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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1350 on: August 30, 2014, 04:19:40 PM »
Bought a 16 piece dinnerware set (porcelain) for $18. The plastic dinnerware set was a health hazard given propensity for microwaving oatmeal/leftovers. The original price on the set was $50. Khol's cash for $30, $10 discount, ebates will drop it from $18 to $16... And paid on a rewards card.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1351 on: August 30, 2014, 05:22:06 PM »
Hubby just made a popcorn snack with cheap popping corn on the stove. Yum!

I've got black-eyed beans cooking on the stove so I can make a stew later today. The stew will be enough for 2x dinners and about 6 lunches for the freezer (to take to work).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1352 on: August 31, 2014, 12:48:07 PM »
I fixed DW's car's front break. It was jammed and needed some cylinder sanding and new rubbers. Break works now like a new. YouTube is teaching me how to be mechanic :)

I saved some money but spend it to air compressor and finishing nailer. But at least those are paying themselves.

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« Reply #1353 on: August 31, 2014, 12:53:54 PM »
Had researched and printed out a list of handyman ads to get my guest shower valve fixed.  Decided to look at it myself and found that after I got into the wall and fiddled with it, it loosed up and is now working.  It will probably need replacing sometime, but not this week!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1354 on: August 31, 2014, 08:19:29 PM »
sold some stuff on CL and that money will be used to buy food for the week

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« Reply #1355 on: August 31, 2014, 08:24:07 PM »
A buy nothing day! Love those days ... Should work harder to string a few of those together!

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« Reply #1356 on: August 31, 2014, 09:22:46 PM »
Picked 15 pounds of grapes from my backyard, juiced them and canned the juice. Then canned a bunch of chicken stock I made from a couple chicken carcasses I had in the freezer. I save them until I have enough to make enough stock to be worth canning. So...about 12 quart jars of food that was, essentially, free. :)

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« Reply #1357 on: August 31, 2014, 09:51:39 PM »
Paid attention while getting dog food at the pet store, noticed a 50% off sticker and later reminded the cashier when he missed it: 10 euros saved.

Finally took some scissors and plastic bag with me on the dog walk and came home with all kinds of berries and rosebuds for confiture and liqueur etc.

Made two homemade birthday cards instead of rushing to the store to buy them. Saved around 5 euros.
Hung my clothes out to line dry, regardless of very iffy weather (aka typically Dutch weather). They got some rain while hanging, but are at last dried now without any dryer cost or adding further moist to the air inside the house.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1358 on: September 01, 2014, 12:51:47 AM »
Resigned from church (paid as a tax from salary here every month if you're a member): $70 month
Resigned from gym membership and started working out outdoors instead: $65 month

$16.200 in savings in the next 10 years. Nice.

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« Reply #1359 on: September 01, 2014, 03:33:40 AM »
Joined Republic Wireless on the $10/month plan and bought a RW Moto X refurbished for $199. Total cost of cell phone use for the next 12 months (including phone purchase) about $320.

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« Reply #1360 on: September 01, 2014, 05:46:48 PM »
Friday and Saturday I moved apartments. The new apartment is about $130 cheaper than what I was paying for rent and about $160 less than what they were attempting to raise my rent too. I also don't only have to pay electric and internet/cable here, where as at my old apartment I had to pay water/sewage and gas. Even if my electric doubles, which it may as heat and water heater are on electric and I live in the north east of the US, that's still an additional 30-50 a month savings on utilities. Top of that when I moved I was able to switch internet providers and went from $60 for cable and internet to $30 for just internet.  All in all I will save about $190-$220 a month depending on how much my electric is.

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« Reply #1361 on: September 02, 2014, 03:24:25 AM »
I'm about to order some olnine groceries at our new reduced budget. I will be looking for any good offers. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1362 on: September 02, 2014, 04:24:01 AM »
1) Bought 2 LEDs to replace 2 of the 3 halogens in the kitchen. Did the maths just now to work out that the payback period (based solely on electricity costs) is less than 18 months. LEDs are likely to last well past 18 months, so whooo! Pretty happy with that, plus it will be cooler in summer. 64W from the lights instead of 150W.

2) Bought cat food on special. The pet store we buy our cat food from is one of the few places with significant savings if you sign up to be a member. We frequently get 20 to 30% off the standard price of the quality cat food we buy (vs buying from our vet or another pet store). We just have to remember to stock up enough to get through to the next sale.

