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« Reply #13600 on: January 15, 2020, 12:26:51 PM »
Paid off our zero interest for 12 months boiler today.  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13601 on: January 15, 2020, 07:45:11 PM »
It should have been a small thing I remembered to do 9 weeks ago, but today I thought to inform the insurance company of my husbandís employment change (no longer working). His vehicle should now be considered recreational use only/far fewer Kms driven and cheaper to insure.  Iím rather annoyed with myself for overlooking this (and yes, he could have also done it, but I am the point person on this type of thing). Face punch!

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« Reply #13602 on: January 16, 2020, 08:41:54 AM »
Darned a pair of DWís jeans that had worn a hole in the inner thigh. This is the 3rd sewing project Iíve undertaken as I learn how to use a sewing machine that I got used for $30 last year. The goal is to eventually alter my entire wardrobe so everything I own fits like it was tailored for me. So far Iíve only achieved that on one T-shirt and the other tasks have been repairs for DW.

Iím really hard on jeans so Iím quite excited that this darning worked, as now Iíll be able to do the same for mine when they wear holes in the knees. I keep wearing them anyway when they get holes but there comes a point when the holes start to become obscene.

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« Reply #13603 on: January 16, 2020, 10:57:30 AM »
My cat has recently become very active and playful.  She is constantly wanting to do stuff and uses her paws for knocking things around (I had to double-side tape a coaster to my table because she won't leave it be). 

This got me thinking about getting a foraging toy for exercise and entertainment and after looking around and seeing prices I simply made my own out of a paper towel cardboard core with some holes cut into it.  She totally dug it.   

It was a good reminder that a lot of solutions are already on hand and do not need to come from the Great Provider Amazon.     

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« Reply #13604 on: January 16, 2020, 02:12:48 PM »
My cat has recently become very active and playful.  She is constantly wanting to do stuff and uses her paws for knocking things around (I had to double-side tape a coaster to my table because she won't leave it be). 

This got me thinking about getting a foraging toy for exercise and entertainment and after looking around and seeing prices I simply made my own out of a paper towel cardboard core with some holes cut into it.  She totally dug it.   

It was a good reminder that a lot of solutions are already on hand and do not need to come from the Great Provider Amazon.     

An old video of our cats popped up - it involved taking a scrap piece of paper and rolling it into a ball and chucking it. The cats had hours of fun with that thing. Made noise, moved. Perfect.

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« Reply #13605 on: January 16, 2020, 02:30:38 PM »
Bought some needed clothes at Savers!  I must have saved about $80 over buying new and they are perfectly good clothes.

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« Reply #13606 on: January 16, 2020, 05:11:41 PM »
Bought some needed clothes at Savers!  I must have saved about $80 over buying new and they are perfectly good clothes.

Nice, Savers is my favorite thrift store. In fact, half the clothes Iím currently wearing are from there (the other half are from garage sale, swap meet, and hand me down from sister).

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« Reply #13607 on: January 17, 2020, 09:58:20 AM »
I needed milk.....Shopper's Drug mart had an offer of $1 worth of store points for every 4L bag of milk purchased AND I used my "senior's" discount to get 20%....so the $4.39 bag of milk effectively cost $2.51, so I bought 2 bags (Canadians get 4Ls of milk in 3 plastic bags - it's a Canadian thing).   A 43% savings on something I always buy.....

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« Reply #13608 on: January 18, 2020, 03:35:06 PM »
Bought some needed clothes at Savers!  I must have saved about $80 over buying new and they are perfectly good clothes.

I am currently wearing a Savers used but new to me athletic pullover jacket thing as I type.  We are too cool!  Its fuchsia with thumbholes, and as my hands are almost always cold I appreciate thumbholes. 

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« Reply #13609 on: January 18, 2020, 03:41:49 PM »
If your TV or computer are relatively secure and pawproof, I highly recommend the YouTube channel by Paul Dinning, itís very soothing to me as a human and my 3 cats are transfixed by the birds.  They get all up in the grills of squirrels.  The birdsong is just lovely.  Hereís an example. 

https://youtu.be/I-0DjivMj8g


My cat has recently become very active and playful.  She is constantly wanting to do stuff and uses her paws for knocking things around (I had to double-side tape a coaster to my table because she won't leave it be). 

This got me thinking about getting a foraging toy for exercise and entertainment and after looking around and seeing prices I simply made my own out of a paper towel cardboard core with some holes cut into it.  She totally dug it.   

It was a good reminder that a lot of solutions are already on hand and do not need to come from the Great Provider Amazon.     

