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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11100 on: April 07, 2018, 10:20:58 PM »
Found a new insurance broker for our home owners insurance.  For once, going local saved us over a 1,000 dollars!  Our current company was upping our cost this coming May.  We said 'no way' and shopped around for the first time in a couple years.  Shoulda tried it sooner....our new annual cost will be a couple hundred less than per year than we've been paying...and 1200 less than they wanted to up it to.

Selling off the last of the 'excess' stuff before our move.  Should get away with a 15 foot uhaul, easily, in 5 weeks.

Wanted pizza; made BLT's instead.

Picked up a penny.

 Mowed and cleaned up our own yard. 


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11101 on: April 08, 2018, 02:10:00 AM »
I'm giving our bedroom a makeover this weekend.

So far we've only bought a new (cheap) mattress. The new-to-us wrought iron bed and the lamps for the night stands came from a friend. The night stands are two blown out vintage speakers - yay for living with a gear freak. I've inherited a dresser + mirror from my grandma and it's been in the shed for years. My grandfather's chair will go in the corner. I'm glad I have a place for it indoors now. I think we might have some paint leftovers for the ceiling.

I'm going to be so glad to finally have a proper bedroom (we moved in 3 years ago.....).  It can take a long time to find the right furniture for (almost) free but I love how our house turned out. It's not pinterest-worthy, but it feels like home.


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« Reply #11102 on: April 08, 2018, 08:48:09 AM »
-Used electric car for all errands
-took the kids to the school auction/fundraiser. Bid only on a few items I knew we would use (previously, I've bid on things without matching up dates, and we'd be unable to attend.) I'll likely make a donation with corporate match as well.
-We had no power for 9 hours unexpectedly. Discussed going out, but I have a cold & didn't feel up to it. Husband picked up a few items at Costco (food court, plus a bagged salad for me) & we ate over candlelight. It's sad, because we have solar, but when the power goes off, not only does the solar not power the house, we lose our energy credit. :-(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11103 on: April 08, 2018, 03:35:08 PM »
I'm giving our bedroom a makeover this weekend.

So far we've only bought a new (cheap) mattress. The new-to-us wrought iron bed and the lamps for the night stands came from a friend. The night stands are two blown out vintage speakers - yay for living with a gear freak. I've inherited a dresser + mirror from my grandma and it's been in the shed for years. My grandfather's chair will go in the corner. I'm glad I have a place for it indoors now. I think we might have some paint leftovers for the ceiling.

I'm going to be so glad to finally have a proper bedroom (we moved in 3 years ago.....).  It can take a long time to find the right furniture for (almost) free but I love how our house turned out. It's not pinterest-worthy, but it feels like home.

It sounds beautiful and very meaningful.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11104 on: April 08, 2018, 03:51:05 PM »

Nothing! 

We made food at home, rode bikes, met the neighbors, played basketball.  Kids are jumping on neighbor's trampoline.  DW is gardening.  I am waiting for my beer to cool in the freezer.

It was a great day!

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« Reply #11105 on: April 08, 2018, 05:36:30 PM »
We returned home from a weekend trip around midday and I immediately threw dinner in the crockpot. It felt like a treat because it’s one of our favorite soups, but it was easy and saved a trip to the grocery store before I get a chance to meal plan.

DH cut the grass with our reel mower, so no gas!

The reel mower doesn’t do a very good job of cutting off wild onions tops, so he plucked them up and brought them inside so I can cook with them. Sautéed in a quiche, maybe?


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11106 on: April 08, 2018, 08:01:52 PM »
-Made all meals at home
-Found $30 on the ground!!! Will put that towards our "unfunded" 2018 goals

Kids played at the library, I cleaned the house, my husband worked outside, and then we grilled burgers for dinner. A very nice Sunday, and no extra money spent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11107 on: April 09, 2018, 01:20:55 AM »
Cut patches from an old pair of jeans to repair a slightly newer pair. I use Shoe Goo to stick the patch on. Works great.

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« Reply #11108 on: April 09, 2018, 06:33:32 AM »
Yesterday, but didn't get a chance to post.

Came home to my car making a weird thumping noise from the speakers without the car even being on or unlocked.

