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Hungry while Shopping

Before I hit the grocery store I make sure that I eat a healthy breakfast or lunch. In that way I am not hungry while shopping, and everything on the shelf is not calling my name. emoticon You know when the cashier's line is a bit long you end up by the candy or the chips don't bother getting one to satisfy your temptation remind yourself you've got a couple candy bars that added to the weight you're trying to get rid off. Works for me everytime. emoticon

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/17/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Cleaning your coffee grinder

Add a handful of uncooked rice to your coffee grinder and grind away. The chopped rice cleans out the stuck coffee grounds, oils and absorbs stale odors. Afterward, throw away the rice and wipe the grinder clean.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Fireplace Cleaning

Before cleaning the ashes from my fireplace, I sprinkle damp coffee grounds over them. The coffee grounds weigh the ashes down and keep dust to a minimum.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Water Bill saving with each FLUSH

I tried this due to my water being increasingly high these few months. And to my surprise this actually worked. Fill a plastic bottle or 2 with sand cover tightly & place them in your toilet tank. Place them away from the operating mechanism. DONT USE BRICKS they will damage your toilet. The sand bottles add weigh in the tank and "trick" it into thinking it's filled to the top. You will save with EVERY FLUSH.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Getting the "freshness" out of Meats

Try this before seasoning and cooking your meat or fish. To get the freshness out of your poultry or seafood place contents in a bowl fill with a little water and squeeze a lemon or lime (juice) in it let sit for 5 mins and rinse. IF you dont have lemon use 1/2 cup flour make sure the water is covering your meat before adding flour. Use your hands to break down the lumps in the water and mix your meat. Rinse well & You can now season your meat and cook.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Cornflake your Fish

For added crunch with fewer calories, use cornflakes instead of breadcrumbs to coat fish fillets. Not only do cornflakes contain fewer calories than breadcrumbs, it's less absorbent and give the fish a lighter covering, and the fish will soak up less oil.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Does your teenager take 45 min showers?

If you have teenagers, try giving them an incentive to take shorter showers and save on your water bill. A great example is 5 mins added on to their curfew for every minute they shave off their shower time. It works every time.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/4/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Lower Electricity bill

You may not realize that most electric companies charge more for power during the day than at night. You can call and find out if that is the case in your area. If it is, make sure you do all your laundry, dishwashing, internet, and other power intensive tasks at night. You will notice the difference on your bill. emoticon

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/4/2012 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Cheap Vacations

Here is a site I came across from my sister in law. The deals on here are cheap. The vacation packages are great. Booked a few on here and I haven't been disappointed yet.

www.halfoffdepot.com

- Submitted by MARISAS25 6/22/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Coupon savings

Here is a wonderful site I came across and fell inlove with. It teaches you how to get items for less and sometimes free. The other site (divas) have retail coupons that you can print. From Payless to Stein Mart to Children's Place and so on.

www.commonsensewithm
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www.coupondi
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- Submitted by MARISAS25 5/4/2011 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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