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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2750 on: March 07, 2015, 08:22:53 PM »
Didn't finish the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" from the library due to unexpected crises in the home last week. REALLLLLLY wanted to order it from Amazon but instead, went back to the library website and put a new hold on it. Will have to wait a while but quite surprised and please that I made this choice.

Watching a great hockey game with my boys just now on our OTA digital antenna. Perfect HD reception :-)

Got free bread and almond milk from a friend today who was the recipient of a donation larger than she could use. Froze the bread and storing the tetra packs for long term use. Sharing a 12 pack of almond milk with a friend.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2751 on: March 08, 2015, 12:37:33 AM »
I haven't purchased a cup of coffee in the United States in the last 3 months.

Giving away old clothes to create more physical and thus psychological space in my apartment.

Craigslisting a never used Yamaha Keyboard for $80 tomorrow! 

Got a free dinner!  Saved $3 on 4 packages of Yakisoba noodles and bought my sister and myself a popsicle for our birthday (I'm a twin :)

Wrote a lot.  Watched entertaining videos online.  Worked out at my YMCA with my cheapest-possible membership for $2/visit -- including playing basketball + lifting weights + wifi.  Had a wonderful dinner with some of my family tonight.  Feeling grateful!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2752 on: March 08, 2015, 12:54:03 AM »
Hubby had first day off in over two weeks...really wanted to go out for breakfast. Instead made a kick-ass brunch of  good coffee, roasted potatoes, poached duck eggs, fried local ham and homemade Hollandaise.

Made a black forest cake  trifle to take to my parents house for my dad's birthday tomorrow. Used up a bunch of pantry odds and ends including the leftover egg whites from the Hollandaise and a leftover cup of cold coffee.

Took the pup for a long walk up the lake as our afternoon entertainment and came home and played some games instead of going to the pub.

Did our taxes with free software. Discovered due to moving, switching jobs, actually claiming some donation credit and maxing out RRSP's we are getting a sizable return.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2753 on: March 08, 2015, 07:31:50 AM »
I also baked  a  loaf of bread, but i'm not sure how much that saves.  It may only cost 1/4 as much, but it gets eaten 4 times as fast.  A loaf of store bought bread will last all week.  A loaf of home baked bread is lucky to make it two days.

Haha! True for us too, homemade bread is so good, we eat at least half of the loaf the first day (first 4 hours). Warm fresh bread, optionally with butter. Yummy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2754 on: March 08, 2015, 11:22:47 AM »
Well, we had layoffs today, and I knew it was coming.  Still, I packed a random assortment of raw veggies, fruit, cottage cheese, and a muffin to take to work.  And some of my coworkers went out (both laid off and not), but I opted to just stay in the office and not-work.  It would have been pretty depressing.  Already is.
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I did have hubby get beer at Costco.  Generally I try to not keep alcohol in the house for diet and $ reasons, but today is going to have to be an exception.

I think that's a good exception, mm1970. Sorry to hear about the layoffs. Hope you're well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2755 on: March 08, 2015, 11:32:17 AM »
Purged about 75% of my clothing (criteria: don't like, doesn't fit, doesn't match anything, why did I buy this, I never liked this, this just isn't practical, I'm not that person anymore, etc.). Felt great and will contribute to needing less space in our next place.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2756 on: March 08, 2015, 03:34:18 PM »
Cut my own hair.

Made $80 on a Yamaha Piano I sold on CL.

Posted an old Kindle Fire 7'' 1st Generation Tablet on Ebay + took photos and wrote copy!

Switched plates and bowls in my house from large plates to small plates -- fooling my eyes, my belly, and cashing in on more $$. 



Instead of getting an expensive latte that will make my stomach hurt at a cafe with my friend visiting from out of town, we're headed to the park with a dog!  More fun and a better way to enjoy the weather.

Awesome day :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2757 on: March 08, 2015, 04:00:31 PM »
Sour dough pancakes for breakfast and then a bike ride with a thermos of coffee to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2758 on: March 08, 2015, 04:12:42 PM »
Made the DH waste less tomato [spaghetti] sauce and olive oil. Recycled envelops received by mail to pay for our monthly HOA payment.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2759 on: March 08, 2015, 06:16:59 PM »
*  crock potting various beans for the freezer
*  being creative and eating whatever is on hand
*  boxed wine for a treat :)
*  using coconut oil to moisturize & hopefully help some skin issues
*  working small side hustle for a couple extra bucks
*  staying home & no money spent today

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« Reply #2760 on: March 08, 2015, 06:53:36 PM »
Sent DH on a work trip for a week.  That will cut down on the alcohol budget, plus allow me to make meals that he doesn't like, using odds and ends from the fridge and pantry. 

