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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5800 on: March 02, 2016, 09:46:19 AM »
Thanks!! (Just checking - do they really work just as a regular Chase ordered ones? No bouncing?)

Yep. I've used them before, never had any problems with my checks :-)  There are tons of places you can order checks online, this is not an unusual thing to do.
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« Reply #5801 on: March 02, 2016, 10:01:51 AM »
But what's even more amazing is that banks still charge for them. How are free checks not the norm?

Amazing to me - what other bank things do you have to pay for in the US? The only fees or costs I pay on my bank accounts are commission on foreign currency transactions. Do they charge you for other stuff as well as checks?

They've almost disappeared here - most people use internet banking to pay bills, move money to others' accounts etc. I used one today to pay a big lump sum into my pension. Not sure it counts as a small saving. For each £1000 I pay into it (up to a certain amount), the pension gets credited with £1250 (but I can't touch the money until age 55) and I get £400 back at the end of the tax year (a situation the government is likely to change soon.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5802 on: March 02, 2016, 10:16:44 AM »
Amazing to me - what other bank things do you have to pay for in the US? The only fees or costs I pay on my bank accounts are commission on foreign currency transactions. Do they charge you for other stuff as well as checks?

A lot of checking accounts do have free checks, but at Chase you have to have either $15k in a Chase account or you have to hold a mortgage with them to qualify. I don't do either of those things, so I use the most basic checking account and I have to pay for checks. They do have free bill pay so I could in theory have them send the check. But my landlord lives across the hall from me, so it seems easier, friendlier, and more reliable to just give him a check rather than use online bill pay services to send him a check in the mail. Cost to me to use checks is measured in cents per month. I'm OK with that.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5803 on: March 02, 2016, 10:34:22 AM »
But my landlord lives across the hall from me, so it seems easier, friendlier, and more reliable to just give him a check rather than use online bill pay services to send him a check in the mail.
Now I'm more confused :-) You go online to make a payment and the result is that the bank sends a check in the mail? Does the landlord then have to take the check to his or her own bank? Don't they just move the money from your account into the landlord's bank account?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5804 on: March 02, 2016, 10:42:17 AM »
But my landlord lives across the hall from me, so it seems easier, friendlier, and more reliable to just give him a check rather than use online bill pay services to send him a check in the mail.
Now I'm more confused :-) You go online to make a payment and the result is that the bank sends a check in the mail? Does the landlord then have to take the check to his or her own bank? Don't they just move the money from your account into the landlord's bank account?
At my bank the ACH transfer (my bank account to another person's) has a fee, but the "send a check" option does not. ACH and wire transfers are actually among the very few things my bank actually has fees for. I think traditional banks (BofA, Chase, etc.) are more prone to fees than online banks (Ally, Discover, etc.).

Once P2P (peer to peer) payments catch on a bit more, you could potentially get rid of check aspect entirely.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5805 on: March 02, 2016, 11:07:57 AM »
But my landlord lives across the hall from me, so it seems easier, friendlier, and more reliable to just give him a check rather than use online bill pay services to send him a check in the mail.
Now I'm more confused :-) You go online to make a payment and the result is that the bank sends a check in the mail? Does the landlord then have to take the check to his or her own bank? Don't they just move the money from your account into the landlord's bank account?

The bank's bill pay service has agreements with lots of companies that send monthly bills to customers (electric & gas, cable, etc.) so you can use the service to pay them electronically. If you use it to pay some random person, they would mail a check to the person since they don't have a prior agreement set up for electronic transfers. If you wanted to do an electronic transfer to another individual, you would have to use a different service (at least some of which cost money).

I've honestly not spent any time looking into electronic transfers since every landlord I've ever had has wanted to be paid by check. I'm not about to demand his checking account number and bank info so that I can automate something that takes me about 30 seconds a month. Who cares?  :-)
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« Reply #5806 on: March 02, 2016, 11:10:23 AM »
I literally can't remember the last time I wrote a check.  I have them for my current account but every entity with which I do business does online bill pay.  I guess you never know when a situation will arise.

As to my money saving, I have a Tuesday night group meeting on the other side of Richmond that cuts into dinner hour, which in the past meant I'd grab fast food out there.  Now I make sure I have something at home that I can heat up quickly.  Cheaper and better for me!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5807 on: March 02, 2016, 11:12:38 AM »
One of my previous landlords allowed electronic payments, which gave me $120 in credit card points over a year. Not everyone does that, unfortunately.

