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  • A Penny Earned: Old Clothes, Grocery Lists, Cereal, Lipstick, Toothpaste and Weddings

  • Go From Rags To Riches ... To Rags
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  • Go From Rags To Riches ... To Rags
    When our families' nice clothes get old, worn out or stained, they go in a separate closet to be used for gardening, painting, yard work, camping or any other activity that would ruin nicer clothes.
    Then when those clothes become too ripped up or worn out, we cut them up for rags that we keep in a bucket. This way we don't ruin our nice clothes, and we never have to buy rags for cleaning or other uses.
    — Sierra Novack, Medford
    Word Of Mouth
    I enjoyed reading the other "penny pinching" ideas and use most of them.
    I found that investing in a lipstick brush has enabled me to use my favorite lipstick to the very last.
    I also use the little flat plastic device on my tube of toothpaste, which leaves absolutely no waste.
    We also use our paper grocery bags for old newspapers for drop-off in the Lions recycling boxes.
    — Joyce Love, Medford
    Generics Are Grrrrrreat!
    Kids may think Tony the Tiger is "grrrreat!" But the price of generic cereal is even better.
    Buying the generic, or "private label" version of products such as soda, cereal or prescription medications can save you a lot of money.
    — Simone Muro, Medford
    Planning For The Big Day
    Laura Weatherly, founder of Washington wedding planning company Engaging Affairs, and associate Sara Muchnick discuss tying the knot within practical means.
    Q: How can a couple stick to a tight budget without sacrificing style?
    LW: "Have a Friday wedding, or pick an off-season date. Don't pick a Saturday night in June and look for deals."
    SM: "Try a dessert and hors d'oeuvres selection instead of a traditional sit-down dinner." She adds that brides should look for venues with historic details or interesting design elements: "The more character your venue has, the less decorating you have to do. All you have to do is highlight the decor, not create it."
    — The Washington Post
    Planning Saves Time, And Time Is Money
    To help save money with my grocery bill, I make a two-week calendar of dinners for my family. Once I have the menu made, I make a list of the food I am going to need and make one trip to the grocery store.
    This way I am not running to the grocery store every other day buying extra things for meals and wasting gas, time and money on stuff I didn't need in the first place.
    I also make large portions of meals, such as spaghetti, that can be eaten as leftovers or the next day's lunch.
    A Crockpot is also a great way for busy people to make a nice, quick, healthy meal instead of eating at a restaurant.
    — Erika, White City
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