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« Reply #13610 on: January 18, 2020, 04:25:32 PM »
Decided to eat some stuff we already have rather than buy new food.

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« Reply #13611 on: January 18, 2020, 06:13:14 PM »
Used leftover beans to make burritos.

We've got leftovers from that so we're set for tomorrow too.

I love leftovers.  It's like getting delivery, but free and immediate and made to your tastes.

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« Reply #13612 on: January 20, 2020, 11:19:03 AM »
Bought some needed clothes at Savers!  I must have saved about $80 over buying new and they are perfectly good clothes.

I am currently wearing a Savers used but new to me athletic pullover jacket thing as I type.  We are too cool! Its fuchsia with thumbholes, and as my hands are almost always cold I appreciate thumbholes.

A fellow always cold hander here.  In my 50+ years of being on this planet, I did not know these existed.  Thank you for teaching me something new!

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« Reply #13613 on: January 20, 2020, 12:09:01 PM »
Finally cancelled my audible subscription. had to use up all 8 credits I had first so I picked a bunch of audiobooks out. You lose your credits if you cancel your membership. Then found out I had to go on a desktop computer to cancel your membership and canít do it at all via mobile. Theyíll do anything to make it difficult to cancel! $15 a month saved!


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« Reply #13614 on: January 20, 2020, 02:08:50 PM »
Harvested tangerines, lemons and tomatoes from the yard.

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« Reply #13615 on: January 21, 2020, 07:18:34 AM »
Saved at least $200 by doing the work on my rental rather than hiring a handyman. Added benefit of getting quite a good workout.

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« Reply #13616 on: January 21, 2020, 03:24:47 PM »
DH unclogged the garbage disposal instead of first suggesting we call someone (which is his usual MO).

Went "shopping" on Overdrive and added a few books to my TBR list.

Ate leftovers.

Used the holiday to clean my room (my kids thought this was hilarious) and found a dollar bill.

Did NOT turn up the heat, even though we had -20 degree wind chills! Turned on the living room gas fireplace when we were all in there, and used electric blankets at night. Also opened the south-facing blinds during the day and made sure to close them as soon as the sun started setting.

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« Reply #13617 on: January 21, 2020, 03:28:20 PM »
I fixed the stormwater plumbing myself.  Our roof has only three down pipes, and two ran into a pipe that drained away, and the third ran into an old blocked pipe that led under our driveway.  I joined it into the line from the other two downpipes.  No more water everwhere when it rains.

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« Reply #13618 on: January 22, 2020, 10:20:37 AM »
Yesterday I bought a bag of potatoes because they were on sale. At the counter, the shop manager saw that those potatoes had passed the best before date. Therefore I got them for free. They are still good to eat.

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« Reply #13619 on: January 22, 2020, 10:45:58 AM »
Got out the voltage tester to investigate why one of my garage door openerís lightbulb keeps burning out. After some troubleshooting, I realized the socket wasnít maintaining contact so I pried the brass tabs back out a bit and now my light works again (I didnít even have to replace the bulb!)

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« Reply #13620 on: January 22, 2020, 02:55:36 PM »
Downgraded my New York Times digital subscription down to just the Cooking section subscription after acknowledging that I don't use the other parts very much anymore.

Went from $25 per month to $2.50 per month with the promotional rate the rep gave me.  And now I'll spend more time reading books (my goal) vs. reading articles online.

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« Reply #13621 on: January 24, 2020, 02:57:07 PM »
Back from an international work trip & super jet lagged, but... cobbled together dinner last night out of easy freezer options. Also made lunch out of things I've been trying to use up. And finally, defrosted dinner that I doubled & froze last time I was in the kitchen. Chicken curry for dinner it is.

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« Reply #13622 on: January 25, 2020, 11:36:59 AM »
We have a new neighbor who is also into gardening who gifted me with a papaya tree.
Looks like I'll have a new garden friend with whom to exchange seeds and plants - yay!

These first few weeks in the New Year - I've been resisting ordering books on Amazon altogether. I will read the ones I have first:), I'm still stuck on my new gardening books since they are more like manuals. Very slowly working my way through them.
Scored some freebies (romance and mystery books) from BookBub instead.

Got a small check from an old general lawsuit - $15.

The usual small stuff - hanging several loads of laundry outside to dry.
Leftovers and a little batch cooking.

Harvesting herbs and endive lettuce and peppers, dividing plants and growing plant babies from live branches - free food - free plants:).
Composting and mulching - organic gardening.
Reading up on plants and ordered seeds instead of buying plants - saves money and will keep me entertained.

