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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5900 on: March 11, 2016, 12:20:13 PM »
Two actions of note for me:

1.  The coffee grinder stopped working: the motor spun, but the burrs didn't.  "Oh well" I thought, "we've had a good 8 year run, let's see how much it will cost to replace?".  The answer was over $300 Canadian.  this prompted some angst, and a furious web searching - the solution: a $15 replacement part and an hour of my time with the help of a YouTube video.  Problem solved!

2.  Brooks Brothers just had their 30% off sale for corporate members.  I had the virtual shopping cart loaded up with four brand new dress shirts - what a score!  Perhaps I should head over to the outerwear section...what about the sweaters?! But then I paused, walked down to my closet, took a good look at my work wardrobe...and closed the web browser.  I just couldn't justify buy more shirts, another jacket or sweater, and was only doing so because they were on "sale".  Another "savings" of $300 plus - and a feeling of control.  I'm really trying to be a more conscientious consumer, buying only what I need to replace that which has worn out.  While not shopping may be second nature for many on this forum, I am constantly struggling with the demon called Want, but figure that I came out on top this week.

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« Reply #5901 on: March 11, 2016, 12:40:19 PM »
I needed some jeans for work so I hit the thrift store and found two pairs for $8 each. Exact same jeans but two different colors, checked the brand when I got home they are $100 jeans new, and the thrift ones look brand new. I also found a great spring/summer bag for $4, which I didn't need but I fell in love with. It's a good brand but the new price is not something I would ever pay for a bag.

Finally found a ton of baby wool for my mom (she is starting a little Etsy shop with my help) and a roll of cotton batting to make a quilt with. All for about $20 total, but it's a huge quantity of wool. 

I have had quite some thrifting luck this week. I also found on a different day some great vintage dishes for dead cheap that I will resale for at least 10x what I paid. :)

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« Reply #5902 on: March 11, 2016, 01:33:18 PM »
-trimmed own my hair
-called the dog into the shower with me so could both get clean
-reheated some leftover okra for lunch
-hand washed and laid out to air dry all "dry clean only" clothes.
-salvaged the trash bag the mail carrier put over a package to protect it from rain. Free trash bag!
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« Reply #5903 on: March 11, 2016, 02:25:13 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home. Tonight I went home and had a snack and a little down time, then walked into town, bought a burrito for dinner, and then went to the supermarket. I just got things for breakfast and some prepared meals that were on sale, but it will save me over the course of the next few days.

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« Reply #5904 on: March 11, 2016, 02:37:27 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home. Tonight I went home and had a snack and a little down time, then walked into town, bought a burrito for dinner, and then went to the supermarket. I just got things for breakfast and some prepared meals that were on sale, but it will save me over the course of the next few days.

Feel better soon :(

I packed my lunch as usual and threw together chili fixings in the IP this morning (on slow cook) so it'll be ready when we get home tonight. Heading out to get cream cheese for cupcakes I'm making and bringing to DS10's Cub Scout Blue and Gold ceremony tomorrow. I already have all the other ingredients, including blue cupcake wrappers and blue and yellow food coloring and blue sprinkles. (Appetizing to young boys. Adults, not so much! Blue poop anyone???)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5905 on: March 11, 2016, 02:49:34 PM »
Tonight I went to the supermarket. That's it. That's my small thing. I've been struggling with a bad cold this week and going to bed early, and I've been buying more and more meals out as I ran out of food at home.

I'm in the same boat :-(  Really sick since Tuesday and running out of food at home. I have to work extra late tonight to catch up and meet a work deadline (groan) and then I'm going to drag myself to the grocery store on the way home.

