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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6250 on: May 20, 2016, 07:45:53 AM »
Well I would have said depp.  I had no frame of reference when I moved to Ontario - what is a 7-11?  Listening to students use 3 languages in one sentence does things to the brain (I taught CEGEP for many years).

Thanks for the link.

Totally off topic - how did you get the é?  Copy from Word?  Something easier?  So nice to see dépanneur spelled properly.

Technically it was yesterday, but here we go:
I was craving, CRAVING sugars, and I entered in 2 dépanneurs to buy a Twix or an ice cream sandwich, but I couldn't accept their exploitative prices, so I waited until I was home and I ate a mango, and it was sweet and delicious and perfect.

The Quebecois equivalent of a bodega? I have no idea outside of NYC-based references.

Like, the store that's open earlier and later than all the other stores and where you stop by to get milk or bread or chips or beer or soda or emergency supplies at like 11pm when all the other stores are out and you realize you're out of coffee and milk and cat food.

Try this. And I have no idea what a dépanneur  is.

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« Reply #6251 on: May 20, 2016, 01:03:32 PM »
I should write a book: "Mending your clothes with office supplies"

Here's a tip for your book, free of charge: fixing a black leather belt with electrical tape works, but only for a couple of days.

My tip:  You can fix a tie that is losing its stitching with a stapler.  Also only a temporary solution.


Staples also work on a falling hem on pants. They look better if you staple with the top of the stapler on the inside - bottoms of staples look a little like stitches. Lasts until you wash the garment, but garment will survive better if you remember to remove the staples prior to washing machine.


Also, a sharpie solves a deep scuff on black shoes and similar.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6252 on: May 20, 2016, 09:21:17 PM »
I bought a wifi sprinkler timer with the watersense feature.  It cost $100.  But my local water conservatory district is offering a $100 rebate.  So free!  Also.  It will kill the sprinklers/garden irrigation if it's been raining anyway.  So I'll save money on my utilities as well!

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« Reply #6253 on: May 20, 2016, 10:26:29 PM »
Today I DIY replaced my house water heater. Saved about $500 compared to paying a plumber.

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« Reply #6254 on: May 21, 2016, 03:41:16 AM »
I ordered a used, discontinued, and unlocked UK smartphone from Amazon today for £53.02. I have a US version of the same phone (Moto G, 8GB), which I still use for VOIP over Wi-Fi, so I added a blue replacement back for £1.29 to keep from mixing them up. Free shipping for everything. The thing is I'm not sure if this is saving money or wasting it since there are some low end smartphones available new for less.

I'm planning library outings today to make sure my books are in on time and to pick up new books for next week. Plus a church outing, also free. And I've been car-free for almost 4 months now.

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« Reply #6255 on: May 21, 2016, 08:32:17 AM »
After looking at thrift for a new belt for about two weeks and not finding anything as nice as my broken belt, I finally fixed my belt.  Sheesh.

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« Reply #6256 on: May 21, 2016, 09:35:20 AM »
Today I DIY replaced my house water heater. Saved about $500 compared to paying a plumber.

wow *thumbs up* very moustachian!

I bought icecream at the supermarket for 1,69€ for a big container, instead of getting a cone for 1,20€.
Later on, I will sew new covers for our couch pillows. Bought cloth instead of new pillows.

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« Reply #6257 on: May 21, 2016, 10:54:28 AM »
Thank you! It took about seven hours and that included a parts run. It felt great when there were no gas or water leaks when I turned the gas and water back on.

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« Reply #6258 on: May 21, 2016, 12:17:25 PM »
Just mended my two "work" cardigans - the seams were falling apart.  I bought both last year and in the past I would have totally just thrown them out and bought new ones.  Busted out some thread and a needle for the first time since Girl Scouts and they look good as new.

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« Reply #6259 on: May 21, 2016, 04:28:31 PM »
Bought good compost and mulch at 50% off. Am now driving to a place that's 20 minutes away but has fruit trees for half the price as the places near work - definitely worth the detour! Hopefully, in3-5 years, we'all have an independent fruit production to complement our vegetable garden.

I spent some time at the pottery wheel throwing pots, and am paying 3$/pot to glaze and bake them. I will then use them to make beeswax candles - some for us, some for gifts, some to sell.

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« Reply #6260 on: May 23, 2016, 05:52:53 PM »
I'm jumping on the sewing and mending bandwagon. I mended one pair of jeans (wore through the crotch area with all that bicycling) and am sewing another.

