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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11450 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 #11451 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 #11452 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 #11453 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 #11454 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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« Reply #11455 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 #11456 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 #11457 on: May 08, 2018, 12:28:12 PM »

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« Reply #11458 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 #11459 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 #11460 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 #11461 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 #11462 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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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11463 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 #11464 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 #11465 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 #11466 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 dont offer pre buy pricing for another couple of weeks. Ill 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 dont use it. I think there is even a penalty charge if you dont use it all the gallons you prebought.

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« Reply #11467 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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« Reply #11468 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 thats 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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« Reply #11469 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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« Reply #11470 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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« Reply #11471 on: May 10, 2018, 11:53:03 AM »
Not sure why, maybe the humidity in the summer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11472 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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« Reply #11473 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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« Reply #11474 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 dont get optimal airflow, but weve 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 weeks 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 #11475 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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« Reply #11476 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 #11477 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 #11478 on: May 11, 2018, 12:09:33 PM »
I am refusing to turn on the furnace. It's chilly (currently 46F/7C) 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 80F (~2025C) 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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« Reply #11479 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!

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« Reply #11480 on: May 11, 2018, 03:36:58 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!

That's a good idea and I will have to remember it for fall.

Unfortunately I lost the battle of the furnace. Husband spent much of the afternoon working in the garage, couldn't shake the chill once he came back inside, and turned on the heat. Sigh. I was almost ready to put on a second pair of socks.

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« Reply #11481 on: May 11, 2018, 04:21:02 PM »
Got my oil changed this afternoon (yes, I'd rather do these myself, but my lease prohibits working on vehicles in the parking lot).  Since I was there, I asked for a tire rotation, since I get free tire rotations from Firestone because I bought my tires from them.  Noticed on the bill that they had charged me for the tire rotation and asked about it, the guy looked up my file, saw that it should be free, and took the charge off.  $20 saved.

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« Reply #11482 on: May 12, 2018, 07:23:01 AM »
-Caught a false charge. A $500 charge at guitar center popped up pending on our card, which I saw thanks to Mint. We kept our eye on it, and the second it went confirmed, called AmEx. Right at the same time another charge, $400 this time, popped up on the card. Annoying as all (*&#&&&&!! to have to replace a card again, but glad I caught it early. This is the FOURTH time in two years we've had crap like this happen. So frustrating. Apparently AmEx automatically updates all your recurring purchases though? So we won't have to switch utilities, etc, which is nice. So, $800 caught.

-Second one I caught: we gave people some magazine subscriptions for Christmas. I went in last month to cancel, and we had nothing under subscriptions. Okay, cool! I must have set it up somehow so it doesn't autorenew. WRONG. Did you know there are THREE different places on amazon where subscriptions of various sorts are listed? Super goddamn frustrating. Anyway, found where they were listed after much googling, and contacted customer service. Annoyingly, they didn't seem to give a shit that it's the worst user interface possible for that, but at least they're giving us the refund. $40 caught.


Point being kids: even if you think you have your expenses under control, track your spending. It's not always yours, haha.

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« Reply #11483 on: May 12, 2018, 08:34:51 AM »
Flew in from London last night, and was crazy tired/jet lagged. Instead of ordering take out, went to the grocery store & picked up two frozen pizzas instead. Still pricier than making something at home, but . . . let's be honest. That wasn't going to happen.

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« Reply #11484 on: May 12, 2018, 08:51:32 AM »
Cut the cable TV.  Going to try Sling instrad and see if we like it.  Saving about $40 / mo

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« Reply #11485 on: May 12, 2018, 09:50:02 AM »
What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

Whoops, sorry, just saw this.  The company I found is called Hungry Harvest.  Here's where they deliver: https://www.hungryharvest.net/where-we-deliver

I have no idea if it will be good or not, but for free I'll definitely try it!

Edited to add: I just looked at Imperfect Produce - they aren't in my area yet but said they might be soon, so maybe I'll have another one to compare with.
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« Reply #11486 on: May 12, 2018, 10:01:20 AM »
What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

Whoops, sorry, just saw this.  The company I found is called Hungry Harvest.  Here's where they deliver: https://www.hungryharvest.net/where-we-deliver

I have no idea if it will be good or not, but for free I'll definitely try it!

Edited to add: I just looked at Imperfect Produce - they aren't in my area yet but said they might be soon, so maybe I'll have another one to compare with.

The Frugal Girl swears by Hungry Harvest. Anyone interested in signing up, maybe check and see if she has a coupon or something :-).

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« Reply #11487 on: May 12, 2018, 10:02:52 AM »
What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

Whoops, sorry, just saw this.  The company I found is called Hungry Harvest.  Here's where they deliver: https://www.hungryharvest.net/where-we-deliver

I have no idea if it will be good or not, but for free I'll definitely try it!

Edited to add: I just looked at Imperfect Produce - they aren't in my area yet but said they might be soon, so maybe I'll have another one to compare with.

The Frugal Girl swears by Hungry Harvest. Anyone interested in signing up, maybe check and see if she has a coupon or something :-).

Oh, it does look like I can send $5 referral coupons for Hungry Harvest - please PM me if you'd like one!  Or wait until I've tried it and can report back. :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11488 on: May 12, 2018, 11:00:44 AM »
What is the name of the company? Are they located in the northeast?

Whoops, sorry, just saw this.  The company I found is called Hungry Harvest.  Here's where they deliver: https://www.hungryharvest.net/where-we-deliver

I have no idea if it will be good or not, but for free I'll definitely try it!

Edited to add: I just looked at Imperfect Produce - they aren't in my area yet but said they might be soon, so maybe I'll have another one to compare with.

