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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6900 on: August 12, 2016, 07:29:29 AM »
Brought hard-boiled eggs to work for lunch. Also a couple of banana and coconut muffins I threw together yesterday to finish up the bananas I had bought.

Last night, I finally attacked some veg that had been sitting around for a little bit too long. Chopped and peeled everything, added some oil and my current favourite smoky chili spice mix and roasted the whole lot. That, added to rice, means dinner for today and tomorrow is sorted. And I won't be leaving behind stuff that's just going to go off while I'm working away from home next week. All meals are provided at the summer school I'm organising so next week should be low-cost. Only have to pay minimal amounts for a drink or two in the evenings, if I feel so inclined. Will bring the rest of the muffins in case I feel like having a snack inbetween times (that way I can avoid the vending machines).

And this morning I donated blood for the first time here, so got a mid-morning snack for free and they even pay 20. Always nice to get a little something you weren't expecting.

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« Reply #6901 on: August 12, 2016, 07:32:42 AM »
I wanted some books Amazon was listing for 120$ total, and my library couldn't get them. And then I checked abebooks : delivery included, 35$. Done, and thank you. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6902 on: August 12, 2016, 08:08:09 AM »
On a whim, I entered a local radio station's contest to win tickets to a concert. This is one I wanted to go to, but I recently spent $150 on tickets for two other shows and couldn't justify dropping another $100. I routinely overspend my "blow money" category as it is and I'm forcing myself to make those hard choices.

Got an e-mail informing me that the tix are mine! Going home after work to make some dinner and then my girlfriend and I are off to the show. 

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« Reply #6903 on: August 12, 2016, 08:09:10 AM »
I've made about $230 in the last week selling electronics I haven't used in a year or more.

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« Reply #6904 on: August 12, 2016, 08:21:53 AM »


Last night, I finally attacked some veg that had been sitting around for a little bit too long. Chopped and peeled everything, added some oil and my current favourite smoky chili spice mix and roasted the whole lot.

I did that last night with some garlic and olive oil. I made lunches for a few days and my house smelled amazing afterwards too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6905 on: August 12, 2016, 09:05:33 AM »
- The power plug for my daughter's white noise machine (for sleep, we live near very loud train tracks that run all night) suddenly stopped working last week.  It's been running on batteries ($$$) while we worked on a solution.  I was just about to give up and order a new one, when I figured I'd try calling the company to explain the situation.  2 minutes on the phone with a very polite rep, and a new one is being mailed to us, for free!

- Planning my son's birthday party (his first "real party" with friends - turning 5) and I found an adorable instant download template on etsy, on sale for $1.50.  A bit fiddly to work with, but I'm happy with the result, and it should cost less than $5 to print them.

- Just got back from a long 2 week work trip, and I'm really happy with how I saved my meal per diems.  Bought myself some yogurt, granola and fruit for breakfasts in my hotel room (spent $10 and can claim $17 per day), and ate frugally for lunch and dinners.  Biggest savings by far were from not ordering alcohol at the restaurants, which is my biggest weakness.  Instead, I kept a $10 bottle of wine in my hotel room for the occasional evening drink.  I probably made around $300 on the trip.

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« Reply #6906 on: August 12, 2016, 03:00:01 PM »
I saved about 200 by checking a couple more websites after finding a flight that seemed good. I should have checked the baggage policy, though because Wow air apparently only allows one small carry-on. No free ordinary carry-on bag. Wow! Now I'm plotting how I can pack for about 12 days, including attending a friend's wedding, with just a school-sized backpack. I think it will involve using Dropbox and a thumb drive instead of bringing my laptop and dressing in warm layers for the flight. I'm trying to remember if I left anything useful at my parents' house where I'll be staying.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6907 on: August 12, 2016, 03:03:42 PM »
the other day, we ate in for our anniversary instead of going out.  i made homemade ice cream for dessert using the two-ziplock-bag method, and it was so yum. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6908 on: August 12, 2016, 03:33:34 PM »
*not using the a/c today -- even though I'm too hot (trying to be stoic about it!)

*burgers on the grill for dinner -- hubby bbq'ing for me. We only have 2 buns from the freezer but a huge loaf of homemade french bread from last night. Littlest 2 kids will get the buns; everyone else gets open-faced on french bread

*didn't buy Hunter boots at online sale (thus saving money!)

