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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4000 on: August 05, 2015, 01:07:53 AM »
Glad to hear your surgery went well, 1967mama!

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« Reply #4001 on: August 05, 2015, 01:40:34 AM »
Thanks, homehandymum! nice to feel like a mama again and not a patient! :-)

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« Reply #4002 on: August 05, 2015, 03:00:52 AM »
I was sick on Sunday and still not great on Monday so didn't cook the planned veggie curry. To be honest still wasn't feeling hungry at all yesterday but I invited someone over and dragged myself into the kitchen, hoping that everything would still be okay. And it was. So pleased I put everything into proper Tupperware containers as soon as I got my delivery last Thursday. Even the chard was still fine, as were the kohlrabi leaves that I'd taken off the kohlrabi. So one giant pot of curry made using a quarter of the biggest onion I've ever seen, the last couple of tomatoes, one courgette, chard, half a kohlrabi plus its leaves, a tin of chickpeas and coconut milk along with various spicy bits and pieces to make it into a curry. And a really delicious one, even if I couldn't really do it justice. Have to laugh that the friend who came over had misread my message and thought I'd be having chicken curry (not chickpea curry) - he went off out to the supermarket to buy some chicken and cooked that separately for himself. Didn't even have any of my lovely Thai curry to go with it, just made up some chip-shop curry from the powder I keep on hand for, ahem, emergencies.

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« Reply #4003 on: August 05, 2015, 03:08:58 PM »
Spendy day today, but at least I reigned it in a bit. BF went to shop for a new tent, but couldn't make up his mind. When he noticed that the store was about to close, he felt somewhat pressured and was about to buy "the next best" tent just to be done with it. I intervened and we shopped online later, found a much better suited tent, better quality for a decent price. Luckily I had a coupon in my mail somewhere and BF got a bonus for signing up for the newsletter. Few tens saved. Still couple of hundreds spent, though. Can't win 'em all, I guess :-/

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« Reply #4004 on: August 05, 2015, 03:46:42 PM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

*Quiet day at home with no spending and minimal electricity usage - reading library books, researching a possible one night road trip for next week, eating salad, drinking water


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« Reply #4005 on: August 05, 2015, 08:15:50 PM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

I want to switch to this method - did you find the transition period difficult? I'm worried about having to put up with greasy hair for a few weeks while it gets used to not having commercial shampoo.

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« Reply #4006 on: August 05, 2015, 09:53:37 PM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

I want to switch to this method - did you find the transition period difficult? I'm worried about having to put up with greasy hair for a few weeks while it gets used to not having commercial shampoo.

So, chiming in with curly hair- lots of hair, but each strand is thin. I found baking soda mixes far too abrasive. What works for me is "Cowashing", basically, just washing with a special conditioner. Still quite cheap and I avoided the adjustment period. Boar bristle brushed help spread the oil as you adjust, too. Be sure you "strip" the hair if you use silicone-based product. Basically, only silicone containing shampoo will get out a silicone styling product (that whole "like dissolves like" thing in chemistry essentially) so be mindful of what you so to your hair OTHER than washing, because that will determine how well it all works!

Wishing you the best. I'm going on 3 years now and my hair is the least frizzy its ever been (lots less breakage). And cheap to boot!

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« Reply #4007 on: August 05, 2015, 09:59:21 PM »
A family member asked for my assistance in putting together a photo book. I saved them $25 by finding a site with a sale.

My husband and I sometimes commute together (down, attack dogs, down! Work car, work fuel) and we had been getting a bit slack about downloading podcasts on wifi before leaving home, therefore chewing up phone data.

So this week I'm downloading a bunch of free podcasts that we can listen to in the car.

I also feel a lot happier of a morning if we listen to something we've chosen and are interested in, rather than the same 10 minutes headlines repeated for an hour and a half.

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« Reply #4008 on: August 05, 2015, 11:54:54 PM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

I want to switch to this method - did you find the transition period difficult? I'm worried about having to put up with greasy hair for a few weeks while it gets used to not having commercial shampoo.

