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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12450 on: January 24, 2019, 11:00:41 PM »
It was 75F (23C) today so put two loads of laundry out to dry on the clothesline.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12451 on: January 24, 2019, 11:01:56 PM »
Installed a window from scatch in the laundry.  Cost around $100 all up.  Gotta love diy.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12452 on: January 25, 2019, 03:24:02 AM »
The shoulderbelt of my leather messenger bag snapped yesterday. The thing was worn through, but I don't want to buy a new bag just because of broken part if the rest is still decent. After thinking about replacement parts for it, I remembered my Dad has a similar bag in the attic somewhere - not used for decades and he's happy to part with it.

I'm staying home sick today. Not fun, but it does save on fuel and dog walker. Counting small blessings.
Dinner will be something soup-y probably.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12453 on: January 26, 2019, 11:16:14 AM »
Returned two unused items to Michael’s for $9.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12454 on: January 26, 2019, 11:35:30 AM »
We're trying to eat most of the food in the house and today I made a nice curry with ingredients from the pantry / freezer (spinach, chickpeas, onions, tomato sauce) that we had with rice. The recipe is usually enough for 4 people, but today we were both hungry so we ate most of it already.

We didn't have to buy any of the ingredients, so technically we didn't spend money at all, but it's a very cheap dish anyway. I think I originally found the recipe on budgetbytes years ago. I've cooked it for many guests and so far everyone has loved it. It's both gluten free and vegan, so it's suitable for many people.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12455 on: January 26, 2019, 10:10:53 PM »
INSOURCING: Installed safety latches, dishtowel racks and storage baskets today without hiring a handyman or babyproofing service.

USE IT UP: Started my first-ever batch of apple cider vinegar.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12456 on: January 27, 2019, 07:49:16 AM »
Friday:  cooked and ate at home all day
Saturday:  cooked and ate at home all day.  Friend came over for brunch.
Sunday:  will cook at eat at home all day.  Another friend over for dinner.

Went to gym.  Read books.  Read about cooking.  Will cook meals for work lunches today. 

Sold $5k worth of Ibonds at 0% and will re-buy them at the new 0.5% fixed rate.  That'll be an extra $20 this year.  (Not much, but they are just the most conservative part of my bond allocation.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12457 on: January 27, 2019, 08:03:39 AM »
My wife cut my hair, which she has been doing every month for the last 8 years. Savings so far 8 x 12 * 15 = £1440.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12458 on: January 27, 2019, 08:16:32 AM »
Will have dinner alone tonight and will eat yesterday's leftovers. I'm preparing for exams this whole weekend so I don't expect to spend money on anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12459 on: January 27, 2019, 05:27:41 PM »
Gave myself a haircut yesterday.  Giving it a few days to see if I like it, I used a different technique this time that doesn't need DH to help get the back even.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12460 on: January 27, 2019, 07:03:56 PM »
INSOURCING: Fixed a broken drawer using tools and screws we had in the house

HARVEST: Picked five more tangerines off our tree; the rest are getting soft fast, and the crop will probably be done by early February.

HOME COOKING: Dutch baby and coffee made at home for breakfast

UNPLUGGED: It was 115F (46C) on our back porch again today, so we at least made use of it by line-drying another load of laundry, saving US$0.25.

DO WITHOUT: After tonight's season finale of Outlander, will cancel the Starz add-on to our Hulu account, saving $9 a month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12461 on: January 27, 2019, 07:28:21 PM »
-Made (vs buy) homemade cauliflower rice for the first time tonight.
-Also, in awkward news, shaved my husband's back. He has to go in for extensive allergy testing, and they recommended a wax, which was $150. My husband is. . . very hairy?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12462 on: January 28, 2019, 03:01:28 AM »
-Also, in awkward news, shaved my husband's back. He has to go in for extensive allergy testing, and they recommended a wax, which was $150. My husband is. . . very hairy?

Yeah, I had that done.  (The testing, not the shave job).  Definitely better to go into that with smooth skin.  Good luck to him!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12463 on: January 28, 2019, 05:00:39 AM »
-Made (vs buy) homemade cauliflower rice for the first time tonight.
-Also, in awkward news, shaved my husband's back. He has to go in for extensive allergy testing, and they recommended a wax, which was $150. My husband is. . . very hairy?

