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on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Dollar Stretcher

Stove Top Cleaning

Spray-on oven cleaner works great on the outside of the stove. I use it on 
the stove top every two weeks. After spraying it on, I wait a few minutes 
and then wipe it off. Now I have the cleanest stove in town!

Saving on Pet Healthcare

Become a "client" of every vet near you and then call to price check 
procedures. In my area, two vets wanted $200 for an extraction of one 
tooth. A third wanted $50, and a fourth wanted only $25. However, when our 
cat passed away, it was less expensive to cremate our cat at the first vet.
Donald via Facebook

Homemade Finger Paints

I created my own finger paints by mixing a few drops of food coloring into 
a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. I can create almost any color I want, and it 
only costs pennies. It is also non-toxic and safe for my kids. The best 
part is whatever yogurt is left in the container makes a good snack for the 

Maximizing Your Retirement Plan

We usually get an annual pay increase at my job, usually 2% to 4%. When my 
annual evaluation rolls around, I find out what the increase will be and 
then I go to our HR department and have the additional percentage added to 
what they deduct for my 401k plan. I add more to retirement savings and 
never miss the additional money.

Before You Buy Anything

I've found that readers' product reviews are a great way to check out 
something before I buy it. This is great not just for big things like a TV, 
but also for smaller electronics and even new foods. Some companies manage 
to get in some paid fake reviews, so I check the bad reviews. I read them 
to see if there are complaints about things that would bother me. I've 
avoided a bunch of bad buys this way.

My Weekly Cash Call

My wife and I both work and need to buy lunches and snacks during the week. 
We try to bring our lunch as often as we can, but some days that's not 
practical. Therefore, we're trying out a new system. We read that our 
brains resist spending bigger bills. Each week, both of us go to the ATM 
and take out two $10 bills. We also have a $20 in our wallet from the 
previous week. Our goal is to get through the week without touching the $20 
bill. Most weeks, we're successful. It probably doesn't make a huge 
difference in what we spend, but every little bit helps.

Creative Date Nights

Our kids are mostly grown (meaning our day isn't dominated by their 
activities), but my husband and I still seem to be constantly busy. We 
decided to start up our date nights again. Instead of doing the typical 
dinner/movie thing, we went another way. We started with a couple of adult 
coloring books! It seems silly, but it was a lot of fun and opened us up to 
some fresh ideas. Next I think that we'll take on a craft project to see 
how that goes. After that, perhaps we will refinish a piece of furniture. 
It's brought us together in a way that we thought we'd lost years ago.

Just Checking...

One advantage of being retired is that I can spend a few minutes checking 
my bills for errors. Just this month I noticed that my auto insurance 
didn't include the 55+ discount. I called my agent. He said that it was 
just a mistake, and they'd put the credit back on my account. Last spring, 
I found an error on my phone bill. They added a monthly fee for a service 
that I didn't order. It was only $8.95 a month, but I am not sure how long 
it was there before I caught it. Even if you are not retired and don't have 
much time, it's still worthwhile to check your bills to make sure you're 
not being cheated!

Inexpensive Bridal Shower Gift Idea

Here is a tip for bridal shower gifts. My mother-in-law is a genius! She 
buys everything at a dollar store for her gifts. She fills a small cleaning 
bucket with bathroom cleaning supplies and then bundles it in pretty clear 
wrapping. She does the same with a tall kitchen trash can and fills it with 
dish soap, scrub sponges, paper towels, pot holders, a tea towel set, etc. 
She's never had a disappointed bride-to-be yet!
Kimberly via Facebook

Small Christmas Gifts

Recently I was buying a necessity on Amazon and only needed to spend one 
more dollar for free shipping. Did you know that when this happens on 
Amazon, you can do a search of items that cost less than $1? I looked and 
found cute little coin purses for $.59 each, so I ordered nine of them to 
give to the members of my book club. We usually exchange little gifts, and 
these are perfect. Not only did I save on shipping, but also I got nine 
Christmas gifts for less than $6. I can now check these off on my Christmas 
shopping list!

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