SparkPeople The Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch Team Messageboard Hello Friends! I would love for all of you to come on in and pinch those pennies with us! We strive to save money at every turn! Come and get healthy and save! See you there! SparkPeople The Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch Team Messageboard my goal is to save better in 2016 i have decided to save more money this coming year than I have ever saved before. I have a savings account that i keep in a separate account from my checking account. this is for emergencies only. i also have a piggy bank at home that I keep to see how much change I can save over the next year. i am on disability so times can be tight. hope to hear from those who are basically in the same situation. <em>213</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:49:52 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:25 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:55 EST Hand Me Downs Hello Friends! Did you wear hand me downs or new? <em>345</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:25:07 EST Your Home town Hello Friends! Where are you from? <em>652</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:22:35 EST Do You Need Support And Motivation Hello Friends! If you are in need of some motivation or support then you have come to the right place! <em>220</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:20:02 EST Good Ol' Water Hello Friends! Did you get your daily dose of that good ol' water? <em>274</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:14:30 EST Weekly Weigh-In Hello Friends! Come on in and weigh in! <em>192</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:10:32 EST Fitness Minutes Today Hello Friends! How many fitness minutes did you do today? <em>260</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:07:47 EST If You Were A Millionaire... Hello Friends! If you were a millionaire, what would you do with the money? <em>243</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:03:41 EST $7.00 Per Week = A Goodie Hello Friends! If you take and put $7.00 away a week, you will receive a goodie on the 8th day! Are you up to the challenge? <em>306</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:59:29 EST Do You Go To Yard/Garage Sales Hello Friends! I love to go to yard sales and garage sales! I find all kinds of good stuff:) What about you? <em>126</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:45:42 EST When Did You Become A Penny Pincher Hello Friends! When did you decide that you were going to start pinching your pennies? <em>247</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:27:58 EST Word Association Hello Friends! I just love this game! Come on, let's play! <em>381</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:02:27 EST Hi I'm Candace Hello my name is Candace I'm from Georgia. I look forward to being a part of your team. I can't wait to learn from some of yours ideas on how to save money. I do not have any kids. So it's just me and my boyfriend. If you have any advice for me let me know I can use it. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:10:31 EST Thanks you all! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:21:12 EST Sort of Buyers Beware With Lowe's Plant Sales Recently, Lowes ran an ad for a variety of shrubs 4 for $10. Everyday I went in and was told they would be in the next day. The day they came in, when I took my shrubs up to the stand, they tried to charge me full price, because the sale had ended, even though the plants had just come in. <BR> <BR> Well, I romped and stomped and got my sale price, but beware. Other stores may try this, too. Carry your add, tellmy story and get them to write you a rain check. Speak to the manager if you ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 07:25:17 EST Kohl's deal I received a coupon from Kohls for $10 off. This was off clearance included. Minimum buy was $10. So I went to Kohls and hit the clearance section. I got 2 very nice tops to wear with a blazer for the office. Total cost for me $4.74. Total savings $53.86!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now that is a good deal. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:28:54 EST Spring Time Exercise Ok, everybody, now that spring is upon (or should be for some of us) What are you doing for exercise??? Do you work out inside, go to the gym or work out outside???? <BR> What did you do today and where? <em>215</em> <em>319</em> <em>313</em> <em>185</em> <em>231</em> <em>108</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>34</em> <em>278</em> <em>260</em> <em>318</em> <em>401</em> <em>406</em> <em>404</em> <em>402</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:16:59 EST Blog just for us! (for quicker reading) DH's cancer(multiple Myeloma) is up and at again. We may be denied a local doctor, because of no robbing policy and his referral is 260 miles away. <BR> <BR> I am not happy with the situation. The distance may be an impossiblity for commuting. So, we're sort of in limbo. We don't have any dial-a-rides that travel 260 miles. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:50:34 EST The best use of your money Sometimes cheaper, isn't the way to go. Sometimes, cheaper is all that you can afford. If, you're in a position to choose, sometimes a little more money will make the item last a whole lot longer. Think of it as a car and gas mileage. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, cheap is really the way to go. If disposable gloves work the same, go for the cheap. If you cleaning agent takes twice as much, spend a little more. <BR> <BR> Look through some of the past topics for good ideas and comment on them. I... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:43:19 EST IRS If you haven't kept good records for your deductions for last year, now is a time to begin for 2011. <BR> <BR> We forget a lot of things. Keep track of the mileage to doctors, lab tests, dentists and the pharmacy. It adds up. Take pictures of your large ticket items given to charity. Keep track of your mileage for charity work. <BR> <BR> There's work related publications, licensing tax on vehicles, brokerage fees, Sales tax on big ticket items. Energy credits. Glasses. <BR> <BR> Get... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:36:17 EST Saving a $1 a day I'm going to challenge myself to save at least $1 a day starting for Christmas shopping 2011! <BR> <BR> I'm going to physically put change in a jar, but what ideas do you have to help me fill it?! Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:46:19 EST Dried beans These protein and fibre filled wonders are actually so cheap! I love vegetarian chili and soups, but do you have more ideas in terms of salads, sides and mains? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:54:44 EST A B C Game A ~ Attitude Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:19:28 EST How do you stock up for winter? We would stock up on fire wood, dry food and toilet paper. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:41:34 EST What little things do you save? I save the cotton out of bottles for cotton balls. I save screws and nails. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:38:02 EST Making Clothes Work For You! Many of you alter or remake clothing. I need black dress shorts and finding them isn't easy. So, off to "Ross" (a lot like TJ Max). Found a beautiful pair of black slacks with pockets. With my mature lady discout, $7.37 including tax. There is no way I could find a pair of dress shorts for that. <BR> <BR> Recently, I bought a new pair of sage green dress shorts at a thrift store, way too tight for my waist, but fit every where else. It had pleats in the front, which I opened to fit me ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:15:43 EST new here from screamer hi i am julie i have joined to see if i can learn from you some other ways to pinch and save alittle here and there. I am up to hear any suggestions you have to offer. My husband and i are both trying to scrape by. We have no 2 legged children but hree 4 legged children they are all girls 2 cats and a choclate lab. Can't wait to hear from everybody and to join in on the fun. