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Debt Snowball

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

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Painless way to save money!!!

Every time you break a $5 bill or bigger, just slip the $1 bills away so you cannot spend them. Even on a tight budget this can be done. At first I felt squeezed on my budget putting those few $1's away, but I chose to follow through with my plan. Before I knew it, I had $100 to spend! emoticon

- Submitted by SWIM_2_SLIM 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 6 Comments

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FREE chicken soup

I like rotisserie chickens at my Safeway store. I buy a lot of them & save the bones when I'm done in big ziplock bags in the freezer. Every couple of months, I pull out the 'bone bag' & simmer them in a big pot with nutmeg, pepper, celery, onion & garlic to make chicken stock.

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

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Menus - Save Money and Lose Weight

Make a menu that includes dinners, lunches, snacks and breakfast. Quick glance tells you what should provide leftovers for the next day's lunch and what to pack for a snack. Make your grocery list from your menu and eliminate extra trips to the store!

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

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Make it yourself!

There are SO many awesome protein bars on the market but at $2 and up a clip, they get expensive! My secret has been experimenting in my own kitchen and making them myself. Not only do I save money but I get exactly what *I* want in my bars!

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

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Little Bits Add Up

At the end of every day I empty my wallet, purse and pockets of all loose change. I put it in an 8oz. container.

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

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Set a goal

Set a goal of how much money by when. After you set your goal and time frame , divide by amount of time and know how much you need to save each week. This amount is now a bill that needs paid like all others bills. Keep track of your progress.

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

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Start a budget

Make a budget and stick to it. Using an envelope system can work by withdrawing the money you allot for buying food and pay for groceries with cash. Or if you don't trust yourself to not get a pizza delivery or something then use your check/debt card but track all spending with mint.com

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

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Buy frozen fruits and veggies

Sometimes buying fresh produce can be too expensive, try looking in the frozen section for budget friendly quality fruits and veggies. A big bag of frozen berries usually costs the same or less then a small container of fresh.

- Submitted by MISSY_MAGOO 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 6 Comments

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Try Before You Buy

Instead of running out to buy the newest exercise video, healthy lifestyle book, or nutritional cookbooks, see if you can borrow them from your library. If you find it applies you and your lifestyle then buy it.

- Submitted by OSTERA15 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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