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emoticon Instead of buying two kid meals at McDonald's, I get the $5 daily meal deal and split it for my GDS. We really aren't there for them to "fill up." I see so many people wasting food for kids buying them all full size drinks and meals. I keep crackers etc. in the car if they want something more and I take a THERMOS with drink.

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Sparks "GO GREEN" Tips (AND Money Savers)!
Search for secondhand. Don't let someone else's perfectly good items go to waste. A gently used version of whatever you need exists. Auction websites and thrift stores make secondhand shopping easy and affordable!

**I love to go thrift store shopping--you never know what treasures you'll find! AND not spend alot of $ doing so!

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Sparks "GO GREEN" Tips (AND Money Savers)!
Try reusable bottles. Beverage bottles, cups and cans are wasteful, even if recycled. You'll save money and reduce waste by using a reusable bottle for water and drinks. Take one to the coffee shop too!

* I do this with my water bottle that I take everywhere with me, along with my travel mug for coffee on road trips!

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Click on the link below and enter to win a copy of the book "Ravenous!" It's free and what a super way to save the $!

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I read this one this morning on the Sparks Secrets--wash and re-use your spray bottles, etc., for similar products, where you originally have the bottle, and then purchase the larger refill and re-use the same bottle. Alot of times you can save the $ by re-filling instead of "re-purchasing" the same spray bottle product.

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When you do your grocery shopping, remember to look at the lower level on the shelves -- alot of times that is where they stock the lower-priced canned foods which may taste as great as the higher-priced items.

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I have store cards for every place that has one. Sometimes if you go on the store website, you can download coupons onto the card.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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And, they work great in the car too! We use the ones with the handles ??? and hang them on the dash somewhere and, as soon as we stop the car and, if there is trash in the bag -- out it all goes at the store, etc., trash receptacle by the door!

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I always save the plastic bags from stores and use them for garbage.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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When trying to plan next week's meals, do the following. Get your schedule out. Find recipes that match the time you have for the day. Try to combine them with your meal planner, the weekly sales paper, and with what you have in your pantry. Sounds easy and helpful!

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I just read a Sparks' article on preventing food waste and saving $ at the same time! Click on the link below and maybe it'll offer you a few ideas and tips on how to save that food and that $!

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If you want to save $ on computer printer ink cartridges -- try printing in the "draft" mode -- as it uses less ink and try changing your font -- to something similar to times new roman -- as the letters themselves are "thinner" -- so it saves on the ink and makes that cartridge last alot longer!

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Click on the link below and check out Sparks' article on:

Grocery Store Steals and Tips - How to Eat Right and Save Too!

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Check out this link -- site on the Net! You can get a free pedometer and so much more FREE!!!

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Tips from the Net! Let’s attack it, ladies! We can do it!!!!

Be flexible!

*Super one – go with things as they come! Step by step!




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Sparks Info!

RECESSION EATING AND SAVING MONEY WHILE MAINTAINING A NUTRIENT RICH PANTRY!

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Check out the link below – free samples! I just signed up for Honey Nut Cherrios! 6-8 weeks – they should be here! I just did that one, but there are a lot of offers available!

www.myfreeproductsamples.com/

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thanks for sharing

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Click on the link below and check out the info and grab those points!!!

15 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Healthy Groceries

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thats great I dont but good for you use them tooo hugs

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For any coupon users - especially those who live in the southern states - I highly recommend www.southernsavers.com. She is great about matching up store sales prices with newspaper and printable coupons. Nothing better than getting 6 boxes of cereal and 6 individual frozen meals for less than 5 bucks!

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I know when I pre order the book 25 dollars or more fee shipping did it on amazon and got the book for under 17 dollars tooo

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Before you make your on-line purchases, check out the site FreeShipping.org! NOT FreeShipping.COM – as for that one you need to pay a fee – but check out the FreeShipping.ORG site and see which retailers are offering “FREE SHIPPING”!

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thanks for sharing

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I added this to our "on-line shopper" post also -- but I'm going to post it here as well -- anything to save that $ -- we can't share enough ways!!!
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Here is an offer I just received today and for those of you who subscribe to "Eating Well" magazine -- they have an on-line special going! Check it out if you normally subscribe and maybe it can save a little of that hard-earned $ for you!

