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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3450 on: May 22, 2015, 01:57:20 PM »
When I got home from work, I did Social Rewards and cashed in enough points for another $10 comp for our upcoming free vacation to Vegas.  Then, I read some of the book I took out of the library and took a bicycle ride.  Now I'm baking some bread with bulk supplies and getting ready to watch some sports on free TV tonight.  Life is good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3451 on: May 23, 2015, 12:11:45 PM »
Instead of buying a cake, I've got homemade cupcakes in the oven. - WIN!

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

I fondly remember my simple birthdays as a kid with a few friends and homemade cake.  Good for you for keeping it simple and focusing on what is most important. 

My wins for today:
*  staying home, so no money spent
*  using up whatever is in the fridge to creatively create meals for next week
*  trying to teach myself (via youtube videos) how to do something I need (rather than pay someone)

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« Reply #3452 on: May 23, 2015, 12:18:33 PM »
I was craving some Mexican food last night after a beach run after work...but I had some food at home and it wasn't Mexican. I was tempted to walk over to the Mexican place for takeout. I went home and had my food which was about to go bad instead.

So today, I still have the craving. I was going to the market anyways, so I am going to get some extra stuff to make guacamole with the avocados I already have at home. It was stuff I was going to get to try out a new-to-me Indian dish (eggplant bharta) that also requires cilantro. Should be good eating this weekend...

The market is "walking" distance for me. It's not my usual organics market, but it will do for what I need. I put walking in quotes because my neighbors drive to anything more than a block away and they think I am crazy. The market is about a mile away, but it's part of my exercise for the day. Plus, I can just go to the beach to cool off.
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« Reply #3453 on: May 23, 2015, 01:10:18 PM »
I've been working to reduce our grocery budget. I started shopping at Aldi last week, even though it takes so much longer than the nearby Trader Joe's.

I've also been working on trying to replace the convenience foods DH eats that are now the biggest low-hanging fruit on our grocery bill. I'm close to finding a granola recipe that can replace some of his cereal snacks, and just made a delicious loaf of homemade bread on my very first try!

Pretty exciting stuff. Next week's project: homemade yogurt :).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3454 on: May 23, 2015, 03:31:48 PM »
Washed, waxed and cleaned the interior of my car.  I was thinking of having it detailed since I had a coupon, but doing it at home was still much cheaper.

Also gave my dog his summer clip while out at the stable.  It's $50 if I have it professionally done, but the dog doesn't care if his mom cuts his hair, far as I can tell.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3455 on: May 23, 2015, 05:09:18 PM »
Waited to buy some things at Lowe's till today so I could get my 10% veteran's discount.  Saved about 8 1/2 dollars.

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« Reply #3456 on: May 23, 2015, 08:08:50 PM »
This morning, I earned a little extra money teaching martial arts classes and then I got home and played some free My Vegas on Facebook for a while.  I hit the 1000 loyalty point wedge on my daily spin and got an extra 3000 loyalty points.  I'll save them to put them toward free show tickets for next year's free vacation to Las Vegas.  (We've already cashed in all the loyalty points we needed for this year's free trip to Vegas.)  Or maybe I'll go to Memphis and use them at MGM's resort in Tunica, MS.  I haven't decided yet.

Dinner tonight was chicken a la king with some chicken that was given to us by a friend, peas we grew in last year's garden, and milk and cream-of-mushroom soup we bought in bulk at the warehouse store.  All on top of thick slices of homemade wheat bread I made yesterday in our bread machine powered by solar energy.  My wife said she loved it, so I guess everything turned out all right.  We ate dinner while we watched a few episodes of "The Flash" that I recorded on a DVR off our local CW affiliate over-the-air.  We really love that show.  It's so entertaining.

We set a new record for solar energy production at our house today: 25.5 kWh.  That's good because we've banked over 220 kWh extra so far to use for air conditioning in July and August (when temperatures range from 90-100 degrees F during the day).  All that extra solar energy is also really useful for charging up my wife's plug-in hybrid so we can travel around without using any gasoline.  It's also good for our electric powered lawnmower, trimmer, and blower.

