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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4650 on: October 22, 2015, 05:48:53 PM »
I posted a few days ago about successfully calling our bank and asking nicely for a refund on our credit card annual charge.

I just got a letter in the mail to say the bank has also waived next year's fee.

Saved $120 with a 60-second phone call. :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4651 on: October 22, 2015, 06:17:41 PM »
Just ordered 2 small pizzas free from my local Hungry howies  using codes 6DNTL9XH and V9LBA5DY.

Sorry I like to eat out! lol it helps if its free

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« Reply #4652 on: October 23, 2015, 03:07:45 AM »
^ Thanks for all the tips re the porridge.:) I actually had it again this morning and enjoyed it a bit more. I was looking on pinterest for ideas and saw a few recipes there too.

I had a high cholesterol reading last year and it came down a bit when I had it checked again but I know oats are meant to be good for that so I'm definitely going to persist with it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4653 on: October 25, 2015, 09:02:35 AM »
Husband finally had a weekend away from the hospital and so wanted to celebrate by going out. We're under budget for this month, but I know the next two will be spendy due to travelling and the holidays. Instead we rented a movie from red box using a giftcaed earned through mypoints and I made roast beef and got out the nice China and candles. Lovely date night and we barely spent a thing.

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« Reply #4654 on: October 25, 2015, 09:21:24 AM »
-Made a curry to use up extra veggies.
-DH is DIYing my computer repair. Based on past experiences with this sort of problem, he's saving us approximately 17 billion dollars. (Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but that's sure how it feels!)
-Sold an item on craigslist

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4655 on: October 25, 2015, 11:20:34 AM »
* Cut "empty" toothpaste tube in half to get at the remnants. Found a good 3-4 more uses left in there.
* Making a creamy, vegetable-heavy soup to use up an on-sale rotisserie chicken that husband picked up that is waaay too salty.
* Trolling this week's grocery circulars.
* Will be hanging washed clothes to dry later today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4656 on: October 25, 2015, 03:00:43 PM »
I have a library book due today. I decided to combine walking the dog with dropping off the library book plus 4 other due soon books while I was there. It's a longer walk than I normally do, but that's good for both myself and the dog. Less driving, carrying more weight while walking. Win win win. right? Except I found out that the library has been closed for repairs since this summer and I can not return the books at that location.

Oh well. I still didn't drive to then find out it was closed, and dog is happy. I'll just have to return them tomorrow at the library near work before it opens tomorrow.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4657 on: October 25, 2015, 03:58:23 PM »
I was all ready to call the homeopath to book an apointment for my DS's acne, I asked my DS if I should go ahead, he wanted to know how much it costs and hearing it would have been at least 150 out of pocket , he decided to first use up all the lotions and ointments he has and get a salve or so as refill for 15$ instead. Is he frugal or what?

My DS is motivated to save us money because he wants a smartphone for christmas, can't blame him really, he's 16 :)


 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4658 on: October 25, 2015, 04:52:22 PM »
tomita,

Maybe you've already looked into this, but there's a huge connection between acne and dairy consumption. Helped some of my teens.

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« Reply #4659 on: October 25, 2015, 04:52:41 PM »
Celebrated my birthday by cooking dinner for a group of friends, who generously gifted me two bottles of my favourite spirits. Wins all round. :) (And I have dinner leftovers for lunch today.)

Edited to add: my friend whose home we invaded for my birthday dinner to say she was having her share of leftovers (we always split them between us) for lunch today too, and asked for the recipe. Love having frugal friends who are appreciative of such things!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4660 on: October 25, 2015, 05:17:28 PM »
I was all ready to call the homeopath to book an apointment for my DS's acne, I asked my DS if I should go ahead, he wanted to know how much it costs and hearing it would have been at least 150 out of pocket , he decided to first use up all the lotions and ointments he has and get a salve or so as refill for 15$ instead. Is he frugal or what?

My DS is motivated to save us money because he wants a smartphone for christmas, can't blame him really, he's 16 :)
Look up homeopathy on www.quackwatch.com if you really are serious about saving money.

