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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3300 on: April 30, 2015, 11:35:30 PM »
After circuit training class, I walked up the hill to Safeway to pick up a couple of deals, and then walked to the gym I have access to and showered there for the first time ever. It was nice to take a long, hot shower and to shave without having to clean the bathtub afterwards (I use cheap coconut oil instead of shaving foam due to v. sensitive skin). Easy to wipe out their shower stall instead!

Then, I walked home and enjoyed the lovely weather, and also the smells coming from the slow cooker when I walked in the door. I don't know when the last time I ate out was -- a few weeks?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3301 on: May 01, 2015, 10:14:19 AM »
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.
OMG!  The cut up tshirt is such a great idea!  I'm going to steal your idea, so I don't have to continue to purchase cotton squares.  I use one/day, so it won't be a huge savings.  However, it will be one less item to buy and will easily fit into my laundry cycle. 


This is actually a great idea. I won't even launder mine. SO wears out clothing often enough that I'll have an endless supply of tiny squares.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3302 on: May 01, 2015, 07:20:46 PM »
*  took lunch to work (leftover potato & lentil curry - so yum!)
*  received electric bill - $11 less than last month - woohoo!
*  watching free movies on hulu for entertainment tonight
*  no money spent today

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« Reply #3303 on: May 01, 2015, 11:19:03 PM »
Pretty productive day:
* Went to the local dental hygiene school for my first of four periodontal cleaning sessions. I'm saving $800 having this necessary dental treatment done by a final year hygiene student!
* Used materials we had on hand to erect a temporary fence around the raised garden beds, until we can collect enough pallets to make a new fence for the duck area.
* Planted a bunch of flower seeds (nasturtiums mostly) in various pots and flower plots around the house. I collect these seeds every year.
* Added lavender and more thyme plants to the herb garden terrace. These were grown from cuttings collected from neighbors.
* Used some old, beginning to decay bamboo fencing to mulch over the veggie beds. Just cut holes through the bamboo "slats" for the plants. It's so worn that it's now similar to straw, without the need to buy anything.
* Made a stir-fry from all the leftover veggies in the fridge, in anticipation of going grocery shopping in the a.m.
* Took younger son to his astronomy club meeting tonight. For a mere $25 a year we get to attend free monthly science lectures, enjoy free snacks, borrow equipment, and he gets to participate in outreach events where he can teach others about the thing he loves most in the world. Pretty good deal for a Friday night's entertainment!
* Husband hit his one month nonsmoking milestone today!!!! (I hit mine this past Monday)
* Made 6 pints of lilac freezer jam. May make more, if I can bring myself to sacrifice anymore flowers!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3304 on: May 01, 2015, 11:37:33 PM »
Every penny I've spent this week, I'm matched in my retirement account, above my normal contribution.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3305 on: May 02, 2015, 12:53:45 AM »
* Husband hit his one month nonsmoking milestone today!!!! (I hit mine this past Monday)
Congratulations on that one! Keep it up!

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« Reply #3306 on: May 02, 2015, 08:10:34 AM »
 Husband hit his one month nonsmoking milestone today!!!! (I hit mine this past Monday)

Bravo, this one isn't easy. 

In the spirit of the thread:  Just made our second pot of Saturday Morning coffee by throwing half the normal amount on the still warm grounds of the previous pot. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3307 on: May 02, 2015, 10:11:34 AM »
"Our" supermarket is closing for the last time today. So they had a sale! I've bought groceries for 70 and saved 70. Everything was with 50% discount!!

(Ofcourse I only bought stuff that we normally would use!)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3308 on: May 02, 2015, 10:15:14 AM »
Sucked it up and put Little Brother to bed in two pairs of cotton Gerber pants with a nylon cover instead of a Pull-Up. Maybe if I start telling him that he won't pee in bed anymore after he turns three (this month)...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3309 on: May 02, 2015, 10:45:34 AM »
Village is having its annual Clean up Village Day today. Volunteers came with a truck and trailer and took away my beat up queen-size bed, pipes and a double sink that a plumber replaced and never took away a year and a half ago, and a big old tv. No cost for transport and no charge at the landfill.

Quite a sight see me wrestle the bed out of my house and down to the curbside early this morning single-handled. Leverage, its all about leverage.

Now there is room in my small house for the furniture I want to bring back when my contract ends in the city later this month.

