12 PM »
Okay, I broke down and went grocery shopping today. I spent $13.08 at the local produce market for 5 full bags of fruits and veggies. Then I spent $22.62 at Aldi for several kitchen and fridge staples. Previously, I’d spent more than twice that amount for a similar quantity of food at standard grocery stores. Between this food and our pantry/freezer stock, I should be able to skip grocery shopping for another 2 weeks.

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« Reply #12031 on: September 01, 2018, 12:48:18 AM »
Biked to work, per usual. Ate the two provided meals at work. Grabbed my afternoon snack from the food table at our main office since I had to drive over there this morning for a meeting. Also picked up a couple of aluminum cans from the parking lot to add to my stash to turn in for cash.

Cooked the last 6 of a carton of eggs so that we'd have hardboiled on hand instead of spoiled eggs :P Used one plus a can of tuna to have a super cheap and quick lunch, along with some crackers left over from a party.

Used some old postcards to write to far-flung friends. One of my favorite hobbies is collecting old postcards, then writing inspirational or funny quotes on them and mailing them to friends. They're cheap at thrift stores and yard sales--I've often gotten them for free just for asking. My friends are very enthusiastic about it! I once visited one that had them taped all over her fridge. All of my people know that I love stamps and stationery, etc, so I often receive them as gifts.


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« Reply #12032 on: September 01, 2018, 02:33:36 PM »
Passed on having lunch out.  Ate leftovers at home.
Planned an exciting dinner at home instead of making a reservation.
Bought snacks for my flights next week instead of buying food at the airport.

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« Reply #12033 on: September 02, 2018, 05:16:02 AM »
Walked to the cheap supermarket to stock up on staples like canned tomatoes, cheese, milk and flour.  Brought lunch to the pool with the kids to avoid buying lunch.  Downloaded books from the library for the kids and me to avoid buying books.

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« Reply #12034 on: September 02, 2018, 10:02:57 AM »
I cleaned out my closet. I really don’t need anything new so that will save money.

Also planning to send a few things to consignment, no experience with this but I’ll there is a store close by.

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« Reply #12035 on: September 02, 2018, 08:52:16 PM »
* Picked up a dirty pillowcase I found in a parking lot; used it to dust off my bike which I store outside and collects a lot of freeway particulate dust over time. I will wash the pillowcase in hot water and add it to our linen closet.

* Bought the dollar store generic version of something instead of the brand-name version at CVS; saved $10-15 each.

* Harvested the one whole apple our Pettingill tree grew this year!
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« Reply #12036 on: September 03, 2018, 02:20:56 AM »
I'm going back to school this week and will start a new job in a few weeks, so I'm expecting a busy autumn. Which is why I have tried to prepare for it this weekend:
- Cooked an insane amount of fried rice yesterday, about 8 - 10 portions. Froze most of it.
- Got the winter clothes and blankets a bit earlier than normal. They are washed and then stored in bags under our bed in spring. We haven't needed the winter blankets yet, but they're in their bag in a corner of the bedroom. I cleaned our cupboard and put the winter clothes back in and made a list of items of clothing I still need to buy for the upcoming winter. I have 2 neat office outfits so I will wait with buying any other office clothes until I'm sure about the dress code at my new job. I certainly need a new pair of jeans and a new pair of boots since I have 0 jeans and only my hiking and snow boots left.
- I have promised to bring cake when I visit friends tomorrow, so I will be baking it at home. I might bake several cakes while the oven is hot and freeze the others.

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« Reply #12037 on: September 03, 2018, 08:53:35 PM »
- Last week on a run, I took a break at my turn around point to watch the fish jumping in the river.  While there, I spotted a fishing lure.  I pulled it out of the water with a stick and cached it in a pile of brush at the base of a tree, since I wasn't going to try to run 3 miles carrying a fish hook.  Today I went back and picked it up whilst the Frugal Boyfriend and I were picnicking by the river.  It's a Mepps Aglia in a color I often use... and worth $4-5.

