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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13500 on: September 03, 2019, 09:11:22 PM »
I did NOT go to the 25% off sale at Harbor Freight tools today.. Thats a first!

Avoided a whole bunch of buyers remorse right there..:)


Doesn't Harbor Freight have a 25% off sale like every other week or so?

Yeah and I usually find a need I have just prior to every one of them..:)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13501 on: September 03, 2019, 09:24:54 PM »
-Filed an appeal with the post office for an insurance issue. Why is it so hard? Why did I bother with insurance if I'm not going to get paid out?
-Brought back to life enchiladas that have been in the freezer since April
-Booked my parents flights to watch the boys over Thanksgiving break. Used frequent flier miles to cover their flights. I'm super close to status this year, so would rather pay cash for our flights & use the miles for my parents flights. (You don't earn miles on flights booked with miles.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13502 on: September 04, 2019, 02:00:51 PM »
-- Walked to the library to return a book, picked up one I had on hold.  Combined it with a dog walk, and left my husband outside to hang with the dogs when I went into the library.
-- Roasted potatoes this morning.  Ate 1 for part of my lunch (with leftover salad from last nights dinner), and divided up the rest for future lunches.
-- Finished hand sewing the hem of a pair of dress khaki's turned into shorts for my husband.  He kills pants quickly...and these turned out well, so I'm happy to have saved them.  I have another pair that might be salvageable too...
-- Made cookie dough.  Baked 8 cookies and scooped the rest into individual balls and froze.  I have almost 2 dozen premade cookie dough balls ready for those random "I want sweets" moments that generally turn into spending and calorie splurges....
-- Have a new recipe for vegetarian jambalya from my sister.  Making it tonight!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13503 on: September 04, 2019, 02:06:57 PM »
-Went to the office for a free lunch (had a meeting scheduled)
-Chased a $6 missing grocery reward
-Contacted HR about my HSA amount to ensure my paycheck savings were adjusted to account for my leave. It didn't happen automatically, so if I hadn't called, I would have lost out on $1200 or so of HSA money.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13504 on: September 05, 2019, 01:40:31 AM »
DH sold 2 items that we don't use anymore, for a pretty good price.

I made some private copies, at work.

I'm going to borrow a hanger at work to drive away some large garbage items.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13505 on: September 05, 2019, 11:39:03 AM »
Rather than get all new hardware I replaced just the lenses in my glasses since the frames are in fine shape.   Further, I recall I can replace 6 months of sealed contact lenses I have on hand with the stronger prescription for no charge so I will do that tomorrow.   Saved about $400.   

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13506 on: September 05, 2019, 01:04:06 PM »
I bought a small stash of ready-made pasta sauce today that was BOGOF. I love sauce made from scratch as much as the next mustachian, but sometimes I get home late and the best I can do is throw some frozen veggies and sauce together. At 1,10/bottle after this discount, for a sugarfree sauce with few additives that tastes nice this is a good deal. It means stress free <2,50 fairly healthy dinner during busy periods.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13507 on: September 05, 2019, 02:47:48 PM »
Canning up some tomatoes and some salsa verde right now, and making stock out of a chicken carcass and some carrots from the garden that are too woody to eat. 

Cleaning and repairing/waterproofing horse blankets instead of paying someone else to do it.

Reworking the closures on a set of horse boots that I wanted to replace due to the Velcro overkill situation making them hard to put on /take off.  Will spend $6 on Velcro vs >$100 for a new set.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13508 on: September 05, 2019, 04:20:43 PM »
Reworking the closures on a set of horse boots that I wanted to replace due to the Velcro overkill situation making them hard to put on /take off.  Will spend $6 on Velcro vs >$100 for a new set.

Thank you for my interesting educational item for the day @horsepoor -- I had no idea that horses ever wore boots

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« Reply #13509 on: September 05, 2019, 06:59:15 PM »
Was tempted to pick up takeout tonight due to so many conflicting activities/priorities. Instead, pulled out some leftovers, tossed together a salad, & called it good for all of the diners. I ate leftovers before I left.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13510 on: September 05, 2019, 08:57:04 PM »
Reworking the closures on a set of horse boots that I wanted to replace due to the Velcro overkill situation making them hard to put on /take off.  Will spend $6 on Velcro vs >$100 for a new set.

