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Create a pantry

When we built onto our current home, I insisted on a walk-in pantry. I stock up on sale items and store them by purchase date. Coffee, for example, is said to be going to cost more soon, so I bought 6 bags of our favorite brand today. We'll use that much in 3 months. Get it while it's still "che...

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consult a nutritionist

I was stuck at the same weight for 4 months while remaining pretty consistent with my plan. I finally consulted a nutritionist at my fitness center. She measured my metabolism and gave me a plan to lose weight fast or faster. I chose fast and have begun to shed pounds again. Her diagnosis: fewe...

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Don't move your car

Are there days in the week when you can make plans to stay put all day long? Park that car and don't move it for the entire day. Clean house, do yard work, walk to the store, play board games. If you think of your vehicle as a huge money drain, which it is, you can plan your week and your chore r...

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What to do with leftovers.

Don't throw food away. Enjoy your leftovers tomorrow for lunch or, yes, breakfast. You made it healthy to begin with; it will be healthy all over again. Every time you chunk food in the garbage, envision dollar bills you're throwing out, because that's what's really happening. If you hate leftov...

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It's fruit picking season!

This Spring I have picked gallons of strawberries and blueberries. (2 gallons of blueberries for $7!!!). What I could not use immediately, I froze or gave to friends. I went with a friend to pick. Friendship, exercise, fun, fresh flavor and huge savings! Check the classifieds for local U-pick ...

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Take your calculator with you!

By federal law, grocery stores are supposed to post price per unit on shelves, but some stores are a little slack about that. Take your calculator and do the math yourself. Then, if you have time and inclination, go complain to management about sloppy pricing. It's only fair!

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Free Pedacures

Lose weight. Now, bend over, clip and paint your own toe nails, and save money!

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Maintain your car

Maintain the health of your car. Keep it for years. Who needs a car payment? An old car that runs well in the driveway is very gratifying!

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a better sandwich

Buy bread that has fiber in it - at least 2 grams per slice. It's not hard to find, but you have to read the nutrition info on the bread label. Then, load the sandwich with veggies: peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. Use a splash of vinegar, mustard or a little light mayo for moisture. I...

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Burn calories with ice water

I saw this on the Today show last summer. Now that's it's warm out, add ice to your water. You burn calories bringing it up to body temperature. How easy is that?

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