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Halloween Wreath and Bow

Halloween Wreath
Creepy. My daughter will love it! Thank you.

 

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Gas Smell in Bathrooms?
Is this a sewer or septic system? If it is sewer - please disregard the rest. I know I am stating the obvious but sometimes you can get the smell coming up from the toilets and through the shower drains if you have a septic system. If so you might need to put...

 

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Great Dane with Skin Rashes?
My Maltese has had all kinds of sking troubles. He now is on Eucenuba Sensitive Skin Formula dog food. He is washed in a gentle shampoo for sensitive skin that has tea tree oil in it that I got from Petsmart. I also, when he had really bad sores, would dab...

 

How To Afford Your Child's Wish List

How To Afford Your Child's Wish List
Wonderful post. All really great tips. Planning ahead is always key - especially now. Making children aware is so important. I always remind my daughter how some of those things she got before (when she saw them on tv) did not turn out like she thought they...

 

Wand Using Hanger

Magic Wand from Recycled Coat Hanger
Very creative and cute. Good Job! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Small Gift Cards Can Equal Big Smiles
You might need to be careful with this. Clark Howard (Savings Guru) said it would be unwise to do gift cards this season. I posted about this on my blog recently. Many businesses are not as healthy as we think they are. Some are downright on the verge of going...

 

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How Late Do You Hand Out Candy?
8:30 or when I run out of candy. By then most of the kids who actually should be trick or treating are in. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Open Face Peach Pie
Yum - and a must try. Thank you! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

cleaning floor

Black Scuff Eraser
I had often seen our school janitor with something like this but never knew why until I saw him using it one day. It made so much sense after the fact! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

My Frugal Holiday: Planning Frugal Gifts
I too have a mini store in the unfinished part of our basement. I had my husband put a lock on it for mini-snoopers. I even have shelves with laundry baskets on it. Each kid has their own laundry basket. I have one for family, teachers, etc. When I buy gift...

 

Decorated jar with mending supplies.

Jade's Mending Jar
One of these should be given to every kid who goes out on their own - college, own apartment, etc. It would help even more is somebody showed them how to use the stuff before they left home! I cant tell you how many people can not even sew on a button. It horrifies...

 

Warning: Pirates Gold Chinese Coin Candy - Melamine
Thank you so much for this. Everyone needs to pass this along. I am going to put this on my blog too. Like I say - Together We Are Stronger! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Add a Slice of Bread to Fresh Baked Cookies
I do this all the time and it really works. It works for brownies too. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Sending Coupons To College Student
You must be so proud! My 10 year old has started to help me clip coupons. She is always looking for the clearance rack at the store. You are doing such a good thing teaching her this. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Using Up Potato Chip Crumbs?
You can use them to coat chicken and other meats. Just dip the meat in a egg wash (1 tbsp water/egg) and dip in the potato chips. Fry it up! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Girls Dressed as Wolf and Red Riding Hood

"Rent" a Halloween Costume from eBay!
We do this every year! (Especially when she was in the Disney Princess phase!)

 

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Country Style Round Steak
I really needed a recipe like this. Thank you! I just bought some steak at the store yesterday. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Link: Restaurant.com
www.spoofee.com usually has the code. 60% off right now Code at checkout: MORE I believe it expires 10/21 I also have at the top of my blog. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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The Perfect Cookie
Also storing cookies and brownies with a piece of bread will keep them soft. The bread absords the hardening moisture. When the piece of bread gets hard replace. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Frugal Gifts For Neighbors?
Sometimes I get a $5 gift card to Blockbuster and tie it to a bag of microwave popcorn with raffia and put a nice handmade note that says - Have a Family Movie Night On Us! My neighbors seem to love it. Also, I have gotten the Dollar Tree big plastic bucket...

 

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Making a Dessert To Be Sold at a Charity Function?
Brownies always sell fast. In fact a lady on here had a recipe today. I find that any mix can taste great if you add some inexpensive chocolate chips. Also pieces of banana bread and pumkin bread sell well. Kids do love the cupcakes!

 

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Bringing Food Instead of Gifts to a Reception?
Have you thought about setting up a wedding blog? I have heard many people are doing that now. They put where they are registered, RSVPs, etc. on it. You could explan your request and have a sign-up sheet for different requested food items. That way you know...

 

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Meals For A Freezer Swap?
I have made chicken and gravy before. Than I split up bag of inexpensive eggs noodles to be cooked at dinner time since they cook in about 5 minutes. I also did the same with beef tips, mushrooms and gravy. If you go to Krogers in the mornings you can get first...

