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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4900 on: November 14, 2015, 03:59:40 PM »
Just spent 10 minutes filling out an online survey for my energy provider in exchange for a $10 grocery voucher.

Interesting thing is, I was sent an email a week or so ago and the only inducement to participate in the survey was a chance to go in the draw to win something - so I binned the email. Now, with 48 hours before the survey expires, they offer $10 vouchers.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4901 on: November 14, 2015, 04:17:42 PM »
Working on a kind of a write up, along with reviews, but stopped in the goodwill as the SO and I dropped some stuff off. They had a basketball for $.99 ($1.06) with tax. Using other materials that were on hand, wound up with a 22.2lb medicine ball. Been thinking about trying that for a while. After it sets tonight, I'll beat it up a bit. I might have to actually wrap the entire thing with duct tape for extra support, and then something for grip, but we'll see how it goes. It seems a lot heavier though.
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« Reply #4902 on: November 14, 2015, 04:23:31 PM »
Refilled ink for printer at Costco.  Stopped at Grocery Outlet en route and bought five more bottles of truffle oil.  I tried it yesterday and it is good so two for Christmas gifts and three for us.  Took a thermos of coffee along so there would be not temptation to buy it on the trip.

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« Reply #4903 on: November 14, 2015, 05:44:18 PM »
Used a tub of coconut oil (that I never cook with) to make soap - was surprisingly easy and fun. I now have enough soap for a few months.

How did you do it?? I have coconut oil that I don't know what do with too!

There are lots of recipes on-line.  One of my favorite sites is: http://soapcalc.net/

Usually, when I make soap I use a mix of Olive Oil, Coconut oil, Palm Oil, and Castor Oil.  Each type of oil has its own characteristics (cleansing, softening, foamy, etc.)  The soap calc site will tell you about the characteristics of each type of oil or fat you may want to use.  It will also tell you how much lye and water you will need.

VERY IMPORTANT: Add lye to water, never add water to lye!

Making your own soap is fun and not that hard.  Minimal tools are needed.  Very MMM. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4904 on: November 14, 2015, 05:59:30 PM »
Losing weight and thus am now fitting clothes I haven't worn in years! My wardrobe just tripled!

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« Reply #4905 on: November 14, 2015, 06:04:30 PM »
Instead of giving into the temptation to use my coupon from American Eagle and buy a new coat I resisted. Sure my old coat is a little worn at the cuffs but it's only a few small worn places. Old spendypants me would've said 'I haven't bought a new coat in 4 years, time for a new one!' New, slightly more frugal me says 'The coat's still perfectly fine and keeps me warm, why waste money on another one? I don't need it.'
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4906 on: November 14, 2015, 08:56:45 PM »
Dug about 30-40 pounds of potatoes from my garden. The original 'seed' potatoes were left over from the previous year's harvest, so this year I didn't have to buy any to plant. About 1/3 done digging, lots left to go. Hope the snow holds off a few more weeks!
We had a church pot-luck tonight. My wife made potatoes with parsley.

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« Reply #4907 on: November 14, 2015, 09:08:37 PM »
Yesterday - biked to work even though heading home into the cold 25mph wind for almost two hours, half in the dark, was brutal. When I finally got back my husband was standing in the garage waiting for me, and he announced "You're alive!" On the way into work though, I found an unopened bag of trail mix on the sidewalk. Score! That was my breakfast when I got to work.

The day before I got a 10lb bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts for 1.29/lb. I roasted it all and ran it through our deli slicer and got it into freezer bags for cheap healthy lunch meat.

Today, I got more free pumpkins, and I decided to rip off the bandaid. My husband knows the basement fridge is all pumpkins, but I also finally brought in the ones I was hiding in my car and the new ones and lined them up in the kitchen. I'm waiting for him to come home and yell at me, but at least we'll be done with that discussion once and for all. Tomorrow I'm going to try cooking a few to mush, then running that in the dehydrator til I can pulverize them and store them as powder. I'm hoping to fit each large pumpkin into a quart mason jar that way.

(and right now I hear him coming home and I'm getting nervous. Wish me luck!)

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« Reply #4908 on: November 14, 2015, 09:44:30 PM »
Jakejake! Total awesomeness with your biking in the dark, cold wind! And the free pumpkins! That made me laugh! Way to go!

