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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8800 on: April 25, 2017, 08:41:10 AM »
Made 10 pounds of beer brats last night. Home brewed beer, cheap pork butt. They taste great and cost under $1.50 per pound, and have no weird preservatives or other chemical additives. Just salt, pepper, meat, beer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8801 on: April 25, 2017, 08:46:42 AM »
Huge golfer here, play about twice a week.  Anyways, used to ride in a cart but started walking this year instead.  Saves me about 15 bucks a round, over the course of the golf season should be about 600 dollars in savings!  Plus it's good for you, just an added benefit...

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« Reply #8802 on: April 25, 2017, 12:42:16 PM »
Working on some felt food for a Christmas gift...leftover felt will be made into felt blocks for the lil sister of the recipient.

Small shopping trip this week.  Attempting to cut back and use less alcohol. convenience foods and sweets.  It makes for a cheaper bill at the grocer, and better health.  Takes a little more dedication sometimes!

Husband built a desktop computer for friends of ours.  They are older and retired and on a fixed income.  They paid him for his time and the parts....they get a quality computer for the cost of the parts and a couple cheap hours of work.  Husband makes a few bucks.  Win-win.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8803 on: April 25, 2017, 12:50:11 PM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8804 on: April 26, 2017, 01:35:06 AM »
Walked to work, i hour and 20 minutes and will walk back again in the afternoon.
Brought my own lunch as always.
Eating free bananas provided by my employer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8805 on: April 26, 2017, 06:52:00 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8806 on: April 26, 2017, 06:56:02 AM »
Walked to work, i hour and 20 minutes and will walk back again in the afternoon.
Brought my own lunch as always.
Eating free bananas provided by my employer.

Awesome!  I've walked to work a few times but have been biking - my walk only takes about 45 minutes vs. < 15 for biking.  If I ever have any issues with my bike, I'll walk again.  Funny thing is I've doubled and tripled my bike route (just for the hell of it) and it still takes me about 30 minutes to get there.

There really is no reason to drive there anymore; I also get the double-whammy of never having to pay to park downtown.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8807 on: April 26, 2017, 08:03:41 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8808 on: April 26, 2017, 08:38:55 AM »
-I'm participating in a study, and the second part was sent to me. It made me realize I haven't gotten the $45 amazon gift card from doing the first part! So I emailed, they apologized and said they were behind, and it'll be out by the end of May. This isn't like... strictly saving money, but keeping tabs on something that should be incoming is always a good idea. Plus, now I know the email it'll come from (a different company they contract to), so hopefully it won't go to spam!

-Garden work! This should pay off in grocery budget, since we spend a lot on fresh produce. Finished up by getting soil in the last beds last weekend, and DH trellised the peas yesterday while I was at work. I'll plant a second round of lettuce and peas today, but I'm going to push the other things I had planned for this week out a week or two. It's been pouring rain and we've had minimal sun lately, and I'm worried stuff will just rot where it sits =o

-DH used up almond milk that I hated. Close to or possibly at zero food waste so far this month.

-Remembered to delay all my subscribe and saves until next month, since we don't need anything this month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8809 on: April 26, 2017, 09:08:31 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?

I app that I use is "mPlus Places".

Basically, you earn points doing the following:
- check into places around you to the tune of 5 points per location (sometimes more for places that are being promoted).  This is capped at 25 places a day and you can only check in once per hour for the same place ~ 125 points a day.  Checking into places also generates prize boxes that get randomly placed on the map.  If other users don't redeem your generated boxes, after 24 hours you get to redeem them - you have to do this with 24 hours.
- prize boxes also appear on the map (from yourself/other users checking in to places) - you can tap a box once per hour; rewards vary from 5 up to 1000 points, but oftentimes you get no points and just sweepstakes entries

Some other rules:
- a $1 amazon gift card is worth 2000 points; you're only allowed to redeem them once per week
- you can also buy sweepstakes entries for 100 points. If you do one everyday, you can get one punch per day.  Every 20 punches on your punch-card also rewards a $1 amazon gift card

Honestly, it's pretty time consuming and doubtful that the $1 is really worth all the effort, but I figure I can at least earn a buck wasting time versus doing other time wasters that earn $0.  It used to be easier to get points (check-ins were 10 points, more advertisers were willing to reward more for check-ins).  I view most/all mobile games in this light  I usually do just enough to get the $1 credit a week plus the punch a day for another $1 credit every 20 days.

