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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8850 on: April 16, 2017, 05:33:45 PM »
A couple of days ago: finally got around to calling my health insurance about a bill I got from a provider for $365 that should have been covered.  In my past life I probably would have just paid the bill with my FSA card and told myself I'd get reimbursed later (but forget to follow up).  Instead I called the insurance and spent a few minutes on the phone and they immediately processed the payment in full while I was on hold.  Boom! I now owe $0.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8851 on: April 17, 2017, 12:28:23 AM »
Today, as yesterday, we will entertain ourselves outside in nature. Only today we are going to drive to it and burn some fuel. But we will bring sandwiches and tea bags and a cattle and make it a sort if picknick. Ignoring the fact that that ground is covered in an inch of snow this morning.
We are at this visiting place also planning to fourage, my DH by freediving and I will look for kelp/seaweed
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8852 on: April 17, 2017, 05:26:58 AM »
Felt like eating something 'decadent', today (I normally eat a very strict diet of vegetables, legumes, and fruit). I was going to ask hubby to go to a bakery and pick up lunch for the family. Instead, I asked him to bike down to the supermarket and buy a mince pie for each of us, as well as a tin of tomat sauce (I checked the supermarket's website before he went, to find the cheapest per litre sauce). While he was away, I boiled some potatoes. Once the pies were in the oven, I decanted the tomato sauce from the tin into a sauce bottle we already have, using a groovy, retro orange funnel I found at a local charity shop, a couple of weeks ago. I estimate we saved $11 over the bakery food I had in mind and the meal we had was much less greasy than bakery food tends to be.

I loved the first season of The Crown, but recently cancelled Netflix. I was planning on signing up again for one month, so hubby and I can watch Season 2. However, I realised today that I can just wait until the final season is released, then sign up for a month and binge-watch the whole lot.

ETA that the potatoes above were free, as a friend gave us a bagful the other day and I boiled them during the free daily hour of electricity our electricity provider gives us!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8853 on: April 17, 2017, 02:08:08 PM »
My smart phone is getting old (4 years, which is like 50 in technology years). It's starting to run slowly, has trouble with modern apps, and can't hold a charge more than an hour when in use, and no more than 3 hours when idle. But instead of shelling $600 for a whole new phone, I used credit card cashback to buy a new battery on Amazon. By chance it was a Lightning Deal that day, so I saved a couple extra cashback dollars as well. It's like I got a whole new phone. Battery lasts (comparatively) forever. Plus I think the heat generated by the old battery was causing some of the slowdown, because it runs much better now.

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« Reply #8854 on: April 17, 2017, 07:23:12 PM »
One of the side zippers on our laundry container came completely unzipped and we couldn't reset it.  So I sewed the whole thing up while watching youtube.  I hadn't realized until it came unzipped that there was a side zipper.  I have no idea how much money this saved, but the idea of going shopping for a new one this weekend was just too painful to contemplate.

Bell peppers were on sale for 1.99/lb and a case of tomatoes came out to $1/lb, so I roasted them up and put them in the freezer for later.  We ate more vegetables this winter than in the past, so my preparation from fall sales had been insufficient.

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« Reply #8855 on: April 17, 2017, 07:57:26 PM »
-Sewed husband's shorts up (2 pairs) that the seams pulled out of.

-Been on a roll with no food waste. We're never too bad with this, but there's always room to improve.

-Built more garden beds. It blows my mind that people pay for them pre-made, they're dead simple.

-Keeping up with my running, still using free apps for training. Thinking I'll use my $25 birthday money visa gift card I have sitting around for running tights or a gear belt, since I've stuck with it for 12 weeks now. (My birthday was over a month ago, haha. Still, sticking to the 72 hour waiting period first).

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« Reply #8856 on: April 17, 2017, 08:21:33 PM »
Today was a no spend day, a no driving day, and a successful Meatless Monday.

I had some grape tomatoes that were starting to get wrinkly so I sliced them and roasted with olive oil, honey, and salt. They are great in salads or quiches this way and can be frozen.

