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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5350 on: January 15, 2016, 07:50:40 PM »
Started Kondoizing my bookcase and found 3 sets of guitar strings I didn't know I had.

Got a deal on some food of faraway lands and shared it with a student from those lands. No savings, but good karma.

Made supper soup from stuff on hand (chicken & stock, chipotle, rice, chick peas, fenugreek sprouts, lime juice). Turned out tasty enough that I'll make it again even if I don't have to.

Turned down the heat early, and am internetting from under a quilt.




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« Reply #5351 on: January 16, 2016, 12:00:49 PM »
My mid 2010 MacBook Pro has had a failing trackpad for some time - it doesn't click anymore, and I was considering taking it in to the Apple store for replacement. I don't have enough in the budget for the repair, so I had been holding off.

I remembered I had an Apple magic mouse in the cupboard that I had used with a mac mini I no longer have, so I dug it out and reprogrammed it to work with the laptop. Using the mouse instead of getting the laptop repaired for now.

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« Reply #5352 on: January 16, 2016, 12:19:35 PM »
Found my dog's food has been added to amazon subscribe and save. 15% off, will save me $4.50 per ~6 weeks.

Found seaweed snack packs at Grocery Outlet. I use them for work day. Regular store, ~$0.75/per. Amazon subscribe and save (I was doing before): $0.52 per. GO: $0.33 per. Score. Picked up 6 of them, if I like the taste, I'll go back next week and see if they're still there.

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« Reply #5353 on: January 16, 2016, 12:57:45 PM »
Started using Ibotta and redeemed my first rebate - earned .25 on bell peppers and a $10 welcome bonus!

Subscribed to the wipes that my toddler uses at Target and saved 5% + free shipping. 

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« Reply #5354 on: January 16, 2016, 01:37:31 PM »
Wired leftover lunch combo at lunch yesterday. Consider it a free lunch because before I might have throw. Out the small bits left of mashed potato and fried rice.

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« Reply #5355 on: January 16, 2016, 01:45:06 PM »
Mended a pocket oh DH's hunting pants. Also finished a seam on a shirt Brother got for free. The machine missed the path and didn't catch one side, so I just redid that part of the seam. Did both by hand, and I listened to a podcast as I worked. Really enjoyed it!

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« Reply #5356 on: January 16, 2016, 03:02:58 PM »
a kind person on here helped me realize I only needed to spend $8 to get my iPhone to work through my car's speakers.  Everything else I read about was over $45. I'm glad I asked

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« Reply #5357 on: January 16, 2016, 07:15:14 PM »
Convinced my wife that spending so much money on restaurant and convenience meals every weekend is not good, after she asked me if I had planned anything special for dinner while watching the game (Danger, Will Robinson!) I said maybe nachos. She was scheming planning to take our daughter out to dinner, and instead conned her mother into paying invited her mother to dinner. It's really a slog trying to wean the family off of the lifestyle inflation of the past few years, but I'll take it as a small victory.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5358 on: January 16, 2016, 08:45:16 PM »
Went to Lowe's and bought 4 carriage bolts and 4 locknuts for my snowthrower for about $0.90.  The Sear's parts website wanted about $25.

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« Reply #5359 on: January 16, 2016, 09:53:04 PM »


Bitch Magazine, on feminism and money and household labour. Gotta put that women's studies minor to use somehow, right? ;)

I've written articles for free before, but I'm starting to think that being paid would be nice. We'll see if it works. I enjoy researching and writing, so writing for free for publications I respect isn't the worst (And the free writing listed on my resume has gotten me actual real-life jobs, so... free has paid off, kinda), but I think I'd like to see some $ coming in as a direct result, not as an incidental.
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Where did you get your start in writing? I like to write and have some professional experience in research and writing, but I've never published an article. We have at least two common areas of interest, frugality and feminism, so perhaps you could recommend some sites to consider. (My other topics of choice include thrifting, politics, satire and advice.) I had thought about pitching to xojane.com but their content quality has deteriorated significantly in the past few years. While I'm no longer constrained by the nature of my work to not publish anything, I still have to give some consideration to mainstream standards of respectability.