I had a $30 grubhub order ready to go last night when I was running a fever and extra miserable, but I closed the browser window before I ordered it...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5906 on: March 11, 2016, 06:46:56 PM »
2.  Brooks Brothers just had their 30% off sale for corporate members.  I had the virtual shopping cart loaded up with four brand new dress shirts - what a score!  Perhaps I should head over to the outerwear section...what about the sweaters?! But then I paused, walked down to my closet, took a good look at my work wardrobe...and closed the web browser.  I just couldn't justify buy more shirts, another jacket or sweater, and was only doing so because they were on "sale".  Another "savings" of $300 plus - and a feeling of control.  I'm really trying to be a more conscientious consumer, buying only what I need to replace that which has worn out.  While not shopping may be second nature for many on this forum, I am constantly struggling with the demon called Want, but figure that I came out on top this week.

I had a $30 grubhub order ready to go last night when I was running a fever and extra miserable, but I closed the browser window before I ordered it...

The power of "closing the browser window"! This has helped me many times. I think occasionally indulging in the fantasy might be helpful, counter-intuitive as it may seem.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5907 on: March 11, 2016, 07:03:43 PM »
The power of "closing the browser window"! This has helped me many times. I think occasionally indulging in the fantasy might be helpful, counter-intuitive as it may seem.

For me I think it's that closing the window is so easy (just one click). You go through the whole hassle of signing in, choosing everything, tax, tip, etc., and then you see the price. Hmm. $30? Really? One click to close, and the temptation is gone because I'm certainly not about to waste ANOTHER five minutes on their website re-doing all that...

Bonus: I worked so late that the grocery store was the emptiest I've ever seen it. Only one person in line ahead of me at the register. Considering I've seen this place so packed on a random weekday that the line for the exit/cashier almost reached back to the entrance, this is a very nice thing :-) Good to know it's empty at this time of day for future reference.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5908 on: March 11, 2016, 09:10:17 PM »
I recognize that spending money isn't saving money. I've been looking for some things for upcoming travels and desperately needing new shoes. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart but not finishing the buy. Today I found what I needed significantly marked down on rei. I only ordered things on my list.  Found high quality for Kmart prices. I'm pretty happy. It was worth waiting.

My "made it to spring break" treat today was homemade iced coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies.

I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.


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« Reply #5909 on: March 11, 2016, 09:28:24 PM »


I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.

Nicely done! I need to do the same!


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« Reply #5910 on: March 11, 2016, 09:29:46 PM »
On another note I made $50 at a taste test today and caught the bus for free there and back ( After the first 8 rides/week I get free rides).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5911 on: March 11, 2016, 10:43:36 PM »
Living in a new part of the world and adjusting to new foods and prices. The wife and I went to the local grocery stores and spent 2 hours browsing through the stores to see what was available locally and at the best price before making any purchases. We brainstormed and saw that we could make 3 of our key/favourite dinner meals (that always make enough for seconds so 6 dinners) at a great price - we even swapped some of the ingredients to better priced alternatives. This should help us trim/maintain our food budget and its mainly healthy.

Best part was having the wife on board and excited about saving more. Same quality of life just with a little bit of research and now some extra savings to improve/maintain quality of life in the future!

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« Reply #5912 on: March 12, 2016, 07:14:17 AM »
I recognize that spending money isn't saving money. I've been looking for some things for upcoming travels and desperately needing new shoes. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart but not finishing the buy. Today I found what I needed significantly marked down on rei. I only ordered things on my list.  Found high quality for Kmart prices. I'm pretty happy. It was worth waiting.

My "made it to spring break" treat today was homemade iced coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies.

I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.
Robert Platt Bell has a great saying.

"You can not spend your way to wealth."

His blog:  livingstingy.blogspot.com

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« Reply #5913 on: March 12, 2016, 07:42:30 AM »
Yesterday I returned 2 pairs of sandals and got a refund of $89.  One pair was just an impulse buy.  The other pair were Merrill hiking sandals which I thought I really needed and they were a good sale price (less than $60).  But the next day I was at another store and found a pair of Keen hiking sandals for $15 on clearance!  They had been $90 originally. 

