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How to Save Money

Bookmark this page and check back often for tips on saving money. Tips will mostly be for around the house, grocery shopping, etc. As always, I welcome suggestions so lets share ideas!

#1. Limit the numbers of times your family eats at restaurants. They are very expensive for what you get. This is true even at fast food restaurants. Peanut butter sandwiches and fruit are just as filling and can certainly work in a pinch when you must be away from home at meal time. Save dinners out for special occasions; and you will likely find them to be even more enjoyable.

#2. Replace your light bulbs with CFL bulbs. The use much less electricity and they last longer. MUCH longer. They make them now that last 7 years. I've seen the CFL bulbs that replace a regular 60 watt bulb in a package 3/$7. How many regular 60 watt bulbs for three sockets do you buy in 7 years? Probably at least 40 I would imagine. I've been using CFL bulbs in my home for over 3 years, I LOVE them and I recommend them to anyone.

#3. Hang your laundry to dry outside. Electric dryers are expensive to operate.

#4. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! 20 Ways to Reuse Your Old Newspaper

#5. Unplug your appliances when they aren't in use. Obviously, this doesn't apply to your refrigerator, but you can unplug your microwave, stove, toaster, coffee pot, clothes dryer and washer, and televisions. All of these items use electricity even when they aren't turned on.

#6. Make your own version of fabric refresher with used dryer sheets and water. Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 used dryer sheets. Let it sit for a few hours. The left over scent in the dryer sheets will leach into the water, adding a nice fresh scent. Spray the water on your furniture, curtains and carpets to make your home smell fresh for free.

#7. Use white vinegar for cleaning. The high acidity of the vinegar will kill germs. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, add some lemon juice to add a nice scent.

#8. Diluted bleach works as a great cleanser for the bathroom where you need something with a greater germ-killing ability.

#9. Baby wipes will work just as well as cleaning wipes to clean small sticky messes, and when bought in bulk they are much less expensive.

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