Not at all! For me and my husband, the day we started, our hair looked the same as the day before. I'm finding now (after a few weeks of this) that I can go an extra day between washing. And my hair looks and feels nice.  I did this for 6 months straight, 2 years ago and stopped when life got in the way, but I'm so glad I've come back to it. Taps into my Mustachian sensibilities, too <wink>.

As BrackenJoy mentioned, how well it works also depends on what other products you use in your hair. In our case, my husband uses no products and I use a tiny amount of water soluble gel on my curls. YMMV.

Good luck, and let us know how your experimentation turns out, HappierAtHome! The worst thing that could happen is you don't like the results and will have wasted 1 tablespoon of baking soda! haha! Maybe try on a weekend or something where you can hunker down at home if you get the greasy look for a while??

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« Reply #4009 on: August 06, 2015, 02:20:03 AM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

I want to switch to this method - did you find the transition period difficult? I'm worried about having to put up with greasy hair for a few weeks while it gets used to not having commercial shampoo.

Not at all! For me and my husband, the day we started, our hair looked the same as the day before. I'm finding now (after a few weeks of this) that I can go an extra day between washing. And my hair looks and feels nice.  I did this for 6 months straight, 2 years ago and stopped when life got in the way, but I'm so glad I've come back to it. Taps into my Mustachian sensibilities, too <wink>.

As BrackenJoy mentioned, how well it works also depends on what other products you use in your hair. In our case, my husband uses no products and I use a tiny amount of water soluble gel on my curls. YMMV.

Good luck, and let us know how your experimentation turns out, HappierAtHome! The worst thing that could happen is you don't like the results and will have wasted 1 tablespoon of baking soda! haha! Maybe try on a weekend or something where you can hunker down at home if you get the greasy look for a while??
And if you do get greasy, oatmeal is the nicest way to deal with it. Just rub dry oatmeal into your scalp (and hair if necessary). It absorbs the grease and leaves a lovely smell, similar to lots of shampoos, except natural. :)  Just brush it out when you're done. Don't try and wash it out 'cos then you'll end up with porridge in your hair. :D   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4010 on: August 06, 2015, 06:04:56 PM »
*Successfully converted husband to no-poo/sham-free method of hair washing! yay! He says his hair and scalp feel great and the water/baking soda combo was very soothing.

I want to switch to this method - did you find the transition period difficult? I'm worried about having to put up with greasy hair for a few weeks while it gets used to not having commercial shampoo.

Not at all! For me and my husband, the day we started, our hair looked the same as the day before. I'm finding now (after a few weeks of this) that I can go an extra day between washing. And my hair looks and feels nice.  I did this for 6 months straight, 2 years ago and stopped when life got in the way, but I'm so glad I've come back to it. Taps into my Mustachian sensibilities, too <wink>.

As BrackenJoy mentioned, how well it works also depends on what other products you use in your hair. In our case, my husband uses no products and I use a tiny amount of water soluble gel on my curls. YMMV.

Good luck, and let us know how your experimentation turns out, HappierAtHome! The worst thing that could happen is you don't like the results and will have wasted 1 tablespoon of baking soda! haha! Maybe try on a weekend or something where you can hunker down at home if you get the greasy look for a while??
And if you do get greasy, oatmeal is the nicest way to deal with it. Just rub dry oatmeal into your scalp (and hair if necessary). It absorbs the grease and leaves a lovely smell, similar to lots of shampoos, except natural. :)  Just brush it out when you're done. Don't try and wash it out 'cos then you'll end up with porridge in your hair. :D

For dark hair you can also use a little bit of  bittersweet (sugar free) cocoa as a dry shampoo if necessary. Just use it as Moonwaves said.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4011 on: August 06, 2015, 06:58:17 PM »
Skipped the Chinese restaurant on the way home.  Made hot and sour ramen instead.  Cha Ching!

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« Reply #4012 on: August 06, 2015, 07:45:10 PM »
Wrapping my nephew's birthday presents in biodegradable reused materials: brown-paper grocery bags, jute twine and clippings of herb from the garden including incense bush and lemon verbena.

There's nothing eight-year-old boys like than the ecological stylings of the Martha Stewart crowd. Ahem.

