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Extending Sales at the Supermarket

Shop late on the last day of the sale week, when sale items are likely to be in short supply. Buy all remaining packages of what you want, then go to customer service and get a raincheck., so you can buy again when the item is NOT on sale. Also, late in the day, you are more likely to find distressed packages which are - or can be - marked way down. I can get as much as 80-85% OFF by ASKING for it. They'd be throwing the package away within hours!

- Submitted by MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/13/2012 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Cut the power bill

My husband and I discovered we could turn OFF our water heater for 23 hours, and still have plenty of hot water for showers and household needs. Wow! Did that ever make our power bill drop!

- Submitted by MARYCREM 8/13/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Never Pay Full Price Online

This is kind of a no-brainer, two-parter of a secret. If you're going to buy something online make sure you price compare. If there are several sites with similar prices check which one has free shipping, as well as using Google to search for coupons all trusted stores. If you don't find any coupons but don't need the item right away try signing up for a store's enewsletter and watch for a sale.

- Submitted by MIRDREAMS 8/11/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Personal Mantra

Just keep remembering:

Hakuna Matata. Life is good.

- Submitted by VANCEY2324 8/10/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Expiration Date and bulk buying

Most of us shop at Sams, Costco, and others to buy in bulk. Sometimes when you look for the expiration date they are hard to find. If you take a white mailing label "Avery" and write the expiration date on the label with a black shape. This will make it quick and easy to find the oldest products in your pantry.

- Submitted by WILKERSONR 8/9/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE

I BELIEVE EVERYTHING NEEDS IT'S OWN PLACE! I TRY TO PUT STUFF WHERE IT BELONGS AFTER I USE. WHEN I NEED IT I CAN FIND IT. NOT THAT I'M PERFECT BUT, I TRY. WHEN I'M COOKING I GET EVERYTHING OUT & PUT IT AWAY AS I USE IT. WHEN COOKING ESPECIALLY LG. MEALS I WASH DISHES AS I GO. MUCH EASIER WHEN WE'RE READY TO EAT. GOD BLESS ALL LUV & HUGS CONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by CONNIELYNN11 7/16/2011 in Organization | 5 Comments
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Planning Weekly Food Shop- Never forget a thing!

I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
Once a week I simply adjust the list and print it off. The Original List is saved as "read only" so remains unchanged.
As a package becomes empty (or near empty) I make a note to replace it

Very rarely to I forget anything.
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- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 7/22/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Just do it.

That's all there is to it. Stop coming up with excuses. This is your life.

- Submitted by LLTS01 8/6/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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bargains

Try Sciddy.com for a list of discounts in your zip code area. For those who are 50 or older. Savings are be as much as 15 percent. Try it.

- Submitted by AMJSATURN 7/20/2011 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Planning and Buying for Christmas & Winter Holidays Now

I save money on Christmas by approaching it two ways. I use a Christmas account so that I have money for gifts and decorations, etc in November. I also start looking for sales now and buying the things that I can in advance. I buy and address my Christmas cards in the fall. I buy the Christmas stamps when they arrive in the PO. By making purchases early, it saves time and money later. Now is also time to start the craft projects! emoticon

- Submitted by STORMTMB 8/1/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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