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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14950 on: March 29, 2022, 09:40:24 AM »
Planned an efficient route to run errands necessitating the vehicle.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14951 on: March 30, 2022, 12:37:29 AM »
Instead of buying a new bike for our DS (400 plus.....), I spent a few evenings on Craigslist and found a perfect 2nd hand New-to-him bike that he absolutely loves for 150!
DH and DS will spend some quality time together getting it polished and thoroughly cleaned, but then he will be set for the next 2 years.

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« Reply #14952 on: March 30, 2022, 03:39:46 AM »
I feel like "treat yoself" and "buy a trash can" are basically antithetical. 

I've been a bit spendypants lately, so trying to rein myself back in...

I get CSAs from local farmers, the upside is local produce is super fresh and delicious, and generally less expensive than it normally would be.  The down side is that sometimes you get stuff you don't care for or otherwise have problems with.  One of those things is apples.  I love local apples, but I have a mild food intolerance to them, and raw they can upset my stomach.  My kid decided she was OVER apples, because that's basically all she gets when she's at her dad's.  So we've had a ton of local apples just kind of sitting in the fridge for quite a while.
This weekend, I went through the drawer and cleaned out the not fit for humans (those went in the compost), then sliced up all the rest and cooked them with onions and pork chops.  It was pretty good!  Though I would've liked them to have been caramelized more than they were.  But, at least I kept the waste down to a minimum vs ending up throwing out the whole lot of them.

Have you tried making apple sauce with those apples? I do it every so often. I put the cored apples, cut into wedges (with skins on), and put them in the crockpot. Depending on how sweet you like it, you can add white or brown sugar to it. I usually try to stay away from sugar. I add some cinnamon to it too and let it cook till all the apples are mushy. Once you can squish the apples with a fork, put them in a blender. I have a Vita Mix. You might like to do small batches as to not overload the machine to guarantee the skins get incorporated. At this point you can add it all to a bowl and if it needs sugar you can add it or add more to your liking. I then freeze it in small portions for dinner meals. So good! So easy!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14953 on: March 30, 2022, 07:26:22 PM »
@FragglesRock666  ^^what Roadrunner53 said! Also, an even faster way to eat a cooked apple is to peel, core, and slice the apple into a bowl. Add a slice of butter, a spoonful of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Then cook in the microwave for a minute or two for a nice compote.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14954 on: March 31, 2022, 12:13:16 AM »
I feel like "treat yoself" and "buy a trash can" are basically antithetical. 

I've been a bit spendypants lately, so trying to rein myself back in...

I get CSAs from local farmers, the upside is local produce is super fresh and delicious, and generally less expensive than it normally would be.  The down side is that sometimes you get stuff you don't care for or otherwise have problems with.  One of those things is apples.  I love local apples, but I have a mild food intolerance to them, and raw they can upset my stomach.  My kid decided she was OVER apples, because that's basically all she gets when she's at her dad's.  So we've had a ton of local apples just kind of sitting in the fridge for quite a while.
This weekend, I went through the drawer and cleaned out the not fit for humans (those went in the compost), then sliced up all the rest and cooked them with onions and pork chops.  It was pretty good!  Though I would've liked them to have been caramelized more than they were.  But, at least I kept the waste down to a minimum vs ending up throwing out the whole lot of them.

Have you tried making apple sauce with those apples? I do it every so often. I put the cored apples, cut into wedges (with skins on), and put them in the crockpot. Depending on how sweet you like it, you can add white or brown sugar to it. I usually try to stay away from sugar. I add some cinnamon to it too and let it cook till all the apples are mushy. Once you can squish the apples with a fork, put them in a blender. I have a Vita Mix. You might like to do small batches as to not overload the machine to guarantee the skins get incorporated. At this point you can add it all to a bowl and if it needs sugar you can add it or add more to your liking. I then freeze it in small portions for dinner meals. So good! So easy!

You can also cook apples (peeled and cored) for 10-15 minutes in small parts with water, cinnamon, bit of lemon juice, sugar and some cornstarch. Freeze it and you have the stuffing for a delicious apple-pie ready to use!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14955 on: April 01, 2022, 02:10:20 PM »
We dug around in the freezer for some leg of lamb we bought on sale and mapped out some meals.

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« Reply #14956 on: April 01, 2022, 08:46:48 PM »
Also, finding more gifts left by the previous homeowners in the form of damaged door brackets that were nailed in place.

