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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9300 on: June 26, 2017, 03:08:33 PM »
I cleaned up my email by unsubscribing from a TON of sites.  Stuff like Etsy, Goldstar (event tickets), and other websites that I *might* want to order from again at some point, but I definitely don't want regular emails from them pushing me to do so!  This little thing didn't save me money today, but I think it will over time.  Sort of the "if you don't want to buy anything, stay out of the store" approach.

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« Reply #9301 on: June 26, 2017, 05:02:08 PM »
I cleaned up my email by unsubscribing from a TON of sites.  Stuff like Etsy, Goldstar (event tickets), and other websites that I *might* want to order from again at some point, but I definitely don't want regular emails from them pushing me to do so!  This little thing didn't save me money today, but I think it will over time.  Sort of the "if you don't want to buy anything, stay out of the store" approach.

I was only thinking last night that I need to do that again.

I'm subscribe to a few event/ticketing mailing lists so I know when my favourite comedians are visiting Australia, but I get spammed with everything else in the meantime.

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« Reply #9302 on: June 26, 2017, 05:17:15 PM »
Still using up my supply of airline/hotel hand cream. I keep it in my desk at work.

I've been looking for a new doona cover for my room at my parents' house (going up a size in doona), then remembered I have a spare in the linen cupboard.

Washed my doona cover and mattress protector at my parents' place rather than getting them dry-cleaned. (I live in an apartment. I can peg sheets and towels out on my balcony, but a king size doona cover is pushing it.)

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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9303 on: June 26, 2017, 08:25:55 PM »
The fact that a duvet is called a doona in Australia delights me. You have the best words.

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« Reply #9304 on: June 26, 2017, 11:58:44 PM »
* Made waffles, beer bread and minestrone soup. The soup included homegrown zucchini and chard from the garden.

* Rode my bike to Starbucks so I could get some work done in quiet. Saved $0.10 by bringing my own mug and brought home a free bag of used coffee grounds to fertilize our garden.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9305 on: June 27, 2017, 02:31:40 AM »
The fact that a duvet is called a doona in Australia delights me. You have the best words.

Hehe...aww sweet thanks!

I suppose with duvet it's a choice of whether you pronounce it as du-vay to be posh or du-vette. With a doona, you either do or don't.

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« Reply #9306 on: June 27, 2017, 03:13:29 AM »
Went to an investors meeting from our local Vanguard alternative. Free financial advice from an index fund director (who was surprisingly approachable too).
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« Reply #9307 on: June 27, 2017, 03:43:41 AM »
The fact that a duvet is called a doona in Australia delights me. You have the best words.

Hehe...aww sweet thanks!

I suppose with duvet it's a choice of whether you pronounce it as du-vay to be posh or du-vette. With a doona, you either do or don't.

Doo or doo-nat, there is no try. ;)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9308 on: June 27, 2017, 04:31:37 AM »
The fact that a duvet is called a doona in Australia delights me. You have the best words.

Hehe...aww sweet thanks!

I suppose with duvet it's a choice of whether you pronounce it as du-vay to be posh or du-vette. With a doona, you either do or don't.

Doo or doo-nat, there is no try. ;)

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« Reply #9309 on: June 27, 2017, 05:08:27 AM »
Can't wait to visit Australia -- hopefully next year.  You folks seem like a fun crowd.  :)

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« Reply #9310 on: June 27, 2017, 02:23:35 PM »
"Paying for parking is a sign from God that you’re in an area not designed for a car." --Pete Adney

* Avoided a $6 parking fee (plus tip if you valet!) at UCLA today by taking the cargo bike (first time with all three kids) to the transit center and then catching one of the many buses between there and the university.

* Made coffee and oatmeal at home.
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« Reply #9311 on: June 27, 2017, 08:34:17 PM »
Rode bike to workshop today and brought my lunch like usual.  Listened to an audiobook downloaded from the library during my morning and afternoon commute.

This evening, spouse, kid and I took the electric car downtown, found metered parking in off hours so didn't pay for parking, took homemade turkey sandwiches, iced tea and fruit for a picnic at a free outdoor jazz concert.

