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Freecycle.org recycling unwanted items getting free items

Freecycle.org is a free worldwide organization that allows people to give away items they don't need using an OFFER listing and get free items by listing WANTED items or answering OFFER listings.

Lots of furniture lately, kitchen appliances, clothing, etc

I have given away a nice bedr...

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Enjoy the moment and you'll go far (literally)

I find that when I go for a walk I wear a pedometer, but I don't think about steps or distance - I just walk and listen to my music. I get so wrapped up in the music that I don't realize how far I've walked til my legs started to ache.

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Making exercise a habit

I have learned on the healthy lifestyle change that IF I want to lose weight and get healthy I need to workout. I need to make these workouts a habit and the only way to do that is to make them fun. FInd something you enjoy and do it regularly.

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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 distresse...

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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!

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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 coup...

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Personal Mantra

Just keep remembering:

Hakuna Matata. Life is good.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 lis...

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