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Have you ever checked out this site? Eversave. Click on the link and check it out – maybe it could save you some $

www.eversave.com

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yes I know I hold ceral coupons when on sale and double and triple coupon days do real good

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Keep watching your grocery store ads! This past week one of the stores in our area had cereal (General Mills Brand) on sale for $1.50/box -- buy 5 boxes and get a free gallon of milk as well! That's quite a deal and especially with a hubby and son who love their cold cereal!!

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Don’t forget to check on “COUPONS.COM” – Click on the link below – they have some pretty great coupons shown!

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Want vs. Need! And I think we're all guilty of this one -- BUT before spending your $ on certain things, ask yourself, can you live without it; do you need it to serve another purpose to help your daily living/family; and the best one, do you already have too much of this item already (clothing, etc.)! Think it through before handing over that $!!


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I added this to our On-Line Shopper Post as well, but coupons and savings money is the name of the game, so I'm adding it here as well! That holiday season is coming and who doesn't want to save a few $ along the way!!!!!!!!!!

This site offers various codes for discounts on a great list of stores! So, check it out!!!!!

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For those of you who love to use coupons, here is a site that offers just that! Check it out and see what you think!
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thanks for sharing

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I found an insert in a magazine and, if you have diabetes, check out this site! I don’t know too much about it – but it offers 3 free diabetic cookbooks and a care kit for those with diabetes.

bettercarekit.com

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I am bad I went to bath bed and beyond.... i had a pocket full of coupons gave them all away.. been saving them and they dont expire lol

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Dee, I know you do so great on using your coupons when you shop -- so have you or any of our friends ever check into the link below? The site is called GROCERYCOUPONGUIDE! Check it out -- it's a pretty neat site!

www.grocerycouponguide.com/

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good idea

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Here’s a fun one! Instead of spending $ on resistance bands – try using an old pair of pantyhose! They stretch and you still are getting the same sort of benefit from that pull! And, the best part of all -- you won't even get upset when you get a run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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More for our freebie lovers!

Click on the link below and get a free sample of TOTAL Cereal!
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Wow, that's a super fantastic savings, Dee! Love it!!

And, for our freebie lovers -- click on the link below and you can get free samples of various items from Walmart!

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hmmmm I have lots of coupons for food and craft stores.... I went shopping one day spent 86 dollars and gave them the coupons 26 and change lol

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You got it, Dee. But it seems it's harder to find coupons these days. Have you seen that too? Bugs me! Because I like to use them too!

But here's a "deal" for anyone interested:

Check out this offer – for the Southern Living Magazine – you can get a subscription for $5.00!

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alot of times I wait for on sale and with a coupon I am bad lol

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When you think you want to make a more expensive purchase – try to hold off and wait a few days – then rethink that same purchase after those days. You may discover you don’t really need it or to spend the extra $. Give yourself time to think and rethink those more expensive items – especially if they are not a necessity.

Just like when we "think" we're hungry -- wait a bit -- rethink it -- are you hungry, or just bored, upset or it's a habit? TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY!!! IT CAN SAVE YOU A LOT IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here is some info to share and off one of the sites I visit on-line!


Debt Busters
The Difference a Dollar Makes
By: Steve Diggs

It was the late Senator Everett Dirksen in the 1960's who said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." That was then. This is now. Today Dirksen would have to rephrase his comment and insert the word "trillion." As we all watch the Wizards of the Potomac spend money they don't have on projects we don't understand our collectively mouths widen more and more.
While I certainly don't begrudge Christians owning nice things and having property, there comes a point when we must collectively rise up and take our stand in an evil and self-indulgent culture. Maybe we need to be less about acquiring and more about stewarding the blessings God has already given us. I'm not a vegetarian or a "green" fanatic. But I do believe that a clear grasp of God and His scriptures will lead us to understand the importance of preserving the gifts we have been given.

Who knows, maybe if Christians led "quiet and peaceful lives" in this self actualized and self gratifying society, others might take note. They might see that we live to a higher (and more tranquil) standard. And, if things continue to worsen, possibly the lights of our lifestyles will shine brightly enough to be seen. Maybe, through the little things we do to cope, our friends will be more open to the Big Picture of the Christ we serve.

Since you and I don't have the luxury of living in the Beltway Bubble, let's talk about some practical things we can do right now to make the most with what we have. Here are some thought sparklers on how to pick up a few extra bucks and cut our cost of living.