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« Reply #4013 on: August 07, 2015, 01:25:03 AM »
*Hung a load of towels to dry

*A lovely friend brought me a post-surgery meal for the family - a shepherd's pie, fruit crisp and carrot muffins for snacks for the kids! It was a total surprise since she lives an hour away

*Used up 3 day old noodles for lunch for the kids with some red sauce and parmesan

*Reading a book I bought (shhh!) as if its a textbook and I'm taking a course. Using a highlighter pen to memorize/internalize salient points and jotting things down on inside of back cover. Its The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (the marksdailyapple.com guy) - Ive lost 11 lbs which is a modern day miracle! haha  -- this isn't really a way I saved money today, but it feels like at least I'm wringing the most information out of the book that I can for the $$ I spent :-/




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« Reply #4014 on: August 07, 2015, 02:25:54 AM »
I had to call into the supermarket yesterday to get the last two ingredients to make a curry in a hurry paste - they had neither and so I just left without buying anything, not a frozen pizza, not crisps, not chocolate, nothing. That definitely felt like a victory. Will head to the Turkish supermarket after work and should be able to get what I need there. Was doubly glad I hadn't fallen for the lure of an easily prepared but really not that tasty frozen pizza when I was at home because while chatting to my sister on the phone I remembered I still had leftover kidney bean, carrot and cumin burgers in the fridge. Heated them up and had them in a small wrap stuffed with lettuce and topped with some grated cheese. Sooo good and just what I needed.

I also transferred data into my spending spreadsheet - ten days and counting. It's such an important thing to do and I've been very lax about it for the last year or so.

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« Reply #4015 on: August 07, 2015, 10:20:30 AM »
My buy nothing group came through- again! We set up our home gym, but we live in a... well, slightly rough area. We built a stand for our weights, and wanted a bike lock to run through the centers and secure them to the stand. Not a foolproof system, but enough to deter petty opportunistic stuff, which is the main problem around here. The problem being- no bike lock! So I posted on the group and lo and behold, a neighbor kindly offered me their spare bike chain, thus saving me an $8 amazon purchase. Thanks kind neighbor!

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« Reply #4016 on: August 07, 2015, 12:23:35 PM »
Yesterday my new eye doctor offered me the opportunity to use a new machine rather than the old eye dilator drops.  He pointed out I could go back to work right away, rather than waiting 2-3 hours.  Knowing the worst would be initially afterwards, I planned to have lunch with my husband afterwards who is on the same floor as the eye doctor, and then I'd handle as needed with meetings rather than computer work if needed.  It would cost $35 though, so I declined.  He then offered to me for free (claimed "because my husband works in the building").  I'm guessing he has an expensive machine he tries to get people to pay for, but prefers to use even if they don't (ease, better information, etc.)

$35 saved!  I then promptly spent $13 on a plasma coating for my new hard contacts that he recommended.  I believe in paying where the difference is warranted and saving where it's just convenience.

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« Reply #4017 on: August 07, 2015, 05:02:02 PM »
1. Trimmed my hair
2. Watered down the last dregs of dishwashing liquid to finish up the old bottle
3. Donated blood for a research study and got a $25 gift card

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« Reply #4018 on: August 07, 2015, 05:58:52 PM »
Finally ditched our Verizon contract and account permanently! Got a new job recently, and work gives us phones, offering to port our personal numbers over, plus assume any remaining months of our contracts. Read: free phone!

My husband switched to Republic Wireless recently too (and loves it!), so our monthly phone bill dropped from $114 to $28 -- a $1000 a year savings. A no-brainer!

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« Reply #4019 on: August 07, 2015, 06:34:34 PM »
I'm eating leftover rice for dinner! That definitely counts as "small", but I used to throw away any extra rice. I saved it though last night and now we're eating it tonight. Any tips for re-hydrating/re-heating rice? It's basmati.

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« Reply #4020 on: August 07, 2015, 06:40:00 PM »
I'm eating leftover rice for dinner! That definitely counts as "small", but I used to throw away any extra rice. I saved it though last night and now we're eating it tonight. Any tips for re-hydrating/re-heating rice? It's basmati.

Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover the bowl (helps to steam it and prevent it from drying out) and microwave.

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« Reply #4021 on: August 07, 2015, 06:42:06 PM »
I'm eating leftover rice for dinner! That definitely counts as "small", but I used to throw away any extra rice. I saved it though last night and now we're eating it tonight. Any tips for re-hydrating/re-heating rice? It's basmati.

I add just a little bit of water to it when I reheat regardless of method of reheating.

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« Reply #4022 on: August 07, 2015, 06:48:38 PM »
Thank you guys! I figured mustachians were a good bunch to ask =)

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« Reply #4023 on: August 07, 2015, 08:52:58 PM »
Had the fancy German-made riding boots I scored on eBay for $60 repaired.  It cost less than $20 and now I have gorgeous boots that would cost $1200 if I bought them new.

Sold a few more items on eBay too.

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« Reply #4024 on: August 07, 2015, 09:25:00 PM »
We ate premade-by-me pasta sauce that the BF reheated while I was having an overdue nap. Another run of take-out saved.
Did not buy beer for the BF cause the supermarket ditched his favourite brand and didn't know a good alternative brand at the moment. Found a great deal on clips for my poly tunnel at an unexpected place.
Got contraception covered for five years for the cost of three by switching to an IUD instead of pills. Was warned by the pharmacist that this was a "costly" way of contraception. Doh! People are clueless when it comes to comparing one time expenses to periodic ones, but I guess I had higher expectations from a pharmacist.
Shocked said pharmacist even further by paying in eurobills for it (high deductible so had to pay for it either way, might as well use some Craigslist money for it).

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« Reply #4025 on: August 07, 2015, 09:47:23 PM »
*I have achieved thermal adaptation! It is 25C in my house right now and this is my usual (preMMM) threshold for flicking on the a/c. I actually can't believe that I'm not too warm, just comfortable.

*Kids earned their medals in the free summer reading club at the library today - family is watching a library dvd on Orcas right now. I have a bunch of great books that came in this week. Most of them I've read about here on the forums:

"Pie School: Lessons in fruit, flour and butter" by Kate Lebo
"Gardening When it Count: Growing food in hard times" by Steve Solomon
"DIY Cookbook: Can it, cure it, churn it, brew it" by America's Test Kitchen

Thanks everyone for the great recommendations! I was in a bookstore the other day and was snapping photos of cool looking books I want to order from the library (although I did buy one book)

*Had fabulous steaks on the BBQ for dinner - I've been saving them for now from our side of beef in April. Made our favourite homemade caesar dressing to go with it.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4026 on: August 08, 2015, 12:22:37 AM »
No spend day!

Ate leftover zucchini/lentil curry made last night for both breakfast and dinner.

Figured out how to squeeze hopefully a few more years out of my 12? year old Archos 104 mp3 player.

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« Reply #4027 on: August 08, 2015, 10:46:57 AM »
Garage sale shopping. (My second weekend doing such)

I now have ALL the baby clothes for the first 4 months (used a checklist a friend provided for what's needed.) and getting started up to 6 months.  And it cost me $45 total. I spent $30 today.

I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl so I went with animals and sports- pretty unisex to me.


Based on the incredibly quality (and quantity) of baby clothes available at garage sales- most people have WAY too much.  I expected used baby clothes to be kind of gross. Almost everything available looks like new.

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« Reply #4028 on: August 08, 2015, 11:30:51 AM »
Based on the incredibly quality (and quantity) of baby clothes available at garage sales- most people have WAY too much.  I expected used baby clothes to be kind of gross. Almost everything available looks like new.

I expect things are outgrown before they are outworn.  (is that a word?)

Today: home cooking, avoiding resturants.  Its fun!

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« Reply #4029 on: August 08, 2015, 11:31:36 AM »
Garage sale shopping. (My second weekend doing such)

I now have ALL the baby clothes for the first 4 months (used a checklist a friend provided for what's needed.) and getting started up to 6 months.  And it cost me $45 total. I spent $30 today.

I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl so I went with animals and sports- pretty unisex to me.


