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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12950 on: June 04, 2019, 01:48:19 PM »
Over the weekend I replaced the battery in my 2.5 year old cell phone, and will hopefully get a few more years out of it.  It was a PITA, and I had to go to a cell phone repair place that let me borrow a special tiny screw driver, but should be about $75/hour for my efforts.

Found an incorrect charge on my grocery receipt and had it corrected yesterday ($1.59).

Brought lunch to work, including tomato soup from tomatoes I grew last summer, and an egg cup from homegrown eggs, plus 1/2 of an 88c avocado.

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« Reply #12951 on: June 05, 2019, 10:33:47 PM »
Managed to eat for nearly free today. Breakfast was bulk-purchased fruit, lunch was unexpectedly paid for by my boss, and I ate free dinner for a work training. Walked to work and back even though it was humid and warm. Refilled my water bottle to hydrate.
Got on ThredUp to find some work wardrobe items I'm missing, and used up a very old credit to pay for part of it. I thought you weren't able to return items, but turns out you can! So I'm not out any money if the items don't work. They also have a 'Rescue' section where you can get a mystery box of a certain type of item for a set price. Denim by the pound, $50 for 40 baby items, etc. Stayed strong and only got the items on my list.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12952 on: June 06, 2019, 12:16:44 AM »
Hit three thrift stores looking for items to stage the flip house with. Found one fake hydrangea in a nice vase for $3. Passed on everything else. After an early dinner at home,  DH and I made a Home Depot run. Used a $25 off coupon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12953 on: June 06, 2019, 10:17:10 AM »
read this article and i was like, ' yeah we do this already.'
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/06/clean-eating-guide-dietician-what-is-it-how-to

real food cooked by us is  close to our #1 prioirity. it will save us probably,  time , $ and headache of being sickly

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12954 on: June 06, 2019, 10:22:44 AM »
Ate food from the freezer the whole day. Will have lunch from the freezer tomorrow too. Some containers are unmarked so it's a surprise what we're getting. Thankfully we are both good cooks so it's never disappointing.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12955 on: June 06, 2019, 10:27:07 AM »
Picked mulberries from trees in my neighborhood. Make oatmeal with them and gloried in some free food. Made plan to hit the same trees every few days to catch the ripe ones. They are *loaded* with berries in various stages of ripeness, so should have a few more weeks of free snacks and baking ingredients

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12956 on: June 06, 2019, 10:33:00 AM »
Bought groceries from LIDL. Sat with the kids beforehand and made out a shopping list using their circular to maximize “on sale” purchases. Kids were psyched as the house brand of root beer was on sale. Paid for it all using a CC for travel points. Next stop: the library.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12957 on: June 06, 2019, 11:00:06 AM »
I used a leftover piece of bread and several self foraged ingredients in tonight's dinner.

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« Reply #12958 on: June 06, 2019, 11:14:33 AM »
I joined the "Too Good To Go" movement. This is an app that was developed in Denmark where grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and hotels sell leftover food for a fraction of the sales price.
I just picked up a bag from the local bakery. It contained first-class salads, specialty breads, müesli, pies, cookies etc.. for USD 5.-. The original price was USD 27.-.
In addition, it prevents food waste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12959 on: June 06, 2019, 11:25:08 AM »
I joined the "Too Good To Go" movement. This is an app that was developed in Denmark where grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and hotels sell leftover food for a fraction of the sales price.
I just picked up a bag from the local bakery. It contained first-class salads, specialty breads, müesli, pies, cookies etc.. for USD 5.-. The original price was USD 27.-.
In addition, it prevents food waste.

That's brilliant.  I wonder if there's something similar in the US.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12960 on: June 06, 2019, 11:46:21 AM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12961 on: June 06, 2019, 01:36:58 PM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

If you're a Costco member check to see if there is a Costco nearby your hotel. 
Fore example, IIRC there is a Costco near the Maui airport.  All the things your use to plus uniquely Hawaiian items (e.g., macadamia nuts, tiny bananas, etc.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12962 on: June 06, 2019, 01:41:26 PM »
Stocked up on inexpensive options to take on our (not inexpensive) vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. Managed to get the kind of protein bars I prefer for 1/2 off, which I'm assuming is closer to 75% off of Hawaii prices. Will help us avoid overpriced breakfasts out. Also picked up an inexpensive package of paper plates, so we can eat leftovers, etc in the room for lunches.