I also do swagbucks surveys occasionally to earn some amazon or ebay gift cards.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8810 on: April 26, 2017, 09:15:13 AM »
$40 Amazon gift card for participating in a focus group at work. Trying to decide whether to spend it frivolously or practically.

Save it for stuff that you really need.  I earn amazon gift cards to the tune of about a dollar a week just for checking in to locations.  I slowly accumulate them until I have enough for something that I've been thinking about getting or stuff that I need to buy anyway.
I might actually save it to re-up my Prime sub in a couple months unless something else comes up sooner.

What app are you doing the check ins for if you don't mind my asking?

I app that I use is "mPlus Places".

Basically, you earn points doing the following:
- check into places around you to the tune of 5 points per location (sometimes more for places that are being promoted).  This is capped at 25 places a day and you can only check in once per hour for the same place ~ 125 points a day.  Checking into places also generates prize boxes that get randomly placed on the map.  If other users don't redeem your generated boxes, after 24 hours you get to redeem them - you have to do this with 24 hours.
- prize boxes also appear on the map (from yourself/other users checking in to places) - you can tap a box once per hour; rewards vary from 5 up to 1000 points, but oftentimes you get no points and just sweepstakes entries

Some other rules:
- a $1 amazon gift card is worth 2000 points; you're only allowed to redeem them once per week
- you can also buy sweepstakes entries for 100 points. If you do one everyday, you can get one punch per day.  Every 20 punches on your punch-card also rewards a $1 amazon gift card

Honestly, it's pretty time consuming and doubtful that the $1 is really worth all the effort, but I figure I can at least earn a buck wasting time versus doing other time wasters that earn $0.  It used to be easier to get points (check-ins were 10 points, more advertisers were willing to reward more for check-ins).  I view most/all mobile games in this light  I usually do just enough to get the $1 credit a week plus the punch a day for another $1 credit every 20 days.

I also do swagbucks surveys occasionally to earn some amazon or ebay gift cards.
Thanks for the info! I play a lot of Pokemon Go, so I figure I could at least make a tiny bit of cash while I'm out roaming around anyway. Offset the cost of the data a tiny bit, at least.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8811 on: April 26, 2017, 08:29:15 PM »
* Found a Baby Gap hoodie in the gutter. Will wash and add to our kid clothes stash

* Bought two boxes of dried cherries (a family fave) marked down from $14.99/lb to $1.50/lb

* Making vanilla extract

* Making citrus vinegar from saved peels of homegrown lemons (the juice went to lemonade)

* Potato peels become "tater skins" snacks.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8812 on: April 27, 2017, 07:32:44 AM »
Snagged two empty horse supplement buckets from the stable and made a free feeder for the chicks I'm raising.  They were emptying their mason jar feeder 2x a day, and I was thinking of buying another one.  This homemade version is bigger and will hopefully reduce the amount they waste too.

Paid $52 for the 12 chicks, and they've all survived so far.  I'm hoping to sell 6 of the pullets for $15 apiece so I'll have almost free new chickens when all is said and done instead of paying $90 for six.  Then we'll be rollin' in awesome eggs for the next couple years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8813 on: April 27, 2017, 08:44:49 AM »
Tried to make dog treats yesterday from canned pumpkin and coconut flour.  It *almost* worked.   The treats are a little soft and crumbly, which isn't ideal...but they like them and they are completely hypo-allergetic for my oldest, plus promotes good *ahem* bowel function for him.

Will try again in a week or so when these are used up.  I probably made a mistake when adjusting amounts (recipe was originally for regular flour...which is much drier).


It will save money too...particularly since most grain free/chicken free treats are 9.00/lb....or more.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8814 on: April 27, 2017, 09:32:57 AM »
* Found a Baby Gap hoodie in the gutter. Will wash and add to our kid clothes stash

* Bought two boxes of dried cherries (a family fave) marked down from $14.99/lb to $1.50/lb

* Making vanilla extract

* Making citrus vinegar from saved peels of homegrown lemons (the juice went to lemonade)

* Potato peels become "tater skins" snacks.

