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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7650 on: December 05, 2016, 05:26:08 PM »
Sold an item on eBay, made $125.

I ordered a couple of Christmas presents online last week and they arrived broken. I contacted the company, yesterday they refunded the money and asked me to 'dispose of' the items. Pffft, no. I'm just giving them out to friends I wouldn't normally buy for.


The Grinch is alive and well at your house, giving broken things to people?

(Maybe they aren't broke. Beyond use, I dunno. It just sounds pretty grinchy. "Hey I got you a gift!" "Oh wow, thanks, you don't usually buy me a gift....oh... It's broken..."  "Hahaaaa!")

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« Reply #7651 on: December 05, 2016, 05:28:41 PM »
Sold an item on eBay, made $125.

I ordered a couple of Christmas presents online last week and they arrived broken. I contacted the company, yesterday they refunded the money and asked me to 'dispose of' the items. Pffft, no. I'm just giving them out to friends I wouldn't normally buy for.


The Grinch is alive and well at your house, giving broken things to people?

(Maybe they aren't broke. Beyond use, I dunno. It just sounds pretty grinchy. "Hey I got you a gift!" "Oh wow, thanks, you don't usually buy me a gift....oh... It's broken..."  "Hahaaaa!")

I do a white elephant exchange with a certain group of friends. Because these items were refunded, they are technically free, making them eligible for the exchange. ;)

Edited to add: the gifts in question are consumable, so their brokenness in no way reduces their effectiveness, they're just not as pretty as they should be.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7652 on: December 05, 2016, 08:01:59 PM »
Mustachepungoeshere, Consumables. I see!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7653 on: December 05, 2016, 09:23:10 PM »
Listed ten items on eBay.  Hopefully at least a couple will sell!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7654 on: December 05, 2016, 09:43:23 PM »
My motivation to pay off the last of our consumer debt (the car) has rubbed off on hubby!

He has started or completed the process of claiming some random funds from old accounts/hsa's that are no longer active.
He listed a couple items on ebay.
He made the suggestion that we try to pay off the vehicle within the year, and helped create opportunities within the budget to make this happen (this is a huge step!). 
He sold a bunch of pc game related stuff.
He is re-evaluating our insurance providers again.


Yay!

Me:

Listed several items on local facebook sites.
Avoiding the thrift stores.
Claimed cc rewards. 
Packed leftovers for our lunches.
Avoiding our normal "winter netflix subscription" so far -- been borrowing movies from friends who are movie buffs, and hitting up the library and the free amazon movies with our prime account.  Also hitting up the gym consistently helps avoid the temptation to veg on the couch...
Tossed a Christmas bonus into savings.
Used gym wifi for my music streaming to avoid taxing my limited data.

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« Reply #7655 on: December 05, 2016, 09:55:28 PM »
Signed up for the Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month Challenge for January! Very excited. Here's the post for those interested: http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/12/05/lets-take-the-uber-frugal-month-challenge-together/
There's a facebook group for added accountability.

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« Reply #7656 on: December 05, 2016, 10:03:29 PM »
My motivation to pay off the last of our consumer debt (the car) has rubbed off on hubby!

He has started or completed the process of claiming some random funds from old accounts/hsa's that are no longer active.
He listed a couple items on ebay.
He made the suggestion that we try to pay off the vehicle within the year, and helped create opportunities within the budget to make this happen (this is a huge step!). 
He sold a bunch of pc game related stuff.
He is re-evaluating our insurance providers again.


Yay!

Me:

Listed several items on local facebook sites.
Avoiding the thrift stores.
Claimed cc rewards. 
Packed leftovers for our lunches.
Avoiding our normal "winter netflix subscription" so far -- been borrowing movies from friends who are movie buffs, and hitting up the library and the free amazon movies with our prime account.  Also hitting up the gym consistently helps avoid the temptation to veg on the couch...
Tossed a Christmas bonus into savings.
Used gym wifi for my music streaming to avoid taxing my limited data.