If you're a Costco member check to see if there is a Costco nearby your hotel. 
Fore example, IIRC there is a Costco near the Maui airport.  All the things your use to plus uniquely Hawaiian items (e.g., macadamia nuts, tiny bananas, etc.)

Heck yes. Did this in Maui, no regrets.

Our savings tactics for our own Hawaii trip (packing now!) Used points for flights. AirBnB and Turo for lodging and car rental. Gonna stock up on some food and stuff at Costco when we land. Looks like we can avoid a checked bag and associated fees. Brother is taking care of our dog, so no boarding costs for her. Needed a new swimsuit and shorts (helloooo pregnant body), so got one item at a maternity consignment shop and hit an online 70% sale from Old Navy for the rest. Been using everything up in advance of leaving so we should have no food waste, minus a cucumber that got lost in the back of a drawer (gag).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12963 on: June 06, 2019, 11:18:42 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12964 on: June 07, 2019, 08:56:20 AM »
@Catbert & @Bracken_Joy - we already have a Costco list going, and actually booked the hotel/car combo with Costco! They have the best deals for what we need. Super jazzed. I also booked the flight using a companion fare on Alaska, which saves money. And, I have the Alaska credit card, so no checked bag fee. So, we're bringing our own wine as well in the suitcase.

@Bracken_Joy - have an amazing time!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12965 on: June 07, 2019, 12:15:45 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.

Still, a smart thing to do.

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« Reply #12966 on: June 07, 2019, 06:02:04 PM »
Grocery shopping by bike, as usual.  One good discovery today was that, previously unbeknownst to us, they carry the 'right kind' of Lunchables that my kids eat at Sam's Club.  That little discovery should save us about $4 per week, or about $200/year. 

Yes, the better thing would be to stop feeding them Lunchables twice a week, but hopefully those of you with picky kids out there will understand. 

Also had my car smog-checked and paid for the registration.  This didn't save me money (aside from the fact that I was a bit uncertain my car would pass the smog check), but it did remind me of the money I'm paying to have a car that mostly just sits in the garage, even though it's old and barely insured.  I need to figure out if I can make the leap to get us down to a one-car family.  Most of the time it would be fine, though admittedly it would've been tough for about 5 weeks this year while my bike was out of commission.  Maybe that just means I need a second e-bike!  Oops, supposed to be saving money in this thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12967 on: June 07, 2019, 09:10:01 PM »
One of my horse's had a surgery (she's fine,  correcting a minor defect to prevent future problems) last week.  I raised my eyebrows a bit at the bill being higher than expected when I came to pick her up, so the secretary let me pay 80% of it, and left it for the vet surgeon to check over the next day.  I just got the bill for the balance in the mail and they knocked off almost $600 (about 20%)!

Made a delicious thom ka gai soup for dinner tonight with leftovers from Tuesday's roast chicken, and some random veggies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12968 on: June 07, 2019, 09:38:24 PM »
Was actually in the car to go out to dinner when we decided to just go home. SO had eaten a huge lunch, and was only going out to be with me. He mentioned a frozen pizza in the freezer and some donuts his mom had brought by. I literally turned right at the next light and we came home. Dug out a bottle of bubbly and had pizza for dinner with donuts for dessert. Not at all healthy, but a fun splurge that didn't cost us anything that hadn't already been spent in the grocery budget! Saved at least $20.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12969 on: June 08, 2019, 03:36:20 AM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.

Smart, yet not too difficult in Göteborg ;)
Still, a smart thing to do.

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« Reply #12970 on: June 08, 2019, 11:03:11 AM »
@okcisok - love the dinner combo! Sounds like a perfect alternative.

For me, continuing to do extensive yard work that we otherwise would have paid someone to do. (I'm on sabbatical through the summer.) Today I took down a fence using bolt cutters. I looked it up on YouTube...pretty empowering to do something for yourself you've never done before!

