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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4050 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 #4051 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 #4052 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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« Reply #4053 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 #4054 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 #4055 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 #4056 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 #4057 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 #4058 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 #4059 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 #4060 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 #4061 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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« Reply #4062 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.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4063 on: August 10, 2015, 09:59:14 PM »
I haven't pulled the trigger on this purchase yet, but I basically need new glasses and sunglasses and 20 minutes worth of phone calls yielded options that can save me $100-$150 over the prices at my usual optician, if the discount place has frames I am ok with.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4064 on: August 10, 2015, 10:15:25 PM »
I signed up for raise.com ( an online store where you purchase gift cards at a fraction of the cost). When I signed up I received a $5 credit and then was able to purchase a gift card to a restaurant we occasional go to for 17% off.  So my $50 gift card was less than $35 with my sign on bonus.  In addition I always use coupons at the said location so meals are very inexpensive.  Also raise.com allows me to obtain a credit of $5 for each person who signs up with my referral code while giving them $5 as well!

if anyone is interested in signing up my code is: ldorman

This is a great deal and has several stores to chose from.  I will go back and by some to save on my grocery shopping:)!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4065 on: August 10, 2015, 10:15:37 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.

I highly recommend checking Aus prices for Dorco. Cheaper than any other option I've found (for US shipping at any rate) and DH swears they're better than the mach turbo something or other expensive he was using before. Might score prices like that as a standard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4066 on: August 10, 2015, 11:22:58 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.

Thanks Bracken_Joy. I have mentioned it to him before, inspired by this forum, but he has been a bit reluctant to change. He'll come around eventually. :)
I highly recommend checking Aus prices for Dorco. Cheaper than any other option I've found (for US shipping at any rate) and DH swears they're better than the mach turbo something or other expensive he was using before. Might score prices like that as a standard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4067 on: August 11, 2015, 08:17:53 AM »
I've decided to grow out my hair, thus saving myself from $25 haircuts every month. I had a pixie cut and the back of my head was starting to look a little mullet-like so I asked my husband to trim it with the shaver I got him for his birthday that had a built-in trimmer. He was nervous, but we successfully did it. I'm hoping that our success with this will entice him to allow me to trim his hair the next time he thinks he's due for a haircut.
Baby steps...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4068 on: August 11, 2015, 09:57:12 AM »
Currently trying out my latest thrift store acquisition.  A Starbucks cup with a French Press in it so you make your coffee in situ.  I never would have bought it new but it's a fun second hand toy.

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« Reply #4069 on: August 12, 2015, 07:47:32 PM »
Walked to the grocery store (about a mile each way) instead of my usual lazy drive (I know, I know), building muscles and buying produce! Any recommendations for shopping carts? I'd love something that folds up sufficiently that I can carry it with me, instead of wheeling it both ways.

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« Reply #4070 on: August 12, 2015, 08:07:42 PM »
Walked to the grocery store (about a mile each way) instead of my usual lazy drive (I know, I know), building muscles and buying produce! Any recommendations for shopping carts? I'd love something that folds up sufficiently that I can carry it with me, instead of wheeling it both ways.
We walk to farmers market 2miles one way - 3 times a week. We have two sackpack we got free in one event. We use that to carry lot of fresh produce minus the huge watermelons and pumpkin which is hauled on the weekend when I go out in car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4071 on: August 12, 2015, 08:10:37 PM »
Split a homemade lunch with a friend. Discovered that we much prefer eating outside in the shade eating together instead of in a shitty gourmet fast food place with long lines and tons of noise.

Also skipped a social engagement and went straight home after work. Saved on what would have been a $20 night at least.

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« Reply #4072 on: August 12, 2015, 09:16:52 PM »
We have totally made the switch to Dorco razors .. 90 cents per blade. My husband prefers them to his former Quattro system and gets 2x longer per blade. Win/win!

Today:

*Made umpteenth batch of homemade iced tea. For anyone who hasn't tried this but loves good iced tea (we used to love Good Host brand, preMMM): 6 orange pekoe tea bags, fill the jug with boiling water and steep ten minutes. Remove tea bags then add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 3/4-1 cup white sugar (to taste) AMAZING tasting and so cheap! My kids love it!

*Made cucumber salad out of the bag of cucumbers I scored from my neighbour's garden

*Kept a/c off even though I really wanted to put it on

*Made homemade slurpees for the kids today. Terrible for you but cheaper than 7-11! 1 packet unsweetened koolaid (10 cents at Winco), 1/2 cup white death sugar, 2 cups cold water, 3 cups of ice. Blend and serve immediately. The lemonade one actually tastes like an adult flavour and would be very good with the addition of alcohol <wink>

*Husband is taking kids on a city bike ride tomorrow. We were tempted to take them to a fancy local attraction that we haven't seen before, but decided to go with this cheap/free activity instead.

