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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3900 on: July 22, 2015, 09:15:17 PM »
@Cressida, I'd love to share the recipe!

This is for regular white buns/dinner rolls. It makes a full cookie sheet of buns.

3 1/2 c. warm water
5 tsp. yeast
1/2 c. honey
1 Tbsp. salt
10 1/2 c. flour

Not sure if you need directions, but will add these just in case:

If you have quick rise yeast, just blend all ingredients together and knead for about 5 minutes. If you have regular active dry yeast, put the water and honey in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let it proof for about 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy. Then knead for about 5 minutes. Shape into small, round balls about 2 inches across (give or take) and place, barely touching one another, on greased cookie sheet. Let it rise 20-40 minutes and then bake in preheated oven at 325-250 for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bottom. Lift one up with a spatula to peek at the bottom. Flip out of pan onto cooling rack in one big sheet of buns. Watch them be devoured in a matter of hours.  YMMV. This is a multi-purpose dough. I also make it into cinnamon buns, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, cheesy bread, pizza bread and cinnamon-raisin bread. Recipe doubles easily.

Somehow I missed this the first time. Thanks for the reply! What do you differently to make hamburger buns?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3901 on: July 22, 2015, 09:42:29 PM »
Just checked the rotating categories on my credit cards again.  Chase is 5% back on gas this quarter, so it's going back in my wallet with a label so I remember what to use it for.  I already get 3% back on my BofA MC all the time, but hey, 2% more will be a few bucks over the next 2.25 months.

Used rewards points to get a $38 statement credit on my Discover card.

Dinner was a delicious gumbo with mostly vegetables freshly picked from the garden.

We thought about going out for icecream after dinner, but I lopped off some frozen cookie dough and baked a few cookies instead.

Turning off the A/C and opening up the house to blow in cool air in just a minute.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3902 on: July 22, 2015, 11:18:29 PM »
@cressida,

To make hamburger buns, place them separated and flattened on the cookie sheet. They will puff up enough with 20-30 minutes of rise time and then the baking will puff them up some more. Hot dog buns are basically placed on the tray flattened versions of their puffy, cooked selves:-) a little experimentation will help you figure it out. Hope that helps;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3903 on: July 23, 2015, 03:10:12 AM »
Was meeting people from my translation class yesterday for ice-cream. They were meeting at six and I work until seven so they knew I would just join them later. As it turned out, fewer people than expected turned up and two had to leave early so by the time I got to them, they were all finished and about to leave. We still sat and chatted for another hour but since they were all finished their ice-cream and coffees, I didn't bother ordering anything. Money saved and fast day rescued. We were at a place along the river so I was even able to just walk home that way, instead of walking back towards the train station, which involves walking past any number of restaurants and fast-food places.

When I was home I did the same as yesterday, waited for a while until it was cooling down and then I hit the kitchen and cooked. I used up the sweetheart cabbage (thanks to whoever mentioned this a few days ago, I was never sure what it's called in English) and made the cabbage part of the lentil dish from this Smitten Kitchen recipe. Such lovely smells when it was cooking and it was really good (disclaimer: I did add bacon bits, too). Had a small portion and the rest is in the fridge. I'll make the lentil part this evening or tomorrow and will have the cabbage all ready to go. Very happy to have found another way to cook cabbage and can see this becoming a regular feature. And really, really happy to have had a no-spend day yesterday.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3904 on: July 23, 2015, 11:58:59 AM »
The usual . . .
*  homemade lunch and snacks brought to work
*  no extra driving
*  making use of free gym
*  spending no money today

& some more . . .
*  I also recently gave up drinking alcohol . . . am greatly enjoying the benefits (financial and otherwise)
*  refocusing on the side project of amazon sales
*  realized that couponing is just not for me
*  did "budget" for next two weeks with $50 to spare

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3905 on: July 23, 2015, 01:09:14 PM »
i re-learned how to sew a button last night.
it's been 20+ years since I touched a needle and thread.
But my two favorite pairs of shorts fit poorly now after I lost some weight.
My wife taught me how to move the buttons so my shorts fit better and I no longer need to wear a belt, hurray!

also started looking at coupons in the mail flyers.
Found 50% off yogurt which I buy every couple of weeks.
Walked to the grocery store and stocked up for next month while saving $4.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3906 on: July 23, 2015, 02:56:32 PM »
Watched youtube videos on how to replace the broken torsion springs on my garage door.  Far cheaper than paying the local garage door company to do it for me!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3907 on: July 23, 2015, 05:16:56 PM »
Bought new-to-him jeans for my husband on eBay.

