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Save Money With Oatmeal

If you are looking for a quick way to cut down on your grocery spending, buy some oatmeal and serve it every morning for a week. Add things like brown sugar, raisins or fresh fruit to add some variety for the kids.

You'll love how many breakfasts you can get out of that container of oatmeal, and it is an extremely healthy breakfast for the entire family. Oatmeal is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and may even help reduce heart disease risk.

And the Quaker Oats Container makes a great item for recycling! Use it to make musical instruments for kids by filling with beans or rice and securely taping the lid on.

Use it as a holder or knick knacks around the house.

Let kids decorate the containers with paper they have colored, contact shelf liner paper, left over wallpaper, or even yarn that they glue on. Then use the newly decorated containers anywhere in the house!

Save Money With a Bike

I wouldn't be surprised if many people are already doing this, but ride your bike whenever you can and leave your car parked.

Think about where you need to go during the week and see if you can use your bike for any of the errands.

Also, if you happen to be lucky enough to not work far from home, ride your bike to work. Maybe not everyday, but what about once or twice a week? Even that will help you save money.

Don't forget your helmet!

Save Money Cooking With a Crockpot

If you don't have a crock-pot yet, you should go ahead and invest in one. A crock-pot is so easy to cook with, and the recipes will come out so delicious, it won't be long before you are addicted to cooking with it!

A crock-pot in the kitchen will save you money and time. You can put all the ingredients for your meal in the crock-pot in the morning, let it slowly cook throughout the day, and you will have a delicious meal ready at dinner time. And one of the greatest things about using a crock pot is that you can use less expensive cuts of meat--it will still be delicious and tender because it slow cooks all day long.

Another benefit of the Crock-pot -- the energy usage is much smaller when compared to using your oven! You will find countless recipes for your crock-pot that are healthy, delicious and will save you money at the grocery store. Just check the Internet for recipes, or check out some cookbooks at your library.

One last thought. If you get a crock-pot meal star…

It's Not to Late To Start A Christmas Savings Plan

If you are anything like me then you are never quite prepared for the Christmas season. I tend to push off getting ready for the holidays and shopping because there is always another bill that needs to get paid. I figure I have time (ah!) and can worry about the shopping later, like November/December.

But this year I have a plan. Now the plan itself is not so hard. The hard part is sticking to it. But I am trying very hard because I know I will be so happy come December that I did this plan.

All it takes to have an extra $560 for Christmas shopping this year, is putting $5.00 away every day. Now I know some days even having a spare $5.00 at the end of a day can be a challenge. But gather up all the loose change you can find, and add a dollar or two, and you may just have the $5.00!

$5.00/day @7days a week is $35.00 a week. $35/week will add p to $140/month. If you do this plan for the next 4 months (Aug., Sep., Oct., Nov.,) you will have $560 by December. Wouldn't that help with C…

Clean Out Your Closets, Have a Party and Save Some Money

This is a fun way to save money and have a fun night in with friends. I read about this somewhere a while back, and though I personally haven't had the chance to try it, it's definitely something I think about.

Plan a mom's night "IN" at your house or a friends. Each person brings a food dish and an item ( or two or three) that they no longer need or use. Once everyone has arrived with all their goodies, simply display everything on a table. While enjoying the food, peruse the 'goodies' and see which items you'd like to trade your stuff for.

The actual ways of conducting the trading is prety much done however you and your friends decide you want to handle it. But the main point is that everyone gets a chance to get something "new" while giving away something at the same time.

You may come across an item that you needed to buy soon, and now won't have to. Or an item that will be a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone else. O…

Saving Money

Saving money is on everyones' minds these days. Coupons, discounts, freebies are searched high and low in newspapers and the Internet. I am constantly on the lookout on ways to cut corners and save money. With three kids (and six dogs) to feed and clothe, and a husband who is self-employed, money is beyond tight at our house.

It can get so depressing to constantly worry about money and not get swallowed up in debt. I am hoping that this blog will be cathartic for me in some ways, as well as helpful to anyone who is looking for ways to save money and stay sane at the same time.

Prices are high and getting only higher as far as groceries, gas, and really just everything (except house prices--oops. Dwelling on the bad stuff doesn't help though (just like my mom used to say), so instead of staying down and stressed, I say let's get together and share creative fun ways to save money while enjoying life, everyday.

So welcome to 101 ways to save. I am just getting started, so …

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