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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9200 on: July 07, 2017, 08:45:00 PM »
We're having a long weekend away, staying with friends. We've eaten at home for all meals except one.

It's a very cruisy trip so I have lots of time to do some of the Mustachian things I would normally do this weekend, e.g. my preferred soap and shampoo are available at Aldi this week so I stocked up on those.

A friend has a milestone birthday next week and my husband - surprisingly - took the lead on the gift. He sketched something and framed it ($9), and will put that with some money-can't-buy swag he received through work ($0) that the birthday guy will love. That and a 90 cent card from the box, and it all comes in under $10.

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« Reply #9201 on: July 08, 2017, 06:26:17 AM »
Yesterday, on Friday evening, we arrived at our mountain cabin. I wanted to turn on the electricity which we always turn off when we leave. But now it didn't turn on. That is inconvenient as we need the fridge, oven and cooking system. I called the elevtricity company and they sent an electrician latecthe same night. He couldn't get the meter to turn on either. But he fixed us electricity by connecting us directly to the net, bypassing the meter. Meter will be replaced on Monday. So this weekend we have free electricity.

I also ordered two different membership cards. One gives me discount on shell petrol stations. The other one gives discount on two other petrol stations and a grocory store that you typically find in the country side. As we sill be going on vacation next week I will be buying often in that grocery shop and will be using more fuel than usual. I hope the memberhip cards will arrive in a few days.

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« Reply #9202 on: July 08, 2017, 08:38:28 PM »
*Waited till I got home for lunch instead of buying it while out even though it was 2:00pm. (Poor planning! I knew I'd be out that long!)

*Huge mug of homemade tea with honey. Still using up my stash of tea.

*Picked up one of my favourite cookbooks for my Kobo for $2.99 - I've had it out of the library at least a dozen times. ("Celebrations" by Danielle Walker)


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« Reply #9203 on: July 09, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
The day my husband got home from a work trip OS we packed up and went away with friends, so today I've been catching up on washing.

Three loads cold-washed and pegged outside to dry. I live in an apartment so my balcony is quite a sight with one small clothesline and three airers, but it does the job.


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« Reply #9204 on: July 09, 2017, 11:35:37 PM »
Ingredient of the week - My pantry is overstocked with packets and jars that need to be used up, so each week I pick something which becomes 'ingredient of the week'. It's only Monday and already I've made progress with TWO ingredients, dried broad beans originally picked from our garden, probably about 18 months old.  I soaked them overnight and they're now on the stove boiling (helping to heat my cold house).  I'm going to try a Moroccan Broad Bean and Garlic Soup - Bessara.  I hope it tastes better than it sounds. Has anyone tried it?

I'll also make some broad bean Falafel patties. This is my best culinary find of the year, replacing chickpeas with broad beans in Falafal enhances the flavour with the taste much closer to what you'd buy at a restaurant.

I also found some bulgar wheat, expiry date Feb 2016.  I've used it in a Tabouli style salad using spring onions and parsley out of the garden, juice of a gifted lemon, rind of a gifted orange and a clove of gifted pickled garlic with some herbs and spices.   It's tasty and will be even better for dinner tomorrow night when the flavours mingle and mature a bit.

Finally, I made the salad dressing using a recipe from this very thread.  YUM! Thank you Bracken_Joy.

Now I can read some more of this thread, guilt free after such a productive morning! And I didn't even tell you about the gardening I did. :)
   
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« Reply #9205 on: July 10, 2017, 07:51:39 AM »
I forgot my lunch at home so I had a free work apple for lunch.


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« Reply #9206 on: July 10, 2017, 10:56:31 AM »
Ingredient of the week - My pantry is overstocked with packets and jars that need to be used up, so each week I pick something which becomes 'ingredient of the week'. It's only Monday and already I've made progress with TWO ingredients, dried broad beans originally picked from our garden, probably about 18 months old.  I soaked them overnight and they're now on the stove boiling (helping to heat my cold house).  I'm going to try a Moroccan Broad Bean and Garlic Soup - Bessara.  I hope it tastes better than it sounds. Has anyone tried it?

I'll also make some broad bean Falafel patties. This is my best culinary find of the year, replacing chickpeas with broad beans in Falafal enhances the flavour with the taste much closer to what you'd buy at a restaurant.

