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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9600 on: August 21, 2017, 11:30:34 AM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.
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« Reply #9601 on: August 21, 2017, 01:00:10 PM »
Unsubscribed from Showtime app ($10.99 per month) and Starz app ($8.99 per month) on my Roku.  That extra $20 will make me RICH beyond my wildest dreams!  At least until the next season of "Billions" comes back on Showtime...

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« Reply #9602 on: August 21, 2017, 01:03:17 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.

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« Reply #9603 on: August 21, 2017, 01:45:01 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.

I went to Central Park to watch and everyone was being really friendly. I shared my glasses with a whole bunch of strangers (random passersby who didn't come prepared or couldn't find a place to buy glasses). Someone let me look through their Cheerios box projector so I could see what it was like.

I bought extra pairs of glasses last week and passed them out to friends so they could enjoy it without hurting their eyes. Hopefully they all shared them too. I am guessing 25-30 people got to safely see the eclipse because of me. B-) It was very gratifying to watch other people put them on and exclaim "OH WOW! That's SO COOL! Thank you SO MUCH!"

Technically I "wasted" $20 or so on a bunch of glasses to give away, but if I saved someone from retinal damage that's a lot of medical bills they won't have to pay ;-)
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« Reply #9604 on: August 21, 2017, 02:54:11 PM »
I went online to check for cashback deals before I went grocery shopping. I bought the right brand of buttermilk and received 1,10 back and had free Sprite worth 1,83. There was a deal for oat milk (1,99) too but they ran out of oat milk, I'll have to check next week. I also went to the shop late in the evening so I could buy bread at 35% off. It's today's bread, so it's still fresh. I put them in the freezer and thaw two slices for lunch every morning.

I go through hardcore frugal phases where I don't go to the store before I've checked my shopping list for good deals. The trick to make sure you're actually saving money this way and not buying even more is to make a shopping list first. We generally drink water and tea at home, but I like to have a few bottles of soda in the pantry for when we have unexpected visitors. I try to always get these through cashback deals so I don't have to spend money on them.

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« Reply #9605 on: August 21, 2017, 04:01:52 PM »
Leftovers for lunch
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« Reply #9606 on: August 21, 2017, 04:09:33 PM »
I was listening to the radio and hearing stories of people paying $90 or more for eclipse glasses (that may or may not be fake). Went down to the Planetarium this morning and got 3 free pairs. Am viewing from the roof of my building.

Nowhere had free pairs around here by last week. But I am at work at the library today and the staff had stashed a few pairs. We took turns with them.

I went to Central Park to watch and everyone was being really friendly. I shared my glasses with a whole bunch of strangers (random passersby who didn't come prepared or couldn't find a place to buy glasses). Someone let me look through their Cheerios box projector so I could see what it was like.

I bought extra pairs of glasses last week and passed them out to friends so they could enjoy it without hurting their eyes. Hopefully they all shared them too. I am guessing 25-30 people got to safely see the eclipse because of me. B-) It was very gratifying to watch other people put them on and exclaim "OH WOW! That's SO COOL! Thank you SO MUCH!"

Technically I "wasted" $20 or so on a bunch of glasses to give away, but if I saved someone from retinal damage that's a lot of medical bills they won't have to pay ;-)

Oh, that's very nice of you!  I was out running errands this morning.  I hadn't bothered to figure out how to view the eclipse as I didn't think it was a big deal.  But when I stopped at the cleaners just as the eclipse was starting in my area, there were some office staff at the business next door looking at the shadow through a pinhole, and they let me check it out.  It was kinda cool.  Then I headed for Costco.  As I left Costco, the receipt-checker had some glasses that she was letting customers use to view the eclipse as it was ending!  So nice of her, and it was interesting to see it that way, too.

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« Reply #9607 on: August 21, 2017, 05:08:44 PM »
Shopped at Aldi. We are visiting family who don't cook much, but DH volunteered us to cook dinner and I ran and picked up groceries to cook with. They'd have paid for the takeout (and did insist on buying the groceries), but home cooked will taste better and be healthier for everyone.
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« Reply #9608 on: August 21, 2017, 07:19:02 PM »
Made a huge, lentil-packed veggie lasagne.

