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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12350 on: January 05, 2019, 02:32:29 AM »
Will eat leftovers for all meals today. Still haven't spent money in 2019!

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« Reply #12351 on: January 05, 2019, 07:06:46 PM »

Instead of the usual run to the Grocery store, I forced myself to choose from what is in the kitchen.  Sticking to once a week trips to try and minimize Grocery Bill and Gas costs.

Made my own Pizza using bought cauliflower base - was awesome.

Spent nothing!  Need a spending hiatus after Christmas spendiness.

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« Reply #12352 on: January 06, 2019, 09:15:10 AM »
-Had awesome frugal friends over. As usual, they were game to have food at our place and sit around and BS. I'm not currently drinking and they were fine with that, too. The right friends make frugality so much easier and more joyful! We spent a decent bit getting some good fish to make poke, but it cost way less than even just husband and I going out to eat. Bonus round, helped one of the friends with her Mint account (well, tried to... at least confirmed for her it was being super weird and it wasn't just her failing at math!) Encouraged her to track numbers she wants to preserve somewhere else, too, since Mint can be weird. (Also, saw some of their numbers and was happy- it's so hard to know where friends are at, but it's great to see them living on less than they earn!)

-Been using the gift cards I got on cyber monday to a local grocery store. Paid $400, got $500 of gift cards. I've been successfully remembering them and using them and tracking their balances.

-Had been going to my yoga studio on a new member rate. ($40 for the month). A 3 month end of year deal came up, where it worked out to $80/mon instead of the standard $120. So I grabbed that, but the dates overlapped with my new member month. Contacted the owner, and she straightened it out so there's no overlap now. So now I'm set until March. Plan then is to try and barter some of the price, since she'll know me better then. The owner lives in my building and I'm pretty sure has a young kid. I think I'll offer baby sitting. Pet sitting or walking if she's got a dog, not sure on that. Other barter ideas welcome, too! I think she already has people cleaning the studio, but I could try to offer that too. No check-in person, it's all self done on an iPad, and mat 'rentals' are free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12353 on: January 06, 2019, 09:58:00 AM »
I'm on a mission to shop efficiently, eliminate food waste, and get our weekly grocery bills down in 2019.  This morning before doing the grocery shopping I did an extremely thorough inventory of the food we have on hand.  It only took 10 minutes or so, and our bill was $30 lower than our weekly average last year.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12354 on: January 06, 2019, 11:17:35 AM »
Waited till the last minute to buy tickets for a concert just in case I could win a contest... I didn't, but it ended up being put on the "free for members" list, and I bought a 2019 membership on Black Friday for half price, so I'm getting in for free. I paid ~$40 for the membership and this event is $35... pretty close to breaking even already, and it's only January!

Got home after midnight last night but dragged myself to the grocery store this morning so I could get supplies to make sandwiches for today so I wouldn't have to buy food for dinner out (I'll be out of the house for about 10.5 hours and was going to buy something between activities). I'll be the frugal nerd eating a sandwich and drinking tap water brought from home, while standing in line for the concert... ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12355 on: January 06, 2019, 11:44:25 PM »
Super small, but today I only pumped the dishwashing detergent pump once. I have always pumped it twice, for who knows what reason... should make my detergent costs halve XD

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12356 on: January 07, 2019, 07:16:15 AM »
Super small, but today I only pumped the dishwashing detergent pump once. I have always pumped it twice, for who knows what reason... should make my detergent costs halve XD

i cant control what the soap pumpers in my house do, but I fill a pot w boiling water,  w 2-3 pumps of soap and fill it w rinsed off dirty dishes and let sit, and rinse them off 30 min later.  I invented a dishwasher

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12357 on: January 07, 2019, 07:17:00 AM »
cooked food for the whole week using only food from my pantry/freezer, and no trip to the store! I made:

- spicy Thai curry butternut squash soup
- spicy asian stirfry with ground turkey and stir fry veggies from the freezer
- marinated a pork tenderloin to grill tonight
- marinated some bone in chicken thighs to grill tonight
- made mini meatloafs in muffin tins to grab for work lunches

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« Reply #12358 on: January 07, 2019, 07:18:18 AM »
Friday - Finished off the 1st 3 work days of Jan without spending money while earning money (no workday spend)

Saturday - Did not stop and get drinks or run by the store "real quick" after daughter's gymnastics (this is a huge deal for us because picking up a drink is a complete habit for our family that we have a very very hard time breaking)!! Walked through the trees with SO to identify which ones should be cut for firewood.

