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

Hand holding green earth with city, wind turbines, etc. against a grey background Green Living 
Piggy Bank Surrounded by Money Frugal Living 
A child putting coins in a donation bucket. Charity 
Making a Family Time Capsule Family 
Money hidden in a china sugar pot. Safety 
Clip holding the plaque attached to the wall. Simple Living 
Small Support Group Talking Self Help 
Woman Learning self Defense Against Male Attacker Self Improvement 
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 

Making a Friendship Gift Package
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Fabric for Quilts for Cancer Patients

Are there any quilting non-profit organizations in the Rochester, NY area who make quilts for cancer patients? My client, a patient herself, has a large stash of fabric she wants to donate to make quilts.

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Last Drop of Lotion
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Old Mattress Upcycle

Remove the mattress covers by carefully cutting away along the sides. You may have to use pliers to remove staples holding the top and bottom onto the springs. Using scissors, cut away all of the side panels; leaving a cleanly cut top and bottom.

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Rubber Band To Tighten Paper Towel Holder
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Traveling with Jewelry
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Agencies That Help After a House Fire

My home was burnt down. My family lost everything and now we're staying in a hotel. The funding is running out and it's very cold. The Red Cross helped along with another organization. I live on SCSI and don't receive that until next month. What else can I do in the short term?

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Big Family on The Farm
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Free Yarn and Knitting Needles for Charity Projects

I do this thing with my friends where we make scarfs and hats to give to homeless shelters and children in need. But we can't afford to get too much yarn and it's a really big shelter. So if anyone can tell me where to get free yarn, I would be so grateful.

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Save Containers for Leftovers

Save containers from: Chinese Won-Ton Soup, frozen dinners, cold cut meats, to go meals, whipped topping tubs, dollar store plastic ware, etc. Perfect for packing leftover dinner for lunches the next day.

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Plant A Row For The Hungry
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Shop First at Dollar Stores

Before you set out to do your shopping, stop at your local Dollar Store. I have had to become very frugal, due to sudden changes in my life.

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Help for Uninsured Homeowner to Rebuild After a Fire

My mother's house burned down this past Saturday morning. We found out she was not insured. She is 83 years old and the widow of a Korean war veteran. She is coming home with me. Is there anyway we can get help to rebuild?

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where can I sell the tabs at in Daytona Beach Florida?

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Donating Old Greeting Cards

Do you collect only the front part of the card or the entire card with writing?

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Donations to Animal Rescue
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Save Money with Digital Books

We love books but our book collection required bookshelves which required wall space and that means more square footage, which meant a larger house. That larger house required larger payments for mortgage and taxes.

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Selling Aluminum Pop Tabs

Where can I sell my pop can tabs. I have quite a lot.

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Uses for Petroleum Jelly
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Keep Chore List for Helpers

Eighteen months ago I lost my husband of 42 years. Ever since, my children have me use one of those magnetic chore pads that stick to my refrigerator and as I see a light bulb out, a leaky faucet, etc. I write it down.

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Tissues and a Trash Can
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Uses for Large Print Encyclopedias

My mom has a complete set of World Book large print dated in the 50s. What can she do with them?

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Leaving an Abusive Long Term Partner

I have been with my partner for 14 years. We have a 10 year age gap between us and 6 children combined. The first time he yelled at me I was terrified and ran for the hills. Being young and desperate for someone to love me I took him back. My partner has never hit me and for some years it got better.

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Agencies That Help After a Fire

Is there any help for a single parent whose house burnt to the ground with no insurance?

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Eating Dinner as a Family
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Finding Help for Family After House Fire

I need advice on where else to look for help for my daughter and her family. They are victims of their home burning down 2 days before Christmas. We have tried gov.ag and web sites to raise money where do we turn to for help? We have gone to every ag we could think of. Can you or someone tell me what to do?

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Emergency Screwdriver Ideas
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Donating Race Car Trophies

Where can I donate them where they can be used as a trophy again, not end up in a recycle bin? I would be willing to drop them off.

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

I have an unknown number of cans, and I would like to know is it worth the trouble of removing the tabs and selling them separately, and where in Lake City, Florida? Would I sell them for top dollar, if they're worth more than just scrapping the whole cans?

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where in southern California, Riverside county can I cash in tabs?

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Applying for a Babysitting Job

I am 15 and have been trying to get a job for a while. I finally got a job opportunity, I'm meeting her and her two children tomorrow. How should I act, and how do I deal with nervousness?

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Help After a House Fire

We had a housefire and have reached out to the Red Cross and that helped for 5 days, but they couldn't help past that. We are going to be out of our house for another 3-4 weeks and are needing assistance on where to stay and what we can do for some temp housing.

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Use Hair Clip for Curtain Decorations
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Uses for Shortening
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Verbally and Physically Abusive Husband

I have been married for one and a half years and I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a month ago. My first marriage ended in divorce. I married a second time and it is worse than the first time.

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Finding Free Roof Repair Assistance

I had a very bad leak in the kitchen and submitted a claim to my house insurance. My insurance company is about to cancel my house insurance due to the fact they say our roof needs to be replaced. We are all disabled here and are living month to month.

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Donating to Natural Disaster Aid
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Spending Time with Grandchildren
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Finding Help After a House Fire

I have four children ages 9, 2, and twin girls age one. Our home burnt down and we are homeless. Is there any assistance for getting us a home?

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Looking for Fabric Donations

I work with the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA), a non-profit organization serving underprivileged youth. We are currently working on a few community-building projects requiring fabric. Does anyone have suggestions as to where I could reach out to get some of our materials filled?

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Finding Help After a House Fire

I need help getting a motel room or somewhere to stay.

