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3/28/10 8:13 A

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I bring my lunch to work daily, I use the dishwasher only when completly full, twice a week, and on nice days I hang my clothes outside...my water bill went down 10.00 since last month, my electricity went down 50.00. Little steps make big changes.

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3/27/10 8:34 P

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I cut back on tv programs and my bill is much cheaper.
I am preparing hot cereal for breakfasts . Cream of wheat , a box goes a long way.
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No more mani/pedis every 2 weeks..i do my own nails at home

hubby does my eyebrows and better than the salon!

dropped some premium channels on the cable

got a family plan for the cell phone and no landline

stopped eating out 3x a week (although we did eat out alot this past week)

coupons, coupons,coupons!

I also look at all the store ads online (Pathmark, Target, Walmart, etc) to find the store with the best deals

buy in bulk for necessities (cleaning products, dry goods, liquid)
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I combined my cale and internet so I got a faster speed for almost the same as my dial up. I also read the paper at work so I only buy it on Sunday. Today I found a brand new button up toip at the thrift shop for 2.50. It's from our National Monument and was marked 40.00 dollars...then marked down to 20 something...they got what was left of inventory it looks like. What a deal!!!

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3/26/10 12:53 P

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Hey RUNOBODYII,

Thanks for the info. I did actually spend one summer without t.v. many, many years ago when my picture tube went out and I couldn't afford a new one (thank goodness it was summer!). It was one of the best summers of my life. It is scary, tho, to think about not having it now. I will check into DSL in my area and see what is available for my computer.

Have a great day!

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3/26/10 11:23 A

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I started using coupons!!! I save over 75% of my shopping bills every time I go (last time I saved 229. and only spent 56) It is really easy just join a coupon forum or something and they show you all the coupons you can use for that week at you local store, if you are in the southeast region southernsavers.com is a great one!

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3/26/10 11:06 A

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When we moved into our condo last June my partner and I cancelled our cable tv/internet/phone service and switched to phone and DSL service with AT&T (no cable or satellite, thus no tv reception at all since we have an analog tv). We got maybe $150 in rebates for switching, but more than that we liberated hours formerly spent watching tv to do other things, some of which have enhanced our life. At first, sometimes we'd just take a walk in the evening after supper or play a game of Scrabble. We had simple dinner parties. We read more books (borrowed from the public library); listened to music.

We started off with the idea of having a tv fast just for the month of June, then we said we'd buy a digital tg so we could get the networks in the rall before the new season started, and then my partner who is the real tv fan in our household said she din't want to spend $200 on a tv.

We are spending $14.83 a month to subscribe to Netflix 2-movies-out-a-time which we'll usually watch on the weekends. We also joined the Y this January when they had a deal to get the join fee based on the day of the month you joined; we joined on January 1st so paid a buck for the normal $80 fee. So now some nights we go to the Y and do weight machines or yoga or water aerobics, and I love it when we can go together.

I think we also spend more time on the Internet, but I am going to start cutting back on that.

My partner kept a blog what I did instead of watching tv: whatididinsteadofwatchingtv.wordpres
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All of which is to say I think giving up cable has enriched our lives, and it doesn't have to be a deprivation. Also my partner watches tv on the Internet and on the cardio machines at the Y: Judge Judy and The Office mainly. Having to find a show on the Internet makes watching tv more intentional, not just the natural default.

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My water bill went up $25 per month because of some sewage and maintenance charge. So now my showers are shorter - skip the conditioner. My hair is short and I don't really need it. Save on water, save on conditioner. I also use a mid-sized tupperware bowl to wash my dishes in rather than filling up the sink. I bet I save 1/2 the water that runs down the drain every time I do dishes. I wash as much as I can and put it back in the soapy water until I can rinse a whole bunch of stuff at once.

