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Old 04-22-2010, 08:12 AM
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I cut my fabric softener sheets in half and they work just as well. What do you cut in half to save? (phone calls? Your heat?)
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:35 AM
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We switched to using the paper towels that have smaller perforated sheets. Two of the smaller sheets equals one of the regular sized sheets. We found we go through a lot less paper towels this way and the cost is the same per roll.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:48 AM
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Laundry Soap - Fill 1/2 the amount suggested.

Dishwasher Detergent - fill 1/2 as suggested

toothpaste, need the size of a small pea, not what is on the commercials or ads in magazines.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:27 AM
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I've cut my driving into half. I won't go out unless there are multiple 'needs'.

This summer, vacations are going to be looking at colleges...that will save on vacation expenses!
4 left to look at and they are all across the state so it's like mini-vacations.

I've already 'cut' so much...there's not much left to cut-
-Got rid of landline and went to MagicJack at $19.95 yearly, with a Verizon Prepaid at $15 monthly, and $10 MagicJack longdistance to Korea calls for my daughter.
-Cable and internet down to $50 monthly after getting rid of EXTRA channels.
-Not doing the 'friends' of museums and zoos anymore...just don't visit them enough to get my money's worth.
-Not doing theme park passes...don't use them enough to get money's worth
-Stopped wasting money on movie theaters...junk movies! Maybe if Hollywood would start making some real movies I'd pay 10 bucks for a ticket.
-Stopped going out to eat so much...haven't seen a McDonald's in about 6 months.

And my biggest feat- stopped the Soda Pop!!!!! (well, almost)
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:02 AM
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Breathe Right nose strips! They are really expensive - I buy the big box at Costco in the large size. Then I split them down the middle and trim the ends - they work just as well and I have cut my cost in half!

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Old 04-22-2010, 11:14 AM
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We cut in half the number of cars we owned, along with the daily commute, and the size of house we thought we needed to look successful. Just those two steps alone made a huge difference in our ability to live comfortably within our means.

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Old 04-22-2010, 12:30 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Been doing these for 20 yrs+
2% choc milk - cut in half w/ 1% white.

Napkins - usually 1/2 will do

Ice cream, use a cup or mug rather than dish or bowl

Serving (portion size), decide how much you want, then take 1/2, don't go for a refill

Pastries, cut in half; leftovers for tomorrow.

Vacations - look at your master plan, then evaluate w/ a reality check (especially if driving). If you are gonna be hurrying just to make tracks, consider 1/2 a trip and enjoy yourself.

Oil changes, check your vehicle manual and oil intervals. Most can go longer (It's still a good idea to change each yr BEFORE winter) Synthetics can go up to 20,000 miles using an oil analysis @ 10,000 mi

Lawn mowing, let the neighbors stew for awhile.

Lawn, Plant a BIG (huge) garden

Current 'Bright' Idea
Housing expenses, sell a fractional share of your home to another retiree and modify schedules and residence to accommodate 2 or more in your 80% unused home.
(anyone want to live in gorgeous 'Retreat-house' located in a restricted "National Scenic Area" 20 min from a major city and NICE international airport?... with very high taxes )
(maybe we can share Lawn Mowing , I'm a farm kid, I really dislike lawn mowing, when you could be using sheep or making hay)
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:31 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Fabric Softener refill liquid works fine when applied from a spray bottle onto a handkerchief.

We make our own laundry soap and hand soap.

I use Hydrogen-Peroxide from a beauty supply for toothpaste, and as a sterilizer for our jacuzzi.

We cut our coffee grounds with roasted barley.

Heat bill? We heat with a wood stove, we collect woodchips from DOT road crews in the summer and use the woodchips for fuel. No heat bill.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:36 PM
Location: Troy, Il
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I cut my credit card in half. Which cut down on all my expenses since now i have to pay with cash. I stopped eating fast food and saved $400 a month alone. Lost weight too...
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:09 AM
Location: Texas
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All paper products.
Cut juice/gatorade with water (it's usually too sweet, anyway).
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