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« Reply #12038 on: September 04, 2018, 01:01:49 AM »
In 2 weeks DH still have a week of holiday left. DH needs to have an operation some time soon, but hasn't received a date yet. It is getting more and more delayed. So it looks like we can have the vacation before the operation. That means it can become an active vacation as well.

We have been discussing the options. We want it to be really flexible, so that if the operation is suddenly there, we can change plans. DH found last minute flights to Crete for a good price. But then we calculated what the total cost of a week in the south of Europe would be and that was quite high.
Alternative is hiking in the mountains for a week. This is very weather dependent. Not nice to be hiking a week in the rain. Also, the evenings are coming early this time of the year, so we might not be sitting outside the tent for so long. Fishing season for trout is closed.

We landed on going hiking in the mountains for half a week and going by car to the coast for half a week, with the purpose of free diving. We will combine this trip and hiking somewhere on the way to the coast. Both things cost very little, only a few nights on a cheap campsite along the coast. Hiking in the mountains in our tent is for free. Of course there is the cost of petrol and toll roads, but it is much less than 2 plane tickets and a rental car for a week. Now we just need to select a 3-4 day hiking trip, which is easy to improvise anywhere. We were both happy with the plan. And we can let the weather decide on the sequence of events.

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« Reply #12039 on: September 04, 2018, 12:33:05 PM »
Upping my work schedule today from 20 hours to 32, so I guess money made in that regard.
Packed lunch, ate breakfast at home (impulse pumpkins muffins that were on the bakery discount rack ...)
Meal prepped for the week with things we already had around the house
Had no-spend adventures with the family this weekend, hiking on Sunday and a 15 mile family bike ride yesterday. The toddlers did well in the trailer, though they started bickering on the way back when they were past their nap time.
Also trying to use up some fragrance oils for my side business. Noticed that I had a bit of pumpkin spice and espresso, so I jumped on the Pumpkin Spice Latte bandwagon for Fall and made a PSL soap. Turned out nice and does smell good. Hopefully it sells!

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« Reply #12040 on: September 04, 2018, 01:04:06 PM »
A few things from the weekend:
- Cancelled our Moviepass. We had bought back in April for the $89.99 annual deal and they finally offered a partial refund to annual subscribers. We had already gotten double our money's worth from it, but all the new restrictions and changes made it too frustrating to keep. We are supposed to get $105 back.
- Made dinner at home with friends and kept things alcohol free since 2 of us weren't drinking. Juice and water for everyone!
- We're taking a family trip to celebrate my gramps's 90th birthday and I paid for 3 rooms on my credit card. My family will pay me back in installments and I get the points.
- Remembered to stick my watering can outside before the storm hit yesterday so all my houseplants are being watered for free
- Eating down the fridge in prep for our trip. Choosing potatoes as the starchy side instead of dried pasta or rice. Anyone have any good recipes for using up milk quick?

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« Reply #12041 on: September 04, 2018, 01:57:37 PM »
Marcela, if you have space in the freezer, you can freeze the milk and finish it when you get back. It's nice to have milk already in the house after a trip, but you need to remember to put it in the fridge in time for it to melt before you need it.

I packed lunch yesterday and today, and I brought my own teabags as usual.

I watched some shows on Crunchyroll and had a long chat with my Mom over Skype instead of going out this evening.

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« Reply #12042 on: September 04, 2018, 09:15:51 PM »
Ate lunch and dinner at work, per usual. Bought a new coffee pot for the office on my 1.5% cash back card, for which I'll be reimbursed by the end of the week. I bought it at Target, and didn't get ONE SINGLE OTHER THING. Just the coffee pot! In my pre-MMM days that NEVER would have happened. I got a few Shopkick points while I was there, but only spent on the coffee pot.

Combined the $150 rent credit I got for signing a new lease with selling some items on FB Marketplace to make a double car payment for this month.

Took a hot bath in the epsom salts I got for free by answering a survey from my internet provider for an Amazon gift certificate.