Based on the incredibly quality (and quantity) of baby clothes available at garage sales- most people have WAY too much.  I expected used baby clothes to be kind of gross. Almost everything available looks like new.

Nice haul! Everyone will think animals and sports means boy. But you don't have to care what they think. It is hard to get gender-neutral baby clothes after the first few months. I have gotten a lot of my kids' clothes secondhand and my daughter's wardrobe has gotten steadily more pink as the years have gone by. Bleh.

Today I basically haven't done anything or gone anywhere. Easy save. Yesterday I bought my daughter's school supplies on a tax-free weekend with a bunch of sales and coupons at the store where I work and get a 15-20% discount. I got pretty much everything she needed for less than $10. (She's going into preschool, so doesn't need loads.) I also resisted buying food at work. I scarfed down my PBJ around 11 and was hungry by 1 and contemplated buying something. I had a small tin of peanuts in my bag and ate those too. I was still hungry. I waited for a bit anyway. Then the boss brought in a cake for somebody's birthday. Fixed that problem, though admittedly in not the healthiest way. I will put another extra snack in my bag for future.

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« Reply #4030 on: August 08, 2015, 12:04:20 PM »
I realized Amazon sells electronic Netflix gift cards. So I can buy them with my card that gets 5% back at Amazon rather than just getting 1% back paying Netflix directly.

Had the fancy German-made riding boots I scored on eBay for $60 repaired.  It cost less than $20 and now I have gorgeous boots that would cost $1200 if I bought them new.

Sold a few more items on eBay too.

Nice!

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« Reply #4031 on: August 08, 2015, 05:08:09 PM »
Yesterday was a no spend day - forfot to post that before I went to sleep! A no spend Saturday is rare for me so I am pleased with this.

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« Reply #4032 on: August 08, 2015, 09:47:32 PM »
I made a fantastic meal (salad & quiche) on Thursday using mostly things from the garden - eggs from the chickens, three types of homegrown greens and tomatoes for the salad, ham that my husband brought home from work. The only thing bought was some cream for the quiche.

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« Reply #4033 on: August 09, 2015, 12:20:10 AM »
I saw 1kg of gravy beef on super special at the supermarket this morning and walked past it - I live by myself so a kilo of meat is huge! Then, in the veg section saw a packaged "soup starter pack" (onion, carrots, turnip, potato etc) for half price. Picked that up and went back and got the beef - it's been in the slow cooker all day and I figure I'll get six meals for $15 out of it!

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« Reply #4034 on: August 09, 2015, 03:32:09 AM »
Identified a capscicum in the fridge that needed to be used up so it wouldnt go bad and cooked that up with a bunch of stuff already in the house for lunch.

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« Reply #4035 on: August 09, 2015, 03:41:43 AM »
Hosted a big party at my house -- everyone else brought the food and drink and we supplied the venue! Sweet!

Did this back in June as well and we were given a $100 restaurant gift card!

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« Reply #4036 on: August 09, 2015, 07:54:29 AM »
Picked about 2 kg of wild blackberries this afternoon. Saw people picking there yesterday, and I still left loads for whoever starts picking them after me. Crazy amounts of black shiny goodness provided by nature :-)

10% is already turned into a nice blackberry cake. Still figuring out what to do with the rest. Looking into turning them into booze, as I have an empty brewing bucket (not sure of translation) available at the moment. Berry wine, maybe?

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« Reply #4037 on: August 09, 2015, 10:47:49 AM »
Picked about 2 kg of wild blackberries this afternoon. Saw people picking there yesterday, and I still left loads for whoever starts picking them after me. Crazy amounts of black shiny goodness provided by nature :-)

10% is already turned into a nice blackberry cake. Still figuring out what to do with the rest. Looking into turning them into booze, as I have an empty brewing bucket (not sure of translation) available at the moment. Berry wine, maybe?

Isn't blackberry season amazing!

