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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2500 on: February 12, 2015, 10:36:20 AM »
I was so tired after work, but I still managed to make a home cooked meal in lieu of eating out.

Sometimes this is a HUGE accomplishment in my world.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2501 on: February 12, 2015, 10:39:30 AM »
Found out the store brand flatbread my supermarket sells tastes exactly the same as the more expensive Wasa, while being 25% cheaper.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2502 on: February 12, 2015, 01:04:26 PM »
*  Started listening to a prosperity meditation at bedtime
*  This morning, found $15 in the pocket of a jacket I have not worn in awhile
*  avoiding any extra driving for the day
*  homemade tamales and yesterday's bargain wine for dinner tonight

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2503 on: February 12, 2015, 02:30:08 PM »
Ditched cable and signed up for sling tv. We watch sports, hgtv and food network and sling covers that. Savings $50 per month.

Now can someone provide internet cheaper? We pay a god awful $60 for it, even with all discounts.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2504 on: February 12, 2015, 02:33:12 PM »
Finished sorting through most of my clothes and packed up 3 bags for Goodwill donation. Also itemized them so I can calculate the donation's value for taxes next year (it won't be much but I'll take it!)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2505 on: February 12, 2015, 05:38:24 PM »
Trying to buy some seeds for the 2015 garden season on ebay and spent a bit of time trying to get seller to explain their postal rates for multiple varieties.  Sigh.  They made it very complicated and I think I'll just move on to another seller.  It was hit the "Send me a combined invoice" button (or something of that ilk) which according to ebay would mean I contracted to buy them.  NO.  Just NO. 

As I told the seller what if I don't agree with the 'discounted' shipping rate you then quote me I'd already be committed to purchase?.  I'm going to know what I'm buying first and all the 'dealer's prep' & 'shipping charges' & 'handling charges' and 'rust-prevention' add ons (you catch my sarcasm I hope?) BEFORE I commit to buying from anyone.  She has yet to reply back. 

Phhppffhhhttt....be clear in your ad how to buy multiple items & how much it's going to cost if you do to ship them to you. 

SIGH.  So far I've saved the cost of the seeds and of the shipping!  oh me.

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« Reply #2506 on: February 12, 2015, 05:40:42 PM »
*  Just signed up for a library card :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2507 on: February 12, 2015, 07:34:16 PM »
I had to be out all day visiting a few classrooms in my town.  I knew I would have a bit of time between appointments and would be tempted to go to a coffee shop.  So I made coffee at home in the morning and filled two travel mugs to take with me.  I also went to the library (instead of a coffee shop) to check my e-mail with their free wifi.

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« Reply #2508 on: February 12, 2015, 11:02:54 PM »
I did grocery shopping at the weekend and spent about $15 (In China, at a local fruit and veg market rather than a fancy pants import supermarket like many expats do).

I then cooked a huge minestrone soup and a tofu/cauliflower/water chestnut meal which is delicious. I'm now attempting to go Monday - Friday without spending a penny! Also have own coffee at school to avoid buying store bought.

It's Thursday today... $0 spent so far and plenty of food in the fridge/freezer left!


Friday and soup from home for lunch... still on $0 for the week!

Now to resist my colleagues invite for a beer after work...!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2509 on: February 12, 2015, 11:23:41 PM »
Made 4 loaves of bread for the game night we are hosting tomorrow! Didn't really do it to save money, but it will be yummy and the money savings makes it extra tasty. ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2510 on: February 13, 2015, 10:43:55 AM »
I walked to CVS (in sub-freezing temps) to buy a gallon  of milk instead of driving to the grocery store.  Also activated my PTel phone and ditched my straight talk for a savings of $20-25 per month.

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« Reply #2511 on: February 13, 2015, 12:48:19 PM »
Walk to store with baby in carrier to buy groceries. Win-win - baby gets to go out, I get some shopping completed and we can't buy more than necessary stuff.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2512 on: February 13, 2015, 07:14:39 PM »
Did a focus group for $125, then took the car to transmission shop for an estimate. Small town, local mechanic who knows you and your cousins for the win -- nothing wrong with the transmission, and he said so, wouldn't take anything for his time. Troubleshooting on the hesitation continues, but it isn't fuel filter or pump (replaced both already) and it probably isn't the mass air flow sensor (cleaned it).


But this probably means no "new" car for a while, so happy news there.

