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Saving money does not have to be a drag and budgets do not have to be a dirty word. Here are a few ways that you can save that is easy and enjoyable. some amy appeal to you while others do not, so customize saving money and do what works for you.

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Growing a garden can help save on your grocery bill, is enjoyable and can be done by experts and novices alike. Your food is fresher and more nutritious, you know that it is chemical free and even if you live in an apartment can be done using containers.

Hanging clothes on a clothesline saves on electricity and actually makes clothes last longer since they aren't getting tumbled around. The bonus is the fresh sweet smell of laundry line dried.

Do you have a cell phone and a land line phone? Do you truly need both? Consider giving one up to save on the monthly bill.

Sell unwanted items and pocket the cash by having a garage sale or posting on Craigslist or Ebay.

Cooking from scratch saves over preparing packaged foods, and is healthier too.

Shopping at thrift stores is a good way to buy essentials at a fraction of the retail price. Consider dishes, silverware and pots and pans for the kitchen, jeans and jackets for your wardrobe and even vintage sand antique furniture that will accent your home, all for a deep discount. Another benefit is most thrift shops are run by charities so you are helping others with your purchases.

Change can really add up and could be put to good use, painlessly. Saving change can help save for a vacation, or help pay down on your mortgage principle. It can go towards holiday expenses, you choose what you want to save for.

Instead of running to the grocery store for one or two items and end up walking out with all sorts of extra impulse buys you weren't planning on, cut down on how often you run to the store. It also saves time and gasoline. Exceptions can be for necessities like toilet paper of course. But if you plan ahead, hopefully you won't ever run out.

For more ideas on saving money, please see http://www.frugalliving.about.com. Another good website is http://www.livingonadime.com.

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