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« Reply #12750 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. 

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« Reply #12751 on: February 14, 2019, 03:38:41 PM »
re costco card ,
how did you get out of annual fee ?

Oh, you're confused between getting a Costco Visa vs a Costco membership. I have both. Sorry, I wasn't very clear.

Roadside assistance is through the Visa card (no membership fee).
 You can ALSO get roadside assistance with a Costco executive membership if you buy car insurance through them.


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« Reply #12752 on: February 14, 2019, 06:46:43 PM »
One can only have the Costco Visa if they pay for a Costco membership, ergo not free.

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« Reply #12753 on: February 15, 2019, 04:06:59 AM »
I also posted this in the "Reduce Your Environmental Impact" thread.  So often the two go together!

We're currently doing a DIY major to-the-studs kitchen remodel in the old house we bought, and we kept and repaired the existing appliances.  The dishwasher was leaking and the door hinge was broken, and the gas cooktop would not light, was missing gaskets, and needed a new gas supply line.  My DH has great fix-it skills.   He took both of them to pieces, diagnosed the problems, got parts at the local appliance repair store, and put them back together.  Voila -- both working great now. 

We saved money by giving them a new life and we kept them out of the landfill.  Wins!   

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« Reply #12754 on: February 15, 2019, 09:45:19 AM »
- Went out for ice cream last night instead of a fancy dinner and then played board games with our neighbors.
- Submitted price rewinds on some christmas gifts. Getting $52 back on 2 video games!
- Searched for and screenshot a lower price on a rug I had bought with gift money. So far it's dropped in price $18 and I have another 3 weeks to see if it goes any lower.

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« Reply #12755 on: February 15, 2019, 05:49:32 PM »
* I saved $5-10 by not buying a “washing machine cleaner” product; citrus vinegar and Dawn and a flexible brush does a fine job.

* Collected rainwater in buckets.

* Trashpicked two pineapple tops left beside a bus stop; I like to try to grow new pineapples from the tops. If either of these take that’s a nice savings, both on the original pineapple and on the crop pineapple in a couple of years.

* Started three new geraniums from cuttings.

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« Reply #12756 on: February 15, 2019, 05:57:43 PM »
Put in the time to plan out what CCs we're going to get to hit sign up rewards for our next IVF cycle. The big win was another mustachian IVFer mentioning a card's rotating category currently has pharmacies/drug stores. Contacted them, and the specialty company I get fertility meds through will count, so we'll be able to get 5% back on $1500 worth of those, plus a sign up bonus. May do one each for my husband and I and hit it double (it'll be like $~5k of meds, so 5% back on $3k of that if we both open one and split the transaction)

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« Reply #12757 on: February 17, 2019, 01:57:19 AM »
Yesterday evening we went out in the city to listen to some talks. There was an option to buy wine and beer, which most of the audience did. We had brought bottles of water from home. Wine and beer here in Norway is really pricy and not something you should order in a cafť. We drank a home brewn beer when we came home.

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« Reply #12758 on: February 17, 2019, 04:03:58 AM »
Today I'm re-doing and updating our grocery price book.  We shop at 3 stores.  I'm replacing one of the stores in our rotation with a good discount/salvage food store we found.  I used to just drop in to the salvage store on occasion, but now the salvage food store will be stop #1 each week (Aldi will be #2). 

Shopping salvage is a different mindset since the inventory varies, but I'm retired now so I have plenty of time and mental bandwidth.  No excuses.  Thanks to @APowers and his $200-a-month grocery thread last year I'm starting to see the results that can be obtained by different strategies.  https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/have-a-sub-$200month-grocery-budget/

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« Reply #12759 on: February 19, 2019, 05:52:15 PM »
I had a 10 percent off coupon for the Conventional Grocery Store (from when I got my flu shot at their pharmacy) that was due to expire so I picked up some food and stacked three other paper coupons to save $15.53.