So how much longer can I get away with saying that my little thing I did to save $ was to return things I shouldn't have bought anyway? ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5914 on: March 12, 2016, 10:50:44 AM »
I joined Airbnb  yesterday for a NYC and Phili trip. Then after booking the first place realized DUH i could have got 20 bux if i had a friend refer me!!!! So i emailed them and asked if they would let us get the referral after the fact, they said YES and instantly gave my friend and I $20 bux. woooohoooo!
plus i got a free apple, coffee and granola bar at my hubbys bank, he has a cool bank.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5915 on: March 12, 2016, 11:21:35 AM »
Pantry meals today. Using up what was already paid for.

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« Reply #5916 on: March 12, 2016, 03:15:26 PM »
A local thrift store put out %50 off everything coupons in the local sales' flyers.


Using my super organized kids clothes' needs spreadsheet which spans 5 different sizes and includes everything except underwear and socks , I went and stocked up.  I especially got boys' jeans which get worn out quickly.  Most of the jeans were sized 12, 14, 16 and ended up being between $1-$2 each.

$57 worth of stuff that I got for $29 ish

I then used a target gc I got as a reward from one of my credit cards (paid in full each month!) and shopped while my son had an appointment.  I stocked up on a cereal I like that is $.80 cheaper at Target than the regular store. 

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« Reply #5917 on: March 12, 2016, 03:41:46 PM »
The end of my girlfriend's printer's cable got damaged when she dropped her laptop. I was able to use a butter knife to bend the thing back into shape. She saved the cost of a (hard to find old printer) cable, and I got to feel competent with electronics.

Made a really tasty spanakorizo... every single ingredient was on sale this week, or already in the house!

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« Reply #5918 on: March 12, 2016, 04:52:03 PM »
Went grocery shopping today, and rather than buy 1lb. of deli ham for $5 (my lunch for a week or so), I bought a spiral sliced ham on sale.  7.5# @$1.49, total of 11.22. At home the ham was sliced off the bone, yielding 5.4 lbs of meat into the frig & freezer, for a cost of 2.10/ lb., and it's better meat than I usually have on a sandwich. The ham hock and all the fatty scraps are going in the Crockpot now with 2lbs of free(gift from aunt's garden) dried beans.  If this all works out, I'll do it again in a few months.

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« Reply #5919 on: March 12, 2016, 05:29:57 PM »
I bought grocery store gift cards with 20% discount, saving around $40+. My wife and my parents did the same, so total savings: $130.
Where do you buy these? I'd love some!!

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« Reply #5920 on: March 12, 2016, 06:34:11 PM »
Went grocery shopping today, and rather than buy 1lb. of deli ham for $5 (my lunch for a week or so), I bought a spiral sliced ham on sale.  7.5# @$1.49, total of 11.22. At home the ham was sliced off the bone, yielding 5.4 lbs of meat into the frig & freezer, for a cost of 2.10/ lb., and it's better meat than I usually have on a sandwich. The ham hock and all the fatty scraps are going in the Crockpot now with 2lbs of free(gift from aunt's garden) dried beans.  If this all works out, I'll do it again in a few months.

We do this all the time. When they go on sale for 99 cents a pound, we buy several and put them in the deep freeze. Also recently my husband got a "semi-boneless" ham, which was kind of similar except not sliced. So he had to slice it, but it ended up being even cheaper than the spiral sliced.

Today when I was at work, my husband texted me that the Velcro on our 4-year-old's sneakers was wearing out and she needed new sneakers. I told him I would replace the Velcro. Then after I got home and we determined that I didn't mind replacing the Velcro but I didn't feel like hiking out to the store to get any, we looked around and he found a roll of industrial-strength adhesive-backed Velcro that he'd used to repair the couch. I removed the old Velcro and stuck this stuff on. It was really easy because really only the loop side needed to be replaced, the hook side still seems okay. It is white instead of the gray of the sneakers, but will not be particularly noticeable. This should get us through the next few months until she outgrows the sneakers.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5921 on: March 12, 2016, 07:31:32 PM »
I recognize that spending money isn't saving money. I've been looking for some things for upcoming travels and desperately needing new shoes. I keep putting things in my Amazon cart but not finishing the buy. Today I found what I needed significantly marked down on rei. I only ordered things on my list.  Found high quality for Kmart prices. I'm pretty happy. It was worth waiting.

