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This Weeks Dollar Stretching Tips

July 8, 2009
Dysart Reporter

I'll Volunteer!

Go to theatres and offer to usher at stage productions in exchange for being able to see the shows. I've seen marvelous productions in my college city for free.

Nancy from Statesboro, GA

Easy Toiletry


We have a small bathroom. I bought a shoe holder (with pockets) that hangs on the back of a door. I put it on the wall behind the door. I have my makeup, brushes, toiletries, toothpaste, extra soap, moisturizers, razors, etc. in one place and out of sight. It is an awesome space saver.


Better Than Banking

I save money on my banking by dealing only with credit unions. Credit unions are member owned, and although you usually have to be a member of some "group" to belong, the group may be as broad as residing in a certain county. I belong to several credit unions and never pay any fees for services of any kind. The service is always exceptional, and I have never had a problem or a dispute with the credit union or its credit card carrier that took more than one phone call to resolve!


Feeling Like a


You only have to turn your radio on and listen to a local station and the announcer for a chance to win passes or tickets to local sporting events, plays, music concerts, etc. I won two free passes to sit in the grandstands of a ladies golf tournament on Saturday. All I had to do was call in and be the third caller! My husband loves golf, so naturally I let him join me! This ladies tournament is one step away from the LPGA. We were in the shade, got a free meal, drinks, and were just yards away from the ladies as they finished up their game on the last hole. It was peaceful, the birds were singing and we were watching quality golf.

Theresa in Maroa, IL

Weed Mats

To prevent weeds, I place cardboard, newspapers or any similar material (like catalogs, magazines or cereal boxes flattened) around the area we don't want weeds or grass to grow. To hold this in place and make it look better, I cover with grass clippings, hay, straw, leaves or mulch from my local free county mulching center. This mixture will decompose, while keeping weeds at bay and holding in moisture. It becomes nutrient rich soil and feeds the plants.To find out if your county has a free mulching program, call the general information number listed in your phone book for your county. If you have a pickup truck, remember to take a tarp to cover the load while driving.




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