I'm drinking water and occasionally tea. Saved about $4.00 a week buying pop out of vending machines at work. No longer carry a vending card at work - no card, no temptation to spend. Only carry one credit card and pay it off the same month I charge. Except for the kitchen garbage, I never change plastic liners in my garbage cans. Can't tell you the last time I bought small garbage can liners. Am trying to talk myself into cancelling cable. I have a "pay as you go" cell phone for emergencies that costs me $21.95 every 2 months (comes with 100 minutes each time). Still have a landline for the computer. Those of you who have cancelled your landlines - what kind of service do you have for your computer?

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3/25/10 8:14 P

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What *haven't* I done. I picked out a south-facing apartment so I don't have to run lightbulbs during the day. I reuse everything, buy everything from secondhand stores, ride a bike and don't own a car, make my own cards, jewelry, gifts, decorations, fun and of course food. Right now I'm about to plant some seeds so I can have veggies this summer! The list goes on, but the long&short of it is: I live on very little, so I don't have to work as much. It's heavenly.

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3/25/10 6:22 P

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I was shopping today and found a few in store bargains
a good price for pork so purchased some to freeze.
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3/25/10 12:10 P

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We bought a FoodSaver and buy bulk, splitting it up and freezing meal-sized for the two of us. Began attending a monthly food auction. Shop resale shops - hardly never shop a mall anymore as I did in the past - even when traveling we look for those shops. Signed up for a website that compares grocery deals all around my area for me - mygrocerydeals.com

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3/23/10 4:11 P

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Local gyms are offering reduced prices now that most of the New Year's Resolution members are dropping out.

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3/23/10 10:16 A

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Major & Minor Changes:

We both went to part-time, all that fulltime work plus overtime put us in a higher tax bracket. Now we have days off together during the week and only slightly less income than before. Wonderful change!

Downsized - got rid of huge house, bought a rental and live in a part of it. Tenants pay for the mortgage.

Carpool with my hubby when we can. Moved to a smaller community where we can walk or bike everywhere. Healthy and cheap!

Regularly shop at the thrift store - just picked up like new, hot boots and new brown suede pumps with the tags for a grand total of $7.76. I have a closet full of name brand beautiful clothes and rarely shop at the mall anymore. You do need time to check back often, there's only a few treasures at any given time.

Trade plants or get them for free when my friends are thinning their fancy gardens.

No cable - rabbit ears get 2 channels and if necessary watch tv on the internet free (several legal channels).

Called my phone provider and negotiated a package deal for phone, internet & long distance. Shaved $45 per month just for asking. (What I did was tell them what another company was offering and that I was thinking of switching and would they offer me a better deal)

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3/22/10 10:01 P

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WIDOWDUFF (and anybody else who is interested): If you want to learn couponing go to pocketyourdollars.com and to savvysavers.com

I have a friend who feeds 4 boys and a husband and is an absolute genius at this! She will come home with $40 worth of groceries for $3. She literally saves at least $200 a month by couponing, reward programs, etc. When I asked her to teach me, she directed me to pocketyourdollars.com.

I still haven't done it yet because there are just two of us and I don't buy in bulk, but I could sure learn and save whenever it's possible.

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WIDOWDUFF (and anybody else who is interested): If you want to learn couponing go to pocketyourdollars.com and to savvysavers.com

I have a friend who feeds 4 boys and a husband and is an absolute genius at this! She will come home with $40 worth of groceries for $3. She literally saves at least $200 a month by couponing, reward programs, etc. When I asked her to teach me, she directed me to pocketyourdollars.com.

I still haven't done it yet because there are just two of us and I don't buy in bulk, but I could sure learn and save whenever it's possible.

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WIDOWDUFF (and anybody else who is interested): If you want to learn couponing go to pocketyourdollars.com and to savvysavers.com

I have a friend who feeds 4 boys and a husband and is an absolute genius at this! She will come home with $40 worth of groceries for $3. She literally saves at least $200 a month by couponing, reward programs, etc. When I asked her to teach me, she directed me to pocketyourdollars.com.

I still haven't done it yet because there are just two of us and I don't buy in bulk, but I could sure learn and save whenever it's possible.