Thank you for my interesting educational item for the day @horsepoor -- I had no idea that horses ever wore boots

Oh yes, so many kinds of boots!  I'm talking about "splint" or "brushing" boots, which are used during exercise to protect the lower leg from getting nicked by another leg. https://www.ridingwarehouse.com/DSB_Dressage_Sport_Boots_-_ASB_All_Sport_Boots/descpage-DSBAS.html?from=Google&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGwnQabmHkKpLDDgTGGPsNqnfe4osx8l3Un8ZKQK-qkriC4u0xxtyaQaAiPOEALw_wcB

Then there are big puffy boots they wear on the trailer, therapeutic ice boots, sports medicine boots that claim to provide "support", bell boots to protect the heels, and finally hoof boots for horses that aren't shod.

This concludes another chapter of my book - Why Horse Sport is Expensive AF.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13511 on: September 06, 2019, 01:13:13 AM »
Reworking the closures on a set of horse boots that I wanted to replace due to the Velcro overkill situation making them hard to put on /take off.  Will spend $6 on Velcro vs >$100 for a new set.

Thank you for my interesting educational item for the day @horsepoor -- I had no idea that horses ever wore boots

Oh yes, so many kinds of boots!  I'm talking about "splint" or "brushing" boots, which are used during exercise to protect the lower leg from getting nicked by another leg. https://www.ridingwarehouse.com/DSB_Dressage_Sport_Boots_-_ASB_All_Sport_Boots/descpage-DSBAS.html?from=Google&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGwnQabmHkKpLDDgTGGPsNqnfe4osx8l3Un8ZKQK-qkriC4u0xxtyaQaAiPOEALw_wcB

Then there are big puffy boots they wear on the trailer, therapeutic ice boots, sports medicine boots that claim to provide "support", bell boots to protect the heels, and finally hoof boots for horses that aren't shod.

This concludes another chapter of my book - Why Horse Sport is Expensive AF.

Wow.  I have a new understanding now for your username and signature!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13512 on: September 07, 2019, 08:59:01 AM »
Bought two new bras yesterday for 50% off. Haven't bought any bras for quite a while. They didn't originally ring in at 50% off, so I had to remind the clerk that it was a VIP discount, and she changed the price.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13513 on: September 07, 2019, 10:41:57 AM »
Picked up cans to resell on my walk to the vet's for medication. So the meds cost money, but they are preventative. There is a rebate I'd already asked about over the phone. I've gotten really good at asking, as there's usually a quantity requirement. If I'm going to need four doses this year anyway, might as well order at once and get the $25 back! I've already printed the form, read the fine print, and addressed & stamped the envelope.  Now to mail it off!

(Another great thing about working toward FI & having money in the bank--I can get a year's worth of medication and my only concern is the rebate requirements! Not how I'm going to cut my budget somewhere else, how I won't even have this year's medication off my credit card before I have to order another year's worth, etc. It's so relaxing! And I get to choose to walk to the vet on a sunny Saturday morning, instead of *having* to work a second job or *having* to drive because I just have too many money-related choices to make and I just need to get the dang meds. )

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13514 on: September 07, 2019, 12:57:52 PM »
We visited a friend who lives in another country (I'm in Europe, so like 2 hours away) and instead of taking the train which would have been 90/return for 2 we bought long distance bus tickets at 55/return for 2. We're on our way home now and I'm not completely sure yet if it was the right decision. Train tickets are valid the entire day but bus tickets are booked for a specific bus and there are unexpected delays which means we may miss our connection. Of course in the worst case scenario we could get home by train but that would mean spending another 40, so I'd rather not.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13515 on: September 07, 2019, 02:50:30 PM »
Doing errands by bike today, as usual.  DW is making dinner for company and wanted a few select items that I can't get from Aldi, so I rode on over to the local full-priced grocery to grab a couple of things.  One of them was a rotisserie chicken.  I saw that it was priced at $8.00 + tax.  I knew that I could get one from Sam's Club for $5.00, but I already did my Sam's Club trip yesterday and didn't need anything else from there.  Then, I asked myself - would I ride my e-bike 2 extra miles if someone would pay me $6 to do so?  (I'd have to make about $6 more to earn the $3.30 saved)  Dumb question; I'd ride my e-bike an extra 2 miles for free; I just need the excuse. 