Arranged with a friend to go halves in a gift.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3908 on: July 23, 2015, 05:58:22 PM »
I like crunchy foods.  Like Oreos... or crackers... or...  So I cooked up a batch of hardtack.  There are only three ingredients, so I don't have to buy anything when the urge hits.  Here is the recipe from Wikibooks.

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Cookbook:Hard Tack
From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection
Hard tack is a cracker/biscuit flat-bread used during long sea voyages and military campaigns before the introduction of canning as a primary food-source.  Mostly inedible for dry and hard preservation, it was usually dunked in water, brine, coffee, or other liquids, or cooked into a skillet meal.  This cracker was little more than flour and water which had been baked hard and would keep for months as long as it was kept dry.  Also known as a sea biscuit, sea bread, or ship's biscuits.
Ingredients
   2 cups of flour
    to cup water
   6 pinches of salt
   1 tablespoon of shortening (optional/not traditional)
Procedure
1.   Mix all the ingredients into a dough and press onto a cookie sheet to a thickness of inch. 
2.   Bake in a preheated oven at 400F (205C) for half an hour. 
3.   Remove from oven, cut dough into 3-inch squares, and punch four rows of holes, four holes per row into the dough (a fork works nicely). 
4.   Flip the crackers and return to the oven for another half hour. 
Notes, tips, and variations
   Some recipes also recommend a second baking at 250F (120C) to thoroughly dry out the bread. 
   Scale ingredient quantities equally if more dough is required. 
Retrieved from "http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Hard-Tack"


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3909 on: July 23, 2015, 07:12:11 PM »
I like crunchy foods.  Like Oreos... or crackers... or...  So I cooked up a batch of hardtack.  There are only three ingredients, so I don't have to buy anything when the urge hits.  Here is the recipe from Wikibooks.

I'm curious to hear how this turned out for you.  I tried making it once and it was just awful.  If you don't mind, please share your results!

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« Reply #3910 on: July 23, 2015, 07:26:21 PM »
Of course its awful!  There's nothing in it.  Salt doesn't add much.  Do like the sailors and soak it in rum to make it palatable.  I only mentioned "crunchy"; nothing about taste...:)

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« Reply #3911 on: July 23, 2015, 07:30:06 PM »
Stopped by a work happy hour and just had water and then ate dinner home. It was a big, unseated gathering, so not ordering wasn't awkward at all.

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« Reply #3912 on: July 24, 2015, 10:49:30 AM »
Of course its awful!  There's nothing in it.  Salt doesn't add much.  Do like the sailors and soak it in rum to make it palatable.  I only mentioned "crunchy"; nothing about taste...:)

Ha ha!  Fair enough, then . . . enjoy!  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3913 on: July 24, 2015, 12:49:00 PM »
I just cancelled my subscription to the Ecomomist. Really enjoy reading it (although if I'm honest rarely get around to reading it the week I get it and am always behind) but need to cut out these easy things now in preparation for a month off later this year.

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« Reply #3914 on: July 24, 2015, 05:50:04 PM »
@Moonwaves, The Economist is carried at my library -- perhaps it is at yours too? Typically, the current month's issue can only be read in the library, but back issues can be signed out.

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« Reply #3915 on: July 24, 2015, 09:04:16 PM »
Today's load of laundry was hung on the rack to dry. We're not able to hang laundry outside, but we have a couple of racks we can set up in the living room of our condo.

Brought lunch and coffee today. Saved easily $15 that way. Yeah, I used to get not one, but two Starbucks fancy coffee drinks a day.

Made cold brew coffee concentrate for next week. The great thing about cold brew is it turns the $4.50 can of coffee from trader joes into pretty decent tasting iced coffees for two weeks.

