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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6800 on: July 27, 2016, 02:48:44 PM »
I think the community grill sounds lovely, as does the journal.  Spending time grilling and hanging out with friends is pretty much a perfect celebration in my book.  You chose a gift with meaning for him (and you), that he will keep for years to come.    The xbox/games will be outdated in a few years, and will hold no meaning for him at all.  They're just stuff, and you don't need to compete with that.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6801 on: July 27, 2016, 03:26:01 PM »
Did not have to make dinner last night... my sport club had it's registration day which I help run and we put on a free BBQ for the kids who turned up. There was quite a bit of food left over :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6802 on: July 27, 2016, 04:24:04 PM »
Put back a lovely black top at Target. 

It would have gone with just about every outfit I have and was 29.99.  As soon as I had it in my hands, I had to get a basket . . . and then the basket magically started attracting more stuff.  When it started to feel heavy, I came to my senses and put back every bit of it, including the shirt. 

Total savings:  +/- $150.00

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6803 on: July 27, 2016, 04:25:48 PM »
I increased my thermostat from 77 degrees to 78 degrees.  That is huge for me, since as of three weeks ago I had it set at 73 degrees all the time during the hot summers, sometimes 72.  I have been increasing the temperature every few days and getting the family acclimated to the new temperatures.  We were really comfortable at 77, but I have noticed that 78 degrees, especially in the middle of a hot summer day (110 degrees outside), we were just a tad flushed.  But we'll give it a few more days, see what happens.

Hung the clothes out to dry rather than run the clothes dryer.  No sense in running that thing when it's 110 degrees outside, hahaha.

Shut the vents and doors to rooms that are not being used.

And, as always, "if it's yellow, let it mellow, but if it's brown, flush it down." 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6804 on: July 27, 2016, 04:57:49 PM »
Ran out of abrasive to scrub down bathroom tiles, so I used... sand. I wiped it down afterward (in stead of rinsing it all down the drain were it would clog the pipes). Worked like a charm, so no more Cif or Vim for me. More room in the cupboards, yay!
Laundry day today, so I hung out three loads in preparation of our vacation later this week. Mostly line dried, just one load that had to dry indoors as it had began to pour outside.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6805 on: July 27, 2016, 05:44:59 PM »
Ran out of abrasive to scrub down bathroom tiles, so I used... sand. I wiped it down afterward (in stead of rinsing it all down the drain were it would clog the pipes). Worked like a charm, so no more Cif or Vim for me. More room in the cupboards, yay!
Laundry day today, so I hung out three loads in preparation of our vacation later this week. Mostly line dried, just one load that had to dry indoors as it had began to pour outside.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6806 on: July 27, 2016, 06:21:20 PM »
Moving this weekend but new place is walking distance from old place, so I'm avoiding paying movers.

I carted more things over this morning, including my baby Hills Hoist and a basket of wet washing. New place gets more sun so I'm making the most of it already.

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« Reply #6807 on: July 27, 2016, 10:30:15 PM »
A couple of weeks ago I got my electricity and gas bills. Pretty low useage (I'm good that way), less than 1/3 of the usage of a typical single person household in South Australia (I have my daughter half the time too).

Went online to compare other plans. I deliberately went into a no contract scenario when I started in this house a few months ago so I could do this.
Took me five minutes, found a deal that would save me about $30 a quarter. Person called me back, took ten minutes on the phone to set up the changeover-very pleasant and easy, I was on speaker phone so I was getting other things done at the same time :-)

Couple of weeks later, get call from old elec/gas company asking why I'm shifting. Told them straight-I can get a better deal. Guy checks with his manager, immediately offers me a big % discount on the kwh and MJ, plus $50 credit on my elec and $50 credit on my gas. Still no lock in contracts. Worked it out vs the new company, and I would be an additional $90 better off for the next quarter! Took me about 15minutes on the phone this time to sort it all.

So, two 15minute sessions, saved $120.

I'll do EXACTLY the same thing again next quarter!

I'm not even worth it to these companies to offer me so much deal and credit, I hardly use anything anyway, haha!

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« Reply #6808 on: July 28, 2016, 12:00:48 AM »
Was babysitting yesterday, and stayed over. Free meal, breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. But above all some nice quality time with my nephews!

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« Reply #6809 on: July 28, 2016, 09:25:15 AM »
I cancelled a magazine subscription today.

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« Reply #6810 on: July 28, 2016, 02:57:31 PM »
I had leftovers for dinner and then took a Pokemon walk. I keep the data disabled on my smartphone, but there is plenty of wi-fi around. Also, car free for 6 months now.

