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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3400 on: May 16, 2015, 12:09:34 PM »
I also got an academic scholarship just last week.  It's strange to come at the end of the semester. Because of my penny pinching I have no imediate desperate need for the money, so I put it into my "school savings account". I feel strange because my classmates all seem to have imediate desperate needs.  Does that mean I am less deserviing of financial grants?  No.  It means I practice self control.

Absolutely!  You deserve your scholarship and you will be a good steward of the funds it provides instead of wasting it.

Homemade meals from the freezer and no money spent for me today.  Also, I am clearing out my closet and kitchen cupboard (oh, how I love gadgets) to bless someone else.  In addition, scored some free office supplies and a file cabinet and will use them to organize my home office.

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« Reply #3401 on: May 16, 2015, 12:59:33 PM »
@2ndTimer, I thought you might be interested in this article that I read about a month ago on how to keep your green onions growing!

http://theprudenthomemaker.com/blog/entry/how-to-grow-green-onions-and-collect-your-own-seeds

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3402 on: May 16, 2015, 05:52:39 PM »
My replacement car for my '97 Dodge Neon is a '99 Dodge Neon.

I am currently removing everything so I have a complete set of running spares.

Today I swapped out the rattling catalytic converter (sounded terrible) that came on the '99 model... Ahh peaceful driving, an hours worth of work and zero cost...:)

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« Reply #3403 on: May 16, 2015, 11:58:22 PM »
Took food with me from home to eat at work, 'cause I knew I'd be hungry when I got there.  And made myself dinner at home after I got back, partially with food from my garden.

Also used up the last little bit of a container of yoghurt, and the water I cooked my potato in for dinner, by adding it to the dog's food bowl.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3404 on: May 17, 2015, 04:38:36 AM »
Just changed the tires on the car (winter -> summer)  instead of paying 20 or so for it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3405 on: May 17, 2015, 05:04:39 AM »
I'm making meals at home and watching the shows I have lined up on my Tivo. I think I will sit in a garden chair outside and turn the TV up loud as it's sunny out.

I need to check for a better deal in pet insurance, actually that sounds boring so I will probably do that tomorrow!

Ha, just realised I had typed poet insurance at first lol.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3406 on: May 17, 2015, 12:08:27 PM »
Took my son to the Children's Museum today for Free Sunday admission (the third Sunday of the month, thanks Target corporation). Parking was $5 for 3 hours downtown after validation.
Went early to avoid crowds, and we had a blast!
Go go Mama Mustache!

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« Reply #3407 on: May 17, 2015, 02:59:56 PM »
*making my own hotdog buns for big BBQ tonite

*making double batch of homemade iced tea

*coping with injury by buying easy to cook foods rather than take out/drive thru food


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« Reply #3408 on: May 17, 2015, 09:29:58 PM »
So, it has been way past time to update my work wardrobe.  I found some great sales on some basic pieces at a local store, but for the pants (dockers), I tried on at the store and then found a sale online which basically amounts to "buy 2 get 1 free" . . . (if you need basic work pants go to dockers.com and look for the 3for30 promo - it is good until May 20)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3409 on: May 18, 2015, 01:55:04 AM »
Took lunch to work, and drank the (crappy) free coffee instead of buying the good stuff.

Biked to work.

In the morning, I'm going to the gym, and I'll shower there instead of at home.

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« Reply #3410 on: May 18, 2015, 09:21:45 AM »
I showered at the gym.  I'm starting to enjoy the expensive shower products at the gym.  My bar of soap and suave shampoo at home isn't going to cut it, so I'll have to work out more.

I carpooled to work.  Today is my day to drive, but I save time and gas by having access to the carpool lane.  Plus, my carpool has amazing members, so we have fascinating conversations.  I learn something new every day. 

I packed my breakfast, lunch and snacks.  We're running low on food, so I had to get creative.  My lunch is 2 eggs scrambled with spinach and some frozen broccoli.  Breakfast is a smoothie with bananas, frozen strawberries, spinach, cocoa powder, and milk.

Drinking homemade tea. Loose leaf.  So much better than any place open at 6 am. 

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« Reply #3411 on: May 18, 2015, 11:32:00 AM »
In anticipation of a large expenditure, I signed up for a new credit card with a $400 travel credit after a $3K spend.  Perfect since I'm planning a trip this fall that will require a ~$500 plane ticket.

Planted lots of vegetables this weekend and didn't spend any money. 