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« Reply #4661 on: October 25, 2015, 05:19:34 PM »
Made a nice big pot of vegetable beef soup. Will freeze half and use the other half for meals this week. Don't remember the last time I made soup from scratch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4662 on: October 25, 2015, 05:23:16 PM »
tomita,

Maybe you've already looked into this, but there's a huge connection between acne and dairy consumption. Helped some of my teens.
Agreed!  I had acne so bad, some of the zits were the size of quarters and purple.  Cut out dairy and they went mostly away.  Cut out soy in addition and my skin looks great.  Obviously everyone will react differently, but I could tell by the end of 1 week of cutting out dairy that I was sensitive to it.  So I'd advise anyone with skin issues to give it a try for a week, what do you have to lose?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4663 on: October 25, 2015, 08:17:32 PM »
tomita,

Maybe you've already looked into this, but there's a huge connection between acne and dairy consumption. Helped some of my teens.
Agreed!  I had acne so bad, some of the zits were the size of quarters and purple.  Cut out dairy and they went mostly away.  Cut out soy in addition and my skin looks great.  Obviously everyone will react differently, but I could tell by the end of 1 week of cutting out dairy that I was sensitive to it.  So I'd advise anyone with skin issues to give it a try for a week, what do you have to lose?

on: Today at 05:17:28 PM Insert Quote

Zaga & 1967mama: my DS is off diary since 3-4 weeks, I think his acne has improved,  is not a dramatic improvement but is better. We don't eat soy (usually). Just a lot of meat, vegs, home made bread, and home made pies :)...

Joggernot: thanks for the link,

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4664 on: October 26, 2015, 08:23:01 AM »
I hate to suggest this, since home-made bread and pies are both frugal and delicious, but gluten?

Zaga & 1967mama: my DS is off diary since 3-4 weeks, I think his acne has improved,  is not a dramatic improvement but is better. We don't eat soy (usually). Just a lot of meat, vegs, home made bread, and home made pies :)...

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« Reply #4665 on: October 26, 2015, 08:30:08 AM »
I hate to suggest this, since home-made bread and pies are both frugal and delicious, but gluten?

Zaga & 1967mama: my DS is off diary since 3-4 weeks, I think his acne has improved,  is not a dramatic improvement but is better. We don't eat soy (usually). Just a lot of meat, vegs, home made bread, and home made pies :)...

I was going to say the same -- or if not gluten specifically, wheat in general for whatever other unknown reason. For me, my skin does fine with dairy, but you can literally see on my face if I've been eating wheat (bread, pasta, etc).


ETA: Today's small thing: Lowering my coffee consumption to get back down to a low daily dose for the Nth time.

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« Reply #4666 on: October 26, 2015, 08:45:44 AM »
I hate to suggest this, since home-made bread and pies are both frugal and delicious, but gluten?

Zaga & 1967mama: my DS is off diary since 3-4 weeks, I think his acne has improved,  is not a dramatic improvement but is better. We don't eat soy (usually). Just a lot of meat, vegs, home made bread, and home made pies :)...

I was going to say the same -- or if not gluten specifically, wheat in general for whatever other unknown reason. For me, my skin does fine with dairy, but you can literally see on my face if I've been eating wheat (bread, pasta, etc).



I will try to put him on no wheat for 1 week and see what happens, it will be challenging because he's one hungry teenager
Thanks...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4667 on: October 26, 2015, 10:06:23 AM »
I bought my MIL's x-mas/birthday gift (haven't decided which one) using an Anthroplogie gift card from a x-mas gift I returned last year. The gift card had been languishing for over a year as their clothing does not appeal to me in either fit nor style.
Saved me around $35 that would have been spent on her gift and timing it to coincide with a free shipping event means I still have another $25 on the card for future gifting.

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« Reply #4668 on: October 26, 2015, 10:25:12 AM »
I took the train at 6:20 in the morning. You receive a 40% discount when you start your journey outside of the usual commuting times (6:30 - 9:00). You no longer receive this discount if you start traveling after 6:30. It saved me 4 :).

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« Reply #4669 on: October 26, 2015, 11:32:17 AM »
I used a store credit at Target to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of a kid's birthday present.

I reused a gift bag I saved from my kid's last birthday party rather than buying one new.

We happened to arrive at Target as they were running a trick-or-treat circuit for the kids. We got 6 free protein bars and some entertaining junk for the kids.

I cleaned out our big car and took a couple of photos in anticipation of selling it and becoming a voluntary one-car family. Eek!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4670 on: October 26, 2015, 01:09:51 PM »
I hate to suggest this, since home-made bread and pies are both frugal and delicious, but gluten?

