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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5300 on: January 03, 2016, 05:16:13 PM »
Met a friend for coffee at McDonald's rather than a higher priced coffee shop.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5301 on: January 03, 2016, 06:00:55 PM »
Bought stamps on ebay for 80% face value :)

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« Reply #5302 on: January 03, 2016, 06:04:58 PM »
Stopped at the market by the gym to get some stuff they have on weekly doorbuster sales:  2 avocados for .69 each (will make into guacamole for two meals this week), and some roma tomatoes for $1.00/lb. 

Checked health insurance website and confirmed that the claim for DS's eyeglasses is being processed.  Totals not final yet, but expect to get most of it (around $600) back.  Also got a refund check of $25 for my eye exam (insurance paid for more than the office estimated).  And the reimbursement check for DH's surgery (just over $9k).  The $200 sign up bonus for the account I opened at Chase should also hit on Monday.  So expect to be posting nearly $10k in checks to my accounts this month. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5303 on: January 03, 2016, 06:23:25 PM »
Made a lovely steak salad nicoise for DH and me:


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5304 on: January 03, 2016, 06:42:35 PM »
Pbkmaine, that looks delicious!

I had a good day today. We went out to breakfast with my parents this morning (their treat). This was sufficient until dinner for me (which was a mug of my homemade chicken soup).

The boys went over to their other grandparents' house for the dismal Patriots game in the pm (ex-ils, I suppose, technically). I did laundry, got some tax things together, and went for a walk - the blue sky was lovely.

Just got the kids settled; they are unhappy vacation is over, champing at the bit for dragging out bedtime with stories. I do try and accommodate them, especially when it relates to their dad (ex) who is deceased. They like hearing about when we were younger, and what funny things we did. And truly it is good for me to remember fun times too.

So all in all, a nice low-spend productive day.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5305 on: January 03, 2016, 08:27:50 PM »
I want that salad!

Avoided the urge to go to the grocery store and made up breakfasts of homemade yogurt and frozen fruit, and lunches of egg salad, raw veggies and leftover soup.

Shampooed carpets using our Bissell, which as paid for itself a couple times over vs. having a pro come in (does a great job)

Left some homemade canned goods at the stable for the barn staff as a little extra along with cash tips - though it just occurred to me that the jars might freeze and break overnight.  Doh!  Hope they're OK.

Looked up a Crossfit WOD and did the same basic workout in my basement while blasting The White Stripes

Burned firewood and kept the furnace from kicking on much if at all.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5306 on: January 03, 2016, 08:41:31 PM »
Just got the kids settled; they are unhappy vacation is over, champing at the bit for dragging out bedtime with stories. I do try and accommodate them, especially when it relates to their dad (ex) who is deceased. They like hearing about when we were younger, and what funny things we did. And truly it is good for me to remember fun times too.

That sounds like it could be very emotional for you, so good on you for sharing for your kids' sake.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5307 on: January 03, 2016, 08:45:06 PM »
Back to work today. A few colleagues took home their Christmas gifts from the company but left the gift bags, which I just claimed. Hey, I'm saving a tree. Well, maybe a branch... :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5308 on: January 03, 2016, 09:37:43 PM »
I glued and pressed together my wife's favorite spatula which broke while making Christmas dinner.   It will not last forever but it gives her time to shop for a sale or used replacement.

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« Reply #5309 on: January 03, 2016, 10:18:16 PM »
Bought loose-leaf tea on a recent trip to Vietnam, but was surprised to find it in "single-serving" packages when I opened the box. The tea maker's idea of single-serving was significantly larger than ours, so I opened all the packages and dumped the loose-leaf tea into an old tea tin. We'll get at least 50% more cups of tea out of the box than if we just used the packages.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5310 on: January 04, 2016, 12:58:38 AM »
Snow day here, so I was "forced" to stay inside and make soup and declutter.  No money spent today.  And there is soup for the week :)

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« Reply #5311 on: January 04, 2016, 01:53:03 AM »
so I opened all the packages and dumped the loose-leaf tea into an old tea tin

Brilliant!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5312 on: January 04, 2016, 09:22:10 AM »
So my master bathroom is over twice as far away from the hot water heater as my guest bathroom, and I have a mud sink even closer.  I haven't done it yet, but I'm thinking about washing my face in the mud sink or guest bathroom to greatly decrease the time the water needs to run for hot water to reach.

