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So like most of us, I'm all about saving money in any way that I can. I'm not a coupon clipper, but I do price compare and read the tags closely at the grocery store (unit price, etc). I thought it would be nice to start a topic about something helpful, so I wanted to share some of my money saving tips and hear some of yours.



1) One dish meals. Great to freeze. Great for leftovers for lunches the next day (or the next 2 days). Great for less dishes (less water to wash said dishes).

2) Don't buy hand soap. About a year ago I was at my aunt's house and went to wash my hands at her kitchen sink. I noticed that the soap was a little bit thin and runny but it still sudded up and washed my hands just fine. I asked her about it and here's what she does, and what I have done ever since....HUGE money saver. When you buy liquid dish soap, buy the biggest one you can find. Buy some hand soap dispensers at the dollar store. Some are actually quite pretty and cheap at the same time. Fill the dispenser with 1/3 dish soap and the rest tap water. Turn upside down several times to mix (don't shake...not a good idea lol) and voila....liquid hand soap without having to buy "special" soap. And now adays you can buy dish soap in many scents so you still have the option of having your hands smell good after. And they also come in anti-bacterial, if you prefer that for hand washing.

3) Sugar for coffee. This one is sort of a discovery I made out of necessity. Yesterday I was pouring my coffee and realized that I was out of sugar! OMG the world would end if I didn't get my coffee. So I stood looking in my pantry for anything I could find that was sweet....pancake syrup? nope. Karo syrup? maybe. Brown sugar? Hmmm let's give it a try. Well it worked and I used just a little bit less than I normally would. Tasted the same. Necessity is the mother of invention right? LOL

4) Buy in bulk on things like paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates. This just makes sense. While it's not always a good buy on things like ketchup and pickles, the paper goods are usually better bought in bulk. I also buy my saran wrap in bulk. I have a big dispenser that looks like something you'd see in a restaurant and haven't bought plastic wrap in 3 years. Great deal.

5) You can clean and disinfect just about anything with vinegar and water and you can get a HUGE thing of vinegar for practically nothing.



Those are just a few. I'm sure I'll think of more later and add to the list. How do YOU save money? I wanna hear some clever stuff...... :)

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Kylie - posted on 07/25/2009

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i love saving tips! great thread Joy. We use free cycle too and we also love roadside pickup. I found so many great things people have put out to go into land fill. Many times i clean it up and take it to swap meet and sell it. My husband came home from the tip a few days ago with a 2 person outdoor spa with the heater, filter and piping all built in to the frame..it looks like ex display stock ..he fired it up and it works! poeple think we are strange jumping out the car to look through people junk on the roadside but we've found things like a leather recliner in perfect condition, bar stools, gardening tools, blower vac, a dryer which i have used for 4 years now oh gosh so many things i cant go on.
i find the biggest money saver in my house is making a weekly meal plan..i jump online and look at the supermarket catalogs for the following week, see what meats are on special and plan my meals before i go shopping. on Sundays we make up batches of soup, shepherds pie, stroganof and casseroles etc and freeze them. I was finding during the week i was getting tired and couldn't be bothered cooking so we would order out and it was costing us heaps.
I get off on sales and saving money. we often have weekends where we purposely try not to spend any money at all..it's really not that hard and it's fun doing free things like watching family movies, going for a walk to to the park and getting into the garden.
I joined simplesavings.com.au and they send out a newsletter every fortnight with great tips.

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Dana - posted on 07/31/2009

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Baby wipes can remove permanent marker off skin.... ah,the good ole days of partying and someone's passed out. :)

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I've used lighter fluid to get tar off the bottom of my feet from the beach but I'm a grown woman who's gone barefoot or in flip flops most of my life. I can't imagine how sore your baby's tender skin was from it!

Salt in the coffee pot trick. I've worked at a ton of restaurants and we did salt and ice cubes and swirl it around. The ice pushes the salt to "scrub" up against the inside of the pot. Never heard of using tobasco sauce though.....would be a spicy cup of coffee if not rinsed well! LOL

Angie - posted on 07/30/2009

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My dear mother-in-law tried to clean my daughter's arm with lighting fluid...There was a bandaide and most of the sticky stuff wouldn't come off...my daughter ended up with a huge rash...why couldn't she just leave it alone?!?!?! The sticky stuff did not bother me...and the thing that bothered was her doing it and put a rash on her arm...ugh!!!!!

No recommendation to drinking it :)...but I think it does clean very well also...My husband also uses gas to clean up with messes and his hands (also not recommended) He is a weldor and works around very tough crease.