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« Reply #5360 on: January 17, 2016, 08:38:54 AM »


Bitch Magazine, on feminism and money and household labour. Gotta put that women's studies minor to use somehow, right? ;)

I've written articles for free before, but I'm starting to think that being paid would be nice. We'll see if it works. I enjoy researching and writing, so writing for free for publications I respect isn't the worst (And the free writing listed on my resume has gotten me actual real-life jobs, so... free has paid off, kinda), but I think I'd like to see some $ coming in as a direct result, not as an incidental.

Where did you get your start in writing? I like to write and have some professional experience in research and writing, but I've never published an article. We have at least two common areas of interest, frugality and feminism, so perhaps you could recommend some sites to consider. (My other topics of choice include thrifting, politics, satire and advice.) I had thought about pitching to xojane.com but their content quality has deteriorated significantly in the past few years. While I'm no longer constrained by the nature of my work to not publish anything, I still have to give some consideration to mainstream standards of respectability.
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Try smaller blogs that you read and have open publications (thefinancialdiet off the top of my head, or a lot of feminist sites are run by volunteers). Once you've got a few articles 'published', you're a 'published writer who has written multiple articles for X, y, z publications', so you pitch to better (aka: able to pay) places. Honestly, I'd recommend that you write for places you like to read.

I haven't actually gotten paid for my writing, so take that advice with a grain of salt, but I've listed my writing on my resume, and it's been brought up as a point of interest in interviews (and I've gotten offers - some good, some less good - from interviewers that have mentioned them) so overall I think the time invested has been at least helpful for my day job, if not profitable in and of itself.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5361 on: January 17, 2016, 09:55:06 PM »
Hosted brunch at our house and did most of the cooking. Friends kicked in $5 each, everyone got stuffed and had mimosas. We spent nearly nothing (net) and are stocked with leftovers.

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« Reply #5362 on: January 17, 2016, 10:03:34 PM »
-Ordered a new Northwest Forest pass. $35 for the year is a LOT less than $5 per hike with the frequency we hike. Also remembered to order it soon enough that we SHOULD have it before the current one expires at the end of the month. I'm trying to avoid having to pay to park if it hasn't arrived yet.

-Spent a lovely day with DH working out, hiking, then listening to (free) podcasts. And then making dinner.

-Costco frozen stir fry mix is a keeper. Cheaper than other mixes, a better ratio of the veggies, and they get less mushy, too. Glad I decided to try it. It's a big bag to gamble on!

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« Reply #5363 on: January 18, 2016, 12:56:48 AM »
Mentioned this on a another thread but we finally cancelled cable!!

With Netflix and loads of free streaming services there was no reason to pay 50 a month

Very happy!


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« Reply #5364 on: January 18, 2016, 03:32:12 AM »
I was doing the monthly budget for February and I realised that we don't have to pay council tax or water rates in February and March as we only pay it 10 months of the year. I always forget about that so it was a nice surprise.:)

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« Reply #5365 on: January 18, 2016, 06:35:49 AM »
Yesterday I made chickpeas from scratch, grilled eggplant, roasted sweet potato, hard boiled eggs & polenta.  Today I just pulled a bit from each container, added some feta, and I'm good to go for lunch (with leftover salad dressing in my cube from last week).  All up, I'm pretty sure I'm around $5 in ingredients for 5 meals.

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« Reply #5366 on: January 18, 2016, 06:57:00 AM »
Found some chicken thighs in the freezer that had been there for who knows how long, so I threw them in the crockpot with some teriyaki sauce and voila! Dinner for at least three nights. Unfortunately, had to throw out two containers of brown mush that may have been chili at some point.

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« Reply #5367 on: January 18, 2016, 07:07:30 AM »
Going to the library this morning to print off a $10 off when you spend $30 coupon.  Since I need the stuff anyway, it's like printing off a $10 bill...or $6.80 in American dollars.  ;)

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« Reply #5368 on: January 18, 2016, 08:19:30 AM »
I'm starting the very first of the 2016 garden this weekend.  Planted seeds for celery root, parsley, spinach, lettuce, radicchio, kale, chard, leeks and onions.  Then last night  I made seed mats for beets and parsnips.  These are paper towels with the seeds glued on with Elmer's at the proper planting spacing, so I can just put them in the garden and cover with a layer of soil.  Way faster planting and no thinning later (and no wasted seed).  I'll do carrots and radishes today.