Yesterday, sold a restaurant gift card we'd received as a gift. It's not something we'd normally use, and in order to use the gift card, we'd need to throw in at least another $35 or so. Now I have $20 to use for Subway or something on our road trip.

Used our electric car for all of our errands.

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« Reply #12971 on: June 08, 2019, 01:55:43 PM »
Yesterday I filled up the almost empty petrol tank for a lowish price, the lowest since a couple of weeks. I did this before my hiking trip. On the way back, the prices had been changed and were a lot higher. And I had fallen and wasn't really good at getting in and out of the car. So it was planned at a good time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12972 on: June 09, 2019, 02:22:01 PM »
Baby shower today for the mother in a refugee family. Went to Macy's and checked out the clearance section- got a variety of clothes in sizes 6 months to 2T for $26. Used gift bag I already had. I had a baby card- but it said congratulations on new arrival- but baby is not here yet- so just cut off the text part of the card and wrote my own greeting on the back.

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« Reply #12973 on: June 09, 2019, 07:08:34 PM »
Saved the laces from an old pair of running shoes I was throwing out, and put them in another pair of shoes with frayed laces.


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« Reply #12974 on: June 09, 2019, 07:13:58 PM »
Managed to work several slightly wilting veggies into tonight’s dinner, along with the last of the leftover rice from Friday and the end of a block of cheese. I hate wasting food, so that was satisfying.

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« Reply #12975 on: June 09, 2019, 08:56:30 PM »
Binge-watched Til Debt Do Us Part instead of going out to spend money. Using existing craft supplies to bulk up my gift stash. Baked muffins from a failed coconut soup that I put in the freezer a few months ago, instead of tossing. They're still in the oven, so the I don't know how they taste. But the batter (before I added the egg) was *delicious*!
Read library books and picked up aluminum cans on my daily walks.

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« Reply #12976 on: June 09, 2019, 10:09:39 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.
Don't want to harsh on a new guy, but this is the MMM Forum, after all.  Your vehicle depreciated every single day you own it, whether you drive it or not. Sure, more mileage hastens depreciation, but the number it's costing you to own is not zero.

And beyond that not-a-facepunch, welcome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12977 on: June 10, 2019, 05:06:44 AM »
Had a bunch of carrots, like 4 bags worth in the fridge in various stages of decomp. I cut off all the uglies and the ends and outer skin cut into 1 inch hunks and decided I was going to have glazed carrots. I put in some butter, a little brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. Let it cook on high in slow cooker for maybe 3 hours. They were soft at that point and smelled good. Then I changed my mind and decided to make soup out of it. Added some chopped onion and ginger root. I poured in some chicken broth and let it cook all night on low in slow cooker. I just tasted the broth and it tastes gorgeous! I will blend it all up in the Vita Mix when it cools! All of these carrots almost made it to the garbage can. Now, I think I have a delicious soup!

I have some home made pumpernickel bread in the refrig that is getting old. I hate to waste it so maybe I will make croutons out of it. It's around half a loaf.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12978 on: June 10, 2019, 06:19:58 AM »
-Used a coupon for $3 off of purchases I was going to make anyway. The key part - remembered to use the coupon!
-Bought the wrong kind of buns for burgers (I misunderstood & thought my husband was making sliders). The kids wanted "full sized" buns to go with their burgers. Made them work anyway, & doctored up the burgers so everyone was satisfied, vs running to the store again.
-Remembered to register for our store's local "double points over the weekend" promotion that was going on, which will mean I'll earn $1-2 back at the end of the month
-Worked in the yard again in the morning (with my crew up 12 & 13 year olds) before it got super hot yesterday. We will likely need to hire help for part of the work, so doing as much as we can by ourselves.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12979 on: June 10, 2019, 07:10:17 AM »
Had a bunch of carrots, like 4 bags worth in the fridge in various stages of decomp. I cut off all the uglies and the ends and outer skin cut into 1 inch hunks and decided I was going to have glazed carrots. I put in some butter, a little brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. Let it cook on high in slow cooker for maybe 3 hours. They were soft at that point and smelled good. Then I changed my mind and decided to make soup out of it. Added some chopped onion and ginger root. I poured in some chicken broth and let it cook all night on low in slow cooker. I just tasted the broth and it tastes gorgeous! I will blend it all up in the Vita Mix when it cools! All of these carrots almost made it to the garbage can. Now, I think I have a delicious soup!

