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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13050 on: June 24, 2019, 06:55:25 AM »
Walgreens had a BOGO sale on all their Move Free products and last Sunday's paper gave us a duplicate coupon - saved us $27.99 plus two $1 coupons. When I opened it this morning I found the two boxes each had a $3 manufacturer's coupon inside.
Total saved $35.99 :) not too shabby.

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Took down the last tomato plant, got enough for a week's worth of lunches for Mr. R.
Decided it was time to harvest more peppers - chopped up four half-gallon bags for the freezer.
The hot chili pepper is thriving - drying about fifty of them now, still more to come on the plant.
Thinking of trying my hand at a bottle of spicy hot pepper mango salsa sometime this week.
Also cut down the dill - drying the leaves and saving the seeds.
Lemon verbena has been growing like crazy so I cut it back - used some of the leaves for our salmon dinner and hung up the rest to dry.

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« Reply #13051 on: June 24, 2019, 07:05:38 AM »
Okay, this is a weird post. The other day on Good Morning America they have a part of the show where they offer bargains on different products. They showed a Yonanas machine. It is a machine you can run frozen fruit thru and end up with yogurt type fruit desserts. I am famous for throwing out too much fruit. Bananas are thrown out most often. I can only eat so many bananas, banana bread. With this machine you freeze peeled bananas and just about any fruit and you can run it thru the machine for a healthy treat. My machine is coming today and I can't wait! I think in a weird way by buying this machine, which was a bargain at $20, will help me not throw out fruit, thus, saving money. No more cash in the trash.

I have some fresh mangos and orange segments frozen. Plus, some bananas, strawberries and cherries.

Fruit freezes incredibly well, and can easily later become bread, cookies, smoothies, so on. No need for a clutter causing machine.

To each his own.

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« Reply #13052 on: June 24, 2019, 07:15:31 AM »
I was given one of those machines a few years ago. Used it twice and it has sat on my counter ever since. Cute gimmick, but hard to store (tall) and clean. Hopefully you get more enjoyment!

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« Reply #13053 on: June 24, 2019, 08:32:21 AM »
We freeze bananas, blueberries, and mangoes regularly and then throw them in the blender with almond milk or juice or just water to make a frozen "ice cream" type of treat!  Same concept, we just use a gadget that we already had and has multiple purposes.

It is a great low sugar, easy to save fruit, treat for the kids.  Hope your family will enjoy lots of yumminess from your purchase.

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« Reply #13054 on: June 25, 2019, 02:51:46 AM »
I actually spent some money, about 70$. But at least I didn't spend 100$ and an additional 360$ on a hotel room. And I didn't sign up for day packages for free fruit, popcorn and drinks. I'll bring my own stuff.

I am going to an event. Basis price if 70 for 2 days, 100 for 3 days. I decided that the full 3 days is a bit tiresome for me, as I get a bit stressed by being among a lot of people all day long. So 2 days might be enough. It is about 50-60 kms from where I live. But I figure I don't need hotel rooms for that. It is from Friday to Sunday. I think I will either sleep in the car somewhere or pitch up a tent. I checked that there is some forest on walking distance.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13055 on: June 25, 2019, 05:21:38 AM »
I've  gotten into a bad habit of stopping at the grocery store for snacks after two particularly gruelling workouts each week, spending $10-$20 each time on treats, snacks and food I'm craving (usually bad carbs).

I'm determined to knock it off- tonight I ignored the familiar pull (gnocchi! Icecream!), came home and made a frugal meal that I'd read about (tomato and egg stir fry with rice). It was simple, cheap, delicious, much better for my waist and for my wallet!

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« Reply #13056 on: June 25, 2019, 05:48:45 AM »
I've  gotten into a bad habit of stopping at the grocery store for snacks after two particularly gruelling workouts each week, spending $10-$20 each time on treats, snacks and food I'm craving (usually bad carbs).

I'm determined to knock it off- tonight I ignored the familiar pull (gnocchi! Icecream!), came home and made a frugal meal that I'd read about (tomato and egg stir fry with rice). It was simple, cheap, delicious, much better for my waist and for my wallet!