My SiL keeps finding gifts like that from the previous owner of their new house.  Previous owner thought he was a handyman.   No, he wasn't.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14957 on: April 02, 2022, 09:34:18 AM »
Borrowed a book from the library.

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« Reply #14958 on: April 02, 2022, 07:18:31 PM »
I'm not sure whether this is a save, but I bought a new, $44 ink cartridge for my ink-guzzling HP Envy color printer.  Although it physically fit in the printer, it was the wrong model and its chip couldn't communicate with my printer. Unfortunately, I found this out while my daughter was trying to print out graphics for her school project due tomorrow, and it was too late to go to the shop.

After much dismay, I went burrowing into my hoard and turned up some printer ink and syringes that I bought for my last color printer (decluttered three years ago.) It was such a hassle to refill those cartridges that I assumed it would be the same for this printer.

Well, it took me 5 minutes to find instructions on Youtube, then 5 minutes to jab the syringe through the sticker on the cartridge and refill it.  It worked!!

So, I wasted $44, but on the other hand, from now on refills will cost me less than 50 cents.

So awesome!  50 cents! What a deal :)

I refilled another ink cartridge: another $44 saved!  Plus I was doing so in order to print out ID photos for our passports instead of getting our pictures taken somewhere, so another $45 saved.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14959 on: April 02, 2022, 07:19:09 PM »
We've had some good wins at our house in the last few days:
- Purchased a new blue velvet occasional chair on MarketPlace for $30. Pick-up was only 8kms away.
- Refurbished two vintage (probably about 1940s) dining chairs that I got for free off my Buy Nothing Group.
- Playing around with my indoor plants.  I have approx 40. We've only purchased about 8 of them, others have been gifts, babies of existing plants or cuttings from friends. I often take cuttings myself and pass them on to other plant lovin' people.
- Meal planning as usual.  Tonight's dinner is a roast lamb out of the freezer, bought on clearance in Oct last year. We cook it Greek style, for about 6 hours, with potatoes in the pan to soak up the lamb flavours. I'll freeze the chicken carcass from a recent roast chicken to make Chicken, Mushroom and Almond Risotto next week.
- The award for 'best money saving' goes to my husband this week.  He contacted our builder to have an electrical fault fixed, something we thought we'd have to get organised and pay for ourselves. 

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« Reply #14960 on: April 03, 2022, 06:46:48 AM »
We convinced an old friend to stay in, instead of going out!

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« Reply #14961 on: April 03, 2022, 07:38:35 PM »
Hosted my monthly group at my house instead of eating out. Everyone brought their own food, and I made a dessert from ingredients I already had on hand.
DP brought over some tools and we worked on some projects. I did have to buy a few things, but I spent much less than if I'd had to buy what he brought.
Realized my entire outfit was secondhand, from hand-me-downs and the thrift store!

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« Reply #14962 on: April 03, 2022, 07:42:55 PM »
We've had some good wins at our house in the last few days:
- Purchased a new blue velvet occasional chair on MarketPlace for $30. Pick-up was only 8kms away.
- Refurbished two vintage (probably about 1940s) dining chairs that I got for free off my Buy Nothing Group.
- Playing around with my indoor plants.  I have approx 40. We've only purchased about 8 of them, others have been gifts, babies of existing plants or cuttings from friends. I often take cuttings myself and pass them on to other plant lovin' people.
- Meal planning as usual.  Tonight's dinner is a roast lamb out of the freezer, bought on clearance in Oct last year. We cook it Greek style, for about 6 hours, with potatoes in the pan to soak up the lamb flavours. I'll freeze the chicken carcass from a recent roast chicken to make Chicken, Mushroom and Almond Risotto next week.
- The award for 'best money saving' goes to my husband this week.  He contacted our builder to have an electrical fault fixed, something we thought we'd have to get organised and pay for ourselves.

Wow, some major savings, especially on the chairs and the electrical fault!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14963 on: April 04, 2022, 06:44:17 AM »
Planned out an efficient route for errands that require a vehicle

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« Reply #14964 on: April 04, 2022, 04:46:39 PM »
Work bought our lunch today so I brought my lunch home to have for dinner. The weather is yucky so I'm happy to put off going to the grocery store another night or two.

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« Reply #14965 on: April 05, 2022, 04:11:05 AM »
We're identifying business and medical expenses we might deduct when filing our income taxes.

