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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3050 on: April 06, 2015, 01:03:50 PM »
~Bought Easter candy and allergy eye drops using coupons

~Used up some OLD food coloring to make homemade Easter egg dye

~Received .61 back using Wal Mart's savings catcher

~Organized my home office gym into more of a gym since I'm basically paperless these days.  Tossed a bagful of paper.  No money saved, but the de-clutter feels great!

~Cleaned out the dishwasher filter and rinse arms for efficiency.

~Will bring filtered water from home, snacks and one meal with me on the road later on this week when traveling for business.

~Will fill up my vehicle using my grocer's value card for points off before leaving town.  I'll also bring my frequent stayer card for future hotel reward points.  :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3051 on: April 06, 2015, 01:52:52 PM »
Yesterday,

- Repurposed last years homemade Easter basket and another basket I had at home for Easter.
- Used 3 presents I had already purchased for Christmas then decided to scale back. They were great for Easter!
- gave inlaws a present I already had for them
- went out to dinner (in laws paid!)
- made lunch and breakfast at home. Lunch was egg salad, and used up scallion and celery needing to be used.
- ate up avocados that needed to be eaten (guac)
- used up natural dye I had at home
- used a dress someone else had bought for Easter dress for DD. Set aside my ego and didn't buy the other dress for her.
- neighbor brought us special Easter lamb cake
- only bought 1 pair of shoes for DD. Almost bought 2 but resisted the $45 pair because they weren't exactly right. Will check eBay. Used store didn't have any good ones.

Today,
- ate lunch brought from home even though I only wanted to go out. Used up leftover egg salad and tacos/guac.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3052 on: April 06, 2015, 04:29:04 PM »
Ramen for lunch.
Going to free workshop tonight (as substitute for a class I am not yet ready to pay for)
Maybe there will be refreshments at the workshop that can sub for dinner . . .

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3053 on: April 06, 2015, 05:22:04 PM »
Over the weekend: Made the trip to San Diego and back for a wedding in one day, so I didn't have to pay for overnight accommodations.

Today: Made pear sauce puree out of pears I found on sale for $0.33/lb (before they went over-ripe), and froze it for when baby starts solids in about a month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3054 on: April 06, 2015, 05:23:17 PM »
- will be eating all the Easter dinner leftovers for tonight's evening meal
- hung 2 loads of laundry to dry
- reheated cold tea

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3055 on: April 06, 2015, 06:06:05 PM »
Returned 4 things to Costco.
$84.35 for 15 minutes of my time!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3056 on: April 06, 2015, 06:45:01 PM »
* Responded immediately about a mistaken "missed class" fee from ClassPass and got it refunded. Saved $20.
* Baked and frosted and decorated cupcakes for my son's school birthday. Mix and frosting were on clearance, sprinkles were expensive, but total cost was $4 versus $72 for 24@$3 from local chi-chi bakery. Could have done it for cheaper from scratch and with fresh fruit for a topping; will make that a goal for next time.
* Rec'd $24 from Amazon for books sold.
* Mailed a bunch of PaperBackSwap trades in saved/recycled packaging and envelopes.
* Over the weekend, used a saved/recycled birthday gift bag for a present for a girl in my son's class, tied with saved ribbon.
* Planted three sprouting red onions with the intention of saving the seeds when they flower. We'll see if that part actually happens!
* Saved shower water in a bucket and used on the garden (we are in the midst of a severe drought here in California).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3057 on: April 06, 2015, 07:12:45 PM »
* Made $87.38 on 3 bags of online consignment clothes. Waiting for 3 more to be processed. (Man, how I wish I had known about this sooner!)
* Sold 1 book on Amazon.
* Scanned a few hundred pages of old documents, yearbooks, and card/mementos.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3058 on: April 07, 2015, 01:33:08 PM »
Saved on groceries (expenses and time) by getting them on my way to work instead of on the way back. This enabled me to shop at Aldi instead of the expensive store. Will make this a habit for not too heavy groceries.

