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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5600 on: February 05, 2016, 09:02:48 AM »
Yesterday: nabbed some free food after a work luncheon (that I was not invited to).  On the negative side, I ate a small sandwich and some mac and cheese and a blueberry muffin AFTER eating my full lunch (no bueno).  Although I did swim yesterday, and I'm super hungry on swim days.

On the plus side, there was SO MUCH LEFTOVER, that I filled my salad tupperware with more mac and cheese for dinner.  (There was still some left!) And I filled my smaller tupperware (2 cups) with leftover kale salad.  I'll eat that for lunch today.

Today: well, Fridays used to be the time when we ate out (pre-kid) because we were too tired to cook.  I am out of leftovers.  I have some brown rice/ quinoa that I cooked two nights ago.

So I put my last pound of dried chickpeas in the crockpot this morning.  I'll turn it into something for dinner!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5601 on: February 05, 2016, 09:11:47 AM »
One of my clients  brought me in homemade enchiladas  so I ate it for dinner last night and have it for lunch today I'd why but I get a big kick out of free meals

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5602 on: February 05, 2016, 09:21:32 AM »
No leftovers from dinner last night so I'm going to make do with my breakfast bagel and coffee (free at my morning meeting) and see what snacks I can scrounge up around the office.

I've also been cutting down on my coca-cola consumption and drinking free water while at work. I still like a soda with my dinner, but I'm going to investigate prices for the smaller cans since I've not been finishing the 12 oz ones. Baby steps...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5603 on: February 05, 2016, 09:26:41 AM »

I've also been cutting down on my coca-cola consumption and drinking free water while at work. I still like a soda with my dinner, but I'm going to investigate prices for the smaller cans since I've not been finishing the 12 oz ones. Baby steps...

Yes! Fight the fight!

I went grocery shopping last night and did not buy soda. I literally salivated when I saw the boxes on the end cap but I kept my eyes on the veggies! 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5604 on: February 05, 2016, 09:40:48 AM »
Went in to Time Warner to remind them that we are supposed to get a monthly $5 credit because we own (rather than rent) our cable modem. The gal and I hit it off and she ended up "rebundling" our bill which dropped the total cost down by $10 a month. Yay for decreasing one of our fixed expenses/utilities for the foreseeable future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5605 on: February 05, 2016, 09:53:19 AM »
Haircut day.  Flowbee special for the two of us.  Saved $30+ just on haircuts today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5606 on: February 05, 2016, 11:36:08 AM »
Booked a hair appointment for a new place that just opened using a coupon, $2.99 haircut! Better than my usual $20.
 
Brought my lunch/snacks to work, homemade southwestern chilli, salad, veggies and an apple.

Did my taxes last night, found out I am getting $250 which is going directly towards my emergency fund.

This is a Frugal February for me, I am trying to do a no spend month (except for necessities) and after doing an inventory of my freezer and pantry I realized I can probably go two months, buying only a few fresh things. I also have $40 in grocery points, so that is my February grocery budget.

I did spend $50 to unlock my phone but that’s because I am trading phone plans next month to save $30 a month (hopefully)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5607 on: February 05, 2016, 12:46:57 PM »
Found a very sprouted red onion in the cupboard so took it out and planted it in the garden. It will make a seedhead this year; I can collect the seeds and use them to try to grow red onion next year.

Made a batch of Erica's window cleaner recipe to use some incredibly disgusting blueberry-flavored vodka that we had in the house for some reason. Cleaned bedroom windows and sprayed down bedroom screens while I was at it.

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« Reply #5608 on: February 05, 2016, 01:29:10 PM »
*  potluck leftovers for lunch today

*  put a crisp 100 bill in my wallet :)  It is a mind trick - when I start to feel "poor" I can remind myself that I am rich enough to walk around with a 100 bill in my wallet (yet being a large bill, I am extremely unlikely to spend/break it).

*  Going to a play tonight - I am helping with some set up, so get in for free.

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« Reply #5609 on: February 06, 2016, 01:19:51 AM »
My husband and I like to go out for breakfast on the weekend but this morning I woke up early and was very hungry and had a protein shake, as A result when we went out for breakfast I only had a coffee saving $8 for my eggs breakfast I would normally have gotten.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5610 on: February 06, 2016, 09:34:14 AM »
Made a batch of Erica's window cleaner recipe to use some incredibly disgusting blueberry-flavored vodka that we had in the house for some reason. Cleaned bedroom windows and sprayed down bedroom screens while I was at it.

I haven't tried the window cleaner but I looooove the peppermint-scented all-purpose. It has revolutionized how I feel while cleaning the kitchen. For my wood floors, though, I just use vinegar and vegetable oil (smells like nasty salad dressing) because they are not sealed and really need to be refinished.

