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« Reply #5100 on: December 08, 2015, 10:17:39 AM »
ShaneD thank you!

*made a grocery list on Ibotta, and plan to try it out tonight. Does anyone else have experience/good results with this app or any others like it?

I use Ibotta pretty regularly. It's an easy way to stock up on things that we would not normally purchase. I've received around $175 from it since last December. The any brand rebates are great because its rare to find coupons on produce and every little bit counts. I also like it a lot for stocking up on alcohol. We like to keep a well stocked bar (cheaper than going out for drinks!) and getting $4-6 off liquor is fantastic. We've been able to stack sales, coupon and the ibotta rebates to get things for free before too.

Just be careful you don't let yourself buy things just to get the rebate.

+1. I also use Ibotta after every trip. I haven't made nearly as much- like $13 since I started a few months ago. But then, we only do every brand purchases and rarely a Bota Box rebate. I also agree- do not let it make you buy something you wouldn't buy otherwise! I don't make a list from Ibotta- I decide what I'm going to buy and treat Ibotta as another coupon. (Okay, I need cream cheese. Let's see- Challenger is on sale through the app. Does that make it cheaper than the store brand cream cheese? If yes, purchase; if no, store brand. But I'm not going to buy cream cheese if I didn't already need it).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5101 on: December 08, 2015, 12:08:13 PM »
ShaneD thank you!

*made a grocery list on Ibotta, and plan to try it out tonight. Does anyone else have experience/good results with this app or any others like it?

I use Ibotta pretty regularly. It's an easy way to stock up on things that we would not normally purchase. I've received around $175 from it since last December. The any brand rebates are great because its rare to find coupons on produce and every little bit counts. I also like it a lot for stocking up on alcohol. We like to keep a well stocked bar (cheaper than going out for drinks!) and getting $4-6 off liquor is fantastic. We've been able to stack sales, coupon and the ibotta rebates to get things for free before too.

Just be careful you don't let yourself buy things just to get the rebate.

+1. I also use Ibotta after every trip. I haven't made nearly as much- like $13 since I started a few months ago. But then, we only do every brand purchases and rarely a Bota Box rebate. I also agree- do not let it make you buy something you wouldn't buy otherwise! I don't make a list from Ibotta- I decide what I'm going to buy and treat Ibotta as another coupon. (Okay, I need cream cheese. Let's see- Challenger is on sale through the app. Does that make it cheaper than the store brand cream cheese? If yes, purchase; if no, store brand. But I'm not going to buy cream cheese if I didn't already need it).

Another +1 for ibotta, for all the reasons already provided. That and Savingstar are my top 2.

Savingstar has a weekly produce rebate, and sometimes has brands/items I regularly buy (sometimes not). The big thing I've seen there is that Savingstar rebates often parallel available coupons and available digital coupons at my main supermarket. So if you skip being brand-loyal, you can end up with quite a few freebies or really cheap items by stacking Savingstar with coupons. (I now own a bunch of free moisturizer and body wash.) On rare occasion, it also has a freebie item (like a free Kit Kat the other week). The minimum cash-out price is also low ($5). ETA: I've also gotten small percentages back on online shopping (they include a lot of sites).

I just started trying Mobisave (was on a waiting list for a couple of months), which has mostly things I don't buy, but when something does pop up, it's advantage is that the money goes straight to your PayPal, with no minimum cash-out required.

I just downloaded BerryCart yesterday, actually, which seems like a cross between ibotta and Mobisave. Don't have enough experience yet to give an opinion.

Two I haven't found worth the time for me are Snap and Checkout51. I thought Checkout51, in particular, would be useful, but the vast majority of products on it, I've never heard of and have no access to, let alone would buy. 25 cents each week for 1 produce offer is something, but once I finally hit my minimum on that one, I think I'm going to cash out and scrap it. Snap, approximately the same experience, although it, too, has occasionally produce items. (Got free scallions that way, for example.)

ETA: I should add that there are a bunch of blogs out there dedicated to sharing fortuitous coupon/rebate combos. While I do come up with some of them myself (since everyone's available rebates can vary), this site in particular has been invaluable to me, as they post a lot on my local store: http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/ . They cover not just physical coupons but online rebates/cash-back as well.
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« Reply #5102 on: December 08, 2015, 12:20:20 PM »
Two I haven't found worth the time for me are Snap and Checkout51. I thought Checkout51, in particular, would be useful, but the vast majority of products on it, I've never heard of and have no access to, let alone would buy. 25 cents each week for 1 produce offer is something, but once I finally hit my minimum on that one, I think I'm going to cash out and scrap it. Snap, approximately the same experience, although it, too, has occasionally produce items. (Got free scallions that way, for example.)

