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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3950 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 #3951 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3952 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 #3953 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 #3954 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!

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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 #3955 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 #3956 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 #3957 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3958 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


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3959 on: July 28, 2015, 01:43:01 AM »
Received my first rates notice yesterday since moving to LCOL area and actually took the time to read the information pamphlet that came with it. I found out that the Council charges more or less depending on the size garbage bin you have (unlike anywhere I have lived before). Of course, I was being charged for the largest size when in fact I have the smallest. Called up the Council today and got my annual rates reduced by $300!
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« Reply #3960 on: July 28, 2015, 10:30:55 AM »
*  homemade food for the day packed and ready to keep me going all day
*  event tonight with expected snackage to get me through "dinner"
*  no money spent Saturday, Sunday or yesterday . . . and hopefully not today either (I am going for a new no-spend record . . . :)
*  put back a $20 fruit basket at Target (the fruit looks fine on the counter)

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« Reply #3961 on: July 28, 2015, 12:34:09 PM »
*  no money spent Saturday, Sunday or yesterday . . . and hopefully not today either (I am going for a new no-spend record . . . :)


I'm rooting for you! Lunahsol, you have more no-spend days than anyone on this thread! Way to go! Let us know if you beat your record! Whoop! Whoop!

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« Reply #3962 on: July 28, 2015, 12:44:29 PM »
I finally got serious about insurance shopping and switched my homeowners and auto to save 850 a year! Still hunting for decent rates on the rental properties. Any suggestions?

Also hung laundry out to dry and ate lunch at home. The usual.

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« Reply #3963 on: July 28, 2015, 01:54:37 PM »
Visited Grocery Outlet today to buy assorted camping and motel food for our trip to Portland, OR next week.  We will eat out a couple of times because Portland is a great food destination but in between we will eat cheese and crackers and assorted cheap snacks. 

Downloaded two audio books from the library. 

Pushed the paperwork a little further forward for me to use the Hub's GI Bill money for a couple of fun classes at the local community college.  He doesn't want to use it and it will expire in a couple more years so I might as well spend it on a Music Class or two. 

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« Reply #3964 on: July 28, 2015, 02:35:15 PM »
Picked up free expandable screens for our windows from the buy nothing group in my area.

Took some donations to goodwill and itemized and saved the receipt. I've never done that, always just dropped stuff off. My mom always told me "all the effort isn't worth it", so I just assumed it was a lot of work. (Face punches!)

Using up some free food I got as a result of helping someone move. About to make "fake hummus" using some hearts of palm. And there is a LOT of tuna in my future. Good problem to have, especially since it's the tasty costco albacore kind.

DH is going to trial taking lunch with him on his work trip out of town the next couple days. He's been resistant to this in the past, so hopefully it's a success! I'm making a big jug of iced yerba mate so he's less tempted by the bottled stuff.
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« Reply #3965 on: July 28, 2015, 03:04:17 PM »
Sold my DS old school uniforms he outgrew for $40, which will go into the dental fund account.

Doing great giving up sugar (a few slip ups), which will reduce dental/medical bills overall

Found out I can pay off an upcoming major purchase by direct depositing money each fortnight (I can set it and forget it) - which works great for me.

Wanted a can of pop really badly yesterday, but girded my loins and drank tap water. Saved me $1 and built up my hard-ass-ness (its a word).

Found a rain slicker for DS for $3 (the back of a dusty old clearance rack. It will last him for a few years, then we can trade (as mine is massive anyway).

Agreed to take on a student teacher after initially not applying (it's only something like an extra $8 a day before taxes ($120 total), but it all adds up, and will help a new teacher on the way to their licence.

Free afternoon tea/dinner for the next two days as we have a late meeting today, and parent teacher interviews tomorrow. Everyone is groaning, but Im trying to see the good side!

Going into today with a great attitude. Surely that will save me a buck or two....?
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3966 on: July 28, 2015, 03:30:36 PM »
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!

Good to know, as I've rediscovered an 10+ year old spray paint can this week. Guess I don't have to toss it after all :-)
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« Reply #3967 on: July 28, 2015, 03:54:23 PM »
*A week ago, I started eating a primal/paleo diet based on Mark's Daily Apple and have been following it to the best of my ability using the website while I waited for the library book to come in ... took a whole week, but its here! I'm so glad I held myself in check, and didn't run out and buy the book (my usual M.O.)

