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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4100 on: August 16, 2015, 11:31:47 PM »
My husband and I are going away for a long weekend (all covered by his impressive stash of Frequent Flyer points).

All I want to do is stretch out in a hammock and read, so I've reserved a couple of books from the library.

I've lost some of my mojo for all things Mustachian this past week or so. Not that I'm not willing, but without the time to spend on the forum and updating our numbers, my resolve wavers a bit. And I don't even want to bother with some of the things that are keeping me busy, so it's time to start saying no.

We live apart from much of our family and friends, so we end up travelling a lot to visit them. On certain sides, it's been a long time since the favour was reciprocated. We're apparently young and flexible (true), so it's easier for us to drive three hours here or four hours there for weekends. But then we find ourselves during periods like now, when we have four consecutive weekends away, then my husband overseas for a fortnight, during which I have one lot of house guests then have to travel to visit someone else.

We've prided ourselves on this in the past. We're adaptable, we're fast, efficient packers, we can be ready in no time, we're used to being away from home, we like seeing our friends and families, last year we drove from Alice Springs to Adelaide on two days' notice, over a day and a half with just four hours in Coober Pedy to get some sleep. And because we've always been that couple, people now expect it, and it's hard for us to say, 'We would actually like more than four consecutive nights in our own bed. Occasionally we'd like to be home of a weekend to buy groceries and do laundry. We'd like to remember what it's like to look forward to weekends instead of just remembering where we're going and why. We'd like you to come to us occasionally, and if you don't want to, we're ok with that too, because who actually likes house guests.'

These relationships won't fall apart if we go a few weeks or even a couple of months between visits. I'm sick of us shaping our lives around obligations to others.

(And yes, I understand that I started this post hypocritically by talking about a weekend away. We booked it months ago. Now I wish we were just staying home, but I think it will be good for us when we actually get there.)

Sorry for the incredibly off-topic vent. Normal broadcasting may now resume.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4101 on: August 17, 2015, 03:29:19 AM »
Totally understand this. What it comes down to really, I decided once, is the fact that I want to build a nice home for myself and I can't do much home-building if I'm never at home. It's about more than just having nicely decorated (haven't managed that yet), or being efficient with chores so that everything is spick and span (definitely don't manage that one yet) - for me, it's about having a bit of a routine and establishing traditions for want of a better word. So that I know on a Saturday evening I like to turn on the internet radio to Lyric FM and sit in that particular chair and read. Or that I like to go out for a walk in a nearby forest on a Sunday morning and then come back and tune in to Sunshine Radio while getting a few household chores done and preparing a nice leisurely brunch at a nicely laid table. I think it's important for me to have those moments at home and it's probably even more important if you have a partner/family around, too. That's not to say that I can't be flexible and don't enjoy visiting other people - but it definitely works better (for me) if that's the exception rather than the rule.

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« Reply #4102 on: August 17, 2015, 06:25:27 AM »
It's the day before payday, and I put my last remaining $18 into my savings account.

Made ah-mazing pumpkin, carrot and coconut milk soup, and mini broccoli and corn quiches for work lunches

Found that my rechargeable toothbrush will last 10 days or so between charges, so I haven't left it plugged in

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4103 on: August 17, 2015, 07:57:33 AM »
Switched to a different Republic Wireless plan that refunds money if you don't use a lot of data. Got a $12.05 refund so the charge this month for two cell phones was $29. New plan lowered the bill by about $20.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4104 on: August 17, 2015, 09:26:48 AM »
Fixed another pair of sneakers with the tube of Shoe Goo I got last year.  ...It's the gift that just keeps on giving.  :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4105 on: August 17, 2015, 02:05:28 PM »
Not today, but last week.  Bought a very limited item for $240 bucks and sold it for $865 1 day later.

This paid for my 11 month home inspection, $200 dollars for my side income that generates $7-$10k per year net, and I have some money left over.  Pretty happy about this.

I also sold $500 item.  I did splurge and got some Taco Bell on Saturday tho.
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« Reply #4106 on: August 17, 2015, 09:14:26 PM »
I have been saving these up for a few weeks:

--Lost my fitness tracker, and before I gave up and ordered a new one, called the one person I knew where I thought I might have lost it. Sure enough, it had been found. (I generally have terrible luck with lost things and never find them.)