Pegged out the washing before work.

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« Reply #9609 on: August 22, 2017, 06:31:49 AM »
Finally I can write something on the list. I walked to work again, and as always I brought my own lunch.

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.

Currently I am drying a lot of different mushrooms that I found in the forest. I might not need to buy any mushrooms for the rest of the year.

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« Reply #9610 on: August 22, 2017, 01:02:56 PM »
Set up a client meeting in my hometown for next week so I can be there for my sister's birthday with work paying for my travel. I'll also be able to join my mom for her wig fitting appointment that afternoon so she won't be by herself.
My SIL's birthday is the day before and I'll be dropping her present in the mail tomorrow so I can use regular mail, instead of pricier priority mail. Box is recycled from Amazon and presents for both of them came from heavily discounted things on Prime Day and will be wrapped in stuff from Dollar Tree.

I participate in a quarterly worldwide craft exchange and I need to dig through my supplies to find something I can make without purchasing anything new. Bonus if it's something that will be light/ can find in a padded envelope since my recipient this time around is in Australia.

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« Reply #9611 on: August 22, 2017, 05:04:51 PM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow! 

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« Reply #9612 on: August 22, 2017, 05:12:48 PM »
Full credit goes to another mustachian! She knew I was buying expensive pet food (prescription stuff) and sent me a coupon she got, since she has no pets. $20 off a $60 purchase. So we went to buy two flats of canned dog food. But they only had one flat. They were trying to sort it out, find another store with stock, etc etc, and the line was backing up. I said we'd be totally fine with a rain check, I just needed to use the coupon since it was expiring. The manager waved me off and let me use the coupon on the one flat they had! So we got $20 off of a $32 order. Holy smokes. Ended up being $1/can for prescription dog food.

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-Made coffee at home instead of buying out
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9613 on: August 22, 2017, 09:30:07 PM »
So we got $20 off of a $32 order.

Score! :-)

I screwed up my schedule a little today due to work stuff - had to go in extra early, wasn't going to be home until 11PM due to evening plans, and did not have nearly enough food planned. (Should have gone grocery shopping yesterday but I had a killer migraine. Apparently photophobia and eclipse viewing mix poorly...) Anyway, I was starving around 7PM and had no food with me and was going to a place where they don't allow food or drink. But then I remembered I was going to walk past a place that has really good $2 Tuesday Tacos, so I was able to grab a quick hot dinner sitting at the bar for $4 plus tax/tip.

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« Reply #9614 on: August 22, 2017, 11:40:59 PM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow!

I love this as a money-saving tip.

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« Reply #9615 on: August 23, 2017, 02:13:31 AM »

I wanted to buy a specific book. The Norwegian bookstore sold a new English translation of a danish book. for 401 crowns + 59 porto = 460 norwegian crowns. With some searching I found a second hand copy of the original Danish book in the correct edition and ordered that online from Denmark for 235 norwegian crowns in total. As Danish is very similar to Norwegian, this is a good alternative. The second hand book is in a very good condition.


OK, Linda -- how many languages do you speak? I'm counting at least four and am very impressed! I have a friend who is Dutch and she has three, but you have managed to add Norwegian too.  Wow!

Dutch (native)
English (fluently with minor mistakes and Dutch accent)
Norwegian (fluently with minor mistakes and Dutch accent)
German (had it at school for 3 years, understand it pretty well passively, speak it terribly badly,)
French (only had it at school for 4 years, don't speak it, but still remember some words and phrases)
Swedish (sounds more or less as Norwegian and all waiters in Norway are Swedish, easy to understand, reading it goes slowly as it is spelled very differently)
Danish (easy to read, as it is written as slightly misspelled Norwegian, a bit more difficult to understand because of the pronunciation).
Latin grammar (learned at school to translate it passively with the help of a dictionary. Not used it since.)

