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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11150 on: April 15, 2018, 07:37:16 AM »
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!

What on earth are you doing to necessitate so many windshield repairs? =o

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« Reply #11151 on: April 15, 2018, 09:38:21 AM »
My phone died.  We had to ship it back to Texas to get a refurb.  It's going to take 2 weeks.

So, I printed my "emergency codes" to get into work emails as 2nd factor authentication, and we are attempting to temporarily put my SIM card into my kid's phone.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11152 on: April 15, 2018, 10:02:10 AM »
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!

What on earth are you doing to necessitate so many windshield repairs? =o

Last year was worse than normal, but one or two per season is usual. 70% of my four-day-a-week commute is on a busy highway. Lots of big trucks and (particuarly in spring) plenty of sand/gravel left from the roads being sanded through winter.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11153 on: April 15, 2018, 10:08:03 AM »
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!

What on earth are you doing to necessitate so many windshield repairs? =o

Last year was worse than normal, but one or two per season is usual. 70% of my four-day-a-week commute is on a busy highway. Lots of big trucks and (particuarly in spring) plenty of sand/gravel left from the roads being sanded through winter.

Ah, the sanding through winter is the difference. I couldn't figure it out because my husband and I also drive TONS for work. We put 500 miles a week average on our car, and *knock on wood* we've never needed a windshield repair.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11154 on: April 15, 2018, 12:04:03 PM »
We ate a seatrout that DH caught last night.

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« Reply #11155 on: April 15, 2018, 12:10:08 PM »
Returned a pair of shoes that turned out to not be quite what I needed, for a full refund.  Also got an exchange for a pair my partner got that the stitching started falling apart after a few wears.  Avoided buying lunch while at the mall to do the returns.

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« Reply #11156 on: April 15, 2018, 03:42:20 PM »
Instead of eating a delicious pizza,a poutine, cookies, and gallons of Pepsi and chips and dip, I stayed in my apartment and ate: grilled (faux) cheese, leftover tofu, leftover rice, and frozen cake. I probably saved about $30... And an angry hedonistic part of my brain is not fully mollified...but still doing okay.

And I really need to break the cycle of giving my inner bitch every food she craves

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« Reply #11157 on: April 15, 2018, 08:26:19 PM »
* found .50 on the ground

* used homemade lemon extract in a recipe

* walked to grocery shop using my thrifted granny cart

* picked up a reusable grocery bag someone had littered/lost

« Last Edit: April 15, 2018, 10:58:14 PM by jengod »

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« Reply #11158 on: April 16, 2018, 05:31:16 AM »
Our Dyson has been losing suction lately, and yesterday it became much more noticeable. So we pulled up a youtube video, removed both filters, cleaned everything well. When it's all dry, we'll reassemble and see if we have any improvement. We haven't serviced the vacuum in the 10 years we've owned it, so here's hoping we can get another decade out of it.

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« Reply #11159 on: April 16, 2018, 08:09:23 AM »
Planted about 100 leek and onion seedlings this weekend

Cleared out a new garden area that will grow corn and black beans.

Moved veggie seedlings outside for free sunlight each day this weekend, allowing the grow lights to stay off for a few days.

Continued our slow-mo bathroom remodel.  We found a stone composite countertop with attached sink on clearance for $99.  Problem was that the space is 48" wide, and the top was 49" wide.  I was hoping just cutting out the sheetrock would allow it to fit, but no.  DH was ready to give up and return the counter, but I refused, and notched out the studs (just a non-bearing wall backing up to a closet) so we could shoe-horn that damn' countertop into place.  The vanity we put in was also on clearance about half price, so we are getting a fairly high-end look (by my standards) on the cheap.  The place that put in the acrylic shower wanted another $600 to install a vanity supplied by us.  Not sure how much more they would have charged to install the floor, baseboards, toilet, mirror and towel bars.

Found brightly colored mis-tinted floor and patio paint marked down at Lowe's that will be used to prolong the life of my horse jumps while making them look snazzy too.

Cleaned five horse blankets with our little pressure washer, rather than pay to have them cleaned.

