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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3800 on: July 11, 2015, 02:10:46 PM »
I killed the hornets at my rental property myself without hiring an exterminator. It was challenging because the hornets were living in a crevice in the concrete.  I had to gerry rig a straw onto the spray can to get the poison into the crevice but I did it and it worked! Also, I colored my hair myself - I used a coupon to buy the dye and so two applications only cost $2.50 each.  As such, I figure I saved over $100 by not going to a salon.... :)

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« Reply #3801 on: July 11, 2015, 02:17:27 PM »
Coffee maker broke, so bought an Aeropress to replace it instead of some fancy schmancy espresso machine.  $25 vs $350.  Cha-ching!

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« Reply #3802 on: July 11, 2015, 02:56:55 PM »
Cooked up two pounDS of brown rice and froze in meal-sized portions. Made tonight's meal and six more ready to go. I'm much more likely to cook something good for us (like stir fry or curry) if the time consuming part is already done.

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« Reply #3803 on: July 11, 2015, 03:55:44 PM »
Took kidlet to local kiddy amusement park (used cheap season passes purchased earlier in the year). Packed a picnic lunch including drinks, spent $0.00 (not counting gas) for 3 hours of fun.

Was tempted to hit Portilo's drive thru for dinner, sucked it up and I'm making skillet chili-mac instead. Much healthier and cheaper, plus now I have something for lunches the rest of the week.

This is something I did a few weeks ago, but I'll harvest the savings (literally) in the next day or two. I had bought some green onions as a topping to a dish I had made to bring to a party. I planted the leftover root ends in my veggie garden, and they've all grown back. I'll be making stir fry later this week, using the onions! My understanding is they grow back a few different times after cutting so we'll see how many meals I get out of them. Not bad for a .50 cent grocery purchase!

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« Reply #3804 on: July 11, 2015, 10:45:05 PM »
I've started collecting tiny leftovers in my freezer instead of the fridge. I have a hard time estimating the quantities, often leading to a little excess after dinner. These bits are not enough for a meal, and when kept in the fridge often end up thrown out anyway. By bagging, labelling and freezing them directly after cooking, they accumulate and I can cook them into a meal all by themselves. Less waste, less guilt, easy cooking.

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« Reply #3805 on: July 11, 2015, 10:56:42 PM »
We filled up the grill today and cooked extra meat for the next few days. Takes the same amount of gas to cook 4-5 meals as it does to cook one.

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« Reply #3806 on: July 11, 2015, 11:06:41 PM »
We filled up the grill today and cooked extra meat for the next few days. Takes the same amount of gas to cook 4-5 meals as it does to cook one.

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« Reply #3807 on: July 12, 2015, 08:37:20 AM »
Complimented the Electronics person at Goodwill on the quality of her previous advice.  Made sure to do it in front of other people for extra effect.    I am shopping for stereo components and I want her to be eager to share information when she gets something good.

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« Reply #3808 on: July 12, 2015, 10:17:50 AM »
Got up early to see the hot air balloons launch at 630 am for free. The Festival costs $25 to see them do the same thing at night. Afterwards went for a hike with friends.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3809 on: July 12, 2015, 10:54:22 AM »
Coffee maker broke, so bought an Aeropress to replace it instead of some fancy schmancy espresso machine.  $25 vs $350.  Cha-ching!

My husband got me an Aeropress for Mothers Day and I love it!

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« Reply #3810 on: July 12, 2015, 12:33:30 PM »
I've officially made it 2 weeks using my bicycle for all errands and transportation needs within 5 miles of my home!  I notice that I sleep much better now, too.  And my sugar cravings have taken a nose dive now that I sleep better, which saves me a lot of $$ not buying Haagen Daz ice cream.  Between the biking and the cessation of ice cream I've notice my belly is shrinking rapidly, too.  I think MMM might be right when he called bikes the best invention ever.

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« Reply #3811 on: July 12, 2015, 12:53:29 PM »
I think I'm going to reread this whole thread and make notes. If I come up with a thematic summary, I'll write it up. So much good stuff.

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« Reply #3812 on: July 12, 2015, 02:12:41 PM »
I think I'm going to reread this whole thread and make notes. If I come up with a thematic summary, I'll write it up. So much good stuff.

