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« Reply #6200 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 #6201 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 #6202 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 #6203 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 #6204 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 #6205 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 #6206 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 #6207 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 #6208 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 #6209 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 #6210 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 #6211 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 #6212 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 #6213 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 #6214 on: April 28, 2016, 06:26:27 AM »
Cancelled Cable/Phone - saving $120 per month now for internet only!

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« Reply #6215 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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« Reply #6216 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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« Reply #6217 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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« Reply #6218 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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« Reply #6219 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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« Reply #6220 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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« Reply #6221 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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« Reply #6222 on: April 28, 2016, 11:07:00 AM »
I'm sitting here eating my tiny brown rice/quinoa with chicken leftovers instead of joining my coworkers out at my favourite pizza place.

My sister's baby shower is next Saturday in our hometown a couple of hours away. I was able to schedule some work visits with a coworker so now I get to go down a few days early and without having to take either PTO or pay for the gas and tolls to get down there.
Some more savings on the shower front:
- I'm sewing the table runners
- handmade centerpieces for the tables, made out of materials we got on sale
- Convinced the other planners to host the party at an in-between time so we don't have to serve full lunch or dinner
- Using a playlist instead of hiring a dj
-No favors

My gift will be a handmade mobile that I've been working on for weeks. It's based off of one my sister fell in love with on Etsy that was over $300! Materials so far have stayed under $30

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« Reply #6223 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!

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« Reply #6224 on: April 28, 2016, 01:10:05 PM »
Today, to save money, I spent 250$ at Home Depot. *sigh*

25$ on PEX plumbing and spray paint so I can DIY a custom (5-sectioned, wtf) curtain rod instead of paying 275 that the curtain people were quoting me.

30$ on metal paint to paint both back doors, to avoid paying the 600$/door cost to have them installed in black in the first place.

150$ on deck screws and brackets so that my husband and FIL and build our (large: 10x36 ft) deck out of lumber they sawed themselves, thus saving us the 12K our contractor had initially quoted us for the deck (we'll need to spend about 1K to have the support poles installed properly, but that still saves us almost 11K....).

30$ on LED lightbulbs to replace the ones we have that had burned out (should also affect the electric bill, which is nice...)

Extra cash spent on hooks to put lower down in the bathroom (so the toddler can hang up her own towel!), hooks for the back door, hooks next to the front door (so the toddler can hang her own coat up), etc.

It's frustrating when you realize that saving money means spending money, just spending LESS money. Still. Averaging better than 90% savings on stuff we actually need, so... :)

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« Reply #6225 on: April 28, 2016, 04:38:20 PM »
For a picnic tomorrow: bought "meat ends" (odd bits of meats leftover from the deli counter packaged on a tray and sold for $.99/lb), got a rebate on cheese using the ibotta app, and am baking bread tonight using the "Artisan bread in 5 minutes" technique.

I noticed that shaving gel was deeply discounted; combined with coupons I got two bottles for $.26 a piece!

I got a piece of vintage, name brand baby clothing at Goodwill that I should be able to flip for several times the purchase price on eBay after my son outgrows it. (Not technically saving, but it will make a few bucks in the future!)

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« Reply #6226 on: April 28, 2016, 06:41:29 PM »
I'm teaching myself to make decent stir fry from an awesome infographic (google image search "infographic stir fry"). Pick a protein, chop up whatever vegetables you have on hand, make up one of the sauce recipes, and follow the instructions on how to stir fry - it's fantastic. Because I can use almost any kind of vegetable, I can use the cheap ones like onions and carrots, or I can throw in whatever's growing in my garden at the moment.

Last night was carrots, onion and garden-grown spinach with tofu and noodles. To feed four people, it was $3 of tofu, $2 of noodles and approx. $1 of vegetables. I spent about $15 on condiments like soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and rice vinegar, but those will last about a dozen meals each. Buying rice in bulk will make this type of meal even cheaper.

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« Reply #6227 on: April 28, 2016, 09:05:18 PM »
Dandypandys and Gerard: thank you so much for the bhav advice. Sounds like a thicker, chilled batter will work. I also want to use more spices too. I will try again and report back.

Today, I rode my bike a lot, returned something to TJ that none of us liked, returned new shoes that smell like cigarette smoke (!), and cooked a big dinner with lots of leftovers. I also bought a thank you gift for my friend who is giving me free running coaching.

