How did I save money today?

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  1. Nov 5, 2018 #181

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    Saved $7.08 on 2 jerry cans of fuel yesterday by combining a 5% off voucher from our roadside assist club and using a supermarket rewards card that gave us 4c off per litre as well.

    On Sunday we picked 15 bunches of silver beet from the gardens saving $60 and took it to church to give away and gave our missionaries a box of 4 beetroot and a large bunch of silver beet to last them a couple of weeks. We came back home with no beetroot and no silver beet and all but 4 large beetroot went to families and the last 4 went to feed a friends pigs on his property. Many people grabbed multiples of beetroot to pickle for their households.
     
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    Today we saved by -
    - Buying 3 jerry cans of fuel from an independant fuel station saving $6.80 over other service stations in the area.
    - Purchased a years supply of cat flea and tick treatment on eBay saving $31.71 over purchasing it in our local veterinary clinic.
    - Purchased a years supply of arnica cream, iron tablets and peroxide from our online pharmacy saving $96 over purchasing at any of our local pharmicies here in town.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2018 #183

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    Stocked up on chicken on sale so I can make chicken sausage and ground chicken. I bought 2 pairs of pants that fit and a pair of sandals at the thrift shop. Just wrote an eBay draft for a pair of jeans that are too big now.
     
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    We had 4 boston butts in the freezer that we paid 89 cents a pound for back during the summer. Got them out of the freezer, gonna make sausage in the morning.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2018 #185

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    Stayed home today, cooked pretty good size pot of beef, vegetable soup for the weekend.
     
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  6. Nov 10, 2018 #186

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    Finally found a sewing room desk my size 29 inches tall x length 43 inches x 14.5 deep.
    Spent a whopping $ 10, it's ugly but too cold to take outside to sand,seal, varnish.
    Saved $65 on it. Orginal price was $75.
    Soup is gone. But oh so good.
     
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    Saved gas, wear tear on car, by staying home today.
    Saved body heat by not going out in snowy,wet,damp outside.
    Cooked a pot of white bean soup and ham on top of stove for lunch, it's gone.
    Got 1.5 pound Pork Roast going in crock pot with 1 diced potato, 1 pretty good sized carrot chopped up,
    1/4 cup of celery leaves and all, chopped into 1/2 inch size,1 each of mini sweet peppers sliced and diced
    red,yellow and orange all that needed used up, couple of mushrooms needed used up too.
     
  8. Nov 12, 2018 #188

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    By saving 6 thyme plants from divisions, 6 orange and 6 yellow canna lilies, 6 calla lilies & 6 spider plants from the gardens yesterday we saved $257.88 over purchasing them in the local garden centre. We will be taking these with us to plant in our new to us home gardens when we move in.
     
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    Wow @sewing ,I don't think I could afford to live in Australia.
     
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    Got 4 long sleeve thermal shirts from DH so I didn't have to buy them. He has so many clothes from hitting the thrift shops!
     
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    @timmie being in a small country town our plant and everyday goods prices are ridiculous and a much higher price than other areas. I can buy plants online which are a lot cheaper than buying things locally here as well as most other needs we buy on the internet at far cheaper prices. With shopping locally for clothing and other things I buy them at clearance sales and mostly only pay anywhere from $2 - $10 for new clothing which is again cheaper than the op shops around here too.

    Our wages are much higher here in Australia than the United States and things are priced accordingly as most items are imported into Australia and have an import tax of 10% and then we have GST which is another 10% on top of the price (except for foods that are staples) and then we have taxes the government lines their pockets with too. I think tools are 33% the government takes and other items vary.
     
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    I saved so much by staying home yesterday.im doing it again today. But i'll be working on cooking my turkey soup today.
     
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    I brought home a huge veggie plate from the painting class. No one wanted veggies, my gain!
     
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    My boss is going to let me order new batteries for my truck through him. They will be $80 each instead of $130. It will save me $100.
     
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    Out of the blue a co-worker said his AR is too expensive to shoot. (Millennial).

    I ask what did he do with the spent brass?

    He just leaves it on the ground at the range. He doesn't reload. Do I want it?

    Yes.

    The next time he will pick it up and bring it too me.

    So sometime in the future I might have extra brass to reload (for myself) or for the junk yard...sorry...recycling center.
     
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    Well hopefully this young person has some ammo stockpiled and saved back. It'd be bad if the SHTF and he only has an expensive club.
     
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    He's under water on his sports car.