Most Dutch people learn English, Dutch and French at school as mandatory subjects.
All Norwegians understand Swedish and Danish because it is so similar. I have lived in Norway for almost 20 years, so I am pretty much Norwegian.

This particular book is not a novel, but an informative books to recognize mushrooms. For novels I stick to Dutch, Norwegian and English, which are easiest to read.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9616 on: August 24, 2017, 02:42:22 PM »
I've needed a new bike seat for a while but haven't wanted to spend the money.  Our neighbor was moving and giving away several bikes.  We took one with a comfortable seat & DH swapped it onto my bike.  Now we just need to give away the "new" bike with the old seat.


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« Reply #9617 on: August 24, 2017, 02:47:55 PM »
-With the larger house and the larger garden, my canning is increasing accordingly, so I needed more jars. Regular mouth pint jars were $1.50/12 flat than the wide mouth pint jars, and since I'm doing mostly slasas in the pint jars, I went with the regular mouth.

-Harvested more from the garden.
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« Reply #9618 on: August 24, 2017, 09:37:35 PM »
I'm heading to Oregon for an educational workshop this weekend.  Packed most of my food, including homegrown eggs and veggies.  Will be staying with a friend, so no hotel costs, and bringing homegrown heirloom tomatoes as a thank you (and making dinner).

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« Reply #9619 on: August 26, 2017, 03:13:05 PM »
Staying in a hotel this weekend so I snaffled a couple of the fancy teabags for my stash at home. I haven't bought tea in years.

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« Reply #9620 on: August 26, 2017, 04:27:31 PM »
Like BrackenJoy, today's successes in saving were all garden-based.

I harvested 12L of tomatoes, and canned a batch of cucumber pickles and a batch of sauerkraut. My house does smell kraut-y now, but it'll air out.

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« Reply #9621 on: August 26, 2017, 05:48:42 PM »
Hung up laundry to dry this morning to dry over the course of the day. Read a library book this afternoon. Scored 7 lbs of pears for $2 total, so made pear butter using my hand me down free crockpot. Canned 7 half pints of lovely pear butter for holiday gift this afternoon. Picked approximately 10 lbs of tomatoes from our garden and plan to can those in pints tomorrow. Spent this evening with spouse taking our 2.5 year old son to the playground. Used extra garden tomatoes picked earlier in the week to make a lovely marinara sauce in the crock pot overnight. Will pair this sauce with garden zucchini (made into zoodles) tomorrow night for zucchini spaghetti with marinara sauce for Sunday night dinner.

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« Reply #9622 on: August 27, 2017, 02:32:57 AM »
Yesterday I had an experience that made me feel better about not having a car. I sold my car 19 months ago when moving to the UK, and I've stayed pretty local for most activities except for major trips, work-related things, or when friends with cars invited me. I don't have a UK driving license yet, so I can't rent a car. Anyway, yesterday, I went to a vintage music and dance festival in an airfield outside a village outside a city that is about an hour away. I had bought a day ticket (47) back in December, thinking I could get a ride with someone, but then that didn't work out. I thought I'd have to give up on going because people told me you really needed a car. Overhearing something about a bus, I checked the event website and found the directions. I took a bus to the closest city and then took a taxi to the event. On the way back, I split a taxi with some other people to get to the bus station. Total transportation cost: 25.20. I also packed snacks and water, so my total spent on food there was lower than it could have been (though higher than it would have been if I'd packed a proper picnic): 6.90 for a sausage, a coffee, and a cup of squash (like KoolAid but more fruity). I enjoyed looking at all the pretty things for sale but didn't buy anything, instead spending the time in dance lessons, concerts, and dancing, which were all included. Instead of eating dinner at the event, I picked up a microwavable meal at a convenience store (3.50) on the way home and had a quick dinner at home around 9:30 pm. Total cost for the day's entertainment: 82.60.

Rough estimate of what I've spent on my bike over the past 18 months, including purchasing (used) bike and accessories plus wimpy reliance on bike shops for repairs: 239
Low estimate of annual costs to have and use a car in the UK: 1,556
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It's like I got the whole day for free plus several other days worth of using taxis or trains as a prize for not owning a car. And today I'll bike into town again. It's nice to also feel less dependent on other people for getting around.