You guys are killing it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7657 on: December 06, 2016, 01:44:28 AM »
The last few days:

-baked a pan of buns for a family gathering instead of buying them
-packed a lunch when I took the kids on a field trip
-made stock out of chicken bones and put in 1 cup freezer bags
-have reined in my Christmas spending this year by probably 50%
-a bunch of books from the library that I ordered in came in this week
-dug out our old Christmas movies to watch (Charlie Brown, Elf, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) instead of buying a new one today
-ordered 2 Christmas movies from the library that we don't own (Christmas Vacation & Prep and Landing)
-ditto for Christmas music - our library has a great selection

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7658 on: December 06, 2016, 03:52:40 AM »
-Put my whole holiday bonus into savings (45%SR this week- yay!).
-Resisted the siren song of Indian takeaway, bought tofu instead to make a curry-leftovers for lunch
-Did a survey with my health insurance provider, which reduced my premiums by $5/month.
-Regifted two boxes of chocolate I can't eat as game prizes at work, rather than buying
 -Unintentionally kept my month-long contacts for 6 weeks (missed my phone reminder to replace).
-Made dinner for 3 (burritos) with one chicken breast, bulking it up with beans and slaw).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7659 on: December 06, 2016, 05:02:27 AM »
The boss shouted the team lunch at a pasta/pizza restaurant so saved my home-made salad for tomorrow!

As an added bonus, the pizza took 1 hour to be served, I complained, and we were given 50% off the bill! hurrah!

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« Reply #7660 on: December 06, 2016, 08:06:42 AM »
Got a replacement hose for my gas grill rather than replacing it. The grill can be finicky, but still has a lot of life left, so $7 to keep it running for another few years instead of $800 for a comparable new one.

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« Reply #7661 on: December 06, 2016, 04:35:48 PM »
Signed up for the Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month Challenge for January! Very excited. Here's the post for those interested: http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/12/05/lets-take-the-uber-frugal-month-challenge-together/
There's a facebook group for added accountability.

I've created a thread for this on Throw Down The Gauntlet, because I like this forum better than FB ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7662 on: December 06, 2016, 07:14:23 PM »
Really small things today:

Brewed coffee and poured it into a large travel mug to keep warm instead of leaving the coffeemaker on.
Substituted extra mozzarella in a mac & cheese recipe for more-expensive asiago.
DH has to stay at work overnight so I send him with two days' worth of packed meals and snacks this morning.
Asked my neighbor to throw some holey wool sweaters in with her laundry to felt them as my front loader doesn't agitate enough and I didn't want to drag my toddler to the laundromat.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7663 on: December 06, 2016, 08:39:54 PM »
Do y'all invest the difference right away?  Sometimes I'll throw the $7.99 or whatever the amount is right into the vanguard account.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7664 on: December 07, 2016, 12:48:03 PM »
Our raclette grill broke when we moved. Today I was able to fix it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7665 on: December 07, 2016, 01:10:55 PM »
Our raclette grill broke when we moved. Today I was able to fix it.

Ahh shoot - Frugalsaver is trying hard to get rid of one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7666 on: December 07, 2016, 02:05:09 PM »
Googled info on why my front windshield washer spray thingies might not be working, read up, popped the hood and found that one of the hoses wouldn't stay connected to the T-shaped thingy. My son brought me a role of electrical tape and voila! Fixed.

Grabbed leftover salad from a work function, took it home and served it with pasta for dinner.

A friend sent me a code for a free box from HelloFresh. We'll be making those this weekend.

Another friend sent me a code for a free box from BlueApron. Ordered that today and it'll be arriving next week. (Also set reminders to turn off the automatic shipments following the freebies.)

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« Reply #7667 on: December 08, 2016, 09:46:38 AM »
Replacing our appliances on our own. I held the old built-in microwave as husband worked the base off the rusted bracket (17 year old microwave!). Made me glad I've been weight lifting all year!

Let's see if I keep feeling this good about myself as we:
-pull out the dishwasher
-pull out the stove
-cut back the counters and cabinets for the new stove
-install new dishwasher, stove, and microwave

Ready, set, go!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7668 on: December 08, 2016, 11:10:56 AM »
- a scarf I bought in 1987 is back in style!