10 miles of bike errands down, ~$50 saved on groceries vs. letting DW do it, and $30 in free books from the library.  Also back down to my target weight after a gained a few during vacation and work travel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13516 on: September 07, 2019, 06:38:44 PM »
-Used drug store rewards to pick up mailing envelopes for free for eBay sales
-Used lingering cilantro & jalapeno to make pico de gallo for dinner
-Forgot to make something for dinner (rough start to the day, which threw me off my game entirely), but defrosted carnitas for dinner. We'll make it work! I seriously, seriously wanted to eat out instead, but said no.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13517 on: September 07, 2019, 11:13:50 PM »
- Ate leftovers for lunch (I seem to be the only person in my family who eats leftovers, so I've eaten a LOT of leftovers since finding MMM).

- Made a big batch of porridge and divided it into portions for brekkie throughout the week.

- Made really runny yoghurt yesterday. I'm giving up on that - I just can't get the texture right. Found some really good cheap yoghurt at Aldi, though, so all good. But instead of chucking the runny stuff, I'm using it for cooking porridge (it works for me...).

- Researched cheaper health insurance. Have no idea why it's so complicated.

- Meal planned.

- Went grocery shopping instead of my husband doing it. The bill was significantly lower than when he does it (interesting...), even though I bought multiples of things on special.

Not bad for one day!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13518 on: September 08, 2019, 11:32:14 AM »
- Ate leftovers for lunch (I seem to be the only person in my family who eats leftovers, so I've eaten a LOT of leftovers since finding MMM).

- Made a big batch of porridge and divided it into portions for brekkie throughout the week.

- Made really runny yoghurt yesterday. I'm giving up on that - I just can't get the texture right. Found some really good cheap yoghurt at Aldi, though, so all good. But instead of chucking the runny stuff, I'm using it for cooking porridge (it works for me...).

- Researched cheaper health insurance. Have no idea why it's so complicated.

- Meal planned.

- Went grocery shopping instead of my husband doing it. The bill was significantly lower than when he does it (interesting...), even though I bought multiples of things on special.

Not bad for one day!

Do you perhaps stirr the yoghurt during the process of making it? That makes a difference. And starting with full fat milk also helps.

Before you eat it, you can also hang up your yoghurt in a sieve with a tea towel. The fluid will go trough the towel and the solid parts of the yoghurt remain and can be eaten.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13519 on: September 08, 2019, 12:12:54 PM »
We visited a friend who lives in another country (I'm in Europe, so like 2 hours away) and instead of taking the train which would have been 90/return for 2 we bought long distance bus tickets at 55/return for 2. We're on our way home now and I'm not completely sure yet if it was the right decision. Train tickets are valid the entire day but bus tickets are booked for a specific bus and there are unexpected delays which means we may miss our connection. Of course in the worst case scenario we could get home by train but that would mean spending another 40, so I'd rather not.

We made it but it was stressful. If we had arrived one minute later we'd have missed our connection.

Today when I was walking out of the grocery store I noticed a discount had not been applied, so I walked back in and claimed my 1 discount. A friend and I also decided to combine two trips to the same city over two weekends, so I stayed home today and will only pay for the train once. And one of the two things we're doing is a free event!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13520 on: September 08, 2019, 01:11:32 PM »

Do you perhaps stirr the yoghurt during the process of making it? That makes a difference. And starting with full fat milk also helps.

Before you eat it, you can also hang up your yoghurt in a sieve with a tea towel. The fluid will go trough the towel and the solid parts of the yoghurt remain and can be eaten.

