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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6100 on: April 20, 2016, 06:58:37 AM »
* Got a free desk-size photocopier from a couple who were trying to clear out the rest of a home after an estate sale. The couple wanted everything gone so I took a kid’s fishing pole, three wooden hangers and a desk lamp while I was there.

* Made baking powder from scratch (2:1 cream of tartar-baking soda) to replace the supply used over the weekend by my kids in a “potion.”

* Took my reusable bags to Sprouts and got a $0.25 credit.

* Came home from a weekend trip to discover that Goblinchief’s excellent advice on starting seeds had worked. I bought 2015 tomato seeds at half-price (+20% off on a special day) and it looks like they almost all came up. Whee!
I get last year's tomato seeds at about half price (at Seed Savers). I've had some for several years and germination is just fine so far. I do keep the seeds in the fridge. We don't have enough garden space (or stomach space or freezer space) for the yield from all the plants from a whole package of tomato seeds.

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« Reply #6101 on: April 20, 2016, 07:06:21 AM »
I had saved up $500 to get a mountain bike.  (I already have a fancy tri bike, but it's not something that's appropriate for running errands or riding downtown on trails.)  Instead of spending the $500 on a new bike, I asked around and found a friend who was selling her old mountain bike for $100.  So, saved money on the planned purchase, and will save gas money on small trips throughout the summer.

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« Reply #6102 on: April 20, 2016, 07:53:09 AM »
Inspired by the above post about instant coffee, I picked up a $2 jar of the stuff at Aldi. I have no palate for coffee other than "bitter" and "not bitter," so I don't care if it's bad quality--and it's getting mixed with a hot cocoa packet anyway so who cares. Drinking it right now and it's not bitter, so that's a success in my book.

Aldi is an amazing place. I wish I had one nearby instead of an awful expensive downtown Jewel. I will say I went hungry and almost got a bag of cheese puffs, but I put it back after carrying it around for a while. Being limited to what you can carry home on the El definitely has its advantages sometimes.

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« Reply #6103 on: April 20, 2016, 08:36:32 AM »
I bought a whole chicken on sale yesterday and dumped it on the crockpot. When it was "falling off the bone," I removed the good meat and left all the bones and nastiness in the crockpot. Dumped in some veggie scraps and water, and this morning, I had homemade broth! This is a new trick for me!

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« Reply #6104 on: April 20, 2016, 08:56:05 AM »
[...]Made baking powder from scratch (2:1 cream of tartar-baking soda) to replace the supply used over the weekend by my kids in a “potion.”
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I'm more interested in the potion.

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« Reply #6105 on: April 20, 2016, 09:13:07 AM »
Biked to work for the first time...7.2 miles.  Probably won't be an everyday thing until my schedule changes.   

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« Reply #6106 on: April 20, 2016, 09:47:42 AM »
- Stretched a cream blush that I normally would have thrown out weeks ago, but instead used daily up until this morning by scraping the sides of the container with a q-tip

- Successfully working my way through some long-forgotten frozen foods this week.  Lunch today is a white chicken chili - forgot how good it was!

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« Reply #6107 on: April 20, 2016, 10:19:09 AM »
Inspired by the above post about instant coffee, I picked up a $2 jar of the stuff at Aldi. I have no palate for coffee other than "bitter" and "not bitter," so I don't care if it's bad quality--and it's getting mixed with a hot cocoa packet anyway so who cares. Drinking it right now and it's not bitter, so that's a success in my book.


Thanks, I don't typically inspire people :)  But yes, instant coffee is not that bad and it keeps for quite a while so it's good in a pinch.  Mix in some powdered creamer or cocoa and you're good to go.  It helps that I have a hot water dispenser near my cube so this may not work as well for others in the workplace.

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« Reply #6108 on: April 20, 2016, 11:03:15 AM »
Inspired by the above post about instant coffee, I picked up a $2 jar of the stuff at Aldi. I have no palate for coffee other than "bitter" and "not bitter," so I don't care if it's bad quality--and it's getting mixed with a hot cocoa packet anyway so who cares. Drinking it right now and it's not bitter, so that's a success in my book.


