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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3250 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 #3251 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 #3252 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 #3253 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 #3254 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.

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« Reply #3255 on: April 26, 2015, 10:00:35 AM »
* Spent 30% less at the grocery store than normal. Stuck with the list, planned recipes out of the pantry, and bought a bunch of chicken on sale.

* Convinced DW that we can pay off our last remaining non-mortgage debt (car loan) without sacrificing our emergency plans through the combined powers of spreadsheets and positive thinking.

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« Reply #3256 on: April 26, 2015, 10:09:16 AM »
Congrats, MBot!

We went to a local minor league hockey playoff game last night. DH was able to get 4 free tickets from work. We parked on the street and walked a couple of blocks to the rink instead of paying $10 to park in the parking garage across the street. Usually we end up buying popcorn and drinks at the concession, but we only bought 1 soda which we got out of a vending machine for $1. Oh, and the home team won.

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« Reply #3257 on: April 26, 2015, 10:39:22 AM »
All weekend I've been Kondo-ing the hell out of my house. I'll be hauling multiple loads to a community garage sale happening next weekend. VERY excited to release these items back into the world and maybe make a bit of money, too.

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« Reply #3258 on: April 26, 2015, 06:49:04 PM »
Such fun to read of everyone's adventures. Congrats to MBot and good work everyone on the frugality.

Today I took my bicycle to the supermarket for the first time since the snow melted. Eggs were on sale, so I got two dozen.

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« Reply #3259 on: April 26, 2015, 06:53:27 PM »
Got a big pot of chili ready to slow cook tomorrow in the InstantPot.  We have a busy week and this should save us from going out to eat.  Making sure we eat all the perishable stuff before we leave for vacation on Friday.

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« Reply #3260 on: April 26, 2015, 07:23:12 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.

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.

Thanks! I am going to have to try this. I just happen to have frozen off some rendered pork juices from a slow-roasted pork shoulder braised with Guinness back for a party a few months ago. I keep staring at that frozen concoction in my freezer and have been wondering what to do with it. The pork was so good that I figured the juices would be a waste to throw away.

I'm not sure what kind of soup/vegetables would go well with pork "stock" such as this. I was thinking of using the juices to make a rice for a pork-flavored fried rice or something.

Along those lines, I am currently eating some shrimp and broccoli cooked in a red curry sauce that was leftover from a squash red curry it was made in. Once that dish was cooked a few months ago, I saw there was way more sauce than was needed for the amount of squash in the dish, so I froze off the extra red curry sauce, knowing I could just cook something else in it in the future. I've had some shrimp red curry all week.

No sauce should go to waste!

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« Reply #3261 on: April 26, 2015, 08:32:24 PM »
Got a big pot of chili ready to slow cook tomorrow in the InstantPot.

The InstantPot is the pressure cooker that I recently purchased and OMG, has it been a game changer on my weekly meal prep!

My victory for today:
*  Only $4.62 spent on fresh produce for the week.  I bought things I may not have ordinarily considered, but they were on sale . . . so time to test out my creativity and willingness to try new things :) 

Thanks to the InstantPot, it is totally easy to cook/prep these veggies for later use.  I swear I am not paid to write this - I am just a very happy customer.

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« Reply #3262 on: April 26, 2015, 08:50:04 PM »
Today, I cashed in another 1000 Social Rewards points for $10 in Total Rewards comps to use for the vacation I'm planning for this summer.  Free money is awesome.  I finally got around to mowing the lawn after letting it grow like wild for a couple weeks and I used our electric lawn mower powered by electricity we produce for free with the solar panels on our roof.  I followed that up by trimming the edges of the lawn and then blowing the cut grass off the driveway and front walk using the rest of our lawn equipment which is also powered by solar-generated electricity.

After that, I went with a friend to a professional soccer match.  She treated me to lunch before the game and we went to the stadium early to pick up a free hat I ordered with loyalty points I earned by entering codes from soccer match TV broadcasts.  The soccer ticket itself will be paid for by scalping tickets for special events this summer during the season ticket holder presale window.

We even got in 5.8 miles of walking today between traveling to and from the stadium and walking around the stadium before the game began.

All in all, another good day.

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« Reply #3263 on: April 26, 2015, 09:05:58 PM »
What I did today to save money ... I went shopping!

