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Hey everyone! When my job search didn't pan out, I started freelance writing from home, so I'm always looking for money-saving ideas that will help me stretch my dollars wayyyy out.

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Hi all! I'm a mom to 2 daughters, grandma to 3, a foodservice worker at an educational institute and currently in a seasonal layoff for 4 mths, so I strive to live small during the summertime. Actually I strive to live frugally and simply all the time. I'm always on the lookout for tips, just in case there's one I haven't heard about yet.

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A big emoticon to all of our new friends! So glad you've joined us and best wishes to all!

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Hi i am angie,looking for inexpensive and quick exercise ideas. Hard to fit it in with 4 kids, can't afford the gym. No real time to walk for 30-45 mins a day. I think i need 10 minute exercises that burn max calories, ideas?

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Hi everyone. I am a 28 year old grad student transitioning into the workforce, which is frightening. I live in Chicago, which is a somewhat more expensive city. However, the rents in my neighborhood are pretty low. Living alone in a studio is actually not more expensive than finding a roommate as I do not mind a small apartment. (I lucked out and got a decent sized studio that also has a separate full kitchen.)

I am looking to bring a car here soon to transition into a regular job (I have been here almost two years without one), but with impending student loans, I still plan to live like a grad student! Any tips on saving money in the city, especially vehicle-wise, is appreciated.

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G'day, I am a happily married mother to three beautiful daughters and one very cheeky son. I am a SAHM and homeschool three of my children. My husband is currently out of work due to health issues, so we are living as frugally as we know how - I'm open to any tips!

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Sorry I'm late! I joined last Wednesday and life got in the way since then. (I know, that never happens to anyone but me. LOL) I'm Karen, I'm 52, getting married in 27 days, mother of one 13-yo daughter and stepmom of a 12yo and 8yo. Both my fiance and I are out of work and have been for over a years. (I don't count the six months I worked as a temp as real work--there was no security there, and the pay was almost less than unemployment!). We're both pursuing BAs, his in IT/MIS and mine in Health Care Admin/Public Admin (my second--the first was in English with a teaching certification, which lapsed over 20 years ago). Frugal is our middle name--we don't have much choice!

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Hi, I'm 54 and have gained extra weight since I got remarried 7 years ago, ha! I like to pursue a frugal lifestyle but still have room for fun. I've found the biggest thing you have to do is have an attitude adjustment about spending money all the time. I have two grown sons, they live out west.

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Hi, I joined the Team awhile ago but didn't introduce myself. I'm April, age 53, mother of 5, Nana of 7 (almost 8 in a couple weeks!), and wife to my wonderful hubby for almost 32 yrs.
We've lived on a shoestring budget ever since we got married. Sometimes because we had to. Other times because we wanted to. Hubby's been pretty much the breadwinner in our family. But, I've contributed too. For over 25 years I supplemented our income with an in-home daycare business so that I could work at home and care for the kids. It was enough money for clothes, school supplies, birthday presents and parties, Christmas gifts, prom dresses, graduation parties, senior photos, and the other things kids want and need. More need than want a lot of times. Our kids were happy, healthy, well-dressed, well-fed, and much loved. We only have 1 at home now. He just turned 17. The other 4 are married with children of their own. A LOT of people wondered how we could make a go of it...5 kids, a house, 2 new cars...on our income. Hubby's co-workers wondered if we had well-to-do parents who gave us money, or we had an inheritance from someone. None of the above. Just good plain frugal living and smart decisions.
Here's to living life on a shoestring!

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the team, but not to SP. I have a disability that prevents me from working, so living off my SS check forces me to live life on a shoestring. On top of that, my bf's company has been doing poorly, due to the economy, so money is a big issue with us.

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Hi, my name is Valerie and am new to this team. I have been unemployed for over one year, and really have been living on my torn shoestring (lol). I am glad to have joined this team.


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Hi I am Jenny, I am now a single mother of 3. an 18 year old girl in 11th grade, a 14 year old autistic son who has behavior issues and medication is not working. I have a active 10 year old girl who loves life but having a hard time at the moment. Her sister is mean to her and hurts her feelings alot of the time.

I have to find ways to be fugue They drain me both energy wise and money wise. And time wise.

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Hi I'm from Iowa, newly single, and I'm very excited about this journey I'm on! I work full-time and I'm raising my 7yr old granddaughter by myself.