We figured out that water from the last storm got in my car and shorted out the amp under the seat, which was sending a signal to the speakers continuously and draining the battery. Ended up jump-starting the car and removing the amp. So far so good, no more dead battery. I'll happily drive without a radio to keep the car going.

Also found $1 in change in the process!

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« Reply #11109 on: April 09, 2018, 01:35:20 PM »
1. Happy about this one: Just signed up to get $10 ea mo for saving at least $20 for the next 6 months - $60 total at the end of six months. Yes, please!
2. Yesterday, harvested a batch of swiss chard for supper - free organic food, delish.
3. Signed up for a coupon for a free eight-pack of liter bottles of some fancy new sparkling, flavored, spring water. Savings $7 or so.
Perfect for my hurricane water stash.

Now if I could just find some money on the ground:) like so many of you...



 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11110 on: April 09, 2018, 04:03:44 PM »
Rode the Divvy (city bike share) to work in April snow/hail. Arrived at work gross & soaking wet. The $6 I saved today on public transit goes right into my "This-Will-Be-My-Last-Winter-In-The-Midwest" moving fund.

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« Reply #11111 on: April 09, 2018, 04:29:15 PM »
Finally got caught up here!  Y'all are so motivating!

Recently:
I've been focusing on clearing out pantry and freezer odds and ends and posting in the "Eat All the Food in Your House" MMM thread.

This past Saturday, inspired by @Lichen (happy belated birthday, BTW!) I started at home date nights in our downstairs lounge.  This time was a VHS movie, a board game I bought DH for Christmas, and a bottle of wine we had on hand.  I told him next weekend is his choice.

I'm leaving for a work related trip soon, and already have my road and hotel snacks set aside.

Maxing out my IRA contribution again this year.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11112 on: April 09, 2018, 09:55:41 PM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco in which my former employer deducted my pre-tax transit costs from my paycheck, laid me off, and canceled the debit card the day before my transit pass would have gotten auto-charged. Apparently it is then legal for them to simply keep the money. (Because basically stealing from the person you just laid off is par for the course in corporate America.) For bonus points, it took them almost five months (and many e-mails from me) from my date of hire to activate the pre-tax transit benefit, and they canceled it instantly when I got laid off.

I decided to file a claim for the money anyway in the hopes that someone would just rubber-stamp it (the customer support person told me to do this). I never heard anything and then today the check showed up in the mail! :-D $131.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11113 on: April 10, 2018, 04:45:15 AM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco . . .

I'm going through the acquisition - layoff/rehire bullshit right now myself, and I'm going to borrow that word 'fuckery' and use it regularly. Thanks

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« Reply #11114 on: April 10, 2018, 08:08:29 AM »
-Was doing a study, and after I completed the final study, it "failed out" before it took me to the page to get my gift card. Boo! I wasn't sure how to get ahold of them, so I just replied to the text they sent the study link on... lo and behold, a real person answered! Haha. So for a low effort hail mary, I'm now $10 richer.
-Been working on leaving for work earlier, so I can drive more slowly (ahem, not speed as much), and get better gas mileage.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11115 on: April 10, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
Not exactly "today" but delayed gratification... there was some fuckery with my recent layoff/company acquisition/rehire fiasco . . .

I'm going through the acquisition - layoff/rehire bullshit right now myself, and I'm going to borrow that word 'fuckery' and use it regularly. Thanks

Best of luck! You have my full sympathy. I'm on week four of unending stress. (Although it's getting better...)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11116 on: April 10, 2018, 08:51:37 PM »
Went to a (free) aerial fitness class at a friend's gym as a guest.

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« Reply #11117 on: April 10, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »
Made a simple soup for dinner, split a $7.50 bottle of wine from Aldi, and watched a Netflix documentary instead of going out for dinner/drinks (neither of us have had a day off in a week so dinner out was tempting).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11118 on: April 10, 2018, 10:10:31 PM »
* Didn't buy any food out of home. Ate a tangerine off our tree, and cooked up several vegetables that were waiting in the fridge
* Punched holes in the bottom of some Solo red cups we had lying around and used them to pot up bean seedlings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11119 on: April 10, 2018, 11:16:21 PM »
Yesterday we had a morning tea at work.  There was enough for it it be lunch as well, so today's lunch is still in the work fridge.  Tomorrow has a morning tea as well, so probably more free lunch....

