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End of week soup

AT the end of every week I go through the crisper for unused veggies and through the freezer for ends of bags of veggies. I toss everything in a big pot with a boullion cube or two and cook it to make soup. Add leftover chuncked meat or chicken if you have it. You can just chop it all, or use the...

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An older but good cookbook for savings..

More-with-less by Doris Jantzen Longacre

A Mennonite cookbook from years ago, but still a good one.
Helpful for saving $, eating less meat.

A joy to read also.

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Eat the same breakfast all week to save time and $

It may sound boring but this one little thing has saved me a liot of time and $.

I pick a breakfast of the week, healthy and well balanced, and I eat it all week and pre track it. I try to get a lot of fiber in it, a hard point with me.

Saves shopping, planning , time and $.

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Charm Bracelet of Lost Kilos

At the beginning of this journey I started a silver charm bracelet--one charm for every kilo- 2.2 pounds - lost. I wear it every day so it is a constant reminder. I have 10 charms to date, and look forward to adding the rest.

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Get out the scissors and cut open the tubes and containers

I used to laugh at my grandmother for doing this but I was out of moisturizer and didn't have a backup so I tried it. And there was so much still in the tube I thought was empty I got another week and a half's use out of it. Now I cut open everything possible.

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Lightening up chili-- save fat, calories, and $

Substitute half the ground meat in chili with reconstituted tvp-texturized vegetable protein. No one will know the difference, you save fat, calories and $

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Freeze homemade bread machine bread in portions-save $, no waste.

Drag that bread machine back out and make your own bread again. I use organic whole grain flours and save a fortune over store bought--only thing, the bread would go bad too fast for me to eat it. Now I cut and freeze it in one and two slice packs. Problem solved!

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College students--take advantage of the gym at school!

Looking back, I can't believe I never took advantage of the wonderful gyms and pools at the colleges and grad schools I went to. They were free, they were right in front of me, and I never used them. A serious regret!

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Imaginary jump rope

Put a video on youtube, do imaginary jump rope during the length of the song, take a break and repeat twice --quick, fun, cardio.

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