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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9200 on: June 06, 2017, 12:06:48 AM »
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« Reply #9201 on: June 06, 2017, 04:21:20 AM »
...Free app called "Buy Me A Pie" allows me to keep ongoing lists for up to three stores (without paying to upgrade to the premium account which allows unlimited stores). I have lists for my favourite grocery store, Costco and the dollar store. I'm not an organized person by nature so this is a HUGE help to me! (No affilition - just sharing what had been helpful to me)
My cheapo Android phone has a pre-loaded app called "Next". I have a running list for my bi-monthly Costco runs. I just put an X next to each item as the need arises. Once in the warehouse, I simply run down the list. I clear the Xes while I'm standing in line to check out, which is snow excellent distraction. Piece of cake. I have a smaller list for my occasional bulk shops at (alas, faraway) Winco.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9202 on: June 06, 2017, 05:26:43 AM »
Told one of my offspring that I hadn't been bluffing when I'd warned her a few months ago that if she had a tattoo done I would assume she was awash with money and wouldn't need me to pay her a monthly allowance when she went to university. That's going to turn out to have been a very expensive piece of body art for her, but I'm not going to throw money at a young adult who's going to piss it away on something pointless that she's likely to regret in ten years' time.
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« Reply #9203 on: June 06, 2017, 05:59:33 AM »
Told one of my offspring that I hadn't been bluffing when I'd warned her a few months ago that if she had a tattoo done I would assume she was awash with money and wouldn't need me to pay her a monthly allowance when she went to university. That's going to turn out to have been a very expensive piece of body art for her, but I'm not going to throw money at a young adult who's going to piss it away on something pointless that she's likely to regret in ten years' time.

That is brilliant parenting right there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9204 on: June 06, 2017, 08:00:00 AM »
Told one of my offspring that I hadn't been bluffing when I'd warned her a few months ago that if she had a tattoo done I would assume she was awash with money and wouldn't need me to pay her a monthly allowance when she went to university. That's going to turn out to have been a very expensive piece of body art for her, but I'm not going to throw money at a young adult who's going to piss it away on something pointless that she's likely to regret in ten years' time.

Fair. I didn't even start thinking about a tattoo until I got my first job out of college, and even then I'm going to wait until my student loans are paid off and I design my own.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9205 on: June 06, 2017, 08:26:34 AM »
Got my rate for yoga studio membership reduced from $90 to $50 a month. I didn't ask for it, but I'll take it :)

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« Reply #9206 on: June 06, 2017, 09:20:57 AM »
Kudos! This is bad-ass!!
It's too early for any local produce here, and the imported stuff at the grocery store was expensive and sad-looking, so I harvested and ate weeds as the veg and fruit part of my supper! Japanese knotweed, dandelion greens, goutweed.

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« Reply #9207 on: June 06, 2017, 09:23:28 AM »
Signed up for auto-delivery of propane.  That saves 4% (3% fast payment discount + 1% Discover cash back), plus the cost of an envelope + stamp.  It also saves a couple minutes per delivery in writing out the check, bringing it to the mailbox, and manually categorizing the expense in my financial app when the check clears (if it's on Discover it gets auto-categorized correctly).
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« Reply #9208 on: June 06, 2017, 01:03:19 PM »
We used chives from our garden for our soup. It was delicious.

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« Reply #9209 on: June 06, 2017, 02:34:12 PM »
Searched for a coupon code before I finished checking out on an online glasses store.  Found one for 40% off, so saved over $30.

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« Reply #9210 on: June 06, 2017, 03:16:01 PM »
-- cashed in 300 swagbucks points for a 3.00 amazon gift card.  Call me impatient, but I really wanted to order 'Your Money or Your Life', and 3.00 off is better than paying what amazon wanted!  I was waaaay too impatient to wait till I had the 900 points that i needed though...it takes months to build up 300 points when you only claim a few a day.

-- sold a couple items toward my decluttering goals and debt payoff goals

-- hung dry clothing

-- packed lunches

-- drinking water and iced tea instead of any more expensive cool drinks.

-- Husband's job is sending him to a cisco conference, for which is very excited.  They cover all the travel, expenses, and access, and the access includes a free exam for any cisco certification.  He is working on his CCNP anyway, so he is cramming like a madman for the next 3 weeks.  A free exam saves anywhere between 150-350.00!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9211 on: June 06, 2017, 03:59:45 PM »
Told one of my offspring that I hadn't been bluffing when I'd warned her a few months ago that if she had a tattoo done I would assume she was awash with money and wouldn't need me to pay her a monthly allowance when she went to university. That's going to turn out to have been a very expensive piece of body art for her, but I'm not going to throw money at a young adult who's going to piss it away on something pointless that she's likely to regret in ten years' time.

