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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3200 on: April 20, 2015, 09:42:31 PM »
Liberated 4 or so cups of mashed potatoes, 3 rolls, a piece of pie, and 2 bottles of water from the leftovers of a meeting held at my workplace

Potentially found a NIB Instant Pot pressure cooker NIB on Craigslist for $70 which is half of the Amazon price. Haven't heard back but hope it works out.

Refinanced my student loans down from 7.25 and 9.4x to 5.94%. Hell. Yeah.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3201 on: April 21, 2015, 10:50:34 AM »
*Big pot of oatmeal for breakfast for the family.

*On the weekend, resisted ordering pizza even though every bone in my body wanted to order in. Instead I made nachos out of chips from the cupboard, black beans I had thawed and diced up a pepper. Topped with grated cheddar. Also, found a package of 12 hotdogs left from a recent BBQ party and so cooked those up too, and put in some leftover buns. Not the greatest dinner but felt GREAT that we did it without ordering in .. huge victory for us!

*Hanging almost every load of laundry now that the weather is warm and sunny. Noticing a drop in my power usage!

*Returned a bunch of library stuff that was coming due, avoiding fines.

*Getting comments from extended family on my greying hair -- most women my age (on the cusp of 50) are coloring by  now. Surprisingly, I'm getting compliments! I also cut my own hair.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3202 on: April 21, 2015, 11:37:34 AM »
Brought lunch to work yesterday and today and have the fixings for tomorrow as well. I know it's easy, I know it usually actually tastes better than most of what I can get around here and yet all too often, I don't do it so I am pleased with this. I did give in to a mood and a headache yesterday and got chips and a veggie sausage on the way home from work but having called in to the new-ish place down the road from me and chatted to the woman who runs it, I know now that they usually close by around 8 o'clock so now I know if I'm having a day where I'm not too late but I think I'm likely to stop and buy chips on the way home and I don't want to that I need to get off the train one stop earlier and walk home the other way - the way that doesn't pass by the Wurst shop. Sounds ridiculous but sometimes this is the only way I manage to not buy a ton of crappy junk food that I'm better off without. For example, sitting at home at nine o'clock on a Saturday evening craving crisps or chocolate - if I can find something to do for half-an-hour or so (like hanging up the washing that has probably been sitting in the machine waiting for me to pay attention) then there's not much point anymore since the supermarket closes at ten.

 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3203 on: April 21, 2015, 11:45:10 AM »
Realized I was paying $0.20-$0.70 extra per can of soup and pasta to take to the office - much more in some cases - to have convenient pop tops. Dropped a $10 on an ergonomic can-opener for the office, which should last for years and pay for itself many times over. Cost per lunch is now as low as 79 cents and dropping.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3204 on: April 21, 2015, 01:04:38 PM »
Fasting today as part of my 5:2 diet.  The cost savings is minor as I bring my lunch, but there are health benefits, especially as a insulin-resistant type 2 diabetic.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3205 on: April 21, 2015, 04:55:58 PM »
Baked 3 loaves of bread last night ( decided there would be efficiency in doing baking by the bag of flour). They freeze well so this should keep us going for a week or 2.

Kneading 2.5kgs is tiring.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3206 on: April 21, 2015, 09:22:33 PM »
These are for yesterday and today :)
* Drove for the first time in 3 days yesterday, to take the boys to a co-op class. Used Google maps to determine the shortest route, which shaved a mile off the round trip. This will save me 4 miles a week.

* Had to drive to the north end of town to sign a release so my dental records could be sent to the local dental school (cheaper cleanings there). Batched several other errands into the trip, so I can avoid the 6 mile drive to that side of town for at least 3 weeks.

* Picked up two pairs of shorts for the Mister at a thrift store.

* Made tomato soup from some toms that were going soft. Paired it with garlic bread on homemade French loaves.

Today:
* Took last year's finished compost and spread it over the garden beds. Mulched them with last years straw duck bedding.

* Cut strips from the carpet we pulled from the living room and laid it pile-side down over the paths between the garden beds. I'll mulch over the carpet to hide it, but there shouldn't be anymore weed battles on the garden paths this year!