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« Reply #6228 on: April 29, 2016, 06:31:02 AM »
Yesterday I was in town and DD sent a text  - we need butter.
she had invited friends over so I knew she needed it for whatever recipe she'd chosen for the dinner.

without hesitation I would have said nope.  not grocery shopping again until sunday.  make something else.

but i remembered i had bought an extra block of butter on sale and put it in the freezer.  she found it, we were both happy.

when i got home i was able to say - you need to know that something changed while you were away and that now i only buy groceries on sunday.  with a PLAN.

(she'd been away for a week.  a LOT has changed in that week)
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« Reply #6229 on: April 29, 2016, 12:58:14 PM »
Page Plus just started offering a discount on their phone plans if you do auto-refill every month! I had to cancel my current auto-refill and set it up again to get the discount applied, but now my phone bill is $3.18 lower.

Sweet! I was able to reset my account before the next auto-fill and save $2.08.  Thanks!

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« Reply #6230 on: April 29, 2016, 07:28:28 PM »
I cancelled the Saturday paper delivery.  They were going to raise the cost and I had forgotten how expensive it really was.  Everyone in the family was kind of bummed when I said I was thinking of cancelling it.  But lately it is arriving late, the new person doesn't throw it on the porch and it is 4.95 plus tax a week.  If I want a paper - I can hike down to the store and buy it for $2 bucks and get some exercise while I am at it.  DS can look up the hockey score online.

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« Reply #6231 on: April 30, 2016, 12:10:51 AM »
I didn't go to the thrift - it's a Friday habit.  It's the one at the hospital, run by volunteer women, and all the money goes to patient well-being.  I love donating and buying there.  It is the cheapest one in town.  I am right beside it on Fridays, so I always go.  Not anymore, though that is where I will still donate my stuff.

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« Reply #6232 on: April 30, 2016, 05:36:41 AM »
I bought my wedding dress!!! Was out shopping today with my sis for her upcoming wedding (hers is sept, mine isn't till March), and a boutique we went into had a clearance rack of bridesmaid dress samples. Found a floor length oyster (light grey/silver) strapless chiffon one on the rack that was priced at $300usd- asked it if it was on clearance too- it was!!! Tried it on, it fits perfect, looked lovely and is perfectly suited for me/the venue (light, floaty, not stark white, no sequins or glitter). It's simple and pretty and Grecian looking. Cost me US $45!!!!! Bought a garment bag to keep it safe until next year ($4), will buy/make a simple veil, and I'm done!!

I'm so glad I found mustachian. It really is a way of life. The traits that you begin to embody (thrift, sensibility, realism, optimism, open mindedness) are just so useful.
Rather than chasing a dream (I'm a 'princess', I need a dream dress with a huge price tag etc), I've learned to love simplicity, and keep the important things in life in perspective.
(Had to post a pic of it- am so happy!)

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« Reply #6233 on: April 30, 2016, 06:33:42 AM »
I bought my wedding dress!!!
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that is a lot of classy swank for $45!  Congrats - that really was an amazing find.  :)

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« Reply #6234 on: April 30, 2016, 08:35:00 AM »
I bought my wedding dress!!! Was out shopping today with my sis for her upcoming wedding (hers is sept, mine isn't till March), and a boutique we went into had a clearance rack of bridesmaid dress samples. Found a floor length oyster (light grey/silver) strapless chiffon one on the rack that was priced at $300usd- asked it if it was on clearance too- it was!!! Tried it on, it fits perfect, looked lovely and is perfectly suited for me/the venue (light, floaty, not stark white, no sequins or glitter). It's simple and pretty and Grecian looking. Cost me US $45!!!!! Bought a garment bag to keep it safe until next year ($4), will buy/make a simple veil, and I'm done!!

I'm so glad I found mustachian. It really is a way of life. The traits that you begin to embody (thrift, sensibility, realism, optimism, open mindedness) are just so useful.
Rather than chasing a dream (I'm a 'princess', I need a dream dress with a huge price tag etc), I've learned to love simplicity, and keep the important things in life in perspective.
(Had to post a pic of it- am so happy!)

What a beautiful dress! And it will be wonderful to have the dress purchase out of the way I'm sure. For me, it also created a good anchor point- if I had to choose between option a and b, and I had no preference otherwise, I would just coordinate it to the dress!

