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Frugal Friday, budget fixers

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Small leaks can add up to a huge drain on your budget. Here are some ideas on how to cut back and not feel the pinch.

Do you drink take out coffee from a fancy coffee shop every morning? That really adds up. Consider buying a coffee maker and good quality beans and you will save money each morning. Or consider a softer approach and save the coffee shop for special occasions or a once a week splurge.

Do you drink water? Its so good for you in so many ways, but when you buy individual bottled water, thats a lot of plastic. Consider buying a home water filter that mounts onto your tap, or a pitcher filter to filter your own water supply. A reusable water bottle can help keep you hydrated when you are on the go.

Consider thrift shopping, you can find furniture, clothing, books, home decor, kitchen ware and more.

Even if you don't have a green thumb, how about sprouting? Sprouts are ready to eat in a few days, add nutrition to salads, stir fries and sandwiches and are incredibly easy to do.

Instead of a gym membership, take up walking or join a volleyball team. You will get plenty of exercise, meet new people and have fun.

Be creative. Little (and large) budget drains that are stopped can allow you to build towards the future you want.

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