* DH scavenged an above ground bell pool from a neighbor that was tossing it because of a rip. Used it to make a bigger backyard pond for our yucky duckies.

* "free" Dinner of hamburgers, watermelon and coleslaw. Hamburgers were leftovers I offered to take home from the campout a week ago. Watermelon was leftover from younger's bday party on Friday. Coleslaw was made from the just about to spoil tail end of a cabbage head. No buns, so I made some scratch buns.

* DH and I went on an after-dinner walk. We did stop for a treat at a cafe, but this was still cheap entertainment/exercise/quality time together.

* I haven't smoked for 3 weeks, and DH hasn't smoked for 2 weeks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3207 on: April 22, 2015, 01:40:05 AM »
Finally nailed my chicken tikka masala recipe. Even DH doesn't get how exciting this is, and he's seen me work on this >1yr. Victory!

Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking. Oh, and try freezing the tikka masala.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3208 on: April 22, 2015, 04:41:07 AM »
Finally nailed my chicken tikka masala recipe. Even DH doesn't get how exciting this is, and he's seen me work on this >1yr. Victory!

Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking. Oh, and try freezing the tikka masala.

Care to share that tikka masala recipe?  You could potentially save me a year of work and many dollars in ingredients :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3209 on: April 22, 2015, 05:08:03 AM »
yesterday I biked to work and added another mile to the trip to take advantage of the last day of the chicken leg sale - 38 cents a pound. Got ten pounds of chicken plus my work clothes home on the bike (11 miles from the store to home), despite the head wind of 20 mph and gusts up to 30.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3210 on: April 22, 2015, 07:14:23 AM »
* I haven't smoked for 3 weeks, and DH hasn't smoked for 2 weeks.

Awesome! Keep it up!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3211 on: April 22, 2015, 10:25:34 AM »
I brought homemade bean soup for lunch, and an orange.  I made my coffee at home and brought a cup to work.  And I'm searching for info on the travel hack guy that MMM mentioned who has great data on getting discounts on travel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3212 on: April 22, 2015, 10:45:46 AM »
*  homemade lunch
*  free work coffee
*  sent entire tax refund to credit card bill
*  did budget for next week's paycheck ($12 pending)
*  grateful that the weather is consistently nicer, so I can walk more

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3213 on: April 22, 2015, 10:56:49 AM »
I did this:

http://deals.kinja.com/groupon-is-basically-giving-away-sams-club-memberships-1699266649?rev=1429645777062

I'd been debating a Sam's Club membership for a while, but had mostly decided against it. This deal made it hard to pass up, though. Sam's is also the closest grocery store to our house, so it could conceivably result in our doing more (read: at least some) of our grocery shopping by bike instead of by car.

I disagree a little bit with the title of that article, that groupon is basically "giving away" memberships. For $45, you get a Sam's Plus membership, a $20 gift certificate (sweet), and $22.94 in very specific food certificates. The $22.94 certificates are for items that I'd never otherwise buy, so I'd say you're really getting a Sam's Club membership for $25, rather than almost free. Still, pretty good deal. I hope. I guess we'll see if it actually works out that way!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3214 on: April 22, 2015, 12:31:33 PM »
WFH today... means no commuting costs.  no potential to spend $ going out to lunch w/coworkers, picking up a morning coffee...etc.

also. 
bought an employee recognition gift today, company will reimburse full costs...
purchased it on my personal CC which gets a 5% reward for Amazon purchases, so I will make $5 by using my own CC for the purchase.
the money WILL be reimbursed back to me before I would need to make a payment or pay interest.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3215 on: April 22, 2015, 02:40:07 PM »
not sure if i posted this before.

but paid my federal taxes via CC, didn't save much...
but the difference between paying the CC convenience fee and my CC rewards got me $5.43 versus using EFT or even more if i were instead mailing a check.

also could it be considered savings to have received a $4k interest free loan from the gov't for 4 1/2 months? :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3216 on: April 22, 2015, 04:19:09 PM »
* Canceled my call with the accountant about switching to a different type of retirement plan even though we're not even close to maxing out the current one.

