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Freecycle.org recycling unwanted items getting free items

Freecycle.org is a free worldwide organization that allows people to give away items they don't need using an OFFER listing and get free items by listing WANTED items or answering OFFER listings.

Lots of furniture lately, kitchen appliances, clothing, etc

I have given away a nice bedr...

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Save just a little more with this:

Making your own laundry detergent, softener, soap. candles, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, creamy sauces and more.

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Chicken broth

I keep canned chicken in pantry for emergencies. I drain the broth from can into a jar that I keep in the freezer before using the chicken. When a recipe calls for chicken broth, I have some waiting in the freezer without purchasing more containers of chicken broth.

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Cut your Brillo/SOS pads before using

With a lot of easier to clean surfaces and pots/pans, I don't need a Brillo pad very often. It gets all rusty and gooey with soap before its next use. So now I cut the pad into fourths and just use a small piece and toss it. Since I buy them at the Dollar store and there's 10 in a box, each secti...

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Secret Account

I set up a secret account in a bank that is to far for me to go to. This bank is also smaller and has better interest rates. When I have extra cash I take it to that bank (to keep it active).

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Make Goo Gone last longer with a smaller dispensing

I like Goo Gone for the occasional sticker residue and things like that, but the top of the small bottle usually dispenses way too much for what I need.
I found using a toothpick to create a small hole dead center of the sealing paper allows much more control over how much is dispensed.

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Make your own $20 olive oil spritzer

I was inspired when I saw that someone was selling a spray bottle just for Olive Oil but for $20. Not me. So I bought a small spray bottle for $1.49 and rinsed it with boiling water and a small amount of bleach and let it dry.
I'm loving it.

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Thrifty foaming hand soap

Foaming soap can easily be made using an empty foaming soap container. Simply squeeze in a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid such as Ivory or Dawn.. Fill the container with water. Shake.
Some experimenting may be necessary to get the proper ratio of liquid soap and water.

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Make a budget and beat it!

Try making a budget for yourself (Mint.com is a great free tool to do this). Set yourself a monthly budget. Each month, try to decrease your allowances by 5% (for the things you CAN change) and try to stick to the new budget. Alternatively, reduce your biggest spending categories by 10%! For me, tha...

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Work a second job for the discounts

Occasionally I need some extra cash and find that working at a place with employee discounts helps a lot.

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