1) Get a short term job. If your vacation is coming up, consider not taking the credit card on a two week sabbatical this year. For many of us, paying down some debt will bring a lot more peace of mind than lying under a palm tree giving our credit cards a tan while we get burned!

"But," you complain, "how am I going to get a two week job?"

Glad you asked. Why not clean yards? (Note: Never sell your time by the hour--charge for the job. If you figure it'll take 3 hours, tell the owner that you'll do a bang-up job for $90. That'll be an easier sell than asking for $30/hour.)

Or, check a website like CraigsList.com that lists short term jobs. Maybe you'll find someone willing to pay $250 for you to drive their car from point A to point B.

2) Reduce your cost of living.

Make it a family game to see who can take the shortest shower.
Opt for the small TV instead of the big flat panel. (Flat panels suck up a lot more juice.)
Unplug your unused second refrigerator.
At restaurants order the large meal. It usually is only 20-40% more -- and you can take the extra home for tomorrow's lunch.
Tilt the hose into the car at the gas station when you stop the pump -- that can be good for a few extra miles of fuel.
3) Be a saver. When you stay at a hotel--grab the extra soap and free amenities. (This doesn't include the towels and the TV set.) I've tried it. Hotel soap works just fine at home. When you're through shaving dry the blade. Leaving razor blades wet is what dulls them the fastest. A constantly dried blade will last forever!

Be creative. Make saving money and earning money a family sport. You'll be surprised at how much you'll save during these hard times -- and how much discipline you'll have when things improve. You may also find that your lifestyle is appealing to friends who haven't met your best Friend yet.

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Here’s Sparks’ Ideas on how to Save that $ and I added the link to the bottom of the article so you can check it out and even grab your 3 pts. if you can!

25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough-- By Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Staff

Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but they're so much pricier than Ramen noodles, frozen pizzas and bottles of soda!

Sure, some healthful foods are more expensive, but the same rules of smart shopping apply: Price compare, be flexible about brands and choose larger sizes to save money per serving.

To help make your next shopping trip a breeze, but we've scanned the shelves and roamed the aisles to find 25 foods that are nutritious and affordable. (Prices from Safeway.com, March 2009, Greater Philadelphia area. These prices will vary according to location.)

Protein
1. Canned salmon: $2.89 for 14.75 ounces (59 cents per serving)
Get your Omega-3's for less. Salmon is full of these healthy fats, which help lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.

2. Chicken breasts: $3.49 per pound (87 cents per serving)
Easy-to-prepare, chicken is full of lean protein, which helps keep you fuller longer.

3. Natural peanut butter: $3.39 for 16 ounces (42 cents per serving)
Skip the sugary, processed varieties and spread the real stuff on whole-grain bread. Throw a tablespoon in smoothies or yogurt, use it as a dip for carrots and pretzels, or mix it with a bit of low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic, then thin with water for a quick sauce.

4. Canned beans: 84 cents for 15 ounces (22 cents per serving)
Bulk up soups and stews while getting protein and fiber. Try chickpeas or black beans if you're not a fan of kidneys or pintos. Drain, rinse, and blend with lemon juice, garlic, cumin and a bit of vegetable broth for a quick dip.

5. Eggs: $1.99 for a dozen large (17 cents per serving)
Not just for breakfast, eggs are among the easiest foods to cook. If you're watching your cholesterol, scramble one egg and two egg whites. Add onion and spinach and you've got a great omelet.

6. Dried lentils: 79 cents per pound (20 cents per serving)
Full of protein and fiber, lentils cook in just 15 minutes! Throw some in soups and stews or cook with curry powder for a quick, spicy meal.

7. Almonds: $3.99 for 9 ounces (44 cents per serving)
Get vitamin E, fiber and protein while satisfying a crunchy craving. Nuts are rich in an amino acid that could be linked to heart benefits. Chop a few raw ones and throw them on yogurt.

Fruits
8. Frozen fruit and berries: $2.99-$5.99 per pound (75 cents-$1.50 per serving)
Throw some in the blender with milk or yogurt for a healthy treat. Frozen berries can be used in oatmeal or drained and baked into muffins and quick breads.

9. Apples: 68 cents each
They might not keep the doctor away, but apples are actually full of antioxidants, which help slow the progression of age-related diseases.