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« Reply #3310 on: May 02, 2015, 03:55:45 PM »
Every penny I've spent this week, I'm matched in my retirement account, above my normal contribution.

I love this idea!  Great job!

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« Reply #3311 on: May 02, 2015, 06:14:58 PM »
* Took younger son to his astronomy club meeting tonight. For a mere $25 a year we get to attend free monthly science lectures, enjoy free snacks, borrow equipment, and he gets to participate in outreach events where he can teach others about the thing he loves most in the world. Pretty good deal for a Friday night's entertainment!

* Made 6 pints of lilac freezer jam. May make more, if I can bring myself to sacrifice anymore flowers!

The astronomy club sounds like a great idea for you and your son, especially if he gets to use equipment and talk about his enthusiasm.

I've never heard of lilac jam! What do you use this for? I am interested because my little old house is surrounded by very big old lilacs that look like they are going to have a bumper crop of flowers in a few weeks. They are my favourite flower, but last such a short time. Do you have recipe you can share?

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« Reply #3312 on: May 02, 2015, 08:49:20 PM »
Lilac jelly has a lovely lemon-ish flavor. You can even use the fresh blossoms in salads or to top desserts for a hint of citrus flavor. We have purple, pink, and white lilacs -- I tend to use the purple because I like the color of the jelly more but you can use any type of lilac. Just make sure you only have flowers -- no stems or green parts (these make the jelly bitter).

you need:
2 cups loose packed lilac flowers
2 tb lemon juice (not necessary, but prevents discoloration)
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 envelope pectin -- low sugar or freezer jam variety, preferably

Whirr the petals and half the water in the blender until completely blended, then add in the lemon juice. Mix in the sugar with the lilac paste.

Bring the remaining water and pectin to a hard boil for 1 minute. Mix it with the lilac paste. Jar, cool, and use or freeze for up to 1 year!




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« Reply #3313 on: May 02, 2015, 09:23:27 PM »
You can even use the fresh blossoms in salads or to top desserts for a hint of citrus flavor.

Wonderful! Thanks for the jelly recipe.

Lilacs bloom around my birthday and my favorite birthday cake is vanilla with lemon icing. Looks like it is time to add my favorite flower on top!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3314 on: May 03, 2015, 09:41:52 AM »
Did some online price comparisons for my auto insurance renewal. Looks like I might be able to save $200-300/year.

I'm going to steam clean my living room carpet today using my carpet cleaner I bought a few years ago. It is kind of annoying because the tank is so small that you constantly have to refill it, but I am going to suck it up and use it rather than renting one, or paying someone to come in and clean the carpets.

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« Reply #3315 on: May 03, 2015, 11:58:32 AM »
Read the neighbor's Sunday paper today.  They are out of town for a few days and before they left, one of them stuck their head in my door and told me to make use of the paper while they were gone.  The Hub and I read it with home brewed coffee and a slice of bakery cake. and clipped several coupons.  A real coffee shop experience in my own kitchen.  Love my frugal network. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3316 on: May 03, 2015, 06:53:07 PM »
Installed low flow shower heads in both of our showers today. My sons like to take very long, very hot showers, so I expect to save money on water, sewer, and gas (to heat the water). I have long hair, so I'm a little concerned that I'll need to take longer showers to rinse my hair. Tomorrow morning will be the test!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3317 on: May 03, 2015, 08:44:46 PM »
* Used a coupon to save $1 on frozen yogurt on a mommy-son date with my older boy
* Used retailmenot coupon to save 20 percent on flowers for mom and mother-in-law
* Sold an extra compost bin via Craigslist for $40
* Saved shower water in a bucket for fig tree
* Used home eggs to make sourdough pancakes for the family
* Ate leftovers including homemade 10-bean soup
* Harvested this year's garlic crop; looks like we did well
* Used saved dryer lint and pencil shavings as starter for woodfire; roasted corn on the cob in the husk, and strawberries, potatoes and carrots in foil
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3318 on: May 03, 2015, 09:59:19 PM »
It is not exciting, but just lots of meal prep for the week that will prevent extra shopping trips and restaurant meals. 

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« Reply #3319 on: May 03, 2015, 10:15:59 PM »
@lunahsol, What kinds of things did you do for meal prep? I'm always looking for new ideas!

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« Reply #3320 on: May 03, 2015, 11:03:16 PM »
Hi there, mama! 

