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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9400 on: July 18, 2017, 01:08:38 PM »
Discovered that the mfg gives you $3 coupons, once a month, for Mr. R's expensive eye drops. Signed up - printed out $3 coupon - Score:)
Then found one more $3 online, sweet.

Sent in for a rebate on Mr. R's lenses for his new glasses - $25 saved.

Checked out three books about money at the library - free and may potentially save me more money too:).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9401 on: July 18, 2017, 04:26:03 PM »
Cooked a double batch of pumpkin soup and a double batch of enchiladas last night.

Pegged washing out in the cold at 6am, knowing it will dry when the day warms up.

Scored tea and coffee jars from a departing colleague. She didn't want to take them to her knew job so offered them up. I don't actually drink tea or coffee but I keep it around for guests, plus the jars will come in handy.

Inviting friends over on Saturday night instead of going out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9402 on: July 18, 2017, 09:36:43 PM »
CutTheFat, I totally agree about the meal prepping/planning. It's a huge component of weight loss success (and is also beneficial for the finances). A lot of work, but very worthwhile.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9403 on: July 19, 2017, 04:08:22 AM »
Needed to refill a prescription for an Epi-Pen.   Was quoted $650 out of pocket at the pharmacy.  Was told there was a $300 coupon available by the manufacturer if I would "sign up" with them, i.e. give them personal information.   Walked out empty handed and did some research.   Turns out there now is one competitor which recently came to market.  I found a local pharmacy carrying this new generic, and even found a coupon on line for it.  Total out of pocket = $51.   


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« Reply #9404 on: July 19, 2017, 04:51:53 AM »
Needed a hoodie.  Found a great one on sale, and saved an additional $5 by buying a boy's rather than a woman's.  Basically the exact same hoodie, but I guess the women's version gets the "pink tax" applied . . .

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9405 on: July 19, 2017, 05:57:34 AM »
Needed a hoodie.  Found a great one on sale, and saved an additional $5 by buying a boy's rather than a woman's.  Basically the exact same hoodie, but I guess the women's version gets the "pink tax" applied . . .

And no doubt the boys one has better quality fabric and actual pockets.

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« Reply #9406 on: July 19, 2017, 06:33:19 AM »
Needed a hoodie.  Found a great one on sale, and saved an additional $5 by buying a boy's rather than a woman's.  Basically the exact same hoodie, but I guess the women's version gets the "pink tax" applied . . .

When you say boys', do you mean men's or do you mean from the kids section. If it truly was a boys from the kids section, I imagine they price the kids clothing lines at less than adults. Good tip to check  out the kids section though. I imagine a kids XL is pretty close to a women's small.

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« Reply #9407 on: July 19, 2017, 07:57:41 AM »
Needed a hoodie.  Found a great one on sale, and saved an additional $5 by buying a boy's rather than a woman's.  Basically the exact same hoodie, but I guess the women's version gets the "pink tax" applied . . .

When you say boys', do you mean men's or do you mean from the kids section. If it truly was a boys from the kids section, I imagine they price the kids clothing lines at less than adults. Good tip to check  out the kids section though. I imagine a kids XL is pretty close to a women's small.

Kid's section -- I got a boy's XL rather than a women's S.   Fits great.

Edited to add:  You are probably right it is not a "pink tax" per se, but rather kids-line vs. adult-line.   I have seen the pink tax before though, where the exact same men's item costs less than the woman's. 
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« Reply #9408 on: July 19, 2017, 08:49:43 AM »
Needed a hoodie.  Found a great one on sale, and saved an additional $5 by buying a boy's rather than a woman's.  Basically the exact same hoodie, but I guess the women's version gets the "pink tax" applied . . .

When you say boys', do you mean men's or do you mean from the kids section. If it truly was a boys from the kids section, I imagine they price the kids clothing lines at less than adults. Good tip to check  out the kids section though. I imagine a kids XL is pretty close to a women's small.

Kid's section -- I got a boy's XL rather than a women's S.   Fits great.

