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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3850 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 #3851 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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« Reply #3852 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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« Reply #3853 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 #3854 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 #3855 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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« Reply #3856 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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« Reply #3857 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 #3858 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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« Reply #3859 on: July 16, 2015, 02:50:51 PM »
Woot!  2 books sold on Amazon today after updating my inventory yesterday.

Realizing I'd need to transfer money out of savings to cover my horse's surgery lit a fire under me to sell some shit.  Have a bid on one of my eBay listings already too.  Only about $550 to go by the end of the month to cashflow this thing and avoid the dreaded e-fund transfer.  As long as at least one saddle sells, I'll be good.  Yes, there is a very real reason for my user name. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3860 on: July 16, 2015, 03:05:19 PM »
Went to breakfast with 3 CWs and stared at them while they ate... had lunch from a can for under a buck.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3861 on: July 16, 2015, 05:55:43 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!

Ugh.  It's rarely music.  He just signed up for Apple Music, but has been using the hold music satellite radio at work.  He's an IT manager, so technology is his life.  Actually, I think he's been suckered by the movie sales on iTunes.  He's probably just been buying hundreds of $4.99 movies.  We hardly watch them!

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« Reply #3862 on: July 16, 2015, 06:53:09 PM »
Hit up a luggage sale and saved $460 on two Samsonite suitcases for my husband.

He travels constantly for work but had always resisted quality luggage because of the price. He changed his mind after his large suitcase broke while travelling in June and his small suitcase broke while travelling on Monday. (That makes four broken suitcases in 18 months.)

Now I'm busy scanning the receipts so he has copies in case of another blow-out while travelling.

Getting a free lunch at work today. A superannuation company is coming in to recruit my colleagues (I'm already a member). So free lunch and I get to ask questions about retirement savings and investments. Win-win.

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« Reply #3863 on: July 16, 2015, 07:46:16 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.

I feel your pain, because that is a page out of my play book too:)

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« Reply #3864 on: July 16, 2015, 08:05:15 PM »
- Took lunch to work today!  Big salad with strawberries, mandarin orange segments, turkey that I canned last January, feta, and... you know... greens.

Eating out expenses were sneaking back up on me, so I'm working on bringing them back down.
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« Reply #3865 on: July 17, 2015, 03:28:59 PM »
Eating the cupboards empty is a success so far. Had to buy some bread and juice to prevent the BF from climbing the barricades, but otherwise no grocery shopping. The fridge and freezer are getting nice and empty. Strangely, my list of cookable dinners keeps growing, because I find all kinds of food I had forgotten about and conjur up new combinations as I go.

Tried DIY coleslaw today with a sweetheart cabbage I found in the fridge, it turned out pretty good for a first try. I'm so glad to have found another cabbage recipe that both I and BF like. You need a lot of recipes to get through one big head of cabbage! The coleslaw was a nice side dish with the baked baby potatoes and cheese schnitzels.

Another no spend day again today :)

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« Reply #3866 on: July 17, 2015, 05:42:04 PM »
Woke up this morning to discover that Mother Nature thought it was November. Contemplated breaking my cycle to work streak and taking the bus instead. It was cold and raining and the wind was wicked. I decided not to take the bus anyway and headed up wind to work. Even some downhill portions were a struggle the wind was so strong, and the icy rain pellets in my face didn't help. But I made it, and relatively dry. On the way home the wind was pushing me hard to the side some times, but was mostly at my back making the ride home so much easier. Also the rain had stopped.

Challenging day! But I did it.

Also I timed myself on the way home. 23 minutes. When I started almost 2 months ago it took 25 min to work and 35 min home. Now I'm up to 20 min to work and 23 min home (granted that was with the wind pushing me).

Dollars saved: $6.30. Added bonus: I'll be fitter in FIRE.

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« Reply #3867 on: July 17, 2015, 07:24:23 PM »
Made awesome potluck dish (red potato salad) to feed an army for just the cost of a red onion.  Had everything else on hand.  (& planned the dish based on what I already had on hand for once - lol!)  Could have skipped the onion, I suppose, but it was worth it!

