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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12900 on: April 18, 2019, 12:19:30 PM »
I do a lot of the same things each week, but routine helps me with frugality.

-Leftovers for dinner
-Entertaining at home vs out when possible. Including a good bottle of wine still keeps the cost lower.
-Drive solar car to/from work
-Free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Free books off of the freebie table at work, including kids books. My kids like to sample new series, and this is useful if te library doesn't have it yet.

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« Reply #12901 on: April 18, 2019, 12:33:01 PM »
I built a solar cooker. It did cost me about $20 in materials, mainly spray paint, but it should last 5 years or more, like the last one did. We use it almost daily if it's sunny out. Sort of like this:
https://www.greenoptimistic.com/solar-oven-cardboard/#.XLiIouopU0g

Awesome tutorial - thanks @Tom Bri . Looking forward to giving this a try.
Out of curiosity - what changes did you make that required spray paint?

Paint the outside of the boxes black and the inside white or silver. The base on the inside should be black. All designed to reflect heat in and hold it. The paint also helps waterproof the boxes. My last design lasted about 5 years and the boxes are still fine.

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« Reply #12902 on: April 18, 2019, 03:05:20 PM »
Late last year, I bought a mini stepper to help keep my knees and hips fluid and mostly pain free - I have fibromyalgia and it sucks.

I used it a ton, and needed to apply WD-40 on a weekly basis to keep things smooth and squeak free.  I did notice some of the plastic parts were wearing from use.  Last week, I heard a crack while I was stepping away, and it was a piece of plastic that could not be repaired.  Sucks, but the net cost to me was under $10, so I got my money's worth, and also proved that this is a tool I will use on a daily basis.

So, the search began for the Buy it for life option.  Which I found, but the $350-$425 price tags were hard to swallow.  Nothing used to be found on Ebay, Craigslist or FB marketplace, but the manufacturer had refurbished units available on their site every few days, at $225 w/shipping.

I waited a few more days, looking for better deals and giving myself time to decide if this was a want or a need.  As pain started to come back, it confirmed it was a need, but still, $225, ouch!  So on a whim, I e-mailed the mfg and asked them if they could do better, or if they had a sale coming up.  They were nice enough to give me a $50 coupon code, so $175 was easier to swallow, and I went ahead and made the purchase.

It pays to ask for a discount, worst they can say is no!  And now I have something I will be able to use for a long time to come - even the refurbished model has a 5 year warranty.

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« Reply #12903 on: April 18, 2019, 04:29:44 PM »
Did mostly my normal stuff. Biked to work, brought lunch, didnít pay someone to mow my lawn. Also washed the car by hand where I usually go to the automat. Saved $7 in quarters and it looks pretty nice! Only spendy thing was new blades for the weed whacked. Chose to buy at Loweís for a couple dollars more as they had them in stock. Poor planning on my part but beats a lawn service!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12904 on: April 19, 2019, 04:16:05 PM »
Had breakfast at home and ate leftovers for lunch.  Made coffee at work. Making dinner out of the freezer :)

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« Reply #12905 on: April 19, 2019, 04:49:45 PM »
It was done for me, but my awesome workplace is buying my dinner tonight, AND gave me a free one year transportation pass! I had looked at buying one so that I could do more walking/biking/transport commuting, but it was cost prohibitive. Now it's definitely saving me money! My boss looked at me strangely when I blurted out the exact dollar amount of the pass, since I had researched it. I was so excited he gave me two, plus a handful of day passes. Now DP and I can travel all over the city for FREE for the next 365 days!!

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« Reply #12906 on: April 19, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
My daughter convinced my wife they didn't need to eat out for lunch today.


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« Reply #12907 on: April 19, 2019, 11:23:30 PM »
Found out today that Iíll be working during an upcoming government event - I applied months ago, after it popped up during my regular searches for side hustles. Itís one long days work but is on a weekend (wonít interfere with my regular job), and it will give me an extra few hundred dollars to bundle away into my stash! Every bit counts!

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« Reply #12908 on: April 20, 2019, 12:35:34 AM »
I'm preparing an early Easter lunch today. The fancy part baked bread I bought was on sale and had 35% off on top of that because the expiry date is this weekend. The chocolate eggs were also Ä1/bag a week before Easter. They've been on the shelves since February so it's time to get rid of them apparantly.