Selling excess eggs to a co-worker this morning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11160 on: April 16, 2018, 03:33:10 PM »
Our Dyson has been losing suction lately, and yesterday it became much more noticeable. So we pulled up a youtube video, removed both filters, cleaned everything well. When it's all dry, we'll reassemble and see if we have any improvement. We haven't serviced the vacuum in the 10 years we've owned it, so here's hoping we can get another decade out of it.

I have cleaned the filters every month since I've owned it. Sounds like my vacuum might last a lifetime! I certainly hope so. The Dyson is one of the few things I've ever bought new and I have never regretted it. It has cut the time I spent vacuuming at least in half, if not more.

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« Reply #11161 on: April 17, 2018, 05:17:32 AM »
Took my lunch to work, like every day this year so far.  I had a late meeting, and they served us fruit and granola bars.  At the end there was still fruit left, so I got to take a few bananas home. 

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« Reply #11162 on: April 17, 2018, 10:21:18 AM »
My son was "promoted" in daycare so he is now in the next room allowing us to do 2 day schedule saving $633 a month!

In the infant room, we were forced to pay 5 days to secure the slot.  I understand why, it just sucked going 2 days but paying for 5. 

Not anymore!

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« Reply #11163 on: April 17, 2018, 10:39:15 AM »
Went to the Assessor's office today and applied for tax relief for Seniors 65 and older. We qualified for the town part but not the State part. So, they said we were qualified for $960 in relief. We get a letter later in May to show we have qualified.

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« Reply #11164 on: April 17, 2018, 10:49:55 AM »
My parents are in town, and we've eaten all meals at home. Friday: I made tacos, guacamole & margaritas. Saturday: my husband grilled kebabs & made rice. Sunday: we had chicken curry with rice. Monday: we ate the bits & pieces of leftovers. In the past, we've eaten out a lot more, and/or ordered delivery. We did splurge on cupcakes, as a thank you to my mom for cleaning the house & for the childcare my parents are providing for the week.

Also, talked my husband into giving me a ride to the airport early on Thursday, which will save about $30 vs Uber.

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« Reply #11165 on: April 17, 2018, 11:11:34 AM »
Mailing in a $5 rebate form using one of the envelopes I've had for over 13 years.

Using recycled paper to print online coupons.

Caught an error on a recent receipt:  Was charged twice for a $8.97 item.  Back to the store I go!

I make sure to keep the bedroom light off during my morning bathroom preening routine.  Saves 30 minutes of electricity at a time.

DH has begun researching on demand water systems.

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« Reply #11166 on: April 17, 2018, 11:29:09 AM »
Bought prescription dog food at the Vet office and the receptionist had a $7 coupon I could use!

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« Reply #11167 on: April 18, 2018, 09:41:31 AM »
Still haven't bought lunch at work a single time this year (other than for a few work-related lunch events).   Today didn't have any real leftovers at home to pack, so mixed garbanzo beans I prepared in the instant pot with leftover corn, and tossed a bagel into my bag, and off to work.  4.5 month streak continues. 

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« Reply #11168 on: April 18, 2018, 10:16:37 AM »
Coworker and I started walking at the YMCA during lunch breaks, and yesterday I remembered to pack my lunch. (I typically go home for lunch on days I don't telecommute). She went to Subway to grab lunch, and I stood in line with her and bought nothing. It wasn't too difficult, though, since I brought awesome leftovers. Now to get her into some better spending habits!

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« Reply #11169 on: April 18, 2018, 11:05:31 AM »
I complained to a company that sells salad kits because the salad dressing pouches had leaked. The kits cost $4.99 each. When the first leak happened about 6 weeks ago, I just let it go but when the second one happened, I decided to report it. I contacted them by email on their website and they were pretty prompt in getting back to me. They sent two coupons by mail each worth $4.99. I also suggested that they go to another type of salad dressing container since I had two that leaked.

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« Reply #11170 on: April 18, 2018, 11:46:18 AM »
-Costco had the yogurt I buy for buy 1 get 1, so even though I didn't need to replace it quite yet, I grabbed 2. They last a long time (yay bacteria), so nothing will go to waste.

-Have finally successfully taught my husband how to correctly saran wrap guac so it doesn't go "off". He's good at so many things, but this one took a while.