Tonight I made my own Lara Bars. Stupidly easy. 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates made into paste in the food processor. Remove to a small mixing bowl. Now grind up 1 1/2 cups of any kind of nuts (I used mostly pecans and 1/2 a cup of mixed almonds and cashews), with 1 tablespoon of coconut and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Knead all in small bowl and press into 8x8 pan lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate. Cut when cold. I put mine in snack sized ziplock bags (no name brand) and kept them in the fridge after. Quite a bit cheaper than store-bought Lara Bars (which are one of the few sweets allowed on the eating plan I'm following ATM -- its called Whole30). There are tons of recipes for flavor combinations on Pinterest if you have other dried fruits and fixings you'd like to put in them:-)

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« Reply #4909 on: November 14, 2015, 09:50:04 PM »
Washed and brushed out the dog instead of paying for a groomer.  She was so well behaved!

I ran with the dog today.  I cancelled my gym membership a few months ago, so I've started running.  Outside. 

Purchased Christmas gifts.  One I used a gift card we've had for about a year.  The second, I used a 20% off code only good for this weekend.

Returned Redbox DVDs on time.  I also opted not to rent a new DVD for tonight.

Put out croissants to rise for tomorrow morning.

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« Reply #4910 on: November 14, 2015, 09:56:54 PM »
Quite a bit cheaper than store-bought Lara Bars (which are one of the few sweets allowed on the eating plan I'm following ATM -- its called Whole30). There are tons of recipes for flavor combinations on Pinterest if you have other dried fruits and fixings you'd like to put in them:-)
Googling pinterest and larabars ... 2nd recipe - pumpkin pie larabars! YESSSSSSSS!

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« Reply #4911 on: November 14, 2015, 10:10:55 PM »
...Waiting to hear more about the pumpkins...
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« Reply #4912 on: November 15, 2015, 07:02:14 AM »
we made pickles! first time ever doing that, so the start up cost was higher. But I was proud, instead of buying fancy pickling sauce ($4 a packet!) we made our own.

curious to see how this all pans out, but an interesting first adventure.

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« Reply #4913 on: November 15, 2015, 07:03:29 AM »
Workingtounwind -- Cook with your coconut oil :-) Any baked goods taste great with coconut oil in lieu of butter or oil. Last night I made sweet potato oven fries in coconut oil. Use it as a moisturizer for dry skin -- feels and smells fantastic.

That sounds delicious. I'll put the jar by the stove so I remember I have it!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4914 on: November 15, 2015, 07:32:09 AM »
we made pickles! first time ever doing that, so the start up cost was higher. But I was proud, instead of buying fancy pickling sauce ($4 a packet!) we made our own.

curious to see how this all pans out, but an interesting first adventure.

What kind of pickles did you make?

I recently tried making pickled turnips... My better half absolutely hates turnips and we got a ton in our recent CSA. I've been roasting and eating them at lunch but even that has been hard going. So I tried a very simple middle eastern pickled turnip recipe and lo and behold, they are delicious - salty, crunchy, garlicky and with a bit of kick. We both love them!

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« Reply #4915 on: November 15, 2015, 09:58:32 AM »
Oh, the sniff!

My mother-in-law once popped into boutique while killing time, wearing a tiered skirt and tank top (this was a couple of years ago). The shop assistant greeted her with a sniff and "uh, fashions have changed!" :0

Glad I'm not the only one boycotting predatory styling. :D

HA! I'm so going to steal the phrase "predatory styling."


Jakejake, good luck!


BetsyS, pickled turnips sound amazing.

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« Reply #4916 on: November 15, 2015, 11:41:07 AM »
Pickling sounds like a brilliant way to change the taste of turnips!

Today I have gathered our remaining pumpkins into a family portrait and my husband is telling me I need to get a minivan and put their stickers on the rear window. Here's where I'm at with them now - pretty sure this isn't the sort of 'stache I was supposed to be working on.

I've moved 5 small ones into the oven now, a large one is steaming on top of the stove in a stockpot, and seeds from them all have been simmered in salt water. I'm going to salt and dry the skins into chips.

Aside from the ones you can see here, in the last 6 weeks we've eaten 5 pie pumpkins, one large cinderella style one, and the giant one is cooked and cubed in my fridge, waiting for some curry experiments. I think we need to step up the pace.