Soaked and cooked chickpeas in the crockpot to make hummus tomorrow.

I'm sewing a summer dress and took the time to very carefully cut out all the pieces and transfer markings using thread tacks. I'm using some very nice bamboo jersey and want to make sure I don't waste it!

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« Reply #8857 on: April 17, 2017, 08:45:32 PM »
I have no idea how much money this saved, but the idea of going shopping for a new one this weekend was just too painful to contemplate.

With you on that.

My peg basket has perished from sitting in the sun on my balcony. I picked it up on the weekend and it cracked and the corner broke off.

I wrapped it in packaging tape and returned it to the balcony (now out of the sun).

I'm sure I could replace it for a couple of bucks but that would involve shopping. *shudder*

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« Reply #8858 on: April 17, 2017, 09:23:25 PM »
Said "no" to a really delicious taco plate ($7) even though the power was out at work for 1.5hrs and my lunch was frozen. When the power came back on, I ran to the microwave in a hangry state. Lol
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8859 on: April 18, 2017, 02:36:52 AM »
This evening, I went to the supermarket to stock up on some staples: rolled oats, baked beans, etc. I needed a lettuce and chose an unwrapped one, as they were the cheapest. I saw that a couple of big, outer leaves had been left behind by other customers. It was obvious that the leaves were destined for the rubbish bin, so I put them in a plastic produce bag along with my lettuce.

One of the items I went to buy was 190g bags of walnut pieces. They were $4.21/kg off the normal price, so I was going to buy 10-20 of them. However, I obviously wasn't the only one who'd heard about the special, as there were only three bags left. When I got home, I went to their website and asked them if I can buy more at the special price. We will see.

When I was about to start reading my children a bedtime story, I saw that my son's bedroom light was on, so I sent him to switch it off before I started reading - that's 20 minutes of bulb usage saved.

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« Reply #8860 on: April 18, 2017, 10:25:03 AM »
The husbands gone all week, so his meals and housing and gas and whatever are all covered by his employer this week. 

I grocery shopped just for myself and spent less than half of what I otherwise would have.  I will still have stuff from that shop left when he comes home I think, because I'm going out of my way to use up the "last bits" of random foods sitting around and in our cupboards.  The last bit of a box of pasta, the last bit of pesto, the last bit of cheese, etc.  I  mostly nibble when he isn't home, so quick skillet dishes, raw veggies and random finger food offerings it is :) 

On the downside, I'm either getting really clumsy, or my galaxy S5 mini that I recently bought new in box is more cheaply made than my older smartphone was.  I already had to replace a battery cover because the plastic was brittle and kept cracking, and I just cracked it across the screen this morning -- thankfullly still functional.  Any frugal ideas for cases or screen protectors so I can make this phone last past 6 months??  (And still have it fit in a back pocket?)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8861 on: April 18, 2017, 10:57:10 AM »
On the downside, I'm either getting really clumsy, or my galaxy S5 mini that I recently bought new in box is more cheaply made than my older smartphone was.  I already had to replace a battery cover because the plastic was brittle and kept cracking, and I just cracked it across the screen this morning -- thankfullly still functional.  Any frugal ideas for cases or screen protectors so I can make this phone last past 6 months??  (And still have it fit in a back pocket?)

I like the Otterbox "symmetry" series: smile.amazon.com/Otterbox-Cell-Phone-Case-Galaxy/dp/B00MTWGPJ2
and one of those glass screen protectors that are like $2 on eBay

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8862 on: April 18, 2017, 01:19:24 PM »
The only thing I currently have in my fridge are half a bag of brussel sprouts, some coconut milk, and condiments... Delayed going to the store as long as possible as DH traveled part of last week and we took a long weekend getaway, so I wasn't going to leave food laying the fridge. I'll finally go tonight since Kroger's mega sale ends today.

Also, I was maxed out my retirement contributions today! I've been working on debt dumping so I didn't have them maxed, but was contributing 5% which is matched by my employer. I am now contributing an additional 4% which they will match 2.5% of. Looking forward to seeing those numbers climb!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8863 on: April 18, 2017, 01:29:08 PM »
* Brought leftovers from my son's birthday party this past weekend to work today for lunch.  I think I finally ate up the last bits from the party!

