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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8900 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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« Reply #8901 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
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8902 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 #8903 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 #8904 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8905 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 #8906 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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« Reply #8907 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 #8908 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 #8909 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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« Reply #8910 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 #8911 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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« Reply #8912 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 #8913 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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« Reply #8914 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.

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« Reply #8915 on: April 19, 2017, 10:29:22 AM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!
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« Reply #8916 on: April 19, 2017, 12:01:32 PM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!

Do you tolerate coconut milk? We often make Asian type food with rice, wocked vegetables and coconut milk. And often some curry paste.

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« Reply #8917 on: April 19, 2017, 12:41:29 PM »
-Rode my bike to get groceries.

-While there, noticed eggs by the 5 doz are even cheaper than at Costco, even when I factor in the 4% back (Costco Visa + executive membership). So I will be switching my egg source it sounds like.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8918 on: April 19, 2017, 12:56:54 PM »
 - Didn't have leftovers from dinner last night for lunch, so scheduled a mystery shop instead.  Still ate out, but at least it's paid for (and then some!)

- Grabbed a second mystery shop right across the street and got my BIL's birthday gift for only $5 (after my reimbursements)

- Submitted a receipt to Mobisave and got $0.35 cash back.  Not much, but every little bit adds up!

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« Reply #8919 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:41 PM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!

Do you tolerate coconut milk? We often make Asian type food with rice, wocked vegetables and coconut milk. And often some curry paste.

I do, and I'm going to use it.  Luckily we already have some because that's what DW likes in her coffee.
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« Reply #8920 on: April 19, 2017, 07:18:53 PM »
Checked the reduced produce rack while I was buying bananas. 4 avocados for 99c. The two I just turned into Guacamole were in perfect shape, the other two look like they can wait until tomorrow night

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« Reply #8921 on: April 19, 2017, 10:19:22 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.

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!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8922 on: April 19, 2017, 11:34:31 PM »
* Registered for Y membership on the day when the membership fee waived. We will be using the Y for summer swim lessons. Savings: $50

* Applied for passport cards instead of passport books for upcoming in-law-sponsored Disney Cruise to Mexico. Savings: $65 per kid = $195

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8923 on: April 20, 2017, 04:01:13 AM »
When I was at my local fruit and veg shop, this mirning, I asked for a receipt, as they often don't give them. I'm glad I did because, when I arrived home, I found that they'd charged me twice for one item. Next time I shop there, I'll ask for a refund.

We hosted a potluck dinner at our place, last night. Our guests insisted on us keeping the leftovers. There were so many that I didn't need to make dinner for my husband, tonight - and he has a large appetite.

Some of the leftovers came in good, sturdy plastic containers, which I will keep and use until they break.

I picked some rhubarb from our garden, for the first time in ages and stewed it.

When my daughter saw me listing some books to sell online, she expressed mild sadness. I listed them, anyway. (Muahaha)


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« Reply #8924 on: April 20, 2017, 08:05:22 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!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

Ooooh how's it do? We have a ceramic fry pan we use for eggs, but I still find it can stick ever so slightly with the eggs. Have you tried anything *really* sticky in it, like egg cups? How did they fare? Thanks!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8925 on: April 20, 2017, 09:18:15 AM »
Friends who don't cook much brought over the remnants of their Easter ham, including the bone. It's in the Instant Pot now with water, seasoning and a bag of dried beans. I will add onions, garlic, carrots and celery later and freeze in quart size containers. Excellent soup for pennies: one of the great pleasures in life.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8926 on: April 20, 2017, 09:21:42 AM »
I started using my kid's 3/4 size guitar for guitar lessons and decided that if I stuck with it I could buy myself an adult-sized guitar.  Well, after playing regularly for 8 months I decided I was serious enough that I could get myself a guitar.  But then I realized that I didn't want a new one because it felt too small - it doesn't - it's that there's only one fret marker.  So I added another fret marker with the help of YouTube and $8 in supplies.  No new guitar needed!

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« Reply #8927 on: April 20, 2017, 09:41:35 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!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

Ooooh how's it do? We have a ceramic fry pan we use for eggs, but I still find it can stick ever so slightly with the eggs. Have you tried anything *really* sticky in it, like egg cups? How did they fare? Thanks!

I've made egg cups and oatmeal muffins and tbey don't stick. I do always add coconut oil or butter to line tbe cup before I put the stuff in, but not sure if that's needed.

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« Reply #8928 on: April 20, 2017, 09:52:52 AM »
I've made egg cups and oatmeal muffins and tbey don't stick. I do always add coconut oil or butter to line tbe cup before I put the stuff in, but not sure if that's needed.

Awesome, thank you so much! I may go this route eventually- we have the silicone cups for now, but if DH goes back to taking LONG work trips, not having the liners to bring home might be a great option.