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:10:04 EST staying fit in cooler weather In Ontario, the weather is already starting to get a bit cool. Although I try, if I'm honest with myself I know that I have a lot more excuses to skip walks and over eat in the winter. <BR> <BR> What are your tips for healthy soups, bundling up and fun work out videos! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 14:56:06 EST DIY - Dog Grooming Hello - I own a Golden Retriever. Every year we have her shaved for the summer. Due to finances, we did not have her shaved this year. She is shedding all over the house and she is hot too. <BR> <BR> Has anyone purchased a dog grooming kit of any kind? <BR> Is there a good brand vs bad? <BR> Is there a difference between dog grooming kits and the Gilette or Oster Men's grooming kits? <BR> The prices of the dog grooming kits range into the upper $400.00 range and I don't want to spend tha... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:20:25 EST DIY - Dog Grooming Hello - I own a Golden Retriever. Every year we have her shaved for the summer. Due to finances, we did not have her shaved this year. She is shedding all over the house and she is hot too. <BR> <BR> Has anyone purchased a dog grooming kit of any kind? <BR> Is there a good brand vs bad? <BR> Is there a difference between dog grooming kits and the Gilette or Oster Men's grooming kits? <BR> The prices of the dog grooming kits range into the upper $400.00 range and I don't want to spend tha... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:18:26 EST Internet Shopping Recently, my DH want an item and check many varying prices and shipping. I found recently by checking several sites, I found an shade cover for a canoe for 50% less. <BR> <BR> SO, shop and shop cheap. Thu, 5 Aug 2010 17:57:14 EST a blog that gave me a new perspective I read an interesting blog yesterday and ended up blogging about it myself. It was: <BR> <BR> http://hungryforamonth.blogs <BR> <BR> oramonth_archive.html <BR> <BR> The author made a commitment to eat on a dollar a day for a month. He passed the savings on to a food bank. <BR> <BR> Reading the blog brought up a lot of memories for me and made me realize that, even though I consider myself poor, I am not hungry. I am blessed and I am grateful for all that I h... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 23:09:23 EST Hi, I am Marla from Oregon My name is Marla and I try to be frugal and green. I often go weeks without spending a dime, except for food. About a year ago I started on a quest to really go green and to really cut my expenses for everything. I know we live in a consumer society but the only way to change that is by changing ourselves, one person at a time. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 01:10:02 EST The year 2000 (Y2k), what were your preparations? I bought toilet paper, lots of toilet paper, bottle water, stock my medicine shelves, stocked wood, and bought a lot of macaroni and rice. I didn't have an outhouse, so I'm not sure on where I was planning on using the toilet paper. Wed, 26 May 2010 08:10:06 EST Do you buy used clothes? I love to shop at the thrift stores for our clothes. (underwear being the only exception; not that I've seen used panties in a TS..but I have been known to wear bras handed down by relatives.) But, for clothing, I don't mind buying used. It sure beats buying new, especially with the price of everything going up these days! <BR> <BR> That being said, I don't just "shop" for clothes like a lot of women do. I don't even like to shop. I only have a few select things at a time that I actually we... Tue, 18 May 2010 07:24:35 EST Hello fellow penny pinchers! There's nothing I love more than penny pinching! I'm so happy to be here and look forward to learning new tips from you all! Sun, 16 May 2010 14:29:06 EST !!Newbie to Spark!! Just stopped to say HI! <BR> I'm a Mom of 3 busy boys, blessed business owner, and wife of the most AMAZING man; who talked me into buying a farm! <BR> Im probably pretty close to the average SAHM and lovin it! I tend to Run Run Run..and FORGET about MEEEEEE time!!! <BR> But I'm getting back to my "grove" and having fun along the way!! <BR> Good luck to you all along the journey as well! <BR> ~Blessings Thu, 6 May 2010 14:26:06 EST Hi, I'm Jenn Good morning, everyone. I'm new to this group (obviously <em>41</em> )...Well, I'm 32 and on a long rocky journey towards health and happiness. Recently, my husband and I found out we are going to have our first child...I tend to be a fairly anxious person, but I completely panic when I think about the cost of raising a child! It's time for some serious penny-pinching!!! I look forward to "meeting" all of you Mon, 3 May 2010 07:25:36 EST Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info. <BR> <BR> Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things – food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s intended to be all inclusive so everyone can participate i... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:13:44 EST Ethel & Mable Two elderly women were eating breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ethel noticed something funny about Mabel's ear and she said, ''Mabel, do you know you've got a suppository in your left ear?' Mabel answered, 'I have a suppository in my ear?' She pulled it out and stared at it. <BR> <BR> Then she said, 'Ethel, I'm glad you saw this thing. Now I think I know where to find my hearing aid.' <BR> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:54:56 EST Mass cooking I used to love to cook, but I don't like cooking for two. So, I'm looking for recipes, where I can prepare the meat for a lot of dishes and freeze them. <BR> <BR> Let me know your ideas.--PJ Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:49:01 EST Laundry Recently, on a TV money smart program, they suggested not only to cut your laundry detergent back or eliminate it all together. <BR> <BR> It might be worth a try. Also, cut your dry sheets in 1/2 or 1/4's. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:07:06 EST Your Most Unusual Pet! We laugh with our neighbor over his pet "gopher" that he had as a kid. He kept it in a bird cage. It got so fat, it couldn't roll over. DH had a "chicken" I had a lost, injured "emu" for a short time. Once, our boys had 50 "prairie dogs". <BR> <BR> So, what was yours? Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:52:03 EST hydrogen peroxide I came across this on another team and thought it was worth sharing. <BR> <BR> This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana <BR> <BR> "I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars." <BR> <BR> 1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bo... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:52:01 EST Gardening It's time to get this one going. Remember, if you soak your seeds overnight, they sprout easier. Also, if you want to attract humming birds, plant red flowers.--PJ Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:21:49 EST Thanks for the warm welcome! Hello all! I'm Neen and I'm very happy to be here. I've been a Spark member for 2 years but engaging in the community aspect is new for me. I'm not usually a very social person but I'm working on overcoming that. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely a penny pincher, to an extent. I don't reuse Ziploc bags or tinfoil, but I try to ride my bike to work whenever it's nice enough out to save gas and I clip coupons and shop the sale papers. I'm also kind of crazy environmentally friendly. I find the two go ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:59:56 EST what are you doing for exercise today? <em>108</em> <em>34</em> <em>319</em> <em>311</em> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 09:11:49 EST Looks like a schizophrenic or bipolar episode . . Please pass this on to anyone you know who has a female family member with psychiatric issues, as well as to all health professionals you know, to get the word out. They can simply test for the antibody in the blood. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Carol <BR> <BR> <BR> "It looked very much like the beginnings of a schizophrenic or bipolar episode," said Christopher Kobet, a fourth-year neurology resident at University Hospital who helped pinpoint Echols' problem. <BR> <BR> But the real culprit w... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 16:08:19 EST Make your own yogurt Homemade oven yogurt <BR> <BR> 8 cups of milk (I use skim) <BR> 1 cup of powdered milk (this will make yogurt thicker) <BR> 8 OZ ALL NATURAL PLAIN YOGURT (this is the starter, it must contain live active cultures) <BR> <BR> You will need a candy thermometer <BR> <BR> Preheat oven at lowest temp. turn off and turn the oven LIGHT on (this will maintain an oven temp of 110. <BR> <BR> Combine the milk & powdered milk together, heat until it reaches a temp. of 170-200 degrees Fahrenheit, I ha... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:50:29 EST Olympics are over - baseball anyone? So, what are your plans for summer? <BR> I have two grandsons,one granddaughter, one great nephew, and two great nieces that all play softball, baseball what ever it is. Does anyone else go watch those wonderful little children mess up so bad you almost pee your pants laughing so hard? <BR> I love going and watching them play. Actually my granddaughter is pretty darn good, this will be her third year. Both of my grandsons are really good too, Conor will be 8 in May and this is his fourth ye... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 22:13:22 EST Today I will... Today I will spend time raking the yard Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:21:45 EST Say something positive about yourself... I am determined Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:31:08 EST Budget cuts I just had a $654 drop in an already tight budget. It is just me and my daughter now and we only qualify for $55 a month in food stamps, plus she gets wic and we get commonities once per month. Our income provides for $68 a month (if lucky and if I do not go to counseling) left over after bills for gas, extras and any other food we need, plus any doctors visits I may have (at $50 a peice) so there is not alot to work with. We cut out many extras, no home phone, no internet, no cable at this ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:18:38 EST Today I will . . . and I won't Today I will complete my nutrition tracker. <BR> Today I will not overindulge in nut mix. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:53:02 EST What are you having for dinner tonight? We're having ~ <BR> <BR> Fish Tacos <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=969311 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 09:12:44 EST Just For Fun - 100 Questions I came across a list of questions and will post them one at a time. Please answer the question and why. Have fun! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:05:44 EST This Might Apply To You!! This is for info, that might help. One member was stuck on a plateau for several months. Her doctor checked her "Hormones". They were out of balance. If this is you, have your doctor check.--PJ Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:19:06 EST Anyone watching the olympics... What's your favs? <BR> <em>196</em> <em>329</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:11:52 EST Fiber, where do you get it? All the time, we hear eat more fiber, but what is safe? DH has some cereal that says, it has twigs in it. So, can we gnaw on a tree? They hawk "Fiber One'' and "All-Bran". Have you seen the price of that stuff? Yes, all you youngsters can snicker or don't even know what I'm talking about. Remmber this, more fiber bulk in,more calories out. <BR> <BR> So, if any of you have ideas, shredded cardboard, macthsticks, whatever. Let me know.--PJ Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:51:07 EST FOOD CALORIES IN / EXERCISE CALORIES OUT I started this thread, using the Spark Trackers, to keep myself accountable. Please feel free to jump right in and join me! <BR> <BR> 2/14 - CALS IN = 1600 / CALS OUT = 0 <BR> 2/13 - CALS IN = 1900 / CALS OUT = 0 <BR> 2/12 - CALS IN = 2150 / CALS OUT = 0 <BR> 2/11 - CALS IN = 1600 / CALS OUT = 0 <BR> 2/10 - CALS IN = 1700 / CALS OUT = 240 <BR> 2/09 - CALS IN = 1500 / CALS OUT = 212 <BR> 2/08 - CALS IN = 1700 / CALS OUT = 766 <BR> 2/07 - CALS IN = 1600 / CALS OUT = 180 <BR> 2/06 - CA... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:56:32 EST Beat the system foods! (taste great and low cal) Chopped apple with peel,spices and splenda, microwaved. Add a crumbled cracker and you have mock apple pie. Good for you, tastes great and low cal.--PJ Sun, 14 Feb 2010 07:46:44 EST Where have you found the best prices on produce My husband and I usually shop at Trader Joes which is basically a smaller organic grocer. The produce there can be pricey and also doesn't stay fresh as long. Do you find the regular grocery store to have good prices, Super Walmart or? Also, do you substitute some frozen? If so, which brands are good? Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:03:28 EST The Simple Dollar Hello All! <BR> <BR> Have you been reading This guy is awesome. He's got a series of articles on cutting down your expenses in all aspects, and even a lesson on making your own laundry detergent! <BR> <BR> He rocks! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:46:21 EST Sign up for FDA email alerts I found this on the Mixing Bowl site and thought it was interesting and wanted to share. <BR> <link><BR>Informed/GetEmailUpdates/default.htm </link> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:25:30 EST Morning all My name is Kanani and i am new to this group. I have been on sparkpeople prior and realized i needed more help than i allowed myself to have. anyways any advice, support, comments are always welcome. <BR> have a safe day <BR> kanani Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:27:04 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY PJ !!!! HEY PJ, HERE'S HOPING YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT BIRTHDAY! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Grace <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:11:09 EST My name is Rena I am always a goer for finding new ways to save money, being a single mom with two teenagers life is always counting pennies.. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 06:23:48 EST Let's Have A Party, I Will Bring <em>410</em> and <em>408</em> and <em>409</em> . What can you bring?--PJ Sat, 26 Dec 2009 06:52:43 EST Water <BR> We use to have our water delivered spending about $70 to $80 a month <BR> <BR> We now take our 5 gallong containers and have them refilled at our local supermart like shop rite and only spend $2 for a refill and we now only spend $ 8 to $15 a month for our water <BR> <BR> That is huge savings and to top if off we like the take of water. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 14:32:45 EST my name is jenn! hey there, well where do i start... well i am 28 years old and i have been always been overweight. My father just passed away and it was a big kick in my gut. my family has a history of bad health and i have always said that im going to get into better shape when i get older...bla bla. well i took a look and im am now so i think unless i want to die young with no kids i better get into gear. My dreams in life were to already have like 6 im serious i want that many..... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:06:51 EST New to SparkPeople Hi all! <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople right before Thanksgiving and I've been doing pretty well on my nutrition and exercise goals so far. <BR> <BR> I decided to join this group because my husband and I have been "tightwads" since we got married back in 1987. We have always lived beneath our means. I enjoy sharing ideas about how to save money. <BR> <BR> While my spending has increased lately on "healthy" foods, we still are very frugal with the rest of our spending. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sun, 13 Dec 2009 18:39:26 EST Dishwasher help needed, I have white spots Help... <BR> <BR> Our dishwasher has been leaving white marks on everything, especially plastic utensils and my fiesta large plates. <BR> <BR> Usually I use the cheap powder but I bought gel to see if it helps. I use the rinsing agent and have kept it filled. We rinse everything before putting it in the rack and do not overload. It's just annoying but we can still use everything. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I took the plates out and literally scrubbed them to get this stuff off, however th... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 07:19:14 EST ***FANTASY*** This is for fun, day dreaming or just plain stupid!!--PJ Sun, 29 Nov 2009 07:28:49 EST "WE NEED" This will be suggestions or requests for new topics and improvement for our motley group.--PJ Sun, 29 Nov 2009 07:23:56 EST Old Navy Hi All! <BR> <BR> I was at Old Navy yesterday and they are having a 50% of all clearance items deal! I got a gym shirt, lounge pants, 2 casual shirts, a blouse, and pant and a sweater for my fiancé for $60.00 including tax! <BR> <BR> Great idea for X-mas I think. Everyone can use cute tops and at $3.00 - $6.00 bucks a pop, you can't miss! Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:43:07 EST TODAY!!!!!!! This topic is for celebration. Birthdays, anniversarys, anything, we can wish you well.--PJ Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:56:17 EST name is Autumn and I am a spendthrift. Hi there...I am an impulsive buyer so this team looks to fit into my new life I am starting.. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the neat ideas... <BR> <BR> Autumn Wed, 18 Nov 2009 01:10:43 EST Christmas Cooking I love this cookie site. I am not baker (because I am an cookie eater), but this year I am thinking of giving it a try. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What are your Christmas cooking favorites? Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:14:37 EST Venting 101 Sometimes, it helps to vent, like rude drivers irritate me. High prices, stupid people. Having a relative you love dearly, but seems oblivious. There's a lot to moan and gone about. We have 3 things we're happy about, so we deserve one thing to vent about.--PJ Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:08:43 EST 19 Bizarre Home Cures That Really Work <link><BR>remedies/?cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-10302009-<BR>_-Health-_-HomeRemedies </link> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:01:47 EST Free New Hairstyle I love this. You can watch a video and also see the written instruction on how to create a look. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-how-tos-little-pink-style-book/vide<BR>os.jsp </link> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:15:22 EST Canadian Penny Pinchers? I love this team and most of the advice/tips are universal, however I've got lots of coupons and saving ideas specifically for Canadians if any of you are! Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:08:01 EST SENDING OUT MULTIPLE GOODIES Has anyone every found out if it's possible to send out a Goodie to several people at the same time? It's kind of time consuming to do them individually. It sure would be great with the holidays coming up! <BR> <BR> Grace Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:56:30 EST Delicious dishes for less than $2 per serving Slow Cooker <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-10282009-_-Nutrit<BR>ion%20and%20Recipes-_-Slow%20Cooker%20Meals </link> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 07:54:58 EST Tips on Winterizing Hi All! <BR> <BR> We're new homeowners and really concerned about the cost of heating the house this winter! We're mad about compact florescent and other money saving tips, so I can't wait to hear what you all do to stay cozy on the cheap! <BR> <BR> Here's our plan so far: <BR> <BR> Use weather stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering. <BR> <BR> Wrap hot water pipes with foam pipe insulation and wrap water heater with a water heater insulation blanket. <BR> <BR> Reversi... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:46:15 EST coupons How much have you saved in coupons in one trip. Most here was 40 some dollars Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:05:33 EST the tightwade gazette i ordered it and it is a good book go buy it Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:04:56 EST Extra Income While I love my coupons, and my creative adventures in savings, sometimes you just don't make quite enough. <BR> <BR> I've recently offered my freelance writing services to the local paper and made $150.00 for two articles! Giving me a topic on a meager week is a lot cheaper than paying overtime or hiring a new journalist and I get to add that money to my savings! <BR> <BR> What ideas to you have for making more money, especially in states/ countries where garage sale season is over? Thu, 22 Oct 2009 11:21:10 EST fun website ~ hillbillyho I found this website and thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 Oct 2009 23:28:52 EST New Member Hi - my name is Eileen and I am new to this Team. I saw it posted on someone else's Spark Page. Since I am always looking for ways to save money, I thought I would check it out. <BR> <BR> I work full-time as a women's health nurse practitioner in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I am married without children. My husband is retired and I am hoping to join him in that state within the next five years. I look forward to being an active member of this Team. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 22:14:57 EST whipped topping here's a recipe for whipped topping made from powdered milk. It requires a lot of mixing! <BR> <BR> Mix 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk with 1/2 cup cold water. Beat to soft peak stage - about 4 minutes at medium-high speed with an electric mixer. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and beat 6 to 7 minutes more at same speed. Add 3 tablespoons sugar or substitute and beat 1 more minute at same speed. <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:09:11 EST Did anyone else see this on Yahoo news? Still on the Job, but Making Only Half as Much <BR> <BR><BR>icle/107961/still-on-the-job-but-makin<BR>g-only-half-as-much?mod=career-salary_<BR>negotiation <BR> <BR> I think I was supposed to feel sorry for this guy/ family but the math tells me otherwise. <BR> What did you think? <BR> <BR> -Michelle in FL Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:52:11 EST Tips for a tight week Hi All! <BR> <BR> Well it's getting cold here in Ontario, and as some of you may already know, I'm leaving for a much needed vacation in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> This, however, has made this week a little tight financially as we work to pay it off as quickly as possible! <BR> <BR> What are you best low budget recipes and night time activities to make the most of this Penny Pinching fortnight? Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:58:23 EST Fanny Packs - Fashion or Function Are there rules about when if ever it is appropriate to wear a fanny pack. What are the items you would put in yours? What occassions would you use one? Any advice to wear it in the front or the back? How much is too much to spend on one? Do you find your hubby is more likely to carry your 'purse'? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 02:01:41 EST 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! Did you read this Spark article? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1210 </link> Wed, 14 Oct 2009 01:38:00 EST Halloween decorating ideas-Cheap!! Here's some cute CHEAP ideas for any more? <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:08:15 EST Chris Downie on Oprah Hi fellow team members, <BR> One of my other teams is trying to get everyone to write to Oprah to try and get Chris D and his new book on her show. I copied her letter and the oprah address if anyone is interested in helping. Feel free to write your own or use this as a template. <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> Please have Chris Downie on your show. He is the SparkGuy behind which has helped hundreds of thousands of people to lose weight, for FREE. Here is a fact that Oprah would ap... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 14:13:54 EST "I Want To Be On The Goodie List" Okay, here it is.--PJ Sun, 11 Oct 2009 07:22:49 EST Coin rolling Hello All! <BR> <BR> For my parents 30th wedding anniversary, the family got an amazing deal on a 4 day cruise! Knowing that the meals and stay are included is a huge relief, but I was really concerned about luxuries, like the occasional fancy drink or a souvenir! <BR> <BR> As I've done since I was a little girl, I decided to dedicate a coin bank to the pursuit and I'm happy to report that between July and yesterday I saved $207.00 with 3 weeks until the cruise! Amazing how fast your nick... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:37:13 EST $5 meals Hello everyone! I ran across this website a while back. This lady complies lots of money saving ideas and she feeds her family off $5 a meal. She has some good recipes. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 15:47:17 EST Interior Decorating This takes patience, a yard stick, a marker and steady hand. To cut the expense of purchasing wall paper border, I make my own. Choose a roll of striped wallpaper with a repeat pattern. Choose the part you like best, mark repeat patterns and cut lengthwise. <BR> <BR> It's time consuming, but you can really save money.--PJ Tue, 6 Oct 2009 07:22:53 EST WHAT IS OR WHAT WAS YOUR PROFESSION? Every now and then members make references to their jobs. I'm curious to know what some of you do or did for a living. I'm a retired recreation co-ordinator for my town's senior population and also was a certified exercise instructor for 15 years, at the Y.M.C.A. and my most important job - Mother of 5. The oldest had just turned 6 when the youngest was born! <BR> <BR> Grace Sun, 4 Oct 2009 19:54:38 EST THANK YOU! I got a Spark Goodie(pedometer), from the team this morning want to say Thank You to who ever sent it to me! <BR> <BR> Grace Sun, 4 Oct 2009 15:00:42 EST Pharmacy Don't laugh because it's no laughing matter. I have a condition on my lower arms that riles up like shingles. It burns and itches so bad, I can't sleep. I tried everything on it and finally got desperate and tried "Hemroid" medicine. It seems to be helping. I've heard of using on your face, but I already have hair on my arms, so I thought what the heck.--PJ Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:55:50 EST I like this "Penny Pinching" team because: I see the goodness, compassion and sharing of people reaching out.--PJ Thu, 24 Sep 2009 20:13:33 EST Hello to all!! I'm Blueberrypi and I want to say a hearty hello to one and all. I am catching up with my group mail and post, but the journey continues of course!! Thanks again for all of your kind words and support, I hope this post finds everyone just Sparky!! (smile) <BR> <BR> One of the ways I've saved money for years is using the plastic grocery and shopping bags(I know there is a green alternative, the cloth tote)that I get from shopping is to line my trash cans in the house, to store shoes sometimes... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 19:29:05 EST I'M SO CHEAP THAT. . . I'M SO CHEAP THAT - I buy most of my clothes at Goodwill. My P.J. tops are old Ts from my DH. My summer PJs are his Ts with the sleeves cut off. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Grace Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:32:59 EST You Know Your House Is Dirty When: The mice drag the shopvac in and drop it at your feet. <BR> <BR> Your dog drags his bed outside. <BR> <BR> Your laundry gets done more often, than your dishes. <BR> <BR> Your toilet posts protest signs. <BR> <BR> Your foaming cleaner, walks off the job. <BR> <BR> You have to use a chisel to make a spot for a pizza in your oven. <BR> <BR> Homeless people refuse food from your kitchen. <BR> <BR> Your garbage walks it's self to the can. <BR> <BR> Your kids give you a backhoe. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:53:19 EST Off the Wagon :-( Well It looks like I am off the wagon again I have gone up in weight. I am just finding it hard with trying to do stuff around the house and take care of the little one. I been drinking a lot of ice tea and I know I should be drining more water but dont like the flavor. I hope I find the strength to overcome the gain and can lose it and get back to under 300 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:46:43 EST Micowave Popcorn From Scratch Challenge Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup good quality popcorn <BR> 2 teaspoons olive oil <BR> 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or popcorn salt <BR> Sprinkle jalapeno seasoning mix <BR> Paper lunch bag <BR> Stapler <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> Toss the popcorn with the olive oil, salt, and jalapeno seasoning mix in the paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over and staple the bag twice to close. Place the bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes to 3 minutes, or until there are about 5 ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 21:17:34 EST Gifts that cost a quarter or less I posted this in the cafe as well, but I thought it would be a good thing to post here. In my Tops meeting we are having a gift exchange game for christmas where we see what we can come up with for no more than a quarter. I have gotten a few ideas already like bookmarks and a few things made out of plastic bags. I wondered if you all had any ideas? Also plastic bag ideas that do not require the ability to crochet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Love and Smiles :o) JJ Sun, 6 Sep 2009 14:22:01 EST Old Socks - suggestions Do you have a use for old socks? Fri, 4 Sep 2009 17:23:31 EST 3 Things to Be Happy About Today Summer is lingering a little longer <BR> We are home and I can sleep in tomorrow <BR> My husband and dog were so loving tonight Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:54:01 EST Hi, I'm new here hi, my name is Bobbi Jo, I'm 50 yrs old, married and have 2 grown sons, and 2 boxers, Josi and Samson. I <BR> love nature, animals, auctions, (especially when I get a great bargain),& being with family and friends. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:01:03 EST Are there skinny jeans in the back of your closet? Just read this and I can so relate. We all have clothes in the back of the closet that we are just waiting to get into: <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1274 </link> <BR> <BR> What item of clothing are your "skinny jeans"? <BR> Mine are a pair of white capri's with gold embrodery Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:13:51 EST Towels...... Should I keep or throw? Does anyone have any ideas on how to get bad smells out of towels? I have some beach towels that are still good but whenever they get wet, they stink. I am wondering if I should just toss them and buy some new ones but they are still in really good shape. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:16:32 EST I discovered this and it makes life easier! I found it at a grocery outlet store. <BR> <BR> It's 2 combs fastened together with stretchy cords. My hair is only to the nape of my neck, but these combs hold it up neatly. The trick is getting it positioned on the back of your head and not neck. The comb edges are sharp. It cost $8.99 for 2 sets. <BR> <BR> I like it well enough, I now have 4 sets of combs.