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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11450 on: April 30, 2018, 08:29:34 AM »
This weekend: free irises from a neighbor  (ask and ye shall receive), friends had a rug they didn't need, I've been looking for a rug, so when they offered I took that baby home! (It's really high quality, so in exchange I'll make something nice for them.) Also made a housewarming gift instead of buying something. DH did some diy repairs - fixed a leaky faucet, replaced bad fluorescents with tube LEDs. We were frugal AF this weekend.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11451 on: May 03, 2018, 02:54:17 AM »
Combined a trip to my GP with a visit to the library in the same building. Borrowed some interesting books.
Eating lunch from home as usual.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11452 on: May 03, 2018, 04:36:14 AM »
Did a free consultation for a friend. So that saved her money, which made me feel pretty good!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11453 on: May 03, 2018, 07:26:30 AM »
-Got approved to expense a flight (leaving vacation early to attend a work event).
-Bought an Uber gift card at a slight discount. Earned cash back for purchase. Will be using for multiple upcoming travel events.
-Realized that my internet bill (covered by work) has gone up slightly & I've never adjusted my work allowance. Will save $6/month or something.

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« Reply #11454 on: May 03, 2018, 09:52:42 AM »
In my country rental prices are strictly regulated so a certain room may never cost more than a certain amount.

However, my landlord claimed my building was a monument, so he could increase the price by €105/month due to extra maintenance costs. However, the building does NOT meet the monument-requirements to back this rental increase and after 6(!) months of fighting over it he finally agreed on giving me a €95 discount PLUS pay me back the money I've paid too much for the past 7 months. YAY. That's almost €700 flowing straight back into my bank account + my living expenses are reduced by 10% now :D

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11455 on: May 03, 2018, 10:07:36 AM »
-Freebies! Got free calla lillies and irises from a neighbor through Buy Nothing.

-Also getting a wire crate from Buy Nothing. We're getting a puppy in a couple weeks (!!!), so I put out an ask for pet supplies.

-Found an even cheaper option for the coconut water we use in smoothies. We're now at $1.97 per liter. Considering a lot of places have it for $3-4/liter, I'm pretty happy with that!

-Continuing the give and get cycles with neighbors. Watering for a neighbor while they're out of town. He regularly gives us plant starts (raspberries and onions this year). Nice to share hobbies with someone nearby.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11456 on: May 03, 2018, 10:45:58 AM »
-Freebies! Got free calla lillies and irises from a neighbor through Buy Nothing.

-Also getting a wire crate from Buy Nothing. We're getting a puppy in a couple weeks (!!!), so I put out an ask for pet supplies.

-Found an even cheaper option for the coconut water we use in smoothies. We're now at $1.97 per liter. Considering a lot of places have it for $3-4/liter, I'm pretty happy with that!

-Continuing the give and get cycles with neighbors. Watering for a neighbor while they're out of town. He regularly gives us plant starts (raspberries and onions this year). Nice to share hobbies with someone nearby.

Love this one. We try & give things (outgrown kids stuff) when possible to our neighbors, and have gotten the same from others. It's lovely & creates such a nice sense of community.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11457 on: May 03, 2018, 05:33:56 PM »
-Freebies! Got free calla lillies and irises from a neighbor through Buy Nothing.

-Also getting a wire crate from Buy Nothing. We're getting a puppy in a couple weeks (!!!), so I put out an ask for pet supplies.

-Found an even cheaper option for the coconut water we use in smoothies. We're now at $1.97 per liter. Considering a lot of places have it for $3-4/liter, I'm pretty happy with that!

-Continuing the give and get cycles with neighbors. Watering for a neighbor while they're out of town. He regularly gives us plant starts (raspberries and onions this year). Nice to share hobbies with someone nearby.

Love this one. We try & give things (outgrown kids stuff) when possible to our neighbors, and have gotten the same from others. It's lovely & creates such a nice sense of community.