Used them today, in fact--Little Brother spilled milk eeeeeeverywhere and I used all-purpose to clean his chair and my salad dressing cleaner for the floors. So I guess that's my savings.

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« Reply #5611 on: February 06, 2016, 11:52:21 AM »
This was a somewhat spendy day for me because I rode into London. But apart from the train ride, I only spent money for a sandwich, two coffees, and a little pack of strawberries. I joined a free walking tour and explored more on foot by myself afterward. I'm planning to do more tourist things when I have relatives or friends visit, but I got some nice photos.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5612 on: February 06, 2016, 12:04:31 PM »
Boxed up camera lenses to send to KEH; should get a $35 check in the mail.  Also listed some 35mm film on eBay for a few bucks.

Breakfast was homegrown eggs with the ham I bought on sale before Christmas, sauteed frozen spinach and leftover homemade cornbread.

Left the thermostat at 56. 

Last night I used a coupon for a free bottle of Tabasco sauce

Staying home today and recreation will consist of puttering  around the yard and going for a long run.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5613 on: February 06, 2016, 04:35:21 PM »
Yesterday we took a homemade salad (tabbouleh with homegrown tomatoes and parsley in it) and homemade muffins to a potluck dinner instead of buying something to bring.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5614 on: February 06, 2016, 05:37:20 PM »
Back here after a couple of weeks off due to a weird and distracting situation.

This weekend's 'small things':

- having a long weekend away for a three-day event. Husband scored corporate passes through work, saved $160 on tickets and $100+ on food, bottled water, etc. Staying with a mate so accommodation is free.
- visited my grandfather yesterday, and he put together a box of goodies from his veggie garden: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc.
- donated $50 to a charitable fundraising campaign hosted by a work contact. When I mentioned it to my boss he told me to claim it through expenses.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5615 on: February 06, 2016, 06:10:33 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5616 on: February 07, 2016, 03:22:41 AM »
Sold a fretless bass guitar I don't use.  $150 in my wallet, more space in the apartment.  :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5617 on: February 07, 2016, 06:41:25 PM »
Cut DH's hair at home.

Made Super Bowl food from leftovers. Meat and beans from Friday's taco night went on the nachos, and we made a BBQ chicken pizza using leftover roast chicken and an open bottle of sauce that was in the refrigerator.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5618 on: February 07, 2016, 06:43:01 PM »
Made homemade energy bars using cashews and dates! :) Threw 'em in the freezer for this weekend when I'll be out of town.
Saving money on road trips and while stuck in hotels during a convention = planning ahead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5619 on: February 08, 2016, 06:24:38 AM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5620 on: February 08, 2016, 07:08:00 AM »
Didn't have the regular dinner leftovers for lunch today (was over at friends' for the superbowl yesterday). Shopped my pantry for a tuna wrap instead of going to Subway for lunch. Sent the BF off with a 2 for 1 Subway coupon for his own lunch, so that he can share with a collegue.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5621 on: February 08, 2016, 07:22:16 AM »
I've been craving Chinese food and wanting to order take out from my favorite Chinese place, which ends up costing about $25. I will splurge on this occasionally but this time I bought frozen Kung Pao chicken on sale at Trader Joe's for $4.99 and made brown rice that I already had in my cupboard. It was every bit as good as the take out would have been, just $20 cheaper and no containers to recycle.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5622 on: February 08, 2016, 07:17:17 PM »
Eating from the pantry and not spending any money today.  (Fingers crossed that my attempt at vegan/gf "sweet potato cookies" turn out okay.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5623 on: February 08, 2016, 07:24:43 PM »
Had some milk that wasn't bad, but is past when I want to drink it (I'm very picky about milk... bad childhood experiences, lol). Using the InstantPot for my first attempts at yogurt making. If it fails, no loss. But otherwise- yogurt!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5624 on: February 08, 2016, 07:39:44 PM »
* Installed a new 21-shelf wall-mounted bracket bookshelf ALL BY MYSELF. Saved on the "installer" fee (minimum install fee $180) and used purpose-cut coated plywood instead of the store's premade shelfing (saved probably $10 per shelf).

* Made veggie stir-fry for dinner with some homegrown cauliflower and broccoli.

* Took the kids for free cups of Yogurtland frozen yogurt, as apparently National Frozen Yogurt Day is a thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5625 on: February 08, 2016, 07:42:30 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5626 on: February 08, 2016, 07:51:21 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.

Oh, I completely missed this!

Yes, it's SHOCKINGLY easy.