This is next-level money-saving. I'm impressed! I'm not sure I'd have the confidence in my washing abilities to salvage that hoodie.

As for my money-saving- I made a few loaves of bread that I divided into quarters and froze. Any time DH and I want fancy bread with pasta or soup, I defrost a quarter of a loaf. Saves us money by not buying bakery bread at the grocery store, plus we don't feel like we *have* to eat the whole loaf before it goes bad.

This isn't really saving so much as earning money, but in my decluttering I freed up tons of decorative storage bins. Sold all of them (about 15) yesterday for $25.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8815 on: April 27, 2017, 11:58:24 AM »
My wife wanted to meet up over lunch and split a restaurant lunch-since she didn't have time to pack one from home.  I suggested instead that we hike up a local trail from town and split my homemade lunch.

It worked out perfectly. We got a nice hike in, sat on a bench and ate our lunch of canned local sockeye salmon w/crackers, carrots, apples,  peanuts- all while enjoying awesome views, watching mountain goats, and listening to roaring waterfalls.


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« Reply #8816 on: April 27, 2017, 03:56:07 PM »
Yesterday I bought mushrooms by the pound rather than the prepackaged ones. Saved $0.50/lb.

Today we went back to BBB and got refunded 20% since we did not have the coupon at the time of purchase. Score.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8817 on: April 28, 2017, 12:05:26 AM »
Made creamy sweet potato soup with cheap sweet potatoes for myself and a friend for dinner to go with the redbox rental we watched. 

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« Reply #8818 on: April 29, 2017, 12:09:06 PM »
Went to a breakfast meeting, but ate breakfast before I went. I took along a travel mug of coffee so I had something to drink - saved $10!

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« Reply #8819 on: April 29, 2017, 12:31:18 PM »
Good for you, Nangirl!

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« Reply #8820 on: April 29, 2017, 01:26:55 PM »
Menu-planned for the week then walked to Aldi to buy only exactly what I needed to fill in the gaps of my current pantry/fridge (well, plus a bag of pretzels), rather than my usual grocery strategy of shopping off Safeway sales and post-hoc meal planning. Spent $18, when a normal weekend trip probably would have been ~$40.

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« Reply #8821 on: April 29, 2017, 01:56:53 PM »
-Volunteered at a local food bank garden. Brought home a couple heads of lettuce =) Walked there and back, so no gas expense.

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« Reply #8822 on: April 29, 2017, 03:22:27 PM »
Friday was the day of free food.

My husband had picked up burgers from a local place which is staffed by young locals and developing a big cult following. Last time he was there he offered to help them out with something, just did them a little favour because of where he works. This time he got home and they had refunded our meal, put cash in the bottom of the bag with a note saying "thank you for your support". So, free dinner.

On Friday I also brought home a couple of gourmet meals courtesy of a friend at work, so that fed us Saturday lunch and Saturday dinner.

I gave us both hair cuts.

And I checked online for the price of my nephew's birthday present and found it was marked down $15 this week, so we went for a quick drive and picked up that.

Oh, and I cooked and shredded a kilo of chicken breast for the freezer (to be used in enchiladas, sandwiches, salads, whatever).

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« Reply #8823 on: April 29, 2017, 04:03:39 PM »
The racks on our dishwasher started rusting (after 14 years, I'm not surprised). I was browsing Craigslist and someone was selling their newer dishwasher with the same racks, but a broken handle for $20. We drove out there (admittedly 30 minutes each way) and they helped load it up in our car, then declined our money. Score!

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« Reply #8824 on: April 29, 2017, 04:23:06 PM »
Good for you, Nangirl!

Thanks!!
My husband (who is miles more frugal than I am), was even impressed! :-)

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« Reply #8825 on: May 01, 2017, 10:03:55 PM »
Superglued the plastic frame of some goodwill sunglasses to hopefully keep them going. We will see how that goes.

Redeemed credit card rewards for cash back = 25.00

Packed lunches and avoided driving anywhere but work.