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« Reply #2513 on: February 13, 2015, 07:31:29 PM »
* Comparison-shopped HSAs.
* Continued researching new place to live w/ lower cost of living.
* Turned extra platter of sushi given to us for free by mistake yesterday (restaurant made 1 too many; told us to keep it) into fish chowder with ginger, lime, zucchini, and red peppers.
* Joined MMM forum. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2514 on: February 13, 2015, 07:32:52 PM »
I reached to the back of the carrots at the grocery store and grabbed dry ones.  No need to pay 0.49/lb for water weight!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2515 on: February 13, 2015, 10:24:21 PM »
*  no money spent today
*  I have proactively planned cheap or free activities for the long weekend ahead

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2516 on: February 14, 2015, 07:50:05 AM »
1)Had family meeting yesterday and as of the end of the month we will CUT THE CABLE!!!  Weehaaaa.  I have been trying to do this for about five years now and the Hubs (the one who watches the least TV in the household) was the one who was fighting it the most and his one show is available online!  shrug??  seriously dude??????  We will refund the sons who live with us their 'cable box' payment that they made at the beginning of the year.  Seems like if good ol' Mom & Dad didn't want to pay for cable neither of them thought it was necessary either.  They only paid the additional box money for their hookups in their areas of the house.  They could've watched it on the 55 incher in the den at no cost before that. 

2) Went out to steak dinner last night to beat the Valentine rush and the adult children who went along paid their own way.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2517 on: February 14, 2015, 10:25:46 AM »
I saved around $180 by doing my taxes online yesterday instead of going to an accountant like I usually do. I saw a few people on the forum suggest going the DIY route, and it really encouraged me to make an attempt.

I made dinner last night and I am having leftovers for lunch today. I also have leftovers from earlier in the week left in the fridge, and I am thinking about having those for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2518 on: February 14, 2015, 10:43:20 AM »
I've bought and used cloth menstrual pads for the first time this month. It's an investment. Costs: 21 for 3 pads. Not sure how much time it will take to earn it back, but it will pay itself back eventually

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2519 on: February 14, 2015, 01:28:05 PM »
Our fridge malfunctioned and froze a bunch of produce, so made a pot of soup to salvage as much as I could.  Got a 10% off Lowe's coupon today as it looks like we're in the market for a new fridge, after some trouble shooting one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2520 on: February 14, 2015, 01:48:29 PM »
For some reason I woke up at 4am this morning and got productive.

Emptied my piggy bank and rolled up the coins
Made more pizza dough
Made hot chocolate mix
Did laundry, hung towels to dry
Started to make scones, but had no milk or shortening. Will finish now that I just got back from the grocery store
Walked to grocery store. Next time I'm remembering to bring a backpack. My arms are so sore!!!
Carpooling later tonight to a house party

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« Reply #2521 on: February 14, 2015, 02:28:28 PM »
I bought a copy of "Living with Ed" Season 1 on DVD -- Ed Begley Jr.'s reality show about environmentally-friendly living -- used for $4 on Amazon and paid for it with a gift card I got for using Bing as my search engine instead of Google.  I haven't been able to find this show anywhere else, so it feels like I made out like a bandit here since I didn't even have to pay anything for it.

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« Reply #2522 on: February 14, 2015, 04:44:23 PM »
I bought a copy of "Living with Ed" Season 1 on DVD -- Ed Begley Jr.'s reality show about environmentally-friendly living -- used for $4 on Amazon and paid for it with a gift card I got for using Bing as my search engine instead of Google.  I haven't been able to find this show anywhere else, so it feels like I made out like a bandit here since I didn't even have to pay anything for it.
I loved that show when it was on cable years ago.

Today, we celebrated - we had breakfast and snacks at home.  Then we went to the beach with the kids.  Took water and snacks.  Played in the (cold) water and sand, picked up interesting rocks and shells.  We always tend to go out around lunch time, but the snacks kept us going.

We parked at a free park and walked a mile to the beach, came home, had lunch.  I've got pork chops cooking and we are baking cookies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2523 on: February 14, 2015, 04:57:21 PM »
Changed the Universal joints on my truck myself.

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« Reply #2524 on: February 14, 2015, 06:32:19 PM »
* Comparison-shopped HSAs.
* Continued researching new place to live w/ lower cost of living.
* Turned extra platter of sushi given to us for free by mistake yesterday (restaurant made 1 too many; told us to keep it) into fish chowder with ginger, lime, zucchini, and red peppers.
* Joined MMM forum. :)
Welcome!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2525 on: February 14, 2015, 08:43:32 PM »
Just cut my toddler boy's hair.  Used to cut my big boy's hair a lot, got out of the habit.  It's a little ragged, but I'll get better, right?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2526 on: February 14, 2015, 08:59:04 PM »
We decided to 'make do''
Our insulated lunch bag, which holds my husbands water bottle broke...zipper completely broke.
I found an elastic..and that worked great.

Then my husband forgot where he left the water bottle bag.

We are in the middle of the Australian Outback, and we didn't want to buy a new, if we can even  find one....husband misplaces things a lot :)

I took an old t-shirt, and wrapped  it  around another bottle, put it inside of a  brown paper bag, and kept it together with duct tape.