*adding to amazon wishlist*
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« Reply #8929 on: April 20, 2017, 10:24:49 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!

I love this.

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« Reply #8930 on: April 20, 2017, 01:32:28 PM »
Ordered felt for Christmas gifts that I will be starting this spring/summer.

Brought breakfast and lunch from home.

Sold several items on ebay, reused a shipping package that i had received, and only paid a few bucks in shipping.

Turned temps in house up high enough that the A/C will only kick on in the hottest part of the day for an hour or so.  I believe I have it set to 79!

Friend offered to include us in a multi-family garage sale in a couple weeks.  Normally I donate or facebook site sell stuff, but I enjoy hanging out with this friend, I had gathered a bunch of small stuff anyway to donate, and I wouldn't mind the motivation to declutter more small stuff before then.  My goal is to make 40.00 bucks out of small 1 or 2 dollar items.  I get to hang out with friends too, so I'm cool with that. 

Bought a screen protector and case for my phone.  Here's to making the thing last for the next couple years....cracks and all.




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« Reply #8931 on: April 20, 2017, 02:25:52 PM »
Walked back and forth to work, while listening to financial podcasts on my phone. Getting 2 hours and 40 minutes of free exercise.

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« Reply #8932 on: April 20, 2017, 02:46:40 PM »
Went to a restaurant supply store. It's super inconvenient, and the weather sucked, but damn if I can't get 15lbs of red potatoes for $2.98 and 10lbs of local onions for the same price, and Fuji apples for $0.50/lb. I also picked up some bulk spices that we use often. Now here's to hoping I can go at least another month before having to return ;)
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« Reply #8933 on: April 20, 2017, 05:44:39 PM »
Finally found and went to a WinCo! Saved some loot on stuff and scoped it out for future savings.

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« Reply #8934 on: April 20, 2017, 11:10:28 PM »
Bought two vintage cast iron skillets for my brother at an estate sale. They need to be cleaned and reseasoned but they will be ready in time for his birthday. By going to buy them at the estate sale, I saved 2/3 to 3/4 the price of eBay+shipping.

Rode my bike to the library. Felt ultramustachian and enjoyed listening to the night-singing frogs in the riparian area on the way home.
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« Reply #8935 on: April 21, 2017, 02:52:51 AM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.
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« Reply #8936 on: April 21, 2017, 03:24:31 AM »
I picked up a pink gift-wrapping ribbon that my daughter had left lying outside for several days. I'll iron it and use it on a present.

Lunch today was a soup made of red lentils, garlic (free from one of my husband's coworkers), a tiny bit of leftover celery that I was going to throw out, chokos from my parents' garden, pumpkin from a vine that sprang up unaided in our garden, two button mushrooms bought at the cheapest fruit and vege place in town, and curry powder. It was so good.

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« Reply #8937 on: April 21, 2017, 03:34:36 AM »
We've been invited to a potluck, BBQ-type meal tomorrow night. Instead of buying expensive and unhealthy sausages, I'm going to clear the junk food out of my freezer - a pizza and two mince pies - and take that. I won't be eating them, but I know the other guests will enjoy them.

I found out today that it's my turn to provide morning tea after church this Sunday. For milk, my husband has agreed to let me use a little of his, which he buys in large bottles at low cost, and, for food, someone at my husband's work gave him two unopened packets of a chocolate slice today, which he kindly said I can use and, to bulk that out a little, I'll buy a packet of biscuits I saw in town for 99 cents.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8938 on: April 21, 2017, 03:37:31 PM »
I went back to Costco today and purchased more fish oil on sale.  Now we have a year's supply!  While there, I wanted to get some lunch making supplies for DD's school lunches.  First I put a package of the Kirkland oven roasted turkey breast into my cart at $6.98/lb.  Then I spotted a big roasted turkey breast (right near the sliced one) this one needed to be sliced, priced at $3.99/lb.  So I swapped items.  As I was wondering around looking for cheese to go with it, I spotted an even better deal next to the refrigerated packed up rotisserie chicken breast chunks.  Sliced Chicken breast for $2.99/lb!!!!  I'm thrilled that I don't have to deal with trying to slice up that big hunk of turkey.  The chicken came in a 3 lb pack so I will be separating it into smaller packs and freezing most of it.  I also got our huge box of Quaker rolled oats that I forgot last week and I big bag of rice.  I was eyeballing many things while I was there, but I was strong and I resisted temptation. I topped off my gas tank for cheaper than any other station.  At work today I had the cohunes to remind my boss that she is 3 weeks late looking at our numbers for our quarterly bonuses!  She said she will do it this weekend and have it ready to go over on Monday!!!                 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8939 on: April 21, 2017, 04:11:49 PM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.