On the bright side, we've only spent $38 on groceries so far this month.
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« Reply #4917 on: November 15, 2015, 03:39:00 PM »
Today I have gathered our remaining pumpkins into a family portrait and my husband is telling me I need to get a minivan and put their stickers on the rear window.

Love the pic. Jakejake and the Multiplying Pumpkins - now with illustrations!

I would be making a year's supply of pumpkin soup with some of that lot.

(Recipe tip: 750g pumpkin, 250g potato, two large onions, a litre of chicken or vegetable stock, salt and pepper. Add to large pot, bring to the boil, simmer till pumpkin is tender, puree with stick mixer. Freeze flat in large ziplock bags for easy defrosting. Serve with a dollop of cream if feeling indulgent. For a Thai twist, saute a tablespoon of Thai red curry paste before step one.)

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« Reply #4918 on: November 15, 2015, 04:53:42 PM »
Sawed and split firewood, stacked about 1 month's worth. This will be for next year, still too damp for this year.
Composted leaves in the garden. Pulled carrots and beets.
Got a bag of free apples from a friend and made applesauce, used beets to add more color. But...added too much beet, and now it has a bit of beet taste. Still Okay, but not as good as usual.

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« Reply #4919 on: November 15, 2015, 06:51:16 PM »
Got a bag of free apples from a friend and made applesauce, used beets to add more color. But...added too much beet, and now it has a bit of beet taste. Still Okay, but not as good as usual.

Maybe take some of it, add even more beets, and try it as a side with roast pork?

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« Reply #4920 on: November 15, 2015, 06:56:36 PM »
Am now using Serve to write checks to the daycare and by loading with my FIA AMEX, getting 2% cash back.  Over the next year this will make me over $200 tax free.

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« Reply #4921 on: November 15, 2015, 09:35:09 PM »

Maybe take some of it, add even more beets, and try it as a side with roast pork?
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Nah, just added some lemon juice and cinnamon to make it a bit more applesaucey, and put it in containers in the freezer. I'll probably end up eating most of it, as that is what usually happens with my trials that don't quite go right. I have used beets before to add color to rhubarb sauce and applesauce, but this time put in two instead of just one, got about a gallon and a half of sauce.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4922 on: November 15, 2015, 10:03:53 PM »
Sawed and split firewood, stacked about 1 month's worth. This will be for next year, still too damp for this year.
Composted leaves in the garden. Pulled carrots and beets.
Got a bag of free apples from a friend and made applesauce, used beets to add more color. But...added too much beet, and now it has a bit of beet taste. Still Okay, but not as good as usual.

Cranberries add color AND a delicious, not-beet flavor.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4923 on: November 15, 2015, 10:08:00 PM »
I reconsidered two articles of clothing I was going to get rid of.  One is a jacket that I've decided to turn into a riding vest the likes of which would be $100+ if purchased.  The other is a pair of brand new Wrangler jeans I was getting rid of because I look like an asshole in cowboy boots and hate riding in jeans.  Realized (duh) that I should just keep them as my next pair of work jeans because I don't care if I look like an asshole when I'm in my own backyard.

Also spent all day at home and didn't spend any money.  Cooked the two packages of beef heart that have been taunting me from the freezer for over a year as a ragu with home grown veggies.

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« Reply #4924 on: November 16, 2015, 06:35:19 AM »
I didn't need to much in terms of groceries for the week so took the baby for a walk and went to our local little grocery store instead of taking the car to the big one the next town over.  Besides supporting a local business and getting some exercise, I also tend to stick exclusively to my list when I do this because I have no room in the stroller for impulse purchases!

Leftovers for lunch today and lunch already made for tomorrow too.

Listed a few baby items on kijiji.

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« Reply #4925 on: November 16, 2015, 12:08:55 PM »
I'm thinking  since I live alone I can get by with cold showers sometimes so why not just turn on water heater when running the dishwasher or clothes washer or when I want to take a hot shower? Is that bad for the water heater to turn on and off like that?

I don't know about how good it is for the water heater, but it can be bad for you if you don't follow guidelines around how long the water temperature needs to be at certain level to kill various bugs.  I see from http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/is-it-safe-to-turn-down-your-water-heater-temperature.html that this is very Canadian view on the subject :)

The water heater is using the most energy when it's heating cold water - maintaining existing hot water is minimal in comparison.

