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10/25/10 2:39 A

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I buy the 1lb cans of tuna when I can get them! Waaaay cheaper & that tuna freezes just fine too.

Oh, I reviewed my internet/phone company billing & was able to shave another $21 off my bill by bundling them with long distance. I don't use long distance very often but for the savings, what the heck!!!

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10/25/10 12:02 A

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OMG You made me realize that I have a comforter that I could use on the bedroom window, it's too warn for the bed but the window is very drafty. THANK YOU.
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LOVE IT ! THAT'S WHAT I DO TOO.

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Wow I never knew that it only takes 100 calories a day to pack on 10 pounds. Thanks for that. Kelly
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Yes, eating out is a huge waste of money - most of the time. Once in awhile, I'll indulge in a 6" subway veggie sandwich, but not more than once a month.

Then again, people who run restaurants need to make a living, too. I hope the wealthy folks and those who are not cutting corners will keep them in business through this recession.

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I decided to not eat out on my birthday yesterday (who wants to pay $60 plus dollars for one meal???) and save that money for events to do on our vacation next month instead.

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10/24/10 3:29 A

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I've stopped eating out and probably save $200 a month that way. Eeeesh.

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10/23/10 11:11 P

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Forgot something...

If you have a Costco or a Sam's Club, it is a lot cheaper and easier to get food service sized cans of tomato products (like Contandina): diced, stewed, puree, paste, etc. Instead of waiting for a sale on the 16.5 oz cans and using a lot, I get the big cans - they are around $3 and use them for Chili, soups, etc.
If I can't use the whole can, then I freeze the rest. emoticon

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10/21/10 9:21 P

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Good for you!!! I don't like top sheets so I make King Size pillow cases & quilt bags out of mine when I buy sheet sets. I buy off season & usually buy Flannelet because I like the feel! I try to stay in the same color family or buy multiples. Got some great mark downs at the Sears Discount - winter sheet sets marked down to under $20!!

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We needed new king sized pillow cases to go with my new color scheme. At the store, I found they were $16 to way higher for just TWO! No way I'm going to pay that much for pillow cases. So I went to my fav thrift store and bought ten perfect pillow cases for less than $10!

I love thrift stores but try to limit their use to essentials, otherwise I end up spending more than I should and have more "stuff" to deal with when I get home.

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I bought myself a vacuum sealer a few years ago. I use it to portion meat & cheese when I buy in bulk. It's nice to just reach in and take out a package that's just the right size for one person or two for soup. I also bought one of those re-sealers - it's just a heated wire basically - but it seals bags of cereal etc after you open them. Instead of buying a container, I just keep sealing the bag as I use it. Keeps the bugs out too. I like the snack portioning!!! I used to do that when I was on weight watchers a looooong time ago.

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I started portioning single serving of snack foods like cheese its in to small reusable containers, instead of buying the prepared individual 100 calorie bags. It makes easy snack time for the kids, helps to make sure I do not take a whole box/bag of snacks in the living room to watch a movie and we get more servings for less money.

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In the strangest of places if you look at it right. ~ Scarlet Begonias, Grateful Dead


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10/19/10 9:34 A

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Keann mentioned using Ebay to buy certain items.

I used to sell on Ebay but now I just buy. Some of the things I have found bargains on are:
Hearing aid batteries.
Krill oil capsules.
Stevia packets (much cheaper by the case than the grocery store).
Pur water filter cartridges.
Cell phone chargers.
Computer adapter for laptop power.
Swim suits by Ocean (chlorine resistant).
Protein bars (my favorite are Chocowalla).

It is amazing there are so many bargains.

I also buy vitamins and supplements either at Costco or on line from Luckyvitamin.com. They have many other items for sale that are hard to find in the stores.

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10/19/10 3:18 A

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I'll have to use your idea for the coupons Joy! I've been putting them into my check/card wallet but they often get forgotten at home. I've been cooking large pots of food & filling containers to take for lunch when I work away from home. I made a great goulash from hot Italian sausages, barley, onion soup mix, leftover marinara sauce, leftover chili & leftover veggies. I bought 20 pounds of tomatoes with less than perfect skins for half price to can. I peel them any way so who cares!! I may go back for more.

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10/18/10 12:54 A

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I found a better and cheaper supplement for my dog (she has some pain) at my local Pet Store (Petco).
Costco has a big box of dog biscuits that last m o n t h s.

Sometimes, I use ebay to buy things: the cell phone store wanted $12 for a screen protector. I bought a pkg. of 6 for under $2. Batteries are also a good deal.

I use a Pur filter/pitcher for water.

For the soup that I like (Nile Spice), I found the best price on Amazon. I order enough and get free shipping.

