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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3650 on: June 24, 2015, 09:31:14 AM »
This morning, I finally got around to mowing , trimming, and edging our backyard, but I used our electric equipment, so it cost me nothing in energy costs due to our solar panels.  Then, I rode my bicycle 5.8 miles round trip to pick up some stuff at the store, which I purchased using gift cards someone gave me.  Total cost: $0.  I also have a loaf of bread baking in the bread machine which cost about 50 cents in sunk costs for materials and, of course, 0 cents for the electricity.  It's been a pretty good day so far.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3651 on: June 24, 2015, 09:33:55 AM »
Yesterday took a big ass latte drink in Pete's. Asked for two glass of water with it. Poured the water out on the nearby plant which looked H2O deprived. Split the big latte into two drinkable portions for me and my wife. Saved more than $2!

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« Reply #3652 on: June 24, 2015, 06:11:08 PM »
Australia doesn't have the same coupon opportunities as the US, but the two largest supermarkets do have loyalty programs.

My husband and I have loyalty cards with both, but I scan his at Woolworths because the supermarket points are then added to his Qantas Frequent Flyer balance.

The second bonus of this is that at last once a quarter, Woolworths emails me saying "we've missed you - here's a $10 voucher when you spend $30".

I received that email again this morning, so I will save $10 off our next shop. Happy days.

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« Reply #3653 on: June 24, 2015, 07:45:13 PM »
* Requested leather restorer/dye swatches to repair and refresh an old leather chair.

* Made salmon salad for dinner (canned salmon). Trying to rewire habits so when we get a hankering for sushi, we make tuna or salmon salad instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3654 on: June 24, 2015, 08:00:03 PM »
* Requested leather restorer/dye swatches to repair and refresh an old leather chair.

* Made salmon salad for dinner (canned salmon). Trying to rewire habits so when we get a hankering for sushi, we make tuna or salmon salad instead.

I do "lazy sushi". I make up tuna, then serve it with seaweed squares. You can put a little wasabi and/or sriracha on the roll and dip in soy sauce or tamari. Tuna price, sushi joy. No time spent making rice.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3655 on: June 24, 2015, 10:16:21 PM »
I've already posted for today but one more win.

I spent five minutes on my lunch break on a web chat with my telco. I had set up a special plan to avoid excessive roaming charges while overseas last week, but the company was 48 hours late activating that plan.

I asked for a discount off my bill, and they agreed to knock off $20. Win. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3656 on: June 25, 2015, 12:36:42 AM »
I picked up a penny ($0.01) in the parking lot of the grocery store.

I picked thyme and sage from our herb bed for use in recipes.

I picked a zucchini from the back garden.

I collected and saved some California poppy seeds for use in the garden next year.

I poured out my French press rinse water and coffee grounds under a tree on the side yard that is not otherwise irrigated.

I listened to free podcasts while doing housework today and watched Jerry Seinfeld's free web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee tonight after the kids went to bed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3657 on: June 25, 2015, 01:31:51 AM »
Used basil from my own little starter plants in pots to make Basil Feta Pasta Salad to a BBQ.

Didn't spend any money today. Cancel that -- just remembered that I bought my daughter some makeup as a thank you for all the house cleaning she did for me while I'm laid up with an injury.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3658 on: June 25, 2015, 04:39:49 AM »
Late night last night and was very tired and unorganised this morning. So no breakfast and no lunch prepared. I start work at 10:00 and most people go on lunch at 12:00, I go at 13:00. I planned to grab something from the little bistro we have downstairs (no proper canteen but they do decent snacks in the bistro) but the second I got in the questions and tasks started coming so I just grabbed two squares of the dark chocolate I have in my desk and got stuck in. At 11:56 I was really starting to get hungry though and was very tempted to go down to buy breakfast. But breakfast at 12:00 and lunch an hour later (and I would eat a lunch, too, I know) would be silly. Bad for my purse and very bad for my renewed attempts to lost weight and get fit. So, I just grabbed the somewhat wrinkly apple that has been sitting on my desk for over a week, cut out the bruised bit and ate that. It wasn't the nicest apple ever, bit mealy, really, but it totally hit the spot. A perfect appertiser before lunch and have saved the money I would have spent on buying snacks downstairs.

Edited to add: Also had a phone call from the bike shop a short while ago that my bike is ready to collect. I skidded on gravel and came off it pretty hard a couple of weeks ago and needed to get it checked out (will learn to do it myself one of these days but in the meantime). I brought it to a differenct place than normal. Inspection costs 38 and I took the opportunity to ask them to look at the rear brake, which has been sticking sometimes and also to move the front headlight, as I got a basket and wasn't able to mount it because the of the position of the headlight. Total cost is going to be 43 so the extra work is only costing my 5. That is significantly less than I would have been charged at the old place, so am really happy I took the chance on this new one. Very friendly and uncomplicated service as well - not always that easy to find in Germany!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3659 on: June 25, 2015, 09:27:08 AM »
Carpooled to work
Brewing my tea at work
Packing breakfast
Showering at the gym - Now especially awesome because I'm working at the gym as a trade for my membership
Snacks are fruit from a friend - Great to have friends with fruit trees!  Plums & apricots.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3660 on: June 25, 2015, 09:38:19 AM »
Joined the "Buy nothing" group that I will be in the region for when I move next week.