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« Reply #1363 on: September 02, 2014, 08:47:32 AM »
Last night we made dinner from scratch: fish pie. The most expensive item was the fish itself. 3 fillets of smoked Mackarel which we bought from the clearance aisle, froze, then defrosted yesterday morning :-)

I also bought my lunches for the week at the supermarket: rolls and deli spread. About £5 in total compared to £20 I spent buying my lunches last week from Subway and local cafés.

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« Reply #1364 on: September 02, 2014, 06:23:41 PM »
I accidentally washed my son's $150 Karate Gi (the white suit) in hot water with a red shirt! Now he has a pink Gi. Not cool for a 16 year old boy!  I've rewashed  it with some bleach and oxi clean but it is still pinkish.

Today, in a last ditch attempt to save myself $150 on a new one, I put 2 cups of straight bleach in a bucket of hot water and plunged in the Gi.  I left it for 10 minutes, checked on it,  stirred it around then left it for another 10 minutes. Success!  It's now hanging out to dry.

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« Reply #1365 on: September 07, 2014, 01:04:20 PM »
Got my bread rising as I write
Yesterday coming back from vacation, I insisted we stop at an Indian grocery store where I picked up two kilos of tea and 20 lb. roti flour.  Then I insisted that we stop at an excellent salvage store where I bought 14 l6oz jars of natural peanut butter for 99 cents each and some other items of similar low prices.  Both these stores are far enough from where we live that I seldom get there so I wasn't going to let the fact that we were technically on vacation prevent me.  Also found a cool flashlight for the Hub to use as his gift at the annual work Xmas party.

Got several recycled soda and juice containers drying out to carry water for our next camping trip. 

Currently laundering the long underwear we found for the Hub at a thrift store in Canada.  Really enjoyed telling the Customs guy "Used underwear.", when he said, "Did you buy anything in Canada?"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1366 on: September 07, 2014, 03:01:24 PM »
Saw my favorite brand of tea on sale at Big Lots, bought every box! Ate leftovers for lunch and dinner. Still trying to sell my car for a "downgrade." Drank cheap-o coffee. Bought an exercise bike for the house so I can cancel Gym Membership. Wrote a new blog post about lots of little ways to save money (by spending it)! It's basically a compilation of everything MMM suggests! Check it out in my Signature!

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« Reply #1367 on: September 07, 2014, 04:37:12 PM »
Bought lunch out at Walmart and brought it home. Buns and deli meat after church was cheaper than a restaurant. Not as cheap as pancakes at home but I was super tired and it's really hot out. Haha. Complainypants, I know! Face punching self!

Husband hung out a load of laundry! score!

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« Reply #1368 on: September 07, 2014, 07:16:34 PM »
We both stayed on the mountain all day. My husband replace the pressure regulator on the main water line into the house because it has sprung enough of a leak I noticed a $10 increase in our water bill.

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« Reply #1369 on: September 07, 2014, 10:29:33 PM »
I've been interstate for the last two weeks for work. We paid for my husband, who was in between contracts, to come with me for the whole stay-- his flight will be paid for by the extra pay I expect from working the weekend. I asked for an apartment with a full kitchen instead of a hotel, and we mostly cooked and ate in, instead of eating out. We did a bike tour instead of an expensive tour bus, and went to the mountains instead of to the casino. We had picnics at parks. We used the serviced apartment building's free spa, sauna, and pool instead of paying for a gym/massages. After I get paid my per diem for expenses, we'll actually come out $1.50 ahead-- and that's after having a lovely mini-holiday which we didn't count on! That doesn't even include the money we will have saved on our utilities this month!

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« Reply #1370 on: September 08, 2014, 07:16:06 AM »
I've been having some pretty painful back spasms over the last few days, and on Friday I gave in and had the kids buy lunch instead of struggling to stand at the counter and make it. Today, I powered through it and made them a quick lunch that is healthier and cheaper than what they would have bought at school. I'm now rewarding myself by going back to bed and having a no-spend day.

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« Reply #1371 on: September 08, 2014, 08:10:58 AM »
Well, this was yesterday's but anyway...

