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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13950 on: June 25, 2020, 12:36:49 PM »
~On Monday, there was some confusion about one of DH's appointments, so he carpooled with me to the big city the next day
~Paid my business insurance in full which will save installment fees over the next year
~Used value card points at the gas pump which saved .20/gallon
~Used a gift card for lunch Tuesday
~DH used a gift certificate for a free coffee drink also on Tuesday
~Returned a used toner cartridge in exchange for $ rewards towards a future purchase
~As usual, eating leftovers here at the office for breakfast, lunch and snacks, and bringing iced coffee from home
~Continuing to use paper and e-coupons at the grocery store
~Half of DH's birthday presents were 30% off.  They were something he'd been wanting to try, and the price dissuade him from doing so last year.  Cannot wait for him to open them.  :)
~Continuing to eat leftovers and things on hand

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13951 on: July 02, 2020, 07:30:35 AM »
Harvested some of my basil, and made my first batch of homemade pesto!
Picked lettuce and assorted peppers from the garden.
Gave Mr. Z a haircut.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13952 on: July 03, 2020, 06:33:14 PM »
Had homemade cornbread and gifted jams for breakfast/lunch. Not the healthiest of meals, but delicious!
Worked from home. One work errand combined with a personal errand, and found two pennies in the parking lot.
Talked myself out of buying a Kindle book, got on the library website instead. Didn't find what I wanted, but saved the cost of the book.
Found an item I needed on Amazon for buy one get one 50% off. It bumped me over the free shipping limit and it's a toiletry I use every day. I'm still going to use up some gifted versions, to keep the purchasing to a minimum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13953 on: July 05, 2020, 02:40:16 AM »
DH caught a trout that we can have for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13954 on: July 05, 2020, 12:05:36 PM »
Harvested what I could from my lettuce before pulling up the rest of the plants.

Also picked chard, potatoes and carrots, and now have enough room to replant the volunteer onions that I dug up from the garden walkways and stuffed in a pot a couple weeks ago.

I've been wanting to get cellular shades for the basement windows, because I telework down there now and the sun can be pretty harsh right behind my desk (when I'm on video calls it looks like I'm an interviewee in the witness protection program).  Realized today that I have some outdoor shade sails sitting around and I could use one of them to block the sun for outside.  Still might spring for the cellular shades before winter, but at least the purchase is delayed a few months.

Went through all my horse equipment and identified a bunch that can be sold.  In the process of cleaning it up to post on local FaceBook group.

Made some seed crackers using up pepitas that were left from a bag of trail mix after high-grading all the more choice bits.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13955 on: July 05, 2020, 03:44:32 PM »
Replaced the air filter and cabin filter on my wife's car with filters I purchased online for ~$25 total.  Took 10 minutes, but most of that was pulling the car out of the garage to get access and watching a couple of short youtube videos.  Ridiculous that the mechanic wanted to charge us $150 for that. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13956 on: July 05, 2020, 05:24:50 PM »
Some of our young adult kids and their partners are coming for lunch next weekend. One wanted to play board games and suggested Cluedo which none of us own. I was going to search it out at thrift stores, it was a good excuse to get bargain hunting but first I put up a request on my Buy Nothing Group.  I pick up the game for free today. So I saved the cost of the game and as well as the other treasures I would have found at the Thrift Store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13957 on: July 05, 2020, 05:54:36 PM »
We were low on bread, so I made Irish soda bread using this recipe:

https://rbandmindy.com/irish-soda-bread-made-easy-self-rising-flour/


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13958 on: July 06, 2020, 09:22:08 AM »
Tore some old shorts of Mr. Z's into rags for the workshop, added a bucket of food scrap to the compost bin, made dog treats out of the ham trimmings and tough bits.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13959 on: July 06, 2020, 10:29:51 AM »
Spent another hour on the phone with telecom giant trying to restore our internet service to previous speed, without losing the discount that I thought we were getting when I phoned last month. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13960 on: July 06, 2020, 11:21:09 AM »
Yesterday, pre-made some pizza shells so that we could start using the big Costco-sizes bag of mozzarella for lunches.  Also made refried black beans (from dried), that got 2 thumbs of from the little kid.  I think I need more dried black beans now.  This pandemic makes getting dried beans difficult.  I've been doing a lot of online ordering.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13961 on: July 06, 2020, 03:26:15 PM »
This isn't today, but I haven't been on the forum for a while and it was... last week I think. I've recently moved and didn't have a dustpan and brush or anything to sweep the kitchen floor with, and didn't want to buy one. So I made one out of an empty cardboard supermarket pizza box for free, and it actually works pretty well. Since I already paid the £1.25 to eat the pizza, and the box would have just ended up in recycling, I think that's pretty good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13962 on: July 06, 2020, 08:12:15 PM »
Picked up my first curbside order from the public library today! I'm so excited to have two physical books to read. I do love my Kindle, but sometimes I like a real book.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13963 on: July 07, 2020, 08:57:03 AM »
Mr. Z and I bagged and froze 5 bags of zucchini and yellow squash for stir fry this winter. Yum!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13964 on: July 07, 2020, 09:40:13 AM »
Over the last few days:
-Sold three items on eBay
-Returned an unnecessary router
-Line dried the majority of our laundry
-Picked the first items from our garden, and used them in our dinner salad