I also found some bulgar wheat, expiry date Feb 2016.  I've used it in a Tabouli style salad using spring onions and parsley out of the garden, juice of a gifted lemon, rind of a gifted orange and a clove of gifted pickled garlic with some herbs and spices.   It's tasty and will be even better for dinner tomorrow night when the flavours mingle and mature a bit.

Finally, I made the salad dressing using a recipe from this very thread.  YUM! Thank you Bracken_Joy.

Now I can read some more of this thread, guilt free after such a productive morning! And I didn't even tell you about the gardening I did. :)
 

Yay! I'm so glad you liked the dressing. Did you make the nicoise or the greek? =) Ooooh now I know what I'm doing for lunch! =P

As for me-
Went for drinks with friends yesterday and used the last of a gift card we were given. We managed to stretch that thing out MONTHS and multiple trips =)

For our vacation, stayed at a friend's property. We haven't paid for lodging on trips in a long, long time. Maybe 2 hotel rooms, 1 night apiece, in the last 4 years?

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« Reply #9207 on: July 10, 2017, 05:14:30 PM »
Forgot to pack lunch so I ate some stashed ramen at work and now am subsisting on cookies my coworker brought before I go home.

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« Reply #9208 on: July 10, 2017, 05:52:38 PM »
Bracken_Joy, I made the dressing with the Red Wine Vinegar. I found three bottles of it in the pantry, one of which I only bought last week,  so I will definitely be making it again, and again, and again!

Last night we did the grocery shopping.  We're on a three week deal - Week 1 spend $30, Week 2 spend $40 and Week 3 spend $50, then get $20 back.  Last night we went to spend $40 and came in EXACTLY at $40. People nearby at the self-checkout were probably wondering why DH and I were giving High 5's. 


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« Reply #9209 on: July 11, 2017, 04:10:51 AM »
Bracken_Joy -- could you please re-post your dressing recipe?  Dinner tonight is going to be garden salads (like whatever's ripe, out of the garden) and that would be just the ticket.  Thanks!

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« Reply #9210 on: July 11, 2017, 04:31:18 AM »
The usual, eating mode made lunch at work + a free banana that my office provides.
I am driving around in a car with an almost empty tank, because petrol is cheapest on Thursday morning. We'll have to wait until then to fill up.

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« Reply #9211 on: July 11, 2017, 05:35:14 AM »
Made a big batch of pasta sauce that I will freeze. Cost about $2.40 to make and I will get 6 meals out of it for the whole family.

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« Reply #9212 on: July 11, 2017, 06:04:32 AM »
I quit a membership that was only for supporting something. After 19 years I think someone else may support them. The membership had become quite expensive as well.

I also didn't pay membership in another organization that gives you discounted fees for staying in trekking huts in the mountains. Last year I didn't stay in such a hut at all. I have decided to wait for paying it until I actually decide to go on such a trip. Nowadays we stay more often in a tent.

I made a task in my todo list to change my phone subscription. I can get a 30% cheaper subscription if I manage to use only half a gigabyte per month, instead of a whole gigabyte. So far, from april I have only used much less than half a gigabyte. So I will chance to the cheap subscription after the summer vacation.

And I made my todo list full of other things I need to do in August when back from vacation. Like selling wedding dress and ordering a mountain warmth pump.

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« Reply #9213 on: July 11, 2017, 04:43:37 PM »
In-laws took us out for dinner last night for husband's birthday.

I only ate half my meal. Brought the rest to work for lunch today.

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« Reply #9214 on: July 11, 2017, 07:10:29 PM »
Update on Moroccan Bean and Garlic Soup, not nice.  I didn't like the flavour or the texture, hoping DH will eat it for work lunches. Tabbouleh Salad was also a fail. The wheat flavour of the bulgar is too strong for me, even DH didn't like it, this is very unusual, shall feed it to our one remaining chook (chicken). However, the Broad Bean (Fava Bean) Falafal and salad was delicious so we didn't go hungry.

Saving for today will be to go to a meeting (volunteer work) at a coffee shop and not buy a coffee.  I've also prepacked a lunch in case meeting goes over time and I get too hungry while out doing errands.

I also did 2 x 30 minute YouTube yoga classes.  Now I'm FIRE'D I'm trying to address various aches and pains from the last two years of sitting at a desk, getting fat and doing virtually no exercise.  I'm hoping this will save me on visits to the physiotherapist, I'll probably have to go but I wanted to do what I could first.

I'm still reading through this whole thread, I'm going backwards and still have 170 pages to go.  I'm getting some fantastic ideas and motivation.  THANK YOU!