Made sugar cookies for DS's birthday vs. making or purchasing a cake.  DS loves cookies. 

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« Reply #2761 on: March 08, 2015, 06:56:12 PM »
Made up a big batch of black rice and vege chilli for lunches for the next few weeks.

Brought to work more food than I normally would, in order to keep my tum full of healthy snacks so I won't turn to chocolate or coke during my stressful and busy week. Avoiding both the immediate cost of the 'treats' and the longer term cost of health issues.

Arranged for my dad to help us repaint our flat over an upcoming long weekend - we don't know how to paint (yet) so while we'll pay him for his time, it's cheaper than contractors and means we'll be learning the skills for next time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2762 on: March 08, 2015, 07:41:56 PM »
Didn't feel well and still trying to get over pneumonia 100%, so I took a nap this afternoon vice going out or loading up on more Tylenol.  I turned off the heat and let in some fresh air.  Fresh air is so nice! 

I made one internet purchase today (yarn for my charity stitching) but I used an offer code for 20% off and what I was buying was also 20% off.  Free shipping too! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2763 on: March 08, 2015, 11:04:16 PM »
Finally got around to cooking the turkey that was "free with purchase" at Thanksgiving.  Had mashed potatoes from spuds stored from last summer's garden, plus some snow peas that needed to be used up, for sides.  Now have copious amounts of turkey to leftover to eat throughout the week for lunches and dinners.

Caught a 40% off deal w/free shipping from Sierra Trading Post to get the last couple gear items I needed for our "free" trip to Peru in May.  About $200 cheaper than if I'd picked the same items up at REI.

Used leftover primer and paint to paint the scruffy old horse jumps I bought off Craigslist a couple weeks ago.  They'll look quite sharp when I'm done.

Went on a trail ride with my riding instructor on my more difficult horse = free horse training!

Covered the newly planted veggies with bird netting to keep them protected.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2764 on: March 09, 2015, 07:33:15 AM »
Caught up my expense spreadsheet for Feb - my second month ever tracking what I spend. Started my March sheet and got it caught up. Working on getting Sprint terminated and things started with Ting (should be easier than it is proving so far).

Finally starting to feel like I at least have a handle on where my money is going. Working on the spending (doing really well is many categories and still learning in others).

Fixed the broken screen on my I-phone by myself w/ a kit from online.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2765 on: March 09, 2015, 07:40:33 AM »
I brought my own lunch to work and packed my lunch for tomorrow. 9 consecutive work days of bringing my own lunch to work!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2766 on: March 09, 2015, 09:07:51 AM »
Normally I do NOT change my breakfast. Ever. I eat the same thing, every day, and have for like... 4 years basically. But a couple times in the past few weeks, I've sucked it up and ate something different to use up leftovers.

I know this sounds really pathetic, but it was a really big deal to me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2767 on: March 09, 2015, 09:47:04 AM »
We changed from a contract phone plan to a prepaid plan.  It isn't super thrifty, but it saves us $5 a month compared to the old plan, and now instead of a small number of minutes and text we have unlimited, and instead of a shared 250 mb data we each have 1 GB.

Husband also found out that he doesn't have to get a new phone (he thought his might not work), and even though he hates his phone (which is what prompted looking for new plans, we were just going to do new contracts where he gets a new phone) he decided he hates spending $100 more, and will keep it until it dies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2768 on: March 09, 2015, 10:31:43 AM »
Delivered a car trunk-full of clothes to Goodwill and books to the library in preparation for our move this summer. I made $150 in two weeks from Craigslist.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2769 on: March 09, 2015, 11:23:42 AM »
Sold records for $30 and cleared up a lot of space.  Have more storage bins than stuff to store!

Going to spend $0 on food today -- going to take advantage of my dad and his finance enjoying having me over for dinner :)  and leftovers!