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« Reply #11120 on: April 11, 2018, 04:24:16 AM »
As usual I brought my own lunch to work. But my colleague who works in the cafeteria tried to convince me to leave my sandwiches for tomorrow and try out the Iranian food today, with hummus and other stuff.
I am sorry, but no, I preferred to eat my own free lunch.

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« Reply #11121 on: April 11, 2018, 07:24:24 AM »
Wanted to buy some toiletries last night to spoil myself. However, I have FINALLY got to the point where my toiletries are pretty basic and I have no stockpile. So instead of making a silly expensive purchase I would later regret, I got out a new loofah I got for free (store giveaway) and a free body wash sample I got in the mail, had an extra long shower and ended up feeling like a million bucks.

Seems cheap and such a minor thing but toiletries have always been a weakness for me. Anything I can do to create better habits is a win in my book. It's not even about the money, it's more about buying things I really don't need and I know me, after using them for a few times I would go back to using my basic soap.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11122 on: April 11, 2018, 10:05:38 AM »
Mentally committed to riding my bike to work three times this week. All part of a goal to double last year's modest mileage. My goal is to ride 1500 miles this year (or more). I'm 200 miles into that goal now.

Also had our family dentist visit this morn for a cleaning. I suppose you could say we will save money in the long term b/c proper tooth maintenance. ;)

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« Reply #11123 on: April 11, 2018, 10:09:15 AM »
Fixed my running toilet. Videos that teach simple home repairs are one of the best things about the internet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11124 on: April 11, 2018, 10:57:51 AM »
-Salvaged the ingredients for a dinner I was planning to make on Saturday. Unexpected power outage foiled our plans. Made yummy chicken satay bowls, that 3 of 4 diners loved.
-Our dishwasher is broken, and digging out the receipts, discovered we are two days from the warranty expiring. But, of course. So, made a bunch of calls to find an appointment.
-Secured some freebies for a trip we're going on next week.
-My parents are coming for spring break. Not only is this less than a camp for the kids (including their flights, which I covered), the kids are thrilled, and there's still money leftover to give them spending money for fun activities.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11125 on: April 12, 2018, 06:02:01 AM »
- Filled out a manufacturer rebate for buying a year of pet meds ($50)
- made preserved lemons for the first time (!)
- cooking all meals at home
- DH had to get up earlier than usual so I'm going into work earlier than usual as well and will work an extra hour or so (yea billable hours)
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« Reply #11126 on: April 12, 2018, 07:50:23 AM »
Background - I'm living in a hotel on the road for work along with my brother (we work for the same company and happened to bothe get sent to the same site currently, he's been here forever and has the "apartment" room at the HIE so we have access to the full fridge/freezer in his room. As such, we've been picking up food on sale when I find it. Ribeye steaks $4/lb keeps being a thing at the Kroger up the road, so cook 2 steaks, 2 large potatoes (on sale at $1/lb for large baking russetts), 1 can of vegetables. Total cost $8 in steaks, $2 in potatoes, and less than $1 for veggies plus tax comes out to ~$11. Makes 4 meals (1/2 a steak and 1/2 a potato each per meal) for less than $3/meal we're eating ribeyes, potatoes, and peas. T-bone's are on sale for $4.77/lb this week...

Did I mention the $60/day in per diem for food? :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11127 on: April 12, 2018, 10:05:35 AM »
I made an "Egg McMuffin" at home.

Microwaving the egg in a mason jar results in the perfect shape and consistency! Just crack the egg directly into the jar, prick the yolk with a fork a couple times, cover with a plate, and nuke it slowly at low power. 3 1/2 minutes at power level 2 is perfect in my microwave, but it took some experimentation. Run an knife around the edge to loosen the egg before inverting the jar onto your perfectly toasted English muffin and assembling your breakfast sandwich goodness.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11128 on: April 12, 2018, 10:13:25 AM »
I made an "Egg McMuffin" at home.