Mustachianism sure is a good lifestyle.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3457 on: May 23, 2015, 11:04:53 PM »
Fixed the rear derailleur on both mountain bikes so we can go biking tomorrow.  Saved $120.  The pawl of the ratchet-pawl assembly on the speed shifter was sticking on both.  Cleaned and lubricated the pawl; it works great now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3458 on: May 24, 2015, 01:26:17 AM »
Today we were shopping at Winco and someone had taped 2 "buy one get $1 off the second one" on some Kraft Italian dressings. I have read about people doing this before but have never been the recipient of such kindness. Must remember to pay it forward!

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« Reply #3459 on: May 24, 2015, 08:13:20 AM »
Went garage saling yesterday and bought a vintage plate for 10 cents. It will make a lovely addition to my country kitchen redecorating project.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3460 on: May 24, 2015, 01:23:35 PM »
I fixed the flag on my mailbox this weekend. It fell off because one of the plastic pegs snapped, so I drilled a hole through where the peg had been and re-attached it to the mailbox using a nut and bolt I found in my junk drawer. I suppose it only saved me $4 since that is how much a flag replacement kit goes for, but you can't beat free.

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« Reply #3461 on: May 24, 2015, 05:43:29 PM »
So far today I've screened 5 wheelbarrow loads of compost to spread on the veggie garden.  About to head down there and do a couple more.

Cleaned horse blankets with the pressure washer.  Other people pay about $20 per blanket to have them laundered each spring.

Vacuumed my truck at home instead of taking it to the car wash that is $8 and includes unlimited vacuuming.

Stayed home all day.

Dinner included leeks, lettuce and green onions from the garden.  Breakfast was homegrown eggs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3462 on: May 24, 2015, 06:23:54 PM »
Stayed home, bought nothing.


Got husband to pee in my watering can because my peppers are looking a little yellowish in the leaves (I'm on medication, so he's nominated for fertilizer duty).


Fertilized my peppers (dilute, dilute, dilute, as Dr. Bronner would say).


Drafted a grant proposal which would actually have some (okay a lot) of supplemental salary for me if we get it.


Ate our first fully home grown salads of the season. Well, technically I ate all the spinach when it bolted, but this was the first for both of us getting a fully homegrown, and not foraged, salad.


Hung out many loads of laundry.


Opened the windows until it started to heat up this morning (open overnight). Need to check the weather t see if it will be cool enough tonight to do it again,

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3463 on: May 25, 2015, 08:56:15 AM »
We slept with the a/c on 76. This is huge for us. We've always had it on 68 at night. We keep it a little warmer during the day for cost savings, and also that makes the 76 seem chillier. Maybe we can get that up to 78 later in the summer. It doesn't sound very impressive by Mustachian standards, but it's a big change for us! I can't wait to get the electric bills to compare last year to this.

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« Reply #3464 on: May 25, 2015, 09:45:28 AM »
I returned a pair of $$$ boots I bought last fall (pre-MMM discovery).  If I was going to wear them, I think they would have been a great long-term investment & lasted a very long time - but it became clear that they weren't the right boots for me.  $230 refund; thanks Zappos for a great return policy!

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« Reply #3465 on: May 25, 2015, 09:49:54 AM »
Started biking to work today. :D

I did last year for a month or so before I got sick and then it got cold, but I'm glad to be back at it for the summer.

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« Reply #3466 on: May 25, 2015, 12:16:00 PM »
Visited the Goodwill Memorial Day Sale for half price on several t-shirts for me and polo shirts for the Hub.  On the way home stopped at Grocery Outlet to buy cheap crackers and snacks for our camping trip next week.  We will never be far from a grocery store on this trip but they will all charge more than Grocery Outlet.

