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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2350 on: January 31, 2015, 08:14:59 PM »
Bought two new kinds of loose green tea at an Oriental grocery store.  Noticed that they had a sale on tapioca starch and grabbed it on the way out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2351 on: January 31, 2015, 09:15:45 PM »
Usually I stock up on shredded cheddar cheese when it is on sale, but I found myself out of cheese and resigned myself to paying the regular price of $4.99 a pound. When I got to the store I noticed the two pound blocks were on sale for $5.99, so I gave the cheese grater at home a workout, saved $2.00 a pound, and now we're stocked up on cheddar cheese for probably a couple months.

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« Reply #2352 on: January 31, 2015, 09:40:07 PM »
Accepted some awesome second-hand things from my Mom, who is moving.

A queen-size bed - between her and new housemate they had 4, and needed to get rid of one - my 10 year old is incredibly stoked to receive it, its great quality, and will last him into adulthood

A few pairs of second-hand work shoes - coming from my mom, I don't mind that they're second-hand, as we are the same size/foot shape, and she always buys decent quality.

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« Reply #2353 on: February 01, 2015, 12:19:28 AM »
Took the family to a free all day event at convention centre -- it was excellent and kids came home with lots of freebies.

Took a picnic dinner to the event.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2354 on: February 01, 2015, 02:36:56 AM »
Picked up portable food to take on my business trip this week; will walk the ~6 blocks from hotel to grocery store to get some fruit and veg when I get there.  Hoping to only eat dinners out during my trip.

Got photos, video and measurements today and am working with a shop in the UK to take advantage of the current exchange rate to get a new saddle @ about 30% less than if I bought the exact same thing from a US shop.

Wow transatlantic saddle fitting? Thats brave. Its such a big spend isn't it?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2355 on: February 01, 2015, 08:40:55 AM »
Picked up portable food to take on my business trip this week; will walk the ~6 blocks from hotel to grocery store to get some fruit and veg when I get there.  Hoping to only eat dinners out during my trip.

Got photos, video and measurements today and am working with a shop in the UK to take advantage of the current exchange rate to get a new saddle @ about 30% less than if I bought the exact same thing from a US shop.

Wow transatlantic saddle fitting? Thats brave. Its such a big spend isn't it?

Yes, it's scary, but it's just a modification of the same model I already have, and there are no dealers within 1,000 miles of me, so I'd be doing everything remotely no matter what.  I'll be holding my breath until I've strapped it on my horse and my butt's in the seat though!  My first custom saddle and hoping it lasts me for the 20 or so working years my horse has ahead of her.

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« Reply #2356 on: February 01, 2015, 02:10:36 PM »
The plastic pitcher I use to chill drinks finally broke after six years of constant use, so I had to get a new one at Target today.  I used a gift card leftover from Christmas so it didn't cost me anything.  I then baked a fresh loaf of french bread using our bread machine and ate a lunch of leftovers from last night's homemade dinner.  Then, I read a book.  What a good day.

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« Reply #2357 on: February 01, 2015, 04:16:16 PM »
Made scones for snacks at work
Made hot chocolate mix
Remembered to use a coupon for dog food purchase
Fried up some previously boiled potatoes with veggies to take for lunches
Had leftovers for breakfast and lunch
Found a pet store within walking distance from home that can order the type of food I use for pup. Though it remains to be seen if it will cost less yet.
Used sewing machine to repair a shirt.

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« Reply #2358 on: February 01, 2015, 04:33:27 PM »
Filled a thermos and packed a 50 cent box of granola bars to take with us hiking today.  Came home wet, cold and hungry and warmed up the last of the chili plus some added leftover beans.  The Hub said, "I had forgotten how GOOD this chili is."

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« Reply #2359 on: February 01, 2015, 08:25:01 PM »
Watched the Super Bowl on my laptop for free, instead of spending $$XX,XXX to go to the game. Does that count?