I was weak and took the bus home today, but biked to work this morning and every morning this week as well as walked or biked home 3 out 5 days.

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« Reply #3916 on: July 24, 2015, 09:20:04 PM »
This week was crazy busy, but things have been productive:

* Reduced garbage pickup to once a month service from twice a month, decreasing the bill by 1/3
* Spurned multiple opportunities for fast food or coffee
* Also spurned a trip to the automatic car wash
* Sold a book on Amazon
* Ended my landline contract. $50 for phone service is insanity, although I will miss how the calls never dropped.
* Realized I was overcharged $2.50 at the grocery store and had it corrected.
* Bought a drying rack and got my hubby onboard with line drying his uniforms.
* Cut some tall green grass in a ditch with a machete for a nice free treat for my equines. My pastures are brown due to the PNW drought. Strapped it to my bicycle rack and pedaled it home. I can't believe it didn't fall off! My neighbors already think I am crazy anyway.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3917 on: July 25, 2015, 08:48:03 AM »
* Cut some tall green grass in a ditch with a machete for a nice free treat for my equines.

Granted it's only 10am my time, but this is the most badass thing I've read today.

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« Reply #3918 on: July 25, 2015, 09:17:34 AM »
I reread this entire thread, "What small things did you do TODAY to save money?" and collected the basic themes and ideas from the first 78 pages.

Not surprisingly, the overall messages are: nothing is too small to optimize, rethink "normal," challenge your assumptions, and you can learn and do more than you think you can.

I hope this is helpful. I had fun compiling it. Of course, the list doesn't contain every idea possible and certainly NOT every idea on the thread (read the thread, there are amazing, very specific ideas). This list is meant to give a general idea of the kinds of things frugal people do and how they think on a daily basis. I left out some themes like cars/driving and investments/work issues because they are well covered on other threads.

Of course, essential reading on "small things" is the MMM classic: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/08/01/a-millionaire-is-made-ten-bucks-at-a-time/

Theme 1: Learn new skills, DIY everything you can, and build your frugality muscles

Prefer handmade/homemade over store bought
Make do with what you have, don't just go out and get more
Wait/rethink/research before buying
Read the "What small things did you do TODAY to save money?" thread on the MMM forum for specific ideas that apply to your situation
Try your best to communicate better with spouse/significant other/family on financial goals
Make clear financial plans for yourself and with family
Break a bad habit (smoking, shopping, etc.)
Have a "no spend" day
Speak up for yourself, don't be afraid or ashamed to be frugal
Speak up when there is a problem with a service or a purchase; return things that are substandard for a refund
Always check your receipts and invoices for errors
Ask around (friends, coworkers, family, neighbors, MMM forums) for help, information, free stuff (AND offer same to others!)
Barter services (dog sitting/fixing things/chores/airport runs)
Use a coupon
Maintain and fix things yourself
Accept free things
Investigate the problem before throwing money at it or before hiring an expert
Try to problem solve before acting/spending
Google/You Tube before spending and to learn new skills
Develop your cooking skills (one of the most important frugal skills)
Learn a new skill (haircutting, sewing, oil changes, anything!)
Use muscle power before machine
Sew/repair things
Make gifts rather than buying them
Rethink material gifts and give an experience, do something for someone, write a letter
Reuse things for other purposes to delay throwing away (e.g., plastic containers, towels become rags, etc.)
Learn to cut your own/family's hair
Do your own/other people's manicures
Maintain your pets nails/hair yourself
Do holidays, birthdays, or other special days NOT on the actual day to save money on restaurants and to not pay full price for other holiday-related items
Sell things on Craigslist, eBay, used bookstores
Rethink all purchases
Delay purchases
Don't go in stores!
Realize everything is a "small" thing
Check out Freecycle.com
Look into free things from your local area/town (e.g., mulch, free cultural events)
Pick up change off the ground
Trashpick, look for things on the side of the road
Pick up cans
Be organized to avoid impulse purchases or buying duplicates
Scrutinize purchases and find ways to reduce
Shop around for everything (gyms, classes, grocery stores, insurance, prescriptions, cellphones, internet) to find best price
Ask for a discount everywhere (maybe even at the dentist!)
Check all recurring charges and try to find less expensive plans (insurance, cell phones, internet)
Investigate used, damaged, or past prime goods/food
Challenge your property tax assessment
Renegotiate any subscription (cable/internet/magazines, etc.)

