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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9650 on: September 22, 2017, 09:20:14 AM »
-Helping relatives save money =) Guest room will host people the next few nights. Although this will mean I'll turn on the heat, sigh. I had planned on going the rest of the month without! Flex my 'frugal badass' muscles when it's still sunny a little bit most days.


I'm afraid I'll have to turn on the heat today too. DH and I don't care when it's 60 in the house, but my dad's visiting this weekend and he's skinny and prefers Florida weather.  This is about the shortest period I can remember between turning off the AC and turning on the heat. :(

I swear we keep identical climate control schedules! Windows opened vs not included, haha. And yep, I've got californians coming! I don't think my current habit of opening up overnight and waking up to a 62F house would make them happy ;) haha.

I'll try to minimize the use though, by closing up now, using the oven for lunch, doing some laundry, etc, and see where I can get the house from that before I turn it on.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9651 on: September 22, 2017, 12:51:52 PM »
Two things I'm proud of today:
1. I walked to work! It's not feasible to do every day, but I'd like to be better about doing it when I can.
2. Cracked a full month without having the AC on. It's mostly due to an unseasonably cool August (August in VA is not usually bearable without AC, no matter how much of a badass you are) but my BF has sucked it up a few hotter days to help make this happen.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9652 on: September 22, 2017, 01:17:00 PM »
-Helping relatives save money =) Guest room will host people the next few nights. Although this will mean I'll turn on the heat, sigh. I had planned on going the rest of the month without! Flex my 'frugal badass' muscles when it's still sunny a little bit most days.


I'm afraid I'll have to turn on the heat today too. DH and I don't care when it's 60 in the house, but my dad's visiting this weekend and he's skinny and prefers Florida weather.  This is about the shortest period I can remember between turning off the AC and turning on the heat. :(

I swear we keep identical climate control schedules! Windows opened vs not included, haha. And yep, I've got californians coming! I don't think my current habit of opening up overnight and waking up to a 62F house would make them happy ;) haha.

I'll try to minimize the use though, by closing up now, using the oven for lunch, doing some laundry, etc, and see where I can get the house from that before I turn it on.

Haha, that's about my normal winter indoor temperature ;-) . But I'm in a cool climate so we're used to it, and both my s/o grew up in badly heated homes. We also find dressing for the cold is much more effective than turning the heat up. We keep moving during the day, when we sit down at night we put on a sweater and use a blanket if necessary.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9653 on: September 22, 2017, 01:23:34 PM »
-Helping relatives save money =) Guest room will host people the next few nights. Although this will mean I'll turn on the heat, sigh. I had planned on going the rest of the month without! Flex my 'frugal badass' muscles when it's still sunny a little bit most days.


I'm afraid I'll have to turn on the heat today too. DH and I don't care when it's 60 in the house, but my dad's visiting this weekend and he's skinny and prefers Florida weather.  This is about the shortest period I can remember between turning off the AC and turning on the heat. :(

I swear we keep identical climate control schedules! Windows opened vs not included, haha. And yep, I've got californians coming! I don't think my current habit of opening up overnight and waking up to a 62F house would make them happy ;) haha.

I'll try to minimize the use though, by closing up now, using the oven for lunch, doing some laundry, etc, and see where I can get the house from that before I turn it on.

Haha, that's about my normal winter indoor temperature ;-) . But I'm in a cool climate so we're used to it, and both my s/o grew up in badly heated homes. We also find dressing for the cold is much more effective than turning the heat up. We keep moving during the day, when we sit down at night we put on a sweater and use a blanket if necessary.

I'm not going to tell my guests just to get up and walk around though. For me, that crosses from frugal to cheap. Keeping the house cold for me and my husband? Frugal. Making my guests miserable to save $0.15? Cheap.

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« Reply #9654 on: September 22, 2017, 01:50:16 PM »

I'm not going to tell my guests just to get up and walk around though. For me, that crosses from frugal to cheap. Keeping the house cold for me and my husband? Frugal. Making my guests miserable to save $0.15? Cheap.

Agreed.  It was 59 indoors when I got home at noon, and I'm not sure it's going to break 50 outside.  I cranked the thermostat to 65 for my dear old dad; it's the least I can do considering he you know, helped put me on this earth and get through college and whatnot.  I suppose instead of ahi tuna steaks and fancy beer, I should feed him ramen and PBR too.