* Called around for motorcycle insurance quotes.  Found a company that will be $35 cheaper per year, and called our current company to see if they can match that price.  The rep on the phone basically told me that I would only save $3 a month by switching, so was that even worth it??  Well, it's my $3 a month, so yeah, it's worth it!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8864 on: April 18, 2017, 03:34:37 PM »
spent 5 bux on groupon for at 10 bux target card. Bought husband new undies he needs:)
Found ten cents on the ground
having ramen for dinner.. too busy studying to cook tonight.

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« Reply #8865 on: April 18, 2017, 07:09:46 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

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« Reply #8866 on: April 18, 2017, 07:29:31 PM »
Pegged washing inside this morning as rain is forecast.

Coming into winter, I set an airer up in front of the big glass door that opens onto my balcony. It gets full sun on clear days so washing dries beautifully.

I do need to replace the airer though. After 12 years the paint is flaking off in big pieces and the metal is rusting underneath, so time to splash out $10 for a new one.

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« Reply #8867 on: April 18, 2017, 07:38:15 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8868 on: April 18, 2017, 09:57:44 PM »
Hand washed a mini load of clothes to avoid doing an extra machine load

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« Reply #8869 on: April 18, 2017, 11:47:15 PM »
My first DIY haircut! A bit of a fail but at least I saved some money. I ended shaving most of it off to repair the damage haha.

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« Reply #8870 on: April 19, 2017, 06:16:49 AM »
Yesterday I made dessert for cw's b-day, out of ingredients that I already had in my kitchen.  Another cw bought a gift and asked if I wanted to chip in.  I said yes and why don't you ask our other 2 cw.  All wanted in, after everyone in our small office chipped in we were at $10/person.  I like this better than spending my usual $30/person/b-day since our office recently went from 3 to 5 employees! 
Breakfast at home of eggs, toast and latte and my packed leftovers for lunch. We had meal planned chicken Caesar salad for dinner.  I just needed bread for the homemade croutons.  I had to stop on my way home from work.  I consistently shop at Aldi and although they were closed by the time I got out of work.  I had a light bulb moment and decided to go to stop and shop for the sole purpose of checking to see if they still have day old discount bread.  It has been years since I've steeped foot in stop and shop!  There I found a shopping cart full of reduced bread and pastries.  I found the perfect sized, petite baguette for $0.49.  I also decided to take a look at the reduced produce that I used to love to buy back when I shopped there.  They have styrofoam trays of produce wrapped in saran.  More wasteful then I like, but I made out better than Aldi prices and at least I can save the styrofoam for my artist daughter to use as paint palates.  I think I have to make it a regular thing to pop in and just look at the reduced produce.  I got trays of the following: apples, pears, tomatoes, oranges, lemons with one grapefruit all were $0/79/lb. I had 2 shopping bags filled just shy of 14 pounds worth of fruit, with some organics in the mix!  Total out the door for produce and bread $11.33.  So today when I do my Aldi run I won't spend much at all as I only need a few things.  Out of everything purchased one lemon had a soft spot that I cut off and that lemon will be used first.  One tomato is soft and will be used today.  Everything else is totally perfect!!! 
I googled to see if the tax day extension included funding an ira.  I found out that I was in luck.  So at the last minute I maxed out my husband's Roth!  It was just opened last month and I really wanted to max it out.  He didn't want me to take out of savings to max it because he has some home repairs that will be coming up.  He has yet to get quotes on these projects and I know that I will have that account built back up to what it was in just a month.  So I went for it and I have no regrets.     

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8871 on: April 19, 2017, 07:48:07 AM »
My first DIY haircut! A bit of a fail but at least I saved some money. I ended shaving most of it off to repair the damage haha.

You used a shaving machine? You might need an extra device to trim around the ears. Of use someone else (spouse) to do the ears.

