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Hello! I thought this would be a great place to start a post about suggestions to others on how you are saving money to help pay them bills during these rough times. My goal on this forum is to help add some relieve to people that are struggling. One of my favorite ways that i am saving money is buying food in bulk. We are a family of 3 and i could never do this before because i couldnt afford a vacuum packer and my stuff would get freezer burnt. But for christmas this year my grandmother bought me a Reynolds hand-vac (12.00) kit. I would have never purchased it thinking it was junk but it works beautifully. I buy 15 lb hams and freeze them in 1 lb bags with my vacuum packer and am saving bundles. Hamburger,turkey,roast, or whatever. In the fridge carrots,celery,tomatoes all vacuumed packed and it lasts for a very long time. This is a great little product for anyone who is starting a garden this year. So How are you saving money this year???

Buying more canned/boxed goods. They last longer and cost less. I do all my grocery shopping at Walmat and take advantage of their price matching program, every little bit helps.

Also being tight with my budget. I'm currently paying through the nose on my student loans and that HAS to be paid. I don't eat out anymore, i don't buy frivolous merchandise like i used to, I don't go out to the bar.

My day consists of feeding my kitty, going to work, coming home, doing my online surveys & ebay, then going to bed. I figure the more time I spend at home instead of out spending money, the more money I make by doing my various internet ventures.

Sub: #1 posted on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 07:31

drjonah drjonah

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Very good suggestions! I too spend more time at home and not eating out. I have also cut out the "goodies"(even though my husband protests!) scince they are something really uneeded, and are very expensive! even though he complains, its the first winter we have noticed our waiste lines getting smaller instead of bigger! a very good perk i must say!

Sub: #2 posted on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:24

love_my_things love_my_things

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Coupons coupons and more coupons. Thrift stores and yard sales. I am in Florida its yard sale time here. Cheap beer has replaced micro brewed.

Sub: #3 posted on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:29

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i too clip alot of coupons! it is something new i started and my husband makes fun of me, but it is amazing how much you save with them. I also love yard sales but here in pa, we dont have those in the winter! Im also a big fan of dollar General store were i buy my cleaning supplies very cheap.

Sub: #4 posted on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:45

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also, this year i think i am going to do crafty christmas presents. They are time consuming, but cheap. And I feel more people will treasure a handcrafted gift made with love that they will treasure more than a 15.00 bath soap arrangement from wal-mart or popcorn tins. you wouldnt believe how many of those i recieved this year. Times have gotten so tough

Sub: #5 posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 08:26

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Hi everyone,

I, when I had the money, I went out and bought a good size floor freezer and when all the grocery stores around here have their "price wars", which I think is great, I stock up on all the frozen items. Sometimes one store will have buy 2 get one free or half off. It is really nice to see it sit on the floor knowing that I will be ok.

Also, I only live a short distance to work so gas is not the issue, my rent, by the grace of God, is very cheap even next to this beautiful river, and most of all I have learned to keep all that I can SIMPLE. LESS IS MORE AND MORE IS LESS. These are very true and accurate statements, I am living proof.

Thank You

Sub: #6 posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:32

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Baking a lot of bread and learning to use the crock pot a bit more. Bakery thrift stores are great for hamburger and hot dog buns and bread when I dont have time to bake. You cant beat 75 cents a loaf for Sara Lee bread.
Egg dishes, a lot more hamburger. Luckily I am a vendor at a huge farmers market during the summer and I froze a ton of veggies I got for free. Stocked up on pork chops and chicken drummies when they were cheap. I hate Walmart with passion so I try to avoid it especially for meat....if you read the packages almost every meat product they sell has a 10% solution injected....I aint paying for water!! I go with a friend to Sams club that has a butcher on-site.

Bakery thift stores are great for hamburger and hot dog buns and bread when I dont have time to bake. You cant beat 75 cents a loaf for Sara Lee bread.

Started buying larger portions of sliced cheese. Here in Minnesota we have Bongards Cheese slices (not processed cheese food)...108 slices for $11. 16 slices of kraft was running about $2.59 . Bought it and repacked it at home...they are not individual wrapped slices so are environmentally kinder.

Sub: #7 posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:50

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I guess I am kind of lucky. My daughter works for Kraft and I get frozen pizzas for $1 each. Plus hubby and I work for a different major cheese company and we get a really good discount on sliced and block cheese and the cheese and cracker snacks. My dad works for Walmart and I use his discount. My Father-in-law works for a papermill so I don't have to by papertowels or toilet paper(a huge savings there) But I do like shopping at the wonder bread thrift store and dollar stores and the cheap grocery stores like Aldi and Save-a-lot. I watch the ads and I stop in Walmart after I get done with work and at that time the meat is already marked down for the next day. Heck last week we had some very yummy ribeye steak that I got marked down at walmart. I got 5 ribeyes for $9 :shock: So what if it has to be used or sold by that date, isn't that what a freezer is for? At our local grocery store they have a marked down section in the meat dept. that has beef,pork,lunch meat,sausage. That is one section I hit first. But I make sure to check the dates to see if it hasn't gone past the best by date. I got a bunch of name brand hotdogs and brats for $1.99 a package, when the reg. selling price is $6.99. I would NEVER pay full price for those. That is just way too much for me. In the bakery I look at the day old stuff to see if there would be anything my kids would eat. Their muffins and cakes can be anywhere from $2-$5 cheaper.

So I guess we are blessed during these tough times that we have enough money to pay the bills and still have a little left. Just not looking forward to tax time. Things will be different then (we will be paying :? )

Sub: #8 posted on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 23:28

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good tips everyone, i guess we are all doing what we can and what we gotta do.. i am grateful to be working (even though i really need a second job and cannot find one for the life of me! my old one laid off all the part-timers), but i am grateful even though i struggle.

Sub: #9 posted on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 07:21

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I found a recipe online for bagels and just finished making them up...they came out just as good as deli store bought bagels...even my daughter thought so and she likes the expensive bagel store type. They apparently freeze well so we will use them for school lunches this week which will be a big savings there, plus other lunches for when we adults are home.

Sub: #10 posted on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 07:47

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