*Was hungry while out (poor planning) but waited till I got home to make myself a protein shake.

*Hung another load of laundry - I've noticed that my racks hold exactly one load so I need to keep ahead of the laundry (organized!) and plan for one per day. Can't use my outdoor clothesline atm due to an injury.

*Checking my power usage on the company website to make sure we aren't leaking power anywhere.


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« Reply #3968 on: July 28, 2015, 04:42:42 PM »
Started trying to walk to work as much as possible.  It's about two miles and mostly flat with just one steep hill by my house that I can't avoid.  Walked 3 of the last 3 work days (I'm part time).

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« Reply #3969 on: July 28, 2015, 04:58:41 PM »
I dropped collision / comprehensive on our older cars and saved more than $200 /year.

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« Reply #3970 on: July 28, 2015, 05:12:18 PM »
I am moving in a month, so I am eating up food I have around and doing all I can to use up and consolidate. 

I did a lot of cooking over the weekend with cupboard ingredients and fresh veggies from my bucket garden. 

I use mason jars for everything.  I rearranged contents this weekend so I can keep the old blue ones and pass on the newer ones to friends who can.  Also filling them.  Cocoa into one.  Corn starch in another.  I am going to move the jars anyway.  I might as well move them full instead of moving empty jars and grocery boxes! 

I have an old fabric softener bottle with a pump nozzle. So convenient. I am transitioning to using vinegar for softener and to using a launry mat. The pump bottle is so nice and surprisingly sturdy.  Any suggestions?  I am not keeping it for "someday" but it does seem so very useful! Would it be ridiculous to give it to the thrift shop instead of recycling it?  UGh.  I am thinking about this way too much.   

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« Reply #3971 on: July 28, 2015, 05:58:16 PM »
Picked up the mail on the way to Walmart for the week's groceries and found the sav-a-lot flyer advertising grapes and nectarines at 99 cents a pound. Got Walmart to price match rather than driving 15 miles out of the way to go to Sav-a-lot. Plus restocked  the canned goods and got groceries for the week for $68.96 (including 32 lbs of cat food). Usually I'm closer to $80 a week.
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« Reply #3972 on: July 28, 2015, 06:26:38 PM »
Met a friend for coffee (plain, black coffee, which has always been my preference) instead of lunch. It still felt like an extravagance though, since I've been doing No Buy July.

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« Reply #3973 on: July 28, 2015, 06:42:46 PM »
Not really money saving but I've been swapping half my
Lunches with a co worker. Kinda like a lunch lottery sometimes

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« Reply #3974 on: July 28, 2015, 07:43:32 PM »
Boss just announced a staff afternoon tea (company pays) so I can save some of my snacks for tomorrow.

Myer (Australian department store) just announced they are cutting 100 brands from their stores, so there is a big sale starting today. I texted my mum and we ordered half a dozen things, all heavily marked down, for family Christmas presents. (E.g. a merino jumper for my grandmother, marked down to $14.) Saved $155.

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« Reply #3975 on: July 29, 2015, 04:01:12 AM »
My mum's fave skincare products were on 40% off sale so I grabbed them for her bday in a couple of months. Saved money and stress. Resisted the urge for takeaway even though I worked late and normally succumb.

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« Reply #3976 on: July 29, 2015, 05:48:05 AM »
Baking my usual apple crumble pie recipe, with wild picked blackberries and gooseberries from the backyard instead. More fun this way, and they're free ofcourse. I do expect it to be runnier than my usual pie, so added extra breadcrumbs to the bottom. Curious to see how it turns out, if it fails we'll just have a crumble (sans pie).

Having a friend over for dinner (and pie, obviously ;-)) instead of going out to eat. Doing that same trick with another group of friends I'm seeing this week.