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« Reply #3868 on: July 17, 2015, 07:46:20 PM »
I just realized that today was sort of my ideal post-FIRE day.   I get every other Friday off, but I'm usually travelling. 

Today, I:
  • Slept in.  Well actually I woke up at 6:29 right before my alarm normally goes off on weekdays, laughed and fell back asleep for another 2.5 hours.
  • Lazed about in bed...reading
  • Made french press coffee and then crawled back into bed
  • Finished both the novel and the non-fiction book that I had in progress
  • Wandered up to the shopping center (.75 miles away), browsed World Market looking for inspiration for a wine-themed shower I'll be hosting in a few months.  Bought nothing.
  • Walked over to the library to swap out finished books for books on hold that have arrived.
  • Stopped at the grocery store buying supplies for the weekend (wine, produce, bacon, eggs) and trolling for discounted items - found a pack of dill and parmesan crusted tilapia marked down to ~$4.5/lb for dinner.
  • Ate leftovers for lunch
  • Watched the British open for a bit while dicking around on the internet
  • Sat out on my front porch, drinking wine and reading a new book.
  • Cooked dinner - tilapia and baked potato - Watched Jeopardy while eating dinner (I'm not an 80 year old, but you'd never know from my TV watching habits).
  • Back out on my front porch with more wine.  Finished another book.

It was a wonderful day.  The realization that I could do this EVERY day once saving enough to be FI is profoundly motivating. 





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« Reply #3869 on: July 17, 2015, 10:29:16 PM »
*Scrounged leftover pizza for lunch at work.
*Didn't buy my favorite ginger ale, (Cock n' Bull!) even though I was at the only store in town that carries it.
*Returned some dog grooming tools I had picked up for my very un-mustachian dogs.  Turns out, my dog groomer SIL is willing to let me borrow hers AND is also willing to teach me how to groom a couple of standard poodles.  This will certainly help bring pet costs in line with the average drool machine.
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« Reply #3870 on: July 17, 2015, 11:02:42 PM »
Mr. Swick spent the morning fixing our dryer with the help of a youtube video and 30.00 in parts. I'm very proud of him!

I am continuing to listen to resources on 1.5 speed and picked up a great tip that will save me tons of hours (and money) when I import my manuscripts into Scrivener for some much needed updating.

Continued with decluttering and was able to find a bunch of stuff that were on our "to buy" list because I didn't realize we already had some things I haven't seen since we moved.

Have cold brewed coffee and wild blueberry no-knead bread on the go for breakfast tomorrow.

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« Reply #3871 on: July 18, 2015, 08:08:33 AM »
Mr. Swick spent the morning fixing our dryer with the help of a youtube video and 30.00 in parts. I'm very proud of him!

I am continuing to listen to resources on 1.5 speed and picked up a great tip that will save me tons of hours (and money) when I import my manuscripts into Scrivener for some much needed updating.

Continued with decluttering and was able to find a bunch of stuff that were on our "to buy" list because I didn't realize we already had some things I haven't seen since we moved.

Have cold brewed coffee and wild blueberry no-knead bread on the go for breakfast tomorrow.


Did Mr, Swick by chance replace a back bearing, and if so, could you link the video? Our $30 part has arrived.

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« Reply #3872 on: July 18, 2015, 08:17:09 AM »
We've moved from buying 2L cartons of fancypants grapefruit juice to the frozen concentrate.  We aren't big juice drinkers, but this helps.  That stuff is expensive!

Value add: groceries are lighter now.

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« Reply #3873 on: July 18, 2015, 08:26:16 AM »
*Scrounged for dinner last night. Cleaned out some old-ish leftovers.
*Made French Toast for breakfast (brunch food sounded good, and this was WAY cheaper than going out).
*Finishing off some older grapes today as a throughout-the-day snack (they are on their LAST leg).