1. Buy a bottle of plain (not flavored) store bought kombucha. I have had good luck with Origin and Synergy in the past.
2. Pour into a clean glass jar
3. Cover with a papertowel and rubberband
4. Leave for 2 weeks. Come back, and your weird alien pancake is all ready!

To make your 'bucha:
Prep 1 gallon sweet tea- best results with black or green tea. Chai and herbals have compounds which inhibit bacterial growth, and you can end up with the wrong things growing instead. I do 4 cups water, steep 5 bags in for 15 min, then mix into a large glass jar (I saved a massive olive jar, works great). I mix with 1.5 cups sugar. Then add cold water to fill to 1 gallon. Be sure the tea isn't hot, or your Scoby will die. Once cool enough, with very clean hands, gently lower the scoby into the tea. Add the liquid it was floating in, too- good beasities still in there. Cover with paper towel and stick it in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Obvious things to consider- it'll absorb whats in the air. Don't stick it in with the cleaning supplies.
It'll take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month to ferment adequately. Just taste and see. Depends on temp, your culture, etc etc.
When it's done fermenting, take your scoby out and move it to the fridge. Your scoby will have grown a second scoby- the "baby". I usually keep the new one and compost the old one or give it away. Or, if we're doing lots of kombucha (ex was a huge fan), I would wait a week and stagger my batches with the mother and baby, until I had multiple jars in cycle.

Always store your scoby between batches in some of the finished liquid. Be sure to do a new batch every once in a while, or the scoby will "starve:

If you rebottle from the big jar:
a- do not use metal. For any of this. Acid + metal = bad
b- do not screw on any lids too tightly. Pressure can build. This can be disasterous (think glass exploding in fridge)

Anyway, it's pretty easy all in all. No fancy lids or one way valves required =)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5627 on: February 08, 2016, 07:57:03 PM »
Resisted  going to Chipotle for lunch when out running game errands.  Went back to the office and ate the leftovers I brought instead.

Didn't buy a jacket or any of the other stuff I'm sort of in the market for.

Made a delicious curry for dinner using up lots of random ingredients.

Packed some snacks to take on my work trip this week.  DH will drop me off early, so I'll have my yogurt and coffee before going through security.  Will also bring a steel water bottle and fill it at the airport.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5628 on: February 09, 2016, 07:03:06 AM »
My driver's side windeshield wiper stopped moving yesterday. Took 5 minutes out of my work day to explore online forums, confirmed my assumption that it was just a loose lug-nut (not sure of the actual term), took another 5 minutes before leaving for work this morning to tighten it, boom, done. Colleague's reaction at work «wow, how did you know how to do that?». *Facepalm*

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5629 on: February 09, 2016, 08:45:28 AM »
Had some milk that wasn't bad, but is past when I want to drink it (I'm very picky about milk... bad childhood experiences, lol). Using the InstantPot for my first attempts at yogurt making. If it fails, no loss. But otherwise- yogurt!

Yogurt turned out great. Also, there is something delightfully cathartic about squeezing whey through flour sack cloth. I felt simultaneously domestic and dangerous. =P Lots of fun.

Now to convince DH that the left over whey is even better than the whey we take after working out, and he should use it for "protein shakes"!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5630 on: February 09, 2016, 09:51:02 AM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

Also got my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate yesterday -- $5.20 to be applied to next grocery purchase, plus some useful bonus coupons.

I've also done a pretty good job about submitting the weekly survey to get extra gas points.  You can do it once every seven days for an extra 50 points.  That adds an extra $2 discount to my monthly gas bill, on average. 

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« Reply #5631 on: February 09, 2016, 12:43:18 PM »
Working from home.  I've got a pot of beef and barley soup simmering on the stove.

I recently discovered how easy homemade granola is. When I made granola before it took stovetop and oven cooking and several pans and required a dozen odd or expensive ingredients. And made more than a single person could eat in a year!   I've made it twice now melting a little coconut oil while the oven preheats in the pan I'll bake it in, mix all ingredients in that pan and just make a couple cups at a time. Perfect. I reduced ingredients to what I had on hand. Oats. Flax seeds. Pecans. Oil. Molasses. Spices.  Maybe if I can make this habitual I will add a few more ingredients for variety but it's nice to know I can just make toasted oats if I want and get a little cereal fix.

Oh!  And I got another $500 scholarship towards my summer in Paris. Boo yah!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5632 on: February 09, 2016, 12:50:22 PM »
Today I went to the post office to send a parcel. After paying the human behind the counter asked me if I'm interested in their credit card. I declined as I already have one which gives me more benefits and doesn't cost anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5633 on: February 09, 2016, 06:30:07 PM »
Took four sweet potato cookies (okay, they turned out more like brownies, but that is okay!) to work for lunch.