Theme 2: Food

Forage/glean and hunt/fish for free food
Eat leftovers
Repurpose leftovers
Use up what you have
Use up the pantry
Can/preserve/freeze food
Freeze leftovers so they don't spoil in the fridge
Eat less meat
Investigate new grocery stores to check prices
Try the cheaper brand
Check grocery sales flyers
Build your cooking skills
Bring your own food to work/on car trips
Make baby food
Eat beans
Buy the cheaper fruits
Use crockpots
Use less coffee or tea, reuse teabags/coffee grounds, carefully measure how much coffee/tea you actually need to ensure you don't use too much
Eat free food from work events
Make a price book
Garden from seed
Exchange recipes with friends/people on MMM forums
Regrow green onions from the roots
Batch cook/make a lot at once ("hypermile" the oven, can, freeze, preserve)
Learn to make your family's favorite dishes at home
Learn to make "gourmet" or complicated things that you never thought you could (beer, hard cider, mead, chai tea, Asian food, frappucinos)--you can do it!
Make your own coffee, pizza, yogurt, hummus, bread, burritos
Grow herbs
Take advantage of chocolate sales days (2/15, 11/1, 12/25)

Theme 3: Fun and entertainment

Try a staycation rather than leaving your neighborhood or town/city
Search out local fun, free community events
Read a book
Entertain people at home, but don't buy special food, make it yourself (use your pantry)
Have a picnic
Listen to the radio
Look for free events at museums
Exercise in nature
Volunteer at cultural places for free entertainment
Take joy in simple things (seeing friends, walking the dog, walking in nature)
Use the library!
Check out ALL library programs. Libraries have more than books: movies, music, books on tape/CD, classes, internet/computers, magazines, used book sales, tax advice, even exercise classes

Theme 4: Home and home energy use

Stay home
Use a programmable thermostat
Keep heat low
Keep A/C temp up or turn off
Use LEDs
Don't use dryer, hang clothes on inside or outside clothes rack/line
Cancel cable
Turn off or unplug electronics
Make your own cleaning supplies
Shower at work or at the gym
Don't use paper towels
Gather rainwater for gardening/to flush toilets/wash laundry
Use rechargable batteries
Rent out a room, parking space, or things you own
Look into thermal gain or loss through windows

Theme 5: Personal care/clothes

Wear clothes more than once before washing
Cut/color your own/family's hair
Do your own/other people's manicures
Maintain your pet yourself (hair, nails, hooves, washing, etc.)
Use less soap/makeup
Repair or have things repaired (clothes, shoes, coats)
Resole shoes and boots
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3919 on: July 25, 2015, 11:17:12 AM »
@Moonwaves, The Economist is carried at my library -- perhaps it is at yours too? Typically, the current month's issue can only be read in the library, but back issues can be signed out.
I'm assuming it is, too. If not at the main library, then at the international library. I haven't been to either for ages and am most definitely overdue on my annual subscription. It's not a large amount but libraries aren't entirely free here - the town library is 20 for the year and the international library (run by volunteers but definitely the place to go for English books) is 14 per year. So I need to pay and then start getting my money's worth. I paid my Economist subscription every quarter in advance so will get a refund for the unused portion of that, which should be just about the same as the amount for the libraries so it's all good.

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« Reply #3920 on: July 25, 2015, 03:55:41 PM »
Thanks for your hard work pulling all that together, @Basenji! Didn't one of the mods say they would sticky it?

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« Reply #3921 on: July 25, 2015, 04:35:09 PM »
Yes, thank you, Basenji. This is very useful. I wish someone would compile all the tips in this entire forum into one book. Your work would be a great start. It's much appreciated.

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« Reply #3922 on: July 25, 2015, 04:36:37 PM »
Paid $100 (with shipping) for a program that normally costs $180 (with shipping).

