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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11900 on: July 30, 2018, 02:04:35 PM »
I waited too long this morning to start my bike in to work.

I left at 8AM, but I did my best to keep up with a much faster bike commuter ahead of me. I got to work just in time at 8:15 AM.

Saved myself $6 in parking (plus a bit in gas), 30 minutes in traffic after work and I burned about 175kcal.

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« Reply #11901 on: July 30, 2018, 02:06:22 PM »
I'm slowly redoing my laundry room because it's not set up well, despite being a large space (5'5" x 7'7"). I was able to move the machines over and built a laundry cart to slide in between them to hold detergent/ other stuff currently on the too high shelves. A cart online that fit was in the $50- $60 range. I was friendly with the guys at Lowes so they found me some scrap wood that would fit and cut it all down for me. I had wood filler, paint and screws at home so all it cost me was the casters. Bonus: no more socks getting lost in the gaps between the machines or struggling with trying to reach the detergent on the high shelf.


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« Reply #11902 on: July 30, 2018, 11:11:57 PM »
2 things.

We were recently traveling and we were notified we exceeded data usage on our phones. But we didn't actually exceed our data limit. So we called and the confirmed it was OK and we would not be charged more than $100 for roaming. Got home and they actually charged us $180. Spent a painful 50 min on the phone but got the $80 back.

Same trip, we were over charged 3 times by a hotel.  All 3 were pending and when I called VISA to complain they said just wait and try to deal with the hotel.  Emailed the hotel. 2 miraculously disappeared, and the 3rd was refunded.  But due to currency conversion we lost almost $75.  Called Visa to complain again. They are refunding the $75.       

So $155 and priceless vindication.

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« Reply #11903 on: July 31, 2018, 05:02:35 AM »
I'm slowly redoing my laundry room because it's not set up well, despite being a large space (5'5" x 7'7"). I was able to move the machines over and built a laundry cart to slide in between them to hold detergent/ other stuff currently on the too high shelves. A cart online that fit was in the $50- $60 range. I was friendly with the guys at Lowes so they found me some scrap wood that would fit and cut it all down for me. I had wood filler, paint and screws at home so all it cost me was the casters. Bonus: no more socks getting lost in the gaps between the machines or struggling with trying to reach the detergent on the high shelf.

This is awesome @marcela!  Good job

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11904 on: July 31, 2018, 06:45:55 AM »
- Brought cold brewed coffee from home to work
- Packed my Breakfast & Lunch (have every day this year...and last year)
- We have an office party today and I will volunteer to clean up in exchange for the leftovers.
- Walked a puppy before work at ~6am +$20 (I guess this is money MADE, not SAVED?)
.... That's it so far, but it's only 8:40am, hopefully more to come! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11905 on: July 31, 2018, 10:18:31 AM »
On the phone with the landline company here at the office to ask why our bill increased by $50 over last month.  The rep said the old bundle program expired.  (I love their warning.  Note my sarcasm.)  Their new bundle package will put as at $10 less than we were originally paying.  We'll see.

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« Reply #11906 on: July 31, 2018, 01:29:01 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

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« Reply #11907 on: July 31, 2018, 03:26:40 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

Seconded. Itís sold in 3-lb packs of whole beans at about $5.20/lb. We grind it for drip coffee (we use a hot water kettle and pour-over carafe) and it makes very rich and flavorful coffee.

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« Reply #11908 on: July 31, 2018, 04:55:40 PM »
Saved $0.20 bringing my own mug for coffee and shopping bags to the grocery

Saved $0.25 line-drying

Saved $2 buy using slow-shipping credits to watch a family movie

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« Reply #11909 on: July 31, 2018, 05:25:16 PM »
I made breakfast for my family today. And I've mostly kicked the Starbucks habit...but I am still looking for a great coffee to make at home. Any brand suggestions???

I really like the Kirkland brand Colombian coffee from Costco. I switched over from Starbucks after someone recommended it and I like it so much better.

Seconded. Itís sold in 3-lb packs of whole beans at about $5.20/lb. We grind it for drip coffee (we use a hot water kettle and pour-over carafe) and it makes very rich and flavorful coffee.

This is key, IME - grinding.  If you buy the beans and grind them at home in a good burr grinder, you can get a very nice cup of coffee for very little $$.

