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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4950 on: November 19, 2015, 12:17:14 PM »
Yesterday, I had to run a mystery errand for a family member downtown (which ended up with me on a roof of a historic building unbolting a satellite dish --THANKS FOR THE WARNING GUYS "go pick it up" they said-- and then carrying it down 6 flights of stairs ohmygodIamgladIliftweights and now my family owes me so much) so I drove DH to campus and picked him up later, saving on parking fees.

Bought new Dr Bronner's soap from target- free shipping and today they have 20% off bath and body (code "ESSENTIALS" if anyone needs anything) and used a gift card from the wedding to buy it- $7 for 16oz, great price for that since a 16 oz bottle lasts us like 2 years.

Making a soup for lunch so I can use leftover rice from yesterday.

Looked up our energy usage for last month- 755kWh, which is below average, but I'm not thrilled about it. Had DH help me find the info, though, so now he's got some buy in about our usage levels. With Brother traveling, maybe this will result in a lower bill next month.

Used Ibotta to get $0.50 on a gallon of milk, which was already on sale for $1.99. And now we're at $10 on the app so we can cash out to PayPal. Not a fortune, but it's easy enough to enter things.

Going to stock up on cranberries at our next grocery trip while they're on thanksgiving sales. <3 ALL the cranberry applesauce!
Have you checked into the other apps?  I seem to find the ability double for very little extra time.

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« Reply #4951 on: November 19, 2015, 01:39:39 PM »
Yesterday, I had to run a mystery errand for a family member downtown (which ended up with me on a roof of a historic building unbolting a satellite dish --THANKS FOR THE WARNING GUYS "go pick it up" they said-- and then carrying it down 6 flights of stairs ohmygodIamgladIliftweights and now my family owes me so much) so I drove DH to campus and picked him up later, saving on parking fees.

Bought new Dr Bronner's soap from target- free shipping and today they have 20% off bath and body (code "ESSENTIALS" if anyone needs anything) and used a gift card from the wedding to buy it- $7 for 16oz, great price for that since a 16 oz bottle lasts us like 2 years.

Making a soup for lunch so I can use leftover rice from yesterday.

Looked up our energy usage for last month- 755kWh, which is below average, but I'm not thrilled about it. Had DH help me find the info, though, so now he's got some buy in about our usage levels. With Brother traveling, maybe this will result in a lower bill next month.

Used Ibotta to get $0.50 on a gallon of milk, which was already on sale for $1.99. And now we're at $10 on the app so we can cash out to PayPal. Not a fortune, but it's easy enough to enter things.

Going to stock up on cranberries at our next grocery trip while they're on thanksgiving sales. <3 ALL the cranberry applesauce!
Have you checked into the other apps?  I seem to find the ability double for very little extra time.

I've used checkout 51 and don't like it. They just increased cashout to $20, and haven't updated their rebates in forever. Way fewer rebates, too.

What other apps do you use?

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4952 on: November 19, 2015, 02:48:57 PM »
Didn't spend any money, was working from home today.
Made all meals: homebaked bread and an Apple in the morning, a vegetarian burrito with salad for lunch and roast chicken and potato salad for dinner.
After working, I worked out for an hour with a DVD in the living room, ironed and updated my ynab budget. I'm really happy about how the day went :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4953 on: November 19, 2015, 03:14:57 PM »
It's going to be stinking hot today, so as soon as we woke up this morning we opened all the doors and windows and turned the fans on to get the house as cool as possible. Hoping to get through the day with just fans.

Yesterday, I had to run a mystery errand for a family member downtown (which ended up with me on a roof of a historic building unbolting a satellite dish --THANKS FOR THE WARNING GUYS "go pick it up" they said-- and then carrying it down 6 flights of stairs ohmygodIamgladIliftweights and now my family owes me so much) so I drove DH to campus and picked him up later, saving on parking fees.

You lead an adventurous life! This story without context is hilarious.

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« Reply #4954 on: November 19, 2015, 03:16:34 PM »
Picked up a $75 gift card at Barnes and Noble, which got me an extra $10 gift card i can use after Christmas.  Our family makes regular outings to B&N to get coffee/read magazines so I'm confident both will get used in the next 12 months. 