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« Reply #2360 on: February 01, 2015, 10:30:30 PM »
Brought snacks from home and a steel water bottle on the plane today.  Filled the bottle after going through airport security, and had enough snacks to avoid going out to dinner after making it to my hotel.  Drinking some free in-room tea and going to bed.  Scoped out the cheap street food vendors on Yelp so I can grabl lunch for under <$5 tomorrow.

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« Reply #2361 on: February 01, 2015, 10:46:37 PM »
Repaired a friend's top in exchange for a take-out coffee. 

February is 'don't buy coffee or chocolate' month in our house, so this little bartering exercise has preserved my precious half-jar of ground coffee for another day :)

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« Reply #2362 on: February 02, 2015, 11:40:31 AM »
*  Working on collecting tax documents so I can get that done and get the refund into savings!

*  Donated bag of cat food (minus one portion) to local animal shelter to bless someone else.

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« Reply #2363 on: February 02, 2015, 02:35:38 PM »
Today I found a pet sitter who will live in my house while I'm away for 15 days next May through a reputable source (also I noticed that this pet sitter and I have a mutual friend not associated with said reputable source).

Her rates are only slightly lower than the boarding place I usually take my pup, but no sales tax. Also I would have to drop him off the day before if I was taking him to the regular place, which has an added cost of 1 night. Between the lower cost, no sales tax, and 1 less night, I calculated $80 savings!

Also I save 3 hours worth of driving time and fuel cost, since she comes to my house and the boarding place is 45 min away. AND I get a free house sitter. Pup gets less socialization, but gets to stay at home.

Not confirmed yet, but she's available the days I am gone and is coming over on Friday to meet us. :D
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« Reply #2364 on: February 02, 2015, 02:59:56 PM »
Just tried to fix some unset grape jelly with chia seeds.  A friend recently told me she makes chia seed strawberry jam and her kids can't tell the difference (she just tells them its strawberry seeds).  So, I googled some recipes and mixed 1/4 cup chia seeds into a pint of unset grape jelly and will check on it in a couple of hours or in the am and see how it went.  If that worked I will do it with the rest one jar at a time so I don't have to recan it.  I may try it with some blueberries we have in the freezer too that need used up.

In case this doesn't work...lots of things you can do with jelly/jam that didn't set well.  Stir in yoghurt or oatmeal.  Add to BBQ sauce as the sweet component. Add to club soda to create your own soda pop.  Add to a smoothie.  Use a meat glaze. 

Some of these ideas work better with some flavors than others.  Just don't ask me how I know all these techniques for dealing with less that perfectly gelled jelly. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2365 on: February 02, 2015, 04:20:19 PM »
1) Hung a load of laundry

2) Lots of varieties of tea made at home today to keep me warm

3) 1 gallon of milk becoming jars of yogurt

4) Furnace off during the daytime

5) Soup stock from Friday's chicken bones is becoming a chicken-barley-vegetable soup in the crockpot for tonights dinner. Buns made Friday will be toasted with a little cheese to accompany the soup.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2366 on: February 02, 2015, 04:27:28 PM »
Walked to the library to pick up the books I ordered.  Thought about stopping for coffee on the way home but came home and made a pot of tea instead.  Perfect after a wet, cold walk.

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« Reply #2367 on: February 02, 2015, 04:59:12 PM »
In case this doesn't work...lots of things you can do with jelly/jam that didn't set well.  Stir in yoghurt or oatmeal.  Add to BBQ sauce as the sweet component. Add to club soda to create your own soda pop.  Add to a smoothie.  Use a meat glaze. 

Or whap it onto pancakes! I once made a huge amount of cherry jam from a tub of sour cherries.... had about six cups of juice left that never really set into jelly. But man, it was good on pancakes. Especially with sour cream instead of butter.