Zaga & 1967mama: my DS is off diary since 3-4 weeks, I think his acne has improved,  is not a dramatic improvement but is better. We don't eat soy (usually). Just a lot of meat, vegs, home made bread, and home made pies :)...

I was going to say the same -- or if not gluten specifically, wheat in general for whatever other unknown reason. For me, my skin does fine with dairy, but you can literally see on my face if I've been eating wheat (bread, pasta, etc).
My skin problem is traceable to sugar.  Too many sweets and my skin gets unhappy.

Today: I packed my lunch with leftovers from dinner.  I also packed my breakfast, a snack for later, and made tea at work. 

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« Reply #4671 on: October 26, 2015, 04:31:52 PM »

I reused a gift bag I saved from my kid's last birthday party rather than buying one new.

I cleaned out our big car and took a couple of photos in anticipation of selling it and becoming a voluntary one-car family. Eek!

One of my favourite tricks. For my birthday this year I picked my own bag out of the stash at home for my husband to use for my gifts. It was perfect, saved a tree, and a few dollars.

At my birthday dinner one of my friends gave me a gift in the cute paper bag from the store. She said 'sorry about the bag' with a big grin when she gave it to me, knowing I wouldn't mind in the least. :)

(Then I saved the bag at home. I'll use it for something.)

Thank you to whoever yesterday mentioned cutting open the toothpaste tube. I did that this morning and I think it will last me the rest of the week. (I have spare tubes, purchased on sale, in the cupboard but that's not the point.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4672 on: October 26, 2015, 09:27:48 PM »
Sold a horse today!

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« Reply #4673 on: October 26, 2015, 10:28:19 PM »
Sold a horse today!

* Friend Barbara brought dried out baguettes and broccoli stems for my chickens. Those hens eat well! We are in egg debt right now, but I need to collect a half-dozen for her after we send more to my husband's work friend Max who gives him a ride home sometimes.

* Started my own batch of vinegar using a recipe from Erica's book. Between The Hands-On Home and a recent read-through of Bake the Bread, Buy the Butter, I have begun to suspect the entire supermarket is optional. It's freakin' me out, man.

* Marveled for the zillionth time about being able to check out ebooks through the library. Instant gratification and FREEEEEE to boot. Amazeballs.

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« Reply #4674 on: October 26, 2015, 10:41:29 PM »
I have begun to suspect the entire supermarket is optional. It's freakin' me out, man.

^^^ The best thing I've read all day.

Another entry for me: I'd been thinking about buying my husband a third pair of shorts for summer (positively indulgent!) He needed a couple of nice tailored pairs that can be worn when he's out for a casual lunch, etc, while travelling overseas for work.

Even at Target (Australia) the style I'm thinking are $40 a pair.

Just found the Target pair on eBay for $7 plus $7 postage. No bids so if I bid with five seconds to go I should get them for $14 all up. Much more palatable.

Also made $10 on eBay from two books. People paying to take away unwanted stuff? Win!

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« Reply #4675 on: October 27, 2015, 12:11:16 AM »
Found an abandoned skateboard for my son! I walked by it 4x between 11 am and 4 pm so I claimed it :-)


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« Reply #4676 on: October 27, 2015, 12:39:40 AM »
This is for a friend, but she is getting married soon, and loved a veil at the Anthropologie bridal salon that was way out of her budget, so I made one for her over the weekend, with materials she supplied. It is one layer of soft net, floor length, edged from fingertip to fingertip around the bottom with Alencon lace. I've been sewing for years, but this was the first time I had worked with tulle and lace. I was pleased it came out well.

This is the one I copied, though the lace is deeper on hers:

http://www.bhldn.com/product/curving-periphery-veil

That is so beautiful, as is sharing your gift in crafting this for your friend. A friendship to treasure!

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« Reply #4677 on: October 27, 2015, 08:30:39 AM »
This is for a friend, but she is getting married soon, and loved a veil at the Anthropologie bridal salon that was way out of her budget, so I made one for her over the weekend, with materials she supplied. It is one layer of soft net, floor length, edged from fingertip to fingertip around the bottom with Alencon lace. I've been sewing for years, but this was the first time I had worked with tulle and lace. I was pleased it came out well.

This is the one I copied, though the lace is deeper on hers:

http://www.bhldn.com/product/curving-periphery-veil




That is so beautiful, as is sharing your gift in crafting this for your friend. A friendship to treasure!