I don't think it would save that much money, but from a water conservation perspective I'm pretty sure I could save a few gallons a day, every day.  Not sure if my wife might think I'm crazy if I switch sinks just to wash my face.  Also, if she still uses the master bathroom it negates the benefit, so we'd both have to switch.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5313 on: January 04, 2016, 09:29:16 AM »
Talked Brother out of using my spatula to scrape his windshield, thus preventing needing to buy a new spatula. *eyeroll*

Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

Used up the broccoli florets that were languishing in the fridge. I trimmed off the bad parts, and the rest were fine. Used cabbage rounds so there was enough veggies for everyone.

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« Reply #5314 on: January 04, 2016, 09:51:48 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.

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« Reply #5315 on: January 04, 2016, 10:33:49 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.

It's funny how hard it is to change something like TP! We were still buying the Trader Joe's stuff. Smaller rolls, AND more expensive.

Also, this year I plan to separate out household goods like TP from the grocery budget, so I know how much we're actually spending on each.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5316 on: January 04, 2016, 10:34:44 AM »
Finally decided to buy Kirkland toilet paper. I didn't want to buy any before trying it, which obviously isn't the easiest product to test out before purchase! Luckily, noticed a relative uses it over the holidays, and it got the DH stamp of approval. Much cheaper per roll than anything else I've found that DH is okay with.

That took a bit of time for me as well before the SO was willing to give it a shot. We just finally got some a couple months before halloween, and if she didn't like it, we were going to TP a few complete neighborhoods. Turned out that she liked it though.
Sounds like either option was a win. 

I'm contemplating a Costco membership.  We could save about $13/bag on dog food.  However, we only go through 5-6 bags/year.  Due to the ridiculous lines and location, we would probably use Google Express to deliver ($4.99/delivery) the order. 

Today, I packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks for work. 
Made tea at work. 
A coworker gave me more tea as a gift.  I make tea by the pot to share, but I've received so much tea that I don't think I'll need to purchase tea again for at least 6 months. 

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5317 on: January 04, 2016, 10:44:49 AM »
I've been sick the past week, little appetite and no energy to go for groceries.  I don't know that I've ever had the cupboards this bare.  Sad way to save money, but I'll take it.

Yesterday I finally ventured out of the house and walked to the 100 year old theater downtown to see Star Wars.  My brother tried to take me to see the Imax for $20, but it was sold out.  I had a very different (but utterly amazing) experience in 70 mm for $6. 

(and.. uh.. I'm going back again later this week...)

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« Reply #5318 on: January 04, 2016, 10:50:25 AM »
I've been sick the past week, little appetite and no energy to go for groceries.  I don't know that I've ever had the cupboards this bare.  Sad way to save money, but I'll take it.

Yesterday I finally ventured out of the house and walked to the 100 year old theater downtown to see Star Wars.  My brother tried to take me to see the Imax for $20, but it was sold out.  I had a very different (but utterly amazing) experience in 70 mm for $6. 

(and.. uh.. I'm going back again later this week...)
Sounds like fun!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5319 on: January 04, 2016, 10:56:57 AM »
Mustachepungoeshere, thank you for the kind words. It gets easier over time, I've found.

Very small things today -- a small list at Walmart later (less than $20), before picking up youngest after school. I've been getting more tax stuff together. The heat is down and I'm having tea. My sister gave me a super gift for Christmas - a Selk Bag. It is essentially a person shaped sleeping bag that you can walk around in, even outside I guess. Of course, I am using it to stay cozy when the heat is down inside the house. :) She did not understand why I was so thrilled.

Dinner is easy, homemade pizza with thawed pizza dough.

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« Reply #5320 on: January 04, 2016, 11:44:16 AM »
Made my own dress form, custom fitted to my body. Materials cost: $15 for the wood to make the stand, $10 for pillows to stuff it with, the duct tape was a gift from a friend who thought my idea was a hoot. Saved $200 over the cost of buying one at Joann's. It's not perfect, I still have some adjusting to do as the shape shifted with the padding, but it will do quite nicely for my alterations and cosplays.