This week, the "special" at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canadian chain - pharmacy, plus HABA, many stores also expanding to include limited groceries) was a "spend your points" event.  I had accumulated enough points to get $85 worth of stuff, but this weekend, that went up to $100.  I'm also on their e-mail list and get coupons for discounts or bonus points.  I also had a number of coupons that I thought I could use, including some rebate offers from recent inserts in the free newspaper.

There wasn't a lot that I urgently needed, but I thought I could take advantage of this combination of circumstances to buy a bunch of stuff that will last until I'm ready to use it.

What I got: 
  • household - some laundry pods (Tide), dishwasher tablets (Finish Quantum), plug in air freshener,  and a small bottle of VIM
  • health and beauty - 2 bottles of my favourite facial moisturizer (Oil of Olay), hand soap with touchless dispenser, and 2 boxes x 50 generic version of Pepcid, which one of my dogs takes regularly (I buy the 20 mg tablets and break in half to get the right dose for him)
  • dairy case/cooler - 2 litre regular milk, 1 litre chocolate milk, dozen eggs, 2 small (500 ml) cartons cream (same price as 1 larger, better expiry date), 1 container greek yoghurt, tub margarine, 2 cartons rice milk and 2 cartons soy milk (long expiry on both)
  • pantry - couscous, brown rice, popcorn kernels, 5 large tins of various beans, 2 peanut butter (1 kg, Kraft), white sugar, loaf of bread, package of 4 Skor bars, cereal
I rang things through in 2 separate transactions, to optimize coupon use and collection of bonus points, and negotiated that they print me a duplicate receipt to use when claiming the rebates on 3 items (as a loss prevention measure, they don't normally print duplicate receipts).  It cost me a total of $31 OOP, and I am hoping to receive $31.48 in rebates.  It will also cost me 3 stamps to mail the rebate claims in!  I am confident of receiving at least an $8 rebate for 1 item that I bought on my smaller transaction, just not sure whether they will accept the duplicate receipt on the larger transaction, or whether they'll disallow it because it was paid for with points.  But I think it's worth a try!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3264 on: April 27, 2015, 06:13:57 AM »
I had a no spend day and started playing the ASX Sharemarket game to learn about investing. (Free game with allows you to trade top 200 stocks in real time, the winner of the game gets an $8000 cash prize). I also read a magazine from the library :-)

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« Reply #3265 on: April 27, 2015, 08:36:46 AM »
Found more gift cards! $22 in Starbucks cards will make a nice coffee house date night or three for hubs and I.

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« Reply #3266 on: April 27, 2015, 09:19:54 AM »
Found more gift cards! $22 in Starbucks cards will make a nice coffee house date night or three for hubs and I.
Nice!  I found a Petco gift card this weekend, so we picked up a few treats for the dog. 

Yesterday, the dog and I dragged my husband to an event downtown.  We received a lot of freebies and had a nice walk around the downtown.  Total cost = $0.  We also have a new reusable grocery bag and coupons for some of the downtown restaurants. 

Today I showered at the gym after my workout.  I packed breakfast, lunch and snacks.  I also brought in my tea pot, so I can make tea for a coworker today (tea party!).  If I don't have a lunch meeting, I plan to play tennis at lunch with a few friends.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3267 on: April 27, 2015, 09:54:51 AM »
What I did today to save money ... I went shopping!

This week, the "special" at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canadian chain - pharmacy, plus HABA, many stores also expanding to include limited groceries) was a "spend your points" event.  I had accumulated enough points to get $85 worth of stuff, but this weekend, that went up to $100.  I'm also on their e-mail list and get coupons for discounts or bonus points.  I also had a number of coupons that I thought I could use, including some rebate offers from recent inserts in the free newspaper.

There wasn't a lot that I urgently needed, but I thought I could take advantage of this combination of circumstances to buy a bunch of stuff that will last until I'm ready to use it.

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I rang things through in 2 separate transactions, to optimize coupon use and collection of bonus points, and negotiated that they print me a duplicate receipt to use when claiming the rebates on 3 items (as a loss prevention measure, they don't normally print duplicate receipts).  It cost me a total of $31 OOP, and I am hoping to receive $31.48 in rebates.  It will also cost me 3 stamps to mail the rebate claims in!  I am confident of receiving at least an $8 rebate for 1 item that I bought on my smaller transaction, just not sure whether they will accept the duplicate receipt on the larger transaction, or whether they'll disallow it because it was paid for with points.  But I think it's worth a try!

