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#1 of 31 Old 10-07-2002, 10:32 AM - Thead Starter
 
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What are some of the things you do that help you to save money?
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Using coupons, of course.

Eating at home instead of out.

Comparision shop for just about everything.

Buy things ahead of time (like gifts)

Stock up when things are on sale.

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You would not believe how much you can save just by hanging your laundry to dry.

Only running the dishwasher once a day!
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I price compare everything. I trim off all our excess stuff...we don't have things we don't need like long distance on our phone. I try to make things last longer. I reuse everything when possible.
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Great point Meagan. Reuse everything. Make sure you can not fix it or use at as something else before tossing it!
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These are great tips! I'm just starting to get back into couponing. I cancelled everything on our phone except for call waiting. And I have been buying generic whenever I can!
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Also..every little bit can count and all those little bits add up.
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We don't have cable either! We love board games instead! And we cancelled EVERYTHING on our phone! Don't miss a thing!

How about cooking from scratch! Keeping an iventory of the things you have so you don't over buy!
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Oh I do that one too Liz...do it with shampoo and conditioner too!
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Great tips! I'm takin' notes!!
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I hadn't thought about unscrewing the light bulb trick. We have actually been not turning the vanity light on at all unless we really need it (like doing makeup). We have another light in the bathroom that makes it light enough to see what you need to see in there anyway I realized when I was painting my bathroom how HOT those lights are. That's when I started leaving them off.
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Here's some of the things what I do:

*Wash dishes by hand, including pots and pans.

*Only use washer and dryer with full loads of laundry.
I wash whites only in warm water to save money.

*I make dinners that I can reused for another night.
For example, I cooked a chicken/fryer in the crockpot for chicken soup and save the remaining chicken for chicken salad sandwiches for another meal.

* I use low wattage light bulbs.

*On cool days, I don't use the central air and instead open the windows and patio sliding door with screen.

*I purchase clothing at outlets and consignment shops on the days they have sales. I also buy at discount stores like Walmart.

* I use manufacter coupons at the grocer.

*We don't have cable tv. We rent movies at Video Blockbuster with a coupon for rent for and get one free. We are still renting their Family favorites for free since this summer!

*We have a discount with our ISP, Earthlink since we are USAA members. So we pay only $15.95 a month for internet service.

*We use phone calling cards instead of using long distance.

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I also get my internet for $15.95, but I got it through the phone company (Ameritech),

I put my electric bill on rolling cycles so I pay the same amount for 3 months

I use my ceiling fans constantly

I only run the washer maybe one day a week

Run the dishwasher 2wice a week

Dh and I eat at work (both fast food) and when the other is working (and one is not) we eat there.

Unplug everything that you are not using (it still makes your meter go around)

I buy in bulk and store everything I will not currently use.

Put the tv on Sleep mode so that it doesn't run all night long

Turn of air/heat when it's a nice day and open windows or just use the fans

I think that's all
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What's sleep mode?

I make anything possible from scratch...not all the time but as much as possible.

Coupons...only buy items on sale and I have a coupon for, otherwise their store brand.

Consignment shopping.

Garage saleing.

Unplug as much as possible.

We use candles and lanterns for our lights at night...boys are use to it so there's no problems using them. Also during the winter it warms up the rooms we are in. But when we leave a room they get blown out.

Winter time use plastic on windows, doesn't look pretty but our house is 100 yrs old, we rent, so there is alot of leakage.

Keep thermostate at 65-68 degrees and just bundle up.

Had wash dishes, really no choice there.

Wash most clothes in cold water.

Garden.

Buy things at Dollar store when I can.

Make puddings, drinks, etc for lunches from scratch instead of buying single serving cups...some mornings tis a hassles but well wroth it.

Try not to let clothes dryer cool down between loads. do laundry during off peak hrs.

Only eat out when I mystery shop, get paid to do it and reimbursed for the meals.

Got Alex's glasses for free while doing a mystery shop. Now waiting for my turn.

Ummm, I'm sure there's alot more...I'm known as the tightwad queen on bothsides of my family...NOT a bad thing!!!
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Oh yeah, buy ahead of time...presents, cooking supples or holidays at Aldi's.

don't call too much long distance, use email instead.

I would cut out cable but since I have webtv I can't do that or I wouldn't be able to come here. don't watch it that much anyhow.

Time permitting, make homemade jams and jellies, homemade slasa etc. Freeze what I can...make a few big meals and divide up into smaller meals. Just make 1 huge meal 2-3 times a week and freeze leftovers.

Homemade gifts...baskets, wreaths etc.

Buy present when stores have great deals. Like yesterday Jcpenny buy something get same or like for a $1. Got some shopping done.

Homemade diaper wipes and now homemade all purpose wipes, CLEARLY marked.

NO sports drinks, no pop for the kids amd me. Only Brent drinks pop and since I cut back on just about everything else I just let him drink it, but I stock up when its $1.99 a 12 pack then I also use a coupon.

Don't go grocery shopping with the whole family, I spend at least $40 more when they do come, not to mention the mayhem I forget o use coupons when they are with me.

GOOD SALES< EXTRA MONEY>>STOCK UP< STOCK UP

Guess that's all for now.
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sleep mode is where you can set a timer to turn your tv off after so many minutes (rather than falling asleep with it on and letting it run all night)
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Both of our computers are set to go into sleep mode after 30 minutes.

Wash all clothes on cold (whites get warm once a month w/ bleach)

Keep blinds and shades closed (a must during the Texas summer)

Run ceiling fans in all the rooms all the time

Only run dishwasher once a day, usually started when we go to bed so it is during off peak hours.

