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I love my Ove Glove

I just love my Ove Gloves. I bought two of the originals years ago and recently replaced them with the new ones that have the grippers. They not only protect my hands from heat but my fingers still have some dexterity when I wear them. Warning...never use them if they are wet.

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Poker with Coupons

My teenage son's group of guy friends love to play Texas Hold 'em. One night they each anted a fast food coupon and the night's winner took all. My son was so excited to come home with a couple of coupons to take to college this fall. I thought, what a great idea for morning coffee with friends..pok...

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Try Store Brands

Many store brands come off the same line as name brands. Manufacturer's sell their excess capacity for private label products. I recently tried store brand soda similar to Coke Zero. I couldn't tell the different and it was half the price. (ok, no soda lectures)

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Park your cars with batteries close to each other

Our cars have batteries on opposite sides so we park the cars with the batteries closest to each other. On the rare occassion that a car needs a jump, the cars are already situated conveniently. This may seem silly but if you have ever been caught with your cars too far apart, you realize the merits

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Watch for prices increases during BOGO sales

At my store, fridge packs of drinks are regularly $3.99 but when they go on a BOGO sale, the price increases to $5.99. Instead of 2 for $3.99 it's 2 for $5.99. It's still a savings but not as much. Just put them on sale for $2.99 and stop trying to con me.

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Stop hating

Hate is an energy vampire. It accomplishes nothing, wastes time, and makes you unattractive. I have a Facebook friend who post something hateful about a politician everyday and then she wonders why she's losing friends. Politics aside..she's just no fun.

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Weather forecast in calendar

I keep the 10 day weather forecast (temp/chance of rain.etc) on the top page of each day's calendar and update as necessary. When I make plans in my calendar, I check the weather so I don't make outdoor plans if rain is in the forecast.

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Set Washing Machine Settings for Next Person

Each time I empty the washer, I set the machine for large load and cold water. That way, if the next person that somes through, hubby or kids, forgets to change the settings, then no clothing will be harmed. Hubby has ADD when it comes to changing the settings but I don't want to discourage him.

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Try Greenopolis

Greenopolis.com is a way to earn points for recycling. I drop my items off at various locations, register my points, and earn coupons for local businesses. Coming soon is Fandango rewards. Can't wait for those.

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Just go to bed

When I get a craving at 10pm, I take that as a sign that I'm just tired and need to go to bed. I know for a fact that I need sleep a whole lot more than I need the calories.

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