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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1900 on: November 22, 2014, 08:15:19 PM »
A few days late, but my husband was away last week on a work trip with our car. I made it the week without paying for any transport. Which isn't big except for the massive snowstorm (I live in Northern Ontario) and shopping for groceries.

Saved $5-$40 on renting a car or bus transport and lots on food with walking to work, one strategic ride back from a friend and walking for groceries at the cheap grocery store. Great workout too in the snow drifts.
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« Reply #1901 on: November 22, 2014, 08:25:51 PM »
Packed breakfast and lunch and snack for an all-day outing -- for the whole family -- even though I was tired and rushed and slept in.

Checked out movies from the library for evening entertainment.  Surprisingly good selection available at 5 pm Friday evening when we rolled in.





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« Reply #1902 on: November 22, 2014, 08:38:29 PM »
@Rumball - we go to the library at 4 today and were able to get:

"Killing Kennedy"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
"Into the Cosmos" (National Geographic)

Cooked lunch and dinner using leftovers from the week. A tuna-macaroni coleslaw for lunch with a sad looking cabbage and crockpot baked beans for dinner (from dry beans).

Turned off the furnace during the daytime since it was sunny.

Keeping a detailed grocery list for husband to shop with tomorrow (emphasis on DETAILED!!) I"m still down from surgery and so need to write down every. single. thing. that I need, and a description of the size/brand/flavour etc. if I want to be able to cook decent meals next week!

Took a roast out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow night from our side of grass fed beef.


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« Reply #1903 on: November 23, 2014, 04:48:50 PM »
Got meat & produce sticker shock at the supermarket now that I'm back in Newfoundland, so instead I bought a cabbage and made a huge pot of sayur lodeh with the aromatics (lemon grass, cilantro, lime) that I brought back in my luggage. Man, it was good!  Now I'm making up a batch of homemade laundry soap.

Also, walked home (6 km) from the airport last night. It was surprisingly pleasant given the temperature (-11 c with the wind chill).

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« Reply #1904 on: November 23, 2014, 05:05:55 PM »
1.  Cut my own hair!!  I usually get DH to trim the ends, but I just got fed up with the whole thing this morning, remembered watching the hair-tie methods on You-Tube a while back, and just did it!  I'm very happy with the result.  It looks way more 'saloned' than I normally look.

2.  Had an appointment in town, so got kids to pack water bottles and homemade granola bars and we stopped at a park on the way home for a cheap outing.

3.  While at the park, saw a large rosemary bush, so grabbed a couple of sprigs to add to my slow-cooked roast beef that will do tonight's dinner (pulled beef and salad lettuce wraps), and tomorrow night's dinner (baked potatoes with toppings of choice).

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« Reply #1905 on: November 23, 2014, 05:48:26 PM »
Got meat & produce sticker shock at the supermarket now that I'm back in Newfoundland, so instead I bought a cabbage and made a huge pot of sayur lodeh with the aromatics (lemon grass, cilantro, lime) that I brought back in my luggage. Man, it was good!  Now I'm making up a batch of homemade laundry soap.

Also, walked home (6 km) from the airport last night. It was surprisingly pleasant given the temperature (-11 c with the wind chill).

Just googled, and that looks SO GOOD.  Thanks!

Last night I sorted through the 100# or so of tomatoes I picked before it froze and salvaged what I could.  The best ones are ripening on the counter, and the ones with some bad spots were turned into about a gallon of sauce.

I'm slowly replacing the baseboards and trim in our house, so I picked up a $100 Home Depot gift card today at Fred Meyer.  Gift cards get 4x store fuel points, and hopefully the purchase will kick in the 2% cash back at grocery stores on my credit card.  Next step is to see if I can get them to accept my 10% off Lowe's coupon; I think I read here that they will, so need to give it a shot.

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« Reply #1906 on: November 23, 2014, 08:28:47 PM »
Our cafeteria at work sells really good quality soup that is left over from lunch at a discount at 3 pm and then gives any away that is left at 5 pm. A litre (about a quart) is  3 servings. It isn't there every day and I don't take it every day it is there.

I had free cream of tomato soup for lunch today - and yesterday.

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« Reply #1907 on: November 24, 2014, 08:59:26 AM »
Found the last two books in the history series that I am reading at Half-Price Books.

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« Reply #1908 on: November 25, 2014, 04:47:13 AM »
I spent no money today!

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« Reply #1909 on: November 25, 2014, 08:30:34 AM »
Waited for a cold day to set my oven to self-clean.  Really enjoyed the extra heat.