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« Reply #6811 on: July 28, 2016, 04:14:41 PM »
About 4 or 5 years ago I received 2 large S'well bottles for free. I have used them both every single day since then. One is for cold water, one cold tea that I make at home. I also use them at home to drink out of (my cat likes to play in glasses of water). Well they are all scratched up, a little dented and the lids are starting to give up. Instead of buying new bottles (they are $58 dollars now) which I did debate, I searched online until I found the cheapest place offering the replacement lids. Not easy here in Canada as they are sold out everywhere. Finally found them, $13 later and my new bottle caps are on the way. I resisted the urge for new "pretty" bottles!

I also negotiated a personal line of credit from my bank with a very low interest rate. I am paying down some credit card debt I have from being sick for a few years. So far I have been able to move it around so I am always paying zero percent interest, but I think they are getting wise because they have stopped offering that deal on one of my cards. The loan is my backup plan just in case I don't get it all paid off in time. I have a few months to work on it, but I wanted to lock in the loan now because the interest rate was so darn good. I likely won't need to use it, but having a backup plan makes me sleep better at night and the time spent doing the paperwork was totally worth it.

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« Reply #6812 on: July 28, 2016, 06:34:35 PM »
Last night I did a $50 woolworths shop in order to earn $5 woolworths dollars (when your account gets to $10 they credit you, so its essentially 10% off).
Bought 21 bags of rolled oats-woolworths are the cheapest source I can find, as well as some other long life essentials that I'll use in the future.
Next week from Monday onwards Woolworths are repeating the offer, so I'll do the same again. I'll go to a different store this time; hopefully they'll have at least another 21 bags of Rolled Oats in stock :-)

Inc in my purchase was a bag of woolworths powdered milk. I try to be vegetarian but Dairy is my big foible. I like fresh milk in my tea at home for taste. I can get that at $1/litre, or $2.92/3Litres if I go to Costco (this is bad for the dairy farmers but that's another story...). UHT milk the best I can get at Aldi or Woolworths is 90c/Litre; this is fine in hot chocolate or on my morning oats (just a splash).

If made to the directions, the Woolworths powdered milk is 69c/Litre. Did a batch last night in a jug I had in the fridge that was just holding water (filling the fridge with thermal mass makes it more efficicent...). Turned out great! Delicious actually. I've drunk tons of powdered milk in the past hiking and cycle touring (literally years worth), and know that occasionally some don't taste that great, depends on the brand, and I used to always find that package directions were too weak for me. But this one is perfect! Good enough to have in tea and coffee sometimes too :-) So I'll drastically reduce my fresh milk buying and stock up on powdered milk and more oats next week at Woolies .

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6813 on: July 28, 2016, 11:15:39 PM »
Walked and took public transport everywhere today. Got in 12,000 steps, saved on gas, and found a huge patch of purslane near my son's school. I harvested several handfuls and it's prepped and ready for smoothies and salad tomorrow. Free omega-3s!
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« Reply #6814 on: July 29, 2016, 01:14:49 AM »
*Made beans and rice in my Amazon Prime Day Instant Pot in 28 minutes! This appliance amazes me!

*Hosted a camp windup for 15 coaches and they fed my family as well plus left us with 3 large pizzas, 2 dozen of those
individual ice cream cups with the flat wooden spoon and 4 litres of pop.

*Didn't use the a/c even though it was 79 degrees in my house






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« Reply #6815 on: July 29, 2016, 08:38:12 AM »
*Made beans and rice in my Amazon Prime Day Instant Pot in 28 minutes! This appliance amazes me!

About once a week I dance around my kitchen singing the praises of my Instant Pot.  Can't remember the last time I opened a store-bought can of beans.

Today - teleworking, so no gas to drive to the office.

Finishing canning up my 40# of peaches and figuring out how to make ricotta out of the shit ton of whey I have leftover of making mozzarella last night.

Kind of an MPP:  I went to our local co-op yesterday for a couple specific items, and thought I'd peruse around and maybe treat myself of a couple specialty items.  Looked at many of the condiments and things and thought:  Meh, I make that at home and mine is probably better anyway.

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« Reply #6816 on: July 29, 2016, 11:47:31 AM »
*Leftover pizza and garden grown lettuce salad for dinner tonite

*Leftover beans and rice for lunch

*Walked right by McDonald's and came home to make eggs, spinach and avacado for my breakfast.

