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on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Dollar Stretcher

Instead of Dryer Sheets

If you don't want to spend the money on dryer sheets or you are sensitive 
to the fragrance, you can take a piece of foil and ball it up to about golf 
ball size to get rid of the static without fragrance. And, it'll last you 
all year.

Kids Clothing

If you're looking for kids clothing deals, check eBay. Search for "Boys 
size 6 Lot" for example (LOT is the important word here). It'll be a big 
jumble of clothes. Instead of going through consignment stores piecing it 
all together, you can get a ton of pieces for about $20.
Melanie via Facebook

Pet Food

We all love our pets, but feeding them can be expensive even if the food is 
purchased at a big box store. I adopted two strays and they are not picky 
about what they eat, so I'm always on the lookout for "closeout" cat food. 
After doing a little research and making a few calls, I found out that when 
a new product from one company is coming on the market, they will close out 
and markdown one or two that are already on the shelf. By watching, I have 
been able to stock up on cat food and save a ton! It doesn't go bad and my 
cats love the variety of flavors. I have spent as little as a dollar a bag!

Receipt Protection

The one thing I have found out the hard way is that receipts seem to fade 
and vanish within a year or two and sometimes sooner. I suppose it depends 
on what type of paper and ink the company uses. I say that I learned this 
the hard way because after completing a major house remodel, some items 
failed before the warranty ended. Although I had kept meticulous records, 
when I went back to get a receipt, it was as good as useless. It was faded 
badly. Now I keep a folder on my laptop for scanned receipts for almost all 
of my purchases. I haven't had an issue pursuing a claim in years because 
of those scanned receipts. I also scan warranty terms and conditions. I 
just thought this tip might benefit someone else.

This Christmas

Last year, my brother, sister, and I decided that we wanted to make 
Christmas easier and spend less. I think I've come up with a solution. With 
so many people suffering because of hurricane Harvey, instead of buying 
each other things we don't need, I'm going to suggest that we each make a 
donation now to a charity that's serving hurricane victims. We'll save time 
near Christmas and do some good now when people really need the help.

Reduce Drying Time

Everyone knows that an electric clothes dryer is an energy hog. One way to 
reduce the cost is to cut down the amount of time that it runs. There are a 
couple of things you can do to reduce drying time. First, when your clothes 
are through the wash cycle, run an extra spin cycle. That will ring more 
water from your clothes. Next separate out some clothes that don't or 
shouldn't go in the dryer. For instance, your delicates should be hung to 
dry. And t-shirts can be hung to drip dry.

How to Start Meal Planning

Don't try to plan for a whole week or month at first. You don't want to get 
overwhelmed. Instead, just try to plan for perhaps three to four days. Note 
those meals on index cards. Plan on a leftover day and then plan different 
meals for another three to four days. Repeat the whole process until you 
build up your stock of menu cards. Then you can begin planning for longer 
blocks of time.
Claudia via Facebook

Easy Decor Trick

Ever feel like you want to change up your decor but don't have any big 
inspiration or a big budget to do the job? Try this. It costs about $5! 
Remove your wall light switch covers and spray paint them a color that 
contrasts or compliments your room color. It doesn't seem like much, but it 
can give the room a different vibe. If you find that you don't like the 
change, you can replace the covers for about $1 each.

Win/Win Losing Strategy

I've been unhappy with my weight and my credit card balances. Both went up 
after my daughter (now 6) was born. I had trouble losing the weight I had 
put on during pregnancy and the cost of daycare wasn't helping our budget. 
Here's what I did. I promised myself that I'd use my elliptical trainer 
every other day for 30 minutes. For every calorie I burn (it's displayed on 
the trainer), I add to my debt loss fund. On the same day that I go online 
to pay my bills, I add the money from my fund to my minimum payment. Most 
days that I exercise, I add between $3 and $4.50 to the fund. It's not so 
much that it pinches my budget, but it is enough to make a difference to 
the account balance. Also, it's a great motivator to help me lose the 
weight! It's also a whole lot cheaper than buying $300 worth of food every 
month from one of those weight loss programs.

Fresh Tomatoes All Fall

If you live up north, you're always expecting an early freeze. For years, I 
lost nearly ripe tomatoes to that frost. Then a neighbor told me that he 
had a method to save them. He uproots the whole plant and hangs them upside 
down in his basement. The plant shouldn't touch the ground. The tomatoes 
will continue to ripen gradually. It's not unusual for us to have tomatoes 
six or even eight weeks after the first frost!

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