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Why leave money on the table!

Mr. A spends his cash and puts his left over extra change in his jar. He feels good. Mr. B gets a no annual fee credit card, a free $25 sign up bonus, watches his expenses, pays off entire balance at the end of each month, then gets FREE reward dollars direct deposited in his savings account month...

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Save money, save water!

When the yard needs some water and the car needs a bath I combine the two by pulling the car onto the yard and give it a good water cleanse. I found you really don't need soap, just elbow grease, to clean the car and it really helps the yard. I feel soon water will be a very important commodity s...

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RECYCLE, REUSE, RECLAIM!

It helps us save a lot of money with easy things like recycling our aluminum, glass and plastic. Reusing gently worn clothes found in consignment shops and reclaiming useful cheap items from garage and yard sales. It never ceases to amaze me what people will throw away or discard! It all adds up!

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Cancel your newspaper.

We finally realized that our newspaper was full of old news and sports that we had seen on TV multiple times and our favorite coupons were available free on line. So we cancelled it and now save over $100/ year! Don't miss it a bit. Might rethink it for you.

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Lots of Tips

Most people already but for those who may not I would recommend www.clarkhoward.com for a myriad of information on saving money.

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Don't be wasteful!

Sounds silly but the majority of Americans waste a considerable amount of food that they spend their hard earned dollars on. We clean the fridge out constantly to avoid spoilage, check the hydrators, and cook the right portions for each meal. NO food ends up in the trash. It helps to keep a close...

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Tip Yourself

We sometimes eat out and finally realized that some restaurants are suggesting more for tipping, i.e. say 15%. Therefore we decided to only patronize establishments that we don't have to leave a tip and put that money back in our pockets. It has become pretty easy to locate great places that fit ...

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Be credit smart

Don't use a credit card unless you can pay it off at the end of the month completely!

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Dilute the soap dispenser

A full pump squirt from the soap dispenser is just what the company wants you to do. Then it takes much more time rinsing off the extra soap you don't really need to clean your hands plus it wastes more precious water. Therefore, we dilute our saop about 2:1 and get clean hands, quick rinse, and m...

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Extra Toothpaste

My wife cuts off the end of the toothpaste tube when she can't squeeze out any more and actually she's right, you can get several more "free" uses by scrubbing out the inside of the tube. Crazy but it works!

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