Sunday - House projects with materials that we already had.

Monday - This week is co-workers turn to drive so my "fuel/electric" cost are cut in half for the week.  I brought my lunch again today so it should be another no workday spend, although we have an extremely affordable cafeteria and I brought in a new salad dressing I want to try so I will probably end up getting a salad one of these days from the cafeteria.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12359 on: January 07, 2019, 07:20:20 AM »
I 'fixed' underperforming fridge that was making our food spoiled.
I cleaned the moving parts nad coils
now it is at 34 degrees when we wake up

my fam was all ready to go and buy new fridge
$1300 saved on new fridge

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« Reply #12360 on: January 07, 2019, 11:12:53 AM »
- Biked to the grocery store with my new bike trailer.  Okay, buying half a bike trailer (other half was a gift) wasn't exactly a money-saver, at least yet, but I'm hoping it will further my ascent to a bike-centered lifestyle.  Got a few curious comments, and it rained on the way home, but no worries there.  I've been doing a decent slice of the grocery shopping on my bike recently with panniers/backpack, but the trailer kicks it up a notch. 

- Starting to do some of the cooking myself, mainly in the Instant Pot.  So far, so good - cheaper and healthier eating, I hope.  DW is a great cook, but has been working later and rarely cooking; though I've managed to curtail our restaurant usage, our family dinners have been suffering.  Hoping to fill in some of the gap, and also hoping that by taking on grocery shopping myself, I can trim that bill greatly (thanks, Aldi), as DW is less interested in efficient grocery shopping. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12361 on: January 07, 2019, 11:32:44 AM »
I 'fixed' underperforming fridge that was making our food spoiled.
I cleaned the moving parts nad coils
now it is at 34 degrees when we wake up

I need to do this. Thanks for the reminder!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12362 on: January 07, 2019, 12:45:52 PM »
Changed our electricity provider for an estimated saving of $400 per year.

Freezer audit and bulk cooking so we now have plenty of last minute dinners.

SO sold some furniture we didn’t need on FB marketplace.

Working on most ethical and profitable way to get rid of a car that has been an expensive lemon for us. Ugh.

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« Reply #12363 on: January 07, 2019, 01:52:28 PM »
Not sure this is exactly money saving, but I found a set of Rubbermaid food storage containers on sale that are very similar to the ones that have been sitting in my Amazon list for awhile now.  On Amazon, it would have been ~$40.  I got two sets for $5 each.

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« Reply #12364 on: January 07, 2019, 02:50:11 PM »
Just put my Frontier Cable/Internet/Landline on my Costco rewards Visa card. Previously was on auto pay on online banking. This way I will get reward money on each month's bill. Not really saving money but making money!

Tried to do the same with my electric bill and they don't take credit cards. BOOO!!! I previously have been paying my garbage pick up bill and Netflix on my credit card.

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« Reply #12365 on: January 07, 2019, 03:42:36 PM »
* Coffee and breakfast and lunch all made at home; no takeout
* Harvested tangerines for lunch
* Took a "prompt payment discount" (LOL) and cleared a medical bill for a pre-natal test that my insurance doesn't cover

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12366 on: January 07, 2019, 07:03:45 PM »
-Leftovers for dinner
-Free lunch at work
-Had the kids bike one way to school to save gas/time. (It's dark when they finish practice, so I pick up after, but saves o much time when they can at least bike one way.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12367 on: January 07, 2019, 09:33:00 PM »
I made a weekly meal plan that included roasted cauliflower.  Went to the store and there was one giant organic cauliflower in the whole store, which would have been $9.  Quickly decided we could have a $1 cabbage instead.

In the "savings attempt gone wrong" category, I found fancy mixed nuts in the markdowns section.  I opened the package on the way out of the store to grab a handful, and when I got to my car and was putting the lid back on the container, they flipped and ended up all over the parking lot.  $3.99 for one handful of nuts was not a great deal, but at least they were delicious.