Gonna hit the gym later today for some squats!  Should cost me ~$2USD.  Hilarious that people don't spend money on a gym and think that just walking is going to make them resilient!  I'm going to be throwing ~315LBs on my back and squatting that past parallel!  That'll make you resilient :)

Drinking water + tea today = free!

And it's gorgeous out today!! :)

Woo!!
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« Reply #2770 on: March 09, 2015, 12:44:15 PM »
*  homemade leftover pasta for lunch today
*  am required to "dress up" for an event tomorrow night - and do not really have the right clothes - but will just make do with black pants, ballet flats and a nice-ish shirt.  I am NOT going to spend money on clothes for one night.

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« Reply #2771 on: March 09, 2015, 01:56:45 PM »
This is for the whole weekend:

- made a large batch of black beans to freeze
- made yogurt
- made granola bars
- made chicken stock from leftover chicken carcass
- stocked up on sale items we needed/will use at the grocery store
- added to my spreadsheet of bulk prices (I write prices each time I'm in a different store, finding the best price for each item)
- got an extra week out done for meal planning (otherwise I fall back on the same recipes, get bored, don't want to stick to the plan)

Heavy on the cooking this weekend.  Makes my week go so much better when food is planned out and available.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2772 on: March 09, 2015, 02:14:04 PM »
Currently drinking coffee made by adding one scoop of fresh beans to the grounds in the Mr. Coffee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2773 on: March 09, 2015, 06:11:43 PM »
Fought off the urge to get Subway on the way home from the part-time gig due to minimal leftovers at home.  Drank water instead and made chicken curry.  Curry was awesome - and so was saving $5.

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« Reply #2774 on: March 10, 2015, 08:38:08 AM »
I sew together a hole in my pants. Took about five minutes, as good as new. Well not maybe new but at least without holes. Riding the train (first class with included water, coffee fruit. Paid for by work). Brown bagged my lunch and brought in the train. The downside is that I bought a 4$ coffee since a was at a cafe with a colleague for an hour waiting between trains. I will also have to eat out three nights in a row. Work pays but anyway, I would rather save that money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2775 on: March 10, 2015, 08:41:40 AM »
Last night I re-sewed the hem in a pair of pants, it had broken free.  Today I biked to work, and I brought a lb of carrots ($0.59 at Aldi) to work to snack on, so I don't run over to Target and buy food.

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« Reply #2776 on: March 10, 2015, 04:18:24 PM »
Returned some stuff, hemmed a few clothes and selling things on craigslist. Win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2777 on: March 10, 2015, 04:28:36 PM »
Went for a run but did NOT stop by the convenience store for a Gatorade (I don't keep it in the house because if I did, I'd be tempted to drink it all the time).

Got some groceries (mostly frozen stuff, eggs, Ramen, and spices) at Food Lion instead of Harris Teeter.  I've decided I need to do this more often, and go to Harris Teeter and the farmer's market only for meats/produce.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2778 on: March 10, 2015, 04:37:10 PM »
Made homemade bagels for the first time.  DS's love bagels each morning so we spend a semi-ridiculous amount on them.  This will cut the cost by 75%. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2779 on: March 10, 2015, 04:49:49 PM »
Had my first attempt at pickling today as peppers are on their way out of season. Lots of minor blemish/very ripe stock available at the fruit and vege store for very little.

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« Reply #2780 on: March 10, 2015, 04:52:27 PM »
Had my first attempt at pickling today as peppers are on their way out of season. Lots of minor blemish/very ripe stock available at the fruit and vege store for very little.

Cool. Roasting and freezing works really well in that situation, at least for me.

What I did: I keep the heat really low when I'm at work. Today I left it low when I came in because I turned on the oven for pizza and bread, and that's warmed up all of the house that I'm actually in.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2781 on: March 10, 2015, 07:39:51 PM »
Today I sent in receipts from a recent trip to be reimbursed. I also updated YNAB for the first time since late February.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2782 on: March 10, 2015, 10:39:56 PM »
Fasted until 7pm, then had a free dinner at my dads house AND got all the leftovers -- $0 day + I didn't eat any of my food!  I might need to just so it doesn't go bad :)

Added annual income today by signing new clients for my business.

Hit the gym and had a really good workout too! 

Woo!

