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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13500 on: December 02, 2019, 12:15:38 PM »

Also saved a bunch of money ($450k-ish + reno costs ) by not buying the house, because it was a cash-only deal.

Hey, what a coincidence!  I also did not buy a house yesterday, too!  Can I count that?
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Yes, but only if combined with other money saving efforts, lol!

OTOH - Did you even look at a house yesterday, like with an actual Realtor? If not, you might not qualify for "not" buying a house. The temptation must be there. Resistance is key.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13501 on: December 02, 2019, 08:02:48 PM »
-Tons of leftovers for dinner
-Figured out a way to get free shipping on a gift, and not have to mail a package myself, saving about $8
-Drove electric car to work today & charged for free

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13502 on: December 02, 2019, 09:59:37 PM »
Wanted a wreath for our door- they had advent wreath making at church- I just covered the candle holder part of the wreath with more greenery and added ribbons- cost to me-$0
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13503 on: December 03, 2019, 01:32:02 AM »
Working from home today because of hail and slippery roads. Saving on fuel.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13504 on: December 03, 2019, 05:14:08 AM »
It was my younger daughter's 8th birthday over the weekend so we had 8 girls stay over for a sleepover party.  I made home made pizza for the girls for dinner and a home made birthday cake (both chocolate and vanilla to cater to all tastes).  For the homemade pizza, I had various toppings that the girls could choose - olives, hot dogs, salami, tuna, artichokes and mozzarella cheese.  For breakfast we had home made pancakes with various toppings.  The girls stayed up late watching Netflix movies and playing with DD's legos and board games.  A great time was had by all and total cost including wine for some of the parents and other nibblies was around Euro 100.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13505 on: December 03, 2019, 07:17:56 AM »
@Hula Hoop - that sounds like a fantastic party!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13506 on: December 03, 2019, 08:04:42 AM »
Last night we had leftovers for Sunday dinner but it didn't feel like leftovers because I used two frying pans instead of the microwave so everything was hot when it went on the plates and nothing was soggy.  It also meant that the one steak was stretched into 8 servings. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13507 on: December 03, 2019, 10:35:59 AM »
While at the self check out at Stop N Shop I looked over the left behind coupons and there was a $1 off cheese that I was buying, so thanks to whomever didn't take their coupons before me.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13508 on: December 03, 2019, 01:13:05 PM »
I forgot my chips and I was going to buy some from the vending machine, but instead I ate a free cupcake. (My lunch was missing carbs.)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13509 on: December 04, 2019, 05:12:28 AM »
I worked on sewing a cover for the inflatable part of a small boat, to protect it from UV and chafing so it lasts longer.

Also narrowly remembered to soak some chickpeas for dinner because of this thread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13510 on: December 04, 2019, 07:51:08 AM »
I brought lunch from home on Monday and on Wednesday, $10 saved :)

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« Reply #13511 on: December 04, 2019, 08:10:37 PM »
Picked up the groceries I ordered from Aldi. No impulse buys! I'm able to sit on my couch and order broccoli and chicken breasts, versus caving to cheap wine and frozen dinners. I came straight home and heated up some of last batch cook, even though I was tempted by all the new food.
I listened to an audiobook from the public library while I put away groceries and prepped all the veggies. That way I know I'll actually eat them instead of staring at that head of broccoli, deciding it's too much work and eating granola for dinner. 
I'm decorating with all the holiday stuff I already have. I was very proud of last year's self for putting it all away neatly so that I could find it this year!

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« Reply #13512 on: December 04, 2019, 10:26:34 PM »
Changed my oil today - 215k miles. Good 'til 220k!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13513 on: December 04, 2019, 11:30:40 PM »
My Citi credit card has an offer this month where I can use my card 3x at CVS and get a $10 credit. I can always stock up on necessities at a drug store (toilet paper, vitamins, etc.) so it's easy to make non-wasteful purchases there. I just have to remember to go to a CVS instead of a different store closer to my apartment. Tonight I remembered and also used $4 worth of coupons, so it was a double win :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13514 on: December 05, 2019, 11:06:35 AM »
Did some minor plumbing work on the kitchen sink rather than calling a plumber.