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« Reply #4926 on: November 16, 2015, 12:47:47 PM »
I'm thinking  since I live alone I can get by with cold showers sometimes so why not just turn on water heater when running the dishwasher or clothes washer or when I want to take a hot shower? Is that bad for the water heater to turn on and off like that?

I don't know about how good it is for the water heater, but it can be bad for you if you don't follow guidelines around how long the water temperature needs to be at certain level to kill various bugs.  I see from http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/is-it-safe-to-turn-down-your-water-heater-temperature.html that this is very Canadian view on the subject :)

The water heater is using the most energy when it's heating cold water - maintaining existing hot water is minimal in comparison.

OK, thanks for the info.

The plumber was at my place today and told me not to shut off power to the water heater like you mention.

The money saving part was that I didn't need to get a new water heater at all. The heating element was blown and he replaced it with a new $16 one. Well that and what he charged for his labor (which was a bit more than $16). But he's an honest plumber and anyone else would have probably told me to get a new water heater.

Pro tip: Be nice to your repair people. This plumber works at all of my relatives' houses so he tries to be nice to us to keep the family business.

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« Reply #4927 on: November 16, 2015, 12:50:18 PM »
Another money saving thing...I went to the book fair in downtown this weekend. On opening night, they had free BBQ and beer...no kidding...and I got to listen to a couple of authors talk and attend a cabaret performance...all for FREE! Even the parking was free for book fair attendees.

So a night full of interesting thought provoking talks, an hour and a half long circus/cabaret performance, full plate of BBQ and two beers...without spending a penny.

The benefits of living in a big town with a lot of free community events!

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« Reply #4928 on: November 16, 2015, 12:54:25 PM »
Used some sad looking celery in a soup. Going to use up some other veggies in a curry tonight, before they get sad. Also used half an onion at for the soup, and will use the other half in the curry, so that I don't have to freeze it/there is no waste.
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« Reply #4929 on: November 16, 2015, 01:38:07 PM »
I make my lattés at work with skim milk powder. (Today and every day lately :) )

OK you may think skim milk powder is just for the poor or something. I would probably never drink a glass straight up cold.

But these are very good.
˝ cup of boiling water, 2 tbs of skim milk powder, you may want to play with the milk water amounts. Then froth it like crazy with this Ikea thing.

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30301167/

Add your coffee, chai, or London fog to taste. The coffee pot is always on at work and there is a pod espresso machine, but I haven’t joined that club. I bring my own chai and earl grey tea bags.
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Real skim milk powder has less calories, no fat, less carbs and more protein than that stuff.  I never count daily totals of calories etc. but I do compare.

Skim Milk Powder froths really well! I don't worry about bringing milk to work or my milk spoiling in the communal fridge.
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« Reply #4930 on: November 16, 2015, 01:59:30 PM »
Got a dozen eggs for $1.29, using a combo of a store coupon and a coupon insert coupon.  Cheap breakfast for the win!

Returned the pants I bought for DS and a purse I bought for myself to Costco for around $65 in refunded money.  DS decided he has enough sport pants, and I decided my DH resigning was a better present!  I have another purse from Goodwill that I will now use with pride and satisfaction.

Tried the Dirt Devil hand vac I bought for cleaning out the car.  It sucks -- hardly any suction power.  I'll return that later in the week for another $15 ish back.  I'll try to figure out a way to vacuum the car with our handy $100 used Dyson.
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« Reply #4931 on: November 16, 2015, 03:18:20 PM »
One small thing I did more than four years ago that came up today.

I wear glasses at work, and keep a tiny spray bottle of cleaning fluid in my desk drawer. Yesterday one of my colleagues asked me what brand it was, as he wanted to buy some for his glasses.

Well...

The fluid is free from my optometrist (I get a big bottle with every pair of glasses, which are covered annually through my health insurance).

The bottle itself is from a hotel my husband and I stayed at in Madrid.

In 2011.

I brought it home and have been refilling it ever since.

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« Reply #4932 on: November 16, 2015, 03:56:01 PM »
Compulsively watching the register at the grocery store paid off today! I bought 2 lbs of broccoli crowns, which were listed at $1.79/lb. They rang up at $2.50/lb. I went to customer service* and brought it to their attention, and got the broccoli for free!