Good to break the habbit, because after some time it will be your body (your gut flora) that drags you there, more then your mind.

I have in my life spent too much money in a kiosk on the train station where I also daily bought a bag of candies in my way home from work. How addicted I have been to that. Luckily for the past 4,5 years I have another job where I don't have that temptation.

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« Reply #13057 on: June 26, 2019, 07:59:51 PM »
Managed to get three free meals at work! Just had to work over 10 hours...
I did go ahead and eat a small amount of leftover soup that I was afraid would go bad with another day in the fridge, as a snack.
Had to work at two different locations today, so I drove to the farther one, then drove the car home and walked to the next location. Even though it was 90 degrees and so humid and would've been two more minutes in the car. But I'd set my mind to walking, so I left earlier and figured out a route that took me through public buildings and mostly in shade. There is no free parking at that location, so I saved at least $8 by not driving ($15 if I'd gotten a parking ticket).
Did two free errands on the walk. I dropped off library books before they were due, saving fines. Then went to the post office to mail off a donation, using gifted stamps and a repurposed envelope with a mailing label made of scrap paper, sealed with leftover tape from my last move. Not a cent out of pocket today!
And I decluttered some donations 24 hours after I'd decided to get rid of them, instead of driving them around in my trunk for a month!

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« Reply #13058 on: June 27, 2019, 01:34:32 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon. Washed my hair at work.

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« Reply #13059 on: June 27, 2019, 05:48:06 AM »
Sent in for a rebate on paint. I usually forget about these until it's too late. Saved $40.

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« Reply #13060 on: June 27, 2019, 07:04:55 AM »
Replaced the motor (and fan and capacitors and a few other things) in my HVAC unit.  I am absolutely going to need a new one sooner rather than later (this unit turns 30 years old next month apparently).  Hoping to make it until at least next spring with the new parts.

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« Reply #13061 on: June 27, 2019, 08:25:27 AM »
- A lunch meeting at work was cancelled yesterday so we had a nice free lunch.
- Went to get ice cream but found out the place was closed, so I had a nice afternoon walk and didn't spend money & didn't eat something unhealthy.

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« Reply #13062 on: June 27, 2019, 01:04:14 PM »
Worked from home today so I didn't need to drive anywhere.

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« Reply #13063 on: June 27, 2019, 05:20:31 PM »
Had a peach from the grocery store that I couldn't get to soften up in a brown bag, although it smelled nice. Instead of discarding it, I cut it up into small pieces and poached it in water with some sugar, cinnamon, and whole cloves, and ate it with lunch. Very good.

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« Reply #13064 on: June 27, 2019, 10:06:45 PM »
* did my own yard work, stacking several functions (saves money, no-carbon practices benefit the environment, good exercise)

* for the first time, used an app to get some stuff printed without having to spend time getting it set up the old way. We don’t own a printer so on the rare occasions when we need a hard copy, this is a good option.

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« Reply #13065 on: June 28, 2019, 07:12:14 AM »
Worked from home today so I didn't need to drive anywhere.

Me too. I hate driving anyway, and the gas savings is nice.

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« Reply #13066 on: June 30, 2019, 06:58:19 PM »
Returned a bag of chips to the store that hadn't been sealed properly. In the past, I would've skipped it, since it was less than $2. But I was going past the store anyway, so I ran in and exchanged them for a properly sealed bag and didn't buy anything else!

My SO isn't Mustachian, but I'm slowly working on him. Convinced him to only eat out once this weekend, and it was to a cheap sushi place where lunch was less than $8. He got creative with leftovers for dinner, and it was delicious. He wanted to learn to bake bread, so we did that as a fun activity instead of going out. Another activity was going to the local bulk grocery store and pricing the bin items vs. already packaged.

At the big box store, I had my coupons and Shopkick digital gift card, and managed to save $9 on a $40 order of all HBA items. He joked that I was making money on this transaction, and called me the Coupon Queen to the lady behind us. We're getting there!