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« Reply #13515 on: December 05, 2019, 05:48:14 PM »
Well, I had a colonoscopy and upper EGD this morning wherein we may have finally found the cause of my gastric distress.  Gotta do some more tests with Labcorp while the biopsied bits are with the lab but we might actually have a way forward!  The drugs were good and like they advised at the surgery center, I did NOT go make any large purchases or sign into any contracts. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13516 on: December 05, 2019, 07:30:32 PM »
-Ate dinner at home, despite temptations & kid requests
-tracked down the claim for an accident (car vs bike) & have uploaded all requested documentation. The insurance company has finally accepted responsibility, which is a huge step in the right direction. Eventually, we will be paid for our medical bills for our son, & his replacement bike.
-Stayed on top of leftovers, to reduce waste.
-Booked a flight for a trip in April. Used a previous credit to cover the full cost of the flight.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13517 on: December 05, 2019, 08:06:17 PM »
I'm volunteering at a social dance so I can get in for free.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13518 on: December 05, 2019, 09:47:31 PM »
Made dinner, even though work is crazy right now & it's a hassle when things are this crazy.  But my daughter really deserves good food even if I'm stressed from work.  And it's cheaper than going out or ordering in.  Cheaper than doing frozen dinners, too.

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« Reply #13519 on: December 07, 2019, 07:52:10 AM »
We entered a raffle for my son's soccer club (to provide scholarships). He won a $250 gift card, which we will use to buy him new futsal cleats. We'll save the rest for a new uniform, when one is required. In other news, we never win anything, so this was pleasantly surprising.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13520 on: December 07, 2019, 07:04:30 PM »
Went to the rummage sale room at a church bazaar.  Got a brand new wool plaid blanket made in Ireland, a luggage tag, a small notebook, a hat, and a wooden jointed bird puppet. Spent a total of $7.50. A blanket, hat, and luggage tag were things that had been on my shopping list for awhile.  I hadn't previously realized I needed a bird puppet.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13521 on: December 08, 2019, 01:37:30 AM »
Will make banana pancakes from overripe bananas for breakfast.

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« Reply #13522 on: December 08, 2019, 02:06:35 AM »
We are eating our second half-baked bread that is 6 weeks past best before date. The bread is half baked in a bakery and then vacuum wrapped. It can be stored for months. Our breads have been in our cabin that was frozen for quite some time. And best before date is exactly that, best before. So we took the chance and it tasted okay.

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« Reply #13523 on: December 08, 2019, 11:38:43 AM »
I was too tired to write this up last night, but I'm taking it today. Yesterday was our library's eleventh annual Used-Books-In-Such-Good-Condition-You-Can-Give-Them-As-Gifts Sale.* I was on my feet most of the day. The sale ended at 5:00. It took us until 6:00 to break down (Yay, teamwork!). As we drove home across town, it was so tempting to stop somewhere for dinner. Instead, I fixed a pasta and veg dish from scratch and heated up some leftover turkey. We finished our home-cooked meal at 7:00. Practically a miracle!

*This sale was my frugal idea and I am very proud of it. I'm not afraid to let my frugal flag fly. In eleven years, this little event has generated over $20k over and above our regular sales. A lot of people are able to buy very inexpensive gifts (for others or for themselves, lol) and my beloved, cozy library is the beneficiary.

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« Reply #13524 on: December 08, 2019, 03:25:09 PM »
Decided to DIY some acoustic panels for my home instead of (over)paying for finished panels from a manufacturer.  The basic formula I am following is here:

https://www.coreybautistaaudio.com/diy-acoustic-panel-guide

Since I want it to look stylish, I've commissioned my daughter to put custom artwork on each panel for me.  She's almost 13 and quite talented. 

