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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.

- Submitted by THYME2WIN 7/24/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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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 section costs about 2.5.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 7/17/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 6/13/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/21/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Me First

I have a savings account, and money goes in every time I get paid. Over time, I've increased the amount I deposit. The real trick is to save more than you think you can. After saving for years but not having as much as I thought I should, I challenged myself to save a certain amount from every paycheck - no matter what.

When you have savings to fall back on, you don't worry about paying your bills. Less stress leads to a happier life.

- Submitted by LCATTLEYA 4/13/2014 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Laundry Soap Recipe

This is cheap and compares to Tide with Bleach Alternative. Use 2 Tablespoons per load. Mix equal parts: borax, washing soda, Oxygen Cleaner, and powdered SUN laundry detergent. This really gets the stains out and whitens and brightens! Any powdered laundry detergent can be used in the recipe and mix it in a ziploc bag that has been closed! You can use Oxyclean for the Oxygen cleaner, but I use the off brand

- Submitted by KEEPGOINGGIRL 12/2/2013 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Cleaning S Steel

Bicarb / baking soda made into a paste does a wonderful job cleaning Stainlesssteel

- Submitted by TOTHEFUTURE1 8/10/2013 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Ditch the windex!

A super easy glass cleaner that dose just as well if not better is as follows. Take a spray bottle and fill half with warm water. Add two tbsp. of corn starch and fill the rest of the bottle with equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Shake well before each use as corn starch will settle. Try a batch I bet you will love it!

- Submitted by NAYLOR1985 7/13/2013 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Ditch costly cleaners!

Even the dollar store cant beat the price of a homemade cleaner in the long run! Vinegar and water cleans almost everything just as well! You just mix it in a spray bottle and go! Use at least a 1 to 4 ratio but if you don't mind the smell you can use it straight!

- Submitted by NAYLOR1985 7/13/2013 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Stubborn Stains

Use shaving cream to remove stubborn stains. Smear it on and leave it for an hour or so, then scrub. My daughters wedding gown was a total mess after the wedding and I didn't think the hem would ever be clean, but I did this and it came out perfect! My son-in-law called me a miracle worker!

- Submitted by JOYFULROAD 1/1/2013 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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