- found a Gatorade water bottle on a playground (the green refillable type) and so brought it home and washed it up for my sporty boys (ETA photo)

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« Reply #7669 on: December 08, 2016, 03:19:52 PM »
Just bought one of those for $4 at Dicks.  Can keep it on the net without worrying about leakage (roller hockey, so water on floor = not good).  So $4 vs. risk of serious leg injury to me or others was the calculus on that one.

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« Reply #7670 on: December 08, 2016, 05:35:39 PM »
Replacing our appliances on our own. I held the old built-in microwave as husband worked the base off the rusted bracket (17 year old microwave!). Made me glad I've been weight lifting all year!

Let's see if I keep feeling this good about myself as we:
-pull out the dishwasher
-pull out the stove
-cut back the counters and cabinets for the new stove
-install new dishwasher, stove, and microwave

Ready, set, go!

Congrats!  I did our dishwasher last year with my father-in-law (and some help from our three year old).  It was surprisingly successful.  (I'm not much for plumbing.  Electrical I like.  Plumbing, not so much.)  I suspect you'll be victorious. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7671 on: December 08, 2016, 05:51:45 PM »
Replacing our appliances on our own. I held the old built-in microwave as husband worked the base off the rusted bracket (17 year old microwave!). Made me glad I've been weight lifting all year!

Let's see if I keep feeling this good about myself as we:
-pull out the dishwasher
-pull out the stove
-cut back the counters and cabinets for the new stove
-install new dishwasher, stove, and microwave

Ready, set, go!

Congrats!  I did our dishwasher last year with my father-in-law (and some help from our three year old).  It was surprisingly successful.  (I'm not much for plumbing.  Electrical I like.  Plumbing, not so much.)  I suspect you'll be victorious. :)

Thank you for the vote of confidence!

Current update: all appliances are removed, and new appliances delivered and unboxed. Small surprise: old range was direct wired to a junction box vs having a plug. Luckily DH is an electrical engineer haha. So far so good. Had an annoyance with the dishwasher where non-standard size fittings were used, and were bracketed into place on the inside of an enclosed cabinet. Had to pull out the copper water supply to get the old hose out so we could replace it, then run the copper back through. This would be easier if there weren't two cabinets and a corner in between. And now this is on hold, because FIL showed up with tools to cut down the cabinets so we can go from a drop-in range to a slide-in range.

Glad I bought hot dogs and we have a grill! I have a feeling the kitchen will NOT be reassembled for dinnertime, lol.

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« Reply #7672 on: December 08, 2016, 06:54:39 PM »
Home today. Leftovers for lunch and no train travel.

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« Reply #7673 on: December 08, 2016, 08:27:13 PM »
Hung a pretty quilt over my window and rigged up a covering for the bathroom window. I'm in a tiny old rented studio.  The windows are single pane and leak like crazy. I am worried I'll miss daylight too much, but I also want to be warm!  I pinned ribbons to the curtains so I can tie them back easily in the morning. I'm struggling with it a bit. A blanket of the window feels so poor and looks so shabby. Looks like failure.  Ugh!  Why does it matter to me?  Right now I don't have extra money to spend on heat and if I did it would be stupid to spend unnecessarily. Not to mention wasting energy is really bad for the environment. Why am I so emotional about it?

I've been wanting another pillow for propping on the bed, not sleeping. I was using a blanket folded in a pillow case, but it wasn't really big enough (and now it's on the window) so tonight I made a bed sized pillow form out of a piece of an old sheet. I stuffed my big fluffy sleeping bag in it and the put a pillowcase over it.  Perfect and free. As I mentioned, it's a tiny apartment, I am quite fond of nonconventional storage.