Planning on meeting a buyer for some kitchen ware I no longer need/want.  20.00 bucks cash

Turned on the space heater in the office where we spent our evening rather than turning the heat on for the whole house.  May temps are starting out chillier than normal here.

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« Reply #8826 on: May 02, 2017, 08:27:31 AM »
-Had admired a neighbor's garden at a BBQ last weekend. Yesterday he called and let us know he had extra raspberry starts for us. Woo free plants! Might get some tomato starts from him too.

-Impulse spend on a bottle of wine was prevented by massive checkout lines and impatience.

-Sent enough lunch for husband and his dad who he works with, so neither went out to lunch. I've started taking this approach because otherwise FIL makes DH go to lunch even if he had lunch packed. To be fair, husband doesn't usually have to pay for lunch, so I guess this isn't really savings beyond health savings by avoiding fast food type stuff, haha.

-Had an option for a 2 med approach or a 1 med approach. Optional med was substantially more expensive than req'd med. Cost wasn't the main reason, but I decided to hold off on optional med for a little bit and see how I fare on med#1. Cost savings are just a bonus there.

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« Reply #8827 on: May 02, 2017, 09:59:22 AM »
Gave Aldi a try. I need to find time to price compare to what I normally get, but it seems like it will win. We got everything for 2 weeks of dinners and lunches except meat which we prefer our grocery store.

We made a bunch of freezer meals from a plan I found online. One of the recipes called for top sirloin, which was selling for $8 lb. Since it will be slow cooked, I substituted for a lower priced cut.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8828 on: May 02, 2017, 11:27:54 AM »
I called and switched auto and home insurance to Ameriprise through Costco.  I know I should have done it last year, but after seeing my savings, think it's a few years overdue.  Savings - $1,950 for the year!

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« Reply #8829 on: May 02, 2017, 11:51:50 AM »
Hung out the laundry. The weather is really goid and I have a pile of stuff to wash.
Last weekend I picked new seaweed and dried it. This to be used as flavors in food.
Today we ate a cod that my DH caught this weekend. Another portion is left and put in the freezer.
I bought broccoli and cauliflower on sale and cheap bread.

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« Reply #8830 on: May 02, 2017, 12:33:30 PM »
We returned from a trip last night and had a nearly-bare fridge waiting for us. I used the milk that had gone sour to make pancakes for dinner. Then this morning I managed to find a serving of chili and cornbread in the freezer to send with DH for his lunch.

Grocery shopped with a list. Probably bought too much fruit from a nutritional standpoint, but it is our toddler's favorite snack and I'd rather he eat fruit than processed stuff.

Aldi had infant acetaminophen as a special item for a lower price than I've seen elsewhere. The expiration date is a year out so I bought a few bottles even though we don't need any right now.

Batch cooking freezer meals: one to take to neighbors who had a baby, one for a friend who had surgery, and one for us.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8831 on: May 02, 2017, 05:02:12 PM »
Spent 21 minutes on the phone and in exchange I got our internet bill reduced by $16/month for the next year.

That's a total of $192 saved.
Which means I just paid myself the equivalent of $548.57/hour to spend the time to get a lower bill.

:)



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8832 on: May 02, 2017, 05:49:22 PM »
I bought a golf bag at a flea market and got some used clubs to put in it. The driver and the putter were used but fitted to me; the wedges and my hybrid #5 were women's standard size from the flea market. Total cost for everything, including 18 golf balls, was about $100. I wanted head covers and got two pair of socks from my sock drawer and tailored them. I also needed a towel, so I reached into the rag bin for a towel I know I used in high school. Think I look like a golfing hobo? Think again!


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« Reply #8833 on: May 02, 2017, 08:41:41 PM »
I thought all golfers looked like hobos. Why else would one wear those pants? :P

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« Reply #8834 on: May 03, 2017, 01:12:28 PM »
I thought all golfers looked like hobos. Why else would one wear those pants? :P

I wear khaki shorts, thankyouverymuch!

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« Reply #8835 on: May 04, 2017, 06:37:55 AM »
Ran home from work yesterday. Walked back this morning.