He suggested the bookstore, I countered with the public library. We had a great time and got a load of books.

I made it a point to praise his leftover cooking creativity, and get excited about baking bread. We had a lot of fun doing things around the house working on projects he'd considered hiring out. Overall, there were several frugal wins!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13067 on: July 01, 2019, 01:29:11 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back later.

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« Reply #13068 on: July 01, 2019, 04:57:14 AM »
We spent the past 2 weekends running wire to and wiring up the garage ourselves.  Still not cheap, but way less than hiring it out!  I had my dad on speed dial, he's an electrical engineer so he knows all the answers to the questions I asked right off the top of his head.

Still a little bit to go, but 2 of the 3 circuits are done.

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« Reply #13069 on: July 01, 2019, 05:40:41 AM »
We are going camping for the first time in three years. (Shocks me to write that, as we used to camp a LOT.  However for the last three years we've been living in camping-like conditions, as we rehab a very rough old house in the country.  So we've been crazy busy and also haven't felt the itch to 'go camping,').

So we did a careful inventory the equipment we have.  A lot of it has suffered from lack of use and crappy storage conditions.  Three of our five air mattresses are leaking.  Our backpacks were chewed by mice and are full of an ant colony.  I think and hope the tent is ok.  We are going to save money by cleaning up and using what we have.  If we try to patch an air mattress and it doesn't work, oh well.  Worst that can happen is we end up flat on the hard ground by morning.  Or get wet if the tent leaks. We'll live. 

What I refuse to do is spend money replacing the stuff now, when we don't even know if we'll go camping any time again soon . . .

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« Reply #13070 on: July 01, 2019, 07:40:12 AM »
We are going camping for the first time in three years. (Shocks me to write that, as we used to camp a LOT.  However for the last three years we've been living in camping-like conditions, as we rehab a very rough old house in the country.  So we've been crazy busy and also haven't felt the itch to 'go camping,').

So we did a careful inventory the equipment we have.  A lot of it has suffered from lack of use and crappy storage conditions.  Three of our five air mattresses are leaking.  Our backpacks were chewed by mice and are full of an ant colony.  I think and hope the tent is ok.  We are going to save money by cleaning up and using what we have.  If we try to patch an air mattress and it doesn't work, oh well.  Worst that can happen is we end up flat on the hard ground by morning.  Or get wet if the tent leaks. We'll live. 

What I refuse to do is spend money replacing the stuff now, when we don't even know if we'll go camping any time again soon . . .

Nasty to have your stuff chewed by mice. That happend to us too, some time ago. They chewed on a brand new canoe, on rucksack straps and on fishing nets. We had to throw away 3 of our fishing nets, because they were beyond repair.

Bring along a cheap tarp (just a big plastic tarp from the building shop, to throw over the tent in case of rain.

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« Reply #13071 on: July 01, 2019, 08:59:56 PM »
Found a hubcap that had popped off my wheel! Unfortunately it popped off again and this time I don't have any idea where.

I realized a grocery purchase included some HSA eligible items that I forgot to put on the card. Next time I was grocery shopping, I returned the eligible items and repurchased them with our HSA card. Made those items about 15% cheaper.

Took my daughter to the pediatrician Friday afternoon as the office was closing because I suspected she had an ear infection (mom instinct was correct). Saved us the cost and hassle of getting her in to urgent care on a Saturday.

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« Reply #13072 on: July 01, 2019, 10:07:45 PM »
I had 9000 Hilton Honours points (from business travel) that were due to expire.

The minimum balance to transfer points to an airline rewards program is 10,000, but I didn't want them to just evaporate.

I did some digging and found out I could cash them in for $18 Amazon credit. Done.

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« Reply #13073 on: July 02, 2019, 04:55:50 PM »
Used my Chase Freedom Card to buy groceries from Walmart grocery pickup, earning a $5 reward. Went through TopCashBack.com to get a 1% rebate. Did a quick search before I checked out to save another $10 with a promo code. Got $62 worth of groceries and household goods for just under $47.
I schedule pick right after the gym class I signed up for, consolidating errands and avoiding impulse buys.

