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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5250 on: December 23, 2015, 09:29:02 AM »
Finally got around to ordering myself a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, and I set it up last night. 

Looking at it this morning, started wondering whether the Kill-A-Watt itself also uses electricity.  Then I imagined the potential Xzibit meme specifically for Mustachians: 

Yo dawg, I heard you like to measure energy consumption. 

So I plugged your Kill-A-Watt into a second Kill-A-Watt, so you can measure energy consumption while you’re measuring energy consumption.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5251 on: December 23, 2015, 11:05:59 AM »
Finally got around to ordering myself a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, and I set it up last night. 

Looking at it this morning, started wondering whether the Kill-A-Watt itself also uses electricity.  Then I imagined the potential Xzibit meme specifically for Mustachians: 

Yo dawg, I heard you like to measure energy consumption. 

So I plugged your Kill-A-Watt into a second Kill-A-Watt, so you can measure energy consumption while you’re measuring energy consumption.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5252 on: December 24, 2015, 01:42:10 AM »
Ate two slightly shriveled clementines for breakfast so they wouldn't go to waste.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5253 on: December 24, 2015, 10:27:37 AM »
Instead of paying for a doctor's visit for my sore throat, I added whisky to my morning coffee.

(That counts, right?)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5254 on: December 25, 2015, 12:28:15 AM »
Made waffles, bacon and fruit salad for Christmas breakfast, which was later than normal (9:30-10:00ish)

Talked the family out of going out for lunch, which was the original plan, and instead made our holiday meal as a late lunch/early dinner.  Made this roasted chicken recipe, minus the honey-lemon glaze bit (family doesn't go for sweet meats):

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/smoked_paprika_roasted_chicken/

Sides were mashed potatoes and snap peas sauteed with garlic and ginger.  It was pretty good. 

I had suggested we head over to the local mall at some point to get coffee/treats as a make up for not eating out for lunch, but the air is horrible again today and I'm doubting any of us are going to feel like going out. 

We're off to the inlaws tomorrow for a 3-day stay. 
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5255 on: December 26, 2015, 05:27:48 AM »
I started unplugging the split AC units in my house when not in use because they draw 3 watt constant.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5256 on: December 26, 2015, 06:12:46 AM »
I walked to the shop and back instead of taking a bus. Actually, I'm not even sure if the bus is running on Boxing day anyway.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5257 on: December 26, 2015, 08:49:23 AM »
Staying home today and painting the house with paint that I variously bought off the mis-tint rack, with a $10 off of $50 coupon, and with both a $5 off and $10/50 coupon. 

Using up stain, sanding paper, polyurethane and spackle that from the shop instead of buying new.  Staining and finishing the short pieces of baseboard leftover from last winter's effort to use in areas where I need shorter pieces.

Eating leftovers and heating the house with wood from our property.

We're getting close to needing a new nonstick pan and I happened to get a Sur la Table gift card for Christmas.  Actually managed to locate a well-reviewed and reasonably priced pan that they sell for the same price as Amazon, so I'll only be about $12 out of pocket on a new pan and not wasting the gift card on some overpriced crap I don't need (though I was tempted to have them professionally sharpen my knives).


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5258 on: December 26, 2015, 12:37:50 PM »
Filled out a customer service survey at El Pollo Loco and got a $1 coupon that I used on a take-out order.

Saw a penny, picked it up.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5259 on: December 26, 2015, 02:02:06 PM »
Doesn't feel so small right now, but we dug out and diagnosed the cause of a septic tank overflow at our house (foundation drainwater running into the leach field). Will reroute the foundation drain and let things dry out, then check to see if it's fixed, but we think our odds are good because we've noticed the problem once before after a heavy rain and then not been able to reproduce it when the weather's been normal.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5260 on: December 26, 2015, 03:11:53 PM »
Biked to sprawlmart to return $1.30 in found cans, and by the bottle returns there was a case of bottles someone threw out that walmart doesn't accept - so I took those. Got some free (after mobisave rebate) bandaids while I was there, and nothing else.

Making bread right now, pulverized more dried pumpkin, cooked another pumpkin, contacted kmart about a missing $25 credit from buying something from one of their "reward partners" in a promotion.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5261 on: December 26, 2015, 05:04:12 PM »
Traded labor with my brother. He fixed my broken laptop, using mad computer geek skilz and a few bucks. I refinished his nice tropical hardwood walking stick.
Either of us could have done the other's job, but not as well. If I had repaired the laptop, it would have cost me hours of figuring-out time, and about three times the $, since I don't know where to buy parts or what I should pay. He could do the woodwork, but has no interest and would have to buy supplies, which I keep in stock.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5262 on: December 26, 2015, 08:27:01 PM »
Gave homemade Christmas gifts this year.

