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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8700 on: April 11, 2017, 04:58:49 PM »
Today I got new car insurance quotes from several different providers.  Looks like it's time to switch carriers!  That will save me several hundred dollars over the next year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8701 on: April 11, 2017, 09:25:43 PM »
Today for breakfast I made my usual latte at home with eggs and toast. I ate the salad  and clementine that I brought to work for lunch and I stepped outside the office and found a spot to sit and enjoy the weather while I ate my lunch.  It was a stressful day at work and for a little while I forgot I was stressed.  I had to work late and had anticipated it so I brought a scoop of whey protein powder in my shaker bottle.  I added too much water and it didn't taste good at all.  I was starving so I just chugged it anyway.  DH texted that we were out of both feta and blue cheese and we had planned a salad to go with soup for dinner.  I asked if he wanted me stop at the store on my way home and his reply was, "Either way I'm good.  Don't "need" cheese".  I said let's skip it then.  I've recently started seeing a shift in him and I'm loving it.  I've committed to consuming and enjoying fancy teas from my stash every evening.  I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to tea, yet I tend to drink and repurchase the same 2 teas while all the fancy ones just sit there!  My goal is to not purchase any tea until I use up what I have.  Now I can't help but think what I can store in that cabinet once there is room and how long it will take to clear it out.  I'm continuing to read through all of the pages of this thread for inspiration and ideas.                     
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8702 on: April 12, 2017, 02:20:31 PM »
Decided to stop using wall clocks because I am tired of replacing or recharging their batteries every few months. My rechargeable batteries and charger from ~2007 have died and I am not planning to replace them. I will train myself to rely on my cell phone instead. 

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« Reply #8703 on: April 12, 2017, 02:30:10 PM »
Hung up most of the washed laundry in the bathroom. Only the bed sheets had to be tumble dried, because I don't have any place to hang those up inside. It rains outside.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8704 on: April 12, 2017, 06:30:37 PM »
Baked muffins and boiled hard-boiled eggs for husbands breakfast meeting tomorrow. Its a 6:00 AM study group that he trades off breakfast responsibility for, and for months we have just eaten the 10.00 donut cost every four weeks.  I was tired of them eating all the sugar, and he was tired of spending money on junk food.  Husband had to work late,  so,  while maybe not cheaper, I did bake blueberry muffins and boil the eggs for him.  And then to make myself feel even better, I added a 10.00 payment to our vehicle loan debt.....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8705 on: April 12, 2017, 07:57:25 PM »
Paying off car loan... sold my concert tickets I bought way while back. Made $15 extra. $80 going towards loan.

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« Reply #8706 on: April 13, 2017, 04:25:57 AM »
I'm down to one working belt that I switch between all pants, time to shop.  Checked the local clothing stores, but found that the cheap stuff felt... cheap, and the good stuff was 'spensive.

Let's go online.  Found a small family owned leather goods manufacturer that now also has online shopping.  Got two really nice leather belts for approx half price of the one I was considering in town.

And as a bonus, I avoided the chain store retail and support a smallish, craft style-store in a small town in the countryside.  And bought quality. :)

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« Reply #8707 on: April 13, 2017, 07:03:19 AM »
Spending a rainy day on sewing a sweater for myself from a cloth that we got for free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8708 on: April 13, 2017, 11:08:35 AM »
Bought a metal filter for my Aeropress coffee maker.  No more paper filters for me.  Cuts down future cost AND waste.  Coffee tastes better too.  I get better flavor so I use less grounds per cup (saves $$), and even more impressive - I am able to finally drink my coffee black.  So no more cream or coconut milk or whatever, again saving more $$.  Love it when a small change cascades like that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8709 on: April 13, 2017, 12:05:57 PM »
Hi lemanfaan,

Would you pass on the link for the belt makers?