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« Reply #2368 on: February 02, 2015, 05:52:05 PM »
I was snowed in today, so after I finished shoveling I redeemed online rewards programs for $15 in Amazon gift cards.  Those should come in handy.  Then, I played My Vegas for a bit while cleaning up the house and earned another 3000 points toward our nearly free Vegas vacation this summer.  For dinner, I made chicken a la king with stuff I had lying around in the freezer and pantry and served it over some of the bread I baked yesterday.  Another day without spending any money -- other than what I had already spent for the stuff I used today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2369 on: February 02, 2015, 11:07:12 PM »
Drank free trade show coffee instead of hitting Starbucks.  Passed by the hotel bar and had some free tea in my room even though I really wanted a beer (which I would have regretted anyway when it impacted my sleep).  Who knew Sacramento was so expensive?  I got a sandwich and a small bowl of chile today and paid $16.  No chips or drinks or anything.  Thinking Ill go on a voyage to Safeway tomorrow.

Last post I mentioned the fancy pants saddle Im ordering - today I lined up a buyer for my current one, so no advertising or ebay and shipping fee BS and makes the net cost of the new saddle fairly reasonable at the end of the day.

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« Reply #2370 on: February 02, 2015, 11:28:28 PM »
Called Century link and requested they reduce my rate to match their slow speed for my internet (i only get 2.5 here, far from the nearest node, but they are were charging me for 7.  Saved 25/month.  Now if i can only figure out how to get them to give me faster speeds....

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« Reply #2371 on: February 03, 2015, 01:17:41 AM »
Late summer here in NZ and I combined biking and foraging tonight and picked a 2 litre icecream container of delicious blackberries. Can't believe I'm yet to see anyone else doing the same. Aiming to get enough for blackberry porridge all winter. Yum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2372 on: February 03, 2015, 02:54:24 AM »
Went through my insurances and found out I have a travel insurance that's waay to expensive. Will cancel and take a much cheaper one.
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« Reply #2373 on: February 03, 2015, 04:49:59 AM »
I took apart three live christmas wreaths I had purchased in November to decorate my barn for the holidays.

I saved the metal form and the three red bows. Stored them away until next year when I will forage for greens and make my own live wreaths.  Although I could not bother with wreaths, I will because I enjoy them, this will make them free for at least several years as I reuse the materials.

Hung several loads of laundry on drying racks in front of the fireplace and have been crazy vigilant with food waste. Is anyone interested in leftover homemade chicken fingers, taco salad and butternut squash for dinner?

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« Reply #2374 on: February 03, 2015, 02:22:35 PM »
Not exactly money saving, but my bf packed lunches last night, completely of his own initiative! (Typically I am the lunch-packer. Which isn't like The Worst but it's always good to see support for one's goals and methodologies!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2375 on: February 03, 2015, 02:51:07 PM »
A couple of desks arrived at work today (for me to put together). I'm taking home some of the packaging for eBay selling. Not a lot but also not wasteful!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2376 on: February 03, 2015, 05:47:00 PM »
Public Transportation to the Dentist.

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« Reply #2377 on: February 04, 2015, 04:42:56 AM »
Got cash out on the way to work and paid for my lunch with it, avoiding the dodgy $10 minimum electronic payment requirement at the place next to my work which means I have to buy 2 items.

It would have been better still to bring my lunch from home but a smaller spend is still a small win.

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« Reply #2378 on: February 04, 2015, 10:46:23 AM »
*  Managed to not spend any money yesterday.
*  Brought lunch to work today (as usual, but I had a few "buy lunch" days last week, so back on the wagon)
*  Will take advantage of using a free gym tonight to work out (which I need to make a habit)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2379 on: February 04, 2015, 11:18:59 AM »
Rented our place in the parkinglot for a half year, so we don't have too pay for it ourselves.

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« Reply #2380 on: February 04, 2015, 11:34:34 AM »
Discovered an errant turkey in the bottom of the freezer.  Cooked it for dinner last night.  It tasted slightly freezer burned.  Made mole' sauce.  The Hub (who doesn't know the reason for the sauce) is raving about how good the burritos are.  Just ate another one for breakfast.  Damn, they are GOOD.

