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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12700 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 #12701 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 #12702 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 #12703 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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« Reply #12704 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 #12705 on: February 04, 2019, 08:20:28 AM »
Biked to work for the first time!!

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« Reply #12706 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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« Reply #12707 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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« Reply #12708 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 #12709 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 #12710 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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« Reply #12711 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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« Reply #12712 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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« Reply #12713 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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« Reply #12714 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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« Reply #12715 on: February 07, 2019, 01:22:35 PM »
I made a big pot of spicy chicken black bean soup on Sunday and didn't feel like eating it again for the 4th time.....so  I made up a batch of basmati rice and added that to the soup to change the texture and then invited my kids over to eat the rest of it. Since I was playing around in the kitchen I decided to dig out my bread maker and made a loaf of rosemary bread to go with it. I found a box of brownie mix in the pantry and made that for dessert- my house is warm and smells heavenly!

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« Reply #12716 on: February 07, 2019, 05:58:02 PM »
I usually buy a big wall calendar in January. We like to use it to keep track of all our appts/important goals. I generally buy an expensive art(sy) calendar for half price or make my own which runs about $25.
This year I was too busy and on my only shopping day so far this year I spotted a Zen photo calendar for 2.99.

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« Reply #12717 on: February 08, 2019, 05:29:28 PM »
Our gardener dropped us so we’ll call it a $900 annual savings. I’m pretty good with the manual/reel mower and we own rakes so I’ll take over for now.

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« Reply #12718 on: February 09, 2019, 05:07:07 AM »
I made a big pot of spicy chicken black bean soup on Sunday and didn't feel like eating it again for the 4th time.....so  I made up a batch of basmati rice and added that to the soup to change the texture and then invited my kids over to eat the rest of it. Since I was playing around in the kitchen I decided to dig out my bread maker and made a loaf of rosemary bread to go with it. I found a box of brownie mix in the pantry and made that for dessert- my house is warm and smells heavenly!

I love it when the food works out so well like that! Good for you!

I signed up for a municipal group buy on electricity.  Turns out this program has been running for over two years, with savings of about $9-10/month.  I'm trying to see this as a win rather than a loss. Better late than never!


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« Reply #12719 on: February 09, 2019, 05:28:21 AM »
I downloaded a grocery shopping app recommended by a friend. She got a $5 off $10 purchase coupon, and I got a $4 off $8 coupon that expired in 24 hours. I also got several other coupons.

I went online and needed to purchase $16 worth of produce. So I bought half of the groceries today, using the $4 off coupon. Iíll buy the other half tomorrow and use the $2.50 off $8 coupon.

Delivery is free so it makes no difference to me to have groceries delivered twice. But by doing it this way I save an extra $2.50.

I also save on bus fare.

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« Reply #12720 on: February 09, 2019, 01:52:16 PM »
I took the train to the city, using DH's train card. Will do the same thing tomorrow.
I visit an event that costs money, but that I get paid back later.

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« Reply #12721 on: February 09, 2019, 05:33:21 PM »
@Linda_Norway - have you tried drinking cranberry juice? https://www.webmd.com/women/news/20100823/cranberry-juice-fights-urinary-tract-infection-quickly . (Note, I'm not a doctor. This is something that's worked well for me in the past, and my doctor has recommended).

For me, I used a gift card to treat my 12 year old to a mom/son lunch date, after being gone for a week. I also used a gift card from the grocery store to pick up an item for dinner tomorrow.

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« Reply #12722 on: February 09, 2019, 07:05:46 PM »
* Saved $34.50 on this year's AAA membership by canceling my husband's "associate" status (he hardly ever drives anywhere) and enrolling in autopay for an additional credit. I'd like to get rid of this expense totally at some point but we do seem to use the battery service at least a couple times a year.

* Harvested lemons from the front yard for Thing #1's school cooking demonstration
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« Reply #12723 on: February 09, 2019, 07:48:45 PM »
I didn't have buttermilk for soda bread. Used the same volume of plain yogurt instead of going to the store. That was the best batch of soda bread I've ever made.

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« Reply #12724 on: February 10, 2019, 09:23:01 AM »
* Saved $34.50 on this year's AAA membership by canceling my husband's "associate" status (he hardly ever drives anywhere) and enrolling in autopay for an additional credit. I'd like to get rid of this expense totally at some point but we do seem to use the battery service at least a couple times a year.

