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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9300 on: July 31, 2017, 07:34:37 PM »
I've committed to using up a number of protein packets that I bought for travel that are not tasty. do it...

I loved the emphasis here. :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9301 on: July 31, 2017, 08:11:17 PM »
Drove all the way home with no AC and windows up. It was 87 degrees, sunny and humid. My AC barely works so it seems like a waste to run it for a small gain.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9302 on: August 01, 2017, 07:26:15 AM »
* Ran out of homemade muffins for breakfasts, so thawed some homemade tortillas and opened a can of black beans for breakfast tacos.  Easy and yummy!

* Got my yearly bonus at work.  After admiring my large checking account, I moved it to our emergency fund.  So close to having 6 months fully funded. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9303 on: August 01, 2017, 02:05:14 PM »
Over the weekend, I replaced the brake and shifter cables, housings and ferrules on my commuter bike that I have had for five years. I needed to buy cable cutters and a "third-hand" cable stretcher for about $55 but those tools will come in useful for all our bikes. It was the first time I'd done that job. Watched Youtube, and took some pictures of the existing cable runs to figure it out. Bike is braking and shifting much smoother now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9304 on: August 01, 2017, 02:38:41 PM »
I cut up an old sheet and sewed it into a new dirty laundry bag instead of buying one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9305 on: August 01, 2017, 06:06:39 PM »
* cargobiked the kids to an after school activity instead of taking the car.
* Ralph's had a great price on Dixon-Ticonderoga pencils so bought five packs. Should keep us in stock for the school year.
* prepurchased minimalist materials for a kitchen sink repair. I'm going to outsource the labor to our favorite plumber Eddie but this should reduce costs slightly


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9306 on: August 01, 2017, 06:23:10 PM »
I didn't use  up the whole $40 I took to the farmer's market today. I'll probably spend the money I saved on some fancy meat this weekend for my carnivore SO's birthday...but usually I have no self control around beautiful seasonal produce so leaving the market with $2 is an achievement for me, much less $15 😂 And yes I DO have to use a cash only system at the market to substitute for self control...

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« Reply #9307 on: August 02, 2017, 04:54:02 AM »
(Hai! *waves*)

On this Earth Overshoot Day, I managed to get my hands on a used* waterproof biking jacket for less than $10. I live in a place with very temperamental weather, so this is invaluable, as my old rain jacket is far too warm for summer and too stiff for biking. So happy with it, and it will substantially lower my climate wussiness! 

* Not really. The gent got it from his uncle, but never used it. 

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« Reply #9308 on: August 02, 2017, 12:09:54 PM »
I've been facepunchingly awful lately, and of course I had no ingredients for my lunch today. So I grabbed a random cheese, some crackers, and some grapes and tossed them in my lunch bag. So... yeah, lunch.

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« Reply #9309 on: August 02, 2017, 01:19:33 PM »
Not me personally, but I was very impressed...the plastic on the arm of the chair I use at work shattered--I tend to lean on that arm. I assumed that the chair would have to be trashed, or perhaps the office services division could swap out the part with one from another damaged chair. Turns out the chair was still under warranty seven years after purchase. The repair guy stopped by and attached two new arms (for color match) and was finished in under ten minutes. Yay for fixing instead of trashing and reducing landfill!

As for me, I snagged a leftover bagel from a catered lunch yesterday that became breakfast this morning...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9310 on: August 02, 2017, 01:41:25 PM »
Skipped lunch yesterday, skipped breakfast today. Remembered to use a couple more of my seemingly-endless Ticketmaster class-action-suit voucher codes. I have 11 left out of (IIRC) 38... but they don't expire till 2020.

I'm thinking about using the money I saved to treat myself to some cantaloupe.

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« Reply #9311 on: August 02, 2017, 09:00:49 PM »
Got home last night to find that neither of us pulled anything out for dinner. Considered ordering delicious cheesy pizza, but resisted. Instead I rumaged around in the fridge and freezer and came up with some thin sliced beef I had put up weeks ago and a small pot of black beans. Made mexican rice for my husband and heated up a baked potato for myself. Voila! dinner and two satisfying lunches done in 20 minutes. Thank you past Marcela who thought to make extra of the beef and freeze it.

So far today I'm searching for a cheap snack I could have at my desk. I had some amazing macona almonds while in NC last week and was looking those up. Too expensive! I might have to stick to peanuts for my snack fix. Not very exciting though.