I think building community is one of the best Mustachian moves I've ever made =) It regularly pays off big. Our awesome find of a squat rack (paid less for it than it would be worth as scrap metal, and a new one of similar would be nearly $1k... we paid $60) was found online by one of our neighbors who sent it our way.

I've of course given a lot through the same avenues... I do try to keep scales fairly even in a cosmic sense, even if it isn't with specific neighbors =)


-Cut husband's hair
-Got coffee with an acquaintance I'm hoping turns into a friend. Bought a small size drink and didn't buy food. Found free parking.
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« Reply #11458 on: May 03, 2018, 06:00:12 PM »
I opened an FSA account at work. It should save me a little bit in taxes. :)
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« Reply #11459 on: May 03, 2018, 06:22:04 PM »
-Took advantage of free lemons off of the "free" table at work. They smell incredible!
-Not me, but son was able to bike to/from a carpool for his track meet. I'll repay the favor in a few weeks. Zero transportation costs. Carpooling with kids activities is the only way to survive. Plus,  good for the wallet & environment
-A friend is hosting me for lunch tomorrow. I offered to bring a dish, she declined. I'll bring fresh flowers from our yard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11460 on: May 04, 2018, 05:01:50 AM »
• Sold a pair of leather sandals. Was hoping to get $65, got $35 on eBay, but still free money and I’m just happy that it’s one less thing in the house.

Edit: Oh! I did get $65 :-) I was reading an email that said a bid of $30 + 5 shipping and thought that was the sale, but someone did a buy it now and paid the full $65! Sweet!
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« Reply #11461 on: May 05, 2018, 07:40:29 AM »
Time will tell, but I think I just scored on a new(to me) car.

Just paid $5,000 for a 2008 Honda Fit with 73,000 miles. It will replace our 2009 Chevy Aveo5 with 130,000 miles. Should get about $1,000 for the Aveo, so we will lose 1 year on the car, but gain 60,000 miles for about $4,000.

The Fit just seems like such a better built car. My first Honda. Manual shift is so firm with no play, engine is silent, steering is so firm with little play. Feels like quite an upgrade.

No complaints on the Aveo. We put 70,000 miles on it with very little repairs. Decided to quit while we were ahead. I can see some repairs will be needed in the next 10,000 miles or so. I think the Radram family is in much better shape.

I was able to negotiate the price down $500 because the AC did not work. I was thinking no big deal, since the Aveo it is replacing does not have air either. I was just going to do without, thinking a new compressor would be around $800 or so installed, but I just looked it up. I can get a knock off for about $125. I will first just see if it takes a charge. Figuring it will just leak out again, I will probably try to replace the compressor before the heat comes.

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« Reply #11462 on: May 05, 2018, 09:25:51 AM »
-Had a bonus kiddo for dinner, and between other errands, ran out of time for originally planned dinner. Almost had pizza delivered, but remembered we had two backup frozen pizzas. Yes! Doctored up the adult one with toppings. Kids ate the plain cheese.
-Arranged for a ride to yet another soccer game.

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« Reply #11463 on: May 05, 2018, 09:38:53 AM »
The other day the Senior center had a shredding event and we took 13 grocery bags worth of stuff to be shred. It was a free event for seniors! They have it once a year. Today, downtown there is a shredding event for fund raising and it is $10 a small box full! So, we must have saved at least $50! WOO, HOO!!!

Plus, it was good to get rid of tax returns from back in 1989 and forward. I just saved 7 years worth and the rest are gone! Had so much stuff here and there. Now that clutter is kind of under control.

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« Reply #11464 on: May 05, 2018, 11:39:14 AM »
I'm going back to school for a master's degree and I need to finish some prep courses to be able to start in September.

This is my first day of studying in a couple of years and I feel a bit sorry for myself. I need to write an essay and I'm struggling a bit. I was going to allow myself to walk to the grocery store for a frozen pizza both as a cheap, quick comfort food meal and a reason to get away from my desk.