The Frugal Girl swears by Hungry Harvest. Anyone interested in signing up, maybe check and see if she has a coupon or something :-).

Oh, it does look like I can send $5 referral coupons for Hungry Harvest - please PM me if you'd like one!  Or wait until I've tried it and can report back. :-)

I'll be curious what your opinion is.  I checked it out online, and they do deliver to my area, but the prices and examples of what you might get in a box doesn't look to me like the 20% savings that they promise.  Maybe partly because they're sending more expensive fruits like mangoes and cantalopes that I never buy?  But the small box (Mini) looks like about enough produce to keep my household for 4 days or so, at a cost of more than I spend weekly at my local produce market.  Plus many of the images on the website of 'rejected' produce looks identical to what I'd see at my local grocery.  I don't see anything 'wrong' with it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11489 on: May 12, 2018, 11:33:35 AM »
I would suggest you get one box to try it out. If it doesn't work out chalk it up to a lesson learned and then tell the rest of us what your experience was. I looked it up and my zipcode is not available yet. It really seems like a great idea but I am also wondering how do they keep veggies like lettuce from wilting in the hot summer months?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11490 on: May 12, 2018, 11:48:32 AM »
I made a batch of pockets based loosely off of this recipe https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-spiced-lentil-sweet-potato-and-kale-whole-wheat-pockets-181100 to freeze. They are really tasty and we plan to keep them for oh whoops moments when lunch or dinners plans don't work out to avoid take out. I had all the ingredients I used on hand and made 9 pockets. Assuming takeout ends up being on average $8-10 per person I saved quite a bit of money not to mention they are healthier.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11491 on: May 12, 2018, 12:28:04 PM »
This question is for Lexde or other credit card experts...

Just got a renewal for the American Express Traditional Green Card. It has a $55 renewal fee and I don't use this card anymore because I use the Costco Visa for everything. I don't want to goof up my credit by dropping the card but don't want to pay the fee. Can you suggest what Amex card I can get to downgrade? I also have the Amex Optima card.

Thanks!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11492 on: May 12, 2018, 04:59:15 PM »
Dried some mint from my garden for tea.

Had a bunch of yogurt that was about to expire, so I made yogurt muffins with my 3-year-old, which will be her mother's day gift for her grandma and great grandma.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11493 on: May 13, 2018, 01:45:56 PM »
This question is for Lexde or other credit card experts...

Just got a renewal for the American Express Traditional Green Card. It has a $55 renewal fee and I don't use this card anymore because I use the Costco Visa for everything. I don't want to goof up my credit by dropping the card but don't want to pay the fee. Can you suggest what Amex card I can get to downgrade? I also have the Amex Optima card.

Thanks!

Check out this article
https://wallethub.com/credit-cards/no-annual-fee-american-express/

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11494 on: May 16, 2018, 06:05:51 AM »
Made a big batch of iced tea yesterday. As I was going to clean up, I realized I could probably re-steep the leaves and make a second batch. It tasted great, and now I have tea for twice as long.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11495 on: May 16, 2018, 06:51:18 AM »
Ate salad greens, lettuce and arugula, that grew up from seeds scattered on the ground last fall. Just let the plants mature and go to seed then scattered the seeds where I wanted them this spring. Ready to eat at least a month before the regular garden.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11496 on: May 16, 2018, 07:37:50 AM »
We did the basics. Drove the electric car for work, leftovers for dinner. No money spent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11497 on: May 16, 2018, 08:35:20 AM »
We don't go to the movies often, but we do like seeing the Marvel movies in the theater since we are big comic book nerds. So yesterday we went to the movies:

~ DW and I went to the $5 Tuesday showing at AMC. You can book ahead and they have the fancy reclining seat reservations, so you give up nothing but the choice of day when you opt to use this option. Just be careful! There are higher priced showings in the 3-D and premium sound theaters, so you have to make sure you choose the basic viewing and sound theater option.

~ Brought our own iced coffee from home. We didn't even sneak it in. This theater entrance is in the food court of a mall, so I guess they don't even bother to police what people are carrying in food-wise.

~Skipped the parking garage to park in free parking across the river from the theater. This also meant we had a lovely stroll through the park downtown before and after the show.

~Waited until we got home to eat dinner, instead of going our after our relatively early show. The kids had already demolished the leftover I left them in the fridge, so we made sandwiches.

Total cost was $10+tax - less than a single movie ticket on a non-Tuesday!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11498 on: May 19, 2018, 02:10:51 PM »
-Sold a free $25 gift card on Raise (gift card resale site) & earned $20. Have listed another gift card, and if/when it sells, will clear about $10. But, it's for a place I will never go to, and I've had the gift card for 5 years. So, clearly better to get $10 than hold onto it for longer.
-Remembered to use a coupon & a reward for an item I was already buying
-Two items were on discount at Costco that we were already buying (super cheap pineapple!) & lettuce. I also made adjustments to the shopping list to find the less expensive per/pound tomatoes, avocados, etc. It takes a bit more time to shop this way, but it all adds up.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11499 on: May 19, 2018, 02:17:03 PM »
Surgical recovery savings:
-Picked up colace when I was at costco for other meds. Way cheaper there than elsewhere.
-Bought gatorade powder from costco and mixing our own, instead of buying premade bottles of it. More eco friendly, too. (I'm supposed to be having lots of gatorade, minimal water, for the next few days)
-Using the heat pack I already own, and just having husband reheat it, rather than buying a nice fancy electric one.
-Picked up a scale ages ago through Buy Nothing. Good I did, even though we didn't really need it, because now I'm required to have one for daily weights.
-Saving money by virtue of being utterly couch bound, haha.