--PJ Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:18:29 EST Internet and savings I have to take quite a few supplements and many are a lot cheaper on line. My most recent is a generic for Citucel. (That's for mature people). Anyway, I researched and found the same formula, called "Soluble fiber" from Riteaid, at a huge savings from Costco. <BR> <BR> Citucel was reccommended by our doctor, pretty natural and no gas. <BR> <BR> Oh, SIRJON takes the same stuff, so it was double the savings. <BR> <BR> So, it pays to check.--PJ Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:47:22 EST Websites with money saving ideas I heard about tipjar on CNN <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Does anyone know the link for cheap hillbilly cooking (or something like that)? Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:55:04 EST Pain!!! What are some of the legal ways, you have for relieving pain. The longest lasting thing I've done is acupuncture. For the most part it's not that painful and I'm a wuss! When all else fails, one shot of bourbon No, only a couple of times a year.--PJ Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:15:09 EST Pegboard 101 Before, you say, everyone knows what to do with pegboard (PB), read further. <BR> <BR> A strip of PB works as an even marker. <BR> <BR> PB can be painted, framed, framed and hinged, framed and used as vertical pull outs. <BR> <BR> Used to fasten elastic criss-crossed to hold photos. <BR> <BR> Games <BR> <BR> Large cribbage board <BR> <BR> The list goes on, please add.--PJ Tue, 4 Aug 2009 07:46:55 EST How you chose your Spark name? Living in the Southwest, loving the color red, having a hot temper and liking spice in life, it was a natural. PJ comes from Peggy Jean, hence PJCHILIS---PJ Sun, 2 Aug 2009 08:15:22 EST Christmas shopping in July I started shopping for Christmas and birthdays for the year as soon as last years Christmas ended. I have only had to buy two birthday presents this year and that was only because I didn't have anything age appropriate. BUt all my neices and nephews birthdays where bought off clearence right after Christmas. So anyway I have many of my Christmas presents already bought but it accured to me that I have been slacking off and kind of had forgot about it. What I do is what I don't get at the end ... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 02:40:13 EST Try New Things (food, products, etc.) Try Nutrella. It's hazelnut butter with a touch of cocoa. If you don't like green peppers, try red peppers, sweet and not hot. Olive oil works great in cakes. The wonderful cornbread served at restaurants is 1 cornbread recipe and 1 yellow cake mix.--PJ Thu, 23 Jul 2009 08:01:47 EST Team member Birthday 's-share yours if you care to I would love to find out when our members birthdays are. If you want to share your b-day with us, copy (ctrl A, ctrl C)the last post, hit reply and then paste (ctrl V) this entire post in the message. Then add your own b-bay in the corresponding month with the date and your name. <BR> <BR> Jan <BR> <BR> Feb <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> May <BR> 18-kelli9001 <BR> <BR> June <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> Sept <BR> <BR> Oct <BR> <BR> Nov <BR> <BR> Dec Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:48:57 EST Help!!!! .....DOG / PUPPY IDEAS ANYONE.... Tomorrow I leave on a trip to travel 3620 miles by van....Please??!!!does anyone have any tips...that they know work....on making a trip with a puppy, and 10 month shih tzu, to make the trip "slightly" stress free??? HELP!!!????? Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:35:54 EST Have you ever.... Have you ever ........ <BR> <BR> (N) Served on a jury [law or other type of jury] <BR> <BR> (Y) Got Lost [ in life or in directions] <BR> <BR> (N) Been on the opposite side of your <BR> ............ country from where you live <BR> <BR> (Y) Swam in the ocean (if being in it counts!) <BR> <BR> (N) Sang Karaoke Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:24:24 EST Those "Gender Things" (really survival skills) As all genders have found, learning how beats waiting. Don't be afraid to look dumb, but learn how to do it. If they have classes at Home Depot or Lowes, take them. We had never tiled, but watched has a Depot. I do almost all the tile cutting, for over 3,000 sf. My son in the kitchen, is a joy to watch. <BR> <BR> I help men pick out lumber, with "That has a bad bow, split or twist. <BR> <BR> There really is no gender when it comes to skills. Let's hear how you've bridged the gap. --P... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:02:45 EST white beans I was reading an article in a magazine it said there was 10 brilliant ways to use white beans. Here is one. <BR> Puree 2 cups of beans and combine with 1 box of your favorite brownie mix. Bake according to package directions. <BR> The article also says" These go-with-anything legumes offer rich, creamy mmm that slims. <BR> This sounded so good I had to share it before I tried it. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:08:14 EST New to this team Hello everyone. I'm Shelly. I'm mother to 5 kids, 6 including the hubby. I work full time as well. As you can imagine with a household this large, I'm looking to cut costs. This team appears to be active with a lot of good tips, which is what I'm looking for. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 19:33:29 EST Zucchini 101 Tis the time of year! Last night, I made "Zucchini Boats". Hollowed out zucchini's stuffed with meatloaf, micro- waved 20 min. <BR> <BR> Give (non-crude) ideas of what to do with zucchinis. --PJ Wed, 15 Jul 2009 07:35:59 EST Holidays This one is going to be so much fun. It's going to be a show and tell.(pictures and more pictures). When you decorate for a holiday, tell us how you did it, take a picture and share. <BR> <BR> One year to get the neighborhood together, I gave a birthday party for my dear cat Abby. She didn't stick around, she seem to think we were noisy. --PJ Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:18:50 EST Xmas Yes, I know it's summer, but xmas will be here before we know it. So, we need to start now, sharing ideas for gifts. It can be handmade with instructions, makeovers, gift certificates for services(cook some meals, mow some lawns, anything).--PJ Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:12:17 EST Shop at Price Chopper save on gas Well around here our price chopper has a thing running that if you spend $50 int here store you can go to a Sunco Gas station and 10 cents is taken of the price of gas <BR> <BR> well for every $50 you spend at price chopper another 10 cents gets knocked off. It is good for up to 20 gallons of gas Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:13:03 EST Hi from Nebraska Hi, new here to this team, trying to be smarter with my money and my eating habits so hoping for some tips, thanks for the invite! Wed, 8 Jul 2009 17:44:04 EST Shopping Strategies By now, you think you have it down pat, well you don't. <BR> <BR> Did you know many department stores, will let you shop the night before and will hold your items for pick-up the next day(sale day). <BR> <BR> You can check the internet, ahead of time for Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) sales. <BR> <BR> On Black Friday, shop in two's for limited items. 1 person slips through the shoppers and baskets and holds the item, while the second brings up the shopping cart. <BR> <BR> Also, h... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:25:11 EST Do u remember popsicles as a kid..Popsicle recipes Remember when you used to sit on your front steps on a hot summer day eating a popsicle? It was usually red or purple and on special occasions you got a fudgesicle. Remember how you tried to lick the drips faster than the sun could melt them? Sometimes the drips would roll down your fingers, forcing you to make the mind numbing decision whether to lick your fingers or the new drips forming on your popsicle. <BR> <BR> Every once in a while a few drips would get out of control and fall on your... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:02:08 EST Travel saving tips 3 Ways to Save on Online Flights <BR> <BR> Here are some ways I've found better deals on flights: <BR> <BR> 1. Look for flights on expedia, cheaptickets etc, then when you've found the lowest rate, go direct to the airline's website to see if they are advertising the same flight for less. <BR> <BR> 2. Compare low-cost carriers with major carriers that fly to your destination and consider looking at airports further away since the best fares may not be out of the airport closest to you. I ... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 15:04:37 EST Anyone Ebay? Tips for Ebay shopping Share Your Best eBay Strategies <BR> <BR> As submitted to TipHero <BR> <BR> I don't buy insurance on low-value items. I have had only one item damaged in transit, and the value of that item was way less than the cost of insurance I would have paid had I insured everything I bought on ebay. If anything, nearly all ebay sellers over-package. <BR> <BR> <BR> Look for sellers who have made few transactions. If buying a low-value item, these folks are a good risk. Because the majority of eb... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 14:50:21 EST Share a favorite Spark People recipe Granny's Chocolate Mousse <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=476523 </link> <em>4</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:07:28 EST Say something encouragi ng...pass it forward! May you accomplish at least one goal today! Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:05:01 EST Instant messaging help Here is the link to explain how it works. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2139530 </link> <BR> <BR> It automatically turns on once you sign in...UNLESS you change the settings. <BR> <BR> In order to IM someone, they must be a mutual friend...meaning both people need to have each other as spark friends. <BR> <BR> Look on the bottom of the window and there will be a "Share Page" on the left and "online" on the right telling if any "MUTUAL" ... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:24:10 EST Utility saving ideas Ask Your Power Company About Smart Meters <BR> <BR> Some power companies are providing homes with smart meters. I've just heard about them via NPR (here's a link to the story: NPR: Smart Meter Saves Big Bucks For PA Family) <link><BR>p?storyId=103437607 </link> <BR> <BR> In summary, the smart meters provide consumers with very precise analysis of their energy consumption so that each consumer can really see where they are using the most energy and ma... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:53:04 EST Articles on saving money (various ways) Here is an article I just read that goes over 25 ways you may be wasting money. Check it out when you have a chance. <link> </link> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:49:43 EST Motivation!!! Inspirations for motivation. What works. <BR> It worked for kids. Get up and shake yourself off. <em>220</em> helping <em>220</em> --PJ Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:07:54 EST FREE books I know I love to read. How about you? But books can be expensive. So I am a member of a few FREEE online book clubs where you trade the books you no longer want for ones you do!!!! I am a member of all of the following sites: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And get this: you can even get text books here!!! Sun, 7 Jun 2009 22:26:41 EST Bounce this one along... Some I've seen before, but alot of really good ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Bounce This Along! <BR> <BR> The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. <BR> <BR> Use when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The insects just veer around you. <BR> All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. It will chase an... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 07:58:19 EST For Your Health Tips These are tips, that you try on your own and and are tried by others own choice. <BR> <BR> A neighbor takes a couple of Tablespoons of real apple cider vinegar with water daily for less stomach problems.--PJ Wed, 3 Jun 2009 14:17:04 EST This is a must-read for credit/debit cardholders! To my fellow Penny-Pinching Sparkers: <BR> <BR> I came across this article on the MSN money website and I think it's a great heads-up! It's about the new credit card reforms that President Obama has signed into law and what it means to you and your relationship with your bank. I found it to be not only interesting but informative. The article was also rated highly. Please take a moment, if you haven't already. You may find that this can save you some future dollars and some headaches. <BR... Sun, 31 May 2009 17:12:58 EST Hi from NC! Greetings, <BR> <BR> I think this is a great idea for a team. I'm trying to save anyway I can and hope we can swap ideas on how to make the most of our $$$. <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 May 2009 10:21:04 EST What's Happening! Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I hope that you are all doing well.I'm sorry that I was missing in action yesterday. My DH was admitted to the VA hospital yesterday for aggressive treatments for an infection. The hospital is an hour away, so we talk a lot on the phone. I wanted to go with him yesterday, but he insisted that he could go himself. Men can be so stubborn! I had another little birthday celebration with friends and former co-workers, so he did not want me to miss it. Unfortunately, he too... Sat, 30 May 2009 07:49:54 EST Great Small appliances and gadgets This is spendy, so best to find at garage sale or thrift store or watch things like Craigslist. <BR> <BR> George Foreman's "Generation 5 grill" or something that's a similar knock-off. <BR> <BR> It does everything and doesn't take up a lot of space. Another of NVR2HEALTHY's choices. --PJ Thu, 28 May 2009 08:41:08 EST Crockpot/slow cooking Just curious as to how many people use their crockpot for meals and if so, if you make more than one meal at a time to freeze some? <BR> <BR> I use my crockpot all the time. At least 3-4 times a week in the summer to cut back on having use the oven and heat up the kitchen so much. Does anyone have any good recipes they would like to tell us about that also help save money too? Thu, 28 May 2009 08:03:02 EST surprising uses for ketchup I got this off of yahoo green. <BR> 1. Shine your copper. Message ketchup over the copper and watch it dissolve the tarnish away(thanks to the acid). In the event that you have stubborn spots, add a pinch of table salt while you polish. <BR> 2. fight skunk odors. If you don't have tomato sauce use ketchup. <BR> Sun, 24 May 2009 23:24:04 EST FOOD I recently tried a Spark recipe <BR> "Strawberry Waldorf Salad", It was great, but here's where you'll laugh. Check out the recipe. First, it makes a big salad, so size accordingly. Next, replace the grapes with strawberries. almonds with walnuts and it's better. <em>48</em> <em>4</em> Sun, 24 May 2009 20:34:11 EST (US) SHARING YOUR FUN WITH MONEY AS IT IS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SHARE EACH OTHER'S MEMORIES. IT MAY HAVE BEEN A MOMENT, A DAY, A WEEK OR LONGER. <BR> <BR> ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES, IS OF AN EARLY MORNING VIEW IN ST. THOMAS. EVERYTHING WAS IN A PINK GLOW, WATER, BUILDINGS,SKY. IT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. <em>129</em> <em>67</em> PJ Mon, 18 May 2009 21:59:29 EST Share your best u saved money I love to hear stories on how people saved money. Here's mine for the day! We just came home from Cold Stone Creamery with 3-Like it sized (small)with 1 mix in cups for $5.35. I am overjoyed at what a deal I came up with. <BR> <BR> How I did it: Signed up for newsletter and got a birthday coupon for a free small, received in the mail a coupon for 2 small for $5. I'm not sure how much they usually are but I know usually we don't go their due to the prices but since it was my birthday an... Mon, 18 May 2009 20:34:23 EST Multipurpose Living in a Shoebox <em>213</em> <BR> Hello All! <BR> This new thread is for those of you who are living in a small space. <BR> <BR> I am trying to make my very very very small space more livable but it is so small (in case you didn't catch it) that I really