I had quite long hair and let my DH cut it. It became much short than expected. I is now 2 weeks ago and I am slowly getting used to it. It was a bit of a shock, though.

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« Reply #8872 on: April 19, 2017, 08:51:07 AM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

I always use mine in the muffin tin, but they also don't really touch the edges, so maybe they would stay up? I wouldn't feel confident about it though while carrying it to the oven and such!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8873 on: April 19, 2017, 08:59:49 AM »
I'm currently on my 4th reuse of one vacuum bag. I cut a slit in the side, dumped the contents, and then use a strip of duct tape to seal it back up!

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« Reply #8874 on: April 19, 2017, 10:19:10 AM »
I'm currently on my 4th reuse of one vacuum bag. I cut a slit in the side, dumped the contents, and then use a strip of duct tape to seal it back up!

I love this.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8875 on: April 19, 2017, 10:29:22 AM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!

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« Reply #8876 on: April 19, 2017, 12:01:32 PM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!

Do you tolerate coconut milk? We often make Asian type food with rice, wocked vegetables and coconut milk. And often some curry paste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8877 on: April 19, 2017, 12:41:29 PM »
-Rode my bike to get groceries.

-While there, noticed eggs by the 5 doz are even cheaper than at Costco, even when I factor in the 4% back (Costco Visa + executive membership). So I will be switching my egg source it sounds like.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8878 on: April 19, 2017, 12:56:54 PM »
 - Didn't have leftovers from dinner last night for lunch, so scheduled a mystery shop instead.  Still ate out, but at least it's paid for (and then some!)

- Grabbed a second mystery shop right across the street and got my BIL's birthday gift for only $5 (after my reimbursements)

- Submitted a receipt to Mobisave and got $0.35 cash back.  Not much, but every little bit adds up!

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« Reply #8879 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:41 PM »
Today I am going to learn to make saag.  Indian food is one of the few things I crave that I can't do well at home yet.  I'm also sensitive to dairy (and wheat), so I'll be giving a vegan recipe I found a try.  Although I have no problem with eating chicken.  Vegan saag, with chicken.  Sounds yum!

Do you tolerate coconut milk? We often make Asian type food with rice, wocked vegetables and coconut milk. And often some curry paste.

I do, and I'm going to use it.  Luckily we already have some because that's what DW likes in her coffee.

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« Reply #8880 on: April 19, 2017, 07:18:53 PM »
Checked the reduced produce rack while I was buying bananas. 4 avocados for 99c. The two I just turned into Guacamole were in perfect shape, the other two look like they can wait until tomorrow night

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« Reply #8881 on: April 19, 2017, 10:19:22 PM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

I always use mine in the muffin tin, but they also don't really touch the edges, so maybe they would stay up? I wouldn't feel confident about it though while carrying it to the oven and such!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

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« Reply #8882 on: April 19, 2017, 11:34:31 PM »
* Registered for Y membership on the day when the membership fee waived. We will be using the Y for summer swim lessons. Savings: $50

* Applied for passport cards instead of passport books for upcoming in-law-sponsored Disney Cruise to Mexico. Savings: $65 per kid = $195

* Free chicken biscuit at Chick-Fil-A. Savings: $2.19

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« Reply #8883 on: April 20, 2017, 04:01:13 AM »
When I was at my local fruit and veg shop, this mirning, I asked for a receipt, as they often don't give them. I'm glad I did because, when I arrived home, I found that they'd charged me twice for one item. Next time I shop there, I'll ask for a refund.

We hosted a potluck dinner at our place, last night. Our guests insisted on us keeping the leftovers. There were so many that I didn't need to make dinner for my husband, tonight - and he has a large appetite.

Some of the leftovers came in good, sturdy plastic containers, which I will keep and use until they break.

I picked some rhubarb from our garden, for the first time in ages and stewed it.