That kept him in cool water, until he found his broken insulated bag...which he did a couple of  days later.

Only needs to last for another week...when we leave this area.

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« Reply #2527 on: February 15, 2015, 08:45:42 AM »
This was actually yesterday, but planning paid off. Relative had asked what we wanted for Xmas, so we asked for wine. He got us a very nice bottle, which we saved for Valentine's day. Spent the day hiking and then cooking a meal at home. Made for a cheap but really special day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2528 on: February 15, 2015, 01:40:32 PM »
New fridge purchase today:  $1439 on sale.  Used a 10% off coupon from mycheapcoupons.com to save $143.90.  Purchased $1,000 of Lowe's gift cards from Fred Meyer to get 2,000 fuel points and an addition 1,000 store points, which will net about $55 in savings.  Also hoping the 5% cash back at grocery stores from Chase will kick in on the gift card purchase, for another $50 saved.  And also hoping that the new fridge will be a little more energy efficient than the one it's replacing.

I also picked up some straw to use as garden mulch.  Since people  get fussy about having perfect bales, I took the slightly water-damaged bales off their hands at 2 for the price of 1.

Heading out to clip my horses and trim their feet.  I always do this myself, but others pay $80 and $50 apiece, respectively, for these services, so I guess I could say I'm saving $260 by spending a pleasant afternoon outside getting hair clippings down my shirt and trying not to rasp my knuckles off.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2529 on: February 15, 2015, 01:58:04 PM »
I bought some really nice Valentines Day chocolates that were on sale at our pharmacy today. Ok admittedly this means I actually SPENT money today, but I saved money by not buying on Valentine's day. I got several boxes of Lindt Chocolates and a Toblerone that we're planning on either eating ourselves or give away as nice gifts during the year. I only paid $10. Total savings according to the receipt: $36.50. Whaaaaat?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2530 on: February 15, 2015, 02:03:27 PM »
I bought some really nice Valentines Day chocolates that were on sale at our pharmacy today. Ok admittedly this means I actually SPENT money today, but I saved money by not buying on Valentine's day. I got several boxes of Lindt Chocolates and a Toblerone that we're planning on either eating ourselves or give away as nice gifts during the year. I only paid $10. Total savings according to the receipt: $36.50. Whaaaaat?

Nice! Discount chocolate is amazing!

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« Reply #2531 on: February 15, 2015, 02:09:37 PM »
I bought a copy of "Living with Ed" Season 1 on DVD -- Ed Begley Jr.'s reality show about environmentally-friendly living -- used for $4 on Amazon and paid for it with a gift card I got for using Bing as my search engine instead of Google.  I haven't been able to find this show anywhere else, so it feels like I made out like a bandit here since I didn't even have to pay anything for it.
I loved that show when it was on cable years ago.


If you liked that show, you might like his new show "On Begley Street" about his family constructing a new eco-friendly house.  It's free to watch on eVox: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/series/begley-street

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2532 on: February 15, 2015, 02:38:48 PM »
I bought some really nice Valentines Day chocolates that were on sale at our pharmacy today. Ok admittedly this means I actually SPENT money today, but I saved money by not buying on Valentine's day. I got several boxes of Lindt Chocolates and a Toblerone that we're planning on either eating ourselves or give away as nice gifts during the year. I only paid $10. Total savings according to the receipt: $36.50. Whaaaaat?

Nice! Discount chocolate is amazing!

Mark Feb 15th, Nov 1st, Dec 25th, and whatever day happens to be after Easter as prime chocolate sale days :D. Although, if you wait a week you can find it marked 90%+ off. Hell, I got a x-mas Tur-Duc-Hen for $6 (4lb) this month instead of the list price of $25. Always wanted to try one!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2533 on: February 15, 2015, 05:00:02 PM »
*  Totally staying home today, so no money spent for anything.

Bonus: cleaning the house and discovering things that can be used/re-purposed!! 

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« Reply #2534 on: February 15, 2015, 09:17:51 PM »
I finally repaired the zipper in my jeans myself.  It was easier than I thought it would be!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2535 on: February 15, 2015, 09:43:23 PM »
Im selling the rest of PC gaming equipment tomorrow via craigslist. Finally saying goodbye to my dirty habit. Using money for my garden this season. So I can reduce grocery bill even more.

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« Reply #2536 on: February 15, 2015, 09:57:25 PM »
Hung up the 3 million little baby clothes I washed today, even though the dryer was soooo tempting.  Was too tired to cook (am 9 months pregnant), but husband and I scrounged leftovers instead of getting prepared food.  Took chicken out of freezer for cooking tomorrow - we've been eating way too much expensive garbage lately, and I still have enough energy to cook if I do it earlier in the day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2537 on: February 16, 2015, 12:35:58 AM »
Im selling the rest of PC gaming equipment tomorrow via craigslist. Finally saying goodbye to my dirty habit. Using money for my garden this season. So I can reduce grocery bill even more.