Started handstripping the dog's wintercoat, to keep her looking sharp while avoiding grooming costs. Hung a load of laundry to dry, cancelled dog training, sold a vinyl record, and cooked some kale florets from a leftover kale plant that was about to bloom.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3059 on: April 07, 2015, 01:42:56 PM »
Snagged some vegetables and fruit that the produce man was about to throw out.  Gave some to my neighbors and am currently cooking an entirely free vegetarian bubble and squeak for dinner. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3060 on: April 07, 2015, 02:55:07 PM »
A letter from TDBank stating that they are about to start charging me fees on my account was the impetuous for finally switching to Ally bank! I have been lazy about it, but will now be getting .99% interest instead of .01%.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3061 on: April 07, 2015, 03:33:50 PM »
A letter from TDBank stating that they are about to start charging me fees on my account was the impetuous for finally switching to Ally bank! I have been lazy about it, but will now be getting .99% interest instead of .01%.
that's funny... today I realized that I had a $10.95 charge from TD bank for "account maintenance".  I called them and was told it was because I was no longer a student.  whaaa?  Yes I am.  An hour and some paperwork later and the charge (will be) removed.  I'm not sure if that's saving money per-se, but I at least caught an erronous charge and avoided paying a stupid fee.

"costs are like fingernails - you have to cut them constantly"  - Carlos Alberto Sicupira

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3062 on: April 07, 2015, 04:35:28 PM »
I priced out brakes for my truck - used a local offroad club's account and also got a 20% discount on top of that. Then...I priced parts out at RockAuto.

Total? ~$320 -> $260 -> $150.93.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3063 on: April 07, 2015, 08:01:39 PM »
*homemade lunch
*some bulk cooking tonight
*saved approx $100 by doing some research & paperwork myself rather than seeking professional help

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3064 on: April 08, 2015, 06:34:36 AM »
Our rear windshield wiper was torn off and the whole arm assembly needed to be replaced. Convinced hubby we should at least *try* to replace it ourselves. If we couldn't, we could always take the parts to the shop and pay the labor after we gave it a try.

He is usually not too excited about DIY, but he not only agreed but did the work himself. :) $150 in labor charges saved.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3065 on: April 08, 2015, 10:50:56 AM »
Unplugged water heater for a few days
Cool shower
Hung clothes out to dry
Made soup from leftovers
Made list of what is in fridge and used up the stuff that was going to go off
No spend day
Attended free exercise class
Decided to avoid grocery store for another week and use up what we have
Hand washed dishes

A few days ago:
Repurposed a book won in a raffle into a present with a repurposed gift bag
Received donations from friend of useful stuff we would have bought (food, drinks, dry goods, etc.)
Began learning about air miles so I can start flying for free
Began process of getting money back from insurance company





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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3066 on: April 08, 2015, 11:47:45 AM »
Cut my pain patch in half last night.  Yes that's ok pharmaceutically.  It worked just fine on the pain plus the smaller patch was easier to handle and fewer square inches were subjected to potential damage thus leaving more healthy space for the next time I need.   Plus a lower dose=less tolerance development.  Win, win, win, win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3067 on: April 08, 2015, 11:50:19 AM »
Going to walk to CVS today instead of driving my car the mile or so it takes to get there. Will get in a little exercise and get my prescriptions!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3068 on: April 09, 2015, 01:33:56 AM »
Another 50 euros saved by cancelling a train pass I never use (I know bike to work, yay).
BF has helped me to hopefully get 40 euros back from the dog training center. Hate it when they sneakily bill you for a service that wasn't provided and you have to make a fuss to get your money back. I should really get better in complaining and voicing my indignance in a way they don't ignore me. I'm still too polite to be taken seriously, it appears :-(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3069 on: April 09, 2015, 05:11:02 AM »
Got my mobile contract down from 26 to 8.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3070 on: April 09, 2015, 08:36:53 AM »
Upped my 401k contributions from the minimum co match to 22% of my income. Should get me to the end of the year to keep the co match

Started driving 55 MPH on the hwy instead of 75 (when there is no traffic). Here in DC, that's hard to do without causing an accident.

Learned about churning ccs and will soon have 175k points to add to my existing 125k point 'stache for my SO and my honeymoon later this year

Made a crockpot of jumbalaya (from Budget Bytes) for lunch for the rest of this week/weekend

Started looking around at cheaper apartments to rent that are closer to work so I can hopefully start biking!