If you have any freezer space at all, I strongly recommend freezing some for mid-winter use.  There is nothing cozier than a warm blackberry pie or cobbler made in the middle of winter.  It is like bringing the sun right into the house.  What I do to freeze berries is put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and then spread the berries out in a single layer.  Pop them in the freezer for a few hours, and once frozen solid store in ziplock freezer bags.  A quart size (not sure what that is in metric -- about a liter maybe?) gives a nice amount for a pie or cobbler.

Thanks for the freezing tips, will definitely do that. Just stocked up on 1 liter freezing bags (is indeed about a quart). Heck, there are so many berries left for picking I'll  probably end up doing both :-)

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« Reply #4038 on: August 09, 2015, 04:09:09 PM »
*Apparently at our party last night, someone was leaning on our fridge and buggered up the electronic panel. We noticed today at NOON that the fridge was actually turned off! Fortunately, my clever husband googled our make and model and figured it out online that it had been switched to demo mode (and wasn't cooling at all). Nothing was lost, since the party food was mostly in the basement and the fridge is recooling now. Crisis averted! I'm so proud of my badass husband for figuring this out! Pre-MMM we would have just called a repairman...oh, the shame!

*Leftover party food for lunch today

*Whole chicken cooking in the oven for dinner and a few meals this week

*Planning to do some serious freezer organizing and planning tomorrow while husband is away at a factory tour with the kids for the afternoon. I'm already planning their picnic lunch (including some leftover buns and juice boxes from the party last night -- this is the party that keeps on giving!) Prebought tour tickets online and saved $12 ($2 per ticket) over gate price



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4039 on: August 09, 2015, 04:12:15 PM »
Cooking up a big pot of roasted tomato, chickpea and chicken soup as I write this. Should make plenty of meals for the week and it is so freakin delicious!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4040 on: August 09, 2015, 04:13:23 PM »
Cooking up a big pot of roasted tomato, chickpea and chicken soup as I write this. Should make plenty of meals for the week and it is so freakin delicious!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4041 on: August 09, 2015, 04:21:26 PM »
Since I do everything by bike nowadays, and I hate getting flats, I was considering getting some teflon tires to deal with that.  Then I saw that tire liners could accomplish the same thing for a lot cheaper.  So I went that route.  And installed them myself, rather than take them to the bike shop. 

Next up - installing the fenders I bought so I can ride it in the rain/snow, too!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4042 on: August 09, 2015, 05:40:46 PM »
Over the weekend:

Returned a broken suitcase. The store replaced it and gave me a $10 refund as the new case was on sale for less than I had paid for the old. We had already replaced the suitcase for a better brand and my husband was reluctant to bother with trying to exchange the old one, so he's pleasantly surprised. I think I'll sell the new one to friends or family for a good price, as we don't need it.

My husband got his hair cut on Saturday, and four hours later suggested we buy clippers for him. I suggested this six months ago and he was horrified, but now he's on board (if I promise not to cut his ears off). So yesterday we picked up a set of Wahl clippers for $40 (marked down from $90) and will save $25/month on his hair cuts.

In both instances the financial benefit is multiplied as my husband realises the value of these efforts.

We also dropped my husband's boots in to be re-soled ($110 versus $475 for a new pair). Still expensive, but more cost-effective in the long run than buying five or six pairs of dress shoes per year, which is what he was doing before we got married.

Now to go watch a YouTube tutorial on clippers...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4043 on: August 09, 2015, 07:14:32 PM »
Looked at changing my auto insurance, as it is about to expire- found one that will save me $250/yr - also noticed that by payin monthly this past year, I was getting tacked with a $5.50 pm fee, so have changed that to annual payment. Sneaky jerks, stealing my hard earned money....mutter mutter....

Realised I am supposed to provide a cheesecake for a coworker for our annual birthday list- decided to attempt to make one rather than spending 25-$30 on a bought one. Plan to opt out next year to avoid the silliness/cost entirely.

Made 2 weeks worth of sandwiches to freeze for DS and I for school/work, along with a massive pot of slow-cooker curried pumpkin soup that I will freeze in recycled vegemite jars for me for work (feeling very hipster with this one).