Nice! I need to do something similar at Walgreens. I have $20 worth of points built up that I "earned" by connecting my Fitbit to the Walgreens 'Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices' program. It automatically logs my steps for the day, and I earn points for my steps. I've been saving the points for when I need something and don't have any coupons or a sale.

Yesterday I used Ibotta, Checkout51 and SavingStar apps to save $4.69 on some "any brand" offers. I reached $11 in my Ibotta account which I  redeemed into PayPal and transferred to my bank account.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3268 on: April 27, 2015, 10:15:03 AM »
Cooked DH his breakfast while he packed his lunch.

Every day we do this (and it's not every day!) makes me happy.

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« Reply #3269 on: April 27, 2015, 11:40:59 AM »
One volunteer parsley plant growing robustly in my garden.  Put some of it in my pasta sauce and planted some more.

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« Reply #3270 on: April 27, 2015, 11:44:22 AM »
Sold first book on Amazon!

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« Reply #3271 on: April 27, 2015, 11:59:33 AM »
*used up leftover oatmeal for breakfast: mixed in plain yogurt, vanilla stevia, ground flax, chia seeds, pecan pieces and 1/2 a banana

*left furnace off

*premade cupcakes for son's birthday later this week and stuck them in the freezer

*using soup stock made last week to pull together a hearty soup for dinner tonite (chicken-barley-vegetable)

*hanging up laundry to dry on drying rack since its raining today

*leaving furnace off and put on socks and a sweater


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3272 on: April 27, 2015, 12:29:23 PM »
Sold first book on Amazon!

Awesome. Love selling stuff on Amazon. They take a pretty big cut, but it sells super fast if you price it right. No pic taking or description writing either!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3273 on: April 27, 2015, 12:42:13 PM »
Yesterday:

- 3 loads of laundry, all hung up to dry around the apartment.
- made potato cakes out of the rest of the free mashed potatoes I got at work last week.
- mashed three pounds of potatoes (I'm on a potato kick!) for meals this week (mashed potatoes as a side and shepherd's pie) and then roasted the peels to make baked potato skins. added cheese and the last little bit of sour cream to make it super delish.
- didn't turn on the heat or the air
-bought dish soap, isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide at Sam's in bulk
- bought gift cards for Mother's Day at Kroger to take advantage of the 4x fuel points on gift cards


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3274 on: April 27, 2015, 12:54:08 PM »
I put some cupboard-safe meals in my desk drawer at work so when I forget to bring lunch or I am running late and don't have time, I still have a tasty, cheap meal at work without having to go out for lunch.

My desk drawer lunches look like this:
Noodles ($0.35)
Olive oil/seasoning mix for on the noodles. ($0.10)
Can of green beans ($0.50)
Can of tuna ($0.65)

$1.60 for a meal instead of $8 eating out for lunch.  And I also save on time and gas!

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« Reply #3275 on: April 27, 2015, 03:17:41 PM »
I realized there's a post office only 2.3 miles away. (I just moved). Walked to PO to mail the item I sold on ebay. I also managed to wrangle my shipment into a cheaper flat rate envelope.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3276 on: April 27, 2015, 03:19:07 PM »
Got a big pot of chili ready to slow cook tomorrow in the InstantPot.

The InstantPot is the pressure cooker that I recently purchased and OMG, has it been a game changer on my weekly meal prep!

My victory for today:
*  Only $4.62 spent on fresh produce for the week.  I bought things I may not have ordinarily considered, but they were on sale . . . so time to test out my creativity and willingness to try new things :) 

Thanks to the InstantPot, it is totally easy to cook/prep these veggies for later use.  I swear I am not paid to write this - I am just a very happy customer.

Yeah, this forum inspired me to buy the InstantPot.  I am much more prone to cook dried beans since I can run the pressure cooking cycle without baby sitting the thing.  This also means cooking dried chickpeas, which leads to teaming up with Blendtec (my other favorite small appliance) and making delicious batches of hummus.  Being able to saute and slow cook in the same vessel is very handy for reducing cleanup.  Hoping to give yogurt-making a whirl with it in the near future, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3277 on: April 27, 2015, 10:32:35 PM »
Brought in several lunches for the working week, stashed them in the freezer so I can take them out as needed. Also brought in cashews and almonds for snacks - I didn't feel up to 'prepping' any snacks so this way I can be lazy but still relatively healthy/frugal.

