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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9850 on: October 20, 2017, 07:45:30 PM »
No spend day today!

Meal planned for the next week, focusing on eating what we already have to keep the grocery budget down. Made lists for the farmers market and grocery store tomorrow, and will walk to both.

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« Reply #9851 on: October 20, 2017, 08:30:08 PM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday). And after sitting in Urgent Care for a couple hours to get my neck checked out, I really just wanted to pick up a frozen pizza. I didn't want any of our leftovers in the fridge, and nothing else was thawed. Instant Pot to the rescue. We threw in some frozen chicken thighs, and cooked some rice. Some pesto from costco, and tada, it tasted different from what we've been eating and we didn't buy anything for it.

(Unfortunately, our recycling service costs will be going up, amount TBD. Boo)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9852 on: October 20, 2017, 11:50:22 PM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday). And after sitting in Urgent Care for a couple hours to get my neck checked out, I really just wanted to pick up a frozen pizza.


Oh no! Hope you're okay and heal up. Car wrecks suck, but bonus points to you for not taking the easy way and buying take-out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9853 on: October 21, 2017, 07:28:13 AM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday). And after sitting in Urgent Care for a couple hours to get my neck checked out, I really just wanted to pick up a frozen pizza. I didn't want any of our leftovers in the fridge, and nothing else was thawed. Instant Pot to the rescue. We threw in some frozen chicken thighs, and cooked some rice. Some pesto from costco, and tada, it tasted different from what we've been eating and we didn't buy anything for it.

(Unfortunately, our recycling service costs will be going up, amount TBD. Boo)

That is pretty badass.

Hope you are OK and not too sore today.

This week I was in Denver for work, and wasn't perfectly frugal, but definitely pocketed most of my per diem. 
*Saved my employer $$ by taking the lightrail from the airport.  It seems most of my coworkers were totally unaware of this relatively new option. 
*Stayed in an extended stay type hotel and bought groceries for most of my lunches and dinners.  Avoided going out for any $$$ dinners.  Had a nice lunchtime walk with a co-worker so I saved money without seeming too antisocial.
*Hotel room provides a new kitchen sponge for each guest, so I took it with me when I left, as well as the soap bar, to save them from being tossed in the trash
*Brought ground coffee from home and made all my coffee in the hotel room

Yesterday:
Did some research and will be replacing a horse supplement that was $1.44/day, with one that is .39c/day, so long as horsey is willing to eat a powdered supplement instead of a pelletized one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9854 on: October 21, 2017, 07:33:50 AM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday). And after sitting in Urgent Care for a couple hours to get my neck checked out, I really just wanted to pick up a frozen pizza.


Oh no! Hope you're okay and heal up. Car wrecks suck, but bonus points to you for not taking the easy way and buying take-out.

The credit 100% goes to my husband. To be fair, my "compromise" idea was to go buy a rotisserie chicken to make the same meal. He was the one that pushed "we have a way to cook the meat we already have" then did all the cooking.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9855 on: October 21, 2017, 05:17:20 PM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday). And after sitting in Urgent Care for a couple hours to get my neck checked out, I really just wanted to pick up a frozen pizza. I didn't want any of our leftovers in the fridge, and nothing else was thawed. Instant Pot to the rescue. We threw in some frozen chicken thighs, and cooked some rice. Some pesto from costco, and tada, it tasted different from what we've been eating and we didn't buy anything for it.

(Unfortunately, our recycling service costs will be going up, amount TBD. Boo)

Ouch!  The accident must have sucked.  Kudos to the stocked pantry, though.  Makes it easy to whip up a meal, no?

I did something small yesterday:  I scrutinized my grocery store receipt while leaving the checkout.  It seemed high for just a bunch of vegetables, milk, and bulk paprika.  Turns out, the cashier's finger must have slipped because I was charged for 15 bunches of swiss chard.  This kind of mistake is easy to correct while one is still in the store.

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« Reply #9856 on: October 22, 2017, 05:27:53 AM »
Went to the shop to buy soy milk. See it's buy one, get one for free, so I get two cartons of soy milk for €1,69 instead of one. Then I see that there's a rebate for the soy milk, but you can only enter once, so when I mail in the barcode I get €1,69 back and it's free. One of the cartons also had a -35% off sticker on it because it's near it's expiration date so the store takes €0,59 off the total on my receipt. I have now officially made €0,59 by purchasing 2 cartons of milk.

