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Old 12-03-2002, 03:47 PM
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Question Your best tip....

Give us your number one money saving tip for the following areas:

1. The garden:
2. Food shopping:
3. Child related:
4: Entertainment:
5: Cooking:
6: Housework:
7: Recycling/Trash to treasure:
8: Crafts:
9: Health/beauty:
10: Misc:
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Old 12-03-2002, 04:03 PM
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The # 1 Tip on food shopping is:

Autunmmum! She is the coupon queen of the message boards and she can show you ways to save money! If you have never read her threads...check them out! Wish I lived closer to her, she could save me a grunch of money...hey then paying the utility bills wouldn't be so bad...Look her up for the best saving tips!

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Don't Keep it.
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Old 12-04-2002, 07:36 AM
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1. The garden: crushed egg shells as food for roses
2. Food shopping: buy what you normally buy when it's on sale, especially if you have coupons and then stock up.
3. Child related: don't have children yet but when we do we'll be using the library a lot.
4: Entertainment: trade videos/dvd's with friends
5: Cooking: freeze leftovers if you think you won't eat them soon enough.
6: Housework: hang clothes to dry
7: Recycling/Trash to treasure: use acrylic paint on various boxes (cereal, shoe)and use for storage and gift giving.
8: Crafts: save old candle wax, melt and stick a birthday candle in it.
9: Health/beauty: exercise at home
10: Misc: clean out your closets twice a year and bring what you don't wear to a consignment shop.
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Old 12-04-2002, 04:09 PM
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For food shopping I always check for reduced meats. I locate the usual location for placing them in my favorite grocery stores and check for it every time I'm in the store. In our last town the Winn Dixie over ordered chicken breasts twice that we knew of and they were selling family size packages for .29/pound! We have a big freezer so stocked up.

We feed our roses banana peels and orange peels go to azalea bushes.

Shop those same consignment shops for your own bargains in clothing.

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Old 12-04-2002, 04:55 PM
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Garden: plant trees, lots and lots or trees just not too close to the house.

Food Shopping: Buy cereal only on sale and with a coupon

Child Related: Watch PBS only to avoid the "gimmies" from the commercials on network TV

Entertainment: go to the Twilight show if you must go to the movie

Cooking: Make soup or shepherds pie from your leftovers

Housework: Make your own cleansers with amonia, water and rubbing alcohol

Recyle/Trash to Treasure: Pick up sticks in your yard and pput them next to your wood pile for use as kindling

Crafts: Save lids, cars, caps, etc to dump paint or glue in so the whole bottle or jar doesn't get used

Health/Beauty: Exercise

Miscellaneous: Save some, give some, spend some make sure you ALWAYS do all three.
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Old 12-06-2002, 07:36 AM
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Christmas card postage savings

I wasn't sure where to post this but this looks like a good spot

Last year after Christmas, I bought at a substantial discount Christmas card postcards. This year for everyone that I mailed cards to, it only cost .23 cents postage instead of .37 cents a savings of .14 cents each For my co workers, I hand delivered instead of mailing

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Old 01-12-2003, 09:07 AM
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Good tips everyone! Anyone else want to share? Share your best tips with us.
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Old 01-17-2003, 03:27 PM
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Alot of good tips here are some I do on a regular basis
1. cut dryer sheets in half
2. freeze milk, cheese,& bread(when on sale)
3. make homemade hot chocolate
4. Pack my lunch for work and also take my own snacks and drinks to sporting events.
5. fill my gas tank when its at 1/2 or buy gas at the same station to get my frequent buyer card stamped(halfway there for $5 off)
6. Not brand friendly for food or cleaning items
7.Use the library for books and videos
8. Try not to use the atm machine
9.Coupons, super coupons
10. Bartering. I work with a lady who can get sourcream and coffee creamer for Free. I make her hot chocolate or swap the latest craft item I'm trying to sell.
Another girl I work with sews very well and she makes me scrub shirts for what ever I'm making at the time or I bring lunch for both of us for a week.
11. Use as much of my left over food as I can.
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Old 01-28-2003, 08:44 PM
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Your best tip...part 2

A lot of great tips came from part 1, so here's part 2. Give us your best money saving tip in each of the following areas:

1. Automobile (wear & tear, gas, insurance, etc)
2. Clothing
3. Laundry
4. Decorating your home
5. Holiday related

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Old 01-29-2003, 01:52 PM
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I will be anxiously awaiting this thread.

I don't have any wonderful ideas in this arena buy here is what I thought of :

1. Automobile - We drive our cars until they almost don't drive anymore. We regularly change oil, check tire pressure and maintain them. But we HATE car payments so we love going years without them.

2. Clothing - Pay attention to what it is your little one likes to where and buy only that. My youngest one (already at four) likes jeans and sweatshirts (the bigger the better). I would dress him in little matching outfits if it were up to me but he has become very opinionated and insists on picking out his own clothes each day. Next clothes shopping trip, we are heading straight to the sweatshirts!

Also, dye your little one's summer socks a dark color for winter. That way you buy socks only once a year.

3. Laundry - I buy white towels, washclothes, etc for the bathrooms and the kitchen. This way I can wash them all together in hot water with bleach.

4. Decorating your Home - Learn from my mistakes. Don't buy anything unless you LOVE it. I've purchased so many things because it was almost what I wanted and much cheaper than I wanted thinking I would be satisfied--and I wasn't. If I would have saved the money, I could have had much nicer things and wouldn't have accumulated so much junk.

5. Holiday related - Buy ornaments at the after Christmas sale. Start collections of certain types of ornaments and then look for things that will go with that (like musical instruments, or Seseame Street characters or all things blue or what have you). It may will take awhile but you will have a nice collection over the years to look back on.

What about you NYC girl?
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