Signing the lease for the new place today- it will be $600 less per month than our current place.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3661 on: June 25, 2015, 12:17:47 PM »
Had a 7minute "Chat on phone" with xfinity asking for refund of the $9.50 late payment fees which was charged in May. The sales rep was awesome and helpful surprisingly and refunded the amount in under a minute! $9.50 added to my account :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3662 on: June 25, 2015, 12:39:56 PM »
I haven't bought any books in over a year because I switched to getting everything from the library, but I decided I needed to get a bicycle maintenance and repair book because I've been using my bicycle pretty extensively lately.  I looked on Barnes and Noble's website and discovered I still had a credit on my Nook account from a gift card someone gave me over a year ago, so I downloaded a pretty good e-book to my iPad Nook library.  Now I can have it as a reference and never had to return it to the library.  Total cost to me: $0.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3663 on: June 25, 2015, 01:55:38 PM »
bicycle maintenance and repair book
parktool.com and sheldonbrown.com are some great resources!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3664 on: June 25, 2015, 02:05:16 PM »
Biked to IKEA and purchased a LED lightbulb for my bed light.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3665 on: June 25, 2015, 02:31:11 PM »
I found out my 403b account funds had expenses between 1.3% and 2.5% on top of the 1% for managing the dang thing. I switched them all over to a low cost index fund, still .27% (no where near as nice as my Vanguard admiral shares). I also went ahead and increased my retirement savings. Not quite on track to max out the accounts, but getting closer. I'm hoping within one or two raises I'll be able to max out!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3666 on: June 25, 2015, 02:38:52 PM »
I do "lazy sushi". I make up tuna, then serve it with seaweed squares. You can put a little wasabi and/or sriracha on the roll and dip in soy sauce or tamari. Tuna price, sushi joy. No time spent making rice.

Nice! Thanks, Bracken_Joy. Good idea. Reminds me a bit of making deconstructed (also rice-less) stuffed cabbage. (Saute meat, saute shredded cabbage, mix together with tomato sauce and seasonings, eat.)

Congrats on the less expensive lease, btw.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3667 on: June 25, 2015, 02:52:00 PM »
Conversation with husband at 5.30am:

Him: Are you missing $10?
Me: ... no, why?
Him: There was $10 on the floor of the garage.
Me: *grabbed keys and walked downstairs in PJs and ugg boots*

Up $10 before breakfast. :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3668 on: June 25, 2015, 06:37:11 PM »
Free lunch at work today, brought my homemade lunch back home since I just happen to be going to a meeting with free lunch tomorrow, too.

Bought some marked-down local milk to try my hand at making yogurt for the first time.  So hopefully about $11 worth of yogurt for $3.50.

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« Reply #3669 on: June 25, 2015, 06:58:38 PM »
bicycle maintenance and repair book
parktool.com and sheldonbrown.com are some great resources!

Thanks for the websites!  Those seems really useful.

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« Reply #3670 on: June 25, 2015, 07:47:20 PM »
Collected four eggs, harvested three red peppers and put up lots of basil for winter.

Saved crimson clover seed for next year.

Watered the unirrigated fruit trees with rainwater saved from our last storm.

Used some samples I got for taking the "value tour" at our new Whole Foods.

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« Reply #3671 on: June 25, 2015, 09:05:03 PM »
Scored a free lamington when I had to visit another office during their morning tea.

A bad lamington is still pretty good. A good lamington is priceless.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3672 on: June 25, 2015, 09:20:22 PM »
Scored a free lamington when I had to visit another office during their morning tea.

A bad lamington is still pretty good. A good lamington is priceless.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamington

Had to look up lamington - mmmm, cake.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3673 on: June 26, 2015, 07:03:03 AM »
This wasn't something I *did* so much as DUMB LUCK, but my lease is up one month earlier than I thought! So only one month overlap with the new place, not two. (This would have very much NOT saved me money if I hadn't realized, and hadn't found a new place/put in notice LOL). Sometimes it's nice to be wrong!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3674 on: June 26, 2015, 07:29:46 AM »
Have a cold.  Blowing my nose on hankies I made out of an old flannel pillow case.