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« Reply #7674 on: December 09, 2016, 05:17:11 AM »
Hung a pretty quilt over my window and rigged up a covering for the bathroom window. I'm in a tiny old rented studio.  The windows are single pane and leak like crazy. I am worried I'll miss daylight too much, but I also want to be warm!  I pinned ribbons to the curtains so I can tie them back easily in the morning. I'm struggling with it a bit. A blanket of the window feels so poor and looks so shabby. Looks like failure.  Ugh!  Why does it matter to me?  Right now I don't have extra money to spend on heat and if I did it would be stupid to spend unnecessarily. Not to mention wasting energy is really bad for the environment. Why am I so emotional about it?

I've been wanting another pillow for propping on the bed, not sleeping. I was using a blanket folded in a pillow case, but it wasn't really big enough (and now it's on the window) so tonight I made a bed sized pillow form out of a piece of an old sheet. I stuffed my big fluffy sleeping bag in it and the put a pillowcase over it.  Perfect and free. As I mentioned, it's a tiny apartment, I am quite fond of nonconventional storage.

For the drafty windows, how about sewing draft blockers? Or we often use rolled up towels to block air from coming in at windows and doorways. But even if the blanket over the window is ugly, I like the idea. I imagine it would be the most effective!

The pillow/sleeping bag storage idea is a great one!

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« Reply #7675 on: December 09, 2016, 07:01:04 AM »
I've been sick as a dog this week (REALLY bad cold - like, coughin up chunks of stuff in rainbow colors kind of cold. Epic sore throat. No voice at all for 2 days so far.) and I'm pregnant, so my options for medication are... fairly limited. Normally, this would be a prime excuse to spend money on things that feel better.

- Spent 13$ on the 2 medications I didn't have that I could actually use and did actually make a difference to my well-being (spray decongestant and throat numbing spray, both used VERY sparingly). Worth every damned penny omg.
- Emailed in sick from work and used (paid) sick days to deal with being ill instead of forcing every ounce of energy out of myself and prolonging the illness.
- Asked my husband to do all the at-home work and toddler-care in the evenings while I keeled over in bed at like 7pm (seriously, I feel pathetic about how bad I feel)
- Opened up the stash of freezer meals and avoided any take-out expenses
- Actually reduced the overall grocery bill via use of freezer meals and super super basic meals (like, last night - tossed the last of the carrots, celery, and onions into the food processor, dumped them in a pot with some chicken broth from the freezer and some noodles. Chicken noodle soup for dinner. Anyone wanting anything more complicated is FREE to cook themselves, I'm gonna go lie down because that was enough to make me lightheaded.)

Basically, as far as being completely ineffective and incapacitated for like 50% of the week? I did ok.

And credit to Husband for basically being like 'I've got this, you're sick, go to bed' and doing 100% of everything in the house without a single word of complaint. That helps. A lot.

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« Reply #7676 on: December 09, 2016, 07:29:56 AM »
@Kitsune - I had a similar cold I caught near the end of October - horrid and tenacious! It took 5 weeks at least to mostly recover. The worst part was a barking cough that would NOT go away. That took me to the doctor twice (codeine cough syrup did nothing). I lost my voice for 2.5 - 3 weeks.  I hope you do not have that cold.

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« Reply #7677 on: December 09, 2016, 07:46:21 AM »
@Kitsune - I had a similar cold I caught near the end of October - horrid and tenacious! It took 5 weeks at least to mostly recover. The worst part was a barking cough that would NOT go away. That took me to the doctor twice (codeine cough syrup did nothing). I lost my voice for 2.5 - 3 weeks.  I hope you do not have that cold.

Ugh, sounds miserable...

I don't think that's what I have. I'm ONLY coughing to cough up the mucus that's accumulating in my lungs (... which is to be encouraged, because we like not drowning in mucus, but gawd, so gross). And I'm starting to feel a bit better.

Seriously, though: life would be significantly improved with some decent cough syrup, a fistful of anti-inflammatoires (that'd help with my throat being swollen), and, for night, some Neocitran (to the horror of all pharmacists, I know... but it basically punches your symptoms and knocks you right out and after 12 hours of reasonably restful sleep you feel a bit better!) but I'm all knocked up, so NONE of that is available. I never thought I'd miss Advil so damned much...