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« Reply #8836 on: May 04, 2017, 06:46:04 AM »
* Needed some new work clothes (dang baby weight that won't go away!) so I popped into Goodwill rather than the pricey places at the mall.  Got the same brands I would have from the department stores, but for about 90% of the price.  A new-to-me pair of pants and three new-to-me shirts for less than $10 works for me!

* Didn't get a chance to menu plan or grocery shop this weekend, but instead of stopping for takeout we've been eating out of our freezer.  Today me thanks past me for thinking ahead!

* Got all of my mother's day cards from the Dollar Tree for less than $5, which is what I'm sure I would have spent on just one card anywhere else.  Yes, cards in general are a complete waste of money, but it's also a simple way to remind those around me how much I love and appreciate them.

* Got my mom's mother's day gift from Goodwill - a Harley Davidson shirt with the tags still on.  Also got her a bracelet off of Amazon, but since I have been saving up survey company gift cards, I still count this as saving money out of my own pocket for it.  Will also mail it off on a mystery shop, so not cost to me there!

* Signed up for a kid's workshop at Home Depot this Saturday.  My daughter and I will get some quality alone time, she gets to build a free plant pot, and it won't cost me anything but the Starbucks hot chocolate I promised her afterwards...which I will pay for from a gift card I have had forever...literally, years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8837 on: May 04, 2017, 07:18:23 AM »
Our local grocery store chain, known for their meat counter service, occasionally runs a ground beef special but the catch is you have to buy it in 10 lb increments. I finally broke down and bought a tube on sale yesterday, then divided it into 1lb packages to store in the Deep Freeze. That works out to $1.79/lb for 80/20.

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« Reply #8838 on: May 04, 2017, 08:35:58 AM »
-Bought mother's day cards from Trader Joe's while we were there ($0.99 per). I just can't beat their quality to price ratio elsewhere. My TJ's bday card stash came in handy recently, too, when I made a bday card for a patient's mom/full time caregiver I interact with a lot.

-My yoga pants tore =( These guys didn't even make it 6 months. I'm very disappointed. Instead of buying replacements since it's getting toward summer, I'm getting buy with some sweat pants I got for free from my ILs (no one knew who left them, but hey, they fit me), and my yoga capris I already own. At some point I'll make a goodwill trip and see if I can get a decent replacement.

-This is the year of free plants: I've gotten free raspberry starts, oregano, and sage, and probably have tomatoes coming my way as well.

-It got hot yesterday and will be hot again today. Prior to yesterday, we hadn't passed 70F... and yesterday hit 80F! More of the same today. We're not using any climate control though, we're opening the house up overnight/in the AM and closing it all up around 10am as the temp starts to rise. It's probably a pipe dream, but I'd like to make it through May without using the AC. Old dog that gets febrile seizures though, so maybe not =\ I definitely won't be pushing my luck on it.

-DH used our house for a work meeting with coworkers. Someone had suggested a restaurant. Luckily we had a massive batch of chili in the fridge, so I told DH to just serve that and make coffee. It ended up being good, because they needed a second computer monitor after all. Cheaper AND more effective meeting? Perfect.

-We're down to the last 2 steaks from our 1/4 cow. This makes me very sad, BUT, also means we aren't wasting any meat. It's easy for meat to get lost in the deep freeze and get freezer burn. But we want NO food waste! =)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8839 on: May 04, 2017, 04:58:38 PM »
Cancelled my underutilized YMCA membership since the summer stuff is gearing up and the pool will be overrun with kids soon. I'll get back into running again instead. Used the savings to increase my Vanguard contributions. Feelings pretty good about that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8840 on: May 04, 2017, 05:11:50 PM »
Our family gave up soda for a year starting today. We spend a lot in soda in a year, about $1500 so that will be a huge cost cutting exercise. Replacing with Water and inexpensive home brewed tea.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8841 on: May 04, 2017, 05:29:09 PM »
Found a bunch of seeds (5 or 6 years old) a couple of months back, so I soaked and sprouted some to make sure they were still viable. They were, so now a fresh batch have just gone into the under-used backyard garden. Also plugged in a few potatoes that had gotten a little too sprouty for us.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8842 on: May 04, 2017, 05:45:07 PM »
Salvaged two of my partner's three pairs of pants!  He was down to just his wool dress pants.  Yesterday I did extensive patching on his jeans, just buying time to try to find some at goodwill or on sale.  Today I scrubbed a massive grass stain he had given up on out of his khakis.  Woohoo! 