When my daughter saw me listing some books to sell online, she expressed mild sadness. I listed them, anyway. (Muahaha)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8884 on: April 20, 2017, 08:05:22 AM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

I always use mine in the muffin tin, but they also don't really touch the edges, so maybe they would stay up? I wouldn't feel confident about it though while carrying it to the oven and such!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

Ooooh how's it do? We have a ceramic fry pan we use for eggs, but I still find it can stick ever so slightly with the eggs. Have you tried anything *really* sticky in it, like egg cups? How did they fare? Thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8885 on: April 20, 2017, 09:18:15 AM »
Friends who don't cook much brought over the remnants of their Easter ham, including the bone. It's in the Instant Pot now with water, seasoning and a bag of dried beans. I will add onions, garlic, carrots and celery later and freeze in quart size containers. Excellent soup for pennies: one of the great pleasures in life.

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« Reply #8886 on: April 20, 2017, 09:21:42 AM »
I started using my kid's 3/4 size guitar for guitar lessons and decided that if I stuck with it I could buy myself an adult-sized guitar.  Well, after playing regularly for 8 months I decided I was serious enough that I could get myself a guitar.  But then I realized that I didn't want a new one because it felt too small - it doesn't - it's that there's only one fret marker.  So I added another fret marker with the help of YouTube and $8 in supplies.  No new guitar needed!

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« Reply #8887 on: April 20, 2017, 09:41:35 AM »
There was one more unopened package of muffin liners at the thrift store.  I bought it for 50 cents. 

Normally I buy the same brand for a couple bucks, cuz the dollar ones are crap...

If you use them often, you might want to look into silicone reusable ones. We got a set for like $5 or $6? And they are awesome. Particularly for things that classically stick, like breakfast egg cups.

Bracken_Joy, do they go in the muffin tins or get set on a baking sheet?  I've seen them but am not sure how you use them.

Use the in the pan. They are not sturdy enough to hold their shape on their own.

I always use mine in the muffin tin, but they also don't really touch the edges, so maybe they would stay up? I wouldn't feel confident about it though while carrying it to the oven and such!

I recently bought a ceramic muffin bake tray. I bought it mostly for health reasons - non toxic non stick surface - but an added benefit is never needing to buy muffin wrapper things. Hopefully it's a buy-it-for-life kind of thing.

Ooooh how's it do? We have a ceramic fry pan we use for eggs, but I still find it can stick ever so slightly with the eggs. Have you tried anything *really* sticky in it, like egg cups? How did they fare? Thanks!

I've made egg cups and oatmeal muffins and tbey don't stick. I do always add coconut oil or butter to line tbe cup before I put the stuff in, but not sure if that's needed.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8888 on: April 20, 2017, 09:52:52 AM »
I've made egg cups and oatmeal muffins and tbey don't stick. I do always add coconut oil or butter to line tbe cup before I put the stuff in, but not sure if that's needed.

Awesome, thank you so much! I may go this route eventually- we have the silicone cups for now, but if DH goes back to taking LONG work trips, not having the liners to bring home might be a great option.

*adding to amazon wishlist*

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8889 on: April 20, 2017, 10:24:49 AM »
I'm currently on my 4th reuse of one vacuum bag. I cut a slit in the side, dumped the contents, and then use a strip of duct tape to seal it back up!

I love this.

Badass!

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« Reply #8890 on: April 20, 2017, 01:32:28 PM »
Ordered felt for Christmas gifts that I will be starting this spring/summer.

Brought breakfast and lunch from home.

Sold several items on ebay, reused a shipping package that i had received, and only paid a few bucks in shipping.

Turned temps in house up high enough that the A/C will only kick on in the hottest part of the day for an hour or so.  I believe I have it set to 79!

Friend offered to include us in a multi-family garage sale in a couple weeks.  Normally I donate or facebook site sell stuff, but I enjoy hanging out with this friend, I had gathered a bunch of small stuff anyway to donate, and I wouldn't mind the motivation to declutter more small stuff before then.  My goal is to make 40.00 bucks out of small 1 or 2 dollar items.  I get to hang out with friends too, so I'm cool with that. 