Well, my prep revolved around whatever was left in my fridge/freezer that needed using up.  For my lunches, etc, this week, I made:
- sweet potato/peanut butter soup
- white bean/broccoli soup
- rice milk (to be used in various recipes)
- fried rice with zucchini & orange peppers (and hot peanuts)
- tamales with pintos and (canned) ranchero sauce
- corn bread
- hummus
- smoothie packs (5 of them - spinach, carrot, banana, strawberries)
- mashed potatoes

I am left with at least 5 servings of the soups + cornbread for lunches.  I will also have a smoothie to take M-F to work.  For dinners, the tamales and fried rice will be staples.  I can supplement with the hummus (although, feel like I need something else to serve with it).

My diet is vegan and gluten-free, so probably different than most . . . but if this can provide any inspiration, I am happy to share.

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« Reply #3321 on: May 04, 2015, 01:01:04 AM »
how do you make a smoothie pack?  It all sounds yummy!

I argued discussed with Macy's customer service for 40 minutes about how they left a charge on my store card, but gave me too much back on a gift card.  It was only $25.27, but there was no reason to pay that amount as my gift card was for over $60.  Got it sorted finally, I think the manager just wanted me to go away.  hahaha!

Bought a new face moisturizer with sunscreen for $10 cheaper than my other one.  We'll see how it goes...I have super sensitive skin and many sunscreen allergies, so it is a bit nervous, but I am hopeful.  And I saved 5% on my whole purchase because I used my new Target Redbird card.
DH wanted hamburger buns to go with the frozen burgers.  There weren't any at the store, but I did finally find a bag of organic flour!  So tonight I made buns, a raisin bread, a banana bread with chocolate chips (to take to work tomorrow because it is my last day!!!) and I also made a batch of soymilk. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3322 on: May 04, 2015, 06:00:21 AM »
Sweet score at the thrift shop this weekend.  Picked up four pairs of shorts for my teenage son and a space heater for $28.  One pair of shorts was Patagonia.  That should help sweeten the fact that I thrift shopped his clothes. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3323 on: May 04, 2015, 07:08:14 AM »
Went garage/barn sale-ing Sat AM.
We wound up spending money, but saved about 90% off retail.
DW found a like new made in USA music stand for $1.  (ARV $20)
I got a made in USA Bostitch air framing nailer for $30. (ARV $270)




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3324 on: May 04, 2015, 01:41:43 PM »
Returned my library books just in time to avoid the 0,10 penalty per book per day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3325 on: May 04, 2015, 01:42:51 PM »
1. I'm cooking a big old pot of beans in the crockpot right now. When they're done, I'll freeze them in 1.5-C portions so I'm not tempted to buy canned beans next time I want to eat beans. I bought a couple of different kinds of beans from the bulk section at Winco yesterday, and will do the same with the other kinds.
2. Toddler son eats a ton of Lara Bars, which, at $1 a pop, are pretty pricey. I'm making my own today with dried fruit I bought from the bulk bins at Winco. Man, I love Winco.
3. I slowed down the rate at which I'm filling our emergency fund (we've got $15k now, with the goal of $20k) in order to allocate more money to my Roth IRA. We'll now max out my Roth this year, for the first time ever! We'll still hit our EF goal by the end of the year as well.
4. Spent some time researching other rental options in the area. We're paying too much for rent right now (very little was available when we came to town on a house-hunting weekend last year) and are looking to move. Made an inquiry about a house that would save us $450/month. Fingers crossed!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3326 on: May 04, 2015, 01:44:54 PM »
Not strictly saving money, but donating blood after work today.  I'm a couple weeks late on that, and got a text that they'll give a free movie ticket with a donation today.  So between that and the $10 gift card received for donating a couple months ago, the wife and I will be having a < $5 movie date sometime this month.

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« Reply #3327 on: May 04, 2015, 04:17:02 PM »
Not strictly saving money, but donating blood after work today.  I'm a couple weeks late on that, and got a text that they'll give a free movie ticket with a donation today.  So between that and the $10 gift card received for donating a couple months ago, the wife and I will be having a < $5 movie date sometime this month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3328 on: May 04, 2015, 04:40:58 PM »
One blood

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3329 on: May 04, 2015, 05:18:39 PM »
Ate lunch out and felt really bad that I gave into my Broccoli Cheese soup craving, so I made eight veggie burritos that I threw in the freezer, and had the leftover filling for dinner tonight. Now I have no excuse to not eat at home for the next week and a half! (These burritos are on top of this week's dinner meal plan, all vegetarian.)

