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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8100 on: January 24, 2017, 12:28:41 AM »
Happier at Home!

Thank you!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8101 on: January 24, 2017, 01:04:42 AM »
1967mama, is it your birthday?? Happy birthday if so!!

- Cancelled sponsor child (after discussion in another thread), saving $48/year.

Shouldn't that be $48/month?

Yes, $48/month!

Happier at Home!

Thank you!

Thanks Happier, and happy birthday, 1967mama!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8102 on: January 24, 2017, 01:35:42 AM »
Yeah, I have a similar one and it worked wonders until about 2 weeks ago. Now I'm just at the stage of huge and everything hurts and ugh. My mom says the point of the last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy is to make you so miserable that you get ready to give birth - she might have a point. Ugh.

:( No fun. My s/o didn't have this experience, (her entire pregnancy was pretty awesome, in her words - the only thing she ever complained about was the minor dietary restrictions) but I know people who have. Seems pretty miserable.

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« Reply #8103 on: January 24, 2017, 11:37:09 AM »
I just registered for a customer card at a grocery store that gives 15% discount on veggies anf fruit, plus 1% on everything else.

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« Reply #8104 on: January 24, 2017, 11:46:09 AM »
Batch cooking before DH leaves town for work. Modified a couple recipes to work with just what we had on hand. Used only black beans from dry for chili, and skipped the ground beef- did a chopped up roast instead. Also used a part can of jalapenos left over from nachos. Also skipped the bell pepper I usually put in, since I don't have one on hand. For the curry, I used the rest of the roast, and skipped green onion and cilantro that I usually put in since I didn't have them on hand.

Both still turned out well, and DH will be well stocked with food while he's gone. Pocket that per diem!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8105 on: January 24, 2017, 01:57:36 PM »
Thanks, mustachepungoeshere!

Today I:

*froze a huge batch of leftover chili for after a big outing we hve in 2 weeks. Future me will be so happy!

*drank lots of tea from a single steeper of loose tea used over and over.

*gathered library materials that are due today to go back when we are out tonite




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« Reply #8106 on: January 24, 2017, 03:29:08 PM »
Bought 2 glass martini glasses and a glass butter keeper at two different thrift stores. Items we had been meaning to buy, but not before checking the local second-hand stores. Saved at least $12 right there and they look good as new.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8107 on: January 24, 2017, 06:48:35 PM »
Sold motorbike for $4000, cancelled insurance, got a $77 refund.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8108 on: January 25, 2017, 12:32:53 AM »
Sold motorbike for $4000, cancelled insurance, got a $77 refund.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

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« Reply #8109 on: January 25, 2017, 03:44:51 AM »
Brought packed lunch. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8110 on: January 25, 2017, 07:42:27 AM »
Yesterday. Contested a $224 line item on a medical bill that was listed as 100% patient responsibility and got it waived because it turned out to be a billing error. It took a few phone calls and a few days but it was worth it.

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« Reply #8111 on: January 25, 2017, 07:47:24 AM »
Restructured my insurance payments, saved $22 a year.

Worked from home, saving wear and tear on the vehicle.

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« Reply #8112 on: January 25, 2017, 08:28:51 AM »
Sold motorbike for $4000, cancelled insurance, got a $77 refund.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

Thank you for the kind words.

But really, husband has plenty of two-wheel and four-wheel toys at his disposal for free, for anything from a track day to a week-long bike trip.

The sale was his call.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8113 on: January 25, 2017, 12:08:32 PM »
I was clearing out some drawers and found a quarter, SCORE! As I was rummaging around I held a handful of trash in one hand and the quarter in the other, then I walked over to the trashcan and promptly threw away the quarter while holding on to the trash. LOL

So, today, I dug around in the trash to literally save 25. :D


(If only it were a penny...)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8114 on: January 25, 2017, 12:47:29 PM »
Called the fridge-warranty people to get them to fix the damned fridge. For free, 'cause warranty.

AKA: I should not have an inch and a half of ice under my produce drawers. Especially since they 'fixed' it 2 months ago.

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« Reply #8115 on: January 25, 2017, 06:41:31 PM »
Went to the grocery store and bought only what was on my list.

