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I'll be off to uni soon, so naturally I've been looking into methods to save money as students aren't exactly known for having large bank accounts!

My teacher told me a trick on how to stop yourself from buying too much when you're out at the supermarket. I've tried this method and it works! 

Basically, you need to eat before you go out to the supermarket. Go straight after lunch or something. If you're full when you go to the supermarket, you won't be as tempted to buy a whole load of food that looks delicious when you're there. You'll spend less on crisps, biscuits, sweets and other foods that look really tempting and are harder to resist when you're hungry.

I hope that this makes sense! ^_^

Summer Santa Official Post

Ok official post for summer santa people.


1 Everyone participating will need to set up their post there by July 19 12 PM US ET.

2 To sign up simply post a comment in the official post.

3 Within two days I will send a Private Message via LJ letting you know who your giftee is. Please enable your LJ to receive Private Messages from any registered user.

4 After everyone receives their names they can message their giftees with their questions and for an address. Be sure to address anything that may be a problem, allergies, complications, ect. (Also, if you are uncomfortable giving out details you can simply say 'no edibles', 'no metal jewelry' ect. )
* Note I would recommend against sending unsealed or homemade edibles for safety reasons.


5 The gift giving window will be 2 weeks. From July 21 to August 4

6 The goal is to bring a little joy to someone else's life. It can be trinkets, hand crafts, creative and fun.
* I recommend a 10$ limit.

7 Unfortunately sometimes things happen.
*Let me and the giftee know if you are delayed.
*If you need to drop out please let me know ASAP.
*If you would be willing to fill in as an emergency santa if someone drops out please let me know in your comment on the official post.


8 Remember the Golden Rule. Have fun!

Summer Santa

Sorry for the delay folks.

I've been working out the details for our first summer santa exchange.

1 I will set up an official post for those who want to participate. Everyone participating will need to set up their post there by July 19 12 PM US ET.

2 To sign up simply post a comment in the official post.

3 Within two days I will send a Private Message via LJ letting you know who your giftee is. Please enable your LJ to receive Private Messages from any registered user.

4 After everyone receives their names they can message their giftees with their questions and for an address. Be sure to address anything that may be a problem, allergies, complications, ect. (Also, if you are uncomfortable giving out details you can simply say 'no edibles', 'no metal jewelry' ect. )
* Note I would recommend against sending unsealed or homemade edibles for safety reasons.


5 The gift giving window will be 2 weeks. From July 21 to August 4

6 The goal is to bring a little joy to someone else's life. It can be trinkets, hand crafts, creative and fun.
* I recommend a 10$ limit.

7 Unfortunately sometimes things happen.
*Let me and the giftee know if you are delayed.
*If you need to drop out please let me know ASAP.
*If you would be willing to fill in as an emergency santa if someone drops out please let me know in your comment on the official post.


8 Remember the Golden Rule.


The next post will be the official post for people to sign up. If there are any questions please ask and I'll try to address them before we go 'live'. :)

Cheap Ways To Keep Cool in the Summer

I thought I'd star a thread on favorite ways to help keep cool in the summer.

The best way to beat heat is to stop the heat from coming in the first place.

1.) Get a few Mylar emergency blankets and pin them up over your windows, either inside or outside. Mylar will reflect heat and sunlight much more efficiently than blinds and curtains. Walmart has them for $3 a piece, but I've also found them at my local dollar store for $1.50 a piece.

2.) Bamboo mats. You know, those straw mat things you use for laying in the sun. I can get these for $5 at Walgreens or Walmart, and I hang them in front of my sliding door. It blocks the sun from reaching my windows, but I can still get a cross breeze going.

3.) Close your windows at the hottest part of the day.

4.) Build a swamp cooler. You can build one of these for less than $25 bucks and they work pretty darned good and are easy to put together. There are a whole bunch of great DIY instructions if you Google it. Voila! Do it yourself air conditioning!

I can keep my 3rd floor apartment with the windows facing East/West at a constant 75 degrees when it's 90+ outside just by doing this. My apartment can get to 90 something degrees even when the weather is in the 70's if I don't!

What are some of your favorite ways to beat summer heat?

Mod Post

Alright guys, it's been too quite around here. I'm trying to think of some ideas for a little summer pick-me-up to breath a little life back into us and have a little fun with.

I was thinking of doing something like a summer santa. We could do a theme swap, or just some simple care packages, nothing pricey but something to bring the community together with.

I would love to hear your opinions. Also I could try to start a coupon monday, a featured recipe event, or other things for us to participate in. How can I work to make this a better place for us?

Saving: Pros and Cons

I was browsing this article by the Consumerist: http://tinyurl.com/32q4hem and it made me think of the times when I've tried to save has turned and bit me in the butt.

Have you ever tried to save a couple dollars and had it backfire on you? When has cheap actually been more expensive in the long run and what are some Bad money saving ideas you would want to share to spare others? What was your solution?

I'll share one. Dollar store trash bags. When you are using three and they still tear it's not worth it. I use a store brand (Walmart) now and they are lasting forever.

Good Vegetarian Bean recipes

Hi guys,

I'm in need of some easy one-pot vegetarian bean recipes that don't have a ton of sugar in them. I've been searching cooking sites and I'm finding a lot of stuff with meat, barbecue, or ketchup in it.

I just want something I can throw on the stove and have dinner. Oh, and stuff that's also not very spicy. My stomach thanks you! :)