I have some home made pumpernickel bread in the refrig that is getting old. I hate to waste it so maybe I will make croutons out of it. It's around half a loaf.


Update: Just blended the carrots and broth up and it was the perfect thickness and tastes wonderful! So simple and easy to make. Preparing the carrots was kind of a pain but end result was great!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12980 on: June 10, 2019, 08:43:29 AM »
did the work of exterminator when we saw a bedbug in our place.
17 hours  of running. 

but you know those extermiators dont work unless you get the place totally clean and decluttered

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12981 on: June 10, 2019, 12:33:26 PM »
-Saved $219 by increasing our homeowners insurance deductible from $1,000 to $5,000

Read several online articles about ways to save money Saturday, and the above reminded me I needed to make that adjustment.  Next I'll look on Gazelle dot com to research selling my old cell phones.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12982 on: June 10, 2019, 12:54:37 PM »
Hardware store had a 25% discount on everything today, so I bought several things we need for our latest DIY project.

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« Reply #12983 on: June 10, 2019, 04:15:36 PM »
Had a bunch of carrots, like 4 bags worth in the fridge in various stages of decomp. I cut off all the uglies and the ends and outer skin cut into 1 inch hunks and decided I was going to have glazed carrots. I put in some butter, a little brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. Let it cook on high in slow cooker for maybe 3 hours. They were soft at that point and smelled good. Then I changed my mind and decided to make soup out of it. Added some chopped onion and ginger root. I poured in some chicken broth and let it cook all night on low in slow cooker. I just tasted the broth and it tastes gorgeous! I will blend it all up in the Vita Mix when it cools! All of these carrots almost made it to the garbage can. Now, I think I have a delicious soup!

I have some home made pumpernickel bread in the refrig that is getting old. I hate to waste it so maybe I will make croutons out of it. It's around half a loaf.

Update: Just blended the carrots and broth up and it was the perfect thickness and tastes wonderful! So simple and easy to make. Preparing the carrots was kind of a pain but end result was great!

Great going! I'd be jealous if I didn't have a soup of my own going. I poked around in the freezer and found some leftover ham from Easter.  My friend sent me a  Rancho Gordo sampler of beans, so I grabbed a bag and put together a ham and bean soup out of some odds and ends, including kale that we got in our Misfits box, and some dubious looking carrots that (like yours) cleaned up fine.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12984 on: June 10, 2019, 04:58:01 PM »
About 18 months ago my 2000 Nissan truck was t-boned on the passenger side. I only had liability insurance on it. The fault was disputed and there were no witnesses so it didn't get repaired. I continued to drive it but only having one door was becoming a major inconvenience.  I bought a new/used van a year ago but kept the truck to haul things if I ever needed to.

Well today I sold it for $1k. I only used it a few times over the year but had to pay insurance registration and inspection. I can rent a trailer for less than that if I need to.

I'd still be driving it today if it hadn't been wrecked. It was still running great with 190k miles. I'll miss it.

The $1k is headed for a CD to go to next years IRA.

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« Reply #12985 on: June 10, 2019, 06:10:08 PM »
Update on the failed coconut soup-turned muffins--delicious! Slathered them with peanut butter for a semi-healthy dinner. Made several meals and snacks out of something in pre-MMM days I would've thrown away.
Made a fruit fly trap out of a water glass and some apple cider vinegar.
Ate a free breakfast and lunch at work.
Made a 32 load jug of laundry detergent last 90 days.
Going to use more of my craft stash to make some more gifts.