Fair. I didn't even start thinking about a tattoo until I got my first job out of college, and even then I'm going to wait until my student loans are paid off and I design my own.

I think I'll quietly put the money I won't be giving her now into a ring-fenced investment pot for the purpose of giving her a contribution towards the cost of having her impulsive teenage tattoos removed a decade hence. I enjoy seeing a well-designed and well-positioned tattoo as much as anyone else does - my sister had a gorgeous half-sleeve done in her mid-forties - but I can't imagine my daughter loving these ones when she's heading towards her thirties.

But back on topic ... nope, today was a fail. If I'd thought about it, when I went to work at lunchtime today I could have made sandwiches at home and taken them in for my husband (we work in the same place but he'd been there all morning) and saved the cost of his lunchtime deli sandwich and the cup of coffee he always buys at the same time even though coffee is provided at work, but it didn't occur to me until it was too late. (I'm not going to put my foot down about the deli sandwiches because I think they're an acceptable trade-off for the extra hours he's working at the moment, and I thank him nicely when he brings me one too.)



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9212 on: June 06, 2017, 04:07:15 PM »
Had another no spend day! :) Other than groceries I don't think I've bought anything in over a month.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9213 on: June 06, 2017, 04:09:46 PM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

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« Reply #9214 on: June 06, 2017, 05:38:04 PM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9215 on: June 06, 2017, 05:49:31 PM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

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« Reply #9216 on: June 06, 2017, 06:49:23 PM »
-- Reused packaging material for ebay sale.  I turn lots of boxes inside out, and I make my own shipping envelopes with flexible cardboard sheets turned inside out and taped.  I can't stand paying for shipping materials!

-- Remembered Father's Day.  Double-checked that it wasn't this coming Sunday...lol.  Found netural/masculine-ish cards in my homemade card stash.  Minimalist and celebratory.  Got them approved by husband.  Won't pay anything out of pocket for Father's Day...

-- Used the sad veggies, some potatoes and a ring sausage to make what my husband calls "clean out the fridge fry".  Its basically frying up sliced ring baloney/ring sausage with diced potatoes, seasonings, and whatever veggie needs using up.  Carrots, celery, peppers, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, green beans....etc.  Lots of veggies and the meat stretches really far too. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9217 on: June 06, 2017, 10:25:30 PM »
Winter has hit Sydney with a vengeance. We are all suffering from SAD here. So, my slow cooker is getting a workout and a chance to use up herbs in the pantry. Hubby did beef stew earlier this week and that has lasted him three work lunches so far - he's a good cook when he puts his mind to it; chicken soup and offal (tripe and ox tail) for me. The rainy weather (and flu season) has put us off going out anywhere. So hello kitchen, goodbye restaurants!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9218 on: June 07, 2017, 10:16:23 AM »
I resisted the temptation to throw away a gift card with less than 25 cents left on it. Used it up last night after carrying it around for a while, waiting until I needed something there.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9219 on: June 07, 2017, 01:51:32 PM »
Had a mystery shop at Chipotle for lunch, which worked out great since it was one of the rare days I didn't have leftovers from last night's dinner.  Free food for the win! 

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« Reply #9220 on: June 07, 2017, 06:38:25 PM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.
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« Reply #9221 on: June 07, 2017, 07:50:56 PM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.

I think I may have accidentally picked up this bad habit too. After we finish the few we have left, no more in the house! Thanks for the reminder that though they taste good, water is just better when it's plain.

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« Reply #9222 on: June 07, 2017, 09:02:46 PM »
Tried a new homemade bread recipe for variety. It turned out delicious and even looks like a fancy bakery loaf.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9223 on: June 08, 2017, 07:19:45 AM »
At work today I've been using disposable surgery packs which include a thin sealable plastic bag which we don't need to use because the instruments are disposed of as sharps and the swabs etc. go in the clinical waste bag. Today, instead of throwing those bags away I've kept them as inner wrappings for when I post the craft materials I'm currently offering for sale, saving a few pennies on Ziploc bags and tissue paper.

(I also keep the scissors and forceps if I haven't needed to use them during the procedure. They have all sorts of uses, and they'd only have to be discarded otherwise.)




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« Reply #9224 on: June 08, 2017, 10:07:26 AM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.

I think I may have accidentally picked up this bad habit too. After we finish the few we have left, no more in the house! Thanks for the reminder that though they taste good, water is just better when it's plain.

