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  • Sold the last of our kitchen appliances this morning getting ready for the remodel.
    Dude just picked up the old gas range, $200.

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    • 4 months since we moved in to our new house, DH just acquired the last piece for our home gym. We have an elliptical, a rowing machine, a Bowflex, dumbells, and flooring. He bought the flooring new but the equipment all came from FB marketplace or yard sales. He spent right around $300 on the equipment. He rented a van to pick up the elliptical, and had to do some driving to pick up each piece. But in total, including gas, he created a decent home gym for $400 (or a bit less) plus his time. It's been a fun project for him to work on.

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      • All,

        Wanted to share a win today.

        Normally, I'm super lazy on Saturdays, but today I motivated to make it to the grocery store.

        The wins are:

        1. I walked. It was a solid three miles there and back. Thats extra exercise.
        2. I took back a bunch of empty cans - that's a couple more bucks in my savings
        3. I cashed in a coupon for a free bottle of lemonade. Everyone loves free stuff.
        4. I got a paper receipt for the lemonade and can scan that bad boy. Its the last receipt I needed to get my Amazon Opinion Rewards payment for the month - so that's a nice bonus.



        james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
        202.468.6043

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        • So here are my wins.

          I called my phone company, my cable internet provider and my auto insurance company.

          I asked for discounts on all three, and got discounts on all three.

          My phone company, T mobile, gave me basically the same plan, just for $20 less per month, and they gave me a one time $10 credit.

          My insurance company, GEICO, increased my deductible, which resulted in a modest reduction in the monthly costs by about 3 bucks. I took it

          My cable internet provider is xfinity - they'd increased the bill by 10 bucks a month, which appeared to be a billing glitch, so I called and had them take off the increase.

          The bottom line here is: if you call and ask for a price reduction, you'll often get a price reduction.
          james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
          202.468.6043

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          • I'm so thrilled that I have a "win" to report.
            We received an unsolicited survey from NOAA regarding weather alerts and fishing. I was going to toss it in the trash when I noticed 2-one dollar bills floating down on to the floor! Glad I didn't toss it in the shredder unopened. (I am in the process of making dollar bill graduation leis for a niece and nephew, so I really felt like I hit the jackpot ).

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            • I took my car that the light went on into the shop. It is 8 miles from my house. Rather than call an uber/lyft for $15 or more I paid $1.50 for a bus fare. Can't beat a 10x return
              LivingAlmostLarge Blog

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              • I found a nickel on my way to work. Its a very small win, but a win.
                james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
                202.468.6043

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                • We splurged on some concert tickets for this summer. The band is well known and most of the good tickets available are marked up resale tickets at this point. I was going to bite the bullet until I decided to take a gamble on purchasing one “original” ticket and one resale ticket in the same row and within a few seats over but not guaranteed to be right next to my “original” ticket. I got lucky and our seats are right next to each other and I saved us almost $300 in doing so! I was very happy with my scheming.

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                  • DH and I received checks from a class action suit --$78.10 total. We received checks prior to this (about $200 total IIRC). We hadn't been aware of the lawsuit when we received the first check --so we delayed cashing them 'til we could find more information about it (the web site it was about our auto insurance company using non OEM replacement parts--here is a link to the national law review with details https://www.natlawreview.com/article...ederal-lawsuit and https://casetext.com/case/hale-v-sta...auto-ins-co-24). The second check was issued because they still had $$ left over after the first round.

                    They web site said second round checks were not issued to those folks who didn't cash the first check.

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                    • Originally posted by Like2Plan View Post
                      DH and I received checks from a class action suit --$78.10 total. We received checks prior to this (about $200 total IIRC). We hadn't been aware of the lawsuit when we received the first check --so we delayed cashing them 'til we could find more information about it (the web site it was about our auto insurance company using non OEM replacement parts--here is a link to the national law review with details https://www.natlawreview.com/article...ederal-lawsuit and https://casetext.com/case/hale-v-sta...auto-ins-co-24). The second check was issued because they still had $$ left over after the first round.

                      They web site said second round checks were not issued to those folks who didn't cash the first check.
                      Congrats Like2Plan - that must be a nice unexpected win!
                      james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
                      202.468.6043

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                      • Got DH set up to enjoy audiobooks from the library on his phone by installing the Hoopla app. (I've been listening for years. I use Overdrive and Hoopla.) He's making a long business-related drive today so I got The Millionaire Mind and Die With Zero downloaded for him.

                        Also a little update on our home gym. DH realized he didn't need the rowing machine (because of the Bowflex), and he sold it for exactly what he bought it for.
                        Last edited by scfr; 05-11-2022, 03:49 PM. Reason: Realized I typed Retire With Zero instead of Die With Zero. Retiring With Zero is NOT recommended - lol

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                        • We've never had a Blu-ray player. Didn't need one. A few weeks ago, my daughter found an old TV show that she wanted to see. Only available on DVD for $80 but on Blu-ray for $9. She bought the Blu-ray disc and figured she'd buy a player somewhere. I actually found a player at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $5 except they didn't have the remote. Went on ebay and found the compatible remote brand new for $7.77. Just hooked it up and everything works perfectly. So for $12.77 we have a "new" Blu-ray player and she can watch her disc. She's thrilled as buying a new Blu-ray player would have cost considerably more.
                          Steve

                          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                          * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                          • A couple of wins...

                            First, found a penny on street.

                            Second, my APO stock paid its quarterly dividend today - was nice to wake up and see that hit my account.
                            james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
                            202.468.6043

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                            • All, two small wins. I found another penny on the street - AND, I made a small transfer to my retirement account. Its not a lot, but small steps in the right direction are better than no steps at all.
                              james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
                              202.468.6043

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                              • Took $705 profit today selling the VXX, bought last week at $21.75 Click image for larger version

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