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Hang dry your laundry

Drying your laundry on a line--indoors or out--is economical and eco-friendly. Dryers command a lot of energy and electricity, but they also wear out your clothes faster than hang drying. No more shrunken T-shirts either!

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

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laundry

We have been making our own laundry soap for our family of 6 for over two years now. Works wonderfully. There are several different "recipes" available on the web. We also hang our clothes outside in good weather to dry. Imagine how much money we have saved over the years!

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

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Bargain Clothes Buy

I know it never easy to be the best dressed but not
hard to find affordable and decent clothes. Check
out alot of those outfits that are run by veterans
stuff are usually clean,gently used. I try to look for
shorts, sweat pants once a month.

- Submitted by COWARDLYLION59 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Saving $$ with a crockpot

I have been cooking whole meals in my crockpot for 31 years:same crockpot too! It only costs a few cents a day to run one, instead of using an oven or microwave! Banked the saved $ and renovated my home's whole interior!

- Submitted by PICKIE98 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Find a good Value Food Store

Save-a-Lot is a good example (that's where we shop).
Even when we use our food to the last box, We didn't spend more than $200 to restock without coupons.

I got angry, offended really, at the things big chain stores told me. There's much better prices out there, you just have to find them.

- Submitted by FREESTONEBABE08 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Keep a spending log!

I got into the habit of keeping a spending log for each month, recording what I spent, when, where, what was purchased, a category, etc in a spreadsheet-type document. Knowing that I would have to go home and fill out ALL that information kept me from spending money on things I didn't really need!

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

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Don't Do Credit Cards!!

My husband and I have recently paid off every credit card we had; after working on this task for nearly two years! It just aggravated me to no end to see all that interest that we did pay and would have paid had we continued to keep them alive and acitve!

- Submitted by MYJOURNEY51 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 11 Comments

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Financial Peace University

FPU is an amazing 'aha!' kind of course!

- Submitted by FREESTONEBABE08 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 6 Comments

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food shopping

I make sure I'm full before shopping. It stops me from making choices out of hunger.

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

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Change counts!

Keep all the leftover change from cash purchases and toss it in a jar at home. You'll be amazed at how much you save up!

- Submitted by COMMELESCIEUX 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 9 Comments
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