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« Reply #12368 on: January 07, 2019, 10:18:11 PM »
Returned a cheap appliance that didn't work. $20 back in my pocket :-)

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« Reply #12369 on: January 07, 2019, 10:57:39 PM »
Needed a new black leather belt for my work uniform. Decided to check Kohlís since I was nearby and found one on clearance for 90% off. Paid $3.02 including tax.

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« Reply #12370 on: January 08, 2019, 06:36:15 AM »
Trolled for a coupon for our favorite eggs - none - boo. But their website had one for $1.50 and I noticed if you buy ten cartons you can send in the proof of purchase for a free carton of eggs.
Not a problem, a good way to use up some old Christmas stamps:) and in the US you can raise the flag on your mailbox and the carrier will take your letter - no need to go to the Post Office. I've always found that amazing.



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« Reply #12371 on: January 08, 2019, 08:58:56 AM »
Bought a spiral cut ham at Target on sale for $1.99/lb. Use a Cartwheel for a 50% discount. I popped it in the freezer to use on Easter.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12372 on: January 08, 2019, 09:08:31 AM »
-The desk I posted about last week? Yeah, that didn't work out. When we went to move it, the particle board crumbled. Lesson: basements in 100+ year old houses, they're moist. So how did I save? Well, we decided to just make do with the desk we have after all. Spent the better part of a day working on that room, going through papers and cord boxes, filing, on and on. I still need to go buy some things to make up for not having drawers (like one of those tiered in/out type paper organizers for things in flux), but I've given up on the desk search. The table will do.

-Making not saving, but I got a message about a circular saw I listed on FB marketplace over a month ago. Luckily we still have it (I was initially worried we gave up and donated it, but husband tucked it away). So that'll be an easy $20 and some space in our closet.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12373 on: January 08, 2019, 03:54:40 PM »
I would recommend something like this for your desktop file organizing.  I use one just like it at work and it's kept my desk about 75% clearer and everything is easy to access.

https://www.amazon.com/1InTheOffice-Incline-Desktop-Sorter-Compartments/dp/B06XDSVQCJ/ref=sr_1_8?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1546988019&sr=1-8&keywords=desk+file+organizer

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« Reply #12374 on: January 08, 2019, 05:02:50 PM »
I got a little two-drawer file cabinet at a thrift store; it's both drawers and a little bit of extra desktop or a printer stand.

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« Reply #12375 on: January 08, 2019, 06:33:37 PM »
I would recommend something like this for your desktop file organizing.  I use one just like it at work and it's kept my desk about 75% clearer and everything is easy to access.

https://www.amazon.com/1InTheOffice-Incline-Desktop-Sorter-Compartments/dp/B06XDSVQCJ/ref=sr_1_8?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1546988019&sr=1-8&keywords=desk+file+organizer

That's *exactly* the sort of thing I need, thank you! Do you find that the folders "slump" over time? Is there some type of folder that stays more rigid than others? I just remember these from working in college, the folders would get floppy then your pages would curl over inside them and get all weird and folded!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12376 on: January 08, 2019, 07:09:53 PM »
I have not had that issue with that exact (I think) folder organizer.  I think because there's really only room between the uprights for maybe 2 folders with things in it, so no room to curl up.  I've seen others with wider slots that have that issue.

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« Reply #12377 on: January 08, 2019, 07:29:55 PM »
I have not had that issue with that exact (I think) folder organizer.  I think because there's really only room between the uprights for maybe 2 folders with things in it, so no room to curl up.  I've seen others with wider slots that have that issue.

Is that the specific one you have? That's perfect then.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12378 on: January 08, 2019, 07:54:35 PM »
I have not had that issue with that exact (I think) folder organizer.  I think because there's really only room between the uprights for maybe 2 folders with things in it, so no room to curl up.  I've seen others with wider slots that have that issue.

Is that the specific one you have? That's perfect then.
It's either the exact one or one almost like it.  6 or 8 narrow vertical slots on a basic wire rack.

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« Reply #12379 on: January 09, 2019, 07:52:01 AM »
Super small, but today I only pumped the dishwashing detergent pump once. I have always pumped it twice, for who knows what reason... should make my detergent costs halve XD

:-) I do that too, always pumping twice. Today I only pumped once at work, and it was very little soap indeed.
At home I have the problem that I used the liquid soap in the bathroom so little, that no soap came out, no matter how much I pumped. So I should try to flush it through with water.