* Made the tiniest little pat of butter from what was left over in a pint of heavy cream.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3217 on: April 22, 2015, 06:51:15 PM »
+ Walked everywhere today AND yesterday; no transit costs.
+ Leftover rice and beans for lunch, with sale avocado and sale yogurt to supplement, and homemade cookies for desert.
+ Baked potatoes and green beans for dinner, both of which were purchased on sale.
+ Returned two library books.
+ Estimated that we'll be saving $300/year on Fido's food. We went from buying a bag of kibble (12lb bag) once a month to the current brand (40lb bag), which will last four months (at the same price per bag).
+ Temperatures dropped again, but still haven't turned on the HVAC. (Two weeks ago it was muggy, but we held out on the AC; tonight it will get to the low 30s but we're not turning on the heat. Thanks Midwestern weather.)
+ Paid our gas bill today, which was only 86% of our budgeted monthly payments for gas, so we saved a little bit there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3218 on: April 22, 2015, 11:28:47 PM »
*Did a bunch of baking for a church event -- baked an extra 9x13 of each item for my freezer for the kids to have treats.

*Used frozen beans for a chilli today .. trying to eat down the contents of the freezer now that we amalgamated them from 2 down to 1 deep freeze (until our next side of beef arrives).

*Received and started using Lodge Cast Iron dutch oven that I bought online from amazon. It was $40 more on the Lodge website. Will last me a lifetime! I'm anemic and have to get my iron levels up quickly .. no time to wait to finding one at thrift store.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3219 on: April 23, 2015, 06:27:49 AM »
I'm carpooling again! This probably seems minor to other people, but it requires me being ready 15 minutes earlier, and at 6am, 15 minutes is sacred. Also, it requires trusting someone else's driving. Still grateful for the opportunity though, as it's allowing us to be successfully one car, even on weird days like today.

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« Reply #3220 on: April 23, 2015, 10:44:37 AM »
*  going gluten-free for 30 days (this means I cannot buy beer - cha-ching!)
*  setting up automatic payments for savings - never did this before because I did not trust myself to leave money in the account to be available on the scheduled transfer date . . . but now I do :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3221 on: April 23, 2015, 11:32:18 AM »
Yesterday I worked a bit later to finish something up, and missed the once an hour bus by a few minutes. Walked home the almost three miles instead of calling my wife to pick me up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3222 on: April 23, 2015, 12:39:33 PM »
Yesterday:

-gave a short presentation at the Earth Day Celebration at work...got free veggie pizza for lunch.
-didn't stop for fast food - waited until I got home at 11:30 p.m. to eat dinner.
-didn't pay for parking at concert (parked several blocks from the venue and walked).
-didn't buy any drinks/snacks at the concert.

Didn't save by:
-driving 30 minutes to downtown Nashville for the concert.
-paying $20 for a limited edition poster.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3223 on: April 23, 2015, 02:47:26 PM »
Spoke to ATT to reverse a charge and saved $100 in the process :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3224 on: April 23, 2015, 06:46:02 PM »
My young daughter broke one of the hinges off from our toilet seat. Instead of buying a new one I bought two 1" threaded posts for $1 each, and drilled holes thru the hinge and seat to fit. Works as good as new, and saved around 30 bucks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3225 on: April 23, 2015, 08:27:34 PM »
I made a sort of stone soup tonight from chicken thighs I'd gotten on sale and frozen, the last couple sad little carrots, rice, frozen vegetables, dried herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

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« Reply #3226 on: April 23, 2015, 09:55:40 PM »
* No-spend day today, cooked from home including a couple of dishes using homegrown food.
* The kitchen is well-stocked for the time being so I've set a goal of no further grocery spending for the month of April. It's only 7 more days. We can make it! (Right?)
* Sprayed down our now-unused compost bins in anticipation of selling them on Craigslist. (We now have chickens and worms for food waste and an open pile for other green waste.)

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« Reply #3227 on: April 23, 2015, 10:32:34 PM »
I used my reward dollars before they expired to buy some cat food that also happened to be on sale. I saved $8 off of $33, almost 25%.

I met my earlier goal of no extra trips to the grocery store this week. I *discovered* a few items at the back of the cupboard while making substitutions and have been using them. I've been making a shopping list this week and doing some meal planning instead of making it all up as I go along. I stopped by store number 1 (I shop a couple because of price and selection) on the way home WITH A LIST this time and should not need to go back until next week.