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« Reply #13074 on: July 04, 2019, 12:47:47 AM »
Walk to work and will walk back this afternoon.

Trying to eat out of the freezer for the coming weekend. We only have some fresh potatoes and that is all of fresh veggie.

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« Reply #13075 on: July 05, 2019, 06:13:48 PM »
Bought groceries online using a 15% off coupon. We’ve been avoiding the local BBQ place and Starbucks for the past two days and eating at home. Today will likely be a zero-spend day.

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« Reply #13076 on: July 06, 2019, 03:25:01 AM »
I needed a few items and walked to the grocery store and back, 5 km, including a very steep and long hill. Good excercise.

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« Reply #13077 on: July 06, 2019, 11:02:43 AM »
requested a Tax correction for 2017 and got some money back.

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« Reply #13078 on: July 08, 2019, 03:24:08 AM »
I didn't order a pair of Asics shoes on sale ($40 instead of $70). I asked my friend before the order whether I can wear them in the office, and he told me that those are running shoes. $40 saved, I'll keep wearing my old shoes :)

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« Reply #13079 on: July 08, 2019, 03:36:26 AM »
We took the free bus from the hotel to the subway station to get home after our free afternoon tea at a fancy hotel.

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« Reply #13080 on: July 08, 2019, 06:22:48 AM »
The dog has been put on thyroid medication.  I've found the generic version online for $3/month rather than the $40/month that my vet charges for the name brand. 

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« Reply #13081 on: July 08, 2019, 12:36:10 PM »
Just got back from a week long vacation, and won't have time to go to the grocery store until tomorrow night. Used a $10 credit to my favorite fast casual lunch place I rarely eat at now, and am scrounging together freezer food for several other meals until I can shop.

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« Reply #13082 on: July 08, 2019, 12:41:31 PM »
Remembered to buy a ticket to something in advance instead of at the door: $2.59 saved.

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« Reply #13083 on: July 08, 2019, 08:59:56 PM »
Walked to pick up my kid from camp instead of driving.  He wanted to run the whole way home so it was a good workout, too.

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« Reply #13084 on: July 09, 2019, 11:46:22 AM »
All in all a lucrative weekend:)

1. Checked on Mr. R's rewards points - (I started doing that when I realized he's letting his points expire on his BOA card). Score.
Double score:) - $50 Lowes gc for $40 worth of points since they had a special offer on some cards - an extra ten bucks:).
Will use the card in the fall or spring for some garden extravagance:).

2. So I checked on his other credit card too and cashed out for $325. Awesome:)
Check in the mail - will go straight to savings.

3. My cc - didn't have enough for another $50 cash out yet, but I've done extremely well with my points last year and this year. I always go for the cash and plow it back into my savings goals. Normally my expenditures are super low but more travel and a bonus gave me over $850 in extra cash last year on this one card.
It keeps on giving...

4. Reviewed my method of madness in reaching my current $50K savings goal and realized that by changing my game plan I will net extra interest - about $150 +. What took me so long?:)
Reworked it at least ten times before I believed it - then set the new savings plan in motion. Easy money:)
The best part, it will also mean that I will reach my goal early, in EOM Sep 2019 instead of EOY 2019, which makes me deliriously happy:)

5. Yesterday, I stumbled across a $100 bonus for a local savings account that is super easy to do and requires only $500 for 90 days. I can do that:)
I was surprised to see that this is with a bank that I already have a checking account with.

... and Mr. R. saved over $60 in BOGO deals and another $12 in coupons at the grocery store yesterday.
... I harvested more red chili peppers from my garden this weekend - hoping the kid and I will make some good Salsa with mango and chili peppers while he is visiting.

Time well spent:
I have been searching for the best credit card deal for a zero percent APR. Slim pickings.
Six months in I finally found two 0% cards that also offer a $$ bonus that I like.
I'll go for the $200 bonus with 15 mo of zero interest first. This card also has extra perks which will continually save me an extra ten or twenty bucks throughout the year - by Christmas, this could mean an extra fifty to a hundred bucks.