Made an easy, healthy dinner that yields tons of leftovers = lunch for the rest of the week. Kiddo and I delivered dinner to DH since he was working late. Unnecessary driving but saves the $10 he'd have spent getting (admittedly delicious) BBQ takeout with coworkers.

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« Reply #8116 on: January 26, 2017, 07:10:50 AM »
Cut my own hair after consulting a bunch of online tutorials.  I feel so empowered!

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« Reply #8117 on: January 26, 2017, 11:27:00 AM »
Experimenting with cheap-o hair products instead of fancy pants gel from the teaching hair salon (I go once  a year - $16). I've been using up grocery store mousse and stuff. Today I'm trying NO hair products on my freshly washed hair. I have thin, curly, shoulder length hair so it kinda goes frizzy and lifeless without product. (Sigh). Any suggestions?

ETA: I've been wrapping my teapot with a tea towel every morning and it is working to keep the tea sufficiently hot without having to microwave or buy a thermos.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2017, 11:44:42 AM by 1967mama »

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8118 on: January 26, 2017, 11:45:53 AM »
Experimenting with cheap-o hair products instead of fancy pants gel from the teaching hair salon (I go once  a year - $16). I've been using up grocery store mousse and stuff. Today I'm trying NO hair products on my freshly washed hair. I have thin, curly, shoulder length hair so it kinda goes frizzy and lifeless without product. (Sigh). Any suggestions?

ETA: I've been wrapping my teapot with a tea towel every morning and it is working to keep the tea sufficiently hot without having to microwave or buy a thermos.

Have you tried "plopping"? One of the keys to no frizz is apparently a snag-free towel- so a jersey shirt instead of a towel, for example.
I find my hair frizzes less when I keep some weight in it- I do a little apricot kernal oil, which is also what I use for lotion. My hair is thick though, so I don't know how that translated to thinner hair.

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« Reply #8119 on: January 26, 2017, 01:01:43 PM »
Experimenting with cheap-o hair products instead of fancy pants gel from the teaching hair salon (I go once  a year - $16). I've been using up grocery store mousse and stuff. Today I'm trying NO hair products on my freshly washed hair. I have thin, curly, shoulder length hair so it kinda goes frizzy and lifeless without product. (Sigh). Any suggestions?

ETA: I've been wrapping my teapot with a tea towel every morning and it is working to keep the tea sufficiently hot without having to microwave or buy a thermos.

Have you tried "plopping"? One of the keys to no frizz is apparently a snag-free towel- so a jersey shirt instead of a towel, for example.
I find my hair frizzes less when I keep some weight in it- I do a little apricot kernal oil, which is also what I use for lotion. My hair is thick though, so I don't know how that translated to thinner hair.

+1 for plopping. Have you tried homemade flax seed hair gel? I haven't yet since I've been using up the products I have but got the suggestion from someone else here on the forums and I've seen it on homemade/natural beauty blogs too.

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« Reply #8120 on: January 26, 2017, 02:09:10 PM »
Comcast internet bill, per usual, has been creeping up the last few months. Called today and negotiated down $40/month for the next 12 months! Not that I don't expect them to move the goal posts yet again within that period...

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« Reply #8121 on: January 26, 2017, 05:39:09 PM »
Cooked dinner even though I was tired and headachey when I got home, and packed my lunch for tomorrow ahead of time so I don't forget.

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« Reply #8122 on: January 26, 2017, 09:08:57 PM »
Switched to microfibre cloths (have a stash from my optom) to clean the windows. Part of cutting down on paper towel use.

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« Reply #8123 on: January 26, 2017, 09:42:10 PM »
Reshopped our home insurance and switched carriers to save $80/year.

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« Reply #8124 on: January 26, 2017, 10:08:57 PM »
* Got $15 recycling deposit back for returning our old car battery to Pep Boys
* Brought bags into the supermarket and saved $0.20
* Unplugged the whole sprinkler system for the time being since we've had an excellently rainy winter so far

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« Reply #8125 on: January 27, 2017, 01:03:19 AM »
Curly hair method and product update:

I think my hair is too short for plopping?? Been to a few websites to learn the technique.

I made the flax hair gel with some lavender EO. I cannot actually believe how well this worked! Even I wouldn't believe me if I hadn't seen if for myself!

Thank you for the tips!