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« Reply #11910 on: July 31, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »
-Free breakfast & lunch at work
-Picked up a new book off of the freebie table
-Leftovers for dinner (we cook only on Friday/Saturday/Sunday & do leftovers during the week)
-Drove with my husband to pick up the car. He suggested an Uber, but we did the round trip in 35 minutes & saved about $20.
-Called about a discount code that dropped off an order after it was placed, & was credited $20

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11911 on: July 31, 2018, 09:09:01 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

Tip @Roadrunner53 & @OtherJen - I have a friend who has one and he figured out how to hack it to get super-cheap CO2 canisters for it.  Now he does it at a fraction of the cost.  (He is FI already, though he works part-time - from a chair by a beautiful lake - now for something to do.)

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« Reply #11912 on: July 31, 2018, 09:43:06 PM »
Pulled together a really tasty picnic dessert (lemon-berry cake) from ingredients on hand, rather than going out to buy special ingredients or a premade item.

Husband rigged up our Sodastream to a refillable CO2 tank. This plus reusable bottles means no more paying for cans of club soda or single-use CO2 cartridges.

I have a soda Sodastream machine and only use it for seltzer. How do you make club soda? Have you ever made tonic water?

Youíre right, we usually make seltzer although husband has the minerals and sometimes makes mineral water and club soda. I think he found the recipe online. We havenít done tonic water yet, but itís on his list of things to try.

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« Reply #11913 on: July 31, 2018, 10:15:22 PM »
We have a hotel stay coming up, and I happened to notice that the hotel was having a new promotion ($25 Amazon gift card for online reservations made this week).  I had already made the reservation earlier, but I called the hotel to ask if I could get in on it, and they said yes.  Sometimes all you have to do is ask . . . :)

Bolded the above: indeed.  I ask for a cash discount on anything over $100; you would be surprised how often and how much I save...

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« Reply #11914 on: August 01, 2018, 12:13:50 PM »
Quickly pulled into a gas station that was still 10 cents cheaper than the rest of them.

Saved $3.


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« Reply #11915 on: August 01, 2018, 01:34:19 PM »
Managed to keep the A/C off for all but two days of the latest heat wave.  One of the days was a bit too far gone, and the other day we had company over (plus we were home all day; it's easier to keep it off when we're gone until 5-6 pm, at which point the sea breezes have started to kick in).

Makes a big difference to conserve where I live in SoCal, since the coastal communities (I'm near-coastal) pay very high rates, subsidizing the rates for the scorchingly hot inland areas (which still have high rates, but they're given much larger electricity allowances before increasing their price tiers). 

Also, we canceled my daughter's swim class.  Didn't do it to save money, but alas, it'll save us some money until we enroll her in something new (probably not until September/October as she's already dealing with a lot of transitions right now).  We got what we needed out of it, and she wasn't enjoying it any longer. 

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« Reply #11916 on: August 02, 2018, 05:56:42 AM »
- Took home leftovers at an office party as well as ate lunch at the office party and then ate my packed lunch for my dinner later that day. Score.

- Made frozen grain bags at home.  I've been buying these grain mix frozen bags at Aldi, but they're $2.50-$3 each.  They have a mix of grains and veggies that can serve as a base for a protein and make a whole meal.  I made Orzo, Quionoa, White Rice, Black Rice, Chopped Spinach, onions, and carrots and sautťed them all together with a veggie broth I'd made from scratch a few weeks back (the last jar, was about to go bad, PHEW).  It cost about $5 and made six large backs that will make two meal bases each.  I froze them flat.


- Reused plastic grocery store bags for the dogs that I walk through Rover before and after work.


- Refilled both of my water bottles before I left work each day this week.  We have a well and it keeps getting rainwater saturated.  I rent, so I can't really do anything about it.  S0..... I have to buy water to drink (it's ok to bathe in etc.)... If I fill me water bottles at work that usually gets me through the evening until I'm back at work the next morning.


- Worked on my Capsule Wardrobe yesterday.  I made an inventory list and packed up 3 bags to give away.  When I'm done with the project/it goes into maintenance mode, it will help me with decision fatigue, will stock my wardrobe with more classic well-made/longer lasting clothing, and will get me down to about 50 pieces of clothing (counting shoes, bags, belts, etc. - everything but unders).... this will free up closet space in my very small apartment.  I could use that space to flip craigslist items (store them in there in the meantime), buy more grocery items in bulk (I usually have trouble with this with only one normal sized cabinet in the kitchen (you should SEE the weird stuff I have stored in the fridge), or who knows what?  I'm excited about this one.  One interesting thing I discovered while doing this?  I do not own a dress.  Not even one.  Ha.



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« Reply #11917 on: August 02, 2018, 11:50:09 AM »
Our Walmart Savings Catcher is now up to $8.09!  Not bad for DINKS....

Picked up a penny over the weekend.