I had already packed my bag when I changed my mind. Instead, I have made cornbread from ingredients I had at home. While the cornbread was in the oven for 20 minutes, I prepared a batch of oatmeal / banana / peanut butter breakfast cupcakes for breakfast this week so I don't have to heat the oven again. Then I did the dishes. There's still time left over to write this post before the cornbread is done.

Walking to the store, buying the pizza and walking back would have taken at least 15 minutes + the risk of buying chocolate or Doritos and then 15 minutes in the oven. My much healthier food took 5 minutes to prepare + 20 minutes in the oven + a bunch of chores done + I'm still getting away from my desk.

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« Reply #11465 on: May 05, 2018, 12:40:42 PM »
Many years ago I was gifted a medium-size tube TV, which I have kept in my bedroom for sick-day binge TV. It is time for that TV to go to recycling, so I started looking around for an inexpensive replacement. Then I realized that I am just as happy watching videos on my tablet when I am sick in bed, so there is no need to replace it--or at least I can wait awhile and see if I really miss it. Second thoughts save a lot of money!

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« Reply #11466 on: May 05, 2018, 03:53:37 PM »
This morning I threw away a coupon for £1.50 off a £15 grocery shop, but then I realised it didn't expire until tomorrow. I fished it back out and packed it and another coupon and a plastic bag for later. At the supermarket, my items came to £11.99, so I went back and got a whole chicken for £3.65, which I'll use tomorrow or Monday. Glad to have almost 10% off and not get candy or any silly items when trying to get past the minimum.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11467 on: May 06, 2018, 09:43:25 PM »
Invested in a set of “sprouting lids” for mason jars. I buy seeds and beans in bulk already. Doing sprouts at home saves a couple of dollars a week in groceries.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11468 on: May 06, 2018, 09:55:49 PM »
Switched to a phone plan that costs less AND gives me more data.

Cut my own hair on the weekend.

Picked up a winter jacket and some musical toys for the baby via Buy Nothing.

Usual things: bringing lunch and snacks to work, taking public transport, enjoying free or cheap entertainment.

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« Reply #11469 on: May 07, 2018, 06:51:25 AM »
So glad I asked for items for the puppy we'll be getting soon on Buy Nothing! So far, we've gotten: a wire crate, a pack of puppy pads with only 1 used, a brand new kong teething toy, a collar and leash, a dog sweater, a puppy dental kit, a furminator, and 2 harnesses. And someone just reached out and said they have a wire play pen I can have. All free. Awesome.

Husband and my schedules are staggered this week, so we can both have the more fuel efficient car on our long commute days. This saves about $6 of gas right now.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11470 on: May 07, 2018, 09:40:50 AM »
I usually don't think of myself as super frugal, but yesterday while doing some yard work and bending some metal rods, the neighbor was chuckling at me and commenting on how frugal I was being.  Now that I think about it, I was being kind of frugal.  But you need to read the back story to see how frugal I was actually being.

18 years ago we bought our first home.  Within a month a co-worker asks if I would like a guest bed.  If I come pick it up, it will save him a trip to the dump.  So we now have a new house and a guest bed.

5 years ago, my son really needs an adult sized bed.  Well we have a perfectly good guest bed, and not many guests, so problem solved.

3 years ago, my wife informs me that we need a new mattress, we've been sleeping on ours for over 16 years.  I protest!  Then we proceed to get a new mattress.

Now I have a perfectly good 16 year old mattress.  After discussing it with my son, he believes that our old mattress is better than his current mattress.  So the mattress that I saved from the dump 15 years prior gets thrown into the garage, and the son is now using our relatively new 16 year old mattress.

