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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9800 on: September 24, 2017, 09:37:56 AM »
-My husband is currently replacing two windows that will no longer roll all of the way up/down in our 12+ year old car. He also decided to fix an issue with the interior lifting up. Apparently, this is a hot weather issue, due to the fabric expanding & shrinking. We're on the fence of deciding whether to keep or sell this car. Either way, it's a good investment in keeping it working. Cost = $300ish. Savings of doing it ourselves = $600?
-Walked to an event last night.
-Made breakfast for myself at of scraps that the kids didn't eat.
-Packed lunch for the soccer games. We'll be eating between games at a tournament. We'll have to eat at the car, as the tournament facility doesn't allow for outside food or beverages. :-(
-My husband hand washed all of our cars today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9801 on: September 24, 2017, 01:43:41 PM »
* Roasted my own coffee from green beans, saving ~$4-$10/lb.

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

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« Reply #9802 on: September 24, 2017, 07:06:20 PM »
My mum asked if she could help me out with any sewing, so I gratefully took over four things that needed a stitch, and consulted her on a bag strap that needs new metal fittings.

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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9803 on: September 25, 2017, 01:14:02 AM »
Again I collected a package from China at the post office. I order all small and cheap things in China. We have a very small tollfree quotum, but it is just enough for the small stuff. In Norway you usually pay anywhere between 5-10 times as much for the same thing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9804 on: September 25, 2017, 05:46:31 AM »
Phoned my bank today to cancel a credit card, they offered to waive the annual fee so now I'll keep it for another year.  Saved $150! (Hello expensive Australian banking product). The card includes travel insurance, we claimed this year on my SOs due to an unforeseen medical problem causing us to cancel a trip, so a good incentive to keep the card for a bit longer as we'll be heading overseas again this year. 

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« Reply #9805 on: September 25, 2017, 06:50:26 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

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

Plus I have leftover sushi for lunch today.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9806 on: September 25, 2017, 10:57:49 AM »
A much busier weekend than anticipated left me empty handed for both DH's lunch and my own.  Hubby will either eat on the company's dime if he can find one of his to-do list items to do at another office, or he'll go get a 5.00 sub.   I pulled some vegetables out of the fridge leftover from a dinner at work over the weekend and am eating massive amounts of raw carrot sticks and celery sticks for my lunch...free lunch!  And healthy! 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9807 on: September 26, 2017, 01:05:22 AM »
I'm traveling for work this week, so nothing special, but I did find soccer cleats for my eldest. My sister has two boys & passes down the like new ones that her boys grow out of. We have about six sizes, sitting around, waiting for someone to need them. Both boys are almost ready for new sizes, so it worked out well. Love not having to go out & buy them (the hassle of shopping!), but also saves money. Soccer cleats are usually around $40-60.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9808 on: September 26, 2017, 09:47:59 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

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

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

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

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« Reply #9809 on: September 26, 2017, 11:43:44 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

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

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

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

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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9810 on: September 26, 2017, 11:57:39 AM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

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

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

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

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

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


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9811 on: September 26, 2017, 12:04:41 PM »
Needed to get my bike back from the shop. Instead of the car, I took the bus to the shop carrying my front wheel with me, and then biked from the shop to work.

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« Reply #9812 on: September 26, 2017, 12:07:04 PM »
Shamelessly took home almost all the leftovers from a family party last weekend.  5 bags of bread, an entire casserole, 2 loaves of zucchini bread, etc.   Almost everybody else was flying out of town within 24 hours, and the rest were elderly and didn't have the capacity to store/consume vast quantities of leftovers like we do.  Score!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9813 on: September 26, 2017, 12:26:46 PM »
Free Italian plums from a co-worker.  Will toss them in the dehydrator when I get home.

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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9814 on: September 26, 2017, 01:49:50 PM »
I just got a free breadmaker on our local buy nothing group. I'm so intimidated to use it... do you have an easy recipe to share? I downloaded the user manual but it was hundreds of pages.....