I don't stir... should I? I'm using skim milk. Doctor's orders, I'm afraid...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13521 on: September 08, 2019, 03:10:36 PM »
My request to fix my investment mortgage at a lower rate for the next 2 years was approved. Will save $4500 in interest in the first year and a little more in the second.

you can also hang up your yoghurt

A sentence I never, ever, thought I would read :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13522 on: September 09, 2019, 01:42:22 AM »
My request to fix my investment mortgage at a lower rate for the next 2 years was approved. Will save $4500 in interest in the first year and a little more in the second.

you can also hang up your yoghurt

A sentence I never, ever, thought I would read :)

In Dutch the traditional dish is called "hangop", meaning "hang up". Therefore I used the term here.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13523 on: September 09, 2019, 01:43:31 AM »
Finally I did something to save money. Walked to work and will walk back this afternoon. Washed my hair at work with shampoo and towel (and hot water) provided by employer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13524 on: September 09, 2019, 01:02:47 PM »
I cut-and-sewed a flat flannel sheet to make it into a fitted sheet, instead of buying new sheets.  The fitted sheet and pillow cases in a set wear out before the top sheet does, so I always seem to have a surplus of mismatched top sheets and not enough fitted sheets.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13525 on: September 11, 2019, 06:39:35 PM »
Dyed my hair instead of going to the salon, and took the time to sign up for a new (but annoying) grocery store app to get my apples for 19 cents/lb. vs. $1.99/lb.

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« Reply #13526 on: September 11, 2019, 07:23:52 PM »
Instead of buying the kid a whole new set of long-sleeved shirts for winter (because his arms are like 4 inches longer this year), I bought him solid-color, long sleeved thermal shirts to wear under his favorite t-shirts, i.e. the ones that made it through The Clothing Purge.  I also bought them at a consignment sale for under $5 per shirt plus a North Face jacket for $15.  The best part is that I've sold enough of his outgrown clothes to more than cover what I've spent on his winter wardrobe.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13527 on: September 12, 2019, 01:53:18 AM »
We decided to doing the styling of our home for sale ourselves, instead of paying 1500 euros to let someone else do it. We have their advise on how to make it nice. We just don't want to rent the stuff. We can do it much cheaper ourselves, reusing some materials that we have and buying a few things that we can use normally later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13528 on: September 12, 2019, 07:22:11 AM »
Nothing I really did, but I pulled an old purse out of the closet and found a $10 bill inside.

My Amazon account has been locked again for repeated fraudulent orders.  I'm just leaving it locked for now, which will probably save me money.  I'll have to really want something to go through the trouble of dealing with their horrible customer service morass.

Sold my pickup topper yesterday, the proceeds of which should mostly pay for the shed I'm going to build in the place it was stored.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13529 on: September 12, 2019, 08:24:14 AM »
We got home a day early from a trip, so had no meal planned. I managed to throw together some pretty fine spinach and caramelized onion with ricotta & green chili havarti quesadillas from trip leftovers and fridge odds and ends. I almost splurged on takeout burritos, so this is a huge win.

I actually called maintenance to replace the fluorescent kitchen tubes. Last time I rented, I'd do these low level things myself just to avoid having the inconvenience of waiting on the maintenance person. By following proper protocol, not only did I save the cost of the tubes, he also replaced the old discolored and cracked light cover, which is nice.

We walked to the nearby shopping center (instead of driving) to return library books on time (avoid fees), pick up the free paper (for the free events listings for the week), and get in a bit of exercise.

I stuck the extra days worth of backpacking meals I dehydrated into the freezer so they stay fresher and we can use them on our next trip.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13530 on: September 12, 2019, 12:05:07 PM »
Turns out that the one expensive joint supplement I've been taking is absolutely worthless - saving me $30 month.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13531 on: September 13, 2019, 08:00:29 AM »
I replaced the weather stripping on my front door (I'm proud of myself for remembering to do this before it's -30C out). I checked my back door and noticed that the material of the weather stripping is in good condition, but it isn't compressed against the door (and thus isn't actually doing anything). Today I'll try to delicately remove and reposition it so that it works.