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« Reply #9623 on: August 27, 2017, 05:05:47 AM »
I haven't done it yet, but planning to on Tuesday morning (I'm organised!): Arriving at the airport at 5am for our flight and going to take our own muesli, yogurt & blueberries instead of paying $40 for some very average ham and cheese toasties! Plus our own on board snacks & water (obviously)

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« Reply #9624 on: August 27, 2017, 07:58:37 AM »
I went to buy a small tool today that I really need and can't borrow or buy secondhand anywhere. This store takes coupons from all other stores so before I go I always do a quick search and found a coupon that gave me 20% off. I paid 10,40 instead of 13,00 so I saved 2,60. We live close to the other store too, so I could have bought the tool there, but I prefer to go to this particular store because they're part of a loyalty scheme. I use the points for grocery store discounts.

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« Reply #9625 on: August 27, 2017, 05:52:23 PM »
We tuned up a very old Huffy hybrid bike we got for free for him to ride to grad school from the AirBNB where he's staying. It's decidedly unfancy and  unpretty, but hopefully this means it won't be a theft target.

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« Reply #9626 on: August 27, 2017, 06:03:29 PM »
Our doorbell stopped working. Husband did the trouble shooting and fixed it. (Although to be honest, I don't even know WHO you would call for something like a doorbell not working if you couldn't fix it yourself!)

Leftovers for lunch.
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« Reply #9627 on: August 28, 2017, 01:15:31 PM »
Didn't have any typical breakfast foods on hand for this morning, but instead of stopping somewhere on the way in, I defrosted some flatout breads I had gotten free after coupon, opened a can of black beans, and combined the two with some cheddar cheese and hot sauce to make a taco-inspired breakfast sandwich.  Tasty and super cheap!

Brought leftovers for lunch, trying to eat up the rest of the meals from the end of last week. 

Scored a few books at the thrift store for my daughter's birthday.  They were buy 1 get 2 free, so I ended up with 6 books for $1 - most of them look like they were never even read, not that she will care one way or the other.

Signed up for some free coffee samples online.  I use the free samples I get in the mail as stocking stuffers at Christmas.


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« Reply #9628 on: August 28, 2017, 02:54:36 PM »
Yesterday: biked on a new trail and came across a basket of runner beans with a sign, "Spare produce looking for a good home. HELP YOURSELF." I took some beans and had them a couple hours later. The basket is mounted on the fence of a community garden, so I might want to visit again.

Today: Today was a day off. I biked to Aldi to do my shopping instead of going to the supermarket that's more convenient to work. I picked up a grater and a bestseller from the free / abandoned goods corner of the laundry room. Later, someone in my apartment complex posted to our Facebook group that he had accidentally bought a bag of frozen curly fries and did anyone want them, and I was the first to respond. :-) For dinner I made enough to have leftovers later in the week.

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« Reply #9629 on: August 28, 2017, 08:01:12 PM »
Raided my parents' donation pile, which yielded a sweater for unraveling into yarn, and a pair of jeans for the denim quilt I'm collecting material for. Free craft supplies are the best ones.
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« Reply #9630 on: August 29, 2017, 03:07:15 AM »
Raided my parents' donation pile, which yielded a sweater for unraveling into yarn, and a pair of jeans for the denim quilt I'm collecting material for. Free craft supplies are the best ones.

And jeans quilts are the best repurposed quilts, imho!

I'm saving up worn out pairs for a second jeans quilt right now.