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« Reply #8710 on: April 13, 2017, 12:18:08 PM »
I didn't have enough summer clothes to get through a week without doing laundry. I hit up the thrift store (not the cheapest one, but has a far better selection than any other I've found nearby) and got 3 pairs of shorts and 4 t-shirts for $40.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8711 on: April 13, 2017, 01:59:15 PM »
Changed my cell phone plan to save $20/mo. I don't need 2GB of high-speed data, especially when I'm almost always on Wi-Fi.

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« Reply #8712 on: April 13, 2017, 02:25:25 PM »
Hi lemanfaan,

Would you pass on the link for the belt makers?

Sure it's http://maleraslader.com/  ... but probably not a really good place to shop for people outside of Sweden.  At least since the e-shop is in Swedish only.


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« Reply #8713 on: April 13, 2017, 06:50:28 PM »
Despite running out of data, I did not upgrade my data plan. Wi-Fi only until May!

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« Reply #8714 on: April 13, 2017, 06:55:44 PM »
-Even though I had planned on buying asparagus, and REALLY wanted it, it double in price in the last week ($1.99/lb to $3.99/lb), so I bought cabbage instead. Roasted cabbage is still delicious, and it's only $0.99/lb.

-Husband and I decided this weekend we will put in additional raised beds. The added gardening space will save us money in the long run on food. Plus, having a good healthy outdoor hobby can bump less healthy or more expensive habits.

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« Reply #8715 on: April 13, 2017, 07:01:22 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

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« Reply #8716 on: April 13, 2017, 07:03:22 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8717 on: April 15, 2017, 10:05:31 AM »
I went to Costco yesterday after work needed whey protein powder (this is what DH has instead of lunch everyday) and a few groceries that are cheaper there then elsewhere.  I also wanted to check out the different fish oils because they are having a sale.  I choose the cheapest Kirkland fish oil for an enormous savings! My old brand Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (Amazon) cost $59.46 for 180 caps, $0.33/capsule with a recommended dose of 2 caps $0.66/day (face punch) although DH always took 1/day and then I recently went down to 1/day to reducing costs so for the 2 of, it was still $0.66/day.  New Kirkland enteric Coated fish oil has a regular price of $15.99 with a $3 off right now so $11.99 for 180 caps $0.06 and a serving size is one cap!  So for both DH and I $0.12/day.  Saving over 3 months is $47.47 that's $189.88/year savings over 10 years $1,898.80. I bought 2 bottles, but now I'm wishing I had grabbed more.  I have to check to see when this sale ends and see if I can coordinate another trip.  Costco is 5.5 miles from work but going in the opposite direction from home.  I topped off my gas tank while there because it was cheaper than my usual cheap place by $0.04/gallon, a savings of $0.22. 

I also went into the Costco package store while I was there to stock up.  Spent $59.49 but this will last us a long time.  4 bottles of highly rated, inexpensive Kirkland Signature wine, Rioja, $6.99, Malbec $6.99, Sauvignon Blanc $6.99 and Pinot Grigio $5.99.  A huge bottle of Kirkland Signature (USA) vodka $11.99 and a huge bottle of Kirkland Signature gin $16.99.  I used some of the vodka to start some vanilla extract with some vanilla beans that I got as a gift for Christmas (found last weekend when I cleaned out the cabinets), using a recycled soy sauce bottle.  We don't typically drink vodka so I'm sure it will last us a very, very long time.  DH likes to drink gin and tonic when it gets warm out and this is cheaper than the brand that I usually get him.  He hasn't tried the new brand yet, I'll be back to post his opinion once he tries it.       

                 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8718 on: April 15, 2017, 10:25:17 AM »
Yesterday, I

-increased the deductibles on car insurance for ~$100 savings each year; will reduce coverage next year for additional savings (car recently paid off)
-returned two pairs of shoes (out of three ordered online) to brick & mortar store to save $8 on shipping and to remind me why I don't shop at the mall (shoes ordered online were $25 less than at mall).
-didn't buy Cinnabon at mall even though I really wanted one (we have been watching Better Call Saul on Netflix).

