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Rent a storage building for students during the summer

Rather than renting a U-Haul and toting the college dorm home, rent a storage building near the school. Several students can share one unit to save money. No need bringing home winter clothes, futons, fridges, printers. Use uniform storage crates for easier stacking and dryer sheets to control odor.

- Submitted by HIKERJOHNSON 4/8/2010 in Organization | 3 Comments

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A Positive Start For Your Day

Write down a list of your favorite motivational quotes. Hang them on your bathroom mirror and every morning when you get up, read through them as you get ready for your day. Before long you will find yourself repeating them throughout your day from memory.

- Submitted by POLLKAT 4/8/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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regaining a positive outlook

When I am down, to change my outlook, I sometimes challenge myself to a week of daily affirmations. I try to give myself genuine compliments for a week... sometimes it takes more than a week, but I eventually start seeing things in a positive light.

- Submitted by BRAVAH 4/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Exercise Equipment

SEarch craigslist.org and sign up and post on freecycle and cheapcycle in your area for deals on fitness equipment. Much is free or at a major discount emoticon

- Submitted by RIPPEDPAUL1 4/8/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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prepare

I work to get myself together before time in order not to rush. I fix lunch the night before, even setting out the utensils and cups that I'll be using so that I don't have to spend time looking for anything at the last minute.

- Submitted by TATTER3 4/8/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments

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Exercise anytime

Getting in a little extra - while heating up my lunch at work, I'll do leg abductions or adductions; when brushing my teeth, same thing. Also, I sit at a desk, so butt crunches, stand and do push ups off my desk, anything to keep the blood flowing and get that little extra in.

- Submitted by JJSSPARK 4/8/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Car Repars

I needed a new windshield pump so I called around got prices then called the Auto Parts store and bought the pump myself. I saved 20.00 on the part alone from the quotes I had been given. Kept calling around and found someone to install it for 25.00. Total Saved on Parts and Labor 38.00!

- Submitted by NEELY0918 4/8/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Write down your goals

I've found that by writing down my goals and putting them somewhere I can see them daily,this helps motivate me to accomplish what I've written down.

- Submitted by POETCHIK 4/8/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Ants

To get rid of ants. put a bit of corn meal in their paths. they carry it down to the nest but can not digest it and so die.

- Submitted by UMTONDO 4/8/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Putting it into words

I've learned that the best way for me to move past things that are hindering me is to write it all down and post it. For me, it's not responses from others that are the biggest help (although they are awesome!) but just the simple act of putting feelings into words. The bad stuff loses its power!

- Submitted by WISLNDR 4/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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