More basic savings have included taking advantage of holiday time off to check out savings at some farther supermarkets and loading up our freezer with meat all under $3/lb. We have enough to get us into February, maybe longer if I can get my husband to accept some low meat/vegetarian meals. Putting in for reimbursement on mileage traveled to see a client over the holidays and supplies I purchased for our unit's holiday party. Paperwork I filled out for my credit card's price rewind led to a return of $150. I'm now going through and looking for lower prices on a the holidays gifts I purchased.

And as always, brought lunch to work (leftovers sausage from last night with couscous I made on Saturday). I'm trying to see if I can cut my soda intake down to one can a day and only have it in the evening with dinner. Struggling with that one.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5321 on: January 04, 2016, 06:41:16 PM »
Saved $198 (compared with Aus prices) by putting in an Amazon order to be sent to my husband's hotel while he's in the US for work next week.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5322 on: January 04, 2016, 07:31:04 PM »
Last night made lunches for the week:  low carb chicken enchiladas made with $1.49/lb boneless chicken breast from Aldi, cream cheese, green chilis, sriracha sauce, onion, and sharp cheddar.  After it's done baking I pack it up into 5 lunch size tupperwares and into the fridge.  Also bought a 1 lb container of spring mix to go with it. 

I really like not having to think about lunch when I'm getting ready for work.

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« Reply #5323 on: January 05, 2016, 12:15:02 PM »
I'll join in, since I'm recently on a mission to make better use of our money (we're pretty good but could be better).

Yesterday, I used Youtube to learn how to turn down my water heater, and also started turning it off during the day.  Our electricity usage is fairly high considering that we have a small house and keep the heat lowish (64 most of the time, sometimes up to 66, or 68 if we're feeling crazy!).  I'm setting a goal to lower our usage by at least 10% to start.  Sealing the windows and doors better will be the next step.

I also evaluated our car insurance today.  Turns out we're doing about as well as we can there for now.

We switched to Kirkland Signature TP when we got a free pack for joining Costco last year.  I couldn't believe my DH, who is a TP snob, actually finds it acceptable!  It's going to take us about 16 months to use the whole pack.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5324 on: January 05, 2016, 01:42:49 PM »
Used my Fred Meyer quarterly rebate (just over $10) to stock up on notebooks for DS and printer paper (both buy 2 get 1 free).

Went for a walk with my sister, was able to vent about stuff I needed to vent about, and she gave me her old goretex jacket and a big box full of hangers for the clothes I brought back from China.  Now I don't need to but them at the Goodwill outlet, and I've helped her declutter.  Thanks, sis!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5325 on: January 05, 2016, 06:42:22 PM »
Christmas pattern Kleenex were on sale for $0.50 per box. I only got one box, although in retrospect, should have grabbed a couple. They're the nice fluffy fancy ones.

Selling my old Ski Boots on craigslist for $100. I had no interest, and then the recent snowfall hit. BOOM, 7 emails is 24 hours. Good timing for selling!

DH continues to improve his hypermiling skills in the new-to-us TDI. Went to see a relative in the hospital, 2 hrs each way. He averaged 54.6 mpg the whole trip, and was at 60mpg before we hit rush hour on our way home. This is a far cry from the 16mpg car we were borrowing from relatives.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5326 on: January 05, 2016, 11:02:56 PM »
Harvested four lemons from the tree in the front yard before the rains came, and harvested some parsley from the back garden to top black bean tacos. #tacotuesday

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5327 on: January 06, 2016, 01:54:00 AM »
1) Trying to be diligent about using meat from the freezer -- I have to be 2 days ahead in my mind in order to get it thawed. (Did a whole chicken in the crockpot today, tomorrow will make the bones into soup stock in the same crockpot. Tomorrow is beef stew.)

2) Following up on older teen and young adult children to pay me back when they borrow money or use my cc to order something. They're a sneaky bunch and seem to conveniently forget to pay me back.

3) Used up heaps of questionable/sad vegetables tonight with 2 cookie sheets full of roasted vegetables.

