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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8200 on: January 22, 2017, 02:38:12 PM »
I learned to use the mending stitch on my sewing machine and repaired holes/worn fabric in 2 pairs of my jeans and 2 pairs of DH's. I have a third pair of jeans I need to find to see if they are a candidate for the same treatment.

Paid for diapers with a Target gift card we got for Christmas. Probably not what it was intended for, but we didn't need or particularly want anything else.


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« Reply #8201 on: January 22, 2017, 07:04:50 PM »
I fixed clothes today, too!  Patched the knees of three pairs of little boy pants, and figured out what I need to do to fix big boy athletic pants... but need to look around to see if I can find the correct fabric for patching the polyester yet.

Bought 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes for $0.99 each, instead of spaghetti sauce at $2.79/jar.  Should be easy to make and freeze my own sauce, don't know why I never do it.

Husband and son fixed their own bikes today, but I'll take ownership of the savings! ;)





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« Reply #8202 on: January 22, 2017, 10:44:53 PM »
I bought a used DSL modem on eBay for $14. I already have a wireless router. So I will be able to get rid of the $6.95/month modem rental fee that my ISP charges. Should pay for itself after two months.

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« Reply #8203 on: January 23, 2017, 04:50:00 AM »
I fixed clothes today, too!  Patched the knees of three pairs of little boy pants, and figured out what I need to do to fix big boy athletic pants... but need to look around to see if I can find the correct fabric for patching the polyester yet.

Bought 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes for $0.99 each, instead of spaghetti sauce at $2.79/jar.  Should be easy to make and freeze my own sauce, don't know why I never do it.

Husband and son fixed their own bikes today, but I'll take ownership of the savings! ;)

Awesome! I haven't had to patch little boy pants yet, but I imagine he'll start wearing out clothes before he outgrows them soon.

For the athletic pants, could you find a pair at a thrift store to cut up for patch material? Even a pair of kids pants (or jacket/windbreaker?) in roughly the same color and weight could work.

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« Reply #8204 on: January 23, 2017, 07:10:27 AM »
I fixed clothes today, too!  Patched the knees of three pairs of little boy pants, and figured out what I need to do to fix big boy athletic pants... but need to look around to see if I can find the correct fabric for patching the polyester yet.

Awesome! I haven't had to patch little boy pants yet, but I imagine he'll start wearing out clothes before he outgrows them soon.

For the athletic pants, could you find a pair at a thrift store to cut up for patch material? Even a pair of kids pants (or jacket/windbreaker?) in roughly the same color and weight could work.

How old is your little guy? I find that around age 4 they begin to wear out the knees, even the "reinforced knee" pants, because they play so many games where they pretend to be crashing into something, being blasted by something, etc. all of which involve falling to one or both knees. It's also more stress on the pants when they start outgrowing them; I'm not on top of making sure pants aren't too tight.  It helps to iron on a patch behind the knees when they start getting fuzzy and showing signs of wear. 

You are right about finding some other piece of clothing to cannibalize.  Unfortunately, the closest thrift store is a 20 minute drive from here and I've been faithfully decluttering old clothes so I don't seem to have anything at hand-- but wait a second!  There is actually a church thrift store only 5 minutes away, open only two days a week. I completely forgot about it until now. So that is my next step, thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8205 on: January 23, 2017, 09:44:28 AM »
Bought 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes for $0.99 each, instead of spaghetti sauce at $2.79/jar.  Should be easy to make and freeze my own sauce, don't know why I never do it.

Easy easy - I do it all the time.  One can crushed tomatoes, one can diced tomatoes, cooked ground beef, cooked diced onions plus some garlic, maybe some mushrooms or bell peppers if they are in the fridge and need using up, herbs (for me it is basil and marjoram, not oregano).   Mix, portion out, freeze.  Or don't add herbs, freeze, add seasoning of choice (spaghetti, chili, taco, etc.) when thawing and you have even more choices for dinner.

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« Reply #8206 on: January 23, 2017, 10:02:33 AM »
I fixed clothes today, too!  Patched the knees of three pairs of little boy pants, and figured out what I need to do to fix big boy athletic pants... but need to look around to see if I can find the correct fabric for patching the polyester yet.