Today, I gave myself a so-so haircut ($80 not spent).
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« Reply #8719 on: April 15, 2017, 01:29:50 PM »
Our guest (FIL) brought a bottle of good whisky and a 3 liter box wine at the tax free at our request. I offered to pay it back, but was not allowed. Now my DH and his father are out fishing, trying to catch sea trout or cod.

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« Reply #8720 on: April 15, 2017, 02:10:27 PM »
Not saving money, but earning it:

- Last week got $250 Wells Fargo sign up bonus.
- Today opened PNC account and am in the process of meeting requirements for $430 sign up bonus.
- Traded cash for a gift card (equal value) so I didn't have to spend at that place. Mom shops there, I don't. Win/win.

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« Reply #8721 on: April 15, 2017, 05:28:50 PM »
Cashed in the coin jar at CoinStar for a Lowe's certificate (no fee).  Not strictly saving money, but it will pay for some random items I need to buy in the next few weeks.

Continuing to work on my homemade horse jumps.  I've nearly caved and purchased pre-fab parts a few times, but I had enough scrap wood around to do almost all of it.  Just need to buy the bolts, screws and one 4x4, so I'll be spending $20 instead of like $200.

Drank water I brought along while out running errands instead of stopping for coffee or buying a can of soda.

Borrowed some bits from a friend to try on the new horse instead of buying a bunch to find out which one horsey prefers (they're non-returnable once used).

Used a $10 off $40 coupon at WinCo to buy lots of veggies, butter and cheese today.  Also took a chance on some $7 pinot noir that had a mail-in rebate with it, bringing the price to $5/bottle.

Using some leftover lamb to make a fried rice dish for dinner.  Should be cheap, tasty and relatively healthy with a side of asparagus.

Bought new horsey her wardrobe of winter blankets right away since they go on clearance this time of year and were all >50% off.

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« Reply #8722 on: April 15, 2017, 09:56:02 PM »
Entertained the kids for free: puppet show and story time at the library, short hike with friends at a local wilderness area.

Currently putting up salsa and chicken stock.


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« Reply #8723 on: April 16, 2017, 04:55:19 PM »
Got home last night after a long weekend, defrosted bolognese from the freezer, had dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

I'll shop and cook today and replenish the stash of (homemade) freezer meals.

My mum saved two of Mr MPGH's business shirts which I thought were beyond repair.

Not only would you never know they were damaged, one now has a new placket which makes it look like a completely different shirt (a bonus since he needs to be on camera for work and repeating the same outfits is frowned on).

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« Reply #8724 on: April 16, 2017, 05:17:35 PM »
Sold a CD on eBay.  Packaged and ready to ship tomorrow.

Changed front brakes on the wife's car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8725 on: April 16, 2017, 05:33:45 PM »
A couple of days ago: finally got around to calling my health insurance about a bill I got from a provider for $365 that should have been covered.  In my past life I probably would have just paid the bill with my FSA card and told myself I'd get reimbursed later (but forget to follow up).  Instead I called the insurance and spent a few minutes on the phone and they immediately processed the payment in full while I was on hold.  Boom! I now owe $0.

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« Reply #8726 on: April 17, 2017, 12:28:23 AM »
Today, as yesterday, we will entertain ourselves outside in nature. Only today we are going to drive to it and burn some fuel. But we will bring sandwiches and tea bags and a cattle and make it a sort if picknick. Ignoring the fact that that ground is covered in an inch of snow this morning.
We are at this visiting place also planning to fourage, my DH by freediving and I will look for kelp/seaweed
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« Reply #8727 on: April 17, 2017, 05:26:58 AM »
Felt like eating something 'decadent', today (I normally eat a very strict diet of vegetables, legumes, and fruit). I was going to ask hubby to go to a bakery and pick up lunch for the family. Instead, I asked him to bike down to the supermarket and buy a mince pie for each of us, as well as a tin of tomat sauce (I checked the supermarket's website before he went, to find the cheapest per litre sauce). While he was away, I boiled some potatoes. Once the pies were in the oven, I decanted the tomato sauce from the tin into a sauce bottle we already have, using a groovy, retro orange funnel I found at a local charity shop, a couple of weeks ago. I estimate we saved $11 over the bakery food I had in mind and the meal we had was much less greasy than bakery food tends to be.