Edit: typo
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« Reply #8126 on: January 27, 2017, 05:42:37 AM »
Cancelled my temporary Dropbox Pro account, for $9.99/month.

I'm debating firing my insurance company (house + auto), which we have had through a local agent for maybe 20 years. It's kind of like breaking up, though. I don't really want to call the person I've been dealing with all these years and tell her, "well, I switched to xxx, please cancel my policies." I have two teen drivers, though, and I think the difference will be substantial on the auto portion. Anyone else been through this?

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« Reply #8127 on: January 27, 2017, 06:31:43 AM »

I'm debating firing my insurance company (house + auto), which we have had through a local agent for maybe 20 years. It's kind of like breaking up, though. I don't really want to call the person I've been dealing with all these years and tell her, "well, I switched to xxx, please cancel my policies." I have two teen drivers, though, and I think the difference will be substantial on the auto portion. Anyone else been through this?

I go through a broker.  She finds the best insurance for the situation and suggests policy changes as needed.  No angst.  Can you find a broker and get them to do the leg work and the emotional labour?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8128 on: January 27, 2017, 06:43:23 AM »
Cancelled my temporary Dropbox Pro account, for $9.99/month.

I'm debating firing my insurance company (house + auto), which we have had through a local agent for maybe 20 years. It's kind of like breaking up, though. I don't really want to call the person I've been dealing with all these years and tell her, "well, I switched to xxx, please cancel my policies." I have two teen drivers, though, and I think the difference will be substantial on the auto portion. Anyone else been through this?

Be careful to vet the new house insurance company. I almost switched on price last year and then started reading the reviews for the new company. The complaints centered around the company offering a low rate, then after signing, doing a home inspection and asking for extensive repairs or offering a more expensive policy. At that point you are stuck b/c if you go back to your original insurer you will also be offered a higher rate. A few of the complaints were from people who had just bought the house and had just gone through a good inspection. Also make sure that the big national company offering the insurance is the underwriter and not farming it out to someone else. I could barely get the name of the real underwriter from the big national, after I found out that this situation was possible.

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« Reply #8129 on: January 27, 2017, 07:48:05 AM »
From my journal, ways to keep your sponge going longer:

Axecleaver's home making tip for the day: wet your sponge, wring it out so it's damp, then microwave for exactly two minutes. Let it cool and run under water again. Mildew fixed. Repeat weekly and sponges last forever.

I've found that tossing it in with a load of laundry every couple of weeks does the same thing.

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« Reply #8130 on: January 27, 2017, 01:52:10 PM »
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« Reply #8131 on: January 27, 2017, 02:09:03 PM »
Curly hair method and product update:

I think my hair is too short for plopping?? Been to a few websites to learn the technique.

I made the flax hair gel with some lavender EO. I cannot actually believe how well this worked! Even I wouldn't believe me if I hadn't seen if for myself!

Thank you for the tips!

Edit: typo

I love Flax gel, so cheap! I make it then freeze it in smaller batches. I also plop, works for me great but I have long hair.

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« Reply #8132 on: January 27, 2017, 02:14:46 PM »
Curly hair method and product update:

I think my hair is too short for plopping?? Been to a few websites to learn the technique.

I made the flax hair gel with some lavender EO. I cannot actually believe how well this worked! Even I wouldn't believe me if I hadn't seen if for myself!

Thank you for the tips!

Edit: typo

Depends on how short is short! From my reading, it sound like anything past ~chin length is fair game. Shorter than that and yeah, probably wouldn't hold well. But the bright side is short hair doesn't have the same issues with weight on the curl structure, which is what plopping/plunking is working to fix. This lady has relatively short hair and has a tutorial: https://youtu.be/yghmI6TVHrs

Discussion about it: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/62535-short-hair-plopping.html

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« Reply #8133 on: January 27, 2017, 02:40:13 PM »
Returned a bunch of things to Home Depot left over from a bathroom renovation project. Didn't have the receipt, but the cash card was over $50! I have some other projects in mind.

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« Reply #8134 on: January 27, 2017, 05:35:43 PM »
My back has been suffering and it is apparent that the hours at my desk are the culprit.  Rather than buying a cheap standing desk with no storage, we are building one ourselves.  Pipe and pine.  I'm not handy, but I did manage to sand and stain the desktop and shelves this afternoon.  :)  Baby steps. 