Coupons: I carry a smaller coupon file in my purse so that I have them with me instead of leaving them at home. This is really helpful when I need to get a fast food item.

Re fundraisers this time of year: if I feel I need to buy something anyway, magazines are probably the best value for me. (All You has l o t s of coupons). It sure beats buying cookies or candy.
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10/17/10 3:34 P

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Walk to the grocery store (it's practically right next door)

Buy clothes and household items at discount and thrift stores. Wear an item of clothing until it falls apart or absolutely will not fit anymore

Buy generic brand foods- I love Aldi!

Combine trips to save on gas

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I went to the thrift store. If you spend 20 - 25 dollars they give you a $5 card for next time. Since I bought some glass bakeware, I decided to spend enough to get the card.

I bought vhs movies for 50. - 2 were Leslie Sansone workout tapes... the musical Cat... some really fun future entertainment.

I bought scrap material for quilting ($2.99 a bag ). There was a big piece of soft fleece - light weight big enough to make a throw out of it. The design is motorcycles.. says American chopper.. I'm going to put a hem around it and send it to my brother for Christmas . He's just starting over so it will come in handy. There was also some other material big enough to make pillows for our future craft bazar.

They had free red pears! Very delicious!

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10/15/10 8:48 A

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i dont have a car payment anymore. Before i got my settlement the insurance company paid off my car. so that $259 i dont have to pay each month.


When my boyfriend and i get our income tax in january we are going to use it to pay off this stupid silver leaf resort vacation we were buying to get out of a timeshare contract.that will be $85 for each of us that we dont have to pay!

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Weather and time permitting; my hubby and I walk the town with a sack and the dog, and pick up aluminum cans. A great way to get exercise and bring in much needed cash!

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10/15/10 7:01 A

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Yesterday I got about 8 lb of free fresh brocolli and brought some to my friend. Hubby and I had some with our dinner last night. I plan to freeze most of it, cause my fridge is too full and needs cleaning out.

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Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.""

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10/14/10 11:08 P

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Last night canned applesauce from my own tree. $2.79 for 12 lids. Since I already have all the canning equipment I decided it's time to get back into it.

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10/14/10 10:32 A

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emoticon GOOD MORNING!

DOING THE WASH IN COLD WATER (USING A KITTY LITTER BUCKET TO SOAK WHITES IN HOT BLEACH WATER WHEN NEEDED & THEN PUTTING IN THE COLD WATER WHEN I PUT IT IN THE WASHER)& HANGING OUT TO DRY. I PUT TOPS ON BIG PLASTIC HANGERS & HANG IN THE SHADE( PORCH) SO NOTHING FADES.

TAKING ALL SCRAP METAL TO THE METAL PLACE OURSELVES INSTEAD OF HIRONG SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT.

GIVING WHAT WE NO LONGER NEED/WANT TO SOMEONE WHO CAN USE IT INSTEAD OF IT JUST TAKING UP NEEDED SPACE.

THINKING ON WHAT WE SEE & WANT INSTEAD OF JUST BUYING IT. LOTS OF TIMES WE CHANGE OUR MINDS! emoticon

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Both for budget and health, When I need to do things in town around my house I walk instead of take the car. Library, post office, the store(every thing but weekly groceries), bank you name it if it is in walking distance my girls and I have headed out on foot.

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In the strangest of places if you look at it right. ~ Scarlet Begonias, Grateful Dead


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10/11/10 4:48 P

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Oh yeah - those big sheets are wonderful! I buy sheet sets off season so I can get flannel fitted sheets & pillow cases for my bed. I save the flat sheets & sew them together to make duvet covers. I hate making beds!!! Now I just shake the duvet to cover the bed & everything's co-ordinated!! I sometimes make pillow cases out of those sheets too. And why not curtains???

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Whenever I think I "need" to get something other than what I have, I pause and try to think how I can make use of something on hand instead.

For example, yesterday I was rearranging our bedroom and cozying it up for the cooler months. I wanted different curtains. I almost made a run to the thrift store, but asked myself the question again and sat down and thought about it. Then I realized that I could use that king sized sheet that I bought years ago and kept even though I don't use it. I kept it because it was beautiful. I cut that sheet in half, lengthwise, and created shabby chic (how the heck do you spell that word??) panels. Then I had a pillowcase that I'd thrown in the garbage because it'd worn thin. I pulled it out of the trash, cut it lengthwise into 6 strips and made two braids which I used for ties in the center of the window panels. Looks so nice!

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i got two new work shirts from thrift town today they were both 2.99 each and i got a nice pair of jean pants for 3.99.