It took me almost a month to "win" it- so that tells me, when I'm done with it, I'm going to be able to sell it for pretty near what I paid too :)

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« Reply #3923 on: July 25, 2015, 04:42:37 PM »
*Having a no-spend day -- feels like a relief to not be out there consuming!

*Cooked up a package of bacon that's been languishing in the fridge.

*Watched a good movie from the library (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared -- I had the book out of the library last year but didn't finish it. Husband is having lots of good laughs!)

*Unplugged laptop and phone when they were fully charged -- trying hard to do this during the day instead of overnight, which was my former habit

*Caught my husband hanging up a load of towels! He's so awesome!
 
*Keeping good track of my spending this month on http://www.everydollar.com which is a free Dave Ramsey product. Its the first budgeting program that I've been able to stick with, so YAY!

*Planning to do some pre cooking ahead of surgery this coming Friday.

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« Reply #3924 on: July 25, 2015, 04:46:51 PM »
Cut up four large leeks and froze them into green and white. They're cheaper than onions and go MUCH farther. I'm growing my own, you trigger-happy facepunchers, but we eat a lot more than I have room to grow.


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« Reply #3925 on: July 25, 2015, 05:39:41 PM »
Yes, thank you, Basenji. This is very useful. I wish someone would compile all the tips in this entire forum into one book. Your work would be a great start. It's much appreciated.

Glad you found it helpful. I read on another thread that MMM is doing a book, so I think we're covered. I was just making notes as I read and thought others might want it as well.

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« Reply #3926 on: July 25, 2015, 05:45:09 PM »
The only spent $4.70 all weekend. Yay for visiting parents. Also caught up with friends I don't see very often that live out this way. Today will not be a no spend day though as I will need to buy petrol to get home!!! But still weekends are typically very spendy for me so I am pretty happy :-)

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« Reply #3927 on: July 25, 2015, 06:49:30 PM »
I reread this entire thread, "What small things did you do TODAY to save money?" and collected the basic themes and ideas from the first 78 pages.


Awesome! You just saved me a bunch of time!! Thanks!!

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« Reply #3928 on: July 25, 2015, 06:52:32 PM »
I tried out a tip and loved it: I tried using hair conditioner (dollar store) instead of shaving cream for shaving my legs. It works like a dream, and now I have a use for all those bottles of conditioner that were going unused!!

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« Reply #3929 on: July 25, 2015, 08:44:30 PM »
I tried out a tip and loved it: I tried using hair conditioner (dollar store) instead of shaving cream for shaving my legs. It works like a dream, and now I have a use for all those bottles of conditioner that were going unused!!

I just use the bar of soap that's already in the shower .. I'm 48, so that's quite a few years of shaving my legs successfully :-) (I'm using Dorco razors, btw, and they're great!).


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« Reply #3930 on: July 25, 2015, 10:14:59 PM »
Decided to swing by Sally's Beauty Supply and pick up hair dye, developer, and brush to do it myself at least for this 6 week cycle as opposed to spending around $60-80 bucks to have it professionally done like I have been doing since January. My job pissed me off this week and I refocused me a bit where I have been slacking. Considering also dropping our phone plans to WIFI only for awhile, but need a good offline GPS solution first.

I harvested some more blueberries from my patio and picked a good amount of wild blackberries. We'll eat them tomorrow for breakfast as crepe filling. Leftovers will be turned into crisp or frozen. I think. IDK. Last week, I took what I got and made a thick syrup for pancakes, ice cream topping, and roll filling. I froze that and look forward to enjoying in a month or so after fresh berry season ends. I made spaghetti/pizza sauce from scratch today from some roma tomatoes and fresh basil that had to be used like yesterday. I had enough for dinner tonight and probably 2 more meals.

I logged into my AMEX to make a payment and found I had been awarded my $100 signup bonus, that was super fast so yay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3931 on: July 25, 2015, 10:29:11 PM »
I made $136 tonight selling some clothes on Poshmark. I was going to donate them if I couldn't sell them anyway. Sweet!
(P.S. There is no way I ever want to make selling things on ebay or whatever a side hustle. Way too stressful and time consuming for me.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3932 on: July 26, 2015, 12:22:39 AM »
* Cut some tall green grass in a ditch with a machete for a nice free treat for my equines.