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13965 on: July 07, 2020, 09:52:21 AM »
renewed almost over due library books

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« Reply #13966 on: July 10, 2020, 11:48:41 PM »
DH came home with another big trout that he caught himself (in a clean river). That is the third one and we are filling up the freezer.

I picked up an empty aluminium drinking can with some return money on it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13967 on: July 11, 2020, 11:45:20 AM »
-Sold two items on eBay. Packaged using repurposed shipping bags.
-Found a netflix DVD in the return mailing envelope, on the ground in our neighborhood. The kids were fascinated (they've only ever streamed via netflix). Returned to the closest mail drop, saving unknown neighbor money.
-Listed a bunch of other items on eBay.
-Planned ahead for an easy meal for dinner, since our kitchen is being demolished today (part of a remodel).
-Picked a few more garden items, for tonight's dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13968 on: July 11, 2020, 12:08:52 PM »
Today I coincidentally found two orange vests that everyonee is required to have in the car in case of an accident. I thought I would need to buy  them when we discovered we did not have them in our car as we thought we did.... But I had two from our other car that we sold in the fall.. I threw everything from that car in a bag and put it in the basement.. Also found my favourite sunglasses that I thought I left in that car.

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« Reply #13969 on: July 11, 2020, 12:50:00 PM »
I saw the town road crew guys working on replacing a culvert, and I went out and talked to them about how some of the water that was causing the problems runs down through a corner of my yard and across my driveway  I told them I was planning to hire somebody to put in a perforated pipe in my yard there, but the road crew guys said they'd just dig me a drainage ditch directed to their new culvert and fill the ditch in with gravel - they said that was ok for them to do as part of the town work since it was all fixing the road icing problem.  Problem fixed and chunk of money saved by happening to be there and having a friendly conversation.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13970 on: July 11, 2020, 12:54:54 PM »
Quick pickled some bulbils from my walking onions. They’ll be lovely additions to cheese plates, etc.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13971 on: July 12, 2020, 05:04:14 AM »
I saw the town road crew guys working on replacing a culvert, and I went out and talked to them about how some of the water that was causing the problems runs down through a corner of my yard and across my driveway  I told them I was planning to hire somebody to put in a perforated pipe in my yard there, but the road crew guys said they'd just dig me a drainage ditch directed to their new culvert and fill the ditch in with gravel - they said that was ok for them to do as part of the town work since it was all fixing the road icing problem.  Problem fixed and chunk of money saved by happening to be there and having a friendly conversation.

This is great!  Congratulations @MyAlterEgoIsTaller!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13972 on: July 12, 2020, 08:54:47 AM »
Processed and froze 20 quarts of kale from our garden.

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« Reply #13973 on: July 12, 2020, 03:20:20 PM »
I did a post-breakfast stroll through my local botanic garden which has, than heavens, reopened.  I bought a $38 annual pass and so far have been there 4 times this year even with their COVID closure.  I took lots of photos today and might print and frame some of them. 

I have been eating up odds n ends from the fridge.  Iced tea is chilling in the fridge now.  I bought some lemons for it to be extra fancypants. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13974 on: July 12, 2020, 09:40:14 PM »
Made a Sesame Beef recipe with a venison round steak that was given to me by a local hunter. It made several meals and I ate every bit without any waste. It was a total pantry meal that I didn't need to buy any ingredients for. Frugal win, because I've got three more round steaks in the freezer and now I know how to prepare them.

Had tomatoes from the neighbors garden, sliced and sprinkle with Tajin, for a snack. Just had a thought--I should cook another round steak with the rest of the tomatoes and have some squash I just pulled from the garden for a totally local meal!

Ate  dinner at work.

This is ongoing, but gradually losing the quarantine weight gained so that I fit back into work clothes without having to buy new. Fit back into a pair of pants and a skirt this week!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13975 on: July 13, 2020, 10:00:50 AM »
@okcisok - way to go on dropping the quarantine weight!

Over the past few days:
-Used a grocery store gift card (earned through buying Home Depot gift cards that we needed for our remodel) to buy a few essential & treats this week
-Listed a bunch of items on eBay
-Every meal we are making at home this week is a true victory. We have no oven, stove or dishwasher, due to a kitchen remodel. Meals are pricier (frozen options, easier prep), but much cheaper than takeout.
-Using tomatoes from the garden

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13976 on: July 14, 2020, 06:03:37 AM »
DH threw leftover worms from fishing into our worm bin at the cabin where we also added the kitchen scraps. We hope they will thrive and multiply.