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« Reply #12760 on: February 19, 2019, 06:55:02 PM »
Continuing with the grocery theme, today my Mom and I went to the store.  She has been here helping me while Iíve been fighting off a bad stomachinfection and she wanted to see that I had the strength to grocery shop again.  So we went to Safeway where I bought $100+ in groceries and saved 20% off my bill with just 4 u clipping, a $4 off reward, and a free pack of batteries from their Monopoly game coupon.  Since Iíve been at home sick Iíve been laying out my Monopoly pieces and geeking out over the board.  This week, I won free batteries... so maybe next week a million dollars? 

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« Reply #12761 on: February 20, 2019, 05:00:00 PM »
Free morning tea that morphs into lunch at work the last couple of days.  That meant my sandwiches were still in the fridge today.  Then free drinks and nibbles tomorrow after work.  I intend to make use of that too.

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« Reply #12762 on: February 20, 2019, 07:01:07 PM »
Went to costco for our rebate money. Also returned some "bully stick like" treats we bought last time, that promptly shattered and seem like a huge hazard to my dog. So that's $30 back for that huge package. The employee said a ton of people have been returning them. GOOD. Also used the chance to gas up the car. All in all, a successful trip.

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« Reply #12763 on: February 21, 2019, 04:16:29 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go? Seems I waste a lot of ham and cheese when it gets too old to eat. If I were to make up sammies, wrapped them up and froze them I would avoid waste and have quickie sammies ready for lunch. This would save me money if I ever got my act together. I have never tried deli turkey or chicken frozen. I wonder how the meat would taste.

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« Reply #12764 on: February 21, 2019, 04:38:15 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go? Seems I waste a lot of ham and cheese when it gets too old to eat. If I were to make up sammies, wrapped them up and froze them I would avoid waste and have quickie sammies ready for lunch. This would save me money if I ever got my act together. I have never tried deli turkey or chicken frozen. I wonder how the meat would taste.

I have frozen parts of a large pack of sliced (Italian, good quality) ham. The frozen ham tasted normal after thawing it. I have no experience in freezing cheese.

I also don't like ham that has gone old. Often ham in one big chunk is cheaper than sliced ham. In that case, I have also sliced it up and frozen in sliced portions.
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« Reply #12765 on: February 21, 2019, 05:07:04 AM »
Sliced cheese freezes and defrosts just fine.  Block cheese once frozen/defrosted, tends to crumble when grated. If you want to freeze cheese that will eventually be used for shreds, shred first, then freeze. Shredded cheese defrosts faster, too. If you use ham with a high water content (typically the cheap stuff), it can result in doggy bread. Solution: use better ham or keep it frozen until right before consumption.

Related: I used to buy the Kirkland sliced turkey for DH's sammies, but it does the same watery thing upon defrosting. I bought the more expensive Columbo brand turkey when it was on sale, and absentmindedly froze the whole damn twin pack. To my surprise, it was fine when it defrosted. It costs a little bit more, but avoids waste. If DH has a few days off, I can toss the package in the freezer so it doesn't go bad. Totally random tip: if I'm not sure the meat is still good, I offer a tidbit to the cat. If she turns her nose up, I know it's too far gone. This is especially helpful since I'm a vegetarian. It is not cost effective to acquire a cat solely for this purpose, but if you happen to have one on hand...

Warning: Mayo does not freeze well. Butter or mustard are better choices for your frozen sammy experiment.

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« Reply #12766 on: February 21, 2019, 10:46:46 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go? Seems I waste a lot of ham and cheese when it gets too old to eat. If I were to make up sammies, wrapped them up and froze them I would avoid waste and have quickie sammies ready for lunch. This would save me money if I ever got my act together. I have never tried deli turkey or chicken frozen. I wonder how the meat would taste.


I used to do this, make up a whole loaf at a time, and stick the wrapped sandwiches back in the bread bag to organize them and provide a little more protection from freezer burn. You can put mustard or hummus on ahead of time and freeze, but not mayo or veggies. Bonus if there's no refrigeration at work: the sandwich will keep and will be thawed just about right by lunch time. The bread fares better if you toast it.

