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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3000 on: March 31, 2015, 06:18:54 PM »
I installed a new garbage disposal on my own.  Sad to say, but normally anything requiring wiring of any type I am out.  I watched a video on YouTube, found a coupon online for the new disposal, installed myself. 

Not a big deal for many others, but a $100 savings compared to my past world.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3001 on: March 31, 2015, 06:24:01 PM »
Turned off the heat for the year. Drinking my tea/hot beverage stach and using blankets. I might be optimistic with this one, we'll see.
Do you have a hot water bottle? They are very popular in the UK to give you an extra boost of coziness. Nice for in bed too.

I do and have been using it :) We Canucks like our hot water bottles too...hmm...on second thought...I might of gotten the habit from my English Grandmother. Very worth wile investment!

I haven't turn on the gas heat but did use a little electric space heater in my office, discovered lost productivity due to my fingers were going numb from the cold :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3002 on: March 31, 2015, 09:11:57 PM »
Commuted via bike for the first time today. I don't know what took me so long!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3003 on: March 31, 2015, 11:11:32 PM »
swapped out some regular lightbulbs for LEDS. they were a steal at Ikea, but not sure how well they will last. we shall see.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3004 on: April 01, 2015, 01:15:00 AM »
I bought storage totes on craigslist. (Only live in 400sq ft. Gotta store somethings outside, and the bugs are starting to come out.)

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« Reply #3005 on: April 01, 2015, 04:37:38 AM »

Was given a small bunny and a few choc eggs by a lovely co-worker today =instead of scoffing them (it was tempting, believe me!) - I put them in my lunchbox in the car to take home to add to small ducks Easter basket.
 
Again, took lunch to work. Had instant (ramen) noodles for easy cheap (not healthy) dinner.

Putting off grocery shopping till next Monday, as I have a $5 off voucher valid then.
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« Reply #3006 on: April 01, 2015, 08:05:35 AM »

Was given a small bunny and a few choc eggs by a lovely co-worker today =instead of scoffing them (it was tempting, believe me!) - I put them in my lunchbox in the car to take home to add to small ducks Easter basket.
 
Again, took lunch to work. Had instant (ramen) noodles for easy cheap (not healthy) dinner.

Putting off grocery shopping till next Monday, as I have a $5 off voucher valid then.

Wow people really do love their children more than themselves.  Not sure I could have done it. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3007 on: April 01, 2015, 08:17:09 AM »

- Emailed company for a replacement under warranty instead of buying a new razor ($30)


Merkur said no dice on the razor replacement. I used epoxy last night to put it back together. If it holds, same result!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3008 on: April 01, 2015, 08:53:30 AM »
Found a bike online that had been left outside too often and the brake cables had seized up.  New the bike sells for $800, but the owner just wanted to get rid of it because 'you can't ride it anymore - maybe it's good for parts.'
Learned that my university has a bike Co-op where you can learn to fix up your own bike and all you pay is the cost of the parts.
Learned to replace both brake cables.  Cost - $13.25 and about 45 minutes of my time.  Bonus: I understand more about my bike and mike maintenance than I did two days ago.  Next week I'll replace both shifter cables because they're pretty rusty, but the bike is already fully functional again.

Decided not to buy a monthly bus pass now that I have a decent commuter bike again.  Saved $54.50 for the month.  First ride of the season felt great, even though it was 25ºF (-4ºC) :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3009 on: April 01, 2015, 09:50:25 AM »
I quit smoking today.

Wrong thread Joshin.  This should be posted under "What Enormous Thing Did You Do Today To Change Your Entire Life"  Congratulations on having the gonads to take this step.
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« Reply #3010 on: April 01, 2015, 01:42:35 PM »
Adding my Congrats to Joshin!  Way to go!

My babysteps for today . . .
*  leftovers for lunch (and dinner tonight)
*  buying 3 month phone card (save $10)
*  choosing to put off taking a class until I can pay cash for it :(
*  did "budget" for next two weeks and have an extra $120 (still cannot justify the class, yet . . . )
*  not getting a beer after work tonight even though I really deserve a treat

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3011 on: April 01, 2015, 01:57:48 PM »
Found some cheese with a moldy spot in the fridge right next to a pot of stock made out leftover pork bones and salvaged vegetables.  Dug some green chili stew out of the freezer and bingo:  Enchiladas!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3012 on: April 01, 2015, 02:19:46 PM »
I drank the free office coffee today because my husband didn't make my coffee this morning.

