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8/11/19 5:29 P

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I make 2 pitchers of homemade diet lemon iced tea almost every day.

I get in that daily water intake with a little tart flavor.

Quenches the thirst.

Stops one from buying so much canned and bottled drinks every week from the grocery store.



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Use supercook.com to find recipes using the ingredients I already have, so I don't buy more food to store and so I can use everything I have before it goes bad & I have to throw it out.

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My best tip is to not pass up free stuff when it is offered. I just got 125 pounds of tomatoes and 300 pounds of red potatoes, 6 wood chairs, 2 pedestal tables, a 4x6 area rug, scrap lumber, a couple of metal pulleys (my son said we needed them?) and that is just in the last couple of weeks.

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On-line surveys frustrate me. I have done them too. It seems once I get going, they run out of surveys! Then, I just feel like a laboratory rat.

Good tip though.

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6/21/16 6:51 A

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I use the "Receipt Hog" and ShopKick apps....and ...don't laugh....I also do some online surveys to make some extra $$$

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6/12/16 9:31 A

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White vinegar, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar? emoticon

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Like mentioned earlier, I use vinegar instead of fabric softener but, I also use it sometimes in place of laundry soap. Most of my clothes are not that dirty and something is wrong with my washer causing it to leave gobs of lint of the clothes so my clothes come out dirtier. So I fill the washer add vinegar and let the washer agitate. I take my clothes out and hang on the line. Probably they would be ok if I used the drier.

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emoticon Hi ya everyone!

Even though deep inside I cannot stand Wal-Mart, emoticon nothin' beats their "Savings Catcher." I no longer have to spend days searching through sales ads from multiple stores wondering where I will end up on grocery store day. (sometimes more than 1 store, just exhausting!)

If you are not familiar with the Savings Catcher (SC for short), Once you sign up for FREE, each time you visit Wal-Mart you type in your TC# at bottom of "every" receipt and the day you were there.

It does all the work for you! If ANY store has your items you bought cheaper (Kroger, Albertsons, Dollar General and so on), the savings catcher gives you the difference for each item. You can see the digital $ amount ready to cash in/take off your next visit or allow it to add up as long as you wish...

I use mine weekly as a big coupon! If it has a few bucks or $10 or more.. Doesn't matter bc I use it as coupons! emoticon

I have the free phone app so I can just log in and they scan my phone or you can have SC e-mail you and print it off...

For example: My Friday visit had $4.55 on the SC.
I used my clipped Sunday paper coupons first, then my printed coupons from www . coupons . com and then the SC amount came off. emoticon

No matter what, I know I'm always gettin' the cheapest price on most everything I buy since the SC searches out a ton of stores/their competitors.

The week before I had $15 on the SC bc Kroger and Dollar General had great sales that week. Plus all my other coupons, I took off over $35 that visit!

Saves me so much time now!

I do NOT miss having to go thru all those ads and run to multiple stores on grocery visit day!



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Have a list and a set amount of money that you CANNOT spend more than.

Go in the store, grab what you NEED and LEAVE.

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4/25/16 11:20 A

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I use vinegar in the wash too. I put it in at the end when you would normally add the liquid fabric softener.

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4/25/16 10:34 A

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How do you use the vinegar?

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4/17/16 10:07 A

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I use vinegar instead of fabric softener in the wash...clothes don't seem to have static and I'm not using the chemicals of softeners and sheets..

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4/17/16 10:05 A

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I use mason jars instead of plastic for storing flours, seeds, etc

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I have never heard of those. What a good idea!

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I bought those reusable bowl covers and have not had to buy plastic wrap for leftovers in a few years now.

Instead of buying cotton balls or rounds for removing make-up or other uses I spent a little extra and bought a package of reusable cotton circles from etsy; after use I put them in a mesh bag hanging right by the sink & when the bag is full I wash them.

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I used some leftover yarn to make a dishtowel.

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I make tortilla dough and put in my homemade beans, rice, spices, onions, roll up and bake for burritos. Very cheap and my family loves them. You could cook almost anything in the dough though.

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I recycle my foil into balls for the dryer. I'm allergic to most fragrances used in fabric softener. They last until they get lost.

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I buy my family's shampoo/conditioner/body wash, dish soap, foil, parchment paper at the Dollar Tree.

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10/11/15 1:56 P

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Hehe...right now I'm doing a no spend month for October so my best temporary tip would be to do a spending fast (they really aren't that hard) in which you don't spend any money except on your regular bills and also allocating a small amount to spend on groceries as needed (for this month, I've allocated a grocery budget of $100 total which covers groceries for 2 people).