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« Reply #3071 on: April 09, 2015, 04:02:55 PM »
* Saved 2 small paper bags from Chinese food to re-use for storing mushrooms. (Pitched the gross duck sauce packets; kept the bags they were in.)
* Saved 3 extra large self-sealing plastic freezer bags from commercial products for re-use.
* More yearbook scanning. (So many yearbooks.)

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« Reply #3072 on: April 09, 2015, 11:40:22 PM »
No money spent today, even though I REALLY wanted Thai take-out - which btw, I love and and have not had in forever.  I made homemade beans/rice/tortillas instead and saved $24.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3073 on: April 10, 2015, 12:01:06 AM »
@lunahsol! You have so many no spend days ... I consistently see you posting that on this board! Inspiring!

I had a no spend day today, too :-)

Also today:

-hung 2 loads of laundry outside
-made soup for lunch out of turkey stock I made -- used up some veggies from Easter dinner too
-froze the rest of the leftover veggies for future soups
-baked buns for the freezer and hamburger buns for dinner
-shopped at Costco and got good deals on sunscreen and ladies deodorant  -- earlier this year we gave up our Costco membership for a time when it lapsed, but I can see that we can save a lot of money there (just have to stay away from the treats/books/clothes)
-made guacamole out of 3 sad looking avocados from fridge drawer

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3074 on: April 10, 2015, 02:28:48 PM »
You have so many no spend days ...

Got some lost time to make up for . . .  :/

*  leftover hummus and crackers for lunch
*  free coffee (and lots of it)
*  found a book/software I need for 50% off

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3075 on: April 10, 2015, 02:43:11 PM »
- Leftover mac n cheese, carrot sticks, and some old free hummus for lunch.
- Picked up some groceries at Aldi last night and then made another mini-run today to cut costs on our Mariano's grocery trip tomorrow. Between the two, we were able to get about half our run at Aldi (and I learned that Aldi's milk is NOT cheaper than the Clear Value we get at Mariano's -- surprise!)
- Found a really nice eyelash curler on the ground. I've been without one for a few months now, and I haven't wanted to spend the money to buy a new one. I'm researching how to adequately disinfect it (the last thing I'd want is pink eye or something...) in order to make it useable.
- Potentially found a buyer for my boots!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3076 on: April 10, 2015, 02:47:47 PM »
- Leftover mac n cheese, carrot sticks, and some old free hummus for lunch.
- Picked up some groceries at Aldi last night and then made another mini-run today to cut costs on our Mariano's grocery trip tomorrow. Between the two, we were able to get about half our run at Aldi (and I learned that Aldi's milk is NOT cheaper than the Clear Value we get at Mariano's -- surprise!)
- Found a really nice eyelash curler on the ground. I've been without one for a few months now, and I haven't wanted to spend the money to buy a new one. I'm researching how to adequately disinfect it (the last thing I'd want is pink eye or something...) in order to make it useable.
- Potentially found a buyer for my boots!

Regarding the eyelash curler - maybe soak it in hydrogen peroxide?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3077 on: April 10, 2015, 03:10:07 PM »
20 minutes at a rolling boil is good enough to sterilize a diva cup, so it ought to work for an eyelash curler.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3078 on: April 10, 2015, 03:52:24 PM »
Clients left a couple of Kneader's salads in the fridge when they left yesterday... so free lunch for me!

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« Reply #3079 on: April 10, 2015, 06:59:31 PM »
I googled the word "coupons" along with the name of a prescription I take.

I got a coupon good for all of 2015 that knocks down the cost from $25/month to $10/month. Huge.

My only regret is that I already missed the first 3 months of the year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3080 on: April 10, 2015, 07:10:33 PM »
20 minutes at a rolling boil is good enough to sterilize a diva cup, so it ought to work for an eyelash curler.

I read that comment right before I went to sterilize this month's diva cup - serendipitous. So boiled, plus I'll find some antiseptic for a good once over.

In other news, I baked cookies tonight. They'll last all week and be the dessert for BF's lunches. This saved us $5 in bakery costs from our weekly grocery visit, and only cost us $1.29 in chocolates chips (we had the other ingredients). Cheaper sweets, plus slowly honing my baking skillz...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3081 on: April 10, 2015, 08:25:03 PM »
Replaced bulbs in some frequently used lights with LEDs and swapped the old bulbs into lights that aren't used very frequently.