Used part of gift card to buy Christmas presents for DD (Pusheen the Cat stuff -- is this a thing here in the US?) and then a coffee to enjoy during my chat with Malaysia41.  She got a cup of hot water.  But I sure enjoyed my coffee!  And the chat. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4955 on: November 19, 2015, 04:01:56 PM »
Today was glorious. After running around all week (read: school, school, and school, lol) I declared it a pj day for myself.

I turned the heat off and opened windows - it was almost 60 here. I took a lovely walk and then just relaxed.

I balanced the ledger and funneled money to the kids' college accounts. I worked on the grocery list for tomorrow and the rest of turkey day shopping.

The big savings this week was juice that was $2 at Walmart as opposed to $3.29 at Shaws. I got six Monday. After thinking about it, I went back and cleared the shelf the next day. Walmarts is down the road from my boys' school so I was in the neighborhood yet again.


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« Reply #4956 on: November 19, 2015, 07:24:55 PM »
Ate the mushy pear before it was a total goner.

Made the dish for the preschool Thanksgiving potluck using ingredients on hand, forgoing a special trip to the store.

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« Reply #4957 on: November 19, 2015, 07:52:11 PM »
I called Virgin Mobile and got the MSL code for the Samsung Galaxy I used before switching to Republic Wireless. So hopefully I will be able to use it with a SIM card when I go overseas.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4958 on: November 20, 2015, 09:56:13 AM »
Spent an hour cleaning up my nine year old computer so it can last another year.

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« Reply #4959 on: November 20, 2015, 10:08:45 AM »
I'm enjoying some cumulative rewards of frugality.  Got my second electric bill for my new apartment.  It's -$13.  They estimated the first month and charged me for 3xs my usage.

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« Reply #4960 on: November 20, 2015, 10:23:05 AM »
I'm enjoying some cumulative rewards of frugality.  Got my second electric bill for my new apartment.  It's -$13.  They estimated the first month and charged me for 3xs my usage.

lmao, that's amazing.

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« Reply #4961 on: November 20, 2015, 02:19:14 PM »
Enjoyed homemade lunch (leftover from yesterday's homemade lunch). 
Sent another chunk of money to pay down the credit card.
This is my fourth "no spend" day this week.

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« Reply #4962 on: November 20, 2015, 06:18:34 PM »
set in motion new homeowners insurance on my rental saving $10/month

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« Reply #4963 on: November 20, 2015, 06:55:45 PM »
In spite of a duck fire (Duckflagration 2015 or Duckferno: the Reconing; feel free to see my journal for the whole story) and a leaky sink, I did NOT go out to dinner.

Even though I really, really wanted to.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4964 on: November 20, 2015, 07:28:12 PM »
Bought gas, filled the tank up. $1.98/gal, very cheap compared to the whole rest of this year, and tonight it is supposed to blow in a huge snowstorm, which always causes a price spike that lasts for weeks.
Picked what is probably the last of the broccoli. It had snow on it, and some lettuce. Hope this isn't the last, but this is later than a lot of years.

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« Reply #4965 on: November 20, 2015, 07:40:24 PM »
Tried a frozen veggie mix for my curry dish. Goes very well! So that will save me money and time/effort. Definite win.

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« Reply #4966 on: November 20, 2015, 09:16:29 PM »
A big one (posted in a separate thread on this page), but I successfully negotiated 1 hour less in the office per day without taking a pay cut.  I'm thrilled.  Less of an evening rush with my young kids! Sanity!  It's a 3 month trial period but I'm obviously going to work my butt off to make sure it's seamless.

Nice! Well done!


* Heard back from supermarket that was missing a $1 digital coupon the other day. Got a $1 credit toward my next purchase to make up for it.
* Opted out of a concert for which the cost outweighed my interest.
* Skipped breakfast and lunch (not hungry) and scrounged up a light dinner made of leftover bits and pieces.
* Did not kill us with left-out pork the other night.
* Turned off the fan.

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« Reply #4967 on: November 21, 2015, 05:18:21 AM »
I think I forgot to mention that the other day my electricity company gave us about 200 back.:P

I'm making some homemade Christmas decorations today whilst watching a Christmas film on TV.