I loved the first season of The Crown, but recently cancelled Netflix. I was planning on signing up again for one month, so hubby and I can watch Season 2. However, I realised today that I can just wait until the final season is released, then sign up for a month and binge-watch the whole lot.

ETA that the potatoes above were free, as a friend gave us a bagful the other day and I boiled them during the free daily hour of electricity our electricity provider gives us!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8728 on: April 17, 2017, 02:08:08 PM »
My smart phone is getting old (4 years, which is like 50 in technology years). It's starting to run slowly, has trouble with modern apps, and can't hold a charge more than an hour when in use, and no more than 3 hours when idle. But instead of shelling $600 for a whole new phone, I used credit card cashback to buy a new battery on Amazon. By chance it was a Lightning Deal that day, so I saved a couple extra cashback dollars as well. It's like I got a whole new phone. Battery lasts (comparatively) forever. Plus I think the heat generated by the old battery was causing some of the slowdown, because it runs much better now.

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« Reply #8729 on: April 17, 2017, 07:23:12 PM »
One of the side zippers on our laundry container came completely unzipped and we couldn't reset it.  So I sewed the whole thing up while watching youtube.  I hadn't realized until it came unzipped that there was a side zipper.  I have no idea how much money this saved, but the idea of going shopping for a new one this weekend was just too painful to contemplate.

Bell peppers were on sale for 1.99/lb and a case of tomatoes came out to $1/lb, so I roasted them up and put them in the freezer for later.  We ate more vegetables this winter than in the past, so my preparation from fall sales had been insufficient.

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« Reply #8730 on: April 17, 2017, 07:57:26 PM »
-Sewed husband's shorts up (2 pairs) that the seams pulled out of.

-Been on a roll with no food waste. We're never too bad with this, but there's always room to improve.

-Built more garden beds. It blows my mind that people pay for them pre-made, they're dead simple.

-Keeping up with my running, still using free apps for training. Thinking I'll use my $25 birthday money visa gift card I have sitting around for running tights or a gear belt, since I've stuck with it for 12 weeks now. (My birthday was over a month ago, haha. Still, sticking to the 72 hour waiting period first).

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« Reply #8731 on: April 17, 2017, 08:21:33 PM »
Today was a no spend day, a no driving day, and a successful Meatless Monday.

I had some grape tomatoes that were starting to get wrinkly so I sliced them and roasted with olive oil, honey, and salt. They are great in salads or quiches this way and can be frozen.

Soaked and cooked chickpeas in the crockpot to make hummus tomorrow.

I'm sewing a summer dress and took the time to very carefully cut out all the pieces and transfer markings using thread tacks. I'm using some very nice bamboo jersey and want to make sure I don't waste it!

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« Reply #8732 on: April 17, 2017, 08:45:32 PM »
I have no idea how much money this saved, but the idea of going shopping for a new one this weekend was just too painful to contemplate.

With you on that.

My peg basket has perished from sitting in the sun on my balcony. I picked it up on the weekend and it cracked and the corner broke off.

I wrapped it in packaging tape and returned it to the balcony (now out of the sun).