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WIDOWDUFF (and anybody else who is interested): If you want to learn couponing go to pocketyourdollars.com and to savvysavers.com

I have a friend who feeds 4 boys and a husband and is an absolute genius at this! She will come home with $40 worth of groceries for $3. She literally saves at least $200 a month by couponing, reward programs, etc. When I asked her to teach me, she directed me to pocketyourdollars.com.

I still haven't done it yet because there are just two of us and I don't buy in bulk, but I could sure learn and save whenever it's possible.

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3/22/10 9:10 P

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That's cool! I was remembering the days when if you had a $1.00 off coupon and the item was on sale for $.99 or less, they would still give you the $1, hence MAKING money on shopping. I have a lot of people post in other teams who say they use coupons and rebates and make money too, I just don't see how but would LOVE to! lol

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When I said I get things free and often make a profit, in those cases it involves usually a rebate or a register reward (walgreens often has ads where you buy a $4 toothpaste, get a reward for $4 off your next purchase) and a coupon. The Olay soap was a rebate for $15 and also Target gave me a $5 giftcard for buying 3 8 packs at $5.50 each.

I belong to a website where the moderator posts current deals as well as other people giving a heads up... It costs me $12 a year for the online subscription, but I have made tons of money back. There is a free newsletter open to anyone, posting a number of deals every day and you can sign up for the free newsletter at the site www.refundcents.com. I had my sister sign up for the free newsletter and she was thrilled with some of her deals.Lots of time they have a link in the newsletter for free stuff. Just in the last month I got a free bottle of shampoo, $6 package of Excedrin, sample of cream of wheat... They also post links to coupons as well as rebate forms to download. It is a legit site. In all honesty, I bet I save hundreds of dollars a year on it.

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You certainly have good survival skills
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Good thread!

I go to stores like Aldi's, especially for produce when it is not in season.
I get books and movies at the library (i volunteer their too)
I use coupons
I go through ads everyweek to see what stores have the best deals, make lists and shop even if I'm going to 20 stores a week!!!
I turned my heater down a few degrees over the winter to help reduce my fuel bill. isn't that what socks, sweats and blankets are for! LOL!
I go to thrift stores
I don't get magazine subscribtions, I get them from my bfs mom when she is done reading them and then i pass them on
I use generic (Xtra) laundry soap. It works just as well and you can get a 96 load bottle at walmart for $6. It lasts forever in our house
I buy in bulk or big containers for non parishable items
I buy a lot of generic foods, cleaning supplies, toilitries, etc
I bought a used treadmill on craigslist cheap, works great and was almost new when we got it, so i don't have to pay a monthly gym membership

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Oh my gosh! All you guys still eating out, even if it is only once a week, still using cars, still buying your lunch out, still having the hair done and manicures and pedicures.

I haven't had a car in 3 years, I stopped my 6-weekly trip to the hair dressers 2 years ago and only get a manicure when someone else pays for it - practically never. I never have enough to do a weekly shop and I tend to live off couscous, sardines and frozen veg. I always take a look at the 'reject' shelf in the super market, but generally there's nothing there that's good value or healthy (probably why it's on the shelf in the first place!). My staple buys are bananas, long-life milk, store brand cans of beans, and sardines.

I'd love to grow my own veg, but I don't have time (work 7/7 5 weeks out of 6) and my garden is quite small. I did try it for a while, but the beasties had more than I did!

I have applied for a different job (keeping my fingers crosse!), so I'm hopeing that the income will increase again (for a bit) and things will be a little easier.

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lowering food costs: virtually no eating out, growing a garden, bulk beans instead of canned, coupons, bulk purchases with friends, preparing frozen foods, etc.

Anything you can conceive and believe you can achieve...