Cancelled my riding lesson at the last minute yesterday because thunderstorms were rolling in.

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« Reply #3412 on: May 18, 2015, 11:56:21 AM »
In anticipation of a large expenditure, I signed up for a new credit card with a $400 travel credit after a $3K spend.  Perfect since I'm planning a trip this fall that will require a ~$500 plane ticket.

Planted lots of vegetables this weekend and didn't spend any money. 

Cancelled my riding lesson at the last minute yesterday because thunderstorms were rolling in.

Working on hitting the $3k for that one myself. $500 left I think and a month to do it. World Arrival +? Going to Canada this summer and figured a no fee card would be nice to have while there. Also, booked a (super unmustachian) room for the night of our wedding. $565 for one night!. The reward for getting to $3k should pay for most of that on its own. The wedding will be inexpensive compared to normal (~$15k for everything, and we'll only be covering $2k of that give or take), so having one magical night in a castle seems worth the stupid amount of money.

Brought food from home (as I do 24 out of 25 work days on average). It was stir fry on rice and very yummy.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3413 on: May 18, 2015, 12:20:15 PM »
Saved 25% on this month's grocery bill using coupons, e-coupons, and shopping sales.  Kept it under $200.

Saved .40 a gallon at the pump using my grocer's value card

Used a coupon at the liquor store.  Bought a $3 mini canvas bag there which will save 10% off future purchases.  :D

Used up more freezer leftovers

Batch cooked sausage and breakfast burritos, boiled eggs and processed fresh produce for this week's lunches

Packed my usual coffee, filtered water, lunch and snacks for the office

Am planning a fishing overnight camping trip for DH's 40th instead of throwing our usual elaborate $200 party at home.

I continue to use leftover glasses of water to water plants.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3414 on: May 18, 2015, 01:11:11 PM »
Picked the green onion tops that were going to seed in my garden and chopped them on top of my lunch

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« Reply #3415 on: May 18, 2015, 01:19:08 PM »
Decided against snackfood while at the train station. Win for both my health and my wallet.

BF cooked dinner instead of getting fries. Idem dito!

Arranged another deal with my dog sitter, so I can work extra hours (free of charge, as we swap dog walking duties).

Worked in the garden, noticed that the carrots I'd sown weeks ago are germinating. Saves me on having to buy extra seeds and. And I get extra fresh carrots earlier, which are so much better than store bought :)

Was gifted free rhubarb stalks by a friendly garden neighbour, I'm in the process of baking a nice crumble with it.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3416 on: May 18, 2015, 01:23:07 PM »
Picked the green onion tops that were going to seed in my garden and chopped them on top of my lunch

Not sure where you live, but the wild spring onions that grow everywhere where I live (east coast) can be picked and used like chives or scallions. Hell, toast, butter, and some chopped on top is good!

Additionally, there's a clover-looking plant that also grows all over the place here. It grows taller and is very thin, but the leaves get much bigger than clover over the summer. It's called wood sorrel and it tastes like lemon. Can be used in salads, as a spice, or as an herbal tea.

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« Reply #3417 on: May 18, 2015, 01:44:03 PM »
Nuked a frozen veggie burrito (homemade!) for lunch. Realized we were out of sour cream for the burrito, but instead of running out and grabbing some, which I won't use again until MAYBE next week, I made do with some plain yogurt in the fridge. Worked just as well!

Walked to the library, turned in a book that was due tomorrow (hooray for avoiding late fees), and got some work done on my project.

Still holding out on A/C (third floor walk up; it was 84 degree in the apartment last night, which was a little warm for our pup). It's supposed to cool down for the rest of the week (60s) which will keep us A/C free even longer!

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« Reply #3418 on: May 18, 2015, 02:12:24 PM »
Additionally, there's a clover-looking plant that also grows all over the place here. It grows taller and is very thin, but the leaves get much bigger than clover over the summer. It's called wood sorrel and it tastes like lemon. Can be used in salads, as a spice, or as an herbal tea.

Wood sorrel is sour and delicious! It grows in my yard (along with a bunch of other edible things).

Also, Pooperman, enjoy your trip to Canada!

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« Reply #3419 on: May 18, 2015, 03:52:36 PM »
*threw a few cucumber and lettuce seeds in the dirt - will see if they actually grow under the care of my 10 year old boy!