Was planning to bring something in for a team morning tea later this week, checked with the organisers and they say they'll have enough without my contribution. So I'm skipping that expense.

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« Reply #3278 on: April 28, 2015, 01:07:28 AM »
Brought leftovers for lunch

Sister is visiting from out of town. Made dinner at home from ingredients at home, rather than out to eat. She said it was tastier and healthier than going out!  I made zucchini noodles sauted in olive oil and salt. Tomato sauce with the precooked ground beef, and leftover fresh parsley, rest of garlic. Baked carrots in olive oil and dill. Heated up harder sourdough baguette, after moistening. Was edible then instead of trash.

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« Reply #3279 on: April 28, 2015, 04:38:56 AM »
Kept up with morning veggie smoothie- used some soft grapes and the rest of an older bag of spinach.

Took leftover vegie curry sauce to work, paired with a pack of konjac noodles that I bought a year ago (don't love the taste, but it was edible and I'm a grownup- time to suck it up), and a cup of applesauce that had been in the cupboard for ages.

Didn't get the $1 can of soda I wanted- drank water instead.

Had leftover meatballs with frozen veg for tea.

Got paid, immediately transferred money into my savings account (no excuses) and got out cash for groceries etc

Sorted through the fridge tonight, grated some soon-to-expire cabbage with a few carrots n some chopped onion-will add balsamic and some leftover fried noodles for a crunchy noodle salad for lunch tomorrow

Spent $19 at the grocery store on fruit/veg/milk/chicken to last until the weekend.

Have been on a great run with bringing lunch from home for work- only had one lunch out in 2 months!

Using cash envelopes for the past 6 weeks has been a massive success - by spending mindfully I've managed to add an extra $240 towards debt!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3280 on: April 28, 2015, 11:46:37 AM »
Didn't have time to make lunch due to some horse drama, so used the freebie on my Starbucks card to get a vent I frappucino.  Should hold me till dinner.

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« Reply #3281 on: April 28, 2015, 06:54:00 PM »
I joined Freecycle recently and today a gal listed "FREE FOOD" as part of her moving sale. I'm pretty sure she is dead broke and that's why she has to move. She reminds me of me when I was her age. I spent $20 on Pyrex and children's books for resale at the "moving sale." The list below shows what I brought home from her pantry.

I couldn't bring myself to go into her fridge/freezer (which she was also clearing out), and I left many many things for others take. Of possible interest to Mustachians: She had a cupboard full to the brim of neatly stacked and washed takeout containers. Like, hundreds. Unless she runs a restaurant supply business dealing in takeout containers, I think it's safe to say that she is partly broke because she spent all her money eating takeout instead of cooking all the food she already had at home. I totally remember being young and feeling like you'll die if you have to go home alone and eat out of your cupboards, but I also remember being confused about why I was always destitute.

OPENED:
  • 3 boxes Ziploc (5 gallon, 10 quart, ~50 sandwich size)
  • 1 box wooden matches (100 left)
  • 8 oz baking cocoa
  • 3 lbs white rice (plus reusable zipper burlap sack with handle, wire-bale reusable glass storage jar)
  • 8 oz old-fashioned oats
  • 2.5 lbs granulated white sugar
  • 1.5 lbs  whole wheat flour
  • 5 lbs all-purpose flour

NEW IN BOX OR BAG:
  • 1 lb lentils
  • 1 lb baking soda
  • 4 lbs brown sugar
  • 2.5 lbs yellow cornmeal
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 can peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 5 cans chicken noodle soup
  • 1 can sardines in tomato sauce

The stewed tomatoes and cannellini beans are already in a vegetable broth that I had on standby. Carrots (bulk, sale) and red onions are softening in the cast iron skillet for minestrone soup.

She was a really sweet kid with a good heart. She could have thrown out all the food to simplify her life, but she thoughtfully posted it on freecycle. Good karma isn't worthless!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3282 on: April 28, 2015, 10:51:13 PM »
Nice score on the free food!

