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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5750 on: March 03, 2016, 02:15:04 PM »
canceled Sirius radio

Ohhh, I feel that pain. Mine ran out and I didn't renew. I'd rather have satellite radio than TV, but I couldn't rationalize the cost. Free apps, Amazon Music and Bluetooth FTW!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5751 on: March 03, 2016, 04:19:04 PM »
At the recommendation of someone on the forums, I signed up for a service called Paribus. It watches your email for receipts, then tracks the price of what you've bought. For stores that honor price adjustment within a certain period, it follows up on that. DH bought a computer and the price just dropped.

So we got $100. (Okay, $80, because they keep 20%, but that's $80 more than we would have gotten!)

If anyone wants to join, you are welcome to use my referral link: https://paribus.co/i/jaD5Rd

I hadn't heard about this, thank you for sharing!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5752 on: March 04, 2016, 10:19:06 AM »
I worked on saving my parents some money today.

My parents have 6 portable phones (yes sounds ridiculous but they are not fast moving so they have a phone in every room. The concept of "portable" is lost on them despite my best efforts) All of the batteries are dead/dying and they only told me when the last phone has now started beeping about 2 minutes into using it. I have never had a landline so I had no idea how much a battery cost for a phone. Cheapest one, $20!!

I did a little online sleuthing and found 6 batteries for a grand total of $18, shipped to their door.

They then mentioned their toner was empty, so more searching, $23 to their door, versus the $67 my mom was about to spend at the local Staples. Echhh! I have them trained to always call me first before any purchases relating to anything with buttons. :) Good thing!

While I was talking to my mom I also logged into her Bell account and switched some items so that they are saving an additional $25 a month on their cable/internet/phone. I wish I could get them to cut the cable, it's outrageous but so far no luck!

I felt pretty good, saved them about $212 this month and $25 a month moving forward.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5753 on: March 04, 2016, 11:39:06 AM »
canceled Sirius radio

Ohhh, I feel that pain. Mine ran out and I didn't renew. I'd rather have satellite radio than TV, but I couldn't rationalize the cost. Free apps, Amazon Music and Bluetooth FTW!

The only problem with this approach is that when you're driving through Utah and other vast stretches of empty America, streaming doesn't work!  We found this out on a long road trip AFTER we'd canceled our Sirius. :)  Next time we'll be sure to download enough music/podcasts etc before hitting the wilderness.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5754 on: March 04, 2016, 12:41:36 PM »
canceled Sirius radio

Ohhh, I feel that pain. Mine ran out and I didn't renew. I'd rather have satellite radio than TV, but I couldn't rationalize the cost. Free apps, Amazon Music and Bluetooth FTW!

The only problem with this approach is that when you're driving through Utah and other vast stretches of empty America, streaming doesn't work!  We found this out on a long road trip AFTER we'd canceled our Sirius. :)  Next time we'll be sure to download enough music/podcasts etc before hitting the wilderness.

Yea, you find out quickly just how good cell coverage is once you start driving in any one direction for long enough.... You'll notice the cell companies use terms like "96% of the population is covered!". Well, cover the cities and some smaller towns and you got that... all the roads connecting them? Na

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5755 on: March 04, 2016, 01:00:56 PM »
I worked on saving my parents some money today. . . .

I felt pretty good, saved them about $212 this month and $25 a month moving forward.

Good job!

I returned a library book and tape set during my lunch break while on another errand, which will help me avoid any fees from forgetting about it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5756 on: March 04, 2016, 01:04:29 PM »

Yea, you find out quickly just how good cell coverage is once you start driving in any one direction for long enough.... You'll notice the cell companies use terms like "96% of the population is covered!". Well, cover the cities and some smaller towns and you got that... all the roads connecting them? Na

Yep, 96% of population does NOT equal 96% of freeway!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5757 on: March 04, 2016, 01:10:22 PM »
I just had a nice little errand run.  This morning I found a grocery store gift card in my desk that I'd forgotten about - found money, yay!  I also remembered to bring my re-usable bags.  No big deal if I forget, but they are worth 5 cents each.  Before I hit the grocery store I stopped at the library to pick up a hold.  It was on a book that I had been tempted to download to my kindle last week for $11, but decided it was worth waiting for a library hold since I was #1 on the list.  (heck, a lot of the time I'm #19 on the list and it's usually still worth waiting!)

