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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4100 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4101 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 #4102 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 #4103 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 #4104 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 #4105 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 #4106 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 #4107 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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« Reply #4108 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 #4109 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4110 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 #4111 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 #4112 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 #4113 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 #4114 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 #4115 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 #4116 on: August 18, 2015, 06:27:50 PM »
I made a watch band!

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« Reply #4117 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 #4118 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 #4119 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 #4120 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 #4121 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 #4122 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 #4123 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 #4124 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4125 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 #4126 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 #4127 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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« Reply #4128 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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« Reply #4129 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 #4130 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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« Reply #4131 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 #4132 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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« Reply #4133 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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« Reply #4134 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 #4135 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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« Reply #4136 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

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« Reply #4137 on: August 20, 2015, 03:29:28 PM »
I cut my husband's hair the other month but he didn't like the way I did it. He said it was a "dad" haircut. (He's 38 years old and we have 2 kids, but whatever...) So the other week he went to the haircutters and came back with a haircut that looked substantially the same, but acknowledged he didn't like that cut either. I mean, at least I messed up your hair for free...

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« Reply #4138 on: August 20, 2015, 04:01:29 PM »
*Funny! I cut my husband's hair last night too! I've been cutting his hair (and all of our boys) for over twenty years.

*For lunch, used up some chicken strips and fries that had been languishing in the freezer

*Made some muffins

*Listening to old fashioned radio instead of streaming -- we were going over every month on our internet usage

ETA: Tried a friend's recipe for Green Tea Lemonade -- its delicious! 2 c. boiling water over 2 green tea bags, steep 10 minutes, add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and sweetener to taste (I used stevia, but white death sugar would work fine too) Serve over cup full of ice.
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« Reply #4139 on: August 20, 2015, 04:27:54 PM »
Went to a conference today. There were box lunches left over for the taking. Took one home for dinner since hubby and son were not going to be home for dinner tonight. Free food and no cooking!

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« Reply #4140 on: August 21, 2015, 12:24:27 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.

My DH is going to love you for this.  :D  And, well, me too of course.  0:)

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« Reply #4141 on: August 21, 2015, 01:50:25 PM »
At my old job, the buffoon Admins used to order TONS of excellent food and they would literally throw it out at the end of the day.... I'm talking Brisket, chicken, turkey, queso, mexican shredded steak,etc.

Since I always brought my lunch, I would empty out some of my containers and take home 5-10lbs of food every time.  Ate that shit for like a week.

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« Reply #4142 on: August 21, 2015, 01:56:29 PM »
At my old job, the buffoon Admins used to order TONS of excellent food and they would literally throw it out at the end of the day.... I'm talking Brisket, chicken, turkey, queso, mexican shredded steak,etc.

Since I always brought my lunch, I would empty out some of my containers and take home 5-10lbs of food every time.  Ate that shit for like a week.

I'd take home garbage bags of that stuff. Add a freezer, and I could eat for months!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4143 on: August 21, 2015, 03:02:45 PM »
*Replaced printer ink with ink from an ink refill place. Saw that all my refills are empty now, so will gather them up and exchange for new ones. Will also use my punch card for future free ink.

*Thawing uncooked cinnamon buns that we froze last weekend - will have for breakfast tomorrow and start the bread/buns cycle again for the week (6 loaves of bread plus 2 pans of cinnamon buns - slice and wrap bread to put in freezer for lunches for the week)

*Cooking a whole chicken for dinner from our stash of 50 chickens bought from our farmer friend in July - one per week, give or take
Remembered to thaw it first, so hubby will cook it on the rotisserie tonight

*Son handmade a birthday card for a friend (drew Elsa from Frozen movie) ETA: Made her a Nutella Cheesecake this afternoon

*Leftover tacos for lunch today -- leftover management is so key for our family -- I just hate food waste

*Hoping to dig out my old round dehydrator from the basement this weekend to dry some pears that are not being eaten by my people (Hat tip to The Goblin Chief and Erica/NWEdibles)



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4144 on: August 21, 2015, 04:26:57 PM »
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!

The friend we gave a ride to gave us $30. I tried very hard to refuse/haggle her down, and she was having none of it. The bus down would have been $50, so she said we were still saving her money.

Saved my bacon, because my blood sugar crashed before we could get from dropping her to relative's house (they rarely have food anyway), so we broke our August restaurant ban and got food to go. Cost $19 of the $30, because we ran into another friend and treated them to lunch. Still came out $11 ahead, though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4145 on: August 21, 2015, 06:01:01 PM »
In the theme of gas/ride sharing, I asked a friend to go with me to see a horse tomorrow.  She agreed, and then later asked if I'd mind if she drove because her truck has barely been driven this year and she feels it needs to run a tank of gas through it.  Mind?!  I'm buying her lunch which seems like a great tradeoff.

After tomorrow's adventure, I'm going to Alberta to look at more horses, so the cooler is getting packed up.  Once I get over the border I'll buy some fruits/veggies at the grocery store and hopefully not need to eat out between what I bring and the hotel breakfasts.  Unfortunately I withdrew Canadian funds a couple days ago and now see the exchange rate is even more favorable.  Instead of buying a block of ice, I'm freezing a gallon of water.  Cheaper, less messy and then I can drink it when it thaws.

Yesterday I made a big pot of gumbo with marked-down chicken drumsticks and the following ingredients from the garden:  okra, onions, peppers, serranos, garlic, tomatoes, corn.  Used half the package of andouille and saved the other half for the next pot.  Took the leftovers for lunch today.

Grabbed a bag of feed that was marked 15% off because it had a taped up hole, but didn't seem to be missing any feed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4146 on: August 21, 2015, 07:59:30 PM »
Cut my sons hair - $19 saved
Didn't get the sushi I wanted $10 saved
Waited till health insurance kicked in for new glasses- $100 saved
Changed car insurance and raised deductible to save almost $300 pa

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4147 on: August 21, 2015, 09:11:22 PM »
Trying to price out reasonable auto insurance. (It's hard! I'm getting quite overwhelmed).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4148 on: August 21, 2015, 09:32:09 PM »
1. Rode the Divvy (bike share here in Chicago) to work rather than the bus.
2. Coffee and lunch brought from home.
3. Knitting socks for Husband's Christmas present using free pattern from Knitty and yarn given to me by a sister.
4. Walked home from work. Traffic is crazier than I'm comfortable with at 5 on a Friday. Just takes longer. On a summer afternoon, way more pleasant than the bus.
5. Needed many, many drinks after work. Only had one.  A hard cider left here by someone the last time we had a party.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4149 on: August 21, 2015, 11:16:44 PM »
* Packed snack boxes and water bottles for my kids before a long day of errands. No drive-thru!

* Am repainting my kids' room by myself, saving the cost of a painter and upholding the Mustachian no-outsourcing ethos.