BF is out of town for work, so we switched transit passes. He has my pay-per-use pass, which he *might* need when he gets back in town, while I have his unlimited pass in case I decided to run errands out of the neighborhood (like getting my stupid license renewed... ugh).

Kept the lights off all day today; opened windows for light instead. Also prolonging use of the AC--just keeping windows open and an upright fan going. I'll be OK; the BF is less heat-tolerant, so this may eventually give once he gets back from traveling.

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« Reply #3330 on: May 04, 2015, 05:43:54 PM »
Clipped and shared a coupon for the kind of ice cream bars my neighbor likes.  Got to keep that frugal network humming!  Came home and baked four dozen corn and sausage muffins.  They freeze well.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3331 on: May 04, 2015, 05:56:08 PM »
I bought a pork picnic shoulder yesterday because it was on sale for $1.19 per pound, which seemed pretty good for any sort of meat in this area. I saved 5 cents by turning in a bottle for the deposit. I don't drink soda, but a friend left the bottle in my recycling when she visited. I didn't know what to do with the pork, but I found a slow cooker recipe today that I was very happy with. I think the leftovers will probably make lots of lunches this week.

I also googled around to find a cheaper drycleaners and got a coupon discount, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3332 on: May 04, 2015, 09:02:02 PM »
Not strictly saving money, but donating blood after work today.  I'm a couple weeks late on that, and got a text that they'll give a free movie ticket with a donation today.  So between that and the $10 gift card received for donating a couple months ago, the wife and I will be having a < $5 movie date sometime this month.

Check if you can donate Plasma for money.  Here they are offering $110 for your first 2 donations of plasma (including online coupon).
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« Reply #3333 on: May 04, 2015, 10:50:23 PM »
My "smoothie packs" contain a handful or so of baby spinach, half a banana, one carrot (chopped), about 6 strawberries and 2 cups of water (sub 1 cup of water for some soy yogurt if I have it, which is not often).  Also, misc berries (fresh or frozen) if I have them.  Put into the blender (Vitamix) and give a whirl.  The "packs" consist of all of the ingredients (except the water/yogurt) put into a ziploc and into the freezer.  Plus, the freezer gives the fixins a nice consistency when blended without adding ice.

Convenience is key.  These are easy to grab and throw into the blender without the need to chop and portion out every morning.  I am way more likely to make these if I put the contents into a baggie in advance.  It is super healthy and saves a ton of cash.

My bucks saved for today may not be super impressive, but . . .
*  no money spent
*  homemade lunch and work-provided coffee
*  no extra driving

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« Reply #3334 on: May 05, 2015, 03:50:03 AM »
Did not spend part of the grocery gift card which was my office holiday gift this winter on precooked rice as I was tempted to do. Instead I bought spices and "exotic" ingredients I can't get near home as I planned to do and then went home and cooked up two pounds of brown rice. We ate one portion with supper and I put five meal-sized portions in the freezer, all for the cost of one (insufficient) pack of precooked rice.

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« Reply #3335 on: May 05, 2015, 05:05:34 AM »
Took advantage of the fact that I live in NJ to get free money. The casinos have online versions and they run bonus money promotions every now and then. Most are not worth it (I.e deposit money then get bonus and wager 25x the deposit to get the bonus payout). Sometimes though, you've got a 50/50 on getting something out of it. Today is cinco de mayo. The borgata is running a promotion where they will give you some amount of bonus money from $1-$1000. I got $15. The rules were wager that amount in a single bet and get whatever you win, if anything. Not my money, give it a try any ways, so I originally thought I had to wager $15 in total, not in one go, so I had made several small bets, one of which ended up getting me to $120 or so. I realized that I had to make the big bet. So I did and lost (it was $25 since I wouldn't find a smaller one). Ended up taking out about $95 in money I didn't have before.

I can say with 100% certainty that I've made money at casinos. I never bet my own money in this sort of thing except for one time which was the first time I went to a casino during college. My town had one and I was curious enough to spend $20. It was boring. Anyways, about $200 out of the casinos so far. For anyone who lives in NJ, take a look at the casino promotions. Free money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3336 on: May 05, 2015, 06:23:23 AM »
Not strictly saving money, but donating blood after work today.  I'm a couple weeks late on that, and got a text that they'll give a free movie ticket with a donation today.  So between that and the $10 gift card received for donating a couple months ago, the wife and I will be having a < $5 movie date sometime this month.