*using up the ham we bought for sandwiches at lunch - on french bread, of course;-)

*reading the forum for motivation and ideas - cancelled my Prime membership when reading a case study (this was definitely low-hanging fruit for me - how did I miss this?!)

*listening to the free radio (surprised to read, on aforementioned case study, that people pay for online music subscriptions)

*went to the beach with the kids last night - splashed in the waves for free - found a beach with no parking fees - saw whales

*making nice cold smoothies this afternoon to beat the heat

*unvolunteered from a job at church this fall - realized I'm Just. Too. Busy. with my large family and found we were buying convenience foods, etc when I did this volunteer gig once a week from January to May. I enjoyed it while I was there, but was really feeling stressed/depressed the rest of the week. Nice idea for when I'm older and in a different season of family life.

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« Reply #6909 on: August 12, 2016, 05:31:44 PM »
Felt like buying take-out, but cooked instead. Panko crusted Ahi Tuna steaks with cauliflower stir fry. WAY cheaper and MUCH tastier. In addition, I also made some pineapple popsicles for desert.

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« Reply #6910 on: August 12, 2016, 05:48:42 PM »
Yesterday: made chocolate pudding because I felt like a little something sweet

Today:
Walked the big boy to camp.  They get free lunch today since it's the last day.
I am meeting the girls tonight for dinner and a movie.  Long ago I was a regular blood donor, and would exchange "points" for movie tickets.  Not so much anymore.  But I rarely go to movies, so I guess I'm okay paying the full $10.50.

But they chose a place for dinner...a brewery.  Everything is on the pricey side ($12+), not to mention the beer. So...I brought my own dinner and will eat before I go.  Then either (1) nurse a beer or (2) nurse an appetizer.  Not sure which.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6911 on: August 12, 2016, 11:02:02 PM »
My eBay item sold. $676!

Catching up with friends tonight - they're cooking.

Had my biannual haircut today. (Not so much saving money today, but the other 10 months of the year...)

Picked a recipe to use up some of the I'm-ready-for-the-apocalypse stockpile of tinned tomatoes.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6912 on: August 13, 2016, 07:51:09 AM »
Went out to lunch at a cafe with work friends today. I had my daughter with me and knew in advance. So we ate a bit at home first. Worked a treat. She didn't want any food! So she just had a juice, I had a water adn a light meal. Probably saved us at least $16 over what we would have normally spent in such a situation.

Went past cheap country fruit and veg prior to visiting my brother and got great prices on small pineapples (Childcare loves them, we have to supply fruit), bananas, carrots and potatoes. The Potatoes were small, but much cheaper than the more regular sized ones. I don't mind, I mostly cook them whole anyway (can't actually thinking of much that really requires big ones, apart from maybe chips).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6913 on: August 13, 2016, 08:58:34 AM »
Decided to just buy a light kit for the existing ceiling fan rather than replace the whole unit. We weren't sure on how the aesthetic would come together, but it looks great. $49 vs ~$150. And DH's electrical knowhow may have saved us bringing in an expert, or giving up and replacing it anyway. They had the lighting wires going to the fan doing funky things (technical term there...), but he was able to sort it out and get it working properly.

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« Reply #6914 on: August 13, 2016, 02:01:40 PM »
Spent the morning at the library getting books I wanted to read (free!) with my daughter, and then at the farmers market (acquired fresh cantaloupe, cherry tomatoes, and a pastry to share, for the exact amount of the milk bottle deposit we got back at the market). And instead of continuing on errands that might have cost Money, we both went home and had naps.

The toddler is still sleeping, and I just woke up and am having a cup of tea and a book. Glorious.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6915 on: August 13, 2016, 02:14:44 PM »
Really, really wanted to order a pizza for dinner this evening but finally dragged myself closer to the kitchen and instead made myself up a plate with some of the last bits left. Pitta bread with butter, a hard-boiled egg and the rest of a jar of olives. Not the most gourmet meal in the world but has filled me and further emptied the fridge. If I can manage to finish off the rest of the roasted veg, a tub of quark and the rest of the milk tomorrow, I won't have anything left that won't survive me being away for the week. And it also means today was a no-spend day. I need to have more of those.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6916 on: August 13, 2016, 04:23:20 PM »
I've been looking for  a new piece of horse equipment, but realized that I could fix the problem with my current equipment with a simple velcro strap I had laying around.  Saved probably $100-200, depending on what I might have decided on for a replacement.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6917 on: August 13, 2016, 05:50:37 PM »
Fixed the dishwasher!     It was an electronics fault, but a bit of research and about an hour of my time, I replaced a 30 cent resistor that had burned out, and it's back in action!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6918 on: August 13, 2016, 06:43:14 PM »
*went shopping in my freezer and pulled out: a Costco sized package of wraps, a bag of Costco salmon, a six pack of bagels, 2 loaves of raisin bread and 4 bags of frozen vegetables! Jackpot!