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« Reply #3467 on: May 25, 2015, 03:05:42 PM »
Just picked up three of these Bodum glasses out of a free box at my church! Wahoo! Fancy glasses for free. Who would pay that much for a glass???

http://www.bodum.com/ca/en-us/shop/detail/10483-10/

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« Reply #3468 on: May 25, 2015, 05:54:12 PM »
1. Changed a bike tube instead of paying someone else to do it. A great learning experience for me - I've ridden bikes since I was six, but I never learned to change a tube! Now I can also change a punctured tube on a jogging stroller and sell it (my son is now 10 and won't fit in it anymore!).

2. Mulched around my tomato plants (bought on sale for 50% off) and a tree with homemade compost.

3. Delighted my chickens with gristle and stale tortilla chips donated by my lovely boyfriend.

4. Let my guinea pigs "mow" (and fertilize) my backyard instead of powering up the lawn mower.

5. Made sun tea in a glass pitcher on my backporch instead of buying it at Starbucks (mine tastes better, anyway).

6. Made pizza dough for dinner. Saves dropping $15 or $20 on take-out. It's rising in the warm sun on the back porch.

7. Hung out laundry to dry. Bleached stains from white towels using the power of the sun.

8. Started slow cooker oatmeal (a la Alton Brown) to enjoy tomorrow before work and school.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3469 on: May 25, 2015, 11:44:26 PM »
I made a mexican food feast tonight instead of the hubby and I going out for food. I think we saved $30-$40, and we have leftovers for lunch.

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« Reply #3470 on: May 27, 2015, 03:50:37 PM »
Morning cooking to provide dinner for me (working late this evening), boyfriend and a guest. Saved us all on take-out. Hang laundry out to dry, took the bike to work, picked up a brand new screen curtain for free.
And said yes to working paid overtime tomorrow :-)

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« Reply #3471 on: May 27, 2015, 10:42:19 PM »
I cancelled my cable TV. I only need high speed Internet anyway. This saves me $70/month.

I returned an $80 hand vacuum at Target that just completely stopped working this weekend. I bought a cheaper one that had good Amazon ratings, so I still have some money going back into my account from the refund.

I used shredded junk mail to beef up the bedding in the chicken coop.

I fed said chickens leftover breadsticks and croutons from a restaurant meal. I don't eat bread, so these would have gone in the garbage (or on someone else's waistline!) anyway.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3472 on: May 27, 2015, 10:55:05 PM »
Came home from long meeting in rush hour traffic. DH suggested picking up burgers. I told him to start the rice in the rice cooker. Dinner was grilled chicken thighs, rice and a fab salad. Parking downtown was $12, so it wasn't a no spend day, but I feel good for resisting the siren call of convenience.

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« Reply #3473 on: May 28, 2015, 12:25:33 AM »
Made cold brewed coffee so will enjoy an ice coffee shortly.

We have an ant invasion so I made some homemade ant bait out of diatomaceous earth, sugar and peanut butter (these are the kind of ants which like protein) and they are feasting like crazy. So hopefully less ants soon.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3474 on: May 28, 2015, 09:27:11 AM »
We have tiered pricing so my AC strategy is a bit like yours.  I get the house really cold at night while the electricity is cheap (and I sleep better with it cool), and then it is off for the day.
However this is only necessary when (1) the nights are warm - if the nights go below 18C, I can get the house cool enough that just closing windows and curtains keeps it cool during the day or (2) it is incredibly humid for several days, when the house not only gets hot but needs to be dried out a bit.

Our temperatures are swinging a lot these days but so far no AC - I have been tempted and the dog would be happier. So that is my small thing - no AC.