My patches are a slightly different color but, eh, ask me how much I care about what my clothes look like when I'm FIRE and never have to work another day in my life.

Next up: darning the worn heels in several pairs of Smartwool socks, as the rest of the sock is fully intact.

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« Reply #6261 on: May 23, 2016, 06:54:38 PM »
I'm jumping on the sewing and mending bandwagon. I mended one pair of jeans (wore through the crotch area with all that bicycling) and am sewing another.

My patches are a slightly different color but, eh, ask me how much I care about what my clothes look like when I'm FIRE and never have to work another day in my life.

Next up: darning the worn heels in several pairs of Smartwool socks, as the rest of the sock is fully intact.

I actually mend my jeans from the INSIDE to make the patches less noticeable. Something to consider for the next pair!

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« Reply #6262 on: May 24, 2016, 10:47:53 AM »
Jeans mending! I've tried and failed to mend the crotch of my favorite pair of jeans--I just made it worse. And now my other favorite pair of jeans is about 2 wears from an exploded crotch. Know any good resources/tutorials for jeans crotch repair... by hand? (I followed one for general denim repair and it didn't work out so well. The denim was just too worn out to hold stitches.


Yesterday we got an almost-free lunch via some free sandwich coupons we got for being in a focus group for the restaurant. Didn't cover hubs' soda. Other than that, I haven't done diddly to save. But the farmers markets are back, so hopefully that'll result in savings via less wasted produce (farmers market=buy what I need vs. supermarket=buy prescribed amount even if it's too much).





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« Reply #6263 on: May 24, 2016, 11:31:11 AM »
An oldie but a goodie: I need brown sugar for baking, but it was hard as a rock. Bought one apple, cut it into pieces, and put it in a container with the sugar. The sugar is now soft again, all ready for baking with.

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« Reply #6264 on: May 24, 2016, 07:05:46 PM »
I prepped returns for Amazon and target. It was so tempting just to say I was too busy to deal with it, but I put the time in and got them ready to go. Reused packaging of course. I had to plan my taping well so I didn't run out of packing tape. 

Rescued gift tissue from packaging. Enough for Christmas.

Rescued paper towel like paper. Enough for 3 months of bathroom cleaning.

Dried laundry in the sun.

Cut my hair.

Cut some blank postcards out of water color paper. I'll draw and send them to family members who requested postcards from my European adventures.  Postcards are getting flipping expensive. This will save a few dollars.

Rice and beans FTW.




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« Reply #6265 on: May 24, 2016, 07:35:19 PM »
Had a little mental battle about it this morning, but ended up bringing lunch to campus this morning. Another few days without eating out!

Then in the afternoon, I found out about a free burrito promotion from Chipotle (dead now). I used it to get a massive burrito bowl for dinner, and this should hold me over for a few more days of not wasting money on food outside the house!

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« Reply #6266 on: May 25, 2016, 10:38:36 PM »
I did not spend any money today. Talked myself out of eating out and takeout coffee.

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« Reply #6267 on: May 26, 2016, 07:05:57 AM »
I ordered a year's supply of contacts (which I plan to stretch to at least a year and half, probably two years).  But since I have an astigmatism in one eye and not in the other, I bought two boxes of one kind of contact and two boxes of another kind.  The website was confused by my order and made it appear as if I would not qualify for the mail in rebate for purchasing a year's supply of contacts.  I started a chat session and explained the problem and the helpful person told me I qualified and emailed me the form.  Three minutes invested resulted in $40 saved!  Also shows the power of questioning things and asking for what you are entitled to receive.

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« Reply #6268 on: May 26, 2016, 07:07:01 AM »
Got a BOGO offer in the mail from Qdoba (Chipotle competitor). We've been trying to cut down on eating out, but this gave us an inexpensive way to do so.

Forgot to eat my salad for lunch on Tuesday, so that became yesterday's lunch. Having a team lunch today, so today's salad becomes tomorrow's lunch.
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« Reply #6269 on: May 26, 2016, 09:27:44 AM »
I made breakfast at home.  Packed my lunch and snacks. 

I used a homemade moisturizing bar (copycat recipe for a Lush bar) this morning. 

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« Reply #6270 on: May 26, 2016, 10:09:37 AM »
I am halfway through painting the 2 sets of French doors on the back of the house.

Total cost: 40$ materials, probably 3-4 hours total

What the factory that made the doors wanted to charge to have them installed in black: 400$ PER DOOR.