This is older, but I had Pledge on my Target list Thursday; when I got to the aisle, all my options were 1) LEMON LEMON LEMON or 2) $5+. I decided I can dust with a wet sock and dry sock instead.

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« Reply #3874 on: July 18, 2015, 10:16:07 AM »
Did Mr, Swick by chance replace a back bearing, and if so, could you link the video? Our $30 part has arrived.

Mr Swick here.

I used two videos. The first for disassembling our particular brand of dryer (Frigidare Affinity / Electrolux AEQ6000ES2). You can skip this if your dryer is different or doesn't have the front panel controls. Also, ignore the part where they say to remove the bearing from the drum before removing the drum. This is the hard way. Instead, do like the second video says and remove the drum & bearing as one piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCKynRU2SUY

This is the second video, specific to replacing the back bearing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyapga641aE

That video is from http://www.partselect.ca/ which is where I ordered the parts from too. They have some diagrams & other resources.

I would expect it to take an hour or two to do, depending on how much space you have to work with. Couple notes:
  • Careful when moving the belt tensioner. In the videos, they show it rotating out of the way with some effort. When I tried that on mine, the whole assembly fell off. It can be put back in place easily enough, but sudden movement when working with springs is unnerving and there's a lot of metal corners in the dryer.
  • The inside of the dryer is probably filthy with lint & dust. You'll probably want to vacuum it out as you go.
  • The more space the better. Our laundry room is really small, and working in cramped space slows things down a lot

That's all I can think of for now. It's pretty straight forward once you've taken the dryer apart. If you have any questions, let Swick or myself know. Good Luck!

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« Reply #3875 on: July 18, 2015, 11:34:01 AM »
Just picked a couple quarts of raspberries from our small patch that I swear is taking steroids as it produces so well. Most of them will be frozen for later use.  Picked green beans, cut two heads of cabbage, and dug a couple pounds of potatoes from the garden all of which will be vegetables/side dishes for the next two days.

As soon as I'm done with a few more chores I will be heading to the gym to take advantage of the a/c while getting exercise then will use the shower there to save on water and electricity at home.
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« Reply #3876 on: July 18, 2015, 01:57:30 PM »
* Made a huge batch of carmelized onions in the crockpot and then canned them, thanks to this inspiring post by our very own Erica: http://www.nwedible.com/caramelized-onions/

* Harvested all our garden tomatillos and canned six jars of tomatillo salsa verde.

* Made zucchini frittters from garden zukes and green jack o'lantern pumpkin.

* Used my Starbucks birthday reward for a free venti black Pike.

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« Reply #3877 on: July 18, 2015, 05:25:20 PM »
*Got 3 big mugs of tea from one tea bag, thanks to the tip up thread from @dorothyc! Every cup was nice and strong, unlike my old way of reusing a tea bag mug by mug. Yum!

*Made up a weeks worth of oatmeal chocolate chip monster cookies for my boys who will be out at soccer camp this week. Pre-wrapped them individually then stuck them all in a large ziplock bag in the freezer. Also, bought powdered Gatorade to refill their bottles each day.  My daughter bought them a bottle of Gatorade today, so they will think they've got the real McCoy! Billeting 2 coaches for the week got my kids in to soccer camp for free -- also, my older son is volunteering as a coach and will get a free Subway meal each day as well as a dinner meal at the wind up party. The two coaches will drive my older son each day since coaches have to arrive 45 minutes early and leave 45 minutes later than the camper kids. Win/win/win!

*Made 35 buns for lunches and chicken salad and egg salad as fillings.  I think we have finally kicked the cold cuts habit. My repertoire of sandwich fillings is growing -- so far we have chicken salad, egg salad, salmon, tuna, roast beef, cheese, and pbj.