If you do, let one of the Mods know and we'll sticky it :)

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« Reply #3813 on: July 12, 2015, 03:56:04 PM »
I think I'm going to reread this whole thread and make notes. If I come up with a thematic summary, I'll write it up. So much good stuff.

If you do, let one of the Mods know and we'll sticky it :)

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« Reply #3814 on: July 12, 2015, 06:20:14 PM »
Walked two miles round trip to the grocery store
Meal planned for the week
Prepped lots of food to make weekday meals easier
Indexed our food using Trello

Our Trello system for food is kinda fun.  We have two columns for a grocery list (pantry and fresh), and columns for produce on hand, dairy/bread/meat on hand, planned recipes, and leftovers.  For the produce, we can color code items with info such as near expiration, washed and prepped, etc.

I love spending my Sunday's this way.  Why don't I do this every single week?

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« Reply #3815 on: July 12, 2015, 11:13:01 PM »
Lowered my phone bill from $45/month to $30/month. Saved $180/year.

It cut my data from 3GB/month to 1GB/month, but with wifi at home and work, I need to suck it up and be sure to download podcasts, etc, before my commute.

My mother-in-law had me buy some groceries for her on the weekend. The current Coles promotion is to spend $100/week for four weeks then get $50 cash, so I picked up a few things for us as well to get over the line. One week down, three to go.

That $50 plus the $20 on my loyalty card will almost cover a week's groceries.

Still need to call to lower our contents insurance.

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« Reply #3816 on: July 13, 2015, 12:46:17 AM »
* Saved $55 on the rental car for our vacation by showing them our Costco card. We didn't secure the discount in advance but they gave us 10 percent off anyway.

* Made a shredded zucchini egg bake casserole thing out of the submarine-size zuke in the garden after a week away.

* Been feeding dead summer bugs to the chickens. Extra protein for them means better eggs for us.

* Put up lots of fresh basil by freezing in cubes with olive oil.

* Added chives from the garden in scrambled eggs.

* Harvested pattypan squash, green jack o'lantern pumpkin, tomatillos and tomatoes.

* Wanted to finish a cookbook I started reading while visiting a friend on vaecation. Discovered I could check out the ebook for FREE from our library rather than spending $17 to buy online (cheapest used book price on Amazon). And since it's an ebook instead of physical media even have to go to the library to pick it up!
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« Reply #3817 on: July 13, 2015, 01:24:35 AM »

This rocks, tyort1!! This is totally a goal of mine!
I've officially made it 2 weeks using my bicycle for all errands and transportation needs within 5 miles of my home! 

Today I:

*Hosted an extended family BBQ -- we had everyone bring a large salad, and we did burgers on the grill (and a banana cake for dessert). We ended up with potato salad, suey choy cabbage salad, linguine salad and pistachio salad. Everyone was raving about the food.

*Made above banana cake with leftover bananas that were pretty spotty. Also made banana icing, which many of the guests found unique and tasty.

*Made pancakes for lunch after church instead of hitting a drive thru.

I've noticed how so often, my money saving comes in the form of food/kitchen/grocery shopping.

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« Reply #3818 on: July 13, 2015, 01:59:22 AM »
Today it's rainy, so I'll be putting on my raincoat and rainpants before I hop on the bike. Eventhough there's a car available, that bicycle habit is getting pretty ingrained by now :-)

Nothing spent yesterday or today so far. Fell off the no groceries or take-out bandwagon, but I'm getting back on today.

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« Reply #3819 on: July 13, 2015, 07:14:48 AM »
I've noticed how so often, my money saving comes in the form of food/kitchen/grocery shopping.

That is why I love your updates, always inspiring :)

We have been nuking wasp nests with a peppermint oil/dish soap mix and a bottle spray attachment for the hose instead of calling in someone to deal with it.

Ditto for the spiders. Been laying down diatomaceous earth to try and keep the wood bugs out of our basement, seems to be working thus far.