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3/21/10 6:34 P

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WOW! Great ideas - I have:
Reduced daily paper to Sun/Wed when ads come out.
Cut Comcast monthly billing by 80%
Returned water/cooler - bought Brita pitcher
Cancelled home phone land line
Been doing much better tracking mileage for work
and reimbursement

After reading all of your ideas I will:
Talk to my insurance agent
Cancel my gym membership - summer's coming - I'll
have plenty of yard/garden work to do.
Learn how to use coupons - how in the world do I
learn that? Any pointers anyone???

Thanks team! You all are awesome!


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3/21/10 2:01 P

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I was in our grocery store the other day and someone had a $4 coupon on drinks. The 6-pack was $3.99 and the coupon would not go through. They had to override it to $3.99 so he got it free but lost his extra penny. I say that you have to check with your local stores because apparently some will not do the "profit" or more than free thing.

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3/21/10 1:52 P

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Cancelled land line and use Majic Jack

Only go to the grocery store once a week- if I need more milk I pick it up cheap at the Quick Trip

Put on a sweater if chilly

Utilize sunlight when possible

Cancelled extra cable and just bought an antenna and am testing that, to possibly go cable free

Use a Brita pitcher for water (the chlorine in this town will knock you over when it comes out of the faucet)

Buy in bulk when possible

And the biggest is I do rebates and things--just today I have a form (online) for a free rebate on any size bottle of Olay Quench lotion. Just sent one in where I got 24 bars of Olay soap free and made a $4 profit to boot, made a dollar and got free Colgate Total toothpaste at Walgreens...I have a storage room of products that I will never have to pay for which include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, lotions, Windex...always score deals where these are either free or at a profit. It adds up!

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3/21/10 12:35 P

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dramatically reduced starbucks! tho ill admit it started as a calorie saving thing_also eating out much less

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Reading the newspapers at the library instead of buying them

Using the food in the freezer and cupboards instead of weekly shopping



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Altering clothes that I love, but no longer fit. emoticon

Eating out limited to special occasions or when we are out of town.

Eating more vegetarian meals.

Buying food in bulk when can.

Shop frugally, taking own bags!

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I went to AMVET's to buy a black suit for my stepfather's funeral. First I looked at Macys, JCPenney and all the stores in the mall~couldn't find anything even though I was willing to pay the price! Went to AMVET's and found the perfect black pants suit for only $19.95!

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I've reduced my insurance bill by taking off some unnecessary items. I've cancelled a subscription to a service that I haven't really made use of. The savings could total a 1/3 of my monthly food bill!

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Cancelling my land line phone. I had a two-year contract to get a rebate on my computer and a discount on my internet but that ended last summer and I never got around to cancelling. It's only a savings of $18 or $19 a month, but every little bit helps.

I paid cash for a 2-year-old SUV in October and was keeping my 10-year-old sports car for fun. I finally gave the old car to my stepmom. That saves me about $50 in insurance a month, plus approx. $20 in gas. I'm sure I'll miss it come summer but I bet my stepmom will let me visit and take it for a spin if I really want to. :)

I subscribed to a magazine that I found myself buying every issue of last year. I saved $11 by doing that and I can still rip the recipes out by buying vs. borrowing from the library.

I use coupons when eating out - something I never remembered to do before since I kept the restaurant coupons with my grocery coupons but never had the coupon caddy with me. Now that the restaurant coupons are in my purse, I use them. (Ate out way too much in December - planning on getting back to my menu planning and cooking this month which will also save $$ and calories.)

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We're a one income, 6 member family (one is married and gone now, however) so I've always tried to be as frugal as I can. Nowhere near as truly frugal as some people you see on tv, websites, etc. but still..