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« Reply #13525 on: December 09, 2019, 12:47:23 AM »
Decided to DIY some acoustic panels for my home instead of (over)paying for finished panels from a manufacturer.  The basic formula I am following is here:

https://www.coreybautistaaudio.com/diy-acoustic-panel-guide

Since I want it to look stylish, I've commissioned my daughter to put custom artwork on each panel for me.  She's almost 13 and quite talented.

We have some home made panels in our living room as well. The sound improved a lot. DH is an expert on this stuff and could measure a difference before and after installing them.

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« Reply #13526 on: December 09, 2019, 10:06:28 AM »
Decided to DIY some acoustic panels for my home instead of (over)paying for finished panels from a manufacturer.  The basic formula I am following is here:

https://www.coreybautistaaudio.com/diy-acoustic-panel-guide

Since I want it to look stylish, I've commissioned my daughter to put custom artwork on each panel for me.  She's almost 13 and quite talented.

We have some home made panels in our living room as well. The sound improved a lot. DH is an expert on this stuff and could measure a difference before and after installing them.

Dealing with echo in a home with hard flat walls and hard floors (wood in our case) goes a long way to making a room feel cozy and comfortable.  I'm also going to add some large area rugs I found for 75% off, between those 2 things it should make our everyday experience much more homey. 

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« Reply #13527 on: December 09, 2019, 08:25:00 PM »
Already this winter I lost a glove. The right glove to a nicely broken in pair of black leather gloves. Two (three?) years ago I lost the left glove of a pair of black leather gloves.

Today I put those 2 orphans together and I have gloves to get me through the winter. The decorative detail at the wrist is slightly different, but nobody but me will ever notice.

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« Reply #13528 on: December 10, 2019, 09:38:35 AM »
I successfully cooked Chile verde. I know it doesnít  sound like much, but this is the dish that sends us to a Mexican restaurant every week or so. I didnít perfect it, but itís good. Needs a few tweaks and frozen Margaritas and itíll save us $150 a month.

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« Reply #13529 on: December 10, 2019, 10:48:41 AM »
I successfully cooked Chile verde. I know it doesnít  sound like much, but this is the dish that sends us to a Mexican restaurant every week or so. I didnít perfect it, but itís good. Needs a few tweaks and frozen Margaritas and itíll save us $150 a month.

@Buffalo Chip do you think the recipe would also work if I replace the tomatillos by tomatoes? We don't have tomatillos over here.

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« Reply #13530 on: December 10, 2019, 01:45:47 PM »
I successfully cooked Chile verde. I know it doesnít  sound like much, but this is the dish that sends us to a Mexican restaurant every week or so. I didnít perfect it, but itís good. Needs a few tweaks and frozen Margaritas and itíll save us $150 a month.

@Buffalo Chip do you think the recipe would also work if I replace the tomatillos by tomatoes? We don't have tomatillos over here.

Yeah, lack of tomatillos is a problem. You might be able to get away with green plum tomatoes, but it would likely change the flavor some. Tomatillos are very dense so Iíd not use a salad tomato. Worth a try I guess. You might be able to get canned tomatillos.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2019, 01:49:54 PM by Buffalo Chip »

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« Reply #13531 on: December 10, 2019, 02:57:16 PM »
Was stuck on my way to work today - pedals turning wild suddenly but the wheel not moving. Watched some youtube videos during the day.

Once home I dissambled the rear hub, cleaned all parts, greased and put back together. Works like new.

Has not only saved me the money for a new wheel but also enables me to cycle again tomorrow. Was already planning for public transport for a couple days.

Fixing things I have never done before gives me greatest feeling of satisfaction :) so good.


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« Reply #13532 on: December 11, 2019, 02:27:19 PM »
I successfully cooked Chile verde. I know it doesnít  sound like much, but this is the dish that sends us to a Mexican restaurant every week or so. I didnít perfect it, but itís good. Needs a few tweaks and frozen Margaritas and itíll save us $150 a month.

