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naught_bbw
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Posted on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 14:34

I was chuckling at the last blog when folks were saying commenting that they're cheap/frugal/thrifty when it comes to clothes. I must admit that I'm that way too. I love to look nice. I don't have to be all glam with hair and nails "did" but I do need to have my hair combed and my clothes clean. I don't dry clean anything. I don't spend too much on any one item (unless it's something I've been wanting since childhood and I can finally afford to get it). I'm just too practical to spend too much. The thrill of the hunt is always more fun for me. My kid has 17 thousand shirts with death and skulls and the Reaper because I love to find the darn things on sale at clearance stores, not because I will go out and pay $20+ for a t-shirt at a dept store. I've got 30 pairs of shoes because I love to find clearance shoes that I can wear and look cute. (I've got shoes in 2-3 size ranges for just this reason.) If you look in our pantry, you'll find the store brands outnumber the name brands. And, you can probaby bet that the name brands were purchased during a sale -- with a coupon. Of course, we save money in many areas but we spend it just as freely in others. So, I'm not a miser. I just have areas where I refuse to spend too much. Are any of you quirky spenders? Do you have some money-saving tips you'd like to share?


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Posted on Sat, May 01, 2010 17:19

Instead of useing you oven to heat just one item cook a whole tray of things that can be used to make meals during the rest of the week .Make foil packets of whole cloves of garlic with the top removed drizzle with EV Olive oil , salt dash of pepper and seal the packet& bake.Allow to cool, use as a spread on a chunck of crusty french bread to make a Quick Garlic bread. Or take the same garlic mixture and mash with a fork and mix with a splash Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a quick dressing for steamed veggies. Also wash and slice your fav potato into Quarter sized dice,drizzle with EVOO and chop fresh herbs like Basil, thyme and Oregeno and roast the potatoes till fork tender. Allow to cool on a sheet pan or cookie cooling rack divede in to 6-8 Oz. portions refrigerate use as a side dish or a ingredient for a main dish.


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Posted on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 02:20

Move your money to a local bank or credit union. They are less likely to steal aka "charge" for routine transactions. The big banks suck. Some supermarkets offer deeply discounted meat on or near the pull date---steak, lamb and pork chops especially---depending upon how many carnivores live in your area. Track your meat but leave that gun at home. If you are doing extensive landscaping, become familiar with all of the nurseries in your area including department stores, home improvement centers and your favorite warehouse. There is absoluteley no logic to the pricing as you will soon see. Is there any cheaper way to buy furniture or building materials (lots of other stuff too) than that listing web site that starts with "Cr"?


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Posted on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 22:10

Instead of buying Ice for a cooler, recycle you old milkjugs by cleaning them out and refilling 3/4 full with clean tap water. freeze the jug in you freezer. use the frozen jugs to keep the cooler cold. freezing the jug will also keep you with cold water for a trip. If you need Ice chips for a drink take a hammer and wack the jug a few times hard on each of the 4 sides and bottom side of the jug, then take a sharp utility knife and remove the top of the jug to empty the ice in to a bowl.


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