*homemade iced tea made and cooling (I put 4 tea bags in a juice jug and a full kettle of boiling water over top. Let the tea bags steep for 10 minutes or so. Add sugar (mine tastes good with 3/4 c) and lemon juice (1/2 cup). Let it cool on the counter and then refrigerate.) So cheap and very refreshing!

*rice is cooking to stretch taco meat for dinner tonight. I use it 1:1 with the meat and my family prefers it this way now.

*sheets hanging outside to dry

*took the kids for ice cream this afternoon at a fancy shop -- I had given them each a gift card for $5 at this shop in their stocking. Will do again. It was fun to wish them Merry Christmas on this hot and sunny day. Wow! I can't believe how many people were in there and seem to be regulars. Its so expensive there! This will be a once a summer treat ... that was today :-)

*soup stock bubbling away in the crockpot from chicken bones the other night. I will now stop serving soup in these hotter months but its such a treat to have a supply of stock built up in the deep freeze for the fall!

*have navy beans in my other crockpot for tomorrow's brown beans and hotdogs (left over from our BBQ last night)

*had a good chat with my husband this morning about saving $$$ -- this Mustachianism is really sinking in for me and I'm trying to get him on the same page

*hand washed a bunch of dishes

*trying to adapt to warmer weather by dressing in lighter clothing, drinking lots of water, etc. hoping to extend the no heat/no cooling season to July 1

*ate up eggs that I hard boiled a few days ago in sandwiches for the family for lunch today and salvaged some lettuce from the depths of the vegetable drawer


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« Reply #3420 on: May 18, 2015, 05:44:45 PM »
I'm new to the forums, and I love this thread!

My husband travels for work, and uses toiletries that can be refilled at home without the additional expense of travel miniatures.

Last night I realised his small hair wax container (which I refill from a large pot) didn't come back from the last trip. I wasn't making a trip to the supermarket at 8pm, so I went through the bathroom and found a small pot of lip gloss I never use, emptied and washed it, and filled it up with hair wax.

It would be very easy for these trips to become a financial black-hole, not just from increased spending but from adapting to, and expecting, the level of luxury he is afforded (business class flights, five-star hotels, expensive dinners). But we guard against the first by being prepared, and against the second by remembering that those luxuries are a wonderful treat, but are just temporary.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3421 on: May 18, 2015, 08:25:42 PM »
Picked the green onion tops that were going to seed in my garden and chopped them on top of my lunch

Not sure where you live, but the wild spring onions that grow everywhere where I live (east coast) can be picked and used like chives or scallions. Hell, toast, butter, and some chopped on top is good!

Additionally, there's a clover-looking plant that also grows all over the place here. It grows taller and is very thin, but the leaves get much bigger than clover over the summer. It's called wood sorrel and it tastes like lemon. Can be used in salads, as a spice, or as an herbal tea.


Pooperman, you' ll probably find arrowhead sorrel if you have wood sorrel. Tast is virtually identical, but it's easier to get a lot. Don't eat whole salads of just sorrel or drink only sorrel tea for days; the oxalic acid that gives it its taste isn't good for you in high doses, but reasonable amounts are fine,


Here's more info on the arrowhead sorrel.


https://extension.umass.edu/landscape/weeds/rumex-acetosella

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« Reply #3422 on: May 18, 2015, 09:12:50 PM »
A couple months ago I purchased a heavy duty granite mortar and pestle, thinking it would be a buy it for life type of thing.  The other night I was mashing up ginger with it and the pestle broke right in half.  It was too late to return it to the store, so I emailed the company, and they promptly responded that they would send me a new pestle.  I usually don't think to contact manufacturers, but will from now on!

Was thinking about buying a flat of marigolds, but noticed a bunch of seedlings in pots that had marigolds last fall, so I spent about 20 minutes carefully separating them out into small pots in the greenhouse.  Hopefully they'll only be a couple weeks behind store-bought plants, but totally free instead of $12 or so.  I've also spotted some sulphur buckwheat and blanketflower seedling volunteers around the yard that will be dug up and transplanted in the near future.  Over the weekend I did this with about half a dozen lavender plants.  I usually spend massive amounts of money on plants this time of year, so it's nice to let my garden perpetuate itself for free instead.

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« Reply #3423 on: May 18, 2015, 11:05:23 PM »
I'm new to the forums, and I love this thread!

Welcome to the forums, and I love your username!

Today, I finished clearing out the last of last year's garden pots, and re-planted them.  I still have a couple of plants to deal with, and am trying to figure out a plan that doesn't involve buying any more pots! 

