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Frugal Living

Money and time saving ideas about frugal and better living.

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 My Frugal Life 
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Learning Frugality
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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Saving Money on Dish Soap
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Chickens Save You Money

Every week, people usually spend $3 on eggs. Now that may not sound like much but it adds up! So, my family and I have decided that we are going to get chickens. Chicken feed costs $15 for a fifty pound bag.

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Getting All the Toothpaste out of the Tube

When I can no longer get any more toothpaste out of the tube, I cut the tube into 2-3 inch sections and store them in a baggie. When I need toothpaste, I wet the brush and swipe some toothpaste from the cut sections.

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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Trade With Your Local Florist

I had some house plants I had to get rid off so I took pictures of them to the local florist. They took some of the plants and gave me fresh cut flowers in exchange.

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Living Without Modern Amenities
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Don't Take Free Items Beyond What You Need

Please don't take free items just because you are too cheap. As a result, items that had been free we now have to pay for. Here are just a few examples.

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Dumpster Diving Tips and Tricks
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Dumpster Diving in College Towns

If you live near any university area and there are students from all over the country or foreign students, watch out when school is over. Some students throw away everything they own when they have to move back home. From dry or canned food stuff, dishes, to beds; you take your pick.

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Zip Bags as Air Packets
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Using Bumper Stickers
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Phone Service Wherever You Have Wi-Fi

If you have internet service anywhere, then you also have phone service. Find the telephone receiver icon on the Gmail email home page. Hit that icon, then dial the number.

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Communal Sharing and Saving
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Being Thrifty or Frugal: The Big Picture
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Uses for Shampoo
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Alternate Uses for Dryer Sheets
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Waste Not, Want Not Tips and Tricks
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Waste Not, Want Not

If you are like me, you like to find a use for everything, rather than throw it away. At a minimum, you will settle for putting it with the recycling, or donating it, as long as, it does not go to waste.

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What is Living a Frugal Life About?
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Frugal Entertaining Tips
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Uses for Q-Tips
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Saving Money on Feminine Hygiene Products
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Pioneer Solutionism
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Finding Temporary Financial Assistance and...
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Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat
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Make "New" Designer Towels and Washcloths

When our bath towels get worn around the edges, usually the center portion is still nice and plush. I cut them in either 4 equal pieces for hand towels, or 6 pieces for wash cloths.

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Southern California Thrift Stores
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Saving Money on Calendars
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Uses for Electrical Timers
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Saving on Magazine Subscriptions

One of my splurges is subscriptions to several magazines. I only purchase subscriptions from discount sites, but it is vital to read the "fine print".

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Collecting Freebies for Gifts
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Making Ends Meet
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Watch For Green Money in Unexpected Places

Look for green money, too. Look behind pictures in frames, between pages of old books, on the underside of drawers and shelves...

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Buy Half Sheet Paper Towels

If you are going to use paper towels the most obvious savings are to always buy the "select-a-size" where there are already perforations for a half a sheet.

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Continue Using Old Cell Phone

My husband am I just got new phones. I was not able to use my old phone as a discount, so found two ways to continue to use it.

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Saving Money on Paper
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Saving Money on Mailing Supplies
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Reuse Pill Blister Packages As Box Cutter
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Use Mechanical Pencil as Stylus

I saw my daughter using one of her empty mechanical pencils as a stylus on her DSI. I am sure it could be used on any electronic which has a touch screen.

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Saving Money on Bottled Water
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DIY Your Life

Being frugal is not all about saving money. It is a discipline lifestyle, at least for me. Growing up with a single parent, I know the struggles my mother had putting clothes on our backs and food on the table. I too became a single mother.

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Spending Money to Save Money
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Frugal Bathroom Tips
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Living Better With Less
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Starting to Live Frugally
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Uses for Panty Liners
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Life of Watch Battery with Stem Pulled Out

Can a watch battery go dead with the stem pulled out? I replaced a bunch of watch batteries and left the stem out on all of them. They went dead after 2 years. How long should they last with stem out? I kind of forgot about them, so was surprised when they were all dead!