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« Reply #5808 on: March 02, 2016, 11:45:45 AM »
I send checks through my bank but wished I had some when I had to put a deposit on my new apartment.  Used a money order instead but that was a pain and risk as I had no way to stop payment if I needed to.

I pay my tuition by having the bank send a check to the school and avoid the schools 3.5% fee for online payments.  Those fees are ridiculous. Sure they pay for the service but I'm guessing it costs more to have staff process my check! 

If only I could put all that tuition on a credit card to earn points, so I save money by sending checks.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5809 on: March 02, 2016, 12:39:21 PM »
The usual free work coffee and homemade lunch routine.

Also, having some fun delving into making credit cards work for me instead of the other way around.  I'm starting small, but think I have it worked out to a credit of $200 if I play this right.  That said, I am going to need a spreadsheet so I do not lose track!

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« Reply #5810 on: March 02, 2016, 12:52:01 PM »
Amazing to me - what other bank things do you have to pay for in the US? The only fees or costs I pay on my bank accounts are commission on foreign currency transactions. Do they charge you for other stuff as well as checks?

A lot of checking accounts do have free checks, but at Chase you have to have either $15k in a Chase account or you have to hold a mortgage with them to qualify. I don't do either of those things, so I use the most basic checking account and I have to pay for checks. They do have free bill pay so I could in theory have them send the check. But my landlord lives across the hall from me, so it seems easier, friendlier, and more reliable to just give him a check rather than use online bill pay services to send him a check in the mail. Cost to me to use checks is measured in cents per month. I'm OK with that.

I send my landlord a check. He lives downstairs. :P

He's rarely home, though, and I like being able to just schedule a repeating payment and forget about it.

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« Reply #5811 on: March 02, 2016, 01:11:20 PM »
If you wanted to do an electronic transfer to another individual, you would have to use a different service (at least some of which cost money).

I've honestly not spent any time looking into electronic transfers since every landlord I've ever had has wanted to be paid by check.
Interesting. Long time since I've rented here, but I would expect nearly all landlords to only accept money going directly into their account - having to collect checks from tenants and take them to a bank seems like work. Electronic transfer to someone else's account is easy, instant & doesn't cost anything.

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« Reply #5812 on: March 02, 2016, 05:56:53 PM »
If you wanted to do an electronic transfer to another individual, you would have to use a different service (at least some of which cost money).

I've honestly not spent any time looking into electronic transfers since every landlord I've ever had has wanted to be paid by check.
Interesting. Long time since I've rented here, but I would expect nearly all landlords to only accept money going directly into their account - having to collect checks from tenants and take them to a bank seems like work. Electronic transfer to someone else's account is easy, instant & doesn't cost anything.


Would cost me $20. Transfer to accounts generally isn't free in the US. Also there's no way to do it online, at least for me; I'd have to physically go into a bank to set it up.

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« Reply #5813 on: March 02, 2016, 05:59:53 PM »
If you wanted to do an electronic transfer to another individual, you would have to use a different service (at least some of which cost money).

I've honestly not spent any time looking into electronic transfers since every landlord I've ever had has wanted to be paid by check.
Interesting. Long time since I've rented here, but I would expect nearly all landlords to only accept money going directly into their account - having to collect checks from tenants and take them to a bank seems like work. Electronic transfer to someone else's account is easy, instant & doesn't cost anything.


Would cost me $20. Transfer to accounts generally isn't free in the US. Also there's no way to do it online, at least for me; I'd have to physically go into a bank to set it up.

I've had it for free from both Chase and ING Direct, but it's certainly not widely used. I understand that in other parts of the world you might reimburse a friend for half the lunch tab via an electronic transfer, but that's not a thing here. Everyone pays my husband for freelance by cash or check or, rarely, Venmo or Paypal.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5814 on: March 02, 2016, 07:05:01 PM »
Packed breakfast and lunch for work. 
Forced myself to eat my packed lunch (really craving sushi)
Cooked breakfast for dinner because there were a few chicken sausages that were close to going bad.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5815 on: March 02, 2016, 08:55:02 PM »
canceled Sirius radio

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« Reply #5816 on: March 02, 2016, 09:53:33 PM »
Had a friend over for tea, rather than going out somewhere.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5817 on: March 03, 2016, 06:09:27 AM »
I peeled and chopped whole carrots for lunch snacks instead of buying expensive bags of baby carrots. 

