Welcome Everyday Tips and Thoughts Readers!


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I am guest blogging today at Everyday Tips and Thoughts.   I hope you will enjoy reading my article there on my hatred on online password requirements!

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Get Free Mulch?


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Mulch Your Yard For Cheap  - Thursday's Tip of the Day


The weather is warming up and we are starting to think about getting our yards ready for Spring and Summer.  Before you buy expensive mulch, check with your local community recycling center.  Many local recycling centers have free or cheap mulch made from trees and brush that have been delivered there. 

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Chicken Stock - Frugal Recipe Feature


This Week's Frugal Recipe Feature: Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is a main ingredient in all of the soup recipes we will be featuring in April.  it is a very cheap and easy item to make, that you can then freeze and save for when you need to use it. 

Create Highlights In Your Hair - Wednesday's Tip of the Day


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Highlight Your Hair Cheaply

Want natural looking highlights in your hair?  Don't want to pay big bucks to get them?  Mix a solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 3/4 cup water and pour over your hair and then sit out in the sun.  The lemon juice works as a natural bleach.  You can repeat this process for several days to maximize the effect. 

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How is my life better because of 'Food Waste Friday?'


Awhile back, I started reading ‘The Frugal Girl.’ I was especially intrigued by her ‘Food Waste Friday’ posts where she publicly outted herself on her weekly food waste. What a wonderful experiment in accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement!

Make Money Online - Tuesday's Tip of the Day


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Make Extra Money Online!

Saving money is always welcome, but sometimes making a little extra money is another nice way to help you towards your financial goals.  There are lots of ways to earn a little extra money online.  Two that many people don't know about are Amazon Mechanical Turk (where you perform simple tasks in return for payment) and Swagbucks (where you are randomly awarded points for searching the web and those points can be redeemed for prizes and gift cards).  It always amazes me how many people don't know about these two cool resources, so I hope you enjoyed today's money-saving (making?) tip!  Click here to see more tips.

Incidentally, Swagbucks is currently running a special promotion.  Join using this link and
on the blue bar (where it says ‘SwagCode’) enter the code: HelpJapan and Swagbucks will give you an 80 point bonus.  This code is valid through 11am PST on 4/8/11. 

(This post is linked at Learning the Frugal Life and Homebody.)

How To Make Seed Starter Kits


Make Your Own Seed Starter Kits - Quick, Easy, and Cheap! 


Jiffy 5032 Professional Greenhouse 25-Plant Starter KitDo you grow vegetables in your garden in the summer?  If not, you should... it is an easy way to save money on your grocery bill!  And if you do plant vegetables, you can save even more money if you start your plants from seeds instead of buying the already started plants.

Cut 10% of Your Energy Bill For The Dryer - Monday's Tip of the Day


Throw in the towel and save money while drying clothes!

Throw a towel into every load of clothes you dry in your dryer.  The towel absorbs moisture and helps the other items dry quicker, which can cut your energy usage by 10% for that appliance! 

Health Insurance Tip - Sunday's Tip of the Day


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Pay In-Network Prices For Out Of Network Doctors

Is your doctor not in your health insurance plan?  Before you pay out of network prices for your next visit, call your insurance company.  If you can convince them that your doctor is better suited for your particular situation than any networked doctors, they may let you pay the better rate.

Don't Pay Interest Charges - Saturday's Tip of the Day


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Pay Off Your Credit Cards

Today's tip is an easy one... don't carry a balance on your credit card.  Interest charges on credit cards are not only expensive, but they are also unnecessary.  If you have a balance, pay it off ASAP and then enjoy the extra saving you have each month!

Revive Dry Cookies - Friday's Tip of the Day


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Keep Your Cookies Fresh
 
If you are single or have a small family you will likely be unable to eat an entire batch of cookies before they start to get a little stale and hard.  You can revive dry cookies by putting them in a container overnight with a slice of apple.  The moisture from the apple will soften the cookies up.

Linked up at Fantastic Frugal Fridays and Life as Mom.

Food Waste Friday - 3/25


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Saving Food Saves Money

Spending money wisely also means not wasting it... and that includes not wasting food. So, each week I document my food waste and highlight the ways I saved food! Feel free to leave me a comment with your own food waste/save story.

Restore Rusty Tools


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Stock Your Toolbox For Cheap - Thursday's Tip of the Day


You can find tools for dirt cheap prices as garage sales, flea markets, and resale shops.  The problem is, they are often old and rusted.  Luckily they can be restored!  Just soak them in some vinegar overnight and then scrub the rust away with a wire brush the next day.

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Frugal Recipe Feature: Bagel Pizzas


I am running a special series in March. Each Thursday I will post a recipe idea for a frugal lunch on the go. Lunch need not be a cold cut sandwich these days! Nor need it be expensive fast food take-out. Come back each Thursday to see what's cooking!
 