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Stretching My Meager Dollars
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Read Your Coupons!

I am a coupon queen, and while I am not at the level of those extreme couponers, I can still do some damage at the store! Recently, I was able to save my friend almost $17 in hair care products with coupons.

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Black Friday Alternatives
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Saving Money on Travel Mugs
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Uses for Nail Polish
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Saving Money on Facial Tissues
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Refreshing Dry Erase Markers

My Expo Dry Erase markers are not old, but one just dried up and the lid was on it. Is there anything you can do to "rewet" them?

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Saving Money on Cell Phone Batteries
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Stretching Liquid Hand Soap
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Uses for Clothespins

This is a guide about uses for clothespins. While most of us in the US dry our clothing in clothing dryers, there are still many uses for clothespins around the house.

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What Have You Done to Save a Penny?
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Saving Money on Toothpaste
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Reading Your Power Meter
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Frugal Colonial Lifestyle of the Past
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Getting All the Lotion Out of a Bottle
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Uses for Paper Plates
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Reviving Dry Erase Markers
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How We Shared in our Needy Days
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Living a Frugal Lifestyle
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My Adventures In Cheap Skating
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Uses for Laundry Hampers
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Saving Money on Post-its
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My Son's Beer Can Collection
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Uses for Masking Tape
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Uses for Flat Sheets
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The Lessons of Less
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Earning Income for Online Surveys
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History of Posts on ThriftyFun

Awhile ago I posted something on thriftyfun.com that I had written about a dog I had trained and I just wanted to reread it.

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Finding Loose Change
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Homemade Spray Chalk

This guide is about homemade spray chalk. When you need a quick non-toxic outdoor marker, you may have what you need.

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Black Friday Shopping Tips
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Living Within Your Means
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My Frugal Life: Living with the Coupon Queen
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Save Water Each Time You Flush

To save water, empty the back of your toilet and put a 2 litre bottle into the back filled with water. When you flush, it will use less water. I did this in the washer as well, it worked for smaller loads.

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Saving Money On Dishes
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Saving Money on Postage Stamps
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Saving Money on Magazines
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My Frugal Life: Consciously Saving...
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My Frugal Life: Compromise and Compensate
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Single Income Living
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Uses For Dental Floss
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Bath Sprays For Stretching Shoes

If you have shoes that are uncomfortable, spray the uncomfortable area of the shoes inside and out with bath spray (also called body splash and body spray), then wear the shoes until they are dry. Repeat if needed.

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My Frugal Life: How to spell FRUGAL
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U-Haul for Emergency Car Rental

We recently needed a rental car while our car was in the shop. I checked the online deals and they were all very high. I remembered that U-Haul advertises $29.95/day rentals. This does not include mileage, so be sure you will not be driving many miles.

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My Frugal Life: Keep Your Eyes and Heart Open
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My Frugal Life: The End of the Road

I found my true calling. I know how to save a buck or lest try. As soon as I finish this post, I will be going to get my Sunday papers and look through the coupons, sales and ads.

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My Frugal Life: Good to the Last Drop

Times are definitely tough for many of us and there is little or no cash for treats and little luxuries. At our house to make belt tightening a bit more fun, we have invented a game; "Good to the Last Drop".

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Financial Advice for Low Income Senior

I am trying to help out a friend with big financial problems due to poor choices over many years. My question to all of you successful TF folks is, is it possible to manage on the income she has coming in and get this nightmare turned around?

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My Frugal Life: Growing Up and Wanting More

Growing up, I had two cousins who lived across the street from me. They were sisters. One was bigger and the other was smaller than me. The clothes went from my cousin to me, then back to the younger cousin. This went on for years.