I brought food from home.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3013 on: April 01, 2015, 06:09:42 PM »
* Found $1 tucked in the back of a trash-picked filing cabinet. A wooden ladder from the same trash pile is working wonderfully as a pumpkin trellis in the garden right now. Bonus points: That pumpkin was a volunteer!
* Fixed the clogged sink by myself instead of calling plumber.
* Visited a new local market (Northgate) to buy avocados at $.33 each, watermelon at $.33 a pound, and bunches of superfood purslane at $.25 each.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3014 on: April 01, 2015, 07:23:41 PM »
Lunch and dinner are leftovers.

Decided to go for a walk instead of shopping or just visiting the mall.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3015 on: April 01, 2015, 10:55:59 PM »
Thanks for the well wishes, everyone -- I have three days of success under my belt as a nonsmoker now!

As for other accomplishments:
* Made the boys and DH a pumpkin spice bundt cake to snack on -- use frozen pumpkin puree from Halloween.

* Made a batch of cinnamon-infused toothpicks using pantry items. Also decorated an old tic-tac container to make a holder. Chewing on a toothpick is my no-carb way of dealing with cigarette cravings.

* Made a congrats card for a friend that just started a new job.

* Used the power of my computer and creative scissor work to create pop-up Minecraft party invitations for younger son, which impressed him enough that he forgot all about the ones he saw at the store.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3016 on: April 01, 2015, 11:53:44 PM »
Thanks for the well wishes, everyone -- I have three days of success under my belt as a nonsmoker now!

As for other accomplishments:
* Made the boys and DH a pumpkin spice bundt cake to snack on -- use frozen pumpkin puree from Halloween.

* Made a batch of cinnamon-infused toothpicks using pantry items. Also decorated an old tic-tac container to make a holder. Chewing on a toothpick is my no-carb way of dealing with cigarette cravings.

* Made a congrats card for a friend that just started a new job.

* Used the power of my computer and creative scissor work to create pop-up Minecraft party invitations for younger son, which impressed him enough that he forgot all about the ones he saw at the store.

Joshin for the win!!!

How do you make cinnamon toothpicks?  Sounds interesting...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3017 on: April 02, 2015, 12:12:46 AM »
Today was spent almost entirely in the kitchen. I made:

- a double batch of "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day" dough - made 2 loaves, gave one away to gardener neighbour who brings us excess produce sometimes

- chill from freezer kidney beans

- split pea soup using old ham bone from the weekend

- 11x13 pan of fruit cobbler using freezer fruit

- double batch of homemade granola

A few other things today:

- did all the baking while the oven was hot.

- amalgamated 2 freezers into 1 now that we've used up 90% of last summers farm fresh berries, the side of beef and the 50 chickens we buy each year from farmer friends. Cleaned and unplugged the larger freezer until the fall.

- hung a load of laundry on the line outside. A second load was hung inside on drying racks.

- hand washed a ton of dishes today instead of using the dishwasher.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3018 on: April 02, 2015, 03:53:55 AM »
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* Used the power of my computer and creative scissor work to create pop-up Minecraft party invitations for younger son, which impressed him enough that he forgot all about the ones he saw at the store.
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Love this! Parties can be sneaky budget vampies,

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3019 on: April 02, 2015, 04:58:53 AM »
I prepared my federal income tax return.  Saved myself the cost of a CPA, Tax preparer and/or the cost of TurboTax (it isn't free for me and with the Schedule A, Schedule E and AMT form it would have cost me $90).

BUT, I did run through Turbo Tax (the free portion) to double check my handiwork.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3020 on: April 02, 2015, 09:10:29 AM »
Flavored toothpicks:

**You're supposed to use flavoring oils, but I used extracts because that's what I had. Flavor not quite as strong, but more than adequate.