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« Reply #12986 on: June 11, 2019, 04:38:08 AM »
Had a bunch of carrots, like 4 bags worth in the fridge in various stages of decomp. I cut off all the uglies and the ends and outer skin cut into 1 inch hunks and decided I was going to have glazed carrots. I put in some butter, a little brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. Let it cook on high in slow cooker for maybe 3 hours. They were soft at that point and smelled good. Then I changed my mind and decided to make soup out of it. Added some chopped onion and ginger root. I poured in some chicken broth and let it cook all night on low in slow cooker. I just tasted the broth and it tastes gorgeous! I will blend it all up in the Vita Mix when it cools! All of these carrots almost made it to the garbage can. Now, I think I have a delicious soup!

I have some home made pumpernickel bread in the refrig that is getting old. I hate to waste it so maybe I will make croutons out of it. It's around half a loaf.

 

Update: Just blended the carrots and broth up and it was the perfect thickness and tastes wonderful! So simple and easy to make. Preparing the carrots was kind of a pain but end result was great!

Great going! I'd be jealous if I didn't have a soup of my own going. I poked around in the freezer and found some leftover ham from Easter.  My friend sent me a  Rancho Gordo sampler of beans, so I grabbed a bag and put together a ham and bean soup out of some odds and ends, including kale that we got in our Misfits box, and some dubious looking carrots that (like yours) cleaned up fine.

Poundwise, I also get misfits boxes! I get the big one every two weeks and it has been working out pretty good. I have been making things I have never had before. Made cauliflower/turnip mash this week and they were so good! Have also been making Tuscan kale Caesar slaw. I am not a big fan of so many pears they send. They seem to send a lot of apples too and I did make applesauce out of them. Mango is something I never bought before and it was challenging cutting it open. Another thing I never bought before is English cukes. They are so good! I also joined a CSA and my first basket of veggies is this Thursday! I hope I don't have an overload.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12987 on: June 11, 2019, 09:15:17 AM »
another cost that may help in the long run:
bought an extra boxspring cover and mattress cover of high quality.  we might put two layers of them on to not have to deal with bedbugs in future.

BBs take so much time to eradicate, it'll be worth it to not have to do that work

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« Reply #12988 on: June 11, 2019, 09:22:47 AM »
My son had an oral surgery appointment scheduled for this morning. He woke me up to tell me that the tooth was out. It was already loose, so not shocked, but I'm guessing he wiggled quite a bit to get it all the way out. Unintentional on my part, but saves $170 of dental work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12989 on: June 11, 2019, 09:29:20 AM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.
Don't want to harsh on a new guy, but this is the MMM Forum, after all.  Your vehicle depreciated every single day you own it, whether you drive it or not. Sure, more mileage hastens depreciation, but the number it's costing you to own is not zero.

And beyond that not-a-facepunch, welcome!

Not quite - I don't own a car. I'm a MMM vet after all ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12990 on: June 11, 2019, 10:29:56 AM »
Poundwise, I also get misfits boxes! I get the big one every two weeks and it has been working out pretty good. I have been making things I have never had before. Made cauliflower/turnip mash this week and they were so good! Have also been making Tuscan kale Caesar slaw. I am not a big fan of so many pears they send. They seem to send a lot of apples too and I did make applesauce out of them. Mango is something I never bought before and it was challenging cutting it open. Another thing I never bought before is English cukes. They are so good! I also joined a CSA and my first basket of veggies is this Thursday! I hope I don't have an overload.

@Roadrunner53 The pears and apples are the first to go in our box! (my little daughter loves them so I put them in a bowl, bam, gone!) I'm having an issue with the fancy watermelon turnips and black turnips though. Nobody likes them (I tried tossing slices with oil and salt, then roasting) so they end up going bad.

Mango is easier to peel if you make shallow longitudinal slits through the skin with the point of a paring knife. Then, just pull each section of skin down from a point.  Once it's peeled, you make two cuts on either side of the big seed to get some decent pieces, then trim round the edges.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12991 on: June 11, 2019, 11:00:59 AM »
Poundwise, I also get misfits boxes! I get the big one every two weeks and it has been working out pretty good. I have been making things I have never had before. Made cauliflower/turnip mash this week and they were so good! Have also been making Tuscan kale Caesar slaw. I am not a big fan of so many pears they send. They seem to send a lot of apples too and I did make applesauce out of them. Mango is something I never bought before and it was challenging cutting it open. Another thing I never bought before is English cukes. They are so good! I also joined a CSA and my first basket of veggies is this Thursday! I hope I don't have an overload.