Equivalent desks cost 800.00 (similiar style and materials).

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« Reply #8135 on: January 27, 2017, 10:06:50 PM »
From my journal, ways to keep your sponge going longer:

Axecleaver's home making tip for the day: wet your sponge, wring it out so it's damp, then microwave for exactly two minutes. Let it cool and run under water again. Mildew fixed. Repeat weekly and sponges last forever.

I've found that tossing it in with a load of laundry every couple of weeks does the same thing.

Leave the sponge pretty wet, and the humidity will soften any dried gunk in the microwave, so it's easy to wipe out.  Win win!

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« Reply #8136 on: January 27, 2017, 11:47:28 PM »
From my journal, ways to keep your sponge going longer:

Axecleaver's home making tip for the day: wet your sponge, wring it out so it's damp, then microwave for exactly two minutes. Let it cool and run under water again. Mildew fixed. Repeat weekly and sponges last forever.

I've found that tossing it in with a load of laundry every couple of weeks does the same thing.

Leave the sponge pretty wet, and the humidity will soften any dried gunk in the microwave, so it's easy to wipe out.  Win win!

This is exactly how I clean my microwave.

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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8137 on: January 27, 2017, 11:52:39 PM »
Experimenting with cheap-o hair products instead of fancy pants gel from the teaching hair salon (I go once  a year - $16). I've been using up grocery store mousse and stuff. Today I'm trying NO hair products on my freshly washed hair. I have thin, curly, shoulder length hair so it kinda goes frizzy and lifeless without product. (Sigh). Any suggestions?

ETA: I've been wrapping my teapot with a tea towel every morning and it is working to keep the tea sufficiently hot without having to microwave or buy a thermos.

John Frieda Frizz Ease from the drugstore works just as well as the salon stuff. Watch for coupons and BOGOs.
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« Reply #8138 on: January 28, 2017, 02:17:12 AM »
Thanks for the tips on freezing flax geland also the Frizz Ease. I'm fascinated by this plopping and have never heard of it. The videos and tutorials have been super helpful. I think I will try this weekend.

Today I made 10 loaves of whole wheat bread for the freezer and 2 huge pans of granola. Should keep us in business for a while!

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« Reply #8139 on: January 28, 2017, 02:19:01 AM »
Experimenting with cheap-o hair products instead of fancy pants gel from the teaching hair salon (I go once  a year - $16). I've been using up grocery store mousse and stuff. Today I'm trying NO hair products on my freshly washed hair. I have thin, curly, shoulder length hair so it kinda goes frizzy and lifeless without product. (Sigh). Any suggestions?

ETA: I've been wrapping my teapot with a tea towel every morning and it is working to keep the tea sufficiently hot without having to microwave or buy a thermos.

My hair is long and straight, but I've found just switching the type of shampoo and conditioner within the cheapest brand makes a big difference. V05 makes an 'Extra body' version of both the shampoo and conditioner. Suave probably has something like that, too. When I use that version consistently, the little bit of wave in my hair comes out more, and my hair looks nicer. I imagine there must be other varieties of the cheap shampoos that would be good for curly hair. . . . Actually, I should look for it again . . . it's been awhile.

The tea towel sounds like a good idea. I make coffee in a French press every morning and pour the extra hot water from the kettle into my mug to warm the mug while the coffee is steeping.

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« Reply #8140 on: January 28, 2017, 09:21:43 AM »
Needed postcards for an event we are hosting.  The only official postcards the store had (printable Avery ones) were $27 for 200.  Bought a pack of heavy cardstock for $6 instead, which yielded 120 postcards and was quick work with a paper cutter.

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« Reply #8141 on: January 28, 2017, 04:40:49 PM »
Using a GC I picked up a combination lint brush and defuzzer. Came home and defuzzed my five year old winter wool purse (designer from the thrift store for $4) and it looked like a million bucks again. So I defuzzed a tired black hoodie also looks great, then I tested the lint brush on a black T-shirt. It works amazing too! I don't use a clothes dryer so occasionally items get lint on them in the wash, this brush is the perfect solution. I will just use it while folding laundry and for about five minutes worth of effort my clothes will look much better.

Encouraged by my brush success I sewed two bras with loose straps, fixed a missing button on a shirt and sewed a small tear in some pj pants.

