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I frequently look for new little ways to save that have little to no impact on the quality of my life. I like to save money, but also have a nice time along the way.

Recently I am doing more canning and baking, which both saves money and acts as my hobby. My goal is to can things in season this summer at the lowest price and quality peak and enjoy all year. I am using recipes that are slightly more exotic than what can be purchased in a can at the grocery store. I also just bought a giant bag of cat food instead of my normal smaller ones. It cost more up front and will take a long time to get through it, and it should save money in the long run.

What new things are you trying to save a bit more?
 

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We are having a big garden this year, and I plan on canning a lot. I have also been trying to use swagbucks more to get a little extra cash. I always use my points to get amazon gift cards so when a birthday comes I have a little money to put towards gifts.
 

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I buy restaurant vouchers from places like Groupon and Living Social. It's typically a 40-50% savings. Yesterday DH and I had lunch together at the expensive sushi place by his office, because it was 2-for-1 day.

I'm in the Petco savings club thing, where you get $5 back for every $50 you spend. A giant bag of cat food, giant bag of litter and a bag of cat treats and I'm there. Once or twice a year I can combine litter and food coupons with the store savings and get $15-$18 off.
 

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I'm transplanting and splitting bulbs instead of buying new plants for the areas I think need more. The school where we used to live is having a plant sale so I will be getting veggies there. Nothing is over $1. I've gotten survey checks for $110.40 over the last few days.
 

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I'm currently attempting to grow four celery roots back into usable celery, so we can quit buying celery which we don't use much of, so I end up throwing out a lot of it. I've tried this before but it didn't work. This time, it's going pretty well.

I just made some rings I need for a craft out of plastic gallon water jugs because once again, I couldn't find what I needed in town and didn't want to spend much on the project anyway.

I love to repurpose all kind of things. Lately, I've been re-evaluating how our furniture is being used. By swapping one piece for another and using them for different purposes, I'm avoiding buying new furniture and also making the old furniture more efficient.

I recently cut seven inches off of our living room couch (it was easy), did a minor repair it's needed for quite a while, and made new cushions and cushion covers for it, rather than buying a new couch.

I like to experiment with new recipes. Scratch cooking saves money, and making my own mixes, breads, crackers, etc, is healthier for us.
 

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I stay at home most of the time and usually only go out maybe once a week to pick up groceries and run errands. I go to church but it is close by.
I have been driving one to another town once a month to go to their grocery store and buy meat that is on sale along with a few other sale items they have. It is a whole lot cheaper than it is here in my small town.
Getting ready to turn Dish off and bundle our phone and tv with our local telephone company now that we have fiber optic lines and can get it. That will save about $40.00 a month.
I cook from scratch and cook some foods with fillers and less meat since it has gotten so expensive.
 

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My daughter got a job where I work and moved 8 hours. To save money we are living together, splitting all the bills instead of each of us having an apartment (plus there is price gouging on places to live), car pooling to work and we are going to put in a small garden. Her BF moved with her. So, until he finds a job he is the babysitter and maid (I love the built in maid!!). With us living together I'm cooking more meals at home and eating out less - I was getting rather lazy. With us combining 2 houses we only need to buy fresh fruit, veggies and milk - we have a large stockpile to eat from for the next 6 months - lol! I hope all this works because it will save us @$600/month each.
 

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Spent the last month learning Floridas version of "extreme couponing". Florida doesn't double but IS a true coupon state meaning they will take a store coupon without a UPC code along with a manufacture coupon with one. The stores have also started price matching the other stores...Walmart included. They're taking competitors coupons also and coupons on the free products ( BOGO ). I've always couponed but was able to double before so this is new territory for me and I'm having a blast doing it.

In April I took the grocery budget plus another $41.45 to try for the first time. I spent $291.45 ( three people, 2 cats, 1 tiny dog ) and brought into the house $727.94 worth of food, HBA etc. Includes everything. So I got $436.49 in groceries for absolutely free. A couple of things they paid ME to take out of the store. Works for me and is in their store policies.

This month so far I've spent $61.38 and brought in $109.73 worth of groceries and "taxables". So for this month so far $48.35 worth of free groceries. Not quite as good but I'm not done with the month yet nor will I go over budgeted amount this time. Excellent way to build back up the stockpile we've been using.
 