*Tea at home before going out

*Planning family vacation and trying to do it on the cheap

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« Reply #6817 on: July 29, 2016, 12:20:54 PM »
Worked on own divorce paperwork. Am consulting a lawyer, but I don't need someone to type up my forms for me!
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« Reply #6818 on: July 29, 2016, 01:52:35 PM »
* Saved $480 on a 2 oz tube of prescription cream for my son's skin condition by using insurance ($475) and a flippin' coupon ($5) I printed off the Internet. God help us all.

* Used a $5 off $30 coupon from the Sprouts Market circular to save on bread and produce for the weekend.

* Saved $0.20/lb on rolled oats by using the bulk bins at the superhippie natural foods store I visited today, instead of buying them at Sprouts.

* Postponing laundry until off-peak hours to save $. Printed out our electric utility's "time of use" rate chart and will post it near our thermostat.

* Dug up and potted a feverfew seedling and a cassia seedling that had volunteered in the backyard. Will replant them later in more favorable locations.
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« Reply #6819 on: July 29, 2016, 01:56:42 PM »
 - Cooking food and snacks ahead of our vacation so we don't have to buy food!
 - Secured borrowed camping equipment so we don't have to buy any right now
 - Refuse to turn on the AC!
 - Instead of going to a fancy-pants gym, danced like a mad whilst cleaning up got an hour workout and a clean kitchen to boot!
 - Started discussions with a client to find someone to slowly replace myself. Short term loss (actually might not, I'll be replacing the income easily) for a longer term gain.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6820 on: July 30, 2016, 11:07:43 AM »
-Switching wireless carriers.  It will cut my bill in half for roughly the same service (in fact the new provider uses same towers as my old provider).
-Cooked breakfast and lunch at home (this is pretty common though)
-Opened up the apartment and turned off the AC since it's cooler than it's been all summer.  Still pretty toasty in here though haha
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6821 on: July 30, 2016, 03:13:12 PM »
Moved house, no movers, no boxes, no tape.

Got all the big stuff moved with the help of wonderful friends and family. At the end of the day I cooked them dinner in the new place to say thank you.

Even with the chaos of moving I washed and pegged two loads of washing. New place gets a lot more sun, so washing dries faster.

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« Reply #6822 on: July 30, 2016, 05:15:15 PM »
Moved house, no movers, no boxes, no tape.

Got all the big stuff moved with the help of wonderful friends and family. At the end of the day I cooked them dinner in the new place to say thank you.

Even with the chaos of moving I washed and pegged two loads of washing. New place gets a lot more sun, so washing dries faster.

How did you move without boxes or tape?
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« Reply #6823 on: July 30, 2016, 09:19:38 PM »
Moved house, no movers, no boxes, no tape.

How did you move without boxes or tape?

The new place is, um, really very close to the old place. They're in the same apartment building.

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« Reply #6824 on: July 30, 2016, 09:24:47 PM »
Postponed grocery shopping a whole day by whipping up a batch of pesto to use in place of tomato sauce on pizza.
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« Reply #6825 on: July 31, 2016, 05:40:04 AM »
Bought a watch case opener. Broke even on the charge to replace a watch battery, so if I even only use it one more time, I'll be money ahead.
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« Reply #6826 on: July 31, 2016, 04:52:26 PM »
Went on a long (7.5 mile!) walk in the woods behind our house this morning. Free entertainment and great exercise.

Threw frozen chicken legs in the crockpot before taking our visiting family members to the airport to have dinner ready when we got home.

Used the chicken bones and veggie scraps to make stock in the pressure cooker.

The juices rendered by the cooking chicken will be used (with the addition of garlic and a jalapeño from our container garden) to make black beans in the crockpot overnight.

Will be giving myself a pedicure after the little one goes to sleep.
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« Reply #6827 on: July 31, 2016, 05:52:57 PM »
Tossed eight withered apples on their last legs into the juicer. Came out with close to two cups of fresh apple juice.

Harvested approximately two pounds of tomatoes from the back yard, along with a handful of green beans.

Refused to plug in the portable air conditioner when the weather got hot last week and the temperature reached 86 degrees inside the house. Survived by putting ice packs on my head and neck, and taking cold showers. Might have to break down when it gets to ninety degrees.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6828 on: July 31, 2016, 07:20:49 PM »
Not sure if this really counts for this thread, but today I remembered about a shoebox of coins I have been collecting for about 5 years now. When I had extra change I'd throw it in there and forget about it, but I went through them and found I have $50 of coins. It's not much, but it's something. Tomorrow I'll go and deposit them at the coin counter at my bank, although I probably should have done that years ago. :P

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« Reply #6829 on: July 31, 2016, 07:55:01 PM »
When I traveled to see my family this weekend, I packed lunch and dinner plus snacks so I didn't have to stop along the way. The sandwiches were very tasty and I was happy that I saved money while eating healthy.