I also ran the dremel to slowly introduce the dog to it, in hopes that she'll eventually let me grind her nails. To show her that it's safe, I touched it to my feet and ended up giving myself a home pedicure.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13532 on: September 13, 2019, 09:39:47 AM »
Teleworking today, so no commute.

Checked the grocery store circular and noticed they're doing 4X fuel points on gift cards.  I'm about to buy some lumber to build a shed, so will buy the Lowe's card there, which should save me $20 next time I fill up my truck's tank.

Skipping breakfast and eating leftovers for lunch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13533 on: September 13, 2019, 12:54:13 PM »
Made a lunch out of fridge leftovers. This may have resulted in a hot dog salad. And, it wasn't terrible.

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« Reply #13534 on: September 13, 2019, 05:57:29 PM »
Used some foam core lying around to rig up a "baby gate" to keep my nearly blind 15 year old dog from wandering into our bedroom (we have a curtain but no door). She tends to wander in and can't figure out how to get out, which makes her panic.

Still putting off a grocery shop. Going to use pitas and things knocking about in the fridge and pantry to make flatbreads for dinner. I'm thinking pesto, ricotta, roasted chickpeas, artichoke hearts, and sweet peppers.

Assembled "zero-waste" kits for our daypacks using items we have. Put reusable plastic straws, bandana (for napkin), reusable camping sporks, and a set of chopsticks inside some collapsible silicone lunchboxes (for take-out/restaurant leftovers/random berry picking). The boxes were gifted to us via the local Buy Nothing group. We always have reusable bottles/cups with us, so no need to pack these. We wear these daypacks both hiking (only time we really use the car) and when walking around town on errands, so we should always have the kits on us if we need them.

Went to the thrift store to find replacement headphones for the spouse. $3.99 for a pair with decent sound quality (she wears them while working since we live in a small apartment and don't always agree on music :P). They feature a sequined Hello Kitty on them, but hey, the price was right!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13535 on: September 14, 2019, 01:34:40 AM »
Was going to a museum with a friend in a different city but cancelled it because I still don't feel very well after the food poisoning last weekend. It's money I'd rather have spent, but hey, savings are savings.

Instead I'm just going to hang out at home, clean the house a little bit, get the winter clothes on the shelf and put the summer clothes away. All things that cost no money or might even save some money if I find something I forgot I had. For someone who has always hated shopping and purges twice a year I'm always surprised how many clothes I still have.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13536 on: September 14, 2019, 03:10:36 AM »

Do you perhaps stirr the yoghurt during the process of making it? That makes a difference. And starting with full fat milk also helps.

Before you eat it, you can also hang up your yoghurt in a sieve with a tea towel. The fluid will go trough the towel and the solid parts of the yoghurt remain and can be eaten.

I don't stir... should I? I'm using skim milk. Doctor's orders, I'm afraid...
No personal experience with stirring. I'm  commenting to suggest you use full fat starter yogurt, even if you must use skim milk. You can also use unflavored gelatin or agar as a thickener. If you do strain your yogurt as Linea suggests, be sure to save and use the whey, because it's very high in protein.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13537 on: September 14, 2019, 04:13:17 AM »
Started showering in cold water.
Bought birthday candles at dollar tree. ($1 for 60 mini candles).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13538 on: September 14, 2019, 03:56:29 PM »
Switched off AC last night. Nothing bad, we all slept as usual.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13539 on: September 14, 2019, 05:51:42 PM »
Audited a riding clinic for free today (fancy way of saying I watched other peoples' riding lessons).  Got some good pointers for things to work on for the price of about a gallon a gas.

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« Reply #13540 on: September 15, 2019, 02:56:56 AM »
Was too lazy to go grocery shopping yesterday, so I found some food in the pantry instead.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13541 on: September 15, 2019, 03:29:54 AM »

Do you perhaps stirr the yoghurt during the process of making it? That makes a difference. And starting with full fat milk also helps.

Before you eat it, you can also hang up your yoghurt in a sieve with a tea towel. The fluid will go trough the towel and the solid parts of the yoghurt remain and can be eaten.

