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I took an old rug that was fraying on one side and rolled it up and snugly tied it off every 8 inches for a big thick inexpensive draft dogger to keep out the cold, especially at night so it stays warmer in our home.

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Well the importance of these thrifty deals is different in the mind of different peoples.

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Do you have a coffee grinder? Grind your bread crusts in it, place in ziplock bags in the freezer for future bread crumbs!


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pet treats: dog or cat
TO collect receipts...especially credit card ones...a temporary spot till you file or chuck them
Put it in the laundry room to collect all the things that show up in the clothes...the cash is yours!!!

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Since I no longer keep cookies in it, what is a new use for my old cookie jar? It doesn't have to stay in the kitchen. What could I store in it? Thanks in advance for your ideas.

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After you strain the broth, you can still add the veggie solids to a Bean Burger mix (there's a good base recipe at HillbillyHousewife.com), or to compost (if you have a garden).
The same is true for leftover pulp from juicers.

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I saw this on one of the chef cooking shows:

Save all your veggie scraps in the freezer - your peelings from potatoes & carrots - all those trimmings that you'd normally throw out. When you get a big container full, make vegetable stock out of it. Just put it in a pot, cover it with water, simmer for a couple of hours, then strain out the vegetables and viola!

I consider this "free" food, because I'm using scraps that would normally be thrown out along with tap water. Plus there aren't any additives and practically no sodium!

Don't forget to compost the discarded veggies!

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Rachael Ray has monthly low-cost recipes that look great! Her basic theme is feed 4 for $10 , but she also prices out other recipes sometimes. I like her meals in less than 30 minutes ideas too

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Recently, I made a batch of laundry detergent powder with washing soda, borax, and soap. Cost wise, it's on par with the detergents sold at discount store. What I like about making my own powder is that I can use those basic ingredients on many other applications, and control what I put into the mix. I can also control how big the batch ought to be as I have very limited storage space.

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GOLDDUSTTWIN:
Try asking that on the main chat thread for suggestions. This thread is for Tips on Saving Money.
BTW, pasta absorbs the dressing, so I don't know if there's a solution, but ask on the main thread, anyway.
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HELP....does anyone know how to reduce the vinegar taste in a Greek Pasta Salad...to vinegary to eat and can't waste it..thank you


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I don't necessarily buy all my clothes at The Salvation Army or Value Village store, but I do like to go there to look for furniture and houseware items (dishes, cookware, mugs)
The Salvation Army is a wonderful service that we are lucky to have here - they help so many people turn their lives around for the better.
It is also a good place to shop if you are starting out in an apartment - as my boyfriend and I are - and you can't afford to buy everything brand new.

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Thing I don't miss
paper towels- we use cloth napkins and newspaper for washing windows
commercial cleaners-baking soda and vingar take care of almost everything
buying books and renting movies- the libary works great!
Fabric softener- allergies are better and we smell just fine, I make a point of buying mostly natural fibers so very little static cling
name brand food- store brands are as good if not better in most cases,expcially cereal
buy cloths only at the mall- I buy most of my cloths at goodwill, less money, less guilt, helping other all good

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Morning 60SIXTY! You are listing several of my favorite newsgroups. And yes you can still feed 4 people for $5...if you plan ahead and watch the sales!

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I am listing some interesting links:

$5 Dinners
www.5dollardinners.com/
I found this link in an old recipe. Not sure you can still feed 4 people with $5 as they did in 2003.

Happy Housewife
thehappyhousewife.com/frugal-living/
Humorous article on couponing.
Also, check the cooking links.
My screen shows ads for stores in my area with coupons.


Hillbilly Housewife
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Check Super Target and other stores for food specials... I picked up cheese balls for $1.50, Butterball turkey for $ .64 cents a pound, Target brand was $ .38 per pound. If you have the room get a turkey to slice for sandwiches and meals. Don't forget to wrap your celery in aluminum foil for it to last longer!

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Just a small tip, but I save my extra wrapping paper in the Christmas tree box and it is ready to use next year! I also wrap the ornaments in used wrapping paper instead of wasting a whole roll of paper towels like I used to! emoticon



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From Care2.com --
"13 Wonderful & Unusual Ways to Use Epsom Salts"
www.care2.com/greenliving/use-epsom-
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lts-13-wonderful-ways.html

Check the topic bar on the left-hand side for other articles that might interest you.
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Here's a new one I haven't seen before --
"35+ Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make: Free Patterns"
tipnut.com/35-reusable-grocery-bags-
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The patterns are sorted in three sections:
Sewing, Knit, Crochet.
Free Tutorials are included.
Some patterns may appear similar, but have subtle differences and features.

