Posts tagged penny pinching

I feel like such a phone champion after this past month. Here’s what we did for seamless phone use while living outside of the country for a month:
Temporarily Suspended Verizon Phones: Our billing was basically paused, and it didn’t impact the other phones on my family plan, which were still functioning. We also bumped the minutes on our plan down for the month, since only two people remained using the plan instead of four.
Bought local SIM cards upon our arrival: For just about the same price as a month of Verizon service would have been, we each bought Swedish SIM cards so we could make local calls and have 1 GB of data. Hooray for access to GPS and Tumblr everywhere.
Google Voice for free calls home, and free texting: Several years ago, I transitioned to using my Google Voice number as my main contact phone number, so I seamlessly continued to use it to make calls through Google on my computer, and send texts using data on my phone and the Google Voice Chrome extension. My Verizon number wasn’t functional all month, but since no one uses that to reach me anymore, it didn’t impact me.

I feel like such a phone champion after this past month. Here’s what we did for seamless phone use while living outside of the country for a month:

Temporarily Suspended Verizon Phones: Our billing was basically paused, and it didn’t impact the other phones on my family plan, which were still functioning. We also bumped the minutes on our plan down for the month, since only two people remained using the plan instead of four.

Bought local SIM cards upon our arrival: For just about the same price as a month of Verizon service would have been, we each bought Swedish SIM cards so we could make local calls and have 1 GB of data. Hooray for access to GPS and Tumblr everywhere.

Google Voice for free calls home, and free texting: Several years ago, I transitioned to using my Google Voice number as my main contact phone number, so I seamlessly continued to use it to make calls through Google on my computer, and send texts using data on my phone and the Google Voice Chrome extension. My Verizon number wasn’t functional all month, but since no one uses that to reach me anymore, it didn’t impact me.

We have rice, chick peas, garlic, and some sprouts. I feel like we can do something with that.
CR, brainstorming what to make for dinner as we pack up and out of this apartment
While editing my cooking video for this week and dealing with my computer being SO SLOW, I just got fed up and dropped mad cash for a new laptop.
I’m coincidentally officially several weeks past my MacBook’s 5th birthday, which means that the Apple Geniuses now refuse to look at it, anyway.
I’ve been saving up with a little automatically from my paycheck each week in my Electronics Upgrade Fund, which almost now has enough money on it, and Apple offered an instant Visa card that charges no interest for 18 months as long as it’s all paid off by then (time to add a reminder to my calendar for April 2015…). I’ll try to restrain myself from paying it off before I need to so I can keep the cash in my savings earning interest in the meantime. Win win, but it feels very strange to have bought something so expensive with a credit card that didn’t exist to me until 10 minutes ago.

While editing my cooking video for this week and dealing with my computer being SO SLOW, I just got fed up and dropped mad cash for a new laptop.

I’m coincidentally officially several weeks past my MacBook’s 5th birthday, which means that the Apple Geniuses now refuse to look at it, anyway.

I’ve been saving up with a little automatically from my paycheck each week in my Electronics Upgrade Fund, which almost now has enough money on it, and Apple offered an instant Visa card that charges no interest for 18 months as long as it’s all paid off by then (time to add a reminder to my calendar for April 2015…). I’ll try to restrain myself from paying it off before I need to so I can keep the cash in my savings earning interest in the meantime. Win win, but it feels very strange to have bought something so expensive with a credit card that didn’t exist to me until 10 minutes ago.

LeftoverSwap app

To locate someone else’s last slice of pizza that they don’t want.

Instead of buying a new computer this fall, my new bright idea is to just run my iPhoto library from an external hard drive and free up the more than 50% of my hard drive it was hogging. So far, so good.

Instead of buying a new computer this fall, my new bright idea is to just run my iPhoto library from an external hard drive and free up the more than 50% of my hard drive it was hogging. So far, so good.

Do you actually spend $100 on stuff at iTunes and the apple store? It’s like getting a gift card for Hooters.
CR, on my internal debate over buying a new laptop a month earlier than planned because Apple is offering a $100 gift card with it this week
Tactical tip: When you’re ordering, ask the waiter to box half of your food to-go. Don’t even have it brought out to you. This is the equivalent of automatic enrollment in your 401(k) — your money goes away and you never see it, much less miss it. Plus, when you do this with food, you have another meal the next day.

Tip from Ramit about saving money at restaurants

I’m reaping the benefits of this one by eating half of a burrito for lunch that I packed away in advance of yesterday’s lunch. 

Inspired by Kate, who does a lot of foraging, and the NYT, who wrote this morning about the benefits of eating things like wild dandelions, CR was inspired to pick some dandelion greens for our dinner while we were on a walk tonight. It’s amazing how much we ended up with for free right outside.

