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Empty out that coin purse!

Every couple of days or so I empty out the coin purse part of my wallet and put it in my "piggy bank." Then once that is full I roll up the coins (I know, I know, I could take it to one of the Coinstar machines) because I like to do all of that myself. Once all of the coins are all rolled up I immediately take them and deposit them into my savings account. The last time I did this I think I had $50 worth of coins!

Gee, I guess the pennies (and nickles, dimes, quarters) really do add up!

- Submitted by EMLANGLEY 4/7/2011 in Saving Money | 8 Comments
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spacebag

This really works! Saved me allot of space in my linen closet. I purchased the size that is for 1 comforter and 4 pillows. I fit 2 queen sized comforters and since I did not need it for pillows, I added 2 twin sized comforters. It filled the bag,but it all fit. Then when it shrunk down, it all fit in my closet. Amazing! A great idea. emoticon

- Submitted by ROZAROONEY58 4/7/2011 in Product Reviews | 7 Comments
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Breakfast

I discovered a new and healthy breakfast that not only taste great but it is healthy too. I mixed 1 packet of Plain oatmeal and 4oz. of Unsweetened applesauce together. It was healthy and it filled me up for hours afterwards.

- Submitted by THEEXERCISER 5/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Plastic Bag as Kitchen-Cleanup Aid

For no-fuss cleanup, instead of peeling fruits and vegetables over a cutting board or into the sink, do it over a plastic bag. When you're done, flip the peelings into the garbage and rinse the bag to reuse another day, or simply toss the whole shebang into the trash.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 4/7/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Buzz off Mosquitoes!

Plant Pelargoniums (scented geranium) near your patio this summer. When the mosquitoes start buzzing and making an evening in the garden a misery, pick leaves from the plants and rub the leaves over your arms and legs. This remedy has been used by African tribes for many years.
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- Submitted by TWOTIMESS 4/6/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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No real secret, But.......

Log in to Sparks EVERYDAY! Snoop around-get to know others-Read success stories and inspirational pages and blogs emoticon

- Submitted by QUILTINGBEAJ 4/4/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Break up your workout

Sometimes when I'm running on the treadmill or elliptical, I feel like I'll never make it to my calorie-burning goal for the day. So I hop off after I've burned 100 or 200 calories, then go and do my strength training, or get a drink of water, or go to the bathroom...and then I hop back on. Burning 200 calories twice somehow feels less daunting than burning 400 in one go!

- Submitted by ROSALITA323 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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Pull out your measuring tape

I rarely step on the scale anymore. My measuring tape is a much better indicator of my progress. Since muscle weighs more than fat in one's body and takes up less space, inches reduced tells a better story than a simple weight number. If the scale hasn't budged *and* I've lost a few inches, obviously I'm shedding fat and gaining muscle. So ditch the scale and get out your measuring tape once a month.

- Submitted by ELLENSUN 4/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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8 waters a day - 1 after getting up, 1 before each meal, 1 before snacks = ready!

I drink 1 glass of water right after getting up (1). Then I drink a glass of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner (3). When I feel like eating a snack in the morning and afternoon, first I drink a glass of water (2). The two left, I just drink when I feel thirsty. :-) emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by HAKAPES 4/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Freeze!

Do you have candlesticks or other candle "plates" that have a built up of candle wax? If (like me) you do, just pop those into the freezer for a few hours and that wax comes right off! You can also use the freezer to get smells like fish or garlic off of Tupperware! Who knew?!
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- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 4/4/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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