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Cut out store ads to ensure you get the right price.

Just because an item is on sale in the ad doesn't mean the store has the correct sale price in their computer system. When checkout clerks are instructed to be as fast as possible it is easy to miss if you've been charged the wrong price. When you are buying a sale item from an ad, cut the ad info o...

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Clean your dryer lint trap with a used fabric softener sheet.

After drying your laundry, you should always empty the lint trap. Yet when you do, it tends to fly everywhere. Take a used fabric softener sheet out of the laundry and use that to collect the lint. The anti-static properties will keep it from flying everywhere and the fibers help grab all of it in o...

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Freshen your disposal by eating an orange!

If your garbage disposal is smelling a bit foul, turn on the water, start the disposal, and toss in orange peels one at a time. Larger peels will spin around a few times as they're chopped, helping to remove pieces stuck in there, and the smell will be replaced by the strong smell of fresh orange. W...

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Replace hamburger with lean ground chicken

I like hamburger helper on occasion for an easy meal, but I found when I was browning the meat there was so much grease, no matter what percentage mix. When I heard about the new ground chicken I gave that a try - and I like it so much more. There is little or no grease, takes less time to cook (tur...

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Bake something to warm your chilly home

If your house is chilly on a cool spring or summer morning/day, instead of turning on the heat for a half hour or hour, bake or cook something to warm up the house. Use that day to cook large meals for freezing or bake that healthier recipe you've been wanting to try. Multi-tasking at its best - war...

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Drink all your water - but not all at once.

Drinking a lot of water (4+ cups) within a short period of time (~30-60 mins) will prevent your body from using it properly. It is MUCH better to spread your water intake over the whole day. This allows your kidneys to use it properly, instead of releasing unprocessed water and dehydrating you. If y...

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It is easy to always keep your drip pans clean - with aluminum foil!

Line your drip pans with aluminum foil to keep them clean. (Make sure to open up the hole in the right rear pan for the exhaust from the oven.) If a pot overflows, wait until it has cooled for several hours then just replace the foil. Much easier than replacing the entire drip pan! Great idea for do...

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Cocoa Roast Almonds - dark chocolate

Check out the dark chocolate flavored Cocoa Roast Almonds from the company Emerald. This is a great snack at 150 calories for 1/4 cup of almonds that have a thin coat of dark chocolate powder on them. You can have a chocolate taste without going overboard and get some great healthy fats, protein, fi...

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Track your positive!

Create a manual other goal that you will find something positive about yourself and/or your life every day. To get your point for tracking the goal you will need to consider yourself and your day to find the positives! Small or big, a positive is a positive.

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witch hazel

Witch hazel is an astringent. If you apply it to your face with a cotton ball, it removes excess oils - great to use before putting on makeup or at the end of the day. It also holds moisture in the skin, so it can be used to combat dry, cracked hands; after washing your hands rub on some witch hazel...

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