Found out that Aldi's has over-the-counter ibuprofen for 60 cts a pack. Way cheaper than the pharmacy, where a package will go for about 4 euros.
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« Reply #3977 on: July 29, 2015, 07:44:06 AM »
Well, I managed two no-spend days but today ended up a bit more expensive. Had to pick up bike (gears broke - it's only a three-gear bike and if it had broken stuck in 2nd I'd have left it but 3rd was too stiff for me :) ) so that was 21 gone. And then I went to the wool shop. I've been invited to a friend's 40th on Saturday at short notice. She's a very old friend but I haven't seen her for a few years. Decided to spend this evening and tomorrow evening knitting her something as a gift but didn't have enough of any particular wool to do what I wanted so I went to buy another couple of balls to use with what I do have. Luckily they do still have the same stuff and I did have a voucher so only had to pay 7 out of pocket. If it works out, that'll be a fairly reasonable price for a present, I think. The party is a barbeque in the garden and I've offered to bring a tomato tart since I know I'm getting tomatoes in my veg box tomorrow and have everything else on hand. And since it's on the weekend, my monthly train ticket will cover the cost to where my friend lives (about two hours away). She's 6km from the train station then but I'll go an hour earlier and walk there and consider it my usual weekend outing. Might be able to cadge a lift from someone coming back to the station. Anyway, money spent today but at least I've only spent on those two things and didn't end up stopping to buy food while I was out and about (walking past that sausage stand was sooo hard). And I'm not going out to meet people from choir this evening, since I'll need the time to be at home knitting. That 7 on wool is going to save me at least twice that on a meal and drinks. :)

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« Reply #3978 on: July 29, 2015, 08:57:38 AM »
I use mason jars for everything.  I rearranged contents this weekend so I can keep the old blue ones and pass on the newer ones to friends who can.  Also filling them.  Cocoa into one.  Corn starch in another.  I am going to move the jars anyway.  I might as well move them full instead of moving empty jars and grocery boxes! 

Just wondering if you are using a moving company? Hubby's company moved us and hired the movers. we were NOT allowed to transport ANY food in glass jars. It took me an extra day of packing to empty and vaccume seal all my dry goods into bags and wash out the jars so I could move them.

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« Reply #3979 on: July 29, 2015, 12:18:32 PM »
No moving company. Hoping with all this consolidating I'll fit everything into two car loads (hence the money saving). Might not be possible but it will be close. Might enlist friends with a truck. Definitely just one truck load.

That would be so frustrating to have unpack and repack food like that and then again in a new place. 

I use mason jars for everything.  I rearranged contents this weekend so I can keep the old blue ones and pass on the newer ones to friends who can.  Also filling them.  Cocoa into one.  Corn starch in another.  I am going to move the jars anyway.  I might as well move them full instead of moving empty jars and grocery boxes! 

Just wondering if you are using a moving company? Hubby's company moved us and hired the movers. we were NOT allowed to transport ANY food in glass jars. It took me an extra day of packing to empty and vaccume seal all my dry goods into bags and wash out the jars so I could move them.

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« Reply #3980 on: July 29, 2015, 02:02:53 PM »
Over the last few weeks I've been trying to retrain my hair to work without using shampoo for hairwashing. My hair is fairly long - about 4 inches past my shoulders.  I was trying the baking soda solution followed by vinegar rinse, but my hair still looked dull and lifeless.

I have a lot of pure essential oils left over from my more spendy days, and although I use the tea tree and lavender frequently, I have a few other types I wasn't using up. I decided to use a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil applied with damp hands at the rinsing stage and just skip the baking soda and vinegar.

My hair looks and feels much better today. I hope it continues to improve.

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« Reply #3981 on: July 29, 2015, 06:15:38 PM »
* this is from last week but got a free stroller for our toddler from a neighbor. She put it out on that street (her kids are preteens) and was thrilled that we wanted it. Ours was stolen last winter and we haven't felt like buying a new one, but sometimes our 2yo is just wiped out and strollers are grand for that.

* went back to the grocery store after reviewing receipt and got back $22.18.  One clearance item was charged full-price and one bulk item had the wrong PLU (my fault)
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« Reply #3982 on: July 29, 2015, 06:28:18 PM »
I have over 7k in my checking account, but I'm not spending a DIME until Saturday. I've paid off all my debt, but now I'm going to have to starting investing my monthly excess. YNAB is very effective.

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« Reply #3983 on: July 29, 2015, 06:40:11 PM »
About to use up another lip balm (I usually have a couple on the go, one in my bag, one in my coat pocket, one in the bathroom, etc).

It's wound up all the way but there is still product left in the cavity. So I use my (and later a cotton bud) to scoop it out and apply it.

I can keep each lip balm going for another week by doing this.

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« Reply #3984 on: July 30, 2015, 05:29:15 AM »
Yesterday, I listed several items on Ebay for sale.   I also had lunch at home, but I caved and got a take out salad for dinner.
The day before, I picked up some part-time work that I'm very excited about for fall. 