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« Reply #9631 on: August 29, 2017, 09:01:22 AM »
Costco had some nice looking men's jeans (Urban Star?) for $15/pair. On a whim, and appreciating Costco's amazing return policy, I grabbed a few pairs of that and other brands, all of which miraculously had DH's size. And the $15/pair jeans FIT. Which is amazing, since normally my deadlift-and-squat-loving-DH can only fit the $75+ "athletic cut" jeans, and I'm excited to get them for $50/pair. Needless to say, I returned the other styles and I bought 5 pairs of the ones that work ;) I'm stockpiling the extras, for when he inevitably destroys them =P (Although I'm hoping the kevlar-like denim we bought him for work will help slow the demise of these day to day jeans!)
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« Reply #9632 on: August 29, 2017, 10:46:04 AM »
I have taken meal planning and prep to a whole new level lately.  Thawing, prepping, eating up the leftovers, freezing individual portions of meals.  Saved a ton on grocery bills for the last few weeks.  Today I made a pot of chicken meatballs that are dinner for tonight and tomorrow because the whole family runs in different directions these days. 

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« Reply #9633 on: August 29, 2017, 11:00:54 AM »
I almost bought a cabin air filter for my car. I remembered some people mentioned specific years not having a cabin air filter, so I took apart my glovebox to check first. And yep, no cabin air filter.

Though it is possible to cut out the area and fit one in, but probably not worth it.

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« Reply #9634 on: August 29, 2017, 06:15:23 PM »
Doing laundry tonight, I had one more load than I usually do because I was washing a comforter for the spare bedroom (aka the inflatable mattress on the floor in the livingroom). I had three loads and there are three machines in the building laundromat. Perfect. I loaded them all up and when I got to putting quarters in the second one, I realized it was jammed. Someone else had put quarters in, jammed it, and left it without reporting it. Boo :-( I tried and tried to unjam it and the super heard the rattling coming from the laundry room, came by and fixed it for me. Then I got a free load of laundry because the other person had left all their quarters in there. Woo, $1.50!

I would feel guilty for taking someone else's money, but they were a jackass for leaving it broken without a note or reporting it to the super, so, karma.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9635 on: August 29, 2017, 11:07:04 PM »
Downloaded the book for my new book club from the library site rather than purchasing.

Found a food mill at the op shop after having my eye out for a while - $2!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9636 on: August 30, 2017, 01:05:39 AM »
- I am carpooling 3x this week, which is almost a record for me. It's usually only 1-2 times per week with my co-worker car pool buddy.
- I returned three library books today.
- I am making my own wine for christmas presents and myself

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9637 on: August 30, 2017, 01:34:29 AM »
It's my day off and the weather is terrible. I'd planned to go for a haircut, but I'm staying in today. And as I'm not riding past the grocery store, I'm just going to have to eat whatever I have in the pantry. So I'm going to have a much nicer day and save about 50. Win-win!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9638 on: August 30, 2017, 07:19:15 AM »
After Saturday's trip to the farmers market, I decided I wouldn't spend any money for the rest of August. I didn't count on running out of a bunch of staples at once. Like the milk I need for my oatmeal (water+oatmeal=no thanks). So breakfast this morning is half a bag of cheese curds and a handful of cherry tomatoes, both from the market.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9639 on: August 30, 2017, 09:26:20 AM »
Cancelled my gym membership
Joined a weekday running group
Packed my lunch
Made breakfast smoothie from fruit I froze a few weeks ago (a large amount was gifted by a friend)
Picked up a few free food items from the sharing table at work

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9640 on: August 31, 2017, 03:01:22 PM »
This was actually the other day...

I made a BIG pot of soup.  Cabbage and turkey kielbasa sausage soup. 

My food expenses are rather large for a single person and I'm slowly cooking more and more at home over the long term.  Learning how to cook food that tastes how you like it takes time if you never focused on doing so before.  But it saves SO much money. 

So yeah, I got about 10 meals out of that pot!  About half of it is in the freezer for next week.  I'm pretty proud of myself...especially because I was having a random cabbage and sausage soup craving (lol) and had never even tasted such a type of soup before.  Really glad to have another trusted recipe I can go to for bulk cooking. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9641 on: August 31, 2017, 06:46:43 PM »
Went out even though I didn't want to and filled the tank before gas prices surge higher. Bought groceries while I was at it, so I shouldn't have to leave the mountain again until Tuesday.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9642 on: September 01, 2017, 04:42:00 AM »
Received a $5 email voucher for a beauty chain so I popped in after work today.