Had a great day!

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« Reply #9312 on: June 27, 2017, 11:39:22 PM »
Today I made 8 loaves of bread (23 cups of flour!) - was happy to slice it and wrap it up for my deep freeze to be used by me at home with the younger kids plus the university kids home for the summer and working labor jobs where they need to take a BIG lunch. I need to get ahead of them! If I get motivated tomorrow I may make 4 more.

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« Reply #9313 on: June 28, 2017, 07:48:14 AM »
Woke up on Monday with a horrendous case of vertigo. Booked an appointment at our after-hours primary care clinic instead of going to urgent care, $30 saved. Ate food in the house instead of ordering in or going out, $40 saved.
Went through my husband's retirement benefits and saw that he will be able to choose from a few Vanguard funds mixed in with other not so good funds. Steering him towards those for his retirement elections. Hoping to talk him into maxing out his contributions. Wish me luck!
I have two upcoming work trips with 1 day between them. I scheduled my flights so I got straight from one to the other and spend my free day with my best friend who I will be staying with. Staying at her place lets me pocket the per diem so I'll treat to some yummy lunches and dinners in Asheville.

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« Reply #9314 on: June 28, 2017, 04:18:02 PM »
Accidentally posted this in the small-things-to-save-environment thread!

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Replaced gas burner tube and igniter in oven.  Tube had a hole in it next to the igniter, which was probably reason why igniters were burning out so fast.

Replaced water pump on fridge. Now our icemaker works... really awesome!

Found new covers for my couch on ebay for 1/4th of the price at store.

It's been a great week for home repair, although once I started gloating, our car decided I was saving too much  money and decided it needed a little quality time in the shop. I don't do cars. 

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« Reply #9315 on: June 28, 2017, 05:47:36 PM »
The magic smoke* came out of my bread machine earlier this week, so I went to the thrift store in search of a replacement (I make all our bread). $7 later and I have a new fancy model that can make larger loaves.

Also found the manufacture sticker on the old one and discovered I was wrong about its age in previous posts - I thought I'd gotten it about 2003 because I remember moving it into an apartment around then. Nope. 1997. I'd say I got my money's worth over the intervening 20 years.


* You all know about magic smoke, right? It's captured inside electrical appliances and makes them go. When the magic smoke gets out, the appliance is dead. Especially if it lets out enough to set off the smoke alarm...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9316 on: June 28, 2017, 06:22:37 PM »
-We moved to a smaller town last year, and I sadly said goodbye to my cheap beauty school haircuts. I haven't cut my hair since- after a friend with a similar hair texture tried to DIY hers and it went poorly, I didn't want to do my own, DH is too afraid to do it, and I couldn't swallow the cost of a salon visit! BUT, when I was riding my bike today I spotted a little beauty school! So Friday I get my hair cut for $6-10. Always a little bit of a gamble, but I figure it's less than if I was doing it myself! Haha.

-Followed our meal plan and used chicken that needed used, even though it wasn't what sounded good for dinner.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9317 on: June 28, 2017, 09:10:01 PM »
Reworked leftovers for dinner tonight.  Broke up the meatloaf and added some taco seasoning.  Picked the brown bits out of the leftover salad.  Crushed the last of the tortilla chips in the bottom of the bag.  Mixed it all together and had taco salad.  Both tasty and cleaned out the fridge a bit.  That's a win in my book.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9318 on: June 29, 2017, 08:22:02 AM »
For a trip to the south in september, I didn't just book, but asked if the guesthouse had a special price for us who wanted to stay for a whole week. Then I got it 5 euro cheaper per day.
My DH is for his job staying in a hotel. He is going to pay with his cash back credit card, which is this month giving him some percentage back on travel-spending. He will invoice the full hotel bill and plane ticket bill to his boss.