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« Reply #3985 on: July 30, 2015, 09:34:50 AM »
Started baby shopping at garage sales.  It's too early for me to really want to be shopping, but by the time it is when I planned on doing it, garage sale season will be over.

Paid $10 for 20 different newborn and 3-month old sleepers/winter one-pieces. 

Paid $20 for 5 swaddles and sleep sacks. These brands retail for $20 each.

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« Reply #3986 on: July 30, 2015, 10:27:47 AM »
Heading for another no-spend day today, although it was very difficult when my colleague announced she was going out to the post office. I so badly wanted to give her money to buy me some chocolate in the supermarket on the way back. But I resisted (and we're kind of reinforcing each other at the moment so since I didn't get sweets, she didn't smoke - she's four days in to not smoking and it was the first afternoon where she really, really wanted one so that was a good outcome all round).
 

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« Reply #3987 on: July 30, 2015, 01:05:46 PM »
About to use up another lip balm (I usually have a couple on the go, one in my bag, one in my coat pocket, one in the bathroom, etc).

It's wound up all the way but there is still product left in the cavity. So I use my (and later a cotton bud) to scoop it out and apply it.

I can keep each lip balm going for another week by doing this.

I do something similar with lotion.  I have a bottle on my night stand, in my office desk and next to the recliner.  When the level is too low for the pump, I cut the bottle in half and use the remnants.  It lasts for at least another week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3988 on: July 30, 2015, 01:51:36 PM »
I just read RootOfGood's Eating Our Way Across Mexico post and didn't eat anything while reading it!!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3989 on: July 30, 2015, 04:54:36 PM »
For lunch I ate what I jokingly call "kickback food" provided by a textbook rep (to whom I genuinely did need to talk and who represents a company that's selling our students everything they need for a course for $35, so relatively guilt-free).


Then I brought home extra kickback food and added some stuff from the garden for chef salads for supper - fed both of us.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3990 on: July 30, 2015, 05:14:16 PM »
About to use up another lip balm (I usually have a couple on the go, one in my bag, one in my coat pocket, one in the bathroom, etc).

It's wound up all the way but there is still product left in the cavity. So I use my pinkie (and later a cotton bud) to scoop it out and apply it.

I can keep each lip balm going for another week by doing this.

I do something similar with lotion.  I have a bottle on my night stand, in my office desk and next to the recliner.  When the level is too low for the pump, I cut the bottle in half and use the remnants.  It lasts for at least another week.

My mum does that!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3991 on: July 30, 2015, 05:24:06 PM »
Received estimates for our tax refunds yesterday: $5500 all up. (Please, don't jump on me for 'overpaying' tax. The Australian system is different, plus my husband and I have a lot of work-related deductions.)

And our updated HECS (government student loans) balances show we've paid off more than $5000 in the last financial year through compulsory payments, so I was able to update our balance sheet.

Had $150 worth of stuff in an online cart. Deleted everything except the $18 item my mum had requested and paid for, and which was the only reason I was on the site.

My husband found out he can lower his motorbike insurance if he takes an advanced rider training course, so he requested that for Christmas.

And I've been reading all the eat your pantry/zero waste/cut your grocery budget threads. When we got married our weekly grocery maximum was $100. Now it's become the minimum. At first that was okay, because we were saving money in other areas and it was kinda nice not to have to pinch pennies while buying food. But I'm simply buying too much, so that's the next thing in my sights.

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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3992 on: July 30, 2015, 05:30:03 PM »
Sold my bbq smoker I never use on Craigslist for $225. I also spent $5 on Taco Bell, but hey, still $220 ahead!

Oh, and I have been bringing my lunch all week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3993 on: July 30, 2015, 07:02:55 PM »
The auto insurance company decided to do price optimization.  They raised my policy 9.7%  One day later, I switched.  Overall savings, about $230/yr on auto and home.  And if the new insurance company does price optimization I'll switch again.  Not bad for sending one email!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3994 on: July 30, 2015, 07:52:43 PM »
I needed T-shirts for yoga class. Found two huge racks of Ts at Goodwill priced at $2.17. Bought 4, brought them home and washed them. You know you're Mustachian when you walk into Walmart, look at the clothes and say: "Too expensive!"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3995 on: July 31, 2015, 01:45:51 AM »
I needed T-shirts for yoga class. Found two huge racks of Ts at Goodwill priced at $2.17. Bought 4, brought them home and washed them. You know you're Mustachian when you walk into Walmart, look at the clothes and say: "Too expensive!"
Lol! I am with you there!