I haven't used Snap, but that is 100% my experience with Checkout51. I thought I would like it because it's not store-specific like Ibotta (I can't do Trader Joe's or Grocery Outlet on Ibotta), but the rebates never seem to cycle and I don't buy anything on there. So I just do the one produce deal each week I remember, and will cash out then delete.
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« Reply #5103 on: December 08, 2015, 05:42:48 PM »
Cut open an "empty" plastic squeeze bottle of mustard. Salvaged ~1/3 cup.

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« Reply #5104 on: December 08, 2015, 05:47:59 PM »
Charged up Eneloop batteries for my wireless keyboard and fancy bathroom scale instead of using Duracells.

The other day I made pulled pork and instead of throwing away the cooking liquid, stuck it in the fridge.  Just now cut up a cabbage and am pressure cooking it in the liquid, which is full of garlic, chipotle and other delicious flavors.

Skipped a co-worker's retirement sushi luncheon because he'll be having another retirement party in the office next week, so I'll catch him then.

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« Reply #5105 on: December 08, 2015, 07:52:39 PM »
I got my iud installed...
And even better, I managed the trip there and another trip on one crumpled bus ticket I found when I was cleaning out my wallet last night.

I'm glad to hear the blackout blinds are a success, good luck with your husband's transition

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« Reply #5106 on: December 09, 2015, 01:22:51 AM »
Took my kids to The Peanuts Movie tonight using BOGO coupons. Bought no snacks there and brought a small (metal) water bottle in my purse. Brought along a granola bar and 2 little candies for each child. Everyone was delighted and we had a fun evening together. The movie was cute, BTW. Will enjoy it again someday when the video comes to the library :-)

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« Reply #5107 on: December 09, 2015, 01:46:16 AM »
Catered work drinks this afternoon.

Heaps of leftovers, so I brought home some chicken sticks, which just became dinner.

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« Reply #5108 on: December 09, 2015, 03:55:53 AM »
Finished my holiday shopping using Amazon gift cards and a (very small)amount of one of the two useless gift cards to a mall department store that somehow manages to carry nothing I'd have and virtually nothing anyone else would either.


Rant alert:
I've tried to use these gift cards more than once. Also they ship USPS only but won't ship to a PO Box so I can't buy anything from the website, which at least has decent pillows.


And most of the resale sites don't do this company's gift cards because they know they suck too.


They do carry a great deal of disposable "fashion" which I'm sure is how they stay in business,

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« Reply #5109 on: December 09, 2015, 08:50:12 AM »
Called to change my credit card to one with no fees after realizing I don't spend enough anymore to make the extra cash back cover the annual fee.

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« Reply #5110 on: December 09, 2015, 10:58:22 AM »
Formally opted out of the secret santa office gift exchange this year.

I'd rather spend the money to buy myself stuff I actually want - when I find a deal on it and when I want it - than spend time and money on 5 gifts (it runs 5 days!) for someone who might not even appreciate them. And I don't need someone else spending their money to buy me 5 random things that I don't need.

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« Reply #5111 on: December 09, 2015, 11:48:59 AM »
Volunteered to make a gluten-free cake for my colleague's baby shower as my contribution. (I can make it using ingredients from my pantry, and it will be way better than what the local bakery markets as gluten-free baked goods.)

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« Reply #5112 on: December 09, 2015, 01:10:33 PM »
Extending the last of homemade ham and bean and vegetable soup by cooking up some Basmati rice and eating a bit of soup over the rice. The soup is very flavorful, so can use little to nicely flavor the rice. Also, lots of beans, veg, and meat in the soup.

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« Reply #5113 on: December 09, 2015, 01:57:56 PM »
1) Making 2 loaves of bread a day in the bread machine - one is a regular loaf and one is a fruit bread.

2) Husband got given free NHL hockey tickets so he's taking 3 kids..yay for free!