My "made it to spring break" treat today was homemade iced coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies.

I've lost enough weight in the past 7 weeks that I'm wearing old clothes and greatly reduced my shopping list. Hundreds saved there as so much of my old wardrobe was wearing out and needed replaced.
Robert Platt Bell has a great saying.

"You can not spend your way to wealth."

His blog:  livingstingy.blogspot.com

Thanks for the link. I haven't read him before.

I'm good at not wanting much but I also often ignore needs.  I'm aiming for balance.

As for money saving today, I did my first grocery shopping since going car free. My relationship with food will be changing again. I found the ethnic spices and got cloves for 1/3 the cost of the store brand.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5922 on: March 13, 2016, 07:23:20 AM »
Feel better soon :(

Thank you! I lounged about and took multiple naps yesterday and then felt well enough to go out for an evening dance I'd planned in advance. Took another long nap today after church, and I think I might venture out again.

So my money-saving things today: Made breakfast at home, and ate one of the ready-to-heat meals I had on hand for lunch. I volunteered to join a choir at church, which may not save money per se but will amuse me for free and hopefully help me to feel more at home in my new community. This afternoon, I'm planning to bike down to a free dance practice session with free tea and cookies. I'll probably pick up a few grocery items on the way home.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5923 on: March 13, 2016, 07:41:13 AM »
Went to the local consignment store to get some emergency t-shirts for my toddler (it's been freakishly warm this week and she's grown out of last summer's clothes).  When I got to the checkout I learned that I had a store credit from some co-signing I had done ages ago, and only paid $2.47 for 2 Gap t-shirts!

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« Reply #5924 on: March 13, 2016, 08:34:48 AM »
This was last week, but we took our toddler twins to the pet store for the first time. They were just as excited as if we'd taken them to the zoo (which they haven't been to yet), but it was FREE and much less tiring for them because it's obviously a much smaller space to walk around. They were THRILLED. Fish! Rats! Guinea pigs! KITTY CATS! DOGS! Omg so exciting for them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5925 on: March 13, 2016, 08:52:13 AM »
This was last week, but we took our toddler twins to the pet store for the first time. They were just as excited as if we'd taken them to the zoo (which they haven't been to yet), but it was FREE and much less tiring for them because it's obviously a much smaller space to walk around. They were THRILLED. Fish! Rats! Guinea pigs! KITTY CATS! DOGS! Omg so exciting for them.
aw that is so cute!

i just signed up for a new credit card today- Quicksilver From Capital One. This will give me the 0% transaction fees abroad that i need.. and 50 bux yaaaahhhhhs!  Thanks to this forum for all the tips! Next will be chase sapphire.

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« Reply #5926 on: March 13, 2016, 02:55:57 PM »
This was last week, but we took our toddler twins to the pet store for the first time. They were just as excited as if we'd taken them to the zoo (which they haven't been to yet), but it was FREE and much less tiring for them because it's obviously a much smaller space to walk around. They were THRILLED. Fish! Rats! Guinea pigs! KITTY CATS! DOGS! Omg so exciting for them.
We used to do this when our kids were young too.  Great free activity!

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« Reply #5927 on: March 13, 2016, 04:39:22 PM »
Picked up two bags of OPL (other people's leaves) and used them as free mulch for the empty patch near our house that we are guerrilla gardening out of ugliness.

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« Reply #5928 on: March 13, 2016, 06:41:20 PM »
Homemade pizza tonight!  Provolone & mozzarella & romano & peppers & italian sausage & olive oil & canned tomatoes from Costco, plus inexpensive bulk yeast and flour = inexpensive deliciousness. 