Potty mouth lol. But fair enough, car dealerships seemed designed to take full advantage of information asymmetry.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8940 on: April 21, 2017, 04:18:23 PM »
Requested and received a $15+tax refund for a passport photo that was not accepted by the passport documents examiner.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8941 on: April 21, 2017, 04:26:20 PM »
Requested and received a $15+tax refund for a passport photo that was not accepted by the passport documents examiner.

I've never tried for a refund before! Thanks for the tip, jengod.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8942 on: April 21, 2017, 06:49:54 PM »
My MIL gave me $25 to buy myself a particular book for my birthday. I checked a price-comparison website and found a used copy in good condition for only $7, so I bought it and added the remaining $18 to my stache.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8943 on: April 22, 2017, 06:54:55 AM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.

Potty mouth lol. But fair enough, car dealerships seemed designed to take full advantage of information asymmetry.

Just for you. ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8944 on: April 22, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »
It was my turn to provide morning tea at church, this morning.

My husband gave me permission to take his bottle of milk (the children and I are basically vegans) and use some of that.

He also gave me two unopened packets of a chocolate mint slice that a coworker gave him.

In case that wasn't enough, I bought a packet of vanilla frosting-filled cookies, which I'd seen for 99 cents at a local ethnic supermarket. My husband was going to pick up a few things from the shop on his way home from work on Saturday, so I asked him to pick up a packet, but only if they were still 99 cents. They'd gone up to $1.29, but, being the darling man that he is, he bought them anyway and said he'd cover the extra 30 cents.

Well, when I arrived at church, I found a hardly-used bottle of fresh milk in the fridge and a woman who attends infrequently brought an enormous plateful of home-cooked goodies. There were quite a few of them left over afterwards and no one else wanted them (I asked), so I wrapped them up in the foil they'd come covered in (the donee said she didn't want to keep the foil), brought them home, and have put them in the freezer.

I've also frozen the remaining unopened mint slice and put the cookies in a cupboard, so that when I'm on morning tea duty next - about a month from now - I won't have to buy any food.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8945 on: April 22, 2017, 07:29:38 PM »
We cut the cable cord last June, and I'd been paying for Prime, Hulu + and Netflix. After we hit the road to slow travel (3/15) I've found campground internet to be non existent, I finally cancelled them both saving us about $24/mo.

We don't get to watch YouTube or anything like that without Internet, BUT I own an older Fire Tablet on which I can download prime shows and so far that has satiated my need for "watching shows".

Ah and We do get random HD channels. The previous campground we stayed at we had 3 stations. One is called H&I. They have the full suite of Star Trek starting at 8pm through Midnight 6 nights a week. (H&I is for "Heroes and Icons"). I thoroughly enjoyed the older ones.

Our current campground has lame stations so I haven't watched TV.

and... I picked up some free items with Monopoly tickets yesterday: a Bagel, 2 donuts, a loaf of their french bread and aluminim foil. Gotta love free!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8946 on: April 22, 2017, 08:40:29 PM »
I threw my back out spectacularly a few days ago, to the point that I could barely stand up for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I managed to shuffle to the grocery store before it totally seized up, to buy some convenience foods that require almost zero prep. Keeps me away from Grubhub! I also signed up for Amazon Unlimited free trial for 30 days so I could download a ton of stuff to read for free without getting out of bed. I'm on my seventh free book in four days...
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8947 on: April 22, 2017, 09:30:50 PM »
We unloaded our moving POD ourselves rather than hire it out. Saved a few hundred easily and got a great workout. Double score.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8948 on: April 23, 2017, 08:31:34 AM »
-Carpooled with friends to the March for Science yesterday. Planned ahead and ate right before we left, and had easy food when we got home, so we weren't tempted to eat out.

-Due to weather, friends cancelled a kayaking trip for today. Bummer, but it'll save a ton of money, between rentals and gas for the (long) drive. The cancellation will enable us to get the rest of our garden soil in and get some more seeds planted- spending for now, but with future savings. Excited we finally own and I can invest in good soil.

-Planning ahead for this summer. We have several planned road trips, and it's the only time anymore we let ourselves have starbucks coffee. It's everywhere, we like the flavor, and they have the best bathrooms, haha. Cardpool had starbucks cards 10% off, instead of the 8-9% off they usually have, so I re-loaded my starbucks card.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8949 on: April 23, 2017, 04:36:05 PM »
My parents asked if we wanted to go out to eat after church today. However, instead we told them to come over to our house to eat, which I already had the ingredients for. So that saved us money by eating at home of course.

My daughter gathered 8 eggs.

Harvested lettuce to put on our hamburgers for lunch.

We are having leftovers from the week tonight for supper.

Just a slow, nice day, not spending money.