This Week's Frugal Recipe Feature: Bagel Pizzas

Free Fertilizer - Wednesday's Tip of the Day


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Free Plant Fertilizer

Throw a banana peel in a watering can, fill with water, and let sit overnight.  The water can then be used to water your houseplants.  The banana peel releases nutrients into the mater, making it the perfect, free fertilizer for your plants!  (You can use the banana peel that you previously used to fix your scratched CD!)

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Welcome 'Budgeting In The Fun Stuff' Readers!


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I am guest blogging today at Budgeting In The Fun Stuff.   I hope you will enjoy reading my article there on getting freebies online!

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Get Rid of Ants - Tuesday's Tip of the Day


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Ants Be Gone!

Got ants?  With Spring arriving the ants may start to surface, too.  Don't buy expensive ant repellent before you try this tip....  Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda together and sprinkle anywhere you see ants coming in.  The ants won't cross the mixture. 

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(This post is linked at Homebody.)

Organize Your Closet For Free


Simple (and free) Storage Solutions

I try to keep my closet neat.  I really do!  I store my shoes on shelves and my tops are sorted by color.  But my plans for neatness are consistently foiled by my sweaters.  I store them on the top shelf in half of my closet.  But no matter how neatly I stack them, they seem to fall over all the time.  It also doesn't help that at only 5' 2" it is not really easy for me to grab a sweater from the pile without making a mess out of the entire pile! 

My sweaters would frequently look like this:

Get Rid Of Stains - Monday's Tip of the Day


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Spill Red Wine On Yourself?  Save Your Clothes!

Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.  The stain should then come out fully in the wash.   

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Reusable water bottles - don't leave home without one! - Sunday's Tip of the Day


New Wave Enviro Stainless Steel Water Bottle (40-Ounces)Reusable Water Bottles Save You Money

Whenever you leave home, bring a refillable water bottle with you filled with water (or drink of your choice).  This way, if you get thirsty while you are away from home you won't have to buy an expensive vending machine drink.  

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Plant Veggies from Seeds - Saturday's Tip of the Day


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Seeds Save Money!

If you plant a vegetable garden, consider growing your plants from seeds instead of buying already-started plants.  The cost of seeds is very low compared to already-started plants.  Keep watching The Single Saver as we will be posting a tutorial very soon that will show you how to start seedlings in an economical and eco-friendly way! 

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Guest Posts Today


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I am guest blogging today at Bucksome Boomer (via the Yakezie Blog Swap) and Beating Broke.  I hope you will enjoy reading my articles on those sites!

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What's the Price: A Financial Pet Peeve


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This is a guest post from Kay Lynn Akers as part of the Yakezie Blog Swap. Kay Lynn writes at Bucksome Boomer about money and life on the way to retirement. Read my post about my biggest financial pet peeve at her site.
 

What's the Price: A Financial Pet Peeve


Get that brand new shiny car for just $300 a month! Buy the roomful of furniture for only $100 a month! Do these ads sound familiar? Sometimes it is not possible to figure out the actual price of the product.

Preserve Lemons - Friday's Tip of the Day


Get The Most From Your Lemons


Need a little lemon juice? Poke a hole in its skin and squeeze out the juice you need.  Because the inside of the lemon is not exposed to air, it will stay good for a much longer period of time than had you sliced it open.   

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Food Waste Friday - 3/18


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Saving Food Saves Money

Spending money wisely also means not wasting it... and that includes not wasting food. So, each week I document my food waste and highlight the ways I saved food! Feel free to leave me a comment with your own food waste/save story.

Frugal Recipe Feature: Deviled Eggs


I am running a special series in March. Each Thursday I will post a recipe idea for a frugal lunch on the go. Lunch need not be a cold cut sandwich these days! Nor need it be expensive fast food take-out. Come back each Thursday to see what's cooking!


This
Week's Frugal Recipe Feature: Deviled Eggs

frugal recipe deviled eggs Today's frugal lunch idea is a continuation of last week's hard boiled eggs - deviled eggs!

Deviled eggs are easy to make and can be as simplistic or as gourmet as you'd like.  Because the main ingredient is an egg, they are both frugal and have good nutrition, too.  

Don't Pay Late Fees - Thursday's Tip of the Day


 Avoid Late Fees - Mark Your Calendar

Whenever you rent something like library books or videos, mark on your calendar when it is due back.  It is easy to forget about these due dates, especially if you are single and don't have anyone reminding you to return them!  Writing down the due date will help remind you  so you avoid those pesky late fees. 

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Linked up at Gnowfglins (Simple Lives Thursday) and Coupon Teacher.

Free Entertainment - Wednesday's Tip of the Day


Enjoy Cheap Entertainment

Museums and national parks are a great resource for thrifty entertainment.  Many will offer "free days" or discounted days scattered throughout the year, especially in the Spring.  Be sure to check their website or give them a call to see when these days are, and plan your visits accordingly.  Keeping track of these events can provide you with free entertainment.