I am informed that nobody will accept that nasty old mattress in the garage as a donation, so just take it to the dump.  Well it's a long drive to the dump so that's going to use some gas, and they're going to charge me at least $5.  My solution, attack it with a utility knife, remove all the fabric, then attack it again with the cutting blade on the grinder.  I'm left with a pile of springs.  Bundle everything up into neat little packages using the removed fabric as the wrapping.  1 package put into the garbage can once a week.  After 3 weeks the mattress is gone.  With the exception of 3 rods that ran across the bottom of the mattress to give it support.

Now, I had plans for those 3 rods.  I had recently planted a little pine tree in the front yard.  It was small enough that I was worried the kids, or neighbors would step on it.  Took each rod, stuck it in the ground and bent it over the tree.  Perfect we now have a tree cage.

Also about 3 years ago the vines I had planted along the chain link fence had reached the top, and I thought it would be cool to have an arch of vines to go across the pedestrian gate.  The trees needed to be trimmed anyway, so after completing that job I choose several branches, twisted them together, bent them into an arch and attached them to the gate.  Great I have a natural looking frame for the vines to climb on.

So yesterday, I'm walking around the yard.  The tree cage is getting to small, and the tree branch arch is covered in vines but starting to decay and should be reinforced.  So the three mattress rods are pulled out of the ground, twisted together, carefully weaved through the vines and attached to the gate.  Great, that should keep the arch up for the next 10 years or so.  Those little rods have now served three different purposes for me!

All those words to say "I reused some stuff."


 

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« Reply #11471 on: May 07, 2018, 09:47:59 AM »
frpst7777, cool story!

I saw a really great idea today on how someone took a baby crib and converted into a dog crate for a larger dog. It was really nice. They cut off the arched part of the top and bottom head boards then put a lid on it. Then they took the sides and for the front door they cut it in half and put each side on hinges and put a lock on the door front. It was also on wheels. It was low to the ground and looked like an expensive dog crate! Very creative!

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« Reply #11472 on: May 07, 2018, 12:31:59 PM »
frost7777 and Roadrunner53, I love both of those repurpose ideas!

Recently I:
 
~Made a monetary donation Saturday which will help at tax time
~Picked up a penny in the grocery store parking lot
~Continue to utilize leftovers, or freeze them before food goes bad, in order to save on food waste
~Open windows for a cross-breeze to prolong the need to set up the AC unit and/or turn on ceiling fans
~Clipped coupons for next week's grocery trip
~Will pull extra items we have in the house for the camper, instead of buying new supplies whenever possible

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« Reply #11473 on: May 07, 2018, 01:05:13 PM »
Here is the link to the crib/dog crate. Looks like a lot of work!

https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/repurposed-crib-dog-crate/

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« Reply #11474 on: May 07, 2018, 10:39:18 PM »
* Cleaned out the car and added all the loose change to our coin jug. Found a penny on the sidewalk and that went in too.

* Cut open a tube and should get at least four more days of use out of it
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11475 on: May 07, 2018, 11:55:33 PM »
-  Had a million errands to do today, so I combined them all in one outing. I also packed snacks and water, so I would not be tempted to purchase food out.

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« Reply #11476 on: May 08, 2018, 12:10:18 AM »
Making up a big batch of shredded chicken in the slow cooker.

Making purees and finger foods for the baby from scratch. We're almost at the point of not needing purees anymore and he's yet to have even a taste of a shop bought one. Success :-)

Using cloth nappies, as always.

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« Reply #11477 on: May 08, 2018, 12:28:12 PM »

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« Reply #11478 on: May 09, 2018, 08:32:09 AM »
• No spend day yesterday.
• No spend day again today.
• Got a mileage reimbursement check from traveling for work for about $285.00 that I will use to make another student loan payment toward the end of the month.

I have a $15 uber/uber eats credit I have to use before the end of the month so I’m thinking about treating myself to dinner for free tonight or tomorrow, too.