I'm sure I could replace it for a couple of bucks but that would involve shopping. *shudder*

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« Reply #8733 on: April 17, 2017, 09:23:25 PM »
Said "no" to a really delicious taco plate ($7) even though the power was out at work for 1.5hrs and my lunch was frozen. When the power came back on, I ran to the microwave in a hangry state. Lol
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« Reply #8734 on: April 18, 2017, 02:36:52 AM »
This evening, I went to the supermarket to stock up on some staples: rolled oats, baked beans, etc. I needed a lettuce and chose an unwrapped one, as they were the cheapest. I saw that a couple of big, outer leaves had been left behind by other customers. It was obvious that the leaves were destined for the rubbish bin, so I put them in a plastic produce bag along with my lettuce.

One of the items I went to buy was 190g bags of walnut pieces. They were $4.21/kg off the normal price, so I was going to buy 10-20 of them. However, I obviously wasn't the only one who'd heard about the special, as there were only three bags left. When I got home, I went to their website and asked them if I can buy more at the special price. We will see.

When I was about to start reading my children a bedtime story, I saw that my son's bedroom light was on, so I sent him to switch it off before I started reading - that's 20 minutes of bulb usage saved.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8735 on: April 18, 2017, 10:25:03 AM »
The husbands gone all week, so his meals and housing and gas and whatever are all covered by his employer this week. 

I grocery shopped just for myself and spent less than half of what I otherwise would have.  I will still have stuff from that shop left when he comes home I think, because I'm going out of my way to use up the "last bits" of random foods sitting around and in our cupboards.  The last bit of a box of pasta, the last bit of pesto, the last bit of cheese, etc.  I  mostly nibble when he isn't home, so quick skillet dishes, raw veggies and random finger food offerings it is :) 

On the downside, I'm either getting really clumsy, or my galaxy S5 mini that I recently bought new in box is more cheaply made than my older smartphone was.  I already had to replace a battery cover because the plastic was brittle and kept cracking, and I just cracked it across the screen this morning -- thankfullly still functional.  Any frugal ideas for cases or screen protectors so I can make this phone last past 6 months??  (And still have it fit in a back pocket?)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8736 on: April 18, 2017, 10:57:10 AM »
On the downside, I'm either getting really clumsy, or my galaxy S5 mini that I recently bought new in box is more cheaply made than my older smartphone was.  I already had to replace a battery cover because the plastic was brittle and kept cracking, and I just cracked it across the screen this morning -- thankfullly still functional.  Any frugal ideas for cases or screen protectors so I can make this phone last past 6 months??  (And still have it fit in a back pocket?)

I like the Otterbox "symmetry" series: smile.amazon.com/Otterbox-Cell-Phone-Case-Galaxy/dp/B00MTWGPJ2
and one of those glass screen protectors that are like $2 on eBay

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« Reply #8737 on: April 18, 2017, 01:19:24 PM »
The only thing I currently have in my fridge are half a bag of brussel sprouts, some coconut milk, and condiments... Delayed going to the store as long as possible as DH traveled part of last week and we took a long weekend getaway, so I wasn't going to leave food laying the fridge. I'll finally go tonight since Kroger's mega sale ends today.

Also, I was maxed out my retirement contributions today! I've been working on debt dumping so I didn't have them maxed, but was contributing 5% which is matched by my employer. I am now contributing an additional 4% which they will match 2.5% of. Looking forward to seeing those numbers climb!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8738 on: April 18, 2017, 01:29:08 PM »
* Brought leftovers from my son's birthday party this past weekend to work today for lunch.  I think I finally ate up the last bits from the party!

* Called around for motorcycle insurance quotes.  Found a company that will be $35 cheaper per year, and called our current company to see if they can match that price.  The rep on the phone basically told me that I would only save $3 a month by switching, so was that even worth it??  Well, it's my $3 a month, so yeah, it's worth it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8739 on: April 18, 2017, 03:34:37 PM »
spent 5 bux on groupon for at 10 bux target card. Bought husband new undies he needs:)
Found ten cents on the ground
having ramen for dinner.. too busy studying to cook tonight.

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« Reply #8740 on: April 18, 2017, 07:09:46 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

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« Reply #8741 on: April 18, 2017, 07:29:31 PM »
Pegged washing inside this morning as rain is forecast.