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« Reply #9857 on: October 22, 2017, 06:19:45 AM »
I returned 2 things I didn’t need.

I bought replacement bulbs for a bathroom light fixture because the originals from the previous owner’s time seemed like the wrong bulbs and they put out substantial heat.  Now the light is brighter and not hot.  Unmustachian to buy replacements when the originals were working, but mustachian if it saves $ or saves me from a fire.  Led, of course. 

I also used my shopvac to try to clean out the dryer’s lint trap area.  It is gross.  :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9858 on: October 22, 2017, 07:20:25 AM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday).

I hope that your neck is okay! I have a totally unsubstantiated belief that wine is good for seized-up necks because it relaxes you and dilates blood vessels, leading to increased circulation. (Caution: I have a habit of doling out terrible advice - but please take into account that I have no medical knowledge at all beyond what experimentation has yet to kill me)

My cost savings are for a toque (knit hat) and mittens. I lent my old set out last year to an under-dressed visitor, who promptly lost them, so I need a replacement before it gets cold. Since I HATE clothes shopping, I dashed into a sporting goods store, and bought replacements for $60. After feeling uncomfortable about the high cost for a day, I realized that I can de-clutter my wool stash and remedy my hat/mitt problem by knitting my own! I have begun slowly but surely following a pattern and am half-way done a hat (I'm awful at following patterns, so this is intense work for me). I'll return the bought stuff later today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9859 on: October 22, 2017, 08:14:04 AM »
My husband is rapidly losing weight post weight loss surgery, today I spent some time altering some of his clothes so he looks like he bought new pants.  Hoping to hold off on new clothes until he reaches his goal weight!  Or at least keep purchases to a minimum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9860 on: October 22, 2017, 08:17:48 AM »
Have had a shiiiiiity week. (Got hit by a car yesterday).

I hope that your neck is okay! I have a totally unsubstantiated belief that wine is good for seized-up necks because it relaxes you and dilates blood vessels, leading to increased circulation. (Caution: I have a habit of doling out terrible advice - but please take into account that I have no medical knowledge at all beyond what experimentation has yet to kill me)

Just to pull this a tiny off topic, but I can't help myself, I'm a nurse =P Just be sure if you're on NSAIDs (like aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve- the anti inflammatories) you don't also do alcohol- this is really hard on your stomach. This one isn't an urban legend type thing, especially if it's for a sustained period of time you're taking them both. Maybe I can spin that as a cost saving tip- don't combine these two over the counter things, and avoid gastric ulcers/bleeding! You'll pay so much less in copays!

All that being said, I didn't take NSAIDs the first day and had a glass of wine instead. Yesterday I (instead) tried a muscle relaxer the doc prescribed. It was on par with the muscle relaxation the wine gave, but made me fairly light headed. Don't think I'll be taking any of those again. Illicit self medication might be winning out for me this time =P That and a heat pack. OTOH, the irony is the muscle relaxers work out cheaper per dose even compared to the Bota Box.


My cost saving yesterday- I knew DH and I were both craving a crappy food meal. For us, this generally means pizza. Before MMM, we would have gotten delivery. That's only happened like... 4 times in the last 2 years though. So when I went to Costco to pick up my meds, I also bought some of their frozen pizzas.

Today- Going to do meal prep for the week, and get our flu shots at Target- they're doing the deal again where they give you $5 for each covered flu shot you get. Not sure yet what we'll buy with the $10. TBD, since we don't really need much right now. Probably stock up on extra toiletries or something.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9861 on: October 22, 2017, 01:57:00 PM »
Today I filled out a form to get professional development costs partially reimbursed by the university where I'm doing an online degree. There was one professional trip I took this summer that I took as personal leave at my own expense because I thought (wrongly) it would be cheap and mostly fun rather than work. If this is approved, I could get up to $250 back.