Eating leftovers for the next few days.

Some leftovers can be repurposed into treats for guests tomorrow night - relatives left us with cream and ice cream, so I will use the cream to make salted caramel sauce and chocolate sauce for ice cream sundaes. My guests will love that!

Dad brought me homegrown tomatoes and aunty brought me pumpkin (unclear if homegrown). Yum.

Aunty gave me a voucher for a garden shop where I can buy a fruit tree.

I have the next week off and I'll be making progress on some more homemade gifts (for babies, birthdays and yes, next Christmas) as well as decluttering and deep-cleaning the house. Good use of time off!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5263 on: December 26, 2015, 09:20:24 PM »
I had a busy day making stuff today.

I made soap today.  I used some luxury ingredients and sea clay that I had on hand.  Hopeful that it can replace my current facial soap,  At a minimum it will be a very nice bath soap.

I also made laundry detergent.  It's cheap and lasts a long time. 

Made some fizzy bath bombs.  The bath bombs are a great way to relax along with my homemade bubble bath.

Last, but not least turned some aging bananas into banana bread.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5264 on: December 26, 2015, 09:50:04 PM »
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-> walked out in the backyard and scooped up a couple of navel oranges off the ground (from a 40 yr. old tree) that had fallen overnight and squeezed some OJ for breakfast (sorry)
-> lunched (and dinner in an hour) on leftover spaghetti I made two days ago

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5265 on: December 27, 2015, 05:52:15 AM »
"Each bottle costs $5.22 compared to the cost of wine in the liquor store"

Good deal. Here's one I found. The particular brand of California red wine I like is: Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon
$9.99 Cdn in Ontario
$13.99 Cdn in P.E.I.

Imagine my surprise when I spotted the exact same Californian red wine in Safeway in Hilo, Hawai'i for the rock bottom price of $5.65 US per bottle. Wait it gets better... if you buy 6 the price goes down to $4.65 US per bottle. Well guess what I did?

I would be interested in knowing the B.C. price for the same bottle!
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5266 on: December 27, 2015, 06:18:13 AM »
* more of a bigger thing than little thing but, hey, little to some perhaps * and today.. more like Christmas season today *

Cancelled my SiriusXM radio (I know, punch in the face) subscription that I just had to have for the last five years. Was set to "re-up" automatically on Christmas day so I pre-emptively called a week ago.

Cost savings:
$139.00 Cdn. plus
$4.50 per month x 12 internet fee
Total Savings: $193.00
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5267 on: December 27, 2015, 09:04:46 AM »
Started planting the spring bulbs I bought at 75% off.  Defrosting and heading back out again.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5268 on: December 27, 2015, 01:34:20 PM »
Been out of the loop for a few days while travelling over Christmas, so a couple of things from the past week:

- took a bag of sewing home for my darling mum to mend/hem
- got red paint (source unknown) out of a jumper, good as new
- mentioned to Mum that I was shopping for sheets for our spare bed; she gave me a new set she'd been given
- came home with an esky full of food, including an entire ham

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5269 on: December 27, 2015, 01:38:48 PM »
I hate counting "sales", since you're spending money to save money, but DH and I already decided on the purchase, so I suppose it counts.

We went to the Adidas employee store so we could get 50% off of PowerLifting shoes. Normally $200, so they were $100. We also picked up some underwear for DH while we were there, which comes out to $2 less per pair than elsewhere. This should hold him for a couple months at least.

Bonus: since DH and I have the same shoe size, we can share and not buy two pairs! We have 1 barbell, so we never lift at the same time anyway (whoever isn't lifting is coach/spotter).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5270 on: December 27, 2015, 02:48:12 PM »
Watched the field line test hole drain and observed septic tank behave properly (ie not overflow) upon draining the bathtub. Did a happy dance and made plans to fill in the holes before a freeze (but no actual shoveling yet; we have a few days.


Made bread. Both stayed on the mountain all day.