Another thing I did is to stay home.  It's a stat holiday today, so I thought about going out and about, but decided to be a homebody instead.  Even when someone from work called, and wanted me to go in, I held off and we problem-solved instead and came up with a solution that didn't involve me leaving the house.  Yay!  Gas saved.

I also cooked a tasty dinner of brown rice, and lentils with cabbage and potato.  A little bit of the rice went into the dog's food bowl, as a relatively cheap and healthy way to get my fussy dog to eat all his dinner.  I still had cabbage left, and that head of cabbage has been lingering in my fridge for way too long.  So I made another pot with chickpeas, cabbage and potato, with a different set of spices.  Some of each will be frozen.  Lunch was a mishmash put together based on some food I got sent home with yesterday, but it was tasty too.  One part of it was a savoury muffin, along with some cheese.  I like savoury baked goods :-)

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« Reply #3424 on: May 19, 2015, 07:14:08 AM »
Picked the green onion tops that were going to seed in my garden and chopped them on top of my lunch

Not sure where you live, but the wild spring onions that grow everywhere where I live (east coast) can be picked and used like chives or scallions. Hell, toast, butter, and some chopped on top is good!

Additionally, there's a clover-looking plant that also grows all over the place here. It grows taller and is very thin, but the leaves get much bigger than clover over the summer. It's called wood sorrel and it tastes like lemon. Can be used in salads, as a spice, or as an herbal tea.


Pooperman, you' ll probably find arrowhead sorrel if you have wood sorrel. Tast is virtually identical, but it's easier to get a lot. Don't eat whole salads of just sorrel or drink only sorrel tea for days; the oxalic acid that gives it its taste isn't good for you in high doses, but reasonable amounts are fine,


Here's more info on the arrowhead sorrel.


https://extension.umass.edu/landscape/weeds/rumex-acetosella

It's yellow woodsorrel specifically. As long as you cook it, that will break down the acid and eliminate the problems. A bit raw is fine though :).

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« Reply #3425 on: May 19, 2015, 07:58:51 AM »
I took down the curtains in my living room. I realised I had been washing them so much as my pets keep rubbing their fur off onto them. I cleaned them and put them away and hopefully this will make the room look bigger and brighter.

I also got a free grocery item with my shopping delivery, I have also had a free trial with them for six months now so no delivery charge either.:)

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« Reply #3426 on: May 19, 2015, 08:04:25 AM »
Devoted some time to processing and freezing the rusty mushrooms and wrinkled peppers in the fridge.  We haven't been feeling good here so stuff didn't get cooked and eaten on schedule. I will be glad to find them in the freezer the next time I make pasta sauce.

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« Reply #3427 on: May 19, 2015, 01:26:47 PM »
Goodwill shopped for jeans, sport shoes and sandals.  Got two pairs of soccer shoes, one pair of boys sandals, 5 pairs of jeans, pair each of athletic pants/khaki pants/ and khaki shorts for $48.  Woo hoo!

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« Reply #3428 on: May 19, 2015, 01:51:45 PM »
Picked the green onion tops that were going to seed in my garden and chopped them on top of my lunch

Not sure where you live, but the wild spring onions that grow everywhere where I live (east coast) can be picked and used like chives or scallions. Hell, toast, butter, and some chopped on top is good!

Additionally, there's a clover-looking plant that also grows all over the place here. It grows taller and is very thin, but the leaves get much bigger than clover over the summer. It's called wood sorrel and it tastes like lemon. Can be used in salads, as a spice, or as an herbal tea.


Pooperman, you' ll probably find arrowhead sorrel if you have wood sorrel. Tast is virtually identical, but it's easier to get a lot. Don't eat whole salads of just sorrel or drink only sorrel tea for days; the oxalic acid that gives it its taste isn't good for you in high doses, but reasonable amounts are fine,


Here's more info on the arrowhead sorrel.


https://extension.umass.edu/landscape/weeds/rumex-acetosella

It's yellow woodsorrel specifically. As long as you cook it, that will break down the acid and eliminate the problems. A bit raw is fine though :).


Oh, I wasn't questioning that you have wood sorrel; you're just likely to have arrowhead as well.

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« Reply #3429 on: May 19, 2015, 03:54:20 PM »
We asked the neighbor to split the cost of the back fence with us. We had already paid, but he said he would do his portion ($700). That's a $700 savings!