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« Reply #12909 on: April 20, 2019, 03:44:43 AM »
Today I started making my own trekking food. The commercial brand we used to buy is getting very expensive, even for single portions. I make double portions for much less money.
Today I bought a pile of vegetables, and some very low fat meat.
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« Reply #12910 on: April 20, 2019, 06:19:07 AM »
Bought my dinner through the Too good to go app, where restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores sell leftovers for 1/3 of the price. It's always a surprise what you get, because of course they don't know in advance what will be leftover. I will be eating sushi tonight from a fairly new place that I haven't tried yet, for Ä4,99. I'm home alone this weekend and need to get a lot of work done so I always make sure to arrange dinner beforehand so I won't be distracted.

Of course it's still more expensive than rice and beans, but very cheap for a take-out meal. The portions can be huge sometimes.

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« Reply #12911 on: April 20, 2019, 08:15:09 AM »
My in laws were trying to get everyone to go to their house for Easter. The thing is, they live over 3 hours away, and ALL their kids and their spouses live in the same city! Why would six of us and a dog drive 6 hours round trip, requiring 2 cars, and use all that gas, when they could just come here? So we suggested it, and they (grudgingly) will come here for it. Since we definitely would have been one of the drivers, and there's zero chance we would have been offered any gas money, it's a money savings. (Plus now I won't be in a home with cigarette smoke and cats, both of which I can't breathe around).

Other savings: walking everywhere as usual. Quit therapy, because the guy still really wasn't clicking for me, and why throw $20 a week at something that just isn't working? I've also got only one more acupuncture session, then I'll stop going. Into my second trimester soon, and don't need the symptom control help etc anymore. Been hosting friends a ton- lovely frugal types, so a lot of potluck style and no booze needing to be served or anything like that.

Husband finally admitted his gym shoes are dead, so they're being retired and the new shoes are in circulation- we got them around thanksgiving from 6pm on a black friday sale, stacked with a $10 off coupon because they had messed up an order on my shoes the week before. Same model too, and his last ones lasted over a year and a half of HARD use. Rare for him, so I'm happy to have a backup on deck!

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« Reply #12912 on: April 20, 2019, 08:21:12 AM »
Today we are going to a free Earth Day festival, and then heading to a no-fee conservation area to hike, geocache, and pick up trash. I just packed our lunches and filled a water cooler in the trunk so there will be no need to spend anything while out. We'll come home afterward for a cozy date night by grilling some quick-to-make pesto and ricotta pizzas, made on pitas, and binge watching the newly discovered "Happy." (I heart Patton Oswald!)

We are planning to be out of the house for 12+ hours, but we shouldn't have to spend any money!


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« Reply #12913 on: April 20, 2019, 11:06:17 AM »
SO wanted a pack for thru-hiking the AT in the future, and a 9 month trip to EU/SE Asia next year. I scored a barely used one for $100+ less than new would have cost.

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« Reply #12914 on: April 20, 2019, 03:11:05 PM »
This morning I made myself some nice cups of coffee with the free pod thingys that Disney World uses.  When I was there in Oct the cleaning ladies left both me and my friend a ton of the free sachets.  It works perfectly in my Freecycled 1 cup drip coffeepot.  And that taste definitely takes me back to the happiest place on earth :)

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« Reply #12915 on: April 21, 2019, 10:22:32 AM »
Over the weekend:
-Dropped family off at the airport, saving on Uber charges
-We did order take out (planned), but rather than using a delivery service, my husband was able to pick it up in time. Saving about $15.
-I was planning to do a long run at a trail today with paid parking, but found another option that doesn't require driving or paid parking
-No Easter gifts for the kids this year. My parents got them plenty while they were here, and the kids need nothing. Instead, I made a deposit in their college savings accounts.
-Leftovers for dinner last night, and for lunch as well
-Read two more free books off of the freebie table at work

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« Reply #12916 on: April 21, 2019, 03:41:35 PM »
It's time to deworm the horses.  The product I use in spring was $16.49 at the feed store, but I found it online for $11.95.  The stuff I use in the fall was also cheaper, so I bought it all at once to get free shipping.  Saved about $22 for the three horses. (don't worry, I spend PLENTY at the local feed store ;) ).