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« Reply #12767 on: February 21, 2019, 10:51:43 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go? Seems I waste a lot of ham and cheese when it gets too old to eat. If I were to make up sammies, wrapped them up and froze them I would avoid waste and have quickie sammies ready for lunch. This would save me money if I ever got my act together. I have never tried deli turkey or chicken frozen. I wonder how the meat would taste.

omg, this is such a good idea! I'm going to try it and see how it goes. Worst case scenario, it's sub-par but edible and the lunch meats don't get wasted.

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« Reply #12768 on: February 21, 2019, 10:57:04 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go? Seems I waste a lot of ham and cheese when it gets too old to eat. If I were to make up sammies, wrapped them up and froze them I would avoid waste and have quickie sammies ready for lunch. This would save me money if I ever got my act together. I have never tried deli turkey or chicken frozen. I wonder how the meat would taste.


I used to do this, make up a whole loaf at a time, and stick the wrapped sandwiches back in the bread bag to organize them and provide a little more protection from freezer burn. You can put mustard or hummus on ahead of time and freeze, but not mayo or veggies. Bonus if there's no refrigeration at work: the sandwich will keep and will be thawed just about right by lunch time. The bread fares better if you toast it.

What other sammies might be good? I can imagine PB&J would be okay. I would put PB on each side of the bread and put a little Jelly in the middle so the bread didn't get sogged. Deli meat can be wet. I know sliced chicken breast meat or turkey meat would work. Put a little butter or hummus on the bread. Probably egg and Canadian bacon sammies. Anyone make refried beans sammie? If so, would you add anything to kick it up a notch. I buy the spicy ones but still not super exciting.

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« Reply #12769 on: February 22, 2019, 07:58:08 AM »
Does anybody make up ham and cheese sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread then freeze to have quick and handy lunches ready to go?

Extra use, maybe: chop up one or two, stir them into beaten egg and milk, and bake for a fast frittata/strata?

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« Reply #12770 on: February 22, 2019, 11:04:24 AM »
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.

Just to finish out this story - new control board for the refrigerator came and I googled a video on how to replace it.  It was super easy. Within half an hour I had the old part removed, the new board put in, everything screwed back together, fridge plugged in and.... it worked!  At least so far :) 

Before finding MMM, this is definitely something I would have called a repair person for.  I'm guessing it saved me at least $100, maybe even $200.

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« Reply #12771 on: February 22, 2019, 01:45:34 PM »
called verizon to negotiate internet bill,

they have me in a monopoly but i got them down $10 month , or 120 for the year

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« Reply #12772 on: February 22, 2019, 03:24:30 PM »
-Made lunch out of random fridge ingredients (eggs on toast with hummus)
-Called place where we went on vacation (booked lodging through ski resort, but didn't realize lodging wasn't operated by resort). Lodging was beyond gross, tons of problems with hotel service. Ski resort offered us two nights back. I also took the time to write a detailed email to the general manager, so they'd have constructive advice on what to fix, vs just complaining. Location was incredible (ski in/ski out), so certainly worth the hotel having the feedback to address the issues).
-Listed 3 items on eBay

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« Reply #12773 on: February 22, 2019, 04:06:21 PM »
* Bought new-to-them clothes for the kids at Goodwill instead of hitting the mall
* Saved the cost of gasoline for two trips I took in our "solar car" (actually solar-charged e-bike) instead of the Honda

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« Reply #12774 on: February 23, 2019, 06:35:17 AM »
My inherited washer sounds like a 747 taking off and landing so Iíve scheduled a service call to see if it can be tuned up.  Iíve been at home sick all month and produced a mountain of dirty laundry so the washer has really been working overtime recently.  Iím not physically able to fix it myself but a servic call for $89 is a better investment than ignoring it til it croaks I think.  My condo neighbors will also be happy to not hear it if it can be tuned up. 

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« Reply #12775 on: February 23, 2019, 09:08:17 PM »
Got a $7.95 refund for a calendar I bought yesterday that was supposed to be 50% off. 

Redeemed $5 off coupons/credits at two stores for sunscreen and snacks to take on my work trip this week.