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« Reply #12380 on: January 09, 2019, 10:33:08 AM »
Returned some extra unneeded light switches this morning.

I periodically troll the lighting section at Lowe's for fixtures on clearance.  We replaced most of the fixtures in our house for about 25% of retail the first year in our house by doing this.  Today I found a nice seed glass pendant for the stairwell, marked down from $50 to $18.  Instead of spending $50+ on a new matching fixture for the upstairs hallway, I'm going to spray paint the existing fixture in nickel, and add an $8 seed glass cover and one of those groovy vintage-look LED Edison bulbs.

While I'm at it I'm going to also spray paint the copper-look handrail hardware instead of buying new hardware.

If the finish comes out nice enough, I might even do the sconce lights on the fireplace.

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« Reply #12381 on: January 09, 2019, 11:44:53 AM »
~Avoided buying a box of tasty sounding k-pods at WM last night.  Saved approx $13.  We have plenty of others, as well as loose coffee.  Stuck to my list.

~Avoided buying impulse junk food while standing in line.  Saved whatever candy bars are going for these days.

~Put .72 into my penguin bank.

~Because the roads are nasty, not doing my usual driving like a bat out of hell driving keeping my gas mileage up.

~Tonight is clean-out-the-fridge, leftovers-for-dinner night.  This saves on food, propane for cooking said food, and dirtying more dishes/pans.

~ETA:  Been eating "garbage salad" for lunches this week.  Using a base of baby spinach and homemade vinaigrette dressing, I add whatever we have leftover in the fridge.  Monday was leftover doctored up canned chicken.  Yesterday was a leftover pork chop.  Today and tomorrow is sliced deli chicken, fresh berries, and some Gouda cheese leftover from the holidays.  Delish.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12382 on: January 09, 2019, 12:56:15 PM »
Bought a spiral cut ham at Target on sale for $1.99/lb. Use a Cartwheel for a 50% discount. I popped it in the freezer to use on Easter.

HOLY CRAP! Thanks for the heads up. We're headed there tonight!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12383 on: January 09, 2019, 03:30:05 PM »
i ate partially rotten veggies once a day for 2 weeks before i figured out prob w fridge

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« Reply #12384 on: January 09, 2019, 06:45:26 PM »
I have not had that issue with that exact (I think) folder organizer.  I think because there's really only room between the uprights for maybe 2 folders with things in it, so no room to curl up.  I've seen others with wider slots that have that issue.

Is that the specific one you have? That's perfect then.
It's either the exact one or one almost like it.  6 or 8 narrow vertical slots on a basic wire rack.

Those look high enough to be fine.  I have some problems with my organizer like that at work, but I think it's because it's technically a letter holder, haha, with much shorter dividers.

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« Reply #12385 on: January 09, 2019, 07:04:14 PM »
Today I was helping a friend with a small child go shopping. I found a shirt I would like to wear around the house to lounge in. But... I have been planning to do a closet reassessment, and so I put it back because I don't need it.

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« Reply #12386 on: January 10, 2019, 07:07:28 AM »
I saved petrol and motor warmer, because I walked to work and will walk back soon.

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« Reply #12387 on: January 10, 2019, 09:59:06 AM »
Bought a spiral cut ham at Target on sale for $1.99/lb. Use a Cartwheel for a 50% discount. I popped it in the freezer to use on Easter.

HOLY CRAP! Thanks for the heads up. We're headed there tonight!

aren't they much cheaper than that around easter time? i feel like i've seen .59 a pound for easter hams

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« Reply #12388 on: January 10, 2019, 02:37:29 PM »
Cooked dinner for today yesterday, using a giant eggplant that I got from our Misfits box, and a small bag of mystery shredded cheese from our freezer that I'm hoping was mozzarella.  This is good, because I'm exhausted today and would likely take out food if I had the option. Also I've been cooking very well all since Christmas, after going through a slump.

Called Optimum and got a new $25/month promotion on our internet package, although I'm still cross with myself that I didn't call last April and get it renewed then. That's the problem with autopay... it was completely off my radar. Did I save money or lose money?  I guess it depends how one looks at it.

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« Reply #12389 on: January 10, 2019, 03:32:24 PM »
Bought a spiral cut ham at Target on sale for $1.99/lb. Use a Cartwheel for a 50% discount. I popped it in the freezer to use on Easter.