4) Trying to drop the heat by 1 degree. No one seems to be complaining yet. "Put on a freaking sweater!"

5) Donated canned goods to the foodbank to eliminate library fines -- LOVE this program but really should be more diligent and have no library fines.


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« Reply #5328 on: January 06, 2016, 07:42:37 AM »
Figured out how to use ground in my curry recipe, rather than strip steak, as we're running low on steak but still have plenty of ground in the freezer.

Got frozen veggies for $1 off per bag, bought 3 bags.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5329 on: January 06, 2016, 10:48:51 AM »
Called my auto insurance agent and got $112/year reduction in insurance cost.  Took all of 6 minutes (she was very good), so I made $1,120/hour for that work.

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« Reply #5330 on: January 06, 2016, 10:58:33 AM »
Dropped the heat to 62 from the usual 64 and am using an electric blanket while I work from home.  I actually got too warm, so I turned off the heat altogether :)  Every time I heard it kick on it sounded like dollar bills being sucked out of the house.

Most food today is leftovers from other meals or the last bits of things.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5331 on: January 06, 2016, 11:04:28 AM »
Went to work without a wallet and brought leftovers so I wouldn't be tempted to get anything.

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« Reply #5332 on: January 06, 2016, 12:34:12 PM »
Not only did I bring lunch to work today (and yesterday)...I brought lunch for my roommate/coworker/carpool partner yesterday, and he decided to start packing lunches too (as of today). :D

His wife is packing lunches, too - so it seems I may have influenced the whole house!

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« Reply #5333 on: January 06, 2016, 01:07:35 PM »
More of an ATTEMPT to save money that highlights a different success!

I'm working from home today, and it's almost 0F outside (ugh, Quebec). We have central heating, but we specifically had a baseboard put into the office so that we could heat JUST the home office and lower the rest of the heat in the house while working from home - don't heat the entire place instead of just the room you're in, basically. The programmable thermostat is set to drop the temperatures mid-day and kick back in just before we get home (and then again during the night), ideally to save money.

Since in 8 hours, the temperature in the house has dropped by less than 2 degrees.

So: I doubt that turning the heat down is saving all that much money, but man, money spent on decent insulation is paying off! :)

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« Reply #5334 on: January 06, 2016, 03:21:42 PM »
1) Made kids ham sandwiches for lunch today with leftover ham. Used the ham bone in a crockpot split pea soup that is simmering now for future meals. Will also add last dregs of edible ham to the soup.

2) Chicken carcass going in the other crockpot for stock and future soup.

3) Beef stew for dinner - using up meat from the freezer. I sense a soup theme going here!

4) Keeping heat one degree lower is still working and no one is complaining or has noticed the gradual change.  Next week I will drop it another degree. We live in the PNW, so its not that cold, just damp and wet.

5) Made mayo today - far superior to store bought, IMHO.  The recipe is here if anyone is interested.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5335 on: January 06, 2016, 06:12:54 PM »
After I dropped off the car at the garage, I jogged home from the garage instead of taking the bus.

Since it was less than a mile and a half, taking the bus would have been facepunch worthy, but it was still my first impulse!

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« Reply #5336 on: January 06, 2016, 07:25:59 PM »
One flavor of Lara bars were being cleared out for 60 cents each, so grabbed a box of 16.  Caught themy ringing up at regular price and got it corrected.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5337 on: January 06, 2016, 11:05:40 PM »
horsepoor! That's a fantastic price for Lara Bars!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5338 on: January 06, 2016, 11:34:24 PM »
took the kids downtown to an indoor winter fest event that had rides and fun stuff.
carpooled with friend and split parking fee.
used groupon for kids wristband entry
used rebate gift card for my entry
brought our own lunch and drinks from home
refilled our water bottles at the water fountain

kids had a blast!

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« Reply #5339 on: January 07, 2016, 10:06:20 AM »
Big one--FIXED MY DISHWASHER!

So I had accidentally disabled it trying to clean it. Had to replace an $18 nut. Whatever.