@Buffalo Chip do you think the recipe would also work if I replace the tomatillos by tomatoes? We don't have tomatillos over here.

Could you grow your own next year? They're actually easier than tomatoes IMO and if I can grow them in England, should be OK in Norway.

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« Reply #13533 on: December 12, 2019, 12:09:27 PM »
Checked out several ebooks from our public library and read them through the Kindle app.

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« Reply #13534 on: December 12, 2019, 02:46:36 PM »
This was done yesterday, but I figured I would share anyway...

I will be hosting Christmas dinner for the family this year, and I know that my family likes to have wine with meals. I was able to buy 7 nice bottles of wine for $37, with shipping and tax included in that price. There will be plenty of wine for the family to enjoy, and my husband and I will have a bottle or two to keep for ourselves as well. :)

If I'm going to spend money, I will compare prices and scour the internet for promo codes until I can bring the cost down as low as possible.

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« Reply #13535 on: December 13, 2019, 05:37:22 AM »
Drinking a cup of tea from plants that I picked this spring in our garden. And eating leftover cake from my goodbye party at work.

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« Reply #13536 on: December 13, 2019, 05:39:11 AM »
I successfully cooked Chile verde. I know it doesnít  sound like much, but this is the dish that sends us to a Mexican restaurant every week or so. I didnít perfect it, but itís good. Needs a few tweaks and frozen Margaritas and itíll save us $150 a month.

@Buffalo Chip do you think the recipe would also work if I replace the tomatillos by tomatoes? We don't have tomatillos over here.

Could you grow your own next year? They're actually easier than tomatoes IMO and if I can grow them in England, should be OK in Norway.

Thanks for the idea, I'll check it out.

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« Reply #13537 on: December 14, 2019, 12:48:21 PM »
if you take the train from the airport to Templeton (the easternmost stop on Sea Island), the fare is free since it's airport parking. From Templeton you should be able to walk to Bridgeport (the nearest stop not subject to the airport surcharge).

That's exactly what I did!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13538 on: December 15, 2019, 08:44:51 AM »
Been eating oatmeal for breakfast and then getting protein by eating 4-6 eggs for lunch (plus other stuff, too lol). Instead of buying the Egg Beaters I just crack the egg and scoop out the yolk on half the eggs I eat. A dozen eggs for like $1.29 (Trader Joe's has the cheapest eggs, even cheaper than Wal Mart!) and toast or some pasta and it's a relatively cheap breakfast/lunch. It helps me save so I can spend a bit more on a nicer dinner.

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« Reply #13539 on: December 15, 2019, 08:59:41 AM »
Been eating oatmeal for breakfast and then getting protein by eating 4-6 eggs for lunch (plus other stuff, too lol). Instead of buying the Egg Beaters I just crack the egg and scoop out the yolk on half the eggs I eat. A dozen eggs for like $1.29 (Trader Joe's has the cheapest eggs, even cheaper than Wal Mart!) and toast or some pasta and it's a relatively cheap breakfast/lunch. It helps me save so I can spend a bit more on a nicer dinner.

If there's an Aldi near you, it'll beat out Trader Joe's.  Eggs at my local Aldi vary widely in price, but generally are $0.79-$0.99 per dozen.  Definitely super frugal eating there.

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« Reply #13540 on: December 15, 2019, 09:09:31 AM »
Been eating oatmeal for breakfast and then getting protein by eating 4-6 eggs for lunch (plus other stuff, too lol). Instead of buying the Egg Beaters I just crack the egg and scoop out the yolk on half the eggs I eat. A dozen eggs for like $1.29 (Trader Joe's has the cheapest eggs, even cheaper than Wal Mart!) and toast or some pasta and it's a relatively cheap breakfast/lunch. It helps me save so I can spend a bit more on a nicer dinner.