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« Reply #12776 on: February 24, 2019, 06:48:06 AM »
My inherited washer sounds like a 747 taking off and landing so Iíve scheduled a service call to see if it can be tuned up.  Iíve been at home sick all month and produced a mountain of dirty laundry so the washer has really been working overtime recently.  Iím not physically able to fix it myself but a service call for $89 is a better investment than ignoring it til it croaks I think.  My condo neighbors will also be happy to not hear it if it can be tuned up. 

A repairman came and told that I my washer (a GE profile maybe 10 yrs old, no idea) has bearings loose and my spin control board is not spinning quickly enough.  The office will call me with a quote on Monday to replace the bearings and drum plus the spin control board.  Labor to disassemble and unstack to do the fixes will be the killer here.  So do I get this fixed for circa $700 or buy a new set that will stack into my closet and last until 2027 when I plan to retire elsewhere...  decisions, decisions.  If you guys have stackable condo size washer dryer combos, please tell me a good brand you like.  There doesnít seem to be a lot of choice in this stackable narrow category. 

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« Reply #12777 on: February 24, 2019, 07:12:05 AM »
I personally would not invest $700 into a 10 year old appliance. I spoke with our local appliance store owner and he says appliances are not what they used to be and 5-7 years is the typical life span of any appliance today. It irks me beyond belief because I used to have Frigidaire appliances and they lasted about 18-20 years. I am always afraid to invest good money into an old appliance and then have something else break down on it later on. Just my opinion. I am sure others will disagree. Maybe you could look for a used machine. I am a bit confused on what you have. I seem to think you have a washer dryer that is stacked on top of each other. So most likely you need to get a set so they fit correctly together. Put an ad on Craigslist or some other social media place and see if anyone is selling what you want.

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« Reply #12778 on: February 24, 2019, 08:58:45 AM »
I personally would not invest $700 into a 10 year old appliance. I spoke with our local appliance store owner and he says appliances are not what they used to be and 5-7 years is the typical life span of any appliance today. It irks me beyond belief because I used to have Frigidaire appliances and they lasted about 18-20 years. I am always afraid to invest good money into an old appliance and then have something else break down on it later on. Just my opinion. I am sure others will disagree. Maybe you could look for a used machine. I am a bit confused on what you have. I seem to think you have a washer dryer that is stacked on top of each other. So most likely you need to get a set so they fit correctly together. Put an ad on Craigslist or some other social media place and see if anyone is selling what you want.

I think they're talking units like this:
Super common in small apartments/condos.

But I agree, $700 into old machines is steep. You should be able to get a good used option for that if you're in a good sized town. Check FB marketplace- I find people are overwhelmingly selling on there, and mainly only businesses are advertising on CL anymore.

Re: brand, our apartment is a converted condo, 11 years old. They've got GE profile front load and dryer as a stack- they're a bit larger than the super skinny one I linked above (I've had that too, haha), but if you have the room I've been impressed with them. Talked to our maintenance guy, and he says almost the entire building is the original sets. They've just held up that damn well, even against renters! And with being HE, you'll get a lot less noise and vibration that the old top load units. Plus the water savings and energy savings.

This is the model we have:
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« Reply #12779 on: February 24, 2019, 09:27:45 AM »
Can you deal with the noise? Use it until it fully dies. Then replace.

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« Reply #12780 on: February 24, 2019, 09:28:21 PM »
Friday:  Finally made the call to shift my cell-phone plan.  Now saving $30 a month!  Whoot!

Today:  Leftover soup from a party became tonight's dinner, plus, the joys of re-steeping tea!
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« Reply #12781 on: February 25, 2019, 01:42:43 AM »
Went to the thrift store and bought nothing. Yay!

But then I remembered I stopped at an Open House and bought two boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Boo! The caveat here is that I used to be a Girl Scout, so I think of it as paying it forward. I feed them to my family, who love them. At least the calories consumed are not mine to deal with. And OMG, I am so old! When I sold them, the cookies were bigger, there were more in the box, and they cost fifty cents per box! Back then, five dollars was a huge order!

