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Long Run Trick

When I go on long runs I take chocolate milk with me and pack flexibile ice packs around it in a lunch box. When I get back to my car after the long run, not only do I have a nice cold container of chocolate milk, but I also have some ice packs in case something is sore. Chocolate milk is thought ...

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Organizing Spark Recipes

I have a binder with plastic sheet protectors that I put all my SparkRecipes in. It works great and I can pull them out and write my modifications but also have a splatter guard with the sheets. Ihad been printing the recipes everytime I used them and it was such a waste!

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Dried Beans Save Money

Not only do you save money by eating beans in place of meat sometimes, but using dried beans will save over using canned beans. It is nearly 2.5 times cheaper on average per serving to use dried beans.

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Avoid Speeding!

Not only are speeding tickets expensive (and could potentially raise your insurance rates), but driving above about 55-65 mph crashes your fuel economy too. You get better gas mileage going a little slower and avoid perhaps having to pay for a pricey ticket if you get pulled over.

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Library Finds!

Many times your local library has DVDs, movies, exercise videos, magazines, and music in addition to books. This is a great way to preview these things and decide if you're really going to use that exercise video enough to spend $20 on it!

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Saving Money Online Shopping

Before you check out, Google coupons for the store you are at. If you're using a fairly popular website, like www.roadrunnersports.com, you can almost ALWAYS find a coupon code for a discount and/or free shipping.

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Bulk Spices

I buy spices I don't use very frequently from the organic bulk food section. While they may cost a little more per pound, I spend .50 cents on a couple teaspoons I know I'll use rather than $10 on an entire jar I end up throwing away!

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