What's NOT mustachian is that we overdrew our checking account today. We have 30K in another bank's savings and didn't realize our main checking was getting low. They charged us a $44 overdraft fee.

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« Reply #3430 on: May 19, 2015, 07:05:21 PM »
What's NOT mustachian is that we overdrew our checking account today. We have 30K in another bank's savings and didn't realize our main checking was getting low. They charged us a $44 overdraft fee.

Ouch! Did you call or visit and talk to them? With my credit union, the one time I overdrew my checking account, I was able to talk to them and get them to transfer funds I had in savings in the same institution. They covered the check after all and just charged me $5 or so. They then set it up to transfer funds automatically in that situation. With some banks and credit unions you can set up a checking line of credit so that the overdraft becomes a loan, and if you catch it quickly enough and pay it back, there would only be a few cents interest for the day or two.

Today I had simple meals at home plus trail mix and a granola bar at work with some office coffee. I found a box of Jello flan in the cupboard that I bought ages ago on clearance for 50 cents, so I made that tonight to use it up. It's almost time to do a taste test.

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« Reply #3431 on: May 19, 2015, 07:44:09 PM »
Kept the heat off. Brrr!
Cooked some bargain pork for dinner
Made chicken salad for lunches tomorrow out of last night's chicken.
Stayed home!
Got some great free advice on a potential rental. That might have saved me a bundle and a big mistake.
Found a table that could be used in the spare bedroom in the garage. Top looked awful so I redid a tablecloth I had to make it work.
Didn't let my piggy pup win at begging for seconds.

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« Reply #3432 on: May 19, 2015, 07:49:56 PM »
What's NOT mustachian is that we overdrew our checking account today. We have 30K in another bank's savings and didn't realize our main checking was getting low. They charged us a $44 overdraft fee.

Ouch! Did you call or visit and talk to them? With my credit union, the one time I overdrew my checking account, I was able to talk to them and get them to transfer funds I had in savings in the same institution. They covered the check after all and just charged me $5 or so. They then set it up to transfer funds automatically in that situation. With some banks and credit unions you can set up a checking line of credit so that the overdraft becomes a loan, and if you catch it quickly enough and pay it back, there would only be a few cents interest for the day or two.

Yay! It turns out, that $44 overdraft "fee" was actually just money they took out of our savings to cover the difference. It was our money and they didn't charge a fee.

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« Reply #3433 on: May 19, 2015, 07:55:32 PM »
Yay! It turns out, that $44 overdraft "fee" was actually just money they took out of our savings to cover the difference. It was our money and they didn't charge a fee.

That's great! Good for you.

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« Reply #3434 on: May 20, 2015, 07:22:37 AM »
Using up the last of the broccoli soup for breakfast.  Very yummy. 

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« Reply #3435 on: May 20, 2015, 07:54:56 PM »
Working with a couple visiting artists this week. It's a bit of a party all day and everyone wants to get lunch out together.  I'm enjoying the crowd, but I cooked and planned lunch for the week, so I've been taking my leftovers along to an assortment of local burger joints. I ordered fries to accompany my left overs one day but haven't bothered the other days. With everyone else ordering things no one seems to mind.  I'm looking forward to supplementing tomorrow's lunch with a scoop of chocolate ice cream... next week I'll be back to lunch alone at my desk. ;)

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« Reply #3436 on: May 20, 2015, 08:14:40 PM »
Harvested potatoes, eggs and fava beans.

Used up the last of some free oatmeal for breakfast, made coffee at home and carried it around in a Thermos to morning errands.

Made chicken stock and remouillage, ate assorted chicken leftovers.

Did my regular Wednesday morning fillup. (I superstitiously believe that gas prices might be lower on Wed. than on weekends or Mondays, but no matter what, I'm sure the gas station is less crowded on Wed morning!)

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« Reply #3437 on: May 21, 2015, 03:01:37 AM »
Pegged out washing in the dark this morning.

Found a $5 note as I was getting off the train, and I was the last person in the carriage so I only felt a tiny bit guilty about keeping it. (I've just been reading the early days of this thread, I had no idea found money was such a thing!)

My husband is still away so I've been eating vegetarian meals for dinner, in addition to porridge for breakfast and leftovers for work lunches.