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« Reply #1910 on: November 26, 2014, 10:12:25 AM »
I push-started my car last night (ran down battery doing something dumb) instead of jumping it and burning extra gas in my roommates' car.  More fun too.

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« Reply #1911 on: November 26, 2014, 10:26:02 PM »
Kept reminding my kids to turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

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« Reply #1912 on: November 27, 2014, 01:41:05 PM »
Kept reminding my kids to turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

turn out the lights....

I have a friend who (with great success) deputized one of her kids as the "light police".  The kid is paid a few bucks a week and always remembers to turn off lights around the house because it's his job.  She says the savings have far exceeded the amount paid to him for his duties.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1913 on: November 29, 2014, 06:28:10 PM »
I made the dough for no-knead bread last night and will cook it this evening.  This not only gives me fresh bread but will heat the family room with the heat from the oven.

That is, I'll get fresh bread if it works.  I have tried this recipe a few times before and haven't had good success.  Hope it is better this time.

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« Reply #1914 on: November 29, 2014, 06:31:19 PM »
Used a target giftcard to buy 3 pairs of sweatpants. Used public transport, ate at home. Dramatically expanded wardrobe, nothing left bank account.

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« Reply #1915 on: November 29, 2014, 09:03:16 PM »
With today being "Small Business Saturday" I helped out a few locally-owned small businesses by buying breakfast for today (and tomorrow and Monday, maybe even Tuesday), lunch for tomorrow and Monday, and dinner for tomorrow, and in a few will be going out for dinner and a movie.  The vast majority of this "lavish" spending will result in credit statements from American Express, so I will end up getting a lot of food for next to nothing.  $10 credits as long as the purchase was $10.  Mine were all pretty damn close to that amount, maybe a dollar or 2 over.  All told, today's AmEx purchases will total around $97 and I will get $90 of that back!

Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1916 on: November 29, 2014, 10:52:12 PM »
Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

Awesome, thank you! I already had plans to go to Costco tomorrow. I will definitely check it out, although my guess is that the turkeys will be too large for my two-person family. Although there's always the freezer ...

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« Reply #1917 on: November 30, 2014, 12:58:09 AM »
Cressida, cooked turkey freezes really well! I do it in small ziploc bags and add it to casseroles, soups, stir fry, etc.

Today we made a huge double batch of meaty spaghetti sauce and froze half of it for another full meal in a week or so.

I also made an excellent broccoli salad from http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com

Kept the heat at 20C even though it was -6 outside. This is a real accomplishment for us! haha! My family are total wimps when it comes to the cold. Put on a flipping sweater!!

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« Reply #1918 on: November 30, 2014, 09:28:24 AM »
Bike ride across town, instead of taking the bus.  Also purchased some new LED lights for the home, getting more lumens in the bedroom but in total lowering my "wattage" by 43 W.  :)

OK, didn't do it to save money per se, but it's a nice side effect.

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« Reply #1919 on: November 30, 2014, 09:50:40 AM »
I had been told that you could not pay your living expenses off campus with a 529.  Found out I was wrong and deposited $1000 into the 529 (that I will take out in Dec) and will deposit another $1000 in December.  This will save me $105 in state taxes this year and $525 next year.

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« Reply #1920 on: November 30, 2014, 10:06:39 AM »
Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

Aw man, I need to go!  We have a half-empty deep freezer, and some turkeys would help fill it up nicely.

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« Reply #1921 on: November 30, 2014, 11:00:05 AM »
It's in the low 50s today, so I jumped on my bicycle to return a book to the library drop slot and picked up some stuff at the supermarket to make turkey ala king from Thanksgiving leftovers.  I used a gift card, so total cost for me today was $0.00.

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« Reply #1922 on: November 30, 2014, 11:03:09 AM »
Spent yesterday mastering a new recipe, Chinese Steamed Buns.  Cheap amusement for the day plus a new skill to keep us out of restaurants plus cheap dinner.

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« Reply #1923 on: November 30, 2014, 11:51:47 AM »
Spent the lowest amount I've ever spent on my dog's food today.  Also, picked up cheap cat litter that was further discounted.  Going out later to buy stuff at the bulk food store where I have a $3 off when you spend $10.  Anyone else ever try to get as close to the $10 on coupons like that?  It's like a game for me.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1924 on: November 30, 2014, 02:20:14 PM »
Sold some of my sonīs old toys and clothes = 60€ :-)

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« Reply #1925 on: November 30, 2014, 04:43:07 PM »
Cut DH's hair before he left for work this morning.
Renewed my overdue library books online, so no more fines.