Granted it's only 10am my time, but this is the most badass thing I've read today.

Thanks! Although I admit I was a little concerned the local law enforcement would drive by while I was swinging it around. "Here we go again. Another meth-head with a machete."

I've read farming scythes are great for cutting grass and less stressful on the back than most weed eaters. Although I would imagine swinging around a Grim Reaper style garden tool in public would prompt just as many questions as a machete.

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« Reply #3933 on: July 26, 2015, 12:37:11 PM »
Basenji, thanks for compiling that, what an awesome list!

Yesterday I used a $15 off a purchase coupon from Sports Authority to buy a $20 butane camp stove.  I'd been looking at $50-100 2-burner stoves, but really didn't need two burners.  This one will be perfect for making coffee or heating up a simple meal, and it was $5.29 out the door.

Today - I'm going to take one more go and snaking our clogged kitchen drain before calling the plumber.  The clog is way down there unfortunately, and it's somehow more clogged after I worked at it yesterday, but I hate to admit defeat.

Rather than making a special trip to the grocery and feed stores today, I'll "shop" my garden for vegetables this afternoon, make up a minimal shopping list, and grab the few things we actually need on the way home from work tomorrow instead.

Will not using the clogged sink as an excuse to go out to eat tonight. 

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« Reply #3934 on: July 26, 2015, 06:08:36 PM »
I line-dry our washing but it obviously takes longer that way, and if we're away for a weekend it can be hard to catch up.

So whenever we visit my family my mum says 'bring your washing!'

This weekend I took home all our washing, put three loads through their machine, and got to chat to my mum in the sun while we pegged. :)

They're planning a combined family garage sale so I immediately said I would be in on that - get rid of more clutter and maybe make a couple of dollars. I will offer to do the posters/promo of said sale to ensure we get a decent crowd.

And we brought home a selection of cake and biscuits and fruit that she insisted we take, so that is work snacks covered for this week.

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« Reply #3935 on: July 26, 2015, 06:19:48 PM »
*Bought 2 boxes of sale garbage bags - a necessary evil.

*Made a big smoothie for a snack with frozen fruit from farm earlier this year, and some fresh peaches and blueberries. Almond milk and coconut water - and a scoop of protein powder. I was starving while we were out but resisted the urge and waited until we got home -- felt stoic!

*Hung up laundry to dry.

*Used up lots of veggies to make a colourful salad for lunch today

*Making adult son his lunch so he doesn't go buy lunch tomorrow (he's away on a trip until late tonite)

*Listening to radio

*Reading library books -- I have 50 books and dvd's on order that will trickle in over the next few months. I never thought 50 holds wouldn't be enough -- I should add that to the Mustachian People Problems thread! I was cut off by the library!

*Picked up 2 free books for prizes for my husband and I won in the Adult Summer Reading Club at our library





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« Reply #3936 on: July 27, 2015, 12:34:08 AM »
Just set up our account for natural gas at the new house. Compared prices carefully to choose the cheaper supplier, set up direct debit for the account for a perpetual 10% discount, AND they were running a promotion so I will receive a $50 Bunnings (Aus version of Home Depot) voucher which will be used within a month or two.

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« Reply #3937 on: July 27, 2015, 01:31:13 AM »
Just set up our account for natural gas at the new house. Compared prices carefully to choose the cheaper supplier, set up direct debit for the account for a perpetual 10% discount, AND they were running a promotion so I will receive a $50 Bunnings (Aus version of Home Depot) voucher which will be used within a month or two.

Nicely done for the Mustachian win!

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« Reply #3938 on: July 27, 2015, 10:40:03 AM »
I've read farming scythes are great for cutting grass and less stressful on the back than most weed eaters. Although I would imagine swinging around a Grim Reaper style garden tool in public would prompt just as many questions as a machete.

I have used one before (country boy here).  Keep it sharp and they do a great job on tall grass.  There are not good for small or tight spaces though.  You need room to swing.

Wear a black cloak and a skull mask to really get the neighbors talking!