We slept with the a/c on 76. This is huge for us. We've always had it on 68 at night. We keep it a little warmer during the day for cost savings, and also that makes the 76 seem chillier. Maybe we can get that up to 78 later in the summer. It doesn't sound very impressive by Mustachian standards, but it's a big change for us! I can't wait to get the electric bills to compare last year to this.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3475 on: May 28, 2015, 10:16:17 AM »
We have tiered pricing so my AC strategy is a bit like yours.  I get the house really cold at night while the electricity is cheap (and I sleep better with it cool), and then it is off for the day.
However this is only necessary when (1) the nights are warm - if the nights go below 18C, I can get the house cool enough that just closing windows and curtains keeps it cool during the day or (2) it is incredibly humid for several days, when the house not only gets hot but needs to be dried out a bit.

Our temperatures are swinging a lot these days but so far no AC - I have been tempted and the dog would be happier. So that is my small thing - no AC.

We slept with the a/c on 76. This is huge for us. We've always had it on 68 at night. We keep it a little warmer during the day for cost savings, and also that makes the 76 seem chillier. Maybe we can get that up to 78 later in the summer. It doesn't sound very impressive by Mustachian standards, but it's a big change for us! I can't wait to get the electric bills to compare last year to this.
Good job guys. I too am playing the semiannual shoulder minimal-HVAC game. My tools are windows, thermal curtains, and box fans for nighttime cooling. Aside from heating one morning in late March and a few hours of AC one afternoon in May, we'll probably make it close to 3 months this time. Not bad for a place where most people turn off their heat and activate their AC on a single day in April.
The conditioning we get from this will help us reduce usage all summer long by increasing tolerances. I run pretty hot so I have never gotten much above 75 for sleeping - I really can't sleep while sweating - but I'm working on it. I go higher during waking hours.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3476 on: May 28, 2015, 11:36:09 AM »
Decided to bike to work despite chance of showers. Got a soaked pair of pants, but arrived at work otherwise okay. Saved another 5 euros. Just one more day to add for another bus-free week.

Hung laundry out to dry. It got an extra rinse ('cause, showers), but it's dry and extra fresh now.

Sold some used clothes through Marktplaats. Small gains, but every euro counts.
Accepted side gig for some additional income in June.

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« Reply #3477 on: May 28, 2015, 05:36:09 PM »
Next month my husband and I are taking a bucket list trip we've been talking about since we met.

I've been planning it seriously since November, since before I got into MMM/FI, so we're proceeding with it but saving where we can.

We've been fortunate that my husband's flights are covered through work, which saves us thousands of dollars, and last night I saved:

$28 by booking a hotel room through their app instead of desktop site
$52 by booking airline chauffeur (free with my husband's paid-for business class flight) instead of us using airport trains

I know people who would scoff at saving those small amounts of money in the face of thousands of dollars worth of travel expenses, but it all adds up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3478 on: May 28, 2015, 08:45:25 PM »
Our electricity just randomly went out tonight (I'm in Texas and it was due to all the flooding). Would have LOVED to take the kids to Chick fil A and let them play while we ate in peace....had cereal for dinner instead. Savings? About $31.

Then again, one child just ate marshmallows out of lucky charms and that's it for dinner, so how much do I really win here?

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« Reply #3479 on: May 28, 2015, 09:03:57 PM »
*  Moving furniture all day yesterday and today.  Free work out and not having to pay movers - double win!

*  Found 11 cents under a couch

*  I want to start doing yoga, so watching free youtube tutorials from a teacher whose style I really like

* Payday today and I have not spent a cent because I am too tired - lol

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« Reply #3480 on: May 29, 2015, 07:47:36 AM »
Yesterday:

Took stuff to the dump in the next county - they charge $5 for a pickup load vs. an apparently random number between $15 and $30 in our county, and it's about the same distance from our house.  Since we paid property taxes over there for 8 years, I don't feel too guilty about doing this once or twice a year.

Arranged to buy a saddle that I can flip for probably an 80 - 100% profit.

Took photos of stuff to list on eBay this weekend.

Picked a pound of sugar snap peas from the garden and planted Thai basil, cilantro, cucumbers, lettuce and zucchini.