We have never had a habit of eating out, and try to use coupons if we do.
We have never gone on vacations or to movies regularly.
We have one cell that our college daughter uses, and I've been trying to talk her into starting to pay for it.
I've always loved shopping Goodwill and yard sales.
I've always cooked.
There are hardly ever junk foods in the house.
Friends and family know I'm always open to hand me downs! Whether it be clothes, furniture, etc.
I'm a member of FreeCycle and CheapCycle.
I go thru the grocery ads and have the one I use match prices.
If I buy a name brand, not often, I try to have a coupon for it also.
I use Coke points to get magazine subscriptions.
We're using all CLF (or whatever they are) bulbs.
My stereo doesn't stay plugged in, nor cell chargers.
I keep a Glad bowl in the freezer for leftover veggies, and every so often make 'everything soup'.
Our meats rarely venture beyond chicken, ground beef, and pork chops.
I fill out the paperwork every year to see if the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch prices at school.
When possible, I get maintenance prescriptions thru the mail order pharmacy division of the insurance.
I've never colored my hair, couldn't tell you the last time I had it 'done' somewhere, and pluck my own brows *makes note to do that later!*
I've never felt the urge to enroll my children in every expensive after school activity possible. The last time oldest son was in football, that was a $100 fee :/

It is just a way of life for us *shrug*.

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Lots of great ideas here. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

I plan my meals for the week before I go to the grocery store. I try to stick to the list and, even better, try to use things in the pantry so I don't have to buy. I take everything to work with me for food and beverages for the day, so I try not to spend any money there. I also recycle everything I can but I bring home my cans to get the money when I recycle them.

We also share coupons and magazines at work. We have a library (college) so I can get books or videos for free. This also makes use of inter-library loan.

I have a cell phone from work, so I haven't had my own contract in years. I do always carry a calling card and a pay as you go phone for personal emergencies.

I always save my leftovers for another days lunch or dinner or freeze for later.

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Just when I think we've lowered our expenses as much as we can.... This month we cut our cable/internet further saving about $25. DH is packing lunch a few days a week and taking coffee from/eating breakfast at home saving about $80. Also, DH is taking the train too work as well as home most days, instead of me driving him, saving about $40 in gas. (He gets a free transit pass through work.) emoticon

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I read most of the magazines I used to buy at the library, I only buy Fri. and Sun. papers, with my job I am busy in the summer and fall so I stock up on food then when my pay checks are larger and eat out of the freezer in the winter.

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I HAVE LIMITED OUR EATING OUT TO 1 TIME WEEK
I TAKE MY LUNCH TO WORK EVERYDAY
NO UNNECESSARY DRIVING.
I COOK SOUP IN BULK AND FREEZE
HAVE STARTED CLIPPING COUPONS AND USING THEM
GET PROFESSIONAL PEDICURE EVERY OTHER MONTH NOW AND I DO IN BETWEEN...HAVE NOT TRACKED THE SAVINGS BUT I AM CUTTING BACK WHERE I CAN.

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Oh, in case anyone hasn't thought to do it yet, talk to your car insurance company. I wound up with a new agent back in september of last year, and he called me because no one had since I signed the policy something like 4 years earlier. I just always dealt with the customer service center down in Indianapolis, and bypassed my agent. Well, they had started a new program that I didn't know about, and they were able to give me the same coverage for half the price. I was able to add home owners insurance and still save 60 dollars a year. I know it isn't much, but with the home owners I am much more at ease because there is a safety net there if something happens. But just a thought, call and ask for them to review your account and see if you could change anything to save a few bucks. Also, if you pay every 6 months or pay before they print your bill each month, some insurance company's charge a billing fee. Mine is 3 dollars, so I can save basically enough to cover the membership fees for the place.

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Reduced food bill by adding beans and rice as sides to daily dinners to add fibre to meals. Easy to add them to stir fries, fajitas, soups, etc. No wastage of perishable items, buying in smaller quantities and use it all up before getting more. Eating all the leftovers in lunches. Eating more eggs. Measuring meat portions is a huge savings and helps to control calories.

Still driving the same car and it gets older and cheaper to insure each year.

Stopped buying clothes. Got rid of things that didn't fit and fixed anything missing buttons, shined shoes, etc.



