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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4900 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 #4901 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 #4902 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 #4903 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 #4904 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 #4905 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.
Note this is REAL SKIM MILK powder. Not a coffee power substitute (coffeeMa**).  That crap is made with glucose and oil, not much milk.

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.
I haven’t made a Starbucks trip in weeks.  The only bad thing is I am walking less since Starbucks is a good 20 min break.


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« Reply #4906 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 #4907 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 #4908 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 #4909 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 #4910 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 #4911 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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« Reply #4912 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 #4913 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 #4914 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 #4915 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 #4916 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 #4917 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 #4918 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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« Reply #4919 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 #4920 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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« Reply #4921 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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« Reply #4922 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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« Reply #4923 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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« Reply #4924 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 #4925 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4926 on: November 17, 2015, 04:25:14 PM »
Cut the grommets off the edge of an unused red curtain panel. Hemmed the side and transformed it into a tablecloth for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4927 on: November 17, 2015, 07:14:50 PM »
Shared a car with my wife. I went to work and she spent the day shopping. She spotted a gas station with $1.99/gal gas and topped off the tank. Everywhere else in town it's 20cents higher.

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« Reply #4928 on: November 17, 2015, 07:54:32 PM »
Arranged to work from home tomorrow, and also two days next week.

Talked with a friend who runs a daycare, and she can register as a Scholastic books provider, which means that I can get a few books I'd been eyeing for my daughter for 1/3 of the Amazon cost, and she gets a percentage of the money I order for to get books for her daycare. Win/win. :)

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« Reply #4929 on: November 17, 2015, 08:27:18 PM »
Talked with a friend who runs a daycare, and she can register as a Scholastic books provider, which means that I can get a few books I'd been eyeing for my daughter for 1/3 of the Amazon cost, and she gets a percentage of the money I order for to get books for her daycare. Win/win. :)
Hi Foxy. We got lucky once when a teacher had a garage sale. My daughters got all sorts of books/maps/posters she had been collecting over a long career.

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« Reply #4930 on: November 17, 2015, 09:53:23 PM »
Supported a community service project with 100% recycled and found materials.  No money spent . . . for an effort that will hopefully lead to $100+ in donations. 

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« Reply #4931 on: November 18, 2015, 11:06:09 AM »
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!

Thank you! Doesn't happen all the time, but some weeks work out well.


Recent small things:
* Thawing blueberries I'd frozen from a super-sale 2 summers ago.
* Planning to use some harsh bourbon that husband bought a while back in chicken-mushroom stew tonight.
* Saving through proactivity: Transferred a dozen eggs from a carton that didn't fit fridge door properly to one that does.
* Emailed supermarket and online rebater about $1 (each) discount/rebate that failed to be deducted properly.
* Got insurance quotes for 3 different possible relocation locations to add to price comparison calculations.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4932 on: November 18, 2015, 02:00:17 PM »
Bought a half gallon of sale eggnog.  Froze three pints for future use.  I love steamed eggnog and coffee.

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« Reply #4933 on: November 18, 2015, 03:15:51 PM »
Discovered we'd accidentally left 3 cooked boneless pork chops out all night last night. (Whoops.) Husband and I conferred and decided to risk it, so I re-seared all the exposed surfaces on way-high heat, diced 'em up, tossed 'em into seasoned sauteed mushrooms and onions, splashed on the cheap bourbon, covered with broth, and boiled the hell out of it all for 20-ish minutes (i.e., reduced the broth). Mixed it all with leftover chicken, and our chicken-mushroom stew has become shredded chicken with pork-onion-mushroom sauce. Going to serve topped with sour cream and scallions (including the dark green parts -- why do recipes always exclude them?).

During the process, I felt grateful for saving money, not just for salvaging a couple of bucks on the pork, but for having given me the opportunity to work from home, which gave me the extra time to deal with salvaging the food. If I'd had my old traditional day job and 3-hour commute today, I wouldn't have had the time or energy left to deal with the issue.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4934 on: November 18, 2015, 03:52:59 PM »
Discovered we'd accidentally left 3 cooked boneless pork chops out all night last night. (Whoops.) Husband and I conferred and decided to risk it...

'We' left out most of a store BBQ chicken on Monday night. I didn't risk it...

My chicken and salad lunch for the next day became just salad.

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« Reply #4935 on: November 18, 2015, 03:55:14 PM »
My very, very small thing for today: unsubscribing from e-store mailing lists.