Microwaving the egg in a mason jar results in the perfect shape and consistency! Just crack the egg directly into the jar, prick the yolk with a fork a couple times, cover with a plate, and nuke it slowly at low power. 3 1/2 minutes at power level 2 is perfect in my microwave, but it took some experimentation. Run an knife around the edge to loosen the egg before inverting the jar onto your perfectly toasted English muffin and assembling your breakfast sandwich goodness.

This works great in a coffee cup or a small pyrex dish too.   It takes some experimentation to get the power and time right.  High power for 80 seconds is perfect in my microwave. 

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« Reply #11129 on: April 12, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
This is the first time in a while I can contribute to this since it feels like all I have done the past two months is burn piles of money after a move with no notice or real planning.

Today felt like a turning point, though:

• Earned about $50 in mileage going to and from a convention for work.

• Skipped the convention “junk” but came away with some things I wanted/needed. A phone case ($7 saved); two travel sized body wash ($3 saved + bottles to travel with in the future); pack of gum ($1.50 saved); 2x king sized M&M bags ($3 saved); a pack of pop-tarts ($1.50 saved); a 12oz insulated stainless steel mug; and an air plant in a cute pot for my apartment. Convention swag is really random.
• Lunch was provided by the convention.
• I will go back and do the same tomorrow!

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« Reply #11130 on: April 12, 2018, 01:40:46 PM »
This is the first time in a while I can contribute to this since it feels like all I have done the past two months is burn piles of money after a move with no notice or real planning.

Today felt like a turning point, though:

• Earned about $50 in mileage going to and from a convention for work.

• Skipped the convention “junk” but came away with some things I wanted/needed. A phone case ($7 saved); two travel sized body wash ($3 saved + bottles to travel with in the future); pack of gum ($1.50 saved); 2x king sized M&M bags ($3 saved); a pack of pop-tarts ($1.50 saved); a 12oz insulated stainless steel mug; and an air plant in a cute pot for my apartment. Convention swag is really random.
• Lunch was provided by the convention.
• I will go back and do the same tomorrow!

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« Reply #11131 on: April 13, 2018, 05:52:18 AM »
I see a fruit bowl full of apples at my department at work. At least half of us has gone home early to start their weekend. I'll take most of the apples home when I leave. Maybe I'll make a new apples cake. Last week it tasted quite good.

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« Reply #11132 on: April 13, 2018, 09:10:46 AM »
-Ate leftovers. Been trying to be extra better about this. We end up with bits and pieces of leftover work lunches, and I struggle to eat those!

-Going on 2 weeks of no drinking. Considering this was a good $80-100/month budget item, it's not small savings at all!

-Very proud of my husband. Our utilities company let us know we need to set up backflow testing. They'll take care of it automatically for $40. But they also said we can use another certified company, and then submit the paperwork to them. This seemed like a ton of hassle and I didn't want to deal with it. Well, husband *actually said* "a millionaire is made $10 at a time, right?" and went and researched other companies! =o He found one that will do it for $35 and submit the paperwork FOR us, so it's just as convenient as the utility company doing it. Then, without even asking, they gave us $10 off our first year as a new customer discount. So it's only $25 this year. Really impressed that the usually spendier one of us is quoting MMM and pushing us to save! $5 a year is pretty small, but hey... a millionaire is made $10 at a time ;)

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« Reply #11133 on: April 13, 2018, 11:28:44 AM »
Last night:

Worked the baseball store "shift".  Everyone who has a kid in baseball has to work one shift selling snacks.  (Per kid).  To make sure people do it, they require you to write a $150 check at the beginning of the season before you get your uniform. 

If you sign up and show up?  They shred your check.

If you don't?  They cash it.


Today:
Well, our plumbing backed up.  We scheduled a plumber to come out.  In the mean time, husband cleared the clog.  But we often have other clogs further inside the plumbing that our snake can't reach.  We decided to have them come anyway, figuring that I could work from home.  But I forgot in the middle of the snack shift that I left my computer at work.

- saved money by not driving 20 miles round trip to get the computer, figuring I had enough hours this week to come in late anyway.
- saved even MORE money when the plumbing company called to say that one guy didn't show this morning, and could we shift it an hour?  Instead, we cancelled.
- while waiting for said plumber, did some fruit/veg prep for tonight's dinner, so we aren't tempted to get takeout.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11134 on: April 13, 2018, 11:37:58 AM »
Removed accordion doors that prior owner installed. Sawed them down to fit into garbage bin versus hauling to dump and paying to throw it away.

