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12/3/16 3:19 P

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My partner had cable/dish/whatever and it was his expense.
He cut that cord, with my support.
He was paying $180/mo. (I was aghast- his bill, not my problem, so I didn't know)
However, that was also Internet, and I need it for work and like it for play.
So I found a local ISP and I'm paying $30/mo. Add Netflix for two devices, and it's still a great savings. ($1440/yr)


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12/2/16 1:11 P

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I get food stamps and am sure to spend them wisely.

I know people who work at a local grocery store. They give me the bruised-up and past-its-prime produce for free. Woohoo!

I invested in a menstrual cup. It is comfortable, hygienic, eco-friendly, and it saves me from having to buy pads and tampons each month. It was $35 upfront, but it's more than paid for itself in the several years I've had it.

I try to do as much cheap/free entertainment as possible.

For movies, I rent them from the library or watch them online for free (PBS has some lovely documentaries available to watch on their website.)

For books, I either use the library, or if something is out-of-copyright I will read it online.

For other things to do, I love hiking (which is either free or only a few dollars.) I'm also a nerd, so I self-teach myself various topics. I use KhanAcademy for math, and study various other topics with open, online courses (commonly known as "MOOCs".) Corusera is a popular site for MOOCs, and many universities (including Harvard and MIT) offer them online.

For Christmas presents I am making terrariums. I found some clear plastic ornaments from Dollar Tree, and have been filling them with potting soil (taken from a dead houseplant), moss (from the back yard), and clippings from some of my easy-to-propagate houseplants. I put a pretty bow on top (with ribbon snagged from my sewing stash) and viola! They only cost me $0.50-$1 to make (they have two sizes, the smaller ones are cheaper!) But they look so nice and I'm sure my friends and family will love them!

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10/29/16 3:15 P

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I applied for a points card for a large superstore grocery store that has the lowest prices in the area where they give you points for money off and extra bonus points online that you put on your card done by what food you buy the week before. So you get extra points to buy the same items the next week what you normally buy.

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10/7/16 3:33 A

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I took advantage of the 20% off voucher from a local store that has just been re-fitted - good discount, eh?! The same store (Co-op) has introduced a new 'rewards' feature to their dividend card - so that, if you buy their brand products, you get 5% in 'points' to be spent in the future. That's a very good deal in these times of financial austerity! I'm going to use that!

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10/4/16 1:23 P

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That was meant to be!

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10/4/16 12:26 P

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Gill, kind of a funny story about the breadmaker. I live in the house that my mother was living in before she passed away, a little over a year ago now. This means that I can take my time going through her things. I was making my bread by hand because it is not only cheaper, but therapeutic too. (I am a single mother with an 11 year old daughter at home, and I recently acquired a 17 year old boy too.) I hurt my wrist, so I can't knead the dough. I was peeking around at some of Mom's stuff that I have not really gone through yet, and I found a breadmaker yesterday. I have already used it twice. lol


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10/4/16 11:42 A

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That's great (that you make bread, not that you can't afford the bread in the store!) Do you have a bread-making machine?

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10/3/16 5:11 P

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I find that it is cheaper to make my own bread, rather than buy it. Everyone says, "Oh ho lucy you are. Your mom makes bread instead of buying it. The truth is, sometimes I just can't afford to buy the bread in the store.

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9/16/16 6:29 A

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I recently followed up an 'offer' on my phone bill - which reduced my bill by about 20%.

I removed the facility to use my landline 'anytime' and only have unlimited evening & weekend calls. I hardly ever use my landline these days, but need it for the broadband etc.

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9/16/16 4:07 A

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I will spend $15.00 Friday on grocery's to last another 8 days, $65.00 total for 3 weeks.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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9/9/16 5:24 A

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I plan my menu for one week and try to add in some recipes to change it a little. I will have spent $50.00 total on grocery's from Sept.1-Sept.18.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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I try to stock up on things that I can use that will last. Yesterday I bought T.P. 45 double rolls, regular price $29.99 on sale for $16.00,brand name too, not store brand. New large grocery store here opened up and it was there Grand Opening. They sell food,electronics,clothes and many household products,have an insurance company and eyeglass company in the store,they are about the same size as the super walmarts are. I will go there as they are cheaper then the walmart I go to now.