Today is a weekend for me, so I prepared my lunches for the week (pasta salad) and ate all at home.

Spent no money, and maxed out my Bing rewards points.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3283 on: April 29, 2015, 11:22:26 AM »
Not really saving money, but accidentally made $50.  Went to doctor for a followup (i'm fine, thanks for asking) and while I was waiting, was asked if I would participate in a survey to collect data for a study (it's a university teaching hospital).  I said sure, answered a long medical/personal history questionaire & gave up a test tube of blood, and got compensated w/ $50 while waiting to be seen by doctor.  I woulda done it for free in the name of science, so it was a free money to me.
Now I have $50 to spend! ;^)



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3284 on: April 29, 2015, 11:55:04 AM »
Biked kids around yesterday and today: 25 k yesterday, 16 today. Figured that saved me $5 and lots of good exercise.

Hung 3 loads of laundry on the line. Will smell so good!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3285 on: April 29, 2015, 12:07:23 PM »
Just called our home alarm monitoring company to cancel our service. I can't believe we signed a 3 year deal with them when we moved in... 31 bucks a month down the toilet. Our contract is up in December and OF COURSE they require 30 days written notice or they will auto-renew the contract FOR ANOTHER YEAR. So I sent in our written notification and I have an extra 31 bucks a month to look forward to in 2016!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3286 on: April 29, 2015, 01:28:09 PM »
Instead of using a K-cup for my morning coffee I reheated some espresso I had made a couple of days ago in my stovetop espresso maker, with a spoon of cocoa, some sugar and coconut milk to make it milder. I originally bought the Keurig to stop my college age daughter from buying Starbucks, and we buy the pods from Costco. Most of the time I drink tea during the day.

Took the bus to work - I live slightly under 3 miles from work and the bus takes me a shade under 2 miles of that distance. I would bicycle, but it is a 300 feet climb on the way home, and also my company subsidizes 75 per cent of the bus fare.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3287 on: April 29, 2015, 01:50:44 PM »
Got home very late last night and did not have a chance to get lunch ready for today.  Briefly considered that it would be "okay" to buy lunch at Chipotle today.  Realized that I would essentially be paying $7 for rice and beans.  Put a can of 69 cent black beans from the pantry, along with some leftover salsa and a corn tortilla in my bag and called it good. 

Basically the same meal . . . approximate savings $6.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3288 on: April 29, 2015, 02:24:35 PM »
Received $1.99 back from Saving Star on groceries. Realized I had $7.30 in my account, which is enough to cash out into PayPal, and promptly transferred that to my checking account.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3289 on: April 29, 2015, 05:24:02 PM »
I made headboards for 3 beds in my house.  All were made with junk lying around the house. 

1 - Painted a four panel door lemon yellow and mounted it (sideways) on a queen size bed.
2 - Covered a hollow core interior door in batting (from a freecycled twin size comforter) and some great decorator fabric.
3 - Cut a piece of left over bead board to fit the twin size bed and covered it in batting and coordinating fabric.

Viola' 3 purposefully decorated bedroom in our house.

Staging the house for sale on a budget.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3290 on: April 29, 2015, 06:25:50 PM »
Sold a thing we weren't using on ebay for $72!
Listed more stuff on ebay.
Hung clothing on line.
Fed everyone before going to school event (rice + beef and veg stirfry, ~ 1/2 of veg from garden)
Got 5% credit on tax refund by taking portion of refund as amzn g.c.
Enjoyed mason jar of homemade cider instead of purchased hooch!
Walked to pick up kid from bus instead of driving.
Replaced 2 burnt out floods with LED floods
Solar panels generated more electricity than we used.
Watched nervously as our duck hatched out 2 ducklings (Fair market value $8 per duckling. Our cost: $0). Cross your fingers there are more to come!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3291 on: April 29, 2015, 06:53:27 PM »
walked to grocery store with dog and stroller in 90 degree heat.  Stuck to list and few other things, but was limited by the stroller basket.  Saved gas, burned calories, brought water, and got it done!  Then walked DD to sleep after putting groceries away.  I wanted to get lazy and drive her in the car, but after the puke fest yesterday, the carseat can't be reinstalled until DH comes home tonight.  So walked again and collected Meyer lemons from neighbors tree.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3292 on: April 29, 2015, 06:54:28 PM »
Yesterday: 
Sent in rebate offers for items purchased on Sunday
Submitted reimbursement forms at work
Forgot lunch at home, so went home for dog walking (before going back for an evening meeting) a little earlier so that I wouldn't give in to urge to go out for food