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« Reply #3228 on: April 24, 2015, 05:25:50 AM »
I made a sort of stone soup tonight from chicken thighs I'd gotten on sale and frozen, the last couple sad little carrots, rice, frozen vegetables, dried herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Did you put the good luck stone in it?

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« Reply #3229 on: April 24, 2015, 06:40:41 AM »
Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking.

Can you put them on a cookie sheet and put another cookie sheet on top before putting them in the freezer? Maybe with some parchment paper involved?

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« Reply #3230 on: April 24, 2015, 07:27:31 AM »
I used my reward dollars before they expired to buy some cat food that also happened to be on sale. I saved $8 off of $33, almost 25%.

I met my earlier goal of no extra trips to the grocery store this week. I *discovered* a few items at the back of the cupboard while making substitutions and have been using them. I've been making a shopping list this week and doing some meal planning instead of making it all up as I go along. I stopped by store number 1 (I shop a couple because of price and selection) on the way home WITH A LIST this time and should not need to go back until next week.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/300/?topicseen Skip this week grocery gauntlet :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3231 on: April 24, 2015, 08:18:20 AM »
I made a sort of stone soup tonight from chicken thighs I'd gotten on sale and frozen, the last couple sad little carrots, rice, frozen vegetables, dried herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Did you put the good luck stone in it?

No I forgot to do that! I need some good luck, too. Maybe I should throw in a stone and some extra ingredients when I reheat the leftovers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3232 on: April 24, 2015, 09:15:05 AM »
Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking.

Can you put them on a cookie sheet and put another cookie sheet on top before putting them in the freezer? Maybe with some parchment paper involved?
Or would the method I use for freezing shortcrust pastry work? Roll them out flat, put on a sheet of greaseproof paper and roll that up and then put that into a large ziplock bag. Not sure if you need to roll naans out so thin that they'd be suitable for rolling though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3233 on: April 24, 2015, 02:15:48 PM »
*  going gluten-free for 30 days (this means I cannot buy beer - cha-ching!)
*  setting up automatic payments for savings - never did this before because I did not trust myself to leave money in the account to be available on the scheduled transfer date . . . but now I do :)

Nice work!  I have only gotten this together myself in Feb.  It feels really good to be doing automatic transfers and not miss it at all.  It is fun to see the balance grow.  After our move in 2.5 weeks (eep!), I am going to start saving into the retirement accounts because Emergency Fund is now full up. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3234 on: April 24, 2015, 04:51:23 PM »
My furnace stopped working the other day. I suspected the thermocouple might be the problem since it has been many years since we changed it. Googled and Youtubed and learned how to replace it myself. Spent $12.48 on the part, and it worked! I'm guessing it would have cost about $150 to have a repairman do the job.

Now that I know how easy it is to light the pilot light, I plan on shutting it off for the summer to save some gas. Now if only the weather would warm up. We had snow flurries yesterday. :(

Paid my credit card bill online, saving a stamp. With forever stamps, I hadn't realized the price of a stamp is now 49 cents. Paying one bill online every month will save $5.88 per year.

Bought a few groceries yesterday using coupons and saved 83%. Today I checked Ibotta and realized I could submit rebates for 3 of the items I bought yesterday. Saved 85 cents by submitting the receipts. Now I'm only $1.45 away from cashing out $10.

DS will be working on a Merit Badge this week during school vacation. Borrowed the Merit Badge book from the troop's library instead of buying a new book at the scout store. The troop doesn't have all the merit badge books available, so we were lucky they had this one.

DS will be attending the Ordeal weekend for the Order of the Arrow, which is the Boy Scout's National Honor Society. Filled out the paperwork today to get early bird pricing and saved $10 on the registration fee.

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« Reply #3235 on: April 25, 2015, 12:40:43 AM »
I used my reward dollars before they expired to buy some cat food that also happened to be on sale. I saved $8 off of $33, almost 25%.