I signed up for a few to get various '$20 off first purchase/30 per cent off first purchase/free postage on first purchase' offers to pick up a few Christmas gifts.

Now that that is done, I don't need the temptation or clutter in my inbox.

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« Reply #4936 on: November 18, 2015, 04:44:14 PM »
Discovered we'd accidentally left 3 cooked boneless pork chops out all night last night. (Whoops.) Husband and I conferred and decided to risk it...

'We' left out most of a store BBQ chicken on Monday night. I didn't risk it...

My chicken and salad lunch for the next day became just salad.

Had someone else cooked 'em originally, I definitely would have tossed 'em. But since husband had overcooked them anyway (yeesh), more cooking couldn't actually make the texture any worse. :) If I don't check in tomorrow, though, we'll know I've killed us.

re: email lists: I have an extra email address that I use exclusively for making purchases. That way if I end up on a mailing list, I don't even need to bother unsubscribing since I never read anything in that account anyway. (Inbox 9999+, baby.) If I ever suddenly feel the need to organize for some reason, I can just kill the account and open a brand new one.

For non-purchase-related, there's also this beauty, if you haven't already heard of it: http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html

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« Reply #4937 on: November 18, 2015, 04:49:15 PM »
I stopped at the grocery store after a long day of work (and a missed lunch due to me taking the wrong container in the morning) to grab a can of diced tomatoes for my Chili, and I didn't buy a 20oz Coke! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4938 on: November 18, 2015, 04:53:25 PM »
Over the last few days:

Remembered to fill out the paperwork to cut off 403b contributions and push all my pay instead to the 457 plan. If I'd waited one more paycheck, my 403b would have been too maxed out for the full contribution.

Got one pumpkin reduced to dried powder. Acquired a new one yesterday (see attached photo). Got another one baked today after work, along with a tray of seeds. Found out pumpkin skins in fact do NOT make good dehydrated chips. Ugh. The internet lied to me.

Got two pairs of clearanced free shoes from kmart, threw out the old ones they are replacing. I'm not sure what they were thinking, sending me a $10 off coupon for a $10 shoe purchase.

Made an outstanding pumpkin coconut curry, which earned high praise from the husband. ("You can't even taste that it's pumpkin.") Making pumpkin fries at the moment.

We're visiting my daughter for thanksgiving, and I made my first ever airbnb reservation - and managed to pay for all three nights with recycled money. (Money I already spent for groceries but got back as rebates through the ibotta app).

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« Reply #4939 on: November 18, 2015, 05:31:15 PM »
1) Pulled some frozen homemade sausage patties from the freezer to add to dinner of egg burritos instead of ordering in. Having a grumpy day because I had a lousy sleep so I'm glad I could muster something up to feed the troops.

2) Every 5-8 years we get a big family portrait done which costs around $1000.. Ack! I know, right?! This year we had a photographer friend do the photo ($200 sitting fee) and got a wrapped canvas from picaboo for $90. I'm just as pleased with the result as I have been in other years and spent So. Much. Less.

3) Kids are using up fridge leftovers galore! Yay! No waste.

4) New lights for the Christmas tree bought by son with his employee discount.


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« Reply #4940 on: November 18, 2015, 06:06:39 PM »
Walked to local museum slash art gallery for free night. There was a cool event on where they rolled out a huge map of the (Canadian) Arctic and geographers stood on their research site and you could ask them about their work. One of them showed me home video of  cool critters that live in deep Arctic water.

Plus if you talked to enough of them, they gave you a map, and I did, so they did.

Had the heat down low all day, so I had to keep my jacket on for a while when I got home!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4941 on: November 18, 2015, 07:19:49 PM »
Walked to local museum slash art gallery for free night. There was a cool event on where they rolled out a huge map of the (Canadian) Arctic and geographers stood on their research site and you could ask them about their work. One of them showed me home video of  cool critters that live in deep Arctic water.

Plus if you talked to enough of them, they gave you a map, and I did, so they did.

Had the heat down low all day, so I had to keep my jacket on for a while when I got home!

All very cool, one way or another.