1. Place toothpicks in a glass container.

2. Fill container with extract/oil up the first layer of toothpicks.

3. Lid the container and shake it to coat all the toothpicks.

4. Soak overnight.

In the morning, you can spread them out to air dry, or dry them in the oven at 200* for about 10 minutes.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3021 on: April 02, 2015, 01:10:54 PM »
*  homemade lunch
*  free gym tonight
*  turned down invite to go to Target with co-worker on lunch break
*  staying focused on goals above all temptation
*  reading your posts for inspiration & sense of community (pretty much everyone in my life would worry about me if they knew how little I am trying to live on right now)

*  correction:  I am not "trying" - I am really doing it!  (and the rewards are worth the sacrifice to me, right now)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3022 on: April 02, 2015, 01:55:21 PM »
I quit smoking today.

Kick ass.

Past couple of days:

* Harvested some info, then canceled a $25/month professional membership that served me well in the past but is no longer as necessary now.
* Bid a project.
* Threw a bunch of unused scented candles on the Goodwill pile, gaining a bit of space. (Kept some non-scented ones for emergencies.)
* Ordered another ThredUp bag for a pair of once- or twice-worn boots found under the bed that I'd forgotten about. (D'oh.)
* Sold a book on Amazon.
* Started re-reading Walden (first time since high school).

Shane, thank you SO much for posting this.  I'd never heard of this company and just checked out their website.  My spring cleaning to do list thanks you, too.  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3023 on: April 02, 2015, 02:07:40 PM »
Packed my food for an office lunch, rather than buying like everyone else.

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« Reply #3024 on: April 02, 2015, 02:37:01 PM »
getting a fairly new fridge (it's not stainless, the horror!) for 200.00 plus the cost of burgers for my parents who are helping deliver it. Been looking for a long time for a good deal!

Cut our heating bill by 1/3 over last month, granted it hasn't been as cold, but it is certainly not warm yet.

discovered we made a profit on some instant ramen (hubby likes having them as a back up for work) .39 cents each bonus points of 600 per packet (600 points = .60 cents) so got free noodles and made about .14 per package :) If they ever offer it again, I might buy out the whole store and donate them to a foodbank.

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« Reply #3025 on: April 02, 2015, 03:12:34 PM »
I quit smoking today.

Kick ass.

Past couple of days:

* Harvested some info, then canceled a $25/month professional membership that served me well in the past but is no longer as necessary now.
* Bid a project.
* Threw a bunch of unused scented candles on the Goodwill pile, gaining a bit of space. (Kept some non-scented ones for emergencies.)
* Ordered another ThredUp bag for a pair of once- or twice-worn boots found under the bed that I'd forgotten about. (D'oh.)
* Sold a book on Amazon.
* Started re-reading Walden (first time since high school).

Shane, thank you SO much for posting this.  I'd never heard of this company and just checked out their website.  My spring cleaning to do list thanks you, too.  :D

You're welcome, MountainGal! Pretty sure I heard of ThredUp here on a MMM thread somewhere, so happy to have passed the info along. liketwice.com is another one with possibilities, though ThredUp has been willing to take more of my stuff so far.

Today:

* Got a coupon for a free ham.
* Deposited a bunch of loose change.
* Sold a couple more books on Amazon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3026 on: April 02, 2015, 09:10:35 PM »
Commuted via bike for the first time today. I don't know what took me so long!

How far was the ride in?  Did you enjoy your ride?

Yes, I love riding and this was only 5.5 miles so I was able to arrive minimally sweaty.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3027 on: April 02, 2015, 09:29:52 PM »
Went to the really crappy grocery store (there are two in walking distance) to take advantage of a few really good sales on things I was low on, and kept a close eye on the register while checking out.

Out of 8 different things, 6 showed up as a higher price than advertised. Total cost difference: 15$.

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« Reply #3028 on: April 03, 2015, 06:50:04 AM »
Yesterday I decided to ride my bike *all the way home* instead of biking the 10 miles to the train. Saved $1.75 in train fare...and biked 30 miles! (40 miles if you count the 10 I did on the way in to work).
I definitely can't do that every day, but it felt great!

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« Reply #3029 on: April 03, 2015, 07:32:55 AM »
-Sold a book I had lying around on Ebay-total profit was about $2, but at least that is one less thing cluttering my life!

-Brought breakfast and lunch to work. Going out for drinks tonight with friends, but will eat a snack before I go so I only get an appetizer and one drink. The snack will be pasta salad that was leftover from office catering yesterday! Luckily I always have a spare tupperware container on hand at my desk for that very reason. Goal is to keep cost of drinks/app tonight under $15.