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This article is intended for the holiday season, but the recipes can be used year-round for yourself, or as homemade gifts --

"25 Christmas Candy Recipes: {Homemade Gift Ideas}"
tipnut.com/homemade-candy/
These are actually recipes for "treats" because not all of them could be considered "candy," and I'm sure some of them could be modified for people who have to be careful with sweets.

Be sure to look under the photo for the links to related pages: " 101 fudge recipes," "5 variations of peppermint bark," and a bunch of candy making tips.
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...We haven't heard the last word on homemade laundry detergent (and I doubt we will -- these homemade formulas keep on showing up) --

"10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes"
tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-
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Regarding the food, and I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but the bulk bins at the grocery store are FANTASTIC! I like to buy TVP, since I don't eat meat, which is less than $2 a pound. Also, millet, a very healthy seed that can be used in place of rice or couscous is $1.29 a pound.

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Thank heaven for food stamps!

My thrifty tip is to use newspaper pages as gift wrap. I'm not just talking about the funny pages. I posted photos today of three gifts I've wrapped--creatively, I think--in news. The bows were made from directions I got from a site Kurt posted a while back.

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Kurt - That is great regarding the food stamps. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it is $45.00 a week!!

I kinda threw you under the bus regarding food sites. I just thought you were well armed on that info. LOL emoticon sorry!!!

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No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients it is too processed, I will not eat or buy the item.




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There are recipe links all over, but not in one place, so it pays to explore the team page.

My food budget for the past several months has been about $30 every two weeks!

Finding a recipe you like (that's the toughest part), cooking it in batches, and then freezing portions has been the only alternative -- the recipe I chose for that is a curry that I adapted from an exercise book and I throw in whatever "healthy" things I can afford or have on hand (beans, greens, etc.). It never turns out exactly the same because the ingredients are always slightly different.

The other main "dish" involves baking potatoes cut into steak fries (I can afford a bag of potatoes or two) and a chicken thigh (a package of those runs about %4-$6 and has to last me a week). I try to change that around a little each time, too.

Tonight's old standby is home-baked no-yeast pizza crust (with grated carrots, crushed green tea, dried parsley, and other "healthy" things added to it) and basic tomato sauce + low-fat cheese topping (that gets changed around, too).

The best news I have to add at this time is that I applied for Food Stamps and it looks like I'm going to get them. I'm not sure if they said $45/month or $45/week, but I definitely can put the money to good use.
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Manderson19 - Sorry to hear that it is tight for you.

When my husband was a student there was very little money left over for food. We would have toast medleys. One piece of toast would have an egg and the other would be baked beans!!

Not sure what your budget is per meal but using the crock pot and doing stews and soups can be very cheap. To fancy it up get a loaf of fresh bread.

livingonadime.com is a web site and this lady has some great recipes and hints on how to cut back!

Kurt - perhaps you have some idea's on websites for cheap meal production!

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Cooking in batches and freezing portions has been working very well for me, too.
The only thing that took time was finding recipes that I would like to eat often without getting sick and tired of them.
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Kids not understanding can make it a challenge sometimes but I have found that eating healthy is actually cheaper in a lot of instances.

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We are pretty stretched this month. Since we are on cash only, there is no alternative if the money isn't there. We grocery stretch...meaning we start getting REALLY creative with what we're eating. My kids don't really like it, but they don't pay the bills! (We do make sure to serve healthy food. We're not talking popcorn for every meal-although the thought has crossed my mind!).

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HOW TO STRETCH LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER --
(I found this one on a blog post at Hillbilly Housewife, but I haven't yet tried it myself)

"I like a brand of fabric softener that is a bit more expensive so to make it go farther I dilute it by half with white vinegar. It still smells great and I get two bottles for the price of one."

NOTE 1: Using White Vinegar alone will make the water softer, but it will also open up the weave of the fabric, making it more susceptible to stains.
NOTE 2: Most popular liquid fabric softeners contain formaldehyde (that's one of the reasons they stopped listing ingredients on the labels).

