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Chopped Garlic-make your own supply

Make your own supply of chopped/minced garlic to save time! Cooking with garlic is fun, but peeling and mincing cloves each time you need it can be time consuming. Take a few extra minutes to peel all of the cloves from a head or two of garlic. Mince or chop the clove (don't make the pieces too sm...

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Seltzer

Flavored seltzers are great - no calories, no artificial sweeteners and lots of great taste.

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Bottle Deposits for Charity

For a few years, I've been saving the money we get when we return our empty bottles to give to charities. We don't drink soda, only seltzer and water (although we generally don't buy bottled water). It's a great way and easy way to make a charitable donation.

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Stale bread = "homemade" bread crumbs

Don't throw out that stale loaf of French, Italian, or whatever bread; cut it into chunks and toss it in a food processor to make your own bread crumbs! JUst store in a zip top bag. This way, you're not wasting bread, you're not spending money on bread crumbs and your favorite loaf of bread lasts ev...

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Goldilocks Turkey burgers

I've found ground turkey breast to be too lean for burgers, but ground turkey is a bit too fatty. So, I combine equal amounts of each, then form the patties. These turkey burgers are just right, not too lean, not too fatty. I make a lot, then individually wrap the patties and freeze them.

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Charity Gift Wrapping

Take advantage of those charities in the malls that will wrap your gift(s) for a small donation. If you wrap the way I do, you take EVERY opportunity to have someone else wrap your gifts. If a store offers free gift wrapping, I take advantage of it. But it's really great to have use a charity to wr...

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Garbage Bowl!

Rachel Ray is right on! I use an empty plastic/clamshell container as my "garbage bowl" when I cook. I keep it on the counter and it makes throwing out scraps/garbage/waste SO much easier. I used a larger version of this when I took a cooking course. Very useful.

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The multi-task run

I like to "run" errands when I run - drop off film, pick up photos, mail letters at the Post Office, pick up that one grocery item that I need. This is a great way to multi-task and save on gasoline

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Mult-task running

No, I'm not talking about listening to a book on tape while you run, I'm talking about "running errands" while during your run - drop off film. drop off mail, etc. This is a great way to get things done AND save on gas!

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"Thrifty" Breadcrumbs

Don't throw out that stale piece of French or Italian bread! Cut it into chunks and put chunks in a food processor to make your own breadcrumbs. If you don't have a food processor, use a box grater. Store crumbs in a ziplock bag in the freezer. (Squeeze out excess air before closing bag.)

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