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« Reply #11479 on: May 09, 2018, 08:57:09 AM »
Not sure if I saved money or not. I locked into a fixed per gallon heating oil price of $2.899 a gallon. Last year was $2.299 a gallon. It went up this year but I am really afraid that with this Trump Iran deal the cost of heating oil is going to skyrocket. I may kick myself in the ass if the cost of oil comes down because now I am locked in. I read that oil is $70 a barrel now and by next year will go up to $200 a barrel. This is going to affect us in so many ways. Planes, trucks, cars, anything that requires fuel will cost consumers more money. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/07/us-oil-prices-top-70-barrel-for-first-time-since-2014.html

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« Reply #11480 on: May 09, 2018, 10:50:49 AM »
Not sure if I saved money or not. I locked into a fixed per gallon heating oil price of $2.899 a gallon. Last year was $2.299 a gallon. It went up this year but I am really afraid that with this Trump Iran deal the cost of heating oil is going to skyrocket. I may kick myself in the ass if the cost of oil comes down because now I am locked in. I read that oil is $70 a barrel now and by next year will go up to $200 a barrel. This is going to affect us in so many ways. Planes, trucks, cars, anything that requires fuel will cost consumers more money. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/07/us-oil-prices-top-70-barrel-for-first-time-since-2014.html

We don't use oil for heating but natural gas. I don't expect those prices to go down either, so I'm looking for a good deal right now. And we're always trying to find ways to reduce our use of fossil fuels.

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« Reply #11481 on: May 09, 2018, 02:10:18 PM »
I saw an article about a new service that collects misshapen/small/otherwise undesirable produce and delivers it to you for a discount.  I signed up to be notified when it arrived in my area (I wasn't sure if the savings from "undesirable" produce would balance out the premium of home delivery, but I was intrigued by the concept and thought I'd check it out.)  Anyway, they are in my area now and gave me a coupon for a free box to try it out, so I'll have some free fruit and veggies arriving soon.  And I have 0 problems cancelling services like these, so if it's not a good deal I won't do it again past the free box.  And if it is a good deal, hooray!
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« Reply #11482 on: May 09, 2018, 02:23:08 PM »
What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

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« Reply #11483 on: May 09, 2018, 02:46:56 PM »
Not sure how long either fix will last, but I repaired a USB cable with duct tape and hopefully fixed a weird problem I was having with my glasses with some clear nail polish. (Jury's still out on whether that will work, but I figured a $5 bottle of polish is a better first attempt than replacing $300 eyeglasses.)

What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

I think it's called Imperfect Produce (assuming there's not more than one company doing this). They're not available where I live but my friend in Indiana mentioned it. I think they do referrals, so maybe wait and see if RamonaQ has one for you... my friend posted on FB and said the referral was good for $10.
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« Reply #11484 on: May 09, 2018, 03:09:43 PM »
I found it: https://www.imperfectproduce.com/join?from_scratch=Y

However, they are not in my area. I put in my email so they can contact me if they ever deliver in my area.

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« Reply #11485 on: May 09, 2018, 06:43:56 PM »
Got some free dinner at the teacher appreciation barbecue! :)
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11486 on: May 10, 2018, 06:13:57 AM »
Not sure if I saved money or not. I locked into a fixed per gallon heating oil price of $2.899 a gallon. Last year was $2.299 a gallon. It went up this year but I am really afraid that with this Trump Iran deal the cost of heating oil is going to skyrocket. I may kick myself in the ass if the cost of oil comes down because now I am locked in. I read that oil is $70 a barrel now and by next year will go up to $200 a barrel. This is going to affect us in so many ways. Planes, trucks, cars, anything that requires fuel will cost consumers more money. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/07/us-oil-prices-top-70-barrel-for-first-time-since-2014.html

I called my oil company and they don’t offer pre buy pricing for another couple of weeks. I’ll have to check out the prices at that time. I think the minimum is 400 gallons and we used 454 last year, so I guess I will look into it. Hopefully we will use a bit less this year and use wood more, but 400 gallons should be a good start. I usually only do the minimum because you already paid for it,even if you don’t use it. I think there is even a penalty charge if you don’t use it all the gallons you prebought.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11487 on: May 10, 2018, 06:51:07 AM »
My oil company has based my useage on 850 gallons a year but we put in a new boiler and it is very efficient and we now use closer to 700 gallons a year. The boiler also heats our hot water year round too.