If it all works out as planned this will not just earn me $350 in bonus money (total-both cards), but potentially earn me another $300 to $600 depending on what I use the card for and what my credit limit will be.
So I am trying to choose wisely and time it as well as possible for max benefit.

Today:
1. Changing two payments to a credit card to take advantage of 2% cash rewards and still get free cell phone insurance like I currently have through a debit card.
2. Also, need to check if it is cheaper to pay the car insurance every six months or once a year, instead of monthly.
3. Just claimed my coupon for that $100 bonus on the new savings account discussed above.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13085 on: July 09, 2019, 06:50:53 PM »
Great work!

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« Reply #13086 on: July 09, 2019, 10:07:27 PM »
My daughter has been begging for a guinea pig for a while, and a couple weeks ago I told her okay, but not until her birthday. I wanted to make sure she really wants one (she does) plus give myself the chance to find a cage and piggy for cheaper than PetSmart prices. Well today I found someone close by giving away two 1-year-old, kid-friendly piggies and a large cage for free! So that's $100+ saved, although I guess I'll pay for it in the long run by getting two guinea pigs when I'd only planned on one. I'm going to surprise her with her early birthday present tomorrow; I'm sure she'll be over the moon.

Other, less exciting things today:
- Packed a lunch
- Brought my own bag to Target - I only bought 3 things so I didn't necessarily need a bag but got a 5˘ discount for it
- Ate eggs for dinner - our chickens lay way more than we eat, so I've been trying to up our consumption of them
- Gave some eggs to a co-worker and she's giving me apricots in return

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« Reply #13087 on: July 10, 2019, 02:43:32 AM »
I couldn't find motivation to do it yesterday, but today I walked to work again and will walk back in the afternoon.

Yesterday we had leftover plums at work. My department is now very empty and no one eats the not yet ripe plums. So I took them home and made jam from it, 1,5 jar.

DH needed some strong netting to make a improvised anchor for his homemade pack raft. He found some at his work, which was sent as a test product to the architects. He just cut off a piece.

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« Reply #13088 on: July 10, 2019, 12:58:31 PM »
Got my blood test drawn for my work wellness incentive--it will be $600 in my HSA!

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« Reply #13089 on: July 10, 2019, 06:27:26 PM »
Baked a batch of homemade cookies as a thank you gift. I'll pick up a free-with-rebate coffee and deliver it to the recipient. Last time I was done this favor, I got a $20 Starbucks card. This time I'm spending about $1.25! I've got my cookie specialty down to 45 minutes for a full batch of about three dozen cookies. So even if I calculate my hourly wage (ala Your Money or Your Life) I'm still coming about ahead.

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« Reply #13090 on: July 10, 2019, 07:30:48 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

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« Reply #13091 on: July 11, 2019, 12:11:51 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

Wonderful and as it should be. I wish more edibles were planted in public parks and so forth.

* Saved $7 by arriving early enough to get street parking instead of parking at the lot at the pediatrician’s office.

* Filled up the car at the lower-price debit-only gas station.

* Put the kids’ school photos in frames purchased for next to nothing at Goodwill.



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« Reply #13092 on: July 11, 2019, 01:45:50 PM »
My daughter has been begging for a guinea pig for a while, and a couple weeks ago I told her okay, but not until her birthday. I wanted to make sure she really wants one (she does) plus give myself the chance to find a cage and piggy for cheaper than PetSmart prices. Well today I found someone close by giving away two 1-year-old, kid-friendly piggies and a large cage for free! So that's $100+ saved, although I guess I'll pay for it in the long run by getting two guinea pigs when I'd only planned on one. I'm going to surprise her with her early birthday present tomorrow; I'm sure she'll be over the moon.