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« Reply #7678 on: December 09, 2016, 08:40:24 AM »
Amazing discovery from webmd: gargling with salt water helps sore throats. Like, a LOT.

I'm no longer coughing (because it got rid of the gunk that was making me cough). The pain has decreased (so it still hurts but not enough that it aches into my ears). It's something I can do while pregnant.

In conclusion: effective and FREE. effing YES.

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« Reply #7679 on: December 09, 2016, 11:06:23 AM »

For the drafty windows, how about sewing draft blockers? Or we often use rolled up towels to block air from coming in at windows and doorways. But even if the blanket over the window is ugly, I like the idea. I imagine it would be the most effective!

The pillow/sleeping bag storage idea is a great one!

Thanks.  I have rolled up on t-shirts as draft blockers, and I have shrink film over them, but they are still cold and leaky.  I figure, the more layers the better for now.

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« Reply #7680 on: December 09, 2016, 01:37:18 PM »
The tiny windshield crack grew into a big one before I could fix it. (I was trying! Really! I was going to do it Monday!) So I am getting a new windshield. But by getting 3 quotes, I will save at least $75 off the first place I called. (The higher price did not include disposal fee for the old windshield but the lower one does.) Better than a nail in the foot!

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« Reply #7681 on: December 09, 2016, 01:48:36 PM »
Continuing our appliance install DIY. Dishwasher, fridge, and micro-hood are done. (I have been corrected on the oh so subtle differences between an 'over the range microwave' and a 'microhood'. Now I know). Still working on the range.

With all the sawing we're doing to convert from a drop in to a slide in, I'm pretty sure we're saving biiiiiiiig money over having a contractor in to do this. We've used: a circular saw, a jig saw, a manual carpenter's saw, needlenose pliers, a hammer, a metal file... uh, I think there's something else too but I'm forgetting. At least I now know that we have VERY well made cabinets, lol.

I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

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« Reply #7682 on: December 09, 2016, 03:20:57 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

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« Reply #7683 on: December 09, 2016, 03:22:48 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

I thought it was a bit more yellow/gold/pink?

Can you help me find good pictures? I think most people who tag pictures online have no idea what wood they are talking about. I don't know a lot, but if two pictures side by side are glaringly different color and grain and so on, I can pretty well assume someone is wrong.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7684 on: December 09, 2016, 04:01:16 PM »
I'm also back to having no idea what wood our cabinets are. I thought they were white-washed maple, but cutting through them, the wood is that white color throughout. Is there such a thing as white maple? Just curious. We love the color, and it'd be nice to find out it's basically just a clear stain on there for when we need to refinish them.

Maple is white.  If it is hard, heavy, but cuts nicely with sharp tools, it is probably maple.

Could be ash, we had gorgeous knotty ash cabinets at one of our houses that we got for CHEAP.  Some second homeowner installed them, did not like how they looked so we got them for 75% off from the cabinet maker.  Most of what we paid was the installation. 

This week we've made all meals at home except for two mystery shops, one a sushi restaurant and one a pizza restaurant.  Keeps the teen happy.  Did a couple grocery shops also this week, but made sure to schedule days I would already be driving by.  Kept the heat down, washed clothes on cold, convinced the teen to make all her friends homemade bath fizzies for Christmas with some Dollar Tree fun stuff added and she brought lunches from home all week. 

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« Reply #7685 on: December 09, 2016, 05:15:13 PM »
Once a year for Black Friday/Cyber Monday a concert venue I like has a membership sale where they do either half price or two for the price of one. This year I got a friend to split a 2-for-1 deal so I got a $50 membership for only $25. My card came in the mail today and they upgraded me from the $50 membership to the $300 top level membership, which means I can bring a friend for free to any/every event on the free-for-members list, plus free coat check and a few other perks. Score. :-) 
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« Reply #7686 on: December 09, 2016, 05:22:32 PM »
The chicken I'd planned to cook for dinner didn't thaw all the way. No big deal, I can cook it tomorrow. I briefly considered ordering pizza tonight, then realized I had the ingredients to make shepherds pie. So I thawed a pound of ground beef and made that instead!