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« Reply #4968 on: November 21, 2015, 07:42:45 AM »
Bought the fixings for another big pot of soup. It will make several containers to freeze.

Took a phone call from a pizza delivery place that we used to order from. They must miss my business. They offered me a $5 credit on my next delivery. lol. Will probably use it when DS is home for Christmas holidays.

Bought four jars of spaghetti sauce that was on sale for $1.25.

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« Reply #4969 on: November 21, 2015, 09:17:58 AM »
Air dried kids' laundry.  One less $1.75 load.  Coin laundry sucks!

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« Reply #4970 on: November 21, 2015, 10:35:27 AM »
Emailed ibotta about 2 rebates that aren't unlocking properly on their app. I admit being the squeaky wheel about multiple failed digital discounts this week feels a bit like I'm turning into my grandmother ("I want my nickel!"), but then I remember someone earlier in this thread (can't remember who) who pointed out all the other people that could benefit from -- or might even need -- such discounts that might not have the time or opportunity to follow up on them. I can spare the few minutes, so I like to think I'm not the only one who might benefit.

Thanks to whoever that was that said that!

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« Reply #4971 on: November 21, 2015, 10:50:56 AM »
Talked about going out to eat.  Decided on home made hash browns and eggs instead.

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« Reply #4972 on: November 21, 2015, 12:16:27 PM »
Emailed ibotta about 2 rebates that aren't unlocking properly on their app. I admit being the squeaky wheel about multiple failed digital discounts this week feels a bit like I'm turning into my grandmother ("I want my nickel!"), but then I remember someone earlier in this thread (can't remember who) who pointed out all the other people that could benefit from -- or might even need -- such discounts that might not have the time or opportunity to follow up on them. I can spare the few minutes, so I like to think I'm not the only one who might benefit.

Thanks to whoever that was that said that!

That would be my Husband Dearest. I will gladly pass on that I'm not the only one who had a paradigm shift from that!

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« Reply #4973 on: November 21, 2015, 12:31:53 PM »
 Looks like we're on track for both of us to stay up on the mountain all day today. Assuming we have enough dog food to get through the night, course. Kibble must be bought this weekend.

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« Reply #4974 on: November 21, 2015, 12:44:15 PM »
Just fixed my wifes $300+ camera flash that had a battery terminal break off due to an exploded battery and corrosion. Canon told us $100 minimum charge for a repair so I ordered the $6 part, took the flash apart and soldered on the new terminal. Had an anxious moment of doubt afterwards until we realized we forgot to put the batteries back in when turning it back on! Nothing like the triumphant feeling of fixing something and saving good money in the process!

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« Reply #4975 on: November 21, 2015, 04:09:41 PM »
Emailed ibotta about 2 rebates that aren't unlocking properly on their app. I admit being the squeaky wheel about multiple failed digital discounts this week feels a bit like I'm turning into my grandmother ("I want my nickel!"), but then I remember someone earlier in this thread (can't remember who) who pointed out all the other people that could benefit from -- or might even need -- such discounts that might not have the time or opportunity to follow up on them. I can spare the few minutes, so I like to think I'm not the only one who might benefit.

Thanks to whoever that was that said that!

That would be my Husband Dearest. I will gladly pass on that I'm not the only one who had a paradigm shift from that!

Then thank you to him!


* Did a few hours of rush freelance work.
* Walked 3 1/2 miles round-trip to pick up a couple of small sale groceries, plus used $5 off coupon and $1 missed-credit credit. Submitted items online for another $3.25 in rebates. Especial win: 2 free bottles of shampoo/conditioner. Carried water along for the walk.
* Put back the massive carton of mushrooms we wouldn't be able to finish before it went bad.
* Supermarket shopping on Saturday also has an additional savings element: I want out of there as fast as possible!
* Thawing sale nectarines from last summer.
* Put on slippers and sweater instead of the heat.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4976 on: November 21, 2015, 04:46:13 PM »
Getting a free full length mirror and a FREE sewing machine(!!!!) thanks to my local buy nothing group.