 

Mooning Scarecrow

Craft: Mooning Scarecrow
This is funny. However, I dont think the Homeowners Association in my neighborhood would appreciate it!

 

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Baked Penne
Yummy! Another Big Pot Meal recipe for my file. (I posted about Big Pot meals the other day.) Thanks for the recipe! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Crescent and Feta Cheese Triangle Appetizer
Another delicious type is swiss cheese and mushroom. It might not sound good but it is delicious! I had it a very fancy restaurant one time (prom 100 yrs ago - thanks Ed!) and was hooked.

 

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Making Extra Money While Working Full Time?
If you find the answer let me know!

 

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Rash On Eyelid?
Maybe you need to consult another doctor. It could be eczema or psorosis.

 

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Thrifty Christmas Gifts For Large Family?
On my blog is a code for photo mousepads for $2.99 shipped. I just got mine today (I like to try what I list) and it is nice. You could make some special photo memories for very inexpensive. Near bottom left under - NEED A GIFT Also there is a link where Vera...

 

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Thrifty Christmas Gifts For Large Family?
Also, have you ever suggested a gift exchange with your family or just giving gifts for the kids? (You inlcluded! lol) I think everyone would understand the starving college student thing. We have all been there!

 

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Use for Leftover Mashed Potatoes?
My son always wanted the KFC chicken bowl. So I made it at home! Layer mashed potatoes, a couple of chopped up fried chicken tenders, corn around the edges, put some country gravy on top and sprinkle with cheese. Serve with a roll or biscuit. He loves it and...

 

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Using Storage Bins for Traveling
We did with food we took on our last vacation. I buy ahead starting a month or two in advance. I would get every week at least one item. Cokes, cereal, etc. (checking all the dates). That way when it was time to go it was all in the bin and we did not have...

 

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Winter Tip: Keep Clean, Dry Socks Handy
I do the reverse here in the South. I keep flip flops in the car so when the kids get out of school they can get their sweaty feet out of their tennis shoes and let them breathe in their flip flops! lol http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Thrifty Christmas Gifts For Large Family?
I just thought of this: You could also go to http://www.restaurant.com/index.asp?pgn=home and get them a dining certificate for very little. Search their area for a restaurant you know might be one they like. Once you buy the dining certificate you could print...

 

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What Is Nutella?
It is an acquired taste. No one in my family liked it. However, it could be different in yours.

 

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Thrifty Christmas Gifts For Large Family?
Photo Mousepad Information http://www.artsnow.com/create/ShowProduct.aspx?ProductId=160 CODE (at checkout): MSPD99 Expires: 12/31 I know I have responded a couple of times but your situation is so real to me since I have been there and I want to help.

 

Mooning Scarecrow

Craft: Mooning Scarecrow
Dont get me wrong. I think it is brillant! Sometimes I wish I could be more creative without the rules, rules, rules.

 

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Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipes
I would love to get my hands on their biscuit recipe too!

 

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Cherry Cheese Crisp
Sounds delicious and easy. A must try! Thank you. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Buying End of Season Clearance Candles
The great things about buying the candles is that later you can tie some colored raffia around it for gifts. Red or Green - Christmas, Orange - Halloween, Pink - Easter, etc. Candles always make a great gift. I got a few plain pillar candles from the Yankee...

 

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Buying Lighted Wine Bottles?
You might want to try the local craft festivals or fairs. I have seen these at the last two I went to.

 

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Keeping the Space Over Cupboards Clean
Great tip! Thank you. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Coat Jack-O'-Lantern Cuts with Vaseline
Awesome. I cant wait to try this. We always wait to the last minute because the pumpkin doesnt keep. Thanks for the great tip.

 

Christmas Preparation
Nice post. I have also been posting about the holidays. I have been putting aside money every week for the holidays. I have a list and started buying. I am almost done! Happy, happy, happy. Another lady here suggested buying a gift card for the groceries. Another...

 

Saving Money on Milk

Saving Money on Milk
Aldi has had milk for $2.49 a gallon. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

A closeup of Chex party mix, a favorite during the holidays.

Start Stocking Your Pantry For The Holidays
This is an idea we all need to be thinking about this year. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Organized Medicine Cabinet

When Your Medicine Cabinet Attacks!
The geniuses that lived here before us had the medicine cabinet right above the toilet. When my daughter opened the cabinet her trial size (free sample) deodorant fell into the toilet and got stuck. We no longer use it because of this. However, these are some...