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« Reply #7687 on: December 09, 2016, 09:13:21 PM »
*took tea in a thermos from home (about 0.10 instead of $1.70 at a shop)
*took transit instead of a cab (almost took the cab so I wouldn't be late - was 5 minutes early anyway)
*used up leftovers instead of ordering take out even tho it's Friday and I was exhausted and kid was asking

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7688 on: December 09, 2016, 09:31:37 PM »
- purchased a groupon to the local museum that I have been meaning to go and today I went to said museum. I saved 50%.
- took public transit to the museum to save on gas and parking fees
 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7689 on: December 09, 2016, 11:06:40 PM »
Picked up new pj pants for hubby and gym pants for myself for 3.50 each at goodwill.  Temps have reached the teens here and gym shorts were not cutting it after a work out, and hubby's pj pants ripped twice (not even where I had patched it the first time either!) 

Walked into the thrift store to look for a crib mattress for a dog bed.  Walked out without ANYTHING else (huge...seriously)

Almost lost my(admittedly dying) phone tonight at a middle school bball game.  Thankfully realized it was missing, went back, and found it with the help of a kind janitor.  He even let me use his phone to call it and pulled out the machine to pull out the bleachers again when we figured out where it was.  No replacement needed yet!

Redeemed a 15.00 swagbucks amazon card.  Ordered a vacuum filter with free shipping.  Couldn't think of anything else we needed.  Still have 6 or so bucks credit.

Watched christmas movies in bed because it was warm and I didn't want to turn the heat up (I'm weak right now because of recovering from a cold...)

Drinking tea from my stash and instant latte mixes that were gifted.

Did a better job with my cheap walmart paste on nails this go around.  They have lasted all week with only one that popped off and then glued back on.  I'm trying to kick a nail biting habit...and 6.00 for 2 sets (if you can manage to get 2 out of a box) is soooo much better than 35.00 a pop every 2 weeks!  Also, people have complimented me on them and didn't realize they weren't professionally done!  Score!

Paid off student loans (finally!).  Send extra funds to towards the vehicle. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7690 on: December 10, 2016, 09:04:59 AM »
Self install of appliances was a success! We did end up having to buy three additional tools for converting from a drop-in to a slide-in than we had starting out: a jigsaw, a carpenter's hand saw, and an oscillating grinder. Luckily I know at a minimum the jigsaw will get a lot of use in the future. Still, even with all these tools, it was WAY cheaper than paying for install. Even if we *hadn't* had to cut down cupboards, it was going to be $300+ for installs. Add the cupboards? I have no idea how much contractors cost, but I'd venture a guess we saved $800 or so on the whole deal.

Followed up the day with some frugal fun: friends came over to have a big ol' mess of taco salads and we watched Grand Tour on amazon prime. We didn't even drink. Cheap cheap.

Today, because I guess we're not tired of home repair (lol), we're going to turn off our water main and replace all our supply taps with 1/4 turn ones. Get rid of those old leaky gasket little bastards... We will also flush the hot water line for my sink in the master, since it's been clogged since the last time we turned off the main. (Related: replacing hot water heater is on the to-do list... sediment clogging tap on it, plus it's 22 years old) We bought the taps on amazon like 2 months ago, where they were $0.25 less per than at Home Depot. Yay planning ahead!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7691 on: December 10, 2016, 07:16:56 PM »
Had lunch with friends yesterday, including our white elephant secret santa.

One friend gave me a bag of clothes for my nephews.

Had other friends over for dinner last night, I cooked, they brought fresh herbs from their garden.

One also brought me a bag of workout gear, mostly BNWT.

Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed that I was given two lots of free clothes in a single day...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7692 on: December 10, 2016, 07:29:29 PM »
More house DIY: Replaced shut-off valves under sinks- we still have more to do tomorrow, but going steadily. Also fixed my hot water supply! And didn't have to replace the cartridge, so that was awesome.