Mix those peanuts with some sunflower kernels, raisins, and a surprisingly small number of M&M's and they're a whole other experience. They store well in a jar or baggie.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9312 on: August 02, 2017, 10:27:03 PM »
Scored another (empty) giant coffee jar from work.

I use them in my pantry.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9313 on: August 03, 2017, 08:31:32 AM »
Was surprised to find that I could get a big sandwich, a snack and a bottle of soda from Spar for less than the price of a sandwich alone from the place I've been getting my sandwiches from on working days. It brings the premium for having a choice of fresh sandwiches that I haven't had to make myself right down.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9314 on: August 03, 2017, 12:50:24 PM »
*made bread even though it's too hot out to bake

*prepared three dinners before this heatwave. Future me is so happy that I did all that hard work!

*grocery delivery week 5. It's actually saving me money!


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« Reply #9315 on: August 03, 2017, 01:03:54 PM »
*grocery delivery week 5. It's actually saving me money!
Grocery delivery is the secret to my low grocery bill.  :D

Made lunch for a friend visiting yesterday.  Packed the leftovers for work today. 
Made a smoothie for breakfast with random fruit that is pretty close to going bad.
Made a large batch of iced tea to drink
Decided to come post here instead of buying something online

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9316 on: August 03, 2017, 01:05:51 PM »
*made bread even though it's too hot out to bake

*prepared three dinners before this heatwave. Future me is so happy that I did all that hard work!

*grocery delivery week 5. It's actually saving me money!

Do you have a toaster oven? Plug it in outside and make bread like that! Or anything else that needs to bake. Even if you have to do multiple batches, it still saves you money because you're not putting heat inside and a toaster oven uses maybe 1/3 the energy of a regular oven.

Or a bread machine, I absolutely love mine. It was pretty expensive because I couldn't find a used one, but it's made its money back just from making burger buns alone.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9317 on: August 03, 2017, 01:38:03 PM »
*made bread even though it's too hot out to bake

*prepared three dinners before this heatwave. Future me is so happy that I did all that hard work!

*grocery delivery week 5. It's actually saving me money!

Do you have a toaster oven? Plug it in outside and make bread like that! Or anything else that needs to bake.

I keep seeing comments like this and getting confused. What kind of toaster ovens do people have that you could bake a loaf of bread in? Mine has maybe 5-6 inches of space between the rack and the broiler element.

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« Reply #9318 on: August 03, 2017, 01:41:36 PM »

Do you have a toaster oven? Plug it in outside and make bread like that! Or anything else that needs to bake. Even if you have to do multiple batches, it still saves you money because you're not putting heat inside and a toaster oven uses maybe 1/3 the energy of a regular oven.
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Well this is freakin brilliant!!!!

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« Reply #9319 on: August 03, 2017, 01:47:46 PM »
*made bread even though it's too hot out to bake

*prepared three dinners before this heatwave. Future me is so happy that I did all that hard work!

*grocery delivery week 5. It's actually saving me money!

Do you have a toaster oven? Plug it in outside and make bread like that! Or anything else that needs to bake.

I keep seeing comments like this and getting confused. What kind of toaster ovens do people have that you could bake a loaf of bread in? Mine has maybe 5-6 inches of space between the rack and the broiler element.

I'm not saying make a 1.5-2 lb loaf, like what you might buy in a store. A 1 lb loaf should fit. Or burger buns, or two long skinny french/italian loaves. You don't have to use a bread pan either, just put it directly on the pan so there is more room.

Though some toaster ovens are larger of course. Still worth it though in energy savings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9320 on: August 03, 2017, 01:50:50 PM »
If you have an Instant Pot, supposedly you can make bread in it as well. I've never done this myself, and I'll admit at being skeptical. But might be worth an experiment.

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« Reply #9321 on: August 03, 2017, 02:27:29 PM »
Hmmm ... some good ideas here on bread baking! Thanks everyone for the input!

We do have an IP but it is a very tiny loaf and I have a very large family! haha!

I don't have a toaster over, and don't really want to buy one because I am always cooking for an army. I do cook with my crockpot outdoors in the summer, though.

I have a bread machine but the paddle got lost in our recent move :-(( I did find a replacement on amazon but its $25 plus shipping (not a prime item) so I'm not sure if I should order another paddle for this 13 year old Oster bread machine?