Making pizzas for tonight and tomorrow with a recipe that uses up extra sourdough starter.  Topping them with homemade BBQ sauce and pesto from last summer's garden.

Pretty sure I've found a relatively cheap solution for a first saddle for my young horse (they grow and change a lot, so saddles are always problematic).  If it doesn't work out, I've also located a couple saddles in the UK that I can import and try, then probably turn a profit re-selling if they don't work out.

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« Reply #12917 on: April 21, 2019, 06:19:32 PM »
I visited my grandfather for Easter. I took him four bottles of wine I'd been given, and he gave me half a kilo of his gorgeous homegrown tomatoes.

Having a cheap day today. Cold-washing and line-drying my washing, pottering around home, Netflix, and my Easter bunny.

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« Reply #12918 on: April 21, 2019, 07:10:10 PM »
We're getting ready for a major move. So today we spent the day purging 70% of our belongings from the living and dining room and setting them out for a morning donation pickup. We then packed away half of the remaining items.

The market here is hot right now, so we aren't putting in too much effort with staging. We did a bunch of minor repairs on our own (touching up paint, replacing some cracked switch covers, that sorta of thing). Then we used things we already own to stage the two rooms.

I considered treating the fam to ice cream as a thank you for spending a sunny day inside helping (At an average of $5 a cone, that would be $20). Instead, I swung by the grocery store and picked up a box of store brand ice cream bars for $1.99.

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« Reply #12919 on: April 21, 2019, 08:24:00 PM »
I filled up a box of clothing I can no longer wear to send to ThredUP.  I had surgery in December and Iím down from a size 22W to a 12 in dresses.  As many bariatric patients say, I wish I had done it years ago.  If anyone would like to take advantage of a discount, here is my ThredUP referral code that gets us both a $10 credit.  http://www.thredup.com/r/MSW3QB 

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« Reply #12920 on: April 21, 2019, 08:26:19 PM »
biked to work, ate packed lunch, bike home. Spent $0 today and yesterday. My new goal is to spend $0 on work days, leaving my two days off as my grocery/randoms shopping days. Tomorrow is an exception as I have a dental filling to get. But other than that, I've been just leaving my wallet at home when I leave the house for the day.

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« Reply #12921 on: April 22, 2019, 01:12:19 AM »
Our bathroom fan has been acting up and I don't know how to fix it. After Easter we'll have to spend money to get someone to repair it, but to get rid of the noise I just turned off the electricity in that part of the house (it's one of those fans without an on/off switch, it runs 24/7). That means the hot water heater is also switched off. I turn the electricity back on to shower, but due to the noise that's a really quick shower. It's a small thing but will likely save a few cents in electricity and natural gas.

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« Reply #12922 on: April 22, 2019, 06:16:47 AM »
My dog has a very serious illness and is on a bunch of medications. He takes this one medication that costs me around $155 a month. Thru a friend, her friend has a dog who is also on this same medication and same dose, no longer needs them and offered them to me! Very happy! It is only one months worth but is a lot of money saved!

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« Reply #12923 on: April 22, 2019, 03:19:14 PM »
biked to work, ate packed lunch, bike home. Spent $0 today and yesterday. My new goal is to spend $0 on work days, leaving my two days off as my grocery/randoms shopping days. Tomorrow is an exception as I have a dental filling to get. But other than that, I've been just leaving my wallet at home when I leave the house for the day.

We also try to spend $0 on work days. Slightly different scenario, as I drive the kids to school about half the time, but I drive the electric car, charge for free at work, and get lunch/breakfast/snacks/drinks for free at work as well.

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« Reply #12924 on: April 22, 2019, 07:47:16 PM »

Having a cheap day today. Cold-washing and line-drying my washing, pottering around home, Netflix, and my Easter bunny.

This is describing my day today, minus the Easter Bunny.

No that is not you seeing me walking down to woolies buying lots of cheap bunnies......

