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Drink Tap Water

Bottled water is so expensive. The tap water is safe to drink in almost all areas of the country. (Check the government reports on your local water tests). I keep a jug of tap water in the refrigerator so it's always cold and I use lots of ice. I always carry a refillable plastic bottle of ice water whenever I step foot out of the house. Water is included with our rent, so I'm saving "buckets" of money by drinking tap water instead of bottled water.

- Submitted by GREEN-EYED-LADY 6/12/2013 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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Gave Up My Car

I know this wouldn't work for everyone because you have to get to work, but if you don't really NEED your vehicle, consider living without it. This is what I did 4- 1/2 years ago. I ride a bike with a basket on it. I walk. I take the bus. Occasionally I take a cab. But I'm saving lots of money and getting lots of extra exercise to boot.

- Submitted by GREEN-EYED-LADY 6/15/2013 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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No more daily trips to Starbucks

I had an expensive morning latte habit that was breaking the bank so I researched good espresso makers online and found a pump style Delonghi machine for about $90 on Amazon, and then I buy Italian espresso in bulk cans from there too. Savings added up fast !

- Submitted by PRECIOUS_JEWEL 12/29/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Portion Control

When you're in need of some portion control, use the trays you get from the frozen meals (lean cuisine, WW, etc) and use those as a guide as to how much food you should be eating. I fill my tray then transfer it to a plate. I do this when eating with the family. Otherwise, even with a smaller plate, I tend to eat a little more than I should.

- Submitted by KOOZIKOO 9/22/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Clean your filters, change ur thermostat

My hubby is a heating and air conditioning sales manager (technician for almost 20 yrs) and he has taught me that cleaning your filters can keep your system running more efficiently and its something anyone can do. Also your if you cant afford to update to a more efficient heating/air system then change your thermostat to a more efficient one that has a timer to use less when you're not at home or in bed.

- Submitted by KAYJAY5478 9/22/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Saving Bread (pun intended)

There are several ways I save on bread and keep it from molding: freeze it or refrigerate it to extend freshness, dry it to make bread crumbs, use it as a binder for meat loaves, make bread pudding and french toast. And, don't forget to feed our animal friends in the winter!

- Submitted by IKLAJBOR 8/24/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Make Soup!!

What a great and healthy way to clean out vegetable drawer or garden! I make soup and freeze in serving sizes, ready for instant lunches

- Submitted by GLASSYBARB 8/22/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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get 'er going early!

If I get up early and workout before going to work, I'm much more motivated to stay on track for the rest of the day.
Plus I get to have my evenings to myself since I've already gone to the gym!

- Submitted by CAPERGRRL 7/25/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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What small thing do you want to do?

Post your intention for the day on your current status and honor it.
I started by posting that I would stay out of the junk food aisle. It was difficult at first, but now it is easier.

- Submitted by NANCY- 7/19/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Low Cost Rainy Day Fun

I get paper bags when I shop & use them as art paper. Pictures from old magazines, something to draw with, scissors & glue and imagination can produce many different projects for very little money.

- Submitted by WIGGLYARMS 7/20/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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