HOLY CRAP! Thanks for the heads up. We're headed there tonight!

aren't they much cheaper than that around easter time? i feel like i've seen .59 a pound for easter hams

Dunno. They were out of them anyway. BUT they had whole chickens BOGO 50% off, plus each one had a $3 off coupon plus another 5% off for using a Redcard. They were nice consolation prizes.

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« Reply #12390 on: January 10, 2019, 03:50:41 PM »
Dinner is a casserole that will use up odds and ends including wild-boar sausage bought on closeout (they were changing the packaging), home-canned tomato sauce and leftover tomato paste, leftover rice, and topped with Parmesan and red chili flakes that came with a pizza my husband ordered.

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« Reply #12391 on: January 10, 2019, 04:04:33 PM »
Sanded down and refinished the stair handrail instead of replacing it (also spray-painted the mounting hardware instead of replacing).

Found two boards that were part of a bed frame that was left in our rental.  They have been kicking around our backyard and getting weathered.  It suddenly occurred to me that I could salvage them for shelves flanking the fireplace mantel.  Sanded, stained, and added a little more "distress" to them, and they are looking pretty good.

No driving today.

Ate homegrown eggs and green chile for breakfast and finished off some leftover cooked spaghetti squash for lunch.

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« Reply #12392 on: January 10, 2019, 08:59:22 PM »
Tonightís dinner was a clear-out-the-fridge meal: the last few ounces of leftover lentil soup, a small portion of leftover roasted root veggies, a leftover piece of chicken tossed with some buttered noodles. Now I really DO have to cook tomorrow.

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« Reply #12393 on: January 10, 2019, 09:24:19 PM »
Bought a spiral cut ham at Target on sale for $1.99/lb. Use a Cartwheel for a 50% discount. I popped it in the freezer to use on Easter.

HOLY CRAP! Thanks for the heads up. We're headed there tonight!

aren't they much cheaper than that around easter time? i feel like i've seen .59 a pound for easter hams

Dunno. They were out of them anyway. BUT they had whole chickens BOGO 50% off, plus each one had a $3 off coupon plus another 5% off for using a Redcard. They were nice consolation prizes.

Could you get a rain check? Some screamin' deals!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12394 on: January 11, 2019, 02:30:54 PM »
Rode the bus today to work.

I try to ride the bus 3-4 days/week (DW's work and my work both pay for our bus passes) and had a driving day banked up from riding all week, but we rode anyway.

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« Reply #12395 on: January 12, 2019, 10:07:54 AM »
I am sick since yesterday morning, so I'm not going anywhere or spending anything. Not even spending  online.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12396 on: January 12, 2019, 10:23:46 AM »
Made pancakes from excess sourdough starter.  Topped them with blueberries grown by a generous co-worker.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12397 on: January 12, 2019, 05:48:56 PM »
-My husband fixed both a pool & electrical issue. Which, unfortunately, were related. We are super lucky there wasn't a fire while we were out of town. The pool repair alone would have been several thousand dollars had we not discovered the issue, so I suppose the electrical led to that. But, yikes.
-Made a pumpkin/banana chocolate chip bread for a friend. I only had enough pumpkin for one loaf, and bananas likewise, so I combined them & it turned out great.
-Ate food from the freezer for lunch
-The kids hand made Christmas thank you cards. They turned out really well, and have an origami Christmas tree that comes out of the card when you open it.
-Used Rite Aid rewards to pick up a few things we needed

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12398 on: January 12, 2019, 07:23:08 PM »
Went to a free knitting circle meeting held at a local nature center. Technically, one needs to pay for a day or annual pass to get into the surrounding park, but my in-laws gave me an annual pass for Christmas so it didn't cost me anything out of pocket.

Bought all weekly groceries at Aldi instead of the more convenient but more expensive Kroger.

Raided the freezer for meat for dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12399 on: January 13, 2019, 03:01:45 PM »
* Got gasoline for the car at the debit-card-only station instead of another more expensive gas station. Kept about $7 in my bank account.

* Was prepared with a stockpile of gifts for a late-notice kids’ birthday party and used a giftbag from our stash, so stayed out of the car unnecessarily and didn’t spend extra for wrapping.