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« Reply #3939 on: July 27, 2015, 11:19:00 AM »
Heading for it being a no-spend day today.

Yesterday evening, went to pub quiz, paid for the quiz (2.50) and just bought one drink (4 for a pint of sparkling water - I don't like not spending any money on drink so will always buy at least one. Although I'm friends with the people who run the pub at this stage and they wouldn't really mind, it is their business and they have to make a living, too). For my second drink I just got tap water (which they don't charge for). I didn't drink anything more than that as I was having a fast day yesterday so it was easy to decline offers to be included in the rounds others were buying. I left immediately when the quiz was over and went straight home, resisting the temptation to stop and eat something. So a win for my finance and a win for my fasting efforts. And I won the raffle and ended up getting a nice t-shirt. Another few weeks of fasting and it'll probably even fit properly!

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« Reply #3940 on: July 27, 2015, 12:39:00 PM »
Over the last couple days -

Went to Costco and finally made the plunge to buy 10 lbs organic flour and 10 lbs organic sugar, going to start doing way more of my own baking again (in fairness, I stopped baking last winter because I couldn't juggle a chronically sick hubby and  occasionally sick toddler with full time work and part time college. Something had to give, and it was baked goods from scratch). While I was there, I switched to bulk Kirkland coffee vs. the $10 per not-even-1lb-can Trader Joe coffee I used to drink - not quite as good but still a decent cup at less than half the cost.

Harvested some zucchini and yellow squash from the home garden, along with some pickle sized cukes. The zucchini/squash will get chopped/blanched/frozen for later soups and side dishes and the pickles will get...well...pickled!

Made a pan of lasagna for dinner last night and will make a pan of chicken enchiladas for tonight, leftovers earmarked for lunches for DH and I later this week. Also making a H-U-G-E batch of crock-pot "refried" beans to go with dinner tonight (and lunches etc.) with the rest getting divided up and frozen for use on future Taco Tuesdays. This is my 1st try making my own RF beans, recipe doesn't even call for soaking beans first so it was super easy and I'm looking forward to how it turns out!  They certainly smell good (I work from home FT so using the crock pot means smelling what I'm cooking for dinner all day!).

Canceled Sunday newspaper subscription. Might be a savings wash since I won't get the coupon inserts any longer, but haven't found consistent coupons to use lately.  But that's $60 or so a year I know I won't spend, and it's a lot less work than clipping coupons!

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« Reply #3941 on: July 27, 2015, 12:42:39 PM »
No car, no bus, no spending today. Finished a knitted scarf for the BF, just finishing up the hat now. Did some reading, listening to music, fixing new lights in our wall closet. Revelled at so much space we have available to just the two of us (in a 2BR1B house).
Cooked dinner from scratch, had leftover lunch. Hung laundry up to dry inside.

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« Reply #3942 on: July 27, 2015, 05:18:18 PM »
Had a quarter of a jar of cream and some baby spinach to use up last night, so I made colcannon to go with our chicken skewers. Leftovers for lunch today.

I've been saving a friend money by collecting plastic grocery bags for her to use as nappy bags. We try to stick to cloth but I just rounded up a stash from my work kitchen.




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« Reply #3943 on: July 27, 2015, 08:01:01 PM »
Used a menstrual cup instead of disposable tampons. I've been doing this a few months now but still find the savings and convenience amazing.

Used home eggs, green onions and pattypan squash from the garden for dinner.

Chopped off two hunks of my hair and then did some refining snips. Looks OK to me, although I admit insecurity about this since most of the female population believes it necessary spend hundreds or thousands annually on hair cuts, colors and blow dries.

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« Reply #3944 on: July 27, 2015, 08:11:45 PM »
I just remembered I have fresh corn and zucchini that needs to be used up, and I have a hankering for the fritters my mum used to make out of leftover veg, so that's my plan for dinner tonight.

My husband's mild aversion to hippie leftovers (as he calls them) will be silenced by being served something he gets to dip in chilli sauce. :D

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« Reply #3945 on: July 27, 2015, 08:19:01 PM »
Used a menstrual cup instead of disposable tampons.