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I cook from scratch period..it helps when you have a well rounded stocked pantry..it took me years to build it up to where it is today..hint..I use the vacuum sealer on my Food saver to help preserve my baking chips,nuts,spices, etc.

I make my own version of Dawn foam dish soap..( just filled a old dawn dish soap container today..have had the same container for many years) saves me quite a bit of money.

I buy meat on sale and use my pressure canner to preserve it...just canned chicken breast,chicken soup & chicken broth.

Make my own laundry soap..use vinegar for the rinse and line dry.

I bought a gallon of Wesson vegetable oil on sale not paying attention when I got home and went to put the date on it I noticed that it wasn't as full as the other one I bought..I checked to make sure the seal wasn't tampered with which it wasn't..so I called their 1-800 # and told customer service and they sent me a coupon for a free 64-oz bottle..

I purchased 4-more fruit trees, oregano,mojito mint,rosemary plant and a gooseberry bush to add to my food production.
 

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We planted 2 apples trees, 2 lemon trees, and the house we bought for dd has fig, plum & pear trees, So I'll be making preserves & jam with on sale sugar, hopefully eating fresh apples in a couple of years. DH & my dad laughed at me for dehydrating all the potatoes (practically free - 100 lbs), okra, green onions that I did. DH fixed the crock pot meal of cabbage, green beans, potatoes & smoked sausage using a couple of handfuls of dehydrated potatoes; even my dad liked them & made the comment "this is the way to go". From now on I'll be dehydrating anything I can get my hands on. Using the garlic that grew wild at Dad's that I tied into braids. Brother-in-law gave us probably 10 lbs of sirloin from a cow dh helped him butcher. DH trimmed it and put into several Ziploc bags for the freezer. That was after we had beef & broccoli stir-fry. Tastes better if it's on sale or free.

Next project is going to be more raised beds. Planning on using upside down wine bottles that are given to me and beer bottles for the sides instead of wood. Used really long pecan limbs for the last one. Y'all look up "beer bottle raised bed photos" or "wine bottle raised bed photos" . It really looks easy & practical. Sister has a friend that runs a bar so if we choose to do the beer bottle beds, we can get all we want.
 

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Finally purchased a food processor on a really good sale. I make 90% of my food, now it is much easier to make "processed" foods, one item is coconut cream.

Finally purchased a steam mop and handheld steamer. Have wanted them for years. Now I can clean so many things and not use chemicals. Really helps when you have allergies to certain chemicals.

Realize I have spent money but in the long run will be saving money and my health will be better.

Have been saving money at Kohls and Sears by signing up with their store programs. Can't believe how much I have received either free or for a couple of dollars. Whenever I receive free points or store dollars I will look on their website or at the store and use on clearance items that I might need. Always feels good walking out of the store with something new and at a great price. Being a thrift store shopper it is a nice change of pace.
 

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I am saving $25 by not buying sushi for lunch for MD tomorrow. Will make a salad and take it to the pool instead.

Got two reams of colored card stock for free yesterday using my Office Max rewards!
 

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I called into the local radio show and won a free pizza. Twice a day they have a trivia question and you win even if you get the answer wrong. BTW the answer is always C. I plan on calling once a month and enjoying a free pizza.

I will resume canning this year, a year with commercial canned fruit wasn't worth the time saved or the extra money spent.
 

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I don't really consider rebates as saving because you have to spend money to get them.....BUT......I got a $30 rebate from my new electric toothbrush and a $15 rebate for buying 12 doses of heartworm meds for my dog instead of 6.
 

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Before we do errands I put some ice and homemade sweet tea into a 32-oz. insulated, lidded mug. DH and I aren't tempted to get a cold drink at a drive-thru anymore.

I recently cleared out our junk drawer and found several pairs of scissors that we needed. Now I have scissors in the den, kitchen, study, and our bedroom.

We watch the sales at Tractor Supply and get their clumping cat litter when it's on sale. I have a big plastic bin with a lid that we store it in. I usually have 75-100 lbs. in it.

We take scrap metal from around the house and recycle it for a few extra dollars. We have turned in old bent nails, rusty curtain rods, etc., and get paid for it. It's not much but it helps.
 

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Something else-----if you have a Chick-Fil-A close by, get one of their Cow Calendars each year for $6. With the Calendar Card in it you get something free each month. It might be a large drink, a free order of fries, a free sandwich, a salad, etc. It sells out quickly though. Many folks use it as a stocking stuffer.
 
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