Awesome! I haven't had to patch little boy pants yet, but I imagine he'll start wearing out clothes before he outgrows them soon.

For the athletic pants, could you find a pair at a thrift store to cut up for patch material? Even a pair of kids pants (or jacket/windbreaker?) in roughly the same color and weight could work.

How old is your little guy? I find that around age 4 they begin to wear out the knees, even the "reinforced knee" pants, because they play so many games where they pretend to be crashing into something, being blasted by something, etc. all of which involve falling to one or both knees. It's also more stress on the pants when they start outgrowing them; I'm not on top of making sure pants aren't too tight.  It helps to iron on a patch behind the knees when they start getting fuzzy and showing signs of wear. 

You are right about finding some other piece of clothing to cannibalize.  Unfortunately, the closest thrift store is a 20 minute drive from here and I've been faithfully decluttering old clothes so I don't seem to have anything at hand-- but wait a second!  There is actually a church thrift store only 5 minutes away, open only two days a week. I completely forgot about it until now. So that is my next step, thanks!

Thank you for the tip! He's only 18 months but very active and I'd noticed that hand-me-downs and secondhand clothes seem to drop off with 3T sizes. I'm glad I may have an extra year before he starts truly destroying his clothes.

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« Reply #8207 on: January 23, 2017, 10:47:50 AM »
Switched to Ting mid-month.  Am hoping that by keeping my data usage in particular down, that my bill will be less than PagePlus was each month...or at least the same.  Ting was literally chosen because no one else would support a "small phone" (aka, not nearly 7 inches long), and I HAD to replace my old one.  Galaxy S5 mini from ebay, and a new Ting account was the solution.  Hopefully it works out.

That's why we went with Ting as well! I have the S4 mini. I didn't even know there was an S5 mini. Mine is almost unusable, so maybe it's time to upgrade? (I desperately want the Pixel, but no way I can justify that expense. Although I might if they come out with a mini version.)
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« Reply #8208 on: January 23, 2017, 12:11:40 PM »
Took a vacation day today to visit the hot spring with a coupon we got when we moved here. So we only paid half of the price. It was absolutely awesome, almost no people.

We combined this with a trip to the neighbouring country so we could stock up on bathroom products for cheap and get a package which has arrived.

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« Reply #8209 on: January 23, 2017, 12:34:34 PM »
For the first time EVER, I found something on manager's special at the grocery store because it was close to the use-by date. (I hear MMM people talk about this all the time but I think the turnover is too heavy at city grocery stores for this to be common.) It was a brand of mozzarella cheese I really like, so I bought a package. $2 savings. I can make it into a baked ziti or lasagna and use it all up quickly.

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« Reply #8210 on: January 23, 2017, 12:47:36 PM »
I found a place in my city that has massage therapists that are trained to handle late-pregnancy pain and discomfort (OW MY HIPS), AND have those nifty massage tables where you can just kinda tuck your belly into a hole and get a proper massage, AND this is 80% covered by my health insurance.

Or, in other words: for 15$ out-of-pocket, I should be able to be mostly pain-free and sleep properly for a few days.

Right now, that's a BARGAIN.

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« Reply #8211 on: January 23, 2017, 02:50:39 PM »
Put out a buffet of leftovers for me and the kids for lunch and a lot was eaten up. I chose the oldest dish for myself, even though I didn't really want it (for the fourth time) and froze the rest in a foil tin for a lady at church that I'm cooking for who has a chronic illness.

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« Reply #8212 on: January 23, 2017, 03:07:52 PM »
Kitsune, if you don't have them already, I highly recommend wedge-shaped and L-shaped pregnancy pillows! I was so desperate for sleep but couldn't afford the fancy pillows on sale, so I recreated them by hand. I went to  an online place that sells foam and batting (sorry, can't remember which as it was over 12 years ago)  and bought a rectangular piece of spongy foam, and several bags of polyester fiberfill. I hacked the foam into two wedges using scissors. Then I took 4 yards of cheap muslin fabric, folded it over, used a crayon to draw a big "L" shape in what I felt would be the right dimensions, and cut it out so I had two big "L"s. Stitched them together around the edges, left a hole for  stuffing, and made my pillow. I had some fabric and stuffing  left, so I also made a nice long but thin bed pillow.