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« Reply #9862 on: October 22, 2017, 06:02:50 PM »
-Made dinner for our guests (well, my husband did most, but I did appetizers & salad) vs going out
-Used a credit accrued from buying something that will be reimbursed as a work expense to buy ice cream from Thrifty's for our guests. (Their request for dessert was Thrifty's. :-)
-My husband did quite a bit of research, and was able to do multiple repairs on our car
-Finally got all of the paperwork together & mailed off our rebate for $125 towards our automatic sprinklers
-I used to really struggle to use up all of the goat cheese (Costco - two packs) before they expired. I froze one of the loaves way back, and discovered it today. Used it to make an appetizer to go with dinner. Yum!
-Made lunch early for the kids & packed a lunch for myself, knowing we'd be out of the house for a few hours. Bonus round: ate the leftover quesadilla that I really didn't want. My youngest had decided the type of tortilla used was "different" and didn't want it. Sigh. . . picky eaters.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9863 on: October 22, 2017, 06:56:01 PM »
Negotiated with landlord to take care of front lawn this winter for a reduction in rent of $100/month.
The yard is tiny and we actually have the mower and weed eater this year to do the work, so I don't mind that much. 

Made dinner from a bunch of scrounged up ingredients that were going to expire/not be good much longer.  Dish is tasty, so it's a good use of food.
I brought home a large ziploc bag of leftover bread/bagels from work the other night.  This stuff shows up every couple weeks and I've always got some plastic bags in my backpack so I can take advantage of the leftovers.  Only myself and one other co-worker seem to do this.  The rest eventually gets tossed which breaks my heart, so I take as much as I can without seeming like I'm taking way too much. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9864 on: October 23, 2017, 01:37:47 PM »
I raised my 401(k) contribution back up to what it was earlier in the year. I got nervous at the end of August because I was unsure of what sort of expenses I was going to have with/after a medical procedure, so I reduced my contribution a bit to get a little extra cash in my checking account. Some part of my brain was trying to convince me to leave it that way. For some reason when my checking account grows and I can manually move it into my taxable account, it feels like I'm doing really well and saving money and being a badass. But my automatic 401(k) deposits don't feel like anything, and they don't show up as income in my Mint account, so they are much less satisfying. BUT! The math says that the 401(k) is a much better way to save, so I made myself do it anyway. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9865 on: October 23, 2017, 05:15:23 PM »
The NSW container deposit scheme starts on December 1 (10c refund on most plastic, glass or aluminium drink containers between 150ml and 3L) so I'm going to hang on to our odd Coke or sparkling water bottle.

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« Reply #9866 on: October 24, 2017, 01:29:24 AM »
... But my automatic 401(k) deposits don't feel like anything, and they don't show up as income in my Mint account, so they are much less satisfying.
You should be able to add your 401k to Mint. I had my 403b in there at one point. Your little Mint charts will look so much more cheerful and encouraging if you do.

Today I'm heading to London midday and taking advantage of the off-peak day return with railcard discount.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9867 on: October 24, 2017, 06:16:04 AM »
I'm feeling pretty good today! For my husband's employer to kick in their contribution to our HSA (a possible $650/person), there are a bunch of little activities we have to complete - annual physical, biometric screening, etc. We had been putting them all of, unsure of when the deadline was and what we had to complete. We got letters in the mail a few weeks ago showing that we had basically done nothing - this was partly due to confusion on our end, but still. We've kicked it into high gear, and now we're both only $25 away from the max with over a month left! The last $25 just involves checking in once a week saying I went to a yoga class. I only have 2 weeks left of check-ins, so I'm almost there!  Feels pretty good to have gotten $1250 in a matter of weeks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9868 on: October 24, 2017, 08:19:59 AM »
Going to be 100 degrees today; hung out a load of laundry to dry. Saves $0.25 or so, but it's about the habit and this was the first time in a couple of months!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9869 on: October 24, 2017, 04:54:08 PM »
So sorry to hear about the car accident, Bracken_Joy! Hope you are feeling better.

-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work for free today
-Made the kids lunches today, even though it was a hassle & I was tired. Bonus points, discovered cookies my mom had bought, lurking in the back of the cupboard. Added those to the lunches for a special treat.
-Instead of going to the party store, mostly made the kids Halloween costumes from stuff we already had. And, ordered the few remaining items on Amazon, for 1/2 the price of the party store.
-Added another day to a business trip. Will not save me any money, but am trying to look at the bright side of traveling over two weekend days. Will generate reward points, which I will transfer to my preferred airlines for a discounted flight? I'm really sad about it, so trying to be positive.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9870 on: October 25, 2017, 10:25:51 AM »
Spending the day and tomorrow in a hotel, paid by my boss. Driven by someone elses car. Eating lunch, snacks and dinner for free. Not touching the minibar.