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« Reply #13623 on: January 26, 2020, 02:36:27 PM »
This weekend:  I got a small refund for some gloves I bought on EBay that are neither warm nor technically able to help me use the phone when Iím wearing them.  I also returned a couple things to AmazonóI have written down on a note card but need to be reminded:  STOP BUYING CRAP ON AMAZON. 

I cleaned out some shelves that were getting unsightly and found some stickers and pens to bedazzle my mail. 

I began my professional modeling career by serving as a model for a new esthetician who took before and after photos of my eyebrows.  Free eyebrow wax for me.  Painful but looks good and should stay looking good a long time.  I found the gig on Craigslist. 

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« Reply #13624 on: January 26, 2020, 03:29:42 PM »
Tried my hand at canning dried beans.  Nothing blew up and only one can didn't seal.  I'll count that as a win. 

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« Reply #13625 on: January 27, 2020, 12:23:09 PM »
Tried my hand at canning dried beans.  Nothing blew up and only one can didn't seal.  I'll count that as a win.

If they are dry, why do you need to can them?  ;P

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« Reply #13626 on: January 27, 2020, 02:49:35 PM »
Avoided stopping at the doughnut shop....  O:)

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« Reply #13627 on: January 27, 2020, 08:23:25 PM »
Downgraded my New York Times digital subscription down to just the Cooking section subscription after acknowledging that I don't use the other parts very much anymore.

Went from $25 per month to $2.50 per month with the promotional rate the rep gave me.  And now I'll spend more time reading books (my goal) vs. reading articles online.

Funny, I did the exact same thing a few weeks ago.  When it was like $15/month with Cooking, I was happy to support them, but it just kept inching up.

Tried my hand at canning dried beans.  Nothing blew up and only one can didn't seal.  I'll count that as a win.

If they are dry, why do you need to can them?  ;P

Then they're cooked and ready to eat.

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« Reply #13628 on: January 27, 2020, 10:53:39 PM »
Made granola from scratch for quick breakfasts.

Inspired by this thread (I think?) gathered up all the aging produce in the fridge and started a pot of soup. The brassicas will be roasted with olive oil and fancy salt.

Continued our streak of not owning a printer and thus not paying for printer cartridges and reams of paper--the rare necessary print goes digitally to FedEx Office for later pickup.

Decanted a batch of citrus vinegar for use in future cleaning and as a dishwasher rinse aid. Cut up a pair of torn and stained toddler pants for use as cleaning rags.


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« Reply #13629 on: January 28, 2020, 12:48:22 AM »
Fasted today, more to save on food than to save on money. Saving money is a byproduct.

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« Reply #13630 on: January 28, 2020, 03:26:54 PM »
Took to the bus to my mammogram (saving gasoline cost and at least $7 in parking costs). I donated blood while I was near the hospital and was rewarded with a free movie ticket (~$15 in future savings?) from the local theater chain.

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« Reply #13631 on: January 29, 2020, 07:10:08 AM »
working from home and then making dinner instead of going out to celebrate the end of exams for DD.  (We used to go out for dinner at any excuse)  Thank you MMM for pointing out how unnecessary that is.

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« Reply #13632 on: January 29, 2020, 05:01:11 PM »
Successfully postponed grocery trip from Saturday until Wednesday by strategic Costco timing and meal revisions.

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« Reply #13633 on: January 29, 2020, 07:09:22 PM »
I've been using public transport this week since we started back at work. 

Plus side:
  • No wear and tear on the car and motorbike
  • I get to read and relax on the train
  • I get some time with my wife on the train

Negative side:
  • It actually doesn't cost any less than the fuel cost for a car and a motorbike commute (it is more expensive than the motorbike
  • I have run out of books to read

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« Reply #13634 on: January 29, 2020, 08:18:55 PM »
Got a check for $100 from the unclaimed funds department of the treasury of a state I lived in more than 15 years ago. 

Any article I ever read about ways to find money advises checking states' lists of unclaimed funds, and I had checked before, and also I kind of thought I would never find anything there because I wouldn't lose track of money.  But back around October I read one of those articles and figured ok, why not check again, and there was my name!

It seems to have been a repayment for a payroll mistake by a long ago employer, which managed to direct-deposit itself into a supposed-to-be-closed account at a bank whose records had my address as that of a friend I lived with for a month way back when - and it took 15 years for them to give up and send the funds to the state. 
So check all the states you ever lived in - you never know.