That is admirable. I'm on the other end and thinking about buying a gaming PC :-/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2538 on: February 16, 2015, 08:39:49 AM »
Day off from work today.  Plan is to work on taxes, ick.  But avoided that so far by making two types of salad dressings and hummus.  Dinner for tonight is already in the crockpot - chicken and mushrooms. Signed up for a mystery shop for carpet cleaning, no fee, but my carpets get steam cleaned.  Since we think we'll be moving soon, this is something that needed to be done before we move anyway.  Taking DD out for lunch later today, another mystery shop, so lunch is free, I'll make a couple bucks and get to spend time with her. 

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« Reply #2539 on: February 16, 2015, 08:50:05 AM »
Today, I had to order a replacement battery for my three-year-old Dell laptop.  I went to Amazon and found a well-reviewed battery for $26 including shipping and then used the $11 in Amazon gift cards I had left from Bing Rewards and paid the rest with Discover reward points.  Free is my favorite price.

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« Reply #2540 on: February 16, 2015, 09:02:09 AM »
Lighting my desk this a.m. with my solar Sunking Solo lamp (received as a Christmas list request gift). 

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« Reply #2541 on: February 16, 2015, 03:28:16 PM »
Made $5 today by returning several cases of beer that somebody had left next to the recycling bins. I'm curious what I will find next. A few months ago I found an old pair of skis there that I sold for $40.

I also opened all our curtains this afternoon to let the sun in and heat up our condo. Our electric baseboard heaters were completely off because the temperature inside was a cozy 23 C and I had set the thermostat at 20C. Not bad considering that it was -35C with the wind chill outside. Sometimes it pays off to have a place that's south west facing!

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« Reply #2542 on: February 16, 2015, 03:45:45 PM »
Im selling the rest of PC gaming equipment tomorrow via craigslist. Finally saying goodbye to my dirty habit. Using money for my garden this season. So I can reduce grocery bill even more.

That is admirable. I'm on the other end and thinking about buying a gaming PC :-/

Wow thank you. Im 21 and have played since I was a kid. When my family lost our house (foreclosure), it was how I coped with it all. But for me, it's a crutch. It allows me to ignore the fact i haven't finished my degree and stay out of shape. I strongly advice thinking about why you are getting one. It can quickly take over your life. It took me a lot of repeat quitting to finally do it.

And it's all gone. I got cash in hand. I'm free from that addiction.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2543 on: February 16, 2015, 03:50:40 PM »
Im selling the rest of PC gaming equipment tomorrow via craigslist. Finally saying goodbye to my dirty habit. Using money for my garden this season. So I can reduce grocery bill even more.

That is admirable. I'm on the other end and thinking about buying a gaming PC :-/

Wow thank you. Im 21 and have played since I was a kid. When my family lost our house (foreclosure), it was how I coped with it all. But for me, it's a crutch. It allows me to ignore the fact i haven't finished my degree and stay out of shape. I strongly advice thinking about why you are getting one. It can quickly take over your life. It took me a lot of repeat quitting to finally do it.

And it's all gone. I got cash in hand. I'm free from that addiction.

Congrats. I've been there and I know the feeling. 3.5 years clean now, so glad I quit.

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« Reply #2544 on: February 16, 2015, 08:44:29 PM »
Sent my entire federal tax return to one of my credit cards, which is now very close to being paid off! Continuing my debit snowball.

Did not give into temptation and take my kids to the movies today (because it is freezing outside). Instead we took the dog for a walk down by the (frozen) river and played on the ice.

Bought a new dryer vent to hopefully fix up whatever is making my dryer cranky.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2545 on: February 17, 2015, 03:23:47 AM »
Today is my second consecutive no spend day. Hopefully I will have another tomorrow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2546 on: February 17, 2015, 04:49:46 AM »
I had left over soup from yesterdays dinner for lunch today :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2547 on: February 17, 2015, 05:56:27 AM »
I sold a book this morning for $8 and ate at gourmet burger joint for lunch yesterday, complements of work.  I resisted the urge to eat Chickfila for breakfast this morning and smashed a few bananas instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2548 on: February 17, 2015, 07:09:29 AM »
Sent my entire federal tax return to one of my credit cards, which is now very close to being paid off! Continuing my debit snowball.

Have you considered having your withholding changed so you aren't loaning the gooberment money all year?  If you get it in your paycheck and then apply it to debt all thru the year you will pay less interest on your loans/

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« Reply #2549 on: February 17, 2015, 07:18:49 AM »
Hung a load of pants outside to freeze dry in the predawn dark this morning. Snow has stopped.