Thanks. This is a fairly dorky picture of me modeling it.

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« Reply #4678 on: October 27, 2015, 12:50:18 PM »
The veil is BEAUTIFUL!

You could sell those on Etsy as a side hustle!

Lovely work!

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« Reply #4679 on: October 27, 2015, 01:05:05 PM »
Today I made a double batch of buns (20 cups of flour). Some will be eaten fresh today and the rest will be frozen in large ziplock bags for future meals. I love having "emergency bread" in the freezer - saves me from rushing out to the store and paying too much $$$ for inferior tasting bread. It smells delicious in here:-)

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« Reply #4680 on: October 27, 2015, 01:16:15 PM »
I put a cat toy in the door. We have a regular front door and then a second door that helps keep out the cold but that has a hole where the doorknob used to be. I put a little ball in the doorknob hole. It's an exact fit, so I think it will keep some of our heat from escaping if I can convince the housemates to consistently close the inner door after themselves.

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« Reply #4681 on: October 27, 2015, 01:26:03 PM »
* Picked up a gift bottle of wine for a friend using a $2 rebate.
* Finished packing up a final (for the foreseeable future) bag for ThredUp. 16 more items out the door, which brings my total for the year of clothing items gone to sale past 200, and the total gone in general (sale + Goodwill) to something upwards of 400. *facepalm* I just can't even.
ETA later: * Sewed a couple of buttons back onto a pair of shorts and a blouse. Attempted to sew a rogue underwire back into a bra, too, but alas, don't have sturdy enough needles (or fingers) for the purpose.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4682 on: October 27, 2015, 05:43:07 PM »
I wanted to store all our umbrellas in my side of the wardrobe.

The big golf umbrella is propped up at the back and my umbrella has a hook so it fit neatly on the rail, but we had a third umbrella with a plain handle and a small wrist strap.

I thought about buying an S hook to hang off the rail.

Instead, I got the metal fastener (random example here: http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/dk4_photos/media/dj-purple-tag.jpg.html) from one of my husband's old frequent flyer tags, fastened it on the rail, bent open a paperclip, hooked one end on the metal fastener and hooked the umbrella wrist strap on the other.

Seriously, I'm practically MacGyver. :)

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« Reply #4683 on: October 27, 2015, 07:33:31 PM »
I got 11 gallons of gas (almost a full tank -- I think my car's tank holds 12 gallons) for just $1.89 a gallon!  I don't think I've gotten gas for that price since the '90s.  I was expecting to pay 1.99/gallon, using my Fred Meyer Rewards card points for a .10 discount, but when I swiped at the pump it let me combine some of the points I have earned in October with my September points for a .20 discount.  SCORE!  I was especially happy because I had almost just gotten gas at Costco, since I was there anyway, but decided to hit the QFC pump for a few cents cheaper since it was on the way home anyway.

I have also been taking advantage of the Fred Meyer survey tool to get an extra 50 gas points with each weekly shop.  That adds up to at least .20/gallon discount per month, plus whatever I earn from buying groceries. 

Returned some walnuts that had gone rancid and some pine nuts I never used to Costco.  $37.98 refund.  Which almost covered the groceries I picked up today ($40.95). 

I'll stock up on a few more things that are on sale this week at Fred Meyer at the end of the week, but should come in at under $300 for groceries this month.  Yay!  I think I've hit a good balance with the grocery shopping.  Economizing where I can but still getting plenty of stuff that we really like. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4684 on: October 27, 2015, 08:06:37 PM »
Felt too queasy to go out for lunch so lunch was very cheap basmati rice, steamed zucchini plus grated Aldi cheese (low fat). Pretty cheap lunch and compatible with queasiness.

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« Reply #4685 on: October 28, 2015, 04:58:35 AM »
cannot go out and physically try on a multitude of winter coats yet, it's too much. I needed a heavy fleece and coat, I am not easy to fit .  Ordered one from LE on sale, 1 from Kohl's sale and Macy's sale.  Macy's the nicest, they were all about $80.  Macy one went down in price today, they credited me $10. I have never bought a winter coat in season, always in spring on super clearance. So 70 felt like a lot, but it's very nice and I need one.  Found heavy fleece at Sierra, $ 20 from $90, very nice, nicer than the one it is replacing until I lose wt.