ETA: Discovered the eggs I planned to use for fried rice are no good anymore, so I dumped the contents out in the woods and put the shells in the compost, and made my fried rice without (don't really need eggs when you're using tofu anyway). Also used up a leftover 1/4 cabbage that needed to go.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5271 on: December 27, 2015, 03:42:30 PM »
I didn't buy the freezer. It wasn't that great a sale. This isn't the season to be filling it. I can wait.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5272 on: December 27, 2015, 03:55:54 PM »
1. Despite my best efforts, I didn't burn the house down.
2. My husband fixed the melted outlet in the kitchen himself, and upgraded it to code with the GFI thingie.
3. While we were running to Lowes, I picked up a $15 craigslist pair of what I hope will be the perfect winter biking boots - thinsulate, windproof, large enough for superthick socks, and zip front. I am sooo over getting my bootlaces tangled in my pedals.
4. Also stopped at Sears and picked up a couple biking shirts for him for free (thanks sears for the surprise points yesterday!)
5. Cooked another pumpkin.
6. Making a turkey that I got free (thanks again, sears), and the backbone is being instapotted into soup as I type.
7. Got rid of excess kitchen clutter by trying to spatchcock the turkey while he was fixing the outlet in the same area. I'm assuming breaking a glass counts as decluttering.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5273 on: December 27, 2015, 04:20:02 PM »
1) Had a delicious turkey soup for lunch, made from the bones of our Christmas bird...so rich and good!

2) Guys are watching the Seahawks with our HD antenna .. I wish everyone knew about these!

3) Returned library books even though its closed today in order to avoid fines. Our library takes canned goods for a few weeks to waive your fines and support the food bank so I remembered this today and will use it to pay up my $5 in fines.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5274 on: December 28, 2015, 09:22:46 AM »
Had to do some unexpected (and unbudgeted) traveling over the holiday weekend.

Found cheap hotels online and wracked up some points.
Used cash gifts to pay for gas.
Packed lunch and snacks for 4 for the first day of the drive.
Used Starbucks gift cards (from bank relationship rewards) to get decent coffee for the trip back.
Double-checked budget for the next two weeks.
Taking advantage of employer-provided lunch today.
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« Reply #5275 on: December 29, 2015, 08:53:20 PM »
Over the past couple of days:

- cooked and froze 30 meals for the freezer
- baked my free Christmas ham, then carved and froze pieces
- used Christmas money to buy a couple of expensive bras (marked down in post-Christmas sales)
- used a Christmas gift card to buy my favourite booze (also marked down)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5276 on: December 29, 2015, 10:23:44 PM »
Was looking for one of those picture frames for displaying several photos but didn't like the prices, so I decided to tear apart a nondescript World Market print I'm tired of and use the frame.

Got a new $60 cellular window shade for 85 cents after $10 off coupon used with a gift card from credit card rewards.

Used Fred Meyer points for 20/cents off per gallon on gas

Had homegrown sweet potatoes fries dipped in homemade ketchup for dinner.




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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5277 on: December 29, 2015, 11:06:34 PM »
I fixed our microwave that was blowing fuses rather than buying a new one! It is a range hood microwave so we saved ~$200! 

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« Reply #5278 on: December 30, 2015, 03:17:37 AM »
I've gotten back into making our bread, but I always cut it crooked. "Needed" a slicing guide because the one I had year ago broke. Thought about buying a crappy plastic one online, then looked up an old pattern at the Mother Earth News website and my husband made it for me using scrap wood. Much better than I could have bought for any price, and free.


Oh, and I made bread.

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« Reply #5279 on: December 30, 2015, 05:29:30 PM »
Cooking for a friend's NYE party tonight. Used Christmas ham in a potato salad; only three or four kilos to go...

Soaking rum bottles that I've been saving for my mum; she makes her own sauces. It saves me money because I give her empties and a few of the bottles will come back to me full. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5280 on: December 31, 2015, 07:54:18 AM »
My parents came to visit and insisted on getting takeout (which I don't buy) then insisted on leaving me the leftovers : )

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5281 on: December 31, 2015, 12:30:52 PM »
I dug a healthy milkweed plant from a city-managed ditch and transplanted it in our yard. The city maintenance workers will mow it down as a weed, but they are the food plant for our native monarch butterfly caterpillars and it will be cherished in our yard.

While I was digging the hole for the milkweed I found a forgotten Japanese sweet potato. It weighed in at one pound! Washing and curing it for dinner sometime soon.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5282 on: December 31, 2015, 06:54:38 PM »
Yesterday and today were nice, quiet home days with my boys.

I made focaccia yesterday to go with the homemade chicken soup for dinner; have half a loaf and several meals of soup left over (yay). Been doing little things around the house, and reading, and playing board games.

Calculated final savings for this year - 65%! I am beyond thrilled. My goal for next year is 70%.

The boys have their friend over for a sleepover; I made steaks, potatoes, and broccoli for our New Years Eve dinner.  We played a fun game (Smart Ass, which is hilarious). Our neighbor called to let us know they will be setting off fireworks a little later, so that should be fun.

