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  1. The most outrageous thing we did when we were flat broke!!

    by , 03-20-2009 at 04:49 PM
    It was near Thanksgiving time and we had no food - I mean NO FOOD. Our local grocery store held a turkey giveaway. All you had to do was collect a certain amount of receipts (I think it was $200) during the contest period and you presented them in a special envelope for a voucher for a free turkey!!

    During the dates of the contest they started printing their receipts on the bright yellow paper to make sure people knew these were the only receipts acceptable.

    One ...

    Updated 03-20-2009 at 04:50 PM by lvngwell

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  2. I always astound my friends by the way things just happen to me

    by , 03-20-2009 at 04:47 PM
    I always astound my friends by the way things just happen to me. Once when I was off of work for a few weeks (paid "vacation") I made some extra pin money by helping a friend with his landscaping business. I felt good about geting paid vacation and also earning more money on the side - as well as the fact that I was helping my friend get his business back on it's feet!

    The first day I was out my friends told me I was mad. Why would you work on vacation?? I wanted to ...
  3. Non frugal people calling themselves frugal and being uppity about it

    by , 03-19-2009 at 01:03 PM
    Thought this warrented repeating:
    Quote Originally Posted by lvngwell View Post
    Exactly ... frugality is a means to an end. You can measure the means ....i.e. what lengths you are willing to go to to avoid spending money at all costs .... but people often judge the ends as well.

    For instance ...I may go without paying for haircuts (a hairdresser friend does it for cookies), buying new clothes (a spendthrift friend donates her cast offs!), and all forms of cosmetic upkeep (makeup, manicure, perfume, etc) in order to pay for Cable.
  4. 20 Alternatives to Putting Traditional Easter Grass in Your Baskets

    by , 03-14-2009 at 06:45 PM
    Traditional Easter grass can be a messy hassle. Next to loose tinsel on the tree, it is my least favorite thing to try to vacuum off my carpets. It is also a petroleum-based product, so it's not very eco-friendly. Furthermore, the humane society warns that pets can become dangerously ill from mistakenly eating Easter grass.

    With a little creativity you can come up with a good alternative to traditional Easter Grass and even compliment the theme (like sports) you may be trying to work ...

    Updated 03-14-2009 at 06:46 PM by lvngwell

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  5. How to Freeze Foods and What to Do If Your Freezer Fails

    by , 03-13-2009 at 04:07 PM
    * Cool all foods and syrup before packing - Pack foods in quantities that are usable for a single meal. Pack cold foods tightly into containers. Because most foods expand on freezing, allow ample head space (space between food and closure). The amount of space needed will vary depending on the food and size of containers. When packing food in bags, press out excess air before sealing. Label and date each package. It is also helpful to list number of servings on the label. For quick freezing, spread ...

    Updated 03-14-2009 at 06:47 PM by lvngwell

    OAMC & Bulk cooking , Frugal tips , Feed a Family Cheaply
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