My DH recently had an operation where he had to remove hair from his chest and back, just in case they would have had to cut open. Luckily that wasn't the case.
We used a combination of a dehairing cream (for the parts he could do himself) and I used my lady shave on his back. The dehairing cream is not wax, so you don't need to tear the hairs out, just wash them off.

DH has gotten more hairy with the years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12464 on: January 28, 2019, 05:13:34 AM »
-Made (vs buy) homemade cauliflower rice for the first time tonight.
-Also, in awkward news, shaved my husband's back. He has to go in for extensive allergy testing, and they recommended a wax, which was $150. My husband is. . . very hairy?

My DH recently had an operation where he had to remove hair from his chest and back, just in case they would have had to cut open. Luckily that wasn't the case.
We used a combination of a dehairing cream (for the parts he could do himself) and I used my lady shave on his back. The dehairing cream is not wax, so you don't need to tear the hairs out, just wash them off.

DH has gotten more hairy with the years.
My DH had an operation awhile back where they had to shave his whole belly, but not his chest.  He looked like he was wearing a hairy bra for months afterwards!  The doctor specified that we were NOT to do the shaving as they would do it with sterile tools right before hand which would reduce the chance of infections.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12465 on: January 28, 2019, 05:34:03 AM »
I walked to work, partly through deep snow. Washed my hair at work with shampoo and towel provided by my company.
Ate free chocolate cake at work.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12466 on: January 28, 2019, 08:35:12 AM »
-I was determined not to have to buy the book for book club- so far I've been able to get everything through the library, but this current book I couldn't find anywhere, my old library's ebook system OR new library system, ebook or physical (I just moved). Luckily I mentioned it in my journal, and a helpful MMM friend was able to get it for me in HER library system!
-Went grocery shopping yesterday after making up a meal plan. Everything they had for one of the meals I'd picked was INSANELY more expensive than elsewhere. I went ahead and just scrapped that plan entirely, and picked a different one. Still ended up with some stupidly expensive items ($2/lb for bulk carrots?! $1.50/lb for regular green cabbage? WTF?), but way less than the other option. (Side note: are groceries spiking in price right now? Seems like it, but then I've only lived here a couple months, could just be acclimating to the new city)
-Been working through our frozen meat. Sometimes I get in the bad habit of "saving" really nice cuts from hunting or 1/4 cows, but then they're freezer burnt and not very good by the time I eat them. So I've been trying to eat the good stuff while it's still really good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12467 on: January 28, 2019, 10:29:08 AM »
-I was determined not to have to buy the book for book club- so far I've been able to get everything through the library, but this current book I couldn't find anywhere, my old library's ebook system OR new library system, ebook or physical (I just moved). Luckily I mentioned it in my journal, and a helpful MMM friend was able to get it for me in HER library system!
-Went grocery shopping yesterday after making up a meal plan. Everything they had for one of the meals I'd picked was INSANELY more expensive than elsewhere. I went ahead and just scrapped that plan entirely, and picked a different one. Still ended up with some stupidly expensive items ($2/lb for bulk carrots?! $1.50/lb for regular green cabbage? WTF?), but way less than the other option. (Side note: are groceries spiking in price right now? Seems like it, but then I've only lived here a couple months, could just be acclimating to the new city)
-Been working through our frozen meat. Sometimes I get in the bad habit of "saving" really nice cuts from hunting or 1/4 cows, but then they're freezer burnt and not very good by the time I eat them. So I've been trying to eat the good stuff while it's still really good.

In my grocery store in WI, celery doubled in price the last 2 weeks. Something is definitely going on.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12468 on: January 28, 2019, 02:08:06 PM »
-I was determined not to have to buy the book for book club- so far I've been able to get everything through the library, but this current book I couldn't find anywhere, my old library's ebook system OR new library system, ebook or physical (I just moved). Luckily I mentioned it in my journal, and a helpful MMM friend was able to get it for me in HER library system!
-Went grocery shopping yesterday after making up a meal plan. Everything they had for one of the meals I'd picked was INSANELY more expensive than elsewhere. I went ahead and just scrapped that plan entirely, and picked a different one. Still ended up with some stupidly expensive items ($2/lb for bulk carrots?! $1.50/lb for regular green cabbage? WTF?), but way less than the other option. (Side note: are groceries spiking in price right now? Seems like it, but then I've only lived here a couple months, could just be acclimating to the new city)
-Been working through our frozen meat. Sometimes I get in the bad habit of "saving" really nice cuts from hunting or 1/4 cows, but then they're freezer burnt and not very good by the time I eat them. So I've been trying to eat the good stuff while it's still really good.