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Finding Yarn Donations for Youth Project

We are a small group of ministry women who need yarn and needles to teach kids from age 6 up to knit and crochet.

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Selling Pop Tops

Where can I sell my pop tops in Miami?

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Agencies That Help After a Fire

I'm a single mom with two small kids. Our house burned down. Where can I get help to start all over? We're from Ozona, Texas. It is a small town.

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Donating Single Sample Shoes

I have some single left or right shoes that are samples. In Melbourne, where can I send them?

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Donating Used Christmas Cards

Where can I take my used Christmas cards locally in the London NW3 area?

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Donating Fabric
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Help With Heating Repair

My heater has gone out, and I can't afford the amount other companies will charge me. I lost my business in this economy, and my credit is shot. It's cold in my house.

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Need Help With Plumbing Repair

I am a single mother of two and have a bad sewage leak under my house in need of repair. There is a lot of water under my house that is on the ground. It has caused my floors to rot out that are now caving in in two bedrooms and the kitchen.

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Using Laundry Detergent Bottles For Water Jugs

Has anyone successfully removed the fragrance from liquid laundry detergent bottles so that they can be used as drinking water containers?

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Donating High School Academic Trophies

We have several trophies which were packed away in our attic. These were from our childrens' high school days in the late 70s, early 80s. They do not want them, nor do we. Is there a place in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area that accepts these for recycling purposes?

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Fabric Donations for Charity Pillow Cases

Where can I get quilting fabric donations for pillow cases I am making for charity? I need bright colors and prints. I live in Elba, New York.

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Help With House Rebuild After Fire

I had a fire in my home Dec 1st in PA. I lost everything. I am single, all alone and on disability. Can't afford to rebuild. Can I get any help? I am reaching out as the house was not insured. Please help. Is there any assistance available?

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Home Repair for Low Income Individuals

My dad has had his house for a while now. I moved out because it was falling apart. The bathroom, kitchen, and the floors and walls need serious help. Six of the windows need to be replaced because of termite damage. Termite damage is all though the house. Two doors also need to be replaced.

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Donating Fabrics to a Charity

We closed a fabric store about 10 years ago and stored the rest of the fabrics and notions in a 10x10 storage. We would like to donate them. Do you know anyone can use them? They have to pick up and load the fabrics and notions themself. The storage is in Orange, CA.

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Need Help with Plumbing

I'm having trouble with my plumbing and winterizing my home. I'm out of water as of now. I'm a one income household. Trying to live on $8.35 a hour. I'm attempting to pay heat, mortgage, electric, and all other bills.

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Stockpiling Food for Emergencies
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Teaching Adult Grandchildren Gratitude

What can I do to teach my adult grandchildren to say thank you verbally, for Christmas gifts of gift cards, etc. Their parents say it, they do not.

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Reusing Packing Material

I have found that the sheets of sponge-like padding can be reused as sponge-like cleaning pads, after cutting the sheets into pieces. I will not be buying sponges for years to come.

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Agencies That Help After a House Fire

My friend is a single mom and her house burned down.I would like to directed to a charity or more that will help my friend rebuild her house.

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Perfume Insert as Bathroom Air Freshener
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Donating Fabric Scraps

I live in Windsor Connecticut and have fabric to donate. Does anyone know who would take fabric scraps?

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Getting Materials to Finish Rebuild on Home

My husband's grandmother is an elderly woman who recently retired. She started rebuilding her home, but it abruptly came to a halt because there was not enough materials to finish the job. How do we go about getting her help?

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Husband is Verbally Abusive

I have been married for 25 years. Three months into our marriage my husband accused me of cheating on him, that never happened. Then he would say little things while we were out at footballs games, the mall, etc. like "Are you looking for your boyfriend?"

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Use Clear Nail Polish To Seal Costume Jewelry
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Christmas Help for Teens

I'm desperately trying to find gifts of any style, shape, or form, for 2 boys ages 17 and 13. If anything, I want them to have something to open on Christmas day!

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Reusing Outdoor Christmas Displays
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Supporting Local Stores at Christmas
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Donating Old Encyclopedias

We have an old set of World Book encyclopedia and Childcraft with several yearly updates. Is there anywhere we can donate them?

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Abusive Husband

I have been married for 7 years. He has always been abusive. I have had 2 trips to the hospital, and 1 broken finger while he was trying to take my keys. He finally stopped the physical abuse, but started mentally abusing me.

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Finding a Lost Relative

I'm looking for my long lost half sibling. My father was Andrew Wilson Kennison. In 1956 or 1957 he got a woman pregnant when he was stationed on the Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada. He passed away in 2001 and left me no information on the woman who is the mother of my half sibling.

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Take Frozen Water for Hospital Patients

If you are visiting someone in hospital, freeze a bottle of water the night before, and take it in. The water will thaw very gradually, and will provide a refreshingly cold drink over quite a long period of time. Provided that the patient is not nil by mouth, this is so much better than the tepid water jugs provided by the ward!

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Bum Warmer Cushion

Dump about a gallon of Styrofoam worms into an old pillow case. Lay flat and fold in half and pin with three or four pins or use a paper stapler. Smooth out the worms so the whole works lays flat. When sitting on this, even in an ice cold car, your bum will quickly warm up as it reflects the heat.

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Room Addition Help for Low Income Family

It is no longer safe for my aged ill mother to live alone. I am going to bring her home with me, but I need extra space for her to live with me comfortably. She is on SSI and I receive disability. Would you please give me some info on how I can receive help?

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Finding Wine Bottles for Project

Does anyone know where I can find wine bottles, liquor bottles, Mason jars (all sizes), and wine corks? I need these items for a project.

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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, 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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