I met my earlier goal of no extra trips to the grocery store this week. I *discovered* a few items at the back of the cupboard while making substitutions and have been using them. I've been making a shopping list this week and doing some meal planning instead of making it all up as I go along. I stopped by store number 1 (I shop a couple because of price and selection) on the way home WITH A LIST this time and should not need to go back until next week.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/fire-drill!-skip-this-week%27s-grocery-shop/300/?topicseen Skip this week grocery gauntlet :)

Thank you for the link to this gauntlet. Inspired.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3236 on: April 25, 2015, 06:35:05 AM »
My furnace stopped working the other day. I suspected the thermocouple might be the problem since it has been many years since we changed it. Googled and Youtubed and learned how to replace it myself. Spent $12.48 on the part, and it worked! I'm guessing it would have cost about $150 to have a repairman do the job.

Now that I know how easy it is to light the pilot light, I plan on shutting it off for the summer to save some gas. Now if only the weather would warm up. We had snow flurries yesterday. :(

Paid my credit card bill online, saving a stamp. With forever stamps, I hadn't realized the price of a stamp is now 49 cents. Paying one bill online every month will save $5.88 per year.

Bought a few groceries yesterday using coupons and saved 83%. Today I checked Ibotta and realized I could submit rebates for 3 of the items I bought yesterday. Saved 85 cents by submitting the receipts. Now I'm only $1.45 away from cashing out $10.

DS will be working on a Merit Badge this week during school vacation. Borrowed the Merit Badge book from the troop's library instead of buying a new book at the scout store. The troop doesn't have all the merit badge books available, so we were lucky they had this one.

DS will be attending the Ordeal weekend for the Order of the Arrow, which is the Boy Scout's National Honor Society. Filled out the paperwork today to get early bird pricing and saved $10 on the registration fee.

Congratulations to your son! You must be very proud. That takes a lot of hard work and time commitment.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3237 on: April 25, 2015, 09:52:04 AM »
Congratulations to your son! You must be very proud. That takes a lot of hard work and time commitment.
Thank you, Bracken_Joy! We certainly are very proud of him. He didn't join scouts until he was 13, but he really enjoys it and is working on Life Scout rank now. We didn't really know much about scouting before he joined, but we are very impressed with how much they learn in terms of leadership and life skills. Between school, marching band, cross country, track and scouts, he's a busy beaver and turning into a very well-rounded person.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3238 on: April 25, 2015, 10:09:37 AM »
Toasted homemade bread and ate it with Grocery Outlet discount peanut butter and fresh ground coffee for breakfast.  Yum.  All hail George Washington Carver, the man who developed peanut butter.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3239 on: April 25, 2015, 02:35:17 PM »
* The kitchen is well-stocked for the time being so I've set a goal of no further grocery spending for the month of April. It's only 7 more days. We can make it! (Right?)

Seven days is nothing if your kitchen is well-stocked now. You may make a couple of meals that are more creative combinations as you go along, but don't back off from the challenge.

Our cafeteria at work was serving tortellini with yogurt sauce this week. It might have been a creative venture, but it seemed to a few of us that this was awfully close to what gets served in our houses in the couple of days before payday. Maybe the day before the new food order was delivered at the kitchen? These are some of the best meal discoveries, though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3240 on: April 25, 2015, 02:50:11 PM »
Finally nailed my chicken tikka masala recipe. Even DH doesn't get how exciting this is, and he's seen me work on this >1yr. Victory!

Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking. Oh, and try freezing the tikka masala.

Care to share that tikka masala recipe?  You could potentially save me a year of work and many dollars in ingredients :)

Sure! http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/cooking-up-fi/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3241 on: April 25, 2015, 03:00:46 PM »
Now I need to sort out a naan recipe that freezes flat before baking.

Can you put them on a cookie sheet and put another cookie sheet on top before putting them in the freezer? Maybe with some parchment paper involved?

Yes, you absolutely can freeze flat things that way! I freeze large towers of corn tortillas in packs of 3 (I use waxed-paper bags for those, since they are cheap and the right size) exactly like that.

What I'm looking for in this case is a naan recipe that can be rolled out, frozen flat, and will successfully thaw and rise. I'm not happy with frozen pre-baked naan.

Yesterday: bought birdseed and printer paper on sale, and bought a dessert while I was at the store instead of going to a favorite restaurant next door.