Our TV just had a program about preparing for emergencies, like when the power is out for several days. We were told that you should have a large bag of salt at home. Then you can pack the contents of your freezer in salt and keep them for several weeks. This was described in old books, like from the fifties.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12469 on: January 28, 2019, 02:20:12 PM »
Shoveled my own snow instead of paying the neighbor kid to do it. Of course, that was 30 min ago and the ground is covered again so I might regret that decision later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12470 on: January 28, 2019, 07:15:52 PM »
I've been taking the cap off our water overflow pipe to create a makeshift graywater system that waters some herbs, but it seems like bugs crawl in the house through this path, so today I covered it with free scrap screening and a $2 hose clamp. This bed gets no other irrigation but this kitchen/laundry wastewater but grows us chives, oregano, sage, thyme, nasturtium and, as of this month, garlic.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12471 on: January 28, 2019, 08:49:53 PM »
-Line dried the majority of our clothes
-Leftovers for dinner
-DH drove the electric car to work today & charged for free

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12472 on: January 28, 2019, 09:03:12 PM »
- returned a pair of pants I bought 4 months ago that I couldn't decide if I liked. I decided if it took me 4 months to even consider wearing them, then I probably didn't like them! And I'd rather have the $40 back.
- sold a pair of XC ski boots on eBay for $70


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12473 on: January 28, 2019, 09:08:24 PM »
In a DIY laundry room remodel, noticed that prices for shelving tracks that screw into the wall were either 3 feet or 6 feet long...   And that a pair of 3 feet long ones were a 3rd more expensive than one 6 footer.    Solution:  Buy 2 and use hack saw to cut them in half.   Savings ~$15 and free exercise from hack saw.   The shelves are up and look awesome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12474 on: January 29, 2019, 12:28:12 AM »
In a DIY laundry room remodel, noticed that prices for shelving tracks that screw into the wall were either 3 feet or 6 feet long...   And that a pair of 3 feet long ones were a 3rd more expensive than one 6 footer.    Solution:  Buy 2 and use hack saw to cut them in half.   Savings ~$15 and free exercise from hack saw.   The shelves are up and look awesome!

We once did the same with a cutting board for sewing. An A1 board was 4 times the cost of an A2 board. So we decided to buy 2 x A2. They are also easier to store when not in use.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12475 on: January 29, 2019, 09:27:47 AM »
Replaced two parts on our family car. Prob saved $300. Car ought to be good for the rest of the time we own it with those two repairs. Rest of the car is in good condition. Car is unusually trouble-free for what little we paid for it.

The low battery was a defective battery. Replaced under warranty for free. The flat tire was a defective valve stem. Replaced for free by the tire shop where I bought the tires.

The task was extra good b/c I was able to have our eldest help and we had good conversations about their future plans i.e. vocational school vs Navy vs university vs community college.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12476 on: January 29, 2019, 12:08:42 PM »
-I was determined not to have to buy the book for book club- so far I've been able to get everything through the library, but this current book I couldn't find anywhere, my old library's ebook system OR new library system, ebook or physical (I just moved). Luckily I mentioned it in my journal, and a helpful MMM friend was able to get it for me in HER library system!
-Went grocery shopping yesterday after making up a meal plan. Everything they had for one of the meals I'd picked was INSANELY more expensive than elsewhere. I went ahead and just scrapped that plan entirely, and picked a different one. Still ended up with some stupidly expensive items ($2/lb for bulk carrots?! $1.50/lb for regular green cabbage? WTF?), but way less than the other option. (Side note: are groceries spiking in price right now? Seems like it, but then I've only lived here a couple months, could just be acclimating to the new city)
-Been working through our frozen meat. Sometimes I get in the bad habit of "saving" really nice cuts from hunting or 1/4 cows, but then they're freezer burnt and not very good by the time I eat them. So I've been trying to eat the good stuff while it's still really good.