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DH wants to get together as a family this Sunday and start writing the budget again according to Dave Ramsey. We took that class two years ago and we're back in the same rut, not as bad, but in a rut again. Gonna have to cut out those dinners out of the house and make the kid eat at home. She's very good at trickin' good ole dad to get fast food...lol

That's one of our problems and the other is me buying clothes; whether it's on Ebay or online. That will have to be done again through my "mad money" envelope.

That's kinda it for me, I guess. I don't know what DH spends money on, except eating out in the morning on the way to work daily. Oh, and sometimes I eat on the way to work, but trying to cut that out...

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I cut way down on eating out and going out to different places in general. I figure I am saving money by not eating in a restaurant so much, and am also saving money by not driving my car as much.

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As it's winter in Wisconsin, we close the door on a room that we rarely use! Why bother spending the fuel oil $ and heat when no one is in the room!

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Great job everyone!!! I love hearing these ideas, they get my brain working. How inspiring. emoticon

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I got the car paid off so that was a big savings.167/mo

I moved my trailer across town to a different park with lower lot rent and less fees. 0-40+ savings a month(this will also give us a free pool to swim in and a nice playground next summer, so will save on gas and pool admission)

I also had it reassessed by the auditors office by taking them my receipt for what I paid for it, and they reduced what I'm paying taxes on by a little over 10,000 dollars. $60 savings every 6 months
That cut my property tax bill in half.

I'm decluttering my house and emptying my storage unit so that I can get rid of it. 105 dollars/month

Bought books online and through another bookstore instead of from my school bookstore. savings of 150 this semester.

Cut down on smoking. 10 dollars/week

Cut down on eating out. ????

Freeze leftovers to take to school and eat when I don't have my kids at home. ????

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I remake leftovers so we don't waste food. We eat smaller portions. We car pool.

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We cut out going out to eat. I love to cook and know what is going into our food. We may go out once a week. I also take my lunch every day to work and don't buy soda. I make sure I have water at my desk and tea. Use coupons all the time and only buy what is necessary for anything else.

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Great ideas!! We need to cut down on dining out, that's the next area to go!

Also we are down to 1 car, mine is unreliable rt. now, so we are saving on gas as a result, but it's difficult to commute. I either get dropped off before my daughter gets dropped off at school or I get the car all day and my DH is stuck at home with the baby.



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I am hairdresser so I was already feeling the crunch!

My income dropped tremendously!

But God is still good!

The first thing I did was eliminate unecessary driving since gas is almost 3 a gallon
I use coupons and I now shop at BJ's or Sams Club... When thebkids would run out of cereal I used to go out and replace it but since I buy 3 or 4 different kinds I don't replace them until the next month that saved me $30 dollars on cereal

I saved 15 on juice kids now drink more water or they buy it themself
I just changed cell phone plan saved 23
I don't eat out as much 200 savings
I don't shop as much that's a huge savings

But I'm fine with these things I am spending more time with the kids and preparing meals together

When summer comes it will give us a chance to do picnic etc outings that won't cost any money or less!

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I thought it might be nice to share some of the things we've done to cut down our monthly budgets. I am still trying to do more. I realize we don't "need" Netflix, however my DH and I love horror movies that aren't available at the library or other means.

Here's what I've done so far:

Netflix: went from $16.99 to $4.99 per mo. - Savings of $12.00
Comcast: lowered my Internet speed to Economy - Savings of $25.00
Sprint: got rid of text messaging and picture mail - Savings of $30
I got rid of our home phone service - Savings of $19.95
I got rid of Highlights Magazine for Lucy - Savings of $19.95
Started renting books and movies from the library - Savings various, but I am a booklover!
Cancelled health club account - Savings of $70
Started going to Great Clips instead of high end salon - Savings of $35
Eyebrows - started getting them threaded vs. waxed - Savings of $5.00
Shop at resale store for kids clothing - Savings varies
Eliminated c.card debt - Savings of $335 per mo (of minimum pymts!)

Total Savings per mo.: $551.90

I'd love to hear what others have done! I'm looking to reduce further.

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