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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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Carpool

My husband and I carpool to work together. Because we only take one car into town, it makes us plan our errands in advance, so that we are economizing time and gas. We rarely have to wait on each other, and when we do, we just stay at work and watch Netflix or Hulu on our work computers.

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

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Online Coupons

Before I make any online purchase, I use my search engine to look for "online coupon code for ____" (where the blank is filled with the online store name). I frequently find coupons codes for free shipping (which can add up!) or a % off the total purchase, etc! I've reaped some big savings.

- Submitted by TIME2LOOZ1 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Coupons off EBay

I check weekly circulars for good deals. I then search ebay for corresponding coupons and then buy in bulk. If I don't get my coupons in on time, I go to the grocery store and ask for a rain check until they get there!

- Submitted by MCB4VT 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Round Up Accounts

When I use my debit card I rounded up to the nearest dollar. If I spent 8.23, I wrote it in my register as 9.00. Now that I am used to the process I round up to the nearest $10. Ex: If I spend 8.23, I write in $10, This has allowed me to save for vaca. and xmas. The last time I looked I have $899!

- Submitted by MCB4VT 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Know where your money goes

track all your spending to find the spending leaks. An example is stopping for a fancy coffee every morning on the way to work. $3 X 5 =15 X4 wks = $60 per month.

2nd suggestion; direct deposit to savings start small, you won't miss it.

- Submitted by KATHI0228 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Dishwashing Liquid

I buy a huge bottle (on sale) of dishwashing liquid and fill a smaller bottle with about half the product and add water. Cleans just as good and the soap will last double the time.

- Submitted by ADELAIDE97 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Coupons, lost liter items etc.

I like to save money on things.

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

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Simple Things

Doing simple things like turning off water while handwashing dishes, and not rinsing them before putting them into the dishwasher (Scrap them instead), and turning it off while washing hands or brushing teeth can make big savings in your water bill. emoticon But remember, drink enough water!

- Submitted by MRSJARI 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments

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Debt Snowball

Get out of debt quicker, stay out of debt and build wealth.
google -debt snowball calculator- it's free and it works

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