cannot allow anything in to my home unless it is a multipurpose item. <BR> <BR> I have my eye on this new couch that converts to a sleeper but it is a bit expensive so it goes on the "LIST". <BR> <BR> I was going to throw away a water bottle but then I ... Sun, 17 May 2009 20:53:19 EST fishing stories and other tales since summer up here is kinda here,maybe people have a story to tell? <BR> <BR> remember must fishing tackle is made to catch the fisherman than the fish. Sun, 17 May 2009 13:21:49 EST NATIONAL FOREST PLANT & ROCK PERMITS A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT YOU CAN OBTAIN PERMITS FOR A LOW PRICE, FOR PLANTS AND ROCKS. GO TO A FORESTRY OFFICE FOR INFO. WHEN WE LIVED IN OREGON, WE GOT PERMITS ALL THE TIME. THEY HAVE LIST OF WHAT IS LEGAL AND HOW MANY. WE DID A LOT OF LANDSCAPING FOR VERY LITTLE. Fri, 15 May 2009 15:28:49 EST DUMPSTER DIVING & CURB SAVES NOW IS THE TIME COLLEGES ARE GETTING OUT. STUDENTS IN DORMS THROW AWAY MICRO WAVES, TV'S ETC. GO COLLECTING & HAVE A GARAGE SALE. <BR> <BR> THINGS LEFT SITTING FREE & CLEAR ON THE CURB NEAR THE GARBAGE CAN ARE UP FOR GRABS (DO NOT GO INSIDE THE CANS, THAT'S FOR THE POLICE ON DETECTIVE SHOWS) <BR> <BR> CHECK WITH FRIENDS THAT HAVE RENTED STORAGE UNITS. CHECK W/MANAGEMENT ON WHICH MONTHS HAVE THE FULLEST DUMPSTERS. TAKE RENTAL FRIENDS TO GET YOU IN AND SHARE THE LOOT. WHEN WE WERE US... Fri, 15 May 2009 12:43:17 EST Coupons/savings geared toward kids <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Sign up and get discounts! Taking kids out doesn't have to be expensive! I printed these off and give them away (to parents) at school and church functions. Thu, 14 May 2009 10:28:00 EST dinning out instead of dinning out have a sunset picnic at a park or beach. Wed, 13 May 2009 20:01:39 EST I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT - SOMEBODY GIVE ME A HUG THERE ARE DAYS, WHEN YOU NEED A NUDGE, OR FOR SOMEONE TO SAY "BEEN THERE", OR "GO GIRL" OR "GO GUY". <BR> <BR> SO HERE IT IS GO FOR IT!! <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>104</em> <em>174</em> Tue, 12 May 2009 14:13:25 EST 101 Ways to Recycle Odds & Ends Here are some money saving ideas to make your food dollar stretch. <BR> <BR> 1) Don’t throw away the chicken guts (gizzards) you don't want.Put them in a bowl to make chicken stock out of. The last time I made chicken stock I shredded the chicken and used the meat in a bunch of recipes. I gave my mom a gallon of the stock and I still had PLENTY left over. Not bad for a marked down chicken and veggies that I had on hand. <BR> <BR> 2) Don't throw away those veggie/herb odds & ends! Put them i... Mon, 11 May 2009 21:25:43 EST Gardening Bartering I would like to either trade for seeds or would be more than willing to take your unwanted seeds off your hands. <BR> <BR> I have some beautiful handmade (by me!!)crocheted hats, shawls, and afghans that I am willing to trade for gardening supplies. Mon, 11 May 2009 15:39:21 EST DUCT TAPE, YOUR OWN HANDYMAN THIS WAS SUGGESTED BY GRANNYS5. <BR> <BR> IT COMES IN LOTS OF COLORS. I SAW A PURSE BE MADE OUT OF DUCT TAPE ON TV. Fri, 8 May 2009 21:23:22 EST USES FOR WD-40 REMOVES WATER SPOTS FROM MIRRORS. CLEANS FIBERGLASS TUBS. Fri, 8 May 2009 14:00:45 EST USES FOR BAKING SODA SPRINKLY BAKING SODA ON STONEWARE TO CLEAN. NEVER WASH POROUS STONEWARE LIKE "PAMPERED CHEF" WITH SOAP. IT SINKS INTO CLAY. Fri, 8 May 2009 13:55:24 EST USES FOR VINEGAR HELP SET THE COLORS ON NEW CLOTHES. ADD 1 QT. TO GALLON OF WATER, SOAK I/2 HR. AND RINSE. Fri, 8 May 2009 13:52:11 EST BIG, BOASTING, BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!!! MY GRANDSON(JAMES) IS GRADUATING NEXT MONTH. <em>10</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 17:21:31 EST BE CREATIVE (THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX) CHECK OUT CHEFBLUEROSE'S "GARDEN IDEAS". GIVE US UNUSUAL USES. MANY TIMES, I TURN THINGS UPSIDE DOWN AND FIND A NEW USE. Wed, 6 May 2009 17:16:08 EST WOMAN TO WOMAN THIS CATEGORY IS ABOUT TIPS TO KEEP US MORE BEAUTIFUL. <BR> <BR> FOR YOU YOUNG ONES, PLEASE HEED THIS ADVICE. USE LOTS OF HAND LOTION AND MOISTURIZE UNDER YOUR EYES EVERYDAY. I USED THE EYE MOISTURIZER AND IT SHOWS. NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THE HAND LOTION AND IT SHOWS. <BR> <BR> IF YOU FROST YOU HAIR WITH A WARMER COLOR, THERE'S NO NOTICEABLE GROW-OUT. <BR> ALSO, YOU CAN GET 2 -3 APPLICATIONS. JUST KEEP THE PEROXIDE SEPARATE UNTIL YOU USE IT. YOU CAN GET THE CAP AND HOOK (REUSABLE) AT A BE... Mon, 4 May 2009 18:34:40 EST HUMOR !!!!!! BLUECAMEO GAVE ME THE IDEA FOR THIS CATEGORY. READ HER BLOG. <BR> <BR> SUBMIT HUMOROUS THINGS AND WHEN WE NEED A CHEER UP, WE CAN COME HERE. <BR> <BR> NO LIMMERICKS,YOU'VE HEARD YOUR HUSBAND QUOTE, AFTER A FEW DRINKS. MINE WAS THE HERO OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AFTER OUR THEN TEENAGE SONS SHARED HIS LIMMERICKS WITH THEIR FRIENDS. Mon, 4 May 2009 18:03:05 EST free mother's day e-cards Happy Mother's Day mom! I am using my mom's picture... PJCHILIS as my profile picture to honor her for mother's day. <BR> <BR> Save a stamp, gas, & a tree by sending an ecard for mother's day. There are all sorts of sites that offer free ecards. Google "ecards free" Here is a link to one I found. <link><BR>ervlet/SmileBoxDisplayView?tabOn=ecard<BR>s&productId=941391&catalogId=10051&par<BR>tNumber=15382_DK&storeId=10001&rank=PR<BR>4S&CatIDsList=147551%3B... Mon, 4 May 2009 13:53:22 EST window treatments. I have taken the throws you give and get for Christmas and used them for curtains on the windows. Sun, 3 May 2009 12:08:42 EST HOT NATIONWIDE DEALS LIST ITEM, STORE AND WHEN IT ENDS. SEND LOCAL DEALS TO YOUR LOCAL TEAMS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN OUR TEAM. <em>9</em> Sat, 2 May 2009 10:05:58 EST GREAT REBATES $5.00 OR MORE, AND WHEN IT ENDS. Sat, 2 May 2009 10:00:29 EST MONEY SAVING LINKS (STRAIGHT FORWARD NO GIMMICKS) I JUST SIGNED UP FOR ONE THAT "CHEFBLUEROSE" RECOMMENDED. LOOKS GOOD. Sat, 2 May 2009 09:57:32 EST Pet Savings <BR> <BR> We have 1 dog , 2 cats and a fish tank for our cats. <BR> <BR> When it comes to fleeing our pets it can be costly. <BR> One way I have learned to save us money by buying front line as a kit and giving our pets the amount needed for their weight each month. <BR> <BR> Another good thing about this is our dog now gets the amount he needs and not too much because he is just over one weight and way under the other dose. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 May 2009 08:24:05 EST GARAGE SALES FLAT SIDED PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH LIDS ARE GREAT FOR BEST USE OF STORAGE SPACE. Sat, 2 May 2009 00:55:10 EST LUXURY SAVINGS SOAK COTTON BALL WITH FAVORITE PERFUME, ADD TO CONTAINER OF TALCUM POWDER AND HAVE SCENTED BATH POWDER. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:55:38 EST BATHROOM STRETCHERS SAVE COTTON STUFFING FROM MEDICINE BOTTLES AND CLIP TO MAKE COTTON BALLS. SOME OF THESE IDEAS ARE JUST FOR STARTING THIS CATEGORIES. BE PATIENT. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:42:06 EST LAUNDRY TIPS CUT DRYER SHEETS IN HALF FOR SMALLER LOADS. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:32:58 EST GARDEN IDEAS SAVE POPSICLE STICKS FOR PLANT IDENTIFIERS. SOME OF THESE IDEAS ARE FOR STARTING THE CATEGORY. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:29:23 EST HOUSEHOLD SUPPLY SAVINGS ADD 1/3 - 1/2 WATER TO LIQUID DISH SOAP. SPLIT BETWEEN 2 BOTTLES. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:21:24 EST GROCERY SAVINGS ONE WAY TO STRETCH MILK. IF YOU USE 2 PERCENT, BUY 4 PERCENT AND ADD EQUAL AMOUNT OF POWDERED MILK. CHILL WELL. DO THE SAME WITH 1 PERCENT FOR SKIM MILK. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:16:11 EST new here hi everyone from s.e.ohio.i'm new to the team.i live in a very small town in southeastern ohio with my hubby of 37 years.we have 3 kids and 5 grandbabies.four of the 5 hate when i call them babies.oh well life goes on.we moved into our house 4.5 years ago.we payed it off in feb.and here i go writing a book Thu, 30 Apr 2009 20:35:00 EST