--In completing the annual HSA paperwork (we are coming up on deadline), discovered that one doctor's office owed me $275. Jumped through several more hoops to get prescription paperwork so I could get every penny out of the account.

--Broke the bedroom lamp but found another lamp in the closet I could put in that spot.

--Glued a pair of bluetooth headphones I use while swimming instead of replacing.

--Made a fruit crisp to use up fruit wilting in the refrigerator.

--Currently working on replacing a clock movement instead of replacing the whole clock.

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« Reply #4107 on: August 17, 2015, 09:21:59 PM »
No spend day today! And I watered my herbs, and I will thin them tomorrow. Having fresh cilantro, basil, and chives will save some money but most importantly is great nutrition.

Used some green onions. Definitely not all of them, but a few. I'm hoping to not have them go bad before I use them.

DH got a new CC which will give us 6% back at grocery stores and 3% on gas (up to $6,000 in sales). Since we spend lots on food and gas, this'll be great. It has a $75/yr fee, but there's $150 bonus after a spending minimum, so that covers the first 2 years. Year 3 and beyond, it functionally becomes 4.75% back with the fee and the limit (IIRC DH's math).

I picked more volunteer tomatoes. Pounds of free cherry tomatoes? Awesome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4108 on: August 17, 2015, 09:47:38 PM »
Cut off a skin tag instead of going to the dr. for it. Pretty easy to do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4109 on: August 17, 2015, 09:48:45 PM »
Cut off a skin tag instead of going to the dr. for it. Pretty easy to do.

Curious how this went? I imagine it'd bleed quite a lot?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4110 on: August 17, 2015, 09:52:09 PM »
It didn't hurt much at all, but yeah it bled for a few minutes. No big deal though. It stopped. I really thought it would hurt more.

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« Reply #4111 on: August 18, 2015, 04:11:16 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!

Man, stores charge a huge markup on fresh produce (in part because of spoilage/waste, in part because they can). I think I mentioned in another thread being in a grocery store when the cilantro (which the store was selling for a reasonable dollar a bunch) came in. Store paid the guy seven bucks for a case of a hundred bunches. So there's lots of room for indie stores to compete on price. Especially if you happen to be in Ontario, where the Food Terminal levels the playing field for small business.

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« Reply #4112 on: August 18, 2015, 09:17:24 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4113 on: August 18, 2015, 09:28:02 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

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« Reply #4114 on: August 18, 2015, 10:42:17 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

You can get certified gluten-free oats. The issue is they are often made on equipment that processes gluten-containing grains. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, which is why you cannot get a bread to rise out of oat flour.

ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.
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« Reply #4115 on: August 18, 2015, 10:50:48 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

You can get certified gluten-free oats. The issue is they are often made on equipment that processes gluten-containing grains. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, which is why you cannot get a bread to rise out of oat flour.

ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.

Good to know!

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« Reply #4116 on: August 18, 2015, 10:55:06 AM »
ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.

Until I read Michael Pollan's Cooked (great book by the way), I didn't even make the connection between rising and gluten. Honestly, even though I usually eat relatively 'primally', the section on bread and gluten really made me like it. Highly suggested read.

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« Reply #4117 on: August 18, 2015, 11:03:36 AM »
ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.

Until I read Michael Pollan's Cooked (great book by the way), I didn't even make the connection between rising and gluten. Honestly, even though I usually eat relatively 'primally', the section on bread and gluten really made me like it. Highly suggested read.

It's on my to do list for sure! Reading "The Botany of Desire" in high school literally changed my goals and priorities for life. I found a passion for science and agriculture I didn't know I had. He's a big reason I ended up going to college, to be totally honest.

Michael Pollan is bomb-diggity.

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« Reply #4118 on: August 18, 2015, 11:15:20 AM »
It's on my to do list for sure! Reading "The Botany of Desire" in high school literally changed my goals and priorities for life. I found a passion for science and agriculture I didn't know I had. He's a big reason I ended up going to college, to be totally honest.

Michael Pollan is bomb-diggity.

I was not a fan of "A Place of My Own" (he's much better at food stuff), and the potato section definitely made me question humanity's role in evolution. It was disappointing in the big picture, but quite enlightening. The only thing of his I haven't read was "In Defense of Food".  I'm going to suggest moving this discussion to the "Book Club" though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4119 on: August 18, 2015, 11:15:43 AM »
The Hub is taking me along on a business trip to Chicago for four days.  I stuck four granola bars and an empty water bottle into my purse.  I WILL NOT pay for airport food.  Full disclosure:  I am budgeting in a cup of airport coffee for each of us.  It is not worth juggling our insulated cups and thermos like we do on car trips.

