What frugal thing did you do today?

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:10 am

3 hours of gardening yesterday, free exercise. I also dumped out one of my worm bins, free compost and fertilizer. Picked up free garlic and thymes for my roasted lamb. Picked up lots of blackberries and blueberries, all went well with ice cream for dessert. All free for my Easter Sunday. That’s pretty frugal day.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:56 pm

We bought a manual tree loper from Lowes for $39.95, it’s pretty simple to use, my husband and I have been cutting the hedge in the back, very tall hedge that went over to our side, it belongs to the neighbor, so we saved about $150. It’s good to work upper arm muscles.

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Post by jello_nailer » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:32 pm

I did not spend $1

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 am

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:56 pm
We bought a manual tree loper from Lowes for $39.95, it’s pretty simple to use, my husband and I have been cutting the hedge in the back, very tall hedge that went over to our side, it belongs to the neighbor, so we saved about $150. It’s good to work upper arm muscles.
Our County Library has a tools lending program - much better than buying such tools myself :)

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:56 am

dm200 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 am
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:56 pm
We bought a manual tree loper from Lowes for $39.95, it’s pretty simple to use, my husband and I have been cutting the hedge in the back, very tall hedge that went over to our side, it belongs to the neighbor, so we saved about $150. It’s good to work upper arm muscles.
Our County Library has a tools lending program - much better than buying such tools myself :)
Good for you. We don’t have it here. The only place we can rent is Home Depot. I have a lot of tools under the sun. That’s where I spend my RMDs, lol.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:14 am

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:56 am
dm200 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 am
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:56 pm
We bought a manual tree loper from Lowes for $39.95, it’s pretty simple to use, my husband and I have been cutting the hedge in the back, very tall hedge that went over to our side, it belongs to the neighbor, so we saved about $150. It’s good to work upper arm muscles.
Our County Library has a tools lending program - much better than buying such tools myself :)
Good for you. We don’t have it here. The only place we can rent is Home Depot. I have a lot of tools under the sun. That’s where I spend my RMDs, lol.
Yes - I regularly borrow a tree trimmer (with saw and lopper at the end of a long pole) to keep our maple tree under control.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by Cody6136 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:18 pm

I made it clear to a financial advisor that I would not be needing his help.

I also rolled over an IRA into a better choice for me!

Put in a solid 9 at the day job.

Whew!

I was so damned busy I had no time to spend any money!!

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Post by dratkinson » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:41 pm

My To-Do list has been getting longer with added projects.
--I need a firewood carrier.
--I need to repair my old sewing machine (bad wiring).
--I need a "hot" outlet on my router table so I can have a close light that is always "On".
--I need to fix my shredder (it quit working).



Problem. My fireplace uses long logs and an armload can be difficult to schlep, so decided to make a firewood carrier from a pair of old jeans.

Plan for firewood carrier: Cut off jeans legs, sew legs' waist ends together, fashion a handle on each leg foot end.

Broke out my old portable sewing machine. (An electric Webster, ~1920s design, Japanese-made, maybe made post WWII, in a portable case with a faded/darkened US Army Air Corp "Customs" form dated 1957 glued to side of case. Bought from a thrift store in the '70s. Would be interesting to know it's history.)

Looks similar to machine pictured in posts #8 and #9 here: https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-a ... 65949.html



Problem. Sewing machine wiring is now so old the insulation is cracked, bare wires visible in spots. What to do?

Solution. Bought ACE 12' light weight extension cord (~$5).
--Used plug and 7' of extension cord to replace sewing machine power cord.
--Used 4' 6" of extension cord to replace cord to motor speed controller.

Second problem, from my "to-do" list. Wanted to add a "hot" outlet to my router table switch, so I could add a lamp to router table that was always "On".
--Used remaining 6" of extension cord and outlet to add "hot" outlet to my router table switch.

Cost. Zip/lamp cord at ACE is ~$1/foot, so I saved at least $7 (=12-5). Plus I didn't have to buy a new plug for the sewing machine, or a new outlet for my router table, because those pieces came with the extension cord.



Problem. Sewing machine screeched when I tried to run it fast after rewiring it. Learned this was probably due to lack of oil.

Solution. Used YouTube to learn how to clean and oil an old sewing machine. Everything now working fine.

Saved the cost of taking it in for servicing.



Firewood carrier. Built it. Will need to wait until next winter to test it more.

Saved the cost of buying a firewood carrier.



Problem. My little Fellows Shredmate (paper shredder, ~$30, 10yrs ago) quite working.