Usually 62 is where we keep the thermostat in the winter, and find it pretty comfortable.  DH l was keeping it in the high 50's while I was on detail last winter. 

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« Reply #9655 on: September 22, 2017, 03:33:24 PM »

I'm not going to tell my guests just to get up and walk around though. For me, that crosses from frugal to cheap. Keeping the house cold for me and my husband? Frugal. Making my guests miserable to save $0.15? Cheap.

Agreed.  It was 59 indoors when I got home at noon, and I'm not sure it's going to break 50 outside.  I cranked the thermostat to 65 for my dear old dad; it's the least I can do considering he you know, helped put me on this earth and get through college and whatnot.  I suppose instead of ahi tuna steaks and fancy beer, I should feed him ramen and PBR too.

Usually 62 is where we keep the thermostat in the winter, and find it pretty comfortable.  DH l was keeping it in the high 50's while I was on detail last winter.

Holy crap!! I just figured out a fundamental thing that results in some differences. I read these comments and immediately thought "My guests are way better than yours". Honestly though, I think you are probably more considerate people than I am. I mean, it's no secret I'm a jerk, but the thought of adjusting the thermostat for a guest never even occurred to me. I mean, they are guests...Come winter, if the house is over 55°, I think something is wrong. Come spring, fall, or summer, when the house is over 60°, I wish I had central air. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9656 on: September 22, 2017, 03:38:04 PM »
More of the same...taking a lunch with us as we walked a few miles RT to run some errands, rather than using the car.

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« Reply #9657 on: September 22, 2017, 03:49:22 PM »

I'm not going to tell my guests just to get up and walk around though. For me, that crosses from frugal to cheap. Keeping the house cold for me and my husband? Frugal. Making my guests miserable to save $0.15? Cheap.

Agreed.  It was 59 indoors when I got home at noon, and I'm not sure it's going to break 50 outside.  I cranked the thermostat to 65 for my dear old dad; it's the least I can do considering he you know, helped put me on this earth and get through college and whatnot.  I suppose instead of ahi tuna steaks and fancy beer, I should feed him ramen and PBR too.

Usually 62 is where we keep the thermostat in the winter, and find it pretty comfortable.  DH l was keeping it in the high 50's while I was on detail last winter.

Holy crap!! I just figured out a fundamental thing that results in some differences. I read these comments and immediately thought "My guests are way better than yours". Honestly though, I think you are probably more considerate people than I am. I mean, it's no secret I'm a jerk, but the thought of adjusting the thermostat for a guest never even occurred to me. I mean, they are guests...Come winter, if the house is over 55°, I think something is wrong. Come spring, fall, or summer, when the house is over 60°, I wish I had central air. :)

When my SIL came to visit from California during a January cold snap, she was huddled in front of the fire, freezing her ass off the entire time while wearing a coat and scarf inside.  I'm guessing you've never had a guest like that.  She apparently does not possess a functional circulatory system, or perhaps has reptilian DNA, IDK. 

I guess it depends on why someone is at my house though - if they're going out of their way, using vacation days and so on to spend time with me, I'll go out of my way to make them comfortable, whether with food, temperature, whatever (within reasonable limits).  If they're just staying here to save on a hotel room, well, they can deal with my normal thermostat setting. :P

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« Reply #9658 on: September 22, 2017, 04:26:37 PM »

I'm not going to tell my guests just to get up and walk around though. For me, that crosses from frugal to cheap. Keeping the house cold for me and my husband? Frugal. Making my guests miserable to save $0.15? Cheap.

Agreed.  It was 59 indoors when I got home at noon, and I'm not sure it's going to break 50 outside.  I cranked the thermostat to 65 for my dear old dad; it's the least I can do considering he you know, helped put me on this earth and get through college and whatnot.  I suppose instead of ahi tuna steaks and fancy beer, I should feed him ramen and PBR too.

Usually 62 is where we keep the thermostat in the winter, and find it pretty comfortable.  DH l was keeping it in the high 50's while I was on detail last winter.

I felt bad when the XFP and I were visiting our frugal-est friends and they asked if we had been warm enough at night, and we had to stay no. We had twin beds with quilts and fleece blankets and whatever they had turned down the thermostat to, it was too cold for our comfort. If we had been in one bed, maybe, or with a bit more blanketage.

