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Dollar Stretcher Tips

on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Dollar Stretcher

The After Easter Egg Hunt

If your family likes eggs, check out your grocery store on the day after 
Easter. I buy a bunch. They last about a month in the fridge and up to a 
year in the freezer!
Dawn


Dry Winter Skin

If your skin gets dry in the winter, try mixing glycerin and water in equal 
proportions. Just spray a little onto your skin each day and rub it in. 
It's just as good as those expensive moisturizing creams that you can buy.
Lisa


Evening Dress Recycling

I rarely wear dresses, including evening dresses. I decided to buy one at a 
high-end used clothing store. When I was done with it, I had it cleaned and 
sold it back to the store. It was less expensive this way, and I did not 
have to give up space in my closet.
Judith


Part-Time Work

I wanted to work part-time but not be tied to a schedule, so I started 
doing focus groups. I also teach guitar lessons. If you think about it, you 
can find ways to make some money. It's just a matter of thinking about what 
you know and who might want to take advantage of that knowledge.
Lindsay


It Costs You

You might not think about it, but every time you get in your car and go 
somewhere, it costs money. Even if you're not heading to the store, you're 
still burning gas. Even if you have a hybrid, you're still using 
electricity. I don't know how much it saves me each month, but I try to 
always be aware of where I'm spending.
Doug


Rental Car Warning

Twice now, while traveling with a rental car, we have received a charge on 
our credit card for tolls we paid with cash. The device for tolls 
auto-added to our bill on the windshield was not turned on. Since this had 
happened before, we now save our receipts. We had to send the receipt in 
and were refunded the $1.25 toll plus $20 surcharge! Always save those 
receipts!
S.


It's Show Time

Here's a cheap outing. Most counties have a center that's used for various 
shows like home shows, craft shows, health shows, etc. I watch my local 
calendar to see what's coming up. Most are free. If possible, we like to go 
the first day of the show. The vendors have all kinds of stuff that they're 
giving away. Most of it is cheap stuff that we pass on to the grandkids, 
but some is worth keeping. It's rare that we see anything that we want to 
buy or have done to our home, but just seeing different things gives us 
something to talk about that we've never discussed before. It's not bad for 
a free outing!
Debra


Why I Love Estate Sales

Most of my friends have quit going to estate and garage sales. They do 
almost all of their shopping online. I'm glad. That means that there's more 
good stuff for me! I used to get out real early to get the best deals. Now 
I often find really good stuff no matter when I go. It takes a little more 
effort than scanning online for the things I want, but to me, it's a lot 
more fun hunting for the best deals!
Meredith


Reducing the Cost of Lunches

My husband and I are empty nesters, but we're still working. That's made 
cooking for dinner tricky. We don't like leftovers, but we've come up with 
a solution that works for us. I find ways to repackage the main meat course 
for our lunches. For instance, if I buy a beef or pork roast, the leftover 
meat is sliced for sandwiches. If I buy a whole chicken, the extra chicken 
is cubed and made into chicken salad. Now I can buy commonly packaged 
meats, not waste any food, and lower the cost of our lunches all at the 
same time.
Sarah


Appetizer Night

When my daughter was growing up, we developed appetizer night instead of a 
regular meal on occasion. The "meal" consisted of healthy finger foods that 
required little prep on my part. Two things that both of us still love are 
meatballs and nachos. I would put them in her lunch on a regular basis, and 
she loved it. On weekends, we cooked and prepared boiled eggs, meatballs 
and red sauce, sliced veggies and fruits, as well as different flavored 
popcorns. I was able to incorporate healthy items like zucchini into the 
meatballs. We also made little pies out of a snack maker. We made pizza 
pops and used chicken instead of pepperoni and also made sweet pies for 
dessert. She still comes home with her children and almost immediately asks 
for an appetizer night, and her kids get appetizer lunches for school!
Karen K.

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