Making oatmeal banana cookies to give as a thank you. Bananas we bought and froze from the "ugly fruit" stand at our grocery store.

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« Reply #4977 on: November 21, 2015, 04:50:05 PM »
Fasting! I'm shooting for a 2 day fast every weekend or every other weekend (depending on health benefits). Since my employer provides free food, this reminds me that I'm a spoiled brat on weekdays and almost brings my cost-of-eating to zero. Two for one.

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« Reply #4978 on: November 21, 2015, 06:39:17 PM »
Fasting! I'm shooting for a 2 day fast every weekend or every other weekend (depending on health benefits). Since my employer provides free food, this reminds me that I'm a spoiled brat on weekdays and almost brings my cost-of-eating to zero. Two for one.
Perhaps this video shows the benefits of your fasting.  I found it interesting.  http://documentaryheaven.com/eat-fast-and-live-longer/   

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« Reply #4979 on: November 21, 2015, 07:03:50 PM »
Mr. Tooth and I were going to go check out the new coffee shop that just opened. Owing to a combination of lazy and cheap, we didn't and I made a delightful little cake that cost maybe $2 instead.

Breakfast was pasta panegratto, entirely from the pantry. And it was delicious. Still 15 dozen eggs to use up, though.

I put away the laundry I hung before bed.

I planned my CVS couponing trips for the beginning and end of this week. Free training pants and granola bars, yay!

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What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4980 on: November 21, 2015, 07:10:49 PM »
15 dozen eggs?


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« Reply #4981 on: November 21, 2015, 07:35:41 PM »
Braved the first snowfall of the year on my bike, went Krogering and planned to get just a couple things to finish in ibotta bonus but they had eggs at 1.29/doz so I got four dozen. Then I realized with my other items that pushed my cost to just over $10, which made me eligible for the 59/lb turkey, so I did an impulse turkey buy.

I pedaled over to kmart where they had foolishly given me a $12 coupon for women's clothes with no minimum, so I got a couple base layer shirts for biking for free (while hauling my turkey and eggs around their store, the downside of shopping while biking).

Returned home, cooked up 3 more specimens from the Mountain of Pumpkins, got the seeds spiced and roasted, and filled up the dehydrator and fridge with a new round of pumpkin mush.

Went online and spent the $10 coupon (again no minimum) that Sears sent me for clothes, which I can pick up at the same kmart around the corner in two days.

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« Reply #4982 on: November 21, 2015, 08:44:06 PM »
15 dozen eggs?


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I had an offer for a grocery delivery service that was going to expire. Eggs keep a very, very long time and this was a relatively inexpensive way to get some and use up the end of the voucher, and they were delivered to my door. I got two flats of 7.5 dozen. They keep for months and we eat a lot or them, thankfully.

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« Reply #4983 on: November 21, 2015, 08:45:32 PM »
Where does one store 15 dozen eggs in a NYC apartment? Enquiring minds want to know.


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« Reply #4984 on: November 21, 2015, 09:43:12 PM »
Fasting! I'm shooting for a 2 day fast every weekend or every other weekend (depending on health benefits). Since my employer provides free food, this reminds me that I'm a spoiled brat on weekdays and almost brings my cost-of-eating to zero. Two for one.
Perhaps this video shows the benefits of your fasting.  I found it interesting.  http://documentaryheaven.com/eat-fast-and-live-longer/

Very cool - accidentally stumbling upon one strategy to live healthier! They even suggest the 5 to 2 method. This completely goes against MMM's max-calorie diet (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/04/18/the-amazing-waist-slimming-wallet-fattening-nutrient/), but I'm fairly confident max-calorie is not optimal when your employer provides free food.

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« Reply #4985 on: November 21, 2015, 10:33:44 PM »
Carried a week's worth of firewood and had our official (with song) lighting of the first fire of the season. Home heat turned down to 60F most of the day.
Stayed home all day. Ate oatmeal for lunch. Dinner included potatoes/carrots/lettuce/broccoli from the garden. Dug a trench in the garden for the winter compost heap.

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« Reply #4986 on: November 22, 2015, 06:50:12 AM »
I tuned my bike up yesterday....apparently having someone else do it costs more than a little bit of money.  Self-sufficiency FTW.