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« Reply #9215 on: July 11, 2017, 07:58:09 PM »
Our blue ray player broke.  We have a collection of about 20 dvds that we watch occasionally, plus once and a while we rent a redbox movie.  DH was already looking at Amazon's prime day deals for one, but I convinced him that since we have no blue rays that didn't also come with dvds, we can simply hook up his laptop to the tv for now.  We may buy one again someday... (I'm hoping not, but there are two of us in this house...lol), but I'm still proud that he agreed to wait! 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9216 on: July 11, 2017, 09:11:19 PM »
Turned off the A/C. Left it off. It's a nice, balmy 79 in my apartment and I'm comfortable with the fan on. I get cold as heck below 75 now.

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« Reply #9217 on: July 11, 2017, 10:10:32 PM »
* Breakfast was homemade waffles and coffee.
* Found a whole chicken marked half off as a manager's special; just finished roasting it using the Thomas Keller/Epicurious "recipe" and that will be our main meal tomorrow.
* Watered our walnut seedling with French press rinse water from the rain barrel; the coffee grounds promote worm activity.
* Sold three items on eBay and will ship them in recycled materials.
* Cut feverfew blossoms from our own yard for table flowers


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« Reply #9218 on: July 12, 2017, 12:17:46 PM »
After having put several books in my Amazon cart last night, I decided to check the library before submitting my order. I was able to find all of the books I was wanting to order! (I still may order one or two of them after having a chance to see how useful they'll be - cookbooks.) So, a savings of about $49.

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« Reply #9219 on: July 12, 2017, 02:03:32 PM »
My backpack bit the dust last week. Got one for 20% off on Prime day, and another $10 off for using a Discover card. Paid for the difference with cash back.

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« Reply #9220 on: July 12, 2017, 02:09:44 PM »
Made pasta salad to take on my day trip to SFO tomorrow, so I won't need to buy food at the airport.

Pre-made dinner for Mr. Hermione for tomorrow, as I'll be in SF.

Walked to/from the grocery store this morning (it's only 0.5 miles).

Made sun tea in the backyard (old school, like my grandmother used to!) in a vintage (thrifted) "sun tea" jar.

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« Reply #9221 on: July 12, 2017, 06:31:00 PM »
I'm currently reading The life you can save by Peter Singer. I find it very inspiring and, given that I want to contribute more of my time and $ to addressing social issues (particularly violence against women and FASD) here in my local community and in Cambodia (where I worked in an NGO for 12 months), has motivated me to be even more mindful of how I spend my money.

Savings:
- Reserved some books from the library online.  This year I've committed to buying no books and have been so very well served by our excellent library That I have maintained this pledge.  However, I may give in if the rumour is true, that a new edition of Your Money or Your Life is being released this year.
- Changed my phone plan, one inherited from work, saved $171/12 months
- Shifted plans for dinner to avoid making a trip to the shops. We'll have Satay Prawns next week when I can buy the extra ingredients required during our regular weekly shop (need to spend $50). Tonight is pasta with a creamy mushroom/Gorgonzola  sauce (we don't use cream, rather homemade yogurt) and salad. YUM!

Now, I need to get off the computer and do an online yoga class, then out into the garden as finally we have a sunny day after three days of rain. I'll get the washing on first so I can peg it out early.

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« Reply #9222 on: July 12, 2017, 07:46:17 PM »
Made limeade - boiled in the sugar to give it a smooth taste - as I wanted something different to drink besides water.
Cut up the lime rinds into small pieces and stuck them in the freezer to use them as a disposal freshener when needed.
Took out some dal from the freezer and had that for lunch with sides available in the fridge and/or pantry.

saved myself from going out to eat or to the store. Made do.

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« Reply #9223 on: July 12, 2017, 08:43:17 PM »
Needed to make a small grocery run. Looked up weekly ads for my 2 closest stores and made a plan for where to go and what to get. Also was out of gas and used up tonight's fuel rewards from said trip immediately after.

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« Reply #9224 on: July 13, 2017, 01:11:48 AM »
My DH took the car to work yesterday. He usually takes the train, but the trains are not driving because of railroad work and summer schedules. The rest of the country is on vacation, so the motorway is very quiet for a change. But in Oslo city you need to pay toll to enter by car. My DH works just inside the toll ring. Yesterday he put the Brompton bicycle in the car, parked at a summer-closed school just outside the toll ting and cycled the last 2 kms and saved toll money. Smart!