Stuffed the dogs' beds that were getting flat with old down comforters we never use.

Made cornbread with corn I grew and ground myself.

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« Reply #5369 on: January 18, 2016, 08:54:34 AM »
I'm starting the very first of the 2016 garden this weekend.  Planted seeds for celery root, parsley, spinach, lettuce, radicchio, kale, chard, leeks and onions.  Then last night  I made seed mats for beets and parsnips.  These are paper towels with the seeds glued on with Elmer's at the proper planting spacing, so I can just put them in the garden and cover with a layer of soil.  Way faster
My seed order arrived today, choosing what new, unusual vegetable to try each year is always fun (yellow cucumbers this time round.)

I would've guessed Boise had colder winters than the east of England and we wouldn't normally sow even 100% hardy stuff until February, the soil just doesn't warm up enough for anything to germinate for a while.

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« Reply #5370 on: January 18, 2016, 09:06:52 AM »

Stuffed the dogs' beds that were getting flat with old down comforters we never use.

My dog's bed looks like the princess and the pea now. Anytime a flannel sheet wears out or a comforter gets lumpy and stained beyond repair,into the dog bed it goes. I think she's up to like 9 layers. Sucks for washing, but it's very soft and warm, and makes me feel less bad about low heat in our house with an old dog.

Did you sew it in all fancy like, or just stack it on like me? We just tuck everything inside an old fitted sheet that wore out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5371 on: January 18, 2016, 09:14:11 AM »

Convinced my wife that spending so much money on restaurant and convenience meals every weekend is not good, after she asked me if I had planned anything special for dinner while watching the game (Danger, Will Robinson!) I said maybe nachos. She was scheming planning to take our daughter out to dinner, and instead conned her mother into paying invited her mother to dinner. It's really a slog trying to wean the family off of the lifestyle inflation of the past few years, but I'll take it as a small victory.

My husband also loves to go out to eat. I made a point of learning how to make his favorite restaurant meals from scratch. Perhaps you could learn to do the same ?

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« Reply #5372 on: January 18, 2016, 10:46:13 AM »

Convinced my wife that spending so much money on restaurant and convenience meals every weekend is not good, after she asked me if I had planned anything special for dinner while watching the game (Danger, Will Robinson!) I said maybe nachos. She was scheming planning to take our daughter out to dinner, and instead conned her mother into paying invited her mother to dinner. It's really a slog trying to wean the family off of the lifestyle inflation of the past few years, but I'll take it as a small victory.

My husband also loves to go out to eat. I made a point of learning how to make his favorite restaurant meals from scratch. Perhaps you could learn to do the same ?
That's a great idea! I have stepped up my cooking level lately (to the point of getting complaints that dinner is late :-) ), so I know I can add to my repertoire.

Yesterday, we went on a date into the city, with museum tickets provided by my employer. We decided to drive in and park at a downtown lot, which would cost the same as parking at the train station and taking the train. Then I scored a free spot right near the parking garage, so saved $15. We did go out to eat with a Christmas present gift card, which ended up having double the value we anticipated, so we escaped relatively unscathed, and with full bellies and more cultured brains.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5373 on: January 18, 2016, 11:03:51 AM »
I'm starting the very first of the 2016 garden this weekend.  Planted seeds for celery root, parsley, spinach, lettuce, radicchio, kale, chard, leeks and onions.  Then last night  I made seed mats for beets and parsnips.  These are paper towels with the seeds glued on with Elmer's at the proper planting spacing, so I can just put them in the garden and cover with a layer of soil.  Way faster
My seed order arrived today, choosing what new, unusual vegetable to try each year is always fun (yellow cucumbers this time round.)

I would've guessed Boise had colder winters than the east of England and we wouldn't normally sow even 100% hardy stuff until February, the soil just doesn't warm up enough for anything to germinate for a while.

Very true; I should have clarified that the ground is frozen solid right now and I'm starting seeds indoors. Some of the seedlings will go out in the greenhouse in 5-6 weeks, and then I'll start planting cold-hardy stuff outside around mid-March.  This is the earliest I've started things since moving to this area, but I'm hoping it will pay off, and I'll be able to make way for starting the warm weather seedlings in February/March for ~May 1 planting outside.