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« Reply #5929 on: March 14, 2016, 07:27:41 AM »
Spent money on a tank of gas this weekend (to visit a relative on her 90th birthday), but, otherwise, no money spent since doing groceries last Tuesday!

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« Reply #5930 on: March 14, 2016, 08:53:57 AM »
Nabbed some leftover bagels, cream cheese, and lox from a family brunch get together.

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« Reply #5931 on: March 14, 2016, 11:49:16 AM »
I had a friend come over for brunch.  I made a salad with salmon (from the freezer), 2 pots of tea (sample + stuff I had), defrosted soup (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-rosemary-garlic-beef-stew-slow-cooker/), and a vinaigrette. 

I also had a friend come over for dinner.  I made cookies (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/16617/no-bake-cookies-v/ double the amount of cococa powder and use butter instead of margarine), pasta, chicken (from the freezer stash). 

I also made plans to have another brunch date with a friend next weekend.  I think we're going to do flatbreads (use this as a guide http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/02/caramelized-onion-artichoke-flatbread/). 
Homemade pizza tonight!  Provolone & mozzarella & romano & peppers & italian sausage & olive oil & canned tomatoes from Costco, plus inexpensive bulk yeast and flour = inexpensive deliciousness.
YUM!

Today, I packed my lunch (leftovers), breakfast, and snacks (COOKIES). 

I wanted to thank this board.  Several months back, someone mentioned making their own dressing.  I googled a few recipes, and now I'm hooked.  It's so much cheaper (and tastier) to make my own dressing.  Plus, it saves room in our condiment area of our fridge (We have SO many condiments!!!). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5932 on: March 14, 2016, 06:05:27 PM »
I managed to get some clothes I needed at a great discount by combining an online coupon (40% off) and a secondhand gift card on raise.com (30% off). And I resisted buying more stuff than I really needed when I found myself rationalizing that I should buy more to take advantage of the big discount.

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« Reply #5933 on: March 14, 2016, 06:23:14 PM »
Got off the plane and realized I'd forgotten my tuque (and it's cold out). But instead of caving and taking a cab home, I walked to the bus stop.

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« Reply #5934 on: March 15, 2016, 09:33:10 AM »
Sold my husbands old, unused hockey equipment to a consignment sports store. Used the money to buy new potlights at the hardware store to replace our burnt out bulbs.

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« Reply #5935 on: March 15, 2016, 10:24:16 AM »
I had loaded a coupon for a free Marie Calender's pot pie on my Fred Meyer rewards card, but then when I got my stuff to the car I noticed it hadn't been deducted -- because I had picked one that was the wrong size!  I took it back to the service desk intending to return it and get the right one, but the cashier gave it to me for free.  And now I still have the coupon on my card so I can get another one.  Not sure that is ethical, though.  I'd ask WWMMMD (What Would MMM Do) but the answer would be "not buy crappy mass produced food" -- I do like the occasional pot pie, though....

Between the free pot pie and my other coupons, I saved over $5.50 on groceries today. 

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« Reply #5936 on: March 15, 2016, 12:02:02 PM »
Took a survey a while back that netted me a coupon for a free salad in a jar. Used the coupon instead of making a salad for work today.

This afternoon, hubs and I are doing a taste test, which is a free meal each, plus each of us will also get a coupon for a free sandwich or salad.

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« Reply #5937 on: March 15, 2016, 12:18:31 PM »
Spent $6.10 on 4 tubes of toothpaste, 2 bottles of bodywash and a gallon of milk at CVS. And I have $2 in ECBs for next week. CVS has very good deals on toothpaste and bodywash this week, and when I did my first transaction a coupon for $2 off any 2 tubes of toothpaste printed, sweetening the deal. If anyone wants to duplicate it, I did two each of the Crest, Colgate and Irish Spring deals. All the coupons are online printables rather than ones that require a newspaper.

http://hip2save.com/2016/03/12/cvs-deals-313-319-2/
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« Reply #5938 on: March 15, 2016, 01:06:15 PM »
* Skipped the drive-through breakfast; made fresh coffee and a yogurt parfait with homemade yogurt, rolled oats and blackberries.