Our TV just had a program about preparing for emergencies, like when the power is out for several days. We were told that you should have a large bag of salt at home. Then you can pack the contents of your freezer in salt and keep them for several weeks. This was described in old books, like from the fifties.


??  i would think that only works if the food is in contact with the salt? 
what if everything is in freezer bags ?  -i  googles this quikcly and did not see anything-  could you explain a bit more ?
 thanks

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12477 on: January 30, 2019, 02:11:11 AM »
-I was determined not to have to buy the book for book club- so far I've been able to get everything through the library, but this current book I couldn't find anywhere, my old library's ebook system OR new library system, ebook or physical (I just moved). Luckily I mentioned it in my journal, and a helpful MMM friend was able to get it for me in HER library system!
-Went grocery shopping yesterday after making up a meal plan. Everything they had for one of the meals I'd picked was INSANELY more expensive than elsewhere. I went ahead and just scrapped that plan entirely, and picked a different one. Still ended up with some stupidly expensive items ($2/lb for bulk carrots?! $1.50/lb for regular green cabbage? WTF?), but way less than the other option. (Side note: are groceries spiking in price right now? Seems like it, but then I've only lived here a couple months, could just be acclimating to the new city)
-Been working through our frozen meat. Sometimes I get in the bad habit of "saving" really nice cuts from hunting or 1/4 cows, but then they're freezer burnt and not very good by the time I eat them. So I've been trying to eat the good stuff while it's still really good.

Our TV just had a program about preparing for emergencies, like when the power is out for several days. We were told that you should have a large bag of salt at home. Then you can pack the contents of your freezer in salt and keep them for several weeks. This was described in old books, like from the fifties.


??  i would think that only works if the food is in contact with the salt? 
what if everything is in freezer bags ?  -i  googles this quikcly and did not see anything-  could you explain a bit more ?
 thanks

No, I cannot explain more, because the man didn't say anything more.
I guess you'll have to take it out of the plastic and just salt it like you would have done if the meat had been fresh.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12478 on: January 30, 2019, 12:41:59 PM »
I suppose it might be considered unmustachian to eat a fillet, but a few weeks ago I purchased a whole beef loin for $7.99 per lb (which is a great buy), cut it into steaks, had a couple for supper, then vac sealed and individually froze the others for future.  When you cut steaks from a whole loin you wind up with a fair amount of trimmings which I saved.  Some folks might throw them away?   Today we are having beef tenderloin trimmings beef and noodles.   It's in the crock pot now and smells really good.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12479 on: February 01, 2019, 10:08:16 PM »
* We’re about to get four days of rain so turned off the irrigation for the maximum of nine days.

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« Reply #12480 on: February 02, 2019, 07:05:13 AM »
1. BOA - Bank of America credit card holders get in free to select museums in the US this weekend. Saves $16 for one ticket (it's only good for the card holder) and I get $2 off with a coupon - tot saved $18.
If they don't extend it to the special exhibit they have this month, we'll still get $4 off in total with a coupon.

2. Coffee coupons $4 and egg coupon $2-3, plus they have BOGO for the coffee - easy enough, oh and free cat food (three) from a mailer.

3. Instead of ordering a birthday cheesecake for $70 from the Cheesecake factory - I decided on a NY cheesecake (frozen) that I recently discovered at Winn Dixie's Deli, called my Father's Table which is oh so good:). Picked up the first batch of local fresh strawberries to go with the cake. DELISH
$70 vs $16

4. Used my e-mail birthday coupon from the container store to buy that five-step ladder we need for the household. Saved $15 and saved us a special trip into the city, since we met up with part of the family/friends in town for a B-day lunch.

5. Haven't done it yet - but next week I'm switching my prescription since I discovered my insurer has a deal with CVS and I will take advantage of the 90-day refill savings for the first time.
Also, I'll be looking into all the extras and prevention care incentives my health insurer offers - maybe I can qualify for their $50 Visa gift card incentive.

