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Thrifty foaming hand soap

Foaming soap can easily be made using an empty foaming soap container. Simply squeeze in a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid such as Ivory or Dawn.. Fill the container with water. Shake.
Some experimenting may be necessary to get the proper ratio of liquid soap and water.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 6/6/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Stock up and Save

Instead of waiting till you run out of something and have to pay full price, stock up while it is on sale. I refuse to pay full price for toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo or conditioner since it's always on sale. As my husband says we could open up our own Walmart- but not paying full price is so worth it!

- Submitted by EEPOMY4 10/7/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments

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Cut your Brillo/SOS pads before using

With a lot of easier to clean surfaces and pots/pans, I don't need a Brillo pad very often. It gets all rusty and gooey with soap before its next use. So now I cut the pad into fourths and just use a small piece and toss it. Since I buy them at the Dollar store and there's 10 in a box, each section costs about 2.5.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 7/17/2014 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Make your own $20 olive oil spritzer

I was inspired when I saw that someone was selling a spray bottle just for Olive Oil but for $20. Not me. So I bought a small spray bottle for $1.49 and rinsed it with boiling water and a small amount of bleach and let it dry.
I'm loving it.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 6/13/2014 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Grocery Gift Cards to Me!

I learned from the government shutdown that a sudden pay loss can be crippling to a family. When the dust settled and the paychecks resumed I bought a gift card from the grocery stores I frequent. Each week I add $10 to one of them. Should an emergency occur, I have some back up to be able to feed my family.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/5/2014 in Saving Money | 7 Comments

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Make a list!

Many years ago, when money was very tight, I had to plan my grocery shopping to the penny, so I made a list and wrote the estimated cost beside each item and came up with a total that was within my budget. I continue the practice to this day and it helps prevent impulse buying as well as making me take notice of prices.

- Submitted by PARDOSAGAL 6/17/2011 in Saving Money | 5 Comments

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Coupons coupons coupons

Matching coupons to sale items in your local grocers sale ads can get you many foods and goods for free, nearly free, or at drastically reduced prices! Many grocers still double coupons too! emoticon

- Submitted by BRITTBRITT4785 3/30/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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