3) Trying to be consistent in using up the beef we have in the deep freeze (2 sides)

4) Gathering library materials to get them returned on time/no fines


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« Reply #5114 on: December 09, 2015, 05:52:38 PM »
Volunteered to make a gluten-free cake for my colleague's baby shower as my contribution. (I can make it using ingredients from my pantry, and it will be way better than what the local bakery markets as gluten-free baked goods.)

This is my go-to gluten-free cake recipe.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/20395/flourless+chocolate+hazelnut+cake

It's always a hit, and it's great if you need to use up half a dozen eggs!

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« Reply #5115 on: December 09, 2015, 06:11:25 PM »
Formally opted out of the secret santa office gift exchange this year.

I'd rather spend the money to buy myself stuff I actually want - when I find a deal on it and when I want it - than spend time and money on 5 gifts (it runs 5 days!) for someone who might not even appreciate them. And I don't need someone else spending their money to buy me 5 random things that I don't need.

5?!? That's crazypants.


Did some sale-specific grocery shopping today, that with rebates and coupons included:

* 1 free bag of frozen meatballs (Not something I generally buy, but free is good)
* 1 free facial cleanser
* 1 free bag of snack crackers
* 1 free instant cup of soup (Again not something I'd buy, but for free, it's a snack for DH)

I'm bummed that they didn't have a certain kind of vitamins, though, as that would've come to a $5 profit!

I also ended up picking up 2 big boxes of expiring fancy salad greens on manager's special for 70% off. Took a bit of time to separate out the good food from the slime, and I ended up throwing out about 40% of the total haul. But the work was painless (and I did some paying work in my head while doing it), and at the price we still came out ahead.

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« Reply #5116 on: December 09, 2015, 10:50:15 PM »
I was surprised last January when my credit card statement included a $139 annual fee. I was sure when I signed up for it that it was only around $30. Anyway, made a note in the calendar for December to call and question it before I was automatically billed. Called up today and yes, they were set to charge me $139. I told them to cancel the card and promptly got the spiel about all the added value I was receiving. I replied that I didn't think it was worth it and please cancel the card. Pronto, the fee was waived. Less than five minutes effort (maybe six if you include the time to put a note in the calendar for next year!)
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« Reply #5117 on: December 10, 2015, 06:58:09 AM »
Volunteered to make a gluten-free cake for my colleague's baby shower as my contribution. (I can make it using ingredients from my pantry, and it will be way better than what the local bakery markets as gluten-free baked goods.)

This is my go-to gluten-free cake recipe.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/20395/flourless+chocolate+hazelnut+cake

It's always a hit, and it's great if you need to use up half a dozen eggs!

That's very similar to one of my standbys!

I also use this one:
http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chocolate-cloud-cake-170 (which is what I made last night - 10 minutes effort, tops, and the ingredients cost about 6$, mostly because I used good chocolate... way cheaper than a gift contribution of 20$, and more appreciated in the end)

And this one is really good! http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/CHOCOLATE-OLIVE-OIL-CAKE-5551

Honestly, extra eggs are way cheaper than rice flour and gluten-free flour blends... and these cakes are EASY and use pantry ingredients. I have no idea why people are so intimidated by gluten-free baking; there are recipes that don't require 8 different kinds of odd flours.

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« Reply #5118 on: December 10, 2015, 08:30:51 AM »
Our FoodSaver died a couple months ago and I was trying to compare models this morning.  Determined that the GameSaver model has a longer warranty and is more heavy duty, so went to the FoodSaver website to try to look up specs.  Turns out, they had this model on super sale for $84 with free shipping vs. $110 at Amazon, and the warranty is 10 years vs. 5 years for the fancy stainless countertop model on sale for $130 at CostCo.  Also found a promo code to get a jar sealer from them for $4.99 (I am constantly storing stuff in mason jars).

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« Reply #5119 on: December 10, 2015, 09:47:30 AM »
I've been too cheap to buy the countertop foodsaver. I had a handheld one that was on sale at Target a few  years back for ten dollars, free with a ten dollar coupon. But it died - and I figured out I could use a handheld wine sealer over the foodsaver bag circle thingie to suction out the air. It was something I already owned and has no electric parts to break. Attached- a photo of my winesaver putting my foodsaver to rest.

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« Reply #5120 on: December 10, 2015, 09:52:41 AM »
Packed my breakfast, lunch and snacks.  All random leftovers. 
Defrosting chicken breasts for dinner.  I bought them on sale a few months ago. 