Thanks, I don't typically inspire people :)  But yes, instant coffee is not that bad and it keeps for quite a while so it's good in a pinch.  Mix in some powdered creamer or cocoa and you're good to go.  It helps that I have a hot water dispenser near my cube so this may not work as well for others in the workplace.
I smuggled in my electric kettle. We're not supposed to have appliances in our cubicles, but for some reason our floor doesn't have a hot water dispenser.

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« Reply #6109 on: April 20, 2016, 11:49:03 AM »
I have gotten a ton of great cat stuff for free on Freecycle/Craigslist/Buy Nothing lately, including a water fountain, cat litter, an automatic laser toy thingy, and some cat trees. Not sure how to disinfect those properly, though.

Let's not talk about how much BigCat's vet bills totaled this month...

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« Reply #6110 on: April 20, 2016, 04:42:47 PM »
Not really saving money as I'll net zero, but still worth it in my opinion. Got my home internet bill reduced after a five minute conversation with a Comcast rep, then immediately went to the website of the local food bank and set up a monthly donation for an equal amount. Based on the food bank's numbers, my less than ten minutes of work results in Comcast buying approximately 600 meals over the next year.

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« Reply #6111 on: April 20, 2016, 06:24:49 PM »
[...]Made baking powder from scratch (2:1 cream of tartar-baking soda) to replace the supply used over the weekend by my kids in a “potion.”
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I'm more interested in the potion.

My kids (and me before them) were forever making "potions". Mix together whatever you can find and see what happens, basically. If you can get away with something you know you probably shouldn't, the exotic ingredients make them so much better. Leaves and twigs out of the garden if you're desperate, makeup and kitchen supplies if mum isn't looking...

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« Reply #6112 on: April 20, 2016, 08:07:28 PM »
No spend day today.

Sewed a t-shirt during naptime (not necessarily a money saver as this particular fabric was on the pricier side, but still skill building), walked to the park for a playdate, ate leftovers, started next week's meal plan and grocery list, and did a workout in our garage gym.

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« Reply #6113 on: April 22, 2016, 01:48:38 PM »
Watched youtube videos and fixed my slow flow faucet. Turned out to be clogged aerator. There is also a minor leak that will be fixed when I get the parts - after watching more youtube videos...

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« Reply #6114 on: April 22, 2016, 02:00:08 PM »
Went to a networking dinner last night. It was buffet style and they provided take-out boxes at the end. I loaded up, so today's lunch and dinner are set.

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« Reply #6115 on: April 22, 2016, 04:08:20 PM »
I checked my payslip. Always good to do, but annoying, as I get paid weekly. But this week, they missed my gas bonus ($50). Emailed, will be on the next paycheck.

Very good reminder for why I always check!

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« Reply #6116 on: April 23, 2016, 08:57:09 AM »
[...]Made baking powder from scratch (2:1 cream of tartar-baking soda) to replace the supply used over the weekend by my kids in a “potion.”
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I'm more interested in the potion.

My kids (and me before them) were forever making "potions". Mix together whatever you can find and see what happens, basically. If you can get away with something you know you probably shouldn't, the exotic ingredients make them so much better. Leaves and twigs out of the garden if you're desperate, makeup and kitchen supplies if mum isn't looking...

At my house this was called "Disgusting Soup"!  After a couple of rounds of using up my expensive vanilla extract and whatnot, they learned to ask.  A few shakes of cinnamon, cloves, Comet, shampoo, pebbles, pinecones, catfood, and a few others I can't remember (because they're slouchy, moody teenagers now and those lovely days are long gone), and they were good to go!

Smiling at the sweet memories of those days.......
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« Reply #6117 on: April 23, 2016, 09:40:47 AM »
I went to a party last night. Rather than buying a dessert, I went through my pantry and found the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. One our later, I had one of the best desserts there!  (Cuz really...who can turn down a homemade cookie?)