*Homemade granola bars for snacks

*Husband has kids down at the beach tonight -- free except for the minimal cost of parking

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« Reply #4073 on: August 13, 2015, 03:02:58 AM »
I bought a courgette yesterday so that I can cook up the last two tomatoes from last week's veggie delivery with that and put it in the freezer for a quick dinner in winter. Made vegan banana muffins using the one last banana and two that I had thrown into the freezer a few months ago - even more easy to make than my usual banana bread and yummy. Put some straight into the freezer to remove the temptation to scoff the lot before they go off. Buying that courgette left me with 43c in my purse and I really don't want to spend anything else this week so last night after choir I took my time retrieving my bike so that the crowd had moved on without me having to answer a dozen questions about why I wasn't coming with (I was also fasting yesterday and was starting to get hungry so knew I would struggle to resist eating if I went with them). Turned out well though since another guy was heading out the back gate just as I was and we ended up cycling together and having a lovely chat. Social connections minus spending money FTW.

Have lunch with me, snack with me, extra treat snack (banana muffin) with me and leftovers waiting at home to be heated up for dinner so absolutely no need to spend money today. Since tomorrow is another fast day and I'll get my veggie delivery today and have everything I need, shouldn't need to spend anything tomorrow either.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4074 on: August 13, 2015, 12:30:30 PM »
  • Continued plotting my move to a city that will cost me less in airfare.
  • Continued plans for a career change that will result in greater fulfillment and money as I save to retire. I'm planning a career that I enjoy so much that even if I have the chance to retire, I wouldn't take it. But I still like having the retirement option.

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« Reply #4075 on: August 13, 2015, 01:29:59 PM »
I posted a "want" on my local Buy Nothing group page. This serves two purposes: one, I often get what I want for free! Neat. Two: it delays the "want" while still acting on it, but doesn't cost money. Lets me put my desires in terms of "if it happens, that's lovely, if not, maybe I just shouldn't get one".

(I of course give away on the group often as well. My most popular to date was a bunch of flavored vodkas and sugary liqueurs DH and I will never drink but had acquired over the years from BYOB parties, gifts, etc).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4076 on: August 13, 2015, 01:54:14 PM »
Almost booked an AirBnB for travel to my brother's city while he won't be there, but at the last minute texted brother just in case. I'll stay in his place and feed the cat. Savings $184 less whatever I spend extra traveling back and forth to the suburbs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4077 on: August 13, 2015, 02:52:26 PM »
Walked to the used bookstore.  Once there I discovered I had forgotten my wallet thus generating even more savings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4078 on: August 13, 2015, 03:55:39 PM »
Walked to the used bookstore.  Once there I discovered I had forgotten my wallet thus generating even more savings.

Awesome. When this happens to me I swear like a sailor, then laugh and laugh.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4079 on: August 13, 2015, 07:00:54 PM »
Cooked dinner with things I needed to use up in the kitchen:
steamed broccoli (last crown that was going bad)
penne pasta with half a used jar of sauce (used it last week)
banana bread (using up 5 old bananas)

I'm really proud of my banana bread attempt.  I have four small loaves in the oven, and I've never made banana bread before. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4080 on: August 14, 2015, 01:57:33 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?

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« Reply #4081 on: August 14, 2015, 05:04:57 PM »
I sold a portable dvd player on craigslist. 
to torture myself, I searched my amazon history for the original purchase price and found that I sold it for 25% of what I paid!
Wow, what was I thinking when I bought it?!
Oh well, live and learn ... and keep decluttering and accumulating less crap.

I taught my parents how to call their credit card companies to ask for a lower interest rate.
I never knew you could do this since I pay my own balance in full every month.
But I followed instructions found via google and after 7 or 8 phone calls, they were able to save a few hundred in interest payments.

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« Reply #4082 on: August 14, 2015, 06:27:29 PM »
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Thread hijack: BEST banana bread recipe ever (bold claim, I know)

Mash two bananas, heat gently with 3 tbsp milk and 1 tsp baking soda - let it foam a bit, then cool
Blend 1 cup sugar with 1 stick butter, then add one egg and blend
Add banana mixture, then add one cup of flour and 1 tsp baking powder.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes in a 9 inch tin.

@annajane83 Do you think I could get away with a 1/4 cup of sugar instead? - Intriguing recipe:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4083 on: August 14, 2015, 07:26:49 PM »
Sav-a lot is having a three day, while supplies last sale starting today, so after work I went in and bought 30 pounds of chicken leg quarters for 34 cents a pound. That's cheaper that turkey after thanksgiving, and is half of my "buy" price on leg quarters from 2008


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4084 on: August 15, 2015, 02:48:43 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?
Not great.  However, we've devoured about half of it.  I did get my dad's recipe, which is really good.  I hope my next attempt will be better.

My husband and I are staying in and having a few drinks at home. 

What wasn't great? The taste? Texture? was it undercooked? Enquiring minds want to know :-)

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« Reply #4085 on: August 15, 2015, 02:57:15 AM »
*Shopped at a little hole-in-the-wall produce market. We had just been to the regular grocery store (Real Canadian Superstore) where apples were $1.69/lb, peaches were $1.59/lb and bananas were 65 cents/lb.  I had seen this little ad in the local paper about this market and the prices were so much better: apples for 69 cents/lb, peaches for 59 cents/lb and bananas for 55 cent/lb. I don't understand how they can charge so much more??? Highway robbery!