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« Reply #9871 on: October 25, 2017, 11:26:51 AM »
We're finally getting some fall weather (boo!) so we have stacked the first load of firewood on the porch and fired up the wood burner this morning. I'm working from home today, so the dogs and I are enjoying the warmth.

My brother's birthday is this week, so I got a list of Aldi items he really likes and picked up a few things on my regular grocery trip yesterday. (I prefer to give consumables for gifts) Added an Amazon gift card left over from Christmas, and threw it all in a gift bag from the leftover stash.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9872 on: October 25, 2017, 01:42:22 PM »
 Ate from the freezer to make room for the cakes I'll be making for our backyard wedding.

Used all the older veg from the fridge (plus some fresh from the veggie garden!) to make a Thai red curry for work lunches.

Reused mailing supplies to send a parcel for SO. SO was surprised that I keep these. Ha! How much he still has to learn about my waste hating ways.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9873 on: October 25, 2017, 01:46:32 PM »
Had free work lunch by attending a Financial Planning Seminar. Learned lots (insert sarcasm font).

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« Reply #9874 on: October 25, 2017, 03:27:15 PM »
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Packed lunches for the kids
-Ate free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Enrolled in annual benefits at work, optimizing a few things to take advantage of plan changes

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9875 on: October 25, 2017, 03:50:17 PM »
Found out I can pay my health insurance premium at CVS with a credit card.  2% card = $14.50 / month

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9876 on: October 26, 2017, 02:10:16 PM »
Signed SO up for cheaper online stockbroker. If I like it, I will switch to. Cost per trade is nearly half what I am paying now.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9877 on: October 26, 2017, 03:55:54 PM »
-Ate free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work. (Although, putting in a 12 hour day, so doesn't feel like much of a "win".)
-Got a raise as part of my promotion I've worked on for a few years. It's nothing crazy, but will help pad the stache!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9878 on: October 26, 2017, 08:38:11 PM »
-Switched internet providers, will be saving $35 per month

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« Reply #9879 on: October 26, 2017, 11:58:21 PM »
Went to the eye doctor to see if I needed an updated prescription (it's been 5+ years since I got checked). Turned down all the upsells, and decided not to get new glasses when she said my prescription was essentially the same. Even though my glasses are really old and the finish is starting to come off and discolor, it's all on the inside of the frame and behind the ear where it rubs on my skin, so they still should look OK to other people while I'm wearing them. I made sure I went somewhere that took my vision insurance (which I pay a whopping 99 pre-tax cents/month for) so it was only a $10 co-pay for the exam. $65 saved on the exam, at least $35 on the upsells I turned down, and probably $100-$200 saved by not getting new glasses.

Got a free drink and concert ticket, although I don't think I actually did anything to achieve that. I actually tried multiple times to pay. Maybe this is more like a "how did you save money in spite of yourself today" item...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9880 on: October 27, 2017, 02:11:11 AM »
Checked my mobile phone provider (Amaysim) for any updates to data plans.

Currently paying $24.90 for unlimited calls/text & 1.5GB data every 28 days.

New plan available is $20.00 for unlimited calls/text & 2.5GB data every 28 days.

Going to switch as soon as the current billing cycle expires in 10 days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9881 on: October 27, 2017, 10:51:30 AM »
The usual small stuff:

- eating home made sandwiches for lunch, as usual.
- bringing home some leftover bananas from work ar Friday afternoon.
- eating a fresh mushroom that I picked in the forest today.
- eating frozen pizza (reheated), but from home made pizza leftover.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9882 on: October 27, 2017, 11:44:53 AM »
- Breakfast was free (Starbucks gift card I got for signing my work up for something)
- Lunch was bought for me for helping out a former colleague (will have leftovers for tomorrow)
- Ordered Dog food online at 50% off
- Will be stopping at BJs on my way home from work to get gas, I think the prices are typically 15 cents off per gallon which saves me roughly $1.50 per fill up.