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« Reply #2381 on: February 04, 2015, 12:37:49 PM »
Discovered an errant turkey in the bottom of the freezer.  .

I'm giggling, picturing your turkey hiding in the bottom of your freezer, trying to go unnoticed! hahahhah

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« Reply #2382 on: February 04, 2015, 06:22:40 PM »
Is anyone interested in leftover homemade chicken fingers, taco salad and butternut squash for dinner?

I am, I am!  I'll bring dessert.  How did you prepare your butternut squash?  I usually just roast in the oven.  Not very exciting, and I'm looking for some simple tip and tricks.

Called phone company to ask why I owe them money if I cancelled service on the last day of last period.  They waived the fee.

Have ting cell phone pricing for my dad.  He's currently paying $20, but with ting, he would only pay $9. Does it count if you save someone else money?

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« Reply #2383 on: February 04, 2015, 08:02:48 PM »
Well what happened to me today was not so little I guess. I've actually coined a new term for it - frugasmic!

Yes, it was that thrilling. I stopped by my local Whole Foods to supplement a few things after getting my CSA share. Our local Whole Foods is closing up shop and opening a brand new larger store less than a mile away. I guess it's happening next week, although I had no idea when it was happening. So as I walk in the door, I see a sign that said there was a 25% discount on select items. Some signs were strategically placed around the store, but I didn't pay much attention since it was unclear what was on sale.

Then, as I pass by the meats area, the butcher is yelling out "25% in the whole store, yes you heard that right". I almost had a heart attack when I heard that, paused and took a deep breath, and asked him directly if that meant everything in the store not just what was around the signs. He said, yes EVERYTHING.

Well then...I did a double take, backtracked my way to the front of the store and started loading up on things that would last a while (grains, tuna fish, sardines) and other such goodies. I ended up spending almost $200. I told the cashier I've never spent that much in one visit. Then she said the best was yet to come as that was the total before the 25% discount. She then clicked a button and I started to see the discounts being applied one by one at the register screen in front of me. As that number slowly dwindled down to $150, I could barely contain my enthusiasm.

Such simple things as getting a whopping 25% discount at the grocery store can truly be called "frugasmic" (for the frugally inclined).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2384 on: February 05, 2015, 09:57:11 AM »
Broke up with girlfriend.

Actually she initiated it, but it was mutually agreed upon and not a bad thing. Easiest breakup ever actually, we went for dinner after (it was her turn to pay) and chatted and laughed and I think we both felt a sense of relief.

But I will save money. She lives 45 min away and was by far my biggest use of my gas/car/restaurant budget.

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« Reply #2385 on: February 05, 2015, 10:19:06 AM »
My friend was selling off some things from her closet and I bought a pair of short black boots that were just a little too narrow for her, but fit me perfectly. Great quality, barely worn leather boots for $20.

Oh - and I thought I didn't have anything to pack for lunch, but located a can of soup in the pantry, threw in a piece of fruit and made it work.
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« Reply #2386 on: February 05, 2015, 10:31:39 AM »
Tracked my spending for all of January! For the first time in my entire life I know how much I spent, what I spent it on, how much I made. Whoot. Happily I also spent less than I made - so even better!!!!

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« Reply #2387 on: February 05, 2015, 10:39:04 AM »
Is anyone interested in leftover homemade chicken fingers, taco salad and butternut squash for dinner?

I am, I am!  I'll bring dessert.  How did you prepare your butternut squash?  I usually just roast in the oven.  Not very exciting, and I'm looking for some simple tip and tricks.

Called phone company to ask why I owe them money if I cancelled service on the last day of last period.  They waived the fee.

Have ting cell phone pricing for my dad.  He's currently paying $20, but with ting, he would only pay $9. Does it count if you save someone else money?