Plain water is good -- we really like our well water.  I've also been making lemonade: 1/2 gallon mason jar, 1 tsp lemon extract (or just squeeze half a lemon in there), 1tsp citric acid, 3 tbsp sugar (stevia, etc.) or to taste.  Still probably isn't great on the enamel, but I know exactly what the ingredients are, and it's a lot cheaper per serving and less wasteful than the canned water.
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« Reply #9225 on: June 08, 2017, 05:34:03 PM »
A band from Russia that I've been dying to see for years and years is playing in NYC this month, but the tickets are pretty expensive ($60 each). The venue sometimes does ticket giveaways and contests, so I held out and crossed my fingers that it wouldn't sell out. Today I won a pair of tickets to the show! Woo hoo! $60 saved, plus I get to treat a friend.
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« Reply #9226 on: June 08, 2017, 05:45:09 PM »
^^  That is awesome!

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« Reply #9227 on: June 08, 2017, 05:47:18 PM »
I skipped lunch today. I've actually been doing that for quite a while now. I'm losing a few pounds while saving a few bucks.

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« Reply #9228 on: June 08, 2017, 10:41:09 PM »
* Saved $10 by asking for a discount at the oil change place.

* Saved $36 on grapevines for the yard and future community guerrilla gardening by shopping the clearance sale at the local garden center.

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« Reply #9229 on: June 09, 2017, 08:14:38 AM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41825

Lemon Juice, Tri-berry Blend & sugar come from Costco... about $28 for those ingredients.  Unfortuately you'll have to go to the wine store for the yeast, energizer, etc.  But for about $40 you can make 25 bottles of fruit wine!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9230 on: June 09, 2017, 08:18:21 AM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41825

Lemon Juice, Tri-berry Blend & sugar come from Costco... about $28 for those ingredients.  Unfortuately you'll have to go to the wine store for the yeast, energizer, etc.  But for about $40 you can make 25 bottles of fruit wine!

Sounds pretty tasty, but I have to admit, I'm disappointed. There isn't even a quest involved, let alone dragons.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9231 on: June 09, 2017, 08:48:25 AM »
Picked some pretty, wild flowers to put on the table.

Went to the cheaper grocery store and bought cheapest type of bread.

Ate homemade sandwiches for lunch at work the whole week, even though I really wanted to buy something more inspirational in the cafetaria at work, as many weeks before this.

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« Reply #9232 on: June 09, 2017, 03:18:29 PM »
It was the last day of school, and we thought about taking our kids out to lunch. They were very indecisive about where they wanted to go. Finally, I realized that this was an outing that would bring very little value. So I said, "do you just want to eat quesadillas and watch movies this afternoon?"  They loved that idea. Everyone is happy, and I didn't spend a dime. For me, this was a good reminder to see out simple choices first.

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« Reply #9233 on: June 09, 2017, 03:27:45 PM »
I went to my husband's workplace in the car before 6:40am to pick him up and take him home. I could have been in bed that whole time!

And I took him to work at 8:00pm. I could have already started relaxing and drinking!

Each time gained us at least 2. I'm not sure I can keep it up, and I'm unsure about using the car *more* for a cheaper way of life rather than *less*, but I guess, let's give this a go and see how it feels!

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« Reply #9234 on: June 09, 2017, 09:46:58 PM »
Someone at work stole my apple from the refrigerator in the common kitchen. I loudly proclaimed while in the kitchen that I couldn't believe someone stole my slightly bruised apple. Someone that was in the kitchen said it has been happening a lot lately so I guess we have a food thief at work.

The money saving part is that this person said "just go buy one in the cafeteria". I shrugged and just went to my desk and had no fruit dessert.

It wasn't just about the money, but rather that I i am an apple snob and after getting used to organic ones I find the regular red delicious ones totally tasteless so it wouldn't be worth it.

Oh well, $0.50 saved!

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« Reply #9235 on: June 09, 2017, 10:04:22 PM »
Today I was invited to a lunch with my kids. I offered to bring bread and hummus and veggies. The bread was still warm from the oven when I took it over. I wrap it in parchment and tie it up with jute. Looks cool and rustic. The hummus was made from scratch (from dried beans, not canned) and did carrot and celery sticks. Very inexpensive but much appreciated by the hostess. I was kind of embarrassed when everyone was droooling over the warm bread and the non-store bought hummus!


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« Reply #9236 on: June 09, 2017, 10:16:47 PM »
Today I was invited to a lunch with my kids. I offered to bring bread and hummus and veggies. The bread was still warm from the oven when I took it over. I wrap it in parchment and tie it up with jute. Looks cool and rustic. The hummus was made from scratch (from dried beans, not canned) and did carrot and celery sticks. Very inexpensive but much appreciated by the hostess. I was kind of embarrassed when everyone was droooling over the warm bread and the non-store bought hummus!