Solution. Opened bottom and found plastic actuator had deformed slightly so no longer hitting thin metal arm of the limit switch that turned it on when paper is inserted. Bend metal arm to realign with plastic actuator.

Saved the cost of buying a new shredder.



These kept me off the streets and out of trouble for a few days.
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:44 pm

In the morning, I played 1.5 hours of pickleball, got to socialize with the rich, old, healthy folks of our area for free.
Then in the afternoon, I spent 3 hours painting in my art class, got to socialize with the poor, young, healthy kids in our area for free.
Best yet, I left my husband 3 hours by himself so he could do the sprinkler for my new container, he got to walk the neighborhood for free. Also 3 hours to restore sanity for him, a joke I often made to my art teacher. Frugal way to spend a day even in the day when the market went up.
To cap it off, in the evening, we got to listen to an orchestra on YouTube played the music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. A wonderful frugal day.

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Post by Nicolas » Sat May 04, 2019 10:39 am

Today I cleaned my refrigerator coils. I pulled the fridge away from the wall and cleaned off the thick layer of lint over the back grill, then I removed that grill and using a brush attachment I vacuumed off the coils behind the grill after removing the screws to gain access. Then I reassembled the grill and returned the fridge back to its original position.

Your refrigerator is one of the biggest users of electricity in your house, your electric range and AC being the others. You never think to clean the coils because they’re hidden either at the rear or underneath your refrigerator, so you don’t see them. Cleaning the coils will improve the efficiency of your unit. You should clean them at least annually or more often if you have pets.
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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Sat May 04, 2019 10:47 am

I am whittling down the beer DW purchased on BOGO at Publix. Half-priced beer just seems to taste better. :beer

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Post by Presintense » Sat May 04, 2019 12:26 pm

Switched from Verizon to Google Voice with Red Pocket.
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Wed May 15, 2019 12:35 pm

Short term expense - long term "frugal"

Replacing timing belt and water pump on our 1998 Toyota Camry - that has under 90,000 miles and still has the original.

Will pay "in cash" to avoid the 2.5% card fee from the local shop.

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Post by Nicolas » Wed May 15, 2019 12:44 pm

Bought a $100 gift card from my barber which comes with a $25 bonus gift card, so my haircuts will now be effectively 25% off for awhile. Also clipped a $2 coupon from the same place. And I only get my hair cut on Tuesdays when the price is always $2 off. And no, I won’t consider cutting my own hair!
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Wed May 15, 2019 12:57 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:44 pm
Bought a $100 gift card from my barber which comes with a $25 bonus gift card, so my haircuts will now be effectively 25% off for awhile. Also clipped a $2 coupon from the same place. And I only get my hair cut on Tuesdays when the price is always $2 off. And no, I won’t consider cutting my own hair!
I will not shave my head, as some of my male acquaintances have done. That seems to be a low cost, very efficient way of eliminating haircuts!

I do have a full head of hair, with very little gray - well into my 70's. I also have a large, somewhat mis-sharpen head. I am sure, therefore, that I would not look good at all with my head shaved.

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Post by neilpilot » Wed May 15, 2019 3:08 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:44 pm
Bought a $100 gift card from my barber which comes with a $25 bonus gift card, so my haircuts will now be effectively 25% off for awhile. Also clipped a $2 coupon from the same place. And I only get my hair cut on Tuesdays when the price is always $2 off. And no, I won’t consider cutting my own hair!
If a $100 gift certificate comes with a $25 bonus, that's 20%. Still nice, but not 25%

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by Nicolas » Wed May 15, 2019 4:37 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:08 pm
Nicolas wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:44 pm
Bought a $100 gift card from my barber which comes with a $25 bonus gift card, so my haircuts will now be effectively 25% off for awhile. Also clipped a $2 coupon from the same place. And I only get my hair cut on Tuesdays when the price is always $2 off. And no, I won’t consider cutting my own hair!
If a $100 gift certificate comes with a $25 bonus, that's 20%. Still nice, but not 25%
Yes I knew I was a bit off but too lazy to state it exactly.
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by goldendad » Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm

Bought dinner at the Safeway deli instead of going to a restaurant. We are traveling.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by SrGrumpy » Wed May 15, 2019 11:09 pm

goldendad wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Bought dinner at the Safeway deli instead of going to a restaurant. We are traveling.
Took my wife to a supermarket meal. She was beyond livid.