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« Reply #13635 on: January 29, 2020, 10:25:07 PM »
Got a check for $100 from the unclaimed funds department of the treasury of a state I lived in more than 15 years ago. 

Any article I ever read about ways to find money advises checking states' lists of unclaimed funds, and I had checked before, and also I kind of thought I would never find anything there because I wouldn't lose track of money.  But back around October I read one of those articles and figured ok, why not check again, and there was my name!

It seems to have been a repayment for a payroll mistake by a long ago employer, which managed to direct-deposit itself into a supposed-to-be-closed account at a bank whose records had my address as that of a friend I lived with for a month way back when - and it took 15 years for them to give up and send the funds to the state. 
So check all the states you ever lived in - you never know.

Whoa! I just sent in a claim for $150 the other day. Some forgotten savings bond that my parents bought for me when I was a kid. Good to know I should still check every year just in case.

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« Reply #13636 on: January 30, 2020, 03:39:30 AM »
DH has taken the car for a few days. Therefore, I have to spend some days without car use. I will today walk to the library. Not very far, but with a long and steep hill.

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« Reply #13637 on: January 30, 2020, 07:39:13 AM »
Yesterday evening I took a bus to the city instead of driving.  $5 for the fare there and back, vs $12 for parking plus gas.  It didn't even take much longer - the bus gets stuck in the same traffic I would have driving.

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« Reply #13638 on: January 30, 2020, 11:51:51 AM »
Not me, but my husband finally brought his lunch to work!!  I'm making tacos tonight, so hopefully that'll feel like a reward. 

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« Reply #13639 on: February 04, 2020, 07:40:14 AM »
Elected not to order anything at the fancy restaurant for the farewell* lunch for a co-worker.  I'm sure the lunch was fine, but I bring my lunch to work as a quick post-workout meal and didn't really want to spend $30.  If my company weren't so cheap they would've paid for a meal like that.  I'm sure people thought I was a little weird, but they already think so.  For those who might think it might be taking advantage of the restaurant - it was uncrowded and I didn't partake of the free bread.

Also, I rode my bike to/from the restaurant.

*just transferring to a different department

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« Reply #13640 on: February 05, 2020, 12:13:08 PM »
*Drove right by Sbux last night when taking son to sports practice

*On my third cup of fancy loose leaf Earl Grey (purchased using birthday money) at home - drinking out of my $2 thrifted Sbux mug

*Reading library copy of ďChoose FIĒ


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« Reply #13641 on: February 06, 2020, 11:34:24 PM »
Got a check for $100 from the unclaimed funds department of the treasury of a state I lived in more than 15 years ago. 

Any article I ever read about ways to find money advises checking states' lists of unclaimed funds, and I had checked before, and also I kind of thought I would never find anything there because I wouldn't lose track of money.  But back around October I read one of those articles and figured ok, why not check again, and there was my name!

It seems to have been a repayment for a payroll mistake by a long ago employer, which managed to direct-deposit itself into a supposed-to-be-closed account at a bank whose records had my address as that of a friend I lived with for a month way back when - and it took 15 years for them to give up and send the funds to the state. 
So check all the states you ever lived in - you never know.
Hey! I just found $35.00, thanks to your suggestion. I have to process the refunds by mail, so we'll see if it actually happens. Thanks!

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« Reply #13642 on: February 07, 2020, 02:12:38 PM »
@Dicey, I did that once - got money from a former employer who couldn't "find me" to pay me back wages.  I live in the same town.  Said employer did a bankruptcy reorg into a new company, and NEW COMPANY CALLED TO TALK ABOUT HIRING ME FOR A JOB.  Um, can't find me, eh?

Today, I saved money a few ways:
1.  Did not drive to the YMCA for my body pump class.  Nevermind the lost money from not using the membership at all this week, I saved on gas!  Because, I was out of gas anyway.
2.  Scrounged a sack lunch for work.  I usually eat salad every day, but by Friday the fridge is pretty bare.  Even moreso this week because husband is traveling and I canceled the Tues produce box.  Instead of treating myself (which I sort of wanted, but also knew I'd have to work through lunch because: busy), I made a salmon salad (canned salmon) and grabbed an apple and some leftover roasted potatoes and carrots.  I don't normally eat carbs for lunch, but whatever.
3.  Turned down a last minute invite to "paint nite" with a group of ladies.  I love these things.  I suck at painting, but these are like painting for engineers because they tell you what colors to mix and how to paint them.  But...since said spouse is not home yet, and it looks like he's not gonna make it (already flight #1 delayed an hour and he only has a 1 hour layover, and there's legit NO WAY to get home tonight from Denver if he misses his connection.)  I COULD leave the kids and dog alone for 2 hours, but I won't.  The kids need ... well not much really, big one is past snuggles.  But the dog will need to be walked.