Made some polenta for breakfast instead of oatmeal as we have a bunch of cornmeal to use up.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3820 on: July 13, 2015, 08:12:47 AM »
I've started collecting tiny leftovers in my freezer instead of the fridge. I have a hard time estimating the quantities, often leading to a little excess after dinner. These bits are not enough for a meal, and when kept in the fridge often end up thrown out anyway. By bagging, labelling and freezing them directly after cooking, they accumulate and I can cook them into a meal all by themselves. Less waste, less guilt, easy cooking.
One tip I read on this before (on the mortgagefreeinthree blog, great website IMO, can't post links at the moment but google finds it easily enough) is to take whatever leftovers you have and freeze them in a muffin/bun tray. Once they're frozen, you can pop the discs out and store them in a ziploc bag. You can even mush the stuff up all together before freezing. Then, next time you're making a basic soup or stew, you can just pop one or two of these discs into it and in that way, use up even small amounts of leftovers and discover new and interesting flavour combinations.


My money saving this weekend came from cutting my hair again. Cut what felt like a good few inches off but it doesn't really look all that much shorter. This time I was a bit more careful, although I'm very glad that curls are so forgiving. Got my friend in work to give me an honest opinion today and she was able to spot that I'd managed to cut it all more or less straight but one lone curl was hanging down a little bit more than the others - so off it came with the office scissors and we're all good to go again. :)  She did say that otherwise it was a really nice cut, so that's something.

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« Reply #3821 on: July 13, 2015, 08:51:49 AM »
Picked up brand new, still in the box storage drawers by the dumpster of my building. I really needed these, so I'm beyond excited.

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« Reply #3822 on: July 13, 2015, 12:01:38 PM »
Unplugged the crockpot once the beans started to boil.  They will finish cooking with the residual heat.  Soaked them first of course.

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« Reply #3823 on: July 13, 2015, 01:23:43 PM »
Biked to the berry picking spot, picked another quart or so of blackberries. Got a 25lb case of peaches for $3 at the local ethnic market. As suspected, they were on the mealy side - but that's okay, they're fine for smoothies, and I'm going to try a batch of jam from them. If it goes well, I'll do them all as jam.

On a related note - scored 8 jars of pectin in the markdown bin at kroger, marked down from $4.19 to 82 each, except for one no cook pectin that was 92 (bringing my total to $6.66. Hmmm.) They don't even expire until 2018.

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« Reply #3824 on: July 13, 2015, 02:06:10 PM »
That is why I love your updates, always inspiring :)

Thanks for the love, @Swick, you made my day!

So far today, I have:

*hung up a load of laundry to dry

*re-used my tea bag -- I love strong tea but suffered through it. Haha!

*used up a bag of salmon burgers and buns from the deep freeze for lunch

*while I was digging in the freezer, I took out ground beef for sweet and sour meatballs tonight and a whole chicken for tomorrow night on the rotisserie.

*turning off fans in rooms I'm not sitting in. I read that a fan only keeps you cool if you are sitting in front of it - otherwise, it's just moving the warm air around.

*starting a batch of "Artisan Bread in 5" for eating fresh for the next few days

*sending in claim forms for physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractor for our family -- face punching self for leaving that money just sitting there in their bank account instead of mine!

*starting a batch of beans in the crockpot and turning it off when the beans start to boil as suggested by @2ndTimer. Great idea that I hadn't thought of before.

ETA a few more things I did in the latter part of the day:

*made an apple rhubarb crisp with the 1 1/2 cups of diced rhubarb we were able to get off of our fledgling plant

*made a jar of plum syrup from the mostly sour, slightly sweet plums growing along my driveway.

*made zucchini brownies with 1/2 of a baseball bat-sized zucchini we were given.
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« Reply #3825 on: July 13, 2015, 05:30:39 PM »
Had a physio appointment last night but was only out of pocket $17 thanks to health insurance. Will see how I feel before making another appointment.

Put on a cold wash before I left for work this morning.

Didn't run the heater this morning.

Packed lunch out of last night's leftovers.

Spent some money this morning sending flowers after an elderly relative died last night, but I spent a few minutes shopping around for a website with a promotion.

And one really small, really silly thing I've started doing: I keep a small bottle of glasses cleaner in my desk at work. (I can't stand dirty glasses.) I've worked out how to squeeze half a pump instead of a full pump of the solution. More than enough to clean my lenses, and it means the bottle (which I refill from a large bottle at home) will last twice as long. And now I'm telling the internet about it... >.<

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3826 on: July 13, 2015, 06:34:24 PM »
Hung laundry to dry
Ate leftovers, some of which where from a wedding and I did not pay for
Checked to see if my auto insurance rate was still decent
I did shop, but I bought cereal on sale and toothbrush heads in bulk
Maxed out my Bing rewards

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« Reply #3827 on: July 13, 2015, 08:29:40 PM »
I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

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« Reply #3828 on: July 13, 2015, 11:46:25 PM »
I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

Good for you, @Bracken_Joy! I think its a real accomplishment when you can overcome something like this. I'm sure we all have little things that we see black belt Mustachians doing with ease that are very challenging to us.