Didn't stop for fast food on the way home from the big city yesterday, and stopped for a water, cheese stick and small bag of nuts at the C store on the way home.  Savings approx $8.  Ideally, I would have had an extra protein bar stashed in my bag instead, but I need to restock on payday.

Saved .03/gal at the pump using my value card.  Savings $0.59.

Still waiting for the credit to be put back on our office LL bill.  The CSR said to check it in a few days, which it's been.  I'll check again tomorrow....

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11918 on: August 02, 2018, 01:27:00 PM »
Brought my lunch
Made approx $10 on ibotta and Checkout 51 offers when buying snacks for work
Combined trips downtown to go to the library and bank on the way to pick up kids from daycare

Non-mustachian - buying some new running shoes today at the local runner shop. I could get them online or delay longer but I like supporting the local business, and standing at markets and craft fairs in the old ones is starting to hurt my  back!

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« Reply #11919 on: August 03, 2018, 03:12:41 AM »
My younger brother visited me last night and he paid the groceries so that I would cook him dinner.

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« Reply #11920 on: August 03, 2018, 12:08:58 PM »
Took lunch to work as usual.

Used my beginner hypermiling techniques on my commute (easy on the throttle, thoughtful use of acceleration, coasting when able, etc.) to improve gas mileage.  I have figured I save $0.45 per day on my commute by doing this.   

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« Reply #11921 on: August 03, 2018, 12:55:41 PM »
- Collected eggs from the hens on the farm I live on (rent) and hardboiled them for meals this weekend.

- Continued to use my little Panda style washer/spin dryer instead of bartering for laundry or going to a laundry mat (my least favorite place in the universe).  I've had it for about 6 months now and LOVE IT.

- Did not stop for to-go coffee even though I was nearly nodding at the wheel.  Cracked the windows and blared the radio the 8 more miles home and made a direct path to the cold brew in my fridge when I got home.  Ha.

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« Reply #11922 on: August 03, 2018, 06:12:31 PM »
Cut my hair.  I bought a good set of clippers for about $60 a few years ago now, probably about 60 haircuts ago.  $1 haircuts?  Yes please.

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« Reply #11923 on: August 04, 2018, 09:59:15 AM »
When we were caught in a downpour on the way home from the pool, I didn't buy a cheap umbrella or rain poncho from the Bangladeshi guy who appeared out of nowhere selling them.  Instead, I made scootering home in the rain a fun game for my 6 year old. 

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« Reply #11924 on: August 04, 2018, 12:25:18 PM »
-Dinner from the freezer last night
-Made muffins using overly ripe bananas
-Made hummus from extra cilantro & a few garden jalapenos
-Made chocolate chip cookies for a lunch we're having this afternoon

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« Reply #11925 on: August 04, 2018, 01:27:47 PM »
Called and had my car insurance adjusted for biking to work.  Will save close to $200/year. 
Wanted a hamburger last night, but did just fine by eating a sandwich and some leftovers.

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« Reply #11926 on: August 04, 2018, 01:45:09 PM »
I made the mistake of grocery shopping for a few essentials on an empty stomach but managed to stick to my list and not buy a tasty frozen curry meal. When I got home, lunch comprised leftovers.

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« Reply #11927 on: August 04, 2018, 07:40:02 PM »

Chose a nearby botanic garden festival as our weekend activity, for a gold coin donation we had a wonderful morning wandering through the gardens, saw lots and lots of flying foxes and beautiful plants, and they were giving away local native plants - we got a Callistemon (bottlebrush) and a Syzygium (lilly pilly) which will flower and attract birds, along with a native grass - they even let us pot them and gave us reusable bags to take them home in! We are looking to add to our garden and these will be perfect.

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« Reply #11928 on: August 04, 2018, 08:45:22 PM »
it is lovely summer, so harvested tomatoes and chives from the garden for dinner

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« Reply #11929 on: August 05, 2018, 07:50:59 AM »
-Had friends over for lunch yesterday, and served things we already had on hand. Kept it very simple, but everyone was happy. Served homemade chocolate chip cookies at the end, which were a big hit.
-Used a food delivery coupon. Which, isn't money saving, but a good reminder for why I don't ever use these services. I was at home alone with the kids, and we rarely go out, so I'd promised we could look at the menu. Even with the free delivery & a $10 off coupon, it was way more than I'd planned on spending. We do have leftovers, but I'll chalk that up to "lesson learned." The kids are sweet, and understand that it's expensive. I did say no to ordering dessert, and we made popcorn & watched movies instead.

