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This page contains ideas for living a more simple, frugal, environmentally friendly and enjoyable life.

Items for Recycling in Blue Bin Green Living 
Piggy Bank Surrounded by Money Frugal Living 
A child putting coins in a donation bucket. Charity 
 Family 
Money hidden in a china sugar pot. Safety 
Clip holding the plaque attached to the wall. Simple Living 
Woman Learning self Defense Against Male Attacker Self Improvement 
Small Support Group Talking Self Help 
Bountiful Harvest Community 
Hungry children sitting with empty bowls. Inspirational 
A sign in front of a house welcoming friends to visit. Friendship 
Elderly Housing - Retirement and Independent Living Communities Senior Living 
A row of Hanukkah candles Religion 

Donating Stuffed Animals

I have a bunch of stuffies I would like to donate.

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Donating Stuffed Animals
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Finding Free Fabric

I am looking to find free fabric scraps does anyone know where I could find them? I will be making quilts for my church for Christmas.

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Need New Heater in my House

I am a single mom with 2 young daughters and the heater in my house is broke. I need a new heater. It's 58 degrees in my house right now. How can I find programs that can help me get a new heater?

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Finding Free Yarn for Charity Projects
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Recycling Trophies

My husband has a lot of trophies for various sports. We're thinking of moving to another house and need to declutter. Can I recycle them?

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Free Handwritten Art Letters

There is a site called "Snail Mail My Email". From November 10-16, they will allow you to type a letter to anyone you choose, turn it into a piece of art and mail it anywhere for free.

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Life in the Fab Lane Without Breaking the...
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Remember Truck Stops for Emergency Purchases

I know in larger cities, businesses are almost always open. But for those of us in rural areas, or in areas where businesses choose to let their employees enjoy the holidays with their families, shopping in an emergency can be tough.

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Uses for Cupcake Liner Container
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Repurposing Worn Clothing

I am wondering what to do with some garments I have been saving that are too tired looking for my use. Are there places which repurpose or mend them to keep them out of landfills and converted to rags?

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Donating Trophies and Plaques

Where can I donate used trophies and plaques in Grand Rapids Michigan?

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Spending Freeze Tips
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Finding Help With Roof Repair

I'm on disability, I don't have the funds to fix my roof. It is leaking in the bathroom and bedroom and there might be mold around the window. How can I get help for this please?

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Uses for Empty Kool Aid Canisters

I hate to throw out Kool Aid canisters with the screw on lids. Does anyone have any new ideas about things to make with them?

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Using Mexican Pottery
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Baking Soda As A Kitchen Safety Precaution

With Christmas on the way you are normally cooking more than any other time. Buy a big box of baking soda and keep it within reach just in case you have a fire. You can buy a big box for about $3 at most big grocery stores and it sure beats having your kitchen burn down.

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Donations of Fabric for Youth Group

Where can I get donations of fabric and thread for a youth group? I teach them dance and help them stay off the street and teach them self respect. I need fabric for their dance costumes...

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Living a Positive Lifestyle
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Reusing Soap Jelly

I have a jar full of soap jelly made from leftover toilet soap. How can I use it now?

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Finding Yarn Donations for Charity Project

I am running a project where we are selling cat beds to raise money for a cat charity in New York. In the Big Apple it is hard to find yarn at garage sales or flea markets. Any yarn would be appreciated. Can anyone help?

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Laptops for Students

I am a university student. I have to do lot of academic work so definitely I want a laptop for doing that work well. Can you help me find an organization that provides free laptops?

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Free Laptops

I need a free laptop.

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Free Laptops and Training for Seniors

How can we get laptops and training for seniors, especially those that are disabled or homebound? Is there a grant available for the elderly in Baltimore City?

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Getting Help After a House Fire
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Egg Shell Uses
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Fabric Donation Advice

I have lots of good fabrics for donations. I live in the north Houston, Texas area. Does anyone know who could use these items?

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Nursing Home Obituary Information Board

I need to make an obituary information board for my nursing home residents and want it to look nice. Any ideas out there?

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Raising Funds for an Orphanage

How can I raise funds to help poor children?

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Fundraising for Educational Trip to Italy

I am going to Italy in 1 year and 8 months and I need to earn $2,500-$3000. And I need help finding fundraising ideas.

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Selling Soda Can Tabs

Where can I take soda pops in Reading, Pennsylania to turn them into cash?

