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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14150 on: October 20, 2020, 04:47:29 PM »
CREDIT CARD PERK
Navy Federal CU is offering a new perk on one of their credit cards - if you use it to pay for your annual prime membership they will reimburse you in full.
Marked my calendar for upcoming renewal (offer is good until Sep '21).
That is a surprisingly awesome deal - SAVINGS $134~

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14151 on: October 21, 2020, 07:08:00 PM »
When my Fitbit broke, I decided to spring for a cheap knock-off smartwatch instead of replacing it again.  There are a few features that I really value - the vibrating alarms, heart-rate tracking, step counting...and it seemed like I could get what I needed out of a much cheaper version.  Five days or so with the new device ($27 on Prime Day), and it seems like a perfectly fine substitute.

I did exactly the same thing and am happy with my cheaper knock-off Fitbit. It even has more features than I really want, but it was $30 at Target and has done well for 6 months.

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« Reply #14152 on: October 22, 2020, 12:42:37 AM »
My mom's birthday is next week - there's a book that came out recently that I knew she wanted to read, so I asked if she'd gotten it yet, and if not, maybe I could get it for her. She asked if I could send it to her on the Kindle app since it's easier on her eyes than a paper book - and I remembered that my Chase credit card had a 20% cash back offer for Kindle books until next week, so I remembered to use that card to buy it. $2 saved :-)  It's worth checking their website a couple times a month for those offers, I think I saved about $10 this month just buying stuff I was going to buy anyway, at the stores I always shop at.

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« Reply #14153 on: October 22, 2020, 05:54:03 PM »
That's a timely note, Dollar Slice. I was looking at books for gifts today and didn't even think about sending via Kindle. I did order two books from PaperbackSwap for a grand total of $0.49, but most of the books I was looking for weren't on the site. But if you're looking for fantasy, spy thrillers, or kids books, that's the place!

I'm currently reading a book a friend mailed to me after I mailed her a book. (See why I always ask for postage stamps on gift-giving occasions??) I have more on hold at the library that I need to pick up, and several more I put on a kind of 'rolling hold' so that I always have books to read from the library (or audiobooks to listen to).

My no-spend on food on workdays is still an unbroken streak! I wasn't planning on it, but when I started my new job I vowed to do better about meal prep. Today was leftover sandwiches from yesterday's client lunch and there's enough left for all of us to have another free lunch tomorrow. There's unlimited canned sodas and coffee drinks so beverage treats are free, too.


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« Reply #14154 on: October 23, 2020, 09:01:16 AM »
Mine is a truly tiny win. It's our anniversary (15th) & we did exchange small gifts. I was out of tissue paper, and didn't want to run to the store to pick up an expensive package. Instead, I'll get a jumbo size of plain white tissue paper at Costco, which will last for several years. In the mean time, I had a few gift bags, so went through all of our gift boxes (saved for future gifts) & found just enough previously used tissue paper to cover the top of the bags. In amazing news, I went to bed, and my husband had to wrap his gifts. He discovered the lack of tissue paper, and "borrowed" the paper out of my gift bags. ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14155 on: October 23, 2020, 09:10:17 AM »
Visited a different city for a few days and didn't eat out once. Brought lunch in containers so I could stop and eat when hungry on the drive there.

And went grocery shopping and cooked at the airbnb.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14156 on: October 23, 2020, 10:10:40 PM »
I've been making a special trip to Tractor Supply every few months to buy a horse feed that is like $9 cheaper/bag than at my regular feed store.  Yesterday I realized that I can put it on auto-ship with free shipping and 5% off if I buy two bags at a time.  So 5% cheaper as well as less driving for me (and the occasional wasted trip if the store is out of stock). The time savings are actually better than the $5 or so I'll save every two months.

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« Reply #14157 on: October 24, 2020, 12:00:06 PM »
I've been making a special trip to Tractor Supply every few months to buy a horse feed that is like $9 cheaper/bag than at my regular feed store.  Yesterday I realized that I can put it on auto-ship with free shipping and 5% off if I buy two bags at a time.  So 5% cheaper as well as less driving for me (and the occasional wasted trip if the store is out of stock). The time savings are actually better than the $5 or so I'll save every two months.