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« Reply #6118 on: April 23, 2016, 04:20:06 PM »
Put back the $10 bag of chickpea flour at the grocery store, once I got to the till.  I'm gluten-free, so thought I could use it to bake/cook something, as GF products are expensive. But rather than buy it and have it sit around until I learn a recipe or how to use it, put it back until I know I can use it.

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« Reply #6119 on: April 23, 2016, 05:38:49 PM »
Put back the $10 bag of chickpea flour at the grocery store, once I got to the till.  I'm gluten-free, so thought I could use it to bake/cook something, as GF products are expensive. But rather than buy it and have it sit around until I learn a recipe or how to use it, put it back until I know I can use it.

Onion bahji! (With I made last night, with chickpea flour). Also Amazon ships bags for 4-5$, not 10$, which makes experimentation more affordable.

Also, socca is a great pizza alternative.

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« Reply #6120 on: April 23, 2016, 07:05:33 PM »
i love making Onion bahji@@@ so easy too. Best thing everrrrrrrr
We just ran out of chick pea flower too, so thanks for the tip. last time we made them, we tried it with coconut flour in lieu of the chickpea- didn't work.
We love them with dahl, so cheap, but the best thing everrrrrr too

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« Reply #6121 on: April 23, 2016, 07:27:27 PM »
Put back the $10 bag of chickpea flour at the grocery store, once I got to the till.  I'm gluten-free, so thought I could use it to bake/cook something, as GF products are expensive. But rather than buy it and have it sit around until I learn a recipe or how to use it, put it back until I know I can use it.

Onion bahji! (With I made last night, with chickpea flour). Also Amazon ships bags for 4-5$, not 10$, which makes experimentation more affordable.

Also, socca is a great pizza alternative.


A quick trip to check for chickpea flour on Canadian Amazon also introduced me to a couple of cookbooks for using chickpea flour - requested from library.  And your suggestion of onion bahji looks delicious!  Thanks. :)

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« Reply #6122 on: April 24, 2016, 01:14:08 PM »
Got free tomato starts at the MMM meetup Friday, from a mustachian who had seeded too many =) Greatful! 3 brandywine, 3 oregon spring. I tranferred them into planters I had on hand from my squirrel-murdered herbs last year, and have them by a window in my living room. Free!

Dryer started squeaking quite badly. DH and I looked up a guide on youtube and took it apart. All glide strips except one on the side were so worn they were split into pieces. Pulled the pieces out, and moved the one remaining glide to the top where the most stress is. Ordered replacements for the 3 other glides ($4.70 per) on amazon. Dryer reassembled. Small intermittent noise now, but pretty sure we found the problem. Bonus: cleared out metric tons of dust and lint, so I am sure it will dry much more effectively now. A $15 solution? Awesome. Especially because we had this dryer as a hand-me-down in the first place.

Meal planned. We do not usually do this. I'm trying to be a little more proactive with the food, especially since DH currently has pretty specific nutrition needs for a fitness goal he's working on.

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« Reply #6123 on: April 24, 2016, 01:16:14 PM »
Ooooooo - I'm in the process of removing wheat from my diet, so the onion bahji suggestion is well-timed and super helpful! 

Re: money saving tips, there are a handful of asian grocery stores on my side of town, and I've discovered that they have some very reasonably priced exotic (for WI) produce - i.e. I can get kumquats there reliably and cheaply.  Since I'm phasing out wheat and refined sugar from my diet, interesting produce is really important to me. 

They also tend to have cheap staples, i.e. I can get a can of coconut milk there for $1.25 that would be $2-$3.50 at one of the regular grocery stores (same brand, too).  Going to have to check and see what the price of chickpea flour is next time I'm at the Indian grocery store down the street from me.  :) 

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« Reply #6124 on: April 24, 2016, 01:30:42 PM »
My electric kettle wore out.  Sad.  I'll likely replace it with a stovetop kettle but I'm going to just use a saucepan for a while.  Kettles are more efficient, but it would be really nice not to have to buy another, and store it, and move it.

I just used up the last of my curry spices and added them to my shopping list, then took them off again.  I'll be traveling most of the summer. I have other things to eat before I leave. Curry spices can wait. 