My regular tips would be:

*Combine a coupon with a sale to get the rock bottom price on something I need
*Utilize Walmart's Savings Catcher, Checkout 51 and Ibotta to get money back on purchases
*Make a monthly budget and stick to it
*Eat at home and entertain at home more frequently (easy for an introvert like me to do)
*Check my favorite money saving blogs to see what the best deals are each week (again, only buying what I actually NEED)
*Being content with what I have

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10/10/15 6:41 P

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I use the Savings catcher app for Walmart. So far I have gotten over $70.

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9/13/15 1:00 P

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Now when perking coffee, I use half regular/half flavored coffee. Saves money and tastes good!

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Only use cash or pre-paid credit cards.

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my twelve year old cell phone is an upgrade from the brick. I buy my minutes by the year and can always make a call at less than $9 per month because all I use it for is to make calls. I don't encourage friends or family to call me on my cell phone because they can leave a message for me on my home phone which is part of my cable package with my internet included. I know that CVS and Rite Aid have sales on buy one instant coffee and get one free. I load up when that sale hits and avoid the double price in the supermarket. I know a store that sells 20 rolls of 1000 sheet toilet paper for $9; I'm watching for that sale to hit again but in the meantime found a store that sells 2 of those sized rolls for $1. I watch all the sales going on in the neighborhood and use that as my guide if I see products I use. If porkchops are on sale, I buy a good sized package and freeze them 2 by 2 since I live alone. The other $6,000 per year average savings is that I do not own a car --- ever. I live in a dense area and can rely on public transportation with the once in a while cab. My company gives me $60 per month on my bus pass so this is a true savings. I have my groceries delivered and tip the guy good since he brings up my packages up a flight of stairs which is something a cab driver would not do --- my tip is less than the price of a cab. I make a big shopping once a month and tote my perishables home in between monthly shopping visits. All of this helps me to tithe to my church and I end up blessing others with emergency loans. I buy my close off season. I just bought a clearance top for the fall at a very reasonable price. I have been doing this for years and have a hoarde of clothes. I shop for my Christmas presents throughout the year and find good deals. When Christmas time comes I have my shopping done and can focus on the festivities. Last year I bought brand new picture frames still in their boxes at a flea market for an incredibly low price. They made good presents! Recently, I cut my cleaning girl from 2 hours ever Saturday to 2 hours every other Saturday. She has a full time job and actually appreciates the rest! I enjoy being totally debt free.... it's possible!

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online yard sales to sell off old stuff and to buy things cheap

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I keep a list of senior discount days and we shop those

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5/16/14 9:51 A

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Keeping eating out to special occasions only.

Check the day old bread shelf at the grocery store.


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write checks debit or credit is just to easy to spend it without thinking

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I saw a rack at walmart of 1.00 clothes. wow but then thinking I don't need any clothes. I have sizes for all my weight. yes 1.00 a pair of jogging pants and a shirt butstead I passed it up. Saving 2.00 When I used credit cards nearly 4 years ago(oct 4 years) I would not hesitate for a second. So I feel in charge of my cash. No credit cards ever and hope adter bankruptcy we can have our mortgage interest dropped. I want to pay off principal not in interest.

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I shop for reduced items as well and either freeze or use them quickly. A lot of items are half price.

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1/21/14 10:02 A

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I found fresh herbs and spices marked down. I brought them home and put them in the dehydrator. I looked at the dried spices in the "cooking aisle" and I saved more than half for fresh dried, rather than mass produced!!! An example, Dill weed was $4.38 for .75 oz. I bought fresh for $2.00 and when dried it equaled 1 oz. Dried cilantro was $3.18 for 2 oz. mine was 1.50 for 3 oz dried.

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Shop the reduced produce rack. We like ripe bananas, so I buy them when they are beginning to get spots for .39 compared to .89/lb. Same with peppers - they get reduced to .69 and normally are 2.49-3.99 depending on the color!

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I wanted to go to a Home Show today but I decided against it. First of all I will use a lot of gas to get there and even tho I would have a discount it still cost $5.00 to get in. I can't see how it would be worth the money to go.


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I agree staying at home is a great way not to spend money. I too shop the special and use coupons.

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Great Spark article on money saving tips: https://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p
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Other than food, I never spend full price for items, and even food, I shop at our local discount grocery. I make some of my own clothes, I plan menus, but most importantly, the less I leave home, the less I spend. I love being home with my family, so that works for me!!!


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Everything has to be on sale before I buy. I also use my smart phone to look for coupons and sales. The smart phones has lots of apps to save money. I save enough and more to pay for my data plan.

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Thank you for some great money saving tips.