Check if you can donate Plasma for money.  Here they are offering $110 for your first 2 donations of plasma (including online coupon).
Good tip for others.  I'm on the double-red-cell list due to blood type - doubt they would pay me for the plasma.  On a side note, double-red-cell is awesome - I always feel better afterwards.  It's like getting a gatorade shot right up your arm.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3337 on: May 05, 2015, 12:54:24 PM »
Lately I:

~Used an ecoupon for a free treat for DH, and $1 off two Mother's Day cards
~Used my value card to save .10/gallon at the pump
~Stocked up on supplies at Sam's Club
~Compiled errands while in the big city after attending a peaceful protest
~Batch cooked a pork roast for nachos, sandwiches and enchiladas, boiled eggs and made a Cheesy Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole
~Made homemade cheesecake
~Have been using vinegar and baking soda instead of buying expensive, stinky cleaning products
~Have been bringing my usual filtered water, coffee, breakfasts, lunches and snacks to the office
~Am taking Friday off which saves on fuel  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3338 on: May 05, 2015, 01:11:37 PM »
Not strictly saving money, but donating blood after work today.  I'm a couple weeks late on that, and got a text that they'll give a free movie ticket with a donation today.  So between that and the $10 gift card received for donating a couple months ago, the wife and I will be having a < $5 movie date sometime this month.

Check if you can donate Plasma for money.  Here they are offering $110 for your first 2 donations of plasma (including online coupon).
Good tip for others.  I'm on the double-red-cell list due to blood type - doubt they would pay me for the plasma.  On a side note, double-red-cell is awesome - I always feel better afterwards.  It's like getting a gatorade shot right up your arm.
I looked into doing the double red blood cell donation, but I don't qualify (my weight < 150).  I do try to donate blood when the Red Cross comes to my workplace.  The last few times I scored a coupon for a free pint from Baskin Robbins.  Since I live a few blocks from a Baskin Robbins, it's a great excuse to go for a walk and get ice cream. 

Today I packed my lunch, snacks, and breakfast.
I been drinking water and a LOT of tea. 
I carpooled to work. 
I showered at the gym. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3339 on: May 05, 2015, 01:36:18 PM »
I just changed cell phone providers from ATT to Consumer Cellular. ATT was 100/month for 2 lines, unlimited voice/text, and 3GB data. Now we are paying 60/month for 2 lines, unlimited text, 750 talk minutes, and 3GB data.

That's 40 bucks a month in savings and they even use ATT's network, so it should be absolutely no different. And to top it all off my employer reimburses me 100/month for a cell plan, so I'm essentially getting paid 40 bucks a month for our family cell plan!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3340 on: May 05, 2015, 02:10:59 PM »
I've stopped buying myself chips and crackers for snacks. I've always known they were unhealthy and loaded with preservatives and dyes, but I have a real salt tooth. Lately I've been making my own corn tortilla crisps in my counter top oven using canola oil and salt. They taste fantastic, are great for dipping, are more filling, and I can't eat them as mindlessly as chips in a bag since they need to be prepared. I bought a bag of 100 corn tortillas at Costco for $3.99. That's less than a bag of Tostidos at my local grocery store! My husband loves them, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3341 on: May 05, 2015, 03:55:56 PM »
Yesterday, I attended a leadership breakfast.  For some reason (usually they're full or close to it) a number of people didn't show up.  So I had half a bagel with cream cheese and a delicious variety of fruit for breakfast, then, agreed to take enough leftovers (a pastry, more fruit) to serve as my lunch.  I ate in the car, after a long luxurious visit to one of the bigger libraries that was on my way home.  Took out some books, audiobooks, and CDs. 

Today, I was running late this morning but made a point of taking the time to eat breakfast before I left for work.  Doesn't really take that long to have a cup of tea, and to make some toast.  I used some sweet bread that was gifted to me by someone at the church.  It was yummy!  I also brought my lunch to work today.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3342 on: May 05, 2015, 05:05:12 PM »
Had one of the burritos I froze yesterday for lunch, along with half an avocado that was left in the fridge; delicious! I'm eating them vegetarian, but I can adapt the recipe for chicken burritos so that BF can enjoy too.