*helped adult son think of frugal, practical birthday gift for his girlfriend

*used a dried bean mixture languishing in the pantry to make a bean trio salad

*quinoa salad to go with salmon for dinner

*made ice cream from cream that I'd previously frozen when it was about to expire (got a Cuisinart ice cream maker years ago with points. Haven't used in two years)

*started a new routine of making steel cut oats in the crockpot for breakfasts. Made a little collection of toppings in jars that I will put out the night before.

*broke down and put on the a/c but can justify the cost because I was So. Much. More. productive today;-)

*Olympics! Go Canada!

*Husband and I used our free cup of tea coupons before they expire in 2 weeks - didn't buy loose tea there even though I'm out of my favourite blend

*Made a batch of black beans in the crockpot from dry. Will bag up when they are cool for instant beans for upcoming meals.

*harvested cilantro from my garden for dinner salads 



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6919 on: August 13, 2016, 09:06:50 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6920 on: August 13, 2016, 09:28:29 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

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« Reply #6921 on: August 13, 2016, 09:32:09 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

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« Reply #6922 on: August 13, 2016, 09:33:38 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

This is why I LOVE this sub-forum!!! So awesome!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6923 on: August 13, 2016, 09:34:53 PM »
A squirrel has been sneaking into my mother's garage and getting into the bags of bird seed.  So I looked on the local Facebook yard sale page and found a sturdy large tote with a good lid for $5.  Perfect for making a squirrel free zone in the garage.  Take that you little sneaky bastard.

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« Reply #6924 on: August 13, 2016, 09:36:06 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.
There is almost nothing better than the smell of clothes dried on the line.

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« Reply #6925 on: August 13, 2016, 11:24:03 PM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

I lied. They're still sitting in the machine. Who knows...maybe tomorrow.

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« Reply #6926 on: August 14, 2016, 12:16:08 AM »
Did three loads of washing (cold water) and pegged them all outside to dry.

Pegging washing on my sunny new balcony (moved a fortnight ago) might just be my new favourite thing.

Things are drying so quickly, and standing outside with the sun on my back while I peg is just glorious.

Now you've guilted me into hanging out the load of washing currently washing.

My work here is done. :)

I lied. They're still sitting in the machine. Who knows...maybe tomorrow.

Hang them up! They'll get icky in there and you'll have to wash them again!

This forum is not your mother ;-)

I too, hung my washing today, we've had a lot of bad weather the last couple of months and I seemed to always time bad weather with when I needed to wash. So glad I could hang today outside

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« Reply #6927 on: August 14, 2016, 12:28:56 AM »
Feeling blergh so I reeeaaally didn't want to do anything except lie on the couch, but I forced myself to put together a curry in the slow cooker so that I'll have lunches for the week. Maybe I will even rustle up the willpower to bake bread today.

Ordered a heap of ovulation and pregnancy tests on ebay. So much cheaper than in the shops!

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« Reply #6928 on: August 14, 2016, 01:13:50 AM »
Needed a new powerboard for new apartment, so I bought one with individual switches. Makes it easier to turn on/off multiple devices at the wall.

Listed a few more little things on eBay. Decided to list a big thing on eBay but missed my chance to take photos now that the sun has gone down. A project for another day.

Parcelled up lunch leftovers for work lunches.

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« Reply #6929 on: August 14, 2016, 04:02:22 AM »
Planned meals for the rest of our time here in Beijing and bought most of the groceries to make them -- this will help reduce last minute urges/pressure to eat out (since having the food in the house that will go to waste if we don't use it is a strong disincentive to spend more money eating out).

Walked home from lunch rather than taking a taxi or bus.  Had a good talk with DS on the way (that one is priceless!).