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Post by livelovelaugh00 » Wed May 15, 2019 11:40 pm

I added several dresses to online department store shopping cart a couple of days ago.
I did not check out. I want to wait to see if the desire will go away.
It did. I emptied the dresses from the cart today.

I researched to DIY a pathway with porcelain tile on my lawn tonight. It will be fun and rewarding project.
Still thinking if I should invest a couple of fruit trees in backyard.

It is bagels day in my workplace. I had a bagel with cream cheese. (I had free lunch in my workplace yesterday.)
Tomorrow is fruit day in my workplace. I will have a couple of oranges and skip bananas and apples.

Let it FIRE.

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Post by Caduceus » Thu May 16, 2019 12:28 pm

livelovelaugh00 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:40 pm
I added several dresses to online department store shopping cart a couple of days ago.
I did not check out. I want to wait to see if the desire will go away.
It did. I emptied the dresses from the cart today.


Let it FIRE.
I have a version of this. Every time I want to buy something, I take a screenshot of it and put it in a folder on my computer. I tell myself if I really like it I will come back to it / remember it. 90% of the time I don't. Over the years, there are hundreds of items in this folder - hundreds that I ended up NOT buying. But the best part of it is that the stuff I do have ends up being curated - you end up living a simpler life but one filled with things that actually do bring you joy and comfort.

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Post by Elena » Thu May 16, 2019 1:00 pm

livelovelaugh00 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:40 pm
I added several dresses to online department store shopping cart a couple of days ago.
I did not check out. I want to wait to see if the desire will go away.
It did. I emptied the dresses from the cart today.
Let it FIRE.
LOL, a friend and I call that the "repentment section" at Ikea. It is by the cashiers. People will leave there whatever has worn off desire-wise. I do the same as you for online purchases. The problem is, stores have taken note of the behavior and now send discount coupons to entice one to purchase what is in the cart. I use it to my advantage: when I really want to purchase something for sure, I will leave it in the cart for a few days and wait for the coupon!

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by tfunk » Thu May 16, 2019 1:17 pm

Based on a post here on Bogleheads, I found out T-Mobile has a new plan offering a discount to those over 55. Called yesterday and switched to this plan and now save $20 per month. Thanks Bogleheads! :D Also, the new plan has unlimited LTE data vs our old plan with 7GB/month. All other benefits of our plan remain in place.

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Post by LuigiLikesPizza » Thu May 16, 2019 7:25 pm

This week I have stayed at a Hyatt House paid for with Chase points I earned through opening credit cards.

Hyatt House provides all meals.

I teleworked from here today.

I gave up my lease and am using extended hotel stays until I retire & leave the area.

I think except for 1/365th of my insurance costs, today might just be considered a free day. No expenses at all - oh wait, a small portion of toiletries and vitamins.

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Post by Moneta » Fri May 17, 2019 2:30 pm

I've been working out for the past year at a CrossFit gym (no, that is not frugal, I know...) that includes both weightlifting and running.

I had weightlifting shoes in my size, received free from a "Buy Nothing" group member in my area who didn't want them anymore. So I have been using my weightlifting shoes for all the workouts for the past year.

Several times, the gym owner has approached me to suggest that I should really have a pair of "all around" CrossFit shoes that would support running as well as weightlifting. They were on my list to get a few months back, but then we had another expense come up so I didn't make the $100+ purchase.

Yesterday during the workout, the gym owner approached me again and said that before running a mile in the shoes I was wearing, I should look through the bin of "abandoned" shoes. I found a pair of CrossFit shoes in my size, probably original retail $120 or so, and he said I could keep them!

So hooray, two pairs of free fancy shoes for me!

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by mindgap » Mon May 20, 2019 12:41 am

Volunteered at a local charity event and got free food in exchange. Yay!

Also, trimmed my head hair by myself which saved me another $25.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by Bedraggled » Mon May 20, 2019 10:05 pm

I have a 7 year old rain resistant padded coat that needs a replacement zipper. I would hate to spend money on a new coat. I understand zipper replacements can be expensive- maybe $40. To complicate this, the zipper has a water resistant feature, maybe a plastic coating. Is it time to replace this raincoat? The coat is still nice.

I like to keep stuff- witness my 1991 Honda Accord with 350,000 miles that I will keep at least 5 more years.

Thanks.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by HoosierJim » Tue May 21, 2019 12:16 pm

Was thinking about a new toolbox for power tool storage and then found TWO! ETHAN ALLEN bookcases at the curb in the neighborhood. Looks like this bookcase but in oak.

Power tools will be living like kings.

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