@Roadrunner53 The pears and apples are the first to go in our box! (my little daughter loves them so I put them in a bowl, bam, gone!) I'm having an issue with the fancy watermelon turnips and black turnips though. Nobody likes them (I tried tossing slices with oil and salt, then roasting) so they end up going bad.

Mango is easier to peel if you make shallow longitudinal slits through the skin with the point of a paring knife. Then, just pull each section of skin down from a point.  Once it's peeled, you make two cuts on either side of the big seed to get some decent pieces, then trim round the edges.

I have not gotten watermelon turnips or black turnips...yet! I have gotten a lot of things I would never normally buy but it is fun! My box just arrived and the hub and I like to open it together to see what 'treasures' we will receive. Good tips on the mango! My hub is not a big fruit eater and I can't eat 20 pieces of fruit by myself! LOL! I do try to cut up some apples and put them on his plate. He will eat them that way. Right now I am cooking spaghetti squash from the last box. I try so hard to use up all the veggies before the next box arrives. It is just the two of us and sometimes it is challenging! Glad your kid likes the fruit! Good for lunches!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12992 on: June 11, 2019, 01:33:16 PM »
Did some tax-loss harvesting.  $300 in 'free' money, courtesy of the federal and state governments. 

Yes, I know that I could eventually have to pay some of that back in capital gains tax, but my intention is to have a 0% capital gains tax rate down the road.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12993 on: June 11, 2019, 01:44:46 PM »
Bought food that was 35% off because it's near the sell by date. Pretty fancy veggies that will make a good risotto tomorrow. Also bought tiramisu. I'm inviting a friend over and that fancy dinner will cost like €4.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12994 on: June 11, 2019, 02:07:10 PM »
Long time lurker. First time poster in this thread.

I saved money today by biking to work. Didn't drive... so no gas, depreciation, or parking. Didn't take transit... so no ticket to pay for.
The big disclaimer being that this is something I've done every single day for the last 3 years.

Tomorrow I'll have to dig a little deeper to find something a big more novel for my situation.
Don't want to harsh on a new guy, but this is the MMM Forum, after all.  Your vehicle depreciated every single day you own it, whether you drive it or not. Sure, more mileage hastens depreciation, but the number it's costing you to own is not zero.

And beyond that not-a-facepunch, welcome!

Not quite - I don't own a car. I'm a MMM vet after all ;)
I thought I must have mis-read your post. Nope, it can just as easily read that you chose not to drive, but apparently in your case, you have no choice, lol. Mustachians also value clarity. Choosing not to own a car didn't happen today, so you can't really say today you saved depreciation on a car you don't own today. In any case, good for you for figuring out the no-car thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12995 on: June 12, 2019, 01:43:34 AM »
I cut my hair. At midnight, in my bathroom. Got impatient with how knotted it was.

I also turned down an invitation to breakfast tomorrow. We'll be spending the whole day together, I can eat something cheap and filling at home and bring snacks for the rest of the day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12996 on: June 12, 2019, 09:50:43 AM »
I thought I must have mis-read your post. Nope, it can just as easily read that you chose not to drive, but apparently in your case, you have no choice, lol. Mustachians also value clarity. Choosing not to own a car didn't happen today, so you can't really say today you saved depreciation on a car you don't own today. In any case, good for you for figuring out the no-car thing.

@Dicey you are HARSH!! :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12997 on: June 12, 2019, 10:21:51 AM »
I thought I must have mis-read your post. Nope, it can just as easily read that you chose not to drive, but apparently in your case, you have no choice, lol. Mustachians also value clarity. Choosing not to own a car didn't happen today, so you can't really say today you saved depreciation on a car you don't own today. In any case, good for you for figuring out the no-car thing.