Winter done for $90 while shopping in season and did not have to leave my house.  I can live with that. And lesson learned, the $16 fleece on Deal Genius that looks unisex even though they say it's not, is unisex and this is not the place to buy a winter coat. But free to ship back, yay!

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« Reply #4686 on: October 28, 2015, 11:50:18 AM »
Not exactly saving money...

It's  health insurance open season and my current carrier sent me a glossy brochure to convince me to stay with them.    I noticed that one of the benefits is getting $50 Visa reward card for taking an on-line health assessment and another $25 for completing an on-line health lifestyle class.  I did the assessment this morning and will take the class this afternoon.  Even better you can get the bonus once a year so I've set a reminder for January.  I need to talk DH into doing it also so we'll get $150 total.

$150 in Visa gift cards should pretty much take care of Christmas.

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« Reply #4687 on: October 28, 2015, 04:48:48 PM »
Not exactly saving money...

It's  health insurance open season and my current carrier sent me a glossy brochure to convince me to stay with them.    I noticed that one of the benefits is getting $50 Visa reward card for taking an on-line health assessment and another $25 for completing an on-line health lifestyle class.  I did the assessment this morning and will take the class this afternoon.  Even better you can get the bonus once a year so I've set a reminder for January.  I need to talk DH into doing it also so we'll get $150 total.

$150 in Visa gift cards should pretty much take care of Christmas.

That's excellent!

I called my health insurance provider last night to ask about switching to a cheaper policy. We can afford it, but it's $290 a month and we rarely use it.

He looked at all the lower policies, which offer less coverage than we have, and they were all more expensive than our current policy. And this year we've paid $66/month (of the $290/month) in extras coverage, which is about $800, and they've paid out $847 so we are just ahead.

I was a bit annoyed because I'm used to being able to negotiate these things, but my mum pointed out we're obviously not wasting money on it.

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« Reply #4688 on: October 28, 2015, 04:55:39 PM »
Gave in and installed iOS 9.1 on my iPhone 5 last night. Phone had been on its last legs as more and more things refused to work on old OS. Limited memory is slightly inconvenient but it looks like I will be able to limp it along for a while longer.

It's currently costing me $0 (on a $30 plan and get a $30 phone subsidy from work) so I'm keen to make it last as long as I can.

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« Reply #4689 on: October 28, 2015, 08:30:31 PM »
I stopped at the bread thrift store for a loaf of bread that I like.  It is 3.29 at the grocery and I can get it at the thrift store for $1.09.  I was pleasantly surprised that they were having BOGO sale, so I got two loafs for $1.09.  Then they had packages of hoagie rolls  3 for a dollar.  It will make great garlic bread.  So I got two loaves of whole wheat bread and three bags of hoagie rolls for $2.09.  Nice.

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« Reply #4690 on: October 28, 2015, 09:04:00 PM »
Gave in and installed iOS 9.1 on my iPhone 5 last night. Phone had been on its last legs as more and more things refused to work on old OS. Limited memory is slightly inconvenient but it looks like I will be able to limp it along for a while longer.

It's currently costing me $0 (on a $30 plan and get a $30 phone subsidy from work) so I'm keen to make it last as long as I can.

Awesome. Can I ask what OS you upgraded from? I'm limping along with my 4S and things seemed to improved when I finally upgraded to OS8* (whatever the latest version of OS8 was before OS9 came out). It really helped with random crashes and it may have slightly improved the battery life. If your phone improved from OS8 to OS9.1 then I may force myself to go through another update to see if that helps eke out my 4S for longer. (I was all keen to get a 6 last month but then costed it out with my telecom provider of choice and yeah, the cost is making me think more about keeping my 4S going a bit longer)


* I am the opposite of an early adopter. It's a combination of procrastination plus not caring enough to upgrade before I absolutely have to.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4691 on: October 28, 2015, 10:33:45 PM »
Used the magic power of YouTube tutorials to extract corroded batteries from a Mag-lite, saving $30 versus throwing it away and buying a replacement.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4692 on: October 28, 2015, 11:03:58 PM »
Gave in and installed iOS 9.1 on my iPhone 5 last night. Phone had been on its last legs as more and more things refused to work on old OS. Limited memory is slightly inconvenient but it looks like I will be able to limp it along for a while longer.

It's currently costing me $0 (on a $30 plan and get a $30 phone subsidy from work) so I'm keen to make it last as long as I can.

