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    Cindy, I don't think $60.00 - 65.00 per week for three people and 4 pets is all
    that bad. That is still only $240.00- $260.00 per month. That's actually not
    bad at all. I spend 200.00 per month (goal wise) for two people and three pets.
    I also stock up a lot for lean times.

    I have two large dogs (110 lbs and 50 lbs) and a cat (9 lbs of pure queendom,
    never question what she's doing, she rules it all!!!) and they go through a 40
    lb bag of dog food every three weeks (cat won't eat cat food, she wants their
    dog food all the time) and that alone is 15.99 every three weeks.

    Some questions that may help you save a little more... Do you purchase paper
    towels or use rags for cleaning up? Keep a pile of rags for cleaning. It ends
    up being cheaper in the long run. EXCEPT, I also keep about three rolls of
    paper towels on hand for the pet cleanups, eww.

    Do you make your own anything? For instance I make my own pancake syrup. 1 cup
    sugar, 1/2 cup water, 2 TBSP butter (margarine will work too, but I don't use
    it) and either 1 tsp of vanilla flavoring or 1 tsp of maple flavoring. I use
    the Maple. DH has requested I don't buy any syrup anymore as he likes this
    better even than the Mrs. Buttersworth he grew up on. And for about 10 pennies
    for the homemade instead of almost 40 cents for the store bought I don't
    complain about the extra 2 minutes it takes to make it. Yes, making your
    own pizzas can really help you to save some money too. Especially if you have a
    bread machine with a dough setting. You can use it for the dough and then all
    you have to do is seperate it out into multiple pizzas and then make them up and
    bake them!

    Does your store have a decent clearance bin? I check the two in my store
    thoroughly everytime I go. The meat clearance helps me keep my freezer full.
    It's the only way I buy steaks is from the clearance bin and sometimes I can get
    7% ground beef for 99 cents a lb this way. The dry goods clearance can help
    too. Year before last they had a lot of Christmas baking stuff in the clearance
    bin including vanilla extract, I bought 1 ounce bottles of pure extract for 50
    cents each. Around here that is a real find. Just last month they had
    Giradelli bakers semi-sweet chocolate in the clearance bin for 1.00 each
    (usually 2.99) just because someone had dropped the box and broken the bars.

    Emily Y.

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    > Some questions that may help you save a little more... Do you purchase
    > paper towels or use rags for cleaning up? Keep a pile of rags for

    Can you clean windows with rags? I pay like 6 dollar for an 8 roll pack of
    bounty.~~~Tammy

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    "Can you clean windows with rags? I pay like 6 dollar for an 8 roll
    pack of bounty.~~~Tammy


    I use old newpaper for windows and mirrors. Works great.

    april

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    I have made my own syrup too. One time
    I made blueberry syrup by adding blueberries to the sugar and water. Everyone
    liked it.

    grandma_sue2001

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    I clean windows with paper coffee filters....they are 100-200 for $1...they
    don't shred or leave lint like paper towels. Also, newspapers work great,
    again no lint...but I dislike having ink all over my hands.

    Brat

    I don't mind how my husband squeezes the toothpaste tube...it's only
    important how he squeezes ME!!!!

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    Yes, I went to Walmart and purchased a bag of the "shop rags" for window
    washing. They aren't terry cloth like towels, they are smooth woven cotten and
    don't leave lint. The rest of my rags are old towels or t-shirts (which also
    don't leave lint and can be used on windows). The entire bag of 20 shop towels
    was like $4.00.

    I purchase paper towels once every 8 months or so and then only 3 rolls or so.
    I use them strictly for those disgusting things like pet accidents, cat hair
    balls and that kind of thing. Other than that all spills are taken care of by
    rags.

    We also use the rags at dinner time instead of napkins. I haven't purchased
    napkins in over 8 years. When company comes I take out the fabric napkins I
    made just for this purpose. (Don't want to think I am cheap or anything
    right? LOL!!!)

    My husband has his own rags he uses in the garage for cleaning up the lawnmower
    and stuff. So when I wash his rags I do it seperately from the "house" rags so
    that the grease and oil doesn't get all over the house rags. I also wash the
    shop ones with extra soap and some lysol in the wash too. It helps cut the
    crud.

    Emily Y.

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    I also heard someone say that a little Dawn dishsoap in the laundry will help
    to on Grease and grime as well.Tina

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    I didn't think of the coffee filters I will have to try that I knew about the
    newspaper and I do agree with you I hate the ink getting all over my hands.Tina

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