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Living Advice for $1000 a Month Budget

For all of you very frugal TF readers out there, I have a big dilemma. I am trying to help someone out with and was wondering if you could guide me. Is it possible to live on $1000 per month with a mortgage payment of $800 a month which includes the taxes?

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My Frugal Life: How Frugal Are You?

I love saving money. I love shopping. I love living the good life. Sometimes those worlds collide with each other. I wonder if the occasional going out or buying something with a coupon or on sale, makes me a frugal fraud.

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Uses for Toothpicks
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Public Libraries: One of Our Greatest Resources

The public library is one of our greatest resources. In every city and town, small or large; it offers adults and children alike a place to go for intellectual stimulation, knowledge, information and somewhere to congregate at a very small fee of just the price of a library card.

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Getting More Life from Batteries
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My Frugal Life: What You Throw Out!

Do you have the same problem? "Buy one get one free" deals at the grocer sounds great but not if the produce goes to waste! A whole watermelon is tempting but then, since there are only two of us, it doesn't get completely eaten and is thrown out.

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Use Foam Packing Material as a Car Seat Backest

My husband has been having trouble with his lower back and trying out various pillows and so on to support his back in the car. Finally, he tried using a piece of foam packing material which has worked fine and cost nothing

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Reuse Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Vacuum cleaner bags can get expensive and I found a great tip. When the bag is full, unfold and cut the top or bottom of the bag out, empty in another trash bin. Using a stapler fold and staple the bag back together and replace just like a new one.

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Keep Refilling Pump Lotions to Get Every Bit

Do you ever wonder how much of a product, such as lotion, gets thrown away when you can no longer squeeze or pump any more out? I did.

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Living on a Limited Budget

My family is now not just one percent poor side, but my parents are poor now too. I have always lived frugally, but now my mom has returned to frugal living just to survive, and I am reteaching her what she has forgotten, and the new frugal sources as well as the old ones.

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My Frugal Life: When Shortcuts Cost You Big Money

I am a frugal woman. The joke around here is that I can squeeze a buffalo nickle until it potties. There are a few things I choose not to cut corners with.

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Finding Free or Inexpensive Furniture

Can someone tell me how find bed and other furniture for a needed family?

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Frugal Living Tips

What is frugal living? Where can I learn more about it?

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Catalog Purchases

When I receive catalogs or those thick fliers in the mail, I go through them and turn down the page for anything I "think" I want. Then I put it aside for about 1 week. At that point, I look at those items again.

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Can Cooking on the Deadwood Stove
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My Frugal Life: Buddha's Example

The Gautama Buddha, over 25 centuries ago, commended frugality. As an example, he taught the first monks and nuns to make their robes from "pure cloth" that is cloth that no one wanted.

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Do What You Can

"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." It always makes me stop and think about what I want to do and if I can accomplish it without having to buy anything for the project.

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Frugal Saying: I've Done So Much

I've done so much for so long with so little, that now I can do anything with nothing.

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Living on a Tight Budget
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Use What You Have and Re-think the Rest

Frugal living, to me, means using what I have before buying something new. When I am in need of something, I first think about what I already have that might fulfill my needs, and try to use that first.

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My Frugal Life: Clear Out the Clutter

Spring is here and so comes the traditional spring cleaning. This year, due to my retirement, I really have the time to do a thorough cleaning of closets and cupboards. I've been discovering long lost "treasures" and duplicate grocery items.

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My Frugal Life: Making-Do In Cuba
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Jar Candle Tips and Tricks
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Reuse Return Envelopes

I pay many bills online. Instead of throwing away the window envelopes from bills, I cut out addresses or use labels to cover the window. I don't have to buy envelopes and I am not adding paper to the garbage.

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Frugal Living Advice
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My Organized Frugal Life

I have always been frugal. I am even more frugal as I get older and the economy has forced me to be more frugal, to stretch the almighty dollar. I access web sites, use coupons, go to clothes/food giveaways all in the effort to pay my bills and saving as much money as I can.

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