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« Reply #3030 on: April 03, 2015, 09:02:13 AM »
Sold my first on eBay.... Profit $35. All this from decluttering efforts. Now I'm pumped to sell more stuff and make space at home.

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« Reply #3031 on: April 03, 2015, 09:03:59 AM »
Also resisted the urge to not eat out yesterday and came home to eat dinner. Savings $20.

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« Reply #3032 on: April 03, 2015, 10:11:04 AM »
Thanks for the well wishes, everyone -- I have three days of success under my belt as a nonsmoker now!

As for other accomplishments:
* Made the boys and DH a pumpkin spice bundt cake to snack on -- use frozen pumpkin puree from Halloween.

* Made a batch of cinnamon-infused toothpicks using pantry items. Also decorated an old tic-tac container to make a holder. Chewing on a toothpick is my no-carb way of dealing with cigarette cravings.

* Made a congrats card for a friend that just started a new job.

* Used the power of my computer and creative scissor work to create pop-up Minecraft party invitations for younger son, which impressed him enough that he forgot all about the ones he saw at the store.

I assume all these excellent things were done in the bits of time you used to spend having a cigarette.  Bravo!

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« Reply #3033 on: April 03, 2015, 10:13:14 AM »
*Making up a mediteranean lentil salad to eat at the airport today while waiting for my flight.  I know me... I would want to splurge on a bagel and chai from Starbucks...

* Driving to the closest light rail station where I can park my car for free to take the rail to the airport.  $5.00 round trip ticket and a 20 mile drive as opposed to $30 parking and a 50 mile drive.  The commuter train doesn't run on Sundays, or I wouldn't even be driving...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3034 on: April 03, 2015, 11:12:22 AM »
* Did the math for various options needed for a new-home-location reconnaissance trip later this month, and booked the slightly more expensive but centrally located B&B instead of the cheap-o hotel on the outskirts + car rental + breakfast, saving about $50. Potential bonus: hoping to chat extensively with the B&B owners for practical, living-like-a-local knowledge.

* Made $27.66 on first bag of online clothing consignment.

* Upsold a bit of client work.

* Sardines for lunch. (Stinky but economical.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3035 on: April 03, 2015, 02:03:06 PM »
Cleaned the condenser coils on the refrigerator. Improves the efficiency and extends the life of the fridge.

Recently sold a gift card I won't use to one of those online gift card sites. Received a check in the mail today for $18.88.

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« Reply #3036 on: April 03, 2015, 03:08:53 PM »
*  received/paid electric bill - $15ish less than the previous month :)
*  listed first book for sale

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« Reply #3037 on: April 03, 2015, 03:33:30 PM »
Stopped at the Goodwill bin store on my way home from errands.  Picked up 10 wildly assorted cassette tapes for $2.00.  For anyone who still has the old cassette player around, this is golden moment to sample new kinds of music.

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« Reply #3038 on: April 03, 2015, 07:44:19 PM »
Visiting a friend tonight who is going to cut my hair. She's never done it before, but last time I picked a random person who'd never done it before to cut my hair it worked out well. I'm not fussy. I just want it shorter.

Picked up some free bricks for a landscaping project.

Picked up a free gorgeous table cloth to use at a market next week to sell some home made stuff.

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« Reply #3039 on: April 03, 2015, 09:14:15 PM »
Downloaded the Kindle app onto my PC. I had no idea until a couple of weeks ago that you didn't need a Kindle to use a Kindle book.

Today I signed up for www.Bookbub.com, which a librarian friend had sent me a link for. This gives access (at least in Canada) to free or very cheap books that publishers are trying to build up a readership for. Downloaded three well-reviewed mysteries by new or newish writers from Amazon. No book purchases for me the rest of the month. I don't borrow from the library because I am really bad about returning physical books I borrow from the library.

This all makes up for going to sign up for a non-resident's card at the library where my current contract is, on the understanding that I could use their amazing e-book and e-movie services. Paid the fee and then found out they are changing the license to city residents' only. They refunded the fee, but I was very sad.

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« Reply #3040 on: April 04, 2015, 12:24:50 AM »
1) Hand washed 3 loads of dishes.