*Credit goes to DH, who encouraged me to go over to customer service after noticing (I am a "but I don't want to be a bother" sort of person). DH persuaded me by pointing out how many poor families (we live in a low-income neighborhood) would be charged extra because they may be tired or minding kids and not notice the price difference. I'm a sucker for a "service to others" argument.
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« Reply #4933 on: November 16, 2015, 04:22:36 PM »
Compulsively watching the register at the grocery store paid off today! I bought 2 lbs of broccoli crowns, which were listed at $1.79/lb. They rang up at $2.50/lb. I went to customer service* and brought it to their attention, and got the broccoli for free!

*Credit goes to DH, who encouraged me to go over to customer service after noticing (I am a "but I don't want to be a bother" sort of person). DH persuaded me by pointing out how many poor families (we live in a low-income neighborhood) would be charged extra because they may be tired or minding kids and not notice the price difference. I'm a sucker for a "service to others" argument.

Ooh that is going to stay with me! I won't make a fuss if it's just me but I would go into bat for anyone else in a heartbeat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4934 on: November 16, 2015, 05:34:42 PM »
Compulsively watching the register at the grocery store paid off today! I bought 2 lbs of broccoli crowns, which were listed at $1.79/lb. They rang up at $2.50/lb. I went to customer service* and brought it to their attention, and got the broccoli for free!

*Credit goes to DH, who encouraged me to go over to customer service after noticing (I am a "but I don't want to be a bother" sort of person). DH persuaded me by pointing out how many poor families (we live in a low-income neighborhood) would be charged extra because they may be tired or minding kids and not notice the price difference. I'm a sucker for a "service to others" argument.

Excellent! Last time I was at Sprouts, they had an advertised special of 99 cents a pound for Granny Smith apples--but they did not have any such apples loose. I griped--politely--to a produce stocker type, and he gave me a three-pound bag of them for free.
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« Reply #4935 on: November 16, 2015, 06:15:51 PM »
Need to once again publicly shame myself for not seeing the freaking obvious.

My husband and I are renting our apartment. Our bedroom faces another apartment building, and our vertical blinds have all the blockout qualities of tissue paper.

Last weekend our neighbours were on their balcony until the early hours of the morning, and the lights shone straight in our bedroom window.

Brainwave number one came on Sunday morning when I went online and got a quote for blockout blinds for the window. $150 to sleep? Sold! We've been in the apartment four years. I was kicking myself for not doing something about this earlier.
(I didn't purchase anything, but we agreed to get the local blind store to come assess the window.)

Brainwave number two came, oh, about three minutes ago when a little voice in my head said, 'Duh, eBay, second-hand verticals'.

I had a quick search on my phone, found dozens of options within 10kms of home, all for <$30. Texted my mum, she confirmed that she can hem them if I can't get the right length. And I know I can wash them at home.

(When we moved into our current place the verticals were very grubby. I pulled them down, soaked them in Napisan in the bath and hung them back up spotless.)

I really doubt my own mental capabilities when it took so long for that to occur to me!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4936 on: November 16, 2015, 06:24:22 PM »
Had to take the kiddos to the pediatrician for flu shots and an exam. Parked at the meter ($2) instead of in the associated underground parking lot ($8). Bonus: Fresh air and sunshine instead of steering kids through a dark dangerous car dungeon. Double bonus: DS5 most likely doesn't have the potentially disfiguring disease I was worried about. Whoo!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4937 on: November 16, 2015, 06:27:53 PM »
Asked the library to order a copy of a movie I have been wanting to see instead of pressing the instant click rental purchase on amazon. The wheels of my rationalization machine drive me over financial cliffs in $2.99 at time increments! ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4938 on: November 16, 2015, 07:04:33 PM »
Home grown tobacco!
Talk about your waste of money, feeding a bad habit with cash is the stupidest!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4939 on: November 16, 2015, 08:05:17 PM »
I love that we are on page 100 of small things! The small things add up!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4940 on: November 16, 2015, 08:14:12 PM »
Y'all. I mended a hole in the toe of my tights.* I MENDED TIGHTS, Y'ALL.



*To be fair, the mend in the actual hole was excellent and held, but I didn't go far enough with the mend up the run that had developed, which continued to work its way up all day. So the tights are still ruined. But I see this as totally OK, because I KNOW I CAN MEND TIGHTS!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4941 on: November 16, 2015, 08:50:34 PM »
Woke up early to cook myself breakfast because my usual grab and go options are gone!