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« Reply #3829 on: July 13, 2015, 11:59:28 PM »
I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

That is impressive! I don't eat tuna, so I wouldn't eat leftover tuna if you paid me. I know it's frugal, I know it can be good for you, but... nope. And my husband was scarred for life by a childhood tuna casserole incident, so our house is a tuna-free zone.

Again, I applaud you for your bravery and courage in the face of such adversity. :)

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« Reply #3830 on: July 14, 2015, 06:07:19 AM »
WTG!

I find calling them "planned-overs" helps reset my thinking - "I made enough to have some the next time, so happy not to have to cook again" versus "oh, I suppose I should eat them".

I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

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« Reply #3831 on: July 14, 2015, 08:20:30 AM »
I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

Good for you, @Bracken_Joy! I think its a real accomplishment when you can overcome something like this. I'm sure we all have little things that we see black belt Mustachians doing with ease that are very challenging to us.

Thank you guys! One thing that actually really helped was reading one of the latest Frugalwoods blog posts where they called leftovers "frugal fast food".

I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

That is impressive! I don't eat tuna, so I wouldn't eat leftover tuna if you paid me. I know it's frugal, I know it can be good for you, but... nope. And my husband was scarred for life by a childhood tuna casserole incident, so our house is a tuna-free zone.

Again, I applaud you for your bravery and courage in the face of such adversity. :)

DH was very wary about tuna. He would eat sardines, but tuna? Not so much. I had to ease him into it. We never do casseroles or anything though- I prefer my fish cold when possible, less smelly! I can absolutely see how a tuna casserole could be scarring.

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« Reply #3832 on: July 14, 2015, 12:02:29 PM »
I love leftovers. Cook once, eat yummy homemade food n times.

I congratulate myself every time I eat leftovers. I just finished some leftover pork tenderloin in sour cream sauce for lunch. It was even better after the flavors combined over a few days.

Just be smart and use good sense. Refrigerate the leftovers. Don't leave them out. Heat them up well enough when you go to reheat them.

Don't keep them too long. Be conservative if you have a concern about whether the food is okay to eat.

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« Reply #3833 on: July 14, 2015, 05:29:56 PM »
I ate leftovers! I know this is no big for most people, but I STRUGGLE with left overs. And this was leftover tuna no less. Less than 24 hours old, but still! Proud of myself.

That is impressive! I don't eat tuna, so I wouldn't eat leftover tuna if you paid me. I know it's frugal, I know it can be good for you, but... nope. And my husband was scarred for life by a childhood tuna casserole incident, so our house is a tuna-free zone.


DH was very wary about tuna. He would eat sardines, but tuna? Not so much. I had to ease him into it. We never do casseroles or anything though- I prefer my fish cold when possible, less smelly! I can absolutely see how a tuna casserole could be scarring.

Tuna casserole: tinned tuna topped with crumbled Weetbix and a layer of grated cheese.

My husband's work sometimes involves dining in hatted restaurants. He loves sitting down to a gourmet meal and sharing the story of the tuna casserole.

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« Reply #3834 on: July 14, 2015, 05:32:13 PM »
This is actually the best tuna casserole I have ever made, and I've made many over the years!

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/the-best-tuna-casserole-recipe/

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« Reply #3835 on: July 15, 2015, 09:43:40 AM »
That is why I love your updates, always inspiring :)

Thanks for the love, @Swick, you made my day!

So far today, I have:


*re-used my tea bag -- I love strong tea but suffered through it. Haha!



Do you have a small teapot, like a 2 cup size? One teabag brewed in a pot gives a better second cup than resteeping the bag in the mug - a more even brew. I'm British so I like a robust cup of tea too.

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« Reply #3836 on: July 15, 2015, 11:02:30 AM »
I have a good one today!

Arebelspy mentioned at camp mustache that he listens to audio at 1.5 (at least) speed so he can listen to more information.