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« Reply #13977 on: July 14, 2020, 06:29:05 AM »
Ate leftovers from the freezer for dinner last night and will do the same tonight. We like to call it dining a la carte because we each get to choose a different meal and we have leftovers of all our staple meals in the freezer. We'll probably have some home grown salad with dinner too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13978 on: July 14, 2020, 02:20:47 PM »
Used a gift card to buy some much needed organizer bins.

Used the remaining restaurant gift card.  It's one I've had for several years and was about to throw it out.  Glad I didn't-when I checked the balance online, it had $24+!

Dropped off some items for a donation write off.

Refrained from stopping by the bakery and chocolate factory when in the big city.  O:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13979 on: July 18, 2020, 10:11:26 PM »
Re-used decorations from last birthday car parade for today's, so didn't need to buy anything new to celebrate.
Found out company food options are back, so I got a very filling high protein high fat lunch for $2.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13980 on: July 20, 2020, 09:02:18 AM »
Just spent five minutes on the phone to cancel a credit card that I’d only gotten for the opening rewards bonus. They offered to waive the annual fee ($120) for the coming year instead, so I guess I now have really good travel insurance coverage if travel becomes appealing again...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13981 on: July 20, 2020, 09:04:29 AM »
- Made a big lasagna yesterday with leftover veggies and two mozzarella who were close to expiry date. Enough to feed 4 yesterday + 2 lunch today.
- Have my husband use my company car to drive to work while I'm working from home for the last couple of weeks (this is allowed!)
- Brought my own lunch + snacks to the office today!


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« Reply #13982 on: July 20, 2020, 03:59:40 PM »
Really wanted takeout today but waited until I got home to eat. Then I made some healthy snacks to have the rest of the week.
Resisted getting a manicure. Work has been really stressful lately. That's the only time I start thinking about those kind of treatments. I stepped back, realized that's what why I wanted to get one, and thought of free options that are relaxing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13983 on: July 20, 2020, 04:49:16 PM »
I only have three weeks of my usual work until I retire again and have negotiated working from home one day a week.  This is something I should have done a lot earlier, long before the COVID lockdown.  I'll save two + hours of commuting at $10 per trip (in a Corolla Hybrid) and the price of a coffee that I often buy on my way in. You might be interested to know a latte costs between $4.50 and $5.15 for a medium sized take away in Western Australia. "Daylight Robbery"!! (as my Uncle would say) Unleaded fuel is about $1.09 per litre.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13984 on: July 20, 2020, 10:14:49 PM »
Picked plums and peaches from the neighbor's trees. It was the last of the harvest. I had previously picked bushelfuls and canned jam and sauces. The neighbor got some thank you jars.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13985 on: July 21, 2020, 10:29:24 AM »
@FrugalAussie - home stretch! Congrats.

For me:
-Continued using gift cards at the grocery store to buy easier food options (read, $$) during our kitchen remodel
-Listed a few new items on eBay
-As part of the remodel, continue to work our way through freezer leftovers. Avoiding takeout + cleaning out the freezer = win/win
-Used garden tomatoes & basil in a caprese salad to spice up leftovers for dinners

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« Reply #13986 on: July 21, 2020, 02:21:43 PM »
Used up some lemons and some other goods and made a starbucks-like lemon loaf. Enough for the whole family at just a fraction of the cost (and it turned out being delicious) No need for take-out.

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« Reply #13987 on: July 21, 2020, 04:19:25 PM »
Recently there was a BOGO on hand-rolled local butter at my food co-op. Normally $6.30/lb, but now it costs the same as Aldi butter! I bought 6 pounds.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13988 on: July 21, 2020, 10:48:57 PM »
Didn't spend any money on anything. Did a kitchen inventory to plan meals for the next two weeks without buying any groceries.
Got on the phone to straighten out a $100 rebate that had been delayed since March. Finally got the confirmation email!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13989 on: July 23, 2020, 07:41:42 PM »
Made one pint, plus a bag of frozen tablespoon portions, of homemade pesto. Harvested todays portion of zucchini, squash, cucumber and tomatoes.
Made granddaughter #3 a cute cross-body bag from an old pair of bluejeans (following the directions in the Complete Tightwad Gazette.)
Repaired a shirt of mine, and 3 pairs of Mr. Z's pants.