Shampoo was 30 per cent off, so I grabbed a big bottle, marked down to $7.69.

With the $5 voucher it came down to $2.69, and I happened to have $2.69 in loyalty points.

The shop assistant gaped. I grinned. :D Free shampoo!

This is the second time I've made the most of their free vouchers without overspending (which is obviously the point of getting me back in the store).

Also did some online shopping as a favour for Marty and scored a refund which means his purchases will be half price.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9643 on: September 01, 2017, 06:58:54 AM »
Everyone else in my office ordered burritos which sounded really good but I managed to stick to my guns and eat my brought-from-home pasta salad instead. Even though they often get food it's not usually that appealing, but the burritos were really tempting so I'm proud of my willpower.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9644 on: September 01, 2017, 06:37:35 PM »
Had couple of planned purchases to make from Amazon and took advantage of an offer to get $10 credit for reloading $100 onto a gift card, plus 5% back in points on the Amazon credit card.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9645 on: September 02, 2017, 04:32:23 AM »
Can I chime in with garden bounty tales as well?

I love this time of year, I've got pears, apples, plum (singular), berries,courgettes, accidental marrow, tomatoes, cucamelons (very strange, but they have grown a treat), kale, lettuce and beans all being harvested now. And eggs from the chickens. Good times.

And I feel even more chuffed, that these are old seeds I'm using up, and I've learned to actually plant the right proportions, to minimize wastage and gluts...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9646 on: September 02, 2017, 05:39:02 AM »
Can I chime in with garden bounty tales as well?

I love this time of year, I've got pears, apples, plum (singular), berries,courgettes, accidental marrow, tomatoes, cucamelons (very strange, but they have grown a treat), kale, lettuce and beans all being harvested now. And eggs from the chickens. Good times.

And I feel even more chuffed, that these are old seeds I'm using up, and I've learned to actually plant the right proportions, to minimize wastage and gluts...

What are cucamelons? Are they sweet?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9647 on: September 02, 2017, 08:40:07 AM »
As usual, my savings tent to revolve around food =)

-Picking up our 1/4 cow from a local farmer today or tomorrow.
-Going to can red salsa this weekend, after canning so much salsa verde =) (Hope this works out, I still haven't found the perfect looking canning recipe for this. Sigh)
-As usual, refilled spice containers from bulk containers. It costs waaaay less to do it this way. Today, it was turmeric. I'll also make a big jar of taco seasoning from the bulk spices in the next couple days.
-Giving a new costco coffee a try. They took away the Yukon blend we were buying (waa) and now there are two medium roasts- one slightly less expensive than the yukon was, one slightly more. We're trying the less expensive one first.
-Bought Rx bars through subscribe and save. We only eat these on work days, but they're life savers when we do. $2.50/per a lot of places, $1.99 at trader joe's, $1.60 on amazon subscribe and save =)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9648 on: September 02, 2017, 09:15:04 AM »
Picked a lot of edible mushrooms. Some are in the fridge, some are hested to loose water and then froozen. Others are in the food dryer. Now that I know so many edibles, there is a big amount of dried mushrooms piling up in my kitchen. I don't need to buy mushrooms for the foreseeable future.

I needed some new low hiking shoes. I often walk to work, 8km each way. In my sports shoes I always get a blister on the inside of my right heel. When I pinch it, next time I get a deeper blister and next time an even deeper. So today I combined a mushroom trip to visiting a shopping senter in the same area and bought a pair of low hiking shoes with goretex on sale for a very good price.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9649 on: September 02, 2017, 12:29:13 PM »
I don't have a car so I always use public traffic. I never ask people for rides because I don't want to be a burden to other people because I voluntarily choose to be without a car. Plus sometimes I feel awkward sitting in a small space with the same person for a long time. I'm an introvert and sometimes I don't really know what to say anymore.

But today someone offered me a ride back and I accepted it. It's someone I'm really fond of and he would have to ride through my street anyway, plus I had some snacks in my bag that I could offer to share. It wasn't awkward at all and it saved me about 30.