Volunteered to make a gluten-free cake for my colleague's baby shower as my contribution. (I can make it using ingredients from my pantry, and it will be way better than what the local bakery markets as gluten-free baked goods.)

This is my go-to gluten-free cake recipe.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/20395/flourless+chocolate+hazelnut+cake

It's always a hit, and it's great if you need to use up half a dozen eggs!

That's very similar to one of my standbys!

I also use this one:
http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chocolate-cloud-cake-170 (which is what I made last night - 10 minutes effort, tops, and the ingredients cost about 6$, mostly because I used good chocolate... way cheaper than a gift contribution of 20$, and more appreciated in the end)

And this one is really good! http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/CHOCOLATE-OLIVE-OIL-CAKE-5551

Honestly, extra eggs are way cheaper than rice flour and gluten-free flour blends... and these cakes are EASY and use pantry ingredients. I have no idea why people are so intimidated by gluten-free baking; there are recipes that don't require 8 different kinds of odd flours.
I'm not gluten free, but I love dense chocolate desserts.  I've only had them at restaurants, so I'm excited to try to make one at home.

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« Reply #5121 on: December 10, 2015, 12:13:13 PM »
Two I haven't found worth the time for me are Snap and Checkout51. I thought Checkout51, in particular, would be useful, but the vast majority of products on it, I've never heard of and have no access to, let alone would buy. 25 cents each week for 1 produce offer is something, but once I finally hit my minimum on that one, I think I'm going to cash out and scrap it. Snap, approximately the same experience, although it, too, has occasionally produce items. (Got free scallions that way, for example.)

I haven't used Snap, but that is 100% my experience with Checkout51. I thought I would like it because it's not store-specific like Ibotta (I can't do Trader Joe's or Grocery Outlet on Ibotta), but the rebates never seem to cycle and I don't buy anything on there. So I just do the one produce deal each week I remember, and will cash out then delete.

Checkout51 must have heard us: this week's options I've mostly heard of! Still little I'd personally buy (maybe some Raisin Bran for DH), but much more friendly to the average bear this week.


My small things today:
* Woke up feeling lousy with aching sinuses, so going to save money by not eating today.
* Got a robo-call saying we still needed to sign up for healthcare, which we'd already done. Checked account online, and yep, we're fine. Discovered that new insurance will take credit cards, though (last one wouldn't), so happily our health insurance is going to earn points for cash this year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5122 on: December 10, 2015, 02:14:32 PM »
Had a lunch date but instead of ordering an entire meal, I packed leftovers and just ordered a chai latte while out (hush, I know that was bad enough).

Logged into Mint to check budgets.

Browsed the MMM forums to find end-of-the-year tips and things I can start in the new year.

Oh! And yesterday I changed my filing status on my W-4 when I discovered it would put me in a lower tax bracket.

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« Reply #5123 on: December 10, 2015, 03:55:19 PM »
Received a gift certificate for Starbucks, I don't drink coffee and their pastries are shitty, so I just listed it for sale online.  Would rather have $20 than spend $25 on crap pastries and/or hot cocoa that my waistline could do without.

Also just listed an electronics doo-dad that I was gifted but have zero interest in using on Craigslist.

Hopefully these will both move fast and then that will be my Christmas budget taken care of!

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« Reply #5124 on: December 10, 2015, 04:40:42 PM »
Free pizza and beer for dinner!

A local business incubator holds a monthly event where startups pitch their business.  The presentations are interesting and unlimited (within reason) pizza and beer is provided.

I found this event through a Meetup group.

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« Reply #5125 on: December 10, 2015, 06:46:38 PM »
I've been too cheap to buy the countertop foodsaver. I had a handheld one that was on sale at Target a few  years back for ten dollars, free with a ten dollar coupon. But it died - and I figured out I could use a handheld wine sealer over the foodsaver bag circle thingie to suction out the air. It was something I already owned and has no electric parts to break. Attached- a photo of my winesaver putting my foodsaver to rest.

That is cool.  I figured someone here would share a cheaper FoodSaver hack!  Do you do much vacuum sealing with it?  I'm not familiar with the bags that have something built in to suction out the air.  I've only used the ones that come in rolls (and we have many rolls on hand from the CostCo pack). 