-Scheduled redelivery of a missed package instead of driving to pick it up, saving gas.

-As always, combined groceries from costco with refilling the tank. Bonus, also picked up a prescription this time. No wasted trips!

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« Reply #11171 on: April 19, 2018, 12:20:08 PM »
Today I successfully negotiated with my wife to avoid purchasing luggage for our honeymoon. She is very excited for our trip, and understandably wanted to prepare with a new set of luggage. Avoiding this purchase was a double-win for me, because not only do we avoid spending a wasteful amount of money on something we'll use a few times per decade, but we also avoid storing it in our already small apartment for years! Instead of purchasing new luggage, we'll borrow some from family who've used their purpose-purchased luggage exactly once to go on their honeymoon. In the end we both agreed it doesn't matter who owns the luggage as long as we've got something to use and it makes it there in once piece.

It has been an exercise for me to prepare for the trip by purchasing necessities such as shorts (since I don't own any), or protective footwear, and avoiding luxuries that I don't need for such as flippers. I'm even planning on saving a few bucks on purchasing sunglasses by using a couple pair of tinted safety glasses from work.

I feel like I'm trying to walk a fine line between being prepared enough to save money, and over-packing things that are un-necessary. Packing light could tempt me to spend more than I wanted during the vacation on something I should've known would be necessary. I already know that it will be cheaper to buy things I need here, before we head to our destination where things will be easily 33-50% more expensive if not more. For the both of us, this is likely a once in a lifetime trip, so we want it to be pleasant enough for our positive memories to last a lifetime. The last thing I want is to cheap out on a necessity and pay 50% more later while wasting time.

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« Reply #11172 on: April 19, 2018, 12:32:17 PM »
Today I successfully negotiated with my wife to avoid purchasing luggage for our honeymoon.

I learned the hard way that it's good to have luggage broken in before you take it on a really big important trip. I bought a brand new (and enormous) suitcase when I was going to live in London for 9 months, and before I even got it inside the airport the wheel fell off because of a defect. So I had to lug this big heavy suitcase around without a working wheel, and it was a giant pain in the butt. That was the only trip I ever took that was big enough to use that suitcase, so it was even worse than a simple waste of money. It was like paying money to be given a special one-time burden.

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« Reply #11173 on: April 19, 2018, 12:43:19 PM »
Oh no, I'm picturing some poor guy hauling everything through the airport on his back like a pack mule! That's a hell of a defect.

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« Reply #11174 on: April 19, 2018, 12:50:30 PM »
Oh no, I'm picturing some poor guy hauling everything through the airport on his back like a pack mule! That's a hell of a defect.

Try a 5'6" woman :-) It was OK on the way there since I had help from someone who was dropping me at the airport, but when I arrived and I had to schlep my bag from the airport to the place I was staying via bus, with a huge suitcase along with my laptop bag, on zero sleep from my transatlantic redeye... uuugh. And I was staying in three different locations during the first week and had no opportunity to get it repaired.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11175 on: April 20, 2018, 12:29:44 AM »
I ate the free cheese from last weeks grocery shop. Didn't really like it and I would never buy it, but it filled my stomach.

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« Reply #11176 on: April 20, 2018, 06:29:34 AM »
For the 77th straight workday this year, I brought my lunch from home.  It was a rush out the door this morning, so lunch is an avocado, two bananas, and a sweet potato.   

Also today, I am going to NOT go to my favorite butcher shop for bacon.  It's excellent meat (pastured local pigs) but expensive, and we can go another week without.  $ saved, and we'll substitute other non-meat proteins this coming week.  Double win. 

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« Reply #11177 on: April 20, 2018, 08:59:02 AM »
Went grocery shopping with cranky toddler in tow - never fun. But I managed to limit my snack/junk food purchases to a bag of white cheddar popcorn from the discount shelf for $.59 and a bag of chips that was free with coupon.

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« Reply #11178 on: April 20, 2018, 09:36:27 AM »
Things I Did Yesterday/Today:

Saved my jar of Stridex after using all of the pads, now using a microfiber cloth and have another ~10 applications’ worth of product before I need to purchase another box.