Awesome improvement, @horsepoor

Returned an item we bought but didn't need. About a $8 savings, but we already had to stand in line to return a much pricier item, so thought we may as well do this one. (The lines to return at Costco can be ~20+ minutes.) Otherwise, we likely would have figured out a way to use/donate the item. Indoor line drying the majority of our clothes. Made a very creative dinner last night out of repurposed leftovers.

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« Reply #14158 on: October 24, 2020, 12:30:44 PM »
I've been making a special trip to Tractor Supply every few months to buy a horse feed that is like $9 cheaper/bag than at my regular feed store.  Yesterday I realized that I can put it on auto-ship with free shipping and 5% off if I buy two bags at a time.  So 5% cheaper as well as less driving for me (and the occasional wasted trip if the store is out of stock). The time savings are actually better than the $5 or so I'll save every two months.

Yup - those 'continued' wins are the best!:) - Great job!

I'm still thrilled about my own credit card paying for one year of FREE Prime subscription. Even though in the past year Prime membership has more than paid for itself I still feel slightly guilty for having a Prime membership.
Before Covid I never ordered all that much online so I viewed it as a luxury expense for Prime videos with the rare shipping perk and since I also indulge in Netflix - well, it was/is a tad frivolous at least in my view.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14159 on: October 24, 2020, 01:54:00 PM »
I cancelled my cat's vet appointment for Monday because he seems better now.  Saving money and gas and cat drama as he hates car rides.  He has a sensitive stomach and now needs his anal glands expressed periodically, poor dude.  I've ordered the special kitty food and supplements that the vet office recommended on the phone.  I exercised him with a cat toy this morning and will give everyone a Caturday night treat of canned kitty food with hidden probiotics inside it. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14160 on: October 24, 2020, 02:17:15 PM »
Found fried field peas on sale and snagged 5lbs!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14161 on: October 24, 2020, 02:41:15 PM »
Found fried field peas on sale and snagged 5lbs!

Okay, please tell us what this is? Never, ever heard of it!

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« Reply #14162 on: October 24, 2020, 02:51:20 PM »
Food swap with friends. They gave me spices from a bulk purchase. I gave them hummus. Iím using their spices to make bagels that Iím sharing with another friend who gave me honey. Fresh-baked deli style bagels are incredibly expensive here (like $2 per bagel) whereas I can make them for about $0.20 per bagel.

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« Reply #14163 on: October 24, 2020, 03:08:58 PM »
Found fried field peas on sale and snagged 5lbs!

Okay, please tell us what this is? Never, ever heard of it!


A delightful autocorrect of dried, unfortunately! But maybe One cooked they could be coated in seasoning And made into crispy snacks via air fryer...

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« Reply #14164 on: October 25, 2020, 01:14:13 PM »
We had our walls insulated this summer (1940s brick house) and this week has been the first week that we needed to turn the heating on, room temperature had droped to 16,5C. On Wednesday I turned the heating up to 20C. Turned it off after an hour. It's still 20C! I air out the house in the morning and the temperature drops to 19,5 temporarily but as soon as we start generating additional heat in the kitchen (washing machine, stove, oven or coffee machine gets turned on) we're quickly back at 20. We used to always keep the heating at 18C but now the house is heating itself! Can't wait for the gas bill to arrive. Natural gas is extremely expensive in here. Best part is we had a great deal on the insulation too, we were able to get it at cost because the city is trying to get our neighbourhood off gas as part of the energy transition.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14165 on: October 25, 2020, 08:26:53 PM »
Made jam, with blackberries that I picked from my yard this summer - enough to use some as holiday gifts and still leave me enough to last until next year.

And got a free big old stock pot from a family member who was going to get rid of it.

Also got $40 of Amazon gift cards, for answering two surveys from product reps related to my work.

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« Reply #14166 on: October 27, 2020, 05:36:44 AM »
An item I bought earlier this month for $180 is now $156. Ten minutes of instant messaging with customer service and I got a refund for the difference.

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« Reply #14167 on: October 27, 2020, 06:17:40 AM »
I contacted Amazon Customer Service about an item that should have been delivered Sunday but was misrouted.  I got a $5 credit for my troubles and hopefully the item arrives in the next couple days.  I also contacted my HOA about a $27 error in my bill, havenít heard back from them yet.