Changes filters every month

Rinse out everything from shampoo bottles to spaghetti sauce jars to Kool-aid packs to get every last drop

Use cell phone as much as possible for long distance (free)

Basic cable only - no movie channels (have to have it - the reception here is horrible)

Buy generic on most things

Shop at the dollar store before going to the regular store

Shop garage sales, resale shops and discount stores

Try to only buy things that are on sale at least 25% off

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Those are some great tips!!!! Keep them coming!
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Did you know that if you MUST have your basic cable (my dh and ds would REALLY revolt) you can return your cable box (only used if you order pay-per-view and we don't) and it knocks $10 off your bill!!

Resale shop or if I MUST I only buy at discount stores.

I buy meat on sale and cook and freeze meals ahead of time.

That's all I can think of -- I'm TRYING to get back on the Frugal train.
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Never cook only one item in your oven ... fill it up and get your money's worth!
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When I take the clothes out of the dryer I keep the fabric softners and use them a second time in the load of towels and wash clothes.(I usualy end up with 3-4 reused fabric softners in the towels load)...I only buy family pack of ground beef and when I get it home cook the whole package and then divide it into ziploc bags so it's already ready for hamburger helper or tacos or whatever I am making for supper.
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These are some great tips! Another good thing to do if you can, is make a "Kids Ring" with your friends. I have two friends with kids who we pass our clothes and toys around through. One has an older baby girl, and one a younger. The older passes things to me, who I in turn pass to the other friend. We are trying to keep eveything around so that when one of us decides to have another, it's there.

Another good thing is to trade through consignment shops. As Jenna grows out of clothes, I bring a bag full to a consignment shop and trade for other clothes or accessories that are more fitting to her new age.
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Don't be brand specific. You can save a lot of money by buying whats on sale...

Instead of planning your meals for the week then going to the grocery store to buy the stuff... Plan your meals for the week based on what is in the house. You will save a lot of money doing that.

Stock up when you get a good sale and always use coupons.

Use store and manufacturer coupons together.

Instead of turning up the heat try putting on socks... My sister is bad for this she runs the heater but runs around with no socks on :-)

Garage Sale: you would be surprised what you can find brand new at Garage Sales

Join Groups: Like I belong to a white elephant group (thats what they call it) and you get some really neat things this way and you can get rid of things also.

Shop early for gifts... If you know that you are going to have 4 boys birthday parties and 3 girls birthday parties to attend for example keep your eyes open for gifts when store like Target do their clearance markdowns.

Trade on the internet for items.

thats all I can think of right now

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Here is what we do to save money:

- We use the library for new books/magazines and for resources/materials for our homeschooling.

- I cut everyone's hair in the family, even my own.

- I barter with friends for free services.

- We eat out only once a week as partt of our weekly family frugal day. I use coupons so we can eat free or get a large discount.

- We take the bus everywhere as opposed to driving a car (which can be expensive).

- We try not to use the a/c much and run ceiling fans instead.

- I bake all our breads and make tortillas by hand.

- We buy clothes at a thift store outlet or discount stores.

- I run my dryer on low or medium heat or sometimes line dry.

- Make large quantities of food and freeze it for later use during the month.

- I save an average of 30 dollars in coupons at the grocery store.

- WE take our son to the park and school playground to play, our local rivercenter mall to listen to musicians for free in the food court area outside.
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Instead of shaving cream for shaving my legs I go to the dollar store and by a huge bottle of conditioner.. works great for shaving.. and so much cheaper..
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Ohh had not thought about that!!!
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Well, we do most of these things, but here's one that Billy and I started when we were broke in college and now it's become a habit. I told him today we don't need to do it anymore but he said it's now called being frugal not broke, so I thought I'd share. When we do go out to eat, we get one drink and share. Since re-fills are usually free, this will save you between one and two dollars. We also get the smallest size at places like Burger King and just keep refilling. That way we're getting more for the money and paying for only one drink!!
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I can't hang my clothes out to dry b/c of my kids allergies, though it did save dh and I money when we were first married! However, I do spin my clothes twice to get out the extra water and try and put a big, fluffy towel in my dryer with the wet clothes to help absorb excess water. This has helped cut down on drying expenses. Clean your lint trap every time and vacuum the vent often. This helps too.

I use coupons, reuse everything I can, buy things on sale and stock up by shopping around too. Grocery shopping usually involves four or five stores, sometimes more, all close to my house, so I'm not wasting gas and I get twice as much for my buck! It's worth it!

I"m always on the look out for internet bargains too. I've gotten a lot of household things, education supplies (we homeschool) etc. on line. Often there is no tax and free shipping on certain amounts or first time buyers. The internet can be a great source of gifts, trial sized things, coupons. I did a great gift basked for a friend with sample stuff when she had her baby! It was huge! And all kinds of neat things that were free, I got a coupon for or got a great deal on! I often get things for the kids stockings, baskets, etc. too that way. If you go to your favorite sites, they often have surveys. If you fill them out to often get coupons that they don't advertize or offer any other way. It's worth the couple minutes.

We don't have anyone to call long distance most of the time as all our family is around us, but when we do it's on the east coast and we use usadatanet. It's great for saving on long distance calls.

Think outside the box too. Shopping doesn't involve the supermarket only. Use area farm markets, discount stores, dollar stores, and find people in your area that do butchering of cows, pigs. It's a good way to get a lot of meat for a lower price. Buy bulk when you can too. Pound for pound it's a savings overall.

Okay. Enough rambling.

Keep sharing those tips! I'm looking!

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when u are drying clothes add like a dry washcloth it helps them dry faster
and u use less money
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How do you become a mystery shopper? The only offers I have found costs a lot of money just for the information, and I have lost a lot of money doing that in the past. I would really enjoy doing the mystery shopper, and enjoy the free stuff even more.
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