Edited to add:  You are probably right it is not a "pink tax" per se, but rather kids-line vs. adult-line.   I have seen the pink tax before though, where the exact same men's item costs less than the woman's.

I've done that with athletic shoes - bought boys' soccer cleats for way less than the same women's style.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9409 on: July 19, 2017, 12:54:50 PM »
Walked to the store that is farther away because I had two gift cards. 

I ended up buying two watermelons and a couple other items.


Sad ending: Only one of them worked so I still had to pay a little under $4.
Happy ending:  I got quite the arm and shoulder workout walking all that way with two watermelons!
Frustrating Plot point:  When doing self checkout, I clicked "I brought my own bags" then they asked me at the end, "How many bags do you want to purchase"  I said I brought my own bags!  Computers these days!
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« Reply #9410 on: July 19, 2017, 09:54:54 PM »
About 5 years ago we brought a metal teapot with a lifetime guaranteed. We drink a lot of tea so decided a good teapot that would keep our tea hot for longer would be a good investment.  A year or so ago it developed faults, including leaking and it no longer kept the tea warm.  Yesterday, after many phone calls and a trip to the supplier (included in other errands in the next city), we now have a new replacement teapot at no cost.  Loving hot cuppas again!
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« Reply #9411 on: July 20, 2017, 07:08:18 AM »
Played pool yesterday at league but paid nothing because I didn't have a match and didn't buy food.

Finally decided I was being ridiculous keeping all my decorative pillows/body pillow so I hauled 8 pillows to my car this morning. Should save money/time in moving costs! Will continue to declutter...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9412 on: July 21, 2017, 07:33:53 AM »
I had breakfast cereal I'd brought from home for lunch instead of going to the bakery and buying a sandwich or some fresh pastries.

And, since what's his is mine, my DH switched our domestic fuel provider, which should save us the equivalent of about 75 lunchtime sandwiches from the bakery.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9413 on: July 21, 2017, 08:43:22 AM »
We mostly grocery shop at Safeway.  In addition to the card that almost every store has that gets you extra savings, they have a reward program called just4u that allows you to take extra off, get sale items cheaper, free stuff, ect.
Takes only a few minutes to sign on the website and pick and choose what you want/need.

One offer was a $25 dollar gift card for a new or transferred prescription at the pharmacy.  I had just gone to my doctor and had a prescription called in anyway (it's my usual pharmacy) so I got a $25 grocery store gift card that I got to use right away.

Did all my shopping plus got a free frozen pizza and 10 yogurts for .69 each, a loaf of break for .89, several other misc stuff that was "on sale" due to the card and still had $1.10 left over on the gift card.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9414 on: July 21, 2017, 10:04:09 AM »
Grudgingly eating the salad I brought for lunch today instead of the Chipotle burrito that I really want. I pack a lunch every day and prefer it 99% of the time...but 1% of the time the Chipotle cravings are a real goddamn problem.

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« Reply #9415 on: July 21, 2017, 10:06:10 AM »
Went to Target and saved a couple bucks with Cartwheel and using my Red Card.
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« Reply #9416 on: July 22, 2017, 01:29:03 PM »
I brought my lunch and a tea bag to the library instead of buying lunch there.

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« Reply #9417 on: July 22, 2017, 04:13:03 PM »
-Been biking a ton lately. Biked out to a date last night, biked to a discount clothes store today. Found work shoes for $12 (woo!). Used the rest of a gift card for the purchase, too. Since this card had gotten shuffled into a drawer and nearly forgotten, that was a $11 win.

-For our date, went to something classically spendy for us (sushi). But we went as a sort of 'early dinner' so neither of us were starving, and then we split a wakame salad and a sushi combo. $18 total, all time low. This is the first sushi date we've been on in at least 6 months, so it was quite a treat.

-DIYd our second bike rack. ~$10 in materials, and it works well. We had bought a $20 one a while back that promptly fell over, so we returned that. So not only cheaper than what's available, but it works better too.