If you have a credit card, check to see if roadside service is included!  I have a Costco VISA and found that their roadside service was perfectly adequate and easy to use for a flat tire.  I haven't had AAA in about 5 years; if you are nervous, you can keep AAA for a while but see how the credit card service works for you next time it's needed. I just called the number on the back of my credit card, but it's smarter to write down the direct number of the roadside assistance and any other required info and keep them in your dashboard.

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« Reply #12725 on: February 10, 2019, 01:10:48 PM »
* Got a KeyFit 30 infant car seat with two bases for free thanks to our wonderful Buy Nothing group. Our original baby seat had expired and been sent to car seat heaven; replacing it New would have been $150+. I’ll pass it along again when we’re done.

* Picked up three sidewalk pennies recently; they won’t make me rich but they don’t make me poorer either.

* Put out some containers to catch rain. Will use those on the house plants.

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« Reply #12726 on: February 10, 2019, 04:03:08 PM »
* Saved $34.50 on this year's AAA membership by canceling my husband's "associate" status (he hardly ever drives anywhere) and enrolling in autopay for an additional credit. I'd like to get rid of this expense totally at some point but we do seem to use the battery service at least a couple times a year.

If you have a credit card, check to see if roadside service is included!  I have a Costco VISA and found that their roadside service was perfectly adequate and easy to use for a flat tire.  I haven't had AAA in about 5 years; if you are nervous, you can keep AAA for a while but see how the credit card service works for you next time it's needed. I just called the number on the back of my credit card, but it's smarter to write down the direct number of the roadside assistance and any other required info and keep them in your dashboard.

Poundwise, are you saying the Costco Visa card offers FREE roadside assistance? I have AARP roadside assistance and it seems exactly the same as AAA but quite a bit cheaper.

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« Reply #12727 on: February 11, 2019, 01:02:38 AM »
I walked to work.

In the weekend I was at a symposium for a hobby of mine. I did not buy a pile of books and a microscope. I guess that is good.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12728 on: February 11, 2019, 04:58:36 AM »
Our youngest plays select soccer hence the name as all our kids did/do and we are sending him to Vegas Next week with a different family because its just gotten to expensive for us to go with him. Over the years we have done shorter trips with the other kids but hes the first to go on a plane and do it. Our kids are very independent a lot because of sports and though we will miss watching him play as I said will save a fortune and evidently a lot of parents are thinking the same because like 4 parents are taking all the boys.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12729 on: February 11, 2019, 07:20:49 AM »
hungry harvest for veggies:  we're in our 3rd week of it and it's been good.
we still have to go to the store for yogurt and cheese, 
but it's been good to have more variety, at least as affrodable  as other organic stores   

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« Reply #12730 on: February 11, 2019, 07:59:40 AM »
I started some herbs and tomatoes from seed over the weekend in one of those little peat-pod "greenhouses."  I usually wait too late in the season to get those started.  But I'm basically redoing an entire landscape this year and need to find a way to do it that's not going to cost a fortune.  On that note, I lost 23 pine trees.  I'd like to replace them with fruit trees, but am having trouble finding varieties that a.) will actually bear fruit in my area, and b.) aren't toxic to the dog.

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« Reply #12731 on: February 11, 2019, 08:38:13 AM »
Saturday wasn't feeling well and husband got home late from work. Decided pizza was needed for overall muckiness. Ordered a medium instead of a large and picked it up saving the delivery charge plus tip. Despite the smaller size, we still had a slice left over and I had that for lunch on Sunday.
Shopped around for new solar lights for the backyard and was able to save 70% off what had been paid for the one we had. These are also brighter and more adjustable so we now have full light coverage of our yard.

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« Reply #12732 on: February 11, 2019, 12:12:17 PM »
* Saved $34.50 on this year's AAA membership by canceling my husband's "associate" status (he hardly ever drives anywhere) and enrolling in autopay for an additional credit. I'd like to get rid of this expense totally at some point but we do seem to use the battery service at least a couple times a year.

If you have a credit card, check to see if roadside service is included!  I have a Costco VISA and found that their roadside service was perfectly adequate and easy to use for a flat tire.  I haven't had AAA in about 5 years; if you are nervous, you can keep AAA for a while but see how the credit card service works for you next time it's needed. I just called the number on the back of my credit card, but it's smarter to write down the direct number of the roadside assistance and any other required info and keep them in your dashboard.

Poundwise, are you saying the Costco Visa card offers FREE roadside assistance? I have AARP roadside assistance and it seems exactly the same as AAA but quite a bit cheaper.