6. Figured out yesterday that I can put an extra $250 mo towards the principal on my car loan - so I did. Not entirely clear on the math, but I think it saved me $30 and it sure is nice to see a lower amount owed.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12481 on: February 02, 2019, 01:47:54 PM »
-Brought my own tea to soccer game, as I knew a parent would offer a trip to Starbucks
-Oldest, perpetually hungry child tried to pitch Subway for lunch. Held strong, & came home to eat the food in our house.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12482 on: February 02, 2019, 08:56:39 PM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12483 on: February 02, 2019, 09:34:17 PM »
I switched a credit card account from a card that had an annual fee and perks I didnít value much to a no fee credit card with some cash back perks. A better fit all around.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12484 on: February 02, 2019, 10:16:48 PM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.
Sometimes clearing your cookies is helpful. The airlines know you're I interested and they mess with the pricing, they really do.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12485 on: February 03, 2019, 02:27:38 AM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.
Sometimes clearing your cookies is helpful. The airlines know you're I interested and they mess with the pricing, they really do.

Try an "incognito" or "private" browser session.

it works for me on Chrome... not sure about the other browsers.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12486 on: February 03, 2019, 07:13:37 AM »
Today is a carefree day. Just CC skiing right from our cabin. Drinking warm stuff from home. Yesterday was similar, but then we had to visit the shop by car to buy dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12487 on: February 03, 2019, 11:35:06 AM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.
Sometimes clearing your cookies is helpful. The airlines know you're I interested and they mess with the pricing, they really do.

Try an "incognito" or "private" browser session.

it works for me on Chrome... not sure about the other browsers.

Thank you, fellow Mustachians, for chiming in with helpful tips.  It's sad to see that the airlines have adopted the strategy used by car dealerships where car buyers were quoted higher price if they indicated that they would love to buy a car, no?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12488 on: February 03, 2019, 01:00:45 PM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.
Sometimes clearing your cookies is helpful. The airlines know you're I interested and they mess with the pricing, they really do.

Try an "incognito" or "private" browser session.

it works for me on Chrome... not sure about the other browsers.

Thank you, fellow Mustachians, for chiming in with helpful tips.  It's sad to see that the airlines have adopted the strategy used by car dealerships where car buyers were quoted higher price if they indicated that they would love to buy a car, no?

I've seen this cookie/incognito wisdom a lot but I've honestly never witnessed that it is true. And I browse for flights A LOT because I just think it's good fun and without actually buying them, and prices are remarkably stable.

The 1 to 3 person price change isn't such an uncommon thing though as airlines work with 'price buckets' and they will automatically try to fit your whole booking in the same bucket. E.g. if there's 2 seats available for the low price and you'll enter 3 people in the search, you are likely to get the higher price of the next batch of tickets, rather than the cheap price for the first 2 and the higher one for the last person.

Another thing that often changes prices is to alter the country you're booking from, even without changing the currency or language! Doesn't usually take more than $10 off the price though, but if you're booking for a bunch of people it might be a nice savings.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12489 on: February 03, 2019, 03:29:38 PM »
DH and I were looking to purchase airline tickets for family vacation around Memorial Day.  Our initial plan was to leave on Friday and come back the following Saturday.  We discovered that the airline charged $200 less per person if we left on Sunday and came back on following Monday.  When DH searched for the same flights for 3 people instead of one, the airline decided to change the cost of the tickets - $50 per per person more.  Bastards.

And then DH closed his browser, I got my laptop out, logged in to the airline website, searched for the same trip for 3 people, and bought the tickets for the original $200 less per person.
Sometimes clearing your cookies is helpful. The airlines know you're I interested and they mess with the pricing, they really do.

Try an "incognito" or "private" browser session.

it works for me on Chrome... not sure about the other browsers.

Thank you, fellow Mustachians, for chiming in with helpful tips.  It's sad to see that the airlines have adopted the strategy used by car dealerships where car buyers were quoted higher price if they indicated that they would love to buy a car, no?

I've seen this cookie/incognito wisdom a lot but I've honestly never witnessed that it is true. And I browse for flights A LOT because I just think it's good fun and without actually buying them, and prices are remarkably stable.

The 1 to 3 person price change isn't such an uncommon thing though as airlines work with 'price buckets' and they will automatically try to fit your whole booking in the same bucket. E.g. if there's 2 seats available for the low price and you'll enter 3 people in the search, you are likely to get the higher price of the next batch of tickets, rather than the cheap price for the first 2 and the higher one for the last person.

Another thing that often changes prices is to alter the country you're booking from, even without changing the currency or language! Doesn't usually take more than $10 off the price though, but if you're booking for a bunch of people it might be a nice savings.

