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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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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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