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Another thing you can do to save money is to get creative and do things that others may not have thought of doing to save money. Here are a few things I came up with.

Make your own laundry or dish detergent: My friend Matt over at DIYNatural put together a tutorial on how to    make your own laundry detergent or dish soap.

Re-use old clothes: Find ways to re-use old clothes instead of tossing them. Use old t-shirts to wash your car, use old jeans to make a new purse or bag.

Make your own gifts: Instead of buying mom that expensive gift, make something from the heart.  Think things like a photo collage of shared good times, inexpensive gift basket.

Grow your own vegetables: Build a square foot garden and grow your own vegetables, cutting down your grocery bill.

Buy used or re-purpose:  Instead of buying things like furniture new, buy it cheap or get it free online through a site like Craigslist.  Or re-purpose furniture you already have.

Ask for a discount: Even if you don’t have a coupon or listed savings, ask for a discount – even at places you wouldn’t expect.  A while ago we saved 10% on our hospital bill just by asking and paying in cash.

Buy groceries direct from the farmer:  Are you near some local farms, or have a farmer’s market near you? Try buying fresh veggies – direct from the source.

Negotiate your rent:  Try negotiating your rent to save money by signing a longer lease, pre-paying rent or offering to cut the grass in return for lower rent.

Buy quality:  Buy things for quality, instead of buying the cheapest. In the long run you can save money because you don’t have to buy a new item as often.

Borrow or share things you need:  Instead of buying something you need, borrow it from a neighbor, or everyone pitch in and share the item.

Hang your clothes out to dry: Instead of using a dryer, save by hanging your clothes on a clothesline

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