And, as always, we've stayed in touch for free through Facetime or Viber while he's been away.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3438 on: May 21, 2015, 05:02:58 AM »
Not really something I did today, but the saving has come to me today and it's one I somehow missed. I signed up for a particular type of pension via my company in June last year which involves money being taken out of my salary pre-tax, so that for a cost of about 123 to me, I can contribute 234 per month (basically tax is postponed until I start drawing down the pension). The company also pays out a cash "match" of 30%, which I got in February. What I somehow managed to miss is that once a year, the company also pays me out a portion of the taxes that they have saved (because my taxable income is lowered and therefore the employer portion of various taxes is also reduced). So at the end of the month, I'll be getting 93 more than normal - nice!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3439 on: May 21, 2015, 05:12:44 AM »
I had a rough day. I really, really wanted to go get fast food, but I didn't. Instead, I ate at home. That makes no fast food or eating out for our family since Sunday. Doesn't sound much, but it's a big change to us!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3440 on: May 21, 2015, 09:48:07 AM »
*  Hung the laundry to dry last night, so woke up to crisp, dry clothes this morning
*  brought lunch to work
*  Borrowed a hand truck instead of renting/buying one
*  Getting back on track after losing my way just a touch . . .
*  Two $5 into the jar

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3441 on: May 21, 2015, 11:27:48 AM »
Did my warm weather shopping at Goodwill.  2 pairs capri pants and 3 tops for $30.00.  Together with what I have that will do me for the season.  This is a serious success because I'm a difficult to fit shape, so regardless of where I'm shopping finding pieces that fit and that I like, well it's like Christmas.  When you add that together with - I didn't travel out of my little town (gas and time savings), the $ spent contributed to a charity (win - win), it all equals - I'm thrilled!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3442 on: May 21, 2015, 11:30:08 AM »
Cut peanut butter and honey from the grocery list.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3443 on: May 21, 2015, 06:31:28 PM »
Raised car insurance deductibles and cut $115 off yearly bill. 
Ran out of time to grocery shop but calculated there was enough lunchmeat and cheese in the fridge for tomorrow's sandwiches.  Bought loaf of bread at Kwik Trip instead (awesome Midwest gas station with amazing prices on staple items). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3444 on: May 21, 2015, 07:50:45 PM »
*  Hung the laundry to dry last night, so woke up to crisp, dry clothes this morning

Crisp towels for the win! In my mind, slightly stiff towels = clean towels. And the smell of fresh air and sunlight... nothing better.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3445 on: May 21, 2015, 08:03:37 PM »
Started sewing a quilt with fabric I've accumulated over the years - let's hope I finish it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3446 on: May 21, 2015, 08:26:10 PM »
Got my 14 year old to hang out his load of laundry today!

Cooked dinner even though I didn't want to!

Helped 10 year old son make banana muffins ... so cute! He put on an apron!

Read lots and lots of posts on the forum for motivation today ... Mustachians are the best!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3447 on: May 21, 2015, 09:18:29 PM »
Had to go to the opposite corner of the city today - 90 km roundtrip in rush hour traffic at both ends.  I tried calling someone else who was going to the meeting from my end of the city, to see about carpooling.  No luck - she had an appointment after the meeting in the same area.

So I got up early, took some breakfast and a book with me, and went by transit.  I did buy a coffee at the subway though, but still it saved me from having to fill up my tank again before I get paid next.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3448 on: May 22, 2015, 09:26:18 AM »
This is actually something I didn't do yesterday to save money: I bought lunch at work. But it reminded me of the fact that I haven't done that in 6 months!

To make up for it, today I will be shopping at NOT Whole Foods for my next week. I have to drive to it (WF is walking distance) but I think the prices will make up for that. To be fair my local WF has freakishly low prices for many of the groceries I typically buy - sometimes lower than the "local" Safeway/Costco(?!?)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3449 on: May 22, 2015, 01:02:22 PM »
I usually eat out on Fridays, my day off. However, I made a big salad and ate a home. - WIN!

My daughter's third birthday is this weekend. We were supposed to have family over for a cook-out, but it's been raining all week and will continue to rain throughout the weekend. We seriously thought about paying $200 to have the party at Pump it Up (we've done that before), but we decided to just have it at home and make it an "art party" complete with finger paint and markers. - WIN!

Instead of buying a cake, I've got homemade cupcakes in the oven. - WIN!

We sometimes go to the movies on Friday night. Instead, we're going to a play (theater production) where we got 4 half-price tickets for a total of $15. WIN! and we asked my parents to watch the 3 year old and they invited us over for dinner when we drop her off. WIN!! Still planning to buy popcorn and drinks at the show, though.

I am so freaking proud of how well we've done financially this week!