10. Bananas: 35 cents each
Slice one on your morning yogurt or oatmeal for some added fiber and only 100 calories or so. Snack on a potassium-rich banana to prevent cramps after a workout.

11. Grapes: $2.99 per pound (75 cents per serving)
Freeze grapes for a low-calorie dessert or snack. Grapes--especially the dark purple ones--contain plenty of antioxidants that are known to help heart health.

Vegetables
12. Romaine lettuce or other hearty lettuce: $1.99 per head (66 cents per serving)
Banish the iceberg and choose sturdy Romaine for your salads. It will give you more fiber and nutrients, plus a satisfying crunch.

13. Carrots: $2.79 for 3 pounds (23 cents per serving)
Mom was right. Carrots are good for your eyes, thanks to the antioxidants, including beta-carotene, in them. (That's what makes them orange!) Dip them in hummus (made from canned beans), natural peanut butter or low-fat dressings.

14. Frozen spinach: $2 for 16 ounces (50 cents per serving)
Thaw and drain this good-for-your green, then toss it in omelets, soups, stir-fries and pasta sauces. Spinach is full of vitamins A, C, K, plus fiber and even calcium.

15. Canned tomatoes: $1 for 14.5 ounces (28 cents per serving)
Choose low-sodium varieties and throw a can in pasta sauces and chili to stretch a meal. Puree a can with a cup of skim milk and season to taste for your own tomato soup. You'll get a dose of vitamins A, B and C and lycopene, an antioxidant known to prevent cancer.

16. Garlic: 50 cents per head (5 cents per serving)
Ditch the bottled and powdered stuff if you want to reap more of the myriad health benefits. Pungent and tasty, garlic can help lower cholesterol and blood clots, plus it can have a small effect on high blood pressure. Crush or chop it to release more of the antioxidants.

17. Sweet potatoes: $1.49 per pound (37 cents per serving)
Aside from being sweet and delicious, these bright root vegetables are a great source of fiber and antioxidants. Bake, mash or roast them--you'll forget about those other, paler potatoes.

18. Onions: 97 cents each (32 cents per serving)
Like garlic, this smelly vegetable is full of health benefits. Onions have been proven to lower risks for certain cancers, and they add flavor with few calories. Try roasting them to bring out their sweetness and cut their harsh edge. (If you well up while cutting them, store onions in the fridge for a tear-free chop.)

19. Broccoli: $2.49 per pound (63 cents per serving)
Broccoli is like a toothbrush for your insides. Full of fiber, it will provide you vitamins A and C, plus fiber and a host of antioxidants. Broccoli is a superstar in the nutrition world.

Whole grains
20. Whole-grain pasta: $1.50 for 13.25 ounces (45 cents per serving)
With a nutty flavor and a subtle brown color, whole-wheat pasta perks up any meal. Start with half regular, half whole-wheat pasta, then gradually add more wheat pasta for a burst of fiber and nutrients.

21. Popcorn kernels: $2.39 for 32 ounces (30 cents per serving)
Air-popped popcorn has just 30 calories and a trace of fat. Pop a few cups, spritz with olive oil or butter spray and sprinkle on your favorite seasonings for a guilt-free treat.

22. Brown rice: $1.49 for 16 ounces (19 cents per serving)
Brown rice is a great side dish, but you can also use it to help stretch your ground meat. Mix a cup of cooked rice with 8 ounces of lean ground beef next time you make meatloaf to save 45 calories and five grams of fat (and some money) per serving.

23. Oats: $3.19 for 42 ounces (15 cents per serving)
Oatmeal is a hearty breakfast, but you can also cook sturdy steel-cut oats in chicken broth for a savory side dish. Or, mix oats with ground turkey to stretch your meatballs.

Dairy
24. Quarts of low- or fat-free yogurt: $2.49 for 32 ounces (47 cents per serving)
Buy large containers of plain or vanilla yogurt, then add real fruit. You'll save money and calories by not buying fancy single-serve yogurts.

25. Gallon of skim milk: $3.04 (19 cents per serving)
It really does a body good. Full of calcium and protein, milk can help stretch a meal. Pair an eight-ounce glass with a piece of fruit or a granola bar for a filling snack.

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Click on the link below – and you can print your own coupons for products you use!

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Lower the temperature on your water heater from 140 to 120 degrees and you can reduce the water heating cost by 6-10% a month. Try it and compare your electric bills from one month to another and see if it makes a difference for you.

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