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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6200 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 #6201 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 #6202 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 #6203 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 #6204 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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« Reply #6205 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 #6206 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 #6207 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 #6208 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 #6209 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 #6210 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 #6211 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 #6212 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 #6213 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 #6214 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 #6215 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 #6216 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.

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« Reply #6217 on: May 02, 2016, 01:23:05 PM »
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.

If you like fermented things, you can make sourkraut  in a mason jar, a half head of cabbage at a time. Red cabbage is especially pretty.

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« Reply #6218 on: May 02, 2016, 01:24:52 PM »
I am working on unsubscribing from email lists for stores. The less shopping temptation I have in my inbox, the better.

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« Reply #6219 on: May 02, 2016, 01:31:58 PM »
I am working on unsubscribing from email lists for stores. The less shopping temptation I have in my inbox, the better.

I need to do this.

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« Reply #6220 on: May 02, 2016, 01:56:02 PM »
I am working on unsubscribing from email lists for stores. The less shopping temptation I have in my inbox, the better.

I need to do this.

This combined with the honey plugin for Chrome.

It gives you the coupon codes for the website you're on... So, no emails to tempt you, but if you're shopping online because you actually need something, you'll still have easy access to the coupon codes you unsubscribed from.

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« Reply #6221 on: May 02, 2016, 02:13:00 PM »
I am working on unsubscribing from email lists for stores. The less shopping temptation I have in my inbox, the better.

I need to do this.

This combined with the honey plugin for Chrome.

Ah cool- i usually go to retailmenot.com first, then ebates to click through.

It gives you the coupon codes for the website you're on... So, no emails to tempt you, but if you're shopping online because you actually need something, you'll still have easy access to the coupon codes you unsubscribed from.

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« Reply #6222 on: May 02, 2016, 05:26:25 PM »
I was a little disturbed that it's May and my furnace is still on (usually it's off for a month by now) but I have saved a lot this winter with lower temperatures, which means that my equal billing has dropped from $130 a month to $85 until August. So that is saving me $45 a month which is significant and it was no real hardship to have cooler house temperatures all winter.

I stocked up on some groceries all bought on sale, with coupons and groceries points which was a big win for the grocery budget this month. I also received a free $5 GC from the bulk store.

I've been making cold tea like crazy lately (bought some lovely tea on sale) and I have found that the boxes of peppermint and peach flavour are delicious as cold tea with no sugar added. Super healthy and makes a wonderful spring/summer drink. It's a slightly more expensive tea, but significantly cheaper than any drink store bought would be.

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« Reply #6223 on: May 02, 2016, 08:23:07 PM »
Did laundry, ripped a dryer sheet in half!

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« Reply #6224 on: May 02, 2016, 08:47:06 PM »
Called Chase and had my Sapphire card changed to the no annual fee option.  The only perk I lose is the free foreign transactions, but I'm not planning on traveling out of the country any time soon, so it's definitely not worth the $95/year.

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« Reply #6225 on: May 03, 2016, 03:03:37 AM »
I just cleaned the patio with a stiff broom and soapy water rather than using the pressure washer. It's actually more of a hassle to use the pressure washer anyway.:D

Leftovers for lunch. I have rice and steamed vegetables in the fridge and they will be transformed into a Chinese type dish with my wok.:)

I was a little disturbed that it's May and my furnace is still on (usually it's off for a month by now) but I have saved a lot this winter with lower temperatures, which means that my equal billing has dropped from $130 a month to $85 until August. So that is saving me $45 a month which is significant and it was no real hardship to have cooler house temperatures all winter.


Yes, I was thinking that today, that I still have the heating on here as it is has been chilly in the UK. I would usually switch off the heating in late March.

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« Reply #6226 on: May 03, 2016, 10:04:04 AM »
Made chicken burrito bowls for supper last night and packed the leftovers for lunch today and tomorrow.  Realized that my portions were way too big, so I stretched it out to last for 3 lunches instead of 2.

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« Reply #6227 on: May 03, 2016, 10:14:48 AM »
Just changed  my phone plan from $50 a month to $35. 
Can still reduce, but at least it was an improvement while I do more research about what's available.

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« Reply #6228 on: May 03, 2016, 11:05:36 AM »
*  let amazon prime expire (saved $99)
*  brought leftover baguette to work to have with leftover lentils for lunch
*  free coffee :)  (in the same stainless mug I have had for about 6 years now - makes it taste even better!)

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« Reply #6229 on: May 03, 2016, 11:08:27 AM »
Leftovers for lunch, and office pickings for breakfast! (Extra fruit and granola bars from a weekend shindig)
Last night I got my seriously ganked up Wacom tablet to keep on keeping on just a little bit longer. The pen/stylus is taped together, and I bought it in 2010, but these things cost about $300 new, sooo.... yeah. Just keep on trucking little buddy!

