Common Cents

Tightening Your Shoestrings

This column contains bits and pieces of frugal ideas. I hope you find what you are looking for since it’s a little fragmented.

A Simple Craft

For this one all you need is thin round elastic and beads. You just string them on for a bracelet. You could use different shapes and colors for various results. For example, use ...
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Banking Tips

Does your credit card (if you have them) have high interest charges? If so, you may have options. Many companies will reduce the interest rate if you call and complain. It always pays ...
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Book Repairs

Do you have an old book that needs repair? Use clear packing tape to fix it. Even bindings can be repaired ...
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Bounce Fabric Sheets

Clean baked on food. Put a sheet of Bounce in the pan, fill with water and let sit overnight, then sponge clean. The anti-static agents apparently weaken the bond between the food and ...
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Charity

Does charity begin at home? Here are two ideas for giving to others. First, check with your local Humane Society to see if they can use old socks. Many of them use them ...
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Culture

Want to bring some culture to your children? Call your local community theatre to see if they offer free or low-cost dress rehearsals. Often if they know it's for education purposes they will ...
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Energy Saving

In Winter, set thermostat at 68 degrees. At bedtime or when out for the day, set thermostat at 60 degrees. Clean radiators & replace furnace filters a few times a year. Clean bulbs ...
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Fitted Sheet Repairs

Oops! Your fitted sheet keeps popping off your mattress. Here are two ideas. You could sew elastic on the corners to keep it on. Or you could put a pair of men's large ...
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Printers

If you have an older printer that uses ribbons, you may be able to re-ink them. If they can be rewound, you should be able to rewind the tape and apply re-inking to ...
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Scrap Paper

You may recall an article about getting scrap paper from your local printer. Many give it away, others may charge a little. Another use for the smaller pieces are to make your own ...
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Snacks

You can make your own dip for potato chips, if you are allowed to eat it. Buy dried onion soup and mix it with sour cream or yogurt. It may not be less ...
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Transportation

Do you ride the bus? If so, it may be cheaper to buy a pass than to pay as you go. It may not save you much each time, but it does add ...
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Misc Savers

Gas Price Watch

Coupon Codes

Bargain Buddy

Freaky Freddie’s

Volition Free Stuff

Best Time to Buy…

College 529 Plan

CouponMom

Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Network

Seasonal Shopping

Black Friday Forums

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