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« Reply #14168 on: October 28, 2020, 05:11:58 PM »
-Sold a couple of items on eBay. Net money in, plus I was able to use padded mailing envelopes that I picked up off of Buy Nothing
-Leftovers for meals
-Line dried laundry
-Picked additional tomatoes & jalapenos to use in our meals

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« Reply #14169 on: October 31, 2020, 06:06:27 PM »
Used coupons and got three tubes of toothpaste for 2.12.
Made yogurt from milk that I get for free from our senior program.
Used up veggies from CSA box to make cheddar potato broccoli soup.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14170 on: November 01, 2020, 02:39:22 AM »
My wife cut my hair.

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« Reply #14171 on: November 01, 2020, 08:31:10 AM »
Signed up for a study that pays $100 in Amazon credit for about a month of 1-3 min daily surveys about a medical condition/medication that I have/use. Used the first $25 installment towards a gift I wanted to get for my dad. Plus I realized that a different, more attractive color of the gift was $15 cheaper for some reason, so I bought that instead.

Bonus: he was really surprised and absolutely delighted :-)

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« Reply #14172 on: November 02, 2020, 04:08:14 AM »
Researched whether some repeating purchases were now eligible for Amazon subscribe and save and added some toothpaste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14173 on: November 02, 2020, 09:10:43 AM »
An item I bought earlier this month for $180 is now $156. Ten minutes of instant messaging with customer service and I got a refund for the difference.

What company? I feel like this happens somewhat regularly, but I never know if customer service would be willing to adjust the price.

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« Reply #14174 on: November 02, 2020, 09:32:37 AM »
Amazon

Edit: they technically donít have to adjust, so I donít do it often. Iíve found they will occasionally do it as a goodwill gesture.

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« Reply #14175 on: November 02, 2020, 11:50:56 AM »
Because I saw this thread bumped, I walked to my dental appointment instead of driving my car.

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« Reply #14176 on: November 02, 2020, 05:57:34 PM »
I cut my dh's and ds2's hair.  Saved $40, but it took 1.5 hours...

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« Reply #14177 on: November 03, 2020, 03:52:34 PM »
Listed an antique quilting frame on Marketplace. Made a large pot of Sicilian soup with leftover chicken, broth, some tired veggies and sale priced pasta. Combined a trip to bank, library and grocery store with the absolute necessary trip to vote.

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« Reply #14178 on: November 03, 2020, 04:50:36 PM »
Got the 25% senior discount at Walgreens today on some bandages I needed. 
Senior discount is available to everyone age 55 and over but is only offered on the first Tuesday of every month.  (although there's some info on the internet that stores have now expanded that to every Tuesday, but I can't confirm this.)

And at my local store you have to ask because clerks said that some people were insulted when they were assumed to be 55+!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14179 on: November 04, 2020, 02:23:34 AM »
I am going to make (sourdough) bread again. A bag of flour costs 2/3 of the price of the cheapest bread I usually buy. 1 bag of flour is enough for two breads. My yeast is more of less for free, accept for the starter feeding part once a week or so. And I don't know how much 45 minutes of hot oven cost. Still, I think I save a lot on bread now. The homemade bread is also a bit healthier (because of sourdough) and I like the taste better.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14180 on: November 04, 2020, 06:21:15 AM »
@Linea_Norway - and think what the equivalent loaf of bread would cost if you went out and bought it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14181 on: November 05, 2020, 03:24:52 PM »
Mailed out an eBay sale (shirt a kid had outgrown) using a free padded envelope given off of Buy Nothing.

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« Reply #14182 on: November 06, 2020, 12:06:02 PM »
@Linea_Norway - and think what the equivalent loaf of bread would cost if you went out and bought it.

I found out yesterday that the 2 kg packs of white flour cost only half if you buy 4 packs at the time. Now I am using  a lot more flour than before, as I put in about 50% white flour in my homemade breads. So despite my smallish cupboard space, I filled up with 8 kg of flour.

2 kg pack white flower per 4 packs = 5 NOK per kg (NOK = Norwegian crowns)
1 kg of wholegrain flour = 12 NOK per kg
50% of each is 8,5 NOK per kg flour I use. 1 kg flour gives two loaves baked together in oven. 1 kW costs approx 1 NOK. My DH thinks that oven uses 1-2 NOK for baking an hour on high temperature. Let's say that including electricity the loaves cost about 6-7 nok per loaf. Less than a dollar for the current dollar course. The loaves I usually buy cost 17 NOK per loaf. So there is a lot to safe, even if the white flour would cost twice as much.