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Rattlesnake Information

When does a baby rattlesnake get their first rattle?

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

I was told the police department gives you money for these tabs; is this true?

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Learning Frugality
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Saving Money on Heating Water
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Uses for Old Socks
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Birthday Party Planning for Family

So, my mom is having her 60th birthday this year and my boyfriend is having his 25th birthday this year. Oh, and they're both on the same weekend. Her b-day is November 29th and his is November 30th.

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where in Kentucky can I cash in my pop pull tabs for the most money?

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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Ebola Virus Charities
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Etiquette for Visiting Family
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Saving Money on Dish Soap
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Top 5 Best Ebola Virus Outbreak Charities
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Sharing Living Expenses With an Abusive Partner

I have been with my son's father for almost 12 years now (yes still not married). We have been thru the worst times ever to the best times ever. Three years ago I found out he was having a relationship with someone else for 2 years behind my back.

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Family Members Visit Without Being Invited

So today my sister and mother did me the favor of picking my baby up from daycare. I asked if they could stay and babysit (at my house) until my husband came home from work.

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Ideas for Reusing an Old Belt

How can I use my husband's leather belt?

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Learning Outside of School
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Repair Help for Senior Neighbor in Need

I have a elderly neighbor, a widow, whose house and yard are in a lot of need. I do what I can for her, but I can't roof or saw down trees. I was just taking a chance, to see if she can get help.

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Radon in the Home
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Uses For Chip Clips
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Donating Newspaper and Plastic Bags

I keep a laundry basket in the back of my car. I put my newspaper and plastic bags in the laundry basket. Once a week, I stop at a local resale shop that is run by a charity. They need the paper to wrap glass items and the bags for customer's items.

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Fundraising Ideas for a School Trip
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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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Finding Nursing Home Donations
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Use Old T-Shirts as Swiffer Pads

I use old T-shirts and sweatshirts to make replacement pads for my Swiffer Sweeper. I just cut rectangles large enough to fit around the Sweeper. Make sure you have enough left to poke into the holes that hold it in place. I use the rest of the shirts, sleeves and all, as dust rags. They can be washed or discarded.

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Finding Empty Cat Litter Buckets

I have lots of cats and am looking for empty plastic cat litter buckets. I need the kind that holds 30 to 40 pounds to reuse with cat litter that comes in a cardboard box.

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Clorox 2 Watering Can
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Uses for Chewing Gum
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Donating Old Trophies

Where in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area can I donate these? I have bowling bowls and trophies.

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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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Activities to Overcome Boredom
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Predicting the Weather
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Laptops for Students

How can a homeless student can get a free laptop? My names is Christopher and I am a homeless student and I need a laptop for my college studies. The library is not always open.

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Save Over 15 Days of Time
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Ideas for Chips for a Quarter Auction

We are having a quarter auction and need suggestions on what to use as numbered chips to draw the winning number. I know you can use ping pong balls, but looking for something a little less expensive.

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Remembering Reusable Shopping Bags
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One Handed Crafts

My formerly active friend suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed on one side, and bedridden in a nursing home. Her dominant hand is unaffected, the other one has very little strength or movement.

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Other Uses for Small Rubbermaid Containers

I would like ideas for reusing for square food containers, other than food. I recently bought 8, one-half cup containers with lids from Rubbermaid. They are squares and they are way too small for food use, in my opinion.

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Waterproof Address Labels

To waterproof address labels, just rub a candle over the text. You will also save on sellotape.

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Uses for Old Milk Cans
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Menu for Memorial Gathering

My husband of 25 years died recently, and I want to have a memorial for him. He had an avid interest in food. I thought a good way to celebrate his life would be to share a meal with family and friends.

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where must I take my tin tabs. I am at Brakpan in GP.

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Collecting Baby Items for Charity
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Recycling Old Sports Trophies

I have quite a few of old sports trophies that I would like to recycle. I live in Alabama is there a location near me or even around Atlanta Georgia that I might be able to take them?

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Using a Water Heater Timer
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Environmental Impact of Your Sporting...
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Home Repair for Low Income Families

I have a friend whose house needs complete remodeling, roof, plumbing, dry wall, etc. I feel that her home is not a safe place. She is on disability and she is not physically or financially capable of doing any of the work. She has no family to call on.

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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Recycling Electronic Cords and Cables
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
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Reducing Energy Usage in the Summer
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Selling Cables and Wires from Old Electronics

We have lots of cable wires etc. from different equipment that is no good. Where could you sell these wires and cords?