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« Reply #9659 on: September 22, 2017, 11:45:37 PM »
Attempting to make my own blackberry liqueur. If it turns out well it will save $$$ when we make our favourite cocktails for parties.

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« Reply #9660 on: September 23, 2017, 01:00:21 AM »
Just looked around for renter's insurance since our policy that the apt had recommended (read: did not research for ourselves) was up for renewal. Turns out I can get one with a 250$ deductible for 5$ a month versus our 12.25$. That's 87$ in annual savings from switching, for essentially the same policy but with the super low deductible, on something I only have because my apt requires it. Woo!

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« Reply #9661 on: September 23, 2017, 02:17:38 PM »
-Took the kids to a soccer tournament today, & avoided all of the yummy lunch options. Said no to all of the hungry faces after the game, and came home & threw together a fast lunch.
-Made rolls in the bread machine, & currently baking them
-Made a lentil soup with a bunch of things from the fridge/freezer: an onion, a can of tomato paste I found lingering in the pantry, cleared out my homemade chicken broth from the freezer, and found a random small bag of ham in the freezer as well. I'm turning this into dinner for everyone. Both kids tried lentil soup at a restaurant this week, and one loved it, the other one was "okay" with it. In his world, that's pretty big praise. :-) Getting a new, super frugal kid friendly dinner option would be awesome!
-Also, the soccer tournament charges entrance, so figured out the most cost effective way to get everyone there, even though we have conflicting game schedules.
-Offered my friend & her son a ride to the tournament. They are often frequent volunteers to bring my son with them, so it's nice to be able to reciprocate.

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« Reply #9662 on: September 23, 2017, 02:18:33 PM »
Went to our town's health fair this morning. Picked up free bike helmets for 5 of the kids plus a year's supply of pens.

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« Reply #9663 on: September 23, 2017, 03:30:40 PM »
Made a strata for brunch tomorrow and got distracted and made too much of the milk and egg mixture you pour over the bread. Rather than toss that out, I added some vegetables and made a crust less quiche we can have for lunches this week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9664 on: September 23, 2017, 11:20:24 PM »
Fixed my furnace!  I've been putting it off because... I just didn't want to. Considered hiring someone.  But today I sucked it up, moved the thermostat to a different wall (that involved a fishtape, a tiny flashlight, a drill, shoelaces, and a straw cleaning brush in order to do it all myself), and found the problem with the furnace itself.  Just a blown fuse.  Probably from when we were dropping bricks all over the thermostat cable when we tore out the chimney.

Anyway. Fixed now!  I heated the house all the way to 65 this evening and it felt great!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9665 on: September 24, 2017, 09:37:56 AM »
-My husband is currently replacing two windows that will no longer roll all of the way up/down in our 12+ year old car. He also decided to fix an issue with the interior lifting up. Apparently, this is a hot weather issue, due to the fabric expanding & shrinking. We're on the fence of deciding whether to keep or sell this car. Either way, it's a good investment in keeping it working. Cost = $300ish. Savings of doing it ourselves = $600?
-Walked to an event last night.
-Made breakfast for myself at of scraps that the kids didn't eat.
-Packed lunch for the soccer games. We'll be eating between games at a tournament. We'll have to eat at the car, as the tournament facility doesn't allow for outside food or beverages. :-(
-My husband hand washed all of our cars today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9666 on: September 24, 2017, 01:43:41 PM »
* Roasted my own coffee from green beans, saving ~$4-$10/lb.

* Used a lemon from the tree we planted when we moved in (I think of this as dividends and interest of a sort!)

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« Reply #9667 on: September 24, 2017, 07:06:20 PM »
My mum asked if she could help me out with any sewing, so I gratefully took over four things that needed a stitch, and consulted her on a bag strap that needs new metal fittings.

She sent me home with all my mending done (yay) and a big bag of baby spinach.