I returned some rancid pecans to the grocery intending to replace them, instead I just took the refund.  I prefer pecans in granola, but I have walnuts that I should eat before leaving for the summer.  Pecans can wait!



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« Reply #6125 on: April 24, 2016, 05:40:45 PM »
Electric kettles are way more efficient than boiling water in a pot/pan/or even a proper kettle.

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« Reply #6126 on: April 25, 2016, 10:45:00 AM »
Not really saving money as I'll net zero, but still worth it in my opinion. Got my home internet bill reduced after a five minute conversation with a Comcast rep, then immediately went to the website of the local food bank and set up a monthly donation for an equal amount. Based on the food bank's numbers, my less than ten minutes of work results in Comcast buying approximately 600 meals over the next year.
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« Reply #6127 on: April 25, 2016, 06:42:38 PM »
Onion bhav hijack here, I tried making it last night, but it fell apart in the oil. I did a very thin batter, so that might have been the problem.  Any tips for cohesion? It was delicious, so thank you for the inspiration, but I think it will be even more delicious in clumps.

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« Reply #6128 on: April 25, 2016, 07:44:43 PM »
I bought a head of cauliflower at Aldi for $1.98. I roasted the florets with carrots, onions, potatoes, olive oil and herbes de Provence for one meal. Then I made soup with the stem and leaves of the cauliflower and the leftover roasted vegetables. The base of the soup was chicken broth made from a roast chicken carcass. Delicious, all of it!

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« Reply #6129 on: April 25, 2016, 07:54:06 PM »
I mended one of my shirts. I learned how to sew as a child, but this is the first sewing I've done in a long time. The hardest part was threading the needle, but the rest was easy.


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« Reply #6130 on: April 26, 2016, 09:54:07 AM »
+1 for interest in onion bahji tips!

cauliflower... Then I made soup with the stem and leaves of the cauliflower and the leftover roasted vegetables.

That sounds so delicious!  I didn't know you eat the leaves of a cauliflower - did you just cut them up and put them in the soup or saute them first or anything? 

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Glories for mending!  I mended two favourite wool sweaters recently and am enjoying wearing them again. Enjoy your shirt!


I decided to start using my travel mug for every cup of tea I make at home, too.  I realized over the past two days that I threw out at least four partial cups when they got cold = brewing two cups a day then dumping them down the sink. (I know I could reheat in microwave, but I don't drink it after that either.)

Travel mug is bigger than tea mug, and keeps tea hot for hours.  I drink it all. 

At 2 tea bags-worth a day wasted, that is $36 a year.
(omg - I am now one of those people. eyeroll/Hair'sOnFire/facepunchfacepunch

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« Reply #6131 on: April 26, 2016, 10:13:50 AM »
After the recent flagrant restaurant spending this seems stupid, but I found $0.60 on the ground. I was going to combine it with a couple cents I was already carrying around and get oatmeal at work, but then didn't. So gained 60 cents, and didn't spend another 36 cents.

Turns out I get free ShopRunner membership through my AmEx, so that'll save on shipping for my Mothers Day gift, on top of 20% cash back.

Hubs decided he wants to be a bartender when he grows up. He wanted to buy some booze, but I convinced him to wait until my dad was in town (with a rental car) and we could go see if Costco had anything. Even if Costco has nothing, that still pushes an expense out by a couple of weeks.

On top of over-paying for my transit tickets by $10 in April, I also forgot to put in my transit order for May, so now I have to pay for transit with post-tax, unsubsidized money. I've been taking the El home some evenings (even though it takes longer) to save the few prepaid Metra rides I have left. El costs $2.25; Metra costs $6.25

Seems like all of my savings lately are basically, "Spend slightly less on stupid shit that we shouldn't even be spending money on in the first place." I blame the weather. And need face punches.

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« Reply #6132 on: April 26, 2016, 12:45:51 PM »
+1 for interest in onion bahji tips!

cauliflower... Then I made soup with the stem and leaves of the cauliflower and the leftover roasted vegetables.

That sounds so delicious!  I didn't know you eat the leaves of a cauliflower - did you just cut them up and put them in the soup or saute them first or anything? 