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« Reply #4942 on: November 19, 2015, 03:56:29 AM »
-Hung a load of washing to dry in the beautiful sun
-scrounged around and made myself potato fritters for dinner with the last 2potatoes and egg.
Even made ketchup to top with by blending a can of tomatoes with some seasoning and sugar (not brilliant but edible).
-DS needed a bear costume for Drama- I bought a $2bear and matching $4white fluffy throw rug from a secondhand store, did some bear surgery (he didn't survive) and made an awesome bear costume for cheap!
-a work friend brought in a bag of fresh cherries he was given, and told me I was free to any unrated home at the end of the day - walked away with a pound of fresh cherries-yum!
-made the switch from coffee to green tea, saving $7-$15/month!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4943 on: November 19, 2015, 06:35:31 AM »
Sold some baby items on kijiji for $20.

Ran out of granola at work for breakfast so I had to buy it from the café downstairs (bad, I know).  But I got myself an egg on an English muffin ($3) instead of the bagel with smoked salmon ($6) that I really wanted.  Lunch is leftovers, as it has been all week.

A big one (posted in a separate thread on this page), but I successfully negotiated 1 hour less in the office per day without taking a pay cut.  I'm thrilled.  Less of an evening rush with my young kids! Sanity!  It's a 3 month trial period but I'm obviously going to work my butt off to make sure it's seamless.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4944 on: November 19, 2015, 07:00:08 AM »
*Eating out the fridge all week. Some fish and broccoli tonight, a shrimp risotto tomorrow, and then we'll really need to go grocery shopping because there is practically NOTHING in the fridge. (What a waste of energy!)
*Made sure to take DH's unlimited transit pass the last two days when I was running around town for medical stuff, rather than my pay-per-use pass. He used mine for his commute one day, and he worked from home the other.
*Still don't have the heat on, and our utility bills have been accordingly awesome. (Although we're supposed to get snow this weekend, so I may break down...)

Here's a dumb one on how I didn't save money: I didn't have our HSA debit card with me when I went in for a doctor's appointment Tuesday, so I paid out-of-pocket for the co-pay. It's silly, but I was still a little peeved at myself for not remembering it. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4945 on: November 19, 2015, 09:01:49 AM »
Changed my tires to winter tires all by myself! I bought rims last year so that I wouldn't have to pay someone twice a year to change the tires. In the spring my boyfriend was here and helped me change them. This time it was all just me. It shouldn't be that big of a deal since I learned to change tires as a pre-teen, and have done it before with flats. But never all four of them at once, and never by myself.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4946 on: November 19, 2015, 09:18:26 AM »
Here's a dumb one on how I didn't save money: I didn't have our HSA debit card with me when I went in for a doctor's appointment Tuesday, so I paid out-of-pocket for the co-pay. It's silly, but I was still a little peeved at myself for not remembering it.

You can reimburse yourself from your HSA.  Just keep the receipts together in case you get audited.

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« Reply #4947 on: November 19, 2015, 09:23:49 AM »
I biked to work, realized that today was street sweeping day on the street I'd parked on ~2 weeks ago, so I biked back to save myself from a $200 tow+ticket.  I hate street parking.

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« Reply #4948 on: November 19, 2015, 11:11:10 AM »
Chose to be too lazy to make lentil soup last night, telling myself it would be fine to buy lunch for one day.  Woke up this morning feeling guilty about it and brought the crockpot to work and will eat when the lentils are ready this afternoon. 

It will make enough for tomorrow's lunch, too - which will just stay over night in the fridge :)

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« Reply #4949 on: November 19, 2015, 11:14:55 AM »
Yesterday, I had to run a mystery errand for a family member downtown (which ended up with me on a roof of a historic building unbolting a satellite dish --THANKS FOR THE WARNING GUYS "go pick it up" they said-- and then carrying it down 6 flights of stairs ohmygodIamgladIliftweights and now my family owes me so much) so I drove DH to campus and picked him up later, saving on parking fees.

Bought new Dr Bronner's soap from target- free shipping and today they have 20% off bath and body (code "ESSENTIALS" if anyone needs anything) and used a gift card from the wedding to buy it- $7 for 16oz, great price for that since a 16 oz bottle lasts us like 2 years.

Making a soup for lunch so I can use leftover rice from yesterday.

Looked up our energy usage for last month- 755kWh, which is below average, but I'm not thrilled about it. Had DH help me find the info, though, so now he's got some buy in about our usage levels. With Brother traveling, maybe this will result in a lower bill next month.

Used Ibotta to get $0.50 on a gallon of milk, which was already on sale for $1.99. And now we're at $10 on the app so we can cash out to PayPal. Not a fortune, but it's easy enough to enter things.

Going to stock up on cranberries at our next grocery trip while they're on thanksgiving sales. <3 ALL the cranberry applesauce!