Saved bacon grease from cooking a package of bacon last night, instead of throwing it out (and using up paper towels to soak it up for the garbage) I saved it to mix in a tablespoon at a time into my dog’s kibble. Usually I have to put in 1/4-1/3 of a can of wet food to get her to eat her dry food, but she loves bacon fat more. I got 5 or 6T of bacon fat total, saving me 2 cans of wet food or about $3.16.

When I go to marketing meetings (at a country club, haha) I opt to use the cloth towels and napkins instead of the paper ones, but I take the paper ones home in my doggy-bag. They’re thicker than regular paper towels and super durable so I have a small stack of them in my kitchen to use instead of paper towels. I used one yesterday that saved me a few cents.

I continue to use and wash the same (free) insulated tumbler every day.

Biked ~1m with my dog this morning to wear her out before I went to work. This made her happy and also prevented the need to drive home for a mid-day walk and/or hire a Rover Walker to do so at $10-15.

Washed my socks and underwear in the sink and hung them to dry. It’s gentler than the washing machine (preserving the fabric for longer use) and prevents smaller items from being lost or stuck in the shared machine.

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« Reply #11179 on: April 20, 2018, 09:40:56 AM »
Cleaned five horse blankets with our little pressure washer, rather than pay to have them cleaned.
This is actually pretty brilliant. I always ended up taking a hose to mine to get the mud/hair off as best I could, drying over the fence, and then taking them to a big washer at a laundromat (with permission on the condition that they were sprayed down first). Took a full weekend from start to finish.

Your idea is much more efficient.

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« Reply #11180 on: April 20, 2018, 10:56:20 AM »
Cleaned five horse blankets with our little pressure washer, rather than pay to have them cleaned.
This is actually pretty brilliant. I always ended up taking a hose to mine to get the mud/hair off as best I could, drying over the fence, and then taking them to a big washer at a laundromat (with permission on the condition that they were sprayed down first). Took a full weekend from start to finish.

Your idea is much more efficient.

I've done this with our pressure washer too, with indoor house rugs.  I've also taken rugs to the do-it-yourself car wash -- they have strong clips on the walls for car floor mats that work well for other things too. 

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« Reply #11181 on: April 20, 2018, 11:38:46 AM »
Today is one of the first warm days of the year and I finished work at 1 in the afternoon, so I was going to get ice cream from the ice cream place around the corner. I only go there a few times a year, usually get ice cream to celebrate the start of spring or a summer holiday.

Then some unexpected things happened at work and I was asked if I could work overtime instead of having the afternoon off. Because I didn't bring enough food for the whole day, I did have to bike to the nearest grocery store during my lunch break, but I only spent €4 on a healthy lunch that included a banana and 250 grams of veggies. I will probably work more overtime next week so I 'll earn about €250 in overtime pay + I know I need to bring food from home.

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« Reply #11182 on: April 20, 2018, 06:39:20 PM »
-First bike ride of the year! (Yes, we're fair weather riders). Rode the 2.5mi each way to the store (5mi total). Saved gas.
-Went to swap our soda stream cartridge at the store. Had a $5 off $15 or more coupon. The swaps used to cost $15.99, IIRC. Well, they dropped them to $14.99! Which wouldn't let me use the coupon. So we wandered around for a while, and eventually found a $0.99 travel size toothpaste. Husband travels every week for work, so this will get used. And it allowed us to use the coupon. One cent ahead of the old price and a free toothpaste to boot ;)
-Did some landscape work. Took a big overgrown evergreen bush out. I'm sure when the house was first landscaped, over 20 years ago, these were size appropriate... but as it is now, it was huge and growing up into our japanese maple and it all looked very gnarly. Instead of spending the money for extra tools that would have made it easier, we harnessed stuborness and 20s vigor and hacked it out with a combination of tree pruner, shovel, and hatchet that we already owned. Doing this now will also save us a trip, since we will dump the load at the landscaping place when we go to pick up mulch.

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« Reply #11183 on: April 20, 2018, 09:15:23 PM »
I went to Costco and didn't buy the rotisserie chicken I planned to (I forgot). 

Though I honestly think this was a miss; you can barely get a raw chicken for $4.99 much less a roasted one that will produce an additional gallon of stock from its picked carcass.

