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Share your tips on being FRUGAL!!!

 
FrugalFranny
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04/19/2011 08:11 PM
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Share your tips on being FRUGAL!!!
Just thought it would be helpful if we started a thread with tips on being frugal in this tough economy.

I am trying to reform my spending habits and look forward to learning what all of you do to make ends meet and still have a little extra at the end of the month!

Thanks!
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:31 PM
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Cleaning Products

vinegar - glass/general surface
hydrogen peroxide - sanitizer
rubbing alcohol - degreaser
baking soda - abrasive/water softener


Personal Hygiene

reuse foaming hand soap dispensers with a 1:10 ratio of shampoo or dish soap.
use disposable razors
use a pea sized amount of tooth paste

Car

group trips and plan routes to reduce driving
walk or bike when practical
PEACEFUL MOUNTAIN
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04/19/2011 08:37 PM
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THRIFT STORES SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY.I NEVER BUY NEW ANYMORE.I MAKE 1 TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE A MONTH, AND GET EVERYTHING AT ONCE. SOMETIMES I DO HAVE TO GO FOR MILK MORE THAN ONCE.BUY IN BULK, AND SEPERATE IN ZIPLOCK BAGS, OF GLASS JARS.I PUT A LOT IN GLASS IT KEEPS FRESHER THAT WAY.
riderr

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04/19/2011 08:38 PM
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Ride a bike:)
There is no finish line
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Gold is food that can be consumed,to make your transition to the higher realms easy
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:40 PM
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Ride a bike:)
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DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE
bot9

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04/19/2011 08:42 PM
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make your disposable multiblade razer last a really long time..

tkwasny

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04/19/2011 08:43 PM
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Need the buzz but hate the $7 per 11 ounce bag for coffee? Twin bag some tea. Just take the bags out after 8 minutes so the tannic acid doesn't make the tea nearly undrinkable.

100 tea bags for $1.99 (or less) on sale somewhere every week.
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:44 PM
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NEVER USE YOUR CHANGE. GET A JAR AND ALWAYS PUT YOUR CHANGE IN IT.IT'S GOOD FOR EMERGENCYS
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:45 PM
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Set your AC to no lower yhan 78 degree's (use ceiling fans)

Wash plates and glasses by hand, save the dishwasher for large items (pots and pans) and wait till it's full before you wash.

I do alot of canning from the garden and mason jars are expensive new - I have grabbed quite a few at garage sales and thrift stores for very cheap.

I usually get paper products (TP and paper towels) at the dollar store for cheap.
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04/19/2011 08:46 PM
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2ply toilet paper can be split into 2 rolls to reduce asswipe cost by half.norespect
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04/19/2011 08:46 PM
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Sell you car

Get job a close to a bus stop

Live in a 550 dollar a month hotel

Change eating habits

By cheap clothes
riderr

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Ride a bike:)
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DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1346328


In the mountains.Lots of steep never ending climbs,going up is more fun,then going down lol.Just my ocd is all:)
There is no finish line
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Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent. Love is the desire to do good to others-Urantia Book

Gold is food that can be consumed,to make your transition to the higher realms easy
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:48 PM
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dump your girl/boy friendgoaway
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:48 PM
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put extra cash in a "gas" fund
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:51 PM
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Stop paying for TV. burnit
AlasBabylon

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04/19/2011 08:55 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 08:55 PM
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A large iced mocha latte is $4.85. I skimp a little on the taste and go with a normal large latte for $4.15.
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04/19/2011 08:58 PM
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I TEAR, RIP, AND ROLL MY NEWSPAPER, AND TAPE IT AND IT MAKES GREAT FIRESTARTER.
USE WOOD INSTEAD OF CHARCOAL FOR BBQ ING.
I HAVE A BULLIT CHOPPER, AND I LIKE TO GRIND PLAIN OATS TO A POWDER, AND ADD TO MY PANCAKE MIX. IT IS GOOD FOR YOU, AND IT MAKES THE MIX GO A LOT FARTHER.
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Homemade Laundry Detergent

[link to www.thefamilyhomestead.com]

I use it all the time now and like it better than the commercial stuff.
AlasBabylon

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04/19/2011 09:00 PM
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dump your girl/boy friendgoaway

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A guy once told me he would dump his girlfriend
right before Christmas so he wouldn't have to
buy her a gift... then would make up with her
after New Year. It was the most petty thing
I had ever heard and he was soon written out
of my life's script.