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« Reply #11930 on: August 05, 2018, 07:58:47 AM »
Deleted things from my Amazon cart that I don't actually need.

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« Reply #11931 on: August 06, 2018, 06:52:45 AM »
OMG I looked the other day and I have closed to 200 "saved" items... meaning I put them in my cart, then changed my mind/talked myself out of it and then still had enough interest in them to save them instead of deleting them.
It's unmanageable at this point to go through and delete each and every one.  Ha.  Apparently I like to imagine I can buy those things.

Deleted things from my Amazon cart that I don't actually need.

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« Reply #11932 on: August 06, 2018, 07:00:09 AM »
- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

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« Reply #11933 on: August 06, 2018, 07:08:13 AM »
- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

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« Reply #11934 on: August 06, 2018, 07:29:01 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - can you install a water filter? May be a more economical long term solution. We have terribly hard water, and had a filter installed when we moved in.

-As for us, we made dinner at home (taco quesadillas for the kids, because they asked for a "new" version of taco leftovers). We also drove to the airport to pick up my husband vs having him take an uber. Drove our electric car.
-My husband won $5k in a tournament, so that was not small, but a fun thing to celebrate last night

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« Reply #11935 on: August 06, 2018, 08:55:16 AM »
We do have a Cuno water filter in the basement where the water comes in the house from the well. However, as far as I know that filter is for filtering out sand from the well. Not sure what type of filter would take out the hard water particles.

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« Reply #11936 on: August 06, 2018, 09:13:50 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - if you search on Amazon, they have sink side filters for hard water. They connect under the kitchen sink & then have a little tap that you put on the side. https://www.amazon.com/Under-Sink-Countertop-Filtration-Cartridge-Water-Softeners/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A13397611%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A3836908011

It does take up some under sink space (we have our garbage can on the side of the counter vs under the sink), but it's worth it. May want to check one out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11937 on: August 06, 2018, 09:24:47 AM »
I just received a renewal for an American Express card and I owe $50 membership fee. I have not used this card in years and want to call and cancel it but have heard it affect your credit rating. Is this true and why would credit be affected by getting rid of a credit card? My credit rating is way, way up there so I am not really that concerned. Anyone have advice?

I churn CCs for bonuses and close them out all the time. Some credit nerds will shriek in horror when reading this, but my FICOs are high 760s. Yeah, I'll never reach 800, but I'll get the same prime rates as anyone with an 800+ score but I won't be paying annual fees on multiple cards.

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« Reply #11938 on: August 06, 2018, 09:42:46 AM »
The Aldi near my work has them for $0.60, the other Aldi is $0.69 I think.  There's also a Food Lion (awful grocery store otherwise) on my route home from work that always has one of the store brands knocked down to $0.65.

I never thought about hard water ruining coffee makers, but I've lived in so many places and in some.. my coffee makers were ruined after living there for some time.  Interesting!

- Stopped myself from buying an energy drink at the gas station.  I'm SO TIRED this morning and had two dog walks (my side hustle) before work, which means I had to start my day around 4am.  I remembered I had some of those Aldi brand energy drinks in the fridge for an "exhaustion emergency" (aka at least once a week, sadly) and slammed one of those instead for about $0.50 vs. $3.00.


- Did not eat breakfast, but ate leftovers from a work party last week instead.  They were a little bit stale, but whatever, somewhat healthy, free... I needed some fiber, fat, and calories... it doesn't have to be an amazing meal every time.

- Harboiled a ton of farm eggs before they went bad.  Now I'll have eggs to crumble on top of all of my meals this week to up the protein.


- Installed a water filter on my kitchen sink that my landlord paid for.  They insist it will filter out the sediment and make the water drinkable.  Hopefully now I can stop buying jugs of spring water.  We've had SO much rain that our well has been saturated and the water kinda yellowy for about a month now.  It seems ok to bathe and do dishes in, etc.  But I have not been drinking it nor giving it to my dog to drink.  I go through about a gallon a day, and at $0.60/Gallon, it's been more than I wanted to spend

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

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« Reply #11939 on: August 06, 2018, 10:05:30 AM »

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

You list your only reason to by water for coffee as financial. I can buy a $20 coffee maker any day of the week. With time, I can get a used, higher quality one at Goodwill for $7.

Are you claiming you can only get 23 pots of coffee before your hard water ruins a coffeemaker? Really? Less than 1 month?

We also have hard water. Our makers still last years. Just run a few cups of vinegar through the maker(pass it through 2 times in a row), then run 2 pots of water and discard.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #11940 on: August 06, 2018, 11:54:31 AM »

Where do you buy gallon jugs of water for $0.60 a gallon? The cheapest I have seen around here is $0.89 a gallon. We buy bottled water to put in our coffee machine. My water is super hard and ruins coffee makers if I don't use bottled water.