Received text with coupon for free burrito from you-know-where ;) 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5634 on: February 09, 2016, 07:55:21 PM »
Was pleased  to find out that my hotel has a kitchenette, so I walked to a grocery store and bought salad fixings, fruit and yogurt, then went to Chipotle and ordered a burrito bowl with extra meat.  Will make 3 meals out of it with the veggies instead of going out for every meal this week.

Learned that Colorado doesn't allow grocery stores to sell real beer, and was too lazy to go get it at the liquor store.   Free chamomile tea instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5635 on: February 09, 2016, 10:04:21 PM »
Started kombucha. "Bloomed" from one plain bottle I bought. 1 gallon for ~$4, instead of buying individual bottles.

Tell us more!

I'm not bracken, but you can definitely make a kombucha SCOBY starter from a regular bottle of kombucha. Best instructions are in Sandor Ellix Katz book The Art of Fermentation.

Oh, I completely missed this!

Yes, it's SHOCKINGLY easy.

1. Buy a bottle of plain (not flavored) store bought kombucha. I have had good luck with Origin and Synergy in the past.
2. Pour into a clean glass jar
3. Cover with a papertowel and rubberband
4. Leave for 2 weeks. Come back, and your weird alien pancake is all ready!

To make your 'bucha:
Prep 1 gallon sweet tea- best results with black or green tea. Chai and herbals have compounds which inhibit bacterial growth, and you can end up with the wrong things growing instead. I do 4 cups water, steep 5 bags in for 15 min, then mix into a large glass jar (I saved a massive olive jar, works great). I mix with 1.5 cups sugar. Then add cold water to fill to 1 gallon. Be sure the tea isn't hot, or your Scoby will die. Once cool enough, with very clean hands, gently lower the scoby into the tea. Add the liquid it was floating in, too- good beasities still in there. Cover with paper towel and stick it in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Obvious things to consider- it'll absorb whats in the air. Don't stick it in with the cleaning supplies.
It'll take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month to ferment adequately. Just taste and see. Depends on temp, your culture, etc etc.
When it's done fermenting, take your scoby out and move it to the fridge. Your scoby will have grown a second scoby- the "baby". I usually keep the new one and compost the old one or give it away. Or, if we're doing lots of kombucha (ex was a huge fan), I would wait a week and stagger my batches with the mother and baby, until I had multiple jars in cycle.

Always store your scoby between batches in some of the finished liquid. Be sure to do a new batch every once in a while, or the scoby will "starve:

If you rebottle from the big jar:
a- do not use metal. For any of this. Acid + metal = bad
b- do not screw on any lids too tightly. Pressure can build. This can be disasterous (think glass exploding in fridge)

Anyway, it's pretty easy all in all. No fancy lids or one way valves required =)

So basically the way my grandparents made various wines in 5 gallon buckets the back bedroom :P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5636 on: February 09, 2016, 11:26:29 PM »
Oh!  And I got another $500 scholarship towards my summer in Paris. Boo yah!

TERRIFIC! So proud.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5637 on: February 10, 2016, 06:43:49 AM »
Walked to work, going to walk home, brought my lunch and some fruit, and left my purse at home so not tempted to buy anything. So, basically just another day here :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5638 on: February 10, 2016, 08:20:24 AM »
Well this technically was last night, but was craving ramen from a ramen shop. Rather than spend $15 (including tax/tip) at a place near me, I decided to try to replicate it with fresh ingredients from a store near me. Spent $8 on ingredients (that will last for 3 more bowls) and got my ramen fix :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5639 on: February 10, 2016, 10:25:30 AM »
Was very very in the mood for a beer and some junkfood on the way home, but skipped all pubs and resturants on the walk and instead opted for some groceries in the supermarket.  $$$ saved. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5640 on: February 11, 2016, 12:36:38 PM »
I made breakfast and dinner at home, and I walked back and forth to work. Now I'm going to walk to the supermarket to try to exchange detergent I bought yesterday that is the wrong kind for the machines in the laundry room here.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5641 on: February 11, 2016, 01:07:15 PM »
Ordered a new battery for the cordless phone that died (99 cents) instead of ordering a new phone ($109)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5642 on: February 11, 2016, 01:35:19 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

Also got my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate yesterday -- $5.20 to be applied to next grocery purchase, plus some useful bonus coupons.

I've also done a pretty good job about submitting the weekly survey to get extra gas points.  You can do it once every seven days for an extra 50 points.  That adds an extra $2 discount to my monthly gas bill, on average.