Ah, shit. 

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« Reply #11184 on: April 21, 2018, 05:06:49 AM »
Does spending $300 on food at two grocery stores count as saving money if we eat all meals at home? We bought a lot of things to stock up that we ran out of. Giant bags of cheese, giant bag of broccoli. Will make a pea soup, nachos, 8 cheeseburgers to go into the freezer after we cook them.

We also bought a new vacuum sealer so we can keep a lot of our foods fresh and free from freezer burn.

Do any of you who have a vacuum sealer know that Foodsaver now sells expandable bags that will accommodate a large casserole or big roasts, chickens and maybe turkeys too!

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« Reply #11185 on: April 21, 2018, 05:27:44 AM »
Made our own coffee and took it to the farmers' market to people watch.

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« Reply #11186 on: April 21, 2018, 06:05:39 AM »
Co-worker suggested to get together after work for some drinks. As the weather was amazing, I suggested to go for a BBQ in the park instead. Fortunately, some others agreed on the idea. We spent €8 each for food + drinks + disposable BBQ and I took about €2 worth home as we had leftovers. Great night for 6 bucks. Totally beats having a beer and a half at the bar for the same price :)

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« Reply #11187 on: April 21, 2018, 09:44:31 AM »
currently making sandwiches to take on our bike ride to the park-hooray for spring weather!

making homemade flax crackers this afternoon for healthy snacks!

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« Reply #11188 on: April 21, 2018, 09:49:43 AM »
Cleaned five horse blankets with our little pressure washer, rather than pay to have them cleaned.
This is actually pretty brilliant. I always ended up taking a hose to mine to get the mud/hair off as best I could, drying over the fence, and then taking them to a big washer at a laundromat (with permission on the condition that they were sprayed down first). Took a full weekend from start to finish.

Your idea is much more efficient.



It works really well!  I think I paid $200 for my little electric pressure washer, but I saw the same on on an Amazon deal the other day for $100.  It has certainly paid for itself just cleaning horse blankets.  I have about 9 to do this year, with three horses.  We have a charcoal smoker/grill that I use as a "horse" to hold them while cleaning them.

Last week I spied some items at the feed store on clearance for $70 (retail $149.99).  I knew I could re-sell them on eBay, so I bought two and listed them at $124.99.  One just sold, so that's about a $35 profit after shipping and fees, for about 15 minutes worth of work.

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« Reply #11189 on: April 21, 2018, 10:09:55 AM »
Haircut today! Saved $15-40. Learned point cutting and layers, which has improved the look of my cuts too!

Had a run in my pantyhose for court, so I cut them into no-tear hair bands.

Biking to the grocery store in a little while to save on gas and get some exercise. Using a shopping list to only get what I need for the upcoming week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11190 on: April 21, 2018, 11:22:43 AM »
In Miami with my boyfriend (works in music production). Before going to the stadium for final setup I grabbed the free coffee from the hotel lobby (it's better than Starbucks!) and we just finished eating lunch in the catering tent. Spent $0 so far today which will cushion the dinner bill nicely (Miami ain't cheap!)

Tomorrow I'll have a mostly solo day and it's supposed to rain so I'm researching free/cheap museums.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11191 on: April 21, 2018, 01:17:02 PM »
Baked a double batch of homemade burger buns to freeze for later in the spring/summer.

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« Reply #11192 on: April 21, 2018, 01:26:28 PM »
Baked a double batch of homemade burger buns to freeze for later in the spring/summer.

Could you please share your recipe? I'm learning how to bake but I haven't been able to bake soft fluffy types of bread yet.

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« Reply #11193 on: April 21, 2018, 02:39:46 PM »
Baked a double batch of homemade burger buns to freeze for later in the spring/summer.

Could you please share your recipe? I'm learning how to bake but I haven't been able to bake soft fluffy types of bread yet.

I use this recipe: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/beautiful-burger-buns-recipe.

I had most of a beaten egg leftover from an egg wash for empanadas a few days ago, so I used that to brush the tops of the buns. I guess that makes another small thing I did to save money - and what is left of that egg will go into this coming week's batch of the mini frittatas my husband eats for breakfast. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11194 on: April 21, 2018, 07:08:18 PM »
Negotiating with the local power company saved me $2200. That was pretty cool.