Excellent hourly savings. :)

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« Reply #6271 on: May 26, 2016, 11:27:15 AM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

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« Reply #6272 on: May 26, 2016, 12:35:10 PM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

Congrats on both the savings and the grandbaby! :)

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« Reply #6273 on: May 26, 2016, 01:29:09 PM »
My sim card didn't work in my new-to-me smartphone, and my current cellphone company wants £10.20 to send a replacement sim for the same number. But then I wouldn't know until I got it if it would work. So this evening I ordered a free sim card from a different company, and if it works out, I can port my number over, also free. The pay-as-you-go rates are comparable, and I was considering switching anyway. If this doesn't work, I might have to return the phone, which would save more but be a bit sad.

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« Reply #6274 on: May 26, 2016, 04:27:14 PM »
We have a trip to meet our soon to arrive grandbaby in August.  Travelzoo just alerted me that the hotel we are staying in has a flash deal going - just rebooked, and saved $200.

Congrats on both the savings and the grandbaby! :)

Thanks!  It's the first grandbaby, so we're pretty excited.  I always watch hotel rates - even if you are a rewards member, they don't automatically tell you if the rates drop.

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« Reply #6275 on: May 26, 2016, 06:31:24 PM »
Bought shelf stable almond milk-2 quarts for $3.00. Maybe not the best price, but it beats the fresh half gallon that always goes bad if I buy it.

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« Reply #6276 on: May 26, 2016, 08:59:26 PM »
Replaced a burned-out compact florescent bulb with an LED. I think our electricity conservation efforts may be paying off, as per the most recent electric bill. Whoo!

Your daily average electricity usage (kWh):
2 Years ago: 13.41 Last year: 6.93

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« Reply #6277 on: May 26, 2016, 09:05:48 PM »
Made vegetarian burritos out of some leftovers instead of being lazy and ordering pizza. Very tasty dinner, healthier, and saved some loot. Score!
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« Reply #6278 on: May 27, 2016, 06:27:45 AM »
Tonight is my son's first t-ball game of the season.  In order to save on gas, I've packed a cooler with our picnic supper and left it in the trunk so we will go to the park right after daycare, eat and get changed there, then play his game.  This is instead of driving home from daycare, eating a rushed supper at home, and driving to the park for the game.  Fingers crossed that the cooler does it's job! I've never left it in the car trunk for this long so I'm a bit nervous...

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« Reply #6279 on: May 27, 2016, 10:47:01 AM »
I live in a very small town (under 1000 people). I've been trying to source as many purchases as close as possible to where I live, to avoid the $32 drive to the city.  I went to the next town over (a $12.00 trip) to see if I could buy light hiking boots at a Mark's Work Wearhouse. I had checked out their footwear online and was pretty sure I could find something. Found good quality boots, at 33% off. Saved $60 on the boots and $20 on the drive.

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« Reply #6280 on: May 27, 2016, 10:57:16 AM »
Asking on Buy Nothing Group for curtains, instead of just going and buying some. (Need curtains for our bedroom, since it's starting to stay light after we go to bed). Looks like I already have a few people offering spare curtains! Love my community. Not a rich neighborhood, but a very, very generous one.

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« Reply #6281 on: May 27, 2016, 12:31:49 PM »
Did an online ed tech consult for a gift card.


 Turned down an invite to copresent at a major ed tech conference next week. I'd like to go, but it's fly in one day, fly out the next, and it's in Vegas, whereas I'm much closer to the East Coast. Would've been more than 24 hours  of traveling in 48 hours, and it's just not worth it. Plus they weren't going to pay me anything.  The conference would've been a great deal of fun, and I do believe in the value of the software I was going to present on, but it just would've been too much. It's a shame, because I've never been to Vegas.

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« Reply #6282 on: May 27, 2016, 12:45:13 PM »
Doctor wanted me to try special orthotic for a painful joint problem. (Nevermind I already spent $300 on custom orthotics last year. No, now I need a different kind.) They had some in the office for $80 per foot. Insurance doesn't cover it, of course. I didn't really like the way it fit/felt so I said I would think about it, then went home and looked online where I managed to find some that look much better for $85 a pair (not per foot!). So, about half the price. Had to pay shipping but still saved $60+.

Also got a $50 coupon for the new medication my other doctor wanted me to try. Brought it down from $135/mo to $85/mo. (That's the co-pay with "good" insurance. Rawr.)  I am waffling between being angry at having to spend this much every month vs. being happy I can save $600/yr with these coupons.