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« Reply #9319 on: June 29, 2017, 01:53:31 PM »
Returned some knives I bought. The rep who sold me them did so under false pretenses, so I sent all but one back. ~$300 refund.
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« Reply #9320 on: June 29, 2017, 02:42:48 PM »
Decided to ride all the way home yesterday evening, instead of just riding to the outermost bus stop and bussing from there. But one bike path was closed, I had no map, got turned around, and in the end it was a 66-km ride! But I did it, and survived! And I saw deer on the bike path.
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« Reply #9321 on: June 29, 2017, 03:07:49 PM »
Free lunch and ice cream at work!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9322 on: June 29, 2017, 04:03:13 PM »
I didn't buy lunch despite the fact that I didn't bring any. I snagged some food from an earlier meeting and ate a lot of free donuts. Not healthy but freeeeeee.

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« Reply #9323 on: June 29, 2017, 09:37:46 PM »
Skipped lunch.  Didn't bring anything and the crew was going out.  Decided to tough it out.

Stopped by the bank because they were giving free vouchers for a half gallon BYU Creamery ice cream to every member this month.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9324 on: June 29, 2017, 11:27:34 PM »
Saw side table in great shape at side of road, brought it home, popped it on Craigslist.  Sold! $25 in my pocket!  Bingo!
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« Reply #9325 on: June 30, 2017, 09:33:53 AM »
Decided to ride all the way home yesterday evening, instead of just riding to the outermost bus stop and bussing from there. But one bike path was closed, I had no map, got turned around, and in the end it was a 66-km ride! But I did it, and survived! And I saw deer on the bike path.

Wow, you must have tremendous muscles!!  Good for you!

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« Reply #9326 on: June 30, 2017, 11:19:03 AM »
Forgot my lunch at home, so instead of going to the restaurant, I bought some veggie chili mix in the bulk section ($1.20, made 4 servings = 30 cents), a marked down cabbage to make a salad ($1.00, made 2 servings = 50 cents), and day old whole grain buns (12 pack, $1.00 = 8 cents). Total cost for lunch 88 cents!

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« Reply #9327 on: July 02, 2017, 08:20:31 AM »
Bought some leather dye and finishing wax ($15) and re-dyed a bridle to match my saddle rather than spending $100+ on a new bridle. I also discovered that I could use nail polish remover rather than getting a bottle of the special leather-deglazing product for $8. So far it is turning out nicely and was pretty easy to do.

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« Reply #9328 on: July 02, 2017, 05:35:01 PM »
I had a wonderfully thrifty weekend.

Put off grocery shopping, so I didn't spend any money.

Marty came over for dinner, we cooked and watched a movie. Always fun to have a Mustachian friend over and knowing it's totally acceptable to say, "Are you cold? Here, have a blanket." :D

Cold-washed, line-dried all my clothes.

Went for a walk in the sun and listened to a podcast.

Listed a couple of things on eBay to bring in extra cash.

All very low-fuss, low-stuff and very soothing after a hectic week.

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« Reply #9329 on: July 03, 2017, 02:45:29 PM »
in the end it was a 66-km ride! But I did it, and survived!
Wow, you must have tremendous muscles!!  Good for you!

I have big leg muscles from carrying my stomach around! :-)
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« Reply #9330 on: July 03, 2017, 03:16:02 PM »
I put back the quiche. Our brunch guests will get homemade eggy veggie chessie something.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9331 on: July 03, 2017, 03:40:48 PM »
Sewed my dog's "stuffed friend"'s throat back up.  Her toys are 50 cent thrift store stuffed animals (sans buttons, zippers, beads) that are mended until they aren't safe for the washing machine anymore.  By the end, they are more Frankenstein than stuffed animal...but she loves them....

Husband is mowing the grass.  We don't pay for it, but every time he does it he considers making the call....so...win?

Working on painting some more Christmas and birthday gifts.

Almost bought a new swimsuit...didn't.  My old one isn't my favorite, but I only use a suit a few times a year anyway.....

Husband accidentally brought home a fancy hotel towel from his convention this past week....so, pretty white towel for me ;)

Made an appointment next week to meet with a realtor.  We are getting ready to list, and we want someone that will talk straight with us.  We are interviewing a few. 