 

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Bedroom Feels Damp?
You could also put a small container of Damp Rid in your room. We have to do this in our basement. (Keep out of reach of children & animals.)

 

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Give Trick or Treaters a Candy Container
What a wonderful idea! You probably have made a very special Halloween for some children.

 

My Frugal Life: Serve Meat Kabob Style
Excellent idea. Make these little beauties ahead and no one is the wiser that there is less meat than veges. Two thumbs up. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Bumbo Toilet Trainer?
I do not know where to find them, but - have you seen the mini videos online at http://www.ready-set-bumbo.com? The baby is too cute and my daughter loves the videos! Baby vs. the dog. You must see it for a good laugh. A dad and mom with lots of time on their...

 

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Watch For Seasonal Clearances For Gifts
I have always done this and bought a couple of extras for birthday parties as well. Target has a big clearance mid-January and I always bought my daughter, son and nieces their birthday presents for the year when they were little. http://www.savingspotpourri...

 

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Three Day Coconut Cake
Why a three day wait? Has anyone ever tried it a day later? Just wondering. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Christmas Club Accounts
I did a post on saving for Christmas the old fashioned way. http://savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/2008_08_18_archive.html The envelope method has never let me down! My bank does not have Christmas Club accounts anymore. I also posted on getting back to its the...

 

two photo placemats with fall leaves

Homemade Fall Place Mats
My nieces did this for all the kids one year and it was such a nice touch to the holiday table. http://savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Using a Computer in My Living Room?
I had the same problem. However, I had to say too bad if it was tacky. It does not look so bad. I need the computer down here so we can have access to the internet and monitor the kids and what they are doing on it. To me that was more important than the looks...

 

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Homemade Fog Machine Fluid?
Wow. Thanks for that. I think I will either buy a little or skip it. I am not exactly a chemist and I dont think hubby would be too excited if I blew the house up! lol I appreciate the response!

 

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Cornmeal Mush
Oh my goodness thank you! My mother used to make this and I loved it. I have not had it since I was a kid and she could not remember the recipe. I know what I am having real soon. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Painted Halloween Gourds

Painted Halloween Gourds
Too cute. We always make birdhouses with our gourds. I wish I had saved a few. I will next year! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Pumpkins for Outdoor Vase
That is a great idea. What a great centerpiece idea as well! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

A worn pink blanket.

Restoring Childhood Blanket?
Could you turn her into a pillow? http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Saving for Holiday Groceries
I love it! I have never seen this addressed. We have all talked about buying the gifts, but what about the food?! Good idea. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Painted Plastic Pumpkins

Refurbish Old Plastic Pumpkins With Paint
My 10 years old has been looking for some crafts to do. This would be a low cost re-work. Thank you! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Buy a Year's Worth of School Supplies in the Fall
We have a hutch in the dining room that is full to the brim with discounted paper, binders, folders, pencils, book covers, etc. I fill it up every time they have the penny supplies at Staples and the deals after school starts. You are one smart and frugal mom...

 

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Fixing Matted Down Carpet?
I also used a carpet rake after cleaning the carpet. My first home had this problem. When we were going to sell it we had the carpet cleaned. Then every time a buyer came, and I had time, I raked the carpet real fast. It looked great!

 

A recreation of the Christmas Story flagpole scene.

"A Christmas Story" Photo Card
That looks awesome! You are so creative. A Christmas Story is my all-time favorite holiday movie. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Chores for a 9 Year Old?
I have a 10 year old. She can Swiffer the floor, unload the dishwasher (I put away things high up), and use cleaning wipes in the bathroom. Getting her to do it all the time is another thing. When she does it she gets $3 a week. (I know, very low.) However...

 

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Fill Your Gas Tank Often
Well I live in the South - and good luck getting gas! I actually got a natural high today because I found gas. (The high did not even come from sniffing the fumes! LOL) I hope they get this mess straightened out soon.

 

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Fill Letters to Santa from the Post Office
That is a great idea! I want to do that with my children too. Thank you for sharing.

 

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Give Unwanted Food to Family or Friends
My sister lives down the street. A lot of times if I have leftovers and I know they will not get eaten they go to her house for dinner a second time in the same night! She works and is always so busy she has a hard time getting food to the table. It is my RAOK...

 

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Air Mattresses Recommendations and Alternatives?
I got some Eddie Bauer ones at Target on clearance a year ago. I know they still carry this brand. The air blower comes with it and it takes batteries. They are really strong and durable. My daughter has taken hers on camp outs. She put this down on a ground...