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« Reply #14183 on: November 07, 2020, 04:01:33 AM »
Cycled 1.5 km out of my way to go to a grocery store that was having a sale on cheese. Stocked up on 1.5 kg of cheese. Saved about $7.

Using some of that cheese, a batch of homemade pizza pockets went into our freezer. Probably spent about $10 making enough pizza pockets for two meals. Ordering pizza would cost about $40 per meal. so I saved around $70.

I also biked to a doctorís appointment today, saving about $8 in taxi fare.

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« Reply #14184 on: November 07, 2020, 04:19:24 AM »
I googled how to fix my cat water fountain that has started making a lot of noise. Iím going to try to revive it vice throwing it away.  I have 2, one i bought online and one I bought from the bulletin board at work for $10 cash.  My cats 🐱 enjoy flowing water like the mountain lions they are. 

I procured a used Kirby vacuum from Buy Nothing this week and itís been chilling in my car trunk for a couple days.  Going to plug it in and see what happens today. 

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« Reply #14185 on: November 08, 2020, 11:29:48 AM »
I got a free bread making machine from a friend who was getting rid of it.  I'm not sure about this one, whether it will result in real savings.  Naturally if I'd been planning to buy a bread machine then a free one would be a savings, and in theory I can save by making lots of bread instead of buying it.  But the friend was getting rid of it because it got little use, so it could turn out the same here.  We shall see.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14186 on: November 08, 2020, 11:38:57 AM »
We've learned how to make flat bread. Really did not know it was that easy!

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« Reply #14187 on: November 08, 2020, 02:04:30 PM »
I made a new mailbox post out of scrap lumber and re-mounted the mailbox using hardware I had on hand. It's been rickety for years, but was looking like it was in real danger of falling over the past couple months.  Nice and sturdy (and better looking) again for $0.

Making a pot of chili using butternut squash, garlic, chiles and tomatoes from the garden.

Hit the grocery store this morning and stocked up on a few things we normally use that were on better-than-usual sales.

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« Reply #14188 on: November 09, 2020, 03:56:43 AM »
Stocked up on more healthy meat that was on sale and dropped it in the freezer.

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« Reply #14189 on: November 09, 2020, 04:15:22 AM »
I got a free bread making machine from a friend who was getting rid of it.  I'm not sure about this one, whether it will result in real savings.  Naturally if I'd been planning to buy a bread machine then a free one would be a savings, and in theory I can save by making lots of bread instead of buying it.  But the friend was getting rid of it because it got little use, so it could turn out the same here.  We shall see.

I have a bread machine for a few years and I rarely use it. Mostly because of calories and how much bread can two people eat! What was I thinking when I bought it. It is one of the more expensive, large ones too! However, I found a pizza dough recipe on youtube and they showed it being mixed with a traditional mixer with a dough hook. Well, I actually have a Kitchen Aid mixer that is stowed away and hasn't been used in probably twenty years! So, I thought to myself, why not mix the dough in the bread machine. It came out so great! I used the cake making cycle and let it mix till it formed a wonderful ball. It was warmish when I took it out. I oiled a glass bowl, then dropped the dough into it, put some saran over the top, put a towel over the whole bowl and let it sit for several hours. It doubled or tripled in size. I floured a cutting board and added just enough flour to the dough so it wasn't so sticky. I used a rolling pin to roll it out. That was a little bit hard to do but I also pressed it out with my hands once on the pizza pan. The dough was really great! This is the youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2n4WK1hNaM

This guy also has a bread recipe that I made and it was easy and came out perfect. He also has a mozzarella recipe that I plan on trying too.

My bread maker has the ability to make jam and even meatloaf! I have never tried either!

If for nothing else, the bread maker mixes pizza dough very nicely! So easy to do and so cheap! You can doctor your pizza up with just about anything! Leftovers, ham and pineapples, onions, pepperoni, peppers, chicken, meatballs, pepperoni...the skies the limit!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14190 on: November 09, 2020, 06:37:05 AM »
On Saturday I fixed my laptop myself.  Saved $100.
I watched some YouTube and the got the push from some excellent advisors on the DIY part if the forum. 