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« Reply #14966 on: April 06, 2022, 06:40:35 AM »
I'm not sure it counts a saving money exactly, but maybe it will work out eventually.  I bought an Instant Pot on FB marketplace.  Paid about half the retail price.  I'm hoping that this will allow me to cut out some of the convenience foods that I've been buying (canned beans, steamable frozen sweet potatoes, etc.) and still get dinner on the table in a reasonable time frame.

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« Reply #14967 on: April 06, 2022, 07:00:09 AM »
Found a reasonably priced comfort food place for lunch with a non-FIRE-world friend

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« Reply #14968 on: April 11, 2022, 06:07:39 AM »
Carpooled to a family gathering last weekend

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« Reply #14969 on: April 12, 2022, 10:21:01 AM »
Delayed a purchase until this morning when there was a flash discount of 20% between 10 and 12

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« Reply #14970 on: April 12, 2022, 11:35:11 AM »
Borrowed some DVDs from the library. Researched and added an item we need soon to Amazon subscribe and save for the extra savings.

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« Reply #14971 on: April 12, 2022, 04:17:59 PM »
Today I pushed back when my most recent landlord wanted to keep part of my deposit for wear and tear. I got them to return all of my deposit!

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« Reply #14972 on: April 12, 2022, 05:44:14 PM »
@smarshall , that is a big deal, congrats!

I parked in the paid-for garage that's farther away even though I wasn't feeling well v. parking in front of the office and paying.

I had to dress up for a work event. I was tempted to buy something new but came up with a great outfit based on hand me downs, thrift store jewelry, and other items from my closet. I felt very stylish and I saved about $70. 

Last night I bought groceries and saved over $30 with rebates and Ibotta.

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« Reply #14973 on: April 12, 2022, 06:59:02 PM »
Last meal in our airbnb, so I made Use Every Leftover Soup.

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« Reply #14974 on: April 12, 2022, 10:57:07 PM »
Last meal in our airbnb, so I made Use Every Leftover Soup.

Every Leftover Soup! Way to not be wasteful. I hope it was delicious?

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« Reply #14975 on: April 13, 2022, 10:20:50 AM »
Turned some leftover steak into steak and eggs breakfast

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« Reply #14976 on: April 15, 2022, 03:11:38 AM »
Made bandages from an old t-shirt for my toddler so she can play doctor.

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« Reply #14977 on: April 16, 2022, 08:07:58 AM »
Found a part to repair an old yard power tool

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« Reply #14978 on: April 16, 2022, 08:19:05 AM »
I need to bring a savory appetizer to a thing tonight. I'm determined to concoct something from ingredients on hand. I have plenty of eggs. I brought a fritatta last month, so perhaps I'll do Deviled Eggs via the Instant Pot. Whatever I come up with, no money will come OOP. Hmmm, I also have plenty of broccoli. I could make a quiche. Too close to fritatta?

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« Reply #14979 on: April 16, 2022, 12:28:53 PM »
I returned 4 things to Amazon. 

I opted NOT to wash my car just yet, though it is covered in pollen and bird doo.  Itís supposed to rain later :)

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« Reply #14980 on: April 18, 2022, 08:06:43 AM »
We're buying some post-Easter egg coloring kits for some inner-child fund

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« Reply #14981 on: April 18, 2022, 01:41:03 PM »
I ate bad pizza for lunch rather than leave work and buy my own (I am running an event this evening, so I get free hors d'oeuvres *and* a free dinner; lunch doesn't need to be big or fancy).

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« Reply #14982 on: April 18, 2022, 06:09:14 PM »
I dropped off donations at the place that only accepts donations, not the thrift store itself. No temptations to buy replacements for the stuff I just got rid of.

Cross-posted in the Eat Everything In Your House thread, I made a list of all the food items I have and what can be made with them. Then I estimated how many meals I can get out of each loose recipe. For instance, 'chicken salad x 4', 'stir fry & rice x 3', etc. So far I've got over a week's worth of meals and only need to get one item.

I'm researching wood stoves to try to keep next winter's heating bill out of the triple digits.

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« Reply #14983 on: April 19, 2022, 12:22:33 AM »
- I spent a few minutes this morning downloading free Kindle books to have available for my flight/trip to see my daughter
- Still planting out generous gift of cuttings and plants from a friend who sold her house.  The site is being bulldozed tomorrow.
- Found a three metre high Ficus Benjamina on the side of the road, without a pot.  We managed to fit it into our Corolla (didn't leave husband behind, he sat in the back seat) and repotted it into a pot found on a different verge a few years ago. It's been with us for about 2 weeks and is looking very happy.