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I am planning on taking advantage of nationwide free museum day this Saturday. See info below:

From the Travelzoo Newsdesk
Free -- Saturday: Chicago Museums & 1400 Others Nationwide

On Saturday, 09/28/13 more than 1400 museums across the country, including many throughout Chicago, will waive admission for the ninth annual Museum Day Live!, hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. This deal includes free visits to botanical gardens, premier art galleries and local cultural institutions.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download here.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
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Tickets are limited to one per household -- good for two people -- and must be presented upon entry for free admission.
Some of the most popular local museums participating include:
Adler Planetarium (reg. $22-$28)
Chicago Museum of History (reg. $14)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (reg. $12)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (reg. $9)
For a complete list of participating museums, visit the Find a Museum page.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
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Each ticket is valid for entry to one participating museum. If museums reach capacity, they have the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.
Note: With this offer, fees charged for special exhibits and for parking still apply.











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I've started to make my own laundry soap. Simple and really inexpensive. Smells great too. My mom says it is similar to what her mom and grandma did when she was a child.

I found the recipe on facebook and pinterest, called Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies.

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Please share your recipe combinations with us! It sounds like a fantastic way to save! I mostly use coupons and try to combine those with store sales and/or store coupons. Target usually has good deals with Scrubbing Bubbles, Lysol, and Windex products. The everday prices run from $3-$4 and I can usually find manufacturer coupons for $1 off. Once the items go on sale for $2-$3, and I use my $1 off coupon I can snag the cleaning items for $1 which for brand name products beats the $1 store every time. :-)


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I make my own cleaners...mostly combinations of water / vinegar / baking soda and some essential oils. A lot cheaper than commercial cleaners and without all the chemicals. Lately I've started making my own face & body scrubs. I was using a Neutregena face scrub....about $6 or so per tube, maybe more (it's been awhile since I bought it & I don't really remember the price) and the one I made myself does a better job...noticeably better skin for the cost of some sugar, coffee grounds, baking soda and olive oil. All things I already have in the house normally.

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I never thought about Kohl's having such good deals. I will have to check that out.

I'm not there yet, but I am closer then I was yesterday.


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9/12/13 3:17 P

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Great idea Sue! I also combine those 30% discounts with Kohl's cash and or Kohls coupons. We recently had a $10 off $30 purchase for menswear and combine with clearance sales and 30% off discount, I got new golf shorts and polo for my son for $8.79. Original price was over $90


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8/29/13 12:50 P

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The thing I love to do is go to Kohl's with a 30% off and buy things from the clearance racks. I got Vanity fair underpants for 80 cents a pair.

Sue- Northern Illinois ~ Central time zone


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8/28/13 2:02 A

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I invested in a programmable thermostat when I had to replace the furnace a few years ago. No sense heating or cooling an empty house all day long, it takes less energy to bring it up/down to temperature right before you get home than it does to maintain a constant temp all the time.

Original SW on 1/1/11 - 204.4 lbs.
Original GW on 9/1/11 - 134.5 lbs
Original GOAL ACHIEVED! 70 lbs. banished!

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New SW on 1/1/19 - 204, back to the very beginning
New GW by 12/31/20 - 135

Mind the Gap! between what we know we should do and what we actually choose to do.


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8/26/13 8:00 A

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We have a timer on our coffee maker that also allows us to turn off the heating element at 1,2, or 3 hours. We set it to turn off at 1 hour but I also put the coffee into a thermal carafe right away and turn it off manually as soon as the pot is empty. It also allows hot coffee all day without microwaving to warm it. I know its a small thing, but every little bit helps!

My name is Leah, and I am addicted to mindless snacking!

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8/25/13 9:23 P

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Excellent tips!

I'm not there yet, but I am closer then I was yesterday.


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My coffee maker has a button that changes between regular and strong. I tried using 1/3 less grounds and switched it to strong. We couldn't tell the difference!

~Tee


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UI use coupons as much as I can
Meijers and krogers sends me digital coupons easy to use


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Whenever I pay write a check or pay a bill from my checking account I mentally round up to the nearest dollar and transfer that difference to a savings account. It's just a little change each time but it does add up eventually. One could choose to round up to the nearest $5 to make a bigger impact.

Original SW on 1/1/11 - 204.4 lbs.
Original GW on 9/1/11 - 134.5 lbs
Original GOAL ACHIEVED! 70 lbs. banished!

Time zone: EST

New SW on 1/1/19 - 204, back to the very beginning
New GW by 12/31/20 - 135

Mind the Gap! between what we know we should do and what we actually choose to do.


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8/25/13 9:21 A

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Let's share our thrifty ideas and maybe we will learn something new from each other!

My biggest money saver is price matching all the local grocery ads at one store---only have to make one stop and still get all the bargains.

What's yours??

I'm not there yet, but I am closer then I was yesterday.


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