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3 nobrainer tips for saving on food

1 Buy groceries and cook or prepare things to eat
2 Plan lunches to take like fruit
3 Limit eating out to once a week or less

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- Submitted by WINNINGSPARK 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Cash only

I found that by using cash only I'm a lot more careful with my spending and have saved quite a bit each week.

- Submitted by LIS193 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments

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free site

I belong to a free site where I'm all the time getting free products and they ship them free and sometimes you can get them more than once. Its called Shop4freebies. They have a place at the top where you can join and ask for it once a week or everyday etc.

- Submitted by HOPE2BE 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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No more leftovers

We don't eat the :leftovers: after supper anymore. Since I started SP, I take an extra portable dish and dish up my lunch from the meal cooked for supper. Before we used to just eat them! Now, I have healthy portable meals, a variety and never have to buy out!

- Submitted by SLIMLILA 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments

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Separate accounts for separate purposes

We had separate savings and checking accounts when the money market accounts appeared. We joined our savings and checking accounts into a money market account that paid interest. Guess what happened?
The money all seemed to disappear. emoticon Now different accounts manage our savings.

- Submitted by DONNASJMO 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Do I Really Need this Item

Retailers are experts at marketing their goods. They want the buyer to buy immediately and without thought. Everyone needs to wait until the next day for larger out of pocket expenses. Sometimes after a little more reflection the must have it results in the I do not really need it!

- Submitted by ROWERANDY 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments

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Make Saving Account a "Bill to Pay"

When paying bills I always transfer money from my checking to my savings even if it feels like I can't afford it. The savings account is another bill I have to pay.

- Submitted by ZABINAS 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments

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Consigning Clothes that are Too Big

As I lose weight, I consign the clothes that are too big. I benefit by earning some money and by removing them from my closet. I will look for (new to me) clothes in a smaller size and make plans to consign them as I drop more sizes. I save money and make money at the same time.

- Submitted by STORMTMB 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Using coupons

I use the coupons in the Sunday paper all the time but there are some I don't use, so I bring them into work and we trade coupons. We also have a coupon bowl where we deposit the coupons we don't use for others in the building.

- Submitted by CHECK2MOM 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Stockpile

I stockpile healthy food when I can get it really cheap (with coupons and sales). I rarely (if ever) pay full price for an item, and I always have healthy options at my fingertips.

- Submitted by MRSSTRONGE 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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