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Frozen Vegetables are Healthy and Save You Money Too

When on a tight budget, frozen vegetables are healthy and affordable. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 1/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Reheat meat without drying it out!

This is a great trick to use during the holidays!

Fill a saucepan size pot about half way with water and put it on the stove on high. As the water boils, nestle a metal colander, strainer or steamer basket into the top of the pot. Make sure the water in the pot is not high enough to come into the bottom of the colander. Place the meat you are reheating into the colander - don't overfill it. Continued...

- Submitted by _SHESPARKLES_ 12/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Keep a Coin Rolling Schedule

We kept a coin jar, but we'd roll coins and exchange it for cash immediately then spend it; no savings there. Now we wait to roll until the jar is at least 3/4 full, and it has to go in our savings account. Seeing a large amount helps us stay motivated.

- Submitted by GABBY0913 10/18/2013 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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You deserve it!

Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash! emoticon

- Submitted by WORTHTHEWORK 6/24/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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50-20-30 DEBT RULE- Rule of power pay

I have a rule called 50-20-30 Debt savings and power pay down...
I re budgeted everything and found out I was way over debt.. after working hard on power paying bills I was able to fit into this percentage rules..
50% Must haves- rent, insurance, gas, food, your things on what you need to live off of
20% savings- Paying down debt
30% wants- cell phone, cable bills, subscriptions ect. Things you want but can live without

- Submitted by JGIRL5799 4/23/2013 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Make my own prepackaged foods

I save money and eat healthy by slow cooking large amounts of brown rice or beans and then saving meal sized portions in re-usable freezer and microwave safe containers. I also do this with chicken breast I use for salads and sandwiches and it saves me from buying the salty prepared kind.

- Submitted by WEAVINGROSE 11/15/2012 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Saving money is all about saving money!

couponing!!
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- Submitted by JENNYBOYKIN 11/4/2012 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Tip for Free gym membership and making money!!!!

One thing I do to save money is to get a part time job at a gym in town. I was on swim teams as a kid and can teach swim lessons once a week and get paid for it! As well as get a free membership to the place I work! Most gyms offer discounted or free classes for employees and some even have health programs for them as well! It's a great way for me to save money and earn some as well! Plus it makes sure I'm going to the gym!!

- Submitted by JOYFULPERSON 3/12/2012 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Avoid the drive-thru!

I've figured out that if I put my purse (with all my cash/debit cards/etc.) in the backseat or even the trunk of the car (any where that I can't reach) it makes going to a drive-thru for a snack impossible. And usually I'm too lazy or rushed to stop and actually go in.

It's a win-win, I save money and avoid the calorie-dump of drive-thrus!

This has decreased my pre-work (and sometimes post-work) Starbucks consumption a ton.

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- Submitted by AMANDA_AGAIN 3/7/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Using the core of the pineapple

When we buy a whole pineapple and peel/core it to serve, we save the core and put it INSIDE a chicken or turkey while it's being roasted. GREAT flavor, keeps the bird moist and tender, and uses up what otherwise would have been thrown away.

- Submitted by LARSIL 2/20/2012 in Cooking | 8 Comments
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Shop like a guy

Some women look at shopping like an adventure. It's a chance to possibly find a beautiful dress or a perfect gift to have on hand just in case. Looking is at least as important as what is purchased. This, however can lead to unexpected purchases.

Many guys, on the other hand, look at shopping like a military mission. Get in, accomplish the goal, and get out. This mindset minimizes expenses and time. You'll be surprised at the difference an alternate point of view can make.

- Submitted by SWANSONK 2/6/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Black Friday Snacks- Double Win

When I Black Friday shop, I'm usually out for AT LEAST 8 hours...make sure to bring healthy snacks with you so when you get snacky you don't grab something at the register...you save money and calories!

- Submitted by ALL4MYBOYS86 11/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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I dont use credit cards, I pay for things with cash.

I save and purchase everything with cash. I own everything I have which lets me sleep at night because I'm not stressed worring how I'm going to meet my payments when due. You also save alot by not paying those interest rates !