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« Reply #5126 on: December 10, 2015, 07:47:26 PM »
I do a fair amount of sealing with it. I have a chest freezer and tend to buy in bulk when I get a good deal. I sometimes wish I had the rolls, but this is working for me and I got a good deal on the bags at one point so I'm set for a while.

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« Reply #5127 on: December 10, 2015, 11:35:39 PM »
DH went shopping today and bought a bunch of stuff on sale. Earl Grey teabags were half price as were ground coffee for the Aeropress. I instructed him to buy 4 boxes of 100 tea bags because I'd never seen it that cheap before :)

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« Reply #5128 on: December 11, 2015, 12:20:33 AM »
I'm not feeling very Mustachian these days, with Christmas spending for my large family reaching a fever pitch. I am, however, trying to at least be mindful in the kitchen by using the meat from the freezer each day, and planning meals 2 days in advance (enough time for meat to thaw in the fridge). I bought 50 chickens in the summer and 2 sides of beef in the fall. The only thing I should be buying to fill in the gaps is fish (from Costco).

Tonight we had chicken and potatoes. Tomorrow night is a sirloin roast with carrots and broccoli. Saturday is spaghetti. I've always liked that saying that "failing to plan is planning to fail." It is certainly true for me with meal planning.

I have been getting a loaf or two of bread going in the bread machine each day.

I have been using up sad looking vegetables in a Roasted Vegetables side dish -- olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and rosemary.




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« Reply #5129 on: December 11, 2015, 07:46:35 AM »
Older DS is home sick today, so my outing for errands and lunch with a friend is postponed. She's definitely not mustachian, but she is a good friend.

It is warm again today - heat is off and windows are open. Made homemade pizza dough for the kids' supper tonight (I will have a salad). There will be dough left over, too. I'm enjoying my tea and planning on a quiet home day today.

And, I made it through the Christmas gift wrapping season with only purchasing tissue paper ($1). Other than that, I used what I already had on hand. If I had waited, I wouldn't have had to buy any; my mom brought over a bag of tissue paper, tags, and gift bags. These were a little bit of her "extras". She seems to think all the stores will close forever and she won't be able to purchase any wrapping products - she hoards like crazy! No way can she use it in her lifetime.

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« Reply #5130 on: December 11, 2015, 08:59:24 AM »
Are these way cheaper in the long haul than using freezer ziplocks & freezer tupperwares? Or does the vaccuum seal helps them last longer in the freezer? or both? :-)

I've been too cheap to buy the countertop foodsaver. I had a handheld one that was on sale at Target a few  years back for ten dollars, free with a ten dollar coupon. But it died - and I figured out I could use a handheld wine sealer over the foodsaver bag circle thingie to suction out the air. It was something I already owned and has no electric parts to break. Attached- a photo of my winesaver putting my foodsaver to rest.

That is cool.  I figured someone here would share a cheaper FoodSaver hack!  Do you do much vacuum sealing with it?  I'm not familiar with the bags that have something built in to suction out the air.  I've only used the ones that come in rolls (and we have many rolls on hand from the CostCo pack).

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« Reply #5131 on: December 11, 2015, 09:05:52 AM »
Are these way cheaper in the long haul than using freezer ziplocks & freezer tupperwares? Or does the vaccuum seal helps them last longer in the freezer? or both? :-)

I've been too cheap to buy the countertop foodsaver. I had a handheld one that was on sale at Target a few  years back for ten dollars, free with a ten dollar coupon. But it died - and I figured out I could use a handheld wine sealer over the foodsaver bag circle thingie to suction out the air. It was something I already owned and has no electric parts to break. Attached- a photo of my winesaver putting my foodsaver to rest.

That is cool.  I figured someone here would share a cheaper FoodSaver hack!  Do you do much vacuum sealing with it?  I'm not familiar with the bags that have something built in to suction out the air.  I've only used the ones that come in rolls (and we have many rolls on hand from the CostCo pack).

Vacuum sealing prevents freezer burn so the food lasts longer.  The bags aren't cheaper than freezer bags.  I also use them for things like big hunks of cheese which will last in the fridge for months without molding if it's vacuum packed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5132 on: December 11, 2015, 09:40:43 AM »
Last night I used quite a bit from the freezer.  I baked a few chicken breasts that I had defrosted.  I made a cauliflower mash (https://www.thehealthychef.com/2012/06/cauliflower-mash/) using frozen cauliflower and half an onion left over from Thanksgiving.