I was googling around and see that the Zojirushi is the king of bread machines! hahah! and sooooo expensive. Really its just the heat that has me not wanting to make bread and heat up my kitchen. All winter long (and fall and winter), I make 4 loaves with ease (or a huge loaf of french bread from refrigerator dough) so its seems silly to buy a $300 bread machine to survive these few weeks.

Must. Be. Stoic.

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« Reply #9322 on: August 03, 2017, 02:37:20 PM »
Hmmm ... some good ideas here on bread baking! Thanks everyone for the input!

We do have an IP but it is a very tiny loaf and I have a very large family! haha!

I don't have a toaster over, and don't really want to buy one because I am always cooking for an army. I do cook with my crockpot outdoors in the summer, though.

I have a bread machine but the paddle got lost in our recent move :-(( I did find a replacement on amazon but its $25 plus shipping (not a prime item) so I'm not sure if I should order another paddle for this 13 year old Oster bread machine?

I was googling around and see that the Zojirushi is the king of bread machines! hahah! and sooooo expensive. Really its just the heat that has me not wanting to make bread and heat up my kitchen. All winter long (and fall and winter), I make 4 loaves with ease (or a huge loaf of french bread from refrigerator dough) so its seems silly to buy a $300 bread machine to survive these few weeks.

Must. Be. Stoic.

Surely eBay has a cheaper paddle? I hear bread machines are pretty common in thrift stores though. I wasn't lucky enough to find one, except for one that was also missing a paddle.

Hmm..now I wonder what the $300 bread machine does that my <$100 one doesn't. I personally think it makes fabulous bread and has more than enough settings for me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9323 on: August 03, 2017, 02:42:27 PM »
Hmmmm ... we have a gas grill ... I could do this!
http://breadtopia.com/grilled-bread/

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« Reply #9324 on: August 03, 2017, 03:01:45 PM »
Made my first batch of homemade yoghurt!  I wasn't sure if it was actually going to save money, but based on the quantity I got, I think it will be cost effective.  Now I just have to hope my SO likes it as well as store-bought!

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« Reply #9325 on: August 03, 2017, 04:37:43 PM »
A couple of nights of dinners that didn't lend themselves to leftovers for lunch meant the fridge was looking pretty bare when I was getting ready for work this morning. We'd also run out of bread, so a sandwich was out.

Husband: Just buy lunch.
Me: Hell no.

I grabbed a frozen jar of soup from the freezer and bought a 40c bread roll from the bakery on my way to the station.

I'm going to spend next four hours watching a jar of soup defrost...

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« Reply #9326 on: August 03, 2017, 05:29:11 PM »
I have a marvelous countertop convection oven/ rotisserie thing, considerably larger than a standard toaster oven. It'll do a pizza (homemade or frozen storebought), anything in a casserole, or enough oven fries for two (three if my husband's not home). I've never used the rotisserie function, but I barely use the big oven because of the other. As a bonus, it turns itself off when the time I set is up.

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« Reply #9327 on: August 03, 2017, 06:29:08 PM »

I'm going to spend next four hours watching a jar of soup defrost...

Well that sounds like fun.  LOL.

We suspended our cable for the summer as a trial basis to see if we could get by.  DH doesn't think he can skip his hockey games once they start up again, but for now we are hanging around the house watching Netflix.  Its also amazing how many of the dull tv shows we paid good money for can be watched for free....I'm looking at you HGTV and Food Network.  Today it was Scooby Doo reruns with my teenagers and home made tacos.  Fun can be cheap people.
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« Reply #9328 on: August 03, 2017, 06:42:33 PM »

I'm going to spend next four hours watching a jar of soup defrost...

Well that sounds like fun.  LOL.


Two hours down and I am pleased to report the top centimetre is now liquid.

Fun can be cheap people.

Damn right. Get yourself a soup ice-block!

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« Reply #9329 on: August 04, 2017, 04:07:29 AM »

I'm going to spend next four hours watching a jar of soup defrost...

Well that sounds like fun.  LOL.


Two hours down and I am pleased to report the top centimetre is now liquid.

Fun can be cheap people.

Damn right. Get yourself a soup ice-block!
Put the jar in lukewarm water, it'll thaw a lot quicker.