 

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Holiday Shopping: One Gift at a Time
You are right on the money! It is the best way. I bought my one gift for the week today. I also used my 40% off Michaels coupon to buy the bakers dozen red, green and white gift bags. That way they can be used at Christmas or any time. I posted twice on my...

 

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Restaurant Coupons by Email
I did a post on free food on August 15th on my blog. I have not done the followup with birthday free food. However, they ones I blogged about are where if you subscribe to their email newsletter you get free food. Check it out if you have time.

 

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Never Fail Baking Powder Biscuits
This sound like my grandmothers recipe! Thanks for the post. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Egg Salad for Breakfast or Lunch
What is your recipe? However, I dont think I could eat for breakfast. Thank you. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Apple Pumpkin Butter in jar

Apple Pumpkin Butter
How long would something like this stay good in the jar? This sound really good. I might like to make for presents. It would be really cute with a square of fabric tied around the lid with raffia. Thank you! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Saving a Wet Cellphone
I have lost three cell phones in water related accidents. It is so bad that when I take my kids to the neighborhood pool I put my phone in a ziploc bag! I will be keeping these tips in mind because I am sure that this will happen to me again some day. Great...

 

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Put Your Address on Your Cane
Thank you. Great idea! I need to do this with my mothers canes. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Why Chew a Whole Piece of Gum?
My grandmother always gave me a half of a piece of gum too. She was SO thrifty. I guess that is how you get after going through a depression!

 

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Blueberry Dessert Pie
Yum! This goes on my to be tried list. Thank you. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Keeping Food Budget Down for Large Family?
Go to Krogers and search for their discounted meat. (I did a post on this on my blog: http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/ Wheres the Beef) If you have an Aldis near you check them out. We just had breakfast tonight for dinner. Make big pot meals spaghetti...

 

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Toddler Bangs Head During Tantrum?
The best thing you can do is get your child to a place where he cannot hurt himself. I know that is easier said than done from personal experience. If he is lying on the floor tantruming try to slip a towel under his head. I do not want to alarm you, but please...

 

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Recycled Can for Filling Freezer Bags
My mom used to do this and you just made me remember! Thanks for the post. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Blocked Caller Getting Through?
Call your phone company. You need to hold them responsible since you have the call block service. They probably have a computerized fix for the glitch. It is their lines , you pay your bills, make them work for you. I hope it works out. I have had the frustration...

 

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Keeping Food Budget Down for Large Family?
I was just looking at the angelfood ministries site. That seems like a good bet for you since it has meat. Shopping for discount meat (I priced out the menu) and even with coupons it would be hard to beat what is in the $30 box. You people are so savings smart...

 

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5 Year Old Misbehaving at School?
Is she a young 5 year old? My daughter had a July birthday and went into Kindergarten one month later. Some of this could be immaturityand she will grow out of it. However, if it does not discontinue you could talk to your pediatrician for his thoughts - before...

 

Write an Ethical Will
Very interesting post. I never would have thought of this. We take care of financial matters - but what of the emotional ones? This could well be the best thing you could leave - more so than money. Thank you. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

Jesus praying room divider screen.

Craft Project: Divider Screen
That is a beautiful Jesus divider screen. I wish I was that talented. Thank you for sharing. P.S. My 10 year old daughter just came by and said it was beautiful too. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Hose For Washing Dog In Bathtub?
I would be very interested in this too!! http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Crafts Using Pine Cones and Gourds?
Selling the gourds should be easy. I have seen people selling gourds on eBay. They make great crafts. My sister-in-law grows gourds. She cuts holes in the front, washes them in bleach water, sands them and we paint them and spray them with clear lacquer. Put...

 

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Locations to Host an Engagement Party?
Do you have another friend acquainted with the couple? See if there is a clubhouse or meeting room at his/her place of residence (apartment or home community). Maybe you could give the party together and that persons contribution could be the venue. I also...

 

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Use An Open Door To Scratch Your Back
Too funny! Sometimes the simplest options are the ones we are most likely to forget. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Wonderful "Baked Potato Pats"
I make something like this for my son. He loves just cheese on his. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Use a Junk Mail Envelope as a Bookmark
I do this with cards my kids or husband have given me. That way they are never very far from my thoughts. Nice post. http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot.com/

 

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Frugal Tips for Children's Clothing
This is a great post! I love what you said about blood not coming out. If you have boys, or a really rowdy girl, you find that out pretty fast! My kids do not know what clothing looks like without a clearance tag on it! LOL http://www.savingspotpourri.blogspot...

 

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