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.

*Got $200 off my groceries from accumulated cc points (put a major purchase on there last month)

*Took out 5 or 6 Dvd's from the library for weekend viewing over the next 3 weeks and loads of books - so much to read, so little time!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4086 on: August 15, 2015, 06:13:34 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?
Not great.  However, we've devoured about half of it.  I did get my dad's recipe, which is really good.  I hope my next attempt will be better.

My husband and I are staying in and having a few drinks at home.
My favorite banana bread recipe is this one:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/a-to-z-bread

It's also my favorite zucchini bread, apple bread, carrot bread, etc.  Though I prefer it baked up as muffins instead of as a larger loaf.  The loaf can sometimes turn out gooey in the middle while that never happens to the muffins.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4087 on: August 15, 2015, 09:30:27 AM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

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« Reply #4088 on: August 15, 2015, 10:32:43 AM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

We've done this for years. And now I've learned that you can make your own taco seasoning! I like Alton Brown's recipe, but that's just because I already had all the ingredients.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4089 on: August 15, 2015, 10:38:21 AM »
Took my mom to the mall and resisted all temptation and did not buy a single thing. I kept thinking, "maybe I'll get an iced tea..." and realized I just didn't need one at all. Water is free!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4090 on: August 15, 2015, 02:37:14 PM »
Walked to the library, didn't take the bus. Win!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4091 on: August 15, 2015, 03:28:46 PM »
Cooked from scratch today, using the very last tins that were left in the pantry. Pantry challenge officially complete now, so it's time to stock up again. Have some coupons set aside for that purpose.

Scored two pair of free shoes in mint condition today, going to pick them up tomorrow in hopes they'll fit me. Found someone nearby to share my bulk bought spices with, thus enabling me to make use of low per kg prices without worrying whether I'll use it all up before it expires. Way cheaper than supermarket spices and better quality to boot.

Froze another batch of blackberries. They just keep coming, so I'll definitely harvest enough for a nice batch of blackberry port in addition to cake filling and smoothie material.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4092 on: August 15, 2015, 04:23:38 PM »
Ha! I ended up making taco seasoning the other night too when my costco one ran out. I don't think I will buy it again. The homemade was as good or better than the storebought.  I used the Costco plastic spice jar and tripled the batch to fill
Up the container.

*daughter is making cookies - some to eat today, most for the freezer.

*dinner includes costco fish and marinated vegetables - got a huge box of mushrooms on clearance yesterday for 30% off.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4093 on: August 15, 2015, 06:30:22 PM »
I reallocated my wife's 401k to use all SSgA index funds.  ER is 2.2 basis points now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4094 on: August 15, 2015, 07:16:08 PM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

We've done this for years. And now I've learned that you can make your own taco seasoning! I like Alton Brown's recipe, but that's just because I already had all the ingredients.

I just check the spice drawer - chili powder or cayenne, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, celery salt..... Whatever else makes sense. Beef boullion on or soup base if I have it.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4095 on: August 16, 2015, 06:41:23 AM »
Took a banana muffin out of the freezer and then ate it as my second breakfast. Yum.

Mixed up a loaf of a really simple no-knead bread this morning to bake this evening. Can't wait. Have been wanting to do this for ages and slowly doing things like getting a cast-iron saucepan, buying a huge packet of bread flour, buying a huge packet of yeast so it was time to stop procrastinating and just do it. It's looking good so far. Can't wait for dinner (I'm having red pork and spiced cabbage with bread - yum).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4096 on: August 16, 2015, 08:17:53 PM »
We bought an ancient and large chest freezer 2nd hand over the weekend. The Mr and a friend went to collect it yesterday. They got it home ok but it was much heavier than the Mr had anticipated.

As a thank you gift for the friend, we regifted a very nice bottle of wine from our shelf. A visiting guest had passed it on to us the day before, having been given it as a corporate gift while he was in town but had no interest in carrying it home on the plane.

yay.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4097 on: August 16, 2015, 09:02:27 PM »
Shaved 100 euros off of my electricity bill by optimizing my floor heating (i.e.: turning the pump to low and switch it off for summer). 65 W to 35 W, 24/7 to 10 min/day. Easiest 100 euros in savings so far!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4098 on: August 16, 2015, 09:59:11 PM »
Stayed home all day.

Turned fans on the house last night and kept the A/C off all day.

Made 7 jars of pesto with basil, garlic and dried tomatoes from the garden. 

Booked hotels for an upcoming trip with a travel rewards credit card.

Repaired the steps on the back porch with scrap material to hopefully buy the old deck a couple more years before it needs to be replaced.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4099 on: August 16, 2015, 11:16:35 PM »
homehandymum, Great turn around time on regifting the wine! Clever!