For dinner I made a lentil soup that used up half a bunch of kale, a half a small jar of tomato paste, and some older yogurt in the fridge. Also, BF doesn't like lentils all that much, so it's a good meal to make for when he's gone. It'll keep me in lunches for at least another day or two.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3343 on: May 05, 2015, 07:01:18 PM »
I've taken to packing my work lunches from the veggie drawer of my fridge, and sometimes I add a hardboiled egg. I also drink the free coffee at work and water to rehydrate. I figure I'm saving at least $3-5 a day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3344 on: May 05, 2015, 11:03:32 PM »
DH brought home a whole banana box full of bananas at the weekend, because they were super cheap.  Today I peeled and froze them into bagged lots for our weekly banana pancake breakfasts
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3345 on: May 06, 2015, 06:47:26 AM »
Yesterday we hosted family for Cinco de Mayo and served steak fajitas using marked down steak and clearance bell peppers. All the rest of the fixings came from Aldi, and we had ice cream left over from my son's birthday party for dessert.

Today I packed breakfast and lunch, as always.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3346 on: May 06, 2015, 07:18:47 AM »
Ran out of pop.  Made DH lemonade for his morning beverage.  Prevented him from stopping at the gas station and paying $1.69 for a bottle. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3347 on: May 06, 2015, 08:38:48 AM »
As always, these are technically from yesterday

* I've figured out how to make most of the family favorites in the crockpot since the over crapped out again, including sloppy joe stuffed rolls (think sloppy joe bierocks). Who knew a crockpot could bake rolls? The bottoms even browned!

* Walked to the store to pick up bananas instead of driving.

* Elder son brought home 10 individual tubs of yogurt, 4 apples, and a dozen oranges yesterday in his backpack. He was at an event that served lunch to the teens and he was shocked at the waste when he saw people tossing these items. He asked and got permission to place a box to collect them by the garbage can, then brought his loot home to share. I'm done proud of that boy!

* harvested some chives and assorted herbs, for both fresh use and drying.

* Younger son set up a container in the freezer to catch the citrus peels coming into the house over the next few months. Candied peels are now the plan for general holiday gift giving!

* I've been battling some skin and thyroid issues lately and the doctor confirmed that I have a wheat allergy yesterday (boo). Fortunately, I'm a low carb, somewhat paleo-ish eater, so the biggest loss for me is the occasional pasta dish, some Asian favorites, and some of my beloved microbrews. So, I spent the evening creating my own personal wheat-free cookbook, which should get rid of any temptation to eat high-priced and overly processed gluten-free convenience  foods while I adjust our pantry and eating habits.

* Signed kids up for the free summer bowling program, and put elder son on the lottery list for a local skills clinic being held this summer (he would get to intern with a veterinarian, if he is selected). Staying on top of these freebies breaks up summer monotony and gives my poor homeschooled kids more opportunities ;)

* Wrote the final check for elder's scout leadership camp yesterday, which was 100% from money he earned. As a reward for his hard work, we covered the $30 fee for his Order of the Arrow ordeal camp that is later this summer. Did I mention that I am proud of that kid?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3348 on: May 06, 2015, 09:39:48 AM »
DH brought home a whole banana box full of bananas at the weekend, because they were super cheap.  Today I peeled and froze them into bagged lots for our weekly banana pancake breakfasts
So jealous!  I mix frozen banana with a little bit of peanut butter and cocoa powder.  It's an amazingly sweet ice cream substitute.  My husband prefers it without the peanut butter though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3349 on: May 06, 2015, 09:40:50 AM »

* I've been battling some skin and thyroid issues lately and the doctor confirmed that I have a wheat allergy yesterday (boo). Fortunately, I'm a low carb, somewhat paleo-ish eater, so the biggest loss for me is the occasional pasta dish, some Asian favorites, and some of my beloved microbrews. So, I spent the evening creating my own personal wheat-free cookbook, which should get rid of any temptation to eat high-priced and overly processed gluten-free convenience  foods while I adjust our pantry and eating habits.


I bet this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise =) If you haven't already, I recommend visiting the "share your paleo badassity" thread.

Kudos on putting together the cookbook. Do you meal plan? If you make a grocery list for each dish it can help, IME.
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