Found out that the local pharmacy had several boxes of a medication I use that were cheaper than what DH was getting ready to purchase for me on line.  Bought out their stock, saving roughly $15 over what the on line cost would have been for the same amount.  Will go back for more later this week (exp date isnt until 2018, and this is a regular monthly prescription, so I can stock up for a couple of years).  They have discontinued this formulation but it works fine for me, so I will get it at this price while I can.  Getting a replacement in the US would require a dr. visit, which wouldnt be covered by my HDHP, so this is the most cost effective option.

Managed to avoid running the AC for most of the day.  Finally cracked when the living room temp hit 34 C around 3 pm.  It should cool down this evening, though, so we can turn it off once the sun goes down.




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« Reply #6930 on: August 14, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »
Hung out laundry yesterday. The weather was just perfect, and it was a nice Zenny couple of minutes.

Also picked about 3 cups of raspberries from the garden, ate one, froze two. And made a cheap but surprisingly good lentil thing with bacon, canned tomatoes, and Korean chili flakes.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6931 on: August 14, 2016, 11:16:50 AM »
Found really good scrubs at Goodwill. $4.99 each for pants and a top (wink brand) and the top still had tags on. Was getting ready to drop $30-40 per piece at a scrub shop for exactly the same things. Very excited.

Buying a reel mower, like new, from CL today. $100. Would be $200+ to get new. And it'll save us $ in the long run not to have a motorized one.

My favorite way to save money: relative just had a *very* successful alaskan fishing trip, but his storage freezer is still pretty full from a couple years ago. He doesn't want to rent a new one, and since it's "old" meat, he doesn't want to gift it to friends. I think I can figure out something to do with all that extra fish ;) THIS is why I have a chest freezer. Will probably be getting 2 full coolers of alaskan halibut and salmon. And he's acting like I'm doing HIM a favor. Sometimes, I really really love family. (And fish tacos. I really love fish tacos).

A couple of these might be repeats, but have been in the past week:
Giving up drinking. Short term spending (bought some bitters so we can make mocktails- $20 for two different types), but long term we will save lots! ...we really like wine haha.

Got our home gym set up and running after our move. Will save $40/month. (This is cheating savings though, we've been doing this for over a year now).

I did a good enough job with the steam cleaner I borrowed from my in laws that we aren't going to get professional cleaning after all. Also, looking for a runner rug to cover the one area of wear so we don't have to replace the carpets right away.

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« Reply #6932 on: August 14, 2016, 11:35:42 AM »
I hung the towels out in the sun just to air them out and stretch time between washes.

I'm making a few custom storage boxes, covering them with inexpensive fabric I've had around for years. I made handled with twill tape I saved from a gift someone gave me.  These will match all the boxes I made last year. ;) and help the place look a little more tidy. Equivalent of about $60 at target.


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« Reply #6933 on: August 14, 2016, 01:59:54 PM »
Cheap cover I bought for my phone when I bought it a couple of years ago was looking very, very bad so I've been thinking for a while I should get a new one. Then I decided to see if I could DIY it. Found some old craft glue (I got it to make something for my sister's wedding and she just celebrated her 10th anniversary so I'm pleased that it still works) and some material and just glued it into place. Won't win any prizes but from the outside it now looks much more respectable.

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« Reply #6934 on: August 14, 2016, 02:47:03 PM »
Brackenjoy - good score on the fish!!! A thought on the giving up of wine. Husband and I used to have the (bad) habit of having a Diet Pepsi together when he got home from work every night. I thought I loved the Pepsi, but actually it was mostly just the relaxing and unwinding together that I was enjoying. First we substituted 100% juice and now it has evolved to tea time for us. YMMV

So far today:

*used up a ton of leftovers at lunch today - chicken and rice became
Wraps for lunch, some of us had leftover quinoa salad

*made a big jug of ice tea

*husband and I had a complimentary cup of tea at church this morning

*making ice cream again today with leftover cream

*collected all the money from our adult kids who had outstanding IOU's .. Grrr

*a/c is on but set 4 degrees warmer than I used to set it pre-MMM

*chicken from the deep freeze along with a corn and black bean salad I've been working on. May put in a loaf of bread from fridge dough.

*planned out a week's worth of meals

*working on a precise grocery list for tonite

*helped two sons order fall books for university - looking for used books on Craig's List and Used Bookstore on campus as well as textbook rental from Amazon




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« Reply #6935 on: August 14, 2016, 03:34:29 PM »
Made another $30 on eBay overnight.