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« Reply #6235 on: April 30, 2016, 09:29:53 AM »
I bought my wedding dress!!! Was out shopping today with my sis for her upcoming wedding (hers is sept, mine isn't till March), and a boutique we went into had a clearance rack of bridesmaid dress samples. Found a floor length oyster (light grey/silver) strapless chiffon one on the rack that was priced at $300usd- asked it if it was on clearance too- it was!!! Tried it on, it fits perfect, looked lovely and is perfectly suited for me/the venue (light, floaty, not stark white, no sequins or glitter). It's simple and pretty and Grecian looking. Cost me US $45!!!!! Bought a garment bag to keep it safe until next year ($4), will buy/make a simple veil, and I'm done!!

I'm so glad I found mustachian. It really is a way of life. The traits that you begin to embody (thrift, sensibility, realism, optimism, open mindedness) are just so useful.
Rather than chasing a dream (I'm a 'princess', I need a dream dress with a huge price tag etc), I've learned to love simplicity, and keep the important things in life in perspective.
(Had to post a pic of it- am so happy!)

What a beautiful dress! And it will be wonderful to have the dress purchase out of the way I'm sure. For me, it also created a good anchor point- if I had to choose between option a and b, and I had no preference otherwise, I would just coordinate it to the dress!

What a lovely dress! It looks bridal and festive but not, y'know, cupcake-ish. (I was married in a cupcake dress, but in my defense, I was 20.)

Here's what I did today--So I had to work on Saturday and Mr. FP is out of town. Took the kids to the hourly daycare. Considered just shelling out for lunches ($4 each) and snacks ($2 each), but made myself pack the damn things. Cold homemade pizza FTW.

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« Reply #6236 on: April 30, 2016, 11:19:51 AM »
This didn't exactly save me money, but hopefully will down the road: found gardening twine at a neighbor's garage sale, pretty large spool for $1. This is exactly one day after purchasing a similar amount for $5 from a store yesterday. Since I will go through a fair amount with various plant trellises, having extra on hand seemed like a good idea.

Also purchased a pair of clippers for $0.75. Hoping they work well- they move freely but look different than most I've seen, but for that price, since it is SO much less than you see in stores, I'll give it a try.

Picked up artichokes, asparagus, and rhubarb from the farmer's market. Both better quality and cheaper than in the stores. I love in season produce!

Instead of running the dryer a second time, I split the large load and hung all the quicker drying athletic clothing to finish drying on a rack. Very small, but it required effort, so I'm proud =P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6237 on: April 30, 2016, 11:50:13 AM »
Proud of my grocery trip today
Went to Publix, but before i did i went on iheartpublix.com- superdeals tab, made my list printed 6 coupons.. knew i had to spend 50$ to get the 10$ off gas card deal.. went in with calculator- checked sale aisle too- score for super cheap fave olives and gluten free chocolate cake mix.
So spent $85.74  saved $58.55 came away with tons of food, cat litter etc stuff i needed, and a 50$ card for gas! NICE

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« Reply #6238 on: April 30, 2016, 12:24:48 PM »
Had a nail poking thru the footbed of my fav pair of winter flats. I fixed it with a thick leather scrap shoe goo-ed over the footbed. There's another season of wear left in these!

Made a big batch of granola.

Mended my shoulder bag and made a simple wristlet wallet. Small, light, versatile for travel but nice enough use on an evening out.




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« Reply #6239 on: April 30, 2016, 03:01:34 PM »
Had a nail poking thru the footbed of my fav pair of winter flats. I fixed it with a thick leather scrap shoe goo-ed over the footbed. There's another season of wear left in these!

Did you also get your tetanus booster? =o How on earth did you end up with a nail through your flats??

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« Reply #6240 on: April 30, 2016, 03:11:30 PM »
Had a nail poking thru the footbed of my fav pair of winter flats. I fixed it with a thick leather scrap shoe goo-ed over the footbed. There's another season of wear left in these!

Did you also get your tetanus booster? =o How on earth did you end up with a nail through your flats??

It's a nail from attaching the sole of the shoe!  It's supposed to be there. It's super tiny and did not hurt me, but was obviously not good to walk on.

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« Reply #6241 on: April 30, 2016, 07:41:15 PM »
I was tired after working on the house and in the garden all day but instead of going out for dinner, I made dinner at home.  But I really didn't feel like cooking but I did it anyway.