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« Reply #13990 on: July 24, 2020, 01:20:46 AM »
Took the kids out for a walk and picked a pound of blackberries. Perfect desert (I noticed blackberries at the supermarket for 8 EUR per pound!).
Watered the plants with water from the barrel.
Made sponges from old socks (google Tawashi - they are great cleaners!)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13991 on: July 24, 2020, 12:12:54 PM »
Lately:

~Keeping food waste to nearly zero
~Bundling errands to save on fuel
~Saved $16+ on last night's grocery pickup using the store value card, this included 2 free items
~Continuing to buy double the amount of berries while they are in season and freezing half for winter
~Bought a roll of stamps for here at the office to reduce future post office stops
~Paid my business insurance in full to save future installment fees
~Turning off the AC unit and opening the door and windows for fresh air when it's cool enough outside
~Avoiding using the oven so it doesn't heat up the house reducing use of the AC units
~Unused post-it notes from home are being used here in the office
~Eagerly awaiting the first harvest from DH's garden  :)

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« Reply #13992 on: July 25, 2020, 01:45:31 AM »
Redeemed rewards points for a $10 Uber gift card, got it in the mail today. I'd forgotten about it, so it was a nice surprise.
Ordered a Mint mobile SIM card and three-month plan. Now I've just got to switch my old plan over.

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« Reply #13993 on: July 27, 2020, 07:56:02 PM »
Combined a $5 gift card, coupons, and store sales (buy 2 get one free etc.) to save $41 on my biweekly grocery stock up.
Saved my dishwashing rinse water to water the plants on my front porch.
Today's pickings from the garden: HUGE German Queen tomatoes...our new favorite.
Stocked granddaughters' folders and notebooks for school from the 10 for $1 sale.
Mr. Z and our neighbor are thinning his trees...firewood dropped in our woodlot for free, only needing to be split and stacked.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13994 on: July 28, 2020, 01:26:12 AM »
We sold our older car yesterday, so now we have one less car insurance to pay for and one less car to maintain.

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« Reply #13995 on: July 28, 2020, 04:06:50 AM »
Sale plus coupon code means that we should be good on school clothes for at least the first semester (unless the kid grows another 2 inches overnight...I wouldn't rule it out).  By second semester, we may be back in pajamas instead of real clothes, so who knows.


Also, just found a gift card to Old Navy that I guess was a xmas present from my MIL last year.  That will take care of the rest of the school clothes.  In the same drawer was a Visa GC with $2.12 that I added to my Amazon account and a GC to Starbucks that I'll either use when they open the new SB near my house or give a a xmas present.
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« Reply #13996 on: July 28, 2020, 10:20:20 AM »
-Provided mileage updates on all of our cars, in advance of auto insurance renewal. Received new policy quote & it's substantially less, thanks to the very limited driving during COVID.
-Used garden produce in dinner last night
-Sold an old jacket on eBay (made $40)
-Listed another item on eBay
-Read books online via the library app

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« Reply #13997 on: July 28, 2020, 10:41:53 AM »
I just did a review of all my credit cards' rewards categories to try to maximize.  I may have a freecycler coming to pick up 2 bulky giveaways this evening.  I procured these 2 bulky furniture items for free on CL from a business that was closing, so I want to give them away for free as well. 

I went through an old sewing basket earlier today and discovered 2 containers I may be able to use more efficiently for toiletries. 

I've boxed up and will return some cheap and wonky Amazon purchases later.  It's very hot here today so I'm waiting for later this afternoon when it may rain to do some errands with less people about and cooler temps to run around in. 

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« Reply #13998 on: July 28, 2020, 04:32:54 PM »
I paid our 6 months car insurance premium today and managed to notice that they offered an option to pay via paypal, and paypal just happens to be one of Discovers 5% cash back categories this quarter, so I jumped through the hoops to pay via paypal and discover.  Not too bad.

My spouse and I are doing a lot of camping this summer. This has meant buying some new gear. When we sat down to plan the first trip and I started talking about cast iron over camp fire and where to buy ice mid trip... he declared that all too much work and insisted we buy a little jetboil stove that essentially just boils water (very quickly and efficiently) and dehydrated backpacking food.  So, we did.  And now camping trips include a fire with sausages and s’mores on a stick the first night, with easy pack and easy cook options for the rest of the trip (and coffee all the time!). So we still get some of the traditional campfire fun food, but the whole process of camping is now fabulously so much more relaxing, so much less work and less stuff to pack and clean and it is starting to save money.  No buying firewood $8 for 5 pieces at the last campground would add up quickly!  No buying ice.  No throwing out food because it might not be safe anymore. And we’ve come up with several easy meals to fix in the jetboil that are better & cheaper than backpacking food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13999 on: July 28, 2020, 11:24:11 PM »
Bought a used couch from FB. Have been looking for over a year, and found the perfect one. Promptly cleaned and posted my old couch, and it sold in ten minutes! So I saved what I would've spent on a brand new couch and made a bit back towards the purchase.

Took my lunch and snack to work. Have been eating up the pantry and freezer to avoid buying more groceries until next month.