Opened windows and used fans to cool the house down last night, then closed it up and pulled all the shades down this morning.

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« Reply #3481 on: May 29, 2015, 07:50:51 AM »


*  Found 11 cents under a couch



I was in bed the other morning and I felt something cold on my leg and it was a 20 pence piece.:D

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« Reply #3482 on: May 29, 2015, 11:54:36 AM »
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Then again, one child just ate marshmallows out of lucky charms and that's it for dinner, so how much do I really win here?

Give her/him a vitamin. It'll be fine.

Yeah, I'd argue that kid wasn't really hungry anyway.  Skipping a meal here and there won't hurt him/her.

A developmental paediatrician I used to work with (when I was working with kids who have developmental disabilities and often strong food preferences or behaviourally based eating issues - think autism) used to tell parents "There's never been a known case of a child deliberately starving themselves to death."  Now, strictly speaking that's not true, when you get into anorexia and bulimia, but in terms of fussy eaters, it's a good reminder not to sweat the occasionally imbalanced diet :-)

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« Reply #3483 on: May 29, 2015, 03:18:34 PM »
Woo hoo! Called to cancel our house phone, finally, and in the process was able to upgrade our internet AND get it for $2.00 less per month than what I was paying for a slower service! So that's $24 in found money and and additional $100 or so with the house phone cancellation (this does take into account the Republic Wireless phone we purchased as our "house Phone", we have elementary aged kids at home and want them to have a phone to use in an emergency, but not carry a cell phone).

$125+ for a 20 minute phone call? Yes, please!

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« Reply #3484 on: May 29, 2015, 03:42:31 PM »
Today, I took advantage of a season ticket holder presale from the Major League Soccer team I support and bought some tickets for a very high-profile exhibition game vs. a European championship team at a discounted rate.  Then, I turned around and listed them on Stub Hub for a mark-up.  If they sell, I'll make about $100 in profit per ticket.  Cha-ching!

We also had some pet mess today, so I put together some homemade stain cleaner with hydrogen peroxide, dish detergent, and baking soda.  It took the stains right out and got rid of the odor as well.  It's actually pretty easy to make your own household cleansers.  I don't know why more people don't do it.

After that, I made some pizza dough in my bread machine (powered by free solar-generated electricity) and made a homemade pizza to have for dinner while I watch some sports on free over-the-air TV.

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« Reply #3485 on: May 30, 2015, 04:26:50 AM »
Used my peppermint-tea bag a second time. I did not even notice a difference.

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« Reply #3486 on: May 31, 2015, 01:30:46 AM »
Made a list for Costco trip tomorrow ... usually just go up and down the aisles throwing stuff in the cart.

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« Reply #3487 on: May 31, 2015, 03:00:00 AM »
Eating up what is left in the fridge, I'm having chickpea pasta salad for lunch.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3488 on: May 31, 2015, 11:00:33 AM »
Want to sell some individual stock for a home down payment.  Called fidelity and ended out with 15 free trades so $120 saved. With a 5 minute phone call.

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Quote from: RetiredAt63 on May 28, 2015, 09:27:11 AM

    We have tiered pricing so my AC strategy is a bit like yours.  I get the house really cold at night while the electricity is cheap (and I sleep better with it cool), and then it is off for the day.
    However this is only necessary when (1) the nights are warm - if the nights go below 18C, I can get the house cool enough that just closing windows and curtains keeps it cool during the day or (2) it is incredibly humid for several days, when the house not only gets hot but needs to be dried out a bit.

    Our temperatures are swinging a lot these days but so far no AC - I have been tempted and the dog would be happier. So that is my small thing - no AC.

    Quote from: Tenlha on May 25, 2015, 08:56:15 AM

        We slept with the a/c on 76. This is huge for us. We've always had it on 68 at night. We keep it a little warmer during the day for cost savings, and also that makes the 76 seem chillier. Maybe we can get that up to 78 later in the summer. It doesn't sound very impressive by Mustachian standards, but it's a big change for us! I can't wait to get the electric bills to compare last year to this.