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« Reply #5818 on: March 03, 2016, 06:36:49 AM »
I peeled and chopped whole carrots for lunch snacks instead of buying expensive bags of baby carrots. 

Why do you peel them?

I just give them a wash and then cut them up.  I haven't peeled carrots in years.

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« Reply #5819 on: March 03, 2016, 06:37:38 AM »
A friend is giving me a lift to the airport so I don't have to use a taxi (I will repay in baked goods down the line); My upstairs neighbor is cat sitting for me; I'm packing oranges and nuts and an empty waterbottle so I don't have to buy airport food; When I get to my destination, I'm taking public transportation ($3.75) downtown to avoid the $25 communal taxi van into the city.

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« Reply #5820 on: March 03, 2016, 06:46:53 AM »
I peeled and chopped whole carrots for lunch snacks instead of buying expensive bags of baby carrots. 

Why do you peel them?

I just give them a wash and then cut them up.  I haven't peeled carrots in years.

I peel them because that's how I like to eat them.

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« Reply #5821 on: March 03, 2016, 07:34:47 AM »
Cooking Minestrone Soup for dinner.

Also, just set up my raised garden using bricks my MiL was about to throw out.  Plus, since I did this instead of buying/making a raised garden, I don't need as much dirt.

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« Reply #5822 on: March 03, 2016, 07:57:41 AM »
Yesterday I repacked my lunch container with some leftover pasta & chicken that I found in the lunchroom.  Today I brought in a small container of cauliflower to stretch the pasta to cover both today and Friday.
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« Reply #5823 on: March 03, 2016, 08:13:10 AM »
I'm not sure if this counts. I realized I forgot to make my steel cut oats last night. Decided that instead of spending $.96 on hot cereal at work I'd "save" by taking a yogurt I already had on hand. Said yogurt was $1 when I bought it. So I technically saved by eating something I hand rather than buying something new. Yet the item in question actually cost more. I mean its 4 cents and not breaking the bank, but it makes an interesting thought experiment.
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« Reply #5824 on: March 03, 2016, 08:15:02 AM »
  • Ate dinner at home and packed lunch all week.
  • Used coupons for dental cleaning to only pay $84.
  • Redeemed mypoints for CVS gift card when I went to pick up a prescription. The prescription ended up being only $2.88 so I'll hold on to the remainder of the balance for future purchases.
  • E-filed our taxes and found that removing some of the forms I had filled out didn't affect our refund and saved us $30.
  • Tonight we'll have friends over to watch anime on netflix, so dinner will be a free for all of snacks, some provided by the other guests.

In not so positive news, I fell off the wagon and have been drinking coca-cola at work. It started out innocently enough, free pizza in the break room didn't taste right without the caramelly goodness of coca-cola so I had it that day. Then I was yawning before a meeting so I grabbed one for the sugar/caffeine boost.... I am ashamed.
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« Reply #5825 on: March 03, 2016, 08:39:16 AM »
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.

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« Reply #5826 on: March 03, 2016, 01:16:51 PM »
I'm not sure if this counts. I realized I forgot to make my steel cut oats last night. Decided that instead of spending $.96 on hot cereal at work I'd "save" by taking a yogurt I already had on hand. Said yogurt was $1 when I bought it. So I technically saved by eating something I hand rather than buying something new. Yet the item in question actually cost more. I mean its 4 cents and not breaking the bank, but it makes an interesting thought experiment.
Consider the money spent on the yogurt a sunk cost.  Plus, I have a bad habit of letting food go bad, so I think eating anything I already have (instead of buying something new) is a win. 

I'm also eating stuff that I had on hand--yogurt a few days past expiration, a banana almost to smoothie level, shredded coconut I bought for something else, and peanut butter. I made tea with gifted tea leaves.  My lunch will be an uneventful can of tuna.  We REALLY need to go grocery shopping!

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« Reply #5827 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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« Reply #5828 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!)

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I hadn't heard about this, thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #5829 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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« Reply #5830 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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« Reply #5831 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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« Reply #5832 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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« Reply #5833 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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« Reply #5834 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 #5835 on: March 04, 2016, 01:45:16 PM »
I got another vendor-paid lunch today. :D

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« Reply #5836 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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« Reply #5837 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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« Reply #5838 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 #5839 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 #5840 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 #5841 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 #5842 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 #5843 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 #5844 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 #5845 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 #5846 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5847 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 #5848 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 #5849 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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