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

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9815 on: September 26, 2017, 02:22:06 PM »
Hosted a sushi party with friends.  We spent about $50 in ingredients and fed 11 people. (Someone else brought dumplings, another person brought brownies, and we did BYOB.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9816 on: September 26, 2017, 03:51:56 PM »
I resisted the urge to go out for Mexican and grabbed something from the freezer instead. Then I made myself homemade brownies to reward myself. :)

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« Reply #9817 on: September 26, 2017, 04:57:43 PM »
I used to free brown bananas for use in baking, but I've changed my diet and I can't remember the last time I made banana cake.

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

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

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« Reply #9818 on: September 26, 2017, 05:23:48 PM »
I didn't go to the farmer's market - I'm nearly out of onions and garlic, but I'm sure I'd have come home with more than just those two things.

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« Reply #9819 on: September 26, 2017, 08:00:47 PM »
Free pizza at work for lunch. Breakfast and supper both included plums from the yard and slow-cooker black beans (not together). Got milk at the corner store for less than at the supermarket. Rode bike everywhere, of course.

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« Reply #9820 on: September 26, 2017, 10:57:28 PM »
Was getting hungry and had no meals ready to heat up and didn't feel like cooking. Went online and found a quick vegan chili recipe for the Instant Pot. Little bit of work and now enough for quite a few meals. Saved money and calories of eating out.

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« Reply #9821 on: September 26, 2017, 11:44:52 PM »
Husband was sent a review copy of Forza 7, which he would have bought anyway. Saved $140.

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« Reply #9822 on: September 27, 2017, 02:31:19 AM »
-Remembered to cancel a winter sport for the kids before the deadline. (They changed their minds.) I'm getting a check back for $522. Win!
-Also provided feedback to a local(ish) dairy about a cheese package that didn't properly seal & molded before it was opened/before the use by date. Received a coupon for a free replacement, plus a coupon for a free smaller size as well.

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« Reply #9823 on: September 27, 2017, 03:38:32 AM »
Finally used my legs again to walk to work today.
Ate homemade lunch at work, as practically every day.
Will make mushroom soya tonight from selfpicked mushrooms. Usually this comes in expensive small bottles.
Intend on my way home to pick up some edible mushroom that I saw when walking to work. One was inside someone's garden. I'll have to call on the door and ask politely.

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« Reply #9824 on: September 27, 2017, 05:21:43 AM »
Combined errands to the library, bank, and produce market, and walked instead of driving.  By the time I was on the way back in 84F heat, I may have regretted it a little, but I made it ;)

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« Reply #9825 on: September 27, 2017, 01:55:12 PM »
A coworker brought baked goods today in a large ziploc bag.

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

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« Reply #9826 on: September 28, 2017, 04:30:21 AM »
I picked 3 species of edible mushrooms on my way home from work. And finally I have managed to stop the habit buying mushrooms in the shop for the time being.

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

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« Reply #9827 on: September 28, 2017, 06:51:17 AM »
(Yesterday, but I never have a laptop at night to post)

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

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

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« Reply #9828 on: September 28, 2017, 06:57:04 AM »
Rode my bike 7.5 miles roundtrip to the pool hall to play on my league team. I'm hoping to work up to being able to ride to work at least one day a week or maybe just to get home on Friday (18 miles each way). Ride home Friday, rest the weekend, ride back Monday morning? Might not be bad at all. Would save me ~$50 a month roughly.

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

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« Reply #9829 on: September 28, 2017, 09:37:06 AM »
Made another loaf of bread last night.  Italian Herb.
Packed my lunch, had breakfast at home, made tea at home (and another cup at work), using a water bottle (gifted a really cute one, and I LOVE it)
Made treats for my dogs. 

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« Reply #9830 on: September 28, 2017, 02:22:09 PM »
Biked back and forth to meditation this morning.  Hung three loads of clothes on my clothesline to dry.  Roasted a pile of vegetables from my CSA, some of which I froze for the future.

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« Reply #9831 on: September 28, 2017, 06:44:35 PM »
-Needed a specific item. Remembered I have a gift card. Used all but $4 on the GC, and found out that Cabela's just gives you cash when you get a GC down below $5. So not only did I not spend $20, used a GC we've had over 2 years, I also "liberated" some as real US currency.