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Repair Credit Effectively to Save Money Efficiency


This guest post comes from Ed O’Brien.  Ed is an expert on personal finance, specializing in credit repair.  His blog, Credit Repair, offers free advice on preparing yourself for a financially responsible future. 


Repair Credit Effectively to Save Money Efficiency


If you are finally able to see some light at the end of the tunnel after eliminating the bulk of your debt, you can celebrate for a moment but it will soon be time to move on to the next course of action – repairing your credit.

Save Money On Appliances - Tuesday's Tip of the Day



Save Money On Appliances By Buying Floor Models
For big appliances, you can save a lot of money by asking if there is open stock or floor models available.  These are often brand new and highly discounted.

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Total Money Blog Carnival


Money Saving Blogs - All In One Place!

Big news today... my Extreme Couponing article is included in the Total Money Blog Carnival today hosted by the Canadian Finance Blog.  Go check it out... a lot of really fabulous blogs and articles are included in this edition! 

And if you are visiting The Single Saver for the first time as a result of finding us via the carnival... welcome!  Be sure to check out our most recent blog entries and this week's money-saving tips.

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No Extended Warranty - Monday's Tip of the Day


Don't Automatically Buy A Product's Extended Warranty

Extended warranties are typically not that great of a deal, especially for cheaper products.  Weigh the item's repair and replacement costs (and decide if it is something you would even choose to repair should it break down the road) before forking out the money for the warranty.  Remember, stores offer these because they make money off of them. 


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Best of the Web - 3/6-3/12


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Views on Saving Money, Being Frugal, and Other Financial Fun

Below are some articles I have stumbled upon this week that I think you shouldn't miss! Enjoy!

I wrote a review on TLC's Extreme Couponing show, which is being turned into a series.  Good or bad?  I am not optimistic.  Find out why.  

Love the game of Monopoly?  I do!  Money Mamba explains why games of monopoly last forever.  It's a fun read and offers some tips for winning the game.

Fix A Scratched CD - Sunday's Tip of the Day


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Repairing a Scratched CD With A Banana

Just scratched your favorite CD?  Don't throw it out and buy a new one before you try this trick.  First, rub a banana around the CD in a small, circular motion.  Next, repeat the step with the inside of a banana peel (still rubbing in a small, circular motion).  Next, rub in the same pattern using a cotton cloth to get the banana residue off.  Finally, spray the CD with window cleaner and buff with the cotton cloth.  Bingo - your CD will be as good as new!


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Use Your Memberships - Saturday's Tip of the Day


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Use Your Memberships


Are you an AAA or AARP member?  Or, do you belong to a local credit union? Check groups you have memberships with to see if they offer special buying discounts.

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Friday's Tip of the Day - Get More Life Out Of Your Pantyhose


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Get More Life Out Of Your Pantyhose

Sorry men, but this tip is not for you today.  Don't throw out your pantyhose just because they seem to have lost their shine.  Rinse your pantyhose with vinegar when hand washing them. Doing so will add life and luster to them.  

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Linked up at Fantastic Frugal Fridays and Life as Mom.

Food Waste Friday - Link Up!


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Saving Food Saves Money


Spending money wisely also means not wasting it... and that includes not wasting food. So, each week I will give you an opportunity to document what food is needlessly wasted and report it here. Alternately, you may wish to instead highlight the ways you saved food this week! Feel free to leave me a comment with your own food waste/save story.

Thursday's Tip of the Day - Whiten Your Teeth


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Cheap Teeth Whitening Tips

Cheap Teeth Whitener

We all want to look good (especially if we are single) and teeth whitening products are a big industry right now.  Don't buy expensive teeth whitening products.  Instead, just dip your toothbrush into some baking soda every time you brush your teeth.  Not only will the baking soda whiten your teeth over time, but it will also help to clean your breath, too!

Check out our most recently posted money-saving tips here!

Linked up at Gnowfglins (Simple Lives Thursday) and Coupon Teacher.

Frugal Recipe Feature: Hard Boiled Eggs


I am running a special series in March. Each Thursday I will post a recipe idea for a frugal lunch on the go. Lunch need not be a cold cut sandwich these days! Nor need it be expensive fast food take-out. Come back each Thursday to see what's cooking!

This Week's Frugal Recipe Feature: Hard Boiled Eggs

How do you make hard boiled eggs?

Today's frugal lunch idea is an easy one - hard boiled eggs!

Hard boiled eggs are easy to make and extremely cheap, too.  Some people are intimidated to make them, though.  Here is an easy way to make them yourself:




Extreme Couponing on TLC


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TLC Is Airing New Extreme Couponing Series on April 6th


Did you watch 'Extreme Couponing' on TLC when it aired last year? I did. And I was not overly impressed with the show. And now it seems TLC is turning the special into a series which will be premiering on April 6th.

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