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« Reply #9668 on: September 25, 2017, 01:14:02 AM »
Again I collected a package from China at the post office. I order all small and cheap things in China. We have a very small tollfree quotum, but it is just enough for the small stuff. In Norway you usually pay anywhere between 5-10 times as much for the same thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9669 on: September 25, 2017, 05:46:31 AM »
Phoned my bank today to cancel a credit card, they offered to waive the annual fee so now I'll keep it for another year.  Saved $150! (Hello expensive Australian banking product). The card includes travel insurance, we claimed this year on my SOs due to an unforeseen medical problem causing us to cancel a trip, so a good incentive to keep the card for a bit longer as we'll be heading overseas again this year. 

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« Reply #9670 on: September 25, 2017, 06:50:26 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

Going out for sushi costs my husband and I about $40- so this was a great time with our neighbors.!

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.

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« Reply #9671 on: September 25, 2017, 10:57:49 AM »
A much busier weekend than anticipated left me empty handed for both DH's lunch and my own.  Hubby will either eat on the company's dime if he can find one of his to-do list items to do at another office, or he'll go get a 5.00 sub.   I pulled some vegetables out of the fridge leftover from a dinner at work over the weekend and am eating massive amounts of raw carrot sticks and celery sticks for my lunch...free lunch!  And healthy! 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9672 on: September 26, 2017, 01:05:22 AM »
I'm traveling for work this week, so nothing special, but I did find soccer cleats for my eldest. My sister has two boys & passes down the like new ones that her boys grow out of. We have about six sizes, sitting around, waiting for someone to need them. Both boys are almost ready for new sizes, so it worked out well. Love not having to go out & buy them (the hassle of shopping!), but also saves money. Soccer cleats are usually around $40-60.

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« Reply #9673 on: September 26, 2017, 09:47:59 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

Going out for sushi costs my husband and I about $40- so this was a great time with our neighbors.!

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.
That sounds awesome!

Packed lunch, made tea at home.
I made my first loaf of bread in our breadmaker over the weekend, and we've been having easy dinners this week (avocado toast with eggs and balsamic vinegar).
Made dog treats (froze plain yogurt with a few bits of kibble sprinkled in)

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« Reply #9674 on: September 26, 2017, 11:43:44 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

Going out for sushi costs my husband and I about $40- so this was a great time with our neighbors.!

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.
That sounds awesome!

Packed lunch, made tea at home.
I made my first loaf of bread in our breadmaker over the weekend, and we've been having easy dinners this week (avocado toast with eggs and balsamic vinegar).
Made dog treats (froze plain yogurt with a few bits of kibble sprinkled in)

I just got a free breadmaker on our local buy nothing group. I'm so intimidated to use it... do you have an easy recipe to share? I downloaded the user manual but it was hundreds of pages.....

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« Reply #9675 on: September 26, 2017, 11:57:39 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

Going out for sushi costs my husband and I about $40- so this was a great time with our neighbors.!

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.
That sounds awesome!

Packed lunch, made tea at home.
I made my first loaf of bread in our breadmaker over the weekend, and we've been having easy dinners this week (avocado toast with eggs and balsamic vinegar).
Made dog treats (froze plain yogurt with a few bits of kibble sprinkled in)

I just got a free breadmaker on our local buy nothing group. I'm so intimidated to use it... do you have an easy recipe to share? I downloaded the user manual but it was hundreds of pages.....
We have a larger breadmaker, so I'm not sure how the recipe would scale.  I used the basic recipe from our breadmaker manual to check it out. 

We did something similar to this, but I used dry buttermilk (we had a container in our pantry).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9676 on: September 26, 2017, 12:04:41 PM »
Needed to get my bike back from the shop. Instead of the car, I took the bus to the shop carrying my front wheel with me, and then biked from the shop to work.

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« Reply #9677 on: September 26, 2017, 12:07:04 PM »
Shamelessly took home almost all the leftovers from a family party last weekend.  5 bags of bread, an entire casserole, 2 loaves of zucchini bread, etc.   Almost everybody else was flying out of town within 24 hours, and the rest were elderly and didn't have the capacity to store/consume vast quantities of leftovers like we do.  Score!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9678 on: September 26, 2017, 12:26:46 PM »
Free Italian plums from a co-worker.  Will toss them in the dehydrator when I get home.

Checked the quarterly 5% cash back categories on my CC's and will add a note to each card so I maximize cash back next quarter

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« Reply #9679 on: September 26, 2017, 01:49:50 PM »
I just got a free breadmaker on our local buy nothing group. I'm so intimidated to use it... do you have an easy recipe to share? I downloaded the user manual but it was hundreds of pages.....