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« Reply #6936 on: August 14, 2016, 04:07:16 PM »
Having a big family dinner tonight.  To brighten up the tables I took the gardening shears and cut a bucket full of sunflowers, wheat grass, and other weeds from along side the road that I will arrange in old blue canning jars.  They are perfect for a country dinner under the big willow tree by the back porch.

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« Reply #6937 on: August 14, 2016, 07:28:25 PM »
Last night I cut Mr Happier's hair, tonight he will cut mine.

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« Reply #6938 on: August 14, 2016, 08:14:00 PM »
We just made an arrangement with our neighbors to have the wife to drop off/pick up our daughter when it starts in a few weeks. Our childcare cost just dropped from a minimum of $355 a month to $125. She'll just be driven, no other childcare responsibilities are involved.

She will still have to have other arranged childcare on school off days, but makes no real difference because those days were always charged in addition to the flat $355 at $25 a day. She will also have to still go to summer camp. But still, very pleased. It would be nice if she could ride the bus, but there are way too many utterly irresponsible dog owners on the road. It is why our neighbor also does not let her son ride the bus and drives him.

Not really for financial reasons, but we have sadly decided that we can't in good conscious keep eating as much factory farmed meat. So we are cutting way back. Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6939 on: August 14, 2016, 08:58:51 PM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6940 on: August 14, 2016, 10:49:41 PM »
* Picked up two pennies.

* Saved $1.50 on shampoo using a CVS store coupon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6941 on: August 15, 2016, 03:41:43 AM »
I used a money off voucher in my grocery shopping, only 2.50, but every little helps. I bought a new toilet paper which was much cheaper so it all only came to 60.


Not really for financial reasons, but we have sadly decided that we can't in good conscious keep eating as much factory farmed meat. So we are cutting way back. Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

Good for you.:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6942 on: August 15, 2016, 06:48:48 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation.

That is superhuman willpower.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6943 on: August 15, 2016, 07:11:40 AM »
Not giving it up meat completely, but not eating it every single night anymore. This weekend, I've been batch cooking some things like vegetarian chili, chana masala, and I just ate these black bean burgers, which were really good. Though note, I used bulgur instead of quinoa and added some ras al hanout (first time I used this spice mix in anything and it was so good!).

Yum!  I love chana masala and it's an excellent left over meal for lunch.  I'm also a big fan of black bean burritos -- super easy to make your own taco-style spice mix and takes almost no time to put together.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6944 on: August 15, 2016, 07:23:45 AM »
*Finished reading this entire 141-page thread
*Turned off the A/C (this was the first weekend we've ran it all summer, but what a weekend it was!)
*My in-laws are taking us out to lunch at a diner we've wanted to try but couldn't justify eating out ourselves for my husband's birthday
*Day 23 of no coffee.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6945 on: August 15, 2016, 08:09:43 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.

We have similar victories! I wasn't able to get out to a festival in a nearby town that makes one of the most amazing food items ever that comes in a pastry crust. Instead of driving out last minute (gas) and standing in a hot like for 45+ min, and then paying for one, I found a pretty good copycat recipe and made them at home. Bonus: deliciously used up a fair amount of lard I rendered last year, AND I have two left over. I am delighted.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6946 on: August 15, 2016, 08:34:53 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation.

That is superhuman willpower.

+1 on the superhuman willpower. No way could I have done that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6947 on: August 15, 2016, 09:03:13 AM »
Went without A/C yesterday. 

Though it was mostly because we found out we can't get NBC reception if the A/C is on, and we wanted to watch the Olympics...so we turned it off entirely.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6948 on: August 15, 2016, 10:01:23 AM »
In Massachusetts the public transit system has temporary paper stored-value fare cards and plastic cards. The paper cards expire. BUT you can mail an expired card in to the MBTA and get the balance added to your plastic card. So I did.

A friendly bus driver told me this. It's not on their site anywhere.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #6949 on: August 15, 2016, 10:11:43 AM »
Didn't get around to eating anything before I had to go to a volunteer event at a street festival  yesterday. Was there from 2 to 8:30, smelling funnel cake and grilled meats and pizza the whole time. Managed to walk past half a mile of food stalls and restaurants and food trucks to the El without giving in to temptation. Too tired to cook, so had a kefir smoothie to stave off temptation of ordering pizza.
Are the food still there today? My willpower went up in poof as I was reading your post...haha.