-Holding off on replacing our porch lights, and will investigate refinishing them instead, and seeing if we can salvage the rusty parts.
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« Reply #9418 on: July 23, 2017, 04:54:37 PM »
I haven't left the house in 8 days, I can't take all the credit for that, I had a minor foot surgery and I'm housebound for two weeks. I texted DH a list and he stopped by Aldis for some basics. Living off the freezer he only spent $12.00 at the store. 

I ordered dog food on Target, my two dogs go through one bag of Purina a month. Used my red card, free shipping and I opened an ebates account with a friends referral so a $10.26 check coming back for not leaving the house and ordering dog food on line.  Not a bad day.

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« Reply #9419 on: July 23, 2017, 05:29:25 PM »
Got a last minute invitation to visit my niece and her host family this evening. She's been relatively close by for a summer internship but our schedules haven't meshed until her penultimate day. I threw together a lovely salad from ingredients on hand, and I will bring her hosts a cute little bag of jams from our old house's fruit trees. No frantic dash to the store, no panic...nice.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9420 on: July 23, 2017, 06:24:49 PM »
From the past few days...

My boss took me out for lunch on Friday (her shout) which gave me enough leftovers to feed both me and my husband on Friday night.

Invited Marty and a couple of other friends over for dinner on Saturday. I cooked, so it was all very budget-friendly, and I'll get a couple of lunches out of the leftovers. And the bottle of wine I used in one of the recipes was a work gift.

Reorganised my pantry on Sunday morning. Rather than fork out for new fancy canisters, I moved more of my ingredients into (recycled) jars and labelled everything to match. My husband is now suspicious that I'm planning meals around what jars I want to empty next so I have more storage containers. "Hmmm, how does passata pickles with a side of salsa sound?"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9421 on: July 23, 2017, 06:38:20 PM »
Minor but discovered ice cream buried in my Grandma's freezer, and ate that instead of going to the Tastee Freeze.

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« Reply #9422 on: July 24, 2017, 04:05:44 AM »
Noticed a beautiful old apple tree -- neglected but loaded with nice fruit -- in a vacant lot next to the grocery store.  I asked the store manager if the store owned it, and he said yes.   He told me no one ever did anything with the tree, and I could help myself to as many apples as I wanted.  Score!  Also -- ironic that the store is shipping in apples from Washington and wherever, while right outside there are bushels and bushels of them just falling to the ground. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9423 on: July 24, 2017, 05:37:22 AM »
Minor but discovered ice cream buried in my Grandma's freezer, and ate that instead of going to the Tastee Freeze.
I bought some new icelolly thingies since the old ones broke. 2,- but near free icelollies for the kids, and we also control the amount of sugar in it too!
Also, straight up watermelon in the icelollies is super tasty and 100% fruit (blend it first though :P)!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9424 on: July 24, 2017, 10:40:32 AM »
Joined my local Buy Nothing group. 

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« Reply #9425 on: July 25, 2017, 03:43:42 PM »
Invited Marty and a couple of other friends over for dinner on Saturday. I cooked, so it was all very budget-friendly, and I'll get a couple of lunches out of the leftovers. And the bottle of wine I used in one of the recipes was a work gift.

Dinner was lovely, thank you :)

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« Reply #9426 on: July 25, 2017, 06:26:05 PM »
I did this awhile back and it's been great! Just last night, I got a dresser for my little girls room. I've also been giving anything that I no longer need.

Joined my local Buy Nothing group.

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« Reply #9427 on: July 26, 2017, 06:18:43 AM »
Minor but discovered ice cream buried in my Grandma's freezer, and ate that instead of going to the Tastee Freeze.
I bought some new icelolly thingies since the old ones broke. 2,- but near free icelollies for the kids, and we also control the amount of sugar in it too!
Also, straight up watermelon in the icelollies is super tasty and 100% fruit (blend it first though :P)!

I love the word icelolly. That is all. :)

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« Reply #9428 on: July 26, 2017, 03:56:21 PM »
- broke the end of my umbrella off last week.  It can still attach to the pole, but the plastic cracked, so its not a reliable handle anymore.  Hubby is attempting to fix it for me with some sort of heavy duty glue.  Hopefully it works!