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« Reply #9883 on: October 27, 2017, 03:57:16 PM »
Surveyed the food situation this morning and decided to freeze the flatbread and the muffins for later, since I won't get through them this weekend.

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« Reply #9884 on: October 27, 2017, 04:59:19 PM »
Spectrum (previously Time Warner Cable) jacked my price from $45/mo to $71/mo while I was recovering from surgery. (Gee, thanks!)  Just basic-level internet access, no phone or TV, that is crazy expensive! Finally got my shit together enough to call today and ask for a price reduction. For the first time in my experience, they said no. Nope. Nothing we can do. $71 or nothing. No lower service levels you can downgrade to, no promos, nothing. I threatened to change providers. They said they would understand if I wanted to do that. So I just spent 40 minutes signing up for FiOS and will get similar or better internet bandwidth for $39.99/mo.

I have a bad history with Verizon from way back in the DSL days, but I'll give it a shot if I'll save $360/yr. If they suck I'll switch back to Spectrum and get a sign-up promo :-P

I'm also buying the modem, so I should save money in the long term over renting one for $10/mo.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9885 on: October 27, 2017, 05:06:17 PM »
-Ate leftovers for breakfast & lunch
-Used up spinach from the freezer in breakfast smoothies
-Packed lunches for the kids
-Listed 10 items on eBay (not a fan, but it declutters & earns money, so hopefully win/win)
-Got our first power bill since I went super hard core & tried to cut costs. We've saved $30 over last month! So excited. We have A LOT of work still to do in this space.

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« Reply #9886 on: October 27, 2017, 06:09:38 PM »
-Got our first power bill since I went super hard core & tried to cut costs. We've saved $30 over last month! So excited. We have A LOT of work still to do in this space.

Great work!

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« Reply #9887 on: October 27, 2017, 08:07:38 PM »
Ordered new flats for work.

$150 marked down to $99, less $22 in loyalty points, so they were basically half price.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9888 on: October 28, 2017, 02:34:56 PM »
We sawed and chopped wood from our garden for the wood stove.

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« Reply #9889 on: October 28, 2017, 04:16:19 PM »
-Got our first power bill since I went super hard core & tried to cut costs. We've saved $30 over last month! So excited. We have A LOT of work still to do in this space.

Great work!

Thanks! The three other people in my house are annoyed by my constant "turn that off", "unplug that" comments, but they are getting used to it. ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9890 on: October 28, 2017, 07:52:50 PM »
Carved our Jack o lantern today, took a photo and now the pumpkin is cooking to be frozen and used during the year for breads, pies, and truffles.

Husband loves carving, but I hate food waste, so this is the yearly tradition

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9891 on: October 28, 2017, 08:55:47 PM »
Brought coupons to the store when I went grocery shopping.
Froze the rest of the tomato paste from the can in tablespoon sizes in ice cube trays.
Roasted the jalapenos that were starting to go bad in the fridge.

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« Reply #9892 on: October 29, 2017, 05:53:55 AM »
I read my emails on my personal (non-work) account for the first time in 6 weeks.

Spotted one, and then a reminder from a certain telco provider who are delighted to announce they are cancelling the prepaid mobile broadband service I'm using because it's ancient and they want to focus on providing a better service with more cool options and ad-ons (i.e. a post paid service with lots of data but one that creams you on excess usage).

Apparently I'm a dinosaur (but I already knew that). The service I was using requires a USB key modem and I was getting 12GB for $150 with 365 day expiry. Not great but that was all I needed - basically all I do is internet banking, write shit on this forum, and look at stocks and realestate websites.

At the local shopping centre on the ground floor there was the telco provider who was giving me the boot, and opposite them was the telco provider who still is willing to cater to Brontosaurs like me. I went up to the sales dude and said "those guys (pointing out the store to them) are cancelling my service. I need a replacement"

$39 for a new modem, and a $130 recharge for 25GB with one year expiry and I'm happy.

And the old telco has promised to refund the 7 months left on the cancelled service so I'm very happy with that too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9893 on: October 29, 2017, 06:12:01 AM »
Managed to get out of CostCo without buying anything else.
Impressive. Teach me your ways.
My strategy is to not get a cart - mostly to save time but it also means I can't get anything extra.  I'll happily be that moron carrying around 35lbs of dog food (that I buy for a friend), 2L of olive oil, 4lbs of bacon, half a gallon of heavy cream, 4lb of frozen broccoli, and 2 dozen eggs.