Good job guys. I too am playing the semiannual shoulder minimal-HVAC game. My tools are windows, thermal curtains, and box fans for nighttime cooling. Aside from heating one morning in late March and a few hours of AC one afternoon in May, we'll probably make it close to 3 months this time. Not bad for a place where most people turn off their heat and activate their AC on a single day in April.
The conditioning we get from this will help us reduce usage all summer long by increasing tolerances. I run pretty hot so I have never gotten much above 75 for sleeping - I really can't sleep while sweating - but I'm working on it. I go higher during waking hours.
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Retiredat63 our house got so humid every sheet of paper started to curl up. I'm looking into dehumidifiers, but they're so pricey!

Zephyr what are thermal curtains? We have some windows on the south side that let in too much heat, but they have plantation blinds to work around.

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Retiredat63 our house got so humid every sheet of paper started to curl up. I'm looking into dehumidifiers, but they're so pricey!

Zephyr what are thermal curtains? We have some windows on the south side that let in too much heat, but they have plantation blinds to work around.

Practical experience for south-facing windows is to keep the sun off the windows, windows let in the light that heats your house but does not let out the heat as easily. As such you should consider a sunscreen or some such to keep direct sunlight off your windows. If you stop the light from reaching your window the heat can't get in. Unless the thermal curtain is outside it most likely does not have any benefit at all unless it is meant for retaining heat in winter.

Our house has been busy too, my dad helped me remove the gravel from a part of the garden (800 kilo's worth) which will now be used for home-grown veggies. The plot is about 10 m2 but this late in the season we'll only use about half of it. Next year we'll go all out on the entire 10m2 :D
Also, after clearing out the shed i built myself a workbench our of scraps I had left. It may not be the prettiest but I can proudly say I made it myself! And if anyone complains about spliters i'll say it's a workbench for use and not just display :D


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3491 on: May 31, 2015, 12:52:20 PM »
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Retiredat63 our house got so humid every sheet of paper started to curl up. I'm looking into dehumidifiers, but they're so pricey!

Zephyr what are thermal curtains? We have some windows on the south side that let in too much heat, but they have plantation blinds to work around.

Practical experience for south-facing windows is to keep the sun off the windows, windows let in the light that heats your house but does not let out the heat as easily. As such you should consider a sunscreen or some such to keep direct sunlight off your windows. If you stop the light from reaching your window the heat can't get in. Unless the thermal curtain is outside it most likely does not have any benefit at all unless it is meant for retaining heat in winter.


I've never used it myself, but window film has some decent reviews, especially for people in rentals or with other obstacles.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=window+film+reduce+heat

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3492 on: May 31, 2015, 01:02:59 PM »
Window film has been used in on of our offices, it does work appearently. Shortly after though we started receiving complaints that mobile reception was problematic, turns out the film is a metalic substrate (don't know the correct translation) which also hinders radio signals.
If you use this and have mobile devices at home (cellular specifically) to test before stickering your entire windowfront ;) Wifi signals will also be hindered so reception through this film in your backyard will likely also be reduced significantly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3493 on: May 31, 2015, 06:17:23 PM »
Window film has been used in on of our offices, it does work appearently. Shortly after though we started receiving complaints that mobile reception was problematic, turns out the film is a metalic substrate (don't know the correct translation) which also hinders radio signals.
If you use this and have mobile devices at home (cellular specifically) to test before stickering your entire windowfront ;) Wifi signals will also be hindered so reception through this film in your backyard will likely also be reduced significantly.


Oh, good to know. We have signal issues anyway with the house mostly underground, and I'd been thinking about film for the one big (east-facing) window in the atrium that heats up in the summer. Maybe just one wouldn't be so bad...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3494 on: May 31, 2015, 06:42:37 PM »
Washed in cold water and line dried.

Shopped at Aldi.