Bought some land last year and am starting to do work on it. I really need to get the land graded but before I can do that I need the power company to remove old poles and power lines that sit on the land that aren't currently being used for anything. First they wanted to charge me $2200 for the work of removing the poles. After negotiating earlier this week they dropped the price down to $1600. It was a thing I didn't feel like I should have to pay for, so I kept pushing at it. Finally they are now being willing to do it completely on their own dime. Not only that, but they're not only doing everything I wanted them to do (they are removing both poles and ALL of the lines, which they kept trying to fight, because they wanted to keep "right of way" on my land), but they are installing a pole transformer on an existing pole by the street which will service my house whenever it is built.

I'll still probably have to pay for them to do underground wire installation to go from the pole transformer, down to the ground, underground, and then to where my house is when I'm ready to start building. That's fine and I accept that. But I didn't think I should have to pay for the poles/wires removal on top of that, especially when it's literally impossible to grade or build on the land with their stuff in the way.

It was really worth all of that negotiation!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11195 on: April 21, 2018, 08:37:12 PM »
I went to Costco and didn't buy the rotisserie chicken I planned to (I forgot). 

Though I honestly think this was a miss; you can barely get a raw chicken for $4.99 much less a roasted one that will produce an additional gallon of stock from its picked carcass.

Ah, shit.
I always go for the chickens! I usually get two, immediately shred and freeze one, and use the other. That said, if you can eat a few meals out of the pantry instead of using the chicken you’re still coming out ahead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11196 on: April 21, 2018, 08:51:34 PM »
Love those Costco chickens!

I did recover today though.  The prior owners of the house I bought left a bunch of sprinkler-hoses (soaker hoses that spray rather than sweat).  One had a big tear near the fitting and it gushed all over.  I was able to carefully remove the threaded hose fitting and remake the end!  This was great since from looking online for a replacement everyone said they can't be repaired.  I suppose if the tear had been way in the middle it would have left me with a very short hose but in this case I was left with almost the full original length.  $17 saved and all the good DIY feelings are coursing through my veins.  Tilled the garden and planted peas.  Good day.     

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11197 on: April 22, 2018, 04:52:41 AM »
Dissassembled a fancy packaging for correct recycling and discovered two magnets inside. Have used some of my crafts material to make nice and usable magnets of them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11198 on: April 22, 2018, 05:34:14 AM »
Negotiating with the local power company saved me $2200. That was pretty cool.

Bought some land last year and am starting to do work on it. I really need to get the land graded but before I can do that I need the power company to remove old poles and power lines that sit on the land that aren't currently being used for anything. First they wanted to charge me $2200 for the work of removing the poles. After negotiating earlier this week they dropped the price down to $1600. It was a thing I didn't feel like I should have to pay for, so I kept pushing at it. Finally they are now being willing to do it completely on their own dime. Not only that, but they're not only doing everything I wanted them to do (they are removing both poles and ALL of the lines, which they kept trying to fight, because they wanted to keep "right of way" on my land), but they are installing a pole transformer on an existing pole by the street which will service my house whenever it is built.

I'll still probably have to pay for them to do underground wire installation to go from the pole transformer, down to the ground, underground, and then to where my house is when I'm ready to start building. That's fine and I accept that. But I didn't think I should have to pay for the poles/wires removal on top of that, especially when it's literally impossible to grade or build on the land with their stuff in the way.

It was really worth all of that negotiation!

Congrats @redbird -- this is great!  Good on you for not giving up. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11199 on: April 22, 2018, 09:52:59 PM »
Made raspberry jam today. For the price of (part of) a $5 bag of sugar and some (enjoyable) time, we have four large jars of delicious jam. We had the garden-grown berries in the freezer from last summer; while I’d normally use them for other purposes, we had our freezer try to die a couple weeks ago. We caught it in time (husband was able to diagnose and fix immediately - thank goodness!!), but some of the stuff on the top shelf had started to thaw. The tray-frozen berries were now a big glob and not good for scooping out into breakfast things; jam was the perfect solution for them.