I think this is the most likely.  Try booking separately...1 or 2 at lowest price and the rest at higher price. I've read often about airline price buckets but never about cookies.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12490 on: February 04, 2019, 08:20:28 AM »
Biked to work for the first time!!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12491 on: February 04, 2019, 03:03:23 PM »
That's great @35andFI!  Good for you. 

Today I made some yummy vegetable stock from vegetable cutting odds and ends that I keep in the freezer. Tomorrow I'm making a huge pot of vegetable soup with it for dinner and leftovers.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12492 on: February 06, 2019, 01:19:43 AM »
@Trifele
Have you tried eating cauliflower leaves? I heard that those taste good, and indeed they do. Just have them in the frying pan for a couple of minutes and add some seasoning.

I am saving up bread stumps to use in dishes later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12493 on: February 06, 2019, 04:13:08 AM »
@Trifele
Have you tried eating cauliflower leaves? I heard that those taste good, and indeed they do. Just have them in the frying pan for a couple of minutes and add some seasoning.

No, I never have @Linda_Norway !  Seems like most of the cauliflower sold here doesn't have the leaves on it anymore, and I haven't yet grown my own.  I've eaten lots of broccoli leaves, though, and those are indeed good.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12494 on: February 06, 2019, 04:44:02 AM »
@Trifele
Have you tried eating cauliflower leaves? I heard that those taste good, and indeed they do. Just have them in the frying pan for a couple of minutes and add some seasoning.

No, I never have @Linda_Norway !  Seems like most of the cauliflower sold here doesn't have the leaves on it anymore, and I haven't yet grown my own.  I've eaten lots of broccoli leaves, though, and those are indeed good.

Here, they sell broccoli without the leaves. And if there are any left on them, I always peel them off. 
I have been saving broccoli stems in the freezer though, to make soup from at a later time.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12495 on: February 06, 2019, 06:54:28 AM »
A women's medical problem...

Yesterday I had a bladder infection, again. I have had this many times before. Yesterday it hurt like hell to p.. and my p.. was very unclear, two obvious symptoms. Normally I would visit my GP and get a prescription for antibiotics, which costs a consult, medicine and a lot of time and hassle.

I thought I'd first try to drink it off. Last time, when it was still at an earlier stage (p.. still clear, but recognizing the feeling), this worked well. So yesterday I drank about 3 times as much as usual, tea or water. I also ate 2 enormous tablets of vitamin C, which makes the bladder sour and unattractive for those bacteria.

Today it seems to be over. My p.. is clear again and it doesn't hurt to p.. anymore. To be on the safe side, I continue to drink a lot and take some more vitamin C for a couple of days. But I think I fixed it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12496 on: February 06, 2019, 07:57:30 AM »
Ugly weather here (freezing rain), so I cancelled my only appointment for the day that involved leaving the house. Saved six bucks on transit, and with any luck by the time it gets re-scheduled I'll be able to ride my bike there.

Plus, with these extra hours, I think I'll cook something elaborate that uses up cupboard stuff.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12497 on: February 06, 2019, 09:18:47 AM »
We needed a new faucet for the bathroom as ours was leaking and we weren't able to fix it - it's over 30 year old and worn out. We decided to go for a cheap model as we don't care much about designer items in the bathroom. Then we got a 20% student discount as well. All in all the new faucet was about Ä40 which isn't too bad at all. Plus we'll save a bit of water as well now it's no longer leaking. We live in an old house and every time we find and fix a leak, our next water bill is Ä1/month lower.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12498 on: February 06, 2019, 04:26:42 PM »
The sale item I wanted was out of stock the other day...so I went to the customer service desk and got a raincheck(!). Today the item was back in stock at the full price but I got to buy it at the sale price as I remembered my raincheck.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12499 on: February 06, 2019, 04:50:52 PM »
I started riding my motorcycle to work this week.  It will be a lot cheaper than the car, and line ball in terms of cost with the train, maintenance included in that.  The train takes around 75 minutes and the bike is around 45 minutes. 

The only real loss is the chance to read a book on the train.  I'll still go by train on Fridays as we get free drinks at work on Friday afternoon.  I'm not riding home after half a dozen beers....

* Edit -  I just calculated it will save me around $280 per year riding rather than taking the train. 
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