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« Reply #1926 on: November 30, 2014, 06:40:28 PM »
Made soup for dinner from stock I made from the bones yesterday. Added seasonings, veggies, noodles and bits of chicken.

Steamed the pork buns that were gifted to us -- clearing out the freezer!

Daughter made 2 double batches of muffins for snacking this week -- lemon poppyseed and chocolate chip.

Kept the heat down even though its quite cold outside.

Worked on setting up YNAB -- something small I did TODAY to save money in the FUTURE! I'm easily confused and math is not my forte so this has been a real challenge (and I'm not finished yet).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1927 on: November 30, 2014, 08:35:36 PM »
Finished sewing warm window thermal shades for the house. Never used a sewing machine before this. Turned out great and should help reduce heating costs.

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« Reply #1928 on: November 30, 2014, 08:48:26 PM »
I wanted table runners for the holidays, and was unwilling to buy them, so I went shopping in my linen closet. I had two sage green king sized pillow cases I was not using. I picked them apart and re-sewed them into runners for my tables.

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« Reply #1929 on: November 30, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
With today being "Small Business Saturday" I helped out a few locally-owned small businesses by buying breakfast for today (and tomorrow and Monday, maybe even Tuesday), lunch for tomorrow and Monday, and dinner for tomorrow, and in a few will be going out for dinner and a movie.  The vast majority of this "lavish" spending will result in credit statements from American Express, so I will end up getting a lot of food for next to nothing.  $10 credits as long as the purchase was $10.  Mine were all pretty damn close to that amount, maybe a dollar or 2 over.  All told, today's AmEx purchases will total around $97 and I will get $90 of that back!

Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2.  I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?).  I knew something had to be up.  I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#.  Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about.  Then I saw the kicker:  $10 off the price marked on the sticker.  My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!!  That is under 32 cents a pound.  Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).

You did much better on the AmEx thing than we did, but I'm not complaining about seeing a matinee, have 2 slices and a pint of fancy beer each, and paying a net $12.

Also jealous of the turkey deal you found.  I stumbled across similar at WinCo last year, so I went back this Friday and no turkey discounts to be had.  Didn't occur to me to check CostCo.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1930 on: December 01, 2014, 01:51:39 AM »
Have had the sewing box out. Darned socks, sewed up small holes in my Ugg boots (sheepskin)and hubby's casual shoes. Put hubby's sports shoes in the washing machine and they came out like new, and spent half an hour using hairspray to remove a big ink stain from a favorite top. Most of these things I would have felt in the past were too much bother but gave me a sense of achievement today.

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« Reply #1931 on: December 01, 2014, 08:52:41 AM »
Did our first bike cart run to the grocery store.  Amazing how easy a Burley is to pull

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« Reply #1932 on: December 01, 2014, 09:08:29 AM »
Fixed my electric range.  One of the power connections had loosened over the years and burned/melted the terminal block.   $30 for the new block and power cord.  I might have been able to reuse the power cord but the wire that had come loose was badly burned and I didn't think it was worth the risk.

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« Reply #1933 on: December 01, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »
Hyper-miling my oven today! Made mini-pizzas for the kids for lunch, followed by a pan of brownies, followed by 2 packages of sausages that will go with our dinner. If I wasn't recovering from surgery, I would also have started some bread dough to rise and bake, but I'd already hit my limit for today.

Eggs, sausages and toast for dinner for the family -- dad is out for dinner with work tonight.

Keeping lights switched off in the day -- including the Christmas tree lights.

Keeping the programmable thermostat at 20C in the day and 18C at night -- pre-MMM we would just bump up the daytime temp and then forget to hit "run program" at bedtime and the furnace would blast all night long.

Unplugged my laptop once it was charged. Same with cell phones.


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« Reply #1934 on: December 01, 2014, 05:38:21 PM »
Made 14 quarts of turkey stock from the thanksgiving carcass and the odd vegetable ends I collect.

Dinner is Turkey Shepherd's Pie using thanksgiving leftovers - turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and the last remains of some slightly desiccated cheeses.   

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« Reply #1935 on: December 01, 2014, 07:45:12 PM »
Watched movies at home with friends. The in-depth discussion is what I crave. I wouldn't have gone out to a cinema anyway, but I'm learning what I want and don't want out of a film experience and can better tailor the moments each time to what I'd like - whether at the theater or at home.

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« Reply #1936 on: December 01, 2014, 07:48:43 PM »
Arranged to pick up a free electrical barbeque later in the week. Can't wait to use it!

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« Reply #1937 on: December 02, 2014, 01:25:00 PM »
Increased 401k contributions  by 1%.