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« Reply #4120 on: August 18, 2015, 11:33:42 AM »
I turned down the hot water heater in my empty house.  (I live in the smaller building on the back of the lot, and the main house is empty, as I contemplate whether to rent it out again.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4121 on: August 18, 2015, 11:49:05 AM »
Instead of buying a branded Pre-Workout supplement, I purchase the main ingredients and will save a fortune in the long run instead of $50 dollars every 2-3 months.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4122 on: August 18, 2015, 12:32:20 PM »
Finally bit the bullet and bought groceries, instead of eating out. A little less than $100 for August.

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« Reply #4123 on: August 18, 2015, 12:34:53 PM »
Instead of buying a branded Pre-Workout supplement, I purchase the main ingredients and will save a fortune in the long run instead of $50 dollars every 2-3 months.

What main ingredients are you talking about?

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« Reply #4124 on: August 18, 2015, 12:47:29 PM »
Instead of buying a branded Pre-Workout supplement, I purchase the main ingredients and will save a fortune in the long run instead of $50 dollars every 2-3 months.

What main ingredients are you talking about?

Meth?

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« Reply #4125 on: August 18, 2015, 01:18:27 PM »
Instead of buying a branded Pre-Workout supplement, I purchase the main ingredients and will save a fortune in the long run instead of $50 dollars every 2-3 months.

What main ingredients are you talking about?

Meth?

I hear that works wonders for motivating people. For me, it does damn near nothing.

That being said, my SO drinks No-Xplode all the time. We call it crack. :)

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« Reply #4126 on: August 18, 2015, 01:34:55 PM »
Apparently by baking and toasting my own bread - and topping with garden produce - I saved about 10.00 for breakfast. I can't wrap my head around the "Artisanal toast" craze  mentioned in the $12.00 Sandwich thread. http://www.eater.com/2014/5/30/6215971/artisanal-toast-is-taking-the-nation-by-storm

On my way outside to pick some more cherry tomatoes for dinner. I had no idea one single plant could produce so.so. much. They are selling in the store for 4.99 for a tiny container.

Hubby priced out Kimchi in the store and told me this morning we are saving on average, $12.00 with each batch I make.

Discovered our pup likes eating the spongy insides of zucchini - yay for not having to buy dog treats for a while!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4127 on: August 18, 2015, 02:29:13 PM »
Instead of buying a branded Pre-Workout supplement, I purchase the main ingredients and will save a fortune in the long run instead of $50 dollars every 2-3 months.

What main ingredients are you talking about?

Meth?

sorry i don't know what you guys are talking about

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« Reply #4128 on: August 18, 2015, 05:00:06 PM »
1. Biked to kmart, got a free shirt using points I earned from biking.
2. Stopped at kroger to use a coupon to get free protein shakes which I'll use as coffee cream.
3. Got a coupon for a free loaf of bread from the magic coupon machine at the register.
4. Went out to my bike - and found a full shopping cart of returnable cans. Asked at customer service if they minded if I cashed them in, since it looked abandoned. Got $19.30 in cash back.
5. Came home, made 6 quarts of apricot jam from a case of apricots I got for 75 and some pectin and sugar I got free from kmart in previous trips. Accidentally ran one pit through the vitamix so it's dangerjam, but let's not talk about that.

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« Reply #4129 on: August 18, 2015, 06:27:50 PM »
I made a watch band!