I made a foray to Value Village today and found a lot of nice household items in great shape for super cheap. I found a real Pyrex casserole glass dish with its top (not made of the explode-y new materials they use), a bread pan, a scale, and a computer lap desk. I also found a pair of shoes I really wanted, some Keen's brand Mary Janes that were exactly my size and nearly new, but they wanted $40 for them. Better than retail, but still far to much for second hand shoes. Then I noticed that a metal prong was missing from one of the buckles (is that why they got donated?), so I asked for a discount and they gave me half off! I am convinced I can make a tiny replacement prong out of a piece of paperclip or some wire. Now I have a super comfortable pair of nice shoes I can wear to my new office job next week. I will probably need to make another thrift run for more office wear once I get a sense of what the unofficial dress code is. Plus I have a ton of stuff to donate.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3996 on: July 31, 2015, 01:00:10 PM »
About to use up another lip balm (I usually have a couple on the go, one in my bag, one in my coat pocket, one in the bathroom, etc).

It's wound up all the way but there is still product left in the cavity. So I use my pinkie (and later a cotton bud) to scoop it out and apply it.

I can keep each lip balm going for another week by doing this.

I do something similar with lotion.  I have a bottle on my night stand, in my office desk and next to the recliner.  When the level is too low for the pump, I cut the bottle in half and use the remnants.  It lasts for at least another week.

My mum does that!

<<high fives>> Right on!  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3997 on: July 31, 2015, 04:28:14 PM »
I jumped on the Amtrak train just before it left the station. I decided because it's Friday I would buy an overpriced beer for the ride home.

As I walked up to the bar, the bartender snarls, "We're closed. I made the announcement five minutes ago."

#Blessed, because she was rude enough that I decided the train shouldn't get my money.

Seriously, she is a monster. We just pulled into the next station and she's yelling "Leave, leave!" at those who have the temerity to congregate at the bar.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3998 on: August 01, 2015, 01:42:28 AM »
Today we did final preparation for my wedding that is tomorrow. Instead of paying for a DJ, I bought a bluetooth speaker for $230 and built a free playlist on my phone. The rehearsal was tonight and all the music was perfect. Not only did we save on the DJ cost (the ones we looked at quoted us closer to $600 for the event), but I also gained an awesome outdoor speaker that I can keep for future use or sell to recoup a lot of the money spent. The Speaker is a Klipsch KMC-3 if anyone cares to know. It performed amazingly well in both the outdoor and indoor settings I needed it for. The people at the rehearsal were shocked by how much bang for the buck we were getting from that little guy.

Also, my bride and I bought all the food and she prepared everything herself (along with some help from family) and we are borrowing all the kitchen and serving equipment from my church for free. The savings we are getting my not using a catering service is over $2500. We are also using a free venue thanks to a nice family home in the country, another savings of at least $1000.

Total cost of the wedding is barely $4000 for us because we did so much of the work in house. We think that's pretty darn good considering what some people pay to host over 100 people for a ceremony, full sit-down dinner, desserts, drinks, games, party favors, tuxedos, dress, etc.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3999 on: August 01, 2015, 06:15:11 AM »
Today we did final preparation for my wedding that is tomorrow. Instead of paying for a DJ, I bought a bluetooth speaker for $230 and built a free playlist on my phone. The rehearsal was tonight and all the music was perfect. Not only did we save on the DJ cost (the ones we looked at quoted us closer to $600 for the event), but I also gained an awesome outdoor speaker that I can keep for future use or sell to recoup a lot of the money spent. The Speaker is a Klipsch KMC-3 if anyone cares to know. It performed amazingly well in both the outdoor and indoor settings I needed it for. The people at the rehearsal were shocked by how much bang for the buck we were getting from that little guy.

Also, my bride and I bought all the food and she prepared everything herself (along with some help from family) and we are borrowing all the kitchen and serving equipment from my church for free. The savings we are getting my not using a catering service is over $2500. We are also using a free venue thanks to a nice family home in the country, another savings of at least $1000.

Total cost of the wedding is barely $4000 for us because we did so much of the work in house. We think that's pretty darn good considering what some people pay to host over 100 people for a ceremony, full sit-down dinner, desserts, drinks, games, party favors, tuxedos, dress, etc.

Dude, this may not be the right thread - this is "what SMALL things....". These seem pretty big to me! 😃

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