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Round Up!

When entering debits or checks written into your register, round up to the next nearest whole dollar - over the course of many transactions, you'll find yourself socking away hundreds of dollars a few never-missed cents at a time! I have saved about $500 dollars in two years!

- Submitted by RAINBOWSMITE 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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swifffer

I enjoy using Swiffer dusters and mop pads but I stretch the dollars by turning over the mop pads and using the other side and I rinse out the dusters and use them over. They work just as well and it is like getting a BoGO! (buy one get one!) emoticon

- Submitted by GLYNN1 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Make list, have aplan and stick to it

I make a list before I go to the supermarket or shopping for clothes- and I stick to it. I don't purchase anything unless it is on my list. I've learned to save a ton of money by preparing a budget and sticking to my plan/list
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- Submitted by CHIEF2011 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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pick up that coin

see a coin on the ground? Pick it up; don't be embarrassed. Every penny counts. Save it for the rainy day fund!!

- Submitted by ARNETTELEE 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments

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Having Fun while Using the System

On Pensioners Double PointDay which coincides with Double Bonus Points, I use discount vouchers for products, pay with the stores Cashback Discount Vouchers &then use the credit card that creates the original 15% discount facility. Savings go into my FunFund &I have lots of fun &no guilt

- Submitted by SHEILA1505 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Online Cooking Magazines Through Your Public Library

My local public library has a database of electronic resources, including eBooks, digital audio files of books on tape, online newspapers, etc. I have recently discovered that in the periodical databases, issues of many popular cooking magazines are available in PDF format- for free!

- Submitted by HOLISTICDETOXER 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Go With The Store Brand

Store brands are often very good, so give them a try! This is especially true of things like frozen fruits and veggies, staples like flour and milk, and cleaning products, where the taste or use doesn't vary much between brands anyway.

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Why buy when you can borrow @ the library

When I hear of a new book, CD or DVD I look at the library first. Sometimes you have to put your name on the "holds" or reserve list, but I can always find something there to read while I am waiting. I preview things at the library first to see if I really would use it, before I buy.

- Submitted by PAHEALY 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Don't Buy More Car (Or other appliance) Than You Need

Know what your needs are when you are buying a major appliance or a car. Find out what features you need. Make sure you have them, and DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO ADDING ON NEAT FEATURES YOU WILL NOT USE. It isn't worth the extra money for useless (to you) features that sound cool in the store!

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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pennies from heaven

growing up, i used to always look for pennys that were face up, because that was good luck, and leave tails up because of bad luck. now if i find ANY change, regardless heads or tails, i pick it up, and take it home and put it in my change collector. 1 day i found a total of $2.36 i had found 2

- Submitted by JAIRUS1 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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