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« Reply #2783 on: March 11, 2015, 06:43:14 AM »
Gonna hit the gym later today for some squats!  Should cost me ~$2USD.  Hilarious that people don't spend money on a gym and think that just walking is going to make them resilient!  I'm going to be throwing ~315LBs on my back and squatting that past parallel!  That'll make you resilient :)

-j

WOOHOO!!!  I just got up to 315 squatting but I can only do 3 reps and I need a spotter to feel comfortable enough to do them.  I am working on the mental aspect that I'm fine and can do it but it's a struggle for me.  I like to have my husband at least put his hands on my belt to make me feel safe. 

I love when women squat!  I don't see too many moving too much weight like that. 

KUDOS!!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2784 on: March 11, 2015, 10:56:41 AM »
Created a designated spot for reimbursable health purchases.  When I have a few I will send a form to the FSA

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2785 on: March 11, 2015, 12:41:43 PM »
I grabbed meeting leftovers at work: fruit, baked ziti, and salad.* Went back at 4:30 with a giant Tupperware to grab the rest of the salad, only to see it, serving bowl and all, in the trash. What a waste...

Of course at this point I'm only breaking even because facilities threw out a bunch of my freezer food over the weekend.

*cough and cookies.
Oh, this would piss me off!  Have you tried labeling it w/ freezer tape: "Do not toss" or something similar?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2786 on: March 11, 2015, 01:28:53 PM »
Haven't turned on the heater in 4 days.  Today is rough!  But I'm making it work so far. 

Ate 1 meal yesterday (hey, every once in awhile it's good to go to bed hungry) and saved the leftovers (a large portion) for today and just scarfed that down -- mostly to combat the cold!  Tasted unbelievable, I was really hungry. 

Gonna scarf down some more food I have in my apartment before I head out to play bball later today with my friends.  Productive work day handling my work load and my biz partners.

Have been adding some old decaf coffee into my coffee to use less of the good stuff!  Tastes not quite as good but it's fine when I'm using it as a supplement mostly.

Have been super good about turning off lights and electronics that are not being used.

Another 0$ day :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2787 on: March 11, 2015, 01:43:03 PM »
I ordered LED light bulbs to replace incandescent ones that are currently in use in my kitchen and living room. The initial outlay was something like $74, but I expect to realize net savings due to lower electric bills in under a year, and then reap savings over the life of the bulbs, which is over ten years. The lights in those rooms are probably the most-used ones in my house.

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« Reply #2788 on: March 11, 2015, 02:20:08 PM »
Last night was a real test for me.  Since I was out of town for the weekend and my husband didn't get groceries, our kitchen is empty.  I checked the freezer and found two pieces of naan (purchased from Trader Joe's as an impulse buy).  I had a can of chickpeas, so I made hummus.  I also put a tortilla with a little olive oil under the broiler.  The meal was simple, but fantastic.  I also made a double batch of granola bars (peanut butter and chocolate chip),  but I didn't have enough oats.  I used a cup of stale honey nut cheerios, and the bars are really good. 

Today I went to the gym.  I showered there.  I also used their shampoo, conditioner and body wash.  I'm still bringing face wash.  I've significantly cut back on the amount of hair care products I purchase by working out so frequently. 

For breakfast, I had a homemade granola bar (with stale cheerios).  For lunch, I had a single serving of sweet and sour meatballs and rice (made in January for the Superbowl). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2789 on: March 11, 2015, 02:26:24 PM »
Transferred a credit card balance using a 0% balance transfer.  I'll keep the same payoff schedule, but save ~$300 in interest.

Picked up some fresh basil from my kid's preschool - one of the teachers has DIYed an aquaponics system, and the basil went crazy, so they're thinning it out by giving it away. Will make the homemade tomato soup on the menu for dinner tonight that much more delicious.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2790 on: March 11, 2015, 04:56:33 PM »
*  took the last of the homemade pasta to work for lunch
*  no extra driving
*  making a big batch of hummus from garbanzos crocked last weekend (guess what is for lunch tomorrow? ;)
*  looking into a cheaper option for anti-virus program about to expire
*  will spend an hour or so tonight devoted to side hustle
*  made "budget" for next paycheck and somehow have an extra $95 that I don't know what to do with - hooray!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2791 on: March 11, 2015, 05:27:21 PM »
made "budget" for next paycheck and somehow have an extra $95 that I don't know what to do with - hooray!
The default answer to "what should I do with this spare money", of course, is "save it save it why is there even a question here" :D