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« Reply #6230 on: May 03, 2016, 04:57:37 PM »
Not small, and not me, but wonderful husband dug up and troubleshot the malfunctioning septic system and cleaned out the clogged effluvia filter (nice word for a true horror, that). Now all fixed. Would have been free but he broke a sewer pipe fitting and the replacement (better one with a cleanout) was $10.99. That's at least $500 we didn't spend on a contractor, there. Probably worth it, but if he ever decides he wants to hire that done, I'll pay and smile because worst job ever. Really.

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« Reply #6231 on: May 03, 2016, 05:08:35 PM »
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.

If you like fermented things, you can make sourkraut  in a mason jar, a half head of cabbage at a time. Red cabbage is especially pretty.


You know, I've never tackled kraut. Do you have a recipe for the half head in a mason jor method? All I've ever really seen is a big (big) crock and a weighted-down plate for a lid - this for kraut or other veggies.

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« Reply #6232 on: May 03, 2016, 05:31:15 PM »
+1 for that recipe!

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« Reply #6233 on: May 03, 2016, 05:43:33 PM »
Basically, do this: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-sauerkraut-in-a-mason-jar-193124

The plate in bigger crocks is really only used to keep the cabbage submerged in the brine (it'll go off if part of it is exposed to air, hence weighing it down) I've also used ziplock baggies filled with brine to keep the cabbage under.

The salt-to-water ratio is the same no matter the quantity of cabbage, so... A half head vs 6 heads doesn't change the 'recipe', just the amount and size of the crock. :)

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« Reply #6234 on: May 03, 2016, 07:48:08 PM »
Discovered the other day that my truck was completely dead.  So dead that the power door locks wouldn't work.  It wouldn't take a jump, but the battery showed as charged on the trickle charger as well as my multi-meter.  I went and bought a test light to start going through the fuses and ignition cable, etc. before giving in and having it towed.  The test light lit up on my running vehicle, but nada on the truck battery, so took the battery to AutoZone, where they charged it and pronounced it D.O.A.  Before going to collect it and buy a battery, I looked online and found that Napa had a 10% discount for placing an online order for store pickup, plus they had a better warranty.  Ordered the battery and gave them a call to ask about turning in the old battery.  They confirmed that the core charge would be waived if I brought the old battery, so I went and collected it from AutoZone and saved $18.  Now to put the receipt somewhere I will be able to find it should the new battery go bad within the next 65 months.  Popped the new battery in and the truck roared to life again without a tow and mechanic's bill. 

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« Reply #6235 on: May 04, 2016, 09:30:18 AM »
Now to put the receipt somewhere I will be able to find it should the new battery go bad within the next 65 months. 

I keep my car pretty clean, so things like this usually go best in an envelope in my glovebox. Just my two cents.

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« Reply #6236 on: May 04, 2016, 09:45:21 AM »
Now to put the receipt somewhere I will be able to find it should the new battery go bad within the next 65 months. 

I keep my car pretty clean, so things like this usually go best in an envelope in my glovebox. Just my two cents.

... That's brilliant. Much more likely to actually be found when needed than trying to remember to file it in the house. Thanks for the tip!

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« Reply #6237 on: May 04, 2016, 08:28:05 PM »
Took Big Brother (age 5) to buy undies. Explained that the Spiderman undies were more than the plain ones, and if he wanted Spiderman, he could cough up the $3 difference.

Now, obviously "his" $3 had come straight out of my wallet last allowance day. But I am expect this groundwork to yield future dividends--he'll be used to making choices with "his" money!

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« Reply #6238 on: May 04, 2016, 08:39:28 PM »
Now to put the receipt somewhere I will be able to find it should the new battery go bad within the next 65 months. 

I keep my car pretty clean, so things like this usually go best in an envelope in my glovebox. Just my two cents.

... That's brilliant. Much more likely to actually be found when needed than trying to remember to file it in the house. Thanks for the tip!

Absolutely!  I was thinking glovebox, but a separate envelope for those sorts of things would be best.

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« Reply #6239 on: May 05, 2016, 07:16:40 AM »
Cancelled out stupid expensive gym membership $105 per month.  Savings of $1,260.  add that to our savings from Time Warner and we're up $2,772 this year - its like getting a 4% raise just cutting out these expenses, but that is not how we are thinking.