@Roadrunner53 There is no yearly membership fee, but you do have to pay a per-event charge. As I think about it, I forget whether it was through our Costco VISA or Executive membership, but anyway we paid $59 for help with a flat tire (yeah, I know, Mustachians change their own tires, but not if they are weaklings like me and it's the middle of a freezing night).

If you are worried about flat batteries, I strongly recommend a Scorpion portable battery.  That thing has saved our bacon so many times. https://www.amazon.com/Brightech-SmartJump-Technology-Combination-Electronics/dp/B00K0VMXDQ

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12733 on: February 11, 2019, 02:06:53 PM »
-Chased down missing refunds for a savings of $108
-Bought Uber gift cards, earning a $30 grocery store gift card. I use Uber a lot for expensable work travel, so will get it back shortly

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« Reply #12734 on: February 11, 2019, 03:04:41 PM »
* Finally got a warm and sunny break from the rain, so put a load of laundry out to dry.

* Juiced several homegrown lemons; put two pints of juice in the freezer and saved the rinds for citrus-vinegar cleaner.

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« Reply #12735 on: February 11, 2019, 04:08:10 PM »
* Saved $34.50 on this year's AAA membership by canceling my husband's "associate" status (he hardly ever drives anywhere) and enrolling in autopay for an additional credit. I'd like to get rid of this expense totally at some point but we do seem to use the battery service at least a couple times a year.

If you have a credit card, check to see if roadside service is included!  I have a Costco VISA and found that their roadside service was perfectly adequate and easy to use for a flat tire.  I haven't had AAA in about 5 years; if you are nervous, you can keep AAA for a while but see how the credit card service works for you next time it's needed. I just called the number on the back of my credit card, but it's smarter to write down the direct number of the roadside assistance and any other required info and keep them in your dashboard.

Poundwise, are you saying the Costco Visa card offers FREE roadside assistance? I have AARP roadside assistance and it seems exactly the same as AAA but quite a bit cheaper.

@Roadrunner53 There is no yearly membership fee, but you do have to pay a per-event charge. As I think about it, I forget whether it was through our Costco VISA or Executive membership, but anyway we paid $59 for help with a flat tire (yeah, I know, Mustachians change their own tires, but not if they are weaklings like me and it's the middle of a freezing night).

If you are worried about flat batteries, I strongly recommend a Scorpion portable battery.  That thing has saved our bacon so many times. https://www.amazon.com/Brightech-SmartJump-Technology-Combination-Electronics/dp/B00K0VMXDQ

Thanks Poundwise. I have the Costco Visa but think I will stick with my AARP Roadside service. I only used it once and STUPID ME, I left a light on inside my car and it drained the battery. I called for service and a guy in a tow truck showed up and jumped it. No charge. I can't remember how much I pay for AARP service but either $79 or $89 per year. Well worth the peace of mind. It even covers service if I were travelling with a friend in her/his car and the car broke down. Tows up to 100 miles for free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12736 on: February 12, 2019, 02:20:57 PM »
i pay maybe $0 a year for geico to have the roadside.
i've only used it once in 5 years.....
hmmmm.

i looked up a list of creditcards that offer free roadside

https://www.asksebby.com/blog/which-credit-cards-offer-roadside-assistance


this says they all have hefty fees

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12737 on: February 12, 2019, 02:59:44 PM »
Over 5 years, I spent $59 for the flat tire, and $60 for the Scorpion.  So far I am up three years of annual fees (assume roughly $50/year). I called just now to see if I could get more specifics on the coverage, but the benefits department couldn't help me with actual numbers, beyond saying that there would be a discount off regular prices because we are Citibank members. But all the standard stuff is covered: lockouts, batteries/jumps, 2 gallon gas delivery, tows.

Why am I willing to roll the dice? I got annoyed with AAA a few years ago because I had been a member for 20 years with hardly a claim, was in their highest level coverage,  and then when my car broke down 30 miles from home but across state lines, no free tow! I decided I'm willing to deal with the out of pocket cost of the occasional event, as long as I have a 24 hour line to call and the costs seem reasonable.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12738 on: February 13, 2019, 11:49:17 AM »
i pay maybe $0 a year for geico to have the roadside.
i've only used it once in 5 years.....
hmmmm.

i looked up a list of creditcards that offer free roadside

https://www.asksebby.com/blog/which-credit-cards-offer-roadside-assistance


this says they all have hefty fees

i meant we pay $40 per year
if it's a flat i fix it myself instead of waiting for help

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12739 on: February 13, 2019, 11:56:21 AM »
Over 5 years, I spent $59 for the flat tire, and $60 for the Scorpion.  So far I am up three years of annual fees (assume roughly $50/year). I called just now to see if I could get more specifics on the coverage, but the benefits department couldn't help me with actual numbers, beyond saying that there would be a discount off regular prices because we are Citibank members. But all the standard stuff is covered: lockouts, batteries/jumps, 2 gallon gas delivery, tows.