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« Reply #9225 on: July 13, 2017, 04:43:01 AM »
I have spent no money this week so far.  I take my lunch to work, and just go straight to work and back again each day. 

Next week we are getting family visitors though, and I will be put to the test.  It is so easy for me to spend money then -- going out to eat, for a drink, etc.  I'm going to have to stay really strong. 


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« Reply #9226 on: July 13, 2017, 08:01:23 AM »
Spontaneously went to see Spider-Man with the husband last night. But we had a partial theater gift card to use up, so we didn't pay full price.

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« Reply #9227 on: July 14, 2017, 05:15:05 AM »
So close to getting takeaway after a long day, was online ready to order, then made myself log off and found some noodles in the cupboard that I had instead. Not as nice, but $15 that I didn't need to spend!

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« Reply #9228 on: July 14, 2017, 05:58:53 AM »
Today's saving: Asked my husband to hide the chocolate!

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« Reply #9229 on: July 14, 2017, 07:48:37 AM »
I had brought one teabag to work with me (to cold brew) in my water bottle. As I was pulling the string out, I accidentally pulled it ALL the way out. I didn't want to waste it (plus I really wanted my tea!) so I tried to staple the string on. That didn't work. So, then I tried pulling the string through the staple and tying a knot - after about 6 minutes of fiddling with it, that worked!

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« Reply #9230 on: July 14, 2017, 08:06:44 AM »
Dog is on prescription food (temporarily) for a health crisis that emerged. This stuff is spendy (like $3.50 per can normally, and 1 can per day). So to cut costs:
-First went to petsmart. I signed up for their 'pet perks' rewards or something like that. Ended up with, round 1, a coupon for 20% off. Then round 2, a coupon for $10 off. That ran me out of eligible coupons, so then...
-I signed up for chewy.com. To set up a first time auto-renew delivery, it was 20% off plus the 5% off for the auto-ship you always get. I bought 2 cases instead of 1 to max out the savings and get free delivery. I can cancel the autoship anytime.
-THEN, I opened the mail to find that the manufacturer had sent me a $10 off coupon, since banfield (the vet inside petsmart) had to set up a prescription profile for me to order the food, and I guess that triggered the company thinking it was a new prescription through them. Woo.

Anyway, hopefully all of this will get us through the couple months the dog needs to be on this food, and we'll have never paid full price! =)

Other ways we've saved money:
-Learned that propane tank exchanges are super cost inefficient, and usually not totally filled. So since our tanks were both empty, we went to a gas station that does propane fills. For $21, we got BOTH tanks filled, and they're WAY heavier than the exchange tanks (from certain stores, AHEM, but roughly the same as Home Depot does! So way to go Home Depot), so the partial fill is obviously true for some places. When we do the exchange, it's $20 per tank. So we saved at a minimum 50%, but likely way more because there is a larger fill. WOW. We will definitely keep doing it this way!

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« Reply #9231 on: July 14, 2017, 08:52:21 AM »
We were going to order pizza last night, but accidentally filled up on CheezIts and cookies. Not the healthiest decision, but it meant we didn't order the pizza.

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« Reply #9232 on: July 14, 2017, 10:04:13 AM »
We were going to order pizza last night, but accidentally filled up on CheezIts and cookies. Not the healthiest decision, but it meant we didn't order the pizza.

I eat really unhealthily when at work and people bring in treats.  If someone brings donuts, I eat enough donuts to sustain me until dinner.  If someone brings bagels, it's the same deal.  If I happened to bring a lunch, I save it for the next day.  If there are extra treats leftover at the end of the day, I grab some to save for the next day where the process repeats.  I just cannot help that I am a free food devourer (and have a sweet tooth at that).

For some reason this week has been free donut week and I've been eating really, really, really bad (but free)!!!!

Monday: Someone brought a huge batch of donuts; I ate 5 or so throughout the day and saved 6 in my drawer.
Tuesday: There were still tons of leftover donuts, so I had another 5 of 'em.
Wednesday: I ate 4 of the ones in my drawer.
Thursday: I brought a lunch today, but someone else brought donuts (I ate 6 throughout the day).  Saved my lunch for Friday.
Friday: I ate the last 2 donuts from Monday for breakfast.  I also had one of the leftovers from yesterday; however, I'll be eating my lunch from yesterday as it's the weekend.