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« Reply #12925 on: April 22, 2019, 07:53:06 PM »
Had some great sales at the grocery store. Stocked up on a bunch of stuff and saved about $22. And I waited until today to buy a little Easter candy so it was all half-price :-)

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« Reply #12926 on: April 23, 2019, 02:31:12 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.

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« Reply #12927 on: April 23, 2019, 09:31:50 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.

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« Reply #12928 on: April 23, 2019, 03:24:48 PM »
Canceled cable, saving $40 a month. We live in a canyon and cannot get any OTA channels. As a last attempt, this past weekend we bought the largest antenna offered locally and tried to pick a signal. Nothing. The antenna was returned and I was on the phone yesterday with the cable/internet provider. There was alot of poor customer service, and jumping through hoops, but its done. We were paying $83 a mth for their lowest tv (which was basically what you would get OTA) plus internet. Now, we just have internet only. During football season I will just sign up for Sling tv. Being able to watch the local team is a requirement for my spouse.

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« Reply #12929 on: April 24, 2019, 01:14:49 AM »
I walked to work and will walk back in the afternoon. I took one of DH's allergy pills, because it is extreme birch pollen at this moment. Last year when I walk to work under these circumstances, I became really ill the next day.

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« Reply #12930 on: April 24, 2019, 05:31:34 AM »
Canceled cable, saving $40 a month. We live in a canyon and cannot get any OTA channels. As a last attempt, this past weekend we bought the largest antenna offered locally and tried to pick a signal. Nothing. The antenna was returned and I was on the phone yesterday with the cable/internet provider. There was alot of poor customer service, and jumping through hoops, but its done. We were paying $83 a mth for their lowest tv (which was basically what you would get OTA) plus internet. Now, we just have internet only. During football season I will just sign up for Sling tv. Being able to watch the local team is a requirement for my spouse.

If it's just a single team that's a requirement, see if it's available for free streaming online first.  I was able to watch all the college and NFL games I was really interested in (and actually several NFL games I wouldn't have otherwise seen due to being a fan of the non-local team) by hooking up a laptop to the TV and streaming through that.  A quick search of "Packers live stream" brings up options.  The only downside is the inability to flip back and forth between games easily

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« Reply #12931 on: April 24, 2019, 07:17:21 AM »
We are still in house prep mode, T-minus 8 days until it's listed.

Yesterday we managed to finish getting the upstairs deep cleaned and staged, still using items we had on hand. I needed something striking for the hearth to detract from the ugly painted brick courtesy of the previous owners, so I cut the trimmed branches from our neighbor's cherry tree (I asked for them first!) into equal lengths and made a couple of pretty bundles of sticks, which I then stood up in some baskets we already had. Looks lovely! We only have a few more rooms to do, and they are all in the basement.

I also saved my professor and the department a lot of money. We use newspaper in our plant presses, but they have to be a specific size. Unfortunately, the school paper no longer prints in the correct size (way too small), so the department was trying to figure out how to budget in purchasing the blank newsprint (surprisingly expensive in the quantities we need). I discovered a local community group that prints monthly papers for its members in exactly the right size. Called them up, and they offered all their leftovers to us. Saves them the cost of recycling and the school the cost of the blotter papers, and it keeps the papers out of the trash stream a bit longer. Not really my win, but still a win for two organizations and for the environment (and a win for science :).

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« Reply #12932 on: April 24, 2019, 07:22:59 AM »
Pretty sure I've found a relatively cheap solution for a first saddle for my young horse (they grow and change a lot, so saddles are always problematic).  If it doesn't work out, I've also located a couple saddles in the UK that I can import and try, then probably turn a profit re-selling if they don't work out.

I actually found something even cheaper than I could have hoped for, on eBay ($325 shipped, vs. $900-$3,000).  Fingers crossed that it works until she's ready for a proper dressage saddle next year.

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« Reply #12933 on: April 24, 2019, 04:24:07 PM »
Found a 4L jug of 2% milk marked down to $1.11 (regularly $4.50) - it ďexpiresĒ tomorrow, but we are due to make yogurt anyway. Thatís an extremely inexpensive batch of yogurt!