Why am I willing to roll the dice? I got annoyed with AAA a few years ago because I had been a member for 20 years with hardly a claim, was in their highest level coverage,  and then when my car broke down 30 miles from home but across state lines, no free tow! I decided I'm willing to deal with the out of pocket cost of the occasional event, as long as I have a 24 hour line to call and the costs seem reasonable.

you are covered by citibank credit card?  if so, which one?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12740 on: February 13, 2019, 10:32:54 PM »
Followed up a refund (I ordered something online and the product they sent me had expired).

$8 back in my bank account and the expired product got used anyway.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12741 on: February 14, 2019, 02:44:48 AM »
I worked from home for a few hours yesterday afternoon, after visiting the dentisi.
Today I forgot to bring my work PC to work. I decided not to drive back and forth to collect it, but to use another machine we have at work With Remote inlogging. It is good enough to do something useful, after some startup problems.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12742 on: February 14, 2019, 08:01:14 AM »
I stopped going out with a gal with a $2M net worth who never picked up the check. I didn't spend money for our weekly Wednesday night dinner.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12743 on: February 14, 2019, 09:51:32 AM »
I called my Internet provider.  When I signed up for Internet, I got the 600GB/month plan for $80/ month.  I noticed a few weeks ago that I had been bumped up to 800GB/month.  It turns out that they've discontinued the plan I was on and introduced a new 600GB/month plan with faster download speeds for $65/month.  I called them up, expecting to be told that the new plans were for new users, but they let me switch over to the new plan right away.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12744 on: February 14, 2019, 10:05:33 AM »
I just increased my 401k contributions by almost the same percentage as my raise!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12745 on: February 14, 2019, 10:06:44 AM »
I just increased my 401k contributions by almost the same percentage as my raise!


WTG!  I'm hoping to do the same here very soon (i.e. I hope that Congress gets their poop in a group and passes a raise in the current funding bills). 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12746 on: February 14, 2019, 10:30:01 AM »
Over 5 years, I spent $59 for the flat tire, and $60 for the Scorpion.  So far I am up three years of annual fees (assume roughly $50/year). I called just now to see if I could get more specifics on the coverage, but the benefits department couldn't help me with actual numbers, beyond saying that there would be a discount off regular prices because we are Citibank members. But all the standard stuff is covered: lockouts, batteries/jumps, 2 gallon gas delivery, tows.

Why am I willing to roll the dice? I got annoyed with AAA a few years ago because I had been a member for 20 years with hardly a claim, was in their highest level coverage,  and then when my car broke down 30 miles from home but across state lines, no free tow! I decided I'm willing to deal with the out of pocket cost of the occasional event, as long as I have a 24 hour line to call and the costs seem reasonable.

you are covered by citibank credit card?  if so, which one?

@letsdoit The Costco Visa, not paying an annual fee. https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/creditcards/citi.action?ID=citi-costco-credit-card-conversion

In the final analysis, I've been using roadside assistance maybe once every five years. I maintain my cars pretty well even though they're old. What I really want out of roadside assistance is assurance that somebody will come to help within an hour if I need it, and that the cost will be reasonable. My experience so far with credit card RA is that this has been the case.  What I don't like is that the fee structure is opaque.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12747 on: February 14, 2019, 01:47:56 PM »
re costco card ,
how did you get out of annual fee ?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12748 on: February 14, 2019, 01:48:00 PM »
I changed our electricity provider to a chesper one. And I shopped extra vegetables in a shop with trippel cashback on vegetables today. I can freeze some of them.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12749 on: February 14, 2019, 02:30:55 PM »
Refrigerator is acting up. Replaced the part making the noise myself already, which lessened but did not eliminate the problem.  So, rather than pay a repair man to come fix it, I found out the 2nd most likely cause is the control board is going bad.  It's a $200 part (ouch).  Shopped around, found a place in Canada that had it for $120 shipped.  I'll be doing the fixing myself.