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« Reply #4987 on: November 22, 2015, 09:14:38 AM »
Where does one store 15 dozen eggs in a NYC apartment? Enquiring minds want to know.


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In my full size refrigerator along with the two gallons of milk, Costco sized bags of spinach and broccoli (2), numerous bricks of cheese, jars of pesto, fresh yeast, Soylent, jars of jam, sourdough starter and all the other things that go in the fridge? Both the apartments I've lived in here have had full size refrigerators and I added a chest freezer to my setup here a couple months ago. My apartment isn't that small; it's a thousand square foot two bedroom and not that much smaller than a lot of older single family ranches I've seen. I set the whole kitchen/dining room area up to support my cooking. I have a standalone baking station in a corner of the dining room and an IKEA hacked pantry my father assembled and installed for me. It's not done yet, but I've got a better setup for serious cooking than a lot of people with real houses.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4988 on: November 22, 2015, 09:34:31 AM »
Yesterday - started a wood fire for the first time this year and keep the heater from running until early this morning.
Returned an inflatable collar designed to keep my dog from chewing on himself that did. not. work.
Used a $10 off coupon at the feed store, 10% off at the grocery co-op, and my quarterly rewards coupon at Fred Meyer.  Stocked up on free range chickens that were on sale at another store and also took advantage of their 20% off wine sale (went fancy and got three bottles for the holidays along with the standby box o' wine).

Today - making a huge batch of beef stock from the big bag of bones that came with our beef quarter.  I'll render plenty of tallow off of them too.  Planning to make a soup of some kind for dinner to use up random bits from the fridge.

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« Reply #4989 on: November 22, 2015, 06:28:58 PM »
Some wins for the weekend:
  • Didn't eat out/drink out at all.  Huge win for me.
  • $12/$12 clothing purchase from KMart/Sears - why, yes, thank you --- I would like free sweat pants and sports bras.  (I almost feel bad for the haul of free stuff I've gotten from KMart/Sears this year from random ShopYourWay rebates)
  • Grocery Shopping - Spent $18.38 and got $5.75 back in rebates from Checkout51, SavingStar, Ibotta, MobiSave - the haul included: 6 lbs of navel oranges, 2 lbs carrots, 1.25 lbs sweet potato, 1 lb bacon, frozen teriyaki broccoli, garlic salt grinder, Wheat Thins, 1 litre of flavored seltzer water, and 1 lb peanuts
  • Stopped by CVS today for some pre-Black Friday shopping --- got the following free after ECB and rebates - two cans of corn, pack of gum, Cranberry drink (mmmm...mixer for my vodka), and BelVita Breakfast Bars (to store in my desk for forgotten breakfast/lunch crises)
  • Watched college football, NFL football, and NHL hockey from home a combination of cable TV (which my roommates insist on so I might as well take advantage) and online streams...avoided going to the bar to watch any of the games!
  • Read and returned three library books, picked up six more....so much to read, so little time
  • Made homemade pancakes for the first time ever --- they were a bit thicker than I'd like, so I'll need to adjust recipe next time.  Ended up getting one breakfast, plus three frozen pancakes out of the deal.
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« Reply #4990 on: November 22, 2015, 07:34:00 PM »
Stayed out of stores/no spend day today . . . which makes, I think, a full week of no spend days.  The big, stock up shop a couple weeks ago has helped.  I want a few things I am out of, but not enough to bother with the store during the "holiday season."

Laziness has been my most favorite tool so far in this money-saving adventure :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4991 on: November 23, 2015, 07:14:06 AM »
- Talked DH out of buying a treat from the local bakery when we went for a walk to see the town Christmas tree on Friday night.

- Browsing etsy for Christmas ornaments (we buy a personalized one for our kids every year to reflect their current interests - my parents did the same for us and it makes for a nice collection when you leave home!) and I remembered that we had bought a cute one at LEGOLAND last year, so that will be DS's for 2015.  It's not dated or personalized with his name like his other ornaments, but that's nothing a sharpie can't fix ;)

- Cashed in my grocery store rewards points (PC Plus) for $20 off groceries.  Whole chickens were on sale ($6 each - that's a good deal in Canada) so I bought two and roasted them at home right away.  Tons of cooked meat now ready in the freezer for quick meals.