For dessert, I used an avocado and banana that were about to turn to make a chocolate mousse (http://balancedbites.com/content/easy-recipe-dairy-free-chocolate-mousse-pudding/).  I didn't have any coconut milk, so I used skim milk in the fridge and didn't add any sweetener.  I did add quite a bit of cinnamon and a little bit more cocoa powder than the recipe called for, but it was a great dessert. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5133 on: December 11, 2015, 11:35:53 AM »
I'm renewing my CPR for healthcare providers today, and can do it online. When I was going through the pay set up, I noticed there was a place for "discount code". So I googled and lo and behold, I found a code for $5 off. $15 instead of $20 now. It's amazing to me how often that works.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5134 on: December 11, 2015, 11:42:01 AM »
Today, I opened up my lunchbox and stared at the "food" I had prepared. It looked unappetizing. I googled nearby restaurants, but in the end I told myself to just eat it and move on. So I did. It was about as tasty as it was attractive, but I banked $8 by avoiding eating out. I did make a note to never pack that particular meal again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5135 on: December 11, 2015, 12:47:44 PM »
Worked from home rather than filling up on gas to drive 30 miles!

Bonus points: Cooked breakfast and lunch at home since I was already here!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5136 on: December 11, 2015, 01:49:32 PM »
...snip...

And, I made it through the Christmas gift wrapping season with only purchasing tissue paper ($1). Other than that, I used what I already had on hand. If I had waited, I wouldn't have had to buy any; my mom brought over a bag of tissue paper, tags, and gift bags. These were a little bit of her "extras". She seems to think all the stores will close forever and she won't be able to purchase any wrapping products - she hoards like crazy! No way can she use it in her lifetime.

My daughter was like that.  When she moved out, she left me her wrapping paper collection.  Seven years later I still have massive amounts.  I doubt I will need to buy wrapping paper again in my lifetime.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5137 on: December 11, 2015, 02:32:13 PM »
A big group that I was in got "stranded" in the city when our shuttle bus was a no-show.  We waited 20 minutes for it and then were told it would "be a while."  I found online that our destination was only 1.7 miles away, so I announced that I was going to walk it.  People were incredulous.  "Walk?!  You're going. to. walk?!" 

"Sure," I said.  "And I'll probably beat the bus there," I said over my shoulder as I exited.

Once I got to the destination, I found that a couple of the others had opted for a taxi, and still others had decided to walk right after I left, and arrived shortly after I did, telling me that they did so because they heard my announcement that I was doing it and that it really wasn't that far.  They were, for some reason, drenched in sweat, but maybe the experience will teach them that they should opt for leg-based transpo more often.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5138 on: December 11, 2015, 03:00:09 PM »
*  so far today have successfully resisted buying a camera that I have been coveting forever.  It is in the amazon cart, but my credit card number is not saved, so I am powerless to purchase it unless I dig out the card. 

*  found a nickel on the ground

Guys, I am 1471 away from zero credit card debt . . . I have been sooooo good this year and I "deserve" the camera and it would only set me back a month . . . . but I cannot do it.  I want deserve the ZERO more.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5139 on: December 11, 2015, 03:04:58 PM »
Brought my own lunch to work.

Bolt of Linen arrived- making linen towels for Christmas gifts this year for the family. Would cost $30-50 to purchase retail. To make is costing 10-13 dollars in materials, time not included since that is a labor of love.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5140 on: December 11, 2015, 03:48:07 PM »
A big group that I was in got "stranded" in the city when our shuttle bus was a no-show.  We waited 20 minutes for it and then were told it would "be a while."  I found online that our destination was only 1.7 miles away, so I announced that I was going to walk it.  People were incredulous.  "Walk?!  You're going. to. walk?!" 

"Sure," I said.  "And I'll probably beat the bus there," I said over my shoulder as I exited.

Once I got to the destination, I found that a couple of the others had opted for a taxi, and still others had decided to walk right after I left, and arrived shortly after I did, telling me that they did so because they heard my announcement that I was doing it and that it really wasn't that far.  They were, for some reason, drenched in sweat, but maybe the experience will teach them that they should opt for leg-based transpo more often.

Inquiring minds need to know - when DID the bus get there?