*Signed out 6 sets of kids books on cd's for family road trip in August. Librarian gave me 2 extra weeks so they aren't late -- benefit of having a good relationship with our librarians (or maybe this is standard practice and I just didn't know about it??) A hold came in that I have been waiting for for ages : Yvette Van Boven's "Home Made." It was a book I was really tempted to buy after reading about it on this forum, but now that I have it home, I am reminded of the $45 price tag! ack! So glad I didn't buy it!  I will probably put another hold on it as soon as I return it.  That way it will be a fun surprise when it comes in again in a few months.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3878 on: July 18, 2015, 11:26:53 PM »
*Made 35 buns for lunches and chicken salad and egg salad as fillings.  I think we have finally kicked the cold cuts habit. My repertoire of sandwich fillings is growing -- so far we have chicken salad, egg salad, salmon, tuna, roast beef, cheese, and pbj.

Oh, do you have a bun recipe you can share? I haven't been happy with any of my attempts. You are inspiring as always. :)

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« Reply #3879 on: July 19, 2015, 03:44:35 AM »
@Cressida, I'd love to share the recipe!

This is for regular white buns/dinner rolls. It makes a full cookie sheet of buns.

3 1/2 c. warm water
5 tsp. yeast
1/2 c. honey
1 Tbsp. salt
10 1/2 c. flour

Not sure if you need directions, but will add these just in case:

If you have quick rise yeast, just blend all ingredients together and knead for about 5 minutes. If you have regular active dry yeast, put the water and honey in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let it proof for about 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy. Then knead for about 5 minutes. Shape into small, round balls about 2 inches across (give or take) and place, barely touching one another, on greased cookie sheet. Let it rise 20-40 minutes and then bake in preheated oven at 325-250 for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bottom. Lift one up with a spatula to peek at the bottom. Flip out of pan onto cooling rack in one big sheet of buns. Watch them be devoured in a matter of hours.  YMMV. This is a multi-purpose dough. I also make it into cinnamon buns, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, cheesy bread, pizza bread and cinnamon-raisin bread. Recipe doubles easily.

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« Reply #3880 on: July 19, 2015, 10:21:55 AM »
Used points from Amazon CC to buy Fido's freeze-dried food for the next few weeks. Cost: $0!

Most of the points on this card have come from work-related travel expenses that DH gets reimbursed for...

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« Reply #3881 on: July 19, 2015, 01:09:13 PM »
Sent some unused items to Amazon for credit which I will then use for household consumables!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3882 on: July 19, 2015, 04:20:46 PM »
Skipping the grocery shop this week.  Did spend ~$20 on Friday night for a little fruit and veg, but mostly focusing on using what we have.

Was buying extra large zipper bags and the package said there were coupons inside, so I opened the box while still in the store and fished out a $1 off coupon and used it.

Used a $10 off coupon at the feed store.  Made sure I got the cheaper 50# bag of chicken feed, not the 40# one I've been suckered in to buying before, not realizing until too late that the bag is cheaper because it's 20% less feed.

Per #1, thawing out some beef liver to have liver and onions for dinner one night this week.

Made a gallon of kombucha and about to spend an hour or two in the kitchen prep-cooking for the week.

Washed and waxed my truck yesterday.  Cheaper than paying someone else to do it, and having a clean, shiny truck helps keep thoughts of replacing it with a newer model at bay.

Keeping the A/C off because I know it will start cooling off in a few hours.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3883 on: July 19, 2015, 04:59:29 PM »
Can I do a confession/rant, dear MMM friends? This is: "What I did today to waste money."

So today I pack up the towels, the blanket, the buckets, the sunscreen and - this bit is important - the fresh pineapple, cheese and bacon quesadillas, and water - for a fun trip to the beach with the kids.  My friend brings her son, and meets us there. Almost immediately she invites my kids and me out to lunch. "Come on! Come on - my treat!" she says to my kids - and the kids are like, "Yay!"

I manage to defer this lunch offer for like 3 hours with pointed offers of pineapple and quesadillas if people are hungry (I have plenty to share) but my kids both eagerly accept her continued offers to go out for lunch. I feel, I don't know - kinda stuck. Like to say no to this I have to be the biggest asshole. So - lunch. My son has something off the kids menu, daughter has a burger, I opt for an ice tea and no food. My friend is not actually in the financial position to take us all out, and I know this even if she ignores it. Plus, I don't wanna be a mooch, so I pay for our portion. Total with tip? $38.47.