Finally, considered repainting the whole house before listing.  Decided to try a touch up instead to see how it looks, plus fresh trim and porch paint.  I touched up the lower portion of the siding today, which is the most weathered...looks good so far.  We will try the trim and porch paint and see if that makes the difference.  If so, we saved a lot of time, money, and possibly hiring someone (our house is tall!). 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9332 on: July 03, 2017, 05:20:47 PM »
*Made a double batch of maple fudge for a church event instead of buying something to bring

*Asked my husband to string up a clothesline at our new house for me

*New house doesn't have a/c so I'm too hot but ... cooling bill will be non-existent

*Daughter made 4 dozen cookies and 3 dozen muffins for the kids to have for the week. We froze 3/4 of it.

*Cooking extra of each meal to give to a friend's daughter who just had her first baby

*Son returned bottles to depot for $$$

*Accepted 2 hand-me-down decor items from my mom


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« Reply #9333 on: July 03, 2017, 06:58:39 PM »
Sold a book on ebay.

Made a cardboard "envelope" out of an inside-out ice cream sandwich box, a reused plastic bag (for moisture protection), and masking tape.  No buying envelopes for me!

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« Reply #9334 on: July 04, 2017, 02:13:09 AM »
Finally, I walked to work again today, saving fuel and environment.

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« Reply #9335 on: July 04, 2017, 06:51:26 AM »
It's hammering down with rain and I forgot to bring my waterproofs to work.
I had to go out and post a load of parcels from eBay sales.
The nearest post office is about a third of a mile from work and there's nowhere to park any closer.
The nearest post office with free parking outside is almost three miles from work. I had no other reason to fire up the car.
I got very, very wet.



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« Reply #9336 on: July 05, 2017, 04:38:07 AM »
Tonight I will be eating alone as DH is eating out with his work tonight. Normally on these occasions I become weak, go to the store and buy 2 pieces of cheese cake for myself to eat. Today I will not. I will eat the piece of fish that is sitting thawed in the fridge and I will find some frozen leftover portion in the freezer to go along with it. I will be stronger than usual!

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« Reply #9337 on: July 05, 2017, 01:47:29 PM »
Took home some over-the-door hooks that a coworker was giving away.

Resisted temptation to go out to dinner and made chicken at home instead.

Used existing low-cost subscriptions to call my parents at home in the States and watch a Japanese TV show online.

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« Reply #9338 on: July 05, 2017, 02:31:45 PM »
- Resisting the urge to buy stuff I don't need on Amazon Pantry. (Sidebar: not sure I understand Amazon Pantry)
- Researching bike paths to possibly start biking to work in the fall. Also accessories I will need for my bike (helmet/basket/etc)
- Returned some shoes I bought online. They were cute and I got 2 for $15, but didn't fit super well, so I'm putting the money back in my pocket. Luckily the $3 sandals I ordered with them two have been great!
- Set up my husband's new retirement account. He will max out next year, but isn't sure about putting that much away this year. Any suggestions on how to work on that?

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« Reply #9339 on: July 05, 2017, 03:11:39 PM »
- Walked to the post office to mail a few things I sold online.
- Started removing the seams on a pair of DH's old jeans to use for a denim quilt.
- Grabbed some boxes and packing paper from a neighbor's recycling pile before the truck came by.
- Inventoried the pantry to make sure everything gets eaten before moving at the end of the month.
- Washed and dried plastic freezer bags and aluminum foil for reuse.
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« Reply #9340 on: July 06, 2017, 11:29:17 AM »
*Made a dessert for church event

*Made extra of ^ for kids at home

*Started sweet and sour meatballs on low in crockpot for dinner. It's supposed to be a very warm day so I want all my cooking and kitchen work done early

*Made tea at home instead of from a shop

*Staying home

*Read the last few days of posts here to get ideas and am going to inventory our food as suggested! You guys rock!


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« Reply #9341 on: July 06, 2017, 11:35:18 AM »
*Read the last few days of posts here to get ideas and am going to inventory our food as suggested! You guys rock!