Disposable tampons and pads are one of the biggest wide scale scams ever. Women use those because the big companies have the money to sponsor "how to deal with your period" videos in every 5th grade classroom in America, and the cup folks can't get their information to young girls or into health classes. We need a team of subversive young activists to tape info sheets about menstrual cups on the inside of every bathroom stall door!

My day:
Roasted 10 lbs of chicken breasts all at once, tomorrow I'll run it through our slicer and freeze packs for lunch meat. At 1.49/lb it's cheaper and healthier than meat from the deli, and doing it at once meant I only had to turn on the stove once.

Mashed and strained blackberries I picked in the woods in preparation for making them into jam tomorrow.

Did a small grocery run on the bike, it was a no driving day.

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« Reply #3946 on: July 27, 2015, 09:30:27 PM »
Scored a nice little Ikea desk on freecycle that is JUST the right size for next to my bed.  It is just like the one I had in Beijing so I know the size works.  Tried to snag a small shelf unit but seem to have lost that to someone else due to misunderstanding the offerer's pickup instructions.  Oh well -- something else will likely come along and it isn't urgent.

Picked a bunch of blackberries on our evening family walk.   And DH found two quarters on the road!

Also completed the rollover paperwork for my retirement accounts at Fidelity.  One one of the accounts that means I beat the July 31 deadline for having the money automatically put into an annuity -- that would have been VERY costly so glad I got it done.  On the other, I'll probably just keep my money in the same vanguard target fund where I've had it but need to look more closely at the whole range of funds and fees.  I may go with more risk for the Roth portion, which is about $165k.  Need to think about it a bit, but goal is to reduce the fees overall.

Tried making quinoa for the first time and at first was worried I had ruined it because it seemed too soggy and wouldn't fluff up, but eventually it did and DH really liked it.  DS thought it was ok but wants me to try a different type of salad -- the one I made had cranberries, green onions and almonds and a sweet and soury vinagrette, and he thought it was too sweet.  I've still got some of the quinoa and some feta, so I'll do a couscousy rendition tomorrow.   

OH -- almost forgot the morning money saving finds.  Stopped off at the Goodwill not far from our house on the way home from the Fidelity office, and found some nice placemats and cloth napkins from Crate and Barrel.  Deep red/burgandy color scheme that goes really well with our dark table.  I paid roughly $4.35 for four placemats and eight napkins.   I had originally planned to try to get something at the Goodwill outlet but these were so nice and matched perfectly and not that expensive.  And DH was making noises last night about the plates scraping on the table.  Got some other stuff for the house, too -- soap dishes, an air tight canister for tea -- and a replacement for my purse which is looking really old and trashy.  Roughly $20 for the entire lot of stuff. 
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« Reply #3947 on: July 28, 2015, 12:25:41 AM »
I made a banner this weekend (to support family during a cycling event) with one can of 10-year old spray paint and one can of 20-year old spray paint. Both still worked perfectly fine!

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« Reply #3948 on: July 28, 2015, 12:51:17 AM »
I've read farming scythes are great for cutting grass and less stressful on the back than most weed eaters. Although I would imagine swinging around a Grim Reaper style garden tool in public would prompt just as many questions as a machete.

I have used one before (country boy here).  Keep it sharp and they do a great job on tall grass.  There are not good for small or tight spaces though.  You need room to swing.

Wear a black cloak and a skull mask to really get the neighbors talking!

I have an old Craftsman sickle I found in a trash pile meant for the scrap-metal man. Love it and use it to harvest vacant-lot green weeds for my chickens.

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« Reply #3949 on: July 28, 2015, 01:05:32 AM »
*Made an ice cream pail-full of spaghetti sauce for the freezer

*Made a double batch of granola - it became an ice cream pail for the cupboard for cereal and as a topping for yogurt that my kids like, and granola bars for the freezer

*Hung a load of laundry to dry

*Drinking tea from my stash - I have wayyyy to much!

*Didn't leave the house so didn't spend any money - including online!

*Keeping up to date on my expenses with my online budgeting program -- would love to have several months worth of data -- still don't really know how much it costs us to live

*Unplugging devices as soon as they are charged