Guys, look - I know at the end of the day this is on me. I could have held firm and dealt with the awkwardness. I'm not trying to put the "blame" on anyone else...but I'm frustrated. The value from spending nearly $40 was nothing. It wasn't even a relaxing and pleasant break from cooking - it was just pure waste from my perspective.

I guess I'm pissed at myself that I didn't hold firm, wasted money, felt mildly manipulated and didn't do a better job of handling it. So, that's it. Thanks for letting me vent. I'll take my Hail Marys and be on my way. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3884 on: July 19, 2015, 06:01:20 PM »
Perhaps I can help.

First, I sympathize. I'm going to a wedding next month at the beach. In August. Hotel rates, ugh. Driving six hours to get there and back, ugh. Gotta do it, though.

But let's get back to you. There may not have been a good way to decline. Sometimes you just have to accept the invitations of friends and family, even if you don't want to. People like to eat together, and have since the dawn of time. Non-Mustachians in our society often only think of this as eating out. Anyway, this sounds like a rare occurrence for you, so give yourself a break.

Now, regardless of whether you could get out of it, you did accept the offer. Since you did, you had, as all guests do, a responsibility to be charming. Had you done that, the value would have been in the good time you and your children had with your friend.

The people in our lives we care about are important. We often face these choices in life, but absent a graceful way out, you might try to remember that Relationships with Family/Friends>FIRE.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3885 on: July 19, 2015, 06:24:20 PM »
Now, regardless of whether you could get out of it, you did accept the offer. Since you did, you had, as all guests do, a responsibility to be charming. Had you done that, the value would have been in the good time you and your children had with your friend.

The people in our lives we care about are important. We often face these choices in life, but absent a graceful way out, you might try to remember that Relationships with Family/Friends>FIRE.

Thank you, that was a very gently delivered facepunch. I appreciate it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3886 on: July 20, 2015, 12:10:04 AM »
I think we should have a "What I did today to waste money" board. After all, aren't we really just putting our best foot forward here and not sharing the times when we do screw up?

For me, I do find it very motivating to read about the successes of others and to post my own small things I did today to save money. But the reality is, I also ran the dryer 3x today, bought buns instead of making them, and ran my a/c for 2 days straight even though it was only 75F (23C) (sigh).

I have a long way to go before reaching Zen level Mustachianism.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3887 on: July 20, 2015, 12:30:57 AM »
I think we should have a "What I did today to waste money" board. After all, aren't we really just putting our best foot forward here and not sharing the times when we do screw up?

I would be posting on that thread at least as frequently as I do on this one. My frugality is definitely a work in progress!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3888 on: July 20, 2015, 07:12:44 AM »
I think we should have a "What I did today to waste money" board. After all, aren't we really just putting our best foot forward here and not sharing the times when we do screw up?

I would post on that thread daily.

Notice this is my first post in the thread. There's a reason for that.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3889 on: July 20, 2015, 08:14:17 AM »
*I put four ebooks on hold at my public library (rather than scrounging for--albeit used--copies on Amazon). I'm heading to my hometown next week, and I could use some reading for the drive down and back. I'm also trying to get in the habit of making use of Chicago's vast library!

*Unplugged appliances that weren't in use today.

*Leftover quiche for lunch today.

*Using leftover spinach from said quiche to do salads for dinner tonight. This will also use up some getting-on-in-age tomatoes and bleu cheese in the fridge.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3890 on: July 20, 2015, 09:42:40 AM »
This weekend:
Went for a hike, which was only 15 minutes away. 

Bought 6 bagels instead of two prepared with cream cheese.  We had cream cheese at home, and my husband really wanted a bagel.  I convinced him to buy 6 instead.  We still have leftover bagels, which should provide his breakfast for a few more days.