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I check in on the thrift store near work several times a week for free bread...sometimes they have free veggies and other things, too. Most always it is in great shape. I have been super careful since the time (a few months ago) when I got some free strawberries somewhere else that gave me a case of food poisoning (or one could call it severe indigestion). No more free strawberries for me. This week I got free cauliflower (in great shape and plastic wrapped) and some home grown cabbages. There probably are places in most cities where surplus foods are given out with no questions asked of participants, allowing anyone to have some. You just have to ask around.... emoticon

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10/8/10 10:16 P

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That's the way to do it!! That small stuff really adds up in the end. I, too, canceled my gym membership - I went on Craig's List & picked up someone's collection of Walking CDs - I got the One Mile, Two Mile & Four Mile walks with Leslie Sansone & one Billy Blanks CD. I understand I can join 'Mall Walking' & walk an indoor track daily & get a coffee/tea after for $20 a month so I may do that. I cut down the heat - I wear wooly socks & a sweater!! And I make soup a lot in my slow cooker. Soup really stretches the dollar!! I buy lots of dried beans, lentils, veggies, garlic, onions at the ethnic stores & combine with Dollar Store canned tomatoes & onion soup mix. I buy lots of carrots, turnip & cabbage which are really cheap any time of the year too. And I have this really HUGE wide mouth thermos that I can take with me to work!!!

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We're stopping our Blockbuster membership.

God helps those who help themselves.

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Well I dont have cable, so only pay for internet. I do laundry once every couple of weeks. I dont buy junk food, and if i do I buy the dollar bags of cookie mix and make small cookies so not to over indulge. I have a water bottle with a filter in it, so I dont have to buy bottled water (marshalls or 7 bucks!) Im going to cancel my gym membership in a few weeks, but i have a bike and live in NYC where there are lots of parks to walk in and I have yoga and ballet workout videos. I dont eat out.. Pretty much a bunch of small stuff which really adds up at the end of the year :)

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My income has been cut by about $10,000 gross a year. It's a struggle - I've never known so many unemployed people as I do now. I've cut every where I can. This winter I'm thinking I'll have to live in my bedroom, bathroom and kitchen and keep the heat off everywhere else, unless someone's coming over.

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Only do one load of laundry per day, no matter what!

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." ~Albert Einstein

"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting." ~ William Shakespeare

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing." ~Rabbi Hillel


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I am making all my local , US and Canadian calls through my laptop - for free until the end of the year. This will save me 35 a month.

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I am in the process of changing my home phone from Vonage to Magic Jack. I will be saving about $23 per month on my phone bill and will still have unlimited long distance and local calls and on line messaging.

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Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.""

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That's good to know. I will have to tell my sister about the bed bugs. She loves yard sales.

We have an Aldi grocery store close by. We can get two weeks worth of groceries (for 2 people) for $50.00. We dropped all the extras from our phone and cable. We have one cell phone we share. We try not to use our dryer. Our famlies try to get together a couple of times a month. Everyone brings a large dish then we split the left overs.

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Switching cell phone service saved me about $50 a month. Verizon gave us a really good plan for very little, and inexpensive phones, too.

Bundling with Charter is saving us $60 a month. I hope their service is as good as Qwest's was.

Neighbor shared her garden with us and we are eating a lot of homemade vegetable soup.

The church across the street gives out free bread on Mondays, so I take advantage of that.

I started charging the people who live in our house. They now pay me cash every week, which means I do not have to use the debit card for most things.

I stay home a lot more and seldom eat out. For entertainment, I use the library (free) and Netflix (under $10 a month for all the movies I want).



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shop at dollar tree
carpool &/or run all errands at one time

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.
- Wayne Dyer

"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us" -Virginia Satir.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain, writer and satirist

Do something for somebody every day for which you don't get paid.
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I'm really keeping track of expenses this month. I made a budget... with a little give and take so I can shift funds to where they really go. I think I might be able to cut back a little more next month.

A woman gave me a sewing machine on freecycle but she did not have the foot pedal. I'm hoping to find one at a thrift store soon.

I like top barter for goods and services as well. Sometimes I sell jalapeño or habanero jelly.

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I recently moved to a furnished apartment where all utilities are included with central heat/air, dishwasher, washer/dryer. No microwave. For disabled so not too expensive but things will be tight til section 8 or other funding becomes available.
Internet as my only TV/Movie type entertainment.
Foodstamps, pantries, etc.
Prescriptions are delivered free from my pharmacy.
Walk everywhere especially the local thrift store which has a free bin in the back with clothes, books, household stuff.
Read.
Use only free cell phones available to those on many government programs like foodstamps, medicaid, or SSI, etc.

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Im new here but our family has made changes like cutting satelite out,renting movies from the library or swaping with family,when i did spring cleaning i realized we had a lot of stuff we didnt need so i am selling these items on craigslist,i also have ink cartridges refilled for $15.00 instead of buying new for $40.00.