* Insulated a light switch with a purpose-cut styrofoam tray left over from some groceries.

* Shipped a package using free stamps I was given by a friend from her late mom's collection in thanks for helping clean out her house.

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« Reply #5939 on: March 15, 2016, 02:44:26 PM »
I went to the grocery store to get the water and the orange juice we won.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5940 on: March 15, 2016, 03:05:29 PM »
* Insulated a light switch with a purpose-cut styrofoam tray left over from some groceries.

Why did I never consider doing this?  Such a smart idea.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5941 on: March 15, 2016, 03:24:41 PM »
* Insulated a light switch with a purpose-cut styrofoam tray left over from some groceries.

Why did I never consider doing this?  Such a smart idea.

Wait, what is "insulating a lightswitch"? Is this an energy efficiency thing or an arc-flash, DIY safety type thing?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5942 on: March 15, 2016, 03:36:36 PM »
* Insulated a light switch with a purpose-cut styrofoam tray left over from some groceries.
Why did I never consider doing this?  Such a smart idea.
Wait, what is "insulating a lightswitch"? Is this an energy efficiency thing or an arc-flash, DIY safety type thing?

There can be a draft through the switchplates on your outer walls, especially if your house is 100 years old like mine is.  These provide a small thermal barrier.  Surprisingly effective for what they are.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-King-Foam-Electrical-Outlet-and-Wall-Plate-Insulating-Kit-OS12H/100184290

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5943 on: March 15, 2016, 03:48:35 PM »
Last week we fought to Lower our assessed value on our house to lower the amount of property tax we will pay for years to come!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5944 on: March 15, 2016, 04:01:42 PM »
* Insulated a light switch with a purpose-cut styrofoam tray left over from some groceries.
Why did I never consider doing this?  Such a smart idea.
Wait, what is "insulating a lightswitch"? Is this an energy efficiency thing or an arc-flash, DIY safety type thing?

There can be a draft through the switchplates on your outer walls, especially if your house is 100 years old like mine is.  These provide a small thermal barrier.  Surprisingly effective for what they are.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-King-Foam-Electrical-Outlet-and-Wall-Plate-Insulating-Kit-OS12H/100184290

My house is 97 years old. Glad you mentioned this!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5945 on: March 15, 2016, 09:21:22 PM »
Weekly trip for groceries with a $68 bill, saved $42 by taking advantage of store specials. Buy 2, get 3 free coffee, woot, woot!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5946 on: March 16, 2016, 08:45:22 AM »
Weekly trip for groceries with a $68 bill, saved $42 by taking advantage of store specials. Buy 2, get 3 free coffee, woot, woot!
Nice!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5947 on: March 16, 2016, 12:04:40 PM »
Finally have something to contribute again!

Today was my employer's lunch and learn with lunch provided. They usually stick leftovers in the lounge, so I'll probably scoot down there to see if I can grab tomorrow's lunch, as well.

Sadly, the information provided was ... not so helpful. :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5948 on: March 16, 2016, 12:22:51 PM »
After reading MMM's articles, I cancelled the $8/month phone insurance. I also plan to do homemade Christmas gifts this coming December. Also had a talk with my hubby that he can have more food budget for grocery store every month instead of one dollar here and there for unhealthy snacks (totally $50 a month).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5949 on: March 16, 2016, 05:46:48 PM »
Took mega-fast navy shower instead of the hot bath I planned, and thus got to work on time.
Found un-advertised pork sale at the supermarket... got lardons, cutlets, and stew out of it.
Gave frequent flyer lounge passes to colleague in exchange for greater net happiness.