- Planning a date night with DH next weekend and remembered a $100 gift card to our favourite sushi restaurant that I got for my birthday! Can't believe I forgot about it! Looking forward to our sushi and movie date (also with a gift card) on Saturday.  Plus free babysitting from the grandparents :)

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« Reply #4992 on: November 23, 2015, 08:22:09 AM »
Im sure this is super basic to most people, but its new for us.  Our electrical bill usually jumps from $100 -$150 per month up to $200-$275 per month during winter.  Had our first really cold night last night (29 is about as low as it gets in southern Louisiana).

So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one weeks worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When were chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4993 on: November 23, 2015, 08:32:10 AM »
So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one weeks worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When were chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

That's a big change. Good for you!

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« Reply #4994 on: November 23, 2015, 09:47:19 AM »
Im sure this is super basic to most people, but its new for us.  Our electrical bill usually jumps from $100 -$150 per month up to $200-$275 per month during winter.  Had our first really cold night last night (29 is about as low as it gets in southern Louisiana).

So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one weeks worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When were chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.
Congratulations!  That change of mindset will pay off huge dividends!

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« Reply #4995 on: November 23, 2015, 09:56:25 AM »
So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one weeks worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When were chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

That's a big change. Good for you!

Super big change!

Pro tip from Quebec: we tend to get colder when we're not moving. Ensuring a decent supply of blankets/throws near couches can be helpful to stop people from raising the heat unnecessarily.

Today, I did NOT save money. I donated a decent chunk to the Red Cross, because my partner and I feel it's the right thing to do in the current circumstances. We will 'save' some money on our taxes by doing this, but not as much as the donation... however, I would like to express thanks for the Mustachain lifestyle for allowing us to donate to things we feel are important without having a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. It matters.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4996 on: November 23, 2015, 10:02:42 AM »
Im sure this is super basic to most people, but its new for us.  Our electrical bill usually jumps from $100 -$150 per month up to $200-$275 per month during winter.  Had our first really cold night last night (29 is about as low as it gets in southern Louisiana).

So this winter we tried something different:  We used about one weeks worth of electricity bill money to purchase two sets of long-sleeved, long-pants pajamas for each person in the house.  Then turned the heat setting from 73 down to 60.  It kicked on for the first time in the wee hours last night, for about 5 minutes.  It was 29 outside, 60 inside.  When were chilly in the evenings, we are now adding socks and layers rather than running to turn the heat on.  In previous mild winters, before reading MMM, I would have worn shorts and short-sleeves all year inside, and gone barefoot, and would have just adjusted the thermostat to match my wardrobe.

Around here, northern Illinois, that isn't anything unusual, it's all what you are adapted to. For LA 60F is a big deal. Good job!

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« Reply #4997 on: November 23, 2015, 11:27:18 AM »
Not exactly small, but after getting an $800 quote from a contractor to repair a ceiling problem, I enlisted the help of a friend with a truck. $100 spent at Home Depot, a home cooked meal to thank friend for the help, and a lot of climbing a ladder was all it cost me to fix it myself. Now I just have to figure out how to match texture.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4998 on: November 23, 2015, 12:22:15 PM »
Not exactly small, but after getting an $800 quote from a contractor to repair a ceiling problem, I enlisted the help of a friend with a truck. $100 spent at Home Depot, a home cooked meal to thank friend for the help, and a lot of climbing a ladder was all it cost me to fix it myself. Now I just have to figure out how to match texture.

NICE work!  Depending on the space in question, I've found that sanded paint is an easy solution to blending texture.  I think Lowe's has it - I used it in a bathroom after knocking down popcorn.  It would be a pain if you're dealing with a small patch in a big ceiling, but thought I'd mention it.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4999 on: November 23, 2015, 02:22:06 PM »
Found out I was being charged $6/month in our checking account after paying off some debt and going below the minimum balance for that type of account. Changed the account and requested a refund with the threat of taking my money somewhere else. Should have caught it sooner, but it's a rarely used account for emergency funds.