I haven't really had a chance to try it, but I was watching some instructional videos (which would have taken me HOURS) and they had an option t change the speed. I put it on 1.75 speed. I got the info I needed - actually more - because usually I get bored and only 1/2 listen when things are at regular speed while I am doing something else. It forced me to "really" listen and kept my focus 100% AND saved a bunch of time (and therefore money) WHOOT!

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« Reply #3837 on: July 15, 2015, 11:10:12 AM »
@dorothyc, Thanks for the great tip on a better way to stretch a tea bag. Trying it right now!

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« Reply #3838 on: July 15, 2015, 01:01:42 PM »
Okay friends, I am not extremely proud of this one, but here it is . . .

So, a week or so ago, I transferred 1K from savings into my checking account to act as an "emergency buffer" (to give myself the confidence to shred the credit card).  Hmmm . . . so since then, I have managed to spend $70 of it. 

So . . . I transferred the remaining 930ish directly to pay the credit card.  Looks like I cannot be trusted with it yet, so now the ability to spend is gone and I will just have to live with no buffer until I can rebuild it.

Tough love, yo.

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« Reply #3839 on: July 15, 2015, 03:58:10 PM »
Hmmm .... not sure if this really saved money or just added to "home goodness" factor ... just finished canning a big batch of sour cherry jam (cherries free from a tree at my Mom's farm) ... and one other kind of berry I can never remember the name gooseberry/bosenberry some berry that also grows on a tree ...and just waiting for our cucumbers to get ice cold to can those too (from our garden) and to get enough energy to start on the strawberries lol... :) while we wait impatiently for the first tomato sandwich tomatoes from the garden ... ahhhhh ... I love summer growing season!!!!

I know that my spending habits have changed drastically when I think that even when I hit FI and ER ... I am still going to want to preserve whatever yumminess I can from a garden wherever we decide to live .... Life is Sweet!

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« Reply #3840 on: July 15, 2015, 04:13:53 PM »
Just got done cutting my own hair. This is still one of those little things I get a rush from. I've been cutting my own hair for....2 or 3 years, I'd guess...and I always feel like kinda a badass when I can look at my cut and say, "that didn't cost me $70!" which is what a typical salon cut with tip would have been, back in the day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3841 on: July 15, 2015, 04:14:20 PM »
*Used up chicken from the whole chicken I cooked the other night - bones and yucky bits are bubbling away in the crockpot to make stock for fall soups (will sit in the freezer till then) - usable meat became chicken salad sandwiches for the gang and myself for lunch.

*Didn't put on the a/c even though I'm a wuss and wish I could put it on. Waiting for my body to adapt to the heat.

*Charging computer and phone in the daytime so I can unplug them as soon as they are done

*Used 1 tea bag for two cups of tea successfully using dorothyc's method

*Made big batch of black beans in the crockpot yesterday -- today they are turning into copycat Chipotle bean burritos

*Had a terrible sleep last night (fell asleep at 4am)  but am coping ok today by turning my activities down a notch and also not leaving home. If I tried to do to much, for sure I would have ended up in a drive thru! (pity party)

*Got a load of wash in and will hang it to dry on my indoor racks since its late in the day

*Cleaned out my purse - found over a dollar in change in the bottom, a receipt for massage therapy to add to my pile of claim forms I'm working on to submit, a prescription for antibiotic cream that I didn't fill but would be handy to have in my medicine cabinet (free with my insurance), 3 cheque books (so will put 2 away in the file box), a partially stamped card from the thrift store that expires in December -- every bag of clothes donated earns you a stamp and a full card gives you 30% off your order.

*Returned library materials on time.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3842 on: July 15, 2015, 05:07:02 PM »
Finally started listing things on eBay.  So far I have $3,891 worth of stuff up there, if it all sells at minimum bid, and probably have another $500 or more to go.  Motivating when I started actually putting those numbers together. Stashing a cool $4K in the next few weeks would be awesome!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3843 on: July 15, 2015, 05:14:18 PM »
This morning I:

Braved the cold to peg washing outside. Fingers crossed it will actually dry.

Packed leftovers for lunch.

Scrubbed the toaster. (Bear with me on this. We sort of 'need' a new kettle - the lid won't close properly, so I'm tossing up between whether it's more frugal to tolerate existing kettle, or to replace it because it uses more power by not shutting off when the water is boiled. We just got a gorgeous new kettle at work ... for $80! So I'm polishing up our existing appliances to combat temptation.)