Coming into winter, I set an airer up in front of the big glass door that opens onto my balcony. It gets full sun on clear days so washing dries beautifully.

I do need to replace the airer though. After 12 years the paint is flaking off in big pieces and the metal is rusting underneath, so time to splash out $10 for a new one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8742 on: April 18, 2017, 07:38:15 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8743 on: April 18, 2017, 09:57:44 PM »
Hand washed a mini load of clothes to avoid doing an extra machine load

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8744 on: April 18, 2017, 11:47:15 PM »
My first DIY haircut! A bit of a fail but at least I saved some money. I ended shaving most of it off to repair the damage haha.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8745 on: April 19, 2017, 06:16:49 AM »
Yesterday I made dessert for cw's b-day, out of ingredients that I already had in my kitchen.  Another cw bought a gift and asked if I wanted to chip in.  I said yes and why don't you ask our other 2 cw.  All wanted in, after everyone in our small office chipped in we were at $10/person.  I like this better than spending my usual $30/person/b-day since our office recently went from 3 to 5 employees! 
Breakfast at home of eggs, toast and latte and my packed leftovers for lunch. We had meal planned chicken Caesar salad for dinner.  I just needed bread for the homemade croutons.  I had to stop on my way home from work.  I consistently shop at Aldi and although they were closed by the time I got out of work.  I had a light bulb moment and decided to go to stop and shop for the sole purpose of checking to see if they still have day old discount bread.  It has been years since I've steeped foot in stop and shop!  There I found a shopping cart full of reduced bread and pastries.  I found the perfect sized, petite baguette for $0.49.  I also decided to take a look at the reduced produce that I used to love to buy back when I shopped there.  They have styrofoam trays of produce wrapped in saran.  More wasteful then I like, but I made out better than Aldi prices and at least I can save the styrofoam for my artist daughter to use as paint palates.  I think I have to make it a regular thing to pop in and just look at the reduced produce.  I got trays of the following: apples, pears, tomatoes, oranges, lemons with one grapefruit all were $0/79/lb. I had 2 shopping bags filled just shy of 14 pounds worth of fruit, with some organics in the mix!  Total out the door for produce and bread $11.33.  So today when I do my Aldi run I won't spend much at all as I only need a few things.  Out of everything purchased one lemon had a soft spot that I cut off and that lemon will be used first.  One tomato is soft and will be used today.  Everything else is totally perfect!!! 
I googled to see if the tax day extension included funding an ira.  I found out that I was in luck.  So at the last minute I maxed out my husband's Roth!  It was just opened last month and I really wanted to max it out.  He didn't want me to take out of savings to max it because he has some home repairs that will be coming up.  He has yet to get quotes on these projects and I know that I will have that account built back up to what it was in just a month.  So I went for it and I have no regrets.     

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8746 on: April 19, 2017, 07:48:07 AM »
My first DIY haircut! A bit of a fail but at least I saved some money. I ended shaving most of it off to repair the damage haha.

You used a shaving machine? You might need an extra device to trim around the ears. Of use someone else (spouse) to do the ears.

I had quite long hair and let my DH cut it. It became much short than expected. I is now 2 weeks ago and I am slowly getting used to it. It was a bit of a shock, though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8747 on: April 19, 2017, 08:51:07 AM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

I always use mine in the muffin tin, but they also don't really touch the edges, so maybe they would stay up? I wouldn't feel confident about it though while carrying it to the oven and such!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8748 on: April 19, 2017, 08:59:49 AM »
I'm currently on my 4th reuse of one vacuum bag. I cut a slit in the side, dumped the contents, and then use a strip of duct tape to seal it back up!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8749 on: April 19, 2017, 10:19:10 AM »
I'm currently on my 4th reuse of one vacuum bag. I cut a slit in the side, dumped the contents, and then use a strip of duct tape to seal it back up!

I love this.