So, 7 miles put on the car, but I saved $14.62 with the found gift card, $.10 with the grocery sacks, and $11 on the book.  Feeling pretty good about my morning!

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« Reply #5758 on: March 04, 2016, 01:45:16 PM »
I got another vendor-paid lunch today. :D

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« Reply #5759 on: March 04, 2016, 02:15:03 PM »
Let another of my magazine subscriptions go with the last issue. One by one over the past few years they've been retired. One mag calls every year, calls me, and begs us to come back, offering lower and lower rates. This now pisses me off and ensures I won't reup because it means that I was ripped off in the past.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5760 on: March 04, 2016, 02:17:07 PM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5761 on: March 04, 2016, 02:54:54 PM »
While sorting through passport paperwork, I found $80 I had put away a year ago for an upcoming bill, and lost. Win! I'm using it as motivation to only spend that much this week, and try and leave my bank account balance untouched - it'll be tough but doable!

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« Reply #5762 on: March 04, 2016, 03:11:10 PM »
Let another of my magazine subscriptions go with the last issue. One by one over the past few years they've been retired. One mag calls every year, calls me, and begs us to come back, offering lower and lower rates. This now pisses me off and ensures I won't reup because it means that I was ripped off in the past.

Check to see if your local library offers an online service called Zinio. Free online magazines, including The New Yorker and similar.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5763 on: March 04, 2016, 03:16:43 PM »
Checked on pricing for kids' care over summer break and discovered that tomorrow is the open house and if you register then, they'll waive the registration fee for both kids ($25 EACH), so there's $50 saved. I wonder if I can use funds from my Dependent Care FSA to cover the deposit. I bet I can...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5764 on: March 04, 2016, 03:40:08 PM »
Let another of my magazine subscriptions go with the last issue. One by one over the past few years they've been retired. One mag calls every year, calls me, and begs us to come back, offering lower and lower rates. This now pisses me off and ensures I won't reup because it means that I was ripped off in the past.

Check to see if your local library offers an online service called Zinio. Free online magazines, including The New Yorker and similar.

Yep, they sure do. Good idea.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5765 on: March 04, 2016, 04:24:40 PM »
Check to see if your local library offers an online service called Zinio. Free online magazines, including The New Yorker and similar.

Thanks!!! I never would have thought of this.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5766 on: March 04, 2016, 09:48:50 PM »
Attempted to sew up the holes in my jeans crotch. Kinda worked, but the fabric is so thin, some of the new stitches ripped right out again. But it means I can repair the less-worn-out pair and make them wearable again.

I think I managed to track down the 401k funds from my former job. I'll know for sure next week, then hopefully roll them into my Roth IRA.

Made it to the barre class I almost forgot I signed up for, which saved a $20 no-show fee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5767 on: March 04, 2016, 10:04:16 PM »
I finally submitted a bunch of expense receipts for an organization I belong to. I purchased the supplies in dribs and drabs over the last three months. Was shocked when it added up to $483.89! I got the check and I'll deposit it into savings tomorrow, which is what I do with all "found money" checks. Woot!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5768 on: March 05, 2016, 05:06:25 AM »
I bought grocery store gift cards with 20% discount, saving around $40+. My wife and my parents did the same, so total savings: $130.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5769 on: March 05, 2016, 09:21:09 AM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

I'm resisting this, but I did switch to Dollar Shave Club. Acceptable cartridge razors much more cheaply.

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« Reply #5770 on: March 05, 2016, 09:33:30 AM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

I'm resisting this, but I did switch to Dollar Shave Club. Acceptable cartridge razors much more cheaply.

Be sure to look into Dorco. Supposedly they're the supplier for Dollar Shave, and even cheaper.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5771 on: March 05, 2016, 10:35:31 AM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

I'm resisting this, but I did switch to Dollar Shave Club. Acceptable cartridge razors much more cheaply.