My lip balm got to the 'empty' stage about three days ago but I'm using my pinky to use up the very last remnants.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3844 on: July 16, 2015, 08:36:00 AM »
Biked to work, even though it was raining.

Made a vegetarian dinner last night to use up all the veggies that were nearing the end of their life and to make some space the day before I pick up a new batch of CSA veggies. Leftovers for lunch.

Washed futon cover last night and hung it outside to dry in the wind instead of using the dryer. I've been hanging clothes so frequently now it's become the default and I have to break my habit to use the dryer instead.

Was going to throw out an old text book. Discovered that it's still the same version that is being used currently. Put it online for sale.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3845 on: July 16, 2015, 11:32:19 AM »
Hey all, first post - be gentle. ;)

So, this is from yesterday:

Said pbbbbtttt to $125/month for DirecTV.  Been after the husband to check the channel lineups to see if he would mind dropping the package down.  He never bothered so I decided to call and cancel since we hardly watch tv.  Found out we're under contract til 11/16 and canceling would cost $350 which we don't have.  Dropped to a lower package instead.  Asked about some small fees that I didn't remember authorizing and got a credit.  Asked for more discounts and got $5/month off bill for 6 months.  Will call in 6 months to try to extend.  Result? Bill down to $75 a month, saving $50/month.  Also got a credit for those misc. fees of $106.19, so no bill for a while.  Am trying to get the husband to drop to $29 package.  We'll see.

Sent the husband to the store with my grocery list.  I've always been good about meal planning, but I get sucked in by extras at the store whereas he doesn't.  He spent $45.46 and stuck 100% to the list.  I'm lucky to get out of there for less than $75.  Will do this from now on.

Made some sort of concoction in the crockpot with stuff I already had.  Looks kinda like the chicken taco bowls from Budget Bytes.

Hung my clothes inside to dry. Can't do it outdoors due to allergies.  I'm trying to figure out how to hang the husband's - I have to have them dry and spun through the dryer for 2 minutes to remove crunchiness or he complains.  I grew up on line-dried clothes, doesn't bug me.

Nagged the husband about his work-related and entertainment spending. $130.03 on Starbucks and fast food and $202.55 on iTunes for June.  Agreed that he will do better about trying to remember lunch.  I decided to cool off about it and revisit it next month since I did take his tv away.  Gotta ease the poor man into it.

I don't leave the house most days already, spending nothing.  I'm usually home 20-25 days a month which does nothing for my social life, but wonders for our bank account and my law school studies.

Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement - you guys really showed me that I can do this!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3846 on: July 16, 2015, 11:47:30 AM »
Welcome Molly, great work!  And yeah, easing the hubs into it is best to prevent a full-on revolt.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3847 on: July 16, 2015, 12:08:08 PM »
Haha, thanks horsepoor.  You're so right.  I'm trying to keep cool about it.  I'm just so mad that all these companies have their hand in our pockets.

Bonus for today:  got mad about paying $2000/year to insure 3 cars.  Refused to believe the husband that it was the best we can do.  I shopped around, found only higher rates, then called our company.  After some clicking around on the computer, the rep was able to apply some discounts, saving us roughly $250/year.  That pays the registration for one of the cars, so I'm happy.  Ish. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3848 on: July 16, 2015, 01:58:50 PM »
Looks like you are off to a great start, mollymeow!

*  making use of free gym tonight
*  homemade leftovers-based lunch (I cannot remember the last time I bought lunch - ha ha!)
*  pumped up the tires on my bicycle
*  spending nothing today

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3849 on: July 16, 2015, 02:26:33 PM »
Nagged the husband about his work-related and entertainment spending. $130.03 on Starbucks and fast food and $202.55 on iTunes for June. 

What's he getting at iTunes?  If it's a variety of music to listen to at work, maybe Pandora Internet Radio would be a better fit.  If it's specific music (e.g. he's a yoga instructor, needs a set playlist on his iPod) then hopefully that will be enough for a while. For me, our local library has a Freegal subscription, which is 5 free downloads/week and they just started some sort of streaming service that I haven't checked out yet.  If it's apps... I'm no help, sorry!
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