Other, less exciting things today:
- Packed a lunch
- Brought my own bag to Target - I only bought 3 things so I didn't necessarily need a bag but got a 5˘ discount for it
- Ate eggs for dinner - our chickens lay way more than we eat, so I've been trying to up our consumption of them
- Gave some eggs to a co-worker and she's giving me apricots in return

I hope those guinea pigs are the same sex or it will really cost you!  :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13093 on: July 11, 2019, 01:57:16 PM »
Catching up -

Cashed in some Expedia points to bring down the cost of an already reasonable, pet-friendly hotel while traveling in a couple weeks.

Took advantage of the impromptu taco bar in the kitchen at work.

Bought, installed, uninstalled, reinstalled, swore at, corrected, and finally set the timers on a hose timer for the gardens. One section is linked to a soaker hose for the tomatoes and peppers in raised beds. The other is snaked under the deck to the other side of the yard to make watering over there easier. Times are in the morning and evening to save on evaporation.

Accidentally left an overflow compost pile in place for a couple years (as one does). It had reverted to mostly soil, so I turned it into a pumpkin bed! There's also a volunteer tomato from last year's cast-offs.

The kids are at Camp Grandma for a couple weeks, so our grocery bill is next to nothing. Lots in the pantry and freezer to use up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13094 on: July 11, 2019, 02:44:38 PM »
Not today, but a couple of weeks ago I was picking plums and peaches from trees (all on public right of ways) on my way home from work. I didn't spend money on fruit (except bananas) for weeks. Home grown blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, & figs plus foraged mulberries & serviceberries kept me from needing to buy fruit, and probably healthier with a lower carbon footprint.

There's a website that tracks edibles on public lands:  https://fallingfruit.org/ 

Obviously birds and other wildlife eat some of this food, but I've seen so much bounty go to waste from untended trees.  Even if the tree is on private property, if no one is tending or harvesting it -- ask the landowner if you can take some fruit.  There was a beautiful old apple tree behind our local grocery store that produced bushels of wonderful apples each year.  The store manager told me the tree dated back to when the land used to be farm, decades ago.  He told me to help myself.  We liked the apples so much I took it a step further and took a few twigs from that old tree.  I grafted them and now we have 10 little baby clones of the "Grocery store tree" growing at our place.  Fun!     

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13095 on: July 11, 2019, 09:14:42 PM »
Used a $100 coupon code & $330 in credit for our flights for the holidays. The credit was expiring, so double win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13096 on: July 11, 2019, 11:51:02 PM »
I walked to the train station instead of taking the bus.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13097 on: July 12, 2019, 09:52:31 AM »
Was buying last minute train tickets at Amtrak.  Not sure if this should count as a fail, since I could have gotten 30% off had I bought the tix two weeks ago. On the other hand, I limited the damage by the following:

1. Signing up for an NARP membership to get a 10% discount https://www.amtrak.com/narp-members-discount
2.  Since the discount is good only 3 days in advance, I couldn't apply it for the departure.  Even worse, only expensive seats were left!  Well, we had to go so I sucked it up and got our round trip ticket. I also had trouble getting the NARP discount to show for the return so it was depressing.

 Had a thought about calling about the NARP discount, but while I was looking I realized that there were now cheap seats available for our departure!  Cancelled our first reservation, bought the cheap seats one way. Then got the return trip as a one way reservation and the discount worked!

Saved almost a hundred dollars this way.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13098 on: July 12, 2019, 11:45:42 AM »
I'm gluten intolerant, and GF bread is pretty expensive. I can buy 4 burger buns from a local brand for $5.

My employer (1,000 employees) sometimes caters lunches from a local restaurant that uses these GF buns. If anyone in the catered group selects GF, they just send 20 or so buns. Office management has been throwing the extras out since there are always leftovers. I discovered this, got the OK from office management, and now have a free supply of GF bread. Felt a bit weird walking down the hall at work with 15 GF buns, but oh well, freezer is stocked. I just use the burger buns like regular bread and have round sandwiches and round toast :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13099 on: July 12, 2019, 01:40:13 PM »
What a win-win! Free gluten free bread for you, and less waste for them.

I bought an umbrella two weeks ago, and it broke after the second use. Today I brought it back to the store and got my money back.