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« Reply #13643 on: February 07, 2020, 04:54:55 PM »
*Brought hot chocolate in a travel mug instead of buying something at the fancy cafe while the kids swim and brought a library book to read

*Used up some tuna languishing in the pantry and some stale homemade buns to make Tuna Melts for lunch

*Used some homemade chicken stock to make Redditís famous Chicken Tortellini Soup (originally from 356 Days of Crockpot Cooking blog, IIRC)

*Using free hockey tickets tonite that son won for doing his paper route

*Kept turning off lights all day. Itís rainy and the kids keep leaving them on

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« Reply #13644 on: February 07, 2020, 05:13:26 PM »
-Requested & received a refund of $457 from the DMV. They billed me twice for one of our cars, & I foolishly didn't notice until after they'd cashed the check. My error, but at least it's now rectified.
-Made lunch out of random fridge leftovers
-Taking wine to our date night. Our favorite place allows free corkage. A date night is definitely not frugal, and neither is my wine choice, but bringing it ourselves saves plenty of money.

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« Reply #13645 on: February 07, 2020, 11:24:46 PM »
Walking to the train instead of letting DH drive me there.

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« Reply #13646 on: February 10, 2020, 08:46:25 AM »
renewed my six library books because I am not done yet

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« Reply #13647 on: February 10, 2020, 11:31:03 AM »
Money - Savings
Opened a 4% interest checking account - $120 on $3K, better than the 1% I was getting:).

Food - Garden
Enjoying the garden bounty - Celery, Swiss Chard, Dill, Basil, Tomato, Lettuce and Lemon Verbena, Garlic Chives, Parsley - Leeks are almost ready.
Planted a Chilean Guava and a Florida Cranberry Hibiscus this weekend, along with two beautiful Black Elderberry (for wine/liquor) and a Moringa tree.

More planting ahead - Banana and Orange... got some herbs still waiting to be planted today, Angelica and Oregano.
Seeding out my Salvia seed collection this week and some freebie flower seeds from my own self-seeding flowers.

Cooked ahead a bit for Mr. R's lunch and mine:) at home.

My new Moroccan Mint makes the best mint tea - awesome flavor. I'll need to take cuttings for more plants - freebies:).
My spearmint is doing well after a cutback - still my all-time favorite mint tea. Ditto - need to start cuttings for free plants.
The chocolate mint is better for culinary purposes like adding to sauteed or steamed carrots along with a nice chunk of sweet butter.

Mr. R. scored with some BOGO deals plus extra coupons for coffee, TP etc. Stuff we need and like - roughly $35 - $50 in one week. Not bad.

All in all - a good week, I'm always glad when I can add one more little perk to my finances.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13648 on: February 10, 2020, 12:30:15 PM »
Not so much today, but a concerted effort over the past couple of months (and continuing for the next 1-2 months):

Decided the kids were old enough that we could embark upon a family viewing of the MCU movies, in order (at least through Endgame).  We owned two of them, so that left 20 more movies to find.  I was looking at the best way to buy them all - there are sets you can buy that would total of about $200-$250.  Thankfully, I eventually realized that one of my favorite places - the public library - had most of them waiting to be checked out for free!  I did purchase two of them for $3 each during a pre-Christmas sale, and a few of the early ones were available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, but aside from that I've been grabbing them from the library. I did also 'rent' one that I was having a hard time grabbing before others checked it out, but the rental fee was entirely covered by credits earned through selecting slower shipping options on Amazon during the holiday season.

We're 14 movies in (spread out over 9 weeks) and having a ball.  I'd actually missed about half of them, so I'm enjoying that we can finally watch movies with the kids that everyone can get into.  It's also interesting to see the story arc develop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13649 on: February 10, 2020, 06:18:58 PM »
*Made a cake for family friends who hit a big milestone today. Upped the quality of a box mix with sour cream, strong coffee, vanilla and milk instead of the usual ingredients. Made a nice buttercream frosting as well.

*Made hamburger buns to use with our Costco salmon burgers on the grill tonite

*Made hummus from dried beans done in the Instant Pot

*Keeping lights off till sunset, which is later now!

*Planning to go out tonite for a greeting card at the dollar store.