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« Reply #14984 on: April 19, 2022, 04:43:01 AM »
- Found a three metre high Ficus Benjamina on the side of the road, without a pot.  We managed to fit it into our Corolla (didn't leave husband behind, he sat in the back seat) and repotted it into a pot found on a different verge a few years ago. It's been with us for about 2 weeks and is looking very happy.

Swapping out the husband for a potted plant may be a big money saver sometimes I guess.  But perhaps not a small thing.  :)

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« Reply #14985 on: April 19, 2022, 07:26:23 AM »
We had some bad luck and water got into a toolbox that was closed askew. Yesterday we cleaned the rust off the affected tools. Thank you Bar Keeper's Friend!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14986 on: April 19, 2022, 09:36:34 PM »
Bought a Costco rotisserie chicken, had it for dinner on Night #1, boiled it down with veggie scraps to make a potpie on Night #2, used some of the broth to make a pea soup on Night #3, and will use the rest of the broth and chicken to make chicken soup on Night #4.

Also not exactly a savings, but I accidentally burnt the bottom of the pea soup, but we were able to eat most of it because we didn't try to mix or scrape the soup after we realized it was burnt...

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« Reply #14987 on: April 20, 2022, 01:20:42 PM »
Found a reasonably priced place for dinner with a non-FIRE world old friend

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« Reply #14988 on: April 21, 2022, 12:23:08 PM »
Finally got the time to correctly tighten the wiring for a bathroom light fixture.
Changed one faucet as it was leaking. Luckily the existing piping was compatible so I did not have to replace the whole set, I only changed the one which was leaking.
So saving money on the water leak and saving money on paying someone to do the replacement, the kitchen faucet replacement was 350 USD in work.....
Now I have the rest of the parts if the other one fails.

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« Reply #14989 on: April 21, 2022, 05:05:30 PM »
Installed a trailer hitch and wiring onto my truck that I ordered from etrailer. Bolting the hitch to the frame took 30 minutes, and doing the wiring another 30. The wiring was plug and play but the access was behind the passenger footwell kick panel.
I spent more time re-installing the panel than the wiring.
Saved about $500

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« Reply #14990 on: April 22, 2022, 07:37:38 AM »
Making dinner to bring to a friend's house instead of going out

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« Reply #14991 on: April 24, 2022, 02:13:57 PM »
Put the clothes out on the clothesline for the first time this year. It's been unseasonably cold, and snowy, which is rare here. Snow on a rhodie's first blooming??
Love me some crunchy towels!

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« Reply #14992 on: April 25, 2022, 07:33:05 AM »
We identified some more tools affected by our bad luck with water intrusion and de-rusted them.

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« Reply #14993 on: April 25, 2022, 07:33:36 AM »
We found a waterproof toolbox on sale to replace our compromised tool box.

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« Reply #14994 on: April 25, 2022, 10:28:29 AM »
Instead of spending $40,000 on a new truck that we'd only need 2-3 times per year, I borrowed my FIL's truck to haul some stuff to the dump today.

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« Reply #14995 on: April 26, 2022, 09:22:00 AM »
We timed a large purchase with a 35%-off discount

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« Reply #14996 on: April 26, 2022, 12:24:25 PM »
Did a bunch of work around the house and yard.  I think my wife knows how to motivate me, by casually dropping the line, "Maybe we should just pay someone to do ____." 

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« Reply #14997 on: April 28, 2022, 07:25:15 AM »
Whenever I place an order at Walmart I make sure to buy $35 minimum to avoid shipping costs.

Used a 20% off coupon to buy my dog prescription drugs from Chewy. I had two prescriptions, one being Heart worm pills which are a bit expensive. However, I ordered prescription dog food and that was NOT covered with the coupon.

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« Reply #14998 on: April 28, 2022, 07:46:44 AM »
Today I ordered a new batch of motor oil for my car.  After looking at my preferred online vendor, I google the price and found a similar vendor with slightly lower price in the search engine.  One I looked at their site I saw that vendor 2 had been acquired by vendor 1... but they had a "please stay as a customer"-link, so my already filled shopping cart at vendor 1 was reduced in price by 5 %.   Good result of a quick google search. :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #14999 on: April 28, 2022, 11:29:11 AM »
Our barber agreed to teach my wife how to cut my hair!