Rode with a friend instead of taking an Uber. 

Birthday present for friend purchased at a thrift shop (pottery & a birthday card).  Wrapped with stuff we already had in the house.  Total cost $1.50. 

Groupon fitness class with friends.  Instead of spending serious money on a gym membership, we've started using Groupons to try out different workouts around town.

Hosted brunch.  Way less expensive than going out!

Made sugar scrub and a copycat Buffy bar (like Lush!)

Made a huge batch of iced tea from loose leaf tea that I didn't really like.  It's actually better iced than hot. 

Today:
Carpooled to work
Packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3891 on: July 20, 2015, 01:25:21 PM »
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Quote from: 1967mama on Today at 12:10:04 AM

I think we should have a "What I did today to waste money" board. After all, aren't we really just putting our best foot forward here and not sharing the times when we do screw up?




I would post on that thread daily.

Notice this is my first post in the thread. There's a reason for that.

We can call it the "Face Punch Me" thread. I would read that.

Please, please start that thread!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3892 on: July 20, 2015, 06:25:46 PM »
Renegotiated our contents insurance, saved $180 a year.

I just tallied up that we've cut our expenses by $1300/month since December 2009. (Most of those reductions have happened over the past 12 months, I just happened to find a 2009 budget in my email.) That's equal to my husband receiving a 20 per cent pay rise. Huge.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3893 on: July 20, 2015, 06:56:30 PM »
*Made a double batch of Caesar dressing for chicken Caesar tonite.

*Teenaged son has taught himself how to make sushi -- now I get fresh sushi all the time for pennies on the dollar

*Made a dessert with leftover Oreo crumbs that had been languishing in the cupboard. Recipe called for graham crumbs but this worked out quite well

*Turning off a/c tonite -- working on my thermal adaptation. I've been very wimpy lately.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3894 on: July 21, 2015, 08:12:15 AM »
We have a bunch of blackberry bushes in the parking lot at our apartment. Partner and I decided rather than letting them go to waste we should pick some. Ended up with about 2 1/2 of those plastic clamshells worth (estimate as we were using the colanderr) and froze them for later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3895 on: July 21, 2015, 08:54:30 AM »
1. I checked if we can save a few bucks on our home insurance. I found out that we can save 75% immediately if we change our contract.
Savings: 0.66% of MTHP (monthly take home pay)
2. We often travel by train to my parents. I bought 2 so-called Hungary Cards that grants us 4x50% and 8x33% discount for train tickets (and we get a few other discounts, e.g. for the Zoo and the Circus :) )
Savings: 0.78% of MTHP
3. I checked if there's a cheaper bank account at our bank. Yes, there is :)
Savings: 0.15% of MTHP
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3896 on: July 21, 2015, 11:08:56 AM »
Today I am giving my 3 kids haircuts at home, approx. savings $60. 
I am also line-drying clothes instead of using the dryer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3897 on: July 21, 2015, 12:23:10 PM »
*Gave myself a haircut last night

*Turned off the a/c

*No spend day planned

*Dropping by library to return books on time and to pick up priZes - 2 kids had names drawn in the summer reading club = free books to keep

*Planning to NOT do anything postable on the new Facepunch Me thread!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3898 on: July 21, 2015, 12:44:28 PM »
Set the AC to 72 at night instead of 71 and switched to light sheets instead of a blanket.

DW wants an arbor over our driveway to protect the cars.  Convinced her that a tarp will work just as well.

Starting to unplug all electronics when not actively using them.

But on the negative side, I've been sick the past week or so, and I've been driving more and biking less.  Seem to be better now, so driving will cease. 
Frugalite in training.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #3899 on: July 21, 2015, 08:54:47 PM »
Does calling up your Credit Union and changing your paper statement to an on-line statement - savings $1 a month - count?

... and yes, for someone who loves holding the "physical evidence" in her hot little hands - this is a "take a deep breath" and just do it moment.:)