Put up our own christmas lights- amazing how many people in our neighborhood hired it out!

Remembered to return a type of saw and replacement blades to Home Depot when we went, that we didn't end up using on the stove swap project. $19 back.

Decided a 50ft extension cord would suit our needs instead of 100ft. $8 less and was plenty long.

Forgot to add: we ended up with free haul away on our old appliances that wouldn't be re-sellable. Just asked the guys when they did the delivery if they had room on the truck. Since we hadn't paid for install, it would normally have cost some $ per (don't recall how much). They had plenty of room though and happily loaded them up. The old fridge will be going to my parents, who are thrilled- oddly enough, my mother is particular about the shape of ice cubes her machines make, and this has the "right" ice cubes. *shrugs*. Not sure how much they'll pay us for it, but I'm not fussed if not- they've given us plenty over the years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7693 on: December 10, 2016, 07:35:22 PM »
I figured out how to use supplies on hand to reinforce and bulk up the aging weather stripping around the front door.  Woohoo!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7694 on: December 10, 2016, 08:17:36 PM »
Made a huge batch of pancakes (gluten free and sugarfree for me - Whole 30/Paleo) for the family tonite and found some sausages in the deep freeze to cook too. It was perfect and satisfying.

Was at a gift exchange thing last night. My mom offered to knit something for me to take since that is her hobby. Cost me $0. Received a gift basket of "practical" items that I'm almost certain were regifted or taken from a stash in the bathroom cupboard.  I was delighted because I hope it didn't cost her much and she was able to get rid of some unused items. The items were: Qtips, a Christmas hand towel, 3 hairbands (my Daughter guessed that she bought a five pack but didn't like these three colours), hair dye (?), soap, hand cream, body scrub (these three were in a gift pack
inside the bigger box she'd assembled everything in).

Husband and I are checking with each other before almost all spending is done right now. So easy to go overboard at Christmas.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7695 on: December 11, 2016, 01:55:48 AM »
I was looking at some lovely Christmas wall stickers I saw advertised and then decided against buying any! :)

I've decided not to buy any books in January until I have read the ones I have. I'm making a list on paper later and putting it somewhere so I can cross them off as I read each one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7696 on: December 11, 2016, 02:59:27 AM »
My town decided to put meters in the town center that are minimum $1 and cost $1 an hour. At the same time they are concerned about empty storefronts in the center. Does not compute.

Had to buy a gift certificate to a restaurant in the center for a Xmas gift. It was 21 degrees, but I found a space outside the meter zone and walked.

The center is dead to me. The library and the post office are there, but fortunately I can go to both in a neighboring town. In warmer weather I can walk.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7697 on: December 11, 2016, 04:14:23 AM »
I invested in index fund on the asian marked. They made 2 % profit in a couple of days. Let's continue that way. :-)

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« Reply #7698 on: December 11, 2016, 05:30:00 AM »
Yesterday we made huge batches of caramels and hot cocoa mix for neighbor/coworker gifts. A fair amount of effort, but it was fun and will make a great gift for low cost.

The past few years I've purchased precut wax paper sheets for wrapping the caramels. This year I switched back to cutting my own sheets using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. It was way less of an annoyance than I remembered and cost less than $1 to wrap a quadruple batch of caramels instead of $5 and change per 100 wrappers.

Roasted chicken for dinner last night, simmered the carcass overnight with veggie scraps to make stock. Will make chicken and barley soup for dinner tonight.

Continuing to use the whey from straining homemade yogurt as a buttermilk substitute. I mix it 50/50 with whole milk and so far it has made delightful biscuits, muffins, and coffeecake.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7699 on: December 11, 2016, 06:49:04 AM »
Last night, after a long day of home improvement type work, prepping the fish and tortillas for fish tacos seemed like waaaay too much work. Rather than going to the store to pick up grab and go soup or something like that, I pulled together quick cooking items we had on hand, and made sausage sandwiches. DH then followed up with making leftover tuna cake into a tuna melt. Satisfying dinner for *way* less effort.