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Glories for mending!  I mended two favourite wool sweaters recently and am enjoying wearing them again. Enjoy your shirt!


I decided to start using my travel mug for every cup of tea I make at home, too.  I realized over the past two days that I threw out at least four partial cups when they got cold = brewing two cups a day then dumping them down the sink. (I know I could reheat in microwave, but I don't drink it after that either.)

Travel mug is bigger than tea mug, and keeps tea hot for hours.  I drink it all. 

At 2 tea bags-worth a day wasted, that is $36 a year.
(omg - I am now one of those people. eyeroll/Hair'sOnFire/facepunchfacepunch

Annieme: I take the thick part of the leaves and chop that up just like the core. The thin green part of the leaves I also chop but add a few minutes before the soup is done, just as I would spinach. Since you are gluten free, if you like your soup thick, just add more potatoes to the soup and puree all or part of it with a stick blender.

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« Reply #6133 on: April 26, 2016, 03:23:28 PM »


Hubs decided he wants to be a bartender when he grows up. He wanted to buy some booze, but I convinced him to wait until my dad was in town (with a rental car) and we could go see if Costco had anything. Even if Costco has nothing, that still pushes an expense out by a couple of weeks.


Costco has great prices on booze although not so much on wine. (But maybe that's because I like good liquor but as willing to drink cheap wine!)  Look for Kirkland (Costco brand) which is good quality a the lowest price.  I can attest to the quality of their vodka (rumored to be made by Grey Goose) and rum.

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« Reply #6134 on: April 26, 2016, 04:39:18 PM »
I asked a good friend if, instead of meeting for lunch at a restaurant as usual, we could go to a local garden and bring a bag lunch. She's on board!

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« Reply #6135 on: April 26, 2016, 04:56:11 PM »
Onion bhav hijack here, I tried making it last night, but it fell apart in the oil. I did a very thin batter, so that might have been the problem.  Any tips for cohesion? It was delicious, so thank you for the inspiration, but I think it will be even more delicious in clumps.

I'm not expert, but you have to have the right balance of water and gram flour, thicker, maybe an egg sometimes, and once it is mixed with the onions put it in the fridge to cool, then roll the balls just before they go in the hot fat (not too hot). Also, when you have the ball in your hand, press it really tightly to get it to stick together, and if it isn't, try to rearrange onions a little so it forms itself naturally- lower in to oil slowly-. Here is a great youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1p6VxDtvEo
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« Reply #6136 on: April 26, 2016, 06:35:03 PM »
I bought museli to stash in the work kitchen for breakfast, rather than buying something from the convenience store. $8 worth of museli will save me about $50 in breakfast purchases!

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« Reply #6137 on: April 26, 2016, 07:42:49 PM »
I asked a good friend if, instead of meeting for lunch at a restaurant as usual, we could go to a local garden and bring a bag lunch. She's on board!

i love this one!  i recently missed out on a birthday party because it went from potluck to fancy dinner at expensive (relatively) restaurant.  How lovely that your friend is on board with that ~ and such a nice time of year for it.  :)

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« Reply #6138 on: April 26, 2016, 08:19:46 PM »
More on onion bhaji -- I make the batter really thick... just add water to the dry ingredients until you get a stiff paste, then stir in sliced onions.

Also, relatively recent tweak that really helps: replace about 1/3 of the besan (gram flour) with cornstarch. Makes them much crispier!

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« Reply #6139 on: April 27, 2016, 06:38:52 AM »
Got a letter from the local bank that my safety deposit box was going up to $62.50 a year. Called one of my other local banks (I like backups) and they offer the same thing for $46. Will move stuff over before the fee is due.

Anybody switch from safety deposit to in-wall fireproof safe? I would do that except that I've never known anybody who had a fire to really test the fireproof claim.

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« Reply #6140 on: April 27, 2016, 07:05:58 AM »


Hubs decided he wants to be a bartender when he grows up. He wanted to buy some booze, but I convinced him to wait until my dad was in town (with a rental car) and we could go see if Costco had anything. Even if Costco has nothing, that still pushes an expense out by a couple of weeks.