My husband and I started painting our home which we rent from my parents.  They (as landlords) bought the paint for us and we got to work.  I guess the 'savings' are practicing a useful skill. 

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« Reply #1372 on: September 08, 2014, 09:49:00 AM »
Repaired two track shoes and one hiking boot with Shoe Goo.  I am pleased to note that none of them were purchased new in the first place.  The track shoes came from Goodwill.  Barely used, they must have clashed with the previous owners new exercise socks or something.  The hiking boots came from the REI garage sale.  So we are buying used, wearing until they need repair, repairing and continuing to use. 

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« Reply #1373 on: September 08, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
Yesterday:  Using up what is in the pantry and fridge including 1/2 cup ground up flax seed which I made into sandwich buns.

Today:  Froze leftover spaghetti sauce for future use.  Used a coupon for a free asthma inhaler.  Entered a WW receipt into their Savings Catcher system and will know savings results in a few days.  After work I'll purchase fuel using my grocery store's value card for 50 cents off a gallon, and the zucchini served with tonight's supper was free from our garden.
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« Reply #1374 on: September 08, 2014, 02:05:04 PM »
Made pancakes for lunch for a bunch of kids -  homemade mix from sixfiguresunder.com is FANTASTIC! I've been searching for an excellent mix for many years now.  Keeping it in a large pickle jar from Costco (the huge jar). Wrote the instructions on the outside in permanent felt so that anyone can make up a batch, large or small. It's so easy! 1 cup of mix, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg. 

Ran a/c for 2 hours overnight to bring the temp down in the house. Tooooooo hot! But at least I only ran it for 2 hours!

Cooking a chicken in the roaster. Bought 50 from organic farmer. Trying to use 1 per week but sometimes forget they are in the basement freezer. Will make broth from the bones in the crockpot tomorrow and will freeze the stock for soup days in the fall. Did this last year and was so glad for that frozen stock.  I could get soup from freezer to table in 1 hour.

One load of laundry washed and on the line.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1375 on: September 08, 2014, 02:27:57 PM »
Repaired two track shoes and one hiking boot with Shoe Goo.  I am pleased to note that none of them were purchased new in the first place.  The track shoes came from Goodwill.  Barely used, they must have clashed with the previous owners new exercise socks or something.  The hiking boots came from the REI garage sale.  So we are buying used, wearing until they need repair, repairing and continuing to use.

Shoe Goo is an incredible money saving tool. I've gone through many a tube. Nice job!

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« Reply #1376 on: September 08, 2014, 03:41:28 PM »
Interstate trip. Stopped at rest stop on I-80. Bottles of water in vending machine: $1.50. Drinking fountain across from vending machine: Free.  I drank a big drink of water out of the drinking fountain. Score!

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« Reply #1377 on: September 08, 2014, 10:04:11 PM »
I just ordered a whole bunch of books from the library, on various money-related or simple living themes. Just like buying from Amazon except it's free! The library sends me a text each time one of my requests becomes available and then I just walk to the library on a Saturday morning to collect.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1378 on: September 09, 2014, 03:52:00 AM »
It's a no spend day and all eating at home, leftovers/storecupboard/fresh fruit and veg.





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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1379 on: September 09, 2014, 05:13:34 AM »
Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

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« Reply #1380 on: September 09, 2014, 07:10:43 AM »
My kids are brown bagging it fancy pants style this year.  Bought some cute containers to make frozen yogurt with fresh fruit as their "gogurt" a sandwhich keeper and a thermos for soup and one for drinks.  Found out all kindergartners are on a special program this year for free milk-- score for my 5 year old.  Work had some leftover corn on the cob for community day-- making some corn chowder for fancy pants kids lunch tonight.

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« Reply #1381 on: September 09, 2014, 09:40:46 AM »
Interstate trip. Stopped at rest stop on I-80. Bottles of water in vending machine: $1.50. Drinking fountain across from vending machine: Free.  I drank a big drink of water out of the drinking fountain. Score!

Very good!  Choosing water over soda is good for both health and wealth but it's always hard when the soda is right there cold and sparkling and GOOD.