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Using Cloth Instead of Paper Products
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Make Tablets from Recycled Paper

I fold the 8x11 paper into thirds the long way. I then separate the paper into three pieces, cutting on the fold lines. Fold the pieces in half and cut them again.

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No More Paper Products!
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Donating Golf Trophies

I live in Queens new York, and have many golf trophies of my husband who has since passed. Where can I donate or dispose of these trophies?

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Donate Old Pools to Animal Shelter

If the plastic wading pool is in good condition, take it to your local animal shelter. They use them to cool off dogs and give them a little recreation and a break from their cage.

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Making a Solar Oven

Can you give me a site to ask about DIY instructions for making an old dishwasher into a solar oven?

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Cutting a Plastic Liter Bottle

How do I cut a liter bottle so it will hang off a spigot on a large McDonald's cooler for orange drink?

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Helping a Family with a Newborn
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Uses for Tic Tac Containers
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Monthly Resolutions
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Getting a Good Night's Sleep
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Cleaning Up Our Beaches
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Keeping Cool in the Heat

Wear a wet piece of cloth under your bike helmet and a wet bandanna around your neck. I had doubts about biking when it was too warm, but these two pieces helped.

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Recycling Prescription Bottles

Where in Toledo, Ohio can I recycle prescription bottles for missions?

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Homemade Ring Toss Game

After the 4th of July celebrations, we had some of those light up necklaces that light for a few hours and then expire. The next day, we used them to make a ring toss game using a small orange cone that we had in the garage.

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Making Replacement Pads for a Swiffer
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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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Uses for Old Screens
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Free Yarn for Charity Auction

I am trying to find out where I can find free yarn to create items to raise money at an auction for Cystic Fiberosis. I am doing this in honor of my niece who has CF and I want to help with her medical costs and others who are going through the same things as she is.

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Living Without Modern Amenities
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Repairing or Repurposing a Broken Coffee Table
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Donating Fabric

I have cotton, flannel, and fashion fabrics, some remnants and some yardage. I am in Orange County, California and want to know where to donate this fabric.

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Donating Blood
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Donating Old Trophies

I have old swim trophies at the pool I work at and we would like to donate them. Where can we do that at?

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Substitute for Sticky Pads
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Uses for Old Pianos
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Setting Up Garden Hedgehog Houses

Last winter we had a tenant in our hedgehog home. Are we responsible to clean out the house or will the tenant do it?

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Memorial Photo of Son's Clothing

I want to make a large picture out of my son's clothing for our home and for his daughter who is now 8 years old. He was a police officer. I need some ideas on how to arrange a picture out of his clothes to be framed.

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Reusing Blankets and Comforters

I have a lot of blankets and comforters and am trying to find something to do with them that maybe my granddaughter can help with. She's 4, and very quick to learn. Any ideas would be great.

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Talking to Granddaughter About Dirty Unsafe Apartment

My 21 year old daughter has a 11 month old baby. She is unmarried, but lives with the baby's dad. They live together in an apartment that is paid for by the dad's employer. She is a full time student except for in the summer.

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Where to Donate or Recycle Old Sports Trophies

Where can I donate or recycle my old sports trophies (swimming, basketball, softball, field hockey, etc.)? I live in northwestern Connecticut.

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Translation Website for Spanish Neighbors

We recently got some new neighbors who do not speak any English and I do not speak Spanish. I wanted to explain to them that during the summer after a heavy rain there have been sightings of copperhead snakes and that their backyard always floods out.

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Uses for Plastic Peanut Butter Pretzel Containers
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Finding Agencies to Help After a House Fire
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Finding Help for Low Income Family House Repairs

I am a disabled grandma with a disabled 19 year old. I am low income, on disability and working. I need help to fix water pump or well? The water pumps then stops.

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New Jersey Charity Organizations
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Prescription Bottle Auto Air Freshener

I had my husband drill several small holes in the lid. Then I stuffed cotton balls inside and poured scented oils in it. It doesn't leak. I put them in my vehicle to make it smell good.

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Using Ceiling Fans Year Round
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Finding Help After a House Fire

I lost my apartment due to a fire. The Red Cross did pay for a hotel for three days. I'm still without a place to go and feeling lost by the system.

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Coupons for Troops
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Uses for Eye Drop Bottles
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Donating Old Trophies

Where do I take these trophies to without having the expense of shipping them?

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