Costco has great prices on booze although not so much on wine. (But maybe that's because I like good liquor but as willing to drink cheap wine!)  Look for Kirkland (Costco brand) which is good quality a the lowest price.  I can attest to the quality of their vodka (rumored to be made by Grey Goose) and rum.


Kirkland is almost always very solid and consistent. We'll definitely check out their vodka and rum at the very least. Thanks for the tip!

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« Reply #6141 on: April 28, 2016, 06:26:27 AM »
Cancelled Cable/Phone - saving $120 per month now for internet only!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6142 on: April 28, 2016, 07:25:57 AM »
- Lunch yesterday was a total mish-mash of small portion leftovers.  Pasta, tomato soup, and greek salad.

- Ground beef was on sale this week so I bought a huge amount of it and made enough burger patties to hopefully last us through half of the summer (we eat burgers on a weekly basis in the spring/summer)

- Switching to DH's cell phone and will close my account (DH has a new job with a company phone, and my contract is over anyway).  I really prefer my BlackBerry to his iPhone, but it will save us $80/month so it's a no-brainer. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6143 on: April 28, 2016, 07:54:31 AM »
Cancelled Cable/Phone - saving $120 per month now for internet only!

That's a big chunk!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6144 on: April 28, 2016, 07:59:07 AM »
This one is soooo tiny, $0.75! 

Needed one photocopy, went to Staples.  Must use copy card.  Okay, please put .12 on the card, as that is the cost of one copy.  No - you have to put on one dollar.  But I only want .12.  Then we can't do it.  Okay, goodbye.

Go to library, pay .25 for copy. 

It is small, yes, but I'm so new to this that anywhere I have a change of thinking (in the past I would have thought - well, I will need to make more copies some day, so put $10 on the card) I need to mark it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6145 on: April 28, 2016, 09:34:31 AM »
am at the subaru dealership, getting an oil change.
Before i came i checked their website for coupons- printed free 10$ car wash and vaccume, printed 25$ giftcard if you test drive a new subaru.
They didnt bother with the test drive, but i still get the card sent :-)
Free coffee too :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6146 on: April 28, 2016, 09:38:35 AM »
This one is soooo tiny, $0.75! 

Needed one photocopy, went to Staples.  Must use copy card.  Okay, please put .12 on the card, as that is the cost of one copy.  No - you have to put on one dollar.  But I only want .12.  Then we can't do it.  Okay, goodbye.

Go to library, pay .25 for copy. 

It is small, yes, but I'm so new to this that anywhere I have a change of thinking (in the past I would have thought - well, I will need to make more copies some day, so put $10 on the card) I need to mark it!

Almost bought breakfast at the office cafe. Didn't. Found donuts by the printer. 96 cents saved! The little successes help keep you going, especially when you're struggling elsewhere. I went dramatically over budget this month, but I can still save a dollar every day by not buying breakfast at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6147 on: April 28, 2016, 09:55:40 AM »
Changed spark plugs in an '02 subaru outback. Cost a little over $11 and it runs much better now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6148 on: April 28, 2016, 11:04:49 AM »
bought car booster seats on craigslist instead of amazon. 
Gonna need them for after school pick up next year, so saved $20 with about 45 mins of work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6149 on: April 28, 2016, 12:54:30 PM »
Electric kettles are way more efficient than boiling water in a pot/pan/or even a proper kettle.

I know. I've got 2.25 square feet of counter space, so I'm going to go with stove top until I'm in a larger space. The money savings comes into the scenario as I plan to make do for a few weeks before I travel for several months, then possibly move in the fall. By waiting to buy something I hope to buy a kettle that will work for several years, not just a few months.  Perhaps  I'm stretching it a little far to call it money saving when I am delaying purchase and using a slightly more expensive option.

In planning for my travels I collected a few small hotel cosmetics bottles. This week I got them all prepped with my preferred cosmetics. I cleaned up an empty craft paint bottle and filled it with sunscreen. And I made my self a teeny tiny little sewing kit.  I've done quite a bit of mending too!