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

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

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« Reply #9832 on: September 28, 2017, 08:15:50 PM »
I realized this summer that the new boiler we had installed comes with a feature called "outdoor reset", which changes the target temperature of the water in the radiators based on the outdoor temperature. It is more efficient because on days that aren't bitterly cold it can maintain a lower water temperature and still keep the house warm.

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

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« Reply #9833 on: September 29, 2017, 06:51:20 AM »
We'll need to see if this turns out in a saving thing. I am today going to buy wine yeast. Unfortunately my DH thought about it too late, so I need to drive extra kms to a shop where I shopped earlier this week. My DH is going to buy grapes on sale at a cheap grocery store. He is going to combine that with the few grapes he managed to grow in our own garden and make it into wine. Wine usually needs to be on the yeasting bottle for a year or so, so this is a thing for next year. We can probably save some bottle of shop wine, which is very expensive in Norway.

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« Reply #9834 on: September 29, 2017, 09:33:04 AM »
I was craving something sweet yesterday, so I made a small batch of chocolate chip cookies (2 cookies to be exact).  I didn't have chocolate chips, so I chopped up part of a dark chocolate bar I had in the house.
I had a simple lunch and dinner yesterday with items we already had in the house. 
I've packed my lunch today. 
Bathed one of the dogs at home.

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« Reply #9835 on: September 29, 2017, 10:50:03 AM »
A bunch of money-saving cooking: sourdough bread (my first time making it without any extra yeast and I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out!), enchilada sauce, and homemade ice cream.

Managed to go all week without a trip to the grocery store for "just one thing" - went today and only got what was on my list.

My husband and I have been strategically trading off cars depending on who needs to drive more on a given day. Since I don't have a need to drive at all many days and my car gets double the mileage of his, this should save us a lot in gas.

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« Reply #9836 on: September 29, 2017, 04:46:04 PM »
-Got back from an international work trip today,and am super jet lagged, so not sure I have anything compelling. But, I did take a couple of delicious tea bags home with me from the hotel room. Both are decaf, & British tea is fabulous.
- Didn't spend any money on treats for the kids. (I usually just get a package of local candy, nothing crazy, as I travel a lot). My coworker bought three bags of Maltesers (malt balls) for the kiddos, as a thank you to me for covering a late meeting
-All food & drink for the last 5 days was covered by work, and I didn't use any gas (not at home to drive to & from work)
-Earned plenty of air miles & hotel points. I'll transfer both tom preferred domestic carrier

However, I may cave & take everyone to dinner tonight. It's an inexpensive place, and we have a gift card. I'm definitely most susceptible to eating out after a long trip.

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« Reply #9837 on: September 29, 2017, 05:03:22 PM »
I haven't actively spent money in eight and a half days. Just a few auto-pay bills. Definitely a record for me, and I may go a few more days with it. I'll definitely break the streak on Monday (doctor's appt co-pay, taxi).

I don't really recommend replicating my methods, which involve being physically unable to get to a store and being looked after by family. ;-)  But I'll take the silver lining.

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« Reply #9838 on: September 29, 2017, 08:39:33 PM »
I went car shopping with a friend and saved her a few hundred bucks!

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« Reply #9839 on: September 30, 2017, 06:54:40 AM »
Used a coupon for a free pizza and resisted buying anything else out of guilt.  Walked to pick it up to avoid the delivery fee.

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« Reply #9840 on: September 30, 2017, 08:08:00 AM »
I didn't go to the farmer's market - I'm nearly out of onions and garlic, but I'm sure I'd have come home with more than just those two things.
THIS

The farmers market in our town has a reputation for being pricey and I, too, decided to stay away this week.

I went to the grocery store yesterday and was eyeing fresh pasta: four-cheese tortellini, sun-dried-tomato and ricotta agnolotti, butternut squash ravioli...  at a nice $7.99 per pack.  Holy profit margin!  I skipped that deal and cooked about $0.50 of dried pasta with homemade pesto instead... hmm, the family hasn't had homemade ravioli in a while....

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« Reply #9841 on: September 30, 2017, 08:09:22 AM »
I went car shopping with a friend and saved her a few hundred bucks!