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« Reply #6830 on: August 01, 2016, 03:26:15 AM »
I had leftovers for dinner and then took a Pokemon walk. I keep the data disabled on my smartphone, but there is plenty of wi-fi around. Also, car free for 6 months now.

Heard tmobile offers free data for Pokemon

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« Reply #6831 on: August 01, 2016, 03:27:30 AM »
*Made beans and rice in my Amazon Prime Day Instant Pot in 28 minutes! This appliance amazes me!

*Hosted a camp windup for 15 coaches and they fed my family as well plus left us with 3 large pizzas, 2 dozen of those
individual ice cream cups with the flat wooden spoon and 4 litres of pop.

*Didn't use the a/c even though it was 79 degrees in my house

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« Reply #6832 on: August 01, 2016, 03:32:51 AM »
Earned 60 cents off the gallon Kroger fuel rewards. Going to get a gas can so I can get my full 35 gallons of gas.

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« Reply #6833 on: August 01, 2016, 09:55:36 AM »
Ate dinner at a friend's place yesterday, so didn't have leftovers for dinner. Made a "random things from the fridge" sandwich with a side of sliced cucumber instead of going out with colleagues.

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« Reply #6834 on: August 01, 2016, 10:08:24 AM »
Borrowed a steam cleaner from a family member to do our carpets in prep for move out. Because of schedules, it meant a late night for me, but a free "rental" to make sure we get deposit back? Worth it.

When relative came by to pick up steam cleaner when passing through town, let us load up their trailer in advance of our move this coming weekend. It'll stay in the trailer until we move. All out books and art were able to get packed up. Hopefully means fewer trips for our move, since we're moving over 100 miles away.

A friend had an extra concert ticket, so I got to go see Flogging Molly! That was incredibly awesome, and friend didn't want me to pay for the ticket. I bought him a cider as a thank you, but that's nothing compared to the whole experience- especially because it was sold out anyway.

Took all our "to shred" papers to get shredded. I asked them to tare the weight of the box after it was emptied and subtract is- saved me $1.10, and then I kept the box for moving.
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« Reply #6835 on: August 01, 2016, 12:44:36 PM »
Brought lunch to work, which consisted of leftover enchiladas I made for dinner last night and leftover potato latkes from a very fancypants dinner I went to on Saturday night. It was the type of restaurant that charges $55 for a filet mignon and $10+ for a single side. It was a celebratory dinner for my sister and dad picked up the tab. Certainly not a place a cheapskate like me would have chosen!

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« Reply #6836 on: August 01, 2016, 06:13:19 PM »
- harvested some tomatoes, lettuce, & green beans from the garden.

- made chilli with odds and ends from the fridge, dried beans/barley, and a spice mix I got as a gift.

- made fresh tortilla chips with some corn tortillas a friend left here (so good!)

- made banana bread x 2 from previously frozen bananas. Didn't have brown sugar, so made some by mixing white sugar and molasses!

- used up some old gift cards on practical purchases.... About $75 worth of groceries and $60 on a dinner out at our fave restaurant last night :)

- spent $0 in the last 48 hrs

- entertainment last night - watching a movie at a friends house. Tonight - walk in a " new to us" local park


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« Reply #6837 on: August 02, 2016, 01:09:53 AM »
Brought a stack of paperwork to work for shredding after cleaning out my files.

Continuing to pursue a refund that was promised two months ago. It's $50; I'm not going to forget.

Contacted payroll to set up a salary sacrifice into super.

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« Reply #6838 on: August 02, 2016, 01:23:12 AM »
Bought a new digital watch for $12.98 delivered from eBay instead of spending more than that to replace the battery and band in my old digital watch.

This bad boy:
https://www.amazon.com/SKMEI-Military-Digital-Display-Waterproof


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« Reply #6839 on: August 02, 2016, 05:54:41 AM »
I baked my first loaf of sourdough bread. We haven't eaten much bread in years, but I found myself buying it more since toast and grilled cheese sandwiches are a good, easy meal for our little one.
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« Reply #6840 on: August 02, 2016, 06:44:58 AM »
Going to bargain Tuesday at the movies. Found out that several of the local theaters have bargain Tuesday, so I put it on the calendar to check on Tues morning if there is anything I want to see.