Bought a screen protector and case for my phone.  Here's to making the thing last for the next couple years....cracks and all.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8891 on: April 20, 2017, 02:25:52 PM »
Walked back and forth to work, while listening to financial podcasts on my phone. Getting 2 hours and 40 minutes of free exercise.

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« Reply #8892 on: April 20, 2017, 02:46:40 PM »
Went to a restaurant supply store. It's super inconvenient, and the weather sucked, but damn if I can't get 15lbs of red potatoes for $2.98 and 10lbs of local onions for the same price, and Fuji apples for $0.50/lb. I also picked up some bulk spices that we use often. Now here's to hoping I can go at least another month before having to return ;)

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« Reply #8893 on: April 20, 2017, 05:44:39 PM »
Finally found and went to a WinCo! Saved some loot on stuff and scoped it out for future savings.

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« Reply #8894 on: April 20, 2017, 11:10:28 PM »
Bought two vintage cast iron skillets for my brother at an estate sale. They need to be cleaned and reseasoned but they will be ready in time for his birthday. By going to buy them at the estate sale, I saved 2/3 to 3/4 the price of eBay+shipping.

Rode my bike to the library. Felt ultramustachian and enjoyed listening to the night-singing frogs in the riparian area on the way home.
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« Reply #8895 on: April 21, 2017, 02:52:51 AM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8896 on: April 21, 2017, 03:24:31 AM »
I picked up a pink gift-wrapping ribbon that my daughter had left lying outside for several days. I'll iron it and use it on a present.

Lunch today was a soup made of red lentils, garlic (free from one of my husband's coworkers), a tiny bit of leftover celery that I was going to throw out, chokos from my parents' garden, pumpkin from a vine that sprang up unaided in our garden, two button mushrooms bought at the cheapest fruit and vege place in town, and curry powder. It was so good.

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« Reply #8897 on: April 21, 2017, 03:34:36 AM »
We've been invited to a potluck, BBQ-type meal tomorrow night. Instead of buying expensive and unhealthy sausages, I'm going to clear the junk food out of my freezer - a pizza and two mince pies - and take that. I won't be eating them, but I know the other guests will enjoy them.

I found out today that it's my turn to provide morning tea after church this Sunday. For milk, my husband has agreed to let me use a little of his, which he buys in large bottles at low cost, and, for food, someone at my husband's work gave him two unopened packets of a chocolate slice today, which he kindly said I can use and, to bulk that out a little, I'll buy a packet of biscuits I saw in town for 99 cents.

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« Reply #8898 on: April 21, 2017, 03:37:31 PM »
I went back to Costco today and purchased more fish oil on sale.  Now we have a year's supply!  While there, I wanted to get some lunch making supplies for DD's school lunches.  First I put a package of the Kirkland oven roasted turkey breast into my cart at $6.98/lb.  Then I spotted a big roasted turkey breast (right near the sliced one) this one needed to be sliced, priced at $3.99/lb.  So I swapped items.  As I was wondering around looking for cheese to go with it, I spotted an even better deal next to the refrigerated packed up rotisserie chicken breast chunks.  Sliced Chicken breast for $2.99/lb!!!!  I'm thrilled that I don't have to deal with trying to slice up that big hunk of turkey.  The chicken came in a 3 lb pack so I will be separating it into smaller packs and freezing most of it.  I also got our huge box of Quaker rolled oats that I forgot last week and I big bag of rice.  I was eyeballing many things while I was there, but I was strong and I resisted temptation. I topped off my gas tank for cheaper than any other station.  At work today I had the cohunes to remind my boss that she is 3 weeks late looking at our numbers for our quarterly bonuses!  She said she will do it this weekend and have it ready to go over on Monday!!!                 

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« Reply #8899 on: April 21, 2017, 04:11:49 PM »
Told the service department of a car dealership to go to hell when, after servicing our car, they announced we needed a new gearbox and quoted $14,000. Fourteen. Fucking. Grand.

It was actually my husband dealing with it, and fortunately for them he's slightly more tactful than me, because my response would have been somewhat ... Australian.

Potty mouth lol. But fair enough, car dealerships seemed designed to take full advantage of information asymmetry.