Be sure to look into Dorco. Supposedly they're the supplier for Dollar Shave, and even cheaper.

That is correct. Dorco is the DSC supplier. I bought 10 blades + handle directly from Dorco for $18 or so (was on sale): http://www.dorcousa.com/pace-6-combo-set-sxa1000-sxa1040/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5772 on: March 05, 2016, 11:22:05 AM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

I'm resisting this, but I did switch to Dollar Shave Club. Acceptable cartridge razors much more cheaply.

Be sure to look into Dorco. Supposedly they're the supplier for Dollar Shave, and even cheaper.

That is correct. Dorco is the DSC supplier. I bought 10 blades + handle directly from Dorco for $18 or so (was on sale): http://www.dorcousa.com/pace-6-combo-set-sxa1000-sxa1040/

DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5773 on: March 05, 2016, 12:57:00 PM »
Almost went to see Zootopia. Decided to wait until next week and use a giftcard+popcorn voucher from credit card cash back.

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« Reply #5774 on: March 05, 2016, 01:08:56 PM »
Not me, but rather, my spouse has finally seen the light on safety razors versus cartridge razors!

I'm resisting this, but I did switch to Dollar Shave Club. Acceptable cartridge razors much more cheaply.

Be sure to look into Dorco. Supposedly they're the supplier for Dollar Shave, and even cheaper.

That is correct. Dorco is the DSC supplier. I bought 10 blades + handle directly from Dorco for $18 or so (was on sale): http://www.dorcousa.com/pace-6-combo-set-sxa1000-sxa1040/

Oooh, good tip. I'll be pausing my subscription because I go through the cartridges so slowly but will make sure to look at them when I run out. I've been using the 2 and 4 blades--6 sounds crazy! I've never had 4 before and I'm amazed by the awesomeness. I fear hedonic adaptation is in my future...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5776 on: March 05, 2016, 06:26:30 PM »


DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

Great, I just ordered some 3-blade cartridges & a handle for my DH to try.  And TopCashBack offers 12% cash back!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5777 on: March 05, 2016, 07:00:07 PM »


DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

Great, I just ordered some 3-blade cartridges & a handle for my DH to try.  And TopCashBack offers 12% cash back!

Do you have any sort of referral for top cash back? I'm about to join!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5778 on: March 05, 2016, 07:26:01 PM »


DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

Great, I just ordered some 3-blade cartridges & a handle for my DH to try.  And TopCashBack offers 12% cash back!

Do you have any sort of referral for top cash back? I'm about to join!

Thanks for asking - I hope it's ok to post here; I really wasn't fishing for a referral, just happy for the cash back. :)

http://www.topcashback.com/ref/ocsitcom

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5779 on: March 05, 2016, 11:47:34 PM »
I had a free ticket for a concert last night and gave it to my friend, who bought me dinner as a thank you. We were at the show waiting for the band to come on and we ran into another friend, who turned out to also have an extra ticket he wanted to give away for free, and I managed to track down a third friend who was in line outside about to pay... just in time for him to claim the free ticket at will call. $50 saved for my friends and one free dinner for me. NYC networking at its finest!

Tonight, I went out to see a show that a friend of mine was performing in and the waitress comped my drink ($5 saved). Managed to get to the grocery store on the way home just before it closed, even though I was really tired, and grabbed just enough stuff to make a bunch of high-protein salads and a baked pasta dish that will make for really easy meals this week - which will definitely save me $$ since I won't be tempted to get convenience foods/take-out/etc.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5780 on: March 06, 2016, 07:54:23 AM »


DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

Great, I just ordered some 3-blade cartridges & a handle for my DH to try.  And TopCashBack offers 12% cash back!

Do you have any sort of referral for top cash back? I'm about to join!