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« Reply #2792 on: March 11, 2015, 05:37:05 PM »
made "budget" for next paycheck and somehow have an extra $95 that I don't know what to do with - hooray!
The default answer to "what should I do with this spare money", of course, is "save it save it why is there even a question here" :D

Love it!  Yes, of course :)  But I have a feeling I will choose to have it go toward the final credit card.  Sigh.  Still, it is fun to see RESULTS from all these little things piling up! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2793 on: March 11, 2015, 06:41:32 PM »
- leftovers for lunch
- walked to work and back today ($0 on transit AND healthy options)
- chicken chili for dinner using chicken leftover from yesterday's whole chicken
- took a stab at crockpot chicken stock from said chicken's carcass--pretty easy. Should make about 3 cups of stock and a few bouillon cubes...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2794 on: March 12, 2015, 12:43:49 AM »
Resisted invitation to spend $$ eating out and invited my friend over instead.  He bought us some awesome drinks and some chocolate and I fed him the food I had cooked (all just "using up the kitchen" food) -- Chicken breast saag w/ potato, delicious!! 

Purchased $4.59 iPhone tripod mount on eBay.

Am selling very awesome but not-used-enough Digital Camera for (current bid) minimum of $340USD -- and I have 6 days to go.

Net = $336.41

Sweet!!!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2795 on: March 12, 2015, 09:39:21 AM »
Finally got around to cooking the turkey that was "free with purchase" at Thanksgiving.

I am $1.04 away from a similarly free spring ham...


Had my first attempt at pickling today as peppers are on their way out of season. Lots of minor blemish/very ripe stock available at the fruit and vege store for very little.

Cool. Roasting and freezing works really well in that situation, at least for me.

Also slicing/chopping raw and freezing. Good for soups, stir fries, etc., later.


My small things:
* Figured out where to sell and donate clothes.
* Figured out where to sell inherited jewelry.
* Figured out where to LPs.
* Going through old papers and stuff to scan/photograph and recycle/trash. Lots of old report cards, mementos, bad poetry (oy), plus 7 old yearbooks.
* Did a major grocery stock up, which meant I
* Made dinner last night despite not feeling like it, instead of calling takeout.
ETA: * Reaching out to potential new client.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2015, 09:44:08 AM by ShaneD »

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2796 on: March 12, 2015, 10:39:42 AM »
*  looking into a cheaper option for anti-virus program about to expire

i have used clamwin on all my machines for years with few problems.
its free, http://www.clamwin.com/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2797 on: March 12, 2015, 11:25:32 AM »
*  looking into a cheaper option for anti-virus program about to expire

i have used clamwin on all my machines for years with few problems.
its free, http://www.clamwin.com/

Thank you!  I will check it out. 

My victory for today definitely makes me feel like a bad ass:
Had a small issue with my car this morning and instead of panicking and spending money to have someone come help me, I looked up the problem on the internet and was able to figure out how to resolve it myself! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2798 on: March 12, 2015, 11:30:38 AM »
*  looking into a cheaper option for anti-virus program about to expire

i have used clamwin on all my machines for years with few problems.
its free, http://www.clamwin.com/
Thanks for the recommendation!  I'm in a similar position as lunahsol.

*Just found a cheaper option for an antivirus program
*Packed my breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Turned down lunch out with a coworker. 
*Last night, we ate random food items from the freezer.  Our dinner was eclectic, but fun.  I'm working on clearing out our freezer.  We've let too many things sit for too long. 
*Showered at the gym. 
*Carpooled to work. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #2799 on: March 12, 2015, 12:00:40 PM »
Headed to Grocery Outlet for the FIRST TIME!!!!  It's only an 18 minute walk from my house.  Awesome reviews for this location too!! Wooo!

AND, wait for it, in the mail I got a Chase Checking Account Promo:  Sign up in person (bleh) at a Chase bank for a checking account, make sure my paycheck is going to that account (create direct deposit), and once both are setup, get $300 for free.  Keep the account open for 6 months, maintain $1,501 minimum, and there's not monthly fee.

Free money? Stoked!!!  Talk about an awesome day so far :)