Currently frying my breakfast oatmeal in yesterday's bacon pan.  I normally make a pot at the beginning of the week and microwave it with some sort of topping but I woke up wanting something savory this morning.   Also, very proud of the Hub who actually filled the coffee thermos himself this morning in anticipation of a long day where there is no free coffee. 
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« Reply #1382 on: September 09, 2014, 02:44:00 PM »
Left my lunch at home on accident. I had a BOGO coupon for Chipotle. I got 2 huge burritos (2 meals each for me!) So my meal at home was free but $7.83 for 4 meals isn't terrible.

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« Reply #1383 on: September 09, 2014, 07:27:15 PM »
Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you! 

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« Reply #1384 on: September 09, 2014, 07:30:08 PM »
I cut my hair over the weekend. I have short hair. I get shitty haircuts at the cheap chop shops, I actually do a better job than they do. Good cuts at a salon are pricey, and they always want to chat....

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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.

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« Reply #1386 on: September 09, 2014, 08:37:39 PM »
updated my insurance today.
house down $100 per year
car down 800 for the year!

both also on monthly payment - mainly so its easier for me to track as I get into this.
 we'd planned our meal for the last couple of weeks and are sticking to it.

bring it!!


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« Reply #1387 on: September 10, 2014, 03:42:57 AM »
Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.
They weren't sad attempts, they were sensibly building up to it so that you wouldn't end up overdoing it out of sheer enthusiasm and then having to give up. I've just done the same thing, spent the last few weeks cycling to work on just one or two days and a bit more at the weekend. It was really hard to not go every day (it's a fairly short, very flat commute) but I know it was worth holding back because after the first week I started really feeling it in my knees - didn't ever realise before that I literally crawl into bed every night until it started hurting! But I kept going with another week or two of just a couple of days and now I've moved past that and so far this week have used the bike every day. So glad I actually thought to hold back a bit 'cos I've had "get fit" campaigns go completely pear-shaped before because of overdoing it at the beginning.

In a different, only semi-triumph, I saved money even after giving in to my stress-eating-monster and buying frozen pizza and garlic bread yesterday for dinner by not eating the whole thing, which meant when I was late this morning I could just grab the leftovers instead of calling in to the bakery on the way to work.

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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.

All is good until you take a tumble. All I can say is "ow". Scraped up pretty good but will go back to it when i'm better in a week or two. Thankfully I wore a helmet!

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« Reply #1389 on: September 10, 2014, 09:24:37 AM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

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« Reply #1390 on: September 10, 2014, 09:54:15 AM »
Cold this morning.  Thought about turning on the heat.  Grabbed my fuzzy blanket instead.

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« Reply #1391 on: September 10, 2014, 10:17:18 AM »
Logged onto USAA and reviewed my homeowner's insurance policy.  Turns out I was over-insured.  Took their 10 minute survey to help more accurately estimate the replacement cost of my home and reduced the dwelling coverage limit by $50K.  Increased my deductible from $500 to $1000.  6 month policy went down by $80.  Not huge but every little bit helps.

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« Reply #1392 on: September 10, 2014, 10:24:40 AM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

Rural,  you are impressive!!

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« Reply #1393 on: September 10, 2014, 12:06:31 PM »
I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

Rural,  you are impressive!!


Thanks. I needed that, because currently I'm back in the house taking (another) rest break and the trunk is still only three quarters of the way cut through. My arms I just turned to Jell-O, though, so I didn't have a whole lot of choice.

I'm out of shape, and our axe is sized for my husband, who is more than a foot taller than me and a heck of a lot stronger. He may end up having to do the last little bit tonight. We'll see.


I just wish I had planned to work from home today, because then I would have the stuff that I need to get anything actually done. I think I'm whining, so I'm going to stop now. :-)

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« Reply #1394 on: September 10, 2014, 12:21:09 PM »
Sold my car +$8,000!  Canceled my insurance +$187 refund in a couple weeks.  Insurance was confused that I had not bought another car.

Then took my dog to the vet, she has been limping.  Looks like she has another torn ACL and will need surgery. -$4-5,000.