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« Reply #6242 on: May 01, 2016, 02:49:38 AM »
Yesterday, just a Buy Nothing Day.  Ransacked the cabinets for food.  Survived. :)


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« Reply #6243 on: May 01, 2016, 06:16:35 AM »
Took the bus to/from the shopping center where we looked for shoes and shorts for DD.  Paid roughly $1.60 RT for the three of us, compared to the $10+ a taxi both ways would have cost.

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« Reply #6244 on: May 01, 2016, 03:09:59 PM »
Stayed out of all stores this week, including grocery stores. Today I made bread, yogurt, and hummus to help get us through this next week on pantry cooking and freezer clean-out.

Sadly I broke another kitchen thermometer. That's 3 in 2016.  I'm back to the wrist method and think I'll stay with that for a while.

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« Reply #6245 on: May 01, 2016, 04:05:04 PM »
Ate falafel on naan with salads and yoghurt for dinner, was delish, and one of the cheapest meals you can make. Haven;t gone out at all today, so haven't spent a thing :-) Just quality husband time, watching films .
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« Reply #6246 on: May 01, 2016, 04:26:22 PM »
This weekend, I took advantage of longer days and sun and am back to drying all of the laundry on the line. I get lazy and use the dryer when it's cold and foggy, but we save $10-$14/month when I'm a diligent line dryer.

I've also been cooking meal after meal at home, as the frugal food hammer has come back down. Almond flour pancakes, quiche, chicken soup with dumplings, smoothies, quinoa salads, and tonight tamale pie. I'm also going to try some new recipes this week for more variety.

My recent Q1 spending review "uncovered" the fact that we spent $5,113 on groceries, dining out, and wine in three months. Looks like some of us have been celebrating FIRE a little too much! Woops. Some of this is because my family visited, a very rare occasion. Sweet Huz and I, being the rich people we are, paid for a few group dinners for seven people with wine ($1,500 of the $5,113 total) and filled the larder with groceries for that many during the visit (another $200). But take away the special occasion, $1,700 family vacation food bill, and that still leaves over $1,000 month on food spending. For two adults. Unacceptable.

At least it's easy to get back on track!

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« Reply #6247 on: May 01, 2016, 04:35:23 PM »
Stir fried my radish thinnings (roots and greens) with garlic and half a (small) smoked sausage from the freezer for lunch.


Supper is instantpot "German bake": cabbage, kraut, 4 chopped potatoes that have seen better days, half a large turkey smoked sausage from the freezer, applesauce and a handful of dried cranberries, all cooked in slightly too much chicken bone broth from the freezer. Cabbage was also from the freezer, about half a head as I've determined roughly chopped cabbage freezes just fine for stews and stir frying even without blanching. Cabbage waste around here has plummeted (and cabbage usage has risen since I no longer feel compelled to try to use a whole head up fast and thus husband doesn't get sick of it). Slightly too much broth is being sopped up with the heels of homemade multigrain bread, also from the freezer.


Stayed home all day, walked in the woods with the dogs, and snacked on wild greens as we went. Dogs snacked on deer poop, as is their wont.

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« Reply #6248 on: May 02, 2016, 11:28:28 AM »
Cabbage was also from the freezer, about half a head as I've determined roughly chopped cabbage freezes just fine for stews and stir frying even without blanching. Cabbage waste around here has plummeted (and cabbage usage has risen since I no longer feel compelled to try to use a whole head up fast and thus husband doesn't get sick of it).

Thanks for sharing this. I feel like I can't buy cabbage because half the head goes bad before I can use it. Problem solved.

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« Reply #6249 on: May 02, 2016, 11:43:26 AM »
Cabbage was also from the freezer, about half a head as I've determined roughly chopped cabbage freezes just fine for stews and stir frying even without blanching. Cabbage waste around here has plummeted (and cabbage usage has risen since I no longer feel compelled to try to use a whole head up fast and thus husband doesn't get sick of it).

Thanks for sharing this. I feel like I can't buy cabbage because half the head goes bad before I can use it. Problem solved.


I know, same here. One day I decided I'd just try it - it's not like there was anything to lose, after all, since otherwise I'd just store the damn left-over half cabbage in the fridge until it got slimy and then put it into the compost heap where it would take way too long to break down because of being in head form. Life is better since.