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Make Your Own Coffee Pods

If you have a coffee maker that uses single use coffee pods and you're having a hard time finding them as I am or just find them too expensive...make your own. I found tea bags (no tea, just the bags) at Whole Foods (100 for $4.99). They are larger than the single tea bags so I trimmed the bag a bit. Open the bag and spoon in 4 tbsp of coffee and fold over and staple at the fold. I made 40 pods for $6.57 or 17 cents each.

- Submitted by NANASAMM 8/20/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Have small boxes of cut veggies ready in the fridge

I keep several small plastic boxes with a snack-size serving of chopped veggies or fruit in the fridge ready to grab as I run out the door. No excuses for not taking a healthy snack then :-)

- Submitted by SATCHMO99 8/16/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Homemade Body Scrub

I'm not very crafty or do it yourself, but I have a body scrub addiction and it was starting to cost too much..so I looked into doing it myself and it was so easy! I use good ol' white sugar (you can also use salt or brown sugar for varying textures - I like it rough) and I mixed it with lime infused olive oil. I had that as a gift and am unsure of how much it would cost to buy, but you could use plain olive oil also and then just add some essential oils for yummy scents.

- Submitted by SHANDIEGO 8/16/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Homemade Tarnish Remover that ACTUALLY works!

I went into a jacuzzi wearing a sterling silver necklace and it turned BROWN! I had warn this necklace for 4 years and this had never happened before! Here's how I fixed it:
~Take a pot deep enough to submerge what your trying to fix.
~Line the pot with aluminum foil.
~Add 1tsp of salt and 1tsp of baking soda
~Add enough water to cover the object
~Bring to a boil and "cook" for at least 3 minutes!
~It was a bit dull afterward so I cleaned it with toothpaste and it's good as new!!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 7/8/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Freeze your eggs!

My friend that has a chicken coupe let me in on a secret... You can freeze eggs! I had no idea that you could do this, and it would definitely save you money if you don't use eggs that frequently!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 5/24/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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No Name may be the best choice

Buying Name Brand Foods even Fat Free may not be the best choice. By comparing store brand nutritional values to those of name brand (even the reduced fat types), you may find the savings not only in price but in calories, fat and sodium as well. Take a look and you may be surprised!

- Submitted by NCARMAND 3/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Save up to 90% of some activitys.

I do not live off very much money and I am doing my best to save, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy going out every now and then. Groupons are amazing, I have only recently started using them but they save you a lot of money and sometimes just give you really good ideas of things to do. Each day http://www.groupon.com will have a special offer in the city you select, and you can opt to buy into it. Once enough people buy into it, becomes active and you save on that vendor!!

- Submitted by PEACHESBTS 1/30/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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End of week soup

AT the end of every week I go through the crisper for unused veggies and through the freezer for ends of bags of veggies. I toss everything in a big pot with a boullion cube or two and cook it to make soup. Add leftover chuncked meat or chicken if you have it. You can just chop it all, or use the immersion blender on it for a different style of soup. If I'm using the immersion blender, I also add any bits of leftover cheese. You could cook ends of boxes of pasta or broken spaghetti, and add

- Submitted by AKASHA66 11/1/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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One Step Wonder with Foil - Take it Further!

To save money, meal preparation and clean up time, I purchase 2-3 pkgs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they go on sale, wrap 2-3 breasts with my favorite seasoning in foil and freeze all foil pkgs in one large freezer bag. When you feel like it, take on pkg out of the bag and cook (from frozen) in oven @ 250F for 3-4 hrs while you go about your business (best if also baking potatoes or squash.) Meat always tender and you have low cal meals ready for the rest of the week.

- Submitted by DIANE2110 10/6/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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odourless for free

Ground coffee fresh or used absorbs all smell.
Forget pricey sprays, just place the coffee in a open or semipermeable (e.g. Coffee filter) container.
works for smoked in cars, smelly shoes or if your pet had a little accident.

- Submitted by BONSAIAMAZONE 6/8/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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My Laundry Soap and Softener Recipe

My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
Fabric Softener: 1/2 cup of White vinegar with a few drops of lavendar essential oil added.

- Submitted by BUDRFLY31 5/14/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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Weekly meal plan

I plan our meals for the week every wednesday (payday!) around what is on special at my supermarket. I write it on our planner so my husband knows what we're having. If we committ to it we are much less likely to grab take out instead.

- Submitted by DORAYAKI 4/26/2010 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Make your own Frozen Lunches

I recently started making my own frozen lunches. I add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then pull it out at lunch and microwave it. Now more pricey, flavorless frozen entrees for me! One of my favorites: Shredded chicken, black beans, salsa, and fat free cheese.

- Submitted by DOWNHOMEDIVA 4/21/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Blending berries!

When you've purchased fresh berries and they start going bad, like you don't really want to use them, blend them, pour them into ice cube trays and use them for smoothies! Saves you money in not through them out and
they are healthy!

- Submitted by RDEXTRA 4/17/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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College text books

Get the ISBN number and shop online. Often you can find it for 20-80% off what they are charging in the school book store. Used saves, and buying online saves even more!

- Submitted by KDLYNB 3/31/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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Using Netflix to try out exercise videos

Checking out videos from the library is a great money saver, but options are limited (at least in my town). I use Netflix to try out exercise videos that I'm interested in to see if I like them enough to buy. I can also get a huge variety this way: abs, cardio, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, walking.

- Submitted by STORMTMB 3/28/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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