If there's an Aldi near you, it'll beat out Trader Joe's.  Eggs at my local Aldi vary widely in price, but generally are $0.79-$0.99 per dozen.  Definitely super frugal eating there.

A couple of family members got food poisoning off their eggs a couple years back. Aldi is great otherwise. Iím now an egg snob: only brand name eggs purchased. That one hospital visit wiped out any savings for a lifetime.

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« Reply #13541 on: December 15, 2019, 12:13:12 PM »
-Used up 2 drug store rewards to pick up items we needed. I replaced my travel face lotion that I ran out of on my recent work trip.
-Used grocery store rewards to pick up an item my son wanted for a baking project. He's attempting cake balls.
-Youngest child won a $250 gift card to a local soccer store in a raffle. We picked up goalie gloves, futsal cleats & a soccer ball, & still have about half left over. A huge win!
-Brought tea in a flask to our 7:00 am game yesterday. Most parents went for coffee, but I was able to drink my free from home hot tea.

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« Reply #13542 on: December 15, 2019, 02:10:02 PM »


If there's an Aldi near you, it'll beat out Trader Joe's.  Eggs at my local Aldi vary widely in price, but generally are $0.79-$0.99 per dozen.  Definitely super frugal eating there.

There is an Aldi in the same county I live in but it's inconvenient, unfortunately. By the time I drive there I'd have spent $3 on gas there and back and about 40 minutes driving. I wish it was closer.

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« Reply #13543 on: December 16, 2019, 08:41:30 AM »
Been eating oatmeal for breakfast and then getting protein by eating 4-6 eggs for lunch (plus other stuff, too lol). Instead of buying the Egg Beaters I just crack the egg and scoop out the yolk on half the eggs I eat. A dozen eggs for like $1.29 (Trader Joe's has the cheapest eggs, even cheaper than Wal Mart!) and toast or some pasta and it's a relatively cheap breakfast/lunch. It helps me save so I can spend a bit more on a nicer dinner.

If there's an Aldi near you, it'll beat out Trader Joe's.  Eggs at my local Aldi vary widely in price, but generally are $0.79-$0.99 per dozen.  Definitely super frugal eating there.

A couple of family members got food poisoning off their eggs a couple years back. Aldi is great otherwise. Iím now an egg snob: only brand name eggs purchased. That one hospital visit wiped out any savings for a lifetime.

Do you test your eggs before using them? Just put them in a cup of water. If the egg lays or stands on the bottom, it is fresh enough to eat. If it floats you should not use it. And eggs should not be eaten in raw form, because of the risk of salmonella.

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« Reply #13544 on: December 16, 2019, 11:19:43 AM »
I closed my post office box instead of paying the $92 annual renewal for next year.  I was using it for payments from my side consulting business, but these days my clients mostly want to Venmo me, so I was just spending time and gas going there to collect mostly junk mail.  When I filled out the change-of-address screen to forward that junk to my home address, afterward it took me to a bunch of coupons because I'm "moving", so I might even save more than the $92.  It would have been better if I'd known that yesterday when I did a bunch of Christmas shopping on Amazon though, since one of the coupons was 10% off Amazon.

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« Reply #13545 on: December 16, 2019, 11:33:21 PM »
I have a senseo coffee machine. I use to buy the pods on amazon for $0.30 each.
Today I bought the 2lbs coffee beans (French toast smells delicious) at grocery outlet for $9.99 and put the ground coffee in a reusable pod.
That will make the cup of coffee for $0.07 instead (and eco friendly with less packaging)
Should reduce my yearly coffee cost by $300 

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« Reply #13546 on: December 17, 2019, 08:19:51 AM »
-Charged electric car for free at work
-Found a free book on the giveaway table at work. I'll take that on vacation

In not yet financially effective news, I continue to chase Lowes over a door project that has taken 6 months. Yesterday, the remaining three doors came & .... another one was broken. We are supposed to receive a discount. It's clear that most people would have tapped out by this point & given up, due to the enormous amount of pain that this project has provided for no clear reason. Not me. Still chasing them.