DVD drive broke so I cancelled the DVD portion of Netflix. Streaming is probably the next to go, once I finish the current season of "Orange is the New Black".
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« Reply #6841 on: August 02, 2016, 05:26:02 PM »
Making tacos in the condo rather than going out for dinner even though we are staying at a beautiful resort :-)

Taking full advantage of our seasons pass by using it every day. After one visit, the seasons pass has paid for itself and the rest of the visits are gravy

ETA: Started an online budget ... again
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« Reply #6842 on: August 02, 2016, 11:36:57 PM »
Went out after work with friends - two bars and a concert - and managed to only buy one $5 food item and no drinks in the 6 1/2 hours of festivities between leaving work and getting home.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6843 on: August 03, 2016, 04:37:04 AM »
Transferred power from old address to new and scored a discount that should save $200+ annually.

Transferred internet from old address and new, complained about how slow it has been and scored a new router, which saves me buying a new one for about $100.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6844 on: August 03, 2016, 06:26:06 AM »
Followed up on our Buyers Warranty for our house sale. Our real estate agent realized he had dropped the ball, and paid for it out of pocket himself. It pays to stay on top of the details.

Bought lunch from Trader Joe's instead of going out to a restaurant. We did a big meal with plantain chips, sriracha hummus, and pre-cooked chicken slices. Ate until we were full, have some leftovers, and the whole thing cost less than half of a meal out- and less $ and more filling that any of their standard wraps, etc would have cost.

Sold our washer and dryer on CL in prep for the move. We were offered an extra $50 for delivery- less than 2 miles away, and the guy of the couple was very strong, so he and DH made quick work of it all. Well worth it. $300 made, and far far less hassle than I anticipated.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6845 on: August 03, 2016, 09:13:55 AM »
Finally called my cell phone company and switched to a plan that is $10/month less, with slightly less (but still way more than I need) data and daytime minutes. Should have done this months ago!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6846 on: August 03, 2016, 02:39:05 PM »
Currently fighting a nasty craving for soda at work. I don't normally crave soda, but it happens sometimes. Hoping that by posting it here, it'll force me to make it another 2 hours without buying said soda.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6847 on: August 03, 2016, 02:48:55 PM »
Currently fighting a nasty craving for soda at work. I don't normally crave soda, but it happens sometimes. Hoping that by posting it here, it'll force me to make it another 2 hours without buying said soda.

If it helps, I'm now prepared to mock you mercilessly for buying a soda :-)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6848 on: August 03, 2016, 03:32:37 PM »
Kaikou, here's the beans and rice recipe I used in my new Instant Pot. I made a note to add more seasonings, as well as onions, garlic and celery bits next time. Otherwise, it was a quick and tasty meal with a salad or cut up veggies. Sorry, I don't have the source:-/

    2 cups uncooked brown rice
    1 cup uncooked dry beans
    5 cups water
    1 6 oz can of tomato paste (or 1 8 oz can tomato sauce with slightly less water)
    1 tsp garlic
    2 tsp onion powder
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp sea salt (optional)


    Dump all of the ingredients into your pressure cooker and stir once or twice.
    Close the lid and cook on manual for 28 minutes.
    Once done, allow the pressure to come down and open carefully. If you are in a hurry you can do a quick release.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6849 on: August 03, 2016, 04:57:57 PM »
So this is the time of summer camps for my kids.  The 4 year old is in daycare and the 10 year old has mostly been in a free drop-in program that runs 8 to 5, M-F and includes breakfast and lunch.

Many of my friends don't send their kids because their kids will be "bored".  Yeah, okay, it's boring.  But having it be FREE  means there's a little extra money to send him to a few camps. 

It only runs 8 of the 10 weeks though.  And this week, my 4 year old's daycare is closed.  So I had to find camp for a 4 year old (total of 3 options).

Anyway...
- This week 4 year olds summer camp is 9 to 2.  Option to pay $10 an hour for more hours.  I declined, saving $30 a day, or $150 (yes I make more than $10 an hour but I'm salaried.  I'm getting paid anyway).
- Next week, same deal, the big boy's camp goes until 3.  In the past, we've paid the extra $150 for care until 6.  This time, we declined.
- Tomorrow is my husband's birthday. While we did splurge on a new bicycle to replace the one that is 22 years old with only one working gear, we at least saved 15% by buying last year's model.
- He requested spaghetti for his birthday dinner.
- I opted to make cupcakes from stuff we have at home instead of buying a mix (which would have made me stop at a store with both kids) or buying cupcakes (at $30-50 a dozen).  A short google found a recipe with stuff I already had.