Met up with Olivia tonight.

Met up with Olivia tonight.

unemcumberedbyconvention:

startwithaseed:

zuky:

jhameia:

adriennes:

On a gardening day, the discarded bookshelf on the sidewalk out front looks like a good idea for a raised bed!

Brilliant idea!

It does look good at a glance, but first you should to remove the backboard and tie the raised bed into the soil below for proper drainage, and also ideally raised beds should be built with pressure-treated lumber or even PVC which resists rot from moisture whereas the particle-board and veneer used for most bookshelves is pretty weak and filled with glue and stuff and, well, will probably bend and rot and break apart in a hurry while leeching chemicals into the bed…but at the same time, it’s always worth a try! Won’t be me trying, but I’d like the hear the result.

I wouldn’t suggest growing plants you plan on eating in it, but I’ve grown plenty of plants in particle board bookshelves. It’s great for a season, so I usually grow annuals or farm succulents in it. When the season’s over, the shelf goes in the trash. 

pressure treated wood is full of nasty heavy metals, particle board is just sawdust compressed at high pressure and heat , i compost it in the garden, it swells and falls apart in no time, back to sawdust.
Wafer board sheeting, oriented strand, or aspenite, is  made with formaldehyde glue, stands up a little longer but also recycles after a season or two, sowbugs love to chew on it, but no problem in the compost either!
best bet would be plywood, it does not cup or warp or turn to mush, sheet metal sides work too, prevents drying out the soil, which can be a big problem in raised beds, esp when they are small.

I just noticed this discussion on my upcycled Ikea bookshelf raised bed. Before lugging in the bookshelf from the street, I consulted my farming expert, Erin, who confirmed that it should work and I that could leave the cardboard on the back. Since our Brooklyn backyard is all concrete, there is no soil below for it to intermingle with, anyway.
I did plant lots of things that we plan to eat in it, so I hope that there isn’t leeching happening to worry about. There are certainly better ways to create raised beds, but none of them were as free and available to me as this one! I’ll report back with how it holds up throughout the summer.

unemcumberedbyconvention:

startwithaseed:

zuky:

jhameia:

adriennes:

On a gardening day, the discarded bookshelf on the sidewalk out front looks like a good idea for a raised bed!

Brilliant idea!

It does look good at a glance, but first you should to remove the backboard and tie the raised bed into the soil below for proper drainage, and also ideally raised beds should be built with pressure-treated lumber or even PVC which resists rot from moisture whereas the particle-board and veneer used for most bookshelves is pretty weak and filled with glue and stuff and, well, will probably bend and rot and break apart in a hurry while leeching chemicals into the bed…but at the same time, it’s always worth a try! Won’t be me trying, but I’d like the hear the result.

I wouldn’t suggest growing plants you plan on eating in it, but I’ve grown plenty of plants in particle board bookshelves. It’s great for a season, so I usually grow annuals or farm succulents in it. When the season’s over, the shelf goes in the trash. 

pressure treated wood is full of nasty heavy metals, particle board is just sawdust compressed at high pressure and heat , i compost it in the garden, it swells and falls apart in no time, back to sawdust.

Wafer board sheeting, oriented strand, or aspenite, is  made with formaldehyde glue, stands up a little longer but also recycles after a season or two, sowbugs love to chew on it, but no problem in the compost either!

best bet would be plywood, it does not cup or warp or turn to mush, sheet metal sides work too, prevents drying out the soil, which can be a big problem in raised beds, esp when they are small.

I just noticed this discussion on my upcycled Ikea bookshelf raised bed. Before lugging in the bookshelf from the street, I consulted my farming expert, Erin, who confirmed that it should work and I that could leave the cardboard on the back. Since our Brooklyn backyard is all concrete, there is no soil below for it to intermingle with, anyway.

I did plant lots of things that we plan to eat in it, so I hope that there isn’t leeching happening to worry about. There are certainly better ways to create raised beds, but none of them were as free and available to me as this one! I’ll report back with how it holds up throughout the summer.

Just cancelled our Netflix subscription after having it for more than 6 years, and it feels weird. We watch things on Hulu and Amazon most of the time now, so it hasn’t felt worth the $7.99/month lately. We’ll see if we end up crawling back…

Just cancelled our Netflix subscription after having it for more than 6 years, and it feels weird. We watch things on Hulu and Amazon most of the time now, so it hasn’t felt worth the $7.99/month lately. We’ll see if we end up crawling back…

On a gardening day, the discarded bookshelf on the sidewalk out front looks like a good idea for a raised bed!

On a gardening day, the discarded bookshelf on the sidewalk out front looks like a good idea for a raised bed!