@Dicey you are HARSH!! :D
Oh, I politely beg to differ, and this is why: Once you've counted the savings of not having a car, and baked it into your budget, it's kind of disingenuous to keep counting it as a daily savings, which is the theme of this specific thread. The point is not to keep giving yourself credit for past savings. (There are other opportunities for that, such as the "Race to [insert amount]" threads.) This thread is all about the little (or big) things you do on a daily basis to stay motivated. If you keep counting stuff you've done in the past as if it's new, it isn't really going to help you to continue maximizing your savings. However, anyone is free to do whatever they want. But that's not really in keeping with being mustachian, and that's why we're all here, right?

Please note I did compliment them on being car-free :-)

In the Land of the Mustache, not harsh. Not harsh at all, nor was it intended to be. Doesn't even qualify as a pacepunch, IMO, but then I've been here a long time, when facepunches were an everyday thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12998 on: June 12, 2019, 10:57:02 AM »
I thought I must have mis-read your post. Nope, it can just as easily read that you chose not to drive, but apparently in your case, you have no choice, lol. Mustachians also value clarity. Choosing not to own a car didn't happen today, so you can't really say today you saved depreciation on a car you don't own today. In any case, good for you for figuring out the no-car thing.

@Dicey you are HARSH!! :D
Oh, I politely beg to differ, and this is why: Once you've counted the savings of not having a car, and baked it into your budget, it's kind of disingenuous to keep counting it as a daily savings, which is the theme of this specific thread. The point is not to keep giving yourself credit for past savings. (There are other opportunities for that, such as the "Race to [insert amount]" threads.) This thread is all about the little (or big) things you do on a daily basis to stay motivated. If you keep counting stuff you've done in the past as if it's new, it isn't really going to help you to continue maximizing your savings. However, anyone is free to do whatever they want. But that's not really in keeping with being mustachian, and that's why we're all here, right?

Please note I did compliment them on being car-free :-)

In the Land of the Mustache, not harsh. Not harsh at all, nor was it intended to be. Doesn't even qualify as a pacepunch, IMO, but then I've been here a long time, when facepunches were an everyday thing.

I see what you're saying... but I think the person just wanted to join the discussion and "welcome" might have been an appropriate response.

I did not bring flavored creamer to work. I have been buying big bottles of it and sharing with my coworkers, which is fine... but learning to drink coffee black is not only cheaper, it also reduces my overall consumption because it's not as delicious :-). For my after-lunch treat, I have homemade cold brew with milk, chocolate sauce and a drop of peppermint extract. Yum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12999 on: June 12, 2019, 11:06:46 AM »
I thought I must have mis-read your post. Nope, it can just as easily read that you chose not to drive, but apparently in your case, you have no choice, lol. Mustachians also value clarity. Choosing not to own a car didn't happen today, so you can't really say today you saved depreciation on a car you don't own today. In any case, good for you for figuring out the no-car thing.

@Dicey you are HARSH!! :D
Oh, I politely beg to differ, and this is why: Once you've counted the savings of not having a car, and baked it into your budget, it's kind of disingenuous to keep counting it as a daily savings, which is the theme of this specific thread. The point is not to keep giving yourself credit for past savings. (There are other opportunities for that, such as the "Race to [insert amount]" threads.) This thread is all about the little (or big) things you do on a daily basis to stay motivated. If you keep counting stuff you've done in the past as if it's new, it isn't really going to help you to continue maximizing your savings. However, anyone is free to do whatever they want. But that's not really in keeping with being mustachian, and that's why we're all here, right?

Please note I did compliment them on being car-free :-)

In the Land of the Mustache, not harsh. Not harsh at all, nor was it intended to be. Doesn't even qualify as a pacepunch, IMO, but then I've been here a long time, when facepunches were an everyday thing.

I see what you're saying... but I think the person just wanted to join the discussion and "welcome" might have been an appropriate response.

I did not bring flavored creamer to work. I have been buying big bottles of it and sharing with my coworkers, which is fine... but learning to drink coffee black is not only cheaper, it also reduces my overall consumption because it's not as delicious :-). For my after-lunch treat, I have homemade cold brew with milk, chocolate sauce and a drop of peppermint extract. Yum.

Thanks, I totally agree. From my original post:

[Snip] And beyond that not-a-facepunch, welcome!