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Give Freely 1/5/11

by Laura January 5, 2011 Simple Steps

Welcome to Give Freely!

One in five Americans deals daily with the issue of not having enough to eat.  Many of those are children.  As couponers, we have the unique opportunity to buy items at extremely reduced prices (or even free) to feed our families. 

The goal is Give Freely is to present you each week with freebies [...]

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Budget 2011: Organize Your Computer For Maximum Savings

by Laura January 3, 2011 Simple Steps

There are several small things you can do on your computer to help maximize your savings when you shop!  Here are a few simple ones:

1.  Create a new e-mail address- Coupons and special sales codes are often sent through e-mail and can clutter your inbox leaving messages from friends and family lost in the middle of [...]

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Budget 2011 Websites: Eversave

by Laura January 2, 2011 Simple Steps

I did a nice little post on Eversave when they offered a $5 bonus to anyone who signed up before December 31st.  At that point I didn’t have alot of experience with Eversave.  Now that I have researched it I have a little bit better idea of how to maximize the site to [...]

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Budget 2011: Shopping the Thrift/Second-Hand Stores

by Laura January 1, 2011 Simple Steps

A good used clothing store is a gold mine.  I will tell you any money saving secret I have EXCEPT my favorite thrift stores.  Those are for me to know!

One of the big ways you can save in 2011 is to utilize thrift or second hand stores for clothing.  As a kid I loved going [...]

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Budget 2011: The Great Clothes Hanger Trick

by Laura December 26, 2010 Simple Steps

Hopefully by now you have cleaned out your closets, made your donations and are prepared to sell your valuable unused items.

However if you just can’t bring yourself to part with your clothing I have a suggestion you may try for the new year (remember the average female only wears about 30% of what is [...]

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Budget 2011: Check Your Bank Statement for Fees

by Laura December 18, 2010 Simple Steps

This is the third in a series on things to do BEFORE 2011 to get your budget in order.  To check out my other posts click here and here

Sometime in the next week or so you will probably get a bank statement in the mail.  If you are one of those people who [...]

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Give Freely 12/15 – 12/21

by Laura December 16, 2010 Simple Steps

Welcome to Give Freely!

Our goal is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores. Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or [...]

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Budget 2011: Clean Out Your Closets

by Laura December 14, 2010 Simple Steps

In 2011 I will be doing a short series on how to budget in the New Year.  But there are a few small steps you can take before 2011 to help start things off with a bang!  Last week I did my first post on creating a price book

My next suggestion is to take the [...]

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Give Freely 12/8 – 12/14

by Laura December 9, 2010 Simple Steps

Welcome to Give Freely!

Our goal is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores.  Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or shelter.  Even if the [...]

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Budgeting for 2011: Creating a Price Book

by Laura December 8, 2010 Simple Steps

In 2011 I will be doing a short series of articles on creating a grocery budget as well as some other topics (if you have any questions you would like me to address e-mail me!)  I don’t want to start the full series yet because I know the holidays are crazy, but there [...]

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