Damn, I just admitted to eating 23 donuts in one week.  WTH is wrong with me?  I obviously have a problem with eating too many donuts when they're available.  I know once I FIRE, eating any will just be a treat since I rarely buy them myself.

Btw, when there aren't treats, I usually have a loaf of bread, tub of Peanut Butter and packets of honey in my drawer and eat that instead - also supplemented with fruit and mixed nuts.

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« Reply #9233 on: July 14, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
-Had a crappy blood draw, so husband wants to spoil me and go to Wonder Woman. (We haven't seen a movie in theatres since Ender's Game, haha). Opting to go to the matinee, to save some money on it.

-Trying to price out a trip. Might 1 shot a 20 hour drive to avoid the $650+ airfare, or the hotel costs/shortened vacation of a 2 day drive each way.

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« Reply #9234 on: July 14, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
-Had a crappy blood draw, so husband wants to spoil me and go to Wonder Woman. (We haven't seen a movie in theatres since Ender's Game, haha). Opting to go to the matinee, to save some money on it.

-Trying to price out a trip. Might 1 shot a 20 hour drive to avoid the $650+ airfare, or the hotel costs/shortened vacation of a 2 day drive each way.

I missed the 'a' in 'a trip'. I just thought it was super long drive to a theater. :)

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« Reply #9235 on: July 14, 2017, 10:39:29 AM »
Neighbors called this morning and gave me a free hog. Dressed and skinned it and have it hanging in walk in cooler to process in a few days.  Will make a bunch of good sausage, plus loins and ribs.

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« Reply #9236 on: July 14, 2017, 04:43:55 PM »
-Had a crappy blood draw, so husband wants to spoil me and go to Wonder Woman. (We haven't seen a movie in theatres since Ender's Game, haha). Opting to go to the matinee, to save some money on it.

-Trying to price out a trip. Might 1 shot a 20 hour drive to avoid the $650+ airfare, or the hotel costs/shortened vacation of a 2 day drive each way.

I missed the 'a' in 'a trip'. I just thought it was super long drive to a theater. :)

Ha, no, definitely different items on that list! We actually ended up walking to the movie =) Would have biked, but a lot of bikes get stolen there =(

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« Reply #9237 on: July 14, 2017, 05:58:34 PM »
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Damn, I just admitted to eating 23 donuts in one week.
Wow!

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Neighbors called this morning and gave me a free hog. Dressed and skinned it and have it hanging in walk in cooler to process in a few days.
Double wow!

It is most excellent when the right bonus hits the right person. I don't think I would have been in a position to take advantage of either of those bonanzas.

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« Reply #9238 on: July 14, 2017, 05:59:55 PM »
Took a little mustachian break while moving but trying to get back on track!
A few things from the past few days:

- forgot to get Greek yogurt for a snack at work, instead on running out and buying it I suffered through with stale rice cakes and Pb2

- wanted to treat myself to take out so badly tonight but stayed strong and actually ended up making an awesome pesto with ingredients from our garden!

- coworkers invited me to HH tonight, I thought I was going to have to pick up my race packet for a 5k I'm walking tomorrow but turns out I can get it tomorrow, still said no to HH though since it was at a very pricey place.

- pulled a load of laundry out of the dryer (we need a new one desperately but that's a steperate issue) and it was still damp, instead of running it again I pulled everything it out and hung it where I could throughout the house.

- cleaned out my closet and have SO MUCH to get rid of! So I will take it to a local resale shop tomorrow

- tomorrow I will walk to an appointment even tho I will have already gone that way while walking the dog, I'm low on gas and want to hold out for Sunday when I have to make a 1.5 hr drive

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9239 on: July 14, 2017, 06:01:26 PM »
Drank two beers at work (going away party) so as to get start on my Friday. Free beer tastes the best.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9240 on: July 15, 2017, 05:05:37 AM »
Free exercise helping Marty lug a dining suite down three flights of stairs. :D

Cut my husband's hair.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9241 on: July 15, 2017, 09:44:47 AM »
Scored a really good, only slightly used daybed for our new flat.
And brought it there in our Skoda Fabia.
- Money saved by buying used: ~150
- Money saved by not owning a bigger car: A shit-ton.
- Being able to passively annoy people who are convinced that such a small car is completely useless once you have children: priceless.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9242 on: July 15, 2017, 12:31:20 PM »
Saw my neighbor in his backyard and offered him some of my home grown tomatoes.  After accepting, he went a picked me about a dozen peaches.  Delicious.  The farmer's market sells not-quite-as-good peaches for $3.50 a pound ($4. for organic).