    When his wife divorced him he was trying to figure out how to buy her half of the house. I suggested sell, down size and eliminate his 45 minute drive to work by moving closer. He said none of that was an option because he liked the house.

    His ex-wife bought a condo within a month. He has their son on weekends.

    He traded in his sports cars for a brand new leased SUV. I pointed out a older car would be less of a financial burden. He said he needed reliable transportation to get to work. I pointed at my 10 year old plus truck and told him it's been totally reliable, just have to keep up on the maintenance. He bushed off my suggestion. IMHO driving a older vehicle doesn't present the imagine he wants to portray. Besides a new car is new!!!

    His solution to "his AR is too expensive too shoot" was to purchase a 22 rifle. 223 ammo stockpiled? I figure he credit card a box (25) or two that he shot through as fast as he could pull the trigger and that was the end of his "ammo stockpile". He did mention that he got the red dot sighted but he didn't touch the iron sights. He said he doesn't need the iron sights.

    Stockpile? Plan ahead? I believe both are totally alien to him.
     
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    That young man is a mess. I know a few people who handle their finances like that. Don't know what they'll do when they retire. I guess they can't.
    The idea of being frugal now so you have what you need to live on later is foreign to them.
    Divorced young man....with that debt and bad decisions he'll have a hard time finding a replacement wife.
     
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    Came home today from Church with more than I took. Took a pan of spoon bread. Came home with 3 Kentucky fried chicken breasts, green bean casserole, and 2 desserts all for DH, of course. And a heavy duty turkey pan for the turkey I buy Friday. All I could eat at the get together was purple hull peas, but sometimes it goes that way.
     
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    Today we saved money on seeds by separating out our dried broad bean seeds from our previous crop to plant next year and also by harvesting a bucket of potatoes from the gardens rather than buying them.
     
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    @Tank-Girl checking to see you are ok as I haven't seen you posting for a while friend :) .
     
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    Things have been a bit grim lately but hopefully it'll be over with by next fortnight.

    I didn't realise my license needed renewable and it threw my entire budget into a
    tailspin.
    On top of rego. and a electricity bill.
    And to think I was patting myself on the back for having the money ready for all the bills I
    thought I was going to get.

    I'm still adjusting to having less data on my new Kogan plan so I ran out before
    the end of the next 30 day allocation.

    Thank goodness for the stockpile, gardens and chickens.
    I'm still eating well enough.

    I've finally got a medi-link ( similar to skype) appointment with the chronic pain
    specialist in Brisbane. Lord only knows when it'll be.
    My high risk surgeon is working with my excellent shoulder surgeon and
    they're organising funding for me the see a Rheumatologist to finally get
    a definitive diagnosis for my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome to keep Centerlink happy.
    He's also organising more MRI's on my neck for cervical instability.

    My gut is telling me they'll end up classing me as inoperable and leave it to the
    chronic pain specialist and the Rheumatologist to try to make me comfortable
    and give me some sort of quality of life.
     
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    Oh bugs on the drivers licence renewal I never know when mine is due either @Tank-Girl as I renew it for 5 years at a time which is cheaper. Good luck with all the specialists appointments and hoping they can operate to fix the problems or at least offer you a good treatment plan.
     
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    Well today is pension day and I paid my car rego and the final instalments on another outstanding debt.
    On the final accounting I even had a little money left over for groceries and I had enough fuel left in the
    car from my trip to the specialist so I didn't have to buy any more.

    What saved my bacon was the fact I am several months ahead in my rent so I only
    paid half the amount this fortnight.

    Next fortnight will be much better with no electricity or phone bills so I can do a massive shop
    and replace what's been used up in the stockpile and shop for nice treats for Christmas.
    I REALLY want a leg of lamb for Christmas lunch but I should be looking at prawns, smoked salmon and salads
    because it's so hot.
    Prawns don't freeze very well and have next to no shelf life in the fridge.
     
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    Cooking at home alot.
    This way I can get several meals from 1 main meals.
    Will need to buy meat bundle in the next month or so.
    Moved almost all of the meat from chest freezer to refrig freezer.
    Just got afew chicken leg quarters left in chest freezer.
    Friday I will be dividing frozen fruit from summer into mangable size quart bags.
     
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    I saved money by not going to have thanksgiving dinner. Am in a foreign country and its not a holiday here
     
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    Stay safe Blue
     
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    Sorry you missed your meal, Blue.
    Take a raincheck when you come back
     
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    Been there done that
    Stay safe
     
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