This made such a difference to me, and I happily used them throughout my pregnancies.

 

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« Reply #8213 on: January 23, 2017, 06:00:42 PM »
What did I do to save money today? My body contrived to still be sick. (I've had a cold since early last week.) Since last week, zero $$ have been spent on dining out w/ hubby, lunch out with friends, on gas, etc. Just staying home, reading, writing, resting and watching Netflix. Very frugal.

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« Reply #8214 on: January 23, 2017, 06:22:51 PM »
- Cancelled sponsor child (after discussion in another thread), saving $48/year.

- Opened a new term deposit and transferred a chunk of cash into it as I'm about to hit the balance limit on my "high interest" savings account.

- Bulked out today's lunch (a chicken noodle simmer soup) with 1.5 cups of macaroni. This was too much, as it turns out - there are more noodles than soup! But a handful next time would definitely work.

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« Reply #8215 on: January 23, 2017, 06:37:46 PM »
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?

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« Reply #8216 on: January 23, 2017, 06:39:48 PM »
Our washer seized up and smelled like burning mid-load. Wee. DH dug out tools and we did our own trouble shooting. Lots of googling to confirm things later, diagnosis was in: transmission failure. (I didn't even know washers HAD those before starting the process, haha). Sadly, it's a 24 year old machine (older than the house!), and the part is not available- not even refurbs.

Rather than run out and buy a new one at that point, we did some asking around- and my ILs might just give us their old set from the house they're currently selling. In the meantime, I'll be using their washer anyway since they live less than a mile away and we've been house sitting (they're working on prepping it for sale, and splitting time between the places right now- only a couple days a week at the place close to us).

A couple no spend days in a row.

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« Reply #8217 on: January 23, 2017, 06:41:44 PM »
Kitsune, if you don't have them already, I highly recommend wedge-shaped and L-shaped pregnancy pillows! I was so desperate for sleep but couldn't afford the fancy pillows on sale, so I recreated them by hand. I went to  an online place that sells foam and batting (sorry, can't remember which as it was over 12 years ago)  and bought a rectangular piece of spongy foam, and several bags of polyester fiberfill. I hacked the foam into two wedges using scissors. Then I took 4 yards of cheap muslin fabric, folded it over, used a crayon to draw a big "L" shape in what I felt would be the right dimensions, and cut it out so I had two big "L"s. Stitched them together around the edges, left a hole for  stuffing, and made my pillow. I had some fabric and stuffing  left, so I also made a nice long but thin bed pillow.

This made such a difference to me, and I happily used them throughout my pregnancies.

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.

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« Reply #8218 on: January 23, 2017, 07:02:01 PM »
Yes,  late term pregnancy is the pits!!  My first pregnancy was at least interesting because it was all new, but the second one was like, "all right all right, just give me the baby now!"

I should probably take this to the Baby/Pregnancy thread, but let me put in a good word for "hypnobirthing". Despite the fruity hippie name, it worked well for me and I highly recommend. The basic premise is that childbirth is a natural peristaltic process like swallowing, etc. and that it's not necessarily painful unless you are tense. Anyway, good luck and congratulations!!

Melisande, I hope you feel better! There has been a very nasty cough-forever disease going around and the way out of it is getting lots of rest.




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« Reply #8219 on: January 24, 2017, 12:28:41 AM »
Happier at Home!

Thank you!

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« Reply #8220 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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« Reply #8221 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 #8222 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 #8223 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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« Reply #8224 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 #8225 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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« Reply #8226 on: January 24, 2017, 06:48:35 PM »
Sold motorbike for $4000, cancelled insurance, got a $77 refund.

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« Reply #8227 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 #8228 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 #8229 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 #8230 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 #8231 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 #8232 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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« Reply #8233 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 #8234 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 #8235 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 #8236 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.
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« Reply #8237 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 #8238 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 #8239 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 #8240 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 #8241 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 #8242 on: January 26, 2017, 09:42:10 PM »
Reshopped our home insurance and switched carriers to save $80/year.

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« Reply #8243 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 #8244 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!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8245 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8246 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 #8247 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8248 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8249 on: January 27, 2017, 01:52:10 PM »
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