Just for grins, I fed that number into an inflation calculator. Damn, it only came up to $3.62! Highway robbery, lol!

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« Reply #12782 on: February 25, 2019, 02:02:01 AM »
I really, really wanted chocolate and did not buy any.

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« Reply #12783 on: February 25, 2019, 02:44:13 AM »
We had to drive a long way home yesterday evening and the fuel tank was almost empty. Fuel was expensive everywhere. But somewhere halfway we stopped at a petrol station to swap driver and filled up petrol. The price was the cheapest on the whole route.

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« Reply #12784 on: February 25, 2019, 06:09:40 AM »

I have a stacked GE Profile HE model in a closet.  Iím happy to hear your buildingís GEs are going strong and makes me lean on the side of repair depending on what the cost may be. 


I think they're talking units like this:
Super common in small apartments/condos.

But I agree, $700 into old machines is steep. You should be able to get a good used option for that if you're in a good sized town. Check FB marketplace- I find people are overwhelmingly selling on there, and mainly only businesses are advertising on CL anymore.

Re: brand, our apartment is a converted condo, 11 years old. They've got GE profile front load and dryer as a stack- they're a bit larger than the super skinny one I linked above (I've had that too, haha), but if you have the room I've been impressed with them. Talked to our maintenance guy, and he says almost the entire building is the original sets. They've just held up that damn well, even against renters! And with being HE, you'll get a lot less noise and vibration that the old top load units. Plus the water savings and energy savings.

This is the model we have:

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« Reply #12785 on: February 25, 2019, 08:09:50 AM »
Repair would cost $900, so thatís a no!  Ouch.

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« Reply #12786 on: February 25, 2019, 08:12:30 AM »
Finally found a decent, solid wood nightstand locally on Craigslist.  I figured it would be too heavy to carry to public transportation, so I assumed I'd be spending about $20 on a cab just to get it back home.  But it was actually lighter than I thought it would be, so I carried it to the subway and saved an Andrew Jackson (and burned some calories to boot).

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« Reply #12787 on: February 25, 2019, 08:13:23 AM »
I scheduled the payment to payoff my student loan.  I only had a small balance left (~$1000) but it had an interest rate of 7.25%.  It would have been paid off naturally this fall but I saved myself some interest payments by paying it off now.

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« Reply #12788 on: February 25, 2019, 08:38:35 AM »
- I "emergency" bought a blazer while on a business trip last week, only to have the meeting place be extremely warm and I was able to make do with the clothes I had brought. Luckily I waited to pull the tags until I got to the meeting and was able to take it in for a refund when I got home. Also resisted buying anything else while at the mall.
- Decided to try a new farmer's market for produce. Good prices and decent selection, but it's so far out of the way that I don't think it makes up for it. Got a fun outing with my husband out of it and I can now stop wondering.
- We are going out of town next week and our usual dog-sitters(my parents) aren't going to be available. We were able to get someone who will stay in the house with the pup for $25/day. Much cheaper than boarding and pup won't be a traumatized mess at the end of the week!

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« Reply #12789 on: February 25, 2019, 09:03:44 AM »
Yeah, being a former Girl Guide used to mean that the cookies were something I'd buy out of nostalgia and of a sense of 'paying it forward.'

Now I can't eat them, which is probably a good thing!  :D

And yes, the cookies have changed -- I remember more in the box as well!   And I think the boxes were 2 dollars in the 1990s? Maybe 2.50?  I had no idea they'd gone up to 5 dollars now.  :(

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12790 on: February 25, 2019, 03:15:31 PM »
Yesterday I had a loaf of banana bread in the oven when a storm knocked the power out. I left it in the oven hoping that the residual heat would be enough to finish baking it, but it wasn't. My husband suggested throwing it out, but I put it in the fridge (fortunately we have a generator that runs some appliances including the fridge, but not the oven--not sure why) and finished baking it in the morning when the power came back.