We had to spend money on a new boiler to save money in the long run. We had to replace it due to age.

Also, we set the thermostat at a very comfortable temperature and we don't sit around in winter coats and blankets. Life it too short to live like a zombie.

We can't shut off parts of our house to conserve heat in the winter either because the pipes will freeze and that would cause a major disaster. A person I know shut off his heat in February and went on a Florida vacation. When he got back his pipes had busted and the water did thousands and thousands of dollars in damage. He thought he would save money...LOL, guess that didn't happen.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11488 on: May 10, 2018, 07:11:58 AM »
My oil company has based my useage on 850 gallons a year but we put in a new boiler and it is very efficient and we now use closer to 700 gallons a year. The boiler also heats our hot water year round too.

We had to spend money on a new boiler to save money in the long run. We had to replace it due to age.

Also, we set the thermostat at a very comfortable temperature and we don't sit around in winter coats and blankets. Life it too short to live like a zombie.

We can't shut off parts of our house to conserve heat in the winter either because the pipes will freeze and that would cause a major disaster. A person I know shut off his heat in February and went on a Florida vacation. When he got back his pipes had busted and the water did thousands and thousands of dollars in damage. He thought he would save money...LOL, guess that didn't happen.

Wow that’s a great increase in efficiency! We do keep our heat low (64 during the day) but we have a wood stove. So that helps heat the house and cut down on oil. Our oil heats our water all year long too.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11489 on: May 10, 2018, 07:48:53 AM »
You can face punch me but our thermostat is set at 72 degrees during the winter and our ac is set at about 70 during the summer.

I am a whiney pants and am temperature challenged. I am most happy at these temps!

We sleep with the temperture even cooler in the bedroom and if it was up to me I would have it down to 60 but the other half balks! LOL! He keeps telling me the unit will freeze up and he should know, he is a licensed HVAC person! LOL!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11490 on: May 10, 2018, 11:16:27 AM »
You can face punch me but our thermostat is set at 72 degrees during the winter and our ac is set at about 70 during the summer.

I am a whiney pants and am temperature challenged. I am most happy at these temps!

We sleep with the temperture even cooler in the bedroom and if it was up to me I would have it down to 60 but the other half balks! LOL! He keeps telling me the unit will freeze up and he should know, he is a licensed HVAC person! LOL!

But... why do you feel the need to cool your place down further in summer than what you'd heat it up to in winter? That doesn't make sense to me. Why not heating to 70 and cooling to 72?!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11491 on: May 10, 2018, 11:53:03 AM »
Not sure why, maybe the humidity in the summer.

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« Reply #11492 on: May 10, 2018, 12:35:22 PM »
Moved my pet snake down to the basement. Why does this save money? The coolest spot in her tank should be at max 75 degrees. If she's upstairs, the A/C has to kick on way sooner and for longer than if she's in the basement. With her downstairs we might be able to stave off A/C usage until it gets *very* hot.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11493 on: May 10, 2018, 12:46:39 PM »
Moved my pet snake down to the basement. Why does this save money? The coolest spot in her tank should be at max 75 degrees. If she's upstairs, the A/C has to kick on way sooner and for longer than if she's in the basement. With her downstairs we might be able to stave off A/C usage until it gets *very* hot.

And you have a snake?!?! We're going to hang out for sure!! :)

I don't have a snake, but my little brother has a ball python named Mr. Whiskers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11494 on: May 10, 2018, 06:11:26 PM »
Opening windows and using fans to cool the house instead of using AC. Our crappy rental has some windows painted shut and some without screens so we don’t get optimal airflow, but we’ve been able to keep AC use to a minimum so far this year.