Yesterday he asked me to bring food for him while he finished working on a project.  I had already left the house and didn't have much portable at home, but I'm pretty proud of the dinner I put together at the grocery store!  A tub of spinach, a basket of strawberries, some raisins and some deli chicken all in a salad with cottage cheese and two fresh ciabatta bread from the in store bakery. Around $9 total. We made an easy picnic of it and he had cottage cheese and a couple strawberries left for breakfast this morning. More expensive than unwashed greens but cheaper and much better than pizza or subway but it still felt like a treat. (Or maybe my life just is that boring!)

I also got a pile of books I need for a class via Interlibrary loan. Saved at least $40-60 on rental fees.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8843 on: May 04, 2017, 11:07:47 PM »
Canceled an Amazon order for a new lunch Thermos for my son because I found a better, new-with-labels Thermos at Goodwill for 1/3 the price. (His old lunch Thermos had started leaking from the lid so couldn't be used for soups anymore.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8844 on: May 05, 2017, 05:10:52 AM »
* went all week having leftovers for lunch
* tempted to buy some wine on the way home from work ...  decided not to


... BTW, this is good for me


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8845 on: May 05, 2017, 05:22:50 AM »
* went all week having leftovers for lunch
* tempted to buy some wine on the way home from work ...  decided not to


... BTW, this is good for me

Gosh, you are a lot stronger than I am.
Yesterday I had to drive quite a long way to a certain shop for a new oil filter in the car. Drove past the liquor store and couldn't help to visit it to buy more cheap wine. We have only more costly wine at home and I don't want to drink costly wine too often. And when at the car shop, I also visited the well-sorted grocery shop, which is also an expensive shop. Positive thing about is that I only bought things that were on sale. Negative is that I bought stuff that we don't actually need, like luxury buns that I put in the freezer for some special occasion. And fresh strawberries that smelled good. And some french cheese, just because I think it will taste good. Good thing: I bought toothpaste in very large tubes, which were much cheaper per kilo than the normal ones I usually buy. Toothpaste is often on sale, but always sold-out when on sale. So I never get the chance to buy it cheaply in bulk. So now I bought 3 big tubes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8846 on: May 06, 2017, 11:19:04 AM »
Sold a set of wheels for my old car for $175.

Took advantage of eBay promotion (500 free listings between 5/2-5/6) to relist everything I had in "unsold listings" along with ending/relisting existing listings.  Will have another 36 listings to use this month.  Also listed a few new items.

We're moving at the end of the month so anything I can get rid of in exchange for cash I'm very happy with.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8847 on: May 06, 2017, 12:13:30 PM »
DH and I decided to cut our personal "fun money" by 1/3. Cancelled Photoshop subscription. Cancelled Netflix since we have Amazon Prime now.

Saves $100/mo total. Yes!!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8848 on: May 06, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »
-A med I take is technically over the counter, and so far I've ordered it from the producer. But, they into'd a loyalty program, where if I have a prescription and have a pharmacy fill it, I get $$ off. So last doctor's appointment I asked and he gladly wrote the rx, and once the pharmacy sorts a couple things out, I'll be doing it this way. It'll end up being ~$60/month instead of the ~$85/month I'm paying now. Awesome.

-Built a bike stand. Similar stuff online wasn't super expensive, $20-30, but we made it with ~$8 worth of materials, so that's still a good savings IMO. Plus, nothing like some family weekend woodworking to double as skills development and a hobby cost! =)

-Store had bone-in chicken thighs for less than half the thigh filets, so I grabbed a pack of those. Also got the filets for 'emergency' food (ie, too tired to de-bone the meat meals), but the thigh pack is much larger.

-Husband went grocery shopping with me and we did NOT go off list! This is a big deal. We love getting groceries together, but it's better for the budget if we don't =P

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8849 on: May 06, 2017, 09:03:33 PM »
Dh's office had free soda (fountain).
For my maternity leave, I take the baby to have lunch with him once or twice a week. We, of course, pack our lunches.

And I get a soda :)