Had a night light that ran 24/7, even though it had a light sensor and should have shut off automatically when the room is bright. Replaced it with an LED night light with a sensor that seems to work correctly. Old light -- 4 watts running 24/7. New light -- .5 watts running only when dark.

Did some grocery shopping matching sales with coupons. Saved 67% -- total saved was $41.52.

Picked up a ream of paper at Staples with a coupon which will make it $0.01 after Easy Rebate. Also redeemed a coupon that Staples sent me for $5 off cleaning or breakroom purchase. I got a 6-pack of Scott paper towels which were $6, so I only paid $1 after the coupon.

Today was shopping day. I saved up all these little trips to combine into one big trip to save gas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3082 on: April 10, 2015, 09:06:53 PM »
* Haven't given any of my money to Starbucks for 45 DAYS! Been making all coffee at home and filling Thermos.
* Recycled bottles and cans that I pick up on walks and drives for $4.95.
* Dried half a load of clothes outside. Drying the other half inside. We have an incredibly hot/sunlit spot in our yard just outside the laundry room. Wondering if I can rationalize the cost of a wall-mounted foldable clothesline on ecological grounds. We'll see.
* Got some more food plants in the ground: garbanzo, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatillo. (If I get even one pepper off each plant I'll be beating the grocery store organic price.) Saved the seedling pots for future use.
* Watered the garden with water from our recently refilled rain barrel. (All our rain barrels were bought at a steep discount due to municipal water rebates.)
* Ate all meals at home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3083 on: April 10, 2015, 09:22:22 PM »
Went to the Apple store today to get my computer repaired, and by the time it was done, I was starving and still had a 40 minute bus ride home. I was so tempted to stop and grab a couple slices of pizza, but I waited and made my own calzone when I got home!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3084 on: April 10, 2015, 10:07:51 PM »
Saved on parking today by finding cheap parking and getting it validated for free.

Didn't spend anything today.

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« Reply #3085 on: April 10, 2015, 10:33:57 PM »
Transferred an RX to Kroger and got $25 gift card to spend. Hit the store at the right time apparently as the reduced rack for the bakery came out. I got two small lemon cakes for when I have company, 4 packages of garlic naan I'll use as pizza crusts, a 6-pack of jumbo blueberry muffins and a 4-pack of regular cream cheese muffins (these will be saved for a road trip next month), a package of dinner rolls, a package of frozen veggie sausage patties for a friend coming over tomorrow who requested them, and some oyster crackers. Still have $10.45 left on the gift card.

But...I did spent $1.50 on a soda out of the machine at work so that was a slip.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3086 on: April 10, 2015, 10:50:12 PM »
- rescued a load of laundry that one of my helpful teens had put on while I was out. Hung it on drying racks.

- ate up leftovers of many types

- cooked a chicken in the crockpot all day and used it on yesterday's buns for dinner along with fresh veggies

- helped adult son choose "value" glasses today instead of the fancy pants ones he wanted. The entire amount is now reimbursable on his medical plan! Tonight he told me he loves them! WINNING!

- found 2 shirts, a pair of jean capri pants and a skirt at the thrift store in my size -- all in like-new condition



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3087 on: April 11, 2015, 12:26:11 AM »
Tried out a new grocery store: fruit and veges were great quality and much cheaper than my usual supermarket. We'll be eating a lot of veges this week :D also picked up sunflower seeds a few dollars per kg cheaper than usual. Stocked up on sale items.

Made my own almond meal and oat flour - takes almost no time in the food processor!

Made big batches of healthy snacks and treats for the week ahead.

Substituted sunflower seeds (less than $5 per kg) in a recipe calling for almonds (>$20 per kg).

Tried to make best use of heating the oven by baking three batches of healthy cookies, two trays of sweet potato and a big batch of nutty and seedy granola in short succession.

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« Reply #3088 on: April 11, 2015, 11:44:07 AM »
* Carried a bin of papers to the county's industrial paper shredding event.
* Combined that trip to make a deposit at the bank and pick up 5 DVDs at the library.
* Tonight making soup from slightly sad but still perfectly fine spinach, arugula, and peppers, a gallon bag of mixed chopped stems left over from last summer's fresh greens (collard, kale, chard, beet, mustard -- who knows!), whiting, and maybe extra rice frozen from a Chinese food order. If feeling industrious, might make broth from bags of bones saved from many, many dinners.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3089 on: April 11, 2015, 01:46:39 PM »
*sent bag of clothes to ThredUp

*washed towels, line-dried

*did fridge inventory, made calendar to use up all meat before next Costco run

*made batch of sriracha deviled eggs to finish up eggs, had for lunch

*planned next month's dinners in order to save money at Costco

*stopped at Dollar Tree and Big Lots in order to compare prices on "feminine needs" - realized that Amazon Subscribe and Save is a better deal.