Made a homemade Mother's Day gift for my mom (a big jar of a spice blend I use that she likes!) and packing it to ship in reused materials.

Cooked dinner at home using a favorite Budget Bytes recipe. DH will take leftovers to work tomorrow.

Saving vegetable scraps to make chicken stock this weekend. Next week’s meals will prominently feature shredded chicken.

Stayed home all day with my toddler.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11495 on: May 10, 2018, 06:27:31 PM »
Moved my pet snake down to the basement. Why does this save money? The coolest spot in her tank should be at max 75 degrees. If she's upstairs, the A/C has to kick on way sooner and for longer than if she's in the basement. With her downstairs we might be able to stave off A/C usage until it gets *very* hot.

And you have a snake?!?! We're going to hang out for sure!! :)

I don't have a snake, but my little brother has a ball python named Mr. Whiskers.
:D Mine is a corn snake. I won't say her name because I'm afraid my irl friends will find me based on that... *Paranoid*
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11496 on: May 10, 2018, 07:05:08 PM »
Moved my pet snake down to the basement. Why does this save money? The coolest spot in her tank should be at max 75 degrees. If she's upstairs, the A/C has to kick on way sooner and for longer than if she's in the basement. With her downstairs we might be able to stave off A/C usage until it gets *very* hot.

And you have a snake?!?! We're going to hang out for sure!! :)

I don't have a snake, but my little brother has a ball python named Mr. Whiskers.
:D Mine is a corn snake. I won't say her name because I'm afraid my irl friends will find me based on that... *Paranoid*

I don't care if anyone identifies my brother. He might, but he never said so, yeah. He's even on these forums allegedly, if he knew how to work a computer, or a forum, he'd complain, I'm sure.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11497 on: May 11, 2018, 07:53:36 AM »
BIL is out of town this week and didn't cancel his Imperfect Produce drop off (not our thing, but he likes it) so we got a box of fruits and veggies (we're watching his cat, and he was like 'look, it's just gonna go bad anyway, so take it!') What does this mean?

- No need to buy apples for DH's lunches.
- Pears and oranges for snacks and breakfast for the LO.
- Kale in last night's homemade tikka masala to keep it healthy.
- Sweet potatoes for SP fries for dinner next week.
- Kiwis and nectarines for snacks while I work from home.
- Giant carrots to throw in... I haven't decided what to use it on yet but carrots are easy to use.

Also tikka masala--we got to cooking and realized we didn't have chickpeas. Rather than bopping around to the grocery store around the corner to pick up a can, we just used some GN beans we had around. It was fine. Saved... $1?

Also, I ran our numbers yesterday for the next two months (I'm transitioning jobs, and won't actually get a paycheck in June due to the timing) but found out that even with accounting for the lack of paycheck for me, we'll still be able to pay July's bills with June's income... and still have a surplus.

I threw that $500 surplus at DH's SL. :) Chippin' away...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11498 on: May 11, 2018, 12:09:33 PM »
I am refusing to turn on the furnace. It's chilly (currently 46ºF/7ºC) and damp/cloudy/rainy. I hate the cold and have trouble regulating my body temp in chilly weather. We turned off the furnace for the season because we had a long stretch of weather in the upper 60s to 80ºF (~20–25ºC) range, which was heavenly. I'm hoping I can hold out as long as possible with multiple layers of clothing, a lot of hot beverages, and the big fluffy blanket from the sofa, since the weather tomorrow should be just as cold and rainy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11499 on: May 11, 2018, 12:32:56 PM »
OtherJen, you should investing an electric blanket! This is the time of year when I am turning the thermostat up and down each morning and afternoon. The other day the late afternoon temps went down and we still had the door open and the boiler came on! Forgot to turn down the temperature. ARRRRGGGG!!

I have an electric blanket and love it for the livingroom!