Today:
Left early for an appointment so I could fill up on gas at the 3 cents/litre cheaper place that I would be passing (have been holding off on getting gas the last couple of days because I knew I would be in the right area today)
Have let it get really dark in the house without turning on lights!  (But now I need to give in and turn some on!)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3293 on: April 29, 2015, 10:50:46 PM »
Bonus for today:  walked to the grocery store to cash in the change jar. 
Used Coinstar, so there was a fee . . . but I honestly would not make the effort for a less convenient option right now. 
Came away with just under $9 . . . not huge, but enough to keep the momentum going :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3294 on: April 29, 2015, 11:56:37 PM »
Got a big pot of chili ready to slow cook tomorrow in the InstantPot.

The InstantPot is the pressure cooker that I recently purchased and OMG, has it been a game changer on my weekly meal prep!

My victory for today:
*  Only $4.62 spent on fresh produce for the week.  I bought things I may not have ordinarily considered, but they were on sale . . . so time to test out my creativity and willingness to try new things :) 

Thanks to the InstantPot, it is totally easy to cook/prep these veggies for later use.  I swear I am not paid to write this - I am just a very happy customer.

I love my InstantPot! It makes amazing stews even out of tougher cuts of meat and veggies that have been around a while. My food waste has gone way down since I bought it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3295 on: April 30, 2015, 02:23:25 PM »
Fixed my dryer today! One of the drum rollers was broken, and I figured the belt was getting old, so I ordered a kit for about $30 to replace both drum rollers, the tension roller and the belt. Turns out the belt was starting to fray, so I'm glad I bought the kit. It would have cost more to buy the drum rollers and the belt separately. I'm not sure what it would have cost for a repairman to come in, but I'm sure it would have been at least $150. DH is not handy at all, so learning to do these kinds of repairs by myself is a big deal. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3296 on: April 30, 2015, 03:17:04 PM »
Sat down on the train to go home from NYC to NJ. Found a winning scratch off next to the seat someone must have left. $100! I'll cash it tomorrow on the way to work. Made a not great day at work a little better (boss unhappy I didn't ask for more work to do instead of playing a game of ping pong with coworker... Looking for a new job so not particularly caring about that kinda thing... Gotta work when I get home anyways, so why ask for more to do?).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3297 on: April 30, 2015, 05:52:39 PM »
*  had the other half of the can of beans from yesterday for today's lunch
*  listed two more books for sale
*  put another five in the jar
*  will devote some time to another side gig later tonight

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3298 on: April 30, 2015, 10:50:06 PM »
I am trying to reduce throw away items.

I've cut down heavily on paper towels but my next target is cotton wool/makeup remover pads. I cut up some waffle weave face cloths and these are working really well as a substitute. An old teeshirt was cut up this morning into eye make up remover pads. They get thrown in the wash and whiten up nicely on the outdoor drying rack.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3299 on: April 30, 2015, 11:28:07 PM »
I had two meetings in different locations downtown today, and didn't want the hassle or cost of moving the car, paying for parking, etc.  I thought (repeatedly) about driving to somewhere convenient, parking the car and taking the subway, instead of leaving the car in the driveway, walking to the bus stop, and taking the bus.  But ultimately, I did the right thing.  Very much cheaper!  (I would eventually get reimbursed, but would have had to shell out about $30, plus gas).  And I didn't want to put that much money out there, even if I could claim it back. 

So I took the bus, and left the car at home.

Also, missed the free breakfast before the first meeting.  Thought seriously of grabbing something on the go, but resisted.  They served food at the first break, at which point I grabbed one small muffin and a coffee.  Hours later, I've gone to the other location, attended my other meeting, and am on my way home.  And I realize that one tiny muffin and a coffee are not enough to sustain me.  I must have almost stopped at least a half times on my way home, but I resisted, and made myself something nice to eat when I came in the door.

I've also agreed to cover for someone else on Sunday afternoon, which will bring in a little extra cash to throw towards my debt.
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