Oh ya with your rusty coffee pots try: a little bit of salt (actually I use a lot), tabsco sauce soak it over night...and wash well with cold water...usually does the trick

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A long time ago I heard that it could eat the acid off of battery terminals in a car. I tried it and ended up with a very sticky battery lol

Angie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Emma have you ever heard of Coca Cola de-rusting a nail? Maybe I shouldn't have said it...but just another example of how clean my insides are! :) I guess we die somehow... :)hehehe

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about the cola idea... just thought id say that i should really stop drinking it as it is such an effective cleanier.. if it can clean the loo just imagine what it does to your insides!! i still want some though :) some great ideas..

Angie - posted on 07/28/2009

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I have a huge garden and chickens...I go pick wild Choke cherries to make my syrup and I always make from scratch. During Lent you can get really good deals on Seafood. We don't have cable or dish...but I watch my shows on the internet. My husband and I hunt, so that is where we get out meat...

craigslist.com is like garage sale-ing on the internet...woot.com is a one day deal...Ebay, I think I may be a junky...

When buying clothes I always shop for next year...you can get a lot clothes for a lot less!!

Dana - posted on 07/27/2009

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I love all the idea's especially the grated up soap. My $ saving trick is to buy the big jars of tomato sauce use what I need and then freeze the rest in ice cube trays once frozen I move them to a freezer bag. Then I can just pull out how many cubes I need depending on what I'm making. I also quit buying pizza sauce when I make pizza's and just use my frozen stash. I also make my own baby wipes instead of buying them, my son is a year old and has never had diaper rash (knock on wood).

JL - posted on 07/26/2009

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Great ideas..thanks. I am a buy in bulk girl. I make most of my sauces ahead of time and I freeze them in separate baggies so they are ready to use for meals. I also buy a great deal of fresh veggies at the local farmers market when they are in season and then I will freeze them for meals...it is better, healthier and cheaper than buying the already frozen bagged veggies in the freezer section.



I drove two hours yesterday to go to an outlet mall to shop for kids clothes. My kids are both tall..not from me I am short...so they grow up rather than out. I have to buy them adjustable waiste jeans becuase they need the bigger sizes for length but the smaller sizes for the waiste fit. Well it is not always easy to find adjustable waiste jeans that are affordable, so right before school every year I make a treck to the nearest outlet mall. I bought my kids jeans from the Childrens Place outlet, Osh Kosh outlet, Gymboree Outlet, and the Carters outlet and they were all adjustable waiste and each cost me from 7.99 to 12.99. I got shirts for fall from 1.99 to 5.99 each. Plus I had coupons to get up to 50% off went I spent up to $50.00 in each store.



I get a tingle of happiness every time I see a clearance rack.

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I like that idea too but the only day I could do it would be Sunday because that's Steve's day off and I want to spend my time with HIM, not in the kitchen lol

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Wow Cathy I'm gonna try that! I have sensitive skin and I have to stick with certain brands of dish soap because of it. That's a cool idea! Thanks!

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Let's do it.....I'm braless most of the time anyways lol There needs to be a "hilarious" thing...funny just doesn't cut it sometimes lol And thanks for the Hallmark crowns.....gonna go write my own greeting cards now....another money saving tip...

~Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2009

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Joy...I think you and I should just go braless, get some mumus and start a commune. We're such friggin hippies.



=)

*big cheesy grin*

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Girl I am ALL ABOUT freecycle! One man's trash is another man's treasure.......I've gotten a bunch of clothes for Jacob from people in my area and most of them were in excellent shape OR had tags on them still. Mostly though, I just use that site to get rid of "stuff" I don't need or want anymore without putting it in a landfill somewhere. Freecycle ROCKS!

~Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2009

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A couple I can think of off the bat....



I make my own pasta sauce. I make it in a huge crock pot - enough sauce to feed an army of Italians ( or in our case, Samoans). Whatever is left over from the sauce......I add meat, hot peppers and beans, and then it becomes Chili.

Soups, stews etc....make a lot, freeze half of it.

Buy in bulk - yes.

I also use dish soap for hand soap.



Another thing I have found that is absolutely indespensible:



www.freecycle.org



You sign up for freecycle in your area....it's a Yahoo group.



You wouldn't BELEIVE some of the things people just give away b/c they don't need / want them anymore, but they're in too good of shape to go to the landfill.

Kitchen sets - maybe they need paint. You reply to their post, and you go pick it up.

I got my patio set from freecycle. Perfect condition - the woman had bought a new one with 6 chairs instad of 4. Saved me about $400 and all it cost me was some gas in my friend's pick up truck. People give away baby items - clothes, toys, swingsets, playhouses. Household goods and furnishings... " I'm moving and can't take my couch - free to first person to respond" ......now, you don't HAVE to take something if you get there and it doesn't fit your criteria....but a lot of people post pics of larger items, so you know what you're in for.



I highly recommend Freecycle to anyone that needs something, or needs to get rid of something ( you never pay for ANYTHING on Freecycle).

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