Decided to stop seeing a laser specialist doctor that I have bee going to for the removal of an ill-advised tattoo (Aah, youth). After 17 appointments it is very faded and can easily be covered with makeup, and the current treatments aren't really doing a lot. I'll give it 6-12 months and maybe resume after that (saving $75/month)

Did the grocery shop while leaving SO at home. I adore him, but I want to murder him when we shop together, as he fills the trolley with pointless/expensive/sugary crap that he considers a good deal (oh, look, $35 cheese/$12 body wash/$9 organic chilli jam... that MUST be tastier/healthier/better value).

He wanted to combine our cash to grocery shop each fortnight ($100each) to help out (Previously we shopped separately, as I shop frugally/healthily for myself/DS, whereas he buys more convenient/fancy stuff). Was good in theory, but SO always ends up using his contribution amount on crap (ie last time was $60 on ingredients for a german chocolate cake, plus $30 of assorted shaving crap), whereas i buy the actual food, which now feeds 3 of us.

It was making me so mad!!! I've now found a nice middle ground where I spend $140 on groceries for us (including extra meat/cheese/stuff he likes) and $60 on his crap (biscuits/chocolates/fancy imported junk). I feel it's a nice balance between making sure he has his junk, and me not getting angry/stressed over it.

Found headphones DS wants for his bday at 20% off

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4044 on: August 09, 2015, 08:12:20 PM »
Did the grocery shop while leaving SO at home. I adore him, but I want to murder him when we shop together, as he fills the trolley with pointless/expensive/sugary crap that he considers a good deal (oh, look, $35 cheese/$12 body wash/$9 organic chilli jam... that MUST be tastier/healthier/better value).


Oh the body wash.

My husband likes the Original Source (black mint, etc) so I stock up when it's half price. But every so often they release a new scent. Some grapefruit or cocoa butter monstrosity that smells like it should be squirted over ice-cream. And it's always twice the price for the 'rare' (promo) scents. And he usually hates them because we both prefer strong, clean scents like mint or lemon. And he still uses bar soap to actually wash himself, he just likes the body wash for the scent.

But yes, I adore him. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4045 on: August 10, 2015, 03:57:02 AM »
Snagged four potatoes from the barbeque I was at on Saturday (they cooked waaaay too many) and had lovely fried potatoes with the remains of the salad I had brought for dinner. And then had the other two potatoes fried yesterday for lunch. So simple but so delicious. Cooked rice for dinner and had it with leftover Thai curry from during the week and have the rest of that with me for lunch today.
Since I think the heat got to me a bit on Saturday afternoon I had a very quiet evening and an equally quiet day at home yesterday so no more spending, which is always good. I didn't feel up to cooking much though so got up early this morning to cook an Indian-curry-in-a-hurry-paste I'd meant to make on Saturday. The coriander was not going to make it through another day so it was now or never. Haven't ever made it before and wasn't really sure it would work but it smelt so good and it was so easy. Put it into the fridge and will freeze it in portions later - really looking forward to lots of curries once the weather cools down a bit. Think this is definitely something I'll be doing again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4046 on: August 10, 2015, 06:51:21 AM »

If you have a baby you get absolutely inundated with stuff.

Sadly, I waited too long- and all the family hand-me downs have been handed down; out of the family.   I'm not expecting much.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4047 on: August 10, 2015, 07:26:23 AM »
Aired the tires up to max pressure, per advice on these forums somewhere. Got gas, and noticed a 2 mpg improvement. Nice!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4048 on: August 10, 2015, 08:38:51 AM »
okay not today but this weekend:

-Used a $5 reward card at Ace
-Stopped at a nursery that is closing at the end of the month so everything was 50% or less. Got tons of perennials for the garden/yard/pond cheap
-more blackberries growing wild in the parking lot
-most of our produce for the week at the farmers market for $10.85 (apples, bell peppers, peaches, blueberries)
-painted half of the house (still have more to do) ourselves rather than paying someone.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4049 on: August 10, 2015, 07:49:55 PM »
Found a cheaper source for my husband's razor blades (Schick Quattro).

$4.21 per blade from the supermarket.
$3.17 per blade from an online pharmacy retailer.
$1.85 per blade from Shaver Shop.

I stocked up.