Need to do this as well! I have a bad habit of forgetting what is in the freezer (and sometimes fridge too) so I considered putting a sheet on the freezer with a list of everything. Even if it says vague things like "soup" or "frozen berries", that's better than forgetting there's an entire meal in there!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9342 on: July 06, 2017, 12:38:19 PM »
Went to Aldi's and saved money. The checker did however make a mistake and charged us the cherries price for a piece of jicama. We have to go back to that area anyways, so no biggie.


ETA: Was able to buy a dozen eggs for $0.18!!! The best by date is 3 days from now, but that's not a big deal since we can boil them, I can make ebelskivers, and custard based ice cream.
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« Reply #9343 on: July 06, 2017, 01:30:55 PM »
I love to stock my freezer. But finding stuff in there can be difficult, even when labelled with dates.

So as a spreadsheet geek, I created a spreadsheet with the item frozen, quantity, and date frozen. This way I can look at the spreadsheet and meal plan and eat the older stuff first.

I have all of my documents on Google drive so I can easily access from my computer or phone. My sister laughs at me about this, but I know she secretly wishes she was as good at spreadsheets as I am.  😁
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9344 on: July 06, 2017, 01:43:19 PM »
Husband is out of town, and when that happens, I get a big "its just me, i don't wanna cook" weakness.  I almost grabbed breakfast this morning for a couple bucks (even though I already had had coffee and a leftover slice of pizza at home), and I almost grabbed a burrito on my way home (1.08)....

Instead, I added 5.00 to a payment on our last consumer debt...the car loan.  And made a taco salad at home.

Also, changed into house clothes already so I have a mental excuse to stay home and not go out and spend any more money.  I have trim to be painting anyway....gotta get the house ready for selling!

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« Reply #9345 on: July 06, 2017, 02:41:47 PM »
Watched a YouTube video and changed the cabin air filter for our car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9346 on: July 06, 2017, 02:52:54 PM »
So as a spreadsheet geek, I created a spreadsheet with the item frozen, quantity, and date frozen. This way I can look at the spreadsheet and meal plan and eat the older stuff first.

I have all of my documents on Google drive so I can easily access from my computer or phone. My sister laughs at me about this, but I know she secretly wishes she was as good at spreadsheets as I am.  😁

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9347 on: July 07, 2017, 08:45:00 PM »
We're having a long weekend away, staying with friends. We've eaten at home for all meals except one.

It's a very cruisy trip so I have lots of time to do some of the Mustachian things I would normally do this weekend, e.g. my preferred soap and shampoo are available at Aldi this week so I stocked up on those.

A friend has a milestone birthday next week and my husband - surprisingly - took the lead on the gift. He sketched something and framed it ($9), and will put that with some money-can't-buy swag he received through work ($0) that the birthday guy will love. That and a 90 cent card from the box, and it all comes in under $10.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9348 on: July 08, 2017, 06:26:17 AM »
Yesterday, on Friday evening, we arrived at our mountain cabin. I wanted to turn on the electricity which we always turn off when we leave. But now it didn't turn on. That is inconvenient as we need the fridge, oven and cooking system. I called the elevtricity company and they sent an electrician latecthe same night. He couldn't get the meter to turn on either. But he fixed us electricity by connecting us directly to the net, bypassing the meter. Meter will be replaced on Monday. So this weekend we have free electricity.

I also ordered two different membership cards. One gives me discount on shell petrol stations. The other one gives discount on two other petrol stations and a grocory store that you typically find in the country side. As we sill be going on vacation next week I will be buying often in that grocery shop and will be using more fuel than usual. I hope the memberhip cards will arrive in a few days.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9349 on: July 08, 2017, 08:38:28 PM »
*Waited till I got home for lunch instead of buying it while out even though it was 2:00pm. (Poor planning! I knew I'd be out that long!)

*Huge mug of homemade tea with honey. Still using up my stash of tea.

*Picked up one of my favourite cookbooks for my Kobo for $2.99 - I've had it out of the library at least a dozen times. ("Celebrations" by Danielle Walker)