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« Reply #1938 on: December 02, 2014, 03:52:59 PM »
Increased 401k contributions  by 1%.

Me, too!

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« Reply #1939 on: December 02, 2014, 04:19:06 PM »
Made a loaf of bread in the bread machine to go with leftover chicken vegetable soup for dinner. Gotta love that 58 minute Quick Loaf cycle!

Got a free sample of medicine for child who saw the doctor today. It's a puffer with 60 doses so it will be more than enough to see us through this asthma-type illness.

Drank copious amounts of tea.

Turned off the furnace for the afternoon while everyone else is out.

Husband combined 3 errands with picking up a child from music lessons.

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« Reply #1940 on: December 02, 2014, 04:31:58 PM »
Making money, rather than saving it, but I'm very excited :)

We just arranged a lodger for our guest suite!  She's an old friend of mine who will be with us for a trial basis for the next 3 weeks, then vacating while we need the room for family (she has a house-sitting gig lined up to coincide), and then hopefully staying for 2015!

Yay :)  We've never had a formal lodger/boarder/roommate before (have had long-term guests, though), so it will be a new experience for us.  Hopefully a good one, and even if it turns out to be short rather than long term, any extra money coming in will be put straight to work.

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« Reply #1941 on: December 03, 2014, 01:53:47 PM »
My car needed to visit the mechanic which is near where the Hub works so he drove my car to work today, left it and walked the last mile to work.  Will pick it up the same way.  The man is a frugal god.

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« Reply #1942 on: December 03, 2014, 02:01:54 PM »
Son has a good friend who is a mechanic by trade and they were fixing my son's breaks on his car in our garage and it only cost my son the parts. Nice friend!


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« Reply #1943 on: December 03, 2014, 07:27:54 PM »
scrubbyfish:

I did the same thing with hair elastics. I was all out and had them on my grocery list. Then I found one on an end table, and I had my kids help me look for some in other places around the house and we found 11!! Ridiculous! Crossed it off my grocery list :-)

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« Reply #1944 on: December 03, 2014, 09:13:45 PM »
Made Thanksgiving soup!

Blob of mashed potatoes and gravy in pan.  Add enough almond milk to get a good chowder consistency.  Fill it with shredded turkey and leftover vegetables.  Season.  Heat.  Eat. 

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« Reply #1945 on: December 03, 2014, 09:24:50 PM »
Today I rode my bike to work, and I stopped at the public library on the way home. I made a batch of hot cocoa mix to have on hand. The only money I spent today was on the coin laundry.

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« Reply #1946 on: December 04, 2014, 03:17:23 AM »
scrubbyfish: I did the same thing with hair elastics. I was all out and had them on my grocery list. Then I found one on an end table, and I had my kids help me look for some in other places around the house and we found 11!! Ridiculous! Crossed it off my grocery list :-)

:)   I knew I had to change something when a boyfriend mimicked my only words in my morning routine as a mumbled, flustered, "Where's my scrunchie?!?!?" Took me a good nine months to come up with a solution, lol. And happily, there are only four doors in my wee house.

I wrap mine around the handle of my hairbrush. I always brush my hair when I take the elastic out, and likewise, always brush it when I put it up. And if I don't brush it, I at least know the elastics are in the top drawer of my bathroom vanity around the handle of my brush. :)

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« Reply #1947 on: December 04, 2014, 08:17:01 AM »
Steeping a pot of tea made with loose tea bought from an Asian grocery store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1948 on: December 04, 2014, 09:08:17 AM »
Fixed my headlight last night with a $17 dollar bulb instead of the likely $100+ it would have cost me to take it to a shop.

This may not seem like a big deal, because I originally thought it would be a very simple fix. I've changed the entire tail light assembly before, I didn't think a headlight would be any harder, but it is because the engine is in the way. It took a few days and a couple frustrated tries. I shattered a few plastic rivets, and the assembly wasn't coming out as easily as it should have, but I kept at it and succeeded. :D

Also I made an appointment to get some rims for my winter tires before I get them put on the car. It costs a little more now, but I won't have to pay an outrageous $140 twice a year to switch them. I'll be able to do it myself.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #1949 on: December 04, 2014, 12:49:17 PM »
Yummy mug of tea to keep me warm.

Cancelled $10/month online newspaper subscription....FINALLY! I was holding out on this one as I really do enjoy the paper, but there's so much content free online now, that I really could no longer justify it.

Keeping mini-lights off on the Christmas tree during the day. This is a change for us from pre-MMM years.

Turning the heat off during the day.