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ways to save money

My youngest son and I never spend our change when we get a jar full I have him count it out and roll it then we take it to the bank and put it into savings it also helped him learn the value of money and how to count

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

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getting extra coupons

I find that when there's a product I really like, I write to the company and tell them how much I like the product and they usually send back a coupon for a free product or a $1.00 or .50 cents off it. Anything helps and if I buy that product then its cheaper.

- Submitted by HOPE2BE 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Save money on fuel

Get a smaller car or a car with a smaller engine. Some people buy a car due to its looks or practical features. Going for a smaller car or one with a smaller engine saves considerably on gas as well as servicing/maintenance costs.

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

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Delete, delete, delete

I found that I would order things I didn't need by getting a "really good" coupon in my email from a site I used in the past. Delete those "great offer" coupons from your email unless you already had planned a purchase from that vendor.

- Submitted by GABRIELLAH99 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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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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