You list your only reason to by water for coffee as financial. I can buy a $20 coffee maker any day of the week. With time, I can get a used, higher quality one at Goodwill for $7.

Are you claiming you can only get 23 pots of coffee before your hard water ruins a coffeemaker? Really? Less than 1 month?

We also have hard water. Our makers still last years. Just run a few cups of vinegar through the maker(pass it through 2 times in a row), then run 2 pots of water and discard.

Vinegar is also a great general cleaner.  It'll also help to keep the coffee maker clean (in addition to removing the hard water buildup).

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« Reply #11941 on: August 07, 2018, 06:20:21 AM »
- I was so dang tired on my commute home last night that I had resigned myself to allowing myself to eat out for lunch today at work Vs. putting together some meals + snacks (I eat a lot of little things throughout the day and am often gone for 12+ hours).  By the time I got home I decided I could power through.  I set a timer for 20 minutes, and promised myself I would only do what fit in that 20m... and packed my lunch, did my chores, set out my clothes for work, and took a shower.  Yay!  Go me!


- Brought homebrewed coffee with almond milk to work with me Vs. store/cafe bought.


- Figured out a way to work one of my personal errands in to one of my work errands so that I won't have to make an extra trip.  Work is ok with this.


- Started shopping on Tire Rack dot com as I know I need new tires soon (and I used to be that person who would just go until one blew out (scary, always), throw a donut on it for a few days, and THEN solve the problem, but that's too stressful, I'm getting ahead of it this time!)Ö Also spoke to the mechanic at our fleet vehicle shop at work so that I'll be able to use that shop at a discounted rate to put the tires on when they arrive.   

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« Reply #11942 on: August 07, 2018, 06:58:04 AM »
It's 38 C outside today, we've had extremely hot and dry weather for more than a month now. My local supermarket is clearing out their socks and underwear isle to make space for the next season's collection (yes, there is such a thing as sock fashion ... apparantly) and the prices are always extremely low. Normally the most common sizes sell out in a very short time, but when it's 38 C outside, no one thinks about buying socks for the upcoming autumn / winter. I bought 7 new pairs of socks for Ä3 :) 

Plus, due to the weather we haven't had a proper hot meal in days. It's just too hot to prepare any food and we're living off sandwiches and fruit. This saves a bit of money.

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« Reply #11943 on: August 07, 2018, 07:42:03 AM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

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« Reply #11944 on: August 07, 2018, 09:12:51 AM »
Made pesto pasta from basil in my yard for everyone, instead of eating out.

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« Reply #11945 on: August 07, 2018, 10:44:03 AM »
Bought a large amount of really cheap green beans, cleaned, parboiled and froze them. Hopefully this will be the last year of buying beans, I want to harvest my own next year!

Found a 10% off code for the bus tickets we're buying to visit a friend this weekend. Tickets are only Ä8, but every little bit helps. We are encouraging the friends to select activities that are not too spendypants, but with these friends I'm not sure.

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« Reply #11946 on: August 07, 2018, 01:46:46 PM »
Went to State Fair- bought discount tickets ahead of time for $8 each.
Made two salads for lunch- all from leftovers.
Made tomato sauce from free tomatoes my sister gave me.
Plan to have eggs in purgatory (eggs in tomato sauce) for dinner, also from free eggs from my sister.
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« Reply #11947 on: August 07, 2018, 01:49:58 PM »
Scored 2 free tickets to wonderworks in orlando (I don't recommend this place.)  Then looked up how much it was to park (10 bucks!) and proceeded to park 2 blocks away for free.

Enjoyable free day with my son, if I dont count the gas spent.   

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« Reply #11948 on: August 07, 2018, 02:00:50 PM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

Maybe you should take over major purchases in the future.

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« Reply #11949 on: August 07, 2018, 02:47:01 PM »
We had a terrible spending day, because my husband made an error in a flight purchase. It took, no joke, almost $1k to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not his first super expensive mistake this year. So, our "wins" below, come nowhere near offsetting that snafu.

-Drove our electric car to work
-Free breakfast & lunch (work)
-Carpooled with another mom for camp drop off & pickup, cutting commute in 1/2.

Maybe you should take over major purchases in the future.

I handle all of our family travel, plus my work travel bookings & personal travel (e.g. just me, or just me + the kids), but my husband has been on his own for trips that just involve him. . . I don't disagree with you.