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« Reply #9330 on: August 04, 2017, 09:50:22 AM »
Packed breakfast, lunch, snacks, and iced tea

Have started to groom (bathe, cut nails, and trim) our two dogs. I decided to learn how to do it because our older dog has been getting anxious at the groomer.  So, I'll save us money, but the dogs will look a bit odd while I develop my technique.  However, neither of the dogs have noticed their current trims are a bit uneven.*

Making meals with what we have in the house.  We're both too lazy to go to the grocery store. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9331 on: August 04, 2017, 10:28:28 AM »
Not drink Starbucks, bought cheap but nice coffee at a local coffee shop which was a quarter of Starbuck's price.


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« Reply #9332 on: August 04, 2017, 01:43:09 PM »
Ate breakfast & lunch at home and will eat dinner at home tonight (as per usual). 

Bought a portable grill/stove for camping.  I know that's actually spending money, but it will save us $$ by letting us camp more on the weekends, rather than do 'nice things' around town that cost a lot of $$.

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« Reply #9333 on: August 04, 2017, 01:56:08 PM »
Eating all my meals at home-includes some tomatoes I grew.

Made the decision to sell some things I'll no longer need.

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« Reply #9334 on: August 04, 2017, 03:04:10 PM »
Sent Amazon a photo of my student ID to renew my Prime Student account. Half-price Prime subscription for a year!

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« Reply #9335 on: August 04, 2017, 04:47:54 PM »
Instead of getting dead and dying trees taken down in the normal manner, we waited for a storm to take them all down.  Lost about 15 today.  Most of the ones that fell are ones I actually wanted down anyways!

That's terrifying, but it really will save us money!

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« Reply #9336 on: August 04, 2017, 04:52:09 PM »
Instead of getting dead and dying trees taken down in the normal manner, we waited for a storm to take them all down.  Lost about 15 today.  Most of the ones that fell are ones I actually wanted down anyways!

That's terrifying, but it really will save us money!

Wow! I wish we could do that, but it would probably cause us to take down the power wires for the block, as well as 3 or 4 neighbors!

I tried MMM's rolled oats trick for making breakfast cereal last longer.  One of my kids scowled as he chewed through his bowl of cereal, but he ate it anyway.  50 cents, cha-ching! I may limit this trick to the cereals that only I like, in the future...

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« Reply #9337 on: August 04, 2017, 05:00:09 PM »
Instead of getting dead and dying trees taken down in the normal manner, we waited for a storm to take them all down.  Lost about 15 today.  Most of the ones that fell are ones I actually wanted down anyways!

That's terrifying, but it really will save us money!

Wow! I wish we could do that, but it would probably cause us to take down the power wires for the block, as well as 3 or 4 neighbors!

I tried MMM's rolled oats trick for making breakfast cereal last longer.  One of my kids scowled as he chewed through his bowl of cereal, but he ate it anyway.  50 cents, cha-ching! I may limit this trick to the cereals that only I like, in the future...
We are surrounded by power lines, it's kind of a miracle none of them were hit!

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« Reply #9338 on: August 04, 2017, 09:56:40 PM »
* No car, no electric dryer, no eating out -- cargo bike to groceries and an afterschool activity, line-dried three loads, cooked two meals at home and mom brought over sandwiches for lunch

* Harvested a pumpkin grown from seed in the backyard
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« Reply #9339 on: August 05, 2017, 12:04:53 AM »
A record week of carpooling: 4 times of out 5. Usually I have offsite meeting that I need my car.

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« Reply #9340 on: August 05, 2017, 12:39:41 AM »
After a visit to a dental hygienist that didn't have any people skills, I asked why am I paying for this?

Now have a home scale and polish kit, which cost less than half the visit, and will keep me going for many years. I bought the cheapest container of polish, and it's massive....enough for 10 years!

I gave it a go last night, and while my first attempt wasn't perfect, I did get some of that "wow my teeth are so clean" feeling. The fronts are easy to do, the back of the teeth seems to need some nifty mirror work. But with practise I'm sure I can get there.

Another in sourcing success. :)

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« Reply #9341 on: August 05, 2017, 12:55:04 AM »
Only cooked enough food for dinner last night, so I have no leftovers for lunch at work today (our usual tactic). I just remembered I still have some soup in the fridge at work, so combined with some slices of bread and some cheese that should do nicely.

Also: I hated my breakfast but ate it anyway, instead of going without and probably craving baked goods at work later.

Yesterday we avoided a planned trip to the pet store for kitty litter by checking the garage. We still have plenty. Win.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9342 on: August 05, 2017, 12:58:34 AM »
Volunteered for the morning and was fed lunch. Free lunch was a bonus.