I invited people over once and made homemade chicken salad and homemade hummus.

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.

I kept responding that the chicken salad was actually more work than hummus, which is easily made in a food processor while the chicken salad requires a lot of chopping.

Yet they kept praising the homemade hummus as if it was such a hard task.

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« Reply #9237 on: June 09, 2017, 11:30:53 PM »

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.


This makes me laugh! This is EXACTLY the reaction I got too!

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« Reply #9238 on: June 10, 2017, 02:51:13 AM »

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.


This makes me laugh! This is EXACTLY the reaction I got too!

This when I told MiL my mum make her own tomato sauce (what Americans would call ketchup).

"... she knows you can buy that, right???"

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« Reply #9239 on: June 10, 2017, 08:18:03 AM »
Ha ha ha, I make my own bread and that's exactly the reaction I get too!

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« Reply #9240 on: June 10, 2017, 08:32:12 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9241 on: June 10, 2017, 09:34:44 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

It was awesome.

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« Reply #9242 on: June 10, 2017, 09:40:00 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

It was awesome.

Thank you! It took like 3 years but I knew someone would finally notice.

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« Reply #9244 on: June 10, 2017, 11:40:27 AM »
Inspired by this thread, I think I will make hummus this afternoon from the can of chickpeas in the pantry ;) 

*  Staying in today so will not use up gas or money
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« Reply #9245 on: June 10, 2017, 02:29:54 PM »
Ending a lease on one June 30th and want to get all of the deposit back, so we patched a hole in the drywall and replaced a broken pane of glass in the window.  The window really should be the landlord's responsibility but we decided it was worth a couple dollars and a few minutes to make sure we get the money.  $400.

Picked some tea and raspberries from a neighbors fence line (with permission).  $2-4.

Used the library for a book for book club.  $20.

Started working on Christmas gifts.  Early. yeah.  Hoping to not have to ship things.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9246 on: June 10, 2017, 03:26:38 PM »
I ate leftovers for dinner and then took a Pokemon walk without using data. Today I realised that a nearby gym has a track / unused road around the outside and that I can pick up wifi all the way around it. I already knew it had 2 Pokestops at the edges of its parking area, but today was the first time I tried going around the building. Not only that, the gym is currently surrounded by fields full of daisies. So I walked in circles around the gym I'm too cheap to join and then continued a bit along a canal to a duck pond. I saw multiple rabbits, a pheasant, two slugs, ducks, ducklings, a moorhen, trees, songbirds, and wildflowers. In the game, I hatched five eggs, picked up lots of goodies, and caught several creatures. It was really pleasant and gave me a chance to destress a bit. I don't know what I saved exactly, but I didn't spend anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9247 on: June 10, 2017, 08:22:54 PM »
*Picked up a huge hug of laundry soap that was on clearance - I am NOT brand loyal!

*Husband made a pot of oatmeal for all for breakfast and we topped it with yogurt bought on clearance

*Got a bunch of magazines out of the library

*Son bought himself a new guitar out of his own earnings. Love to see my kids earn money and really judge carefully if this is a good purchase. Better to make a $200 mistake now than a $2000 or $200,000 mistake later!

*Made 2 banana cakes with cream cheese icing for dessert for company tonite out of old, spotty bananas

*Got $40 off my groceries using cc points

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9248 on: June 11, 2017, 03:50:49 AM »
Went home after church to make my own coffee instead of buying coffee and maybe a pastry out in a shop or market stall. Savings between 0.99 and 3.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9249 on: June 11, 2017, 08:32:37 AM »
-Usual stuff: cut husband's hair, groomed dog ourselves, did NOT have to use a dry cleaner since I get dress shirts for husband that can be laundered at home.

-Tried a cheap beer ("simpler times" lager from trader joe's) that, while nothing to write home about, will be great for bbqs and such.

-DH used google survey credit, and I used app store credit leftover from a GC at christmas, to buy an app we can cross platform. (catan). We've been having fun playing it together, so free entertainment- nothing else we use those credits for!

-Been continual harvesting sooooo much lettuce. So we've been eating a ton of salads with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olive (bought in bulk at costco!), and topped with canned tuna and a red wine vinegar + thyme + garlic + olive oil dressing with mustard as the emulsifier. Delicious, and pretty cheap relative to all the nutrition in there!

-Gas is a bit cheaper than it's been, so I'll try to get over and fill our truck today at costco.
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