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04/19/2011 09:00 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


I'm all about the coupons! Do you know of a good site online to get some?

Amazing how many people refuse to make changes to their lifestyles.
AlasBabylon

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04/19/2011 09:04 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


I'm all about the coupons! Do you know of a good site online to get some?

Amazing how many people refuse to make changes to their lifestyles.


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 926633




I've heard there are internet groups that share info...
but most of them are private by invitation only.



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AlasBabylon

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04/19/2011 09:07 PM
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If anyone here listens to Dave Ramsey...
he is always saying how spendaholics always
try to outearn their stupdity.

So, it was hard to keep a straight face when
a broke friend of mine recently said he would rather
try to earn extra money than reduce his spending.





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Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 09:07 PM
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Turn off the cable tv, call around to lower your car insurance, shop at Aldi's or whatever cheap store is around you for your basics, use the dollar store for personal and paper products, plan a route when you run errands and save them til you have a bunch. Use coupons which you can find on the computer, stop buying junk food, beer and cigarettes; there is no better time than now to stop those habits. Buy extra when items are on sale. Stop eating out and forget about going to a movie, make a movie night at home complete with popcorn and candy. You won't miss the crying baby or the talker at all. Best of all, you can pause the movie when you need to.
If spring ever decides to make an entrance, plant a garden and make it big. Freeze and can extra's to help get through the coming winter.
And if you still have a house phone and cell phone, get rid of the house phone. Brown bag it for lunch and fix your drink before you leave the house instead of stopping to buy one. Turn down the heat and turn up the air conditioner. Our Sam's club gas station is always 10 cents a gallon cheaper than everyone else in town too.
Use your common sense and you can come up with lots of ways to save.
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 09:07 PM
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Well I was always afraid to do it but I just recently started cutting my own hair. I usually paid 15 bux every few weeks but now I pay zero:) I use the clippers on my hair(#4 on top, #3 on the sides) and its super easy to do. Even fixing up the back and sides is very easy to do but sometimes the left side is a little tricky if your right handed. I had no choice because the price of gas was killing me.
tkwasny

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04/19/2011 09:08 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


I'm all about the coupons! Do you know of a good site online to get some?

Amazing how many people refuse to make changes to their lifestyles.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 926633


I watch others print those coupons on the printers at work instead of at home.
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 09:09 PM
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stop saying hi. only say goodbye.
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2011 09:14 PM
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POWER STRIPS WITH ON/OFF SWITCH



Plugged-in stuff leeches power 24/7.



Group all plugged-in devices in each room by 2 power needs:

1) Always ON (clocks, fridge, etc...)


2) Only needs power when you use it. (tv, stereo, items with power supplies like xbox, etc...)



Leave group 1 plugged in.


Put group 2 on shared power strips that you can turn off.
lifes easier when you keep those switches in reach too, by the way.
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04/19/2011 09:15 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


I'm all about the coupons! Do you know of a good site online to get some?

Amazing how many people refuse to make changes to their lifestyles.


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 926633




I've heard there are internet groups that share info...
but most of them are private by invitation only.



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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


This site has links to coupons and a wealth of frugal ideas:

[link to moneysavingmom.com]
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04/19/2011 09:19 PM
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I have tried to tell friends how I am able to save money
and they are not interested. I had a coupon for $15 off
of a $15 purchase at a store one of my friends shop and
he was not interested when I offered to give it to him.
I have told other friends about specific cash incentives/promotions.
They act like they can't be bothered to make the extra effort
to pocket an extra $100.

Finally, I quit trying to share my expertise in financial matters
and now when I hear my friends complain about not having any money,
I just yawn.





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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


I'm all about the coupons! Do you know of a good site online to get some?

Amazing how many people refuse to make changes to their lifestyles.


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 926633




I've heard there are internet groups that share info...
but most of them are private by invitation only.



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 Quoting: AlasBabylon


This site has links to coupons and a wealth of frugal ideas:

[link to moneysavingmom.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1346268


Nice site - thanks! hf
AlasBabylon

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04/19/2011 09:21 PM
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Another thing...


I have seen OPs here create topics about a subject
as a means of mocking that subject.

Especially OPs from Canada.





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