Oh well, I am still up!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1395 on: September 10, 2014, 12:55:04 PM »
Purchased the "meal deal" at Harris Teeter -- these are usually a pretty good deal, but this one was really good:  2.5 lbs ready-to-eat chicken nuggets from the deli, 1 pack hot dogs, 1 pack hot dog buns, huge bag Tostitos corn chips, small tub of salsa, 1 gallon iced tea for $9.99 -- not particularly healthy, but two meals + lunch leftovers for my family of three for $9.99 isn't too bad!
I'll stalk the Goodwill for winter boots over the next couple of months.
I've had very good luck with hiking boots on eBay.
Paid attention while getting dog food at the pet store, noticed a 50% off sticker and later reminded the cashier when he missed it: 10 euros saved.
I am SO BAD about seeing those things still stuck on the item when I arrive home. 
Shoe Goo is an incredible money saving tool. I've gone through many a tube. Nice job!
Where does one purchase Shoe Goo?  I just lost the heel from a pair of flats and repaired it with Gorilla Glue (because I had half a bottle in the house), but I am not sure it'll last too long.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1396 on: September 10, 2014, 01:14:19 PM »
Purchased the "meal deal" at Harris Teeter -- these are usually a pretty good deal, but this one was really good:  2.5 lbs ready-to-eat chicken nuggets from the deli, 1 pack hot dogs, 1 pack hot dog buns, huge bag Tostitos corn chips, small tub of salsa, 1 gallon iced tea for $9.99 -- not particularly healthy, but two meals + lunch leftovers for my family of three for $9.99 isn't too bad!
I'll stalk the Goodwill for winter boots over the next couple of months.
I've had very good luck with hiking boots on eBay.
Paid attention while getting dog food at the pet store, noticed a 50% off sticker and later reminded the cashier when he missed it: 10 euros saved.
I am SO BAD about seeing those things still stuck on the item when I arrive home. 
Shoe Goo is an incredible money saving tool. I've gone through many a tube. Nice job!
Where does one purchase Shoe Goo?  I just lost the heel from a pair of flats and repaired it with Gorilla Glue (because I had half a bottle in the house), but I am not sure it'll last too long.

Hi MrsPete,

I bought mine at Walmart. It's also available from Amazon. It helped me WEAR a pair of flats OUT! They were truly done when I bailed them.

Thanks for starting this great thread.

Odd

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1397 on: September 10, 2014, 06:59:02 PM »
Definitely impressed.  An axe! When you have access to the rest of the world, consider getting a bow-saw.  Much more efficient for that kind of job.

I'm all domestic goddess today, but not by design and not in the usual sense. First I snaked a toilet at about 6:30 AM. Then I unclogged the kitchen sink, which involved disassembling the plumbing, until about 8 AM. Then I got ready for work and left about 8:45. Or rather, I tried to. About 100 feet beyond the reach of the extension cord for my electric chainsaw, I discovered an oak tree across the driveway. Apparently it fell between 6:30, when my husband left for work, and 8:45.


The gas chainsaw won't start. Fortunately, the axe works just fine. The axe operator has more limitations, but I'm about halfway through the larger end. Looks like I'll be working from home today, assuming I get any work done. At least none of this will cost us anything!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1398 on: September 10, 2014, 08:43:10 PM »
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Started riding my bike to work. Savings: $1,250/year. Or so.

Yay! Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. Last week was first week riding my bike to work everyday! (after a couple of sad attempts of only 1-2 days / week). I feel my mustache growing faster already.

All is good until you take a tumble. All I can say is "ow". Scraped up pretty good but will go back to it when i'm better in a week or two. Thankfully I wore a helmet!

I feel ya there, I took a big tumble on the second day riding to work and still have the tear in the bike shorts and scar on my side.

I agree that it helped to build up to biking daily as my quads don't burn quite as bad as before, but I said "sad attempts" only because I used to "accidentally" snooze my too late until I had to drive because I didn't have sufficient time to ride anymore.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1399 on: September 11, 2014, 02:56:23 AM »
newborn Dutch mustachian here:

- biked to work three times this week, 10 miles one-way, saves € 12,50 per day in car costs and € 30,00 per month in gym membership
- worked from home once and once again tomorrow, saves € 12,50 per day in car costs;
- did the weekly groceries with my bike and our new (third hand) bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- did some more groceries later this week with my bike without the bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- visited family on bike with the kid in the bike wagon, saved € 5,00;
- bought way less snacks and more cheaper products from a cheaper super markt, saved € 20,00;
- built a compost heap from wood poles and leftover wire fence. Put cut grass in the compost heap. Saves € 1,00 weekly;

total score for this week: € 96,00 compared to our earlier life style.


Hope we can keep this up during winter, I'll need to invest in some thermo clothing....