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« Reply #11135 on: April 13, 2018, 11:41:30 AM »
Avoided going to the supermarket on Friday evening. This is usually my most vulnerable moment of the week to indulge in unnecessary
unhealthy comfort food buying and comsumption. Not going has:
1. Saved me money.
2. Saved me health/weight gain.
3. Wasted less resources on the planet as all those foods are not essential/discretionary.

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« Reply #11136 on: April 13, 2018, 02:24:08 PM »
Today I received the wrong cookbook from an Amazon seller. I wrote to the company right away with a photo of the cover and package. I've already been informed that Amazon is processing a refund for the  £2.80. It didn't sound like the seller expects me to mail the book back, and he also didn't offer to send the right one. So I guess it's a free cookbook? It's similar to the one I wanted, so I haven't decided yet whether or not to put in another order.

Yesterday I was on a work trip and remembered to save all my receipts, which will help later.

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« Reply #11137 on: April 13, 2018, 04:25:17 PM »
• Skipped breakfast, ate lunch at the convention, ate dinner at home.
• No-spend day today.
• Walking my dog to the dog park (~1 mike away) for entertainment instead of spending money going out.
• Working extra hours this weekend from home to make up for hours I lost this week with the move. Going to try to hit a +250 bonus this month despite running into some fairly big obstacles.

BONUS:
• The parking attendant at the convention was super put-off that I did not have cash on me to pay for parking. It was $5 yesterday, and $8 today, and I pointed that out. She told me that the person yesterday was wrong, it was $8, and asked that I pay in cash. "I don't have cash. I don't use cash." So instead of taking my card for payment (like they did yesterday) she just let me through. I'm 90% sure she was just going to pocket the cash, but hey, it saved me somewhere from $5-8.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11138 on: April 13, 2018, 05:12:51 PM »
-- Made a salad for brunch (?) for my stay-at-home day.  It consisted of a lot of bits and cheeses and veggies leftover from other meals, including shrimp.  Yum!

-- Am scrounging for meals the next 4 days.  DH is out of town and I don't mind odd meals to help use up stuff when its just me at home.  I can subsist off of random items at random times of the day.  DH is convinced he cannot...lol.

-- Needed a slip for under skirts.  Found one at goodwill for 1.75.  Its a little longer than I need, but I have plans to shorten it tonight.

-- Yesterday while I was at a local thrift store, I found what appears to be an excellent quality cast iron skillet  for 10.00.  DH has been wanting one, so i decided to pick it up.  Forgot the yellow stickers were 75% off that day, so guess who got a cast iron skillet for CHEAP??  This girl!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11139 on: April 13, 2018, 09:01:24 PM »
-- Yesterday while I was at a local thrift store, I found what appears to be an excellent quality cast iron skillet  for 10.00.  DH has been wanting one, so i decided to pick it up.  Forgot the yellow stickers were 75% off that day, so guess who got a cast iron skillet for CHEAP??  This girl!

1. Congrats. You never forget your first.
2. https://www.reddit.com/r/castiron awaits you and DH

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« Reply #11140 on: April 14, 2018, 08:57:36 AM »
-This was totally inadvertent, but someone else ended up paying for everyone's dinners last night, so we weren't on the hook for our super spendy italian meal celebrating SIL. We had agreed to go before we knew the place... so very glad, it saved us at least $60, and that was with no drinks/apps/desserts!

-Opted for a 'homemade' gift for SIL. Split off part of my spider plant, wrote a sweet note to go with it (putting down roots, etc), and it made her cry, so I'll take that as a good sign. Sometimes free gifts can be the best gifts!

-DH and I got to the city of the dinner early, and killed some time walking around a park. Then when it got dark/rainy, we read in a starbucks for a while. The drink we split was way cheaper than risking going shopping nearby I think. We hardly ever go shopping, and I really don't want to see anything we need at a good price, since I'm currently in "DO NOT SPEND IT" mode.