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« Reply #3242 on: April 25, 2015, 04:28:33 PM »
Dug a jar of roast pork juice out of the freezer.  When it's defrosted I will use it to make some excellent corn chowder I recently discovered using some of my free potatoes.

Sounds intriguing. Please elaborate. ;-) How does this juice work in a soup?

I've wondered what to do with excess roasted pork juice (or other meat).

One time I made a beer smothered chicken in the crockpot. Then I used the liquid that remained as the water base for couscous. It was very flavorful.

The juices aren't exactly stock, so I was wondering what to do with excess pork juice.

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« Reply #3243 on: April 25, 2015, 06:56:53 PM »
This was technically yesterday, but I was looking over our T-Mobile bill and realized we've been paying $10/month for something called JUMP!.  Apparently this service lets you switch to a new phone before you've paid off your old one.  We both paid cash for our phones, and would never use this "service," and have been paying for it for well over a year. 

So I canceled and saved us $120/year!  It really does pay to look at your bills every now and then! 

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« Reply #3244 on: April 25, 2015, 07:17:51 PM »
Drove husband to the airport so he wouldn't have to pay for parking. 

Actually had a spendy day of shopping, but:

After a work trip this week, I decided that I really need a bigger laptop backpack that can hold more than just a couple slim files and a water bottle.  I was at the store about to choose between a $50 pack and a $60 pack when I lightbulb came on in my head and I realized that this is something I can have my employer purchase for me.  Yay!

Also while at TJ Maxx I found a women's golf shirt that will work perfectly as a horse show "competition shirt", on clearance for $10.  The equestrian ones are usually $60+.  Bought two, since they're white and will inevitably get stained after a show season or two.  Found hair product there for a fraction of what I pay for it from the salon.

Went in to CostCo planning to purchase a Bosu Ball with our membership dividend, but they didn't have them anymore (New Year's resolution product, I guess), so used the dividend for dog food and other stuff I would have purchased anyway.

Ate homegrown eggs for breakfast, having a salad of homegrown lettuce, radish and green onion for dinner.

A few days ago, resold a silver show halter that I picked up on eBay for $92, for $175 after a little bit of silver polish, better photos and better description.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3245 on: April 25, 2015, 08:15:36 PM »
After using 2 dollar store pregnancy tests a few days ago, got the free clinic to conform with a third test today.  Guess what? We confirmed we are pregnant... and frugal.

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« Reply #3246 on: April 25, 2015, 08:20:31 PM »
Congrats on the soon to be little one!

I took mine (2 and 4) to the library and then to a free 'math fest' for entertainment today. They played some counting, probability, navigation and programming games. Probably learned something even if they don't know it yet. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3247 on: April 25, 2015, 09:33:28 PM »
I biked home from a particularly long day at work (15 hours) and my wife had accidentally left the blinds open all day after she left. It was 80 degrees inside and cooler outside.  I opened the windows, went shirtless with shorts, got a mug of ice water and sat down to review Mint and lurk on the forums while waiting for the wife to get home from visiting family.  The apartment is down to 75 degrees with a comfortable and cool breeze blowing from the window next to me.

I think it's been 10 days since we last chose to run the A/C here in Arkansas!

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« Reply #3248 on: April 25, 2015, 11:26:12 PM »
Congrats MBot!

Went to a (long-anticipated) show today. Didn't buy any snacks or merchandise, and went straight home to drink beer from a growler and play a board game.

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« Reply #3249 on: April 26, 2015, 09:17:16 AM »
Dug a jar of roast pork juice out of the freezer.  When it's defrosted I will use it to make some excellent corn chowder I recently discovered using some of my free potatoes.

Sounds intriguing. Please elaborate. ;-) How does this juice work in a soup?

I've wondered what to do with excess roasted pork juice (or other meat).

One time I made a beer smothered chicken in the crockpot. Then I used the liquid that remained as the water base for couscous. It was very flavorful.

The juices aren't exactly stock, so I was wondering what to do with excess pork juice.

I use leftover meat juice to flavor soups that don't contain other meat.  They are pretty concentrated so they add a lot of flavor.  They may not be exactly stock but they work the same way.  Excess pork juice is rich and lovely.  I use it anywhere I would use chicken stock.