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what was it the old folks would say, use it up, make do or do without?

redbox - free rental with a code

clothes - second hand shops, sales there even better

drop all that can be dropped or lower it (cable etc)

if you don't need it don't buy it. most things you just don't need.

pantry principle and menus

dollar store, big lots

reduce driving, ride a bike if possible

My cost of living has been cut to a third of what it was, to match reduced income. With changes (downsized house too) it really has not been too bad. The only issue is house repairs when they are needed. Those can hurt.

floofy Myra in west Texas


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There's nothing more left I can do to lower my monthl expenses! The only thing I can do now is hopefully find a job or who only knows what will happen. I'm looking hard for one or two part time jobs, but the competition even for entry level jobs is fierce I've never in my life have had such a hard time becoming employed :o)

Be careful what you say, because once you put the words out into the universe you can't take them back. Nor can you repair the potential hurt feelings you've created. My moto treat people the way you expect or want to be treated,



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A few things I am doing to save: I learned to cook smaller portions so that I am making just enough for one meal (on thinks I wont re-heat) and double for items I will take for lunch.I always think I will eat left overs but rarely do this saves a lot on waste. I also got rid of cable tough I know but I get movies and shows from netflix and have the general free channels this also frees up time to do other things and stops me from camping in front of tv.

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Copperpenny~
I used to live in a neighborhood that didn't "allow" clotheslines either. A few ideas for your friend: See if they will allow an "umbrella-type" dryer. My neighborhood allowed those types of clotheslines for a time. Another idea, how about drying clothes inside? We have a basement now, with a dehumidifier. We have 4 or 5 clotheslines hung in the rafters of our basement during the winter where we hang clothes to save on using the dryer. When we used to live in the "no-clotheslines" neighborhood, and didn't have a basement then, we used to hang our heaviest clothing items (like towels, jeans, or comforters) over the kitchen chairs in the evening, or over the shower rods, bedroom doors, etc. to save on money. Just some thoughts.

"That which you cannot give away, you do not possess. It possesses you." ~Ivern Ball

"Clutter is just postponed decisions"
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"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." ~Abraham Lincoln


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I have loads of room for improvement yet, but some of the things I have done to save money are:
Grew a garden; it wasn't a great year here weather-wise for the garden, but we still saved money on buying lettuce, spinach, carrots, zucchini, beets and beans through the summer.
I'm not renewing my many magazine subscriptions as they come up for renewal. A lot of times I don't have time to read them anyway!
I'm doing a better job of using leftovers, and also trying to reduce food waste by buying quantities that I can use before they go bad.
I've stopped carrying my credit cards, and have a new policy of using cash/debit as much as possible.
I often, but not always, make my own yogurt.

Living in the moment

"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 NKJV





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emoticon GOOD MORNING!

YARD SALES ARE GREAT JUST BE CAREFUL! A FAMILY NEAR HERE GOT A BED BUG INFESTATION FROM BRINGING IN STUFF FROM YARD SALES (DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING BEFORE THE DAY SHE WENT TO SEVERAL YARD SALES). SHE DIDN'T WASH THEM FOR SEVERAL DAYS - JUST SET THE SACKS IN HER BEDROOM. BOTH THAT BEDROOM & THE ONE NEXT TO IT WAS INVESTED. THEY SPENT A SMALL FORTUNE (NOT TO MENTION STRIPPING THE ROOMS TO BARE BONES & CLEANING EVERYTHING) PLUS PAINTING BOTH ROOMS. THEN THEY FOGGED THE ENTIRE HOUSE. SO FAR THEY THINK THEY GOT THEM.

I USE COLD WATER TO DO THE WASH AND HANG OUT TO DRY. BUT MY FRIENDS LIVES IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE CLOTHES LINES AREN'T ALLOWED. SEEMS THEY DON'T LOOK "NICE" THEY'RE TRYING TO HAVE THAT RULE CHANGED. WE ALSO TRY AND DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO DO THEING OURSELVES INSTEAD OF HIRING SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR US. HAVE ALSO CUT BACK ON EATING OUT SO MUCH. I DON'T REALLY MISS THAT. HAVE ALSO FOUND SOME GREAT SALES AT KOHLS. I GOT A GIFT FOR $3.98 THAT WAS MARKED DOWN FROM $60.00. THERE WASN'T A THING WRONG WITH IT! emoticon

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Stock up so I don't have to go to the store but once a month, gas once a month. Pay bills on time so no extra charge. Log in 2.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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I'm a stay at home mom and also home school so we eat most of our meals at home. When I'm shopping like I was today, I pack a lunch in a cooler and take it with me to save money and calories.

If we have a home school outing, I usually do the same thing.

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Brown bag with yummy food.

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