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« Reply #12934 on: April 24, 2019, 05:09:57 PM »
Made sandwiches to take on a long train journey tomorrow - rather than wasting £5-6 on a lunch at the station. I'll fill a flask with coffee in the morning as well, that's at least another £2... :)

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« Reply #12935 on: April 25, 2019, 01:46:15 AM »
Actually a pretty big thing. We used to make coffee with a French press. I'm used to it but not everyone prefers this type of coffee. A friend of us offered us his old drip coffee maker that he didn't need anymore. That coffee maker is actually pretty fancy with a built in grinder so we're super happy with it. I'm still keeping the French press: it's easy to use and clean and I also use it to brew tea (we also got that one for free from my mother who didn't like the taste of the coffee).

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« Reply #12936 on: April 25, 2019, 08:01:28 AM »
Had some deli turkey in the fridge and it was not getting eaten due to too many other things to eat so I made up 4 sandwiches on hamburger rolls (no condiments) and froze them. The Hub ate one and said it was good. Lunch meat is always getting tossed out here. So, this was a good option.

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« Reply #12937 on: April 25, 2019, 09:29:16 AM »
Turkey sandwiches this week from the frozen turkey breast I cooked a while back. I bought it on sale, cooked it and froze the breasts just for this day. I've done this for the last few turkeys, immediately freezing the breasts, its cut turkey waste to zero. Its also cut down on buying deli meats, that stuff gets expensive. I did the work already, but today I get the savings from it. I don't count it as savings until I actually use the food.

Lunch today is $0.30 of turkey on toasted homemade bread; my wife bought me a toaster for work years ago as a gift. I'll wash it down with coffee from my thermos.

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« Reply #12938 on: April 25, 2019, 08:32:55 PM »
I have a ladies group conference this weekend-two formal dinners, two lunches and a memorial service. Shopped my closet for everything- was tempted to go out and buy something new but Iím making do with what I have.

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« Reply #12939 on: April 25, 2019, 10:00:24 PM »
13-hour workday today involved driving about 4 hours each way.  Packed all my food and just spent $3 for coffee and a pack of nuts on the way home.  Since it was >12 hours, I'll get per diem, plus my mileage reimbursed.

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« Reply #12940 on: April 26, 2019, 03:26:34 AM »
Was laden down with a bunch of luggage when I came back from my trip today, 4 km (2.5 miles) from home. Thought about calling an Uber, but then came up with a better solution: took the train (<$5) to the closest station to my house, then just toughed out the last kilometer. Not quite Maximum Badass, but at least Pareto Badass. (Aka, 80/20 Badass)

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« Reply #12941 on: April 26, 2019, 07:13:57 AM »
I invited a friend and her kids over for dinner, rather than eating out.

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« Reply #12942 on: April 26, 2019, 08:05:23 PM »
We had plans to eat at a party for our kids soccer club (they were providing food). However, they ran out before we arrived. I made my husband a salad & leftovers, and I ate a burger out of the freezer. The kids managed to grab a couple of hot dogs before they were all gone, so they were happy. Sorted, and no meal out. Additionally, I wasn't sure how we were going to finish the last of the carnitas, but my husband ate those tonight, so our fridge is clean & empty again.

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« Reply #12943 on: April 27, 2019, 01:04:53 AM »
My cousin posted me a huge batch of her amazing homemade biscuits a couple of weeks ago.

The package was a bit dinged up by Australia Post, so by the time I'd finished the biscuits there was still about two cups of delicious buttery chocolate chip breadcrumbs in the bottom of the ziplock bag.

I put the ziplock bag in my freezer then added the crumbs to the base of a slice I made today.

And I saved the giant ziplock to re-use.

Waste not...