Used my back-up lunch in my office closet because I forgot to pack my lunch.

Used free tea to brew several pots of tea at work.

Had breakfast for dinner (yeah, I really need to grocery shop)

Put two previously prepared meals (lunch and dinner for tomorrow) from the freezer to the fridge

Snuggling with my dog while drinking a hot cup of tea instead of turning on the heat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4942 on: November 17, 2015, 07:35:04 AM »
I didn't have a prepared lunch for today, but rather than going, "fuck it," I went, "we can make this work."
Hummus and carrots and an orange and a bag of spinach will totally do as some disjointed but very healthy lunching!
(I work directly downtown in the land of delicious but expensive food carts. Not going, 'fuck it,' and getting a falafel is willpower I tell you.)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4943 on: November 17, 2015, 10:51:48 AM »
Made a pot of tea with free tea.
Had a few co-worker provided cookies for "breakfast"
Packed my lunch
Yoga in my living room with a youtube video this morning

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4944 on: November 17, 2015, 11:43:13 AM »
Had a walk outside on my break rather than the usual mid-morning snack. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4945 on: November 17, 2015, 12:16:16 PM »
Walked 1.5 miles to work to sew on 2 buttons.  Earned me $5, didn't want to spend most of that just driving my car there and back!  Absolutely lovely day for the walk too.

As a bonus I ran into an old coworker and chatted for a bit :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4946 on: November 17, 2015, 01:13:19 PM »
Made an overdue big grocery shopping trip, but thanks to a strategic combo of sales, digital coupons, online rebates, and paper coupons, I scored a bunch of staples for cheap, including:
* 18-oz moisturizer: 49 cents
* 32-oz shampoo: 99 cents
* 12-oz box of cereal: 24 cents
* 3 cans of lentil soup: 33 cents each (Cheaper to make, but husband really loves the canned variety, so it's good to have as a backup.)
* 30-oz jar of mayonnaise: 75 cents
* 2 10-oz bags of frozen cauliflower: 42 cents each
* 3 5-oz boxes of fancy organic salad greens mix: $1.67 each

And my favorites:
* 2 12-oz boxes of pasta: free
* 1/2 lb of fresh green beans: 2-cent profit
* Heat-and-serve Indian-style meal thing: 25-cent profit
* 12-oz shampoo: $1 profit
* Plus a coupon for $5 off my next purchase (Which is good, since it's our main store)

I've started spending a bit more time comparison-shopping than I probably should, but I like to think of it like the grown-up version of Concentration. I figure I'm exercising my memory while matching up bargains.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4947 on: November 17, 2015, 01:14:12 PM »
Also sold a book for $24 pure profit, as I hadn't personally paid for the book in the first place.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4948 on: November 17, 2015, 02:13:52 PM »
Made an overdue big grocery shopping trip, but thanks to a strategic combo of sales, digital coupons, online rebates, and paper coupons, I scored a bunch of staples for cheap, including:
* 18-oz moisturizer: 49 cents
* 32-oz shampoo: 99 cents
* 12-oz box of cereal: 24 cents
* 3 cans of lentil soup: 33 cents each (Cheaper to make, but husband really loves the canned variety, so it's good to have as a backup.)
* 30-oz jar of mayonnaise: 75 cents
* 2 10-oz bags of frozen cauliflower: 42 cents each
* 3 5-oz boxes of fancy organic salad greens mix: $1.67 each

And my favorites:
* 2 12-oz boxes of pasta: free
* 1/2 lb of fresh green beans: 2-cent profit
* Heat-and-serve Indian-style meal thing: 25-cent profit
* 12-oz shampoo: $1 profit
* Plus a coupon for $5 off my next purchase (Which is good, since it's our main store)

I've started spending a bit more time comparison-shopping than I probably should, but I like to think of it like the grown-up version of Concentration. I figure I'm exercising my memory while matching up bargains.
I'm always so impressed with couponers.  Way to go!

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« Reply #4949 on: November 17, 2015, 03:40:14 PM »
Made tea at work with leaves left behind by some mysterious prof.
Got free pizza for lunch because the student association ordered too much (I paid them back by offering free grad school advice).
My "Eat the fridge" supper was a pretty good basic chowder.
Found a quarter on the ground! Second day in a row!
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