Read a library book for entertainment. Now I'm off to make some plain stationery into thank you notes with a $2.50 stamp and some creativity

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« Reply #12043 on: September 05, 2018, 03:28:29 AM »
I brought my 6 year old to work today but instead of going to the cafeteria for lunch as we normally do, I brought ingredients for her favorite pasta and we're going to make that for our lunch in the work kitchen.  She actually likes this pasta better than anything we could buy so it's a win-win.

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« Reply #12044 on: September 05, 2018, 03:59:38 AM »
Continuing on our mission to map out the cheapest groceries in my town, I checked out a new scratch-n-dent/discount grocery store.  I only have one more store to check out (a 'regular' grocery store that I just never go to for some reason), and then our grocery research of the whole town will be complete. 

Background -- We have a spreadsheet with the items we regularly buy, and have entered the prices for those items at all the stores, so we can compare apples to apples (literally -- ha)  and plan out our buying.   We save loads of money annually by doing this. 

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« Reply #12045 on: September 05, 2018, 08:11:18 AM »
- Went into Target yesterday for an eye doctor appointment and didn't buy anything.
- A neighbor has agreed to water our plants for us in exchange for being able to play our video games and hang out while we're out of town. Saved money by not coming home to dead plants that would need to be replaced.
- Trying to track down whether my US disability placard will work to get free admission to Parisian museums. If yes, this means tons of money saved.

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« Reply #12046 on: September 05, 2018, 08:41:18 AM »
Our grill finally died and we decided that since we will sell the house in less than two years, we’d just get a cheap grill.  No grills on clearance anywhere until we checked Kmart, they had a Kenmore grill on 50% clearance for $135.  But it rang up at the register for $81 and then the cashier told us due to special promotions, we’d get $10 in a cash card back immediately, $25 in points back in a week and another $25 in points back in 30 days. 

I also inventoried the pantry, not bad except for some lingering freebies I’m not sure what to do with.  What would you do with them?  I’m thinking the food bank, but maybe I’m just not being creative?
Eight cans of Luck’s pinto beans – mushier than reg canned pinto beans and my first thought is refried beans, but we are not big refried bean fans. 
Two huge cans of condensed minestrone soup – like 5 times a regular size can of soup.  Not sure if I can freeze half when I open it.  Pretty easy to dress up with fresh spinach and herbs, but I don't know if we would eat a gallon of soup before it went bad in the fridge.   
Six boxes of assorted cake mixes – no one in our house eats sweets other than ice cream. 

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« Reply #12047 on: September 05, 2018, 10:53:58 AM »
We went to a barbecue on Monday, & the host packed a couple of to go plates for us. That became dinner last night.

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« Reply #12048 on: September 05, 2018, 10:57:44 AM »
- Eating down the fridge in prep for our trip. Choosing potatoes as the starchy side instead of dried pasta or rice. Anyone have any good recipes for using up milk quick?

bread or rice pudding
pork shoulder braised in milk? I've never tried it, but it is intriguing.

Yogurt

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« Reply #12049 on: September 05, 2018, 11:15:40 AM »
Had a doctors appointment by Target, so I went in to get some of the $0.50 Colgate I'd seen on special yesterday when getting reimbursable stuff for work. I tried to find some printable online coupons, which would've made me money, but no luck. I was able to get enough Shopkick points to get a $2 gift voucher, so I got 4 boxes. Between my voucher and bag credit, I spent $0.12 (tax). Then I remembered my Ibotta app, and there was a $0.25 credit for purchasing any item at Target. So I got paid $0.13 to get toiletries!

I don't normally pursue these kinds of deals, but I've got the apps and was already nearby, so it worth it for a year's supply of toothpaste.

At the doctor's appointment, my only concerns would be taken care of by application of medications she's already prescribed me, so no new prescriptions to pay for. Also, I've been diligent healthwise, and am able to go to once a year checkups instead of every six months. $50 saved per year and making good choices for the win!