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« Reply #5374 on: January 18, 2016, 01:38:49 PM »
I ordered my seeds for the garden. (Ok, so I spent money, but it'll pay off)

I'm also finishing work early (working from home today) so that I can shovel out the ******** driveway before my husband gets home with the toddler, instead of paying Local Tractor Dude 30$ to do it. Saving on gym memberships AND snow removal .

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« Reply #5375 on: January 18, 2016, 04:02:39 PM »
Very true; I should have clarified that the ground is frozen solid right now and I'm starting seeds indoors. Some of the seedlings will go out in the greenhouse in 5-6 weeks, and then I'll start planting cold-hardy stuff outside around mid-March.  This is the earliest I've started things since moving to this area, but I'm hoping it will pay off, and I'll be able to make way for starting the warm weather seedlings in February/March for ~May 1 planting outside.
Makes sense. It's good to extend the growing season as much as possible. May 1st would be a few weeks too early for us to plant anything susceptible to frost outside, so there's no real advantage to starting things now unless you heat your greenhouse.

Lack of light is also a killer for us when it comes to starting seedlings early; the days are short (6-7hrs) and it's often pretty grey, so seedlings tend to get very leggy if started too soon, unless you have growlights. I'd expect that's much less of an issue for you.

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« Reply #5376 on: January 18, 2016, 04:32:57 PM »
Very true; I should have clarified that the ground is frozen solid right now and I'm starting seeds indoors. Some of the seedlings will go out in the greenhouse in 5-6 weeks, and then I'll start planting cold-hardy stuff outside around mid-March.  This is the earliest I've started things since moving to this area, but I'm hoping it will pay off, and I'll be able to make way for starting the warm weather seedlings in February/March for ~May 1 planting outside.
Makes sense. It's good to extend the growing season as much as possible. May 1st would be a few weeks too early for us to plant anything susceptible to frost outside, so there's no real advantage to starting things now unless you heat your greenhouse.

Lack of light is also a killer for us when it comes to starting seedlings early; the days are short (6-7hrs) and it's often pretty grey, so seedlings tend to get very leggy if started too soon, unless you have growlights. I'd expect that's much less of an issue for you.

Yep, grow lights are really necessary to get good seedlings.  I just bought a new T5 flourescent setup and I'm looking forward to seeing how the seedlings do under it. I figure it will just about pay for itself this season with the number of seedlings I'm planning to raise vs. if I bought the same number of seedlings. Once it's warmer during the day, I try to cart the tomato seedlings out to the greenhouse each morning because nothing is better than natural light, but it's a PITA.  The colder weather crops can move to the greenhouse earlier since it provides them that extra protection from storms and so on, and they might get cold, but not frosted.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5377 on: January 18, 2016, 05:43:37 PM »
Convinced my wife that spending so much money on restaurant and convenience meals every weekend is not good, after she asked me if I had planned anything special for dinner while watching the game (Danger, Will Robinson!) I said maybe nachos. She was scheming planning to take our daughter out to dinner, and instead conned her mother into paying invited her mother to dinner. It's really a slog trying to wean the family off of the lifestyle inflation of the past few years, but I'll take it as a small victory.

Do you do the cooking on a regular basis?  I know for me, one of the reasons to go out is that I am tired of cooking.  If you do not regularly cook meals, that may help in the transition to less eating out.  Also - it is only fair too.  You are the one who wants to go out less, but if you are not willing to cook, that means you are expecting her to do all the extra work involved.    If you do regularly cook - good job.

ETA - I just saw a few posts up you are cooking more.  Good idea.

Eating out is the big weak spot for us.  One thing I got my more spendy husband to do is to agree on an amount that we will spend on eating out per month.  If it is used up by the 20th of the month - no more going out until the 1st of the next month.  We have also agreed to limit ourselves to only 1 beer with dinner, so that helps lower the bill.  I am the tracker of these expenses, so I actually announce we are done $50 early.  :-). (I figure that accounts for unreported expenditures.)
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« Reply #5378 on: January 18, 2016, 05:49:40 PM »
This didn't really save money, but helped with the goal of FIRE in 7 years.