Since I have found MMM, I am noticing just how much I enjoy my life. :) Even if, some days, I am "just" home. Home is a pretty awesome place.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5283 on: December 31, 2015, 08:27:10 PM »
Braved a shopping centre yesterday to pick up Christmas cards at half price.

Currently scoping out sales at both major supermarkets. Planning a big bulk shop of cleaning products, toiletries, staples, etc, so we can start the year with stocked cupboards. That will save us money down the track when work is chaotic.

I'm with Tamster - contentment is very easy to come by these days. And this thread is wonderful at encouraging me to find joy - and savings - in the little things.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5284 on: January 01, 2016, 01:23:05 AM »
I used glass jars that I had already to display my range of teas so I didn't need to buy new canisters.:)


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5285 on: January 01, 2016, 02:08:54 AM »
Friends got given an eggplant (homegrown? dunno) but they don't eat eggplant. So they gave it to us because it is one of my favourite vegetables. However, my tastebuds are currently completely borked. DH cut it into cubes, nuked it in the microwave for 5 minutes to reduce the bulk and then has put it in the freezer. When I'm back into cooking and eating normally, I will chuck it into a stew of some sort.

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« Reply #5286 on: January 01, 2016, 10:43:29 AM »
Let's see if this works with the pictures. I had a gorgeous walk this morning ~ no one was out in the 'hood. We live right on a pond, and it was just lovely with the sun glinting through the clouds.

We are watching the Rose Parade, with snacks, so dinner will just be something easy. Later on I will bring the boys' friend back home. Fireworks were great last night. My oldest said "gee Mom they must spend thousands on fireworks." I replied with a grin, "aren't we lucky we get to enjoy them?"

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« Reply #5287 on: January 01, 2016, 01:04:15 PM »
Glad your potato harvest was good.  If you have any disease issues in your area, Carol Deppe warns against this - the diseases get a foothold.  But in a disease-free area, it is a great way to get potatoes.

Dug about 30-40 pounds of potatoes from my garden. The original 'seed' potatoes were left over from the previous year's harvest, so this year I didn't have to buy any to plant. About 1/3 done digging, lots left to go. Hope the snow holds off a few more weeks!
We had a church pot-luck tonight. My wife made potatoes with parsley.
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« Reply #5288 on: January 01, 2016, 01:43:49 PM »
I bought a small soft herb cheese round for a Christmas party - delicious but expensive, even at Costco.  So I looked at the ingredient list and bought plain soft goat cheese (3 times the weight for the same price) and added dried onion, garlic, and parsley.  Delicious.  Next time I will chop some chives for it as well.  A bit crumbly as well, maybe just a drop of cream to hold it together?

Funny story - I feel like my retirement is luxury living - my sister thinks I am doing so well financially because "you have always been so frugal".  Not frugal - just prioritizing where my money goes.  Herbed soft cheese with gluten free tortilla chips does not feel frugal. 
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« Reply #5289 on: January 01, 2016, 02:49:07 PM »
I'm not eating herbs at the moment (tastebuds are temporarily broken) and DH is eating some but not much. One of the basil plants I planted in spring is going nuts and about to flower. So I harvested two big handfuls, washed the leaves and put them in two small containers in the freezer for when my tastebuds work again.

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« Reply #5290 on: January 01, 2016, 02:52:58 PM »
* Disassembled, cleaned, sharpened, oiled and reassembled my Fiskars bypass pruners ALL BY MYSELF. In the past I have taken them to a garden equipment supply shop to be maintained, but last spring I went to a "Repair Cafe" and learned how to disassemble scissors and shears. I should be able to do this myself in the future. Next I might tackle the big loppers. I also have a scythe that I love that I don't think I'll be able to sharpen without a stone, so I may pay to have that sharpened.

* Came into a free retractable clothesline (long story, but let's call it a bank error in my favor), and installed it today in our little laundry area by the back door. It is currently drying three adorable pairs of toddler underwear. Big stuff needs to still go outside, but it will work wonders for small loads! Each air-dried load should save us $0.25.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5291 on: January 01, 2016, 03:14:43 PM »
Replaced the plug end on my heavy duty, 100' extension cord that got cut by the electric pruners this fall.  $5 part vs. new $50 extension cord.

Heading to Lowe's later since it's the last day for one of my $10 off coupons and I still need some odds and ends for the house projects I'm finishing up.  Will return a few items I ended up not needing and get about $20 back.