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« Reply #13547 on: December 17, 2019, 09:17:28 AM »
Found a great deal on snow tires on Kijiji.  Got almost brand new tires, OEM rims with tire pressure sensors (that work) for about 40% of what it would have cost me for new.  Even got them installed for free!!!  Safety and cost savings :)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13548 on: December 17, 2019, 09:45:05 AM »
About to head off to work on my bike, and noticed that my front tire was flat.  I briefly considered driving to work.  Then I realized - again - that driving for short trips is stupid, wasteful, and less enjoyable or beneficial to my health, and I fixed the flat (small nail that looked custom-made to cause bike flats) and rode to work.  Took a bit longer than usual since I was doing it in a cold and cramped garage, but better there than on the side of the road.  Tonight I'll go patch the tube.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #13549 on: December 18, 2019, 09:18:10 AM »
My persistence finally paid off big time - been searching for eight months. Our monster tree removal job got quotes from $5K to $2.5K at best. We were ready to go for the middle quote of $3.7K but I searched one more time and found a young, hungry company to do the job for $1800.
They did a good job too.

We keep taking advantage of grocery coupons wherever we find them, BOGO's and going to Aldi for groceries. We've been waiting for the Jumbo Tiger Shrimp to appear again - not cheap but oh so good and well, jumbo, they taste sweeter, amazingly more like lobster.

Scored - my favorite perfume - $10 coupon - just in time for Christmas:).

Finally received our coupon from Nellie's eggs for a free carton of eggs. (Saved the UPC codes and mailed them in - netted us only a couple of free cartons a year, but hey:).

From the garden:
1. Harvested limes off my lime tree yesterday. YAY!
2. Celery is almost ready - I keep on harvesting the leaves to throw in all the veggie dishes and salads - the flavor is so much stronger than store-bought, it is almost spicy. The next roast will have the first young celery stalks.
3. Harvesting Swiss Chard to go with the roast today - along with free homegrown sweet potatoes from Mr. R.'s colleague's dad at work.
4. I'm thrilled I got new baby plants for free from my African Blue Basil - they don't seed at all, but I laid a low branch into a pot and weighted it down with a stone, watered well and voila - six weeks later a fine healthy plant. Doing the same with the Lavender right now.
5. Had some old Dill seeds - varying types some going all the way back to 1998 - lo and behold - they all came up. I'll give some to my friend for pickling and enjoy the rest as a pretty garden plant as well as dry enough to fill my empty old spice glass jar from McCormick. Free spices is always a good thing.
6. Trying endive and leeks for the first time - so far it is all doing well.
7. Tomorrow I'll pick peppers to freeze - peppers freeze astoundingly well and keep their flavor.

The garden will also provide a few Christmas presents for some of our friends and family.
1. Freshly harvested organic produce for a talented cook.
2. Moroccan Mint tea - Lemon Verbena tea - It will be fun to present in a cool package. I happen to have a lot of cardboard jewelry boxes, and once the leaves are dried I can put them into a mini sealed bag for freshness.   
3. May try to make Aloe Vera lotion and Lavender sachets this weekend.
4. A planter box filled with Endive - Dill - Lemon Balm - for a young couple taking a stab at going Vegetarian/Vegan. All cold-weather plants that will do well in Florida only until the end of spring.

Found a three-pound bag of coffee beans-yay on clearance while I was X-mas shopping and scored on some lovely, fancy windchimes for my garden friends.

Speaking of X-mas - we are eliminating one-third of the gift-giving this year as we agreed on last year and going to one less gathering. Less stress, more like the holidays I know from my childhood.
It is so nice to get away from the craziness and excessive gifting of just that one extra gathering. A huge relief, I like for the holidays to be a calm and relaxing, reflective time.
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