Thanks for the tip on the survey.  I hate it when I get to like 280 pts and don't make it over the threshold for the next discount.  Will give this a try.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5643 on: February 11, 2016, 03:30:11 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5644 on: February 11, 2016, 04:41:06 PM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings.

Oh please.  Some of us are going to buy coffee out sometimes.  I recently put $50 on my Starbuck's card with a 10% cash back promo on one of my credit cards.  I travel a lot for work and this should cover my (plain old drip in my own mug to save garbage and get a .10 discount) coffee for most of the year for one day's per diem.  Maybe if lhamo said she'd use that $50 up in a week buying her venti mocha frappuccinos anyway..

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5645 on: February 12, 2016, 08:34:08 AM »
This one is from my DH. Had to take the care in for routine maintenance. Called ahead for a quote ($148), but when service was complete, they tried to charge him $350. He politely declined this number and told them to give him the quoted price. DH told him "If I thought it would be $300, I would have done it myself". The guy seemed to have no concept of being able to do your own routine maintenance and just stood slack jawed for a bit... but then ambled off and fixed the price. And the savings doesn't stop there! We were able to use the "goodwill package" card from VW- they sent a $500 dealership maintenance card to every owner effected by the emissions scandal. We were worried it would give us trouble, though, as we bought the car so the previous owners name was associated with the card... luckily, it ultimately comes down to VIN, not owner, so we were in the clear.

Patient family member showed up with a fancy latte for me as a thank you. Been quite a while since I had a fancy latte. Yum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5646 on: February 12, 2016, 10:44:24 AM »
I managed to bump my Fred Meyer gas points up to 500+ last month through a last minute purchase of a $50 Starbucks gift card during the current 4x points special.  Applied the $.50 discount to my fill up this morning, and paid just over $15 for a full tank of gas. 

I was winding up to facepunch you for spending $50.00 on a Starbucks gift card to save $.50 (per gallon?) on gas and then posting about it in the SAVING money thread.  Then I noticed in your signature that you are already FI, so you get a free pass and props for at least getting some extra bang for your ridiculously luxurious frivolous spending.  Bonus points if you actually used the gift card for a gift or sold it at face value to earn a net profit when factoring in the gas savings.

Oh please.  Some of us are going to buy coffee out sometimes.  I recently put $50 on my Starbuck's card with a 10% cash back promo on one of my credit cards.  I travel a lot for work and this should cover my (plain old drip in my own mug to save garbage and get a .10 discount) coffee for most of the year for one day's per diem.  Maybe if lhamo said she'd use that $50 up in a week buying her venti mocha frappuccinos anyway..

I was just struck by the apparent irony of committing one of MMM's cardinal sins (paying for Starbucks regularly enough to justify use of a $50 gift card) and justifying it by paying a few dollars less to commit another of MMM's cardinal sins (driving) and then posting about it in a thread about money savings.  Of course there are many circumstances where this type of spending is financially justifiable (i.e. business travel and business meetings over coffee).  I just didn't expect to see it written about in this thread which is usually dominated by tales of avoiding the temptations of Starbucks and other convenience food and drink. 

I, too, enjoy Starbucks specialty drinks from time to time.  When I do I categorize it as an indulgent purchase regardless of any ancillary benefits I get from the purchase.  I am even less likely to pay for drip coffee at Starbucks than I am to pay for a specialty drink when passable (often better) coffee is generally pretty easy to find for free.  But I am not a road warrior and could definitely see how a consistent cup of coffee could be priceless in the inconsistent world of business travel.

And the game changes the closer you get to that magical point of FI.  Since I am nowhere near FI, I initially read the comment through that lens.  When you are FI, such indulgent purchases are completely justifiable so long as they don't cause you to exceed your SWR.  If they are purely indulgent, OP still gets credit for seeking more bang for his (star)buck(s). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5647 on: February 12, 2016, 10:55:47 AM »
Car pooled to work and brought my lunch/snacks. No eating out for me!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5648 on: February 12, 2016, 08:16:57 PM »
Made glazed carrots with homegrown carrots and homegrown lemon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5649 on: February 13, 2016, 02:16:34 AM »
I was invited to join a visiting acquaintance and one of his friends to see museums in London today, but I decided to go with my original plan of attending a women's group at church. So that's about $30 saved, extra time for laundry and errands, and maybe I'll get to know people in my new town. I'd have been more tempted if I had known them better or if I hadn't just been to London last weekend.

Yesterday I saw two women at work with a tiny coffee-making gadget that sits on top of a mug, holds a little bag of coffee, and just needs hot water added. I am going to scout for one today to save on coffee at work--which seems socially mandatory here.