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12944 on: April 27, 2019, 04:00:41 AM »
The season has started for edible plants to start growing. Last week I collected wild garlic. Yesterday I picked a bunch of Matteuccia struthiopteris, enough as vegetables for 6 two-person meals. I will soon go out to look for other plants that I'm familiar with. I am in the process of learning.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12945 on: April 27, 2019, 05:55:44 AM »
We ran out of spinach and other fresh greens yesterday, and unfortunately our garden is just getting started for the year -- nothing is ready to eat yet.  Rather than go to the store for more greens I foraged around our farm for what I could find.  I started with a few tiny baby kale plants from the garden that I had to thin out anyway, and added wild dandelion greens, deadnettle, dock, young poke leaves, clover, sorrel, and lemon balm. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12946 on: April 27, 2019, 07:13:09 AM »
I got some nice flowers, carnations, 2 weeks ago (for Ä2,75!) but they weren't looking so nice anymore. So I took all of them out of the vase, took out the sad looking ones, had about half left over and put them in a smaller vase. Looks like I'll get another week out of them.

It's also a national holiday over here and I'm not going anywhere. It's been a really long week. I'm just going to relax and do some stuff around the house. Put away the winter clothes this morning and will hopefully do some sewing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12947 on: April 27, 2019, 07:20:55 AM »
I hit a wall yesterday, and almost made some really bad money decisions. Fortunately, my partner had better ideas. These are her small ways to save money, because I was going to throw money at the problems :)

We needed a threshhold thingy for where the carpet joins the hardwood by our bedroom door. $10 (!!!) for an official threshhold strip of wood, doorway length, at the hardware store. I'm so done with the house stuff I was just ready to buy it, but instead we cut down a length of stripping we had in the garage (I think it was leftover from covering the seems in the wood paneling in the basement), sealed it, and used it instead.

There was no "ready meal" in the house and cooking wasn't going to happen yesterday. Was going to hit Subway or Chipotle, which would run $25+ for all of us. Instead, she threw some rice in the rice cooker with some frozen mixed veg, scrambled a few eggs, and tossed it all with bottled teriyaki sauce. It got the job done, and no money was spent.

Shout out to my son: We are out of boxes,  and our sources had run dry. I was on my way to Uhaul to actually purchase some, which I had sworn not to do, when the kid texts asking for a ride home from campus. I tell him it will be a bit, I'm getting boxes. Well, turns out he needed a ride because he hit the motherload of boxes at the bookstore. They had just received their shipments of texts for summer quarter when he was in there picking something up, and he asked if he could have the boxes. We now have around 75 sturdy book boxes to finish packing with, all for free. They also gave him a pack of graph paper that was slit open, damaging the top few sheets, when they opened the box. So yay, free ability to draw graphs neatly, too ;)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12948 on: April 27, 2019, 07:21:42 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.
I think she means TECTYL 506 - HEAVY DUTY RUST PREVENTATIVE
No idea what she means by "the bars underneath both our cars"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #12949 on: April 27, 2019, 08:08:39 AM »
DH put tectile in the bars underneath both our cars. The oldest car (18 years) had already started to rust there. We hope the tectile will increase the remaining life span of the cars.

We have had some of our previous cars tectiled, but have always had it done by a professional. Now he did it himself.
What is tectile?  Asking becuase we have older cars in a rust-prone region.
I think she means TECTYL 506 - HEAVY DUTY RUST PREVENTATIVE
No idea what she means by "the bars underneath both our cars"

She probably just means the chassis. On our truck, it looks like big metal bars =) Pretty apt descriptor. Much more hidden on our commuter car though. And I don't live in an icy climate, but isn't the chassis what you seal to prevent rust damage?


Money savings-
I've been trying my best to get maternity clothes without spending a fortune. I had planned on stretching my current clothes as long as possible, but my body had other plans. Step one: went to Buy Nothing. (No dice). Step two: got a couple basics on really good Gap and Old Navy sales that popped up. Ordered enough for free shipping, and now I'll return what didn't work in store. Today, going with a friend to thrift stores and maternity consingment stores to try to fill in the gaps.

Remembered that Fred Meyer has an app, and loaded it up on my phone! Now I have their special sales and app based coupons to use.

Had the choice between two prenatal tests. Money savings wasn't a decision factor, but in the end the test we chose will be covered by insurance, whereas the other one would have been OOP. Saved ~$300.

Dog has been in heat. Rather than go through a ton of diapers ($$$), we are using a disposable one. Using panty liners I already had on hand so we don't have to wash it every single day or buy a second reusable. (Also means soon we can get her fixed, but that won't be a money savings, obvs).