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« Reply #4130 on: August 18, 2015, 11:37:14 PM »
  • I used a 10 percent off coupon to buy something at Petco.
  • I got a $10 giftcard for purchasing two boxes of pull-ups at Target. The box's promised $35 of Procter & Gamble coupons were missing, so I called the P&G customer service number on the box and the gal said she would send $35 of Pampers coupons in replacement.
  • Tried a new barber for my boys today. He costs drastically less than our old place, is closer and has free parking. We usually just shave their heads at home, but a professional haircut seemed in order for back-to-school and an upcoming visit to the grandparents.
  • Got one of the fancy Belkin energy-saving outlets with timer for charging my cell phone overnight without wastefully drawing power for 9 hours when it only needs 3 to charge: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Socket-Energy-Saving-F7C009/dp/B003P2UMS0
  • Spent $15 at Goodwill on a dress and shoes for a party and the reviews were very positive and I felt great. (I was supposed to go to the mall and spent wantonly, but the consumer-sensory overload in the clothing shops is just Too Much for me.)
  • Won a FitBit in a free raffle at the party!
  • Been watching Save My Life and Boston EMS for free on the non-sub version of Hulu. Started watching Catastrophe on Amazon, using an existing Amazon Prime benefit.
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« Reply #4131 on: August 19, 2015, 12:33:22 AM »
* Made plans to stop and visit relatives for lunch while in a town about an hour from home = money saved and happy relatives!

* Set a/c higher than usual (really shouldn't have turned it on at all -- thermal adaptation fail)

* Cooked a nice dinner with meat thawing in the fridge from yesterday. I find if I thaw the meat a full day before I need it, I'm less inclined to wimp out on cooking dinner and hitting up a drive thru.




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« Reply #4132 on: August 19, 2015, 03:20:23 AM »
Found a penny*, picked it up.




*Okay, it was a cent, we don't have pennies anymore

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« Reply #4133 on: August 19, 2015, 03:42:03 AM »
Coordinated a lift to sports practise with a new teammate who lives close by. I will need to repay the favour next week but if I can make this a regular thing I can split this travel (20km round trip once a week) in half.

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« Reply #4134 on: August 19, 2015, 06:00:49 AM »
Yesterday I had an amazing Craigslist experience: we went to pick up an office chair that a person was selling for $15. This person turned out to be a nice lady who was cleaning out her hoarder mother's house. She told us to look around and if there was anything else we wanted we could take it for free; she just wanted everything gone. We walked out of there with the office chair, a Dyson vacuum cleaner (!!), 2 folding chairs, 7 rolls of wrapping paper, some playing cards, a ceramic pitcher, some notecards, a wrench, and a copy of Animal Farm.

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« Reply #4135 on: August 19, 2015, 06:29:41 AM »
Yesterday I had an amazing Craigslist experience: we went to pick up an office chair that a person was selling for $15. This person turned out to be a nice lady who was cleaning out her hoarder mother's house. She told us to look around and if there was anything else we wanted we could take it for free; she just wanted everything gone. We walked out of there with the office chair, a Dyson vacuum cleaner (!!), 2 folding chairs, 7 rolls of wrapping paper, some playing cards, a ceramic pitcher, some notecards, a wrench, and a copy of Animal Farm.

Niice! That's what we need, a meetup group that matches exasperated family members of hoarders and MMM people.

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« Reply #4136 on: August 19, 2015, 09:08:03 AM »
DH and I are having to drive to visit our parents today. An old high school friend posted on FB that she needed a ride from our current city back to our mutual home town, where we are going today. So we will get a chance to catch up (she lives on the other side of the country now), and will get a few $ for gas money. All around, a small thing to save money, but also a happy coincidence!

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« Reply #4137 on: August 19, 2015, 09:31:45 AM »
What main ingredients are you talking about?


Meth?

I hear that works wonders for motivating people. For me, it does damn near nothing.

That being said, my SO drinks No-Xplode all the time. We call it crack. :)

sorry i don't know what you guys are talking about

Heh.... it's not meth, but I drank the "good" stuff back in the day before it was banned.  I used No-Xplode in the past when I was 17-18. 

Caffenine tabs 200mg x 200 tabs
Beta Alanine 500g
BCAA 2:1:1 500g
L Citrulline Malate 500g
Will be adding ALCAR down the road.

I do heavy lifting on the weekends.  This should last MONTHS and I know it only has these 4 ingredients in it. 