So, this suggestion of using half and half may be a good compromise.
Be sure to leave a comment if you try it and it works well.
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Good tips!

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My local grocery store marks down fresh meat on Wednesday evenings so that's when I go. I also stack my coupons at Target to get bigger savings. :)

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Stack coupons! Target (for example) will let you use one of their store coupons with a manufacturer's coupon. Safeway is another store where this works.

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Very helpful

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Great link, Kurt, thank you!

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27 Absolutely Strange Household Tips that Work:

A remedy for icy steps using Dawn dishwashing detergent!
Cure your headache with lime!
Clean your toilet with Alka-Seltzer!

...And what about that sealed-envelope-in-the-freezer trick?

I doubt you've heard of any of these, but you can get them here:
billeater.com/tips/you-want-tips-you
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[These links for Homemade Ornaments were posted by SRivers in another section and I didn't want them to get lost, so I moved them here.]

Thought that these were great and inexpensive to make. Plus the kids will have fun.
www.parents.com/holiday/?sssdmh=dm17
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67654&day=48&esrc=prnts100days_2_day48
&email=1525152452

More ideas for ornaments:
www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/cr
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ts/christmas-kid-crafts/?sssdmh=dm17.4
67654&esrc=prnts100days_3_day48&email=
1525152452

Here are some great ideas to decorate outside:
www.bhg.com/holidays/?sssdmh=dm17.47
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23&day=57&esrc=nw100d1_11_57&email=152
5152452

I love this one as I have a lot of old ornaments:
www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/ornam
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ts/christmas-ornament-makeover-ideas/


Hope you all enjoy these. -- SRivers

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They offer discount coupons on local business in some areas; the do in mine. Each day, a different area merchant offers something.For instance, we bought a $20 coupon for $10 to use at Ace Hardware a while back. I'm glad we did because our toilet seat just died and I'll save $10 this way.

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52 Kitchen Tips & Tricks from TipNut --

-- Did you know there's a hidden feature on Foil & Plastic Wrap boxes to keep the roll in place?
-- Need tips on how to make your own frozen dinners and freeze in portions?
-- Would you like a "How-To" for making your own Oven-Fried Potato Chips or Microwavable Popcorn?

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Here is a site to make Thanksgiving decorates some items found in Nature. Cheap and free.

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More Gifts-in-a-Jar from Right At Home/SC Johnson
(They also suggest: "Package the present in a jar or a holiday design Ziploc® Brand Container" -- because they make Ziploc bags and containers)

Hot Cocoa in a Jar
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"20 Cheap, Healthy Dishes from 10 Pantry Staples"
The 10 Pantry Staples are:
Beans (black, red, pinto, garbanzo), Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, whole, paste), Dried herbs & spices (all kinds), Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic, Onions (yellow, red), Pasta (thin spaghetti, rotini, elbows), Rice (brown, white, couscous), Stock (chicken, veggie, beef)
Vinegar (balsamic, white, red wine, cider)
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Did you know that you can mix a lot of dough for baking and freeze all or some of it -- you don't have to bake it all at one time.
Hillbilly Housewife has good tips for freezing cookie dough and baked cookies, plus recipes (I'm sure it's adaptable for bread and pizza dough):
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Good one, Kurt! I was just about to post how to make sugar scrub. Makes your skin feel fantabulous.

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Here are two sources of excellent homemade gift ideas (definitely check out both of them completely) -- some of these might be good to have on hand during the holiday season (wrapped, and in the hall closet) just in case someone unexpectedly gets you something and you didn't get them anything (just sneak one of these out of the closet, already wrapped, and hand it to them) --

Homemade Toiletry Gifts (like the overpriced items at Sephora and other mall-spa stores): Salt Scrub, Solid Perfume, Foot Soak, Shaving Cream, Lip Balm, Mouthwash, Body Powder, Hand & Body Lotion, etc. [When the recipe mentions "carrier oil" just use naturally-extracted Safflower Oil from the supermarket -- lots of Vitamin E.]
www.naturesgift.com/hints-gifts.htm

48 Homemade Gifts In A Jar (edibles and non-edibles -- this one also has some spa toiletries) from Tip Junkie:
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Want new music to listen to while you're at the computer? Make a playlist of songs you like on youtube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DWTF7MJ6H4

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Seawave, I rarely if ever buy paper towels. The wash cloths from the $ store sound like a good idea. I just use my dishtowels and wash them as needed.