I've been eating free tomatoes once a day since late June.  Fresh tomato sauce over pasta, bread salad, just chopped with basil and cheese.  Lots of free lunches.  I've also dried a ton of cherry tomatoes - enough to fill a quart baggie with dried tomatoes.  (I hate to say it, but I'm starting to get tired of tomatoes.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9243 on: July 15, 2017, 01:37:28 PM »
Scored a really good, only slightly used daybed for our new flat.
And brought it there in our Skoda Fabia.
- Money saved by buying used: ~150
- Money saved by not owning a bigger car: A shit-ton.
- Being able to passively annoy people who are convinced that such a small car is completely useless once you have children: priceless.
Is that the combi version or just the regular one? The combi is not that small and can actually haul a decent amount in the boot (for european standards) :) It was on our shortlist too but my wife thought it drove like a city bus and made her nausious (she was pregnant of our second at the time). We ended up with a Hyundai I30 (we had the I10 before that), decent model and even though its 200kgs heavier its got the same mileage because its a newer generation engine :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9244 on: July 16, 2017, 01:10:56 AM »
Scored a really good, only slightly used daybed for our new flat.
And brought it there in our Skoda Fabia.
- Money saved by buying used: ~150
- Money saved by not owning a bigger car: A shit-ton.
- Being able to passively annoy people who are convinced that such a small car is completely useless once you have children: priceless.
Is that the combi version or just the regular one? The combi is not that small and can actually haul a decent amount in the boot (for european standards) :) It was on our shortlist too but my wife thought it drove like a city bus and made her nausious (she was pregnant of our second at the time). We ended up with a Hyundai I30 (we had the I10 before that), decent model and even though its 200kgs heavier its got the same mileage because its a newer generation engine :)
The regular one. I sometimes marvel at what I could lug around with the Combi (Station Wagon) version. But so far, the regular one was enough.
However, I suppose that a small concession too having a child now will be that our next car will probably be slightly larger and certainly a Combi. My parents-in-law have an I30 and that's a nice car, too. I must admit that I have a bit of a weakness for the Skoda Octavia. But first we will see how long the Fabia will do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9245 on: July 16, 2017, 09:51:01 AM »
This is over the last three days:
Stocked up on various chicken on sale at 77 cents a pound - 4 fryers (2 meals roast chicken, 2 meals soup), 8 flats chicken legs (4 dinners plus lunches for DH and two oldest sons for work), 4 flats thighs (4 dinners). SO glad to have this after losing all our fridge/freezer stuff last month when the power was turned off during a fire evacuation in our neighborhood.
Signed up to babysit during my son's music class. Should pay enough for his class to be free.
Started hanging laundry again (put on hold while we moved after selling our house 2 weeks ago)
Found bikes for 3 of the 4 in our family that still needed them on Craigslist. Much nicer bikes than we would have gotten otherwise for good prices. We will be going to almost total biking for the entire family in a week once we have all bikes and everyone has practiced on the new bikes (driving only to leave town and 1x a month grocery stockup).
Found a new bike trail for second oldest son to take to work. He drove this week after being run off the road twice by a huge truck.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9246 on: July 16, 2017, 02:23:20 PM »
Didn't buy a new house after going to three open houses in our neighborhood today. >_<

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9247 on: July 16, 2017, 09:29:44 PM »
Took the dog for a walk tonight and picked up a nickel that was lying in the street.

Actually remembered coupons when grocery shopping today and saved $3.50.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9248 on: July 17, 2017, 12:04:57 AM »
Today I changed the spark plugs in my car, it cost me just shy of $30 for the plugs and all the tools.  It was my first time and the car started right up afterwards!  I think it saved me around $100, and next time it should only cost me around $10 for the plugs since I have the tools for life!

I was really stoked to be able to do it with just a few you tube videos, and since I did the work at my parking spot in the condo I think I inspired another woman since she stopped to say she was happy to see a woman out working on her car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9249 on: July 17, 2017, 10:08:23 AM »
Got a bunch of kitchen stuff from my grandmother's house, instead of buying anything: mixing bowls, nice knives, and a stand mixer. The bowls might have a hideous 1970s olive floral pattern, and the stand mixer might not be the KitchenAid of my dreams, but they're big upgrades from what I'm working with now: a plastic Tupperware bowl and elbow grease.

The knives, on the other hand, are legit nice and I'm worried they're going to get messed up.