- Stained a pair of shorts last week (last week I was at a week of rustic summer camp with 70 teens...it was a wild week...lol)  and couldn't get the stain out upon returning.  They were a light tan color, so I dug around and found a bottle of purple fabric dye that was sitting in the rummage sale box.  Now I have purple shorts that are still perfectly usable, and kinda fun :)

- Got a text from a friend who will be in town visiting over the weekend.  He wanted to meet us for dinner or something on Saturday.  We offered to meet him for custard cones Saturday evening.  Much cheaper than dinner, but still a night 'out'....

- Hubby is working from home tomorrow so he can easily contest a speeding ticket tomorrow mid morning.  Hopefully it will lower the amount at least...

- Brinner for dinner tonight...working on cleaning out the deep freeze for our upcoming move

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9429 on: July 26, 2017, 08:57:00 PM »
Bought butcher block scraps to make handmade, personalized cutting boards for family for Xmas gifts. However, I spent $100 on 2 tickets to see Wilco at an outdoor amphitheatre in about 2 months' time. Spendy? Yes, but it's the first kid-free date that spouse and I have had in 1.5 years, & the last paid concert we attended was in 2008.

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« Reply #9430 on: July 27, 2017, 06:27:30 AM »
Neglected to pack lunch yet again, but this time I hopped on my bike and made lunch at home. So far so good, just have to be careful of the time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9431 on: July 27, 2017, 06:35:53 AM »
Minor but discovered ice cream buried in my Grandma's freezer, and ate that instead of going to the Tastee Freeze.
I bought some new icelolly thingies since the old ones broke. 2,- but near free icelollies for the kids, and we also control the amount of sugar in it too!
Also, straight up watermelon in the icelollies is super tasty and 100% fruit (blend it first though :P)!

I love the word icelolly. That is all. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9432 on: July 27, 2017, 06:42:24 AM »
I did this awhile back and it's been great! Just last night, I got a dresser for my little girls room. I've also been giving anything that I no longer need.

Joined my local Buy Nothing group.

Agreed!  My daughter asked me for a bath robe a few nights ago.  The next day, someone was giving one away!

We've given away some stuff w/ more to go.  I like giving stuff to people who will use it. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9433 on: July 27, 2017, 09:57:50 AM »
I just spent 20 minutes switching my auto and renters insurance over to a new provider. I will be saving $27.07/month on auto insurance and I more than HALVED my renter's insurance for the year (while retaining the same level of coverage).

Best part is that I had prepaid for a year's worth of renter's insurance (required by where I live) so I will be refunded more than $150!

Not a bad hourly rate for 20 minutes worth of 'work'!

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« Reply #9434 on: July 27, 2017, 11:24:16 AM »
Found out that PetSmart has a subscription service! 5% discount off the already slightly lower online price and I do not have to drive to the store.
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« Reply #9435 on: July 27, 2017, 06:53:54 PM »
Found out my town opened a small fitness center in the rec department building. Only has a couple machines and free weights, but is FREE to use.

Immediately quit the gym. Saving $25 a month!

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« Reply #9436 on: July 27, 2017, 08:47:38 PM »
Sewed several dog toys up, sewed the hem of one of husband's tshirts, and sewed up some tattered edges on a couple dog beds.

Husband wanted pizza after a long day.  Convinced him to reheat frozen stir fry with me instead.


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« Reply #9437 on: July 30, 2017, 01:23:36 PM »
Went to "Vetco" at Petco to get 3 year rabies vaccines for our two cats.  $38 (and two hours) vs. at least $190 for the mobile vet we used last time.  Several local vets we called no longer offer 3 year rabies vaccines due to the perceived (yet very slight) increased risk of injection site sarcoma. 

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« Reply #9438 on: July 30, 2017, 07:33:51 PM »
Bought a tower fan and a kiddie pool instead of a portable air conditioner.

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« Reply #9439 on: July 30, 2017, 07:57:37 PM »
Rode our bikes to breakfast this morning. The cargo bike/bakfiets is a great help with integrating the baby and the four-year-old on bike-friendly outings. (A tourist even took our picture!)