Wow, good for you!  How did your friend help you save?

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« Reply #9842 on: September 30, 2017, 10:23:12 AM »
I was out running this morning and found a pair of work gloves on the side of the road.  I will run them through the washing machine and use them when trimming my horses' hooves.  This is quite funny to me because I just threw away the previous pair that I found in the road and have been using for the past year. I almost passed up this glove because it appeared to be solo, but I stopped and looked around and saw its partner about 10' away.

Later today I'm getting a my truck loaded up with free manure for the veggie garden.

Carefully inventorying food in the house before grocery shopping.

Drying several pounds of free Italian plums, which will be nice mixed into oatmeal all winter.

Making stock with a chicken carcass, lamb bone and celery ribs that were too tough to eat raw

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« Reply #9843 on: September 30, 2017, 05:02:03 PM »
Saved $28 on a bottle of champagne for my in-laws for Christmas.

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« Reply #9844 on: September 30, 2017, 05:24:04 PM »
I was out running this morning and found a pair of work gloves on the side of the road.  I will run them through the washing machine and use them when trimming my horses' hooves.  This is quite funny to me because I just threw away the previous pair that I found in the road and have been using for the past year. I almost passed up this glove because it appeared to be solo, but I stopped and looked around and saw its partner about 10' away.

Later today I'm getting a my truck loaded up with free manure for the veggie garden.

Carefully inventorying food in the house before grocery shopping.

Drying several pounds of free Italian plums, which will be nice mixed into oatmeal all winter.

Making stock with a chicken carcass, lamb bone and celery ribs that were too tough to eat raw
Do you have any ferrier training? Or did you just learn as you go? I was always terrified to trim my horses' hooves, but one of them had gait issues so I always just left it to the ferrier. It's been years since I've had a horse, though.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9845 on: September 30, 2017, 05:32:23 PM »
I was out running this morning and found a pair of work gloves on the side of the road.  I will run them through the washing machine and use them when trimming my horses' hooves.  This is quite funny to me because I just threw away the previous pair that I found in the road and have been using for the past year. I almost passed up this glove because it appeared to be solo, but I stopped and looked around and saw its partner about 10' away.

Later today I'm getting a my truck loaded up with free manure for the veggie garden.

Carefully inventorying food in the house before grocery shopping.

Drying several pounds of free Italian plums, which will be nice mixed into oatmeal all winter.

Making stock with a chicken carcass, lamb bone and celery ribs that were too tough to eat raw

Do you have a dehydrator for the plums? Otherwise, how are you doing it?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9846 on: September 30, 2017, 05:34:12 PM »
This is so tiny, but small things! DH and I always go for a long walk with the pup to the best bakery in our hood on the weekends. We get a pastry and a coffee. Today I chose the cheaper pastry and the cheaper coffee, about $2 in savings and just as satisfying. Also cooked at home for lunch and planning to for dinner, and harvested some more veg from the garden (the last of the tomatoes, some carrots and the beans) - though discovered someone stole my cabbage!

Bigger impact long-term might be the fervour with which I'm getting into the MMM forums. ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9847 on: September 30, 2017, 05:37:17 PM »
Trimmed my own hair - $12
Trimmed my dog's nails - $9

We look fab.

Also made some extra money from a bank bonus today, $300, although I don't know if that counts for this thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9848 on: September 30, 2017, 06:35:25 PM »

Do you have a dehydrator for the plums? Otherwise, how are you doing it?

Yes, I have a little dehydrator.  It is getting quite a workout lately.

I also used a tip learned here:  dehydrate tomato skins and buzz them up for tomato powder to add flavor to dishes.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9849 on: October 01, 2017, 06:40:17 AM »
Yesterday we finally stopped by the little local farmer's market that we've been meaning to visit, and one of the vendors had a section for seconds!  Great prices, I picked up enough pears and tomatoes to make 3 quarts each of brandied pears for holiday gifts, and a mild salsa for us.  Next week I want to go back for more pears and tomatoes, and possibly some hot peppers to make a spicy salsa as well, and maybe even some blemished apples for applesauce!  Need to get more canning jars before then, though, so not a total money-saver :)