- Submitted by CHLOESMOM03 10/14/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Shop at Thrift Stores

It can be a little overwhelming, but you can save so much money by shopping at them. I saved about $700 on clothing this summer by thrifting. I also have a blog where I post all my finds etc. Feel free to check it out!
niftythriftygoodwill
.wordpress.com

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 10/10/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Cheap way to try new fruits/veggies

Try going to bountifulbaskets.org and ordering a basket of fruits and veggies for cheap ($15.00). You never know what you're going to get, and I've tried tons of new veggies using it. Who knew my kids and I would love things like cabbage, kale and bok choy? While most of the foods are "normal" parts of our diet, we occasionally get something I've never bought, and it's been a definite healthy learning experience for all of us.

- Submitted by MRSAHARPER 8/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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Jeans for $8

I have a new blog post about how to shop for designer jeans in thrift stores!
http://niftythriftygoodw
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eck it out and feel free to leave comments!

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/17/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Laundry detergent trick!

I have a great trick to save money while getting your clothes clean: You use 1/2 of what the detergent says to use. I know a lot of people do this but it really does work and it gets your clothes just as clean!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE192DAY 7/16/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Saving Money on Clothes

I have a blog that will teach you how to shop on an extreme budget while maintaining a beautiful wardrobe! I hope you guys will check it out...we should have nice clothes to go along with our nice new bodies :D

http://niftythrift
ygoodwill.wordpress.com/

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/13/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Mix up your routine without breaking the bank!

Visit daily deal sites and when you see something that even mildly interests you - buy it! This is how I discovered a passion for yoga, and also how I discovered that spin class is not my friend. Its a great way to try new things and mix up your routine - most offers are for 4 -6 classes, so even if you hate it its not a huge committment and still keeps you active. You can also buy things like massages and spa treatments to reward yourself!

- Submitted by GISPIN 7/7/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Used Books Save $$$

Amazon, Half Price Books, and even thrift stores are the source of a large percentage of books I own. I'm horrible about returning rented books and most of the bestsellers I've found sold from $1.99 a huge savings from the originally priced @ $25.

- Submitted by UNDEREXPOSED 7/6/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Walking Fast to Save Money AND Burn Calories

If you make a list before going shopping and walk briskly to each thing and then straight to the counter to check out you will not only burn more calories than you would by shopping slowly, but you'll also spend less by not picking up extra things! emoticon

- Submitted by SUNSHINE192DAY 7/2/2011 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment
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Stretch your laundry detergent!

Laundry detergent usually says "Fill cap to line 1," but it's impossible to see line 1, so we just fill up the cap, right? This uses 4x as much soap as you need! Take a permanent marker and mark line 1 inside the cap (you'll need a bright light to find it). Only fill to that line -- even for extra-large loads. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you'll save tons of money!

- Submitted by SNOWMENTALITY 6/28/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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LEARN TO CAN AND PRESERVE

Learning to can and preserve your own food does more than save you money. Many of the products on the market like canned tomatoes, beans, and fruits are canned in cans that have a lining that may be harmful to your health and can cause cancer. By canning your own food you save money and your health. Need help getting started? Go online, the library, or even your local cooperative extension has advice. You don't have to start out with pressure canning. (continued in more information)

- Submitted by TREVUG 6/25/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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bubble gum machine

I found a bubble gum machine, which only accept quarters. I filled it with pistachios. So when ever I have munchies, I have to put a quarter in to get 6 pistachios. First it helpes me with portion control, second I have enough money to replace the pistachios with another bag without dipping in my pocket.

- Submitted by IRENESH 6/20/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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My secret to getting a good dental checkup

I have a Braun rechargeable toothbrush that I use daily. Since I have used it, I haven't needed any dental work except routine cleaning. I use it for the 2 minutes recommended by dentists, and it has been a great investment for my health and for my pocketbook!

- Submitted by IMEATINGWELL 6/17/2011 in Everything Else | 3 Comments
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