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Keep your car running for at least 200,000 miles

Do the maintenance in the owner's manual but only that maintenance -- many places like to tack on extras -- how many times have they wanted to vacuum your air conditioning system?

Fix problems as soon as they occur. Our cars have systems that can break if another system is broken.

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Map those errand routes for mileage

I kept bemoaning that I didn't actually run or walk ever until I realized those lunch-time errands might help. I used the Fitness Tracker and mapped my route from my building to the CVS and back. I was able to quickly see that going around 2 blocks would make 1 mile.

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Conference calls mean Coach Nicole sitting videos

There's lots of conference meetings where I'm not important for 10 minutes or a status is given I don't need to understand all the gory details. That's when Coach Nicole videos of sitting workouts is great. Just remember to make sure your video camera is pointed elsewhere!

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Same food; different presentation

The basic breakfast of eggs, bacon, and cheese can be presented so that it appears to be quite different meals.
Chop up your veggies and bacon and heat in skillet, pour over the scrambled eggs, put lid on top, put on low for 20 mins is a fritata. Add cheese at the end of cooking.
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Shredded Parmesan vs shredded cheddar

Parmesan has about 30 less calories per 4 Tablespoons, and half the fat. For me it's a better choice for an omelet.
Also I've noticed that already shredded cheddar frequently is coated with something that has carbs.

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Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot

My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).

Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.

6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cook...

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Asian Hot Pot is easy to do at home

I like that Asian hot pot means you can eat for hours and nibble on small pieces of food, and large veggie portions and the leftovers are soup for lunches.

The hot pot pan was only $40 at my asian market that also sells the specially sliced shabu-shabu meats.

Nutritious and frugal

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Make your own mother yogurt starter

If you make your own yogurt, you probably spend a pretty piece of change on a yogurt starter that has to be replenished pretty quickly. Well you can make your own yogurt starter that will last at least a year from chili pepper stems.

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Freshly ground peanuts won't separate for months.

I noticed when I bought freshly ground peanut butter at Whole Foods that it didn't separate at all. So I finally let a small bit sit and see how long it takes to separate -- 4 months. The moral of the story is to buy it freshly ground when possible. I've found cheaper places than Whole Foods. <...

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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
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