If it's a PDF, you can probably use a keyword search for "Basic" and find their recommended first recipe. You're probably safest doing the basic recipe for the manual for your particular bread machine the first time because the size will be right.

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« Reply #9680 on: September 26, 2017, 02:22:06 PM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

Going out for sushi costs my husband and I about $40- so this was a great time with our neighbors.!

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.
That sounds awesome!

Packed lunch, made tea at home.
I made my first loaf of bread in our breadmaker over the weekend, and we've been having easy dinners this week (avocado toast with eggs and balsamic vinegar).
Made dog treats (froze plain yogurt with a few bits of kibble sprinkled in)

I just got a free breadmaker on our local buy nothing group. I'm so intimidated to use it... do you have an easy recipe to share? I downloaded the user manual but it was hundreds of pages.....

I threw out my manual for my bread machine because most recipes called for milk and/or eggs which is ridiculous for bread. I just google "X bread machine recipe" where X is the type of bread I want to make, such as "pumpernickel bread machine recipe".

Then put in liquids first, dry ingredients last. Just like any normal baking, make sure to measure exactly and do not pack down the flour. Use a spoon to put flour into a measuring cup and do not scoop into the flour container with the measuring cup (this will pack the flour down). The most basic recipe is a french bread recipe that is flour, yeast, salt, and water.

I've made this one a couple times, not my favorite bread to make in the machine but the simplest:
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/failproof-french-bread-bread-machine-81211

You can bake the whole thing in the machine or remove the dough and finish in the oven as the recipe is written.

Try a recipe that uses 2 cups of flour (you can scale all the ingredients down to match 2 cups flour), even the smallest bread machine should be able to accommodate that. It should have a "basic/white bread" setting and possibly a setting for how many lbs the bread is, use these measurements as a guide:

1-pound = 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2-pound = 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
2-pound = 4 to 4 1/2 cups

Good luck!

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« Reply #9681 on: September 26, 2017, 03:51:56 PM »
I resisted the urge to go out for Mexican and grabbed something from the freezer instead. Then I made myself homemade brownies to reward myself. :)

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« Reply #9682 on: September 26, 2017, 04:57:43 PM »
I used to free brown bananas for use in baking, but I've changed my diet and I can't remember the last time I made banana cake.

Instead, I'm slicing soft bananas onto a baking tray to freeze and keeping the chunks in a container in the freezer to use in smoothies.

Better for me, won't heat up the kitchen in summer, and a lower barrier to entry (it 30 seconds and one or two other ingredients).

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« Reply #9683 on: September 26, 2017, 05:23:48 PM »
I didn't go to the farmer's market - I'm nearly out of onions and garlic, but I'm sure I'd have come home with more than just those two things.

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« Reply #9684 on: September 26, 2017, 08:00:47 PM »
Free pizza at work for lunch. Breakfast and supper both included plums from the yard and slow-cooker black beans (not together). Got milk at the corner store for less than at the supermarket. Rode bike everywhere, of course.

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« Reply #9685 on: September 26, 2017, 10:57:28 PM »
Was getting hungry and had no meals ready to heat up and didn't feel like cooking. Went online and found a quick vegan chili recipe for the Instant Pot. Little bit of work and now enough for quite a few meals. Saved money and calories of eating out.

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« Reply #9686 on: September 26, 2017, 11:44:52 PM »
Husband was sent a review copy of Forza 7, which he would have bought anyway. Saved $140.

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« Reply #9687 on: September 27, 2017, 02:31:19 AM »
-Remembered to cancel a winter sport for the kids before the deadline. (They changed their minds.) I'm getting a check back for $522. Win!
-Also provided feedback to a local(ish) dairy about a cheese package that didn't properly seal & molded before it was opened/before the use by date. Received a coupon for a free replacement, plus a coupon for a free smaller size as well.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9688 on: September 27, 2017, 03:38:32 AM »
Finally used my legs again to walk to work today.
Ate homemade lunch at work, as practically every day.
Will make mushroom soya tonight from selfpicked mushrooms. Usually this comes in expensive small bottles.
Intend on my way home to pick up some edible mushroom that I saw when walking to work. One was inside someone's garden. I'll have to call on the door and ask politely.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9689 on: September 27, 2017, 05:21:43 AM »
Combined errands to the library, bank, and produce market, and walked instead of driving.  By the time I was on the way back in 84F heat, I may have regretted it a little, but I made it ;)

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« Reply #9690 on: September 27, 2017, 01:55:12 PM »
A coworker brought baked goods today in a large ziploc bag.