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« Reply #4138 on: August 19, 2015, 10:03:43 AM »
Today I'm making a receipe from an American cookbook. One of the ingredients is evaporated milk. This is something we don't use a lot in Holland, so I accidenilty bought the sweetened version. But instead of throw it away because I already opened it, I've now made cookies with it :D

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« Reply #4139 on: August 19, 2015, 12:12:36 PM »
Today I'm making a receipe from an American cookbook. One of the ingredients is evaporated milk. This is something we don't use a lot in Holland, so I accidenilty bought the sweetened version. But instead of throw it away because I already opened it, I've now made cookies with it :D
NOooooooonononono! One can condensed milk (the sweetened stuff) should always be mixed with one cup cream and one cup whisky, a splash of vanilla and if you have it, a spoonful of chocolate syrup to make irish cream.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4140 on: August 19, 2015, 02:02:40 PM »
Today I'm making a receipe from an American cookbook. One of the ingredients is evaporated milk. This is something we don't use a lot in Holland, so I accidenilty bought the sweetened version. But instead of throw it away because I already opened it, I've now made cookies with it :D
NOooooooonononono! One can condensed milk (the sweetened stuff) should always be mixed with one cup cream and one cup whisky, a splash of vanilla and if you have it, a spoonful of chocolate syrup to make irish cream.
And an egg!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4141 on: August 19, 2015, 02:19:06 PM »
Today I'm making a receipe from an American cookbook. One of the ingredients is evaporated milk. This is something we don't use a lot in Holland, so I accidenilty bought the sweetened version. But instead of throw it away because I already opened it, I've now made cookies with it :D
NOooooooonononono! One can condensed milk (the sweetened stuff) should always be mixed with one cup cream and one cup whisky, a splash of vanilla and if you have it, a spoonful of chocolate syrup to make irish cream.
And an egg!

I'm sorry I've disappointed you both ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4142 on: August 19, 2015, 03:05:53 PM »
Walked to Kmart at lunch because we are out of sunscreen, and I was too lazy to walk to Costco (0.6 vs. 1 miles).

Couldn't believe how expensive it is by the bottle (vs. package at Costco), continued to look around the shelves until I found a bottle that was marked down from $10 to $7.  It's an off brand.

It rang up at $5.40.  I should have bought the only other bottle too, but I figure I need to make sure it works first.

Beach season is really just starting here.


Resisted...everything else at Kmart, which is tough when the lines are 6 people deep and they are SLOW.

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« Reply #4143 on: August 19, 2015, 06:17:54 PM »
*Made the Monterey Chicken Skillet (minus the bacon) from Budget Bytes. Teen kids loved it! Are there any recipes on that website that don't work? Wow! I'm so impressed! And it was so easy, too.

*Started cooking the chicken bones from 2 nights ago into stock in the crockpot today.

*Listened to a podcast since all my kids were out at various activities/jobs today -- I hardly ever have the house to myself so this was a real treat! Took notes and drank copious amounts of tea.

ETA: The rest of the family loved the Budget Bytes meal as well! Winning!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4144 on: August 19, 2015, 08:39:02 PM »
* biked to target to do the kashi cereal deal
* noticed an end cap with 3lb bags of gala apples for $1.25 each!
* biked to kroger next, used the free bread coupon from earlier this week for a giant loaf of french bread.
* bike to kmart for a free gallon of milk for yogurt making, got a 20 cent rebate on the milk and found a pepsi bottle on the sidewalk, good for 10 cents.

Total cost for gallon of milk, 12 pounds of apples, 2 boxes of organic cereal, and fresh bread: $6.24.

* made dinner that was giant sandwiches from the free bread, and deals I'd gotten earlier on pesto, fresh mozarella, green  olives, fresh tomato, chicken and pepperoni. I figure dinner for two of us was probably less than a dollar total.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4145 on: August 19, 2015, 09:08:55 PM »
Went and got an annual physical.  My insurance pays $125 to my HSA account for getting an annual physical.  Half my co-workers aren't aware of the plan or don't think it's worth their time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4146 on: August 20, 2015, 08:48:11 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

You can get certified gluten-free oats. The issue is they are often made on equipment that processes gluten-containing grains. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, which is why you cannot get a bread to rise out of oat flour.

ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.

Good to know!

Yup, we buy gluten-free oats.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4147 on: August 20, 2015, 11:21:21 AM »
Today: brought my lunch in. avoided both rounds of office coffee runs and instead drank the nasty free stuff.

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« Reply #4148 on: August 20, 2015, 11:55:07 AM »
Have to go to Toronto tomorrow.  Found someone on Kijiji to be a passenger who's pitching in $30 for gas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4149 on: August 20, 2015, 02:06:41 PM »
I've cut my husbands hair. But unfortunatly he's not happy with it. He thinks it's too short. But for now it saved us 16,50