2) Made hot cross bun bread in the bread machine .. turned out great.

3) Ate leftover soup and bread for lunch.

4) Hung a load of laundry to dry.

5) Burned some candles to keep the lights low this evening. Also, left the blinds open to let the light from the full moon shine in.



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« Reply #3041 on: April 04, 2015, 04:26:17 AM »
Updated my budget to reflect current savings (moved my zero NW date up to Oct hopefully!)

Had clearance hot cross buns for lunch (0.33c for 2), and ramen noodles for tea (.25c$) - completely devoid of nutrients granted, but it was a mega lazy day.

Meal planned for the next few days- in week 4 of only doing necessary mini shops with the goal of clearing out the freezer/cupboard- it's amazing how much is still left!!
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« Reply #3042 on: April 04, 2015, 12:19:14 PM »
* DH and the kids get the credit for this one. My birthday was yesterday, and they each made me an awesome gift without spending any money -- I love my family!

*I cashed in my free birthday drink from Starbucks. Ordered a venti split into two cups so I could share it with younger boy as a treat on our way to his astronomy meeting.

*DH and I are celebrating tonight by going out for my favorite cheap Chinese food. Then, oh excitement, we're going to go and compare prices between Costco and where I usually shop. Yep, I'm a cheap date.

* The Hubs decided to join me and he quit smoking yesterday - yay!

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« Reply #3043 on: April 04, 2015, 12:52:22 PM »
@Joshin! Both of you quitting smoking is AMAZING! You will reap the long term health AND financial benefits! Way to go!

Edit: typo
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« Reply #3044 on: April 04, 2015, 12:56:00 PM »
I had some three day old, homemade biscuits that were a little bit too dry.  I sliced them in half, buttered them and toasted them in a skillet.  Pretty good. Also,  Kroger had a great deal on butter, so I stocked up. Should last me several months.

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« Reply #3045 on: April 04, 2015, 01:02:08 PM »
Bought a bowflex revolution 3-4 years ago at an auction for $500. Used it to help me lose 65 pounds, but haven't used it in about 2 years. Just sold it via kijiji for $1600!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3046 on: April 04, 2015, 01:21:27 PM »
Bought a bowflex revolution 3-4 years ago at an auction for $500. Used it to help me lose 65 pounds, but haven't used it in about 2 years. Just sold it via kijiji for $1600!

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went for a walk in the sunshine for our afternoon entertainment and found a loonie on the ground :)

Found out that the person we were buying a much newer and energy efficient used fridge for also had a basically brand new dryer, 50.00 bucks! We estimate our current dryer to be over 25 years old...came with the house.

Suggested having a potluck Easter dinner at our house instead of the suggested going out for supper. with hubby's family. Using up frozen green beans from the garden.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3047 on: April 04, 2015, 01:51:09 PM »
I planned to spend $54 on some eye shadow I wanted. Then I researched another that I thought would look nice for $29.00. Then I checked my YNAB budget…had a cup of tea…thought about it awhile…went to the drugstore and found the color I wanted for $2.82. Came home and put it on my eyelids--looks fabulous. Makes my eyes look a lot bluer. Yay!

This is kind of a girlie post. Guys might not get it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3048 on: April 05, 2015, 12:42:15 AM »
Was brave.  Used a friends pick up truck to take a load to the dump.  A first for us.  One its heavy.  Old entertainment center(tried to freecycle it. No takers), full mattress, box springs, dead lamp, misc trash.  We're moving.  Woulda been $30 for them to pick up the mattress alone.  We dumped the whole load cost $30.  So win.

It's hard to ask other people to use their stuff though, even when they've offered.  So yea me.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3049 on: April 05, 2015, 10:00:41 AM »
Convinced DH that it would take longer to go out for breakfast than to just make it from scratch at home.

Filled out a mail-in rebate for my dog's Rx.

Made BBQ sauce from scratch with ingredients that were in the house instead of buying it at the store.  Tastes better, too!

Cobbled together the cords and crap to make DH's iPod work in the car (old one and paraphernalia was stolen last week) to keep him from running to BestBuy and paying their inflated prices for those little items.

Held out on watering most of the outside plants and lo and behold, it rained, so now they're good for another week.