Took a retrospective 2015 look at my spending in Mint and identified areas where I can will save gobs of money next year.

Have been organizing and decluttering the house, which has yielded extra storage containers that I've repurposed, negating the need to buy any new storage stuff.  Also unearthed parts I can use for projects instead of buying new items.   I even found two fancy pairs of ski socks I'd totally forgotten about, and will be using with my riding boots the rest of the winter.

Started kimchi and apple cider vinegar ferments from ingredients I had on hand.

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« Reply #5292 on: January 01, 2016, 03:33:48 PM »
Bought dried beans (instead of tinned) for the first time. They are soaking as I type.

Saved $18 by parking on the street instead of the hospital car park when I drove my husband to Emergency at midnight. He was cleaning a chef's knife and it slipped and gashed a finger. Two hours, a local anasthetic, and two stitches (out of pocket: zero).

I just finished cleaning up the crime scene in the kitchen.

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« Reply #5293 on: January 01, 2016, 03:47:17 PM »
Fixed the washing machine. It was making funny noises while doing the laundry and then flashed up an error message and stopped. Checked it out on the internet and then spent 30 minutes draining it and cleaning out gunk from the detergent pump (mostly just limescale from the very hard water we have here.)

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« Reply #5294 on: January 01, 2016, 08:22:22 PM »
Bought dried beans (instead of tinned) for the first time. They are soaking as I type.

Saved $18 by parking on the street instead of the hospital car park when I drove my husband to Emergency at midnight. He was cleaning a chef's knife and it slipped and gashed a finger. Two hours, a local anasthetic, and two stitches (out of pocket: zero).

I just finished cleaning up the crime scene in the kitchen.

Ouch, poor husband! Hope he's recovering well. I've had 3 visits to emergency (with the last one resulting in being admitted for 2 days) in the past 6 weeks. I am eternally grateful that there are no out of pocket expenses for emergency visits in our country. Only cost to me was getting a few scripts for antibiotics filled (and that was $6.10 per script because I hit the safety limit).

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« Reply #5295 on: January 01, 2016, 09:57:03 PM »
Made my own sushi for the first time!  (all veggie)  It was so easy and cheap!  This will be something a little different to add to the homemade lunch rotation.

Made use of free gym to work out earlier.  Also signed up for two free yoga class sessions for next week. 

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« Reply #5296 on: January 01, 2016, 11:29:09 PM »
Glad your potato harvest was good.  If you have any disease issues in your area, Carol Deppe warns against this - the diseases get a foothold.  But in a disease-free area, it is a great way to get potatoes.

Dug about 30-40 pounds of potatoes from my garden. The original 'seed' potatoes were left over from the previous year's harvest, so this year I didn't have to buy any to plant. About 1/3 done digging, lots left to go. Hope the snow holds off a few more weeks!
We had a church pot-luck tonight. My wife made potatoes with parsley.

Yep, I rotate locations in a pretty big garden, hope to keep that problem down. If any bug does come in, I'll stop planting potatoes for a few years, or use a different location with new seed. Ended up with over 200 pounds of potatoes, a bunch of daikon radishes, onions and various other things. It was an unusually good year.

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« Reply #5297 on: January 02, 2016, 06:57:34 AM »
-Found a way to put parking for classes onto DH's student account, so that his employer will reimburse the parking as part of paying for the masters. This will save us ~$125/month.

-Tracking my mileage for work commuting so that I can have the appropriate records for writing off the non-reimbursed portion. The IRS is particular on how you format all that, so I'm glad I looked it up BEFORE starting my records.
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« Reply #5298 on: January 02, 2016, 07:14:21 AM »
I did the same with my garlic - the bulbs were pathetic, so I just left them in the garden for the winter.  They have roots, and should get off to a much faster start next spring.  Here's hoping!

I think Carol Deppe was talking about soil diseases, so you should be good with the rotation.  I tried sweet potatoes for the first time last summer, but any roots I missed will definitely be dead by now.  It looks like 14 plants will have provided me with enough to take me through spring.

We have a gardening thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet if you are interested.

Yep, I rotate locations in a pretty big garden, hope to keep that problem down. If any bug does come in, I'll stop planting potatoes for a few years, or use a different location with new seed. Ended up with over 200 pounds of potatoes, a bunch of daikon radishes, onions and various other things. It was an unusually good year.
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« Reply #5299 on: January 02, 2016, 10:59:54 AM »
Instead of letting an order go through on some pants for DS on amazon, I cancelled it and went to the thrift store instead.  Found pants.  Bonus:  I got a nice bike ride in and the pants are here already. :)
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