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« Reply #3675 on: June 26, 2015, 07:44:22 AM »
Managed to avoid a 50 mile round-trip to fetch something inconsequential.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3676 on: June 26, 2015, 01:06:47 PM »
Biking to work (again), made lunch and dinner, harvested for said lunch and dinner, picked up even more strawberries for a steal at the farmers market (because one can never eat too many strawberries, in my book).
Arranged a deal for this weekend: friend will walk my dog on Saturday afternoon, I'll watch hers on Sunday. Good trade :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3677 on: June 26, 2015, 01:40:53 PM »
Saw a sign on the side of the road "30 eggs for $4".  Supported a local chicken farmer and got lots of fresh brown eggs in the fridge.

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« Reply #3678 on: June 26, 2015, 04:09:21 PM »
Walked to supermarket yesterday (1.5 miles each way) to pick up a few items that had good sale prices and coupons for.  Submitted for $9 worth of rebates on top. But didn't realize until I got home that a 12-pack of toilet paper had rung up at full price instead of sale price.

Didn't have time to walk over to supermarket today because I had to be back for a meeting, so I drove back and got refunded the $4 TP overage. Wanted to get more out of my car trip, though, so I stopped at the liquor store that's on the way back and picked up 2 bottles of booze, both on sale for $6 and $7 off, then came home and submitted for $14 more in rebates.

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« Reply #3679 on: June 26, 2015, 07:59:25 PM »
Returned some items to store and Amazon, made sure that we were getting back rebates as expected and convinced husband to eat dinner at home instead of togo

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« Reply #3680 on: June 26, 2015, 09:08:07 PM »
* Replaced two broken sprinklers ALL BY MYSELF, I AM A BADASS. Reprogramming our sprinklers to only water two times a week in keeping with new drought-related regulations. We also have to reduce our overall usage by 16 percent so thinking about that.

* Cashed in $2 of recycling today and used the redemption value to buy two boxes of discounted dry pasta for $.99 each.

* There was an extra $.55 in the change machine and I said it wasn't mine but the bagger said someone probably left it and I should just take it.

* Harvested another zucchini.

* Stopped at an estate sale, picked up another Pyrex clear casserole for myself and a reading lamp for my son.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3681 on: June 27, 2015, 11:51:52 AM »
Last night, I went to the movies with friends and we couldn't do our typical matinee money-saving due to everyone's work schedule.  So, instead we got ticket passes at  BJs Wholesale and saved $4 per night ticket.  It was still 50 cents more than a matinee, but it was decent enough.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3682 on: June 27, 2015, 12:24:03 PM »
Fixed a ceiling fan with a $5 speed controller rather than a $70 fan.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3683 on: June 27, 2015, 05:33:29 PM »
I tried taking the bus to work and back home yesterday.  It was quicker than driving and overall pretty painless, for a grand total of $3.50.  I am seriously considering ditching my clown car now. 

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« Reply #3684 on: June 27, 2015, 07:21:19 PM »
My husband and I went Jurassic yesterday with some Gold Class movie vouchers he received for Christmas.

I just called our car insurance provider and managed to save $384 off our annual policy.

My husband made $370 from a freelance project a couple of weeks ago, so this week I'm keeping an eye out for that payment.

This week I'm really struggling with wanting to spend money on family and friends. I go through phases like this, where I'm happy to continue 'denying' myself but tempted to spoil others. :/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3685 on: June 27, 2015, 09:05:40 PM »
*made brownies and pizza from scratch
*hosted a staff BBQ and was left with probably $50 in meat and $30 in cheese. Also received $100 restaurant gc as a thank you
*weekly trip to public library - kids doing summer reading club again and have chances to win books and book store gc's - grand prize is an iPad
*didn't go in any stores today

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« Reply #3686 on: June 28, 2015, 08:02:08 AM »
Yesterday, I earned some money for teaching taekwondo classes and cleaning the dojang.  Then, I picked up a book I had reserved at the library around the corner.  I ate all meals at home, including making some chicken a la king from scratch over homemade bread for dinner.  So overall, I spent nothing yesterday and made some extra money.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3687 on: June 28, 2015, 05:12:50 PM »
Didn't buy soft drink while grocery shopping. I only use it as a mixer, but I'm having a clean week to help get over jet lag and the flu, so no alcohol.

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« Reply #3688 on: June 28, 2015, 05:43:27 PM »
Did the week's grocery shopping, spent just $22 (on perishables), then came home and fed us and two guests from the pantry.

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« Reply #3689 on: June 28, 2015, 08:07:16 PM »
Made chocolate croissants for a work morning tea instead of buying something to take in, using puff pastry I already had on hand and some choc chips that were on special at the supermarket.

Made up a big batch of work lunches on the weekend, as well as almond butter, granola, and bread.

Hosted crochet day on the weekend, so spent time with lovely friends for the price of some homemade snacks.

Signed up for a cheap(er) online provider for my mobile phone. Will save me $30/month and I can cancel/change at any time.