Once everything was gone, I washed the bag to bring it home.

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« Reply #9691 on: September 28, 2017, 04:30:21 AM »
I picked 3 species of edible mushrooms on my way home from work. And finally I have managed to stop the habit buying mushrooms in the shop for the time being.

And I ate homemade lunch at work, as usual. I smelled something good in the cafeteria, but could resist buying lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9692 on: September 28, 2017, 06:51:17 AM »
(Yesterday, but I never have a laptop at night to post)

Rode my bike 7.5 miles roundtrip to the pool hall to play on my league team. I'm hoping to work up to being able to ride to work at least one day a week or maybe just to get home on Friday (18 miles each way). Ride home Friday, rest the weekend, ride back Monday morning? Might not be bad at all. Would save me ~$50 a month roughly.

Didn't order food at the pool hall despite not having dinner yet. Ate a few fries from a friend though. Got home and figured I'd just skip dinner and go to bed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9693 on: September 28, 2017, 06:57:04 AM »
Rode my bike 7.5 miles roundtrip to the pool hall to play on my league team. I'm hoping to work up to being able to ride to work at least one day a week or maybe just to get home on Friday (18 miles each way). Ride home Friday, rest the weekend, ride back Monday morning? Might not be bad at all. Would save me ~$50 a month roughly.

18 miles is right in that sweet spot. You can't help but be in the zone by the end, but it's not an all day thing. Jump over to the cycling thread if you want some additional guidance. We've got good people there. Link is in my signature.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9694 on: September 28, 2017, 09:37:06 AM »
Made another loaf of bread last night.  Italian Herb.
Packed my lunch, had breakfast at home, made tea at home (and another cup at work), using a water bottle (gifted a really cute one, and I LOVE it)
Made treats for my dogs. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9695 on: September 28, 2017, 02:22:09 PM »
Biked back and forth to meditation this morning.  Hung three loads of clothes on my clothesline to dry.  Roasted a pile of vegetables from my CSA, some of which I froze for the future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9696 on: September 28, 2017, 06:44:35 PM »
-Needed a specific item. Remembered I have a gift card. Used all but $4 on the GC, and found out that Cabela's just gives you cash when you get a GC down below $5. So not only did I not spend $20, used a GC we've had over 2 years, I also "liberated" some as real US currency.

-Canceled an appointment I can't keep enough ahead of time I won't face a late fee.

-Been focusing on babying the gas mileage. Went from ~39mpg average on the tank to 41.1mpg.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9697 on: September 28, 2017, 08:15:50 PM »
I realized this summer that the new boiler we had installed comes with a feature called "outdoor reset", which changes the target temperature of the water in the radiators based on the outdoor temperature. It is more efficient because on days that aren't bitterly cold it can maintain a lower water temperature and still keep the house warm.

Our installer had never enabled this feature, which blows my mind. I bought a $10 sensor and wired it up in about 5 minutes. I expect it to cut at least $100 off our gas bill this winter.

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« Reply #9698 on: September 29, 2017, 06:51:20 AM »
We'll need to see if this turns out in a saving thing. I am today going to buy wine yeast. Unfortunately my DH thought about it too late, so I need to drive extra kms to a shop where I shopped earlier this week. My DH is going to buy grapes on sale at a cheap grocery store. He is going to combine that with the few grapes he managed to grow in our own garden and make it into wine. Wine usually needs to be on the yeasting bottle for a year or so, so this is a thing for next year. We can probably save some bottle of shop wine, which is very expensive in Norway.

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« Reply #9699 on: September 29, 2017, 09:33:04 AM »
I was craving something sweet yesterday, so I made a small batch of chocolate chip cookies (2 cookies to be exact).  I didn't have chocolate chips, so I chopped up part of a dark chocolate bar I had in the house.
I had a simple lunch and dinner yesterday with items we already had in the house. 
I've packed my lunch today. 
Bathed one of the dogs at home.