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I love the markdowns on deli meats, etc., at a local Supercenter! Sliced, fraction of the original cost and packaged! And, we're getting ready to go this morning, and see what markdowns are available and save those extra dollars for the week!

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I haven't shopped yet this week. I planned my week's menu using meat from the freezer, veggies from the garden, and staples from the pantry. I will need to pick up some fruit today as we are now out.

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I'm going to try to base this coming week's meals on whatever is on sale at my favorite grocery store. It helps with my planning when it comes to the feeling of "what should I make?"

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I replaned menu for the next 7 days,went shopping and spent $30.00.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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I planned my menu for the next 7 days based on what I have on hand. I spent $10.00.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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7/15/16 3:21 A

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I eat out one time a month usually with a friend

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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7/11/16 5:07 A

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I go to a quality movie theater that has 19 movies playing,they have games there, a concession stand and many fast food places. It is more expensive then others. I use points on my credit card to go for free. If not I would go on Tuesdays when all Movie theatres have there discount day. I went on Thursday to see Central Intelligence. It was an action/comedy movie.

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I plan my groceries and menu a week at a time and try to buy only what is on my list.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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7/2/16 8:41 P

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Making lunches, and making sure to get a glass of water with every drink at Starbucks.

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Netflix is available in Canada and it is for movies only and cost $8.00 a month for unlimited movies.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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6/29/16 2:27 P

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Thanks for all of the suggestions on dropping cable. I will have to investigate if any of these services are available in Canada.

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6/28/16 9:35 P

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SlingTV is a streaming service that offers ESPN. It's $20 a month.

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6/28/16 12:58 P

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Mrs. Eva, we've done the same thing. I have Chromecast so I have the CBS app for $7 a month, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

I love watching the Deadliest Catch without commercials! and it's fun for hubs and I to sit and marathon a good show.

I've also cut back on a lot of unnecessary expenses and try to have just the bare minimums. Being retired and on a fixed income recently meant A LOT of adjustments.

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6/28/16 12:09 P

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Hi I was wondering what streaming services you have? I have Netflix but I find its not enough. I still have cable and it is expensive. My issue is I need to have sports channels and I cannot find any streaming services for football. :(

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I plan my menu and shopping list 7 days at a time based on what is on sale and what I have in stock. I also plan some recipes in my weekly menu list and weekly grocery list. My cell phone is reasonable at $20.00 a month unlimited calls,100 text messages or photo messages outgoing a month and voicemail included. I bought my cell phone for $70.00 as it is not a smart phone.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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We take our lunch to work/school, use coupons, buy on sale items, switched our cell phones to a pay as you go carrier, and only buy what we need.

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We cut off our cable/ satellite services and started streaming. We have 3 streaming services that cost less than $30. That has saved us about $100 per month.

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We are going to be eating what is in the pantry and freezer for a couple of weeks. This will help clean out those areas plus save money. We will only buy necessary things like milk & eggs.


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I'm fairly new to my area and found some nice farmer's market road stands that have great prices, and a terrific variety of produce.
We ( husband & I) rarely eat out since we both like to cook at home.
Today my husband came home with a cooler full of fresh fillets of fish that he caught.

Everything is more cost effective since we moved to Florida from California.
Being retired on a limited income, we must be savvy about any big purchase too. So we make it our duty to go online and comparison shop. Call me a digger, until I'm comfortable with finding the best value.

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6/6/16 7:55 A

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Mow the yard with an old time push mower, its good for the body and the wallet, saves on gas and oil.
Cut out unwatched cable channels.
If you live in an area where you get good cell service, switch to tracfone if you can, they offer triple minutes for life, if you are only using for talk and text and not data.


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I check what I have on hand in fridge,freezer and cupboards before I shop. I plan my menu 1 week at a time and change it to my liking and what is on sale. I do not buy too much fresh food so it does not go bad. There are 2 fruit and vegetable markets 2 blocks away that are cheaper then grocery stores. I usually shop at Walmart and live close but, do not get flyer so I check out their flyer online. There is one grocery store 2 blocks away that sells a lot of small packages of meat,chicken and fish that many single people like me in my area shop at. I have saved money since I joined Sparkpeople and plan my menus for the week. I do not use many coupons because I do not buy much packaged foods but there are many websites that you can get coupons for what you buy most of.