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« Reply #9343 on: August 05, 2017, 12:53:54 PM »
I worked out and got super sweaty this morning, so couldn't avoid washing my hair before I went to get a haircut. My stylist asked if I was okay with getting a dry cut, instead of the whole wash/cut/blow dry deal. Dry cut ended up being $30 (including tip) instead of $50! I'll do that every time now, unless I have a specific fancy thing to go to.

I also go to a very no-frills salon, since it was super close to my old house and had good reviews. My stylist actually worked at one of the fanciest places in town for 5 years, but said she got sick of the bullshit clients and drama. So I get super-fancy-place level cuts for a max of $50 instead of $80.

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« Reply #9344 on: August 05, 2017, 02:00:10 PM »
On the way home from the airport, I missed the last direct bus coming home from the railway station. The direct bus would have been 1, and the other options would be paying for a bus to town (1.70) and walking over a mile more or else taking a taxi (10?) the whole way. Along the way, I bought a microwavable Cornish pasty so I could eat something as soon as I got home and got another one plus a refrigerated pizza to bake tomorrow (4.30 total). So 5.70 savings over the taxi plus bonus food?

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« Reply #9345 on: August 05, 2017, 05:45:01 PM »
-Husband's bike tire was flat when we got back from our trip. Dead, done, bad flat. Instead of taking it to get fixed (which would require taking it, in the truck, downtown, and paying, and so on) husband watched some youtube videos, we got a new tube, and did it ourselves. Saved ~$12 over having someone else do it, plus we have a new skill for the future! Also got bonus skills on accident ;) Getting the tire out, we misaligned the breaks on accident, and had to learn to re-align those, too!
-Ate green beans from the garden. Delicious! And seeds are so cheap, the green beans broke even for price with that one roasted batch this afternoon, haha. (The soil and raised bed frames and such not so much, but those should last a long time... benefit of finally owning!)
-Told an Edward Jones rep I had no interest in his services. Was extra, extra easy, since upon me opening the door, he asked me if my mom or dad was home. "I am the homeowner, actually."
-Rode bikes to the grocery store instead of driving.
-Getting a new leather purse through Buy Nothing
-Continued the "Dog Prescription food coupon shuffle". First we signed up for pet perks (petsmart) and got $15 off the first flat, then 15% off the next 2 flats, then a manufacturer's coupon for $10 off the next one. Then we switched to chewy.com autoship and got 20% off the next 2 flats. Now we switched to petsmart's new autoship, which will get us 20%. Hopefully this will get us through her medication taper/acute issues and she can go back to her regular food after this. If not, I'll have to be content with a MERE 5% off from regular autoship ;) Hmmm, unless I can find a cardpool deal that's better... ideas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9346 on: August 05, 2017, 09:34:14 PM »
-Told an Edward Jones rep I had no interest in his services. Was extra, extra easy, since upon me opening the door, he asked me if my mom or dad was home. "I am the homeowner, actually."

Awesome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9347 on: August 05, 2017, 09:37:28 PM »
-Told an Edward Jones rep I had no interest in his services. Was extra, extra easy, since upon me opening the door, he asked me if my mom or dad was home. "I am the homeowner, actually."

Awesome!

Haha. I'll also admit that I *really* enjoyed saying, "I manage our money myself, and we recently moved everything away from [other firm] to Vanguard. Thanks though". I did it in a nice, peppy voice though, so hopefully it didn't seem TOO sassy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9348 on: August 05, 2017, 10:01:30 PM »
Today, it was about what I didn't buy. Namely, the burrito I was craving after hockey this morning.

Instead, I used up food we had in the pantry and put the money into my savings account. Tiny wins, right?! $10 at a time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9349 on: August 06, 2017, 12:15:17 AM »
*made a giant pasta salad to take to a large gathering

*had groceries delivered again - countdown begins to use it all up before next week's delivery. I'm surprised and pleased that this service is saving me money!

*made a big loaf of refrigerator bread

*picked up some clearance clothes at Old Navy

*made a chili with beans done from dry in the InstantPot

*making a gluten free cake for a guest with the ebook that I caught on sale for $2 (Danielle Walker's "Celebrations")

*used up a ton of food in the last two days before grocery delivery got here tonite. I choose the odd hours which have the cheapest delivery cost. I pay $4.95 but the prime time delivery days and times are up to $12.95