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« Reply #11141 on: April 14, 2018, 10:12:05 AM »
Went to a charity shop, found a summer dress and a brand new pair of jeans for €4 each and a book I've been wanting for years for €1,50. I'm really happy with the book, I couldn't find it at the library or used for years and I was kind of giving up on it. I almost bought it new last week (for €25!) so I'm very happy now I didn't.

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« Reply #11142 on: April 14, 2018, 10:18:02 AM »
Went to a charity shop, found a summer dress and a brand new pair of jeans for €4 each and a book I've been wanting for years for €1,50. I'm really happy with the book, I couldn't find it at the library or used for years and I was kind of giving up on it. I almost bought it new last week (for €25!) so I'm very happy now I didn't.

Great find on the book Imma!  Congrats.  Now I'm curious what it is . . . ?

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« Reply #11143 on: April 14, 2018, 08:40:22 PM »
I bought a Vitamix 5200 off of someone from Craigslist.

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« Reply #11144 on: April 14, 2018, 10:21:43 PM »
Went to a charity shop, found a summer dress and a brand new pair of jeans for €4 each and a book I've been wanting for years for €1,50. I'm really happy with the book, I couldn't find it at the library or used for years and I was kind of giving up on it. I almost bought it new last week (for €25!) so I'm very happy now I didn't.

Great find on the book Imma!  Congrats.  Now I'm curious what it is . . . ?

I want to know too! Out-of-print and hard-to-find books are fascinating!

Uh, savings: Dinner at home was roast whole chicken in a thrifted stainless-steel roasting pan. Throw some peeled potatoes and sweet potatoes in the bottom halfway through cooking and they roast and are dressed in the pan sauce. One-pan meal. Yum-delicious!

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« Reply #11145 on: April 14, 2018, 10:41:35 PM »
I opened the email from the windshield chip repair place that I bought an unlimited repair plan from (for one year) last spring. I paid $100 for it and ended up having five repairs, so it turned out to be a great value. They were reminding me of the upcoming automatic renewal (just $68 for the next year) and it gave options to manage the plan.

There was an option to downgrade to a cheaper plan, so I clicked that. This plan was not offered to me last spring, but it would have been $80 for the first year (same unlimited chip/crack repairs, but no unlimited “windshield rain/fog treatments” — certainly a gimmick anyway). Next thing I knew I had an email saying that $20 had been refunded to my card! That was a nice surprise, since I would never have expected money back at this point.

To make it even better, the renewal on the cheaper plan will only be $45.

TL/DR; have unlimited windshield chip repair for the coming year for net $25!

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« Reply #11146 on: April 15, 2018, 02:53:36 AM »
My colleague friends and I went to our students' baseball game and brought snacks: Cheaper than major league and arguably more fun since we know the players.

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« Reply #11147 on: April 15, 2018, 03:28:55 AM »
My colleague friends and I went to our students' baseball game and brought snacks: Cheaper than major league and arguably more fun since we know the players.

That's so much fun! I've really enjoyed spending time at student's leagues over the professional ones. Especially when it comes to sports where I care less about the sport itself but with high entertainment value like ice hockey (e.g. I wouldn't go to an amateur swimming race as they'd be about my own speed and more boring to watch). Bonus points for bringing your own snacks/drinks!

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« Reply #11148 on: April 15, 2018, 07:26:36 AM »
Went to a charity shop, found a summer dress and a brand new pair of jeans for €4 each and a book I've been wanting for years for €1,50. I'm really happy with the book, I couldn't find it at the library or used for years and I was kind of giving up on it. I almost bought it new last week (for €25!) so I'm very happy now I didn't.

Great find on the book Imma!  Congrats.  Now I'm curious what it is . . . ?

I want to know too! Out-of-print and hard-to-find books are fascinating!


It's a Dutch history book, a PhD-thesis turned book. They are often printed in small editions and relatively expensive, because scientific books in the Dutch language are of course a niche market. This particular book was still available new, but I always try to find a book used before buying it new.

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« Reply #11149 on: April 15, 2018, 07:31:25 AM »
We're going to a friend's house with the kids to play kid friendly board games and we're making banana bread to take rather than buying food to bring.  Last time she hosted, I brought a whole bunch of "antipasti" plus beer which set me back Euro 20 or so.