So - spent about $180 on medical crap. But made an effort and saved $110. Having shitty genes is expensive... :-/

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« Reply #6283 on: May 27, 2016, 01:06:11 PM »
Doctor wanted me to try special orthotic for a painful joint problem. (Nevermind I already spent $300 on custom orthotics last year. No, now I need a different kind.) They had some in the office for $80 per foot. Insurance doesn't cover it, of course. I didn't really like the way it fit/felt so I said I would think about it, then went home and looked online where I managed to find some that look much better for $85 a pair (not per foot!). So, about half the price. Had to pay shipping but still saved $60+.

Also got a $50 coupon for the new medication my other doctor wanted me to try. Brought it down from $135/mo to $85/mo. (That's the co-pay with "good" insurance. Rawr.)  I am waffling between being angry at having to spend this much every month vs. being happy I can save $600/yr with these coupons.

So - spent about $180 on medical crap. But made an effort and saved $110. Having shitty genes is expensive... :-/

I too need Orthotic inserts.  I've been very happy with SuperFeet Blue for $35 off eBay.

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« Reply #6284 on: May 27, 2016, 01:33:24 PM »
I too need Orthotic inserts.  I've been very happy with SuperFeet Blue for $35 off eBay.

I appreciate the recommendation, but I'm unfortunately way past that kind of thing. The condition I have generally ends with multiple surgeries. My feet hurt so much that I have to take my shoes off at work because just sitting at my desk with shoes on (ultra-cushioned running shoes with custom orthotics molded to my feet...) causes throbbing pain from my sole to my shin. I don't really think these new ones will do much for me, but it's that or surgery, so I'm giving it a shot.

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« Reply #6285 on: May 27, 2016, 02:21:53 PM »
Was thisclose to ordering a test prep guide from Amazon when I realized I could download literally the exact same thing from my public library. Where I work. As a librarian. But it's kind of a hidden feature! I had totally forgotten about it.

Bonus: does not create a physical book that will be obsolete in a couple of years anyway.

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« Reply #6286 on: May 27, 2016, 06:43:43 PM »
Returned two things to the store. 
Took my watch in for a replacement battery.  Since the battery died so quickly (less than a year), the store replaced the battery for free.
Baked zucchini bread from a zucchini a coworker gave me.
Tried a new recipe for dinner

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« Reply #6287 on: May 28, 2016, 02:19:17 AM »
I still had cheeses and a couple chorizo slices left from a picnic ages ago. This morning I used the last of the chorizo and broke up one of the little cheeses to make egg-mcmuffin-style sandwiches with English muffins and fried eggs. So tasty and filling. I had cheese and crackers again yesterday for lunch, and this was a nice change. Now that I'm down to a handful of individually wrapped cheeses, I think I will take a break from trying to use them up.

Later I'm heading to the public library to get some light reading for the weekend and turn in last week's books.



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« Reply #6288 on: May 28, 2016, 06:41:07 AM »
Grocery shopped carefully to avoid overbuying or wasting money.

Batch cooked our work lunches for the next week.

Baked bread (seed and nut loaf) for cheap, tasty, nutritious breakfasts.

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« Reply #6289 on: May 28, 2016, 11:23:32 AM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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« Reply #6290 on: May 28, 2016, 03:53:58 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

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« Reply #6291 on: May 28, 2016, 04:37:31 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

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« Reply #6292 on: May 28, 2016, 05:33:55 PM »
I bought 6 cute blouses for work for $5.58, several of which were from Ann Taylor and one was from Nordstrom.  The total came up to $63.96.  I used a $20 credit from Schoola and a 60% off coupon to reduce the price by 91%. I'm usually a size small or a medium, and I was careful to order only mediums to increase the chances that they would fit, since purchases are non-returnable.

Here's my referral link: you get $20 and I get $20.
https://www.schoola.com/stitch?ref=cp-3X5l8h14B

There are other referral links on MMM too, all for the same amount. You can only use one, however.

Use coupon code TAKE60 to get an additional 60% off.
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« Reply #6293 on: May 28, 2016, 08:26:45 PM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

You might try this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/05/how-to-make-caramel-without-melting-sugar.html

Truth in advertising:  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds absolutely brilliant to do. :)

tl;dr:  toast sugar in the oven @ 300F for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove, throw through the blender or food processor to break up the clumps.
Store airtight.  You now have a nice container of caramel-flavored sugar for use in any
way you desire.

I'm skeptical that it would work with stevia, alas - for that you probably need a
commercial "caramel-flavor" sugar-free syrup that gets to leverage the magic of
modern flavor chemistry.