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« Reply #3690 on: June 28, 2015, 08:16:23 PM »
Cut up some flank steak for fajitas, then decided it was more than we needed, so put half of it back in the fridge to have in a stirfry tomorrow.

Altering my cheap saddle pads to make them work like more expensive saddle pads I've been wishing for.

Harvested a bunch of lovely beets from the garden.

Making kombucha and coconut butter, which costs a fraction of buying them pre-made.

Rescued an alarm clock DH was going to toss and mounted it inside the door of my horse trailer.

Yesterday - discovered that the dollar store carries micro-USB cables.  I was about to spend $9 for a fancy retractable one from Amazon, but for $8 less, I'm content with a non-retractable.  Also found the peppered kippered herring I like in the clearance bin at the grocery for half the usual price, so bought all they had (only 7 cans, but that's about a $10 savings).  Had slaw and roasted potatoes from our garden produce for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3691 on: June 29, 2015, 09:51:54 AM »
Cut up some flank steak for fajitas, then decided it was more than we needed, so put half of it back in the fridge to have in a stirfry tomorrow.

Altering my cheap saddle pads to make them work like more expensive saddle pads I've been wishing for.

Harvested a bunch of lovely beets from the garden.

Making kombucha and coconut butter, which costs a fraction of buying them pre-made.

Rescued an alarm clock DH was going to toss and mounted it inside the door of my horse trailer.

Yesterday - discovered that the dollar store carries micro-USB cables.  I was about to spend $9 for a fancy retractable one from Amazon, but for $8 less, I'm content with a non-retractable.  Also found the peppered kippered herring I like in the clearance bin at the grocery for half the usual price, so bought all they had (only 7 cans, but that's about a $10 savings).  Had slaw and roasted potatoes from our garden produce for dinner.
$ store does carry cables n chargers. But they are lesser than 1A cables which takes forever to charge and less efficient. Lookout for the 2A cables which retail for under $2.5 in fleabay/AtoZ. They are worth the extra dollar!

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« Reply #3692 on: June 29, 2015, 09:58:45 AM »
This morning, I rode over to the library and read the newspaper, then did my grocery shopping for the week, which consisted of purchasing one gallon of milk.  I am trying to eat all the stuff I have in my fridge, freezer, and pantry instead to save money.  I was really tempted to ride my bicycle to Rita's and buy an italian ice, but instead I decided to eat an early lunch at home on the patio in my backyard and watch the bird feeder.  I have what appears to be the only bird feeder in the neighborhood, so there are a ton of birds back here, including a very nice-looking male cardinal.  Simple pleasures.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3693 on: June 29, 2015, 09:19:33 PM »
Rescued my Tupperware container from the work kitchen (I forgot to take it home before I went away).

Eating homemade lunch at my desk while browsing the forum.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3694 on: June 30, 2015, 10:51:51 AM »
Yesterday I took advantage of the unusually warm weather and dried all my laundry outside. I ate all my meals at home and the only money I spent was $10 on my Judo class.

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« Reply #3695 on: June 30, 2015, 10:56:07 AM »
I'd been using the same pajamas for eight years and today it was finally time to replace them because they were completely threadbare and full of holes.  I rode my bicycle about 3 miles to Target and got new pajamas off the clearance rack at 25% off and then got another 5% off for using my Redcard and another 5 cents off for bringing my own bag.  I'm not happy that I needed to spend money, but at least I got it as cheaply as possible.

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« Reply #3696 on: June 30, 2015, 10:58:32 AM »
Yesterday: harvested 21 pounds of asian plums that were dead ripe off our tree. Started 6 gallons of plum wine with the plums (way too many to eat fresh). So that'll be 25 or 26 bottles of wine in a year or so. Harvested cabbage, broc, zuke, tomatoes, herbs, onions, snap peas and blueberries. Hung around the house all day. Cooked all meals at home. Line dried 2 loads of laundry (gotta love these 85+ days for line drying FAST!). Hubs bought a vintage aircraft manual but otherwise, no spending. I am LOVING summer vacation with the kids.

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« Reply #3697 on: June 30, 2015, 12:27:12 PM »
I'd been using the same pajamas for eight years and today it was finally time to replace them because they were completely threadbare and full of holes. 

Wow, eight years. My nightwear usually lasts a short time as I move around in my sleep so much and I must yank it about.:P

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« Reply #3698 on: June 30, 2015, 05:51:04 PM »
Brought in yesterday's line-dried clothes and put on another load to cold wash before I left for work.

Tax time in Australia, so I re-read our profession's listing on the ATO looking for new deductions, then collated receipts for work-related expenses.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3699 on: June 30, 2015, 06:36:48 PM »
Had a super nice dinner out with the Mister at a local Italian place, paid for it all on a gift card from last Christmas, and got free babysitting from my mil and bil. Awesome!