Then I couldn't get the spray arm back on. A kindly Mustachian talked me through how to fix the spray arm (it was bent the wrong way) so I could get it back on. Total cost to me of $21 (also had to buy mini-hacksaw). No repair bill!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5340 on: January 07, 2016, 11:55:36 AM »
I went to my grocery store today for fun and happened to see canned Mexican-flavored pinto beans on sale. In addition, some of the cans in the front had $1 off coupons stuck to them, so I took all 8 of them. Came out to $0.25/can from a retail price of $1.79(!). This is great for me because I hate cooking dry beans even though they're usually cheaper.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5341 on: January 07, 2016, 02:21:55 PM »
Free lunch today, courtesy of a friend who is trying out some new recipes and made way too much.  Awesome!  And delicious!

Added a little extra to the credit card payment rather than buying that darn camera I am still coveting.

Attending free exercise class this evening.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5342 on: January 08, 2016, 01:27:06 AM »
Was surprised to actually receive a $10 check for answering a phone poll. Deposited the check right into Ameritrade for a future investment.

Line-dried a load of laundry.

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« Reply #5343 on: January 08, 2016, 06:02:14 AM »
I'm getting our car's tires rotated this morning.  I learned the hard way several years ago how expensive it can be to not rotate your tires when mine wore out prematurely and had to be replaced.  I also go to a place that does it for free.

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« Reply #5344 on: January 08, 2016, 08:37:23 PM »
Bought a refurbished ooma thing so we can drop our land line fees. I used recycled money to buy it (money from grocery rebate apps).

Found a local welder willing to fix the blade assembly in my vitamix. (and I found directions online for welding it that I'll print off and bring.

Processed more pumpkin, biked to the store for milk, yogurt, and a grapefruit soda. Thanks to cans I found while biking and cashed in, I spent nothing, got back $1.40 in change, and am getting a few bucks back in rebates. Included in the purchases - new yogurt starter because my existing batch is carbonated again. I hate when that happens.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5345 on: January 08, 2016, 09:00:07 PM »
Caught them ringing up at regular price and got it corrected.

This is why I always put sale/clearance stuff at the very end of the conveyer belt, so I can watch and make sure it rings up at correct price, and point it out when it doesn't.  This has saved a lot of money over the years.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5346 on: January 08, 2016, 10:01:35 PM »
One flavor of Lara bars were being cleared out for 60 cents each, so grabbed a box of 16.  Caught themy ringing up at regular price and got it corrected.

I never used to pay much attention at the grocery store.  Then one day I noticed a large error and went to customer service to have it corrected.  Now that I'm paying attention, I'd say I end up having to go up to customer service ~10% of the time to have something corrected.   Annoying.  Especially when I think of how many times I must have been being overcharged before I was paying attention.

In frugal grocery wins, I stopped by today to take advantage of Super Doubles (double coupons up to $2 each).  I ended up spending $4.44 to get: yogurt cups x 10; taco seasoning packs x 2; small box of organic chicken soup; jar of pickles; 2 boxes of frozen egg rolls; 30ct cough drops x 2; and a cucumber.  Plus I should get a $1 SavingStar rebate for the yogurts.   Not a bad haul for $3.44 net.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5347 on: January 08, 2016, 10:50:47 PM »
Caught them ringing up at regular price and got it corrected.

This is why I always put sale/clearance stuff at the very end of the conveyer belt, so I can watch and make sure it rings up at correct price, and point it out when it doesn't.  This has saved a lot of money over the years.

That's a good idea!  I'm not very good about watching the cash register for errors, but I do try to alert the cashier when something is clearanced.

Went to Natural Grocer today and happened to notice that they had a bunch of pork in the freezer at half off, and $1 off coupons on each package, so bought 8 packages, plus half price chicken drumsticks.  Luckily we have space in the freezer.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5348 on: January 08, 2016, 11:55:15 PM »
Fixed my washing machine with my father's help and a YouTube video. Very satisfying and saved a couple of hundred bucks in labor, plus not needing to get a new machine out of frustration.

Got books from the library.

Rode my bike a lot.

Didn't buy anything.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #5349 on: January 09, 2016, 12:06:55 AM »
Shoved a bunch of tea in my purse before I left the house and didn't get sucked into going for coffee or lunch.