The trickiest part is holding/balancing all that shit while trying to show the receipt to the person at the door on your way out.
Sorry, I don't find anything admirable or believable about ketchup's so-called strategy. We just shopped at Costco today and dog food was on the list, so I call BS. Even if one manages this feat, Costco is always busy. The risk of someone bumping into you while you're balancing all this "shit" is too great. If a distracted person with a huge cart accidentally jostles you and that two- or five-dozen pack of eggs hits the floor, whose fault would that waste of resources be? Use a cart, a list, and exercise a little self discipline. You can achieve the same goal without being a menace to those around you and without jeopardizing the safety of the items you've just deployed a good-sized platoon of your little green soldiers to acquire.

Everyone moans about their total Costco bill, but they love how much they're saving on each individual item they select. If you do it right, the total might be high, but the value is even higher. I keep a running list of items I buy at Costco on my sorta smart phone. Before I leave home, I check off the items I need. At the store, that's what I buy. Easy. Hell, I'm just happy when my total is low enough that I don't have to sign for it.

Sidebar alert: One of the reasons Costco checks your receipt is because they sell a lot of items that must be picked up after paying at the checkstand. An amazingly large percentage of people pay and forget to pick up their item, so that's a key thing they're checking for. Another reason to highlight the receipt is so people can't buy something, take it to their car, then re-enter the store, grab another of the same item and use the first receipt to exit without paying. Also, highlighter colors are rotated. Different color every day, for the same reason. I'm 100% fine with this, because it saves me money and hassle in the long run. It is in my best interest that Costco makes just enough profit that it continues to exist.

Back on topic: I quite agree that your strategy can be quite effective in other situations. We also stopped at Lowe's today  We bought the four items on our list and easily carried them in our hands. The items were lightweight and the store in our area is required to charge for bags. On this leg of our retail odyssey, the strategy you endorse saved us actual, not just theoretical, money.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9894 on: October 29, 2017, 06:39:51 AM »
Not today but Wednesday I went to local pool supply and got 10% discount for being a "senior" - oddly all you have to be is 55 or older. Took four gallons of acid home instead of 1. That also saves future trips (which I usually do by bicycle).

Rode my bicycle to meet up with friends instead of driving. I do that every day though ; ) - ride the bike as opposed to driving that is.

Signed up for a new HSA that offers .499% interest and will process various medical costs through that as soon as it is open - saving my tax rate on the costs.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9895 on: October 29, 2017, 06:49:32 AM »
Checked my mobile phone provider (Amaysim) for any updates to data plans.

Currently paying $24.90 for unlimited calls/text & 1.5GB data every 28 days.

New plan available is $20.00 for unlimited calls/text & 2.5GB data every 28 days.

Going to switch as soon as the current billing cycle expires in 10 days.

Looks like I need to do that too! Thanks Marty!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9896 on: October 29, 2017, 07:53:00 AM »
Starting November 1 I will be working from home, so should save a lot on gas. My commute is 13 kilometers (8 miles) each way.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9897 on: October 29, 2017, 08:23:33 AM »
-Saved and made money. Dog sitting while DH is out of town. Built in entertainment right there. I had planned on spending an afternoon sitting with a book at a coffee shop prior to the request, so that saves me at the minimum the cost of a coffee.

Starting November 1 I will be working from home, so should save a lot on gas. My commute is 13 kilometers (8 miles) each way.

That's great! Permanent change to WFH?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9898 on: October 29, 2017, 09:00:24 AM »
I went out for brunch and thought it strange that my relatively small meal turned out more than other people's. Looking at the receipt later, I realised I was charged twice for the main part, and I went back and got a refund. Savings of £1.70. Bonus is that I now know better how their system works, so I should be able to keep the brunch cost to £1.70 in future.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9899 on: October 29, 2017, 10:50:57 AM »
I bought 20 bell peppers at $.50 each at the farmer’s market to dice and freeze for this winter’s stews and soups. It will probably save $1 per pepper over buying imported peppers during the winter and will taste better!