Next up I cooked a giant batch of veggie soup in the slow cooker to use up a ton of veggies frozen and fresh, that were kicking around. I also made a giant batch of herbed chickpea patties to freeze - again using up a bunch of spinach and feta.   

I realized after cooking that I could use the lint brush on my mid century (thrifted) velvet couch that my cat loves to shed on. Again this thing totally impressed me, in 3 minutes the couch and matching chair were spotless. Much easier then hauling out the vacuum and upholstery attachment. This will be a new nightly task to quickly perform while dinner is cooking or I am watching a movie.

One more: I would love to repaint my entire house but the cost of paint is not in the budget right now. So I grabbed my leftover paint in the current colours (stored in small Masson jars, with wax paper under the lid for easy opening) and started touching up scratches and marks in my living and dining room. I realized quickly that I love my current paint colours, the marks were what were bugging me. I have no idea why I didn't touch them up sooner because my walls really look refreshed now. So this week I will be touching up all the walls in my house that I have extra paint for. Such a simple 30 minute task and it really made such a difference. Maybe only something I will notice, but it's enough to make me feel satisfied.

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« Reply #8142 on: January 28, 2017, 11:25:04 PM »
*Did a batch of navy beans in the InstantPot this morning and then crockpotted them into baked beans to go with our meatloaf and veggies for dinner.

*Streaming "Victoria" -- great series!

*The flax seed gel is working wonderfully!!!! I'm so happy! I actually go the no-poo route for washing my hair, and its working well. Been using this for almost 2 years now, IIRC.

*Picked up a bunch of library books that I'd ordered in online and dropped off the ones due today or very soon.

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« Reply #8143 on: January 29, 2017, 12:31:52 AM »
Cut my hair for the first time!

I had been getting a few split ends, so decided to give it a trim.

Saved myself $25, two hours, and the torture of the sitting and the waiting.

I'm converted.

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« Reply #8144 on: January 29, 2017, 12:30:23 PM »
Spent an hour repair dog toys that had been destroyed. Some of them look pretty rough, but the holes are repaired and they are safe for him to play with again.  Toys that will last him even a few minutes aren't cheap, so it is worth repairing them. Having engaging toys saves our house and furniture!

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« Reply #8145 on: January 29, 2017, 12:37:36 PM »
Patched a hole in one of my husband's uniform shirts using a piece of fabric cut from another badly worn and stained shirt.

Made macarons as a culinary experiment with my brother yesterday. They aren't perfect, but are good enough to take as a hostess gift for the family member we are visiting this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8146 on: January 29, 2017, 01:18:06 PM »
A cost-saving saga of a washing machine's death:
-Husband did the trouble shooting on the old washer, preventing a service call. Confirmed the transmission is RIP dead. 27 year old unit- repair is not an option. Cost: $0
-Using ILs W&D while we figure out replacement options. They live a mile away, so pretty convenient. Not a long term solution, but keeps us from having to use a laundromat or replace washer RIGHT NOW.
-Explored our CL options. Sadly, none in Hometown. Big City is a couple hours away but we go up regularly- currently working through their listings.
-Also going to check with a place in Big City that does scratch and dent and refurbs.
-Barring all this, if we go with Home Depot to buy a replacement, we will use the $100 gift card we got for Christmas towards the replacement.

On the bright side, now *everything* in the damn house except the heat pump and dryer will have been replaced this year. Expensive year though, lol.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8147 on: January 29, 2017, 01:30:16 PM »
Took apart the free standing TP holder and tightened up the loose connections in the base so that it stands straight and tall again.  It's been leaning more and more to the side.  When I checked out the price of a new one I thought phooey on that and pulled out a few tools and took care of it myself.  So grateful that I grew up with a dad that made us help fix things around the farm because those skills come in handy all the time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8148 on: January 29, 2017, 02:02:54 PM »
I fixed the boxspring with some scavenged wood. Hoping to put off purchase of a new one for quite a while.

Then I made a tp holder from random bits I had around. I was going for functional but it turned out rather nice in a shabby chic way.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8149 on: January 29, 2017, 02:34:16 PM »
Was out and about while really, really hungry.  Finished up the errands, came home and ate oatmeal (which was delicious) rather than spring for a burger or pho or chinese food.