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« Reply #14191 on: November 09, 2020, 07:32:30 AM »
Correction, I watched the mozzarella youtube vid and no thanks to making it. Not super hard but the yield is much smaller than I ever imagined and a bit more work than I want to do!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14192 on: November 09, 2020, 07:38:22 AM »
Correction, I watched the mozzarella youtube vid and no thanks to making it. Not super hard but the yield is much smaller than I ever imagined and a bit more work than I want to do!

I have watched a couple of youtube videos of people (including professional chefs) trying to make mozzarella for the first time, and I agree that you should not do it :-)  They always seem to either fail completely or come up with really disappointing quality cheese on the first couple of tries.

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« Reply #14193 on: November 09, 2020, 07:42:35 AM »
-Remembered to use $19 of grocery store rewards before they expired, and used $2 of drug store rewards to offset a tiny bit of a very expensive prescription. We have an HSA & get reimbursed for the prescription, but best to save that money for future use.
-Continued to upload grocery receipts to Fetch. I also upload other random ones I find in the parking lot. It's certainly not going to make us rich, but have earned a bit here & there as Amazon credit.

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« Reply #14194 on: November 09, 2020, 10:51:27 AM »
Correction, I watched the mozzarella youtube vid and no thanks to making it. Not super hard but the yield is much smaller than I ever imagined and a bit more work than I want to do!

I have watched a couple of youtube videos of people (including professional chefs) trying to make mozzarella for the first time, and I agree that you should not do it :-)  They always seem to either fail completely or come up with really disappointing quality cheese on the first couple of tries.

The guy on the vid has a cow so he is looking for ways to use up excess milk. Very good demonstration but dang, I guess it is one of those things I will just pay for and not try to make. I have the time but just don't want to do it! LOL!

My grandparents were farmers and their life was beyond hard. They had 6 living children out of 10. They grew everything including meat. Doubtful they ever made Mozzarella because it would have been too exotic for them. I do not envy that life but I do like making some things from scratch. Grandparents really lived the olden day life including using an old fashion wringer washer and outhouse! Canned everything, milked cows, fed chickens and tended to a garden that was probably an acre! On top of that grew tobacco. All hands on deck when the tobacco worms started attacking the plants. They had to hand pick them off! Ewwww, my Mom who was the youngest of the bunch had to do it as a bitty kid. OMG! What a life! My grandpa was a scrooge but he must have been worth a ton of money because he spent the last 10 years of his life he lived in an assisted living/nursing home. He paid cash money for all those years and still had money left and his farm when he died which was sold off and money distributed to the heirs. Nursing homes are expensive to say the least!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14195 on: November 09, 2020, 11:09:30 AM »
Bought my "new" pre-lit fake xmas tree off of FB marketplace for at least half off what a new one would cost.  I'd say I saved this one from the landfill, but apparently there were several people in line behind me to buy it.

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« Reply #14196 on: November 09, 2020, 11:57:56 AM »
I bought 6 days worth of groceries, as usual, but bought local store brands as much as I could find. I cut my weekly costs from $180 average to $86. I also focused on the exact amount of food I "REQUIRE" for my clean eating and fitness practices rather than buying "extras" that would possibly spoil and never be used.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14197 on: November 09, 2020, 06:19:50 PM »
Took two bags of food to work today. One of frozen meals and one of shelf-stable snacks and some fruit. Canned soup, granola bars, trail mix, etc. Now I have full meals and breakfasts or snacks whenever I'm hungry. Almost two months of new job and no eating out!

Used a Swagbacks-earned Amazon gift card to help offset a bulk TP and sugar substitute purchase. I should be set for the next year for TP and quite some time for the 'sugar' to use in baking projects.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14198 on: November 10, 2020, 04:07:28 AM »
We had a couple of bananas that got a bit damaged on the way home. Not attractive to eat anymore. DH suggested to make banana bread. I had just a sourdough dough ready for baking, so I crushed the bananas and folded them through the dough. The bread was baked normally, tastes normal, but feels more fluffy when you hold it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14199 on: November 11, 2020, 06:44:52 AM »
I had the battery replaced on my 5 year old cell phone rather than buying a new one. At $59 to have the battery replaced versus +$1000 for a new iphone, it's a great deal.