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'The Craziest Thing I Did to Save Money'
by Ana Gonzalez Ribeiro Sunday, September 19, 2010
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Creative And Crazy Ways to Save Money Trying to save money can be boring. Then again, some consumers find strange but creative ways to stretch their dollar. Bankrate asked its readers to tell us the most unusual methods they used to save a buck or two. What follows are the six craziest and most creative ways we found to save money. [Click here to check savings products and rates in your area.] Stock Up on Condiments

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"When we • 5 Ways to Save in 5 Minutes were saving for our first house, I would cut back by keeping the ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise packets from fast-food restaurants and filling bottles at home. We even had close family members save the packets for us! In addition, we never purchased drinks and always took our orders to go. We drank water from a thermos or purchased soft drinks on sale or with coupons. "The way registers were set up at the time, we'd sometimes make money on items that didn't cost a lot to begin with. In addition, we had coupons that were doubled. This gave us more off than the original cost of the item. Since we wanted to save money and make as large a down payment as we could for our home, we figured EVERY penny counted, which it did." -- Robert from Indiana Cheap Meal, Happy Family

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"We had just moved to another state, and my husband was trying to start his own business, so money was very tight. All three of my children were in sports so we traveled a lot to their events. In order to save money, I decided to boil some hot dogs to feed my bunch before their games. I packed the bread, hot dogs and condiments in our van and proceeded to pick everyone up from school. "Then I drove through a fast-food place and got a large cup of free ice to split between the kids for the drinks that I had brought from home. We parked the van and began to get all the food out of their containers. As I went to get the hot dogs, I realized I had placed the boiled hot dogs in a narrow-mouthed thermos to keep them hot. To our horror, the hot dogs were stuck in the thermos because (the hot dogs) had continued swelling after I had taken them out of the boiling water! "My husband was proud of me for trying to save money. However, he had to literally dig the dogs out of the thermos in pieces. We did eat, but I never again tried to keep (hot) hot dogs in a small-mouthed thermos. It was a cheap meal that kept us together and happy, and no one was late for their games!" -- Brenda from Florida Dumpster Diving in Cemeteries? "A few years ago, I was into crafting artificial flowers. A neat way to save money on my hobby materials was to go Dumpster-diving at cemeteries to pick up artificial flowers and miscellaneous decorations left behind. I would go into the cemeteries, take what was thrown out in the Dumpster and use the items instead for my crafting!" -- Ann from Iowa

Save on Golf Balls "My son plays golf in both high school and on junior tours during the summer. I follow him, keeping a statistical score card while I save money by looking for stray golf balls. It is not uncommon for me to find up to 12 dozen golf balls just following him for one 18-hole tournament. At a regular cost of up to $45 a dozen, this is money we save by not having to buy them. Also, I sell some of the balls to make some money on the side!" -- John from Indiana Eat Less Food "In an effort to save money, the craziest notion I endured was to stop purchasing groceries and eat WAY less, often not eating all day into the wee hours of the night! "I also limited any other types of purchases and since I had stocked up in the past few years, I was able to live off the items I had stocked away. For my method to work, the trick is to stock first and save after, while keeping others from using up my stockpile!" --Dina from Illinois

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Smoke Less, Travel More "Many years ago, my husband and I decided to stop smoking. He named the date we would start and sure enough, before we went to bed that night, we tossed our packs of cigarettes. I told him that I was going to put away each day the amount of money we would have spent on the cigarettes. So I made a ritual of every night putting away in a desk drawer $3. Back then, smoking was much cheaper. "At the end of one year, I had saved almost $1,100. That money paid for a trip to London! I suggested this cessation method to a friend and he was successful in both saving money and eliminating his smoking habit." -- Joyce from North Carolina ___ Popular Stories on Yahoo!: • Things You Should Always Buy Generic • Seven Ways to Gain More Power at Work • Fastest Growing Careers of the Next Decade Follow Yahoo! Finance on Twitter; become a fan on Facebook.

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I was just wondering, regarding the first item about condiments. If they had cooked meals at home and bought a bottle of condiments, wouldn't that have saved more money. Going to all those fast food restaurants must have cost a fortune.
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Ok, this crap kills me. Honesty, let's not eat for days at a time. So are blood vessels constict, our kidneys give out, our bodies weaken so bad our employers fire us, and eventually our hearts give out, now we are dishing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Oh, steal some

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ketchup packets eventually the restaurant is going to call the police, then you'll have to put up 2,000 bucks for bail and court costs,then in the end your found guilty, you go to prison lose your car, boat, and dog, but not before you take some old guys golf balls, kill the poor fellow,steal his flowers at his funeral
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Eat less, save more, good ideia to lose those extra pounds ? 2 meals a day instead of 3 ?
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obamma will pay my bills time to get high down with whitey
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excuse me,what do you mean when you say after OBAMA is done.do you remember bush what did he do before he left office?????????????????????????
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pay with monopoly play money. i did. and it works, at 99 cents store i even got change back
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As Bill Hicks once said "just eat rice and beans, and say f&ck you." The meaning if you dont understand is that we live in a world filled with fake marketing and corporate greed. You dont need all this stuff super sized burgers, steak tartare, louis vutton, nike, rolex and gucci. . . .etc etc Dont fall for the scam of you must have alot of stuff / things to be a good citizen. Just live within your means - dont buy things on credit. Plant a good garden, grow some herbs and veggies which can be fun and the kids love the garden and will save you a few bucks each year.

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Ieva 14 minutes ago

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bringing things back from cemetery is bad luck for your all house; all these are small savings, they won't make much difference except smoking; if I save money when shopping I give the difference for beggars on a road
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i m cut'ee and sin'gl'e... check my na'm'e (really a great place) where old'er wo'me'n se'eking you'ng'er me'n, or ol'der m'en see'king youn'ger wo'men. go to the place as my usename says.. No age g'a'p is too wide in front of true love. Ann from Iowa -- not everybody dumpster dives at cemeteries for what they want....they just steal right off the graves. I'm a former florist and used to make beautiful silk floral arrangements for the top of my parents' headstone..
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Don't buy s#!t you don't need. Easy.
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