The texture wasn't right, but it's perfectly edible, so we're going to eat it. Bonus--I used bananas that have been living in the freezer for a while. My husband went through a phase where he kept buying too many bananas because he overestimated how many smoothies he would make, so he'd toss all the overripe bananas in the freezer. I just recently started making banana bread, and it's now our go-to breakfast since it requires no work in the morning and reduces the banana stockpile.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12791 on: February 25, 2019, 03:25:03 PM »
-Drove the electric car for all of our errands this weekend
-Picked up my husband at the airport yesterday, saving $20-25 on Uber
-Worked out coverage details for a day that my husband & I both have to work & the kids have no school. Fingers crossed, assuming no meetings shift around

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12792 on: February 25, 2019, 06:41:48 PM »
Well, I got three mugs of tea from one spoonful of loose-leaf tea (the joys of re-steeping tea!)

Plus, all the vegetable ends from dinner (the woody ends of asparagus, onion peels, etc) went into the freezer.  They'll be used to make vegetable stock as soon as the bag is full!

Also, the commercial-knit shirt that has a hole I can't mend (well, can't mend without it being obvious), has been relegated to the 'pyjamas' section of my wardrobe.  It's still comfy and warm, why not! :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12793 on: February 26, 2019, 01:18:44 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back later. Saving fuel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12794 on: February 26, 2019, 08:16:32 AM »
Talked with accounting about my per diem on a recent business trip. We had an event one night that would normally make me ineligible for the dinner portion of per diem, but I explained that I wasn't able to eat anything because I was too busy talking with clients. $19 saved.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12795 on: February 26, 2019, 08:28:17 AM »
On a walk a couple weeks ago, I came across a free box with several books in it. Including a still plastic wrapped book on beer hiking in the PNW. I grabbed it, figuring it'd make a good gift for someone at some point. Then lo and behold, a last minute bday dinner invite last night for my brother's birthday (I was planning to see him next week and didn't have a gift yet). Combined with a cheap but cute 'count the beers, not the years' card I picked up from trader joe's last year ($0.99), it made a good and well themed gift and was really well received. Total spent: $0.99

Plus we didn't have to pay for dinner. His in laws kinda of 'adopt' anyone they're around, so they just ordered a bunch of salad and pizza for the table and fed everyone. (They were the ones who planned the dinner).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12796 on: February 26, 2019, 06:08:36 PM »
* 62 and sunny so put a load of laundry out to dry (Saves $0.25 in electricity)
* Started another jar of citrus-infused vinegar cleaner/dishwasher rinse (Saves buying $10 bottle of Finish/Jet-Dry)
* Made lemonade from scratch w homegrown lemons. (Saves $2.50 versus bottled minus sugar cost.)
* Coffee and breakfast at home! (Saves $5)
* Took the kids to school in the ELF a couple of times. (Saves ~$0.80 in gasoline.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12797 on: February 27, 2019, 04:54:01 AM »
DH sold our own tent, for a much higher price than we had expected.

Maybe it is because a new tent of the same kind has such a high price, that people are willing to pay so much for an older sun-damaged tent.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12798 on: February 27, 2019, 07:24:03 AM »
Mostly the standard stuff this week:
-Lunches for free at work
-Leftovers for dinner
-Driving the electric car for my work commute + charging for free at work

The biggest win was using a flight companion fare (a once/year benefit from having the airline's travel card) for a trip to Hawaii for my sister. It's hard to get max value out of the companion fare, as you pay full price for the first ticket, and then $99 for the second ticket. The vast majority of our personal flights are around $250-300, so it's not a big savings. Except for Hawaii. I saved about $750 on the second ticket. Mostly because our dates are fixed, & it's apparently an incredibly expensive time to fly to Hawaii. Super happy I was able to leverage the companion fare for such a big discount.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12799 on: February 27, 2019, 08:47:23 AM »
Bought two full bags of 5 year old size clothes for $50 from a neighbor. Combined trip with a drive to a volunteering meeting I needed to attend.

Also combined drive to a different volunteering gig with dropping off cookies and latest batch of outgrown baby clothes to my friend on maternity leave. It’s an awkward bus trip to get to either and only 7 blocks out of the way to visit the friend so efficient use of the car.