Good for you! You got a few others to walk too, though if they got all sweaty they may be cursing you....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5141 on: December 11, 2015, 04:43:04 PM »
Cooked a bunch of onions out of the 50lb. bag I bought this week by caramelizing them in leftover bacon fat.  Also made flat breads.  Caramelized onions on flatbread topped with a little cheese and stuck under the broiler will be our go to snack when we are running in and out this weekend.  Who wants to stop for crappy fast food on the way home when you can have that 10 minutes after walking in the door.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5142 on: December 11, 2015, 04:52:10 PM »
Roasted two bpvery large sweet potatoes that seemed to be approaching their 'best by' date (peel, dice, toss with olive oil, cumin, sage, cardamom, celery salt, salt, and minced garlic).

Made pinto beans and rice, using red pepper that has seen better days (dried pinto beans, basmati rice, salt, garlic, celery, red pepper, leeks, cumin)

Topped beans and rice with some of the roasted sweet potatoes - pretty yummy!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5143 on: December 11, 2015, 06:35:16 PM »

Guys, I am 1471 away from zero credit card debt . . . I have been sooooo good this year and I "deserve" the camera and it would only set me back a month . . . . but I cannot do it.  I want deserve the ZERO more.

Yes! You do deserve the zero more! So awesome!

Today:

*cooked dinner from food on hand, even though we were out for hours and I really just felt like ordering in -- I'm so weak!

*invited to friends for coffee and dessert -- love having equally frugal friends where there's no expectation of fancy.

*skating with the kids today -- prepaid for the year and received a huge discount -- we've already recouped our costs so the rest of the year (January to March) are effectively free

*free staff Christmas party -- plan to take full advantage of the lovely appetizers and 4 course dinner -- also, wearing a dress from 2009 that fits me again! Saved me big $$$ and I think its still in style/timeless.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5144 on: December 11, 2015, 07:58:14 PM »
Called my gas supplier to cancel. Turns out they charge about double/therm as another supplier. I think I'm going to start a thread on this, as it was so dumb to leave it so long.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5145 on: December 12, 2015, 03:01:24 PM »
Called our insurance to negotiate the rates for home and car insurance as it went up by quite a bit this year, and was able to save $100!!! Also asked our condo board if I could get one of the bikes that was left on the bike rack in the garage. It's a nice pistachio coloured Trek bike that will just need a bit of maintenance (and some air in the tires) next spring. I'm keeping it in our locker for now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5146 on: December 12, 2015, 03:27:49 PM »
Turned off the central gas central heating's power. Not the gas, but the electricity. Words, they are not happening this morning. Anyway, it's summer and we won't be using the heating for a number of months so no point in using vampire power on the thermostat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5147 on: December 12, 2015, 03:54:49 PM »
*  found a dime on the ground
*  turning a batch of cookie dough into  3 gifts for a party tonight
*  donated 80 hotdogs (not mine, but from an organization I know that needed to get rid of them) to an animal shelter

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5148 on: December 12, 2015, 05:54:20 PM »
I'm not feeling very Mustachian these days, with Christmas spending for my large family reaching a fever pitch. I am, however, trying to at least be mindful in the kitchen by using the meat from the freezer each day, and planning meals 2 days in advance (enough time for meat to thaw in the fridge). I bought 50 chickens in the summer and 2 sides of beef in the fall. The only thing I should be buying to fill in the gaps is fish (from Costco).

Tonight we had chicken and potatoes. Tomorrow night is a sirloin roast with carrots and broccoli. Saturday is spaghetti. I've always liked that saying that "failing to plan is planning to fail." It is certainly true for me with meal planning.

I have been getting a loaf or two of bread going in the bread machine each day.

I have been using up sad looking vegetables in a Roasted Vegetables side dish -- olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and rosemary.

Is your home freezer a walk-in?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5149 on: December 12, 2015, 06:39:44 PM »
Both of us stayed on the mountain all day, grading and studying for final exams, respectively. (He does not need any classes in my field, fortunately.)


Showed him how to buy my Christmas present with the gift card balance on Amazon I built up over the summer doing focus groups. Silly, but I'll enjoy the present more. (A device to hold up a tablet, which I sort of need with my neck issues - will make the grading much less painful and exhausting.)


Combined with his Christmas present so we get free shipping.