Thanks for asking - I hope it's ok to post here; I really wasn't fishing for a referral, just happy for the cash back. :)

http://www.topcashback.com/ref/ocsitcom

Yay! Done. :) I don't see anything wrong with it and since you're the reason I know about it, it only seems fair to get you whatever referral bonus is attached

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5781 on: March 06, 2016, 09:48:16 AM »


DH uses Dorco and loves them. We never tried DSC though, so we have no point of comparison. But he went over from Gilette, and he says Dorco is at least as good, if not better.

Great, I just ordered some 3-blade cartridges & a handle for my DH to try.  And TopCashBack offers 12% cash back!

Do you have any sort of referral for top cash back? I'm about to join!

Thanks for asking - I hope it's ok to post here; I really wasn't fishing for a referral, just happy for the cash back. :)

http://www.topcashback.com/ref/ocsitcom

As long as you let people know it's a referral, people are usually totally fine with it. Especially services where both parties get a bonus for it. We're pretty side-hustle, bonus-bucks friendly here =) We just don't like feeling hoodwinked or "used". The only one I've seen really bother people is posting affiliate links to Amazon.

This reminds me, thank you to whoever signed up for Paribus when I posted it upthread. I didn't even know this would happen, but it means they gave us the FULL refund on the computer, $100! So thank you Mustachian- you got us an extra $20!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5782 on: March 06, 2016, 12:20:28 PM »
Broke my ax handle last week chopping firewood, snapped the head right off (If you use an ax, you can guess what I did wrong). Considered buying a new one, but instead am renovating the old one. The 'head' portion of the handle is considerably longer than it needs to be, so I am trimming the wood down to fit into the slot. A new handle is about $10.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5783 on: March 06, 2016, 01:06:34 PM »
Mended a fifth pair of pants for Big Brother instead of replacing. Yes, five pairs. (OK, one repair has already failed and one is still waiting to be turned into shorts, but I've been busy with the sewing machine.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5784 on: March 06, 2016, 07:45:20 PM »
* Took the bus to meet friends for lunch.

* While we were there, the kitchen broke (or so it seemed) and it took us 90 minutes to get served, so they comped all our meals. We paid for drinks and tipped our waiter well (it wasn't his fault), and it ended up being a bargain.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5785 on: March 07, 2016, 08:34:19 AM »
Bought a jar of yeast. It wouldn't proof. Realized the expiration date was January 2015!!! Took it back to the store, and they refunded me and replaced it for free.

Finally invested my Roth IRA contribution instead of letting it sit there accruing inflation.

Need some stuff at the pharmacy, but have decided to wait until they send one of their 20% off coupons.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5786 on: March 07, 2016, 09:44:07 AM »
Not today, specifically, but a few weeks ago I saw a knitting pattern I kind of liked, but that had some elements I wasn't 100% on. It was $6. I do like to buy knitwear patterns from independent designers from time to time (most of them are the definition of "small business" and I like to give my money to private individuals versus publishing conglomerations), but I don't want to get too carried away, and like I said, there were some elements of this design I wasn't sold on. I did a search for the technique used in the design and found a book on how to do that technique. I put it on reserve at the library. Total cost of free, just had to wait for the book to come in. In the meantime I had to work on something else, but I have plenty of yarn so I have choices. I did buy a different pattern from that designer which I really like.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5787 on: March 07, 2016, 10:08:44 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it. 

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« Reply #5788 on: March 07, 2016, 10:15:42 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5789 on: March 07, 2016, 10:28:08 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out).

I need to DIY frozen pizzas again for that sort of situation.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5790 on: March 07, 2016, 10:31:48 AM »
* Took the bus to meet friends for lunch.

* While we were there, the kitchen broke (or so it seemed) and it took us 90 minutes to get served, so they comped all our meals. We paid for drinks and tipped our waiter well (it wasn't his fault), and it ended up being a bargain.