*unsubscribed from Netflix DVDs and Netflix streaming (checked and saw our library has the TV series we like to watch); unsubscribed from Audible (library also has downloadable audio books)

*unsubscribed from 4 magazines:  all they do is make me want to spend money

*began sensitive diplomatic conversation with DH about switching from pricey Starbucks French Roast (from Costco) to Folgers (we're retiring in a year and are in hard-core savings mode).  I don't think I'm going to win this one.
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« Reply #3090 on: April 11, 2015, 02:51:40 PM »
*washed towels, line-dried

Haha! My adult daughter (still living at home) calls my line dried towels "exfoliating towels!"

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« Reply #3091 on: April 11, 2015, 03:01:23 PM »
I'm currently making a homemade pizza using ingredients I already had available instead of ordering one.  I am making the pizza dough using a bread machine I bought for cheap last summer off Craigslist and it is powered by electricity we produce with solar panels on our roof.  When the pizza is ready, I'm going to watch a soccer game on the season-long streaming internet sports package I purchased for less than the cost of one month of cable TV.  Life is good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3092 on: April 11, 2015, 04:20:11 PM »
*  There is laundry drying on racks and hangars all over my house right now.
*  Cleaned out/surveyed fridge & pantry to make list for tomorrow's stock up shop
*  Renewed amazon prime with my .edu email address to get the student rate (yay!)
*  Volunteer work this morning - which just makes me feel grateful and blessed, in general
*  Oh and did not buy gas, even though the guage is perilously low - I think I can stretch it till Monday

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3093 on: April 11, 2015, 04:54:58 PM »
Gave DS a haircut. We haven't paid for a haircut in about 20 years. I cut DH's and both sons' hair, and my mother has cut my hair my whole life.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3094 on: April 11, 2015, 05:53:13 PM »
Had my brother over to run new electrical circuits for us.  He works for fresh baked bread and an exchange of favors, which is WAY less expensive than an electrician!

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« Reply #3095 on: April 11, 2015, 06:26:58 PM »
* Participated in a historic family cemetery cleanup; had a nice time visiting with friends, made memories with my son, and came away with five bags of soft mulch for my garden, a succulent that was mistakenly chopped up that I can try to resuscitate, and last enjoyed a nice lunch provided for the volunteers.
* Played two board games with my son--both were free gifts from the neighbors, whose own kids had grown out of them
* Used up some shredded chicken and aging tortillas to make my first-ever homemade taquitos. Yum!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3096 on: April 11, 2015, 07:20:34 PM »
paid 3 bills online, rather than mailing them in, saving, like, what $1.50 (who even knows what a stamp costs these days)

skipped daily coffee at convenience store ($1.00 saved)

started setting things up to pay mortgage with Target red card (who knew this could really work), thus getting amex points  my 1k/mo mortgage payment.  (2% of every dollar spent gets funneled into my Fidelity Roth IRA; meaning that I will end up with around $240 in that account at the end of the year, all for taking about 10 minutes to set this up)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3097 on: April 11, 2015, 07:34:33 PM »
I have been wanting a new pair of shoes- like a casual street shoe. Had not seen anything yet. Yesterday I was in a charity shop, spotted some new looking shoe boxes, turns out a local shoe shop had donated some of 'last years style' street shoes. Brand new $200 shoes for $20. Thank you very much! I was not intending to pay $200 for shoes but it still probably saved me $50.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3098 on: April 11, 2015, 07:35:55 PM »
*Listening to the Grand Old Opry on the radio for free entertainment tonight with my DH!
*put a hold on a 7 hour Zig Ziglar seminar from the radio rather than paying for it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3099 on: April 11, 2015, 08:12:00 PM »
*  Renewed amazon prime with my .edu email address to get the student rate (yay!)

Be warned: they may ask for a copy of your student ID for proof. (Been there.)