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JULIACOLLINS62
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9/2/13 3:24 P

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I made a beef roast yesterday for the family in my slow cooker. I have been leaving the remainder of the juice from the roast in the slow cooker and adding 10 servings of dried beans to the juice. I add additional water if needed to cover the dried beans completely with liquid. I set the slow cooker on low and cook over nite. The beans taste fantastic, and I have a week long supple of wonderful healthy meals for about $1.00 (10 cents per servings of beans) that take on the flavor of the roast.

Skinny taste better than butter!


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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1/29/13 11:55 P

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$$ Saving Tip from Secrets of Success:

o get the best of the deals I always stay up late on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Why? Because at midnight the new ads are released and you get first shot at the best deals. I then take those ads, cross reference with my coupons and make my list. I make a list for each store I will be going to and paper clip the list to the coupons that way I get what I went for and nothing else.t.


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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1/27/13 1:12 P

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Found this money saving tip on Secrets to Success:


After tallying up the day's spark points I get out my mason jar and put in the equivalent amount of change (penny per point) into it. Better than a piggy bank - I can watch it add up!

In another jar I put in a quarter for every 30 minutes of exercise workouts I do in a day.

GREAT way to save a little money that you can use to reward yourself to something special. ALSO, this is great way to stay motivated with SPARK!



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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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1/26/13 11:05 P

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Another GREAT money saving idea found on 'Secrets to Success:

You already know that chicken bones make great stock but who has time to do this for a few ounces of stock? Start a "stockpot" in your freezer. Place deli roasted chicken carcasses in a heavy duty gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. When the bag is filled, its time to make at least a quart of stock.


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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1/26/13 10:49 P

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Just saw this idea on 'Secrets to Success": Great money saving tip! Frozen fruits are often much cheaper than fresh.

Each week, I buy 3 fresh bananas, plus one bag each of frozen mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Then I divide these up into 6 baggies, each containing 1/2 of a banana and 1/4 c. of each other kind of fruit. I store the baggies in the freezer and in the morning, take one out, put it in the blender with 1c. of almond milk and 1 c. of warm water. I blend it for a quick & healthy smoothie breakfast for me and my husband!


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JULIACOLLINS62
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11/18/12 1:29 P

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I poach frozen chicken breast 1 at a time in water and 1 tsp of olive oil. I buy the individually wrapped one from Costco. As it cooks I slice it down the middle thickness wise. So it looks like the full size serving but is in fact 2. Then I either refrigerate the other half after completing the cooking time, or eat the meal with my daughter.

Skinny taste better than butter!


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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2/5/11 2:47 P

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I found the following "SECRET" that I would like to SHARE:

Once the chicken breasts are fully defrosted, I put them in a gallon size storage bag and tenderize them with a hammer. I then cut them in half. They tend to run 4 oz, but they look bigger and are really tender because I flattened them. It is also a cost savings because it doubled the amount on chicken breasts.


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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2/5/11 1:46 P

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Before you make your weekly visit to the grocery store, make a list of what you already have on hand in the freezer and fridge, and try to put off going to the store until you have made a few meals with the items you already have on hand.


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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1/12/11 12:09 P

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I found the following "SECRET" that I'd like to share, because I think budgeting is crucial for those of us who have a very limited amount of $$$.

Make out a monthly budget of all monthly your bills and expenses. You can find some GREAT free budget templates online.

Also make sure you list money placed in savings as a monthly "expense" so you build up your EMERGENCY fund.




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HANDYMANKIAT
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7/9/10 12:35 P

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I don't how the fresh fruit is in your area of the country, but in California it is getting harder and harder to find sweet fruit that doesn't begin to spoil after only 2 days in the refrigerator!

Just bought a container of strawberries at Costco on Monday, and many were starting to look withered after only a day or two!

Money saving tip:

If I have fruit that is not worthy of being served to a guest, or isn't sweet enough to eat, I freeze it and use for smoothies!

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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5/6/10 2:10 A

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If you are going to eat out, trying eating out during lunch. At many restaurants, the same entrées offered during at dinner are also available during lunch, at a much lower price! This can save you a lot of $$$$$$$.


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TORBAYMUM
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5/4/10 4:31 A

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hi, yes basins is a stores own 'no frills' brand, the majority are absoultely fine and taste just as good, especially things used as a base for recipes such as chopped tomatoes

Jacqui


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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5/4/10 1:23 A

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Pay YOURSELF FIRST!! No matter how tight our budgets might be, we still need to put a little something away for a rainy day. Start small, $5, $10 whatever you can squeeze out of an already tight budget! You will be amazed at how much you can save!!


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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5/3/10 11:18 P

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Is "basics" a store brand from a major supermarket?

I agree, you can rarely taste the difference between most store brands, and the more expensive brands.

Thanks for the tip!!!


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TORBAYMUM
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5/3/10 3:07 A

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We now mainly buy 'basics' food from the supermarket, something that I would have never done a few years ago but now being forced into it I realise that it tastes just as good, some are actually heathier than the more expensive products because they have less artificial stuff in them like preservatives. You can still make lovely tasty food and no one is any the wiser!

Jacqui
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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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5/3/10 1:40 A

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Here is my "money saving secret for today:

Make your own trail mix and save a lot of money. Buy your nuts, raisins, etc. in bulk. Then measure and mix yourself. Aside from saving money, you'll also be able to better calculate the nutrition. Then measure out into portions and you're all set to go!

This something that I currently do. After I make a big batch, I pre-measure into individual sanck bags, for a quick on the go snack!

- Submitted by JUNEAU2010 5/2/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment


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MY3NTHEPUNKIN
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5/1/10 11:44 P

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"What's your SECRET?"

Visit "Secrets of Success." Click on the "Saving Money" link. Here you can "SHARE" a money saving Secret or "Learn" a money saving Secret! Whatever the case may be, make sure you "SHARE" your money saving SECRET with the team!

Please post your "Money Saving Tips" here!!!!

Edited by: MY3NTHEPUNKIN at: 5/1/2010 (23:44)

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