I don't stir... should I? I'm using skim milk. Doctor's orders, I'm afraid...
No personal experience with stirring. I'm  commenting to suggest you use full fat starter yogurt, even if you must use skim milk. You can also use unflavored gelatin or agar as a thickener. If you do strain your yogurt as Linea suggests, be sure to save and use the whey, because it's very high in protein.

Thanks, Dicey - I'll give it a shot. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13542 on: September 15, 2019, 09:26:37 AM »
Mostly kitchen type savings:
-Made hummus, pesto & pico de gallo vs purchasing
-Planned ahead & figured out some lunch options vs eating out between soccer games
-Used a $6 grocery store reward for let my 12 y.o get items he wanted to make for dinner. Trying to support his desire to learn to cook. Even though, the things he wants to make are not something the adults are interested in eating. ;-) The kids love it, and I know it's a critical life skill
-Opted to have guests for dinner vs buying out. We bought nice ingredients for the dinner, but it will still be quite a bit cheaper than eating out

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13543 on: September 15, 2019, 11:05:36 AM »
We aimed for a frugal Saturday "date day" yesterday:

- We went on a hike, but instead of driving somewhere, we took the trail outside the door and walked the four miles to Chuckanut and hiked around the mountain/state park all day. Saved gas and eliminated any temptation to stop for roadside coffee or snacks.

- After hike/showers, we walked downtown to a favorite brewery. We skipped the full meal and multiple drinks, and instead split an appetizer and enjoyed a single drink. All the fun of "going out", but a third of the cost. Plus, waffle fry mushroom poutine? YUM!

- Spent the rest of the evening on our deck watching the rain come down and eating air-popped popcorn. Free and relaxing!

Total cost of a 14 hour date? $18 (and a few pennies for the bulk purchased popcorn kernels).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13544 on: September 15, 2019, 12:23:04 PM »
Found a 4+ year-old gift card for the movie theater that still had a balance in it, so we had a free date afternoon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13545 on: September 15, 2019, 07:33:29 PM »
Made pizza on the gas grill instead of in the oven, to save on air conditioning by keeping the heat out of the house.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13546 on: September 15, 2019, 08:53:13 PM »
Avoided going to any shopping for anything. Instead went to park.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13547 on: September 16, 2019, 07:47:19 AM »
We aimed for a frugal Saturday "date day" yesterday:

- We went on a hike, but instead of driving somewhere, we took the trail outside the door and walked the four miles to Chuckanut and hiked around the mountain/state park all day. Saved gas and eliminated any temptation to stop for roadside coffee or snacks.

- After hike/showers, we walked downtown to a favorite brewery. We skipped the full meal and multiple drinks, and instead split an appetizer and enjoyed a single drink. All the fun of "going out", but a third of the cost. Plus, waffle fry mushroom poutine? YUM!

- Spent the rest of the evening on our deck watching the rain come down and eating air-popped popcorn. Free and relaxing!

Total cost of a 14 hour date? $18 (and a few pennies for the bulk purchased popcorn kernels).

Jealous!  Still shooting for two more years before I can move us to Bellingham...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13548 on: September 16, 2019, 08:37:10 AM »
Had family we never see over for dinner. We'd discussed going out, but 8 people for a meal out isn't nearly as relaxing. Instead, i made hummus, sliced veggies, & served that with bread. Then we had salmon, rice, caprese salad & the kids had pesto pasta. Our guests brought wine & dessert. I'd say we spent 1/4 of the cost of a meal out, and had well over three hours, way more relaxing than a meal out. It was a bit of a disaster to face down the dishes that I'd left in the sink this morning. ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13549 on: September 16, 2019, 10:21:48 PM »
Had family we never see over for dinner. We'd discussed going out, but 8 people for a meal out isn't nearly as relaxing. Instead, i made hummus, sliced veggies, & served that with bread. Then we had salmon, rice, caprese salad & the kids had pesto pasta. Our guests brought wine & dessert. I'd say we spent 1/4 of the cost of a meal out, and had well over three hours, way more relaxing than a meal out. It was a bit of a disaster to face down the dishes that I'd left in the sink this morning. ;-)

Didn't your guests offer to do or help with the dishes?