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"Super Saves For Stained Clothing" has some uncommon remedies for make-up, tomato sauce, wine, etc.
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"50 Lessons Learned From My Depression-Era Parents"
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"Children of the Great Depression never heard of 'reduce, reuse and recycle,' much less frugal living. The mantra ... was 'Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!' ... The thrift borne of those years left it's stamp on my parents and grandparents...and perhaps yours. ... I've spent a lifetime adding to the solutions learned from their example and have combined them into a blog post detailing the top 50 lessons. Please note these are not your usual run-of-the-mill tips."

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Here is some ideas in using Salt:

Deter ants - Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills, and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don't like to walk on salt.

Repair walls - To fill nail holes, fix chips or other small dings in white sheet-rock or plaster walls, mix 2 tablespoons salt & 2 tablespoons cornstarch, then add enough water (about 5 teaspoons) to make a thick paste. Use the paste to fill the holes.

Remove perspiration stains - Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.

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Time to harvest the herbs growing outside. I grow mint (well, it grows itself--and needs to be kept in check) and strip the leaves off the stems from top to bottom and leave them spread out on a sheet in an out-of-the-way place. Stir and turn them every so often until dry, then transfer them to containers and use for tea.
If you have a smaller amount (I even do this with celery leaves), put them in a plain paper bag, fold down the top and leave it on top of the refrigerator. When you remember it's there, the herbs will be dry and you can put them in a spice jar.
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SeaWave:
I did the same thing.
The 99-cent store had blue & white, 3-for-a-dollar packages of washcloths, and they're fine for drying most sizes of dishes and pans, and they're absorbent enough to pick up spills.
They dry out fast, and I don't really care if they get discolored. I just hand-wash them to keep them clean, and hang them on a nail to dry.
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I bought a bunch of white dishcloths at the dollar store that I use instead of paper towels in the kitchen. If they get stained, I can always wash them in bleach, and they are easily identified by their white colour.

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Great tips. Thank you all so much. I am learning so much!!!!

No foods with high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients it is too processed, I will not eat or buy the item.




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emoticon Save those tea bags if you are someone who experiences sore eyes from staying up too late or reading to excess. Remoistened and applied to the eye for about ten minutes, the tannic acid in regular (not herbal) tea will draw out the soreness.

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Believe it or not as far as salt goes we do need it. I had a friend that took salt completely out of his diet and end up in the hospital. I use sea salt a lot but, I also use salt with iodine also as we do need it. As with anything a little goes a long ways. As long as we don't abuse it.

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re: Salt To Prevent First-Time-Washes From Bleeding

When I lived not far from the ocean, I went swimming with a new red t-shirt on. The salt water set the colour!

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Here are two uncommon laundry tips from LearnVest.com Daily:

-- Aspirin For Yellowed T-Shirts:
To fix problem areas under the arms of your t-shirt, put in the washing machine with normal detergent. Once the machine is full of water, put in an aspirin, close the lid, and let the cycle run normally. This should make your whites brighter than before.

-- Salt To Prevent First-Time-Washes From Bleeding:
Try adding a tablespoon of salt for each new item that you’re washing for the first time. Do it as the water fills in. This trick also helps vibrant cotton colors keep their brightness.
[I usually come across the White Vinegar & Hot Water method for setting colors (the amounts and procedures vary).]


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I keep a baby food jar with lid to mix (shake) flour or cornstarch with water to use as thickener for gravy or sauce. It's just the right size.

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An addition to Kurt's list for re-use of empty prescription bottles and plastic pill containers... I use mine to store seeds I've saved from the garden. The bottles are easy to label, don't take up much space, and don't tear as envelopes sometimes do.

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1 cup or more baking soda
Water
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.
If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.




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If you want a Pet-Friendly carpet deodorizer:

Mix 2 Cups of each:
Baking Soda, Lavender Buds (ground), Rosemary (ground).

Sprinkle mixture onto a dry carpet, let set for a while (or overnight), then vacuum it up.

The baking soda removes the odor.
Lavender & Rosemary repel fleas and moths.
Lavender has disinfectant properties.

Liquid Disinfectant:
Soak Lavender Petals in water, then strain. Put the liquid in a spray bottle. Spray it on surfaces to be kept germ free, like kitchen tables and countertops.

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