All of these savings are being plowed into our tIRA!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6240 on: May 05, 2016, 07:23:47 AM »
Got the bank to stop taking 4.95$ out ever month for an 'inactive bill payer' fee. God damned bullshit. But finally got my thumb out of my butt and dealt with it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6241 on: May 06, 2016, 07:47:18 PM »
Just changed  my phone plan from $50 a month to $35. 
Can still reduce, but at least it was an improvement while I do more research about what's available.

We changed to Ooma years ago.  Right now, it's $14.82 per month.  I have the premium version which is $10/month more but gives you many more features.  If you don't want that it's $4.82 per month.  May be different for you since thr $4.82 is mostly taxes and fees which are locality dependent.  You do need to buy an Ooma Telo but you can find good deals on them and it pays for itself quickly.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6242 on: May 06, 2016, 08:21:56 PM »
Have been loving my 40oz hydroflask for work. Unfortunately, when I say "my", its actually my husband's. Who also likes it for work. Used a local contact to get a wholesale sourced 40oz bottle for $17.50 (at cost before customization) instead of $30. Now we can both have our big fantastic water bottles!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6243 on: May 06, 2016, 08:36:14 PM »
My toddler spent the night with her grandparents... So my husband and I stayed home instead of going out, and spent some time *aahem* in bed, made an awesome dinner (roast duck in brandy and cherry sauce) out of pantry/freezer food, and watched a Netflix show.

... I can pretty much guarantee that we had more fun than we would have going out

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6244 on: May 06, 2016, 09:01:37 PM »
Not small, and not me, but wonderful husband dug up and troubleshot the malfunctioning septic system and cleaned out the clogged effluvia filter (nice word for a true horror, that). Now all fixed. Would have been free but he broke a sewer pipe fitting and the replacement (better one with a cleanout) was $10.99. That's at least $500 we didn't spend on a contractor, there. Probably worth it, but if he ever decides he wants to hire that done, I'll pay and smile because worst job ever. Really.

Dug up how? By hand, or with some machine? I am dreading the day my septic system goes bad.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6245 on: May 06, 2016, 09:04:58 PM »
I planted sweet corn and beans today. I used saved seed from last year, so cost was essentially zero. I will buy some sweet corn seed and add to the mix. If you are saving seeds you need to add some genetic variety every now and then with corn.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6246 on: May 07, 2016, 04:05:14 AM »
Not small, and not me, but wonderful husband dug up and troubleshot the malfunctioning septic system and cleaned out the clogged effluvia filter (nice word for a true horror, that). Now all fixed. Would have been free but he broke a sewer pipe fitting and the replacement (better one with a cleanout) was $10.99. That's at least $500 we didn't spend on a contractor, there. Probably worth it, but if he ever decides he wants to hire that done, I'll pay and smile because worst job ever. Really.

Dug up how? By hand, or with some machine? I am dreading the day my septic system goes bad.


By hand because the backhoe can't get to the small flat area in front of the house without either going over the edge and  down the mountain (well, okay, lodging against trees) or crushing the field line.


Most of the digging was diagnostic, not required for repair; he located and checked all the pipes for blockages and snaked to be sure before deciding he had to go into the tank itself. That was very little digging, likely the case with yours, too. You'd rather dig, though, trust me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6247 on: May 07, 2016, 07:13:31 AM »
Some weeks ago I fixed my laptop. Windows wasn't running anymore, so I decided to install a linux operation system. But some update must have disabled my sound, so today when I started the laptop, I couldn't hear anything. So I fixed this today. Now the laptop works again perfectly and I was even able to get Netflix to run, so we can use the account for two people that we have.

I also warmed some food for lunch, but I do this almost daily because I don't like the convenience products.

And I won a 100 CHF coupon for a grocery store. Free food for almost a whole week :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6248 on: May 07, 2016, 11:55:45 AM »
A new parcel tax has recently been adopted in our city. Becuase we are in an area of the original townsite, we have two parcels as they were super small back then, everyone has two or more, and they are assessing tax on each.

This would cost us an extra 150.00 a year. Looked into getting the internal property lines erased and the parcels combined and were getting quotes of 1% of the assessed value of the house to have this done - which would cost us over 2,700.

Discovered you can file the paperwork yourself online with the Land titles registry office for 87.00. But you have to know where to look and what form you are looking for to be able to do this (Thanks, mom!) So we are saving a bunch of money :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6249 on: May 07, 2016, 09:06:08 PM »
No-driving day today: Walked and took bus w 3yo to downtown Santa Monica, shopped the children's book sale at the library, played at a park.

Put leftover chicken carcass in crockpot yesterday, made chicken-noodle soup today, and the bones are back in the crockpot for the remouillage round.

Collected onion seed and borage seeds from the garden; saved some cantaloupe seeds from a grocery store fruit and will bury them shortly in hopes of some late summer canteloupe.