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« Reply #6294 on: May 29, 2016, 10:55:47 AM »
Craving a Starbucks frappacino this AM.  Whole milk+ice+vanilla+stevia+instant coffee+blender+2 minutes and boom, frappacino.  Bonus, it was much better on blood sugar levels since it was sugar-free!

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I love coffee and have all these things, more or less. Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to make one later today.

You can also do a peppermint mocha by subbing mint extract for the vanilla and throwing in some cocoa powder.  Haven't done a caramel one yet, but I bet those Torani (sp?) syrups or something similar in caramel flavor would do the trick.

You might try this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/05/how-to-make-caramel-without-melting-sugar.html

Truth in advertising:  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds absolutely brilliant to do. :)

tl;dr:  toast sugar in the oven @ 300F for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove, throw through the blender or food processor to break up the clumps.
Store airtight.  You now have a nice container of caramel-flavored sugar for use in any
way you desire.

I'm skeptical that it would work with stevia, alas - for that you probably need a
commercial "caramel-flavor" sugar-free syrup that gets to leverage the magic of
modern flavor chemistry.
Thanks for the link!  I've got some insulin resistance, so sugar isn't completely banned (but it's a rare indulgence).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6295 on: May 29, 2016, 11:48:48 AM »
Worked a pageant over the weekend.  In principle, they aren't my favorite thing, but they are a fun gig.

They feed everyone really well.  And then there are leftovers.  So in addition to not having to pay for my lunch/dinner both Friday and Saturday, I also was sent home with leftovers. Lunch today will be chicken Alfredo, grapes, and watermelon.  I've now got a stash of mixed nuts, trail mix, and skittles at work, and I have a bag of einstein bagels, and another of edamame.  I was going to do some batch cooking today, but it seems it won't be necessary for this week...

They also give the crew a stack of discount cards.  I've got a couple of free massages, free orange julius, and free haircuts.  Also a few discounts to places I might actually eat.  And a few more that I'll leave out at work for others who will use them.

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« Reply #6296 on: May 29, 2016, 12:52:02 PM »

 Now I want to work pageants…


I discovered the wonders of diet A&W root beer last night at a bonfire at a friend's house. I've never tried one, assuming that they'd be nasty, and they aren't. So, now I have a root beer problem. To fix this, instead of buying diet root beer with all its chemical foulness, I picked sassafras  stems in the woods today for tea (which I'll sweeten with some stevia leaves)  plus bonus file powder.  I'm cheating by making tea from the stems instead of digging the sassafras roots, but then that's the way I've always made it. Easier on me and on the plant.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6297 on: May 29, 2016, 02:31:51 PM »
Went foraging for elder flowers and made cordial. Made ramp butter out of the rest of the ramps we picked a week and a half ago (freeze in logs, slice off a piece and let melt over fish or steak...) Got rhubarb from the yard and made rhubarb pie for dessert.

While foraging for elder flowers, we went to the back of the family property (hundreds of acres) in the car to a spot where there used to be a lot of farms in the last 1800s, and we found a few abandoned apple and pear orchards in full bloom. I dropped a google maps pin so we can go back and find it in fall, and again in spring next year to graft some branches onto rootstock if the apples are good. If they're over a hundred years old and holding up...

Also found chestnut and walnut trees nearby. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6298 on: May 29, 2016, 06:49:40 PM »
Went foraging for elder flowers and made cordial. Made ramp butter out of the rest of the ramps we picked a week and a half ago (freeze in logs, slice off a piece and let melt over fish or steak...) Got rhubarb from the yard and made rhubarb pie for dessert.

While foraging for elder flowers, we went to the back of the family property (hundreds of acres) in the car to a spot where there used to be a lot of farms in the last 1800s, and we found a few abandoned apple and pear orchards in full bloom. I dropped a google maps pin so we can go back and find it in fall, and again in spring next year to graft some branches onto rootstock if the apples are good. If they're over a hundred years old and holding up...

Also found chestnut and walnut trees nearby. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6299 on: May 30, 2016, 06:48:05 AM »
- Sold $30 worth of misc baby items on varagesale

- Didn't need much beyond produce and milk for our weekly groceries, so walked to our local market instead of driving to the big grocery store

- This one has DH thinking I've really gone over the edge: The side of DS' overnight pull-up (training pants) tore when he was putting it on last night so I gave him a new one, and once he went to bed, I stapled the torn one back together.  Those suckers cost $0.50 each!