Awesome. Can I ask what OS you upgraded from? I'm limping along with my 4S and things seemed to improved when I finally upgraded to OS8* (whatever the latest version of OS8 was before OS9 came out). It really helped with random crashes and it may have slightly improved the battery life. If your phone improved from OS8 to OS9.1 then I may force myself to go through another update to see if that helps eke out my 4S for longer. (I was all keen to get a 6 last month but then costed it out with my telecom provider of choice and yeah, the cost is making me think more about keeping my 4S going a bit longer)


* I am the opposite of an early adopter. It's a combination of procrastination plus not caring enough to upgrade before I absolutely have to.

I was still on iOS 7-something, so it was a big jump.

I did the same thing, priced a 6 (not 6s or 6+) and it's at least $70/month.

My husband has a 6+ on an $80 plan but over the past 15 months his phone bill has averaged $186 (either blown data, bought data packs for travelling overseas, or both) so I'm looking at moving him on the $135 plan. That would increase our set expenses but we should save money in the long run.

It is essential for his work (writing, taking photos, shooting video, recording voice-overs, mapping, internet, etc) so it's all tax deductible, but I do try to make it as cost effective as possible.

If I put him on the $135 plan it comes with 20GB data, so I did work out I could go on a 500mb plan and share his data through Optus. A small saving.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4693 on: October 29, 2015, 02:58:01 AM »

I was still on iOS 7-something, so it was a big jump.

I did the same thing, priced a 6 (not 6s or 6+) and it's at least $70/month.

My husband has a 6+ on an $80 plan but over the past 15 months his phone bill has averaged $186 (either blown data, bought data packs for travelling overseas, or both) so I'm looking at moving him on the $135 plan. That would increase our set expenses but we should save money in the long run.

It is essential for his work (writing, taking photos, shooting video, recording voice-overs, mapping, internet, etc) so it's all tax deductible, but I do try to make it as cost effective as possible.

If I put him on the $135 plan it comes with 20GB data, so I did work out I could go on a 500mb plan and share his data through Optus. A small saving.

Thanks for your response! I prefer Telstra for reliability and coverage but their plans are pretty shitty. (I don't know if other providers have upped their game in recent months, but I'm not game to have less coverage or less capacity at certain times of the day - being able to phone DH, friends or medical team for assistance anywhere, anytime is crucial for me) I'm looking at $99/month for 2.5G for a 6 with Telstra. Which feels like too much, even though my phone is integral to my life and adds a lot of value, including managing anxiety.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4694 on: October 29, 2015, 08:05:45 AM »
To be vague for confidentiality reasons, I was selected as a beta tester for an energy saving product. 

I will end up saving on energy, getting paid (Probably $150-$200 Amazon bucks), and I get to keep a new product for posting feedback daily (simple).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4695 on: October 29, 2015, 11:55:04 PM »
Combined online sales with a rewards program to save $60 and score 1000 Frequent Flyer points on Christmas shopping. 

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« Reply #4696 on: October 30, 2015, 12:33:10 AM »
Picked up a free 2016 calendar from a local business. It's exactly the type I like with attractive-enough pictures to hang up the calendar in its usual spot near the kitchen, and minimal advertising. I'm a bit of a Luddite with tracking appts, invitations etc so everything goes on the calendar. Otherwise we forget. Electronic scheduling only works for me at work for some reason.

Anyway, saved somewhere between $2 and $20 on a calendar for next year.

Combined online sales with a rewards program to save $60 and score 1000 Frequent Flyer points on Christmas shopping.

Forgot to say, love your username. (except often I read it as mustache pung oes here)

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« Reply #4697 on: October 30, 2015, 06:04:47 AM »
I just finished my set of credit card applications for the quarter.  Spend $x, get $x as an account credit.  So I'll get $500 for my normal spending, then I'll freeze all of the cards. 

$500 straight towards principal, yay!

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« Reply #4698 on: October 30, 2015, 09:35:20 AM »
Started a pot of dried posole in the slow cooker.  In a few hours I will add a pint of carne adovada from a big batch I made and froze a few months ago.  Currently eating cabbage cooked in leftover Chinese Pork broth for breakfast.  We are eating a lot of cabbage right now due to it being $0.29/lb. locally.

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« Reply #4699 on: October 31, 2015, 10:38:22 AM »
Assembled Halloween costume out of items/clothing already around the house.  I'm a Minion :)