Instead of posting finances on a graph in the kitchen where I would regularly see it and be motivated (but so would the kids and their friends), I made a stealth sort of chart.

I printed 2 free coloring sheets.  One has a series of circles - each circle will represent 1K of mortgage debt and will be colored in when paid off.  The other is a bouquet of flowers and each flower will represent $50K of increase in net worth and will be colored in when reached. 

The coloring sheets were put on the kitchen wall so I can be reminded of my goals everyday.

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« Reply #5379 on: January 18, 2016, 06:21:47 PM »
This didn't really save money, but helped with the goal of FIRE in 7 years.

Instead of posting finances on a graph in the kitchen where I would regularly see it and be motivated (but so would the kids and their friends), I made a stealth sort of chart.

I printed 2 free coloring sheets.  One has a series of circles - each circle will represent 1K of mortgage debt and will be colored in when paid off.  The other is a bouquet of flowers and each flower will represent $50K of increase in net worth and will be colored in when reached. 

The coloring sheets were put on the kitchen wall so I can be reminded of my goals everyday.

I love this idea! I can be an aesthetically driven person (who isn't??) and I feel like completing a picture would actually be more motivating to me than one of those "progress thermometers".

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« Reply #5380 on: January 19, 2016, 12:27:59 AM »
This didn't really save money, but helped with the goal of FIRE in 7 years.

Instead of posting finances on a graph in the kitchen where I would regularly see it and be motivated (but so would the kids and their friends), I made a stealth sort of chart.

I printed 2 free coloring sheets.  One has a series of circles - each circle will represent 1K of mortgage debt and will be colored in when paid off.  The other is a bouquet of flowers and each flower will represent $50K of increase in net worth and will be colored in when reached. 

The coloring sheets were put on the kitchen wall so I can be reminded of my goals everyday.

I love this idea! I can be an aesthetically driven person (who isn't??) and I feel like completing a picture would actually be more motivating to me than one of those "progress thermometers".
I made myself an excel house with each brick representing 1k of mortgage debt. Every time I paid off another 1k I changed the colour of the brick and wrote in the cell what month it had been achieved in. Really motivational. I got up to the upstairs windows.............. then we bought another house........................oops.

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« Reply #5381 on: January 19, 2016, 08:28:56 AM »
Downloaded free items to my Kroger's plus card.  This week they are offering daily freebies instead of the normal Friday free item.  Had to get gas there this morning.  Used fuel points for savings of $.40/gallon.  Went into the store and got my free items including 6 pack of flavored water, a yogurt which I had along with my breakfast and pack of Trident.

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« Reply #5382 on: January 19, 2016, 08:52:04 AM »
Carpooled to work with my husband and daughter.

Had an unexpected 2 hours between meetings with no work to do, so I made up a meal plan for the coming week that includes pantry ingredients and what's currently on sale at the grocery store; we should be spending about 80$CAD out-of-pocket (plus pantry ingredinets: about 55$ in USD these days....) for a week's worth of food for a family of 3, 3 meals/day, of good food we actually want to eat. Note that this includes about 30$ worth of milk (toddler, plus milk in Quebec is 6.50$/gallon minimum...)

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« Reply #5383 on: January 19, 2016, 11:12:59 AM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

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« Reply #5384 on: January 19, 2016, 11:25:34 AM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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« Reply #5385 on: January 19, 2016, 11:35:32 AM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

Congratulations! Welcome to the other side!

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« Reply #5386 on: January 19, 2016, 01:04:35 PM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

Yay!  That's awesome.

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« Reply #5387 on: January 19, 2016, 02:33:26 PM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

Right on!  ((high fives))

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« Reply #5388 on: January 19, 2016, 02:39:21 PM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.


Woooooo! That is awesome.

What is your next step? ;)

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« Reply #5389 on: January 19, 2016, 02:48:00 PM »
Great job lunahsol!!

In my house we have a bad habit of neglecting to eat the last bits of cereal in the boxes, then rediscovering them when they are stale.  Today,  I combined two boxes (different brands) of cereal dregs to make an odd tasting but nutritious snack.  I also printed out confirmation that I got my flu shot and will get a $10 gift card from work as a result. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5390 on: January 19, 2016, 02:50:56 PM »
I'm all out of tahini, and I will NOT be buying more to replace it! Plenty of olive oil makes you barely notice, and adding a can of roasted jalapenos makes you not notice at ALL! And who doesn't love jalapeno hummus? (Rhetorical. If you don't like it, don't tell me- it's my happy place).