I do the roasting thing in the oven too. I just found this new recipe as well though....soooo good!

http://iowagirleats.com/2015/02/02/gluten-free-penne-kale-butternut-squash-sausage/

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« Reply #2388 on: February 05, 2015, 10:41:38 AM »
Tracked my spending for all of January! For the first time in my entire life I know how much I spent, what I spent it on, how much I made. Whoot. Happily I also spent less than I made - so even better!!!!

Me too. First time I ever tracked every penny. I loved it. I feel empowered!

My DH was pretty impressed too, and shocked at some of the results.

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« Reply #2389 on: February 05, 2015, 11:50:06 AM »
Tracked my spending for all of January! For the first time in my entire life I know how much I spent, what I spent it on, how much I made. Whoot. Happily I also spent less than I made - so even better!!!!

Me too. First time I ever tracked every penny. I loved it. I feel empowered!

My DH was pretty impressed too, and shocked at some of the results.

SO and I did the same! For the first time we didn't miss anything (we attempted in December but I know we missed some cash expenses). Feels great :D.

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« Reply #2390 on: February 05, 2015, 12:03:38 PM »
Bread didn't rise right.  No sweat, it will be repurposed as pizza crust. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2391 on: February 05, 2015, 12:08:19 PM »
I said NO when my husband offered to buy me chocolat. (Now he's cranky, I guess he also wanted it but tried too make it sound like it was a selfless act :P )

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« Reply #2392 on: February 05, 2015, 02:57:09 PM »
1) Whole chicken from the freezer, cooked up in crockpot yesterday -- will become chicken-etti for dinner (Pioneer Woman Cooks website)

2) Trying to use a teapot for my loose leaves instead of tea bag - seeing how much extra steeping I can get out of the leaves.

3) Husband had soup for lunch that I had frozen. That single serving so often goes to waste in the back of the fridge, so I'm really trying to get those things frozen when I notice them, before they start growing!

4) Unplugging devices once they're done charging.


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« Reply #2393 on: February 05, 2015, 06:41:37 PM »
Broke up with girlfriend.

Actually she initiated it, but it was mutually agreed upon and not a bad thing. Easiest breakup ever actually, we went for dinner after (it was her turn to pay) and chatted and laughed and I think we both felt a sense of relief.

But I will save money. She lives 45 min away and was by far my biggest use of my gas/car/restaurant budget.

Sorry about the break up. I hope it remains as amiable as it started. Glad it saves you some cash.

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« Reply #2394 on: February 05, 2015, 07:23:46 PM »
Hey, we hit 50 pages of "What small things did you do TODAY to save money?" --- this is my favourite thread to post to and I find myself thinking about it during the day. If I'm not feeling especially frugal, I know I will still need to do something frugal to be able to post here by bedtime! Thanks for the wonderful sharing of ideas!

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« Reply #2395 on: February 05, 2015, 07:46:42 PM »
*  spent only $11 on groceries intended to last the next ten days
*  no extra driving - just to work and back
*  started a "track every expense" notebook

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« Reply #2396 on: February 06, 2015, 05:28:57 AM »
I have an older car (15 years) that looks pretty bad because the paint has burned off from the sun, but it still runs very well.  It is our main driver.  So here's our thought process:

1.  buy a new, cheap car at $40k+
2.  buy a used car at $12k
3.  paint the old car for $1.2k

Guess which one we chose?  Scheduled to be painted in two weeks. :)

Yeah, I know I don't have to paint it, but my DW is getting comments from judgemental others (JOs) about her car.  If it looks nice, they won't even notice how old it is.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2397 on: February 06, 2015, 08:00:53 AM »
I'm a little late to the party, but IN!  I started researching low-cost meals (thanks to another thread on this site) to try for next week. 


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« Reply #2398 on: February 06, 2015, 09:26:09 AM »
Spent some quality time with the federal Free Fillable Forms and maximized my refund.  There was about $100 that the software wasn't giving me back!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2399 on: February 06, 2015, 09:38:44 AM »
Walking instead of taking the bus. It was cold and I was very tired, but it was worth it. The walk also helped me to think about some things :)