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I've been using the ad match feature at the grocery store! That, and a few coupons, really makes a difference with one-stop shopping!

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Use your creativity! I bought all of this on clearance for 99 cents each!





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I always bring my lunch to work.

To do - need to change my cable company (Verizon) as I have been with them way too long and pay way too much. I don't have movie channels, just basic service. Does anyone has recommendations like satellite, or?

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SHIMMYHIP, just curious. How do you make your Lysol wipes?

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Hi All,
I use coupons, shop at thrift stores, try hard to shop only sales at the grocery store and meal plan around that, try to get my family off paper towels and use cloth napkins, make my own Lysol wipes {so easy you cant believe it}, make my own laundry detergent and house hold cleaners, and make my own carpet fresh. emoticon

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Started making meal plans for 2 weeks at a time according to what is on sale for one week. I only go to store once, and I only get what is on my shopping list. Really cuts down on the spur of the moment store trips and buying things I don't really need.

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I changed my cell phone from AT&T to Consumer Cellular & cut the bill by a little more than 50%. Also get better reception.

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Hi all! Umm, I unplug most appliances when not in use, and the ones I can't are on power strips. I use the expensive but more energy efficient light bulbs, coupon and grocery shop wherever might be cheapest (the dollar store, Aldi's, Costco, ShopRite), try to run errands only on my way to work or somewhere else (to save gas), take very good care of my car (many less expensive repairs later on), buy generic, used, thrift shop, etc. whenever possible, cook at home, keep heat on 55 during winter and don't use A/C unless outside temp gets to 90 in summer, and I actually make my own laundry soap too--very good for people with skin allergies!

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Turned the thermostat down to 70 and leaving it there. Buying generic brands and shopping sales.

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Cut off the cable and internet
Use the library for books/ebooks/free movies
Sale shop for groceries
Collect reward points from various stores to collect free food items and kitchen items, such as a free kitchen knife.
Thrift store and flea market shopping occasional outlet shopping.
Cook a lot of home made meals.
Rarely use coupons because hardly every find ones that are applied to what I use.
Although I've earned big coupons that have been mailed to me from kohls and target such as $10-$30 off my shopping.

Still figuring other ways to save and make more money. emoticon emoticon

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I unplug everything except the TVs and the alarm clock. I also put a water saver on the spigots of the kitchen and bathroom sinks. This saves on my electric hot water heater coming on as often. I keep my air conditioner set at 78 in the summer and the heat set at 70 in the winter. All these things help to decrease my electric bill.



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We don't go out to eat at all. I'd rather cook, and since there are just two of us, we can usually freeze what we don't eat for future enjoyment :) We also don't drink alcohol and haven't for years, so that saves $$, too.

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I've been trying to sell stuff on ebay or my facebook yard sale sites. I sell, hubby buys. LOL

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The Salvation Army by us has 50% off on Wednesdays. For school shopping, I budget $50 for each of my three children. They choose what clothes they want to wear (Mom has veto power!), after we look at their wardrobe first to see what they will need. Let's me double my budget!

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A dear friend of mine, whom I'll get some pointers from once I retire cuts costs by chewing a 1/2 of stick of gum instead of a full one.

I thought it was funny at first, but she is really pinching pennies..

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Yesterday I bought 8 large planters (pots) @ 90% off. I will plant some berries in them to give me time to prepare a new bed. I also bought the blueberry plants @ 90% off last week and needed to do something with them. I like eating food that I grow. One thing that has really helped me is that I pack all my food and drinks for the day first thing in the morning. Even when I stay home. Keeps me accountable with no guess work...

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We love beans and started buying 50 pound bags at a restaurant supply store instead of cans of ready to eat beans. This has saved us so much money.
Also we saved seeds last year to plant a free garden this year - so that has been wonderful.

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Shop at stores when it is 10% off for seniors and pay cash. Leave the credit cards at home.

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We also have the half price on a different colored ticket each day. Now on Wednesdays, you also get 20% off if you have a Goodwill card instead of just 10%. Sweet!




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Super great deal, my friend! And, stores in our area have super specials on items with colored tickets that are half off the already low prices, so it's a win-win deal all around!

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