After several disaster nights last week (skipped grocery shopping, had no prepared meals in the freezer, got home late from work) I made up for it this weekend with a couple of hours of batch cooking and freezing meals.

My husband has three work dinners and two nights away (all paid) this week, so he will eat free while I eat cheaply at home.

And not itself a money-saving move but a badge of frugal pride: my threadbare jeans developed a hole on the weekend. That hole represents my denim reformation of 2013 - instead of buying several pairs then always hunting for the 'favourite' pair, I bought one good pair and wore them to death. They have been on the way out for a couple of weeks so I bought a new pair a fortnight ago in anticipation of this fateful day. Identical but so stiff compared with the old favourites. :( (Note: the hole can't be patched but they are fine to wear around the house so I don't have to part with them yet.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3495 on: May 31, 2015, 07:15:08 PM »
I hung two loads of laundry out in the sun rather than use the dryer.

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« Reply #3496 on: May 31, 2015, 07:48:22 PM »
I couldn't remember what day last week we had chicken, but there were still leftovers that smelled fine, so I microwaved them to nuke any bacteria, and will be making it into chicken salad for lunches soon as it's cooled back down. 

Made homemade hummus too.

Used a double fuel points coupon on Fred Meyer to put us over 400 points, which will save me about $9 next time I fill up the truck.

Finally cracked and turned on the A/C when it hit 81 in the house, but only set it to 78.  Will do the windows-and-box-fans dance when it cools off in a couple hours, and hopefully keep the A/C off for another week at least.

Painted my horse jumps with a can of paint that was here when we bought the house.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3497 on: June 01, 2015, 08:53:40 PM »
I accidentally left my wallet at work, so at the store I had to put back everything that was in my cart. That turned out to be a great way to save money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3498 on: June 01, 2015, 09:32:09 PM »
Spent the morning waking up in the garden, weeding around my veggies. Everything is in now and doing great, so looking forward to plenty to harvest and preserve later this summer!

I had 2 cups of tea this morning while working from home (like I always do) -- reused the tea bag for the second cup.

The Mister's $6.95 Zenni optical glasses arrived. We also went through Ebates when we purchased them.

After lunch, I made a big pot of scratch tomato soup and a batch of pesto for dinner (to smear on bread for faux garlic bread for the guys. Still no oven to bake). Busy afternoon/evening, so wanted dinner done and out of the way so there was no fast food temptation.

Went to my last appointment at the dental hygiene college. My teeth are spotless and healthy now :D It took 4 1/2 appointments, but the savings were well worth it -- plus I did my part to help a student graduate!

Cleaned out the fridge while dinner heated. Our ducks got to enjoy 1/4 head of lettuce that got forgotten in the back of the produce drawer, and I transferred some cooked veg from last week to the freezer soup scrap bucket. Zero food waste.

Elder son had a scout meeting, which necessitated driving due to location and traffic period (not ready to let him dodge rush hour through a tricky intersection on his bike, and too far to walk). Took my laptop and worked at a nearby cafe with free wifi. Cost me $2 for the iced coffee, which was a welcome treat after my cleaning, and I made much more than that by working an extra 1 12 hours. (Normally, I'd spend the evening on the back porch sipping a beer with the Mister, not working, so it's extra money).

On the way home, we swung into the big box store as we drove past. I stocked up on dog and cat food, cat litter, and toilet paper, even though we didn't quite need any of those items yet. I shouldn't need to make a trip up there for at least a month now, so savings in time, gas, and mileage.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3499 on: June 02, 2015, 02:03:48 AM »
I'm getting back on the plan-our-meals train after a month or so of ad hoc meals. This morning I am preparing dinner for tonight and tomorrow, and cooking "building blocks" for meals later in the week (precooking and freezing beans, peeling potatoes and keeping them in water in the fridge etc.). It's rainy and windy outside, so I'm keeping in, posting some stuff for sale on Marktplaats.