I also got 5 free large mason jars from my local buy nothing group. I'll also be getting 2 stainless steel water bottles tonight. Gifted a silky robe and 2 tank tops from my wedding this summer, and a pair of yoga capris that were too small.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5391 on: January 19, 2016, 02:54:07 PM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

Nice! I bet you will sleep well now.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5392 on: January 19, 2016, 03:48:44 PM »
Packed yummy leftover loaded baked potato soup and focaccia bread for lunch.
Threw an extra $10 at the credit card and an extra $10 in the emergency savings. Just because.
Submitted form for (pre-tax) dependent care reimbursement. That will all go into the emergency fund, as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5393 on: January 19, 2016, 04:17:54 PM »
Got a headlight changed at Walmart today $18 including installation (cheaper than Autozone without installation) and had my watch battery changed while I waited for the headlight. I almost bought two batteries for $6.88 but decided to go ahead and get one battery installed for $5.98 because I don't have anything else that uses the same kind of battery. So either 90 cents saved or $2.54 wasted, depending on how you look at it. I also managed to resist buying anything else in the store.

I posted a new ad for my car on Craigslist, and I made an appointment at Carmax to get the car appraised if it hasn't sold by Monday.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5394 on: January 19, 2016, 04:20:59 PM »
I'm a volunteer tutor(mostly math) and met with my student last night. Her mom ended up buying me dinner as a thank you, which I chose the $13 Kobe Beef burger. Free dinner! I then did my weekly meal prep for work lunches.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5395 on: January 19, 2016, 04:24:46 PM »
Thanks, everyone!!!  Being able to post here and read about everyone else's progress, as well, has had a huge impact on me.  Thank you!!  My initial goal (last January) was to eradicate all non-mortgage debt - and that is now done . . . . so now what?

Basically, business as usual (so many good habits have been formed over the past year!) and instead of paying for the past, I now get to build up my future!

*  homemade lunch brought to work
*  researching a side gig idea
*  re-evaluating savings accounts and goals
*  will declutter pantry tonight to get a better idea of inventory before stock up shopping this coming weekend
   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5396 on: January 19, 2016, 04:25:57 PM »
I've been waiting a year to share this one . . .

*  made the final credit card payment this morning :)

I made it to zero!  It feels like a whole new beginning.

Great news!  Congratulations!

Shopped at the discount grocery store.  Got there and back on one bus transfer.

Learned to make chicken vegetable soup.  So easy.  Wish I'd realized this sooner.  With homemade fresh rolls and salad, we have supper for two of us for about $2.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5397 on: January 19, 2016, 04:37:46 PM »
Forgot my stupid lunch today, so I ate oatmeal with peanut butter and raisins from my desk drawer. Got a lot less hungry at the end of the day than usual, too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5398 on: January 19, 2016, 05:19:29 PM »
I thought I had lost my gloves, so I bought replacements at Walmart (the $2 stretchy one-size-fits-all kind).

When I was putting away the groceries from that trip, I found my old gloves. Now, I should have taken the new ones back, but I decided to keep them since they are touch-screen compatible and the old ones weren't.

Then Mr. FP got a hole in HIS stretchy gloves. Instead of buying another pair, I just gave him the ones I had bought. How often do I REALLY need to text outdoors in the cold, anyway?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5399 on: January 19, 2016, 05:38:18 PM »
Three recently:

1. Reset the auto insurance to annual pay to save around $70.
2. Went back to the grocery store service counter to get a refund when I discovered I had been charged for 21 avocados instead of 2 avocados.
3. Just cleaned out under the sink so the plumber could come today (saving money long-term by preventing a leak that would flood myself and downstairs neighbor, but costly in the short run, sigh. On the other hand, will pay any amount of money not to have to interact with said neighbor). When reorganizing, realized I needed a container of some kind to hold sponges, small items, etc. Realized I had an old trash can from my previous home that was perfect for the job!