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Hello all. I'm 57, work full-time, live with my husband who is a self-employed engineer. I have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Because I've started (and failed at) so many diets or self-improvement programs, I'm keeping this quiet, hoping they'll notice the positive changes first. THEN I'll tell them how I did it and am doing it - with the support of SparkPeople! I've always been frugally-minded - out of necessity in my earlier days, and because I think it's the best way to be now. I'm off to a slow start...it's sadly true that the older you are the slower the weight comes off. Hanging in there, though, for all the positive benefits. Looking for friends and support on this site!

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Hi to all the other new Sparklers.

I signed on the other day and checked here to see who else was new. Well it looks like I never checked into the introduction thread.

I'm 67, retired, have six kids, and ten grandkids.

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Hi all! I'm new to this team and it looks like there is lots of activity here! I'm a wife and mom of two. I work full time at a coffee company. I'm always looking for tips to spend less and get more! emoticon

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Hello everyone. I am so glad to have found this site! My name is Kathie, I'm 41 and from Michigan. I need to lose about 75 lbs. I am a full-time student and a part-time clerk/pizza maker in a party store. I am in class monday thru thursday and work friday thru sunday. I am looking forward to learning new ways to save my dollars and lose weight. Glad to meet everyone on here.

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I am Jen. I live with DH and DS1 (6) and DS2 (3) (and two dogs) in ND. So glad to have found this team! We are really big fans of living frugally.


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Hi! My name is Laurie and I'm from Michigan. My husband and I have been trying to find ways to eat healthier and spend less money. So far we haven't been very successful at that. I work full time and my husband is disabled. I have a teen daughter (15) who lives with us half time, one son in college and three stepsons. I also have crabs, and they're the pet type. :)

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Hello! My name is Gaeli Batts. I live in Madison, IN. My husband and I have been through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and we like to live on a budget (although I have to admit we aren't very consistent with it). That being said, I'm so happy to be a part of this group for tips and ways to be more frugal. I'm a 29-yr-old special education teacher. I am married with a 2-yr-old daughter. I just got back into the workforce in January after being off for almost 2 years with my Emma. My husband has his engineering degree but for now works in a lab at a power plant. Looking forward to meeting new friends in this group!

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I'm Gail and I too am a teacher. I teach high school math at a continuation high school. It looks like you and I are in the same boat. I too weigh 196 and want to get to 145. My husband and I got to walk tonight for the first time in weeks because of the weather. Walking is great for us, but then we come home and I have to think about what to make for dinner. This is my biggest problem day to day. We have 2 college sons living with us and I have to make A LOT of dinner to feed them. They are more active then we are and need larger portions, at this time. I need help planning meals and planning variety.

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I'm Gail and I too am a teacher. I teach high school math at a continuation high school. It looks like you and I are in the same boat. I too weigh 196 and want to get to 145. My husband and I got to walk tonight for the first time in weeks because of the weather. Walking is great for us, but then we come home and I have to think about what to make for dinner. This is my biggest problem day to day. We have 2 college sons living with us and I have to make A LOT of dinner to feed them. They are more active then we are and need larger portions, at this time. I need help planning meals and planning variety.

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Hi Beth,
I'm Gail and I too am a teacher. I teach high school math at a continuation high school. It looks like you and I are in the same boat. I too weigh 196 and want to get to 145. My husband and I got to walk tonight for the first time in weeks because of the weather. Walking is great for us, but then we come home and I have to think about what to make for dinner. This is my biggest problem day to day. We have 2 college sons living with us and I have to make A LOT of dinner to feed them. They are more active then we are and need larger portions, at this time. I need help planning meals and planning variety.

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Hi! I'm Suzie a SAHM to 3 children and wife from a small town in OK. I'm on disability and my husband's been out of work for the last 9 months. He just started working again this last Monday. Maybe we can actually mak it from paycheck to paycheck now

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Hi all! I'm Beth, a 2nd year teacher. Trying to lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy on a shoestring is difficult! I try to make it a priority, but it's hard sometimes. Glad to find this team for advice and support!

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Hello! My name is Leslie and I am a 36 year old single mom to two boys. I really have to live life on a shoe string since my ex took off to Canada to avoid child support. But we do what we can, and manage to have a very full life.

I am an AVID coupon clipper...to the point of obsession. But they save me about $100-$150 a month in groceries... sometimes more when I buy in bulk and freeze.

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