Enjoying the fruits of a massive declutter: the kids are doing puzzles and reading books they've ignored for years.


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« Reply #9440 on: July 30, 2017, 08:12:13 PM »
Picked up some sewing from my mum. She fixed one of my husband's shirts and a pair of his shorts, made me four new wheat bags, and took a jumper that needs a stitch.

She saves me a fortune doing all this, and I run errands for her to say thank you.

My husband started watching a TV series on Netflix while travelling last week but when he came home it was no longer available (not on Netflix Au). I just checked the library website and they have it on DVD.

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« Reply #9441 on: July 31, 2017, 08:26:43 AM »
Googled and fixed our toilet myself without calling a plumber. It was a tiny thing but we've outsourced a bunch of jobs lately so this felt like success!


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« Reply #9442 on: July 31, 2017, 08:58:29 AM »
Went to JCPenny because they sent a $10 off $10 purchase coupon.
Bought two $5 t-shirts for my husband (who needed replacement t-shirts.)

Apparently you don't even pay tax when the total is $0!

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« Reply #9443 on: July 31, 2017, 10:16:40 AM »
I've committed to using up a number of protein packets that I bought for travel that are not tasty. So I made a smoothie this morning with one of the packets, a banana, some almond milk, and some sweetener, and it's.... still not great. Barely drinkable. BUT, it has 18 grams of protein! (Silver lining?)

I've completely stopped driving to my local grocery stores, and have been walking instead. Our Trader Joe's is only 0.5 miles away!

For this coming week, I plan to not drive anywhere, and not spend any money until Saturday! Let's see if I can do it...

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« Reply #9444 on: July 31, 2017, 01:01:29 PM »
Went for a lovely hike with friends.  We carpooled to save money on parking and gas. 
Received a lot of fresh fruit from a friend's trees.  Cleaned, chopped, and froze most of the fruit.  I used two pieces for a smoothie for breakfast.
Packed lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9445 on: July 31, 2017, 05:29:39 PM »
Ran out of time for lunch because of an appointment and subsisted on some cookies I'd brought from home. Had the cookies with tea from a teabag I'd brought.

There's a shelf and an empty corner in my building's laundry room where tenants tend to leave things when they move. I walked by this evening, saw that it was overflowing with stuff, and picked up a cookie cutter, a box of "City Walks" cards for London, a few hangers, nail polish, an unopened hotel-style soap, an unused little hotel bottle of shampoo, a couple electrical cords, and a florescent safety vest for bicycling. I've been wanting nail polish to mark water levels on the outside of my French press / cafetiere, but I didn't want to buy a bottle just for that since I rarely wear it. I might take another look at the pile tomorrow. There was a lot of stuff that could possibly be useful.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9446 on: July 31, 2017, 05:54:26 PM »
Cleaning out the fridge because we leave for a long weekend in a couple of days.  Cooked up a bunch of stuff so we can easily eat and have no excuse to go out leading up to the trip....

Posted some stuff for sale on facebook sites.  Also clearing out the house since its going up on the market in a couple months!

Will be staying with our friends this weekend, so no hotel expenses.  In addition, we will be driving hubby's company car...which means 2 things:  1) He has to do all the driving...I'm not on the insurance for it....BUT... 2) no gas expenses for us.  Our only travel expense on this trip will be some foodstuffs and probably a meal or two out, a toll, and the taxes we will pay on the 'personal' miles (because of the way the company handles mileage on the car).  Yay for a cheap visit!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9447 on: July 31, 2017, 06:08:08 PM »
I have been eyeing small chainsaws to keep in my truck for trail runs (the last time I went semi-offroad we cleared 3 trees in 8 miles). I happened to see a 20v lithium chainsaw pop up on Slickdeals - clearance at WalMart for $64 (with battery)! The Amazon price is $90 without a battery.

It's certainly not huge (only 10" bar) but it should be adequate for emergency trail clearing and occasional campsite use. I don't have to worry about pre-mix fuel, engine maintenance, or hearing protection either.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9448 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 #9449 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.