I love when restaurants mess up.  One of my best restaurant experiences was when a waitress dumped a large glass of lemonade in my lap.  We got out of that of that meal very cheap!  The manager even offered me free dry cleaning but I did not accept that since I happened to be wearing casual clothes and all they needed was a trip through the washing machine.  Sure, eating in damp pants isn't the most pleasant experience in the world, but I'd do it again if my party gets nearly-free meals. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5791 on: March 07, 2016, 10:49:34 AM »
DH missed the bill for the Target card, and realized it one day after the payment due date.  Card is in my name, so he asked me to call and get the $35 late fee waived.  Ordinarily I would never do this--I hate telephones and hate asking for money back.  Reading these forum posts gave me the courage, so I got on the phone, and $35 late fee waived!   It was very easy too, the customer service rep didn't give me any hassle about it.
Nice job!

I packed breakfast, snacks, and leftovers for lunch. 
Replenished our food storage over the weekend.  We even bought a few prepared food ideas to combat laziness (a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese is less work than getting take-out).

I need to DIY frozen pizzas again for that sort of situation.

Mini shepherd's pies are great for that, especially if you make the filling 1/3 meat, 1/3 corn, and 1/3 vegetables... take out of the freezer, put into the oven for 45 minutes, and it's a complete meal. :) (And if you buy the ingredients on sale, it's about 2$ to feed 2-3 people, the way I make it).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5792 on: March 07, 2016, 11:23:38 AM »
I got a free pretzel at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5793 on: March 07, 2016, 12:19:26 PM »
Spent hours this weekend completely taking apart our old non-functional Weber Grill. We then wire-brushed all the rust and flaking paint off, scrubbed all the parts with soap and water, repainted it with high heat spray paint ($10), ordered a replacement cross over tube ($10), then put it all back together. For $20 we now have a completely functioning and nice looking grill. Better than the $400 I was planning on spending to replace it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5794 on: March 07, 2016, 03:30:24 PM »
Spent hours this weekend completely taking apart our old non-functional Weber Grill. We then wire-brushed all the rust and flaking paint off, scrubbed all the parts with soap and water, repainted it with high heat spray paint ($10), ordered a replacement cross over tube ($10), then put it all back together. For $20 we now have a completely functioning and nice looking grill. Better than the $400 I was planning on spending to replace it!

Classic mustachian badassery. Nice work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5795 on: March 07, 2016, 03:33:22 PM »
Instead of buying a new USB cable, I asked on my Buy Nothing Group, and will pick one up tomorrow from a neighbor. (I needed USB to USB, and we only have USB to microUSB).

Rearranged the fridge to try and prevent food waste, so we know what is there. Found a partial block of feta that got lost, and a new one opened. Still go, so it got used today with roasted broccoli.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5796 on: March 07, 2016, 05:20:08 PM »
In the past two months, we've made a huge effort to heat with wood (wood stove as a fireplace in the main part of our house; electric heat is the back-up and the only heat source for the basement, which we haven't been in much).

I got the electric bill today: 200$ UNDER my best-case-scenario estimate! 400$ under what I was expecting! WOOHOOOOO! Worth every effort!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5797 on: March 07, 2016, 07:53:40 PM »
 Went through our taxes for the second time,  then realized it will really benefit if we both max out IRAs for last year - it makes MFJ as beneficial in terms of student loan repayment as MFS has been the past few years (only works out this way because he's no longer working, so I didn't miss out on anything last year). So, tomorrow is setting up IRAs and doing the taxes for yet a third time. Figure I'm making maybe as much as $1000 a day, so it's worth it. Plus IRAs.


 Also figured out that, no matter how we slice it, we're eligible for the IRS free file because our income is low enough. So that saved about 30 bucks worth of TaxAct right there.


Motherf***. Just did some back of the envelope calcs, and those IRAs will bring our savings rate for the year to just over 70% of pretax income. I'm going over to the save 80% thread to brag.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5798 on: March 07, 2016, 09:43:22 PM »
Took the plunge and ported both our numbers over to Ting. Should save us at least $100 monthly. Having some issues with Sprint/Google Voice integration so incoming calls and texts are all billable, but Google should fix it automatically within a couple of days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5799 on: March 08, 2016, 04:37:57 AM »
My groceries arrived with a small breakage inside one bag so I got 16 refunded back. Someone was at my house at the weeekend and they broke a glass so they sent me a set of new wine glasses. :)